Update for Monday, October 22, 2018


EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting for the Nov. 6 election begins today at four early voting locations in Wise County: 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. Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every weekday, except on Tuesdays when there are extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. You can also vote early 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For a sample ballot or information about voting in Wise County, go to votewise.org. To learn about the candidates, check out the League of Women Voters guide, wcmess.com/votersguide.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Beverly Ross was named the Decatur Chamber of Commerce 2018 Citizen of the Year at Saturday’s annual auction at the Decatur Conference Center.

REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY – Wise County will be well-represented as runners take their mark today at regional cross country meets. Thirteen local teams will gut it out, racing for a place at the state cross country meet Nov. 3. Alvord boys and girls, Chico boys and Slidell boys and girls will run at the Jesse Owens Complex in Dallas, while the boys and girls teams for Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise and Northwest will race at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from Friday included 1.2 inches in Greenwood, 1.14 in Decatur, 1.1 in Cottondale and 0.95 in Alvord. Rain chances return to the forecast Wednesday.

CHAMBER COFFEE NETWORK – The Wise County Chamber October Coffee Network is 8-9 a.m. Wednesday at First Financial Bank of Boyd. Mayor Rodney Holmes or Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Culpepper will give an update about the city.

CHARITY CAR SHOW – Entries are being accepted for the Love 4 Linda charity car show Nov. 10 at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. Registration is $15 before Oct. 28 and $20 after. Call 817-751-8324 or email love4linda@yahoo.com.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS – Concerned Women for America Prayer/Action Chapter of Wise County will host Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin for a speech on Situational Awareness and Human Trafficking 6-7 p.m. today at Bridgeport High School during the Concerned Women for America Prayer/Action Chapter of Wise County meeting.

DEMENTIA INFORMATION – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold its “Dementia Live” tour for families, caregivers and medical personnel to bring heightened awareness of the challenges faced by those living with dementia from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Services for Julie Perez, 26; Donald Nalls, 84; and Shirley Foster, 82, all of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Earl William “EJ” Crocker Jr., 37, of Midland is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for James Park, 94, is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Bridgeport with burial at Dresden Cemetery in Corsicana. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. He is the father of Kay Crawford of Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Doris Autry, 88, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Friendship Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ruby Farley, 89, of Decatur and Joe Roy Smith, 31, of McCurtain County, Oklahoma, are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Friday, October 19, 2018


CHAMBER BANQUET AND AUCTION – The 27th annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce banquet and auction is Saturday. Flappers, gangsters and the like will gather at the Decatur Conference Center 5:30-10:30 p.m. Guests can try their luck at casino games, participate in the fundraising auction and enjoy dinner and cocktails. The Decatur Citizen of the Year will also be awarded. For tickets, call the Decatur Chamber, 940-627-3107.

CHICO FEST – Chico Fest is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the town square. The annual event is a scholarship fundraiser for the Chico Chamber of Commerce. Festivities include the Lil’ Mister and Miss Chico Fest contest, a stickhorse rodeo, bingo, raffles and a barbecue lunch. The Chico Senior Citizens Center will host a bake sale at 9 a.m. in front of the center as a fundraiser.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – In high school football action last night, Northwest beat Fort Worth Polytechnic 49-0. Tonight’s games include Decatur at Springtown, Graham at Bridgeport, Boyd at Pilot Point and Seymour at Alvord.

VOLLEYBALL – Tonights volleyball games include Denton Braswell at Northwest, Springtown at Decatur, Bridgeport at Krum, Brock at Paradise and Jacksboro at Boyd. Chico plays at Bryson Saturday.

ANOTHER RAINY DAY – It was another rainy morning in Wise County Friday. As of 7:30 a.m., rain totals included 0.35 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.2 in Alvord and 0.18 in Decatur. Rain is expected throughout the day with a high of 60 degrees. The sun should make a return appearance Saturday with a high of 68 degrees.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – This week’s breakfast meeting of the Wise County Veterans Group will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Inn and Suites located next to the Decatur Conference Center.

CANDY DONATIONS NEEDED – Decatur Medical Lodge is needing donations of candy for its Fall Festival 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25. Donations may be dropped off at the facility, located at 701 West Bennett Road. Also, Bridgeport Medical Lodge is in need of wrapped candy for its Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31. Donations may be dropped off at the facility, located at 2108 15th Street in Bridgeport.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS – Spirit of Christmas applications for Rhome and South Wise are available at Rhome City Hall, 501 S. Main. Spirit of Christmas provides toys and clothing for economically disadvantaged children. Applications must be returned by Thursday, Nov. 15.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS – Concerned Women for America Prayer/Action Chapter of Wise County will host Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin for a speech on Situational Awareness and Human Trafficking 6-7 p.m. Monday at Bridgeport High School during the Concerned Women for America Prayer/Action Chapter of Wise County meeting.

BOO BASH PREP – Boo Bash on the Decatur Square needs candy and vendors. If you’d like to donate bags of candy, drop them off at the Messenger office, 115 S. Trinity St., or at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. If you’d like booth space, call Julie Perkins at 940-393-1128. The event is 3-7 p.m. Oct. 28, and festivities will include a trunk or treat, dog costume contest, car decorating contest, bounce houses and live music. Proceeds will go to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

PLANT SALE – Decatur High School ag dept plant sale is 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the DHS Greenhouse. It will feature a wide selection of mums, pansies and violas.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and lunch has been rescheduled for Oct. 28. Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. followed by a business meeting and visiting. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655, seven miles west of Alvord.

SATURDAY ON THE SQUARE – This weekend is Saturday on the Square in Decatur, featuring vendors and artists 10 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be live music, and the Carnival Catering food truck will be on site. Saturday on the Square will be held the third Saturday of every month.

YOUTH BASKETBALL – Deadline for Decatur Youth Basketball (Wise County League) signups for 3rd-6th grades is Saturday. Forms can be picked up at Young, Carson and Rann elementary schools as well as Decatur Intermediate School, or email ashetter15@yahoo.com for a form.

CANNED FOOD DONATIONS – Black Creek Farm and Pumpkin Patch will hold a costume contest and collect canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) 4 p.m. Sunday. With every two cans of food, you will receive a free bag of popcorn. With paid entry to Pumpkin Patch you will be eligible for costume contest cash, prizes and candy.

CITY CLEANUP DAY – Dumpsters will be located at New Fairview city hall, 999 Illinois Lane, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Residents will need to bring driver’s license or utility bill. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, hazardous materials, wet paint, oil, refrigerants or anything containing refrigerants.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – The City of Bridgeport is having City-Wide Garage Sales today and Saturday. List of garage sale addresses and maps are available at city hall and the city’s Facebook page and website.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will sponsor a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Holly Berry of Fit-N-Wise will present the program. RSVP by Sunday evening to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com.

ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDRAISER – A garage sale benefiting the Bridgeport Animal Shelter is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 411 Grace St. in Bridgeport. A plant sale will also be held, with funds going to a partner rescue solely to be used for animals at the shelter. The fundraiser is hosted by Brandi Meek and Penny Shaver.

