COURT EMPLOYEE ARRESTED – Texas Ranger Jim Holland led a raid in Decatur early Friday that resulted in the arrest of 271st District Court Reporter Jeff Goodwyn, 56, of Decatur on charges of illegal drug possession. Sheriff David Walker said Goodwyn was arrested at 1:50 a.m. at a motel in Decatur after delivering illegal drugs to an undercover DPS agent. Following Goodwyn’s arrest officers searched his home and found drug paraphernalia in the basement of the house. Walker said affidavits for the warrants were signed by a district judge in Denton County. “There were no other arrests, but the investigation is continuing,” Walker said. In addition to the drugs, officers also confiscated several computers during the raid. In addition to Holland and other DPS officers, agents from the U.S. Secret Service and the Wise County sheriff’s office have been involved in the investigation which has been ongoing for several weeks, Walker said. The 2013 Wise County budget shows Goodwyn is paid $86,000 a year as court reporter in 271st District Court. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.
WATER HOPES DASHED – The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday rejected Tarrant Regional Water District’s efforts to get water from Oklahoma by tapping river and creek flows before they hit Lake Texhoma. The case has been winding its way through the court system for several years with Tarrant Regional losing at every level. Many had hoped that if the water had become available it would have been stored in Lake Bridgeport helping keep the lake at a more constant level. Lake Bridgeport is now almost 20 feet below conservation level.
SLIDELL WRECK – Both lanes of Farm Road 51 were shut down for nearly an hour around 8:30 a.m. Thursday north of Slidell after a motorcycle slid off the road trying to avoid an oncoming 18-wheeler. Barbara Larock Schofield, 47, of Granbury clipped the bike of her riding partner, Larry Wynn of Weatherford, when Lynn slowed down in front of her. According to state trooper Jeff Johnson, Schofield lost control of her motorcycle when she hit the back of Wynn’s motorcycle and then came to a stop a few yards from the 18-wheeler. Jesse Shaffer, the driver of the oversize load hauling a nose section for a C-117, was attempting to pass a bridge in front of the two riders, where he was taking up both lanes of traffic. Schofield was transported to Denton Regional Hospital with a broken leg. Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Medics and Slidell-Greenwood Fire Department all responded to the wreck.
SETTLEMENT REACHED - A jury trial in Decatur ended early Wednesday morning in a whistleblower case after a settlement agreement was reached between Joseph Palazzolo and Fort Worth ISD. Palazzolo claimed he was wrongfully terminated after he reported misdeeds by officers at Arlington Heights High School back in summer 2010, that included mistreatment of minorities and altering attendance records. According to the tentative settlement, Fort Worth ISD must pay Palazzolo and his attorney $300,000 and give Palazzolo a job with the district as an educational logistics administrator. However, details of the settlement must first be approved by the Fort Worth ISD Board of Trustees before it is finalized.
RELAY WRAP-UP – A wrap-up meeting for teams that participated in this year’s Relay For Life of Wise County is 6:30 p.m. Monday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Organizers will present awards/recognitions, announce grand total numbers and draw for door prizes. For more information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.
ART CLASSES – The Boyd Early Childhood Center-Head Start at BISD, 650 Knox Ave., will offer free art classes for children beginning Tuesday, June 18 and continue from 10-11 a.m. each Tuesday for five weeks. Supplies will be provided for the first lesson, and staff will go over options for supplies for the rest of the lessons. Children of all ages are invited, but they must be accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager. Call (940) 433-9530 for more information.
SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT – The 12U Decatur Drillers Baseball Team will be hosting a co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, June 22 at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Entry fee is $200 per team. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, June 19. All proceeds will benefit the Decatur Drillers 12U baseball team that will play in the National Tournament in Destin, Fla. For more information or to register for the tournament, call Brad Davis at (940) 389-2462 or Jackie Yard at (940) 399-7301.
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The Eastside Alumni Association is holding its annual Juneteenth celebration 2-10 p.m. Saturday at Ida Lou Willis Park in Decatur. Hamburgers and cold drinks will be served. A bake sale will benefit the Eastside Alumni Scholarship fund. There will also be a bounce house for kids.
SUMMER BASH – Stagecoach Rehabilitation will host a Splash Into Summer Bash 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 2108 15th St. in Bridgeport. There will be a water slide, slip-n-slide, dunk tank, games and prizes, cotton candy, hot dogs provided by Grace Fellowship Church and snow cones. Call 940-683-8500 for more information.
FOOTBALL – Alvord Midget and PeeWee football sign up and equipment fitting is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15 and 29, at the old middle school gym. Eligible participants are upcoming 3rd-6th grade boys. For more information call Larry at (940) 399-9846.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER — East Wise Fire Department will host a fundraiser 2-8 p.m. June 22 at the New Fairview City Hall. There will be food and activities such as a dunking booth and hot air balloon. It will also feature live music from local talent. All proceeds will benefit the East Wise/New Fairview Fire Department.
FUNERALS – Service for Bill Hamblin, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
MEMORIAL service for Russell B. Wirtz, 73, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICE for Christina Garcia, 53, of Millsap is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.