Monday, June 27, 2016


HOME LOST TO FIRE – A fire destroyed a single wide mobile home in the 1200 block of County Road 2750 Saturday night. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said initial responders reported the structure as fully involved upon arrival just after 10 p.m. Hahn said the home was occupied by one man. No one was injured in the blaze. Alvord, Decatur, Greenwood-Slidell and Wise County EMS had crews on scene.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be received toward the expenses of the museum.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 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. Historian Frank Knight will be guest speaker. Call Brenda Vaughn at 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

PATRIOTIC DOG CONTEST – Chewy’s Hope Dog Rescue is holding a 4th of July Dog Photo Contest. Dress your dog up in their favorite patriotic outfit and submit the photo to www.makemycontest.com/chewyshope4thcontest.com. Votes are $1 each. All proceeds go to help with vetting and supplies for Chewy’s Hope foster dogs. Cash prizes will be awarded for the first through third place winners. Contest ends July 1.

CRAFTING BEE – Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280, in Alvord will have the MZ Bee 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Bring any type of craft project to work on and your lunch, snacks and soft drinks or bottled water. Fee is $10 to benefit the church food pantry missions. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941; or the church, 940-627-5103.

NORTHWEST TO NAME SUPERINTENDENT – Northwest ISD trustees plan to name a lone finalist as superintendent at their meeting at 7 tonight.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners meet at 9 this morning in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will revisit changing county subdivision rules in regard to fire protection and possibly take action. They will also present a Distinguished Service award to the Wise County Historical Commission. The meeting is open to the public.

COMMISSIONERS COURT ON THE ROAD – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chico Community Center, 400 South Hovey Street. Dr. Dan Sebert, executive director of the National Watershed Coalition, will speak, and Commissioner Kevin Burns will give a presentation on Precinct 2 roads and bridges. County Judge J.D. Clark will provide an update on countywide issues.

WARM SCHEDULE – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed today through July 4.

FUNERALS – A memorial service for Johnathan Dewayne McKibben, 27, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Walter Hollis, 75, of Chico is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jimmy L. Carpenter, 82, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Peggy Benham, 79, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Harvey Leon Thompson, 90, of Corpus Christi, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

NO SERVICES are scheduled for Patricia J. Barnett, 76, of Weatherford, formerly of Slidell, and Justin Michael Thyme, 56, of New Fairview. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Lillie C. Adams, 100, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Friday, June 24, 2016


GREEN’S SIGNATURE DRIVE FALLS SHORT – Barry Green is out of the race for 271st district attorney. He collected only 300 of the 500 signatures needed by June 23 to get his name on the ballot for the November general election, a requirement for independent candidates. He said the process was more difficult than he anticipated. “It’s my fault for trying to do it within a month,” he said. “I’m frustrated that I ran out of time to get the signatures. I had a lot of people work very hard for me, and I feel badly for them.” Green said he hasn’t ruled out a future run for office, but at this time he plans to “stay put [continuing his current practice], watch the landscape and go from there.” The only other candidate seeking the office is Republican incumbent Greg Lowery. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Chico youth football will have sign ups 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion at Robinson Park for students in first through sixth grade. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and your child for fitting. Call Monty at 940-393-5095.

CLOSED FOR TRAINING – Wise Hope Crisis Center will be closed today for training. In case of emergency, call 911. The 24-hour hotline can be reached at 940-626-4855.

PEEWEE FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Peewee Football for grades 3-6 will hold the last sign-up day Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Bridgeport Library.

BLOOD DRIVE – Legend Bank at Alvord will host a community blood drive 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today. Schedule an appointment at carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood/ or call 940-389-2370. Walk-ups are also welcome.

RECORD SWIM – Fit-N-Wise will be part of the world’s largest swim lesson today. The free event, which is held to raise awareness of water safety, starts with registration at noon. The swim lesson is 1 to 1:30 p.m. Kids ages 3 and older may participate. Parents are encouraged to get in the water with 3- and 4-year-olds.

YOUTH SHOW – The Eighter from Decatur Showmanship and Jackpot Series is Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Jackpot showmanship starts at 8 a.m., and the show follows. All proceeds benefit Decatur FFA Alumni and Paradise Ag Supporters. Visit www.eighterfromdecaturjackpotseries.com or call Steve Bradshaw at 940-210-8686.

CIVIC CENTER CELEBRATES 15 YEARS – The Decatur Civic Center will celebrate its 15th birthday with a celebration 4-6 p.m. today.

MARKER DEDICATION – St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church will dedicate its historical marker 5 p.m. today. The church is located at 1801 Irvin Street in Bridgeport. Bishop Michael F. Olson will lead the blessing and dedication. The public is welcome.

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

MOVIE NIGHT – Chico Public Library will show a free movie 6:30 tonight. The library is located at 106 W. Jacksboro St. One free bag of popcorn will be provided. All ages welcome. Call 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Service for Peggy Benham, 79, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Patricia J. Barnett, 76, of Weatherford, formerly of Slidell, and Justin Michael Thyme, 56, of New Fairview are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


CIVIC CENTER CELEBRATES 15 YEARS – The Decatur Civic Center will celebrate its 15th birthday this week, and the community is invited to attend the party. The Center, at 2010 W. U.S. 380, will host a celebration 4-6 p.m. Friday.

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

MOVIE NIGHT – Chico Public Library will show a free movie 6:30 p.m. Friday. The library is located at 106 W. Jacksboro St. One free bag of popcorn will be provided. All ages welcome. Call 940-644-2330.

CRAFT TIME – Rhome Public Library is having craft time 4-5 p.m. today. Call 817-636-2767 to pre-register.

YOUTH SHOW – The Eighter from Decatur Showmanship and Jackpot Series is Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Jackpot showmanship starts at 8 a.m., and the show follows. All proceeds benefit Decatur FFA Alumni and Paradise Ag Supporters. Visit www.eighterfromdecaturjackpotseries.com or call Steve Bradshaw at 940-210-8686.

SCRUB SALE – A mobile scrub sale is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in the lobby of Wise Health System in Decatur. All medical professions welcome. The sale benefits Wise Health System Auxiliary.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth football sign-ups for first through sixth grades will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the old middle school gym. Cost is $125. Player must be present for uniform fitting. Call Larry, 940-399-9846 or Tracy, 940-393-5316.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge has started. There will be an activity at 4 p.m. every Thursday with door prizes at each event. Call the library, 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS – Service for Lillian Vivian (Grooms) Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Kathy Lynn Howard Boswell, 66, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


DECATUR WRECK SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL – The driver of an SUV was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night shortly after 10. Although few details are available, the wreck happened at the intersection of South Trenchard Street and U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsups in Decatur. The wreck appeared to be between the SUV and a semi truck. The SUV driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was briefly diverted on Trenchard Street until one northbound lane was opened while the wreck scene was cleared.

1 HURT IN PARADISE CRASH – A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton said the motorcycle operator, who was not identified, was northbound on County Road 3253 in Paradise when he went around a corner without yielding half the roadway and struck a southbound pickup truck head-on. The motorcycle operator was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The pickup driver was not injured.

PAY INCREASE FOR PARADISE TEACHERS – Paradise School Board voted Monday to increase teacher salaries for 2016-2017. Teachers and some support staff will see a 3 percent increase in pay next year. Superintendent Mac Edwards estimated the increase will cost the district $115,000. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

BOYD DROPS INSURANCE POLICY – Boyd School Board voted Monday to drop the district’s student extracurricular insurance policy due to yearly declines in student claims. Superintendent Ted West said the policy acts as a supplemental insurance plan for potentially-injured students, kicking in an amount on top of what the students’ parents’ plan would have already paid. Thanks to the increasing prevalence of privately insured students, fewer claims are being filed, he said. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

WARM SCHEDULE – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed June 27-July 4. If you normally pick up food the end of the month, come this week and pick up your box. Check the calendar on their website, www.warmtx.org, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

SCRUB SALE – A mobile scrub sale is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in the lobby of Wise Health System in Decatur. All medical professions welcome. The sale benefits Wise Health System Auxiliary.

SUPPORT FOR VETERANS – The Episcopal Church of Wise County’s Mission of the Month for June is supporting Mission 22 which raises awareness of veterans with PTSD. Veterans are planning a 30-day, 455 mile hike from northern California to the Oregon/Washington border, and the congregation will write supportive notes for the hikers to read along the way. The church will also supply small items, such as lip balm, individual sized insect repellent, sun screen, hiking socks, bandanas, etc. that they can pick up at stations along the way. Visit www.mission22.com.

SINGING TRYOUTS – Auditions for Voice of Rhome are held the fourth Saturday of every month. The Voice of Rhome contest will be at the Rhome Fall Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Call Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or email rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Steven Hilliard will discuss information he has collected about why the area in which we live is called the “Cross Timbers Region.” Lunch will be served, so RSVP by 3 p.m. today to the museum at 940-627-5586.

FUNERALS – Service for Lillian Vivian (Grooms) Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lorene Long, 80, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation will be 9:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kathy Lynn Howard Boswell, 66, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Decatur wreck sends 1 to hospital


The driver of an SUV was seriously injured in a two vehicle accident Tuesday night shortly after 10. Although few details are available, the wreck happened at the intersection of South Trenchard Street and U.S. 81/287 in front of Allsups in Decatur. The wreck appeared to be between the SUV and a semi truck. The SUV driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was briefly diverted on Trenchard Street until one northbound lane was opened while the wreck scene was cleared.

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1 hurt in Paradise wreck


A motorcycle operator was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton said the motorcycle operator, who was not identified, was northbound on County Road 3253 in Paradise when he went around a corner without yielding half the roadway and struck a southbound pickup truck head-on. The motorcycle operator was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The pickup driver was not injured.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016


RANN GYM PROJECT MOVING FORWARD – The Decatur School Board yesterday agreed to move forward with updated plans for a new stand-alone gym at Rann Elementary and a construction schedule that would put completion of the project at next June. The estimated cost of the project, which was included in the 2015 bond package, remained at around $1.5 million. The board is expected to approve a guaranteed maximum price on Aug. 8 after bids have been opened.

