Wednesday, August 24, 2016


SPEED LIMIT LOWERED ON HALSELL – Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to decrease the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph along Halsell, an action recommended by Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford. Stanford also recommended two stop signs on Halsell be removed, from the intersections of 10th and 12th Streets. Stanford said it would be wise to put yield to pedestrian signs at the intersections without stop signs.

BOYD SERVES UP WIN – Keynzie Todd served six of Boyd’s 11 aces in a victory over Bridgeport Tuesday, 25-10, 22-25, 25-12, 25-5. Kayleigh Pappajohn recorded 20 kills and Jordyn Todd 17. Alvord beat Gold-Burg 25-15, 25-10, 25-11 with seven kills from Kinly Walker. Raven Leal put down nine kills as Chico took down Petrolia 25-22, 25-11, 24-26, 25-17. Camryn Berryhill had 16 kills in Northwest’s 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Mansfield Summit. Peaster beat Decatur in three games.

COLLEGE BEGINS – Weatherford College Wise County begins fall semester classes today, but registration is ongoing. The college is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday  through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday for advising and registration. The last day for fall registration is Tuesday, Aug. 30. Call 940-627–2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu. Go to https://www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs to review the current schedule of classes.

MOVIE NIGHT AT LIBRARY – Chico Public Library’s Movie Night is 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, showing Angry Birds. Everyone who attends will receive a free bag of popcorn. All ages are welcome.

BAND MEETING – A mandatory meeting for all Bridgeport middle and high school band parents is 6-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the high school band hall.

COOKING SCHOOL – Dinner Tonight, a healthy cooking school put on by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, is Thursday, Sept. 1, at Weatherford College Wise County. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the seminar is 6-8 p.m. Early registration is $20 before Aug. 30 and $25 at the door. It includes recipe cards, tasting samples, a goody bag and a chance to win door prizes. Register by calling the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341. Seating is limited.

RHOME FALL FESTIVAL – Auditions for Voice of Rhome are Aug. 27, Sept. 10 and Sept. 17. Call for a time or show up at 6 p.m. at the Rhome Community Center. The Voice of Rhome contest will be at the Rhome Fall Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Sign up for the BBQ Cookoff, a non-sanctioned, open cook-off contest, by Sept. 1. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. Openings are also available for vendors, sponsors, parade entries, antique car and tractor show participants and volunteers. Call Deborah BeCraft at 817-636-2826, Debbie Stewart at 817-707-2097 or Donna Valdez at 940-255-1017 or email rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com.

HAY SAMPLES DUE – Hay samples are due to the Wise County Extension office by noon today for the Wise County Hay Show. All Wise County hay producers are invited to participate. For information or the entry form, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW – The midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today features our annual Fall Sports Preview special section. The midweek paper also features a preview of this weekend’s local high school football games.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Carrie Oberle, 55, of Leander, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Beam, 83, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bryan Anthony Galvan, 22, of Grand Prairie is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry Wayne Gayler, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Alvord Church of Christ with burial in Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Vonnie Munnerlyn, 72, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


COUNCIL CALLS ALCOHOL ELECTION – The Decatur City Council yesterday voted to call an election on Nov. 8 for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages. It would apply to areas within the city limits at the time of the vote. Last month, supporters turned in a petition that included the required number of signatures to ask the city to call the election.

BOYD ENTERS POLL – The 17-1 Boyd Lady Yellowjackets entered the TGCA’s 3A volleyball poll at No. 8. Boyd heads to Bridgeport for a 6 p.m. match today. Alvord faces Gold-Burg at home. Chico plays host to Petrolia. Decatur travels to Peaster. Paradise heads to Ponder. Northwest faces Mansfield Summit at home.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Rain totals from yesterday included 0.9 of an inch in Alvord and 0.13 in Bridgeport. The forecast calls for a slight chance of storms this afternoon with a high of 91.

SOCIAL SECURITY PRESENTATION – The Decatur Public Library will hold a Social Security Overview 6:30 tonight. Bridgett Williams from Humana will be at the library to answer questions regarding Social Security, including “What is Social Security?” “Am I eligible?” and “How do I enroll?” Visit www.humana.com/susanwilliams or call the library at 940-393-0290.

FIRST DAY – Today is the first day of school for students in Boyd and Chico.

HAY SAMPLES DUE – Hay samples are due to the Wise County Extension office by noon Wednesday for the Wise County Hay Show. All Wise County hay producers are invited to participate. For information or the entry form, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Health Foundation Clay Shoot is Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Cost is $100 per person and $500 per team. To register, call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384.

CRAFTING BEE – Mount Zion Baptist Church will have a day of crafting at the MZ Bee 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Bring your scrapbook, card-making supplies, crochet, needlework or any other craft materials. Bring lunch, snacks and drinks. Anyone is welcome. There is a $10 fee to benefit the church food pantry. Mount Zion Baptist is located at 615 CR 1280 outside Alvord. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941 or leave a message at the church, 940-627-5103.

FALL CLASSES AT WCWC – Registration for dual credit, on campus, and online fall semester classes that begin Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Weatherford College is ongoing. The college is open today-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for advising and registration. Contact them at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu.

FUNERALS – Service for Betty Blevins, 85, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Beam, 83, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bryan Anthony Galvan, 22, of Grand Prairie is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jerry Wayne Gayler, 80, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Alvord Church of Christ. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Vonnie Munnerlyn, 72, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Monday, August 22, 2016


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Today is the first day of school for many Wise County students. Alvord, Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise and Northwest school districts begin classes today. Watch for students walking to school and pay special attention to school zones and buses loading and unloading students.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Heavy rain fell across most of Wise County Friday and into Saturday morning, providing welcome relief from the summer heat. Rainfall totals for the weekend included 8.01 inches in Bridgeport, 6.44 in Decatur, 5.85 in Greenwood, 5 inches in Chico, 4.75 in Paradise, 4.65 in Alvord 3.16 in Rhome and 6.25 in Cottondale.

BOYD WINS TOURNAMENT – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets won their second straight tournament, cruising through the Fort Worth Brewer event over the weekend. Boyd beat Keller Timber Creek in the final 25-22, 18-25, 25-17. Jordyn Todd had 115 kills over the nine matches in the tournament. Kayleigh Pappajohn added 101. Keynzie Todd made 103 digs playing libero. Chico went 6-1 at its tournament. Decatur finished 2-1 in the consolation bronze bracket at the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic. Northwest went 1-2 in the championship bronze bracket.

