Wise County Messenger

Update for Friday July 8, 2022

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED — The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued an excessive heat warning for all of North Texas, including Wise County. The warning is in effect through 9 p.m. Sunday. Temperatures up to 107 degrees and heat index values up to 112 are expected over the next several days. The NWS had previously issued a heat advisory for the area. “Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” the NWS warning stated. The forecast for Wise County includes daily afternoon highs between 101 and 104 every day through next Tuesday. The forecast includes a slight chance of afternoon storms Saturday. According to the NWS, an excessive heat warning is issued for an area when an afternoon heat index of 105 degrees or greater and overnight lows at 75 degrees or above are expected for two days or more.

TRAFFIC ALERT — Several roadwork activities are planned for various locations in Wise County next week, weather permitting. On Monday, various lanes of Farm Road 51 will be closed from U.S. 380 to the Denton County Line.

FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS — With a new coaching staff in place, the Decatur Eagles are one of four Wise County teams predicted to make the postseason, according to the 2022 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine. The Eagles are picked second in 4-4AI behind 13th-ranked Springtown. Wichita Falls and Mineral Wells are favored as the final two playoff teams ahead of Burkburnett. Decatur senior defensive back Brody McClure is the preseason favorite for the league’s defensive MVP. The publication also tabbed Alvord, Paradise and Northwest to push their way into the playoffs in November. Alvord is expected to win the 6-2AI crown ahead of Tioga, Whitewright and Trenton. Paradise is picked to finish fourth in 4-3AI behind Brock, Whitesboro and Peaster. Northwest is eyed as the fourth seed in 3-5AI behind Denton Ryan, Aledo and Burleson Centennial. Bridgeport, Boyd, Chico and Victory Christian Academy are predicted to miss the postseason. Local teams will take the field for the first day of practice Monday, Aug. 1.

WATER GUN EVENT — A Wild Water Gun Battle will be held 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Elm Creek Park in Alvord. It will feature water balloons and a sno cone truck. Bring your own water gun. The event is hosted by the Alvord Community Garden and Alvord Public Library.

RHOME TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT — The City of Rhome will host a Touch-A-Truck event 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 18 at Rhome Family Park. It will include police cars, fire trucks, public works vehicles, the Wise County mobile command post, Wise County EMS ambulance, Air-Evac helicopter and a drone demonstration from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Crawldaddy’s food truck will also be on site.

MS SELF-HELP GROUP — The Decatur Multiple Sclerosis selfhelp group meets 6-8 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Dairy Queen, 804 W. Shoemaker. For information, call Julie Kirk, 318-680-1210 or email aug3101@hotmail.com.

RETIREMENT CLASS — The Decatur Public Library will host Edward Jones Financial Advisor Chip Hakanson for a free class about retirement 6:15 p.m. next Thursday, July 14. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

BENEFIT PLANT SALE — Tall Tails Animal Rescue will hold a plant sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today at Orscheln Farm and Home in Decatur. Proceeds benefit the rescue.

MZ CRAFT BEE — The MZ Craft Bee returns 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. It’s a day of scrapbooking and crafting. Bring your own projects, lunch and snacks and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. The kitchen will be available with a refrigerator and a microwave. There is no charge, but a $5 donation to the Food Pantry ministry for backpacks and Alvord Meals on Wheels is appreciated. Call or text Donna, 940-393-8662 or call Jeannie, 940-427-5941. Follow MZ Bee Facebook page for updates or cancellations.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLASS — The Youth Mental Health First Aid Class will be held in partnership with Healthy Wise County, Helen Farabee Centers and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Weatherford College Wise County Lecture Hall, 502 Big Sandy Court in Bridgeport. The class is free, and a lunch will be provided. Call 940-627-3341 to register.

FUNERALS — Mass of Christian burial for Raul Banuelos, 72, of Decatur is 9:30 a.m. today at Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for William “Bill” Francis Hoerth, 63, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Fisher, 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Shirley Ingram Arrington, 86, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Corey Bullock, 40, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Benny “BJ” Johnson, 56, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Dawayne Kennedy, 76, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Donna Lea Thompson, 78, formerly of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Alfred Edgar Greer, 93, formerly of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving with interment of ashes at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur at a later date.

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