Update for Tuesday, September 25, 2018


DHS TO REMAIN CLOSED ALL WEEK – Decatur High School will be closed through Friday after last week’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday. “It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.” One of the drains on top of the school collapsed during Friday’s storm sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym. None of the classrooms were affected, Whitis said. Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process. As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options. Schools must provide 75,600 minutes of instruction. “We’ll be looking to do what will be the least amount of disruption to the other campuses,” Whitis said. “We’re under the minutes requirement, we’ll be calculating the minutes and looking to build time back in the schedule at the high school. We’ll look at that before taking away any holidays.” All other campuses held classes as normal.

HUGHES NAMED INTERIM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – A new interim Wise County public works director was announced Monday, but commissioners hope to fill the position by the end of October. Public works foreman Ross Jones has been overseeing the department since his boss, Keith Stone, was fired Aug. 27, but Jones recently notified the county he will soon be quitting for another job. County Judge J.D. Clark told commissioners he appointed Special Projects Manager Glenn Hughes to oversee the department the next few weeks. Commissioners discussed the job description drafted by Clark and County Treasurer Katherine Hudson, made minor tweaks and approved its posting. It will be open for 14 days, and the hiring committee, which includes Clark, Sheriff Lane Akin and Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White, will have another 14 days to finish interviewing candidates and choose someone to recommend to commissioners court on Oct. 22. Responsibilities previously under the oversight of the public works director, but now removed from the job description, are maintenance of the county’s flood control lakes and dams and maintenance and upkeep of Wise County Park on Lake Bridgeport. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise, delivered free to your mailbox.

ADVANCE TICKET SALES EXTENDED – Advance ticket sales for Taste Bridgeport have been extended through Wednesday. Cost is $30 per person or $55 per couple. The Texas food and wine celebration is 4-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring a concert with the Spazmatics, a 1980s cover band, at 9. Tickets can be purchased online at bridgeportchamber.org or at the Chamber office, 812 Halsell St. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the gate for $40 each. For more information, call 940-683-2076.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight, weather permitting. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for information.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s volleyball games include Northwest at Denton Braswell, Decatur at Argyle, Springtown at Bridgeport, Boyd at Jacksboro, Paradise at Brock and Bryson at Chico.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

MARY’S GIFT PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE 3D MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Remaining 2018 dates are this Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today.

HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET – The Wise County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday and the Wise County Historical Commission will hold their quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. following the Society meeting. Both will be held in the G.C. Rann Auditorium on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to attend.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Royce Judd, 64, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lydia O. Leal, 72, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Norma Lee Davis, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Billy R. Gamble, 73, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Danny Town, 54, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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

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

SERVICE for Amanda Dawn Rasco, 26, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Paradise. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Decatur HS to be closed through Friday


Decatur High School will be closed through Friday after last week’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building.
The district originally called off classes at the campus through Wednesday, but canceled the rest of the week after meeting with its restoration company Monday.
“It’s a safety precaution,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “We want to be sure everything is dried out and get it as normal as we can before we have students back in there. We didn’t want people up there with a bunch of ceiling tiles out.”
One of the drains on top of the school collapsed during Friday’s storm sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym.
“None of the classrooms were affected,” Whitis said.
She said some of the offices were flooded along with the main corridor from the front door.
Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process, getting water out of the building and drying out floors and ceiling tiles.
As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options. Schools must provide 75,600 minutes of instruction.
“We’ll be looking to do what will be the least amount of disruption to the other campuses,” Whitis said. “We’re under the minutes requirement, we’ll be calculing the minutes and looking to build time back in the schedule at the high school. We’ll look at that before taking away any holidays.”
All other campuses held classes as normal.
“We wanted to disrupt things as little as possible,” Whitis said.
With the building closed, the Decatur volleyball team practiced Monday and Wednesday at McCarroll Middle School. The team played at Argyle Tuesday.

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Update for Monday, September 24, 2018


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

FLOODING CLOSES DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL – Decatur High School will be closed today through Wednesday after Friday’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building. One of the drains on top of the school collapsed sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym, according to Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “None of the classrooms were affected,” Whitis said. She said some of the offices were flooded along with the main corridor from the front door. Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process, getting water out of the building and drying out floors and ceiling tiles. Monday through Wednesday, no one will be allowed in the main building, Whitis said. As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options. All other campuses will attend school as normal. “We wanted to disrupt things as little as possible,” Whitis said. The Decatur volleyball team will practice at 1 p.m. today and Wednesday at McCarroll Middle School. The team plays at Argyle Tuesday. Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller said he is working on scheduling workouts for the football team at its practice facility.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Wise County saw rainfall amounts it hadn’t seen in quite some time over the weekend. Rainfall totals included 9.8 inches in Cottondale, 6.9 in Paradise, 5.6 in Bridgeport, 5.13 in Decatur, 4.2 in Greenwood and 3.8 in Alvord. Today’s forecast includes areas of drizzle and patchy fog before 3 p.m. with a high near 80.

