INFORMATION SOUGHT ON HOME INVASION – Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for information leading to the arrests of subjects responsible for the burglary that occurred Monday, Sept. 16, at a residence on South Wickham Street in Alvord. Three masked men, one of them armed with a knife, allegedly broke into a man’s home and assaulted him around 3:30 a.m. on the 16th. The homeowner managed to pull a mask from one of the male individuals. Photos were taken by a security camera at the home are published below. If you have information about this burglary or recognize any of the individuals in the photo, call Sgt. Jim Rodgers at 940-627-5971, ext. 244, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to report information anonymously, call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS or 940-627-TIPS (8477). Lines are open 24 hours.
LAKE BRIDGEPORT HOUSE BURNS – A house fire early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of Collum Drive in Lake Bridgeport is still under investigation, but Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said it does not appear to be suspicious. The home, a rent house owned by Judy Evans, caught fire around 3 a.m. and is a total loss. The house had been unoccupied for four to eight months, but Evans was using the single-story structure for storage. A broken down 2005 Expedition sitting close to the house also burned. Beard said Evans had stored fireworks inside it, which resulted in a few small explosions. Volunteer fire departments that responded included Lake Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Bridgeport and Chico. “All the departments did a good job,” Beard said. “There were lots of exposures in close proximity so they did a good job of preventing the fire from spreading.” Beard said there were at least two structures within 50 to 75 feet of the burning home.
SWEET HONOR – Blue Bell Ice Cream will honor Rann kindergarten teacher Lou Hitt this afternoon with an ice cream treat for the staff and students at the school. Hitt will also receive a cooler full of her favorite ice cream for being named a regional finalist for teacher of the year. The state winner will be announced next month.
NEW BOOK CLUB - Bridgeport Library Read-a-Book Club begins 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Come prepared to share information about a recent read and talk about what you want from a book club. For instance, the club could decide if everyone wants to talk about books of a certain genre or read and discuss the same book. For more information call the library at 940-683-3450.
RIBBON CUTTING – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 5:30 tonight at Courthouse Suites, 103 W. Main St. in Decatur.
PARENTING PROGRAM – Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center presents Plugged In Parenting with Jeffrey Dean 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Church, 1400 S. Deer Park Road in Decatur.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The newly formed Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a golf tournament benefiting Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas Sunday, Oct. 6, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is at noon with a shotgun start for the 3-man, 18-hole scramble at 1 p.m. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for each flight, and there will be raffles. Participation costs are $1,000 for title sponsor (two teams and free mulligans per golfer); $500 for gift sponsor (one team); $300 team sponsor (one team); and $100 for sponsor a child. All levels include two beverage tickets per person and a free burger lunch for players. For more information, call Susan at 940-366-0186.
HARVEST BAZAAR – The First United Methodist Church in Decatur will hold a Harvest Bazaar 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The event will feature a craft store, country kitchen, live and silent auctions, chili cook off and face painting for kids. For more information or to be a participant in the chili cook off, visit www.decaturmethodist.org (under the “Ministries” tab, click on “Missions”).
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon today at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Speaker will be David Gaston Gregory of Bowie who will discuss books and stories he has written. Lunch will be served, so call ahead to the museum at 940-627-5586 before 10:30 a.m. to RSVP.
YOUTH GARAGE SALE – First Baptist Church of Chico will hold a garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the FBC youth for their winter retreat. To donate items call the church at 940-644-2433.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Regina C. Burchard, 43, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cottonwood Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Ronny Dale Simmons, 65, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with private burial.
GRAVESIDE service for James H. Simon, 79, of Bridgeport is 12:30 p.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.