Lake Bridgeport closed to boat traffic


The Tarrant Regional Water District closed Lake Bridgeport to boat traffic Friday morning, citing dangerous water conditions. Wakes caused by boating could potentially flood low-lying homes along the lake, and debris from the recent storms makes the water hazardous to enter. The reservoir’s spillway was opened Wednesday to discharge excess water, but the rate of discharge was increased Friday. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office warns that this may cause flooding downstream from Lake Bridgeport in Precinct 3 or along the Trinity River. Sheriff David Walker urges citizens to leave alone any barricades on flooded roadways and to not drive through water.

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Friday, May 29, 2015


THOUSANDS EXPECTED FOR PBR EVENT – The 12th annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge is this weekend at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. In addition to the regular bull riding, fans will witness the Champions Challenge and the Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business. Organizers estimate thousands of visitors from across the U.S. are expected to attend. The Eighter From Decatur BBQ Challenge check in started at 8 a.m. today at the Reunion Grounds. The PBR Fan Zone featuring more than 60 merchants and bounce house for kids opens at 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday. Tonight’s events include the ABBI Bucking Futurity at 7 and weather permitting a washer tournament at 8 at the Reunion Grounds. Barbecue judging begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 1,000 Miles Til Home Hero 5K Run benefiting combat wounded veterans is 9 a.m. Saturday. There will be mutton busting all day on Saturday. The JW Hart PBR Challenge, World Champion Challenge and Unfinished Business begin at 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 5:30). Visit wcchallenger.org. The event is available on Pay-Per-View.

ROLLOVER INJURES 1 – A Rhome woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she rolled her sports utility vehicle on U.S. 81/287, just south of County Road 4421. Barbara L. Mallory was northbound on 287 just before 8 a.m. when her left, front tire blew out, pulling her vehicle to the left. Department of Public Safety Trooper Madison Zaragoza said Mallory overcorrected to the right, running off the east side of the road. She tried to straighten the vehicle on a strip of pavement that runs alongside the highway, but she never regained control. The vehicle rolled and landed on its side next to the railroad tracks. Mallory was trapped in the SUV and suffered multiple lacerations. She was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Medic 1. Wise County’s Rescue 1 and East Wise Fire Department also responded.

FLOODING THREAT CONTINUES – After another rainy evening in Wise County last night and more rain in the forecast, a flash flood watch is in effect for Wise County through Saturday morning. Overnight rainfall amounts included 2.1 inches in Rhome and Alvord, 2 in Bridgeport, 1.95 in Decatur, 1.8 in Paradise and 1.7 in Cottondale. Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of storms during the day, increasing to 70 percent tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of storms during the day, decreasing to 20 percent Saturday night.

SLIDELL WINS STATE – Slidell won the Class A state sweepstakes title in UIL academics with 128 points. Slidell’s Taylor Davis earned all-star cast and Caitlin Pruett honorable mention in Class A UIL one act play.

RAIN DELAY – Due to issues caused by last week’s weather, the Bridgeport City Pool will delay it’s opening until Tuesday, June 2. Due to conditions caused by the flooding at Harwood Park in Bridgeport, the concert scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

GRADUATION DAY – Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise and Slidell all have graduation ceremonies tonight at 7 at their respective high school gyms (the cafetorium in Slidell). Chico reminds parents to park only on the concrete areas.

HOMESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Decatur Public Library will hold its Homeschool Open House 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Get a first look at the new Homeschool Collection, find out about this summer’s fun and educational events and meet other homeschooling families in our community. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

PEEWEE FOOTBALL AND CHEER – Saturday is the last day to sign up for Bridgeport Peewee Football and Cheer for 2015-2016 3rd-6th graders. Sign ups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Public Library.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Weatherford College Wise County. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Back to Summer Bash 3 on 3 tournament is today at Decatur High School. Games start at 5 p.m. Divisions include men’s, women’s and coed; boys and girls 5th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Basketball Program. Contact 214-354-2556 or dhseaglesbasketball@gmail.com.

BIKE BLESSING – Following the 10:50 worship service Sunday, May 31, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, Pastor Brian Bosworth will lead a “Blessing of the Bikes” for anyone who rides their motorcycle to church that day. A lunch ride, including a time of cruising local highways, will follow. Bikers are invited to wear their biker gear to worship.

CLOSING EARLY – The Bridgeport Municipal Court will close early at 4 p.m. June 1.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald Deatherage, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Maxwell, 84, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Allen Ray Young, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Sycamore Baptist Church with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Sueann Joy Albert, 61, of Decatur is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at her home, 2916 N. U.S. 81/287. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Tommie Sue Maxey, 77, of Decatur is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.

