Wednesday, January 18, 2017


ATHLETIC DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN – Bridgeport athletic director and head football coach Danny Henson has announced he will step down effective Jan. 31. Henson planned to retire next winter but will resign from his position early so BISD may begin searching for his replacement. Henson has served as athletic director/head football coach at Bridgeport for 24 years. See a related story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

COUNTY UNDER BURN BAN – Wise County is now under a 90-day burn ban. Commissioners approved the measure Tuesday at the recommendation of Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. “Since Dec. 10, county fire departments have run 134 grass fires, and 80 percent were started by outdoor burning,” Beard said. “That’s a pretty big number in my business.” The ban, effective immediately, prohibits outdoor burning. A violation of the ban is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500. See the midweek Messenger for welding guidelines and suggestions for outdoor cooking. If you have questions, call the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office at 940-627-5870 or email firemarshal@co.wise.tx.us.

EAGLES DOUBLE UP BULLS – Behind 31 points from Parker Hicks and 21 from Wilson Hicks, Decatur throttled Bridgeport 90-45 Tuesday. Justin Meyers led the Bulls with 19. See the full writeup in the weekend Messenger.

LADY EAGLES SNEAK BY SISSIES – Decatur narrowly beat Bridgeport 38-35. See the full writeup in the weekend Messenger.

FILING PERIOD BEGINS – The filing period for a spot on the May 6 city council and school board election ballot begins today and continues until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

RAIN TOTALS – Rain totals from yesterday included 0.5 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.44 in Decatur, 0.42 in Rhome and 0.32 in Bridgeport. We have a 30 percent chance of more rain showers today.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss and answer questions regarding resources available in Wise County. Call Dennis McCreary at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its January meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Museum. Colonel Midge Ward USAF will speak on “Women in the Military.” Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Jan. 25 by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

DUMPSITES CLOSED – Boyd and Cottondale Dumpsites will be closed today.

FUNERALS – Service for David Leonard Smith, 72, of Denton is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Prentiss Dwayne Clark, 76, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old of Azle, is 11 a.m. today at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry E. Rawle, 82, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


DECATUR BOARD EXTENDS SUPT. CONTRACT – Following a closed session for the annual superintendent evaluation, the Decatur School Board yesterday voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Rod Townsend another year and provide an approximately 3.3 percent pay increase. Townsend’s contract now runs through 2020, and his salary is $199,500.

RAIN CHANCES RETURN – Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon with rain and storm chances increasing to 90 percent tonight. The high today is expected to reach 53 degrees with a low of 43 tonight.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF – Relay for Life of Wise County will host a 2017 kickoff meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Those interested in participating this year can get more information on the event or sign up. Call Amanda, 817-366-8131 or email amanda.braudaway@cancer.org.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Clay Patterson will demonstrate how to write your own family history on Create Space.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. today at the Decatur High School band hall. Parents of all band students are invited.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN – The Texas Democratic Women Of Wise County will offer transportation to Austin for the Historic Women’s March in Austin Saturday. This march will be held to coincide with rallies in Washington DC and others across the country. Seats are limited and some restrictions apply. Call event coordinator Lena Wells at 940-399-3309 for more information and to reserve your seat.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having a ladies craft night 6:30 p.m. Friday. Participants will make abstract bowls. Only 20 seats available. Register by calling Emilie or Michelle, 940-644-2330.

COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. today. Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Huffman will give a presentation on a reserve constable pilot program. Commissioners will consider changes to the subdivision rules, and they will discuss using the PFM Group to help refinance the college lease revenue bonds. The meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Leona Taylor, 80, of Decatur is 3 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Linda Byers, 70, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Franklin D. Middleton, 83, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Glen Stone, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Prentiss Dwayne Clark, 76, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old of Azle, is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Edith Culps, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry E. Rawle, 82, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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Monday, January 16, 2017


3 HURT IN RHOME WRECK – A two-vehicle collision in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Rhome Police officer Bryan Pickler said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287 between the two Texas 114 exits when the driver lost control, overcorrected and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 where it struck a northbound passenger car. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. He and a female passenger who was pregnant were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The names of those involved were not available at the scene. The wreck, which happened just before 2 p.m., shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. It was foggy and raining at the time of the wreck.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER AWARDS – Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. Director Kevin Holzbog was named Citizen of the Year at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Saturday. The chamber also gave Baja Mexican Grill the Small Business of the Year award, Hanson the Corporate Business of the Year award, Gilbert Horton the Humanitarian of the Year award, Scott Hiler the Director of the Year award and Shane Conley the Presidency Award.

FOG ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for much of the area, including Wise County, until 10 a.m. today. Rainfall totals from the weekend included 2.7 inches in Rhome and Greenwood, 2.27 in Decatur, 1.75 in Alvord, 1.41 in Bridgeport and 1.34 in Cottondale.

COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED, COMMISSIONERS MEET TOMORROW – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday, instead of today, due to it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County offices are closed. At tomorrow’s meeting Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Huffman will give a presentation on a reserve constable pilot program. Commissioners will consider changes to the subdivision rules, and they will discuss using the PFM Group to help refinance the college lease revenue bonds. The meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

BLOOD DRIVE – The City of Boyd is holding a blood drive at the Boyd Community Center 2-7 p.m. today.

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. It is the first meeting of the year. 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.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur High School band hall. Parents of all band students are invited.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Members will be making bagel bird feeders. Bring a package of bagels. Call 940-393-5029.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting today at 6 p.m. at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is invited. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will celebrate MLK Day at their third Monday monthly meeting 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old, of Azle is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Gary Templeton of Decatur and Prentiss Clark, 76, of Keller are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Calvin Emmet King, 86, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Living Waters Fellowship Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Edith Culps, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Linda Byers, 70, of Chico is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Franklin D. Middleton, 83, of Runaway Bay and Glen Fred Stone, 71, of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Leona Taylor, 80, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Jerry Rawle, 82, of Greenville, formerly of Decatur, is pending.

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A two-vehicle collision in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Rhome Police officer Bryan Pickler said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287  between the two Texas 114 exits when the driver lost control, overcorrected and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 where it struck a northbound passenger car. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. He and a female passenger who was pregnant were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The names of those involved were not available at the scene. The wreck, which happened just before 2 p.m., shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. It was foggy and raining at the time of the wreck.

 

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Friday, January 13, 2017


FATAL WRECK – A Bridgeport man was killed in a rollover wreck Wednesday morning in southwest Wise County. According to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a pickup truck driven by Leoncio Martinez, 52, was eastbound on Texas 199 west of Farm Road 920 near Poolville when the truck rolled onto its side shortly after 6:30 a.m. Martinez was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

SPIRIT CHAMPIONSHIPS – Several local high school cheerleading squads competed in the University Interscholastic League spirit championship Wednesday and Thursday in Fort Worth. Bridgeport scored 75.2 and tied for fifth place with Falfurrias in the small coed division. Commerce High School won the division with a score of 83.35. Chico placed 14th in the 2A division with a score of 70.3, and Paradise cheerleaders scored 66.7 for 18th place in the 3A division. Boyd and Decatur high schools did not place.

RED CROSS MEETING – Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the Wise County Red Cross is invited to a meeting 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., Decatur. Call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

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

CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENT – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a coffee networking event 8-9 a.m. Monday at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker is Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson, who will take the floor briefly, before 45 minutes of networking opportunities. The event is free.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will celebrate MLK Day at their third Monday monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Dumpsite in Decatur will close Monday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close the next business day on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Call 940-393-5029.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet Tuesday at The First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. There will be a pot luck supper, short program and meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Email dejaa201@gmail.com.

DINNER AND A SHOW – Paradise High School theater students and several faculty members including Jonathan Ryle, Patti Seckman, Jay Foster and Megayla O’Rear will present a dinner theater performance of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday in the PHS Cafeteria. Tickets for dinner and show are available through today and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performance tickets are available at the door for $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7 p.m. Student director is senior Cheyeanne Alvarez. The event will raise funds for one-act play and other future productions. Tickets are available in the PHS office and administration building. Call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

ATHLETIC BOOSTER FUNDRAISER – The Bulldog Athletic Booster Club will have a fundraiser today in the Alvord High School cafeteria to celebrate the beginning of district basketball play. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Basketball T-shirts will be for sale, and there will be a dessert silent auction.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Monday at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is invited. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

FUNERALS – Service for Calvin King, 86, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for William Neal O’Bannion, 67, of Carrolton is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

GRAVESIDE service for L.M. Simer, formerly of Sunset, will be Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017


COUNTY TO HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCE – Wise County has been chosen as the site for the 2017 fall symposium of the Rural Action Caucus (RAC), part of the National Association of Counties. County Judge J.D. Clark is the RAC chair, and he said rural issues, policies and legislation will be discussed at the meeting scheduled for Oct. 5-7. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

TRAFFIC BACKUP – Traffic was slow on Farm Road 1810 Thursday morning after two 18-wheelers had an accident at Farm Road 1655 just before 6 a.m. Only minor injuries were reported.

RAIN RETURNS TO FORECAST – A 30 percent chance of rain is included in the forecast for this evening, and rain chances increase to 50 percent by Friday evening and Saturday. A chance of rain is included in the forecast each day through next Tuesday. After a warm start today, a cold front will drop temperatures into the upper 40s by this afternoon.

DINNER AND A SHOW – Paradise High School theater students and several faculty members including Jonathan Ryle, Patti Seckman, Jay Foster and Megayla O’Rear will present a dinner theater performance of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday in the PHS Cafeteria. Tickets for dinner and show are available through Friday and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performance tickets are available at the door for $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7 p.m. Student director is senior Cheyeanne Alvarez. The event will raise funds for one-act play and other future productions. Tickets are available in the PHS office and administration building. Call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

LADIES CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is hosting a Ladies Craft Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The craft this month is abstract bowls. Only 20 spots are available. Call Emilie or Michelle to register, 940-644-2330.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 11th annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. The club will host two dances, 4-6 p.m. for girls’ infant-3rd grade and 7-9 p.m. for girls 4th grade and up. For information or to purchase tickets, go to www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com. Register by Jan. 30 for early bird pricing.

RECEPTION RESCHEDULED – The retirement reception for Connie Shawn with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office originally planned for Friday will be rescheduled at a later date.

