STUDENT RAMS CAR WITH PICKUP – In what appears to be a case of parking lot rage a student at Decatur High School used his pickup as a battering ram after lunch Thursday. According to witnesses, Josh Cummings, 17, plowed his pickup into the back of a car that had parked in a spot he wanted in a student parking section at the high school. The impact shoved the parked car completely over the curb in front of it and caused extensive damage to the back end of the vehicle. High school senior Reid Metcalf, 18, and another passenger were still seated in the car when Cummings crashed into it. There were at least three other people in the pickup. There were no serious injuries reported, but Metcalf did go to Wise Regional for an evaluation after suffering back pain from the incident. “We’re still looking into whether it was intentional or not,” said Police Chief Rex Hoskins. “We don’t think it was an accident But it’s still early in the investigation and there are a lot of witnesses we still need to talk to.” Since many students were returning to class after lunch the parking lot was crowded, and students gathered around the wreckage. If investigators find the wreck was intentional Cummings could face a charge ranging from criminal mischief to aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, both potential felonies.
ELECTION DAY SATURDAY – City council and school board elections are Saturday, and polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local entities with contested races include Chico ISD, the City of Decatur and Decatur ISD, Northwest ISD and the City of Rhome. Voting locations are the Chico Elementary School library, Decatur City Hall, Rhome City Hall and the Newark Municipal Building. In early voting, 363 ballots were cast in the Decatur city and school elections, 211 in Chico and 99 in Rhome. Vote totals were not available for the Northwest School Board race. Final results will be posted Saturday night as they are available at WCMessenger.com.
WEAR PINK – Attendants of tonight’s Butterfield Stage Days Karl Klement PRCA Ram Rodeo are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The grand entrance is at 7:30 p.m. at Bridgeport Riding Club, 691 FM 920.
BUTTERFIELD FESTIVAL – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Butterfield Stage Days Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Harwood Park. The event includes stagecoach rides, petting zoo, kiddie train, face painting, stickhorse rodeo, bounce houses and carnival for the kids; Bridgeport Idol, Rodeo Pink 5K run, Bingo, pancake-eating contest and rib cook-off competitions; food and craft vendors, gunfighters and live entertainment. For more information, call (940) 683-2076 or visit www.bridgeportchamber.org.
BOONSTOCK – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department’s annual “Boonstock” fundraising event is Saturday in downtown Boonsville. The event will begin with a barbecue luncheon at noon followed by a charity auction. The event will feature a bounce house for children and a chance to meet your local fire/EMS personnel.
PBR CHALLENGE TICKETS – Tickets for the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge go on sale today. The event is 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Arena. Tickets are available at Wise Wireless and at wcchallenger.org.
ATHLETIC COMPETITION – Lineman’s Challenge is 10 a.m. tomorrow at JRobs in Decatur. Participation is free, and seven schools are participating. Come cheer for your school’s athletes.
ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association 2013 Mother’s Day Youth Art Show is 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is 3-6 p.m. today.
RELAY BAKE SALE – Amy’s Angels Relay for Life team is having a bake sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Butterfield Stage Days in Bridgeport.
CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRIES – Legend Bank’s Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will sell chocolate-dipped strawberries today at its Decatur and Alvord branches. Cost is $15 a dozen.
CAPTAINS MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County team captains meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. At this final gathering before the event on Friday, May 17, team captains will pick up T-shirts, turn in baskets for the silent auction and last-minute money and sign up for campsites and trash pick-up. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.
RELAY FIREFIGHTERS – To signify the weight cancer patients and their families carry, members of the Decatur Fire Department will walk laps in full protective ensemble for $25 at Relay For Life of Wise County on Friday, May 17. The firefighter’s Relay team is also selling T-shirts for $20. To sponsor a lap or order a shirt, contact any Decatur firefighter or stop by the station at 1705 S. State St.
MISSIONS AUCTION – The Community Church Youth Group will have an auction 10 a.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse grounds to raise money for a mission trip to Jamaica. Donations are appreciated and will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Martha Turnipseed, 62, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Butch South, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Ambrose B. Plucker, 91, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakhill Cemetery in Neenah, Wis. Family visitation is 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Austin Anderson, 32, of Wizard Wells is 11 a.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.