FUNERALS – Services for Julia Perez, 26, of Decatur and Earl William “EJ” Crocker Jr., 37, of Midland are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kay Polone, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. Memorial is 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Arlington.

FUNERAL for Jennie Thomas, 72, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Claud Morris Vess, 77, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Herman Kittrell Sr., 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Doris Autry, 88, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Friendship Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Patsy Shipley, 81, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Thursday, October 18, 2018


APPARENT THEFT THWARTED – Two men were arrested early this morning after trying to steal a tractor from a local business, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. The sheriff’s office received a call about a suspicious person at the Zimmerer Kubota near Decatur just after 4 a.m. The 911 caller said two people were on the lot, and it appeared as if they were trying to steal a tractor. Two deputies arrived on scene and located the two men attempting to hide in the mud and brush. They had the keys for a truck and trailer on the lot. The fence was cut to gain entry. Norman Terry, 54, of Dallas and Brandon McCraw, 46, of Burkburnett were arrested and charged with theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The incident is under investigation. Akin said evidence indicates others may have been involved in the theft.

RAINFALL REPORT – Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.55 of an inch in Decatur and Bridgeport, 0.35 at Alvord and 0.3 in Greenwood. We have a 40 percent chance of rain during the day today, increasing to 90 percent overnight and 100 percent on Friday. Today’s high is expected to be around 59 degrees.

CITY CLEANUP DAY – Dumpsters will be located at New Fairview city hall, 999 Illinois Lane, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Residents will need to bring driver’s license or utility bill. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, hazardous materials, wet paint, oil, refrigerants or anything containing refrigerants.

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club meets 6:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

DEMENTIA INFORMATION – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold its “Dementia Live” tour for families, caregivers and medical personnel to bring heightened awareness of the challenges faced by those living with dementia from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – The City of Bridgeport is having City-Wide Garage Sales Friday and Saturday. List of garage sale addresses and maps are available at city hall and the city’s Facebook page and website.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will sponsor a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Decatur Conference Center. Holly Berry of Fit-N-Wise will present the program. RSVP by Sunday evening to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com.

PAGEANT DEADLINE – The last day to register your child for Saturday’s Lil Miss and Mister Chico Fest pageant is today. Call Kelly Laney at 940-389-8286 for details.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Genealogy Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Public Library. Tresa Tryak will present “What DNA Can Do For the Family Historian.” The meeting is open to the public.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker is attorney Travis Weaver who will answer questions on a number of topics such as qualifying for Medicaid benefits and paying for nursing home care. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

CANNED FOOD DONATIONS – Black Creek Farm and Pumpkin Patch will hold a costume contest and collect canned goods for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) 4 p.m. Sunday. With every two cans of food, you will receive a free bag of popcorn. With paid entry to Pumpkin Patch you will be eligible for costume contest cash, prizes and candy.

FUNERALS – Service for Earl William “EJ” Crocker Jr., 37, of Midland is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kay Polone, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial is 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Arlington.

FUNERAL for Morris Partin, 68, of Plains (formerly of Chico) is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Sid Brantly, 87, of Balsora is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Post Oak Cemetery in Jack County.

FUNERAL for Jennie Thomas, 72, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Claud Morris Vess, 77, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Herman Kittrell Sr., 64, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Millie Gray, 73, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Patsy Shipley, 81, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doris Autry, 88, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ruby Mae Martin, 78, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, October 17, 2018


PHARMACY BURGLARY – Bridgeport Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place early Saturday morning at Gail’s Pharmacy, located at 810 Woodrow Wilson Ray Circle. Lt. Jerry Upton said surveillance video from inside the pharmacy shows three people wearing hoodies, masks and gloves pried open the door, stole prescription drugs and ran from the building. The video does not show a suspect vehicle. The burglary took place just after 4 a.m., and Upton said any nearby businesses along U.S. 380 or Texas 101 that has outdoor surveillance video from that time frame could show the suspects fleeing from the scene. Anyone who might have such a video should call Bridgeport PD at 940-683-3430. Upton said the burglary might be connected to other recent pharmacy burglaries in the North Texas area.

NO DEAL YET – The Boyd city council agreed to terms for the planned improvement district (PID) and the tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) with developer Bob Shelton for the Spring Hill South addition, but did not approve the pre-development agreement Tuesday. The council took no action on the agreement to wait for its team of advisers to adjust language in the pact. The council plans to meet before Oct. 30 to approve the deal said Mayor Rodney Holmes. “We’re in agreement with all the numbers,” Holmes said. “We want to get this done and move forward.” The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. The city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. There will be a 75-cent levy to pay the PID assessment. The total tax rate for residents in the 595- to 650-home development on Cemetery Road will be approximately $2.74.

OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH SUSPENDED – Boyd ISD trustees voted 5-2 Monday to suspend off-campus lunches indefinitely starting Oct. 22. The school board will revisit the matter at its Nov. 12 meeting. Off-campus lunch was offered to juniors and seniors. Superintendent Ted West said safety and incidents at area districts guided the decision. He said Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster talked with the student council Tuesday and will be discussing options to present to the board.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – In last night’s volleyball action, Decatur beat Bridgeport 3-0, Tolar beat Paradise 3-0, Lindsay beat Alvord 3-0 and Poolville beat Chico 3-1.

MORE RAIN LIKELY – Temperatures will be a little warmer today, but you might want to keep the umbrella close by. Wise County has an 80 percent chance of rain today with an expected high temperature of 54 degrees.

LEARN TO CROCHET – Chico Public Library’s “Stitch It!” program is noon-1:30 p.m. today. This program is open to home schoolers and adults who want to learn the basics of crochet. Experienced crocheters and knitters are invited to bring their current project to work on and share tips and tricks of the craft. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker is attorney Travis Weaver who will answer questions on a number of topics such as qualifying for Medicaid benefits and paying for nursing home care. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

CANDY DONATIONS NEEDED – Decatur Medical Lodge is needing donations of candy for its Fall Festival 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25. Donations may be dropped off at the facility, located at 701 West Bennett Road. Also, Bridgeport Medical Lodge is in need of wrapped candy for its Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31. Donations may be dropped off at the facility, located at 2108 15th Street in Bridgeport.

FOOD HANDLERS CLASS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a food handlers class 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services. To register call 940-627-3341. Space is limited. Cost is $20.

FUNERALS – Service for Kay Polone, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Arlington.

FUNERAL for Morris Partin, 68, of Plains (formerly of Chico) is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Sid Brantly, 87, of Balsora is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Post Oak Cemetery in Jack County.

FUNERAL for Jennie Thomas, 72, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Herman Kittrell Sr., 64, of Chico is 1 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Millie Gray, 73, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Patsy Shipley, 81, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ruby Mae Martin, 78, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Update for Tuesday, October 16, 2018


OFFICER’S BODY LOCATED – Rescue squads from Boone County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Sunday recovered the body of a Rhome officer that went missing in Lake Cumberland Oct. 9. Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the remains of Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, were pulled from the lake. Boone County Search and Rescue used a remote controlled vehicle with a mounted camera to find Adair’s body in 125 feet of water. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker said officers showed a lot of empathy during the challenging rescue efforts, knowing it was a fellow member of the law enforcement community. Adair’s body was taken to the Russell County coroner’s office for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected.

