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.