Wise County Messenger

Update for Tuesday, September 13, 2022

BRIDGEPORT APPROVES ZONING CHANGE FOR TOWNHOMES — The Bridgeport City Council approved a zoning change to bring 91 townhome units to the city Monday. Following a public hearing, the council voted 4-1 to OK the change of 8.7 acres from One-Family District (R-1) to Planned Development District Eight (PD8). Council member Place 2 Brett Wade voted against the zoning change. The townhomes are part of a 41-acre development, now known as The Reserve at Bridgeport, along the west side of 16th Street. In addition to the 91 townhome units, the development would bring in approximately 150 single-family residential lots. The townhomes are described as upscale units, and each unit would be approximately 1,600 square feet. Construction on the first phase of the development is expected to begin in Spring 2023, according to LZ Development Bridgeport, LLC, Owner Jason Lanzara. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

BRIDGEPORT AREA TRAFFIC ALERT — Farm Road 1658 will be reduced to one lane from Farm Road 2952 to U.S. 380 west of Bridgeport for maintenance activities 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Friday, weather permitting. Seek alternate routes. Motorists should expect delays. Flaggers will assist in directing traffic.

WEST WISE SUD DISINFECTANT CHANGE — West Wise SUD will temporarily convert the disinfectant used in the distribution system from chloramine to free chlorine. The conversion will begin Wednesday and continue through Oct. 18. During this period, you may experience taste and odor with flushing of the waterlines. West Wise SUD will monitor the water to be sure water parameters meet safe drinking water standards. The switch is due to decreasing chlorine levels. Call James Ward at 940-683-5507 or visit westwisesud.com.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL — Bridgeport will take on Celina 6 p.m. tonight at home. Boyd hosts Whitesboro, while Paradise is at Pilot Point. Both matches are scheduled for 6 p.m. Alvord travels to Saint Jo for a 6 p.m. match. Chico is at Prairie Valley at 6 p.m. northwest hosts Aledo at 5:30 p.m. VCA is on the road at Victory Baptist at 6 p.m.

COFFEE WITH A COP — The Bridgeport Police Department’s Coffee with a Cop is Thursday. The event, intended to help build relationships between community members and the police department, will take place 3-4 p.m. at the Starbucks in Bridgeport, 2150 10th Street.

EIGHTER FROM DECATUR BIKE RALLY — The Eighter from Decatur bike rally rolls back into Decatur 8 a.m. Saturday. Featuring rides of 8, 25, 50 and 100 miles, the event starts and ends on the Decatur Square. Registration available at wcmess.com/bikerally. All proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings.

SUICIDE AWARENESS WALK — The Center for Emotional Wellness will host the inaugural Suicide Awareness Walk today on the Decatur Square. The community wide event will bring awareness to mental health struggles, connect people with each other and remember those we’ve lost. Check in at 6:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7. Register at wcmess.com/suicideawareness. A luminary lighting ceremony will be held at the close of the event. The 1-mile walk will begin and end at the courthouse. The event will also feature guest speakers and a musical guest. Email Terra at tdurdon@wisehealthsystem.com or call 940-393-0038. If you are in crisis, text 988 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

SUPERINTENDENT FORUM — The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Superintendent Forum is from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. The community is invited to attend the forum to learn about curriculum, policies and safety and security changes. Tickets are $20. Dinner will be provided.

FARM BUREAU COUNTY CONVENTION — Wise County Farm Bureau’s annual County Convention meeting and dinner is 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. The convention is open to all current Wise County Farm Bureau members. Call 940-627-6474 or 940-683-8100 to RSVP.

FUNERALS — Service for Cindy Dawn Henderson, 37, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MASS of Christian burial for Gonzalo Rocha, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur with rosary said at 7.

GRAVESIDE service for Cyndee Bradford, 68, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Don Frank Ross, 68, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church in Haslet. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Kendal Davis, 27, of Springtown and Steven Blankenship, 73, of Sunset are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Harold Bunch, 87, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Harley Landis, 28, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Christopher “Chris” Michael Tidwell, 47, of Sunset is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jayme Bisidas, 61, of Decatur is pending.

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