Head-on crash injures two on S.H. 114


A head-on collision at about 10:30 Friday morning injured two drivers and blocked traffic on S.H. 114, about two miles west of Boyd, for more than a half-hour. According to State Trooper Ralph Ray Wallace, Andrew Erickson, 26, of Arlington, was westbound in a Nissan Titan pickup when, for no apparent reason, he drifted over into the path of an eastbound Nissan Maxima driven by Karen Backus, 54, of Springtown. The collision flipped Erickson’s truck onto the south side of the roadway, while Backus’ car ended up on the north side. Backus was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and Erickson, who was more seriously injured, was taken to JPS Health System in Fort Worth, both by Wise County EMS. Highway traffic was backed up for more than a half-hour as responders from the Paradise and Boyd fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and Boyd police officers worked to clear the scene.

Firefighters retrieve an item from Karen Backus' car after it was hit head-on by a truck on S.H. 114 west of Boyd Friday morning.

Firefighters retrieve an item from Karen Backus’ car after it was hit head-on by a truck on S.H. 114 west of Boyd Friday morning.

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Friday, December 19, 2014


PRECINCT 2 EMPLOYEE INJURED – A Precinct 2 employee was injured Tuesday afternoon on County Road 1797, just east of Park Springs, when one of his coworkers backed into him with a pickup. County Commissioner Kevin Burns said Mike McCasland was operating a maintainer but got off of it to remove rocks from the roadway. He bent over to pick up a rock, and Louis “Shorty” Moody, driving a 3/4-ton pickup backed into McCasland, knocking him to the ground. Burns said the bumper of the pickup hit McCasland in the head and shoulder. He was transported by Wise County EMS to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where he was treated and released.

BENEFIT BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Wesley Pennington and his family, of Rhome, is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bealls in Decatur. Wesley was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and proceeds will help the family with various expenses. Modern Woodsman will be matching funds. To donate baked goods or for more information, call Wendy at 817-323-0732.

BENEFIT – A benefit for Paisley Leeann Rhine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Theater. She is the daughter, born 11 weeks premature, of C.J. and Camella Rhine. The benefit will include a live auction, live entertainment, a raffle, door prizes and concessions. Funds raised will be used to help pay for medical costs.

WFAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE – Caitlin Pruett will be a featured scholar athlete on Dale Hansen’s Sports Special this Sunday. Hansen and WFAA showcase North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics and have made positive contributions to their communities. The segment will air at 10:35 p.m.

DEMS PLAN HOLIDAY GATHERING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a Holiday Party 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Lion’s Club, 207 N. State St. A dinner and gifts will be donated to a local family in need, and there will be bingo and door prizes throughout the evening. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance. The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

SANTA VISIT – Woodhaven National Bank in Rhome will host a visit from Santa 3-5 p.m. today.

SANTA ON NOTTINGHAM - A Bridgeport neighborhood will host “Santa on Nottingham” 6:30-9:30 p.m. tonight through Dec. 23. Santa will be on hand, along with a full-sized Olaf, every evening, and there will be a different craft each night. It’s all free. Bring the kids to 137 Nottingham.

SPRING ENROLLMENT – J.O.Y. Christian Academy is now enrolling 2015 spring classes (including art, music and drama). Those interested must attend a prospective parent meeting prior to enrolling. Classes begin Jan. 12. For more information email the registrar by Jan. 5, at registrar@joyca.org.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Bridgeport will hold a retirement reception honoring City Administrator Brandon Emmons 3-5 p.m. today at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St., in the Council Chambers Room.

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is collecting canned food for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) and lap blankets for Meals on Wheels through Saturday.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Joan Oglesby, 62, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014


MORNING WRECK – A southbound 18-wheel gravel hauler rolled off U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur Thursday morning, spilling its load and snarling traffic headed toward Fort Worth in misty, wet conditions. One lane of the highway was shut down shortly after the accident, which was reported at 5:13 a.m. in construction zone just past Zimmerer Kubota. A Decatur Police officer said the truck, driven by Leonel Marquez, 33, of Fort Worth, was headed south in the outside lane when the trailer started fishtailing. The driver lost control and rolled it off into the ditch, causing extensive damage to the tractor and trailer and dumping gravel over the roadway and shoulder. Marquez was cited for failure to control speed. Decatur Police, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies, Decatur Fire Department units and Wise County EMS were called to the scene, although Marquez refused medical treatment. Texas Dept. of Transportation was called to bring a bucket loader to get the gravel off the road.

RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from yesterday included 0.63 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Rhome and Cottondale, 0.45 in Alvord, 0.4 in Paradise and Greenwood and 0.38 in Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain overnight, increasing to 40 percent tomorrow.

Santa-on-the-Streets.jpgSANTA ON THE STREETS – The Decatur Fire Department’s Santa on the Streets tour is expected to resume tonight, weather permitting. Yesterday’s tour had to be rescheduled due to rainy weather. If conditions allow, Santa will be visiting neighborhoods south of Hale Ave. and east of U.S. 81/287 including the Brookhollow neighborhood, beginning at 5. Watch Update to see when last night’s tour will be rescheduled.

