3 HURT, 1 CRITICALLY, IN WRECK – Three people were taken to area hospitals following a collision on Texas 199 about a mile east of Farm Road 920 in far southwest Wise County Tuesday evening. The accident happened at 6 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo said a passenger car driven by Shannon Nicole Edgar, 21, of Midland was eastbound on Texas 199 when she lost control and went into the opposite lane of traffic where she struck a westbound pickup truck driven by Gildardo Torres, 43, of Jacksboro. The collision caused both vehicles to roll. Torres was able to exit his vehicle, which was briefly on fire. Fire departments from Boonsville and Salt Creek responded to help extricate Edgar and a passenger, Anthony Vance, 21, of Carrollton. Torres was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, Edgar was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and Vance was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Alonzo said Vance was critically injured while the two drivers had non-life-threatening injuries. Storms that rolled through around the time of the crash made the roads slick, which may have contributed to the wreck. Wise County EMS and an ambulance out of Springtown also responded along with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
LIGHTNING STRIKES HOME – A house south of Boyd was struck by lightning during yesterday’s storms. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said lightning struck a wind turbine on top of a home at 512 County Road 4756, starting a fire that caused heavy damage to the attic. The home owners, Robert and Pamela Demases, were not injured. Boyd, Newark and Rhome fire departments responded along with Wise County EMS.
STORM DAMAGE – The storms that rolled through brought high winds. Fire departments in Paradise and Decatur responded to reports of down or sagging power lines. The roof of a home in Newark sustained minor damage when the skirting blew off a trailer home and struck the roof of the house next door, according to Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. No one was at either home when it happened. Travis said straight-line winds are apparently to blame.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS – While the storms brought destructive wind and lightning, it also brought more beneficial rain to the area. Rainfall totals include 1.8 inches in Aurora, 1.68 in Rhome, 0.9 in Alvord, 0.7 in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise and 0.22 in Bridgeport. We have a 30 percent chance of more rain today.
DEPARTMENT HEADS LEAVE RHOME – The city of Rhome lost almost every department head in just one week. Police Chief James Rose and Public Works Director Preston Gilliam resigned Monday, and Sherry Taylor, municipal court clerk, retired last week. Only city secretary Ramah Burns is left. Mayor Louis Godfrey confirmed the resignations and retirements and said the city had already hired a replacements for Rose and Taylor. Godfrey said no one was asked to quit, but last week he was given the authority to hire and fire department heads without the council’s approval. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.
BUYER BEWARE – Decatur High School has reported that citizens and businesses in Decatur may have been asked to donate money to Decatur ISD cheerleaders by a company called “Advertees.” According to DISD, the administration has not authorized any fundraiser through this group. Businesses and individuals are always encouraged to contact the Decatur High School administration at any time with any questions when asked to make donations.
COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Face-to-face advising and registration for summer 2 (July 9-Aug. 14) and fall courses (beginning Aug. 25) at Weatherford College Wise County is currently underway. Schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. For information, call 940-627-2690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENWOOD EXTENSION – The Greenwood Extension Education Club will have its monthly meeting 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department. For information, call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220.
BABYGARTEN – Chico Public Library’s BabyGarten program is 11 a.m.-noon today. Parents/caregivers are invited to bring their infants and toddlers out for music, stories and activity time. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.
READER’S CHOICE – Wise County Messenger readers voted, now see who they picked as the best in Wise County. Winners are featured in the Reader’s Choice special section in the midweek Messenger.
FUNERALS – Service for Jerry Caudill, 63, of Wichita Falls is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for William Wheeler, 83, of Rhome is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
MEMORIAL service for Beth Marlena Geron, 57, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Baptist Church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Percy Witty, 86, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Sharolyn Lauterbach Holder, 67, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Bethel Cemetery in Weatherford.
FUNERAL for Nancy Huff Blank, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with graveside service at 12:30 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE memorial service for Herman McCasland, 75, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jay Yarbrough, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins.