Friday, January 30, 2015


MAN WHO SHOT K-9 OFFICER IDENTIFIED – The man who tried to evade police by running into a wooded area in southern Montague County, and who shot and killed a K-9 officer from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, has been identified as Alan Lance Alverson, 45, of Granbury, according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker. After Alverson opened fire on the dog and other officers, five officers returned fire, killing Alverson. The incident happened around mid-afternoon Wednesday near Sunset. Walker said Alverson had warrants for violation of probation for assault out of Wise County and possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams out of Tarrant County. According to Wise County Jail records, Alverson is a former Alvord resident. According to a sheriff’s office press release, Alverson has been arrested 23 times dating back to 1990 with charges that include escape from custody, carrying a prohibited weapon and drug possession charges. A memorial service for Pepper is being planned for next week at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.

NORTHWEST EXTENDS RUE’S CONTRACT - Northwest ISD trustees approved a contract extension through June 30, 2019 for superintendent Karen Rue Thursday night.

COACHES HIRED FOR EATON – Brad Turner, former Springtown head coach and current Graham assistant, was named the first head football coach at V.R. Eaton High School Thursday night. Turner, who has 17 years of head coaching experience between Lone Oak, Sulphur Springs and Springtown, brings a career record of 106-81 to Eaton. The new Northwest ISD school will compete on the freshman and junior varsity level in the 2015-16 school year and join a varsity district after the 2016 realignment. The school also named Diane Wilson its first volleyball coach. She is currently coaching at Arlington Bowie and previously coached at Grapevine.

BURDINE SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS – Scott Burdine of Runaway Bay was sentenced to 20 years in prison at a sentencing hearing yesterday in 271st District Court in Decatur. The 38-year-old was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams by a Wise County jury three weeks ago. Burdine elected to have the court determine his sentence. After a brief sentencing portion of the trial, in which the state offered evidence of Burdine’s previous felony convictions, including a drug conviction, District Judge John Fostel issued the 20-year sentence. Because of the prior convictions, Burdine’s second degree charge was upgraded to a first degree felony for punishment purposes, meaning he could have been sentenced up to 99 years in prison. Twenty years is the maximum for a second degree felony.

LADY PANTHERS TRY FOR TOP SPOT – The Paradise Lady Panthers will take on Bowie tonight at 6:30, looking to get a share of the 9-3A lead. Paradise trails Bowie by a game in the standings. In the boys game, the Panthers look to get back in the win column against the Jackrabbits. The Boyd Yellowjackets head to Jacksboro to take on the Tigerettes in a pivotal game in the 9-3A playoff hunt. The Yellowjackets take on Jacksboro following. Keep up with the action of those games with live updates at @wcmsports on Twitter. Recaps of the games and scores of Wise County games will be posted at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord heads to Chico. Bridgeport travels to Springtown. Northwest faces rival Byron Nelson. Slidell goes to Gold-Burg.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County, Room 220. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

PARADISE YOUTH - Paradise Youth Recreation Association will hold youth baseball and softball signups 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the next two Saturdays at Paradise City Hall. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and your child for uniform sizing. Call Angela Smith at 940-859-6183 for baseball or Kelly Cook at 817-808-3928 for softball.

VETERANS BREAKFAST - The Wise County Veterans Group will have its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise County and surrounding counties veterans are invited.

BAKE SALE - Open Arms will hold a bake sale noon-6 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.

RABBIT VALIDATION – Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County Extension Office. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex at this time in order to show at the Wise County Youth Fair. Call Melissa Haworth at 940-210-1254.

FUNERALS – Service for Freida Turpin, 87, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Isaias Aguilar, the infant son of Jaime and Yaciria Aguilar of Bridgeport, is 3 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Fernando Cruz, 41, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today as Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Helen Petty, 74, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Pack, 60, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Earl Worley, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ernestine Lotella Herriott “Kewpie” Steward, 95, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lillian Dykes, 77, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Suspect who shot police dog identified


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The man who tried to evade police by running into a wooded area in southern Montague County, and who shot and killed a K-9 officer from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, has been identified as Alan Lance Alverson, 45, of Granbury, according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker. After Alverson opened fire on the dog and officers, five officers returned fire, killing Alverson. The incident happened around mid-afternoon Wednesday near Sunset. Walker said Alverson had warrants for violation of probation for assault out of Wise County and possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams out of Tarrant County. According to information provided on the Wise County Jail database, Alverson is a former Alvord resident.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015


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K-9 OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY – A Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon in Montague County. Sheriff David Walker said his officers were assisting Montague County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit when Pepper, one of the department’s two dogs, was shot by the suspect. Walker said Montague County sheriff’s deputies and Bowie police officers tried to stop a man they knew had warrants. He fled and there was a pursuit that ended in the area of Pickett Run Road and Aujla Road near Sunset. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area, and Pepper, a tracking dog, was used to find the suspect hiding under a pile of leaves. Walker said the suspect opened fire on the dog and officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect, a 44-year-old male. Walker said he has not yet been positively identified. The sheriff said Pepper may have saved the life of at least five officers. No other officers were injured. Pepper was flown to Texas A&M overnight for a necropsy, Walker said. The Department of Public Safety also assisted in the pursuit. The two Wise County officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, per normal protocol. An autopsy is being performed on the suspect this morning at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

TURF REMOVED FROM BOND PACKAGE – Decatur school board whittled on possible bond packages Wednesday night until they had knocked off almost $3 million from previously discussed totals. They agreed to remove the turf at Eagle Stadium, as well as six other items, from the proposal. Some of the projects eliminated from the bond, including turf, will still be completed but covered with district construction funds. At the end of the night the consensus was to move forward with a $10 million package that includes, $3.5 million for facilities, $2.7 million for transportation, $2.8 million for technology and $900,000 for security. The only item in package no. 2 is an indoor practice facility at $3.5 million. The board made tentative plans to meet again next week to formally call the bond election.