FUNERALS – Service for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


KING LEAVING ALVORD — Alvord High School Principal Dr. Rhett King has accepted the principal’s job at Northwest ISD’s John M. Tidwell Middle School in Fort Worth. According to an NISD press release, King previously worked as an assistant principal at Northwest High School and has more than 21 years of education experience. His last day at Alvord is Friday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

FIRE DANGER — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of north Texas, including Wise County, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today. Sustained south winds of 20-30 miles per hour are expected along with gusts in excess of 35 mph at times. With drought-like conditions in our county, the area is at an elevated risk for wildfires, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. He is asking that residents hold off on outdoor burning for a few days until conditions improve. Area fire departments have already had to fight large grass fires this week, including a 170-acre fire Monday in northwest Wise County. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

SISSIES BLAST GAINESVILLE — Abbi Hatton scored 21 points as the Bridgeport Sissies beat Gainesville 78-38 in their first game back in their old gym. Bridgeport teams will play their remaining home games in the gym they used prior to 2011 because of flood damage to the main gym. Other scores: Boys— Northwest 62, Aledo 46; Jacksboro 53, Boyd 50; Holliday 61, Paradise 52; Slidell 80, Prairie Valley 49; Forestburg 60, Alvord 57. Girls — Northwest 55, Aledo 41; Decatur 38, Sanger 34; Bridgeport 78, Gainesville 38; Paradise 56, Holliday 43; Jacksboro 47, Boyd 37; Alvord 49, Poolville 19; Era 57, Chico 31; Slidell 46, Prairie Valley 12.

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

COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is welcome. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION — There will be a retirement reception honoring Connie Shawn of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office 3-5 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Shawn served at the extension office in Wise County for 18 years.

ATHLETIC BOOSTER FUNDRAISER — The Bulldog Athletic Booster Club will have a fundraiser Friday in the Alvord High School cafeteria to celebrate the beginning of district basketball play. Dinner will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. Basketball T-shirts will be for sale, and there will be a dessert silent auction.

FUNERALS — Service for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. FUNERAL for Mays Fuqua, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton at 2 p.m. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


BRIDGEPORT GYM DAMAGED – The weekend’s freezing weather caused a pipe to burst in the Bridgeport High School gym, flooding the floor and causing damage that will close it through the rest of the basketball season. Tonight’s Bridgeport girls game against Gainesville has been moved to the back gym. Bridgeport has moved Friday’s games to Sanger and the Jan. 17 games to Decatur.

BASKETBALL GAMES – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds return to 21-A action tonight at home against Prairie Valley at 6 p.m. In other action: Boys and Girls District games – Aledo at Northwest; Boyd at Jacksboro; Paradise at Holliday. Girls – Decatur at Sanger; Era at Chico; Alvord at Poolville. Boys – Forestburg at Alvord.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING – Bridgeport Band Boosters will meet 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport High School band hall. The meeting is open to all parents of a middle school or high school student enrolled in band.

LIBRARY STORYTIMES – Little Learners Storytime at Decatur Public Library is 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Little Learners Storytime focuses on age (3-5) appropriate behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Storytime is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. This early literacy class combines a short structured storytime with interactive play, music and movement. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

GARDEN CLUB – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, is having its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program “The World’s Flower” will feature Bob Lively of the Red River Orchid Society. Lunch will be served and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 tonight at The Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. The meeting will include the installation of officers for the year.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library STEAMing Tuesday Night is 6:30 tonight. Join the library for a fun activity that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics (STEAM) based. This program is intended for children in grades K-5. Space is limited and registration is required. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children in grades K-2. For more info or to register, call the library at 940-393-0290, or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Lewis Edward Rotton, 95, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Gladys Joy Smith, 91, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Briar Branch Cemetery in Alvord. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mays Fuqua, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton at 2 p.m. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, January 9, 2017


TEEN DEATH INVESTIGATION – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl in Alvord Sunday morning. Sheriff Lane Akin said three girls were having a sleepover at an apartment in the 500 block of West Franklin Street in Alvord Saturday night. When they woke up around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, one of the girls, Kaely Beaver, was unresponsive. One of the parents in the house performed CPR, and Wise County EMS and sheriff’s officers were sent to the location. EMS personnel were unable to revive Beaver. Akin said her body has been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and toxicology. The investigation into her death is ongoing, he said. “It’s a devastating situation for a community,” Akin said. “Our investigators will conduct additional interviews as we await the findings of the autopsy and toxicology.” Her service is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SUPERINTENDENTS GIVE RATING SYSTEM AN “F” – The Texas Education Agency released provisional “A-F” ratings for Texas schools Friday, and local superintendents expressed frustration with what they saw as a flawed method of accountability. Although all Wise County schools and campuses earned the “met standard” rating, the highest available under the current system, many of those same schools received “C”s, “D”s and “F”s under the new rating system which will officially begin next school year. Local superintendents expressed their frustration to State Rep. Phil King at a meeting Friday at the Decatur Administration Building. “My gut tells me that system is not going to exist when the session ends, at least not the way it is now,” King said. “My understanding is this was supposed to be a trial run. It was a trial run to find the problems, and I think it’s finding a whole lot of problems.” Read more in a related story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. The meeting will include the installation of officers for the year.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library STEAMing Tuesday Night is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Join the library for a fun activity that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics (STEAM) based. This program is intended for children in grades K-5. Space is limited and registration is required. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children in grades K-2. For more info or to register, call the library at 940-393-0290, or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon-1 p.m. today at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson will talk about “New Year, New You.”

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.

