Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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INFANT DEATH INVESTIGATION – Several local agencies are investigating the unexplained death of a five-month-old girl that occurred yesterday morning. A Boyd police officer and medics arrived at a home in the 100 block of Farm Road 730 North at approximately 8 yesterday morning. They found the infant unresponsive. The girl was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where she was pronounced dead within an hour. The cause of death is unknown. Her body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The Wise County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers are assisting the Boyd Police Department in the investigation.

4 INJURED IN FM 730 WRECK – A head-on wreck between two passenger cars just after 4:30 p.m. Monday on Farm Road 730 near County Road 4280 south of Decatur injured four people. Manuel L. Segura, 19, of Newark was southbound when he attempted to pass a slow-moving vehicle in a no passing zone. He struck a northbound vehicle driven by Brett E. Butler, 39, of Decatur. Butler swerved onto the shoulder to avoid the collision, but Segura did the same. Butler’s front-seat passenger, Lewella Fenn, 71, was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. Two more passengers in the back seat suffered minor injuries. Mckenna Butler, 13, and Debora Butler, 33, were both transported to Wise Regional. Segura was also transported to Wise Regional for non-life-threatening injuries. Segura will be issued a citation for passing in a no-passing zone, said an investigator at the scene.

Messenger photo by Andrew May

Messenger photo by Andrew May

LEADER PROMOTED – Todd Rogers, a former principal at Decatur’s Rann Elementary School, was named principal at Northwest ISD’s Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome at Monday’s monthly meeting of the NISD school board. He had been principal at NISD’s O.A. Peterson Elementary the past three years.

COMMISSIONERS VOTE – County commissioners decided Monday morning to split their 1,041 votes among three nominees for the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors. They cast 99 votes for Randy Moss and gave 471 votes each to Jimmy Parker and Jimmy Kirk. Deadline for all entities to cast votes is Thursday.

FIREWORKS OK’D – The sale of fireworks will not be restricted between Dec. 20 and Jan. 1, according to Fire Marshal Marc Dodd. “There is a fireworks season for New Year’s,” he said. “… it’s wet; it’s raining. I think we’re in good shape.”

TRAFFIC SWITCH – Beginning today, motorists on U.S. 380 will switch to the newly constructed portion of the highway approximately seven miles east of Decatur as the next phase in the construction project. Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Bill Nelson reminds drivers to proceed with caution.

SOUTH WISE HOUSE FIRE – Fire departments from Boyd, Cottondale, Rhome and Newark responded to a house fire around 8:20 Monday morning. Fire burned two rooms of a single-wide mobile home in the 100 block of County Road 4632, south of Boyd. Two adults and five dogs lived in the home, and all escaped without injuries. In addition to the two rooms destroyed, the trailer also suffered smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Red Cross was called to assist the home’s occupants with basic needs.

MORE FOR WATER – The Decatur City Council saw a budget amendment Monday in response to higher costs for raw water from Lake Bridgeport. Once the amendment is approved, the city will spend $45,000 more for water from the Tarrant Regional Water District. The district notified the city it is increasing the cost of water more than 10 cents per thousand gallons. The city buys about 400 million gallons a year. Notice came too late for the 2012 budget.

ANGELS DUE – Spirit of Christmas angels for Boyd are due today. Turn in your gifts to either Wells Fargo or First Financial banks.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Officers for 2012 will be nominated and elected and a Christmas music program will be presented by member Billy Ray Bramlett.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – The Saddle Up Cowboy Church in Springtown will have a Christmas party for children from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church on Texas 199 and FM 920. There will be horse rides, face painting, free lunch and more.

OFFICES CLOSED – Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector’s offices will be closed today from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Auto Registration and Property Tax offices in Boyd, Bridgeport and Decatur will be closed.

FUNERALS – Service for George Roland Wilson, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8:30 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Frances Kulhanek, 85, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at 1:30 p.m. in Olney. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Ann Berryhill, 71, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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