Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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ONE INJURED IN FIERY WRECK – One patient was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas after a fiery wreck just before midnight Tuesday on School House Road, near Private Road 3484, in Paradise. Investigators say the patient, the driver of a Ford F-150 “overestimated the curve,” lost control and struck a tree. The impact caused the vehicle to go up in flames. Bystanders extricated the driver, who was unresponsive, from the vehicle. When medics arrived on scene, he was conscious. Injuries included possible second-degree burns to the abdomen area.

PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group is hosting a program commemorating Patriot Day, the remembrance of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Guest speakers are Rod and Carol Wooley of Alvord, both retired Southwest Airline pilots, who will provide insight to the airline pilots’ reaction to this event and subsequent actions taken.

COUNTY HIRES LAW FIRMĀ – Commissioners yesterday approved hiring the law firm Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado Acosta to aid in rewriting policies related to project bonds and branch campus lease scenarios. If the legislation is rewritten, it will enable the county to get a better rate on the bonds that supported the construction of Weatherford College Wise County. The current rate is 7.985377. “The legislative council is writing something to clear up the money trail a bit,” Burns said. Currently, taxpayers pay the branch campus maintenance tax to the county. The county gives that money to the college, and the college uses a portion of that money to make lease payments. The county uses the lease payments to make the bond payments. “Wall Street doesn’t like that,” Burns said. “We have a lease property without a trustee. There’s no protection for the bond holder, and that’s why our interest rate is so high. … Wall Street doesn’t like it.”

CLASS SIZE WAIVERS – Northwest ISD discussed a one-year class size waiver for classrooms that surpassed the 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio. As of Monday, there were 36 classrooms that exceeded that number. “With the $12 million reduction in state funding to Northwest ISD, this (increasing class sizes) was one way to reduce expenditures,” said Gary Gindt, assistant superintendent for administrative services. “… These 36 classrooms we are requesting a waiver on represent a $1.24 million savings in cost.” As of Monday, the district’s enrollment was 17,768 students.

GAS LINE RUPTURE – A road construction crew working on U.S. 380 just east of Wise County struck a major gas pipeline yesterday morning around 9:30. Traffic was shut down in both directions for about an hour while the problem was fixed.

TIME OF PRAYER – Wise Regional Prayer Network will host Cry Out America at 7 tonight on the Square in Decatur.

NEW OFFICE HOURS – Lake Bridgeport City Hall has changed its office hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call them at (940) 683-2700 or visit www.cityoflakebridgeport.com.

PAJAMA STORYTIME – The Decatur Public Library will host a Pajama Storytime 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite teddy bear or blanket to enjoy bedtime stories, a craft, and a milk and cookies snack. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Paradise Historical Society will meet at 7 tonight at the United Methodist Church in Paradise. Joe Neil Henderson will present a program about “Look Local.” Door prize and refreshments provided. Call Donna Weeden at (940) 859-3691 for more information or visit www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com.

DRAGON PRIDE – “Meet The Dragons” will be held at Dragon Field at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale along with Dragon spirit items. Meet all the Dragon players, cheerleaders and coaches from the varsity teams down through the peewees and midgets.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Bridgeport Band Boosters meet at 6 tonight in the high school band hall.

BOOSTER CLUB – The Alvord Athletic Booster Club will meet at 6 tonight in the Alvord High School cafeteria.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 tonight.

PLAY BALL – Special Needs Baseball fall season starts 9 a.m. Saturday at Renshaw Park in Decatur. For late player registration or to be a player’s buddy or other volunteer, call (940) 577-1848. All special needs individuals, ages 3 through adult, can play regardless of disability.

RIBBON CUTTING – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Casa Torres. The restaurant will open at 11.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald Ray Ashley, 63, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Cumby Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Daniel Grmela, 79, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Herbert Vernon Forman Jr., 85, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Eula Lambert, 93, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Leon Etheridge, 80, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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