DISTRICT RECEIVES DEMOGRAPHICS REPORT – According to a demographics report delivered to Decatur ISD trustees Monday by Templeton Demographics, the district is expected to grow by 532 students in the next five years. The demographics report projected enrollment to reach 3,936 by 2023/24 and 4,280 for 2028/29. The district started the year with 3,391 students. The district will hold a short- and long-range facilities planning session Monday. In the employment report, McCarroll Middle School Principal Dewayne Tamplen submitted his resignation effective Dec. 2. Tamplen has been on family medical leave since last spring. The district held a public hearing on its Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas rating. The district received a B or Above Standard. Deputy Superintendent Cindy Tatum said the moving of $5.1 million to a local construction fund in August 2017, which lowered the district’s cash on hand supply to 40 days, led to the lower score. She said the money is still in local construction.

ANOTHER COOL, RAINY DAY – More rain and temperatures in the mid-40s are expected in Wise County today. Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.13 of an inch in Decatur and 0.1 in Greenwood. Wise County remains under a flood watch until 7 tonight.

FALL FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED – Due to rain in the forecast, the Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival hosted by the Sheriff’s Office has been rescheduled from tonight to next Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will host a Beto O’Rourke/Ted Cruz debate watch party at 5:30 p.m. today at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Decatur. Snacks and refreshments will be served, and the event is open to everyone.

BOYD COUNCIL TO CONSIDER DEVELOPMENT PACT – The development agreement for the 595- to 650-home Spring Hill South addition on Cemetery Road will be back before the Boyd city council tonight at 6:30 at the Boyd Community Center. The council took no action on the pact with developer Bob Shelton Oct. 2 as the city’s advisers insisted on reworking the financial terms of the PID and the tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) in the proposed agreement. The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. Those advisers signed off on the terms of the pact last week.

FOOD HANDLERS CLASS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a food handlers class 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services. To register call 940-627-3341. Space is limited. Cost is $20.

PAGEANT DEADLINE – The last day to register your child for Saturday’s Lil Miss and Mister Chico Fest pageant is Thursday. Call Kelly Laney at 940-389-8286 for details.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Genealogy Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Tresa Tryak will present “What DNA Can Do For the Family Historian.” The meeting is open to the public.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. There will be a pot luck meal served, and Rock Bingo is the program. Prizes will be given.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Idellian McCoy, 76, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kay Polone, 80, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial is 1 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Arlington.

FUNERAL for Morris Partin, 68, of Plains (formerly of Chico) is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Sid Brantly, 87, of Balsora is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Post Oak Cemetery in Jack County.

GRAVESIDE service for Herman Kittrell Sr., 64, of Chico is 1 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jennie Thomas, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Millie Gray, 73, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patsy Shipley, 81, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Dennis Ray Kunau, 66, of Azle. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Monday, October 15, 2018


EARLY TASTE OF WINTER – Temperatures had dropped to 38 degrees in Decatur at 7:30 this morning behind a strong cold front that moved through the area Sunday evening. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 45 degrees. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-40s tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday night. After a rainy weekend, more rain is expected in the coming days. Wise County remains in a flood watch through Tuesday morning. Rainfall totals from the weekend included 3.3 inches in Alvord, 3.12 in Decatur, 2.9 in Greenwood and 2.8 in Bridgeport.

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 p.m. today 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.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the prediabetes class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. 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.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 CR 1326 in Bridgeport. There will be a pot luck meal served, and Rock Bingo is the program. Prizes will be given.

TRIVIA NIGHT – Decatur Public Library has partnered with Trinity Street Coffee Bar for a trivia night 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the coffee bar, 110 N. Trinity St., in Decatur. Contestants can sip tasty concoctions made by the Trinity Street baristas and bartenders while playing for prizes and gift certificates.

YOUTH BASKETBALL – Deadline for Decatur Youth Basketball (Wise County League) signups for 3rd-6th grades is Saturday. Forms can be picked up at Young, Carson and Rann elementary schools as well as Decatur Intermediate School, or email ashetter15@yahoo.com for a form.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party’s monthly social is 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. (use the back entrance). There will be a chili cookoff and speaker. For more information, email janetamos7@gmail.com or call 940-300-7352.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Idellian McCoy, 76, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Kay Polone, 80, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Sid Brantly, 87, of Balsora; Morris Partin, 68, of Plains, formerly of Chico; and Herman Kittrell, 64, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Mildred Gray, 73, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Dennis Ray Kunau, 66, of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Friday, October 12, 2018


RHOME OFFICER MISSING IN KENTUCKY LAKE – Rescue squads from two counties and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continue to search an area of Lake Cumberland, where a Rhome officer went missing Tuesday morning. Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, went for a swim off a houseboat around 10 a.m. at the large lake near Jamestown, Ky. His wife told officials that she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker said there was a strong current in that area of the lake near the dam. Search and rescue crews have made several attempts to locate Adair. “They’ve located an area of interest. A diver spent 17 minutes down in that area 100 feet deep and was not able to locate him,” Baker said. “Officers are doing their best to find him knowing he’s a fellow police officer. There’s a lot of empathy. It’s a large lake in Southern Kentucky, at the dam it’s up to 200 feet deep, which makes the search difficult.” Adair has been in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.

RHOME TO INTERVIEW COUNCIL APPLICANTS – At its meeting Thursday, the Rhome city council announced it would interview applicants for the open Place 1 seat at the Oct. 27 meeting. The seat became vacant after Charles Pennington missed three consecutive meetings. As of Thursday, five candidates have expressed interest. Applications will be accepted until the Oct. 27 meeting.

RAINY, COOLER WEEKEND – Rain began falling in Wise County Friday morning and is expected to continue until 1 p.m. More rain is expected to move in overnight and linger throughout the day Saturday and into Sunday. High temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s through Sunday, before a cold front arrives to drop temperatures into the 40s Monday.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Paradise Panthers and Boyd Yellowjackets renew their rivalry tonight with a 7:30 kickoff at J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium. Get live updates of the action on our Twitter feed, @wcmsports. In other action, Decatur opens district play at home against Wichita Falls Hirschi at 7. Bridgeport travels to Krum. Chico will be at Lindsay. Northwest crushed O.D. Wyatt 73-33 Thursday behind five touchdown passes from Austin Ahmad.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, honoring breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m-1 p.m. today at the Visitors Center, 106. S. Trinity in Decatur. Brisket sandwiches will be sold for $5. There will also be raffle items and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Wise Health System Woman’s Health Services. Call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The Greenwood Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and there will be craft booths, a silent auction, cake walk, garage sale, raffle drawing and train rides for the kids. It’s sponsored by Greenwood Extension Education Club and proceeds are donated to several local charities.

FISH FRY LOCATION MOVED – Due to anticipated inclement weather Saturday afternoon, the Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry will now take place at Eagles Canyon Raceway at 7629 North Farm Road 51. The venue will be covered with ample parking and shuttles provided. The time will remain the same at 4 p.m. The fundraising event will also feature an auction, raffle and live music.

