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DPS to increase patrols over the holiday

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AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase traffic enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday weekend from Saturday, July 1, through Tuesday, July 4. DPS Troopers will be looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators.

“Alcohol consumption is always a concern this time of year, and motorists should take this into consideration when driving over the holiday weekend,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.  “DPS and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for impaired drivers and traffic violators. If you consume alcohol, there is no excuse for not planning ahead for alternate transportation or designating a sober driver.”

During the 2016 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers issued more than 85,267 tickets and warnings, including 1,372 seat belt and child safety restraint citations. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 601 DWI arrests, 322 fugitive arrests and 267 felony arrests.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 987 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016 where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 26 percent of last year’s traffic fatalities.

Drivers can take a variety of measures to enhance safety on our roads this July 4th holiday weekend, including:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Monitor weather conditions wherever you are traveling.  In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways, and never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways. For more safety tips related to severe storms, visit: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.
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County, appraisal offices close early; tax deadline extended due to inclement weather

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Tax Montague County Judge Kevin Benton said at noon Tuesday, the county offices will be closing at 1 p.m. today. Kathy Phillips, county tax assessor said due to inclement weather conditions and the necessity to close the County Tax Office, all penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended through Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 at 5 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Montague County Tax Appraisal District also is closing its offices at 1 p.m. Monday and the same deadline will apply for those payments coming to that entity. All penalties and late fee deadlines will be extended to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2.

DOCKET CANCELLED –

Due to current weather conditions, the County Judge has decided to cancel the Misdemeanor Arraignment Dockets on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please help spread the word.

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School delays and closures

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Bowie ISD – Due to deteriorating road conditions, BISD will release all campuses at 11:30 a.m. today.

Bellevue ISD reports due to worsening road conditions schools will close at 10 a.m. today. Busses will leave at that time. Ball games that had been rescheduled for tonight have been canceled as well.

Saint Jo ISD will be closed Monday due to anticipated icy road conditions.

Montague ISD will dismiss at noon today due to anticipated icy road conditions. Please stay safe and warm. They will look to reschedule the basketball game at a later date.

Tonight’s Bowie basketball games and senior night have been postponed. Makup times and dates will be announced at a later time.

Nocona ISD will release today at 11:30 a.m.

Nocona has canceled Monday’s basketball game against Seymour that was initially scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Forestburg ISD is releasing immediately with busses running at 10:25 a.m.

Forestburg has rescheduled Tuesday’s home varsity basketball game against Gold-Burg to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

North Central Texas College – Bowie and Graham campuses will be closed today due to weather.

OTHER CLOSURES OR DELAYS

Nocona Senior Citizens Center staff reports the dining room is closed today it will reopen Thursday due to weather conditions.

The Jan. 31 Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner has been moved to Feb. 7.

Jackrabbit/Lady Rabbit basketball games tonight have been postponed. Coaches will announce the make-up date and time when determined.

BHS Senior Night activities will be next Tuesday (Feb 8th) Bowie vs. Vernon.

The Gold-Burg varsity basketball games against Forestburg are postponed due to inclement weather. The district game will be rescheduled as soon as time is available.

Bowie Library – Due to weather conditions we will extend all due dates to Friday, February 3rd. If you have questions please call 940-872-2681. The library will be open at regular hours but we are also canceling all programs for the week.

The Bowie Project Graduation spaghetti dinner set for Jan. 31 has been moved to Feb. 7 due to the weather.

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Montague Co. Emergency Management releases winter storm report

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Event:Winter Storm Watch   
 
Effective:08:36 PM CST on 01/29/2023
Expires:09:00 AM CST on 02/01/2023
 
Alert:* WHAT…Significant icing possible due to freezing rain. Total ice accumulations of one tenth to one quarter of an inch, particularly on elevated surfaces and bridges. Some sleet will be possible, particularly in North Texas. * WHERE…Portions of north central, northeast and south central Texas. * WHEN…From Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning. * IMPACTS…Difficult travel conditions are possible, especially Monday night through Tuesday. Plan on icy bridges and some slippery roads. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Tuesday will have the most significant impacts to travel. If you don’t have to travel on Tuesday, make plans to stay off area roads.
 
Instructions:A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant impacts to travel due to snow, sleet, or ice accumulations. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.
Target Area:Montague; Cooke; Grayson; Fannin; Lamar; Young; Jack; Wise; Denton; Collin; Hunt; Delta; Hopkins; Stephens; Palo Pinto; Parker; Tarrant; Dallas; Rockwall; Kaufman; Eastland; Erath; Hood; Somervell; Johnson; Ellis; Comanche; Mills; Hamilton; Bosque; Hill; Navarro; Lampasas; Coryell; Bell; McLennan; Falls; Milam
 
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