PRINCIPAL CHANGES ANNOUNCED – Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend announced yesterday that Stephanie Quarles is moving from Carson Elementary principal to Young Elementary principal. Lee Ann Farris is moving from assistant principal to principal at Carson.

BLOOD DRIVE – Legend Bank at Alvord will host a community blood drive 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday. Schedule an appointment at carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood/ or call 940-389-2370. Walk-ups are also welcome. Donors will receive a voucher for discount Texas Rangers tickets, and the bank will serve hot dogs.

RECORD SWIM – Fit-N-Wise will be part of the world’s largest swim lesson Friday. The free event, which is held to raise awareness of water safety, starts with registration at noon. The swim lesson is 1 to 1:30 p.m. Kids ages 3 and older may participate. Parents are encouraged to get in the water with 3- and 4-year-olds.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – Children are invited to Decatur Public Library on Tuesdays for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (STEAM)-based activity. Kindergarten through second graders can participate at 2 p.m., and third through fifth graders can participate at 6:30 p.m. The program continues through the month of July. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

MARKER DEDICATION – St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church will dedicate its historical marker 5 p.m. Friday. The church is located at 1801 Irvin Street in Bridgeport. Bishop Michael F. Olson will lead the blessing and dedication. The public is welcome.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center. Todd Vineyard of the Texas Agriculture Extension Office will speak on “Improving Our Existing Landscapes Through Xeriscaping.” Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Service for Clyde Edward (Ed) Spain, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church with burial to follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lillian Vivian (Grooms) Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lorene Long, 80, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Diana M. Langon, 59, of Saginaw will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ellon Faye “Kaker” Tackel, 94, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kathy Lynn Howard Boswell, 66, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Gary Boswell, 57, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for William Scott Parker, 91, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Monday, June 20, 2016


RABIES CONFIRMED IN KITTEN – Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Friday that the Texas Department of Health last week confirmed that a stray kitten found in the New Fairview area had rabies. The kitten has been put down. Akin said the animal was found by a child about a week earlier. No one was bitten or injured by the kitten. Akin wants people near New Fairview, especially in the area of Farm Road 2264 north of Farm Road 407, to be aware of stray animals and wild animals. Common rabies carriers include raccoons, skunks and coyotes.

OZONE ACTION DAY – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an ozone action day for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Wise County, for today. Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the DFW area.

TOP AWARDS – The Wise County Messenger walked away with four first place awards and Sweepstakes honors for twice-weekly newspapers at the annual Texas Press Association convention at Conroe over the weekend. The Messenger took first place awards for general excellence, news photos, page design and sports coverage. The paper also won a second place award for sports photos, third place awards for headline writing and news writing and fourth place for best website. In the Sweepstakes competition the Messenger racked up 575 points, edging out the Hood County News in Granbury with 550 points. Third place honors went to the El Campo Leader-News and fourth place went to the Williamson County Sun/Sunday Sun in Georgetown. Twenty-six Texas twice-weekly newspapers entered the competition.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets at 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. There is no scheduled board meeting.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center. Todd Vineyard of the Texas Agriculture Extension Office will speak on “Improving Our Existing Landscapes Through Xeriscaping.” Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

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

PUBLIC HEARING CANCELED – The City of Decatur Zoning Board of Adjustments Public Hearing ZBA2016-01 scheduled for today has been canceled.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive 2-6 p.m. today at Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 401 Center Court Drive in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3300.

FUNERALS – Services for Lillian Thompson, 74, of Bridgeport and Lorene Long, 80, of Chico are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Clyde Edward (Ed) Spain, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Diana M. Langon, 59, of Saginaw and Kathy Boswell of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ellon Faye “Kaker” Tackel, 95, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICE for Gary Boswell, 57, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for William Scott Parker, 91, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for David Leslie “Les” Scourfield, 84, of Paradise is 7 p.m. June 28 at Garden Ridge Church of Christ in Lewisville.

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Friday, June 17, 2016


JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The East Side Alumni’s 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday with a parade in downtown Decatur at 11 a.m. and a block party at Louida Willis Park in Decatur at 1 p.m. To participate in the parade, call 940-627-9082.

HEAT ADVISORY – The heat advisory for Wise County has been extended until 8 p.m. Saturday. Highs in the upper 90s with heat index values of 103-108 are expected.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive 2-6 p.m. Monday at Home Health Care of North Central Texas, 401 Center Court Drive in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3300.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. There is no scheduled board meeting.

CHEER REGISTRATION – Chico Cheer Association will hold final registration 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday under the pavilion at Robinson Park. T-shirt orders for parents and fans are also due at that time.

CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 28th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Father’s Day Golf Tournament is today at Decatur Golf Club. Cost is $100 per player, includes lunch, two mulligans, 25 raffle tickets and complimentary beverages. Call 940-627-3107

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball (MADE2Thrive), a local non-profit, is holding its third annual “Tee It Up Fore The Field” golf tournament today. Registration is at noon, and the tournament is at 1 p.m. at The Club at Runaway Bay. Cost is $400 per team; $100 per player. Visit made2thrive.org or contact Jim Duffy at 817-489-3447 or 214-755-3295.

CAR SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson, in Decatur will have its annual antique car show 2 p.m. Saturday. First- through third-place plaques will be awarded. Hot dogs and sodas will be served.

ALVORD YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth football sign ups for grades 1-6 will be held 1-4 p.m. the next two Saturdays at the old middle school gym. Cost is $125. Player must be present for uniform fitting. Call Larry at 940-399-9846 or Tracy at 940-393-5316.

BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry, will host Community Bingo 2 p.m. today. It will feature prizes and finger foods. Call Leroy Larkins at 940-627-5444.

PEEWEE FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Peewee Football sign ups start Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center.

HORSE RESCUE EVENT – The Third Annual Save the Wild Mustangs event is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Bono’s Chophouse and Saloon in Decatur. The event will feature guest appearances by four Screen Actor Guild actors. To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events, visit www.nativeamericanconcertrally.com.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited.

VETERANS MEETING – The Alvord Area Veterans will hold its monthly meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Navigator Truck Stop near Alvord. All veterans are welcome. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830.

CAR SHOW – Grace Fellowship Church is having the Fatherpalooza Car Show before and after the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday. There will be food, live music, games for kids and car show trophies. The church is at 2964 Texas 114 in Paradise.

SHOCK MOBILE TOUR – Phillip Flusche Auto Repair, 802 N Miller Sreet, in Decatur will host the Monroe Shock Mobile beginning 11 this morning. The demonstration features a 25-foot-long, 10-foot-high, translucent shock absorber used to demonstrate the importance of routine shock inspections.

FUNERALS – Service for Helen Buckner, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Billy Maddox Jr., 27, of Boyd is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Ann Wright, 58, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for William Scott Parker, 81, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 4-5 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


DECATUR EDC HIRES DIRECTOR – The Decatur Economic Development Corp. board Wednesday named Thom Lambert executive director. He’s been serving as interim director since January, replacing Mary Poche, who resigned in September 2015. This is Lambert’s second stint with the local entity. He first served as executive director from August 2002 to November 2008. He spent the last few years at Crockett EDC before returning to Wise County. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

HEAT ADVISORY EXTENDED – The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory for Wise and surrounding counties through 8 p.m. Friday. Highs today and tomorrow are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat index values between 103 and 108.

TRIAL CANCELED – The jury trial scheduled for Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow’s court at 1:30 today has been canceled.

CAR SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson, in Decatur will have its annual antique car show 2 p.m. Saturday. First- through third-place plaques will be awarded. Hot dogs and sodas will be served.

ALVORD YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth football sign ups for grades 1-6 will be held 1-4 p.m. the next two Saturdays at the old middle school gym. Cost is $125. Player must be present for uniform fitting. Call Larry at 940-399-9846 or Tracy at 940-393-5316.

PEEWEE FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Peewee Football sign ups start Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center.

HORSE RESCUE EVENT – The Third Annual Save the Wild Mustangs event is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Bono’s Chophouse and Saloon in Decatur. The event will feature guest appearances by four Screen Actor Guild actors. To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events, visit www.nativeamericanconcertrally.com.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited.

VETERANS MEETING – The Alvord Area Veterans will hold its monthly meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Navigator Truck Stop near Alvord. All veterans are welcome. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close Bennett Road to through traffic 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Decatur will conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes tonight beginning at 8. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during spraying. Call the city at 940-393-0260.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 tonight 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. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

FUNERALS – Service for Sandy (Seymore) Adams is 1 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Helen Buckner, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Billy Maddox Jr., 27, of Boyd is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Clara Ann Wright, 58, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for William Scott Parker, 91, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 4-5 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


HEAT ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has included Wise County in a heat advisory from noon today until 8 p.m. Thursday. A heat advisory means afternoon heat index values are expected to be at least 105 degrees for at least two consecutive days. Temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 90s with afternoon heat index values around 105 both days. Potential impacts could be heat exhaustion or heat stroke to anyone working or participating in outdoor activities.

