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Summer’s top outdoor trends in the south

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Summer is upon us, and with that, the opportunity to entertain and spend more time outdoors. Offers.com partnered with Houzz, the popular online platform for home remodeling and design, to get a better idea of the landscaping and outdoor entertainment trends for 2018. And we discovered that what is most popular in curb appeal and home renovations this year varies drastically by region.

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So what are the trends for your region? While the south is known for its sweltering heat, home owners are still excited to make upgrades and increase curb appeal over the next few months. In fact, 62% said that upgrading their outdoor space will help them spend more time outside this summer.

See below for the top trends of your region and visit our blog for more information and nation-wide landscaping trends.

Southern Region Home Improvement Trends:

  • This summer, a majority of southerners (71%) will be upgrading their backyards. 40% will be focusing on the front yard, 30% will be updating the sides of their houses and 2% be renovating their roofs.

  • The most sought-after upgrades for this region are new lights (46%), sprinklers (29%), security systems (22%), entertainment items (21%) and composting bins (18%).

  • Heading to a BBQ? You are most likely to see new TVs, speakers and charging stations in your friends yards this summer.

    • Other popular outdoor living additions: furniture, string lights and ceiling fans.

  • While many southerners are spending most of their time in their backyards, the importance of curb appeal has not fallen to the wayside. Garden beds, perennials, shrubs and new grass are the most common additions this year.  

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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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