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AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a “Retail-To-Go” model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. “Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic.” James Huffines will lead the advisory strike force and Mike Toomey will serve as Chief Operating Officer. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Comptroller Glenn Hegar will serve as consulting members. In addition, Governor Abbott has appointed Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, as Chief Medical Officer of the strike force. Dr. Hellerstedt will be supported by three Chief Medical Advisors: John Zerwas, MD, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner and U.S. Medicaid and Medicare Administrator Parker Hudson, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Dell Medical School and program director for the Internal Medicine Residency These health experts will develop a medical architecture to comprehensively test and trace COVID-19 that will enable Texans to gradually and safely begin the process of returning to work and other activities. The medical team will work alongside a Special Advisory Council who will share innovative ideas to help businesses strategically reopen while containing the spread of COVID-19. The council consists of 39 business leaders representing the state’s regions and industries. The advisory council will collaborate with working groups to devise strategies, statewide standards, and appropriate time frames to reopen the Lone Star State while prioritizing the health and safety of all Texans. The strike force will immediately begin providing input on potential additional openings of activities and services in Texas consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor will announce a revised plan for the state based on these initial recommendations on April 27. Special Advisory Council members include: Arcilia Acosta: President and CEO, CARCON Industries & Construction Paul Andrews, Jr.: Founder and CEO, TTI Inc. Mark Bivins: Rancher, partner in Corsino Cattle Company Kathy Britton: CEO and Owner, Perry Homes Brad Brookshire: Chairman and CEO, Brookshire Grocery Co. J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.: Chairman, Texas Transportation Commission Alonzo Cantu: President & CEO of Cantu Construction Bobby Cox: Owner and operator, Bobby Cox Companies, Inc. Adriana Cruz: Executive Director, Economic Development & Tourism Division, Office of the Governor Michael Dell: Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies Scott Dueser: Chairman, President & CEO, First Financial Bank Don Evans: Chairman of the President George W. Bush Foundation, Chairman of Permian Strategic Partnership Tilman Fertitta: Chairman, CEO, and sole owner, Landry’s, Inc. Richard Fisher: Senior Advisor, Barclays and Former President & CEO, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Rick Francis: Chairman of the Board, WestStar Bank Holding Company, Inc.
Printice Gary: Founding Partner/Principal and CEO, Carleton Companies Brad Heffington: Owner of Heffington Farms, Inc. and Triple T Irrigation, Inc. Jeffery D. Hildebrand: Executive Chairman and Founder, Hilcorp Energy Company Nancy Kinder: President & CEO, Kinder Foundation Tom Luce: Founder and Chairman, Texas 2036 Marc McDougal: CEO, McDougal Companies Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale: Owner, Gallery Furniture Drayton McLane: Chairman, McLane Group Elaine Mendoza: Founder, President & CEO of Conceptual MindWorks, Inc Balous Miller: Owner, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Restaurants Carla Moran: Ramar Communications Dennis Nixon: CEO and Chairman of International Bank of Commerce David Oliveira: Partner at Roerig, Oliveira & Fisher, L.L.P. Ross Perot, Jr.: Chairman, The Perot Group Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D.: Executive Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation Robert B. Rowling: Owner and Chairman, TRT Holdings, Inc. Kendra Scott: Founder and CEO, Kendra Scott Robert F. Smith: Founder, Chairman & CEO, Vista Equity Partners Sam L. Susser: Chairman of BancAffiliated, Inc. Massey Villarreal: CEO and President, Precision Task Group, Inc. Kirk Watson: Founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs Marc Watts: President, The Friedkin Group Graham Weston: Former Chairman of Rackspace Hosting Inc. Sanjiv Yajnik: President of the Financial Services Division, Capital One For more information about the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, visit the strike force webpage. The Governor’s second Executive Order (GA-16) relates to the safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities in Texas. This order establishes a temporary “Retail-To-Go” model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact. Under this Executive Order, schools—including public, private, and higher education institutions—will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms. The Governor’s third Executive Order (GA-15) relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response. The order loosens restrictions on surgeries put in place by Governor Abbott in March. Beginning at 11:59pm on April 21 through 11:59pm on May 8, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death as determined by a patient’s physician. Exceptions now include: Any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with COVID-19, or Any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to Texas HHSC both (1) that it will reserve at least 25% of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients, and (2) that it will not request any PPE from any public source—whether federal, state, or local—for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster. The Governor today also directed state parks to reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19—including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.
