TANK BATTERY EXPLOSION – Two men were injured, and one was taken to a Denton hospital yesterday following an explosion at a tank battery in northern Wise County. The explosion occurred at a well site owned by Gilbow Oilfield Services off Farm Road 455 about four miles west of Farm Road 51 around 12:30. Firefighters from Greenwood/Slidell and Sanger fire departments arrived on the scene to find the tank crumpled and burned. The blast had moved the massive metal tank several yards and sent several men flying through the air. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The person taken to the hospital suffered first and/or second degree burns. Investigators said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He was welding when the explosion occurred, and Greenwood/Slidell VFD Chief Adam North said it appears that the electric welding arc ignited fumes, blowing up the canister. Read more in today’s Wise County Messenger.
RAIN DELAY – Boyd Yellowjacket fans who were hoping to see the team take to their new field in time for homecoming this fall might have their enthusiasm dampened by the latest timetable for completion. Coaches and administrators had hoped the stadium would be ready to go for the Sept. 10 homecoming game versus Henrietta, but an architect with Harper Perkins told the school board Monday that due to rain and foundation problems, the field may not be ready until late in the season. Read more in today’s Wise County Messenger.
BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Dr. Jason Finkelstein, cardiologist, is guest speaker. Cost is $10. RSVP to the chamber office, (940) 683-2076, no later than today.
COMPUTER CLASSES – Newark Public Library is offering a free, basic computer class 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays July 22-Aug. 12. Participants can bring their own laptops or use one of the library’s six computers. Since seats and computers are limited, participants must register by calling (817) 489-2224.
MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation presents Bridgeport Box Office in 3D. This month’s movie is “Fly Me to the Moon” in 3D at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport Stage. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, but space is limited. For more information, call (940) 683-3480.
DEMOCRAT MEETING – Wise County Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 19, in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. The meeting will include an update from the state delegates and Moving Texas Forward action plan.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Beth Simms, 78, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Bobby Jones, 75, and John White, 58, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Ola Tennye Chilton Bost, 91, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
SERVICES for Imogene Hunt, 91, and Robert Russell, 78, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.