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Update for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to domestic violence. Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle, 27, of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with a second degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third degree felony of assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said he was made aware on Monday of a domestic violence incident involving Whittle that occurred the previous evening in Alvord. It was later determined a second incident happened on Monday in Decatur. Whittle was accused of choking his wife and threatening her with a gun during the two incidents. Akin said the investigation was turned over to Texas Ranger Jeremy Wallace. The Decatur Police Department is also investigating the case. Akin said Whittle has been fired. “The Wise County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a high standard, and we cannot allow violations of the law or of our policies,” Akin stated in a news release. The sheriff added that he is “proud of the many fine women and men who continue to wear the WCSO uniform and represent what a professional sheriff’s office should be.” Whittle had been serving as the school resource officer for Alvord ISD. He remained in the Wise County Jail Wednesday morning with bond set at $80,000.

BOYD AND DEVELOPER NEAR PACT – City of Boyd officials and the developer of the proposed Spring Hill South Addition expect to sign off on the pre-annexation development agreement next month. After discussing some finer points of the agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting with Bob Shelton and his engineer Thomas Fletcher of Kimley Horn, Mayor Rodney Holmes said he is confident it will be ready for approval at the Oct. 2 meeting. Shelton after the meeting said he hopes to close on the 153 acres off Cemetery Road within 60 days. If the pre-annexation development agreement is approved next month, Fletcher said dirt could start moving next summer for the first phase of the development, which is slated to have 171 homes. At buildout, the development will have between 595 and 650 homes.

COUNCIL GRANTS LEAVE – The Boyd city council approved a leave of absence through the start of 2019 for council member Vince Estel, who works for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently having to fill in on second shift until the end of the year.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Yesterday’s volleyball results include the following: Northwest beat Wichita Falls Rider 3-2, Decatur beat Celina 3-1, Bridgeport beat Bowie 3-2, Boyd beat Peaster 3-0, Paradise beat Breckenridge 3-1, Alvord beat Saint Jo 3-1 and Chico beat Bluff Dale 3-0.

JUST A TEST – The City of Decatur will test its storm sirens at noon today, weather permitting.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss Medicare and Medicare supplements. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB – Wise Health Better Breathers Club, a club for all lung patients and their families and caregivers, will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. This month’s topic is “Patient Independence” by registered respiratory therapist Angie Brunkhardt. Food will be provided.

DHS CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1978 is celebrating its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Friday at the home of Stan Shults and 6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ronnie Hale. Call Shults at 817-690-6461 for more information.

PUBLIC LANDS WORK DAY – Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers will hold a Public Lands Work Day at Black Creek Campground on the LBJ National Grasslands 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. TX BHA will provide lunch to all participants. Projects will include replacing railroad ties to prevent soil erosion into Black Creek at the campground, installing a gate to prevent illegal road access, cleaning trash from along the lake and parking lots, and potentially other tasks depending on turnout and weather. For more information visit Texas BHA on Facebook or Instagram or contact Todd Basile: Basile.todd@gmail.com or 817-739-3580.

ALL-STATE RECOGNITION – Bridgeport High School will honor past all-state members of the football team (or their parents) during halftime of BHS’s homecoming game against Gainesville Sept. 28. If you would like to take part, email Coach Shannon Wilson at swilson@bridgeportisd.net or Collin White at mwhite@bridgeportisd.net.

FUNERALS – Service for Garland Ray Lipsey, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Eileen Price, 76, of Rhome. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Allen Lee Shaffer, 81, of Granbury, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Louise King, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy “Lightning” Wright, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. today at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks.