2 ARRESTED IN PARADISE BURGLARY CASE – Two suspects in the burglary of Tobacco Town in Paradise have been arrested. Wednesday night, the red semi-tractor seen in security video was located in Fort Worth. With the help of the Fort Worth Police Department, Wise County Sheriff’s investigators arrested two people in connection with the burglary: Clark Edward Redmon, 48, of Springtown, and Maria Kristine Shone, 29, of Fort Worth. Both were booked into the Wise County Jail on one count of burglary of a building. According to a sheriff’s office press release, additional felony charges could follow within the next 48 hours as investigators execute search warrants to gain additional physical evidence. The Paradise burglary took place Sept. 29.
ABSENT LEADERS – Rhome’s city council meeting ended prematurely when the council lost quorum after only getting through half the items on last night’s agenda. The meeting began with only three members present. Charles Pennington and Ronnie Moore were absent. Right before the council arrived at the most contentious items, the paid first responder position and an update on the park pavilion, council member Jo Ann Wilson gathered her paperwork and left, leaving the council with only two members present. A city council must have at least three members present to hold a meeting. Council member Louis Godfrey said he would make sure the items are on the agenda next month, or however long it takes, to be discussed publicly.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Tonight’s high school football match-ups include Gainesville at Decatur, Krum at Bridgeport, Callisburg at Boyd, Bowie at Paradise, Valley View at Chico, Nocona at Alvord and Northwest at Haltom. All games start at 7:30. The Wise County Messenger will provide live blogging from the Decatur and Bridgeport games. Find the blog and scores at WCMessenger.com/scores.
MISS PUMPKIN – Black Creek Farms and Pumpkin Patch is holding a Little Miss Pumpkin Pageant for girls 1 through 12 at 6 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds go to area food banks. Sign up at Black Creek Farms or Parker Properties. For more information, call 940-389-0517. The pageant was originally scheduled for last weekend but was postponed due to rain.
CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and pot luck lunch on the grounds is 1 p.m. Sunday. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655 near Alvord.
FALL BAZAAR – A bake and craft sale is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. A beans and cornbread lunch will be served with iced tea for $5.
BEANS AND CORNBREAD – The Bridgeport Class of 2018 will hold a beans and cornbread supper 6 tonight at the Bridgeport Middle School cafeteria. Cost is $5. The event will also feature a silent auction and baked goods for sale by donation. For more information call E.J. Morrow at 940-389-8590.
FALL FESTIVAL AND BLOOD DRIVE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will host a blood drive by Carter BloodCare 9 a.m.-noon Saturday during its Lord’s Acre Fall Festival. The event will feature children’s games and activities, baked goods, homemade treats, crafts, vendors and a flea market. A homemade turkey dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by a live auction at 1:30 p.m.
HONORING SURVIVORS – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Decatur High School invites all cancer survivors to join in the spirit line before the game against Gainesville tonight. Report to the field before 7 to be recognized and form the spirit line.
VETERANS PICNIC – The Wise County Veterans Council will host its annual Veterans Picnic for Wise County veterans and their families 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Women’s Building at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Decatur. The meal will include a free barbecue lunch with all the trimmings, desserts and beverages for as long as it lasts. Door prizes will be given away every 15 to 20 minutes until they are all gone. There will also be a sweet walk and a silent auction.
GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 16th Annual Greenwood Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood. The parade is at 10 a.m. For more information or to reserve booth space, call Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997 or Linda Hood at 940-466-7597.
FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department will hold its fundraiser 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall in downtown Greenwood. The event will include a fish fry, live auction, live music by Salt Creek and Phil Hamilton and a raffle. For more information, visit www.gsvfd.us.
TAILGATE PARTY – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold a tailgate party today before the Chico Dragons play their district opener against Valley View. Set-up is at 5 p.m. on the road between the fieldhouse and the field.
PARENT CAFE – A Parent Cafe is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The session topic will be on choosing the most effective ways to discipline your child based on the situation. If childcare is needed, RSVP to 940-627-5080.
COOKING DEMO – Helen Fields of Paradise will cook her honey and bacon Brussels sprouts pizza recipe in a demonstration 4-6 p.m. today at Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy in Bridgeport. Fields will cook the same recipe for her chance at $1 million in 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest Nov. 11 in Las Vegas.
WIDOWS MEETING – The Wise County Chapter of Widows of America Inc. (WOA) will meet 1 p.m. Sunday at the Fairview Baptist Church Annex at Farm Roads 407 and 2264. Claudette Gallagher of Carrollton will present “Add Years To Your Life: Being Thankful.” Luncheon cost is $2. The meeting is open to all widows, singles and divorcees of any age. For a reservation, call Jeanne Lewis at 214-779-0874 by Saturday. For more information, contact E. Curina Morris, WOA President at 940-648-2540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RALLY – Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment will have a rally 2-5 p.m. today at the U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 407 overpass.
FUNERALS – Service for Wil Ema England, 95, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Bonnie L. Holland, 72, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Jerry Stark, 70, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Letitia Peterson, 72, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
FUNERAL for Eston O. Poland, 92, of Fort Worth, formerly of Sunset, is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Southwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. Family visitation is 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Local visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.