Monday, December 31, 2012


PROVIDING A HELPING PAW TO NEWTOWN – A former Wise County Animal Shelter rescue dog will soon be headed to Newtown, Conn., to become the family pet of a young boy who survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14. The dog was picked up by the Pet Rescue Alliance in Virginia and will be named Soto in honor of the boy’s teacher, Victoria Soto, who died in the shooting. The golden retriever mix is expected to make the journey to her new family this week.

SWEARING IN – Wise County elected officials will be sworn in at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in the District Courtroom at the Courthouse.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Development Services (Public Works and 911 Addressing) will be closed today and tomorrow. Decatur dumpsite will be closed Tuesday (open today and Wednesday through Saturday). Boyd, Chico, and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Wednesday (open Thursday through Saturday).

JP OFFICES CLOSED – Precinct 2 and 4 Justice of the Peace offices will be closed today and tomorrow and re-open for regular business hours Wednesday.

COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE – Wise County offices will be closed Tuesday for New Year’s Day. Some offices may close early today. The Wise County Appraisal District will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

BRIDGEPORT TRASH COLLECTION – Trash pick-up in the city of Bridgeport will assume its normal schedule today, but, starting New Year’s Day, will shift over a day – Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday, Thursday’s on Friday and Friday’s on Saturday.

BENEFIT – Chili’s will be giving back for “Milestones for Mikey” through Tuesday. A portion of all proceeds will be donated for all eat-in orders or take-out when his name is mentioned. Flyers with free dessert offer are available at Texas Insurance Agency in Bridgeport. Michael Bible was paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident on Oct. 3 and is in rehab at Baylor in Dallas.

RAINY DAY AHEAD – The rain is expected to continue, mostly this morning, then cloudy the rest of the day with a high near 47. It will be colder to begin the new year, with a high of 39 on New Year’s Day. Rhome reported 0.29 of an inch of rain overnight.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – From all of us at the Wise County Messenger, have a happy and safe New Year’s Day holiday. There will be no Update Tuesday, but breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Services for Robert Nobles, 80, of Decatur; Marjorie Cole, 83, of Rhome; and Douglas Patterson, 54, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Rhonda Al Ramahi, 44, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Liberty Cemetery in Erath County. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Susan Malinda Jackson, 48, of Denton is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with private burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for William Underwood, 72, of Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Joseph H. Paul Jr., 75, of Paradise is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Jenner G. Jones, 67, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Friday, December 28, 2012


MORE WINTER WEATHER POSSIBLE – Wise County is included in a winter weather advisory area through noon today, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front is expected to move in this morning, bringing surface temperatures below freezing. Ongoing drizzle is expected to continue, which could leave a light glaze of ice, primarily on bridges and overpasses. The freezing drizzle is expected to diminish by late this morning. The temperature is expected to drop to around 22 overnight.

BRIDGEPORT METER UPGRADES COMING - Water and electric meters for accounts in the city of Bridgeport will be replaced and upgraded beginning Jan. 7. Workers wearing either safety green or blue shirts bearing a “Siemens/PVI Meter Team” logo and driving trucks marked with the same logo will swap out the meters. Meter replacement could cause a temporary, approximately 30-minute loss of service. Commercial meter customers will be notified of water and electric shutoffs in advance. Anyone with special needs for water or electricity should notify the city at (940) 683-3400. An informational meeting on the new meters will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at City Hall (900 Thompson St.).

BRIDGEPORT TRASH COLLECTION – Trash pick-up in the city of Bridgeport will assume its normal schedule Monday, Dec. 31, but, starting New Years Day, will shift over a day – Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday, Thursday’s on Friday and Friday’s on Saturday.

DECATUR TRASH COLLECTION – There will be no trash collection in Decatur today. Tomorrow, areas south of Main Street will have trash collected. All recycling city-wide will also be picked up Saturday. Areas north of Main Street will have trash collection on Sunday. Monday will be the normal schedule.

BENEFIT - Chili’s will be giving back for “Milestones for Mikey” Sunday through Tuesday. A portion of all proceeds will be donated for all eat-in orders or take-out when his name is mentioned. Flyers with free dessert offer are available at Texas Insurance Agency in Bridgeport. Michael Bible was paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident on Oct. 3 and is in rehab at Baylor in Dallas.

HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICY REVIEW – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual and five-year plan policy changes and utility allowance are available for public review. A meeting to discuss the review will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1508 Cobb St.

WARM CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) is closed through Tuesday, Jan. 1, and will resume regular food distribution hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur will be closed through Jan. 1. The office will reopen on Jan. 2. The 24-hour Crisis Hotline will be answered at all times at (940) 626-4855 and advocates will be on call for urgent situations. In case of an emergency, call 911.

FUNERALS – Service for Bo Wright, 60, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. White’s Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

MASS for Angela Maliska, 37, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Kerry Bouchillon, 44, of Decatur and William Underwood, 72, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Nettie Faye Dickinson, 81, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mary Lois “Penny” Baisden, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Olive Branch Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Rhonda Al Ramahi, 44, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Monday at Liberty Cemetery in Erath County. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012


A HOME FOR A VETERAN – Wendell Berry Jr., a founder of WC Challenger Charities, is running “1,000 miles till home,” to raise awareness of the group’s latest outreach – homes for wounded war veterans. In partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, they plan to give a home to a veteran at the 2013 J.W. Hart Professional Bull Riders Challenge in June. To do this, they need to raise $20,000. Berry started in September and has run 389.5 miles to date. He plans to log 1,000 miles prior to the bull riding and home giveaway this summer. To follow his progress and donate to the cause, visit www.1000milestillhome.com. You can also mail donations to WC Challenger Charities, P.O. Box 1238, Decatur, TX 76234. A full story on WC Challenger’s latest efforts ran in the Dec. 22 issue of the Messenger. You can also read the story at wcmess.com/challenger.

WEATHER CAUSES TRASH PICK-UP DELAY – Due to the icy road conditions yesterday, trash and recycling pick-up schedules in Decatur have been changed for this week. Today, areas of town north of Main Street will have trash collection. No trash collection will take place Friday. On Saturday, trash will be collected in the south part of town as well as recycling city-wide. On Sunday, trash will be collected on the north side of town again.

A LITTLE WARMER – It will still be a cold day in Wise County, but temperatures should warm to well above freezing with an expected high of 44. With a temperature of 24 at 7:45 a.m., drivers should still watch for patches of ice on bridges and overpasses.

LATE START - Wise County offices will open at 9 a.m. today.

SOUTH WISE PANTRY – South Wise Services food pantry will be closed today. The food distribution and clothes closet will resume operations Thursday, Jan. 3.

RODEO TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has tickets available for Decatur night at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the chamber office, 308 W. Main, with either check or exact cash, no debit or credit card transactions. For more information call (940) 627-3107.

HOLY HUSH – The Holy Hush event is 6 p.m. New Years Eve through 6 a.m. New Years Day. The event will include worship and prayer. Prayers will be offered for guidance and for healing. This event will be held in the warehouse behind O’Reilly’s Auto and Family Dollar on Farm Road 51 in Decatur. For more information, go to www.connieswainministries.com, or call (214) 289-9857.

FUNERALS – Service for Bo Wright is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

MASS for Angela Maliska, 37, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with rosary said at 7.

FUNERAL for Nettie Faye Dickinson, 81, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Bonnie Beth Kerley, 79, of Runaway Bay. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for William Underwood, 72, of Bridgeport; Rhonda AlRamahz, 44, of Paradise; and Mary Smith Baisden, 73, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Snow makes winter playground


PLAYING IN THE SNOW — Bo Hermanson, 11, sleds down a hill Wednesday morning at the U.S. 380 overpass at Trinity Street in Decatur. His grandfather, James Rowe, watched from the warm truck. “Every winter is an adventure, and he looks forward to getting that sled out,” Rowe said. “I bet he’s been down that hill 50 times.” Rowe and Hermanson live in Decatur.

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Weather causes trash pick-up delay


Due to the icy road conditions today, trash and recycling will not be collected in Decatur. Tomorrow, areas of town north of Main Street will have trash collection. No trash collection will take place Friday. On Saturday, trash will be collected in the south part of town as well as recycling city-wide. On Sunday, trash will be collected on the north side of town again.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012


WHITE CHRISTMAS, ICY ROADS – After the snow started to fall yesterday around noon, it didn’t take long for Wise County roads to become dangerous. Just before 5 p.m., one person was trapped when a pickup rolled over on U.S. 81/287 near Farm Road 407 in the northbound lanes. Firefighters and paramedics extricated the victim, and Wise County EMS transported him to Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. Another wreck with injuries was reported on FM 51, three miles north of FM 455 in the Slidell area, and there was another wreck on U.S. 81/287 at FM 730 near Karl Klement Ford. Between 5 and 7 p.m., there were several more accidents including a vehicle that spun into the median of U.S. 81/287 in front of AGvantage in Decatur, and a mini van that also lost control on 81/287 near FM 407. A one-vehicle rollover was reported on FM 718, and there was an accident and vehicle fire on FM 1810 at the Sandy Creek bridge. There were many other drivers who simply ran off the road or needed roadside assistance. Roads and bridges are still slick this morning, and driving is not advised unless necessary.

UPDATED WEATHER CLOSINGS – Due to icy conditions on the road, the following offices are closed: Bridgeport Library and municipal court (city hall is open), Wise County offices, Learning Ladder daycare, and Meals on Wheels. Wise County offices will open at 9 a.m. Thursday. As we receive more reports of closings, they will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

TODAY’S ROAD REPORT – The Texas Department of Transportation this morning reported ice and snow, mainly on bridges and overpasses, on local roads including U.S. 380, Texas 114, Farm Road 407, Farm Road 730, Farm Road 718, Farm Road 3433, U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 2264. For the latest road conditions, visit www.drivetexas.org.

HOW MUCH DID WE GET? - Snow totals from Christmas day include reports of 3 inches near Cottondale and 2.5 inches in Rhome.

PLUNGING TEMPERATURES – Temperatures dropped throughout the day yesterday and into the evening. The temperature at 7:45 a.m. today was 18 degrees with a wind chill of 11. Today’s high is only expected to be around 36 and tonight’s low is expected to drop to 25. Wise County remains under a winter weather advisory until 9 this morning due to icy road conditions. No more precipitation is expected.

WRECK INJURES 1 – One man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident about 7:20 a.m. Saturday just north of Newark. Tyler Huffman, 30, was driving northbound on Farm Road 718 in a Crown Victoria when he hit the back of a pickup also traveling northbound. Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Reid said he had just turned around and was about to stop the Crown Vic for speeding when it hit the pickup that was slowing down to turn left. The pickup driver, James Glover, 69, of Newark, had minor injuries but was not transported. Huffman was pinned under the dash in his vehicle, causing injuries to his legs. He was extricated by the Newark Fire Department and flown by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Trooper Reid said Huffman was conscious at the scene but didn’t remember details of the wreck. He told Reid he may have had a seizure.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur will be closed through Jan. 1. The office will reopen on Jan. 2. The 24-hour Crisis Hotline will be answered at all times at (940) 626-4855 and advocates will be on call for urgent situations. In case of an emergency, call 911.

SOUTH WISE PANTRY – South Wise Services food pantry will be closed Thursday. The food distribution and clothes closet will resume operations Thursday, Jan. 3.

RUNAWAY BAY TRASH PICK-UP – There will be no trash pick-up in Runaway Bay today. Trash pick-up will be Friday instead.

CHICO TRASH PICK-UP – Chico trash pick-up the week of Christmas and New Year’s will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday.

BRIDGEPORT TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up in the city of Bridgeport will change this week due to the Christmas holiday. Tuesday’s collection will be today, Thursday’s on Friday and Friday’s on Saturday.

DUMP SCHEDULE – The Decatur dumpsite will be open today through Saturday. The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed today and tomorrow and open Friday and Saturday. The Slidell dumpsite will be open Thursday through Saturday.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Angela Maliska, 37, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with rosary said at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Bertha Plowman, 90, of Decatur was Monday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Yvonne Joett Davis, 80, formerly of Decatur was Monday at Coker-Hawkins with a private burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICES for William Underwood, 72, of Bridgeport; Bonnie Kerley, 79, of Runaway Bay; Nettie F. Dickinson, 81, of Bridgeport and Mary Smith Baisden, 73, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Winter weather blows into Wise County


Wise County is under a wind advisory until midnight Tuesday and a winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, the low temperature tonight is expected to drop to 13 degrees with wind chills in the single digits. The high Wednesday is predicted to be only 29 degrees.

It began snowing about noon Tuesday making for a white Christmas in Wise County, but it didn’t take long for roads to become treacherous. Within just a few hours, local fire departments and Wise County EMS were responding to numerous accidents Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The condition of local roads is expected to further deteriorate in the night, and  all county offices will be closed Wednesday. They will  reopen 9 a.m. Thursday. Other closings include Learning Ladder, all locations; Bond Family Eye Care; and Pettit Private School. Also, there will be no Meals on Wheels delivery Wednesday. All local school districts are still on Christmas break.

For more information about the condition of any road in the state of Texas, call TxDOT at 1-800-452-9292.

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Man seriously injured in two-vehicle accident


One man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident about 7:20 a.m. Saturday  just north of Newark. James Glover, 69, of Newark was driving northbound on Farm Road 718 in a Crown Victoria when he hit the back of a pickup also traveling northbound.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Reid said he had just turned around and was about to stop the Crown Vic for speeding when it hit the pickup that was slowing down to turn left.

The pickup driver, Tyler Huffman, 30, had minor injuries but was not transported.

Glover was pinned under the dash in his vehicle, causing injuries to his legs. He was extricated by the Newark Fire Department and flown by CareFlite to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Trooper Reid said Glover was conscious at the scene but didn’t remember details of the wreck. He told Reid he may have had a seizure.

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Friday, December 21, 2012


STUDENTS INJURED IN WRECK – A three-vehicle pileup involving a Decatur ISD school bus sent eight student to the hospital Thursday afternoon. The eastbound bus was coming to a stop on Farm Road 2264, just a couple miles east of U.S. 81/287, when a van, driven by McClellon Kitner, 38, of Decatur rammed into a pickup, driven by Peter Davis, 26, of Decatur stopped behind the bus. The force of the impact crushed the pickup into the back bumper of bus, jarring the students inside. A fourth vehicle was also involved in the wreck. A pickup driven by Randy Cooper, 54, of Decatur, swerved to avoid the pileup and had a minor wreck in the grass ditch running alongside the highway. Fifty-six Decatur high school and middle school students were on the bus. A total of eight suffered minor injuries. Medics and firefighters tended to the students in the dry grass alongside the road before they were transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The school bus driver, Elizabeth Ruiz, 42, was uninjured. Department of Public Safety Trooper William Cooper said Kitner was at the fault for the wreck and will be issued a citation for failure to control speed. Decatur superintendent Rod Townsend and high school principal Jason Cochran both arrived on scene shortly after the wreck. Townsend said he didn’t think any of the injuries were serious. “They’re getting sent to the hospital to get checked out for precautionary measures,” he said. The wreck happened just before 4 p.m. Traffic was shut down in both directions for more than an hour as officers investigated the scene and firefighters cleaned up a fuel spill.

RODEO WELCOME HOME – A Welcome Home reception honoring Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Clif Cooper and KC Jones as they return from the National Finals Rodeo is 5 p.m. today at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on the Decatur Square. The event is sponsored by First Financial Bank, State National Bank and James Wood Motors.

COMMITTEE FORMED – Numerous citizens expressed confusion about a possible new water and sewer system and waterline extensions in Paradise at a council meeting Thursday. After assuring those in attendance that the plan was “in its infancy,” the council appointed Councilman Brad Largent, former councilman Chris Harris, citizen Robert Burns and two representatives of the school district to a committee that will research grants and system options.

CHRISTMAS GOODIES — North Texas Bank in Decatur is having a holiday open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

ANIMAL ADOPTION – Wise County Animal Shelter will have cats and dogs available for adoption 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Market Place in Decatur. The adoption fees will be sponsored at the event, and free microchipping will be offered for any adopted dog.

RUNAWAY BAY TRASH PICK-UP – There will be no trash pick-up in Runaway Bay Wednesday, Dec. 26. Trash pick-up will be Friday, Dec. 28 instead.

DECATUR TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up in the city of Decatur will assume its normal schedule Monday, Dec. 24, but, starting Christmas Day, will shift over a day – Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday, Thursday’s on Friday, Friday’s on Saturday. Recycling collection won’t be affected and will remain on Wednesday.

CHICO TRASH PICK-UP – Chico trash pick-up the week of Christmas and New Year’s will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday. City Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve, and it will close at noon on New Year’s Eve.

WARM TO CLOSE FOR HOLIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1 and will resume regular food distribution hours on Wednesday, Jan. 2. WARM is open until 2 p.m. today.

MERRY CHRISTMAS – The Messenger office will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. Any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com. Have a safe and happy Christmas.

FUNERALS – Service for Pedro Trevino, 82, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Donna Marie Talley, 47, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alvord Church of Christ with burial at Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Pamela May Benevidez, 45, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Samuel A. Hines, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today before the service at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Lee Hamby, 82, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

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Eight students injured after bus involved in four-vehicle wreck


A three-vehicle pileup involving a Decatur ISD school bus sent eight student to the hospital Thursday afternoon. The eastbound bus was coming to a stop on Farm Road 2264, just a couple miles east of U.S. 287, when a van, driven by McClellon Kitner, 38, of Decatur rammed into a pickup, driven by Peter Davis, 26, of Decatur stopped behind the bus. The force of the impact crushed the pickup into the back bumper of bus, jarring the students inside. A fourth vehicle was also involved in the wreck. A pickup driven by Randy Cooper, 54, of Decatur, swerved to avoid the pileup and had a minor wreck in the grass ditch running alongside the highway.

Fifty-six Decatur high school and middle school students were on the bus. A total of eight suffered minor injuries. Medics and firefighters tended to the students in the dry grass alongside the road before they were transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The school bus driver, Elizabeth Ruiz, 42, was uninjured.

Department of Public Safety Trooper William Cooper said Kitner was at the fault for the wreck and will be issued a citation for failure to control speed.

Decatur superintendent Rod Townsend and high school principal Jason Cochran both arrived on scene shortly after the wreck. He said he didn’t think any of the injuries were serious.

“They’re getting sent to the hospital t0 get checked out for precautionary measures,” Townsend said.

The wreck happened just before 4 p.m. Traffic was shut down in both directions for more than an hour as officers investigated the scene and firefighters cleaned up a fuel spill.

 

 

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Bus involved in three-vehicle accident


There was a three-vehicle accident, involving a Decatur ISD school bus, reported about 3:45 p.m. on Farm Road 2264 at County Road 4223 south of Decatur. Three medics have been called to the scene, and patients are being transported to Wise Regional Health System. Initial reports indicate injuries are minor. The bus number is 77015. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


ROSS INDICTED ON THEFT CHARGE – Suspended County Commissioner Terry Ross was indicted Tuesday for theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant, according to District Attorney Greg Lowery. The indictment stems from an Oct. 18 charge that he allegedly built three grubbing plows, two for personal use, with material belonging to the county and on county time by county employees. The charge is a state jail felony, and if convicted, he could face 180 days to two years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. He’s already scheduled to go to trial Feb. 19 for a previous felony charge stemming from similar incidents involving county property and employees. Ross was temporarily suspended in August due to those charges.

ACCIDENT – As Update was going to press, medics, the Boyd and Paradise fire departments and officers had been dispatched to the scene of an accident on Texas 114 east of Farm Road 51 South. Dispatchers reported it involved an 18-wheeler and a passenger car. There had not been any reports of serious injuries.

OFFICES CLOSED – The Wise County Tax and Auto Registration offices in Decatur, Boyd and Bridgeport will be closed 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today.

SOUTH WISE PANTRY – South Wise Services food pantry will be closed Thursday, Dec. 27. The food distribution and clothes closet will resume operations Thursday, Jan. 3.

SANTA FINISHES HIS ROUNDS – Tonight is the last night of the Decatur Fire Department’s Santa on the Streets. Santa will be making an appearance via fire truck in neighborhoods south of Hale Ave. and east of U.S. 81/287 and also the Brookhollow area.

DUMP SCHEDULE – The Decatur dumpsite will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and open Dec. 26-29. The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Dec. 26 and 27 and open Dec. 28-29. The Slidell dumpsite will be closed Dec. 25 and open Dec. 27-29.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson’s office will host a come-and-go reception for retiring Constable Leonard Denney 2-4 p.m. today in the Courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. A card box will be provided.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Wise County Red Cross meets 7 tonight at the EMS building at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. Sandwiches will be served, and the group will celebrate the holidays and their first year of supporting Wise County. Those attending are invited to bring holiday treats. New volunteers are also welcome.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS – The Decatur School Board meets tonight at the district’s administration building, beginning with a closed session at 6 p.m. followed by the open meeting at 7 p.m. Agenda items include bond refunding and the annual audit report among other items.

FIRE DANGER – Although the National Weather Service has not issued a red flag warning for Wise County like yesterday, elevated fire weather conditions are expected for Wise and all of north Texas today. It will be windy today with a north/northwest wind of 20 to 25 miles per hour decreasing to 10 to 15 miles per hour in the afternoon. Today’s high is expected to be near 51.

FUNERALS – Service for Bobby Ray, 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Pedro Trevino, 82, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Donna Talley, 47, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is planned for Donna Jean Fuller, 86, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Samuel A. Hines, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 11-1 p.m. Friday before the service at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Lee Hamby, 82, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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114 partially shut down


A wreck between a passenger car and 18-wheeler on Texas 114, just east of the Farm Road 51 intersection between Paradise and Boyd, has a portion of Texas 114 closed.

The driver of the car is trapped, but injuries have not been specified.

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Ross indicted on second theft charge


Suspended County Commissioner Terry Ross was indicted Tuesday on theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant, according to District Attorney Greg Lowery. The indictment stems from an Oct. 18 charge that he allegedly built three grubbing plows, two for personal use, with material belonging to the county and on county time by county employees.

The charge is a state jail felony, and if convicted, he could face 180 days to two years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. He’s already scheduled to go to trial Feb. 19 for a previous felony charge stemming from similar incidents involving county property and employees. Ross was temporarily suspended in August due to those charges.

 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


INTRUDER SUSPECT ARRESTED – A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for Monday’s home invasion at Crestview Place Apartments in Decatur. Eric Thomas Brake, 21, turned himself in to the Decatur Police Department about 3:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Rex Hoskins. Hoskins said Brake called and left a voice mail at the department indicating he was the perpetrator. An officer returned Brake’s call, and they arranged for him to turn himself in. “He described the incident to the tee of what the victim said,” Hoskins explained. “He said after he saw the composite drawing, he knew we had him. I think that’s a very big credit toward (Ashleigh Portales, who produced the sketch). This case couldn’t have been broke without her.” Brake is from Kansas but was living with relatives at the apartment complex. Hoskins said he will be charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a sexual offense, a first degree felony. He was booked into Wise County Jail late Tuesday afternoon. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.

RED FLAG WARNING – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Wise County and areas to the west from 1-7 p.m. today. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry vegetation will create “explosive fire growth potential,” according to the NWS. That means that the county’s burn ban will be in effect this afternoon and early evening. All outside burning and welding is prohibited. A wind advisory will also be in effect this evening from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow as northwest winds behind a cold front are expected to be between 25 and 30 miles per hour with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. The high today is expected to top out around 78, and the overnight low is expected to be 32.

POLLUTION PETITIONS DENIED – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent out a response to cities, school districts, the county and other organizations throughout Wise County explaining why it is denying their petitions to exclude the county from the EPA’s “nonattainment” area for air pollution standards. “After carefully considering 29 petitions asking for reconsideration of final area designations for the 2008 ozone standards, EPA continues to believe that the technical information supporting our final designations provides a sound basis for our decisions,” said the EPA’s Dallas office in a statement issued yesterday. The agency also denied four requests that they “stay” the designation for a specific area. Read more in today’s Messenger.

HORSES SEIZED – The Wise County Sheriff’s Department seized two horses Tuesday evening after executing a search warrant in the 100 block of Private Road 1605 in Alvord. Sheriff David Walker said a neighbor notified them that the horses were malnourished and that one horse was dead in the pasture. Investigators called in veterinarian Margaret Sterle to examine the live horses and perform a necropsy on the dead horse. She said it was 20 to 25 years old and “in the advanced stages of life.” Walker said she noted that there was “good quality coastal hay available” to the animals. No charges had been filed on the livestock owner as of Tuesday night, but Walker said the case would be reviewed Wednesday morning.

SHUTTLE SURVEY – TAPS Public Transit is asking Wise County residents for input on the need for an airport shuttle service. TAPS already provides public transportation within the county, but this would be an additional service, providing transportation to and from DFW and Love Field. County residents can take a survey about the proposed service at www.TAPSbus.com/survey. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 31.

WATCH FOR SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department’s “Santa on the Streets” tour continues 5-9 tonight in neighborhoods West of North Trinity Street, north of West Walnut Street and east of U.S. 81/287. A complete map was featured in the weekend Messenger.

DECATUR TRASH PICK-UP – Trash pick-up in the city of Decatur will assume its normal schedule Monday, Dec. 24, but, starting Christmas Day, will shift over a day – Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, Thursday’s on Friday, Friday’s on Saturday. Recycling collection won’t be affected and will remain on Wednesday.

CHICO TRASH PICK-UP – Chico trash pick-up the week of Christmas and New Year’s will be on Thursday, instead of Wednesday. City Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve, and it will close at noon on New Year’s Eve.

CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is meeting at noon tomorrow at the Bridgeport Country Club. Board members should be present to make reports.

GET CHECKED OUT – RGA HomeCare in Bridgeport will offer free blood pressure, blood sugar and oxygen level checks 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments and meet the staff. For more information call (940) 683-6370.

FUNERALS – Service for Hal Glendell Buie, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Pedro Trevino, 82, of Decatur and Donna Talley, 47, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Samuel A. Hines, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday before the service at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jerry L. Jackson, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Bobby Ray, 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lee Hamby, 82, of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Arrest made in Decatur home invasion


A man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for Monday’s home invasion at Crestview Place Apartments in Decatur. Eric Thomas Brake, 21, turned himself in to the Decatur Police Department about 3:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

Hoskins said Brake called and left a voice mail at the department indicating he was the perpetrator. An officer returned Brake’s call, and they arranged for him to turn himself in.

“He described the incident to the tee of what the victim said,” Hoskins explained. “He said after he saw the composite drawing, he knew we had him. I think that’s a very big credit toward (Ashleigh, who produced the sketch). This case couldn’t have been broke without her.”

Brake is from Kansas but was living with relatives at the apartment complex. Monday he entered another apartment at approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he snuck up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But the female fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported.

Hoskins said he will be charged with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony. He was to be booked into  Wise County Jail late Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012


HOME INVASION SUSPECT SOUGHT – Decatur Police continue to search for a young man who allegedly broke into an apartment and grabbed a young woman Monday morning. The suspect entered the apartment at approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he snuck up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But the female fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported. The home invasion occurred at Crestview Place Apartments located in the 900 block of W. Thompson Avenue. The identity of the suspect is not known at this time, but is described as a white male with a thin build that looks to be anywhere from 18 to his late 20s. He has pale skin, dark wavy hair that covers his ears but doesn’t go down to his shoulders, dark eyes and is between 5’10” and 6′ tall. He was wearing a baseball hat with a flat brim, a long sleeve black shirt and dark pants. The victim worked with Ashleigh Portales with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office to produce a composite sketch of the suspect, which can be viewed at WCMessenger.com. After the home invasion occurred yesterday morning, McCarroll Middle School, located across the street from the apartments, went into a “soft lockdown” mode for most of the morning as a precautionary measure. Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Decatur Police Department at (940) 393-0310.

BOMB THREAT SUSPECT RELEASED – District Attorney Greg Lowery Monday confirmed that charges have been dropped on one of three Decatur High School students arrested Dec. 10 in connection with a bomb threat at the school. The three girls, who are not being identified because they are juveniles, were accused of writing a bomb threat on a note and bringing it to school officials that afternoon. Earlier in the day, the school had been evacuated when another bomb threat had been discovered in a boy’s bathroom, causing the evacuation of the school. And another bomb threat had been discovered less than a week prior. The one girl was released from a juvenile detention center to relatives yesterday, and Lowery said the other two girls will be released today, although he plans on moving ahead with prosecution of those two girls. They face a third degree felony charge of terroristic threat. The investigation into the three bomb threats continues.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Wise County Red Cross meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the EMS building at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. Sandwiches will be served, and the group will celebrate the holidays and their first year of supporting Wise County. Those attending are invited to bring holiday treats. New volunteers are also welcome.

RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL - The Runaway Bay City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive. In addition to routine items, this agenda’s scarce agenda includes consider approving the city’s audited financial statements for the year ended Sept. 30.

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council meets 7 tonight at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. Bridgeport High School senior Edward Esparza will talk to the council about the need for teen entertainment centers in town. Other agenda items include a public hearing for both an exception to the masonry ordinance for Precinct 4 barn and amending the ordinance on on-site sewage facilities.

SKATE WITH SANTA – A Skate With Santa fundraiser is 5:30-7:30 tonight at Decatur Skate. Tickets are $7 at the door and $5 in advance by calling Wendy at (940) 210-4491 or Cindy at (281) 974-1727. Proceeds benefit Decatur Hockey Team.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for spring 2013 classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week. The WCWC offices are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. For more information, call (940) 627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center building of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The club will have its annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange as well as an auction to raise money for the club. Members are asked to bring canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). For more information call Penny Nixon at (940) 627-2537.

CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is meeting at noon Thursday at the Bridgeport Country Club. Board members should be present to make reports.

PTO RAFFLE — Paradise PTO is having a raffle for a set of Saladmaster titanium/stainless steel/lifetime guaranteed cookware. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and can be purchased at any campus office or from PTO members. All proceeds benefit Paradise schools, and the drawing is Dec. 21. For more information, call Bonnie Doty at (940) 389-2717 or email brittdoty@embarqmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Hal Glendell Buie, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Deanna Brammer Green, 74, of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Jerry L. Jackson, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Minnie M. Jennings, 69, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Sunset Cemetery.

SERVICE for Donna Jean Fuller, 86, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Wanda Williams of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville.

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Decatur police searching for home invasion suspect


Decatur Police Department continues to search for a young man who allegedly broke into an apartment and grabbed a young woman Monday morning. The suspect entered the apartment at approximately 8 a.m. through an unlocked door. According to investigators he snuck up behind a female in the residence and grabbed her in a “bear hug.” But the female fought back and proceeded to force the man out of the second floor apartment. No items were taken, and no injuries were reported. The home invasion occurred at Crestview Place Apartments located in the 900 block of W. Thompson Avenue. The identity of the suspect is not known at this time, but is described as a white male with a thin build that looks to be anywhere from 18 to his late 20s. He has pale skin, dark wavy hair  that cover his ears but doesn’t go down to his shoulders, dark eyes and is between 5’10” and 6′ tall. He was wearing a baseball hat with a flat brim, a long sleeve black shirt and dark pants. The victim worked with Ashleigh Portales with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office to produce a composite sketch of the suspect. After the home invasion occurred this morning, McCarroll Middle School, located across the street from the apartments, went into a “soft lockdown” mode for most of the morning as a precautionary measure. Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to contact the Decatur POlice Department at (940) 393-0310.

