Wise County Messenger

Update for Thursday September 1, 2022

DANGEROUS INTERSECTION COULD GET NEW SIGNS — An intersection in Bridgeport which has been the site of numerous wrecks over the years, including a fatal wreck last month, could soon get new stop signs. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said he is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to have LED stop signs installed at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 west of town. Stanford said wrecks often occur when drivers run the stop sign while traveling south on FM 1658. The latest injury wreck at the intersection was Monday, Stanford said.

STORMS LIKELY — You might want to keep an umbrella close today. The forecast includes a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the highest chances this afternoon. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 86 and an overnight low of 71. Overnight rainfall totals included 0.15 of an inch in Alvord and 0.13 in Decatur.

CITY HALL TO REOPEN — Decatur City Hall will reopen today after being closed Wednesday. A lightning strike during Tuesday’s storms caused a power outage and damage that required repairs.

LABOR DAY SAND CASTLE COMPETITION — Wise County Park in Chico will host a sand castle competition, with child and adult builders invited to come up with the best sand-based creations. Prizes have been donated for the competition and they include $100, two nights camping for one RV or two tents, as well as door prizes that will be given out from a drawing. The competition is free, and an awning will be set up to register contestants at the sandbar. Building can begin as early as 6 a.m. (the registration area will be set up later than 6 a.m.), and judging begins at 3 p.m.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY — Most government offices will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL — The Alvord Watermelon Festival and BBQ Cookoff is fast-approaching. This year’s event at Elm Creek Park is Sept. 9-10. The steak cookoff is Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday, pitmasters will battle for bragging rights. For information, call Bennie Koger, 940-577-5400 or Justin West, 940-577- 9543. The Watermelon pageant is 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10.

ABBY’S JOY GOLF TOURNAMENT — The Abby’s Joy golf tournament is 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at the RB Golf Club and Resort. Registration is $400 per four-man team and includes a burger buffet and beverages. For information or sponsorship opportunities, contact abbysjoy91119@gmail.com.

CONSERVATIVES MEETING — Wise County Conservatives will meet tonight at Rise Church in Decatur. Tim Hardin, presenting the Texas Prosperity Plan, will be guest speaker. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7. Visit wiseconservatives.com or email wisecountyconservatives@gmail.com.

PICK AND WIN — Week 2 of the Messenger’s football pick’em contest is here. While we still accept the submission of ballots in paper form, this year you can make your picks online by scanning the QR code in Wednesday’s paper (Page 16) or by voting here. Prizes will be awarded to the person who picks the most games correctly each week. Ballots are due by noon Friday.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Marilyn Featherstone, 90, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Don Ross, 68, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jimmey Dean Webb, 54, of Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Edward L. Ford, 72, of Gibtown is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

PRIVATE graveside service for Percy Ellington, 89, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Hazel Pitts, 86, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson & Torres.

PRIVATE memorial service for Patrice Ince, 63, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Donna Keen, 83, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church in Decatur.

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