JUST IN TIME — Wise County sheriff’s deputies, on routine patrol in the Newark area last night around 8, spotted a car with a door open and stopped to investigate. Inside they found a 1-year-old boy, strapped in an infant seat and covered with sweat. Sheriff David Walker said the parents had gone into the house after grocery shopping and had left the child in the car for about an hour. “It’s a good thing the door was left open or we would have had a real tragedy,” Walker said. Newark firefighters and Wise County EMS went to the scene to check out the child and Walker said that child protective services was also called. “It was a very dangerous and costly mistake,” Walker said.
11 BEARS FIND HOME IN WISE — The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary near Boyd recently took in six black bears, three grizzlies and two Asiatic black (or Moon) bears rescued from a roadside zoo in North Carolina. The bears, ranging in age from 2 to 26 years old, lived in concrete pits with little to no shelter from inclement weather. Their plight has been documented for years by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has included pleas for their removal by celebrities such as Bob Barker, former host of “The Price is Right.” The bears now enjoy an 8-acre habitat area in a naturalistic setting which includes trees, brush, ponds, water tubs and their own man-made caves. Read more and see photos in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
CIGARETTE BANDITS — Two men broke into the CVS pharmacy in Decatur around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and stole about 40 cartons of menthol-flavored cigarettes. According to surveillance video, the men broke out one of the glass doors, grabbed the cigarettes and were gone in less than 10 minutes. The burglary is suspected to be part of a string of burglaries at more than 20 CVS pharmacies in North Texas over the past couple of months. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
HOT ONE EXPECTED — Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 101 this afternoon with a heat index as high as 105. There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Wise County could also be in a high fire danger area by this afternoon.
VENDORS WANTED FOR FESTIVAL — The annual Alvord Watermelon Festival and Barbecue Cook-Off is now registering vendors. Vendors can set up booths on Saturday, Aug. 10. Call Debra McKelvain at (940) 389-1656 for more information.
PARADISE YOUTH FOOTBALL — Registration for Paradise youth football for incoming third through sixth graders is 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, July 13 and 20, at the youth baseball fields on Texas 114. Cost is $125 and is due at registration. For more information call Brad Largent at (817) 875-8388 or visit www.eteamz.com/paradisepyra.
DEMOCRATIC MEETING — The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, in the Wise County Law Enforcement Office Courtroom at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.
BRIDGEPORT FOOTBALL — Bridgeport Pee Wee and Midget Football sign ups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Library.
CHICO YOUTH FOOTBALL — The final sign-up for Chico Youth Football is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Senior Citizens Building. Cost is $75. For more information call Chad Patterson at (940) 210-9843.
VISIT FROM A MAGICIAN — The Bridgeport Public Library, 2159 10th St., will present Harlin the Magician at 2:30 p.m. today.
FUNERALS — There are no pending funerals.