GOOD NEWS ON PROPERTY VALUES – Property values in Wise County showed small gains according to the 2014 preliminary values summary released this week by the Wise County Appraisal District. Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand said new construction was $79 million this year, the highest since $109 million in 2007. The county as a whole also gained $200 million in values from new pipelines and utility-related construction, including power lines. Minerals were up $438 million countywide. Read more, including the values of school districts and cities, in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
EARLY VOTING CONTINUES – The second day of early voting for the May 27 primary runoffs was heavier than the first with 117 votes being cast yesterday, including three in the Democratic primary runoff and 114 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.
BABYGARTEN PROGRAM – Chico Public Library is bringing back the BabyGarten program. The six-week summer session will be 11 a.m.-noon each Wednesday beginning today. BabyGarten is an opportunity for infants, toddlers and their parents/caregivers to get together with friends, enjoy story time, singing and crafts. The theme for the summer session is the five senses. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.
SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Police Department and the Decatur Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association are accepting team registration and sponsorship forms for the 2nd Annual Back The Blue coed softball tournament to be held Saturday, June 28, at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Call the Decatur Police Department at 940-393-0300 for information. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Decatur High School students.
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM – The Paradise Historical Society is sponsoring a Memorial Day service 10 a.m., Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Paradise. Speaker is veteran Jim Parker. Local veterans who have died in or out of service will be honored, and a partial list of names will be read aloud. Applications will be on hand for family members to fill out for active and veteran duty servicemen to be included on a master list maintained by the Paradise Historical Society. For information, contact Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 or email email@example.com.
QUARTER AUCTION – Renewal Fellowship in Boyd is planning a Quarter Auction Fund Raising event for their Missions/Community Outreach Fund on May 31. The church is seeking vendors who would like to participate as well as donations for items to auction. Call Jerika Hood at 817-681-6726 or Michele Ferguson at 817-986-3492 for more information.
HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meeting is 9 a.m. Thursday at the Weatherford College Wise County campus.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY -The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society is noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so contact the museum at 940-627-5586 to RSVP by 10 a.m. on Thursday.
FOOTBALL SIGNUPS – Decatur Youth Football signups are being held through May 31 at Fit-N-Wise for ages Pre-K through 6th. Pre-K and Kinder is flag football. Anyone interested can also register online at www.active.com, search Decatur Youth Football.
CLASS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of ’64 will hold its 50th class reunion starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Catfish O’Harlie’s Restaurant on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. For information, call Rhonda Harvey Small at 940-627-6819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send her a message on Facebook. There’s no cost to attend the reunion, but ordering from the restaurant menu is encouraged.
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 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Eddy Lee Grundy, 63, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Lynda M. Simpson, 67, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Ronny C. Thomas Jr., 40, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
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 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Dorothy Dee Watson, 80, of Justin is 3 p.m. today at the home of her brother, Jimmy Boyd, at 18172 Brookfield Dr. in Justin. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.