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Seven-day burn ban issued

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Montague County Judge Kevin Benton issued an emergency ban on outdoor burning Tuesday just before noon.
Citing the threat of imminent disaster from wildfire and drought, the ban is an effort to mitigate the likelihood of such fires. The burning of trash and domestic waste is prohibited, along with maintenance or land clearing, brush, campfires and trees.
The order also limits outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that were authorized by the Texas Natural Resources Commission for: 1. Firefighter training; 2. Public utilities, natural gas or mining operations; 3. Harvesting of agricultural crop or 4. Welding allowed with the following restrictions:

  1. The area should be clean 15 feet or more on welding site.
  2. There should be at least 55 gallons of water with the ability to pressurize and spray welding site.
  3. An additional person should be onsite with welder to spot fires.
    Judge Benton said further action on the ban would be considered by the full Montague County Commissioner’s Court at its Monday meeting. This emergency order expires in seven days.
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Foot, K-9 search planned Tuesday for missing man

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A search is planned Tuesday for Bryce Degler, missing for almost one week.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office has organized the search where law enforcement will be using search dogs, a plane and drones to search specific areas in Clay County, along with deputies and paramedics walking the area in hopes of finding Bryce. The group will be small as to not throw off the search dogs. The focus will be in the area where Dingler’s truck was found last Wednesday.

The Nocona News Facebook page stated Monday evening: “At the request of Dr. Len Dingler, while everyone’s desires to help find their missing son Bryce are appreciated, the family asks you limit your support tomorrow to prayers and allow the professionals do their jobs, unhindered with extra untrained bodies and false footprints which could divert their efforts.” Bryce is Len’s son.

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Reward set up for information for missing man Bryce Dingler

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Petition seeks to remove DA from office

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Casey Hall

By BARBARA GREEN
[email protected]
A petition was filed mid-week with the 97th District Clerk seeking the removal of 97th District Attorney Casey Hall for “incompetency or official misconduct.”
The document was filed by Tim Cole, former DA and longtime area attorney, on July 17. Texas law allows any resident of the county where the allegations occurred to file such a petition on any elected official.
As of Friday noon, no judge had been assigned and Hall had not been served notice of the filing per the district court.
A recent example of this type of petition occurred in Clay County in January 2023 after Sheriff Jeff Lyde was arrested on charges of official oppression. Former District Judge Frank Douthitt filed that petition and the state was represented by Hall and the Clay County attorney Seth Slagle.
Casey Hall, DA for the three-county 97th District since 2016, was arrested on July 8 on a grand jury indictment for theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. She was released on a $5,000 bond. The allegations stem from misappropriation of state grant funds with the investigation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s staff.
Removal action
The removal action is directed to David Evans, judge of the 8th administrative judicial region, which has jurisdiction in this case. It seeks to have the officer removed for incompetency or official misconduct, acts or omissions while in the performance of her duties as the district attorney.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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