WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER – Texting while driving is believed to be the cause of a wreck that seriously injured a woman Friday evening around 6. From evidence recovered at the scene, investigators believe Lindsay Adams, 29, of Rhome was texting while driving southbound on U.S. 81/287, just north of Farm Road 407 north of Rhome. Witnesses say Adams left the roadway and hit a culvert, causing her to flip at least six times before the pickup came to a rest on its side in the bar ditch. Adams was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with non-life threatening injuries. Scanner reports indicated Adams was unconscious, but she regained consciousness as she was being transported. An off-duty deputy and nurse and uniformed soldier and other witnesses assisted Adams until first responders arrived. No one else was injured.
HOUSE FIRE – A quick response by Decatur firefighters might have saved a wooden frame home from burning Sunday afternoon. A structure fire in the 600 block of Perrin Street was reported around 3 p.m. Firefighters arrived within minutes and contained the fire to its origination in the front bedroom, but there was smoke damage throughout the home. Its occupants were not injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR HIGHWAY PLANS – The Decatur City Council will hear a presentation from TxDOT’s area engineer when they meet at 6 tonight at City Hall. Bill Nelson of the Texas Department of Transportation will request the council’s concurrence on three lane revisions: on FM 51 south of U.S. 81/287, on northbound 287’s exit at FM 51, and on Business 380 at 287. The rest of the agenda looks fairly routine.
MESSENGER WINS NATIONAL AWARDS – The Wise County Messenger won 10 awards in the National Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest. First place awards included best sports story, best breaking news photo, best public notice section, best multiple advertiser section and best single ad idea, black and white. The Messenger received a second place award for best small-page ad, a third place award for best use of ad color and honorable mentions for best advertising idea, best use of local photography in ads and general excellence.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Chico Spirit of Christmas applications will be available starting tomorrow at Chico Elementary and First State Bank in Chico. They must be returned by Nov. 2.
GED TEST – The GED Test will be given on Oct. 15-16 at Bridgeport ALC. You must pre-register before noon Thursday. To register go to 1101 17th Street in Bridgeport, the north end of the building. Information about the test can be found at www.bridgeportisd.net, then click on “Community,” then click on “GED Information.” Prep classes are offered on Monday and Wednesday night at Weatherford College each night at 5:30 p.m. in room 220.
PARENT MEETING – Decatur High School will have a meeting for parents of the Class of 2013 at 6:30 tonight in the second floor lecture hall at Decatur High School. Various topics will be discussed concerning life after high school for the Class of 2013.
REPUBLICANS TO MEET – The next joint meeting of the Wise County Republican Party and the Wise Republican Women is 6:30 to 8 tonight in the 271st District Courtroom, on the second floor of the Wise County Courthouse on the Square in Decatur. Keitha Story-Stephenson will speak on “The Power of One Vote.”
FRIDAY NIGHT SCORES – Local high school football scores from Friday night included Whitesboro 48, Paradise 20; Boyd 24, Pilot Point 19; Graham 54, Bridgeport 0; Alvarado 35, Decatur 0 and Chico 44, Gainesville State 8. Complete game coverage was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Edmond Lee Duvall, 53, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Living Word Assembly of God Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Jean Gee, 61, of Crafton is 2 p.m. today at Crafton Baptist Church with burial at Crafton Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Patrick Beirne, 63, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.