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Dianne Wilson Wheeler

Dianne Wilson Wheeler

Dianne Wilson Wheeler, 68, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Johnny Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Chris Hall, Bobby Sanders, Michael Sanders, Michael Parsons and Caleb Parsons.

Dianne was born July 14, 1945, in Fort Worth to Dewey and Lena (Wallace) Wilson. She was a retired employee of F&H Ribbon Co.

Dianne was preceded in death by her parents; son Scotty Wheeler; sisters Jenny Gilbert and Ina Joan Wilson; and niece Teresa Harrison.

Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Watson of Richland Hills and Charlotte Sanders and husband, Billy, of Keller; grandchildren Kristi and husband, Michael, Bobby and wife, Courtney, Justin, Michael, Felicia and Christopher; great-grandchildren Victoria, Evon, Caleb, Lily and Desiree; brother Roy Wilson and wife, Connie, of Rio Vista; sisters Freda Bennett of Boyd and Kathy Darden of Fort Worth; and other family members and friends.

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Grayson Dale Gralin Hollie

Gralin Hollie and Kaley Williamson of Decatur announce the birth of a son, Grayson Dale Gralin Hollie, on April 1, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Harlon and Marilyn Williamson of Stephenville, Lawanda McAlister of Decatur and Charles Hollie of Fort Worth.

Great-grandmothers are Sue Williamson of Stephenville and Betty Hollie of Fort Worth.

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Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.

BRIDGEPORT 10, DECATUR 9

The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.

BROCK 16, PARADISE 4

The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

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Roy Kenneth Monett

Roy Kenneth Monett

Roy Kenneth Monett, 71, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his home in Chico.

Visitation was April 15 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Roy was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Wichita Falls to Ethel Pauline Monett. He married Sylvia Gayle Browning in Alvord Aug. 3, 1962.

He went to work at the Old Southwest Stone Rock Crusher after graduation from Chico High School and continued when it became Vulcan Materials. He worked for Chico Butane Gas for more than 20 years as a delivery driver. Roy underwent heart surgery in 1988.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico, was a Past Master Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 508 in Chico.

Roy is survived by his wife; children David Brent Monett, Kelli Michele Kirbie and husband, Malcom, Kevin Bruce Monett and wife, Jan, and Eric Lance Monett, all of Chico, Kristi K. Decou and husband, David, of Lafayette, La., Kyle Ray Monett and wife, Amy, of Decatur and Joey D. Watson and wife, Ange, of Chico; grandchildren Mallori Kirbie, Dolce Decou, Bryce, Boston, Kevin N., Blake, Kindal and Wesley D. Monett, and Ashleigh Garcia; as well as many special friends.

Roy was preceded in death by his mother and mother-in-law Pauline Hodges.

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Emily Ann Tatum

Emily Ann Tatum

Emily Ann Tatum, 92, beloved mother and grandmother, died Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Funeral was April 7 at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

Emily Ann Goodger was born June 18, 1921, in Boyd. She attended Texas Woman’s University. Emily was a secretary at Riverside Baptist Church and was employed by several government agencies including the Social Security Administration.

She was a loving grandmother who was afffectionately known as “Namommy” to her family. She was an accomplished baker and loved gardening, travel, entertaining and hosting family dinners.

The family would especially like to thank Prissy De Shazo, Christian Care Hospice and the staff at Lakewood Community Health Care Center for their excellent care.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, O.T. Tatum.

She is survived by daughters Cynthia Hippel and husband, Bill, and Patricia De Shazo and husband, James; grandchildren Dawn Ligon and husband, Grady, Leigh Ann Bourgeois and husband, Brandon, Heath Hippel and wife, Amy, and Jay Hippel and wife, Jenny; seven great-grandchildren; brother Pat Goodger; brother-in-law Don Bassham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Christian Care Hospice.

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Department honors its own

The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards banquet last weekend to honor the hard work and dedication of its members.

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ANNUAL AWARDS – Members of the Bridgeport Fire Department were honored at a banquet last weekend. Pictured are (bottom, from left) Alex Sessions, Dawnelle Burns, (front) David Nichols, Capt. Justin Knox, Chief Terry Long, Assistant Chief Keith Long, Robert Grothe, Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, Jerry Beck, Aaron Steadman, (back row) Chaplain Gary Sessions, Albert Taylor, Robby Schwartz, Brandon Graybill, Kyle Bloodworth, Ricky Schwartz, Daniel Underwood and Captain Tanner Reeves. Submitted photo

Jason Hall was named Rookie of the Year, and Chief Terry Long was awarded Officer of the Year.

