APPRAISAL PROTESTS DECLINE – Protests of tax appraisal values in Wise County have dropped significantly since last year, according to information provided by Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. The Appraisal Review Board began its hearings last Thursday, and they will continue June 10 through July 15. Hand said between 850 and 900 protests were filed this year compared to 1,400 a year ago. Last month, Hand released preliminary values for property in Wise County that showed an overall 10 percent decrease.
DECATUR WRECK – A woman and a young girl escaped with only a few scratches after their car was struck and sent plunging down an embankment in Decatur Monday afternoon. Jaqueline Smith, 22, of Decatur and her stepdaughter Bridget, 8, crawled out through the passenger’s window of their car after it fell 10 feet and came to rest partially on its side in a drainage ditch. Smith was southbound on Farm Road 730 when a pickup driven by Aaron Nichols, 27, of Silsbee, struck her car in the passenger side from the U.S. 81/287 service road at 5:53 p.m.
CANCER SURVIVOR DAY – Wise Regional Health System will host a celebration for all cancer survivors 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today in front of the Cancer Center at 2010 Ben Merritt Drive. The event will include guest speakers and a ribbon cutting for the American Cancer Society Resource Center at noon. Refreshments will be served, and survivors will be given commemorative Cancer Survivor Day T-shirts. For more information, call (940) 626-2251.
FISHING DERBY – The Decatur Rotary Club and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, along with the support of local businesses, will host the 2010 Kids All-American Fishing Derby 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Black Creek Lake on the LBJ National Grasslands. On-site registration begins at 7:30. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups for different contests including largest fish, smallest fish, most fish and the casting contest. Prizes will be awarded 11:30 to noon. The event is catch and release. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served.
DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM – Bowie Memorial Hospital will host a free Diabetes Education program at 6 tonight at the Legend Bank Community Room in Bowie. The event will feature Dr. Brian Carpenter and more than 10 informational booths, including Bariatric Solutions from Decatur. For more information call Brenda Haile, RN, CDE at (940) 872-9362.
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – A beach volleyball tournament will be held at Jones Park in Decatur June 19. There will be divisions for girls, boys and coed teams. Call (940) 210-0745 for information. Deadline to sign up is June 12.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The Order of Confederate Rose will also meet.
FUNERAL service for Betty Buckner, 81, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Sunset Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Carl Caruthers, 88, formerly of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight.
MEMORIAL service for Audrey Faye Matney Olson, 94, of Santa Ana, Calif., is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Bridgeport.
MASS of Christian burial for Adelelmo Aguilar Rosales, 75, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Rosary is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Sarah Rich, 67, of Denton is pending at Hawkins Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Betty Thornton, 78, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight.