BURN BAN LIFTED, SORT OF – The full Wise County burn ban that has been in place since July 10 was lifted Tuesday, according to Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. Powell said in a press release that due to current weather conditions, Wise County Judge J.D. Clark lifted the full ban and reverted back to the ban that is dependent on weather conditions. The National Weather Service has stated the current wet weather pattern will continue for the next several days with isolated heavy rainfall. Powell added it is important for residents to remember the county is still under a burn ban. The ban lifted was the full burn ban issued almost two months ago. That ban prohibited open burning of any kind. Welding was allowed only under certain conditions, and outdoor cooking even had stipulations. The National Weather Service expects relative humidity levels to remain above 50 percent over the next several days, with some heavy rain expected Friday and Saturday. The full ban will be re-evaluated at next Monday’s commissioners meeting. Powell said although it is not required, he highly suggests any resident wanting to burn to call the Wise County dispatch, log the burn and make sure they are able to burn legally.
RAIN REPORT – Parts of Wise County received more than an inch of rain yesterday and overnight. Rainfall totals included 1.31 inches in Decatur, 1.2 in Cottondale, 0.65 in Alvord, 0.6 in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Paradise and 0.1 in Greenwood. Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain with a high near 87 degrees.
VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Volleyball results from Tuesday include the following: Decatur beat Wichita Falls Rider 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 25-27, 25-20). Bridgeport beat Pilot Point 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-21). Boyd beat Ponder 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-9). Godley beat Paradise 3-0 (13-25, 13-25, 14-25). Alvord beat Prairie Valley 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-8).
ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is this weekend at Elm Creek Park. Activities begin Friday night with a cornhole and washer tournament and a 42 tournament. Saturday’s events include a breakfast, pageant, antique car show and shine, bingo, an IBCA barbecue competition, live music and more. The Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will be held Saturday evening. A full schedule is featured in today’s All Around Wise.
UNITED WAY KICKOFF – The United Way of Wise County will hold its kickoff campaign at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. The event includes lunch. The organization has set the goal at $450,000 for this fall’s fundraising efforts. The money from the fall fundraiser will help the 30 agencies it assists.
DUMPS CLOSED – The Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed today.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Balsora Baptist Church will host the singing group Psalms Journey at 6 p.m. Sunday with fellowship afterwards.
FUNERALS – Service for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Betty Pendergrass, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Cemetery in Sayre, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE for Butch Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE for Jack Coffman, 84, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Barbara Dougherty, 78, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Rickey Johnson, 60, of New Fairview is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Reinhard Max Warmuth, 58, of Alvord is noon Saturday at the Roc-N-W-Ranch Equestrian Campground. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling the services.