WATER LINE BREAK IN BRIDGEPORT – A break in the transmission line coming out of the City of Bridgeport’s water treatment plant yesterday left the city without water from around 8:30 a.m. to the early morning hours today. As of 1 p.m., the city said the line had been repaired, but it would take several hours to refill the water towers. Residents were asked to use water sparingly today. As of 6:45 a.m., the city announced that water was slowly flowing through the lines. “If you are on the east side of town, please be patient,” the city said on its website. “It is coming. The lines are elevated a little more and so it is flowing a little slower.” With no water service yesterday, several restaurants were closed, and Bridgeport schools were released at 12:30 p.m. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the city to notify customers of the need to boil water prior to consumption. The city has released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.” For more information, call Bridgeport City Hall at 940-683-3400.
TOO MUCH VOLUNTEER SERVICE? – Last night Rhome City Council discussed ways to change an ordinance regarding whether or not someone can volunteer for both city council and the fire department at the same time. Current city law reads only a fire chief can’t serve on city council or as mayor. Options posed included forbidding anyone from serving on both, limiting the number of elected officials that can serve as members of the fire department and/or prevent voting on actions affecting fire department. Mayor Chris Moore and council member Michelle Pittman both serve on Rhome Volunteer Fire Department.
DOG HOUSE FIRES – Firefighters responded to two fires within a 12-hour time frame Wednesday night and Thursday morning which originated in dog houses. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said both fires started from heat lamps inside the dog houses. A fire Wednesday night on Big Salty Drive in the southern part of the area was contained to the dog house, but a fire on Farm Road 2264 just west of Heritage Creek Drive spread from the dog house to a 20-foot-by-20-foot garage. Overnight temperatures have recently dipped into the teens, 20s and 30s.
MESSY MORNING – Dense fog once again greeted local motorists on their morning commute. Light rain also began falling this morning and could continue through much of today. Overnight rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 0.2 of an inch in Greenwood and 0.08 in Decatur. The forecast calls for a beautiful weekend with high temperatures in mid 60s to low 70s with sunshine.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It will be their first meeting of 2014. Agenda items include discussing an investment policy, consideration of a survey request for County Road 4227, and consideration of memorandums of understanding with Southwest Swap Meet and Wise County Antique Auto Club Association for use of the Wise County Fairgrounds. The meeting is open to the public.
4-H MEETING – The Bridgeport 4-H Club meets 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Bridgeport Community Center.
FAMILY HISTORY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will host Jeremy Balkin with Family Tree DNA at its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Decatur Church of Christ. Cost is $5 for non-members.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its first breakfast of 2014 at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Club of Runaway Bay. All Veterans are invited.
BINGO AND STEAK – The Paradise Buyers Association’s bingo and steak dinner is Saturday at the Paradise High School Cafeteria. The meal, which includes steak, baked potato, beans, dinner roll, dessert and tea, will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the bingo is 6-9 p.m. Tickets for the meal are $12 at the door. All proceeds go to the association, which helps students from Paradise at the Wise County Youth Fair who make the sale.
FUNERALS – Service for Joe Lee Coursey, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Pauline Mitchell, 94, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Myrtle L. Johnson, 91, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Joseph M. Gose, 99, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
SERVICES for Dean Barney, 47, of Rhome and Grady Garrett, 21, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Harlan Lynn Null, 57, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Monday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.