FIRE DESTROYS BALSORA-AREA HOME – A grass fire caught a home on fire in far west Wise County Saturday evening. A passerby saw the home on fire and alerted the homeowner, Arthur “Curly” Talmage, 91, who was in a workshop on the property at 329 Private Road 3706 west of Balsora. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Talmage had been burning trash in a burn barrel earlier in the day, and a small grass fire had started. Talmage put the fire out, but it apparently rekindled about an hour later before spreading to the one-story, wood-frame home. He was not injured. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. Boonsville/Balsora, Cottondale, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Lake Bridgeport and Jack County Rural fire departments responded along with Wise County EMS. Beard said the home will be a total loss. The fire rekindled around 8:15 Sunday morning, and the Boonsville/Balsora fire department responded a second time to extinguish the fire.
WIND ADVISORY – Wise County is under a wind advisory through noon today as the area will see north winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. High winds mixed with dry conditions will also create an elevated fire danger for our area through sunset. Today’s high is expected to be 36 with an overnight low of 18.
ROWDEN EARNS TOP SWIMMING AWARD – Decatur junior Katey Rowden earned the 6-4A Female Swimmer of the Year after winning the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the district meet Saturday. She also helped 200 and 400 relay squads earn regional bids. Decatur’s Allie Blevins qualified for regionals in the 200 and 500 races. Ethan Miles advanced in the 50 along with the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Caraline Cowdrey earned a regional spot in the 100 back stroke. Boyd’s Jake Bryans finished third in the 100 backstroke to advance to regionals.
FRIDAY BASKETBALL SCORES – Wise County high school basketball scores from Friday include the following: (boys) Decatur 70, Krum 48; Northwest 51, Southlake Carroll 50; Peaster 74, Boyd 28; Brock 77, Alvord 25; Chico 60, Ranger 46; Bellevue 71, Slidell 63; (girls) Decatur 60, Krum 37; Southlake Carroll 77, Northwest 37; Brock 42, Alvord 37; Peaster 56, Boyd 39; Ranger 54, Chico 44; and Slidell 43, Bellevue 30.
GOSPEL OPRY - The monthly Gospel Opry sing along program is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1605 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted toward expenses of the museum.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – In their meeting today, commissioners will consider approving the boundaries for a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ), which must be designated to apply for a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. Commissioners will also consider approving an advisory board of directors for the zone. In a special meeting last Wednesday, commissioners decided to appoint the following individuals: Laura Anderson, senior landman with Devon Energy; Tommy Weatherly with Trinity Materials; Mike Moyers, landman with Aruba; and citizens Kristina Kemp of Paradise and Jimmy Kirk of Decatur. Other items to be discussed include an amended Wise County Fairgrounds agreement, a consent agenda policy and new polling locations. The meeting is 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will hear annual reports from several city departments at a work session at 5:30 tonight prior to the council’s regular meeting at 6. The council will consider on second reading a zoning change they approved at their last meeting. They are also expected to call for this year’s city council election and hold that election jointly with Decatur Independent School District. Also on tap are an annual report on police racial profiling, a service agreement for the Police Department’s emergency notification calling system, and a request for a 5K/fun run April 5.
FUNERALS – Service for Everett Lee Hicks, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
SERVICES for Loyce Lowery, 75, of Paradise and Little John Morman, 52, of North Richland Hills are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Mildred T. Sullens, 74, of Euless is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.