Winter is here to stay according to the groundhog
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA — Six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction Wednesday morning.
Phil did see his shadow, meaning winter is here to stay! This marks the 107th time the seer of seers has seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887.
Last year, Gobbler’s Knob was closed off to protect Punxsutawney Phil from COVID-19. This year though, Phil is all vaxxed up and ready to predict the coming of spring for the masses not only at Gobler’s Knob but for everyone at home.
In 2021, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. It marked the 106th time that Phil saw his shadow since the tradition began in 1886. With the recent snap of arctic cold to come through the northeast United States, many are anxious to see warmer days.
Whether or not you follow the groundhog, or simply enjoy the folklore (don’t worry, we don’t mind), we’re here to tell you: winter isn’t going anywhere any time soon—our long-range predictions say winter is here for the long haul.
Getting prepared for 2023 Jim Bowie Days festivities
In just a few short weeks Jim Bowie Days will be upon us. Here are a few of the deadlines to keep on your schedule.
The 57th Jim Bowie Days runs June 17-24 with a theme, “Long Live Cowboys and Cowgirls.”
Those wishing to enter the June 24 parade may submit their entry forms by 5 p.m. on June 16. Forms are available on the jimbowiedays.org website.
There is no fee to enter in one of four categories: Youth organization or sports team, civic organization or church, riding club and business. Horses, antique cars, trucks and tractors are all welcome. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes and ride. Prizes will be awarded for winners in each category.
The Jim Bowie Days Rodeo, June 22-24, is one of the largest rodeos in Texas that encourages amateur athletes to compete with UPRA/TCRA sanctioned professionals.
This year’s added money totals $12,000. Books will be open on the UPRA Next Gen App at 9 a.m. on June 14 and close at 5 p.m. June 18.
Read about all the sign-up deadlines in your mid-week Bowie News.
Summer reading opens with red, white, and blue sparkle
Patriotic Patty, aka Margaret Clauder, kicked off the Bowie Library’s summer reading program Tuesday with a red, white and blue program of ventriloquism and magic, set to a patriotic theme. Watch for more photos from the opening day in the weekend Bowie News.
Youngsters learned about many patriotic topics such as the Statue of Library and her origins, along with a little magic to put the puzzle pieces back together. (photos by Barbara Green)
Nocona elections’ bill goes to Gov. Abbott
As the Texas Legislative session came to a close this past week, a last-minute amendment was accepted that will allow all the Nocona taxing entities to move their elections to November.
Senate Bill 2620, supported in the House by Rep. David Spiller and in the Senate by Sen. Drew Springer, has been sent to the governor for his signature following the approval of an amendment that included all the local entities, not just the City of Nocona.
The bill gives municipalities in a county with a population less than 20,000 to vote to move their local elections to the November uniform election date. This act would take effect Sept. 1, 2023.
In 2015 the state offered a one-time opportunity for local governments to move their city, school or special district elections from May to November. One of the goals of the original legislation was to allow the entities to share the cost of elections.
In Montague County all the cities, schools and watersheds made the move to November, but the Nocona entities stuck together including the city, school district and hospital district board. Officials at the time thought sharing the cost three ways would work fine, unfortunately that has not been the case as the majority of elections since that time have been uncontested.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
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