Update for Friday, May 18, 2018

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NEW SECURITY MEASURES – Security will be tightened at the historic Wise County Courthouse starting Tuesday. The four glass doors will now be locked, and the public will enter the building at the ramp on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, which leads into the basement. Visitors will walk through a metal detector, and bags and purses will be sent through an X-ray machine. The glass doors will be accessible only by county employees who have been issued a badge.

PARADISE NAMES ATHLETIC DIRECTOR – Paradise ISD promoted assistant football coach Joe Koch to athletic director Thursday night. Koch will take over from Ronnie Gage, who announced his retirement this month following a quadruple bypass surgery. Paradise Superintendent Dr. Paul Uttley said, “We’re extremely excited for [Koch] to continue what Coach Gage started.”

DECATUR TEAMS EARN SPLIT – The Decatur Lady Eagles took game 1 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series against Rusk Thursday 2-1. Jordyn Smith and Brison Hesteande came around to score in the first inning. Jaci Ticknor drove in Hesteande. Reagan Chism struck out seven, allowing a run on four hits in the victory. Decatur will go for the series sweep at 7 tonight in Rockwall. The Decatur Eagles fell to Crandall 3-2 in eight innings in game 1 of their 4A Region II quarterfinal series. Wilson Hicks and Triston Read drove in the Eagles’ two runs in the first inning. Hicks allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven. The Eagles will try to keep their season alive at 7 tonight with game 2 at McKinney North. Game 3, if necessary, is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

EARLY VOTING ENDS – Today is the last day to vote early in next Tuesday’s primary runoff election. Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.; Alvord City Hall at 215 W. Elm St. and the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Yesterday, 269 votes were cast.

COSTON EARNS MEDAL – Slidell senior Stone Coston earned a bronze medal at the UIL tennis championships. Coston beat Carlos Koehl of Knippa 6-1, 6-2 in the 1A quarterfinal. In a rematch of last year’s title match, Coston fell 6-1, 6-0 to Dominic Gibson of Lenorah Grady in the semifinal.

UTGCD OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING – The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Monday at its new home at 1859 W. Texas 199 in Springtown. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.uppertrinitygcd.com or call 817-523-5200.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party will hold their monthly social 6:30 p.m. Monday at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE – WC Challenger Charities has sponsorships available for the JW Hart PBR Challenge on June 2. A sponsorship includes box seats. For more information, call Andrew Rottner, 817-980-8131. There is also booth space available for vendors in the Fan Zone. To secure space, call Wendell Berry, 940-393-2698.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport County Club will host its second annual golf tournament Saturday. Tee off time is 10 a.m. Cost is $75 per person in three-person teams for 27 holes. The tournament is a fundraiser for those who need help in the community. Call 940-683-9438.

‘CONNECT’ WITH THE MESSENGER – The Wise County Messenger’s new local lifestyle magazine, Connect, is featured in this weekend’s paper. You can also pick up Connect at various locations around the county.

SUMMER SAFETY FESTIVAL – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur will hold a Summer Safety and Fun Festival 4-6 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot. The festival will include activities and information about ways to stay safe and have fun during summer vacation. The church will offer free hot dogs, water and bottles of sunblock. The event will also include a water bounce house and Kona Ice food truck. Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive.

THIRD SATURDAY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will return to the Wise County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Saturday. As a tribute to fallen veterans a butterfly tree will be made.

TRAIL WORKDAY – The City of Bridgeport is seeking volunteers for a Hiking and Biking Trail workday at Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park Saturday. Meet behind T-Top Manufacturing at 278 George Mitchell Parkway. Call 940-683-3480.

CEMETERY MEETING – Pleasant Hill Cemetery’s annual meeting is Saturday at the cemetery. There will be a picnic basket lunch at noon followed by a short program and annual business meeting.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office will present “A Dog’s Purpose” Saturday at Harwood Park. The movie is free, and concessions are available for purchase. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m., and movie will start at dusk. Call 940-683-3480.

BOONSTOCK – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual fundraiser, Boonstock, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Boonsville Fire Hall. The event will feature a brisket dinner, hot dogs for the kids, live music, raffle and auction. Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive 3-6:45 p.m. For more information on the blood drive call Robert Grantham at 940-393-1550. All former members of the fire department are invited to help celebrate the department’s 50th anniversary. Visit facebook.com/BoonsvilleFire.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Paul “Bubba” Cole, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Robbie Dean Bible is 4 p.m. Saturday at 200 S. McCracken St. in Chico.

MEMORIAL service for Thomas Francis McGuire, 71, is 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

MEMORIAL service for Dorothy Ann Yarbrough, 71, is 3 p.m. Saturday in Bedford.

MEMORIAL service for Donna Marie Turner (Ames), 51, of Carrollton, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Saturday in Farmers Branch. John P Brooks and Family North Dallas Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Steven Martin Stroud, 42, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. today at Brown, Owens and Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth.

PRIVATE memorial will be held for Jesse Rhonol Holloway, Jr., 89. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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