BOARD APPROVES RENOVATIONS — The “1939” Decatur ISD school building will be renovated and turned into the administration building after the school board approved the project last night. After a detailed look at the project’s scope, options and prices, the board approved spending $2.3 million with Mart, Inc. That cost also factors in the move of the technology department into the current administration building. In addition to the base bid of nearly $1.9 million, the board approved four of the six alternates which include a remodeling of the old auditorium into a board room, replacing the roof, replacing exterior windows and waterproofing the exterior to reach the total $2.3 million price. The work will be funded from money available in the local construction fund and a transfer of $250,000 from the general fund. The measure passed by a 3-2 vote with Kevin Haney, Gary Clayton and Jeff Elder voting in favor and Diana Mosley and Marsha Hafer voting against. Alan White and Jeff Alling were absent.
WIND ADVISORY — A cold front that moved into the area overnight brought strong winds. Local fire departments were kept busy responding to reports of downed power lines and trees down in roadways. A wind advisory is in effect for Wise County and points west through noon today. Strong and gusty winds in the 25 to 35 miles per hour range with some gusts up to 45 miles per hour are expected. It will be much cooler today compared to yesterday when temperatures topped out at 87 in Decatur. Today’s high is expected to be 54.
SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL — Registration for the Wise County Special Needs Baseball spring season is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, March 9 and 16, at Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries. The registration form can be downloaded from www.wcspecialneeds.com. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (940) 577-1848. Games are 9 a.m. to noon April 6 to May 25 at Renshaw Park in Decatur.
CLAY SHOOT — The sixth annual Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting the Bridgeport Visitor Center is Thursday, April 25, at Northwest OHV Park (2914 Texas 101 in Bridgeport). There will be a morning flight at 9 a.m. and afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and lunch will be served at noon. Fee is $100 a person or $500 for a five-man team. To sign up, call the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at (940) 683-2076.
PECAN FIELD DAY — Wise County Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension is hosting Pecan Field Day 9 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Garden Center, 1551 Preskitt Rd. Cost is $15, which includes three CEUs, two integrated pest management and one general. Speakers are Monte Nesbitt and Bill Ree, both program specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Charles Rohla, PH.D., pecan specialist with the Noble Foundation. They will discuss native and improved pecan orchard management, including young pecan orchard development, integrated pest management, training and pruning demonstrations, orchard floor renovations and maintenance, and fertility management. Call the Extension office to sign up at (940) 627-3341 or come by 206 S. State St. in Decatur. A chili lunch will be sponsored by Decatur Garden Center, Texas Pecan Nursery and BWI Companies.
OPEN HOUSE — Decatur’s McCarroll Middle School will hold an open house 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.
CHICO CITY COUNCIL — The Chico City Council meets at 7 tonight at Chico City Hall. The agenda includes approving last fiscal year’s audit, renewing a franchise agreement with Oncor, consideration and action on KSA Engineers general service agreement, adding a part-time position with the water and sewer department, acting on recommendations from the parks board and planning and zoning commission and regular monthly reports. The city’s planning and zoning commission will meet at 6:30.
FUNERALS — Memorial service for Linda Louise Kirk, 66, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Sandra B. Cagle, 69, of Wichita Falls is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL for Barry Dale Bentley, 55, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
FUNERAL for Karen Griffith, 69, of Plano is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service. She was the mother of Wise County Messenger production manager Todd Griffith.
FUNERAL for Inez White Bewley, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery near Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.