18-WHEELERS COLLIDE – Two 18-wheelers collided early Friday morning on Texas 114, just east of Rhome. According to Officer B. Brown of the Rhome Police Department, both trucks were heading west when the rear truck caused the front truck to jack-knife after hitting it from behind at a high rate of speed around 2 a.m. Both drivers were treated at the scene and one was flown by air ambulance to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. “We are unsure if the front truck was stopped or the rear truck was just traveling at a high rate of speed for some reason,” Brown said. The collision caused a spill of an unknown fluid, forcing the closure of both westbound lanes, which were closed for about five hours before reopening around 7:30.
TAX RATE PROPOSED – Wise County commissioners plan to not raise taxes in fiscal year 2014. Yesterday they proposed a tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, which is the same as last year. Earlier in the week County Judge Bill McElhaney indicated that he wanted to go with the effective rate, which is eight-tenths of a cent higher. He said the working budget was based on the effective rate, which would have meant a slight tax increase. Commissioners instead decided to cut the budget. An agreement was reached on the proposed rate with little discussion. They also proposed to keep the branch maintenance tax for Weatherford College Wise County at the same rate – 4.6148 cents per $100 property valuation. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow. Commissioners will have a budget workshop 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Wise County Sheriff’s Office training room.
SINGLES MEETING – North Texas Singles Club for mature adults is meeting at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport at 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information call (940) 366-0100.
CAR WASH FUNDRAISER – The Bridgeport Volleyball Booster Club will hold its annual car wash fundraiser 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Neighborhood Auto (James Wood) parking lot in Bridgeport. Donations will be accepted and concessions will be available.
VACCINATION CLINIC – The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Wise County Animal Shelter. For information call (940) 627-7577.
BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Baseball League will hold registration for fall ball noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4 and 11, at the Harmon Park concession stand. Each player must turn in a copy of their birth certificate. The league is open to kids ages 3 to 14. For more information, call Amanda at 940-536-8585.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Today is the last day to RSVP for the Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, noon Monday, Aug. 5, at City Hall.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR – Northwest ISD Partners in Education and Heavenly Supply Depot, will host a Back to School Fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Northwest High School. The fair will help prepare children in need through the following free services – backpacks and school supplies (only for families who pre-register); health screenings and health insurance information; dental information, toothbrushes and toothpaste; vision screenings; haircuts; and sports physicals; There will also be games and activities, financial aid workshops and college/university/trade school information, community resource booths and information on NISD services. To pre-register or for more information, call (972) 955-6057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAR SHOW – The Mighty Marching Maroon Rock N Rev 2013 is Saturday in the Bridgeport High School parking lot. Entry fee is $20. Registration is 9-11 a.m., and awards will be presented at 1 p.m.
BENEFIT GARAGE SALE – Unchained Prison Ministries, a non-profit organization, is having a garage sale at 1301 S. Cliff St. in Decatur beginning at 8 a.m. today and Saturday. All proceeds go to Unchained Prison Ministries, which hold services in Texas Prisons through the state 36 weekends a year. For information or donations call Darla Reno at (940) 577-6014.
SUPER DOGS – Representatives of Patriot Paws will be at James Wood Motors in Decatur 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Patriot Paws trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans. The event will also feature lunch and KSCS DJ Terry Dorsey.
FUNERALS – Service for Tony Wayne Gayler, 57, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the Church of Christ in Alvord with burial at Perryman Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Jackie D. Waggoner, 81, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.