Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018

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CRIME FIGHTERS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has joined with six other local counties to form the North Texas Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit. At a press conference Wednesday in McKinney, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner explained that the seven sheriffs came together to form a plan to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics and human trafficking victims being transported on highways and interstates in North Texas. The NTXCIU began operating last December and has seized $60,000 of hidden currency, 1,479 pounds of marijuana, 5 pounds of cocaine, 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of heroin, 1/2 pound of fentanyl, 13 pounds of THC products, 8 stolen vehicles and 4 automatic weapons. The deputies also arrested two fugitives wanted for murder and recovered two missing children, including one in Wise County. NTXCIU includes deputies from Wise, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties.

SCHOOL SAFETY – Superintendents at multiple Wise County school districts were encouraged by the security plan announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday. Abbott’s plan included proposals for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening school security and providing mental health evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others. Abbott also suggested a “red flag law” that would allow law enforcement, family members, school employees or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person. See full story in the weekend Messenger.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin Friday at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CAMP CHANGES – Due to heat and ozone warnings, Sonflower Camp will be held indoors at Crossroads Church in Decatur 9 a.m.-noon June 4, 5 and 6. Swim day is 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 8 at Fit-N-Wise. Campers and helpers can register at sonflowercamp.com.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the cemetery. Call Jesse Pierrard at 817-846-5893.

YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club will have a summer horsemanship clinic taught by Texas A&M University students June 9-10 in Decatur. Registration deadline is June 1. Contact Haley Shurden, 940-393-1685 or haleylemaster@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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