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Update for Friday, June 28, 2013

ZEBRA MUSSEL LARVAE FOUND AT LAKE - Zebra mussel larvae have been confirmed in Lake Bridgeport just days after the discovery of the invasive exotic in Lewisville Lake. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department issued a news release Thursday confirming the discovery of zebra mussel “veligers” or larvae in water samples collected June 6 by the Tarrant Regional Water District. Using cross polarized light microscopy Dr. Bob McMahon with The University of Texas-Arlington confirmed those results on June 17. Where there is larva, there is most likely juvenile or adult zebra mussels as well. They are a nuisance because they can clog public-water intake pipes, harm boats and injure swimmers because of their razor-sharp edges. Read more in the upcoming weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands Saturday.

HEAT WAVE – Although the temperature at the Decatur Municipal Airport topped out below 100 at 98 yesterday, the forecast calls for a high of 102-104 across Wise County today. Temperatures Saturday are expected to top out around 96, and Sunday’s high temperature is expected to be 90 with a slight chance of thunderstorms.

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Update for Thursday, June 27, 2013

MIGHT WE HIT 100? – The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 99-100 degrees for Wise County today. Tomorrow’s temperature is forecast for 103. It would be the first time this year we have reached triple digit temperatures. The NWS suggests taking extra precautions if you are working or planning to spend extended amounts of time outside Friday afternoon and early evening.

SAFE ROOM REBATES – The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will open an online waiting list for the Metro Safe Room Rebate Program at 8 a.m. Saturday for Wise County residents. The rebates use Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants to rebate customers up to 50 percent of the storm shelter costs up to $3,000 for applicants who meet certain criteria. Visit www.nctsaferoom.com for more information and to join the waiting list beginning Saturday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands now.

SEVEN HILLS PRINCIPAL LEAVING – Northwest’s Seven Hills Elementary principal Stephanie Espinosa is moving across the district to serve as principal of the district’s Lakeview Elementary School in Trophy Club. Espinosa has been principal at Seven Hills in Newark for five years. She was previously a teacher at Lakeview.

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Update for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NISD RENAMES AG CENTER – The Northwest School Board Tuesday approved renaming the district’s agricultural center the Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center, at the recommendation of the selection committee. Box was a former educator in the district, a founding director of the NISD Education Foundation, an organizer of the Northwest FFA Booster Club and president of the Northwest High School FFA Alumni program for 25 years.

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Update for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MAN ARRESTED FOR SOLICITATION OF MINOR – A Paradise man was arrested Friday and charged with online solicitation of a minor. Christopher Ashmore, 20, was taken into custody just before noon Friday following a sting operation by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began several days ago when investigator Josh Reynolds learned Ashmore was attempting to solicit sex acts from a juvenile female via e-mail and text messages, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Ashmore arranged a meeting with who he believed was the juvenile female, but he had actually been communicating with Reynolds. Investigators believe there may be other possible victims. Anyone with information regarding other possible victims should call Sergeant Reynolds at (940) 627-5971 ext. 263 or via email at reynoldsj@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us. Ashmore has been released from jail after posting $25,000 bond the same day as his arrest.

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Update for Monday, June 24, 2013

NEWARK HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE – Joe and Debra Garcia had just left for Fort Worth when their single-wide trailer was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The home, which was in the 200 block of County Road 4877 in Newark, was devoured by a blaze that started on the front porch about 11:30 a.m. Although the Garcias had just left, Debra’s sister, Teresa Huckabee, and her teenage son, Hunter Huckabee, were at the house when the fire started. They were watching television and “heard some popping and cracking on the front porch. They opened the door, and the fire was outside,” said Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. He said Teresa and Hunter exited the house through a back door and were not injured. There were two dogs inside the home, one of which perished in the blaze. Red Cross was called to the scene to meet the needs of the family. Hunter lived in the trailer with the Garcias, and his mother lived in a trailer behind them, which was not damaged. The trailer homes on either side of the burned structure are also occupied by relatives. Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Tarrant County fire departments responded to the fire, as well as Wise County medics.

