WRECK VICTIM IDENTIFIED – The victim in Thursday’s fatal accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Rhome was a local man, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Haschel. Haschel reported Saturday morning that the man who was killed was Antonio Garcia, 48, of Rhome. Garcia’s truck clipped another 18-wheeler driven by Michael McDade, 58, of Arlington at 4:40 a.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 at Ramhorn Hill Road. Garcia then lost control of his truck and was ejected into the southbound lanes of the road. His truck continued traveling driverless on U.S. 81/287 South, over the center median and across the northbound lanes before coming to rest in the east ditch of U.S. 81/287 North where it caught fire. While that was happening, the ejected driver was hit by multiple vehicles traveling southbound, the first of which was a pickup driven by Michael McBride, 58, of Arlington. After hitting Garcia, McBride lost control of his pickup, which crossed the median and came to rest on its side just 30 feet from the 18-wheeler in the ditch of the northbound lanes. McBride, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, and McDade suffered no injuries. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.
EARLY VOTING WRAP-UP – The final tally on early voting totals for Wise County was just shy of 11,000 – 10,982 to be exact. It was easily the record for most early votes cast in an election in Wise County. The general election is tomorrow. Elections Administrator Lannie Noble said that his office is expecting a 20-30 percent increase over election day voting in 2008, the last presidential election year. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow. See the weekend Messenger on news stands now for a list of polling locations.
FOOTBALL RESULTS – Boyd won the “Battle of 114″ Friday night with a 21-0 win over Paradise. History was also made Friday night when Chico won its first district game in eight years with a 40-14 victory over Blue Ridge. Other scores included Bridgeport 47, Sanger 24; Alvord 12, Henrietta 10 and Northwest 59, Richland 7. Full game coverage was featured in the weekend Messenger on news stands now.
BOOK SALE – The Decatur Public Library will hold a book sale Wednesday through Saturday during normal library hours. The Friends of the Library pre-sale is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Friends memberships will be available on-site.
BRIDGEPORT SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas applications are now available. The deadline to return applications is noon Wednesday, Nov. 14. Applications can be picked up and returned only at the Bridgeport Library, 2159 10th St.
FAMILY CRUSADE – Bethel Baptist Church in Alvord will host a family crusade with 2Talk42 ventriloquism, puppetry and drama ministries 7 p.m. today through Wednesday. The free event at 133 CR 2673 includes nightly prizes and songs. For more information, call (940) 427-2522.
AUTHOR TO VISIT – Children’s author Ronda Friend will visit Paradise schools today. Elementary students will be treated to a program at 8:30 a.m. and the intermediate students at 12:45 p.m. A program for families is 6:30 tonight in the elementary cafeteria.
TIME OF PRAYER – The sanctuary of Fairview Baptist Church in New Fairview will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for those who would like to come “pray for the nation.” The church is on Farm Road 407 at Farm Road 2264.
AMPUTEE MEETING -Amputees in Motion (AIM) meet the first Tuesday of the month in the Fit-N-Wise board room in Decatur. For times, email firstname.lastname@example.org or search Amputees In Motion on Facebook. Amputees and their family members are invited.
VETERAN PHOTOS NEEDED – City of Rhome Library is requesting any and all photos of veterans for display at Rhome Veterans Appreciation Day. The display will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Rhome Family Park at 400 Virginia Lane. The display will follow an 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. program featuring Congresswoman Kay Granger at the Veterans Park. Photos should include the veteran’s name, branch of service and war or time served and include a return address. Photos can be dropped off or mailed to Rhome City Hall, P.O. Box 228, Rhome, Texas 76078.
EAT PIZZA – Today is Wise County Special Needs Baseball – Miracle League of Wise County night at CiCi’s in Decatur, 6 p.m. to closing. Drop your receipt in the box at the cash register, and 10 percent of those sales will be given to WCSNB. If you eat lunch at CiCi’s, it will count also – just request your receipt be included. WCSNB is raising funds to build a baseball field that will accommodate all special needs players regardless of disability.
PIZZA EATING CONTEST – McCarroll Middle School teachers Mrs. Bocanegra and Coach Hornsby are having a pizza eating contest 6 p.m. Tuesday at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. Students are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite teachers. Ten percent of sales will go toward the seventh grade trip to the state capitol.
HALLOWEEN PHOTOS – If you stopped by Joe Duty’s photo studio at the Messenger on Halloween night, the photos are now available for purchase. Go to WCMessenger.com/reprints.
FUNERALS – Service for Annabelle Hightower, 9 months, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
FUNERAL MASS for Antonio Garcia, 48, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday at the Assmption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Rosary will be said 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Theodore G. Windle, 66, of Weatherford is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
MEMORIAL service for Leonard V. Placker Jr., 66, of Newark will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Ernest J. Lancaster, 84, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.