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Thursday, May 15, 2014

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OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS HOME – Fire ripped through a vacant house east of Decatur on County Road 4511 early Thursday morning. East Wise, Rhome and Decatur firefighters battled the blaze that was toned out shortly before 3 a.m. By the time firefighters made the scene, flames had fully engulfed the single-story structure. “It was a total loss when we got on scene,” said East Wise firefighter Travis Hull, who held command at the scene. As firefighters mopped up the scene there was no early indication of what ignited the fire. Hull said there was a power line down on the back corner.

INTERIM JUSTICE OF THE PEACE – Wise County commissioners are meeting at 1 p.m. today to discuss appointing an interim justice of the peace for Precinct 2. They discussed the issue at their regular meeting Monday, but no one had a suggestion as to who to appoint. The post was left vacant April 26 when Judge Terri Johnson was killed in a car accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur. Commissioners decided to have a special meeting next week to again consider the issue, but shortly after the meeting adjourned, County Judge Glenn Hughes decided to move the meeting to today. He emphasized earlier this week that any action taken is done with the utmost respect for Johnson with the acknowledgment that county business must continue. Today’s meeting will be in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. It’s open to the public.

SUPERHERO RUN/WALK – The CASA Superhero 1K and 5K Run is Saturday at Decatur High School. Runners can come dressed as their favorite superhero. Registration is at 7 and the race is at 8. Register online at Superhero5k.athlete360.com. Fee is $25 per race or $40 with a T-shirt. Awards will be presented in each age category, including best costume. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Wise and Jack Counties.

COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Face-to-face advising and registration started May 12 for summer 1 (June 2-July 8), summer 2 (July 9-Aug. 14) and fall (beginning Aug. 25) courses at Weatherford College Wise County. Schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. For information, call 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

FIRE DEPARTMENT SEEKING MEMBERS – Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is seeking new members. Applications will be accepted through July 5. New Applicants are subjected to background check, interviews and an orientation before training begins. Applications are available online at Cottondalefirerescue.org or at the station. Business meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, and applications are available during that time. Call 940-433-5055 and leave a message.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – Decatur Public Library Friends Used Book Sale continues through Saturday. Books, movies and CDs are available for $1 or less, and all proceeds support the library. The sale is during library open hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

CAVEMAN CRAWL – The 4th annual Caveman Crawl will be held June 14 at the Bridgeport OHV Park. Courses will be available for ages 4 and up. The race benefits the development of hiking and biking trails at the OHV Park. Register at www.cavemancrawl.com.

STEM SHOWCASE – The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) invites community members to the annual STEM Showcase 6:30-8:30 tonight at Northwest High School, east entrance (2301 Texan Drive, in Justin). From engineering to mathematics projects, watch as students showcase their best work from this school year.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ. Refreshments will be served, and there will be genealogical sharing and games.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Charles Harris, 78, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for James Earl Green, 39, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION and celebration of life for M.H. Montgomery, Jr., 71, of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at The Cantina at the home of C.L. and Patti Gage, 1197 Old Greenwood Rd, in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wanda Sipes, 86, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Dale Brumley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday at Canyon Hills Church of Christ in Canyon. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Charles Larry Petty, 74, of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.