December 2009

community focus

Wise County Messenger

Boyd/Paradise area edition

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WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

BOYD MIDDLE SCHOOL FIELD TRIP

Boyd Middle School’s eighth grade class took a field trip to the Dallas Holocaust Museum with a brief stop for a picnic in the park. The trip concludes a unit of study on the Holocaust during which the students read the novel “Night” by Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor. While visiting the museum, the students saw a documentary and listened to Max Glauben, also a Holocaust survivor. This field trip is part of Boyd Middle School’s commitment to enriching students’ education being a springboard for a lifelong commitment to tolerance and service to others.

WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Early dismissal
Paradise schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

HOLIDAY BAKING CONTEST

Coin Drive
Boyd elementary and intermediate schools are sponsoring a coin drive to benefit the Boyd Area Food Bank Dec. 711. All donations of money or food will directly benefit area residents who struggle during these hard times. Every 14 cents can buy one pound of food.

School board meeting
The Boyd School Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

MILITARY BRIEF
defenses. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. Lancaster is the son of Amy Pace of Paradise.

Army Pfc. Walter S. Lancaster, a 2009 graduate of Paradise High School, graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier was trained in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics and use of various weapons and weapons

The Wise County Messenger is reviving its holiday baking contest. Cooks in Wise County can win a share of $250 in prize money with their best holiday dishes. Entries are due at the Messenger office by 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Winners and their recipes will be published in the annual Christmas greetings edition Thursday, Dec. 24. First prize will be $100, second prize $75, third $50 and fourth $25. Categories include pies, cakes, breads, cookies, candies and appetizers. Participants may submit one entry per category. Entry samples should include whole pies, cakes or breads and at least a dozen cookies, candies or appetizers. Entry should include the recipe and the cook’s name, address and phone number on a separate card. Judging will include taste, appearance and difficulty of recipe. Entries will not be returned.

ON THE COVER
Paradise Elementary School student Cheyanne Upton, 7, blows some “pretend” snow during a recent photo shoot. Kids may be dreaming of a white Christmas, especially after last week’s surprise snowfall. Upton is the daughter of Jerry and Anne Upton.

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WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

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SNOWY MORNING — Red Foster of Paradise took this photo Wednesday, Dec. 3, of a furry friend having breakfast. If you have a photo you’d like to publish in Community Focus, e-mail it to focus@wcmessenger.com.

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WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

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BOYD ISD NEWS Masonic lodge to lay cornerstone at new high school
By BRANDON EVANS The Boyd Masonic Lodge gained approval from the Boyd school board last month to lay a cornerstone at the new high school. “The laying of the cornerstone is an American historical tradition,” said Luke Weeks, a member of the Boyd lodge. “George Washington laid a cornerstone at the U.S. Capitol. The Decatur courthouse has one and so does the capitol building in Austin.” School board president Linda Ware asked if the Freemasons are a religious organization. “It is not a religious organization, but it does have some roots in religion,” Weeks said. Board member Sheril Rodgers Tidwell said the local Masonic lodge has a history of supporting local students. “I know several students from our district have gotten scholarships from the Freemasons,” she said. “They do support the school and education.” The board voted 6-1 in favor of the laying of the cornerstone. Ware cast the opposing vote. “It’s an honor for us to put this at the school,” Weeks said. The cornerstone is traditionaly laid at the northeast corner of a building. Sometimes it is hollowed out and serves as a type of time capsule. According to Masonic rules, cornerstone laying is only performed on school buildings, public structures and places of worship.

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City Hall — Located at 3238 Texas 114; phone (940) 969-2114 City staff — City secretary is Teresa Moody Meetings — City council meets at 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at city hall; Economic Development Corp. meets 7:30 p.m. fourth Monday of the month; Planning and Zoning meets at 7 p.m. the last Monday as needed Council members — Mayor, Nathan Cleveland; Mayor Pro-tem, Michael Robertson; Pauline Shannon, Mary Cash, Chris Harris and Roy Steel

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WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

PROPOSED BOYD HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM

Boyd builds new stadium without bond election
By BRANDON EVANS

When the Boyd Yellowjackets swarm the field next fall, they’ll be stinging foes in a new home stadium. Boyd ISD School Board voted 7-0 last month to build a $6.7 million football stadium. A combination of general fund reserves and a loan from First Financial Bank will pay for the construction. The plans include a 12,000 sq. ft. field house, bleacher seating for 3,000, synthetic turf, a 1,200 sq. ft. press box with elevator, a Champions Plaza and an eight-lane track, among other features. Designers anticipate an August or September 2010 completion date. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to get a new stadium,” said school board president Linda Ware after the vote was reached. “I’m happy we’ve come to a decision.” “I’m excited,” said head coach J. G. Cartwright. “It’s really something the community can definitely be proud of. “It was a big need. We’ve been in this facility for years, and there’s not enough seating at the field. Going through what we did this year with the rain, with the artificial turf we’ll be able to practice in any weather. We’re cramped for space, this will give us space for all our teams and band to practice.” “This is a tremendous project for a district to undertake,” said superintendent Gregory Stone. “Not many districts can take a risk this way. Most

would have to pass a bond. And this past election cycle 67 percent of bonds failed in this state due to the economy.” Instead, Boyd chose to finance the construction with general fund reserves and a bank loan. The district has approximately $8.5 million in the bank. They need to retain $4 to $5 million in the reserves at all times to cover all district payroll and vendor payments for at least three months out. Although Stone said the numbers are still soft, they will use approximately $3.5 million from reserves and acquire a loan for the rest. “We’ve already told the community we were going to spend out of the reserve fund balance,” said board member Sheril Rodgers Tidwell. “Our back is against the wall now. We have to do something.” The new stadium, which will be just south of the new high school, was designed by Harper Perkins Architects, Inc. from Wichita Falls. Pogue Construction of McKinney handled the subcontracting bids. “We received approximately 350 bids for subcontracting,” said Glenda Ramsey of Harper Perkins. “That’s a lot of bids for a job this size.” The architects presented the board with three options, ranging in price from $5.9 to $6.7 million. The board went with the top option package. The $6.7 million tag is a guaranteed maximum price, meaning the total can’t go above the GMP.

WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, December 10, 2009

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YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS

Maria Cox of Paradise took this photo of a hummingbird searching for some nectar in Mexican Petunias. Submit your photos my e-mailing focus@wcmessenger.com.

Aaron Mayhew of Boyd took this photo of little cowpokes Dayton and Maris Mayhew.

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