CITY STILL RECOVERING FROM LEAK – After a major water leak that left Bridgeport residents without water for most of the day Thursday, repairs were made early Friday. But just as water was returning to the city Friday, the same water line ruptured again during the late afternoon, once again leaving citizens without water as crews went back to work. The city offered free bottled water to residents at the police department. Decatur ISD opened the showers at the high school for Bridgeport residents in need late Friday and early Saturday. Two large tankers from Bridgeport Tank Trucks were placed on stand-by during the water emergency, and Decatur, Paradise and Chico fire departments were also standing by with their tankers in case of a major fire. The second leak was repaired around 5 a.m. Saturday. Residents are asked to continue to conserve water over the next few days to enable the water plant and water towers to fill to capacity. Activities that involve using large volumes of water such as running the dishwasher, doing multiple loads of laundry, watering or washing your vehicle should be limited, according to the city. Also, residents must continue to boil water for cooking, drinking (including in your coffee pot) and making ice until further notice.
WINDY DAY FUELS GRASS FIRES – Multiple grass fires were reported on Farm Road 2264 between Farm Road 407 and Hilltop Trail, forcing evacuations and a road closure in New Fairview yesterday. Units from East Wise, Rhome and Newark were dispatched to the blazes, which were reported just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. In addition, sheriff’s deputies responded for traffic control and to evacuate nearby homes. There were no reports of injuries or homes lost. At times Sunday afternoon, sustained wind speeds reached 25 miles per hour with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.
FIREFIGHTERS HONORED – Brandon Peyton was named the Decatur “Firefighter of the Year” at the seventh annual Decatur Fire Department Honors Banquet Saturday night at the Decatur Civic Center. Other awards presented included: James Carr as EMS Responder of the Year, Brady Murphree Rookie of the Year, Capt. Cliff Oates, Officer of the Year and Captain Nate Mara, the PHD award for his work as the department’s training officer. Speaker for the evening was San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens. Bridgeport firefighters led by Chief Terry Long covered the city and the Decatur fire district during the banquet.
ADVOCATES TO HOLD EARTHQUAKE MEETING – Members of several environmental groups have scheduled a meeting 6:30 tonight at Azle Community Center, 404 W. Main St. It’s a follow-up to a Jan. 2 meeting held by the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) to address a rash of possible man-made earthquakes. Sharon Wilson, an organizer with Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project, will be joined on the panel by Calvin Tillman, former mayor of DISH, Gary Hogan with North Central Texas Communities Alliance and Marc McCord of FracDallas. On Saturday afternoon, a 2.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded about three miles southeast of Azle at Eagle Mountain Lake. A meeting preview story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
BASKETBALL SCORES – Local Friday night basketball scores included the following: (boys) Decatur 67, Bridgeport 33; Ponder 61, Alvord 41; Peaster 48, Paradise 38; Millsap 70, Boyd 36; Slidell 79, Prairie Valley 28; Chico 67, Santo 59; Northwest 76, Keller Central 40; (girls) Decatur 58, Bridgeport 37; Alvord 50, Ponder 25; Paradise 55, Peaster 50 OT; Boyd 45, Millsap 34; Santo 70, Chico 30; and Slidell 47, Prairie Valley 28.
FRIDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from Friday included 0.28 of an inch in Rhome, 0.21 in Decatur and 0.15 in Alvord.
GT NOMINATIONS – Bridgeport ISD will accept gifted and talented referral forms for students in kindergarten through 11th grade today through Jan. 31. Forms are available at each campus office and online at www.bridgeportisd.net. An informational meeting for parents is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Elementary School, Room 212. For more information, call Paula Shepherd, advanced academics coordinator, at 940-683-5955 or 940-683-5784.
NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER – Registration for new and returning students for the spring semester at Weatherford College Wise County continues through 5 p.m. Thursday for classes that began today. Contact the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-627-2690 or visit www.wc.edu for more information.
FUNERALS – Service for Wanda (Fennell) Hobbs, 42, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Bobby W. Manning, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for J. Phillip Mote, 69, of Addison (formerly of Decatur) is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICES for Rolando Lozano, 53, and Evelyn Yizel Morado Badillo, an infant, both of Decatur and Ashley Wass, 22, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICES for Sherry L. Darnell, 61, of White Settlement and Carolyn Sue Burk, 64, of Newark are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Harlan Lynn Null, 57, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins with burial at Aurora Cemetery.