Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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WHITIS TO STAY — Dr. Judi Whitis is staying the superintendent at Decatur ISD. With a 4-3 vote after three hours in closed session, Decatur ISD trustees elected to keep Whitis on the job and move forward Monday night. Whitis joined the district in July 2017. Her contract with the district runs through July 30, 2021, paying her $158,000 annually. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to move forward, and I’m looking forward to great things in the district,” Whitis said. “I’m ready to get back to district business and deliver on the promises we’ve made. I appreciate all the community support. We’ve got rebuilding to do.” Monday’s long closed session was the second within a span of two weeks to discuss Whitis’ contract, which was extended in February after a review by the board. Trustees met for seven hours June 4-5 in closed session a week after School Board President Watson sent Whitis a two-page letter detailing “multiple concerns [that] have been brought to the attention of several [board] members recently.” Board secretary Cheri Boyd read the following statement prior to the vote Monday: “The Decatur Independent School District’s Board of Trustees met tonight in executive session to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. The board recognizes that concerns have been raised by some about the superintendent, and board members have also received statements of support for Dr. Whitis. After considering what is in the best interest of Decatur ISD, the majority of the board has expressed its willingness to move forward with Dr. Whitis as our superintendent. Dr. Whitis will work with the board and district stakeholders to address these concerns. Communication is always key to success of any relationship, and we, as a board, pledge to work on communication with the superintendent. The board appreciates the community’s strong partnership with DISD, and we are ‘expecting the best’ in the days to come.”

CARSON PRINCIPAL NAMED — Craig Weston is the new principal at Carson Elementary. Decatur ISD trustees approved a one-year contract for Weston Monday night. He will replace LeeAnn Farris, who resigned following the school year. Weston is currently the principal at Park Glen Elementary in Keller.

CHANCE OF RAIN — Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 89 degrees.

BOYD TO NAME MDD BOARD — The Boyd City Council will interview candidates and appoint members to its municipal development district board of directors at its meeting at 6:30 tonight. The council will also rezone multiple properties.

DRUG AND WEAPON ARREST — Joseph Michael Depriest, 32, of Electra was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine more than 4 grams during a traffic stop this weekend near Decatur. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a car headed south on U.S. 81/287 was stopped for a traffic violation by a deputy about two miles north of Decatur Sunday night around 10. The deputy requested a Decatur Police Department officer and a K-9 unit respond. “The dog detected the presence of illegal drugs in the car,” Akin said. “A subsequent search revealed more than 9 grams of methamphetamine, glass pipes with residue, five unused glass pipes, items for weighing and packaging illegal drugs and a stolen Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol.”

JAZZ-THEMED READING PROGRAM — Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading program for Wednesday will be “All that Jazz.” The group will read The Jazz Fly, listen to some Jazz for Children and create trumpets from (mostly) recycled materials. All library programs are held at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St. from 10-11 a.m. and are free to attend.

RELAY CAPTAIN MEETING — Relay For Life Team Captain Wrap Up event is 6 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ. RSVP and provide the number of your team members that will be attending. Call Chet Nibblet, 940-627-4356 or Gina Tackett, 940-389-9309.

BACKYARD BASICS — Wise County area residents who are interested in learning how to process pickled products are invited to attend a Backyard Basics workshop hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Wise County 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be hands on fun where participants will learn how to make pickles and relishes. Cost for the workshop is $25 per person. To register, call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

FUNERALS — Memorial for Michael Overton, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Paradise Fire Department. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Soundra Prather, 73, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ronald Silhan, 63, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Verna Brooks, 89, of Sunset is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ted Albritton Sr., 88, of Rosharon, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

SERVICE for Enrique Garcia Jr., 80, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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