JURY GIVES SHERMAN MAX SENTENCE — It took a Wise County jury only 15 minutes to return the maximum sentence in a sexual assault case Thursday morning. A day after finding Richard Lee Sherman, 37, guilty of indecency with a child by sexual contact, the jury listened to about 30 minutes of testimony and arguments in the punishment phase of the trial before deliberating the sentence and then returning with a verdict of 20 years and a fine of $10,000, the maximum punishment for the second degree felony charge. Because the victim in the case was under 14 at the time of the offense, Sherman was not eligible for probation. The offense happened two years ago at Sherman’s home in Rhome. The victim was his 10-year-old daughter.
MAN INJURED IN FALL FROM BRIDGE — Jeffrey Curry, 25, of Fort Worth was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital Thursday afternoon after falling from U.S. 380 into Sandy Creek between Decatur and Bridgeport. Curry called 9-1-1 at 1:04 p.m. complaining of back pain and numbness in his legs after he fell into the shallow, rocky creek. Wise County EMS responded and medics were able to get him on a backboard and manually carry him up the slope to the roadway. Wise County Sheriff’s deputies shut down westbound traffic and the helicopter landed on U.S. 380. No more details were available Thursday afternoon.
LADY BULLDOGS ADVANCE — The Alvord Lady Bulldogs beat Gunter, 56-40, last night to win the area basketball title.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING — The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at Weatherford College Wise County on Monday, Feb. 18. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the lecture hall. Local authors Treva Tindol Dawson and Gale Cochran Smith will discuss their book, “Memories along the Chisholm Trail.”
CHICO YOUTH BALL — The final day to sign up for Chico youth baseball and T-ball is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Senior Center. Registration fee of $65 for baseball and $35 for T-ball is due at sign-up. Call Brian Durham at (940) 393-3565 for more information.
COLLEGE INFORMATION MEETING — Decatur High School is having a Senior Parent College Information Meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 in the DHS first floor library. All parents (as well as students) of the Class of 2013 are invited. Various topics dealing with “life after high school” will be discussed.
BINGO AND MORE — Chico Young Farmer Bingo is Saturday at Chico Middle School. Chili Supper is at 5:15 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 12. Stew will be available. Bingo is at 6 p.m. (all prizes worth at least $25), followed by a cake auction at 7 p.m. There will be an auction cake to benefit Jan Buckner and Keith Long, members of CYF battling cancer.
PRESIDENT’S DAY CLOSINGS — All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President’s Day.
SHELTER CLOSED — The Wise County Animal Shelter will close Saturday in observance of Presidents’ Day. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.
SOFTBALL TRY-OUTS — Try-outs for Wise County Crush select softball team are Saturday and Sunday at the Decatur High School softball field. Sessions for girls 10U are 8-10 a.m. Saturday or 1-3 p.m. Sunday; 12U is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday or 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Registration is 30 minutes before each session. For more information, call Debbie at 254-366-6436 or David at 817-617-9218.
BYA SIGN-UPS — Sign-ups for Bridgeport Youth Association spring sports including baseball, softball and soccer are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23, at the community center. For more information, including fees, visit www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLF ASSOCIATION — The Oil Belt Senior Men’s Golf Association opens its 2013 season Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Runaway Bay Golf Club. Men 50 years of age and older may join, and the initial fee is $20. Members play two to four times per month rotating between 12 to 14 different courses in the area. For information, call J.E. Carson at (940) 627-2244.
DAR TO MEET — The John B. Denton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Diana White will speak on DAR genealogy. A Dutch-treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue in Decatur.
FUNERALS — Graveside service for Ella Joe Cone Nelms, 85, of Bridgeport is noon Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
VISITATION for Doris Green Puchalski, 84, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.