Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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NEW INMATE TRANSPORT VAN APPROVED – Wise County commissioners Monday approved the purchase of a new inmate transport van as requested by Sheriff Lane Akin. “We don’t have one with a handicap lift or cages to separate prisoners for various needs, such as male and female, that kind of thing,” he said. The vehicle, which will cost about $70,000, will be paid for with courthouse security funds. “We had some specs – it’s a 1-ton van. It would be outfitted with the cages and video cameras so you can watch the prisoners and see what they’re doing,” Akin said. The sheriff’s office sometimes transports up to 30 inmates to and from the courthouse in one day, depending on the docket call, according to the sheriff. “(The new van would make it) much more secure and much easier to transport those folks in difficult situations,” he said. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

DISTRICT OF INNOVATION DISCUSSION – Northwest ISD trustees Monday discussed the pros and cons of becoming a District of Innovation, ultimately opting to authorize staff to explore the idea further. The process would give the district more freedom from certain state requirements. Read more in Wednesday’s Wise County Messenger.

RAIN RETURNS – Rainfall totals from overnight included 1.4 inches in Alvord, 0.83 in Decatur, 0.77 in Rhome and 0.59 in Bridgeport. Several pre-dawn accidents were reported, but none with serious injuries. An 18-wheeler jackknifed on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord, shutting down one lane of northbound traffic. That accident had been cleared by the time Update went to press.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Chico Lady Dragons will battle 9-2A leader Poolville at home at 6 tonight. Alvord welcomes in Graford in 9-2A action. In 9-4A, Bridgeport travels to Krum and Decatur goes to Sanger. 8-3A leader Boyd takes on Jacksboro at home. Paradise faces Henrietta at home. Northwest will play host to Boswell.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County on Wednesday. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

BUDGETING BASICS – The Decatur Public Library is having a Budgeting Basics Class 6 p.m. Thursday. A representative from Wells Fargo will teach the class.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having an encore meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group promotes the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and its eventual independence. Speakers are Executive Directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway. They will talk about the new direction of the group. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or visit freedomtexas.org.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – To donate fabric to North Texas Stockings for Soldiers, call Janice Millican, 940-627-4220, or email rjmillican@ymail.com. Fabric does not have to be a Christmas pattern.

FUNERALS – Service for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Dan Foreman, 60, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie D. Williams, 81, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation and meal will be at Bono’s in Decatur immediately following the service. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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