Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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PRIMARY ELECTION DAY – Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 25 voting locations around Wise County today for the primary election. A full list of polling locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now and can also be found at votewise.org. Results will be posted as they are available tonight at wcmessenger.com/election, and full coverage will be featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger. The Messenger will hold an election watch party tonight. Candidates and the public are invited to watch the numbers roll in at the Messenger office, 115 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Doors open at 7.

SANDERS NAMED CHICO AD – Chico ISD announced Clayton Sanders as its next athletic director and head football coach by a unanimous vote of 7-0 at Monday’s school board meeting. Sanders served as Chico’s defensive coordinator last season in his first year with the team. He is also the Lady Dragons’ softball coach. Sanders takes over for Lane Wilson, who was relieved of his coaching duties at the end of January. Sanders will be paid $80,000 annually. His duties as athletic director begin Tuesday. He will be paid at a daily rate until July 1, at which time he will be given a one-year probationary contract, which is standard for the district, per Chico Superintendent Don Elsom. Elsom said Sanders beat out 80 other applicants for the job.

CROWD TURNS OUT FOR TOWN HALL – Northwest ISD officials spent nearly two hours discussing the proposed attendance boundary change and its effect on Chisholm Trail Middle School Monday during a town hall meeting. The meeting was exactly a week after the school board split 3-3 on the proposed boundary. They are slated to meet again Wednesday to consider the boundary along with attendance zones for several elementary schools. Parents filled the Chisholm Trail library to share their concerns about the enrollment of the campus being cut to under 500 students with the boundary between Chisholm Trail and Adams Middle School, which will open in the fall, set at the Wise-Tarrant county line. Concerns ranged from the staffing, athletics, programs offered and additional funding. “The concern is the future of Chisholm. In a district like ours, growing as dynamically as we are, we’re going to have conversations like this about some campus every year. I love this conversation and listening to people that have this type of passion about this campus and love this campus,” said Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren.

THEFT TURNS INTO PURSUIT – Wise County Sheriff’s deputies patrolling in the area of Wise County Park yesterday afternoon saw a couple of men loading metal salvaged from the Marlett property on Farm Road 2952 near Chico, and when they approached the men, the two ran off. Deputies and officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety searched the area and were able to locate one suspect nearby. Kevin Royce Jones of Chico was arrested for theft of material (aluminum/bronze/copper/brass) less than $30,000. The second suspect, identified as Fred Anthony, also of Chico, was not caught. He will face the same charges, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said, and will also be charged with a parole warrant.

HOME AND LAWN SHOW – The Wise County Home and Lawn Show is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center.

DINNER WITH MAYORS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold the Dinner with the Mayors 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 22 at the Decatur Women’s Building, 3101 S. FM 51. Wise County mayors will be giving the latest information on their city and plans for the next year. Prepay is $25 and tickets are $30 at the door.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – Weatherford College has opened its online scholarship application system for 2018-19 academic year scholarships provided by the WC Foundation. To start the application process, students should visit wc.edu/scholarships and use their existing “MyWC” login credentials to enter the system. Students must have completed the overall WC application to apply for scholarships. Deadline is March 24. The scholarships will begin in the fall 2018 semester and many awards will renew for spring 2019, pending fall grade point averages.

FUNERALS – Service for Michael Bull, 67, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Gloria Eller, 60, of Runaway Bay is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ruben Dunlap, 20, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at The Mexican Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Tim Taylor, 68, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for William Hughes, 65, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jerry Sherman, 73, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Tommy King of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Mary Katherine Carpenter, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.

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