Decatur wins UIL region journalism title


IMG_0685Decatur High School’s  journalism team is the region’s best.
The school captured its first region title in journalism Saturday at the Class 4A Region I University Interscholastic League academics contest at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Two journalists, Mickey Drewry and Rachael Ussery will advance to the state academic meet May 26 in Austin.
Ussery won the news writing contest. Drewry took second in headline and third in feature writing.
Results for Decatur at regionals:
Ready Writing: 5. Kendall Hubbard
Headline Writing: 2. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
Feature Writing: 3. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
News Writing: 1. Rachael Ussery; 4. Mickey Drewry

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Relay for Life location moved inside


Due to inclement weather, Relay for Life of Wise County has moved all activities into the McCarroll Middle School gym on Thompson Street. Wise County remains under the threat of severe weather this evening and is included in a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. and a tornado watch until 10 p.m. For Relay information, visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx or call Kathy Odell at 940-255-2944.

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Friday, April 24, 2015


RELAY TIME - The 14th Annual Relay for Life of Wise County is tonight at the McCarroll Middle School track on Thompson Street in Decatur. The event will begin with a survivor ceremony at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7. Around 7:15, cancer survivors and their caregivers will walk the first lap, and teams will continue walking through 7 a.m. Saturday. A balloon release will take place during the survivors lap. Teams will hold a variety of fundraisers, including raffles. All money raised for Relay for Life will benefit the American Cancer Society. If it rains, the event will move inside the gym. Event organizer Kathy Odell said an announcement would be made around 3:30 p.m. if the location needs to change from the track. For information, visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx or call Odell at 940-255-2944.

MORE RAIN IN FORECAST – Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of storms this afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be severe. Rainfall totals from the past 24 hours include 2.29 inches in Rhome, 0.75 in Greenwood, 0.46 in Decatur and 0.3 in Alvord. Storms that moved through this morning caused minor flooding in some parts of the county. As of 7 a.m., water covered the roadway on Farm Road 2264 about a quarter-mile from Farm Road 407, according to the sheriff’s office.

GOLF SENDOFF – The statebound Decatur golf team will get a sendoff from all campuses starting at 1:25 p.m. at the middle school.

PARADISE WINS AREA – The Paradise Lady Panthers won two of the three relays on their way to capturing the 9/10-2A area title Thursday. Haley Rector won the pole vault.

5/6-6A AREA MEET – Northwest will host the 5/6-6A area meet today. The field events are scheduled for 3 p.m. The running finals are slated for 6.

OFFICE CLOSED – The City of Bridgeport Development Services Department will be closed today. Regular business hours will resume on Monday.

PLANT SALE - Decatur FFA will be having a plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Exxon. Hanging baskets, bedding plants, container plants, tomatoes and roses will be for sale. All plants have been grown by students in the Decatur High School agriculture program.

GT NOMINATIONS - Slidell ISD is accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program through May 1. Nomination forms are available in the office. Call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

RETRO BLAST – The 12th Annual Retro Blast Car Show is Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. The event was rescheduled from last weekend due to weather.

HELP A HORSE EVENT – The Humane Society of North Texas will hold Help a Horse Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 516 County Road 4010 in Decatur. Learn more about the HSNT Equine and Livestock Program. The event will include child’s pony rides, pony meet and greet, equine grooming lesson, child’s coloring station, facility tour and adopter meet and greet. A barbecue lunch will be served for a small donation.

BARBECUE BENEFIT – Chico High School Student Council and National Honor Society are having a benefit dinner for Lynn and Vicki Gordon today at the middle school commons area. Vicki was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. Cost for a barbecue sandwich, chips and drink is $6. Dinner will be served at 5 with a dessert auction at 7:30. Call Kelly Durham, 940-644-5783.

DAV YARD SALE – The annual DAV Yard Sale is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 S. Farm Road 51 in Decatur.

MOVIE NIGHT – Carson Elementary in Decatur will host a free outdoor Family Movie Night open to the community tonight. Arrive in front of the school at 7:30 with your chair or blanket. Big Hero 6 will begin at 8:15, and popcorn will be served. Call Suzanne Lindt with the Carson Elementary PTO at 817-233-7584.

CASINO NIGHT – CASA of Wise and Jack counties is hosting a fundraising casino night, “Playing from the Heart,” Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner and a presentation to follow at 6:30. Casino games will start at 7 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction and door prizes every 15 minutes. Tickets are $90 per couple, $50 for an individual and $1,000 for a high roller package, which includes reserved seating for eight. CASA is also seeking sponsors for the event. Call 940-399-3291 or email kayla.prock@casawise.org.

