ARRESTS MADE IN BOMB THREAT – Three female Decatur High School students were arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a bomb threat at the school. Police Chief Rex Hoskins said two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old were arrested and will be charged with terroristic threat, a felony offense. Because the suspects are juveniles, their names were not released. Hoskins said one girl brought a note with a bomb threat to school officials yesterday afternoon, claiming she had found the note in a bathroom. However, school officials reviewed video and determined that was not true. Through their investigation, they discovered the two other suspects. This came just hours after a bomb threat was found written in a stall in a boys restroom, resulting in an evacuation of the building. The Decatur police and fire departments responded and swept the building, finding nothing. Students were back in the classroom in about an hour. Due to the cold weather, students were taken to other facilities such as the ag building, fieldhouse and the nearby Carson Elementary gym. Hoskins said that these girls may not be responsible for that morning’s bomb threat or the one from last Tuesday, since those notes were both found in a boys bathroom. The investigation continues, and Hoskins said more arrests could take place. The school is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
BURN BAN REMINDER – County commissioners yesterday renewed a 90-day red flag warning burn ban at their regular meeting. Under this type of ban, burning is not prohibited every day, only on those days that the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning for Wise County. Sheriff David Walker said if weather conditions don’t change, they might be forced to revert to a traditional ban. “If we don’t get some rain, we’ll probably have to eventually change it,” he said.
NAMING FACILITIES – The Northwest School Board Monday outlined the criteria for name suggestions for elementary school No. 17 and high school No. 3. Nominations will be accepted Jan. 7 to Feb. 7 online at www.nisdtx.net or through a paper form obtained by calling Cindy at (817) 215-0171. Schools serving kindergarten through grade 8 shall be named in memory of someone who served the district or community or made a significant contribution to society and/or education; after a local residential or geographic area; or in honor of a district property donor. Facilities serving grades 9 through 12 shall be named after a person who has made a significant contribution to society and/or education; any state or national heroic figure, landmark and/or historical attributes; or a district property donor. A selection committee will present the board with options in March.
FREE GROCERIES – Fellowship Bible Church will be giving away free groceries Saturday to any Wise County resident or families in need. You must call ahead to reserve your groceries. Call (940) 399-3454 for more details or log on to www.fellowshipbiblentx.org.
WARM HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 and will reopen on Jan. 2 with normal distribution hours. Anyone who normally picks their food up the end of the month can come anytime between today and Friday, Dec. 21.
SOCKS FOR SENIORS – Donate pairs of new, adult socks for residents in area nursing homes at Market Place in Decatur from now until Dec. 22. Market Place personnel will distribute them for Christmas.
BIBLE BENEFIT – Milestone for Mikey, a benefit for Mikey Bible, 20, of Bridgeport, is being held 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Atomic Rooster in Bridgeport. Raffle will be held at 8 p.m. for a 50-inch flatscreen television and a rifle. There will also be a D.J. and live music. Bible was injured in a wreck in October and left paralyzed. For more information call (940) 399-9628 or (940) 683-2745.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Kerry Clower and The Horton Brothers and Friends will play Christmas music. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. December breakfast is the 19th at the Decatur Civic Center.
FUNERALS - Graveside service for Virginia Kay Bezy, 64, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Verda Slimp, 82, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Barbara Burnett Hall, 59, of Wizard Wells is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.