CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS – Decatur’s annual Chisholm Trail Days is Saturday on the downtown square. Activities begin Saturday with a parade through downtown at 11 a.m. Line-up is at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Business 81/287 and Walnut Street. The parade will be pass through downtown Decatur, the site for live music and a myriad of events for Chisholm Trail Days from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Vendors – including artisans, western handcrafts and pioneer vendors – open booths at 10 a.m. around the square, and there will be a fun jump, train rides, hay rides, pony rides, pony pictures, kids games and activities and a chuckwagon and tractor exhibit. Live entertainment begins at noon on the DATCU Main Stage, and includes Cody Robbins, Brandon Gentry, Kate Moss Cowling, Megan Nichols Adams and Colt West. Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters take to the street at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A kids’ stickhorse rodeo is at 3 p.m., and the homemade ice cream contest is at 4 p.m. For more information, call Decatur Main Street at 940-627-6158.
CHASE LEADS TO ARREST – A pair of car thieves brazenly attempted to steal a pickup truck and trailer in the middle of the day Wednesday in Decatur. Carlos Delapena, 20, of Dallas allegedly stole a pickup and trailer at 11:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Catfish O’harlies. About 15 minutes earlier, an accomplice in a gray Dodge pickup was seen breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot at Lowe’s. Police soon located both headed south on U.S. 81/287. Delapena wrecked out in an oil field off Farm Road 407 and was arrested after he tried to flee further on foot. He was charged with theft, criminal mischief, evading arrest, failure to identify self as fugitive and for outstanding warrants for engaging in organized crime and theft of motor vehicle. He’s being held on $179,500 bond in Wise County Jail. The suspect in the gray pickup managed to evade arrest. Decatur police are still tracking down leads in an attempt to locate the suspect. The pair were possibly involved in several more burglary of a motor vehicle cases that have occurred in the area.
DEBIT CARD FRAUD – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur Police Department are investigating numerous reports of debit card fraud. Sheriff David Walker said accounts at banks across the county have been compromised, and there may be a common connection among victims in that many used a debit card at Taco Casa. Investigators are asking citizens to check their accounts, and if there are unknown charges to it, contact your local police department or the sheriff’s office and your bank.
CHICO KEEPS SAME TAX RATE – In a brief meeting yesterday, the Chico City Council approved a tax rate of 48 cents per $100 valuation. On Tuesday, the council approved a budget totaling $1,722,223.63, which is about $11,500 less than the current fiscal year’s budget.
SHERIFF’S POSSE RODEO – The Wise County Sheriff’s Posse rodeo continues tonight and tomorrow with mutton bustin’ at 7:30 p.m. and rodeo performances at 8 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Tickets at the gate are $10. A dance featuring Tommy Hooker will be held Saturday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the rodeo grounds. Tickets are $10 each or $100 for a table. For availability, call 940-399-9558.
CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square in Decatur is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $10 per vehicle. For more information call 940-627-6158.
PARADISE 4-H – The Paradise 4-H Club will meet at the junior high cafeteria at 3 p.m. Sunday. The club is looking for new active members. Come meet the members and find out about the opportunities 4-H has to offer.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Paradise United Methodist Church, 301 S. Oak Street. Wise County Sheriff David Walker will present personal safety tips and address rising crime activities and the ever-growing problem of identity theft. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served after the meeting.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center.
FLAG FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Youth Association will organize Wise County Flag Football for kids in kindergarten through second grade (must be at least 6 years old by March 1, 2014). Registration forms can be downloaded at www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com and must be received by 1 p.m. today at Meyers Agency in Bridgeport or mailed to the BYA, P.O. Box 833, Bridgeport, TX 76426. Limited space available. For more information, call Jared McComis at 940-399-7530, Richard Vidal 940-210-1817 or Michael Crunk at 940-393-2894.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Tonight’s football lineup includes Springtown at Decatur, Abilene Wylie at Bridgeport, Boyd at Palmer, Paradise at Henrietta, Alvord at Ponder, Chico vs. Wortham in Burleson and Northwest at Grapevine. Keep up with the action tonight at WCMessenger.com/scores. Full game recaps will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Robert “Chip” Foster is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Patricia Williams, 57, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.