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TxDOT offers road condition updates

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TxDOT maintenance crews in Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young counties started 12-hour around-the-clock shifts overnight and early this morning. But while pretreating our primary roadways, bridges, and overpasses with brine yesterday, this morning’s rain has erased much of the protective benefits. Yesterday’s pretreatment of the anti-icing agent may have washed off the roadways. Motorists should slow down during any weather event and drive to the conditions. Allow extra time to get to your destination and proceed with extra caution.

At 10 am today, the snow is only falling in parts of the district. Vernon, Electra, Seymour, and Wichita Falls all have snow on the ground. Archer City and Throckmorton will experience snow very soon. Graham, Gainesville, Henrietta, Bowie, Muenster, and Nocona have only received rain. Crews are treating the snow accumulation with brine, salt, and sand. Plows are also being used to clear the highways.

Tonight and tomorrow morning travel will deteriorate. Bridges and overpasses will be the first to freeze and the last to thaw. Standing water in dips, intersections and guttered roadways inside city limits are expected to freeze overnight and create a layer of ice on the pavement.

Drivers are urged to follow these precautions:

Reduce speed.

Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.

Do not use cruise control.

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Tank truck, pickup crash injures one

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One person went to the Bowie emergency room following this accident on U.S. Highway 81 and Applegate Road at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday. Department of Public Safety officers report a truck tractor tanker was north bound on Hwy 81 driven by Michael Logan, 57, Duncan, OK. A passenger car moved into the left lane to pass the truck and Logan reportedly tapped his brakes, that locked up causing him to jack-knife across the highway. As the tanker crossed into oncoming traffic a southbound Dodge Ram 2500 pickup driven by Bradley Werner, 49, Lavaca, AZ struck the tanker. Werner was transported by Bowie EMS to the ER with undisclosed injuries. Texas Department of Transportation crews arrived on the scene to assist while debris and vehicles were removed from the highway. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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Grand Jury issues April indictments

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The Montague County Grand Jury issued nine indictments during this week’s April session.
The 97th District Attorney said there also were four no-bills and five sealed cases awaiting the arrest of a suspect.

Read the full list of cases in the weekend Bowie News.

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City of Nocona receives clean audit for 2023-24

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The City of Nocona received a clean audit as its council addressed a variety of topics in its April 9 meeting.
Accountant David Parkman presented the financial report ending Sept. 20, 2023 prepared by Edgin, Parkman, Parkman and Fleming PC. City Secretary Revell Hardison said there were no issues and the year ended strongly.
A pair of requests from the Nocona Economic Development Corporation were approved. The second reading to expend $13,025 from the NEDC A and B boards to purchase a mower and maintenance vehicles and to top dress greens at Indian Oaks Golf Course was finalized.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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