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Update for Friday, June 21, 2013

ARREST MADE IN ‘PARKING LOT RAGE’ CASE – The Decatur High School student accused of plowing his pickup into the back of a car with students inside in the DHS parking lot last month has been arrested. Joshua Thomas Cummings, 17, of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal mischief $1,500-$20,000. According to information on the Wise County jail website, he posted bond the same day and was released. Witnesses said Cummings rammed into the other car because it had parked in a parking spot he wanted. The impact shoved the car completely over a curb and into a small tree.

RESTAURANT FIRE – A Decatur restaurant sustained minor damage yesterday when a fire apparently started on a cook top at China Palace Buffet. The fire was reported around 6 p.m. Decatur Fire Dept. Capt. Cliff Oates said the fire apparently started in the cooking area, and a vent hood system activated to contain the fire. Firefighters checked the attic space to make sure the fire had not spread and used fans to clear the building of smoke.

ADMINISTRATOR CHANGES AT DISD – A few administrative changes were announced at last night’s Decatur School Board meeting. Gabe Keese will move from assistant principal to principal at Young Elementary. Debbie Boatwright is moving from Young to be the director of the District Alternative Education Placement (DAEP). Lana Thompson will move from an assistant principal position at Rann Elementary to the same position at Young. Kristi Hankins will become assistant principal at Rann.

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Update for Thursday, June 20, 2013

LIBRARY NEEDS NEW HOME – The Rhome Public Library is trying to raise money to build a new, permanent facility. Rent on the current library, at 265 BC Rhome Ave., will double the first of September and is expected to quadruple by December, according to library board president Janice Wilson. The library can’t afford to stay at this location, and the rate hike pushed board members to move forward with a campaign to raise money for a new building. The library already owns a lot at Logan and Main Streets, and although they have a building fund started, they need to raise approximately $240,000 for the project. To donate to the Rhome library building fund, call Wilson at (940) 577-2266 or call the library at (817) 636-2767. You can also bring donations to the library. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands now.

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Update for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIRE CAUSES POWER OUTAGE – A fire at an Oncor substation near Chico yesterday around 11:30 a.m. knocked out power in the Chico, Alvord and Sunset areas. Power was restored on the Chico side within three hours, but most customers in Alvord were without power until just after 1 a.m. today, Oncor area manager Sabrina Easley said. Power to all customers was restored by 2:45 a.m. In total, approximately 1,300 customers were affected. Easley said Oncor worked with the City of Alvord to determine the most critical need, which was fire suppression. Easley said power was directed to the city from another source in order to provide enough water pressure in case of a fire. Although no cause has yet been determined, the failed transformer was damaged beyond repair, making necessary a replacement. Work crews brought in a mobile unit for the interim. Officials from the city of Alvord and Oncor established a cooling station at Alvord Middle School for those affected by the power outages. In addition, the city of Chico opened the community room at City Hall.

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Update for Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LANE REDUCTION – Texas Department of Transportation will reduce a Denton County section of U.S. 380 to one lane today to install storm sewer underneath the highway. The closure, which is expected to last most of the day, will be between Cottonwood Trail and Masch Branch Road. During the closure, vehicles will be led through that section of the highway by a pilot vehicle and flaggers – one direction at a time. This is part of a $39.3 million widening project that will add two additional lanes in each direction from just west of Farm Road 156 to Interstate 35.

ANOTHER RAINY MORNING – For the second day in a row, Wise County residents woke up to a rainy morning. Rainfall totals include 1.1 inches in Aurora, 0.95 in Rhome, 0.85 in Greenwood, 0.81 in Decatur and 0.75 in Alvord. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of more rain throughout the day with a high of 90.

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Crafton to lead Lady Jackets

The Boyd Lady Jacket bench will have a new look come fall. Dusty Crafton has been hired to take over the Lady Jacket volleyball program.

Crafton, who is from Springtown, was able to find a position that got her a lot closer to home.

"She’s got a lot of skins on the wall," Boyd Director of Athletics Brandon Hopkins said. "I was very happy to get her here and that was one of the draws for her was to get closer to home. She is going to bring a lot to the table."

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