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Rhome woman seriously injured in rollover


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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A Rhome woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she rolled her sports utility vehicle on U.S. 81/287, just south of County Road 4421.
Barbara L. Mallory was northbound on 287 just before 8 a.m. when her left, front tire blew out, pulling her vehicle to the left. Department of Public Safety Trooper Madison Zaragoza said Mallory overcorrected to the right, running off the east side of the road. She tried to straighten the vehicle on a strip of pavement that runs alongside the highway, but she never regained control. The vehicle rolled and landed on its side next to the railroad tracks.
Mallory was trapped in the SUV and suffered multiple lacerations. She was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Medic 1.
Wise County’s Rescue 1 and East Wise Fire Department also responded.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


MARLETT CHARGED WITH MURDER – A Chico man in jail for arson has now been charged with murder. Investigators have charged Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, in the death of Lawrence Roy Roberts, 58, of Chico. Roberts’ body was found in one of three fires on the property at 1122 Farm Road 2952 southwest of Chico last Thursday night. The positive identification was made Tuesday by the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office, which also ruled the death a homicide. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Marlett told an investigator that he shot and killed Roberts. Marlett’s bond on the murder charge was set at $1 million.

NEW INDIGENT BURIAL POLICY APPROVED – Wise County commissioners Tuesday approved a new indigent burial policy as presented by County Judge J.D. Clark. “I think we’ve come up with a new plan that would make us very involved in who’s approved and who’s not,” he said. Under the new policy, those seeking indigent burials will apply through the Wise County Indigent Health office, and they will be required to meet the same criteria as those approved for indigent health benefits. “I think we owe it to our taxpayers and the system to do this,” Clark said. “We have no oversight right now I think we need to be involved from the get-go.” The policy was approved unanimously by commissioners. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

DON’T TOUCH THE BARRICADES – County engineer Chad Davis is reminding citizens that barricades placed on county roads are there to keep the public safe and should not be removed. County crews have been placing barricades in various locations since May 7 due to high water and damaged roads, but many of those barricades have been ignored, moved and in some cases, stolen. It’s a Class B misdemeanor to drive around a barricade placed because water is over the road. Davis said most high-water rescues could be avoided if citizens would heed the barricade warning.

WATER BEING RELEASED - Lake Bridgeport is above conservation level and discharging water for the first time since 2010, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District. The gates were opened Wednesday afternoon when the level reached 836.2, and water will be slowly released until it gets back to 836.0, which is conservation level. The release is a flood-control measure.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH – The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, increasing to 70 percent tonight. With rain forecast through the weekend, a flash flood watch has been issued for Wise County from tonight through Saturday morning.

CHICO NAMES ATHLETIC DIRECTOR – At Tuesday’s school board meeting, the Chico ISD Board of Trustees agreed to hire Lane Wilson as the new athletic director for the school after testimony and pleading from students and teachers during a public forum.

SLIDELL ADDS STATE MEDALS – Slidell’s Jessy Goode took third in Class A poetry at the UIL state academics meet. Obed Galindo also garnered a bronze medal in informative speaking. Caitlin Pruett finished fourth in persuasive speaking. The Slidell one-act play cast will perform Ruby’s Story today in Austin in the Class A finals.

SLEEP WELLNESS – The Wise Regional Sleep Wellness Center, on the West Campus, will have a sleep wellness class 6-7 tonight. There will be a presentation on how to sleep better and wake more rested. The class also will cover symptoms and treatments for common sleep disorders. Call Rhonda Beam, 214-980-3128.

MUSIC AND ARTS RECITAL – The Wise County Music and Arts Foundation will host a recital/fundraiser 7 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will feature the violin students currently enrolled in the program as well as an appearance by the Ginny Mac and Friends Band. Admission/donation will be received at the door. Visit www.youthviolins.org for more information about the 501 (C) 3 foundation.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold it’s monthly public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 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 about these subjects is invited. For more information, contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

BARBECUE CHALLENGE JUDGES – Check in times for Eighter From Decatur Barbecue Challenge judges Saturday at the Wise County Reunion Grounds Pavilion are as follows: beans 9:45 a.m., chicken 10:45 a.m., ribs 12:15 p.m. and brisket 1:45 p.m. Event will take place rain or shine. All proceeds go to the Roy Young Memorial Scholarship Fund and WARM. There are a few spots for judges still available. If you are over the age of 18 and interested in judging contact Tobi Cullop at 940-627-8767 or tobi.cullop@f-s-b.com or Kelli Pyland at 940-626-9069 or kpyland1@yahoo.com. 95.9 The Ranch will be broadcasting live from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information visit wcchallenger.org.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. A group photo will be taken after the meeting for the Facebook page.

FUNERALS – Service for James E. Ward, 73, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Victory Bible Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Donald Deatherage, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Maxwell, 84, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Allen Ray Young, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Sycamore Baptist Church with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for SueAnn Albert, 61, and Tommie Sue Maxey, 77, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


