NORTHWEST HIRES PRINCIPAL – At Tuesday’s meeting, the Northwest School Board approved the hiring of Carri Eddy, Ed.D., as the principal of V.R. Eaton High School. Eddy joins NISD from Rockwall ISD where she is currently the director of secondary campus services. Eddy has served as an educator in Rockwall, Forney and Mesquite ISDs in the positions of teacher, high school assistant principal, associate principal, middle school principal, fine arts coordinator, registrar and safety officer. V.R. Eaton High School will open in August 2015 with 9-10th grades and is expected to serve approximately 1,000 students in its first year. Another grade level will be added each year until the school has 9-12th grades in the 2017-18 school year.
TAPS AWARDED MEDICAID CONTRACT – TAPS Public Transit has been notified by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission that its application to provide non-emergency medical transportation services to an estimated 55,000 eligible Medicaid recipients in 16 counties in North Texas, including Wise County, has been tentatively awarded, subject to final contract negotiations. “This is a game changer for our small urban/rural transit district,” said Brad Underwood, TAPS CEO. “When the contract is implemented, it will make TAPS Public Transit the largest public transportation agency of its kind in the State of Texas.” The economic impact on the region will include up to 100 additional jobs with millions of dollars in new payroll, vendor contracts, and purchase of goods and services, according to a TAPS news release. Underwood said the goal is to be able to provide service to Medicaid patients by Sept. 1.
OVERTURNED TRUCK – A tanker truck overturned about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Texas 114 and Halsell Street in Bridgeport, but no one was injured. Sgt. Jerry Upton with the Bridgeport Police Department said the truck was traveling on Farm Road 920 and was going too fast when it attempted to turn on Texas 114 and head toward Chico. He said the driver saw the light turn yellow and tried to make it through the intersection before the light turned red. Another tanker was called to the scene to off-load the water in the wrecked truck. Traffic in the area was slowed for about an hour while the wreck was cleared.
BAKE SALE – The Boyd Boys 7-on-7 football team will hold a bake sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Boyd.
WIDOWS JAMBOREE – A Denton-Wise County Widow-Daughter Tea and Generations Past/Present Program will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Carriage House Assisted Living Dining Room, 1357 Bernard in Denton, with LaDonna Koerner as keynote speaker. All area widows and their daughters or “adopted daughters” for the day are invited to hear two special speakers, a satire on 1950’s fashion, a plant-crafts-bake sale, skits, humor, music, door prizes, a personal gift and learn what widows have in common. Tickets for the tea and program are $6 per person. Widow and Daughter photos will be available at $1.50 for a 4×6 and $3 for a 5×7. To request a reservation and order tickets for the annual event by June 4, call Fran Massengale, 940-566-2963, or Curina Morris, 940-648-2540. (After June 4 reservations will be accepted if space is available.)
TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County are looking for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. To register or for information, call Susan Miller at 940-627-7658.
QUARTER AUCTION – Renewal Fellowship in Boyd is planning a Quarter Auction Fund Raising event for their Missions/Community Outreach Fund on Saturday. The church is seeking vendors who would like to participate as well as donations for items to auction. Call Jerika Hood at 817-681-6726 or Michele Ferguson at 817-986-3492 for more information.
FUNERALS – Service for Lou Vee Bridges, 85, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.
MEMORIAL service for John H. Peugh, 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Johnny Ray McDowell, 81, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. today at New Fairview Cemetery.