RHOME POLICE SEEK CAR BURGLARS — A string of car burglaries over the weekend at a subdivision in Rhome has neighbors and police on the lookout. An eyewitness noticed four young men combing the streets of the neighborhood on foot in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 14. Rhome Police Chief James Rose said they’ve already identified at least 15 victims. “Four young men were walking through the neighborhood, opening car doors and taking GPS systems or anything else they could,” Rose said. “Most cars in the neighborhood are unlocked. This is a small town and people aren’t used to locking their cars.” But at least two homes in the subdivision had security cameras posted outside their houses. The footage was turned over to police and shows two of the suspects. In the video the men can be seen trying to open car doors. The doors are locked, and they move on. Rose said they appear to be in their late teens, possibly 17 or 18, and if anyone knows the suspects seen in the video they could probably identify them from the footage, which can be viewed at WCMess.com/burglary. Rose encourages anyone with any information to contact Wise County Crime Stoppers at (940) 627-5971, ext. 236.
MORNING STORMS — A line of storms brought heavy rain to Wise County this morning. A cool front had also dropped temperatures into the upper 40s by 7:30 a.m. Rainfall totals included 1.15 inches in Greenwood, 0.99 in Decatur, 0.95 in Alvord, 0.6 in Chico and 0.44 in Rhome. The forecast calls for the storms to clear out by midday.
RELIEF FOR WEST — Jagged Edge Salon in Decatur is accepting donations for the relief efforts in West. Stylist Jessica Kramer will be delivering the supplies Saturday morning. Items needed include bottled water, diapers, wipes, gauze, rubbing alcohol and peroxide, and non-perishable foods. Bring donations to the salon at 301 S. Washburn in Decatur. For more information, call 940-627-2311 or 817-713-8234.
CHILI CHEESE DOGS — The Wal-Mart Warriors Walking For a Cure Relay For Life team will sell chili cheese hotdog lunch plates 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday from the Dr Pepper wagon, which will be stationed outside the store’s garden center. Cost is $6 and includes the chili cheese dog, chips, drink and dessert. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County and the American Cancer Society.
SURVIVOR DINNER — A dinner for survivors/caregivers who registered with Relay For Life of Wise County is 6 tonight at First Baptist Church in Decatur. There will be a live auction and entertainment by the Cross Timbers Band, and cancer survivor Joyce Finley will speak.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON — The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce April luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at Bridgeport Community Center.
DAR MEETING — The John B. Denton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is meeting 10 a.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the Wise County Historical Museum. The speaker is from the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition, and he will explain what makes a tree historic, how to find historic trees in our communities, Indian marker trees, and how we are connected to history through the trees that surround us.
BUTTERFIELD FESTIVAL — The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Butterfield Stage Days Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park. The event includes stagecoach rides, petting zoo, kiddie train, face painting, stickhorse rodeo, bounce houses and carnival for the kids; Bridgeport Idol, Rodeo Pink 5K run, Bingo, pancake-eating contest and rib cook-off competitions; food and craft vendors, gunfighters and live entertainment. For more information, call (940) 683-2076 or visit www.bridgeportchamber.org.
PLANT SALE — Slidell FFA is holding a plant sale 8 a.m.-3:20 p.m. each school day through April 30 at the high school. Super petunias, geraniums and coleus are $2 a plant, $36 for a flat of 18. Hanging baskets are $10. Marigolds, petunias, gazanias and zinnias are $14 a flat. Call the ag department for detailed information, (940) 466-3881, ext. 229.
BENEFIT GOLF SCRAMBLE — The first Amy’s Angels Golf Scramble is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson. Cost is $400 per team and will include range balls, golf and lunch. For a $50 donation, event organizers will display “in honor of” or “in memory of” signs around the putting green and clubhouse. Proceeds benefit the Amy’s Angels Wise County Relay for Life Team in honor of breast cancer survivor Amy Hudson Cline. For more information, call Steve Cline at (817) 822-9171 or email email@example.com.
DAVA YARD SALE — The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary will hold its annual yard sale Friday and Saturday. Donations are being accepted at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
ADOPT A PET — The Wise County Animal Shelter will host an adoption event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Saturday at Tractor Supply in Decatur. Also, mention the shelter at Chili’s and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of your bill to the shelter.
RED CROSS MEETING — Red Cross of Wise County meets 7 tonight at the EMS Building in Decatur. Volunteers and anyone interested are invited.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD — The Decatur School Board meets at 6 tonight at the district’s administration building. A closed session will be followed by the open meeting.
FUNERALS — Service for Leita Maye Bolin, 76, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m.. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Russell Sprowls, 81, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins.