Update for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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EARLY VOTING RECORD – Wise County likely set a single-day early voting record yesterday when 2,556 people voted in the Nov. 6 general election. That includes 1,023 at the early voting location in Decatur. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today 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.

NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – Wise County commissioners Monday hired Joey Highfill as the new public works director. Highfill, who lives in the Boonsville/Balsora area, is a member of the volunteer fire department and is former public works director and city manager for the city of Lake Worth. “We think he’s really well-equipped to work with developers as public works is more on the front line for development,” said County Judge J.D. Clark. “He understands human resources, managing people and managing a budget.” Highfill starts work immediately. He will be paid $65,000 per year. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise, delivered free to your mailbox.

RAINY DAY AHEAD – Today’s forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain with a high of 56 degrees.

VOLLEYBALL – Yesterday’s volleyball results include the following: Argyle beat Bridgeport 3-0, Boyd beat Breckenridge 3-0 and Collinsville beat Alvord 3-1. Bridgeport and Alvord are eliminated from playoff contention with their losses. Northwest, Decatur, Boyd and Chico are the four volleyball teams from Wise County that qualified for the postseason.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab in Decatur will hold a trunk-or-treat event 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday.

MORE TRUNK-OR-TREAT – Stagecoach Rehab in Bridgeport will hold a trunk-or-treat event 5-7 p.m. Thursday. It will include hot dogs, face painting, “punkin chunkin'” and a cake walk.

FALL FESTIVAL – Decatur Medical Lodge will have its family fall festival 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Residents will pass out candy and there will be bounce houses, balloon animals, games, cotton candy and hot dogs.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center has partnered with Peak Performance in Decatur to host a free self defense class for women and girls age 13 and over from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn tips and tools to empower and protect yourself. Space is limited. Call 940-626-4585 or email bmott@wisehope.org.

DEVON LUNCH – Retirees, employees, exes, spouses and friends of MEC, MND, LEC and Devon will meet for lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Catfish O’Harlies in Decatur. Call 940-683-2882 for information.

LEARN TO CROCHET – Chico Public Library’s “Stitch It!” program is noon-1:30 p.m. today. This program is open to home schoolers and adults who want to learn the basics of crochet. Experienced crocheters and knitters are invited to bring their current project to work on and share tips and tricks of the craft. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

CANDY NEEDED – Boo Bash on the Decatur Square needs candy. If you’d like to donate bags of candy, drop them off at the Messenger office, 115 S. Trinity St., or at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. The event is 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Festivities will include a trunk or treat, dog costume contest, car decorating contest, bounce houses and live music. Proceeds will go to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

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. today.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Julie Perez, 26, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Donald E. Nalls, 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.

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

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Carolyn Harrison, 78, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Emaley Swanzy, 19, of Paradise is 5 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

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

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

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