PAIR INVOLVED IN CHASE INDICTED – Two men who led law enforcement officers on a frenzied chase in which all the vehicles caught fire were indicted last week by a Wise County grand jury on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and criminal mischief and theft, both $1,500 to $20,000. David McMurry, 28, of Chico and Shannon Hood, 36, of Sunset are alleged to have stolen a trailer and welder from an oil lease on Farm Road 1655 Feb. 3. Sheriff’s officers attempted to stop the duo, but they plowed through a fence in the 2000 block of County Road 1560 northeast of Chico. The pickup, with the trailer bumping behind it, tore across a pasture, crashed into a culvert and caught fire. Hood and McMurry fled on foot, and the officers abandoned their vehicles to pursue the suspects. During this time, the fire spread and burned the officers’ vehicles. Hood was caught a few hours later nearby, while McMurry was arrested that night hiding in a motel room in Tarrant County.
WINTER RETURNS – Wise County welcomed winter weather back as a front rolled in last night. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain today with a high near 44, and a northwest wind will whip through the county at 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for tonight with the possibility of setting record lows for this time of year.
APRIL SHOWERS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN – Wise County received measurable rainfall seven out of 30 days in April, although two of those days contained barely a trace. Overall totals include 2.9 inches for the month, below the average of 3.22 inches for the month, according to weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur. Temperatures ranged from a high of 85 on April 15 to a low of 30 on April 24.
DEVON LOSS – Devon Energy Corp. reported a net loss of $1.4 billion for the first quarter of 2013. Devon blamed the loss on a $1.9 billion non-cash asset adjustment related to lower oil and natural gas liquids pricing. Devon said it continued to see strong oil production growth and said that total production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids continued to increase. Devon production of natural gas in the Barnett Shale averaged 1.4 billions cubic feet per day.
RELAY FIREFIGHTERS – To signify the weight cancer patients and their families carry, members of the Decatur Fire Department will walk laps in full protective ensemble for $25 at Relay For Life of Wise County on Friday, May 17. The firefighter’s Relay team is also selling T-shirts for $20. To sponsor a lap or order a shirt, contact any Decatur firefighter or stop by the station at 1705 S. State St.
BLOOD DRIVE – A blood drive by Carter BloodCare is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the south door of Wal-Mart in Decatur.
VACCINATION CLINIC – A low-cost vaccination clinic is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 4, at the Wise County Animal Shelter.
CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETINGS – The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at the cemetery. ALSO, the Deep Creek Cemetery Association’s annual business meeting is noon Sunday at the cemetery. Bring a picnic lunch. Call 817-821-8608 for more information.
BASEBALL SENDOFF – Fans and supporters of the Paradise varsity baseball team are invited to help send off the team for the first playoff game against Maypearl at 4:45 p.m. Friday. Line up will be at the parking lot and street.
BOYD KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Boyd Elementary School will hold its Spring Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round-Up and Readiness Evaluations 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Boyd Elementary School, 500 E. Morton. In order to qualify for kindergarten a student must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. Students eligible for kindergarten this August will participate in a readiness evaluation to determine placement and readiness for kindergarten. In addition, information concerning immunizations required for enrollment will be discussed. Students currently attending Pre-K in Boyd do not need to attend. In order to qualify for Pre-K a student must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, reside in Boyd ISD and meet one of a list of requirements. For more information, call 940-433-9520.
WINNING PERFORMANCE – Home performances of the Paradise High School regional qualifying one-act play, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” will be presented at 7 tonight and on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the PHS cafeteria. Admission is $3. Decatur High School Theatre Department will also present its regional qualifying play tonight. “A Company of Wayward Saints” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the DHS theater.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER – A National Day of Prayer celebration will be held noon today on the courthouse lawn in Decatur. People are invited to pray for our nation, state and county. For more information, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
JAZZ BAND PERFORMANCE – The Bridgeport High School Jazz Band will perform at 7 tonight at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. There will also be a special performance by Cindy James.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Rick Brown, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Dorothy June Wagner, 72, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Cross Plains Church of Christ in Cross Plains with burial at Cross Plains Memorial Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. before the service. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MASS of Christian burial for Blanca Irma Nunez, 75, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
SERVICE is pending for Johnnie White, 96, of Runaway Bay at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.