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Game wardens urge safety over holiday

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As people flock to area lakes and rivers, Texas Game Wardens are focused on making your holiday experiences safe and enjoyable.  Whether you are boating or swimming at a public lake or river, there are some State Laws and information you should be aware of:

 Boat operators who are impaired by alcohol are a factor in 21% of boating fatalities.  A person can be arrested for Boating While Intoxicated if he or she is impaired by drugs or alcohol or has a blood alcohol content of .08 or above while operating a vessel.   In addition, any person on a boat can be arrested for public intoxication if he presents a danger to himself or others.

 84% of drowning victims in a recreational boating accident were not wearing a life jacket.  A US Coast Guard approved personal flotation device is required for every person on board a boat regardless of length.  Children under 13 years of age are required to wear a PFD on boats under 26 ft in length while the boat is underway. Boats 16ft and over are required to have a US Coast Guard approved type IV (throwable device).  Current registration and certificate of number are required on all motorboats.  Fire extinguishers are required on most motorboats. Lights are required after sunset.

 77% of fatalities occurred on boats where the operator did not have boater safety instruction.  Boater education is required for anyone born after September 1, 1993 for operating a personal watercraft or motorboat over 15hp or a windblown vessel over 14 ft.

Swimming is a nice way to cool off on the 4th.  Remember that lake depths are unpredictable and dangerous, especially for children.  A life jacket and close supervision is recommended for all children swimming in our lakes and rivers.  Once again, anyone who is intoxicated and considered a danger to himself or others while on a public beach is subject to arrest.

Texas Game Wardens want you to celebrate 4th of July weekend in a safe responsible manner.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Eddie Hood or your local Game Warden, please call at 817-343-9114, or email Eddie at [email protected]

Texas Game Wardens are proud to serve the citizens of Texas and to fulfill its mission statement, which is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Anyone who has information concerning a crime should contact their local Game Warden or the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-792-GAME.

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Judges named to preside over DA Hall cases

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Judges have been named for the two cases involving 97th District Attorney Casey Hall, including the indictment for theft and a petition for removal as DA.
On July 11, Judge David L. Evans, presiding judge for the Eighth Administration Region of Texas, assigned E. Lee Gabriel to handle the indictment case against Hall. The judge then named Bruce McFarling for the removal petition case.
The two-term DA Hall was indicted by the Montague County Grand Jury July 15 on a charge of theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. The allegations stem from reported misappropriation of state grant funds.

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

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Safe room rebate available

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The City of Bowie has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund a Residential Safe Room Rebate Program.
This program will provide a 50% rebate of the cost of a residential storm shelter, up to a maximum of $3,000. The city’s grant is sufficient to provide rebates for about 20 residential storm shelters.
The Bowie Office of Emergency Management will be hosting an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 30 at city hall, 307 N. Mason Street, to explain the program’s requirements, answer questions, and distribute applications.
If you are a homeowner who lives within the city limits of Bowie, and are interested in this program, please plan on attending. For more information, email city emergency management coordinator at [email protected].

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Court approves election judges, bridge agreements

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners Monday approved four bridge replacement agreements and finalized the list of election judges and clerks as the Nov. 5 general election was called.
The court made quick work of its relatively brief agenda of business in less than 30 minutes.
County Elections Administrator Ginger Wall presented the order calling for the election on Nov. 5, along with the slate of election judges, alternate judges and clerks for the 2024-2025 elections.

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

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