LOCAL MAN DIES IN CENTRAL TEXAS ACCIDENT – A Bridgeport man was killed in a two-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Texas 6 in Calvert, between Bryan-College Station and Waco. Jason Mitchell, 21, was driving a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle north on Texas 6 about 4:30 a.m. when a pickup pulled out in front of him at Texas 14, according to Trooper Jimmy Morgan, a Department of Public Safety spokesperson. The 2012 Chevrolet pickup was driven by James Chmiel, 53, of Bremond. According to Morgan, Chmiel stopped at the intersection of 14 and 6, but then pulled into the path of the motorcycle. The bike struck the left front fender of the pickup, and Mitchell was ejected. He was wearing a helmet, but it came off when he was thrown from the bike. Mitchell was pronounced dead by Richardson County Justice of the Peace Keith Foltermann. “He had just turned 21 Friday,” said Morgan. “And from what I understand, he had been visiting friends in the Bryan area and was possibly en route back to Bridgeport.” Chmiel was not injured. Funeral for Mitchell is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
INJURED DEPUTY GOES HOME – Montague County Deputy James Boyd, who was shot by Evan Ebel March 21 during a traffic stop near Bowie, was released from a Fort Worth rehabilitation facility Sunday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Members of the Patriot Guard, a group of motorcyclists who often escort funeral processions of fallen officers or military veterans, accompanied Boyd on his trip home. Boyd was shot twice in the chest and once in the head by Ebel, who then led officers on a high-speed chase into Wise County. Ebel shot at several officers, eventually wrecking at U.S. 380 and Business U.S. 380. He died following a shootout with local officers. Boyd was wearing a bullet-proof vest and sustained a concussion, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
RAINY DAYS – Rain moved into Wise County overnight, and the forecast calls for more showers and possibly a thunderstorm throughout today, tonight and tomorrow.
MARCH WEATHER – It was another dry month in Wise County in March. According to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur, the area received 1.83 inches of rainfall for the month, and that included 0.93 of an inch on March 30. The total is well below the 3.59 inches of average rainfall for the month. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 87 on March 4 to a low of 24 on March 6.
ABWN SCHOLARSHIP – The Wise County Area Business Women’s Network scholarship application is available online at www.abwn.org. The scholarship is open to any current Wise County high school senior and to any former Wise County high school graduate currently attending college. Applications must be postmarked by April 12 to be considered. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICO COUNCIL THURSDAY – The Chico City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday rather than the normal Tuesday night meeting this month.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Jonestown Cemetery annual meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be provided.
FUN RUN – The Decatur 5K and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run is 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown. Participants can register on-site or at www.decatur5k.com. Proceeds will benefit the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund.
FAMILY FITNESS - Focus on Family Fitness Day at First Baptist Church in Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday. There are activities for all ages including boot camp exercise for men and women, bounce houses and an obstacle course for kids ages 4 through sixth grade, a 5K and one-mile fun run, healthy food showcase, ultimate frisbee and a kids bike and trike course. Mark Cornelison, a participant in season 13 of “The Biggest Loser,” will speak at 6 p.m. in the worship center. For more information, call 940-627-3235.
FUNERALS – Service for Vernon Allen Wingate Jr., 50, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Balsora Baptist Church with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICES for Evelyn Irene Corrigan, 97, formerly of Decatur and Karen Williams, 63, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Marie Slagle Kennedy, 90, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Martha Jane Hill, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Vienna, Ill., with burial at Whiteside Cemetery near Vienna. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bailey Funeral Home. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling local arrangements.