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County closes out 2015 FEMA projects

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
Montague County Commissioner’s approved accrued pay for the former county jail administrator to the tune of $11,421.73 and changed the position to non-exempt which the court interprets as the new person will not be on salary, but fill out a time sheet and be eligible for overtime after a set amount of hours.
The court went into closed session for about 15 minutes to consider the personnel item listed as jail administrator’s pay, job description and duties. Back in open session the payment to Jean Meyers was approved for accrued pay for “hours worked,” reported County Treasurer Jennifer Fenoglio. Meyers has been working at the jail since February 2014. She became jail administrator Jan. 1, 2020 and left the job on Nov. 7.
FEMA close-out
After seven years of work, Montague County has completed the last of its July 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief road flooding repairs and plan to close out the process with the last project

done in July.
Grant Coordinator Charley Lanier reviewed the extensive list of payments for all the precincts. Eligibility was approved on July 28, 2015 and final approval on Nov. 4, 2015.

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‘Murphy’s Law’ sends Bowie ER opening to the summer for Faith Community Health

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Frank Beaman, chief executive officer for Faith Community Health System, pointed to “Murphy’s Law,” coming into play in the renovation of the old hospital to create a new emergency room, but he also looks forward to a possible summer opening of the facility in Bowie.
Beaman was the speaker for the Bowie Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn Series Tuesday. Mayor Gaylynn Burris introduced Beaman. He has been with Faith Community for the past 13 years, and he opened by referring to the hospital being about six months from closing when he arrived.
Today the hospital serves about 25,000 people and its revenue has gone from $4 million to $130 million annually. He began with 46 employees and now they have 400.

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Traffic stop leads to evading, unlawful firearm and drug possession complaints

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James Looney

A traffic stop by a Montague County Sheriff’s deputy turned into something more as the suspect failed to stop, retreated into his residence and when he came out faced complaints of evading arrest, unlawful firearm and drug possession.
The incident occurred on Feb. 4 while Deputy Daniel Carter was patrolling in the area of U.S. Highway 81 and Indians Hills Road outside Nocona.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas said the deputy observed a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria at the intersection of those two roads. When the vehicle turned south onto Hwy. 81 the deputy got behind it and observed it to pull onto the shoulder.
Carter said the driver was James Bruce Looney, who he had dealt with in previous encounters and he knew had an expired driver’s license from 2002.

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Speeding, land use request top Saint Jo Council agenda

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Members of the Saint Jo Chamber of Commerce will discuss speeding in two locations in town and several property requests when they meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 in city hall.
Don Thomas has asked to discuss speeding on East Evans Street (Farm-to-Market Road 2382) and Kelly Williamson wants to address speed limits on U.S. Highway 72 through Saint Jo.
In land use requests, Chris Reyling wants to use a shipping container for storage in his back yard; Kyle and Krystal Ogden seek pre-approval to place a new manufactured home on a lot next to 503 E. Meadows and Daniel Hill and Donna Williams ask to put a new manufactured home at 501 E. Herndon.
Donna Howell-Sickles of the Saint Jo Historical Advisory Board will see approval for certificates of appropriateness for 105 E. Howell site of the old Valley View Creek Arts Building and 112 E. Broad Street location of Real Estate Station.Eli Casey also will ask to host a chili cook-off on the square in May.
Other topics will include a presentation of the program goals for the Texas Community Development Block Grant project; the new Texas Municipal Retirement System rate for 2023; receive the police racial profiling report and review the Saint Jo Economic Development A and B quarterly financials.

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