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD – Decatur Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Stop 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Say goodnight to your stuffed buddies, and they’ll spend the night at the library with their teen babysitters to play and read the night away. Arrange for pickup on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

ADOPT A GRANDPARENT – Laura Shaffer is seeking the public’s help in making donations of hand lotion to local nursing home residents. She will make a dollar-for-dollar donation with the purchase of each $12 bottle of hand lotion to give to residents at Governor’s Ridge, Decatur Nursing and Rehab, Senior Care in Decatur and Bridgeport and The Hills. Call or text Laura at 940-595-1437.

RODEO WELCOME HOME - A Welcome Home reception is 5-7 tonight at the Decatur Visitor Center, at 106 S. Trinity, for returning rodeo champions and NFR participants Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Clint Cooper and K.C. Jones.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Call 940-626-0167.

FUEL FOR A CURE – The Cancer Center at Wise is collecting gas cards in increments of $25 or $50 to help cancer patients pay for gas. Many patients travel long distances every day. Donated gift cards can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday throughout December. For more information, call 940-626-2300. The Bridgeport Women’s Club is sponsoring the initiative.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Denise Demory, 60, of Boyd at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Pre-dawn wreck slows traffic on U.S. 287


A southbound 18-wheel gravel hauler rolled off U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur Thursday morning, spilling its load and snarling traffic headed toward Fort Worth in misty, wet conditions. One lane of the highway was shut down shortly after the accident, which was reported at 5:13 a.m. in construction zone just past Zimmerer Kubota. A Decatur Police officer said the truck, driven by Leonel Marquez, 33, of Fort Worth, was headed south in the outside lane when the trailer started fishtailing. The driver lost control and rolled it off into the ditch, causing extensive damage to the tractor and trailer and dumping gravel over the roadway and shoulder. Marquez was cited for failure to control speed. Decatur Police, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies, Decatur Fire Department units and Wise County EMS were called to the scene, although Marquez refused medical treatment. Texas Dept. of Transportation was called to bring a bucket loader to get the gravel off the road.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014


WET DAY EXPECTED – If you are headed out today, it might be wise to bring an umbrella. The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain today with possible thunderstorms after noon. The chance of rain is 50 percent for tonight. Today’s high is expected to only reach 44 degrees.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxRODEO WELCOME HOME – A Welcome Home reception is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Visitor Center, at 106 S. Trinity, for returning rodeo champions and NFR participants Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Clint Cooper and K.C. Jones.

BULLS TAKE DOWN PONDER – Devonte Patterson’s dunk put the finishing touch on the Bridgeport Bulls’ 65-50 win over Ponder. Patterson finished with 21 points, Caleb Smith 20 and Ethan Chapman 14. Slidell beat Alvord 68-60 behind 44 points from Tyler Maynard. In girls action, Boyd’s 11-game winning streak ended with an 82-20 loss to Bowie. Lindsey Thorpe had 11 points. Alvord won its district opener over Poolville 71-64 with 26 from Cierra Rangel and 20 from Katie Claborn. Slidell took down Saint Jo 68-17 with Kayler Talamantes scoring 25 and Caitlin Pruett and Jessy Goode 14 each. Paradise beat Jacksboro 67-40.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Bridgeport will hold a retirement reception honoring City Administrator Brandon Emmons 3-5 p.m. Friday at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St., in the Council Chambers Room.

SANTA AT THE LIBRARY – Santa is coming to Decatur Public Library’s special Holiday Friday Fun Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Celebrate the joy of reading and early literacy with seasonal stories, songs and movement. Afterwards the library will host photos with Santa Claus. This storytime is for preschoolers and their parents. Santa will return to the library at 2 p.m. for photos with school-aged children. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

CASA TRAINING – Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties will train new volunteers beginning Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. The classes equip participants to provide court advocacy to abused and neglected children who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS). Advocates assess, gather information and speak up for the child’s best interest in court, working to ensure they have a safe, loving and permanent home as quickly as possible. Call 940-627-7535 before Jan. 12 to register.

SANTA COPS – Today is the deadline to donate to the Santa Cops program in Decatur. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department or Vincent Wealth Management, located in the Prada Shops, 1650 S. FM 51 Ste. 1000 in Decatur. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0300.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Yesterday’s in Bridgeport will host Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

Santa-on-the-Streets.jpgSANTA ON THE STREETS – Santa will continue his visit through Decatur by visiting neighborhoods east of U.S. 81/287, west of North Trinity Street and north of West Walnut Streets beginning at 5 tonight. Santa will continue visiting parts of Decatur through Thursday. The visit could be rescheduled in the case of rain.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Brenda Jean Garvin, 62, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Denise Demory, 60, of Boyd at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


WELTY APPOINTED TO PARADISE COUNCIL – Chad Welty, associate pastor at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, was appointed Monday night to fill the vacant seat on the Paradise City Council. Welty and former council member Chris Harris were the only two nominees for the post, which has been vacant since Bill Schenk chose not to seek re-election in November. After they responded to several general questions on their backgrounds and skills, a vote was called and only council member Brad Largent, who nominated Harris, voted for him. Council members Terrie Ward, Bob Gayan and Roy Steel all voted for Welty, with Mayor Sam Starr not voting. Welty, who will be sworn in at next month’s meeting, said, “I’ll do my best to work with you guys and serve the community, until the community decides they don’t want me.”

