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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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MAYOR CLEARS RUMORS – In a council meeting packed with supporters of Bridgeport Main Street and Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Keith McComis yesterday clarified that the city had no intention of cutting either program by placing them on the agenda. His intents, he said were to devise a set budget on which to run the city’s visitors center, operated by the Chamber, in place of the current modality where the Chamber receives 25 percent of the hotel occupancy tax dollars generated in that fiscal year. “It’s hard to sit down and figure out how you’re going to spend your money if you don’t know what you’re getting,” he said. As far as the Main Street program, McComis said he was aiming to resurrect a program that has “seemed to have stalled and is a little bit stale.” “We need some definitions on what we’re giving money for – what is a facade? etc.,” he said. “All we’re trying to do is get more participation” and connect downtown merchants with the resources available through the city Main Street Manager Amber Fogelman.

HELP FOR TORNADO VICTIMS – Wise County residents searching for ways to help the victims of Monday’s tornadoes in Oklahoma have several options. News 9 Headquarters is accepting gloves, masks, toiletries, clothes and blankets (and other items) via mail to 7401 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73111. Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 in storm relief. Text RED CROSS to 90999 to donate $10. To donate via phone, call 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767). Make sure to donate to “Disaster Relief.” To donate online, visit www.RedCross.org. Again, make sure to donate to “Disaster Relief.” The Salvation Army is also providing assistance. Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10. To donate online, visit www.salvationarmyokcac.org. To donate online to Feed the Children, visit www.feedthechildren.org/disaster. To donate to the Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Help, visit www.okdisasterhelp.com. Renewal Fellowship Church in Boyd will be collecting items for the relief effort through Friday to be delivered Saturday. Items most needed at this time are bottled water, sports drinks, personal care items, work gloves, wet wipes, diapers and pre-packaged food items. More information is posted on the church’s Facebook page at Renewal Fellowship Church or at www.renewalfellowship.org. First Baptist Church in Decatur is serving as a collection point for gift cards or cash that will aid the tornado victims. Donors can bring cash or any type gift card to First Baptist Church, Radio Shack or North Texas Bank. Cards and funds will be sent to First Baptist Church of Moore.

STORMY YESTERDAY, CLEAR TODAY – Another round of storms passed through Wise County yesterday bringing rain and some strong wind gusts, although no major damage was reported. Rainfall totals included 0.8 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.55 in Alvord, 0.5 in Chico, 0.43 in Rhome, 0.33 in Aurora and 0.29 in Decatur. Today should be mostly sunny with a high of 86.

CSCOPE CHANGES – The CSCOPE board of directors announced this week that all lesson plans will be removed from its website Aug. 31, and the regional service centers will not produce lesson plans in the future. The CSCOPE lesson plans had been criticized by many for teaching “anti-American” and “anti-Christian” values, factual errors, lack of creativity and lack of oversight. Supporters of the curriculum management tool said the lessons were intended to be used as a guide to show the appropriate rigor of a lesson and could be changed by individual teachers. CSCOPE will continue to provide school districts with scope and sequence and assessment material. Most school districts in Wise County use CSCOPE.

WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SUPPLYING GUN – The gun used by Evan Ebel to allegedly shoot and kill Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, and the same gun which was later used to shoot and wound Montague County Deputy James Boyd and shoot at numerous Wise County officers during a police chase, was purchased by Stevie Marie Vigil, 22, of Commerce City, Colo. In a court appearance yesterday, her attorney, Normando Pacheco, said his client was threatened by Ebel, according to a story in the Denver Post. Pacheco said two witnesses could verify that Ebel used threats to force Vigil to give him the handgun, according to the Post story. Vigil’s trial is set for Aug. 12. Ebel was shot and killed in a shootout with officers March 21 in Decatur.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Decatur Housing Authority Office will be closed today and tomorrow for training. The office will also be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

RUMMAGE SALE – The youth group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter will hold a rummage sale beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

SLIDELL REGISTRATION – For Slidell Elementary Pre-K and Kindergarten registration contact Kristi Hankins at khankins@slidellisd.net or (940) 466-3118, ext. 233. Bring an original birth certificate, social security card, shot records, proof of residency and parents driver’s license/ID.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Jackson Alexander Foley, the infant son of Hailey Marie Meadows and Ethan Andrew Foley of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for L. Wayne “Bus” Renshaw, 85, formerly of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Tom Hall, 59, of Runaway Bay is 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Runaway Bay Community Church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Robert “Stoney” Stone, 84, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bowie with burial at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Roger Dale Applegate, 46, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Thursday at Newport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home. He was the son of Kenneth Wood of Crafton. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.