Bridgeport ISD trustees to discuss renovations

The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees will discuss baseball dugouts and football field and agriculture science animal barn renovations at its meeting Monday.

In addition to facility renovations, the board will also:

  • hear a monthly finance report;
  • go over the budget for the upcoming fiscal year;
  • review updated Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) policies;
  • discuss each campus’s electronic message boards; and
  • hear a superintendent’s report.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference room at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.

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Football: Bulls defense shows growth

The Bridgeport Bulls gave up 43 points a game in 2013.

As they prepare for the 2014 season, the Bulls have rebuilt their defense, changing from the 4-3 alignment to a 3-4. In its first live action in Tuesday’s Maroon and White scrimmage, the first-team unit stuffed the run and gave up two touchdowns on long passes in 60 plays.

Bringing Him Down

BRINGING HIM DOWN – Bridgeport linebacker Roger Mastin sacks quarterback Trey Cook during the Maroon and White scrimmage Tuesday at Bull Memorial Stadium. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“Our team is young, but we’re going to do good,” said outside linebacker Roger Mastin. “We have more seniors than last year and we’re going from the 4-3 to the 3-4. That’ll help. We have a lot of quick guys.”

Mastin is one of those quick linebackers, who stepped up and sacked Bridgeport starting quarterback Trey Cook on the first series.

The first-team defense allowed only one run over four yards in the scrimmage.

“The defense did a good job,” said coach Danny Henson. “They stepped up and stopped the run for sure. We had a couple of receivers make a few plays down field.

“From what I could tell, the linebackers were flowing to the ball. We’ll watch the film to see, but they looked to be flying around and filling holes. I’m happy with the way they are coming along.”

The first-team offense behind Cook scored twice with receiver Keenan Holdman breaking free for touchdowns of 70 and 60 yards. Holdman also scored twice against the second-team defense.

“He’s a junior who has not played football since he was in seventh grade,” Henson said. “He’s getting better each day.”

Outside the two long passing plays to Holdman, the Bulls offense mounted two drives inside the 25-yard line before being turned away. Cook went 27-for-44 for 357 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the scrimmage.

The offense’s best stretch of the night came after Henson demanded the unit increase the tempo to game speed.

“That’s what we want to do,” Henson said. “We feel it’s to our advantage to push the tempo and rotate in a lot of kids.”

The Bulls will be back on the field for a scrimmage against Bowie at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bull Memorial Stadium.

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Volleyball: Sissies fall to Sanger

The Bridgeport Sissies struggled to get on track Tuesday against a former district foe.

Sanger swept the Sissies, who were once again without senior middle blocker Jessica White, 25-6, 25-15, 25-11.

Bridgeport fell to 0-2 on the season.

“We played very stiff from the very beginning and never found a rhythm,” said Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings. “That, combined with poor ball control, left us with few options both offensively and defensively.”

Kensley Turner led the Sissies with four kills. Ally Raby handed out five assists.

Turner made eight digs defensively. Mariah Leyva and Ally Raby dug four shots each.

Bridgeport began the Burkburnett Tournament Friday, looking for its first win of the season.

“We’ll have several games over the weekend to try some new combinations and find one that works,” Cummings said.

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Joe Bob Norwood

Joe Bob Norwood

Joe Bob Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral was Aug. 14 at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport. Pastors Claude Hendrix and M.F. Hankins officiated, and Dale Norwood, Jerry Michlitsch, Mike Sanderson, Ronald Sanderson, DeWayne Norwood and Jack McAsey served as pallbearers.

There was a graveside service in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, with burial under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home.

Joe Bob was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Hefner to Celestie (Deatherage) and James Norwood. He served his country in the Army 49th Armed Division National Guard and spent six months in the National Guard of Texas at Fort Chaffee, Ark.

He married Wanda D. Thorn Aug. 1, 1959 in Seymour. He retired from GTE after 33 years of service. He served as a deacon in three churches and was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church.

Joe Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughters Charlotte Norwood of Bridgeport and Darlene Hager and husband, Scott, of Paradise; son Larry Norwood and wife, Amy, of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Landry and Ryan Norwood and Brooke, Whitney and Nash Hager; sisters Lois Riggs of Monroe, Okla., Lillie Etta Webb of Bennington, Okla., Neoma Henderson of Burleson and Irene Sanderson of Newark; brothers Billy Norwood of Graham and Carl Norwood of Rule; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Sammie, Roy, Alvin, Elmer and Earl Norwood; and sister Leona Jones.

