CONTESTED RACES – A couple of local races drew opponents Monday, the last day for candidates to file for the March primary ballot. Jim Cowell of Decatur filed to run for county judge against incumbent Bill McElhaney of Bridgeport in the Republican primary. Rob Hawkins of Bridgeport also filed yesterday to run for Precinct 2 county commissioner against incumbent Kevin Burns of Decatur. Other contested races in the Republican primary will include district clerk (Cristy Fuqua and Brenda Starnes Rowe), the unexpired Precinct 3 commissioner vacancy (Danny Lambert, Wayne Davis, Harry Lamance, Ken Steel, Don Underhill and Brent Wilson), Precinct 4 county commissioner (Terry Ross and Paul Wood), Precinct 2 justice of the peace (Terri Johnson and Karen Hall Green) and Precinct 3 justice of the peace (Dee Long, David Montgomery, Chad Hightower, Mandy Hopkins Hays, Harold Lisby and Bill Burdock). The only Democrat to file was Ken Murray for Precinct 3 justice of the peace.
ARSON – A fire at the former Food Pantry Store in Alvord Saturday was a result of arson, said Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd. Alvord and Decatur fire departments responded to the fire, which was reported at 8:03 p.m. Firefighters were able to put the fire out before it caused major damage to the building. Call Crime Stoppers at (940) 627-8477 or 1/800-643-8477, or submit a tip online by visiting www.sheriff.co.wise.tx.us/tip.htm. Tips are anonymous. Rewards are offered if information leads to the arrest and indictment of offenders.
DECEMBER RAINFALL – Weather watcher Doyle Green recorded 2.7 inches of precipitation in Decatur for the month of December, making the 2009 total 40.87 inches, two inches above the normal annual amount of 38.8 inches. The amount represents an increase of more than nine inches from the 2008 total of 31.82 inches.
ALUMNI MEETING – The Decatur Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Decatur Visitors Center.
POST-POLIO SUPPORT – The Post-Polio Support Group will meet 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Pizza Hut in Decatur. For more information contact Barbara Adair at (940) 255-0940.
DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Heritage Museum in Decatur. Speaker Ronald Womack will be “calling all ancestors” with a genealogy talk. A Dutch treat lunch follows at Catfish O’harlies. For more information call Sally Pegues at (940) 627-5452.
FIELD TRIP – The next monthly birding field trip on the LBJ National Grasslands departs at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Forest Service District Office in Decatur. For more information, call the district office at (940) 627-5475.
LIBRARY EVENTS – Story Time at the Decatur Public Library is 10 a.m. Wednesday. This program includes stories, songs, movement, puppets, crafts, and activities to encourage early literacy. Other story times include Toddler Time with a “stay and play” at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Mother Goose with a “stay and play” at 10 a.m. Thursdays. For more information call the library at (940) 627-5512 or visit the Web page at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.
FUNERALS – Service for June Griffeth, 81, of Haslet is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
PRIVATE SERVICE for Terri V. Creson Adams, 49, will be held later this week at Long Branch Cemetery in Rising Star. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for C.J. Mayrand, 73, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for William “Bill” T. Wade, 82, of Alvord is at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Sunset with burial at Sunset Cemetery.