A DAUGHTER AFTER HER OWN HEART – Rebecca Lowrance, 32, of Chico gave birth to a daughter, Addison Nichole, around noon Thursday at Medical City, Dallas. Lowrance received a heart transplant in January 2008. Lowrance and her husband, Clint, chose the middle name “Nichole” in honor of the heart donor. Addison weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long. To read the Messenger feature story on the couple from Valentine’s Day 2008, visit www.wcmess.com/becky.
DECATUR WRECK – One person was injured and traffic was halted in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 after a two-vehicle accident near FM 51 in Decatur yesterday afternoon. The wreck occurred when Reva Grubbs, 69, of Decatur exited the on-ramp and made a left turn across U.S. 81/287. She drove in front of an SUV driven by Sandra Currie, 58, of Amarillo. A female passenger riding with Currie was transported to Wise Regional Health System with injuries.
WOODWARD HONORED – Dr. Tom Woodward of Decatur has been named an honorary vice president of the Fort Worth Stock Show. He was presented the honor by retiring Stock Show President W. R. Watt Jr. at the annual board of directors meeting Tuesday in Fort Worth. Woodward, manager of the Broseco Ranches in East Texas, has been a director of the Stock Show for 25 years. He is superintendent of the Junior Heifer Show and one of the founders of the Beef Heifer Superintendent’s Challenge that awards scholarships each year to exhibitors in the heifer show.
COMMUNITY INPUT – The search consultant for the new Decatur school superintendent has set a day-long series of meetings Tuesday for community input. Many of the gatherings are for specific groups. Sessions open to the community include 11:15-11:45 a.m. and 5-5:30 p.m. A questionnaire is also available online at www.decaturisd.us from April 23-29 for those unable to attend. Meetings will be held at the DISD Administration Bldg.
PIONEER DAYS – The Rhome Pioneer Days is today and tomorrow, with a street dance from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight. Saturday will include a parade at 10 a.m., vendors, entertainment, a beauty pageant and karaoke contest. Music will last until 11 p.m. For information, call Kay Spivey at (817) 696-6742.
HEALTH FAIR – The Wise County Health Fair is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event includes free health screenings, activities for children, door prizes and giveaways from health-related businesses and organizations. School immunizations will also be given for $14 and $22, and Carter Blood Care will have a blood drive. For information, call (940) 210-1151.
SWEETWATER CEMETERY – The Sweetwater Cemetery work day and business meeting is 9 a.m. tomorrow.
4-H BAKE SALE – The Decatur 4-H Club is having a bake sale from 3:30 to 6 today at North Texas Bank.
BENEFIT – The Rann Elementary students of Ms. Ramsey, Ms. Renfro and Mrs. Davis are hosting a car wash and hamburger lunch with North Texas Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to raise money for Katie Stevens in her fight against cancer. Donations can also be made to the Katie Stevens Benefit Account at North Texas Bank.
TEAM ROPING – County team roping is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Rodeo Arena. Books open at noon and close at 1 p.m. Call Loydd Williams at (940) 284-2639.
REUNION – A reunion of Decatur High School classes of 1946-47-48-49-50 is Saturday at First Baptist Church, Family Center, in Decatur. Visitors welcome from noon to 1:45 p.m.
FUNERALS – Service for Charlie Thomas “Tom” Maxwell, 75, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. today at Handley Baptist Church in Fort Worth with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Lee Wayne Thompson, 65, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Claranell Breeze, 76, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.