Paradise couple arrested in bank robbery investigation


A husband and wife from Paradise have been arrested in connection with a June bank robbery in Benton, Ark. Rodney Hurdsman, 45, and Stephanie Hurdsman, 39, were arrested Monday in Shreveport, La. A third suspect, Stephanie’s sister, Oneida Saylor, 35, remains at large. The three are suspected of robbing the Malvern National Bank in Benton on June 16. The three are also suspects in other robberies, according to the Benton Police Department. Detectives in Benton have been working with the FBI, Louisiana State Police, Round Rock Police Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. A full story will be featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


2 HURT WHEN TRAIN STRIKES TRUCK – Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise. The train was eastbound on the track, which runs parallel to Texas 114 when it collided with the cab of an 18-wheeler at the private driveway across the street from Don’s AC around 12:45. The impact ripped the cab off the chassis. The driver and passenger of the truck, who were not identified, were both flown to Metroplex hospitals, one from the scene and another from the Paradise High School football field. Because the wreck happened on private property, Texas Department of Public Safety officers on the scene said the railroad company would conduct the investigation. Wise County EMS, Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

MAYOR’S POWERS LIMITED – Without Rhome Mayor Louis Godfrey in attendance, the city council met in executive session for more than three-and-a-half hours Monday to discuss his powers. At the suggestion of City Attorney Walt Leonard, the council approved five changes to the mayor’s powers. They included limiting “the hiring and firing of department heads or those above” by the mayor, instead giving the power to the city council. Also, “discipline and firing decisions may be appealed to the city council at the next regular session, and whether that person remains on the job in the interim is at the discretion of the mayor and department head.” The third change requires staff to prepare proposed job descriptions for all employees as part of a general review of the personnel manual. Four, overtime for all employees will be as authorized by department head. Lastly, “each department head may utilize their own resources as per the budget and in conjunction with the mayor and council.” The changes were approved by a vote of 4-0-1. Michelle Pittman abstained. The council also voted to extend by six months the probationary period for Police Chief Brandon Davis.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO PROVIDE NORTHWEST SRO – Wise County commissioners Monday approved providing a sheriff’s deputy as a school resource officer for Northwest ISD. The officer will serve three campuses – Seven Hills Elementary, Prairie View Elementary and Chisholm Trail Middle School. Glenda Beam, NISD’s director of safety and security, said the district will pay $40,600 of the officer’s compensation package, and the county will pay $15,000 to $18,000, depending on the officer’s insurance plan. The Wise County officer will fill a post previously held by a Rhome police officer. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOYD, PARADISE SQUARE OFF – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will face the Paradise Lady Panthers in an 9-3A volleyball showdown at 5:30 tonight in Paradise. Look for recap of the game at wcmsports.com. In other action, Bridgeport opens 8-4A at home against Springtown at 6 p.m. Decatur heads to Mansfield Legacy for a non-district match. Northwest plays host to Keller Timber Creek. Chico is off.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS – In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church, 5094 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport is hosting a blessing of animal companions 10 a.m. Saturday. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier, and donations will be accepted for the animal shelters. Fr. Keith Roberson will bless the animals at the shelters.

COAL MINERS’ – The Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on Halsell Street. There will be a chili cook-off, pumpkin patch pageant, pet parade, photography contest, live performances, washer tournament, jump house, pumpkin activities, merchant sales, college football viewing area and food and craft vendors.

HARVEST BAZAAR – The First United Methodist Church in Decatur, 104 S. Miller St., will hold its Harvest Bazaar 5-7 p.m. Saturday. It will include a country kitchen, live and silent auctions, a barbecue dinner and face painting for kids. Visit www.decaturmethodist.org.

SCHOOL CARNIVAL – Carson Elementary School is hosting its annual carnival 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the school. There will be free games and prizes, bounce houses, food, a cake walk and more. All community members are welcome. Interested vendors should email Mac Lowe, macandcody@ymail.com.

CHAMBER AUCTION – Decatur Chamber of Commerce presents its 23rd Annual Auction “Boots, Chaps & Cowboy Hats” Saturday, Oct. 18. Both table and individual tickets are available by calling the chamber office, 940-627-3107

GOLF TOURNAMENT - The Bridgeport Women’s Club Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas is Sunday, Oct. 26 at Bridgeport Country Club. It will feature a three-person team scramble format. Sponsorships are available. Call Susan Miller, 940-366-0186.

FUNERALS – Service for Neoma Ruth Collins, 86, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Lonestar Cemetery.

SERVICE for Mary Lou Shaw, 84, of Aurora is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Brenda T. Cunningham, 62, of Sunset is 11 a.m Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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2 injured when train strikes 18-wheeler


Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise. The train was eastbound on the track, which runs parallel to Texas 114 when it collided with the cab of an 18-wheeler at the private driveway across the street from Don’s AC around 12:45. The impact ripped the cab off the chassis. The driver and passenger of the truck, who were not identified, were both flown to Metroplex hospitals, one from the scene and another from the Paradise High School football field. Because the wreck happened on private property, Texas Department of Public Safety officers on the scene said the railroad company would conduct the investigation. Wise County EMS, Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

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Monday, September 29, 2014


RHOME TO ADDRESS MAYOR, POLICE CHIEF – For the seventh time since the newly elected officials took office four months ago, the Rhome City Council will meet in a special session tonight. The meeting was originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday for the council to discuss, in open session, “powers of the mayor” and the possibility of the police chief resigning. That meeting was canceled and rescheduled for 7 tonight at City Hall, 105 First St. However, according to the agenda for that meeting, the matters will be discussed in closed session. Any action will be taken in a public forum.

BOYD RUNNERS WIN MEET – The Boyd boys cross country team won the Jacksboro meet Saturday. Marco Martinez captured first place.

LADY EAGLES WIN LEAGUE OPENER – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team swept Lake Worth 25-6, 25-10, 25-10 Friday in their district opener.

