FAIRGROUNDS ON COMMISSIONERS AGENDA - Wise County commissioners will meet for the first time without County Judge Bill McElhaney today. McElhaney, who was serving his second term as county judge, died Oct. 14. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns is currently fulfilling the judge’s duties and will preside over the meeting. The Wise County Fairgrounds Committee will give a report on their efforts to gain possession of the local fairgrounds. On Sept. 14, McElhaney announced in a commissioners meeting that the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse lease of the property would not be renewed. Since that time, the committee has been negotiating with Posse members, but the county still does not have keys or the schedule book for the facility. The regular meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. A public hearing will be held just before the meeting at 8:45 to discuss restricting truck traffic on Old Reunion Road in Precinct 1 and County Roads 1460, 1480, 1550 and 3001 in Precinct 2. Commissioners will consider taking action on this issue in the regular meeting.
FOGGY START – Wise County was under a dense fog advisory this morning until 10 a.m. as areas of dense fog reduced visibilities to a quarter-mile or less. The fog will give way to a slight chance of showers this afternoon and into tomorrow with better rain chances tomorrow night into Wednesday. Storms brought needed rainfall to Wise County Saturday. Rain totals included 2.25 inches in Greenwood, 1.97 in Rhome, 0.66 in Decatur and 0.5 in Alvord.
EARLY VOTING ENTERS SECOND WEEK – Early voting for the Nov. 5 election runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday at three Wise County locations: the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. The first week of early voting saw 324 Wise County residents cast ballots.
SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAM - Decatur Public Library will host “Making the Most of Your Social Security” with Social Security specialist Jerry Bailey at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bailey’s free program will focus on making the most of the Social Security benefits available to you. Bailey will be available after the program to answer questions.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.
CANDY DONATIONS – The nursing homes in Decatur and Bridgeport are accepting donations of candy to hand out to their residents on Halloween.
PEE WEE BASKETBALL – Registration deadline for Decatur Pee Wee Basketball for boys and girls in fifth and sixth grades is Friday. Forms are available at all Decatur elementary schools and the sixth grade campus. For more information call Paige Ochoa at (817) 996-7420.
GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly sing-along Gospel Opry is 7 tonight at the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The program will be in the second floor G.C. Rann Theater. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted toward expenses of the museum.
RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING - Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center for lunch, a business meeting and a program. Mayors from Wise County towns have been invited to give the program. All school personnel, active and retired, and others interested in education, are invited. Reservations may be made by calling 940-575-2341.
FRIEND TO FRIEND – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wise County and the Friend to Friend Coalition are hosting Friend to Friend: Staying Healthy Together at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Attendees will learn the importance of mammograms and pap tests and will find out how to access financial resources and fully-funded services in this area. There will be retail and educational exhibits, refreshments and speakers. Call the Extension office to register for the event, 940-627-3341.
FUNERALS – Service for Clifford F. Fine, 81, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Earline Toner, 90, formerly of Holliday is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Restland Cemetery in Olney. She was the mother of Candy Shelton of Alvord.
SERVICES for Anthony Veal, 74, and Richard Harvey, 60, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Jennie Garrett Conditt, 53, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield. Memorial committal service is 1 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Herald Gillespie, 87, of Boyd and Mary Ann Weber, 46, of Newark are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.