FIRE DESTROYS ALVORD HOME – A two-story, wood frame duplex near downtown Alvord was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The fire, in the 300 block of West Franklin Street behind Market Place, was reported around 8:15 p.m. Alvord, Decatur, Chico and Sunset fire departments responded to battle the blaze and remained on the scene for more than four hours. An ambulance was also dispatched to provide rehab for firefighters. The home was occupied, but the resident, Brett Baker, was not at home at the time of the fire. A Red Cross representative also responded to the scene. The cause of the fire had not been determined late Tuesday.
RAIN TOTALS – A storm brought rain, hail and high wind to Wise County during the early afternoon hours Tuesday. Rainfall totals included 0.65 of an inch in Alvord, 0.5 in Decatur and Greenwood, 0.28 in Rhome and 0.2 in Chico.
PHONE OUTAGE – Phone lines in Wise County were not working correctly, and some not at all, for a few hours midday yesterday. Communications Manager Susan Gomez with the Sheriff’s Office said the county’s 911 system was totally down for a short time. At one point calls were being routed through Mineral Wells dispatch before they were eventually routed through the Sheriff’s Office main number. She said they were not given a specific reason for the problems, but AT&T reported that a fiber optic cable was cut and CenturyLink told Gomez there was a “problem with a switch” in downtown Decatur. By mid-afternoon, service was restored, and 911 is working today.
ROSS TRIAL DELAYED – For the second time, the trial date for suspended Wise County Precinct 4 Commissioner Terry Ross has been delayed. The new trial date is April 23. It had been scheduled for Feb. 19 and previously for Oct. 30, 2012. Ross is charged with tampering with government records, abuse of official capacity and theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
DECATUR REFINANCES BONDS – The Decatur City Council Monday re-funded a series of 10-year-old water and sewer bonds at a significantly lower interest rate. The city will save an average of $51,762 a year over the next 10 years. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
SOFTBALL MEETING – The Decatur Girls Softball Association meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. All coaches and parents are invited. The 2013 board members will be elected. For more information call Krisha at (817) 988-2817. Spring sign ups will take place during the month of February.
RN NURSING PROGRAM – Weatherford College Wise County is accepting applications for the Registered Nursing program through Monday, Feb. 28. The two-year program begins in August. Information packets and applications are available at the WCWC campus, by phone at (940) 627-2690, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACK SENIOR HUNGER – Instead of eating out for lunch Thursday, the Wise County Committee on Aging encourages community members to bring their lunch from home and donate what would be spent by dining out to a circulated paper sack as part of the Sack Senior Hunger fundraiser. For a sack to pass around your workplace, call Megan at (940) 626-0586 or Donna at (940) 627-5329.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Williams, 82, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for David Fennell, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Ruby Weyerts, 81, of Decatur, formerly of Enid, Okla., will be held in Enid at a later date with burial at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.