COMMISSION QUARTERLY MEETING – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited. Guest speaker this month will be veteran James “Doc” Greene, morning host of Raging Elephants Radio. He will be speaking on why Texas should secede. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999, or go to freedomtexas.org.

DECATUR COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on 2016-2017 fiscal year budget and tax rate and hold the second of two public hearings on Daniel Cocanougher’s voluntary annexation petition for 168 acres near U.S. 81/287 south of the city. The council will also consider changing various schedules of fees and calling a special election for the sale of alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

GRAVESIDE service for H.B. Peebles of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at the Peebles Family Cemetery near the home of Dale and Sindy Peebles, 1074 CR 4781, in Boyd.

SERVICE for Joyce Beam, 83, of Paradise is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Jerry W. Gayler, 80, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Vonnie Munnerlyn, 72, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Friday, August 19, 2016


STORMS LIKELY THIS WEEKEND – The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Rain chances are 70 percent today, 80 percent Saturday and 50 percent Sunday. High temperatures are expected to remain in the low- to mid-80s. Rainfall totals from yesterday included 0.27 of an inch in Rhome, 0.25 in Alvord and 0.19 in Decatur.

POOL PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold their annual Middle School “Back to School” Pool Party 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Advance tickets are $3 per student, and tickets will be $5 the day of the event. Purchase tickets at City Hall or at the Bridgeport City Pool. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th Reunion September 16 and 17. If you have not been contacted, email mhowardtx@gmail.com for details. Also, visit facebook.com/BHSClassof1966 to get contact information.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Wise Hope Crisis Center is holding a school supply drive for children whose lives have been affected by family violence. School supplies and monetary donations may be dropped off at the office, 608 N. Bus. 287, in Decatur. Call Donya Skinner, 940-626-4585.

INDIGENT HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 228. Eligible persons must meet the standards set forth by the state department of Health Care Services and the requirements in the following categories: residents, household, income and resources. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility.

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

FAMILY FUN FEST – Wise Health System and Fit-N-Wise in Decatur is having Wise Family Fun Fest 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. A 1K family fun run/walk starts at 10 with registration at 9:45. There will be free lunch boxes for kids who participate (while supplies last). Emergency vehicles will be on display, a fire safety education trailer will be set up, fingerprinting will be available, as well as backpack fittings. Fit Y.O.U.T.H. and elementary school representatives will also be on hand.

KARATE TOURNAMENT – The third annual Monica Lopez Open Karate Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with a black belt meeting at 9, followed by a rules meeting at 9:30. Competition starts at 10 a.m. There are divisions for age 5 through adults. Proceeds benefit Debbie Spradlin. Call Stephen Starnes, 817-223-9708.

CLAY SHOOT – The Decatur Eagle Booster Club Clay Shoot supporting the seventh through 12th grade Decatur football program is Saturday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds on Farm Road 51 near Slidell. Registration is at 8:15 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Lunch and awards will follow. Registration forms can be found at www.decatureagles.mobi or email dhseaglebooster@gmail.com.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Chamber will hold “Maroon Out” Back To School Bash 5-9 p.m. Saturday on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Come dressed in your Bridgeport Maroon and spirit gear and enjoy entertainment, shopping and dining specials, bounce houses, cotton candy, balloon animals, merchant window decorating contest, and more. Donate school supplies to be entered into a raffle for a prize. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Wesley Harold Mowery, 89, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lone Star Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joan Jackson, 59, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with private burial. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016


UPCOMING ELECTION LACKS CANDIDATES – Four Paradise City Council seats and the mayor’s position will be on the November ballot. Places 1, 2 and 3 are up for two-year terms in a regular election, and the mayor’s seat and Place 4 are for one-year terms in a special election. The seats were left vacant when Mayor Sam Starr and council member Terre Ward resigned. Filing deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, and as of Wednesday afternoon there was only one candidate – Brad Largent, Place 3. Paradise residents interested in running for office should pick up paperwork from city secretary Teresa Moody at City Hall, 218 Main St.

SCRIMMAGES – The Paradise Panthers will scrimmage S&S at 6 p.m. at home. Paradise coach Ronnie Gage will be on opposite sidelines as his son, James. Decatur will host Princeton. Boyd heads to Chico. Bridgeport will take on Castleberry at home. Alvord heads to Callisburg.

NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL CLASSIC – Northwest will play host to the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic starting today. Northwest and Decatur will play in the tournament. Chico starts its tournament. Alvord will go to the Poolville Tournament. Boyd and Bridgeport travel to the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament. Paradise heads to the Glen Rose Tournament.

MOVIE AT THE MUSEUM – The Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum will show “the true story” of the movie “Bridge over the River Kuwai” at 6 tonight. All veterans are invited to view this documentary which included our own “Lost Battalion.” The museum is located on the corner of 9th and Stevens St. in Bridgeport.

BOOK SALE – Chico Public Library is holding a Back to School Book Sale. Pre-sale will open to all Wise County teachers and library volunteers today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sale opens for the general public on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. All proceeds support collection development and programming. Paperback is 25 cents; music is 50 cents; hardback and audiobooks are $1; DVD is $2. The sale will take place at the CPL Book Room at City Hall, 400 S. Hovey St.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Trevor Brazile, 23-time world champion and 13-time PRCA All-Around Cowboy World Champion. Cost is $13. RSVP to 940-627-3107.

OUTWARD ADVENTURES – Outward Adventures, for young adults with special needs (age 15 and older), will celebrate its third anniversary of monthly parties 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Country Club, 250 FM 2123. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entry is $5. Call Charli Franks, 940-393-1494.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Lupus Support Group is meeting 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Call Donna Morales, 940-210-2919.

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Chamber will hold “Maroon Out” Back To School Bash 5-9 p.m. Saturday on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Come dressed in your Bridgeport Maroon and spirit gear and enjoy entertainment, shopping and dining specials, bounce houses, cotton candy, balloon animals, merchant window decorating contest, and more. Donate school supplies to be entered into a raffle for a prize. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

TITLE I MEETING – Alvord Elementary is having its annual Title I parent meeting 6 p.m. today in the elementary cafeteria. At approximately 6:30 p.m. staff and guests will be dismissed to the classrooms for a meet-and-greet with teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.

