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Search begins to fill district clerk as Darden retires

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The 97th District Court has begun the search for a new district clerk to fill the position when longtime clerk Lesia Darden retires at the end of the year.
A job posting was placed on the county website and the district’s Facebook page this past week. As per the Texas Government Code the district judge names the clerk to fill out the term in the event of a vacancy.
The posting states the applicant shall be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the county. The salary of the district clerk is $58,692.
Resumes may be submitted with references to: [email protected]. The deadline to submit a resume is Oct. 9.
Darden has served as district clerk since 2003 and announced earlier this summer she would retire effective Dec. 31. The clerk has two years left on her term before the next election.
The Montague County Commissioners will soon face a similar job as they fill the county clerk’s post as Glenda Henson retires also effective Dec. 31. She also has two years left.
Henson said she told the court verbally about the retirement, but has not sent a written statement. She has served as county clerk the past 16 years after being appointed in 2006 and has worked for the county 22 years.

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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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