MAN FOUND BOUND, GAGGED IN HOME – An 82-year-old man was found on the floor of his home bound and gagged Friday night. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said a neighbor in the 1400 block of New Hope Road near Briar had not seen his neighbor, Marvin Zimmerman, for a few days and went to check on him around 10 p.m. The neighbor looked through the window and saw the man on the floor. Medics took Zimmerman to a Fort Worth hospital where he remained in serious condition late Monday, Walker said. Investigators believe the man may have been tied up for several days before he was discovered. Officers have talked to family members and acquaintances to see who might be responsible. It is unknown if it was part of a robbery. Two arrests were made overnight. More information will be posted at www.WCMessenger.com as it is available.
OVERNIGHT STORMS – Thunderstorms rolled into Wise County late last night bringing strong winds along with it. Trees were reported down all across the county, with many in power lines. Local fire departments responded to reports of downed power lines in Bridgeport, Alvord, Boyd, Newark and Decatur. Parts of the county also lost power during the storm. Rainfall totals included 0.75 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.6 in Runaway Bay, 0.2 in Chico, 0.15 in Rhome, 0.1 in Greenwood, and 0.07 in Decatur.
SALES TAX GAINS – The dozen Wise County cities that collect sales taxes have earned more than $4.3 million this year, a figure that is up 8.8 percent since last year. Monthly allocation checks from the state comptroller’s office totaled $704,240, a gain of 7.7 percent. Decatur collected $319,476 for the month and has received $1,975,682 for the year. Bridgeport’s June rebate of $258,969 brought the annual total to $1,629,640 for the year. Decatur’s sales tax income is almost 5 percent ahead of last year while Bridgeport is up 28.7 percent. Rhome has jumped 35 percent to $161,314, third largest in the county. It has surpassed Boyd, Chico and New Fairview since last year.
WREN NAMED TO EDC – Decatur City Council filled one vacancy Monday and set the timeline to fill another. Jason Wren will replace former Mayor Joe Lambert on the Decatur Economic Development Corp. board. A replacement for new Mayor Martin Woodruff on the city council will likely be determined at the next council meeting. Woodruff said he had spoken to a couple of residents of District Two interested in filling out the final 11 months of Woodruff’s unexpired term.
SUPERINTENDENT SALARY – The Northwest School Board Monday approved adjusting the salary of its superintendent, Karen Rue, to reflect the 3 percent raise approved for all faculty and staff. Her salary will be $247,200. In January, trustees approved a one-year extension to Rue’s contract through June 2016.
COUNTY BUSINESS – Yesterday county commissioners decided to “monitor the spending” of Constables Tom Bishop and Leonard Denney, who were not re-elected in the May primary election. The action is a requirement outlined in the Texas Local Government Code for any county officials who are considered lame ducks. They also rescinded a March decision to seek a new outside auditor for fiscal year 2012. County Judge Bill McElhaney suggested the action and said they could reconsider it for fiscal year 2013. Commissioners agreed with the exception of Terry Ross, who cast the lone dissenting vote.
FLAG DAY CELEBRATION – North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport will celebrate Flag Day 11 a.m. Thursday by replacing the Texas and U.S. flags that fly in front of the hospital with ones purchased by the auxiliary. Boy Scouts will decommission and burn the old flags at their next camp out. All, especially veterans, are invited, and hospital volunteers are asked to wear their uniforms.
SUMMER AT THE LIBRARY – Public libraries in Decatur and Newark kick off summer reading programs today. The Decatur Public Library will start the summer with Critterman. Programs are at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Children age 12 and younger can sign up to receive a log to track their reading and earn weekly prizes. The Newark Public Library will host a kickoff event 3:30 to 5 p.m. Elementary school students, kindergarten through fifth grade, are invited to attend.
PICKUP LOCATION CHANGED – Those who have been accepted for the Alvord Cares summer feeding program should go to Alvord City Hall 9 to 11:30 a.m. today to pick up their food rather than the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. The location was changed due to vacation bible school.
VOTE FOR CARE – The Center for Animal Research and Education (C.A.R.E.) in Bridgeport has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists nationwide in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, an initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to nonprofits over the course of 100 days. Vote for C.A.R.E. today from 9 a.m. to 10:59 p.m. at www.100carsforgood.com.
FUNERALS – Burial for Orville Ray Bollman, 67, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL for Randy Garrett, 58, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Christopher Andrew Smith, 24, of Oklahoma is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
MEMORIAL service for Clyde Garland Martin, 76, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.