HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR RHOME – The driver of a white pickup was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth after a head-on collision with a passenger car on Texas 114 in Rhome Tuesday afternoon. A gold car was westbound past Love’s Truck Stop when, for unknown reasons, it veered across the center divider, striking the white pickup head-on. The impact caused the car to spin into a ditch on the south side of the road. The driver of the car was transported by ground ambulance to JPS. There was only one occupant in each vehicle. Rhome, Boyd and Newark fire departments, along with Rhome Police Department, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers, responded. Names and injury specifics were not available. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it becomes available.
FIRE DAMAGES BRIDGEPORT HOME – A fire late Tuesday afternoon caused serious damage to a home located just west of Bridgeport. The fire was possibly caused by a faulty extension cord running from the home to a nearby well house. The home is located on County Road 3212, just south of Cuba Road. Firefighters from Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise were called to the scene. Smoke billowed from the roof as the fire spread from a bedroom up to the attic. Firefighters climbed a ladder up to the ice-covered roof. They used a chainsaw to carve a hole into the roof so they could attack the flames in the attic. They contained the fire, but not before smoke damaged most, if not all, of the home. The wooden home was built in the 1930s. Michael Holmes lives in the house with his 72-year-old father. “I was trying to put the fire out, but the ceiling became as hot as a heater, and I threw up after breathing in the smoke,” Holmes said. “I hope I can save my clothes. I hope there is a place for us to sleep tonight. This is messed up. It’s only a couple weeks before Christmas.”
DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE CANDIDATES – Wise County Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith announced early Wednesday morning that three candidates have filed to run in the March 4 primary election. James “Jim” Stegall of Willow Point has filed to run for county judge, and Kristina Kemp of Paradise will run for Precinct 4 county commissioner. Smith said Mathew Britt of Decatur has filed to run for state representative in District 61. The local party sent a press release for each candidate, but as of 9 a.m. today, only Britt’s name appeared on the Secretary of State’s website, along with other candidates.
SANDERS ELECTED TO BOARD – Ben Sanders won Place 6 on the Paradise School Board Tuesday by a vote of 120-34 over Bill Mundy. The race had ended in a tie in the Nov. 5 election, making a second election necessary.
CHAMPION AGAIN – Decatur’s Trevor Brazile picked up his 19th All Around Cowboy gold buckle last night during round six of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Brazile so far this year has won $312,579 in rodeo competitions. He has won 11 of the past 12 All Around Cowboy titles including the past nine in a row.
SAME SONG, FOURTH VERSE – Due to the lingering conditions from last week’s ice storm, school districts in Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell will remain closed today. Chico schools will open at 10 a.m., and buses will not run in the morning. Northwest ISD will operate on its normal schedule.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department will host Breakfast with Santa at the fire station 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Free pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee will be served. Santa will arrive at 8:30 on the fire truck. Bring your camera for pictures. The station is located at 1705 S. State St.
BRIDGEPORT PARADE INFO – If you faxed in an application for the Bridgeport Lighted Christmas Parade during the ice storm, call Amber at 940-683-3404. It appears no faxes were received from December 5-9. It is not too late to turn in applications.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT – Today is the last day to register for the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas pageant. The competition, which is open to boys and girls, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Bridgeport Stage. General entry fee is $20, but there will also be optional categories for best eyes, best smile, best outfit and best personality. Optional categories are $5 each or $20 for all. Age categories are 0-23 months, 2 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 9 years. Winners in each age group will ride in the lighted parade. For more information, call Pam at 940-393-5987 or Tiffany at 940-683-2076.
VOLLEYBALL BANQUET – The Decatur Lady Eagles Volleyball banquet celebrating their state championship is 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center.
FUNERALS – Service for Phillip Pierce, 68, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Buddy O’Dell, 57, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Jack E. Tate, 75, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
GRAVESIDE service for Clayton Jayden Palmer, the infant son of Hunter and Emily Palmer, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Lena Pearl Elliott, 94, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
SERVICE for Betty E. McAfee, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Edward “Eddie” Earl Bailey Sr., 76, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.