Update for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

2 FLIGHT FROM ATV CRASH – At least two people were seriously injured in an ATV crash on Tuesday lunchtime near New Fairview. Although investigators have not released any information about the crash, it was reported on County Road 4421 on the “S” bend near Private Road 4428 at around 11:30 am when the side-by-side ATV they were riding in rolled over. Two patients were flown from the crime scene to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Information on their injuries was not yet available at the time of going to press. Wise County EMS and East Wise Volunteer Fire Department were among the first responders to help on the ground.

WRECK VICTIMS RECOGNIZED AS DECATUR TEENA Decatur teenager was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 north of town on Monday morning. Preliminary research suggests that a 2011 Toyota Camry, driven by 19-year-old Angelina M. Sprague of Decatur, was traveling south on FM 51 and making an abrupt U-turn in front of a Jeep Grand Cherokee heading north. The jeep, driven by Daniel D. Dockery, 39, of Azle, crashed into the passenger side of the Toyota, ”said Sgt. Ricky Hunter, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Sprague was pronounced dead at the scene by District 1 Justice of the Peace, Jan Morrow. Dockery was taken to the Wise Health System in Decatur with unknown injuries, Hunter said. The service for Sprague is pending at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

TOP 100 COVID CASES – Active COVID-19 cases in Wise County hit triple digits this week for the first time since February. According to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 108 active cases were reported on Monday. That was 16 more since Thursday and 31 since July 12th. On Tuesday the number fell to 76. The number of cases is still below the high of 497 in January. The number of deaths from COVID-19 since March 2020 has remained at 129. Dr. Joel Massey, DSHS Public Health Region 2/3 medical director said that “the overwhelming majority of hospital admissions (in the state) are people who are not vaccinated.” Wise Health System officials said they see a similar trend. Six COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning. “Our seven-day average for our MedSurg / ICU capacity is 85 percent and our seven-day average for COVID-19 positive patients is nine,” said Shannon Spann, director of marketing and communications, WHS. “Our highest number over those seven days was July 15th when we had 12 COVID-positive patients in the house, but we’ve seen a gradual decline since then.”

COUNCIL APPROVES BUSINESS PARK PLANS – A 20 acre business park could soon emerge on South County Line Road outside New Fairview. New Fairview City Council on Monday approved the definitive plan for development on the west side of the South County Line Road in the Denton County’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Paul Glasgow of GFAT, LLC. made the plating application. According to the platform, the development will include 16 lots on the 20-acre area that is approximately 1,700 feet south of Dove Hollow Lane. All lots are at least one hectare in size. The plat also includes a right of way on the South County Line Road. City administrator Ben Nibarger informed the city council that the owner plans to build a shopping center on the land to be leased. There will also be space for your office and stage equipment storage. “You are a production company. They set up the stage and make sound systems for hiking programs, ”said Nibarger. Read more in the midweek messenger.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Governor’s Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Decatur will host an Ice Cream Open House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. Masks are not required, but a quick check-up will be done on arrival.

MEETING OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society’s monthly meeting will be held on Thursday at 1pm in the GC Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Lunch will not be served this month and the meeting will be held in the auditorium seating area to facilitate social distancing.

CHICO LIBRARY PROGRAMS – Chico Public Library’s 123 Play with Me starts today at 11am. Programs for Thursday include the Wise County Sheriff’s K-9 session at 11 a.m. and yoga with Melissa at 6:30 p.m. Call 940-644-2330.

Funerals – service for Angelina Marie Sprague, 18, from Decatur is pending at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL to the Terry Lea Naugle, 65, of Rhome is Friday at 2 p.m. at Aurora Baptist Church with burial in Aurora Cemetery. The family visit is on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm at the Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL to the Penelope MackintoshBoyd, 69, is at Hawkins-Boyd’s Saturday at 2pm. The family visit takes place on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

SERVICE to the Elsie Arrington, 97, formerly Boyd, is pending with Hawkins-Boyd.

MONUMENT Service for Tina Kooken, 65, from Bridgeport is today 2pm at the Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE to the Maria Espinosa, 78, from Bridgeport is at Hudson & Torres Friday at 10am. The visit is on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home with rosary at 7 a.m.

SERVICE to the Keith Hinchcliffe, 64, Bridgeport is pending with Hudson & Torres.

MONUMENT Service for Andy Longbine, 72, is Friday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Springtown. Family visit is Friday 10 a.m. in church. The funeral service takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the children’s cemetery in Childress.

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