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Sheriff Cunningham to be honored at retirement reception

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Montague Sheriff Paul Cunningham will be feted with a retirement celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 in the county courthouse annex community room.
Cunningham came to office on Jan. 1, 2009, facing a county jail that was in turmoil and unusable thanks to the actions of the former sheriff and employees who had been embroiled in a massive scandal.
It took thousands of dollars and months to get the jail to where it met state jail standards. Since that time it has passed each year with outstanding comments from the inspectors.
The outgoing sheriff has a long career in law enforcement. Prior to becoming sheriff, he worked as an arson investigator in Lewisville. Cunningham had hoped to have one more term as sheriff before retirement, but he was defeated in the spring 2016 primaries by Sheriff-elect Marshall Thomas.
He and his wife, Debra, recently moved to the Sanger area.The sheriff says he is looking forward to relaxing and doing some of the things he has not had time to do in recent years.

Read the full story in the mid-week News.

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Bowie, Nocona bands sending students to state solo, ensemble

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A large group of students from both the Bowie and Nocona High School bands competed in the solo and ensemble contests this past week bringing home a large number of superior ratings and nearly a dozen students and ensembles will advance to the state contests in late May.

See more on these contests in the mid-week Bowie News. (Top photo, Bowie band members)

Nocona High School band members go to solo and ensemble. (Courtesy photos)
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Nocona High Film sending three films to state finals

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Nocona High School film continues to dominate its division in the state University Interscholastic League Young Filmmakers Festival taking three films to the state finals vying for a gold medal.
The film team travels to Austin on Feb. 28 for the festival where young filmmakers from across the state will compete in their respective divisions. Nocona was the only school in the 1A-3A division to advance three entries to the finals.
This is the program’s seventh year in a row to place in the top student films and the eighth year to make the state finals. In 2023 NHS won the gold medal with the narrative film, “I Will Rise.”
Last year the schools’ other narrative entry, “Prodito,” made it to the semi-finals for the top 12 films in the state.
Nocona has won two gold medals in 2018 and 2020 for traditional animation. One of its films also was a State Nobelity finalist with its traditional animation film “Humanity.”
Nocona has been on the verge of the first place medal for several years in the narrative category taking a second, third and fourth place finish.
Film teacher Rob Norman called last year’s win “a milestone in the Nocona film program’s legacy,” a goal they had been seeking since they started the program.
This year’s films are “Anhedonia” and “Beyond the Glass Eyes,” both narratives, and the animation entry, “The Legendary Nut.”
The teacher is quick to tell everyone judging in this contest is so subjective and difficult in many ways, so they have no expectations other than to hope for one to go through. He also began the year with virtually all new students.

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

“Anhedonia”
“Beyond the Glass Eyes”
“The Legendary Nut”
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Big crowd attends Bowie political forum

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The Amity Club of Bowie hosted a political forum Thursday night welcoming about 150 people. (Below photo) Contested race candidates faced questions including the 97th District Attorney’s race where DA Casey Hall (Right) is challenged by Katie Boggeman of Henrietta. Extensive questions and rebuttal lead to some tense moments in the DA’s race. The audience enjoyed the soup dinner prepared by the Amity members prior to the forum and there also was a cake auction to raise funds for Amity scholarships and activities. (Photos by Barbara Green)

Dr. Carrie de Moor spoke as a candidate for District 30 State Senator. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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