Three arrested after pursuit


Three men were arrested and one man remains at large from a vehicle pursuit on U.S. 81/287 Thursday evening.

As of Friday morning, officers were still searching for Alejandro Pedroza, 30, who fled from the scene.

“He may still be in the area,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

Two men, Juan Saenz, 21, and Hernan Guerrero, 22, attempted to flee but were quickly apprehended. A third man, Francisco Vasquez, was taken into custody later Thursday.

Saenz, who was injured when the vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, crashed north of Alvord on U.S. 81/287, was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System. He was later transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment.

Akin said U.S. Marshals took Saenz into custody at the hospital on an outstanding warrant for smuggling illegal immigrants.

Akin said Saenz had in his possession of one pound of marijuana, two ounces of methaphetamine, LSD and black tar heroin.

Guerrero and Vasquez were charged with forgery of government/national instrument, money or securities and were taken to Wise County Jail. The men are awaiting arraignment.

The pursuit started around 5:30 p.m. in Decatur and went north on U.S. 81/287. An officer with the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit spotted the vehicle driving slow in the left lane. The pursuit went through Alvord before the vehicle crashed.

A female in the vehicle did not attempt to flee the scene. She was not charged with a crime and was released.

Department of Public Safety troopers and the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit took part in the pursuit. A DPS helicopter and Decatur Police Department’s K-9 unit assisted in the search.

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Alvord sweeps Chico


Ace Edgett threw a complete game to propel Alvord past Chico 7-1 Friday night.

Edgett gave up one run, scattering 10 hits. He struck out six and issued two walks.

Hunter Richey was a perfect 3-for-3, tallying four RBIs.

The Bulldogs swept the season series from the Dragons and improved to 5-3 in District 10-2A. Chico fell to 4-6 in 10-2A.

Alvord will travel to Lindsay Thursday. The Dragons headed to Muenster Tuesday.

BURKBURNETT 9, BRIDGEPORT 4

Bridgeport fell in non-district action to Burkburnett 9-4 Friday night.

Corbin Bailey, Daniel Delgadillo and Michael Marschall each drove in a run.

Kyler Holley took the loss for the Bulls. He scattered nine runs on 12 hits over four innings.

Bridgeport was back in District 8-4A action Tuesday against Krum.

BOYD 5, PEASTER 1

Boston McIntire struck out eight over four innings, leading Boyd to a 5-1 win over Peaster Friday night.

The Yellowjackets’ ace gave up two hits and no runs. Whitt Hill entered in relief and scattered one run on two hits.

Brian Couture went 1-for-3, collecting three RBIs. Boyd moved to 15-7-1 and 7-3 in District 7-3A.

The Yellowjackets welcomed in first-place Brock Tuesday.

PARADISE 6, MILLSAP 1

Trey Valentine drove in three runs in Paradise’s 6-1 win over Millsap Friday night.

Valentine went 2-for-3. Cade Goodman finished 2-for-4.

On the mound, Valentine allowed two hits in three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Parker Cook pitched two hitless innings.

The Panthers improved to 13-8-2 and 7-3 in District 7-3A. Paradise hosted Peaster Tuesday

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 17, 2019


ALVORD

SCRAPBOOKING – The MZ Bee, which will feature scrapbooking and crafting, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. Attendees will bring their own projects, lunch and snacks. There is no charge, but donations can be made to Meals on Wheels. Call 940-627-5103 or 940-427-5941.

PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Alvord Elementary School will be holding pre-k and kindergarten roundup for the 2019-20 school year 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1-2. Pre-K children must be 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Kindergarten children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1. Proof of residency (utility bill, etc.), birth certificate, Social Security card, current shot record, and driver’s license of the adult enrolling the child are required at the time of registration.

BRIDGEPORT

PRESCRIPTION DISPOSAL – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Stagecoach Rehabilitation, 2108 15th St., in Bridgeport. Turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.

DECATUR

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date for appointments is April 24. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

WOMAN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to any graduating Decatur High School or Victory Christian Academy senior. It is not GPA-based, and anyone is eligible to apply. The application is available at each school from the counselor and must be postmarked by Friday. Call Alex Selby, 817-253-9893.

FAST 4’S – Lady Eagle Volleyball Fast 4’s is 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday April 22 through May 13 at Decatur High School. The four-person mini tournaments are co-ed. Cost is $10 per person, per night. Call 940-704-7585.

EASTER AT THE HILLS – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur will hold its annual egg hunt 4 p.m. Friday. Ice cream cones, cookies and punch will be served after the hunt.

EASTER PHOTOS – Joe and Lisa Duty will be taking Easter pictures 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St., in Decatur.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. April 23 at the Eagle Activity Center at Decatur High School. Sheila McCollum, career and technical education coordinator at Decatur High School, will be the guest speaker.

TRIVIA NIGHT – The Decatur Public Library has partnered with Trinity Street Coffee Bar for Trivia at Trinity 7 p.m. Thursday. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winners. For information, call the library, 940-393-0290.

CAREGIVER WORKSHOP – Solaris Hospice and Decatur Medical Lodge will offer a caregiver relief workshop 3:30 p.m. April 23 at Decatur Medical Lodge, 701 W. Bennett. To reserve a spot, call 940-626-2800 or 888-376-5274.

GREENWOOD

EASTER BRISKETS – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge is smoking briskets for Easter for $60. They will be available for pick up between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday at the Greenwood pavilion. Call 817-982-4180 or 940-255-2782.

PARADISE

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Paradise Elementary will hold kindergarten registration by appointment only April 25-30 for students who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1. Call 940-969-5044.

