Almost two weeks into filing for the Nov. 8 elections, only a few incumbents have submitted their paperwork.
Filing began on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 22. There are city council races in Bowie and Saint Jo, plus school board races in Bowie, Saint Jo, Gold-Burg, Forestburg and Prairie Valley.
As of Monday no filings have been made for the Bowie City Council election. Three places are on the ballot: North ward presently filled by Laura Hefley; East ward filled by Terry Gunter and East ward served by Kristi Bates. These are two-year terms.
Jeff Jackson has filed to run for another term in place three on the Bowie School Board. Place four filled by Daniel Deweber also will be on the ballot.
The two-year unexpired term in place six also is on the ballot. Lee Hughes was appointed in November 2021 to serve until the next election, which leaves two years on the term.
The Saint Jo City Council will have a mayoral race and fill two council positions. Those are filled now by Mayor Tom Weger and Councilors John Dunn and Leroy Voth.
The Saint Jo ISD will see two places open on the ballot with incumbents Mike Martin and Rodney Scwirczynski.
In Gold-Burg ISD Incumbent Raymond Rhyne filed for re-election. The district has four places on the ballot including Rhyne and they are filled by Adam Garcia, Brandy Hamilton and James Martin. Garcia was named to the board to fill a mid-term vacancy in 2020.
All four incumbents on the Prairie Valley School Board have filed: David Allan, Brant Carpenter, Cathy Goolsby and Ricky Roberts.
There have been no filings at Forestburg ISD which has four places up for election on its board. They are presently held by Charlie Lanier, Skip Mann, Billie Poirot and Joann Pople.
Mardi Gras Nocona-Style celebrating 13th year of festival parades
Nocona is busy getting ready for its largest festival of the year, Mardi Gras Nocona Style with activities Feb. 11-18.
This Nocona Chamber of Commerce puts its own unique spin on the Mardi Gras theme with a parade or events planned each day of festival week, climaxing with the “Big Parade” on Feb. 18.
The festival opens Feb. 11 with the Mardi Gras Ball, which is already sold out.
On Feb. 12 the parade week begins with the popular Krewe de Barkus pet parade. Registration is at 1:30 p.m. with the parade at 2 p.m. at Mary Beckham Davis Park in downtown. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted and will go to the Nocona Lucky Paws Shelter.
Read the full slate of events for the week in your weekend Bowie News.
Friends of Animal Shelter plan Feb. 11 fundraising event
Live music, food and fun will be offered at a fundraiser benefitting the Friends of the Bowie Animal Shelter at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at The Hall, 1401 Jakes Road, Bowie.
Monty Dawson, Bowie’s own country music entertainer, will provide live music. Guests can enjoy pizza, salad and dessert for a meal all for $10.
Other activities will include silent auction and a fun photo booth where you and your friends can strike a pose.
The Friends are working to raises funds for a new storage building to replace the present one that is more than 18 years old and beginning to rust out.
These volunteers are very active in caring for the animals, supporting medical care and helping maintain the shelter.
Anyone who would like to donate an item or a basket to the silent auction can message the Friends’ Facebook page.
Saint Jo artist featured speaker for ‘Cowgirl Connection’
Internationally-known artist Donna Howell-Sickles of Saint Jo will be the featured speaker at the new monthly lecture series, “Cowgirl Connection,” at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Howell-Sickles is a 2007 cowgirl honoree to the Hall of Fame. The program will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Cowgirl for wine and light bites, complimentary parking, shopping and more. The museum is located at 1720 Gendy Street in Fort Worth.
This is a free event, however, space is limited and advanced reservations are required. RSVP to Jennifer Legrand at JLEGRAND@cowgirl.net.
This popular artist has deep roots in Saint Jo, and she and husband John, renovated two historic buildings on the town square for their Davis & Blevins Gallery. Howell-Sickles’ studio is located upstairs where she creates unique western art that features beautiful cowgirls with their horses or dogs. They have become iconic as they usually have a strong red lipstick. Her original inspiration for the ladies came from a 1935 cowgirl on a rodeo post card. In her pieces, the cowgirl achieves the status of a heroine, and her images have brought her national attention and success. Her work is rich with symbolism and allusions to classical mythology, but the viewer does not need to be familiar with those in order to appreciate the female affirmations of each piece.
Photo caption – Donna Howell-Sickels welcomes guests to an art exhibit at Davis & Blevins. (Bowie News photo)
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