Wise County Messenger

Update for Thursday September 22, 2022

1 KILLED, 3 INJURED IN CRASH — A Fort Worth man died in an accident on Farm Road 51 North Wednesday morning. Roosevelt King Jr., 51, died at the scene of the accident at FM 51 near County Road 2825. King was a passenger in a 2010 Toyota Prius, which was driven by Gloria Alvarado, 32, of Fort Worth. The Toyota was headed south shortly before 11 a.m. on FM 51. “The Toyota disregarded a no passing zone and attempted to pass a truck tractor that was towing a trailer up a hill,” said Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ricky Hunter. “As the Toyota was passing the truck tractor, a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup crested the hill going northbound.” Hunter said the two vehicles collided in the northbound lane. “The Toyota sustained heavy damage and a passenger [King] was ejected from the vehicle,” Hunter said. Alvarado was transported to Wise Health System with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Dodge, Ronnie Walker, 75, and his passenger, Linda Walker, 71, both of Desdemona, were flown to Medical City of Denton by medical helicopter with undisclosed injuries.

NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY — North Texas Giving Day, an online giving event, is set to support local organizations looking to accomplish their mission today. The event organized by the Communities Foundation of Texas and presented by Amazon will allow charities in North Texas to gain generous donations from citizens looking to give back. Finding participating organizations and giving to their cause has been made easy through northtexasgivingday.org. The website opened for contributions Sept. 1 and will continue to accept funds through today. Read more in the Wednesday Wise County Messenger on newsstands and online at WCMessenger.com today.

ELDER RETURNS TO BRAVES — Decatur native Bryce Elder allowed one run on four hits in a 5 2/3 inning no-decision start for the Atlanta Braves Wednesday in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. He finished with six strikeouts and two walks. Through eight Major League appearances this year, Elder is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA, with 36 strikeouts and 21 walks. As of Thursday morning, Elder remained on the Braves’ roster.

ALVORD BOIL NOTICE LIFTED — The City of Alvord yesterday received lab results showing the water samples were clear, allowing the city to lift its boil water notice that had been in effect since a water leak in the city last Wednesday.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY — U-Turn World Ministries will host a Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile food pantry 2-5 p.m. today at the church, 306 N. Texas 101, in Chico. A mobile food truck will deliver food to the location, and it will be distributed in a drive-thru.

FAMILY PLACE WORKSHOP — The Decatur Public Library is hosting a five-week Family Place Workshop for children and their parents and caregivers, beginning at 5:30 today. Each week will feature a different expert in childcare and education leading the workshop. Registration is required. Visit decaturpubliclibrary.com to register and to see a schedule of workshop topics, or call the library at 940-393-0290.

HOMELESS SHELTER FUNDRAISER — More Precious Than Rubies Ministry, a homeless shelter for women and children in Wise County, will hold its annual auction fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Decatur. It will feature a silent auction 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and a live auction at 2. The event will also feature bounce houses, vendors and food. If interested in being a vendor or sponsor, call Morgan at 940-220-7470 or email mptrfundraising@gmail.com.

HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET — The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. today in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum. The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society will follow at 2. Arrive at 11:45 a.m. if you RSVP’d for the catered lunch. After lunch, local author Carol Lipscomb will speak.

AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING — The West Fork Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting 7 tonight at the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department. All amateur radio operators and those who are interested in, our have questions about, amateur radio are welcome. Call Scott at 940-389-0200.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET — Concerned Women for America and the Wise County Republican Party will meet 6-8 p.m. today at the Arcadia Theater in downtown Bridgeport for the viewing of a film on the 2020 election, and Senator Drew Springer will attend to answer questions.

FUNERALS — Graveside service for Valeta Melba Gothard, 94, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for James LeRoy McGilvray Sr., 84, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Friday at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at The Hills Chapel. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Martin Hugo Martinez, 72, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Houston. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sally Salazar, 72, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport with burial at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Linda McWilliams, 65, of Enid, Okla., is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

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