CHICO TITLE I MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a district-wide Title I meeting 5-5:30 p.m. today at the elementary school, followed by Meet the Teacher 5:30-7 p.m.

FALL CLASSES AT WCWC – It’s not too late to register for dual credit, on campus, and online fall semester classes that begin Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Weatherford College. The college is open today until 5:30 p.m., Monday from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for advising and registration. Contact them at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu.

FUNERALS – Services for Wesley Mowery, 89, and Sarah Joan Jackson, 59, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for William Steven “Bill” Forbes, 64, of Duncanville is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Latrell Hays, 93, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016


ALL SCHOOLS ‘MET STANDARD’ – For a second straight year, every Wise County school district and campus has achieved the “met standard” designation in the Texas Education Agency’s accountability summary. The agency released its 2016 report Monday. The state’s system ranks schools as either “met standard” or “improvement required” based on student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. All Wise County districts and campuses are eligible for distinction designations. According to the TEA website, those will be released by Sept. 16. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

COUNCIL PROPOSES TAX – Rhome City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to keep the city tax rate at 52.34 cents per $100 valuation for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, although the effective rate is 60.09 cents. The rate is not yet officially set, but the council will not be able to select a higher rate now that 52.34 cents has been proposed. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

BOYD SWEEPS GODLEY – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved to 8-1 with a three-game sweep of Godley 25-17, 25-17, 25-19. Kayleigh Pappajohn put down 9 kills, Jordyn Todd 8 and Keynzie Todd 7. Morgan Abbott handed out 21 assists. Northwest beat Arlington Lamar in four games 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11 with 15 kills from Camryn Berryhill and 13 from Oakley O’Dell. Bridgeport fell to Fort Worth Brewer 25-16, 25-15, 25-22. Decatur beat Fossil Ridge.

FAMILY FUN FEST – Wise Health System and Fit-N-Wise in Decatur is having Wise Family Fun Fest 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. A 1K family fun run/walk starts at 10 with registration at 9:45. There will be free lunch boxes for kids who participate (while supplies last). Emergency vehicles will be on display, a fire safety education trailer will be set up, fingerprinting will be available, as well as backpack fittings. Fit Y.O.U.T.H. and elementary school representatives will also be on hand.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomes Support Group will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at Wise Health System, 2000 S. FM 51, in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month someone from Wise Health System will present resources available to stroke survivors. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588; or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2414.

FASHION SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur is having a Back-to-School Fashion Show 3 p.m. Friday. Bring your back-to-school fashions to model. Refreshments will follow.

TITLE I MEETING – Alvord Elementary is having its annual Title I parent meeting 6 p.m. Thursday in the elementary cafeteria. At approximately 6:30 p.m. staff and guests will be dismissed to the classrooms for a meet-and-greet with teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.

CHICO TITLE I MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a districtwide Title I meeting 5 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the elementary school, followed by Meet the Teacher 5:30 to 7 p.m..

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Pleasant View Baptist Church of Bridgeport is having the Putting to Paraguay Golf Tournament Saturday at The Club at Runway Bay. Format is a four-person scramble, and cost is $240 per team. There is a shotgun start at 4 p.m. Participants will play nine holes, eat supper, then play nine holes of night golf. Proceeds go toward travel expenses for a mission trip to Paraguay. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. Call 940-577-0782.

TASTE OF WISE – Restaurants can still sign up to participate in the sixth annual Taste of Wise, which is 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. To reserve a space, call Susan Miller, 940-366-0186.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Neoma Marie Rawle, 95, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bobby Ray “Ozzy” VanHoose, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Latrell Hays, 93, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for William Steven “Bill” Forbes, 64, of Duncanville is 11 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is one hour before the service.

SERVICES for Sarah Joan Jackson, 59, of Decatur and Wesley Mowery, 89, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Savanna Maclin, 28, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


CLARK PROPOSES BALANCED BUDGET – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark Monday proposed balancing the county budget by returning capital expenditure money and lowering the county’s debt payment. He suggested reallocating $750,000 out of $1.1 million in the fairgrounds fund, $450,000 of $800,000 in buildings and $100,000 out of $300,000 in parks. “We don’t want to take EMS or sheriff’s capital because they use that for vehicles,” he said. Commissioners approved the action, which is part of a plan to keep from raising taxes in fiscal year 2017. The proposed county budget is $62.6 million. It’s funded by a property tax of 37.89 cents per $100 valuation, which includes 34.64 cents for the general fund and 3.25 cents for road and bridge. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH – Decatur Public Library will have a Back-to-School Bash 3-5 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a bounce house and a game of Mass Twister. Prizes for our teen and adult summer reading challenges will be drawn. Call 940-393-0290.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County. Guest speaker is Wise County Judge J.D. Clark. The meal will be catered by The Mask House. RSVP by calling 940-683-2076.

FIRST BAND BOOSTERS MEETING – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. today at the high school band hall. The organization supports students in sixth through 12th grades. Call Tammy, 940-389-1123.

CLAY SHOOT – The Decatur Eagle Booster Club Clay Shoot supporting the seventh through 12th grade Decatur football program is Saturday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds on Farm Road 51 near Slidell. Registration is at 8:15 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Lunch and awards will follow. Registration forms can be found at www.decatureagles.mobi or email dhseaglebooster@gmail.com. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday.

AHS ORIENTATION – Alvord High School registration and orientation is tonight in the high school cafeteria. Freshmen are at 6 p.m., followed by sophomores, juniors and seniors at 7.

FOOTBALL TICKETS – Decatur High School 2016 season football tickets are on sale at the DHS ticket office through Sept. 2. The office is open weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. They will also be available at the Princeton scrimmage 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday. Go to the Eagle Stadium main gate ticket booth. Call the athletic office at 940-393-7290.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Deniece Ann Walker, 59, of Bowie is 10 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Wanda Tedrow, 76, of Rhome is 10 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Tiny” Edwards Roberts, 72, of Bridgeport is 11:30 a.m. today at Agnes Baptist Church in Springtown.

