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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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DAMAGING STORMS — Waves of strong thunderstorms swept through Wise County Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain, wind, hail and even reports of tornado touchdowns. Damage reports seemed to come mainly in the north end of the county, from near Crafton, north of Alvord, the Sycamore community and the Greenwood area. According to the police radio, several homes were damaged or destroyed. Trees and downed power lines littered roadways, and many residents, particularly in those areas that saw the most damage, lost power. Sabrina Easley with Oncor reported that at the peak of the storm, 2,000 customers were without power due to trees in the power lines. As of 7:45 a.m., only about 50 customers remained without power, Easley said. Power is expected to be restored to those customers by noon today. She added that the damage they saw indicated rotational winds. Hail reports from across the county ranged from pea-sized to golf ball-sized. Storm spotters reported several tornado touchdowns, but it is unclear if any of the damage reported by residents was caused by those tornadoes. There were no reports of injuries. Rain totals included 4.4 inches in Greenwood, 2.6 in Alvord, 2.25 in Rhome, 1.9 in Aurora, 1.68 in Decatur and 1 in Chico.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS — Mary’s Gift will offer free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, May 22, by appointment only. Call (940) 626-1384 to apply.

WEST RELIEF — The Bridgeport and Decatur chambers of commerce, along with Wise County-Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services, will collect monetary donations through Friday for the victims of the explosions in West. Drop off checks at either chamber’s office, the Extension office or any local Legend, First Financial or First State bank branch. Legend Bank’s Wise County locations will also accept cash donations.

NO LIMITS SHOWCASE — Northwest ISD kindergarten through 12-graders will present their best work in science and problem-based learning at the Night of No Limits 6-8 tonight at Northwest High School. Families and community members are invited to watch live student presentations in a gallery format and engage in hands-on, interactive exhibits from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and CBS-DFW Meteorologist Jeff Jamison.

SOFTBALL MEETING — The Wise County Adult Softball League coaches meeting is 7 tonight at Renshaw Park. A team representative must be present. Men’s and coed league play begins in June. For information, call Clifton North at (940) 393-2752.

EAST SIDE SALE — East Side Alumni will a host garage and bake sale all day Saturday at the RC Dawson Home. For information, call (940) 627-9082.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR TRAINING — The Veterans Service Office will be closed the week of May 20-24 to attend training. The office will reopen for normal business May 28.

SAVE THE DATE — The 3rd Annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Reunion Grounds in Decatur. This year’s event will also include a 5K. For more information, visit chisholmtrailsteakchallenge.com or call Stephanie at 214-683-1766.

BENEFIT BARBECUE — A benefit for Wanda Fennell Hobbs, who has cancer, is 10 a.m. Saturday at 416 CR 4587 in Boyd. There will be a barbecue lunch, wolf chase clay shoot for adults and children, bounce house, face painting, horse shoe tournament, silent auction and gun raffle. For more information or to donate, call or text Glenn Hughes at 817-991-1186 or Stacy Williams at 940-389-2650.

ALUMNI GAME — The Boyd High School Girls Basketball Alumni game is 6:30 p.m. Friday at the high school gym. The event will include concessions, prizes and an auction.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP — Kindergarten roundup for Decatur ISD is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, on each elementary campus. Parents should bring their driver’s license, their child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record and proof of residency in the district.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Dr. Red Covington of Waco, formerly of Alvord, is 1 p.m. Monday, May 20, at First Baptist Church of Waco. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd., in Waco.

SERVICE for Jerry W. Askey, 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mary Frances Clark, 72, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mark Faris, 48, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for David Puckett, 56, of Alvarado, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery.