Update for Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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SEVEN NORTHWEST STUDENTS INJURED IN BUS WRECK – Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon. All the students were treated and released by Tuesday night, according to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin. The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County. “Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.” The driver was treated at the scene and released. Eighteen students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.

NORTHWEST ISD APPROVES RAISES – Northwest ISD trustees approved a 2 percent raise from the midpoint for employees for the 2018-19 school year. The raises will add $2.648 million to the budget. The district’s beginning teacher salary is now $54,000. The pay for a 30-year teacher will be $68,950. Trustees named Judy Copp school board president. Anne Davis-Simpson will be the vice president and Lillian Rauch secretary. Trustees also approved the issuance of $100 million from the $399 million bond package approved by voters in May 2017.

HOT DAY – Temperatures are expected to be close to triple digits in Wise County today with a heat index above 100. There is an elevated fire risk in the far western portion of the county.

PBR THIS WEEKEND – The JW Hart PBR Challenge with WC Challenger Charities is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Silvano Alves, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira and Cody Campbell are among the riders expected to participate. Buy tickets online at wcchallenger.org or call 1-800-514-3849.

APPLEWHITE TO TAKE OFFICE – Newly-elected Precinct 3 Constable Charles Applewhite will be sworn into office Thursday during the county commissioners meeting. Applewhite won the Republican primary runoff and has no Democratic opponent in the general election. Since he was elected to an unexpired term, he will take office immediately. The commissioners meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale will be available for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will open 8 a.m. Saturday with produce from local farmers. It will feature eggs, meat, jelly/jams, pickles, baked goods, tamales and artisan items and $5 off coupons to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection Vaccination Clinic 10 a.m.-noon June 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

JUNETEENTH – Organizers of the 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Decatur are seeking participants for this year’s parade, which will take place at 11 a.m. June 16 in downtown Decatur. A block party will be held at 2 p.m. that day at Louida Willis Park. Call 940-799-1077.

NEW ADDITIONS TO MUSEUM – The Bridgeport Historical Museum will celebrate a ribbon cutting for two new donated items related to local industry. The museum received a donation of a truck from Martin Marietta and a pump jack from Devon Energy. The event will take place at 10 a.m. today. Representatives from the two companies will be in attendance, and refreshments will be served.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 12:30-4:30 p.m. today in the parking lot at 1900 N. Trinity St. No appointment is necessary.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s first Summer Reading Club event is 10:30 a.m. to noon today. Rhythm Path will be the performer.

SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY EVENT – Fit-N-Wise is hosting a free Silver Sneakers class today, celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The workout group for senior adults will meet 10-11 a.m., but there will be vendors and door prizes geared toward seniors in the gym from 9 a.m.-noon.

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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