BEE TO BLAME FOR MOTORCYCLE WRECK – A Paradise man was injured Tuesday morning after falling 15 feet into a dry creek bed when his motorcycle hit a guardrail on County Road 3470. Terry Himes, 57, lost control of his motorcycle after a bee flew up his shorts. He panicked and swerved into the guardrail, flipped forward off his bike and fell onto his back about 15 feet below the bridge. His injuries did not appear life-threatening, and he was wearing a helmet. Members of Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Medics pulled Himes out of the creek after strapping him into a sled. Himes was transported by ground to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
BURNS TO RUN AGAIN – Kevin Burns announced yesterday that he will seek a fourth term as Precinct 2 county commissioner in the March Republican primary. “There’s just lots of unfinished business,” he said. If elected to another term, he plans to continue improving roads in his precinct, be involved in outlining plans to address water issues throughout the state and make sure the tax levy remains low while maintaining quality services for citizens. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
RODEO WRECK – Bullfighter Heath “Hooter” Boswell of Bridgeport was critically injured when a bull stepped on his face during the Saturday night performance of the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Decatur. The 22-year rodeo veteran had stepped between a thrown rider and a bull when the beast ran over him. Boswell was treated at the scene by Wise County medics and taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He was flown from there to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and had the first of what is expected to be several reconstructive surgeries Tuesday. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur. Anyone interested in running for a position in the Democratic Party should attend. There will be a short symposium on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
SWAP MEET COMING TO TOWN – The Southwest Swap Meet is Friday through Sunday at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. For more information, call 940-271-1005.
MEETING CANCELED – East Side Alumni’s scheduled meeting for Saturday in Decatur has been canceled and will be held at a later date. For more information call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.
COAL MINERS VENDORS NEEDED – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is taking applications for vendors who would like to participate in the Coal Miner’s Festival Oct. 5. For information about pricing or the rules and regulations, visit the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce website at www.bridgeportchamber.org, or call 940-683-2076.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a blood drive 5-8:30 p.m. today at 202 E. Thompson St. in Decatur. Drop ins are welcome, or call Laura Blaylock at 940-368-3058.
PATRIOT DAY – Americans will pause today to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Several local firefighters and police officers participated in last Saturday’s Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Renaissance Tower. The first responders climbed the stairwell twice in full gear to represent the physical challenges faced by firefighters and police officers on that tragic day and to honor their memory. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today. Visit WCMess.com/911 to read the Washington Times‘ “Remembering 9/11” feature.
FUNERALS – Service for Jimmie Pollock, 76, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Edna B. Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
MEMORIAL service for Clancy Shawn Stewart, 44, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.