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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

STORY FULL OF HOLES – Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Tuesday that the shooting portion of a reported break-in and shooting last Thursday didn’t happen exactly as reported. David Rigsbee, 22, called 911 last Thursday morning from his home in the New Fairview area, saying he had surprised a pair of burglars when he came home, and they shot him in the left arm. Monday Rigsbee admitted the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, but he still claims burglars were in the home. Walker said further investigation could discount the burglary story altogether. Read more in today’s issue of the Messenger.

2 INJURED IN WEEKEND ASSAULT – Two Bridgeport residents were taken to the hospital with stab wounds following a fight at a party on Sewell Street in Decatur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Dominic Tagle, 21, and a juvenile male, both of Bridgeport, were both stabbed following a fistfight involving several people. Jake Degraf, who lives at the house, came outside the home brandishing a knife and told everyone to leave. At this point someone hit him in the face, and he dropped the knife. His younger brother, 17-year-old Gumaro Degraf, a Decatur High School student, allegedly picked up the pocket knife and started slashing wildly, cutting the two young men on their upper arms. Both victims were treated and released from local hospitals Sunday. No arrests have been made.

GRANT APPLICATION – After a public hearing that drew no crowd, the Bridgeport City Council yesterday approved applying to the Texas Community Development Block Grant program for funds for waterline improvements at the Turkey Creek crossing and on Cobb Street, between 13th and 10th streets. The city will apply for $275,000 in grant funding, and the city would match with $105,800, if the grant is approved.

SEPTEMBER WEATHER – Weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur measured 2.31 inches of rain for the month of September, a little more than an inch below normal for the month. Temperatures ranged from a high of 102 on Sept. 7 to a low of 50 on Sept. 9.

HOMECOMING – Festivities leading up to Boyd High School’s homecoming football game Friday against Pilot Point include a parade at 5:30 p.m. today. The parade, which starts and finishes at the football stadium, will be followed by a community-wide pep rally at the stadium at 6:30. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

PAGEANT DEADLINE – The deadline to enter the Pumpkin Patch Pageant at this weekend’s Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 5 p.m. today. Turn in entries to Tiffany Evans at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce office, Susan Miller at James Wood Motors in Decatur, Amber Fogelman at the City of Bridgeport or mail entries to Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Attn: Pumpkin Patch Pageant, P.O. Box 1104, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Contact Susan Miller at (940) 366-0186 or bridgeportaggie@yahoo.com. Contestants will be judged in four age categories. Theme is Fall, and attire is casual. Entry fee is $20. Check in time on Saturday is noon-12:45 p.m. with the pageant at 1 at the Bridgeport Stage.

BAND NIGHT – Thursday night is Decatur Bands Booster Night at CiCi’s Pizza in Decatur. A part of the proceeds of dine-in and take-out will benefit the Decatur Bands Booster Program that serves all band students from 6th-12th grade.

NICHOLS BENEFITS – Donations to a benefit account for Kayla Morrow Nichols, 41, of Bridgeport can be made at any First Financial Bank. Nichols has been in a coma since Aug. 5. ALSO, the Community Bank in Bridgeport is having a bake sale at 9 a.m. Friday to raise money for Kayla Morrow Nichols. For information, call Deanna at (940) 683-4191.

GARAGE SALE – A fundraiser garage sale benefiting the Walk to Defeat ALS is Friday and Saturday at 243 CR 1180 (three miles north of Decatur on U.S. 81/287). The walk is Saturday, Nov. 10, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications are now available at the Rhome City Hall, 105 W. First Street, for South Wise Spirit of Christmas donations. The applications are due Nov. 12. The South Wise Spirit of Christmas program buys Christmas toys for disadvantaged children in the Rhome, Aurora and New Fairview areas along with the entire 76078 zip code.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Eric Michael Berman, 29, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Rosston Cemetery with memorial service to follow at noon at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jacob Allan Jones, an infant, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Hester Lorene Williams, 92, of Greenwood is 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Elaine Verhaagen, 69, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Burleson Memorial Cemetery in Burleson. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.