Update for Friday, November 30, 2018

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DISD ASSISTANT SUPT. RESIGNS – Decatur ISD Assistant Superintendent Steve White resigned Wednesday. White, who was over transportation, safety, security, attendance, facilities, technology, health services, transfers and handled parent concerns at the district level, was named to the post in July by a 5-2 vote. White turned in a letter to Superintendent Judi Whitis citing personal reasons for his resignation, which was effective immediately. Whitis said White’s duties will be shared by Shane Conklin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and herself. “The two of us will split duties and responsibilities,” Whitis said. She said she met with the transportation department Thursday morning and will be meeting with other groups. Whitis added that she will be evaluating the needs of the district before choosing to fill the spot. Before coming to Decatur to oversee the district’s transportation department, he was the superintendent at Granger, Alpine, Aspermont and Thrall.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Decatur Eagles will take on Wichita Falls Hirschi in the 4A Division I Region I regional at 7 p.m. today in Graham. It is the fourth time Decatur and Hirschi have met the past two years. The Huskies knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs in the same round last year. Decatur upset Hirschi 22-21 in the 4-4A I opener back in October. With a win, the Eagles would advance to the fourth round for the first time in over 20 years. Northwest will try to keep its historic season alive when they meet undefeated Lubbock Cooper in the 5A Division II Region I regional at 4 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University. The Texans have won nine straight games dating back to September. Northwest claimed its first area title last week. The Texans have never played a third-round playoff game.

DECATUR FFA SQUAD HEADS TO STATE – The Decatur FFA’s Greenhand quiz team will compete Saturday in the state contest at Sam Houston State in Huntsville. The squad includes Charlotte Hale, Katherine Holmes, Reagan Staub, Zane Allsup and Macey Gulbrand.

CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE – The Christmas in Paradise holiday event is Saturday in Paradise. The Christmas tree lighting, caroling and photos with Santa is 4-6 p.m. A Walk Through Bethlehem is 5-7 p.m. at Paradise United Methodist Church. Sip-n-shop featuring 25 local vendors, face painting and live entertainment is 6-8 p.m.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

WISE COUNTY TOY RUN – The 19th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Hundreds of bikers will meet in Decatur, then ride in force to Bridgeport to deliver toys they’re donating to children in need. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon in the parking lot on West Thompson Street, behind the Decatur Public Library. The ride starts at 12:30 p.m., and they will travel with a police escort to Harwood Park Pavilion in Bridgeport. A chili supper will be served, and there will be raffles and free door prizes for riders. For information, call Jeff Honeycutt, 817-980-1981.

TOUR OF HOMES – The annual Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any club member; at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 W. Business 380; or at iOffice, 1650 FM 51, Suite 300. Proceeds benefit local organizations. For a list of the homes featured on the tour and details about each stop, see the story in this past weekend’s Wise County Messenger or at WCMessenger.com.

ART CALENDAR REVEAL – The 2019 Wise County Art Association calendar will be revealed at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Purchase a calendar for $10 or 5 for $8 each to fund a scholarship for a graduating senior. Student-Teacher Art – Painting Partners Show will also be open in the same location at 6-10 p.m., as well as during the Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon.

FALL PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sell Out today through Saturday. They still have a big variety of violas and pansies. The sale is 3-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The remaining flats are $7 each (18 plants) or 3 for $20.

COOKIES WITH SANTA – Decatur High School FCCLA presents Cookies with Santa Saturday at the DHS cafeteria. Festivities begin at 8:45 a.m., and Santa arrives at 9:30. The cost is $10 for the first child, $3 for each additional child, and $5 for each additional photo. Price includes a cookie and milk, photo with Santa and a passport for elf training. Register at tinyurl.com/fccla-santa.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights is Saturday in downtown Decatur. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, and judging is at 5:30. The parade starts at 6. A float entry form is on the Chamber website, www.decaturtx.com. Call 940-627-3107 for more information.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING IN THE PARK – Newark Volunteer Fire Department, Newark Ladies Auxiliary and the Newark Public Library will host the community’s first Lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Park 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event hosts vendors for early Christmas shopping, food and cocoa. Choirs will sing carols in the Delora Doughty Royal Park across from the fire hall beginning at 5 p.m. and photos can be taken with Santa from 5-7 p.m. Children will receive a book bag and gift from Santa compliments of the Newark Public Library. The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be in the park at 6:30 p.m.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Center. Tickets can be purchased at Bridgeport City Hall. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for children under 2. Tickets at the door are $4. Space is limited.

WISE GIVES – The Wise Gives Charity Fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Wise Health System and Acts 4 Others has partnered to host the event that will provide a litany of free services including: haircuts, eye exams, legal services, minor auto repair, financial planning, yoga, health screenings, counseling services, flu immunizations for people aged 9 and up, cooking demonstrations, food baskets, kids activities and pictures with Santa.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive at Decatur Church of Christ 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Walk-ups are welcome, but if you’d like to make an appointment, call 940-627-1912. The church is at 2601 Farm Road 51 South.

FUNERALS – Service for Edith Huebner, 91, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Donald Ray Suggs Jr., 51, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lavell Mann, 87, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clyde Williams, 72, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE for Gwendolyn Faye Lisby Combs, 83, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Laura Walker, 96, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Sherron Dickie, 73, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Carolyn Ritchey, 83, formerly of Cottondale is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Pamela Pope, 37, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Red” Christerson, 79, of Paradise is 5 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Gary David Stephens Sr., 66, is 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 8789 in Bowie. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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