SHUMSKI SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS – On Thursday afternoon a Wise County jury handed Mark J. Shumski, 45, a sentence of 60 years in prison for sexual assault of a child. The victim in the case was under 14 years of age at the time of the assaults, which occurred over the course of three years, 2008 to 2011, at the defendant’s residence in Rhome. After two days of testimony, the jury deliberated for more than six hours before delivering a guilty verdict Wednesday evening. Shumski faced a sentence of 25 to 99 years or life without parole for the crime. Due to a law enacted by the state legislature in 2007, any time a defendant is convicted of sexual assault against a child younger than 14 years old, and the assault occurs more than once over a span longer than 30 days, the defendant must spend a minimum of 25 years in prison. No parole is allowed in such cases. The victim, which was Shumski’s former stepdaughter, testified that Shumski entered her bedroom as many as two times per week and molested her again and again over three-year period. The victim was between the age of 10 and 13 when the assaults occurred. During the punishment phase of the trial, two more girls also testified that Shumski had assaulted them in a similar manner.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Wesley Center building of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The club will have its annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange as well as an auction to raise money for the club. Members are asked to bring canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). For more information, call Penny Nixon at (940) 627-2537.
PANCAKES WITH SANTA – The Decatur Fire Department is hosting a free pancake breakfast with Santa Claus 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Bring your own camera for photos.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Yesterday’s in Bridgeport will host a breakfast with Santa event with proceeds benefiting Toys For Tots 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Canned food donations are requested and will benefit WARM.
HONORABLE ADDITION – The Decatur Fire Department, in conjunction with the Grapevine Fire Department, will display the Remembrance Rescue Project 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Fire Hall, during the department’s annual pancake breakfast. The mobile memorial features one of the very same rescue trucks that responded to the Twin Towers after the terroristic attacks on 9/11. Read more in this weekend’s Messenger.
BENEFIT GARAGE SALE – Amigos of Wise County will hold a garage sale at 8 a.m. Saturday at the old Dos Chiles parking lot in Bridgeport. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Bridgeport High School students.
WISE HOPE ANGEL TREE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center still has 11 angels left on their angel tree to be adopted. These are children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Angels are available at 201 N. Trinity in Decatur Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All angels should be returned by Tuesday, Dec. 18. For more information, call (940) 626-4585.
VETERANS’ WREATHS – Wreaths designated to honor veterans will be placed at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Wise County Veteran’s Park in Decatur. It is part of national Wreaths Across America Day. To sponsor a wreath or for more information, call Drue Bruton at (214) 803-8500.
AIRPORT MANAGER TO RETIRE – Mike Sayers, who has managed Decatur Municipal Airport for the past 14-and-a-half years, will retire at the end of December. The public is invited to drop by the Decatur Civic Center on West U.S. 380 for a come-and-go reception honoring him from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by email to the city’s Human Resource Manager Mary Ann Henline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEET THE DRAGONS – The Chico Athletic Booster Club is hosting “Meet the Dragon” night at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the high school gym. A spaghetti supper will be served and cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts will also be sold. All pee-wee, midget, junior high and high school basketball teams will be recognized during the high school games.
FUNERALS – Service for Barbara Burnett Hall, 59, of Wizard Wells is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Bobby Williams, 78, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Verda June Slimp, 81, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
VISITATION for Antonio Coronado, 42, of Decatur is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Les Raley, 92, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with burial at Alvord Cemetery.
FUNERAL for B.F. “Ben” Nall, 83, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. There is no visitation.
SERVICE for Marian Watson, 78, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.