NEWARK HOUSE FIRE – A quick response by Newark and Rhome firefighters salvaged a home Saturday morning. The two departments were dispatched to reports of smoke and flames coming though the roof of a home in the 100 block of County Road 4857 around 8 a.m. Units that checked on scene within four minutes reported light smoke coming through the eaves and ridge row on the roof. The fire, which started in the back wall of a room added to the mobile home, was contained to the wall and attic. Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon said he didn’t believe there was any fire or smoke damage to items in the room. There may have been a little bit of water damage, and structural damage was minimal. “We had to go in and pull the sheetrock and ceiling where the fire started,” Edgemon said. “But nothing burned in the room. We know where it started, but we’re not sure what started it.” Red Cross was dispatched to assist the home’s occupants, which included a middle-aged couple and a younger couple and their baby.
WEEKEND RAINFALL – It was a rainy Saturday morning in Wise County, and most of the area saw significant rainfall amounts. Rainfall totals included 2.28 inches in Rhome, 2.25 in Decatur, 2.1 in Paradise and 2.05 in Boyd.
HOLIDAY CLOSURES – Wise County Development Services will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and open Thursday and Friday. The Decatur dumpsite will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday but open Thursday through Saturday. Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Wednesday and Thursday but open Friday and Saturday.
SHELTER CLOSED – Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday. It will resume normal business hours Thursday.
DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Some trash collection in the City of Decatur will change over the next two weeks due to the holidays. No recycling will be picked up this week or next, resuming on Jan. 8. Normal Thursday trash collection will be on Friday, and normal Friday collection will be on Saturday this week and next week.
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.
CHRISTMAS FORECAST: COOL AND DRY - It looks like Wise County will not be seeing a white Christmas this year. The forecast for the week calls for daytime highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s with chilly evenings. Rain is not in the forecast.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS – The midweek Wise County Messenger, which will be mailed a day early due to the Christmas holiday, will include our annual Holiday Greetings special section featuring stories and artwork from local third graders.
MERRY CHRISTMAS – The Wise County Messenger wishes all our Update readers a happy Christmas. Due to the holiday, no Update will be published Tuesday or Wednesday. Any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.
FUNERALS – Service for George W. Long, 91, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery.
SERVICE for James Sanders, 79, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Jimmy W. “Salty” Smith, 81, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Houston Martin, 81, of Azle is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at New Hope Cemetery.