COUNCIL RENEWS CONTRACTS – The Decatur City Council Monday renewed the city’s contract with Wise County Appraisal District for 2013, assuring that the district will continue not only to appraise property, but to assess and collect property taxes for the city. The council also approved on second reading a renewal that extends its contract for solid waste and recycling with Progressive Waste Solutions through March 31, 2018. “The rates are exactly the same as we’re paying now,” City Manager Brett Shannon said. It was noted that the contract provides for periodic rate adjustments as needed, but the company is not seeking any rate adjustment at this point. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
PIPPIN INDICTED – A Decatur man accused of trying to start a fire in the courthouse and threatening to kill County Attorney James Stainton has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury. Johnny Roy Pippin Jr., 26, was indicted Nov. 16 for retaliation, a third-degree felony, and arson intended to damage a place of assembly, a first-degree felony. He is accused of writing a threat on the wall of the men’s bathroom in the basement of the courthouse and leaving a bowl containing a burning substance in the bottom of a trash can in a third-floor bathroom. The smoldering fire forced an evacuation of the courthouse Sept. 5. Pippin was also indicted for theft and burglary of a building. Read more in today’s Messenger.
TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Women’s Club Tour of Homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 and are on sale at iCopy in Decatur, North Texas Bank, Patti’s Hair Parlor & Etc. and from all Decatur Women’s Club members. Four TAPS buses will offer transportation to each of the stops on the tour for an additional $10. Riders will be picked up at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn St., at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Reserve a seat or space for your group by calling Patti’s at (940) 627-1002. Businesses on the Square are also offering special promotions and discounts to tour ticketholders 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. See page 2A of today’s Messenger for more information about the homes on the tour.
PROJECT GRADUATION MEETING – A project graduation meeting for Chico High School Class of 2013 is 5:30-6:30 today in the high school library. All parents and graduating seniors are invited.
BLOOD DRIVE – Chico High School Student Council is hosting a blood drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today in front of the high school. Anyone 16 years of age and older is eligible to donate.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – The Newark Ladies Auxiliary will host a Christmas Bazaar noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Newark Fire Hall. Vendors will be set up all day, and the auxiliary will serve stew, pinto beans, hot dogs and nachos all day. Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. on a fire truck, and pictures will be taken 5-7:30 p.m. Parents can bring their own camera, or the auxiliary will sell photos for $5 each.
RIBBON CUTTING – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at Decatur Service Station, 100 S. Washburn, 11:30 a.m. today.
IN TODAY’S MESS – Today’s Messenger includes the Soil and Water Conservation special section. Also, look in All Around Wise for Decatur’s Moonlight Madness deals.
FUNERALS – Service for Jon W. Beck, 77, of Justin is 2 p.m. today at the Justin United Methodist Church with burial at Justin Cemetery. Lucas Funeral Home in Justin is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Josh Smith, 24, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
GRAVESIDE service for Gary Wayne Fulton, 60, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. today at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
VISITATION for Oleta Jacobs Duvall, 72, of Decatur is 5-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
VISITATION for Ruben Zapata, 65, of Runaway Bay is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Miranda Lee Florida, 94, of Greenwood is 1:30 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.