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.