DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL – The Dallas County Medical Examiners Office has ruled the death of a Chico man killed in an explosion at Bridgeport Tank Trucks last month as accidental. The report says an autopsy was performed on Jose Jesus Landeros, 50, following his death on July 24 while working on a tank trailer at his place of employment. The cause of death was ruled “blunt force and thermal injuries.” The exact task that Landeros was performing at the time of the explosion has not been revealed, pending an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
COUNTY BUDGET INCLUDES RAISES – County commissioners preliminarily approved a $65 million budget for fiscal year 2014 at the end of a long workshop Tuesday. The new budget includes raises for elected officials with the largest increases going to County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Stephen Wren, County Attorney James Stainton and Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw. Wren will receive an additional $10,700 thanks in part to new legislation mandating that county court-at-law judges be paid within a certain amount of the district judge. County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude will get a $6,600 raise as a result of this legislation. Stainton will receive an increase of $8,250, $3,750 of which will be paid by the state, and Shaw is slated to receive an additional $8,600. The budget also includes a 3 percent increase in wages for every department. That money will be distributed to department heads to allocate to employees as they see fit. Commissioners also discussed several budget requests with department heads Tuesday, but most of those were denied or significantly cut. The budget, funded by last year’s rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, will likely be adopted in a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20. Read more in the weekend Messenger.
FREE HAIRCUTS – Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd will hold free back to school haircuts 3-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19. The church is located at 1670 E. Texas 114. For more information call (940) 433-5595.
SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL - Wise County Special Needs Baseball signups for the fall season is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17 at the Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – The second Wise County Build Team meeting for the 2013 Habitat For Humanity Build-A-Home Project in Decatur is noon today in the Character Builders Room at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Please bring your lunch. For more information, call Beth Lopez at (817) 793-2384 or Sally Rieger at (940) 393-3293.
BENEFIT SOFTBALL – A co-ed softball tournament benefiting Bridgeport eighth-grader Shannan White is Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lawdwin Ballfields in Bridgeport. The event includes a concession stand and T-shirts for sale. Register your teams by calling Chris Peck at (940) 613-9921. White has been hospitalized at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for about a month after having a seizure. She underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor July 2 and had a stroke, which left her paralyzed on the left side.
BOYD SOCCER – Boyd Youth Association will have soccer registration 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays Aug. 10 and 17 at the middle school gym. Registration fee is $65.
BAKE SALE – The Decatur Rodeo Team is holding a bake sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at David’s Western Store. The team will sell cookies, cakes, pies, hotdogs and drinks.
FERAL HOG PROGRAM – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting Feral Hog Appreciation Day 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Bridgeport Community Center. This program will focus on in-depth feral hog control. Presentations will be given by County Extension Agents, Extension Wildlife Specialists, Texas Wildlife Service, and Texas Park and Wildlife. Five CEUs will be given for pesticide applicator license. Call the Wise County Extension office at (940) 627-3341 to sign up or for more information.
OFFICE CLOSED – Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Jan Morrow’s office will be closed today and tomorrow for legislative training. The office resumes regular business hours Monday, Aug. 12.
FUNERALS – Service for Sharon Daves, 64, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Mable Jackson, 93, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Robert L. “Bob” Smith Jr., 69, of Plano is 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for James H. Simon, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. before the service.