SHOOTING VICTIM REMAINS IN HOSPITAL – Christopher Harp, 52, of Decatur remained in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth late yesterday. Harp was shot by Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Yancey late Wednesday after Harp refused to drop his weapon and then pointed a gun at the officer. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.
TRUCK ACCIDENT – An 18-wheeler hauling raw chicken careened off U.S. 81/287 near the U.S. 380 intersection in Decatur just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The truck, driven by Pushpinde Sibia of Pleasantville, N.J., ran down the embankment, crashed through the fence at the Texas Department of Transportation yard and hit a light pole. The police report says Sibia was driving too fast. “We’ve had a problem in that curve,” said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. “I don’t know if there’s something wrong with the roadway, but it happens mostly when it’s wet. They start hydroplaning on us.” The driver was not injured. He was driving for SIDHU Truck Lines.
2 INJURED IN WRECK – Two men were injured in a two-vehicle accident just before 6 a.m. Thursday on Texas 114 between Rhome and Boyd near Paintball Paradise. Senior Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Rozzell said Collin Kelley, 20, of Azle was traveling westbound on 114 in a 2012 Honda Accord. For unknown reasons, he drifted into the eastbound lane and hit a 2003 Chevrolet car, driven by James Slimp, 55, of Decatur. Kelley was extricated from his vehicle and was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and Slimp was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Rozzell said both patients are in good condition, and none of their injuries are life threatening. Trooper Bobby Marquez investigated the accident, and Texas Department of Transportation crews were called to help remove debris from the roadway. Wise County sheriff’s deputies also assisted at the scene.
EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY – Today’s your last chance to vote early before the Nov. 5 election. Yesterday was the busiest day of early voting yet with 121 votes cast. Early voting runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at three Wise County locations: the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.
CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico Homecoming festivities will begin at 1 p.m. today with a parade around the downtown square. Parade entries can line up at the football stadium parking lot beginning at noon. Call J.D. Clark at 940-389-0969 for more information. A homecoming dinner will be served in the middle school cafeteria next to the football stadium from 5-7 p.m. A barbecue sandwich plate with chips, drink and dessert will be served for $7. Proceeds will fund the Chico Ex-Student Association Scholarship fund.
K2 PLAY – The Decatur Public Library’s monthly playgroup, K2 Play, is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. This group is for children in kindergarten through second grade and includes a short storytime, games and sensory activities. No signup is required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.
COLLEGE/CAREER MEETING – Decatur High School will conduct a Senior Parent College/Career Informational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Wise County Weatherford College Campus in Room 204. Immediately following at 6 (also in room 204), Weatherford College will hold a financial aid meeting. In addition, Weatherford College is hosting a College Night where several college representatives will be present to answer questions.
RODEO FALL FEST – Balsora Baptist Church in Bridgeport is having a Rodeo Fall Fest 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a stick horse contest, face painting, mule rides, games, a cowboy and cowgirl dress-up contest and a chili and stew cook-off. An old time Southern gospel group will play at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 108 CR 3623.
PARADISE RUN – The Paradise Prowl Color 5K Run is Sunday at the Paradise High School baseball fields. The 1-mile fun run/walk is at 2 p.m. and the 5K is at 3. The 5K chip timed race includes seven age categories. Register online at www.onestoprace.com or print off a form at www.pisd.net.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wal-Mart associates are sponsoring a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Wal-Mart in Decatur.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY – The football season’s winding down and playoff hopes are on the line for many local teams. Tonight’s games include Paradise at Boyd, Sanger at Bridgeport, Alvord at Henrietta, and two local homecoming games: Blue Ridge at Chico and Richland at Northwest. All games start at 7:30. The Wise County Messenger will provide live blogging from the Bridgeport game. Find the blog and scores at WCMessenger.com/scores.
DON’T FORGET TO FALL BACK – You might want to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday as Daylight-Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.
FUNERALS – Service for Mary Pope, 90, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Esther Lee Miller, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Monday at Crossroads Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jennie Garrett Conditt, 53, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Skyvue Funeral Home in Mansfield. Memorial committal service is 1 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Mariann Elaine Weber, 46, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.