Update for Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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JUVENILE DETAINED AFTER PARADE INCIDENT – A 16-year-old Bridgeport resident was taken to a juvenile detention facility following an incident at the Bridgeport homecoming parade Monday evening. Police Chief Steve Stanford said the juvenile male refused to leave the area of the parade following a verbal altercation with another male in the 1000 block of Halsell Street along the parade route. Stanford said the teen became verbally abusive towards officers, and when an officer tried to physically remove him from the area, the juvenile ran, knocking a woman down nearly to the ground. Stanford and another officer were able to chase the teen and detain him. As the teen was being detained, he continued to use vulgar language and kicked an officer. The teen was taken to a facility in Wichita Falls. No one was seriously injured.

CITY MANAGER’S CONTRACT EXTENDED – Following a nearly two-hour closed session for the annual evaluation of City Manager Brett Shannon Monday, the Decatur City Council unanimously voted to extend Shannon’s contract another year and approved a 2 percent pay increase.

RHOME TO APPLY FOR WATER LOAN – The Rhome city council approved a resolution Tuesday to apply for up to $850,000 in funding from the Texas Water Development Board through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The funding would be used to make water improvements throughout the city, including repairing a well that is currently offline due to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality compliance issues. The city’s proposed project ranked third among more than 200 projects in the state. The city will be working with its financial advisor, engineers and bond counsel to submit the application by Oct. 5 to try to capture green project funds that are eligible for principal forgiveness. The green funds could be as much as 10 percent of the total project according to Derek Turner of Jacob and Martin. The bulk of the funds would be available in low-interest loans with rates ranging from 1.7 to 2.5 percent.

COUNCIL SEAT BECOMES VACANT – The Place 1 council seat of Charles Pennington is now vacant and the city is accepting applications to fill the seat until May 2019, Rhome Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico announced Tuesday. Pennington had missed several council meetings in succession, vacating the spot.

WELCOME TO FALL – A cold front that moved through our area this morning is expected to keep temperatures in the mid-60s throughout the day. Tonight’s overnight low will dip down to around 55 degrees. As Update was going to press, rain was falling in Decatur. Rain chances remain in the forecast throughout the day.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Last night’s volleyball scores include the following: Northwest beat Denton Braswell 3-1, Decatur beat Argyle 3-1, Bridgeport beat Springtown 3-2, Boyd beat Jacksboro 3-0, Brock beat Paradise 3-0 and Chico beat Bryson 3-2.

BOOK FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND – The Decatur Public Library’s 2nd Annual Same Page Book Festival is Saturday and will feature local authors and sessions for readers and aspiring writers. The festival runs 1 to 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. Keynote speakers are Doug and Carol Hutchison, authors of “Behind the Texas Badge.” Doug spent 39 years as a Texas law enforcement officer, and Carol, Doug’s wife of 31 years, is an award-winning writer and photographer. They put together a coffee table book, pairing stories and photographs of 103 Texas law enforcement officers, including Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. After they speak, the Hutchisons, along with Akin and other featured law enforcement officers will be available for a book signing. Several other authors and poets will also be selling and signing their books. The library is at 1700 FM 51 in Decatur. Call 940-393-0290.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery Association Meeting is 4 p.m. Sunday.

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.

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

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

FUNERAL for Billy Ray Gamble, 73, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Laurence Church in Southlake. Jones Family Funeral Home in 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.

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