Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF 5 – Fire departments from Cottondale, Paradise and Springtown responded to a house fire in the 1500 block of County Road 3791 south of Cottondale Monday afternoon. The fire was called in around 5 by a child, who was inside the house when the fire started. The homeowner, Alan Weaver, said he had stepped outside and his three grandsons were inside playing video games whenever the smoke alarms started going off. The boys – age 11, 8 and 5 – ran outside and called for help as their grandfather attempted to hose the fire down. The first units to check on scene reported smoke from the rear of the mobile home. The fire was quickly contained, however there was smoke damage throughout. Red Cross was dispatched to assist the family living in the home, which includes Weaver, his wife, Petra, and their three grandsons. There were no reports of injuries.

PARADISE CALLS SECOND ELECTION – The Paradise School Board canvassed the Nov. 5 Election Day results Monday night. A second election will be held Dec. 10 to decide between candidates Ben Sanders and Bill Mundy for Place 6. Mundy and Sanders tied in the regular election. Early voting will be Dec. 2 to Dec. 6. They also swore Ronnie Pewitt into Place 7.

SCHOOL CONSIDERS AG CENTER EXPANSION – The Decatur School Board last night heard information on the need for a new agriculture project center at the high school. Superintendent Rod Townsend said the current facility is maxed out due to high enrollment in the ag program. He said the program’s success over the years has made it popular with students who wish to be a part of a successful program. The board hopes to hear cost estimates at the next board meeting in December.

ANNUAL DINNER – The fifth annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce dinner is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Guest speaker is Dave Lieber, an investigative columnist at the Dallas Morning News. Tickets are $20 in advance at Mann Refrigeration in Bridgeport, First State Bank in Paradise and Paradise City Hall. Cost is $25 at the door. There will be a silent auction and raffle. For more information, email info@paradisetexaschamber.org.

THANKSGIVING STORYTIME – This week’s Storytimes at the Bridgeport Library will be based on the first Thanksgiving. Storytimes are Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for the preschoolers and 11:15 a.m. for the toddlers.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Decatur City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is being held a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

TURKEY BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will hold Turkey Bingo at 3 p.m. Thursday for all seniors and community members. Winners will receive prizes, including a turkey. Call 682-239-7373 for more information.

FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on wills and trusts, avoiding probate, long-term health care concerns and tax-reduction planning. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

SOCIETY MEETING CANCELED – The Wise County Genealogical Society has canceled its meeting scheduled for Thursday due to their speaker being unavailable. Members and possible guests are urged to attend the annual joint historical meeting co-sponsored by Decatur, Bridgeport and Paradise Historical Societies.

FUNERALS – Service for Jo Price Davis, 53, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Victor (Vic) Reynolds, 73, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday.

MEMORIAL service for Sherron “Red” Foster, 66, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cottondale Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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