Update for Friday, October 5, 2018

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MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON IN BARCLAY FIRE – An Alvord man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with arson causes bodily injury, a first degree felony, in connection with the large wildfire near Alvord in August. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Robert Charles Russell, 55, was arrested around mid-afternoon Thursday at a travel trailer where he has been living on the Barclay Salvage yard property, where the Aug. 3 fire began. Akin said Russell refused to answer the door for deputies serving the arrest warrant, so the officers made forced entry. Once officers made entry into the home, Russell did not resist arrest, Akin said. Firefighters from more than 20 fire departments battled the intense blaze, and two firefighters were injured – one with a broken leg and another who suffered heat exhaustion at the August fire. The fire burned approximately 450 acres near County Road 2391 between Alvord and Decatur, and it caused extensive damage at the salvage yard, where hundreds of vehicles were destroyed.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – While it is a bye week for many local teams, others will take the field for the sixth week of the high school football season. Tonight’s games include Fort Worth Eastern Hills at Northwest, Ponder at Paradise, Tioga at Alvord and Archer City at Chico.

VOLLEYBALL – Tonight’s volleyball schedule includes Denton at Northwest, Decatur vs. Lovejoy, Bridgeport at Argyle, Millsap at Paradise, Boyd at Brock and Perrin at Chico. Valley View will travel to Alvord Saturday.

RAIN CHANCES INCREASE – Rain returns to the forecast this weekend and early next week. Rain chances will be between 40 and 50 percent Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid-to-low 80s. With the recent rains, Wise County is no longer in a drought according to information released this week.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. This will be the last Cruise Nights event for 2018. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors. For information call 940-399-9558.

BENEFIT STREET DANCE ON SATURDAY – Wise County Street Dance, benefiting local fire departments, is Saturday, immediately following Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square. Zach Nytomt will open the night at 8 p.m., followed by Zac Wilkerson playing until 11 p.m. The stage will be set up on Trinity Street. There will be food trucks on site, but the event is BYOB. Admission is free, but donations for the fire departments will be accepted. You can also contribute by participating in the silent auction at Parker Properties, 206 W. Main Street, or buying raffle tickets for an AR-15 and a handgun. T-shirts will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the fire departments, and Air Evac Lifeteam will have a helicopter available for photos on the city hall parking lot.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – The Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church will hold the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi 10 a.m. Saturday, at 5094 U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. All pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. The church is accepting donations of pet supplies to be distributed between the Wise County Animal Shelter and the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport.

MORE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – The community is invited to bring their pets to a traditional Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 905 S. Church St. in Decatur. The church is holding the event in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Be sure your dogs are leashed and cats contained in carriers. The church is also collecting cat litter, bleach and puppy food to be donated to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon Oct. 8 at Pizza Hut. The speaker of the month will be Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. For information, call Mike Bell, 940-799-1077.

SEEKING ART FESTIVAL VENDORS – Art Beat is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27 on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Booth space is available, and potential vendors with handmade art should call Kim McElroy at 940-393-2567 to reserve space. Deadline is Oct. 7.

DANCE MINI CAMP – The DHS Eagle Dolls will host a dance mini camp Oct. 10-12. Cost is $40, and children from 4 years to 8th grade can participate. Forms may be found at all of the campuses, on the Eagle Dolls’ webpage, and linked on their Instagram.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Free barbecue will be served to all veterans and family members of veterans.

PLANT SALE – The Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a patio plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s in Bridgeport. All plant sales will go to a partner rescue solely to be used for the animals at this shelter.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur will host a fall festival at noon Sunday. It will include a raffle, games and prizes.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE – The Boonsville Community Center’s community yard sale, craft and bake sale and barbecue is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call Margaret, 940-748-2532 or email boonsvillecommunitycenter@gmail.com.

FUNDRAISER WALK – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will hold a “Once Around the Square” at the square in Jacksboro Saturday. This is a “race” for everyone. Join them for a race/stroll/walk/crawl around the Jacksboro Square at 11 a.m. to raise funds for Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. KWKQ 94.7 FM will hold a live broadcast. Call Janice at 940-626-4585 or visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/264554341020328/?active_tab=discussion.

BENEFIT CONCERT – The Kody Norris Band will play a bluegrass music concert at the Crafton Baptist Church Recreation Hall 2 p.m. Sunday. The Crafton Cemetery Association is sponsoring the band for their fundraiser. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Admission and lunch is $10 per person.

FUNERALS – Memorial will be held at a later date for Ross Steven Moore, 25, of Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harlan Buckner, 90, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Gerald Teague, 77, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL Service for Peter (Pete) Micheal Sturges, 62, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark.

GRAVESIDE service for Louise Athey, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Janice (McDaniel) Chapman Garrett, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Jones-Bridgeport.

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