NEWARK HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE – Joe and Debra Garcia had just left for Fort Worth when their single-wide trailer was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The home, which was in the 200 block of County Road 4877 in Newark, was devoured by a blaze that started on the front porch about 11:30 a.m. Although the Garcias had just left, Debra’s sister, Teresa Huckabee, and her teenage son, Hunter Huckabee, were at the house when the fire started. They were watching television and “heard some popping and cracking on the front porch. They opened the door, and the fire was outside,” said Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. He said Teresa and Hunter exited the house through a back door and were not injured. There were two dogs inside the home, one of which perished in the blaze. Red Cross was called to the scene to meet the needs of the family. Hunter lived in the trailer with the Garcias, and his mother lived in a trailer behind them, which was not damaged. The trailer homes on either side of the burned structure are also occupied by relatives. Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Tarrant County fire departments responded to the fire, as well as Wise County medics.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in front of the hospital. A platelet drive will be held 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call Annette Raley at (940) 626-0167 for more information.
GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Admission is free, but an offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the Museum.
COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY – Wise County commissioners meet at 9 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM – The Bridgeport Library will welcome Author Laura Eckroat at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is the author of four books for children including the newly released “What’s in the Corner, A Muffin Tale.” The program is for children who have completed grades K-5. It is designed to keep up their reading skills over the summer. Children will also enjoy crafts, special activities and programs. Parents may register their children for this free program at the library, 2159 10th Street, or by calling (940) 683-3450.
DINNER AND CONCERT – A concert by the Legacy Brass Quintet of DFW is 6 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. A dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The event is jointly-sponsored by the First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 9th Annual Firecracker Scramble benefiting the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is 7:30-8:30 a.m., and the four-person scramble play begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Women and men of all skill levels may register either as a four-person team or individually and be placed on a team. Entry fee is $50 and includes green and cart. Prizes will be awarded in each flight and other specialty prizes including longest putt and bulls eye. There will be mulligans and raffles available and free food on the course. For more information, call or email Dawnelle at (940) 577-4123 or email@example.com; or Ronnica at (214) 926-3025 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit runawaybayfd.org.
MESSENGER NAMED TOPS IN TEXAS – The Wise County Messenger took home the sweepstakes award for large semiweekly newspapers in the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest Saturday. The Messenger earned the sweepstakes award by garnering 900 points, tops for any division. First place awards were earned in community service, news writing, headlines, feature photos, sports photos, sports coverage and website. Second place awards were received in general excellence, feature writing, page design and column writing. The Messenger received third place awards in advertising and news photos. The win marks the 11th time in 12 years the Messenger has won the sweepstakes award in the state-wide contest. Also, Messenger page designer Jimmy Alford won a first place in feature writing in Division 9 for The Princeton Herald.
FUNERALS – Service for Eula Frances Jennings, 84, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Mireya Gonzalez, 20, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.