INJURY TO A CHILD TRIAL – The state began presenting its case against Fernando Cantu Jr., 33, of Decatur yesterday afternoon in 271st District Court in Decatur. In his opening statement, assistant District Attorney Jay Lapham said that Cantu was watching a 4 1/2-month-old child at a Decatur apartment on June 1, 2010, when he squeezed the child’s head, resulting in serious injury. Cantu’s attorney, Bill Ray of Fort Worth, said that the initial diagnosis of a skull fracture was incorrect, which led to allegations of child abuse against his client. He also said the child might have been injured in a car accident a few days prior to the June 1 incident. The trial will continue this morning.
1 INJURED IN WRECK – A tire blowout caused a small dump truck to crash on U.S. 380 east of Decatur just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Marquez said Roque Longoria Juarez, 47, of Dallas was westbound on U.S. 380 when a front tire blew about a mile east of County Road 2315. Juarez lost control of the older-model dump truck and it flipped onto its side. Juarez was able to crawl out of the vehicle on his own. Marquez said Juarez did not appear to be seriously injured, but he was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur to be checked out.
SERIOUS HEAT – A heat advisory remains in effect for Wise County through 7 tonight. High temperatures this afternoon are expected to be between 100 and 107.
CITY BUDGET – Chico Mayor J.D. Clark last night proposed a balanced budget to the Chico City Council that includes a 5 percent spending cut from the current budget and does not increase taxes. The council will vote on the approximately $1.7 million budget in September. Read more in the weekend Messenger.
BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A benefit account for the family of Rocio Gonzalez of Bridgeport has been established at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. The 25-year-old single mother of two was seriously in a car accident on U.S. 380 in Denton County early Saturday morning.
CLAY SHOOT – A clay shoot benefiting Wise Regional Health Foundation is Friday, Aug. 23, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch will be provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. For more information or to register, call Michelle Stone at (940) 626-1384.
HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling (940) 627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services.
STUFF THE BUS – A school supply drive benefiting Chico ISD is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Wise Feed, 501 S. Texas 101 in Chico. Donations may be brought by the store at any time. Call (940) 644-1896 for more information.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Carter BloodCare bus will be at the Bridgeport Public Library 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Call (940) 683-3450 for information.
EARLY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING – The Decatur School Board will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The special meeting’s agenda includes a 2013-2014 budget workshop and the employment of personnel. Also, the board will set a public hearing date on the district’s proposed tax rate and budget. The meeting will be held at the district’s central administration building, 501 E. Collins.
BACK TO SCHOOL – A full list of school supplies and back to school events are featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
FUNERALS – Service for Jimmie Jo Woolaver, 89, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jackie Sparkman, 53, of Bridgeport is 6 tonight at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Sharon Daves, 64, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Mable Jackson, 93, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Robert L. “Bob” Smith Jr., 69, of Plano is 10 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for J.M. Brooks, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for James Simon, 79, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.