Wise County Messenger

Update for Thursday June 9, 2022

FIRE DAMAGES DECATUR HOME — Fire damaged a home in the 1400 block of South Church Street in Decatur Wednesday evening. Light smoke was visible from the brick home when Decatur firefighters arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m. “There was no fire when firefighters entered the home, but lots of smoke,” said Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Joe Boyd. The kitchen and living room at the rear of the home showed evidence of fire damage. The entire home had smoke damage. The cause of the fire is undetermined. No one was home at the time of fire. Boyd said a resident returned home and encountered the smoke. Three of the family’s four pets perished in the fire — two cats and a dog. Boyd said Wise County EMS successfully resuscitated one dog, who was taken to a local veterinarian. Medics also attempted to provide aid to the other pets. Along with Decatur firefighters and Wise County EMS personnel, Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters responded with engines.
COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition meeting is noon Monday at Catfish O’Harlies in Decatur. Chico pastor Ron Teel will be guest speaker. Call Mike Bell at 940-799-1077.

RETIREMENT PARTY — A retirement party honoring Steve Bradshaw for 30 years of agriculture education is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Church of Christ Fireplace Room, 2601 FM 51, Decatur.

FISHING DERBY — The Decatur Rotary Club in conjunction with the United States Forest Service is holding the annual fishing derby at Black Creek Lake Saturday. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Fishing is 8-11 a.m. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and more will be provided for contestants and their families after fishing. Prizes will be awarded 11:30 a.m.-noon.

SNOW WHITE BALLET — Wise Performing Arts Guild and Wise Ballet and Music Academy presents “Snow White” Saturday and Sunday at Decatur High School Theater. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door.

CALF PRODUCER CLINIC — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Cow Calf Producer Clinic 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Wise County Fairgrounds Women’s Building. Registration is $20, call or come by the Extension office before Friday to register. Breakfast will be provided.

MOBILE PANTRY— The Bridgeport Mobile Food Pantry is today. Cars can begin lining up in the middle school parking lot at 7 a.m. and food will be distributed from 8:30-11 a.m. Tarrant Area Food Bank is bringing food for 200 families. If you would like to volunteer, come to the First United Methodist Church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For information, call Denise Bailey, 940-257-3578.

PARADISE AREA TRAFFIC ALERT — Farm Road 51 will be closed north of Thompson Trail near Paradise 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today for Union Pacific Railroad maintenance work. Motorists will be directed through a marked detour.

MEAL DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Wise County Committee on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program needs drivers and kitchen volunteers for the summer to help provide fresh, nutritious meals to homebound Wise County seniors. A volunteer form can be found at www.MealsOnWheelsWiseCounty.org, or call 940-627-5329. The office is located at 300 N. Trinity St. in Decatur.

FUNERALS — Graveside service for Lusha Ann Lester, 83, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery Pavilion. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for James Whitfill, 71, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Adam Federspiel, 43, is noon Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Anita Faye Owen, 78, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patricia McDonald, 90, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Barbara Trammell, 66, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ron Fox, 57, formerly of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Heritage Baptist Church in Georgetown with interment at IOOF Cemetery in Georgetown. Visitation is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the church.

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