MURDER INDICTMENT – A Boonsville man has been indicted for murder and concealing a human corpse by a Wise County grand jury. Kris Edward Rau, 51, is accused of shooting his girlfriend, Lianne Allyson Murray, in the head April 14 on their property in the 1100 block of County Road 3838. The incident was originally investigated as a suicide, but Wise County Sheriff David Walker said evidence was uncovered during the investigation that indicated Rau was responsible for the death. He was originally arrested in May for tampering with evidence, and the murder charge was added in June. He is being held at the Wise County Jail with bond set at $1.5 million. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.
RUE NAMED SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR – Northwest ISD Superintendent Karen Rue has been named the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year. The award is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. Region 11 serves 77 school districts and 55 charter schools in the north central Texas area. Rue is one of 20 regional winners in the state. The state committee will interview regional winners in Austin Aug. 22-23 and select five finalists. The state Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the TASA/TASB convention Sept. 26 in Dallas.
JUNE WETTEST MONTH IN 2 YEARS – Wise County recorded 5.01 inches of rainfall for June, according to weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur. That is the highest monthly total since the 6.96 inches recorded in March of 2012. The area received more than a half-inch of rain on five different days last month, including 1.5 inches June 24. That brings the year-to-date total to 12.87 inches, still nearly 8 inches below normal for the year. Temperatures for the month ranged from a high of 93 on June 7 to a low of 58 on June 11.
TRUCK TRAFFIC RESTRICTED – Wise County commissioners decided Monday to restrict truck traffic on County Road 2474 in Precinct 2. The action comes after a public hearing on the issue prior to its regular meeting June 16. Mike Pirtle was the only resident who attended the public forum, and he spoke in favor of closing the road to trucks. He described the road, saying it’s only 16 feet across at the widest point, and one quarter-mile section is only 10 feet wide. He said the road has seen an increase in recreational use in recent years as an entrance to the LBJ National Grasslands, but his main concern was the possibility of increased oil and gas truck traffic.
DEVON SELLS ASSETS – Devon Energy announced yesterday it is selling all of its non-core U.S. oil and gas properties to Houston-based Linn Energy for $2.3 billion. Those assets include properties in the Rockies, onshore Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions of the U.S. The transaction will reduce the company’s net debt by more than $4 billion, according to a statement issued by the company. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.
DECATUR SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Decatur will conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes tonight. The spraying will begin at approximately 10 p.m. Target areas include: Thousand Oaks Subdivision and immediate surrounding area. The pesticide being used to spray is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during spraying. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.
BOYD SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Boyd will spray for mosquitoes at 8 p.m. tonight and Wednesday.
PATRIOTIC POOL NIGHT – The Bridgeport City Pool will hold “Born in the USA” night 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $2. For more information call 940-683-3480 or 940-683-4344.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Roy Lynn Sweatman, 66, of Boonsville is 5 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for James Sermons, 82, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Carrie Ann Lavohn, 45, of Sanger is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins.
GRAVESIDE service for Charles Bryan Cobb Jr., 60, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.
MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louise (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Coker-Hawkins.
SERVICE for Cora Lou St. John, 78, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for Clarence Dalton Cook, 94, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-11 a.m. prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Landry Grace Godwin, the 5-day-old infant daughter of Brandon and Jessica Godwin of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.
SERVICE for Martha Keath, 103, formerly of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.