NEWARK HELPS PRIVATE SCHOOL – A corporation created by the city of Newark has helped a private school near Houston acquire a $20 million tax-exempt loan. Last Thursday, the city council unanimously approved a resolution allowing the Newark Cultural Education Facilities Finance Corp. to enter into a $20 million loan agreement with Wood Forest National Bank. The money from the loan benefits The John Cooper School, a private academy located in The Woodlands, north of Houston. In return for acting as a conduit on the lending process, the city of Newark receives $10,000.
WEEKEND RAIN – Rainfall amounts from over the weekend included 1.7 inches in Greenwood, 1.2 in Rhome, 1.15 in Alvord, 1.1 in Chico and 0.91 in Decatur. There is only a slight chance of rain in today’s forecast, and Wise County is under a wind advisory from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. South winds are expected 25-30 miles per hour with gusts in excess of 35 miles per hour.
ALVORD, DECATUR, SLIDELL ADVANCE – The Alvord, Decatur and Slidell girls basketball teams won their area round games Friday. Alvord pummeled Prairiland 64-37 behind 20 points from Jordan Ward. Alvord moves on to play Godley Tuesday in Saginaw. Decatur rallied behind 14 points from Murphy Graham to beat Big Spring 35-27. Decatur will take on No. 1 Abilene Wylie Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Slidell took down Aquilla 47-29 with 18 points from Brooke Rhodes. Slidell plays Ector Tuesday in Howe.
KELLER SLIPS PAST NORTHWEST – Keller rallied to force overtime and edged the Northwest Texans 55-54 Friday to take the third playoff seed out of District 7-5A. The Texans will head to the playoffs at the league’s fourth-place team and will play No. 1 Flower Mound Marcus Tuesday in Lewisville. Decatur will play Glen Rose Tuesday in Weatherford. The Slidell Greyhounds will play Ector in Howe as part of doubleheader with the girls.
DEMOCRATS MEET – The Wise County Democrats will meet at 6:30 tonight in the second floor courtroom at the Wise County courthouse in Decatur. The agenda includes updates on Texas redistricting, the Texas voter ID bill and Washington D.C. legislation by Gwen Dunivent.
ROCK BINGO – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society holds its monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center, 201 Main St., Decatur. The program will be rock bingo. Call President Mary Hilliard at (940) 627-6851 for more information.
CONTROLLED BURNS - County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd reminds citizens to notify the Sheriff’s Office at (940) 627-5971 when they plan to engage in outdoor burning. This allows dispatchers to log the location and contact information of the person responsible for the fire. If they receive a report of a fire at the logged address, they can call and verify that it is under control. This prevents volunteer firefighters from leaving their jobs and families to investigate a controlled burn.
OFFICES CLOSED – All county government offices are closed today for President’s Day.
TEEN COURT – Wise County Teen Court meets at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in Judge Terri Johnson’s courtroom at the Sheriff’s Office in Decatur. Dress is business casual. For more information, call Shelly Renaud at (940) 393-5923.
FRESHMAN PARENTS MEETING – Parents of Decatur High School freshman are invited to a meeting on the new end-of-course tests and new state requirements at 6 tonight in the second floor lecture hall.
4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet at 6 tonight at the Extension office.
OTAKU CLUB – The Decatur Public Library invites teens ages 13 and older to a Valentine’s Day Otaku (Manga) Club meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Enjoy sweet snacks, crafts and anime. Call (940) 627-5512 for more information.
MAMMOGRAMS – The Moncrief Cancer Institute Mobile Mammography Unit will be at James Wood Motors in Decatur on Saturday giving fully funded mammograms to women without insurance. They also accept Medicare and other insurance. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-405-7739.
FUNERALS – Service for Billie Lee Coffer, 86 of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
SERVICES for James Headen, 77, of Decatur and Terry Hale, 55, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Cecil “Sonny” Cross, 75, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Donnie Green, 79, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Keith Blanks, 53, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for George Hogue, 66, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.