FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – For most Wise County students, today is the first day of school. Classes began this morning at Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell school districts. Students who attend Boyd and Northwest will begin classes tomorrow. Be sure to watch for students walking to and from school, watch for school buses loading and unloading students and pay attention to the reduced speed limits in school zones.
NEWARK HOUSE FIRE – A home in the 500 block of Wise Street in Newark was heavily damaged during an overnight fire. Fire departments from Newark, Boyd and Rhome were dispatched to a report of a fire in a single-story, wood frame structure just before 11 p.m. Haslet was later dispatched to provide support as well. The home’s occupants were able to escape without injuries. In addition to the home, firefighters reported that the fire also spread to a shed and a vehicle on the property. The fire was reported contained at 12:30 a.m. Red Cross was called to assist the family.
LADY EAGLES TAKE SECOND AT TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles took second in the silver bracket at the Northwest ISD Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. Decatur fell to Rockwall Heath in the bracket final, 25-19, 25-12. Decatur beat Frisco Wakeland and Midway to reach the final. Caroline Lowery put down 81 kills over the tournament, and Makayla Mayfield 67. Stormi Leonard passed out 194 assists. Northwest dropped a pair of matches Saturday at its tournament, falling to Cedar Park 25-23, 25-20 and Boswell 26-24, 27-29, 25-20. Morgan Baker handed out 130 assists in the tournament. Camryn Berryhill buried 67 kills, and Tessa Harfield 45.
BOYD FINISHES RUNNERUP – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets reached the final of the Chico Volleyball Tournament Saturday, falling to Collinsville 25-19, 25-16. Boyd also beat Gold-Burg and Petrolia Saturday. Maddie Busch recorded 24 kills in the three matches. Chico fell in the consolation final to Forestburg 25-23, 25-27, 25-22. Chico beat Prairie Valley twice and lost to Bryson Saturday.
DECATUR BOYS AND GIRLS WIN MEET – The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams won the 5A divisions at the Friday Night Hawk Invite. The Eagles won with 40 points. Parker Cullop took second in the two-mile event in 10:42. Tyler Wilson and Hunter Helm posted top-ten finishes. The Lady Eagles took first with 23 points. Jessica Kyle won the race in 12:31. Georgina Palomo took second in 12:34. Paola Palomo, Elizabeth Culpepper, Nicole Neighbors and Lluvia Ramos finished in the top nine.
GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry sing along is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1605 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted to cover the expenses of the museum.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow with a late registration fee applied. Classes began today. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-627-2690.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest speaker is Rod Townsend.
PREP COURSE – A HSE/GED Preparation course will be offered 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays in the Workforce and Continuing Education Building, Room 2C at Weatherford College Wise County. Registration is 6 p.m. Tuesday.
DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $20 before Sept. 25 or $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.
HOUSING OFFICE CLOSED – The Decatur Housing Authority will be closed this week for training and conference. The office will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2.
SISSIES END TOURNEY WITH WIN – The Bridgeport Sissies closed the Fort Worth Brewer volleyball tournament Saturday with a win over Carter-Riverside behind 5 kills from Sadie White. Bridgeport went 1-5 at the event.
FUNERALS – Services for Becky Rushing, 61, and Frankie Douglas, 89, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Debra Rena Patterson, 55, of Newark is 7 tonight at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-7 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.