1 KILLED IN FRIDAY WRECK – A Paradise woman was killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3170. Amanda Rasco, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred around 7:15. Rasco’s southbound SUV drifted into the northbound lane, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Lee Carson. When the driver overcorrected, the vehicle spun into the northbound lane where it was struck near the shoulder by a northbound Ford truck driven by Matthew Dueling, 45, of Springtown. Dueling and another witness attempted CPR on Rasco. Dueling was not injured.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

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.

HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET – The Wise County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday and the Wise County Historical Commission will hold their quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. following the Society meeting. Both will be held in the G.C. Rann Auditorium on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to attend.

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

VENDORS NEEDED FOR FESTIVAL – Vendors are needed for the 12th Annual Paradise Main Street Festival sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society this Saturday. Vendor forms may be entered online with PayPal or downloaded and mailed at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.org/vendor-registration/. All proceeds benefit the Paradise Museum and Paradise Veteran’s Park. The festival is free to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at the Decatur Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Speaker will be Bill Barnes, representative of TRTA. Members should RSVP to Bunny Perry, 949-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com.

FUNERALS – Services for Norma Davis, 86, of Decatur and Jimmy Royce Judd, 64, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lydia O. Leal, 72, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Cecil McCleskey, 74, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.

SERVICE for Carol Long, 78, of Justin is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Forth Worth. Family visitation is 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amanda Dawn Rasco, 26, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church Paradise. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Danny Town, 54, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Tuesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Flooding closes Decatur HS through Wednesday


Decatur High School will be closed Monday through Wednesday after Friday’s torrential rains flooded portions of the building.
One of the drains on top of the school collapsed sending water cascading into the building and flooding an area from the main entrance to near the gym, according to Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis.
“None of the classrooms were affected,” Whitis said.
She said some of the offices were flooded along with the main corridor from the front door.
Crews were at the school over the weekend starting the restoration process, getting water out of the building and drying out floors and ceiling tiles.
Monday through Wednesday, no one will be allowed in the main building, Whitis said.
As far as the days missed, Whitis said the school will be researching options.
All other campuses will attend school as normal.
“We wanted to disrupt things as little as possible,” Whitis said.
The Decatur volleyball team will practice at 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at McCarroll Middle School. The team plays at Argyle Tuesday.
Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller said he is working on scheduling workouts for the football team at its practice facility.

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One killed in wreck on FM 51


A Paradise woman was killed Friday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3170.

Amanda Rasco, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred around 7:15. Rasco’s SUV headed southbound drifted into the northbound lane, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Lee Carson. When the driver overcorrected, the vehicle spun into the northbound lane where it was struck near the shoulder by a northbound Ford truck driven by Matthew Dueling, 45, of Springtown.

Dueling and another witness attempted CPR on Rasco. Dueling was not injured.

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Update for Friday, September 21, 2018


MURDER ARREST – A Rhome woman has been arrested for the shooting death of her former husband last Friday night. Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, was arrested at her home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Rhome in the Shale Creek Neighborhood east of Rhome late Wednesday night. The home was the location where 40-year-old Jonathon Tumbo was found dead last week by officers responding to a call from Kimani about an altercation between the two. Tumbo was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. Officers took a statement about what happened from Kimani, who said the two were involved in a physical altercation. “Subsequent follow up investigation by WCSO investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. Kimani’s bond was set at $1 million, and she remained in the Wise County Jail Friday morning.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH – Wise County is under a flash flood watch from 7 a.m. today through Saturday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are expected today into Saturday with the heaviest rain expected late this afternoon into tonight. Forecasters say 2-5 inches will be possible for our area with isolated heavier amounts in excess of 5 inches.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES – Because of the expected rain tonight, area schools held their football games last night. Here are the results: Northwest 14, Sherman 7; Graham 59, Decatur 35; Bridgeport 25, Lake Worth 7; Paradise 47, Callisburg 13; Boyd 33, Howe 7; Blue Ridge 13, Chico 7; and Alvord 30, Pantego Christian 28.

PROPERTY RIGHTS GROUP TO HOLD EVENT – Wise Citizens for Property Rights is having an election kick off event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Country Club. The group will serve hamburgers and hand out banners, signs and other information at the come-and-go event. Rep. Phil King will speak around 11:30 a.m.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at the Decatur Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Speaker will be Bill Barnes, representative of TRTA. Members should RSVP to Bunny Perry, 949-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com, by Sunday evening.

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will host a debate watching party for the Beto O’Rourke/Ted Cruz debate beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at the Baymont Inn in Decatur. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Call Lena at 940-399-3309.

PUBLIC WORKS JOB TO BE POSTED – County commissioners will discuss the public works director job description at their meeting Monday. It was incorrectly stated in this week’s All Around Wise that it would be discussed at the Oct. 8 meeting. In other business, commissioners will again talk about the 3-2-1 tax discount program, and the Bridgeport Historical Society will address the court regarding the preservation of a historic site in western Wise County. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FISH FRY – The Decatur High School Band Boosters Fish Fry is 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at the DHS cafeteria.

