TRIPLE FATALITY ACCIDENT – Three people were killed in a wreck yesterday a few miles north of Decatur. A 1998 purple Dodge Stratus with Texas dealer tags drove underneath the back end of a parked tractor-trailer shortly before 7 p.m. at the rest area on U.S. 81/287. The impact sheared off the top half of the vehicle. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor arrived at the scene at 7:25 p.m. to pronounce the male driver and two female passengers dead. He said they appeared to have died from impact injuries to the cranium. Two other male passengers were flown to JPS in Fort Worth. Both were in critical condition. State troopers investigating the wreck were unable to release any names at this time. The victims appeared to be in their 20s. A witness saw the car northbound on U.S. 81/287 passing vehicles in excess of 90 miles per hour. “They had to be doing 100,” said Kenny Dunn, who witnessed the accident. “They came off the highway and ran underneath the back of the parked truck.” The driver of the truck was asleep in the cab. It’s unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol were involved.
SCHOOLS SET TO NAME FINALISTS – By the end of the week, both the Boyd and Decatur school districts could know who their next superintendent will be. The school boards of both districts have set meetings for later this week to name a lone finalist for superintendent. Decatur meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the administration building, and Boyd meets at 6 p.m. Friday at the district’s administrative office. Both meetings are open to the public.
HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur City Hall community room. The agenda will include discussion on next year’s Health Fair, the CCHAPS program and a presentation from Moncrief Cancer Institute.
SAFETY PROGRAM – The Runaway Bay pool will not charge admission between 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A short safety program will be held along with a drawing for door prizes. Pizza is $2. For information, call Peggy Barton at (940) 626-9046.
WOMEN’S LEAGUE – An adult women’s basketball league is forming to play on Saturdays in July. Games will be at the gyms in Paradise. For information or to register a team, call Chris Reynolds at (214) 263-8170.
BRISKET FUNDRAISER – Wise County Electric Co-Op is selling briskets to raise money for charity. Briskets are $40. Orders must be placed by Monday, June 28, and can be picked up after 10 a.m. Friday, July 2. To order call (940) 627-2167.
P&Z REVISITS PERMIT – The Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission tonight takes a second run at a requested special use permit which would allow alcohol sales at the planned South Beach Taco Factory on the west side of the courthouse square. The commission could not hold a public hearing on the matter three weeks ago due to lack of a quorum. The meeting is at 6 at Decatur City Hall.
OPEN ENROLLMENT – Victory Christian Academy in Decatur is having open student enrollment for grades Pre K through fifth until Monday, Aug. 23. Call the office at (940)627-5820 or visit the website at www.victorychristianacademy.org.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Robert Smith, 55, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Wayne Merrell, 80, of Paradise will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Brittney Nicole Robare, 15, of Newark is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Lance Costner, 42, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.