DECATUR FACES ARGYLE – Decatur will face rival Argyle at 5 p.m. today in a pivotal district volleyball match at Decatur High School. Other matches today: Bridgeport at Springtown, Breckenridge at Paradise, Boyd at Peaster, Alvord at Saint Jo. Chico heads to Bluffdale Saturday.

BOYD, NORTHWEST, PARADISE WIN DISTRICT TITLES – The Boyd Yellowjackets, Northwest Texans and Paradise Lady Panthers won district cross country titles Thursday.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and pot luck lunch on the grounds is 1 p.m. Sunday. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655, seven miles west of Alvord.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party’s monthly social is 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. (use the back entrance). There will be a chili cookoff and speaker. For more information, email janetamos7@gmail.com or call 940-300-7352.

CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual auction is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is Puttin’ on the Ritz with guests encouraged to dress in 1920s attire.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Darlene Walker, 64, of Decatur is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Janice Marie Read, 83, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial in Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Azle is 2 p.m. today at Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Zelda M. Colburn, 84 of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Arrangements are being handled by Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Rhome officer goes missing in Kentucky lake


Rescue squads from two counties and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continue to search an area of Lake Cumberland, where a Rhome officer went missing Tuesday morning.
Sgt. Robin Adair, 61, went for a swim off a houseboat around 10 a.m. at the large lake near Jamestown, Ky. His wife told officials that she saw him go under but never resurface. Adair was not wearing a life preserver.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman David Baker said there was a strong current in that area of the lake near the dam.
Search and rescue crews have made several attempts to locate Adair.
“They’ve located an area of interest. A diver spent 17 minutes down in that area 100 feet deep and was not able to locate him,” Baker said. “Officers are doing their best to find him knowing he’s a fellow police officer. There’s a lot of empathy.
“It’s a large lake in Southern Kentucky, at the dam it’s up to 200 feet deep, which makes the search difficult.”
Adair has been in law enforcement for 25 years, spending the past nine years at Rhome.
“He was one of the guys that never met a stranger,” said Rhome Police Chief Sam Love, who worked the past two years with Adair. “He liked everyone he met and was always upbeat and happy.
“It’ll leave a big gap in the community. It’ll be hard to find someone to fill his shoes.”
Adair lived in Millsap in Parker County. Love said Adair and his wife regularly visited Lake Cumberland.
“He always talked when he retired that’s where he wanted to move,” Love said.
Adair was also a pilot and frequent skydiver, with around 100 jumps.
“He loved airplanes. You could show him a picture of a plane and he’d tell you when it was made and everything about it,” Love said.
“He had many loves in life — his wife of more than 20 years and was also an animal lover.”
Love said it was tough telling local business owners, many who adored Adair.
“He was very easy-going and cared a lot about this community,” said Frances Sturges of Big Z Travel Center. “If he worked, he’d always be out there waiting for us when we closed up.”
Masoud “Mason” Farhadi of Giant Burger said he was shocked by the loss of a friend, who he just helped with city’s National Night Out event.
“He was an awesome man — very kind,” Farhadi said. “He was family man and was respected by everyone. He always had something to say and something funny to share with others. He was just a great guy. We are all going to miss him.”

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Update for Thursday, October 11, 2018


MAN EVADES OFFICERS – A man evaded officers on foot after crashing a motorcycle on Old Decatur Road near Alvord Wednesday morning. Officers searched the area for an hour according to Wise County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Craig Johnson. A K-9 unit was also unable to pick up the man’s scent. Johnson said a deputy saw the motorcycle, which was running terribly and also did not have a license plate. “The guy started to take off and fell over,” Johnson said. The man took off on foot after dumping the motorcycle, which turned out to be stolen.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will hold its annual candlelight vigil honoring survivors and raising awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at 7 tonight at the Wise County Courthouse.

NORTHWEST FOOTBALL – The Northwest Texans will try to move to 3-0 in District 4-5A Division II tonight when they play host to O.D. Wyatt. Kick off is at 7.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival, hosted by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Admission is free, and there will be free food, music and games. Local police departments, fire departments, EMS, Air Evac, Department of Public Safety, game wardens and other public service organizations will participate.

RAFFLE FOR SCHOLARSHIP – Wise County Aggie Moms are selling raffle tickets for a 1911 22 Browning pistol to raise money for the local Aggies scholarship fund. Ticket prices are $1 for one; $20 for 25 and can be purchased at Ronnie Uselton Farmers Insurance, 1006 W. Business U.S. 380 in Decatur. Drawing will be Nov. 13. You need not be present to win.

RHOME TO DISCUSS VACANCY – The Rhome city council will discuss filling the Place 1 vacancy on the council at its meeting at 7 tonight.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 31st annual Newark Cruisin’ Days is today through Saturday at 406 Hudson St. The event benefits the volunteer fire department. The carnival opens 6 p.m. today and Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event will feature live music, bingo, vendors, cake auction, raffle drawing and fire department awards. Saturday’s schedule includes a parade at 10 a.m., car show at 2 p.m., followed by a barbecue dinner 5:30-7 p.m. The dance is 8-11 p.m. For more information call Dawn Killough, 817-692-4959.

DUMP CLOSURE – The Slidell dump site will be closed today.

RABBI TO SPEAK – Kingdom Men will host An Evening with Rabbi Jason Sobel 6:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Decatur. Sobel connects ancient Jewish wisdom with contemporary teachings of Jesus. The event is free and open to the public.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Darlene Walker, 64, of Decatur is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Norman Stirling Sheardown, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Janice M. Read, 83, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. today at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Zelda M. Colburn, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Rodney Dale Irion, 57, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. today at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D., with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown. Williams Funeral Home in Jamestown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, October 10, 2018


TAX DISCOUNT TABLED – County commissioners decided to table the 3-2-1 tax discount for this year but will consider it again when planning the budget for fiscal year 2020. The decision was made at the Sept. 24 meeting after being tossed around for a month. Citizen Lee Worley of Boyd first asked commissioners to consider the discount at a public hearing about the proposed tax rate in August. Although County Judge J.D. Clark and Precinct 4 Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy expressed interest in the idea at the Sept. 24 meeting, it was too late to implement it for fiscal year 2019. Wise County previously offered the 3-2-1 discount but did away with it in 1997 because it “was more trouble than it was worth …,” according to commissioners court minutes. Read more about the commissioners discussion in this week’s All Around Wise.

RAINFALL REPORT – Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 1.75 inches in Greenwood, 1.4 in Alvord, 1 in Decatur and 0.57 in Bridgeport. The rain has cleared out of today’s forecast, but the cooler temperatures will remain under sunny skies with an expected high of 69 degrees.