BOARD HEARS PRESENTATIONS – A three hour long meeting yielded little voting action Monday night at the Bridgeport ISD administration building, as the board listened to numerous presentations about various school activities, including the elementary school’s art club, the high school’s FFA and agriculture sciences groups and the middle school’s student council. The board discussed a soccer questionnaire that AD and head football coach Danny Henson designed, and will administer to students in the upcoming weeks to see if there is enough feasible interest for a soccer program. Other items of discussion included revisions to the school’s drug testing policy and updates on facility renovations.

EAGLES TAKE DOWN SANGER - Decatur freshman Mason Hix scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Eagles hammered Sanger 54-35 Monday. In the girls game, Sanger won 76-55 behind a 21-5 run in the third quarter. Shelby Drews had 18 points for the Lady Eagles.

GIRLS TEAMS START DISTRICT – Several area girls basketball teams start league play tonight. Boyd takes on Bowie in 9-3A at home. Paradise travels to Jacksboro. Slidell will open its league at home against Saint Jo. Chico plays host to Era. Alvord takes on Poolville at home. Northwest takes on Denton Guyer at home. In non-district action, the Bridgeport girls head to Gainesville. In boys games, Bridgeport will play Ponder at home. Alvord plays host to Slidell. Chico takes on Midway at home. Northwest heads to Irving MacArthur.

PAJAMA PARTY – The Decatur Public Library is having a Polar Express Pajama Party 6-8 tonight. Children are invited to come in their pajamas for a special screening of the animated film “The Polar Express.” Hot Cocoa and snacks will be served. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Call 940-626-0167.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Community Center. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles, and cost is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076. This month they will be playing BINGO rather than having the usual raffle. Bingo cards will be $5 each and will be available for purchase at the door along with your lunch ticket. Also receive one Bingo card for each unwrapped toy you bring to add to the holiday toy drive. Bingo prize donations are welcome. They will also have a box out for the Lion’s Club Coat Drive. Bring unwanted/unused coats, hoodies and other winter clothing items.

Santa-on-the-Streets.jpgSANTA ON THE STREETS – Santa will continue his visit through Decatur by visiting neighborhoods in northeast Decatur (east of North Trinity Street, north and east of Walnut Street) beginning at 5 tonight. Santa will continue visiting parts of Decatur through Thursday.

BAND CONCERT – The Boyd Band Winter Concert and Silent Auction is 6 p.m. Thursday at Boyd High School cafetorium featuring all bands from intermediate to the high school. Call Jennifer Prentice at 817-891-5063.

FORMS DUE – All Bridgeport ISD Advanced Academics referral forms are due in campus offices by Friday.

FUNERALS – Service for Carolyn Kay Cleveland, 78, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Emiliea Davila, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Mexican Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Don “Waymon” Pannell, 87, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Brenda Jean Garvin, 62, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Welty to fill Paradise council seat


Chad Welty, associate pastor at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, was appointed Monday night to fill the vacant seat on the Paradise City Council. Welty and former council member Chris Harris were the only two nominees for the post, which has been vacant since Bill Schenk chose not to seek re-election in November. After they responded to several general questions on their backgrounds and skills, a vote was called and only council member Brad Largent, who nominated Harris, voted for him. Council members Terrie Ward, Bob Gayan and Roy Steel all voted for Welty, with Mayor Sam Starr not voting. Welty, who will be sworn in at next month’s meeting, said, “I’ll do my best to work with you guys and serve the community, until the community decides they don’t want me.”

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Monday, December 15, 2014


RAIN BRINGS FLURRY OF WRECKS – Rain that rolled through Wise County Sunday was blamed for a brief flurry of accidents that sent at least three people to hospitals with injuries. A dangerous curve on Texas 199 about two miles west of the intersection of Farm Road 920 was the site of three separate crashes beginning around 11:30 a.m. According to State Trooper William Cooper, an eastbound car hydroplaned going around the curve and ran off the road to the left side, then moments later a truck came around the corner and hydroplaned, running off the road to the right side. Another car, coming up on the scene of the accidents, slowed and was rear-ended by a pickup. The driver of the first car was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, complaining of neck injuries. At 11:45 two vehicles collided on Farm Road 1810 in Chico, leaving one of them disabled on the tracks. There were no injuries, but Union Pacific was advised to shut down train traffic for about a half-hour until the track was cleared. At 12:26 p.m., an 18-wheeler carrying six cars pulled out in front of a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur. The driver of the Nissan, 18-year-old Holland Ford of Dallas, tried to avoid the truck, driven by Jerald Woolsey of Missouri, but collided with the back part of it. Decatur Police said Woolsey sped up to try and avoid the collision. Ford was taken to Wise Regional by ground ambulance with undisclosed injuries. At 1:49 there was another accident on Texas 199, this one at County Road 3850. Wise County EMS was called to that scene. Later Sunday afternoon another accident occurred on U.S. 81/287 just north of Farm Road 1655 in Alvord. That mishap left an 18-wheeler on its side, leaking diesel fuel onto the roadway. TxDOT was called to bring sand so that the highway could reopen.

RAIN TOTALS – Rain totals from Sunday included 0.25 of an inch in Decatur, 0.24 in Rhome, 0.2 in Paradise and Cottondale and 0.15 in Alvord.

