Monday, October 23, 2017


1 KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE – A Bridgeport man suffered fatal injuries from a house fire late Saturday night. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Wesley Russell, 48, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System as medics performed CPR, but Russell later died. Russell was found in his home in the 1000 block of Shady Oaks Drive after police and fire departments responded to a call about a house fire around 11 p.m. Stanford said officers arrived to find the back part of the house on fire. They attempted to enter the home but were unable due to heavy smoke. Fire departments from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay responded to the blaze, which was extinguished around 1 a.m. Wise County EMS also responded to the scene. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, but Stanford said it could have started from a lightning strike from storms that were passing through the area at the time.

BRIDGEPORT SCALES BACK ANNEXATION PLANS – The Bridgeport City Council decided after a special meeting Thursday to no longer pursue annexation for the areas west of East Farm Road 1658 after receiving numerous citizen complaints. The council will still vote Nov. 13 to decide whether to annex the other parcels of land in their original annexation plan. According to the release, the remaining areas still up for annexation are either surrounded by the city limits or have or will have access to utilities and other city services. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 PARTNER MISSING – A Wise County K-9 officer was still missing Monday morning after strong storms passed through Wise County Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said in a Facebook post that Rayco’s kennel was destroyed in the storm. Akin said Rayco’s handler, JT Manoushagian, went outside early Sunday morning to find Rayco missing. He was last seen just north and west of the Weatherford College Wise County campus off of FM 1655. “There’s no indication he was injured,” Akin said. “The best case scenario is we believe he’s still in the area.” Officers spent the day Sunday searching the area between U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1810, primarily in the area of the FM 1655 corridor. Rayco is a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd. If you see him, call dispatch at 940-627-5971.

SOSA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR JP 2 – Tammy Sosa of Chico announced Saturday at Chico Fest that she will run for Precinct 2 justice of the peace in 2018. Sosa, who has been chief clerk in the JP 2 office since 2004, will run as a Republican in the March 6 primary. “I believe with 13 years experience in the JP 2 office and being a lifetime resident of Precinct 2, I have the experience and responsibility to meet the needs of the citizens of Wise County Precinct 2,” she said. Other candidates also running for the post in the Republican primary are Ashly DoByns, Callie Manning and Kim Redman.

WATER LINE REPLACEMENTS – The City of Bridgeport will begin replacing the water line along 10th Street today. Construction will begin at the intersection of Wootton Avenue and 10th Street and progress north toward U.S. 380. During day time hours while workers are in the field, portions of 10th Street may be temporarily closed. As work progresses, any water service interruptions will be scheduled and advanced notice provided. Call City Hall if you have any questions, 940-683-3400.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – The two week early voting period for the Nov. 7 election begins today. Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at four early voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Read more about what is on the ballot in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

CROSS COUNTRY REGIONALS – Wise County runners will bid for state spots today, competing at regional meets. Decatur, Alvord, Chico and Slidell runners will compete at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. Boyd, Paradise and Northwest runners are in Lubbock for the Region I championships.

VOLLEYBALL PLAY GOES VIRAL – Video of Decatur volleyball player Autumn Finney’s amazing diving save in Friday’s game against Krum has been shared thousands of times online over the weekend. She even landed on the ESPN Sports Center’s Top Plays. Read more and watch the video online at WCMessenger.com.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from this weekend’s storms included 0.6 of an inch in Bridgeport and Greenwood, 0.5 in Alvord, 0.46 in Decatur, 0.25 in Cottondale and 0.2 in Rhome.

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County will host the 16th Annual College Night tonight from 5-7 p.m. More than 40 different colleges and universities, along with representatives form 6-8 different Weatherford College academic programs, will be present to answer questions and provide college information to students and parents. There will also be a Financial Aid Information session directed to parents of high school seniors beginning at 6 p.m. in the WCWC Lecture Hall. Call 940-627-2690, or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

PBR AUTOGRAPHS – Eighteen PBR athletes who live in Wise County will sign autographs for free at Fit-N-Wise’s Mobile Sports Medicine Unit parked outside Wal-Mart 5-6 p.m. Tuesday.

FUNERALS – Service for Jo Ann Gann, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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House fire victim dies


A Bridgeport man suffered fatal injuries from a house fire late Saturday night.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Wesley Russell, 48, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System as medics performed CPR, but Russell later died.

Russell was found in his home in the 1000 block of Shady Oaks Drive after police and fire departments responded to a call about a house fire around 11 p.m.

Stanford said officers arrived to find the back part of the house on fire. They attempted to enter the home but were unable due to heavy smoke.