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Mia Jessica Gonzalez

Monica Hinojosa and Inocente Gonzalez of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Mia Jessica Gonzalez, on Aug. 11, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 11 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.

She has two brothers, Darius Peque o, 13, and Daniel Peque o, 18; and a sister, Bianca Peque o, 16.

Grandparents are Alice Hinojosa of Fort Worth and Marque Hinojosa of Olmito.

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Sissies drop opener

Going on the road to start the season, the Bridgeport Sissies fell to Burkburnett in three games Monday.

Burkburnett beat the Sissies, who were without their leading returning offensive player, Jessica White, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.

Nevertheless, Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings was encouraged by her young team’s showing.

“They played with more energy than they did over the weekend [in scrimmages] but we struggled to finish games,” Cummings said. “We are starting to settle in, which is promising.”

Kensley Turner put down eight kills and made eight digs. Ally Raby added seven kills to go along with six assists.

Ryhan Read handed out 11 assists and made four digs. She served two aces.

Sadie White netted two aces and made a pair of blocks.

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Shirley Gay Balser

Shirley Gay Balser, 68, of Hurst, died Sunday Aug. 10, 2014, in Bridgeport.

No services will be held.

Shirley was born Aug. 6, 1946, to Charles and Sylvia (Burton) Delozier in Switchback, W.Va. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness.

She is survived by sons Anthony Balser and Christopher Balser, and daughter Angela Martin and husband, Samuel, all of Indiana; niece Carrie Brady and husband, Charlie, of Hurst; nephew Richard Delolozier of Euless; several grandchildren and a host of friends.

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Bridgeport city council talks food truck, sign ordinances

In its meeting Tuesday night, the Bridgeport City Council focused on setting precedents for what business owners can and can’t do on public and private property.

One discussion involved a city ordinance that allows food trucks to stay in Bridgeport for three hours at a time. Ryder Holley, owner of the Five Boys Ranch food truck, spoke to the council in a workshop item about changing the rule to allow him to stay on one piece of property for more than three hours.

Order Up

ORDER UP – Ryder Holley poses with his Five Boys Ranch food truck Friday in Bridgeport. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Currently, Holley operates his food truck restaurant, named for his five sons, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily on Halsell Street behind Lowe’s. Due to the ordinance, he must move the truck to a different spot every three hours.

Luckily for him, he owns two adjoining tracts, so he simply moves the truck 50 feet – from a gas station to Texas Exhaust – whenever he has to move.

“By the time everything inside the truck is stationary, we clean up all our spills, and we allow some cool-down time for the oils and stuff, I’d say it takes about an hour or a little over an hour [to move],” Holley said in an interview Wednesday. “All that just to move it 50 feet. It’s just more of a headache than it is for anything else.”

Chapter 4, Section 4.107, Subsection 5 of the Bridgeport City Ordinance, adopted in October 2010, says “No mobile food unit shall remain parked in one location for longer than three hours.”

City Administrator Brandon Emmons said that this was done in order to keep the city clean from potential litter, not to stifle business pursuits.

“Right now he’s complying with the ordinance, even though I don’t think that’s the spirit of the law as it was written,” Emmons said.

Holley’s suggestion to the council was to amend the city code to eliminate the three-hour rule if the food truck is within so many feet of a facility with a restroom and trash cans, as his is, or to investigate the possibility of setting up a food truck park in Harwood Park.

Holley said he would support both options.

“I wouldn’t partake in the truck park just because I’ve got a good location [on Halsell], but I’m for both of them,” Holley said. “I think they’re both good ideas. Competition in the food industry is good business.”

The proposal is expected to be an action item at the coucil’s next meeting.

WALKING SIGNS

The next business owner with a request was Ken Kilpatrick, owner of Ken’s Appliances. Kilpatrick wants to hire people to carry mobile signs around town to promote an upcoming sale that he’s having.

The problem, the council said, was that those sign walkers would be near traffic right-of-ways – a big no-no according to the city code, which states that “a person commits an offense if the person attaches, erects or maintains any sign over or in the public rights-of-way” unless that sign specifically has to do with movement and traffic control.

Kilpatrick said he wants to “stay legal” with the signs, and that “[He's] just trying to function as a retailer.”

Mayor Corey Lane, who owns Furniture Supercenter in Bridgeport, said that allowing Kilpatrick to operate the mobile signs anywhere in town would not only cause traffic problems, but would also open the floodgates for a variety of competing business practices.

“Theoretically, if we let you do this, we could have everyone with a competing business walk in front of your store when you have a sale, advertising for their own sale. We don’t want that to happnen,” Lane said.

The council could not reach a solution on the matter at Tuesday’s meeting, so they tabled a motion to amend the code and will put it on the agenda for their next meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

The council also:

  • took a record vote on setting the maximum 2014-15 fiscal year city tax rate at $0.5875 per $100 property valuation. The final tax rate will be voted on and adopted Sept. 16;
  • unanimously approved amending the 2013-14 fiscal year budget to allow a $62,081 increase in funding for the runway extension project at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport;
  • approved mosquito spraying within the city limits at night, with Councilman David Correll abstaining; and
  • unanimously approved vacating a water line easement and trading 3.57 acres of property in the J.M. Kirkman survey for a separate .723 acre waterline easement.

The council’s next meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at City Hall, 1900 Thompson St. It is open to the public.

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Stepping Up: Student leaders prove crucial for growing bands

Hughlen White can hear his band warming up through the door of his office.

The Bridgeport High School band director said his upperclassmen students knew to come in early Monday to prepare for an upcoming month of daily rehearsals.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD – Decatur band students spent Monday evening covering marching fundamentals. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“I didn’t call anybody,” White said. “I didn’t text anybody. I didn’t send anybody an email saying, ‘when you get here, get things set up.’”

This display of initiative by the students couldn’t come at a better time, White said. The band is in the middle of a period of unprecedented growth.

“The program had 40 students two years ago in May. We have 110 on the roll for this fall,” White said. “Our retention rate over the last few years has been more than 90 percent.”

With the sudden influx of students, White said the directors will need to rely on the band’s leadership officers to set a strong example.

The next few weeks are a crucial time for the band, White said. The week before, incoming freshmen took their first marching steps on the gridiron. Everyone must be ready for the first game.

This even includes lessons on proper standing posture.

“It’s different,” White said. “It’s not just standing. It’s a different position. It’s relaxed but also uniformed. You can’t leave anything to chance. We have to be as detailed as possible, and you can’t let one person not feel successful because you didn’t cover a detail.”

Across Big Sandy Creek, 50 freshmen at Decatur High School are stepping onto the field for the first time.

Head band director Eric McNiel said the band spent its first day of rehearsal covering marching and playing fundamentals.

Like Bridgeport, McNiel said his band is putting strong emphasis on student leaders. This included special training for one drum major.

“Holt (Garner) went to Camp 43, which is George Bush’s leadership camp, and he brought back a lot,” McNiel said.

Garner then worked with the band’s leadership team to sharpen their skills as influential members of the band.

Rehearsal commences at 1 each afternoon, but the band hall opens at 10 a.m. for students who want extra time to practice under a director’s supervision.

“We’re not requiring it,” McNiel said, but we’re asking them to come on in if they need help on anything.”

To complete a marching show, the group must learn to function as a cohesive unit during summer band. McNiel said this also includes forming strong interpersonal relationships off the field.

With the extra month of preparation, McNiel believes his students will be ready for their first Friday night football game, as well as the ever-intimidating first day of school.

“This year, we have 119 kids,” McNiel said. “They come in with that big of a family.”

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Sissies settle in during scrimmage

In their first few minutes on the floor Friday in a scrimmage against Forestburg, the Bridgeport Sissies had a few run-ins before getting their bearings.

Rushing Into Year

RUSHING INTO YEAR – Bridgeport’s Jessica White chases down a ball during the Sissies’ first scrimmage against Forestburg. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“There were a lot of collisions because we weren’t talking,” said Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings. “We’re still working on team chemistry.”

Bridgeport ended up outscoring Forestburg in the scored portion of the scrimmage over the final 23 minutes as the team started getting more comfortable.

“We’ve worked with each other some, but we’re still getting to know each other,” said senior middle blocker Jessica White. “The more we play together, the more efficient we will be.”

Cummings said the mostly new group of varsity players will need some time to relax.

“We’ve been running drills flawlessly. Then they come out so nervous that they let all that knowledge go out and let their emotions get to them,” Cummings said.

But overall, the Sissies’ coach was encouraged by Friday’s first showing.

“They gave a tremendous effort, which is what I was looking for,” Cummings said. “They now know a little of what to expect.”

The Sissies open the season at home at 5 p.m. Monday against Burkburnett.

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Larry Franklin Groves

Larry Franklin “T.A.” Groves

Larry Franklin “T.A.” Groves, 55, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 6, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the First Baptist Church of Chico. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Hand, Dusty Tucker, Chris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Josh Groves and Jack Keller. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Cowley, Brian Green, Donnie Grooms, Eddie Cox, Coit Harris and Russell Johnson.

Larry was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Bridgeport and grew up in Chico. He graduated from Chico High School and Fort Worth Business School. He was an avid hunter and also loved farming and flying. He had his private pilot’s license and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; his parents, R.L. Groves Jr. and wife, Gussie; and brother Glenn Groves and wife, Tammy, all of Chico; sister Karen Green and husband, Brian, of Decatur; children Kristi Byrd and husband, Alan, of Bridgeport and Chad Husky and wife, Ronda, of Jacksboro; grandchildren Dace Grooms, Braydan Byrd, Bryson Byrd and Joey Shawver; great-grandchildren Shyler and Shayla Shawver; mother-in-law Helen Leverette of Sherman; and many nieces and nephews.

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Donald Ray Nimmo

Donald Ray Nimmo

Donald Ray Nimmo, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at his home in Bridgeport.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, officiating. Wise County Sheriff David Walker will present the eulogy.

Visitation is at 1 p.m., an hour prior to the service, and burial is at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Willy T. Smith, Jody Brown, Bill Kersey, Dick Rogers, Charlie Uselton and Gary Early.

Don was born July 18, 1939, in Abilene to Robert M. and Nona (Niblett) Nimmo. He was an outgoing man who loved people and celebrating life. He married Ann Mann Aug. 27, 1960, in the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport.

His hobbies included sports such as football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. He also enjoyed cooking, particularly for others. He was an educator with a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s degree in elementary education.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Roberta Ann (Mann) Nimmo; son Robert Nimmo and wife, Angie; daughter Dina Nimmo; sister Doris Denton and husband, Tommy; nephews Mike and Wayne Kennemer and their families; and grandchildren Haylee and Hayden Nimmo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws W.J. and Ovella Mann; and daughter Debra Ann Nimmo.

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Nevaeh Faith Galindo

Gina Marie Galindo of Bridgeport announces the birth of a daughter, Nevaeh Faith, on Aug. 1, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Grandparents are Ruby and Fernando Galindo.

Great-grandparents are Alice Stone and Melchor and Guadalupe Galindo.

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Bridgeport School Board votes on proposed tax rate

The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees approved a proposed district tax rate of $1.23280 per $100 valuation during its budget workshop meeting Monday.

The rate is composed of a $1.04 tax for maintenance and operations and a $0.1928 interest and sinking fund tax, which would be used to make payments on bonded debt for construction and equipment.

The proposed rate is lower than last year’s rate. The decrease comes in the interest and sinking fund tax, which was a fraction of a cent higher in 2013. The maintenance and operations tax is the same as last year’s.

A public meeting on the budget and proposed tax rate will be held Aug. 25.

Total revenue from federal, local and state funds is projected to be $18,128,925, while general expenditures are estimated at $18,604,246.

The board also:

  • voted to raise teacher salaries by 2 percent,
  • voted to allow Superintendent Eddie Bland to negotiate an energy contract with Cenergistic, designed to make all schools in the district more energy-efficient,
  • approved revisions to District Policy EIC (Local), which will exclude grades from certain classes from being eligible to be considered in class rankings and will only affect students who became freshmen before the 2014-15 schol year,
  • approved the Code of Conduct and handbooks, and
  • voted to allow Bland to negotiate an employee resignation agreement for those who are resigning.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.

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Back to School: From the court to the principal’s office

Leadership is a way of life for Harold Colson, the new assistant principal at Bridgeport High School.

Harold Colson

Colson comes to Bridgeport after four years as the administrative intern for the assistant principal at Denton Guyer High School in Denton. He was also their girls basketball coach, where his combined four-year record with the Denton Guyer Wildcats was 50-24, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Colson says that there’s not a whole lot of difference between being a coach and being an assistant principal.

