1 DIES IN WRECK – A grinding collision on U.S. 81/287 just north of Alvord claimed the life of a man just after 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to DPS Trooper Shawn Younger, a 2010 Chevy HHR was crossing from the northbound lane attempting to turn left onto County Road 1596 when the driver pulled out in front of a southbound 18-wheel tractor-trailer and was hit broadside in the passenger side. The two vehicles skidded together for about 100 yards until the car veered off to the right, and the truck turned over on its passenger side. The driver of the car died at the scene. The trucker, Jose Garcia of Houston, was not injured, although he was attended to by Wise County EMS. Alvord Fire Department units also responded to the accident, which backed southbound traffic up for several miles. Troopers asked that the victim’s name be withheld until next of kin could be located and notified.
POLICEMAN LOSES HOME – The Bowie home of Decatur police sergeant Delvon Campbell was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the family “lost everything.” There were no injuries. A fund for Campbell’s family has been established at the North Texas Bank in Decatur, and the Decatur Police Department is accepting other donations for the family. This marks the second time this year that fire has destroyed the home of a Decatur police employee.
TEXTING FOR SEX TRIAL CONTINUES – The trial of a former Boyd High School teacher accused of using text messages to try to convince a freshman girl to let him “take her virginity” continues today in 271st District Court in Decatur. Russell W. Rushing, 36, is charged with two felony counts of online solicitation of a minor. The alleged crime occurred in December of 2010 when the victim was 15.
BUSHWACKER BET – Anticipation is building for the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge in Decatur Saturday. In addition to fast-paced, bull riding action at 7:30 p.m., the event will also honor one of its founders, Roy Young; pay tribute to veterans; and feature well-known rodeo entertainer Flint Rasmussen. At the conclusion of the event PBR rider Pistol Robinson will go head to head with the No. 1 bull in the world – Bushwacker. He’s hoping to hold on, but J.W. Hart has $40,000 on the line and is betting Robinson will get bucked off. Read more about Saturday’s event and the bet between J.W. and Pistol in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today. Tickets can be purchased at Wise Wireless in Decatur and at wcchallenger.org.
FAN DRIVE – The Wise County Committee on Aging will hold its second annual summer fan drive to distribute to seniors in need. Drop off your donations at Angels Care Home Health, Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation and the WCCA office, all in Decatur.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Alvord ISD will hold a retirement reception honoring Kaylean Ashley, Bonnie Foreman, Donna Nivens, Charles Wittmer and Mack Thweatt 4-6 p.m. today at the Alvord High School Band Hall.
KIDS FISHING DERBY – The annual Kids All-American Fishing Derby is Saturday at Black Creek Lake on the LBJ National Grasslands. On site registration is at 7:30 a.m. Fishing is 8 to 11 a.m. with prizes awarded in three age groups 11:30 a.m. to noon. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served. This is a catch and release derby. Call (940) 627-5475 for more information.
TORNADO VICTIM RELIEF – 1st Choice Truck Lube in Decatur is gathering donated items to take to tornado victims in Moore and Oklahoma City, Okla. All types of donations are being accepted, including towels, sheets and furniture. Clothes are not needed. The business is located at 1300 W. Farm Road 1810. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday each day until the items are taken to Oklahoma next Thursday. Items will also be accepted 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
KITCHEN CAMP – The Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency will host DIY Mondays Day Camp “Kitchen Smarts,” a hands-on day camp in the kitchen for youth 8-12 years old, on Monday. Sign up deadline is Friday. Call (940) 627-3341 to sign up. The cost per day camp is $15 or $80 if you sign up for all seven.
FUNERALS – Private memorial service for Ronald G. Sandlin, 66, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for William Guy Brown, 85, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
MEMORIAL service for Ivory Powell, 72, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Helen Kormanyos Dart, 85, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
SERVICE for Lee “Pete” Reeves, 78, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.