Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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SELF-HARM THREAT ENDS IN ARREST — A man was arrested just before 10:45 Monday night after barricading himself in a home in the 1300 block of Wooten Street in Bridgeport around 6 p.m. Police Chief Steve Stanford said relatives of the man called police because he was making suicidal threats. At least five homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution because the man was armed. In addition to Bridgeport PD, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and a Texas Ranger responded to the scene. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

NO INTERIM CONSTABLE — Wise County commissioners decided Monday not to appoint an interim constable to replace former Precinct 3 constable, Doug Parr, who resigned earlier this month as a condition of his criminal plea deal. County Judge J.D. Clark said he and Sheriff Lane Akin and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays met and agreed the constable’s duties could temporarily be handled by county staff already in place. “One of two things will happen,” Clark said. “It will be an election that will be over in March or it will go to November. The sheriff thinks they can handle the Precinct 3 workload [at least until the primary.]” Commissioners agreed, as well as Precinct 1 Constable Dennis Hudson, who attended the meeting. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

HELP FOR THE FLOOD VICTIMS — Numerous businesses and organizations in Wise County are collecting supplies for the victims of the flooding in southeast Texas. In Decatur, Texas Custom Trailers is collecting items such as water, baby wipes, diapers, toiletries, Teddy bears, toothbrushes and toothpaste, first aid kits, LED lights (battery powered), batteries and paper goods (plates, towels, cups, etc.) today at the business, 2050 N. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Also, The Rock Church in Bridgeport will accept donations of non-perishable items at certain times over the next couple of weeks. Items such a diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bleach and bottled water can be dropped off at the church, 1401 S. Chico Highway, at the following dates and times this week and next: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Saturdays and 5-6 p.m. Sundays. Visit the Wise County Messenger’s Facebook page for more ways to donate and read more in the midweek Messenger.

DECATUR BOARD ADOPTS TAX RATE — The Decatur School Board yesterday voted to keep the district’s tax rate the same at $1.34 per $100 valuation. That includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 30 cents for the payment of debt. The board also adopted a $34.8 million budget.

NORTHWEST BOARD SETS TAX RATE — Northwest ISD trustees unanimously approved levying a $1.49 per $100 valuation total tax rate, increasing the district’s interest and sinking tax rate 4 cents as part of its May 2017 $399 million bond package. The board held a public hearing before its vote, but no citizens spoke. In other business, the board heard construction updates, including Adams Middle School and athletic improvements at several campuses. Turf fields have been completed at Rhome’s Chisholm Trail Middle School. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL — The Northwest Lady Texans take on Paschal at home tonight at 6:30. In other action, Alvord heads to Prairie Valley. Boyd travels to Azle. Bridgeport plays Breckenridge at home. Chico welcomes Vernon Northside. Decatur heads to Henrietta. Paradise welcomes Springtown.

MOSQUITO FOGGING — The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight at 8. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE — A Carter BloodCare blood drive will be held 8:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Harwood Park Pavilion. Call Natalie Bilby at 940-683-3413.

FREEDOM TEXAS — Freedom Texas is having a special public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Executive directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway will explain the new direction for Freedom Texas and the work that is being done to further the goal of Texas independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999. freedomtexas.org.

WARM CLOSED WEDNESDAY — Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Wednesday for out-of-town training. Distribution will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

FUNERALS — Service for Shirley Sue Mann, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Don “D.J.” Hoffman, 82, of Rhome. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Maurine Lovejoy, 70, of Argyle is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Charles Pellegrini, 70, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Paula J. Kersten, 82, of Runaway Bay will be 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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