Friday, August 1, 2014


COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER PROPERTY TAX RATE – At a special commissioners meeting Thursday Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw presented the 2014 property tax rates, information that is used to set the new tax rate and fund the budget for fiscal year 2015. The current rate is 37.89 cents per $100 valuation, and Shaw said the effective rate is 36.13 cents per $100 valuation – a difference of almost 2 cents. The effective rate, with this year’s property values, would raise the same amount of tax dollars as last year, but that may not be enough to balance next year’s budget. County Judge Glenn Hughes is recommending a budget based on the current rate due mainly to a large increase in the county’s insurance rates. Commissioners may propose a tax rate at their next regular meeting Aug. 11. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

JULY RAINFALL SETS RECORD – According to weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur, Wise County received 8.08 inches of rain for the month of July. That beat the previous record for July (6.78) by more than an inch. The average rainfall amount for July is 2.51 inches. We hit 100 on July 14, but the high temperature stayed below 90 for eight days during the month, making the average high only 91.3 degrees. Unseasonably cool temperatures are expected to stick around today with a predicted high of 81.

MEAL PRICE INCREASE – The cost of meals at Chico ISD will increase this coming school year. Superintendent Mike Jones explained that the meal prices have not increased in several years, and the prices were well below the amount the school is reimbursed. New prices for students will be $1.50 for breakfast at all campuses (up from $1) and $3 for lunch at all campuses (up from $2 at the elementary and $2.75 at the middle and high schools.) The increase was approved by the school board yesterday.

CAR SHOW - MMM Rock N Rev 2014 is Saturday at the Bridgeport High School parking lot. Registration is 9-11 a.m. with awards at 1 p.m. The car show will include the following categories: best of show, people’s choice, import, street rod, ’40s through ’60s, ’70s through 1999, and 2000 to present. First- and second-place awards will be given in each class. The event is sponsored by MMM Band Boosters.

TEEN SCIENCE FRIDAY – High school and middle school aged kids (grades 6-12) are invited to Teen Science Friday at the Decatur Public Library at 4 p.m. This week’s activity is constructing and testing experiments in paper aerodynamics. Come prepared to fold, fly and compete. No sign-up required.

SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR – A free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar is 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at North Texas Karate Academy, 1026 Halsell St. in Bridgeport. Participants should wear wind pants or shorts and a T-shirt. Call 940-255-2038.

GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur Girls Fall Softball signups begin today and run through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Signups will take place at the concession stand 1-3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17 at Renshaw Park. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.

DECATUR SOCCER – Decatur Soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 at JRobs in Decatur. Call Shaun at 940-210-6629.

LITTLE BRANSON GOSPEL SHOW SATURDAY – The Little Branson Gospel Show will bring its blend of music, inspiration and laughter to the Decatur Civic Center, 3 p.m. Saturday. The two-hour show, with an intermission, is designed for the entire family and features an array of national and international recording artists including John Webster, the Ambassadors Trio, Texas Praise, Joy Roberts, the Glory Song Quartet, Rick Roberts and Richard Griffin. Special guest will be Gena Roberts Hamilton. All tickets are general admission and cost $15. They can be reserved by calling 855-680-8881 (toll free) or online at www.littlebransonshow.com.

VETERAN’S BREAKFAST – Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans from Wise County are invited.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser garage sale 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today and Saturday at 301 Main St. in Paradise.

STUFF THE BUS – Wise Feed will hold a “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive benefiting Chico ISD noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 501 S. Texas 101 in Chico. The event will feature door prizes.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Assembly of God will hold outdoor movie night at 8:30 tonight, featuring a family-friendly, G-rated animated movie. Bring your blanket and mosquito spray. Concessions will be available, or bring your own. Church is located at 170 B.C. Rhome Ave. Call 817-636-2668.

FUNERALS – Services are pending for David Herrera, 52, of Chico and Bobby Doty, 80, of Paradise at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Mona Jean Mitchum, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jonnie Cortez Bishop, 95, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Monday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Clara Mae Moore, 86, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Barry Bynum, 69, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay.

MEMORIAL service for Jay Fred McQuinn, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


HEAT BREAK CONTINUES – Today’s the last day of July, but you might not know it from stepping outside. A cold front that moved through yesterday brought much cooler temperatures. Yesterday’s high only reached 86 at Decatur Municipal Airport, and today’s forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth calls for a high of around 75. A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms is also in today’s forecast. High temperatures are expected to stay below 90 degrees through the weekend.

