TEEN PLEADS GUILTY – The closing arguments in the trial of Danny Nalley, a 19-year-old from Fort Worth charged with negligent homicide of four of his teenage friends in a July 2011 wreck on Farm Road 730 north of Decatur, begin this morning in the courthouse in Decatur. The wreck took the lives of Kevin Brickey, 19, of Blue Mound; Vincent Williams, 19, of Wakefield, Mass.; Vincent Lagrassa, 19, of Fort Worth; and John D. Rangel, 16, of Highlands. Nalley already pleaded guilty, and he’s awaiting a jury to give his punishment. He faces 180 days to two years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. The jury could also give Nalley probation in lieu of jail time. Emotions ran high Tuesday during testimony. The courtroom was filled with friends and family of Nalley, and family members of the four victims were also present.
NO RETURN ON HOSPITAL INVESTMENT - Following a 30-minute closed session during the council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Bridgeport Mayor Keith McComis confirmed the city would not see any of the almost $3.4 million line of credit it guaranteed to North Texas Community Hospital. “We’ve done everything that we can do to try to protect our interest,” he said. “We pretty well knew this is how it was going to come out. We just decided not object to the sell, to let it go on and let’s just start all over and head in a different direction with all of our time and efforts. But the people need to know we’ve done all that we need to do to no avail. It is what it is.” The bankrupt hospital was sold to Wise Regional Health System earlier this week.
FINE, WE’LL PAY IT – Chico Mayor J.D. Clark said yesterday that the city will pay a $33,000 fine to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a self-reported violation at the city’s wastewater treatment plant last summer. Water was drained into a retaining pond that did not have TCEQ-approved liners in order to make a repair at the facility. Clark said he thought the fine was excessive and had made his case to the state agency, but to no avail. Clark said he also asked if the fine money could be applied to an environmental project of the TCEQ’s choosing, but “They said, ‘No, we want the money,'” Clark told the city council. The city will make payments of $925 per month for three years to pay the fine.
EXOTIC VISITOR – A resident living on County Road 4213 southeast of Decatur found an odd-looking creature Sunday and, after a bit of adventure in trying to corral him, the creature is now at the Wise County Animal Shelter. The monkey-like creature was later identified as a kinkajou, an animal native to the rain forest in Central and South America. During the capture, the kinkajou bit an officer, so it must remain quarantined for 30 days. The officer was not seriously injured. Read the full story, and see photos, in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
SLIDELL 4-H – Slidell 4-H meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Slidell High School library.
BAKE SALE – A bake sale at 9 a.m. Friday at North Texas Bank in Decatur will benefit “Friends” Relay for Life team, which is raising money for the American Cancer Society. The sale is in memory of team captain Katie Stevens who died Sunday.
CHICO BASEBALL/T-BALL – Chico Youth Association will host sign ups for spring baseball and T-ball 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Chico Senior Citizen Center. Items needed at registration include the registration fee and birth certificate. Baseball fee is $65; T-ball fee is $35. Call Brian Durham at (940) 393-3565 for more information.
SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club will hold an open meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport. All singles ages 21 to 101 are invited. For more information call (940) 366-0100.
CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Decatur Housing Authority office will be closed for training today and tomorrow.
DENSE FOG ADVISORY – Wise County remains under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. Visibility is 1/4 of a mile or less, creating hazardous driving conditions. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. A high of 67 is expected.
HEART HEALTH – The midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today features a special section on Heart Health.
FUNERALS – Service for Judith Forson, 69, of Poolville will be held at a later date in Turlock, Calif. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Anita Robinson, 68, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date in Portales, N.M., with burial at Causey Cemetery in Causey, N.M. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Katie Marie Calhoun Stevens, 58, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Bunita Woods, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Paul Randle, 70, of Newark will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Toby Joe Baker, 39, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Donald Eugene Silver, 88, of Bridgeport is 9:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Bert “Bo” Edwin King, 80, of Newark is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.