3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The Paradise 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship is May 11 at the Paradise High School gym. Play begins at 8:30 a.m. for teams fourth grade through adult. Registration is $150 per team with T-shirts included. Early registration ends April 19. Contact Maggi Loney, maggiloney01@gmail.com, or text 940-389-3529.

RHOME

STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library will host Story Time Hour every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The new story time leader is Deb Duckwall, who is starting a literary-based program. All preschool-age children are welcome to attend. Stories, crafts and snacks are provided. Call 817-636-2767.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES – Rhome Veterans will visit the Fort Worth Vintage Flying Museum April 27, leaving the library at 9 a.m.

WISE COUNTY

MEDICARE EDUCATION – Medicare education seminars will be 2 p.m. May 4 and June 1 at the First Baptist Church, 401 Main St., in Paradise. Call John Ward, 940-210-0978.

DIABETES HEALTH WORKSHOP – Texas Health Resources and the Area Agency on Aging will hold diabetes self-management workshops 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through April 23 at Newark City Hall.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and fundraiser is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $350 for a table of eight or $50 for an individual seat. Proceeds benefit Woman’s Services and Mary’s Gift. Call 940-626-1384 or visit wisehealthfoundation.com.

COFFEE NETWORK – The next Wise County Chamber of Commerce coffee network is 8 a.m. April 24 at First Financial Bank in Boyd.

UNITED WAY GOLF TOURNAMENT – The United Way of Wise County golf tournament is April 26 at the RB Golf Club and Resort. Registration opens 11 a.m. and shotgun start 1 p.m. Registration is $400 per four-person team and includes lunch, range balls and door prizes. Call Shawn Mann, 940-393-1679, or Terry Everett, 940-389-9060.

DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Medal of Honor recipient Chuck Ziegenfuss will speak. Call Cecily Pegues, 817-528-8412.

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Sgt. Randy White


Voice of strength: After tragedy hits close to home, dispatcher’s work leads to award
Cindy Skidmore kept working after she heard the words, “officer down.”
She kept talking to her officers, even after she knew she had lost one of them.
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York rejects offer, state to seek death
Dressed in a striped jail uniform with a close-cropped haircut in district court Tuesday, Stephen York turned down an offer from prosecutors that would have sent him to prison for life.
He will leave his fate in the hands of a jury – and he could face the death penalty if found guilty.
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Guilty plea: York admits to killing police officer
On Monday, Stephen York admitted guilt for the murder of Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White.
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‘Do something good’; Widow tells York he can change
Janet White, the widow of slain Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White, managed to give a positive message when she confronted her husband’s killer in a crowded courtroom Monday afternoon.
Law enforcement officers, friends and family of both White and the defendant, filled the Wise County district courtroom and spilled outside the glass doors.
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Triumph out of tragedy: Slain sergeant’s wife, daughter heal alongside Bridgeport PD
Bridgeport police officers arrived at work Tuesday to find their phones rubberbanded together and photo frames flipped upside down.
“Something Sgt. Randy White would do,” said Assistant Chief Steve Stanford.
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Crash kills Bridgeport officer Randy White
Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White, 32, was killed Thursday afternoon when Stephen York of Bridgeport crashed a stolen Suburban into White’s police car on Texas 114 at Farm Road 2123 in Bridgeport. York had been involved in a high-speed chase with multiple Wise County law enforcement agencies for prior to the accident.
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White remembered as ‘a man of God’
As Judy White’s tears flowed uncontrollably Friday, she remembered the son who was the joy of her life. At the same time, she asked for prayers for another mother’s son, the man who is charged with taking her son’s life.
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Stephen York charged with capital murder
Stephen York was charged with capital murder after he crashed a stolen vehicle into the police car of Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White on Thursday, resulting in White’s death.
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Law enforcement community responds in wake of tragedy
The death of Sgt. Randy White Thursday most deeply affected his family, but it was also a tragic blow to the Bridgeport Police Department.
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The final salute: Officers from across the state pay their respects at Sgt. Randy White’s funeral
The sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Decatur was nearly 1,000-strong Tuesday morning for the funeral of Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White, who was killed in the line of duty on April 2.
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Remembering Sgt. Randy White: Hundreds gather at candlelight vigil for fallen officer
The air was silent and still Monday night and not a single flame wavered from the more than 200 candles that brightened the darkened sky as friends, family and loved ones gathered to pay homage to Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White.
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The most important question is the hardest to answer
As journalists, we are supposed to answer questions readers might have about news events – the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where” and “hows,” if you will.
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We always knew Randy was a hero
In light of the recent events, I want to use this opportunity to share with you that Sgt. Randy White was more than just a police officer killed in the line of duty. I would like to express how privileged we have been to have had our husband and father, even if for only eight years.
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Praying for strength: Janet White remembers a life filled with love

When Sgt. Randy White finished his shift the morning of April 2, he drove home to get some sleep before returning to Bridgeport for a 3 p.m. staff meeting at the police station. His wife Janet, who works for IBM, was working from home. He sat down on the bed and took her hands in his.
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Praying for strength: Janet White remembers a life filled with love


When Sgt. Randy White finished his shift the morning of April 2, he drove home to get some sleep before returning to Bridgeport for a 3 p.m. staff meeting at the police station. His wife Janet, who works for IBM, was working from home. He sat down on the bed and took her hands in his.

“I want you to know how much I love you,” he told her. He asked if she would lay beside him until he fell asleep.

When he awoke and left for the meeting, they hugged and kissed and like always, Janet told him to be careful.

Just three days before that, Randy had asked her if she had a vacation day she could use so that they could stay home together and “just goof around the house.” They spent the entire day together that Monday.

Looking back, Janet is sure God was preparing them. Randy was killed April 2 when his patrol car was rear-ended by a suspect in a high speed chase.

“I can honestly say I have no regrets,” Janet said.

When she kissed her husband of eight years goodbye that day, she thought she was saying goodbye for a day, not a lifetime. But because theirs was a marriage filled with love and expressing that love was a daily occurrence, everything had been said, over and over.

One week after her husband’s death, Janet wanted to address the public. She had spoken at a candlelight vigil prior to his funeral and had written her thanks for the outpouring of sympathy and offers of help to area newspapers. But she wanted to talk about Randy and let people know what kind of father and husband he was. She wanted them to know about his love for children and animals and about his deep Christian faith.

It is that strong faith and a support system provided by her loving family and her family at the Bridgeport Police Department that is helping Janet not only cope but giving her the strength to go on. In the public eye, she has remained strong, recovering quickly during the times she does break down but when she is at home, it’s another story. She has lost the love of her life and faces the reality of that loss.

She is praying for strength for daughter Jaydn’s sake.

“My hope is that God will let me get stronger for the time she breaks,” Janet said tearfully.

Jaydn is a mature 5-year-old and a daddy’s girl. She and her dad loved to walk the land where they live in Jack County, looking for animal tracks. She can identify just about any track. They also went on “treasure hunts,” where they hunted for interesting rocks, oftentimes hiding the rocks to be found later. And they loved to roughhouse.

“We used to laugh that Randy taught her some police moves because she was rough,” Janet recalled.

After the accident, Janet faced the difficult task of telling Jaydn.

“I told her Daddy was in an accident and now he is in heaven,” Janet said.

“Daddy died?” Jaydn asked.

“When I explained it to her, she cried and then said, ‘I’m tired of crying,'” Janet continued.

“I said heaven is a great place and Daddy’s ankle doesn’t hurt anymore,” referring to the pain Randy suffered after an ankle injury in a training exercise.

Jadyn thought about that for a minute and responded, “He’s probably got hair in heaven. He’s probably skinny and not dipping Skoal anymore.”

Janet and Randy were married on March 10, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Godley, by the same preacher who baptized both Janet and Randy and who participated in Randy’s funeral. Janet was a Godley girl and had graduated from nearby Tarleton State University with a degree in computer information systems. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church where she first met Randy. He was a non-Christian at the time and an alcoholic. He started attending church at the insistence of his aunt, and it didn’t take him long to notice Janet. At first glance, she thought he was too young for her.

But a dozen roses and regular attendance at church activities put him in good standing and they started dating. Randy eventually overcame his problems and proposed to Janet with two dozen roses, 12 red ones representing his love for her and 12 yellow roses representing their friendship. He also included a cross in the bouquet, a reminder that they would always have God in their lives.

After marrying, they built a house in rural Jack County with the help of Janet’s dad, Joe Russell. Janet’s mom, Johnnie, took care of Jaydn during the construction. The entire process, which took 18 months working on weekends, was one wonderful memory after another. Janet and her dad were good at electrical work, and Randy was a natural carpenter. Janet said Randy even took part in decorating the house.

Before Janet returned to their home after the accident, she had thoughts of moving elsewhere, thinking it would be too hard to live there without Randy.

“I was nervous about going back that first night but when I walked in, it felt so calm and comforting. I plan to stay there. I’ll probably start doing some of those projects Randy and I talked about doing,” she said.

That first night home she had trouble falling asleep. Someone else couldn’t sleep that night either. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton sent Janet a text message, telling her to call if she needed someone to talk to.

“I bet we talked for an hour and a half,” Janet said.

Singleton and his staff will continue to be there for Janet and want her to continue to be involved with the police department.

“The guys at the PD are taking care of me,” Janet said. “They text me several times a day, if only to say they love me.

“This town has really been awesome to us. They have just loved us.”

Janet has never doubted Randy’s love but an experience with breast cancer opened her eyes to just what she had.

“He never left my side at the hospital,” she said. “That experience let me see how wonderful he was. I was out six weeks with the first surgery and couldn’t wait for the second so that we could spend more time together. It gave me the opportunity to know what I really had. I had a double mastectomy, and it wasn’t even a hit on my self-esteem. I always thought he should teach classes for husbands of breast cancer patients.

“The biggest thing I want people to know about Randy was that he was a Christian but not only that, he lived his faith. He wasn’t at church every Sunday because of his job. I’m there every Sunday, but I think he was the better Christian because he shared his faith with others.”

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The final salute: Officers from across the state pay their respects at Sgt. Randy White’s funeral


The sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Decatur was nearly 1,000-strong Tuesday morning for the funeral of Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White, who was killed in the line of duty on April 2.

Police officers from every department in the county, along with Wise County sheriff’s deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers sat amongst the friends and family. But it didn’t stop there. Hundreds of officers from all over Texas packed the sanctuary to pay their respects.

They came from Fort Worth, Dallas, College Station and Corpus Christi to honor a fallen comrade. From Euless, Grand Prairie, Colleyville and Plano they arrived to show their support for one of their brothers.

Said one officer from a department east of Dallas, “When a police officer falls, it affects us all. It is our duty to show love and support for a brother in arms.”

Mark Sims, who officiated the funeral, gave a clear and conscious message: Sgt. Randy White’s life and his death was not a waste. Sims said White’s death and his passion for life shows that there are things worth fighting for and things worth protecting.

“To leave here today, thinking what a waste of a life White’s death was, dying at 32, that would be the true waste,” Sims said.

True to White’s character as a prankster and a jokester, there were laughs sprinkled amongst the tears.