CROSS COUNTRY – The Decatur boys cross country team won the District 8-4A championship yesterday at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Triston Read finished in first place with a 16:23.9. Teammate Matthew Ashmore, who clocked a 16:44.8, finished second. Gabe Embree took third with a 16:47.3, Derrick Bible finished fourth with a 16:58.3, and Anthony Rodriguez rounded out the top five with a 17:13. Six of Decatur’s seven runners placed in the top 10. The Lady Eagles also repeated as district champs. Jentry Lamirand finished first at 12:03. Decatur finished with 26 points and had six runners in the top 10. Hanul Lewis was fourth with a 12:16.2. Grace Lowery took fifth, clocking a 12:27.2. Makenzie Fox, Kayla Leal and Genoveva Pancheco rounded out the top 10. The Bridgeport girls finished third, qualifying for the regional meet. Marisol Fraga took eighth place for the Sissies, clocking a 12:54.9.

VOLLEYBALL – Yesterday’s volleyball results: Northwest beat Denton Ryan 3-0, Decatur beat Krum 3-1, Boyd beat Paradise 3-0 and Alvord beat Tioga 3-1.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Pella Cemetery meeting and pot luck lunch on the grounds is 1 p.m. Sunday. The cemetery is located off of Farm Road 1655, seven miles west of Alvord.

DUMP CLOSURE – The Slidell dump site will be closed Thursday.

OFFICER SAFETY SEMINAR – Peak Performance Decatur will host a free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar for police officers, jailers/correctional officers and dispatchers 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The seminar will cover ground fighting techniques and takedowns specifically targeted at detaining noncompliant suspects and promoting officers’ safety. Call Lukeus to reserve your spot at 940-210-5581.

RABBI TO SPEAK – Kingdom Men will host An Evening with Rabbi Jason Sobel 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Decatur. Sobel connects ancient Jewish wisdom with contemporary teachings of Jesus. The event is free and open to the public.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Norman Steirling Sheardown, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Azle is 2 p.m. Friday at Deep Creek Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Charlotte Tackett, 67, of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Rodney Dale Irion, 57, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D., with burial at Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown. Williams Funeral Home in Jamestown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, October 9, 2018


RAINY DAY – Heavy rain was falling in Wise County as Update was going to press this morning. Rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 1.15 inches in Alvord, 1 in Bridgeport and 0.3 in Decatur. Rain is expected to continue throughout much of the day. A number of wrecks were reported just before 8 a.m., including a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 in front of Wal-Mart in Decatur and a two-vehicle crash on Texas 114 in Aurora.

WATER DISTRICT EYES NEW RULES FOR WELL SPACING – Next year the minimum lot size for drilling a water well in Wise County could increase to five acres from the currently required two. The change is in the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District’s rules update, a draft of which could be released after its meeting Monday. UTGCD General Manager Doug Shaw said the release of the draft would be followed by public hearings in all four counties in which the district oversees groundwater permitting and conservation – Hood, Montague, Parker and Wise. After addressing comments from the hearings, the rules could be adopted in early 2019. Shaw said the change is to increase spacing between wells and protect aquifer resources that have been reduced due to an influx of drilling in the past decade. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 31st annual Newark Cruisin’ Days is Thursday through Saturday at 406 Hudson St. The event benefits the volunteer fire department. The carnival opens 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event will feature live music, bingo, vendors, cake auction, raffle drawing and fire department awards. Saturday’s schedule includes a parade at 10 a.m., car show at 2 p.m., followed by a barbecue dinner 5:30-7 p.m. The dance is 8-11 p.m. For more information call Dawn Killough, 817-692-4959.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The Greenwood Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Greenwood. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and there will be craft booths, a silent auction and train rides for the kids. It’s sponsored by Greenwood Extension Education Club and proceeds are donated to several local charities.

CHICO FEST – The Chico Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its annual Chico Fest Oct. 20. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330 or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. You can download a voter registration form at wcmess.com/voterregistration. Forms must be received at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur by 5 p.m. today.

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

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Norman Steirling Sheardown, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Robert E. Dunn, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Joyce Tedrow, 63, of Azle is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICES for Charlotte Tackett, 67, and Glenda Kunau, 69, both of Azle are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Monday, October 8, 2018


PARADISE MAN KILLED IN CRASH – Michael Wheeler, 55, of Paradise was killed in a wreck in Parker County Saturday. According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Ricky Hunter, the crash happened on Texas 199 east of Big Salty Road around 10:15 a.m. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2000 Honda passenger car, driven by 39-year-old Stephanie Wells of Springtown, was traveling east on Texas 199. The Honda attempted to turn into a driveway but failed to yield the right of way to a 2017 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Wheeler that was westbound. Wheeler took evasive action to avoid the Honda but struck the right rear of the vehicle. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other injuries as a result of the crash.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. You can download a voter registration form at wcmess.com/voterregistration. To be eligible to register in Wise County, you have to be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Wise, and at least 18 years old on Election Day. You cannot be a convicted felon or have been found mentally incapacitated without the right to vote. Once you fill out the form, return it to the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today or Tuesday.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Parts of Wise County received rain this weekend. Rain totals included 1.55 inches in Alvord and 0.43 in Decatur.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, honoring breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m-1 p.m. Friday on the Decatur Square. Brisket sandwiches will be sold for $5. There will also be raffle items and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Wise Health System Woman’s Health Services. Call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

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

MARY’S GIFT PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE 3D MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Remaining 2018 dates are this Wednesday, Oct. 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. These organizations meet the second Monday of each month at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office (unless otherwise announced, as is the case for the October meeting). Visit www.wiserepublicans.com or Wise Republican Party on Facebook.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The speaker of the month will be Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. For information, call Mike Bell, 940-799-1077.

DANCE MINI CAMP – The DHS Eagle Dolls will host a dance mini camp Wednesday through Friday. Cost is $40, and children from 4 years to 8th grade can participate. Forms may be found at all of the campuses, on the Eagle Dolls’ webpage, and linked on their Instagram.

FUNERALS – Memorial will be held at a later date for Ross Steven Moore, 25, of Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harlan Buckner, 90, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico.

SERVICES for Norman Sheardown, 77, and Robert E. Dunn, 67, both of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Dilleshaw, 82, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jerald Teague, 77, formerly of Boyd is 11:30 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICES for Charlotte Tackett, 67, and Glenda Kunau, 69, both of Azle; and Mike Wheeler, 55, of Paradise are pending Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Janice (McDaniel) Chapman Garrett, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon today at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for William Robert Caraway, 79, of Chico is 5 p.m. today at Jones-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Update for Friday, October 5, 2018


MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON IN BARCLAY FIRE – An Alvord man was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with arson causes bodily injury, a first degree felony, in connection with the large wildfire near Alvord in August. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Robert Charles Russell, 55, was arrested around mid-afternoon Thursday at a travel trailer where he has been living on the Barclay Salvage yard property, where the Aug. 3 fire began. Akin said Russell refused to answer the door for deputies serving the arrest warrant, so the officers made forced entry. Once officers made entry into the home, Russell did not resist arrest, Akin said. Firefighters from more than 20 fire departments battled the intense blaze, and two firefighters were injured – one with a broken leg and another who suffered heat exhaustion at the August fire. The fire burned approximately 450 acres near County Road 2391 between Alvord and Decatur, and it caused extensive damage at the salvage yard, where hundreds of vehicles were destroyed.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – While it is a bye week for many local teams, others will take the field for the sixth week of the high school football season. Tonight’s games include Fort Worth Eastern Hills at Northwest, Ponder at Paradise, Tioga at Alvord and Archer City at Chico.