HOSPITAL PLANS CHANGE – Plans to convert the Bridgeport campus of Wise Regional Health System to an urgent care clinic will go forward, but Bridgeport’s clinic will be operated by Wise Regional Health System, not by Wise Clinical Care Associates as had been proposed. The Decatur Community Health Clinic, which is operated by Wise Clinical Care Associates on the West Campus on Farm Road 51, across from the main hospital, will remain open. The original plan had been to move that facility to Bridgeport, but those plans were scuttled by restrictions in the Bridgeport hospital’s bond covenants. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

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SANTA ON THE STREETS – Santa will continue his visit through Decatur by visiting neighborhoods near downtown Decatur (east of U.S. 81/287, west of U.S. Business 81/287, south of Walnut Street and north of Hale Street) beginning at 5 tonight. Santa will continue visiting parts of Decatur through Thursday.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - County Judge J.D. Clark will lead his first county commissioners meeting today. Commissioners will discuss the process for hiring a new elections administrator, hear county engineer Chad Davis’ recommendation for receiving surplus bridge materials from the Department of Public Safety and will discuss maintenance offered by Tyler Technologies. Clark will also give his recommendation on the makeup of the systems coordinator hiring committee. Clark has also added to the agenda a community forum, in which citizens may share comments or observations related to county business. There is a three-minute time limit, and large groups should designate a spokesperson. The meeting is 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. This is the last regular meeting for 2014.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport school board tonight will discuss textbook adoption and facility renovations, as well as the results of a districtwide soccer questionnaire. Its meeting is 7 p.m. at the administration building, 2107 15th Street, and is open to the public.

PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – Nominees for the vacant Paradise City Council seat will be interviewed, and one will be selected to serve, during the city council’s regular meeting 6 tonight at Paradise City Hall. The council will also conduct a public hearing on the submission of an application to the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Affairs. The council will also discuss hiring Carl Deaton to conduct the city’s annual audit.

FUNERALS – Service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Opal C. Clemans, 98, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Carolyn Kay Cleveland, 78, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Emiliea Davila, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Mexican Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Phyllis Benham, 55, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Don “Waymon” Pannell, 87, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Memorials may be made to Clinton Pannell Scholarship, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

SERVICE for Brenda Jean Garvin, 62, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Rain a factor in flurry of wrecks Sunday


Rain that rolled through Wise County Sunday was blamed for a brief flurry of accidents that sent at least three people to hospitals with injuries.

A dangerous curve on State Highway 199 about two miles west of the intersection of Farm Road 920 was the site of three separate crashes beginning around 11:30 a.m. According to State Trooper William Cooper, an eastbound car hydroplaned going around the curve and ran off the road to the left side, then moments later a truck came around the corner and hydroplaned, running off the road to the right side. Another car, coming up on the scene of the accidents, slowed and was rear-ended by a pickup. The driver of the first car was taken to the Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur, complaining of neck injuries.

At 11:45 two vehicles collided on Farm Road 1810 in Chico, leaving one of them disabled on the tracks. There were no injuries, but Union Pacific was advised to shut down train traffic for about a half-hour until the track was cleared. At 12:18

At 12:26 p.m., an 18-wheeler carrying six cars pulled out in front of a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of U.S. 287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur. The driver of the Nissan, 18-year-old Holland Ford of Dallas, tried to avoid the truck, driven by Jerald Woolsey of Missouri, but collided with the back part of it. Decatur Police said Woolsey sped up to try and avoid the collision. Ford was taken to Wise Regional Hospital by ground ambulance with undisclosed injuries.

At 1:49 there was another accident on S.H. 199, this one at County Road 3850. Wise County EMS was called to that scene. Later Sunday afternoon another accident occurred on U.S. 287 just north of Farm Road 1655 in Alvord. That mishap left an 18-wheeler on its side, leaking diesel fuel onto the roadway. TxDOT was called to bring sand so that the highway could reopen.

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Friday, December 12, 2014


FACILITIES NOT UP TO STANDARD – The Boyd ISD school board tabled any decision on its TASB facilities report Thursday night after its results revealed some aspects of the middle school and intermediate school were not up to standard, such as ADA required ramps and exterior wear and tear on some buildings. Superintendent Ted West said he would want to talk to other members of the school and community before making any decisions on changing anything at the schools. The board also heard an audit report from King, Moore, Truelove, Pharis, CPA for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and discussed upcoming sports facility renovations. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE – The Bridgeport Children’s Theater presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. this weekend. Showings will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1. This program is sponsored by Meyers-McComis Agency and presented by Bridgeport Parks and Recreation. Call 940-683-3400.

ANGEL TREE – About 60 angels still need to adopted at Senior Care in Bridgeport. People have until Dec. 23 to adopt an Angel. Call Patricia Henson at 940-683-5023.

SOCIETY CHRISTMAS DINNER – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. The meeting will be the club’s annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Members will bring a covered dish and a rock related gift for a Chinese gift exchange. Call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329. Guests are welcome.

MEET SANTA – Breakfast with Santa at the Decatur Fire Department is 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes are served throughout that time, and Santa arrives at 8:30.

SANTA VISIT – Santa will be at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport for free photos 4-6 p.m. today.

SANTA’S IN TOWN – Santa on the Streets – the Decatur Fire Department’s annual trek through the neighborhoods with Santa – will be Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 14-18. Santa will visit neighborhoods west of U.S. 81/287 Sunday night. Check in the weekend Messenger for specific routes for the week.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – Noon today is the deadline to return angels for the Rhome South Wise County Spirit of Christmas.

RHOME FOR CHRISTMAS – Christmas in Rhome is 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Rhome Community Center, 261 N. School Rd. Santa will visit 7:30-8:30, and door prizes will be given away.

TOYS FOR TOTS – Cici’s Pizza in Decatur will be accepting Toys for Tots through Saturday. Toys should be new and unwrapped. A representative of the U.S. Marines and Santa Claus will be there to greet and collect the toys as well as pose for photos 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For information call 940-627-6273.

WCWC REGISTRATION – Registration for new and returning dual credit, on-campus and online students at Weatherford College Wise County is currently underway for spring classes that begin Monday, Jan. 12. Financial aid and payment plan options are available. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu to schedule a personal advising session. Course schedules and admissions information can be found at www.wc.edu/academics.

FUNERALS – Service for Opal Clemans, 98, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Olan “Sonny” Pewitt Jr., 71, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for J.D. “Heavy” Erwin, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Michael Henry Martin, 70, of Springtown is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014


1 KILLED IN FIERY CRASH – One person died in a fiery crash on U.S. 380 east of Decatur just before 8 p.m. Wednesday. DPS Trooper Adam Lawson said a passenger car was traveling westbound on 380, just west of the Highland Hills subdivision, when it left the roadway to the north and ran through a fence. He said it appears the car then veered back through the fence to the south and then went through the fence again to the north. The car hit the edge of a ravine, went airborne, slammed into a tree and burst into flames. Lawson said the car was destroyed, and it was impossible to visually determine if the driver was male or female. There were no passengers in the car. The crash occurred about a quarter mile away from where the vehicle first left the roadway. The accident is still under investigation, and more information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it’s available. Lawson was uncertain how long it would take to ID the driver.

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MISSING SENIOR CITIZEN – The Colleyville Police Department is searching for Pauline Rhoads Dumas, who has been diagnosed with a cognitive impairment. She is a white female, 84 years old, born Nov. 7, 1930. She is 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighs 172 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing glasses, a button down blouse and blue jeans. She also walks with a cane. Rhoads was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at 406 W. 6th Street in Justin, driving a red, 2010 Pontiac Vibe with Texas license plate 7BVWN. Law enforcement officials believe this senior citizen’s disappearance poses a credible threat to her own health and safety. If you have any information regarding this missing person, call the Colleyville Police Department at 817-743-4522.

MEETING SANTA – Breakfast with Santa is 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd High School. Call 940-433-2327.

CELEBRATION – The Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe is 7 p.m. Friday at the Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church, between Bridgeport and Decatur. For information, call Nancy Johnson at 817-223-1016. Llame a Nancy Johnson al 817-223-1016 para obtener informaci n.

CONCERTS – The Decatur High School Band Concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center. This concert will feature the high school concert band and jazz band. The Decatur Middle School Band Concert will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Decatur Multi-Purpose Building. This concert will feature the 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands. Admission to both concerts is free.

FABRIC NEEDED – Senior Care Decatur is looking for fleece fabric donations so residents can make knotted blankets during activities. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800, ext. 114.

RODEO TICKETS - Tickets now on sale at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce for Decatur Night at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets, in limited supply, are $25 each. Call the chamber office at 940-627-3107.

FUNERALS – Service for Olan “Sonny” Pewitt Jr., 71, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Dorothy June Arrington, 74, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Hilltop Assembly of God with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.D. “Heavy” Erwin, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Michael Henry Martin, 70, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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1 killed in fiery crash on U.S. 380


One person died in a fiery crash on U.S. 380 east of Decatur just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

DPS Trooper Adam Lawson said a passenger car was traveling westbound on 380, just west of the Highland Hills subdivision, when it left the roadway to the north and ran through a fence. He said it appears the car then veered back through the fence to the south and then went through the fence again to the north.

The car hit the edge of a ravine, went airborne, slammed into a tree and burst into flames. Lawson said the car was destroyed, and it was impossible to visually determine if the driver was male or female. There were no passengers in the car.

The crash occurred about a quarter mile away from where the vehicle first left the roadway. The accident is still under investigation, and more information will be posted as it’s available. Lawson was uncertain how long it would take to ID the driver.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


ZONING ORDINANCE TIMETABLE SET – The Decatur City Council Monday approved a timetable to make the new-and-improved zoning ordinance – which regulates where, what and how buildings can be built in the city – the law after more workshops, revisions and public hearings. A final workshop with the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled Jan. 6, with a city council workshop Jan. 12. After allowing February for any more revisions and rewrites that may be needed, P&Z will hold a required public hearing on the ordinance March 3. It will then go to the council for a public hearing March 9. Two public readings would be March 9 and March 23. Both the summary and the entire ordinance are available for public review on the city’s website decaturtx.org. The ordinance has been in the works for nearly three years. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxFOGGY START AGAIN – For the second straight morning, Wise County remains under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. There had been no reports of serious accidents as of 8 a.m. Today’s high should reach 58 with an overnight low of 49.