“When I first met Randy, he was dating my sister,” said John Russell, White’s brother-in-law, with a smile. “So of course, I didn’t like him. But he kind of grows on you. I’m sure he is up in heaven right now, probably pulling some sort of prank on Moses or someone.”

The Bridgeport officers present, after speeches from Chief Randy Singleton and Assistant Chief Steve Stanford, donned University of Oklahoma hats in honor of White and his love for the state of Oklahoma and the Sooners.

Singleton even read a letter written to White’s family by Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, in which he encouraged people to look to men such as White as true heroes and role models instead of celebrities or famous athletes.

“He was a fellow officer, a counselor and a friend,” Stanford said. “He was an example to us all as men on how to lead a godly life.”

The Bridgeport police department will posthumously award White the Medal of Honor, and his ID number, 804, will be transferred over to Janet so that she may always be a part of the Bridgeport police department.

As the funeral ended, each police officer present filed past White’s casket in front of the stage. Every officer paused to salute a hero. It was their way of promising to never forget Sgt. Randy Dewayne White.

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Remembering Sgt. Randy White: Hundreds gather at candlelight vigil for fallen officer


The air was silent and still Monday night and not a single flame wavered from the more than 200 candles that brightened the darkened sky as friends, family and loved ones gathered to pay homage to Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White.

People stood six- and seven-deep, side by side with police officers, troopers and deputies from all over the area, hugging, wiping glistening eyes and mourning the death of one of Bridgeport’s finest.

“In the 35 years I have worked in law enforcement, I have never worked with a better man,” said Bridgeport police chief Randy Singleton. “I was, and am, so proud of him.”

White, 32, was killed Thursday, April 2, when a man fleeing from police in a high-speed chase drove his vehicle into White’s parked cruiser. White was trying to clear traffic from the roadway during the high-speed chase.

People from all over the county flocked to Bridgeport Monday to leave flowers and words of encouragement on a lone police cruiser set up in front of the Bridgeport police department with a picture of White.

By the vigil Monday night, the car was almost completely covered in flowers, testament to the impact White had on the community.

“I want to thank everyone for all their love and support through all of this,” Janet White, Randy’s wife, said to the crowd gathered at the vigil. “I was married to the best man in the world. God made him do what he did that day, and I know I will see him again (in heaven). We are going to be OK.”

Most of the attendees took their turn ringing the Liberty Bell, letting the solemn sound resonate across the crowd. Some gathered to pray and some took a moment to lay their hands on the cruiser and White’s picture. Some merely stood, still shocked at the loss of a great man.

David Hall, caretaker of the Liberty Bell that sat outside the police station Monday, summed up the thoughts of many by simply saying, “This is a man to whom honor is due.”

As the crowd blew out their candles and the words of “The Star Spangled Banner” rose softly into the night air, the wind picked up again, just for a moment, to flutter the newly-raised flag, to honor a fallen hero, to remember Sgt. Randy White.

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The most important question is the hardest to answer


As journalists, we are supposed to answer questions readers might have about news events – the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where” and “hows,” if you will.

But sometimes the most difficult question to answer is this: “why?”

We are all left pondering that question in light of last week’s death of Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White.

A death like this hits smaller communities harder than big cities, I believe. I’ve seen it just within our own office. I have a co-worker whose husband works for the Bridgeport Police Department, and he was parked on the opposite shoulder of the road Thursday when Stephen York’s stolen vehicle crashed into White’s patrol car. We don’t even want to think what might have happened if …

Another longtime Messenger employee is married to a man who can certainly relate to White’s 5-year-old daughter, Jadyn. Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett was 9 years old when his father, a Decatur police officer, was shot and killed by a man on U.S. 380 on April 3, 1980. White’s death last Thursday was one day shy of the 29th anniversary of the death of James Leroy “Pancho” Bennett, the last Wise County police officer killed in the line of duty.

I interviewed Deroy and his mother, Joyce, four years ago on the 25th anniversary of Officer Bennett’s death. Deroy told me he still carries a photo of his dad – dressed in his police uniform – with him in his wallet.

When Deroy’s oldest son, Hayden, asked him what happened to his father, Deroy told him he was shot by a bad guy.

Hayden asked the question, “Why?”

“That’s hard to answer,” Deroy said.

With another Wise County officer dying so close to the anniversary of his father’s death, Deroy said it has weighed on his mind more than most years.

He said that everybody has different experiences, so he couldn’t really give any advice to White’s family, but he said he has come to a realization that gives him a measure of comfort.

“The best thing that helped me (was not losing touch) with what my dad did for a career – how he died carrying out that career. That’s given me the best (solace) over all these years – knowing he was serving and protecting the streets where we live,” Deroy said.

Perhaps that is as close to a “why?” as we will come. Maybe in both cases, the death of an officer prevented one or more citizens from being killed. Last Thursday when the police chase entered the Bridgeport city limits, White was moving people out of the way so they wouldn’t be hurt by the speeding vehicle leading the procession. It was about the time that school was letting out – another situation that we wouldn’t want to think about.

No doubt the family of Stephen York is also asking the question “why?” Like the Whites, they are victims in this situation as well. We’d like to ask York the same question. We’ve requested an interview and are awaiting a reply.

So as we strive to bring our readers as much information as we can about last Thursday’s tragic death and the effect that it has had on the community, we apologize that that we haven’t been able to answer the most important question of all. We promise we will do our best.

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We always knew Randy was a hero


In light of the recent events, I want to use this opportunity to share with you that Sgt. Randy White was more than just a police officer killed in the line of duty. I would like to express how privileged we have been to have had our husband and father, even if for only eight years.

Randy was a Christian first, a husband second, a daddy third and a police officer fourth. He put 100 percent of himself into all of these areas of his life.

Randy was a person who lived out his faith. He understood the gift of salvation that he had received, and he shared that often with others. Through sharing his faith, Randy was able to help many people in their times of stress and trouble.

Randy’s world was his family. He made sure that Jadyn and I knew it, and he made sure that everyone else knew it.

In late August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did I know at the time that God was giving me a gift of some precious memories and time with Randy. He was a model husband. He was by my side through every minute and did whatever he needed to do to comfort me physically and emotionally. I was given the gift of learning to appreciate my husband for the wonderful man he was before God took him home. He was my rock, and walking together as a team we beat my cancer.

Randy’s other favorite thing in life was his daughter. He cared about her more than anyone can imagine. She is going to miss out by not getting to grow up with Daddy. However, she is going to have wonderful memories of wrestling with him, going on treasure hunts and learning all about wildlife and the outdoors. I am blessed to have her because every time I look at her, I am able to see Randy.

Anyone who knew Randy knew that God made him to be a police officer. He loved his job and was doing exactly what God wanted him to do. Our faith teaches us to be servants, and that is exactly what he did every day whether on or off duty.

There is not a finer department than the Bridgeport Police Department. In the line of duty, they had to put their lives in each other’s hands, and Randy and I both felt like he was in good hands with the Bridgeport Police Department. Randy loved everyone at the department and considered them a part of our family.

I would like to thank everyone for their support through this difficult time. The encouraging comments, calls and prayers that we have received have been an uplifting blessing. We always knew we were loved, but in the last couple of days, we have seen just how much. The support has been overwhelming.

Jadyn and I are so proud of our hero, even though we knew he was a hero before the rest of the world did. We love and miss him severely, and these will be very hard times. However, we know that with God, our family, our church and our friends, we will make it through.

God doesn’t promise us that we won’t have storms in our lives, but He does promise us that He will carry us through.

Janet White of Perrin is the widow of Randy White, the Bridgeport police sergeant killed last Thursday in the line of duty. The couple has a daughter, Jadyn, 5. Janet issued this statement Sunday, April 5.

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Law enforcement community responds in wake of tragedy


The death of Sgt. Randy White Thursday most deeply affected his family, but it was also a tragic blow to the Bridgeport Police Department.

In recognition of the department’s grief, the Decatur Police Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office covered their patrols and dispatch.

“We wanted to cover for them so they could be together and for support,” said Decatur police chief Rex Hoskins. “They needed to be with their families.”

Decatur officers went on duty in Bridgeport at 5 p.m. Thursday and were to go off duty at 6 p.m. Friday, at which time Wise County sheriff’s deputies were to assist Bridgeport officers until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Hoskins said they also offered to work in Bridgeport the day of White’s funeral and any days leading up to it.

The sheriff’s office also had at least one dispatcher working in Bridgeport Friday. Sheriff David Walker said they wanted to lend support to the Bridgeport officers.

“Wise County is a tight knit group of folks,” he said, “and of course, they would do the same for us.”

At the accident scene on Thursday, Decatur officers, sheriff’s deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers and Boyd officers not only directed traffic, but also worked the wreck for the grieving Bridgeport officers.

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Stephen York charged with capital murder


Stephen York was charged with capital murder after he crashed a stolen vehicle into the police car of Bridgeport Sgt. Randy White on Thursday, resulting in White’s death.

In the arrest warrant affidavit filed with Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson, Texas Ranger Jim Holland said he recorded a statement from York while en route to the hospital.

According to the affidavit, York told Holland that he was fleeing from police officers, and he was driving at a high rate of speed.

“(York told Holland that he) observed the police officer in a marked police unit on the side of the highway, and that he intentionally turned his vehicle to ram the vehicle and kill the police officer,” the affidavit states.

Law enforcement officials are also awaiting the results of York’s toxicology tests.

Friday morning York had surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to repair a broken femur.

He is in the custody of the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, and his bond is set at $1 million.

Sheriff David Walker said he will request to have York moved to either Wise Regional Health System in Decatur or the county jail as soon as he is released from JPS.

In 1990, York was arrested on drug charges and driving under the influence. Although he has not been arrested on drug-related charges since that time, Walker said he was known among the county’s narcotics investigators.

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White remembered as ‘a man of God’


As Judy White’s tears flowed uncontrollably Friday, she remembered the son who was the joy of her life. At the same time, she asked for prayers for another mother’s son, the man who is charged with taking her son’s life.

Stephen York is charged with causing the death of Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White on Thursday.

“I feel so sorry for his family,” said White, struggling to speak. “He not only turned our world upside down but turned his family’s world upside down as well. They are in my prayers.”

That attitude of forgiveness and reaching out to others is one of the many gifts White gave to her 32-year-old son. His fellow officers remembered him Friday as a “very spiritual, Christian man … a man of God.” They recalled his willingness to help others, how he carried groceries for elderly residents, how he counseled citizens with problems and how he was the ultimate family man, devoted to his wife, Janet, and 5-year-old daughter, Jadyn.

With the help of Janet’s dad, Joe Russell, Randy and Janet built their home between Perrin and Whitt, in Jack County. White was a carpenter by trade before he entered law enforcement more than six years ago, and he loved working with wood.

His father-in-law recalled the son-in-law who was more like a son to him.

“He was a wonderful Christian man,” said Russell. “He shared his faith in his workplace and with people in distress.” He added that his wife, Johnnie, shares those feelings.

The Russells operate a small ranch, and Joe recalled that Randy enjoyed learning about ranching and loved being around the animals. Joe’s voice trailed as he remembered the last project he and Randy completed together – cleaning out the barn.

White, at 6’2″ and 240 pounds, was described by his mom as being big even as a child.

“He wore great big ol’ size 13 shoes when he was in the fifth grade,” his mother recalled. “I’m 5’2” and when he was a little boy, I was already looking up at him.

“He was a funny, neat kid,” she continued, adding, “He was an excellent baseball player.”

She recalled his love for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. He was raised in Moore, Okla., not far from Norman, home of the Sooners. In his office in the Bridgeport Police Department is a red and white OU rug.

Chief Randy Singleton said Texas fans were always wiping their feet on that rug, until this past football season when the Sooners were on top of the rankings.

“This year that rug is spic and span,” said Singleton.

“I wish everyone in town had known Randy like we knew him,” continued Singleton. “They would be so proud of having an officer like him to protect them. He was so smart, so dependable, so committed, so passionate. Those who didn’t know him missed out on knowing one of the most outstanding police officers anywhere.”

“He was a visionary,” said Assistant Chief Steve Stanford.

He said White represented everything he and the chief wanted in an officer as they worked to bring the department up to an unprecedented level of professionalism. His outstanding morals and character were exactly what they were looking for, and they built the department around him.

Sgt. Todd Low, who described White as a “teddy bear,” remembers the positive impression White made on his son Erik, who can be as mischievous as White. He recalled how White could make anyone feel better.

“If you were having a bad day, he would make you feel better,” Low said.

White was on the police department SWAT team and served as the field training officer and patrol supervisor.

“We used him for virtually everything. He was a committee of one,” Singleton recalled.

“When I’d get a call from a citizen, I’d give it to Randy and he would take care of it,” Singleton said. “He’d call and tell me he had taken care of it or the next morning there would be an explanation on my desk of how he’d handled it. I finally told him not to call me because I knew what the outcome would be.”

The close-knit police department, with its 17 officers, is devastated about the loss, and Singleton admits they are all numb.

White’s mother is reeling, but she finds comfort in her faith and in the faith of her son.

“My only relief is knowing Randy is in heaven,” she said.

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Funeral for White will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

Bridgeport city offices will be closed Tuesday in his honor.

How to help

Several memorial funds have been set up in honor of Sgt. Randy White. Those who would like to contribute can do so at First State Bank in Bridgeport, Runaway Bay and Chico and at any Edward D. Jones location, including those in the Metroplex.

A memorial fund has also been set up at The Community Bank, 507 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport. For information on this fund, call (940) 683-4191.

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Crash kills Bridgeport officer Randy White


Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White, 32, was killed Thursday afternoon when Stephen York of Bridgeport crashed a stolen Suburban into White’s police car on Texas 114 at Farm Road 2123 in Bridgeport. York had been involved in a high-speed chase with multiple Wise County law enforcement agencies for prior to the accident.

Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Gary Rozzell said White was parked in his police car on the westbound shoulder of Texas 114, clearing traffic for the police chase when the accident occurred.

“Sgt. White was not involved in the chase; he was attempting to wave other traffic off the highway because he knew the chase was coming from the south (east),” Rozzell said.

According to Bridgeport police chief Randy Singleton, White and officer Jerry Upton were in a meeting when they were called to assist with traffic control. White and Upton were stationed on the eastbound and westbound shoulders of Texas 114, awaiting the chase. White waved over one pickup pulling a large metal trailer that was turning from FM 2123 onto Texas 114 to getout of the path of the oncoming chase.

“(York) approached (White) from the rear and rammed into the rear of the police vehicle, pushing the police vehicle into the rear of the trailer,” Rozzell said.

White was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poyner. York was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he is in custody of the Wise County Sheriff’s Department.

Minutes before the chase, York was involved in a hit-and-run on U.S. 380 near the sheriff’s office. The victim reported her car had been rear-ended. Officers were alerted about the incident and told to look for a white pickup.

Although some details of the police chase are still unclear, DPS Sgt. Lloyd McKinney began following York, who was driving a white pickup, on Hale Street about 2:34 p.m. York was driving east on Hale and running stop signs.

He then turned south on Business 287, and McKinney said York sped onto U.S. 81/287, heading south in the northbound lane.

“I flashed my lights, but he didn’t stop,” McKinney said. “He got off the highway near Action Motor Sports, heading west. There is some extremely rough terrain in that area, and I wasn’t able to follow him much further before he lost me.”

Records show that York took off through fields and across rough terrain toward County Road 4127 where police were unable to follow. York then abandoned his truck somewhere near Old Reunion Road and stole the Suburban involved in the wreck from a residential area.

Wise County sheriff’s deputies and DPS troopers resumed the chase on Farm Road 51 south of the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. York continued south on FM 51 until he reached Texas 114. At 3:08 p.m. he turned right, driving west on Texas 114, through Paradise and toward Bridgeport.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said York stopped once on Texas 114 and waved officers to him, but just as officers pulled up behind and beside him, he took off again. He also said troopers and deputies reached speeds of more than 100 mph during the pursuit.

“As far as the chase, we didn’t have a choice because he had already hit one lady,” Walker said.

The fatal accident with White happened about 40 minutes after the chase began.

A witness near the scene said he heard the crash from inside a nearby building.

“I came outside and saw the wreckage almost immediately,” the witness said. “Officers swarmed onto (York’s) vehicle and dragged him out. They had him subdued pretty quickly.”

White had worked for the Bridgeport Police Department for five years and was the first Bridgeport police officer killed in the line of duty.

“He was an outstanding police officer in every sense of the word,” said Bridgeport police chief Randy Singleton. “This is a major loss for our department and the city.”

