Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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BRIDGEPORT NAMES INTERMEDIATE PRINCIPAL – Bridgeport School Board appointed Mallory Marr as the new principal of Bridgeport Intermediate School Monday night. Marr, the assistant principal at Bridgeport Middle School, will take over from Rita Lemoine, who is retiring this summer. The board also promoted Steve Sturdivant, a Bridgeport High School teacher, to director of maintenance and operations.

EARLY VOTING CONTINUES – A total of 244 people voted yesterday in the first day of early voting for the May 22 primary runoff election. Voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at four voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.; Alvord City Hall at 215 W. Elm St. and the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.

STORMS POSSIBLE – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 11 a.m. today and this evening. Some storms could be severe.

BARBECUE JUDGES NEEDED – The Eighter from Decatur BBQ Challenge held June 2 in conjunction with the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge needs judges. To sign up, go to www.volunteersignup.org/B7XHH. The contest will be at the Wise County Reunion Grounds pavilion. Judges must be at least 18 years old. For information about entering a cook team, go to wcchallenger.org/BBQChallenge.html.

PROPERTY OWNERS BEWARE – The Wise County Appraisal District wants homeowners to know they should ignore fliers in the mail from solicitors looking to file the homestead application for a fee. District appraisers said they will help you file the tax exemption for no charge. “Pretty much every year we get a person or two call in to us about this flier in the mail,” said Wise County Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. “But they don’t need to do that. We can fill it out for them here in the office free of charge.” If you wish to apply for the homestead exemption, applications can be filled out at the appraisal district office or they can be done on the office’s website under “Related Links.” For more information, call 940-627-3081.

SUMMER SAFETY FESTIVAL – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur will hold a Summer Safety and Fun Festival 4-6 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot. The festival will include activities and information about ways to stay safe and have fun during summer vacation. The church will offer free hot dogs, water and bottles of sunblock. The event will also include a water bounce house and Kona Ice food truck. Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive.

MEETING CANCELED – The Wise County Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for Thursday has been canceled. Meetings will resume in September.

CINDERELLA ON STAGE – Tickets are now available for Wise Performing Arts Guild’s “Cinderella and the Glass Slipper,” a ballet featuring the dancers of Wise Ballet and Music Academy. Performances are 7 p.m. June 9 and 3 p.m. June 10 at the Decatur High School Theater. Purchase tickets online at tututix.com/wisepag.

BLOOD DRIVES – Paradise High School will host a blood drive 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday at 338 School House Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. Buses will be parked at the Performance Art Building. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Laura Wood at 940-969-5010. Also, Stagecoach Rehabilitation Medical Lodge in Bridgeport is hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday at 2108 15th St. in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Robin Sanders at 940-683-8500.

APPRAISAL PROTESTS – Property owners have until today, or the 30th day after notice of appraised value is delivered, whichever is later, to file a dispute with the Appraisal Review Board. You can find ARB Notice of Protest forms online at wise-cad.com/forms.

‘MURDER’ FOR A CAUSE – The Wise County Committee on Aging will hold a Murder Mystery Fundraising Dinner and silent auction 6 p.m. Friday at Chico City Hall, 400 S. Hovey Street, and proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Wise County. Last day to make a reservation is today. WCCA Executive Director Amy Pegues hopes to raise a minimum of $50,000. For information or for tickets, email info@wisemeals.org or call 940-627-5329.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 7 tonight at Weatherford College Wise County. The program “Surveying in the Permian Basin” will be given by Dr. Davey Edwards. Visitors are welcome.

FUNERALS – Service for Betty Brock, 88, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Richard W. Hale, 46, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jim Moore, 74, formerly of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Anita St. Clair, 76, of Coppell is noon Thursday at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Donna Marie Turner (Ames), 51, of Carrollton, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Saturday in Farmers Branch. John P Brooks and Family North Dallas Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Steven Martin Stroud, 42, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Friday at Brown, Owens and Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth.

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