SUBSTITUTE INVESTIGATED FOR ASSAULT — A substitute teacher at Bridgeport Middle School is being investigated by police for possibly assaulting a student. Billy Garvin, 65, allegedly threw a basketball at an eighth grader who was on the floor of the gym during a game of dodgeball last Thursday. The ball struck the student in the head. Another student filmed the incident using a school-issued iPad and turned the video over to Principal Travis Whisenant. The principal contacted the parents, CPS and the Bridgeport Police Department. Garvin was immediately sent home and won’t be allowed back on any of the Bridgeport campuses, Superintendent Eddie Bland said. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now. Editor’s note: The original story that ran in the weekend paper incorrectly stated that Billy Garvin, 44, was under investigation.
MAYOR HONORED — Chico Mayor J.D. Clark was named Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday night. “I was completely surprised and honored,” he said. Other honorees include longtime councilwoman Fletta Barrett who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Wise Electric Co-op, which received the President’s Award.
DEMOCRATS MEET — The Wise County Democrats will meet at 7 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Rd. in Decatur.
SOCIETY MEETING — The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center, 200 E Main St., in Decatur. The speaker is Nona Batiste, Gallery Education Director for the Monning Meteorite Gallery housed at the TCU campus in Fort Worth. The topic will be identifying meteorites from other iron ore clumps and burned rocks. Bring your meteorites and other rocks to identify to the meeting. Guests are welcome.
SENIOR LUNCH — Senior citizens 55 and older are invited to lunch at noon Thursday at Decatur Senior Center located at 1200 N. Miller. Ham and sweet potatoes and all the trimmings will be served. RSVP at (940) 627-2926.
RELAY FOR LIFE — Relay For Life of Wise County team captains meet 7:30 tonight at Candlewood Suites in Decatur to talk about survivor activities and pick campsites for the Friday, May 17, event. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.
VOTE FOR NHS — Northwest High School senior Caren Stueve has been named a State Farm Texas Scholar, making her school one of 50 eligible for a a $5,000 prize through the Vote For Your Favorite. Today is the deadline to vote for NHS at www.texasscholaraward.com. The Texas Scholar Award program recognizes outstanding high school seniors who are involved in any UIL competition, are leaders among their community and are high-achieving in the classroom.
VOTER REGISTRAR TRAINING — The Wise County Voter Registration Office will hold Deputy Voter Registrar training at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the training room/court room at the Wise County Sheriff’s office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. The court room is located on the north end of the building. Unless a Deputy VR has taken the training in 2013, they will need to retake the class and receive a new appointment. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Election Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 626-4453.
YOUNG PTO — Young Elementary PTO meets at 6 p.m. today in the library. The meeting will include financial findings.
4-H MEETING — The Decatur 4-H Club meets tonight at 6 at the Extension office. For more information, call Shelly Laaser at 940-389-8811 or Lisa Long at 940-627-4567.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET — Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will consider bids for three pieces of property seized for non-payment of taxes, and adoption and ratification of the updated Jury Selection Plan as recommended by District Judge John Fostel.
PARADISE CITY COUNCIL — A typing error will force the Paradise City Council to revisit last month’s decision to pay off the mortgage on City Hall at its regular meeting in that very building 6 p.m. tonight. The council will also hear the audit report from Carl Deaton, and Jamie Cook, president of the Paradise Youth Recreation Association, will also address the council about the park lease agreement between his association and the city. Water department items to be discussed include an update on the potential sewer system and waterline extensions; purchasing additional meters or establishing a system for testing existing ones; and approving a bid for the cleaning of the tower, as required by the state.
CHICO SCHOOL BOARD — The Chico School Board will consider filing a request for a public meeting and contested case hearing with TCEQ concerning the proposed air quality permit submitted by P&K Stone for a limestone quarry just east of the city at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes further discussion on possible bond items. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in room 150 at Chico Elementary School.
FUNERALS — Service for Charles Steele, 72, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation will follow from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for John Robinson, 68, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
SERVICE is pending for Louis Wayne Lovejoy, 68, of Argyle at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Alice Pearl Simpson, 80, of Boyd is 10:30 am Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.