BODY IDENTIFIED, MISSING WOMAN FOUND – The body of a man found inside a burning travel trailer near Chico last Thursday has been identified as Lawrence Roy Roberts, 58, of Chico. The positive identification was made by the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office, which also ruled the death a homicide. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the ME’s office ruled Roberts died from a gun shot wound. His body was in one of three fires on the property at 1122 Farm Road 2952 southwest of Chico last Thursday night. Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico was arrested Friday and charged with arson in the case. No murder charges have been filed. A missing woman wanted in connection with the case was also found safe Tuesday, Walker said. Teresa Jan Rose, 41, of Chico was found in Bridgeport and is cooperating with investigators, who are seeking the couple who gave Rose a ride Thursday night. To report information about the case, contact Sergeant Josh Reynolds with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971 ext. 263 or via e-mail at reynoldsj@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us. Service for Roberts is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxTRUCK FIRE SHUTS DOWN 81/287 – The northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsup’s in Decatur were shut down just before 5 a.m. Wednesday when an 18-wheeler caught fire. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said it hit another truck that had slowed to turn into Allsup’s. Sam Russo of Louisiana, who was driving a TMI Logistics truck loaded with oil and gas equipment, said he was on his way to Pampa when he was hit from behind. A door from the 18-wheeler driven by Jesus Salinas of Decatur was hanging off the equipment on Russo’s trailer. Russo was parked in the Allsup’s parking lot, while the burned truck sat in the exit for Farm Road 51 South. Neither driver was injured. Texas Department of Transportation and wrecker crews worked to clean diesel and debris from the road. Wise County sheriff’s deputies were directing northbound traffic to Business 287 south of town. The road was expected to reopen around 8 a.m.

LAKE OFFICIALLY FULL – Yesterday’s storms pushed Lake Bridgeport above conservation level overnight. Conservation level is 836 feet above sea level. As of 7 a.m., the lake was at 836.12 feet above sea level.

RAINFALL – Yesterday afternoon’s storms brought more rain to Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.18 inches in Alvord, 0.35 in Greenwood, 0.2 in Bridgeport and 0.11 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.

UIL STATE HARDWARE – The Slidell computer science team captured the Class A title at the UIL state academics meet. Sarah Beaver took second, Mason Maynard fifth and Shelby Vanover sixth in the event. Beaver also won the state title in computer applications. Morgan Barnes took second in the contest. Vanover won the gold medal in ready writing. Barnes added a second silver medal in literary criticism. Three Slidell speakers advanced to the finals – Jessy Goode in poetry, Caitlin Pruett in persuasive speaking and Obed Galindo in informative speaking. Decatur’s Mickey Drewry brought home a silver medal in the 4A feature writing contest.

NISD GIVES RAISES – Northwest ISD trustees passed a 2 percent raise for 2015-16 for all employees yesterday. Starting pay will be $51,000 for first-year teachers. The total estimated cost for the district is $2.4 million. Trustees also elected to keep its current officers – Josh Wright Board President, Mark Schluter Vice President and Devonna Holland Secretary.

PBR TICKETS – According to organizers, there are 142 tickets left for Saturday’s J.W. Hart PBR Challenge in Decatur. They can be purchased online at wcchallenger.org. For a preview of the weekend’s events, read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

PARENT CAFE – A Free Parent Cafe will be held at the Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro St., 11 a.m.-noon today. The topic is “Communicating with Respect.” Call 940-644-2330 to reserve a space.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold it’s monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 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 about these subjects is invited. For more information, contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

INPUT SOUGHT ON NEXT SUPERINTENDENT – The Alvord School Board is inviting school personnel and the public to help develop the qualifications and characteristics of the person the board should seek to become the new superintendent. Community Involvement meetings will be held beginning at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Alvord High School Cafeteria. Four sessions will be provided, lasting about 45 minutes each. Additional information may be found on Alvord ISD’s website.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The meal will be catered, and Decatur Civic Center Director Lori Sherwood will speak on future plans for the Civic Center. Call the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today if you plan to attend.

MUSIC AND ARTS RECITAL – The Wise County Music and Arts Foundation will host a recital/fundraiser 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will feature the violin students currently enrolled in the program as well as an appearance by the Ginny Mac and Friends Band. Admission/donation will be received at the door. Visit www.youthviolins.org for more information about the 501 (C) 3 foundation.

GRADUATION SECTION – Today’s Messenger features our Graduation 2015 special section, including stories on local valedictorians and salutatorians.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Luther Stallings, 85, of Burleson is 11 a.m. today at Azleland Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James E. Ward, 73, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Victory Bible Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Donald Deatherage, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Maxwell, 84, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Allen Ray Young, 86, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Truck fire shuts down highway


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The northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsup’s in Decatur were shut down just before 5 a.m. Wednesday when an 18-wheeler caught fire. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said it hit another truck that had slowed to turn into Allsup’s.

Sam Russo of Louisiana, who was driving a TMI Logistics truck loaded with oil and gas equipment, said he was on his way to Pampa when he was hit from behind. A door from the 18-wheeler that hit him was hanging off the equipment on Russo’s trailer. Russo was parked in the Allsup’s parking lot, while the burned truck sat in the exit for Farm Road 51 South.

The name of the driver of the burned truck was not immediately available. Neither driver was injured.

The highway was still shut down as of 6:25 a.m. as the Texas Department of Transportation and wrecker crews worked to clean diesel and debris from the road.

Wise County sheriff’s deputies were directing northbound traffic to Business 287 south of town.

