Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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BOMB MAKING MATERIAL FOUND IN SUSPECT’S CAR – A court document filed Tuesday by Texas Ranger Anthony Bradford revealed the contents of the car driven by Evan Ebel, including bomb making materials. Among the items found in or on the vehicle are “misc. bomb making materials,” found in a black backpack and duffel bag from the Cadillac’s trunk, along with a “document with apparent bomb making instructions.” Clothing items collected include sunglasses, a mask, tan pants with apparent blood stains, shoes, and a Domino’s pizza shirt along with a “heatwave” bag and pizza box. The inventory also included surveillance cameras, three pages of handwritten directions along with apparent letters from “Nate.” It is unclear if “Nate” is connected with Domino’s pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon, who was killed March 17 in Denver. Ebel is a suspect in last Tuesday’s murder of Tom Clements, the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. Ebel was killed last Thursday following a high speed chase that began with Ebel shooting Montague County deputy James Boyd and ended with a crash at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Business U.S. 380 in Decatur and a shootout with Wise County officers. Ebel later died at a Fort Worth hospital. Boyd was released from the hospital yesterday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.

HOSPITAL OWNERSHIP CHANGE NOW OFFICIAL – North Texas Community Hospital is now officially the Bridgeport campus of Wise Regional Health System. Wise Regional CEO Steve Summers and NTCH CEO Max Ludeke met Monday to sign the papers formalizing the transfer, which officially took place one minute after midnight this morning. It might take a couple of weeks before it is back up and running as a full-scale hospital. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

ORDINANCE REJECTED – Wise County commissioners rejected a solid waste facility siting ordinance at their meeting Tuesday morning. The ordinance, drafted by an engineering company (R.W. Beck), was developed with technical and financial assistance from the North Central Texas Council of Governments in 2009. It designates specific areas within the county where landfills could be placed, but Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns said it’s insufficient. “It’s not a complete document and does nothing to protect the Trinity Aquifer,” he said. Burns made a motion to reject the ordinance and pursue further study through COG. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Decatur City Hall Community Room. The main topic for discussion will be the health fair, scheduled for April 13 at the Decatur Civic Center.

PERSONALITY SEMINAR – Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. and the Small Business Development Center through Tarleton State University will host a free session on “understanding personalities to maximize success in business” 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County. Participants will take a personality test and learn how to capitalize on the characteristics of each type.

GARAGE SALE – The River Church, at 1901 S. Trinity St. in Decatur, will have a garage sale fundraiser 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday.

IDENTITY THEFT WORKSHOP – DATCU Credit Union will offer a workshop on identity theft prevention noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in front of the hospital. For information, call Annette Raley at (940) 626-0167.

CHILD HEALTH SUMMIT – Wise County Child Health Summit is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Decatur Civic Center. The Wise Coalition for Healthy Children, led by Cook Children’s Health Care System, will unveil Wise County-specific findings from the 2012 Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS). The summit is free, and lunch is provided. Reserve your place by emailing marsha.waters@cookchildrens.org.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care Health and Rehab Center in Bridgeport will host an Easter egg hunt 4-5 p.m. Friday. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos. The facility is located at 2108 15th St.

BUTTERFIELD BOOTHS – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for vendor booths for the Butterfield Stage Days Festival – which is Saturday, May 11, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport – through May 3. Fees for members are $50 for food/drink spaces without electricity or $55 with electricity; and $20 for art/craft/merchandise/game booths without electricity or $25 with electricity. For non-members, food/drink booths are $100 without electricity or $110 with electricity; and $40 for art/craft/merchandise/game set-ups without electricity or $50 with electricity. For information, call the Chamber at (940) 683-2076 or email tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org.

HOME, LAWN AND GARDEN – Look for the Wise County Messenger’s annual Home, Lawn and Garden special section in the midweek paper on news stands today.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Kyle Rhine, 67, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Bethel Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Bobby Deaton, 66, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Carmen Alejandre, 78, of Saginaw is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Pat North, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for John Michael Herbst, 61, of Rhome is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Manning, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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