NEW VEHICLE FOR FIRE MARSHAL – Wise County commissioners approved Monday the purchase of a new pickup for Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. Beard said his current vehicle has broken down four times since he started May 13, but he would like to keep it as a reserve for his part-time employees to use and because it is capable of pulling the emergency management trailer. The current pickup has been in and out of the shop, and after he gets a new vehicle, it will return to the shop for significant repairs. In the new budget year, a part-time position will likely become a full-time post, and the current vehicle would continue to be used by that person. Commissioners will seek bids for an in-stock 2013 or 2014 model truck.
STILL NO I.D. – The man hit and killed on Texas 114 near Rhome Monday morning has still not been positively identified. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has a tentative I.D. but has not released the name. Sheriff David Walker said Wednesday afternoon that investigators are also still working to track down the owners of a car found 1.2 miles east of where the man was hit.
SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Bridgeport will begin city-wide ground spraying for mosquitoes tonight. The spraying will begin after 10 p.m. and run no later than 6 a.m. the following morning. The pesticide being used to spray is called Aqualuer 20-20. To protect you and your family, the city recommends that you stay indoors during spraying. The active ingredients of the pesticide products generally break down quick and do not leave a toxic residue. The city suggests preventative measures such as keeping windows closed and fans off when they are spraying in the immediate area of your home, shutting off your air conditioners or setting them for recirculating indoor air, rinsing any homegrown fruits with water and keeping pets indoors during spraying to minimize their risk of exposure. Call the city at (940) 683-3400 for more information.
TASTE OF WISE – The third annual Taste of Wise County event is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Decatur Civic Center. If your restaurant/catering business would like to be a part of the event, call Susan Miller at (940) 627-7658.
CHICO LIBRARY PROGRAM – Boys and girls are invited to Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-noon today to create fairy and elf mazes. Kids should be sure to bring their reading logs to collect tickets and pick out prizes.
POOL LUAU – A luau at the Bridgeport city pool is 6:30-9 tonight. Cost is $2. For more information call (940) 683-3480.
HISTORIC DEDICATION – A dedication ceremony for a historical marker placed for the Santa Fe Expedition on U.S. 380 (across from the Greystone Inn in Bridgeport) is 10 a.m. Friday, July 26.
LATE-NIGHT SWIM – Bridgeport city pool will be open until 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Cost is $2.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Legend Bank in Decatur will host a retirement reception for Carolyn Neighbors 11 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow at the bank, 1706 FM 51 South. A barbecue lunch will be served.
SENIOR LUNCH – Local senior citizens are invited for lunch at noon today at the Decatur Senior Citizens Center, 1200 N. Miller. For information call (940) 627-2926.
SWAT TRAINING — The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reported that the SWAT team and hostage negotiators are training at Chico Middle School today. Residents may see numerous police vehicles in the area, and the county’s mobile command post is on site.
OFFICE CLOSING – WARM will be closed the entire week of July 22-26. Schedule donation drop-off or food pickup today or tomorrow.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Hudson Vanderbeck II, 42, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Bobbie Ruth Shannon, 87, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins. She was the mother of Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon.
MEMORIAL service for Brian Sean Peyton, 29, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton Funeral Home. He was the son of Matthew Peyton of Decatur and Denise Locke of Fort Worth.
FUNERAL for Nelda Giles Lambert, 74, of Pottsboro, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at Parkside Baptist Church in Denison with graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Cemetery (Pleasant View) in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Patsy Briscoe, 80, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.