LIGHTNING KNOCKS OUT POWER – Lightning is to blame for the outages that left residents in various parts of the county without power Thursday. Sabrina Easley, area manager for Oncor Electric Delivery, said lightning struck a power line in Rhome, breaking the line and cutting the delivery of electricity to more than 1,300 customers in Rhome and Newark. The necessary repairs were made, and power was restored by 12:47 p.m. In Alvord, lightning struck and damaged a piece of electric equipment. Easley said power would be rerouted until repairs are made. Ninety-one customers along Hubbard Street and U.S. 81/287 were affected by this outage. Five customers in the Boonsville/Balsora area also called in. All calls came in around 10 a.m.
RAINFALL – Rain also accompanied the lightning yesterday. Totals included 0.4 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.3 in Greenwood, 0.25 in Decatur and Bridgeport, 0.2 in Rhome and 0.1 in Paradise.
MOTORCYCLE RACES – The Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) is in action this weekend at Eagles Canyon Raceway near Slidell. Today’s events include the CMRA License School, racer practice and street-rider track day. Saturday’s schedule includes Lightweight Sprint races followed by round two of the Solo 30 races, and wraps up with the 6-Hour Championship Endurance race. Sunday’s schedule includes a full day of Big Bike sprint races. A portion of each entry fee is donated to breast cancer research. Gates open each day at 6 a.m. Weekend entry into the event is $15 on Friday and Saturday, and $10 on Sunday. Tickets are good for the entire weekend. Ride your street bike to the event and pay $5 for entry on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.cmraracing.com or call the CMRA office at 817-570-9779. For signup information for the Friday racer practice, visit Lone Star Track Days at www.lstd.com.
SCIENCE SPECIAL – Friday Science Specials for Teens at the Decatur Public Library presents Polymer Play – Hands on Gak demonstration and discussion at 4 p.m. today. This is a series of events for kids entering 6th through 12th grade in the fall.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center. Guest speaker Dee Ann Archer will give the program “Machu Picchu, Sacred City, Marvel of the World.” A pot luck dinner will be served, and visitors are welcome.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.
BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, June 16, at Weatherford College Wise County (main entrance). James Stegall will give a program on the cemetery at Willow Point. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at noon.
ROLE PLAYING GAME DAY – Decatur Public Library is hosting RPG (Role Playing Game) Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Gamemasters will be on hand to get you into the game. Whether experienced gamers or new to RPGs, all teens and adults are welcome. To register, stop by the Library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South or call 940-393-0290.
BADGER FAMILY BENEFIT – A bake sale benefiting the Curtis Badger family is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at North Texas Bank in Decatur. There will also be a silent auction and kids stick horse rodeo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Black Creek Pumpkin Patch in Decatur, and raffle tickets are being sold for a DPMS AR-15 .223. Cost is $20 each or 3 for $50. The drawing will be June 21 at the North Texas Wild Hog Roundup and Hunting Expo at the Decatur Civic Center. Tickets can be purchased at Farm Bureau locations in Wise County or North Texas Bank. You can also buy them from Kory Chapman or Colby Williams. All proceeds will go toward Curtis’ medical expenses.
SNOW WHITE ON STAGE – Wise Performing Arts Guild presents “Snow White” 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur High School Theater. For information on ticket purchases, email email@example.com or stop by Wise County Title Co. today. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of all three performances, and live streaming tickets are also available.
DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Freebirds” as the dive-in movie Saturday at the city pool. The pool opens at 7 p.m., and admission is $1.
FISHING DERBY – The 2014 Kids All-American Fishing Derby is Saturday at Black Creek Lake on the LBJ National Grasslands. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and fishing is 8-11 a.m. The annual event is put on by the U.S. Forest Service and the Decatur Rotary Club. For more information, call 940-627-5475.
CHICO BASKETBALL CAMP – A basketball camp for boys and girls who are incoming third through ninth graders is 9-11:30 a.m. June 16-19 at the Chico High School gym. Cost is $40 per camper, $20 for a second family member. For more information, contact Chad Woodard at 940-389-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER BASH – Stagecoach Rehabilitation in Bridgeport will host a Back to Summer Bash 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 2108 15th St. There will be a water slide, slip-and-slide, dunking booth, games, prizes, cotton candy, snow cones and hot dogs. Children ages 4-12 are welcome. For information, call 940-683-8500.
TENNIS CAMP – UNT Nike Tennis Camp starts June 15 in Denton for ages 9-18, all levels accepted. Quality certified and trained coaches will lead the camp. Day and overnight rates available. Make your reservation and check out all camp dates at USSportsCamps.com. Contact Sujay.Lama@unt.edu or ChaseH1988@yahoo.com for more information.
BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – The Chico Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual barbecue supper at 5 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall, 400 South Hovey St. Entertainment will be provided by the Buckner Band. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and kids ages 5 and under eat free. The meal will include sliced brisket, chicken or smoked sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, dessert and tea. Whole smoked briskets will also be available for purchase. Cost is $70. Proceeds will be used for maintenance and operation of the fire hall and vehicles. To reserve a smoked brisket, call City Hall at 940-644-2435.
FUNERALS – No service is planned for Betty Ann Monroe, 54, of Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Cindy Hill, 74, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Euna Vay Guinn, 97, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Matilde Ufret, 89, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Sunday at the Euless Baptist Church in Euless. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Jerry Utley, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Monday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Kenneth Barkley, 41, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Freddie Shannon, 81, of Newark is 4 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for Evalyn (Snookie) Eason Tabb of Baton Rouge, La., formerly of Alvord, is 10 a.m. Monday, June 16, at the Baum, Carlock, Bumgardner Funeral Home in Mineral Wells with burial to follow at Skaggs Prairie Cemetery near Mineral Wells.