Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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GOODWYN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE – Former district court reporter Jeff Goodwyn of Decatur pleaded guilty Friday to manufacturing/delivery of 1-4 grams of methamphetamine, a second degree felony, in exchange for eight years of deferred adjudication, according to court records on file at the Wise County District Clerk’s office. Goodwyn will also have to pay a fine of $1,000 and complete 240 hours of community service. Goodwyn was arrested in the early morning hours of June 14, 2013, at a motel in Decatur after delivering methamphetamine to an undercover DPS agent.

GOING FOR THE RECORD AT REUNION – Organizers and participants of the “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament will be trying for a world record tonight at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Tournament organizers report they are closing in on 200 teams. Pre-register at wisecountywashers.com. Registration and check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Reunion Grounds, and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Organizers are hoping for 125 teams as they attempt a Guinness world record for the largest washer tournament ever. Tonight through Wednesday, carnival ride bracelets are $15. Parking is $5.

NEW PLAN FOR FOOD SERVICES – Paradise School Board approved a bid from Aramark Monday night to provide food services for the district in the 2014-15 school year. Interim Superintendent Robert Criswell said it would be five years before the district sees a profit, but over the years the department has regularly run a deficit, so even this would be an improvement. “We’ve historically lost $100,000-plus on this thing forever, so this isn’t out of line,” he said. “We’re not going to get rich off this thing, but if we can break even, it’ll be all right.” Paradise ISD plans to partner with neighboring Boyd ISD to make it more economically feasible for both districts. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

LUNCH PRICE INCREASE -Bridgeport students will now pay an extra 10 cents for lunch after the Bridgeport ISD school board unanimously voted to increase the lunch price Monday night. Lunch prices are now $2.25 for elementary students, $2.40 for middle school students and $2.50 for high school students. The school board also started negotiations on a lease agreement for property on 16th Street that would be used by a veteran’s group to build housing for disabled veterans and unanimously approved the Shady Oaks Drive roadway easement.

GPA CHANGES COULD APPLY TO SOPHOMORES – The Decatur School Board in March approved changes in the way grade point averages were calculated at the high school, which would affect incoming freshman. At last night’s meeting, the board and administrators discussed the possibility of applying the new GPA rules to incoming sophomores as well. The six-point scale will be eliminated, and only advanced courses such as pre-AP, AP and dual credit courses will carry a potential five points. Core classes – English, math, science, social studies and a foreign language – will be on the four-point scale. The changes are designed to give students more flexibility in their schedules and allow them to take courses based more on what interests them rather than the courses that will help their GPA the most. Parents of incoming sophomores will be notified of the planned changes, and the board will officially take action at a meeting in August.

SUMMER SPECIAL AT THE LIBRARY – Today’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Dan Gibson, storyteller and “Banjo Player Extraordinaire” 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.

DHS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10 year reunion on Saturday at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The event will start at 7:30 and will be hosted at the reunion cabins owned by the families of Maggie Zamzow Mahan and Josh Reeves. It will be a casual, come-and-go event, and guests are encouraged to bring their families and their beverage of choice. For more information, email Josh Reeves at joshwreeves@gmail.com.

NUTRITION CARNIVAL – The Outreach Health Services/WIC office in Decatur will hold a Nutrition Carnival 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. today at the McCarroll Middle School track. WIC clients will receive credit for attendance. For more information, call 940-627-5796.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Donald Otis Greer, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Green Valley Cemetery is Aubrey. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Eloise Brazier, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jim Ragan at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur is Thursday July, 24th at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room. Jerry Joiner will be officiating.

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