UPDATE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


DECATUR TEEN KILLED IN WRECK – A Decatur High School student was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 730 north of Boyd Monday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper David Marcoux said Payten Tynsky, 16, was killed in the wreck. Tynsky’s Chevrolet Silverado was northbound on the road at about 1:45 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle and overcorrected, causing her vehicle to enter a side skid and cross into the path of a southbound Dodge pickup, Marcoux said. The Dodge’s driver swerved into the southbound shoulder to avoid the collision, but struck the Chevrolet as both entered the shoulder. Both pickups came to rest against a fence in the shoulder. Tynsky was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow. The occupants of the Dodge pickup were taken to Wise Health System via ground ambulance. Boyd Fire Department, Wise County EMS and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene.

PILOT UNINJURED IN ROUGH LANDING – A Colleyville man was uninjured after his plane slid down the runway during a landing exercise at the Decatur Municipal Airport Monday morning. Pilot Bret Stewart, a 16-year aviator, was practicing “touch-and-go” maneuvers, in which pilots land and take off on a runway without coming to a full stop, when the accident occurred. Stewart blamed the wreck on operator error. His Mooney M20E came to rest at an angle with its landing gear retracted. He was the only occupant. Captain Nate Mara with the Decatur Fire Department said the airport was briefly closed to non-essential traffic while the plane was on the runway. Firefighters remained on scene as a precaution while the plane was moved.

DOBYNS RUNNING FOR JP 2 – Ashly Coker DoByns of Decatur announced she will run for Precinct 2 justice of the peace in 2018. She will be on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary election. DoByns, who is administrative assistant to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, has worked for the department for more than 11 years, and she said running for JP is a “lifelong dream.” “I want to serve the community with respect, integrity and fairness,” she said. “I’m an honest person, and I’m fair.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

SHERIFF SUGGESTS TAX INCREASE FOR RAISES – Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin asked county commissioners last week to consider raising the tax rate 1 cent to fund a raise for sheriff’s office employees and add two jailer positions. Commissioners proposed Aug. 14 to keep the tax rate the same as last year’s – 37.89 cents per $100 valuation. Akin said a 1-cent increase would generate $600,000 more. His requests would require $220,000. “What we’re asking for is a 5-percent raise for selected employees, those folks beneath the level of chief deputy in enforcement and the jail,” he said. Akin said his office is struggling to retain employees because they can make more money at almost any other neighboring department. Commissioners balked at the idea of a tax increase with Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns saying the discrepancy in pay would never change due to the county’s proximity to the Metroplex. Akin disagreed. “See I’m a little more optimistic,” he said, “because I think we can change. I think we can do better.” A full story ran in the weekend Messenger.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Paradise Lady Panthers play their final non-district match at home tonight against Godley. Boyd travels to Ponder. Alvord welcomes in Saint Jo. Bridgeport heads to Pilot Point. Decatur will be at Chisholm Trail. Northwest plays at Haltom.

CHEER CAMP – Bridgeport Mini Cheer Camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be held after school until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the elementary and intermediate school gyms. The camp is hosted by the BHS Varsity and JV cheerleaders. Register at the door, for $30, and cheer a quarter of the Bulls home game Friday night. Text or call 940-626-9069.

UNITED WAY KICKOFF – The United Way of Wise County’s 2018 Campaign Kickoff Luncheon is Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to the Decatur Conference Center at 940-393-0280 or email lsherwood@decaturtx.org.

NO MORE DONATIONS – The Wise County Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief group is no longer taking donations at the drop-off locations. Anyone who would like to donate money, gift cards, building materials or school supplies can message the group’s Facebook page to be put in touch with an organization in Southeast Texas.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur. The meeting will feature a guest speaker.

BOOK CLUB MEETING – Decatur Public Library’s The Book Experience Book Club meets 11 a.m. today. The book for September is “Cleopatra’s Daughter” by Michelle Moran. Join the Decatur Public Library and book club members for cookies, coffee and a book. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

DECATUR PUBLIC HEARING – The Decatur City Council will hold a special meeting 6 p.m. today at city hall that will include a public hearing to receive comments regarding the ’17-18 ad valorem tax rate and ’17-18 budget. Last month, the council proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, but the council is expected to keep the current tax rate of 70.3 cents. Information about both the proposed budget and tax rate can be found on the city’s website, www.decaturtx.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Betty Ruth Simmons, 80, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Richard McClary, 68, of Boyd and Kevin Gowdy, 45, of Rockwall are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Lin Hatch, 70, and Mary Greer, 86, both of Decatur and Wyatt Russell Mabee, an infant, and Robert Rush, 70, both of Bowie are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL services for Edward Puchalski, 90, and Betty Decker, 86, both of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sue Ann Craddock, 72, of Deming, N.M., is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport. She was the mother of Jay and David Craddock.

SERVICE for Jimmy D. Sims, 76, of Colleyville is Saturday in Colleyville. He was the father of David Sims and Danny Sims, both of Decatur. Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville is handling arrangements.

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