ABWN LUNCH – Reservations are due today for the Area Business Women’s Network Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center 11:45 a.m. Thursday. RSVP to info@abwn.org. Details at www.abwn.org.

FUNERALS – Services for Leon Mays Fuqua, 93, and Craig Talley, 60, both of Decatur and Kaely Beaver, 17, of Alvord are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Gladys Joy Smith, 91, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Briar Branch Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carl Glenn Chapman of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lewis Rotton, 95, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Friday, January 6, 2017


BUNDLE UP – As of 7:30 a.m. in Decatur, an occasional snowflake was falling, but nothing significant. The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of snow for today, mainly between noon and 3 p.m. Little to no accumulation is expected in our area. It will be cold today. The temperature was 21 when Update went to press, and today’s high is only expected to top out at 24 with wind chill values between 6 and 11. The temperature is expected to drop to around 15 overnight.

SALVATION ARMY TOTALS – The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in Wise County collected $42,671.58 this year. That includes $35,209.11 from ringing the bell at Walmart, $1,405.57 from ringing at Lowe’s and $6,056.90 from ringing at Brookshire’s. All of the money is used to help people in need in Wise County.

DECATUR GIRLS START DISTRICT – The Decatur Lady Eagles will play their District 9-4A basketball opener at 6:30 tonight at home against Krum. The Eagles will take on 2A’s top-ranked Muenster Hornets following. Other games: Boys – Alvord at Bryson, City View at Boyd, Tioga at Chico, Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Era at Slidell, Henrietta at Paradise. Girls – Alvord at Perrin, City View at Boyd, Bridgeport at Argyle, Chico at Muenster, Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Henrietta at Paradise.

WIDOWS OF AMERICA MEETING – Wise County widows and visitors of Widows of America will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tater Junction for lunch and a program titled “Consequences of a smile.” A door prize will be given. Call Curina Morris at 940-648-2540.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson will talk about “New Year, New You.”

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord Monday. 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.

ABWN LUNCH – Reservations are due Monday for the Area Business Women’s Network Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center 11:45 a.m. next Thursday. RSVP to info@abwn.org. Details at www.abwn.org.

COAT SWAP – The Bridgeport Lions Club will host a Coat Swap in the “shop” at the back of the Bridgeport Lions Hall 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Bring a clean gently used coat to swap for one that fits. Donations can be made at any time by calling Tonya at 817-313-9013 or the day of the event (all sizes are needed, especially children’s).

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria. Call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

SURPLUS SALE – The City of Boyd will hold a surplus sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the old library building, 101 E. Rock Island Ave. in Boyd. The sale will include books, chairs, desks, lawn equipment and other misc. office machines and tools.

PROJECT SHOW – The Paradise Project Show is Saturday. All crafts, baked goods and photos to be entered in contests should be in the elementary cafeteria by 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and the livestock show is at noon.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Buyers Association will hold a fish fry dinner 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise High School cafeteria. The meal will include fish, hush puppies, fries, beans, dessert and tea. Cost is $12 per plate. Bingo will be held 6:30-9 p.m. and will include a cake auction. Tickets for food and bingo may be purchased at the door that night.

FUNERALS – Services for Carl Chapman and Callie W. David, 66, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ricky Lee Scheller, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Charles Robert O’Bryan, 74, of Denton is 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Nazarene in Denton with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017


LIGHT SNOW POSSIBLE – Although the chances are low, Wise County could see some wintry weather overnight. The National Weather Service forecast includes a 30 percent chance of light snow overnight. No significant impacts are expected. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 35 before another arctic cold front moves through the area, dropping overnight temperatures to 22. Tomorrow’s high is only expected to be 29 with a low Friday of 17.

NEW FIT-N-WISE SET TO OPEN – Wise Health System’s new Fit-N-Wise facility will open to the public Monday. Those who wish to see the facility ahead of opening day may purchase tickets to the pre-opening benefit night 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 and include admission to a tour of Fit-N-Wise, hors d’oeuvres and a Phil Hamilton concert. Call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384 to purchase. The new Fit-N-Wise is located at 609 Medical Center Drive next to the hospital. A full story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

2016 RAINFALL TOTAL – The rainfall total for 2016 ended up being slightly above normal. According to records kept by Doyle Green of Decatur, Wise County recorded 43.98 inches of rainfall, nearly 5 inches above the average annual rainfall of 39.02 inches. For December, Wise County recorded only 0.66 of an inch of rainfall. Temperatures in December ranged from a high of 82 on Dec. 28 to a low of 10 on Dec. 19.

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria. Call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Buyers Association will hold a fish fry dinner 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise High School cafeteria. The meal will include fish, hush puppies, fries, beans, dessert and tea. Cost is 12 per plate. Bingo will be held 6:30-9 p.m. and will include a cake auction. Tickets for food and bingo may be purchased at the door that night.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – There will be an enchilada dinner fundraiser for the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paradise High School cafeteria. A plate includes homemade enchiladas, rice, beans, chips and salsa and a drink. Cost is $10. There will also be a dessert table and raffle.