Fire departments from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay responded to the blaze, which was extinguished around 1 a.m. Wise County EMS also responded to the scene.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, but Stanford said it could have started from a lightning strike from storms that were passing through the area at the time.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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1 injured in house fire


One person was taken to the hospital following a fire in a residential neighborhood in Bridgeport late Saturday night. The fire was reported around 11 p.m. at a  home on Shady Oaks. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said his officers arrived to find a porch area on fire. They attempted to make entry into the home but could not due to heavy smoke. Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay fire departments were called to the scene along with Wise County EMS. The fire was extinguished around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Bridgeport scales back annexation plans


According to a press release sent out by the City of Bridgeport Friday, the city council decided after a special meeting Thursday to no longer pursue annexation for the areas west of East Farm Road 1658 after receiving numerous citizen complaints.

The council will still vote Nov. 13 to decide whether to annex the other parcels of land in their original annexation plan. According to the release, the remaining areas still up for annexation are either surrounded by the city limits or have or will have access to utilities and other city services.

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Friday, October 20, 2017


CHICO FEST – Chico Fest returns to the square in Chico 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Activities include bounce houses, Little Miss and Mr. Chico Fest pageant, hamburger and hot dog lunch, stick horse rodeo, Bingo, raffles and the reopening of the Chico Senior Center. Carter BloodCare will be accepting blood donors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call Michelle Slonaker, 940-644-2330.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Decatur Eagles will try to rebound from a District 4-4A Division I opening loss last week against Wichita Falls Hirschi at home tonight. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. Follow our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. The rest of the Wise County schedule: Alvord at Seymour, Boyd at Ponder, Krum at Bridgeport, Chico at Olney, Northwest at Boswell, Paradise at Brock.

VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets look to wrap up their third straight district title with a win over Jacksboro tonight. Decatur will bid for a share of the 9-4A lead, traveling to Krum. Bridgeport heads to Argyle. Northwest plays at Boswell. Saturday, Alvord heads to Graford. Chico goes to Poolville. Paradise travels to Henrietta.

WEEKEND RAIN CHANCES – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of storms with a high of 77. On Saturday, rain chances are 30 percent during the day, increasing to 90 percent Saturday night. Saturday’s high is expected to reach 82 degrees. Sunday is expected to be dry with a high of 73.

PATIENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Solaris Hospice is looking for volunteers to serve as companions to its patients. An information session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library. The event is come and go. For more information, call 940-627-1011.

WOOFAPALOOZA – Woofapalooza, a dog costume contest, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the courtyard at NRS Ranch, 4650 S. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Free registration is 8-9:30 a.m., and the first 100 dogs registered will receive a 15-pound bag of dog food. Prizes will be awarded.

FALL FESTIVAL – Heritage Place in Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will hold a Fall Festival 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It will feature games, food and prizes for kids.

BARKTOBERFEST – Barktoberfest Pet Festival is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Bring your cats, dogs and any other pets to the event. There will be a pet costume contest at 10, a pet and owner look alike contest at 10:30 and a tricks for treats contest at 10:45. Watch agility and obedience demonstrations, kiss your pup in a pet kissing booth and shop pet vendors on Halsell during Barktoberfest. Bring canned cat food, dry dog food, disinfectants or treats to donate to the Bridgeport Animal Shelter and receive two raffle tickets for a chance to win a pet bed. DJ Apollo will provide entertainment, and there will be a slide and bounce house, food trucks, photo booth and balloon animals for the humans. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

FALL FESTIVAL – Paradise PTO’s annual fall festival is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Elementary School. There will be games, bingo, bounce houses, a hay ride, silent auction and vendors.

SALT CREEK VFD FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday. Purchase raffle tickets at On The Square Guns in Springtown, Elliots Electric in Bridgeport or that night for a Ruger AR 15 or Ruger 9 mm. Barbecue brisket by an award-winning pitmaster, or hamburger and hot dog dinner will be available. The event will also feature a silent auction, bounce house for the kids, live music and a visit by a medical helicopter at 6:15 p.m., weather permitting.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their October meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Sheriff Lane Akin will be the guest speaker. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

PARADISE VFD FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry Fundraiser is 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event will also feature a bake sale and a chance to meet the volunteer firefighters.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Cundiff Baptist Church on FM 1810 in Jack County. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017


BARKTOBERFEST – Barktoberfest Pet Festival is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Bring your cats, dogs and any other pets to the event. There will be a pet costume contest at 10, a pet and owner look alike contest at 10:30 and a tricks for treats contest at 10:45. Watch agility and obedience demonstrations, kiss your pup in a pet kissing booth and shop pet vendors on Halsell during Barktoberfest. Bring canned cat food, dry dog food, disinfectants or treats to donate to the Bridgeport Animal Shelter and receive two raffle tickets for a chance to win a pet bed. DJ Apollo will provide entertainment, and there will be a slide and bounce house, food trucks, photo booth and balloon animals for the humans. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is holding its 4th Annual Tee It Up Fore the Field Golf Tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay on Friday. Registration for the four-man scramble is at noon with a shotgun start at 1. There will also be a dinner, silent auction, raffle and awards. Information and registration forms are online at made2thrive.org. Contact Jim Duffy, 214-755-3295 or jamesduffy07@gmail.com.

