MAN INJURED IN BRIDGEPORT WRECK – A 21-year-old man was flown to a Fort Worth hospital following a one-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 2123, about two miles south of Bridgeport, Saturday afternoon. Jacob Patrick Gentry of Edgewood was southbound around 5:15 p.m. when it appears he lost control of the white Nissan Sentra he was driving. Investigators said it appears Gentry attempted to overcorrect but ended up sliding sideways across the road. The car hit and splintered a tree then landed upside down in a thicket of brush. Gentry was extricated and transported to a nearby field, from which he was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital. Although the details of his injuries were not known, investigators said they were “severe.”
ARSON FIRE – The fire that gutted an abandoned home in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon is believed to be arson. Authorities say a neighbor saw a woman pour liquid around the home in the 200 block of Second Street. A suspect has been detained, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate. Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department assisted Bridgeport with the blaze, which was toned out about 3:30 p.m.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – A retirement party for former Precinct 2 Constable Leonard Denney is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Gayla’s Hospitality, 262 County Road 3503 in Bridgeport. The party will include karaoke and a presentation honoring Denney’s 30 years of service to Wise County law enforcement. For more information call Gayla at (940) 683-4696 or Angela Denney at (940) 393-3911.
COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY – Wise County’s new mobile command post will be parked on the Courthouse Square in Decatur this morning so county commissioners can tour it during their regular meeting. The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse. The group will recess at 10 a.m. to inspect the new, state-of-the-art vehicle, which will be stationed primarily at crime scenes or as a base at large grass fires. Commissioners will reconvene at 10:30 a.m. Prior to breaking for the tour, the group is scheduled to consider the appointment of Scott Farver and Jerry McEntire to the Wise County Emergency Services District No. 1 board of directors. They will also discuss clarification of information regarding the hiring process for the county fire marshal position.
DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – Wise Regional Health System CEO Steve Summers will update the Decatur City Council on the hospital’s “activities and services” when the council meets at 6 tonight at City Hall. That report will likely include information about the hospital’s offer to purchase the assets of North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport out of bankruptcy. That case is under way in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Worth, with a Jan. 28 deadline for any other bidders to put in their offers. The council’s agenda also includes action on a zoning change to allow construction of a building at Mill and Stratton for H2X, a hydro-excavating company that plans to open its national headquarters here. Also up for discussion are proposed speed limit changes on U.S. 380 in the city limits, a proposed study of the city’s utilities and other support services, reappointment of four directors to the Decatur Hospital Authority Board of Directors and an information report on refinancing a 2004 series of certificates of obligation.
NORTHWEST SCHOOL BOARD – Along with a breakdown of steps that need to be taken before the opening of comprehensive high school No. 3 in August 2015, the Northwest School Board will discuss one of the first moves – boundary revisions – at its January meeting tonight. Although the meeting starts at 7 p.m., the board will first have a special workshop at 5:30 to discuss STAAR and the challenges it presents to the district. Both will take place in the board room of the administration building, 2001 Texan Drive, in Fort Worth. Among other issues, the board will also discuss the budget calendar and parameters for the 2013-2014 school year, vote on high school course additions, deletions and revisions, and discuss extending a demographic services contract. District officials will also hold a public hearing on the Academic Excellence Indicator System and present a construction update.
METER MEETING – The City of Bridgeport will host an information meeting for the public about the new AMI system 6:30 tonight at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Rhiannon Mayne with the TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery will present the program. A pot luck dinner will be served and a rock auction held. For more information call Penny Nixon at (940) 389-0407.
LIBRARIAN’S FIRST DAY – The Decatur Public Library’s new librarian, Patricia Peters, starts today. She previously worked at the Lewisville Public Library.
FOOTBALL’S BEST – The weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now features the top performers from the 2012 high school football season.
FUNERALS – Service for Melody Delyn Moody-Rasco, 44, of Springtown is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Rossilyn Phillips, 73, of Bowie is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for C.W. “Hoot” Hall, 80, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Westover Cemetery in Westover. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Walter Mason, 88, of Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Earnest Lingle, 91, or Azle is pending at Hawkins Bridgeport.