VOLLEYBALL – Tonight’s volleyball schedule includes Denton at Northwest, Decatur vs. Lovejoy, Bridgeport at Argyle, Millsap at Paradise, Boyd at Brock and Perrin at Chico. Valley View will travel to Alvord Saturday.

RAIN CHANCES INCREASE – Rain returns to the forecast this weekend and early next week. Rain chances will be between 40 and 50 percent Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid-to-low 80s. With the recent rains, Wise County is no longer in a drought according to information released this week.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. This will be the last Cruise Nights event for 2018. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors. For information call 940-399-9558.

BENEFIT STREET DANCE ON SATURDAY – Wise County Street Dance, benefiting local fire departments, is Saturday, immediately following Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square. Zach Nytomt will open the night at 8 p.m., followed by Zac Wilkerson playing until 11 p.m. The stage will be set up on Trinity Street. There will be food trucks on site, but the event is BYOB. Admission is free, but donations for the fire departments will be accepted. You can also contribute by participating in the silent auction at Parker Properties, 206 W. Main Street, or buying raffle tickets for an AR-15 and a handgun. T-shirts will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the fire departments, and Air Evac Lifeteam will have a helicopter available for photos on the city hall parking lot.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – The Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church will hold the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi 10 a.m. Saturday, at 5094 U.S. 380 in Bridgeport. All pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. The church is accepting donations of pet supplies to be distributed between the Wise County Animal Shelter and the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport.

MORE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – The community is invited to bring their pets to a traditional Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 905 S. Church St. in Decatur. The church is holding the event in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Be sure your dogs are leashed and cats contained in carriers. The church is also collecting cat litter, bleach and puppy food to be donated to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon Oct. 8 at Pizza Hut. The speaker of the month will be Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. For information, call Mike Bell, 940-799-1077.

SEEKING ART FESTIVAL VENDORS – Art Beat is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27 on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Booth space is available, and potential vendors with handmade art should call Kim McElroy at 940-393-2567 to reserve space. Deadline is Oct. 7.

DANCE MINI CAMP – The DHS Eagle Dolls will host a dance mini camp Oct. 10-12. Cost is $40, and children from 4 years to 8th grade can participate. Forms may be found at all of the campuses, on the Eagle Dolls’ webpage, and linked on their Instagram.

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. Free barbecue will be served to all veterans and family members of veterans.

PLANT SALE – The Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a patio plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s in Bridgeport. All plant sales will go to a partner rescue solely to be used for the animals at this shelter.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur will host a fall festival at noon Sunday. It will include a raffle, games and prizes.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE – The Boonsville Community Center’s community yard sale, craft and bake sale and barbecue is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call Margaret, 940-748-2532 or email boonsvillecommunitycenter@gmail.com.

FUNDRAISER WALK – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will hold a “Once Around the Square” at the square in Jacksboro Saturday. This is a “race” for everyone. Join them for a race/stroll/walk/crawl around the Jacksboro Square at 11 a.m. to raise funds for Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. KWKQ 94.7 FM will hold a live broadcast. Call Janice at 940-626-4585 or visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/264554341020328/?active_tab=discussion.

BENEFIT CONCERT – The Kody Norris Band will play a bluegrass music concert at the Crafton Baptist Church Recreation Hall 2 p.m. Sunday. The Crafton Cemetery Association is sponsoring the band for their fundraiser. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Admission and lunch is $10 per person.

FUNERALS – Memorial will be held at a later date for Ross Steven Moore, 25, of Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harlan Buckner, 90, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Gerald Teague, 77, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL Service for Peter (Pete) Micheal Sturges, 62, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark.

GRAVESIDE service for Louise Athey, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Janice (McDaniel) Chapman Garrett, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Update for Thursday, October 4, 2018


1 KILLED, 1 HURT IN WRECK – One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision south of Decatur Wednesday afternoon. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3294, just north of Farm Road 3259 just after 2 p.m. Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Adam Lawson said a passenger car was southbound when, for an unknown reason, it veered into the northbound lane where it struck a pickup. The truck rolled over, landing upside down. The driver of the car, 25-year-old Ross S. Moore of Decatur, died at the scene, and the driver of the pickup, Todd A. Smith, 41, of Paradise, was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton. The wreck shut down both lanes of traffic on FM 51.

FUNDRAISER WALK – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will hold a “Once Around the Square” at the square in Jacksboro Saturday. This is a “race” for everyone. Join them for a race/stroll/walk/crawl around the Jacksboro Square at 11 a.m. to raise funds for Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. KWKQ 94.7 FM will hold a live broadcast. Call Janice at 940-626-4585 or visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/264554341020328/?active_tab=discussion.

LEGO AT THE LIBRARY – Lego lovers are invited to join the after school fun at Chico Public Library at 4 p.m. today. Participants will create their own disaster island stories. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

PLANT SALE – The Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a patio plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s in Bridgeport. All plant sales will go to a partner rescue solely to be used for the animals at this shelter.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur will host a fall festival at noon Sunday. It will include a raffle, games and prizes.

BENEFIT STREET DANCE ON SATURDAY – Wise County Street Dance, benefiting local fire departments, is Saturday, immediately following Cruise Nights on the courthouse square. Zach Nytomt will open the night at 8 p.m., followed by Zac Wilkerson playing until 11 p.m. The stage will be set up on Trinity Street. There will be food trucks on site, but the event is BYOB. Admission is free, but donations for the fire departments will be accepted. You can also contribute by participating in the silent auction at Parker Properties, 206 W. Main Street, or buying raffle tickets for an AR-15 and a handgun. T-shirts will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the fire departments, and Air Evac Lifeteam will have a helicopter available for photos on the city hall parking lot.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Conference Center. These organizations meet the second Monday of each month at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office (unless otherwise announced, as is the case for the October meeting). Visit www.wiserepublicans.com or Wise Republican Party on Facebook.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 27th Annual Park Classic Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf Club. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time. The cost is $400 per four-man team and includes lunch, beer and water. To register, text Jordan White, 940-389-8252.

WHS AUXILIARY RECEPTION – Wise Health System Auxiliary invites the public to join them for refreshments 2:30-4 p.m. today in the WHS cafeteria, 609 Medical Center Dr., in Decatur. Find out what the auxiliary does and how to volunteer.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENT NIGHT – Bridgeport High School counselors will hold a Junior/Senior parent night at 6:30 p.m. today in the high school library. They will be discussing college applications, scholarships, testing, financial aid and all other post secondary questions. There will also be a financial aid representative from Weatherford College present to answer questions. Enter through the doors by the front office.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Tracy Johnson, 43, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for J.E. Carson, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with reception to follow. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harlan Buckner, 90, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned at this time for Harold Mahan Jr., 74, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL Service for Peter (Pete) Micheal Sturges, 62, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Abundant Life Worship Center in Newark.

GRAVESIDE service for Louise Athey, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney is handling arrangements.