FUNERAL for Bobby Ray “Ozzy” VanHoose, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Neoma Marie Rawle of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Latrell Hays, 93, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned for Karen Funcannon, 65, of Cottondale.

SERVICE for Savanna Maclin, 28, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for William Stephen “Bill” Forbes Jr., 64, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Monday, August 15, 2016


WRONG-WAY DRIVER CAUSES FATAL CRASH – Two died in a two-vehicle accident just north of Rhome on U.S. 81/287 around 5 a.m. Sunday. Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the wreck was caused by a wrong-way driver. A white female driving a white sedan southbound in the northbound lanes hit a red sedan traveling northbound with two Hispanic males inside. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was seriously injured and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The names of those involved had not been released as of early Monday morning. Bening said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. Rhome police and fire departments, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and DPS responded.

CAR DEALERSHIPS BURGLARIZED – The offices at James Wood, James Wood Hyundai and Karl Klement Ford were broken into over the weekend, according to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. As of early Monday morning, it was still unknown what was stolen. Decatur P.D. is investigating.

DECATUR COACH HITS MILESTONE – Decatur volleyball coach Claire Gay won her 300th match Friday at the Denton Ryan Kickoff Classic. Her Lady Eagles finished seventh in the Division II Gold Bracket at the tournament.

RAINFALL PROVIDES RELIEF – Showers fell across parts of Wise County Friday night providing relief from the recent 100-degree temperatures. Totals included 1.9 inches in Alvord, 1.35 in Decatur and .05 in Rhome. High temperatures in the mid-80s are predicted for this week.

BOYD WINS TOURNEY – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets won the Cool in Boomtown Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Burkburnett. Boyd beat the host team in the final. Bridgeport won the consolation plaque in the silver bracket at the tournament. Chico went 2-2 Saturday at the Bryson Tournament, splitting with Tolar. Britton Petty earned all-tournament. Northwest finished 17th in the gold bracket at the Denton Ryan Kickoff Classic.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will continue discussing the fiscal year 2017 budget at their regular meeting today. They will propose the property tax rate and branch campus maintenance tax rate for Weatherford College. They will also discuss new dump site hours and fees and the Texas Association of Counties Retiree Medical Program. Today’s meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. Stories on the commissioners budget discussions up to this point ran in the weekend Messenger. They can also be read onine at wcmessenger.com.

CHANGES TO THOROUGHFARE PLAN – Commissioners will also meet at 1 p.m. today in the training room at the Wise County Elections Office in Decatur to discuss possible changes to the county’s thoroughfare plan with representatives of North Central Texas Council of Governments.

FOSSILS, ROCKS AND MINERALS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Wesley Center in Decatur. Members can bring a potluck dish. Jim Archer will present the program. Visitors are welcome.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society is meeting 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Visitors are welcome.

COMMUNITY BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will host community bingo 2 p.m. today. Food will be served. Call Kandyce at 940-627-5444.

DEMOCRATS HOST OPEN HOUSE – The Wise County Democratic Party is having an open house 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive, in Decatur. Meet Wise County Democrats and the new party chair, Janet Amos. Speakers are Ray Morris, Democratic candidate for Precinct 1 county commissioner; and Abiola Agroyo, state Democratic Party Resolutions Committee member.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Deniece Ann Walker, 59, of Bowie is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Wanda Tedrow, 76, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Tiny” Edwards Roberts, 72, of Bridgeport is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Agnes Baptist Church in Springtown.

FUNERAL for Bobby Ray “Ozzy” VanHoose, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Karen Funcannon, 65, of Cottondale and Savanna Maclin, 28, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Neoma Marie Rawle of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Latrell Hays, 93, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Double fatality in accident on U.S. 81/287


Two died in a two-vehicle accident just north of Rhome on U.S. 81/287 around 5 a.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said the wreck was caused by a wrong-way driver. A white female driving a white sedan southbound in the northbound lanes hit a red sedan traveling northbound with two Hispanic males inside.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was flown via helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. No identities have been released at this time.

Bening said alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Rhome police and fire departments, Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriffs Office and DPS responded.

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Friday, August 12, 2016


RELIEF FROM THE HEAT – Although the high temperature is expected to reach 100 again today, a 10- to 15-degree drop is predicted for the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, the high Saturday will be 89 with a 60 percent chance of rain, followed by a high of 85 degrees with a 60 percent chance of precipitation Sunday.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is today and tomorrow at Elm Creek Park. The Mike Watts Memorial Fish Fry is 6 tonight, followed by a 42 tournament at City Hall starting at 6:30. A washer tournament begins at 7 tonight at the park, and 95.9 The Ranch will broadcast live from 6 to 8. The Brandon Davis Band will take the park pavilion stage at 8 p.m. The Lone Star Barbecue Cook-off is Saturday and a children’s pageant starts at 10 a.m. at the park pavilion. Check-in is at 9:30.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS – Many of the Wise County volleyball teams will be hitting the court today for tournaments. Decatur will play at the Denton Ryan Kickoff Classic with matches at 3 p.m. against Denton Calvary and 5:30 p.m. against the Episcopal School of Dallas. Northwest faces Grand Prairie at noon, L.D. Bell at 2 p.m. and Canyon Randall at 4 p.m. Boyd and Bridgeport head to the Burkburnett Tournament.

CHICO WINS TWO AT BRYSON – The Chico Lady Dragons moved to 3-0 on the season with wins over Woodson and Moran at the Bryson Tournament Thursday. Chico beat Woodson 25-15, 25-11 with seven kills from Raven Leal and five from Kiley Marburger. In the 25-12, 25-13 win over Moran, Leal had five kills and Marburger and Sarah Martin put down four each. Chico will play in the championship bracket Saturday starting with a 9:30 a.m. match against Tolar. At the Saint Jo Tournament, Alvord beat Saint Jo and Perrin and lost to Collinsville. The Lady Bulldogs move to the gold bracket Saturday.

BIKE RALLY – Eighter from Decatur Bike Rally benefiting Raquel’s Wings for Life is Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the races starts at 8. Register at raceentry.com or call 214-354-2556. Early registration is $35. On race day, it’s $40. Lunch is provided for riders. There will also be bounce houses, water balloon fights, raffles, barrel train rides, scenic flights, auctions, vendors and tours of emergency vehicles.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH – Pleasant View Baptist Church has partnered with The Hair Shop to provide free haircuts 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Backpack and tennis shoes will also be provided while supplies last to kindergarten through eighth grade students. A parent must attend with their children. The church is located at 886 CR 1326 in Bridgeport.

