THREAT MADE, NO BOMB FOUND – Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bomb threat at Paradise High School after a handwritten note was found in the boys bathroom at the high school indicating a bomb would go off on the last day of school. Wednesday night investigators searched the school and area with the help of explosive detecting dogs from the ATF and the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. Sheriff David Walker said nothing was found, but they would increase security at school today and at graduation Friday evening.
150-YEAR-OLD HOME LOST IN FIRE – A historic home burned to the ground Tuesday in what appears to be an accidental, electrical fire. The owner of the 150-year-old structure, located in the 100 block of Private Road 4370 between Decatur and Boyd, was remodeling the home for a relative to move in. Investigators say the power had been turned on earlier Tuesday, and the tenant had put in a load of laundry and gone out to eat when he got a phone call around 6 p.m. notifying him that his house was in flames. Although firefighters from Decatur, Boyd and Rhome were able to contain the fire to the home and surrounding grass and trees, the structure was a total loss. “The three departments handled it extremely well,” said Kennedale fire marshal J.C. Travis. who is filling in for Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. “But the old lumber and construction method of the home helped feed the fire. There wasn’t a whole lot they could do (to salvage the home). It’s a tragedy to lose a 150-year-old structure. It was an accident, just an unfortunate situation.”
WRECK VICTIM IS ALVORD RESIDENT – Investigators of Tuesday’s fatal crash near Alvord have identified the victim as Donald Lee McDiffett, 51, of Alvord. According to DPS Trooper Shawn Younger, McDiffett was crossing from the northbound lane of U.S. 81/287 attempting to turn left onto County Road 1596 when he pulled out in front of a southbound 18-wheel tractor-trailer and was hit broadside in the passenger side. McDiffett died at the scene. The trucker, Jose Garcia of Houston, was not injured. Service for McDiffett is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
DECATUR GRADUATION – Decatur High School will hold graduation at 6 tonight at the Coliseum on the campus of the University of North Texas. The most direct route from Decatur to Denton is U.S. 380, but it might be better to take an alternate route unless you plan on leaving very early. The Texas Department of Transportation is scheduled to put in a culvert in the area of Farm Road 156 in Denton County today. The project will require traffic to be reduced to one lane from half-a-mile west of FM 156 to Nail Road, according to TxDOT’s Denton County office. A pilot car will be used to alternately escort eastbound and westbound traffic. Heavy delays are expected. Alternate routes could include going through Slidell and Krum to the north or Justin to the south.
OVERNIGHT RAINFALL – Storms moved through the area this morning, bringing 2.7 inches of rain in Alvord, 0.95 in Decatur, 0.6 in Greenwood, 0.45 in Rhome and 0.33 in Aurora. A chance of showers remains in the forecast for this morning.
MAY RAINFALL GOOD, NOT GREAT – May was the wettest month so far in 2013, but it was still below average for the month. According to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur, we received 4.32 inches during the month, while the average rainfall for May is 5.48 inches. For the year, Wise County has received 14.53 inches, or just more than 2 inches below normal. Temperatures ranged from a high of 90 on May 18 to a low of 33 on May 3.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT – The monthly support group for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is 7 tonight in the board room of the Wise Regional Health System west campus. For more information, call (940) 627-6888.
EARLY RELEASE – Northwest ISD campuses will dismiss early today and tomorrow at the following times: 12:15 p.m. (elementary schools); 1:05 p.m. (Steele AHS and Special Programs Center); 1:15 p.m. (BNHS and NHS); and 2 p.m. (middle schools).
CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The Garvin Cemetery Association will have its annual Homecoming Sunday beginning with a lunch (bring your own and a little more) at the covered pavilion adjacent to the cemetery at 11:30 a.m., and the business meeting will follow at 1 p.m. in the Garvin United Methodist Church, immediately south of the pavilion. Garvin Cemetery is located on County Road 4690, a mile south of Texas 114, near Boyd. All donations go to the upkeep of the cemetery. For information call Jack Read at (817) 312-7356, Virginia Read at (817) 229-5257, or Jesse Pierrard at (817) 846-5893.
BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER – The Sheriff’s Office is selling breakfast burritos Friday to benefit Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell, who lost his home in a fire this week. Cost is $5 for a burrito and drink. Call (940) 393-9869 to place an order and have it delivered.
BOYD CLEAN-UP – The City of Boyd Annual Clean-up day is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (or until bins are full) at the City’s Public Works Facility located at 733 E. Rock Island Ave. Normal household trash will be accepted. Paint, batteries, tires and other “special disposable items” cannot be accepted. This service is available to all City of Boyd residents. A copy of a current city utility bill is required.
FUNERALS – Private memorial service for Ronald G. Sandlin, 66, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Guy Brown, 85, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Bernice Cash, 87, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Lee “Pete” Reeves Jr., 78, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Helen Kormanyos Dart, 85, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.