UPDATE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND DEAD – A missing elderly woman was found deceased Monday evening not far from her home in Newark. According to Wise County Sheriff David Walker, Dora Cairns, 82, had apparently gone for a walk Monday and didn’t return to her home. Family reported that she had been missing since about 9 a.m. First responders began a search around 3:30 Monday afternoon. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted with the search and located her in a grassy area about 500 yards from her home in the 600 block of Rogers Road around 5:45. Wise County EMS and Newark Volunteer Fire Department assisted the sheriff’s office with the search. Walker said the case will be investigated as a questionable death at this point, as is protocol, although there are no indications of foul play at this time. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays ordered an autopsy be performed by the Dallas County Medical Examiners office. Funeral for Cairns is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

RUSSELL NAMED HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL – The Decatur School Board named Jeff Russell the new Decatur High School principal at last night’s meeting. Russell is currently a middle school principal in the Birdville school district. Decatur Superintendent Rod Townsend said the district received 44 applicants for the job. A committee made up of teachers, parents and administrators narrowed the list to 10 to interview. Three were brought back for a second interview and Russell emerged as the top choice. “There were many quality candidates,” Townsend said. “The talent pool was deep, but in both (rounds of interviews) he rose to the top. … It’s clear he has a heart for kids.” Russell is expected to start July 1.

ALVORD/SUNSET LOSE POWER – Residents of Alvord and Sunset were without power Monday afternoon due to a broken power pole outside an Oncor substation, according to Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Approximately 1,160 customers lost power around 2:30 p.m. Easley said crews responded to make repairs, and power was restored around 6 p.m. The substation is located on Farm Road 1655 between Alvord and Chico.

MEETING WILL DISCUSS 1810/287 INTERCHANGE – All interested citizens are invited to a feasibility study public meeting regarding the Farm Road 1810 and U.S. 81/287 interchange at 6 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 U.S. 380 West in Decatur. The public meeting will be an open house format, allowing visitors to come and go at their own availability. The study is being prepared to identify long-term solutions to improve safety and mobility at the FM 1810 at-grade intersection with U.S. 81/287. This includes the review of traffic flow management, truck volumes and traffic movements on U.S. 81/287 between FM 1810 and U.S. 380. Maps and other drawings depicting the proposed improvements will be displayed at the public meeting. Interested persons will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments. For more information, contact TxDOT PIO Natalie Galindo at Natalie.Galindo@txdot.gov or (817) 370-6744.

MAGIC SHOW – James Wand will present his Spy Magic Show at 10:30 a.m. and noon today at the Decatur Public Library. This free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For more information, call the library at 940-393-0290.

MAGIC CLASS – Teens and Tweens are invited to Chico Public Library 2-3 p.m. today to participate in magician James Wand’s “Absolutely Fabulous Magic Class.” For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

CLAY SHOOT FUNDRAISER – Devon Energy will host the “7th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot” at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds on Friday. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the shoot starting at 9. The cost is $500 for a five-person team, and all proceeds benefit the United Way. Contact Fossil Pointe to sign up at 940-393-6402 or maryam@fossilpointe.net.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Joe Dean Franks, 57, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Cynthia Ann “Cindy” Hill, 74, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at The Hills Church of Christ in Richland Hills. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Euna Vay Guinn, 97, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan.

FUNERAL for Sandra Lobsinger, 74, of Justin is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Ralph Belew, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for J.W. Lefler, 85, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Dr. Edward P. Maddox, 91, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Ethan Michael Read, the infant son of Brian and Alison Read of Cottondale, is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Connie Jean Suter Jones, 68, of New Castle is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at the funeral home.

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2 Responses to “Tuesday, June 17, 2014”

  1. The meeting tonight at the Decatur Civic Center to discuss the FM1810/287 exchange is extremely important because of the increasing truck traffic from rock quarries. The new rock quarry will add more trucks, increasing the safety risk. I encourage anyone who drives on FM1810 to be in attendance tonight at the open forum.

  2. The meeting tonight will be informal, with a public hearing to follow later with a public forum.

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