“You’re kind of your own boss when you’re in charge of a [sports] program – you’re in charge of the budget, you’re in charge of the discipline, the rules, you’re dealing with parents,” Colson said. “Working as a coach for so long and being the administrative intern really prepared me for both leadership roles.”

Colson said the move to administration was something he’d been thinking about doing for a while, but he wanted to make sure he had accomplished everything he wanted to as a coach before making that leap.

“They say when you’re a coach, you have to get that coaching blood out of you, so to speak, and to lose that itch for coaching,” Colson said. “I’ve been coachng for about 16 years, and I felt like I had done everything I wanted to do. This just felt like it was a natural transition for me.”

Colson still lives in Denton and commutes every day to work in Bridgeport. He said he is excited to start becoming “a part of the fabric” at Bridgeport High and he looks forward to leading the students, staff and faculty.

“I’ve never been a person who’s shied away from a leadership role, so that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

NEW HIRES

District-level

  • Roger Eagle – technology

Bridgeport Elementary School

  • Judith Jiminez – bilingual teacher
  • Jorge Arzuaga – bilingual teacher
  • Kim Farrow – coach
  • Amber Coffee – first grade
  • Amy Cade – second grade
  • Kara Hays – fourth grade
  • Juana Alvarez – fourth grade
  • Heather Tankursley – third grade

Bridgeport Intermediate School

  • Ileana Otero – bilingual teacher
  • Emilio Rios Jiminez – music
  • Kendra Luco – special education

Bridgeport Middle School

  • Marla Vineyard – science
  • Haley Wilborn – English language arts/theater arts
  • Raymond Callaway – social studies teacher/coach
  • Barbara Quinn – math
  • Erica Weber – coach
  • Chad Berardi – math
  • Patina Berardi – social studies
  • Michael White – science teacher/coach
  • Shandie Carpenter – art
  • Rosa Uribe – teacher’s aide
  • Aundra Joyce – teacher’s aide

Bridgeport High School

  • Lauren Brazell – drama
  • Katy Mussulman – science/biology
  • Kevin Elliston – band director
  • Harold Colson – assistant principal
  • John Roller – social studies teacher/coach
  • Amy Anderson – English language arts/coach
  • Marquita O’Connor – ESL

Wise County Shared Services

  • Courtney Yates – special education
  • Ana Lomas – teacher’s aide
  • Ann Caddell – Occupational therapist
  • Lisa Barnett – Behavior Intervention Classroom teacher

DISTRICT AT A GLANCE

Bridgeport ISD

www.bridgeportisd.net

Tax rate: $1.235 per $100 valuation

Administration office
2107 15th St.
(940) 683-5124

Superintendent: Eddie Bland

School board members: Jim Bost, Charles Mauldin, Scott Stowers, Tom Talley, Lee Snodgrass, Scott Hiler and Steve Stanford

Bridgeport High School
One Maroon Drive
(940) 683-4064
Principal: Jaime Sturdivant
Lunch Price: $2.50

Bridgeport Middle School
702 17th St.
(940) 683-2273
Principal: Travis Whisenant
Lunch Price: $2.40
6th Grade Orientation: August 14, 6 p.m.
7th Grade Orientation: August 18, 6 p.m.
8th Grade Orientation: August 19, 5:30 p.m.

Bridgeport Intermediate
1400 U.S. 380
(940) 683-5784
Principal: Christy Velasquez
Lunch Price: $2.40
Meet Your New Teacher Night: August 22, 6 p.m.

Bridgeport Elementary
1408 Elementary Drive
(940) 683-5955
Principal: Martha Bock
Lunch Price: $2.25
Meet Your New Teacher Night: August 22, 5 p.m.

Bridgeport Alternative
Learning Center
1101 17th St.
(940) 683-1830
Principal: Jennifer Miller

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Budget workshop scheduled Monday

The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees will discuss the 2014-15 budget at a special meeting Monday.

In addition to the budget workshop, the board will also:

  • review student and athletic handbooks;
  • take action on the 2014-15 BISD Code of Conduct;
  • decide on whether or not to approve an energy conservation contract with Cenergistic that was discussed at the last meeting;
  • consider and take action on the employee resignation agreement;
  • take action to approve District policy EIC (LOCAL);
  • take action on hiring schedules;
  • and decide whether to approve a recommended Maintenance and Operation tax rate and Interest an Sinking fund tax rate.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference room at 2107 15th Street and is open to the public.

