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TxDOT prepares roads for winter storm

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WICHITA FALLS DISTRICT – All nine counties (Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young) in the Wichita Falls District spent today preparing for the winter storm predicted to hit Wednesday. The Wichita District takes care of 6,500 lane miles of state and federal highways.TxDOT crews pretreated bridges and overpasses with brine today and Monday. Two large tanker trucks are in service to spread brine quickly on US 287, I-44, and I-35. These tankers also delivered extra brine to maintenance yards. Snowplows and V-Box with spreaders were hooked up and tested on our fleet of 83 snowplows for the district. In and around Wichita Falls the main lanes of I-44 were pretreated with brine. All bridges and overpasses were sprayed on our major highways as well as lesser volume roads. In the Gainesville area the main lanes of I-35 were pretreated with brine. The bridges and overpasses were included as usual. Other lesser volume highways had bridges and overpasses treated. Pretreating the main lanes of our highest volume freeways is done when a storm system is expected to dump large amounts of snow in a relatively short amount of time. TxDOT employs this strategy only on Tier one roadways. Tomorrow , crews will finish up pretreatment. More brine will be made to keep storage units full as we put down more.We will also start our 24-hour snow fighting strategy. 12-hour around the clock shifts at all of our offices will begin Wednesday early evening.If you haven’t done so already, Motorists are urged to make sure their vehicles are in good shape for travel.1. Check your oil, antifreeze, and windshield wiper blades. Top off items if needed.2. Double-check your tire pressure and your spare tire.3. Fill up your gas tank hours before the storm hits.4. Pack your snow brush, ice melt, snow shovel, tool kit.5. Don’t forget warm boots, socks, gloves and coat.6. Is your phone charged? Pack your cables. Motorists can obtain travel information by visiting DriveTexas.Org or calling (800) 452-9292The Wichita Falls Facebook page is @ TxDOTWichitaFalls and our Twitter feed is @TxDOTWF.The Wichita Falls District has 16 traffic cameras that you can watch online or on your phone at TxDOT.Gov. Click on the Traffic Cameras Link.

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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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