WHITE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – The longest-tenured member of the Decatur School Board has announced he will not seek another term. Alan White, who has held Place 3 on the school board since 1999, said Monday he’s decided the time is right to retire. At 15 years, White has one of the longest school board tenures in the school’s history and is among the longest-serving current school board members in the county. The filing period for local school boards and city councils opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 28.
PAY YOUR TAXES – Wise County Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand reminds property owners that Friday is the deadline to pay 2013 property taxes. The appraisal district serves as a consolidated tax collection office for the county’s 18 taxing units. Hand said people who come in on the last day should be prepared to wait in a long line. People paying by mail must have their payments postmarked no later than Jan. 31. Taxpayers may also pay taxes online with a credit card at myswdata.com (using the drop down “Wise CAD” option). A 2.4 percent charge is added to all credit card transactions. The appraisal district’s office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The mailing address is 400 East Business 380, Decatur, Texas 76234, and the phone number is 940-627-3081. Wise County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw also reminds residents to pay their county taxes by Friday as well. His office is located at 404 W. Walnut in Decatur.
TXI SOLD – Texas Industries, with large operations in Wise County, has been sold to Martin Marietta Materials for $2.06 billion in a transaction announced Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The sale was an all-stock transaction. Both TXI and Martin Marietta have large gravel mining operations in the Bridgeport/Chico area.
TUESDAY HOOPS – The Decatur basketball teams head to Bridgeport with the Lady Eagles and Sissies starting at 6:30 tonight. Keep up with the action on our Twitter page @wcmsports. A full recap of the action will be posted on www.wcmsports.com. Other area action: Slidell at Gold-Burg; Ponder at Paradise; Alvord vs. Millsap; Chico at Santo; Timber Creek at Northwest.
WELLNESS FOR LIFE – The Texas Health Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program will be in Bridgeport on Friday, Feb. 14. They will be doing well woman exams, mammograms and colon cancer screenings. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 1-855-318-7696.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE – A Financial Aid Night will be held 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bridgeport High School library. Counselors will share with families of seniors information about FAFSA and the college financial aid process. All parents of seniors and senior students are invited.
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 8th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance, “One Enchanted Evening,” is 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. For more information visit www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the dance.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Paradise Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at City Hall. Lunch, catered by Raymond’s BBQ, is $10 a plate. Speaker is Brenda Rowe, Wise County District Clerk. Raffle prizes are welcome. RSVP by Friday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMBER BANQUET – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Casino Royale annual banquet is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Decatur Civic Center. There will be food, awards, casino games, live and silent auction, live entertainment and a raffle, including the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas or $1,000 cash. Dress is Bridgeport casual. Tickets are $40 each or $320 for a table of eight. For tickets, call the Chamber office at 940-683-2076.
FUNERALS – Service for Loyce Irene Holt Lowery, 74, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Little John “Bull/Mo” Morman, 52, of North Richland Hills is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Mildred Janelle Sullens, 74, of Euless is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.