FREEZING RAIN CAUSING SLICK SPOTS – Freezing rain has already caused some problems in Wise County this morning. Police and firefighters reported several significant trouble spots at 7 a.m. The east-bound Texas 114 bridge toward Dallas in Rhome was the scene of several accidents and the U.S. 380 bypass bridges in Decatur were also very slick causing numerous accidents. So far, no injuries have been reported. Decatur Police closed parts of the 380 bypass until sand trucks could help traction on the bridges. Wise County will remain in a freezing rain advisory until 6 p.m. today. Overnight, the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of freezing rain and sleet. The chance of a wintry mix increases to 40 percent tomorrow. If the winter weather causes any cancellations or delays, the information will be posted at WCMessenger.com. Alvord ISD has cancelled their financial aid meeting for tonight due to possible weather conditions.
BRIDGEPORT OUTSTANDING CITIZEN – William Myers, former executive director of the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp., was named Outstanding Citizen at the city’s Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday night. Myers, who held the Bridgeport post for eight years, resigned late last year to take a job with the Denison Development Alliance. Other citizens and businesses honored Saturday night include: Sylvia Elenburg, Dr. James Hunter Humanitarian Award; Kim Lawson, Director of the Year; Ryan Murphy, Presidential Award; Mann Made Construction and C&O Communications, Individual Business of the Year; and Select Energy Services, Corporate Business Leader of the Year. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
CANDIDATE DEBATE – The Wise County Republican Party will host a candidate debate 6-8 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. All contested candidates are expected to attend.
DECATUR, BOYD GIRLS EARN PLAYOFF DATES – The Decatur Lady Eagles held off the Krum Lady Bobcats 47-43 Friday to earn the top seed out of District 9-3A in the Class 3A playoffs. Shelby Drews scored 11, and Katie Isham 10 in the win. Decatur will move on to play Aubrey Tuesday in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The time and site for the game has not been set. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets knocked off Peaster 44-40 for the fourth and final playoff seed out of 9-2A. Abby Harrell poured in 18 points. Boyd moves on to play Grandview at 6:30 Tuesday in Aledo for bi-district.
OTHER WEEKEND HOOPS SCORES – Boys: Decatur 68, Gainesville 51; Bridgeport 66, Krum 51; Keller 51, Northwest 46; Slidell 70, Midway 42; Boyd 75, Paradise 72; Poolville 98, Chico 36. Girls: Paradise 84, Valley View 38.
ROWDEN EARNS TWO SILVERS – Decatur junior swimmer Katey Rowden earned silver medals in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly Saturday at the Class 4A Region II swim meet. Allie Blevins finished seventh in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. The Decatur girls 400 relay took sixth. Boyd’s Jake Bryans finished eighth in the 100 backstroke.
DHS GOLF TOURNAMENT – The DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is Sunday, March 2, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $400 per four-person team. All proceeds benefit DHS golf teams. For more information contact Mark Graves at 940-389-2561 or Jim Lamirand at 940-393-3201.
SCV MEETING - The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The program will be given by Beverly Ross from Wise County Christian Counseling.
LITERACY BANQUET – The 3rd annual Bridgeport Literacy Banquet, hosted by the Bridgeport Bookcase Project Committee, is 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Bridgeport High School Commons. Tickets are $15.95 per person or $125 per table and can be purchased at Bridgeport Public Library, Meyers Agency, Bridgeport Index, First State Bank, First Financial Bank and The Community Bank. Proceeds are used to build bookcases for Head Start students. Bring gently used preschool children’s books to be given with the bookcases, or drop books off at the Index, Brookshire’s or public library.
CHICO CHAMBER – Chico Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Building on the Chico Square. Cost is $7 per plate, and Royce Cantwell, general manager of Wise Electric, will be guest speaker.
FUNERALS – Service for Staci Dean, 35, of Sunset is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Frances Ellowayne Folger, 79, of Sunset is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Billy Jack Ramsey, 71, of Saginaw is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paradise Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Janet Elaine Anable, 65, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins.