Lost Battalion Memorial Highway to be unveiled Tuesday

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will officially designate a portion of U.S. 380 from Decatur to Jacksboro as the “Lost Battalion Memorial Highway” 2 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County, according to a press release. State and local officials, including State Representative Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger), State Senator Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) and Wise County Judge J.D. Clark will […]

Cold snap causes water tower issue

Extreme cold Monday morning resulted in the water tower on Thompson Street in Decatur releasing several hundred gallons of water. The release of water was due to a valve issue that was caused by the freezing temperatures, according to a City of Decatur press release. Water could be seen flowing down South Trinity Street near the Motel 6 parking lot, […]

Update for Monday, January 15, 2024

PARADISE TRUSTEE, CHILDREN KILLED IN PLANE CRASH — A Paradise ISD school board member was one of three people reportedly killed in a plane crash Sunday afternoon in Parker County. Paradise resident Heath Smith, who is listed as the school board’s Place 3 member and current vice president, was one of three people pronounced dead at the scene on Lone Star Road and BJ Lane near Poolville. The crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m., according to Tony Molinaro with the Federal Aviation Administration’s press office. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. William Lockridge said a Cessna 310R fixed wing multi-engine aircraft with tail number N252DL was piloted by Smith when it crashed into a pasture. The plane was registered to Plac Holdings LLC in Paradise. Flight Aware shows the plane took off from the Dimmit County Airport at 10:58 a.m., and was scheduled to land at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport shortly after noon Sunday. Lockridge said two children passengers — a six-year-old and an eight-year-old — also died in the crash. He declined to confirm if the children were related to Smith due to the flight manifest not identifying relation. The three bodies were transported from the scene to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Lockridge said the FAA is handling the crash investigation.