Firefighter of the Year was Aaron Steadman.

Steadman, along with Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, were honored by Long with the Chief’s Award.

The department also recognized the top 10 responders. Chief Long was the top responder, going to 335 out of 553 calls received. The remaining top responders included Steadman with 235 calls; Capt. Tanner Reeves with 183; Albert Taylor, 156; Roy Martz, 154; Ricky Schwartz, 153; Jason Hall, 150; Assistant Chief Keith Long, 149; Assistant Chief Hudson, 139; and Robby Schwartz, 135.

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Changing the grade; Boyd introduces new ranking system

Starting with next year’s freshman class, Boyd High School adopted a new formula to calculate grade-point average and class ranking.

Only core course subjects, including English, foreign language, math, science and social studies, will factor into a student’s GPA.

“It got to a point where you had students picking classes to take-not because they really wanted to take them, but so they could move up in the class ranks,” said Boyd High Principal Scott Nedrow. “Now we’re making it more equitable and fair across the board for all students. It levels the playing field for everybody.”

Pre-AP, AP and dual class credits will continue to be weighted, but in a slightly different and more efficient manner. Students will have an additional 5 percent of their overall grade added on at the end of the semester for pre-AP courses. For example, if a student earned a 100 in a pre-AP course, they would be awarded a 105 at semester’s end for the class.

AP and dual credit courses will add on 10 percent of their overall score. Thus a 100 would become a 110.

“The biggest difference now is we add it on at the end of the semester, and it’s all done in the computer,” said Boyd High counselor Tara Allred. “The way we were doing it before was pretty antiquated.”

Since all current high school students are still on the old system, the school will have to juggle two grading styles for the next three years, Allred added.

She also assured the new system would not discourage students from taking electives such as art or ag classes now not included in the GPA calculation.

“A certain number of electives are required by the state,” Allred said. “Electives are still a graduation requirement.”

On Monday, the high school will hold an informational session for eighth grade students and their parents about the changes to GPA calculations and the new endorsement paths incoming freshman must choose.

The meeting is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Boyd High School cafetorium. Eighth graders and their parents are encouraged to attend.

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Decatur finishes 4th at Robson Ranch

The Decatur Eagles finished fourth Monday at the Fossil Ridge Invitational at Robson Ranch.

The Decatur squad fired a 346. Prince of Peace won the tournament with a 319.

Drew Jones finished fourth with a round of 78. Bryce Elder shot 86, Cade Lamirand 89, Hayden Bennett 93, and Charlie Shannon 95.

Lawson Harris fired a 93, playing as an individual. Dawson Thompson hit 103.

Bridgeport took fifth with a 362.

Brayden Garrett and Brazier Talley shot 89s. Ty Reed hit 90, Blake Boyd 94, and Austin Lennard 112.

Decatur and Bridgeport will start the District 9-3A tournament April 2 at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro. The tournament will conclude April 7 at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster.

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New quarry not good for Chico

During the community forum at the March 18 Chico ISD school board meeting, I spoke in opposition to the settlement agreement with the City of Chico and P&K Quarry. I presented five reasons to vote no:

1. Decrease in property values on the east side of Texas 101

2. Air quality issues

3. Traffic safety on Farm Road 1810

4. Decrease in value on 17 acres owned by school near the proposed quarry

5. Decrease in future student body enrollment due to quality of life issues

Superintendent Mike Jones said the school’s initial greatest concern, traffic, had been addressed.

Even if P&K follows up with a request for approval to widen Farm Road 1810 in front of the quarry’s entrance to allow a turning lane for trucks on the westbound lane, trucks will be turning left across traffic onto the eastbound lane.

And even if P&K follows the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) will they be a “good business neighbor” for Chico?

I realize Superintendent Jones is following Mayor J.D. Clark’s public relations plan to sell bringing this business to Chico; however, I know P&K will not be a good neighbor.

The air quality from the limestone dust is creating health issues and becoming a real nuisance since Blue Starr Materials started up just south of Chico, close to the city limits, and the old TXI plant expanded.

I’m concerned about my husband’s health from being exposed to lime dust. He is retired and enjoys keeping our yard and growing a large vegetable garden. The limestone collects on the grass so when he mows, his eyes become irritated, he coughs at night and sneezes.

