Wise County Messenger

Update for Monday, January 31, 2022

ONE INJURED IN WRECK — A Bridgeport teen was flown from an accident Saturday on Farm Road 920 between Boonsville and Bridgeport. Michael Hamblin, 17, was flown by CareFlite to Medical City Denton with undisclosed injuries. Around 4:30 p.m. Hamblin was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee north on FM 920. “For an undetermined reason, the vehicle traveled toward the center stripe and the driver overcorrected, which caused the Jeep to skid sideways going off the road,” said Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter. The Jeep struck a utility pole and came to rest. Hunter said Hamblin was ejected.

FIRE DAMAGES HOME — Fire damaged a home and destroyed a trailer and vehicle parked in the driveway in the 1500 block of Mockingbird Lane in Bridgeport early Sunday morning. Bridgeport, Decatur, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay firefighters responded to the fire around 5 a.m. “When we first arrived, flames were showing [over the garage],” said Bridgeport Fire Captain Chad White. “The pickup and camper were fully involved.” White said everyone was out of the house when firefighters arrived. Firefighters made a quick attack on the fire and contained the damage to the house to the garage. “With five departments, we were able to make quick work of it and contain the fire. We’ve been checking for extensions in the attic,” White said. “All four departments did a great job working together.” Bridgeport Police and Wise County EMS also responded.

GRASSLANDS FIRE — Firefighters from several Wise County departments, along with personnel from the Forest Service and Denton and Tarrant counties, battled multiple grass fires on County Road 2560 and Greenwood Road Saturday. The three fires — two on County Road 2560 and one on Greenwood Road — burned nearly 200 acres collectively. No structures were damaged. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said some structures were threatened. Powell added the fires appeared to be “roadside starts.” They were not prescribed burns by the Forest Service. The first fire units were called to County Road 2560 near Forest Service Road 999 around 2 p.m. An additional fire was later reported along County Road 2560. The largest fire, named the Cottonwood fire, burned between 100 and 120 acres. Powell said around 8 p.m. it was contained. U.S. Forest Service personnel had used dozers and cut lines around the blaze to contain it. The other fire on County Road 2560, which burned 60 to 70 acres, and the Greenwood Road blaze, which burned 30 acres, have been extinguished. Decatur, Alvord, Greenwood/Slidell, Paradise, Chico, Crafton and Sand Flat firefighters along with the out-of-county, state and federal personnel fought the fires. Planes were also used to drop retardant. Denton County’s Office of Emergency Management, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County EMS and Texas Department of Public Safety also provided resources. Several roads in the Grasslands were closed while firefighters battled the fires.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE — The deadline to register to vote for the March 1 primary election is today. If you are not sure if you are registered, visit votetexas.gov and click on the “Register to Vote” option. Voter registration information can also be found on the Wise County elections page by visiting co.wise.tx.us and clicking on the “Wise County Elections” button.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wise Christian Counseling in the Prada Shops, 1650 S. FM 51, Ste. 400. The meeting will feature a guest speaker. Call Pam Hudson at 940-389-0642.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — If you care for, or care about, someone with Alzheimer’s, the Wise Alzheimer’s Support Group will have a virtual meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday. Learn from others and share your experiences. For information on how to participate call Richard, 940-255-0244.

GOSPEL OPRY — The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Admission is free. Contributions can be made to help with museum expenses.

GIRLS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Hailey Lavelle netted 16 points Friday to lead Decatur to a 70-9 win over Castleberry. In 3A, Boyd fell to Valley View 37-26, and Whitesboro defeated Paradise 38-23. Alvord’s Rachae Fowler and Laney Mitchell combined for 50 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 79-32 win against Tioga. Chico was routed by Muenster 56-18. Avery Weathers led Slidell with 17 points in a 71-19 victory over Forestburg.

BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Coleman Dykes was on fire from behind the 3-point line Friday, finishing with eight long shots and 29 points in Decatur’s 94-75 victory against Castleberry. Alex Davies led Boyd with 18 points, helping Boyd conquer Valley View 43-30. Paradise edged Whitesboro 52-50 behind Dayne Thompson’s 11 points. Camron Seiter and Declan McDaniel combined for 28 points in Alvord’s 49-37 loss to Tioga. Muenster knocked off Chico 48-26. Slidell’s Hudson Franklin, Jayson Ellison, Dax Davis, Kaleb Mayes and Manny Peralta finished in double digits in an 88-21 win over Forestburg.

GIRLS SOCCER RESULTS — Decatur improved to 8-2 with a 2-1 victory Friday against Graham. Reagan Staab kicked in both goals for the Lady Eagles. Dailey Negrete scored Bridgeport’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Springtown, dropping the Sissies to 2-8-1.

BOYS SOCCER RESULTS — Decatur (3-5) earned its third win of the season Friday, knocking off Graham 5-1. Bridgeport’s goals were scored by Abel Rodriguez, Carlos Gamboa, Norberto Lopez, Oscar Becerra and Cesar Gonzalez. Rodriguez and Bryce Robinson doled out single assists. Clayton Fiderlick collected six assists on seven shots on goal. Bridgeport (11-2-1) shut out Abilene Wylie 7-0 behind Ruben Lara’s hat trick. Giovani Lopez, Sebastian Iniguez, Juan Gonzalez and Gerardo Martinez also scored goals. Assists were credited to Lopez (2), Iniguez, Lara, Moi Medina and Joel Cervantes.

WINTER WEATHER COMING — Freezing temperatures and rain, sleet and possibly even snow are forecast Wednesday and Thursday. If your business, school or organization will be canceling any activity, email news@wcmessenger.com or call the Messenger at 940-627-5987.

FUNERALS — Services for Charles Brock, 65, of Decatur; Marcus Lee Gibson, 55, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Rodolfo Salas, 73, of Fort Worth are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is planned for Vada Ruth Snow, 68, of Alvord. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Alice Jean Bedore, 82, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

PRIVATE memorial will be held at a later date for Mary Ann Mullens, 84, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Jason Ray Rickard, 21, of Nocona; Travis Cantrell, 74, of Cottondale; Jackie Sides, 70, formerly of Chico; Jackie Hudgins, 56, of Kaufman; and Thomas Edwards, 56, are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Charles Thomas Brady, 79, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Judy Dickey, 77, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Sherry St. Romain, 76, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Sunday at One Church in Justin. Visitation is 2 p.m. Sunday prior to the service. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

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