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Crime Stoppers to receive funding from probation fee

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(Left) District Attorney Casey Polhemus and Deputy Kevin Benton discuss the Crime Stoppers fee with commissioners on Monday. (News photo by Barbara Green)

By BARBARA GREEN
While budget debates dominated Monday’s Montague County Commissioners’ Court meeting, a large slate of topics filled the regular agenda.
Several items of business for the sheriff’s office were finalized.
Deputy Kevin Benton, Crime Stoppers Board liaison, and District Attorney Casey Polhemus made a request for the court to authorize a one-time $50 fee for criminal offenders who are placed on community supervision. Those fees would go to the Crime Stoppers program.
Benton said this fee is in use in most of the Crime Stopper counties in Texas, and it has been discussed with all the parties including the district judge, district attorney and probation officials, who are on board with the process. Commissioners approved the request.

Sheriff Marshall Thomas presented a revised inmate health care contract to the court, along with a plan for the SO to dispatch for the Nocona Police Department for a fee.

Read the full story in the mid-week News.

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Deadline nears for Wreaths Across America purchase

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There is still time to purchase a wreath and support the Wreaths Across America program in Bowie to lay wreaths on veteran’s graves in Elmwood Cemetery.
Deadline to purchase a wreath is Dec. 6 at a cost of $15. Visit the GFWC Amity Club of Bowie Facebook page for the order form or call Angela at 940-841-11315.
Families also may purchase wreaths they can pick up and take to other cemeteries. Wreaths will be laid in ceremonies on Dec. 17 at Elmwood. The public is invited to attend.

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All Together Show joins youth fair schedule

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There will be a new addition to the Montague County Youth Fair in 2023 as the All Together Livestock Show debuts on Jan. 5, 2023.
Justin Hansard, county AgriLife Extension agent, said All Together is designed to give students with special needs an opportunity to participate in the Montague County Youth Fair without the requirement of raising or prepping their own livestock animal.
Participants will be matched with a volunteer(s) and livestock animal and given the opportunity to show that animal in the ring for an individualized experience.

Entries are now open for the show.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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McKinney, Moore receive top 2022 firefighter awards

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The City of Bowie Fire Department honored its own this week during the annual Thanksgiving awards dinner on Nov. 21.
City officials, friends and families of firefighters attended to watch as service awards and firefighter training certifications were presented, along with the firefighter of the year honors. New firefighter recruits also received their badges that were pinned on by friends and family.
Assistant Fire Chief Joel Moore brought the welcome and served as emcee in the absence of an ill Fire Chief Doug Page.

The Roy Gene Williams Award is an award for a volunteer firefighter selected by his fellow volunteers. Levi Davis, 2021 award recipient, presented the 2022 honor to James McKinney.
Firefighter of the Year was presented by Cody Byler, 2020 recipient and it went to Joel Moore.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

Joel Moore, the Firefighter of the Year recipient is congratulated by Ross Hamilton, fellow firefighter. They are the only men who have won the Firefighter of the Year Award three times. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News.
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