SLICK ROAD LEADS TO WRECK - Rhome volunteer fire fighters and Wise County medics worked fast to free three injured people trapped inside a pickup after it wrecked near the intersection of US 81/287 and Texas 114 West at 9 p.m. Thursday. The southbound truck lost control on the road slick with rain and oil, veered across an on ramp and rolled onto the median where it rested on its side, said Rhome police officer Chance Garrett. Driver Doug Acklie, 46, of Paradise, was transported to Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. Passengers Kathy Acklie, 42, and Taylor Acklie, 20, were both transported to Wise Regional.
MAN TRAPPED AFTER CAR FLIPS – A Decatur man was trapped in his car after it rolled several times and landed upside down on the side of the road at 4:30 Thursday afternoon on Farm Road 51 just north of Decatur. Ryan O. Dodson, 26, of Decatur was southbound when for unknown reasons he crossed over onto the oncoming lane of traffic and then into a culvert. The vehicle flipped multiple times end over end. After being freed from the wreckage, Dodson was transported by ground ambulance to Denton Regional. He suffered a head injury in the crash, but it did not appear life threatening. No other vehicles were involved and Dodson had no passengers in his vehicle.
TRIAL STARTS MONDAY – Suspended Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross is scheduled to face theft charges in district court Monday morning. The oft-delayed trial is set for 9 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse where Ross will be tried for tampering with governmental records, theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant, and abuse of official capacity greater than $20 and less than $500. District Judge Roger Towery out of Clay County will hear the case that is being prosecuted by Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Robert Gill. Ross will be represented by Fort Worth attorney Jerry Loftin. More than 20 people have been subpoenaed to possibly testify.
HOMECOMINGS ALL AROUND – Local football stadiums should be filled tonight as five Wise County schools hold homecoming games. Homecoming matchups include Decatur vs. Wichita Falls Hirschi, Bridgeport vs. Burkburnett, Sanger at Boyd, Bowie at Alvord and Krum at Paradise. The lone non-homecoming game is also a home game as Chico hosts Brock. All games start at 7:30. The Wise County Messenger will provide live blogging from the Decatur and Bridgeport games. Find the blog and scores at WCMessenger.com/scores.
RAIN CONTINUES – Long-awaited rain returned to Wise County last night, bringing more than an inch of rain to parts of the county. Overnight rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. include 1.5 inches in Greenwood, 1.2 in Alvord, 1 in Rhome and Chico and 0.52 in Decatur. Rain is expected to continue throughout the day.
CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport class of 2003 10-year reunion is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Runaway Bay Country Club.
BAKE SALE – North Texas Bank will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today to benefit 8-year-old Kade Frizzell. Proceeds will go directly towards his treatment at Rocky Top Therapy Center. To find out more about Kade visit therapyforkade.blogspot.com.
CHARITY YARD SALE – A charity yard sale to benefit St. Jude’s is 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 800 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.
TRUE STORY – Trinity Fellowship Decatur will simulcast live the true story from author Todd Burpo of the book “Heaven is for Real” at 7 tonight in the main auditorium. Admission is free. The church is located at 2950 W. U.S. 380 in Decatur.
CLAY SHOOT – Bridgeport FFA Booster Club will have a benefit clay shoot at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and shooting starts at 9. For more information, call Alan Powers at 940-389-3516, Ron Hunter at 940-393-1219 or Dawn Swensson at 940-389-3611.
AGING WISELY – Aging Wisely presents “Changes to Medicare/Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act” at 2 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. Other senior education topics will be presented monthly on the third Friday through the fall and are sponsored by Weatherford College Wise County, Texas AHEC East and Angels Care Home. For more information on this or upcoming topics, call the Area Heath Education Center at the college at 940-626-3283.
FISH FRY – The Decatur Band Booster Fish Fry is 5-7 tonight at the old intermediate school cafeteria. Dinner is $8 per plate at the door.
BHS REUNION – A Bridgeport High School reunion for classes of 1950-1970 is 10 a.m. Saturday at the BHS Commons. Anyone who attended BHS during those years is invited.
LEARN ABOUT 4-H – 4-H Explosion is noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Weatherford College Wise County.
COAL MINERS VENDORS – Vendor applications for the Coal Miners Heritage Festival – Saturday, Oct. 5 – are now available at www.bridgeportchamber.org or by emailing email@example.com or calling 940-683-2076. Cost for a 10-foot by 10-foot space is $40 for arts, crafts, merchandise or informational or $100 for food vendors. Electricity is an additional $10. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 23.
FUNERALS – Service for Lindy King, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Gene Paul Brown, 61, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Countryside Fellowship Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Etta Mae Fluker, 85, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Cottonwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.