Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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2 INJURED IN CHICO-AREA WRECK – A wreck between an 18-wheeler and a pickup around 9:30 Monday morning on Texas 101 at Farm Road 2265 sent two people to the hospital. Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said the 18-wheeler, which was hauling water, was southbound on Texas 101 and had stopped to make a left turn onto FM 2265. A pickup driven by James McDonald was northbound on Texas 101 when he attempted to go around a vehicle in front of him that had stopped to make a left turn by passing on the shoulder. The pickup then collided with the 18-wheeler as the 18-wheeler had started to turn onto FM 2265. Rescue workers freed McDonald’s passenger, Frederick Ferren, and took him to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He was later flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to free McDonald from the wreckage before he was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Wallace said both were in stable condition. The 18-wheeler driver, Anthony McNeely, was not injured.

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE/CAR WRECK – Carmen Miller, 56, of Boyd was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after ramming his motorcycle into a passenger car south of Boyd Monday afternoon. Investigators said Miller was northbound on Farm Road 730, near County Road 4470, behind a Chevrolet passenger car driven by Cassie Barbie, 22, of Boyd. Barbie had slowed and signaled her intention to turn left and was starting to turn when Miller attempted to pass her, ramming directly into the left rear of the car. Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said Miller will be issued a citation for passing in a no-passing zone.

MARATHON RUNNER SAFE – Three people were killed and more than 100 injured, more than a dozen critically, in the bomb explosions at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. Thomas Aaberg of Alvord, and attorney for the county commissioners, ran in the race. He is safe. He finished in 3:07, a personal best, well before the explosions.

REGIONAL GOLF – After the first round of the Region II Tournament at Tanglewood, the Decatur Eagles are in first position two strokes ahead of second place Argyle. Decatur finished the opening round with a score of 313, Argyle was at 315 and Spring Hill is sitting in third with a 321. The second round continues this morning.

DUAL HONORS – Sheriff David Walker and Messenger photographer Joe Duty were honored Monday at the annual appreciation luncheon of the Wise County Historical Society. Kerry Clower of Alvord, president of the Historical Society, cited Walker for allowing the inmate work crews to maintain 45 historic cemeteries and other historic sites in the county. Duty was honored for his photography, something historians will look at and appreciate many years in the future. “He does a wonderful job of recording Wise County history as it happens,” Clower said.

SURVIVOR DINNER – A dinner for survivors/caregivers who registered with Relay For Life of Wise County is 6 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. There will be a live auction and entertainment by the Cross Timbers Band and cancer survivor Joyce Finley will speak.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce April luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Speaker is Charlie Throckmorton, Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Ram Rodeo announcer. Lunch, catered by Wise Electric Co-op, is $10 a plate. Door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP by Wednesday by calling (940) 683-2076 or emailing tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org.

RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – The Runaway Bay City Council is to meet twice today with intentions to hire a police chief. At a called meeting at 9 a.m., council members are to interview candidates for the job and will consider naming an appointment at its regular meeting at 7 tonight. At that meeting, the council will also consider purchasing pagers for the fire department; bids on property that was struck off the Bridgeport ISD; and the March meeting minutes and financials, account payable, journal and activity reports. Both meetings are at City Hall.

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo committee will petition the Bridgeport council again for a disbursement of hotel occupancy tax dollars at the council’s meeting 7 tonight at City Hall. The council will also consider the gifting of .643 acres to the city in closed session; purchasing software for the municipal court; a contract with Baird, Hampton and Brown Inc. for engineering services to extend a gas utility line; and during workshop will preliminarily discuss replacing the email server used by city personnel and closing city alleys.

CORRECTION – The substitute in Saturday’s story, “Substitute dismissed after gym attack,” was misidentified. Billy Garvin, 44, of Bridgeport was not involved in the incident. The substitute teacher under investigation is Billy Garvin Sr., 66, of Bowie. The Messenger deeply regrets the error.

FUNERALS – Service for Charles “Beekeeper” Steele, 72, of Bridgeport is 7 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 7:30-9 after the service.

MEMORIAL services for John Robinson, 68, of Bridgeport and Debra Kay Briley, 60, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Louis Wayne Lovejoy, 68, of Argyle is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Alice Pearl Simpson, 80, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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