SCHOMBURG PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER – Mark Schomburg, 52, pleaded guilty to murder yesterday before Judge John Fostel at 271st District Court in Decatur. He received a 40-year prison sentence in exchange for the guilty plea. Schomburg killed Susan Whisenant last August at his home on County Road 3332 in Paradise. Whisenant was from Missouri and had recently moved in with Schomburg as his girlfriend. Schomburg slit Whisenant’s throat with a knife and proceeded to mutilate her body days after the death. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said it was the worst case of “overkill” he’d ever seen in all his years in law enforcement. After an overpowering scent of death and decay overwhelmed the area, the sheriff’s department was notified, and they found Whisenant’s decomposing body wrapped in a tarp in a barn near the home. Walker complemented his crime scene team and investigators for their thoroughness in the case. After being arrested Aug. 17, 2011, Schomburg has remained in Wise County Jail under a $2 million bond. He’ll soon be transferred to a state prison. Investigator Josh Reynolds said the family of Whisenant was satisfied with the sentence.
RED CROSS MEETING – Red Cross volunteers meet 7 tonight at the Wise County EMS Office, 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend.
BUCKLE SHOW – The Alvord 4-H Buckle Show is 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse grounds in Decatur. Entry cards are due at 9 a.m. For more information, call Missy at (940) 393-0664.
DENTAL SCREENINGS – There will be free dental screenings 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday at Decatur’s Head Start Center, 575 W. Mulberry St.
MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISER – Proceeds from a few Mary Kay fundraisers this week benefit Kendall Thatcher of Bridgeport. The 2012 BHS graduate and student at Weatherford College plans to go on a mission trip to Madrid, Spain, next summer. Events are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and 6 to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Rosebud Building, 1102 Stevens St. in Bridgeport. Pampering sessions are 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Bridgeport. Reservations are encouraged. Call JuLene at (832) 876-7827 or email contact_Julene@yahoo.com.
BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A benefit account for Laura Davis has been established at DATCU in Decatur. Davis is uninsured and in need of a liver transplant.
CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at Bridgeport Community Center (1102 Lawdwin Ave.).
CROSSROADS OF HISTORY – The Bridgeport Historical Society and Bridgeport ISD students will present the Crossroads of History 7 tonight at the Bridgeport Stage. The fun and educational event will explain the significance of the Butterfield Overland Stage and other trails that have traversed the area. Admission is free.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – North Texas Community Hospital Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the hospital lobby. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Merchants interested in a booth may call Marti Hines at (940) 626-9455.
SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department will accept applications for the Santa Cops program through Monday, Dec. 3. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 17. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at (940) 393-0300.
DHS REUNION - The Decatur High School Class of 2002 is celebrating its 10-year class reunion 6 p.m. Saturday at the Black Creek Pumpkin Patch. Cost to attend is $10, and proceeds will benefit fellow classmate Brian Peyton.
PHS REUNION – The Paradise High School Class of 1962’s 50th reunion (which will also include the classes of 1961 and 1963) is 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Catfish O’Harlies on U.S. 81/287 north of Decatur. For more information, call LaNell Earnest at (940) 433-2758.
DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD - The Decatur School Board meets tonight at 6 with a closed session followed by the open session at the district’s administration building. The board will hear a demographic report among other items.
FUNERALS – Service for Jessica Dell Cragg Prince, 57, of Newark is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
SERVICE for Loyd Peel, 92, formerly of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Jerry Buckingham, 76, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Henry “Curly” Crowson, 81, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.