SURVEYOR POSITION GONE JAN. 1 – After Davey Edwards was elected to the position of county surveyor on the same ballot in which voters approved doing away with it Nov. 6, Edwards had raised questions as to when the office would officially be abolished. On Tuesday, County Judge Bill McElhaney said the position would be abolished at midnight Dec. 31. “We feel like it was decided when the people voted,” McElhaney said. Edwards had also asked the Secretary of State’s Office if the office of county surveyor could be reinstated in the future. The reply was, “… there does not appear to be any constitution or statutory authority to ‘revive’ the office once it has been abolished.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
BRUSH SCHEDULE – City of Bridgeport brush pick up will be next week, Dec. 17-21, due to the Christmas Holiday. If you need the city to make a pick up at your residence, an item must be set out in the front yard or side yard away from power lines and trees behind the curb or outside of the roadway by your scheduled pick up day. To see what your scheduled day is, visit the website at www.cityofbridgeport.net, or you may pick up a map at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St.
AGING WISELY – This month’s Aging Wisely class is 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at Weatherford College Wise County, Room 105. This month’s topic is “Adaptive Equipment.” Guest speakers are from First Texas Home Health in Decatur. The monthly free class focuses on health education for ages 50-plus and seniors.
4-H MEETING – Slidell/Greenwood 4-H meets 6:30 tonight at the home of Mrs. Dunlap.
ANGEL TREE – More than 70 angels remain available for adoption from Home Health Care of North Central Texas elderly and disabled angel tree. Donations are also being accepted. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 19. The office is located at 1116 Halsell St., Ste. 300 in Bridgeport. Call (940) 683-3300 for information.
BIBLE BENEFIT – Milestone for Mikey, a benefit for Mikey Bible, 20, of Bridgeport, is 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Atomic Rooster in Bridgeport. Raffle will be held at 8 p.m. for a 50-inch flatscreen television and a rifle. There will also be a D.J. and live music. Bible was injured in a wreck in October and left paralyzed. For more information call (940) 399-9628 or (940) 683-2745.
BELL RINGERS NEEDED – Time slots are still available next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Salvation Army red kettle bell ringing in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur. If you or your group can help, call Tana at (940) 627-5859. All money collected stays in Wise County.
PARENT MEETING – Decatur ISD will hold a meeting about the Future Ready Project at 6 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380. This meeting is being held in place of the traditional curriculum nights, and Curriculum Director Judi Bell will lead a discussion on the strategic instructional vision for the school district. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with teachers and administrators.
FIRE DANGER – The National Weather Service has once again placed Wise and surrounding counties in a fire weather danger area for today. The combination of dry air and south winds of 15 miles per hour gusting to 25 miles per hour will support the rapid spread of any grass fires in the area. Otherwise, it should be a beautiful day with sunny skies and a high near 63.
WISE HOPE ANGEL TREE — Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center still has 11 angels left on their angel tree to be adopted. These are children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Angels are available at 201 N. Trinity in Decatur Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All angels should be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 18. For more information call (940) 626-4585.
FUNERALS – Service for Barbara Burnett Hall, 59, of Wizard Wells is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Bobby Williams, 78, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Verda June Slimp, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
VISITATION for Antonio Coronado, 42, of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Les Raley, 92, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for B.F. Nall, 83, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.