Update for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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COUNTY WILL VERIFY CITIZENSHIP – Following a request sent to voter registrars around the state late last week from Texas Secretary of State David Whitley regarding thousands of registered voters whom the state has flagged as possibly non-citizens who are ineligible to vote, Wise County will request citizenship verification on 56 of its approximately 41,000 registered voters. The Secretary of State’s office said it was flagging people who had provided the Department of Public Safety with a form of identification that showed they were not a citizen when obtaining a driver’s license or identification card. Wise County Elections Administrator Sabra Srader said she spoke with County Attorney James Stainton and County Judge J.D. Clark who advised her to send out the examination letter seeking the proof of citizenship from the flagged individuals. Those individuals will have 30 days to provide one of the three forms of required proof of citizenship.

UTGCD VOTES TO KEEP ACREAGE MINIMUM AT 2 – The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is no longer looking to increase the minimum tract size for a new well from two acres to five acres as part of its rules update. The UTGCD Board of Directors voted 5-2 Monday night to direct its staff to amend the rules update to keep the minimum at two acres. Wise County’s two directors, Don Majka and Brent Wilson, cast the dissenting votes to go with the proposed five acres. Directors in Hood, Parker and Montague voted to keep the minimum at two acres.

MAIN STREET BOARD EXPANDING – The Decatur City Council Monday approved a request by Decatur Main Street Director Frieda Lasater to expand the Main Street board of directors from 11 members to 15. The council then voted to appoint Erin Murphy and Andy Fincher to serve in two of the newly created positions through June 1, 2019 and Christina Onofre and Chris Fernihough to serve in the other two new positions through June 1, 2020.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM – Chico Public Library will host 1, 2, 3 Play with Me for infants and toddlers to age 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. The library’s Stitch It! group will follow at noon. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

YOUTH SOFTBALL – Decatur Youth Softball signups for the spring season is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Renshaw Park in the concession stand. Cost is $90 per player for ages 6 and under through 14 and under. Call John Coker at 940-389-2170 or email contactdgys@yahoo.com.

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with lower incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library, 1700 FM 51 South, every Monday afternoon 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to April 15. Filers should bring: W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms and information about income tax that is already paid and about possible deductions, photo ID and Social Security cards for filer and dependents. Call 940-393-0290 to make an appointment. Information available at wcmess.com/taxaide.

CHAMBER BANQUET – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased at bridgeportchamber.org. Call the Chamber, 940-683-2076.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Osborn, 80, of Newark will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marsha Vanepps, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

PRIVATE family service for Emery Goodreau, 78, of Weatherford will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Eddie Collins, 88, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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