Monday, May 19, 2014

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CHICO HOME LOST TO FIRE – A family lost its home in a fire west of Chico Sunday evening. Flames tore through the roof of the single-family home on Private Road 1648 after 9 p.m. Firefighters from Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport and Sand Flat battled the blaze that destroyed much of the house. Decatur firefighters were paged out around 11 p.m. to provide mutual aid. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis estimated that 90 percent of the house was lost. Jimmy and Flora Shelton and their two grandsons were able to safely get out of the house. Travis said the cause was likely “electrical in origin” and accidental.

PRIMARY RUNOFF EARLY VOTING – Early voting for the May 27 Republican and Democratic primary runoff elections is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday at three early voting locations: Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Registered voters who did not vote in the primary election may vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary runoff. However, if you voted in a party primary, you can only vote in the same party’s runoff election.

SHED, VEHICLES DESTROYED IN BLAZE – A Sunday morning blaze destroyed a shed on U.S. 81/287 just north of the intersection with Farm Road 1810. The fire consumed the metal structure along with a truck, fifth-wheel trailer and work equipment parked under it. Decatur firefighters battled the blaze toned out at 6 a.m. Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters provided mutual aid and water. “There was heavy fire upon arrival,” said Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara. “We had it knocked down and under control by the time first mutual aid arrived.” There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Project Graduation Golf Tournament is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost is $250 per team for the four-man scramble format or $75 for individual players. Cost includes golf and breakfast. Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. Prizes will be awarded to closest to pins and long drives. For more information, contact Jennifer Heathington at jheathington@hughes.net or 940-229-9010.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet at 6 tonight at the Extension office. For more information, call Shelly Laaser at 940-389-8811 or Lisa Bradshaw at 940-627-4567.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp For Kids with Disabilities is June 9, 10 and 11 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. To register as a camper or a volunteer, go online at crossroadspeople.com or call Elaine Huff at 940-627-4222 or Andrea Duwe at 940-395-3356.

RETIRED TEACHERS – Wise County Retired School Personnel will hold its last meeting until September at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center.  There will be lunch followed by bingo.  Bring an unwrapped items for a prize.  Call 940-575-2341 for reservations.

KARATE TOURNAMENT – The Monica Lopez Open Karate Tournament is Saturday, May 31, at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. There will be a black belt meeting at 9 a.m. and a rules meeting at 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m. in the following age divisions: 5 and under, 6 and 7 years, 8 and 9 years, 10 and 11 years, 12 and 13 years, 14 and 15 years, 16 and 17 years and all adults. To register or for information, call Stephen Starnes at 940-255-2038. Proceeds benefit Monica Lopez, who is battling stage 4 breast cancer.

BILINGUAL COLLEGE SEMINAR – Northwest ISD and North Central Texas College will host the Bilingual Parent College Seminar 6-7:30 tonight in the Northwest High School Lecture Hall. The presentation will provide Spanish speakers and first-generation college bound students and their parents information on admissions, financial aid and more. For information, call Norma Garcia at 817-698-1324. All middle school and high school parents are invited.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Veterans Service Office will be closed today and tomorrow for training. The office will reopen Wednesday for normal working hours.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center. Guest speaker David White will present a program on water which will include photos and samples from a recent trip to Bolivia.

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. tonight 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.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING — The Bridgeport Historical Society meets at Weatherford College Wise County 11:30 a.m. today. Speaker is former Texas Ranger and Sheriff Phil Ryan and current Sheriff David Walker, who will give a program on “Past mysteries of Wise County.”

FUNERALS – Service for Delwyn Bryant, 64, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lynda M. Simpson, 67, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Robert A. Peterson, 59, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ronny C. Thomas Jr., 40, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICE for Dorothy Watson, 80, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Oran Goode, 79, or Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Bridgeport.

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