IPADS APPROVED – The Bridgeport School Board last night approved spending up to $1.1 million to purchase iPads for each student in the elementary, intermediate and middle schools. The iPads will be purchased from fund balance. In other business, the board agreed to extend the contract of Superintendent Eddie Bland for another year after giving him a favorable review.
DRUG ARREST – A Rhome police officer arrested a man for drug possession after he found the man passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle late Saturday night on the U.S. 81/287 North access road. Officer Chance Garrett was investigating a suspicious vehicle when he discovered Edgar O. Hernandez, 34, of Fort Worth asleep at the wheel and what looked like a “crack pipe” next to him in between the front seats. A search of the vehicle turned up 33 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic baggie. Hernandez was charged with possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams, a second-degree felony. He was booked in Wise County Jail with bond set at $25,000. He made bail Monday. He told the investigator he was on his way from Fort Worth to Henrietta when he stopped in Rhome for a nap.
AUTHOR VISIT – The Decatur Public Library and the Decatur Library Foundation are holding a book signing and Q&A with author/journalist Julia Heaberlin 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The Library Foundation will have copies of her novel “Playing Dead” available for purchase for $12. To learn more about Heaberlin visit juliaheaberlin.com or watch her on Good Morning Texas today. For more information about the signing, contact the library at (940) 393-0290.
SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library Summer Reading Club presents Mad Science at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for information. It’s Plant Day at the Newark Public Library summer reading program 3:30 to 5 p.m. today. Call (817) 489-2224 for information.
HEART GALLERY – The Heart Gallery is now on display at First Financial Bank in Boyd and will be there for two weeks. Heart Galleries are a project of Court Appointed Special Advocates and feature a group of foster children awaiting adoption.
FOOTBALL SIGN-UPS – Alvord youth football sign-ups for third through sixth graders are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the old middle school gym in Alvord. Call Larry Hickey at (940) 399-9846 for information.
FOSSILS, ROCKS AND MINERALS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 tonight at the Sheriff’s Office conference/training room, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur. The program is Show and Tell, and members will bring their favorite specimens and tell about them. For information, call President Mary Hilliard at (940) 627-6851.
MONSTER MEETING – The Decatur Public Library invites teens 13 and older to the Kaiju Otaku Club monster-themed meeting at 4 p.m. today. The meeting will include snacks, activities and a classic monster film. Call (940) 393-0290 for more information.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Randy Garrett, 58, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.
SERVICE for Keith William Jozwiak, 30, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.