ANOTHER RAINY DAY AHEAD – Rain began falling yesterday morning and continues today. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 2.5 inches in Aurora, 2.25 in Rhome, 1.67 in Decatur, 1.5 in Greenwood, 1.25 in Bridgeport and 1 in Chico. The forecast calls for rain to continue throughout the day, with the possibility of thunderstorms.
COUNCIL ADOPTS PURCHASING POLICY – The Chico City Council yesterday voted unanimously to adopt the new purchasing policies proposed by Mayor J. D. Clark. According to the mayor, the new purchasing procedures will be more cost-efficient and will save local tax dollars. The new policies will require employees to submit purchase orders to a purchasing associate who will keep track of spending in the individual budget accounts. After the purchasing associate has signed off on the request, the purchase order will then be reviewed for final approval by either the mayor, the director of public works, or the fire chief, depending on the department. In the past, there has been no formal system of requesting permission for expenditures and purchases; instead, employees could make purchases without coordinating with each other or the office staff.
WELCOME TO ARMORY – Decatur will officially welcome the Texas Army National Guard back to the community with a ceremony 2 p.m. Friday at the National Guard Armory, located on Farm Road 730 near Decatur Municipal Airport. The 231st Engineer Support Company, commanded by Capt. Amber Meyers, moved into the armory in the fall. The public is invited to the ceremony, and dignitaries with the Texas Army National Guard will be on hand, along with representatives from the City of Decatur and Wise County Veterans Group.
NEED A FLU SHOT? – Despite an early start to flu season, it’s not too late to get a vaccine. Local health officials suggest checking with your pharmacy or doctor’s office for vaccine availability. Wise County has seen an increased number of flu cases from this time last year, and although there is no cure for the flu, doctors and nurses recommend rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking fever reducers. Read the midweek Messenger on news stands today for more information about flu season in Wise County.
HOW TO HELP THE FIRE VICTIMS – Crossroads Church in Decatur has a regular outreach ministry to the residents of the Eighter from Decatur apartments. A fire Sunday displaced seven families, and other residents have been without gas service since the fire. If you would like to donate, Crossroads has a way to give online through their website. Go to crossroadspeople.com/give. After registering, you may make a donation specifically for the fire victims. Look for a full story about the fire in the midweek Messenger on news stands today.
DAR – The John B. Denton chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meet 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell will give a presentation about the Citizen’s Police Academy. Dutch-treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES – New and returning student registration at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week for classes that begin Monday, Jan. 14. Call the college at (940) 627-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DINNER AND BINGO – The Paradise Buyer’s Association is holding a fundraiser Saturday featuring a brisket dinner and bingo at the Paradise High School cafeteria. Dinner is $8 and begins at 5:30 p.m. Dessert is $1. Bingo is 6:30-9:30. The event will also feature hourly prizes, a cake auction and a drawing for $300 worth of feed for all current members of the association. Annual dues can be paid at the door.
ENCHILADA DINNER – Bridgeport High School’s Pan American Student Forum Spanish Club is sponsoring an enchilada dinner with tea and dessert 6-9 p.m. Friday at the BHS Cafeteria. Presale tickets may be purchased from any member of the PASF Group or Mr. Vargas at the high school. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Dine in or carry out will be available.
BROILER CLINIC – The Wise County 4-H Broiler Clinic is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at the Extension Office. Topics include preparation, daily care, nutrition, health, selection and showing. Call the Extension Office at (940) 627-3341 by Friday to sign up.
PHONES FIXED – Phone and network service was restored to Rann Elementary in Decatur last night. Service had been interrupted since Monday.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Maria Anna Pedersen, 85, of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Edna Marie Hill, 97, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Alice Irene Hill, 92, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
VISITATION for Liane M. Szmanski, 86, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Clifford Stanford, 87, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Timothy Eustice, 53, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastgate Funeral Home in Garland.
GRAVESIDE service for Lucille O. Burrows, 87, of Bowie, formerly of Decatur, is 2 p.m. today at Oakland Cemetery near Gorman. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Joe McKnight, 58, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.