Update for Friday, May 4, 2018

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ELECTION DAY – Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday for city and school elections throughout the county. In addition to city council and school board races, voters in the Alvord school district will vote on a $5.1 million bond issue. Voters in Decatur and Bridgeport will vote to allow bingo for charitable purposes. Boyd voters will decide on creating a municipal development district, and Newark voters will vote on extending their MDD into it’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Results will be posted as they are available Saturday night at WCMessenger.com.

BRIDGEPORT CITY MANAGER RESIGNS – The Bridgeport City Council accepted the resignation of City Manager Jesica McEachern at a special meeting last night. The resignation is effective June 1. According to a news release from the city, McEachern has accepted a position with another city in Texas.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The second annual Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, will include at least 20 food trucks. They will serve their signature dishes from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. during the competition. Tickets can be purchased for $3 each (one ticket per signature dish sample). Beverages will be available for purchase with cash from the Chamber’s ticket booth located on Lane Street outside the Chamber office. From 3-11:30 p.m., the food trucks will sell their full menu. Musical entertainment will be featured beginning at 4 p.m. The 200 through 800 block of West Walnut Street in Decatur will be closed today through Saturday night for the event. Only local traffic, such as homeowners, will be allowed on West Walnut during the closure. Citizens will be detoured onto Mill Street to access the Wise County tax collectors office and auto registration. The 200 through 400 blocks of Main Street will also be closed.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Decatur Main Street will hold its first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square classic car show 4-8 p.m. Saturday night. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. The square will close to traffic at 2 p.m.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rain was falling in Wise County as Update was going to press. Rainfall amounts since yesterday morning include 0.9 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.31 in Decatur and 0.2 in Greenwood and Alvord. The rain is expected to continue this morning before clearing out later today.

DECATUR SOFTBALL ADVANCES – Decatur junior pitcher Reagan Chism threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Lady Eagles blanked Melissa 11-0 to claim the 4A Region II area championship at Prosper. The junior struck out 12 in the single-game series win.

PARADISE DROPS GAME 1 – Paradise starter Parker Cook kept the second-ranked Brock Eagles’ bats in check most of the night Thursday. Cook allowed only four hits by the District 7-3A champions. But two of those hits within a span of three batters in the third inning were ringing doubles into the left-field corner. Cole Lightfoot’s two-run two-bagger proved to be the difference in Brock’s 3-1 victory Thursday night in game one of the 3A Region I bi-district series at Weatherford College. The teams will meet in game two of the series at 5 p.m. today at Weatherford College. In other action, Decatur will play a doubleheader in Dallas against Pinkston. Game 1 is slated for 3:30 p.m. Game 2 will follow. The Chico Dragons take on Archer City at Bowie at 7 p.m. Boyd and Peaster take the field at Graford at 4:30 p.m.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department’s Firefighter Bash is Saturday at the fire hall. A boot drive will take place in the morning. Afternoon events from 3-9 p.m. will include barbecue, bands and a silent bake auction.

COUNTYWIDE YOUTH ART SHOW – The sixth annual Wise County Art Association Youth Art Show is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Students may enter up to three pieces of art. Cost is $5 per entry, and registration is 3-6 p.m. Friday. There are three divisions – 2D, 3D and photography – and four age groups for artists ages 6 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded, and three seniors will be presented $1,500 scholarships. WCAA members will also showcase their art at the conference center in conjunction with the youth show.

FARMING EVENT – Local food producers in the Decatur area are invited to join FARFA and Grow North Texas in a day of learning Thursday at Black Creek Farm, 2324 Old Decatur Road in Decatur. The event includes a workshop on legal and business issues for farmers, a listening session for producers, and grassroots advocacy training. The event runs from 3-8 p.m.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Lone Star Cemetery Annual Meeting is 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery.

GALA TICKETS AVAILABLE – The 2018 Decatur Education Foundation Gala is 6 p.m. May 10, at the Decatur Conference Center. Those who will be honored include: Class of 2018 Top 10 graduates, Teacher of the Year, J.E. and Betty Carson, Athletic Hall of Fame members, Foundation grant recipients, DISD retirees and Foundation donors. Attire is business formal. To attend, purchase tickets online at www.decaturisd.us/gala. Deadline is Sunday.

FUNERALS – Service for Helen Caraway Russell, 74, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Bill McRae, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Wickham, 89, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Eldon Bryant, 91, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Frank Traylor Jr., 69, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hog Branch Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Billy Martin Jennings, 69, of Newark is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for John Henry Foster III, 81, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport.

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