SUIT FILED IN D.C. AGAINST EPA RULING – The county, the state and several companies’ industry groups have all filed suit against the EPA’s ruling to add Wise County to Dallas-Fort Worth’s group of nine counties that are not in compliance with federal ozone pollution standards. The filing was made last week in a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. They claim the data used to lump Wise County in with the rest of Metroplex polluters is insufficient, the evidence is scant and based on an air monitor located in another county. The county has been joined by the state of Texas, Devon Energy, Targa Resources Corp., Gas Processors Association, Texas Pipeline Association and others in the suit. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
REUNION CAMP WINNERS – Awards for the best camps at the 2012 Wise County Old Settler Reunion are as follows: Best Theme, Will and Keely Gage Camp; Most Redneck Camp, Chapman/Williams Camp; Best Name (Hippie Hollow), Montgomery Camp; Best All Around, Young Camp; Best Decorations, Rottner Camp; Most Traditional, Bevill/Ferguson Camp; Best Lights, Bisidas Camp; and Best Entertainment, Coker Camp.
TONIGHT AT REUNION – It’s Gospel Night at Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The Hinkles perform at 7:30 p.m. followed by Cookin’ with Grace at 9.
HEART GALLERY – The Heart Gallery of North Texas is a photographic exhibit designed to “enlighten, inspire, and generate awareness of the many special children in the North Texas area who desire nothing more than to find a loving adoptive home.” This exhibit is currently displayed at the Decatur Public Library and is sponsored locally by CASA of Wise and Jack Counties.
AMO LEER - The Decatur Public Library invites preschool-aged children and their families to Amo Leer, a bilingual storytime, Mondays at 11 a.m. This program allows children to experience and enjoy stories and songs in both Spanish and English. Call (940) 393-0290 for more information.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Crisis Center is holding its annual School Supply Drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The community’s help is needed in collecting school supplies and regulation-size backpacks. Donations may be dropped off at 201 N. Trinity in Decatur, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call Jael Mares at (940) 626-4585.
REUNION PHOTOS – To view Messenger photographer Joe Duty’s photos from the first night of Reunion, visit WCMess.com/reunion2012.
EARLY VOTING – Yesterday in Wise County, 176 voted in the Republican primary runoff election and 8 in the Democratic. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday at the Decatur Civic Center, Rhome City Hall and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center.
FUNERALS – Service for Christine Cook, 84, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Saint Jo with burial at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at McCoy Funeral Home in Saint Jo. She was the mother of Frieda Talley of Chico.
GRAVESIDE service for Orel Griffith, 101, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6:30-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Joe Edd Turlington, 64, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Helen Early, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Patricia Jean Renshaw, 82, of Kerrville, formerly of Wise County is 3 p.m. today at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville.