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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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RHOME MAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENCY WITH A CHILD — A 70-year-old man from Rhome was arrested by Wise County Sheriff’s officers Friday for multiple counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. Hollis “Butch” Belcher, 70, allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl Feb. 26 and 27 at his home located in the 500 block of Private Road 4732 in Rhome. Belcher was a close friend of several people in his neighborhood. Parents in the neighborhood allowed their children to play at his residence and sometimes spend the night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by an open records request. After one of the sleepovers, the mother of the victim observed several red marks, thought to be hickies, on her young daughter’s neck. A 5-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl were also at the residence when the alleged incidents occurred. The sheriff’s office was notified, and through interviews with witnesses and the alleged victim, an investigator determined sexual contact had occurred. A forensic expert with the Children’s Advocacy Care Center in Denton assisted with the investigation. Belcher was arrested Friday at his home without incident and placed under $35,000 bond for each count. He posted bail the following day. The case is still under investigation and any more possible victims should contact Carolyn Copeland at the Wise County Sheriff’s office at (940) 627-5971.

ROSS CASE — Assistant District Attorney Tim Cole filed a notice of consolidation Monday for indictments against suspended county commissioner Terry Ross, indicating that all three charges will be heard at his trial April 23. Ross has been indicted of tampering with governmental records, theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant, and abuse of official capacity greater than $20 and less than $500. In late February, Fort Worth attorney Jerry Loftin filed as co-counsel for Ross.

MOBILE WORKFORCE UNIT — The Workforce Solutions Mobile Workforce Unit will be at Weatherford College Wise County 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. The RV-type vehicle includes 13 work stations where clients can conduct job searches or apply for positions online. The Workforce staff will also be available to help local businesses looking for employees. No appointment is necessary for the mobile center, and it is wheelchair accessible.

BOYD ISD TO CONSIDER IPADS — The Boyd ISD school board tonight will consider purchasing laptops or iPads for students in the district. Administration has been discussing a move to a “one-to-one” program in the schools. A one-to-one program matches up each student with a computer they use for instruction and projects. Boyd took a step in that direction last month when the board approved purchasing iPad minis for all the teachers. Superintendent Ted West said they wanted teachers trained and prepared in using the technology so they could get the most out of it in the classroom. The board meets 6:30 p.m. at the administration building board room at 600 Knox Avenue.

ALVORD BREAKFAST AND OPEN HOUSE — Alvord Elementary will host its annual Parent/Grandparent/Guardian Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the cafeteria. The special guests are then invited to go through the book fair and escort their students to class to look around the halls and classrooms. The open house will last from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday is also an early release day. Prekindergarten will dismiss at regular time of 11 a.m. Kindergarten through second grades will dismiss at noon, and third through fifth grades will dismiss at 12:05 p.m. Buses will run at 12:15 p.m.

ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP — Applications for the 2013 Samantha Jill Rogers Scholarship are now available with counselors at Wise County high schools and at Samantha’s website, samanthajillrogers.com. Late, faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. You can also email ebb6311@gmail.com for an application. The scholarship is open to all Wise County graduating seniors.

GOSPEL SHOW — The Little Branson Gospel show is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Stage.

APRIL FOOL’S 10K — The Bridgeport Education Foundation will sponsor an April Fools’ Day 10K Run. “Runners” fill out a form, pay the fee and receive a shirt boasting their participation in a supposed race. Forms may be obtained at any Bridgeport ISD school office, the administration building or from any BEF board member through March 15. For information, call Pam at (940) 393-5987 or Melinda at (940) 389-1550.

WCWC SCHOLARSHIPS — March 15 is the deadline for students planning to attend Weatherford College in the 2013-14 academic year to apply for scholarships through the school’s Foundation. Scholarships are for first-time and continuing students alike. More than $115,000 is awarded annually through the Foundation. To apply for scholarships, students may visit the WC Financial Aid office at the Weatherford campus, 225 College Park, during regular business hours or they can apply online at www.wc.edu/financialaid. Click on “WC Online Scholarship Application.” The college and its offices will be closed March 11-15 for spring break.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Barry Dale Bentley, 55, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Sandra Berneice Cagle, 69, of Wichita Falls. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.