WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:57:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thursday, March 5, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-march-5-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-march-5-2015/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:56 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88194

ANOTHER SNOW DAY – Freezing rain began falling in Wise County yesterday afternoon, creating a thin glaze of ice on most everything, including roads. The precipitation transitioned into snow, which fell heavy at times, around 9:30 or 10 p.m. Snowfall reports included 4 inches in Decatur and 1.5 in Alvord. A fallen tree limb caused more than 500 Oncor customers in Chico to lose power for about three hours before power was restored at 10:40 p.m., according to Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Other outages were reported in Runaway Bay and Boonsville, but those outages only lasted about half an hour. Wind speeds over 20 mph and temperatures in the mid 20s made for a chilly evening for anyone outside. Roadways began to ice over after 5 p.m. in Wise County. An 18-wheeler was reported jackknifed around 8 p.m. at U.S. 380 and FM 1658. According to our WCM Weather 1 team in the field, a few icy spots were reported on FM 407 this morning, and U.S. 81/287 from Rhome to Decatur was slow but passable this morning around 7. To check road conditions, go to www.drivetexas.org or call TxDOT at 1-800-452-9292. The winter weather caused many closings, cancellations and delays. See the list below, and visit wcmess.com/closings for a list we will update throughout the day.

CLOSINGS/DELAYS – Here is the list of closings/cancellations/delays as of 8 a.m. Thursday:


  • Weatherford College (all campuses) – closed
  • Alvord ISD – closed
  • Boyd ISD – closed
  • Bridgeport ISD – closed
  • Chico ISD – closed
  • Decatur ISD – closed
  • Northwest ISD – closed
  • Paradise ISD – closed
  • Slidell ISD – closed
  • Victory Christian Academy – closed


  • Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) – closed
  • Wise Hope Crisis Center – closed
  • Chico Public Library – closed


  • Wise County offices and Rhome City Hall and municipal courts are closed today.
  • Decatur City Hall will open with a 2-hour delay
  • City of Bridgeport will open at noon
  • Wise County Appraisal District – closed


  • Bond Family Eye Care will open at 1:30 p.m.
  • Learning Ladder – closed
  • SignWise Texas – closed
  • Victory Kids Care – closed
  • Fit-N-Wise is open, but all outpatient services are canceled.


  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur has canceled all Thursday morning activities.


  • Wise County Youth Fair will delay all Thursday arrivals and show times by 2 hours:
  • Arrival of ALL Rabbits 9-10 a.m.
  • Market Swine Show 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrival of 4-H & FCCLA entries 9:30-12
  • Meat Pen of Rabbits judged 10 a.m.
  • Market Goat Show 4 p.m.
  • Viewing of 4-H & FCCLA 7 p.m. Ag Mech begin moving in (Must be in place by 8 a.m. Friday)
  • Legal Aid Clinic at First United Methodist Church in Decatur – CANCELLED

MEETINGS – The Decatur Rotary Club has canceled its noon meeting.

FREE SCHOOL BREAKFAST – In honor of School Breakfast Week, Decatur ISD is allowing all students to eat breakfast in their school cafeteria from 7:30-8 a.m. Friday at no charge.

RETIRING TEACHER – Denise Joseph of Decatur is retiring after almost 40 years in education. Past co-workers, parents, former students and anyone impacted by Joseph’s teaching is invited to stop by Carson Elementary, 2100 S. Bus. 287, in Decatur now through March 6 to record a video message for her, or they can send their video message to Jennifer.terrell@decatur.esc11.net. Call 940-393-7500. Joseph’s retirement reception will be Thursday, March 26. A related story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

SPRING CLEANING – Alvord Spring Clean Up is 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and March 9-14 at the City Public Works Facility, 915 W. Bypass U.S. 81/287 (next to the high school). Must have a current water bill and your driver’s license. No hazardous materials are allowed, including oil, batteries, paint, a/c units, refrigerators and tires. Dispose of unwanted items and tree limbs for free.