COPPER THEFT ARREST – Chad Sterling Driskill, 45, of Alvord was arrested yesterday and charged with theft of copper. Bridgeport Police identified Driskill as the suspect in a recent string of copper thefts at the Acme Brick Plant in Bridgeport. Driskill was identified with the help of photos police were able to obtain from surveillance video and share on social media and the newspaper. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

SEEK ALTERNATE ROUTES – Expect traffic delays on County Road 4511 east of Decatur as road work is scheduled to start today, according to county engineer Chad Davis. Drivers should take alternate routes. Davis said the project is expected to take three weeks to complete.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close Bennett Road to through traffic 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Decatur will conduct ground spraying for mosquitoes Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during spraying. Call the city at 940-393-0260.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Senior Care Health and Rehab in Decatur is seeking volunteers for help with activities. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 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. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball (MADE2Thrive), a local non-profit, is holding its third annual “Tee It Up Fore The Field” golf tournament Friday. Registration is at noon, and the tournament is at 1 p.m. at The Club at Runaway Bay. It will be a four-man scramble, shotgun start, with dinner, awards, prizes, raffle and silent auction. Cost is $400 per team; $100 per player. The organization is also seeking sponsors and donations. Visit made2thrive.org or contact Jim Duffy at 817-489-3447 or 214-755-3295.

FOOD SAFETY COURSE – A two-hour food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is 2 p.m. today at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, Decatur. The class is taught in English, but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. To register call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

FUNERALS – Service for Sandy (Seymore) Adams is 1 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Daniel Ray Spivey, 33, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Francis Gillaspy of Boyd is private. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Clara Ann Wright, 58, of Rhome and William Scott Parker, 91, of Fort Worth are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Dee Arrington, 88, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Helen Buckner, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Billy Maddox Jr., 27, of Boyd is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016


COTTONDALE HOUSE FIRE – A fire in a mobile home just off School House Road north of County Road 3480 near Cottondale produced a tall column of white smoke visible from Decatur Monday afternoon. Cottondale Fire Chief Jason Walker said crews arrived around 6 p.m. to find the structure fully involved, with flames visible through the roof and smoke streaming out of windows. Wise County EMS was on scene and treated and released at least one firefighter for heat-related exhaustion. Walker said no property owners were on scene. Boyd and Paradise fire departments also responded.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

MIDWESTERN JOINS FORCES WITH WCWC – Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton and Midwestern State University President Suzanne Shipley will sign a memorandum of understanding at 10:30 a.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. The ceremony will mark the partnership between schools as MSU prepares to offer upper level courses at WCWC. The first classes offered will focus on teacher education and preparation for individuals planning to enter the teaching field.

COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER NEED FOR FIRE HYDRANTS – Wise County commissioners discussed changing the county subdivision rules but took no action at Monday’s regular meeting. “We’ve had inquiries from some major home builders, tract homes, like we haven’t experienced before,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns. “Currently, they’re not required to put in fire hydrants, so it’s something we really should consider. We thought about writing it in our rules, but we haven’t done so.” Burns said the change would affect only new subdivisions with a public water system, not small subdivisions where each home has its own water well. Commissioners agreed to revisit the issue at the June 27 meeting. In the meantime, commissioners attorney Thomas Aaberg will research the legal steps necessary to put the revised rule in place.

HOT AND HUMID TODAY – Today’s forecast calls for a high of 92, but humid conditions mean heat index values could reach to around 105 this afternoon. There is a slight chance of rain this morning. Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 1.35 inches in Greenwood, 0.75 in Cottondale, 0.27 in Rhome, 0.26 in Decatur and 0.15 in Alvord.

FOOD SAFETY COURSE – A two-hour food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, Decatur. The class is taught in English, but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. To register call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

CLINIC CANCELED – The June 14 immunization clinic at the First Baptist Church in Decatur has been canceled. The next clinic will be July 12. For information, call the Texas Department of State Health Services, 940-665-9315, option 5.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center in Decatur. Guest speaker Gloria Elam will present “An American Heritage Story.”

BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry, will host Community Bingo 2 p.m. Friday. It will feature prizes and finger foods. Call Leroy Larkins at 940-627-5444.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – Children are invited to Decatur Public Library on Tuesdays for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (STEAM)-based activity. Kindergarten through second graders can participate at 2 p.m., and third through fifth graders can participate at 6:30 p.m. The program continues through the month of July. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Sandy (Seymore) Adams is 1 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Wayne Kidd, 81, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Daniel Ray Spivey, 33, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for James Alexander, 84, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Francis Gillaspy of Boyd will be private. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Clara Wright, 58, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Dee Arrington, 88, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Helen Buckner, 86, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Janice Ruth Dempsey, 77, of San Angelo, formerly of Newark, is 3 p.m. Wednesday at Belvedere Cemetery in San Angelo. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Shaffer Funeral Home in San Angelo.

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Monday, June 13, 2016


2 ARRESTED FOR CEMETERY VANDALISM – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office charged two Chico men Friday with criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery in Alvord. Jeffrey Kyle Young, 23, and Christopher “J.J” Johnson, 17, were arrested for their role in the April 24 incident. The two are accused of knocking over nearly every tombstone in the historic cemetery. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

RAIN CHANCES CONTINUE – Parts of Wise County received multiple inches of rain over the weekend, and there’s a chance for more today. Rainfall totals from the weekend included 2.5 inches in Greenwood, 2.25 in Alvord, 1.84 in Decatur, 0.85 in Bridgeport and 0.1 in Cottondale. Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain.