FALL FESTIVAL – Paradise PTO’s annual fall festival is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Elementary School. There will be games, bingo, bounce houses, a hay ride, silent auction and vendors.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel group will meet Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, for a luncheon and program at the Decatur Conference Center. The speaker will be Bill Barnes, Texas Retired Teacher’s Association member, who will give an update on news from TRTA. A reservation must be made by Sunday. Call Bunny Perry at 940-389-1899.

UGANDAN CHOIR – The Ugandan Kids Choir will perform 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been dedicated to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Through child sponsorship, Childcare Worldwide brings hope to children in need by providing them with an education that will set them up for future employment and break the cycle of poverty in their lives. The program in Bridgeport will include traditional African song and dance. Visit childcareworldwide.org/choir.

PLAY 42 – Anybody who plays 42 or would like to learn is invited to the Decatur Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.

OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Public Library. Jeanette Hurst will talk about ways to discover the treasure of the family research catalog. Learn how to search the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. The public is invited.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur (Rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

FUNERALS – A graveside service for Martha Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. today at Boonsville Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery at Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


SCHOOL ENCOURAGES VOTING – The Decatur School Board Monday approved a Culture of Voting resolution created by the Texas Association of School Boards. The resolution encourages school staff to “create a culture of voting and seeks to ensure maximum participation by district employees and eligible students in the elections process,” according to the resolution. “It’s really intended to encourage participation, it’s not to tell people how to vote,” DISD Superintendent Judi Whitis said. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved closer to locking up their third straight district title Tuesday, beating 8-3A co-leader Henrietta in straight sets in dominant fashion. Boyd hit .319, winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 to move to 11-1 in district. The Lady Yellowjackets can clinch the title with a victory Friday over Jacksboro. Macee Valtr led the Boyd attack with 13 kills, hitting .571. Jordyn Todd put down 12. Autumn Finney and Harper Lowery landed seven kills apiece as the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Gainesville Tuesday. Decatur won 25-8, 25-14, 25-9 to move to 6-2 in District 9-4A. With the win and Argyle’s victory over Krum, the Lady Eagles moved within a match of first place with two left. Decatur takes on Krum Friday and Argyle Tuesday. Bailey Tompkins put down 11 kills in just 17 attacks as Northwest took down Azle in three games Tuesday. Northwest won 25-21, 25-15, 25-12 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Northwest is two matches behind Eaton for fourth in 6-5A with two left. The Lady Texans close the regular season against Eaton Tuesday. The Chico Lady Dragons made quick work of Ranger Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11, 26-24. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs outlasted Newcastle in five games Tuesday. Alvord won 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 14-25, 16-14. Kinly Walker landed nine kills and made 43 digs. Christina Thomas had seven kills. Kendall Connolly handed out 18 assists.

BOOK SALE – The friends of the Bridgeport Public Library are taking donations for the upcoming book sale. The Fall Book Sale will be Thursday through Saturday. Call the Bridgeport Public Library at 940-683-3450.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur (Rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

SALT CREEK VFD FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday. Purchase raffle tickets at On The Square Guns in Springtown, Elliots Electric in Bridgeport or that night for a Ruger AR 15 or Ruger 9 mm. Barbecue brisket by an award-winning pitmaster, or hamburger and hot dog dinner will be available. The event will also feature a silent auction, bounce house for the kids, live music and a visit by a medical helicopter at 6:15 p.m., weather permitting.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their October meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Sheriff Lane Akin will be the guest speaker. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

PARADISE VFD FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry Fundraiser is 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event will also feature a bake sale and a chance to meet the volunteer firefighters.

FALL FESTIVAL – Heritage Place in Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will hold a Fall Festival 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It will feature games, food and prizes for kids.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation is offering a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County today and Oct. 25. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. For more information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with interment at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Martha Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. Thursday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Billy R. Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


GRANT PROVIDES FOR RIFLE-RESISTANT BODY ARMOR – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a resolution acknowledging a grant from the state of Texas for rifle-resistant body armor. The grant requires no matching funds, but it will cover the purchase of body armor for every officer that works for the county, including constables and the fire marshal’s office. Heinrich Downes with the sheriff’s office said the grant was created by the state following the July 2016 shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead and nine others injured. He said $25 million was allotted for the whole state. Downes described the body armor as a piece of equipment officers would carry in their car and put on as needed. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PLAY DATE – Chico Public Library is hosting its Family Place Play Dates 11 a.m.-noon today. The program is for infants and toddlers birth to 3 and their parents/caregivers. Play Dates encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Wise County Veterans Group will present the movie “Unbroken” at 6 tonight at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. Admission is free to veterans and the general public.

OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Jeanette Hurst will talk about ways to discover the treasure of the family research catalog. Learn how to search the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. The public is invited.

