SNOWY START – Overnight snowfall in Wise County caused some slick spots on area roads for morning commuters. Several wrecks had been reported as of 7:45 a.m., mostly on U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380. Another vehicle slid off the road on Farm Road 730 south of Decatur. There had been no reports of serious injuries. A sheriff’s deputy’s car was struck on U.S. 380 east of Decatur after he had stopped to check on another wreck, but the deputy was not in the vehicle and was not hurt, according to Sheriff David Walker. Weatherford College canceled 8 a.m. classes and is delaying the start of 9:30 classes until 10 a.m., both at the Weatherford and Wise County locations. Wise County remains in a winter weather advisory area until 10 a.m.TAX COLLECTION RATE SOARS- Wise County citizens are paying property taxes at a record pace. Attorney Glenn Smith told county commissioners Monday that 99 percent of tax bills had been paid at the end of September 2012. His firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson LLP handles delinquent tax collections for the county. “99 is not normal; that’s very high, especially when you’re not factoring in interest or penalties,” he said. “You see that in Highland Park or Southlake Carroll School District [where there are numerous high-value properties], but to have that in a mixture of properties is unusual.” Smith said with interest and penalties, the local collection rate is 101.3 percent.
LOWER SPEED LIMIT PROPOSED – The Decatur City Council Monday night approved on first reading an ordinance to lower the speed limit on U.S. 380 from Rose Avenue to the western city limit. Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) had done a study and they agreed lowering the limit to 55 mph on the west side of the city could help reduce accidents. The measure will be back on the agenda for final approval Jan. 28.
PREPARING FOR THE THIRD – At a regular school board meeting Monday, Dennis McCreary, Northwest ISD assistant superintendent for facilities, planning and construction, presented a timeline of events leading up to the opening of the district’s third comprehensive high school in 2015. The design of the school is nearing completion and will be presented at the next school board meeting. Also at that meeting, a committee will be formed to devise attendance boundary lines. As part of the “school culture development” phase, nominations for the school’s name are being accepted now through Feb. 7 at www.nisdtx.org/schoolnames. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce “Oilfield Luncheon” is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The program will be by Devon Energy and the cost is $10. Make a reservation by Wednesday by calling (940) 683-2076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARM OFFICE HOURS – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will close at 11 a.m. Thursday to attend an out of town conference. It will resume normal distribution hours of 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – Pre-registration for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and online at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or www.decaturciviccenter.com. Cost is $25 through Jan. 25 and will increase to $30 thereafter. The Under the Sea-themed event is 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Decatur Civic Center.
CASA ORIENTATION – CASA of Wise and Jack Counties will hold an orientation session 6 tonight at the CASA office at 300 E. Pecan St. in Decatur for anyone interested in participating in its Spring Training Academy. Anyone interested in training to become an advocate for children who are victims of abuse and neglect or who just wants to know more about the work of CASA in the community is invited. Applications and training materials will be available. If you are interested but cannot attend the orientation, contact Jan Files at the CASA office to request an application and training materials. Call (940) 627-7535. The training is free. The Spring Training Academy will hold classes on Tuesday nights from Jan. 22-March 26. A meal will be provided prior to each class at 5:30 p.m. with the training to follow from 6-9.
FAMILY BENEFIT – A soccer tournament benefiting the family Moises “Juan” Torres is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Kenny Renshaw Park in Decatur. Cost is $15 per person; however any additional contributions will go to the Torres family. Register your team by Thursday by calling Rodrigo at (940) 210-0194 or Rocio at (940) 210-0193. The event also includes food, drinks and raffles. For more information, call Alberto at (940) 399-6107 or Marta at (940) 389-2383.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Rossilyn Cecile Phillips, 73, of Bowie. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Willy Vincent, 82, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Ernest Lee Lingle, 91, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Poolville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Raymond Steward Sr., 51, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.