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EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting for the March 4 Republican and Democratic primaries begins today. Voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, Feb. 18-28, at three locations in Wise County. The early voting location in Decatur has moved to Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. You can also vote early at Rhome City Hall, 105 First St., and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. The Decatur Wal-Mart, 800 S. U.S. 81/287, will also host early voting 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Remember to bring a valid photo identification with you to the polls.
CANDIDATES ADDRESS CROWD – The Bridgeport Lions Club was packed last night for the Primary Election Public Forum. Republican and Democratic candidates introduced themselves and presented their platforms. In the question and answer portion of the program, county judge candidates addressed issues ranging from earthquakes to economic development. Read more about the forum in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
PARENTS ASK FOR CLOSED CAMPUS LUNCH – Three parents, who are also school district employees, asked the Decatur School Board last night to consider closing the high school campus at lunch. All three said safety concerns for students was the main reason, but providing a nutritious lunch at school rather than allowing students to eat at local fast food restaurants was another reason for the closure request. They suggested the closed campus lunch begin with next year’s freshmen. Since the item was addressed in public forum and not listed on the agenda, the board could not discuss or take action on the request.
SLIDELL WINS, BRIDGEPORT FALLS – Frisco Lone Star opened the game on a 16-3 run and went on to knock off the Bridgeport Bulls 64-47 Monday in the Class 3A Region II bi-district game. Alex Samples scored 17 points, and Stephen Howdeshell 14 for the Bulls. In the Class A Division II bi-district game, Slidell beat Dodd City 75-48 to win its first playoff game since 2007. Isaac Davis finished with 28 points. Colton Perkins added 27.
BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – Several Wise County hoops teams will be in action tonight. The Decatur Eagles play Celina at 5 at Byron Nelson High School. The Decatur Lady Eagles take on Argyle at Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 7:30. The Northwest Texans will face Arlington Bowie at Colleyville Heritage at 8. The Chico Dragons play Valley Mills at 6 in Glen Rose. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs take on Sunnyvale at Frisco Wakeland at 7. Get scoring updates on Twitter @wcmsports. Read recaps of the action and get final results at wcmsports.com.
BOYD BATTERS DECATUR – Chelsea Arlington homered, doubled and drove in four as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets knocked off Decatur 11-2 Monday. Boyd improved to 6-0 on the year.
BAKE SALE – The Decatur Buyer’s Association will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at North Texas Bank.
CONN FUNDRAISER – Chico and the surrounding communities will hold a fundraiser bake sale today at Chico Mart. All proceeds will be given to the family of Chris Conn, who died in a recent house fire. The family lost their home and their belongings in the fire.
BLOOD DRIVE – Chico High School Student Council is sponsoring a Carter BloodCare Blood Drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in the high school parking lot. Call Kelly Durham at 940-644-5783 ext. 4302 for more information.
WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission will be closed Wednesday for out-of-town training. Normal distribution will resume on Thursday.
RANN PTO FUNDRAISER – Rann Elementary PTO Night at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur is 4 p.m.-closing tonight. Let them know you are there to support Rann Elementary, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Rann Elementary PTO for school supplies and more.
CRIME WATCH – Neighborhood Crime Watch in Runaway Bay meets 7 p.m. Thursday at The Rock Church.
GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ, 2601 Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Lisa Louise Cooke, a nationally known author, host and GenTech speaker, will give a program on “Podcasts and Webinars: Genealogy 101.”
MEDICAL SCHOLARSHIPS – The Wise Regional Health System Bridgeport Volunteers will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of WRHS and individuals with a Wise County address. The scholarships will be awarded to individuals who plan to further their education in the medical field: physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, hospital administration, social work, etc. Scholarship applications are now available at the WRHS Bridgeport Campus information desk, the Bridgeport and Decatur libraries and local high schools. Completed applications must be returned by April 1. For more information, call 940-683-2882 or 940-575-2360.
ANIMAL SHELTER – Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day. The shelter reopens 8 a.m. tomorrow.
FUNERALS – Service for Lometa Marie Morris, 84, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for William E. Bench, 66, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Barbara Paul, 72, of Springtown is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Byrl Dee “Butch” Proctor, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at 1:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Dr. Charles L. Renshaw, 78, of Decatur will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Chapel Church in Fort Worth. Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.