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Nov. 8 election filing is moving slow

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Almost two weeks into filing for the Nov. 8 elections, only a few incumbents have submitted their paperwork.
Filing began on July 25 and will continue through Aug. 22. There are city council races in Bowie and Saint Jo, plus school board races in Bowie, Saint Jo, Gold-Burg, Forestburg and Prairie Valley.
As of Monday no filings have been made for the Bowie City Council election. Three places are on the ballot: North ward presently filled by Laura Hefley; East ward filled by Terry Gunter and East ward served by Kristi Bates. These are two-year terms.
Jeff Jackson has filed to run for another term in place three on the Bowie School Board. Place four filled by Daniel Deweber also will be on the ballot.
The two-year unexpired term in place six also is on the ballot. Lee Hughes was appointed in November 2021 to serve until the next election, which leaves two years on the term.
The Saint Jo City Council will have a mayoral race and fill two council positions. Those are filled now by Mayor Tom Weger and Councilors John Dunn and Leroy Voth.
The Saint Jo ISD will see two places open on the ballot with incumbents Mike Martin and Rodney Scwirczynski.
In Gold-Burg ISD Incumbent Raymond Rhyne filed for re-election. The district has four places on the ballot including Rhyne and they are filled by Adam Garcia, Brandy Hamilton and James Martin. Garcia was named to the board to fill a mid-term vacancy in 2020.
All four incumbents on the Prairie Valley School Board have filed: David Allan, Brant Carpenter, Cathy Goolsby and Ricky Roberts.
There have been no filings at Forestburg ISD which has four places up for election on its board. They are presently held by Charlie Lanier, Skip Mann, Billie Poirot and Joann Pople.

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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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