MERGING VISIONS – Stained glass artist Christie Wood and poet Beth Honeycutt share their works and inspirations at “Merging Visions,” 6:30 tonight at Decatur Public Library. The pair have collaborated on pieces as well as working individually. This program, part of the Fall Fine Arts Series at the library, is free to the public. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

PARENT NIGHT – Bridgeport High School Counselors will host a junior/senior parent night in the Bridgeport High School library Thursday. The junior parent meeting will start at 6 p.m. followed by the senior parent meeting at 7. Counselors discuss graduation requirements, college applications, testing, financial aid, etc.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will hold their first meeting of the 2014/15 year at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday for lunch, followed by a program and short business meeting. Call 940-575-4321 to make reservations. All retired, and active, school personnel are invited.

GOSPEL OPRY – The public is invited to the monthly Gospel Opry sing along program at 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Theater on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted toward upkeep and expenses of the museum.

FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department will host a fundraiser 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in downtown Greenwood. There will be a fish fry, entertainment by the Brandon Davis Band and Mark David Manders and raffle of a dove and quail hunt for two at Nine Bar Ranch, an iPad, a Camo Savage Axis 243 and AR-15 5.56/.223. Visit www.gsvfd.us.

SCHOLARSHIP CLAY SHOOT – The Desk & Derrick Club of Wise County is hosting a “Scholarship Clay Shoot” Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for deserving Wise County graduating seniors. Lunch will be provided for all participants. For team registration information, contact Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com or 940-394-2315.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at the Chico High School football stadium with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Juanita Faye Holland, 94, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Neoma Ruth Collins, 86, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Lonestar Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Friday, September 26, 2014


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CLARK KILLED IN WRECK – Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico was killed yesterday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision on Farm Road 1810 east of Chico. Investigators said Clark was westbound on FM 1810, near Farm Road 1655 North, when for unknown reasons he crossed into oncoming traffic. He struck head-on a westbound truck-tractor driven by Lewis F. Walsh, 60, of Alvord. Clark became trapped in his pickup and had to be extricated. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m. Walsh was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for a possible leg injury. Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics and Highway Patrol Troopers responded to the wreck, which happened just before 4 p.m. Clark was a member of the Chico School Board and the father of Chico Mayor J.D. Clark.

BATTLE OF BIG SANDY – Rivals Bridgeport and Decatur will meet for the 95th time at 7:30 tonight at Eagle Stadium for the Battle of Big Sandy. Follow our live blog for updates on the game at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other area action, Paradise heads to Alvord for a cross-county matchup. Boyd will play in Krum. Chico plays host to Diamond Hill-Jarvis.

LADY EAGLES START DISTRICT – The Decatur Lady Eagles begin 8-4A volleyball action at 5 p.m. today at Lake Worth. Bridgeport takes on Godley at home for its final non-district match at 5 p.m. Northwest continues 5-6A play at Fossil Ridge at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Paradise will head to Nocona. Boyd will be at Henrietta. Chico will play at Tolar.

FOSSIL RIDGE SHOOTS DOWN NORTHWEST – Fossil Ridge scored on eight of their 11 possessions and piled up 597 yards in a 52-42 win Thursday. Keyshawn Mitchell did the bulk of the damage, running for 279 yards on 33 carries and scoring four touchdowns. Northwest receiver Emmanual Moore caught 11 passes for 221 yards and five touchdowns.

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Paradise’s annual Main Street Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society and local businesses. The festival will feature local fiddlers, a performance by dulcimer group The Heart Strings, the 2nd Annual Black Kettle Chili Cook-off, the 3rd Annual Paradise Has Talent contest and a car show. Characters dressed as pioneers will also walk the streets, cook grub and demonstrate pioneer-era techniques.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival begins at 4 today with concerts by the Chisholm Trail Middle School band and Ronnie Moore and continues throughout the day Saturday. Parade is at 9 a.m. with pageants at 10 on Saturday. There will be a police car bash, cash vault, pie-eating contest (at 2 p.m.), cake bingo, 50/50 raffle, dunking booth, activities for the kids, silly hat contest, raffles, a blind auction, the 4th Annual Ugly Woman contest, Jr. Miss and Mr. pageant and live entertainment. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

4-H EXPLOSION – A 4-H open house is noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Weatherford College Wise County. A free hot dog lunch and door prizes will be provided. Youth will learn about 4-H through hands on activities, and parents are welcome to attend the ‘What is 4-H and How to be Successful’ session.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday at Los Vaqueros restaurant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is registered on the BHS alumni page, and you may RSVP or purchase tickets from that page. You can also visit the group’s Facebook page or email bridgeport1994@gmail.com.

VFD FUNDRAISER – Cottondale Fire Rescue Fundraiser is 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. A barbecue dinner is 5 to 7 p.m., a live auction follows at 7 and a raffle will be held at 10 p.m. for a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400. Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

GOLF TOURNEY – The 5th Annual DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is Sunday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration and lunch is at noon followed by a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $300 for a four-person team. It includes mulligans, a meal, goody bags and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Proceeds benefit the high school boys and girls golf teams. For an entry form, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-389-2561.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will hold their first meeting of the 2014/15 year at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 30 for lunch, followed by a program and short business meeting. Call 940-575-4321 to make reservations. All retired, and active, school personnel are invited.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT – The Wise County Historical Society invites the public to hear The New Plainsmen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. For information, call 940-391-7964 or 940-627-5586.

SPECIAL SERVICE – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico will hold “Worship on the Square” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the northwest corner of the Chico Square. Lunch will be served after the service. Call 940-644-5186.

FUNERALS – Service for Josephine Hicks Lofton, 92, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Juanita Holland, 94, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth Florance, 84, of Paradise is 3 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

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2 injured in head-on wreck near Chico


Two drivers were injured in a head-on collision east of Chico Thursday afternoon.

Donald James Clark, 52, of Chico was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Investigators said he was in “critical but stable” condition.

Lewis F. Walsh, 60, of Alvord was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for a possible leg injury.

Investigators said Clark was westbound on Farm Road 1810, near Farm Road 1655, when for unknown reasons he crossed into oncoming traffic. He struck head-on a westbound truck-tractor driven by Walsh.

Clark became trapped in his pickup and had to be extricated.

Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics and Highway Patrol Troopers responded to the wreck, which was toned out just before 4 p.m.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014


TRAIL RIDE – The Weldon Taylor Trailride benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is this weekend in Park Springs. Events begin Friday with set up and continue with a 10-mile ride at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by lunch, a concert and dance. Activities conclude with a 6-mile ride Sunday. There will also be an auction, raffle, prize giveaways, horse and wagon races and a hay trailer for anyone not riding a horse. Cost is $25 or $15 for those attending only the concert and dance Saturday. No charge for children under 8 years old. Contact Weldon Taylor, 940-577-0794 or Teresa Cagle, 940-393-9752.

TEXANS START DISTRICT – The Northwest Texans begin District 5-6A play at 7 tonight at Keller ISD Athletic Complex against Fossil Ridge.

QUILT EXHIBIT – Quilt exhibitors for the Paradise Main Street Festival should deliver their quilts to the First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Oak St. in Paradise between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday. Quilts may be picked up between 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday after the festival closes. Call Gay Read at 940-969-3680.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. All Wise County community health stakeholders are invited. The group will share information about latest events and issues related to community public health.

DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.

BLOOD DRIVE SUNDAY – Decatur Church of Christ is hosting a blood drive 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the church’s Youth Activity Center, 920 Preskitt Rd. To make an appointment, call 940-627-1912. Walk-ins are welcome.

GIVE BACK EVENT – Visit Decatur Chili’s tomorrow through Sunday and mention Decatur Rodeo Team and a portion of the sales that weekend will be given to the Decatur High School Rodeo Team.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. This is a new group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited to attend. Contact Brenda Vaughn, brendasv@hotmail.com.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. at noon today in the second floor G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to 940-627-5586.

BLOOD DRIVE TODAY – Wise Regional Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today in front of its Decatur campus. Contact Annette Raley, 940-626-0167.

FUNERALS – Service for Jospehine Lofton, 92, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth Florance, 84, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


INTERIM ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED – The Wise County Elections Commission Tuesday appointed Jim Parker of Decatur as interim county elections administrator, replacing Lannie Noble, who resigned to accept the same position in Denton County. The appointment passed 3-1 with Wise County Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith casting the lone vote against. Voting in favor of Parker were Republican Party Chair Allen Williamson, County Clerk Sherry Lemon and County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw. Parker is one of three vice chairs for the local Republican Party. He resigned that post immediately following yesterday’s EA appointment. County Judge Glenn Hughes, who heads the Commission, suggested appointing Deputy Elections Administrator Karen Valenzuela. This is also who Smith wanted to appoint. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

DEMOCRATS TAKE THE FLOOR AT EMPTY CHAIR DEBATE – Kristina Kemp, Democratic candidate for Precinct 4 county commissioner, elicited cheers from a small crowd at Tuesday night’s Empty Chair Debate when she said the commissioner’s job, if elected, wouldn’t be a challenge. “I don’t think it’s going to be a big challenge,” she said. “I think if I get elected, I’m going to work hard for the people and do what I’ve always done and people are going to see that I can do the job and I’ll get re-elected.” Kemp was one of four Democratic candidates to participate in the event at the Decatur Visitors Center. Other candidates in attendance were Steve Brown, running for Texas Railroad Commissioner; Matthew Britt, running for state representative (District 61); and Jim Stegall, county judge candidate. Republican candidates did not attend the event and were represented by an empty chair. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

DECATUR TAKES DOWN ARGYLE – Caroline Lowery put down 20 kills, and Makayla Mayfield added 16 as the Decatur Lady Eagles beat Argyle in four games Tuesday, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24. Stormi Leonard finished with 45 assists and 21 digs. In other action, Byron Nelson beat Northwest in four games, 25-17, 25-10, 22-25, 25-18. Camryn Berryhill had 16 kills for Northwest.

BLOOD DRIVE – Slidell ISD Student Council and Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday in the high school gym. The community is welcome to participate. Contact Casey Pierce at 940-466-3118.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – The Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host its NTHSRA rodeo at the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend. Rodeo starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be a dance after the rodeo Saturday night and steer and calf scrambles on Sunday. Gate fee is $7, and that will also get you into the dance Saturday night. The event will also feature a concession stand, silent auction and vendors. Visit facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam or call 940-393-3442.

COAL MINERS – Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. The event will include bounce houses, photography contest, live performances from local organizations, washer pitchin’, pet parade, high noon hot dog eating contest, chili cook off, pumpkin patch pageant, college football viewing, tours of the Bridgeport Heritage Museum and more. Visit www.bridgeportchamber.org or www.cityofbridgeport.net.

DEALING WITH STRESS/ANGER – A Parent Cafe session will be held at the Bridgeport Public Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday. Session topic is Positive Ways to deal with Stress and Anger. The program is sponsored by the Wise Coalition for Healthy Children in conjunction with Cook Children’s and is free to parents without sign up. Childcare is not offered at this location.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.

CLUB MEETING - The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Fire Station. Call Marilynn Collins at 940-627-5175.

TAILGATE PARTY – A Chico Tailgate Party will be held prior to Friday’s home game against Diamond Hill-Jarvis. Setup is at 5 p.m. between the field house and field. The theme is “Cage the Eagles.”

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The public is invited to the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. at noon Thursday in the second floor G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to 940-627-5586.

EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: BOYD – Boyd takes center stage in the Messenger’s Education Page in the midweek edition on newsstands today. It features student spotlights, a feature story on elementary kids “hired” for student jobs and education briefs. The midweek edition also features a preview of this weekend’s high school football games, including the Battle of Big Sandy between Bridgeport and Decatur.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Joe Wayne Ball, 74, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth Florance, 84, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ronald “Ronnie” G. Harvey, 77, of Rhome is 10 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Naomi Osburn, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014


INTERIM ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR – The Wise County Elections Commission will meet 9 a.m. today to discuss appointing an interim county elections administrator to replace Lannie Noble. Noble resigned to accept the same position in Denton County. His last day is Friday. Today’s meeting is in the third-floor room of the courthouse in Decatur and is open to the public.

