COPPER THEFT ARREST – A local man has been arrested in the recent theft of copper at a couple of locations in north Decatur. John Edward Gibbon Jr., 32, of Alvord was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft of material (copper) less than $20,000. Sgt. Gerald Wright with the Decatur Police Department said Gibbon turned himself in after seeing himself in a surveillance photo distributed through the Wise County Messenger newspaper and Facebook page. He is accused of stealing copper from Wise Electric Co-op and Perkins Construction earlier this month. Wright said Decatur Police and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office worked together to investigate the thefts. The total value of the stolen copper was $1,037.50.
1 INJURED IN THURSDAY WRECK – A Chico man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 114 and Farm Road 51 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Jimmy Shelton, 54, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. “He was complaining of neck pain and had an extended period of unconsciousness,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “He became conscious and alert on the scene.” According to Siebeneck, Shelton turned left from southbound FM 51 onto 114 in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee in front of a Direct TV Ford van driven by Kristopher Earley, 27, of Springtown. The van, which was westbound on 114, struck the SUV near the front wheel well on the left side. Earley was uninjured in the wreck. Siebeneck said a witness behind Earley said he was driving under the posted speed limit of 65 mph. The trooper added that Shelton would be cited for failing to yield the right of way. The crash shut down 114 in both directions for nearly an hour.
REUNION ENDS THIS WEEKEND – We’re down to the last few days of the 2014 Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Mike Ryan will perform 9-11 p.m. tonight followed by Phil Hamilton. Jake Hooker and The Outsiders will perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday night. Carnival ride bracelets are $20, and parking is $5.
HITTING 100? – There is a good chance we will hit 100 degrees for the first time this summer over the next three days. Today’s forecasted high is 99, with highs of 100 predicted both Saturday and Sunday. The weather is expected to turn cooler next week.
RUMMAGE SALE - Boyd Band Boosters will hold a rummage sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at First Financial Bank in Boyd.
TEEN SCIENCE FRIDAY – High school and middle school aged kids (grades 6-12) are invited to Teen Science Friday at the Decatur Public Library at 4 p.m. This week’s activity is engineering wire sculpture. Come prepared to stretch, bend, and twist your artistic wings. No sign-up required.
SKEET SHOOT – Montague County Cowboy Church will hold a wolf chase (skeet shoot) Saturday at 1642 Lake Valley Road in Sunset. Register at 8 a.m. Call Jimmie, 940-841-0740.
OUTDOOR CONCERT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its first Concert in the Park 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Harwood Park. The free event will feature country and 80s pop music from Mars Hill Band. There will also be a concession stand, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables starting at 7 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Team Rehab” will host a Carter Blood Drive 9:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Aaron’s Sales and Leasing in Decatur. “Team” bracelets will be given to the first 10 donors, and they can enter to win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Bone Marrow Testing kits will also be available at no cost to interested participants.
PARADISE YOUTH FOOTBALL – Paradise kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up for football at Paradise youth baseball fields on Texas 114 from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Kindergarten-second grade play flag football for $75. Third-sixth grades play tackle football for $125. Contact Brad Largent at 817-875-8388, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eteamz.com/paradisepyra.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.
PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Amanda Lee Troutman, 33, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Zemma Mae (Tommie) Riggs Fox, 95, formerly of Decatur is private. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Robert Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. today at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Lavetta Ann Wilkins, 97, of Andrews is 2 p.m. today at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kilgore. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Ronny Don Perry, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.