Police standoff ends in suicide in Bowie neighborhood
By BARBARA GREEN
A 36-year-old Bowie man is believed to have taken his own life during a 10-hour stand off with law enforcement early Sunday morning.
Bowie Police, Montague County Sheriff’s staff, a Department of Public Safety Trooper and the Wise County tactical unit worked throughout the night to reach a safe outcome, but it was not to be as Ryan Clay was found deceased in a house located at 610 Pillar. Police Chief Guy Green said Clay’s body has been sent to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsy.
Captain Kent Stagg said the first call came in at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night from Clay’s mother, Cynthia Bolt, who told police he was “shooting up the house.”
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Picture above – Law officers dealt with a standoff at 610 Pillar throughout the early morning hours of Sunday. After 10 hours of negotiating with Ryan Clay, he was found deceased inside the home from what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (News photo by Rosie Cole)
Primary filing moving slow
With less than a week left for the March 5, 2024 party primaries there are virtually no contested county races with the state garnering the most candidates.
Filing for the Republican and Democratic Party primaries ends on Dec. 11. Candidate prospects can file with the county party chairman for the local races and with the state party for the national and state races.
Montague County Republican Party Chairman Mark Neese said as of Monday he has received no new candidates since the Nov. 16 sign-up night. There is no county Democratic Party chairperson and those who wish to run on that ticket may file with the state party.
The District 30 State Senate seat is garnering a lot of attention after Drew Springer, R-Muenster, announced he would retire to return to private business taking over his father’s financial management firm in Muenster. District 4 Congressman Pat Fallon, R-Sherman, has said he plans to run for the District 30 seat, but he is not yet listed on the Republican Party filing list or the Secretary of State’s site. Fallon served in the seat for two years before Springer leaving the office to run for Congress.
Other candidates for the senate seat that includes Montague County are Brent Hagenbuch, Denton County Republican Party chair, Dr. Carrie deMoor, a Frisco physician and Cody Clark, Krugerville, a former police officer and business owner.
Trish Coleman Byers, 97th district judge, has filed for her first full term as judge after being appointed mid-summer after the retirement of Judge Jack McGaughey.
Casey Hall, 97th district attorney, said she plans to run and has submitted her paperwork to the state party, but it has not appeared on the party or SOS website filing page as of Monday.
Other county races open in the 2024 primaries are county attorney, sheriff, precincts one and three commissioners, two constables and county tax assessor. All the incumbents have filed.
Precinct One Commissioner Roy Darden has filedand is facing a challenge from Charles King, which is the only contested race so far in the county.
The Archer County race for county attorney has reportedly gained a local connection. Leslie Hash, chairman of the Archer County Republican Party, confirmed Tuesday Assistant District Attorney Judy Price Hamilton Rosenberger filed as a Republican candidate for Archer County attorney.
Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.
Sunset, Bowie Rural VFDs respond to simultaneous events
Sunset Fire and Bowie Rural Fire Departments responded to this semi-tractor trailer fire on Nov. 29 when it caught fire on U.S. 287. The truck cab was destroyed on arrival and they worked to stop the fire from spreading. The driver was not injured. At the same time a second call came in for a semi-truck/Mustang wreck on Spur 511 outside Sunset. Units from both departments responded to the wreck, which also had no injuries. Sunset VFD officials commended the response and assistance from Bowie Rural. (Courtesy photo)
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