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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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RECKLESS DRIVING CALL HAS DEADLY END – A man who was seen driving erratically on U.S. 81/287 near Rhome late yesterday afternoon apparently shot himself. At 5:22 p.m. a woman called 911 and reported a black Mercedes driving erratically in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 near Rhome. A Rhome officer located the vehicle and attempted to pull him over, but the driver failed to yield, eventually hitting a sign and coming to a stop near County Road 4838 south of town. Rhome Police Chief James Rose said the male driver was discovered slumped from the driver’s side into the passenger seat. Rose said the investigating officer saw blood in the vehicle and a gun in the driver’s lap, between his legs. Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson pronounced him dead and sent the body to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. She said the gunshot wound was to his head. It has not yet been determined when the gunshot was inflicted. Rose said the man was identified as Franklin Kevin Bates, 41. He had been staying with someone in Decatur. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

PARADISE PROPS FAIL – Voters in the Paradise school district rejected an eight-cent tax increase by a vote of 244-198, and they rejected a $3.25 million bond proposal by a vote of 255-188. Because the tax hike failed, the school board will need to trim nearly $300,000 from the budget.

PEWITT ELECTED TO BOARD –  Ronnie W. Pewitt defeated Lonnie Holder for Paradise ISD Place 7 by a final vote of 248-145. A winner could not be determined in Place 6. Bill Mundy received 93 votes and Ben Sanders received 92. But with one provisional ballot still left to count, a winner cannot be declared at this time.  Also receiving votes in the Place 6 race was Deann Hamilton with 74 and Doug Thomas and Scott Eisen with 64 votes each.

COUNTY, STATE IN AMENDING MOOD – All nine Texas constitutional amendments were favored by Wise County voters including Prop. 6 dealing with the use of rainy day funds for water projects. It was approved by 68 percent of Wise County voters. All eight other amendments also passed the statewide election.

FULL ELECTION RESULTS ONLINE – All of the final vote totals for Wise County are featured online at WCMess.com/election. More election coverage will be featured in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

RAIN TOTALS – Rainfall amounts in the past 24 hours include 1.55 inches in Alvord, 1 in Chico, 0.75 in Rhome, 0.4 in Greenwood and 0.36 in Decatur.

CARE FALL FESTIVAL – The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) Third Annual Fall Festival will take place the next two weekends. The animal sanctuary is located at 245 County Road 3422 in Bridgeport. The festival will include raffle prizes, games and prizes for kids, the opportunity to give the cats presents and pumpkins to play with, photos, special tours, cookies and cider and tiger tug-of-war (for ages 18 and up). A minimum donation of $10 for children 12 and under and $20 for adults is suggested. Event times are Saturdays at noon and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1. For more information, visit www.carerescuetexas.com. Read more about CARE and another fund raising opportunity in a story in the midweek Messenger.

FOUNDATION BANQUET – The Bridgeport Education Foundation annual banquet and auction fundraiser is 6 p.m. Saturday in the Bridgeport High School commons. Tables of 8 are available at $300, or tickets are $30 each or $50 a pair. Live and silent auction items are also being accepted. For more information, call 940-683-5124.

OFFICE CLOSING – The Wise County Attorney’s Office will be closed today through Friday for training and Monday, Nov. 11, for Veteran’s Day.

COLLEGE NIGHT – More than 40 colleges and universities will be represented at College Night 5-7 tonight at Weatherford College Wise County. Students and parents from all Wise County high schools are invited to attend. There will be a financial aid presentation for parents of seniors at 6 p.m. in room 204. For more information, call WCWC at 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

SENIOR CENTER YARD SALE – The Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller, will hold a Mega Yard Sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. A beans and cornbread meal, including drink and dessert, will be for sale for $4. Donations will be accepted before Friday.

CHASE VIDEO ONLINE – Dash cam video from last Friday night’s chase through Wise and Denton counties can be found online at WCMess.com/chase. The full story is featured in the midweek Messenger.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS — The Decatur Lady Eagles won their bi-district playoff game against Aubrey Tuesday, 25-17, 25-12, 25-9. They will take on Bonham at Gainesville High School Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the area round. The Boyd Lady Jackets won their bi-district playoff game last night over No. 16 Grandview 14-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17. It’s the first postseason win in program history.

FUNERALS – Service for Jean Bush, 88, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Father’s House, between Bridgeport and Decatur, with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Roy Tackel, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mildred Gray Anderson, 99, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Billie E. Linden Bowers, 81, of Aurora will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Bobby Jewel Clarkston, 86, of White Settlement. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.