COLLEGE PREP – Jean Burk with College Prep Genius will present “How to Ace the ACT and Get Free College” at 7 tonight at the Boyd High School Library.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Dorris Terrell, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Crafton Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James Harold “Shotgun” Fellers, 78, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ricky Lee Scheller, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Charles Obyan, 74, of Denton is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ermal Mae Moody, 82, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017


TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE – Wise County’s new year was kicked off Tuesday with the swearing in of newly elected officials at the county courthouse. County Judge J.D. Clark issued the oath of office to Commissioners Danny White and Harry Lamance, District Attorney Greg Lowery, County Attorney James Stainton, Sheriff Lane Akin and Constables Kevin Huffman and Doug Parr. Akin thanked his staff who attended the ceremony for helping him make the transition when he was appointed interim sheriff last March after winning the Republican primary. “When I started 10 months ago, I was not prepared to be sheriff, but thanks to you, I have a much better understanding of what it takes to be sheriff,” he said. “I know I still have a long way to go, but with your help I think we can make a difference.” Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

NORTHWEST HOLDS ON – After building a 25-point halftime lead, the Northwest Texans needed the fifth block of the game in the final seconds by Darrell Simpson to hold on for a 65-62 win over Boswell. Simpson had 11 points to go along the five blocks. Julian Smith scored 19. The Northwest Lady Texans fell to Boswell 63-43. Alexus Brigham scored 15. Other scores from the county: Boys – Henrietta 42, Boyd 41 OT; City View 58, Paradise 50; Slidell 67, Bellevue 44; Decatur 70, Iowa Park 20; Alvord 62, Wichita Falls Christian 38; Chico 75, Chillicothe 22. Girls – Paradise 78, City View 24; Henrietta 52, Boyd 42; Slidell 48, Bellevue 29; Bridgeport 30, Hebron 29; Alvord 73, Wichita Falls Christian 8; Chico 47, Chillicothe 22.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRIES – The 2017 Wise County Youth Fair online entries are now open. Access the entry website by going to the youth fair webpage at wcyouthfair.org and clicking on the link. Call President Tim Fletcher at 940-393-3625 or Secretary Liz Hubbard at 940-389-5388. The entry dates are Jan. 2-Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Late entry dates are Feb. 6-10 at 5 p.m.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration is ongoing at Weatherford College Wise County for spring semester classes that begin Tuesday, Jan. 17. The course schedule for daytime, evening and online courses can be found at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Email wisecounty@wc.edu or call 940-627-2690.

SURPLUS SALE – The City of Boyd will hold a surplus sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at the old library building, 101 E. Rock Island Ave. in Boyd. The sale will include books, chairs, desks, lawn equipment and other misc. office machines and tools.

PROJECT SHOW – The Paradise Project Show is Saturday. All crafts, baked goods and photos to be entered in contests should be in the elementary cafeteria by 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and the livestock show is at noon.

COLLEGE PREP – Jean Burk with College Prep Genius will present “How to Ace the ACT and Get Free College” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Boyd High School Library.

FUNERALS – Service for Ricky Scheller, 59, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for James Harold “Shotgun” Fellers, 78, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Laura Belle Sims, 96, of Bonham is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Robert Earl Deering, 58, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ermal Mae Moody, 82, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Emma Lee Young Hill, 90, of Fort Worth, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Home. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Dorris Terrell, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Thursday at Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


FIRE DESTROYS FAMILY’S HOME – Fire destroyed the home of a family of five Friday night between Boyd and Decatur. The fast-moving blazed tore through the four-bedroom trailer home at 442 County Road 4374 shortly before 11 p.m. Boyd firefighters arrived first on the scene and immediately called for assistance from neighboring departments. Decatur, Rhome and Paradise firefighters assisted. “We got the report of a fire on the front porch. By the time we got here it was fully involved,” said Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Jason Adams. Along with battling the structure fire, firefighters had to extinguish small grass fires moving through the dry vegetation. “There were a few little grass fires. It tried to cross the street but we got it out,” Adams said. Firefighters had to truck in water to the location. Adams said trucks had to make multiple runs into Decatur or Boyd to get enough water to fight the blaze. Homeowner Clint Bitner said he was asleep when his wife, Jamie, alerted him to the fire. “She heard a crackling,” he said. “It was fully involved. It was already too late.” Bitner said his wife and three children – ages 12, 10 and 9 – were able to get out of house safely, but were unable to get anything out.

FIRST BABY BORN IN 2017 – The first baby born in Wise County in 2017 is Eduardo Rico Patino Jr. Born at 8 p.m. on Jan. 1 to Gabriela Pati o and Eduardo Rico, Eduardo weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

BULLS FALL TO RIDER – Wichita Falls Rider beat Bridgeport 58-47 Monday.

NORTHWEST FACES BOSWELL – The Northwest Lady Texans and Texans face pivotal 6-5A games tonight starting at 6 at Texan Gym against Boswell. Here’s the rest of the county schedule: Girls – Alvord at Wichita Falls Christian, Boyd at Henrietta, Bridgeport at Hebron, Chillicothe at Chico, Paradise at City View, Slidell at Bellevue, Boys – Alvord at Wichita Falls Christian, Boyd at Henrietta, Chillicothe at Chico, Decatur at Iowa Park, Paradise at City View, Slidell at Bellevue.

RAINFALL REPORT – Storms brought rain to Wise County early Monday. Rainfall totals included 0.64 of an inch in Rhome, 0.45 in Decatur, 0.4 in Greenwood, 0.3 in Bridgeport, Cottondale and Paradise and 0.23 in Alvord.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – Senior Care in Decatur is looking for volunteers to help twice a month with polishing the residents’ nails. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

COAT SWAP – The Bridgeport Lions Club will host a Coat Swap in the “shop” at the back of the Bridgeport Lions Hall 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Bring a clean gently used coat to swap for one that fits. Donations can be made at any time by calling Tonya at 817-313-9013 or the day of the event (all sizes are needed, especially children’s).

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for David S. Graben, 79, of Rhome. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Laura Sims, 96, of Bonham is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Robert Earl Deering, 58, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ermal Mae Moody, 82, of Ft. Worth is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Baptist Church in Wizard Wells. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond Cruz Jr., 38, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICES for Peggy Brown, 83, of Paradise and Dorris Terrell, 86, of Chico are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Emma Lee Young Hill, 90, of Fort Worth, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Home. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

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Fire destroys family’s home


Fire destroyed the home of a family of five Friday night between Boyd and Decatur.1
The fast-moving blazed tore through the four-bedroom trailer home at 442 County Road 4374 shortly before 11 p.m.
Boyd firefighters arrived first on the scene and immediately called for assistance from neighboring departments. Decatur, Rhome and Paradise firefighters assisted.

“We got the report of a fire on the front porch. By the time we got here it was fully involved,” said Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Jason Adams.
Along with battling the structure fire, firefighters had to extinguish small grass fires moving through the dry vegetation.

“There were a few little grass fires. It tried to cross the street but we got it out,” Adams said.
Firefighters had to truck in water to the location. Adams said trucks had to make multiple into Decatur or Boyd to get enough water to fight the blaze.
Homeowner Clint Bitner said he was asleep when his wife, Jamie, alerted him to the fire.
“She heard a crackling,” he said. “It was fully involved. It was already too late.”
Bitner said his wife and three children — ages 12, 10 and 9 — were able to get out of house safely, but were unable to get anything out.

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Friday, December 30, 2016


GRASSFIRE BURNS HUNDREDS OF ACRES – An approximately 800 acre, fast-moving grass fire threatened homes and barns in northwest Wise County Thursday afternoon. Lake Bridgeport firefighter Glen Canova said the fire started north of Farm Road 2265 near County Road 1787 around 11:30 a.m. and moved south, propelled by fierce winds. Canova said firefighters tried in vain to stop the fire from jumping the road. “We did everything we could to stop it from coming across that road,” he said. “It was moving fast.” Police scanner reports indicate the fire threatened multiple homes along County Road 1770, damaging at least one structure on 2265. Wise County Sheriff’s Deputies visited multiple residences in the area to check on homeowners and forced entry into a barn to release cattle inside. Deputy Steven Yancey said crews had to double back on the fire several times due to changing wind directions. Firefighters spread out in an attempt to head off flames around the fire’s perimeter but were forced to deal with heavy brush and multiple fences. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire, including Sunset, Sand Flat, Chico, Alvord, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Crafton, Jack County and the U.S. Forest Service. Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies, Wise County EMS and several Wise County Fire Marshals also assisted. Several tank trucks were also on scene to refill water supplies in brush trucks. Firefighters remained on the scene until nearly 11 p.m. Thursday. Several hay bales remained on fire this morning along with lots of smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

EAGLES REACH WHATABURGER FINALS – Parker Hicks scored 40 points and Bryce Elder knocked down five 3-pointers as the Decatur Eagles beat Burkburnett 67-61 to reach the finals of the Whataburger Tournament. Decatur takes on Abilene Wylie at 5 p.m. at Chisholm Trail High School. At the Bridgeport Tournament, the Bulls fell to Aubrey 68-51 and Saginaw 63-42. Paradise lost to Godley 49-48 and Fort Worth Christian 55-39. The Boyd Yellowjackets fell to Millsap 47-38. The Alvord Bulldogs dropped games to Windthorst 47-30 and Nocona 81-48. At the NCTC Holiday Classic, the Decatur girls fell to Era 53-36. Decatur takes on Howe at 3 p.m. The Paradise girls split games, beating Mineral Wells 61-46 behind 19 points from Hannah Beth Pearson and lost to Hereford 61-35.

RAIN CHANCES SUNDAY – Wise County could see rain on the first day of 2017. The forecast includes a 20 percent chance of rain during the day Sunday with rain chances increasing to 50 percent Sunday night.

SHELTER CLOSED MONDAY – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Monday for the New Year’s holiday. It will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday.

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

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the Fit-N-Wise Administrative Conference Room. The meetings include a guest speaker.

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

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services WIC will be closed Monday and will reopen Tuesday at 7 a.m. To schedule an appointment call 940-627-5796. For breastfeeding help call 972-989-1042.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All veterans are invited.

APPRAISAL DISTRICT – The Wise County Appraisal District will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – The Wise County Messenger office will be closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. No Update will be published Monday, but any breaking news will be published at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Raymond Cruz Jr., 38, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Angel Carrillo, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Bonnie Hall, 82, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Robert Deering, 58, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Alton Walter Johnson, 75, of Richardson is 2 p.m. today at Eisemann Center in Richardson. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Tommy Lee Sims, 75, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Elise Annette Funkhouser of Decatur will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016


SISSIES WIN TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Sissies held off Burleson for a 27-26 victory to win the championship at the Pilot Point Hoops Festival Wednesday. Abbi Hatton scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards, earning tournament MVP. Alvord rallied from a six-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Boyd 53-45. Brittany Gayler scored 20. The win was No. 600 for Alvord coach Jerry Johnson. At the NCTC Holiday Classic, Decatur took games from Collinsville and Texoma Christian. At the Burkburnett Tournament, Paradise beat Snyder 56-30 behind 15 points and 10 rebounds from Maddie Mitschke. Burkburnett beat Paradise 74-52. April Coursey had 18. The Slidell Lady Greyhounds won two games at the Bryson Tournament, beating Gold-Burg 74-25 and Bryson 59-28.

