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Phase II of U.S. 82 project will be rebid

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Thanks to sky high costs, the bid process for phase two of the U.S. Highway 82 expansion project will be rebid.
The decision to rebid came late Tuesday following a bid opening on Feb. 1 with only two submissions. Adele Lewis-Brauer, public information officer for the Wichita Falls office of the Texas Department of Transportation district office, said the low bid came in 31% higher than the engineer’s estimate.
“Anytime bids are seriously over or under the estimate, we need to take time to check out the plans. The transportation planning and development engineer will write a justification to the Texas Transportation Commission to ask them to approve any change,” said the PIO.
The commission was next scheduled to meet on Feb. 21 when they were expected to make a decision, however, late Tuesday afternoon she received information that due to the overage and other errors in the contract the job will be rebid in June or July.

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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.

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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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