SHOWDOWN IN DECATUR – The Decatur Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the TGCA volleyball 4A poll, will take on tenth-ranked Argyle at 6:30 tonight at home. Read a recap of the match tonight at wcmsports.com. In other volleyball action, Boyd heads to City View. Bridgeport plays Diamond-Hill Jarvis at home. Chico tries to stay unbeaten in 9-2A against Bryson at home. Paradise faces Holliday at home. Northwest faces Byron Nelson for the first time as district foes.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System will offer free mammogram screenings for eligible women tomorrow by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

FOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport and Decatur schools are competing to donate the most food to WARM in the Battle of Big Sandy Food Drive. Today is the last day to make a donation at any campus. The winner will be announced at halftime of Friday’s game between the two schools. A full story was featured in last weekend’s Wise County Messenger.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Lunch, catered by Subway, is $10. Door prize donations are welcome. RSVP to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – Decatur Public Library hosts its Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Wednesday through Saturday, during regular library hours. Exclusive Friends Night is 6-8 tonight, open to all current Friends of the Decatur Library. Find new favorites from the hundreds of used books, movies and audiobooks on sale. For more information or to join the Friends of the Library, call 940-393-0290 or visit the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for 2014 Citizen of the Year. This award will be given to a citizen in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions directly to the city of Decatur during the past year. To make a nomination, write a brief narrative about the person’s commitment, support, leadership, outreach to other citizens, and desire to make a positive impact on the city. Include specific projects or committees on which the person has served. All nominations must be received in the Chamber office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. Email forms to misty.hudson@netcommander.com, fax: 940-627-3771. Call 940-627-3107.

AUDITIONS FOR CHILDREN’S THEATER – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is starting a Children’s Theater. The first play will be “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and auditions are 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. There is no fee to audition or perform. Call 940-399-8277.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday. There will be a police car bash, cash vault, pie-eating contest, cake Bingo, 50/50 raffle, dunking booth, activities for the kids, silly hat contest, raffles, a blind auction, the 4th Annual Ugly Woman contest, Jr. Miss and Mr. pageant and live entertainment. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

COMMUNICATING WITH RESPECT – A Parent Cafe session will be held at the Bridgeport Public Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. Session topic is Communicating with Respect. The program is sponsored by the Wise Coalition for Healthy Children in conjunction with Cook Children’s and is free to parents without sign up. Childcare is not offered at this location.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Joe Wayne Ball, 74, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kenneth Florance, 84, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ronald “Ronnie” G. Harvey, 77, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Naomi Osburn, 94, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Richard Alvarado, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Azleland Cemetery.

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Monday, September 22, 2014


RHOME PULLS OFFICER FROM SCHOOLS – The city of Rhome has pulled its school resource officer from Northwest ISD schools after the city requested, and was denied, a significant salary increase for its officer. The school and city agreed to a 4 percent salary increase for the school resource officer in the spring, which set the school’s portion of the salary at $36,000. Since that time, the city has seen several staffing changes, including a new mayor and police chief. New Mayor Louis Godfrey said the city needs help in meeting its expenses and requested $55,137.75 from the school. Northwest countered with an offer of $45,807.82, which would represent a 27 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. But that figure was rejected by the city, who requested another $2,000. The school district has now initiated discussions with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office to provide an officer. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

BANK TO UNDERGO NAME CHANGE – State National Bank, which has a branch in Decatur, has announced that it will be acquired by east Texas-based Pilgrim Bank in the first quarter of next year. Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim, chairman emeritus of Pilgrim Bancorporation and Pilgrim Bank, and Bert Williamson, chairman of North Central Texas Bancshares Inc., announced the agreement Sept. 11. State National has branches in Decatur, Archer City, Electra, Holliday, Iowa Park, Windthorst, Vernon and three locations in Wichita Falls. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined bank will have approximately $629 million in total assets, with 16 locations. The two banks are expected to combine operations in mid-2015.

PARADISE, BOYD TAKE TOP SPOTS – The Paradise and Boyd boys cross country teams finished first and second at Holliday Saturday. Paradise won the meet with 62 points. Boyd was second with 68. Boyd’s Marco Martinez finished second in 17:12 in the 5K. J.D. Pearson turned in a 17:49 for fourth for Paradise. The Paradise girls took second to Holliday with 61 points. Hannah Beth Pearson finished third in 12:28 on the two-mile course. The Slidell boys won the Lindsay Meet over the weekend. Khristian Talamantes took third in 18:56. The Slidell girls were third behind Era and Lindsay. Caitlin Pruett finished fifth.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT – The Wise County Historical Society invites the public to hear The New Plainsmen at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. For information, call 940-391-7964 or 940-627-5586.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in front of its Decatur campus. Contact Annette Raley, 940-626-0167.

VFD FUNDRAISER – Cottondale Fire Rescue Fundraiser is 5-10 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. A barbecue dinner is 5-7 p.m., a live auction follows at 7 and a raffle will be held at 10 p.m. for a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400. Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest Speaker is State Representative Phil King. RSVP to the chamber office, 940-627-3107.

BIG SANDY T-SHIRTS – DHS Cheer is selling Battle of Big Sandy T-shirts this week. S-XL is $12, and 2XL is $15. Purchase shirts at Decatur High School or call 940-393-7200.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will consider raising library fines as well as airport fees, residential and commercial water rates, and wastewater rates at its meeting at 5:30 today at City Hall. The council will hear departmental reports on the airport, finances, Main Street, Civic Center and library before considering a list of items that includes three EDC requests, agreements with Wise County for fire, first responder and library services and a rare closed session to evaluate City Manager Brett Shannon’s performance.

FUNERALS – Service for Ronald “Ronnie” G. Harvey, 77, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Richard Alvarado, 82, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mary Sue Garces, 83, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with interment at East Side Cemetery in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Joe W. Ball, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Friday, September 19, 2014


HOMECOMING FOR DECATUR, BOYD, PARADISE – Three Wise County schools – Decatur, Boyd and Paradise – will celebrate homecoming tonight with games kicking off at 7:30. Decatur will play host to Carrollton Ranchview. Boyd will take on S&S. Paradise battles Krum. We will have live updates of the three homecomings on our blog at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Alvord heads to Muenster. Bridgeport travels to Burkburnett. Chico takes on Petrolia at home. Northwest is off tonight. Full games reports will be featured in the weekend Messenger.

