HIGH SPEED CHASE – One person was arrested following a high-speed pursuit through Wise County Monday afternoon that ended with officers shooting out the suspect’s tires near Bridgeport. The pursuit began when Chad E. Ervin, 26, of Springtown refused to pull over for a state trooper around 11:30 a.m. on U.S. 81/287 near Sunset. The chased headed south on U.S. 81/287, down Farm Road 51, Texas 114 and included some rural roads in the area as well. Officers eventually shot out the back tires of Ervin’s vehicle about 1 mile east of Bridgeport on Texas 114. He was arrested for attempting to evade arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a prohibited weapon. He also had three outstanding warrants. As of Tuesday afternoon, he remained in the Wise County Jail. Another highway patrolman who was coming to assist in the pursuit crashed into a storage building in Boyd. The officer was not seriously injured. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
SMITH APPOINTED – The Bridgeport City Council Tuesday appointed A.Z. Smith to Place 1, previously held by Scott Cheves. Earlier in the meeting, the council had accepted the resignation of Cheves, whose family has built a home outside city limits.
ROWE TO SEEK SECOND TERM – District Clerk Brenda Rowe has announced she will seek a second term for the 271st Judicial District, which covers Wise and Jack counties. “It’s been a privilege to serve the people of Wise County for the past three years. I’m looking forward to the exciting and challenging times ahead as we move forward with new technology from a paper to a paperless filing system,” Rowe said in an announcement from the Wise County Republican Party.
GRASS FIRE - Several local fire departments responded to a grass fire in the 500 block of County Road 1557 just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Chico, Crafton, Bridgeport, Alvord and Sand Flat fire departments were all called to the scene after a blaze escaped a burn barrel. A barn and several tires also burned.
UNITED WAY KICKOFF – The United Way of Wise County will hold its 2014 Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will include an agency fair where all the agencies who participate in United Way funding are invited to set up tabletop displays so the public can come and learn what they do. Live musical entertainment and a luncheon speaker are also planned. Tickets for the luncheon are $15. For reservations, call Executive Director Martin Woodruff at 940-627-3684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT – The monthly support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is 7 tomorrow in the board room at the west campus of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call Angie at (940)627-6888.
STORYTIME RETURNS – Storytime at the Bridgeport Public Library returns today. Preschool Storytime, for ages 3-6, is 10:30 a.m. Children are invited to come listen to stories and fingerplays about summer. Programs will take place in the children’s section of the library. Toddler Storytime, for children 0-36 months, is at 11:15. These lapsit programs introduce younger children to books, rhymes and songs.
MEET THE DRAGONS – Meet the Dragons is 6 tonight at Dragon Stadium in Chico. Introductions will include all midget, peewee, middle school and high school football players and cheerleaders, the middle school and high school volleyball players and high school band and cross country team. A hamburger meal is $5, and a hot dog meal is $3.
NIGHT OUT – Bridgeport Main Street Night Out is 5-7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Bridgeport. Austin Allsup will provide live music, and businesses will have shopping and dining specials. Justin Frazell with 95.9 The Ranch will also be doing a live remote during the concert, which will be followed by the 1st Thursday Jam at the Bridgeport Stage. The session will feature local talent and Allsup. For more information visit www.DestinationBridgeport.com or call 940-683-3404.
FLAG FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Youth Association will organize Wise County Flag Football for kids in kindergarten through second grade (must be at least 6 years old by March 1, 2014). Registration forms can be downloaded at www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com and must be received by 1 p.m. Friday at Meyers Agency in Bridgeport or mailed to the BYA, P.O. Box 833, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Limited space available. For more information, call Jared McComis at 940-399-7530, Richard Vidal 940-210-1817 or Michael Crunk at 940-393-2894.
DANCE CLASSES – Registration for Miss Twister Dance Co. is underway at Bridgeport City Hall. Classes Begin Sept. 9 and range from jazz to ballet/tap to hip hop. Ages 3-12 may participate. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at (940) 683-3480 or Kylie Stegman at (940) 389-5138 or visit www.misstwisterdance.com for more information.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION – Angels Care Home Health and Governor’s Ridge will host an informational on “Understanding Your Medicare Options” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur. A complimentary lunch will follow for those who reserve to 940-627-1104 or RSVP@governorsridge.com.
BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. For more information call Annette Raley at (940) 626-0167.
FUNERALS – Service for Gary Don Carpenter, 63, of Park Springs is 2 p.m. Thursday at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
FUNERAL for V.M. “Coach” Hill, 84, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Hale, 69, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Bethel Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
PRIVATE GRAVESIDE service for Dorothy Freeman-Delong, 88, formerly of Decatur will be at New Harp Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Barbara Ann Baker, 69, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Perrin Memorial Gardens in Perrin. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.