DONATIONS FOR ANIMAL SHELTER – The City of Bridgeport is collecting donations for the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. Donate one item at Barktoberfest 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport and you will receive two raffle tickets for your chance to win a pet bed. Drawing to be held during the event. Call the City of Bridgeport at 940-683-3400.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Lorene ‘Lorie’ (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. Thursday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with interment at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Rosary will be said 7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Lonestar Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 16, 2017


PD SEEKS INFO IN CAR WASH THEFT – Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380. Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday. “We have several leads we’re working on,” he said. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.” Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray. He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video. Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

RAIN REPORT – A cold front this weekend brought cooler temperatures and some rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.9 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise, 0.26 in Rhome and 0.16 in Decatur.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a social and chili fundraiser 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The event will allow visitors to meet other Wise County Democrats and help organize for the 2018 midterms. E-mail Chair Amos at wisedemocrats@gmail.com.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date available is Wednesday. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. For more information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

DECATUR YOUTH BASKETBALL – Decatur Youth basketball will be participating in the Wise County league this year. The league consist of kids entering 1st-6th grade. Forms are available at all three elementary campuses and the 6th grade campus. Deadline is Oct. 31st. Cost to play is $65, and games will start in December. League contact is David Shetter. Email address is dshetter_5@yahoo.com.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution today at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Cyndy McDaniel, 59, of Decatur and Mark Reiderer, 55, of Justin are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Patsy “Pat” Winchell, 84, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial in Lonestar Cemetery. Family will receive friends Tuesday one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Bridgeport PD investigates car wash theft


Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380.
Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday.

BPD is requesting your assistance identifying the male subject in this video. He is believed to be a suspect in a recent Burglary of a coin machine at one of our car washes. Please contact Lieutenant Todd Low @ 940-683-3430 or tlow@cityofbridgeport.net with any information.

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“We have several leads we’re working on,” he said Sunday. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.”
Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray.
He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video.
Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

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Friday, October 13, 2017


3 TEENS HURT IN WRECK – Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees. One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL – Many Wise County football teams start the district schedule Friday night. The Decatur Eagles head to Argyle for the 4-4A Division I opener for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Keep track of the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Paradise plays host to Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. in its 4-3A Division I opener. Boyd goes to Bowie. In 5-2A Division I, Chico faces Seymour at home. Northwest goes on the road for the first time to play Saginaw. Bridgeport heads to Graham.

BOYD WINS 8-3A CROSS COUNTRY TITLE – The Boyd Yellowjackets turned in a dominant performance on their home course Thursday, placing five runners in the top eight to win the 8-3A title. Connor Richardson won the 5K in 17:17. Tristan Lemasters took second in 17:27, Manny Garcia fourth in 17:35, Gauge Fahlin fifth in 17:52 and Blake Rodgers eighth in 18:36. Paradise garnered second and a regional spot. Matthew Eisen took third in 17:35 and Kobe Wakefield 10th in 18:42. In the girls race, Paradise finished second with 63 points. Kaycee Martin ran 12:33 in the 3,200 for second. Hannah Beth Pearson was fourth in 12:39 and Maddie Mitschke seventh in 13:05. Boyd was fourth. Carrie Schwartz earned a region bid, finishing fifth in 12:48.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles face a pivotal match in the 9-4A race, facing Sanger at home at 5 p.m. today. Bridgeport takes on league leader Krum at home. Northwest travels to Saginaw. Paradise plays at Bowie. Saturday, Boyd heads to Nocona. Chico goes to Bryson. Alvord welcomes in Perrin.

RUNAWAY BAY PARK CLEAN-UP – Runaway Bay will have a community clean-up day Saturday at Cricket Ridge Park. Starting at 8 a.m., attendees will help with lawn work, replacing landscape timbers and mulch and repairing, sanding and staining the playsystem. Runaway Bay EDC and Greater Runaway Bay Alliance request that volunteers bring work gloves, eye protection, rakes, shovels, weed eaters, wheelbarrows, hand or belt sanders and extension cords if they have them. A hot dog lunch will be provided. For information call Andrea Griffeth, 972-533-4553.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Rebecca Buchanan Potter will perform a “Patsy Cline Review” at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10, and proceeds will benefit the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum. Tickets are available at the museum or at the box office beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

KINGDOM MEN – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting Kingdom Men with Dennis Swanber 7 p.m. Monday at Decatur Conference Center. For tickets, call 940-627-3235. Donations will be accepted for Warmth for Wise, Keeping Children Warm in Wise County.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution Monday at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promotions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Veterans and family members are invited to the free event, which will feature barbecue, a silent auction and sweet walk.

NEWARK CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 30th annual Newark Cruisin’ Days continues through Saturday. The event began last night and continues tonight with the carnival opening at 6 p.m., and bingo beginning at 7 at the fire hall. Carnival ride armbands are $20. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10:30. Bingo runs from 11-3 p.m., and the Mr. and Mrs. Cruisin’ Days Pageant is at 1 p.m. For information on the pageant, call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959. The car show starts at 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Awards are at 6, and the dance is from 8-11 p.m.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be contests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict, allrid@gmail.com, Lions Club.

WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed today. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods.

FISH FRY – The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. Saturday and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

LORD’S ACRE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival Saturday. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – DHS Junior Class will host a family movie night featuring “Beetlejuice” at the DHS practice field (track) Saturday (Rainout plan – indoor practice facility at DHS). Pre-activities, including games and a costume contest, will begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30. Presale tickets are $7 for ages 10 and under and $10 for adults. A family four-pack is $30 (not available at door). Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased from any junior class officer or parent or Mrs. Smith in the first floor DHS office. Email lauren.smith@decaturisd.us.

FUNERALS – Service for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Linda Frances Jackson Prince, 58, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Vicki Grooms, 56, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Teenagers injured in wreck


Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were traveling northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees.

One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


DAIRY RESUMES MILK SALES – The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it is allowing K-Bar Dairy in Paradise to resume selling raw milk. Raw milk from the dairy had tested positive for the Brucella bacteria two months ago, prompting a recall by the DSHS. The recall came after a public health investigation confirmed that a customer of the dairy had contracted brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacteria. According to the DSHS, two cows that were shedding Brucella in their milk were separated from the herd, and subsequent testing of milk from the remaining cows has shown no evidence of Brucella bacteria in the milk, clearing the way for the resumption of milk sales.

BRIDGEPORT HOLDS SECOND ANNEXATION HEARING – Thirty citizens spoke at the city of Bridgeport’s second public hearing on annexation yesterday, urging the council to vote against the proposed annexation of 1,300 acres along U.S. 380 and Texas 101. Business owners, landowners and citizens from within the city all protested the expansion of the city limits, with some saying they would move if the city follows through with its plans. Read more about the hearing in the weekend Messenger.

DECATUR WINS 9-4A TITLES – The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams won the 9-4A titles Wednesday. The Decatur girls won with 28 points. Taylor Butler finished second on the 3,200-meter course in 12:25. Makenzie Fox was third in 12:32. Bridgeport’s Marisol Fraga grabbed fourth in 12:36. Bridgeport finished fourth with 90 points. The Decatur boys won with 32 points. Bridgeport was third with 58. Bridgeport’s Manuel Garcia took second in 16:27 on the 5K course. Decatur’s Triston Read ran 16:33 for third and Alan Rangel fourth in 16:34. Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar was fifth in 16:51.

8-3A CHAMPIONSHIPS – The 8-3A cross country championships will start at 9 a.m. today at Boyd High School with Boyd and Paradise runners competing.

WARM CLOSED FRIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Friday. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods. The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Decatur Main Street is having Girls Night Out on the downtown square 6-8 tonight.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


COUNCIL APPROVES LAND PURCHASE – The Decatur City Council Monday gave its approval to the city’s Economic Development Corp.’s plan to purchase 162 acres of land southeast of Decatur for development of a business park. The EDC board approved the purchase of the property from Wise County Consortium LLC at a cost of $12,000 per acre at its meeting two weeks ago. The purchase required the approval of the council before the sale could move forward. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Trinity Vinzant buried four of her 14 kills in the third set as Decatur took control of the match in the 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9 win over Bridgeport. The Chico Lady Dragons completed the season sweep of the cross-county rival Alvord Tuesday. Chico won 27-25, 25-16, 25-22 to move to 7-3 in District 9-2A. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved to 9-1 in District 8-3A with a sweep of City View Tuesday. Jordyn Todd tallied 12 kills. Laney Pellegrini finished with eight and Shaylee Martin five. For a second time in District 8-3A, Jacksboro outlasted Paradise to win in five games. Jacksboro won 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 15-10. Gracie Barnett put down 15 kills. Harley Mayfield and Ashley Kosman had eight apiece.

DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY – The 9-4A championships will be held at Joe Wheeler Park at 3 p.m. today. The 11-2A meet is in Poolville and the 21-A event is set for Bowie.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Decatur Main Street is having Girls Night Out on the downtown square 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

NEWARK CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 30th annual Newark Cruisin’ Days is Thursday through Saturday. Events begin with a carnival at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event continues Friday evening with the carnival opening at 6 p.m., and bingo beginning at 7 at the fire hall. Carnival ride armbands are $20. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10:30. Bingo runs from 11-3 p.m., and the Mr. and Mrs. Cruisin’ Days Pageant is at 1 p.m. For information on the pageant, call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959. The car show starts at 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Awards are at 6, and the dance is from 8-11 p.m. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be contests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict, allrid@gmail.com, Lions Club.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for Rhome/South Wise Spirit of Christmas are available at Rhome City Hall, 261 N. School Road. The program provides toys and clothing for economically disadvantaged children. Applications should be returned by Friday, Nov. 10.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive special needs baseball needs volunteers to help at its games. Register online at made2thrive.org. For information, call volunteer coordinator Claudia Davila, 940-255-4541 or email butterfly8480@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Thomas J. Brown, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lisa Mitchell, 48, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