HAY BARN FIRE – A fire that started in a barn north of Chico Wednesday caused major damage and minor injuries to the homeowner. The Chico fire department was dispatched to the barn fire around 10:45 a.m. at 424 County Road 1650, off Texas 101. Homeowner Will Robinson was welding inside the barn when hay nearby ignited. As Robinson was trying to extinguish the flames, fire spread through the barn wall and started a grass fire. That fire in turn ignited round bales of hay on a flatbed trailer. Robinson was treated by Wise County EMS at the scene for minor burns to his hand. Numerous other fire departments were called to the scene throughout the day and into the night to try to extinguish the fire in the nearly 2,000 hay bales.

RABBIT VALIDATION - Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County Extension Office. All rabbits entered at the Youth Fair must attend. Call Melissa Haworth at 940-210-1254.

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

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur girls softball spring sign-ups have begun. Forms are available at all schools or by calling Carley, 940-577-0138; or Sarah, 940-923-1055. Sign-ups will also be held 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Deadline for mailed forms is Feb. 11.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

YOUTH BASEBALL – Decatur Baseball League will hold the final weekend of signups 9-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Decatur City Hall. T-ball (age 4 by April 30), 5/6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U. Bring your child and birth certificate. Uniform fitting at signups. Contact Eric 940-389-4679 or Annie 817-223-4928.

FUNERALS – Service for Freida Turpin of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Isaias Aguilar, the infant son of Jaime and Yaciria Aguilar of Bridgeport, is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Fernando Cruz, 41, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday as Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. with visitation 6:30-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Margaret Helen Petty, 74, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Carl “Cork” Whatley, 72, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Pack, 60, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Doris Helen Hill, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ernestine Lotella Herriott “Kewpie” Steward, 95, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wise County K-9 killed in the line of duty


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A Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon in Montague County. Sheriff David Walker said his officers were assisting Montague County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit when Pepper, one of the department’s two dogs, was shot by the suspect.

Walker said Montague County sheriff’s deputies and Bowie police officers tried to stop a man they knew had warrants. He fled and there was a pursuit that ended in the area of Pickett Run Road and Aujla Road near Sunset. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area, and Pepper, a tracking dog, was used to find the suspect hiding under a pile of leaves.

Walker said the suspect opened fire on the dog and officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect, a 44-year-old male. Walker said he has not yet been positively identified.

The sheriff said Pepper saved the life of at least five officers. No other officers were injured.

The Department of Public Safety also assisted in the pursuit.

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Welding leads to barn/grass fire


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A fire that started in a barn north of Chico Wednesday caused major damage and minor injuries to the homeowner. The Chico fire department was dispatched to the barn fire around 10:45 a.m. at 424 County Road 1650, off Texas 101. Homeowner Will Robinson was welding inside the barn when hay nearby ignited. As Robinson was trying to extinguish the flames, fire spread through the barn wall and started a grass fire. That fire in turn ignited round bales of hay on a flatbed trailer. Robinson was treated by Wise County EMS at the scene for minor burns to his hand. Bridgeport and Alvord fire departments assisted with the blaze.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


PHARMACY BURGLARIES – Two Wise County pharmacies were burglarized a half-hour apart early Tuesday morning. The Valu-Rite Pharmacy in Bridgeport was hit around 4 a.m., and the Best Value Pharmacy in Rhome was hit around 4:30 a.m. Both burglaries were “smash and grab” style where the suspects broke the front glass, grabbed items and quickly fled. This is the second time in a 10-day span for the Rhome pharmacy to be hit. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxLEGISLATION COULD BETTER PROTECT WATER – Wise County commissioners approved a resolution Monday supporting legislation they believe would better protect local water. The legislation, if passed, would allow the Wise County Water Control Improvement District No. 1 to call an election in the portions of the county not already in the district, to determine if voters wish to be annexed into it. The WCID primarily serves the western side of Wise County, and the eastern side has no representation other than commissioners court. “(The legislation) asks that an election be called to allow those citizens to be in the district that’s already on the west side and have officers on that board and have a voice in their watershed, if they choose to,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns said. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

MUENSTER STOPS ALVORD – Alvord went 2-for-22 from beyond the 3-point arc and turned the ball over 29 times, falling to Muenster 45-37 Tuesday. Muenster took a two-game lead on Alvord in the 11-2A district title race with the win. Cierra Rangel led Alvord with 12 points. In the boys game, No. 2 Muenster ran away with a 73-27 win over Alvord. Heath Walker led Alvord with 11 points. Read the recap of the games at www.wcmsports.com. Other scores: Girls – Decatur 58, Lake Worth 15; Paradise 76, Nocona 51; Boyd 38, Henrietta 30; Chico 65, Collinsville 45; Keller Central 44, Northwest 39 OT; Forestburg 59, Slidell 45. Boys – Decatur 95, Lake Worth 40; Nocona 58, Paradise 47; Henrietta 58, Boyd 56; Chico 47, Collinsville 40; Northwest 51, Keller Central 30; Forestburg 66, Slidell 64

FILING PERIOD OPENS TODAY – Today is the first day school board, city council and mayor candidates can file for a place on the May ballot. A full list of the places up for election is featured in the midweek Messenger.

BOND DECISION TIME - The Decatur School Board tonight will consider calling a May bond election. The board has examined potential bond items over the past several months that would address areas such as transportation, security, technology and facility upgrades, including athletic facilities. The meeting will be at the DISD Administration building, 307 S. Cates, and begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. followed by the open meeting.

TAX DEADLINE LOOMING – Mickey Hand, chief appraiser of the Wise County Appraisal District, is issuing a reminder that the deadline to pay 2014 property taxes is Monday, Feb. 2. Taxes not paid by this deadline will face an additional 7 percent penalty and interest charge on their February tax bill. Penalty charges continue to increase monthly until the tax bill is paid in full. Payments may be made with a credit card on the appraisal district’s website, www.isouthwestdata.com or by check or money order mailed to Wise County Appraisal District, 400 East Business 380, Decatur, TX 76234. Payment may also be made at the office, which is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 940-627-3081.

ALVORD BASEBALL – Alvord Youth Baseball, Softball and T-ball signup deadline is Saturday. Signup at Alvord Express 9 a.m.-noon Saturday or turn forms into school office by Friday. Contact Steven, 940-626-9429 for baseball; Sarah, 940-389-1118 for softball; and Tracy, 940-393-5316 for t-ball.

BAKE SALE - Open Arms will hold a bake sale noon-6 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.

USED BOOK SALE – The Decatur Library Foundation will host a Used Book Sale Friday and Saturday during library open hours. Friends of the Library Preview Night is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday for current Friends members ($10/annual membership fee). All proceeds support Decatur Public Library literacy initiatives. The library, located at 1700 Farm Road 51 South, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

FUNERALS – Service for Fernando Cruz, 41, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Kelley Boyles, 58, of Boyd. Christian Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Judy Elizabeth Wilson, 70, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Pack, 61, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Doris Helen Hill, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ernestine Lotella Herriott “Kewpie” Steward, 95 of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the home place of 610 N. Hovey in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Sherwood, 76, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Springtown with burial at Springtown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


NURSING HOME DEAL ON THE BRINK – Sava Health Systems has until the end of the day Tuesday to drop a demand that they retain access to the bank accounts of three nursing facilities they agreed to sell to Wise Regional Health System back in October. If they don’t, the hospital’s board of directors Monday approved a plan to opt out of that deal and instead pick up five nursing facilities owned by Cantex Health Systems. Those facilities, in Gainesville, Denison, Allen, Richardson and Flower Mound, would bring in only about half the revenue Wise Regional would get from the three Sava facilities – but Wise Regional’s bond counsel advised against giving Sava a security interest in the bank accounts, noting it would require the approval of each of Wise Regional’s bondholders. Tuesday is the deadline to file for state approval of the nursing home operating agreements. In the last several months, Wise Regional has taken ownership of nine nursing facilities at their request, taking advantage of state laws which allow them to qualify for higher reimbursement rates if they are affiliated with a public entity.

ALVORD BATTLES MUENSTER FOR 11-2A LEAD – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will look to get a share of the 11-2A lead tonight when they take on the district-leading Muenster Lady Hornets at 6:15 at home. The boys game with the Bulldogs against the second-ranked Hornets follow. Get updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter along with area scores. Recaps of the action and a full scoreboard will be posted at wcmsports.com tonight. In other action, Boyd takes on Henrietta at home. Chico brings in Collinsville. Decatur plays host to Lake Worth. Northwest takes on Keller Central. Paradise heads to Nocona. Slidell makes a trip to Forestburg.

COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE REOPENS – The Wise County Clerk’s office reopened at 8 a.m. today after power issues forced the office to close yesterday.

COFFEE WITH A COP – The public is invited to visit with Bridgeport Police officers at Coffee with a Cop 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Brookshire’s in Bridgeport. The event will give the public a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in their neighborhood. For more information, call the non emergency number at the Bridgeport Police Department, 940-683-3430.

WCWC RECEPTION – The public is invited to a dedication reception for the Roy and Jeannine Eaton Library and Research Center at the Weatherford College Wise County campus Thursday. The come-and-go reception runs from 5:30-7 p.m.

POLICE ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will host a Citizens Police Academy class beginning Tuesday, Feb. 3. Register for the class at www.decaturtx.org/236/Citizens-Police-Academy or call Sgt. Delvon Campbell, 940-393-0300.

T.O.P.S. – Take Off Pounds Sensibly (T.O.P.S.) open house is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Grace Baptist Church, southside basement, in Decatur. T.O.P.S. is a “no diets” support group for weight loss management. There will be salads, desserts and door prizes. Call Glenda Longmire, 940-627-5116.

LIBRARY REPAIRS CONTINUE – The Bridgeport Public Library is still working to accomplish the needed repairs, so it will remain closed today. It is expected to open for normal business hours on Wednesday. Call City Hall at 940-683-3400 for more information.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP – Bridgeport High School counselors will host a financial aid workshop today. The counselors will be providing two available workshops for parents: noon-1 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Bridgeport High School library. Call Aimee Burtnett or Julie Green at 940-683-4064.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathryn Finley, 87, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sylvia Laverna Jones, 88, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Kelley Boyles, 58, and Joyce Pack, 61, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Judy Elizabeth Wilson, 70, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Ernestine Lotella Herriott “Kewpie” Steward, 95, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the home, 610 N. Hovey in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Doris Helen Hill, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Sherwood, 76, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Springtown with burial at Springtown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.

