WRECK INJURES 6 – Six people were injured in a three-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Farm Road 51 and County Roads 4380 and 3390 just north of Texas 114 just before 5 p.m. yesterday. Emergency crews found wreckage everywhere and patients in all three vehicles. Tamara Green, 67, who lived nearby, ran the stop sign at the intersection of CR 4380, according to a highway patrolman investigating the accident. Green told investigators that her brakes failed. Her pickup crashed into the side of a southbound sports-utility-vehicle driven by Rhonda Christian, 42, of Springtown. Christian’s vehicle then ricocheted into another pickup, driven by Decatur resident Rosa Aguera, 52, of Decatur, stopped at the stop sign of nearby CR 3390. Christian; Green and one passenger in her pickup; and Aguera and two passengers in her pickup were all transported by ground to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. While none of the injuries appeared life threatening, a young female passenger in Aguera’s car appeared to have suffered the worst of it. The highway was closed in both directions for more than half-an-hour as crews cleaned up the wreckage and medics tended to the patients.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR – The Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. and Tarleton State University Small Business Development Center will host a seminar for small businesses 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The free, interactive session will cover financing options, laws and regulation, writing a business plan and accessing local, state and federal resources. Register by Thursday, by calling (940) 577-7121 or email email@example.com. Seating is limited, and lunch will be served.
PARK DEDICATION – Alvord Veterans Memorial Park dedication is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday at Elm Creek Park. Flags and signs will be placed at north and southbound U.S. 81/287 exits.
NOMINATE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for 2012 Citizen of the Year. The award will be given to a citizen in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions directly to the city of Decatur during the past year. Supportive materials should include specific information on how the nominee displayed exemplary commitment, support, outreach to other citizens, desire to make a positive impact in the city, leadership and skills. All nominations must be received in the chamber office by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Nominations may be delivered, mailed, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (940) 627-3771.
HOMECOMING DINNER – A community homecoming barbecue dinner is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Chico Middle School commons area, on FM 1810 next to the football stadium. There will also be a cake auction. All proceeds benefit the Chico Ex-Student Association Scholarship Fund.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The public is invited to a come-and-go retirement reception honoring bookkeeper Karen Franks Hardee 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at McMaster New Holland, 3365 U.S. 81/287 South, in Decatur.
GRAND OPENING – The public is invited to a grand opening celebration today at Weatherford College Wise County, 502 Big Sandy Ct., Bridgeport. Festivities begin at 12:30 p.m., but guests may come early for lunch at the Coyote Cafe, beginning at 11:30.
STEAK CHALLENGE – The second annual Chisholm Trail Steak Challenge is Saturday at the Reunion Grounds in Decatur. Almost 30 teams have committed to compete, and the event opens to the public at 10 a.m. with a wide selection of vendor booths, a washer tournament and a car and bike show. Dinner will be served 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $25 for a tasting bracelet, which includes a steak prepared by the team of your choice, a baked potato, salad and “all the fixin’s,” as well as samples of the cook teams’ hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Proceeds benefit Outside Four Walls, a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to Decatur students.
PARADISE CHAMBER – The Paradise Chamber Board meets at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Bridgeport Country Club. The presence of all board members is requested for the discussion of important issues followed by a vote. For more information, call Dollie Moravits at (940) 433-3288 or (940) 389-1363 or Deborah Mann at (940) 683-6866.
HOMECOMING PARADE – Alvord homecoming parade is 4 p.m. Friday starting at the high school and ending downtown followed by a pep rally. The theme is “A Trip through Time.” Float entries will be Stone Age, Medieval/Greek, Wild West, 50s, Hippies, and 80s. Line-up begins at 3:30 at the high school and football field parking lot. The Elementary PTO is also sponsoring a bike parade and encourages all children to decorate their bike in one of the themes. Bikes should be in place by 3:30 for judging. Line Farm Road 1655 to support the Alvord youth. For more information, call Charlotte at (940) 389-5441.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Charline Nabors, 72, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Bennie Merle Pannell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for John Upchurch Jr., 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Clara C. Clay, 94, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Betty Jewell Killough Remmele, 79, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Peggy Taylor, 76, of Newark is at 1 p.m. today at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth with graveside service following at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is at noon before the funeral.
SERVICE for Elaine Verhaagen, 69, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.