NO REFUSAL RETURNS – On Tuesday and Wednesday if a driver is arrested for driving while intoxicated in Wise County, that person will be asked to provide a blood sample. If the driver refuses, a warrant will be sought to obtain a sample of blood and test the blood-alcohol concentration. County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude will once again handle warrant requests, and blood will be drawn at the Wise County Jail. “For those who decide to celebrate too much and drive, we are going to draw blood,” said County Attorney James Stainton, who organizes the no refusal event each year. ” … You can drink and shoot your fireworks; just don’t get in a car.”
NEW CITY HALL – Chico City Hall opens in its new location today at the old Chico Elementary School, 400 S. Hovey Street. The new location includes new offices, council chambers and a community center. Read more in the weekend Messenger on news stands now.
RECYCLING UNCHANGED – Recycling pickup in the city of Decatur will run as normal Wednesday, despite the July 4 holiday.
EAT PIZZA – Today is Wise County Special Needs Baseball – Miracle League of Wise County night at CiCi’s in Decatur from 6 p.m. to closing. Drop your receipt in the box at the cash register, and 10 percent of those sales will be given to WCSNB. If you eat lunch at CiCi’s, it will also count if you request your receipt be included. WCSNB is raising funds to build a baseball field that will accommodate all special needs players regardless of disability.
IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic Tuesday, July 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, 104 S. Miller. Times are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is based on a sliding fee scale, and a parent must be present. Bring a shot record. Call (940) 665-6397 for information.
ALVORD FESTIVAL – The annual Alvord Watermelon Festival and Barbecue Cook-off is now registering vendors. Vendors can set up booths on Saturday, August 11. Call Debra McKelvain at (940) 389-1656 for more information.
SELECT SOFTBALL – Tryouts for a 10-and-under select softball team is 7 tonight at the Decatur High School softball field. For information, call David Minor at (682) 201-7021 or Debbie Smith at (940) 627-0178.
FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Kyle Story and his staff will hold the Eagles 2012 Football Camp for players in grades seven through nine July 16-19. The camp will be 7 to 9 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. The cost is $60 during pre-registration. The price is $50 for each additional family member. The cost is $70 on the first day of the camp and $60 for each additional family member. Register at Decatur High School or the fieldhouse.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Jo Anne Taylor, 81, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Kay Huddleston, 70, of Azle is 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Church at Azle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for James Russell Brown of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Edwina Wheeler, 93, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Bill Lipstreu, 88, former Boyd ISD superintendent and Springtown ISD principal is pending at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown. He was the father of Sandy Brown of Boyd.