CHANGES TO U.S. 81/287 SUBJECT OF MEETING – The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a public hearing 7 tonight at Decatur City Hall in regards to planned improvements for the U.S. 81/287 and Business 81/287 intersection. Displays will be available for viewing at 6:30. U.S. 81/287 will be elevated to go over the business route. The business route will be dropped about 8 feet and extended to connect with County Road 4127. The change would also move the Farm Road 2264 intersection by extending the road northward to Business 81/287.
TIPPED TRUCK CAUSES DELAYS – An 18-wheeler fell over sideways in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 near County Road 4421 last night around 10. The driver of the vehicle suffered minor lacerations to the face. The wreck had traffic shut down for a time as the truck was lifted back upright.
ATHLETES IN ACTION – The Wise County Olympathon is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Bull Stadium in Bridgeport.
PARADISE KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Children who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible to attend Kindergarten Roundup for Paradise Elementary Friday. Children with a last name starting with A-L may attend 9-11:30 a.m., and children with a last name starting with M-Z may attend 1-3 p.m. Activities planned will familiarize children and parents with the school and learning environment. A tour of the school will be conducted, and academic readiness, speech and gross motor screenings will be conducted.
BOYD KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Boyd Elementary School will hold its Spring Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round-Up and Readiness Evaluations 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Elementary School, 500 E. Morton in Boyd. In order to qualify for kindergarten a student must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. Students eligible for kindergarten this August will participate in a readiness evaluation to determine placement and readiness for kindergarten. In addition, information concerning immunizations required for enrollment will be discussed. Students currently attending Pre-K in Boyd do not need to attend. In order to qualify for Pre-K a student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, reside in Boyd ISD and meet one of a list of requirements. For more information, call (940) 433-9520.
BRIDGEPORT GARDEN CLUB – Members of the Bridgeport Garden Club will tour the Rose Kind Earth Garden behind the Bridgeport Intermediate School on their own at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. At noon the Club will meet at the Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport for their last meeting of the year. New officers will be installed. A report will be given concerning The Rose Kind Rose Garden Test Gardens by Pat Hiler, Garden Club member and third grade teacher Patsy Valentine concerning this ongoing project.
PRCA RAM RODEO – The seventh-annual Butterfield Stage Days Karl Klement PRCA Ram Rodeo is Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at Bridgeport Riding Club Arena, 691 FM 920. Grand entry is 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce or $12 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (940) 683-2076.
SWEET REWARDS NIGHT – The Boyd Education Foundation will announce winners of grants at Sweet Rewards Night, 7-9 p.m. Friday at Boyd High School. The event will honor winners of the foundation’s inaugural grants. Byron Nelson principal Linda Parker is guest speaker. The event will include an art show by Boyd students and a silent auction. Starbucks will provide coffee, and SweetWater Baking Co. will provide cupcakes. Admission is free.
STICK HORSE RODEO – The Butterfield Stage Days Stick Horse Rodeo, for cowboys and cowgirls 6 and under, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bridgeport’s Harwood Park. Sign-ups start at 10:15 a.m. Events include best costume, bronc bustin’ and barrel racin’. For more information, call (940) 683-3404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION – Governor’s Ridge and Angels Care Home Health will host the second 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 “enjoying fitness at any age.” There will be refreshments and a complimentary lunch following the seminar. RSVP at (940) 627-1104 or RSVP@governorsridge.com.
CORRECTION – Last Wednesday’s Messenger story, “Ross theft trial delayed … again,” incorrectly stated that Jana Jones was district attorney in 1997 when charges were filed against Terry Ross for aggravated assault family violence with a deadly weapon. In fact, local attorney Barry Green was district attorney at that time. Current District Attorney Greg Lowery said there is nothing on file in his office related to the incident except that it was “rejected by the D.A.”
FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy Wagner, 72, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MASS of Christian burial for Blanca Irma Nunez, 75, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.
MEMORIAL service for John Bailey, 64, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Richard J. Brown, 79, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Dan Franklin Malone, 85, of Newark is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
FUNERAL for Tonni S. Wittsche, 49, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.