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Commissioners to meet on Monday

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A budget workshop and executive session on pending litigation top the 9 a.m. June 10 Montague County Commissioner’s Court session.
The agenda lists the executive session for deliberations with legal counsel for pending litigation, with any action to follow back in open session.
For the budget workshop, this item will be on the agendas during the next few months as elected and appointed officials can present their proposed budget requests. Many wait until the certified property values are released in July as the revenues become more clear for fiscal year 2024-25.
Monday’s agenda will include a presentation by members of Montague County 4-H on their past year’s activities and the Montague County Historical Commission also will receive a 2023 Distinguished Service Award for exceptional services.
Two members of the commission have submitted their resignations, Billy Moore and Tina R. Geurin, with the commission offering Dan Watson and Larry Veale as new members.
Other topics are: Consider an agreement for sign language interpreting services between the county justice of the peace two and Hired Hands, Inc.; budget adjustment for child safety revenue and expense for $26,787; budget adjustment to election judges/clerks for $11,855; budget adjustments in precinct three for $36,986 from the sale of property to machinery and equipment; and go out for sealed bids for base rock #1, #2 and oversize and chip rock.

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BISD extends superintendent’s contract 1 year

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By BARBARA GREEN
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Bowie Independent School District Superintendent Blake Enlow received a one-year extension on this three-year contract following the annual summative evaluation during the June 13 board meeting.
Trustees usually conduct this review in the summer and do a board goals’ review in January. Enlow met with the board in closed session for about 90 minutes, afterwhich, trustees discussed the topic without him for about 30 minutes.
There was no action on a salary addendum and it will consider that during the budget process for all administrators and staff.
Much of the agenda focused on year-end reports for transportation, food service, custodial, maintenance and technology. The board also got their first look at State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness grades in math, reading and reading-language arts in grades three-eighth, fifth and eighth grade science and eighth grade social studies.

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

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Sunset travel center on Rural TIP plan

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The Texas Department of Transportation in late May conducted its virtual public hearings and began accepting public comments on the Rural Transportation Improvement Plan.
TxDOT officials will now review each revised rural TIP proposal and integrate them into the statewide TIP, followed by Rural TIP approval, the first step in the statewide plan.
For Montague County 14 projects were featured in the 2025-29 RTIP spanning road improvements, county road bridge replacements and construction of a new safety rest area on U.S. Highway 81/287, eight miles south of Bowie in fiscal year 2026. The Wichita Falls district of TxDOT includes Archer, Baylor, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young Counties.

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

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First official day of summer arrives June 20

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June 20 is the first official day of summer, although most of Texas has already been sweltering.
Summer begins with the solstice on at 4:51 p.m. on June 20, marking the astronomical first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky.
While a heat dome has settled across the country, most of the dangerous heat is in the southwest and the north central part of the U.S. Texas’ forecast shows temperatures in the mid- to high 90s throughout the week.

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