ALVORD HOUSE FIRE – As Update was going to press, firefighters were battling a house fire near Alvord. The Alvord Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a fire in the 200 block of Private Road 2698 north of Alvord just before 7:30 a.m. Decatur and Chico fire departments were also dispatched to assist with the fire in the double-wide mobile home. There had not been any reports of injuries. More information will be posted as it is available at WCMessenger.com.
STEP UP, SCALE DOWN – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Step Up and Scale Down, a 12-week weight management program. The series begins Tuesday, Jan. 7, and continues weekly through March at Decatur City Hall. The program includes weekly lessons to help manage your weight, weekly challenges and healthy recipes. JRobs Sport and Fitness will also present workout tips and strategies for success. For more information and to pre-register, call 940-627-3341.
GENETIC GENEALOGY DNA – Jeremy Belkin from Family Tree DNA will speak on “New Avenues in Genetic Genealogy” at the Wise County Genealogical Society meeting Jan. 16. For more information, visit the society’s website at www.wisegenealogy.org or like them on Facebook.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wal-Mart associates are sponsoring a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Wal-Mart in Decatur.
DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to the holidays, normal Thursday trash collection will be today, and normal Friday collection will be on Saturday this week and next week, in Decatur.
BOYD TRASH SCHEDULE – Trash collection for the City of Boyd will be today, Monday and next Friday due to the holidays.
FUNERALS – Service for Jim Hardin, 71, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Newport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MASS of Christian burial for Guadalupe DeLuna, 63, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home with rosary being recited at 7.
MEMORIAL service for Deborah Earlene Carr, 52, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church in Boyd. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Jackie Riley, 86, of Keeter is 11 a.m. today at Keeter Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Ira A. Wilson, 95, of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Laddy Able, 79, of Boyd is 3 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for James William “Pete” Sanders, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
GRAVESIDE service for Barbara McKinley, 77, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home is handling arrangements.