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Monday, September 10, 2012

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FIRE SCORCHES NEWARK HOME – A Newark couple raising two nieces and a nephew lost most of their belongings in a fire that scorched their home on County Road 4858 around 8 Saturday evening. Although the fire was contained to a few of the rooms at the front of the home, there was smoke and water damage throughout. Fortunately, no one was injured. Nobody, except for Romeo, the family’s Maltese, was home at the time of the fire. Gjulabije and Blerim Alka were tending to customers on the busiest night of the week at their restaurant, Venice Pizza and Pasta in Newark. The nieces – a third and fifth grader at Seven Hills Elementary School – and their grandmother, who lives in a guest house behind the scorched home, were out of town. Neighborhood kids riding their bikes saw the smoke and flames and called 911. Newark and Rhome fire departments responded. The cause of the fire is unknown.

NONE INJURED IN CRASH LANDING – For the second time in three days, a descent onto the runway at Decatur Municipal Airport turned into a crash landing. Pilot Robin Lawson, the only occupant of the Beechcraft Bonanza, “hit the wrong button” when attempting to land around 10:30 Sunday morning, coming to a skidding halt on the middle of the runway. “As he was landing, he meant to hit the button to retract the flaps but hit the landing gear and retracted the landing gear instead,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. Lawson, of North Richland Hills, was not injured. Decatur firefighters doused the plane and the area around it for a small fuel spill.

PATRIOT DAY – The Wise County Veterans Group is hosting a program commemorating Patriot Day, the remembrance of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Guest speakers are Rod and Carol Wooley of Alvord, both retired Southwest Airline pilots, who will provide insight to the airline pilots’ reaction to this event and subsequent actions taken.

SWAP MEET – The 45th annual – second in Wise County – Southwest Swap Meet is Thursday through Sunday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. Admission is free. Vendor spaces may be purchased during the meet, but 80 percent of its contents must be automotive related. In existence since 1968, the Southwest Swap Meet is the longest-running, continuously-operating event of its kind. It is sponsored by the Texas Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Dallas Model A Ford Club and the Horseless Carriage Club of America, North Texas region.

RALLY NIGHT – Cub Scout Pack 146 Rally Night is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Call Kristi Polone at (817) 845-9173 for more information.

MINI CHEER CAMP – The Decatur High School cheerleaders will host a mini camp 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the DHS cafeteria. Cost is $50 and includes a T-shirt, cheering with varsity cheerleaders and Regal Eagle at the Sept. 14 football game. For information, call (940) 393-7241 or email kanetha.hicks@decatur.esc11.net.

PARADISE CHAMBER MEETING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce meets noon today at City Hall. The program will be on the newly opened Weatherford College campus. For information, call (940) 433-3288.

WISE REPUBLICANS – The Wise County Republican Party meets 6:30 tonight on the second floor of the county courthouse in Decatur.

EAT TO GIVE BACK – Tell your Chili’s waiter that you’re eating for Wise County Special Needs Baseball today, and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of your ticket to the organization.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING – CASA of Wise and Jack Counties will hold an orientation for its upcoming Volunteer Advocate Training at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the CASA office, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur and is for anyone interested in learning more about CASA and becoming a CASA Volunteer Advocate, including signing up for the Volunteer Advocate Training that will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Call the CASA office at (940) 627-7535 for more information.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Joe Bentley, aka “Tex Dugan” will present the program.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur Bands Booster Club meets at 6:30 tonight at McCarroll Middle School Band Hall and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur High School Band Hall. Two meetings were planned to accommodate all parents from grades 6-12. You can attend either meeting. Topics for discussion are upcoming fundraisers, band competitions and volunteer opportunities.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR GRANT – The City of Chico will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. today regarding an application for a grant for a filtration system on the city’s drinking water. The Community Development Block Grant is provided through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The public hearing is at Chico City Hall.

FUNERALS – Service for Herbert V. Forman, 84, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Daniel Grmela, 79, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Andrew Carson Evans, an infant, of Canton. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Donald Ray Ashley, 63, of Chico is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.