Update for Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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THOUSANDS VOTE EARLY – Yesterday, on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 6 election, 2,145 people cast ballots. That greatly surpassed the first day of early voting during the last midterm election in 2014 when 444 people voted. It was even more than the 1,775 people who voted on the first day of early voting in the last presidential election in 2016 when 1,775 votes were cast. Three of the four early voting locations drew more than 500 voters. Early voting continues today with extended hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the four locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER THREAT – A 15-year-old female student was arrested Monday morning at Decatur High School after posting a threat on Facebook. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the teen, a recent transfer to DHS, posted she would “shoot up the school,” but did not name a specific school. Hoskins said she previously attended a Metroplex high school. She refused to cooperate with officers and had to be forcibly removed from the building. The teen was charged with terroristic threat and resisting arrest. Hoskins said the teen did not have any weapons at school when she was arrested. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

ROBOTICS TEAM WINS AT COMPETITION – The Bridgeport High School robotics team, Bridgeport Engineering, competed at the Denton County BEST robotics contest Saturday at the UNT Coliseum with the following results: first in the robotics competition (robot head-to-head); second in the BEST competition (overall score, all categories), finishing behind V.R. Eaton High School; first with the engineering notebook; first in spirit and sportsmanship with the support of BHS cheerleaders and the Mighty Marching Maroon; and first place with the team’s website (www.bridgeportengineering.weebly.com). The team qualified for Texas BEST, the state UIL robotics contest which is also a national regional contest for BEST robotics in Frisco, which will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Bridgeport has qualified for Texas BEST four of the last five years.

LOCAL TEAMS QUALIFY FOR STATE – The Decatur Eagles finished fourth at the 4A Region I championships Monday in Lubbock, qualifying for state for the first time since 2014. Matthew Ashmore was Decatur’s top finisher, running a 16:15 for fifth. The Decatur Lady Eagles took silver at the 4A Region I championships Monday in Lubbock, punching their ticket to the state championships Nov. 3 in Round Rock. Hanul Lewis was the Lady Eagles’ top runner, clocking an 11:48 for fourth place. The Boyd Yellowjackets won the 3A Region I championships Monday in Lubbock, edging Tornillo by two points. Boyd finished with 89 and Tornillo tallied 91. Gauge Fahlin took sixth with a 16:36. Paradise sophomore Jana Messenger qualified individually for the 3A state championships Monday. She finished 15th overall at the 3A Region I meet in Lubbock with a 12:31. The Slidell Greyhounds finished fourth at the Class A Region II championships Monday and qualified for state. Easton Vanover was fifth for Slidell, running a 17:04. Chico’s Raul Warnock qualified for state individually at the 2A Region II championships Monday. Warnock placed 13th, running a 17:45.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s volleyball games include Northwest at Little Elm, Argyle at Bridgeport, Boyd at Breckenridge, Paradise at Jacksboro and Alvord at Collinsville.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans will hold a yard sale at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur Friday and Saturday. Donations are being accepted today through Thursday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday in the second floor auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Lunch will be served. RSVP by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Remaining 2018 dates are this Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival, hosted by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, is 6-8 tonight at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Admission is free, and there will be free food, music and games. Local police departments, fire departments, EMS, Air Evac, Department of Public Safety, game wardens and other public service organizations will participate.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Julie Perez, 26, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with rosary to be said at 7.

FUNERAL for Shirley Elaine Foster, 82, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Donald E. Nall, 84, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Earl William “EJ” Crocker Jr., 37, of Midland is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Patricia Harrison, 90, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for James Park, 94, is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Bridgeport with burial at Dresden Cemetery in Corsicana. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. He is the father of Kay Crawford of Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Doug Molloy, 87, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Bridgeport with burial at Lone Star Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Austin Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Ruby Farley, 89, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Joe Roy “Joey” Smith, 31, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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