BOYD ISD APPROVES BUDGET – Following a public hearing on the matter, the Boyd Board of Trustees approved a $10,906,226 general fund budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It will be funded, in part, by a tax rate of $1.22 – $1.04 for maintenance and operations (the same total as last year) and 18 cent-rate for interest and sinking. The I&S is a half-cent less than last year’s rate. “Because the values were up, it takes less of a tax rate to generate the same amount of money,” Superintendent Ted West said. “If we kept it at 18-and-a-half cents, we would have to have a rollback election, which means we’d have to take that to the voters and they could roll it back even further than that. We don’t want to do anything that would trigger that.”
SCHOOL SETS BREAKFAST PRICES – The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees approved setting school breakfast prices at $1.50, a move made to ensure that the meal payment would be able to pay for one cup of milk, two servings of fruit, two whole grains or one whole grain and meat. That was the only item that was acted on, as the rest of the meeting was devoted to discussions about possible athletics and agriculture barn renovations, but no action was taken. Other topics of discussion included the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, which will be set on Aug. 25, and when and where to install electronic marquee signs on each campus in the district.
GPA CHANGES – A new grade point average policy will apply to both incoming sophomores and freshman at Decatur High School, following action last night by the Decatur School Board. The new policy eliminates the six-point scale, and only advanced courses will carry a potential five points. Core classes will be on the four-point scale. Juniors and seniors will continue to use the old policy.
RAINFALL – While much of Wise County remained dry overnight, parts of the county received fairly substantial rainfall. Totals included 0.91 of an inch in Rhome, 0.9 in Bridgeport and 0.8 in Aurora.
LADY EAGLES HEAD TO ALEDO – After their seventh-place finish at the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland over the weekend, the Decatur Lady Eagles return to the court tonight for a 6:30 match at Aledo. Northwest will play at Arlington Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Boyd will host South Hills at 6 p.m. Chico will travel to Forestburg. Paradise will head to Lindsay for a dual match with Lindsay and Denton Calvary.
BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT – Slidell Elementary will hold “Paw Up for School,” a back to school health fair 6-8 p.m. Thursday. It will include free haircuts, health-related information booths and yogurt parfaits. Call Slidell schools at 940-466-3118 for more information.
SOCCER SIGNUPS – Boyd Youth Soccer will hold fall signups at the Boyd City Park concession stand 5-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Aug. 26. Cost is $65. Parent shirt order forms are available as well. Call Michelle, 940-210-0857.
OTAKU CLUB – Decatur Public Library’s Otaku Club meets at 4 p.m. today. Teens are invited to watch anime, make manga-related crafts and enjoy snacks. Call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 13, at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp, firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-798-3471.
BOYD CITY COUNCIL – The Boyd City Council will continue with the budget process at its meeting at 6 tonight. Discussion of the item is the only non-routine matter on a relatively brief agenda for the meeting. It will be held at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. It is open to the public.
RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – During its regular meeting tonight, the Runaway Bay City Council will hold public hearings and possibly vote on ordinance regulating secondary buildings and two-car garages. Also during the meeting, the council will vote on amendments to the current budget and will review routine items – the July meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.
FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Porfirio Fraga-Solis, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. Johns Catholic Church with burial at The Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Oletha Davis, 87, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Kent L. Partain, 63, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Raynette Wilson, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Emerson, 83, of Highland Village is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flat Rock Cemetery in Wise County. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.