2 INJURED WHEN TRUCK CRASHES INTO PARKING LOT – Two people were seriously injured yesterday afternoon in Decatur when an 18-wheeler ran off U.S. 81/287 about 5:30 p.m. and crashed into a car in the Panda Express parking lot. The driver, whose name has not yet been released, was transported by helicopter to Texas Health Fort Worth Hospital, formerly known as Harris Hospital. According to eyewitnesses, the 18-wheeler was traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 when it ran off the road, down the embankment and into the Panda Express parking lot where it crashed into a Chevy Cobalt. The Cobalt then hit a Pontiac Sunfire, which hit a Dodge pickup. A woman in the Cobalt was injured and transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Initial reports indicate her injuries are not life threatening. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.
FIRE AT GAS STATION – Runaway Bay and Bridgeport firefighters quickly responded to and extinguished a small fire in the Shell gas station on U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay. The fire was reported around 1 Wednesday morning. When Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long, the first responder on scene, arrived, he noted the doors were wide open and light smoke was showing. After a quick search, the fire was located, and Runaway Bay units arrived shortly thereafter and contained the small fire. The extent of the damage and cause of the fire are unknown.
ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER TRIAL BEGINS – A jury trial began yesterday in the Wise County Courthouse for Timothy Herring, 22, of Azle. He’s been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer after he almost plowed over State Trooper Adolfo Patterson with a tractor at the end of a chase through rural parts of Parker and Wise counties in June 2011. Witnesses said Herring steered directly at Patterson, forcing him to fire shots at the tires and at Herring who eventually leapt from the rolling tractor. Herring was arrested at the scene and charged with a litany of crimes, including attempted capital murder, burglary of a habitation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft of property and possession of a controlled substance. He’s been in Wise County Jail ever since under a bond of $1,067,500. Attempted capital murder is a first-degree felony, punishable by a sentence of five to 99 years or life if found guilty.
TRAFFIC CHANGES COMING – The Decatur City Council Monday approved three proposed projects including widening Business U.S. 380 west of U.S. 81/287 to create an additional lane so two lanes can go straight or turn left under the underpass; creating an additional left-turn lane from the U.S. 81/287 access road onto Farm Road 51 South; and installing a concrete center lane along FM 51 South between U.S. 81/287 and Ford Street to provide for dedicated left turns for northbound traffic, and prevent southbound traffic from turning left in that area. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
MONTHLY LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. next Thursday, Oct. 18, at Bridgeport Community Center. The program is on health and fitness. Pronto’s will cater, and cost is $10. RSVP to (940) 683-2076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRANSITION HOME OPEN HOUSE – HopeInnChrist, a transition home for boys coming out of the juvenile justice system, will host an open house, “Gathering of Hope”, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The home is located at 17983 North County Line Road in Ponder, off U.S. 380 between Decatur and Denton. Exit south onto North County Line Road and follow the signs about 2.5 miles. The event features food, fellowship, a bounce house, horseshoes, washers, volleyball, jungle pong and door prizes, as well as praise and worship from 5 to 6 p.m. Houseparents are Donald and Cindy Willis. For more information, call (940) 399-3333.
CLASS OF 1992 TO GATHER – The Decatur High School class of 1992 will hold its 20th reunion on Homecoming weekend, Oct. 19-20. After meeting at the football game Friday, Oct. 19, they will get together from 10:30 to noon the next day at Black Creek Pumpkin Patch, 2324 Old Decatur Road, then have dinner that evening at 7 at Reunion on the Square. For more information, check out the Facebook page at DecaturHighSchoolClassof1992Texas or call Amber at (940) 393-0773.
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 St. 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.
FLU CLINIC – Slidell ISD will hold an influenza vaccination clinic 9-11 a.m. today for parents, students and community members. The clinic is free for all Slidell ISD students. The cost for community members is $22 and $10 for children not attending Slidell ISD. For more information call Irene at (940) 466-3118 ext, 240.
FUNERAL – Memorial service for Edmond Lee Duvall, 53, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.