SPILLED GRAVEL LEADS TO WRECK – An Oklahoma woman was injured Thursday afternoon when her vehicle was hit from behind on U.S. 81/287 near the south Wise County line. Teresa Humphrey, 37, was southbound on U.S. 81/287 south of Rhome about 3 p.m. in a small sports utility vehicle when she drove into a thick cloud of dust. A load of gravel had been dropped on the highway, and dust billowed from it, severely reducing visibility. Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said Humphrey panicked and stopped on the center line of the highway. He said she was then hit from behind by an 18-wheeler driven by Ruben Guerra, 49, of Baytown. The impact pushed Humphrey’s vehicle across the center median and the northbound lanes. It came to rest just off the shoulder on the northbound side. Guerra was uninjured, but Humphrey was transported by Wise County medics to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Wallace said her injuries were not life threatening. She had one passenger, John Humphrey, 38, also of Oklahoma, and he was not injured. Traffic was reduced to one lane at the accident scene for at least an hour. Texas Department of Transportation was called to clean up the gravel. Wallace said it was unknown who spilled the gravel. He said Wise County dispatch received a call about a road hazard, and the wreck was reported just a few minutes later.
JP 2 CANDIDATE NAMED – The Wise County Republican Executive Committee Monday named Craig Johnson of Decatur as the candidate to be placed on November’s ballot for Precinct 2 justice of the peace. Johnson, a retired police officer, is husband of the late Precinct 2 JP Terri Johnson. She was running unopposed this year for a third term, but died in a car accident April 26 on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur. Craig Johnson is currently serving the remainder of his wife’s second term. He was appointed interim Precinct 2 justice of the peace last month by county commissioners. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
BASEBALL MEETING – Decatur Baseball will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Decatur City Hall to elect directors and officers. Anyone who would like to volunteer or give input is also invited. For information, call Eric Fletcher at 940-389-4679.
SCIENCE SPECIAL – Creating Tessellations (repeating visual patterns) on 20X20 ceiling tiles is this week’s Science Special for Teens. This is a series of events for kids entering 6th through 12th grade in the fall. The science-related events take place at 4 p.m. each Friday at the Decatur Public Library.
HUNTING EXPO – The North Texas Wild Hog Round Up and Hunting Expo is this weekend at the Decatur Civic Center. The expo will be from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free. An awards ceremony for the winners of the hog hunting contest will be held at 7 p.m., and a drawing will be held for raffle items. Dakota Burns will perform a concert at 8 p.m. followed by Phil Hamilton around 9 p.m. There will be a $10 cover charge for the concert only. More information can be found at TheHuntingGame.com.
OUTDOOR MOVIE – City Church, 3483 S. Farm Road 51 in Decatur, will hold a free outdoor movie event featuring “Frozen” at 8 tonight. Bring your lawn chair. Snow cones will be available.
JUNETEENTH PARADE – The East Side Alumni will lead a Juneteenth parade 11 a.m. Saturday in Decatur. A celebration will follow at 1 p.m. at Lou Ida Willis Park, and at 4 p.m. a historical marker will be dedicated at the site of the original East Side school. For information, call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.
AMERICA’S PASTIME – James Wood Motors in Decatur will honor Wise County Special Needs Baseball 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Texas Rangers’ Six Shooters and former Rangers second baseman Mark McLemore will be available for autographs noon-1 p.m., and the Rangers Captain will be there for photos, too. Free hot dogs and cold drinks will be served.
BANNER FOR DANE – The community is invited to join the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and iCopy in signing a get well banner for Dane Lancaster. The banner will be outside the Sheriff’s Office at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur today. Lancaster, 11, of Bowie was badly injured in a roping accident May 24. His horse tripped and fell on him causing multiple head and facial fractures with swelling and bleeding on the brain. Dane is the son of Drs. Diran and Kellie Lancaster, who own Lancaster Back and Joint Clinic in Decatur. He’s hospitalized at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – Wise County Veterans Group will have it’s weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise County Veterans are invited.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Sharon Hawkins, 67, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Dr. Edward P. Maddox III, 91, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with a 2 p.m. graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Clinton Dane Bailey is 4 p.m. Sunday at Decatur Church of Christ. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Dora May Cairns, 82, of Newark is 11 a.m. today at Renewal Fellowship Church in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Enrique Guevara, 23, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Carl W. Steward, 91, of Del City, Okla., is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Sunday prior to the service.