DECATUR OPENS WHATABURGER TOURNEY WITH WIN – The Decatur Eagles opened the Whataburger Tournament with a 64-46 win over Kennedale. Decatur will take on Liberty Hill at 11 a.m. At the Bridgeport High School Christmas Tournament, Bridgeport beat Godley 64-37 and Benbrook 54-36. The Bulls face Aubrey at 1:30 p.m. Paradise fell to Aubrey 58-36 and beat Salado 40-39. Paradise will take on Godley at 9 a.m. At Windthorst, Alvord took down Munday 54-40. The Northwest Texans finished third at the Moritz Holiday Classic in Aledo with a 56-49 win over Keller Timber Creek. Keller beat the Texans 59-51 in the semifinals. The Slidell Greyhounds beat Chico 47-34 and Crowell 64-42 at the Bryson Tournament.

COOLER TODAY – After a spring-like day yesterday when temperatures reached 80 degrees in Decatur, temperatures return to more winter-like levels today with a high of 55 and an overnight low of 35 in the forecast.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All veterans are invited.

APPRAISAL DISTRICT – The Wise County Appraisal District will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 2. It will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on all other days.

NORMAL COLLECTION – Collection of trash, recycling, brush and bulk for the city of Bridgeport will not be on a different schedule due to the New Year’s holiday. Collections will be on the regular schedule.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Clarke, 72, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home at Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Angel Carrillo, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 tonight with rosary said at 6:30 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Thurman Lee Holt, 75, of Georgetown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Alton Walter Johnson, 75, of Richardson is 2 p.m. Friday at Eisemann Center in Richardson. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Tommy Lee Sims, 75, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016


TOP STORIES OF 2016 – Today’s Wise County Messenger takes a look back at some of the top news stories from 2016. It also includes some of the most memorable photos from the past year. Pick up a copy on newsstands today.

WARM TODAY – There won’t be much need for jackets today as the high temperature is expected to reach 77 degrees this afternoon. Temperatures will return to more seasonal levels the next couple of days with highs around 55.

HOLIDAY HOOPS – The Decatur Eagles start play in the Whataburger Tournament at 8:30 p.m. against Kennedale at Chisholm Trail HS. Bridgeport and Paradise will take part in the Bridgeport High School Christmas Tournament. Paradise will open the tournament at 9 a.m. against Aubrey. Paradise will also take on Salado at 3 p.m. Bridgeport takes on Godley at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Bulls return to the floor at 7:30 p.m. against Benbrook. The Decatur girls head to the NCTC Classic in Gainesville. The Lady Eagles face Collinsville at noon at NCTC. Decatur returns to the floor at 4:30 p.m. to play Texoma Christian.

SISSIES WIN TWO – The Bridgeport Sissies recorded wins over Gunter and Caddo Mills Tuesday to open the Pilot Point Tournament. Bridgeport takes on Alvord at 8:30 a.m. today. Boyd beat tournament host Pilot Point 59-42 and then fell to Burleson 47-34. Boyd takes on Forney at 1 p.m. In Bryson, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds blasted Notre Dame 56-28 behind 24 points from Kayler Talamantes. The Lady Greyhounds beat City View 53-17 with eight points from Bailey Meyer and Talamantes. The Slidell Greyhounds fell 48-47 to Notre Dame and then crushed Bryson 77-46.

TRASH SCHEDULE NORMAL – The City of Decatur’s waste collection schedule is on its normal days this week and next week.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Clarke, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home at Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Loretta Jean West, 78, of Decatur is 5-7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Angel Carrillo, 74, of Keller is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Alton Walter Johnson, 75, of Richardson is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Thurman Lee Holt, 75, of Georgetown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wizard Wells Baptist Church in Wizard Wells. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


HOLIDAY HOOPS – Three Wise County girls basketball teams return to action today at the Pilot Point Tournament. The Bridgeport Sissies take on Gunter at 8:30 a.m. and Caddo Mills at 2:30 p.m. Alvord faces Caddo Mills at 10 a.m. and Gunter at 4 p.m. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets meet Pilot Point at 11:30 a.m. and Burleson at 5:30 p.m.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – There will be an enchilada dinner fundraiser for the Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Paradise High School cafeteria. A plate includes homemade enchiladas, rice, beans, chips and salsa and a drink. Cost is $10. There will also be a dessert table and raffle.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY – Wise Hope Crisis Center will be closed through Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The 24 hour emergency shelter and the 24 hour hotline will still be available at 940-626-4855.

STOCK SHOW – Tickets for Decatur Night at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo are now available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office. Decatur Night is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $28 each. Call the chamber office, 940-627-3107.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

FUNERAL for Johnnie Marie Waggoner Sauder, 88, of Wichita Falls is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Good Shepard in Wichita Falls with burial at 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Lunn’s Funeral Home in Wichita Falls.

