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DAIRY RESUMES MILK SALES – The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it is allowing K-Bar Dairy in Paradise to resume selling raw milk. Raw milk from the dairy had tested positive for the Brucella bacteria two months ago, prompting a recall by the DSHS. The recall came after a public health investigation confirmed that a customer of the dairy had contracted brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacteria. According to the DSHS, two cows that were shedding Brucella in their milk were separated from the herd, and subsequent testing of milk from the remaining cows has shown no evidence of Brucella bacteria in the milk, clearing the way for the resumption of milk sales.

BRIDGEPORT HOLDS SECOND ANNEXATION HEARING – Thirty citizens spoke at the city of Bridgeport’s second public hearing on annexation yesterday, urging the council to vote against the proposed annexation of 1,300 acres along U.S. 380 and Texas 101. Business owners, landowners and citizens from within the city all protested the expansion of the city limits, with some saying they would move if the city follows through with its plans. Read more about the hearing in the weekend Messenger.

DECATUR WINS 9-4A TITLES – The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams won the 9-4A titles Wednesday. The Decatur girls won with 28 points. Taylor Butler finished second on the 3,200-meter course in 12:25. Makenzie Fox was third in 12:32. Bridgeport’s Marisol Fraga grabbed fourth in 12:36. Bridgeport finished fourth with 90 points. The Decatur boys won with 32 points. Bridgeport was third with 58. Bridgeport’s Manuel Garcia took second in 16:27 on the 5K course. Decatur’s Triston Read ran 16:33 for third and Alan Rangel fourth in 16:34. Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar was fifth in 16:51.

8-3A CHAMPIONSHIPS – The 8-3A cross country championships will start at 9 a.m. today at Boyd High School with Boyd and Paradise runners competing.

WARM CLOSED FRIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Friday. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods. The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Decatur Main Street is having Girls Night Out on the downtown square 6-8 tonight.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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