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Commissioners tackle a variety of topics in last March meeting

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners considered a variety of topics in Monday’s session including tornado damage debris disposal, calling the May 24 runoff primary election and considering how to fill the vacancy for its county septic inspector.
The meeting opened with the court approving a proclamation for April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Austin Wright, former chairman and long-time member of the Montague County Child Welfare Board, made the presentation.
Wright said he usually brings an update on board activities, but he wanted to make the court aware of legislative changes that are making an impact on protecting children. He explained during the past year after the passage of House Bill 567 there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of removals of children from families noting a three-month stretch where there were no removals.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

Austin Wright and Paul O’Dwyer of the Montague County Child Welfare Board, presented a proclamation to the Montague County Commissioner’s Court Monday for April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Back) Members of the court Roy Darden, Mike Mayfield, Mark Murphey, Bob Langford and Kevin Benton. (Photo by Barbara Green)
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Unseasonably warm weather expected this week

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Hot, dry and breezy conditions will create an elevated threat for grass fires along and west of I-35 Monday and Tuesday. Monday will likely be the warmest, when near-record high temperatures are expected. (National Weather Service Fort Worth)

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Financial report readied by outside auditor

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Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 and receive its annual financial report from the outside auditor.
Staff from Mathis, West and Huffines will present the report that reviews the 2022-23 fiscal year for the City of Bowie.
The council will consider a resolution authorizing a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security to purchase a emergency management trailer. This trailer at an estimated $23,187.98 would house the portable communications equipment the department has purchased.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Weekend early voting arrives for party primary

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Early voting for the March 5 party primaries opened strong this week with more than 450 ballots being cast as of Thursday across both the Republican and Democratic tickets.
The voting began Feb. 20 and will through Feb. 23.
Ginger Wall, elections administrator, reminds county voters they will have extended hours for early voting this weekend and all next week.
The voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.
This weekend early voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
There are four locations in the county for voting in person: Montague County Annex Community Room, Montague; H.J. Justin Building, Nocona; Saint Jo Civic Center, Saint Jo and Bowie Senior Citizens Center, Bowie.
Voters may cast ballots at any of these locations.

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