Update for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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RAINY DAY – Heavy rain was falling in Wise County as Update was going to press this morning. Rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 1.15 inches in Alvord, 1 in Bridgeport and 0.3 in Decatur. Rain is expected to continue throughout much of the day. A number of wrecks were reported just before 8 a.m., including a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur and a two-vehicle crash on Texas 114 in Aurora.

WATER DISTRICT EYES NEW RULES FOR WELL SPACING – Next year the minimum lot size for drilling a water well in Wise County could increase to five acres from the currently required two. The change is in the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s rules update, a draft of which could be released after its meeting Monday. UTGCD General Manager Doug Shaw said the release of the draft would be followed by public hearings in all four counties in which the district oversees groundwater permitting and conservation – Hood, Montague, Parker and Wise. After addressing comments from the hearings, the rules could be adopted in early 2019. Shaw said the change is to increase spacing between wells and protect aquifer resources that have been reduced due to an influx of drilling in the past decade. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 31st annual Newark Cruisin’ Days is Thursday through Saturday at 406 Hudson St. The event benefits the volunteer fire department. The carnival opens 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event will feature live music, bingo, vendors, cake auction, raffle drawing and fire department awards. Saturday’s schedule includes a parade at 10 a.m., car show at 2 p.m., followed by a barbecue dinner 5:30-7 p.m. The dance is 8-11 p.m. For more information call Dawn Killough, 817-692-4959.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The Greenwood Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and there will be craft booths, a silent auction and train rides for the kids. It’s sponsored by Greenwood Extension Education Club and proceeds are donated to several local charities.

CHICO FEST – The Chico Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its annual Chico Fest Oct. 20. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330 or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. You can download a voter registration form at wcmess.com/voterregistration. Forms must be received at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur by 5 p.m. today.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

FUNERALS – 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 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Norman Steirling Sheardown, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Azle is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICES for Charlotte Tackett, 67, and Glenda Kunau, 69, both of Azle are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur.

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