NEIGHBORS LEAVES PARADISE – Paradise ISD is officially on the hunt for a new athletic director, following the resignation of Danny Neighbors this week. PISD Superintendent Monty Chapman said he received Neighbors’ resignation Friday. The board of trustees accepted the letter Monday night during the regular meeting. Neighbors did not elaborate on his reasons for stepping down and has not been available for comment. The district is advertising for the job opening and hopes to have a recommendation by the March 18 board meeting. Girls’ athletic coordinator Eddie Fortenberry is serving as interim athletic director. Neighbors had been at Paradise for 16 years.
CHANGE TO YOUTH FAIR SALE – This year, for the first time, the Wise County Youth Fair auction will be a premium sale. That means instead of loading their animal projects on a truck headed for slaughter after the Saturday sale, exhibitors will take their animals home. Wise County Youth Fair Board President Evan Culpepper said the decision was made in June because in recent years few exhibitors actually put their animals on the truck, and therefore, fewer packers were submitting bids to haul them away. Last year only seven steers were put on the truck – and just 13 hogs out of about 200. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
QUILT RAFFLE – The Alvord Public Library is raffling a hand-quilted quilt featuring hand-embroidered Bible theme blocks. Chances are available for $1 each or 6 chances for $5. The quilt is on display and tickets are available at the Alvord Public Library at 106 Franklin St. in Alvord. Call (940) 427-2842 for more information. A winner will be announced at the annual Alvord Watermelon Festival in August. Proceeds from the quilt raffle will go towards the Alvord Public Library Building Fund. Photos of the quilt are available on the Alvord Public Library Facebook page.
WARE SCHOLARSHIP/BABA FUNDRAISER – The Boyd Area Buyers Association’s Third Annual Jimmy Ware Scholarship and BABA Fundraiser is 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd Community Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. Dinner will be catered by Pronto’s. The event will feature live and silent auctions and a raffle. For more information call Lorie Pack at (817) 614-3748.
HOE-DOWN FUNDRAISER – The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down will be in Bridgeport Saturday. The show is at 7 p.m. at the middle school auditorium. Tickets are $15, and 12-and-under are free. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Bridgeport High School office. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The auto class gets a percentage of ticket sales as a fundraiser for senior scholarships to tech schools and an upgrade of a Solus Pro Scanner.
ADDICTION SERIES – Cambio Life Recovery Center at North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport is hosting a community education series on addiction 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Those who attend will learn about the brain’s reaction to alcohol and drugs and gain an understanding of cravings in “The Addicted Brain,” and they’ll learn a proven approach that equips family and friends with the skills to help enable an addict to accept help. Pre-register by calling (940) 683-4222 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR ENCHILADA LUNCH - Senior citizens ages 55 and older are invited to an enchilada lunch with all the trimmings noon today at the Decatur Senior Citizen Center, 1200 N. Miller St. For more information, call (940) 627-2926.
SKYWARN WEATHER PROGRAM – The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will offer a SKYWARN severe weather program 7-9 tonight at the Wise County Law Enforcement center courtroom.
WELCOME SWAP MEET VENDORS – Vendors participating in this weekend’s Decatur Swap Meet will fill the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur today. The annual event, put on by the Wise County Antique Auto Club, runs 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board will also hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 tonight in the DISD Administration Building. Agenda items include proposals for restoring and moving the administration into the building vacated last summer when Weatherford College opened its new campus between Decatur and Bridgeport. There will also be a curriculum update, calling a trustee election and other routine reports. The meeting will begin with a closed session followed by the open meeting.
SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club meets at 6 p.m. Saturday at Top O’ the Lake Country Club on Amon Carter Lake for a “Dutch-treat” dinner. All singles over age 21 are invited. For information call (940) 366-0100.
RAIN, THEN SUN – Storms moved through Wise County this morning, but the precipitation will quickly give way to sunny skies. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.8 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.5 in Chico, 0.45 in Alvord, 0.44 in Decatur, 0.3 in Bridgeport and 0.1 in Rhome.
FUNERALS – Service for Bill Maxwell, 79, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at 2 p.m. at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Moore Funeral Home in Arlington is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Laurie Helen Lutz, 55, of New Fairview is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Stella Motley, 87, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.