DEAF COFFEE CHAT – The deaf community is invited to a Deaf Coffee Chat 7 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks in Decatur.

COTTONDALE CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The annual Cottondale Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish lunch is at 12:30 p.m., and the business meeting will follow at 1:30. Donations made out to Cottondale Cemetery Association may be mailed to: Cottondale Cemetery Association c/o Marsha Foster, 456 CR 3591, Paradise, TX 76073.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Marshall Brook DeBusk, 58, of Decatur is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


MISSING BRIDGEPORT STUDENT FOUND DEAD – According to a press release from the Bridgeport Police Department, a dead body was discovered near Edison Street by a juvenile just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police could not determine if the body was that of a male or female, and although the cause of death is unknown at this time, the press release said a gun was also found near the body. According to a Wednesday night Facebook post from Jennifer Fortune, the body is that of her son, Brant Boatman. “To all those who tried to help me find my son…thank you…I have bad news y’all. They found him in the woods by our house. The Texas Rangers and police chief came to notify us. They took him to Dallas for an autopsy and I will give DNA tomorrow to confirm. But his phone was there and the 45 pistol. The ranger said it is 99 percent our son,” Fortune wrote on Facebook. Boatman, a 17-year-old Bridgeport High School student had been missing since April 11.

The press release from Bridgeport Police Assistant Chief Steve Stanford reads as follows:

‘For Immediate Release:
On April 22, 2015, at approximately 3:52 PM, Bridgeport Police Department received a 911 call from a juvenile reporting a deceased person. The caller stated that he and a friend located a deceased person near the 1300 block of Edison Street. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased person in a heavily wooded area to the south of Edison Street. During the investigation, officers were unable to determine the subject’s sex or identity. While the cause of death is pending an autopsy, officers did locate a handgun near the deceased.
At this point, it is not known if this incident is related to the recent Missing Person case involving a 17 year old male. However, the family of the missing person was advised of this incident by investigators.
Wise County Justice of the Peace, Clay Poynor responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew is assisting with the investigation.’”

NO BOMB FOUND AT SCHOOL – Law enforcement responded to Prairie View Elementary in Rhome around 3 p.m. yesterday after someone called the school reporting a bomb at the school. It was around the same time school was releasing for the day, so no evacuation was necessary, said Northwest district spokesperson Emily Conklin. “School resource officers and local law enforcement investigated and found there to be no threat. At no time was any child in danger,” she said. Conklin said parents were notified about the incident.

RAINFALL – Overnight rainfall amounts included 1.6 inches in Greenwood, 0.85 in Alvord, 0.7 in Rhome, 0.49 in Decatur, 0.3 in Cottondale and Paradise and 0.15 in Bridgeport.

DON’T BE ALARMED - Decatur High School will be holding an Every 15 Minutes program on the dangers of drinking and driving including a mock fatality accident in the high school parking lot this morning. Police, fire and EMS will be responding.

KYLE WINS THREE MEDALS – Decatur’s Jessi Kyle won gold medals in the pole vault and 800 and took home a silver in the 1600 from Wednesday’s 7/8-4A area meet. Macen Stripling won the high jump and finished second in the 100 hurdles. Several Decatur and Bridgeport athletes earned top four finishes and spots into the 4A Region I meet. In the 11/12-2A meet, Alvord’s Paycee Edgett won the 400 and took second in the 800. Chico’s Alli York won the long jump and finished second in 100 hurdles. Alvord’s Joe Randall won the 100.

9/10 3A AREA MEET – Boyd and Paradise athletes will compete in the 9/10-3A area meet in Jacksboro today. The meet starts with field events and the 3200 at 11 a.m. Running finals start at 5:30 p.m.

COTTONDALE CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The annual Cottondale Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish lunch is at 12:30 p.m., and the business meeting will follow at 1:30. Donations made out to Cottondale Cemetery Association may be mailed to: Cottondale Cemetery Association c/o Marsha Foster, 456 CR 3591, Paradise, TX 76073.

RELAY RECEPTION – Relay for Life survivor/caregiver reception is 6-7 p.m. Friday at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. Call Kathy Hughes 940-255-2944.

STORYTIME – The Decatur Public Library will hold Wonderful Weather Preschool Storytime Special 10:30 a.m. Friday. They’ll share a few stories and sing songs about the wind, the rain and the sun. Visit the library or their website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SILVER OLYMPICS – The Silver Olympics for area senior citizens is 6 tonight at Heritage Place of Decatur. Enjoy time with other seniors and compete in events. The event will feature free giveaways and prizes. For information and to sign up for events, call Michelle at 682-239-7373.

