Monday, February 5, 2018

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U.S. 380 BRIDGE WORK TO BEGIN – Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the U.S. 380 bridges over Farm Road 730 in Decatur. The project will replace the deck on the eastbound U.S. 380 bridge and provide a new pavement overlay on the westbound bridge. Crews will start by conducting bridgework on the eastbound bridge. To allow for this work, traffic on eastbound U.S. 380 will be shifted onto the westbound bridge, with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Afterwards, traffic will be switched over to the completed eastbound bridge. Then, the westbound bridge will be resurfaced. During this work, the Farm Road 51 ramp to westbound U.S. 380 will be detoured to Business U.S. 380 for safety and mobility. Construction is estimated for completion in early 2019.

REGISTER TO VOTE – Today is the deadline to register to vote if you plan on voting in the March 6 primary elections. Contact the Wise County Elections Department at 940-626-4453 for information about voter registration.

COLLEGE FUNDING PRESENTATION – Claudia Roberts, a licensed professional counselor, will present a “How-to” class for applying for scholarships, grants and loans for college at 6 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport, 1307 Newby.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

TECH TRUCK – The Perot Tech Truck, from the Perot Museum in Dallas, will be at the Rhome Public Library 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Tech Truck has walk-up, hands-on experiences ranging 10-20 minutes. Activities include a 3-D printing demonstration, 3-D pen activity and building a Vibrobot.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. The program will be “Tools to Build and Protect Your Business” by Chip Hakanson of Edward Jones. Lunch is $15 at the door. RSVP via email, info@wisecountychamber.com.

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday afternoon today through April 16. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. It helps to bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/. Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.

RELAY MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County will meet today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. ELT meets at 5:30 p.m., and the Team Captain meeting is at 6 p.m. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

COMMUNITY MEETING – Wise Citizens For Property Rights will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Lions Hall. WiseCPR is running the petition to stop forced annexation throughout the entire county. The public is invited.

ALL WISE FOOTBALL – The All Wise Football team is featured in the Sunday Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Service for Yolando Franco, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Richard Bledsoe, 62, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dixie Mae Perkins, 82, of Runaway Bay is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Imogene Ray Lynch, 100, is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Forestburg Baptist Church with burial at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the Forestburg Baptist Church. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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