Update for Monday, January 14, 2019

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FIRE DESTROYS BOYD RESTAURANT – Fire tore through Freedom Fried Hamburgers in Boyd Monday morning, destroying the inside of the business. Boyd, Decatur, Rhome. Newark and Paradise fire departments responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m., according to Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty. Boyd Fire Chief Chris Caster said by the time his crew arrived, fire and smoke were pouring out of the back of the building. “We’re trying to contain exposure to other businesses,” Caster said. “The inside of [Freedom Fried Hamburgers] is probably a total loss.” Caster said the neighboring business, The Pecan House, likely just sustained smoke damage. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Boyd Police Department provided to mutual aid. Rock Island Ave. was shut down in both direction for more than two hours as traffic was diverted around the scene.

1 CRITICALLY HURT IN COTTONDALE WRECK – The driver of an 18-wheeler was critically injured after running a stop sign and colliding with another 18-wheeler on Farm Road 51 near Cottondale shortly before 6 a.m. Monday morning, according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot. Elliot said the driver of the first 18-wheeler was traveling east on Farm Road 2123. The other 18-wheeler was going south on FM 51. He was not injured. The driver of the first 18-wheeler was extricated from the cab and taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth. A medical helicopter was requested but was unable to fly due to the weather. Elliot said it took nearly 30 minutes to free the driver from the cab. The collision knocked the axle off the trailer of one of the 18-wheelers. Traffic was shut down northbound and southbound on FM 51 as crews worked to clear the wreckage. Firefighters from Paradise, Cottondale and Springtown responded to the accident, as well as DPS troopers and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

FRIDAY RAIN REPORT – Rain totals from last Friday included 0.52 of an inch in Alvord, 0.48 in Decatur and 0.35 in Cottondale.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 tonight in the courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur. These organizations meet the second Monday of every month in this location (unless otherwise announced). More information can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on FaceBook at Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic is “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PLAN – Wise County commissioners this morning will consider approving the county’s first update to its transportation plan in more than a decade. The plan was completed by the North Central Texas Council of Government’s (NCTCOG) Regional Thoroughfare and Subarea Planning branch with input from county officials and the Texas Department of Transportation. Various leaders in Wise County cities also reviewed the plans and provided input. Nine priority corridors were identified in the near-term recommendations, which Clark said TxDOT defines as 20 years or less. The meeting is at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the courthouse and is open to the public.

DECATUR ISD MEETING – Decatur ISD trustees will look to hire an assistant principal at Decatur Intermediate tonight at their meeting after their team of eight training at 5. Trustees will also consider a resolution on safety concerns on Farm Road 730 and discuss its policy on allowing trustees to participate in meetings remotely.

BOYD ISD TRUSTEES TO HOLD REVIEW – Boyd ISD trustees will hold their annual review of superintendent Ted West at their meeting tonight at 6:30. Trustees will also discuss the use of the district’s facilities outside of instruction and the district’s transfer policy.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will consider a resolution identifying Farm Road 730 from Texas 114 to County Road 4181 as a serious detriment to public safety and urging the Texas Department of Transportation to take immediate action to remedy hazardous conditions. The council will also consider a number of planning and zoning items. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

FUNERALS – Services for Don Price, 51, and Arturo Cantu, 87, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Jessie Jake Monroe Jr., 88, of Forestburg is 10 a.m. today at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Delylah Dyer, 4, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna Rushin, 83, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Daniel Mora, 40, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur with rosary said at 7 p.m. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Angie Sears, 37, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Willian Donald Lenschow, 46, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Sandra Jo Bramlett-Greer, 64, of Santo is 2 p.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Ronald Gerald Riggs, 74, of Weatherford is 11 a.m. Wednesday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Paul Fincher, 63, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Milton Heimlich, 56, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Korwin J. Goodwin, 83, of Decatur at is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for William E. “Bill” Wood, 72, of Cottondale is 10 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Hollis Leon Stewart, 89, of Grand Prairie, formerly of Decatur, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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