Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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THREE RACES HEAD FOR RUNOFFS – Three local races will require runoff elections in May following Tuesday’s Republican primary. In the Precinct 2 justice of the peace race, Kim Redman and Callie Manning received the most votes out of four candidates with 31 percent and 27 percent respectively. Ashly DoByns and Tammy Sosa each received 21 percent of the vote. In the Precinct 3 constable race, Charles Applewhite received 34 percent of the vote, and Terry Terry finished second with 28 percent to advance to a runoff. Cary Mellama finished third with 21 percent, and Tony White finished fourth with 17 percent. In the Precinct 4 justice of the peace race, Todd Bailey received 36 percent of the vote. He will likely face Willie Garrett, who received 33 percent of the vote, in the runoff. Kent “Buck” Manoushagian received 31 percent of the vote. None of the races are final due to around 130 mail-in votes yet to be counted. About 80 percent of the mail-in ballots had been counted before equipment issues forced the rest of the ballots to be counted by hand. Those final numbers will be posted at WCMessenger.com/election when they are available.

LEMON HOLDS OFF SCHOOLING FOR COUNTY CLERK – Sherry Lemon was voted to an eighth term as county clerk, defeating Julie Schooling 54 percent to 46 percent in the Republican primary. There is no Democratic challenger in the November election.

BURNS WINS RE-ELECTION – Incumbent Kevin Burns won re-election as Precinct 2 county commissioner yesterday, defeating challenger Johnny Wall 77 percent to 23 percent in the Republican primary. Burns will not face a Democratic challenger in the November general election. Burns won re-election for his fifth term as county commissioner.

MORE ELECTION COVERAGE – Full coverage of local contested races in Tuesday’s primary election is featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

CHICO DRUG BUST – Four people were arrested on drug charges at a home near downtown Chico Tuesday morning. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said officers executed a search warrant in the 200 block of West Decatur Street, one block west of the Chico Square, around 6 a.m. and seized 8 grams of methamphetamine. Robert Marshall, 32, and Samantha Torres, 28, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 less than one gram in a drug free zone. Jason Barb, 38, and Heather Montoya, 28, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 4-200 grams in a drug free zone. The drug free zone in the charges refers to a nearby park. Officers also seized scales and packaging, items commonly used as methamphetamine trafficking tools, Akin said.

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP – Home schooled graduating seniors may apply for a $1,000 scholarship from Wise Health System Hospital Auxiliary. Interested students need to have at least a 3.0 grade point average and plan on pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. Applications can be found on the Wise Health System website and will be accepted until April 4.

GOLF SIGN-UPS – The Oil Belt Men’s Golf Association has opened its 2018 season. Men age 50 and older are invited to join the association, which is beginning its 27th year. Enrollment fee is $20, and play is handicapped. Members play three to four times per month in the area. There is a nominal fee each time you play. Call Tom Ferguson, 940-389-9879; or A.Z. Smith, 940-389-0949.

HOME, LAWN AND GARDEN – Today’s Wise County Messenger includes our annual Home, Lawn and Garden special section.

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 tonight 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.

SERVICE for Brandon Vencill, 34, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Tim Taylor, 68, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery in Boyd. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

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.

NO SERVICE is planned for Tommy King, 62, of Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carolyn Huffman, 70, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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

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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