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decatur - Wise County Messenger

decatur - Wise County Messenger

decatur - Wise County

VOLUME 131 - NO. 7 SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2010 DECATUR, TEXAS 26 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS 75¢ from this past year’s high school football season in the Messenger’s annual All Wise County Football Team. Sand Springs, Okla. Fort Worth Decatur News Briefs ..... 3A Opinion ........... 4A Lifestyle .......... 6A Sports ...............1B See page 1B of reporter Brandon Evans who took the phone call that started last week’s chupacabra sensation. Sun 1/24 61/39 See page 4A McElhaney named Glenn Hughes of Boyd as interim Precinct 3 commissioner Friday. See page 2A The new administrator at North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport has high hopes for the facility. See page 9A See page 14A Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the upper 30s. Classifi eds .........7B Wise Business 12A Crime Report .....3A Obits .............. 14A Wise County Messenger P.O. Box 149 115 South Trinity Decatur, Texas 76234 www.wcmessenger.com Messenger photo by Joe Duty MORE THAN A DOG — The Kao family welcomed Yuki to their home in October, and he has since become a member of the family. But Yuki has an important job as a hearing service dog for Zachary, the family’s oldest son. Pictured above are (from left) Malachi, 5, Yuki and Zachary, 11. By MANDY BOURGEOIS A boy lies restless in a bed at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, his mind racing with worry about his surgery later in the day. His body is exhausted, but sleep will not come. While no stranger to medical procedures, reassurances from his mother and doctors bring him no comfort. By BRANDON EVANS A Decatur man somehow escaped with his life Wednesday morning after a collision with a rock hauler ejected him from his pickup. The tractor trailer proceeded to drag the ejected man approximately 70 yards through a muddy median on U.S. 81/287, about two miles south of Decatur. Emergency responders found Ray M. Petty, 30, of Decatur, lying between the cab and trailer of the rock hauler. “He’s lucky to be alive,” said trooper Ed Mayfield. Amazingly, Petty only suffered a broken femur and By BRANDON EVANS Boyd school district plans to acquire a $3 million loan to help fund the high school’s new $6.7 million some lacerations. At about 7 a.m. Petty Until Yuki arrives. Yuki, a snow-white Chinook, has just entered the family’s lives and hasn’t had time to bond with the See more online: wcmess.com/journey boy. But one look at the scared child in the bed, and Yuki realizes he has a job to do. He sits, looks at the parents for permission, then jumps on the bed. He maneuvers delicately around tubes and IVs, settling next was crossing U.S. 81/287 from County Road 4227, to the boy. The boy and his dog sleep. Messenger photo by Brandon Evans FOGGY MORNING — Dense fog made Wednesday morning’s commute dangerous for many travelers. Ray Petty was driving the vehicle shown above when he collided with an 18- wheeler south of Decatur. football stadium. At Monday night’s special called meeting, school board members voted 7-0 to allow Southwest Securities financial adviser Doug Whitt A calming force For 11-year-old Zachary Kao of Rhome, Yuki is a pet. He and his brother Malachi, 5, play with Yuki, give him treats and cuddle with him in the living room. But Yuki is more than a dog to Zachary’s parents, Simon and Jeri Kay – he’s near NRS Trailers, to turn north when he was struck to proceed with the issuance of a $3,050,000 maintenance tax note. The board authorized Whitt to begin searching for the best lockedin interest rate on the note. He’ll Continued on page 13A by a southbound 18-wheeler driven by Torrance Reeves, 44, of Dallas. Mayfield said Petty failed to yield at the stop sign. Petty was somehow ejected through the driver’s side door or window and was dragged nearly the length of a football field by the tractor trailer. Medics attempted to call in helicopter transport, but heavy fog prevented it. Petty received a ground transport to Harris Methodist Hospital. The wreck was just one of several Wednesday morning as the thick layer of fog caused a collage of collisions Continued on page 2A bring his findings to the board at February’s regular meeting for their approval. Continued on page 7A Carrier Route Presort BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID Decatur, TX Permit No. 88 THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010 HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LAST SUNDAY’S WISE COUNTY WISE COUNTY MESSENGER IN NEWS... ■ Love’s Long Journey: Boy’s best friend provides needed support ■ Man dragged by rock hauler survives IN SPORTS... ■ 2009 All Wise County Football Team announced ■ Eagles push aside Bulls ■ Decatur faces tough 5-3A stretch IN SPORTS ... RHOME ALL WISE COUNTY FOOTBALL We feature the best players IN OPINION ... IS THIS A JOKE That was the first reaction INSIDE ... PRECINCT 3 HAS A COMMISSIONER County Judge Bill Loveís Long Journey Boy’s best friend provides needed comfort INSIDE ... NEW HOSPITAL CEO AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS ALBERT CLAUSEN JAMES RENSHAW MARIA AGUILERA WEATHER... INDEX DECATUR Man dragged by rock hauler survives BOYD School calls trick play to fund stadium SUBSCRIBE TODAY! www.wcmessenger. com/subscribe Messenger photo by Joe Duty FROST RETURNS — After more than a week of spring-like conditions, cold weather is predicted to return and remind us winter is far from over. By Thursday night, temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s accompanied with a 60 percent chance of freezing rain and/or snow. ALVORD • AURORA • BOYD • BRIDGEPORT • CHICO • DECATUR • GREENWOOD • NEWARK • NEW FAIRVIEW • PARADISE • RHOME • RUNAWAY BAY •SLIDELL

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