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Cost of Justice – Fulfilling an inmate’s rights, juggling a budget a hard road

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By BARBARA GREEN

How do you weigh the costs of justice?

Does Montague County take on the costs of serious medical procedures for a person detained on a minor felony charge or let them go on a personal recognizance bond?

Those are just a few off the questions Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham has to consider as he strives to fulfill the task of arresting offenders, while adhering to their constitutional right to be released on bond and maintaining a viable budget.

One of the most common complaints from citizens to law officers and prosecutors asks why an offender is released on bond especially if that person is considered to a habitual offender or has multiple convictions. Read the full feature in the weekend News. Pictured – the exterior sign to the Montague County Jail. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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BISD extends superintendent’s contract 1 year

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie Independent School District Superintendent Blake Enlow received a one-year extension on this three-year contract following the annual summative evaluation during the June 13 board meeting.
Trustees usually conduct this review in the summer and do a board goals’ review in January. Enlow met with the board in closed session for about 90 minutes, afterwhich, trustees discussed the topic without him for about 30 minutes.
There was no action on a salary addendum and it will consider that during the budget process for all administrators and staff.
Much of the agenda focused on year-end reports for transportation, food service, custodial, maintenance and technology. The board also got their first look at State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness grades in math, reading and reading-language arts in grades three-eighth, fifth and eighth grade science and eighth grade social studies.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Sunset travel center on Rural TIP plan

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The Texas Department of Transportation in late May conducted its virtual public hearings and began accepting public comments on the Rural Transportation Improvement Plan.
TxDOT officials will now review each revised rural TIP proposal and integrate them into the statewide TIP, followed by Rural TIP approval, the first step in the statewide plan.
For Montague County 14 projects were featured in the 2025-29 RTIP spanning road improvements, county road bridge replacements and construction of a new safety rest area on U.S. Highway 81/287, eight miles south of Bowie in fiscal year 2026. The Wichita Falls district of TxDOT includes Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young Counties.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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First official day of summer arrives June 20

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June 20 is the first official day of summer, although most of Texas has already been sweltering.
Summer begins with the solstice on at 4:51 p.m. on June 20, marking the astronomical first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky.
While a heat dome has settled across the country, most of the dangerous heat is in the southwest and the north central part of the U.S. Texas’ forecast shows temperatures in the mid- to high 90s throughout the week.

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