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Nocona ready to roll out its biggest festival of the year

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Nocona goes all out this weekend for its largest festival of the year, Mardi Gras Nocona Style Feb. 8-10.
This is the 14th year for this New Orleans style festival that is filled with all the color and fun of its namesake. There will be activities each day climaxing with the “Big Parade,” at 3 p.m. on Feb. 10.
A gumbo dinner kicked off festival week from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the H.G. Justin Building for $12. There also was a costume contest that evening at nearby River Star Casino and compete for prizes in a costume contest from 5-9 p.m. Find details on the casino or chamber websites.
On Feb. 9 the ATV Parade hosted by the VFW will line up at 4:30 p.m. with the roll-out at 5 p.m. down Clay Street. All ATV drivers must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. There is no fee to participate.
A crawfish boil follows at 5:30 p.m. in the Justin Building for $25 until sellout.

Read the full schedule in your mid-week Bowie News.

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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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