PHONE PROBLEMS FIXED – More than 5,000 CenturyLink customers in the Decatur area experienced issues with phone service yesterday. CenturyLink spokesman Steve Hanik said service was restored early Wednesday morning. “Technicians evaluated the situation and worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,” he said. “Some customers experienced loss of dial tone while some customers were unable to make long-distance calls. Those customers were able to make calls within the Decatur area however. CenturyLink technicians and vendors resolved the issue with a reload and reconfiguration of all the software associated with a service data multiplexer and carrier module equipment. CenturyLink apologizes for any inconvenience this created for our customers.” At one point yesterday afternoon, about 2,900 CenturyLink customers could call locally – including 9-1-1 – but another 2,500 were totally out of service, according to CenturyLink spokesman Larry Adamson.
DECATUR WATER MAIN BREAK – Decatur city crews responded to a break in a 20-inch water transmission line between Decatur and Bridgeport around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Decatur water superintendent Doyle Green said the line was repaired at 11:20 p.m.
BLOOD DRIVE – A community blood drive hosted by Heritage Place of Decatur is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. Walk-ins are welcome.
CLUB AND PARTY - The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting a Backyard Bible Club 9 a.m.-11 a.m. today at the Decatur Police Department. A block party that was originally scheduled for today has been canceled.
BACK TO SCHOOL CARNIVAL – A Back-2-School Carnival for all individuals with special needs ages 14 years old and younger is 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The event is sponsored by Wise County Special Needs Baseball. Visit www.wcspecialneeds.com.
BASEBALL REGISTRATION – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is having registration for fall season now through Aug. 23. Go to www.wcspecialneeds.com to download a player or volunteer registration form. Mail form and $20 player fee to P.O. Box 601, Bridgeport, TX, 76426. For player registration forms postmarked after Aug. 23, pay $35. Meet-N-Greet will be 7-8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Renshaw Park. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13-Nov. 1.
BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT – Governor’s Ridge, 300 Devereaux in Decatur, will hold a Back to School event 8-10 a.m. Saturday. The retirement and assisted living center will be giving out free school supplies to the first 300 kids. Breakfast snacks will be served.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION - Decatur’s McCarroll Middle School sixth, seventh, and new eighth grader orientation is Thursday. The sixth grade orientation is 9-11:30 a.m. at the sixth grade campus. The seventh grade and new eighth grader orientation is 1-3:30 p.m. at the seventh/eighth grade campus.
LADY EAGLES OPEN YEAR WITH WINS – The top-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles won their first two matches of the season Tuesday, beating Azle, 25-15, 25-19, 25-10, and Joshua, 25-14, 25-12, 25-17. Caroline Lowery put down 24 kills in the two matches. Stormi Leonard doled out 43 assists. In other area action, Paradise swept Chico, 25-22, 25-6, 25-23. Jett Preather recorded six kills and three aces in the win. Boyd opened the season with a five-set win over Keene, 17-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, 15-13. Bridgeport fell to Sanger, 25-6, 25-15, 25-11.
DECATUR EAGLE APP – The Decatur Eagles Mobi app is now available from Decatur Football Booster Club. The app can be downloaded at www.decatureagles.mobi.
INDIGENT HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and meet the following requirements: residents, household, income and resources. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility.
FUNERALS – Service for Joe B. Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church with a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Paulina Moore, 99, of Gainesville will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Reta “R Jay” Shelton, 70, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.