Body recovered from burned home


Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard confirmed at 11:30 a.m. Thursday that a body was recovered from the Chico home that burned earlier in the day.

Beard said he presumes it’s the body of the 14-year-old that was believed to be trapped inside, but he’s awaiting confirmation from the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

The boy’s stepfather, Johnny Hothouse, was originally taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur but will be transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The boy’s mother, Kimberly Wrisner, and little brother, Diesel Hothouse, 2, were also transported from the scene to WRHS but were released before noon.

Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.

 

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Breaking news: Game time bumped up


The start time District 9-3A tiebreaker between Decatur and Gainesville has been bumped up to 5 p.m. in Krum. The game was originally slated for 7. The winner between Decatur/Gainesville is slated play Krum at 8 p.m. Friday in Sanger.

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Weather forces cancellations, delays


Snow continues to fall in Wise County Thursday morning, making road conditions increasingly slick. Wise remains under a winter weather advisory for snow until 2 p.m. Here is the latest list of cancellations or delays for Thursday, Feb. 6:

Paradise ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m. Start of classes Friday will likely be 10 a.m. District officials will re-evaluate the road conditions in the morning.

Boyd ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m.

Bridgeport ISD – Early release at 1:30 p.m.

Decatur ISD – Early release. Buses running at 1:15 p.m. Parents wishing to pick up their child may do so at any time before then.

Chico ISD – Early release. Buses running at 1 p.m. Parents may pick up their children anytime before then 1 p.m. CISD officials expect to have a late start (10 a.m.) Friday, weather permitting.

Bridgeport Municipal Court – afternoon juvenile court appointments have been canceled. Appointments will be reset, and the court will send out notices. For information call 940-683-3420

Weatherford College Wise County – all campuses are canceling classes starting at 11 a.m. College offices will close at noon.

Alvord ISD – closed

Springtown ISD – closed

Wise Dance Center – closed Thursday evening

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Closings and delays for Feb. 6


Due to the inclement weather, a few school districts will be delayed Thursday, Feb. 6. (Updated 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6)

  • Alvord ISD Delayed Start 10am
  • Springtown ISD 2 Hour Delay
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Young teen possibly trapped in burning home


Tragedy struck a Chico home early this morning. Shortly after 4 a.m. a fire was reported at a home located in the 100 block of CR 1639 near Lake Bridgeport’s Wise County Park. A 14-year-old boy who lives at the home was believed to be trapped in a room inside. Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke pouring from the roof. It’s deemed a total loss. The father of the boy was transported to the hospital for burns. The boy’s mother and a two-year-old sibling were also transported. As of 6:30 a.m. a body had not been found as firefighters from several departments continue to try and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Wise County Medics set up a rehab area for firefighters. The firefighters were working to put out the fire in 15 degree weather as snow started to build up on the frozen ground.

 

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UIL Realignment


The University Interscholastic League announced its biennial realignment Monday morning with the renaming of its six classifications from 6A to A. The realignment also included a division split for the first time in its third largest league – the new 4A

Here is a run down of the district’s for football:

  • Decatur landed in 4A Division I’s 4-4A with Burkburnett, Wichita Falls Hirschi, Graham, Mineral Wells and Gainesville.
  • Bridgeport will be in 4A Division II’s 3-4A with Aubrey, Celina, Krum, Anna and Bonham.
  • Northwest remains in the state’s largest classification – 6A – and will be teamed with Denton Guyer, Denton Ryan, Keller, Keller Central, Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek and Byron Nelson in 5-6A.
  • Boyd and Paradise are in 3A Division I’s 4-3A with Breckenridge, Bowie, Ponder and Brock.
  • Chico and Alvord are in Class 2A Division I’s 5-2A with Valley View, Bells, Blue Ridge and Trenton.

For basketball, most of the schools are shuffling to completely different districts.

  • Bridgeport and Decatur will be together in 8-4A with Castleberry, Lake Worth and Springtown.
  • Boyd and Paradise are teamed with Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View in 9-3A.
  • Alvord and Chico are with Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster, Poolville and Valley View in 11-2A.
  • Slidell is in 21-A with Bellevue, Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley, Saint Jo and Tioga.
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Closings and delays for Feb. 3


A winter storm swept across Wise County Sunday leaving some roadways covered in ice and snow. Due to the inclement weather, a few school districts and government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 3. (Updated 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2)

Alvord ISD: Closed

Boyd: 2-hour delay

Bridgeport ISD: Closed

Bridgeport VA Clinic: Opening at 10 a.m.

