Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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FIRE DESTROYS 2 HOMES, VEHICLES – A property in the 200 block of County Road 1637 just west of Chico turned into a raging inferno after catching fire around 11 p.m. Monday. Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said he believes there were three mobile homes on the property, and two of them burned, as well as several cars. Seven adults and one child lived in the two homes, but all escaped the blaze, according to Doughty. Four years ago 14-year-old Christopher Conn died in a fire in the 200 block of CR 1637. Doughty said he thinks it was the same address. Fire departments on scene at midnight included Chico, Sand Flat, Crafton, Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport. At that time Decatur, Alvord and Paradise fire departments were on their way with tankers. The fire is under investigation. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it’s available.

MAN HIT ON U.S. 81/287 – A 25-year-old man was hit by a car Monday night while running across U.S. 81/287 in Decatur near Chicken Express. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Rodney Crawley, 25, of Norman, Okla., was crossing the southbound lanes of the highway, from east to west, just after 6:30 p.m. when he was hit by a small Cadillac SUV. Hoskins said Norma Phayer, 67, of Decatur had just entered the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from the Farm Road 51 South on-ramp when she hit Crawley. Hoskins said Phayer simply didn’t see Crawley. No charges will be filed. According to the police chief, Crawley likely has a broken femur, but his injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital via ground ambulance by Wise County medics.

BOYD TRUSTEES SPLIT ON BHS PRINCIPAL – After emerging from a near three-hour closed session Monday night, Boyd ISD trustees turned in a split vote on extending the contract of Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster. The board voted 3-3, meaning Foster’s current two-year contract will have just one year left. Foster has been with the district since December 2016. She was previously the principal for two years at Tom Bean High School. “Sometimes this happens in the school business,” Superintendent Ted West said. “We need to look at things a little bit differently at the high school. Dr. Foster has been here for about a year and half now. She’s implemented some things at that school and I would say some of the things they’ve done have not been received very well. We’re going to have to take a look at some of the things we’re doing and fix the things that need to be fixed. I have full faith in Dr. Foster.” After the lengthy time behind closed doors, trustees approved one-year extensions for Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice, Boyd Elementary Principal Anke Bracey, Boyd Intermediate Principal Daniel Bourgeois and Director of College and Career Readiness James McDonald.

BROCK BEATS PARADISE – The Paradise Lady Panthers lost to Brock 61-49 in the bi-district round last night. In other results, the Alvord Bulldogs fell to Poolville 52-32. They will be the third seed out of District 11-2A and will take on Lindsay in the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. To be eligible, children must be American Indian, an Alaskan native, underinsured, no insurance or on Medicaid. Bring the child’s shot record and Medicaid card. CHIPS is not accepted. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale Wednesday at Legend Bank. Chocolate dipped strawberries will be sold at both Decatur and Alvord locations for $20/dozen. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

GATE NOMINATIONS – Nominations are now being accepted for the Paradise GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) program for students in K-11th grades. The deadline for nominations is Thursday. Nomination forms can be found at www.pisd.net or picked up at any campus office. Contact Carla Gentry cgentry@pisd.net or 940-969-5046.

CANDIDATE FORUM – Wise County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum 6:30-8 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. Chamber Board Chairman Chip Kowalski of Paradise said each candidate will have one minute to introduce themselves, and then candidates will rotate between tables, visiting with guests in small groups. Buy tickets to the event online at wisecountychamber.com. Cost is $12.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry Martin will speak on the importance of leadership in a camp.

ASH WEDNESDAY – The First United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Decatur will both have Ash Wednesday services Wednesday. They will have a drive through imposition of ashes in the parking lot of the Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., 6:30-9 a.m., and both will hold traditional services at 6 p.m.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald North, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Nolen Griffeth, 79, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lindy Petty, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Doyle Wood, 84, of Justin is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Denny McConnell, 51, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen at 2 p.m.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Ray Case, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lillie Mae McClanahan, 76, of Chico is pending at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home.

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