MAN SHOT BY ROBBERS – A resident of eastern Wise County was shot Thursday morning just before noon after he apparently surprised two burglars inside his home on CR 4421. The victim told the 911 operator that the suspects, a black male and a Hispanic male, were in the home when he arrived from work. Both suspects were armed, apparently with guns they were attempting to steal, and one of them allegedly shot the victim with a .22 pistol. Both guns were left at the scene as the suspects fled. Sheriff’s deputies responded, along with paramedics, and were searching for the suspects. The victim, whose name has not been released, told officers a white car was parked in front of the vacant house next door when he returned home. He was taken to Texas Health Fort Worth Hospital with a bullet wound to the left arm.
CONTRACT EXTENDED, BONDS ISSUED – At a special meeting yesterday, the Bridgeport City Council extended its contract with Southwest Securities for financial advisory services five years and approved the issuance and sell of $2.93 million in refunding bonds to refinance outstanding debt. The plan is projected to save the city $281,538.
CITY HALL CLOSED – Chico City Hall will be closed today from 12:45-1:45 p.m.
VETERANS PICNIC – The Wise County Veterans Council will host its annual free veterans picnic for veterans and family 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Sheriffs Posse Grounds in Decatur. For more information call (940) 389-1922.
MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Activities include Paradise Has Talent show, a car and farm equipment show, quilt show, live entertainment, live auction, raffle, awarding of the Community Service award and the fire department’s annual fish fry at 4 p.m.
PARK DEDICATION – Alvord Veterans Memorial Park dedication is 9 a.m. Saturday at Elm Creek Park. Flags and signs will be placed at north and southbound U.S. 81/287 exits.
RINGERS NEEDED – Local volunteers are needed to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two-hour slots are available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. All money collected stays in Wise County. To sign up your group, call Tana Fedric at (940) 627-5859. If you have already signed up, call Fedric to confirm your time.
PARADISE CHAMBER – Paradise Chamber of Commerce is having a social 11:30 a.m. Monday at Paradise City Hall. All members are asked to attend.
BENEFIT – A bake sale and cookout to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at Love’s Travel Stop in Rhome.
GARAGE SALE – The Boyd Methodist Church will hold a garage sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday for a youth fundraiser.
STEAK CHALLENGE - The second annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is tomorrow at the Reunion Grounds in Decatur. The event opens to the public at 10 a.m. Dinner will be served 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $25 for a tasting bracelet. Proceeds benefit Outside Four Walls, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to Decatur students.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery.
BIKING FOR BREAST CANCER – The third annual Biking for Breast Cancer fun run and benefit concert is Saturday. Registration is 10 a.m. at Decatur Power Sports with live music following at Bono’s Saloon. Cost is $25 per bike entry (includes entrance to concerts), $5 for extra poker hand and draw cards and $10 for concert admission for public. There will be cash prizes and a silent auction. For more information, call (940) 627-8804.
TRAP SHOOT – Wise County Cowboy Church will host a Trap Shoot 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at 2070 Old Denton Road in Decatur.
HOMECOMING DINNER – A community homecoming barbecue dinner is 5 to 7 tonight in the Chico Middle School commons area, on FM 1810 next to the football stadium. There will also be a cake auction. All proceeds benefit the Chico Ex-Student Association Scholarship Fund.
DONATE SPORTS EQUIPMENT - Pass It On is having a donation drive to collect used sports equipment and apparel 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the McCarroll Middle School football field parking lot, 1201 W. Thompson, in Decatur. Call or text Rhonda DuBois for more information at (940) 231-6075.
CAR WASH – The Decatur 5th Grade Football/Cheer team is having a car wash 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Wise Orthopedics at 1713 S. FM 51 and is by donation only. If you would like to donate but cannot come by on Saturday, contact Alexia Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL FESTIVAL – Senior Care of Decatur will host a free Fall Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include bounce houses, super size slide, obstacle course, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, carnival games and prizes. For more information call (940) 626-2800.
FUNERALS – Service for Clara C. Clay, 94, formerly of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.