DAYTIME CURFEW CONSIDERED – The Newark City Council is considering implementation of an amendment to its curfew ordinance that would establish a daytime curfew for juveniles. If adopted, the new law would not allow those under 17 outside on school days between 9 a.m. and either 2 or 3 p.m. Exceptions would be allowed for doctor appointments, home schooled students and similar scenarios. The purpose is to deter truancy and burglaries. The city attorney will review the proposal before the council meets in April.
EDC APPROVES DEAL – The Decatur Economic Development Corporation yesterday approved a grant that will allow the EDC to reimburse United Rotorcraft up to $200,000 for improvements to its facility. The company is to bring the EDC the paid receipts and will be reimbursed up to the agreed amount. The grant agreement was approved with only one amendment – language clarification that the company would add 50 jobs over a 5-year period. The company currently employs 37, according to the agreement. The item will go to the city council Monday for final approval.
WINTER’S LAST GASP – It’s been an unusually cold and wet winter, so it should come as no surprise that on the day Spring begins, the forecast calls for cold temperatures, rain and, yes, even a chance of snow. A strong cold front is expected to drop temperatures into the 30s Saturday with a 70 percent chance of rain and a slight chance of snow Saturday night.
COLLECTING CANS – A container for aluminum cans has been placed at the dump site on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Donated cans will be sold with proceeds benefiting the Wise County Animal Shelter.
FUNDRAISER – Gala’s Hospitality in Bridgeport will have a fundraiser barbecue and garage sale benefiting Lola “Ms. Lola” Kalbfleisch from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Kalbfleisch fell from a ladder recently and suffered major injuries. For information call Gala’s at (940) 683-4696 or Chris Leyva at (940) 389-9829.
SINGLES CLUB – The North Texas Singles Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hot Skillet. Singles are welcome to join. For information call (940) 627-7015 or (940) 627-6422.
EASTER BASKETS – The Alvord High School Black Diamond Dancers will sell Easter baskets as a fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Alvord Express.
YOUTH FAIR DRAWING – The Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association drawing is Saturday, March 27. Prizes include a Tru-Test digital scale, 100 square bales of coastal hay and a Browning rifle. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and are available at 2K Pawn and Gun, Sam’s Hair Quarters or North Texas Bank. Proceeds will help support 4-H and FFA projects.
EGG HUNT – The Decatur Public Library will hold its annual Easter Egg hunt and story time Wednesday, March 24, with preschool students at 10 a.m. and toddlers at 11. The program will include books, songs, games, snacks and an Easter egg hunt. Bring your own basket. For more information call the library at (940) 627-5512 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.
EGGS NEEDED – The Decatur Main Street Program is seeking donations of plastic eggs filled with individually wrapped candy. Donations can be brought to city hall or the visitor center until March 26. The Main Street Easter Event is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, on the southeast corner of the square.
FUNERAL service for Clint Wiley, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Lola Reed, 97, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.
FUNERAL for William Geron, 92, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Geron Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Garland Davis, 86, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Robert Stapp, 57, of Park Springs is pending at Hawkins Bridgeport.