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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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CUDE TO RUN AGAIN – Wise County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude announced Monday he will seek re-election. “I will be running as a Republican candidate for the judgeship, having been at the forefront of the party at its beginnings so many years ago,” he said. “… (I) would be gratified if I could continue serving our citizens in this position.” Cude has held the post since 1987. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

FEDS DENY TESTING WAIVER – The U.S. Department of Education has denied a request from Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams to waive certain testing requirements for students in elementary and middle school as part of the provisions of No Child Left Behind, according to the TEA. House Bill 866 passed this year would have allowed students who scored high enough on state reading and math exams in the third and fifth grades to skip those exams in the fourth, sixth and seventh grades if a waiver would have been granted. Federal law currently requires testing in math and reading for all students in grades 3 through 8.

4-H MEETING – Slidell/Greenwood 4-H meets at 6:30 tonight in the high school library. For more information call Kim Dunlap at 940-393-3029.

STEAK CHALLENGE AND RUN – The Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion Grounds. There is still time to enter a team, vendor booth and winery. Visit chisholmtrailsteakchallenge.com or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766 for more information. The Steak Break! 5K and Fun Run is being held the morning of the Steak Challenge event at the Reunion Grounds. Proceeds raised go to support Decatur Lions Club sponsored local charities and organizations. Register early at getmeregistered.com/steakbreakrun or pick up a registration form at State National Bank in Decatur.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION – Angels Care Home Health and Governor’s Ridge will host an informational on “Understanding Your Medicare Options” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur. A complimentary lunch will follow. Make reservations by calling 940-627-1104 or email RSVP@governorsridge.com.

MINI-DANCE CAMP – Decatur High School presents Dancing with the Eagle Dolls Friday, Sept. 27. It includes a T-shirt, dinner and free admission to the football game. Participants will perform with the Dolls at halftime. Registration deadline to receive a T-shirt is Monday, Sept. 16, but walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. For more information, pick up registration forms at the elementary school offices.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will meet at 7 tonight at the Paradise United Methodist Church, 301 S. Oak Street. Wise County Sheriff David Walker will present personal safety tips and address rising crime activities and the ever-growing problem of identity theft. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 tonight. The program will be presented by Glenn Guess on the subject of wild hogs.

CUB SCOUTS – Anyone interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 146 in Boyd is invited to a meeting at 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. The group is open to boys in first through fifth grade. If you are interested but cannot attend, call (817) 845-9173.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Willie B. Byers, 89, of Jacksboro is 10 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for J.T. Morgan, 93, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Clancy Shawn Stewart, 44, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.