COUNCIL TALKS PROPERTY ISSUES — The Bridgeport City Council spent most of its meeting Tuesday night on private and public property issues, as it tabled a motion to amend Article 3.600, which deals with regulations on posting signs at private businesses and on public property. A lot of discussion was also given to food truck owner Ryder Holley’s request to amend part of the City Code so that he wouldn’t have to move his food truck from property to property every three hours. That request was made an action item for the council’s next meeting. The council did approve mosquito spraying within the city limits, amended the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget to fund an increase of $62,081.75 for the runway extension at the airport and approved a record vote to set the maximum tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year at $0.5875 per $100 valuation.
BURGLARY INVESTIGATION — Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for information leading to the arrest of suspects responsible for a burglary on July 30 off Joy Road in Rhome. The suspects knocked to see if anyone was home and then kicked in the door. Security cameras recorded the suspect vehicle pulling into the driveway and also recorded suspects crossing the property to the garage. To view surveillance videos of the suspects, visit wcmess.com/burglaryvid and wcmess.com/burglaryvid2. To report information about the burglary or the individuals responsible, contact Wise County Crime Stoppers at 800-643-TIPS or 940-627-TIPS (8477) 24 hours a day. A reward of up to $1,500 may be given for tips leading to an arrest.
BABYGARTEN — BabyGarten returns to Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-noon today. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants and toddlers to the library for music, stories, and craft time. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.
ORIENTATION — Trinity Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Orientation is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport, 608 17th St.
FREE HAIRCUTS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES — For the fifth year, The Hair Shop in Bridgeport is giving away haircuts and backpacks with school supplies 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-2484.
MOSQUITO SPRAYING — The City of Boyd will spray for mosquitoes at 8 tonight.
WATERMELON FESTIVAL — The Alvord Watermelon Festival and barbecue cookoff is Friday and Saturday. Friday night’s festivities include the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship fish fry at 6 p.m. followed by music with Megan Nichols Adams and Phil Hamilton, starting at 7. A washer tournament starts at 6:30. Cookers can set up and register all day Friday. A pageant is at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the theme is “summertime fun.” Cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281. Vendors are still needed.
BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE — The midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today features our Back to School issue. It includes profiles of new principals, school calendars, lists of new teachers, back to school events and more.
FUNERALS — Service for Don Nimmo, 75, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Billy Garrison, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Tanner Sims, 13, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller with cremation to follow. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for George Houston Parker, 77, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Bay, a Community Church in Runaway Bay.