BOYD APPROVES IPADS — After months of discussion Boyd school board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,200 iPad minis for the district’s 1,143 students at last night’s meeting. The tablets will cost the district $394,800, of which $300,000 will be paid from the general fund and more than $120,000 for additional costs will come from an instructional material allotment provided by the state. The tablets will be issued to students at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. The iPads are expected to increase student engagement and improve the scores of standardized tests. A round of applause was given by the several people in attendance at the meeting.
PROBATION GIVEN IN INTOX MANSLAUGHTER CASE — Jeremy Sturch, 28, of Chico was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years probation and a $10,000 fine by a Tarrant County jury yesterday. Sturch was the driver of a pickup that ran a red light and slammed into the Tarrant County Criminal Courts Building around 2 a.m. Feb. 19, 2012, in Fort Worth. His passenger, Michelle Lynne Lightfoot, 31, of Boyd died a few days later from injuries sustained in the wreck.
PARENTS INDICTED FOR LEAVING CHILD ALONE — Thomas Wade Harris, 29, and Tiffany Elizabeth Barnes, 34, were both indicted by a Wise County grand jury last week on one count of abandon endanger a child with intent to return and abandon endanger a child criminal negligence, both state jail felonies. The two had previously been arrested on the more serious charge of abandoning a child and leaving in imminent danger to bodily injury, a second-degree felony. Investigators say the two left their 18-month-old son alone in his crib in a locked mobile home with an electric space heater running Jan. 19. Investigators think the child may have been left alone for eight hours in the home, located southwest of Boyd.
CLAY SHOOT — The 6th Annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting the Bridgeport Visitor Center is Thursday, April 25, at Northwest OHV Park, 2914 Texas 101, in Bridgeport. There will be a morning flight at 9 a.m. and afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Fee is $100 per person or $500 for a five-man team. To sign up, call the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at (940) 683-2076.
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY — The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. The application deadline is Saturday, March 30.
ALVORD EARLY RELEASE — Alvord ISD will have early dismissal today. Prekindergarten will dismiss at regular time of 11 a.m. Kindergarten through second grades will dismiss at noon, and third through fifth grades will dismiss at 12:05 p.m. Middle school will dismiss at 12:25 p.m. and the high school at 12:30 p.m.
SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL — Registration for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball spring season is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, March 9 and 16, at Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries. The registration form can be downloaded from www.wcspecialneeds.com. For information, email email@example.com or call (940) 577-1848. Games are 9 a.m. to noon April 6 to May 25 at Renshaw Park in Decatur.
GOSPEL SHOW — The Little Branson Gospel show is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Stage.
FEBRUARY WEATHER — Wise County received 2.16 inches on rain in February, according to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur. That’s slightly below the 2.49 average rainfall for the month. Temperatures ranged from a high of 75 on Feb. 6 to a low of 24 on Feb. 22.
FUNERALS — Service for Esther Bolton, 95, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Sandra Berneice Cagle, 69, of Wichita Falls. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Barry Dale Bentley, 55, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.