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County to bid SO radio console

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Montague County Commissioners will make plans to take bids for a radio console at the sheriff’s office after a portion of the unit went down.
That was just one of the many topics in Monday’s court session. An executive session to discuss pending litigation was tabled after County Judge Kevin Benton reported a conference call with the other party’s attorney and County Attorney Clay Riddle showed they were not ready for discussion and he asked it be tabled, which was approved.
On the radio console, the court has been talking about the unit since Sheriff’ Marshall Thomas reported the console has reached the end of its life expectancy of eight years and was having lots of problems. The county had applied for a grant to help pay for it, but it won’t be announced until June.
The radio system has two parts said Thomas and one unit has completely stopped working, however, they are still able to use the radio for now and handle 911 service. Judge Benton said in looking at the estimated costs it was expected to be just under the $50,000 bid limit hovering around $42,000; however, they also have found the unit needs five radios through which it can transmit from the two computers which will push up the price.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

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Cody Clay selected news Bowie High assistant principal

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Clay Cody, new assistant BHS principal

By BARBARA GREEN
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Clay Cody, teacher at Bowie High School, was named the new assistant principal at BHS by the school board of trustees following a brief executive session.
The appointment came Monday along with the board finalizing its professional educator contracts and receiving a pair of safety audits. Trustees went in closed session to review these items and returned to open session for a vote.
Cody will replace Andy Atkins, who resigned to take a position with Tolar Independent School District.
He has been with the district since 2023 as an English Language Arts teacher and he said he is excited for the new positions saying it was “New opportunities to create new memories.”
Superintendent Blake Enlow said there were 11 applicants and four were interviewed. He looked to Cody’s various levels of experience in large and small schools and builds strong relationships with students.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Public hearing set for updated subdivision rules

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A public hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on May 28 to present the updated subdivision regulations for Montague County.
This 89-page draft is available for review on the county website at co.montague.tx.us/page/montague.home.
Back in August 2019 the commissioner’s court adopted its first subdivision regulations and apparently it was done just in time. Since Aug. 16, 2019 there have been 24 subdivisions with 465 lots approved by the court.
During that initial discussion there was a lot of contention about even having rules and much debate on acreage and water requirements.
Charley Lanier, subdivision development officer, said the updated regulations primarily center on bringing county rules into compliance with new rules passed by the Texas Legislature. One of the more prominent changes is the law now requires a water availability study for new developments.
After the hearing where public comment will be taken, the court will go back into regular session where it will consider an interlocal agreement with the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and adoption of the updated subdivision regulations.
This hearing takes place after the regular court agenda.
Other topics include approval for the sheriff’s office to buy a radio console for dispatch and a budget workshop, where elected officials and department heads can submit their budget requests.

The court will consider naming a private road Ambrose Lane. It is located off Lake Valley Road in Sunset in precinct one.
Precinct four will seek a line-item budget adjustment in the amount of $18,840 from the sale of property to gravel.

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Bowie seniors take their final walk around the district

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Second graders at Bowie Elementary created posters to wish their students well as they graduate this week. The youngsters also did their own final walk as they move on to third grade. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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