COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER PROPERTY TAX RATE – At a special commissioners meeting Thursday Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw presented the 2014 property tax rates, information that is used to set the new tax rate and fund the budget for fiscal year 2015. The current rate is 37.89 cents per $100 valuation, and Shaw said the effective rate is 36.13 cents per $100 valuation – a difference of almost 2 cents. The effective rate, with this year’s property values, would raise the same amount of tax dollars as last year, but that may not be enough to balance next year’s budget. County Judge Glenn Hughes is recommending a budget based on the current rate due mainly to a large increase in the county’s insurance rates. Commissioners may propose a tax rate at their next regular meeting Aug. 11. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
JULY RAINFALL SETS RECORD – According to weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur, Wise County received 8.08 inches of rain for the month of July. That beat the previous record for July (6.78) by more than an inch. The average rainfall amount for July is 2.51 inches. We hit 100 on July 14, but the high temperature stayed below 90 for eight days during the month, making the average high only 91.3 degrees. Unseasonably cool temperatures are expected to stick around today with a predicted high of 81.
MEAL PRICE INCREASE – The cost of meals at Chico ISD will increase this coming school year. Superintendent Mike Jones explained that the meal prices have not increased in several years, and the prices were well below the amount the school is reimbursed. New prices for students will be $1.50 for breakfast at all campuses (up from $1) and $3 for lunch at all campuses (up from $2 at the elementary and $2.75 at the middle and high schools.) The increase was approved by the school board yesterday.
CAR SHOW – MMM Rock N Rev 2014 is Saturday at the Bridgeport High School parking lot. Registration is 9-11 a.m. with awards at 1 p.m. The car show will include the following categories: best of show, people’s choice, import, street rod, ’40s through ’60s, ’70s through 1999, and 2000 to present. First- and second-place awards will be given in each class. The event is sponsored by MMM Band Boosters.
TEEN SCIENCE FRIDAY – High school and middle school aged kids (grades 6-12) are invited to Teen Science Friday at the Decatur Public Library at 4 p.m. This week’s activity is constructing and testing experiments in paper aerodynamics. Come prepared to fold, fly and compete. No sign-up required.
SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR – A free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar is 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at North Texas Karate Academy, 1026 Halsell St. in Bridgeport. Participants should wear wind pants or shorts and a T-shirt. Call 940-255-2038.
GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur Girls Fall Softball signups begin today and run through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Signups will take place at the concession stand 1-3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17 at Renshaw Park. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.
DECATUR SOCCER – Decatur Soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 at JRobs in Decatur. Call Shaun at 940-210-6629.
LITTLE BRANSON GOSPEL SHOW SATURDAY – The Little Branson Gospel Show will bring its blend of music, inspiration and laughter to the Decatur Civic Center, 3 p.m. Saturday. The two-hour show, with an intermission, is designed for the entire family and features an array of national and international recording artists including John Webster, the Ambassadors Trio, Texas Praise, Joy Roberts, the Glory Song Quartet, Rick Roberts and Richard Griffin. Special guest will be Gena Roberts Hamilton. All tickets are general admission and cost $15. They can be reserved by calling 855-680-8881 (toll free) or online at www.littlebransonshow.com.
VETERAN’S BREAKFAST – Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans from Wise County are invited.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser garage sale 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Saturday at 301 Main St. in Paradise.
STUFF THE BUS – Wise Feed will hold a “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive benefiting Chico ISD noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 501 S. Texas 101 in Chico. The event will feature door prizes.
MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Assembly of God will hold outdoor movie night at 8:30 tonight, featuring a family-friendly, G-rated animated movie. Bring your blanket and mosquito spray. Concessions will be available, or bring your own. Church is located at 170 B.C. Rhome Ave. Call 817-636-2668.
FUNERALS – Services are pending for David Herrera, 52, of Chico and Bobby Doty, 80, of Paradise at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Mona Jean Mitchum, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Jonnie Cortez Bishop, 95, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Monday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Clara Mae Moore, 86, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Barry Bynum, 69, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay.
MEMORIAL service for Jay Fred McQuinn, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport.