Update for Monday, June 25, 2018

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1 ARRESTED, 1 AT LARGE AFTER CHASE – One person was arrested for evading and possession of marijuana, and another person is still at large following a chase that started in Montague County Friday night and ended in Alvord. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Dan Buesing in Wichita Falls said at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, a passenger car with two occupants fled a DPS trooper south on U.S. 81/287 starting in Bowie. The car continued to flee multiple law enforcement units south into the Alvord city limits where the vehicle crossed the center median, drove across northbound traffic and up the roadway embankment. Both occupants fled the vehicle as it came to a stop and ran into the residential neighborhoods. The driver was arrested around 7:30 p.m. hiding in the back of a local vehicle, and was booked into the Wise County jail. The passenger is still at large. He is described as a black male, mid to early 20s, approximately 5’10 to 6’0 tall, wearing blue jeans, white t-shirt with short dark hair. Officers did find a significant amount of marijuana hidden by the passenger during a search of the area with the help of security cameras. In addition to DPS, other agencies involved in the search included Texas Highway Patrol and Aircraft Division, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Montague County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9, Decatur Police and Texas Game Wardens. The incident is still under investigation.

ALVORD POWER OUTAGE – A power outage affected the Alvord area Sunday afternoon. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 1,300 customers in the Alvord area lost power around 4 p.m. Oncor crews were dispatched to the area and found that wind and trees were to blame. Power was restored by 5:30 p.m. Alvord city officials reported that Alvord ISD opened the high school cafeteria to the community while Oncor worked to repair electric service since the high school still had power and air conditioning. Temperatures Sunday afternoon had reached the upper 90s.

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR BURN VICTIM – The Decatur school district is collecting donations to benefit a student who was badly burned last week. Nick Scott, who will be a 7th grader at the schools, was injured last Tuesday in an accident at home. He received severe burns over 50 percent of his body and is at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The school is collecting gift cards for gas, groceries and restaurants as well as snacks that would be easily accessible for the family as they spend time with him at the hospital. Donations will be accepted at the DISD Administration Office 8 a.m.-4 p.m. through Tuesday. Donations will be delivered to the family at Parkland Hospital on Wednesday. A Go Fund Me page has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/help-fire-victim-nickolas-scott.

WISE COUNTY HISTORICAL GROUPS MEET – The monthly Wise County Historical Society Inc. meeting is at noon Thursday, and the quarterly Wise County Historical Commission meeting is at 1 p.m. Thursday. Both meetings will be held in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Speaker this month will be Mike Bell of the East Side Elementary School Alumni Association who will will speak about the organization and the activities they sponsor.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Lydia Mosely at 940-627-5971.

DRUM THE BEAT – Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for Wednesday will be “Drum the Beat.” Children will listen to the book, “Drum Dream Girl,” and then will make their own drums from (mostly) recycled materials. All library programs are held at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm Street, Alvord, and run from 10-11 a.m.

NORTHWEST ISD TO SET BUDGET – Northwest ISD will hold a public hearing on the 2018-19 budget at 6:30 tonight. Trustees will look to pass the budget after the hearing.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight with a workshop for department reports at 5:30 followed by the regular meeting at 6. The agenda includes a first reading of a specific use permit application for a daycare in the South Martin Branch neighborhood and the second reading and possible action on the fire department’s request to charge mitigation rates for services provided. The meeting will take place at city hall, 201 E. Walnut.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Orie Leon Garrett, 79, of Jacksboro is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Ronald Silhan, 63, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Keith Lane, 52, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Soundra Prather, 73, of Decatur is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL graveside for Wanda Hudson, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Sweetwater Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kenny Shaw, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Plainview Cemetery near Krum. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Delbert Taylor, 91, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Veda M. Grimes, 84, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Laverna Barnard, 90, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Glenn Edwin Baines, 75, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

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