FIRE CAUSES POWER OUTAGE – A fire at an Oncor substation near Chico yesterday around 11:30 a.m. knocked out power in the Chico, Alvord and Sunset areas. Power was restored on the Chico side within three hours, but most customers in Alvord were without power until just after 1 a.m. today, Oncor area manager Sabrina Easley said. Power to all customers was restored by 2:45 a.m. In total, approximately 1,300 customers were affected. Easley said Oncor worked with the City of Alvord to determine the most critical need, which was fire suppression. Easley said power was directed to the city from another source in order to provide enough water pressure in case of a fire. Although no cause has yet been determined, the failed transformer was damaged beyond repair, making necessary a replacement. Work crews brought in a mobile unit for the interim. Officials from the city of Alvord and Oncor established a cooling station at Alvord Middle School for those affected by the power outages. In addition, the city of Chico opened the community room at City Hall.
AMENDED ORDINANCES – Reflective of revisions approved by the Bridgeport City Council Tuesday, solicitations – both for-profit and of a donation nature – are prohibited in streets that are not mostly residential and on streets that have four or more marked traffic lanes. In another item, officials approved an ordinance revision that prohibits any one from rummaging through and removing items from garbage containers that do not belong to them.
BOARD NAMES INTERIM PRINCIPAL – The Chico School Board Monday hired LaJuan Foster to serve as interim principal at the middle school through the 2013-2014 school year. Foster previously served as interim principal of Chico Elementary School during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year. Foster’s new position was created when the district moved former middle school principal Maury Martin to the federal programs director/district testing coordinator/No Child Left Behind compliance position.
WINE AND ART – Wise Regional Health Foundation’s An Evening Under the Stars wine-tasting and art show fundraiser is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the hospital’s east campus. There will be heavy appetizers, a chocolate fountain, live music, silent auction and the work of local artists. Cost is $55 a ticket or two for $100. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the cardiac program. For tickets, call Michelle Stone at (940) 626-1384.
FIRE DEPARTMENT SEEKS MEMBERS – The Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for new members through the end of June. Call (940) 433-5055.
SENIOR LUNCH – The Decatur Senior Citizens Center invites all seniors age 55 and older to a luncheon at noon Thursday. The center is located at 1200 N. Miller. Call (940) 627-2926 for more information.
BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Sheriff David Walker will be the guest speaker on the topic of how to keep your business safe. Cost is $10. RSVP by today to Tiffany Evans at (940) 683-2076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO JURY TRIAL – The jury trial scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace office in Bridgeport has been canceled. No jury is needed.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – East Wise Fire and Rescue is having a fundraising event 2-8 p.m. Saturday at New Fairview City Hall on Farm Road 407. There will be food, live music, fire trucks, a dunking booth, and fire and rescue demonstrations. Money raised will go toward the purchase of a new water tanker and building out their newest heavy brush fire truck.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Marvin Livengood, 69, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Thursday at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Toni Gillin, 68, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
SERVICES for Don Behring, 61, of Chico and Daisy Jinkens, 91, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Christine Boaldin, 84, of Newark is 10 a.m. Thursday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Milt McConnell, 73, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Russell B. Wirtz, 73, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.