Most city offices to close for Good Friday

City offices in most Johnson County cities will close Friday in observance of Good Friday.

Godley city offices will not be closed. City offices in Alvarado, Burleson, Cleburne, Grandview, Joshua, Keene and Rio Vista will be closed. Johnson County offices will also close Friday.

Hidden Creek golf course in Burleson will be open.

There will be no garbage pickup in Cleburne or Grandview on Friday. Regular pickup schedules in the remaining cities will not be affected.

— Matt Smith

Poster contest offers 5K scholarship

A statewide poster contest sponsored by the Texas Hospitality Association will award a 2010 high school graduating senior a $5,000 educational scholarship.

THA will award the scholarship to the high school senior who designs and submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: “If you are under 21, it’s illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas.”

The winning poster will also be distributed statewide to establishments selling or serving alcohol.

State Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, joined with THA to fight underage drinking and promote alcohol responsibility through the contest.

“We are very excited about involving Texas high school seniors in developing a message that will combat underage drinking in their age group and remind all Texans of the need for alcohol awareness,” Orr said.

Orr encouraged all interested high school seniors in Johnson and Bosque counties to submit entries.

All 2010 Texas high school seniors may enter.

Artwork must be an original design. It may be computer or electronically generated, hand drawn or photographed.

The submission deadline is May 14. A vote by each Texas House of Representative’s office will determine the scholarship winner.

For details, visit

— Special to the Times-Review


Joshua teen commits suicide

A Loflin Middle School student committed suicide Sunday by hanging himself in a barn near his home.

Jon Carmichael, 13, of Joshua, had apparently been bullied at school and stuffed into a trash can during a gym class.

Joshua ISD Superintendant Ray Dane said additional counselors were called in Monday to talk to students and teachers, especially those in Carmichael’s classes.

Students, teachers and staff members have been told that counselors remain available should they need or want to talk more about the incident.

Based on information Carmichael’s mother passed along during a Monday meeting with Dane, officials are looking into certain incidents to determine what happened, who was involved, and who was and was not present, Dane said.

JISD has strict policies against bullying spelled out in handbooks distributed to students and faculty as well as training sessions addressing the matter, Dane said.

The district adopted an additional sensitivity training program about two months ago, which addresses bullying, sexual harassment and other issues he said. That program is scheduled to be instituted at the beginning of the next school year, Dane said.

The district has worked to be proactive in addressing such problems, he said.

— Matt Smith

Two suspects held in separate assaults

Deputies detained two suspects in unrelated assault cases this week and March 20, according to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

On Sunday on County Road 414 in Cleburne, Michael Petty was arrested for assault-family violence. He is accused of assaulting the complainant, causing multiple scratches.

On March 20 on Farm-to-Market Road 917 in Joshua, Christopher Fogarty was arrested for assault by contact-family violence. He is accused of assaulting the complainant in the middle of a roadway.

Deputies are also investigating the burglary of a building on Friday on Renfro Street in Burleson.

The building was broken into a dishwater valued at $600, wood doors valued at $400 and saxophone valued at $250 were taken.

— Pete Kendall



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