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Monday, September 16, 2013

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3 INJURED IN ACCIDENT – Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport just before 10:30 p.m. Friday. Martina Rodriguez, 47, of Bridgeport was driving a Ford Explorer westbound in the 1200 block of U.S. 380 when it was hit on the driver’s side by a Dodge pickup that was attempting to cross 380 at Lawdwin Avenue. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said the impact flipped the Explorer on its side, and it slid about 75 feet down 380, stopping just west of the first entrance to the Brookshire’s parking lot. The driver of the pickup, Larry Baker III, 21, of Runaway Bay, and his daughter, almost 2 years old, were not injured. Rodriguez was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Her husband, Saul Rodriguez, 47, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Explorer, and he suffered the most serious injuries. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. A 7-year-old female passenger was transported by ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, and a 13-year-old male passenger was uninjured.

DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT – A Forestburg man was flown to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth Friday night after wrecking his dirt bike and suffering a head injury. Jerry Walters was riding about 11 p.m. with two other men on County Road 2622 near Slidell. Among the three men, there were two dirt bikes and one all-terrain vehicle. According to DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel, Walters’ front tire hit the back tire of the ATV. Walters was trying to avoid the accident and ended up jumping from the bike. He was not wearing a helmet.

NEWARK HOUSE FIRE – The cause of a house fire in Newark that displaced seven people is unknown, said Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. The two-story structure in the 200 block of County Road 4847 caught fire just after noon Friday and is a total loss. Jack and Sue Kennan lived in the home with their five grandchildren, ages 9, 7, 5, 4 and 3. Firefighters from five departments – Newark, Rhome, Boyd, Haslet and Eagle Mountain – battled the blaze. Beard said after the fire appeared to be under control, some crews were pulled out to take a break. One crew was left inside, and it was then that the fire flared on the second floor. “With the heat and the condition of the structure, the circumstances deteriorated,” said Beard. “The guys did a good job, but they had to pull everyone out at that point. It wasn’t safe to have anyone inside.” No firefighters were seriously injured, but Beard said there were a few treated by Wise County medics for heat exhaustion. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family.

ROAD CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close portions of West Main, from U.S. 81/287 Business to East Main at U.S. 81/287 Business, temporarily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today and tomorrow for street improvements. Residents are requested to not park on the street. The courthouse square will not be affected. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260 for more information.

BOYD HOMECOMING – Boyd High School’s homecoming parade and community pep rally is tomorrow. The parade starts at 6 p.m., and the pep rally will immediately follow at Yellowjacket Stadium. The parade route is posted at www.boydisd.net. The Boyd Lions Club will also be collecting canned goods, which can be dropped off at the stadium gate or the Lions Club float. The homecoming game versus the Sanger Indians is 7:30 p.m. Friday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, 201 E. Main. Refreshments will be served, and the meeting topic will be “Show and Tell.” Members and guests will show their favorite rock specimens. A rock auction for members will be held afterwards.

CONVENTION – The Wise County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and dinner is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Decatur. All members are invited. RSVP to 940-627-6474 or 940-683-8100.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 tonight at the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 7 tonight in the courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur. Anyone interested in running for a position in the Democratic Party is invited. There will be a short symposium on the Affordable Healthcare Act.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will have a public hearing 8:45 a.m. today on the proposed adoption of a plan for the restoration and preservation of records in the county clerk office. The plan includes a records archive fee associated with the county clerk archive fund not to exceed $10. The public will be allowed to comment. The meeting is in the third floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. The commissioners’ regular meeting will follow at 9 a.m.

FUNERALS – Service for James Bruce Hull, 76, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord. Graveside service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond Gann, 83, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.