TRAILER FIRE – Fire destroyed a travel trailer in Red Willow RV Park near Crafton early this morning, leaving a Rusk couple without a place to stay. Twelve firefighters from Crafton, Chico and Alvord responded to the blaze off County Road 1770 at 3:46 a.m. Crafton volunteer firefighters were the first on the scene. “[The fire] was coming through the back bedroom when we arrived,” said Crafton Fire Chief Craig Cowley. “It’s a total loss.” No immediate cause for the fire was determined. John Ellis and his wife Stacey were staying in the trailer. He is in the area working on transmission lines near Jacksboro for Chapman Construction. He said the couple lost nearly everything in the fire. “All I’ve got left are my teeth,” Ellis said. “I went back in and got them.”
ONE CAR WRECK – A Decatur woman was transported by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth yesterday around 3:30 p.m. after rolling a Jeep on FM 51, just north of CR 2215, several miles north of Decatur. Shauna Teague, 40, was northbound on FM 51 when she veered off the roadway, struck a culvert and flipped the vehicle. She suffered head and pelvic injuries. High winds and new tires on the Jeep might have factored into the wreck. No other vehicle was involved. There was no indication of alcohol.
BOYD WRECK - A Rhome teenager was injured in a vehicle rollover involving a calf hit by another vehicle on Texas 114 east of Boyd Wednesday evening. Brandon Bomar, 18, suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System according to Texas DPS Trooper Russell Reid. Bomar was driving a pickup eastbound on Texas 114 when a calf darted into westbound traffic shortly before 6:30 p.m. A pickup driven Cliff Washer, 51, of Granbury hit the small calf. “The little fellow ran right out in front of me,” Washer said. “When I saw him, he was no more than [three feet] in front of me. I thought he was going to come through the windshield.” The calf ended up in Bomar’s path instead. “Brandon tried to swerve to miss the calf and ended up in the ditch,” Reid said. Bomar’s vehicle appeared to have rolled once before coming to rest on its side in the steep ditch, according to Reid.
BAND HONORS - Three members of the Bridgeport High School Band have been selected to the 2010 Association of Texas Small Schools Bands All-State Band. Chera Claunch, April Taylor and Joanna Ortiz were selected for the all-state honors at the Area North audition on Saturday at Argyle High School. Claunch and Taylor are private students of Amy White and all three girls play in the BHS concert band under the direction of Lonnie Baker. The ATSSB All-State Bands will present a concert in San Antonio Feb. 13. This is the first time Claunch and Ortiz have qualified for the all-state honors and the second time for Taylor.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Girls Night Out on the Decatur Square is 6 to 8 tonight.
PUBLIC HEARING – The Decatur school district will hold a public meeting 5:30 to 6 tonight at the central administration building regarding the annual Academic Excellence Indicator System.
MEET THE PLAYERS - The Alvord Booster Club Hoopla is at 6 tonight at the AHS gym. Chili and hot dog meal is $5 a plate. All basketball players from high school to little dribblers will be introduced.
TRAINING – Food service managers can register for a Food Protection Management Training program 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27 at Texas AgriLife Extension Wise County office. The training includes materials and the State Food Manager Certification examination. To register call (940) 627-3341. Space is limited.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Lewis McEntire, 83, of Springtown is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New River Fellowship in Weatherford with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Roberto Chamberlain, the infant son of Amelia and Allen Chamberlain, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Dean Ferguson, 96, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Johnnie Lou King, 70, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Juanita Champion Tice, 92, formerly of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Shawn Ward, 35, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.
FUNERAL for Randy Hale, 45, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Friday at Hopewell Baptist Church near Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
COMMUNITY FOCUS – The Messenger is putting together the Rhome/Newark Community Focus, and we want to hear from you – the readers. Submit photos, essays, recipes or story ideas by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. It will arrive in your mailbox Jan. 27.