CAST YOUR VOTE – On the first day of early voting for the March 4 primaries yesterday, 167 people filled out their ballot. That included 103 at Decatur City Hall, 43 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center and 21 at Rhome City Hall. The Republican primary drew 154 voters and the Democratic primary drew 13 voters. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the three locations. See the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today for coverage of Monday’s candidate forum and for county judge candidate responses to a Messenger questionnaire on issues facing the county.
ELECTRIC RATE REDUCTION – By a vote of 3-1-1, the Bridgeport City Council approved an ordinance amending the city’s wholesale power contract reflecting an extension through 2018 and a slight reduction. Although the ordinance dropped the rate from 13.35 cents to 12.91 cents, some officials expressed their discontent with the size of the decrease. Officials were expecting a 7-percent decrease, however the rates in the amended ordinance reflected a 4-percent drop. “This is not at all what we were shown,” said Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy, who cast the dissenting vote. “This is disgusting.” Councilman Bobby Brazier abstained.
HIGH FIRE DANGER THURSDAY – The National Weather Service says our area will be under a fire weather watch tomorrow due to strong winds and low humidity. Any fires that develop are likely to spread rapidly.
BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – High school basketball playoffs continued yesterday. Scores included the following: (boys) Decatur 66, Celina 50; Arlington Bowie 47, Northwest 45; Valley Mills 63, Chico 55; (girls) Argyle 54, Decatur 30; and Sunnyvale 53, Alvord 44.
UNITED WAY MEETING – The United Way of Wise County’s annual meeting is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. The organization will formally elect new officers and directors, celebrate their 2014 campaign and recognize major donors. A summary report of 2013 operations will also be given. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. All officers and incoming and outgoing directors need to attend.
BEEF RAFFLE – Decatur FFA Alumni Association is having a raffle for half a side of Wise County raised and hormone free beef, and standard processing will be provided for two winners. Drawing will be held at the Wise County Youth Fair. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. You can get them from any alumni member or at the following locations: AgVantage, Sam’s Hairquarters, LK Insurance-Lonny Drew’s office or James Wood Motors-new car showroom. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds go to Decatur FFA.
SEVERE WEATHER PROGRAM – The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth in partnership with Wise County Emergency Management will hold a SKYWARN severe weather program 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the Courtroom at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center in Decatur. The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe storms, tornado formation and behavior, what you can do to keep you and others safe when thunderstorms threaten and spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures. The program is free, and no advanced registration is necessary.
TALENT SHOW – Decatur High School is hosting a Talent Show at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Decatur High School Theatre. Minimum $5 donation for admission. All proceeds will go to a student and family who lost their home to a fire last month.
CHICO YOUTH BASEBALL – Chico Youth Baseball forms are available at the elementary and middle school campuses. Registration form and fee are due by Friday. Call Brian Durham at 940-393-3565 for more information.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED – Volunteers are sought to help with activities at Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800, ext. 114.
DONATE MOVIES AND MUSIC – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Decatur is seeking donations of old DVDs of old western movies and CDs of old country and Christian music. Drop off donations at the center or call Kathy for pick up at 940-626-2800, ext. 114.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled at this time for Lometa Marie Morris, 84, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Barbara Darlene Paul, 72, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.