ERVIN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS – A Springtown man found guilty of using his vehicle as a deadly weapon while leading pursuing officers on a 30-minute, high-speed chase across Wise County last September was given a 10-year prison sentence Tuesday. Chad Everett Ervin, 27, was found guilty of evading arrest with a vehicle by a Wise County jury on May 7. Ervin elected to have District Judge John Fostel issue the sentence, and the brief sentencing portion of the trial was yesterday morning. Since the jury found that Ervin used his vehicle as a deadly weapon during the pursuit last Labor Day, he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.
PRIMARY RUNOFF RESULTS – Wise County results mirrored the state-wide results in yesterday’s Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff elections. Local and statewide winners included Republicans Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor, Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner, Ken Paxton for Attorney General and Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner and Democrats Jim Hogan for Agriculture Commissioner and David Alameel for U.S. Senate. Local voter turnout was 6 percent.
TUESDAY RAIN TOTALS – Yesterday’s rain totals included 1.75 inches in Bridgeport, 1.1 in Paradise, 0.4 in Alvord, 0.29 in Decatur, 0.25 in Greenwood and 0.19 in Rhome. A slight chance or rain remains in today’s forecast.
CANCER SURVIVOR DAY – Wise Regional Health System and the Cancer Center at Wise Regional will celebrate Cancer Survival Day 10 a.m.-noon Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. Caregivers, friends and families are invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 940-626-2300.
ADULT ART CLASS – Create your own art pieces this summer with soft dough sculpture, embroidery and more at Decatur Public Library. Beginning June 2, the class meets Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for 10 weeks and features a variety of 3-D art styles. It is taught by local artist Alexandra Dupuis. To register, visit the Library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South or call 940-393-0290.
DRIVER’S ED – Driver’s education classes at Decatur High School begin Friday, June 6 at the McCarroll Middle School Multi-purpose Building. Class fee is $75, and driving fee is $225. Pay at the first floor of Decatur High School. Participants must be 15 years old by June 21. For information, call 940-393-7200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Project Graduation golf tournament is 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost for the four-man scramble is $250 per team or $75 per player, which includes breakfast. Organizers are still seeking hole sponsorships for $100. Prizes will be given for closest to the pins and long drives. For information, call Jennifer Heathington at 940-229-9010 or email her at email@example.com.
KARATE TOURNAMENT – The Monica Lopez Open Karate Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. There will be a black belt meeting at 9 a.m. and a rules meeting at 9:30 a.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m. in the following age divisions: 5 and under, 6 and 7 years, 8 and 9 years, 10 and 11 years, 12 and 13 years, 14 and 15 years, 16 and 17 years and all adults. To register or for information, call Stephen Starnes at 940-255-2038. Proceeds benefit Monica Lopez, who is battling stage 4 breast cancer.
GRADUATION SECTION - Today’s Wise County Messenger and All Around Wise features our annual Graduation special section.
FUNERALS – Service for Lou Vee Bridges, 85, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.
MEMORIAL service for John H. Peugh, 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.
GRAVESIDE service for Johnny Ray McDowell, 81, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. Thursday at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.