Posted on February 19, 2015.
2 FIRE VICTIMS STILL CRITICAL – Two victims of yesterday’s house fire east of Decatur remain hospitalized in critical condition this morning, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. The fire in the 200 block of Quail Chase Lane killed a 65-year-old man. A woman in her early 70s who was taken to Wise Regional Health System was later flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A second victim, a 9-year-old boy, is also at Parkland in critical condition. Two other victims, a woman in her 30s and her 1-year-old son, were listed in good condition after being hospitalized yesterday and are expected to be released this morning. Two other people who were in the home at the time it caught fire were able to escape without injury. Beard said it appeared the man who was killed had gone back inside the home to try to get family members out. They are being helped by Red Cross. Beard has not released the names of the family members, although posts on social media seeking assistance for the family identified them as the Steele family. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started in the living room. The fire happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
HOW TO HELP – Clothing items are being collected for the Steele family, who lost their home in yesterday’s fire. Items may be dropped off at either campus office at Slidell ISD. Sizes are boys 12-18 months, size 3 diapers, infant 3 shoe size; boys 10 jeans, youth large shirts, boys 4 shoe size; women’s 8/10 bottoms, medium-large tops, women’s 8 1/2 shoe size; men’s XL shirt, size 12 shoe; women’s XL shirt, size 8 1/2 shoe. Financial contributions should be directed to the “Steele Family Fund” at Sycamore Baptist Church.
HOOPS PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Paradise Lady Panthers will play area round games tonight. Decatur faces Stephenville in 4A Region I area game at 6 in Brock. Paradise faces No. 1 Sunnyvale in a 3A Region II area game at 7 p.m. at Fort Worth Nolan. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. Full recaps of the action will be posted at www.wcmsports.com. The Decatur Eagles will play Stephenville in a warm-up game at Brock after the girls game.
YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2015 Roy Young Memorial Scholarship are due Saturday, Feb. 28. High school seniors participating in the Wise County Youth Fair are invited to apply for the award. Students must also be pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture and be an active member of FFA, 4-H or rodeo club. To be considered, submit a scholarship application, letter outlining higher education plans and financial need, a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from an FFA adviser or 4-H leader. Applications are available at your high school counselor’s office or at James Wood Motors in Decatur. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – An autotech scholarship fundraiser will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Middle School Auditorium, featuring P-Nutt and Ponytail Show featuring The George Brothers. Tickets, $15 for 13 and over, are being sold at the Bridgeport High School front office, Decatur Chicken Express or at the door the night of the show.
YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The 2015 Wise County Youth Fair will be kicked off with a parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Decatur. All groups, businesses and organizations are invited to participate. To sign up, fill out an application on wcyouthfair.org or call James Hubbard at 940-389-5735.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Feb. 25, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384.
QUARTER AUCTION – Paradise Band Boosters will host a quarter auction 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Paradise Elementary. Call Erin Cornett for vendor information, 817-319-9720.
VALENTINE PARTY - Senior citizens are invited to a Valentine’s party at Governor’s Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Decatur 6-8 tonight. A potluck dinner will be served, and Bill Cobb’s Big Band Music will follow. A Valentine’s king and queen will be crowned. RSVP to 940-627-1104.
UNITED WAY – United Way of Wise County will hold its annual meeting 5:30-7 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to everyone, including UWWC directors and donor representatives. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Major donors will be recognized, officers and directors will be elected and an operations report will be presented.
WEATHER CLASS – The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth will hold a Skywarn Severe Weather class tonight at 7 at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center Courtroom.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Helen M. Stallings, 78, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Lacy Tompkins, 27, of Jacksboro is 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Yolanda Ann Gachuzo, 49, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cementerio Mexicano in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Allen “Veto” Boden, 54, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL graveside service for Vergie (Crownover) Williams, 99, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Deep Creek Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Krista Jane Shaw French, 61, of Tucson, Ariz., is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Billy Eugene and Betty Jean (Acker) Hall, formerly of Boyd, is 2 p.m. Sunday at Destiny Life Church in Fate, Rockwall County.
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