Friday, July 11, 2014

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2 HOMES CHARRED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS — Fire ravished two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of each other. Just after 12:30 a.m., firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully engulfed double-wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd. The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Although the fire is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes it started on the front porch. Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said. Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a mobile home. Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist. It is unknown if the home was occupied. The extent of the damage was also not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

PAVING STARTS MONDAY — The City of Decatur will start paving operations Monday, July 14, on Eagle Drive, West Thompson and Deer Park — in that order. Paving will begin at 7 a.m. each day and continue through 4 p.m., with completion expected by July 22. The streets will remain open, but lane reductions will occur and drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes and not park on the street. Eagle Drive and West Thompson will be resurfaced from FM 51 S. to Deer Park, and Deer Park is being paved from U.S. 380 Business to Eagle Drive. Eagle Drive will be done first, followed by West Thompson and then Deer Park. City officials stressed that unforeseen conditions may occur requiring the job to take longer than planned. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

VETERANS BREAKFAST — The Wise County Veterans Group will have its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise County veterans are invited to attend.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time delivering meals is encouraged to contact the office at 940-627-5329.

BAND BOOSTERS — The Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters’ will meet Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport High School band hall. The agenda includes the Rock ‘N Rev Car Show Saturday, Aug. 2. Anyone interested in supporting our band kids is invited to attend.

RAID THE LIBRARY — The Decatur Public Library’s RPG Group meets Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teen and adult gamers (ages 12 and up), beginners or more experienced players are all welcome. The meeting starts with a character creation workshop before a new campaign kicks off. Snacks will be provided. For information call the Library at 940-393-0290 or stop by 1700 Hwy. 51 South and talk to Chris.

FLIP-FLOPS NEEDED — Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center is in need of flip-flops of all sizes for men, women and children who have been affected by family violence/sexual abuse and are residing in the shelter. Donations may be dropped off at the outreach office at 608 N. Business 287 in Decatur. For information call Jael at 940-626-4585.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS — Alvord athletes in seventh through 12th grade can get physicals at Alvord Medical Clinic next week. Boys physicals are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, July 14, and girls are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 15. Cost is $20. Athletic forms are available at the high school, middle school, field house and the clinic. They must be complete and signed by a parent.

DEDICATION POSTPONED – The dedication of a historical marker for the Dallas Pacific and Southeastern Railroad on County Road 3555 that was scheduled for Sunday, July 13, has been postponed until Sept. 7.

FUNERALSMASS of Christian burial for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with a rosary at 7 p.m.

FUNERAL for Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Pentecost in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bob V. Castleberry, 67, is 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Arrangements are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore, Okla.

MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louise (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Roy A. O’Neal, 84, of Nocona is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Fairview Cemetery. He is the brother of Coy O’Neal of Decatur.

SERVICE for Thelton D. “Slim” Sanders, 77, of Chico is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport, with burial in Chico Cemetery. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wanda Caraway Snow, 67, of Grapevine is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Jim Ned Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Millie Eleanor Rutter, 71, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Worth.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 69, of Paradise are Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today, also at the church.

SERVICE for Sherry King, 62, of Lake Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Harris G. Moore, 91, of Dallas, will be planned for a later date. Moore, who died July 5 in Dallas, is the father of Christine Johnston of Paradise.

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