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Body identified, missing woman found


The body of a man found inside a burning travel trailer near Chico last Thursday has been identified as Lawrence Roy Roberts, 58, of Chico. The positive identification was made by the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office, which also ruled the death a homicide. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the ME’s office ruled Roberts died from a gun shot wound. His body was in one of three fires on the property at 1122 Farm Road 2952 southwest of Chico last Thursday night. Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico was arrested Friday and charged with arson in the case. No murder charges have been filed. A missing woman wanted in connection with the case was also found safe Tuesday, Walker said. Teresa Jan Rose, 41, of Chico was found in Bridgeport and is cooperating with investigators, who are seeking the couple who gave Rose a ride Thursday night. To report information about the case, contact Sergeant Josh Reynolds with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971 ext. 263 or via e-mail at reynoldsj@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


2 KILLED IN FRIDAY WRECK – Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a car wreck on Texas 199, one mile west of Farm Road 920. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton Jr. said a passenger car driven by Rush Montgomery, 27, of Mineral Wells was traveling east when he crossed the center line and hit a westbound white, Ford Escape driven by Pamela Hudson, 56, of Bowie. Thornton said wet roads were a factor. “He hydroplaned and went over the center stripe, and she plowed into him,” Thornton said. Both drivers were killed. Both were pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson.

CHILDREN INJURED IN WRECK – Two children were seriously injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Texas 114, one mile east of Boyd. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lonny Haschel said a 1998 Chevrolet passenger car, driven by Brandon Douglas, 27, of Boyd, was traveling east on 114 and slowed to turn into a private business. As it slowed down, it was hit from behind by a GMC pickup driven by Doug Parr, 41, of Boyd. Haschel said two children in the back of Douglas’ car were seriously injured and transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS. A third passenger in Douglas’ car, Melissa Douglas, 28, was not injured. Parr, who is a Wise County constable, was also uninjured. The roadway was closed for an hour as officers investigated the crash.

LAKE NEARLY FULL – As of 6:30 this morning, Lake Bridgeport stood less than half a foot under conservation level.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Yesterday’s rainfall amounts included 2.65 inches in Alvord, 2.08 in Rhome, 1.97 in Bridgeport, 1.75 in Greenwood, 1.74 in Decatur, 1.5 in Paradise and 0.9 in Cottondale.

MISSING PERSON - As part of an arson/murder investigation related to Thursday night’s fire and the discovery of a body in a travel trailer in the 1100 block of Farm Road 2952 in Chico, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a missing person that could be connected to the case. Investigators are seeking Teresa Jan Rose, 41, of Chico. She’s 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Anyone with information about Rose’s location should call Sgt. Josh Reynolds with the WCSO at 940-627-5971, ext. 263; email reynolds@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us or call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS. Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with arson in connection with the fire as well as on a charge of possession of marijuana. The body, which was found in the travel trailer that was destroyed by fire, has not yet been identified. A mobile home was also destroyed in a fire on the property.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon Energy is hosting a Sporting Clay Shoot Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Team entry is $500 for a five-person team, and all proceeds benefit the United Way. Call Fossil Pointe at 940-393-6402 to register a team.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Back to Summer Bash 3 on 3 tournament is Friday at Decatur High School. Games start at 5 p.m. Divisions include men’s, women’s and coed; boys and girls 5th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Basketball Program. Contact 214-354-2556 or dhseaglesbasketball@gmail.com.

RELAY WRAP UP – Relay For Life Wise County Wrap Up is 7 p.m. June 2 in the Candlewood Suites meeting room. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

GOLF TOURNEY – Tee It Up Fore the Field, a four-person scramble benefiting Wise County Special Needs Baseball, is Friday, June 5, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is noon and tee off is 1:30 p.m. Cost is $400 for a four-person team and $100 for individuals. There will be a meal, awards and a raffle. A silent auction is at 6 p.m. Call Jim and Ann Duffy, 817-489-3447. Register at Made2Thrive.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Luther Stallings, 85, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for James E. Ward, 73, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Victory Bible Baptist Church in Park Springs. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Kenneth Maxwell, 84, of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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2 killed in Friday collision


Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a car wreck on Texas 199, one mile west of Farm Road 920. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton Jr. said a passenger car traveling east crossed the center line and hit a westbound white, Ford Escape driven by Pamela Hudson, 56, of Bowie.

Thornton said wet roads were a factor.

“He hydroplaned and went over the center stripe, and she plowed into him,” Thornton said.

Both drivers were killed. The name of the second driver has not yet been released, pending notification of the family.

Both were pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson.

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Murder investigation includes search for missing person


 

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As part of an arson/murder investigation related to Thursday night’s fire and the discovery of a body in a travel trailer in the 1100 block of Farm Road 2952 in Chico, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking a missing person that could be connected to the case. Investigators are seeking Teresa Jan Rose, 41, of Chico. She’s 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Anyone with information about Rose’s location should call Sgt. Josh Reynolds with the WCSO at 940-627-5971, ext. 263; email reynolds@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us or call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS. Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with arson in connection with the fire as well as on a charge of possession of marijuana. The body, which was found in the travel trailer that was destroyed by fire, has not yet been identified. A mobile home was also destroyed in a fire on the property.

