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Update for Thursday, March 14, 2019

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RHOME COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ZONING – The Rhome City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the rezoning of three acres in the 200 to 300 block of Morris Street from single family residential with minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet to single family residential with minimum lot sizes of 5,000 square feet at its meeting at 7 tonight. The Rhome Planning and Zoning Commission did not recommend the change.

BOYD MDD OKS APPLICATIONS – The Boyd Municipal Development District awarded $29,170 in property improvement grants to six applicants Tuesday. The MDD scored the projects on location, ability to produce sales tax, business sustainability and if it was an existing business and visibility of the projects. Boyd Built is eligible to receive $8,750, Cowboys BBQ $500, Boyd Chapel $2,688, Riley Services $2,232, Sam’s BBQ $5,000 and Mr. Jim’s $10,000.

COMMISSIONERS CLARIFY STANCE ON QUORUMS – Wise County commissioners Monday emphasized their commitment to transparency by making a change to their Rules of Procedure, Decorum and Conduct, declaring “all business requiring a vote of the commissioners court will be deliberated and decided in a posted meeting with a quorum present.” County Judge J.D. Clark suggested this change following the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals February decision that declared the provision in the Open Meetings Act requiring a quorum for secret meetings was “unconstitutionally vague.” “They struck that part down and that concerns me a bit because I think that’s a bad way to do business …,” Clark said. “I thought [clarifying our rule] would be a good show of how we do business because we don’t do walking quorums and we’re very careful when we’re all together. I think that’s a good way for us to conduct business.” The Rules of Procedure, Decorum and Conduct for Meetings of the Wise County Commissioners Court had not been modified since 1994. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

SUNNY DAY – After Wednesday’s early-morning storms, Wise County will be greeted with sunshine today and temperatures in the low 60s. Temperatures will cool to the mid 30s tonight. Friday will be be sunny and cool with highs in the mid 50s.

PARADISE TEAMS WIN GAMES – Colby Cox drove in five runs and the Paradise Panthers baseball team routed Jacksboro 23-6 Wednesday afternoon. Paradise improved to 7-6-2 and 1-1 in District 7-3A. Kaycee Martin went 2-for-3 and tallied five RBIs and the Paradise Lady Panthers knocked off Jacksboro 12-6 Wednesday afternoon. Kendall Candioto earned the win, scattering six runs on 11 hits while striking out five. Paradise improved to 14-5 and 3-1 in District 7-3A. The Bridgeport Bulls baseball team travels to Anna at 1 today. The Bridgeport Sissies softball team takes on Holliday at home at 10 a.m.

RUN THE TRAILS – The 21st Annual Grasslands Trail Run is Saturday at the LBJ National Grasslands. The 50-mile race begins at 6 a.m. The marathon starts at 7 a.m., and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Registration and packet pickup begins at 5:30 a.m. You can also register online at grasslandstrailrun.com.

LACE UP YOUR WALKING SHOES – Walk Across Texas, an exercise program through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County, starts in two weeks. Teams of eight work together to walk a total of 832 miles over the course of the eight-week program, April 1-May 26. To register a team, call 940-627-3341 or email Karen Brown, khbrown@ag.tamu.edu. You can also register in person at the Extension office, 206 South State St.

MOVIE DAY – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Peter Rabbit” today at the Arcadia Theater. The showings will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free, and concessions are available for purchase. The doors will open 30 minutes before the movie starts. Call 640-683-3480.

MANAGING CHRONIC DISEASE – Texas Health Resources and the Area Agency on Aging is having a free chronic disease self-management workshop on Tuesdays starting March 19 at the Bridgeport Public Library. The programs are 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will run through April 23. They will address things like heart disease and high blood pressure.

COMPUTER CLASS – The Alvord Public Library will offer a computer basics class at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 940-427-2842 or 940-577-0123. The library is at 106 W. Franklin St.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Juanita Hernandez Castillo, 61, of Rhome is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Dodson Mote, 68, of Aurora is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Barbara Hughes, 85, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.