MASONIC BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will have its first, second Saturday breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Lodge. Biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon will be served, as well as coffee, milk and orange juice. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the meal.

SUPPORT PROJECT GRADUATION – Bridgeport High School’s senior class is hosting a back-to-school 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday at the Bridgeport Middle School gym. Registration is at 3 p.m., and play begins at 4. There are divisions for third grade to adult. Cost is $100 per team. Call 940-393-9388.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Ladies Craft Night tonight. The project is glass art with a painted frame. The library will provide frames, but participants may bring their own. Seats are limited. To sign up, call 940-644-2330.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold soccer sign-ups 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $60.

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Wise County youth girls softball sign-ups are in-person 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 21 and 28 at the Renshaw Park concession stand in Decatur. Ages 7 to 14 may play. Cost is $60.

MONTHLY LUNCHEON – Widows of America is having a luncheon this weekend 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Tater Junction on Texas 114. Visitors are welcome.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society is meeting 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Visitors are welcome.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Geneva B. White, 94, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bill Loafman, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Solona Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James Weston, 93, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rodney Holden, 66, of Waxahachie is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Patricia Joyce Barnett, 76, of Weatherford is 2 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Church of Christ. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL for Melvin Hodgkins, 63, of Boyd is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the family residence. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Ray Maples, 70, of Decatur is 4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Tiny” Edwards Roberts, 72, of Bridgeport is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Agnes Baptist Church in Springtown.

MEMORIAL service for Bruce Alan Church, 64, of Bridgeport will be held at a future date.

SERVICE for Karen Funcannon, 65, of Cottondale is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wanda Tedrow, 76, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016


COWBOYS ACCUSED OF RIGGING EVENT — The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that rodeo stars Tuf Cooper, 26, of Decatur and Timber Moore, 30, of Aubrey are accused of rigging The American Rodeo, held March 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, to guarantee themselves a cut of a possible $1 million prize. RFD-TV, which promoted and hosted the event, filed suit against the cowboys Tuesday in a Tarrant County civil court. According to the Star-Telegram, “RFD-TV alleged that Cooper and Moore, who were invited to the tie-down roping competition, agreed with Reese Riemer, a qualifier, to ‘intentionally perform poorly,’ so that Riemer would have a chance to win the bigger prize.” In exchange, Riemer would split his winnings with Cooper and Moore. Riemer won the event. Cooper finished second and Moore, third. As part of the suit, RFD-TV events is seeking “monetary relief of $100,000 or less” from Cooper and Moore.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY — After a season-opening win over Savoy Tuesday, Chico will head to the Bryson Tournament today.

DEMOCRATS HOST OPEN HOUSE — The Wise County Democratic Party is having an open house 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive, in Decatur. Meet Wise County Democrats and the new party chair, Janet Amos. Speakers are Ray Morris, Democratic candidate for Precinct 1 county commissioner, and Abiola Agroyo, state Democratic Party Resolutions Committee member.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL — Wise County Special Needs Baseball and Made 2 Thrive are now forming teams for games starting Oct. 1. To register, call 940-577-0570 or download the form at made2thrive.org. Deadline is Sept. 6.

SWIM PARTY — Bridgeport Parks and Recreation invites all incoming sixth, seventh and eighth graders to a party 5:30 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the city pool. There will be swimming, games and giveaways. Advance tickets are $3, and they can be purchased at the pool or City Hall. Tickets the day of the event will be $5. Call 940-683-3480.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

COMMUNITY BINGO — Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will host community bingo 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Food will be served. Call Kandyce at 940-627-5444.

BOYD BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH — Boyd ISD students in need of school supplies are invited to attend a back-to-school event 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the high school cafeteria. The event will include a hot dog supper and school supply giveaway.

FUNERALSFuneral for Bobby Roy Seelye, 78, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Geneva B. White, 94, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bill Loafman, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Solona Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for James Weston, 93, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Patricia Joyce Barnett, 76, of Weatherford is 2 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Church of Christ. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Melvin Hodgkins, 63, of Boyd is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the family residence. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Matteson Sr., 89, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Freddie Ray Maples, 70, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Rodney Holden, 66, of Waxahachie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016


JOINER RETURNS TO WEATHERFORD COLLEGE – Today’s farewell reception for Dr. Matt Joiner at Weatherford College Wise County has been canceled. As it turns out, Joiner is staying at WCWC. He accepted an offer Tuesday afternoon from Weatherford College officials to be dean of the local campus, assuming additional administrative and supervisory responsibilities. Joiner had served as associate dean of WCWC since May 2008 and had resigned July 28 to join the administration of North Central Texas College in Gainesville. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

COMMISSIONERS PONDER SEVERE CUTS – Wise County commissioners spent three hours Tuesday poring over the budget, trying to find $3.8 million. Wise County Judge J.D. Clark, along with Auditor Ann McCuiston and county department heads have been working on the budget since April and had already slashed $1.5 million, which included $257,000 in non-personnel and $1.2 million in personnel. A total of 22 full-time and part-time jobs have been eliminated in addition to other personnel changes. The budget remains a work in progress, and it will be discussed again at commissioners’ regular meeting 9 a.m. Monday at the Wise County Courthouse. A general budget workshop story is in the midweek Messenger. More detailed articles will be posted online this week at wcmessenger.com. They will also be published in the weekend Messenger.

BRIDGEPORT EDGES PARADISE – After dropping the first set, the Bridgeport Sissies rallied to beat Paradise in four games in the season opener, 23-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-23. Natalie Smith led the Sissies with 13 kills and four aces. Damarys Gonzalez had seven kills for Paradise. In other action, Decatur swept its two dual matches against Azle and Joshua. Boyd beat Pantego Christian 25-12, 25-12, 25-19 with 17 kills from Jordyn Todd and 29 assists from Morgan Abbott. Boyd outlasted Nolan Catholic 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 with Abbott handing out 45 assists and Kayleigh Pappajohn putting down 25 kills. Northwest beat Mansfield 21-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 with 14 kills from Camryn Berryhill and 47 assists from Analise Lucio.

