Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS – Investigators are still trying to figure out the circumstances of the death of a man who was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler early Monday morning on Texas 114 east of Rhome. Once DPS determined it was an apparent suicide, the case was turned over to the sheriff’s department. Sheriff David Walker said the victim, who has still not been identified, had stab wounds in his chest. “The stab wounds were non-life threatening and consistent with self-inflicted,” Walker said at the conclusion of yesterday’s autopsy. An abandoned vehicle was also found 1.2 miles to the east of the accident scene. Walker said he doesn’t believe the owner of the car is the deceased man, but it is likely related to the incident. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

APPROVED BONDS FOR STREETS ONLY – Despite a request from the Economic Development Corp. to combine efforts, the Bridgeport City Council Tuesday authorized the publication of its intention to issue $5.2 million in certificates of obligation to fund extensive street projects. William Myers, executive director of the EDC asked the city to consider combining their bond issue with his intentions to issue $1.2 million for infrastructure at Endeavor Bridgeport business park, for a total $6.4 million issuance that included administrative costs. Staff presented information about how the additional debt would affect the city’s debt ratio and bond rating, which deterred elected officials. “I understand the need to develop Endeavor, because I believe it will benefit the city,” Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy said. ” However … it makes me a little apprehensive to extend that [issuance] … especially right now. We’re just now beginning to get our feet back underneath us after what we’ve been through, and I think we need to be very cautious.”

RAIN REPORT – Another round of storms rolled through Wise County yesterday evening. Rainfall totals included 0.93 of an inch in Rhome, 0.5 in Chico and Alvord and 0.35 in Decatur. The forecast calls for a slight chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms with a high of 87 today.

TACO BELL COMING SOON – With the city council’s OK to amend this year’s economic development budget to fund a public access drive, Taco Bell is one step closer to coming to Bridgeport. Developer John Crisp has been in talks with the company for months in an attempt to open a franchise on property along U.S. 380, between Yesterday’s Texas and the soon-to-open O’Reilly’s. The move approved at the council’s meeting Tuesday was one hurdle that needed to be jumped to proceed.

BENEFIT BIKE RALLY – Wise Electric will host a bike rally to benefit Raquel’s Wings for Life Saturday, Sept. 7. Register online at active.com. For more information or to be an event sponsor, call (940) 626-3006.

HISTORIC DEDICATION – The Texas Historical Commission has recognized St. John Baptist Church in Decatur as a significant part of history by awarding it an official Texas historical marker. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event is 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, located at 904 FM 51 in Decatur.

TEEN READING CLUB – The Alvord Public Library will host a Teen Reading Club July 24-Aug. 21. This will be a come-and-go club, without regular meetings. Teens from 7th-12th grades may register in the library, 106 Franklin St., next to the bank, at any time and complete a reading log, offer suggestions to the library about books they would like to see added to the collection and recommend books to other teens. There will be goodies available each time a registered teen visits the library, and each participant will be entered in a drawing for a Google Play gift card at the end of the program.

LUAU AT THE POOL – In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, the City of Bridgeport will host events on Thursday evenings in July. This week’s event is a Luau at the City Pool. The pool will be open from 6:30-9 p.m., and admission is $2 per person. For more information call (940) 683-3480.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Lunch is $10 a plate. RSVP by today to Tiffany Evans at (940) 683-2076 or tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Hudson Vanderbeck II, 42, of Decatur is 11:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Bobbie Shannon, 87, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Marie Ashmore, 86, of Newark is 10 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hamilton at 3 p.m.

MEMORIAL service for Brian Sean Peyton, 29, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Denton Funeral Home. He was the son of Matthew Peyton of Decatur and Denise Locke of Fort Worth.

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