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Suspected Human Traffickers Arrested Near Bowie Texas

A potential human trafficking operation was thwarted near Bowie, Texas, the other day. According to the Bowie News a recent traffic stop by a Montague County Sheriff’s Deputy found eight people in one vehicle, six of which are suspected of being smuggled into the country illegally. Around 7:30 p.m. on...
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Montague County town facing water crisis

SAINT JO, Texas - Leaders in the small town of Saint Jo in Montague County say they have a water crisis and are trying to distribute water to residents. Twenty-three miles west of Gainesville, about 900 citizens of the small town of Saint Jo are facing a catastrophe. There is no running water anywhere in the city.
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Saint Jo residents under a boil water notice

SAINT JO, Texas - The mayor of the Montague County town of Saint Jo announced water has been turned back on for the town, but it’s not safe to drink. Water had to be shut off for the entire town of Saint Jo, which is 80 miles northwest of Fort Worth, after two wells went offline this week and a water main break was found under a bridge.
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Suspected human smugglers jailed

A recent traffic stop by a Montague County Sheriff deputy led to the arrest of two people accused of smuggling persons into the country, possibly some of the eight people found in the vehicle. Around 7:30 p.m. on June 8 Deputy Chase Pelton observed a 2003 Toyota Sequoia driving on...
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Budget additions fill commissioner’s court session Monday

Montague County Commissioners adopted a proposed budget for 2021-22, but even before it approved which launches the time schedule for the budget process, the court had added more than $487,000 to the proposal. The court met Monday morning and while the budget is far from complete as they await the...
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County 4-Hers present program to commissioner’s court

While budgetary items dominated Monday’s Montague County Commissioner’s Court session, there were several other agenda items including a presentation by county 4-Hers on their activities. Due to the pandemic the youngsters did not make their annual presentation last year. Attending were: Knolan Bower, Bear Bower, Kendal Wolf, Maddax McCullum, Spencer...
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County to continue work on budget

Montague County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. on June 14 facing an agenda with numerous equipment requests and consideration of a budget proposal. A budget workshop will follow the presentation of the 2021-2022 proposed county budget. County officials are expected to start reviewing their budget requests with the court.
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County vaccination rate at 28.40% for those 12 and up fully vaccinated.

Montague County continues to lag behind the state COVID-19 vaccination rate as Texas also experiences a decline in COVID-19 cases. As Texas has begun to reopen people appear to have forgotten about the dangers of the Coronavirus opting not to get vaccinated, but willing to go back to large crowds and events unmasked and with no social distancing. Most of the virus precautions have gone by the wayside and the state’s initially strong vaccination effort has faded.
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County 4-Hers compete at horse show

The Montague and Clay County 4-H Horse Show took place on May 22 at the Montague County Cowboy Church with 16 county youth competing. Judge Becky Terrell, Sanger, worked with the youth during the judging events. See the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

County water well screening set for June 16

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening June 16 in Montague to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. An informational meeting will follow on June 17 to explain the results. The Well Informed water sample drop-off will be from 8:30 to...

School districts begin figuring out how to use ESSER III funds

School districts across the state of Texas have begun to apply for their allocation of more than $11.2 billion appropriated to the state for public education purposes under the American Rescue Plan Act through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III funds. Montague County school districts will receive $5,675,554....

Oil Bowl list for area athletes

The 84th Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic is scheduled to happen June 19. A year after the cancelation of the event due to COVID-19, 2021 plans are to get back to normal including basketball and volleyball games along with the long running football game. Selections are from the top senior...
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Tennis athletes compete at state

Montague County athletes competed at the state tennis tournament on Thursday at the Blossom Tennis Center in San Antonio. The five athletes from Gold-Burg, Prairie Valley and Saint Jo lost their first round matchups, but still broke a several year streak for Montague County just qualifying in the first place.
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County to consider resolution on denying wind farm tax abatements

Montague County Commissioners will consider a resolution that states the county will not support tax abatements for wind developments when the court meets at 9 a.m. on May 24. In recent years as development of wind farms in nearby Clay and Cooke County have moved closer to Montague County, various community groups have urged the court to take action to stop that expansion. While a resolution does not have the rule of law as a court order, it could state the county officials’ intent on this topic.
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Panther baseball falls to Hornets

The Saint Jo baseball team had its season come to an end on Wednesday. The Panthers lost both games of their double-header (11-1, 12-2) to Dodd City in the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs. Saint Jo knew heading into the game its hands were full. The Panthers’ last two playoff...

BISD Trustees move board meeting to Tuesday

Bowie Independent School District Trustees have moved their regular meeting from Monday to Tuesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. The session also will be in the junior high auditorium not the board room at the intermediate school. Part of the reason for the move may be the presentation of student...