FOOD DRIVE – The Live Thankfully food drive will end Friday. To donate, bring non-perishable food items to Mallory Orthodontics, 2250 South FM 51, Suite 800, in Decatur. The organization also accepts financial donations, which can be made online at livethankfully.org or mailed to Mallory at the above address. Call 940-627-0960 with questions.

BASKETBALL SCORES – Girls: Bridgeport 53, Alvord 52; Decatur 54, Graham 29; Paradise 60, Springtown 30; Northwest 77, Eastern Hills 30; Slidell 69, Bryson 41; Boyd 36, Lake Worth 34. Boys: Peaster 53, Decatur 52; Bridgeport 48, Saginaw 45; Paradise 68, Lindsay 46; Slidell 76, Bryson 36.

MEET SANTA – Breakfast with Santa at the Decatur Fire Department is 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Pancakes are served throughout that time, and Santa arrives at 8:30.

FUEL FOR A CURE – The Cancer Center at Wise is collecting gas cards in increments of $25 or $50 to help cancer patients pay for gas. Many patients travel long distances every day. Donated gift cards can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday throughout December. For more information, call 940-626-2300. The Bridgeport Women’s Club is sponsoring the initiative.

WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST - The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Christmas Window Decorating Contest open to all Decatur businesses. The first place winner’s photo will be published in the Wise County Messenger’s Christmas Eve edition. Deadline to enter is today. Call the chamber at 940-627-3107.

CORRECTION – One of the motorcycle groups in Sunday’s fight at the Wise County Toy Run was inadvertently misidentified by law enforcement as the Road Dogs, which was reported in yesterday’s Update. In fact, it was the Lost Riders who were involved in an altercation with the Cossacks. All involved parties declined to press charges, and the Toy Run went on as scheduled. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger, which is on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Service for Olan “Sonny” Pewitt Jr., 71, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Dorothy June Arrington, 74, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hilltop Assembly of God with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for J.D. Erwin, 78, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Michael Henry Martin, 70, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


FOG CAUSES TRAFFIC ISSUES – Dense fog was making travel a challenge this morning. An accident caused Texas 114 to be shut down just east of Bridgeport during the 7 a.m. hour. Traffic was being rerouted on Farm Road 2123. Wise County remains under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m.

FIGHT KICKS OFF WEEKEND TOY RUN – A fight between two motorcycle clubs Sunday during the lineup for the Wise County Toy Run in Decatur threatened to overshadow the good work of the group. Just prior to the start of the 15th annual run, the Road Dogs and Cossacks got into a fight, which ended with one man on the ground getting kicked and stomped, according to Lt. Art Ferguson with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Involved parties declined to press charges. More than 1,000 bikers rode from Decatur to Bridgeport in the annual event, which collects toys for local children. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BRAZILE CLINCHES ALL AROUND CROWN – Trevor Brazile of Decatur won his ninth straight all-around title, and 12th overall, over the weekend at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. He clinched the title when he placed second in team roping in 4.0 seconds with partner Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., and finished fourth in tie-down roping.

BRIDGEPORT HEADS TO ALVORD - The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will play host to the Bridgeport Sissies at 6:15 tonight for a non-district basketball game. In other area games, the Alvord boys head to Collinsville. Boyd teams take on Lake Worth at home. The Bridgeport Bulls are in Saginaw. Chico teams will play at Bellevue. The Decatur girls travel to Graham. The Decatur boys are going to Peaster. The Northwest Lady Texas play host to Fort Worth Eastern Hills. The Paradise girls take on Springtown at home. The Paradise boys play Lindsay at home. The Slidell teams will welcome Bryson.

SANTA VISIT – Santa will be at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport for free photos 4-6 p.m. Friday.

CHRISTMASTIME – Christmas in Rhome is 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Rhome Community Center, 261 N. School Rd. Santa will visit 7:30-8:30, and door prizes will be given away.

CHRISTMAS ANGELS – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center still has Christmas angels available for adoption. Gifts and donations will benefit children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Angels may be picked up 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 608 N. Bus. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Call 940-626-4585.

FOOD TRAINING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is having a food safety training program 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Extension office. The training includes materials and the state food manager certification examination. To register, call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

NORTHWEST’S RALLY FALL SHORT – The Northwest Texans cut a 12-point deficit entering the fourth to four with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute but couldn’t get closer in a 47-41 loss to John Paul II. Elijah Christman led Northwest with 15 points.

NORTHWEST TO RETIRE HOOPER’S NUMBER – Northwest will retire Shyann Hooper’s number 24 tonight before the Lady Texans’ game with Fort Worth Eastern Hills. Hooper was killed in a car accident in the spring. Fans are encouraged to wear orange to the game.

COOPER TAKES SECOND – Decatur’s Clint Cooper took second in the fifth go-round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Monday. He earned $15,018 for his 7.9-second run.

