EJECTED RIDER DIES – The man injured in Saturday afternoon’s trike accident south of Newark died early Sunday morning at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Nathan Berman, 66, of Fort Worth was transported to JPS by Eagle Mountain Emergency Medical Services after flipping his trike, or three-wheeled motorcycle, on Farm Road 718 at Maxwell Road. According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website, he died due to blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Berman and a friend were each riding a trike southbound on FM 718 about 3:45 p.m. Saturday when the friend, who was in the lead, slowed to turn left onto Maxwell Road. Berman did not slow down and clipped a wheel of the turning trike, which caused Berman’s trike to flip over, according to Public Information Officer Terry Grisham with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. It came to rest in the southbound shoulder, and Berman was ejected. Newark Firefighter Brett Davis said Berman was “face down and breathing” when they arrived. He was not wearing a helmet. Grisham would not release the name of the second rider, who was not injured. Although the accident occurred in Tarrant County, it was within the Newark Fire Department’s district.
BIGGEST EVER TOY RUN – Sunday’s Wise County Toy Run was a roaring success. Ed Beckley, spokesman for the event, said 1,200 motorcycles and 1,600 riders participated, making it the biggest ever in its 13-year history. The run starts at McCarroll Middle School in Decatur and ends with an afternoon of activities at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Beckley said when the last bike was leaving the parking lot in Decatur, the bike leading the pack was pulling into Bridgeport. Toys and money collected at the event go to help less fortunate families in Wise County. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
LIGHTED PARADE -Bridgeport’s lighted Christmas parade is 6 p.m. Saturday in historic downtown. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland, and all entries must be lighted. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. today. For an application or more information, call (940) 683-3404.
RODEO TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has tickets available for Decatur night at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the chamber office, 308 W. Main, with either check or exact cash, no debit or credit card transactions. For more information call (940) 627-3107.
CHRISTMAS PARADE – The Alvord Christmas Parade is 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call or text Jody Slaten at (940) 389-0417.
ANGEL ADOPTION – The deadline to adopt an Angel for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas is Wednesday. Angels are available at each of the nine financial institutions in town, and as of last week, only 20 of 156 Angels had been adopted. This year, the Decatur campaign adopted the voucher system Bridgeport implemented last year.
COOKIES WITH SANTA – Santa Claus will be at Rhome City Hall 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be cookies, hot chocolate, a free raffle and free pictures with Santa.
ANGEL DEADLINE – The deadline to donate to the Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas is Friday. Donations can be made at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce or any of the four Bridgeport banks. Donations will also be accepted at the Home for the Holidays event Saturday on Halsell Street.
BENEFIT SALE – A benefit garage/bake sale for Laura Davis, a liver transplant patient, is 8 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Building in Decatur.
FUNERALS – Service for Matthew Alvus Matney, 23, of Chico is 4:20 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Jeremy James Evans, 26, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Rhome Assembly of God with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.