MASONIC BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will have its first, second Saturday breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Lodge. Biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon will be served, as well as coffee, milk and orange juice. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the meal.

FASHION SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur is having a Back-to-School Fashion Show 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Bring back-to-school fashions to model. Refreshments will be served.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Ladies Craft Night Friday. The project is glass art with a painted frame. The library will provide frames, but participants may bring their own. Seats are limited. To sign up, call 940-644-2330.

BIKE RALLY – Eighter from Decatur Bike Rally benefiting Raquel’s Wings for Life is Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8. Register at raceentry.com or call 214-354-2556. Early registration is $35. On race day, it’s $40. Lunch is provided for riders. There will also be bounce houses, water balloon fights, raffles, barrel train rides, scenic flights, auctions, vendors and tours of emergency vehicles.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Bobby Roy Seelye, 78, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Geneva B. White, 94, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

FUNERAL for Bill Loafman, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Solona Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Renee “Nae Nae” Norwood Stovall, 54, of Weatherford will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Matteson Sr., 89, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Melvin Hodgkins, 63, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is planned for Dorothy Ann Cox, 87, of Decatur. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016


1 DEAD, MULTIPLE INJURED IN DECATUR WRECK – A woman who had just arrived from Pakistan and her son were flown to Fort Worth hospitals after a two-vehicle crash on Business U.S. 380 at Deer Park in Decatur Monday evening. Nasreen Usmani, 50, was flown from Wise Health System to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition. Her son, Muhammad Usmani, 25, of Lubbock, was flown by CareFlite from the Wise Health System helipad to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. He died early this morning, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office. The Usmanis were passengers in Dodge Caravan being driven by Neha Sawant, 31, of Lubbock. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the minivan was headed north on Deer Park and ran the stop sign at Business U.S. 380 and was struck in the passenger side by a Ford Excursion being driven by Sean Hollis, 30, of Jacksboro. Both vehicles came to rest off the roadway. Hollis’ vehicle had three passengers – Elizabeth, 27; Riley, 6; and Kenzie, 2. All were taken to Wise Health System by private transportation. Sawant was transported to Wise Health System by ambulance. The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m.

STORMS BRING LIGHTNING STRIKES – Slidell firefighters responded to multiple reports of residences being struck by lightning as a storm rolled through Monday evening. Slidell Chief Adam North said no structural damage was found at either residence. One residence did have a hot water heater burst causing minor flooding. At the other home, the breaker was blown. Slidell firefighters also had to remove a tree from Farm Road 455. The Greenwood area reported 0.9 of an inch of rain.

MAYOR RESIGNS – Boyd Mayor Rod Bill Scroggins announced his resignation last month, effective July 19. Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Holmes was appointed to fill the remainder of Scroggins’ term August 2, which ends May 2017. Councilman Mark Culpepper was appointed mayor pro tem.

DISD PROPOSES PENNY INCREASE – The Decatur school district is proposing a 1-cent increase in the 2016-2017 school tax rate, to $1.34 per $100 of taxable value. The district will spend an estimated $357,547 of fund balance.

VOLLEYBALL OPENERS – Wise County volleyball teams will hit the court today for season openers. Decatur will face Azle and Joshua in a dual match starting at 10 a.m. at home. Bridgeport heads to Paradise at 6 p.m. Boyd will play a dual at Fort Worth Nolan Catholic that will also include Pantego. Chico travels to Savoy at 5 p.m. Northwest takes on Mansfield at home at 6:30 p.m.

WISE COUNTY 4-H AWARDS – Wise County 4-H held its annual awards banquet last night, and the following 4-Hers were recognized: Creed Vineyard and Camryn Craddock, Bronze Star; Abigail Newbold and Angelina Newbold, Silver Star; Lyndi Luttrull and Michaela Martin, Gold Star; Ray Edwards and Lauryn Luttrull, Danforth “I Dare You” award; and Emily Egle, Farm Bureau award. The Wise Youth Ag Syndicate was awarded the Friend of 4-H award.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport High School’s senior class will host a back to school 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday at the Bridgeport Middle School gym. Cost is $100 per team. Registration is at 3 p.m., and play begins at 4. Call 940-393-9388.

DELAYED OPENING – The drive-through payment window at Decatur City Hall will have a delayed opening of noon today.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold soccer sign ups 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $60.

ABWN MEETING – Reservations are due by noon today for Thursday’s Area Business Women’s Networking Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:45 a.m. Email info@abwn.org to RSVP.

RANCHER’S GATHERING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock and Forage Committee is having a Rancher’s Gathering 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Cost is $10 per person and includes dinner. There will be door prizes and a trade show featuring more than 20 booths. Space is limited. Deadline to sign up is today. Go by the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur or call 940-627-3341.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry and Pam Withoith will speak on “Galveston Recaptured.”

BUDGET WORKSHOP – Wise County commissioners will have a budget workshop 10 a.m. today in the training room at the elections office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw will go over tax rates, and County Judge J.D. Clark will present a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017.

FUNERALS – Service for Anita Nicholson Herrmann, 71, of Aurora is 10 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Leo Frank Riney, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Geneva B. White, 94, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Bill Loafman, 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Bobby Roy Seelye, 78, 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.

SERVICE for Dawn Stovall, 54, of Weatherford is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Breaking news: Multiple injuries from Decatur wreck


IMG_6708A woman who had just arrived from Pakistan and her son were flown to Fort Worth hospitals after a two-vehicle crash on Business U.S. 380 at Deer Park in Decatur Monday evening.
Nasreen Usmani, 50, was flown from Wise Health System to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in critical condition. Her son, Muhammad Usmani, 25, of Lubbock, was flown by CareFlite from the Wise Health System helipad to Texas Health Harris Methodist in Fort Worth. He was also in critical condition.
The Usmanis were passengers in Dodge Caravan being driven by Neha Sawant, 31, of Lubbock.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the minivan was headed north on Deer Park and ran the stop sign at Business U.S. 380 and was struck in the passenger side by a Ford Excursion being driven by Sean Hollis, 30, of Jacksboro. Both vehicles came to rest off the roadway.
Hollis’ vehicle had three passengers — Elizabeth, 27; Riley, 6; and Kenzie, 2. All were taken to Wise Health System by private transportation.
Sawant was transported to Wise Health System by ambulance.
The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m.

