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Split commissioner’s court rethinks SO budget change for new position

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Things got a bit tense Monday as the Montague County Commissioners returned to the question of creating a new communications’ corporal position in the sheriff’s office; a request recently denied by the court.
Earlier in the month, Chief Deputy Jack Lawson made the request for the sheriff’s office explaining it should have been included in the budget (the position and the increase in salary), but somehow it was overlooked. He said the staff member has additional training and trains others on the radio programs, so they would like to formally create the position with a salary increase of about $600 a year.
At that prior session, the court unanimously voted no to the request with Commissioner Bob Langford emphasizing all this should have been handled during the budget process, not on into the budget year. It also was pointed out there was no additional money in salaries to handle the addition.
Commissioner Roy Darden asked for the request to be placed back on the agenda explaining he hates to see any employee not receiving compensation for their additional training and duties.
He said he brought this back up himself, not at the request of anyone at the sheriff’s office. Darden said he went to get more information about it at the SO and would like to see it approved.

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Closed session set for jail administrator’s job

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Members of the Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet for a public hearing on a road issue at 8:45 a.m. and then for its regular session at 9 a.m. both on Nov. 28.
The hearing is for precinct four to consider vacating a 45-foot X 230-foot alley in the Clay Street area in Spanish Fort. Commissioner Bob Langford previously stated he was petitioned for the change on a section of county road that has not been used to his knowledge and in the past has been fenced. This action will clarify the property lines for the owner. Any action would be taken in the regular meeting.
An executive session is scheduled for the 9 a.m. agenda. It relates to personnel regarding the jail administrator’s pay, job description and duties. Any action will be taken back in open session.

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DEA issues new alert about fentanyl/laced fake prescription pills

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.

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Bowie Chamber director ballots due Monday

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Members of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce are reminded to turn in their ballot for the director’s election by Nov. 21.
Last week, ballots went out to members to elect five members to the 15-member board. Directors serve a three-year term on the board.
The five candidates with the largest number of votes will begin their term on Feb. 1, 2023 and be introduced at the Jan. 23, 2023 chamber banquet.
There are five names on the ballot, plus a space for a write- in: Chris Anderson, WL Plastics; Gaylynn Burris, mayor; Carol Head, The Shopper; Julie Hopkins, executive director Clear Choice Pregnancy Resource Center and Brad Sherman, Chapman Building.
Membership Director Debbie Herriage said those with questions may call the office at 872-1173 or email info@bowietxchamber.org.

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