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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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LANE REDUCTION – Texas Department of Transportation will reduce a Denton County section of U.S. 380 to one lane today to install storm sewer underneath the highway. The closure, which is expected to last most of the day, will be between Cottonwood Trail and Masch Branch Road. During the closure, vehicles will be led through that section of the highway by a pilot vehicle and flaggers – one direction at a time. This is part of a $39.3 million widening project that will add two additional lanes in each direction from just west of Farm Road 156 to Interstate 35.

ANOTHER RAINY MORNING – For the second day in a row, Wise County residents woke up to a rainy morning. Rainfall totals include 1.1 inches in Aurora, 0.95 in Rhome, 0.85 in Greenwood, 0.81 in Decatur and 0.75 in Alvord. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of more rain throughout the day with a high of 90.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will host speakers Dr. Greg Moore and Dr. Toni Klonniger-Moore at 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. They will share experiences about collecting and verifying Indian arrowheads and stone artwork. Bring a friend and your favorite Indian artifact to show and share. For more information call Penny at (940) 627-2357.

NO JURY TRIAL – The jury trial scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office in Bridgeport has been canceled. No jury is needed.

SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Decatur will spray for mosquitoes in the Brookhollow and Martin Branch additions this morning, weather permitting.

LIBRARY CSI – Tweens and Teens are invited to Chico Public Library’s CSI Event 1-2 p.m. today. Those attending will learn about techniques used to solve crimes.

BEAT THE HEAT AT THE LIBRARY – The Decatur Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program will host an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Thursday. Teens are invited to beat the heat with ice cream treats and crafts. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.

SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM – Bridgeport ISD Summer Feeding Program is providing a free lunch to all children under the age of 18. Lunch is being served at Bridgeport Elementary School Cafeteria, 1408 Elementary Drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The program will run through July 31. For more information, call Bridgeport ISD at (940) 683-5124.

COURT DEPARTMENT CLOSING – The Wise County Clerk court department only will be closed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today for training and will reopen on Wednesday at 8 a.m. The property records and vitals department will be open for business as usual.

BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL – The newest members to the Bridgeport City Council will get a run down on the city’s wholesale electric contract in a closed session at 6:30 p.m., a half-hour prior to tonight’s regular meeting time at City Hall. During the public portion of the meeting, the council will review payment request No. 7 and the final retention invoice from Siemens Inc. for performance contracting before it considers increasing the contract amount by $42,446 as a result of meter reconciliation. Officials will also hear an expenditures report from its Main Street department and consider renaming Doctors Hospital Drive to Hospital Drive. The council will also consider amendments to ordinances on solicitation regulations, health and sanitation policy to prohibit rummaging through garbage containers and permit fees for building swimming pools and hot tubs/spas. Mosquito spraying within the city is among the items to be discussed in workshop session.

RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – In addition to routine business, all the Runaway Bay City Council will consider at its meeting 7 tonight is amendments to ordinances that eliminate changeable electronic variable message signs, signs that advertise events outside the city and detached on-premises commercial signs. The meeting is at City Hall.

FUNERALS – Service for Daisy Jinkens, 91, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Christine Boaldin, 84, of Newark is 10 a.m. Thursday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Eugenia Floe Forman, 94, of Denton is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Milt McConnell, 73, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Russell B. Wirtz, 73, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Q. Cox Jr., 90, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.