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Update for Tuesday, June 11, 2024

NEW EMS STATION TO BE BUILT IN ALVORD — Wise County is set to receive funding for the construction of a new EMS station in Alvord and several other county capital improvement projects today. In May, Wise County Commissioners approved the issuance of tax notes to cover the county’s $9.8 million capital funding plan. The tax notes, which do not require voter approval, will be paid over a five-year period with the county’s sales tax revenue. The county will gain access to the funds today. Wise County Judge J.D. Clark said that the county is planning to begin the construction of EMS Station 5 this year. The new station, which will be built from the ground up, will be located at U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 1655, near the Alvord water tower. The station is expected to feature two bays that will house a full-time ambulance unit and a reserve unit. The station will also provide living quarters, an office, meeting space and room for future expansion. Read more online here.

COUNCIL APPROVES REGIONAL DISPATCH AGREEMENT — Emergency calls in the City of Boyd could soon be dispatched through Decatur Police Department. Following lengthy discussion, Decatur City Council voted 6-1 Monday to approve an emergency communication services agreement with the City of Boyd. Per the agreement, Boyd would pay Decatur $45,000 a year for the service. Boyd’s portion, according to discussion Monday, would cover roughly half of the projected personnel cost of a communications officer. Decatur Police Chief Delvon Campbell said there’s a possibility that an additional agreement is reached with another Wise County police department in the near future, which would cover the remainder of the cost of an additional full time employee. Campbell told the council he could not release the name of that department at this time. Read more online here.

MCINTIRE NAMED TO THSBCA ALL-STAR ROSTER — After finishing his 4-year career with the Boyd Yellowjackets, senior pitcher/shortstop Braden McIntire will represent his team as one of the top players in the state this week. McIntire will be a part of the THSBCA North 2A/3A/4A team’s pitching staff in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Game Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. In his final campaign, McIntire finished with an 11-2 record on the mound. The four-time District 10-3A MVP held a 0.62 ERA with 74 strikeouts and 14 walks, allowing just 25 hits. He hit .322 with 37 hits, two home runs and 26 RBIs, and recorded a .965 fielding percentage with 30 putouts and 45 assists. McIntire’s senior season ended in the fifth round of the playoffs, as Boyd (35-6-1) was swept by Gunter in the 3A Region II final series at Riders Field in Frisco last month. Read more online here.

STORM CHANCES REMAIN — Wise County has a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today. Otherwise it will remain mostly cloudy with a high near 81. Rain chances decrease to 20 percent tonight.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY — The Bridgeport Mobile Food Pantry is 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Middle School. Cars can begin to line up at 7 a.m. Vegetables, fruit and more will be available for 270 families. Volunteers are welcomed starting 7 a.m. at Bridgeport First Methodist Church. For questions call 940-257-3578.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION — The Wise County Community Coalition and the East Side Alumni will hold a Juneteenth Celebration noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Willis Park in Decatur. The event will feature barbecue, outdoor social activities, and guest speakers including Decatur Mayor Mike McQuiston, Gene Bible and the Rev. Lance Roquemore. Bring your lawn chair. For information call Mike Bell at 940-799-1077.

DAIRY CLASSROOM — The Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom will visit Chico Public Library at 10:30 a.m. today as part of the library’s summer program. Contact Michelle, 940-644-2330.

MEDICARE CLASS — Medicare Advisor Wes Carter will be at OWLS Activity Center in Decatur at 10:30 a.m. today to provide information and answer questions regarding Medicare.

ADVENTURE AT YOUR LIBRARY — Decatur Public Library presents “Adventure at Your Library” 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include a visit from Smokey Bear where kids can learn about fire safety and create nature-inspired crafts to celebrate our forest friends and the importance of protecting their habitats.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY EVENT — The Wise County Democratic Party will hold a Meet and Greet event 6:30 tonight at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Decatur. This month’s program will be highlights from the just-completed Texas Democratic Convention in El Paso. Discussion topics will include education and school finance, Black caucus, veterans issues, labor progress, gun violence, Stonewall Caucus, Democrats with Disabilities, Tejano Democrats, reproductive freedom, Youth Caucus and Rural Caucus.

FUNERALS — Service for Janetta Wood, 63, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Leslie Cook, 79, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Royce Williams, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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