FIRE DESTROYS DECATUR HOME – Fire destroyed a family’s brick home located in the 500 block of County Road 1111, west of Decatur just south of Farm Road 1810, yesterday morning. Decatur, Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments battled the fire for almost two hours on the cold, gray morning, but it was a total loss. The fire was called in about 9 a.m. Decatur Fire Department apparatus arrived a few minutes later, but Chief Mike Richardson said the fire had already been burning for about a half-hour before they arrived. Much of the roof was already gone. The home is owned by Michael and Ashly DoByns, who live in the home with their 1- and 4-year-old children. Nobody was home at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
RELAY KICKOFF – The Relay For Life of Wise County kickoff and first team meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Cake and punch will be served, and all teams will receive a prize for attending. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.
HABITAT ORIENTATION – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will have homeowner orientations at 10 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 5, Feb. 2, and March 2, at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, 608 17th St. Those interested in building and owning a home through the organization are invited. For information, visit www.trinityhabitat.org or call (817) 926-9219, ext. 116.
SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club meets 6 p.m. Saturday at Cici’s Pizza in Decatur. Anyone is welcome to attend.
METER INFORMATION MEETING – The City of Bridgeport will host a meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St., to provide the public with information about the new AMI system. Meter replacements will begin Monday, Jan. 7.
MISS TWISTER DANCE – Registration for Miss Twister Dance Spring Semester is now open, and will continue until all spots are filled. Once-a-week dance classes for ages 3-12 will be offered at the Bridgeport Community Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration and payment can be made at Bridgeport City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (940) 683-3480 for more information.
VENTRILOQUISM MINISTRY – 2 talk 4 2 will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord Sunday, Jan. 6 through Wednesday, Jan. 9. Times are 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday with a pizza party at 6 p.m. Wednesday. For more information call the church at (940) 627-5103.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias is 7 tonight in the boardroom of the Wise Regional Health System West Campus in Decatur. For more information call Angie at (940) 627-6888.
BREAK’S OVER – Students at Northwest ISD return to class from winter break today. Be sure to watch for students in school zones.
SNOW CHANCES? – The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of rain tonight before midnight, then a 20 percent chance of snow and rain tomorrow morning. The high temperature both today and tomorrow is expected to be 43.
FUNERALS – Services for Donna Jo Healey, 57, of Decatur and Tim Eustice, 53, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Robert W. “Bob” Nobles, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Marian Rochelle Tuckness, 77, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Maria Del Socerro Rivas, 48, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jim Allen, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with private burial at Hog Branch Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Joseph H. Paul Jr., 75, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.