Game wardens urge safety over holiday
As people flock to area lakes and rivers, Texas Game Wardens are focused on making your holiday experiences safe and enjoyable. Whether you are boating or swimming at a public lake or river, there are some State Laws and information you should be aware of:
Boat operators who are impaired by alcohol are a factor in 21% of boating fatalities. A person can be arrested for Boating While Intoxicated if he or she is impaired by drugs or alcohol or has a blood alcohol content of .08 or above while operating a vessel. In addition, any person on a boat can be arrested for public intoxication if he presents a danger to himself or others.
84% of drowning victims in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket. A US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device is required for every person on board a boat regardless of length. Children under 13 years of age are required to wear a PFD on boats under 26 ft in length while the boat is underway. Boats 16ft and over are required to have a US Coast Guard approved type IV (throwable device). Current registration and certificate of number are required on all motorboats. Fire extinguishers are required on most motorboats. Lights are required after sunset.
77% of fatalities occurred on boats where the operator did not have boater safety instruction. Boater education is required for anyone born after September 1, 1993 for operating a personal watercraft or motorboat over 15hp or a windblown vessel over 14 ft.
Swimming is a nice way to cool off on the 4th. Remember that lake depths are unpredictable and dangerous, especially for children. A life jacket and close supervision is recommended for all children swimming in our lakes and rivers. Once again, anyone who is intoxicated and considered a danger to himself or others while on a public beach is subject to arrest.
Texas Game Wardens want you to celebrate 4th of July weekend in a safe responsible manner.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Eddie Hood or your local Game Warden, please call at 817-343-9114, or email Eddie at email@example.com
Texas Game Wardens are proud to serve the citizens of Texas and to fulfill its mission statement, which is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Anyone who has information concerning a crime should contact their local Game Warden or the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-792-GAME.
Friends reflect on how Coach Gayno Shelton touched their lives
By BARBARA GREEN
Gayno Shelton may have left the gym 33 years ago after a successful coaching career, but even after he left the hardwood this “diehard Jackarabbit” was still shaping young people and impacting lives during his retirement.
Legendary Bowie High School Coach Gayno Shelton died on March 19 and his loss is being mourned by the Bowie community and those familiar with high school sports during his 30-year career. Shelton has been in lagging health since last fall related to some heart issues and falls.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. on March 25 at Bowie Intermediate School gym, formerly the high school gym. After the service friends and family may gather in the former high school band hall to visit, share memories and enjoy finger foods. A private family burial will take place later. See the full obituary in today’s edition.
Born and raised in Duncan, OK, Shelton was active in football, basketball and baseball, and he also served as class president his senior year.
He attended Murray State College for two years and completed his education at Oklahoma State University and Austin College where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He later earned a master’s degree at North Texas State University.
Shelton served as Bowie High School’s head basketball coach from 1965-1990. His 25-year record at Bowie was 525 wins and 213 losses. He led his teams to 15 playoff appearances, 12 district championships, three district runner-ups, eight regional qualifiers, four regional finals, one regional title and a state championship.
Before coming to Bowie he was head coach at Gene Autry High School and Waurika High School. His career record was 621-249 across some 900-plus games.
Read the full feature on Gayno Shelton in the mid-week Bowie News as friends and former players reflect on the coach known as a “diehard Jackrabbit.”
Band Cake Spin March 25
The Mighty Marching Maroon Band Cake Spin will be 5-9 p.m. on March 25 in the high school cafeteria.
There will be cakes galore for participants to try and win, along with live and silent auction items. Individual cake spin tickets are $1 each or an all night ticket is $20. Performances will be given by the school bands, choirs, winterguard and indoor percussion.
Bowie FFA Fish Fry March 31
The Bryant Whitaker Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will begin at 5 p.m. and serve until sell-out on March 31 in the Bowie High School cafeteria.
Dinner is by donation only as proceeds go to scholarships for Bowie FFA members. Catfish and all the trimmings will be served by Keith Walker and Friends.
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