NEWSPAPER HONORS – Messenger reporter Racey Burden was named “Journalist of the Year” at the annual convention of the North and East Texas Press Association in Granbury over the weekend. Photographer Joe Duty was presented the coveted Sam C. Holloway memorial award for journalism excellence. Duty is the fourth Messenger employee to receive the award in the past 44 years. Earlier winners were Ken Roselle, Skip Nichols and Roy Eaton. The Messenger won first place in General Excellence, first place in feature photos and first place in news photos. The paper won second place honors in column writing, sports coverage, editorials and page design plus third place in sports writing, feature writing and advertising.
BULLS SOCCER HEADS TO REGIONALS – Jesus Aguilar scored two goals, and Bridgeport added two more second half goals from Miguel Olmos and Milton Iniguez to seal a 4-1 victory over Stephenville at Aledo Friday. “[Aguilar] is playing on another level right now,” said Bridgeport coach C.J. Cartwright. “He had a big-time goal in that first half. The kid works his butt off and he’s humble. I couldn’t be happier for him.” With the win, Bridgeport advances to the 4A regional semifinal. They will take on Midlothian Heritage at 4 p.m. Friday at Birdville ISD’s Fine Arts and Athletic Complex. It is the second consecutive year the Bulls have made it to the regional tournament.
EAGLES FALL IN QUARTERFINALS – San Elizario beat Decatur for the second straight year in the 4A soccer regional quarterfinal, topping the Eagles 5-0 Saturday in Midland. Decatur ends its season at 16-11-2
ABWN MEETING – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Tuesday. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Speaker is The Snow Sisters. Bring business cards to network and a door prize for the scholarship raffle.
WISE HOOPS TOURNAMENT – The deadline to register for the 16th annual Wise Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is 6 p.m. Thursday. The tournament is Friday at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in is at 5 p.m., and games start at 5:30. Register at eventsdjwc.com. Call Meagan Hood at 940-389-0994 for more information.
TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6:30 p.m. today. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. Also bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at wcmess.com/taxaide. Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.
COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. For information call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.
BRIDGEPORT PRE-K REGISTRATION – Pre-K registration for Bridgeport Elementary students that are 4 or will be 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2018, is 3:45-5 p.m. today in the BES cafeteria. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, social security card, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.) and a photo I.D. of the adult enrolling the child. Call the office at 940-683-5955.
FUNERALS – Service for Bobby Rodden, 77, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Joyce Wetsel, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
MEMORIAL service for Cindy Dobyns, 61, of Sunset will be held at later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.
MEMORIAL service for Tammy Myers, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.
FUNERAL for Aubrey “A.V.” Houchins, 100, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
SERVICES for Anna Benson, 87, of Paradise and Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Springtown are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Roy L. Manly, 83, of Bowie. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Doris Jo Schwieger, 80, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones-Decatur.