The Nocona News (Nocona, Tex.), Vol. 104, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 25, 2008 Page: 2 of 20
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'Tracks n tracings . . .
Some liristmas wishes . . .
By Tracy R. Mesler
It is that time of year where
most of us make our Christmas
wishes, so here's a few to pon-
I wish for the citizens of
Montague County four years of
avoiding negative headlines and
broadcasts from the Wichita
Falls and Dallas/Fort Worth
news media. Well, based on the
latest set news and rumors, I
guess that wish will have to be
tabled until this time next year.
I wish for City Hall three or
four ornament light timers so
they won't have to burn our tax
dollars between the hours of 11
p.m. and 6 a.m. each night.
Their display is nice, but is it
I wish for the Nocona
School Board the initiative to
follow through on their stated
goals and objectives and get
some of those pesky repeat
goals off their list.
I wish for the students at our
local schools the training and
education necessary to forge a
living to support themselves
and their families in the future.
I wish for the families still
wrestling with the "why" and
"how" of the Mivacron murders
a final resolution to their stress-
I wish for the Nocona
Hospital District, board, admin-
istrators and staff the same
Those wishes are not neces-
sarily mutually exclusive, but it
appears they are heading for a
judicial showdown to be
resolved one way or another.
I wish for the North
Montague County Water
Supply District a second raw
water line to serve Nocona.
That 50 year old, concrete and
steel pipe is looking a little
long in the tooth.
I wish for incoming County
Commissioner Steve Howard a
bit of a honeymoon to get his
feet on the ground, and his
equipment up and running
before the landowners start ask-
ing "What about my road?"
I wish for the City of
Nocona's Public Works
Department a sugar daddy to
come in and replace their old
water mains this winter so they
can, for once, start the paving
program in June and end it in
August rather than start it in
August and hope to have it fin-
ished before the first freeze.
I wish for our county fire
departments, fewer fire bugs
and careless residents and more
watchful eyes, helping hands
and financial supporters.
I wish for incoming Sheriff
Paul Cunningham some good
luck and good hires - unfortu-
nately it looks like he's going
to need that and then some the
first few weeks in office.
For Nocona Supt. Vicki
Gearheart I wish enough time
to finish her doctoral disserta-
tion, that deadline is just five
And to the residents of
Montague County I wish lower
taxes, stable workplaces, good
health and supportive friends
and family when they run short
of any of the other three.
Remember the reason for the
season, reach out and help
someone less fortunate than
yourself for their certainly are
Dangerously beautiful . . .
— Photo by Tracy Mesler
It was hard to see on the leaves of the trees, and even harder to
see on the roads as area motorsts skidded off the highways and
streets thanks to a thin sheet of ice last week. The one one-hun-
dreth of an inch consisted exactly half of the moisture we have
received this December.
I had three chairs in my
house; one for solitude, two
for friendship, three for socie-
ty. -Henry David Thoreau
The most incomprehensible
thing about the world is that it
is at all comprehensible.
The release of atomic energy
has not created a new prob-
lem. It has merely made more
urgent the necessity of solving
an existing one.
irst bonded, next sworn into o ice . . .
— Photo by Tracy Mesler
SHeriff-elect Paul Cunningham watches as his chief deputy-designee J.T. Mitchell signs his bond Monday morning. Meanwhile
Lafonda Langofrd certifies Cunningham's bond. The officers will take their oaths of office 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2009.
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been entered into in the county's
name without the contract first
being approved by the county
attorney, as required by law. She
replied that had happened.
The new plan with Verizon
would be for phone service only
for up to 30 phone lines, and
Ms. Taylor would be only party
authorized to amend that plan.
There would not be any text or
internet service provided on the
county-funded cell phones.
Pet. 3 Comm. Glenn Seay
noted that road hands as well as
sheriff's deputies and DPS
troopers "are using phones
more and more" and radios less
The court approved three
emergency budget amendments
- one for the General Fund to
pay $326,846 in repairs to the
roof of the Jail and Sheriffs
Office, one for $20,000 to trans-
fer unencumbered Pet. 1 funds
to fuel; and $6,500 from fuel to
repairs and maintenance for
R&B Pet. 3 to pay for repairs.
"Glenn wasn't this work that
was being done prior to us put-
ting in the 25% limit?"
Sappington asked Seay, who
retires at the end of the month.
Seay replied it was started
before the policy was put in
In November the court adopt-
ed a policy capping expendi-
tures in each department headed
a retiring officeholder at 25%.
They did so to ensure each
incoming officeholder had suffi-
cient funds to operate the
remaining three-fourths of the
Seay's motion was approved
Of course I'm doing some-
thing about my overdraft: I'm
seeing my accountant.
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