VISITATION for Loretta Jean West, 62, of Decatur is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Waymon David Williams, 72, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at The River Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Angel Carrillo, 74, of Keller is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Alton Walter Johnson, 75, of Richardson and Thurman Lee Holt, 75, of Georgetown, formerly of Bridgeport, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Wizard Wells Baptist Church in Wizard Wells. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Friday, December 23, 2016


Clay Poynor

Clay Poynor

AFFIDAVIT: JP DEFLATED TIRE OVER PARKING SPACE – According to details in the arrest warrant affidavit for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor obtained by the Wise County Messenger Thursday, investigators say the judge removed the stem from a tire on the county fire marshal’s vehicle because he was upset about where the vehicle was parked. The affidavit includes details of a discussion between Poynor and Capt. Wes Wallace with the sheriff’s office in which Poynor says he uses the spot because he is “pretty much disabled” and needs to park in the spot so he can walk straight into the Wise County Annex in Bridgeport which houses his office as well as Wise County Auto Registration/Tax Collector, Wise County Court at Law No. 2 and Wise County Emergency Services-Medic 2. The parking spot is marked with a sign that says “Reserved.” According to information in the affidavit, the issue over the parking spot has been an ongoing issue with others who use the building who have had similar things done to their vehicles. Poynor was charged with official oppression. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

RAIN IN THE FORECAST – It won’t be a white Christmas in Wise, but it could be a wet one. The forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain today, decreasing to 20 percent tonight and Saturday morning. On Christmas day, we will have a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning, increasing to 50 percent in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to remain well above freezing throughout the weekend, and Christmas day’s high is expected to reach 71 degrees.

APPRAISAL DISTRICT HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Appraisal District will be closed today and Monday, Dec. 26, for Christmas. It will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 2. It will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on all other days.

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

DUMPSITE HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Upcoming Wise County dumpsite holiday closings include the following: Decatur – Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Jan. 2, Jan. 16; Boyd and Cottondale – Dec. 24, Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 18; Slidell and Chico – Dec. 24, Dec. 29, Jan. 5, Jan. 19.

PERSON OF THE YEAR – For the first time, the Wise County Messenger is naming a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include Sheriff Lane Akin, Decatur First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Gerre Joiner, real estate developer Mark Moran, Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton and Aurora City Administrator Toni Wheeler. The midweek Messenger’s Opinion page features columns detailing why each person should be considered for the honor. The winner will be named in the Dec. 31 issue. In the meantime, we invite you to weigh-in by voting online at wcmess.com/person. Voting is open through Monday, Dec. 26. The readers’ choice will also be recognized in the Dec. 31 edition.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE MESS – We wish you a merry Christmas and a safe holiday weekend. The Wise County Messenger office will close at noon today and will also be closed Monday for the Christmas holiday. No Update will be published Monday, but any breaking news will be published at WCMessenger.com. Also, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Santa Claus in the Christmas Eve issue on newsstands Saturday.

FUNERALS – Service for David John Grana, 50, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Maria Gomez, 51, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Waymon David Williams, 72, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at The River Church. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Steven Arnold Smith, 62, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church. Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Homes in Irving is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016


BRIDGEPORT HOUSE FIRE – A home in the 1700 block of Cates Street in Bridgeport was destroyed by fire overnight in the second of two fires at the location in a span of eight hours. The Bridgeport Fire Department responded to a report of flames showing from a bedroom window near the back of the house around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The fire was extinguished and contained to the bedroom, Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said. He said the fire possibly started from a space heater. No one was injured. Around 2:15 Thursday morning, the fire department was called back to the home and this time found the home fully engulfed in flames. Decatur and Paradise fire departments assisted on the second fire. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DUMPSITE HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Upcoming Wise County dumpsite holiday closings include the following: Decatur – Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Jan. 2, Jan. 16; Boyd and Cottondale – Dec. 24, Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 18; Slidell and Chico – Dec. 24, Dec. 29, Jan. 5, Jan. 19.

APPRAISAL DISTRICT HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Appraisal District will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, for Christmas. It will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day on Monday, Jan. 2. It will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all other days.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – An account has been set up at First State Bank in Decatur to benefit the Callan family. Joe Callan was killed in a car crash Dec. 5. His son, Johnny Callan, died in a car accident Nov. 26. Make donations at the bank, 661 W. Thompson St.

HOUSING AUTHORITY – The Bridgeport Housing Authority annual plan is now available for a 45-day public review. A meeting to discuss the review will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Community Center at 1508 Cobb St.

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

PERSON OF THE YEAR – For the first time, the Wise County Messenger is naming a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include Sheriff Lane Akin, Decatur First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Gerre Joiner, real estate developer Mark Moran, Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton and Aurora City Administrator Toni Wheeler. The midweek Messenger’s Opinion page features columns detailing why each person should be considered for the honor. The winner will be named in the Dec. 31 issue. In the meantime, we invite you to weigh-in by voting online at wcmess.com/person. Voting is open through Monday, Dec. 26. The readers’ choice will also be recognized in the Dec. 31 edition.

FUNERALS – Service for David John Grana, 50, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Maria Gomez, 51, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight with rosary said at 7 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Steven Arnold Smith, 62, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church. Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Homes in Irving is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Waymon Williams, 72, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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