Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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CITY OPPOSES NEW QUARRY – The City of Chico is asking the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a contested case hearing on an air quality permit submitted by a company seeking to create a limestone quarry just east of town. Chico Mayor J.D. Clark said the city just recently learned about the application by P & K Stone, LLC. to operate the quarry, and much of the property is within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Among the concerns brought up by the city in the letter is the possible air pollution from engine emissions and traffic hazard potential of the dust clouds that could be created from the plant. “I don’t know anybody in Chico who will tell you we don’t have enough dust in the air,” Clark said. He said the plant would also be blasting at levels below the water table in the area. Truck traffic in the area is also a concern, Clark said.

PRESIDENT ADDRESSES INDICTMENT – At the Northwest ISD School Board meeting Monday, Board President Mel Fuller read aloud a statement to address inquiries to remove from the board Kerry Jones, who was indicted March 28 on four counts of improper relationship between educator and student. “As school board members, we are unpaid, elected officials who are not employed by Northwest ISD,” he said. “We are each individually elected by registered voters who live in the school district Neither us, as a board, nor the Northwest ISD administration have the legal authority to suspend a school board member.” Legal board policy states that in order to involuntarily remove someone from office, Fuller continued, a board member must be convicted by a jury for any felony or for a misdemeanor involving official misconduct. “Current law does not allow for removal based on an indictment or arrest,” Fuller added. Jones, who was not at Monday’s meeting, had not resigned as of Monday night.

PRINCIPAL’S COMPLAINT TO BE HEARD – A principal’s complaint against the superintendent is the subject of a special Chico School Board meeting tonight. The meeting agenda includes only one item – personnel discussion – a complaint by Chico Middle School Principal Maury Martin against Superintendent Mike Jones. The discussion is being held in closed session. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Chico Elementary School.

SEVERE WEATHER IN FORECAST – It might be a stormy evening in Wise County. According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, thunderstorms are expected to move from west to east tonight as a cold front moves across the area. The storms may include hail and damaging winds, and an isolated tornado is possible. It will be warm ahead of the front with an expected high of 80.

DEMOCRATS SET TO LOBBY – The Wise County Democratic Party has sent a delegation of 15 people to Austin today to lobby state lawmakers on issues affecting local residents. They are joining other groups from around the state for Blue Ribbon Lobby Day. The event will focus on three main issues: restoring the $5 billion in funding cut from public education during the last legislative session, expanding the state’s Medicaid program, and restoring the $72 million in funding cut from the Women’s Health Program. For more information on the state-wide effort, visit www.blueribbonlobbyday.com.

VACCINES – Texas Department of State Health Services is having a children’s vaccination clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family, and a parent must be present with the child’s shot records. Enter at Miller Street and go to rooms 103 and 105.

AUTISM AWARENESS GAME – The Northwest High School softball team will play the fifth-annual Autism Awareness Game tonight in honor of NHS’s Circle of Friends, a school-sponsored club for students drawn to their peers who have special needs. If you would like to support the cause by making a donation or purchasing a shirt, contact Tonya Morrow at tmorrow@nisdtx.org.

DISTRICT’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY – The Decatur Independent School District will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a celebration 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Festivities will be held at 309 S. Cates St. near the original site of Decatur High School. The district became “independent” on April 14, 1913.

LOCAL THESPIANS – Six Wise County thespians are involved in the Artisan Center Theater’s production of “The Hiding Place” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays through Saturday, April 20 at the theater, 420 E. Pipeline Rd. in Hurst. Eve Roberts of Wise County is directing the production, and Judi Conger of Runaway Bay will play Corrie ten Boom, one of the lead roles. Other local actors include Cathy Lackey of Decatur and Rick and Andrea Duwe of Greenwood. Rebecca Roberts of Decatur is the theater’s resident costumer.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 tonight. The program will be presented by Rocky Sprott.

FUNERALS – Service for Betty Evelyn Calhoun, 91, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Sylvia Ann Norris, 70, of Decatur is 5 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Deb Brantner, 63, of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Richard Allen Bower, 72, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Peter Lutheran Church with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

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