Monday, July 14, 2014

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ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN LAKE – A diver scouring the bottom of Lake Bridgeport for freshwater mussels native to Texas waters has discovered thumbnail-sized zebra mussels. Although zebra mussel DNA was confirmed a year ago in the lake, this is the first time adult zebra mussels have been found in the Wise County lake. Zebra mussels cause environmental and economic damage. Some of the most pressing concerns are over community water supplies. The mussels can clog water intake pipes and other machinery necessary to keep the taps flowing. The shells are sharp and pose a danger to swimmers as well. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

ROCK BINGO – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Main St. in Decatur. The program will be Rock Bingo, with fossils, rocks and minerals being the prizes, and there will be an ice cream social. For information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Fit-N-Wise will host a sand volleyball tournament Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of two new sand volleyball courts. The tournament is open to ages 13 and up; $10 per player. Visit Fit-N-Wise to register or call 940-627-2708 for more information.

PAVING STARTS TODAY – The City of Decatur will start paving operations today on Eagle Drive, West Thompson and Deer Park – in that order. Paving will begin at 7 a.m. each day and continue through 4 p.m., with completion expected by July 22. The streets will remain open, but lane reductions will occur and drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes and not park on the street. Eagle Drive and West Thompson will be resurfaced from FM 51 S. to Deer Park, and Deer Park is being paved from U.S. 380 Business to Eagle Drive. Eagle Drive will be done first, followed by West Thompson and then Deer Park. City officials stressed that unforeseen conditions may occur requiring the job to take longer than planned. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Alvord athletes in seventh through 12th grade can get physicals at Alvord Medical Clinic this week. Boys physicals are 8 a.m. to noon today, and girls are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Cost is $20. Athletic forms are available at the high school, middle school, field house and the clinic. They must be complete and signed by a parent.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Commissioners will take a look at weather and vegetation conditions and review whether to renew, amend, revise or rescind the county’s burn ban when they meet at 9 a.m. today at the Wise County Courthouse. Commissioners will also review the county’s Indigent Health Care program and policy procedures for 2014-2015, as well as take action on a called meeting held Thursday to discuss health insurance for employees with the county’s health insurance broker, Brian Stephens of Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright. The meeting, which starts at 9 a.m., will be in the jury room on the third floor of the Wise County Courthouse.

DECATUR COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will take up two plat requests, make appointments to a couple of city boards, and look at the annual Drinking Water Quality Report when they meet at 6 tonight in the council chamber at City Hall, 201 East Walnut St.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Sherry King, 62, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Billy Bilberback, 72, of Mansfield and Roy Wolff, 62, of Lewisville are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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