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Bowie City Council hears arguments against a new city hall in hard times; highway location blasted

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By BARBARA GREEN

Several citizens expressed their anger Tuesday night that the Bowie City Council could be considering a new municipal complex during the midst of an economic downturn due to the closure of the hospital and layoffs in the oil field.

However, Mayor Larry Slack emphatically stated no decision has been made on a location or building, and the agenda item for Tuesday was only to develop design and cost estimates for a building on the city-property at FM 1125 and U.S. Highway 287.

The council after 35-minutes of audience comments voted to pursue the cost study for the highway location. Councilor Dana Hulstine cast the lone no vote on the motion.

Discussions on a new city office have been ongoing for the last two years and has included the purchase of land as potential sites. The city owns 9.93 acres along U.S. 287, plus 1.37-acres at the corner of State Highway 59 (Mason) and Orchard Street. Read the full story in the weekend News. And don’t forget to take part in the Bowie News survey on a new city complex located on the home page. Results to be published in the Feb. 10 edition.     https://bowienewsonline.com/awesome-surveys/city-of-bowie-municipal-complex-survey-2/

 

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Tank truck, pickup crash injures one

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One person went to the Bowie emergency room following this accident on U.S. Highway 81 and Applegate Road at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday. Department of Public Safety officers report a truck tractor tanker was north bound on Hwy 81 driven by Michael Logan, 57, Duncan, OK. A passenger car moved into the left lane to pass the truck and Logan reportedly tapped his brakes, that locked up causing him to jack-knife across the highway. As the tanker crossed into oncoming traffic a southbound Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Bradley Werner, 49, Lavaca, AZ struck the tanker. Werner was transported by Bowie EMS to the ER with undisclosed injuries. Texas Department of Transportation crews arrived on the scene to assist while debris and vehicles were removed from the highway. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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Grand Jury issues April indictments

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The Montague County Grand Jury issued nine indictments during this week’s April session.
The 97th District Attorney said there also were four no-bills and five sealed cases awaiting the arrest of a suspect.

Read the full list of cases in the weekend Bowie News.

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City of Nocona receives clean audit for 2023-24

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The City of Nocona received a clean audit as its council addressed a variety of topics in its April 9 meeting.
Accountant David Parkman presented the financial report ending Sept. 20, 2023 prepared by Edgin, Parkman, Parkman and Fleming PC. City Secretary Revell Hardison said there were no issues and the year ended strongly.
A pair of requests from the Nocona Economic Development Corporation were approved. The second reading to expend $13,025 from the NEDC A and B boards to purchase a mower and maintenance vehicles and to top dress greens at Indian Oaks Golf Course was finalized.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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