CHICO BOND MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a public information meeting to discuss the district’s May 9 bond election at 7 tonight at the Chico Elementary School Cafeteria, 1120 Park Road.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Jane Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Body found in Bridgeport


According to a press release from the Bridgeport Police Department, a dead body was discovered near Edison Street by a juvenile just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police could not determine if the body was that of a male or female, and although the cause of death is unknown at this time, the press release said a gun was also found near the body.

Brant Boatman, a 17-year-old Bridgeport High School student who has been missing since April 11, lives on Edison Street, but it is unknown at this time if the discovery is related to the missing person case.

His parents, Jennifer and Michael Fortune, were notified of the discovery, though. It is unknown if the gun found near the body is the same one the Fortunes reported missing last week.

The body was sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor.  Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew was called to assist with Bridgeport PD’s investigation.

The police department did not disclose any more information other than what is in the press release, which can be read in full at the bottom of this article. Calls to the Fortunes went unanswered Wednesday night.

The press release from Bridgeport Police Assistant Chief Steve Stanford reads as follows:

“For Immediate Release:

On April 22, 2015, at approximately 3:52 PM, Bridgeport Police Department received a 911 call from a juvenile reporting a deceased person. The caller stated that he and a friend located a deceased person near the 1300 block of Edison Street. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased person in a heavily wooded area to the south of Edison Street. During the investigation, officers were unable to determine the subject’s sex or identity. While the cause of death is pending an autopsy, officers did locate a handgun near the deceased.

At this point, it is not known if this incident is related to the recent Missing Person case involving a 17 year old male. However, the family of the missing person was advised of this incident by investigators.

Wise County Justice of the Peace, Clay Poynor responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew is assisting with the investigation.”

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


SEVERE WEATHER THREAT – The National Weather Service is predicting a good chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon, and for the first time this season, tornadoes are also possible. Thunderstorms are expected to develop in our area late this afternoon or early evening and could include heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.25 of an inch in Alvord and Bridgeport, 0.22 in Decatur, 0.2 in Greenwood and 0.03 in Rhome.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxAREA TRACK MEET – The 7/8 4A and 11/12 2A area meets will be held today in Springtown. The meet starts at 10 a.m. with field events and the 3200. The running finals are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Live updates will be posted @wcmsports on Twitter, including any schedule changes due to weather.

EAGLES PULL INTO FIRST – Behind seven strong innings from Bryce Elder and 3 RBIs from AJ Johnson, the Decatur Eagles beat Springtown 7-1 to pull into a tie atop 8-4A. Other baseball scores: Alvord 5, Olney 2; Denton Ryan 10, Northwest 4; Paradise 6, Holliday 0; Jacksboro 12, Boyd 7

HOLLIDAY EDGES PARADISE – The Holliday Lady Eagles took the showdown of 9-3A leaders against Paradise 4-2 and wrapped up the league title. In other softball action: Springtown 12, Decatur 11; Boyd 14, Jacksboro 2; Bridgeport 1, Castleberry 0; Alvord 5, Valley View 0

AUTISM AWARENESS – An Autism Awareness fundraising event is 6-8 tonight at Hampton Inn and Suites in Decatur. Complimentary food and beverages will be served in the lobby. Receive a free T-shirt with a $25 donation. If you can’t attend but wish to donate, call Keitha Largent at 940-627-4900. All proceeds benefit autismspeaks.org.

HEALTH FORUM TO MEET – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.

SPRING TOUR – The Wise County Historical Society is having its annual spring tour Thursday in Grapevine. Wise County’s Sallie Andrews, who works for Grapevine’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, organized this trip and will serve as tour guide for the day. They plan to meet at the Wise County Heritage Museum and leave by carpooling at 9 a.m. Cost is $19, including a $3 entry fee for Nash Farm and $16 for a buffet lunch at Willhoite’s Restaurant. If you plan to attend, call the museum at 940-627-5586.

CHICO BOND MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a public information meeting to discuss the district’s May 9 bond election at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chico Elementary School Cafeteria, 1120 Park Road.

DAV YARD SALE – The annual DAV Yard Sale is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 S. Farm Road 51 in Decatur. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily this week.

CLUB MEETING – The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Dixie Range at 817-929-1253 or Linda Hood at 940-466-7597.