LADY EAGLES FACE WYLIE – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team will take on old playoff foe Abilene Wylie at home at 5 p.m. today. In other action, Bridgeport heads to Burkburnett. Paradise plays City View at home. Northwest travels to Keller. At noon Saturday, Boyd will play Nocona at home. Chico will be in Graford Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS RUN AT SANGER - The Decatur cross country teams will run in the Sanger Invitational Saturday. Boyd runners will run in Azle.

ACCESS TO FARM ROAD CLOSED – Drivers will not be able to access Farm Road 2264 from U.S. 81/287 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, BNSF Railroad is making emergency repairs to the railroad crossing, and the intersection will be closed.

SEAT RAFFLE – North Texas Bank will raffle off 10 stadium seats at the Decatur Eagles homecoming game tonight. The first raffle ticket is free, but those who make a monetary donation toward the Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) food drive Friday night will be given extra tickets. Tickets will be available at both home gates.

CLEAN-UP DAYS – The City of Rhome will host clean-up days for its residents 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Dumpsters will be located at the Rhome Fire Department, 261 School Road. A utility bill must be shown to verify residency.

COMMUNICATING WITH RESPECT - A Parent Cafe session will be held at the Bridgeport Public Library 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Session topic is Communicating with Respect. The program is sponsored by the Wise Coalition for Healthy Children in conjunction with Cook Children’s and is free to parents without sign up. Childcare is not offered at this location.

DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $20 before Sept. 25 or $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Decatur Civic Center. This is a new group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited to attend. Contact Brenda Vaughn, brendasv@hotmail.com.

YARD SALE - The Wise County Veterans Council and North Texas Honor Guard are having their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South next to the rodeo grounds.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise County veterans are invited.

FISH FRY – The Annual Decatur Homecoming Fish Fry Dinner is 5-7 tonight at the cafeteria in the old Intermediate School adjacent to Eagle Stadium. This is a fundraiser for all Decatur Bands, and the dinner includes fried fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, French fries, tea and a variety of desserts. Ages up to 3 eat free, ages 4-12 are $7, and adults are $11. Take-out orders are available.

HOMECOMING PARADE - The Decatur homecoming parade is 2:30 p.m. today in downtown Decatur. Line up will be on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium. “Fandoms” is the theme of this year’s parade.

FUNERALS – Service for Mary Garces, 83, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Richard Alvarado, 82, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Dan Hachtel, 57, of Greenwood is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


JURY DELIVERS NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN ASSAULT CASE – A Wise County jury yesterday found a Decatur man not guilty of assaulting his then-wife in March of 2013. Ceasar Gallegos, 35, was found not guilty of a third degree felony charge of assault family violence by impeding breath/circulation and a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault of a family or household member. Prosecutors argued that Gallegos put his hand over the victim’s mouth on three separate occasions while the two were arguing, blocking her airway. Gallegos’ attorney argued that his client was simply trying to get her to calm down and did not cover her nose during the incident. The jury returned their not guilty verdict in under 30 minutes. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

RAIN POSSIBLE – Parts of Wise County received significant rainfall yesterday while other areas received little or no precipitation. Paradise recorded 1.8 inches, Cottondale 0.3 and Bridgeport 0.25. The National Weather Service forecast includes a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms today with a high of 87.

HOMECOMING PARADE – The Decatur homecoming parade is 2:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Decatur. Line up will be on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium. “Fandoms” is the theme of this year’s parade.

FISH FRY – The Annual Decatur Homecoming Fish Fry Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Friday at the cafeteria in the old Intermediate School adjacent to  Eagle Stadium. This is a fundraiser for all Decatur Bands, and the dinner includes fried fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw, French fries, tea and a  variety of desserts. Ages up to 3 eat free, ages 4-12 are $7, and adults are $11. Take-out orders are available.

YARD SALE – The Wise County Veterans Council and North Texas Honor Guard are having their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South next to the rodeo grounds.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise County veterans are invited.

SHOE DRIVE – Wise Choices PRC is conducting a shoe collection drive now through Nov. 21 to raise funds for Wise Choices while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at any of these locations: Lowe’s Home Improvement, iCopy, Dry Clean Super Center, Jim Lambert Construction, First State Bank-Chico and Wise Choices located at 604 N. Trinity. Contact Sheana Silvertooth at 940-627-6924 or email youtheducation@mywisechoices.com.

TRAIL RIDE – The Weldon Taylor Trailride benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Sept. 26-28 in Park Springs. Events begin Friday with set up and continue with a 10-mile ride at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by lunch, a concert and dance. Activities conclude with a 6-mile ride Sunday. There will also be an auction, raffle, prize giveaways, horse and wagon races and a hay trailer for anyone not riding a horse. Cost is $25 or $15 for those attending only the concert and dance Saturday. No charge for children under 8 years old. Contact Weldon Taylor, 940-577-0794 or Teresa Cagle, 940-393-9752.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. The topic will be Electra Waggoner. The meeting is open to the public.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the cemetery.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. There will be a police car bash, cash vault, pie-eating contest, cake bingo, 50/50 raffle, dunking booth, activities for the kids, silly hat contest, raffles, a blind auction, the 4th Annual Ugly Woman contest, Jr. Miss and Mr. pageant and live entertainment. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

FUNERALS – Services for Jerrell Dee Hoover, 90, of Paradise and Donna Kuhlman, 69, of Decatur are private. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Dan Hachtel, 57, of Greenwood is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


COMMISSIONERS APPROVE BUILDING FOR CRIME LAB – Wise County commissioners approved at the request of Sheriff David Walker acquiring a building from Fort Hood that will be set up and used as a crime lab. Walker told commissioners at their regular meeting Monday that the building was available through the Texas 1033 Military Surplus Property Program, which transfers excess Department of Defense property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It will cost between $14,000 and $17,000 to move the building to Wise County and set it up, and commissioners approved spending up to another $15,000 to furnish it and prepare it for operation. Walker said it would house the S.O.’s fingerprint processing equipment and chemicals and would also serve as space to process other evidence. The building had to be removed from Fort Hood by Friday. Look for the full story in the upcoming weekend Messenger.

