TRUCKS TOTALED ON RAIN SLICK ROADS – Three 18-wheelers were totaled early Saturday morning after running off a rain-slick road at U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur. No one was seriously injured. Decatur police officer Keith Hilton said John Craig, 56, of Enid, Okla., was driving a Sun Coast Resources tank truck northbound on U.S. 81/287 about 6 a.m. He lost control on the wet roadway at U.S. 380, hitting the concrete barrier separating the north- and southbound lanes of 287. The truck jackknifed and came to rest on the east side of the highway. Hilton said Craig suffered “moderate injuries” and was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Immediately after the first truck jackknifed, two more 18-wheelers traveling northbound swerved to miss the wreckage and ran off the east side of U.S. 81/287. They barreled down the embankment and ran through a fence, into the Texas Department of Transportation yard below the highway. One was a rock truck driven by Cervando Laura, 44, of Fort Worth, and the other was a Swift truck driven by Michael Bingham, 61. Officer Hilton said Laura was not injured, and Bingham was transported to WRHS with minor injuries. Both northbound lanes and one southbound lane of 287 were shut down for more than an hour. All lanes were re-opened by 7:15 a.m.
BRIDGEPORT HOSPITAL WILL STAY OPEN – Bondholders stepped up Friday and committed to providing funds to ensure North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport will remain open. The purchase of the hospital by Wise Regional Health System in Decatur is pending, but NTCH didn’t have enough operating funds to remain open until the transition later this month. Wise Regional CEO Steve Summers said he learned Friday bondholders were going to provide the money needed by NTCH. “There are at least four institutional investors (among the bondholders) who were able to figure out how to make that work within the structure we had,” he said. Summers said he doesn’t know when the funds will be available, but he assumed “pretty quick” considering the circumstances. The tentative closing date is March 26. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners meet at 9 this morning in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.
LIBRARY PARTY – The Rhome Library will host a Spring Break/Dr. Seuss Party at 2 p.m. Tuesday. It will include story time and refreshments. The library is located at 265 BC Rhome.
WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 11th-annual three-on-three basketball tournament is Friday, March 22, at the Multi-Purpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Play begins at 5 p.m., and divisions range from girls and boys 5th-6th grade to men’s, women’s and co-ed. Registration is $140 per adult team, $100 per youth team and must be received by noon March 21. Teams who register by today receive a free T-shirt for each player. Download a registration form from www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com/wise-hoops.html.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program, “Cast Iron Forest,” will be presented by Steve Hilliard.
FUNERALS – Service for Ronald (Ronnie) Burton Roberts, 78, of Denton, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Denton with graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at East Side Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Denton.
SERVICES for Benedicta Luna, 62, and Windell M. Splawn, 88, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Colan Jan Locke, 70, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Warren Austin Stogner, 89, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Church No. 1 with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Freddie Sue Rachel, 69, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MASS for Wayne Claude Biles, 58, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Clay Anderson, 51, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church near Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.