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Monday, January 26, 2015


OFFICE CLOSED DUE TO POWER ISSUES – The Wise County Clerk’s office in Decatur will be closed for the remainder of the day Monday due to electrical issues. Oncor is working to restore power to the office.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND IN ALVORD - A Grand Prairie woman with Alzheimer’s who was missing for several hours Saturday was found safe in Wise County Saturday evening. Pat Hendryx, 73, was reported missing by family members Saturday morning, and a Silver Alert was issued. She was safely located at the Hot Skillet on U.S. 81/287 in Alvord around 6 p.m. after running out of gas, the family told local media.

LIBRARY CLOSED – The Bridgeport Public Library will be closed today for repairs. It is expected to open for normal business hours on Tuesday. Call City Hall at 940-683-3400 for more information.

DECATUR SWIM TEAMS TAKE THIRD – The Decatur boys and girls swim teams finished third at the 6-5A meet Saturday. Katey Rowden was named girls swimmer of the year after winning district titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Colton Teter won the district title in the 50 freestyle. Allie Blevins captured a league crown in the 200 freestyle.

LADY HOUNDS ROLL PAST BELLEVUE – Kayler Talamantes scored 22 and Caitlin Pruett 19 as the Slidell Lady Greyhounds beat Bellevue 65-36 Friday to stay unbeaten in 21-A. In the boys game, Slidell came up short 66-60 despite getting 32 points from Tyler Maynard. Other scores: Girls – Decatur 48, Springtown 34; Bridgeport 77, Castleberry 28; Paradise 79, City View 27; Boyd 43, Holliday 42; Alvord 75, Valley View 45; Northwest 43, Denton Guyer 39; Slidell 65, Bellevue 36. Boys – Bridgeport 86, Castleberry 35; Decatur 70, Springtown 55; Paradise 51, City View 39; Holliday 55, Boyd 31; Denton Guyer 63, Northwest 60; Bellevue 66, Slidell 60; Alvord 73, Valley View 42.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the museum.

BULLS BASKETBALL NIGHT – Bridgeport basketball players from peewee to varsity will be recognized at Bulls Basketball Night tonight at BHS. In-N-Out Burger will be on hand for a hamburger fundraiser, $7.50 per ticket. Tickets, which are limited, may be purchased at the high school main office or at the gate. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. prior to the Bulls game at 7.

PLANNING SEMINAR – Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport will host a free advance planning seminar 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday. Topics include legal tools, senior information services and advance funeral planning. RSVP to 940-683-1704.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners today will discuss a resolution in support of voter choice for Wise County Water Control and Improvement Districts. They will also consider a resolution in opposition to removing the county fireworks regulation authority and another in opposition to unfunded mandates. The agenda also includes a closed session for property deliberations. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

HOSPITAL BOARD – The Decatur Hospital Authority Board of Directors will consider and take action tonight to appoint Todd Scroggins chief financial officer as treasurer of Wise Regional Health System. The board will also consider appointing Chris Forbis to place 3 on the board and Carey Williams to place 1 for two year terms beginning January 2015. The board will also consider purchasing an upgrade to the existing patient coding system. The meeting is 6 p.m. in the Wise Regional Health System board room. It is open to the public.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for lunch, a meeting and a program titled ‘Acts for Others’ presented by Jason Wren and Will Klose.  All people interested in education are invited. Call 940-575-2341 to register.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathryn Finley, 87, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Pat Hobbs, 72, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Malakai Tre Phillips, the infant son of Mikhalia Hockenhull and Trevor Phillips of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sylvia Laverna Jones, 88, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Judy Elizabeth Wilson, 70, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Rickey Thomas Cooper, 56, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ernestine Lotella Steward, 95, of Chico and Doris Hill, 77, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Friday, January 23, 2015


HEART OF A CHAMPION – Wise County Special Needs Baseball has teamed up with Wise County 4-H and FFA for the first ever “Heart of a Champion” event on March 6. All ages of individuals with special needs are invited to participate. Each participant will be partnered with a 4-H or FFA member to show a livestock animal at the Wise County Youth Fair. Participants will receive a ribbon, a picture with the animal and dinner afterwards. Registration forms can be downloaded from wcspecialneeds.com, click on the forms link. Or you can pick one up at Meyers Agency, Inc. in Bridgeport. Registration forms are due by Feb. 2. Call Jeri Kay at 940-577-1848 or email charli@meyersagency.com.

GREYHOUNDS FIGHT FOR 21-A LEAD – The Slidell Greyhounds will meet the Bellevue Eagles at home tonight at 7:15 in a matchup for the 21-A lead. The game will follow the girls game at 6. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action and scores from local games will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord teams will go to Valley View. Boyd will head to Holliday. Bridgeport teams visit Castleberry. Chico welcomes in Lindsay. Decatur takes on Springtown at home. Northwest makes the trip to Roanoke to face Byron Nelson. Paradise faces City View at home.

DECATUR TRIES TO MAKE SPLASH AT DISTRICT – Decatur swimmers will compete in the 6-5A meet Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Grapevine ISD Natatorium. The top six in the individual and team events will advance to regionals Feb. 6-7.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP – Bridgeport High School counselors will host a financial aid workshop Tuesday, Jan. 27. The counselors will be providing two available workshops for parents: noon-1 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Bridgeport High School library. Call Aimee Burtnett or Julie Green at 940-683-4064.

BULLS BASKETBALL NIGHT – Bridgeport basketball players from peewee to varsity will be recognized at Bulls Basketball Night Monday at BHS. In-N-Out Burger will be on hand for a hamburger fundraiser, $7.50 per ticket. Tickets, which are limited, may be purchased at the high school main office or at the gate. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. prior to the Bulls game at 7.

WINTER FUN – The Decatur Public Library presents Special Preschool Storytime at 10:30 this morning. They will share winter stories, songs and movement – featuring puppets, giant “frogs,” and all kinds of fun. Visit the library or www.decaturpubliclibrary.com for more information.

YOUTH BASEBALL – Decatur Baseball League 2015 Spring Sign-up will be at Decatur City Hall 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Ages are t-ball, 5/6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Bring your child along with birth certificate. Uniform fittings at sign-up. Call Eric at 940-389-4679 or Annie 817-223-4928.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a breakfast meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise and surrounding county’s veterans are welcome.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will take place at two different times: ages 1-9 will be 4-6 p.m. and ages 10-15 will be 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration deadline is today, and prices will go up $10 for every package after today. Purchase tickets at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or iCopy. Pre-registration forms are located at every elementary school, some daycares and churches around town. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email shel5252@yahoo.com.

GUN RAFFLE – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will raffle off a Ruger All American 308/w Redfield Scope or a Weatherby PAO8 in 12 or 20 pump at the Decatur Gun Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. The winner will choose the gun. Money raised will help fund AIM’s trip to the National Amputee Conference in July.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will discuss Monday a resolution in support of voter choice for Wise County Water Control and Improvement Districts. They will also consider a resolution in opposition to removing the county fireworks regulation authority and another in opposition to unfunded mandates. Monday’s agenda also includes the recognition of a Wise County dispatcher and a closed session for property deliberations. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Helen Huddleston, 77, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ella Mae Wilkerson, 94, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Sunday.

FUNERAL for Ricky Cooper, 56, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasantview Baptist Church with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Kay Wallis, 62, of Weatherford is 6 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


RETIRED PBR CHAMPIONS TO RIDE IN DECATUR – J.W. Hart and PBR have announced that the 2015 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge on May 30 in Decatur will feature PBR world champions from the past three decades competing in a special pay-per-view event. So far four riders – Hart, two-time world champion Justin McBride, 1997 world champion Michael Gaffney and Ross Coleman – have been announced as participants in the Ring of Honor – Unfinished Business showdown that will award $160,000 to the victor of the winner-take-all challenge. According to Hart, the idea first came about from Calvin Jackson with WC Challenger Charities that organizes the event. The pay-per-view event will include three different competitions – the regular and championship rounds of the Hart Challenge, the Unfinished Business showdown and a winner-take-all challenge between currently competing PBR world champions. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

TAKE THE UMBRELLA – Much of Wise County received more than an inch of rain overnight, and the rain is expected to continue throughout the day. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. include 1.7 inches in Cottondale, 1.3 in Rhome, 1.25 in Decatur and Greenwood, 1.2 in Paradise, 1 in Bridgeport and 0.75 in Alvord. Today’s high is expected to be 41. A 50 percent chance of rain and possibly snow remains in the forecast overnight with a slight chance Friday morning.

HEALTH FORUM TO MEET – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County.

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Girls Softball Spring sign-ups have begun. Forms are available at all schools or by contacting Carley at 940-577-0138 or Sarah at 940-923-1055. Sign-ups will also be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Deadline for mailed forms is Feb. 11.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Decatur Civic Center. New officers will be installed. The Chamber is also looking for businesses interested in sponsorship of the monthly luncheons and newsletters. To register for the luncheon or seek sponsorship opportunities, call 940-627-3107.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a breakfast meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise and surrounding county’s veterans are welcome.

GUN RAFFLE – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will raffle off a Ruger All American 308/w Redfield Scope or a Weatherby PAO8 in 12 or 20 pump at the Decatur Gun Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. The winner will choose the gun. Money raised will help fund AIM’s trip to the National Amputee Conference in July.

BOYD SOCCER – Boyd youth soccer sign-ups will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Feb. 21 in the middle school competition gym. Cost is 65. Call Michelle at 940-210-0857.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD – The Alvord ISD board of trustees will meet at 7 tonight at the school administration building on Mosley Lane. The mostly-routine agenda calls for reports from principals, superintendent and board members as well as approval of the annual financial audit and action on a level 3 grievance against a district employee. The board will meet in closed session regarding the complaint, but any action will be taken in open session. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Helen Huddleston, 77, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Vergie Williams, 99, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ellamaye Wilkerson, 94, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kay Wallis, 62, of Weatherford is 6 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


2 HURT IN 3-CAR WRECK – A chain reaction wreck around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday sent two people to area hospitals. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said a pickup was northbound on U.S. 81/287 when the driver came over a hill near the crossover at County Road 4228 south of Decatur and encountered traffic that was stopped due to traffic merging into one lane for a construction zone. The pickup rear ended another pickup, causing extensive damage to the second vehicle. The impact also pushed the second pickup into a third vehicle. The passenger in the second truck was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and the driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Both victims are female, although their names were not available at the accident scene. All northbound traffic was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxBULLS SHOOT DOWN EAGLES – Jacob Delangel hit three 3-pointers in the first half to help the Bridgeport Bulls build a 21-point lead on the way to a 78-55 victory over the Decatur Eagles in a showdown between top-15 teams in 4A. Delangel finished with 18 points. Caleb Smith led all scorers with 22. Devonte Patterson had 17. Parker Hicks finished with 17 for Decatur, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter. Holt Garner had 10. See the full story at www.wcmsports.com/bulls-shoot-down-eagles/.

