ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTER – Not even the calendar flipping to March was enough to leave this icy winter in the past. The temperature rose to 79 degrees in Decatur Saturday afternoon before a cold front pushed through the area late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, sending temperatures into a free fall. By Sunday afternoon, temperatures had fallen into the teens, and sleet and snow started to fall, making many area roads slick. Numerous wrecks were reported on all major highways in the county. No major injuries were reported. Decatur recorded a half-inch of sleet, and this morning’s temperature bottomed out at 9 degrees. Most schools once again had to close due to road conditions, including Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico (professional development day canceled), Decatur, Northwest, Paradise, Slidell and Victory Christian Academy. Boyd ISD will have a two hour delay with buses also running two hours late. Wise County offices are closed and will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Wise County Appraisal District will open at 10. Weatherford College Wise County is closed, and all other Weatherford College campuses will open at 11. Chico City Hall will open at noon. Meals on Wheels will not deliver today. The weather has also affected the schedule for the Wise County Youth Fair. The horse performance show has been rescheduled to Tuesday following the horse speed show. Broiler show now starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Breeding dairy doe and breeding Boer doe can be brought in Tuesday morning. The show will start at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. See the full youth fair schedule for Monday below. For more information, visit wcyouthfair.org.
DECATUR AT THE PBR – Decatur’s Silvano Alves advanced to the final four before being ousted by eventual Iron Cowboy winner and fellow Decatur resident, Joao Ricardo Vieira, at the Professional Bull Riders event Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Despite an impressive 89-point ride, Marco Eguchi of Decatur was ousted by Stormy Wing’s 90.5 points in the second round. Valdiron de Oliveira held off Ty Pozzobon in the first round before falling to last year’s PBR World Champion, J.B. Mauney. In the first round, Mike Lee got a qualifying score of 77.25 points – and quite the scare after his spur got stuck on the rope around the bull, causing him to be dragged a few seconds. But it was not enough to advance as his bracket opponent, 19-year-old Gage Gay of North Carolina earned an 85.75. After a first-round bye, Eduardo Aparecido Silva of Decatur was eliminated in his first go.
YOUTH FAIR BEGINS – The 2014 Wise County Youth Fair officially began Saturday with the annual queens contest. Fallon Sachse of Decatur won 4-H Queen, Macie Moss of Chico won FFA Queen and McKenna Robertson of Paradise won FCCLA Queen. Today’s schedule includes the broiler show at 10 a.m. and the longhorn steer show at 1. Some schedule changes were made due to the weather. See the related note in the weather brief above. For more information, visit wcyouthfair.org.
YOUTH RODEO – The Wise County Youth Rodeo, for ages 19 and under, is Friday and Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Books are open 6-9:30 tonight. Timed events include tie-down calf roping, girls breakaway calf roping, team roping, goat tying and barrel racing. Rough stock events include mutton bustin’, junior bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. For information, call 940-210-0050. All proceeds benefit the Wise County Youth Fair Association.
EARLY VOTING NUMBERS – More people voted early in this year’s primary elections in Wise County than the last midterm election in 2010. When early voting ended Friday, 2,311 people had cast votes, including 2,156 in the Republican primary and 155 in the Democratic primary. Four years ago, 1,869 people voted early. Election day is tomorrow.
MAY ELECTION BALLOT SET - Friday was the deadline for a place on the May 10 city and school elections. A full listing of filings was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now. One correction needs to be made to that story. Ricky Stutt’s name was inadvertently left off the listing for Decatur School Board. The correct listing of filings are as follows: Place 3 – Jim Lamirand, Pete Rivera, Ricky Stutt; and Place 4 – Jeff Alling and Charles Ross.
WALK FOR YOUR HEALTH – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Walk Across Texas, an eight-week walking program for teams of up to eight people. The free program kicks off today. Call 940-627-3341 or go by the Extension office at 206 S. State in Decatur to sign up.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – The World Day of Prayer Service in Wise County will be held this year at 10 a.m. Friday followed by a barbecue luncheon at First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
PARENT CAFE – The Wise Coalition for Healthy Children and the Decatur Public Library will host a Parent Cafe 6-7 p.m. Tuesday. Parent Cafes are small, intimate settings where parents and caregivers discuss their families and parenting challenges, share ideas and learn proven parenting techniques. Children in kindergarten through second grade can attend K2 Play, a monthly play group that includes stories, games and sensory activities, that will take place at the same time at the library. For more information or to sign up for the Parent Cafe, call the library at 940-393-0290.
FUNERALS – Service for Edna E. South, 73, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for David William Baugh, 52, of Waxahachie is 2 p.m. Sunday at Flatwood Baptist Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.