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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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ROSS REMOVAL – County Attorney James Stainton says a jury trial isn’t necessary in the civil suit regarding the removal of suspended Precinct 4 Commissioner Terry Ross. He wants District Judge Roger Towery to issue a summary judgment in the case and remove the commissioner from office. Last Thursday Stainton filed a motion for summary judgment in the 271st District Court outlining his argument for the removal, and Towery will issue a ruling within 21 days. Stainton said if a jury trial is held, the only question that goes to the jury is “Do you find that the allegations of this misconduct are true?” But the alleged acts are already found to be true, he said. “There’s no spin to this. It’s just what the facts are,” he said. ” Why do we need a jury if (Ross) already agreed that (he’s) engaged in the acts?” Ross pleaded guilty two months ago to abuse of official capacity, and two felony charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Ross’ attorney, David Fielding, with Fielding Parker and Hallmon in Fort Worth refused to comment. According to his secretary, “he does not normally talk to reporters.” Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

TOUR OF HOMES – The Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and features four homes and one special event venue. Decatur homes featured include those belonging to Joe and Cindy Berry, 1396 Briar Crossing Dr.; Sean and Angie Browning, 329 Busey Blvd.; and Coy and Milissa Harris, 1500 Briar Crossing Dr. The Sunset home of Max and Carolyn Holloway at 1916 CR 1790 is also on the tour, as is the Flying V Ranch event venue at 297 PR 1173 near Decatur. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor or iCopy in Decatur or from any club member. A TAPS bus will provide tour transportation, but seating is limited. Cost is $15. To purchase a ticket and reserve a seat, call Patti’s at 940-627-1002. Read about the homes featured on the tour in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

PLAYOFF TICKETS – Tickets for Decatur’s playoff game Friday can be purchased at the high school ticket office until 1:35 p.m. today. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All tickets will be $8 at the gate. For more information, call Virginia at 940-393-7290.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Development Services and the county dumpsites are closed Thursday and Friday. The dumpsites will be open regular business hours on Saturday. The county courthouse in Decatur will close at noon tomorrow, and some other county offices may also close early. All┬ácounty offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen Monday, Dec. 2.

LIBRARY HOURS – Decatur Public Library will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow and be closed through the holiday weekend. The library will reopen with regular hours Monday, Dec. 2.

TRASH PICKUP – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday’s trash pickup in the city of Decatur will be moved to Friday. Friday’s pickup will be Saturday. Recycling products will be picked up Wednesday as usual. In the city of Boyd, trash pickup will be Friday.

TOY DRIVE – Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant in Paradise is collecting gifts to donate to foster children in Wise and Jack counties. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to the restaurant now through Dec. 8.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Hattie Smith Josserand, 78, of Fort Worth, formerly of Rhome, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westwind Church in Keller with entombment at Garden of Memories Mausoleum. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

FUNERAL for Dennis Caraway, 14, of Chico is 1 p.m. Wednesday at U-Turn Ministries Church in Chico. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES are pending for Debra A. Jones, 54, of Chico and Milton Travis, 83, of Aurora at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.