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Be safety aware as you take to the water this holiday weekend

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As the nation takes to the lakes this Memorial Day weekend to kick off summer, boaters are reminded to brush up on their safety skills and make sure their water crafts are ready for the season.
National Safe Boating Week takes place the week prior to Memorial Day emphasizing safe boating practices such as wearing life jackets.
As the temperatures in Texas climbed to over 90 degrees this past weekend, there is expected to be a lot of lake activity across the state. In Montague County the two major recreational lakes will certainly be busy as both have been replenished with rainfall. Lake Amon G. Carter outside Bowie is topping 100% and Lake Nocona is 85% full.
Preston Kleinman, Montague County state game warden, said things look good at both lakes as the summer season begins. He encourages boaters to make sure they have all their required safety gear on the boat. That includes the following:

  • Proper fitting life jacket for everyone on board;
  • Type 4 throwable;
  • Sound producing device such as a whistle;
  • Fire extinguisher;
  • Registration card;
  • Kill switch lanyard if in your type of boat.
  • Read the full story with updates on local lakes in the mid-week Bowie News.
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Foot, K-9 search planned Tuesday for missing man

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A search is planned Tuesday for Bryce Degler, missing for almost one week.

The Clay County Sheriff’s office has organized the search where law enforcement will be using search dogs, a plane and drones to search specific areas in Clay County, along with deputies and paramedics walking the area in hopes of finding Bryce. The group will be small as to not throw off the search dogs. The focus will be in the area where Dingler’s truck was found last Wednesday.

The Nocona News Facebook page stated Monday evening: “At the request of Dr. Len Dingler, while everyone’s desires to help find their missing son Bryce are appreciated, the family asks you limit your support tomorrow to prayers and allow the professionals do their jobs, unhindered with extra untrained bodies and false footprints which could divert their efforts.” Bryce is Len’s son.

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Reward set up for information for missing man Bryce Dingler

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Petition seeks to remove DA from office

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Casey Hall

By BARBARA GREEN
[email protected]
A petition was filed mid-week with the 97th District Clerk seeking the removal of 97th District Attorney Casey Hall for “incompetency or official misconduct.”
The document was filed by Tim Cole, former DA and longtime area attorney, on July 17. Texas law allows any resident of the county where the allegations occurred to file such a petition on any elected official.
As of Friday noon, no judge had been assigned and Hall had not been served notice of the filing per the district court.
A recent example of this type of petition occurred in Clay County in January 2023 after Sheriff Jeff Lyde was arrested on charges of official oppression. Former District Judge Frank Douthitt filed that petition and the state was represented by Hall and the Clay County attorney Seth Slagle.
Casey Hall, DA for the three-county 97th District since 2016, was arrested on July 8 on a grand jury indictment for theft of property $2,500 to $30,000, a state jail felony. She was released on a $5,000 bond. The allegations stem from misappropriation of state grant funds with the investigation conducted by the Texas Attorney General’s staff.
Removal action
The removal action is directed to David Evans, judge of the 8th administrative judicial region, which has jurisdiction in this case. It seeks to have the officer removed for incompetency or official misconduct, acts or omissions while in the performance of her duties as the district attorney.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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