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One killed in wreck near Decatur


One person was killed and another seriously injured in a head-on collision south of Decatur Wednesday afternoon. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3294, just north of Farm Road 3259 just after 2 p.m. Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Adam Lawson said a passenger car was southbound when, for an unknown reason, it veered into the northbound lane where it struck a pickup. The truck rolled over, landing upside down. The driver of the car was killed, and the driver of the pickup was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton. Lawson did not release the names of those involved since officers were in the process of notifying next of kin for the deceased. More information will be posted when it is available.

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Update for Wednesday, October 3, 2018


NEWARK CITY ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNS – Newark city administrator Diane Rasor tendered her resignation Tuesday. Rasor sent a letter to Mayor Mark Wondolowski and the city council, resigning her post immediately. Rasor said she was leaving due to a medical situation. She added that negotiations on her resignation had hit a standstill with the city. Rasor worked the last eight years in Newark. “It was great. We accomplished a multitude of great things,” Rasor said. “The city improved dramatically in the last eight years, especially with Mayor [Gary] Van Wagner’s leadership.” Before coming to Newark, Rasor worked in Haslet. She said she will likely retire after 23 years working in municipal government. The Newark council is holding a special meeting Thursday. The city administrator job is listed on the agenda.

WORK ON PACT CONTINUES – The Boyd city council took no action Tuesday on the pre-development agreement with Bob Shelton for the proposed Spring Hill South addition on Cemetery Road. The city is waiting for its bond counsel and attorney to work through revisions on the pact, which included terms for the planned improvement district and tax increment reinvestment zone. Mayor Rodney Holmes said the city would consider the agreement later this month.

JUST A TEST – The first test of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Presidential Alert” system will be sent to cell phones across the country at 1:18 p.m. today. The system is a way to notify citizens of national emergencies. For more information visit www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Last night’s volleyball scores include the following: Northwest beat Lake Dallas 3-0, Decatur beat Springtown 3-0, Krum beat Bridgeport 3-0, Boyd beat Tolar 3-0, Peaster beat Paradise 3-0, Alvord beat Forestburg 3-0 and Chico beat Graford 3-0.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 27th Annual Park Classic Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf Club. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time. The cost is $400 per four-man team and includes lunch, beer and water. To register, text Jordan White, 940-389-8252.

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. Free barbecue will be served to all veterans and family members of veterans.

CHICO FEST – The Chico Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its annual Chico Fest Oct. 20. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330 or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

SEEKING ART FESTIVAL VENDORS – Art Beat is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27 on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Booth space is available, and potential vendors with handmade art should call Kim McElroy at 940-393-2567 to reserve space. Deadline is Oct. 7.

LEARN TO CROCHET – Chico Public Library’s “Stitch It!” program is noon-1:30 p.m. today. This program is open to home schoolers and adults who want to learn the basics of crochet. Experienced crocheters and knitters are invited to bring their current project to work on and share tips and tricks of the craft. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

BENEFIT CONCERT – The Kody Norris Band will play a bluegrass music concert at the Crafton Baptist Church Recreation Hall 2 p.m. Sunday. The Crafton Cemetery Association is sponsoring the band for their fundraiser. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Admission and lunch is $10 per person.

FUNERALS – Service for Pascual M. Vargas, 61, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for J.E. Carson, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with reception to follow. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Emma Grace Sandlin, 3 months, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Tracy Johnson, 43, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Harlan Buckner, 90, of Chico is pending Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is planned at this time for Harold Mahan Jr., 74, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, October 2, 2018


DOUBLE-DIGIT RAINFALL FOR SEPTEMBER – Wise County received 10.15 inches of rain for September, according to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur. That marks the third wettest September in the last 44 years. Normal rainfall for the month is 3.38 inches. The latest drought monitor update shows Wise County has moved from the “severe drought” designation to the lowest “abnormally dry” designation over the past few weeks. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 95 on Sept. 1 to a low of 53 on Sept. 27.

BOYD MOSQUITO SPRAYING – The City of Boyd has contracted for mosquito spraying tonight. All areas of the city will be sprayed. Spraying will begin at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

RHOME PD NIGHT OUT – Rhome Police Department will hold its National Night Out event 6-8 tonight at the Family Park Pavilion, 400 S. Virginia Lane. The event will include free food and T-shirts. It’s a chance to meet your local police officers and learn about crime prevention.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENT NIGHT – Bridgeport High School counselors will hold a Junior/Senior parent night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school library. They will be discussing college applications, scholarships, testing, financial aid and all other post secondary questions. There will also be a financial aid representative from Weatherford College present to answer questions. Enter through the doors by the front office.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – The community is invited to bring their pets to a traditional Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 905 S. Church St. in Decatur. The church is holding the event in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Be sure your dogs are leashed and cats contained in carriers. In addition to dogs and cats, blessings have been given to birds, reptiles, hamsters, pot-bellied pigs, etc. as well over the years. The church is also collecting cat litter, bleach and puppy food to be donated to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

COMMUNITY YARD SALE – The Boonsville Community Center’s community yard sale, craft and bake sale and barbecue is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call Margaret, 940-748-2532 or email boonsvillecommunitycenter@gmail.com.

DECATUR NIGHT OUT – Decatur will host National Night Out 6-8 p.m. today 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.

ALZHEIMER’S 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.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature a guest speaker.

COUNCIL TO CONSIDER PACT WITH DEVELOPER – The Boyd city council will consider the pre-development agreement with Bob Shelton for the Spring Hill South development tonight at its meeting at 6:30. The proposed development on Cemetery Road will have approximately 600 homes. The council will also look to appoint members to the municipal development district board.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for J.E. Carson, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with reception to follow. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Emma Grace Sandlin, 3 months, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Tracy Johnson, 43, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Pliny Andrews, 80, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Harold Mahan Jr., 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is planned at this time for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Update for Monday, October 1, 2018


MAN RESCUED FROM TRASH COMPACTOR – A coordinated effort by first responders freed a Wise County dump employee that got stuck in a compactor at the Decatur dump Saturday afternoon. Larry Stevens was the sole employee working at the dump when his leg got ensnared in a cardboard recycling compactor around 2:20 p.m., said interim Public Works Director Glenn Hughes. Stevens was extricated from the compactor and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth around 3:40 p.m. Shortly after being pinned, firefighters from Decatur Fire Department sawed a hole in the top of the compactor and began working to clear debris blocking Stevens’ foot. It took around an hour of intensive work to free him. “Between the county rescue trucks and Decatur fire, we were able to cut a hole in the top of the container and offload cardboard from the top and from the inside on the civilian low side to free him up,” Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara said. “You don’t train on this every day,” Mara added. “We just treated it like a confined space rescue. We put a couple of plans into play. One from the top and one from the bottom. EMS did a great job of keeping him stable, and we were able to offload that cardboard and get him out.” Additionally, Oncor Electric employees cut off power to the dump to aid in the rescue, and Decatur PD helped in the extrication effort. Hughes said the dump will be closed until further notice.

CLAY SHOOT TEAM – The Decatur Clay Target team is seeking members. Any Wise County high school student eighth grade and above can join. An informational meting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur High School Lecture Hall. Parents are also invited. Call Coach Jason Ticknor, 817-319-8719.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature a guest speaker.

