Update for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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DECATUR MAN KILLED IN WRECK – A Decatur man died yesterday evening from injuries sustained in an afternoon crash in Decatur. Lt. Delvon Campbell said a 2007 Honda Element driven by Margarita Sierra, 63, of Decatur was westbound on U.S. 380 when she took the crossover onto Business 380 near the Shell Station just after 3 p.m. She turned in front of a 2019 Dodge pickup driven by Jeramie Warren, 47, of Crandall. The two vehicles collided, seriously injuring Sierra’s passenger, her husband Primitivo Sierra, 65. Mr. Sierra was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton where he died shortly before 8 p.m. according to information from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Mrs. Sierra was treated and released at the scene. She was later hospitalized and was in ICU in stable condition Tuesday morning at a Denton hospital, according to family friends. Warren was not injured.

CATTLE HAULER OVERTURNS – A cattle hauler carrying roughly 90 head of cattle overturned Monday night on U.S. 81/287 at County Road 2798 north of Alvord. Department of Public Safety Troopers and the Alvord Fire Department responded to the crash just after 9 p.m. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said witnesses saw a pickup truck veer into the cattle hauler’s lane and sideswipe it. The cattle hauler went into the shoulder to avoid the pickup and overturned. Both drivers were unharmed. Hahn said other haulers and trailers were coming to pick up the 90 head of cattle. It was unclear if any of the cattle were harmed. One northbound lane of U.S. 81/287 was closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage and move the cattle.

SPRING TEMPERATURES CONTINUE – It felt more like late spring than mid-winter yesterday as temperatures reached 80 degrees in Decatur. Highs in the upper 70s are expected again today and tomorrow before more seasonal temperatures will arrive later in the week with highs only in the low to mid-40s. The forecast includes a 40 percent chance of storms overnight, increasing to 50 percent during the day tomorrow and 70 percent Wednesday night.

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING – Bridgeport Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training for Faith Based Organizations 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the police department. RSVP for the training by emailing Chief Steve Stanford or calling 940-683-3430. Pastors are asked to bring their staff and security teams/volunteers.

WIC OFFICE CLOSED WEDNESDAY – The SPCAA-WIC office in Decatur will be closed Wednesday for a staff meeting. The office will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday. To schedule an appointment call 940-627-5796.

COUNCIL TO CONSIDER PETITIONS – The Boyd City Council will be presented petitions tonight for voluntary annexation of 153 acres on Cemetery Road by the developers of the proposed Spring Hill South development. The developer Bob Shelton will also submit petitions for the creation of tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) and public improvement district (PID) for the proposed 595-home development. The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. As part of an agreement approved in November, the city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. Tax revenue on properties with a value above $210,000 garnered by the city would have to be spent on projects within the development and could be used to pay down bonds. There will be a 75-cent levy to pay the PID assessment to cover the bond payments for the initial infrastructure. The Boyd council meeting starts at 6:30 at the Boyd Community Center.

DIRECTOR RETIRING – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will host a retirement reception honoring Executive Director Pat Slayton for 13 years of service to Wise Hope 4-7 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group will meet at 7 tonight in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Learn from others who have been there and share your experiences. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.

READERS CHOICE – Today’s the deadline to vote in the Wise County Messenger’s Readers Choice Awards. Ballots must be returned to the Messenger office by 5 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Saunders, 76, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at New Hope Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jennette Denton, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. Friday at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Linda Gayle Rotton, 75, of Newark is 2:30 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Friday at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. He was the father of Bill Wallace of Bridgeport. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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