TURF TALK – The Bridgeport school district is considering artificial turf for Bull Stadium. The school board Monday looked at an artificial turf sample and heard a presentation from athletic director Danny Henson. Cost of the turf would range from $750,000 to $800,000. If the board approves the installation, the money would come from the general fund balance where money has been earmarked as part of a five-year plan. The board asked Henson to bring back a recommendation and someone who can talk to the board about installation of turf at the next meeting, March 18. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
DRAGONS, LADY BULLDOGS ADVANCE – In the boys basketball bi-district round of the playoffs yesterday, Chico defeated Meridian 54-46 while Slidell lost to Ector 59-49. Chico will play Stanford Friday at a site to be determined. In the girls basketball regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs defeated Godley 54-40 to advance to the regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday in Stephenville.
POOL FORMED – The Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday revised city personnel policies to allow the formation of a voluntary sick leave pool, at the request of employees wanting to donate their sick days to a co-worker in need. Once the time is donated, it cannot be returned. To use time from the pool, an employee must contribute to the sick pool annually; must have exhausted all of their own approved time off; and must be using it for personal ailments, not to care for a family member. The pool will be administered by a committee comprised of department heads and one council member. “I’ve had experiences with something like this in the past,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. “It’s not used very often, but when it’s needed, it’s needed.”
FIRST PLACE – McCarroll Middle School’s UIL One Act Play won first place in district yesterday. They performed “Alice.”
RAINY DAY AHEAD – Rain and sleet greeted motorists as they headed out to work this morning. Rains showers mixed with sleet should change over to all rain after noon. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to last through the evening with a 50 percent chance of rain tomorrow. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.48 of an inch in Decatur, 0.4 in Chico, 0.3 in Rhome and 0.1 in Greenwood.
FAIR SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2013 Wise County Youth Fair scholarships must be postmarked by Friday. A maximum of 14, $1,000 scholarships are awarded. One is given to a senior at each school, and the remaining are “at-large.” Seniors can download the application at www.wcyouthfair.org/scholarship. Winners will be named at the Youth Fair, March 18-23.
DUMPS CLOSED – Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites are closed today.
BRISKET SALE – Wise Electric Co-op will cook briskets with all proceeds to benefit local charities in Wise County. Only 50 briskets will be cooked. Call (940) 627-2167 to place your order. Deadline is noon Friday. Briskets are $50. Pick up will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.
WALK ACROSS TEXAS - Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Walk Across Texas, an eight-week walking program that strives to improve wellness and physical activity among adults and youth. The free program begins Monday, March 4, and runs through Monday, April 29. It can be implemented with teams of eight people or school classes, and the team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win. Call (940) 627-3341 or come by the Extension office at 206 S. State in Decatur to sign up. Check out the Walk Across Texas website, walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu, for information and online registration.
FUN RUN – The first PTO Family Fun Run at Carson Elementary is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2. Early registration ends Thursday, Feb. 28, and cost is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. On race day, cost is $25 for adults and $15 for youth. For a vendor space, call Debbie at (817) 709-4330. Register at www.carsonpto.fundmonkey.com. Proceeds benefit the purchase of new playground equipment.
TRAIL BLAZERS LUNCH – Senior citizens are invited to a free lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Rock Island Family Church, 545 W. Rock Island Ave., in Boyd. For more information, call (940) 433-8200 or (817) 944-8353.
SOFTBALL TRY-OUTS – Try-outs for Wise County Crush select softball team are Sunday at the Decatur High School softball field. Sessions for girls 10U are 1-2 p.m.; 12U is 2-3 p.m. The team plays 8-10 weekend tournaments during the season. For more information, call Debbie at (254) 366-6436 or David at (817) 617-9218.
FUNERALS – Service for Bill Maxwell, 79, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at 2 p.m. at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Moore Funeral Home in Arlington is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Laurie Lutz, 55, of New Fairview is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Stella Motley, 87, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.