 

 

 

 

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Monday, December 17, 2012


FIERY SUNDAY – Weather conditions were ripe for fires yesterday, and it certainly proved to be the case in Wise County. From noon to 2 p.m., local fire departments responded to five grass fires. Just after noon Sunday, Chico and Alvord fire departments responded to a controlled burn rekindle from the day before on Farm Road 1655, three miles north of Farm Road 1810 near Chico. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur firefighters responded to hay bales on fire at Eagle Canyon Raceway, believed to have been sparked by a race vehicle. Boyd, Rhome and Cottondale firefighters battled an approximately five-acre grass fire on County Road 4680 near Boyd, believed to have been started by fireworks. It was under control and in mop up by 1:30. As those three units cleared that fire, they were dispatched to another fire on Kristi Lane, north of Boyd. Decatur and Newark were also dispatched to the blaze, which was started by a fire pit in the backyard of a home. Outside welding sparked a 15-acre blaze on County Road 1736. Sand Flat, Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport units responded.

ANOTHER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ended Saturday night with two Decatur cowboys bringing home world titles in the 10-day event. Tuf Cooper, 22, won his second consecutive world championship in tie-down roping. He entered the event ranked second in the world, but finished with $232,884 in yearly earnings, more than $35,000 more than the second ranked Justin Maass of Giddings. And although Decatur’s Trevor Brazile finished third overall in team roping after leading for most of the competition, he did more than enough to win a seventh consecutive and 10th overall all-around gold buckle while competing in Las Vegas. Two more Decatur cowboys finished in the top 15. Clif Cooper finished the year ranked 15th in the world tie-down roping, and steer wrestler K.C. Jones ended the season 12th overall.

RAIN REPORT – Parts of Wise County received small amounts of rain over the weekend, including 0.3 of an inch in Rhome, 0.23 in Decatur and 0.15 in Alvord and Greenwood.

GRIEF SUPPORT – The Grief Support Group meets 6 tonight at Wise Regional Health System’s west campus (far left hand side of the building). For more information call Laura Tanner at (940) 626-2973.

SKATE WITH SANTA – A Skate With Santa fundraiser is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Decatur Skate. Tickets are $7 at the door and $5 in advance by calling Wendy at (940) 210-4491 or Cindy at (281) 974-1727. Proceeds benefit Decatur Hockey Team.

DYSLEXIA TRAINING – Decatur ISD is hosting dyslexia training for parents 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Office, 501 East Collins St.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System is having a blood drive for Carter BloodCare 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. The bus will be in front of the hospital. To pre-register, call Annette Raley at (940) 626-0167, or just drop in.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES — Registration for spring 2013 classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week. The WCWC offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon  Friday.  For more information, call (940) 627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

ALVORD GT NOMINATIONS – Alvord ISD Gifted and Talented Services are now accepting nominations for the spring 2013 gifted and talented identification process. Nomination forms may be obtained at all three campus offices and by visiting www.alvordisd.net. The deadline to nominate a student in grades K-11 currently enrolled in the Alvord district is Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Contact Kaysi Hamilton, Alvord Gifted and Talented coordinator, at khamilton@alvordisd.net for more information.

HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICY REVIEW – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual and five-year plan policy changes and utility allowance are now available for a 45-day public review. A meeting to discuss the review will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1508 Cobb St.

AGGIE HOLIDAY PARTY – Aggie Moms and current Aggies are invited to an Aggie Moms Holiday and Ring Scholarship Party 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Debbie Waggoner at (940) 393-5223.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Jerry L. Jackson, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Minnie M. Jennings, 69, of Chico, is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wanda Williams of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville.

FUNERAL for Marian Hill Watson, 78, formerly of Runaway Bay is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Hal Glendell Buie, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Deanna Brammer Green, 74, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

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Several blazes break out on ‘high fire danger’ day


According to traffic across the scanner, today is a “high fire danger” day. Outdoor welding and burning should be avoided.

In the last two hours, local agencies have responded to five grass fires, three of which were under control as of 1:45 p.m.

Just after noon Sunday, Chico and Alvord fire departments responded to — and later rekindled — a controlled burn rekindle from the day before on Farm Road 1655, three miles north of Farm Road 1810 near Chico. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur firefighters responded to hay bales on fire at Eagle Canyon Raceway, believed to have been sparked by a race vehicle.

Boyd, Rhome and Cottondale firefighters battled an approximately five-acre grass fire on County Road 4680 near Boyd, believed to have been started by fireworks. It was under control and in mop up by 1:30.

As those three units cleared that fire, they were toned to another fire on Kristi Lane, north of Boyd. Decatur and Newark was also dispatched to the blaze, which was started by a fire pit in the backyard of a home.

Outside welding has sparked a 15-acre blaze on County Road 1736. Sand Flat, Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport units are responding.

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