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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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DISD APPROVES BUDGET, TAX RATE – The Decatur School Board Tuesday approved a $29,528,351 general fund budget and a $1.30 per $100 valuation tax rate. The budget includes a third school resource officer. The district has had two officers in the past, one at the high school and one at the middle school. The new officer will be assigned to the three elementary schools. The budget also includes a 3 percent pay raise for teachers. “It is a balanced budget, but, boy, is it tight,” said Gary Micinski, DISD deputy superintendent.

TRIPLE DIGIT FORECAST – We’re expected to hit triple digit temperatures today with an expected high of 101. The forecast doesn’t bring much relief with highs of 102, 102, 100 and 99 predicted through the Labor Day weekend. Wise County is also included in the Metroplex ozone action day, meaning conditions are favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution.

TASTE OF WISE – The third annual Taste of Wise is 5:30-8:30 tonight at Decatur Civic Center. The free event includes samplings of food and drink offered by local businesses, live entertainment and door prizes every 10 minutes. To showcase your business, to sponsor or donate door prizes, call Susan Miller at 940-627-7658. Live entertainment is as follows: Colt West at 5:30, Pat Waters at 6, Dakota Burns at 6:30, Megan Nichols Adams at 7, Cody Robbins at 7:30 and Brandon Gentry at 8.

CLASS REUNION – The Decatur Class of 2003 will host its 10-year class reunion Sept. 14 in Ft. Worth. Email Leah Combs (Mitchell) at leahkm24@hotmail.com for location, costs and more information.

GOLD CARD – Northwest ISD provides senior citizens living in the district the opportunity to be part of the district’s Gold Card program. In addition to a free annual luncheon, Gold Card members receive free entry into district-sponsored events, performances and athletic competitions. If you are 65 years of age or older, become a member of the NISD Gold Card program by calling 817-215-0175.

BULLDOG MANIA – Meet the 2013 Alvord Bulldogs football and cross country teams and cheerleaders before the JV game tonight at Bulldog Stadium. A burger meal will be served for $5 beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the program at 5 p.m. The JV team takes on Millsap at 6 p.m.

RELAY COMMITTEE – A meeting for those interested in serving on the Relay For Life of Wise County planning committee is 6-7 tonight at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Chef Gary Souder is retiring from the Decatur Civic Center, and the public is invited to a come-and-go reception for him 2-4 p.m. today at the Civic Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites.

COOKING CLASS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Dinner Tonight Cooking School Thursday, Sept. 5, at Weatherford College Wise County. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. so participants can visit exhibits and vendors. Space is still available for vendors. The cooking school begins at 6 p.m. and will include the demonstration of three easy and nutritious menus that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Goody bags, cookbooks and door prizes will be given away. Space is limited. Pre-register for $20 by calling 940-627-3341. Cost is $25 at the door.

FUNERALS – Service for Elton Mal McCurdy, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Brian Mooney, 41, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ruby Pearl Robertson, 90, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Cal Karm, 53, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.