AG PROJECT FACILITY APPROVED – The Decatur School Board last night approved construction of a new agriculture project facility at the high school at a cost of $810,536. The action came a month after the board delayed a decision on the project after the low bid came back as higher-than-anticipated $943,700. Superintendent Rod Townsend spent time during the last month looking at ways to bring the costs down. Funding for the project will come from different areas, including $465,536 from the school district’s general fund. Townsend said if work begins soon, the facility might be ready by the first of October.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS – A total of 83 people voted yesterday during the first day of early voting for the May 27 primary runoff elections. That total included four votes in the Democratic primary runoff and 79 in the Republican primary runoff. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday at three early voting locations: Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.
COACHES MEETING – A Men’s and Co-ed Adult Softball League coaches meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at Renshaw Park in Decatur. The league starts in June. For information, call Clifton North at 940-393-2752.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Slidell ISD Student Council will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym. Blood reserves across Texas are currently low. Any donor 16 years of age or younger will need to provide a consent form signed by a parent. All other donors 17 years and older are welcome.
CAVEMAN CRAWL – The 4th annual Caveman Crawl will be held June 14 at the Bridgeport OHV Park. Courses will be available for ages 4 and up. The race benefits the development of hiking and biking trails at the OHV Park. Register at www.cavemancrawl.com.
RETIRED TEACHERS – Wise County Retired School Personnel will hold its last meeting until September at 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be lunch followed by bingo. Bring an unwrapped items for a prize. Call 940-575-2341 for reservations.
CONCERT – The Decatur High School jazz ensemble will perform at 7 tonight at the Decatur High School Theater.
BLIND COMMUNITY – Telena Graham, who lost her vision 15 months ago, is looking to build community with others in Wise County who have gone blind. She envisions meet and greets, game nights, fundraisers for research, dances, discussions and support for loved ones affected. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating or helping, contact her at 817-988-0478 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNERALS – Service for Delwyn Ludy Bryant, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Eddy Lee Grundy, 63, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Lynda M. Simpson, 67, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Ronny C. Thomas Jr., 40, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel.
GRAVESIDE service for Robert Alan Peterson, 59, of Runaway Bay is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Oran K. Goode, 79, of Bridgeport is 5 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Dorothy Dee Watson, 80, of Justin is 3 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her brother, Jimmy Boyd, at 18172 Brookfield Dr. in Justin. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.