FROZEN LEFTOVERS – Wise County continues to slowly thaw from the ice associated with last week’s winter storm. While main roads are now relatively clear, some side roads and private drives continue to be buried under ice, leading to another day of cancellations or delays. Once again, all public schools in the county are closed along with Victory Christian Academy and Victory Kids Care, Weatherford College and Texas Women’s University. The Bridgeport Housing Authority office is closed, and the meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. today has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Wise Dance Center is also closed. Meals on Wheels will not deliver today. The Sons of Confederate Veterans will not meet tonight. Wise County government offices will open at 10 a.m. The jury panel scheduled for today in 271st District Court has been canceled. An updated list of cancellations and delays can be found at wcmess.com/cancellations.
SUNNY DAY? – The temperature is only supposed to climb to a high of around 35 degrees today, but sunny skies are in the forecast, which could help speed up the thawing process. Temperatures tonight will drop to 27, meaning wet or slushy roads will once again refreeze.
MORE CANDIDATES JOIN THE RACE – Yesterday was the filing deadline for the 2014 primary election, and three more Republicans threw their hats in the ring. Bridgeport Mayor Keith McComis filed to run for county judge against Chico Mayor J.D. Clark and Kyle Stephens. Teresa Marney Graves will run for Precinct 4 justice of the peace and will face incumbent Clay Poynor. Callie Watts Manning filed to run for district clerk against incumbent Brenda Starnes Rowe. Other contested races in the Republican primary include Precinct 4 commissioner and county treasurer. Wise County Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith said Monday night that she plans to issue a press release today with a list of Democratic candidates that have filed. The primary election is March 14. Read more in the upcoming midweek Wise County Messenger.
ELECTION DAY IN PARADISE – School might be closed today in Paradise, but there is still a school board election taking place. The central office is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for residents in the district to cast votes in the election. Voters will choose between Ben Sanders and Bill Mundy, who tied for Place 6 in the Nov. 5 election.
MEETING RESCHEDULED – Decatur ISD Gifted and Talented curriculum night and kindergarten nomination meeting is rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Decatur High School. For more information, contact Danielle Scroggins at Danielle.email@example.com.
SANTA VISIT – The Decatur Public Library will host Pictures with Santa 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can take a photo with Santa and then stay for a craft and milk and cookies. There is no charge for this event, but you do need to bring your own camera. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.
CHRISTMAS EVENT IN BOYD – The Boyd Junior Class Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair at Boyd High School is Saturday. Breakfast with Santa is 8-10 a.m., and the craft fair is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring multiple vendors. Call 940-433-9580 for more information or if you are interested in being a vendor.
TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, and features four homes and one special event venue. Decatur homes featured include those belonging to Joe and Cindy Berry, 1396 Briar Crossing Dr.; Sean and Angie Browning, 329 Busey Blvd.; and Coy and Milissa Harris, 1500 Briar Crossing Dr. The Sunset home of Max and Carolyn Holloway at 1916 CR 1790 is also on the tour, as is the Flying V Ranch event venue at 297 PR 1173 near Decatur. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor or iCopy in Decatur or from any club member. A TAPS bus will provide tour transportation, but seating is limited. Cost is $15. To purchase a ticket and reserve a seat, call Patti’s at 940-627-1002. Bus riders should be at Patti’s by 12:45 p.m., and the bus will depart at 1.
LIGHTED PARADE – Deadline to register for the Bridgeport Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade is 5 p.m. today. For a form, stop by Bridgeport City Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The parade is 6 p.m. Saturday through downtown Bridgeport. For more information, call 940-683-3404.
CHRISTMAS FUN – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree events in downtown Bridgeport are Saturday, beginning with a pageant at 10 a.m.; Miss Twister Christmas Showoff at 1 p.m.; pictures with Santa from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and music by Heartstrings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., all at Bridgeport Stage. A lighted Christmas parade through downtown is at 6 p.m. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express” will be shown, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage. Donations of coats, socks, scarves, other winter apparel and cash will be accepted to help those in need. For more information, call 940-683-3404 or 940-683-2076.
BOOK CLUB – The Bridgeport Public Library’s Read-A-Book Club will discuss “Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop” by Otto Penzler at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the library’s Jackson Room.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Lena Pearl Elliott, 94, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Edward Bailey, 76, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Phillip Pierce, 68, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.