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Scruggs suit against City of Bowie dismissed on summary judgment

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By BARBARA GREEN

The federal civil lawsuit filled by former Bowie Police Chief David Scruggs against the City of Bowie scheduled for the August docket was dismissed with prejudice on July 29.

United States District Judge Reed O’Connor made the ruling for the Northern District of Texas Wichita Falls division of the United States District Court. With prejudice means it cannot be appealed or filed again.

The trial was scheduled to begin on Aug. 22. On May 2, attorneys for the city submitted the request for summary judgment, which was granted last Friday. A final judgment will be issued separately.

Summary judgment is a procedural device used during civil litigation to promptly dispose of a case without a trial.

Scruggs worked for the Bowie Police Department from 1995 to Jan. 23, 2014, when he was fired.

The federal lawsuit was filed by Scruggs on Nov. 7, 2014, as the former city employee asserted various claims against the city related to his termination, citing age discrimination, retaliation and violation of his constitutional right to privacy.

Read the full story in the mid-week News.

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BISD approves administrator contracts, hears about budget error

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie School trustees approved new contracts for all its primary administrators and discussed a hit to the budget thanks to an error in value calculation software.
After an executive session that lasted about an hour the board approved all the contracts presented that included the assistant superintendent, finance director, support services, athletic director, technology director and all the principals. Superintendent Blake Enlow said everyone on the list was approved and no one was left off the list.
School safety also was a topic listed in executive session, but no action was taken or discussed back in open session.

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

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Early voting opens today

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Early voting for the March 5 party primary elections began Tuesday and runs through March 1.
There will be four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie. Voters are reminded they can cast ballots at any of these locations thanks to county-wide voting.
Early voting is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at those four locations starting Feb. 20 and going through Feb. 23. Extended early voting hours at all locations will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.

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Bowie sends demand letter to Nelson Street contractor

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By BARBARA GREEN
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It appears a letter from the City of Bowie demanding MX Construction return to work immediately on the Nelson and Mill Street drainage projects may be working as the contractor crew returned to the site on Wednesday.
In a Feb. 7 letter to Chris Delgado, project manager, Mike Tibbetts of Hayter Engineering, also representing the city, urged the crew to resume work and resolve problems discovered a month earlier in the inlet/junction box at the intersection.
The box had been constructed on soil that had not been tested – soil that the on-site superintendent for MX said would not pass the required compaction tests.
Bowie City Manager Bert Cunningham said Thursday MX was back at work Wednesday laying water lines and doing other tasks, but the city has not received a final response to how they will move forward on the inlet box. He added the full crew with the supervisor was not yet back.

Read the full story on the demand letter in the weekend Bowie News.

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