BARBECUE BENEFIT – Chico High School Student Council and National Honor Society are having a benefit dinner for Lynn and Vicki Gordon Friday, April 24. Vicki was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. Cost for a barbecue sandwich, chips and drink is $6. There will also be a dessert auction and a home run derby at the high school softball and baseball fields. The Lady Dragons will be hosting Muenster, and the Dragons will be hosting Perrin. Games start at 4:30 p.m. Call Kelly Durham, 940-644-5783.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 1:30-5 p.m. today at CVS in Decatur.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED ON 114 – A Rhome man died after being hit by a truck while he was crossing Texas 114 on foot in front of Tater Junction in Aurora Monday night. According to Texas State Trooper Patrick Alonzo, it is unclear which way the man was walking when he was killed around 9:35 p.m. “He lived right across the street, so either he was going home from the restaurant or he was leaving his house to go to the restaurant,” Alonzo said. According to Alonzo, when the man was in the middle of the road, Shane Lunceford, a 46-year-old teacher and coach at Paradise Junior High School, was crossing the intersection of 114 East and Farm Road 718 in his white pickup truck. He said he took his eyes off the road momentarily to make sure another car merged properly. “When I looked back at the road, [he] was right in front of me, and I never even saw him,” Lunceford said. Alonzo said Lunceford will not be charged with anything at this time. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor. Lunceford’s truck was taken by the Department of Public Safety to be examined for evidence. Texas DPS and the Rhome fire and police departments responded to the scene and stayed until a little past 11 p.m.

PARADISE ISD NAMES LONE FINALIST – The Paradise School Board has chosen district CFO Mac Edwards as the lone finalist for superintendent. The district will offer Edwards the position officially in 21 days or by the next board meeting. His three-year contract would begin July 1. Robert Criswell, the interim superintendent, will complete his contract at the end of June.

CHILLER REPLACEMENT – The Decatur School Board last night voted to spend up to $60,000 to replace a chiller that supplies cold air to part of the sixth grade campus at McCarroll Middle School. The board had to decide if they wanted to spend $40,000 to repair the unit or $57,000 to replace it. Repairs would take about four weeks while replacement would take eight to nine weeks. Superintendent Rod Townsend said the campus has enough empty classrooms that most classes could be moved if temperatures become too warm.

FORMER CITY ADMIN DIES – Former Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons died over the weekend. The 44-year-old suffered a heart attack while on a lake trip with his family. “We’re all completely shocked and heartbroken,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said. Funeral information will be posted when it is available.

EAGLES BLANK BULLS – Decatur pitcher Mason Baur tossed a two-hit shutout in the Eagles’ 8-0 win over the Bridgeport Bulls Monday. Baur struck out eight. Michael Hicks doubled and homered, driving in a pair of runs.

LADY EAGLES CLAIM 8-4A CROWN – The Decatur Lady Eagles wrapped up the 8-4A softball title with an 11-2 win over Castleberry Monday. Taylor Butler tripled and drove in two runs. Brittany Roberts, Kelsie Roberts, Braelynn Hanes and Taryn Trull added a RBI each.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at CVS in Decatur.

MOVIE NIGHT – Carson Elementary in Decatur will host a free outdoor Family Movie Night open to the community on Friday. Arrive in front of the school at 7:30 with your chair or blanket. Big Hero 6 will begin at 8:15, and popcorn will be served. Call Suzanne Lindt with the Carson Elementary PTO at 817-233-7584.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Regional Health System is now offering the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network, which offers discussion and support for any mom who is breastfeeding or has breastfed. The first meeting is  7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Wise Regional Board Room 609 Medical Center Drive, in Decatur. Participation is free, and no RSVP is required. The group will be led by Candace Clower, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. For information, call Candace at 940-626-1229.

DEAF COFFEE CHAT – The deaf community is invited to a Deaf Coffee Chat 7 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks in Decatur.

CASINO NIGHT – CASA of Wise and Jack counties is hosting a casino night, “Playing from the Heart,” Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner and a presentation to follow at 6:30. Casino games will start at 7 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction and door prizes every 15 minutes. Tickets are $90 per couple, $50 for an individual and $1,000 for a high roller package, which includes reserved seating for eight. CASA is also seeking sponsors for the event. Call 940-399-3291 or email kayla.prock@casawise.org.

BEADING VOLUNTEER – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur is in need of a volunteer for its beading class. Call Kathy, 940-626-2800.

BLOOD DRIVE TODAY – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, Neb., with burial at Eustis Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Michael Ray Draper, 54, of Boyd is 5 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at noon Wednesday at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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1 dead in Highway 114 accident


A Rhome man died after being hit by a truck while he was crossing Highway 114 on foot in front of Tater Junction in Aurora Monday night.

According to Texas State Trooper Patrick Alonzo, it is unclear which way David Wayne Mosley, Jr., 31, was walking when he was killed around 9:35 p.m. 

“He lived right across the street, so either he was going home from the restaurant or he was leaving his house to go to the restaurant,” Alonzo said. 

According to Alonzo, when Mosley was in the middle of the road, Shane Lunceford, a 46-year-old teacher and coach at Paradise Junior High School, was crossing the intersection of 114 East and Farm to Market Road 718 in his white pickup truck. He said he took his eyes off the road momentarily to make sure another car merged properly. 

“When I looked back at the road, [Mosley] was right in front of me and I never even saw him,” Lunceford said.

Alonzo said Lunceford will not be charged with anything at this time. 

Mosley was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor.

Lunceford’s truck was taken by the Department of Public Safety to be examined for evidence.

Texas DPS and the Boyd fire and police departments responded to the scene, and stayed until a little past 11 p.m.

The front of Shane Lunceford's pickup truck. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The front of Shane Lunceford’s pickup truck. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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Former Bridgeport City Administrator dies


We have just received news that former Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons died over the weekend. The 44-year-old suffered a heart attack while on a lake trip with his family.
“We’re all completely shocked and heartbroken,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said.
We will have funeral updates as soon as they become available.

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Monday, April 20, 2015


1 INJURED IN HIGH SPEED ROLLOVER – An Alvord woman was sent to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Saturday morning after the pickup truck she was driving hit a tree and rolled for about 100 yards until it landed in a stock pond on County Road 1308 in Bridgeport. Bradi Lynn Anderson was speeding and traveling north on CR 1308 around 11 a.m. when she lost control of her green GMC Sierra pickup and drove through a wire fence. She then hit a tree on the left side of the road, causing her to lose the right door and front right tire of her truck. The truck rolled several times before landing in a stock pond about 100 yards away. Anderson was conscious at the time of the accident and was taken to Wise Regional to be treated for lacerations on her arms, legs and face. The Bridgeport fire and police departments and Texas state troopers responded to the crash.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – A couple of rounds of storms brought more than an inch of rainfall to much of Wise County over the weekend. Rainfall totals included 2.1 inches in Decatur, 1.71 in Rhome, 1.5 in Greenwood, 1.2 in Alvord and 1.1 in Runaway Bay. While thousands of people in the Metroplex lost power due to Saturday night’s storms, Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said no major outages occurred in Wise County. A few scattered outages across the southern portions of the county were quickly restored. The rain is expected to stay away today, but a slight chance of storms is in the forecast for Tuesday, with storm chances gradually increasing through Friday.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 tonight at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds.

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.

SILVER OLYMPICS – The Silver Olympics for area senior citizens is 6 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Place of Decatur. Enjoy time with other seniors and compete in events. The event will feature free giveaways and prizes. For information and to sign up for events, call Michelle at 682-239-7373.

PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – Tonight the Paradise City Council will consider declaring April 21, 2015, “Sue Hudson Day.” The council will also hear reports from the Economic Development Corp., Planning and Zoning Board, as well as the city’s building and water departments. The council may also hire a code enforcement officer. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL – The council will discuss an antenna lease agreement between the city and Infinilink Broadband at its meeting tonight. They will also consider bids on high-service pumps and the city’s mowing program. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. at 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The school board will discuss lunch prices for the upcoming school year and hear proposals for middle school trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City during its meeting 7 tonight at 2107 15th Street.

PARADISE SCHOOL BOARD - The PISD school board will meet 6:30 tonight to announce a lone finalist for superintendent. The board will also discuss textbook adoption and TEKS certification, bad weather waiver approval and whether or not to offer reasonable assurance of employment for para-professionals and auxiliary personnel. The meeting is at the board room, 338 School House Road.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The board will consider teacher contracts as well as non-Chapter 21 contracts at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes textbook certification and regular monthly reports. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session followed by the open session at 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Michael Ray Draper, 54, of Boyd is 5 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at noon Wednesday at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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One injured in Bridgeport high speed rollover


An Alvord woman was sent to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Saturday morning after the pickup truck she was driving hit a tree and rolled for about 100 yards until it landed in a stock pond on County Road 1308 in Bridgeport.

Bradi Lynn Anderson was speeding and traveling north on C.R. 1308 around 11 a.m. when she lost control of her green GMC Sierra pickup and drove through a wire fence. She then hit a tree on the left side of the road, causing her to lose the right door and front right tire of her truck.

