MOTHER AND CHILDREN INJURED IN WRECK – Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday night in front of Brookshire’s on U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. A black Chevrolet pickup, driven by Madison Hancock, 19, of Bridgeport, left the grocery store parking lot about 7:20 p.m. and crossed the westbound lanes of 380. Hancock attempted to cross the eastbound lanes to Lawdwin Avenue but failed to yield to oncoming traffic, according to Corporal Lee Snodgrass with the Bridgeport Police Department. Hancock’s vehicle was struck by an Oldsmobile Bravada, driven by Yesenia Aguilar, 32, of Bridgeport. Snodgrass said the front ends of the vehicles hit. Two Wise County ambulances were dispatched to the scene, along with Rescue One. Yesenia and her 9-year-old son were transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Two of her daughters, ages 12 and 13, were transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for precautionary measures, said Snodgrass. He said their injuries were probably not serious, but the 12-year-old had lacerations to her face. Other passengers in the Bravada were taken to WRHS in Decatur by private vehicle to be checked out. They included Yesenia’s husband, Rafael Aguilar, 39, their 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Hancock was also taken to WRHS by private vehicle as a precaution.
FORMER DRAGON IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Wendell Boner, a Chico High School graduate, will be coaching in the UIL 1A D1 state football championship at 10 a.m. today at AT&T stadium in Arlington. His team, the Shiner Comanches, will face the Stamford Bulldogs, and it will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT – The Bridgeport bands will perform their annual Christmas concert at 7 tonight at the Bridgeport High School gym. MMM Band Boosters will also be continuing their pie sale fundraiser with pies available for pickup immediately following the concert.
CHRISTMAS RUN – The Christmas JOY 5K is Friday in Decatur. The Fun Run is at 4:15 p.m. ($20), and the 5K is at 4:30 p.m. ($30) on the Decatur Courthouse Square, immediately preceding the Parade of Lights and Moonlight Madness. Wear Christmas holiday bling for the Candy Cane Course. Strollers and pets (on leashes) are welcome. Proceeds benefit youth enrichment programs in Wise County. Medals will be awarded to overall male/female and three deep in each age category. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Bring five cans for WARM and get $5 off.
SANTA WRAPS UP HIS VISIT – Santa’s visit to Decatur with his fire department escort will finish up tonight as he visits neighborhoods south of Hale Street, east of U.S. 81/287 and the Brookhollow Addition. His tour will begin at 5 p.m.
TOY DRIVE – Trey Horn with Farmer’s Insurance is sponsoring a toy drive through Saturday for Wise Kid Care Center. Toys may be donated at 1559 W. U.S. 380 in Decatur. For more information, call Gina at 940-626-2188.
CARDS IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Parks and Rec’s seventh annual Christmas Cards in the Park will be displayed through Monday, Jan. 6, in Harwood Park.
HOLIDAY PROGRAM – The Slidell Elementary Holiday Program will be presented at 7 tonight in the elementary auditorium. The Slidell community is invited to watch the students’ presentation of “The Animals Christmas Tree.”
SANTA VISITS ALVORD — Santa will be at the Rockin H Ranch House, located at 100 E. Franklin in Alvord, 5-7 tonight. Bring the kids and your cameras.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Patrick Duffey, 76, of Austin is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Edward Garcia, 68, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Sam F. Martin, 62, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at the Assembly of God Church in Rhome with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Bennie Turner Clark, 80, of Bedford is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Houston Martin, 80, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.