FIRE POSITIONS APPROVED – On a 5-2 vote, Decatur City Council approved three new fire fighting positions Monday as part of the 2012 budget. The positions will cost about $155,000 a year and come with a property tax increase to 66.3 cents per $100 valuation. Council members Jason Wren and Randy Bowker opposed the move, citing economic conditions. Coupled with a half-cent tax decrease for the city’s water district, Decatur tax payers will see a net 1.8-cent increase. The $13.2 million budget is up about $30,000 from last year.
MAN FLOWN FROM ACCIDENT – Tyrel Turner, 24, of Saginaw suffered life-threatening injuries after he pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler at the intersection of Farm Road 455 and Farm Road 51 near Slidell last night. The pickup was eastbound when it pulled out in front of the southbound tractor-trailer near 7 p.m. Greenwood/Slidell firefighters extricated Turner who then was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Edward Hershverger, 31, of Michigan, was uninjured but visibly shook up from the wreck. He said he attempted to swerve and miss the pickup but was unable to avoid the collision. The road was shut down in both directions for more than an hour.
PICKUP OUTFITTED – Precinct 1 Constable Tom Bishop has turned his car in to the county. It was parked in front of the asset manager’s office Monday. In yesterday’s regular meeting, commissioners decided to keep the car and use it for parts instead of selling it at auction. They also approved paying invoices associated with the installation of equipment on the pickup that was recently purchased for Bishop. Invoices included one to Big Country Supply for $1,857.21 and one to Texas Trux for $1,987. Auditor Ann McCuiston said the county expects one more invoice from a business that removed the police radio and other electronic equipment from the car and installed it in the pickup. Bishop also had the pickup painted at an approximate cost of $1,300. He paid for this himself.
HOMETOWN HEROES – Decatur High School will honor first responders, including firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency medical technicians/paramedics, and military personnel at halftime of Friday’s homecoming game. Honorees will be admitted free to the game by showing a valid ID.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System in Decatur will host a blood drive 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in front of Fit-N-Wise. For more information, call Annette Raley at (940) 626-0167.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Member Don Majka will give a program on the paddling trail at Bridgeport.
HISTORICAL MEETING – The Paradise Historical Society meets for their regular bi-monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Paradise. After a short business meeting, Edna Wood will tell about her recent research on the Niblett Family and their migration to the West. Margurite Caraway will share her life of music in Texas during the last 50-60 years. She will tell stories and sing songs, some of which she has written.
BAND MEETING – The Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters will meet at 6 tonight in the Bridgeport High School band hall.
RIBBON CUTTING – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Timber Ridge Archery at 11:30 a.m. today at Timber Ridge Archery, 3937 S. U.S. 81/287, Suite 3.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Dixie Graves, 70, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at the Community Room at Bridgeport Estates. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Linda East, 63, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date in Kentucky. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Sandra McCook Thompson, 61, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Lucy Lee Combs, 95, of Burkburnett, formerly of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Russell A. Jones, 64, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Melton L. Davidson, 75, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Tapio Martti Otamaa, 62, of Newark will be held at a later date in Finland. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.