CHILD BURNED IN FLASH FIRE – A 12-year-old boy was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious burns early Wednesday morning. The boy and two other juveniles were playing with an aerosol can and cigarette lighter at a home in the 100 block of County Road 4858 in Newark when the can ruptured, causing a flash fire. According to emergency radio, the boy sustained burns to the face, arms and legs. Officials on the scene said the boy may have also been flown as a precaution to what he may have inhaled. Another patient was transported by ground ambulance. The mother of the third child refused medical treatment for her daughter. Initially, Newark Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a medical call around 1:45 a.m. Dispatchers later deemed the call a confirmed structure fire, but when units arrived on the scene minutes later, the fire had been extinguished by an adult male in the home.
HOPE CHEST OPEN – Temporary repairs were made to the front entrance to The Hope Chest in Bridgeport yesterday, and the store is open for business today. A pickup ran into the front of the building Monday. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold a meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Center (1102 Lawdwin Ave.) to discuss upcoming sports season and board and commissioner elections.
HAIRCUTS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES – The Hair Shop in Bridgeport is giving away free haircuts and backpacks with school supplies while they last for grades 1-6 Aug. 17-31. Coupons can be picked up at the enrollment fair at Bridgeport High School or at The Hair Shop. Donations of school supplies are also being accepted.
SINGLES CLUB – North Texas Singles Club (Friends Making Friends) will meet 6 p.m. Saturday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. All ages welcome. For more information, call (940) 366-0100.
BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – Chico Athletic Booster Club meets at 6 tonight at the field house.
SUPERHERO RUN – A Superhero 5K run/walk benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack Counties is Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Registration begins at 6 a.m., and the race starts at 7 a.m. Register online at www.athleteguild.com or www.casa5k.org or pick up and return form at CASA, 300 E. Pecan St. in Decatur. Cost is $25 for the race or $40 with a T-shirt. There will be kids’ activities and awards in each age category, including best costume. For more information, call (940) 627-7535 or visit www.casawise.org.
HELP WANTED – Volunteers are needed to help backstage in the Wise County Heritage Museum’s production of “Dr. D.K. Molar” 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. To help, call Lou Ramos at (817) 638-2022.
MEALS ON WHEELS MEETING – The Wise County Committee on Aging Meals on Wheels program will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – RSVP by today for the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, which is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Call (940) 683-2076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is $10 a plate.
SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Wise County Special Needs Baseball sign-ups for the fall season is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport and Decatur public libraries.
FUNERALS – Service for Andrew Chase Walker, 21, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Joseph L. Farrington, 47, of Chico is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Dawson Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.