CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS FILED – Candidates filed semiannual campaign finance reports Wednesday as required by the Texas Ethics Commission, and Republican county judge candidate, J.D. Clark, reported the most contributions with $4,330. He reported $4,111.18 in expenditures. Bridgeport Mayor Keith McComis, also running for county judge in the Republican primary, reported $1,400 in contributions and $2,835.90 in expenditures. Judge candidate Kyle Stephens had no contributions and $2,936.10 in expenditures. Clay Poynor, who is running for re-election as Precinct 4 justice of the peace in the Republican primary, has spent more than any candidate with $5,941.19 in expenditures. He reported no contributions. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow also topped the list of big spenders with $4,273.29 in expenditures and $500 in contributions. The reports filed this week included money collected and spent between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
KING NAMED TO SEISMIC ACTIVITY COMMITTEE – Representative Phil King, the Weatherford Republican who represents Wise and Parker counties in the Texas House, has been named to a newly-formed committee tasked with investigating a series of earthquakes that have occurred recently in the Azle area. Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), chairman of the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources, announced yesterday the formation of the Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, which will be chaired by the Vice Chair of Energy Resources Myra Crownover (R-Denton) and will also include Representatives Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) and Chris Paddie (R-Marshall). The subcommittee will try to determine if oil and gas or disposal wells in the area are connected with the recent quakes. The Texas Railroad Commission recently announced their intent to hire a seismologist to further investigate the issue.
MURDER CASE FEATURED ON SHOW – An Oklahoma murder case involving a suspect caught in Wise County last month will be featured in tonight’s season premiere of “Cold Justice.” The show will air at 7 on TNT. Investigators with the show assisted Altus, Okla., police with the case of Tracy Lynn Allen, who disappeared in 2001 and was presumed dead. A murder warrant for her ex-husband, Garland Paul Allen, was issued in November, and Allen was eventually found hiding out in a rural area near Boyd.
RELAY FOR LIFE – The first team captains’ meeting for Relay For Life of Wise County is 7:30 p.m. Monday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. The topic is fundraising. For more information, contact Stephanie at 940-393-3165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will hear from Bob Williams, a long-time amateur paleontologist from Valley View, at the club’s next meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Williams will describe his experiences collecting, identifying and donating fossil and prehistoric finds. The meeting will begin with a pot luck supper and will end with a rock auction. Visitors are welcome.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – A diabetes support group sponsored by Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday in the education room at WRHS. Dr. Brad Faglie, pharmacist Raja Salfiti and nurse Freda Kelley will be in attendance. Anyone who is coming for the first time should arrive at 6:15. Call Chris McKown of Renew Home Health at 940-395-7205 for more information.
BUNCO NIGHT – Boyd Education Foundation Bunco Night is 6:30 tonight at the Boyd Middle/Intermediate School Cafeteria at 550 Knox Ave. Cost is $20 at the door, and there will be a silent gift basket auction. Food and drinks will be provided. All proceeds benefit the foundation and help provide classroom enrichment through grants.
DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum followed by a Dutch treat lunch at Catfish O’harlies.
BASEBALL REGISTRATION – The Decatur Baseball League will hold Spring season registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur City Hall conference room facing Harmon Park at 201 E. Walnut. Bring your birth certificate. Call 940-231-6075 or email email@example.com for more information.
FUNERALS – Service for Teddy H. Johnson, 80, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.
MEMORIAL for Tony Fuller, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at the Fuller home. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
GRAVESIDE service for David Ray Jones, 65, of Chico is 1 p.m. Saturday at Ball Knob Cemetery in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Verna Margaret Holloway, 95, of Decatur is 2:30 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial at Ephrata Cemetery in Ephrata, Wash. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
FUNERAL for Bobby Joe Bullard, 77, of Newark is 11 a.m. Monday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.