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BARBS, BULLETS & BLOOD” COMING TO A MUSEUM NEAR YOU….
BARBS, BULLETS & BLOOD” EXPLORES THE WIRE THAT REVOLUTIONIZED TEXAS AND THAT STORY COMES TO LIFE ON APRIL 26TH THROUGH A PROGRAM HOSTED BY TALES ‘N’ TRAILS MUSEUM. THE STORY OF BARBED-WIRE IN TEXAS IS A TALE OF INNOVATION AND IMAGINATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SALESMANSHIP, LEGISLATION AND LAWLESSNESS - LIBERALLY PEPPERED WITH ACTS OF RAW INTIMIDATION AND EPISODES OF BLOODSHED. FOUR PROMINENT STORYTELLERS AND AUTHORS WILL SPEAK AT A PROGRAM FROM 10:30 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. APRIL 26 AT DADDY SAM’S, 314 CLAY, IN DOWNTOWN NOCONA. THIS PROGRAM IS $20 AND INCLUDES LUNCH. IT IS $15 FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS. CALL 825-5330 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. (click on NEWS button for more....)
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BOWIE PLANNING BUSINESS / INDUSTRIAL PARK....
THE BOWIE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HAS PURCHASED PROPERTY FOR THE CREATION OF A BUSINESS / INDUSTRIAL PARK ON U.S. HIGHWAY 287 AT THE CROSSROAD OF FM 1125. THE 123-ACRES PARCEL OF LAND WILL SOON BEGIN THE TRANSFORMATION WITH THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE I. PHASE I WILL INCLUDE THE ENTRIES OFF THE U.S. 287 ACCESS ROAD AND FM 1125, AND UTILITIES TO THE LOCATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR FULL DETAILS, CONTACT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AT 940-872-4193.

IS YOUR CHILD, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW A BUDDING HIGH SCHOOL ARTIST?....
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR WORK, DISPLAYED IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL? U.S. CONGRESSMAN MAC THORNBERRY HAS KICKED OFF THE 2014 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION. ALL 13TH DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS ANNUAL, NATIONWIDE COMPETITION FOR A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR ART DISPLAYED IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL FOR ONE ENTIRE YEAR.
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NCTC PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HIS UPCOMING RETIREMENT….
GAINESVILLE – DURING AN EXECUTIVE SESSION MONDAY, NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE PRESIDENT DR. EDDIE HADLOCK OFFICIALLY NOTIFIED THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF HIS INTENTION TO RETIRE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 31ST. HADLOCK HAS WORKED AT NCTC FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS AND HAS BEEN THE COLLEGE’S PRESIDENT FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS. IN A LETTER TO THE BOARD, DR. HADLOCK STATED THAT HE HAS ENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE HAS AFFORDED HIM FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS, BUT THAT HEALTH ISSUES HAVE CAUSED HIM TO RETHINK HIS FUTURE, ALONG WITH HIS DESIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH HIS FAMILY.
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THE COMANCHE ARE COMING! BROUGHT TO YOU THIS TIME BY YOUR MONTAGUE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION!....
A UNIQUE ADVENTURE BACK IN TIME IS MAKING ITS WAY TO OUR COUNTY SEAT THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 29. THE MONTAGUE COURT HOUSE ANNEX COMMUNITY ROOM WILL BE OPEN WIDE AT 2:00 P.M. WITH MARY FRANCIS COX AND HER RETINUE OF OKLAHOMA BASED PARKER FAMILY MEMBERS, ON HAND TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH A REMARKABLE STORY. MARY FRANCIS WILL REVIEW THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED HISTORICAL ACCOUNT, EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON, VIVIDLY WRITTEN AND METICULOUSLY RESEARCHED BY S.C. GWYNNE.
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ART ASSOCATION NAMES “ARTIST OF THE MONTH”….
THE CHISHOLM TRAIL ART ASSOCIATION “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” FOR MARCH IS JACK MILCHANOSKI – FOR HIS DIGITAL ENTITLED “BOOTS.” JACK IS A FREELANCE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SPECIALIZES IN NATURE AND WILDLIFE IMAGES. HIS DIGITAL PAINTINGS ARE PAINTED USING HIS OWN PHOTOGRAPHS AND THE RESULTS ARE VERY REALISTIC PAINTINGS.
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11th ANNUAL JIM BOWIE CAR SHOW -- COMING SOON!....
THE PISTON HEADS AUTO CLUB IS GETTING READY FOR THEIR ANNUAL JIM BOWIE DAYS CAR SHOW, BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MID-SUMMER FOR THIS BIG EVENT. THE CAR SHOW WILL BE HELD AT PELHAM PARK ON SATURDAY, MARCH 29TH FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 2 P.M. REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AND CONTINUE UNTIL NOON.
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IT’S PRIMARIES ELECTION DAY – GET OUT AND VOTE!....
JUST SO YOU KNOW - YOU CAN TUNE IN SHORTLY AFTER 7 P.M. FOR ELECTION RESULTS - "LIVE" FROM THE MONTAGUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX. THE POLLS WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 7 P.M. THIS EVENING, SO IF YOU DIDN’T VOTE EARLY, BE SURE TO GET OUT TODAY AND CAST YOUR VOTE. LOCALLY, THE RACES FOR MONTAGUE COUNTY JUDGE, MONTAGUE COUNTY COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 2, AND COUNTY TREASURER BEING WILL BE INTERESTING TO WATCH. (SEE NEXT PAGE FOR POLLING LOCATIONS)
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WICHITA FALLS RANCH & FARM EXPO - MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND....
THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WICHITA FALLS RANCH & FARM EXPO WILL BE HELD MARCH 5TH – 6TH AT THE J.S. BRIDWELL AGRICULTURAL CENTER WHICH IS PART OF THE MPEC IN WICHITA FALLS. THE SHOW HOURS ARE FROM 9 A.M. TIL 5 P.M. ON THE 5TH, AND 9 A.M. TIL 4 P.M. ON THE 6TH. THERE ARE MANY EXCITING EXHIBITS AND ACTIVITIES PLANNED THIS YEAR.
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OVERWHELMED BY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE? HELP IS ON THE WAY....
ARE YOU SO OVERWHELMED BY TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE ELSE THAT YOU HAVE NEGLECTED YOUR OWN PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING? IF YOU FIND YOURSELF WITHOUT THE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN NEEDS, YOU MAY BE PUTTING YOURSELF AND YOUR HEALTH AT RISK. THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION-NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS CHAPTER IS PRESENTING “AT WITS END: PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CAREGIVER STRESS” ON FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION REGIONAL OFFICE. THE OFFICE IS LOCATED AT 901 INDIANA STE 350, IN WICHITA FALLS.
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BURN BAN LIFTED IN MONTAGUE COUNTY….
IT’S MOISTURE – EVEN IF IT DOES COME IN THE FROZEN FORM, AND WITH THAT, THE MONTAGUE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LIFTED THE BURN BAN ON MONDAY MORNING DURING THEIR REGULAR MEETING. OFFICIALS SAID THE THREAT OF WILDFIRES HAS BEEN REDUCED DUE TO THE RECENT WEATHER AND HUMIDITY. SHOULD CONDITIONS CHANGE, THE COMMISSIONERS CAN REVIEW THE NEED FOR A BURN BAN AND REINSTATE THE BAN IF NEEDED. IN THE MEANTIME, COMMISSIONERS URGE CITIZENS TO BURN ONLY AS NECESSARY, AND USE PRECAUTION WHEN BURNING ANYTHING OUTDOORS. YOUNG COUNTY LIFTED THEIR BURN BAN ON MONDAY AND COMMISSIONERS WILL REVIEW CONDITIONS IN TWO WEEKS AND MAKE A DECISION AT THAT TIME IF THE BAN SHOULD BE REINSTATED. WITH THE FORECAST CALLING FOR WARMER AND DRIER WEATHER, ARCHER COUNTY EXTENDED THEIR BURN BAN FOR ANOTHER 30 DAYS.

NCTC TO HOST BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM….
NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE WILL CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH A SPECIAL PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM “NEW VISIONS: MAKING BLACK HISTORY IN YOUR LIFE AND IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS” WILL BE PRESENTED AT 7 P.M., ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH AT THE FIRST STATE BANK CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ON THE NCTC GAINESVILLE CAMPUS. THE PROGRAM WILL FEATURE SPECIAL MUSIC AND TRIBUTES, ALONG WITH A SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER. THIS YEAR’S KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL BE KAYLA TUCKER-ADAMS.
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IWO JIMA VETS TO GATHER THIS WEEKEND....
TEXOMA AREA CITIZENS ARE INVITED TO COME HONOR AND MEET VETERANS OF IWO JIMA THIS WEEKEND. SURVIVORS OF THE WORLD WAR II BATTLE OF IWO JIMA AND FRIENDS WILL BE VISITING WICHITA FALLS FEBRUARY 13TH THROUGH THE 16TH. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO VISIT IN PERSON WITH THESE MILITARY VETERANS FROM 1:30PM TO 3:00PM ON SATURDAY THE 15TH, AT A RECEPTION AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS/ WELLINGTON BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER. MANY VETERANS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE INCLUDING HERSHEL W. "WOODY" WILLIAMS OF WEST VIRGINIA WHO WILL RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR. THERE WILL BE FLAG RAISING RE-ENACTMENT AND OTHER SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL JACK LAVY AT 940-782-9790 OR LYNNETTE BROWN AT 940-733-3735.

BOWIE CHAMBER NAMES CITIZEN AND BUSINESSES OF THE YEAR….
THE BOWIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTED IT’S ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET AND DINNER ON MONDAY EVENING AT THE BOWIE COMMUNITY CENTER. DINING TABLES WERE DECORATED LAVISHLY AS HAS BECOME THE TRADITION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. HONORABLE MENTIONS FOR THE BEST TABLE DÉCOR WENT TO MACHELLE’S DAY CARE AND McDONALD’S OF BOWIE. 3RD PLACE WENT TO WISE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, 2ND PLACE TO DYNASTY OVERHEAD DOOR & BOUNCE AROUND TEXAS. THE 1ST PLACE WINNER FOR TABLE DÉCOR WENT TO ADVANCED REHABILITATION & HEALTH CARE. FOLLOWING AN OPENING WELCOME BY EMCEE, DR. ARN ANDERSON AND DINNER, OUTGOING PRESIDENT SANDY PAGE PRESENTED BOWIE KNIFE PLACQUES TO RETIRING DIRECTORS TRACI ROBERTSON, CLINTON CONYERS, MONICA HORTON AND STACY BARBER. INCOMING PRESIDENT SHEILA SLATTERY READ A POEM SHE HAD WRITTEN ABOUT HER BUSINESS AND INVOLVEMENT WITH THE BOWIE CHAMBER, THEN INTRODUCED DIRECTORS FOR THE NEW YEAR. ALBERT SCHLABS OF ASAP WATER JET CUTTING GAVE DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW BOWIE KNIFE PROJECT. THEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING – THE AWARDS! AMERICAN HAT COMPANY WAS NAMED LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, HAMPTON PROPERTIES/WINDOL ROBBINS - SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, RED RIVER SEED BOMBS – SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR, AND THE AMITY CLUB – NON-PROFIT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR. TO MANY IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE THAT JARAE SCRUGGS WAS NAMED “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR”, AFTER DEDICATING MANY YEARS, NOT ONLY TO TEACHING, BUT TO MENTORING STUDENTS, AND SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS TO HEADING UP PROGRAMS FOR FUNDRAISERS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.

INDUSTRIAL MECHANICS AND MACHINING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS NOW WIA ELIGIBLE….
LIFELONG LEARNING, THE NON-CREDIT DIVISION OF NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE, OFFERS INDUSTRIAL MECHANICS AND MACHINING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS, WHICH NOW QUALIFY FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE FROM WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS TEXOMA. WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS TEXOMA OPERATES UNDER THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) WHICH HELPS QUALIFYING STUDENTS PAY FOR TUITION, BOOKS, AND TRAVEL FOR UP TO TWO YEARS. ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS INCLUDE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE LAID OFF OR TRADE AFFECTED, DISPLACED HOMEMAKERS, AND INCOME ELIGIBLE ADULTS AND YOUTH.
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BOWIE MAN GRADUATES FROM WARRANT OFFICER SCHOOL....
ARMY WARRANT OFFICER 1, JAMES D. HAWKINS RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE WARRANT OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL AT FORT RUCKER, ALABAMA. THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO CERTIFY WARRANT OFFICERS AS TECHNICALLY AND TACTICALLY COMPETENT TO SERVE AS WARRANT OFFICERS IN DESIGNATED CAREER SPECIALTIES. THE OFFICER MUST COMPLETE THE COURSE PRIOR TO BEING APPOINTED TO THE RANK OF WARRANT OFFICER ONE. THE PRIMARY FOCUS IS MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY SPECIFIC, AUGMENTED WITH COMMON-CORE SUBJECTS AS DESIGNATED BY A TASK SITE SELECTION BOARD AND MONITORED BY THE WARRANT OFFICER CAREER CENTER. HAWKINS IS THE SON OF JOANNE JORDAN AND ROBERT HAWKINS, AND GRANDSON OF NOVICE HENRY, ALL OF BOWIE. HAWKINS GRADUATED FROM BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1998 AND EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY IN 2010.

BOWIE ROTARY RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING STUDENTS….
THE BOWIE ROTARY CLUB RECOGNIZED THE FIRST STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR THIS YEAR. THEY ARE MADISON WALLACE, DAUGHTER OF WARD AND JULIE WALLACE, AND TRAVIS HAILE, SON OF TIM AND BRENDA HAILE. MADISON IS THIS YEAR’S BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT, MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND TRAVEL CLUB. SHE IS ALSO CAPTAIN OF THE BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM AND PARTICIPATES IN TRACK, VOLLEYBALL, AND TENNIS. SHE PLANS TO MAJOR IN BUSINESS AT EITHER TCU OR TEXAS TECH. TRAVIS IS ACTIVE IN THE BOWIE HIGH SCHOOL BAND AND SERVES AS THE CAPTAIN OF THE DRUM-LINE. HE ALSO PARTICIPATES IN HIS CHURCH YOUTH GROUP AND IN HIS ”PRAISE BAND”. LAST FALL, HE WAS ELECTED HOMECOMING KING. HE ALSO PLANS TO MAJOR IN BUSINESS AND HOPES TO AUDITION FOR A UNIVERSITY BAND, BUT IS YET UNCERTAIN WHERE HE WANTS TO ATTEND COLLEGE.

BOWIE PUBLIC LIBRARY EXPECTS TO ADD NEW PROGRAMS….
THE BOWIE PUBLIC LIBRARY WOULD LIKE TO START TWO NEW PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY THAT WILL HELP THE COMMUNITY MEET THEIR HEALTH GOALS AND LEARN BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS. THE “HOW DO I GET HEALTHY SUPPORT GROUP?" … THE LIBRARY IS SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT.
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HORSE AUCTION TO BENEFIT NCTC EQUINE PROGRAM….
THE FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS FROM THE NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE EQUINE PROGRAM WILL BE HOSTING THEIR FIRST BENEFIT ALL-BREED STALLION AUCTION TO SUPPORT THE GROWING EQUINE PROGRAM AT NCTC. THE AUCTION WILL RUN JANUARY 5TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 17TH. PERFECT HORSE AUCTIONS WILL HOST THE BENEFIT STALLION AUCTION. STALLIONS WILL BE ADVERTISED TO AN AUDIENCE IN EXCESS OF 10,000 HORSEMEN FROM THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHO REGULARLY VISIT EACH AUCTION, IN ADDITION TO ATTENDEES OF THE MANY EVENTS HOSTED ON CAMPUS AT THE EQUINE CENTER.
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