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Friday, May 22, 2015


MURDER INVESTIGATION – The body of a man was found inside a burned out travel trailer late Thursday, and Sheriff David Walker said it appears to be a murder. “We think the man was killed and the fire set to cover it up” Walker said early Friday. The man has not been identified, and Peace Justice Craig Johnson ordered his body sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners office for an autopsy. The murder set off a massive search for a suspect in the Chico area. Shortly after midnight the sheriff’s office notified people in Chico to lock their doors and vehicles and not answer the door unless it was police. A DPS helicopter was called in to help with the search. A suspect in the case was arrested several hours later by sheriff’s deputies and DPS troopers and early Friday was being interrogated by officers. The case is being investigated by the Wise County Fire Marshal’s office, sheriff’s investigator Josh Reynolds and the Texas Rangers, Walker said. The incident began when Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport firefighters were dispatched to a fire call on CR 2952 off FM 1810 west of Chico around 8 p.m. At the time several fires were reported in the area and neighbors told firefighters that the fires had been intentionally set. The two buildings seemed uninhabited and were at least 40 feet apart from each other with no fire in between, leading officials on the scene to believe that the two structures were intentionally set ablaze. The suspect, who was initially arrested on drug charges, was considered armed and dangerous, Walker said.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME – A family was displaced when fire destroyed their home north of Chico Thursday morning. Chico and Bridgeport fire departments along with Wise County EMS responded to the call in the 1700 block of Texas 101 around 8 a.m. The first units on the scene reported the single story, wood-frame home totally engulfed in flames. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said a woman, her daughter and a small child were able to escape without injury. He said the fire apparently started from a space heater in a bedroom. A dog is thought to have died in the fire. The home was a total loss. The Chico Church of Christ is collecting clothes and household items for the fire victims. For information, call 940-577-0762. The family needs all household items. Clothing sizes include: young female adult size 3 pants and shirts size small to medium; small girls’ size 3T through 6T clothing; adult women’s pants sizes 12-14 and large shirts; and adult men’s size 32 to 34 pants and large shirts. Donations can be dropped off at 203 S. McCracken. People are available to receive donation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donations can be left on the fellowship hall’s porch 24 hours a day.

WATER RESCUE – Around 6:30 Thursday night, Paradise firefighters and Wise County EMS rescued two kids trapped in flood waters on “screaming bridge” on CR 3250 southwest of Decatur. They were checked at the scene by medics and released to their parents. The bridge is in the area of the Indian Trails subdivision and has been closed by high water for several days.

EDWARDS NAMED SUPERINTENDENT – Paradise school superintendent lone finalist Mac Edwards was named superintendent at last night’s meeting. His contract will begin July 1. Interim superintendent Robert Criswell’s contract will end in June.

ALVORD BASEBALL PLAYOFFS - The Alvord Bulldogs start their Class 2A Region II quarterfinal series at 4:30 today in Ponder against Lindsay. Games 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, game 3 will follow.

NORTHWEST SPRING GAME – The Northwest Texans will hold their spring football scrimmage at 6 p.m. today at Northwest ISD Stadium.

FRIDAY FUN AT THE LIBRARY – Everyday Heroes is the theme of today’s Friday Fun Preschool Special at 10:30 a.m. at Decatur Public Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to learn about fire safety with Decatur Fire Department firefighters. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the library’s website, www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

BIKE BLESSING – Following the 10:50 worship service Sunday, May 31, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, Pastor Brian Bosworth will lead a “Blessing of the Bikes” for anyone who rides their motorcycle to church that day. A lunch ride, including a time of cruising local highways, will follow. Bikers are invited to wear their biker gear to worship. (Editor’s note: the original post had the incorrect date.)

BYA SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold sign-ups for Peewee Football and Cheer for 2015-16 3rd-6th graders 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Back to Summer Bash 3 on 3 tournament is May 29 at Decatur High School. Games start at 5 p.m. Divisions include men’s, women’s and coed; boys and girls 5th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Basketball Program. Contact 214-354-2556 or dhseaglesbasketball@gmail.com.

RELAY WRAP UP – Relay For Life Wise County Wrap Up is 7 p.m. June 2 in the Candlewood Suites meeting room. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Development Services and the Decatur dumpsite will close Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. Dumpsites in Boyd, Chico and Cottondale will close on the following business day, Wednesday, May 27.

UPDATE RETURNS TUESDAY – No Update will be published Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday. As always, breaking news will be posted throughout the weekend at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Wesley Carl Warren, 54, of Alvord is 1:30 p.m. today at Blue Bonnet Hills Cemetery in Keller. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Luther Stallings of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Vicki Shepherd, 68, of Decatur is noon Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Family visitation is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Denton.

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Chico fire leads to murder investigation


A structure fire destroyed a vehicle and a mobile homes off of FM 2952 in Chico Thursday night.

Human remains were found once the fires were extinguished and a murder investigation is underway.

Witnesses said three cars left the property before the fires began.

An explosion releasing a strong ammonia smell filled the air during the fire’s peak, but Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said that they found no evidence of a drug manufacturing lab.

“We didn’t have any evidence of a meth lab or anything like that,” Washburn said.

The vehicle and house were about 40 feet apart, suggesting that the fires were set intentionally.

“That is pretty curious,” Washburn said. “Especially because there wasn’t any fire in between the house and car.”

