SHERMAN FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENCY WITH A CHILD – After deliberating for just more than two hours Wednesday afternoon, a Wise County jury found Richard Lee Sherman, 37, guilty of indecency with a child sexual contact, a second degree felony. The jury returned the verdict at 4:45 p.m. The punishment phase of the trial will begin this morning in 271st District Court. Sherman faces a sentence of 2 to 20 years in jail. Because the victim in the case was under 14 at the time of the offense, Sherman will not be eligible for probation. The jury did not return a guilty verdict on continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, which would have carried a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The offense happened two years ago at Sherman’s home in Rhome. The victim was his 11-year-old daughter, who did testify during the trial.
WARM WILL STAY COOL – Wise County commissioners agreed Monday to buy a new heating and air conditioning unit for Wise Area Relief Mission. The food pantry is housed in a building owned by the county at 300 N. Trinity in Decatur, and County Judge Bill McElhaney said the heating and cooling system is on “its last legs.” Commissioners approved spending up to $20,000 to purchase a ductless heat pump system.
POSTAL CLERK TO RETIRE – Ruth Wells, a clerk at the Alvord Post Office, is retiring Friday after 26 years.
PLAYOFF GAME – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will play Gunter at 7 tonight for the area title at Gainesville High School.
DRUG AWARENESS TRAINING – Bridgeport Police Department is hosting Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Weatherford College Wise County between Bridgeport and Decatur. To sign up, call Officer J.T. Manoushagian at (940) 683-3430 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 p.m. Monday. The free training is open to teachers, administrators and other education professionals.
RELAY TEAM MEETING – The first meeting for Relay For Life of Wise County teams is 7:30 Monday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. There will be refreshments and prizes. Teams are encouraged to attend, even if they aren’t registered. Committee members will be on-hand to help them register that night. For information, call Stephanie at (940) 393-3165.
SHELTER CLOSED – The Wise County Animal Shelter will close Saturday in observance of Presidents’ Day. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.
DAR TO MEET – The John B. Denton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Diana White will speak on DAR genealogy. A Dutch-treat lunch will follow at Sean’s Barbecue in Decatur.
DEMOCRAT MEETING – Wise County Democrats will have an open meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the second floor courtroom at the Wise County Courthouse. There will be nominations for the Wise County Democratic Party committees.
MAMMOGRAM SCREENING – Weatherford College Wise County will host the Moncrief Mobile Mammography Unit Monday, Feb. 18. Insurance is accepted, but low- and no-cost screenings are also available. Women interested in participating can call 800-405-7739 for more information or to make an appointment.
GOLF ASSOCIATION – The Oil Belt Senior Men’s Golf Association opens its 2013 season Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Runaway Bay Golf Club. Men 50 years of age and older may join, and the initial fee is $20. Members play two to four times per month rotating between 12 to 14 different courses in the area. For information, call J.E. Carson at (940) 627-2244.
HEART HEALTH EXPO – The second annual Heart Health Expo is 8-11 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will include booths with information on how to keep your heart healthy, free health screenings, presentations and demonstrations.
FUNERALS – Service for Oscar Cox Jr., 94, of Fairview is noon today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-noon before the service.
GRAVESIDE service for Ella Joe Cone Nelms, 85, of Bridgeport is noon Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
VISITATION for Doris Green Puchalski, 84, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Clay McConnell, 52, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.