NEWARK CONSIDERS ELIMINATING POSITIONS – In an effort to conserve funds, the Newark city council is considering dissolving its police force and eliminating its court clerk position. A committee composed of mayor Matt Newby and two city council members plans to discuss forging a contract with the city of Rhome to have Rhome police officers patrol and respond to calls in Newark city limits. The council is also considering hiring a city manager and an assistant clerk in lieu of hiring a new city secretary in the wake of Tabitha Tucciarone announcing her decision to resign as city secretary. The council discussed these items in open session during a special called meeting Friday. Although originally to be discussed in closed session, Newby said “We don’t have anything to hide,” and chose to make the personnel matters public. Newby cited decreased revenue from property taxes and extensive costs in upgrading the water and sewer infrastructure for the proposed cost saving measures.
RELAY WRAP-UP – The Wise County Relay for Life Wrap-Up party is 6 to 7:30 tonight at Decatur Church of Christ. A hot dog dinner will be served and all Relay awards will be presented. Team captains are encouraged to attend and may bring a guest.
COUNCIL MEET AND GREET – The Bridgeport City Council will hold a meet and greet 6 to 7 tonight in the City Hall Council chambers at 900 Thompson St., giving citizens the opportunity to meet newly elected Mayor Keith McComis, council member Matt Van Hoose and City Administrator Brandon Emmons. Other members of the city council will also be present.
COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Registration for first summer session courses at Weatherford College Wise County continues through Thursday. Classes begin tomorrow. Contact the college by phone at (940) 627-2690 or on the web at www.wc.edu for more information.
ACTOR NEEDED – Off 380 Players is seeking a male age 35 or older for the role of Morrie in the upcoming Detour production, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” To audition, call (940) 389-7151. The show will be held mid July.
FOOD PANTRY OPEN – The Newark Area Food Pantry, 502B Main St., is open every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The pantry serves 76078 and 76071 zip code areas. Bring proof of residence to sign up.
FUNERALS – Service is pending for Lucas Mikel, 5 months, of Rhome at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Damon Pennington, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord with burial at Union Hill Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Ramona Miller, 86, of Sunset is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Graveside service is 3:30 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight and 10 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
SERVICE is pending for Audrey Faye Matney Olson, 94, of Santa Ana, Calif., at Hawkins Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Albert Timms, 74, of Rhome is 5 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.