Update for Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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DHS TO REMAIN CLOSED ALL WEEK – Decatur High School will be closed through Friday after last week’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday. “It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.” One of the drains on top of the school collapsed during Friday’s storm sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym. None of the classrooms were affected, Whitis said. Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process. As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options. Schools must provide 75,600 minutes of instruction. “We’ll be looking to do what will be the least amount of disruption to the other campuses,” Whitis said. “We’re under the minutes requirement, we’ll be calculating the minutes and looking to build time back in the schedule at the high school. We’ll look at that before taking away any holidays.” All other campuses held classes as normal.

HUGHES NAMED INTERIM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – A new interim Wise County public works director was announced Monday, but commissioners hope to fill the position by the end of October. Public works foreman Ross Jones has been overseeing the department since his boss, Keith Stone, was fired Aug. 27, but Jones recently notified the county he will soon be quitting for another job. County Judge J.D. Clark told commissioners he appointed Special Projects Manager Glenn Hughes to oversee the department the next few weeks. Commissioners discussed the job description drafted by Clark and County Treasurer Katherine Hudson, made minor tweaks and approved its posting. It will be open for 14 days, and the hiring committee, which includes Clark, Sheriff Lane Akin and Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White, will have another 14 days to finish interviewing candidates and choose someone to recommend to commissioners court on Oct. 22. Responsibilities previously under the oversight of the public works director, but now removed from the job description, are maintenance of the county’s flood control lakes and dams and maintenance and upkeep of Wise County Park on Lake Bridgeport. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise, delivered free to your mailbox.

ADVANCE TICKET SALES EXTENDED – Advance ticket sales for Taste Bridgeport have been extended through Wednesday. Cost is $30 per person or $55 per couple. The Texas food and wine celebration is 4-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring a concert with the Spazmatics, a 1980s cover band, at 9. Tickets can be purchased online at bridgeportchamber.org or at the Chamber office, 812 Halsell St. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the gate for $40 each. For more information, call 940-683-2076.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight, weather permitting. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for information.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s volleyball games include Northwest at Denton Braswell, Decatur at Argyle, Springtown at Bridgeport, Boyd at Jacksboro, Paradise at Brock and Bryson at Chico.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

MARY’S GIFT PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE 3D MAMMOGRAMS – 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, Oct. 10 and 24, 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.

HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET – The Wise County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday and the Wise County Historical Commission will hold their quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. following the Society meeting. Both will be held in the G.C. Rann Auditorium on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to attend.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Royce Judd, 64, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lydia O. Leal, 72, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Norma Lee Davis, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Billy R. Gamble, 73, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Danny Town, 54, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Laurence Church in Southlake. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carol Long, 78, of Justin is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amanda Dawn Rasco, 26, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Paradise. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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