MURDER ARREST – Wise County Sheriff David Walker confirmed that a man wanted in an Oklahoma murder case was arrested near Boyd last night. Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Hillsboro was found hiding in his vehicle on County Road 4757 near Boyd. He had a second degree murder warrant out of Jackson County, Okla. He is being held without bond at the Wise County Jail. Wise County Sheriff’s officers were assisted by the Boyd Police Department in locating and arresting Allen.
POSSE HAS MOVED – The Wise County Sheriff’s Posse overnight removed their locks from the buildings at the local fairgrounds and moved from the property. The electronic sign near the front entrance says to visit wcsposse.com for more information, but the website does not indicate where the group is now based. County commissioners had given the Posse a Dec. 1 deadline to turn in the keys and the schedule book. As of Monday morning, the group had turned nothing over to the county, and in the commissioners meeting, Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White instructed Public Works Administrator Tom Goode to cut the locks. “Take their locks off and put ours on,” he said. “I don’t think we should delay it.” After being notified the locks would be cut, Posse members removed them Monday night. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
UIL SHAKES UP DISTRICTS – The University Interscholastic League released the new cutoffs for it’s six new conferences for the upcoming 2014-16 realignment period Monday. Decatur, with it’s enrollment of 876, will be placed in the new Class 4A Division I for football that ranges from 686 to 1,059. Bridgeport will no longer be in the same football district as the Eagles after they turned in an enrollment number of 627. The Bulls will be in 4A Division II. Boyd and Paradise will be grouped together in 3A Division I. Boyd turned in 350 and Paradise had 337. Alvord and Chico appear to be headed back to the same district after both were grouped in 2A Division II. Alvord turned in 202 and Chico was at 185. Northwest will be the first Wise County school to compete in Class 6A after reporting 2,763. Look for further details in the midweek edition of the Messenger.
PARADISE AWARDS – For the second straight year, the Paradise Chamber of Commerce named Deborah Mann its citizen of the year during the annual awards dinner Monday at First Baptist Church in Paradise. The Chamber also recognized the Paradise Historical Society as the business of the year and honored Paradise students Daniel Alexander and Deeann Waltersheid with citizenship awards.
DONATIONS FOR FIRE VICTIMS - The local office of the American Red Cross is accepting donations on behalf of Caudis and Samantha Tennyson, who lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire Nov. 2. The family had been living in a hotel and most recently in a tent on the property where their house once stood in the 300 block of Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge subdivision north of Rhome. The couple moved into a mobile home in Fort Worth last week, but according to Wendy Graham, Red Cross disaster action team captain for Wise and northern Parker counties, they have no household items or clothing. “They need pots, pans, sheets, towels, food, clothes everything,” she said. Caudis wears size 38 34 or 38 32 pants, 2X shirt and 10 1/2 shoe. She wears size 12 pants, medium or large shirt and 8 1/2 shoe. The couple will be in Decatur today to pick up any donations. Donations can be made by calling Graham at 817-323-0732 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.
PARADISE EARLY VOTING – Early voting has begun in the Paradise ISD School Board second election. Voters will choose between Ben Sanders and Bill Mundy, who tied for Place 6 in the Nov. 5 election. Early voting started yesterday and continues through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at the superintendent’s office. Election day voting is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the same location.
BROILER ORDER DEADLINE – Broiler orders for the 2014 Wise County Youth Fair are due today to your ag teacher or to the 4-H extension office. Cost is $41.50 and must be paid by today also.
SANTA’S IN TOWN – Santa Claus will land in his helicopter at The Community Bank in Bridgeport at 5 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to bring their cameras for photos with the Jolly Old Elf. Light refreshments will be served.
STORYTIME FEATURES POLAR EXPRESS – The Decatur Public Library will host a Polar Express Pajama Storytime at 6 tonight. Children and their parents are invited for an evening of holiday stories, including Chris Van Allsburg’s classic “The Polar Express.” A craft and hot cocoa will follow. No signup is required. Call 940-393-0290 for more information.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Decatur’s Young Elementary Breakfast with Santa is 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 for adults, and kids are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pancakes will be served, and Santa will be available for photos.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT – The monthly support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is 7 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the west campus of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. For more information, call Richard at 940-255-0244 or Angie at 940-627-6888.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Everett Waldrop III, 46, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur.
MEMORIAL graveside service for Billy Tom Parker, 71, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Poe Prairie Cemetery near Millsap. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Kirk Steven Holland, 52, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Rodney Charles Rhine Sr., 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Lynna Sledge, 77, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.