LADY EAGLES SHUT DOWN SISSIES – The Decatur Lady Eagles held Bridgeport to 31 percent shooting (15-for-47) in a 54-41 win Tuesday that gave Decatur the lead in 8-4A. Makayla Mayfield led Decatur with 15 points and nine rebounds. Shelby Drews had 13 and Macen Stripling 12. Landrie Walsh led the Sissies with 14. See the full story at www.wcmsports.com/lady-eagles-shut-down-sissies-take-8-4a-lead/

HOOPS SCORES – Girls: Paradise 51, Jacksboro 33; Bowie 68, Boyd 21; Alvord 60, Poolville 53; Slidell 45, Saint Jo 25; Northwest 52, Fossil Ridge 45 OT. Boys: Paradise 58, Jacksboro 28; Bowie 80, Boyd 39; Poolville 99, Alvord 56; Slidell 56, Saint Jo 47; Northwest 76, Fossil Ridge 53

RAIN/SNOW POSSIBLE – After a predicted high of 59 today, temperatures will drop tonight to a low around 35. Chance of precipitation overnight is 100 percent. Thursday morning brings a 100 percent chance of rain and possibly snow, becoming all rain Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s high should be around 40. Rain and snow chances remain in the forecast Thursday night through Friday morning.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department presents the Bridgeport Box Office showing of “Wreck-It Ralph” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Stage. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, and concessions will be available. Call 940-683-3480.

GOSPEL CONCERT – The Songfellows Quartet gospel singing group will perform at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, and a love offering will be collected.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Franky Joe Robinson, 80, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vergie Williams, 99, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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2 hurt in 81/287 wreck near Decatur


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A chain reaction wreck around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday sent two people to area hospitals. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said a pickup was northbound on U.S. 81/287 when the driver came over a hill near the crossover at County Road 4428 south of Decatur and encountered traffic that was stopped due to traffic merging into one lane for a construction zone. The pickup rear ended another pickup, causing extensive damage to the second vehicle. The impact also pushed the second pickup into a third vehicle. The passenger in the second truck was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and the driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Both victims were female, although their names were not available at the accident scene. All northbound traffic was shut down for about 45 minutes.

 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


CHICO BOARD EXTENDS SUPT. CONTRACT - The Chico School Board, by a narrow 4-3 margin, voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Jones out to three years following a 30-minute closed session for the annual evaluation last night. Paul Cantrell, Mark Tate, Doug Bowyer and Pancho Redwine voted for the extension while Bill Hand, Lori Clark and G.A. Buckner voted against the extension. In other business, the board heard an update on potential facility needs as well as how a possible bond election would affect the tax rate. No bond election has been called by the board, although they are expected to decide on calling an election at next month’s meeting. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

BOARD HEARS FACILITY ESTIMATES - The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees meeting focused mainly on new school buildings Monday night. The board heard presentations on the new agriculture science barn and stadium renovations, which will take a grand total of more than $3.5 million to build. No decisions were made on the buildings yet, but bids for contracting should be made in the next month. The board also went over the answers to the soccer questionnaire that was given to high school and middle school students earlier in the semester. If the board decides to add soccer to its sports roster, it will cost the district about $23,000 in start-up costs, plus the hiring of two new coaches and one athletic trainer. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

PHARMACY BURGLARY – The Rhome Best Value Pharmacy was hit by burglars Saturday morning. The suspects broke a front window and took empty pill bottles and blood pressure medicine. Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis said the incident was captured on video, and he is confident those responsible will be caught. Anyone with information should call the Rhome Police Department at 817-636-2400. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BIG SANDY HOOPS BATTLE – The Decatur Eagles, ranked No. 15 in the latest TABC 4A poll, will head to Bridgeport to take on the sixth-ranked Bulls on the hardwood at 8 tonight. That showdown will follow the first-place battle in 8-4A between the Decatur Lady Eagles and 23rd-ranked Bridgeport Sissies at 6:15. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action and scores from other area games will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord team head to Poolville. Boyd squads make the trip to Bowie. Chico journeys to Era. Paradise welcomes in Jacksboro. Northwest brings in Fossil Ridge. Slidell goes to Saint Jo.

LEGISLATIVE DAY RESERVATION DEADLINE – The deadline to register for Wise County Legislative Days in Austin is Friday. The event, hosted by the Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise chambers of commerce, is Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 16-17 at the Double Tree Guest Suites. It includes a reception Monday evening with all senators and state representatives invited, and breakfast at the hotel Tuesday morning with brief talks by Rep. Phil King and Sen. Craig Estes. Registration is $65 per person payable to the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, due by Friday. Hotel reservations must be booked separately.

