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Update for Monday, August 27, 2018

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HOME PRICES INCREASING – The average home price in Wise County jumped $20,000 in the past month. The average price for the 98 homes sold in July was $255,000. In the previous month, the 87 homes sold averaged $235,000. “With a growing economy, booming population and high quality of life, Wise County is a great place to live, work and do business. As such, the demand for Wise County real estate remains strong and enduring,” said Daphne Zollinger, president of the Greater Denton/Wise County Association of Realtors. The July 2018 price was a 37.8 percent increase from the $188,500 average price for the same month in 2017. Homes are averaging 43 days on the market and are taking 38 days to close.

NORTHWEST BACK TO SCHOOL – Today is the first day of classes at Northwest ISD. Two news campuses are opening to students today: Adams Middle School and Lizzie Curtis Elementary, both in Fort Worth. Reliant begins as Northwest’s new transportation service provider. Information about the routes was sent in a personalized email to families that registered for busing during the enrollment process. The routes can also be online at www.nisdtx.org/news/what_s_new/2018busroutes.

DECATUR WINS RELAY – The Decatur Eagles won the 4A division at the Greenhill/Luke’s Locker 6-mile relay Saturday in Dallas. Gabe Embree, Matthew Ashmore, Anthony Rodriguez and Triston Read combined for the victory. In the girls race, the Decatur relay of Hanul Lewis, Emily Childress, Kayla Leal and Grace Lowery finished third. The Boyd Yellowjackets won the Cowtown Challenge for a fourth straight year. Connor Richardson took gold.

LADY EAGLES WIN TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Lubbock Cooper 25-22, 25-19 to win the West Texas Spikefest. Satasha Kostelecky was named the tournament MVP. Boyd won the silver division at the Argyle Tournament, beating Ponder, the Southlake Carroll JV and Liberty Christian. Jordyn Todd put down 33 kills. The Paradise Lady Panthers won the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament beating Terrell 25-21, 25-21 and Lancaster 25-23, 22-25, 25-22. Northwest captured the consolation title at the San Marcos Tournament.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along Program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Decatur Main Street program is looking for volunteers to man the Visitors Center 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. To help, call Melinda Reeves, 940-399-9670.

DECATUR PUBLIC HEARING – The Decatur City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate and budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 at its meeting at 6 tonight at city hall. The city is proposing a 3.6-cent tax cut to fund next year’s $8.7289 million budget. A workshop to hear monthly department reports will be held before the meeting at 5:30.

BOYD ISD TO PASS TAX RATE – Boyd ISD trustees will hold a public hearing on a tax rate of $1.255 per $100 valuation and a $12.43 million budget at 6:30 tonight at the Boyd ISD Administration Building. The rate is 5.5 cents lower than last year’s rate of $1.31. The district is keeping the $1.04 maintenance and operations rate to cover personnel and daily operations cost. It is slashing the debt service rate from 27 cents to 21.5. The budget is an increase of $1.2 million.

NORTHWEST ISD TO HOLD TAX HEARING – Northwest ISD will hold a public hearing on a tax rate of $1.49 at 6:30 tonight at the Northwest ISD Administration Building. The proposed rate is the same as last year. The maintenance and operations rate will stay at $1.04. The debt service rate will be 45 cents. After the public hearing, trustees will look to approve the rate.

FUNERALS – Service for Mary Nell Heaton, 91, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruth Schnaible, 95, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Betty Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Barbara Jean Reed, 71, of Chico will be conducted privately by the family at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.