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First day of winter blowing with a cold fury

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By BARBARA GREEN
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The first day of winter and the shortest day of the year officially arrives on Dec. 21, 2022, and if the forecast holds true Old Man Winter will be entering in dramatic fashion with single-digit temperatures in Texas during the long Christmas weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook report for this week in North and Central Texas. An arctic front was set to arrive on Thursday ushering in bitter-cold temperatures. Some light snow will be possible behind the front on Thursday, but no significant snow-related impacts are anticipated.
A hard freeze is expected Thursday into Friday morning for nearly the entire region, which could result in damage to unprotected pipes and exterior faucets. The NWS projects subfreezing temperatures will persist through at least Christmas Eve. Subzero wind chills also will be possible at times, especially across North Texas.

Read the full story on this pending weather and how local officials are preparing in your mid-week Bowie News.

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BISD approves administrator contracts, hears about budget error

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie School trustees approved new contracts for all its primary administrators and discussed a hit to the budget thanks to an error in value calculation software.
After an executive session that lasted about an hour the board approved all the contracts presented that included the assistant superintendent, finance director, support services, athletic director, technology director and all the principals. Superintendent Blake Enlow said everyone on the list was approved and no one was left off the list.
School safety also was a topic listed in executive session, but no action was taken or discussed back in open session.

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

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Early voting opens today

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Early voting for the March 5 party primary elections began Tuesday and runs through March 1.
There will be 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 are reminded they can cast ballots at any of these locations thanks to county-wide voting.
Early voting is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at those four locations starting Feb. 20 and going through Feb. 23. Extended early voting hours at all locations will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1.

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Bowie sends demand letter to Nelson Street contractor

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By BARBARA GREEN
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It appears a letter from the City of Bowie demanding MX Construction return to work immediately on the Nelson and Mill Street drainage projects may be working as the contractor crew returned to the site on Wednesday.
In a Feb. 7 letter to Chris Delgado, project manager, Mike Tibbetts of Hayter Engineering, also representing the city, urged the crew to resume work and resolve problems discovered a month earlier in the inlet/junction box at the intersection.
The box had been constructed on soil that had not been tested – soil that the on-site superintendent for MX said would not pass the required compaction tests.
Bowie City Manager Bert Cunningham said Thursday MX was back at work Wednesday laying water lines and doing other tasks, but the city has not received a final response to how they will move forward on the inlet box. He added the full crew with the supervisor was not yet back.

Read the full story on the demand letter in the weekend Bowie News.

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