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MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opens Monday

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When MSU Texas President Stacia Haynie flips the switch at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, and the whimsical scenes that fill the Hardin Administration Building lawn come to life, it will mark the 50-year association of Midwestern State University and the tradition begun by the L.T. Burns family.
On Dec. 4, 1974, the Hardin lawn was first illuminated with the Christmas scenes that had graced the home of Mrs. L.T. (Lillian) Burns until her death in 1971. The story of the lights begins with a single blue light bulb. That was all newlyweds Lillian and L.T. could afford to decorate the tree they placed on their front porch to celebrate their first Christmas together in the 1920s.
To celebrate the 50-year association, 50 Christmas trees throughout the Hardin lawn will be decorated with a single blue bulb ornament.
Also to celebrate 50 years, new displays have been added to bring the total of sponsored displays to 50. Twenty-one of those displays are from the original Burns family collection.
New this year are “Oh Deer, How Sweet,” a 7-foot reindeer and candy cane picture spot; “Sounds of the Season,” an anime choir with 12 singing characters; an evergreen tree with large ornaments; and a Fantasy of Lights photo spot.
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Read the full story on opening night and the future schedule in you weekend Bowie News.

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Get ready for July Jam this Saturday night

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For a fun night out make plans to attend the 22nd annual July Jam starting at 6 p.m. on July 27 in the Bowie Community Center West Hall
There will be a “chickin’ pickin’ fiddling fun time” as guests will be entertained by amazing fiddling tunes and enjoy a chicken meal.
Tickets are just $15 with the event starting at 6 p.m. The funds raised help provide awards for the championship fiddler competition during the Oct. 5 Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival. The contest attracts talented musicians from all over to visit downtown Bowie to test their fiddling skills.
The event, hosted by Bowie Community Development, will feature a unique array of items up for bid in the silent auction plus a wide variety of homemade jams.
Hosted in conjunction with July Jam is the July Jam Poker Cruise presented by the Piston Heads Auto Club. This event starts at 9 a.m. with a $5 per hand entry and is open to anything with a motor.
The 60-mile cruise with three stops starts in Bowie Plaza and ends in the same location. Half of the proceeds goes to the winning hand with $5 charge for each extra card for hand. Buy as many as each driver would like. The other half of the funds raised goes towards the July Jam fundraising event.

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Filing began Monday for city, school board races

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Filing began July 22 for the Nov. 5 elections for city and school boards and will run through Aug. 19.
Places coming open on the Bowie City Council include Place One presently filled by TJay McEwen, Place Two with Kristi Bates and Place Three with Terry Gunter.
For the Bowie Independent School District Place One with Jacky Betts and Place Two with Nichole Maddox will be up for elections.

Read the full list of school and city elections in your mid-week Bowie News.

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Gold-Burg PTO plans fish fry

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Gold-Burg Parent Teacher Organization will host a “Back to School Bear Bash” Fish Fry from 5-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 in the high school cafeteria.
Enjoy a fish dinner for $10 and for those age five and under the cost is $5 a plate. It includes fried catfish, french fries, hush puppies, tartar sauce, drink and dessert.
The evening will include live music, an auction and prize drawings. The auction will be at 7 p.m.
Proceeds will go to student athletics, field trips, elementary activities, prom, schools supplies and other needs.

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