BOYD HOUSE FIRE – A fire burned up multiple rooms and caused heavy smoke damage throughout a single-story brick home in Boyd last night. Members of the Boyd Volunteer Fire Department arrived just minutes after the fire was reported at 9:15. They arrived to see flames pouring out of the back of the house and black smoke billowing into a dark sky. They extinguished the fire quickly, saving the structure, but smoke had already damaged most or all of the interior. Rhome Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Police and Wise County Medics all provided assistance at the scene. The home owner, Emily Palmer, had left the house to pick up several items from a nearby grocery store. When she returned black smoke gushed from the front door when she opened it. She lives there with her husband, Hunter, and their 1- and 4-year-old daughters. No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it might have started in the kitchen stove.
DAY FOUR OF YOUTH FAIR – Today’s a busy day at the Wise County Youth Fair. The market swine show started at 7:30 a.m. and the market goat show is at 2 p.m. Judging will take place on meat pen and breeding rabbits, food, crafts, horticulture and photography. Viewing of 4-H, FCCLA and horticulture exhibits is 5-8 p.m.
LOCAL THESPIANS – Six Wise County thespians are involved in the Artisan Center Theater’s production of “The Hiding Place” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning today through Saturday, April 20 at the theater, 420 E. Pipeline Rd. in Hurst. The Tuesday, March 26, show will be interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired. Eve Roberts of Wise County is directing the production, and Judi Conger of Runaway Bay will play Corrie ten Boom, one of the lead roles. Other local actors include Cathy Lackey of Decatur and Rick and Andrea Duwe of Greenwood. Rebecca Roberts of Decatur is the theater’s resident costumer.
RED CROSS MEETING – A Red Cross meeting is 7 tonight at the EMS Building on Rose Avenue in Decatur with Richard Diano in attendance. Tiffanie Coleman will give an update on training for the region and SABA issues. Volunteers are needed.
BOOK SALE – The Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library host a book sale during regular library hours today through Saturday. Hardback books, audio books, videos and other media will be $1. Paperback books will be 50-cents, and Harlequin romance novels will be eight for $1. On Saturday, a bag of books may be purchased for $1. All funds raised will support programs and projects for the library.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at Bridgeport Community Center. Cost is $10. RSVP by calling (940) 683-2076 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Door prizes are welcome.
LAST SUPPER QUILT – First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport is bringing the Last Supper Quilt to Bridgeport 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The free showing of the 15.3-foot by 5.5-foot quilt will highlight a display of talent from local quilters all in the church sanctuary. Refreshments will be served in the Montford Family Fellowship Hall. Individuals as well as quilting clubs are invited. First Presbyterian is located at 1307 Newby St. at the intersection of Lawdwin, just off U.S. 380. For information, call Pat Hiler at (940) 575-9242.
BUNCO NIGHT – Boyd Education Foundation hosts Bunco Night at 6:30 tonight at the Boyd Middle School cafeteria. Entry is $20 and experience isn’t necessary to play. The foundation will sell drinks at the event, and there will be a silent gift basket auction. Proceeds benefit the foundation.
NORTHWEST AUTO SHOW – The first Northwest High School Technology Students Association Auto Show is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Northwest High School, Farm Road 156 and Texan Drive in Justin. Award presentation is at 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit NHS TSA students competing in the regional, state and national events. Dickey’s Barbecue will provide concessions. The event will also include door prizes, a silent auction and bake sale. Registration fee is $20 or $10 for students with ID. Register by calling TSA advisor Carol Schluter at (940) 391-6756. You can also register online at http://bit.ly/nhs2013autoshow. Checks are payable to NHS Tech Club.
BENEFIT YARD SALE – Balsora Baptist Church is hosting a yard sale at 2207 Woodville in Bridgeport Saturday to benefit Jessicie Meek and Kendall Thatcher. The two youth are going on a mission trip to Madrid, Spain, this summer.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board tonight is expected to hear the results of an anonymous survey taken by teachers earlier this month. The survey included a chance for teachers to provide input on curriculum-related matters, including the use of CSCOPE. Teachers were also asked about the climate on their campus. The board will also consider waiving the requirement that the End of Course Exam count 15 percent of a student’s final grade in that course, and they are expected to approve the 2013-2014 school calendar and the 2013-2014 district technology plan. The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. followed by the open meeting at the DISD Administration Building, 501 E. Collins.
RAIN CHANCES – The National Weather Service forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. today, with the chances increasing to 50 percent this evening.
FUNERALS – Service for Steven W. Stewart, 49, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Sallye Anne Richardson, 66, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
MEMORIAL service for Marion Kert “Smokey” Jones, 56, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at The Shepherd’s House in Chico. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Hayward Edwards, 80, of Sunset is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.