PICKUP RUNS OFF ROAD, KILLS 1 – A Bridgeport man was found dead Friday afternoon inside a pickup near the Lake Bridgeport spillway. Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, was reported missing by his family Wednesday night, and when family members set out to look for him Friday morning, they discovered his truck underneath the bridge on Farm Road 1658, about 100 feet below the roadway. “They were driving along the road and noticed the fence was down (on the south side of the spillway),” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo. “They looked over the bridge and saw the truck, then called 911.” Although the wreck is still under investigation, it’s believed Ince was eastbound on FM 1658 when he rounded a curve, drove off the roadway, down the embankment and into the bottom of the spillway. Alonzo said that the trail of debris indicates the truck landed upside down but then flipped upright. Units from Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport fire departments, as well as Wise County medics, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers worked for more than two hours to hoist the truck back up to the roadway. Funeral for Ince is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
BANK MERGER – North Texas Bank in Decatur has signed an agreement to merge with the First State Bank in Gainesville. The merger is through the banks’ holding companies. North Texas Bank was formed in 2004 and has assets of $150 million. The Decatur bank also has a branch in Roanoke. First State Bank of Gainesville is the oldest state bank in Texas and has nine locations, including two in Gainesville and three in Denton. “The merger of North Texas Bank into First State Bank in Gainesville is an exciting opportunity for our customers, employees and communities,” said J. Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank. First State Bank of Gainesville is not part of the First State Bank in Wise County that has branches in Chico, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay and Paradise. The merger is subject to regulatory approval.
JP OFFICE CLOSED – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson’s office in Decatur will close at 11 a.m. Tuesday and remain closed through Friday for training.
HONORING LONGTIME EMPLOYEE – The public is invited to a reception 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at DATCU in Decatur to honor Terry Everett. Everett has been with the credit union for 30 years. She was the first branch manager of the Decatur location and currently oversees business development.
TEACHER WORKSHOP – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service is hosting a two-day teacher workshop open to Wise County educators (kindergarten through eighth grade) July 23-24. Cost is $50 per teacher, and CPE credit will be issued for each day. Hands-on sessions include water conservation, soil science, life cycles, recycling, wildlife/entomology and others. Call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 to sign up by July 18.
OFFICE CLOSED – The Wise County Elections Office will be closed today through Wednesday for staff to attend the Texas Secretary of State training. The office will reopen Thursday.
ZOONIVERSITY – This week’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Zooniversity the Teaching Zoo 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5 to 10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For information, call 940-393-0290 or visit the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Roy Lynn Sweatman, 66, of Boonsville is 5 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Sharlene Howerton, 67, of Decatur.
SERVICE is pending for Roger Parrish, 65, of Runaway Bay at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE is pending for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE is pending for Clifton Garland Linthicum, 83, of White Settlement at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.
MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louside (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.