Wise County Messenger

Update for Wednesday, August 17, 2022

WOMAN DIES IN WRECK — A woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle accident west of Bridgeport on U.S. 380 Tuesday night. Courtney Alger, 24, of Bridgeport died on scene. Trey Williamson, 41, of Decatur and his wife, Sierra, 35, were transported to Wise Health System by Wise County EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. Williamson was ejected through the windshield of his truck, and his wife had to be extricated by first responders, according to Bridgeport officers. The accident occurred shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 380 West and Farm Road 1658 North. “The white truck was headed eastbound, and the blue car, [driven by Alger], was southbound on FM 1658 North,” said Bridgeport Police Officer Mason Anderson. “The car ran the stop sign. The driver of the truck said he had no time to react, and they collided right in the intersection. The truck, which was hauling an empty Gooseneck trailer, struck the passenger side of the car. After the impact, the car ended up in the bar ditch on the south side of U.S. 380. The truck and trailer also went into the southside ditch several hundred yards away. The speed limit in the stretch of U.S. 380 is 65 mph. The accident shut down U.S. 380 until shortly after 1 a.m. as first responders cleaned up a debris field of more than 100 yards. Traffic was diverted onto FM 1658 through Lake Bridgeport. Along with Bridgeport Police, officers from Runaway Bay, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety responded. Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay firefighters and Wise County EMS also were on scene.

WOOD TRIAL BEGINS — A Wise County jury today is expected to begin hearing evidence in the case of Royce Edward Wood, who is accused of shooting and wounding a Rhome Police officer last summer, as they determine his punishment. Last week, the 44-year-old Wood pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against a public servant in the case. He faces a punishment range of 15 to 99 years or life in prison for the first degree felony offense. He is not eligible for parole. On Monday, a jury was seated in the case. Witness testimony and presentation of evidence is expected to begin today in the 271st District Court in Decatur.

CHANGE IN THE WEATHER — 100-degree days could be over for the summer for Wonderful Wise. A significant cool front is expected to move through the county this afternoon, bringing a chance of rain and cooler weather. After a high of 98, the front will arrive late afternoon with a 20 percent chance of rain. The rain chances increase to 40 percent overnight with lows falling into the low 70s. Thursday’s high will be in the mid 80s.

FOUR FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL — Bridgeport, Decatur, Northwest and Slidell schools will all hold first day of classes today. Be sure to pay attention to speed limits in school zones and kids walking to school or waiting on buses.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS — Gracie Trulson put down 20 kills to push Decatur (8-3) past Brock 31-29, 25-22, 25-19. Peaster swept Bridgeport (3-5), 25-19, 25-13, 25-11. Boyd (7-2) fought back to defeat Bowie in four sets, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. Paradise (6-4) swept Poolville 25-19, 25-13, 25-15. Pilot Point outlasted Chico (3-5) in four sets, 25-10, 22-25, 25-10, 25-14.

SUPERINTENDENT RECEPTION — The Slidell School Board will host a community reception honoring Taylor Williams, the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Slidell High School.

PUBLIC SAFETY DRINK DRIVE — The Decatur Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will hold a Public Safety Drink Drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Public Library. Cases of water and sports drinks can be dropped off for local public safety professionals.

MZ CRAFT BEE — The MZ Craft Bee will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. It’s a day of scrapbooking and crafting. Bring your own projects, lunch and snacks and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. The kitchen will be available with a refrigerator and a microwave. There is no charge, but a $5 donation to the Food Pantry ministry for backpacks and Alvord Meals on Wheels is appreciated. Call or text Donna, 940-393-8662 or call Jeannie, 940-427-5941. Follow MZ Bee Facebook page for updates or cancellations.

FUNERALS — Service for Beatris Salinas, 83, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home with rosary said at 7.

FUNERAL for Mavis Spain, 95, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ruth Daniells, 68, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Norma Jean Boyd Barnes, 89, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Voice of Triumph Assembly of God Church in Sunset with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Greggory Don Monk, 58, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Martin Martinez, 72, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Leta Harvill, 89, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Douglas G. Goodwin, 74, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Kenneth Thompson, 73, of Chico. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jay Vislosky, 63, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in Denton. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jim Beasley, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beasley Farm, 395 PR 4379 in Decatur.

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