ROSS TRIAL DELAYED - The trial for suspended Wise County Precinct 4 Commissioner Terry Ross is delayed again. Monday District Attorney Greg Lowery made the difficult decision to recuse himself after being reminded that he represented Ross in a criminal case 16 years ago. A special prosecutor will be appointed by 97th District Judge Roger Towery, who is presiding over the case, and it will be rescheduled at that time. It could be months before the matter is brought before a jury. After two previous delays, the trial was scheduled to start with jury selection Tuesday morning. Ross is facing charges of tampering with governmental records, theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant, and abuse of official capacity greater than $20 and less than $500. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands Wednesday.
PRAIRIE VIEW PRINCIPAL NAMED – Yolanda Wallace was named principal of Prairie View Elementary School in Rhome during a meeting of the Northwest ISD School Board Monday. Wallace is currently the assistant principal at Northwest ISD’s Clara Love Elementary in Fort Worth. She has also taught at NISD elementary schools since 2008. Wallace succeeds Sandy Conklin, who was named principal of NISD’s Beck Elementary School in Trophy Club.
PHONE ISSUES – The county’s 911 system was down for much of yesterday afternoon. Communications Manager Susan Gomez, with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, said CenturyLink reported a cut fiber near Decatur, and the outage stretched as far as Palo Pinto County. Many local residents were without phone and Internet service at their homes or businesses. 911 service was restored just after 5 p.m.
BOOK SALE – Decatur Friends of the Library is having a book sale Wednesday through Saturday. Tonight (6 to 8 p.m.) is Friends Only Night. Current members and those wishing to join Friends of the Library may walk in, pay their dues and shop before the general public. Thousands of books, including fiction classics and bestsellers, as well as nonfiction on a wide variety of topics, will be available for purchase. In addition, shoppers can find audio books, music CDs and movies. All items range in price from 25 cents to $1 with special prices for sets and special editions. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Library Foundation to support library programs, materials and services to the community.
SAFETY FEST – Wise Family Safety First is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. There will be a bicycle obstacle course and helmet giveaway; swimming skills evaluations and life-saving demonstrations for kids ages 4 to 12 (bring your swim suit) accompanied by an adult; fire truck and helicopter tours; Wise County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Boat display; CPR and AED demonstrations; driving simulator; jump house; raffles; giveaways; free hot dogs and drinks. The event is free for all ages.
PHANTOM BALL – Wise Hope Shelter has kicked off its annual Phantom Ball. The fundraising activity continues throughout the month of April. Buy a ticket or be a sponsor for this “non-event.” All contributions support programs provided by Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force. Mail contributions to P.O. Box 569, Decatur or drop by 608 N. Trinity in Decatur. Paypal contributions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call (940) 626-4585 for more information.
TEEN COURT – Wise County Teen Court meets at 5:30 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. For information call (940) 393-5923.
TEAM ROPING – 2014 Paradise High School Project Graduation fundraiser is Sunday at the Bridgeport Rodeo Arena on Farm Road 920. Registration begins at 1 p.m. It will be a Class #11 slide. For more information call (940) 393-9037.
WISE DANCE FUNDRAISER – Eat at CiCi’s Pizza today, mention Wise Dance Center or Wise Performing Arts Guild and 10 percent of all proceeds will go towards “The Arabian Nights” performance costs.
QUARTER AUCTION – Proceeds from tonight’s Bridgeport Quarter Auction will go the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Entry fee is $2 for a bidding paddle and entry for several door prizes. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or seven for $5. Half of the money goes to the winner, the other half to charity. Cash will be paid for your unwanted gold, silver and platinum, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. The event, for ages 18 and older, is 6-8 p.m. at the Bridgeport Lions Club, 1107 8th St.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Russell Duane Sprowls, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beaver Falls Mausoleum and Cemetery in Beaver Falls, Pa. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Jerry Wayne Allen, 67, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Jerry E. Davis, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL mass for David L. Brown, 74, of Sunset is 11 a.m. May 4 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Bowie. He was the brother of Mary Jane Strole of Runaway Bay.