Month in Review for November 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Decatur Eagles win state cross country title

The Decatur Eagles held off second-place Andrews by two points, winning the 4A cross country title 90-92 in Round Rock Nov. 3.

It was Decatur’s first title since 2012 and fifth cross country crown.

Tier 2 passes

Voters overwhelmingly passed the Tier 2 measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that put a halt to involuntary annexation in Wise County.

The measure passed 15,289 to 4,567 and will require property owners to be given an opportunity to approve any involuntary annexation.

Before the vote only home-rule cities could involuntary annex property.

A large turnout in the mid-term election leaned heavily Republican. On their way to victories, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Representative for District 12 Kay Granger, U.S. Representative for District 13 Mac Thornberry, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Senator for District 30 Pat Fallon carried the Wise County vote.

Voters in Aurora passed the local alcohol proposition, as well as the city of Rhome’s sewer improvements bond.

The Wise County Water Supply District’s election to expand its taxing authority into newly-annexed service area failed 777 to 735.

Woman arrested for embezzling more than $500,000

Robin Anne Garrett, 46, of Bridgeport was charged with theft greater than $300,000, a first degree felony; theft $150,000 to $300,000, a second degree felony; and theft $2,500 to $30,000 enhanced, a third degree felony.

She was accused of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from James Wood; his son, Raymond Wood; and daughter Janetta Killen.

Garrett served as a certified public accountant employed to handle personal business accounts for the family and not the car dealership accounts. She was also the campaign treasurer for her husband, incoming Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Willie Garrett, who was elected to the position Nov. 6.

Murder indictment handed down

Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, of Rhome was indicted by a Wise County grand jury for the murder of her ex-husband, Jonathan Tumbo, 40.

Officers responded to Kimani’s home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Road in the Shale Creek neighborhood east of Rhome the night of Sept. 14 after receiving a report of a possible suicide. Wise County sheriff’s deputies located Tumbo dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest inside the master bedroom closet.

Decatur volleyball wins third title

The Lady Eagles claimed the class 4A state title, dethroning defending champion Needville, 25-12, 21-25, 27-25, 25-18, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

It was the program’s third state title since 2012.

Sophomore setter Makenna Gantt finished with nine kills, dished out 16 assists and made three blocks to earn the MVP of the title match.

Decatur finished the season 38-11.

Boyd fell in the 3A title match to Callisburg in four sets.


55.84 percent of Wise County registered voters turned out to cast a vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election. It was the largest midterm turnout since 1990.

15 straight state appearances by the Decatur girls cross country team, which this year finished as the runner-up in 4A.

3 Wise County firefighters – Brandon Woodward, Michael McComis and Van Wakefield – answered the call to head to California to battle the massive, deadly wildfires.

100 approximate murders linked to Samuel Little, who was housed at Wise County Jail as investigators from around the nation interviewed him about cold cases.

21 degrees, the low temperature registered Nov. 14 by Decatur weather observer Doyle Green. For the month, the average low was 38.6 degrees and average high was 62. Just 1.19 inches of rain was recorded.


“Tell me where to sign Greg!”
Developer Bob Shelton to Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington after the city council gave its consent for Mayor Rodney Holmes to sign the development agreement for the approximately 600-home addition Spring Hill South.

“I just kept saying, with everything that was happening, by the end of the day I want to be married. I’m just happy, beyond happy. It all just came together. I could never imagine I would have a wedding like this here. I just thought we were going to get married on my gurney. It didn’t feel like a hospital wedding to me.”
Christina Crowhurst on her impromptu wedding in the chapel at Wise Health System after falling ill just before her wedding date.

“[People with special needs] can do so much more than people give them credit for. All you have to do is believe in them.”
Brenda Cottrell, director of the Community Church of Decatur’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ that will features several actors with special needs.

“Due to the dedicated and tireless work of Ranger [James] Holland and the Texas Rangers, [Samuel] Little will be confirmed as one of, it not the most, prolific serial killers in U.S. history.”
Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland on Little, who was housed in the Wise County Jail while being interrogated about cold cases around the nation.

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