EXPLOSIONS RATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD – A series of explosions woke up a neighborhood outside Decatur Thursday morning. A metal workshop housing a pier drilling truck caught fire between 9 and 10 a.m. Not long after the fire started, something inside set off a series of explosions. “I heard about five explosions,” said nearby neighbor John Reeves. “The first one rattled my home. It sounded like a sonic boom.” Firefighters from Decatur, Alvord and Chico responded to the fire located in the 100 block of County Road 1100. They arrived to find black smoke pouring into a cloudy sky, and flames consuming a metal building with a large truck inside. Homeowner Lani Vaughn said the explosions might have been caused by the tires on the truck. But there were also barrels of oil inside the workshop. The pier drilling truck belonged to her son Norman. He kept his work truck parked in the same workshop that his father ran Decatur Tractor and Auto shop out of for years. Vaughn said she didn’t know how the fire began. “Fortunately no one was injured, and nobody else’s property caught on fire,” Vaughn said.
BUSINESSES TO SEE RATE INCREASE – Commercial customers of Progressive Waste Solutions in Chico will see a 4 percent increase in rates for waste collection, effective May 1. The company had originally proposed a 4 percent increase for both commercial and residential customers. “Because residents had an increase last year, I opposed the across-the-board increase,” Mayor J.D. Clark said.
DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT – Fighting Fernandez Fuerte Relay For Life team will host a dodgeball tournament fundraiser Saturday, May 4, at JRob’s in Decatur. Cost is $10 a person for a six-person team. Individual registrations will also be accepted. Pick-up games for kids and ladies are $5 a player. Half the proceeds go to 19-year-old Valente Fernandez Jr., who is battling bone cancer, and the other half to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to register, call or text Junior at 940-210-2878 or Erika at 940-577-1513 by Friday, April 19.
COLLEGE SURVEY – The Weatherford College Wise County community interest survey is now available online. Dean Duane Durrett said the purpose of the survey is to “find out what courses and programs are needed to meet the current and future educational, business and technical needs for Wise County businesses and its neighboring communities.” To take the survey, go to www.wcinstruction.net/surveys.
MOMMY AND ME – Wise Moms, a mommy-and-me-group, and their preschoolers (ages 0 to 5) is meeting 10 a.m. to noon today at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a sack lunch for you and your children. For more information, contact Holly Chapman at 940-577-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Jonestown Cemetery annual meeting is 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided.
FUN RUN – The Decatur 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run is 8 a.m. tomorrow in downtown. Participants can register on-site or at www.decatur5k.com. It is expected to be a beautiful day, and all proceeds will benefit the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund.
FAMILY FITNESS – Focus on Family Fitness Day at First Baptist Church in Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday. There are activities for all ages including boot camp exercise for men and women, bounce houses and an obstacle course for kids ages 4 through sixth grade, a 5K and one-mile fun run, healthy food showcase, ultimate frisbee and a kids bike and trike course. Mark Cornelison, a participant in season 13 of “The Biggest Loser,” will speak at 6 p.m. in the worship center. For more information, call 940-627-3235.
PET ADOPTION – The City of Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a pet adoption 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the shelter located at 171 A Private Road 3402 (just off of Farm Road 920). For more information call James Johnson at (940) 683-3430.
FUNERALS – Service for Harvey Burger Sr., 85, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Decatur. There is no visitation.
FUNERAL for Jason Mitchell, 21, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Gerald “Satch” Jones, 75, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Willie Randle, 60, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Karen Craven Wood, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Baptist Church. Family visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Mildred Barnett, 95, of Paradise. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Martha Jane Hill, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Vienna, Ill., with burial at Whiteside Cemetery near Vienna. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Bailey Funeral Home. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling local arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Karla Dean O’Dell, 66, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Chuck Tanner, 74, of Runaway Bay is 2:15 p.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.