Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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INCIDENT WAS SUICIDE – The investigation of yesterday’s incident where an 18-wheeler hit and killed a man concluded it was suicide, according to Sgt. Lloyd McKinney with the Department of Public Safety. DPS has turned the case over to the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. About 5:30 Monday morning, a Chaney truck was westbound on Texas 114 east of Rhome when it struck a man in the roadway. Traffic was reduced to one lane for at least two hours while investigators pored over the scene. More information will be published as it’s available from the Sheriff’s Office.

CITY HIRES UTILITY ATTORNEY– As its next move in potentially implementing a new sewer system, the Paradise City Council Monday hired Russell & Rodriguez Attorneys at Law as utility attorneys to guide the city’s next steps. The motion to hire the Georgetown firm came after a one-hour closed session. “We’re looking at getting into the sewer business, and we need some guidance,” Mayor Sam Starr said. He emphasized the preliminary status of the entire process. “We still need the land, we still need to work on the financing part of it,” he said. “The school will be involved as well so we’ll need to work with them. It’s all very preliminary.”

SPRAYING POSTPONED – The planned spraying for mosquitoes yesterday by the City of Bridgeport has been postponed due to the weather. When weather permits, the spraying will begin after 10 p.m. and run no later than 6 a.m.

RAIN MOVES WEST – The low pressure system that has brought us welcome rain over the past two days will continue to move west, lessening our chances of rain today. High temperatures will also begin increasing. After yesterday’s high topped out at only 70 in Decatur, today’s forecast high is expected to be 84. Rainfall totals since 7:30 a.m. yesterday include 1.43 inches in Rhome, 1.13 in Decatur and 0.95 in Alvord.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Lunch, catered by Pronto’s Italian Restaurant, is $10 a plate. William Myers, executive director of Bridgeport Economic Development Corp., will talk about the Destination Bridgeport campaign. Door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP by Wednesday to Tiffany Evans at (940) 683-2076 or tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org.

BLOOD DRIVE – A blood drive will be held 7:30-11:30 a.m. today at the Conoco Phillips office, 408 Park West Ct. in Decatur. For more information call Carson West at (918) 876-2133.

WISE COUNTY BUILD TEAM – A meeting for anyone interested in helping plan for a local Habitat for Humanity project is noon today in the conference room at North Texas Bank in Decatur. The Wise County Build Team meeting is open to those wanting to participate in or spread the word about a Build-A-Home project in Decatur this fall. For more information, call Sally Rieger at (940) 393-3293.

ROCK BINGO – Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center Building at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The group will have an ice cream supper and play rock bingo with prizes. For more information, call Jim Archer at (940) 627-2329.

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – At its meeting tonight, the Bridgeport city council will consider authorizing staff to publish a notice of intent to issue $6.4 million in certificates of obligation to fund an extensive street and sidewalk project and infrastructure at Endeavor Bridgeport business park. Councilmembers will also accept a $10,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; will consider awarding a bid for the construction of a fence around Northwest OHV Park; and will deliberate two $35,000 budget amendments – one in the economic development fund to construct a concrete drive near Yesterday’s Texas on U.S. 380 and another for information technology services. The 7 p.m. meeting is at City Hall.

RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – Runaway Bay councilmembers will consider a proposal on street improvement projects in the city at their meeting 7 tonight at City Hall. The council will also appoint members to various boards and committees and will consider a sign permit application for The Rock Church, revisions to the personnel policy and procedures manual and an interlocal agreement with Region VII Education Service Center for cooperative purchasing.

FUNERALS – Service for Charles Wendell Worthington, 87, of Aurora is 10 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for James Hudson Vanderbeck II, 42, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Marie Ashmore, 86, of Newark is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hamilton at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE for Samuel Robertson Sr., 70, of Springtown is planned at this time. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Brian Sean Peyton, 29, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton Funeral Home. He was the son of Matthew Peyton of Decatur and Denise Locke of Fort Worth.

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