The expected Jan. 31 deadline for county, city and school taxes is almost here, and traffic is picking up at local tax offices.
Penalty and interest of seven percent begins to accrue starting Feb. 1 and increases incrementally each month.
Syd Nowell, Montague County tax assessor-collector, said while her office has been busy this week but she expects Monday and Tuesday to be hectic.
Read the full story on the pending deadlines in the weekend News.
Drug cases dominate grand jury list
The staff of the 97th District Attorney’s office released the following indictments from the recent November session of the Montague County Grand Jury.
Christopher Lemon, 21, Montague, indicted for tampering or fabricating evidence from a Nov. 18, 2022 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Zacchaeus Jones, 31, Ennis, possession of a controlled substance 4-400 grams, July 25 complaint, $25,000 bond.
James Marley, 47, Bowie, failure to register as a sex offender, May 20 complaint, $15,000 bond.
Jose Ramirez-Oretega, 46, Holliday, driving while intoxicated third or more, Sept. 9 complaint, no bond stated, in custody.
Robert Watkins, 44, Bowie, possession of a controlled substance under one gram, June 9 complaint, $1,500 bond.
Terry Wages, 55, Bridgeport, two charges for prohibited substance and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance 4-200 grams, Jan. 8 complaint, $50,000 in bonds.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Routine business for commissioners on Monday
By BARBARA GREEN
Members of the Montague County Commissioners Court met for a brief agenda of business on Monday as the county moves into the final month of the year.
The date for the last December meeting was moved from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26 due to the Christmas holiday.
A joint resolution was accepted for the county to conduct the Democratic and Republican Party primaries on March 5, 2024 and the runoffs on May 28, 2024.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Party primary filings continue to Dec. 11
In Montague County, the only contested race so far is in county commissioner precinct one where incumbent Commissioner Roy Darden is facing a challenge from Charles King.Party primary March 5, 2024 candidate filings kicked off with a lot of prospects filing for state offices with only one contested county race as of Nov. 22. Filing will continue through Dec. 11.
Montague County Republican Party Chairman Mark Neese hosted a signing evening for potential candidates during the group’s regular monthly meeting last week.
A large number of incumbents took advantage of the opportunity to sign-up for the election. Dr. Brooks McKenzie was the evening speaker. In Montague County, the only contested race so far is in county commissioner precinct one where incumbent Commissioner Roy Darden is facing a challenge from Charles King.
Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.
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