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Update for Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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WISE APPROVES TIER 2 STATUS – Local voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved a proposition that will create Tier 2 status for Wise County by a vote of 15,289 to 4,567, or 77 to 23 percent. The Tier 2 status means property owners will have to vote to approve any involuntary annexation by cities. Previously, home rule cities could involuntarily annex property.

PROPOSITIONS APPROVED – In local ballot propositions, Rhome voters approved the issuance of $2.75 million general obligation bonds for constructing, improving and extending the city’s water and sewer system by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent; Boonsville voters approved Wise County Emergency Services District No. 2 by a vote of 68 to 32 percent; and Aurora voters approved the sale of all alcoholic beverages in the city by a vote of 66 to 34 percent.

WATER DISTRICT PROP FAILS – The only local proposition that was rejected by voters was for the Wise County Water Supply District. A proposition that would have allowed the water district to tax and provide service to newly-annexed land in the district failed by a vote of 777-735, or 51 to 49 percent.

SLIDELL SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION – Brian Moore was elected to Position 4 on the Slidell School Board yesterday by a vote of 241 to 135 over Scott Walz.

MORE ELECTION COVERAGE ONLINE – For complete local coverage of yesterday’s election, check out our special E-edition at wcmessenger.com.

LOCAL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS ADVANCE – The Decatur Lady Eagles swept Stephenville Tuesday night and advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 2015. Decatur will play Hereford in the 4A Region I semifinal at 2 p.m. Friday at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Holliday Tuesday night and advanced to the regional tournament for the second straight year. Boyd will play Shallowater in the 3A Region I semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Lubbock Cooper High School.

BOYD RESCINDS BOIL NOTICE – The city of Boyd received the OK to rescind the boil water notice after receiving favorable tests of samples in lab tests. The boil notice was issued Sunday after a line break caused the pressure in the system to drop below state mandated requirements.

GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3 p.m. Rain chances increase to 50 percent overnight and 70 percent Thursday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s today.

PARADISE BUS CRASH – A Paradise ISD bus hit a Ford Focus SUV between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Main Street in Paradise. Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said the bus disregarded the stop sign on Schoolhouse Road and hit the Focus, which was traveling south on Main Street. The driver of the Focus, Harold Oberg, 53, of Runaway Bay was not injured. Two children were also in his car but were not hurt. The bus driver, Kathy Cavender, 59, of Paradise was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur as a precaution. There were six students on the bus, and Superintendent Paul Uttley said although there were no obvious injuries, two of them were taken to WHS as a precaution. “I asked to have the driver transported to be checked out, and we called the parents of the students,” he said. “I’m proud of how the staff put the kids’ needs first and made sure they were OK. The No. 1 thing is the kids are safe.” The students were being transported to the Wise County Special Education Co-op in Bridgeport.

ADAMS DEDICATION – Northwest ISD formally dedicated the new Leo Adams Middle School last night at the school auditorium. The school is named in honor of Northwest founding board member and former Justin Mayor Leo Adams. He was the father of Jeannine Eaton of Decatur. The school is located next to V.R. Eaton High School and Schluter Elementary School on U.S. 81/287 south of Rhome.

WIC OFFICES CLOSED – SPCAA-WIC offices will be closed today for a staff meeting. It will reopen 7 a.m. Thursday. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment.

AHS VETS PROGRAM – Alvord High School will have a Veterans Day program 9 a.m. Thursday in the gym.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Layla Garcia, an infant of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sarah Geneva Hudson, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

VISITATION for Teresa Unate de Fraga, 87, of Chico is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Marie New, 92, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with burial at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Moran Carl Roop Jr., 84, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.