BRIDGEPORT SETS TAX RATE – The Bridgeport City Council set its tax rate of $0.5875 per $100 valuation for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night. The council also approved a 36-month agreement with the city and G&K Services to provide uniforms to field workers and approved an agreement with TXDOT Aviation for airport renovation. Read the full story in the weekend edition of the Messenger.

BUDGET, TAX RATE APPROVED – The Runaway Bay City Council on Tuesday approved a balanced $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate. Proposed capital expenditures include a 3/4 ton pickup for the public works department, a F-150 pickup and equipment as a first responder vehicle for the fire department, new pumps and electrical work at the Lake Shore lift station and replacement of manholes at Lake Shore East and Segundo. City officials also plan to pay $119,824 in debt service.

LADY TEXANS, LADY EAGLES DROP MATCHES – The Northwest Lady Texans rallied from 24-19 deficit in the opening set Tuesday to take the game. But it was the last set the Lady Texans would take as Keller Central captured the four-game victory, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-13. Camryn Berryhill led Northwest with 18 kills. Tessa Harfield added 10. Morgan Baker tallied 28 assists. Coppell swept Decatur Lady Eagles in three games Tuesday, 25-12, 25-21, 25-22. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets dropped the first two sets but stormed back to knock off Bowie Tuesday. Boyd won 10-25, 11-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-12. The Paradise Lady Panthers moved to 2-0 in 9-3A Tuesday with a victory over Henrietta. Chico moved to 3-0 in district with a four-game victory over Perrin Tuesday. Chico won 20-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-15. The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t stay with the Gainesville Lady Leopards Tuesday, falling in three games. Gainesville won 25-8, 25-14, 25-19.

NATIONAL SHOOTING COMPETITION BEGINS – Between 600 and 700 competitors will converge on Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds between Slidell and Decatur today through Sunday for the Texas State Championship shooting competition. Shooters from all over the nation will compete for $50,000 in prize money. The event is also expected to draw a few thousand spectators and vendors to the area. This will be the first time for Fossil Pointe to host this championship, one of the largest in the U.S.

CLEAN-UP DAYS – The City of Rhome will host clean-up days for its residents 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Dumpsters will be located at the Rhome Fire Department, 261 School Road. A utility bill must be shown to verify residency.

POSTER SCAM – Local businesses have been receiving calls from representatives of Elite Designs who claim they are calling on behalf of the Decatur basketball program selling posters with proceeds going to the athletic department. School officials say the group is not affiliated with the school and does not give the program profits from the ad sales.

TRAIL RIDE – The Weldon Taylor Trailride benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Sept. 26-28 in Park Springs. Events begin Friday with set up and continue with a 10-mile ride at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by lunch, a concert and dance. Activities conclude with a 6-mile ride Sunday. There will also be an auction, raffle, prize giveaways, horse and wagon races and a hay trailer for anyone not riding a horse. Cost is $25 or $15 for those attending only the concert and dance Saturday. No charge for children under 8 years old. Contact Weldon Taylor, 940-577-0794 or Teresa Cagle, 940-393-9752.

GIVE BACK EVENT – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will get 15 percent of sales 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday for those who present fliers at Decatur’s Chili’s Restaurant, located at 600 South U.S. 81/287. For information on the flyer, email aimdecatur@yahoo.com.

CONSTITUTION DAY – The Fourth Annual Constitution Day Celebration is 1:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park. The event is sponsored by the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with other local veteran groups. The entire constitution will be read, and everyone is invited to ring a bell at the conclusion of the reading. Readers need to be there at 1 p.m. Covered seating will be available.

FUNERALS – Services for Jerrell D. Hoover, 90, of Paradise and Donna Kuhlman, 69, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNS – Wise County Elections Administrator Lannie Noble has resigned to accept the same position in Denton County. “It’s a good opportunity,” he said. “It’s not that I’m dissatisfied where I am, but sometimes life takes you down different paths, and this is an opportunity I didn’t think I could afford to pass up.” Noble’s resignation was announced in Monday’s county commissioners meeting. His last day is Friday, Sept. 26. The Wise County Election Commission will meet Sept. 23 to discuss appointing an interim elections administrator. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

DECATUR TALKS BOND – The Decatur School Board yesterday heard a presentation from Superintendent Rod Townsend about a possible bond election next spring. The discussion is still in the preliminary stages, but the bond package could include items such as security upgrades (primarily at the middle school and high school), buses, technology and facility upgrades to address areas of need. If the bond election is for around $10 million, it is estimated the required tax rate increase would be around five cents. The board is expected to hear more specific pricing on individual projects at an upcoming board meeting. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

YOUTH FITNESS – The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees heard presentations from the Bridgeport Middle School Problem Solvers and Fit-n-Wise at its meeting Monday night. The Problem Solvers team was honored for their third place finish in the civic/cultural category at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference in Ames, Iowa. Holly Berry from Fit-n-Wise gave a presentation on how the district could partner with the fitness group’s “Fit Y.O.U.T.H.” program to help combat childhood obesity on district campuses. The program is funded by the Affordable Care Act, so no extra costs would be attached to the district. Berry said that she is still talking to district principals about how to best implement the program at each school. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

TAILGATE PARTY – A Chico Tailgate Party will be held prior to Friday’s home game against Petrolia. Setup is at 5 p.m. between the field house and field. The theme is “Show Your Dragon Pride – Everything Black and Gold.”

CONSTITUTION DAY – The Fourth Annual Constitution Day Celebration is 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park. The event is sponsored by the John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with other local veteran groups. The entire constitution will be read, and everyone is invited to ring a bell at the conclusion of the reading. Readers need to be there at 1 p.m. Covered seating will be available.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogy Society will meet 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Michael V. Bassett will present “DNA Testing for Genealogical Purposes” (90 minutes). Learn how DNA testing can be used to help researchers overcome genealogical “brick walls,” focus research, make ancestral connections and provide other information on biological and geographical heritage.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Wise County Veterans Group will host a golf tournament Friday at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. Events begin with a putting contest at 7:30 a.m., rules at 7:45 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $75 and includes green fees, range balls, cart, awards and lunch. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds go to the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum. Call Hank Hasselbach, 832-656-1361.

