COUNTY’S FINANCIAL RATING IMPROVES – Wise County commissioners got good news at their meeting Monday. Standard and Poor upgraded the county’s credit rating to AA. The county, which was at a AA-, didn’t even have a rating until a little more than two years ago. “You’re a pure AA credit, and there’s only one thing above that …” said Leon Johnson with Southwest Securities. “These types of ratings don’t just happen.” Johnson said the high rating is the result of commissioners working to keep county finances in order and the efforts of the late County Judge Bill McElhaney, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns and county Auditor Ann McCuiston. The trio spent time with analysts three years ago when the county sought its first rating explaining the county’s financial procedures and how it operates. “They did an excellent job, and it’s also that relationship that you see here.” Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
GIRLS PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Decatur Lady Eagles return to action tonight for a Class 3A Region II area game against Princeton at 6:30 at Kitty Magee Arena on the Texas Woman’s University campus in Denton. Alvord will take on Howe in a Class 2A area game at 7 at Gainesville High School. Paradise will head to Prosper to play No. 1 Sunnyvale for area at 6:30. Slidell will wait until 6:30 p.m. Saturday to play Saltillo in a Class A Division II area game at Blue Ridge. Get updates of the action on Twitter @wcmsports. Scores and recaps can be found at wcmsports.com.
LOWE EARNS ALL STATE – Decatur senior wide receiver Cain Lowe was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A first team. Lowe caught 22 touchdowns and racked up 1,538 receiving yards for the Eagles.
HEART HEALTH EXPO – Wise Regional Health System will hold the third annual Heart Health Expo 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. It will include informational booths, free health screenings, presentations and demonstrations and a panel discussion featuring local cardiac providers. A light lunch will be provided noon-1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Alyssa Yancey at 940-626-3850.
DAR MEETING - The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Guest speaker will be Patti Poe with Daughters of the Republic. Visitors are welcome. A Dutch treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue. For more information, call Emily at 940-626-1578.
LONGBALL COMPETITION – Members of the Paradise High School baseball team will participate in a longball competition noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the high school baseball field. The event will also feature a bounce house, hot dogs and hamburgers. All proceeds will benefit the baseball program. For more information, call Coach Sehler at the high school, 940-969-5010.
BOYD FUNDRAISER - The Boyd Area Buyers Association will hold its annual Jimmy Ware Scholarship and BABA Fundraiser 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School Cafetorium. Tickets at the door are $15. Dinner will be catered by Pronto’s. The event will also feature a live and silent auction and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Ware Scholarship Fund and the Boyd Area Buyers Association. For more information call Lorie Pack at 817-614-3748.
OLYMPIC MOVIE – Decatur Public Library’s Olympic Movie Series continues this Saturday at 11 a.m. with Disney’s Snow Dogs. This program is free and open to all ages.
FOOTBALL SCAM – Bridgeport ISD was notified about a company attempting to sell advertisements to a local business for the fall football program. The company name was Elite Designs. The district is not associated with this company and encourages anyone who is unsure about advertising solicitation to contact the school or district in question.
ALVORD SPORTS – Alvord Youth Baseball, Softball and T-ball signups will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Alvord Express. Last date to register is Feb. 22, no exceptions. Call Tracy Parker at 940-393-5316 or Steven Bartholomew at 940-626-9429 for more information.
SOFTBALL TRYOUTS – “Wise County Crush” select softball is holding tryouts for girls 14 and under and 12 and under Saturdays, Feb. 15 and 23, at 1 p.m. at Jewel Park in Chico. For more information, call 940-626-9697.
VALENTINE PARTY – Decatur Skate is having a Valentine’s party and hockey club fundraiser 7-10 p.m. today. The hockey club will be raffling items and taking Valentine photos. For information, call Cindy at 281-974-9727.
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES – The Legend Bank Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will sell Valentine’s Day chocolate-covered strawberries today at both the Decatur and Alvord branches. Cost is $20 per dozen.
MOBILE HEALTH UNIT – Texas Health Wellness for Life will station a mobile health unit 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at 1009 Halsell St. in Bridgeport. Well-woman exams, mammograms and colon cancer screenings will be available. Services are free for those who meet certain criteria. Insurance will also be accepted. To check your eligibility or to make an appointment, call 1-855-318-7696.
FUNERALS – Service for Elsie Davis, 68, of Azle, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Chris Conn of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Patricia Richard, 74, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Anna Dukes, 95, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
GRAVESIDE service for Norma Lee Montgomery Coble, 84, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Mary Kathleen Clark, 69, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Billy Alvin Askey, 82, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Byrl Dee “Butch” Proctor, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Barbara Paul, 72, of Springtown is pending at Christian-Hawkins.