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1 flown from wreck


Traffic backup

TRAFFIC BACKUP – First responders work the scene of a two-vehicle crash east of Rhome Monday morning. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Texas 114 sustained serious injuries after crashing into a tractor trailer Monday morning.

Harley Miramontes, 24, of San Antonio, was traveling west on Texas 114 in a 2019 Ford cargo van when he struck a 2007 Freightliner, which was stopping at a red light near Shale Creek Boulevard in Wise County, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter.

“The driver indicated that he fell asleep while driving,” Hunter said.

After being extricated from the crumpled cab of the Home Depot rental van, Miramontes was flown to Medical City hospital in Denton.

The driver of the Freightliner, Jose Orozco-Hernandez, 51, of Lewisville, was not injured.

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Victory Christian Academy Educator Spotlight for Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Hailey Brown


HAILEY BROWN

Position: English teacher

Family: Husband Bryan Brown, 12-year-old stepson Bryson Brown, and 4-month old Ryker Brown

Experience: “I have taught in big schools, small schools, low-income, affluent, public and private schools. I have been teaching since 2014 and have five years of teaching experience. I have four years teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and one year teaching English. I have been a cheerleading coach, class sponsor, FCCLA adviser, served on committees and an UIL academic coach. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in educational leadership and I’m an administration intern at Victory Christian Academy. I am also currently coordinating a F.L.A.G. program, which teaches students the importance of patriotism and how to raise, lower and fold the American flag.”

Hobbies: “I enjoy spending time with my family and going out to eat at nice restaurants. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends and hosting get-togethers. My favorite activities are going to Dallas Mavericks basketball games, shopping for baby clothes and volunteer greeting at Victory FTW church.”

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “When I was younger, I watched the movie ‘Matilda’ and fell in love with the teacher Ms. Honey. I know it’s just a movie, but I fell in love with her character. I wanted to be just like her with her passion for teaching and loving kids. I love teaching, especially high school students, because I build relationships with kids and get to watch them leave to pursue their dreams. I couldn’t imagine being in any other career field but education. The kids are my ‘why’ of what I do, and I really think of them all like my own children.”

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Skywarn class returns to county


Before the spring severe weather season arrives, meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth want to help you prepare.

Meteorologists will hold a severe weather class from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (March 6) at the Woman’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

The free class is held in partnership with the Wise County Emergency Management and Wise County Fire Marshal’s office.

The class is for organized storm spotters, anyone with an interest in severe weather and anyone who wants to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas. The program will feature an in-depth review and study of the various threats posed by severe thunderstorms. The program will also review thunderstorm characteristics and features associated with severe and non-severe storms.

Attendees will also receive severe weather safety tips along with information on how to report severe weather information back to the National Weather Service and local public safety officials.

“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS Fort Worth Office. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”

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College Briefs for Wednesday, February 6, 2019


LOCALS GRADUATE FROM MIDWESTERN

Four local residents were among the 491 undergraduates to receive diplomas during the December 2018 commencement at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Alexis Conner of Decatur earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and graduated cum laude, finishing with a grade-point average 3.5 to 3.69.

Tifani Hicks of Decatur earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. Chelsie Sandlin of Decatur received a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Margarita Gamino of Rhome earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing and graduated summa cum laude with a grade-point average 3.9 to 4.0.

LEONARD MAKES PRESIDENT’S LIST

Decatur resident Stormi Leonard was one of 340 students to make Ouachita Baptist University’s Fall 2018 president’s list.

To be named to the president’s list, a student must compile a 4.0 grade-point average, while taking a minimum of 12 academic hours.

LOCAL STUDENTS EARN HONORS

Two local residents made the president’s honor roll at Sam Houston State for the Fall 2018 semester.

To make the honor roll, students achieve a 4.0 grade-point average, while enrolled in 12 hours.

Jordan Jeffrey of Decatur and Tyler King of Rhome earned the honors.

Aurora’s Brittney Berberich made the dean’s list with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 4.0.

BRIDGEPORT RESIDENT STANDS OUT

Jessica Meeks of Bridgeport made the president’s list at Howard Payne University.

Students with a grade-point average of 4.0 make the school’s president’s list.

TRIO RECEIVES HONORS AT ALABAMA

Two residents earned academic honors at the University of Alabama for the Fall 2018 semester.

Annie Parks of Decatur made the president’s list for recording a grade-point average of 4.0.

Lisa Martin of Newark earned a spot on the dean’s list with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

OU HONORS LOCAL RESIDENTS

Three local residents made the University of Oklahoma’s dean’s list for academic performance in the Fall 2018 semester.

Lyndon Harvey of Decatur and Shayla Morin and Logan Morrow of Rhome earned spots on the dean’s list with grade-point averages of 3.5 or above.

MCMURRY RECOGNIZES TWO LOCALS

Mariah Fusco of Boyd made the Fall 2018 dean’s list at McMurry University in Abilene for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.5 or above, while taking 12 or more hours.

Jillian Gazaille of Runaway Bay was on the dean’s honor roll for a grade-point average above 3.5, while taking six to 11 hours.

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Tax deadline approaches


The Wise County Appraisal District will see a steady line of people coming through the door through Thursday’s deadline for 2018 property taxes to be paid without penalty.

As of the end of December, about 58 percent of tax bills had not been paid.

“We’re at 42.65 percent, and we’ll finish the month around 91 to 92 percent,” said Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. “Roughly half pay this month and of that half one-third of those pay this week.”

Hand has seen the line down the sidewalk in past years.

Tax collections countywide ended December less that 1 percent behind 2017’s pace. Last year, 91.36 percent of property owners paid before the Jan. 31 deadline.

