NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS TORNADO — The National Weather Service confirmed yesterday that damage south and southeast of Decatur from Monday’s storm was caused by an EF-0 tornado with peak winds of 85 miles per hour. The tornado formed southeast of Paradise near County Road 4287, where it caused structural damage to several homes, the NWS reported. The tornado then tracked northeast for approximately five miles causing damage to several homes and outbuildings. The tornado eventually moved onto US 81/287 just south of Decatur, damaging a large billboard on the freeway and damaging a storage building on Farm Road 2264. The tornado apparently dissipated shortly after crossing US 81/287, according to the NWS. The tornado was one of at least 10 confirmed tornadoes in North Texas and 20 total in the state. Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 16 counties hardest hit by the storm, including Wise County as well as Jack, Montague and Cooke. Full coverage of Monday’s storms is featured in the Wise County Messenger midweek and online at wcmessenger.com today.
DONATIONS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS – First State Bank and James Wood Motors are leading a local effort to help neighbors in Jack County who were affected by Monday’s storms. Items will be picked up today at First State Bank in Decatur. The bank will deliver the supplies on Thursday. Items needed include: sports drinks, trash bags, gloves, diapers, formula and baby food, hygiene items, socks, tarps, batteries, flashlights, blankets, snacks, hand sanitizer, towels and washcloths, pet food and first aid supplies. . The bank also accepts monetary donations to be used to purchase supplies. Checks can be made payable to First State Bank.
BASEBALL RESULTS – The Bridgeport Bulls (2-12, 0-3) scored four points late in the seventh Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as Decatur (6-6-1, 3-0) held on for an 8- 7 win. Boyd (11-1-2) earned his second straight shutout in the 10-3A district, beating S&S 10-0. Muenster scored two points in the first and held on for a 2-0 10-2A win over Alvord (7-3, 2-1). Chico (1-9, 0-3) was beaten by Perrin-Whitt 9-3.
SOFT-BALL RESULTS – Alvord (3-8) fell to 0-4 in the 10-2A District with a 21-4 loss to Lindsay on Tuesday at Era High School.
SLIDELL WINS UIL TITLE – Slidell won the 22-A UIL Academics title on Tuesday with 653.33 points. Slidell captured team titles in accounting, current issues, computer science, journalism, literary criticism, number sense, one-act play, speech and social studies. Jaden Coston earned district titles in Copy Editing and Computer Science. Tyler Pruett has scored victories in topical issues and informative speeches. James Hunter won gold in the art of persuasion and prose interpretation. Caden Brown in Accounting, Callie Paris in Computer Applications, Madison McCullough in Feature Writing, Hannah Schumpert in Headline Writing, Kenlea Hardin in Number Sense, Brianna Wright in News Writing, and Aaron Rowlett in Social Studies.
BRIDGEPORT AND DECATUR COMPETE AT UIL – Students from Bridgeport and Decatur will attend the UIL District 7-4A Scholars Gathering in Argyle today.
DECATUR EDC — The Decatur Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors will meet this morning at 8:30 am at the Decatur Conference Center.
OFFICE CLOSED FOR TRAINING ‘The office of the Justice of the Peace in Compound 1 Jan Morrow will be closed today and Thursday for training. The office will reopen at normal hours on Friday.
SOFTBALL WEDNESDAY – Due to field conditions, several Wise County teams have postponed their early-week games to today. Decatur (8-8, 4-0) will travel to face District 7-4A rival Bridgeport (8-10-1, 0-2) at 6 p.m. At 10-3A, Boyd (14-7, 2-2) Whitesboro, while Paradise (9-7-1, 1-3) travels to S&S. Both games are scheduled for 5 p.m. Chico (2-3, 1-1) hosts Windthorst for a 9-2A double-hitter at 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY BASEBALL – Chico (1-8, 0-2) travels to Perrin-Whitt for a rescheduled District 10-2A double-header today at 4 p.m.
HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society will follow at 2 p.m. Lunch will not be served this month and the group will continue to meet in the seating area of the GC Rann Auditorium to allow for social distancing.
FUNERAL — Services for Gary Lane McBride, 84, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur with interment in Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements.
FUNERAL for Jennifer Lynn peek, 40, from Rhome is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Family visits are from 6 to 8 tonight in Hawkins-Decatur.
TOMB SIDE for Lavonia Sorrell, 92, of Louisiana is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Alvord Cemetery. Family visits are from noon to 1 p.m. before service in Hawkins-Decatur.
FUNERAL for Henry Cox Rudy II, 83, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with interment at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL for Dennis James McQueen, 65, of Newark is 3 p.m. Sunday at Denton County Cowboy Church. Hawkins-Decatur takes care of the arrangements.
SERVICE for Cheyenne Michelle Thacker, 30, is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visits take place one hour before the service.
TOMB SIDE services for The Donna Fulton, 61, of Decatur is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jonestown Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur takes care of the arrangements.
SERVICES for Doris Edwards87, from Fort Worth and Preston Calvert21-year-old Justin is on hold at Hawkins-Decatur.
TOMB SIDE services for Brad Schröder, 62, from Rhome is 12:30 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling the arrangements.
TOMB SIDE services for Marsha Neighborhood, 70, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is taking care of the arrangements.
TOMB SIDE services for Eva Watkins, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visits are from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays in Hawkins-Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Marvin Compton81, de Chico is on standby in Hawkins-Bridgeport.
TOMB SIDE services for Marguerite Reisch, 79, of Bridgeport is at 10.30am today at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is making arrangements.
TOMB SIDE services for Scott Burgess, 83, of Sanger, formerly of Chico, is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Chico Cemetery. Hudson & Torres takes care of the arrangements.
FUNERAL for jerry munn, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hudson & Torres with interment at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Visitation takes place one hour before the service at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for faye rarick, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hudson & Torres. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL services for Thomas King Cone III78, from Decatur is April 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur.