SCHOOL EVACUATED AFTER THREAT — A bomb threat caused a four-hour evacuation yesterday morning at Decatur High School. Students were allowed to resume classes at 2:15 p.m. after nothing suspicious was found. Superintendent Rod Townsend said four students found a note written on notebook paper in the third floor boys bathroom and brought it to the office around 10:15 a.m. The note indicated there was a bomb at the school and mentioned “11, 12, 1 and 2” indicating possible detonation times. The building was evacuated immediately as students and school employees were relocated to the practice field behind the school. The Decatur Fire and Police departments responded to investigate. Townsend said three different sweeps of the building were made due to the different times listed in the threat. The school district is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Call the Decatur Police Department at (940) 627-1500. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger.
MANN NAMED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR — The Paradise Chamber of Commerce awarded Deborah Mann the Citizen of the Year award at the chamber’s annual Christmas dinner Monday. Her family business, Mann Refrigeration, was also named co-Business of the Year along with First State Bank of Paradise. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
FOOD DRIVE — The Slidell student body is sponsoring a canned food drive for WARM through Dec. 14. Items especially needed include peanut butter, tuna and chili, and they are accepted at both campuses.
COAT GIVEAWAY — Gently used coats for those in need will be available 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center in Decatur. They include adults and children, various sizes, as supplies last. Breakfast will also be provided. Call the church office at (940) 627-3362 for more information.
4-H CLUB MEETING — The 4-H Clothing and Textiles Club will meet 5 p.m. today at the Extension Office. Call Laurie Washburn at (940) 627-3341 for more information.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS — Bridgeport Main Street’s Home for the Holidays is Saturday. Events include shopping specials, dining, photos with Santa from 4-5:30 p.m., wassail tasting from 5-8 p.m., lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. and Tacky/Ugly Christmas Sweater contest at 7 p.m. For more information, call (940) 683-3404.
TREE LIGHTING — A Christmas parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in downtown Slidell. It will end at the First Baptist Church, where a beans and cornbread supper will be served. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to the Slidell school’s Angel Tree. Following the supper, a Christmas tree will be lit downtown. If you plan to participate in the parade, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANTA FLY-IN — Santa will fly to The Community Bank in Bridgeport by helicopter 5 p.m. today to pose for photos with kids.
REASON TO SING — First Baptist Church of Bridgeport is hosting “A Reason to Sing” 7 p.m. Sunday. The church is located at 1204 12th St. Visit www.fbcbridgeport.com for more information.
FUNERALS — Service for Matthew Alvus Matney, 23, of Chico is 4:20 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Jeremy James Evans, 26, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at Rhome Assembly of God with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.