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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.