FIREARMS EXCHANGED TO SAVE MONEY – Officers with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department will soon have new weapons. County commissioners approved Monday trading in 58 .357 Sig pistols for 70 9 mm Glocks with GT Distributors at the request of Sheriff David Walker, who said the cost of Sigs is on the rise, and the ammunition is hard to acquire. “The cost of the pistols is high and going up, and the cost of the ammo is higher,” he said. “And there’s a lengthy delay for .357 ammo. It’s ridiculous, even ordering bulk ammo the way we do.” Walker said he could buy two Glock pistols for the price of a Sig. The transition will take three to four months, and GT will allow officers to buy back their service weapons for a reduced price. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
CITY ENGINEER RESIGNS – Earl Smith, Decatur’s public works director and city engineer for the past eight years, has resigned to become director of engineering for League City on the Texas Gulf Coast. Smith will assume his new job in September. In 2011 Smith was honored by the Decatur Economic Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce with its public servant of the year award. League City is a city of 88,000 people between Galveston and Houston. Before coming to Decatur, Smith had worked in Paris for 13 years and in Weatherford for six years.
MONDAY ACCIDENTS – Two car accidents occurred at roughly the same time in Wise County Monday night. At 5:30 p.m., two cars collided at the corner of North Trinity and Bishop Street in Decatur. A white Chevy Silverado was headed north when the front left of the vehicle collided with the front left of a black SUV traveling south. Names of those involved and injuries sustained are unknown at this time. The second collision, which also happened around 5:30 p.m., involved a tractor trailer and another vehicle. A tractor trailer was headed west on Farm Road 1810 about halfway between Decatur and Chico. The tractor trailer driver, Juan Pablo Chavez of Decatur, was experiencing a diabetic episode while he was driving west and swerved left of the center line. This caused him to hit the other truck headed east, driven by Reed Alan Riewe of Comanche. Both vehicles lost their front left axles and tires, resulting in each vehicle swerving off onto opposite sides of the road. No injuries were reported. Chavez was arrested at the scene after it was discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest.
STREET CLOSURE – Beginning today, North Church Street from East Walnut to East Mill in Decatur will be closed to traffic during the day to allow construction of a water main. The street will be opened at the end of the day each day, but it will still remain a work zone. Motorists should seek alternate routes. Construction is expected to last one week.
LADY TEXANS WIN GASTON’S DEBUT – Career win No. 1 proved memorable for new Northwest coach Amy Gaston Monday night. After winning the first two sets, Gaston’s Lady Texans dropped two straight to Birdville before rallying in the fifth set to take the match. Northwest won the match 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, 15-12 at Texan Gym. Tessa Harfield put down 15 kills, and Camryn Berryhill added 10. In other action, Bridgeport dropped its season opener to Burkburnett 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.
BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – The Chico Athletic Booster Club meets 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school fieldhouse.
PARENT MEETING – A meeting for the parents of the Decatur High School swim team is 3 p.m. today in the lecture hall.
CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets today at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Business meeting is at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $7 a plate. Guest speaker is Eugene Grooms.
STATE CHAMPS TAKE COURT – After winning the state title last November, the Decatur Lady Eagles will start the 2014 season at 10 a.m. this morning with a dual match against Azle and Joshua. Decatur is one of several Wise County teams opening the season Tuesday. Chico will play at Paradise at 4 p.m. Boyd will travel to Keene. Bridgeport will head to Sanger for a 6 p.m. match. Alvord’s new volleyball program will start with a match at Forestburg at 5 p.m.
MAROON AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE – The Bridgeport football teams will hold their annual maroon and white scrimmage at Bull Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 tonight with the freshmen squad. The top three grades will be in action at 8 p.m.
CLUB AND PARTY – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting a Backyard Bible Club 9 a.m.-11 a.m. today and tomorrow at the Decatur Police Department. A block party will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the police department and will include a cook out and bounce house.
BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS – The computer lab will be open at Chico Elementary 1-3 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday so parents can sign up for E-notes. Meet the Teacher night is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. The Texas Department of State Health Services will give shots 3-7 p.m. Aug. 21.
SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Phillip Askey on the Wise County Soil Conservation District.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Shirley Gay Balser, 68, of Bridgeport. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Jerry Herzberg, 71, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Reta “R Jay” Shelton, 70, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for Paulina Moore, 99, of Gainesville will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.