Many entities were within a few percentage points of last year’s collections as of the end of the December. Of cities, Aurora’s collections were down 9 percent and Paradise 8 percent. Decatur ISD’s collections were 5 percent off of last year’s December total at 46.58 percent.

Hand said those early collection numbers could be impacted by one or two taxpayers.

After Thursday, all outstanding bills will be assessed 7 percent penalty and interest.

“Don’t wait until Friday,” Hand cautioned.

Payments postmarked Thursday will be considered on time.

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Cooler heads prevail: Fire department dons helmet of the future


New lids

NEW LIDS – Rhome firefighters Paul Thomas, chief Darrell Fitch, Corbin Fitch and Thomas Cannon don the department’s new fire helmets. The helmets are a break from the traditional American fire helmet design that originated in the 19th century. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Rhome Volunteer Fire Department was on scene, battling a house fire last year when the floor collapsed underneath Corbin Fitch.

He fell backwards, striking his head on a metal beam in the house. The blow pushed the traditional fire helmet off his head.

“It caught the top of the lip of the helmet and pushed the helmet up and I hit my head on the beam,” he said.

Fitch was OK after the fall, but the scary moment was one that no one wanted to occur again.

In a move for safety, Rhome Fire Chief Darrell Fitch purchased new, European-style fire helmets, replacing a traditional helmet design that dates back to the 1800’s.

“As a fire chief, I need to give my people the best possible way of succeeding with equipment,” the chief said. “There’s a lot of people with personal opinions about them. But a lot of guys haven’t tried them. Instead of jumping in with opinions, I thought let’s go ahead and get some and see for ourselves. So far they’ve worked great.”

The Rhome Fire Department was needing to update its helmets with the former helmets nearing 10-years-old.

After doing some research, Fitch decided to go with the new European-style helmets. The helmets are equipped with light systems, feature two different face masks and come with housing for radio communication devices.

One of the biggest obstacles is the helmet’s appearance, Fitch said.

Instead of the traditional look that’s integral to the aesthetic of the American firefighter, the new look is different. Its round shell protects more of the head, but it has drawn jeers by some.

“We’ve been teased a lot. We get Lord Helmet from ‘Spaceballs.’ We’ve been called everything,” Fitch said. “But I really don’t mind that. I have a duty. I’m responsible for these guys to make sure I can get them the best equipment to do their job the best they can. If this is one of those things that gets us on to the next level, that’s what we’ll do.”

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News Briefs for Wednesday, January 16, 2019


BOYD

RECOVERY GROUP – RFC of Boyd will be hosting Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12-step recovery program, at 7 p.m. each Thursday at 112 E. Rock Island, Boyd. Call Robert Hargis, 817-304-6819.

DINNER AND AUCTION – The Boyd Area Buyers Association will present the ninth Jimmy Ware Memorial dinner and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Boyd High School cafetorium. The annual fundraiser benefits FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members through purchasing Wise County Youth Fair projects and awarding scholarship. Tickets are $15 for guests 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under.

BRIDGEPORT

BRIDAL, QUINCEANERA SHOW – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a bridal and quinceanera show 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Call 940-683-3483 for vendor booth information.

CHICO

FREE CONCERT – The Chico Public Library will sponsor a performance by the duo Hungrytown at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. The duo has made numerous television appearances in their careers.

DECATUR

RODEO TICKETS – Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 performance of the PRCA Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo are on sale for $30 at Decatur Chamber of Commerce office, 308 W. Main.

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date for appointments is Jan. 23. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The next Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Decatur Conference Center. New board members will be recognized.

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  • – Each Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. the Decatur Senior Center will host a 42 tournament.

    NORTHWEST

    GED PREP – Tarrant County College will offer the prep course Monday through Thursday Feb. 11 to March 21. Classes will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics at Alliance Airport, located at 2301 Horizon Drive in Fort Worth. Classes will be in room OWTL 1102. An orientation session for the course will take place 8 a.m. to noon Friday. After completing orientation, attendees will be able to register for the course. Completion of orientation is required to register.

    PARADISE

    ENCHILADA DINNER – A benefit enchilada dinner will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Paradise High School cafeteria with proceeds going to the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship. The dinner is $10 per plate and will feature enchiladas, rice, beans, salsa and tea.

    RHOME

    STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library will host Story Time Hour every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The new story time leader is Deb Duckwall who is starting a new literary based program. All preschool-age children are welcome to attend. Stories, crafts and snacks are provided.

    RHOME VETERANS – Rhome Veterans will hold an outing Jan. 26.

    WISE COUNTY

    RED GALA – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will hold their Red Gala Jan. 26 at the Decatur Conference Center. Details and tickets for the Red Gala are available at wiserepublicans.com or by calling Bettye Parker, 940-575-4754.

    COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s next coffee network will be 8 a.m. Jan. 23 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport, 1401 Halsell St.

    RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS – The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to serve on the Local Disaster Action Team to respond to local disasters such as house fires and tornadoes. Call Melvin Castleberry, 940-210-4908.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Wise County. A valid driver’s license is required, and a background check will be performed. Call 940-627-5329 or stop by 300 N. Trinity St., Suite A, in Decatur. Cooks are also needed at the kitchen in Chico.

    WISE CHOICES GALA – Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center will hold it gala 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Decatur Conference Center.

    TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with lower incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library, 1700 FM 51 South, every Monday afternoon 3 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to April 15. Filers should bring: W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms and information about income tax that is already paid and about possible deductions, photo ID and Social Security cards for filer and dependents. Call 940-393-0290 to make an appointment. More information available at wcmess.com/taxaide.

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