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Safety urged during this fireworks season

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As everyone gets excited for the annual fireworks during the July 4th holiday, residents in the three incorporated cities of Montague County remind residents it is illegal to discharge fireworks within the city limits of Bowie, Nocona and Saint Jo.
Those who violate those city ordinances may receive a citation which is a class C misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $500.
Bowie Fire Chief Doug Page said local residents can travel to Amon G. Carter Lake on July 4th to shoot fireworks at Selma Park, but only on that day.
Any other discharge of fireworks on other dates may result in a ticket.
Rusty Henley, Nocona fire chief, encourages residents to be cautious of any fireworks use.
“You could be fined or worse, destroy property or injure someone. Let your volunteer firefighters enjoy their holiday too, and not have to leave their families due to your carelessness,” said Henley.
Scott Thomas, fire chief at Saint Jo, invites folks to attend that community’s fireworks show for a safe evening of activities capped off by a big show on July 4 in Boggess Park.
A similar fireworks show will take place at Lake Nocona. (See related story on fireworks shows).
Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July.

Read the full story of safety tips in the mid-week News.

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97th District courtroom at Montague to get kevlar panels

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County will make some security upgrades in the 97th District Courtroom and will apply for grants to replace radio equipment in the sheriff’s office following court action Monday.
Commissioner Bob Langford told the court he was approached by Security Baliff James Bacon about installing bulletproof material in the podium and wall panels in front of the judge, court reporter and jury panel. The Kevlar balistic panels are about 1.25 inches thick.
Langford explained this was a recommendation from the security officer, not something pushed by District Judge Trish Byars. The panels would be installed on the inside of the present wall panels providing a shield on the lower level.
County Judge Kevin Benton added active shooter training directs people to get down as low as possible. Langford said this would allow people to crawl along the floor with some protection trying to get to safety.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Early primary voting ends Friday

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The final week of party primary early voting ends Friday with election day arriving on March 5.
During the weekend the first ever early balloting on Saturday and Sunday took place. Elections Administrator Ginger Wall said the numbers were low at 102 on Saturday and 48 on Sunday, across all four locations.
Through March 1 early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all four locations.
As of closing Monday night there were 1,160 total early ballots cast across both the Republican and Democratic Party tickets.
The four locations in the county for early voting in person are 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.
In the party primaries a voter must select a party in which to cast a ballot. In a runoff, the voter can only vote in that party’s runoffs.
In Montague County all local races were Republican candidates with only two contested races for precinct one commissioner and 97th District Attorney.

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

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Four-day work schedule began this week for Bowie city, finance offices

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The new extended four-day work week for Bowie city offices and the finance department began Tuesday and March 1, which will be first Friday the offices will be closed.
New hours will be Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. , and closed on Friday.
After hours call for electric, water or sewer emergencies will go through the Bowie Police Department at 872-2251.

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