BOARD DISCUSSES AG PROJECT CENTER – Continuing their discussion that began at last month’s meeting, the Decatur School Board Monday agreed to seek specific cost estimates for a new agriculture project center for the high school. The new facility is estimated to cost $750,000-$800,000 to build, but plans need to be drawn up with specifications in order to get a more accurate number. The current facility is full, and in some cases more than one animal is housed in a pen. The board has not yet approved moving forward with the construction of the facility, but the item is expected to be brought for board consideration at a future meeting.
CHRISTMAS STORYTIME - The Bridgeport Public Library will host a special Christmas-themed storytime at 10:30 Wednesday morning. This program is for all ages and will include stories, fingerplays, a craft and a visitor. Santa will be visiting with the children at the end of storytime and will be available for pictures.
SANTA RIDES AGAIN – Santa on a firetruck will continue his tour of Decatur at 5 tonight in the northeast section of town in neighborhoods east of Trinity Street and as far south as Hale Street. Santa will continue visiting parts of Decatur through Thursday. A map was featured in the Dec. 11 issue of the Wise County Messenger.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Santa will be stopping by The Community Bank in Bridgeport 2-4 p.m. Wednesday. Bring your cameras to take pictures of the kids while they share their Christmas wishes with Santa.
SCHOOL MEETING – Decatur ISD Gifted and Talented curriculum night and kindergarten nomination meeting is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Decatur High School. For more information, contact Danielle Scroggins at Danielle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY FUN NIGHT – Northwest’s Prairie View Elementary in Rhome will hold Holiday Fun Night tonight. At 6, the fourth and fifth grade students will present the holiday choir concert “Dear Santa.” The Holiday Shoppe will be open 5:30-7:30. Photos and cookies with Santa will be available for free 6:30-7:30 in the gym.
SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a fundraiser 6-8 tonight at the Bridgeport Pizza Hut. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the BIS Save It or Shave It for an Outdoor Learning Center at the school.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council tonight will consider awarding bids for improvements to Lawdwin Ball Fields and Bridgeport Stage, as budgeted for in workshops held this summer. The council will also consider purchasing portable credit card machines for the parks and recreation department and a mini-digger derrick for the utilities department – items which were discussed in budget workshops. The council will also hold two public hearings – one which will be the second reading on the juvenile curfew discussed at the council’s last meeting. The other is a request for an exception to the ordinance that limits the number of driveways per single-family property to two. The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the council chambers at 900 Thompson St.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Ray Carter, 70, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for James Patrick Duffey, 76, of Austin is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Anthony “Tony” Fuller, 55, of Paradise will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Sammy Martin, 62, of Newark and Valerie Lee Miller, 37, of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Ruby Walton, 63, of Boonsville is 11 a.m. today at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Walter L. McConnell, 76, of Cottondale is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.