EARLY VOTING – Early voting for Saturday’s city and school elections continues through tomorrow. Voters have contested school board races in Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Northwest and Paradise. Voters in Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Newark, Rhome and Runaway Bay have decisions to make in city leadership positions. The Newark ballot also includes a proposition to legalize the sale of alcohol. For voting locations, times and candidate profiles, go to www.wcmessenger.com/election.
ANOTHER WET MONTH – For the fifth month in a row, Wise County received above average rainfall. Weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur reported 3.56 inches in April, above the average of 3.28. For the year, Decatur has received 15.84 inches. May is typically the wettest month of the year with average rainfall of 5.72 inches.
TEACHER APPRECIATION – Don’t forget to bring an apple to school. Today is the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. It runs through Friday.
OLYMPATHON – The Wise County Olympathon is Tuesday at Bulls Stadium in Bridgeport. Opening ceremony is 9 a.m. and final events end at 2 p.m.
RELAY MEETINGS – A Wise County Relay for Life Committee meeting is 5:30 tonight at the sheriff’s office courtroom. Team captain’s meeting and bank night will follow at 6:30. Another team captain’s meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the sheriff’s office courtroom. Team baskets for the silent auction at Relay can be brought to tonight’s meeting and must be turned in by the May 11 meeting when captains will receive team T-shirts.
KINDER ROUNDUP – Chico Elementary pre-k and kindergarten roundup is May 3-7. Forms are in the elementary office.
KICKOFFS – Decatur School District will hold elementary kickoffs tomorrow and Thursday. Carson and Young Elementary Kickoff is 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Carson. Call (940) 393-7500 for information. Rann and Young Elementary Kickoff is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rann. Call (940) 393-7600 for information.
BAKE SALE – Royal Christian Academy is holding a bake sale at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Massage Therapy in Boyd. For information call Amy at (940) 389-2441.
STICK HORSE RODEO – Cowkids ages 6 and under are invited to enter the Butterfield Stage Days Festival Stick Horse Rodeo at Harwood Park, May 8, at 11 a.m. Contestants will compete in barrel racing, bronc busting and best rodeo costume. Contestants will receive help from the Brogan Bull Fighting Family. The event is free. For more information call (940) 683-3690. To download an entry form, go to www.cityofbridgeport.net/mainstreet or pick one up at the Main Street Office at 812A Halsell.
RODEO PINK – Raffle tickets for a hand-made western quilt are on sale with all proceeds going to Rodeo Pink. The quilt can be seen this week at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Tickets can be purchased at the bank, Edward Jones in Bridgeport, iCopy in Decatur and Bridgeport, the Wise County Treasurer’s office and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce. The quilt will be raffled off during the PRCA Rodeo in Bridgeport Friday. For more information call Amber Fogelman at (940) 683-3690.
SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for kids with disabilities is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9 at Joe Wheeler Park. Friday, June 11, will be a swim and pizza party at Wise Regional Health System. If you have a disabled camper of any age or if you want to volunteer, call Andrea Duwe at (940) 466-3622 or (940) 395-3356.
FUNERALS – Service for Donald Lenschow, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, Ill., with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Bryan Moore, 42, of Greenwood is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MASS of Christian burial for Alva Jewell Bordner, 83, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Martha Meyers, 83, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
SERVICE for Jimmy Weatherly, 75, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.