MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT WITH STOLEN VEHICLE – An Arlington man was arrested late Tuesday night after a high-speed chase through Wise County. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a Corvette driven by Adrian Gabriel Escalante, 33, was traveling north on US 81/287 south of Decatur around 11 p.m. when a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop after the license plate was on a stolen vehicle had been returned. Escalante turned around in Decatur and continued south at speeds of up to 135 miles per hour as deputies continued the pursuit. Rhome Police Department used spike sticks which disabled two of the car’s tires and reduced the speed to 40mph. Escalante stopped the vehicle near the county line when one of the punctured tires caught fire. He was arrested and charged with evading arrest and using a vehicle without authorization. Jail records show he posted $25,000 bail on Wednesday and was released.
3-DIGIT WEEKEND FORECAST — We have a hot weekend ahead, with highs of 100 expected on both Saturday and Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, heat index values between 105 and 110 degrees or more are possible, especially on Saturday.
TRAFFIC ALERTS – Texas 114 (Rock Island Avenue) in Boyd, east of Wilson Street, will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for maintenance on the Union Pacific Railroad. Also Monday, 3259 Farm Road north of Texas 114 in Paradise will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for railroad maintenance. On the day of the operation, traffic will be diverted at both locations.
Fire department fundraiser – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual BBQ fundraiser at the Fire Department, 102 S. Weatherford Saturday at 5:00 p.m. It will be drive-through this year. To pre-order a whole brisket for $100 or a 9×9 pan with potato salad or coleslaw for $15, text 940-577-2304 or 940-389-7924.
LIBRARY PROGRAM — Cool School with Ms. Maria is coming to the Chico Public Library on Saturday at 11 am. Call 940-644-2330.
MZ CRAFT BEE – The MZ Craft Bee returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. For information call or text Donna, 940-393-8662 or call Jeannie, 940-427-5941. Follow MZ Bee’s Facebook page for updates or cancellations.
vaccination clinic – The Texas Department of Health will conduct a vaccination clinic at First Baptist Church Decatur on Monday. Call 940-612-4671 to schedule an appointment.
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION – A retirement ceremony honoring Steve Bradshaw for 30 years of agricultural education will be held Saturday from 3pm to 5pm at the Decatur Church of Christ Fireplace Room, 2601 FM 51, Decatur.
FISHING DERBY — The Decatur Rotary Club, in partnership with the United States Forest Service, hosts the annual Black Creek Lake fishing derby on Saturday. Registration starts at 7:30 am. Fishing is from 8am-11am. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and more will be provided to participants and their families after fishing. The awards will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SNOW WHITE BALLET – Wise Performing Arts Guild and Wise Ballet and Music Academy present “Snow White” at the Decatur High School Theater on Saturday and Sunday. Show times are Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
ALLWISE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL – The best local baseball and softball players from the past season are featured in the All-Wise Teams in the weekend’s Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
FUNERALS — service for Charlotte Johnson of Chico is pending at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
NO SERVICE is planned for James Whitfill, 71, from Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is doing the arrangements.
MONUMENT service for Adam Federspiel43, is at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport on Saturday noon.
TOMB to the Patricia Anna McDonald, 90, from Bowie is at Chico Cemetery on Monday at 2 p.m. Hawkins-Bridgeport is making arrangements.