DRY SPELL CONTINUES — Last month was the driest November since 1999. According to weather watcher Doyle Green, Decatur received 0.13 of an inch of rain in November, the second lowest November total since local records began being kept in 1974. That brings the year-to-date rainfall amount to 27.39 inches, or 9.11 inches below normal for the year. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 87 on Nov. 2 to a low of 24 on Nov. 13.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO — The National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas begins today, and Wise County is once again well represented. Brothers Clif and Tuf Cooper will return to the Thomas and Mack Center to compete in tie-down roping. K.C. Jones returns to the NFR after a three-year absence to compete in steer wrestling. And Trevor Brazile will try to extend his all-around world title record to 10. He begins the competition ranked first in team roping and all-around. The NFR will be broadcast on the Great American Country (GAC) channel.
BASKETBALL BENEFIT — The Samantha Rogers Memorial Basketball Tournament starts 9 a.m. today and continues through Saturday in Alvord. Girls will play in the high school gym and boys at the old middle school. Although registration is closed, organizers invite the community to attend. There will be T-shirts and concessions for sale. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. All proceeds benefit the Samantha Rogers Memorial Scholarship fund.
AIRPORT MANAGER TO RETIRE — Mike Sayers, who has managed Decatur Municipal Airport for the past 14-and-a-half years, will retire at the end of December. The public is invited to drop by the Decatur Civic Center on West U.S. 380 for a come-and-go reception honoring him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by email to the city’s Human Resource Manager Mary Ann Henline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT — The monthly support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia meets 7 tonight in the Wise Regional Health System west campus board room. For more information, call (940) 627-6888.
COLLECT TOYS — Any organizations, church groups or businesses interested in collecting Toys For Tots may pick up a collection box from CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. U.S. Marine Corps representatives will pick up the donations from the restaurant 11 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, call Keith at (940) 393-2088.
TACKY SWEATERS — The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest 7 p.m. at the Bridgeport Stage, in conjunction with the Home for the Holidays event Saturday. There will be prizes awarded in each of two categories — age 12 and under and age 13 and up. Entries are due Friday. Call the chamber at (940) 683-2076.
CHRISTMAS PARTY — The Decatur Public Library will host a come-and-go Children’s Christmas Party 3:30-5:30 p.m. today. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa, then stay for crafts and holiday stories. Call (940) 393-0290 for more information.
CHAMBER MIXER — A Multi-Chamber Mixer is 5:30-7:30 tonight at Stone Briar Center, Suite 5, at 1555 W. U.S. Business 380 in Decatur. The event is hosted by The Market Collection and Tammy Kelly Photography. It will feature networking opportunities and complementary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.
FUNERAL — Service for Jeremy James Evans, 26, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at the Rhome Assembly of God with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.