Posted on March 07, 2014.
THEFT/DRUG RING BUSTED – Over the past month, Wise County Sheriff’s investigators have recovered more than $200,000 worth of stolen property and more than 430 grams of illegal narcotics with a street value of more than $40,000. Ten people have been charged in connection with these crimes. Arrests were made in Rhome, Runaway Bay, Cottondale, Lake Bridgeport and Paradise. Stolen items included vehicles, aluminum wire, tractors, guns, computers, oilfield equipment, lawn mowers and trailers. Read more in an upcoming edition of the Wise County Messenger.
ARREST MADE AT FIRE SCENE – No injuries were reported, but one arrest was made following a structure fire in the 100 block of County Road 1639, southwest of Chico, Thursday afternoon. The occupant of the single-wide mobile home, Jeremiah Martinez, 32, was arrested for public intoxication. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, were called to the scene to investigate. When Chico firefighters checked on scene around 3 p.m., the mobile home was fully engulfed. Flames had spread to the neighbor’s fence and threatened nearby structures and a propane tank. But the fire was contained to the mobile home and a well house. Units from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Sand Flat, as well as Wise County medics assisted.
BIG DAY AT THE FAIR – Friday is always a big day at the Wise County Youth Fair. The prospect steer show began at 8 a.m., to be followed by the market steer show. The breeding beef heifer show is at 1 p.m. Saturday’s events include the pet show at 10 a.m., a barbecue meal 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., awards at 12:30 and the auction at 1 p.m.
YOUTH RODEO – The Wise County Youth Rodeo, for ages 19 and under, is today and Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Timed events include tie-down calf roping, girls breakaway calf roping, team roping, goat tying and barrel racing. Rough stock events include mutton bustin’, junior bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. For information, call 940-210-0050. All proceeds benefit the Wise County Youth Fair Association.
SPRING FORWARD – Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Be sure to move your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday.
DHS BOOSTER GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur High School Booster Club Golf Tournament is Sunday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost is $400 for a four-person team and includes mulligans and lunch. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit DHS golf teams.
SAFE SITTER - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will hold a Safe Sitter program 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The class teaches boys and girls age 11 and up safe child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. Cost is $50 and includes materials and lunch. To register, call 940-627-3341.
OPEN ARMS – Open Arms of Wise County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting donations to assist four local families. Items needed include monetary donations, appliances, furniture, household items, bedding, cleaning supplies, infant furniture and all sizes of clothing, especially plus size and maternity clothing. A receipt can be supplied for the donations made. The office is located at 1401 Cates St., Suite 101 in Bridgeport and will be open 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. today. For information, call Wendy Graham Holifield 817-323-0732.
RELAY FOR LIFE – It isn’t too late to register a team for this year’s Relay For Life of Wise County, which is Friday, April 25, at the track on Thompson Street. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx. For information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wal-Mart associates are sponsoring a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Wal-Mart in Decatur.
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – The Decatur 8ers Square Dance Club of Wise County will offer free Beginning Square Dance lessons starting Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 701 W. Hale in Decatur. Lessons will continue each Saturday morning through April 5. Lessons are open to anyone age 12 or older, no partner required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call Donny or Wendy at 817-371-0303 or visit www.decatur8ers.com.
FUNERALS – Services are pending for Delois Ann Ivy, 77, of Decatur and Bobby J. Harnage, 65, of Rhome at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Ida M. “Teeny” Forbau, 91, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for David William Baugh, 52, of Waxahachie is 2 p.m. Sunday at Flatwood Baptist Church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Frances Jean Blaylock, 73, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Monday at Smyrna Cemetery near Sunset. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Louis Newton, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Amanda (Crothers) Isbell, 31, of Carthage, formerly of Decatur, is 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Coleene Arnold, 78, will be held at a later date. She was the sister of William Coy “Sonny” Burk of Decatur. White Family Funeral Home of Bowie is handling arrangements.
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