UPDATE

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


BRIDGEPORT HOUSE FIRE – A Bridgeport home in the 1500 block of 13th Street was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. The single-story wood structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene just after noon. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said crews began with an external attack before moving inside the structure after knocking the flames down. Bridgeport Police Officer Lee Snodgrass said the homeowner, Jose Martinez, was also on scene at the time of the fire and was moving vehicles away from the flames when Snodgrass arrived. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said Martinez and a family member lived at the home. Washburn said the home had not been connected to city utilities for four months and is not insured. Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Wise County EMS also responded to assist with heat rehabilitation for firefighters as temperatures hit 90 degrees on the street outside the home. Bridgeport Police Officers provided traffic control around the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office.

JUNE RAINFALL – Wise County experienced its wettest month of the year yet in June with 6.19 inches of rain recorded in the month. That’s above the average rainfall amount of 4.43 inches for June. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 100 on June 23 to a low of 61 on June 7.

TUESDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall amounts from yesterday included 0.9 of an inch in Decatur, 0.64 in Rhome, 0.6 in Cottondale, 0.45 in Alvord and 0.27 in Bridgeport.

WASHER CHALLENGE – Wise County’s Guinness World Record for “washer tossing” is being challenged by a group from East Hants, Nova Scotia. An internet post by a man who calls himself Terry “The Legend” Isenor says he hopes to have 500 competitors for the competition July 15-16. “We’re going to show those Texans what washer tossing is all about,” Isenor brags. Wise County captured the Guinness World Record in 2015 during the Old Settlers Reunion at the “Put yo money where yo mouth is” washer tossing competition. East Hance is a city of 22,500 people in Canada.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Public Works dumpsites in Boyd and Cottondale will close today for the Independence Day holiday. Regular dumpsite information can be found on the county website www.co.wise.tx.us.

PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING ACTIVITY – Alvord Public Library’s theme for today’s Summer Reading program will be “One Plastic Bag.” Participants will re-purpose plastic (Wal-Mart-type) shopping bags into braided jump ropes. All Summer Reading programs are held 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Alvord City Hall.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Agnes Laverne Rotton, 85, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amber Lynn Hunter, 52, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ronnie Smith, 74 of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lois Peery, 87, formerly of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clifford B. Dudley, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL MASS for Clarence W. Pennartz, 83, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Neita Gaugh, 63, of Decatur and Lewis Miller, 76 of Aurora will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James A. Gray, 53, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for John “Sonny” Richard Key, 71, of Bridgeport and Lois Juracek of Arlington are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy (Jim) Fennell, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Sweetwater Cemetery.

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