The truck rolled several times before landing in a stock pond about 100 yards away.

Anderson was conscious at the time of the accident and was taken to Wise Regional to be treated for lacerations on her arms, legs and face.

The Bridgeport fire and police departments and Texas state troopers responded to the crash.

After losing the front right door, the pickup rolled for about 100 more yards until it landed in a stock pond. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

After losing the front right door, the pickup rolled for about 100 more yards until it landed in a stock pond. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

Anderson's pickup door, which was destroyed in the crash. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

Anderson’s pickup door, which was destroyed in the crash. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

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Friday, April 17, 2015


DECATUR GIRLS WIN TRACK TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles yesterday won the 8-4A track title, tallying 212 points. Decatur won six individual gold medals on the way to the win. Macen Stripling won golds in the high jump and 100 hurdles. Jessi Kyle garnered top honors in the pole vault, 1600 and 3200. The Bridgeport girls finished fourth with 76 points. The Decatur boys took second to Springtown with 156 points. Bridgeport garnered third.

EAGLE EARN STATE BID – The Decatur Eagles golf team shot a second-round 300 to secure third place and state tournament bid at the Class 4A Region I tournament. Decatur posted a 606 for the two rounds. Drew Jones won the individual medal with a 10-under par 134.

BIG EVENT – More than 900 Northwest High School students are expected to participate in the Big Event Saturday, performing community service projects across the area. Groups will be working at multiple community buildings in Rhome between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the third Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held on Monday, April 20. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Both classes will be held in the Education Room on the second floor of the main hospital. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, 201 E. Main. A pot luck supper will be served. All persons in the county wide area who have an interest in rock hounding or lapidary arts are invited.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Paradise and Boyd rodeo teams are hosting a NTHSRA-sanctioned high school rodeo at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur today through Sunday. Today’s performance starts at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cowboy Church will be held at noon Sunday. Tickets are $8 at the gate.

RETRO BLAST – The 12th Annual Retro Blast Car Show is Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, April 20, at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Ann Nimmo will lead the discussion and business meeting, which will include a homemade historical quilt from local families.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Regional Health System is now offering the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network, which offers discussion and support for any mom who is breastfeeding or has breastfed. The first meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Wise Regional Board Room (609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur). Participation is free, and no RSVP is required. The group will be led by Candace Clower, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Contact Candace at 940-626-1229.

PLAY PERFORMANCE – The final home performance of Paradise High School’s district-winning one-act play, “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” will be presented 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the PHS cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

RIVALS SQUARE OFF – The Decatur baseball and softball teams will welcome Bridgeport to town tonight. The softball game begins at 7. The baseball teams will play at 7:30 p.m. In other softball action: Alvord faces Collinsville; Boyd heads to Henrietta; Paradise takes on Bowie; Northwest hosts Timber Creek. Baseball games: Alvord heads to Bryson; Boyd goes to Henrietta; Chico takes on Poolville; Paradise plays Bowie; Northwest takes on Timber Creek.

SLIDELL RUNS AT AREA – The Slidell boys and girls track teams will compete at the area meet in Ponder Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Class of 2019 is holding a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament at Bridgeport Middle School Sunday. Cost is $40 per team, $2 for spectators. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. for fifth through seventh graders and 2:30 p.m. for eighth graders and older. Call Perry Grooms, 940-393-9098.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Firefighter Bash noon-9 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Fire Hall, featuring Bingo, barbecue dinner, silent auction and live music. Donations will be accepted.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – The Decatur Police Department’s Back The Blue Scholarship forms are now available for all Wise County Seniors going into a Criminal Justice related field of study. Students can pick up forms from their counselor at school or come by the Decatur Police Department at 1601 S. State St. in Decatur. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by today.

FUNERALS – Service for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shane Patrick Caldwell Williams, 51, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was the son of Carolyn and David Dodson of Decatur and Wayne Williams of Arlington.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


1 KILLED IN BOYD WRECK – A Boyd man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck. The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed. The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured. Haschel said it is unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation before the roadway was reopened.

OFFICERS CLEARED IN SHOOTING – A Montague County grand jury met earlier this week and decided no crime was committed by five officers who were involved in a shootout with a suspect near Sunset in January. The five officers – three Department of Public Safety troopers from Wise County and two Wise County Sheriff’s deputies – were involved in a search of a wooded area off Picket Run Road the afternoon of Jan. 28. Wise County K-9 officer Pepper was used to track Alan Lance Alverson. Upon the dog’s alert, Alverson fired at officers, fatally shooting Pepper. Officers returned fire, killing Alverson. According to a press release from Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams, Alverson’s autopsy show he was struck 12 times. It also showed Alverson had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood. The press release also states that additional fully-loaded firearms were found on and around Alverson. Prior to the shooting, Alverson led police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 98 miles per hour before running into the wooded area where he was eventually found.

