WATER USAGE DOWN SHARPLY – Whether it was caused by the rain and cooler temperatures in early July or the water restrictions in place for the month, Decatur’s water usage was down sharply in July. City Manager Brett Shannon told the water board Wednesday that water usage for the month totaled just over 55 million gallons, down from 70.7 million gallons in July of last year and 76.8 million in July of 2012. Shannon said that was the lowest July water usage since 2011. Under the restrictions, outdoor residential watering is limited to two days a week.
EDC BUDGET APPROVED – Decatur Economic Development Corp. Thursday approved a $1.2 million budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, which includes $690,318 debt service and $222,675 grant expense. The budget will be presented to the city council for approval in September. The board also accepted the resignation of EDC Director Jody Adams and approved starting the process to seek his replacement. The board is seeking candidates with previous EDC experience. Roy Eaton and Jason Wren will head the search committee.
RAINY START TO THE DAY – Thunderstorms greeted Wise County residents as they woke up this morning. Through 7:30 a.m., rainfall totals included 0.2 of an inch in Decatur and 0.15 in Alvord as rain continued to fall as Update went to press. The rain should end this morning and temperatures this afternoon will top out around 89.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – Historian and author Dr. J’Nell Pate will discuss her most recent book, “Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy” at the Bridgeport Historical Society meeting at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in the lecture hall on the Weatherford College Wise County campus. Pate will also take questions from the audience.
COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the first City on a Hill Color Run 5K and Fun Run Sept. 7. Visit cityhill5k.athlete360.com to register.
BAKE SALE - A bake sale to benefit Rocio Gonzalez is 9 a.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.
CENTER CLOSED FOR TRAINING – Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur is closed today for staff to attend out-of-town training. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday. The 24-hour crisis hotline will be answered at (940) 626-4855, and advocates are on call. In case of an emergency, call 911.
RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas AgriLife Extension will host a Ranchers Gathering Tuesday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors open at 5:30, and dinner begins at 6:15. John Bradshaw from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will discuss “Ranch Theft and How to Take Precautions From It.” Bary Clower will finish the evening with some “cowboy comedy.” Ag vendor booths cost $10. Door prizes will be given away. Call the Wise County Extension office to sign up at (940) 627-3341.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE – I A.M. (Inspirational Acoustic Music) First Baptist Church Boyd will hold an acoustic music session 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 140 N. Farm Road 730 in Boyd.
FOOTBALL PROGRAM ADS – Today is the deadline to advertise in the Decatur Eagle Football program. Call (940) 627-4930.
SINGLES CLUB – North Texas Singles Club (Friends Making Friends) will meet 6 p.m. Saturday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. All ages welcome. For more information, call (940) 366-0100.
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Neighborhood Autos will give away bags of school supplies Saturday at its eight area lots in Bridgeport, Decatur, Azle, Denton, Gainesville, Lewisville, Sanger and Watauga.
FALL OUT AUDITIONS – Auditions for the Wise Country Fall Out are 1 p.m. Saturday at Wise County Heritage Museum. To pre-register, call the museum at (940) 627-5586 or Carla Womack at (940) 393-9141. The talent show is Saturday, Nov. 2.
SOCCER SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will have soccer registration 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Registration fee is $60.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will sponsor a Carter BloodCare blood drive at noon today at CVS Pharmacy in Decatur.
FUNERAL – Service for James G. Davis, 73, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Penny Wren, 84, mother of Stephen Wren of Decatur, is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.