MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED IN WRECK AT COUNTY LINE — At least four vehicles were involved in a wreck on U.S. 81/287 just inside the Montague County line around 6:30 Saturday night. Few details of the wreck are known at this point, but at least three helicopters were seen taking off from the scene of the wreck carrying the most seriously injured. It apparently involved two SUVs and two passenger cars. Both northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 were diverted onto the access road at Cemetery Road for hours while the highway was used as a landing zone for helicopters from at least three different counties, including an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter from Decatur. In addition to Montague County emergency responders, two Wise County EMS ambulances, the Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Department of Public Safety troopers from the Decatur office assisted at the scene. As of yesterday, investigators at the DPS office in Bowie were still trying to gather information on the wreck. More information will be posted as it becomes available at WCMessenger.com.
EAGLES’ PLAYOFF RUN ENDS — The Decatur Eagles football team lost to Tyler Chapel Hill 55-40 Friday in the Class 3A Region II semifinal game in Forney. For a full game recap and photos, see the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS — Decatur Spirit of Christmas Angel Trees are up at every financial institution in Decatur. Monetary donations of any amount are being accepted now through Thursday and will be used to provide vouchers for local families, giving them the opportunity to shop for their children’s Christmas toys and clothes.
LIGHTING UP THE BAY — Members of the Greater Runaway Bay Alliance will compile a map of all local homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. Copies of the map will be available at local businesses, at City Hall and outside the civic center. To be included on the map, contact Jackie Ishmael at 940-575-4592 or email@example.com, or Kay Federspiel at 940-575-4916. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 10.
LIGHTED PARADE — Deadline to register for the Bridgeport Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. For a form, stop by Bridgeport City Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, through downtown Bridgeport. For more information, call 940-683-3404.
WORKFORCE SUMMIT — Boyd ISD will host a Workforce Summit 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Boyd ISD boardroom at 600 Knox Ave. Topics to be discussed include diploma endorsements, certifications and course work that will make students more employable upon graduation. Area business leaders are invited. To participate, RSVP to Barbara Stice at email@example.com or 940-433-9508.
ANNUAL DINNER — The fifth annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce dinner is 6:30 tonight at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Guest speaker is Dave Lieber, an investigative columnist at the Dallas Morning News. Tickets are $20 in advance at Mann Refrigeration in Bridgeport, First State Bank in Paradise and Paradise City Hall. Cost is $25 at the door. There will be a silent auction and raffle. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUNERALS — Memorial graveside service for Billy Tom Parker, 71, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Poe Prairie Cemetery near Millsap. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for James Everett Waldrop III, 46, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Kirk Steven Holland, 52, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Janis Darlene Vickers, 71, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Debra A. Jones, 54, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Rodney “Charles” Rhine Sr., 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.