BRIDGEPORT HOLDS FIRST ANNEXATION HEARING – Bridgeport opened the floor for citizens to speak about its proposed involuntary annexation Monday night at a public hearing, and 20 people came before the council to ask them to vote against annexation. Council chambers were full of citizens in red shirts, members of a group who’d decided to oppose annexation at a community meeting last week. Bridgeport will hold one more public hearing on the matter 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to be registered to vote if you plan on voting in the Nov. 7 constitutional amendment election. To find out if you are registered, visit votetexas.gov and click on the “Register To Vote” option. You’ll be asked to enter certain information about yourself, and information is then shown regarding your voting status. Voter registration information can also be found on the Wise County elections page at votewise.org. Wise County residents can register to vote in person at the Election Administration office at 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. You can also call 940-627-3656 for local voter registration information.

FEELS LIKE FALL – Temperatures were in the 50s this morning in Wise County after a cold front moved through the area late yesterday. Today’s high is expected to be in the mid-60s with a low tonight in the mid-40s. Parts of Wise County received rain overnight. Rainfall totals included 0.85 in Alvord, 0.6 in Bridgeport and 0.03 in Rhome.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Bridgeport Sissies will host Decatur tonight. Alvord will be at Chico. Boyd will be at home against City View. Northwest plays at Aledo. Paradise travels to Jacksboro.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Chico today. Lunch is served at noon ($7/plate). Guest speaker Stephanie Beard will provide an overview of her experiences participating in the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative at Chico Public Library.

LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library will hold a Family Place Play Date for infants and toddlers birth-3 and their parents/caregivers from 11 a.m.-noon today. After School Art, which features creating watercolor owls with Debbie Malone of the Funky Firefly, begins at 4 p.m. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

STEAM PROGRAM – Rhome Public Library’s STEAM program meets 4-5 p.m. today to conduct various science and technology experiments. Call 817-636-2767.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promotions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Veterans and family members are invited to the free event, which will feature barbecue, a silent auction and sweet walk.

FUNERALS – Services for Susan Miank, 68, of Justin and Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Thomas J. Brown, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Raymond St. John, 84, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 9, 2017


WIRE THEFTS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the person or people responsible for a series of thefts in the northeast part of the county. Wise County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Neagle said someone entered a compressor station on Farm Road 455 west of Farm Road 51 in the Greenwood/Slidell area multiple times last month and stole copper wire. The thefts took place during the overnight hours. Surveillance video captured at least one of the thefts. That video was posted last week on the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. To report information about the theft or the identity of the suspects involved, call Crime Stoppers of Wise County at 800-643-TIPS(8477) or 940-627-TIPS(8477). Calls may be made 24 hours a day, and you will remain anonymous. Facebook comments are not anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay for the first, most accurate tip received.

WEATHER CHANGE – Near-record high temperatures are expected today with a high of around 93 degrees, but a cold front will pass through the area tonight bringing a taste of fall weather. Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be 66 degrees, and Tuesday’s low could dip into the upper 40s. Isolated showers are possible tonight.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – James Wood Motors will host a retirement reception today from 2-4 for Richard Flynt, the dealership’s truck sales manager. He has been an employee of James Wood for 38 years.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

FALL CONFERENCE – The Wise County Retired School Personnel Unit will host 160 members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, District XI today at the Decatur Conference Center. “A Chisholm Trail Round-Up” is the theme for all retired school personnel. The Fall Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and feature speaker Senator Craig Estes, two TRTA state officers, Decatur ISD Supt. Dr. Judi Whitis, and Wise County Veteran’s group will present the flags. Sculpture/storyteller Ann Ayers will present the program, and Dakota Burns will provide the entertainment.

LORD’S ACRE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival Saturday. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – DHS Junior Class will host a family movie night featuring “Beetlejuice” at the DHS practice field (track) Saturday (Rainout plan – indoor practice facility at DHS). Pre-activities, including games and a costume contest, will begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30. Presale tickets are $7 for ages 10 and under and $10 for adults. A family four-pack is $30 (not available at door). Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased from any junior class officer or parent or Mrs. Smith in the first floor DHS office. Email lauren.smith@decaturisd.us.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Allen Craig Parsons, 72, of Weatherford is 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, October 6, 2017


KENNEDY TO SEEK RE-ELECTION – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy announced Thursday he will seek re-election in 2018. Kennedy, who has served one term in office, said it feels like he just got started. “I’d like to stay another term and serve the people of Precinct 4,” he said. “We’ve got everything in order and running smoothly, and I’d like to keep that going.” Kennedy will run on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Bridgeport is looking for its first win of the season as they host Benbrook tonight at 7:30 at Bull-Memorial Stadium. Follow along with the action @wcmsports on Twitter. In other action, Chico hosts Gainesville State School, Boyd welcomes in Jacksboro, Alvord travels to City View, Northwest is home against Brewer and Victory Christian plays at Fort Worth Hill.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Bridgeport FFA is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Money from the sale will be used to attend the National FFA Convention.

