GARBAGE RATE HIKE ON AGENDA – For the second year in a row, the company providing waste removal service for the City of Chico is proposing a rate increase. The city council will consider the proposed rate increase by Progressive Waste Solutions at its meeting at 7 tonight at city hall. The company provides trash pickup and recycling service. Other agenda items include a park board recommendation to change gym rental fees, automated clearing house (ACH) information from First State Bank, a CPI adjustment to municipal telecommunications right-of-way access line rates and regular monthly reports from various city departments. The meeting will also include an executive session for “pending or anticipated litigation.” Mayor J.D. Clark said he couldn’t comment on the specifics prior to the meeting, but the agenda indicates the discussion is regarding Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) permitting.
ARSON/BURGLARY PLEA – James Edward Haynes, 30, of Boyd pleaded guilty last week to arson with intent to damage a habitation or place of worship, a first degree felony, and for burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony. He received 10 years deferred adjudication and will be placed on community supervision for 10 years. Haynes will also have to pay $17,224.70 in restitution. The fire took place July 13, 2011, at a home in the 500 block of Green Meadow Drive in Boyd. Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington said it appears the home was burglarized and then set on fire to cover up the crime. It occurred over the course of a couple of days while the homeowner was on vacation.
RAIN ENDING – After two days of rain, precipitation is no longer in the forecast. Yesterday’s rain totals included 0.8 of an inch in Chico, 0.54 in Decatur, 0.45 in Greenwood, 0.33 in Rhome and 0.3 in Alvord.
DEMOCRATS SET TO LOBBY – The Wise County Democratic Party will send a delegation of 15 people to Austin Tuesday, April 9, to lobby state lawmakers on issues affecting local residents. They will join other groups from around the state for Blue Ribbon Lobby Day. The event will focus on three main issues: restoring the $5 billion in funding cut from public education during the last legislative session, expanding the state’s Medicaid program, and restoring the $72 million in funding cut from the Women’s Health Program. For more information, call County Chair Mark York at (817) 489-1924 or local organizer Tracy Smith at (940) 231-0278. For more information on the state-wide effort, visit www.blueribbonlobbyday.com.
THE BIG EVENT – As a way to thank the residents of Haslet, Justin, Rhome, Newark and Aurora, Northwest High School will host a community service day Saturday. This year’s projects include landscaping, tree trimming, window cleaning and painting. The event kicks off at 8 a.m., and students will begin community service jobs at 9:45 a.m. A celebration is planned for 2 p.m. in Texas Gym at NHS. For more information or to request a job, email email@example.com.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT – The monthly support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or related dementia meets 7 tonight in the board room at Wise Regional Health System’s west campus. For more information, call (940) 627-6888.
HOME SCHOOL MEETING – An informational meeting for the Classical Conversations Home School tutoring program is 10 a.m. Saturday at 700 W. Mulberry in Decatur. Child care will be provided. For information call Amber Payne at (940) 577-9175.
CHANGE YOUR DIET – A free nutrition seminar hosted by The Counseling Place, 101 S. Trinity St. in Decatur, is 6 p.m. today. Dr. Peter Gonyeau will present the 5 easy changes you can make to eat your way out of sickness, chronic allergies and fatigue. Call (940) 627-1630 for more information.
MOMMY AND ME – Wise Moms, a mommy-and-me-group, and their preschoolers (ages 0 to 5) is meeting 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a sack lunch for you and your children. For more information, contact Holly Chapman at 940-577-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEGE SURVEY – The Weatherford College Wise County community interest survey is now available online. Dean Duane Durrett said the purpose of the survey is to “find out what courses and programs are needed to meet the current and future educational, business and technical needs for Wise County businesses and its neighboring communities.” To take the survey, go to www.wcinstruction.net/surveys.
FUNERALS – Service for Bobbie June Cash, 81, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Karen Craven Wood, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Baptist Church. Family visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Mildred Barnett, 95, of Paradise and Karlan Dean O’Dell, 66, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Marie Slagle Kennedy, 90, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Martha Jane Hill, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Vienna, Ill., with burial at Whiteside Cemetery near Vienna. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bailey Funeral Home. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling local arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Chuck Tanner, 74, of Runaway Bay is 2:15 p.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Vernon Allen Wingate Jr., 50, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Balsora Baptist Church with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Jason Mitchell, 21, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.
MEMORIAL service for Mickye Lynn Zellers, 60, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Gerald “Satch” Jones, 75, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.