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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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COMMISSIONER FACES NEW CHARGE – Suspended Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross turned himself in at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office yesterday after a warrant was issued for his arrest Oct. 18. Ross is charged with theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant for allegedly building three grubbing plows, two for personal use. The plows were built with material belonging to the county, on county time by county employees, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed in County Court-at-Law No. 1. Ross posted a $10,000 bond Monday and was released. His former foreman, Roy Teague, was arrested Friday on the same charge, which is a state jail felony, and was released Saturday after posting $10,000 bond. If convicted, Ross and Teague could face 180 days to two years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Ross brought his father-in-law’s grubbing plow to the Precinct 4 barn and used it as a pattern to build three new grubbing plows. One new plow was left at the Precinct 4 barn, but Ross allegedly gave one of the three new plows to his father-in-law, Billy Joe Shepherd, in exchange for providing the pattern. The affidavit says Teague also took home one of the plows. District Attorney Investigator Wes Wallace first discovered the information about the grubbing plows while working on another investigation in which Ross is accused of theft by a public servant and abuse of official capacity. He was indicted on those charges in May and was temporarily suspended in August. His trial in that case is scheduled to start next week, Oct. 30. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

EARLY VOTING – It appears some Wise County residents just couldn’t wait to vote. On the first day of early voting Monday, 985 votes were cast, including 633 at the Decatur Civic Center, 189 at Rhome City Hall and 163 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center. That’s 303 more voters than the 682 who voted on the first day of early voting during the last presidential election in 2008. Early voting continues today with special extended voting hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the three locations listed above.

RAINFALL – Parts of Wise County were lucky enough to receive a little rain yesterday. Rainfall totals include 0.15 of an inch in Alvord, 0.11 in Decatur and 0.1 in Chico.

BIG SANDY BONFIRE – Bridgeport High School will hold a bonfire at 7:30 tonight behind the school as the Bulls prepare to play Decatur in the annual Battle of Big Sandy football game Friday.

VALIDATION – State sheep and goat validation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. County steer validation for the 2013 Wise County Youth Fair is also scheduled at the same time and location. Call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341 for more information.

ALVORD FALL FEST – Alvord Elementary Fall Fest is 1-4 p.m. Saturday. It will include carnival games, face painting, bounce house, fire truck/helicopter/ambulance tours, cake walk, balloon artist, food and more. For more information call Michele Hardee at (940) 626-9337 or Val Pewitt at (940) 389-5946.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Penny Nixon with Texas Parks and Wildlife will speak on how to recognize antiquities in items of nature.

FALL FEST – First Baptist Church of Chico will host a Fall Fest for all community children 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The free, safe event will be in the north parking lot of the church and will include Trunk or Treat, face painting, ring toss, a bounce house, cupcake walk and hot dogs.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur, 201 E. Thompson, will hold a Fall Festival 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature games, prizes, booths, bounce houses and trick-or-treating. Wear your costume.

BASKETBALL DEADLINE – Chico Little Dribbler/Pee Wee basketball forms and registration fee are due today. Anyone in grades 1-6 may play, and forms are available at elementary and middle school campuses. Registration fee is $50 per player.

FUNERALS – Service for Mary Chrismon, 89, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Laura Bernice Burress, 89, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Allan Lane Delozier, 65, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.