DHS CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1978 is celebrating its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. today at the home of Stan Shults and 6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ronnie Hale. Call Shults at 817-690-6461 for more information.

CLAY SHOOT – The Boyd Lions Club will have its 2nd Annual Clay Shoot Saturday in Boyd. The fundraiser benefits the club’s scholarship program and the Boyd Spirit of Christmas. To make a team, call Chip Fisher, 817-791-3522.

WCWC VETERANS CENTER – Weatherford College Wise County will celebrate the opening of its Veterans Center at 2 p.m. today in Classroom 201 on the campus. The center will provide a relaxing place for veteran students to meet, study, access computers, enjoy peer to peer support, meet with veterans service representatives or just have a cup of coffee.

CLEANUP DAY – Chico will hold a city-wide cleanup day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until the dumpsters are full) at 401 E. Mount St. by the water tower Saturday. No tires, paint or shingles will be accepted. Bring a water bill as proof of residency.

FUNERALS – Service for Garland Ray Lipsey Jr., 81, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. today before the service.

FUNERAL for Allen Lee Shaffer, 81, of Granbury, formerly of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with a private family burial.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Louise King, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Cecil McCleskey, 74, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial in Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jimmy “Lightning” Wright, 83, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Danny Town, 54, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Tuesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Carol Long of Justin is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

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Rhome resident arrested for murder


Marie Kimani

A Rhome woman has been arrested for the shooting death of her former husband last Friday night. Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, was arrested at her home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Rhome in the Shale Creek Neighborhood east of Rhome late Wednesday night. The home was the location where 40-year-old Jonathon Tumbo was found dead last week by officers responding to a call from Kimani about an altercation between the two. Tumbo was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. Officers took a statement about what happened from Kimani, who said the two were involved in a physical altercation. “Subsequent follow up investigation by WCSO investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the sheriff’s office stated in a news release. Kimani’s bond was set at $1 million, and she remained in the Wise County Jail Thursday afternoon.

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Update for Thursday, September 20, 2018


WEATHER FORCES FOOTBALL SCHEDULE CHANGE – All Wise County schools (Northwest, Decatur, Bridgeport, Boyd, Paradise, Chico and Alvord) have moved their football games to tonight due to the threat of inclement weather Friday. Decatur, Boyd and Paradise homecoming festivities will continue as normal today. Tonight’s schedule includes Sherman at Northwest at 7, Graham at Decatur at 7, Bridgeport at Lake Worth at 7, Callisburg at Paradise at 7:30, Pantego Christian at Alvord at 7 and Chico at Blue Ridge at 7.

NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY – North Texas Giving Day – an annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for non-profits – is today, and United Way Wise County is participating. To celebrate, they’re hosting a special event at Trinity Street Coffee Bar in Decatur where you can meet people affiliated with local agencies served by United Way and have a cup of coffee. Giving Day is run by Communities Foundation of Texas. If participating non-profits reach certain donation goals, they’re eligible for bonuses. To make a donation, go to northtexasgivingday.org.

FISH FRY – The Decatur High School football game may be moving to tonight, but the DHS Band Boosters Fish Fry is still 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at the DHS cafeteria.

TRIVIA NIGHT – Decatur Public Library is having a trivia night 7-8 p.m. today at Trinity Street Coffee Bar on the Decatur Square. Gift certificates and prizes will be awarded.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight, weather permitting. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for information.

WCWC VETERANS CENTER – Weatherford College Wise County will celebrate the opening of its Veterans Center at 2 p.m. Friday in Classroom 201 on the campus. The center will provide a relaxing place for veteran students to meet, study, access computers, enjoy peer to peer support, meet with veterans service representatives or just have a cup of coffee.

CLEANUP DAY – Chico will hold a city-wide cleanup day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (or until the dumpsters are full) at 401 E. Mount St. by the water tower Saturday. No tires, paint or shingles will be accepted. Bring a water bill as proof of residency.

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club meets 6:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Extension Office in Decatur.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon’s 11th annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting United Way is Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot begins at 9. Cost is $500 per five-person team and lunch is provided. Register by contacting Crystal Watkins: 940-577-6585 or Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. Judy Ramos will present “How Writing About My Ancestors Made Me a Better Genealogist.” The meeting is free to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Garland Ray Lipsey Jr., 81, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Allen Lee Shaffer, 81, of Granbury, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with private family burial. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Cecil McCleskey, 74, of Azle is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Louise King, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jimmy “Lightning” Wright, 83, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Danny Ray Town of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Wednesday, September 19, 2018


DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to domestic violence. Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle, 27, of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with a second degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third degree felony of assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said he was made aware on Monday of a domestic violence incident involving Whittle that occurred the previous evening in Alvord. It was later determined a second incident happened on Monday in Decatur. Whittle was accused of choking his wife and threatening her with a gun during the two incidents. Akin said the investigation was turned over to Texas Ranger Jeremy Wallace. The Decatur Police Department is also investigating the case. Akin said Whittle has been fired. “The Wise County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a high standard, and we cannot allow violations of the law or of our policies,” Akin stated in a news release. The sheriff added that he is “proud of the many fine women and men who continue to wear the WCSO uniform and represent what a professional sheriff’s office should be.” Whittle had been serving as the school resource officer for Alvord ISD. He remained in the Wise County Jail Wednesday morning with bond set at $80,000.