GUN RAFFLE – Decatur Buyers Association is hosting a dinner and gun raffle 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. One $50 tickets buys dinner and the chance to win one of 25 guns. Only 500 tickets will be sold. There will also be live music, a silent and live auction, cow chip bingo and more. Tickets can be purchased from any buyers association member, 2-K Pawn, North Texas Bank, Wise County Messenger, Sam’s Hairquarters or Chalet of Jewelry.

FUNERALS – Service for Harold Eugene “Gene” Ganus, 73, of Chico is 10 a.m. today in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Mt. Pleasant.

FUNERAL for Bill Knox, 83, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Chico Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donna Kuhlman of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Cora Dee Strachan, 82, of Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, September 15, 2014


WATCH FOR ROAD WORK – Various segments of state roadways in Wise County – including Farm Road 3433, Farm Road 730, the U.S. 81/287 frontage road and Business 81/287 – will be getting a new seal-coating from the Texas Dept. of Transportation. Workers will be on the roads 7 a.m.-7 p.m. most days, weather permitting. Traffic may be reduced through lane closures, so drivers are urged to be cautious and observe all warning signs. Drivers can plan their travel by viewing info on closures at www.drivetexas.org. Alternate routes are encouraged.

RAIN REPORT – Weekend rainfall totals in Wise County included 0.5 of an inch in Alvord and 0.23 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

DRAGONS SHUT OUT FRUITVALE – The Chico Dragons moved to 2-1 on the football field this season with a 53-0 victory Saturday over Fruitvale. Jaston McBee caught a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. Jericoe McGuire threw for two scores and ran in two. The Chico defense forced six turnovers and held Fruitvale to 94 yards.

BOYD WINS DISTRICT OPENER – Maddie Busch put down 10 kills and Baylie Harris dished out 11 assists as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets swept City View Saturday in the District 9-3A volleyball opener, 25-15, 25-16, 25-10. Northwest won its 5-6A opener over Denton Ryan in five games. Camryn Berryhill recorded 15 kills.

KYLE WINS RACE - Decatur’s Jessica Kyle captured the title Saturday in the 4A girls two-mile at the Assault on Eagle Summit. Decatur finished first through fourth in the race. In the boys 5K, Decatur’s Tyler Wilson turned in the top 4A time. In Fort Worth, Boyd’s Marco Martinez won the 4A-and-under 5K Saturday in 16:52. Boyd finished runner-up as a team.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING - The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center in Decatur.

EARLY RELEASE – Paradise schools will release early at noon today.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Regional 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.

FOOD DRIVE – The Battle of Big Sandy food drive competition between Bridgeport ISD and Decatur ISD is now through Tuesday, Sept. 23. The district with the heaviest donation will be named the winner during halftime of the Bridgeport vs. Decatur game Friday, Sept. 26. Drop-off sites are available at each campus. Proceeds benefit Wise Area Relief Mission.

HOMECOMING PARADE – Boyd ISD homecoming festivities have been moved to 6 p.m. today. The parade begins at the high school and will end at the football stadium, where a community pep-rally will be held. The events were originally scheduled for Tuesday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. The meeting will feature a pot luck supper, and program theme will be “Show and Brag.” Members and guests are encouraged to bring a favorite rock to brag on. Call 940-627-2329 for more information.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host their NTHSRA rodeo in Decatur Sept. 27 and 28. The rodeo will be Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. Organizers are looking for vendors and silent auction items. Contact Stephanie, 940-393-3442, email decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.

CRIME LAB, RESIGNATION ON COMMISSIONERS’ AGENDA – Wise County Commissioners face a lengthy agenda when they meet at 9 a.m. today on the third floor of the courthouse in Decatur, among them a request from Sheriff David Walker to acquire a building to be used as a future crime lab, and a “notification letter” received from Election Administrator Lanny Noble “for his resignation.” Other agenda items include bids on property sold in the recent “struck off property” auction, a final plat for Montecito Estates, cleaning out county road right-of-way to improve public safety and a discussion of conditions that might call for renewing the county’s burn ban. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Harold Eugene Ganus, 73, of Chico is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at 3 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Bill Knox, 83, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Sheriff’s Office sergeant arrested for improper photography


A Wise County Sheriff’s officer was arrested Friday morning for improper photography related to sex offenders who had been jailed. Sgt. Chad Hightower was charged with improper photography or visual recording. He posted $25,000 bond and was released. The investigation began from a complaint by a man who was registering as a sex offender. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hightower told the man a new state law required him to take photos of offenders in the nude. The complainant was photographed naked twice, the second time in an office at the county’s impound yard. The investigation revealed nude photos of other men as well, according to the affidavit. Look for a full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


MAN HURT AFTER DRIVING OFF ROAD – A New Mexico man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 near New Fairview Thursday afternoon. His name was not available at the scene. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Although the accident is still under investigation, it appears the man was southbound on U.S. 81/287 in a white Nissan Altima when, for unknown reasons, he drove across the shoulder and off of the roadway. He continued for more than 500 feet, cresting a hill before striking a tree. East Wise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County medics set up a landing zone for Lifeteam 68 on the east side of the roadway. Wise County medics and Texas Highway Patrol also responded to the wreck, which was reported at 3:35 p.m. It occurred a mile-and-a-half north of Farm Road 407.

Super-September-Big-BoxSWAP MEET – The annual Southwest Swap Meet began this morning at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The meet will be open during daylight hours today and Saturday and until mid-afternoon Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.southwestswapmeet.com.

FALLING RAIN, FALLING TEMPS – Wise County has already received rain today, and there is a chance for more this morning. As of 7:45 a.m., rainfall totals included 1.55 inches in Bridgeport, 1.5 in Greenwood, 0.55 in Decatur and 0.25 in Alvord. The temperature at 7:50 a.m. was 65 degrees, and today’s high temperature is not expected to increase more than a couple of degrees as another cold front is headed our way. The overnight low is expected to drop into the mid-50s.

