COURTHOUSE SECURITY – The Wise County courthouse in Decatur will no longer be open for meetings after 5 p.m., a change that primarily affects the local Democratic and Republican parties. Both groups held their monthly meetings on the second floor. County Judge Bill McElhaney told commissioners at their meeting Tuesday that the decision was made by the courthouse security committee, which includes McElhaney, District Judge John Fostel, County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Melton Cude, Sheriff David Walker, Captain Kevin Benton and Chief Deputy Doug Whitehead. McElhaney said the group began evaluating courthouse security after “several incidents here and of course, throughout the country …” Both groups have been told they can use the Sheriff’s Office training room for their meetings. Read more in the weekend Messenger.
EGG HUNT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab in Decatur will host an Easter egg hunt at 3 p.m. Friday. The Easter Chicken will make an appearance.
SHELTER CLOSED – Wise County Animal Shelter will be open Good Friday, but will close Saturday in observation of Easter. Regular business hours resume 8 a.m. Tuesday.
PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will host a plant sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon station on the corner of Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287. Annual, perennials, hanging baskets and color planters will be for sale. All plants have been grown by the students of the agriculture program at Decatur High School.
SINGLES MEET – North Texas Singles Club meets 6 p.m. Saturday, at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. All single adults are welcome. For more information, call Joyce at (940) 627-6422.
PERSONALITY SEMINAR – Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. and the Small Business Development Center through Tarleton State University will host a free session on “understanding personalities to maximize success in business” 6-8 tonight at Weatherford College Wise County. Participants will take a personality test and learn how to capitalize on the characteristics of each type.
VOTE FOR LOCAL COOK’S RECIPE – Today is the last day to vote for Helen Fields of Paradise and her semifinalist Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe for the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. The 33 entries who garner the most online votes will join the finalists from two other categories in the national Bake-Off competition Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas. Vote for Helen’s Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe at www.pillsbury.com/bakeoff.
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION – Governor’s Ridge and Angels Care Home Health will host the first in a series of community education sessions 10:30-11:30 a.m. today at Governor’s Ridge, 300 E. Devereaux St. in Decatur. The topic is “keep your senses sharp.” RSVP for a complimentary lunch at (940) 627-1104 or RSVP@governorsridge.com.
IDENTITY THEFT WORKSHOP – DATCU Credit Union will offer a workshop on identity theft prevention noon to 12:45 p.m. today in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County.
OPEN HOUSE – Wise Hope Crisis Center will showcase their new office, at 608 N. Business 287 in Decatur, with an open house 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 1. There will be a ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments. For more information, call 940-626-4585.
HELP FOR PROM – Paying It Forward For Prom is a not-for-profit organized cause which offers assistance with prom-related expenses such as dresses, shoes, jewelry, hair-dos, manicures and pedicures for girls – and (new this year) tux rentals and haircuts for boys – in exchange for community service hours. The program is open to all Wise County high school juniors and seniors, based on need. To apply, visit www.payitforwardforprom.org. A dress fitting will be 9-11 a.m. Friday at CrossRoads Church (1400 Deer Park Road, in Decatur).
BAKE SALE – Paying It Forward For Prom organizers will have a bake sale beginning at 9 a.m. today at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur. Proceeds will fund tuxedo rentals for Wise County high school junior and senior boys, who couldn’t otherwise afford going to prom. For more information, visit www.payitforwardforprom.org or call Amanda at (940) 536-8585.
HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today at the Decatur City Hall Community Room. The main topic for discussion will be the health fair, scheduled for April 13 at the Decatur Civic Center.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday.
FUNERALS – Service for Karen Williams, 63, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Betty Manning, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Bobby Deaton, 66, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.