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TxDOT does more pre-treating of roads

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WICHITA FALLS DISTRICT – TxDOT maintenance crews were out all morning pre-treating bridges and overpasses with brine on the lesser-traveled highways. All of I-44 and I-35 including bridges and the main lanes were pretreated as Tier 1 roadways. Crews were also able to treat most of the main lanes on US 287, 281, and US 82. We additionally were able to the treat main lanes and bridges Seymour Highway and bridges and some of the main lanes on Southwest Parkway inside the City of Wichita Falls.TxDOT is 100% ready for the storm. Our crews are on stand-by to report to work. Their equipment and materials are fully stocked and ready for deployment. Our fleet of 83 snowplows and maintainers (motor graders) are on standby for a moment’s notice. Motorists can obtain travel information, road conditions and see 15 Wichita Falls traffic cameras and 1 Vernon camera by visiting DriveTexas.org or calling (800) 452-9292. Traffic cameras are also at TxDOT.Gov.Remember to follow the Wichita Falls District on our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/TxDOTWichitaFalls and on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/TxDOTWF . If you experience any emergency on the road, call 9-1-1 for help.

Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal dry road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.

Do not use cruise control.

Turn on your headlights. It’s not for you…it’s so other drivers can see you.

Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.

Watch carefully for personnel, equipment treating roadways, and stay at least 200 feet back from road crews. Don’t crowd Plows. They can’t see traffic that drives too close. Also, the plows can break over if the pavement is damaged.

Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first and thaw last.

Carry warm coats, gloves, and boots in case you get stranded. Keep a kit in your car.If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction that you want to go until you feel you have regained traction, and then straighten your vehicle

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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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