Posted on September 26, 2014.
Donald Joe Clark
CLARK KILLED IN WRECK – Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico was killed yesterday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision on Farm Road 1810 east of Chico. Investigators said Clark was westbound on FM 1810, near Farm Road 1655 North, when for unknown reasons he crossed into oncoming traffic. He struck head-on a westbound truck-tractor driven by Lewis F. Walsh, 60, of Alvord. Clark became trapped in his pickup and had to be extricated. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m. Walsh was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for a possible leg injury. Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics and Highway Patrol Troopers responded to the wreck, which happened just before 4 p.m. Clark was a member of the Chico School Board and the father of Chico Mayor J.D. Clark.
BATTLE OF BIG SANDY – Rivals Bridgeport and Decatur will meet for the 95th time at 7:30 tonight at Eagle Stadium for the Battle of Big Sandy. Follow our live blog for updates on the game at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other area action, Paradise heads to Alvord for a cross-county matchup. Boyd will play in Krum. Chico plays host to Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
LADY EAGLES START DISTRICT – The Decatur Lady Eagles begin 8-4A volleyball action at 5 p.m. today at Lake Worth. Bridgeport takes on Godley at home for its final non-district match at 5 p.m. Northwest continues 5-6A play at Fossil Ridge at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Paradise will head to Nocona. Boyd will be at Henrietta. Chico will play at Tolar.
FOSSIL RIDGE SHOOTS DOWN NORTHWEST – Fossil Ridge scored on eight of their 11 possessions and piled up 597 yards in a 52-42 win Thursday. Keyshawn Mitchell did the bulk of the damage, running for 279 yards on 33 carries and scoring four touchdowns. Northwest receiver Emmanual Moore caught 11 passes for 221 yards and five touchdowns.
MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Paradise’s annual Main Street Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society and local businesses. The festival will feature local fiddlers, a performance by dulcimer group The Heart Strings, the 2nd Annual Black Kettle Chili Cook-off, the 3rd Annual Paradise Has Talent contest and a car show. Characters dressed as pioneers will also walk the streets, cook grub and demonstrate pioneer-era techniques.
FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival begins at 4 today with concerts by the Chisholm Trail Middle School band and Ronnie Moore and continues throughout the day Saturday. Parade is at 9 a.m. with pageants at 10 on Saturday. There will be a police car bash, cash vault, pie-eating contest (at 2 p.m.), cake bingo, 50/50 raffle, dunking booth, activities for the kids, silly hat contest, raffles, a blind auction, the 4th Annual Ugly Woman contest, Jr. Miss and Mr. pageant and live entertainment. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or email@example.com.
4-H EXPLOSION – A 4-H open house is noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Weatherford College Wise County. A free hot dog lunch and door prizes will be provided. Youth will learn about 4-H through hands on activities, and parents are welcome to attend the ‘What is 4-H and How to be Successful’ session.
CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday at Los Vaqueros restaurant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is registered on the BHS alumni page, and you may RSVP or purchase tickets from that page. You can also visit the group’s Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VFD FUNDRAISER – Cottondale Fire Rescue Fundraiser is 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. A barbecue dinner is 5 to 7 p.m., a live auction follows at 7 and a raffle will be held at 10 p.m. for a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400. Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.
GOLF TOURNEY – The 5th Annual DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is Sunday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration and lunch is at noon followed by a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $300 for a four-person team. It includes mulligans, a meal, goody bags and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Proceeds benefit the high school boys and girls golf teams. For an entry form, email email@example.com or call 940-389-2561.
RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will hold their first meeting of the 2014/15 year at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 30 for lunch, followed by a program and short business meeting. Call 940-575-4321 to make reservations. All retired, and active, school personnel are invited.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT – The Wise County Historical Society invites the public to hear The New Plainsmen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. For information, call 940-391-7964 or 940-627-5586.
SPECIAL SERVICE – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico will hold “Worship on the Square” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the northwest corner of the Chico Square. Lunch will be served after the service. Call 940-644-5186.
FUNERALS – Service for Josephine Hicks Lofton, 92, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Juanita Holland, 94, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Kenneth Florance, 84, of Paradise is 3 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
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