BOYD AND DEVELOPER NEAR PACT – City of Boyd officials and the developer of the proposed Spring Hill South Addition expect to sign off on the pre-annexation development agreement next month. After discussing some finer points of the agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting with Bob Shelton and his engineer Thomas Fletcher of Kimley Horn, Mayor Rodney Holmes said he is confident it will be ready for approval at the Oct. 2 meeting. Shelton after the meeting said he hopes to close on the 153 acres off Cemetery Road within 60 days. If the pre-annexation development agreement is approved next month, Fletcher said dirt could start moving next summer for the first phase of the development, which is slated to have 171 homes. At buildout, the development will have between 595 and 650 homes.

COUNCIL GRANTS LEAVE – The Boyd city council approved a leave of absence through the start of 2019 for council member Vince Estel, who works for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently having to fill in on second shift until the end of the year.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Yesterday’s volleyball results include the following: Northwest beat Wichita Falls Rider 3-2, Decatur beat Celina 3-1, Bridgeport beat Bowie 3-2, Boyd beat Peaster 3-0, Paradise beat Breckenridge 3-1, Alvord beat Saint Jo 3-1 and Chico beat Bluff Dale 3-0.

JUST A TEST – The City of Decatur will test its storm sirens at noon today, weather permitting.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss Medicare and Medicare supplements. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB – Wise Health Better Breathers Club, a club for all lung patients and their families and caregivers, will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. This month’s topic is “Patient Independence” by registered respiratory therapist Angie Brunkhardt. Food will be provided.

DHS CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1978 is celebrating its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Friday at the home of Stan Shults and 6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ronnie Hale. Call Shults at 817-690-6461 for more information.

PUBLIC LANDS WORK DAY – Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers will hold a Public Lands Work Day at Black Creek Campground on the LBJ National Grasslands 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. TX BHA will provide lunch to all participants. Projects will include replacing railroad ties to prevent soil erosion into Black Creek at the campground, installing a gate to prevent illegal road access, cleaning trash from along the lake and parking lots, and potentially other tasks depending on turnout and weather. For more information visit Texas BHA on Facebook or Instagram or contact Todd Basile: Basile.todd@gmail.com or 817-739-3580.

ALL-STATE RECOGNITION – Bridgeport High School will honor past all-state members of the football team (or their parents) during halftime of BHS’s homecoming game against Gainesville Sept. 28. If you would like to take part, email Coach Shannon Wilson at swilson@bridgeportisd.net or Collin White at mwhite@bridgeportisd.net.

FUNERALS – Service for Garland Ray Lipsey, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Eileen Price, 76, of Rhome. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Allen Lee Shaffer, 81, of Granbury, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Louise King, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy “Lightning” Wright, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. today at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks.

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Sheriff’s deputy arrested for assault


A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to a domestic violence incident.

Taylor Alan Whittle

Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with a second degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third degree felony of assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said he was made aware on Monday of a domestic violence incident involving Whittle that occurred the previous evening. Whittle was accused of assaulting and choking a family member. The deputy was also accused of committing additional offenses within the city of Decatur.

Akin said the investigation was turned over to Texas Ranger Jeremy Wallace who worked with the Decatur Police Department on the case, which led to the arrest.

Akin said Whittle has been fired.

“The Wise County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a high standard, and we cannot allow violations of the law or of our policies,” Akin stated in a news release. “Whittle’s employment with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office was terminated.”

The sheriff added that he is “proud of the many fine women and men who continue to wear the WCSO uniform and represent what a professional sheriff’s office should be.”

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Update for Tuesday, September 18, 2018


RECORD ENROLLMENT – Weatherford College has set a new enrollment record, helped in part by near-record enrollment at the Wise County campus. Weatherford College’s fall enrollment is 6,406, up just more than 1 percent from last year. Weatherford College Wise County’s official enrollment as of the 12th class day Sept. 7 was 579, up 0.35 percent from a year ago and up 5.46 percent from 2016. WCWC’s highest enrollment was 584 in 2014.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Today’s volleyball games include Wichita Falls Rider at Northwest, Celina at Decatur, Bowie at Bridgeport, Peaster at Boyd, Paradise at Breckenridge, Saint Jo at Alvord and Bluffdale at Chico.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive at CVS in Decatur 1:30-6 p.m. today. Call John Lanier at 940-627-9714.