QUARTER AUCTION – A quarter auction benefiting the Paradise Chamber of Commerce is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at First Baptist Church, 401 Main St. in Paradise. Bidding paddles are $2. There will also be vendor space available for $25 and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5. Proceeds will go to the chamber’s scholarship fund and general operating expenses. Call Karen Wier at 940-577-0868.

VETERAN’S BREAKFAST – Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans from Wise County are invited.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club’s Golf Tournament is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost is $400 per four-person team. To register a team or be a sponsor, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call Mark Graves, 940-389-2561 or Kristi Bennett at 940-393-9581. All proceeds benefit DHS golf teams.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for everyone to visit booths at the trade show, which will feature more than 20 agriculture-related businesses offering the newest in technology for beef cattle producers. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the meal and makes you eligible for one of the many door prizes given away during the program. Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service out of Vernon, will speak on “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.” Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, for more information or to make your reservations.

LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome library will host story time and crafts for children at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 7. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent. A hot dog supper is planned for the children and their families 6-7 p.m. Aug. 7.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will host the Carter Blood Care bus 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Call ahead to Brenda at 940-627-2177 to make an appointment, or come out anytime.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – The Chico School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 tonight. Agenda items include changing meal prices, the purchase of a middle school kitchen steamer, discussion of the 2014-2015 draft budget, consideration of tax rates, setting a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rates, employee compensation policies and schedules and a policy change involving class ranking. The meeting is in Room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Wallace LeDell Shackleford, 46, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

SERVICE for Mona J. Mitchum, 81, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ann Nooe Aden, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Jonnie Cortez Bishop, 95, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Monday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for David Herrera, 52, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Barry Bynum, 69, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at 1014 Wooton Ave. in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jay Fred McQuinn, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


HOUSE CATCHES FIRE FOR SECOND TIME – An unoccupied mobile home in Newark caught fire Tuesday morning as two men were attempting to dismantle the structure. Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said Mickey Murphrey and his nephew, Brett Kennan, were attempting to tear apart the empty house, which was already extensively burned from a previous fire. In a bizarre turn of events, the house caught fire again, this time burning to the ground. Newark, Rhome and Haslet fire departments responded to the blaze on County Road 4845 about 7:45 a.m. Read the full story in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

RAINY START - Rain began falling in Wise County during the early morning hours. As of 7:45 a.m., rainfall totals included 0.24 of an inch in Decatur and 0.11 in Rhome. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a 40 percent chance of rain tonight and tomorrow.

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER HIRED – Northwest ISD has named Adam Feind the district’s new chief technology officer. Feind comes to Northwest from Midway ISD, where he has led the district in strategic planning and one-to-one virtual desktop initiative for the past 16 years. Feind will oversee technology, instructional technology and applications software at NISD.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Decatur Church of Christ is hosting Gear Up, a free school supply event, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Full-size backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be free haircuts, clothes, books and other back-to-school services. A barbecue meal will be served. The church is at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Preskitt Road.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Assembly of God will hold outdoor movie night at 8:30 p.m. Friday, featuring a family-friendly, G-rated animated movie. Bring your blanket and mosquito spray. Concessions will be available, or bring your own. Church is located at 170 B.C. Rhome Ave. Call 817-636-2668.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Aug. 8-9. Vendors are needed, and cookoff participants are being registered. Friday night’s festivities will include a washer tournament and the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship fish fry, as well as Phil Hamilton on stage. A pageant is 10 a.m. Saturday. Theme is “summertime fun,” and cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser garage sale 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 301 Main St. in Paradise.

SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County commissioners have a special called meeting 1:30 p.m. Thursday to hear a report by Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw on the 2014 property tax rates for the county and college branch maintenance taxes. Commissioners will use these reports as they set proposed tax rates and work through budget workshops. The preliminary fiscal year 2015 budgets for the county and Weatherford College Wise County will also be presented and copies given to commissioners for their review before budget workshops scheduled for Aug. 19-20. Thursday’s meeting and all budget workshops will be held at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office training room, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Wallace LeDell Shackleford, 46, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ann Nooe Aden, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICE for Kathryn H. Bishop, 75, formerly of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Herbert J. Wright, 78, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jonnie Cortez Bishop, 95, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Monday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kathleen Brown Forman, 87, formerly of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Denton. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Denton Bible Church.

