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Update Friday, August 6, 2021

BRIDGEPORT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCHBridgeport ISD plans to begin its search for a new district chief in October, Acting Superintendent Skip Casey said this week. The timing of the research is intentional, as the superintendents of Bridgeport and Decatur ISD stepped down this summer. During the BISD board update on Tuesday, Casey said Bridgeport will wait until Decatur finishes its research before starting its own. “I recommend getting together to set a date, October, mid-October and open the post,” Casey said. He said he expects Decatur ISD to complete its research by October or November. Even though BISD can wait for a new superintendent to be appointed across the Big Sandy, Casey said districts may attract different candidates. “They have done each other a disservice,” Casey told the board, referring to Decatur ISD. “There will be some really good people who apply here but who don’t apply there, I guarantee that.” Find out more in the Wise County Messenger Weekend on newsstands today.

VOLLEYBALL MESSAGES – The Decatur Lady Eagles will host Wichita Falls High, Peaster and Abilene Cooper for a scrum today at 10 a.m. Bridgeport will play at home against Iowa Park, Bowie and Chico at 10 a.m. Boyd heads to Graham High School for a scrum against Graham, Jacksboro and Nocona at 9 a.m. Paradise will be on the road for a scrum against Lindsay at 3 p.m. Alvord will host a scrum against Wichita Christian and Frisco at 10 a.m. Saturday, Decatur will be at home vs. Ponder and Gunter at 9 a.m. Bridgeport vs. Peaster at 9 a.m. at Peaster High School. Boyd will be heading to play Stephenville, Argyle Liberty Christian and Krum at 9 a.m. at Krum High School. Paradise will face Breckinridge and Albany at 1 p.m. at Breckinridge High School. Alvord will face Bowie and Archer City at 8 a.m. at Bowie High School. Chico will set up a tune-up against Prairie Valley at 10 a.m.

EAGLES TO WELCOME BLUE AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE – The Decatur Eagles football program will host the annual blue and white scrum on Saturday at Eagle Stadium. The freshman and junior teams will face off at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity scrum at 7 p.m.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET –The Wise County Democratic Party will host its monthly social evening at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Decatur. Election Administrator Sabra Srader will be the guest speaker. Send an email to [email protected] or

BASKETBALL EAGLE GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Eagle basketball golf classic takes place on Saturday at the Decatur Golf Club. The two-person scramble is $ 100 per team with flights starting at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration is 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

BLESSING OF RETURN TO SCHOOL – Pleasant View Baptist Church will be holding its Back to School Blessings event from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday. The church will distribute backpacks with school supplies and shoes (while supplies last) to school-aged children who must be present to receive the items. The event will also include free haircuts for children. The church is located at 886 CR 1326 in Bridgeport.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND SALES TAX – Buyers can save money on clothing and school supplies during the state sales tax holiday today through Sunday. State law exempts sales tax on qualified items – such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks – priced under $ 100, saving buyers money about $ 8 out of every $ 100 spent. The date of the sales tax holiday and the list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature. Clothing and school supplies that can be purchased duty free are listed on the controller’s website at

DECATUR MOBILE PANTRY – The Decatur Cares mobile pantry is 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The pantry will use a steering wheel configuration. All participants will remain in their cars at all times. You will be led by volunteers where to pull your car. Volunteers will load the box with food.

FUNERAL – Service for Jackie boyd, 83, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Norma Jean Spunaugle Nies, 90, of Decatur is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Decatur First Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visits take place on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

NO SERVICE is planned for Morann June Shellstrom, 88, of Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport will take care of the arrangements.

SERVICE for Betty anderson, 95, of Bridgeport is waiting at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lisa smith, 58, from Decatur is on hold at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Betty shurbet, 87, from Paradise is today at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial in Paradise Cemetery. Visits take place today at 9 a.m. at the church. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport will take care of the arrangements.

CTÉ TOMBE service for Louise huckabee, 97, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hudson & Torres will take care of the arrangements.

SERVICE for Susan Arlene (Kinser) Pepper, 73, Haslet is on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Rhome with burial in the Aurora cemetery. Tours take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

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