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Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday

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Daylight Saving Time – You either love it hate it.
No matter it comes on March 13 as we spring forward one hour. Despite more than 50 years of nearly uniform observance since 1966, 29 states have introduced legislation between 2015 and 2019 to abolish the twice-yearly changing of the clocks. At the end of 2021 a total of 33 states have proposed bills to stop switching time.
Some states want Daylight Saving Time all year, want it eliminated all together, while others have different stipulations; however, the authority to change lies with the Department of Transportation, a power it has held since its foundation in 1966.
DST was first introduced in England, but it came to America in spring 1917 after President Woodrow Wilson declared war. Suddenly energy conservation was of major importance and many efforts were launched to enlist public support for changing the clocks. The National Daylight Saving Convention group distributed postcards showing Uncle Sam holding a garden hoe and rifle, turning back the hands of a huge pocket watch. Voters were asked to sign and mail their congressman postcards declaring, “If I have more daylight, I can work longer for my country. We need every hour of light.”
Congress declared the time change on March 31, 1918.

Many have wrongly pointed to farmers as the driving for DST, but they were in fact some of the strongest opponents and resisted it from the beginning. After the war opposition arose and the time change lasted only until 1920 when the law was repealed.
The subject did not come up again until after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and America was once more at war. After the war it was used on and off in different states. To remedy the confusion Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, establishing consistent use of Daylight Saving Time within the U.S. In 1986 the DST was expanded with a goal to conserve oil used to generate electricity. The current policy was established with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that went into effect in 2007.

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Library adventure continues with scavenger hunt

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Bowie Public Library’s Summer Reading program will be at the Bowie Community Center on Tuesdays starting at 10 a.m.
Summer reading is open to children ages 0-12. Children will be given a reading log to bring with them to each program. At the end of the season each child receives a book.
On June 18 there will be a scavenger hunt and a hike. Everyone will be making binoculars and learn hiking safety from the Boy Scouts of Troop 121 at Pelham Park. Bring the whole family our for a morning of adventure.

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MCCC selected as Jim Bowie Days grand marshal

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Joe Caballero

Joe Caballero, pastor of the Montague County Cowboy Church, has been selected as the Jim Bowie Day’s Parade Grand Marshal. He and his wife Angela have two children, Ethan and Riley.
The couple moved to Sunset in 2001 and he joined MCCC in 2007. In 2008 he was made associate pastor under Walter Haynie. When Haynie retired in 2010 Caballero became pastor of the cowboy church.
Caballero reflects on a varied past career where he worked as a design engineer for some of the biggest companies in the United States.
He helped design and manufacture automobiles, busses, heavy equipment and some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the aerospace industry. Caballero also has worked as a cowboy for ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.
When asked about his accomplishments for this story, Caballero humbly says he has not accomplished or achieved anything worth talking about. However, he is quick to talk about his faith and that path he has taken.
“Accomplishment: If I have ever put a smile on someone’s face, brought joy to their hearts, encourage, a sense of peace, help resort their faith, if I have helped someone through a tough time, if I had the chance to introduce someone to Jesus, then I have accomplished something,” he said.
Caballero added he loves people and being involved in community outreach making people smile, laugh and being of service to others.

Read more about Jim Bowie Days in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bowie High choir student receives state honor

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Ethan Allred, Bowie High School choir member, received an Outstanding Soloist award from the State Solo and Ensemble contest. Director Shawn Torres said out of 100,000 students in the state in the contest only 1-2% are selected by the judges for this award. (Courtesy photo)
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