PAYNE PLEADS TO TAKING WEAPON – Danny Scott Payne, 49, pleaded guilty Monday in 271st District Court in Decatur to taking a weapon from an officer, a state jail felony, and received a sentence of seven days in the county jail. He will not have to serve any additional time, however, since he spent seven days in jail prior to his conviction. Payne was arrested April 16, 2012, at the Alvord Express convenience store after getting into a scuffle with Wise County Sheriff Cpl. Neil Duncan. During the scuffle, Payne attempted to take Duncan’s stun gun away from the officer. In the process of trying to gain control of Payne, Duncan broke his hand. Payne was originally charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, a first degree felony. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
WEATHER CHANGE COMING – After a few days with high temperatures in the 80s, a big change is expected tonight as a cold front is expected to drop overnight lows to near 47 degrees. That’s where the temperature is forecast to remain throughout the day Thursday. There is also a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight and Thursday.
SGT. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP – Today is the deadline to submit applications for the Sgt. Randy White Memorial Scholarship. The award is open to any graduating senior in Wise County.
BLOOD DRIVE – A community blood drive by Carter BloodCare is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the south door of Wal-Mart in Decatur.
COMIC BOOK DAY – The Decatur Public Library will host Free Comic Book Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Attendees of all ages will enjoy free comics, crafts, a superhero photo booth, and at 11 a.m., a demonstration on how to make a Bento Box lunch. Call the library at (940) 393-0290 for more information.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – A National Day of Prayer celebration will be held noon Thursday on the courthouse lawn in Decatur. People are invited to pray for our nation, state and county. For more information, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club meets at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pizza Hut in Decatur. All singles are welcome. Joyce will be your greeter. For more information call (940) 627-6422.
JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCE – The Bridgeport High School Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. There will also be a special performance by Cindy James.
WINNING PERFORMANCE – Home performances of the Paradise High school regional qualifying one-act play, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” will be presented on Thursday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria. Admission is $3.
YOUTH RALLY – Chico Middle School FCA is inviting all students grades 6-12 in Wise County to a Youth Rally today at the Chico High School Gym. All groups are welcome including FCA clubs, church youth groups and other students wanting to have fun worshiping the Lord. A free meal of hotdogs, chips and drinks will be served at 5 p.m., and the free concert and rally starts at 6. Concert is by praise Christian rock band the “RISE.” Testimonies will be given by band members and motivational speaker Ryan Roberts (former Baylor University quarterback). A love offering will be taken for the band. For more information call CMS at (940) 644-5550.
IN TODAY’S MESSENGER – The midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today includes our annual Wise County Medical, Health and Wellness Directory. Also, candidates for city council and school board are featured with responses to our survey.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Rick Brown, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for John Bailey, 64, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Dorothy June Wagner, 72, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cross Plains Church of Christ in Cross Plains with burial at Cross Plains Memorial Cemetery. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. before the service. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MASS of Christian burial for Blanca Irma Nunez, 75, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins. Rosary will be said at 7 following visitation.