GENZER PLEADS TO 40 YEARS FOR ROBBERY – Sean C. Genzer, 36, of Mansfield pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a home invasion in the Salt Creek area last June. Genzer pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and two counts of burglary of a habitation in 271st District Court in Decatur. He received a 40-year sentence. Genzer entered the Salt Creek area home of Jody Ripple June 12 of last year and held Ripple at gunpoint. Genzer and his codefendants eventually left with no one injured. Seven more people connected with the crime have been indicted and are awaiting their day in court. Read more, including a first-hand account from Ripple, in the midweek Wise County Messenger on news stands today.
LOCAL BAKER TO APPEAR ON TV – Helen Fields of Paradise will talk about and make her semifinalist Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe on today’s 9 a.m. segment of “Good Morning Texas” on WFAA Channel 8. The entry is one of 60 semifinalists in category 1 of the Pillsbury Bake-Off. The 33 entries who garner the most online votes from now until Thursday, March 28, will join the finalists from two other categories in the national Bake-Off competition Nov. 10-12 in Las Vegas. Vote for Helen’s Honey and Bacon Brussels Sprouts Pizza recipe at www.pillsbury.com/bakeoff. Read more in the midweek Messenger on news stands today.
YOUTH FAIR DAY 3 – Today’s events at the Wise County Youth Fair include the breeding sheep show at 8 a.m. followed by the market lamb show and the dog show at 10 a.m. All events are at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Youth Fair-related stories and photos are featured in the midweek Messenger on news stands today.
DRINK THE WATER – The “boil water” notice for the City of Boyd has been rescinded, meaning it is safe to drink the water. The city had been under the notice since this past weekend due to a water main repair.
OFFICE CLOSED – The Bridgeport Development Services Department will be closed today for training. No permits for construction will be issued during this time, but inspections may still be scheduled by calling (855) 220-0470. Normal operating hours resume Thursday. If you have any questions, call Bridgeport City Hall at (940) 683-3400.
MARCH FOR MEALS – Local government officials, including all Wise County mayors, will meet 9 a.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center to help Meals on Wheels volunteers with their meal delivery routes and to raise awareness about the program and its organization, the Wise County Committee on Aging, which seeks volunteers for its board of directors and advisory board. For more information, call (940) 627-5329.
CANCER SURVIVORS – Local cancer survivors and caregivers are encouraged to register with Relay For Life of Wise County. Those registered will be invited to a dinner Thursday, April 18, and will be honored during opening ceremonies of the all-night walking event Friday, May 17. Register online at www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx (then hit the orange “Sign up” button). Forms may also be obtained by calling Brenda at (940) 627-7661, emailing email@example.com or from Brenda at James Wood Motors in Decatur or Erika at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur. Deadline is today.
SENIOR LUNCH – Senior citizens 55 and older are invited to a pot roast lunch with all the fixings at noon tomorrow at the Decatur Senior Center located at 1200 N. Miller Street. For information call (940) 627-2926.
JURY CANCELED – If you were supposed to serve on a jury for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 court today, your service will not be needed. There will be no trial today.
HOME AND GARDEN – Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a Spring Home and Garden Series starting later this month. The four-week program is 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, starting March 26 and running through April 16, at the Extension office in Decatur, 206 S. State St. Cost is $40 for the entire series or $15 per seminar. Topics that will be addressed include vegetable gardening, fruit and nut tree management, turf management and landscape trees. Sign up by today by calling the Extension office at (940) 627-3341.
EGG HUNT – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation, 701 W. Bennett Rd., in Decatur is hosting an Easter family event 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The egg hunt will be at 3 p.m., and there will also be popcorn and a bounce house. The Easter bunny will be in attendance.
BUNNY IN TOWN – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual egg hunt and carnival 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center and Lawdwin Ballfields. The Easter bunny will attend, and the egg hunt starts promptly at 2. There will be inflatables, face-painting, games, candy, balloon animals and more. Call (940) 683-3480 for more information.
EASTER EVENTS – The Bay Church in Runaway Bay is having the Living Last Supper 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and it’s showing the movie, “The Passion of Christ,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 29. Admission is free. The church’s annual Easter egg hunt is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, for ages 1 to 12. There will be activities for all ages, though, including food, prizes, bounce houses and photos with the Easter bunny. The church is located at 20 Runaway Bay Drive.
FUNERALS – Service for Steven W. Stewart, 49, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Sallye Anne Richardson, 66, formerly of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.
MEMORIAL service for Marion Kert “Smokey” Jones, 56, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at The Shepherd’s House in Chico. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.