STORY LEAVING DECATUR – Decatur football coach and athletic director Kyle Story is leaving after 15 seasons to become the first coach at Frisco Independence. Frisco ISD trustees approved the contract for Story Monday. The coach compiled a record of 109-58 in 15 seasons, leading the Eagles to seven district titles. His squad finished 9-4 this past year and reached the third round of the playoffs. Read more in the midweek edition of the Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
BASKETBALL PLAYER KILLED – The 16-year-old Northwest student killed in a two-vehicle accident Monday evening near the high school has been identified as Katelyn ShyAnn Hooper of Haslet. Hooper was driving a passenger car traveling south on Farm Road 156 when it was struck by a northbound three-quarter ton pickup. It appears the driver of the pickup, 31-year-old April Seleska of Denton, lost control and crossed the centerline. Seleska and a passenger in Hooper’s car, Brianna Christensen of Haslet, were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. Hooper and Christensen were both players on the Northwest girls varsity basketball team. Additional counseling staff was to be on hand today as students return to class. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
PLAYOFFS BEGIN – After a weather delay, the girls high school basketball playoffs will start tonight for Wise County teams. Decatur will take on Aubrey at 7 at Flower Mound Marcus. Paradise plays Godley at 6 in Weatherford with Alvord taking on Maypearl at 8 on the same court. Boyd will face off against Grandview at 6:30 in Aledo. Slidell plays Savoy at 7 in Whitesboro. Follow @wcmsports on Twitter for updates. Scores and recaps to be posted on www.wcmsports.com.
CHICO TO PLAY TIEBREAKER – The Chico Dragons will play Santo at 6 in Poolville for the second playoff seed out of District 11-A. The two teams split their district meetings.
WARM UP – Our latest winter weather event appears to be over, and temperatures should warm into the upper 40s today and then into the 60s for the rest of the week. All schools and government offices are open at normal times today.
MOBILE HEALTH – The Texas Health Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program will be in Bridgeport Friday performing well woman exams, mammograms and colon cancer screenings. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-855-318-7696. They will see patients both with and without insurance.
HEART HEALTH EXPO – Wise Regional Health System will hold the third annual Heart Health Expo 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. It will include informational booths, free health screenings, presentations and demonstrations and a panel discussion featuring local cardiac providers. A light lunch will be provided noon-1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Alyssa Yancey at 940-626-3850.
BRIDGEPORT YOUTH SPORTS – Bridgeport Youth Association will have baseball/softball/soccer sign-ups for ages 4-14 Saturday, Feb. 15, at the concession stand at the ball fields and Feb. 22 at the Community Center on Lawdwin Street by the baseball fields. For more information, check out the website www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com or call Jared McComis at 940-399-7530.
BASEBALL FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Eagles Baseball Booster Club will hold a home run derby 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the high school baseball fields. Meet the junior varsity and varsity baseball teams. Concessions and a hamburger meal will be available. Donations will be accepted for the booster club. An alumni game will be played at noon Saturday.
REALTOR LUNCHEON – Greater Denton Wise County Association of Realtor Wise County Realtor Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. RSVP online at www.GDWCAR.com.
ADULT ART CLASS – An eight-week adult drawing course begins this week at Decatur Public Library. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, beginning today, 1-3:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library to sign up. Classes are free and open to anyone 18 years or older.
FUNERALS – Memorial service for Staci Aliette Dean, 35, of Fort Worth is 4 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Mary Kathleen Clark, 69, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
NO SERVICE for Marlene Burns, 70, of Paradise is scheduled at this time. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Byrl D. “Butch” Proctor, 82, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
SERVICES for Elsie Davis, 68, of Azle and Christian Conn of Chico are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.