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HOUSE FIRE - As Update was going to press, fire departments from Cottondale, Salt Creek and Boyd were responding to a possible house fire in south Wise County near the intersection of County Roads 3677 and 3680. Initial reports indicated smoke was coming from under a trailer home. There had been no reports of injuries.
CHS TO RECEIVE IPADS - The Chico ISD board voted Monday to purchase Apple iPads for students in grades 9 through 12 for the coming school year. All teaching staff and administrators in Chico ISD have them already and are currently training on how to use them. Superintendent Mike Jones recommended going "one-to-one" at the high school this year, and the board agreed. The plan also calls for students in grades 6 through 8 to get iPads in 2013, and elementary students will be able to sign up to use them from a cart system beginning the following year. The 200 iPads, with cases, were approved for purchase at $379 each - a total of just more than $75,000. The district also voted to purchase iBooks for high school students. The Bridgeport school district Monday also approved the purchase of iPads for pre-k through eighth grade. Read more about both in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
DIY CAMP - The Texas AgriLife Extension is hosting a "Do It Yourself" Day Camp on Mondays this summer. Each Monday is a different theme. Create new treasures by recycling old relics. Gear up for Water Camp by learning about water. Get your hands dirty while gardening. Learn how to build and launch rockets. Create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. The D.I.Y. Monday Day Camp is open to all youth ages 8 to 12 and will be held at the Extension office from 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 for more information.
GOGO BENEFIT - Tickets go on sale today for the Decatur Lions Club Pasta Dinner at gogo gumbo in Boyd. All proceeds from the event will benefit the South Wise Services Food Pantry. Tickets are $20 each for one of three seatings Sunday, Aug. 19 at 4, 5:30 or 7 p.m. and available at First Financial Banks in Boyd and Decatur and iCopy in Decatur and Bridgeport.
STEER VALIDATION - 4-H and FFA state steer validation is 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Decatur Livestock Auction on Farm Road 51 North. Steer tags should have been pre-ordered. For information, call your ag teacher or the Extension office at (940) 627-3341.
MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY - The Moncrief Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Unit will offer fully-funded mammograms at Alvord City Hall Saturday, June 23, by appointment. For more information or to schedule a mammogram, call (800) 405-7739.
FIRECRACKER SCRAMBLE - The 7th annual Firecracker Scramble benefiting the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, June 30, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $50, and you may form your own four-person team or sign up individually and be placed on a team. Sponsorship levels are $200 for team and $100 for sign. Prizes include longest putt and bullseye, and mulligans and raffle tickets will also be available. There will be free food on the course provided by Complete Production Services. For more information, call The Club at (940) 575-2225 or Susan Huffman at (940) 389-2397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Chico Public Library needs volunteers for its renovation project this week. Library Board President Michelle Slonaker said they need people who can tape and bed drywall and texture walls, and they will also need a volunteer with a truck or trailer to haul items to the dump and to storage. Volunteers are also needed to paint and help move furniture, plus complete other odd jobs. If you can help, call the library at (940) 644-2330.
ALSO IN TODAY'S MESS - Read the fourth and final installment of our Deafening Silence and Quiet Salvation series of stories on former Decatur resident Lisa Hall and how she and her family endured nearly two years of challenges and surprising opportunities during her stay in federal prison.
FUNERALS - Memorial service for Randy Garrett, 58, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd.
GRAVESIDE service for Faye Reeder, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Bomar Point Cemetery in Wilson, Okla. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. before the service at Alexander Funeral Home in Wilson. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Keith William Jozwiak, 30, of Decatur is 4 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.