What are the long-term health risks to our children or to the elderly with chronic lung and heart problems? We do not know, but it can’t be good for anyone.

Living next to a quarry is like a “lifetime” of living next to an active construction site. Noisy neighbors are not good neighbors.

In addition to the noise from big machinery, the blasting could damage water lines creating water leaks and damage homes near the site. A good neighbor does not damage their neighbors’ property.

Families are drawn to a community that offers a safe, healthy environment. Everything green here is covered with limestone dust making our town “gray” – and gray is not the color of choice.

This agreement changes our community forever, and not for the good. Once the land is destroyed there is no way to replace it.

Brenda Rankin
Chico

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Northwest coach heads to Sherman

By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
After five seasons on the Northwest Texans’ sidelines, Bill Patterson is leaving.
Patterson, who led the Texans to three playoff appearances, accepted the head football coaching job at Sherman Monday.
“I feel like Sherman is a place you can go and have a chance to win a state championship,” Patterson said Monday night. “They have good players and a tradition of having good football teams.”
Patterson added that he was drawn by the fact that Sherman is a “one-school town.”
Northwest currently has two high schools and a third is being built.
He takes over a Sherman team that went 4-6 last season and missed the playoffs. He replaces Gary Joe Kinne.
Sherman will be a 5A school, sharing District 10 with Denison, McKinney, McKinney North, Lovejoy, Prosper, Wylie and Wylie East. Northwest will be in the new Class 6A.
Patterson leaves Northwest with a record of 23-30. After his first squad went winless in 2009, he guided the Texans to the playoffs in 2010. The Texans went 8-3 the past two seasons and lost in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We’re the only team to go back-to-back to the playoffs,” he said. “It’s been a great five years. I’ve enjoyed working with Coach [Susan] Elza and the staff here. I had two kids graduate from Northwest. It’ll always be a special place.”
Under Patterson, the Texans dominated the Keller schools the past two years, going 7-1.
“The credit goes to the players,” he said. “We’ve had a great group of kids to work with.”

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Hospital board to meet Monday

Three days before a grand opening reception at Parkway Surgical & Cardiovascular Hospital, the Decatur Hospital Authority board will approve contracts to equip and operate the imaging center near the hospital at Interstate Highway 35 and North Tarrant Parkway in Fort Worth.

Those are two of the items on the agenda for a 6 p.m. Monday meeting at the hospital board room at Wise Regional Health System.

MVP Alliance, LP is the company that will lease the equipment to Wise Regional and provide services to operate the imaging center.

The board is also expected to approve the construction of an underground drainage system on the West Campus in Decatur – the former main hospital facility located across SH 51 from the hospital. Wise Regional will share the cost of that construction with Dr. Aamir Zuberi, who owns the building which is currently used for WRHS outpatient dialysis service.

The hospital’s share of the cost is $64,960.

The board will also consider the purchase of six monitors that will enable six of the ER patient rooms at the hospital to be used for higher-acuity patients. Pricetag for those is a total of $165,185, which was budgeted.

The hospital’s annual Infection Control and Quality Improvement plans are also up for approval, along with new medical staff appointments, reappointments and first-year reviews, administrative and financial reports and a proposed change to move the April meeting to the third Monday.

The board will also consider a nursing policy on patient transfers and appoint a member to the Wise Health Services, Inc. board to complete the three-year term of Lesa Warren, who resigned from the hospital board last month.

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Decatur finishes 7th; Bridgeport takes eighth at Tanglewood

Playing on the Tanglewood course in Pottsboro, the site of the District 9-3A tournament in April, the Decatur Eagles finished seventh and the Bridgeport Bulls eighth Monday.

Decatur fired a 350, finishing two strokes ahead of Bridgeport.

Sulphur Springs won the tournament with a 316.

Drew Jones carded Decatur’s best score, an 80. He finished 10 strokes back of Paris’ Tanner Napler, who won the tournament with a 70. Sulphur Springs’ Brody Blackmon took second with a 71.

Decatur’s Cade Lamirand shot an 85. Bryce Elder hit 90, Hayden Bennett 95, and Charlie Shannon 101.

Decatur’s Dawson Thompson hit a 99 and Derek Potts a 128 playing as individuals.

Ty Reed led Bridgeport, shooting an 83. Brayden Garrett hit 86, Blake Boyd 89, and Brazier Talley 94. Austin Lennard hit 131.

