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STORM CENTER: Ringing in 2017

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Congratulations, Bowie News readers, you’ve made it.
Well, you made it to the end of 2016 – but, hopefully with good health, you’ll be here for the start of 2017.
Let’s take a look at some of the things set to happen next year, starting with what should be one of most anticipated astronomical events in recent memory.
On Aug. 21, there will be a total solar eclipse, which will be the first one in its totality of the 21st Century and the first one visible in the United States since Feb. 26, 1979.
Totality will occur in a part from Oregon to South Carolina, and last at least 2 minutes, 40 seconds. The location and time of the greatest eclipse will take place in Kentucky at about 6:25 p.m.
On Oct. 26, a collection of records established by late President John F. Kennedy about his assassination will be completely disclosed to the public.
Maybe then we will have closure about the incident occurring on Nov. 22, 1963, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. This inquisitive person has already circled that date on the calendar.
The United States is expected to deploy additional missile interceptors on the Pacific coast to defend against possible nuclear threats from North Korean ballistics.
It’s also expected international scientists will complete the world’s first fully synthetic yeast – which will be intended for use in production of both medicine and biofuel. Of course biofuel is a sore subject in these parts.
Keep in mind; it’s only 2017 in the eyes of the Gregorian calendar devised by Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced this time measurement tool in 1582.
In Armenia, 2017 is the year 1466. The Buddhist calendar thinks 2017 is really 2561. While in Korea, 2017 will be 4350. Hey Marty McFly, that’s really back to the future.
The year 2017 has been depicted in computer video games including, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare,” in which the game ends on Jan. 21, 2017.
Remember the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Running Man?” The story was set in a futuristic United States from the years of 2017-19. The premise of the film deals with a television show where convicted criminals must escape death from professional killers.

Read more from this column in the Dec. 31 Bowie News.

Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

The Year 2017 will feature a total solar eclipse across a great majority of the United States. (Metro graphic)

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Interview with Forestburg basketball players Talan Jones (left) and Kyler Willett following their bi-district playoff win against Newcastle on Feb. 20, 2024.
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Interview with Nocona basketball players Brady McCasland (left) and Conley Kleinhans following their bi-district playoff win against Haskell on Feb. 19, 2024.
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Saint Jo beats Bellevue in play-in game for 3rd place

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Devin Stewart scored 22 points for Saint Jo and helped the Panthers beat Bellevue on Friday night.

The Saint Jo Panthers were able to bounce back and beat Bellevue on Friday night in Bowie to earn the third seed in district play.
The Panthers won 69-51 against a hot Eagles team coming into the game.
Bellevue had won the last four district games heading into the game, including a dominant win against Saint Jo just the previous week.
The Eagles comeback win against second seed Forestburg earlier in the week clutched at least a playoff spot, with a play-in game against the Panthers for the third seed.
The first quarter was competitive as Bellevue led 15-12 as the Eagles had five different players score at least one point.
The Panthers answered back in the second quarter, scoring 22 points as the team got a big lift from Devin Stewart who scored nine points during that period.
Bellevue kept up, scoring 16 points even as it fell behind a little bit.
Saint Jo led 35-31 at halftime.
The Panthers defense stepped up in the third quarter, limiting the Eagles to only one basket and some free throw attempts as Bellevue scored seven points.
Saint Jo got a big boost from Barrett Johnson, who scored 10 of his team’s 14 points as the Panthers lead extended.
Saint Jo led 49-38 heading into the final period.
While the Eagles scored a bit better in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points, it was not enough to keep up with the Panthers. Saint Jo went 12-16 from the free throw line in the final period alone, which helped the team score 20 points and pull further ahead.
The Panthers won 69-51.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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