 

 

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Fire destroys Chico home


A family was displaced when fire destroyed their home north of Chico Thursday morning. Chico and Bridgeport fire departments along with Wise County EMS responded to the call in the 1700 block of Texas 101 around 8 a.m. The first units on the scene reported the single story, wood-frame home totally engulfed in flames. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said a woman, her daughter and a small child were able to escape without injury. He said the fire apparently started from a space heater in a bedroom. A dog is thought to have died in the fire. The home was a total loss. The Chico Church of Christ is collecting clothes and household items for the fire victims. For information, call 940-577-0762. The family needs all household items. Clothing sizes include: young female adult size 3 pants and shirts size small to medium; small girls’ size 3T through 6T clothing; adult women’s pants sizes 12-14 and large shirts; and adult men’s size 32 to 34 pants and large shirts. Donations can be dropped off at 203 S. McCracken. People are available to receive donation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donations can be left on the fellowship hall’s porch 24 hours a day.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015


4 TORNADOES CONFIRMED – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has confirmed at least four tornadoes touched down in Wise County Tuesday night. Two of those tornadoes, categorized as EF0, were located in Runaway Bay. The tornado that destroyed or severely damaged several homes in the Balsora area was classified as an EF1 tornado. A fourth tornado, another EF1, was confirmed in an area a few miles east of Decatur. Crews are also expected to visit damage to homes further east near the Paradise and Cottondale areas to determine if those areas, too, were hit by a tornado or straight line winds. Full coverage of Tuesday’s storms, including stories, photos and videos, can be found at WCMess.com/tornado2015.

MAN THROWN FROM HOME – The storm that spawned a confirmed tornado near Balsora also destroyed a home and sent a man flying outside Tuesday night. Family members say John C. Revell was at home on County Road 3451 in his recliner when a possible tornado suddenly caused his home to begin to roll off its foundation, sending him and his chair outside. Revell was found in a neighbor’s yard and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday. His home was totally destroyed. Read more at WCMess.com/tornado2015.

LOCAL ROADS FLOODED – As of Wednesday afternoon, two bridges were out and numerous county roads were underwater due to flooding. Bridges on County Roads 2535 and 3433 are partially washed out, and the bridge near Indian Trails, known as Screaming Bridge, is covered in 1 foot of water. Flooded roads include County Roads 1744, 3526, 3225, 3381, 3386 and 1308. Farm Road 1655 is flooded between Alvord and Chico. Additional roadways could be covered in water after last night’s rainfall. Drivers are urged to use caution.

RED CROSS SHELTER OPEN – The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Crossway Church, 513 Port-o-Call Drive, in Runaway Bay for those displaced by the storm Tuesday night. Red Cross spokesperson Anita Foster said the agency is still completing its disaster assessment, but it appears there were 50 families displaced by the storm. “We’ll begin the Red Cross case work to meet each family to understand them and what their needs are to see how the Red Cross or our partner agencies can help them,” she said. “Ultimately, we want to make sure we’re finding everyone.” If you need Red Cross assistance and have not been contacted, call their hotline, 877-500-8645.

POWER RESTORATION CONTINUES – Nearly all Oncor customers who lost power during Tuesday night’s storms had their power restored by last night, according to Area Manager Sabrina Easley. More storms overnight led to more outages. As of 7:30 a.m., Oncor had 134 customers without power in the Alvord/Chico area and in Decatur, according to Easley. Tree trimmers are working to clear limbs from the line that is causing the outages. The Alvord/Chico outage is being complicated by high water levels, but crews are making repairs at this time. Both outage areas are expected to be restored by 10 a.m.

MORE RAIN – Overnight storms brought more rain to an already-soggy Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.47 in Rhome, 1 in Bridgeport, 0.8 in Greenwood and Cottondale, 0.78 in Decatur, 0.45 in Alvord and 0.4 in Paradise. Tonight’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of more storms.

CHICO FIRE - As Update was going to press, Chico and Bridgeport fire departments and Wise County EMS were responding to what was being called a fully involved fire at a frame house in the 1700 block of Texas 101. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will hold its last meeting for the spring at 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. The group will have the election results for the new board of officers and celebrate the birthday of the organization with a birthday cake. Meeting time will include a question and answer panel. Visitors may attend at no charge.

PLANNING MEETING – Dr. Bruce Amason of Denton will talk about the planning and organization of a Wise County Trail Life Troop at 8 tonight at the Fellowship Bible Church on U.S. 380 west of Decatur. Visit www.traillifeusa.com for more information about the group.

SIDEWALK PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING – The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport EDC will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Halsell Street Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. today at 9th and Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3404.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wesley Warren, 54, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Thomas C. Myers, former Bridgeport school superintendent, is 10 a.m. Friday at The Hills Church in Southlake with burial in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Myers served as Bridgeport superintendent from 1980-1986.

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Tornadic storms rip through Wise County


One confirmed tornado, high winds and torrential rain pounded Wise County Tuesday night. The American Red Cross estimates 50 families were displaced due to the storms, but as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, its disaster assessment was not yet complete. Residents continue to wade through the ugly aftermath, picking up the pieces and contemplating how to move forward.

