Update for Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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COUNTY TO ALLOW FIREWORKS – Wise County commissioners Monday decided not to ban aerial fireworks. The decision came following a presentation and recommendation by Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. “Because of the limitations of the legislature, I feel like our best answer is to go with mitigation and a PR campaign [to reinforce safety],” he said. The local government code limits bans to only missiles with sticks and rockets with fins, but Powell was concerned about the possibility of the general public being confused and thinking everything was outlawed. He said that “could potentially cause more harm because of the amount of calls coming in” to dispatch, spreading resources thin. “We feel a better use of our time would be to engage in a public relations campaign for the next month, doing everything we can to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks,” he said. Commissioners unanimously approved Powell’s recommendation. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

BOYD EXPANDS PRINCIPAL’S ROLE – Boyd ISD trustees added Boyd Middle School principal to the duties of Daniel Bourgeois Monday. Bourgeois will continue to serve as the Boyd Intermediate principal, which shares a campus with the middle school. The district will add an assistant principal and additional counselor to the campus’ administration team. Trustees accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent and Boyd Middle School Principal Barbara Stice, who is leaving the district after 21 years to become the assistant director of the Wise County Special Education Coop.

CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY – The 30th annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Father’s Day Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf Club. Registration is $100 per player on four-man teams and includes lunch, two mulligans, 25 raffle tickets and beverages on the course. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Call 940-627-3107 or email lisab@decaturtx.com.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY – 1,2,3 Play with Me returns to Chico Public Library at 11 a.m. today. Designed for infants and toddlers (0-4), this program provides children and their adults with the opportunity to socialize and learn through play. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Decatur is Saturday. A parade will take place at 11 a.m. in downtown Decatur. A block party featuring a bounce house and barbecue will be held at 2 p.m. at Louida Willis Park. Call 940-799-1077.

BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9644 will host Bingo Night Saturday, June 23 (originally scheduled for June 16) at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., first call at 6:30.

READING WITH DOGS – Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be at Rhome Public Library 2-3:30 p.m. today. Honey and Ava, certified by Therapy Dogs International, along with their handler, Katherine Prado, will provide a stress-free, relaxing environment for children to practice reading. Each reader is allotted 15 minutes. Call 817-636-2767. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Avenue.

FUNERALS – Service for John P. Wroe, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

FUNERAL for Harold Ray Robinson, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Dale Ray Childers, 62, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Marieta Marney, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for former Bridgeport band director Fred Stockdale, 84, is 1:30 p.m. June 29 at the Decatur Conference Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites with visitation to follow.

FUNERAL for Robert “Bob” Whatley, 83, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Wise County, is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park with graveside service to follow at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Christopher Lee Bolden, 59, is noon Thursday at Alexander’s Midway Chapel in Springtown. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.

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