Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE BUDGET, TAX RATE – Wise County commissioners proposed a $69.8 million budget in a workshop Tuesday morning. They also agreed to keep the current tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, as suggested by County Judge Glenn Hughes in a July 31 meeting. If approved, this means property owners would not pay more in taxes unless the value of their property increased. Neither the budget or the tax rate will be final until commissioners formally approve them in a special meeting Monday, Sept. 8. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today. Commissioners also proposed a branch campus maintenance tax for Weatherford College Wise County of 4.618 cents per $100 property valuation. Read more on the college budget in the weekend edition of the Messenger.

FOOD TRUCKS CAN STAY PUT – The Bridgeport city council passed an amendment to city code Tuesday night that would make it possible for food trucks to operate on one tract of land for longer than three hours, as long as they have access to restrooms and trash bins. The amendment comes after Ryder Holley brought the issue to the council at its last meeting. The council also discussed whether or not to keep the airport open during its runway extension project, which won’t be clarified until the city meets with the airport construction crew Sept. 2.

LADY EAGLES FALL IN 5 – In volleyball action, 4A No. 1 Decatur fell to 5A No. 9 Aledo in five games Tuesday, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-6. Cooper Martin recorded 23 kills. Stormi Leonard handed out 50 assists. Arlington Lamar beat Northwest in three games, 25-12, 25-15, 25-12. Tessa Harfield put down six kills. South Hills rallied past Boyd in five games 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 15-7. Maddie Busch had 14 kills for Boyd, and Bailey Harris 10. Morgan Abbott served five aces to go along with 19 assists. Chico held off Forestburg in five games, 25-23, 21-25, 30-28, 26-24, 16-14.

WESTERN FESTIVAL – A western heritage festival is 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on the Wise County Courthouse square. There will be live music, gunfighters, vendors, kids activities and a rodeo parade at 5:30 p.m. Call 940-393-0340.

SEAT SALE – Deadline for renewing reserved seats for Decatur High School football is 4 p.m. Thursday. All unclaimed seats will go on sale to the general public at the Princeton scrimmage at 6.

TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County say only a few spots remain for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Decatur Civic Center. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.

FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on protecting assets and ensuring money lasts. Seating is limited. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the MTC Bridgeport Correctional Center. Warden David McComis will give the program. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday/Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday) and next week (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday/Tuesday with late registration fee applied) for classes that begin Monday, Aug. 25. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Contact the college at wisecounty@wc.edu or 940-627-2690 for more information.

BABYGARTEN – Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants and toddlers to BabyGarten at Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-noon today. Join Ms. Sandra for music, stories and crafts. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Service for Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raynette Wilson, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Durwood Emerson, 83, of Highland Village is 2 p.m. today at Flat Rock Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Hayden Harvey, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Lea Ann Meador, 51, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for H.L. “Bill” Spain, 90, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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