2016 CERTIFIED TAX VALUES RELEASED – Wise County taxing entities will face a double-digit drop in mineral values, according to the 2016 certified values released by Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand Monday. The final values are in line with Hand’s predictions earlier this summer. The county’s mineral values are down 59.94 percent, and preliminary total taxable values are at $6.2 billion, a 17.49 percent decrease. Hand had predicted a 19 percent drop. Among cities, Alvord took the largest hit in mineral values with a 91.57 percent drop, but the city of New Fairview lost the most in total taxable values with a 40.34 percent drop to $100,608,482. Boyd ISD took one of the biggest hits of the school districts with a 61.45 percent loss in mineral values, and a 28.99 percent loss in total taxable values. Read more about the values across the county, including those in Decatur and Bridgeport, in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
INSURANCE CHANGES RESULT IN SAVINGS – In the midst of a bleak budget year, Wise County officials received good news Monday related to county insurance. The county was allowed to enter the insurance pool run by the Texas Association of Counties, resulting in a $250,000 annual savings, according to County Judge J.D. Clark. Officials were originally facing a renewal increase of 25 to 30 percent. “We were due some good news, and this is it,” Clark told commissioners. The new insurance plan is Blue Cross Blue Shield, and county employees should see lower premiums but better benefits. The county will also make a vision plan available to employees in the coming year. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
TORRES SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS – An Alvarado man who pleaded guilty in May to delivering 110 grams of methamphetamine to Wise County was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday in 271st District Court in Decatur. Fidel Valdes Torres, 35, faced five to 99 years or life for the first degree felony charge. He was also eligible for probation. Torres was arrested on July 12, 2013, after a suspect facing his own drug charge agreed to set up a buy from Torres in Newark. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.
REUNION CABIN WINNERS – Winners of the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion Cabin Contest were announced yesterday and are as follows: best lighting, Andrew Rottner; best theme, John Coker; best reunion spirit, Donald Chapman; most inviting cabin, Young Family Camp; best traditional cabin, Sharon Montgomery; and best all around, Stephen Wren.
TONIGHT AT REUNION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” Washer Tournament takes place at the pavilion at Reunion tonight. Registration is 5-6:45 p.m. and the tournament is at 7.
MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER – The Wise County Committee on Aging, providers of Meals on Wheels, will hold fundraising night 5-9 tonight at IHOP in Decatur. Present their flyer and IHOP will donate 20 percent of your bill to WCCA. Flyers can be picked up at the office at 300 N. Trinity St. and will also be passed out at the restaurant.
MAD SCIENTISTS – The Mad Scientists will present Mad Science Energy Burst! 4 p.m. Thursday. Young scientists learn all about energy and conduct their own experiments. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday in the hospital parking lot. There is a nationwide shortage of O-Negative type blood and hospitals are being rationed for the blood type, according to Dr. Tom Long of Decatur.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Pauline Wilds, 94, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Carolyn Sue Perkins, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
VISITATION for Kwei Se Ting, 75, of Decatur is 1:30-2:30 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Justin Ray Buchanan, 31, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Diamond B Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Barbara Ann Potts, 67, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Sharron Sue Frizzell Hodgkiss, 75, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.Print This Page