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Fire destroys Newark home


A vacant mobile home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning near Newark. Fire was reported at the home in the 100 block of County Road 4845 shortly after 7:30 a.m. Newark, Rhome and Haslet fire departments responded and found the home engulfed in flames. No one was injured. A neighboring home sustained minor damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


NEWARK HOUSE FIRE - As Update was going to press, four fire departments and medics had been dispatched to a house fire in the 100 block of County Road 4845 in Newark. The first officer reported a fully-engulfed mobile home, and other structures were threatened. Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Haslet were responding along with Wise County Medic 3. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

INTERSECTION CLOSING - The intersection of U.S. 81/287 and Business U.S. 81/287 on the south side of Decatur will be closed for approximately eight weeks, starting today. The intersection is closed for reconstruction of the north tie-in of Business U.S. 81/287 to U.S. 81/287. Northbound motorists on U.S. 81/287, traveling to Business U.S. 81/287, will detour to exit Farm Road 730 South to College Street. Motorists will turn right, traveling north on College and will turn right on Hale Street, traveling east to U.S. Business 81/287. Motorists on Business U.S. 81/287 traveling to U.S. 81/287 will travel the same route but in the opposite direction to arrive at the highway.

CITY EYES STREET CONTROL – The City of Decatur is considering asking the state to turn over ownership of portions of FM 51 and FM 730 that pass through the city limits – but they would require the state to upgrade it first. The Texas Dept. of Transportation (TxDOT) in April sent out a memo supporting the voluntary “turnback” program to get what are essentially city streets out of the state’s hands – a move that could save the state $165 million. The Decatur city council Monday night discussed various options, but took no action on the issue.

BOYD ISD BUDGET – Boyd ISD officials got a preliminary look at budget numbers during a workshop Monday. Projected revenue is $10,726,644 while proposed expenditures total $10,906,226 for a deficit of $179,582. The deficit, which is lower than last year’s anticipated amount of $182,000 in the red, would be funded out of the district’s fund balance, which stands at approximately $6 million. “It’s a pretty lean budget,” Superintendent Ted West said. “We’re going to do everything we can to keep a lid on it,”

SUMMER SPECIAL – The Decatur Public Library will hold its grand finale Summer Special “Mad Science” where children will explore the world of chemistry and physics 10:30 a.m. and noon today. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up required. Call 940-393-0290.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Aug. 8-9. Vendors are needed and cookoff participants are being registered. Friday night’s festivities will include a washer tournament and the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship fish fry, as well as Phil Hamilton on stage. A pageant is 10 a.m. Saturday. Theme is “summertime fun,” and cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281.

 DOMINO DONATIONS – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of dominoes for its residents. Donations may be dropped off at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call Kathy, 940-626-2817.

STUFF THE BUS – Wise Feed will hold a “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive benefiting Chico ISD noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 501 S. Texas 101 in Chico. The event will feature door prizes.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Cuba Road Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Wallace LeDell Shackleford, 46, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Margaret Ann Aden, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Wayne Tate, 77, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at The First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Herbert J. Wright, 78, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Jonnie Bishop, 95, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for John L. Neely Jr., 88, of Newark is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth with burial at Springtown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Mount Olivet.

GRAVESIDE service for Kathleen Brown Forman, 87, formerly of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Denton. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Denton Bible Church.

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Monday, July 28, 2014


2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT KILLS LOCAL WOMAN – A Lake Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport. Margaret Aden, 72, and her husband, James Aden, 78, were southbound in a Chevrolet Tracker on FM 1658, also known as Lake Road, about 12:30 p.m. As they traveled through the intersection with U.S. 380, they were hit by a Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Zachary Sloan, 33, of Breckenridge. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Sloan was traveling westbound and ran the red light. The impact was just in front of the driver’s side door on the Tracker. Mrs. Aden was pronounced dead at the scene, and Mr. Aden, who was driving, was transported by PHI helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Sgt. Ricky Schwartz said late Sunday that according to hospital authorities, Mr. Aden is expected to survive. Sloan, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxicated assault with a vehicle. He was in Wise County Jail Monday morning, but his bond had not yet been set. Schwartz could not comment about the specifics that prompted the charges. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

TEENS HIT AT REUNION ENTRANCE – One teenager was released and another remains hospitalized with a broken pelvis after being hit by a pickup Friday night near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur. Just before 9 p.m., a group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion. Barbara Crawford, 19, Cassi York, 15, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane, and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup. The pickup struck Crawford and York, who remains hospitalized with a broken pelvis. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Air Evac Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported to JPS via a Wise County EMS ambulance. She was released Saturday. Sparkman was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported. The police chief said the pickup was driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur. He was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.

