1 KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE – The occupant of a home ravished by fire near Boyd early Sunday morning died in the blaze. The name has not yet been released. Cottondale, Paradise, Newark, and Boyd volunteer fire departments responded to the structure fire on County Road 4594 west of Boyd. When Cottondale units first checked on scene around 5:20, the single-wide mobile home was fully engulfed. After the fire was contained and under control, command ceased fire operations, around 6 a.m. Once power was cut, firefighters continued the overhaul and found the body of the elderly, handicapped resident. The Denton County and state marshals offices are leading an investigation, which is protocol for a fire fatality. Arson is not suspected, but is not ruled out, Paradise Fire Chief John Neal said. A neighbor, who was awoken by the wind and what sounded like gunshots, discovered the fire around 4:45 Sunday morning.
WOMAN ACCIDENTALLY RUN OVER BY DAUGHTER – A Bridgeport woman was flown to a Fort Worth hospital after accidentally being run over by her daughter following a domestic disturbance near Cottondale early Saturday morning. According to investigators, it appears Shanda Holsted, 38, and her husband (whose name had not been obtained) got into a fight and left a home on Bullion Road, near Luke Road, on foot, intoxicated. Holsted’s daughter, Parish Post, 18, of Bridgeport and her friend left in a vehicle to look for them. Post attempted to make a U-turn on a blind curve on Bullion Road and struck her mother, who had fallen in the ditch. Holsted was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from a nearby field with “incapacitating injuries,” but they did not appear to be life-threatening. Post was issued citations for no license and no insurance. The accident is still under investigation, and other charges may be filed. Cottondale volunteer firefighters, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers worked the accident.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT – As Update was going to press, police, firefighters and medics had arrived on the scene of a wreck involving a Northwest school bus and a passenger car on Texas 114 east of Rhome. Initial radio reports indicated that three students on the bus had “bumps and bruises,” but no serious injuries. One person in the passenger car was injured. The accident happened shortly before 7:30 near County Road 4841, and the eastbound lanes of Texas 114 were shut down.
CROSS COUNTRY STATE CHAMPS – The Decatur boys won the Class 3A title at the state cross country meet Saturday in Round Rock, and the Lady Eagles finished third in the Class 3A finals. The Paradise Lady Panthers raced their way to third place in the Class 2A finals, and the Alvord Lady Bulldogs finished ninth in Class 2A. Northwest’s Katherine Chavez finished 13th and Zack Kirkland placed 20th in the finals of the Class 5A 5K. Read the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday for more coverage of the state meet.
VOLLEYBALL LOSS – The Decatur Lady Eagle volleyball team lost the Class 3A Region II final to Argyle Saturday in five – 25-17, 27-29,18-25, 25-15 and 9-15. Read more about the playoff battle in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
SURVEYOR DEBATE CONTINUES – Although voters approved a proposition abolishing the county surveyor position in last week’s election, it’s not clear when that post will be eliminated. Representatives with the Secretary of State’s office have outlined two different possibilities in response to inquiries by Davey Edwards, who was elected to the post, and Wise County Elections Administrator Lannie Noble. Edwards was told the office could not be terminated until the end of the term for that post, which is in 2014, and that he would fill that position until that time. Noble was told since no one was currently in the position the county has the right to abolish it as soon as the votes are canvassed. The Secretary of State office is expected to resolve the issue and give a formal ruling this week.
OFFICES CLOSED – All county offices are closed today in observance of Veterans Day.
FOOTBALL SCORES – Most Wise County teams finished the regular season on a winning note Friday. Alvord edged City View 29-28 in overtime, Paradise won its first game of the season 30-27 over Sanger, Chico ended its season on a two-game winning streak with a 40-0 thumping of Trenton, Decatur beat Sanger 35-6 and Northwest blanked Keller Central 19-0. Whitesboro defeated Boyd 38-20 while Bridgeport fell to Gainesville 49-14. Bridgeport, Northwest and Boyd will continue their seasons as the postseason begins this week.
COOLER TEMPS, AND SOME RAIN – Parts of Wise County received a little rainfall Sunday morning. Totals include 0.15 of an inch in Alvord, 0.12 in Rhome, 0.1 in Greenwood and 0.08 in Decatur. A cold front also brought cooler temperatures. The temperature in Decatur at 7:45 a.m. was 32 degrees. Today’s high is expected to be 57.
MEET THE PLAYERS – Maroon Madness is 6 tonight at the Bridgeport High School gym. The 2012-2013 Bridgeport basketball players will be introduced.
HONORING VETERANS – Alvord High School will host a Veterans Day program at 10 this morning in the high school gym. All Wise County veterans and community members are invited. Veterans should report to the high school library at 9:30 a.m.
NORTHWEST SCHOOL BOARD – The Northwest School Board meets 7 tonight in the Administration Building.
FUNERALS – Service for J.R. Eubanks, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Henry Crowson of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
SERVICE for Ruth M. Gardner, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MASS of Christian burial for Matthew Kirbie, 59, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is at 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Leonard V. Placker Jr., 66, of Newark is 11 a.m. Wednesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICES for Jessica Prince, 57, of Newark and Loyd Peel, 92, formerly of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Karl E. Troutt, 61, of Decatur is 12:30 p.m. today at DFW National Cemetery with family visitation at 9 a.m. at Jeter and Son Funeral Home in Dallas.