BLOOD DRIVE – Decatur High School Student Council is having a blood drive 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the high school cheer room.

TOY RUN RAFFLE – The Wise County Toy Run will be at Decatur Wal-Mart Friday, Saturday and Sunday selling $10 raffle tickets for a V-Neck Motorcycle trailer. Need not be present to win. Drawing will be held on Dec. 3.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold this week’s breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Skydive Cowtown jump zone, located at 2215 CR 4421, in Rhome. From Decatur, go south on U.S. 81/287 approximately 8 miles until you see the large “A” frame building on the side of the road. After you pass this building, take the next turnaround back towards the building and take CR 4421 to your right. Go about a mile to Cowtown on your right.

BRIDGEPORT ALL CLASSES REUNION – Bridgeport High School’s All-Classes Reunion for classes 1950 through 1975 is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport High School Commons Area. Class photos will be taken. Call John Barnett at 940-627-6188.

CRUISE NIGHTS – The last Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square of 2017 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., and awards are at 8. Cost is $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants on the Square will be open late for visitors. Call Decatur Main Street, 940-399-9558.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Ascension and St. Mark’s Church, 5094 U.S. 380 E., will hold a Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday. Following the blessing, donations for local animal shelters will be distributed, and those who wish to are invited to join Fr. Keith Roberson for the blessing of animals at the C.A.R.E. facility in Bridgeport. ALSO, the Episcopal Church of Wise County and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur invite the community to The Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday on the Episcopal Church grounds, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. Items are also being collected to give to the Wise County Animal Shelter, including bleach, puppy and kitten food, Dawn and cat litter. At both blessings, have pets on a leash or in a carrier.

BINGO NIGHT – The Paradise Emeralds will have its second annual Bingo Night 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. A three-card sheet is $1. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used for new uniforms and team competitions.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Janet Crowley, 82, of Chico is pending at the Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017


LANDOWNERS TO FIGHT ANNEXATION – Landowners in the areas the city of Bridgeport plans to annex in November met last night to discuss how to stop the annexation. In a packed conference room at La Quinta Inn and Suites, the landowners decided to come to the city’s public hearings next week in force to oppose the annexation. The city will hold the hearings 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 11 at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. The landowners also discussed their intention to petition the county for an election on Senate Bill 6 after the bill goes into effect in December. Smaller counties can elect to opt in to SB 6, which prohibits involuntary annexation.

CRUISE NIGHTS – The last Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square of 2017 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., and awards are at 8. Cost is $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants on the Square will be open late for visitors. Call Decatur Main Street, 940-399-9558.

RED CROSS SEEKS 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 at 940-210-4908.

BOYD WALL OF HONOR – Boyd ISD will induct three former employees into the Boyd ISD Wall of Honor this Friday. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Boyd High School cafeteria. Wall of Honor inductees are: Boyd High School English teacher Oggletta Burns; 1973-1989, Boyd High School English Teacher Linda Parker; 1985-2001 and Boyd Intermediate School Principal Lynn Todd; 1979-1995.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Ascension and St. Mark’s Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday. The church is located at 5094 U.S. 380 E. immediately east of the WCWC campus. Animals should be on leashes or in carriers. Following the blessing, donations for local animal shelters will be distributed, and those who wish to are invited to join Fr. Keith Roberson for the blessing of animals at the C.A.R.E. facility in Bridgeport.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The speaker will be J.D. Allen, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Allen will speak on unity, race relations and respect for one another. For information, call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is holding its 4th Annual Tee It Up Fore the Field Golf Tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay on Friday, Oct. 20. Registration for the four-man scramble is at noon with a shotgun start at 1. There will also be a dinner, silent auction, raffle and awards. Information and registration forms are online at made2thrive.org. Contact Jim Duffy, 214-755-3295 or jamesduffy07@gmail.com.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program, “Monarch Migration,” will be presented by Carol Welch of the Parker County Master Gardeners. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Bridgeport FFA is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Money from the sale will be used to attend the National FFA Convention.

FUNERAL – Memorial service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before the service at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017