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Bridgeport City Council to discuss tax rate Tuesday

The Bridgeport City Council is expected to consider voting on a tax rate for the 2014 fiscal year at its meeting on Tuesday. If the proposed rate passes, there will be a maximum tax rate of $0.5875 per $100 valuation.

The council will also:

  • set dates for a public 2014 budget hearing, tax rate hearing and tax rate adoption;
  • consider amending the current budget to allow for $62,000 more to be added to the airport fund to pay for the runway extension project;
  • take action on possible amendments to the Bridgeport Code of Ordinances;
  • consider vacating a water line easement on the grounds that the property is unnecessary for use by the public;
  • consider exchanging 3.57 acres of land in the J.M. Kirkman survey for a separate .723 acre waterline easement;
  • consider a motion on mosquito spraying within the city limits; and
  • discuss the possible creation of a food truck park in Bridgeport.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Bridgeport City Hall at 900 Thompson St. It is open to the public.

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Bulls prepare to rebound from winless season

After an 0-10 season last year, the Bridgeport Bulls begin the task of turning the program around Monday.

The Bulls hit the field at 8 a.m. for the first workout. They will practice in the evening the rest of the week.

“We’re excited. It was a rough year last year,” said Bridgeport coach Danny Henson. “We can’t wait to get out there and erase the memories of last year.”

Henson is quick to point out the Bulls are in the same starting point as the programs coming off winning state titles.

“That’s the great thing about athletics. Whether you won state or went 0-10, everyone starts the same,” the Bridgeport coach said. “There’s no carryover. It’s a brand new year.”

Injuries played a huge part in the Bulls’ woes in 2013 as the team lost significant upperclassmen in key roles in the first few games of the season.

“It was the most devastating year in my career with the kids lost to injuries,” Henson said. “That was a big part of the year. We had a lot of significant players with season-ending injuries by the third ballgame. Many were seniors. We had a lot of players shuffling around.”

Injuries forced Henson to put several young players on the field. None experienced much success in the form of a win or all-league honors.

“There’s a lot of players with experience but none with post-district honors,” Henson said. “We have no one back who was first or second team all district.”

Henson said it will be critical early in the fall to start finding positions for players and start building a depth chart.

“We’ve got a lot of kids who are either young or in roles that they were not successful in,” Henson explained. “We need to get those groups up to a championship level.

“The sophomores will need to grow up quickly to play at a varsity level. We have some kids changing roles. We can’t narrow down spots with so many unknowns.”

The one known is, the arrow can only go up for the Bulls with a new year.

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Ann Nooe Aden

Ann Nooe Aden

Ann Nooe Aden, 72, a retired sales representative, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Funeral was July 31 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.

Ann was born May 6, 1942, in Harrodsburg, Ky., to Morgan and Margaret (Cannon) Nooe. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky and married James Aden May 28, 1993, in Fort Worth.

She loved animals, the Kentucky Derby and her family – especially her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Ann is survived by her husband of 21 years, Jim Aden of Lake Bridgeport; daughters Paige Wagner and husband, Pete, of Azle, Megan Stibora and husband, Mike, of Arlington; grandchildren Adam Johnson and wife, Brianna, of Arlington, Sarah Wagner and Beth Wagner, both of Azle; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to SPCA at www.spca.org or MADD at www.madd.org.

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Barry Bynum

Barry Bynum, 69, of Bridgeport, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay with Melvin Castleberry officiating.

Barry was born June 30, 1945, in Olney. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He was employed at Jerry’s GMC in Weatherford for 24 years, and he married Brenda Bynum July 29, 1988.

Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Bynum.

Survivors include sons Chad Bynum and wife, Jennifer and Jason Johnson and wife, Lindsey; daughters Kristie Claunch and husband, Billy, and Melissa Succetti; brother George Bynum; sister Janie Keesee and husband, David; and grandchildren Chera Claunch, Kyle Claunch, Madison Andreasen, Aislee Bynum, Krimsen Succetti and Lakota Mason.

Memorials may be made to the Bridgeport Band Booster Club at any First Financial Bank.

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