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Update for Thursday, July 5, 2018

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RECORD-SETTING JUNE – We set a new record for the lowest rainfall amount in the month of June last month. According to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur, we officially received 0.31 of an inch of rain for the month. The previous low for the month was 0.45 in 1977, according to records dating back to 1974. While we didn’t get much rain, we did get hot temperatures. We recorded seven days of 100 degrees or more, and our average high temperature for the month was 96.8 degrees. Temperatures ranged from a high of 104 on June 22 to a low of 64 on June 4.

FIRE THREAT REMAINS – Wise County remains under threat of elevated fire danger today, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s forecast includes a high of 96 and a 20 percent chance of rain tonight.

FOURTH OF JULY GRASS FIRES – Numerous grass fires were reported around Wise County yesterday, with many reportedly started by fireworks. Remember that the county is under a burn ban.

BBQ FUNDRAISER – The Sand Flat Fire Department is holding its annual barbecue fundraiser 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at its station, 745 County Road 1744. Silent and live auctions will be held along with two large ticket raffles.

BAKE SALE – Bridgeport FFA will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. It is a fundraiser for the group to attend the state convention.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets at noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Liz Hubbard with Feeding Wise Kids will be guest speaker.

FUNERALS – Service for Eulane Vansickle, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sam Renshaw, 95, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Callie Fennell, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. today prior to service at Hawkins-Decatur.

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

MEMORIAL service for William Allen “Bill” Parker Jr., 66, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ronald Tackel, 64, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Norma Throckmorton, 75, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for June Vannoy, 89, is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Ringgold Cemetery in Ringgold. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Linda Reiderer, 58, of Justin is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Eula Mae Green, 98, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ross H. Redding, 71, of Chico is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.