Update for Friday, June 1, 2018

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A DPS trooper looks over one of the two pickup trucks involved in a wreck near Bridgeport Thursday. The occupants of the second vehicle, not pictured, were killed. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

2 CRASHES, 2 KILLED, ON TEXAS 114 – Two wrecks that happened within an hour and a couple of miles of each other Thursday evening killed two people and sent another seven to area hospitals. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said the first wreck happened around 7:45 p.m. on Texas 114 just east of Bridgeport. Preliminary information indicates a Chevrolet pickup was traveling west on Texas 114 when for an as yet undetermined reason, the pickup crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck an eastbound Dodge pickup. The driver and passenger in the Chevrolet, who have not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Wise Health System in Decatur with unknown injuries. The second crash happened on Texas 114 near County Road 3332 around 8:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped due to the fatal crash. An eastbound passenger car was approaching the stopped traffic and for an as yet undetermined reason, the driver did not see the stopped traffic. The passenger car struck a Honda SUV which in turn hit a Chevrolet HHR. The driver of the passenger car sustained minor injuries. There were five children in the passenger car of various ages. One was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by air ambulance with serious injuries, and a second was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by ground ambulance with serious injuries. The three remaining children were taken to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries, and the driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. Both crashes are under investigation.

A second accident in Texas 114 injured five children and one adult. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

HEAT WAVE – After an expected high of 98 degrees with heat index values as high as 103 today, Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures reaching 100 with heat values as high as 105. There is a slight chance of rain Saturday night.

NORTHWEST GRADUATION – Northwest High School will hold graduation 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton.

KID FISHING EVENT – The Texas Game Wardens will hold their annual Kid Fish event as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s free fishing day at Wise County Park Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m. A limited number of free rods and reels will be available. Local game wardens and fishing guides will assist kids fishing. Adults and children will not need a fishing license for the day.

GENEALOGY CLASS – Genealogy expert Patti Gillespie will teach a free six-week class on getting started with genealogy research. Classes meet Mondays, June 4-July 11, at 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 940-393-0290, stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South, or complete the online form at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

PBR THIS WEEKEND – The JW Hart PBR Challenge with WC Challenger Charities is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Silvano Alves, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira and Cody Campbell are among the riders expected to participate. Buy tickets online at wcchallenger.org or call 1-800-514-3849.

GREENWOOD HOMECOMING – The Greenwood Homecoming Association’s annual homecoming reunion luncheon is at noon June 3 at the Greenwood Firehall. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish and/or dessert. The Greenwood Homecoming Association will provide tea and water.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin today at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico First United Methodist Church 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will open 8 a.m. Saturday with produce from local farmers. It will feature eggs, meat, jelly/jams, pickles, baked goods, tamales and artisan items and $5 off coupons to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection Vaccination Clinic 10 a.m.-noon June 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale are available for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – HighPoint Athletics will hold a fundraiser yard sale today and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. each morning at 736 Old Reunion Road in Decatur to raise money for the athletes to compete at their national competition in Reno, Nev., in July.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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