SHELTER MIX UP – During the recent winter storm that covered the county in ice, 12 people used the Decatur Civic Center for shelter for four days. But it turns out the center should not have been used as a shelter at all. Civic Center Director Lori Sherwood told the Decatur City Council Monday she was caught by surprise when a Red Cross representative called and said they were coming out to set up the shelter. Once Red Cross representatives arrived, they began ticking off a list of items the Civic Center was expected to provide, including food and showers. Despite locking up the kitchen, it was still broken into, she told the council. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said it appears the cause of the mix up was a communication breakdown with the county. County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said Tuesday that a Red Cross representative called him and told him they had a contract with the Civic Center. Travis said he and Fire Marshal Chuck Beard never thought about checking with the city. He said the county will work on communicating and pre-planning so the same mistakes are not repeated. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
NORTHWEST PROMOTES THORNELL – Northwest ISD has named Dr. Robert Thornell the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. NISD Superintendent Karen Rue made the recommendation to the school board at its meeting Monday, which was postponed a week due to the icy weather the previous week. Thornell, who previously served as NISD’s executive director of curriculum and staff development, succeeds Edward Chevallier, who retired after six years with the district. Thornell will begin transitioning into this new role after the first of the year.
WATCH WHAT YOU FLUSH – The City of Bridgeport has been seeing a larger number of sewer back-ups in the city lately due to increasing use of disposable wipes such as cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes, baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes or similar disposable or “flushable” products. Unlike toilet paper, disposable wipes do not quickly disintegrate in water. Instead, these items stay largely intact as they travel through sewer pipes and easily get caught on roots or other debris, increasing the risk of clogs and sewage overflows. The city asks that residents throw these products in the trash rather than the toilet.
HOLIDAY PROGRAM – The Slidell Elementary Holiday Program will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the elementary auditorium. The Slidell community is invited to watch the students’ presentation of “The Animals Christmas Tree.”
RIDE THROUGH HISTORY – The Rock Church in Runaway Bay will present “Walk with Jesus” 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The free old-fashioned hay ride will include scenes from the life of Jesus. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. For more information call 940-575-9229.
SANTA ON THE STREETS – Santa will continue his visit through Decatur by visiting neighborhoods east of U.S. 81/287, west of North Trinity Street and north of West Walnut Streets beginning at 5 tonight. Santa will continue visiting parts of Decatur through Thursday.
CHRISTMAS STORYTIME – The Bridgeport Public Library will host a special Christmas-themed storytime at 10:30 this morning. This program is for all ages and will include stories, fingerplays, a craft and a visitor. Santa will be visiting with the children at the end of storytime and will be available for pictures.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Santa will be stopping by The Community Bank in Bridgeport 2-4 p.m. today. Bring your cameras to take pictures of the kids while they share their Christmas wishes with Santa.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Patrick Duffey, 76, of Austin is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Valerie Lee Miller, 37, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Sam F. Martin, 62, of Newark is 1 p.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church in Rhome with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Walter L. McConnell, 76, of Cottondale is 11:30 a.m. today at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
SERVICE for Bennie Clark, 80, of Bedford is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.