Update for Thursday, June 7, 2018

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ARMSTRONG SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS FOR EVADING – A Wise County jury Wednesday morning found David Armstrong, 32, of Bridgeport guilty of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. District Judge Brock Smith then heard evidence in the punishment phase of the trial and sentenced Armstrong to 50 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Due to prior felony convictions, Armstrong faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Smith did find that the vehicle Armstrong was driving during the offense was used as a deadly weapon, meaning he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. The jury deliberated less than five minutes before returning their guilty verdict. Armstrong led officers on a high speed chase on U.S. 81/287 and into a residential Decatur neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2016. Two Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Mike Neagle and James Mayo, were seriously injured in a crash during the pursuit. Both gave emotional testimony about the crash during the punishment phase of the trial. This is Armstrong’s ninth felony conviction.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 is hosting its quarterly breakfast Saturday. Sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, jelly, coffee and milk will be served 7-9 a.m. Donations will be accepted.

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY – The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Economic Development and Vyve Broadband will hold a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate faster Internet speeds up to 200 mbps in areas of Bridgeport at 9 a.m. Friday at 1111 Stevens St. Call the city at 940-683-3400.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower campers and helpers will meet at Fit-N-Wise at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a swim party with pizza to follow. Campers and volunteers need to bring their waivers. A table will be set up outside Fit-N-Wise for campers and helpers who have not filled in their waivers.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Registration for Alvord Youth Football will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday and 8-11 a.m. June 23 at the Alvord Elementary practice field. The cost is $125. Call Tracy, 940-393-5316.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The group will discuss the Juneteenth Celebration scheduled for June 16 in Decatur.

FOOD DRIVE – CenturyLink had kicked off its 10th annual food drive, which ends June 15. During that time, the company will be accepting online donations for local food banks, including the Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur. Once the campaign is complete, CenturyLink will match dollar for dollar up to $1 million. The website to donate is www.centurylink.com/fooddrive.

SCIENCE EXHIBIT – The Trailblazer, a traveling science exhibit with hands-on activities centered on energy, aerodynamics, space, weather and biotechnology, will be at the Rhome Public Library 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. The free activities are suitable for third through eighth graders, but all ages are welcome. Call 817-636-2767 or visit rhomepubliclibrary.org. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Ave.

FUNERALS – Service for Laquita Lambert, 76, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Wilson, 86, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Betty M. Oates, 72, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

SERVICE for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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