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Monday, January 7, 2013

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FIRE AT APARTMENT COMPLEX – Fire damaged at least seven units at the Eighter from Decatur apartment complex on Business U.S. 81/287 North in Decatur Sunday. Decatur and Bridgeport fire departments as well as Decatur police responded to the fire shortly after 9 p.m. There were no reports of injuries. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the fire “pretty well gutted” three units. Two more units sustained heavy fire damage and three more units sustained heavy smoke damage. The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.

INFANT KILLED IN ROLLOVER – A 5-month-old baby was killed in a one-vehicle rollover Friday morning at 9 a.m. on U.S. 81/287 a few miles south of Decatur. A gold minivan was southbound when it left the roadway, over-corrected, went into a side-skid and proceeded to roll two or three times before coming to a rest on its side in the median. The vehicle was passing an 18-wheeler at a slight curve in the road when the wreck occurred, said Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel. Six of seven occupants on board were ejected, one of them a five-month-old baby still strapped in his car seat – which officers said was not properly secured inside the van. A witness at the scene said the mother attempted CPR on the baby before paramedics arrived. The baby, Curtis Cooper, was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the van, Tina Gilliam, 21, who did not have a license, told investigating officers that an 18-wheeler ran her off the road. She and three other passengers were transported to Wise Regional while two other passengers were flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. The family was from Colorado Springs, Colo., and was traveling to Alexandria, La., for a funeral. Read the full story in the weekend Messenger on news stands now.

METER REPLACEMENTS – Starting today, the City of Bridgeport will begin work to replace and/or upgrade water and electric meters in the city. Workers will be wearing either safety green shirts or blue shirts, marked with the logo “Siemens/PVI Meter Team.” Trucks marked with the same logo will be used during meter swap outs. Meter replacement is anticipated to take no more than approximately 30 minutes. Commercial meter customers will be notified of water and electric shutoffs in advance. Anyone with special needs for water or electricity should call the city at (940) 683-3400.

RELAY KICKOFF – The Relay For Life of Wise County kickoff and first team meeting is 6-7:30 tonight at First Baptist Church of Decatur. Cake and punch will be served, and all teams will receive a prize for attending. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon today at Paradise City Hall. Cost is $10 and is sponsored by Mann Refrigeration. Speaker is Cher Tilghman with Century 21, and the new board of directors will be announced. There will be a special board meeting at 11 a.m. before the social.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Grief Support Group meets 6-7:30 tonight on the far right hand side of the Wise Regional Health System West Campus (old hospital). The group meets the first Monday of every month. For more information call Laura Tanner at (940) 626-2973.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. New officers for 2013 will be sworn in.

FUNERALS – Graveside services for Milton Richard Boner, 60, of Bellevue, formerly of Chico, is 11 a.m. today at the Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery between Alvord and Chico. White’s Family Funeral Home of Bowie is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lucille O. Burrows, 87, of Bowie, formerly of Decatur, is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery near Gorman. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Moises “Juan” Torres, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES are pending for Tim Eustice, 53, of Rhome and Marie Hill, 97, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Alice Irene Hill, 92, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

VISITATION for Liane M. Szmanski, 86, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Clifford Stanford, 86, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Donald D. Dixson, 79, of Rhome is 5 p.m. today at Renewal Fellowship Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Paula Lorene Edwards, 92, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with private burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Linda Renee Sutherland, 60, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.