SUPT. TOWNSEND ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – The Decatur school district announced yesterday that Superintendent Rod Townsend will retire at the end of the school year. “It’s probably one of the single most difficult decisions I’ve ever made. But I just felt like it was time,” Townsend said. He will continue in his role as superintendent through Aug. 31. Townsend has served as DISD superintendent since July of 2010. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
DECATUR FALLS IN OVERTIME – Decatur fought back from a 12-1 deficit to start the game to force overtime on a Wilson Hicks jumper. Defending 4A champ Lincoln outscored Decatur 10-4 in overtime for the 61-55 win in the 4A Region II quarterfinal. Parker Hicks scored 26 and Wilson Hicks 18 for the Eagles. Saltillo used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to grab the lead and held off Slidell for a 58-56 win. Behind Avery Anderson’s 34 points, Northwest beat Birdville 76-58 to earn its first region tournament trip since 1994.
YOUTH FAIR DAY 3 – Today’s Wise County Youth Fair schedule includes the market lamb show at 8 a.m. followed by the market wether show and the dog show at 10 a.m. All events will be at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.
JUST A TEST – The Decatur Police Department is testing the storm sirens at noon today.
HOT MONTH OF FEBRUARY – This past month was one of the hottest Februaries on record. Temperatures in Decatur topped 80 degrees on four days, with one of those days topping 90 degrees. The average high for the month was nearly 68 degrees. Temperatures ranged from a high of 93 on Feb. 23 to a low of 28 on Feb. 25. Rainfall for the month totaled 1.87 inches, below the average rainfall amount of 2.44 inches for the month.
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport High School Class of 2017 is having a four-on-four volleyball tournament Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School gym, 702 17th Street. Entry fee is $40 per team and $2 for spectators in fifth grade and younger. Divisions include sixth and seventh grades, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; eighth grade, 2 to 4 p.m.; adults, 3 to 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit 2017 Project Graduation.
STORY TIMES – Decatur Public Library’s Little Learners is 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday. It focuses on age-appropriate (3 to 5) behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Story Time is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. It’s an early literacy class combining a short, structured story time with interactive play, music and movement. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.
HEALTH FAIR – Register now to reserve a space to exhibit at the 10th Annual Wise County Health Fair March 25 at the Decatur Civic Center. Exhibitors can download the registration form with all instructions at wisecountyunitedway.org. Registration fees are due March 16.
HOME, LAWN AND GARDEN – Today’s Wise County Messenger features our annual Home, Lawn and Garden special section.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jimmy Jones, 73, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the home of Jason and Carley Jones. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for George W. Bates, 95, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Victory Family Church in Decatur with burial at the Archer City Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-6:30 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.
SERVICE for Bobby Harp, 59, of Arlington is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.
SERVICE for Homer Gene Derryberry, 77, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.