ELECTION DAY – Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and will stay open until 7 p.m. All ballots in the county feature nine amendments to the Texas constitution. Residents in the Paradise school district have three issues to decide – an eight-cent tax increase, a $3.25 million bond proposal and two spots on the school board. A few ballots for Wise County residents living in the Azle school district will include a bond issue. A sample ballot was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger still on newsstands. Consolidated voting locations include the following: Precincts 1, 2, 22, 3, 4, 5, 6 will vote at Decatur City Hall; Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 will vote at the Decatur Civic Center; Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 will vote at the Bridgeport Lions Club; and Precincts 20, 23, 24, 25, 27 will vote at the Boyd Community Center. Remember to bring photo identification to the polls. The Wise County Messenger will publish election results tonight as they are available at WCMess.com/election.
JOHNSON TO SEEK RE-ELECTION – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri L. Johnson has announced she will seek re-election in 2014. The Republican was first elected in 2006. “I love what I do and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Johnson said in a press release. “Since taking office in January of 2007, and every day after that, I have strived to be innovative, efficient and hard working.”
TAKE YOUR UMBRELLA – Light rain was falling in Decatur this morning as Update was going to press. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain throughout the day with chances increasing to 80 percent tonight. Rainfall totals from the past 24 hours include 0.55 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.35 in Alvord and 0.23 in Decatur.
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING – Sycamore Baptist Church will host an electronics recycling event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 133 County Road 2425. Items that will be accepted for disposal and recycling include laptops, computers, cell phones, monitors, batteries, hard-drives, televisions, appliances, medical electronic equipment, printers, power supplies and game consoles. The event will feature hot dogs and a bounce house. Call DFW Reclaimers Inc. for a complete list of acceptable items or questions regarding disposal methods at 817-291-1067 or email email@example.com.
VETERANS PROGRAM – The second graders of Alvord Elementary School will hold a Rise and Shine Program honoring all veterans at 8:15 a.m. Friday in the Alvord Elementary gym.
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE INFORMATION – The Bridgeport Public Library will host an informative and interactive session on the New Affordable Health Care Act 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Navigators will be available to help you apply on the Marketplace. For more information or an appointment, call Sandra Luz at 214-650-7724.
JOB FAIR – Workforce Solutions will host a job fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale, in Decatur. Employers that are to attend are the city of Decatur, Bridgeport PPT and Bridgeport Correctional Center, Emission Monitoring Services Inc., Wellhead Water Solutions, Pronto Staffing, DATCU, Entegris, Southwest Healthcare Ventures – Cambio Life Recovery and the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
THANKSGIVING DINNER – The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport’s Thanksgiving dinner is 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgeport High School. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 10, if purchased in advance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children at the door. Kids age 4 and under are free.
COLLEGE NIGHT – More than 40 colleges and universities will be represented at College Night 5-7 p.m. tomorrow at Weatherford College Wise County. Students and parents from all Wise County high schools are invited to attend. There will be a financial aid presentation for parents of seniors at 6 p.m. in room 204. For more information, contact WCWC at 940-627-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAD TECH – This week marks National Radiologic Technology Week which commemorates Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of x-rays and honors the work that radiologic technologists perform in the healthcare industry. The week provides a chance for people to thank local radiologic technologists for their work.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Roy E. Tackel, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Mildred Gray Anderson, 99, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service will be held at a later date for Billie E. Linden Bowers, 81, of Aurora. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Bobby Clarkston, 86, of White Settlement is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jo Anne Burr, 58, of Bowie is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. She was the sister of Kenny Cummings of Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Jean Bush, 89, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.