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Bellevue ISD honors one of its fallen during Veterans’ Day ceremony

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Amidst American flags, patriotic music and humble veterans, Bellevue School honored one of its own during a Veterans’ Day ceremony Friday.
While the program celebrated all those who served the nation, family, friends and school mates of Eddie Edgemon, Class of 1969, paid special tribute to the soldier who was killed west of Chu Lai on March 28, 1971. Edgemon died along with 32 others that day and 76 were wounded.
The school auditorium was decorated in patriotic red, white and blue with hundreds of flags lining the outside walk and the auditorium. Students entertained with patriotic tunes.
Dr. David Greer, a Vietnam-era flight surgeon, was the guest speaker. He has been in local medical practice for more than 50 years and serves on the Clay County Memorial Hospital Board.
Greer said he did not know Edgemon as he graduated a little earlier, but they were both stationed at Chu Lai, with Edgemon at Fire Base Mary Ann. Greer recalled leaving a divided country to serve in another divided country.
“Eddie stood up and volunteered after high school, then his life was cut short in a war,” said Greer.

Read the full story on this event in your mid-week Bowie News.

Joel Jimenez of the Wichita Falls Disabled American Veterans helped post the colors for the pledge at the Bellevue School’s Veteran’s Day ceremony. The children then did the pledge. See more Veterans Day photos in the mid-week Bowie News.
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Snow pictures abound this week

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(Top) This family of four snowmen was created by Lennox, Parx and Ross Houston on McWilliams Drive late Tuesday as a hefty snow fell. (Courtesy photo)

Sam and Charlie Goad built this snowman Tuesday night. Thank you to everyone who sent in their snowy photos from this week’s snow. We had more than 150 submissions on our Facebook page. We appreciate your participation. (Courtesy photo)
Courtney and Quinn McEwen built their snowman as Tuesday night’s darkness rolled in. (Courtesy phot)
Rebecca Gilliland captured her kids on this trampoline in the snowy woods. (Courtesy photo)
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So far incumbents fill most ballots for Nocona races

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A week and a half into election filing season, all the Nocona entities have all of their incumbents registered to run on the May ballot.
Potential candidates have until Feb. 17 to file for the May 6 election.
For the Nocona City Council candidates include Mayor Robert Fenoglio and Council members Don Davis and Robert Fuller. Terms run two years.
The NISD has two places on the ballot: Place 5 filled now by J.W. Patterson and Place 7 filled by Jay Womack. Both incumbents have filed, along with Gary Eldred for place seven. School board terms run three years.
The Nocona Hospital District Board has four places open on the ballot. They are filled by Kristal Ferguson, Chris Keck, Ken Koontz, and Paula Webb. All the incumbents have filed. These terms run two years.
These were the candidates as of Thursday afternoon.

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Alzheimer support groups meet locally

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The Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter will host family support group meetings for caregivers in Bowie and Nocona.
The Nocona group will meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Grace Care Center of Nocona. The Bowie group will meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Advanced Rehabilitation and Healthcare of Bowie.

The support group is free and is open to caregivers, family members and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The support groups are a safe haven of understanding, companionship and encouragement for those who are often lost in the maze of this complicated, mysterious disease.
There will be monthly gatherings for members to share experiences, knowledge and provide emotional support as well as coping skills in matters relating to caregiving.
The groups also provide a forum for learning, with educational topics discussed concerning dementia-related issues.
For further information and a complete listing of groups, call the Alzheimer’s Association- North Central Texas Chapter at 940-767-8800 or 1-800-272-3900, or visit alz.org/northcentraltexas.

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