PARENTS TAKE AIM AT CSCOPE – Four parents last night expressed their concern over the CSCOPE curriculum tool used by the Decatur school district. The comments came during the public forum part of the school board meeting. One parent said he was concerned that students were leaving the district due to CSCOPE. Another called for the resignation of a school board member for an apparent post on Facebook regarding the topic. One parent spoke in support of the board and administrators in their handling of curriculum matters. Superintendent Rod Townsend said the district has formed a committee made up of parents, teachers, a school board member and administrators to look at curriculum issues and had addressed some of the concerns. The group will meet again next month. Townsend said the district is also researching possible alternatives to CSCOPE. In other business, Kristy Lilley was hired as the new fine arts director and theatre arts teacher, and the district decided to move forward with seeking bids for the renovation of a district-owned building built in 1938 as a high school to serve as the new administration building.
ONE LAST CURTAIN CALL – As his last production as the Decatur High School theatre arts teacher, Lance Morse and his students will present “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” 7 p.m. tomorrow at the school’s theatre. The production has been pulled together in the two weeks after the winter break, when Morse accepted a position with MJM Creative.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – The Wise County Animal Shelter will close at noon Saturday and be closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. For more information call (940) 627-7577. All administrative county offices will be closed Monday. The Decatur dumpsite will be closed on Monday. The Boyd, Chico, and Cottondale dumpsites will close the next business day on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
CRISIS CENTER MOVING – Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur will be closed today through next Wednesday, Jan. 23 while the office moves to a new permanent location at 608 N. Bus U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. The phones will be answered 24/7, but if you need to meet with an advocate, call and a meeting will be arranged. Call (940) 626-4855.
FAMILY BENEFIT – A soccer tournament benefiting the family of Moises “Juan” Torres is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Kenny Renshaw Park in Decatur. The event also includes food, drinks and raffles. For more information, call Alberto at (940) 399-6107 or Marta at (940) 389-2383.
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – Pre-registration for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and online at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or www.decaturciviccenter.com. Cost is $25 through Jan. 25 and will increase to $30 thereafter. The Under the Sea-themed event is 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Decatur Civic Center.
DAR – The John B. Denton chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell will speak about the Citizen’s Police Academy. Dutch-treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue.
ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDRAISER – The Wise County Animal Shelter will have a fundraiser today through Sunday at Chili’s in Decatur. Mention the shelter and 10 percent of your bill will be donated to the animal shelter.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Decatur Civic Center. North Texas Bank is the luncheon sponsor and James Wood Motors is the official automotive sponsor for the luncheon. The yearly installation luncheon will include introducing the newly elected board members and recognizing the outgoing board. Call the Decatur Chamber of Commerce to RSVP at (940) 627-3107.
AGING WISELY – An Aging Wisely seminar is 2 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County, Room 105. Cary Bohn will present a program on long-term care insurance. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call Megan Adams at First Home Health, (940) 626-0586.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Maria Anna Pedersen, 85, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Rossilyn Cecile Phillips, 73, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church in Bowie. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Ernest Lee Lingle, 91, of Azle is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Poolville Cemetery.