BRIDGEPORT SAYS ‘NO’ TO TURF – The Bridgeport School Board voted not to approve the purchase of artificial turf for Bull Memorial Stadium. The board last night voted 4-2 against the project, which is expected to cost more than $764,000. Ken Kilpatrick and Scott Stowers voted for the proposal. Jim Bost, Charles Mauldin, Tom Talley and Marti Hines voted against. Board member Lee Snodgrass was absent. Board president Bost said he is not opposed to the idea of installing artificial turf, but he felt there are other issues in the district that should be addressed before upgrading the football field.
NAMING NORTHWEST SCHOOLS – Northwest ISD’s two newest facilities will be named in memory of two longtime district educators with Wise County ties. The district’s third comprehensive secondary school will be named V.R. Eaton High and its 17th elementary school after Wayne A. Cox. Eaton was instrumental in consolidating the Rhome, Justin, Haslet and Roanoke districts to form Northwest ISD in 1949. Eaton’s son, Roy, is the Wise County Messenger publisher. Cox, who served as superintendent and vocational agriculture teacher at Alvord before a 21-year career with Northwest schools, was the grandfather of Penni Green and Dwayne Hicks of Decatur and Scotti Lott of Bridgeport.
QUEENS CROWNED – Three queens and three runners-up were selected at the Wise County Youth Fair Queen’s Contest last night. 4-H queen is Kara Demmitt, representing Chico 4-H and runner-up is Carson Shay Read, representing Decatur 4-H. FFA queen is Kenzie Cantrell, representing Chico FFA and runner-up is Taylor Rector, representing Paradise FFA. FCCLA queen is Ashley Edge, representing Alvord FCCLA and runner-up is Mirella Dorado, representing Paradise FCCLA.
YOUTH FAIR, DAY 2 – Today’s events at the Wise County Youth Fair include the breeding boer show at 7:30 a.m. and the breeding swine show at 2:30 p.m. Both events are at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. The 4-H Parade of Fashion is 6:30 p.m. in the Women’s Building on the Posse Grounds. The horse show continues at 8:30 a.m. at the NRS Arena.
NEED VOLUNTEERS? – Paying It Forward For Prom seeks non-profit organizations who could use the help of teen-aged volunteers. Through the organization, high school juniors and seniors who couldn’t otherwise afford prom expenses, volunteer community service hours in exchange for formal wear, shoes, jewelry, hair-do’s, manicures, pedicures, facials and make-up application. Call Amanda at (940) 536-8585.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Bridgeport ISD Supt. Eddie Bland will speak. Raymond’s BBQ and Ken’s Appliance Lawn and Garden will cater, and cost is $10. RSVP by calling (940) 683-2076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Door prizes are welcome.
DEADY SCHOLARSHIP – The Wise County Messenger will award $2,000 in scholarships to a graduating Wise County senior who is pursuing an education in a journalism-related field. The scholarship is named in honor of Denny Deady, a long-time member of the newspaper’s staff. Applications for the scholarship have been sent to journalism teachers and school counselors in Wise County. The deadline for applications is May 1.
BUNCO NIGHT – Boyd Education Foundation hosts Bunco Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boyd Middle School cafeteria. Entry is $20, and experience isn’t necessary to play. The foundation will sell drinks at the event, and there will be a silent gift basket auction. Proceeds benefit the foundation.
TEEN COURT – Wise County Teen Court is in session at 5:30 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive in Decatur. For more information, call (940) 393-5923.
NEWARK EASTER – The 3rd Annual Newark Community Easter Egg Hunt is 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Town Square Park, 209 Hudson St. The event will include more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs, games, prizes, food, pictures with the Easter Bunny and nine grand prize baskets will be awarded to the finders of the prize eggs hidden within the hunt. The hunt will be divided into age groups. Children ages 0-4 will go first followed by a separate hunt for children ages 5-8 and another for ages 9-12. If you don’t have a basket, come early so you can decorate a bag before the hunt begins. The event is free and open to all residents of the Newark area.
FUNERALS – Service for Steven W. Stewart, 49, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Sallye Anne Richardson, 66, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
MEMORIAL service for Marion Kert “Smokey” Jones, 56, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at The Shepherd’s House in Chico. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Ernest Tucker, 66, of Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Roy Dennis Dick, 83, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Bethel Mennonite Church in Hydro, Okla., with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.