Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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POSSE CONTINUES TO SEEK REIMBURSEMENT – Wise County Sheriff’s Posse President Russell Stephens and the Posse’s attorney, Frank Newman, attended yesterday’s commissioners meeting hoping to strike a deal with county officials. The Posse continues to seek reimbursement from the county for the buildings and improvements the group has made over the years to the Wise County Fairgrounds. Newman reminded the commissioners that an appraisal of the buildings at the fairgrounds valued the facilities at $1.6 million. He said it was suggested that the county pay the Posse $1.2 million instead. “That’s the outright purchase,” he said. “We’d be glad to talk with y’all about other options. We have a thought that we’d like to continue the activities of the Posse, but we need land to do that on. We’d be glad to consider some sort of purchase of improvements in land and money perhaps.” Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White asked: “What’s wrong with our offer (for the Posse) to continue to use the fairgrounds as they always have? The Sheriff’s Posse feels like we’ve taken away their right, but we needed to do improvements down there and in order to do the improvements, we took control of the facilities. I don’t understand why we have the one issue with the Sheriff’s Posse when we don’t with anyone else.” Commissioners took no action on Newman’s suggestions. Read more about the discussion in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

PARADISE-AREA WRECK – As Update was going to press, emergency responders had been dispatched to a major accident on Texas 114 near Farm Road 51 north. Initial radio reports indicated it was a one vehicle rollover. The first units on the scene reported a vehicle on its top with two people laying outside the vehicle. A Department of Public Safety officer at the scene said an SUV driven by Brandi Salyer, 38, had pulled out of Stone Gate Drive heading eastbound Texas 114 when she noticed a pickup coming up behind her at a high rate of speed. Concerned she was about to be hit from behind, she sped up and lost traction on the roadway, causing the vehicle to run off the road and roll. She and a passenger, Kristen Cheney, 61, were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

VOTING PASSES 1,000 – After another 198 people voted early in the March 4 primary elections yesterday, the total now stands at 1,036. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday at Decatur City Hall, the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center and Rhome City Hall.

HEALTH FORUM AT COLLEGE – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.

3 ON 3 TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Class of 2018 is holding a 3 on 3 basketball tournament fundraiser at 5 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport Middle School. Cost is $100 per team. Forms are available at the tournament or can be downloaded on the Facebook page “Bridgeport Class of 2018.” For more information, call Ed Martinez at 940-399-6439.

TECHNO EXPO – The Northwest ISD third annual Techno Expo is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Northwest High School. Dinner will be served by students in the district’s Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality beginning at 5 p.m. Selected students will present and demonstrate their use of technology in the classroom during a series of more than 300 breakout sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. Topics includes animation, digital video, multimedia and website design.

STORY RECEPTION – A come-and-go reception for Decatur ISD athletic director Kyle Story is 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Decatur High School library. Story recently accepted the head football coach position at the new Frisco Independence High School.

SWEET SPIRIT NIGHT – Rann Elementary School Spirit Night at Sweet Frog in Decatur is 3-8 p.m. Thursday. Tell the cashier you are there to support Rann Elementary and 25 percent of proceeds will go to the Rann Elementary PTO for school supplies and more.

ADULT COMPUTER CLASS – Decatur Public Library begins its Spring Adult Computer Classes with Beginning Microsoft Excel 6-7:30 tonight. The class is free. Visit the library or call 940-393-0290 to register. Space is limited.

BOOK SPEED DATING – Teens ages 12 and up are invited to the Decatur Public Library’s Book Speed Dating event at 4 p.m. today. Participants will “meet” dozens of new and interesting books in quick succession, with the aim of discovering a great read that otherwise might have been overlooked. No signup is required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center for lunch, business meeting and entertainment furnished by the Decatur High School Flamenco Dancers. Anyone interested in educational matters is invited, but reservations are needed by calling 940-575-2341.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ruben R. Matta, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Juanita Cleveland, 93, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Allie Florida, 89, of Greenwood is 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Dale Cummings, 43, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Victory Family Church. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Norma Lee Montgomery Coble, 84, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Barbara Seibold, 75, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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