Posted on May 15, 2015.
MAYOR’S FIRE DEPARTMENT WORK QUESTIONED – A standing-room only crowd packed into Rhome City Hall Thursday night in anticipation of a heated debate. Michelle Pittman was sworn in as the new mayor and also on the agenda was discussion of limiting the mayor’s service within other city entities. Pittman is the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department’s assistant chief, and that doesn’t sit well with some fellow council members. “I think my mayor of the city should be mayor; that’s it,” said council member Ronnie Moore. “I think it’s a position that takes a lot of time. I don’t want my mayor to not be on the fire department, but not make any kind of decisions in that fire department.” Pittman asked: “So I can stay on the department and continue to do what I’m doing, as long as I’m not assistant chief, and everyone would be happy?” She was never given a direct answer, and eventually council member Tim Robison made a motion to table the issue until the May 26 meeting. It passed 3-1, with Robison, Pennington and Dawn Davis voting in favor of tabling it, and Jo Ann Wilson voting against. Two citizens spoke in support of Pittman during the public comment portion of the meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
STATE TRACK – Five Wise County athletes will compete at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships this weekend. Alvord’s Kaely Beaver will throw the shot put this morning. Slidell’s Kayson Roof will pole vault at 3 p.m. Tonight, Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett runs the 800 at 6:20. Roof competes in the 300 hurdles at 8:45. Saturday, Alvord’s Joe Randall runs in the 100 at 1:05 p.m. Northwest’s Jacob Suchors runs in the 800 at 6:20 p.m. Follow @WCMsports on Twitter for live coverage.
TEAMS PUSH THROUGH PLAYOFFS – Decatur lost Game 1 of the three-game area round series with Graham, 1-0. Game 2, and Game 3 if necessary, will be played tomorrow back-to-back starting at 7 p.m. Alvord baseball plays Blue Ridge Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Graford. If necessary, they will play Game 3 at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Alvord softball plays Game 1 against Moody at 8 p.m. Friday in Graford. Game 2 and Game 3 will be Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. if needed. Chico plays Game 2 of the area series against Lindsay at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hill. Chico won Game 1 of the series, 7-2.
TEAM COMPETING IN FINALS - Members of the Decatur High School Rodeo Team will compete at the NTHSRA finals this weekend May 15-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Times are 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.
INFORMATION MEETING – Decatur High School will host a College and Career Information night for current juniors and their parents at DHS 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the lecture hall.
SOCIETY MEETING - The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 201 East Main St. Members will bring a potluck dish, and games of Rock Bingo will be played. Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.
FUNDRAISER – Boonsville-Balsora VFD will host it’s annual fundraiser and open house “Boonstock” this Saturday in downtown Boonsville. BBQ brisket and sausage will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by the auction. Other features include a bounce house for the kids and Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk. Carter Bloodbank will be on hand from 4-8 p.m. to take blood donations.
MATS FOR THE HOMELESS – The Sand Flat Art Guild will have Beth Roper of Governor’s Ridge show how to make mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags at the Chico Senior Center Tuesday, May 19. They will have a potluck dinner at noon, then hands-on instructions on how to make the mats.
CLAY SHOOT – The Sixth Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Clay Shoot is Friday, May 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Team entry is $500 for a five-person team. Call Decatur Chamber to register a team or sponsorship opportunities, 940-627-3107.
GRASS BASH – The Decatur High School volleyball program will have its 5th Annual Grass Bash May 30. This is an outdoor, co-ed volleyball tournament. To register, call Coach Brandy Mayfield or Coach Claire Gay, 940-393-7200.
SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 8-10 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. There will be a swim and pizza party on Friday, June 12. In case of inclement weather, camp will be at Crossroads Church in Decatur. Mark your calendars now and plan to come as a camper or as a helper. Call Andrea Duwe, 940-395-3356; or Elaine Huff, 940-627-4222.
GOLF TOURNAMENT - The Second Annual Wise County Veterans Group Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Golf Club. Registration is at 8 a.m., tee off at 9. Cost is $75. Entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and awards. Veterans play for free. Proceeds go to the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, soon to open in Bridgeport. Call Roy Garrett, 940-393-6116 or Hank Hasselbach, 832-656-1361.
PARK DEDICATION – Dedication of the Chico City Park at 400 S. Hovey is noon Saturday, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served.
BOONSTOCK THIS WEEKEND - Boonsville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department is having Boonstock, its annual fundraiser and open house, Saturday in downtown Boonsville. Barbecue brisket and sausage will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by the auction. There will be a bounce house for the kids. In addition, this year will feature Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk. Carter Blood Care will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. to take blood donations.
MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Box Office presents the movie “Box Trolls” in Harwood Park Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk around 8:30. Call 940-683-3480.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Sam Houston of Gainesville will speak at the Bridgeport Historical Society meeting 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Police Station’s community room, 1000 Thompson St. Houston will speak about his namesake, the first and third president of the Republic of Texas.
DIABETES CLASS – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is offering monthly diabetes education classes the third Monday of the month. This month’s class is next week. The beginner class is 3 p.m., and the advanced class is 4 p.m. in the WRHS education room on the second floor of the main hospital in Decatur. Classes are free and taught by Dick Gilley, RN, CCRN, CDE. Call 940-626-1890.
PEDIATRIC SOCIAL GROUP – Fit-N-Wise pediatric therapy will host its monthly social group for children ages 6 to 12 who struggle with social interaction 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18. The group is led by a team of therapists. It’s free to attend, but registration is required. Call 940-627-6927.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Wendall Allen Osburn, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Jones Family Funeral Home.
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