Month in Review for Octber 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Man arrested in wildfire case

Robert Charles Russell was arrested Oct. 4 and charged with arson causes bodily injury, a first degree felony, in connection with the large wildfire Aug. 3 that burned approximately 450 acres near County Road 2391 near Alvord.

Russell, 55, was arrested at a travel trailer where he had been living on the Barclay Salvage yard property. The salvage yard was heavily damaged in the fire.

Rhome officer drowns in Kentucky

Rhome Police Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, drowned Oct. 9 while swimming in Lake Cumberland in Southern Kentucky.

Adair’s remains were recovered in 125 feet of water by rescue squads from Boone County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources after six days of searching.

Adair worked in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.

Fatality accidents

Three people lost their lives on Wise County roadways in October.

On Oct. 3, Ross Steven Moore of Decatur was killed on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3294 when his 2002 Buick passenger car veered from the southbound lane into the northbound lane and was struck by a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup.

Cynthia Thompson, 54, of Wichita Falls died after her car hydroplaned and struck a guardrail on U.S. 81/287 in Rhome Oct. 24.

Tiffany Ann Rosario, 36, of Houston was killed Oct. 28 on U.S. 81/287 when she attempted to pass another vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway and collided with the tractor trailer.

Two other Wise County residents died in accidents outside the county.

Michael Wheeler, 55, of Paradise was killed when he took evasive action on his 2017 Yamaha motorcycle to try to avoid a passenger car that failed to yield the right of way on Texas 199 in Parker County and struck the right rear of the vehicle.

Emaley Swanzy died in an accident on U.S. 380 about nine miles east of Jacksboro when her vehicle struck a wild hog and crashed.

Boyd OKs pact with developer

After nine months of talks and negotiating, the Boyd city council approved the pre-development agreement with developer Bob Shelton Oct. 29 for the 595- to 650-home Spring Hill South addition on 153 arces on Cemetery Road. In the agreement, the city will create a public improvement district (PID) for the development that will pay back the bonds for infrastructure. A tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) will also be established, which will allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. The city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds.


8,395 votes cast in the first five days of early voting in Wise County.

7.87 inches of rain fell in Decatur in October. It followed the 10.15 inches that fell in September. For the year, there’s been a total of 34.34 inches.

74 years after Army Sergeant James Kenneth Park went missing in World War II his remains were returned to Bridgeport Oct. 25.

15 straight years for the Decatur Lady Eagles cross country team to qualify for the state meet after finishing second in the 4A Region I race Oct. 22.


“It’s kind of like count your blessings in the midst of a trial. You don’t want to get hit in the head, but if you are going to get hit in the head, I guess it kind of went well.”
Samantha Boswell recounting how she escaped with only a broken nose after being hit in the head after a piece of metal crashed through her windshield.

“Of all the principals I’ve been associated with in my career, he’s number one. He was a man of honor and character. He understood the chain of command and he was loyal.”
Former Decatur ISD Superintendent Kenneth McKay on J.E. Carson, who died Oct. 1.

“I said, ‘Cut it all off. I don’t even want these suckers on here. I’m terrified after seeing what my mom and aunt went through.”
Wendy Moreland on choosing to have an elective double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation.

“Right after my idiot brain decided to throw a pass on fourth down on the goal line, I apologized to the whole offense and told them it was my fault. I told them when we get the stop, we’ll go down, and we’ll go for two to make it up to you.”
Decatur coach Mike Fuller on choosing to go for the game-winning two-point try in the Eagles’ 22-21 victory over Wichita Falls Hirschi.

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