Tornado tosses man from home; Family rides out storm in closet

Paula Revell Roberts stood close to piles of items normally found inside a home, not outside. A pillow. A kitchen table chair. A plaque that holds a toy fish that sings when you push a button.
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Neighbors survive tornado in shack

In the aftermath of Tuesday night’s tornado, several trailer homes on Farm Road 920 lay on their sides with debris scattered across nearby fields. Trees were broken in half like twigs.
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Tornadic storm strikes lake community

As a storm raged overhead Tuesday night, Brittiany Spain and her 3-year-old son crouched in a closet in their Runaway Bay home.
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Meteorologists confirm tornado near Balsora

An EF1 tornado tore through an area off Farm Road 920 near Balsora Tuesday night, packing winds between 90 and 110 mph, according to National Weather Service crews that visited the area Wednesday.
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More than 300 remain without power in Wise


rbtornado15More than 300 Oncor customers in Wise County were still without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Tree trimmers and electric crews from around the state have converged in the county to repair lines and restore power to residents affected by Tuesday’s tornadic storms.
“Right now, we have 50 tree-trimming crews out and about 25 electric crews out and they will be continuing to work around the clock,” said Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley. “The tree-trimming guys are doing a good job getting out ahead to clear limbs.”
At the height of the storm Tuesday, 3,568 Oncor customers were without power. By Wednesday afternoon, Easley said they had 30 customers without electricity in Runaway Bay and 300 along Farm Road 920.
She explained that the numbers for the apartments in Runaway Bay represented the individual meters and up to six apartment units may be on one meter.
The utility is hoping to have all the power restored to customers by early Thursday morning.
“We’re shooting for midnight but it may be closer to 4-5 a.m. to get everyone taken care of,” Easley said.
Wise Electric Cooperative reported just one outage Wednesday afternoon.
Check back to www.wcmessenger.com for more storm coverage.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


TORNADO CAUSES EXTENSIVE DAMAGE – At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday night, two large storms merged into one and made its way through Wise County. The storm produced at least one tornado that caused considerable damage in the southwest quadrant of the county, in Runaway Bay and along Farm Road 920. There was also considerable flooding in Bridgeport and the surrounding communities. Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard said that the initial plan of action is to make sure everyone is safe. “Right now we’re dealing with life safety,” Beard said early this morning. “We will take care of property damage and flooding when everyone is accounted for.” Two Runaway Bay apartment buildings and at least 15 houses along Farm Road 920 were severely damaged or destroyed as of 12:56 a.m. Wednesday morning. At that time, no storm-related deaths and minimal injuries had been reported. County Judge JD Clark said that several organizations were lending their services to the people of Wise County. “Red Cross is mobilized and are heading to Runaway Bay to assist those displaced from their homes and offer shelter and medical care,” Clark said. “The State Department has a task force on the way to offer aid, as well.” At the time, Clark said that they hadn’t had a lot of serious injuries and were hopeful to assess property damage when daylight arrived. But before that, taking care of the storm victims was the top priority. “We want to make sure that everyone has a roof over their heads and a place to sleep,” Clark said. “We’re getting the help and manpower we need to make sure that everyone who was affected by the storm is accounted for.”

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxREPORT YOUR DAMAGE – Did you receive significant damage, see the tornado or help with the recovery? Email us your report or photos at news@wcmessenger.com, send us a message on our Wise County Messenger Facebook page (www.my-wise.com), tweet us @wcmessenger or call 940-627-5987.

RED CROSS SHELTER – The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church, 513 Port O Call, in Runaway Bay. According to Red Cross representative Anita Foster, “The Red Cross is currently working on a plan for disaster assessment to determine how many families will need Red Cross support following last night’s storms. Updates will be provided @RedCrossDFW.”

THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER – The powerful storm that swept through the county last night caused close to 2,000 Oncor customers to lose power, according to Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Multiple downed power lines were reported. As of 6:45 a.m., approximately 1,500 customers remained without electricity. The outage primarily is affecting the Bridgeport, Paradise and Cottondale areas. “Equipment was damaged in the storm and will have to be changed out,” Easley reported. “We are expecting that outage to be restored around 3 p.m. today. Other areas that remain out include Runaway Bay, Decatur and Chico. Crews are being brought in from around the state to assist with restoration.” Earlier this morning, Easley said crews were having trouble getting to many locations due to flooded and impassable roadways.

OPENING LATE – Alvord school district is opening at 10 a.m. today due to flooding conditions caused by last night’s storm.

SCHOOL CLOSED – Paradise school district is closed today due to last night’s storm.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS – The storm brought several inches of rain. Some areas near Bridgeport received up to 6 inches of rain. Our rainfall reporters provided the following totals: 4.15 inches in Bridgeport, 4.05 in Alvord, 3.8 in Greenwood, 3.52 in Decatur, and 0.27 in Rhome.

MORE RAIN IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms today, mainly before 1 p.m. A flash flood warning remains in effect until 9:15 a.m.

LAKE LEVEL RISING - Heavy rains have helped improve the water levels at Lake Bridgeport. At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday the lake level was 9.97 feet below conservation level. That’s a significant improvement in two weeks when it was down 24 feet. Tuesday night rains in Jacksboro, Antelope, Archer City and over the lake itself are expected to improve the lake levels even more.

