RESTAURANT BURGLARY – Decatur police are investigating a burglary of a local restaurant. Chief Rex Hoskins said someone broke out a window on the south side of Yesterday’s, entered the building and stole a safe with an undetermined amount of money. It happened during the overnight hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The break-in was discovered around 8 a.m. yesterday. No other businesses in the area were hit. Anyone with information should call Decatur PD at 940-393-0300.
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EMS TANKER – Wise County commissioners approved Monday the purchase of two ambulances and a rescue truck with a tanker at the request of EMS Administrator Charles Dillard. Dillard said he wanted to add the tanker to the rescue truck to enable his crews to put out fires when necessary. “We would use it if someone is trapped in the car, and we’re there but the fire department’s not,” he said, in reference to car accidents. When there is a major accident, medics, a rescue truck and firefighters are called to the scene. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns was originally opposed to the idea. He said it was a “major change in protocol” and said Dillard didn’t have the manpower to operate a tanker. Burns also said he’d been contacted by a fire department that was concerned for medics’ safety. The commissioner first said he wanted to table the issue but ended up making a motion to approve the purchase with the stipulation that the tanker be used for cross-training with the firefighters. The purchase will be made with capital expenditure funds. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Animal Shelter will close at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Labor Day holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. next Wednesday.
HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host their NTHSRA rodeo in Decatur Sept. 27 and 28. The rodeo will be Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. Organizers are looking for vendors and silent auction items. Contact Stephanie, 940-393-3442, email firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.
VENDORS NEEDED FOR FESTIVAL – Vendor forms for Bridgeport’s Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival are available online at www.bridgeportchamber.org or at the Bridgeport Chamber office. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 4 in historic downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Contact the Bridgeport Chamber at 940-683-2076 or Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All Wise and surrounding county veterans are invited.
TASTE OF WISE – The 4th Annual Taste of Wise County is 5:30-8 tonight at Decatur Civic Center. Restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities will participate in the tasting event. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658. Pre-tickets may be purchased at iCopy.
BENEFIT – A bean and cornbread supper will be held Saturday as a benefit for Preston Younger of Chico. Younger is in need of surgery to remove a mass on his kidney. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. at Chico City Hall followed by music by the Buckner Band and a cake auction. Meal includes dessert, tea or water. Donations will be accepted as price of the meal. You can also donate to the “Preston Younger Benefit” account at Legend Bank.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Becky Rushing, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
SERVICE for Sharon Jensen, 69, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Doralee Inez Hutchison, 88, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Vanessa Pearce, 49, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Dan Hachtel is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Slidell Baptist Church.