MAN STABBED AT REUNION – An argument over a beer cooler ended with a Slidell man being stabbed Friday night at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur. Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Chris Fletcher was stabbed in the hand and slashed across his stomach and back, but was not seriously injured. Around midnight, Fletcher tried to stop a man from taking beer from his cooler. Hoskins said the two got into a shoving match, and the other man pulled out a knife, stabbing Fletcher. The suspect fled the scene and had not been arrested as of Sunday night. Hoskins said he didn’t want to release the suspect’s name until he was in custody, but they know who it is. Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene, but Hoskins said treatment was not required. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

DEATH INVESTIGATION – The Bridgeport Police Department is investigating the death of a man found in his vehicle on Owens Street Friday night. Cpl. Richard Taylor said just before midnight a 47-year-old man was found not breathing and locked in his car, which was parked in the 300 block of Owens Street in Bridgeport. He was discovered by family members, who called 911. In the meantime, they also managed to pry the door open. The man was sitting in the driver’s seat. Wise County medics and the Bridgeport Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with the PD, but upon arrival, medics immediately determined the man was deceased. He was pronounced dead by a Wise County justice of the peace. Taylor said the cause of death is undetermined, and it remains under investigation. The man’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will host the Carter BloodCare bus 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. Call ahead to Brenda at 940-627-2177 to make an appointment, or come out anytime.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

GOSPEL SINGING – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission if free, and an offering will be accepted toward expenses of the museum.

FUNERALS – Service for Linda Kay Lawson, 68, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wayne Tate, 78, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Herbert Wright, 78, and Jonnie Bishop, 95, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for James Wayne King, 47, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wallace Shackleford, 46, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Accident victims identified


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A Lake Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport.

Margaret Aden, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her husband, James Aden, 78, was transported by PHI helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz said according to hospital authorities, Mr. Aden is expected to survive.

Police Chief Randy Singleton said the accident occurred when a Toyota Tacoma pickup traveling westbound on U.S. 380 ran the red light at Farm Road 1658, also known as Lake Road. The pickup, driven by Zachary Sloan, 33, of Breckenridge, hit the Adens’ Chevrolet Tracker, which was traveling southbound on 1658 through the intersection.

Sgt. Schwartz said the impact was just in front of the driver’s side door on the Tracker. Sloan was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault. Schwartz could not yet comment about the specifics that prompted the charges.

Sloan was not injured, and he had no passengers.

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2-vehicle accident kills 1


One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident about 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport.

Police Chief Randy Singleton said a pickup was traveling west on U.S. 380 and ran the red light at Farm Road 1658, hitting a vehicle traveling southbound on 1658 through the intersection.

Singleton said the driver of the pickup was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated manslaughter. He was not injured and had no passengers.

Two helicopter ambulances were called to the scene for the people in the other vehicle. A man, who was trapped, was flown by PHI to a Metroplex hospital. Life Team 68 landed at the scene and was preparing to transport a female patient, but she died in the back of the ground ambulance. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor pronounced her dead. There were no other passengers in the car.

No names are being released until family members have been notified. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Man’s death under investigation


The Bridgeport Police Department is investigating the death of a man found in his vehicle on Owens Street Friday night.

Cpl. Richard Taylor said just before midnight a 47-year-old man was found not breathing and locked in his car, which was parked in the 300 block of Owens Street in Bridgeport. He was discovered by family members who called 911. In the meantime, they also managed to pry the door open. The man was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Wise County medics and the Bridgeport Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with the PD, but upon arrival, medics immediately determined the man was deceased. He was pronounced dead by a Wise County justice of the peace.

Taylor said the cause of death is undetermined, and it remains under investigation. The man’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. More information will be reported as it’s available.

 

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Slidell man stabbed in Reunion fight


An argument over a beer cooler ended with a Slidell man being stabbed Friday night at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.

Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Chris Fletcher was stabbed in the hand and slashed across his stomach and back, but  was not seriously injured. Around midnight, Fletcher got into an argument with a man who was attempting to take beer from his cooler. Hoskins said the two got into a shoving match, and the other man pulled out a knife, stabbing Fletcher.

The suspect fled the scene and had not been arrested as of 10 a.m. Saturday. Hoskins said he didn’t want to release the suspect’s name until he was in custody, but they know who it is.

Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene, but treatment was not required. They were released upon arrival by Decatur PD.

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2 teens hit at Reunion entrance


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Two teenage girls were seriously injured Friday night after being hit by a pickup near the entrance to the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur.

A group of seven young people parked at the gas station on the corner of John Street and Farm Road 51 South and were attempting to cross the highway to go to the Reunion just before 9 p.m.

Barbarann Crawford, 19, Cassi York, 15, and Tamara Sparkman, 16, linked arms and crossed the southbound lanes of 51.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said traffic was backed up in the center turn lane and the girls walked between cars and then stepped in front of a northbound Chevy S-10 pickup.

