ZEBRA MUSSEL LARVAE FOUND AT LAKE - Zebra mussel larvae have been confirmed in Lake Bridgeport just days after the discovery of the invasive exotic in Lewisville Lake. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department issued a news release Thursday confirming the discovery of zebra mussel “veligers” or larvae in water samples collected June 6 by the Tarrant Regional Water District. Using cross polarized light microscopy Dr. Bob McMahon with The University of Texas-Arlington confirmed those results on June 17. Where there is larva, there is most likely juvenile or adult zebra mussels as well. They are a nuisance because they can clog public-water intake pipes, harm boats and injure swimmers because of their razor-sharp edges. Read more in the upcoming weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands Saturday.
HEAT WAVE – Although the temperature at the Decatur Municipal Airport topped out below 100 at 98 yesterday, the forecast calls for a high of 102-104 across Wise County today. Temperatures Saturday are expected to top out around 96, and Sunday’s high temperature is expected to be 90 with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
4TH FEST – The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance is sponsoring 4th Fest and a fireworks display at 6 p.m. Saturday in Runaway Bay. Events include a golf cart parade, dunking booth, obstacle course, music, bounce house, golf tournament and a cake walk. There will also be a fish fry. Cost is $7 per plate. Fireworks will be at dark.
EMPLOYING A PRINCIPAL, TAKE 2 – After the Chico School Board Wednesday deadlocked in a 3-3 vote on Superintendent Mike Jones’ recommendation of Karen Decker as the next Chico Elementary School principal, the item has been placed on the agenda for a special meeting next Wednesday. Jones said he expects all seven trustees will be able to attend (Pancho Redwine was not at Wednesday’s meeting). Jones said he will again recommend Decker for the position. The board did unanimously approve the resignation of Colleen Netterville, who accepted a principal job at another district. Wednesday’s meeting agenda also includes hiring an architect to develop cost estimates for a possible bond election and hiring an agriculture science position. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Chico Elementary School.
HOCKEY FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Hockey Club is having a carnival tomorrow at 1900 W. Business 380 to raise money for their trip to nationals in July.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday, July 1, at City Hall. Lunch, catered by Subway of Paradise, will be $10 a plate. Every business in attendance will have the opportunity to speak about their business for two minutes. RSVP by today emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOM/SON EVENT – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s mom/son ice cream and pool party is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the city pool. Tickets cost $10 per couple and $5 for each additional son and are available at city hall and the pool. For more information, call (940) 683-3480 or (940) 683-4344.
CANCER TREATMENT FUNDRAISER – Today through Sunday, Chili’s in Decatur will be hosting a “Give Back” fundraiser for 18-year-old Brittni Boling who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. If diners bring a coupon announcement being handed out around Wise County, 10 percent of the ticket will be donated to the Bolings.
SAFE ROOM REBATES – The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will open an online waiting list for the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program at 8 a.m. Saturday for Wise County residents. The rebates use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants to rebate customers up to 50 percent of the storm shelter costs up to $3,000 for applicants who meet certain criteria. Visit www.nctsaferoom.com for more information and to join the waiting list beginning Saturday.
BRIDGEPORT POOL CLOSED – Due to water clarity issues the Bridgeport Pool will be closed today, Friday, June 28.
CAR WASH THIS SATURDAY – Tamara Croft of Decatur will be washing cars this Saturday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Cici’s Pizza on FM 51 to raise funds for a mission trip to Africa July 8. Donations will be appreciated to help Tamara, a member of Decatur’s The River Church, make the trip which starts July 8.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Rhonda Michell Sullens, 46, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
FUNERAL for James Welton Redwine, 87, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Ivory Lee Powell, 72, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Powell residence, 604 FM 1658 in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for George Robert Smith, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.