TxDOT TO ADDRESS PROBLEMATIC STRETCH OF U.S. 81/287 - The Texas Department of Transportation plans to perform maintenance on the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 today from Business 380 to the U.S. 380 overpass in Decatur. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect delays. TxDOT public information officer, Natalie Galindo, said Wednesday work will be done to improve the traction on that stretch of roadway. This section of U.S. 81/287 has been the site of many accidents, most of which have involved 18-wheelers. The most recent wreck was Sunday when a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287, near the 380 exit, crashed through the cement barrier into the southbound lanes. One of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking a southbound pickup driven by an Alvord man, who is recovering from his injuries at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.
AGGIE MUSTER – The 2014 Cross Timbers Aggie Club Muster Ceremony is 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The Muster Ceremony will begin around 7:15 p.m., and Dr. Charles Cocanougher of Decatur will be the guest speaker. RSVP by Friday to Scott Hiler at 940-389-7752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday. Wise County Animal Shelter will be open until 3 p.m. tomorrow but will close Saturday in observance of Good Friday. It will re-open 8 a.m. Tuesday.
BARN DANCE - The Paradise Ag Supporters Barn Dance is 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the project barn. Brandon Gentry will perform at 7:30. Cost is $5 per person. A concession stand will be open, and all money raised will go to Paradise Ag Supporters for scholarships and other projects.
SCHOLARSHIP – The deadline for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club scholarship has been extended to Monday, April 21. Applications are available in the front office at Decatur High School. Recipients will be selected based on community service. The scholarship is open to any DHS senior.
GOLF SCRAMBLE – Bridgeport Golf and Country Club 2014 Good Friday Super Scramble is Friday. Cost is $25 per player plus cart, 100 percent pay back. Tee time is 1:30 p.m. for 18 holes. Call 940-683-9438 to sign up. Noon Friday is cut-off time.
EGG DROP - Movement Church in Rhome will hold Operation Easter Egg Drop 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Middle School on FM 3433. A helicopter will drop 9,000 eggs in three rounds of age groups. Tickets will also be distributed for a drawing for one of two kids’ bikes being given away Easter morning at the church.
EGG HUNT - Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church on Farm Road 730 south of Decatur will hold an Easter event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday including an egg hunt, free hot dogs, games, the Easter story and more.
BAKE SALE – Legend Bank’s Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will have a Good Friday bake sale tomorrow at the bank in Decatur. The team was formed in memory of longtime employee, Carolyn Neighbors, who lost her battle with cancer in October. Among the items at the bake sale will be Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON - The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at Bridgeport Community Center. Luncheon, catered by the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo Committee, is $10. Speaker is Charlie Throckmorton, PRCA Rodeo announcer. Door prizes are appreciated.
OFFICE CLOSED – The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur will be closed today for training.
FREE CONCERT – The Father’s House is celebrating TGIGF (Thank Goodness It’s Good Friday) with a free concert featuring the Righteous Blues Band and special guest Kevin Alexander at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The concert is at the Bridgeport Stage on Halsell Street, and doors open at 6 p.m. For information, call 940-627-5365 or visit tfhpeople.com.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jerry O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICES for Patricia Bohannan, 70, of Boyd and Joan Wheeler, 68, of Hurst are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Terry Hall, 57, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.