MORE MEASLES CASES LINKED TO NEWARK CHURCH – Nine more cases of measles, five in Denton County and four in Tarrant County, have been linked to the Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, according to a report in today’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That brings the total to 20 cases that have been traced to the church. Health officials said the outbreak was traced back to a person who had just come back from an international mission and visited the church on July 21. The story says the five Denton County cases are all in the Justin area and involve children ranging in age from 9-17. All of the school-age children are home-schooled, according to the Star-Telegram story. A related story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
TIME TO MEET THE TEACHERS – Several schools around Wise County will hold “meet the teacher night” or open house tonight. Students at all three Decatur elementary schools will meet their teachers 5-6 tonight while the middle schoolers will have their meeting and schedule pick-up 6-7 p.m. Chico Elementary will hold open house 5-7 tonight in the cafeteria. Chico middle and high schools will have back to school meetings 5-7 p.m. in the commons and the cafeteria, respectively. Seven Hills Elementary will hold meet the teacher for grades 1-5 from 6-7, while Northwest High School will hold Fish Camp for incoming freshmen 3-6 p.m. Paradise Elementary students will also meet their teachers tonight, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for last names A-M and 6:30-7:30 p.m. for last names N-Z. Slidell Elementary will hold meet the teacher night 6:30-7:30 p.m., and orientation for fifth and sixth grades is 6-6:30 at Slidell High School. The school will also hold a student health fair 6-8 p.m. A full list of back to school events was featured in last weekend’s Wise County Messenger.
HEALTH FORUM MEETING – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. today at the Decatur City Hall Community Room. Kayla Bennett with The Texas Hunger Initiative will be in attendance.
USED BOOK SALE – The Decatur Public Library Used Book Sale is today through Saturday. Hundreds of books, including fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles, are available. Prices range from 25 cents to $2. Stop in during library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYMENT – Northwest ISD middle school students can pick up their Netbooks and high school students can pick up their Latitude tablets at their campus during the following dates and times: 1 to 7 p.m. today; 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow; and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Students that are unable to pick up their device on these dates will receive their devices during the first two weeks of school.
TRIAL CANCELED – A jury trial scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace court has been canceled. Jurors do not need to appear.
SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS – Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital’s Wellness for Life mobile health unit will offer screening mammogram events 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Wal-Mart and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Decatur. Register by calling 855-318-7696.
TICKET DEADLINE – Noon today is the deadline to renew your Decatur football season tickets. All seats that have not been renewed will go on sale at the Decatur/Graham scrimmage at 6:30 tonight. Call Virginia Caraway at 940-393-7290 before noon for more information.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald “Buddy” Richey, 74, of Jacksboro is 10 a.m. today at Cundiff Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Dorothy Jean Bunnell Ray, 81, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Dr. Paul Martin Green, 91, formerly of Decatur is noon Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Damon Bounds, 73, of Springtown is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be held at DFW National Cemetery at a later date.