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Monday, August 8, 2016


FIRE DESTROYS DECATUR HOME – Fire tore through a house at 405 E. Walker St. in Decatur Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from Decatur, Bridgeport, Paradise and Greenwood battled the intense flames for several hours, starting shortly after noon. When firefighters arrived approximately at 12:15 p.m., heavy black smoke was billowing out of the house along with flames. Firefighters had to make an exterior attack to try to knock down the flames. Resident Renee Thrasher was home at the time of the fire and got out safely before firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire was unknown. The fire appeared to have started on the back side of the house.

HEAT ADVISORY – Wise County remains in a heat advisory until 7 tonight, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures of 100 degrees are expected this afternoon with heat index values of 105 to 108 degrees.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry and Pam Withoith will speak on “Galveston Recaptured.”

FAREWELL RECEPTION – A come-and-go farewell reception for Dr. Matt Joiner is 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at Weatherford College Wise County. Joiner, associate dean of Weatherford College Wise County, is leaving to join the administration of North Central Texas College (NCTC) in Gainesville, serving as dean of eLearning.

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – Alvord Booster Club’s first meeting is 6:30 tonight at the Alvord High School cafeteria.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. today to discuss the 2016-2017 proposed budget. The regular meeting will follow at 6. Agenda items include proposing a tax rate, scheduling a public hearing on the budget, hearing a planning and zoning report that will include the first of two public hearings on Daniel Cocanougher’s request for voluntary annexation of 168 acres and 27 acres of TxDOT right-of-way on U.S. 81/287 into the city limits and awarding a bid for city health insurance. The meeting is at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

BUDGET WORKSHOP – Wise County commissioners will have a budget workshop 10 a.m. Tuesday in the training room at the elections office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw will go over tax rates, and County Judge J.D. Clark will present a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017.

SPECIAL MEETING – The Decatur School Board will hold a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building. Following a closed session, the board will hold a workshop on the 2016-2017 budget and hold board training.

FUNERALS – Service for Anita Nicholson Herrmann, 71, of Aurora is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Leo Frank Riney, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur with burial at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with a rosary said at 5:30 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Geneva B. White, 94, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Mary Frances Evans, 82, of Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Bobby Seelye, 78, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Breaking News: Fire destroys Decatur home


walker-st-fire-2walker-st-fireBy Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Fire tore through a house at 405 East Walker Street in Decatur Saturday afternoon.
In the searing heat, firefighters from Decatur, Bridgeport, Paradise and Greenwood battled the intense flames for several hours, starting shortly after noon.
“We’ll be doing overhaul a while in the heat,” warned Decatur Fire Deputy Chief of Prevention Deroy Bennett.
Two at a time, firefighters from the four departments rotated in and out battling the blaze and getting rehab. Temperatures were in the high 90s with a heat index approaching 100 by early afternoon.
“We’re trying to keep them as fresh as we can,” Bennett said. “It’s hard when it’s 100.”
When firefighters arrived approximately at 12:15 p.m., heavy black smoke was billowing out of the house along with flames.
“There was so much fire when they got on scene they had to make an exterior attack and try to knock it down,” Bennett said.
Neighbor Angela Smith dialed 911 after seeing flames shoot into the branches of a tree at the rear of the house.
“When I looked out the window, the tree was fully engulfed,” Smith said. “I immediately called 911. While I was on with 911, I heard a popping sound.”
Resident Renee Thrasher was home at the time of the fire and got out safely before firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire was unknown at this time. Bennett said it may be Sunday before an investigation could begin. He said it did appear the fire started on the back side of the house.

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Friday, August 5, 2016


SALES TAX HOLIDAY – Texas’ sales tax holiday runs today through Sunday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes. The $100 limit refers to each individual item’s price, not the total of all purchases. Customers may purchase tax-free qualifying items under a layaway plan, as long as the item is placed on layaway during the holiday. For information, see comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday.

VOLLEYBALL SCRIMMAGE – Today is the first day for volleyball scrimmages for Wise County schools. Decatur will host Fossil Ridge and Eaton at 10 a.m.

BLUE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE – The Decatur Eagles will hold its Blue/White scrimmage at Eagle Stadium Saturday, starting with the freshmen at 5:30 p.m.

GAME TIME – Chico Public Library will hold a role-playing game 2 p.m. Saturday. PATHFINDER is for ages 16 and up. Call 940-644-2330.

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – Alvord Booster Club’s first meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Alvord High School cafeteria.

BRIDGEPORT POOL 50TH – The Bridgeport City Pool will celebrate its 50th anniversary 1-5 p.m. Saturday. There will be swimming, games, inflatables and water slide, prizes and more. Admission will be 50-cents for adults and 25-cents for child, the original pricing in 1966. Call 940-683-3480.

BOOSTER MEETING – Bridgeport Band Boosters will have a meeting and concession stand clean up 8 a.m. Saturday.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Decatur Church of Christ is having a free school supply event, Gear Up, 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be provided for kindergarteners through sixth graders who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be free haircuts, clothes, books and other back-to-school services. The church is located at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Preskitt Road.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bobby Allman, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL mass for Rudy Darilek, 86, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Billy Jack Martin, 77, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with interment at Thomas Cemetery. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Duane Donald Thompson, 83, of San Angelo is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Anita Herrmann, 71, of Aurora and Leo Riney, 88, of Boyd are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Calvin “Doodles” Wilhoit, 58, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Willow Point Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Doug Whitehead, 73, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Sue Manning, 79, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel.

NO SERVICE is planned for Mary Frances Evans, 82, of Runaway Bay. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Baby Boy Sandoval is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Barbara Hill, 80, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016


OBAMA COMMUTES SENTENCES OF 2 BOYD MEN – President Barack Obama yesterday commuted the sentence of 214 federal inmates, including two men from Boyd. Dickey Joe Jackson was sentenced on two drug and two firearm charges and Tommy Merrel Jackson was sentenced on a drug charge. Both were sentenced to life in prison in 1996. The White House said petitions for commutations from individuals convicted of non-violent drug offenses who were serving longer sentences than they would be given today if convicted of the same crime were given priority.