CHESS CLUB – Decatur Public Library hosts a Chess Club 6 p.m. each Monday. Learn how to play, improve your strategies, or just enjoy playing the game of kings. The club is open to all ages and all levels. No registration required. Call 940-393-0290, or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

ALZHEIMER’S WORKSHOP – The Alzheimer’s Association-North Central Texas Chapter will host a workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center to educate those interested in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” is presented by Shelly Young, program manager for the North Central Texas Chapter. The event is free, but registration is appreciated. Call Shelly Young at 1-800-272-3900.

PUBLIC HEARING CANCELED – The City of Decatur Zoning Board of Adjustments Public Hearing ZBA2016-01 scheduled for June 20 has been canceled.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 28th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Father’s Day Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf Club. Cost is $100 per player, includes lunch, two mulligans, 25 raffle tickets and complimentary beverages. To enter a team or to sponsor, call 940-627-3107

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The East Side Alumni’s 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday with a parade in downtown Decatur at 11 a.m. and a block party at Louida Willis Park in Decatur at 1 p.m. To participate in the parade, call 940-627-9082.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will hear an update on the Trinity Aquifer from the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District at their regular meeting today. They will also discuss fire flow requirements. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public. Commissioners will reconvene at 1 p.m. to discuss potential changes to the county thoroughfare plan with representatives of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The afternoon meeting is in the conference room of the Elections Administration office.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets at 6 tonight at city hall.

FUNERALS – Service for F.M. “Pat” Collins, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

PRIVATE service for Arthur Waggoner, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Chancellor and Jones is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sue Bentley, 83, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Cates Street Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sandy (Seymore) Adams is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Daniel Ray Spivey, 33, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for James Alexander, 84, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for William “Bill” Wayne Kidd, 81, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemtery. Family visitation is 7-9 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frances Gillasty of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Helen Buckner, 86, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dee Arrington, 88, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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2 arrested in cemetery vandalism case


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office charged two Chico men Friday with criminal mischief in connection with the April vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery in Alvord. Jeffrey Kyle Young, 23, and Christopher “J.J” Johnson, 17,  were arrested and remained in the Wise County Jail Friday afternoon. The two are accused of knocking over nearly every tombstone in the historic cemetery. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Friday, June 10, 2016


RHOME SEARCHING FOR CHIEF – Mayor Michelle Pittman announced at Thursday night’s council meeting that the job application for Rhome chief of police has been posted and will remain open to applicants until June 15. The job description may be found on the city website, cityofrhome.com. Pittman said the top applications will be brought to the council in July. The position has been vacant since former chief Brandon Davis resigned in early May. For more on the meeting, see the weekend issue of the Messenger.

LAKE REOPENS – Lake Bridgeport reopened at noon Friday.

PEEWEE FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Peewee Football sign ups are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center.

FISHING DERBY – The 2016 Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday at Black Creek Lake in the LBJ National Grasslands. The free annual event is sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club and the USDA Forest Service. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and fishing will take place 8-11 a.m. A cookout and awards presentation is 11:30 a.m.-noon. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION HOMECOMING – The Garvin Cemetery Association Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish luncheon is at noon followed by the business meeting.

MARKER DEDICATION – A historical marker at the Perrin Cabin, located at 581 Reunion Road in Decatur, will be dedicated at 2 p.m. today.

MOVIE NIGHT – Decatur Town Square, LLC and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce will present a free Movie Night showing “Jurassic World” on the Square tonight beginning at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

BLOOD DRIVES – First Christian Church in Paradise will host a blood drive benefiting Carter BloodCare 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Carter BloodCare will also host a blood drive at Best Value Rhome Pharmacy, 400 S. Main, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Call the pharmacy at 817-638-5561. On Sunday, Carter BloodCare is having a blood drive 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Walk-ins are welcome.

BARBECUE SUPPER – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department is having its annual barbecue supper 6 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6 to 12. Ages 5 and under eat free. The meal will include sliced brisket, chicken or smoked sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, dessert and tea. The Buckner Band will provide entertainment, and there will be door prizes, a cake auction and raffle. Whole or sliced briskets will be available for purchase. Cost is $75. To reserve a brisket, call City Hall, 940-644-2435. Proceeds from the event will be used for the maintenance and operation of the fire hall and vehicles.

BALLET TICKETS – The dancers of Wise Ballet and Music Academy will perform “Sleeping Beauty” 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur High School auditorium. Tickets may be purchased online at tututix.com/wisepag. They will also be available at the door.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold the dive-in movie showing of “Lilo & Stitch” Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. The pool will open at 8 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Admission is $1. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

BLOCK PARTY – Businesses on the Decatur Square will host a block party 4-8 p.m. Saturday. It will include food, a washer pitching tournament and live music.

