CEMETERY BOARD ORDERS REMOVAL OF ITEMS – Multiple items left at a gravesite at Oaklawn Cemetery will soon become a thing of the past. A notice posted by the Oaklawn Cemetery Board in Decatur on May 17 highlights two items from the general rules and regulations of Oaklawn and Sand Hill cemeteries. The first reads all “faded, wilted or unsightly flowers will be removed by the groundskeeper.” The second stipulates the “placement of any decorative items such as benches, seats, lights, chimes, toys, carpet, etc., that impede or prevent the mowing or maintenance of the cemetery is prohibited.” According to the notice, such items will be removed starting June 14. The “groundskeepers may remove any items that are considered a safety hazard” and “all such property shall not be replaced.” The cemetery board has cited maintenance issues as a reason for enforcing the one arrangement rule. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
RASMUSSEN COMES TO DECATUR – Flint Rasmussen, one of the most well-known rodeo entertainers and exclusive performer for the Professional Bull Riders, will perform at next weekend’s J.W. Hart PBR Challenge in Decatur. Organizers have tried to secure an appearance by Rasmussen for several years and look forward to welcoming him to town for the event’s 10th anniversary 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Tickets can be purchased at Wise Wireless in Decatur and at wcchallenger.org.
EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has activated a new emergency alert system – Everbridge. Visit wcmess.com/alert to sign up and receive notifications about threatening weather, large grass fires, power outages, road closures and other emergencies. Messages are sent via text, email and phone call. Read more in the weekend Messenger on news stands now.
BLOOD DRIVE – Chico Public Library is hosting Carter BloodCare on the square in Chico 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Summer is the time of most need for blood donations. Donors receive buy-one-get-one-free ticket vouchers to see the Texas Rangers and are entered to win suite tickets to a Rangers game. Call Michelle Slonaker at (940) 644-2330 for more information.
LITTLE LIBRARY – Free Little Library in Boyd is now open outside the Boyd ISD Early Childhood Building (behind Allsups). It’s open to the public, and the books are free. You can take one and leave one at any time. The community project is organized by Texas Neighborhood Services-Head Start Boyd to promote school readiness for children under 5. Read more in the weekend Messenger on news stands now.
BARBECUE SUPPER – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual barbecue supper at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall, 400 South Hovey St. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12, and free for age 5 and younger. The meal includes sliced brisket, chicken or smoked sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, dessert and tea. Entertainment will be provided by the Buckner Band. Proceeds will be used for maintenance and operation of the fire hall and vehicles. Whole smoked briskets will be available for $50. If you would like to reserve a smoked brisket, call Chico City Hall at (940) 644-2435.
PARADISE CHAMBER – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon today at Paradise City Hall. Lunch, which costs $10 a plate, will be catered by Dos Chiles Grandes. Speaker will be Harold Lotz of Tarleton State Business Development Center.
SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. A church service will take place at 11 with lunch at noon followed by a business meeting with election of officers. For information call (940) 577-1106.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The fifth annual Bridgeport Education Foundation Golf Tournament is Friday, June 14, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for hole in one, longest drive in fairway and closest to the pin. Cost is $400 for a four-person team and includes lunch, cart and mulligan. Call Susan Miller at (940) 366-0186 for more information.
NAME SUGGESTIONS – Submit nominations to rename the Northwest ISD Agricultural Sciences Learning Center through June 14 at www.nisdtx.org/schoolnames or by calling (817) 215-0171. The name suggestions will be reviewed by a naming selection committee and recommended to the board at the June 25 meeting.
FUNERALS – Services for Charles R. Mowles, 80, of Bowie and Barbara Clifton, 74, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Helen K. Dart, 85, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Bryce Browning, 66, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is 10-10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Joe Edmond Underwood, 55, of Newark is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 7-9 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Flora Mae (Flossie) Bridgeman, 87, of Sunset, is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Ronald G. Sandlin, 66, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.