NATIONAL MEETING COMES TO WISE – Close to 70 county officials from across the nation will visit Wise County this week for the 2017 Rural Action Caucus (RAC) fall symposium. RAC, a subgroup of the National Association of Counties (NACo), is chaired by County Judge J.D. Clark, and he’s excited the group is meeting in his home county. The symposium will kick off with a welcome reception on the square in Decatur Thursday night and conference meetings will start Friday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. The group is also visiting NRS in Decatur, Hanson Aggregates in Chico and the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Holliday surged to a four-set win over the Lady Yellowjackets, ending Boyd’s 30-match win streak. The Lady Yellowjackets entered the match ranked third, but fell 17-25, 29-27, 25-19, 25-22. Abbey Bloomer made 33 digs as Alvord beat Ranger in four sets. The Lady Bulldogs won 25-15, 21-25, 25-8, 25-21. Kinley Walker made 28 digs. Audrey Beasley had 31. Walker buried five kills. Christina Thomas had 14. Kendall Connolly doled out 22 assists. Chisholm Trail downed Northwest in four games, winning 25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23. Oakley O’Dell and Kori James each buried 17 kills. Bailey Tompkins had 16. Analise Lucio had 53 assists. Jewell Pavlakovic had 21 digs. James had 19 and Lucio 18. Chico battered Perrin over three sets, winning 25-11, 25-10, 25-13. The Paradise Lady Panthers fell to Nocona over five sets Tuesday, losing 25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-13.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from yesterday included 1.1 inches in Greenwood, 0.5 in Alvord, 0.15 in Rhome and 0.05 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 82.

RAISING AWARENESS – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, Wise Hope encourages people to paint the nail on their left ring finger purple. Post pictures on social media with the hashtags #WiseHope and #PutTheNailInit.

YARD SALE – Pleasant Grove Baptist No. 2 is having a yard sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday to benefit its children’s outdoor playground fund. The church is one mile west of Farm Road 730 on Farm Road 2048 (Keeter Highway), across from Boyd Raceway. Call Sarah, 940-293-3480, or Becky, 817-992-0550.

PARK CLASSIC – The 26th Annual Park Classic Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf and Country Club. Registration is 9 a.m. with tee time at 10. Entry fee is $300 per team; mulligans are $5 (limit two); poker run is $15 per person; and all-inclusive team cost is $400. Lunch, beer and water will be provided. Call Jordan White, 940-389-8252. Sign up at decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or at facebook.com/decaturjwc.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS – The Episcopal Church of Wise County and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, invite the community to The Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday on the Episcopal Church grounds, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. Have pets on a leash or in a carrier. Items are also being collected to give the Wise County Animal Shelter, including bleach, puppy and kitten food, Dawn and cat litter.

BINGO NIGHT – The Paradise Emeralds will have its second annual Bingo Night 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. A three-card sheet is $1. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used for new uniforms and team competitions.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON ANNEXATION – A community meeting regarding Bridgeport’s annexation plan is 6:30 p.m. today at Laquinta in Bridgeport. The meeting is open to landowners in the current annexation plan, landowners outside the current annexation plan and people interested with the group’s efforts. Visit fb.com/bridgeportannex for information.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Candelario Pacheco, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED – A Lake Worth man was arrested this weekend and charged in the shooting at a party in Wise County on Sept. 23. Archie Jameson Coleman, 29, was arrested on a traffic stop in Parker County Saturday and transferred to the Wise County Jail Sunday. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct discharge firearm. Coleman was released from the Wise County Jail Monday after posting $40,000 bond. The shooting took place at a home in the 1200 block of County Road 3791 near Cottondale in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 23. A 28-year-old man was shot twice at the party. The victim was treated and released from a Fort Worth hospital.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The 11th-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles will take on 14th-ranked Krum in a rematch of last year’s 4A Region II quarterfinal at 6 tonight at Decatur High School Gym. In other action, Alvord travels to Ranger. Bridgeport faces Argyle at home. Boyd heads to Holliday. Chico takes on Perrin at home. Northwest welcomes in Chisholm Trail. Paradise will play Nocona at home.

STORM CHANCES – Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of storms this afternoon with a high of 86 degrees. Those same rain chances continue tonight and tomorrow.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur.

PLAY DATES – Family Place Play Dates return to the Chico Public Library 11:00 a.m.-noon today. Family Place Play Dates are designed for infants and toddlers birth to age 3. Center-based activities encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

RIBBON CUTTING FOR MUSEUM – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the Paradise Museum, 216 Main St., noon-1 p.m. Wednesday.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON ANNEXATION – A community meeting regarding Bridgeport’s annexation plan is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Laquinta in Bridgeport. The meeting is open to landowners in the current annexation plan, landowners outside the current annexation plan and people interested with the group’s efforts. Visit fb.com/bridgeportannex for information.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program, “Monarch Migration,” will be presented by Carol Welch of the Parker County Master Gardeners. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

NIGHT OUT – The Decatur Police Department will host National Night Out 6-8 tonight on the Decatur Square. The event will include free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, ice cream, jump house, child fingerprint ID, distracted driving simulator and the Decatur Fire Department Clown Show.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

COFFEE WITH A COP – The Bridgeport Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop 7-9 a.m. Wednesday at Five Boys.

CRIME WATCH MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department is hoping to establish a crime watch group for neighborhoods on the town’s west side after a string of petty thefts in the area. The department will hold a community meeting 6 tonight at the Outreach of Love Church, 300 Cates St. The church was previously the Twin Oaks Assembly of God.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Candelario Pacheco, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Cynthia Compton, 66, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

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