PATIENT REUNION – The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Wise Health System in Decatur will hold a reunion 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wise Health System West Campus, 2000 S FM 51, in Decatur. Cake will be served. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

ART PROJECT AT THE LIBRARY – Kids of all ages are invited to join the after school fun at the Chico Public Library at 4 p.m. today. Participants will use mixed media to create watercolor resists. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

JOINT CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport and Decatur Chambers of Commerce are holding a joint luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center, and speaker is Suzie Humphreys, a motivational and inspirational humorist. Tickets are $15. RSVP at decaturtx.com or bridgeportchamber.org. If you have questions, call the Decatur Chamber at 940-627-3107 or the Bridgeport Chamber at 940-683-2076.

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Extension Office in Decatur.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Judy Ramos will present “How Writing About My Ancestors Made Me a Better Genealogist.” The meeting is free for members and $5 for guests.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Mineral and Rock Society will meet at 7 tonight at a new location, Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 CR 1326. Refreshments will be served. The program topic will be Machu Picchu, and a “rock show and tell” will take place after the program. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month and meetings are open to people in Wise County who are interested in rocks and lapidary arts.

OPEN HOUSE – An open house and ribbon cutting for Jenny’s Hope in the new offices of Wise County Christian Counseling is 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at 1650 S. FM 51, Suite 400.

FUNERALS – Service for Eileen Price, 76, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anne Lester, 84, of Slidell/Greenwood is 10:30 a.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Alan Lee Shaffer, 81, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks.

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Update for Monday, September 17, 2018


SHOOTING DEATH – Authorities Sunday released the identity of the man who died with a gunshot wound in the Shale Creek neighborhood off Texas 114 near the Wise and Denton County line Friday. Jonathon Tumbo, 40, of Rhome was found by officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office with a gunshot wound to the chest when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. Mandy Hays, justice of the peace, Precinct 3, ordered an autopsy, and Tumbo’s body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office. “The death is still under investigation,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. A woman at the residence was uninjured. At this time no charges have been filed. The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Friday on Forest Lawn Road.

HOMECOMING PARADE – The Decatur High School homecoming parade is today in downtown Decatur. All parking on Main and Walnut Streets on the square will be closed at 3 p.m. for the duration of the parade. Floats will line up at 4 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, and the parade starts at 6 p.m. A pep rally will be held at the stadium after the parade. Boyd and Paradise High Schools are also having their homecoming parades this evening. Boyd’s starts at 6 p.m., and the Paradise parade is at 6:30.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 0.72 of an inch in Alvord and 0.38 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of rain.

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

DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host their monthly social at 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Candidate signs will be available for pickup.

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

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Mineral and Rock Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a new location, Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 CR 1326. Refreshments will be served. The program topic will be Machu Picchu, and a “rock show and tell” will take place after the program. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month and meetings are open to people in Wise County who are interested in rocks and lapidary arts.

OPEN HOUSE – An open house and ribbon cutting for Jenny’s Hope in the new offices of Wise County Christian Counseling is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1650 S. FM 51, Suite 400.

CONSTITUTION DAY – The Daughters of the American Revolution John B. Denton Chapter will host their 8th Annual Live Reading of the U.S. Constitution 1:30-3 p.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park, ending with the ringing of the bells across America.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Shawn Grundy, 49, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Bethel Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Anne Lester, 84, of Slidell/Greenwood is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Man identified in Shale Creek shooting death


Authorities Sunday released the identity of the man who died with a gunshot wound in the Shale Creek neighborhood off Texas 114 near the Wise and Denton County line Friday.
Jonathon Tumbo, 40, of Rhome was found by officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office with a gunshot wound to the chest when they responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Mandy Hays, justice of the peace, precinct 3, ordered an autopsy and Tumbo’s body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office.
“The death is still under investigation,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.
A woman at the residence was uninjured. At this time no charges have been filed.
The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Friday on Forest Lawn Road.

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Man dies with gunshot wound in Shale Creek


A man was found dead with a gunshot wound in the Shale Creek neighborhood off Texas 114 near the Wise and Denton County line Friday when officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the deceased man was in his 40s. His identity has not been released. His body is being taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
“We are investigating the nature of the death,” Akin said.
A woman at the residence was uninjured. At this time no charges have been filed.
The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. on Forest Lawn Road.

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Update for Friday, September 14, 2018


COUNCIL DENIES PLAT – On the advice of their city attorney, the Rhome City Council Thursday denied the preliminary plat for the Morris Street Townhomes Addition. The attorney advised the council to take the action due to a question of ownership of a small parcel of the 3.736-acre property.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS – Tonight’s local high school football games include Decatur at Midlothian Heritage, Bridgeport at Sanger, Boyd at Lake Worth, Chico at Era, Alvord at Santo and Granbury Cornerstone at Victory Christian. Follow updates on our Twitter feed @wcmsports. Scores will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com, and coverage of tonight’s games will be featured in the Saturday Wise County Messenger.

GRAPEVINE STOPS NORTHWEST – Grapevine rolled to a 56-21 win over Northwest Thursday night. Texan quarterback Austin Ahmad threw four interceptions in the loss, as the Mustang defense stymied Northwest’s offense. Running back DeMareus Hosey was held to under 100 yards for the first time this season. Northwest managed just one second half touchdown. The Texans fell to 1-2 on the season with the loss.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s volleyball games include Northwest at Denton Ryan, Abilene Wylie at Decatur, Bridgeport at Burkburnett, Boyd at Paradise and Alvord at Tioga.

