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Commissioners to hear battery storage company request

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Members of the Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12 with the agenda opening with a presentation by Samsung Renewable representatives regarding a proposed Fortissimo Battery Energy Storage System which is in development.
This company is interested in installing a battery storage facility which provides power to the state grid in the Forestburg area. Officials have indicated they may request an abatement for the large metal shipping container units where the batteries would be stored.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas will present the 2023 racial profiling report and County Clerk Kim Jones will ask to transfer $3,000 from records management to pay salary for training a new employee.
Tax Assessor-Collector Kathy Phillips will ask to issue homestead refunds to Kenneth Tipton for $4,600.17 and to Jesus Hernandez for $4,184.32.
The court will consider a services agreement between the county and the Texas Association of Counties information resource agency, along with the 2024 TAC ARTS renewal agreement.
The remainder of the agenda focuses on land and road topics. Peba Oil & Gas will seek right-of-way bores on Cobb Hollow Road in precinct four and will pay $500 in fees for that process.
Precinct four is seeking to vacate a 248-foot portion of Jefferson Street and a 188-foot portion of Bowie Street in Montague, along with a preliminary plat for 10 lots in the Robb Addition Subdivision also in precinct four.

Precinct two also has requested to enter the Alfred Gordon property on Well Service Road to clear a fence line.

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Nocona girls move forward, game today

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Good luck to Montague County’s Lady Indians as they take on Lipan in the regional finals today at 1 p.m.

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Bowie receives $450,000 downtown revitalization grant

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By Cindy Roller,
Bowie Community
Development
After four years of work and preparation, the City of Bowie has officially been approved for a $450,000 Downtown Revitalization Grant.
The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant program is developing viable communities and expanding economic opportunities issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
The first of many planning meetings was on Feb. 9 via zoom including City Manager Bert Cunningham, Bowie Economic Development Executive Director Janis Crawley, Community Development Executive Director Cindy Roller, Public Management Senior Project Manager Lisette Howard, and Tyler Creamer and Brandon Dusenberry with Hayter Engineering.
The grant will focus on one of the oldest streets in Bowie, Smythe Street starting at Montague Street near the railroad tracks. This work also includes portions of Tarrant and Smythe for brick and ramp repairs.
Repairing deteriorated sidewalks, handicap-accessible ramps, pedestrian lights, brick repairs will be most of the construction which has a completion timeline by 2026. The total grant awarded is $450,000 with a 15% match of $67,000.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Spring book sale opens Wednesday at Bowie library

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It’s time to stock up on books to enjoy on those lazy spring afternoons. The Friends of the Bowie Public Library will host its annual Spring book sale starting March 7 at the library located at 301 Walnut.
The three-day sale will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 9.
The Friends take pride in offering its community the opportunity to purchase used books at a highly discounted price, therefore, no book scanning will be allowed.
Proceeds from the book sale help the library provide programming to the community. Bring a bag or a box to fill your shelves.

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