Chico ISD: Closed

Chico City Hall: Opening at noon

Decatur ISD: Closed

Learning Ladder: Closed

Paradise: Opening at 10 a.m.

Pettit Private School: Closed

Victory Christian Academy: Closed

Weatherford College Wise County: Closed

Wise County government offices: Opening at 10 a.m.

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Drivers beware hazardous, wreck-prone roads as snow pelts county


All drivers need to take extreme caution when hitting roadways today. Accidents are being reported on almost all major roads. Freezing rain, sleet and large flakes of snow pelted Wise County from early morning until early afternoon. Slick and icy conditions have led to wrecks and rollovers in Alvord, Rhome, Decatur, Newark, Aurora, Slidell and Greenwood. No life-threatening injuries have been reported but firefighters, medics and law enforcement officers have worked nonstop today responding to calls. Roads that have been slowed down or temporarily shut down include FM 51, FM 718, U.S. 287 and Texas 114.

A one-ton truck hauling heavy equipment on U.S. 287 just north of Decatur was one of dozens of accidents due to the snow and sleet storm Sunday. Photo by Joe Duty.

A one-ton truck hauling heavy equipment on U.S. 287 just north of Decatur was one of dozens of accidents due to the snow and sleet storm Sunday. Photo by Joe Duty.

 

Trucks dump sand on highways Sunday to counter effects of slick roads caused by winter storm. Photo by Joe Duty.

Trucks dump sand on highways Sunday to counter effects of slick roads caused by winter storm. Photo by Joe Duty.

 

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Home lost, but firefighters save seven pets in fire


Decatur firefighter Armando Fernandez emerged from a house filled with flames and smoke cradling a one-week-old black puppy in his gloved hands. “Oh thank God!” gasped neighbor Emma Pack, as firefighters rescued the last of all seven animals trapped inside a single-story home that caught fire this morning on Private Road 4435  several miles southeast of Decatur near New Fairview.

Decatur firefighter Armando Fernandez rescues a one-week-old puppy from a burning home Wednesday morning. Photo by Joe Duty.

Decatur firefighter Armando Fernandez rescues a one-week-old puppy from a burning home Wednesday morning. Photo by Joe Duty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candice Taylor was living at the home with her 11 and 16-year-old daughters. No one was home though when the fire erupted. Although Decatur, Rhome and East Wise fire departments all responded within moments, most of the home was consumed by fire and turned to ash and smoke blowing in the chill morning  wind. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard surmised it would be a total loss. It was too early in the investigation to determine what caused the fire. Wise County Medics were also on hand. The fire was first reported shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. As of 1 p.m. firefighters were still fighting to prevent the flames from spreading.

Firefighters from Decatur, Rhome and East Wise responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Private Raod 4435 Wednesday morning. Photo by Joe Duty.

Firefighters from Decatur, Rhome and East Wise responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Private Raod 4435 Wednesday morning. Photo by Joe Duty.

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Fire destroys Balsora-area home


A grass fire caught a home on fire in far west Wise County Saturday evening. A passerby saw the home on fire and alerted the homeowner, Arthur “Curly” Talmage, 91, who was in a workshop on the property at 329 Private Road 3706 west of Balsora. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Talmage had been burning trash in a burn barrel earlier in the day, and a small grass fire had started. Talmage put the fire out, but it apparently rekindled about an hour later before spreading to the one-story, wood-frame home. He was not injured. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. Boonsville/Balsora, Cottondale, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Lake Bridgeport and Jack County Rural fire departments responded along with Wise County EMS. Beard said the home will be a total loss.

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Suspects arrested after chase


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A man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading officers on a chase north of Chico.

At 2 p.m. a homeowner on County Road 1480 saw the couple taking tools from his shop. The homeowner called 911 and began following the suspects. He saw them throw tools from their vehicle. Wise County sheriff’s deputy Steven Yancey and Sgt. Cavin Riggs finally stopped the vehicle on Farm Road 2265. Inside they discovered items taken from the homeowner, as well as additional items that were likely stolen from other homes in the area.

A positive I.D. of the suspects is pending. The man told officers he’s from the Azle area, but the woman is not cooperating.

If you saw this vehicle in the area of FM 2265 today, call Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jim Rodgers at 940-627-5971. They also recommend that homeowners in the area check their homes, shops and barns for missing tools or household items.