SATURDAYS ON THE SQUARE – The first Saturday on the Square is Saturday in downtown Decatur. 4 Girls Fire Forged Pizza and Sweet Frogs Frozen Yogurt will be set up on State Street from 5-9 p.m., and local artists will be featured. There will also be vendors, and shops along the square will be open. Organizers hope to make this a monthly event.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – The Decatur Public Library is having a book sale 10 a.m. to close today and Saturday. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs and books on CD are available.

BLOOD DRIVE – Walmart in Decatur is hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Karina Holcombe at 817-751-9558.

BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street.

DECATUR FARMERS MARKET – The Decatur Farmers Market will reopen 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with a selection of fall produce along with local honey, baked goods, jams, pickles, farm raised beef, free range eggs and artisan goods. The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will offer low-cost vaccinations from 10 a.m.-noon.

CONSTITUTION READERS NEEDED – Daughters of the American Revolution John B. Denton Chapter are looking for readers for their upcoming 8th Annual Live Reading of the U.S. Constitution on Monday. The event will be at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to read a part call Amy at 940-577-3192.

FUNERALS – Service for Shawn Grundy, 49, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anne Lester, 84, of Slidell/Greenwood is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the church.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. today at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Morris Burcham, 84, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with private family burial. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Thursday, September 13, 2018


911 SERVICE RESTORED – Wise County was among the 13 counties affected by a technical glitch that caused an outage of 911 service yesterday afternoon. According to the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the outage began just before noon, and normal operations resumed by 3:30 p.m. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said emergency calls still came to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, but the calls were rerouted from the emergency line to the regular line. That meant dispatchers could not see the caller’s location.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon’s 11th annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting United Way is Friday, Sept. 21, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot begins at 9. Cost is $500 per five-person team and lunch is provided. Register by contacting Crystal Watkins: 940-577-6585 or Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. Station sponsorships are available.

MARY’S GIFT PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE 3D MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms, an exam proven to find 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduce callbacks by up to 40 percent. The Genius 3D Mammography equipment was purchased with funds contributed to the foundation for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Remaining 2018 dates are Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today.

NORTHWEST FOOTBALL – Northwest will kick off this week’s high school football schedule when the Texans host Grapevine at 7 tonight at Northwest ISD Stadium.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK – The Area Business Women’s Network is having its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. Cost is $11 at the door or pre-pay at www.abwn.org.

MAROON OUT – Bridgeport Main Street will host “Maroon Out” Girls Night Out 5-7 p.m. today in downtown Bridgeport. Come sip, shop, dine and wear your maroon for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Also, the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold ribbon cuttings for Rustic Rose at 5 p.m. and Reilly Chance at 5:30 p.m. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400.

ASK AN ATTORNEY – Decatur Medical Lodge is having free Ask an Attorney sessions today with Travis Weaver, who focuses on elder law. The first session is at 3 p.m., and the second session is at 4:30. Seating is limited, so call 940-626-2800 to reserve your space. The Medical Lodge is at 701 W. Bennett Rd.

FUNERALS – Service for Elizabeth Lester, 84, of Greenwood is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling the arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Wednesday, September 12, 2018


COUNTY BUDGET, TAX RATE ADOPTED – Wise County commissioners Monday adopted a budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019. The budget totals $60 million and will be funded in part by a property tax rate of 36 cents per $100 property valuation. Highlights of the new budget include a 5 percent raise for licensed peace officers at the sheriff’s office, a 4 percent pay increase for other county employees, a 10 percent cut to dependent insurance coverage, reinstating a field position for 911 addressing and adding a part-time position for the tax collector’s office. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – In last night’s volleyball action, Denton beat Northwest 3-2, Midlothian Heritage beat Decatur 3-0, Godley beat Bridgeport 3-0, Boyd beat Brock 3-0, Valley View beat Alvord 3-1 and Chico beat Perrin-Whitt 3-0.

BENEFIT SHOOT – A clay shoot and silent auction for Feeding Wise Kids is Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, 7282 FM 51, just outside Decatur. Check-in is 8-8:30 a.m., and the shoot is 9-11. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Cost is $500 for a four-person team. To sign up, call JJ Anderson Meyer, 940-393-5334.

BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street.

DECATUR FARMERS MARKET – The Decatur Farmers Market will reopen 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with a selection of fall produce along with local honey, baked goods, jams, pickles, farm raised beef, free range eggs and artisan goods. The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will offer low-cost vaccinations from 10 a.m.-noon.

CONSTITUTION READERS NEEDED – Daughters of the American Revolution John B. Denton Chapter are looking for readers for their upcoming 8th Annual Live Reading of the U.S. Constitution on Sept 17. The event will be at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to read a part call Amy at 940-577-3192.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK – The Area Business Women’s Network is having its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. Cost is $11 at the door or pre-pay at www.abwn.org.

