SUSPENDED COMMISSIONER FILES FOR RE-ELECTION – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross, who has been suspended for more than a year, filed Tuesday for re-election. He’ll be seeking a fourth term in the March Republican primary. Despite pleading guilty Sept. 23 to abuse of official capacity, a misdemeanor, and previously facing felony charges, Ross claims he still has a base of support. “I’ll keep serving voters like I always have,” he told the Messenger Wednesday. Read more in the weekend paper on newsstands tomorrow.
EAGLES HEAD TO REGION SEMIFINAL - There will be a community send-off for the Decatur Eagles football team 3 p.m. today at the field house as they depart for their playoff game. The Eagles will be playing the Chapel Hill Bulldogs at 7:30 tonight at Forney City Bank Stadium in the Class 3A Region II semifinal. The Messenger will provide live blogging of the game at WCMessenger.com/scores, and the game will be broadcast online at kntxradio.com.
DONATIONS FOR FIRE VICTIMS – The local office of the American Red Cross is accepting donations on behalf of Caudis and Samantha Tennyson, who lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire Nov. 2. The family had been living in a hotel and most recently in a tent on the property where their house once stood in the 300 block of Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge subdivision north of Rhome. The couple moved into a mobile home Tuesday, but according to Wendy Graham, Red Cross disaster action team captain for Wise and northern Parker counties, they have no household items or clothing. “They need pots, pans, sheets, towels, food, clothes … everything,” she said. Caudis wears size 38×34 or 38×32 pants, 2X shirt and 10 1/2 shoe. She wears size 12 pants, medium or large shirt and 8 1/2 shoe. Donations can be made by calling Graham at 817-323-0732.
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – County offices remain closed today for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Wise County Animal Shelter is closed today and tomorrow. All offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.
TOY RUN SET FOR SUNDAY – The 14th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon at the Decatur Middle School parking lot, and the run begins at 12:30. The final destination is Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Riders should bring a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation to benefit Wise County children and charities. Awards will be given in the motorcycle show for Best Dresser, Best Custom, Best Cruiser and Best Metric Motorcycle. Entry fee is $5, and the top three in each category are awarded plaques. For more information, call Wild Bill at 940-393-1118 or Travis at 817-291-1486. Visit www.wctoyrun.com or join the Facebook page, “WiseCounty ToyRun.”
RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN – The Bridgeport Salvation Army Unit is looking for bell-ringers for the Christmas 2013 Red Kettle campaign. One-hour slots are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 6, 12, 18 and 21 at Wal-mart; and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 30 to Dec. 22 at Brookshire’s and Market Place in Bridgeport. To sign up, contact email@example.com or 940-683-2780.
SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department Santa Cops applications are due Sunday. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Monday, Dec. 16. For more information, call Ashly DoByns at 940-393-0300.
ANNUAL DINNER – The fifth annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce dinner is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at First Baptist Church of Paradise. Guest speaker is Dave Lieber, an investigative columnist at the Dallas Morning News. Tickets are $20 in advance at Mann Refrigeration in Bridgeport, First State Bank in Paradise and Paradise City Hall. Cost is $25 at the door. There will be a silent auction and raffle. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMISSIONERS MEET MONDAY – Wise County commissioners will discuss a fee schedule and rental agreement for the Wise County fairgrounds at a 9 a.m. meeting Monday. They will also consider making the county animal shelter its own department. It’s currently under the oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. Monday’s meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur and is open to the public.
RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Decatur Civic Center for their Christmas meeting. All school personnel, active and retired, are encouraged to attend. Call 940-575-2341 to register.
POLAR EXPRESS STORYTIME – The Decatur Public Library will host a Polar Express Pajama Storytime 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Children and their parents are invited for an evening of holiday stories, including Chris Van Allsburg’s classic “The Polar Express.” A craft and hot cocoa will follow. No sign-up is required. Call 940-393-0290 for more information.
FUNERALS – Funeral for Milton D. Travis, 83, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Burial is at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for James Meador, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Janis D. Vickers, 71, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
FUNERAL for Walter Buckel, 92, of Lubbock, is 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Lamesa Church of Christ with burial at Lamesa Memorial Park. Visitation is 3 p.m. Sunday at Branon Funeral Home in Lamesa. Buckel is the father of Messenger Editorial Director Bob Buckel.
SERVICE for Debra A. Jones, 54, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.
SERVICE for Lynna Sledge, 77, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.