MAN HIT BY TRUCK – A pedestrian was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler on Texas 114 near Rhome about 5:30 Monday morning. Sgt. Lloyd McKinney with the Department of Public Safety said a Chaney truck was traveling westbound on 114 when it struck a man in the roadway. “That’s really all we know right now,” McKinney said. “We don’t even know who he is yet.” Traffic was still reduced to one lane at the accident scene as of 7:30 a.m. while troopers continued their investigation. The name of the truck driver has not yet been released. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it’s available.
CRAFTON HOME BURNS – Fire destroyed the home of a Crafton couple Saturday evening, despite the efforts of five local fire departments. Rickie Fisher said he and his wife, Barbara, were home when the blaze began, but they were able to escape, along with their three cats – Ink, Kittley and Gitty. Crafton, Chico, Sand Flat, Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments all responded to the blaze, and Rickie said he was impressed with their response time. The mobile home, on Farm Road 2127, is just a few doors down from the Crafton fire station. The Fishers think the fire may have started in an air conditioner unit, but the county fire marshal will investigate to determine the exact cause. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help with the Fishers’ immediate needs. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.
FOURTH TRIAL DATE – Another trial date has been set for suspended Wise County Precinct 4 Commissioner Terry Ross. On Monday, Sept. 23, he is scheduled to 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. The trial has already been delayed three times, most recently from April 23 when District Attorney Greg Lowery recused himself and his office from the case. District Judge Roger Towery 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. A full story was in the weekend Messenger, which is still on newsstands.
WELCOME RAIN – Sunday was a rare rainy July day in Wise County. Rainfall totals included 2.7 inches in Alvord, 2 in Rhome, 1.6 in Decatur and 1.3 in Chico. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of more rain today and tonight. The rain and clouds today will keep temperatures unseasonably cool, with a high of 76 expected.
PARENT MEETING – A mandatory parent meeting for Chico Youth Football is 6 tonight at Chico High School gym. Last-minute sign-ups will be accepted, and players will be fitted for uniforms. For more information, call Chad Patterson at (940) 210-9843.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will consider approving a Cooperative Data Program Participation Agreement with North Central Texas Council of Governments and will hear a report about possible procedures for distribution of $225 million in transportation grants to counties for the repair of county roads affected by oil and gas activity. The grants would come from the Texas Department of Transportation, as outlined in Senate Bill 1747, which is effective Sept. 1.
PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – A pair of public hearings are on the Paradise City Council’s agenda for tonight. Before voting, council members, acting as the city’s planning and zoning commission, will hold a hearing for both a zoning change request from commercial to multi-family for 20.43 acres in the F.S. Sepulvedo Survey and a specific use request by ERA Telecom Properties to construct a self-supporting tower. The council will also receive an update on a future sewer system and will consider a request for a waterline extension. The meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., is at City Hall.
BLOOD DRIVE — A blood drive will be held 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Conoco Phillips office, 408 Park West Ct. in Decatur. For more information call Carson West at (918) 876-2133.
FUNERALS – Service for James H. Vanderbeck, 42, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Charles Wendell Worthington, 87, of Aurora is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Marie Ashmore, 86, of Newark is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Flo Murphy, 90, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Samuel Robertson Sr., 79, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Brian Sean Peyton, 29, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton Funeral Home. He was the son of Matthew Peyton of Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Steven Collie, 59, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Rubottom Cemetery in Marietta, Okla. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.