TEXANS ASKED TO CONSERVE ELECTRICITY — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has issued an appeal to Texans and Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve electricity today between 2 and 8 p.m. The action was taken due to a projected shortage in energy reserves today at a time when much of the state will be seeing 100-plus degree temperatures. ERCOT said at this time, no system-wide outages are expected. According to the Public Utility Commission, ways to reduce electricity use during peak times include turning up your thermostat a degree or two, if comfortable, and postponing running major appliances or pool pumps during afternoon peak hours.
FIRE DESTROYS HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION — Firefighters from several departments battled a structure fire which consumed the frame of a home under construction along El Lago Road in the Moonlight Bay development near Lake Bridgeport Friday morning. Fire was reported around 8:45 a.m. and the structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived. “We think it started on [the south] end. That’s where the hottest fire was when we got here,” said Sand Flat Fire Chief Andy Sabo. Crafton, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, Sand Flat and Runaway Bay firefighters battled the fire that destroyed a forklift along the with the frame of the house, which was roughly half framed. The blaze also sparked a grass fire toward the lake.
TRAFFIC ALERT — Several roadwork activities are planned for various locations in Wise County this week, weather permitting. Today, various lanes of Farm Road 51 will be closed from U.S. 380 to the Denton County Line. On Tuesday and Wednesday, work will be done on Farm Road 2123 from Texas 114 to Farm Road 51.
PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY — The Paradise Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Paradise. A representative from Carter BloodCare will give a presentation in addition to the regular meeting.
COUNTY EXPECTED TO OK PACT WITH NEXTLINK — Wise County commissioners are expected during its meeting at 9 a.m. today to finalize an agreement with Nextlink Internet, which would make 100 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband service available for 95 percent of households in the county. Nextlink will also provide fiber to 18 of 20 county offices and gigabit service to all county offices. The county will provide Nextlink $1.3 million from its $13.5 million American Rescue Plan allotment to pay for two-thirds of the total $1.95 million in fiber, fixed wireless network construction. Nextlink would fund one-third of the costs and assume 100 percent of the operating costs. In other action, commissioners will look to appoint a new Precinct 2 constable to replace the retiring Larry Short Sept. 1.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL — The Decatur City Council will hold a public hearing on the final plat for 0.344 acres at 905 S. Perrin Street at its meeting at 6 tonight. The council’s other item is a sign variance request by Rent-A-Center for property at 1401 S. U.S. 81/287.
COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon today at Villa Grande in Decatur. Decatur Parks and Recreation supervisor Heath Taylor is guest speaker. Call Mike Bell, 940-799-1077.
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.
RHOME TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT — The City of Rhome will host a Touch-A-Truck event 6-8 p.m. 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 email@example.com.
FUNERALS — Service for Mike Fisher, 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE for Donnie Wayne McGuire, 64, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Dorothy Knight, 91, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.
FUNERAL for Bedford DaWayne Kennedy, 76, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.