NEW RULES MIGHT NOT AFFECT WISE DRIVERS – Wise County has been placed in non-attainment zone for ozone standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but it might avoid several rules regarding vehicle emissions. In the other eight counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the non-attainment zones, vehicles must undergo tailpipe testing as part of the yearly state inspection, costing drivers about $20 more. But the non-attainment area already has enough vehicles covered in the tailpipe testing program to meet the standards of the Federal Clean Air Act without adding Wise County vehicles to the list. Also, local gasoline retailers won’t have to adopt vapor recovery systems at the pump since the EPA found that the main contributor to pollutants that cause ground level ozone is large industry – primarily oil and gas – and not cars and trucks in Wise County. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
HORSE CLINIC – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is hosting a Mare/Foal Clinic Tuesday at AGVantage Farm and Ranch, 1817 N U.S. 81/287, in Decatur. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the program is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Speakers are Dr. Dennis Sigler and Dr. Clay Cavinder, Texas A&M AgriLife equine specialists, and topics include Broodmare Nutrition and Feeding Management, Getting the Mare Ready to Breed, Foaling Time is Here – Now What?, Nutrition and Management of Young Growing Horses, and Herd Health Care. To reserve your spot, call (940) 627-3341 or come by the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.
COMPUTER UPGRADES – On Wednesday, the City of Bridgeport will not be taking utility payments, parks and recreation payments or issuing permits while the computer system is being upgraded. The municipal court will not being taking payments either.
BENEFIT EAT – Ten percent of today’s sales at Chili’s will go to Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer for patrons with a flier available at www.brookesblossoms.org. The foundation funds research and the delivery of blossoms headwear for children with cancer. Today is Brooke’s 6th birthday. She is the granddaughter of Juanita Moore of Decatur.
MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System will offer free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday by appointment only. Call (940) 626-1384 to apply.
SGT. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the Sgt. Randy White Memorial Scholarship are available at the Bridgeport Police Department for any Wise County senior. Deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
RAQUEL’S WINGS FUNDRAISER – The Raquel’s Wings For Life spring fundraiser is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. The non-profit organization provides cancer patients free transportation to medical centers within reasonable distance. The benefit event includes barbecue brisket plates for $10, a balloon launch, bounce house, raffle and auction, local fire department and EMS displays and live music by Rod Ballou, Dakota Burns and Dillon Gentry. For more information, visit www.raquelswingsforlife.com, email email@example.com, or call Fabio or Amanda at (940) 627-1050 or (940) 399-9504.
HOMES FOR VETERANS – A fundraising dinner to benefit WC Challenger Charities’ partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The group is raising money to provide homes to five wounded war veterans, and keys to those homes will be presented at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event June 8 in Decatur. Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of the foundation will attend the dinner, and although the dinner is free, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the program. To attend, RSVP to Bree at First Baptist by calling (940) 627-3235 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADY SCHOLARSHIP – The Wise County Messenger will award $2,000 in scholarships to a graduating Wise County senior who is pursuing an education in a journalism related field. The scholarship is named in honor of Denny Deady, a long-time member of the newspaper’s staff. Applications for the scholarship have been sent to journalism teachers and school counselors in Wise County. The deadline for applications is May 1.
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT – Fighting Fernandez Fuerte Relay For Life team will host a dodgeball tournament fundraiser Saturday, May 4, at JRob’s in Decatur. Cost is $10 a person for a six-person team. Individual registrations will also be accepted. Pick-up games for kids and ladies are $5 a player. Half the proceeds go to 19-year-old Valente Fernandez Jr., who is battling bone cancer, and the other half to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to register, call or text Junior at (940) 210-2878 or Erika at (940) 577-1513.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Russell Duane Sprowls, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beaver Falls Mausoleum and Cemetery in Beaver Falls, Pa. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Helen Jo Hatcher, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Pat Fennell, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Jerry Allen, 67, and Jerry Davis, 80, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for James Floyd Parker, 72, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.