COUNTY INSURANCE TO GO UP – Wise County is facing an 11.3 percent hike in employee health insurance rates effective Oct. 1, but the increase is not as high as originally anticipated. Initial reports indicated the increase might be as high as 38 percent, but options presented by Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright to county commissioners in a special meeting last Thursday came in much lower. The plan approved Monday in a regular commissioners meeting also includes a 6.8 percent increase in dental insurance. There is no increase for life insurance. “It’s not fun, but it’s the nature of the beast in this day and time,” said County Judge Glenn Hughes, in reference to the county’s insurance options. Read more in the upcoming weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council approved three out of four action items on its agenda and discussed the merits of mosquito spraying at its meeting Tuesday night. The council unanimously agreed to install a light at the Community Service flagpole in Harwood park, approve a three-year maintenance agreement with Vaisaala and approve a reimbursement agreement with West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership. No action was taken on City Ordinance 2011-17 to clarify the responsibilities of city administration due to a lack of quorum. Council members also discussed whether or not spraying for mosquitoes in the city limits would be healthy for citizens. Mosquito spraying is expected to be an action item on the next meeting’s agenda.
FLOODING THREAT? – The National Weather Service is predicting the area could receive several inches of rain over the next few days, and Wise County is included in a flash flood watch from 7 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday. Two rounds of locally heavy rainfall are forecast for the area, the first on Thursday with a second round late Thursday night into Friday. Two-day rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally higher amounts, according to the NWS. Rain is expected to begin during the overnight hours tonight. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid to lower 80s for the next three days.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women next Wednesday, July 23, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.
MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY – Ms. Polly’s Music is coming to the Bridgeport Public Library at 2:30 p.m. today. Summer Reading Club also continues with stories based on the theme of music, as well. Preschool Storytime is at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler Storytime is at 11:15 a.m. today.
CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will provide the program and sponsor the lunch. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-683-2076.
SPORTING CLAY EVENT – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold its first Sporting Clay event Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m. with competition at 9. Cost for a four-person team is $400. Station sponsors are $100. All shooting levels are welcome. Lunch is provided. Call Kim Redman at 940-577-0247 or Kati Deaton at 940-210-5831 to enter.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Jane Delong, 69, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Billy Omer Bilderback, 72, of Arlington is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Roy Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Ann Carter, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Donald Dean Baker, 76, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.