BULLS HOLD HOMECOMING – The Bridgeport Bulls will play host to Godley tonight for their annual homecoming. The game is at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming queen will be announced at halftime. Keep track of the action on our live blog at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Decatur looks for a second straight victory at Iowa Park. Alvord will play Leonard in Gainesville. Boyd heads to Pottsboro. Paradise ventures west to Jacksboro. Northwest plays host to Arlington Lamar. Chico will play at 5 p.m. Saturday in Burleson against Fruitvale.

RUNNERS TAKE ON EAGLE SUMMIT – The Decatur cross country teams will hold their annual Assault of Eagle Summit Saturday at Decatur High School. The meet starts at 8 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL TEAMS START DISTRICT - Boyd, Paradise and Northwest volleyball squads will begin district play this weekend. Paradise heads to Jacksboro today for a 4 p.m. match. Northwest will play host to Denton Ryan at 6:30 p.m. Boyd takes on City View at home at noon Saturday. Chico will play Ranger Saturday at noon.

CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY – Decatur Public Library presents “Cool Music on a Warm Evening,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 in the Priddy Reading Garden. Jeff and Pat Peters will play and sing jazz, country and bluegrass favorites. For more information, call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run is tomorrow at the Wise County Courthouse. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $20 for the Fun Run, and $40 for the 5K during packet pickup 4 to 7 p.m. today at Excellent Dental in Decatur or beginning at 7 a.m. at the event. Contact Amy Wilson, 817-841-4471.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is tomorrow at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp, kemp.kristina@gmail.com or 817-798-3471.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, Sept. 15 at Weatherford College Wise County at 11:30 for lunch. Program name will be “Jim Ned: Indian Friend of Early Wise County Settlers.”

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have breakfast at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport at 8 a.m. Saturday. All Wise County veterans are invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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1 injured in Thursday wreck


A New Mexico man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 287 near New Fairview Thursday afternoon.

His name was not available at the scene. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Although the accident is still under investigation, it appears the man was southbound on 287  in a white Nissan Altima when, for unknown reasons, he drove across the shoulder and off of the roadway. He continued for more than 500 feet, cresting a hill before striking a tree.

East Wise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County medics set up a landing zone for Lifeteam 68 on the east side of the roadway.

Wise County medics and Texas Highway Patrol also responded to the wreck, which was toned out at 3:35 p.m.  It occurred a mile-and-a-half north of Farm Road 407.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


DECATUR MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK – The driver of a blue Ford Mustang involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 in New Fairview Wednesday night was ejected and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Austin Williams, 46, of Decatur was transported by Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Investigators said Williams sustained severe road rash, but he was conscious and alert at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. Officials believe Williams was northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 81/287, when he approached a curve in the road, near County Road 4421. Instead of taking the curve, authorities believe Williams continued straight, striking an 18-wheeler driving in the inside lane of the highway. The Mustang spun out and landed upside down on the side of the road. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Thomas Rossetter, 41, of Rio Vista, was not injured. East Wise Volunteer Fire Department as well as Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics responded to the accident, which happened around 9:15 p.m.

PATRIOT DAY – The Wise County Veterans Group will present a Patriot Day program 10 a.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. The program is dedicated to all first responders in Wise County in honor of those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited, particularly first responders.

WEATHER CHANGES – Our area has a 40 percent chance of rain this morning, increasing to 60 percent this evening. Storm chances increase to 70 percent Friday morning with a high temperature of only 68, according to the National Weather Service.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the Second Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday in downtown Decatur. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. The deadline for early registration has passed. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost is $20 for the Fun Run and $40 for the 5K.

SCHOLARSHIP CLAY SHOOT – The Desk & Derrick Club of Wise County is hosting a “Scholarship Clay Shoot” on Friday, Oct. 3, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for deserving Wise County graduating seniors. Lunch will be provided for all participants. For team registration information, contact Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com or 940-394-2315.

GOLF FOR 4-H – A golf scramble will be held Sept. 20 at the Decatur Country Club to benefit Wise County 4-H programs. Sign up by Sept. 16 at the country club or at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Decatur. Cost for the four-man scramble is $200 per team. Tee off at 9 a.m. Door prizes and raffle items are included. Cash prizes will be awarded for top three teams. Call the country club at 940-627-3789 or the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. The meeting will feature a pot luck supper, and program theme will be “Show and Brag.” Members and guests are encouraged to bring a favorite rock to brag on. Call 940-627-2329 for more information.

HOMECOMING PARADE – Boyd ISD homecoming festivities have been moved to 6 p.m. Monday. The parade begins at the high school and will end at the football stadium, where a community pep-rally will be held. The events were originally scheduled for Tuesday.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have breakfast at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport at 8 a.m. Saturday. All Wise County veterans are invited.

BARBECUE COOK-OFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 13, at Northwest OHV Park. Cook-off entries are currently being taken. This year’s event will include a Local Bragging Rights section and a Kid’s Porkchop Cook-off. Raffle tickets are also available for several items. Live music will also be featured. Call Chief Terry Long, 940-210-9495.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Los Vaqueros restaurant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is registered on the BHS alumni page, and you may RSVP or purchase tickets from that page. You can also visit the group’s Facebook page or email bridgeport1994@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmie Deward Inman, 66, of Sunset is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is tentatively set for Sept. 20. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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1 ejected, flown in Wednesday wreck


The driver of a blue Ford Mustang involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 287 in New Fairview Wednesday night was ejected and flown to a Metroplex hospital.

Austin Williams, 46, of Decatur was transported by Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.  Investigators said Williams sustained severe road rash, but he was conscious and alert at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation. Officials believe Williams was northbound in the outside lane of 287, when he approached a curve in the road, near County Road 4421.

Instead of taking the curve, authorities believe Williams continued straight, striking an 18-wheeler driving in the inside lane of the highway. The Mustang spun out and landed upside down on the side of the road.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Thomas Rossetter, 41, of Rio Vista, was not injured.

East Wise Volunteer Fire Department as well as Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics responded to the accident, which was toned out around 9:15 p.m.

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