WISE DECLARED DISASTER AREA – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has issued a disaster declaration for Wise County due to drought conditions. Wise is one of five counties designated as primary disaster areas along with Dallas, Denton, Parker and Tarrant. Farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. This is in addition to the Livestock Forage Program which offers relief for grazing losses due to drought. For more information contact the Farm Service Agency at the USDA Service Center in Decatur, 940-627-2268, ext. 2.
BURN BAN RENEWED – Outdoor burning is still prohibited in Wise County, but commissioners did tweak the document Monday for its renewal. The full burn ban was renewed for 30 days through the end of September. The renewal includes a clause, effective immediately, allowing County Judge J.D. Clark to lift the ban or revert to a Red Flag/elevated fire danger burn ban, based on the weather. “My recommendation is to extend the current burn ban for 30 days but if we do get another significant rain event come through, we could either revert back or lift it,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. “The northwestern part of the county is still very, very dry.” Read more in today’s All Around Wise.
TASTE OF WISE – The 8th Annual Taste of Wise is 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. For $10, you can sample food, drinks and appetizers from restaurants across the county. There will also be live entertainment, door prizes and cash giveaways. The event is split into two different sessions: 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. To buy 5 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste5. To buy 7 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste7. You can also buy tickets at the door. Entertainment is Judi Conger, Dakota Burns, Jerry and Lisa Burnett, and Brandon Gentry.
CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors. For information call 940-399-9558.
VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Bridgeport rallied to beat 3A powerhouse Peaster in five sets (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, 15-13). Tiffany Wootton led the Sissies with 15 kills. Northwest swept Richland (25-21, 25-14, 25-19). Makenna Miller and Kori James buried nine kills each. Haltom swept the Paradise Lady Panthers (16-25, 19-25, 16-25). Ashley Kosman led Paradise in kills with five. Kennedy Schneck dished out 10 assists. The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Boswell 3-1 on the road (27-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19). Satasha Kostelecky served the game-winning ace, and recorded eight kills and nine blocks. The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Azle (25-12, 25-13, 25-15). Jordyn Todd led Boyd with 14 kills. Delaney Pellegrini buried nine kills, made five blocks and hit .409. Petrolia beat Alvord in five sets (17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 9-15). Kinly Walker recorded 15 kills and 24 digs for the Lady Bulldogs in the loss.
BACK THE BLUE GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Police Department’s fourth annual Back the Blue Glow Ball golf tournament is Sept. 15 at Bridgeport Country Club. The four-person best ball tournament starts at 4 p.m. Registration is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes a meal, glow balls and prizes. All proceeds benefit the department’s scholarship fund. Contact the Decatur Police Department, 940-393-0300.
ENGLISH CLASSES – The HOPE program of First Baptist Church Decatur will host registration for English classes today. Registration will be held 5-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. A meal will be served to those registering. ESL classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Education Building on campus of the church.
FALL SPORTS PREVIEW – The high school football season kicks off this week, and you’ll find previews of all our Wise County teams in the Messenger’s annual Fall Sports Preview in today’s All Around Wise.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Betty Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Jerry A. Doss, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Chan Stuart Horne Sr., 73, of Springtown is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.