NO KNOWN THREAT – Although it has been reported by some media outlets that the deadly shootout between motorcycle gangs and police in Waco Sunday might be connected to a fight between motorcycle gangs at last December’s Wise County Toy Run, Wise County Sheriff David Walker said yesterday that he had spoken with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which found no links between the two events. Walker said none of those arrested or killed Sunday in Waco were from Wise County. The sheriff’s office has also been reaching out to the organizers of a Memorial Day party scheduled this weekend hosted by a motorcycle group near Chico but have “no intelligence there will be any issue.”

OFFICES CLOSING – The Bridgeport City Hall, Parks and Recreation, EDC, Municipal Court, Infrastructure Offices and Library will close at noon Friday for the City’s Employee Appreciation Lunch. The same offices will also be closed Monday for Memorial Day. If you need immediate assistance on either date, call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

BAKE SALE - The employees of First State Bank will have a bake sale Friday benefiting 1,000 Miles Til Home. The organization partners with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to give mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans. The bank is located at 661 West Thompson in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. today at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Olan Eakman, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Eva Aliene Elmore, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Ruth McDonald, 99, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Storm causes damage and flooding in Wise County


At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday night, two large storms merged into one and made its way through Wise County.

The storm produced at least one tornado that caused considerable damage in the southwest quadrant of the county, in Runaway Bay and along Farm Road 920.

There was also considerable flooding in Bridgeport and the surrounding communities.

Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard said that the initial plan of action is to make sure everyone is safe.

“Right now we’re dealing with life safety,” Beard said. “We will take care of property damage and flooding when everyone is accounted for.”

Two Runaway Bay apartment buildings and at least 15 houses along Farm Road 920 were severely damaged or destroyed as of 12:56 a.m. Wednesday morning.

At that time, no storm-related deaths and minimal injuries had been reported.

County Judge JD Clark said that several organizations were lending their services to the people of Wise County.

“Red Cross is mobilized and are heading to Runaway Bay to assist those displaced from their homes and offer shelter and medical care,” Clark said. “The State Department has a task force on the way to offer aid, as well.”

At the time, Clark said that they hadn’t had a lot of serious injuries and were hopeful to assess property damage when daylight arrives.

But before that, taking care of the storm victims was the top priority.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a roof over their heads and a place to sleep,” Clark said. “We’re getting the help and manpower we need to make sure that everyone who was affected by the storm is accounted for.”

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Tornado damage reported in west Wise


Multiple homes were destroyed along Farm Road 920 west of Bridgeport Tuesday night when a tornado and severe thunderstorms struck Wise County. One person was injured and taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

The Harbor Inn in Runaway Bay was damaged, as well as multiple nearby homes. Power lines and trees are reported down, and several streets and highways are closed across the county due to flooding.

The Messenger has a reporter and photographer in Runaway Bay now and will post more details as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


FORMER BOYD COACH DIES – Former Boyd girls basketball coach Lynn Cranfill died Monday morning. Cranfill was diagnosed with brain cancer last spring. He tried to come back and coach the Lady Yellowjackets this fall. He fell ill again during the season and retired this spring. He spent seven years at Boyd. A funeral for Cranfill will be held at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

FIRST BOND PROJECT APPROVED – At the first meeting since the $13.5 million school bond issue passed, the Decatur School Board Monday approved one of the projects: resurfacing the high school and middle school tracks. The board awarded the bid to Hellas to provide the work at a cost not to exceed $420,000. During bond discussions, $450,000 had been budgeted for the resurfacing items. By awarding the bids now, construction is expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The board also reviewed a proposed timeline for when the district expects to complete the projects in the bond package.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH – With a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, a flash flood watch has been issued for Wise County through 7 tonight. The National Weather Service said some storms could produce heavy rain, leading to flash flooding.

SIDEWALK PROJECT SET TO BEGIN - The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport EDC will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Halsell Street Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. Thursday at 9th and Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3404.

QUILT SHOW – The Decatur Senior Citizen Center will hold a quilt show and lunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Senior Citizen Center. A $5 ticket includes lunch and admission to the show. Proceeds benefit Decatur Senior Citizens.

BINGO BLAST – Local seniors are invited to join Governor’s Ridge Bingo Blast 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Terrace Dining Room. Lunch will be provided with a reservation. RSVP for lunch by calling 940-627-1104.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP – The Decatur High School volleyball camp is June 8-11. It’s open to all girls entering second through ninth grade, and there is a discount for early registration. Call Coach Brandy Mayfield or Coach Claire Gay, 940-393-7200.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Decatur ISD will hold kindergarten roundup at each elementary campus 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Call 940-393-7100 if you are not sure of your attendance zone and see www.decaturisd.us for more information.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Brad Climer will speak on overcoming the challenges today’s economy puts on small businesses. The chamber will also award its annual Chamber and Devon Energy Scholarship.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Club will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 201 East Main St. Members will bring a potluck dish, and games of Rock Bingo will be played. Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randal Dunn, 70, of Haslet is 2 p.m. today at the Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Olan Eakman, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Eva Aliene Elmore, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruth McDonald, 99, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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