HOUSE FIRE KILLS 1, BELIEVED TO BE TEEN – Investigators believe the remains found in a fire early Thursday morning in Chico are Christopher Conn, an 8th grade student at Chico Middle School. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard confirmed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday that a body was recovered from the Chico home that burned earlier in the day. The fire started about 4 a.m. Beard said he presumed it’s the body of 14-year-old Conn, who was believed to be trapped inside when the fire consumed the home located in the 200 block of County Road 1637 near Lake Bridgeport’s Wise County Park, but he’s awaiting confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner. The boy’s stepfather, Johnny Hothouse, was originally taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur but was later transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He suffered second and third degree burns to his arms, neck and face and suffered from smoke inhalation as he tried to rescue Conn from the burning home. The boy’s mother, Kimberly Wrisner, and little brother, Diesel Hothouse, 2, were also transported from the scene to WRHS but were released before noon. Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. They think the fire started in the victim’s room. Counselors were on hand at Chico Middle School yesterday to talk to fellow students. The Hothouse family lost everything in the fire and does not have insurance on the home. Red Cross was contacted to help the family.
WEATHER DELAYS - Due to yesterday’s snowfall and temperatures that remained below freezing this morning, most school districts in the county are opening late today. School districts in Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur and Paradise will open at 10. Northwest ISD will also have a two-hour delay. All campuses of Weatherford College will be closed today. Wise County will be under a winter weather advisory for light snow from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The National Weather Service says our area has a 40 percent chance of snow today with an expected high of 30 degrees.
LADY EAGLES WIN IN OT – Macen Stripling scored 21 points, including her 15-foot jumper in the final 36 seconds of overtime, to lift the Decatur Lady Eagles to a 51-50 win over Gainesville Thursday in the 9-3A tiebreaker in Krum. The Lady Eagles will play Krum at 8 tonight in Sanger for the league’s top playoff seed.
BOYD SET FOR PLAYOFF - The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will take on Peaster at 6:30 tonight in Brock for the fourth playoff seed out of District 9-2A. The winner will move on to play Grandview in the playoffs.
SWIMMERS GO TO REGIONALS - Decatur swimmers and Boyd’s Jake Bryans will compete today in the Class 4A Region II swim meet at Mansfield Natatorium.
TRASH SCHEDULE CHANGE – Due to the winter storm earlier in the week, the City of Decatur’s normal Thursday trash pick up will be today and Friday’s normal trash pick up will be Saturday.
YOUNG FARMER EVENT – Chico Young Farmers will have their annual Bingo/Chili Supper/Cake Auction Saturday at Chico Middle School. Supper begins at 5:15 p.m., and bingo starts at 6. The cake auction will be at 7 followed by more bingo. A special cake auction will be held for the families of Dennis Caraway and Lonnie Vandergriff.
GIVE BACK EVENT – The Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center in Decatur will get 15 percent of sales Friday through Sunday for those who present fliers at Decatur’s Chili’s Restaurant, located at 600 South U.S. 81/287.
HELP HAYES – A team roping and silent auction benefiting Hayes Heller and family is Sunday at NRS Arena in Decatur. A church service starts at 7:30 a.m., books open at 8, Calcutta is at 9 and roping starts at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds go to the Heller family for Hayes’ ongoing medical expenses. For information or to donate to the bake sale, silent auction or roping, contact Sammie Elliott at 940-255-4146 or Rachell Shinn at 940-389-9238. Donations can also be made to the Hayes Heller account at North Texas Bank in Decatur. Chili’s in Decatur is also supporting the roping event. For every Hayes Heller Roping flier presented Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of those sales.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold their weekly breakfast at The Club at Runaway Bay at 8 a.m. Saturday. All Wise County veterans are invited.
4-H MEETING – The Bridgeport 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridgeport Community Center.
SERVICE TIME CHANGE – The Rock Church in Runaway Bay will begin different service times this Sunday. Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m. with the worship service at 10:30.
SOFTBALL SIGNUPS - Decatur Girls Softball signups are 1-4 p.m. this Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Hibbet Sports in Decatur. Forms are available at all schools, or you can text only Carley Jones at 940-577-0138. (Note: incorrect dates and times were listed in yesterday’s Update.)
FUNERALS – Service for Christian Conn of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Jolene Taylor, 61, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 11 a.m.-noon prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Carl Leaman Wear Jr., 90, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for James Ray Ford, 79, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Frances Ellowayne Folger, 79, of Sunset is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio.