SLOW BURNING FIRE DESTROYS HOME – Fire destroyed a home just east of Decatur around midday Saturday. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said it was actually the second fire at the house in a three or four day time frame. He said he thinks the original fire in the single-side mobile home started Wednesday or Thursday and was discovered on Friday. The Decatur Fire Department came out and extinguished the fire Friday afternoon, and Beard said that although it had sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, it was still salvageable. Then, the department received a second call around noon Saturday that the fire had rekindled. Decatur responded along with Greenwood/Slidell and Bridgeport fire departments and Wise County EMS. The second fire resulted in the trailer being a total loss, Beard said. He said both fires were caused by electrical malfunctions. The home’s occupants had been gone for about a week-and-a-half. The home is owned by Martha Bible.
WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 1.15 inches in Alvord, 0.5 in Greenwood and 0.26 in Bridgeport and Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of rain with a high of 92.
GOSPEL OPRY – The regular monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward museum expenses.
TRACK RESURFACING APPROVED – The Alvord School Board last Thursday voted to approve the estimated $148,800 resurfacing of the high school track. The project is expected to be completed by July 28 of this year and comes with a five-year warranty. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
CLASS REUNION – The Chico High School Class of 1955 will have a luncheon at Julio’s in downtown Chico 11 a.m. July 11. Bring photos, stories and money for your own lunch. Any upper or lower classmates are also welcome to join them or stop by.
PENMANSHIP CLASS – The Decatur Public Library is having a penmanship class 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays June 15 through July 27. Writers of all ages are welcome, and supplies will be provided, including modern fountain pens. The class will teach American cursive and make your handwriting more legible. The class is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or by calling 940-393-0290.
TRANSPORTATION FACILITY – Northwest ISD hopes to break ground next month on a transportation complex on the site of its future Wise County high school in Rhome. The district is planning to build a complex to house up to 50 buses and to build a pair of offices, a meeting room, gas pumps and a shop on the two acres located off County Road 4651. The district is also working with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, which will use the facility as a substation. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville, formerly of Chico and Paradise, will be private at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Alice Frances Conner, 81, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Addie Ruth Green-Steele, 77, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 5-6 p.m.
SERVICE for Ruth Ezzell, 75 of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.Print This Page