The pickup struck Crawford and York, who was more seriously injured.

“She flew about 30 feet,” Hoskins said.

York was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Lifeteam 68, and Crawford was transported to JPS via a Wise County EMS ambulance.  Hoskins did not yet know the extent of their injuries.

Sparkman was knocked to the ground and had a scraped arm and knee but was not transported.

The police chief said the pickup was driven by William Boaz, 55, of Decatur. He was not injured and is not facing any charges related to the accident.

Nathen Dawson, 21, is engaged to Crawford, and he said he tried to tell the girls to stop.

“We were right there on the white line [in the center of the southbound lanes], and I told them to hurry up and get to the middle,” he said. “I yelled for them to stop, but they didn’t hear.”

 

 

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Friday, July 25, 2014


COPPER THEFT ARREST – A local man has been arrested in the recent theft of copper at a couple of locations in north Decatur. John Edward Gibbon Jr., 32, of Alvord was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft of material (copper) less than $20,000. Sgt. Gerald Wright with the Decatur Police Department said Gibbon turned himself in after seeing himself in a surveillance photo distributed through the Wise County Messenger newspaper and Facebook page. He is accused of stealing copper from Wise Electric Co-op and Perkins Construction earlier this month. Wright said Decatur Police and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office worked together to investigate the thefts. The total value of the stolen copper was $1,037.50.

1 INJURED IN THURSDAY WRECK – A Chico man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 114 and Farm Road 51 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Jimmy Shelton, 54, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. “He was complaining of neck pain and had an extended period of unconsciousness,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “He became conscious and alert on the scene.” According to Siebeneck, Shelton turned left from southbound FM 51 onto 114 in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee in front of a Direct TV Ford van driven by Kristopher Earley, 27, of Springtown. The van, which was westbound on 114, struck the SUV near the front wheel well on the left side. Earley was uninjured in the wreck. Siebeneck said a witness behind Earley said he was driving under the posted speed limit of 65 mph. The trooper added that Shelton would be cited for failing to yield the right of way. The crash shut down 114 in both directions for nearly an hour.

REUNION ENDS THIS WEEKEND – We’re down to the last few days of the 2014 Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Mike Ryan will perform 9-11 p.m. tonight followed by Phil Hamilton. Jake Hooker and The Outsiders will perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday night. Carnival ride bracelets are $20, and parking is $5.

HITTING 100? – There is a good chance we will hit 100 degrees for the first time this summer over the next three days. Today’s forecasted high is 99, with highs of 100 predicted both Saturday and Sunday. The weather is expected to turn cooler next week.

RUMMAGE SALE - Boyd Band Boosters will hold a rummage sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at First Financial Bank in Boyd.

TEEN SCIENCE FRIDAY – High school and middle school aged kids (grades 6-12) are invited to Teen Science Friday at the Decatur Public Library at 4 p.m. This week’s activity is engineering wire sculpture. Come prepared to stretch, bend, and twist your artistic wings. No sign-up required.

SKEET SHOOT – Montague County Cowboy Church will hold a wolf chase (skeet shoot) Saturday at 1642 Lake Valley Road in Sunset. Register at 8 a.m. Call Jimmie, 940-841-0740.

OUTDOOR CONCERT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its first Concert in the Park 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Harwood Park. The free event will feature country and 80s pop music from Mars Hill Band. There will also be a concession stand, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables starting at 7 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Team Rehab” will host a Carter Blood Drive 9:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Aaron’s Sales and Leasing in Decatur. “Team” bracelets will be given to the first 10 donors, and they can enter to win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Bone Marrow Testing kits will also be available at no cost to interested participants.

PARADISE YOUTH FOOTBALL – Paradise kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up for football at Paradise youth baseball fields on Texas 114 from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Kindergarten-second grade play flag football for $75. Third-sixth grades play tackle football for $125. Contact Brad Largent at 817-875-8388, txbrad72@yahoo.com or visit www.eteamz.com/paradisepyra.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Amanda Lee Troutman, 33, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Zemma Mae (Tommie) Riggs Fox, 95, formerly of Decatur is private. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Robert Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. today at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lavetta Ann Wilkins, 97, of Andrews is 2 p.m. today at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kilgore. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ronny Don Perry, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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BREAKING NEWS: 1 injured in crash


