Wise County Messenger

Update for Wednesday, September 14, 2022

COUNTY APPROVES $40.8 MILLION BUDGET — Commissioners Monday approved a $40.8 million spending plan for the 2022/23 fiscal year. They also unanimously approved a tax rate of 30 cents (25.5 cents for general fund and 4.5 cents for road and bridge) per $100 value. The tax rate is 4 cents lower than the current rate of 34 cents. The proposed tax rate off the $11.2 billion tax roll will produce $28.1 million for the general fund and $4.9 million for road and bridge. Wise County added $334 million in new construction. With the rise in values, the county will receive an additional $2.85 million off property taxes of homes previously on the tax roll. With the average homestead value in Wise County at $205,420, the average tax bill will be $616.26. “For a growing county, we were able to drop the rate 4 cents and not a lot entities are able to do that and meet the demands of growth,” said County Judge J.D. Clark. “We have to provide services and keep people safe. This budget reflects what we’ve heard from the community and addresses public safety and the roads.” Read more in the Wednesday Wise County Messenger on newsstands and online at WCMessenger.com today.

STUDENTS EVACUATED AFTER FALSE FIRE ALARM — First responders were called to Decatur’s Rann Elementary after a fire alarm went off at the campus Tuesday morning. “It was a false alarm,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Chad Jones. Students were briefly evacuated but returned to class after first responders investigated the campus. Firefighters from the Decatur Fire Department investigated on the west side of the gym, reporting no fire seen upon arrival. Jones said there may have been a malfunction with the alarm system.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS — Bridgeport was swept by Celina at home Tuesday, 25-12, 25-11, 25-12. Boyd defeated Whitesboro 25-22, 25-5, 25-11, while Paradise swept Pilot Point 25-11, 25-20, 25-13. Alvord fell in a close battle against Saint Jo 28-26, 27-25, 25-18. Chico rallied to defeat Prairie Valley 15-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-10. VCA earned a sweep against Victory Baptist, 25-12, 25-8, 25-20. Northwest knocked off Aledo 25-14, 25-23, 25-16.

BEYOND BOOKS BENEFIT — The Decatur Public Library will host a wild west murder mystery dinner for this year’s Beyond Books Benefit. The benefit is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. General admission is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

SPORTING CLAY SHOOT — Crime Stoppers of Wise County’s Annual Fundraiser Sporting Clay Shoot is Sept. 23 at Fossil Point Sporting Grounds near Decatur. Cost is $500 for a five-member team and includes lunch. Registration at 8 a.m., first flight at 9. Shooting station and team sponsorships are available. Contact Brenda Bridges, 940-627-7661 or bbridges@jameswood.com, or Lydia Moseley, 940-627-5971 or moseleyl@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us.

TASTE BRIDGEPORT 2022 — Tickets are on sale now for Taste Bridgeport 2022. The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce event is 5-10 p.m. Sept. 24 in downtown Bridgeport. Tickets are $50. The event features tastings from North Texas wineries, breweries and distilleries. The Neon Prophets, a country cover band based out of Fort Worth, will also perform at the annual event.

UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT — The United Way of Wise County Golf Tournament, sponsored by Hanson Heidelberg, is Sept. 30 at RB Golf Club and Resort in Runaway Bay. Wise Electric Cooperative will sponsor the lunch, and James Wood is sponsoring the Closest to the Pin contest with the winner receiving $1,000. Call Terry Everett at 940-389-9060 or email teverett@datcu.org to enter a team in the four-person scramble.

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 today 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.

FUNERALS — Service for Cindy Dawn Henderson, 37, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today 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 tonight 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.

SERVICE for Kendal Paige Davis, 27, of Springtown is 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Umbra La Buena Vida Winery in Springtown. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Steven Maxwell Blankenship, 73, of Sunset will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for William Beason, 80, of Tyler is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Harold Bunch, 87, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in 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.

FUNERAL for Harley Austin Landis, 28, of Springtown is 3 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Family visitation is one hour prior to service. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Linda McWilliams, 64, of Bridgeport is pending at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kennedy Marie Handley, 7, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Bertie Logan, 88, of Justin is 11 a.m. Friday at Justin Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.

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