NO ACTION ON FAIRGROUNDS – Wise County commissioners tabled any action related to the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds at their regular meeting Monday. “We’ve been advised by the county attorney to table this because of a recent letter from a lawyer representing the Sheriff’s Posse,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns. County Attorney James Stainton told the Messenger that the letter includes special requests from the Posse. Although he declined to discuss the details of the letter since negotiations are ongoing, he did say the Posse wants “preference for their historic rodeos.” Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
STEPHENS TO RUN FOR JUDGE – Former Precinct 1 commissioner Kyle Stephens announced yesterday that he is running for county judge, according to a press release from the Wise County Republican Party. In the release, Stephens said he always enjoyed serving the people of Wise County and said it is important to stay ahead of the county’s growth with “an efficient budget and plan without a tax increase.” He also said it was important for the county to have a water plan in place to protect citizens for years to come. Stephens served two terms as Precinct 1 commissioner and owns North Texas Extinguisher Service. He is past president of the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association, has served on the Decatur EDC board and was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on a North Central Texas Council of Government Grant Committee for two years.
HOWELL TO LEAVE – The Northwest ISD School Board named Chisholm Trail Middle School Assistant Principal Amy Howell principal of the district’s Carl E. Schluter Elementary Monday. Howell replaces Kim Caley, who was named the district’s executive director of human resources last month.
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will hold its second annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence at 7 tonight at Harwood Park in Bridgeport near the totem pole. There will be a time for sharing during the vigil. Advocates will be present to answer questions or assist at the conclusion of the event. For more information, call 940-626-4855.
TRUNK OR TREAT – The First Methodist Church in Decatur will host their annual Trunk or Treat event 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday. Guests are invited to wear their costumes and come enjoy games, crafts, food and lots of candy. The event will be held in the fellowship hall due to the expected inclement weather.
SMOKED MEAT BENEFIT – Grace Baptist Church of Decatur will be smoking turkeys ($35), hams ($40), and briskets ($45) on Nov. 15 for their annual fundraiser for the church benevolence fund. To order smoked meat, call (940) 627-7558. Hams and turkeys may be picked up after 7 p.m. on Nov. 15.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.
TRICK OR TREAT – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival is 6-8 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. Meet local emergency personnel and enjoy food, music and games. Admission is free.
FALL FUN – The 4th Annual Fall Festival at Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur is 6-7:30 tonight. There will be a live band, bounce house, games, cotton candy, hot dogs and face painting.
OFFICE CLOSED – The offices at Chico City Hall will be closed to the public Thursday as the office staff moves to a new utility billing program. All other city of Chico operations will continue as usual.
RINGERS WANTED – Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign at Wal-Mart in Decatur this holiday season. Ringers are needed daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To sign up as an individual or as a group, call Tana Fedric at 940-627-5859. All money collected by the Salvation Army at the Wal-Mart location stays in Wise County thanks to local volunteers.
FUNERALS – Service for Monica Cordova, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Clifford F. Fine, 81, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Earline Toner, 90, formerly of Holliday is 2 p.m. today at Restland Cemetery in Olney. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Edward Lowell Schmalried, 94, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
FUNERAL for Richard Lynn Harvey, 60, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church.
MEMORIAL service for Anthony “Tony” Veal, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Montague County Cowboy Church in Montague. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jennie Garrett Conditt, 53, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield. Memorial committal service is 1 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Herald D. Gillespie, 87, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Mariann Elaine Weber, 46, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Reba Grottie, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.