Update for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED – Wise County is under a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Friday as rain, freezing rain and snow are in the forecast for the next couple of days. Freezing rain is expected to develop late tonight and continue overnight with a transition to snow possible on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Total snow accumulations of 1-3 inches and ice accumulations of 0.1 to 0.2 inches are possible. Today’s forecast includes a chance of freezing rain before 11 a.m. and then rain likely this afternoon with a high near 34 degrees.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER – An Arlington man has been arrested for attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Newark two weeks ago. Jamar Christopher Taltom-Gipson, 26, was arrested Sunday and remained in the Wise County Jail with bond set at $75,000 Wednesday morning. According to a press release from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of County Road 4873 in Newark around 1:40 a.m. Dec. 18 and found Mark Anthony Barajas, 21, of Fort Worth lying along the roadside with an apparent gunshot wound in the back of the head. Wise County EMS transported Barajas to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he has remained in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office. “Evidence indicated the shooting incident occurred during the course of a methamphetamine transaction and an ensuing robbery at South Wise County Park. More than 2 ounces of methamphetamine was found during the crime scene search,” the sheriff’s office said in the press release. An arrest warrant for Taltom-Gipson was issued the same day for attempted capital murder, a first degree felony. Since that time, the sheriff’s office had searched for Taltom-Gipson with the help of the Texas Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, Fort Worth Police Department and Arlington Police Department.

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE CHANGE – The Decatur boys basketball game against Midlothian Heritage originally scheduled for today at 2:30 p.m. has been moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. due to expected winter weather. Wise County is under a winter weather advisory until Friday morning.

HOLIDAY HOOPS RESULTS – The Decatur Eagles won the boys blue division at the Whataburger Tournament, knocking off Argyle 50-47 in the championship game last Saturday. Decatur is now 20-2 overall and the No. 6 ranked team in Class 4A. In Gainesville, the Decatur Lady Eagles won the NCTC Tournament, beating Nocona 53-45 in the championship. Katie Hale was named tournament MVP and the Lady Eagles improved to 19-4 overall. They open District 8-4A play Friday at home against Springtown. Elsewhere, Slidell went 4-0 at the Windthorst Tournament, as Slayton Pruett was named tournament MVP. He averaged 17 points per game, helping the Greyhounds improve to 16-6 overall. Paradise was also in action at the Windthorst Tournament, going 3-1. The Panthers are now 11-8 overall. Tuesday’s girls basketball scores include Bridgeport 38, Glen Rose 23; and Alvord 48, Bellevue 41.

U.S. 81/287 CONSTRUCTION POSTPONED – The Texas Department of Transportation’s and Oncor’s planned lane closures on U.S. 81/287 at Farm Road 1810 north of Decatur Thursday between 10 p.m. and midnight have been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The project has not been rescheduled at this time.

MOVIE DAY – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Paddington 2” at the Arcadia Theater Thursday. Three free showings will be at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before movie starts. Concessions will be available for sale.

STORY TIME IN RHOME – The Rhome Public Library will host Story Time Hour every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The new story time leader is Deb Duckwall. She is starting a new literary-based program. All pre-school age children are welcome. Stories, craft and snack are provided.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – The trash collection schedule will be different from normal this week in Decatur due to the New Year’s holiday. Tuesday’s normal collection will take place today, today’s normal recycling will take place on Thursday, Thursday’s normal trash collection will be on Friday and Friday’s normal collection will be Saturday.

FUNERALS – Service for Arnie Deaton, 80, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

PRIVATE service for Jay H. Erickson, 81, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Weldon Dawson, 69, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Stella (Morris) Massey Helf, 85, formerly of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Tom Harris, 90, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Memorial Cemetery of College Station. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Norman Richey, 80, and Ben Bryan, 72, both of Chico and Paul Burr, 71, of Runaway Bay are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Sandra Bramlett, 64, of Santo will be at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Walker Van Zandt, 77, of Montague is 11 a.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mary Haskett, 91, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

SERVICE for Evan Cowart, 73, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jerry Wayne Hopkins, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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