Taking Care of Business: New owners take swing at The Club

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
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The Club in Runaway Bay is under new ownership and is officially kicking things off Saturday with the Firecracker Open.

Daniel Cocanaugher, and his family, along with Sean Williams, are the new owners. Williams will act as general manager. They purchased The Club in April.

“Within two weeks of us buying it, we killed the greens and replaced them with Champion Bermuda,” Cocanaugher said. “It took six weeks to kill and put new grass out, but now we’ve opened the whole course.”

The Club still offers memberships, but it is open to public play for a fee. Cocanaugher said he also plans to open a fitness center on site, which will be included in a Club membership.

“I grew up around it, knowing about it and all about Runaway Bay, and since it began, it’s always been a little out-of-the-way resort community that struggled,” he said. “It was still struggling when I was looking at the golf course, and I decided it might be time for Runaway Bay to stop struggling.”

He thought if someone put effort into improving The Club and golf course, it could lead to more growth in the community. Cocanaugher said he’s also bought several lots on the golf course and plans to build townhomes.

“I have builders looking at options right now,” he said. “There seems to be a big demand for it; there’s just not any.”

New Digs 2

Realtors with Parker Properties Real Estate stand outside their newly expanded offices on Farm Road 51 South. They held an open house and mixer Tuesday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Parker Properties Real Estate expanded its office at 2200 S. Farm Road 51 to double its size.

Realtor Lisa Caraway said the new space includes a training room, a living room or lounge, four new offices and two new bathrooms.

“It’s nice to be able to spread out, and we have more space to have private conversations with clients when we have several in the office,” she said.

Caraway said the agency now includes more than 30 agents and has $55 million in sales so far this year.

Parker Properties also has an office at 206 W. Main Street in Decatur and a sub-office in Bowie.

RIBBON CUTTING — Hotel employees and community members cut the ribbon at Fairfield Inn and Suites at the Decatur Conference Center during a grand opening celebration Thursday.


The Fairfield Inn and Suites at the Decatur Conference Center this week held a grand opening celebration – Let’s Flamingle at the Fairfield. A large crowd toured the hotel and enjoyed complimentary food and beverages provided by Eighter Liquor, Marker Cellars Winery and Ezra Zion Cigars.

Hotel guests who happened to wander in for check-in were slightly confused, but they likely just joined the party.

Director of Sales Shelby Carpenter said they have been busy and things are off to a great start. She noted she’s catered to several wedding parties and their families out of the Metroplex, most of whom were getting married at the Flying V Ranch.


The Messenger received an email with the following subject line: “Fireworks and nuggets? Count us in.”

It was from Chick-fil-A! Sadly, it was not an announcement of a Wise County location, but instead a suggestion to bring nuggets to your Fourth of July celebration.

“Make your celebration complete with some of our founding flavors,” it said.

We’ve never received Chick-fil-A emails at the office … maybe this means we’re on their radar. Here’s hoping!

Days without at Chik-fil-A in Wise County: 181

Kristen Tribe is the Messenger’s assistant publisher.

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