MOTORCYCLIST KILLED – An Arlington man was killed in a motorcycle wreck near Chico Tuesday afternoon. According to investigators, Andre Jordan, 41, was westbound on Farm Road 1810 on his way to work at Universal in Chico around 1:35 p.m. It appears that as he approached the curve near County Road 1450, he drove off the roadway. Jordan attempted to lay the bike down but struck the guard rail, sustaining a deep laceration to his abdomen area. The bike proceeded through a fence and into a tree in the ditch. Jordan was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow pronounced him dead at 3:04 p.m. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
PRE-TRIAL HEARING POSTPONED – A pre-trial hearing related to the theft case against suspended County Commissioner Terry Ross was postponed yesterday to engage in additional discovery and disclosure. Instead of hashing out in court a long list of motions filed by defense attorney Jerry Loftin, he and prosecutor Robert Gill, assistant district attorney in Tarrant County, will meet privately to negotiate those issues. Ross’ trial is still set for Sept. 23. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
COUNTY BUDGET ADOPTED – Wise County commissioners Tuesday adopted a $66.5 million budget for fiscal year 2014. It will be supported by the same rate as last year – 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation. Commissioners also adopted the branch maintenance tax for Weatherford College Wise County. It is 4.6148 cents per $100 property valuation, also the same as last year. Read more in today’s Messenger.
BRIDGEPORT BUDGET APPROVED – The Bridgeport City Council Tuesday approved a $22,424,926 budget funded by a tax rate of 58.75 cents per $100 valuation (the same since fiscal year 2006).
MUGGINGS UNDER INVESTIGATION – Decatur police are investigating a pair of muggings that occurred near Wal-Mart over the past week. Last Thursday night a man was jumped by three people as he was walking behind Dollar General. A second mugging occurred Saturday afternoon in the Wal-Mart parking lot when two men brandished a knife on a random victim and demanded money. Read more in today’s Messenger.
DEMOCRATS ELECT NEW CHAIR – Wise County Democrats overwhelmingly picked Tracy Smith to serve as the new county chair Monday. She replaces longtime chair Mark York who resigned from the position. Read more in today’s Messenger.
PICKING UP BRUSH – The City of Boyd will provide limb and brush pickup Thursday and Friday. Brush must be placed street side. The city said this is a one-time service, and it will be the residents’ responsibility to dispose of future limbs and brush.
BLOOD DRIVE – Best Value Rhome Pharmacy will sponsor a Carter BloodCare blood drive 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
UMPS NEEDED – The Decatur Baseball League is looking for experienced umpires. The season begins Sept. 14. Call Richard Reddick at (817) 902-7349.
RETIREMENT PARTY – Alvord is holding a come and go retirement party for Shorty McKelvain 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at City Hall. Food and drink will be served.
FESTIVAL VENDORS – Vendors are needed for the Paradise Main Street Festival, sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Download a vendor entry form from www.paradisehistoricalsociety/events or call Gay Read at (940) 969-3680.
RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL – The Runaway Bay city council seeks input from its residents to devise a plan for the city’s long-term water supply needs. A meeting to develop a water system model, as part of the Regional Facility Plan for the city, is 4 p.m. today at city hall.
TRIAL CANCELED — A jury trial scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at JP4 has been canceled. Jurors do not need to appear.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald “Buddy” Richey, 74, of Jacksboro is 10 a.m. Thursday at Cundiff Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Paul Green, 92, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
MEMORIAL service for Damon Bounds, 73, of Springtown is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery at a later date.
SERVICE for Dorothy Ray, 81, of Denton is pending at Coker-Hawkins.