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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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LAKE LEVEL CREEPS UP – A rainy weekend that spilled over into Monday has had a slight positive effect on the level of Lake Bridgeport. Since Saturday, the lake has risen three-hundredths of a foot, from 22.44 feet low to 22.41 feet low. That slight rise has added 220 acre-feet to the lake and increased its surface area by six acres, according to the Water Data for Texas web site maintained by the Texas Water Development Board. The lake remains at 41.2 percent of capacity.

EDC SURVEY – The Decatur Economic Development Corp. invites residents and those who work in the Decatur area to participate in a survey that will be used by consultants to help the EDC identify target audiences and develop strategies for improving the community’s business climate, quality of life, education, workforce development, infrastructure and marketing activities. The survey is at www.surveymonkey.com/s/decaturtx, or it can be accessed through the EDC’s website at www.decatur-edc.com by clicking on the Avalanche Consulting Survey button in the upper left corner.

BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – The Chico Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual barbecue supper at 5 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall, 400 South Hovey St. Entertainment will be provided by the Buckner Band. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and kids ages 5 and under eat free. The meal will include sliced brisket, chicken or smoked sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, dessert and tea. Whole smoked briskets will also be available for purchase. Cost is $50. Proceeds will be used for maintenance and operation of the fire hall and vehicles. To reserve a smoked brisket, call City Hall at 940-644-2435.

BLOOD DRIVE – First Christian Church of Paradise will host a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Carter BloodCare bus will be parked in the parking lot. For more information, call Paulette Wenger at 940-433-2648.

FISHING DERBY – The 2014 Kids All-American Fishing Derby is Saturday at Black Creek Lake on the LBJ National Grasslands. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and fishing is 8-11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups and four categories. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served. The annual event is put on by the U.S. Forest Service and the Decatur Rotary Club. For more information, call 940-627-5475.

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PREP – Tweens and Teens are invited to attend Chico Public Library’s Tween/Teen summer reading kick-off event, Zombie Apocalypse Prep, at 1 p.m. today. Participants will hear about upcoming Tween/Teen programs and opportunities to earn prizes. Program will include basic Zombie Apocalypse survival tips and making DIY first aid kits and catapults. For more information, call Michelle Slonaker at 940-644-2330.

GARAGE SALE – The Rhome Senior Citizen garage sale is June 26-28 at 401 East Hickory St. To donate items, call Bill Childress at 817-946-7522.

FUNERALS – Services for Margaret Williamson, 89, of Decatur and Randall Dickson, 57, of Stephenville are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Matilde Ufret, 89, of Decatur will be held at a later date.

GRAVESIDE service for John C. Ward, 58, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Sycamore Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Clinton Dane Bailey, 80, of Rhome is 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Decatur Church of Christ. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MASS for Maria Ruiz-Quezada, 52, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian burial will be at Panteon Municipal De Las Bocas in Mexico. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with rosary said at 7 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Kenneth Barkley, 41, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Freddie Shannon, 81, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.