COLLEGE TO RETURN $1.4 MILLION TO STATE — This week the Agency Operations Committee, a subgroup of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), decided Weatherford College must pay back $1.4 million in disputed funding, but it will have five years to do so, instead of the originally suggested two-year timeframe. According to THECB, the college didn’t comply with the board’s rules for enrollment data used in funding related to continuing education classes and over-reported 250,012 hours for the 2014 base period. The Agency Operations Committee met Wednesday in Austin and discussed the issue in closed session for just over an hour before emerging and announcing their recommendation to extend the time period for payback. Committee members presented their opinion to THECB Thursday. No one from Weatherford College testified at either meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
STORMS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON — Much of Wise County received rain but no severe weather early this morning. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.22 of an inch in Decatur, 0.15 in Greenwood, 0.13 in Rhome and 0.04 in Bridgeport. Storms are more likely this afternoon when a dryline moves in from the west. The National Weather Services says the conditions could produce supercells capable of very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. Rain chances diminish tonight but could return late Sunday night into Monday morning.
DECATUR, ALVORD WIN BI-DISTRICT TITLES — Reagan Chism no-hit Midlothian Heritage over five innings of a 15-0 Class 4A Region I bi-district win Thursday. Morgan Lamance went 4-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs beat Bryson 7-1 to win a Class 2A Region II bi-district crown. Pottsboro knocked Paradise out of the softball playoffs with a 14-0 setback. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets fell to S&S 12-0 in game one of their bi-district series. Game two is 5 p.m. Saturday in Prosper. Alvarado edged the Bridgeport Sissies 2-1 in game one of their series. Game two is 7 tonight at Keller Fossil Ridge.
ALVORD FORCES PLAYOFF — The Alvord Bulldogs hammered Graford 9-1 to force a third-place tiebreaker game with Olney at 7 tonight in Graford. The winner will be 10-2A’s third seed and the loser the fourth seed. Paradise will take on Jacksboro at 4:30 p.m. Paradise will clinch second place with a win. Boyd heads to Bowie. Bridgeport takes on Springtown at 4:30 p.m. in Graford in a battle for the second and third seeds out of 8-4A. Decatur will face Lake Dallas at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Eaton High School in a warm-up game.
REGION TRACK — Athletes will hit the track today, trying to earn a spot in the finals Saturday. Decatur will run in the 4A Region I meet at Texas Tech. Boyd and Paradise are at Whitehouse High School. Alvord and Chico are competing in Dallas. Slidell athletes compete at Tarleton State. Northwest is at UT-Arlington.
GOLF TOURNAMENT POSTPONED — The 17th Annual United Way of Wise County Golf Tournament has been postponed from today until May 27 due to anticipated inclement weather. The location and registration and start times for the tournament remain the same. Team re-scheduling information, including new team registrations, may be obtained by contacting Tobi Cullop at First State Bank in Decatur, 940-627-8767.
DAV YARD SALE — If it is raining today, the DAV yard sale at the DAV Hall in Decatur will be postponed.
CASINO NIGHT — A casino night benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 and the casino opens at 7. Guest speaker is Justice LaRue, a former foster child. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 for couples. High roller tables are available, and sponsorships and auction items are being collected. Contact Kayla Prock, 940-627-7535, email@example.com.
DIABETES CLASSES — Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport Monday. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Bridgeport Hospital Education room. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.
FUN RUN — Run for the Clovers Color Run is Saturday in downtown Decatur. The 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., and the family run starts at 9:30. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for youth. Bring canned goods for a discount. The run benefits local charities and Wise County 4-H. Call 940-627-3341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/4-h-color-run-tickets-22709445563.
FUNERALS — Service for Robert James “Bob” Boland, 80, of Decatur, is 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Else Miles, 85, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Debora D. Read, 61, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Carmen Irene Scherb, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Elma Kay Davis, 72, of Slidell and Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.Print This Page