8-4A TRACK – The 8-4A running finals have been moved up to 10 a.m. today because of expected evening storms.

REGIONAL GOLF – After 1st round at 4A-I tourney, Decatur is 3rd with 306, 1 back of Monahans, 8 back of Andrews. Drew Jones with a 68 leads the field by 2. Bryce Elder shot 77, Cade Lamirand 80, Brendan Kerby 81 and Hayden Bennett 83. Bridgeport Bulls are 8th at the 4A-I tourney with 329 in the first round. Ty Reed posted 78, Blake Boyd and Brazier Talley 83, Cole Barton 85 and Alex Winter 91.

CHANCE OF STORMS - The National Weather Service forecast includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, increasing to 60 percent tonight. Friday’s forecast also calls for a 50 percent chance of storms. If storms develop, high winds and hail would be the primary hazards.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEETING – Special Olympics is now in Wise County. If you are interested in participating or volunteering with Special Olympics, Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball invite you to an informational meeting regarding the summer BOCCE season. Meeting will be held at the Bridgeport Police Department Community Center at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Season starts in May. Visit www.made2thrive.org.

AGGIE MUSTER – The Cross Timbers Aggie Club will hold their 2015 Aggie Muster at the Decatur Civic Center Tuesday, April 21. The event will start at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30, followed by the ceremony. To RSVP, email Scott Hiler at scott@texagmail.com or call 940-389-7752. RSVP by Friday.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 16th Annual United Way Golf Tournament is Friday, April 24, at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration is 11 a.m., and shotgun start is 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per player, and mulligans will be available for $10 each. All proceeds benefit United Way of Wise County. Registration forms and information are at wisecountyunitedway.org.

BOND TOWN HALL – The Decatur school district will hold a town hall meeting to share information about the upcoming school bond at 6 tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Burrell B. Doty, 95, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Fatality victim from morning wreck identified


A Boyd man was killed this morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck. The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed. The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured. Haschel said it is unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation before the roadway was reopened.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


EX WAL-MART EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT – A long-time employee of the Decatur Wal-Mart has been arrested after investigators say she stole nearly $240,000 from the store. Nacina Marie Walker, 50, of Decatur was arrested yesterday for theft of property more than $200,000, a first degree felony. Walker was working in the store’s cash office at the time of the alleged thefts. According to the arrest affidavit, the thefts started out around $50 at a time but grew to as much as $8,000 a day. She was booked into the Wise County Jail and released after posting $30,000 bond. A full story is featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxPOLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN – A Bridgeport High School student has been missing since Saturday, according to Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief Steve Stanford. The student, 17-year-old Brant Boatman, was reported missing to the police around 7:20 Sunday morning. He was last seen at Brookshire’s in Bridgeport around 7 a.m. Sunday. He reportedly told a witness he was going to walk to Denton. Boatman is described as a slim, 5’10” white male with brown hair and brown eyes and a “scruffy beard.” He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, dark jeans and white tennis shoes. A flier put up around Bridgeport by Boatman’s family states that the young man left the house armed with a .45 handgun and is currently off of his medications and could be suicidal. Read more in today’s Messenger.

BRIDGEPORT CHOOSES NEXT CITY ADMINISTRATOR – It took the Bridgeport City Council a little over an hour to emerge from closed session and vote to authorize Mayor Corey Lane and interim City Administrator Chester Nolen to offer the city administrator job to current City Secretary Jesica McEachern. The motion passed 5-0. The official motion and offer will occur at the council’s next regular meeting next Tuesday.

ORGAIN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS – Randall Orgain, 48, of Carlsbad, N.M., was sentenced to five years in jail for sexual assault yesterday. He was found guilty by a Wise County jury last week, and he elected to have District Judge John Fostel decide his sentence. The second degree felony charge of sexual assault normally carries a 2-20 year jail sentence, but due to a previous felony conviction, Orgain’s punishment range could be one of a first degree felony, 5-99 years or life in prison. Read more in today’s Messenger.

SISSIES EARN STATE SPOT – The Bridgeport Sissies shot a 512 at the 4A Region I tourney over 27 holes to take third and earn a state spot. At the 3A Region II event, the Paradise boys finished fifth with a 708 over their 36 holes. At the 2A Region II tournament, Chico took fifth and Alvord 11th. The Decatur boys tee off today in Lubbock for the first round of the 4A Region I tournament.

