Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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RED FLAG WARNING – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Red Flag Warning for Wise County until 7 p.m. today due to critical fire conditions. According to the county’s burn ban, no outside burning is allowed today. It is expected to be sunny and windy today with a high around 74 degrees with south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph. Fire departments have already been busy responding to grass fires. Last night around 10 p.m., Boyd, Cottondale, Paradise, Rhome and Newark fire departments responded to a 10-acre grass fire on County Road 4591. The fire was reported contained at 11:19.

HOOPS SCORES – Basketball results from last night include (boys) Northwest 63, Chisholm Trail 51; Argyle 48, Decatur 29; Sanger 48, Bridgeport 44; City View 49, Boyd 46; Henrietta 55, Paradise 42; Alvord 38, Chico 19; (girls) Bridgeport 52, Sanger 29; Argyle 50, Decatur 23; Paradise 53, Henrietta 37; Boyd 62, City View 34; and Alvord 50, Chico 25.

CLOSING ARGUMENTS – Both the state and the defense rested and closed yesterday in the murder trial of former Wise County resident Jake Abel. Closing arguments in the trial, which began two weeks ago, are scheduled for this morning before the jury begins deliberations. The case is being heard in 271st District Court in Decatur.

UTILITY ASSISTANCE – Wise Area Relief Mission will be setting appointments for residents and clients needing assistance with utility bills today. Prospective clients are required to call WARM between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Face to face interviews will be held Feb. 2 and 7. “That will give us time to prepare,” said WARM Executive Director Rene Ashmore. “When they call, they need their bill in hand so we can get details, due date, if there is a disconnection notice, name on the account and account number.”

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday afternoon from Feb. 5 through April 16. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Please bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. It helps to bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/. Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – Weatherford College has opened its online scholarship application system for 2018-19 academic year scholarships provided by the WC Foundation. To start the application process, students should visit wc.edu/scholarships and use their existing “MyWC” login credentials to enter the system. Students must have completed the overall WC application to apply for scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 24. The scholarships will begin in the fall 2018 semester, and many awards will renew for spring 2019, pending fall GPAs.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will hold the 12th annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Ball. The dance, which will include music and hors d’oeuvres, will have two times: 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcomed. To purchase tickets, call Hillary Swift, 940-595-4955, or visit djwcddd.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ryan Alden Munnerlyn, 28, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Beverly A. Coffey, 60, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Twyligh Shaffer, 89, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Wayne Niblett, 79, of Paradise is 10 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Annie Wood, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Warren C. Crain, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Eric Hodge, 42, of Conway, Ark., is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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