FUNERALS – Service for Olan “Sonny” A. Pewitt Jr., 71, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Deborah Carol Thompson Zorns, 65, of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Kay Spivey, 67, of Rhome is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Dorothy June Arrington, 74, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hilltop Assembly of God with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for J.D. Erwin, 78, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Michael H. Martin, 70, of Springtown is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday, December 8, 2014


HEAD-ON COLLISION SENDS TWO TO JPS – A WBAP reporter and a De Leon woman were flown to a Fort Worth hospital Friday night following a head-on collision on Farm Road 51 South near Farm Road 2048. A silver Ford F250 pickup, driven by Lynis Parris of De Leon, was southbound on FM 51 about 7:45 p.m. when he took evasive action to avoid a car in front of him. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said it was unclear why Parris was trying to avoid the car, but while trying to avoid that vehicle, he veered into the northbound lanes and hit a Toyota Camry. The Camry was a marked WBAP radio car and was driven by Alan Scaia. The two vehicles had a head-on collision on the shoulder of the northbound lanes. Scaia was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 with critical injuries but had been upgraded to serious Saturday afternoon. Parris was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, but his passenger, Clara Quesnot, also of De Leon, was flown by a PHI helicopter to JPS. She was in stable condition Saturday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

TEEN INJURED IN U.S. 81/287 WRECK – A Rhome teenager suffered a massive head injury in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur Saturday afternoon. Darren Rowe, 18, and a friend had stopped in the 81/287 crossover, just south of County Road 4421, about 11:50 a.m. and were talking. A third vehicle approached the crossover and honked at the other two vehicles so it could get through. Trooper Beau Bridgeman, with the Department of Public Safety, said Rowe pulled his Dodge Durango too far out and into the left lane of southbound 81/287 and was hit by a Straight Arrow Transport 18-wheeler. The truck pushed the Durango across the southbound lanes of traffic, and both vehicles came to rest on the west side of the road. Rowe’s body was pushed to the back of the SUV. He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the truck, Gerald Gordon of Centerfield, Utah, was not injured. Rowe’s friend and the third car in the crossover were not involved in the accident. Both southbound lanes of 81/287 were shut down for an hour, and traffic was backed up for miles. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BRIAR ROBBERY – The Briar Beer and Tobacco Convenience Store, located on Farm Road 730 near the Wise/Tarrant County line, was robbed Friday morning. According to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, a white male assaulted the clerk and took an unknown amount of cash from the store’s cash register around 7:15 a.m. Store surveillance video shows the suspect leaving the scene in a four-door sedan displaying a third brake light in the upper center back windshield. The vehicle did not have tinted windows. If anyone has information, call Detective Pedraza at 817-999-5683 or dispatch at 817-884-1213.

OVERTURNED MEAT TRUCK SLOWS TRAFFIC – An 18-wheeler hauling frozen meat overturned on U.S. 81/287 at County Road 4421 about 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The driver was not injured, and no other vehicles were involved. Traffic was delayed on that stretch of roadway for a few hours.

SCV CHRISTMAS - The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The meeting will be the annual Christmas party which will include the wives of the members of the camp and will include a cake and ice cream social.

TRANSPORTATION MEETING – The Wise County Transportation Coalition meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur City Hall council chambers, 201 E. Walnut. The agenda includes a Tex 21 report on U.S. 81/287, a report on Proposition 1, a Medicaid/Access service update and a TAPS Decatur to Rhome to Fort Worth route update.

TOYS FOR TOTS – Cici’s Pizza in Decatur will be accepting Toys for Tots through Saturday. Toys should be new and unwrapped. A representative of the U.S. Marines and Santa Claus will be there to greet and collect the toys as well as pose for photos 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. For information call 940-627-6273.

CRAFT NIGHT – Holiday Craft Night for Adults presented by Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is 6:30-8:30 tonight at the community center. Those attending will be making wreaths. Price is $25 per person. Call 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Jimmy Dale Brewer, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. before the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for June Lewis, 83, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lee Morrison, 46, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Deborah Carol Thompson Zorns, 65, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dorothy J. Arrington, 74, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

VISITATION for Kay Spivey, 67, of Rhome is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel.

GRAVESIDE service for Joseph Bellone, 88, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Names of wreck victims released


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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The identities of the pickup driver and passenger in Friday night’s head-on collision on Farm Road 51 South have been released.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said the driver was Lynis Parris of De Leon. Parris had minor injuries but was kept overnight at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, according to Lawson.

The trooper said Parris’ passenger was Clara Quesnot, also of De Leon. She’s listed in stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She and Parris were injured when their pickup hit a Toyota Camry traveling northbound on 51 between Farm Roads 2123 and 2048. The Camry was a marked WBAP car.

WBAP released the name of its injured reporter — Alan Scaia — earlier in the day Saturday. News director Rick Hadley told the Messenger Saturday night that Scaia had been upgraded from critical to serious condition at JPS. Scaia, 33, lives in Fort Worth.

 

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Teen suffers head injury in crash


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A Rhome teenager suffered a massive head injury in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 south of Decatur Saturday afternoon.

Darren Rowe, 18, and a friend had stopped in the 287 crossover, just south of County Road 4421, about 11:50 a.m. and were talking. A third vehicle approached the crossover and honked at the other two vehicles so it could get through.  Trooper Beau Bridgeman, with the Department of Public Safety, said Rowe pulled his Dodge Durango too far out and into the left lane of southbound 287.

Rowe’s vehicle was struck by a Straight Arrow Transport 18-wheeler. It was driven by Gerald Gordon, 44, of Centerfield, Utah, and he was hauling crushed cars. Gordon had two dogs in the truck with him, but neither he nor the animals were injured.

