1 INJURED WHEN TRUCK STRIKES TRACTOR – An Alvord man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur by ambulance after his tractor was struck by a truck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Marvin Porter, 55, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after he hit the dash of the tractor following the collision. “He had a lot of preexisting conditions, and it’s unclear if he aggravated those and to what extent,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. Porter was injured in an April 2014 wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck his pickup. Porter’s friend Michael White, who was on the scene after Thursday’s accident, said Porter had his back fused together after that accident and later a knee surgery. Porter was driving his tractor on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 81/287, according to Siebeneck. A pickup driven by Tuxie Ballard, 25, of New Mexico hit the tractor in the rear ripping off the left back tire. Ballard’s truck came to rest in the median. “Ballard was in the outside lane going 75 in a 75, and Porter was on the shoulder,” Siebeneck said. “[Ballard] dropped his phone and swerved and hit the tractor.” Ballard said his phone was on the console and fell.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION SETS GOAL – The Decatur Education Foundation is seeking $50,000 in donations to fund innovative teaching grants, and $36,750 has been raised in donations and pledges, Foundation Board President Fred Renfro announced at last night’s annual donor recognition program. Top donors who have contributed at least $5,000 include Conoco Phillips, Decatur ISD faculty and staff, Devon Energy and Wise Regional Health System.
EAGLES START DISTRICT – Decatur Eagles will start the District 8-4A schedule at 8 tonight at home against Castleberry. The game will follow the girls game at 6:15. Get live updates of the action @wcmsports on Twitter. A recap of the action and a local scoreboard will be posted at wcmsports.com following the action. In other games, Bridgeport teams will head to Lake Worth. Alvord will be in Lindsay. Boyd teams try to rebound at Nocona. Chico plays host to Valley View. Paradise welcomes Henrietta. Slidell heads to Prairie Valley. Northwest visits Keller.
FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 East Main St., in Decatur. The program will be on field trips, and photos will be shown of previous field trips in and around the Wise County area. Members are encouraged to bring their own specimens. A potluck meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.
BENEFIT BAKE SALE – Open Arms is holding two bake sales to raise money for house fire victim Charles Montgomery. There is one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Mart and one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Lowe’s Marketplace in Decatur. For information, call 940-210-5738.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical society will meet Monday at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. A board meeting is scheduled for 11, lunch is at 11:30, and a general meeting is scheduled for noon.
HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close Monday. Other dumpsites (Boyd, Chico and Cottondale) will close the next business day, which is Wednesday. They will reopen regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday.
FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Loretta M. Wilson, 92, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Frank Robinson, 80, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 9:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd is 6 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Paul Lambert, 84, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Larry F. Fast, 69, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Gary Andrew Miller, 67, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
GRAVESIDE memorial for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.