BRIDGEPORT DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Tickets are now on sale for Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 21. There will be two dances: 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per couple, $5 for additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 East Main St., in Decatur. The program will be on field trips, and photos will be shown of previous field trips in and around the Wise County area. Members are encouraged to bring their own specimens. A potluck meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Service for Franky Joe Robinson, 80, of Decatur is 10:30 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.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Jesse Dale Thacker, 24, of Newark is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, January 19, 2015


PURSUIT ENDS IN FATAL CRASH – A Springtown man died after running his car off Farm Road 718 south of Texas 114 just before 9 p.m. Friday. Trooper Jackson Bridgeman of the Texas Department of Public Safety said he was southbound when a car passed him, heading north at a high rate of speed. Bridgeman turned on his flashers and turned around to pursue, and the driver saw him and hit the gas. “I checked his speed all the way up to right at 140 on my radar unit,” he said. “He was so far ahead of me I never saw him come off the road.” Bridgeman said he continued north to Texas 114 before canceling the pursuit. About that time, a Newark area resident called in and said she had heard a loud bang behind her house that sounded like a car crash. Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and medics, Newark firefighters and Boyd police returned to the scene and found a 1994 Pontiac Firebird on its roof in a field just west of Farm Road 718. The car had gone into a skid, crashed through a gate and rolled out into a vacant field. The driver, identified as Jerry Easterwood, 35, was still inside but was dead at the scene. DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said Easterwood was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation remains open awaiting autopsy results.

1 KILLED IN ALVORD WRECK – A one-car accident claimed a life on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord around 1 a.m. Saturday. Trooper Jackson Bridgeman said a 1997 Dodge minivan driven by 76-year-old Dennis Ward of Wichita, Kan., left the southbound roadway near the Hot Skillet restaurant and hit a tree, killing him. Ward was the lone occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation, pending autopsy results.

DECATUR HONORS EMPLOYEES – Three City of Decatur employees were honored Friday night for 15 years service to the city. Susie Hubbell, Robert Gage and Joe Tax were presented awards by Mayor Martin Woodruff and City Manager Brett Shannon at the annual employee appreciation dinner at the Decatur Civic Center.

FRIDAY HOOPS SCORES – Girls: Bridgeport 55, Lake Worth 21; Decatur 79, Castleberry 21; Paradise 68, Henrietta 26; Boyd 58, Nocona 26; Alvord 60, Lindsay 55; Slidell 68, Prairie Valley 31; Keller 62, Northwest 47. Boys: Bridgeport 80, Lake Worth 43; Decatur 97, Castleberry 31; Paradise 49, Henrietta 46; Nocona 71, Boyd 59; Lindsay 57, Alvord 40; Slidell 83, Prairie Valley 35; Keller 45, Northwest 39.

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.

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

HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Heritage Museum on Halsell Street at 12:30. No lunch will be provided. The board of directors will have a meeting at 11 prior to the general meeting.

DECATUR 4-H TO MEET – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Arrive between 5:15 and 6 to help finish painting a trash can that will be used at the fairgrounds during upcoming events.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss the start-up costs of a new soccer program at the high school at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes reviewing price quotes for electronic signs on all four campuses, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a review of the district’s Energy Conservation Policy and a discussion about the construction of a new agriculture science barn at the high school. The meeting is 7 p.m. at 2107 15th Street.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – The Chico School Board will perform the annual superintendent evaluation and take action on his contract at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes a facilities review committee update, a report on the annual cost savings from ESC Region 11, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a monetary donation from Noel and LeAnn Ruddick for the Ryan Ruddick Memorial Scholarship Fund and other regular monthly business. The meeting is 7 p.m. in the Chico Elementary School Cafetorium, 1120 Park Road.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frank Robinson, 80, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Paul Edward Lambert, 84, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial in Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jesse Thacker, 24, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Larry F. Fast, 69, of Paradise. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Accident victims identified


Drivers who died in two separate one-car accidents Friday night and early Saturday morning have been identified. The first driver, Jerry Easterwood, 35, of Springtown, died on Farm Road 718 in Newark at 8:49 p.m. Friday. Easterwood’s 1994 Pontiac Firebird was clocked at a speed of close to 140 miles per hour by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jackson Bridgeman before he broke off pursuit. Bridgeman said he lost sight of the driver and went all the way north to S.H. 114 looking for him. In the meantime, a resident who lives along FM 718 reported hearing a loud bang. Responders found Easterswood’s car had crashed through a gate, rolled several times and landed on its top in a field on the west side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said Easterwood was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation remains open awaiting autopsy results. The second accident occurred around 1 a.m. on U.S. 287 north of Alvord. That driver, 76-year-old Dennis Ward of Wichita, Kan. was southbound in a 1997 Dodge minivan when a witness said he left the roadway to the right, struck the culvert at the Hot Skillet restaurant and continued straight ahead, striking a tree. Ward was also pronounced dead at the scene. That accident is also under investigation, pending autopsy results.

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Bridgeport man found


According to the Bridgeport Police Department Facebook page, Benisio Gonzales Davila, 84, was found in Abilene, canceling the Silver Alert. This is the second time in 12 months that a Silver Alert has been issued for Davila. He was also reported missing in March 2014.

