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Resources deployed to assist Laredo’s COVID surge

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AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) have surged medical personnel, equipment, testing supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Laredo to help combat COVID-19 and support hospitals in the region. 

DSHS has deployed a total of 470 staff to Laredo and delivered ventilators, infusers, oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, cardiac monitors, oxygen flowmeters, IV poles, BiPAP machines, and more. Over 87,000 COVID-19 test kits have been provided to the City of Laredo Health Department and the Laredo Fire Department. DSHS has supplied 8 auxiliary medical units and ambulances as requested. Additionally, the State of Texas has provided over 29,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to date with more on the way.

TDEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have provided Laredo and Webb County with over 33.9 million pieces of PPE, including over 5.9 million masks, over 25.4 million gloves, 260,000 face shields, and nearly one million gowns and coveralls. State testing teams, coordinated by TDEM, have tested over 38,000 specimens at 29 locations throughout Laredo and Webb County. 

“The State of Texas is working closely with Laredo officials to provide support that will help bring hospitalizations down, treat COVID-positive patients, and mitigate the spread of the virus,” said Governor Abbott. “We will continue to ensure that communities across the Lone Star State have what they need to effectively respond to COVID-19.” 

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Cody Clay selected news Bowie High assistant principal

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Clay Cody, new assistant BHS principal

By BARBARA GREEN
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Clay Cody, teacher at Bowie High School, was named the new assistant principal at BHS by the school board of trustees following a brief executive session.
The appointment came Monday along with the board finalizing its professional educator contracts and receiving a pair of safety audits. Trustees went in closed session to review these items and returned to open session for a vote.
Cody will replace Andy Atkins, who resigned to take a position with Tolar Independent School District.
He has been with the district since 2023 as an English Language Arts teacher and he said he is excited for the new positions saying it was “New opportunities to create new memories.”
Superintendent Blake Enlow said there were 11 applicants and four were interviewed. He looked to Cody’s various levels of experience in large and small schools and builds strong relationships with students.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Public hearing set for updated subdivision rules

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A public hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on May 28 to present the updated subdivision regulations for Montague County.
This 89-page draft is available for review on the county website at co.montague.tx.us/page/montague.home.
Back in August 2019 the commissioner’s court adopted its first subdivision regulations and apparently it was done just in time. Since Aug. 16, 2019 there have been 24 subdivisions with 465 lots approved by the court.
During that initial discussion there was a lot of contention about even having rules and much debate on acreage and water requirements.
Charley Lanier, subdivision development officer, said the updated regulations primarily center on bringing county rules into compliance with new rules passed by the Texas Legislature. One of the more prominent changes is the law now requires a water availability study for new developments.
After the hearing where public comment will be taken, the court will go back into regular session where it will consider an interlocal agreement with the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and adoption of the updated subdivision regulations.
This hearing takes place after the regular court agenda.
Other topics include approval for the sheriff’s office to buy a radio console for dispatch and a budget workshop, where elected officials and department heads can submit their budget requests.

The court will consider naming a private road Ambrose Lane. It is located off Lake Valley Road in Sunset in precinct one.
Precinct four will seek a line-item budget adjustment in the amount of $18,840 from the sale of property to gravel.

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Bowie seniors take their final walk around the district

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Second graders at Bowie Elementary created posters to wish their students well as they graduate this week. The youngsters also did their own final walk as they move on to third grade. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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