BRAZILE WRAPS UP NO. 10 – Trevor Brazile wrapped up his 10th PRCA all-around world title Monday after only the fifth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Decatur cowboy and his team roping partner, Patrick Smith of Lipan, placed in the top three in three of the first five rounds. The third-place finish Monday earned Brazile $10,895 and a lead of $138,180 over the second-ranked competitor, Bobby Mote, a four-time world champion bareback rider. The margin guaranteed Brazile his 17th gold buckle, and he’s now just one short of tying steer roper Guy Allen’s record of 18 gold buckles. The 10th all-around title further extends his own record. He broke Ty Murray’s record of seven in 2010. Brazile’s mark of seven straight all-around titles is also a record. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
MORE MINERALS – County commissioners learned Monday that $200 million in mineral values were added to the appraisal rolls for 2009 through 2012. Auditor Ann McCuiston said with a 98 percent collection rate, that means an additional $742,420 in tax money for the county. The “windfall,” as it was described by County Judge Bill McElhaney, will allow the county to allocate extra funds to each precinct, put some in general fund and tuck some away for capital projects. Read more in today’s issue of the Messenger on news stands this morning.
SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL BEGINS – A jury trial in a sexual assault case began Tuesday in the 271st District Courtroom in Decatur. Mark Shumski, 45, of Rhome, is accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter from 2008 to 2011. She was between the ages of 10 to 13 at the time. The victim is now 14. Shumski is charged with continuous sexual assault of a minor less than 14 years old. It’s a first degree felony, and if found guilty he faces a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison. The trial continues this morning.
WRHS TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING – A groundbreaking ceremony for Parkway Surgical and Cardiovascular Hospital, a Wise Regional Health System facility, is 10 a.m. Friday in the 3000 Block of N. Tarrant Parkway, near the intersection of U.S. 81/287 and Interstate 35W. The planned 29,053-square-foot hospital facility will include four operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 12 inpatient beds. The hospital also will include laboratory, radiology, cath lab, pre-operative services and an emergency room.
FIRE WEATHER DANGER – Wise County is included in a “fire weather danger” area along with much of north Texas today, according to the National Weather Service. “The combination of dry air and south winds of 10 to 15 miles per hour will support the rapid spread of any grass fires in these areas,” the NWS posted on its website.
ANGEL DEADLINE – Angel gifts for the South Wise Spirit of Christmas must be returned to banks today. Donations of food and money can also be made today.
ELDERLY ANGELS – Home Health Care of North Central Texas is accepting applications for the fourth annual angel tree for the elderly and disabled through today. Call (940) 683-3300 for more information.
HOLIDAY STORYTIME – Rhome Public Library will host a come-and-go Holiday Storytime for preschoolers and elementary students 3-5 p.m. Friday.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson’s office will host a come-and-go reception for retiring Constable Leonard Denney 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. A card box will be provided.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Yesterday’s in Bridgeport will host a breakfast with Santa event with proceeds benefiting Toys For Tots 8-11 a.m. Saturday. Canned food donations are requested and will benefit WARM.
PARENT MEETING – Decatur ISD will hold a meeting about the Future Ready Project at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 W. U.S. 380. This meeting is being held in place of the traditional curriculum nights, and Curriculum Director Judi Bell will lead a discussion on the strategic instructional vision for the school district. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with teachers and administrators.
FUNERALS – Service for Barbara Burnett Hall, 59, of Wizard Wells is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Verda June Slimp, 82, formerly of Aurora is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
SERVICE for Bobby Williams, 78, of Greenwood is pending at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Leslie Raley, 92, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.