SLICK ROAD LEADS TO WRECK – The driver of a silver pickup was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for head and neck injuries sustained in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon. The male, whose name was not available at the scene, was southbound in the inside lane of U.S. 81/287 in Rhome. Witnesses say the truck hydroplaned and drifted across the outside lane and shoulder of the road before striking a pillar of the Farm Road 3433 overpass. The impact caused the pickup to ricochet into the outside shoulder, where it came to a rest. A helicopter ambulance was put on standby, but it could not launch due to a storm moving through the area. Rhome Officer Brody Brown said the driver’s injuries were not life-threatening. Rhome police and volunteer firefighters as well as Wise County medics responded to the accident.
HORSE KILLED, RIDER INJURED IN WRECK – A 14-year-old horseback rider was injured when he was hit by a minivan about 8 p.m. Friday on Texas 114 near Old Base Road in Aurora. Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said the boy and three other kids were crossing 114 on horseback and misjudged the distance of oncoming traffic. The riders were crossing from the north side to the south side of the highway. A minivan, driven by Larry Bratcher of Seymour, was westbound and struck the left hindquarter of the last horse in the group. “The second to last rider heeled his horse and got across just in time,” said Siebeneck. “The [injured] rider was complaining of hip, arm and leg pain, but he didn’t have any obvious compound fractures.” The names of the minors have not yet been released. The injured rider was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS. Bratcher and his passenger, wife Pattie, were not injured. The horse’s injuries required that it be euthanized at the scene.
BUSINESS BURGLARY – Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking for information related to the Sept. 29 burglary of Tobacco Town Shop in Paradise. The suspects gained entry to the business by wrapping chains around the front glass doors and pulling them open with a red, semi-truck cab. There is likely damage to the right, front fender of the truck. Suspects include a white male, 30 to 40 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing around 185 pounds. Another suspect is a white female, 30 to 40 years old and 5-feet, 6-inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds. The suspects are also wanted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for the same type of crime at multiple store locations. Photos from security video stills were featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now. To report information about the suspects, call Sgt. Mike Neagle at 940-627-5971, ext. 258, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to anonymously report information, call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS or 940-627-8477. Lines are open 24 hours.
WEEKEND RAINFALL – It was another rainy Saturday this past weekend. Rainfall totals included 0.48 of an inch in Decatur, 0.45 in Rhome and 0.12 in Alvord.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – If you plan on voting in the Nov. 5 general election, but you are not yet registered to vote or need to make changes to your voter registration, today is the deadline. Call the Wise County Elections office at 940-626-4453 for more information. The ballot will include nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. A review of those proposed amendments were featured in last Wednesday’s and Saturday’s Wise County Messenger.
THINK PINK – Paint the Town Pink is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, on the Courthouse Square in Decatur. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and a pink-line ceremony. Lunch will be served for $5 a plate. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call 940-626-6158 or 940-626-1384.
ABWN LUNCHEON – The ABWN (Area Business Women Network) monthly luncheon is 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. RSVP by today by emailing email@example.com. Guest speaker is Wise Hope Domestic Violence Center and Sponsor Brenda Scott with Juice Plus. ABWN is also having its annual nut fundraiser to help fund its student scholarships. View the flyer online at www.abwn.org for more information on placing your order.
SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mary Otto will present a program on Amish Culture.
STORYTIME – Wednesday’s Storytime at the Bridgeport Public Library features a monsters theme this week, and it includes crafts. Preschool Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m., and a lap-sit program for toddlers is at 11:15 a.m.
SINGERS SOUGHT – Auditions will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur for the Wise County Chorale. More singers are needed, particularly tenors and basses. The group, along with the Denton Bach Players, will present the Christmas portions of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church. To make a tryout appointment, contact Dr. Lenora McCroskey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those trying out should bring an aria, song or other vocal piece to sing. They will also be asked to sight-read a piece representative of the music in “Messiah.” Rehearsals will start Sunday, Oct. 27, and run every Sunday afternoon (except the Sunday after Thanksgiving) from 3 to 5:30. For more information, call Dr. McCroskey at 940-453-7299.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for David Compton Whale, 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Atza Lottie Manuel, 73, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Tommy Wayne Smith, 71, of Euless is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bedford Church of Christ with burial to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.
SERVICE for Jewel Evelyn Holley Johnson Wood, 101, of Weatherford is 1 p.m. today in Weatherford with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.