Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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PICKUP HITS HOUSE – Coy O’Neal, 80, of Decatur was injured in a single-vehicle accident shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday near downtown Decatur. Sgt. Mike Picha with the Decatur Police Department said O’Neal had been in the parking lot on the northside of the Wise Area Relief Mission building when he drove his pickup across the sidewalk, struck a guidewire, crossed Trinity Street and then crashed into the front porch of a house across the street. Picha said O’Neal sustained a cut on his forehead, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. O’Neal was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Picha said O’Neal was pulling out of the parking lot and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Rachel Miller and her 3 1/2-month-old son, Blake, were on the couch in the living room of the home and heard the crash. A concrete porch apparently stopped the pickup’s forward progress just a few feet from Miller’s living room. They were not injured.

BAY NAMES POLICE CHIEF – Timothy W. Donald was named the Runaway Bay chief of police following a five-hour called session of the city’s council Monday morning. Donald, a Runaway Bay resident, is corporal for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. He has served in law enforcement for 20 years, 12 of those with WCSO. He will oversee a department that includes three other full-time employees and a part-time officer. His start date is contingent on release from his current post.

JAIL INSPECTION – Sheriff David Walker reported to county commissioners Monday that the jail passed a recent inspection by the State of Texas Jail Commission. “The staff is doing a good job,” he said. “We go through those inspections every year, and the inspector is always complimentary on how clean it is and how well it’s running.” Walker also told commissioners that Rick Denney has been hired as new jail administrator. He starts April 24. Captain Jerry Gillin has been the interim jail administrator.

STORMS IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service is predicting a 70 percent chance of storms overnight and a 50 percent chance tomorrow. Some of the storms could include hail and damaging winds.

GOLF TEAMS HEAD TO STATE – The Decatur High School golf team of Dylan Rottner, Dylan Erwin, Eric Gage, Drew Jones and Jansen Alker finished second at the Region II Tournament yesterday, earning the team a trip to the state tournament May 2-3 in Austin. The Bridgeport High School girls’ team also earned a trip to the state tournament.

AGING WISELY – The monthly community health information session which covers topics relating to aging and how caregivers/family members can help their elderly loved ones is 2-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Weatherford College Wise County Campus. The AHEC (Area Health Education Center) along with First Texas Home Health and Weatherford College will present a taped short play titled “The Long Journey Home” followed by a panel discussion featuring Angie Tyson of Angel’s Home Health, Shelly Young of The Alzheimer’s Association and Dr. Lisa Welch of Weatherford College Wise County. During this panel session the experts will be able to answer any complex questions that the audience might have.

RED CROSS MEETING – Red Cross of Wise County meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the EMS Building in Decatur. Volunteers and anyone interested are invited.

RAQUEL’S WINGS FUNDRAISER – The Raquel’s Wings For Life spring fundraiser is 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Decatur Municipal Airport. The non-profit organization provides cancer patients free transportation to medical centers within reasonable distance. The benefit event includes barbecue brisket plates for $10, a balloon launch, bounce house, raffle and auction, local fire department and EMS displays and live music by Rod Ballou, Dakota Burns and Dillon Gentry. For more information, visit www.raquelswingsforlife.com, email raquelswingsforlife@yahoo.com, or call Fabio or Amanda at (940) 627-1050 or (940) 399-9504.

HOMES FOR VETERANS – A fundraising dinner to benefit WC Challenger Charities’ partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The group is raising money to provide homes to five wounded war veterans, and keys to those homes will be presented at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event June 8 in Decatur. Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of the foundation will attend the dinner, and although the dinner is free, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the program. To attend, RSVP to Bree at First Baptist by calling (940) 627-3235 or by emailing bree@firstdecatur.us.

FLAMINGO FUNDRAISER – The Alvord Class of 2013 Project Graduation has kicked off their Flocking of Flamingo Fundraiser. Cost is $1 per bird with a 10 bird minimum. To have the flamingos flocked to a friend or neighbor in the Alvord or surrounding areas, call Rusty Rice at (940) 389-1212. The fundraiser will continue through April 21. The birds land at night, and they are picked up the next afternoon.

JURY CANCELED – If you were supposed to serve on a jury April 25 for the Runaway Bay Municipal Court, your service will not be needed. There will be no trial.

FUNERALS – Service for Louis Wayne Lovejoy, 68, of Argyle is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

SERVICE for Leita Maye Bolin, 76, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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

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