BIBLE PROCLAMATION – At its meeting Monday, the Paradise City Council unanimously declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible” at the request of resident Jan Pierce. “(This) will recommend that the people of Paradise, Texas, study the teachings of the Holy Bible not only for personal growth in the knowledge of right and wrong, but also learn to apply principles of good governance for their local government, whether in the house, school house, church house or city hall house,” Pierce said. “Nothing denotes the establishment of religion but rather the free exercise of it, according to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.” A similar proclamation by the Flower Mound mayor caused a stir last month.
SUPT. CONTRACT NOT EXTENDED – The Chico School Board declined to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Jones at last night’s meeting. The board met in closed session for an hour at the end of the regular school board meeting for the annual superintendent evaluation. When they returned to the open session, Paul Cantrell made a motion to extend Jones’ contract another year, and the motion was seconded by Mark Tate. They were the only two to vote for the extension, as Bill Hand, Doug Bowyer, G.A. Buckner, Donald Joe Clark and Pancho Redwine voted against the extension. Following the meeting, board President Hand declined to comment on the vote. Jones’ contract runs through the 2015-2016 school year.
VACCINATION CLINIC – A Movax Vaccination Clinic is 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Decatur ISD Multipurpose Building. Flu shots will be given to students and adults over 4 years old. Cost is $10 per student and $20 for adults. Students will need to bring a parent or guardian.
HEALTH FAIR REGISTRATION – Registration forms for the 2014 Wise County Health Fair are now available on the United Way of Wise County website, www.wisecountyunitedway.org. Table space requests are assigned on a first come-first served basis, so vendors are encouraged to return the forms and fees as soon as possible for the prime locations. The fair is 8:30 a.m.-noon April 5 at the Decatur Civic Center. For more information, contact Dena Silvers, registration chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-627-5080.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – Weatherford College officials have opened the online application system for fall 2014 scholarships. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 21. Students can apply for all of the Weatherford College Foundation’s general scholarships by submitting one online application. To find the application, go to www.wc.edu, and then click on “Admissions & Financial Aid.” The Scholarship Application link is listed under the list of Financial Aid links. For information on the application process, contact the Financial Aid Office at 817-598-6295. For information on the WC Foundation, call 817-598-6275.
LIBRARY FINE AMNESTY – Decatur Public Library offers amnesty Jan. 18 through Feb. 3. Bring back your long overdue library materials and pay no fines. Bring a canned good for each $10 value of the library material along with the items. Fines will be forgiven, and WARM will benefit from the canned goods. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for details.
SHELTER CLOSED – Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will reopen 8 a.m. Wednesday.
RALLY – Overpasses for America will have a rally 3-6 p.m. today at the U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 407 overpass in New Fairview.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will hear from Bob Williams, a long-time amateur paleontologist from Valley View, at the club’s meeting 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Williams will describe his experiences collecting, identifying and donating fossil and prehistoric finds. The meeting will begin with a pot luck supper and will end with a rock auction. Visitors are welcome.
FUNERALS – Service for Jaime Rivera, 25, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
VISITATION for Fernando Padron-Veserra, 39, of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Phillip Brandon Brown, 54, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Patsy Chance, 76, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.