QUICK RESPONSE SALVAGES HOME – A quick response by Newark and Rhome volunteer firefighters might have saved a mobile home Wednesday afternoon. The two departments were dispatched to reports of heavy smoke and flames coming out from underneath the structure in the 700 block of Rogers Road in Newark around 3 p.m. By the 3:35, the fire was extinguished and contained to the home’s undercarriage. Although firefighters on scene couldn’t deem the home inhabitable or not, they believe the damages were minimal. “We got it before it came up through the floor and into their belongings,” Newark firefighter Charles Braun said. The cause is unknown and may not be determined for a while since the county is without a fire marshal.
DECATUR CHAMBER – Four new directors have been elected to the Decatur Chamber of Commerce board. They include Jody Adams, Decatur Economic Development director, Mike McQuiston of Wise Regional Health System, David Hamilton of State National Bank and Lori Sherwood of the Decatur Civic Center. New Chamber officers include Wade Watson of Texas Custom Trailers, president; Brennan Williams of Legend Bank, vice president and Tammy Kelly of Tammy Kelly Photography secretary. The new officers and directors will be installed at the Chamber luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center Tuesday, Jan. 22.
DAVIDSON NAMED CHAIRMAN - Decatur City Councilman Jay Davidson has been elected chairman of the TAPS Public Transit board of directors. He has been on the TAPS board since November 2009 and served as secretary for the past year. He replaces outgoing board member Cary Wacker who held the position three years and was recently elected mayor of Sherman. Members of the TAPS board represent communities served by the regional public transportation organization in a six-county area that includes Cooke, Clay, Fannin, Grayson, Montague and Wise Counties.
AGING WISELY – An Aging Wisely seminar is 2 p.m. Friday at Weatherford College Wise County, Room 105. Cary Bohn will present a program on long-term care insurance. The free event is open to the public. For more information, call Megan Adams at First Home Health, (940) 626-0586.
COLLEGE SALON OPENS – The cosmetology school salon at Weatherford College Wise County opened to the public this week. Instructor Carolyn Jeane said they will take clients 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Services offered by the 20 students are haircuts, highlights, color, perms, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing. To make an appointment, call (940) 626-3261. The salon is in the college’s Workforce Building, 502 Big Sandy Court.
TESTING CHANGES COMING – The current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013 and replaced with a new 2014 GED test. Those who have taken the current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts have until the end of this year to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test. Bridgeport ISD offers the GED test each month (no testing in January, June or July). Prep classes are offered at Weatherford College each Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in room 220. For more information, go to www.bridgeportisd.net, click on “Community” then click “GED information.”
AHS QUEENS CONTEST – Registration for the Alvord High School Class of 2013 Queens Contest (benefiting Project Graduation) ends Friday. Registration forms are available in the AHS Office. There is no entrance fee. Contest is open to any male student attending AHS. The Queens Contest will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 22 at AHS throughout the evening of the basketball games. Winner will be announced between the varsity girls and varsity boys games. Prizes will be given to the “Queen,” best legs, best dressed and best strut.
RED CROSS MEETING – Red Cross of Wise County meets at 7 tonight at 110 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. News and updates will be given. New volunteers are welcome.
BASEBALL TIME – Decatur Baseball League is holding registration 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the next two weekends at Harmon Park in Decatur. Bring a birth certificate. Deadline to register is Feb. 2. Register online at www.decaturbaseballleague.com.
FUNERALS – Memorial for Rossilyn Cecile Phillips, 73, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness Church in Bowie. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Willy Vincent, 82, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Ernest Lee Lingle, 91, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Poolville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.