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Monday, September 9, 2013


CITY SEEKS TO SHUT DOWN TENNIS COURT – Newark resident Roger Williams has been providing tennis lessons to area youth at a tennis court at his Newark home for years, but he has received a cease and desist letter from the city attorney ordering him to shut down his “Backyard Tennis Club.” The letter says Williams is in violation of numerous city ordinances. One of Williams’ neighbors, city councilman Bob Wells, said you can’t have an outside business in a residential area and called it “a nuisance.” The city became involved when Wells’ wife, Mary Ann Wells, informed the city secretary about the ordinance violations. Last year, Williams had a fundraiser at his tennis court for Newark’s Heart for Park program and raised $2,500 that went toward replacing dilapidated playground equipment that had been removed from Delora Doughty Royal Park in the city. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

CUB SCOUTS – A meeting for those interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 115 of Decatur is 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center in Decatur. ALSO, anyone interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 146 in Boyd is invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. The groups are open to boys in first through fifth grade.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Eagles Football Booster Club is seeking sponsors for its Eagle Golf Tourney Oct. 6 at the Runaway Bay Golf Club. (Note the date has changed from earlier published information). Sponsorship levels are $500, $300 and $100. Two food sponsorships will also be available, and raffle items are still needed. To donate or for more information call Sean Manuel at (817) 366-8566.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL – Northwest ISD middle schools present Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka, Jr.” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center (2301 Texan Drive in Justin). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. To make reservations, call 817-215-0268.

ABWN MEETING – The Wise County Area Business Women’s Network (ABWN) luncheon is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. RSVP by 11 a.m. today online at www.abwn.org. It’s “You Plus Two,” so invite two friends. Speaker is Jeremy House, financial advisor with Edward Jones. Sponsor is Kelly Rasulo of KDKR 91.3 FM.

SCV MEETING - The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The program will be presented by Glenn Guess on the subject of wild hogs.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – State Rep. Phil King will be the speaker for a joint meeting of the Wise County Republican Party’s executive committee and the Wise Republican Women at 6:15 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. King represents District 61, which includes Parker and Wise counties.

SHARE YOUR BREAST CANCER STORY – The Wise County Messenger is putting together its annual Breast Cancer Awareness special section to be published later this month. As part of that section, we are asking county residents to share their personal stories of breast cancer survival. We invite you to celebrate your triumphs in one or more of the following ways: 1. Send us your personal stories of your fight against breast cancer. 2. Describe your breast cancer “hero” in the community. 3. Share photos of you, your hero or your activity in breast cancer awareness-related events. Stories should be limited to 200 words or less and should include your name and hometown. Email bknox@wcmessenger.com (Subject: Breast Cancer Awareness) by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. You can also mail your photos or stories to the Wise County Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Decatur, TX 76234 or drop them by the Messenger office at 115 S. Trinity in Decatur 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Submitted photos will be available for pick up after the section is published Sept. 25. Please label the photo with a name and phone number and include any helpful caption information. For more information, call Brian Knox at 940-627-5987.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Patricia Williams, 57, of Lake Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Willie B. Byers, 89, of Jacksboro is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for J.T. Morgan, 93, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Clancy Shawn Stewart, 44, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

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3 Responses to “Monday, September 9, 2013”

  1. I think what the city oouncil is doing to Roger Williams and the Backyard Tennis Club is ridiculous and down-right WRONG!! No where will you ever find two more caring people than Roger & Donna Williams. These people have opened their home and their hearts to this community and their neighborhood. I challenge the city council to find anyone who can say anything bad about these two people, well except of course for the bitter and bored neighbor who has caused this problem. They have touched more lives than most of us will ever know, and now because the neighbor doesn’t want to hear laughter (who doesn’t love that?) and the sound of shoes on the court, this may all be in danger? That’s what I call FOUL!! In a world SO devoid of good things and truly good people – what a shame it would be to see this TRULY positive thing go by the way-side.

  2. Roger Williams Backyard Tennis Club provides a fun safe environment for my child to learn the game of Tennis. My son and many of his teammates from Northwest High School practice regularly creating not only a sense of team and camaraderie but friendship in a sport that can be played well into their retirement years. Children of all ages are welcome. I find it DESPICABLE and IRREPREHENSIBLE for anyone, let alone someone that is a member of local government, to harbor ill will towards Roger, his family, and the children he coaches! I hope the City Council sees past this personal vendetta and recognizes what Roger’s Tennis Club brings to the community as a POSITIVE impact in these children’s lives.

  3. Kay-Wel 2 Corporation is allowed to operate as a home business in Newark, according to the Office of the Texas Comptroller. I wonder who the President of that company is? Oh look, Robert A. Wells…

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