Winter storm warning issued
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for a large part of North Texas from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday that may include heavy snow and possible ice accumulations.
The watch points to snow accumulations up to three inches and ice up to one-third of an inch across North Texas. Wind chills as low as five-below zero are expected.
Hazardous travel is likely and drivers should expect icy bridges and roadways. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and may cause power disruptions. Residents of these areas are encouraged to prepare and continue to monitor the forecast.
The moderate temperatures will fade quickly as Wednesday temps are forecast in the upper 30s and decrease throughout the day. Rain chances will turn into a wintry mix in the afternoon and freezing rain in the evening before turning to snow.
Thursday temperatures are projected to be in the teens and snow is expected to continue. Three to six inches have been forecast. While skies are expected to clear for the end of the week the temperatures will remain below freezing into the weekend.
Bowie City Manager Bert Cunningham said the city crews have prepared as much as possible with salt and sand loaded into the dump trucks.
Electric and street crews are on alert. The manager said they are in regular contact with the NWS.
Citizens asking: What’s up with my homestead as appraisal notices arrive
By BARBARA GREEN
The staff of the Montague County Tax Appraisal District has fielded hundreds of phone calls since notices of appraised property value went out two weeks ago as owners question perceived possible losses in their homestead exemptions.
Chief Appraiser Kim Haralson said while the wording has been in place since 2019 when the Texas Legislature made sweeping changes in the way values are presented and documented, this has been the first year so many have questioned it or confused it with their homestead exemption.
That was the number one question to the staff: “Why has my homestead exemption gone down?” The chief appraiser said the confusion comes from the mandated wording calling what was previously called “capped value,” now called homestead savings, but does not apply to homestead exemptions at all.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Summertime arrives with a big splash
These youngsters dive into the Bowie City Pool after it opened on June 6. The Nocona community pool also has opened this week. Watch for more photos in your weekend Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
Motorcycle, truck-trailer crash kills one
A 60-year-old Bowie man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a trailer being towed by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon southwest of Montague.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Marc Couch of media relations said the crash occurred at 1:55 p.m. on May 30 at the intersection of Lone Star Road and Hildreth Pool Road. 2.5 miles southwest of Montague.
The accident involved a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Raymond Melton Mills, Bowie, and a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup towing a 2020 Easton Car & Construction utility semi-trailer.
According to the preliminary investigation, the DPS report the motorcycle was traveling north on Lone Star Road, while the pickup and trailer were going south on Lone Star Road at the intersection with Hildreth Pool. The truck was turning right onto Hildreth Pool when the motorcycle failed to yield half the roadway to the truck and trailer driven by Israel Lozano, 39, Decatur striking the towed trailer.
Mills was ejected from the motorcycle striking the trailer. He was transported by air ambulance to Medical City Denton for treatment of his injuries, but died under a doctor’s care due to the sustained injuries.
This accident was investigated by Trooper Bradly S. Slade, Nocona, who was assisted by several other troopers and county sheriff’s office deputies. The report states Melton was not wearing a helmet.
Correction- The print story stated the victim’s name was Raymond Melton, but it has been corrected to read Raymond Melton Mills. We apologize for this error.
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