MAN KILLED BY FALLING TREE – A 79-year-old man from Greenwood was killed yesterday morning when a large tree he was trimming fell and struck him. Bill Maxwell was trimming trees by a creek bed on his property, just down the hill from his home, when the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. The farm is located in the 1200 block of Farm Road 1204, a couple miles west of Farm Road 51. Family, friends and neighbors gathered on a rolling hill of the farm as emergency responders investigated the accident. Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County Medics and members of Wise County Sheriff’s Office all responded. Wind was gusting from the west up to 22 miles per hour. Maxwell lived at the home alone, and according to family, stayed busy working and tending the property where he also raised a small herd of goats. Funeral for Maxwell is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Slidell with burial at 2 p.m. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Moore Funeral Home in Arlington is handling arrangements.
BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The Northwest Texans last night lost 53 to 47 to Crowley. Tonight, in the bi-district round of the boys playoffs, the Slidell Greyhounds will play Ector at S&S in Sadler while the Chico Dragons play Meridian at Brock. Both games are at 7. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs play Godley at 7 at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club in a regional quarterfinal playoff.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Class of 2017 is sponsoring a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament April 5 at Bridgeport Middle School. To participate, call either Deneise Walker at (940) 389-5420 or Nicole Johnson at (940) 389-7197.
READ TO JACK – The Decatur Public Library invites school-aged children to Story Tails with Jack 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday. Children can sign up to read to Jack the dog for 15 minutes for fun and to practice reading skills. Call (940) 393-0290 or sign up at the library for this free event.
SKYWARN WEATHER PROGRAM – The National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth will offer a SKYWARN severe weather program 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Law Enforcement center courtroom. It is being held in partnership with Wise County Emergency Management. The program will discuss thunderstorm formation, ingredients and features associated with severe storms. The presentation will also review tornado formation and behavior, non-threatening clues which may be mistaken for significant features and what you can do to keep you and others safe when thunderstorms threaten. The program will also discuss spotter operations and recommended reporting procedures.
BAY COUNCIL – The Runaway Bay city council will consider two city staff positions at its meeting 7 tonight at City Hall (101 Runaway Bay Drive). After clarifying the “powers and duties” of a chief of police, the council will vote on whether to post the opening and will also look at creating a code compliance officer position. The council will also consider options to fund additional repairs to the marina docks damaged by storms last spring and summer and authorizing the city secretary to adjust the fees for tenants who could not access their docks because of the damage. The council will also discuss adding 10 slips to the B docks; proposals for installing handicap ramps at City Hall and the police and fire buildings; and giving Councilman Neil Peters the go-ahead to seek companies to advertise their logos on the city water tower.
BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL MEETS – Workshop discussion items comprise the bulk of the Bridgeport city council meeting 7 tonight at City Hall. Council members will talk about a dog park at Payne Park, a city recreation center and a recycling program. During staff reports and action items, the police department will present its annual report and will ask council members to consider applying for a grant for digital video recording equipment. The council will also consider granting a special exception allowing a mobile food unit to permanently park at 2008 Chico Highway.
SENIOR ENCHILADA LUNCH – Senior citizens ages 55 and older are invited to an enchilada lunch with all the trimmings noon Thursday at the Decatur Senior Citizen Center, 1200 N. Miller St. For more information, call (940) 627-2926.
PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – A private pesticide applicator license class and test is 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur. This class is for those individuals who do not currently have a pesticide applicator license but would like to get one. The class is limited to the first 20 paid participants. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 to sign up.
RAIN CHANCES – The National Weather Service is predicting rain overnight into tomorrow. Rain chances are 50 percent after midnight increasing to 60 percent during the day Wednesday and 70 percent tomorrow night.
FUNERALS – Service for Laurie Lutz, 55, of New Fairview is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday prior to the service.
SERVICE for Stella Motley, 87, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.