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Wed
21
Jun

Making the state pay the price

Constitutional amendment banning unfunded mandates one step away

By Simone Wichers-Voss

According to the Texas association of counties, Texas counties have long faced unfunded and underfunded mandates from both the state and federal governments. These costly mandates may be unintentional on the part of legislators when bills are originally passed but end up costing local taxpayers once they are implemented.

On May 11, Rep. DeWayne Burns’ proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution restricting the state legislature’s ability to impose mandates on counties and municipalities passed the Texas House by a vote of 127 to 18. House Joint Resolution 73 would require that any state directive to local governments be accompanied by a full appropriation from the legislature or force the state to reimburse counties or cities for the costs they incur implementing it.

Wed
21
Jun

Horrifyingly Tragic

U.S. Rep. Williams, aide injured in baseball practice shooting

By Brett Voss

What began as a fun and friendly preparation for the 80th Annual Congressional Baseball Game suddenly turned horrifyingly tragic during the Republican practice last Wednesday morning at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia.

With U.S. Representative Roger Williams of Texas’ 25th District serving as coach and three other Texas lawmakers – U.S. Reps Joe Barton, Kevin Brady, Mike Conaway and Williams – on the team attending practice, a lone gunman armed with a rifle and a handgun opened fire, seriously wounding four. The gunman was shot and killed at the scene after police returned fire.

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Wed
14
Jun

Scholarship To Success

By Nathan Diebenow

A retired energy finance professional reflected on how education played an important role in his career development during the Bosque County Rotary Club’s meeting on Thursday, March 23, at the Clifton Civic Center.

Born near Cranfills Gap, Clifton High School Class of 1956 alum P.D. Wallace admitted that he had no interest in attending college after high school, yet with the support of a coach, his wife, and the community, he pursued higher education and found opportunities for success and world travel.

 

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Wed
14
Jun

Market At The Mill opens with ribbon-cutting

On June 6, a group of friends, family and customers joined owners Andy and Lisa Horn, Ty and Kaitlynn Horn to celebrate a ribbon cutting and open house at Market at the Mill, Clifton. “The Shop” offers a wide selection of unique and charming items including home decor and furnishings, jewelry, boutique apparel, gifts and local treasures. The Market at the Mill event venue is made up of several buildings surrounding a courtyard and a food truck court making Market at the Mill a unique place to hold events such as a wedding, reception, special event, corporate party or family reunion. The layout of the buildings closely resembles the original layout and style of the historic Dansby Feed Mills business that has been a landmark at this location in downtown Clifton since the early 1030’s. The facility is located at 324 W. 3rd Street, and is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Wed
07
Jun

Under The Pink Dome

State Rep. for District 58 – Johnson and Bosque County - DeWayne Burns regularly sends out a news letter about his office’s progress during the legislative session.

“We are in the final stretch of the 85th meeting of the Texas Legislature, and we have been working around the clock to put as much sound, conservative legislation on the Governor’s desk as possible, “Burns said.

 

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Wed
07
Jun

Time Machine of Cool

By Nathan Diebenow

Lady Luck smiled upon Clifton Saturday night on May 27.

Jazz crooner Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six band inaugurated the Clifton Chamber of Commerce’s “Music at the Mill” concert series in historic downtown Clifton.

At the newly opened Market at the Mill, the professional artists captured the hearts of over 100 guests with nearly two-hours of jazz pop standards from the Great American Son

 

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Tue
30
May

Behold future farmers

Meridian annual FFA awards banquet offers rewards

By Elizabeth Schlumpf

Future Farmers of America is a treasured tradition that brings people together from all across the county in pursuit of agricultural education.

Communities like our own are particularly invested in agriculture, whether it be a small vegetable garden in your yard or the cattle ranch on the outside of town, many of our cupboards are lined with herbs from the garden, and all of us can appreciate our vital relationship with the living, breathing earth that we depend on.

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Tue
30
May

Study Guild remembers Nystel kidnapping

March 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the capture of 14 year old Ole Nystel by the Comanche Indians on Kay Mountain in Bosque County.

This was the topic of the program for the March 14 Clifton Study Guild meeting. Guest speaker was Patsy Lund, a cousin of Ole Nystel’s through their family lineage.

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Tue
23
May

Awarding achievements

MHS awards ceremony recognizes students May 1

By Simone Wichers -Voss

It’s becoming a reality. It’s nearly the end of the 2016-17 school year and the students are ready for it to be over. Seniors are looking forward to commencement ceremonies, under classmen just want to concentrate on a couple of months of no school.

At the Meridian High School May 18 saw the High School Awards ceremony at which many local scholarships were announced and May 19 the graduating seniors donned their capes and caps to walk the elementary school halls – hopefully inspiring the youngsters to bigger and better academic futures.

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Tue
23
May

Bring theory into practice

Meridian Elementary fifth graders present science fair projects

By Simone Wichers -Voss

Any good experiment starts with a scientific question that is testable and measurable.

Since Spring Break, 26 Meridian Elementary School fifth graders had been working on their science projects. It seems that finding a fun and suitable scientific question is not as easy as it sounds.

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