COLLISION AT 1810/287 INTERSECTION INJURES 2 – One woman was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth following a two-vehicle accident around noon Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 1810 in Decatur. Didra Lee, 40, of Paradise was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 from the scene to Fort Worth. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said at the scene that Lee suffered a broken leg. Lee was driving a red Pontiac passenger car northbound on U.S. 81/287 and was struck by a Ford Explorer driven by Oralia Wood, 55, of Valley View. Wood was taken to Wise Regional Health System for treatment. Wood turned in front of Lee’s vehicle. “The Explorer didn’t stop at the crossover to go to Old Chico Road,” Hoskins said. “She pulled in front of the Pontiac and struck in the front and then collided again in the rear.” Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was shut down for approximately 15 minutes as the medical helicopter landed on the highway.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS – The city of Rhome will have a Memorial Day celebration 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rhome Veterans Park, 100 S. Virginia Lane. J.D. Clark will be the keynote speaker. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served at the Family Park, 400 S. Virginia, and there will be a bounce house. The Paradise Historical Society is sponsoring a Memorial Day service 10 a.m., Saturday at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Paradise. Speaker is veteran Jim Taylor. Local veterans who have died in or out of service will be honored, and a partial list of names will be read aloud. Applications will be on hand for family members to fill out for active and veteran duty servicemen to be included on a master list maintained by the Paradise Historical Society. For information, call Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wise County Veterans Group Memorial Day Program is 10 a.m. Monday at the Wise County Veterans Park in Decatur. Speaker is Keith McComis, former mayor of Bridgeport. Fallen veterans of all wars will be honored with emphasis on those from the “forgotten wars,” Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Music will be provided by Texas Praise from The Bay church in Runaway Bay. For information, call 940-859-4562.
EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY – Today is the last day of early voting for the May 27 primary runoff elections. Through the first four days of early voting, 468 Wise County residents have voted. That includes 449 in the Republican runoff and 19 in the Democratic runoff. Vote 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at three early voting locations: Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.
FORECAST INCLUDES RAIN CHANCES – There’s a chance this Memorial Day weekend may see significant amounts of rain. The National Weather Service predicts a 20-30 percent chance of thunderstorms today, tonight and tomorrow, with rain chances increasing to 40 percent Sunday night into Memorial Day.
YOUTH ASSOCIATION SIGNUPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold Pee Wee Football and Cheerleading signups 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 24 and 31 at the community center on Lawdwin Street. Upcoming 3rd through 6th graders will be eligible. For more information, call Misty Schwartz (cheerleading) 940-389-0207 and Colin White (football) 940-389-8860.
MEMORIAL DAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Wise County Animal Shelter will close at 1 p.m. Saturday and reopen to the public Wednesday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.
GREENHOUSE SALE – The Decatur High School agriculture program is selling items from its greenhouse at reduced prices 3-6 p.m. today and Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the greenhouse.
BROOM AND MOP SALE – The Decatur Lions Club’s annual Broom and Mop Sale began at 8 a.m. today on the southwest corner of the courthouse square. An array of mops, brooms, brushes, dish towels, dust cloths, scouring pads, oven mitts and other products are available, all made by the blind. The sale helps support the club’s work in the community. Stop by, or call a Lion and they will deliver your items.
CANNING PRESENTATION – Share canning and freezing tales at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N Miller, at 11 a.m. today. Bring a favorite recipe, experience or questions. Michelle will give an informational presentation on the topic.
NO UPDATE MONDAY – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, no Update will be published on Monday. As always, any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Dale Gilliam, 56, of Mountain View, Okla., is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
GRAVESIDE service for Eddy Lee Grundy, 63, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.