By Richard Greene
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A Chico man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 114 and Farm Road 51 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jimmy Shelton, 54, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
“He was complaining of neck pain and had an extended period of unconsciousness,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “He became conscious and alert on the scene.”
According to Siebeneck, Shelton turned left from southbound FM 51 onto 114 in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee in front of a Direct TV Ford van driven by Kristopher Earley, 27, of Springtown. The van, which was westbound on 114, struck the SUV on near the front wheel well on the left side.
Earley was uninjured in the wreck.
Siebeneck said a witness behind Earley said he was driving under the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
The trooper added that Shelton would be cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The crash shut down 114 in both directions for nearly an hour.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


2 INJURED IN ROLLOVER – Two people were injured in a car wreck on Farm Road 2264 near Decatur yesterday when the driver lost control of the car and flipped the vehicle into a ditch on the side of the road. Timothy Paul Dennis, 19, and Justice Marie Sampson, 18, were traveling east on FM 2264 when Dennis, the driver, swerved to the right to avoid a rock in the road. He then overcorrected and pulled the car to the left, causing it to flip and roll off the side of the road into a ditch around 1:30 p.m. Dennis suffered neck injuries, and Sampson suffered back and spinal injuries. Both were transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. State trooper Patrick Alonzo said that speed may have been a factor, but that the overcorrection was the main cause of the wreck.

REUNION CONTINUES – Arrendadores del Valle will perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Carnival ride bracelets are $20 today through Saturday. Parking is $5.

HEAT ADVISORY – Wise County is included in a heat advisory from noon today to 10 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures are expected to reach 97 to 102 degrees in north Texas this afternoon with heat index readings near 105.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon today in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Speaker this month is local newspaper columnist Gerre Joiner. RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 10 a.m. for lunch preparation.

GAMETASTIC – Due to last week’s heavy rains, Chico Public Library’s children’s Gametastic program has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. today. Children are encouraged to bring their reading logs to be eligible for most books read awards. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for the annual school supply drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office located at 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.

ENROLL AT STEELE – Deadline to apply for Northwest ISD’s James M. Steele Accelerated High School is today. Steele Accelerated High School provides an avenue for students to accelerate their studies. It is home to two career academies – the cosmetology academy and the collegiate academy. Thanks to a partnership with North Texas Community College, students can take expanded dual-credit classes receiving college credit while taking their high school courses. Students are screened and recommended by middle and high school counselors with final approval from the North Central Texas College vice president of instruction. To submit an application, go to www.nisdtx.org/sahs. Call 817-698-5800.

BASEBALL LEAGUE – The Decatur Baseball League will be accepting registrations for the 2014 Fall Season this weekend at the Decatur City Hall building (201 East Walnut Street) in the conference room facing Harmon Park. Fees are $60 for T-Ball and 5/6U, $85 for 8U and up. Register 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Bring your child with you to register so they can try on hats and jerseys as well as a copy of their birth certificate. Email dubois639@gmail.com or call 940-231-6075.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room today. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete who has had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amanda Troutman, 34, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Donations may be made to the Kimberly Ann Oates Starnes Scholarship Fund at any Wells Fargo bank branch.

SERVICE for Tommie Riggs Fox, 95, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Robert Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Friday at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Lavetta Ann Wilkins, 97, of Andrews is 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kilgore. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ronny Don Perry, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jim Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the Terrace Dining Room at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur.

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Two injured in wreck on FM 2264


Two people were inured in a car wreck on FM 2264 today when the driver lost control of the car and flipped the vehicle into a ditch on the side of the road.

Timothy Paul Dennis, 19, and Justice Marie Sampson, 18, were traveling east on FM 2264 when Dennis, the driver, swerved the car to the right to avoid a rock in the road. He then overcorrected and pulled the car to the left, causing it to flip and roll of the side of the road into a ditch around 1:30 p.m.

Dennis suffered neck injuries and Sampson suffered back and spinal injuries. Both were on their way to Wise Regional Health System at 1:50 p.m.

State trooper Patrick Alonzo said that speed may have been a factor, but that the overcorrection was the main cause of the wreck.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


WASHER TOURNEY SETS RECORD – The “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion drew teams from as far away as Florida on its way to setting the world record for the largest tournament with 243 teams. Organizer Carey Williams said they will have to wait as long as 90 days for the record to become certified as a Guinness record.

TONIGHT AT REUNION – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion enters its third day, and tonight’s entertainment at 7 features The Hinkles followed by Rick Bowling and Roland Upton, “Ric and Rol.” Carnival ride bracelets are $15, and parking is $5.

