LAKE BRIDGEPORT FIRE – Firefighters responded to a house fire at 5:45 a.m. today in the 100 block of Church Street in Lake Bridgeport. When the Lake Bridgeport Fire Department arrived, they found a trailer home fully involved with flames. Carol Huffman and Michael Manning lived in the home. Chico and Bridgeport fire departments assisted. The cause is under investigation.
LIGHTENING STRIKES TWICE — Below, Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd interviews homeowner Carol Huffman while she watches the remains of her home go up in smoke from inside her van. This is the second time in 10 years she has lost a home to fire. She was not at home when the fire was discovered at about 5:45 a.m.
FIREFIGHTERS HONORED – The Decatur Fire Department honored firefighter/paramedic Andy Wood as the department’s “Firefighter-of-the-Year” at the annual honors banquet Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. The fire officer of the year was Captain Chris Caster, the rookie of the year was firefighter Jordan Hodges, the public safety officer/firefighter of the year was police officer Darrell Hicks and the volunteer firefighter of the year was James Carr. Fire Chief Mike Richardson, who along with Deputy Chief Deroy Bennett presented the awards, said the department answered 1,559 calls in 2009 and that volunteers gave 13,974 hours to the department during the year. Decatur has a combination paid/volunteer fire department. Keynote speaker for the event was Navy Captain T.D. Smyers, commanding officer of Naval Air Station Fort Worth. Smyers is a native of Wise County and a graduate of Boyd High School.
FILING SEASON BEGINS – Today is the first day for candidates to file for a place on the May 8 ballot. Candidates for mayor, city council and school board can file through March 8.
RAINY START TO WEEK – Wise County received significant rainfall overnight, and rain is expected to stick around throughout the day. Rainfall totals as of 7 a.m. include 1.55 inches in Alvord, 1.5 in Slidell, 0.9 in Bridgeport and 0.75 in Decatur.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Member Royce Raven will present a program on KIA/MIA remembrance from all wars.
RABBIT CLUB MEETING – The Wise County 4-H Rabbit Club meets at 6 tonight at the Ascension/St. Mark Episcopal Church on U.S. 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport. The program will be on showmanship skills, and guest speaker will be Gary Burcell. For more information call Sherry Haas at (940) 433-2114.
BUYERS ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pizza Hut. Anyone interested in participating is invited to attend.
EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOPS – The Decatur Public Library will hold two free employment workshops this week. “Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing” is 10 a.m. Tuesday. “Online Job Searching” is 10 a.m. Thursday. Call the library at (940) 627-5512 to sign up.
BLOOD DRIVE – Boyd High School will hold a Red Cross blood drive 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. To donate, an individual must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health on the day of donation. For information, to schedule a donation or inquire about eligibility to donate, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.bloodisneeded.org.
DONKEY BASKETBALL – Chico High School will present “Donkey Basketball” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are available at all Chico school campuses and cost $6 in advance and $8 on Thursday. Free donkey rides will be given to children under 12. Dinner, for $6, will be served at 5:30.
HOOPS SCORES – Friday night’s local basketball results are posted at Sports Update, www.wcmessenger.com/sports/update.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Erma Jane Hanlin, 73, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Vickie Pierce, 51, of Briar is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.