WRECK VICTIM IDENTIFIED – The driver of a tractor trailer who died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Thursday from injuries sustained in an early morning two-vehicle accident on U.S. 287/81 just north of Farm Road 407 has been identified as Juan Jasso, 36. Jasso died in the emergency room of the hospital after being flown there by medical helicopter. Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the tractor trailer and a white passenger car were northbound on U.S. 287/81. “We’re not sure why [the truck driver] took evasive action,” Garcia said. “The 18-wheeler lost control, started into a side roll, struck the passenger car from the rear and then proceeded to roll into the median.” The driver of the car was also taken to JPS.
WEATHER CHANGES AHEAD – After a high near 80 degrees this afternoon, big changes are expected overnight. A strong cold front will bring brisk north winds, and temperatures will drop to around 31 degrees overnight. Wise County is included in a wind advisory and a freeze watch from 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Saturday. Our area will also see rain chances around 30 percent from late this afternoon to early Saturday morning. Saturday’s high is expected to be 49.
ROAD CLOSURE – Three Skillet Road will be closed at the bridge from 7 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Sunday. One lane traffic will resume Monday morning.
OPENING DAY EVENT – The Bridgeport Youth Association will host Opening Day Saturday at the Lawdwin Fields. The event will include a day full of baseball, bounce houses, face painting, t-shirt sales, food truck and a concession.
RELAY FOR LIFE – Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25 for a large fire pit (donated by TLR welding ) and a KULA cooler (donated by Outdoor Paradise). All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. Also luminaria bags in honor or memory of someone dealing with cancer, a survivor or in memory of someone are $5 each. Decorate your own or let someone decorate for you. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944 or Gina Tackett, 940-389-9309.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at an earlier time of 7 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center in order to travel to Gainesville at 9 a.m. for the Medal of Honor Parade.
CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – Jonestown Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280 in Alvord.
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Class of 2018 will host a 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School Gym. Entry fee is $10 per person, $40 per team. Registration available at the door. Cost is $2 for spectators. Concessions will be sold. Call Peggy Barton at 940-626-9046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will host a plant sale 3-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur High School Greenhouse located behind Agriculture Building on top of the hill. Several different varieties of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, succulents and interiors will be available.
FUNERAL for Betty Carlton, 82 of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Joyce Rich, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Johnny Mack Martin, 67, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery.
SERVICE for Robert Lee “Bob” Ware, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Carolyn Huffman, 70, of Lake Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Sagebrush Cafe in downtown Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Richard J. “Rick” Bailey Jr., 57, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Lake Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.