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DISTRICT IN DANGER OF FINES – The Paradise school district is looking for a temporary fix to major problems with its wastewater treatment facility. During the school board’s regular meeting Monday, engineer Glenn Breisch with Wasterline Engineering said massive wastewater flow spikes are overrunning the system and flushing chemicals as well as bacteria cultures into the outflow. Paradise’s recent flow issues have put the district out of compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and in danger of incurring hefty fines and penalties. This means long before the system can be upgraded or replaced, the district has to put in a stopgap measure to at least temporarily fix the wastewater facility’s issues. “[The wastewater treatment facility] is getting into a state of disrepair,” Breisch said. Two weeks ago, residents of the school district voted against a $3.25 million bond proposal that included wastewater treatment facility upgrades.

EAGLES PEP RALLY – A community-wide pep rally for the Decatur High School volleyball and football teams is 5:30 tonight at the high school. The event will include hotdogs, chips and drinks provided by Wise Electric Co-op and American Life Homes. The volleyball team will play Big Spring at 1 p.m. Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland in the state semifinal game. The football team will play Wilmer-Hutchins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium in Grapevine in an area round game.

PLAYOFF TICKETS FOR SALE – Tickets are available at all Decatur campus offices for Decatur’s playoff game with Wilmer-Hutchins Friday. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets are $7 at the gate. Fans can listen to the game online at kntxradio.com.

EARLY DISMISSAL – Decatur schools will dismiss early at 12:15 p.m. Friday due to the playoff games mentioned above.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Registration for Wise County Little Dribblers will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hibbett Sports for ages pre-k through fourth grade. Practices start in January. Registration forms can also be picked up at any of the elementary schools in Decatur. Last day to register is Nov. 23.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – The Decatur Spirit of Christmas angels are available beginning today at all Decatur financial institutions.

MAROON MADNESS – The basketball tip-off event for Bridgeport basketball players in grades 7th through 12th, Maroon Madness, is 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school. The event will include player introductions, skills competition and other activities.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for $5. Meals will include a chili bowl or soup, chicken and dumplings, vegetable, crackers and cornbread, dessert and tea or coffee. Takeout is available. Order by phone at 214-707-7507. Shop for gifts and baked goods. Items include custom wreaths and centerpieces, decorative table runners and placemats and buffet scarves. Silent auction items are also available. Raffle tickets will be available.

JOINT HISTORICAL MEETING – The public in invited to the annual Joint Historical Society Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The meeting will be in the second floor G.C. Rann Little Theater and is sponsored by the Wise County, Bridgeport and Paradise Historical Societies. Program theme this year will center around “Wise County-From Beginning to the Present.” Refreshments will be served after the program.

CLOSING FOR LUNCH – The Wise County Courthouse will be closed 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday for its annual county employee luncheon.

SOCIETY BUSINESS MEETING – The monthly business meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to 940-627-5586.

FREE LUNCH – Rock Island Family Church is having a free Trailblazers Lunch 11:30 a.m. today. The church is located at 545 Rock Island. Call 940-433-8200 for more information.

JFK SPECIAL SECTION – The midweek issue of the Wise County Messenger features a special 16-page section commemorating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It features the stories of Wise County residents connected to that fateful day – one who covered the event as a member of the media, another who was driving a car in the motorcade, one who was a Dallas Police officer working crowd control at Market Hall and then Parkland Hospital, and another who wrote a book offering counterpoints to the government’s explanation of the events of that day, as well as numerous reader-submitted letters and photos. The issue is on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Service for Jo Price Davis, 53, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Victor (Vic) Reynolds, 73, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. before the service.

MEMORIAL service for Sherron “Red” Foster, 66, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cottondale Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Clarence “Sonny” Keith, 80, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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