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

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Vendors are needed for the 12th Annual Paradise Main Street Festival sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29. Vendor forms may be entered online with PayPal or downloaded and mailed at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.org/vendor-registration/. All proceeds benefit the Paradise Museum and Paradise Veteran’s Park.

FUNERALS – Service for Alvin Baker Jr., 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, September 11, 2018


PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a Patriot Day Program at 10:30 a.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Park. Guest speaker will be Robb Hawkins of Decatur, with Honor Guard provided by the Decatur Fire Department and music provided by Jennifer Ward. The program will honor first responders – police, fire and medical personnel. Representatives from all communities within Wise County including first responders are invited. The event is held each year to remember the 2,977 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

NORTHWEST ISD TO CONTACT STATE BOARD – Northwest ISD trustees yesterday voted to file a complaint with the State Board of Educator Certification for the abandonment of contract by a pair of elementary teachers, Kelly Sosa and Kasie Fox. The action was recommended by administration after the teachers tendered late resignations.

NORTHWEST ISD TO LOOK INTO TAX RATE ELECTION – As part of its district improvement plan for 2018-19, Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said the district will look into the need for a tax rate election. The district could make a decision in the spring to pursue the election that would allow it to raise the maintenance and operations tax rate above the current $1.04 to as high as $1.17.

MAROON OUT – Bridgeport Main Street will host “Maroon Out” Girls Night Out 5-7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Bridgeport. Come sip, shop, dine and wear your maroon for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Also, the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold ribbon cuttings for Rustic Rose at 5 p.m. and Reilly Chance at 5:30 p.m. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400.

ASK AN ATTORNEY – Decatur Medical Lodge is having free Ask an Attorney sessions Thursday with Travis Weaver, who focuses on elder law. The first session is at 3 p.m., and the second session is at 4:30. Seating is limited, so call 940-626-2800 to reserve your space. The Medical Lodge is at 701 W. Bennett Rd.

BLOOD DRIVE – Walmart in Decatur is hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Karina Holcombe at 817-751-9558.

POLITICAL FORUM – Several Democratic candidates vying for the top state offices are slated to make appearances in Decatur Wednesday at the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas forum. Gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, who is running against incumbent Greg Abbott, is scheduled to appear, along with Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Collier, who is trying to unseat incumbent Dan Patrick. The forum, which will feature a question-and-answer session, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Conference Center. The lineup of statewide candidates also includes Kim Olson, who is running for agriculture commissioner, and Kathy Cheng, who is running for the Texas Supreme Court. Greg Sagan, who is running for U.S. House District 13, and Kevin Lopez, who is bidding for the Texas Senate District 30 seat, will also appear.

LIBRARY EVENT – Kids of all ages are invited to join the after school fun at the Chico Public Library 4-5 p.m. today. Participants will use circle looms to create friendship bracelets. Call Michelle at (940) 644-2330.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Today’s volleyball games include Northwest at Denton, Decatur at Midlothian Heritage, Godley at Bridgeport, Brock at Boyd, Paradise at Millsap, Alvord at Valley View and Chico at Perrin-Whitt.

BOYD TO CONSIDER TAX RATE, BUDGET – The Boyd City Council will look to pass a tax rate of 59.9999 cents for the fiscal year 2018-19 and its annual budget at 6:30 tonight.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Paradise Historical Society is 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex building at 304 S. Oak St. Donna Weeden will share her research of the 1870’s outlaw Sam Bass and his gang who roamed and hid out in Denton, Parker, Wise and Cook counties between 1870-78. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. The public is invited.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Alvin Baker Jr., 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Monday, September 10, 2018


WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 2.35 inches in Alvord and 0.62 in Decatur. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 80 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

SUPERINTENDENT FORUM – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum with school superintendents from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. Email info@wisecountychamber.com for tickets.

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

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Paradise Historical Society is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex building at 304 S. Oak St. Donna Weeden will share her research of the 1870’s outlaw Sam Bass and his gang who roamed and hid out in Denton, Parker, Wise and Cook counties between 1870-78. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. The public is invited.

DHS MEET THE TEACHER – Decatur High School will host Meet the Teacher Night (Fall Open House) 6:30-8 p.m. today. Students and their families are invited to a welcome meeting for all parents and students in the DHS Auditorium from 6:30-6:45 p.m. Parents can then tour the high school to visit their teachers and classrooms.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Shawne Ware, executive director of CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is guest speaker.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will vote on the proposed tax rate and budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 at its meeting at 6 tonight at city hall. The city is proposing a 3.6-cent tax cut to fund next year’s $8.7289 million budget.

COMMISSIONERS TO ADOPT BUDGET – Wise County commissioners plan to adopt the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at their meeting today. They also plan to discuss the Weatherford College Wise County budget and adopt the college branch campus maintenance tax for FY ’19. They will consider the 3-2-1 tax prepayment discount program, suggested in last week’s public hearing, and will also discuss the job description and timeline for hiring a new public works director. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. Two public hearings on the archive funds for the county clerk and district clerk will be held prior to the start of the regular meeting at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively.

