MURDER SUSPECT NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY – Kirk Alan Heithecker was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 271st District Court Tuesday morning. Heithecker, 49, is accused of killing his mother at their home south of Decatur sometime over Mother’s Day weekend earlier this year. Dr. Jim Womack, a licensed psychologist who performed evaluations on Heithecker last month, testified that Heithecker has a history of mental illness dating back to his early 20s and has taken medication for many years. He apparently was not taking this medication around the time of his mother’s death. Womack testified that Heithecker could not distinguish between right or wrong when he apparently killed his mother and buried her under a pile of trash in the front yard of their rural home. Assistant District Attorney Tim Cole said the state did not dispute the doctor’s findings of Heithecker’s insanity at the time of the murder. Heithecker will be evaluated at a state hospital and return to court within 30 days for a committal hearing. He will then be committed to a state hospital. The judgment was made by District Judge John Fostel. Heithecker waived his right to a jury trial. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
LADY EAGLES BEAT TOP SEED – The No. 4 Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team knocked off No. 1 Argyle Tuesday in the regional quarterfinal to advance to the Class 3A Region II Tournament this weekend in Mesquite. Decatur took the match in five 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-11.
FAIRGROUNDS REVERT TO COUNTY DEC. 1 – Wise County will take possession of the local fairgrounds Dec. 1. After weeks of negotiating with the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse, commissioners decided Tuesday that control of the property will revert to the county on that date. Frank Newman, the Sheriff’s Posse attorney, had recently suggested to County Attorney James Stainton that the county compensate the group for the buildings, barns and arenas. Newman also submitted to Stainton an appraisal by Gage and Associates in Denton, which valued the facilities at $1.7 million. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White had a message for Newman: “You can take this back to their lawyer: This proves to me that this is not about youth and the good of the county; it’s about money. We’re wanting to take this over and provide a good facility, and that’s all.” White made the motion to take the fairgrounds Dec. 1 based on the fact that the lease expired in August. ” if there is any other discussion on buildings, we’ll try to negotiate with them in a fair way for the youth of the county.” Read more in the midweek Messenger.
MCELHANEY HONORED – Wise County commissioners honored the late Judge Bill McElhaney at their meeting Tuesday morning. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns presented Bill’s wife, Kim McElhaney, with a plaque in recognition of her husband’s service to the county and a flag that had been flown over the state capitol on behalf of Rep. Phil King’s office. Judge McElhaney died during a commissioners meeting Oct. 14.
PRE-THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON – The first Widows of America, Inc. Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon to be held in Wise-County is 1 p.m. Friday at the Fairview Baptist Church Annex Building, located at FM 407 and FM 2264. “There’s a Miracle in You!” will be presented with special music and a program by LaDonna Koerner of Mineral Wells, Anna Anders of Fort Worth, Barbara Ferguson of Roanoke and WOA members. Casual or denim attire is encouraged for the regional gathering of widows and single women from many communities in Denton and Wise counties. RSVP, and bring a covered dish. Call Jeanne Lewis at 940-779-0874 or Curina Morris at 940-648-2540 by Thursday for a reservation. There is no cost for the meal.
ESTATE SEMINAR – Aging Wisely presents Managing Your Estate 2 p.m. Friday, at Weatherford College Wise County. The speaker is Richard M. Barron. He specializes in elder law and veterans, Alzheimer’s care, hospice care and how to plan for these events in the midst of a crisis. This series is sponsored by the college, Texas AHEC East and Angels Care Home. For more information on this or upcoming topics, call the Area Health Education Center at Weatherford College at 940-626-3283.
LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Registration for Wise County Little Dribblers will be 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 16 and 2-4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Hibbett Sports for ages pre-k through fourth grade. Practices start in January. Registration forms can also be picked up at any of the elementary schools in Decatur. Last day to register is Nov. 23.
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE – The Wise County Voter Registration office will be holding a voter registration drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.
BLOOD DRIVE – The City of Bridgeport will host a blood drive 12:30-4:30 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Call Natalie Bilby at 940-683-3413 for more information.
FUNERALS – Service for Kyle “Tooter” Fletcher, 90, of Slidell is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Slidell with burial at Slidell Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Paul Dean Ahlfield, 69, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Abilene. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
FUNERAL for Zenna Mae Rice, 96, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Dean Phillip Hoke, 50, of Fort Worth. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Tammy Sue Stanley, 54, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Sylvia Odessa Lee, 81, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 in Chico.
MEMORIAL service for Billie E. Linden Bowers, 81, of Plano is 10 a.m. Saturday at New Life Family Worship Center in Grapevine. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for Modena Inez Ballard, 78, of Poolville is 2 p.m. today at Gibtown Cemetery. White’s Funeral Home in Weatherford is handling arrangements. She was the grandmother of Tiffany Harrison of Runaway Bay.