Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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INCREASED COURTHOUSE SECURITY – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a plan for increased security at the courthouse in Decatur as recommended by Chief Deputy Craig Johnson and Sheriff Lane Akin. The proposed plan, as presented by Johnson, would move the main courthouse entrance to the ramp, which leads into the basement, at the corner of Main and Trinity Streets. The four glass doors would be locked and entrance would be restricted to card access only. Johnson said they would also start using a metal detector, which is already in the courthouse, and would purchase an X-ray machine to be used at the basement entrance. An improved camera system will be installed, and two additional deputies will be added to security staff. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns resisted adding personnel, but Johnson reminded him a security upgrade would be difficult without additional people. Johnson requested three deputies, but the motion approved by commissioners included only two. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

FIRE DANGER – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the county from 11 a.m. today through 7 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s more of the same – dry fuels, breezy winds, warmer than average temperature and low humidity,” said Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Conditions will be ripe for fires.” Today, winds are expected to be around 15 mph and temperatures in the low 60s. Wednesday, high temperatures are predicted to hit the low 70s with winds gusting to 25 to 30 mph. On both days, the humidity levels will be in the 20s.

TUESDAY BASKETBALL – Tonight’s basketball games include Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Argyle at Decatur, Sanger at Bridgeport, Henrietta at Paradise, City View at Boyd and Chico at Alvord.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRY CLINIC – Wise County Youth Fair Entry Clinic is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Ag Science Building. Call 940-389-5388.

STOCK SHOW TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is selling Fort Worth Stock Show tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance. The tickets are $30 each, cash or check only. The office, 308 W. Main St., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

PAY YOUR TAXES – Wise County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw reminds citizens that Wednesday is the last day to pay county taxes without penalty or interest.

GARDEN CLUB – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Companion Plants for Pollinators” by Suzanne Clement. Lunch will served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

ROAD CLOSING – A portion of Hlavek Road in front of the new Las Brisas development will be closed today through Feb. 6.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Emory Moss, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Plainview Cemetery in Krum. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Larry Putnam, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Wayne Niblett, 79, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Annie Wood, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Warren C. Crain, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ryan Alden Munnerlyn, 28, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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