The 18-wheeler pushed the Durango across the southbound lanes of traffic, and both vehicles came to rest on the west side of the road. Rowe had been pushed to the back of the SUV. He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Both southbound lanes of 287 were shut down for an hour, and traffic was backed up for miles. One lane was re-opened at 12:45 p.m.

 

 

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WBAP confirms identity of reporter in wreck


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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WBAP radio posted a story Saturday morning confirming the identity of its reporter — Alan Scaia — who was involved in Friday night’s head-on collision in Wise County.

News director Rick Hadley told the Messenger Scaia is in critical, but stable condition at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was flown there by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 after his Toyota Camry was hit by a Ford F250 pickup on Farm Road 51 South near Farm Road 2048.

The driver of the pickup was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, but the passenger in the pickup was flown to JPS by a PHI helicopter.

Trooper Adam Lawson, with the Department of Public Safety, will likely release the names of the pickup driver and the passenger later today. The accident occurred last night about 7:45 p.m., and the roadway was shut down for more than an hour.

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Two flown to JPS after head-on collision


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Two people were flown to a Fort Worth hospital Friday night following a head-on collision on Farm Road 51 South between FM 2123 and FM 2048.

A silver Ford F250 pickup was traveling southbound on 51 about 7:45 p.m. when the driver took evasive action to avoid a car in front of it. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said it was unclear why the pickup was trying to avoid the car, but while trying to avoid that vehicle, the pickup veered into the northbound lanes where it hit a Toyota Camry.

The Camry was a marked WBAP radio car. The two vehicles had a head-on collision on the shoulder of the northbound lanes.

The driver of the Camry was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 with critical injuries. The passenger in the pickup was also flown to JPS by a PHI helicopter.

The driver of the pickup was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

As of 9:30 p.m., Trooper Lawson had not released the names of those involved because he was unsure of their conditions.

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Friday, December 5, 2014


TOY RUN - The 15th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon at the Decatur Middle School parking lot on West Thompson Street. The parade will leave Decatur at 12:30 p.m. and head to Bridgeport. Each rider should bring an unwrapped toy for a 3- to 12-year-old or a $10 donation. The event will also feature a salute to veterans, free chili, door prizes, a raffle and more. Call Big Ed at 940-683-4742 or Spirit Rider at 940-389-0200.

Cyber-Monday-Big-Box-livePARADE OF LIGHTS – The 2014 Parade of Lights in Decatur is Saturday. Lineup begins at 5 p.m., and judging is at 5:30. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry forms may be picked up at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Main St. Moonlight Madness will follow the parade with many stores staying open late for shoppers.

SONFLOWER CHRISTMAS PARTY – A Christmas Party for Sonflower campers 15 and older is 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the Sonflower Farm, 183 Private Road 2639 in Greenwood. There will be a nativity play performed by Sonflower campers. Everyone, including Wise County Special Needs Baseball, Sonflower campers, helpers, the community and family, is invited to participate. Call Andrea Duwe at 940-395-3456, Charli at 940-393-1494 or Jeri Kay Kao at 940-577-1848.

COAT GIVEAWAY – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is having a Coat Giveaway 3-5 p.m. Saturday in the Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. Each person who attends will have the opportunity to pick up a free, slightly used coat while supplies last.

SANTA AT THE STATION – The Newark Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host Santa at the Station Saturday. The event will include craft and product vendors on hand from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., photos with Santa noon-5 p.m., a snack bar, coloring station and more. Call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959.

BAKE SALE – The family of David Ray Crunk Jr. of Chico is have a bake sale fundraiser at First State Bank in Bridgeport today. David is 34 years old and the son of David and Judy Crunk. He is needing a heart transplant and has had multiple hospital stays including a long stay at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

ANGEL GARDEN – Chico’s annual Angel Garden lighting ceremony is 6 p.m. Saturday on the Square. Angels are on display now until after Jan. 1.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – The Rose Hill Band will perform a Christmas concert 10 a.m. Sunday at Country Cowboy Church, 2337 W. U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. Call 214-923-6708.

SANTA IN TOWN – The Alvord Volunteer Fire Department will do its annual Santa on the Streets Sunday and Monday, Dec. 7-8, starting at 6 each evening.

CRAFT NIGHT – Holiday Craft Night for Adults presented by Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the community center. Those attending will be making wreaths. Price is $25 per person. Call 940-683-3480.

TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday and features four homes and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor or Swanky Shack in Decatur or from any club member. Call 940-627-1002.

LEONARD NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM – Decatur senior setter Stormi Leonard Thursday was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 1A-4A Red team for next summer’s all-star match. Decatur coach Claire Benedict-Gay was picked as an assistant coach for the team. Makayla Mayfield is an alternate.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Shalean Young, 34, formerly of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Robert Earl Ellison, 62, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Debra Zorns, 65, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Nancy J. Howell, 60, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora First Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Sarge Williams, 15, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Pauline Shannon, 89, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Paradise Church of Christ. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Joseph Bellone, 88, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Iona (Wright) Lindsey of Sanger is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Way Baptist Church in Sanger. She was the sister of Oleta Horner of Alvord. Coker Funeral Home in Sanger is handling arrangements.

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