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

WHS AUXILIARY RECEPTION – Wise Health System Auxiliary invites the public to join them for refreshments 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday in the WHS cafeteria, 609 Medical Center Dr., in Decatur. Find out what the auxiliary does and how to volunteer. The weekend Messenger incorrectly stated this event is Tuesday.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the prediabetes class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

DECATUR NIGHT OUT – Decatur will host National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Tuesday 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.

4-H EXPLOSION – Wise County 4-H Explosion is 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will showcase everything offered by Wise County 4-H. There will be a free meal, door prizes and games. RSVP by calling 940-627-3341.

CHAMBER LUNCH – Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Chico City Hall. Guest speaker will be Sandy Storm, author of “Hello Navi – A Novella about Human Trafficking.” Prepay for your tickets online at www.WiseCountyChamber.com under “Event Tickets.” Tickets at the door are $15. RSVP via email to info@wisecountychamber.com.

PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUP MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights will have a group meeting at 6 p.m. today at Bridgeport Lions Hall. The meeting is open to anyone in the county wanting to learn more about the upcoming election.

FUNERALS – Services for J.E. Carson, 89; Tracy Johnson, 43; and Emma Grace Sandlin, 3 months, all of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ima Ruth Sherman, 80, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Austin Horton Eustace, 87, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Decatur dump employee extricated from compactor


A coordinated effort by first responders freed a Wise County dump employee that got stuck in a compactor at the Decatur dump Saturday afternoon.

Larry Stevens was the sole employee working at the dump when his leg got ensnared in a cardboard recycling compactor around 2:20 p.m, said interim Public Works Director Glenn Hughes.

Stevens was extricated from the compactor and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth around 3:40 p.m.

Shortly after being pinned, firefighters from Decatur Fire Department sawed a hole in the top of the compactor and began working to clear debris blocking Stevens’ foot. It took around an hour of intensive work to free him.

“Between the county rescue trucks and Decatur fire, we were able to cut a hole in the top of the container and offload cardboard from the top and from the inside on the civilian low side to free him up,” Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara said.

“You don’t train on this every day,” Mara added. “We just treated it like a confined space rescue. We put a couple of plans into play. One from the top and one from the bottom. EMS did a great job of keeping him stable, and we were able to offload that cardboard and get him out.”

Additionally, Oncor Electric employees cut off power to the dump to aid in the rescue, and Decatur PD helped in the extrication effort.

“It was truly a joint effort,” Mara added.

Hughes did not know details on how Stevens got stuck in the compactor, just that he was the only employee working at the site at that time.

He said the dump will be closed until further notice.

 

 

 

 

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Update for Friday, September 28, 2018


STATE’S TOP TREASURER – Wise County Treasurer Katherine Hudson was named the 2018 Texas Outstanding County Treasurer. It’s the highest award for the office, and it was presented last week at the County Treasurers Association of Texas (CTAT) conference in Odessa. Hudson was presented the award for job performance, participation in the state association, and her community involvement. Hudson, who has been county treasurer since August 1997, was CTAT president in 2010-11 and is currently a sector director, representing regions 5-9. She also serves on the scholarship, new treasurers orientation, and legislative committees. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

CITY MOVES FORWARD WITH LAWSUIT OVER PROTESTS – Protesters with signs gathered at Newark City Hall Wednesday night prior to the council meeting to show support of Philip “Tim” Pixler. Court records on file in the Wise County District Clerk’s Office indicate that the city of Newark filed a lawsuit against Pixler for violation of city ordinances related to junk vehicles and parking issues in October 2017 after Pixler failed to pay $8,000 in fines. Pixler’s camp said the suit is seeking $80,000 in fines accrued over several years. After a closed session, the council voted to move forward with mediation in an attempt to seek a settlement between the city and Pixler. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – The Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday downtown. Festivities include musical acts all day, including the Higher Praise Quartet, Brandon Gentry and the Wise County Chorus, among others. There will be a vintage car and tractor show, a collection of cute travel trailers courtesy of the Getaway Gals, vendors, food trucks, quilt show, baking contest, a silent auction and raffle. Guests are encouraged to park at the high school and ride the free shuttle downtown. To enter any of the contests, go to the Paradise Historical Society website, paradisehistoricalsociety.org. Call 940-859-3691.

REUNION RUN – Several Wise County schools will participate in the Reunion Run Saturday morning at the Reunion Grounds behind Joe Wheeler Park. Northwest, Decatur, Bridgeport and Chico will run in the meet. The 6A/5A boys 5K starts at 8 a.m. The 6A/5A girls 3,200 starts at 8:25 a.m. The 1A-4A girls 3,200 starts at 9:40 a.m. The 1A-4A boys 5K starts at 10:05 a.m.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Tonight’s football games include Northwest at Fort Worth Southwest, Decatur at Glen Rose, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Paradise at Whitesboro, Boyd at Ponder, Alvord at Petrolia and Tom Bean at Chico.

VOLLEYBALL – Today’s volleyball schedule includes Little Elm at Northwest, Decatur at Bridgeport, Jacksboro at Paradise, Breckenridge at Boyd and Collinsville at Alvord.

BLOOD DRIVE – An American Red Cross blood drive is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Decatur.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Decatur Conference Center. More information can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook at Wise Republican Party.

PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUP MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights will have a group meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Bridgeport Lions Hall. The meeting is open to anyone in the county wanting to learn more about the upcoming election.

CHURCH SEEKS PROJECTS – CrossRoads Church is asking homebound seniors if they need help with any home projects such as repairs or maintenance on the exterior of their homes, lawn work or a ramp for a service day on Sunday, Oct. 14. Call 940-627-4222 by Oct. 4.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature a guest speaker.

DECATUR NIGHT OUT – Decatur will host National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Tuesday 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.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – Aurora will hold its National Night Out 6 p.m. Saturday at the Aurora Ballpark. Hot dogs and sodas will be served. First responders from Wise County, Aurora, Boyd, Newark and Rhome will be on hand meeting residents and giving demonstrations.

BOOK FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND – The Decatur Public Library’s 2nd Annual Same Page Book Festival is Saturday and will feature local authors and sessions for readers and aspiring writers. The festival runs 1-5:30 p.m., and admission is free. Keynote speakers are Doug and Carol Hutchison, authors of “Behind the Texas Badge.” After they speak, the Hutchisons, along with Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin and other law enforcement officers featured in the book will be available for a book signing. Several other authors and poets will also be selling and signing their books. Call 940-393-0290.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery Association Meeting is 4 p.m. Sunday.

FUNERALS – Service for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICES for Leiland Adcock, 88, of Chico and Ima Ruth Sherman, 80, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Cyrus W. Farver, 82, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Decatur Bible Church with family burial at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL for Jimmy Judd, 64, of Rhome will be held at a later date.

FUNERAL for Billy Ray Gamble, 73, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Carol Long, 78, of Justin is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 7 tonight at the church and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Laurence Church in Southlake. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Arch W. Van Meter, 86, of Fort Worth, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth with private burial at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery in Rhome.

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