PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE – A man was hit by a vehicle about 11 a.m. yesterday on U.S. 81/287 just north of Farm Road 1810. According to a witness, the man was seen rushing out of the median in front of a southbound Chrysler Pacifica. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the victim was Mark Chavez, 22, of Albuquerque, N.M. His body bounced off the Pacifica, which was driven by Lisa Workman, 49, of Chico, crushing in the windshield before he came to a rest in the middle of the road. According to the victim’s mother, Luz Rodriguez, Chavez had just jumped out of her pickup before he got hit by the other car. She said she was attempting to take him to a facility in Dallas for his drinking and drug abuse. Chavez was awake but appeared to be going through shock when medics arrived. He was transported by Wise County Medics to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. From there he was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Decatur Police Department is investigating the accident. Decatur Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
EMS SERVICE ON COUNCIL’S AGENDA – A first responder position created earlier this year by the City of Rhome was removed from the current year’s budget last month, but related items will be discussed again at tonight’s meeting. Dee Romine, who lives just outside the city limits, has started a petition to reinstate the first responder post. She plans to present that petition to the council tonight. Charles Dillard, administrator of Wise County Emergency Medical Services, has been asked to give a presentation on services provided to Rhome residents. Heather McGlasson, who works with Air Evac, will also speak on the services the medical helicopter company provides residents. Some of those in support of the full-time first responder position have pointed out that the city has spent thousands on a pavilion for the Rhome Family Park that failed to pass inspection. That item will also be on Thursday’s agenda. The meeting is at 7 at city hall.
BENEFIT FOR BABY CLAYTON – A benefit will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Pavilion, 910 Cates St. in Bridgeport. Barbecue plates will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids. It will also include a silent auction, bounce houses and live bands. All proceeds benefit the family of Emily Palmer who is undergoing amniotic fluid infusions for her unborn child, Clayton Jayden Palmer, in Maryland.
PARENT CAFE – A Parent Cafe is planned for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The session topic will be on choosing the most effective ways to discipline your child based on the situation. If childcare is needed, RSVP to 940-627-5080.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Grayson Garrett Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Bridgeport County Club. The day and night scramble will tee off at 3 p.m. and dark. The 3-man scramble is $300 per team, and entry deadline is Oct. 21. Awards will be presented for the top three teams. Live and silent auctions will be held. For more information call Dwayne Garrett at 940-393-1940 or Ryan Murphy at 940-284-0502.
TAILGATE PARTY – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold a tailgate party Friday before the Chico Dragons play their district opener against Valley View. Set-up is at 5 p.m. on the road between the fieldhouse and the field.
HORSESHOES AND WASHERS – Register teams of two for the horseshoe and washers tournaments at the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue cook-off Saturday, Oct. 19, at Northwest OHV Park. Cost is $20 per team per tournament. First-place in each event receives 40 percent, and second-place gets 20 percent. Pre-register by Wednesday, Oct. 16, by calling Terry Long at 940-210-9495 or Amber Fogelman at 940-683-3404. Or you can register that day at 11 a.m. for the horseshoe tournament, which begins at noon and 2:30 p.m. for the washers tournament that starts at 3 p.m.
CHICO FEST PAGEANT – Register for the 3rd Annual Lil Miss/Mr. Chico Fest pageant – to be held Saturday, Oct. 19 – by calling Kelly Laney at 940-389-8286 or visiting the Chico Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The fall-themed pageant awards prizes in four age divisions for boys and girls up to 10 years. Proceeds go to scholarships awarded annually.
HEALTH FAIR – The 2nd Annual Weatherford College Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the college. There will be free health screenings, flu shots, immunizations and community health organizations and vendor booths. For more information, call 940-626-3282.
DONATIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS - The Hills Nursing and Rehab in Decatur is collecting donations of bottled water and Gatorade for the Decatur Fire Department through Friday. Call 940-627-2165 if you need the items picked up.
FUNERALS – Service for Eston O. Poland, 92, of Fort Worth, formerly of Sunset, is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Family visitation is 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral. Local visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Martha Sue Jackson, 74, of Alvord is 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Chico.