ANOTHER DRY YEAR – For the third straight year, rainfall was below normal for Wise County in 2013. According to records kept by weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur, our area received 31.67 inches of rain for 2013, well below the yearly average of 37.37 inches. The area received below-average rainfall amounts for the months of February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October and November. The longest stretch of the year without any measurable precipitation occurred between June 21 and July 14. The coldest temperature recorded over the past year was 12 degrees on Dec. 11. The highest, 105, was recorded on Sept. 1. That also marked the last of 14 100-degree days in 2013.
COAT GIVEAWAY – The First United Methodist Church in Decatur will be giving out coats to the needy in the community 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Wesley Center, 201 E. Main St.
ANIMAL SHELTER – Wise County Animal Shelter will close at 1 p.m. today and will be closed tomorrow. The shelter will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.
RUNAWAY BAY TRASH – Because of the New Year holiday, trash pickup in Runaway Bay will be delayed a day from Wednesday, Jan. 1, to Thursday, Jan. 2.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at City Hall. Lunch, which will be catered by Don Jorge’s, is $10 a plate. Raffle prizes are welcome. RSVP by Friday to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY NEW YEAR - Due to the New Year’s Day holiday, there will be no Update Wednesday. Any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.
FUNERALS – Service for Lonnie Joel Vandergriff, 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Olive Branch Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Winnie Charlene Blaylock, 72, of Bridgeport is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
MASS of Christian burial for Frank “Petie” Bordner of Bridgeport will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICES for Jessie Mack Howard, 83, of Chico and Jean Manoushagian, 85, of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.