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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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Northwest runners miss out on medal stand

Kellee McCann could not keep first-place in her sights Saturday in the Class 5A 3200 meter run at the UIL Track and Field State Meet in Austin.

HITTING HIS STRIDE - Northwest's Zach Kirkland raced to a seventh-place finish in the 800 meter Saturday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

HITTING HIS STRIDE – Northwest’s Zach Kirkland raced to a seventh-place finish in the 800 meter Saturday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

The Northwest High School junior got off to a good start, staying in the lead pack, but Sandie Raines of Humble Kingwood slowly began to pull away. Raines ended up defeating the field by 25 seconds.

McCann finished fourth with a time of 10:50 – nine seconds behind her first-place time at the Region I meet.

Raines set a new Class 5A state record with a time of 10:13.

Paige Hofstad was just ahead of McCann in third with a time of 10:45. Devin Clark of Smithson Valley was second in 10:38.

After taking first at regionals, Northwest junior Zack Kirkland just couldn’t keep pace in the 800-meter at state.

He took seventh with a time of 1:55 – two seconds slower than his time at regionals.

Myles Marshall captured the top spot in 1:51.

Northwest senior Kiarra Simpson also came away with a seventh-place finish in the discus. After fouls on her first two throws, she hit her best mark with her third toss of 133-09.

Cion Hicks of Killeen Shoemaker easily took the top spot with a throw of 160-06.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

HEAD START CUTS WON’T AFFECT WISE – The Head Start and Early Head Start locations in Wise County will be spared from cuts in staffing and classes due to sequestration. The Texas Neighborhood Services board of directors met in Weatherford yesterday and considered three options to cut staff to meet the required 5 percent cut. They decided to cut three Head Start classes in Navarro County and two in Palo Pinto County. That decision was one of three options considered, and one option that was not chosen included cutting one Head Start classroom and one Early Head Start classroom in Wise County. Other approved cuts include a 5 percent reduction in health insurance rates, the elimination of an administrative assistant position and moving a community services position from full-time to part-time. The changes were approved by the TNS policy board, made up of parent representatives, last night. Texas Neighborhood Services serves nine counties.

PARADISE CHAMBER – Today’s meeting of the Paradise Chamber of Commerce is for board members only, noon at Jorge’s in downtown Paradise. The general luncheon meeting is noon Monday, May 6, at City Hall. For information, call (940) 433-3288.

JURY CANCELED – Today’s jury trial at Runaway Bay Municipal Court has been canceled. Jurors do not need to report.

5K RUN/WALK – The Rodeo Pink 5K Run/Walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the pavilion at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Pre-register before April 26 to receive a T-shirt. Cost is $20. After April 26, fees increase to $25 and do not include a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at Bridgeport City Hall, Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce, iCopy in Decatur, Angel’s Health Care in Decatur or online at or

HOMES FOR VETERANS – A fundraising dinner to benefit WC Challenger Charities’ partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The group is raising money to provide homes to five wounded war veterans, and keys to those homes will be presented at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge bull riding event June 8 in Decatur. Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of the foundation will attend the dinner, and although the dinner is free, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the program. To attend, RSVP to Bree at First Baptist by calling (940) 627-3235 or by emailing

SINGLES MEETING – The North Texas Singles Club meets at Spicy Mexico in Bowie at 6 p.m. Saturday. All single adults are invited. Mini will be your greeter. For more information, call her at (940) 366-0100.

CANDIDATES AND CHILI – Meet the Candidates for Rhome City Council noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Rhome Family Park, 400 South Virginia. Residents are invited to bring a pot of chili and participate in the First Chili Cook Off.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today at Decatur City Hall Community Room.

CHURCH TO CELEBRATE 120 YEARS – New Salem Free Will Baptist Church in Decatur will celebrate its 120th anniversary at 2 p.m. Saturday. The celebration will include singing the first song sung at the time of organization, a history of the church, recognition of former pastors in attendance, the unveiling of a historical marker and the singing of “Precious Memories,” the song used at the closing of the first meeting. Refreshments will be served after the program.

RELAY BENEFIT – Swann’s Food Service will park its truck in front of Family Clinic in Bridgeport 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and donate a portion of the sales to the Healing Hearts Relay For Life team.

RELAY BAKE SALES – RGA HomeCare Relay for Life Team will hold a bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in front of their office located at 1411 Chico Highway in Bridgeport. ALSO, Campin’ 4 a Cure will hold a bake sale 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at Decatur Tire Store. Donations are welcome.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon on the corner of U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 51. They will be selling annuals, perennials, ground cover and assorted planted color containers. A select number of 3-gallon double knock out roses will be for sale. All plant material was planted and grown by students of the Decatur High School Horticulture Department.

SPRING BLING – The “Bling It On” fundraiser to benefit the Greenwood EE Club featuring Premier Designs Jewelry is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Decatur Church of Christ Family Room. For information, call (940) 626-4355.

FUNERALMEMORIAL mass for David L. Brown, 74, of Sunset is 11 a.m. May 4 at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Bowie. He was the brother of Mary Jane Strole of Runaway Bay.

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Holiday Greetings Cover Art Entries

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Letters and Essays for Santa

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Christmas Art

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114 E closed

Texas 114 East of Rhome is closed at County Road 4841 due to an accident between a school bus and passenger car. According to scanner radio reports, it does not sound like there are any serious injuries.

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Man injured in four-wheeler crash

A 33-year-old man was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth early Friday morning after a four-wheeler accident on Sunflower Road in Paradise.
Matthew Oyster of Paradise was heading eastbound on Sunflower Road approximately one mile-and-a-half from Farm Road 2123 when he crashed the 2009 Honda TRX-700 shortly before 2 a.m.
“He was driving too fast on the road and wasn’t able to make a curve,” said DPS spokesperson Lonny Haschel. “He rolled the four-wheeler and walked to a nearby farmhouse to ask for help.”
Haschel said Oyster was not wearing a helmet and was operating a vehicle not permitted for road use.
Emergency personnel transported Oyster to the Paradise High School football stadium to meet the medical helicopter.
“He was flown to JPS with serious injuries,” Haschel said.
The crash is still under investigation.

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Alice in Wonderland

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Labor of Love

(Above) The MJB coffee commercial, “East Bedford,” filmed in Decatur.

(Above) The making of “East Bedford” commercial.

(Above) Various scenes, possibly from the 1950s, also found with the commercial footage.

Pamphlet from the dedication of the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Public Library. Click here to download.

“Over 400 local people participate in filming television commercial” by Gene Carter, Wise County Messenger, Thursday, April 3, 1969. Click here to download.

“Decatur realizes bookish dream: Pied Piper whistles up library” by Dorothy Prunty and “Fort Worth priest ‘Father’ to library” by Eileen Nichols, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sunday, Aug. 16, 1970. Click here to download.

Decatur Chamber of Commerce posters, circa 1969-70

“Library wins national award”, by Kristen Tribe, Wise County Messenger, February 11, 2012

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Bay police chief resigns, city administrator put on paid leave

Following a five-hour executive session, the Runaway Bay City Council Wednesday voted to accept Police Chief Drew Paschall’s resignation and place City Administrator Greg Leveling on administrative leave with pay effective at the end of the work-day Wednesday. The “final terms” of Paschall’s resignation were to be negotiated by the city’s attorney. “The council wanted to go one direction, I wanted to take the department another,” Paschall said. Leveling declined to comment, citing possible litigation.

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