CITY WORKER INJURED – A longtime employee of the city of Bridgeport was injured Tuesday morning at the site of a street repair project. The accident happened around 11 near the intersection of 14th Street and Cates Street. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Lupe Salazar sustained a serious injury to his lower leg while trying to load a compactor onto a trailer following a patch job on the street. The road sloped slightly, and the compactor fell while Salazar was operating it, pinning his leg briefly against a curb. Salazar was taken to Wise Regional in Bridgeport by ground ambulance and then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His condition was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.
LOCAL ARRESTED FOR IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENT – A fugitive task force arrested a former curriculum director, the wife of a former West Texas school district superintendent, Monday in Decatur for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a high school student. The alleged crime occurred in Midland County. The Lonestar Fugitive Task Force, working with the U.S. Marshals and local police, arrested D’Laine Young, 46, of Decatur, for improper relationship between an educator and a student. The victim was a high school senior at the time. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
STOLEN FUNDS – A former director of a Wise County Pee Wee football league has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization. Robert L. Vidal, 44, of Chico, is accused of taking approximately $8,500 from the organization’s account during his time as the director of the Wise County Pee Wee Football Association, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Vidal was arrested Monday and charged with theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000, a state jail felony. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
SINGERS SOUGHT – Auditions will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur for the Wise County Chorale. The group, along with the Denton Bach Players, will present the Christmas portions of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church. To make a tryout appointment, contact Dr. Lenora McCroskey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those trying out should bring an aria, song or other vocal piece to sing. They will also be asked to sight-read a piece representative of the music in “Messiah.” Rehearsals will start Sunday, Oct. 27, and run every Sunday afternoon (except the Sunday after Thanksgiving) from 3 to 5:30. For more information, call Dr. McCroskey at 940-453-7299.
BENEFIT DINNER – Tickets for the Second Annual GoGo Gumbo Pasta Dinner on Oct. 13 can be purchased at First Financial Bank in Decatur and Boyd and iCopy of Decatur. Tickets are $20, and proceeds will benefit the South Wise Services Pantry. Available seating times are 4 and 7 p.m. Seating is limited.
GED CLASSES – Registration for GED classes at Weatherford College Wise County is 6 p.m. today. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 7, and will meet 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays every week. Classes are free. Call the college at 940-626-3308 or email Marty Sherman at email@example.com for more information.
PINK OUT – Support your local school and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Ten percent of proceeds from Pink Out T-jerseys at iCopy will benefit Mary’s Gift at Wise Regional Health System. This non-profit organization provides free mammograms to the underinsured people in Wise County. Shirts are available for Decatur, Bridgeport and Alvord schools. All orders must placed by Thursday by calling 940-627-9000.
CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1983 will celebrate its 30th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Kurrie and Patrick Murphree in Decatur. Call Amy Hudson Cline at 817-233-2036 for more details or directions.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Timothy Allen “Tim” Morrow, 52, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
SERVICE for Karlyne Jean Shields, 69, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.