Update for Thursday, December 6, 2018

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FIRE DESTROYS MOTOR HOME – A fire consumed a motor home stored near the 1100 block of Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur Wednesday night. Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Nate Mara said the motor home was likely unoccupied after initial investigation. At 10:04 p.m. Decatur police officers were on patrol when they noticed a light in the field where the motor home was stored, notifying the Decatur Fire Department. A blaze broke out, but was contained within minutes by the fire department. “PD was doing their standard night patrols and happened to glance over and thought it looked out of character for it to be lit up and it was actually on fire,” Mara said. Boyd Fire assisted in the containment effort. Mara said wind and the Decatur Fire Department’s efforts helped prevent what could have been a more serious situation, with a fuel storage tank and other structures stored nearby the motor home. “The guys did a good job of knocking down the body of the fire and the wind helped us out a little bit blowing away from the storage tanks. Had the wind been blowing in a different direction it could have been a little different.”

RAIN ON ITS WAY – This afternoon’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain before rain chances increase to 100 percent Friday. Saturday’s forecast includes a 90 percent chance of rain and a 30 percent chance of rain or snow Saturday night.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – The 4A Division I quarterfinal between Decatur and Hereford is 6 p.m. today at AT&T Jones Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

SPORTSMAN’S BANQUET – The Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association is having a Sportsman’s Banquet 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Decatur Conference Center. There will a social hour, raffles and a silent auction starting at 6, followed by a steak dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction featuring hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventure-related items will be held at the end of the night. Buy tickets online at dyfba.com. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of Decatur 4-H and FFA projects at the 2019 Youth Fair Auction.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting the Women’s Ministry of County Line Cowboy Church is 9 a.m. today and Friday at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn, Decatur.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport for their Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive. The price of admission to the party is an unwrapped toy which will be donated to Wise Hope. More information about upcoming events and meetings can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook at Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – The First Baptist Church in Decatur this weekend is performing “The Gift of Christmas,” a holiday extravaganza featuring 50 singers, a children’s choir and a 30-foot Christmas tree. The show is 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free tickets can be picked up at the church office, 1200 Preskitt Road. Large groups are encouraged to call the church at 940-627-3235 to reserve seats.

WISE COUNTY CHAMBER AWARDS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 awards dinner will be at 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. The business, citizen, and director of the year, along with the board of directors will be honored. Online tickets are available at wiscountychamber.com.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT – Christmas Night Out in downtown Bridgeport is 5-7 tonight. Shoppers can sip wassail on Halsell, follow the Christmas Cookie Crawl and even get their photo taken with Santa’s sleigh.

PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES – For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff include Wise County Red Cross team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. Columns on all five nominees are featured in Wednesday’s All Around Wise. The winner will be named in the Jan. 2 issue. You can weigh in by voting online at wcmess.com/person2018. Voting is open through Dec. 14.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruth Weatherly Fellers, 91, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen Ray Meadows, 62, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for James Morrow, 72, of Alvord is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charley Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Rolando Rosa, 55, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Family Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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