WE’VE HIT 100 – The Decatur Municipal Airport recorded a 100-degree temperature for the first time this year yesterday. We should be close to that mark again this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Decatur Church of Christ is having a free school supply event, Gear Up, 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be provided for kindergarteners through sixth graders who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be free haircuts, clothes, books and other back-to-school services. The church is located at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Preskitt Road.

RIBBON CUTTING – Decatur Chamber of Commerce is having a ribbon cutting 11 a.m. today for Edward Jones Investing – Chip Hakanson at 203 W. Walnut, Ste. 200.

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

DISD VACCINATION CLINIC – Vaccinations will be available 8 a.m.-noon today at the McCarroll Middle School multi-purpose building. Cost is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two vaccines, and $30 for three or more vaccines. Students need to bring shot record or letter from the school indicating which vaccinations they need, a parent must accompany them, and the parent needs their driver’s license and insurance card with them.

ORIENTATION – McCarroll Middle School will host an orientation for incoming 6th graders 9 a.m. today at the McCarroll 6th Grade Campus. The orientation for incoming 7th graders will be at 1 p.m. at the McCarroll 7/8 Campus.

FUNERALS – Graveside memorial for Duane Donald Thompson, 83, of San Angelo is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Faith Yvonne Pewitt, 72, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Garvin Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Calvin “Doodles” Wilhoit, 58, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Doug Whitehead, 73, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Sue Manning, 79, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICE for Barbara Hill, 80, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Laurie Anderson Lewis of Newark is noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Newark.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Allman, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL mass for Rudy Darilek, 86, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Billy Jack Martin, 77, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant View Baptist with interment at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Chapel.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016


TRIPLE DIGITS RETURN TO FORECAST – After reaching 99 in Decatur yesterday, 100 degree high temperatures are now in the forecast for the rest of the week for Wise County.

DISD VACCINATION CLINIC – Vaccinations will be available 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at the McCarroll Middle School multi-purpose building. Cost is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two vaccines, and $30 for three or more vaccines. Students need to bring shot record or letter from the school indicating which vaccinations they need, a parent must accompany them, and the parent needs their driver’s license and insurance card with them.

ORIENTATION – McCarroll Middle School will host an orientation for incoming 6th graders 9 a.m. Thursday at the McCarroll 6th Grade Campus. The orientation for incoming 7th graders will be at 1 p.m. at the McCarroll 7/8 Campus.

GIRLS SOFTBALL – Wise County Youth Girls softball will hold in person sign-ups only this year. Sign-ups will start Saturday. Decatur holds sign ups for all of Wise County in the fall. Dates and times include 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 6 and 13 and 2-4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 21 and 28. Sign ups for ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2016 will be at the concession stand at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Bring birth certificates. Cost is $60, cash or check only.

LADIES CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Ladies Craft Night Friday, Aug. 12. Twenty ladies will get the chance to make glass art with a painted frame. You are welcome to bring your own frame with glass, but the Chico Public Library will provide enough for everyone. Participants must call and register to claim their spot, 940-644-2330.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Pleasant View Baptist Church of Bridgeport will host a Putting to Paraguay Golf Tournament Aug. 20 at The Club at Runway Bay. Format will be a four-person scramble for $240 per team. Shotgun start at 4 p.m. Participants will play 9 holes, eat supper, then play 9 holes of night golf. All proceeds go towards travel expenses for a mission trip to Paraguay. Hole sponsorships are available for $50. Call 940-577-0782.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Crisis Center is still collecting school supplies for children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office, 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Donya Skinner at 940-626-4585.

FUNERALS – Services for Rudy Darilek, 86, and Billy Jack Martin, both of Bridgeport, are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Allman, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for David Hamilton, 52, of Wichita Falls will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Duane Donald Thompson, 83, of San Angelo is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Michael Eugene Flowers, 66, of Paradise is 11:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Faith Yvonne Pewitt, 72, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Calvin “Doodles” Wilhoit, 58, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Doug Whitehead, 73, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Barbara Hill, 80, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Laurie Anderson Lewis of Newark is noon Saturday at First Baptist Church of Newark.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016


JULY WEATHER – Wise County saw 3.07 inches of rain in July, which is actually above the average of 2.5 inches for the month. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 99 on July 23 to a low of 62 on July 15.

U.S. 380 WRECKS – As Update was going to press, police, fire and medics were responding to two separate accidents on U.S. 380 near Decatur. The first was reported around 7:40 a.m. a couple of miles west of Decatur and another one was reported at 8 a.m. in front of Victory Family Church. There had been no reports of serious injuries, but traffic might be slowed in the area.

HOT START TO AUGUST – Yesterday’s high temperature reached 99 degrees, and that is the expected high for every day this week.

WHITEHEAD SERVICE SET – Funeral for Doug Whitehead, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Family and friend visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements. Whitehead was a long-time member of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, retiring as chief deputy in 2014. He also previously served as Bridgeport’s chief of police as well as city administrator and public works director.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

RANCHERS GATHERING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office will host a Ranchers Gathering 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at First Baptist Church in Decatur, 1200 W. Preskitt Road. The program will be Hot Topics for Beef Cattle Producers for 2016 presented by Dr. Ted McCollum, professor and Extension beef cattle specialist. Register at the Extension office, 206 S. State St. in Decatur, by Tuesday, Aug. 9. Space is limited. Cost is $10 per person and includes dinner.

CLAY SHOOT – The Decatur Eagle Booster Clay Shoot supporting the 7th-12th grade Decatur Football program is Aug. 20 at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds on FM 51 near Slidell. Registration starts at 8:15 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Lunch and awards will follow. Registration forms can be found at www.decatureagles.mobi or email dhseaglebooster@gmail.com. Deadline is Aug. 17.

BOOSTER MEETING – Bridgeport Band Boosters will have a meeting and concession stand clean up 8 a.m. Saturday.

FUNERALS – Service for David Hamilton, 52, of Wichita Falls is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Rudolph Darilek, 88, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Patsy Meador, 79, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Duane Donald Thompson, 83, of San Angelo is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sammy Joe Smith, 31, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Michael Eugene Flowers, 66, of Paradise is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Faith Yvonne Pewitt, 72, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Doug Whitehead, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Calvin Ray Wilhoit, 58, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for William L. Goodger Jr., 90, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Barbara Hill, 80, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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