HOT ASPHALT SPILLED IN WRECK – The on-ramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur was closed for six hours Tuesday afternoon while crews cleaned up hot asphalt spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that occurred just after 12:30 p.m. According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on U.S. 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned. Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass. Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading. Texas Department of Transportation and a hazmat crew were called to the scene to aid in clean-up efforts. Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

BENEFIT RODEO - A Benefit Youth Rodeo for Dane Lancaster’s family will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Dave Wiley Covered Arena at Montague County Cowboy Church, 1600 W. Farm Road 455 in Montague. All proceeds will benefit the Dane Lancaster Family. Events will include barrels, poles, goats, flags, breakaway, ribbon roping, tie down, calf riding, steer riding, chute dogging and team roping. There are five age groups. Awards will be saddles for all around, buckles, and numerous other prizes. All entries to be called in 7-10 p.m. Monday, July 28, 254-918-0835. No walk ups. Call Tamra Pittman, 940-389-7499. To make donations for silent or live auction call Sondra Nored, 940-841-0319.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP – The Bridgeport Sissies volleyball camp is July 28-30 at Bridgeport Middle School. Fourth through eighth grade registration is 8:30 a.m. with camp 9-11:30 a.m. Freshman camp is 1-4 p.m. with registration at 12:30 p.m. More information can be found on the district’s web page under sports camps.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Eighter from Decatur bike rally is looking for volunteers for the Aug. 2 event. Call Dixie, 817-929-1253 or 940-626-4355.

BLOOD DRIVE - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Team Rehab” will host a Carter Blood Drive 9:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Aaron’s Sales and Leasing in Decatur. “Team” bracelets will be given to the first 10 donors, and they can enter to win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Bone marrow testing kits will also be available at no cost to interested participants.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room Thursday. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete who has had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

BOYD PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $10 for Boyd middle school and high school male and female athletes from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Boyd field house.

DECATUR EAGLE FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Mike Fuller and his staff will hold a skills camp for players between grades seven and nine from 7-9 p.m. July 28-31 at Eagle Stadium. The cost is $80 and $60 for each additional family member.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday  at the church.

SERVICE for Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Donald Otis Greer, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Green Valley Cemetery in Aubrey. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ronny Perry, 59, of Decatur and Lavetta Wilkins, 97, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Eloise Brazier, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.

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Wreck causes ramp closure


The onramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur is closed while crews clean the contents spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler hauling hot asphalt. The road is expected to remain closed through the afternoon Tuesday.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that was toned out just after 12:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned. Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass.

Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading.

Texas Department of Transportation and a haz mat crew were called to the scene to aid in clean-up efforts.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


GOODWYN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE – Former district court reporter Jeff Goodwyn of Decatur pleaded guilty Friday to manufacturing/delivery of 1-4 grams of methamphetamine, a second degree felony, in exchange for eight years of deferred adjudication, according to court records on file at the Wise County District Clerk’s office. Goodwyn will also have to pay a fine of $1,000 and complete 240 hours of community service. Goodwyn was arrested in the early morning hours of June 14, 2013, at a motel in Decatur after delivering methamphetamine to an undercover DPS agent.

GOING FOR THE RECORD AT REUNION – Organizers and participants of the “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament will be trying for a world record tonight at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Tournament organizers report they are closing in on 200 teams. Pre-register at wisecountywashers.com. Registration and check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Reunion Grounds, and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Organizers are hoping for 125 teams as they attempt a Guinness world record for the largest washer tournament ever. Tonight through Wednesday, carnival ride bracelets are $15. Parking is $5.

NEW PLAN FOR FOOD SERVICES – Paradise School Board approved a bid from Aramark Monday night to provide food services for the district in the 2014-15 school year. Interim Superintendent Robert Criswell said it would be five years before the district sees a profit, but over the years the department has regularly run a deficit, so even this would be an improvement. “We’ve historically lost $100,000-plus on this thing forever, so this isn’t out of line,” he said. “We’re not going to get rich off this thing, but if we can break even, it’ll be all right.” Paradise ISD plans to partner with neighboring Boyd ISD to make it more economically feasible for both districts. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

LUNCH PRICE INCREASE -Bridgeport students will now pay an extra 10 cents for lunch after the Bridgeport ISD school board unanimously voted to increase the lunch price Monday night. Lunch prices are now $2.25 for elementary students, $2.40 for middle school students and $2.50 for high school students. The school board also started negotiations on a lease agreement for property on 16th Street that would be used by a veteran’s group to build housing for disabled veterans and unanimously approved the Shady Oaks Drive roadway easement.