Both suspects are in Wise County Jail.

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Three dogs rescued in Boyd house fire


Rescue workers arrived in time to quickly quell a house in fire and safely rescue three dogs trapped inside this morning in Boyd. An off-duty deputy passing by happened to notice heavy smoke billowing from the top of a brick home located in the 100 block of Smith Street. He called 911 and within moments Wise County Medics, Boyd PD and firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Rhome all responded.

Firefighters break into attic to ensure fire has stopped. Photo by Jimmy Alford.

Firefighters break into attic to ensure fire has stopped. Photo by Jimmy Alford.

Boyd ESD No. 1 Fire Chief Randy Ingram said the fire appeared to start in the attic over the garage. The cause is unknown at this time. Wise County Animal Control officer arrived to check on the dogs, which were all in good health. Homeowner Shelly Rodgers lives there with her son. Neither were home when the fire started. And it appears firefighters were able to save the structure.

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Boil water notice lifted


The City of Bridgeport’s boil water notice has been lifted.  The notice had been in effect since last Thursday’s major water leak, and another on Friday, left the city without water for parts of three days. The city is still asking residents to conserve water. “The towers are making progress daily thanks to your efforts,” said Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman in an emailed statement Tuesday. “Please be conscious of your water usage as we continue to get them filled and avoid any activities that use large amounts of water. Also, please be aware of your usage during peak times of the day (before work/school, lunchtime and after work).”

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1 injured in Monday night wreck


A Decatur man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Monday night.

The man, whose name was not available at the scene, was the driver of a silver pickup, the only vehicle involved in the wreck, which was reported just after 10 p.m.

Investigators believe he had taken the exit off of U.S. 287 near McDonald’s in Decatur and turned left onto Washburn Street. It appears he veered to the right, jumped the curb and slammed into the concrete wall underneath the 287 overpass.

The extent of his injuries were not known, but investigators believe a medical issue was a factor in the wreck.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Grass fires force home evacuations


Multiple grass fires were reported on Farm Road 2264 between Farm Road 407 and Hilltop Trail, forcing evacuations and a road closure in New Fairview.

Units from East Wise, Rhome and Newark were dispatched to the blazes, which were toned out just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

In addition, sheriff’s deputies are responding for traffic control and to evacuate nearby homes.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Water conservation request still in effect


Because of the severity of the water leak in the city of Bridgeport, city officials again stress the importance of conserving water over the next several days. This will enable the water plant and water towers to fill to capacity.

“Please understand the importance of limiting or avoiding activities that involve using large volumes of water such as running the dishwasher, doing multiple loads of laundry, watering or washing your vehicle,” Community Relations Amber Fogelman said.

Residents must continue to boil water for cooking, drinking (including in your coffee pot) and making ice until further notice.

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Water slow to reach residents


Although the leak in Bridgeport has been repaired, many citizens still find themselves without water as of Saturday morning.

According to Bridgeport Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman, it will take time.

“The water takes time to get through the lines, and the difference between yesterday and today is that more people are home, and the water was turned on about four hours later so we are working on a later time frame,” she said.

She added that the towers will likely not fill up until tonight when people are sleeping and not using water.

Residents are asked to conserve water. It is OK to shower and bathe, but residents are asked to refrain from doing laundry, running the dishwasher or any other activity that uses larges volumes of water until tomorrow.

A boil water notice is in effect. The city released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.”

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Crews repair leak


As of 5 a.m. Saturday, the water leak that left the city of Bridgeport without water for a second consecutive day, has been fixed and water is “heading back to town.”

According to Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman, it will take several hours to fill the water lines and water towers.

Residents are asked to conserve water. It is OK to shower and bathe, but residents are asked to refrain from doing laundry, running the dishwasher or any other activity that uses larges volumes of water until water gets through the lines and begins filling the tower.

A boil water notice is in effect. The city released a statement saying, “To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.”

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DHS showers available to Bridgeport residents


Decatur ISD has opened the showers at the high school for Bridgeport residents in need. They will be open from 10 p.m. to midnight tonight and 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow. Residents must bring their own towel and toiletries.

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Water line ruptures, again


A water line that ruptured and was repaired Thursday in the city of Bridgeport blew again Friday afternoon, leaving citizens without water.

Community Relations Manager Amber Fogelman said the leak was reported around 4:30 p.m. and was expected to take “several hours” to fix.

Bottled water is available at the police department.

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