Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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HELICOPTER MAKES HARD LANDING – Two people were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur following a helicopter hard landing Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. at the Decatur Municipal Airport. Few details of the incident are available, but the helicopter could be seen upright on its landing skids at the side of a runway with damage to the tail boom, tail rotor and main rotor blade. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the pilot, Eric Carroll, 57, and another occupant, Russell Timmerman, 47, of Liberty, Mo., were injured and taken by ground ambulance to WRHS. Wise County EMS, the Decatur Fire Department, Decatur Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety officers responded.

STABBING INVESTIGATION – Wise County Sheriff’s officers are investigating a stabbing that took place around 3 early Sunday morning. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said few details of the incident are available because they have not been able to find any witnesses. Nicholas O’Neal, 22, was flown from the scene of a party in the 700 block of Texas 101 near Chico with a stab wound. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was listed in “guarded condition” Tuesday afternoon, according to Walker.

PHONE SYSTEM INSTALLATION – A new phone system will be installed at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office starting at 2 p.m. today. Only a few phone lines will be taken down at one time. Installation should take one to two hours, but calls to 911 will not be affected.

CHAMBER LUNCH – Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Extension agent Tanya Davis will give a Dinner Tonight cooking demonstration. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles, and cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

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.

BABYGARTEN – Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants and toddlers to Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-noon today for BabyGarten with Ms. Sandra. Program includes music, story time and a craft. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

PROBLEM SOLVERS PLACE THIRD – The Bridgeport Middle School Community Problem Solvers Team placed third at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference in Ames, Iowa last week.

BEADING CLASS – Adults and teens can make their own beaded cuff at the Decatur Public Library during a free class on Thursdays, June 19-July 17. Materials and instruction are provided. Sign up by calling the library at 940-393-0290 or stop by at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

FUNERALS – Service for Sharon Hawkins, 67, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Joe Dean Franks, 57, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sandra Lobsinger, 74, of Justin is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Connie Jean Suter Jones, 68, of New Castle is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Jonestown Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Ralph Belew, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for J.W. Lefler, 85, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Dr. Edward P. Maddox, 91, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Carl W. Steward, 91, of Leedey, Okla., is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ethan Michael Read, the infant son of Brian and Alison Read of Cottondale, is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dora Cairns, 82, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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