GPA CHANGES COULD APPLY TO SOPHOMORES – The Decatur School Board in March approved changes in the way grade point averages were calculated at the high school, which would affect incoming freshman. At last night’s meeting, the board and administrators discussed the possibility of applying the new GPA rules to incoming sophomores as well. The six-point scale will be eliminated, and only advanced courses such as pre-AP, AP and dual credit courses will carry a potential five points. Core classes – English, math, science, social studies and a foreign language – will be on the four-point scale. The changes are designed to give students more flexibility in their schedules and allow them to take courses based more on what interests them rather than the courses that will help their GPA the most. Parents of incoming sophomores will be notified of the planned changes, and the board will officially take action at a meeting in August.

SUMMER SPECIAL AT THE LIBRARY – Today’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Dan Gibson, storyteller and “Banjo Player Extraordinaire” at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For more information, call or visit the library at 940-393-0290, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

DHS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10 year reunion on Saturday at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The event will start at 7:30 and will be hosted at the reunion cabins owned by the families of Maggie Zamzow Mahan and Josh Reeves. It will be a casual, come-and-go event, and guests are encouraged to bring their families and their beverage of choice. For more information, email Josh Reeves at joshwreeves@gmail.com.

NUTRITION CARNIVAL – The Outreach Health Services/WIC office in Decatur will hold a Nutrition Carnival 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. today at the McCarroll Middle School track. WIC clients will receive credit for attendance. For more information, call 940-627-5796.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Donald Otis Greer, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Green Valley Cemetery is Aubrey. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Eloise Brazier, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jim Ragan at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur is Thursday July, 24th at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room. Jerry Joiner will be officiating.

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Monday, July 21, 2014


REUNION BEGINS – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion officially begins today. The annual Mr. and Miss Pageant for ages 6 months to 9 years is 7 tonight. The theme is “Picnic in the Park.” Applications are available at Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Legend Bank, Chalet of Jewelry, DATCU and North Texas Bank. Teams are also still being registered for the “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament Tuesday night. Pre-register at wisecountywashers.com. Registration and check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Reunion Grounds, and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 100 teams have registered so far, and organizers are hoping for 125 teams as they attempt a Guinness world record. Tonight through Wednesday, carnival ride bracelets are $15. Parking is $5.

FUNERAL FOR SLIDELL TEEN WRECK VICTIM SET – Funeral for Colton Perkins, 17, of Slidell is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bolivar Baptist Church with burial at Bolivar Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Perkins, a recent Slidell graduate, was killed around 5:15 a.m. Friday in an accident on Farm Road 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger in Denton County. Perkins was eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.

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

NUTRITION CARNIVAL – The Outreach Health Services/WIC office in Decatur will hold a Nutrition Carnival 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the McCarroll Middle School track. WIC clients will receive credit for attendance. For more information, call 940-627-5796.

OUTDOOR CONCERT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its first Concert in the Park 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Harwood Park. The free event will feature country and 80s pop music from Mars Hill Band. There will also be a concession stand, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables starting at 7 p.m. For information, call 940-683-3480.

WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING ED REGISTRATION – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration starts 10 a.m. Aug. 6. Registration will take place at the Main Campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offering go to www.wc.edu. For more information, contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried at 940-626-3263 or tsiegfried@wc.edu.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for everyone to visit booths at the trade show, which will feature more than 20 agriculture-related businesses offering the newest in technology for beef cattle producers. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the meal and makes you eligible for one of the many door prizes given away during the program. Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service out of Vernon, will speak on “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.” Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-626-3341, for more information or to make your reservations.

DONATE RED HATS – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of red hats for women residents at the facility. Donations may be dropped off at 701 W. Bennett Rd. For more information, call Kathy at 940-626-2800.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Weatherford College. Bob Johnson and W.B. Woodruff from the Wise County Veterans Group will discuss details of the upcoming Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum in Bridgeport.

MEETING CANCELED – The Wise County Democratic meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled and has been rescheduled for 6:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Services for Virginia Evans, 81, of Paradise and Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, Okla., formerly of Newark, is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jerrell Rodney Stegall, 59, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mildred McCarroll Read, 95, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Donald Greer, 75, and Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd, Donald Jean Baker, 76, and Nora Eloise Brazier, 95, both of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wreck claims Slidell teen


A recent Slidell graduate was killed Friday morning in an accident on Farm Road 455 West in Denton County.
Bobby Colton Perkins, 17, of Decatur died at 5:15 a.m. in the 7900 block of FM 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger according to the release from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Perkins was traveling eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.
“For some reason he went off onto the shoulder and over-corrected trying to get back on the roadway,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford. “The truck went into a skid and slid into a tree. He was ejected.”
Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradford said the roadway was wet. He added that investigators were looking into whether speed was a factor.

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