DECATUR WATER DISTRICT TAX RATE SET – The Decatur water board Wednesday approved a 12.75 cent tax rate for the Wise County Water Supply District for the next fiscal year. The rate represents a quarter-cent tax reduction and will fund a $1,461,800 budget for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The water district, an entity of the city, provides raw water from Lake Bridgeport to the Decatur water treatment plant. The district owns the water pipeline from Lake Bridgeport to Decatur as well as pumping facilities at the lake and the water treatment plant.
STORMS LIKELY – The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms today. Rain has already begun falling in counties to the west of Wise County as of 7:30 a.m.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Paradise Panthers will seek their first win of the season tonight as they take on the Leonard Tigers at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
NEW FAIRVIEW CLEAN-UP DAY – New Fairview will hold a Clean-Up day Saturday. Dumpsters will be located at City Hall from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or until they are full. You will need to bring your driver’s license or utility bill that shows a physical address within city limits. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, hazardous materials, wet paint, oil, refrigerants or anything containing refrigerants.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Dragon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor a Golf Tournament Saturday at the Bridgeport Country Club. It begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $60 per golfer, four players per team. For more information call Doug Bowyer at (940) 393-6461, Paula Long at (817) 343-0891 or Clay Carpenter at (940) 577-9381.
BAND BOOSTER FUNDRAISER – This Friday night, weather permitting, at the Decatur vs. Burkburnett football game, Aerial Outfitters will be flying overhead to photograph Eagle Stadium. Sales of the photos will benefit the Decatur Bands Booster Club. Fans are asked to wear blue.
MANGA ART CONTEST – The Decatur Public Library is holding a Manga Art Contest, with entries being accepted through Oct. 12. Artists must be 13 or older; categories are original and fan art; and no entries containing nudity or excessive violence will be accepted. All entries must include the artist’s name, phone number and category. A grand prize winner will be announced at the monthly Otaku Club meeting on Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.
DAR MEETING – John B. Denton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution’s next meeting is 10 a.m. Saturday at the home of DAR member Carol Wooley. The program is called Africa in Alvord. A Dutch treat lunch follows at Catfish O’harlies.
CALENDARS FOR SALE – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is selling 16-month calendars for $10 each. The calendars feature artwork from local special needs individuals, and proceeds go toward building a special needs baseball field equipped for persons of all disabilities. To get your calendar, call Jeri Kay at (940) 577-1848 or Cheryl at (940) 683-4234.
PIONEER DAYS – Parade entrees and applicants for the Ugly Man Contest and the Little Miss Pioneer Pageant are needed for Rhome Pioneer Days, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22. Volunteers, vendors and sponsors are also needed. For information call Rhome City Hall at (817) 638-2758 or Deborah Becraft at (817) 636-2826.
READERS NEEDED – Volunteers are needed for a reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. For information call Sally Pegues at (940) 627-5452.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the cemetery.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Eula Lambert, 93, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Leon Etheridge, 77, of Boyd is 11:30 a.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.