DECATUR STRUCTURE FIRE — As Update was going to press, Decatur, Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments were on the scene of a house fire in the 500 block of West Walnut Street in Decatur. The blaze at the two-story home was reported just after 7 a.m. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.
FRIDAY WRECK VICTIM REMAINS HOSPITALIZED — A motorcyclist struck by a pickup truck in Bridgeport Friday remains hospitalized in Fort Worth, but his condition has improved to stable. Douglas Campbell, 48, of Chico was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital from the scene of the accident in which he sustained injuries to the head and torso area. According to witnesses, Campbell was traveling westbound on the outside lane of Hovey Street when the white pickup pulled out from the south entrance to the James Wood Neighborhood Autos car lot. Campbell laid the bike down and skidded 20 yards before colliding with the left front end of the pickup. Bridgeport police and fire departments and Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which occurred just before 6 p.m.
IT’S THAT TIME — Several grass fires broke out across the county over the weekend. Perhaps the most threatening was a hayfield fire that charred a few acres, a hay baler and several bales of hay just before noon Saturday near Sandy Creek, off of Cuba Road east of Bridgeport. Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported just before 11 a.m. and was extinguished and mopped up by 3 p.m. No structures were involved.
HELP FOR FIRE VICTIMS — The local office for the American Red Cross is accepting donations on behalf of the Belcher family today. Melanie Belcher and her three children lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire last Tuesday night. ARC assisted the family with their immediate needs the night of the fire, but Wendy Graham, Red Cross disaster action team captain for Wise and northern Parker counties, will be at the Red Cross office 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to accept donations of clothing, household items, cash and gift cards on behalf of Ms. Belcher. Graham is also providing a notebook for those who would like to write a note to the family. Clothing is needed in the following sizes: Melanie wears a plus size, 4X and size 11 shoe. Her son, Jesse, wears a boys size 14 and size 9 shoe. He likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Melanie’s daughter, Sarah, wears girls size 7/8 and wears a size 2 shoe. She likes Monster High and Hello Kitty. The baby, Hope, wears size 9 months in clothes and size 2 diapers. Graham said gift cards would be helpful to purchase formula. The local Red Cross office is on Mill Street in Decatur at the back of Wise Area Relief Mission, by the loading dock. For more information, email Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JURY TRIAL CANCELED — A jury trial scheduled for 1: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Precinct 4 in Bridgeport has been canceled. Jurors do not need to report.
WATERMELON PAGEANT — Register for the Alvord Watermelon Pageant now through Aug. 5 by contacting Megan Adams at (940) 626-0586 or email@example.com. The pageant is Saturday, Aug. 10, at Elm Creek Park Pavilion in Alvord. Check-in time is at 9:30 a.m., and the pageant is at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Proceeds go to the Library Restoration Fund and the Alvord Volunteer Fire Department. Categories are 0-23 months, 2-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-9 years. Girls and boys are invited to participate. Theme is summer time fun.
MOM/SON EVENT — Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s mom/son ice cream and pool party is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the city pool. Tickets cost $10 per couple and $5 for each additional son and are available at city hall and the pool. For more information, call (940) 683-3480 or (940) 683-4344.
PARADISE BOOSTER CLUB — The Paradise Booster Club has recently selected a new board and is seeking more parent involvement for the 2013-2014 school year. The club will meet at 5 p.m. today at the Paradise High School cafeteria. Call club president Tom Brown at (817) 538-3995 for more information.
SCV MEETING — The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program “The Battle of Galveston” will be presented by Dave Hodgson.
BOARD SEEKS TO CUT COSTS — The Paradise School Board will meet 6:30 tonight in the board room for a budget workshop. In previous meetings, Superintendent Monty Chapman said preliminary budget numbers showed the district heading into the 2013-2014 school year in the hole by as much as $300,000. Some major adjustments are anticipated to balance the bottom line, even with the restoration of some previously eliminated state funding. One thing board members had already agreed on was that no teaching jobs are on the chopping block. Last year, PISD was forced to trim its budget by $170,000.
COUNCIL TO DISCUSS INCENTIVE PACKAGE — The Decatur City Council will discuss a $261,500 incentive package for “Project Walter” when they meet at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. The Decatur Economic Development Corp. will bring the project to the council. The council will also hold a public hearing on the city’s 2012 annual drinking water quality report and consider a strategic planning agreement with Averus Corp. for the Decatur Public Library.
FUNERALS — Service for Helen June Joyce, 90, formerly of Alvord is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Montague County. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Michael Lee Willingham, 62, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.