UPDATE

Friday, November 10, 2017


Messenger photo by Richard Greene

HOME DESTROYED IN FIRE – Fire destroyed a trailer home on Airfield Road in Aurora Friday morning. The trailer at 208 Airfield Road was fully involved when the first engine from Boyd arrived at the blaze in Newark’s fire district. “Half of the mobile home was fully involved and it was spreading to the other half. Our guys went to the front door to try an interior attack, but encountered too much fire,” said Boyd Fire Chief Chris Caster. “They went all defensive.” The resident of the home was out of it when firefighters arrived. Firefighters from Newark, Rhome and Cottondale responded to the blaze. Jeff Doughty of the Wise County Fire Marshal’s office said the fire originated in the back left corner of the structure. Video from a drone flown over the trailer showed heavy roof damage in the corner. A noticeable gap was seen from the front of the structure where fire tore through it. Doughty was waiting to talk to the resident to determine the cause of the blaze. A propane tank in the rear of the structure was secured, according to Caster.

VETERANS DAY PROGRAMS – A number of Veterans Day programs will be held around the county today and Saturday. The Wise County Veterans Group will present its annual Veterans Day program 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Speaker is U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, and there will be a special tribute to World War II veterans. The Rhome Veterans Group will hold a Veterans Day ceremony 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Rhome Veterans Park. The Alvord Area Veterans will have a veterans program 9 a.m. Saturday at the Alvord Veterans Park, 1078 E. Business U.S. 81/287. The Newark Public Library invites local and county residents to their annual Veteran’s Day Program at 10:30 a.m. today at the Newark City Hall, 209 Hudson St. Guest speaker is Army veteran Sgt. Jordan Adams, a graduate from Boyd High School. Music will be provided by piano student Braden Nitka. Light refreshments will be served. Several local schools also have Veterans Day programs planned. A full list was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

PURSUIT LEADS TO ARREST – A Mineral Wells man was arrested after leading Bridgeport officers on a short pursuit on a motorcycle and then on foot near County Road 3420 Thursday afternoon. Beau Keller, 41, is facing charges of driving without a license, evading with a vehicle and resisting arrest, according to Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford. Keller was spotted at 1:58 p.m. by a Bridgeport officer on Farm Road 920 and a traffic stop was attempted. The officer chased him onto CR 3420. Keller turned into a private drive and then took the motorcycle off-road into a pasture for a mile before wrecking out on an embankment. A foot pursuit of only about 50 yards followed before the officer caught up to him. A Taser had to be used on Keller to bring him into custody at 2:05 p.m. A medic was called to the scene to check on him as a precaution. Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with the pursuit.

MORROW SEEKS SIXTH TERM – Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow announced Thursday she will run for re-election in 2018. The longtime JP will be on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. If elected, it will be her sixth term in office. Read more in the Nov. 15 Wise County Messenger.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – The final week of the regular season is tonight with several games with playoff implications for Wise County teams. Decatur heads to Sanger for a 7 p.m. kickoff for the third seed in 4-4AI. Boyd plays host to Paradise with a playoff spot in 4-3AI on the line. Chico heads to Alvord for a battle for the 5-2AI third seed. Northwest takes on Azle at home, needing a win for a possible playoff spot. Keep up with the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores.

BOYD HEADS TO REGIONALS – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets take on Alpine at 6 tonight in the 3A Region I semifinal at Lubbock Coronado High School. The winner will play for a spot at state at noon Saturday.

TOUR OF HOMES – Tickets are now on sale for the Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets may be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice or from a club member. Six homes are on this year’s tour.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host Jeffrey Payne, Democratic candidate for Texas governor, at their meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at 106 S. Trinity St. Payne will share his plans for the state and listen to the public’s concerns and ideas. For information visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

CONCERT AND MEAL – Balsora Baptist Church will have a Thanksgiving concert and meal 4 p.m. Sunday. Whitehouse Harmony of Decatur will perform.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is Nov. 17, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the hospital’s main lobby at 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur. It will include a bake sale, fresh poinsettia sale, a gift shop, silent auction and quilt raffle. A $5 lunch special will also be offered 11 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring a chili bowl, baked potato bar or salad bar with homemade desserts and beverages. Proceeds go toward new hospital equipment.

MATTRESS SALE – The Decatur High School band is having a mattress sale 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the high school band hall.

BAKE SALE – Bridgeport Varsity Cheer Boosters will host a bake sale at First Financial Bank of Bridgeport at 9 a.m. today.

SOCK RUN – The Wise County Sock Run is Sunday. The motorcycle ride will start at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 109 N. State St. in Decatur, at 1 p.m., and the ride will try to visit all six nursing homes in Decatur and Bridgeport. Each rider is asked to bring at least one new package of socks to deliver to the residents. Call Jeff Honeycutt at 817-980-1981 or Bobby Slaughter at 940-393-2373.

INDOOR SOCCER – The Bridgeport Class of 2022 is hosting an indoor 5-on-5 soccer tournament Saturday at Bridgeport Middle School. Early registration is $75 per team for 6U through adult divisions. Call Eric Macias, 940-399-7314; or visit the Bridgeport Class of 2022 Facebook page.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – A benefit golf tournament Swinging for Stacey benefiting Stacey Webb will take place Saturday at The Golf Club at The Resort in Fort Worth. Registration is 11 a.m. with tee time at noon. A benefit concert and dinner will take place after the tournament with cocktails at 5 p.m. and the buffet open at 6 p.m. The event will also feature a concert by Pat Waters and the Chainlink Band and an auction. Tickets are $50 per person. Call Robin Kemplin at 940-210-9902 or Billy Webb at 940-613-3624 for tickets and more information.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will host its quarterly breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast is free but donations are appreciated. The lodge will be serving biscuits and sausage gravy, milk, coffee and orange juice.

EARLY EDITION – Due to the Veterans Day holiday, the Wise County Messenger newspaper was printed a day early. Copies of the weekend Messenger are on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Services for Kenneth Stone, 84, of Decatur and Mark Hancock, 66, of Denton are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Susan Miank, 68, of Justin is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Joseph Jordan, 72, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Karl “K.C.” Schoenthal, 54, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Richland Hills with burial at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Billy Ray Williams II, 22, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Belinda Hooper, 60, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Eula Mae Cook, 93, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

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