Wise County Messenger

Update for Tuesday, June 14, 2022

DISTRICT TO INCREASE PAY — Anticipating a competitive market to bring on staff and teachers, Bridgeport ISD approved a $1 million employee compensation plan Monday night. The compensation plan includes a 3 percent general pay increase for all full-time employees based on 2021/22 salary, a $1k retention check in Nov 2022 and increased monthly contribution for employee health insurance. Trustees approved the plan 6-0. The district approved the pay and benefit increase as it faces a deficit in next year’s budget.
INFRASTRUCTURE BIDS APPROVED — The Decatur City Council Monday awarded a bid to Landmark Structures for construction of the 1 million gallon elevated storage tank on Thompson Street. The total bid was $5,183,000. Also, the council rescinded the previous awarding of a bid for the sewer line project and awarded the bid to Black Rock Construction in the amount of $1,520,495.

CONFERENCE CENTER LEADERSHIP — Carey Williams was elected chairman of the Decatur Conference Center Advisory Board Monday. He succeeds Roy Eaton who has retired after more than 20 years on the board. New board member Danny Cross was elected vice chairman. City Manager Brett Shannon said the center was now covering about 40 percent of its operating costs. Before the COVID-19 pandemic sales had been covering up to 80 percent of its operation. The deficit is made up from the hotel/motel tax. “The financial picture continues to improve,” Shannon told the board.

MOSQUITO FOGGING — The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging Wednesday evening, weather permitting. The fogging will begin at 6 p.m. The pesticide being used is CSI 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call 940-393-0260 for more information.

BRIDGEPORT TRAFFIC ALERT — Farm Road 920 will be closed south of Texas 114 in Bridgeport 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday for Union Pacific Railroad maintenance work. Traffic will be detoured.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE — Decatur Rotary Club will sponsor the Battle of the Badges blood drive noon-7 p.m. Thursday. The Carter BloodCare bus will be in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 805 W. Business U.S. 380. To set a time to donate, call Lannie Noble at 940-577-4507. You can also secure a spot by either calling 800-366-2834 or visiting CarterBloodCare.org and clicking the “Donate Now” tab.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION — The Picnic in the Park Juneteenth Celebration is 2-10 p.m. Saturday, at Luida Willis Park in Decatur. It will include food, bounce houses and games. Bring a lawn chair to sit and visit. Call Mike Bell, 940-799-1077.

MEDICARE CLASS — The Decatur Public Library will host Wes Carter, Medicare benefits advisor for a free Medicare class noon today. Carter will explain Medicare, benefits, and do’s and don’ts. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

OFFICE CLOSED — Wise County Veterans Service Office will be closed for training today through Friday. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday. If you need immediate assistance call the VA at 800-827-1000. If you need immediate assistance with VA Healthcare call Decatur CBOC, 940-627-7001.

FUNERALS — Visitation for Charlotte Elaine Johnson of Chico is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Joann Chambers, 91, of Decatur and James O’Connell, 48, of Alvord are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Brent Kenneth Kay, 64, of Princeton is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Patrick Byers, 65, of Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vivian Aslton, 93, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Kevin Abernathy, 66, of Boyd is pending at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Merlin E. Remmele, 92, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

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