FAIRGROUND TALKS CONTINUE – The local fairgrounds and ongoing negotiations with the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse were discussed during committee reports at yesterday’s county commissioners meeting. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns said the Wise County Fairgrounds Committee had met with Posse members, and they tried to reassure them that they would still have use of the property as they have in the past. ” But they want to see that in writing, and I feel like we can’t do that until it’s on the agenda,” Burns said. “I hope to resolve this amicably and make it to the best interest of both parties and all parties that use it.” Burns said the lease is up, and he feels like the county needs to start maintaining the property. Commissioners voted to put the issue on the Oct. 28 agenda. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
GOVERNMENT CLOSED – The U.S. Congress failed to find a way to fund government agencies by midnight last night, meaning this morning that government agencies are beginning the shut down process. Local offices that will most likely be affected include the U.S. Forest Service (LBJ National Grasslands) and the USDA offices, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development. Post offices will remain open and operate as usual.
HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE OPENS – As part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, online health insurance marketplaces are open as of today. Texas chose not to create its own marketplace, so Texas residents can go to www.HealthCare.gov to see their options.
NEW BOOK CLUB – Bridgeport Library Read-a-Book Club begins 5:30 p.m. today. Come prepared to share information about a recent read and talk about what you want from a book club. For instance, the club could decide if everyone wants to talk about books of a certain genre or read and discuss the same book. For more information call the library at 940-683-3450.
ROAD CLOSURES – The City of Decatur will be closing West Main Street, from U.S. 81/287 Business to State Street, including side street access, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today for street paving improvements. Residents are requested to not park on the street. Courthouse square parking on the south side of Main Street will be closed to parking. East Main Street, from U.S. 81/287 Business to Trinity Street, including side street access, will be closed 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday for street paving improvements. Residents are requested to not park on the street. Courthouse square parking on the north side of Main Street will be closed to parking. Businesses located on the Courthouse Square will operate under their normal business hours. National Night Out activities will occur as scheduled tonight. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring street closures to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department for more information at 940-393-0260.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – The Decatur Police Department will host National Night Out on the Decatur Square 6-8 tonight. The event will include free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, snow cones, jump house, child fingerprint ID and driving simulator. The Decatur Fire Department Clown show starts at 7.
DINNER FOR WARRIORS – The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 a group of brave warriors will be participating in a team roping clinic at the NRS Training Center. A dinner of burgers and brats will be served 6-8 tonight. Cost is $20 per plate, and all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are available at David’s Western Store and NRS. A limited quantity is available.
K2 PLAY – The Decatur Public Library presents K2 Play, a monthly play group for children in kindergarten through second grade, at 6 tonight. The event will include stories, games and sensory activities. No sign-up is required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.
GED CLASSES — Registration for GED classes at Weatherford College Wise County is 6 p.m. tomorrow. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, and will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays every week. Classes are free. Call the college at 940-626-3308 or email Marty Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Francis (McCulley) Sipes, 87, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Friendship Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Timothy Allen “Tim” Morrow, 52, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.