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Bridgeport PD issues Silver Alert


 

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The Bridgeport Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Benisio Gonzales Davila. The 84-year-old is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has grey hair, brown eyes and was last seen about 3:30 p.m. today in Bridgeport. He was wearing a grey knit sweater, brown jacket and jeans. Gonzales is driving a white, 2008 Toyota Matrix with Texas license plate CK5P811. Law enforcement officials believe his disappearance poses a credible threat to his own health and safety. If you have information regarding this missing senior citizen, call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

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Friday, January 16, 2015


1 INJURED WHEN TRUCK STRIKES TRACTOR – An Alvord man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur by ambulance after his tractor was struck by a truck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Marvin Porter, 55, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after he hit the dash of the tractor following the collision. “He had a lot of preexisting conditions, and it’s unclear if he aggravated those and to what extent,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. Porter was injured in an April 2014 wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck his pickup. Porter’s friend Michael White, who was on the scene after Thursday’s accident, said Porter had his back fused together after that accident and later a knee surgery. Porter was driving his tractor on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 81/287, according to Siebeneck. A pickup driven by Tuxie Ballard, 25, of New Mexico hit the tractor in the rear ripping off the left back tire. Ballard’s truck came to rest in the median. “Ballard was in the outside lane going 75 in a 75, and Porter was on the shoulder,” Siebeneck said. “[Ballard] dropped his phone and swerved and hit the tractor.” Ballard said his phone was on the console and fell.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION SETS GOAL – The Decatur Education Foundation is seeking $50,000 in donations to fund innovative teaching grants, and $36,750 has been raised in donations and pledges, Foundation Board President Fred Renfro announced at last night’s annual donor recognition program. Top donors who have contributed at least $5,000 include Conoco Phillips, Decatur ISD faculty and staff, Devon Energy and Wise Regional Health System.

EAGLES START DISTRICT – Decatur Eagles will start the District 8-4A schedule at 8 tonight at home against Castleberry. The game will follow the girls game at 6:15. Get live updates of the action @wcmsports on Twitter. A recap of the action and a local scoreboard will be posted at wcmsports.com following the action. In other games, Bridgeport teams will head to Lake Worth. Alvord will be in Lindsay. Boyd teams try to rebound at Nocona. Chico plays host to Valley View. Paradise welcomes Henrietta. Slidell heads to Prairie Valley. Northwest visits Keller.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 East Main St., in Decatur. The program will be on field trips, and photos will be shown of previous field trips in and around the Wise County area. Members are encouraged to bring their own specimens. A potluck meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

BENEFIT BAKE SALE – Open Arms is holding two bake sales to raise money for house fire victim Charles Montgomery. There is one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Mart and one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Lowe’s Marketplace in Decatur. For information, call 940-210-5738.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical society will meet Monday at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. A board meeting is scheduled for 11, lunch is at 11:30, and a general meeting is scheduled for noon.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close Monday. Other dumpsites (Boyd, Chico and Cottondale) will close the next business day, which is Wednesday. They will reopen regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Loretta M. Wilson, 92, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frank Robinson, 80, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 9:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd is 6 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Paul Lambert, 84, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Larry F. Fast, 69, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gary Andrew Miller, 67, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Breaking News: Man injured after truck hits tractor


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
An Alvord man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur by ambulance after his tractor was struck by a truck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Marvin Porter, 55, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after he hit the dash of the tractor following the collision.
“He had a lot of preexisting conditions, and it’s unclear if he aggravated those and to what extent,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck.
Porter was injured in an April 2014 wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck his pickup.
Porter’s friend Michael White, who was on the scene after Thursday’s accident, said Porter had his back fused together after that accident and later a knee surgery.
“I hope his back is not messed up again,” White said.
Porter was driving his tractor on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 81/287, according to Siebeneck. A pickup driven by Tuxie Ballard, 25, of New Mexico hit the tractor in the rear ripping off the left back tire. Ballard’s truck came to rest in the median.
“Ballard was in the outside lane going 75 in a 75, and Porter was on the shoulder,” Siebeneck said. “[Ballard] dropped his phone and swerved and hit the tractor.”
Ballard said his phone was on the console and fell.
“I looked down for a second, and by the time I looked up, I kissed his rear end,” Ballard said.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


TOWNSEND’S CONTRACT EXTENDED – The Decatur School Board met behind closed doors for more than four hours last night while performing the annual superintendent evaluation. When they emerged around 10:15 p.m., they voted 7-0 to extend Superintendent Rod Townsend’s contract another year, making it a 3-year-contract, and provide a raise of $4,500. Board President Kevin Haney said, “The consensus of the board is we’re very pleased with Mr. Townsend and the work he is doing for the district. I feel he is doing an outstanding job for us.”

BOOK SPEED DATING – Book Speed Dating for Teens is 4 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to find their perfect literary match. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its first golf tournament Saturday, May 16. Call Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED – Registration for spring classes at Weatherford College Wise County has been extended through 5 p.m. today for new and returning students. Call the college at 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu for information.

SCAM ALERT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to make sure they double check the credentials of anyone approaching them to advertise on items such as local restaurant menus. At least one local business owner believes a man who approached him yesterday about advertising on a menu is actually running a scam.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will be take place at two different times: ages 1-9 will be 4-6 p.m. and ages 10-15 will be 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 23, and prices will go up $10 for every package after that date. Purchase tickets at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or iCopy. Pre-registration forms are located at every elementary school, some daycares and churches around town. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email shel5252@yahoo.com.

BOYD SCHOOL BOARD – The Boyd school board will discuss agriculture barn construction bids, budget amendments and elementary school playground equipment tonight. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at 600 Knox Ave. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Loretta M. Wilson, 92, and Daniel Eugene Golike, 65, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lynn Young Morgan, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at the First Assembly of God Church in Azle. Graveside service is 9:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Gary Andrew Miller, 67, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth E. Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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