COMMISSIONERS APPROVE BUILDING FOR CRIME LAB – Wise County commissioners approved at the request of Sheriff David Walker acquiring a building from Fort Hood that will be set up and used as a crime lab. Walker told commissioners at their regular meeting Monday that the building was available through the Texas 1033 Military Surplus Property Program, which transfers excess Department of Defense property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It will cost between $14,000 and $17,000 to move the building to Wise County and set it up, and commissioners approved spending up to another $15,000 to furnish it and prepare it for operation. Walker said it would house the S.O.’s fingerprint processing equipment and chemicals and would also serve as space to process other evidence. The building had to be removed from Fort Hood by Friday. Look for the full story in the upcoming weekend Messenger.
BRIDGEPORT SETS TAX RATE – The Bridgeport City Council set its tax rate of $0.5875 per $100 valuation for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night. The council also approved a 36-month agreement with the city and G&K Services to provide uniforms to field workers and approved an agreement with TXDOT Aviation for airport renovation. Read the full story in the weekend edition of the Messenger.
BUDGET, TAX RATE APPROVED – The Runaway Bay City Council on Tuesday approved a balanced $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate. Proposed capital expenditures include a 3/4 ton pickup for the public works department, a F-150 pickup and equipment as a first responder vehicle for the fire department, new pumps and electrical work at the Lake Shore lift station and replacement of manholes at Lake Shore East and Segundo. City officials also plan to pay $119,824 in debt service.
LADY TEXANS, LADY EAGLES DROP MATCHES – The Northwest Lady Texans rallied from 24-19 deficit in the opening set Tuesday to take the game. But it was the last set the Lady Texans would take as Keller Central captured the four-game victory, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-13. Camryn Berryhill led Northwest with 18 kills. Tessa Harfield added 10. Morgan Baker tallied 28 assists. Coppell swept Decatur Lady Eagles in three games Tuesday, 25-12, 25-21, 25-22. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets dropped the first two sets but stormed back to knock off Bowie Tuesday. Boyd won 10-25, 11-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-12. The Paradise Lady Panthers moved to 2-0 in 9-3A Tuesday with a victory over Henrietta. Chico moved to 3-0 in district with a four-game victory over Perrin Tuesday. Chico won 20-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-15. The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t stay with the Gainesville Lady Leopards Tuesday, falling in three games. Gainesville won 25-8, 25-14, 25-19.
NATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION BEGINS – Between 600 and 700 competitors will converge on Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds between Slidell and Decatur today through Sunday for the Texas State Championship shooting competition. Shooters from all over the nation will compete for $50,000 in prize money. The event is also expected to draw a few thousand spectators and vendors to the area. This will be the first time for Fossil Pointe to host this championship, one of the largest in the U.S.
CLEAN-UP DAYS – The City of Rhome will host clean-up days for its residents 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Dumpsters will be located at the Rhome Fire Department, 261 School Road. A utility bill must be shown to verify residency.
POSTER SCAM – Local businesses have been receiving calls from representatives of Elite Designs who claim they are calling on behalf of the Decatur basketball program selling posters with proceeds going to the athletic department. School officials say the group is not affiliated with the school and does not give the program profits from the ad sales.
TRAIL RIDE – The Weldon Taylor Trailride benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Sept. 26-28 in Park Springs. Events begin Friday with set up and continue with a 10-mile ride at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by lunch, a concert and dance. Activities conclude with a 6-mile ride Sunday. There will also be an auction, raffle, prize giveaways, horse and wagon races and a hay trailer for anyone not riding a horse. Cost is $25 or $15 for those attending only the concert and dance Saturday. No charge for children under 8 years old. Contact Weldon Taylor, 940-577-0794 or Teresa Cagle, 940-393-9752.
GIVE BACK EVENT – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will get 15 percent of sales 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday for those who present fliers at Decatur’s Chili’s Restaurant, located at 600 South U.S. 81/287. For information on the flyer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSTITUTION DAY – The Fourth Annual Constitution Day Celebration is 1:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park. The event is sponsored by the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with other local veteran groups. The entire constitution will be read, and everyone is invited to ring a bell at the conclusion of the reading. Readers need to be there at 1 p.m. Covered seating will be available.
FUNERALS – Services for Jerrell D. Hoover, 90, of Paradise and Donna Kuhlman, 69, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.Print This Page