FUNERALS – Services for Kevin Hacker, 61, and Alvin Baker, 77, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICES for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Tulsa, Okla., and Ernest Partin, 48, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Marcel Lacourse, 51, of New Fairview and Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling the arrangements.

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Update for Friday, September 7, 2018


FOOTBALL FRIDAY – The Decatur Eagles will play their home opener at 7 tonight against the Alvarado Indians. Both teams are looking for their first win. In other action, Bridgeport will welcome in Bowie. Paradise takes on Henrietta at home. Boyd travels to Holliday. Alvord heads to Archer City. Chico will journey to Electra. Northwest hits the road to play McKinney North. Victory Christian goes to Weatherford Christian. Follow updates on our Twitter feed @wcmsports. Scores will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com, and coverage of tonight’s games will be featured in the Saturday Wise County Messenger.

JONES NAMED CAPTAIN – Former Bridgeport and TCU standout Colin Jones was named one of six captains for the Carolina Panthers to start the season. When the Carolina Panthers open the NFL season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones will be the Panthers’ first special teams captain since 2012.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets start their bid for a fourth straight district title at 4 p.m. today with the 7-3A opener at Tolar. Paradise will also open 7-3A, bringing in Peaster. Northwest, Alvord and Chico also open their leagues. Northwest will travel to Lake Dallas. Alvord will go to Forestburg. Chico welcomes in Graford for a 10 a.m. match Saturday. In non-district action, Decatur will play Wichita Falls and Bridgeport heads to Graham today.

ASSAULT OF EAGLE SUMMIT – One of the state’s toughest cross country races returns to Decatur High School Saturday with the Assault of Eagle Summit. The races begin at 8 a.m. with the varsity girls 4A and under race.

FIREFIGHTERS TO TAKE PART IN CLIMB – Three local firefighters – Ashlee Schmitz and Shane White of Decatur and Dawnelle Burns of Runaway Bay and Lake Bridgeport – will take part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Renaissance Tower Saturday. The three firefighters will climb a total of 110 flights of stairs in full gear.

MORE RAIN EXPECTED – Today’s forecast includes a 70 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 p.m. Rain chances decrease to 50 percent overnight and Saturday. Rainfall totals from the past couple of days include 1.61 inches in Decatur, 1.2 in Bridgeport, 0.25 in Alvord and 0.1 in Greenwood.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Shawne Ware, executive director of CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is guest speaker.

LIBRARY HOURS CHANGE – Beginning Saturday, the Alvord Public Library will change its Saturday hours to 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekday hours will remain the same.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will host its quarterly community breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday. Biscuits and sausage gravy, bacon, coffee, milk, orange juice and pancakes will be served. Breakfast is free but donations will be accepted.

PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a Patriot Day Program at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Wise County Veterans Park. Guest speaker will be Robb Hawkins of Decatur, with Honor Guard provided by the Decatur Fire Department and music provided by Jennifer Ward. The program will honor first responders – police, fire and medical personnel. Representatives from all communities within Wise County including first responders are invited.

COMMISSIONERS TO ADOPT BUDGET – Wise County commissioners plan to adopt the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at their meeting Monday. They also plan to discuss the Weatherford College Wise County budget and adopt the college branch campus maintenance tax for FY ’19. They will consider the 3-2-1 tax prepayment discount program, suggested in last week’s public hearing, and will also discuss the job description and timeline for hiring a new public works director. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. Two public hearings on the archive funds for the county clerk and district clerk will be held prior to the start of the regular meeting at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively.

TOWN HALL MEETING – Kevin Lopez, Bridgeport city councilman and candidate for Texas Senate District 30, will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club. Wise County residents are invited to hear his plan for Senate District 30 and share their concerns over the district.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is this weekend at Elm Creek Park. Activities begin tonight with a cornhole and washer tournament and a 42 tournament. Saturday’s events include a breakfast, pageant, antique car show and shine, bingo, an IBCA barbecue competition, live music and more. The Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will be held Saturday evening. A full schedule was featured in this week’s All Around Wise.

DECATUR FARMERS MARKET – The Decatur Farmers Market will reopen 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with a selection of fall produce along with local honey, baked goods, jams, pickles, farm raised beef, free range eggs and artisan goods.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – The singing group Psalms Journey will perform at two local churches Sunday: Mount Zion Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and Balsora Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

FUNERALS – Service for Rickey Lynn Johnson, 60, of New Fairview will be private. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Reinhard Max Warmuth, 58, of Alvord is noon Saturday at the Roc-N-W-Ranch Equestrian Campground. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Marcel Lacourse, 51, of New Fairview and A.C. Griffin, 90, of Greenwood are pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Betty Pendergrass, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Cemetery in Sayre, Okla.

GRAVESIDE for Jack Coffman, 84, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Butch Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Melanie Bradley, 48, of Bridgeport is noon Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with a private family burial. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Barbara Dougherty, 78, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Tulsa, Okla. is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

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