HAZARDOUS ROUTES UPHELD – Northwest ISD students who live within two miles of their campus and received bus transportation to school under the hazardous route exception will continue receiving it. Monday night, the school upheld the same exceptions to the two-mile rule as last year. The policy, which was instituted in 2011 as a result of budget cuts, eliminated bus transportation for students who live within a two-mile radius of their school. Identifying hazardous routes is a procedural step to obtain supplemental state funding to pay for the transportation of students who would otherwise be subject to hazardous traffic conditions if they walked to school. The following NISD schools in Wise County have areas within a two-mile radius that have been deemed as hazardous: Chisholm Trail Middle School – streets north of Texas 114 and U.S. 81/287 within the city of Rhome and streets west of Farm Road 3433 and north of Farm Road 718, except Chisholm and Savanna Drive; Northwest High School and Seven Hills Elementary – all streets within a two-mile radius; and Prairie View Elementary – all streets within a two-mile radius except Chisholm Creek Parkway, Cody Court, Chisholm Court, Clear Fork Trail and Cheyenne Trail.
CAR RAN INTO STOREFRONT – Wise Hope Chest is temporarily closed after a car hit the storefront Monday morning. Executive Director Pat Slayton said they would be accepting donations under the awning at the rear of the building (off the alley) today. Read more about the incident and when the store might reopen in the midweek Messenger.
GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN – The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms today, increasing to 60 percent tonight with the arrival of a cool front. The high today will once again be in the upper 90s, but the front will bring a bit of relief on Wednesday when high temperatures should reach the mid-80s.
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Neighborhood Autos will give away bags of school supplies Saturday at its eight area lots in Bridgeport, Decatur, Azle, Denton, Gainesville, Lewisville, Sanger and Watauga.
FALL OUT AUDITIONS – Auditions for the Wise Country Fall Out are 1 p.m. Saturday at Wise County Heritage Museum. To pre-register, call the museum at (940) 627-5586 or Carla Womack at (940) 393-9141. The talent show is Saturday, Nov. 2.
SOFTBALL – Wise County Fall Softball sign-ups are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Hibbett Sports in Decatur. The league is for ages 7-14 (as of Jan. 1, 2013). Cost is $35. For more information, text Krisha at (817) 988-2817 or Carley at (940) 577-0138. To have a form emailed to you, send request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets noon today at the Chico Senior Citizens Center. Cost is $7. Eugene Grooms will provide a program on the history of Chico.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Jim Vollmer of Employer Benefits Solutions, will give a program on the affordable healthcare act and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson will give a special presentation on new rules for civil court filings. Lunch, catered by Banezensky’s BBQ, is $10 a plate. Door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP to (940) 683-2076 or email@example.com by Wednesday.
BUDGET WORKSHOP – The Bridgeport City Council will hold a budget workshop 6:30 tonight at City Hall.
CLAY SHOOT – A clay shoot benefiting Wise Regional Health Foundation is Friday, Aug. 23, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch will be provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. For more information or to register, call Michelle Stone at (940) 626-1384.
TASTE OF WISE – The third annual Taste of Wise is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Decatur Civic Center. The free event includes samplings of food and drink offered by local businesses, live entertainment and door prizes every 10 minutes. To showcase your business, to sponsor or donate door prizes, call Susan Miller at (940) 627-7658.
FUNERALS – Service for Andrew Chase Walker, 21, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Joseph L. Farrington, 47, of Chico is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Dawson Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.