ALVORD HOUSE FIRE – Firefighters were able to save a home in Alvord this morning, but two dogs were killed in the smoke and flames. The fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. at a single story wooden frame home located in the 400 block of W. Elm downtown. The fire started in the back room of the house where a small gas heater was being used to keep the two family pets warm. The low this morning was about 20 degrees. It’s unknown at this time how the fire started though. Firefighters from Alvord, Chico and Decatur responded quickly and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the home. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said the door being closed to the back room also helped prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of the house. Red Cross was contacted to help the family.
CAMPAIGN DOLLARS PILE UP – Wise County judge candidate J.D. Clark continues to outpace his competitors in political campaign collections, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. In less than a month, he collected $3,370, bringing his total campaign contributions to $7,700. Fellow judge candidate Keith McComis reported $1,400 in contributions, and Kyle Stephens reported no contributions. The reports turned in Monday detail contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23, and all opposed candidates are required by the Texas Ethics Commission to file the report. Two more reports will be filed before the March 4 primary. For more details from the campaign finance reports, see the story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
WIND CHILL ADVISORY TONIGHT – The temperature at 7:30 this morning in Decatur was 21 with a wind chill of 8 degrees. Today’s high is only expected to reach 25, and wind chills throughout the day are expected to be between 4 and 12 degrees. Tonight’s low could dip to 13 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, with wind chills at 0 degrees or below. Tomorrow’s high is only expected to be 23 degrees with a slight chance of snow. A wind chill advisory will be in effect for Wise County between 3 a.m. and noon Thursday.
BASKETBALL RESULTS – Final scores from last night’s local high school basketball games include the following: Decatur 74, Sanger 66; Gainesville 61, Bridgeport 51; Northwest 70, Keller Central 36; Millsap 69, Boyd 31; Ponder 83, Alvord 35; Peaster 78, Paradise 39; Slidell 87, Prairie Valley 29; (girls) Decatur 57, Sanger 49; Gainesville 51, Bridgeport 40; Northwest 48, Keller Central 41; Boyd 38, Millsap 33; Paradise 51, Peaster 41; Alvord 52, Ponder 31; Slidell 51, Prairie Valley 22.
PARADISE YOUTH SPORTS – The Paradise Youth Recreation Association (PYRA) will hold baseball/softball signups the next two Saturdays at Paradise City Hall 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Co-ed T-ball is 6 and under and Baseball/Softball is 8U through 14U. Sign up cost is $85 per player. A copy of the child’s birth certificate is needed at sign up. For information, contact Baseball Commissioner George Woolsey at 940-210-0569 or George_woolsey@hotmail.com; or Softball Commissioner Shay Thomas at 817-454-7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RODEO TICKETS – Decatur Night at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is Saturday. Tickets cost $25 and are available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Payment must be by cash or check. For information, call Misty Hudson at 940-627-3107.
HEALTH FAIR REGISTRATION – Registration forms for the 2014 Wise County Health Fair are available on the United Way of Wise County website, www.wisecountyunitedway.org. Table space requests are assigned on a first come-first served basis, so vendors are encouraged to return the forms and fees as soon as possible for the prime locations. Deadline for registration is March 21. The fair is 8:30 a.m.-noon April 5 at the Decatur Civic Center. For more information, contact Dena Silvers, registration chair, at email@example.com or 940-627-5080.
HEART HEALTH – The midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today features our annual Heart Health special section. It includes information on maintaining a heart-healthy diet on a budget and a profile of the CHF 360 program for congestive heart failure patients at Wise Regional Health System.
FUNERALS – Service for Jolene Taylor, 61, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Carl L. Wear, 90, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Kenneth C. Huebner, 91, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE service for Frances Ellowayne Folger, 79, of Sunset is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.