PLANE LANDS ON U.S. 380 — A Cessna 172 single-engine plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport Sunday afternoon around 1:45. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lloyd McKinney said pilot Christopher Brawley of Haslet began experiencing engine problems as he was flying east from Bridgeport. He initially tried to fly to the Decatur Municipal Airport before deciding to turn around and head to the Bridgeport Municipal Airport. Brawley sent out a “mayday” call when it became apparent that the plane would not make it to the airport. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton was driving up to the scene as Brawley brought the plane down on U.S. 380 between 16th Street and Overland Drive. “It looked like a perfect runway landing, except it was on a U.S. highway,” Singleton said. Brawley taxied into a gravel parking lot. No one was injured.
WORKFORCE SERVICES OFFERED AT COLLEGE — Weatherford College has agreed to provide space to Workforce Solutions two days a week. Services will be offered on Monday and Thursday by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Denton Workforce Center at (940) 382-6712 and tell them you live in Wise County and would like to meet with a Workforce representative in the county. The college is also hosting the mobile Workforce Center office 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. No appointment is necessary for the mobile center. The moves come after the full-time Workforce Solutions office in Decatur closed last week due to federal budget cuts. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on news stands now.
SHORT RIDES — Decatur’s Mike Lee advanced to the semifinals of the Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy IV Saturday, but his 2.97-second ride in that round was not enough to hold off L.J. Jenkins’ 3.28. Lee bested Aaron Roy, Guilherme Marchi and Robson Palermo in previous rounds of the bracket-style event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Of the five Wise County competitors participating, only Silvano Alves of Decatur and Lee were left standing going into the third. In that round, Alves, the first-ever back-to-back PBR World Champion in 2011 and 2012, was ousted by J.B. Mauney. After a first round bye, Valdiron de Oliveira of Boyd and Marco Eguchi of Decatur were eliminated by Chase Outlaw and Cody Nance, respectively, in their first-go. Eduardo Aparecido — who took Marco Eguchi’s place on the bracket after Eguchi moved to injured Renato Nunes’ better-seeded spot — fell to Outlaw in the first round. Austin Meier of Oklahoma won the event.
BOOK SPEED DATING — Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Book Speed Dating at the Decatur Public Library 4 p.m. Tuesday. Teens will “meet” several new or overlooked books in rapid succession and enjoy snacks and activities. No sign-up is required. Call (940) 393-0290 for more details.
YOUNG PTO — The Young Elementary PTO Board has called a meeting for 3:30 p.m. today to discuss forming committees and filling board positions. For information, email YoungElementaryPTO@gmail.com.
NTCH SCHOLARSHIPS — The Volunteer Auxiliary of Bridgeport’s North Texas Community Hospital will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of NTCH and individuals with a Wise County address. The Auxiliary encourages individuals to further their education in the medical field as physicians, nurses and laboratory technicians, as well as in hospital administration or social work. Applications are available at the hospital’s volunteer desk, Bridgeport and Decatur libraries and Wise County high schools. Download an application at www.ntchospital.org. Applications must be returned by April 2. For information call (940) 683-0300.
SUPPORT GROUP — The Grief Support Group meets 6 tonight at the Wise Regional Health System West Campus (old hospital). Enter at the far left hand side of the building. The group meets the first Monday of every month. For more information call Laura Tanner at (940) 626-2973.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON — The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon today at the Rowe Building on Texas 114. Lunch is $10 a plate and will be catered by Sagebrush Café. Speaker is Suzanne Smith of 90 For Life. There will also be a raffle; prizes are welcome.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD — The Decatur School Board tonight will once again consider awarding a bid for renovation work on a district-owned building identified as a possible future home to the district’s administration offices. DISD received two bids on the project, with a low bid submitted by Mart, Inc. in Irving. The bid included a base bid of $1.89 million plus six “alternates” for additional work that would bring the total to more than $2.5 million. At the Feb. 21 meeting, the board asked for more time to review the project and see if areas could be identified for cost savings. Tonight’s meeting at the administration building begins with a closed session at 6:30 followed by an open session.
FUNERALS — Service for Linda Kirk, 66, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Clara Marie Harlow, 88, formerly of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Karen Griffith, 69, of Plano is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service. She was the mother of Wise County Messenger production manager Todd Griffith.
FUNERAL for Inez White Bewley, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery near Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.