FREEZING TEMPERATURES BEHIND US – We started out the day with precipitation, but at least it’s not the frozen stuff. Rain showers moved through Wise County during the 7 a.m. hour, but with temperatures well above freezing, it remained rain rather than sleet. Temperatures yesterday and overnight stayed above freezing, helping to thaw out the ice left over from last week’s winter storm. All schools were back in class at regular time today. Today’s high is expected to top out around 45 degrees with a slight chance of rain tonight. Tomorrow’s high will be cooler with a high of 37 and an overnight low of 28. We’ll start to warm up on Sunday with a high of 52, and the temperature is expected to reach 60 by Monday.
ATTENTION VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Southern Region is accepting applications for veterans who want to gain skills in prescribed fire and wildland fire suppression now through Monday, Dec. 30. For more information, call Deidre Smith at 334-421-8414.
‘MESSIAH’ PERFORMANCE – The Wise County Chorale, in conjunction with the Denton Bach Players, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” 4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The 20-voice Chorale is a new organization, and for its debut performance will sing this famous work with an orchestra using historical instruments and techniques from the time of Handel and Bach. There will be a reception immediately following the concert in the church fellowship hall.
YOUTH FAIR TAG IN – Wise County Youth Fair tag in is 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Tag in is for swine, lambs, goats, non registered beef heifers and non registered boer does (over 3 months of age). Must have scrapie tag in ear.
SOCIETY CHRISTMAS DINNER – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, 201 E. Main. The annual Christmas Dinner will be held, and members and guests are asked to bring a rock-related item for a gift exchange.
ADDED PERFORMANCE – DHS Theatre Department has added a performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performance dates and times are 7 tonight and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for adults.
CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico will present the Christmas musical “Go, Tell It” at 7 p.m. Sunday.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Yesterday’s Texas in Bridgeport will host Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $7 for kids, which includes a photo with Santa, and $5 for adults. Proceeds benefit Toys For Tots. The restaurant is a Toys For Tots drop-off location.
CHRISTMAS FUN – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree events in downtown Bridgeport are Saturday beginning with a pageant at 10 a.m.; Miss Twister Christmas Showoff at 1 p.m.; pictures with Santa from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and music by Heartstrings from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., all at Bridgeport Stage. A lighted Christmas parade through downtown is at 6 p.m. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Polar Express” will be shown, starting at 7 p.m. at The Stage. Donations of coats, socks, scarves, other winter apparel and cash will be accepted to help those in need. For more information, call 940-683-3404 or 940-683-2076.
SHOPPING FRENZY – Holiday Shopping Frenzy sponsored by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is today and tomorrow. There will be two $500 cash and two $50 Brookshire’s gift card giveaways. Participants will be entered for visiting and for every $20 spent at any participating business. The drawing will be held 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. Participants do not have to be present to win.
LUNCH WITH SANTA – A hot dog lunch with Santa is noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE FIRE STATION – The Decatur Fire Department will host Breakfast with Santa at the fire station 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Free pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. Santa will arrive at 8:30 on the fire truck. Bring your camera for pictures. The station is located at 1705 S. State St.
SANTA VISITS RHOME – Santa will make a visit 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Community Center located at 261 School Road. Hot chocolate, punch and cookies will be served. There will also be a free raffle, door prizes and a reading of Christmas stories.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA – Santa will be available for photos 4-6 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.
TOYS FOR TOTS – Cici’s Pizza in Decatur will be accepting Toys for Tots through Saturday,. Toys should be new and unwrapped. It’s the fourth year the location is collecting toys. For information call 940-627-6273.
FUNERALS – Service for James Ray Carter, 70, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Inell Reed, 93, of Granbury is 3 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Charrisa Stinbrink, 38, of Fort Worth. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Clayton Jayden Palmer, the infant son of Hunter and Emily Palmer of Runaway Bay, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Betty Hale McAfee, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Crest Baptist Church in Midlothian with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Lena Pearl Elliott, 94, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
MEMORIAL service for Edward “Eddie” Earl Bailey Sr., 76, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.