SOUTHWESTERN FIESTA – New Hope Fellowship Church is having a youth group benefit and auction 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion in Greenwood. The meal will be catered by Freebirds World Burrito. Cost is $10 per plate. Special desserts will follow. It will also feature music and live and silent auctions. Money raised will go toward youth camp.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will hear an update on the Trinity Aquifer from the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District at their regular meeting Monday. They will also discuss fire flow requirements. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public. Commissioners will reconvene at 1 p.m. Monday to discuss potential changes to the county thoroughfare plan with representatives of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The afternoon meeting is in the conference room of the Elections Administration office.

FUNERALSMEMORIAL service for Joyce A. Cheves, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for F.M. “Pat” Collins, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Cornelia Jernigen Pinkerton Cain, 93, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016


DECATUR HOUSE FIRE – Decatur Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire inside a mobile home on East Main St. in Decatur Wednesday afternoon. Dispatchers received a call from the homeowner around 5:15 p.m., and she told them smoke was filling her home. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said that the majority of what burned was a mattress in an end bedroom, though most of the home sustained smoke damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

ALCOHOL PETITION – A signature drive is now underway to call an election for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the city of Decatur. You must be a resident living inside the city limits of Decatur to sign. The petition is located at Patti’s Hair Parlor, Rooster’s, Cary Bohn Insurance and Rhine Realty. Nearly 450 signatures are needed by July 20.

BLOOD DRIVES – First Christian Church in Paradise will host a blood drive benefiting Carter BloodCare 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Carter BloodCare is also having a blood drive 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Walk-ins are welcome.

BARBECUE SUPPER – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department is having its annual barbecue supper 6 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 6-12. Ages 5 and under eat free. The meal will include sliced brisket, chicken or smoked sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, beans, dessert and tea. The Buckner Band will provide entertainment, and there will be door prizes, a cake auction and raffle. Whole or sliced briskets will be available for purchase. Cost is $75. To reserve a brisket, call City Hall, 940-644-2435. Proceeds from the event will be used for the maintenance and operation of the fire hall and vehicles.

MARKER DEDICATION – A historical marker at the Perrin Cabin near Decatur will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Friday.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold the dive-in movie showing of “Lilo & Stitch” Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. The pool will open at 8 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Admission is $1. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

BLOCK PARTY – Businesses on the Decatur Square will host a block party 4-8 p.m. Saturday. It will include food, a washer pitching tournament and live music.

SOUTHWESTERN FIESTA – New Hope Fellowship Church is having a youth group benefit and auction 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the pavilion in Greenwood. The meal will be catered by Freebirds World Burrito. Cost is $10 per plate. Special desserts will follow. It will also feature music and live and silent auctions. Money raised will go toward youth camp.

CITY SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Bridgeport will start spraying for mosquitoes tonight from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The regular schedule for mosquito spraying will be Mondays and Thursdays during the same time period. Call 940-683-3400.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Joyce A. Cheves, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for F.M. “Pat” Collins, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Virgal “Rooster” Oates, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Cornelia Jernigen Pinkerton Cain, 93, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Fire on Main Street


Decatur Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire inside a mobile home on East Main St.  Wednesday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call from the homeowner around 5:15 p.m., and she told them smoke was filling her home.

Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said that the majority of what burned was a mattress in an end bedroom, though most of the home sustained smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department also responded.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


1 ARRESTED FOR TOMBSTONE THEFT – Ralph Hunt, 24, of Decatur was arrested Monday after investigators said he stole a tombstone dating back to the late 1800s from Deep Creek Cemetery last week. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Hunt has been charged with the state jail felony charge of criminal mischief damage/destruction of a human burial. Investigators had originally hoped the case might lead to solving the major vandalism case at Ball Knob Cemetery back in April, but Akin said they can’t prove Hunt was involved in the vandalism case. Crime Stoppers will pay a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Call 940-627-TIPS. You will remain anonymous.

BRIDGEPORT SECOND IN INTERNATIONAL EVENT – The Bridgeport Middle School Community Problem Solvers placed second at the Future Problem Solvers International Conference at Michigan State University. The students assisted Bridgeport Senior Care in the implementation of a music therapy program for residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The team is coached by Paula Fippinger.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur to benefit Michael White, who was injured in a four-wheeler accident. Proceeds will help with medical bills.

CITY SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES – The City of Bridgeport will start spraying for mosquitoes on Thursday from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The regular schedule for mosquito spraying will be Mondays and Thursdays during the same time period. Call 940-683-3400.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale today through Friday at Sam’s Hairquarters in Decatur. All proceeds benefit Decatur FFA.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge has started. There will be an activity at 4 p.m. every Thursday, beginning tomorrow, with door prizes at each event. Call the library, 940-393-0290.

MOVIE NIGHT – Decatur Town Square, LLC and the Decatur Chamber of Commerce will present a free Movie Night on the Square Friday beginning at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

FISHING DERBY – The 2016 Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday at Black Creek Lake in the LBJ National Grasslands. The free annual event is sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club and the USDA Forest Service. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and fishing will take place 8-11 a.m. A cookout and awards presentation is 11:30 a.m.-noon. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION HOMECOMING – The Garvin Cemetery Association Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish luncheon is at noon followed by the business meeting.

