Update for Friday, April 13, 2018

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TEEN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER – A Decatur teenager was charged with manslaughter Thursday afternoon following a fatal wreck in the city two weeks ago. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the 16-year-old male, who was not identified because he is a minor, turned himself in on the manslaughter charge Thursday. He was immediately released to his parents. The teen was driving a Volvo SUV westbound on Hale Street March 28 and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Trinity Street, striking a Toyota passenger car driven by 74-year-old Billy Wade McRae of Bridgeport. McRae died at the scene. McRae’s wife, Rhonda, was a passenger in the car and was seriously injured in the crash. The 61-year-old was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton where she remains in stable condition. Hoskins said in addition to running the stop sign, the teen was traveling “well over” the 30 miles per hour speed limit in the area.

FARMER NAMED AS FINALIST FOR COLLEGE PRESIDENT – The Weatherford College Board of Trustees named Dr. Tod Allen Farmer as the lone finalist for college president Thursday. After a mandated 21-day waiting period, the board is scheduled to vote to formally hire Farmer on Friday, May 4. Farmer currently serves as chief of staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio. He manages the operations of the Office of the President and coordinates legal and policy issues with the Texas A&M University System as well as with state agencies and organizations. “I feel incredibly excited to join this dynamic team,” Farmer said moments after being named finalist.

FIRE DANGER – Wise County is under a wind advisory from noon-7 p.m. today. Sustained winds of 25-30 mph with gusts of 35-45 mph are expected. We could see near critical fire conditions by this afternoon as well, according to the National Weather Service, as temperatures are expected to reach around 85 degrees. It will turn cooler this weekend with highs in the low 60s Saturday and Sunday.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED – Nine Wise County students each received a $10,000 scholarship Thursday night at the Character Counts Awards Banquet at the Decatur Conference Center. Brian Stephens and County Judge J.D. Clark presented the awards to the following students: Alondra Bolanos, Alvord High School; Macey McCune, Boyd High School; Diana Delgadillo, Bridgeport High School; Samantha Hernandez, Chico High School; Kallie Boner, Decatur High School; Morgan Owens, Northwest High School; Hunter Rogers, Paradise High School; Shelby Johnson, Slidell High School; and Samantha Boswell, Victory Christian Academy. Including the 2018 awards, the Character Counts program has awarded $267,000 to local students in the last five years.

REGIONAL SOCCER – The Bridgeport Bulls will take on Midlothian Heritage in the 4A Region I regional semifinal today at 4 p.m. at Birdville ISD’s Fine Arts and Athletics Complex in North Richland Hills. It is the second straight year Bridgeport has made it to the regional tournament. With a win today, Bridgeport would advance to the regional final at 1 p.m. Saturday. They would play the winner of San Elizario and Life Oak Cliff.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners Monday will again discuss options for glass recycling at the Decatur dump site. They will also consider a TxDOT bridge project on County Road 2224, and they will review seven plats. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN MEETING – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will hold its monthly meeting after the Walk for Science 2-4 p.m. Saturday at The Reatta, 310 Houston St. in downtown Fort Worth. The group will discuss what they have been doing and what they are planning for the future. It is open to the public.

JACKIE’S RUN 5K – The Jackie’s Run 5K will highlight the Fit-N-Wise Run Fest at McCarroll Middle School Saturday. The Fit Youth 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. The event benefits the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund and local schools who have partnered with the Fit-N-Wise’s Fit Youth program. The entry fee for Jackie’s Run 5K is $30. Register online at decatur5K.com.

GLITZY GIRLS TRAILER PARK – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205, or follow on Facebook.

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE – The Decatur High School varsity baseball team will recognize local first responders and celebrate and honor all who have served our country and community at 7:30 tonight at the baseball field.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – Bridgeport’s City-Wide Garage Sale is today and Saturday, and the city will waive the garage sale permit fees. Maps of garage sale listings are available at city hall and the Bridgeport Library. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

CPR/FIRST AID CLASS – Alvord Fire Department is having a CPR/First Aid class 9 a.m. Saturday at the fire station, 108 N. Trappier St. If you need a certification card this class will cost $25. If you do not need a certification card the class can be taken free. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

RELAY HAMBURGER/BAKE SALE – Making the Change’s Relay for Life Team will host a hamburger/bake sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

NEWARK CLEAN-UP DAY – The city of Newark will hold a city-wide clean-up day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Six large trash bins will be at city hall, 209 Hudson. You must be a resident in order to dump trash.

SHOP DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Main Street’s Spring Shopping and Dining Spree continues today. For every $20 you spend with participating Halsell Street merchants, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. You do not have to be present to win, and the winner will be announced Saturday. For more information, call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Rhome Public Library will show the movie “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Services for Louise Skinner, 92, of Decatur and Linda Gill, 75, of Denton are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Niki Alan Emerson, 66, of Wizard Wells will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Coy Campbell, 80, of Jacksboro will be held at a later date in Center. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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