Rapid testing programs expand to front line workers
|AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the expansion of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for front line workers at Texas small businesses by dedicating 1 million BinaxNow Rapid Tests to the program. The COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Testing Program launched in December as a pilot program and has helped small businesses throughout the state conduct rapid tests on employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Through this program, TDEM will provide local Chamber of Commerce organizations with COVID-19 testing supplies that will then be allocated by the Chambers of Commerce to local small businesses that choose to participate in the program. Small businesses can then administer these tests to employees who choose to participate. The program has been developed using the framework of the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems, implemented by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and TDEM in October, that provides access to rapid testing for Texas teachers, students, and staff in participating school systems. “The small business rapid testing program is protecting the safety of small business owners, their employees, and Texas consumers as we continue to combat COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding this effective strategy, it will help us further detect and mitigate this virus so we can keep Texas safely open for business. Thank you to our participating Chamber of Commerce organizations for continuing to work with the State of Texas to help protect our communities and small businesses.” Chamber of Commerce organizations that wish to participate in the program will receive instructions for registering for the program directly from TDEM, or they may visit https://tdem.texas.gov/chambertesting/ for further information. Small businesses interested in participating in the program should contact their local Chamber of Commerce for more information.|
Gregorys win May Yard of the Month
Congratulations to Gary and Lacresia Gregory at 1213 Lamb selected as the May Yard of the Month.
Sponsored by The Bowie News and Beautify Our Bowie, the contest winner gets bragging rights for a month with the brightly colored Yard of the Month sign posted in their yard. A winner will be named for April, May and June.
The Gregorys say they enjoy mowing and like to have a well-kept yard. Their yard is a thick carpet of grass with small, neat flower beds. A vintage-style fence divides the front lawn with the backyard which also is well kept. .
Thank you to all those who submitted a yard for consideration. They included 805 Central, 810 Bennett, 406 Strong, 900 Zahara, 1500 Lance and 707 Lee. We appreciate the interest and we encourage you to take note of special yards and turn them in for June 26.
Deadline for nominations is May 26. Call the Bowie News office at 940-872-2247 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer reading begins June 6
The Bowie Public Library kicks off its summer reading program on June 6 with a two-month series of activities with the theme, “All Together Now.”
Library Director Beth Hiatt told the city council last week the focus is how all small things done to help in the community are worthwhile and impact its citizens.
Summer reading programs take place at the Bowie Community Center at 10 a.m. Each Tuesday in June and July, except July 4. These programs are free and open to children through age 12.
June opens with “Patriotic Patty,” on June 6. The field day will follow on June 13 with bounce houses and water balloons. A beekeeper will visit on June 20 and the youngsters will create their own flower pots. On June 27 the kids will be making cards and fleece lap blankets for residents at Advanced Rehab.
July begins with movie day on July 18. On July 18 they will make snacks and create appreciation banners for the local fire and police departments. The series concludes with the popular Creature Teachers on July 25 with a variety of animals.
Children can pick up their reading logs at the library or on the first day.
Between June 5 and July 25 the library will be collecting donated items for the Bowie Animal Shelter. After the Creature Teacher the items will be delivered to the shelter and the children are invited to go with the staff as it is delivered.
Nocona pool to open June 5
The Nocona Community Pool will open at 12:30 p.m. on June 5.
Daily admission is $3 per person with an individual season pass at $80 and a family pass for up to four people $180 and $30 for each person after four.
Hours will be 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The pool is operated by the Nocona Independent School District. Parties must be scheduled with Coach Nolan Lanham or Clancey Lanham. Message the pool Facebook or email@example.com.
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