PARADISE HOUSE FIRE - A Paradise home was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Paradise, Bridgeport and Decatur fire departments responded to the blaze in the 300 block of Private Road 3360 west of Paradise. The first units to arrive shortly after 3:30 p.m. reported flames and smoke already engulfing the double-wide mobile home. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said one person was in the home sleeping when the fire broke out. Smoke detectors woke him up and he was able to exit the home safely. Two other family members were not home at the time. Beard said the home was a total loss, and the family was not able to salvage anything inside. Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the family. Beard said the cause is still under investigation, but it does not appear to be suspicious.
SCHOOL BOARD RACE YET TO BE DECIDED – When the final vote totals were released Tuesday night, Bill Mundy had one more vote than Ben Sanders for Place 6 on the Paradise School Board, 93-92. However, there is still one provisional ballot left to count, and it could result in a tie, according to Elections Administrator Lannie Noble. Mundy and Sanders were two of five candidates for Place 6. The result of the provisional ballot won’t be known until the ballot board meets next Wednesday. “Because of the provisional ballot that has to be processed, it is impossible to declare a winner at this time,” Noble said in an email yesterday.
VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles won their bi-district playoff game against Aubrey Tuesday, 25-17, 25-12, 25-9. They will take on Bonham at Gainesville High School Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the area round. The Boyd Lady Jackets won their bi-district playoff game Tuesday over No. 16 Grandview 14-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17. It’s the first postseason win in program history. Boyd will play Callisburg at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sanger High School in the area round game. Ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students. The Northwest Lady Texans (26-13) season came to an end Tuesday, as they fell to North Crowley in the bi-district round of the playoffs, 15-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 11-15. The Paradise Lady Panthers couldn’t keep their season alive Tuesday, as they fell to Maypearl in five games, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-25, 5-15.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT – The monthly support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is 7 tonight in the board room at the west campus of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call Angie at 940-627-6888.
SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER – The Alvord ISD Junior Class will host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser before Friday night’s home football game against City View. The dinner will start at 5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria and will be over by 7. Donations will be accepted for the cost of the dinner, which will include spaghetti, salad, tea and dessert. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward the Junior/Senior Prom.
BUCKLE SHOW – The Chico Young Farmers Buckle Show is Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. Weight cards are due at 9 a.m. Entries are $20 a head. Call Shane Hendrick at Chico High School at 940-644-5783 for more information.
FLU SHOT CLINIC — Boyd ISD and Boyd Medicine Store are hosting a flu shot clinic 1 to 6 p.m. today at Boyd Elementary School and 1 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Boyd Middle School. Insurance and Medicare will be accepted. Cost is $20 without insurance. The clinic is open to the public. Those getting a shot must be at least 7 years old.
TURKEY DINNER - Balsora Baptist Church annual community Thanksgiving dinner is Sunday. White House Harmony will perform at 4 p.m., and dinner will be served afterward. The church is at 108 CR 3623, outside Bridgeport.
VETERANS CELEBRATION – A veterans celebration will be held 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Alvord Veterans Memorial Park.
JOB FAIR – Workforce Solutions will host a job fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale, in Decatur. Employers that are to attend are the city of Decatur, Bridgeport PPT and Bridgeport Correctional Center, Emission Monitoring Services Inc., Wellhead Water Solutions, Pronto Staffing, DATCU, Entegris, Southwest Healthcare Ventures – Cambio Life Recovery and the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
FUNERALS – Service for Jean Bush, 88, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Father’s House, between Bridgeport and Decatur, with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Roy Tackel, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Marie Boulware, 93, of Haltom City, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Mildred Gray Anderson, 99, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Billie E. Linden Bowers, 81, of Plano is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at New Life Family Worship Center in Grapevine. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Anne Burr, 58, of Bowie is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.