Thursday, January 11, 2018

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CHANCE FOR SNOW – Winter could make a return to Wise County this afternoon. After a seasonably warm day Wednesday, a strong cold front will arrive this morning with 25 to 30 mph winds. Moisture will follow in the afternoon after temperatures drop in the mid to low 30s, bringing a chance for sleet and snow. Forecasters are feeling increasingly confident that our area will see some sort of precipitation, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation this afternoon. “The strong winds will be the main story,” said Mark Fox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “During the afternoon, a band of light snow and sleet could move through between 3 and 6 p.m. We’re not expecting much accumulation or travel problems because the system will be move through so fast.” The wintry precipitation could cause a few issues on bridges and overpasses. Wise County is under both a winter weather advisory and a wind advisory today. After the front arrives, temperatures will remain cool through the upcoming weekend. The high Saturday is expected to be in the high 30s. Another round of wintry weather could hit the area Monday evening with another system arriving and low temperatures in the 20s. Fox said his office will be monitoring the developing system.

ROAD CLOSURE – Texas 114 will be closed at the railroad bridge in Bridgeport from 8 tonight to 5 a.m. Friday for bridge maintenance work.

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.

CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION – Before the opening of filing for candidates Jan. 17 for the May 5 election, Decatur ISD will hold an information session for prospective board members 6 tonight at the administration building. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis and trustees will take part in the session. The school board will have three spots on the ballot – the seats of Place 5 Matt Joiner, Place 6 Kevin Haney and Place 7 Marsha Hafer.

MLK DAY CELEBRATION – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Johns Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51 in Decatur.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will hold a citizens police academy beginning Feb. 6. The class is free, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. Applications are available at the DPD and at decaturtx.org and the department’s Facebook page. Call Sgt. Royce Gastineau, 940-393-0300.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Shade Plants” presented by Parker County Master Gardner Carol Welch. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

FUNERALS – Service for Jacklyn Murphree, 31, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Samuel Black, 77, of Chico is 1 p.m. Friday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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.

SERVICE for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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

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

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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