Area News

Union Cemetery meeting

The annual Union Cemetery meeting at Capps Corner, Texas will be held Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. Donations for the perpetual fund will be accepted at the meeting or may be mailed to J.C. Ivins at PO Box 328, Saint Jo, Texas 76265. Picnic lunches will be shared after the meeting.

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Court delays vote on subdivision rules for revisions

By Tracy R. Mesler MONTAGUE – Initially County Judge Rick Lewis thought the county commissioners would adopt the new subdivision rules on Monday. But after hearing over an hour’s worth of comments and requests for clarification from five individuals Monday morning, the court voted to table the rules to allow the county’s local government law…

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Council cuts City Judge to 2 days a week

While an effort to have Nocona City Judge Christie Halbardier reassigned to a different position “died for a lack of a second” Tuesday evening, the magistrate saw her employment cut from 40 hours a week to 16 hours a week at the conclusion of the meeting. Read more about the city judge in this week’s…

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Grand jury indicts nine

MONTAGUE – In its first of six monthly sessions, the Montague County Grand Jury returned nine felony indictments, one of which was sealed pending the arrest and arraignment of the defendant. To learn more about who was indicted read the story in this week’s edition of The Nocona News available on line at www.noconanews.net or…

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SO wants new cameras ASAP

By Tracy R. Mesler MONTAGUE – Rather than wait for the start of the next budget on Oct. 1, Sheriff Marshall Thomas and Chief Deputy Sheriff Jack Lawson proposed the county commissioners allow the Sheriff’s Department to use unused salaries to purchase new dash, car and body cameras for the department. Sheriff Thomas had requested…

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County tries to recoup its expenses

By Tracy R. Mesler MONTAGUE – After spending almost $23,000 to demolish the old Guilliams Grocery building in Montague after it had been partially destroyed by a truck, the Montague County Commissioners took the first step in trying to recoup at least a portion of their expenses. For more about the county’s efforts see this…

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County goes into rent-a-cell business

MONTAGUE – In the coming days and weeks Montague County may begin housing federal prisoners. Monday the commissioner’s court approved a contract between the Montague County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Corrections, LLC, to be a designated facility for the housing of USC inmates Sheriff Marshal Thomas said USC would pay the county $55 per day…

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Pool’s slide to be removed

One of the Indian Swimmin’ Hole’s favorite attractions, the slide, is being forced into retirement. “The pool has been doing great this summer…with all of our positives going on, I am sad to report that we have a negative to go with these,” commented NHS coach Jeremy Kirk who along with his wife Meagan are…

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US 82 widening a reality

By Tracy R. Mesler You could divide the audience on Tuesday’s Highway 82 widening public hearing into two groups: land owners concerned about losing land and buildings to the 47-year-old project, and local government officials curious to see if the Texas Department of Transportation truly was going to uphold a promise first made to the…

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Youth represent county at State 4-H

  Montague County 4-H youth were out representing their county the week of June 11 – 13 as they participated in multiple activities and competitions at the State 4-H Round Up in College Station. This year included activities with LEAD Academy where they could participate in tours around campus, structured discussions on current concerns and…

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