JUDGE MCELHANEY DIES AFTER COLLAPSING AT MEETING - Wise County Judge Bill McElhaney was pronounced dead just before noon Monday at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He collapsed during a meeting of county commissioners around 10:15 a.m. and was treated at the scene by Wise County medics before being transported. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow has ordered an autopsy by the Dallas County Medical Examiner. The 67-year-old McElhaney, who lived in Bridgeport, was serving his second term as county judge and was currently serving as vice president of North Central Texas Council of Governments. Memorial service for McElhaney is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center with private burial. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FATAL WRECK VICTIM IDENTIFIED – A Bellevue man was killed in a wreck involving a passenger car and an 18-wheeler north of Chico Monday morning. Larry Robert Hilbers, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. The wreck occurred just after 5:40 a.m. as rain fell steadily. The 18-wheeler, driven by Robby Dan Carlock, 55, of Bridgeport, was northbound on Texas 101, approaching a curve near the intersection of County Road 1786. Investigators believe Carlock tapped the brake which, along with standing water in the roadway, caused the semi to jacknife. The trailer swung to the right into oncoming lanes of traffic as Hilbers, who was driving southbound in a silver Ford Focus, approached the same curve. The car became jammed underneath the trailer, and the impact sent both vehicles into the southbound-side ditch. Funeral for Hilbers is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Springs Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
2 HURT IN ROLLOVER – Two Nevada men were injured in a one-vehicle rollover south of Decatur just after 2 this morning. The names of the victims were not available at the scene. Both were transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with non life-threatening injuries. According to investigators, the men were traveling south on U.S. 81/287 from Reno, Nev., to Houston when it appears the driver fell asleep. The vehicle rolled across the median, across the northbound lanes and across the railroad tracks before landing on a fence on the east side of the tracks. Decatur police and fire department responded along with Wise County medics.
2 INJURED IN STREET FIGHT IDENTIFIED – Wise County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation team is still looking into details of a violent street fight that left two men seriously injured early Sunday night in Chico. Edmond Wallace was allegedly stabbed in the lower back by Kevin Martinez in the middle of the road on Oakwood Street. After being stabbed, Wallace managed to go into his home, grab a pistol, come back outside and shoot Martinez in the leg. Both men were flown from Chico by helicopter to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Sgt. Kevin Benton said both men were now in stable condition. The incident started with Martinez going through the neighborhood, looking for someone who had sold him some bicycles. During his interrogation of Wallace, it turned violent. No charges have been filed, but it’s possible aggravated assault might be filed against one or both of the combatants.
ANOTHER RAINY DAY – Light rain was falling in Decatur as Update went to press, and rain chances are good for the rest of the day. A cold front is also expected to move through the area this morning bringing much cooler temperatures with an overnight low of around 49. Rainfall totals since 7:30 a.m. yesterday include 1.45 inches in Greenwood, 1.1 inches in Alvord, 0.81 in Decatur, 0.7 in Chico and 0.58 in Rhome.
VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING – Wise County Voter Registration training will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the training room located at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. Contact the voter registration office at 940-627-3656 by this afternoon if you plan to attend.
GENEALOGY SOCIETY – Wise County Genealogy Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fireplace Room at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51. Patti Gillespie will talk about how to start a chronological research. Memberships will be available for $20 per individual or $25 per family.
VALIDATION TIME – State Sheep and Goat Validation, as well as County Steer Validation, is 3-6 p.m. today at the Posse Grounds.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Main in Decatur.
BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL – After a public hearing, the Bridgeport City Council will consider granting a specific-use permit for a manufactured home at 1805C 9th Street at its meeting 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall. The council will also consider a final plat of Bailey Park, located outside of the city limits but within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction, for a manufactured home community. The council will also consider appointing Lynda Byrd to an unexpired term on the Bridgeport Public Library Board and authorizing the temporary closure of Halsell Street between 9th and 12th streets from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, for the annual Suit Up and Say Boo trick-or-treat parade with downtown merchants.
RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – At its meeting tonight, the Runaway Bay City Council will consider a rate adjustment request by Progressive Waste Solution for garbage collection. Officials will also consider the purchase of rescue equipment and a transfer of donation funds – both items for the volunteer fire department. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
FUNERALS – Service for Mike Manning, 61, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Eston O. Poland, 92, of Fort Worth, formerly of Sunset, is 11 a.m. today 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 service. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Wilema England, 95, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Church of Christ with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Bobbie Jean Jones, 81, of Decatur is noon today at Bennett Cemetery in Apple Springs. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Mary L. Chambers, 95, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Carolyn Joy Neighbors, 64, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jerry Lee Stark, 70, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Donald Lynn Zaidle, 55, of Poolville is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Tish Peterson, 72, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Robert Phinney, 80, of Aurora is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.