MOVIES FOR SPRING BREAK – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation presents showings of “Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Day” Tuesday, March 10, and “Big Hero 6″ Thursday, March 12. Showings will take place at 1 and 7 p.m. both days at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. The movies are free, and concessions will be available at all showings. Call 940-683-3480.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is hosting a pasture management workshop Tuesday, March 10, at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Pre-registration is $15. Cost is $20 at the door. Topics will include: overseeding bermudagrass, sandbur control, gopher management and fertilizer options. Speakers are soils and crops consultants from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation: James Locke, Eddie Funderburg and Jim Johnson. Lunch is sponsored by Boyd Feed Store. To sign up, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for Wise County Special Needs Baseball runs through Saturday. Cost is $20. Individuals with special needs over 3 years old are invited to participate. No previous baseball experience is required. Registration forms can be downloaded at wcspecialneeds.com. Call 940-577-1848.

FUNERALS – Service for Rubin “R.V.” “Sonny” Martin, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Asie Lee Rhodes, 91, is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bobby Clifton Greer Sr., 79, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Charles Gordon King, 75, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL MASS for Ann Jolley, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church with visitation to follow. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Araceli Gregory, 40, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. Friday in Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth with interment at Greenwood Memorial Park. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Greenwood.

MEMORIAL service for Edith Ann Cage, 77, of Bowie is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Alvord. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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School/business/event closings, delays and cancellations for Thursday, March 5 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/schoolbusinessevent-closings-delays-and-cancellations/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/schoolbusinessevent-closings-delays-and-cancellations/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=87614 Due to the possible accumulation of snow or ice on area roadways Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, due to a winter storm, the following schools, businesses and events will be closed, delayed or canceled. (Note: We’ll be keeping this page updated as the night/morning progresses, so check back often.)


  • Weatherford College (all campuses) – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Bridgeport ISD – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • University of North Texas – CLOSED until 5 p.m. THURSDAY.


  • Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Wise Hope Crisis Center – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Chico Public Library – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Decatur Public Library – OPENING AT NOON THURSDAY
  • Decatur trash pickup – Normal Thursday pickup will be on Friday, normal Friday pickup will be on Saturday.


  • Wise County offices – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • City of Decatur – TWO-HOUR DELAY THURSDAY
  • City of Bridgeport – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Rhome City Hall and municipal courts – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Wise County Appraisal District – CLOSED THURSDAY


  • Bond Family Eye Care – CLOSED at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will re-open at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Learning Ladder – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • SignWise Texas – CLOSED THURSDAY
  • Fit-N-Wise Outpatient Services – CANCELED THURSDAY


  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur – ALL Wednesday night and Thursday morning activities canceled
  • Victory Christian Academy and Victory Kids Care – CLOSED THURSDAY


  • Wise County Youth Fair – ALL Thursday arrivals and show times have been delayed 2 hours.
    Arrival of ALL Rabbits 9-10 a.m.
    Market Swine Show 9:30 a.m.
    Arrival of 4-H & FCCLA entries 9:30-12
    Meat Pen of Rabbits judged 10 a.m.
    Market Goat Show 4 p.m.
    Viewing of 4-H & FCCLA 7 p.m. Ag Mech begin moving in
    (Must be in place by 8 a.m. Friday)
  • Decatur Rotary Club – MEETING CANCELED
  • Legal Aid Clinic at First United Methodist Church in Decatur – CANCELLED


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Inclement weather causes power outages, dangerous road conditions http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/inclement-weather-causes-power-outages-dangerous-road-conditions/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/inclement-weather-causes-power-outages-dangerous-road-conditions/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:14:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88175 Oncor power outage

By Jimmy Alford


UPDATE: Power was reported restored at about 10:40 p.m. Oncor state a fallen tree was removed and the power line was repaired. Power was out for more than three hours.

Wind speeds over 20 mph and temperatures in the mid 20s caused more than 500 to lose power Wednesday night in Chico.

At about 7:30 p.m., Oncor representative Sabrina Easley said crews were tracking down the cause of the outage. Residents’ power was still listed out as of 10 p.m.

“It’s pretty much affecting the whole town of Chico,” Easley said.

Even Wise County Judge J.D. Clark tweeted his home’s power was out. Other outages were reported in Runaway Bay and Boonsville, but those outages only lasted about half an hour. People can track outages by going to http://stormcenter.oncor.com/default.html.

Roadways began to ice over after 5 p.m. in Wise County, prompting the Bridgeport Fire Department Twitter feed to advise followers that roads were becoming slick. An 18-wheeler was reported jackknifed around 8 p.m., according to the same Twitter feed. To check road conditions, go to http://www.drivetexas.org or call TxDOT at 1-800-452-9292.

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