NISD APPROVES BUDGET – At its meeting Monday, the Northwest ISD board of trustees approved its general fund budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Budgeted expenses total $164 million while revenue is tabbed at $161 million. The $2.75 million balance will be paid for with money from the fund balance. “I believe that the budget presented is one that is thoughtfully deliberated and one that is specific to meeting the goals of our strategic plan,” said NISD Superintendent Karen Rue. Earlier in the meeting, school officials held a public hearing for the tax rate, proposed at $1.425 per $100 valuation, this year’s rate. It will be voted on at the board’s meeting in August.
4TH FEST – The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance is holding its annual 4th Fest from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday. A community fish fry and games for children will be at The Bay Church. There will also be a golf tournament at 9 a.m. that day. Tournament signup is at the Club at Runaway Bay. A fireworks show will take place at dusk.
TALKING QUILTS – The Heritage Place at Decatur will host a Talking Quilt Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller. A plate lunch will be served for $3. Door prizes will be given away. More than 20 quilts, each with a story, will be on display.
PRESENTATION AND BLOOD DRIVE – Tweens and Teens are invited to Chico Public Library from 1-2 p.m. today for “Geologically Speaking” with Jim Archer of the Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society. Carter BloodCare will be at the library from 1:30-6 p.m. Donors will be entered into a drawing for two gift cards to Julio’s Mexican Restaurant in Chico. Blood supplies are tight during the summer months. For more information, call Michelle Slonaker at 940-644-2330.
WARM OPEN – WARM (Wise Area Relief Mission) will resume normal distribution times today.
BLOOD DRIVE – Anthony Spinelli will host a blood drive at Boyd High School noon-6 p.m. today. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your appointment. Use sponsor code: boyhs.
FUNERALS – Service for James Cates, 89, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
SERVICE for Beth Geron, 57, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for William Wheeler, 83, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Enrique “Ricky G. “Guevara Reyes, 23, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Percy Witty, 86, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Sharolyn Lauterbach Holder, 67, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Bethel Cemetery in Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Cecil Barnard, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1.
FUNERAL for Nancy Huff Blank, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins with graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Jay Yarbrough, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Mary Neal Blanks, 97, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. Friday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Friday at Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport.