SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT NOT RENEWED – After three hours of meeting in closed session, the Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to not extend Superintendent Eddie Bland’s contract for another year. Board vice president Charles Mauldin led the voting with a motion to not renew Bland’s contract. Board president Jim Bost was the only dissenting vote. Bland has been the superintendent of Bridgeport ISD since 2006. He still has three years left on his contract as superintendent.
CONSTABLE VEHICLES – Wise County commissioners decided Monday during their regular meeting that all constable vehicles should be marked. The issue was brought up when Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr, who currently drives an unmarked vehicle, asked that regular license plate tags be put on his car. He currently has tags that are to be used only with marked vehicles. “I was asking the judge about getting that fixed so that I’m running legally,” he said, but the discussion quickly shifted from the topic of tags to the issue of marked versus unmarked cars. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White led the way, saying that all constable vehicles should be marked. After a lengthy discussion, commissioners voted unanimously for the measure. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION – Local seniors over age 60 who meet low-income guidelines are eligible for free transportation within Wise County through the Wise County Committee on Aging. If you need transportation, call 940-627-5329. Transportation service will be contracted through TAPS.
SUMMER SPECIAL AT THE LIBRARY – Today’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Story Time Theater presenting “The Tortoise and the Hare” at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For more information, call or visit the library at 940-393-0290, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for the annual School Supply Drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office located at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. For more information call Jael Mares at 940-626-4585.
GAMETASTIC PROGRAM - Tweens and teens are invited to Chico Public Library’s “Gametastic” program 1-2 p.m. today. This is the final event in the Spark a Reaction series, so participants should bring their reading logs to be included in the prize giveaway for most books/pages read. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.
ROCK BINGO – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Main St. in Decatur. The program will be Rock Bingo, with fossils, rocks and minerals being the prizes, and there will be an ice cream social. For information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.
FUNERALS – Service for Jane Delong, 69, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Billy Omer Bilderback, 72, of Arlington is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Roy Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICES for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd and Anneliese Carter, 84, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.