Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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COMMISSIONERS BUY ONE ATV – Commissioners finally agreed Monday to buy one ATV for Wise County EMS and sell the department’s old unit at auction. EMS Administrator Charles Dillard first made his request a month ago, and this week was the third time the issue has been discussed. Due to questions about liability and insurance in the last 30 days, Dillard’s request went from three vehicles to one and the primary use being general emergency calls instead of private racetracks, as first described. The vehicle package will cost $22,500, which includes the ATV, a slide-in unit to more comfortably carry patients and a trailer. It will be paid for with capital expenditure funds. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

BASEBALL SEND-OFF – There will be a send-off for the Decatur Eagles baseball team at 10:45 this morning in DISD’s Multipurpose Building parking lot. The Eagles will play Pleasant Grove at 7:30 p.m. in game one of the regional final series at Mike Carter Field in Tyler. Game two will be noon Thursday and game three, if necessary, will follow.

STORMS POSSIBLE – The National Weather Service forecast includes a 20 percent chance of storms tonight, with chances increasing to 50 percent tomorrow. The forecast includes rain chances each day through the weekend. The TCEQ has once again issued an Ozone Action Alert Day today for the area including Wise County, meaning conditions are favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution.

SUPT. RETIREMENT RECEPTION – A retirement reception for Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend is 2-3:30 p.m. today at the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates. Townsend is retiring at the end of the school year after 35 years in education.

VETERAN SERVICE RETIREMENT – The Veteran Service Office in Decatur in celebrating the retirement of Regenia Alexander, who has been with the Wise County office for more than 19 years, at a come and go celebration 1-4 p.m. today at 205 N. State St.

DUMPS CLOSED – The Boyd and Cottondale dump sites will be closed today.

WALK FROM OBESITY – Wise Health System will host the ASMBS (American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) Walk From Obesity 5K and Fun Run Saturday. The ASMBS’ goal is “improving public health and well being through research and education, awareness and access to care.” For more information on how to register your team, visit walkfromobesity.com or call Lisa Greene at 940-249-9009 or 940-210-2225.

HEAD START – The Head Start programs in Wise County are now enrolling. To enroll for the Decatur/Bridgeport program, call 940-626-4787. To enroll in the Boyd program, call 940-433-2327, ext. 530. Head Start is an early education program for income eligible families.

SUMMER READING CLUB – Summer Reading Club at the Decatur Public Library is 10:30 a.m. and noon on Wednesdays. Children within the preschool to 5th grade age range are invited to the library for a different performer every week. The first event today is a magic show by Riot Acts Entertainment. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. June 10 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Mills, 77, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Emilio G. Rodriguez, 87, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Randy Carter, 65, of Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for David Joe “Pappy” Miles, 58, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Assembly of God Church in Rhome. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

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