BALLET TICKETS – Tickets are now available for the Wise Performing Arts Guild presentation of “Sleeping Beauty,” featuring the dancers of Wise Ballet and Music Academy. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur High School auditorium. Purchase tickets at tututix.com/WisePAG or at the door.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close Preskitt Road today through Thursday, June 16 at the intersection of Old Reunion Road. Old Reunion Road will remain open to through traffic. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

FUNERALS – Service for Virgal “Rooster” Oates, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Craig Jace Smith, 53, of Saginaw is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Cornelia Jernigen Pinkerton Cain, 93, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for F.M. “Pat” Collins, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. June 14 in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is Monday, June 13 at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Sue Bentley, 83, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce A. Cheves, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016


CHICO NAMES SUPERINTENDENT – Chico ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday to name Don Elsom the district’s new superintendent. Elsom comes to Chico after six years at Latexo ISD.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close Preskitt Road Wednesday, June 8 through Thursday, June 16 at the intersection of Old Reunion Road. Old Reunion Road will remain open to through traffic. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

DECATUR CARES – The Decatur Cares summer feeding program for qualifying families begins today at a new location: Carson Elementary. Distribution starts at 12:30 p.m. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

NORTHWEST GRADUATION – Northwest High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the University of North Texas in Denton.

ROAD CLOSURES – Several major roads around Wise County remained closed this morning due to water over the roadway. That includes Farm Road 920 near Bridgeport, Hovey Street in Bridgeport and Farm Road 3259 near Paradise.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday at Patti’s Hair Parlor to benefit Michael White, who was injured in a four-wheeler accident. Proceeds will help with medical bills.

WIDOWS CONVENTION – Widows of America Inc. is having Roses for Widows, the 16th all widows faith-based jamboree, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd Community Center. Keynote speaker is Joy Roberts, Nashville-recorded country-western gospel artist. Tickets are $10 and includes a luncheon, program and a chance at door prizes. RSVP by Wednesday by calling E. Curina Morris, 940-648-2540.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – Children are invited to Decatur Public Library on Tuesdays for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (STEAM)-based activity. Kindergarten through second graders can participate at 2 p.m., and third through fifth graders can participate at 6:30 p.m. The program starts today and continues through the month of July. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE – The Decatur Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge has begun. The first Summer Reading Challenge performance is Dazzlin’ Dave’s Science Show at 10:30 a.m. or noon Wednesday. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS – Service for Cornelia Cain, 93, of Haltom City is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bennie Carroll Dickinson, 81, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

SERVICE for Virgal Oates, 84 of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Craig Jace Smith, 53, of Saginaw, is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for F.M. “Pat” Collins, 82, of Alvord is 2 p.m. June 14 in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation will be Monday, June 13 at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Merle L. Eubanks, 89, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce A. Cheves, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Monday, June 6, 2016


PBR CHAMPS – Quentin Vaught of Missouri won the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Saturday in Decatur, and Cooper Davis of Jasper conquered the Young Guns Challenge, though he was unable to stay on bull Air Time for the grand prize of $50,000. Vaught and Davis had the only scoring rides Saturday night.

ROADS, LAKE REMAIN CLOSED – The rain may have moved out, but more roads were added to the closure list over the weekend. Major roadways closed due to high water include Farm Road 730 north of Boyd, FM 920 near Bridgeport, FM 3259 near Paradise and Hovey Street in Bridgeport. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following county roads closed as well: CR 3390, CR 1590, CR 1591, CR 4421 at FM 2264, CR 3701, CR 3250, CR 3581 (bridge out), CR 4668 (Bobo Crossing) (bridge out) and CR 4757 at the bridge. Lake Bridgeport remained 2 1/2-feet above conservation level as of 6 a.m. today with 8,390 cubic feet of water per second being released. The lake remains closed.

SUMMERS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – Stephen Summers, CEO of Wise Health System, has announced his retirement after 25 years with the hospital. His intention is to step down in April of 2017. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

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.

CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11 a.m., followed by dinner on the grounds and a business meeting.

ACTING CAMP – Texas Theatre for Young People is holding an acting camp at the Decatur High School Theatre 7-9 p.m. July 18-22. Sign up is available now and space is limited. The instructor is Joe Sturgeon, a professional actor, director and playwright. He has been resident director and director of theatre for youth at Casa Manana. Register online at www.texastyp.org/wise-county-class.html

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

ABWN – Wise County Area Business Women’s Network is having their monthly networking meeting Thursday. RSVP by today to LauraShaffer@marykay.com. Lunch is $11.

FUNERALS – Service for F.M. Collins, 82, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bennie Carroll Dickinson, 81, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Craig Jace Smith, 53, of Saginaw is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Merle L. Eubanks, 89, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce A. Cheves, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MILITARY SERVICE for Orus Mooney is 9:30 a.m. today at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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