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UTV driver killed in crash

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A 58-year-old Montague area man was killed in a utility terrain vehicle accident the night of April 7 two miles north of Montague.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas said the 911 call came in at about 9:45 p.m. on April 7 reporting the accident on property located at 6265 State Highway 175. It also was noted two firefighters were on the scene doing CPR on a male subject. Deputy Ryan Blackburn responded to the accident scene for the sheriff’s office.
Thomas explained Charles Bryan Sims was driving a Can UTV side-by-side with three passengers and they were going out on the property to see a beaver dam.
“The back tire slipped off and the UTV went down an embankment into the creek bottom ejecting all the occupants; however, Sims had been trapped by the cage bars over the top of the vehicle and he was under about 2.5 feet of water,” said the sheriff.
Those at the scene tried to move the UTV but could not. Two Montague volunteer firefighters, Cody Tipton and Scott Hudson, arrived and were able to help get the vehicle off of the man and start CPR.
Justice of the Peace Stephanie Horton was called to Nocona General Hospital where Sims’ death was pronounced.
Thomas said the death was ruled an accidental drowning.

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Nocona ISD plans bond public forums

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There will be a school bond informational meeting for Nocona Independent School District residents at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the high school auditorium.
Superintendent Dr. David Waters said everyone is invited to attend and receive details of the $19 million bond proposal that will go to voters on Nov. 7.
This plan was developed by a facilities committee in conjunction with the board of trustees and includes four projects:

  • Adding eight classrooms and a storm shelter to the elementary large enough for everyone on campus. Projected cost $3,315,000.
  • Adding eight classrooms and a storm shelter to the current middle school also large enough for all on that campus. Projected cost $3,298,750.
  • Remove the 35-year-old portable buildings at NHS and build a new career and technology education and vocational agriculture center with a storm shelter. Projected cost $4,200,000.
  • Build a stand-alone 1,200-seat competition gym facing the Cottonwood/Grayson intersection. Projected cost $5.7 million.
    There have been extensive last-minute discussions on the building locations going back and forth between connecting them with existing buildings or not; however, it was decided to place the buildings on the east side of the 71-year-old high school on what the board called “up on the hill” facing Grayson Street. The architect emphasized that site would handle drainage more effectively and would be less expensive than connecting them.
    After these most recent discussions and board input the final drawings will be prepared.

The schedule of public meetings will be as follows:Sept. 23, 10 a.m., Nocona Hills Church Youth Center, Nocona Hills Homeowners Assn.Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., NHS Auditorium, public.Oct. 2 , 5:30 p.m., Nocona Elementary cafeteria, public.Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., NES cafeteria, Spanish.Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Nocona Middle School cafeteria, public.

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Preliminary work on Nelson begins

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Preliminary work has begun on the Nelson Street drainage project. Utility lines are being spotted and this contractor for Atmos Gas is preparing for the future move of a gas line along Nelson where the new culverts will be installed. A city water and sewer line also will be moved. The project contractor will start Oct. 9 once the city finalizes the certificates of obligation financing this project and a new ambulance. (News photos by Barbara Green)

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Council facing brief agenda

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The Bowie City Council has a brief agenda of business to address when it meets at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25.
The ordinance setting the 2023 tax rate at .5430 cents per $100 in property value will face its second reading.
A budget amendment to close out the 2022-23 fiscal year will be presented, along with the hotel/motel report for the quarter.
Public comments and the consent agenda wrap up the agenda.

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