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Missing 14-year-old girl found in Decatur

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Jorielle Strode

Update: The Montague County Sheriff’s Office reports Jorielle Strode has been found as of 2:30 p.m. Friday and is with the Decatur Police Department in Decatur.

Montague County Sheriff’s office is searching for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing Thursday afternoon by her stepmother.
Jack Lawson, chief deputy of the sheriff’s office, said Kimberly Strode reported Jorielle Strode, 14, was missing about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. He said the pair got into an argument with the teen packing a bag, but she left the bag behind when she left the house located at 270 Silver Lakes Drive.
The family, including Jorielle’s father who works out of town, have not lived in the area very long. The stepmother said she is homeschooled, so she does not have a lot of friends or family in the area.
Lawson said officers and volunteer firefighters from Sunset and Silver Lakes assisted in searching the area for the young woman. They also have been looking through her social media feeds to see who she may have been in contact with in that area.
She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a blue jean jacket. She has glasses and a black-yellow and blue yarn bracelet. She was last seen at 270 Silver Lakes Drive in the Sunset area.
If this teen is located call the sheriff’s office at 894-2871 or any local law enforcement agency.

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BISD approves administrator contracts, hears about budget error

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie School trustees approved new contracts for all its primary administrators and discussed a hit to the budget thanks to an error in value calculation software.
After an executive session that lasted about an hour the board approved all the contracts presented that included the assistant superintendent, finance director, support services, athletic director, technology director and all the principals. Superintendent Blake Enlow said everyone on the list was approved and no one was left off the list.
School safety also was a topic listed in executive session, but no action was taken or discussed back in open session.

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

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Early voting opens today

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Early voting for the March 5 party primary elections began Tuesday and runs through March 1.
There will be four locations in the county for voting in person: 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.
Early voting is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at those four locations starting Feb. 20 and going through Feb. 23. Extended early voting hours at all locations will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.

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Bowie sends demand letter to Nelson Street contractor

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By BARBARA GREEN
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It appears a letter from the City of Bowie demanding MX Construction return to work immediately on the Nelson and Mill Street drainage projects may be working as the contractor crew returned to the site on Wednesday.
In a Feb. 7 letter to Chris Delgado, project manager, Mike Tibbetts of Hayter Engineering, also representing the city, urged the crew to resume work and resolve problems discovered a month earlier in the inlet/junction box at the intersection.
The box had been constructed on soil that had not been tested – soil that the on-site superintendent for MX said would not pass the required compaction tests.
Bowie City Manager Bert Cunningham said Thursday MX was back at work Wednesday laying water lines and doing other tasks, but the city has not received a final response to how they will move forward on the inlet box. He added the full crew with the supervisor was not yet back.

Read the full story on the demand letter in the weekend Bowie News.

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