Update for Monday, April 30, 2018

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THREAT LEADS TO ARREST OF DHS STUDENT – A Decatur teenager was arrested Sunday for terroristic threat after police say he made a threat aimed at the high school. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said his office began getting calls on Sunday after news about the threat began circulating on social media. “He wrote a letter insinuating that something was going to happen Monday, and that people would be sorry,” Hoskins said. Police interviewed the 15-year-old freshman, who admitted he wrote the letter, and placed him in custody. He is currently in the Wichita Falls Juvenile Detention Center with a hearing scheduled for today. Hoskins said that some parents had expressed lingering concerns about sending their children to school on Monday, so extra officers will be on the high school campus. “We’ll probably have four or five officers at the school, just for safety principles,” he said. Decatur ISD sent an email to parents notifying them of the threat. “We continue to promote a ‘see something, say something’ culture with our students. This is exactly how administrators were made aware of this situation and we immediately began working with the Decatur Police Department,” the letter from DISD Superintendent Judi Whitis stated. The letter also said the student would not be returning to DHS this school year. Hoskins said police will continue to interview teachers and students who may have been aware of threats the 15-year-old might have made last week.

HONORING FOSTEL – Dedication of the 271st Judicial District Courtroom in honor of the late Judge John H. Fostel is 10:30 a.m. today in the courtroom on the second floor of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. The public is invited.

HALE STREET MEETING – The Decatur City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a joint public input workshop today at city hall to get citizen input on a proposal to create a mixed-use corridor along Hale Street. The proposed corridor could extend the length of Hale Street and two blocks to the north (Collins Street) and south (Saunders Street). The proposal would not change the zoning from residential use, but it would allow the flexibility to make that change in the future to allow other types of uses, such as commercial. The meeting is 5:30-7 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature guest speaker Tonja Wells, a herbalist and nutritionist.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along Program is 6:30 tonight at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the museum.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Boyd Elementary School will hold a Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup and Readiness testing for the 2018-19 school year 4-6 p.m. today. This is for children age 4 and 5 (as of Sept. 1) who are not currently enrolled at Boyd ISD. Current Pre-K students at Boyd ISD do not need to attend. Bring proof of residency in Boyd ISD, your child’s birth certificate, social security card and shot record as well as your drivers license for identification. Bring your child for a quick readiness test. Call 940-433-9520.

FUNERALS – Service for W.B. Woodruff, 92, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Helen Russell, 74, of Grapevine is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for James Robert Brown, 79, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Leroy Culpepper, 73, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Wise County Cowboy Church in Decatur with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lawana McClure, 86, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church, with visitation an hour prior to the service. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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