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Davila found in Claude

According to Bridgeport police, Bridgeport resident Benisio Davila, 83, has been found in Claude, Texas, which is near Amarillo. He has been taken to a local hospital to be checked out. A Silver Alert was issued for Davila after he went missing Friday, March 7, 2014 around 3:30 p.m.

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Breaking news: Game time bumped up

The start time District 9-3A tiebreaker between Decatur and Gainesville has been bumped up to 5 p.m. in Krum. The game was originally slated for 7. The winner between Decatur/Gainesville is slated play Krum at 8 p.m. Friday in Sanger.

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Bryanna Lynn Pinkerton

Cody and Anna Pinkerton of Chico announce the birth of a daughter, Bryanna Lynn, on Dec. 17, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

She has two brothers: Bryson, 11, and Braeden, 8; and one sister: Bailey, 7.

Grandparents are Tracey Pinkerton of Decatur, Pam Washburn of Runaway Bay and Chris Riney and Becky Cook of Sunset.

Great-grandparents are Barbara and Ruben Pinkerton of Decatur and Dean Branch of Kingsland.

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Texans back in playoffs

For the first time, the Northwest Texans are heading to the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Big Night

BIG NIGHT – Northwest’s Emmanuel Moore had three catches for 100 yards last week against Keller Central. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

After a heart-pounding win over Keller Central last Thursday, the Texans solidified their spot as the District 4-5A Division II first seed representative.

Northwest (8-2) takes on the Arlington Lamar Vikings (8-2) Friday in the bi-district round of the Class 5A playoffs at Birdville Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“The kids are excited. Since we played Carroll we’ve been playing pretty good,” Northwest coach Bill Patterson said. “We’ve played well the last five weeks and got ourselves in the playoffs. I told the kids yesterday this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so take advantage of it.”

That first-ever playoff victory still eludes the Texans, but Patterson says this group is focused to be the team that gets Northwest over that hump.

“We talk about it all the time,” Patterson said. “We’ve been talking about it since off-season started last December. The kids understand what’s in front of them.”

Last year’s postseason experience should help the Texans.

“They are not just in awe anymore,” the coach said.

Lamar ended the season on a three-game winning streak. Their only losses were to Arlington Bowie and South Grand Prairie.

Offensively, they are led by Cameron Smith and Jamal Kemp. The duo has combined for 1,406 yards on the ground.

“They have a lot of good athletes on offense,” Patterson said. “Defensively they have struggled some.”

Northwest’s defense has had some struggles of its own lately, especially getting out of the gate against strong offenses. They fell into deep holes early against Fossil Ridge and Carroll.

Patterson knows they can’t let that happen again against Lamar.

“If we get down 14-0 in this one, it can get to 28-0 pretty quick,” Patterson said. “We have to be ready, and we can’t turn the ball over on offense.”

NORTHWEST (8-2, 5-2) VS. ARLINGTON LAMAR (8-2, 6-1)

7:30 p.m. at Birdville Athletic Complex

Northwest: The Texans are still in search of their first playoff victory.
Arlington Lamar: Lamar is named after Mirabeau B. Lamar the second president of the Republic of Texas.
Harris line: Lamar by 7

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Wreck victim identified

A Bridgeport man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover near Lake Bridgeport Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Chase Walker, 21, was southbound on Farm Road 2952, approaching a curve in the road, when he veered off the roadway, caught the edge of pavement and overcorrected, losing control of the Dodge truck he was driving. The pick-up rolled sideways before splintering a telephone pole and coming to a rest in a thicket of brush.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash, which occurred around 5:30 p.m.

Walker was the only occupant of the truck, and no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies and state troopers responded.

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One killed in one-vehicle rollover

The driver of a pick-up was killed in a one-vehicle rollover near Lake Bridgeport Saturday afternoon.

According to investigators, it appears the driver caught the edge of the pavement and overcorrected, losing control of the Dodge truck. The truck rolled sideways before splintering a telephone pole and coming to a rest in a thicket of brush.

Speed was believed to be a factor.

The driver was the only occupant of the truck, and no other vehicles were involved in the wreck, which occurred around 5:30 p.m.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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Jesus Alberto Flores Jr.

Jesse and Elda Flores of Decatur announce the birth of a son, Jesus Alberto Jr., on June 27, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

He has one sister: Jazlyn Areli, 4.

Grandparents are Magdalena Flores of Decatur and Isabel Garcia of Decatur.

Great-grandparents are Oscar and Rosa Flores of Decatur and Ofelia Amador of Mission.

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