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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Calameo test

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Fatal accident in Alvord

A Department of Public Safety  trooper confirmed that a person was killed Saturday evening in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 1655 at U.S. 287 in Alvord. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Wren to hear cases next week

County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Stephen Wren will begin hearing cases Monday, Oct. 3, in the courthouse’s third-floor courtroom. Although the newly created court will be held at this location through October, it will rotate between the courthouse in Decatur and the justice of the peace courtrooms in Precincts 2 and 4 as necessary. Commissioners approved the use of the JP courtrooms at their regular meeting Monday. Wren’s office will be at the Bridgeport annex, site of the JP 4 courtroom. He will be sworn in at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, by Judge John Fostel, in the district courtroom in Decatur.

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2011 Pendleton Round-Up


2011 Pendleton Round-Up Parade

2011 U.S. Bank/Pendleton PBR Classic

A High-Flying Life

Pendleton Round-Up: Wednesday 2011

2011 American Indian Beauty Contest

Pendelton Round-Up Thursday 2011

Happy Canyon 2011

Westward Ho! Parade 2011

2011 Pendleton Round-Up Royalty Court

2011 Pendleton Round-Up Saturday

Pendleton Round-Up Friday 2011

Tribal Ceremonial Dancing Contest 2011


Pendleton Round-Up 2011 – Wednesday Highlights

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Justin Sportsmedicine

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Children’s Rodeo

Pendelton Round-Up 2011: Indian Relay Race

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Nightlife

Pendleton Round-up 2011: Teepee Encampment

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Westward Ho! Parade

Congressional Interview

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Bareback Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Team Roping Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Steer Wrestling Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Steer Roping Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Bull Riding Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Saddle Bronc Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: All Around Cowboy

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Calf Roping Finals

Pendleton Round-Up 2011: Barrel Racing Finals


Slideshow: Hot rods heat up the streets in Seaside

Video: 2011 wheels and waves car show – Seaside, OR

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Patsy Hodgson

SERVICES for Patsy Hodgson, 79, of Weatherford is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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11-year-old accidentally shoots self

An 11-year-old Bridgeport student accidentally shot and killed himself at his home in the 200 block of County Road 3504 near Bridgeport Tuesday night.

Grayson Conner Garrett sustained a fatal gun shot wound to the face.

His parents and older brother awoke to the sound of a gun shot and found the Bridgeport Middle School student near the family’s gun safe just after 11 p.m..

The incident has been ruled accidental.

Bridgeport Middle School Principal Travis Whisenant is planning a vigil for students to be held in the next few days. Details will be posted as they are available.

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Alvord Middle School Gifted and Talented School Supply List

1 folder
1 glue stick
1 tri-fold project board
1 20×30 white foam board

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