Friday, January 12, 2018

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FIRE DESTROYS AURORA HOME – An Aurora couple’s home was destroyed by fire Thursday night. Just after 9:30 p.m. Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments were called to 403 Circle Del Rio Drive. Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said when his crews arrived there was heavy fire on the back side of the house, and fire was shooting over the roof. “We got hold of it and stopped it pretty quick,” Taylor said. He added that Newark and Boyd fire departments arrived on scene at the same time, which helped them get control of the blaze quickly. “To have that much fire and the wind blowing like it is, it’s amazing the structure is still standing,” Taylor said. The couple who lived in the home escaped without injury. Taylor said the residents saw smoke billowing from around the refrigerator, so they called 911 and got out of the house. Their names were not available on scene. In addition to Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments, Wise County medics were called to the scene and Haslet Fire Department covered the Newark FD’s district until they cleared the scene. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

MOTHER GIVEN 4-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CHILD ABUSE – A former Wise County resident was sentenced to prison Thursday after a jury returned a four-year verdict after finding her guilty of causing a broken leg in her 1-month-old child in November of 2015. Rachael Michelle Mainers, 26, of Azle, formerly of Chico, was found guilty of the state jail felony charge of criminal negligence injury to a child causes serious bodily injury. She had been charged by prosecutors with a second degree felony charge of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury, but the jury found her guilty of the lesser charge. But the jury also found that Mainers used a deadly weapon – her hands – while causing the injury, which enhanced the punishment range to a third degree felony of 2 to 10 years in prison. She was also eligible for probation. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

COLD WEEKEND AHEAD – Wise County saw brief snow flurries and sleet yesterday afternoon, but it did not cause any issues on roadways. A cold front dropped temperatures to around 20 overnight, and today’s high will be around 42. Saturday’s high will be around 38, and Sunday’s high is expected to reach 48. Overnight lows tonight and tomorrow should be in the mid- to low-20s.

SOCK HOP – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a Mother Son Sock Hop 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. The other dumpsites (Boyd and Cottondale) will close on the following business day, Wednesday Jan. 17.

8 DAYS IN PARADISE – This weekend is your last chance to see “Eight Days in Paradise,” a one-act play about the eight days Charles Urschel was held captive in Boss Shannon’s rundown farmhouse near Paradise. Urschel was kidnapped in 1933 from his Oklahoma City home at gunpoint by Machine Gun Kelly and Albert Bates. The play features local actors, including members of the Shannon family. The last two performances are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at wcmess.com/eightdays or at the door.

COMMUTERS BEWARE – Wise County commuters into Denton County could face potential delays Friday evening through Monday morning on Texas 114. The highway will be closed below the Farm Road 156 bridge, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. It is expected to be closed through Monday morning. In an email to Northwest ISD, the Texas Department of Transportation did not provide an expected completion time Monday. But it is expected to last through rush-hour traffic. FM 156 will remain open with limited flag crews to provide guidance if needed. Northwest ISD schools and facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newark Public Library.

FUNERALS – Service for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jacklyn Murphree, 31, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Samuel Black, 77, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Warren Reisch, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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