PLANE MAKES ROUGH LANDING – No injuries occurred in a plane crash yesterday morning at Decatur Municipal Airport. There were four passengers on board including the pilot and co-pilot. They are members of the Angel Flight program, a non-profit organization that transports financially strapped medical patients to hospitals. They were returning a woman to Decatur from Houston where she had undergone treatments and surgery for mouth cancer. Pilot Mark Moran of The Woodlands said he was coming in too fast on the landing, and he tried to lift up again at the end of the runway to come around for another approach but was afraid he would not be able to clear some powerlines past the end of the runway. He veered left off the end of the runway and crashed through a barbed-wire fence. The Beachcraft Bonanza came to a rest in the middle of the road at the intersection of Cemetery and Greenwood roads. Decatur Fire Department arrived and doused the area with foam due to gallons of fuel leaking from the plane.
WESTERN EXTRAVAGANZA – The Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo continues tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the rodeo grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. The rodeo parade will trail through downtown Decatur tomorrow at 11 a.m. in conjunction with Chisholm Trail Days. The Native American Warrior Society of Texas will post colors and have a drum and dance performance at noon. There’s a stick-horse rodeo at 3 p.m., and a homemade ice cream contest is at 4 p.m. Sights and sounds of the Old West will echo through downtown when the Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters take to the street at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. There will also be live music on the Square all day. Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will perform at the rodeo dance tonight from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. For tickets to the dance, call (940) 399-9558. For more information, visit www.wcsposse.com.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Tonight’s high school football match-ups include Decatur at Springtown, Bridgeport at Abilene Wylie, Palmer at Boyd, Henrietta at Paradise, Ponder at Alvord and Chico at Rockwall Christian. Scores and live blogging will be available tonight at WCMessenger.com/scores. Last night, Northwest won its second straight game, a 28-7 victory over Grapevine.
EAT TO GIVE BACK – Tell your Chili’s waiter that you’re eating for Wise County Special Needs Baseball Monday, Sept. 10, and the restaurant will donate 10 percent of your ticket to the organization. IHOP in Decatur is hosting a similar event 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. They will give 20 percent of all the evening sales to Wise County Special Needs Baseball.
BOOK FAIR – A book fair will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the main lobby of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Proceeds will benefit the WRHS Auxiliary.
REGISTER TO VOTE - DATCU in Decatur, 600 W. Ford St., is having a voter’s registration drive 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Those registering must live in Wise County, have a valid Texas driver’s license, be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old and not be a convicted felon.
REGISTER NOW – GED classes begin next week at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. Classes will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 through Nov. 14. Classes are free, and enrollment is limited. Call (940) 683-4534 to reserve a spot.
PRAYERS FOR THE U.S. – On September 11, Wise Regional Prayer Network will host Cry Out America on the Square in Decatur at 7 p.m. Awakening America (www.awakeningamerica.us) is calling for Christians across America “to gather and cry out to God for Him to return our nation to Him.” This will be a time of worship led by Christopher Williams, worship leader at New Beginnings Church in Chico, with intermittent prayer. For more information call Connie Swain at (214) 289-9857. For more information about the prayer efforts in Wise County, go to www.wiseregionalprayernetwork.weebly.com.
CUB SCOUT MEETING – Cub Scout Pack 115 will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center in Decatur. All boys from grades 1 through 5 and their parents who are interested in scouting are invited.
RAFFLE – The Paradise Historical Society will have a booth at the entrance to the Paradise High School Football stadium at 5:30 tonight. Raffle tickets for a Polaris Trail Boss 330 4-wheeler, valued at over $4,000, will be on sale for $10 each. Information about the upcoming Main Street Festival to be held on Sept. 29 will also be available.
WISE REPUBLICANS – The Wise County Republican Party meets 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, on the second floor of the county courthouse in Decatur. Speaker is Constable Joe Law of Kaufman County, who will talk about the STAR Program (Star Today Accepting Responsibility), a program he started for youth offenders.
PEP RALLY - Chico High School will hold a pep rally 8:30-9 a.m. today in the high school gym for the Dragons and Lady Dragons.
TAILGATE PARTY – A tailgate party for the Alvord Bulldogs is 5-7 tonight at Bulldog Stadium.
FFA CLAY SHOOT – The Bridgeport FFA Second Annual Clay Shoot is Saturday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Cost is $400 per four man team. All proceeds benefit the Bridgeport FFA Booster Club Scholarship Fund.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Daniel Grmela, 79, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Lee Boyd, 82, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Brenda Harkins, 62, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for James Thomas Hughes, 38, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Cundiff Baptist Church. Family visitation is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Albert Boswell, 76, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.