NCTCOG RELEASES POPULATION ESTIMATES – The North Central Texas Council of Governments recently released 2016 population estimates, and the Wise County community showing the most growth was Boyd. The estimated population on Jan. 1 was 1,350, a 3.8 percent increase from Jan. 1, 2015. The city of Aurora, with an estimated population of 1,380, showed a 3 percent increase, while New Fairview came in at 2.1 percent. Its estimated population is 1,440. The city of Decatur’s estimated population is 6,490, a 1.6 percent increase from last year. Bridgeport increased .3 percent from 6,080 to 6,100. The city of Runaway Bay grew an estimated 1.5 percent and Newark was up 1 percent, while Rhome, Chico and Alvord remained flat. Wise County’s population was estimated at 62,240, a .4 percent increase from last year’s estimate of 61,970. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
STATE ACADEMIC AWARDS – Junior Avery Caddell of Paradise won Class 3A headline writing at the UIL academic state meet in Austin this week. He was also Tops in Texas, an award given to the top headline writer of all six classes. Senior Shelby Vanover of Slidell won Class A computer science, and teammate Sarah Beaver placed fourth in the contest. Slidell placed first as a team in computer science. Beaver placed second in computer applications and number sense, while Vanover took second in ready writing. Shelby Johnson of Slidell placed third in persuasive speaking, and Mason Maynard took fourth in computer applications. Taylor Davis placed fifth in poetry interpretation. Austin Richey of Chico placed second in Class 2A computer applications, and Mickey Drewry won fifth in Class 4A headline writing. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
ART EXHIBIT – The Wise County Art Association is having a show featuring the work of Marie James through today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS – Rhome veterans are having a Memorial Day ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rhome Veterans Park at the corner of 2nd Street and Virginia Lane. Memorial bricks for the park will be for sale. Alvord Area Veterans will hold a Memorial Day program at the Alvord Veterans Park at Elm Park 10 a.m. Monday. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830. The Wise County Veterans Group annual Memorial Day program is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Guest speaker is Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.
BRIDGEPORT GRADUATION DAY – Bridgeport High School graduation is 7 tonight at the University of North Texas in Denton.
JOB FAIR – Weatherford College Wise County is having a job fair noon to 2 p.m. today. They are filling positions for full- and part-time general education faculty members for all campuses.
FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. The group educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Tommy Attaway, former Army captain and author of “We Defy!” will speak about the history and relationship between the 2nd Amendment and the militia system in Texas. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Betty Williams, 93, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. today at the Childress Cemetery in Childress.
FUNERAL for Eva Read, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
MEMORIAL service for Jeremiah Martinez, 35, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center.
MEMORIAL service for Fred Wesley Baxter is 2 p.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery.
MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.Print This Page