ALVORD HOUSE FIRE – A home in the 1200 block of South Wickham Street in Alvord suffered heavy smoke damage as well as significant fire damage to the garage, utility room and portions of the attic yesterday afternoon. Alvord, Chico and Decatur fire departments responded to the call around 3 p.m. and had the fire out in about 45 minutes. Homeowners Karen and Chad Langham and daughter, Emma, were not injured. Fire Marshal Marc Dodd said the cause is under investigation. The home was insured.
RAMPS CLOSED – Boat ramps at Wise County Park on Lake Bridgeport have been closed due to high water. Public Works Director Tom Goode said the guardrails are under water, and he closed the ramps to keep boaters safe. The lower ramp was closed Monday, and the other ramp was closed yesterday morning.
ACTION TABLED ON DOG DEATH – The Bridgeport City Council took no action at last night’s meeting regarding a claim that a police officer wrongly killed a Bridgeport citizen’s dog. The claim was originally submitted to the city’s insurance company, but the company denied the claim after the police department found no fault by the officer in an internal investigation. The council chose to table the matter since two council members were absent. The council wants to hear the opinion of the other council members, along with the new city administrator, Brandon Emmons, who comes on board Monday.
PAVING DELAYED – The City of Bridgeport and JRJ Paving have postponed the start of the west side paving project due to rain and cool temperatures.
SPRING TOUR – The Wise County Historical Society spring tour is Thursday. Meet at the Heritage Museum at 9:30 a.m. to pick up a map. The first stop will be the Jerry Askey Farm, where Karen Cross with the U.S. Forest Service will speak. Bring a sack lunch and a drink, and wear walking shoes. The public is welcome.
MEETING – A Bridgeport Project Graduation meeting is 5:30 tonight in the high school commons area.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a Carter Blood Care blood drive from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church, 202 E. Thompson in Decatur.
SALE DONATIONS – Donations for the 3-Day Breast Cancer yard sale will be accepted at the Wise County Sheriff’s office through Thursday. Items may be dropped off, or you can call (940) 393-9908 or (940) 389-1371 to have items picked up. The sale is Saturday in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office.
PERFORMANCE – The Slidell ISD Drama Department will perform its adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria. Admission is free.
LIFEGUARD CERTIFICATION - Registration deadline for the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course that starts Friday at Fit-n-Wise is Thursday. Call (940) 627-2708
LIBRARY PROGRAMS – The Decatur Public Library presents free financial planning classes at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday. A free Medicaid and CHIP workshop with application assistance is 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 26. Call the library at (940) 627-5512 to preregister or for more information.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Barbara Ann Graham, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at The Father’s House in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Charlie “Tom” Maxwell, 75, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Friday at Handley Baptist Church in Fort Worth with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Beth Chancellor, 64, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for O.L. Davis, 90, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Tommy Bennett, 61, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins.