Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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COUNTY BUDGET, TAX RATE ADOPTED – Wise County commissioners Monday adopted the county budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2018. The tax rate will remain the same as last year – 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, which will fund a $64.1 million budget. Commissioners did not further discuss Sheriff Lane Akin’s Aug. 28 request to raise the county tax rate to, in part, fund a raise for sheriff’s office employees. County Judge J.D. Clark said instead it had been decided to use the sheriff’s office commissary fund to cover a 3 percent raise for sheriff’s office employees “above entry level.” Akin said this money will be used to boost the compensation of employees in enforcement, the jail and dispatch who did not get the $1 per hour raise granted this summer. In other business, commissioners also adopted the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, holding it steady at 4.618 cents per $100 valuation. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

CHASE ENDS IN ARREST – A police chase involving multiple local departments ended in the arrest of a Dallas man Saturday night. Rhome Police Chief Sam Love said Officer Brody Brown tried to pull over Lawrence Boone, 51, for speeding on U.S. 81/287 near the Texas 114 crossover. Boone evaded Brown and continued northbound. “He took off and started throwing dope out of the window,” Love said. Rhome and Decatur police departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined in the pursuit. As Boone approached Decatur, DPS deployed spike strips near Farm Road 2264, taking out his vehicle’s right tires. The vehicle came to a stop near Karl Klement Ford. Boone took off on foot but was apprehended by officers. Officers later located drug evidence at various locations along the side of the road. Boone was taken to the Wise County Jail, and he was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance greater than 4 grams, tamper/fabricate physical evidence with intent to impair, evading arrest/detention, evading arrest/detention with vehicle and resist arrest, search or transport. He also violated a parole order from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin. His bail was set at $80,000.

OFFICERS RECEIVE AWARDS – Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts and Wise County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Mike Neagle were among 42 first responders honored with the Star of Texas Award yesterday in Austin. The award honors peace officers, firefighters, citizens and emergency medical first responders who have been killed or have sustained injuries in the line of duty. Roberts was injured when a drunk driver struck his patrol car Jan. 26, and Neagle was injured in a vehicle crash during a pursuit of a suspect on Dec. 8, 2016. The awards were presented at the Texas Capital by Governor Greg Abbott.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Chico Lady Dragons look to go to 2-0 in 9-2A tonight with a home match against Newcastle. Alvord heads to Poolville also looking to stay unbeaten in 9-2A. In 8-3A, Boyd travels to Bowie. Paradise goes to Holliday. Northwest tries to even its 6-5A record going to Brewer. In non-district action, Decatur welcomes Wichita Falls, and Bridgeport plays host to Brock.

FLU SHOT CLINIC – The City of Decatur will hold a flu shot clinic 9-11 a.m. today in the City Hall Conference Room, 201 E. Walnut. It is open to the public. Bring your insurance card.

LATE OPENING – Chico Public Library will open at 2 p.m. today. After school STREAM programming will run as scheduled, and kids are invited to the library for a pom pom battle at 4 p.m. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

ANNUAL CONVENTION – Wise County Farm Bureau will host their annual County Convention 6 p.m. today at Sagebrush Caf in downtown Bridgeport near their Bridgeport office, 1020 Halsell St. RSVP to 940-627-6474 or 940-683-8100.

PARADISE SOCIETY MEETING – Paradise Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church Annex at 301 S. Oak Street in Paradise. Frieda Lasater with Decatur Main Street will provide the presentation. The public is invited. Plans continue for the 2107 Main Street Festival to be held on Sept. 30. Vendor, car and tractor show, blue ribbon contest and sponsor forms are available for download at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.org.

EAGLE DOLLS MINI CAMP – The DHS Eagle Dolls mini camp will be today-Friday. Children 4 years old-8th grade may participate. Forms can be found on the DHS website under Decatur Spirit, at any elementary campus, or you may contact Natalie Chance at natalie.chance@decaturisd.us.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their monthly meeting 7 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center. Gary Early will give a presentation on Confederate General Jubel Early.

FUNERALS – Services for Rebecca Lou Mosley, 58, of Decatur and Mary Elaine Davis, 93, of Oklahoma City are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Faye Simons, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Larry Dean Smith, 65, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Roberts Branch Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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