DISTRICT TRACK - The District 11-2A meet with Alvord and Chico starts at 9 a.m. in Era with 3200 and triple and long jumps at Valley View. The running prelims will be at 10:30 in Era. The rest of the field events will be in Era at 12:30 p.m. Running finals begin at 5. The 8-4A meet begins at 10 a.m. with field events in Springtown. The running prelims and 3200 final start at 5 p.m.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Firefighter Bash noon-9 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Fire Hall, featuring Bingo, barbecue dinner, silent auction and live music. Donations will be accepted.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 16th Annual United Way Golf Tournament is Friday, April 24, at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration is 11 a.m., and shotgun start is 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per player, and mulligans will be available for $10 each. All proceeds benefit United Way of Wise County. Registration forms and information are at wisecountyunitedway.org.

PARENT CAFE – A Parent Cafe by Cook Children’s Health System will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. today at the Chico Library, 106 W. Jacksboro Street (on the Chico Square). Call 940-644-2330 to reserve a space. This free workshop will be on “The Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting.”

FUNERALS – No services will be held for Ronald Smout, 71, of Chico and Jean Pochet, 60, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Eddie Wayne Moore, 66, of Boyd is 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jo Mayo Davie of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Community Church in Decatur.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


NCTCOG TO CONDUCT THOROUGHFARE STUDY – Wise County commissioners Monday approved authorizing County Judge J.D. Clark to initiate a thoroughfare study with North Central Texas Council of Governments. Clark told commissioners that NCTCOG has agreed to pay for the study and has set aside about half a million dollars to do so. The project will provide an evaluation of multimodal transportation needs within Wise County and a comprehensive assessment of the county’s transportation issues and forecasts for future growth and safety. The study could take 12 to 18 months and will include public meetings facilitated by NCTCOG to discuss and identify transportation issues throughout the county. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT – The Decatur City Council yesterday approved a Community Wildfire Protection Plan created by the Decatur Fire Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service. The plan includes risk assessments to gauge wildland fire hazards for particular areas in and around the city. Two neighborhoods in the city were placed in the highest risk area, or extreme: Meadowlake Village and North Newark. Four other areas were deemed “high” risk areas while another seven areas were placed in the “moderate” category.

RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from yesterday and overnight included 2.3 inches in Cottondale, 1.3 in Paradise, 0.95 in Rhome, 0.7 in Greenwood and 0.15 in Alvord. Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms with a high of 66.

REGION GOLF – Rain and wind cut the opening round of the Class 4A Region I golf tournament in Lubbock short Monday. The Bridgeport and Decatur girls will hit the course again this morning to complete first nine holes and play a complete 18. At the 3A Region II event, the Paradise boys are in sixth place after shooting a first-round 360. They are 10 strokes behind third place going into today’s second round. Colton Horton had the Panthers’ best score of 84. The Chico boys are in sixth with a 382 at the Class 2A Region II tournament. Alvord is eighth with a 388. Tyler Melton shot a team-best 90 for Chico. Kory Maag led Alvord with an 88.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogy Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 south. The program will be, “Lost and Found Stories of Search and Reunion: Finding Living Relatives.” Presenter will be Mary E. Wilson. Cost is $5 fee for non-members.

DEAF COFFEE CHAT – The deaf community is invited to a Deaf Coffee Chat 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Starbucks in Decatur.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Class of 2019 is holding a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament at Bridgeport Middle School Sunday. Cost is $40 per team, $2 for spectators. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. for fifth through seventh graders and 2:30 p.m. for eighth graders and older. Call Perry Grooms, 940-393-9098.

COMMUNITY FORUM – Texas Community Futures Forum is 5:30-8 p.m. today in the main lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. The event is hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Wise County Extension Leadership Advisory Board to identify critical issues facing citizens, which the Extension office can address. A free dinner will be served. RSVP, 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Service for Ronald Smout, 71, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Kathy Davis, 71, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Eddie Wayne Moore, 66, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jo Mayo Davie of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Community Church in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Bridgeport High School student missing


As reported on the Bridgeport Police Department Facebook page, Bridgeport High School is not on lockdown, but they are dealing with a missing student.

“We had a kid go missing over the weekend, and we were just making sure that the doors are locked and are all working effectively. We’re just making sure the building is secure at this point,” Bridgeport ISD superintendent Eddie Bland said.

The student, 17-year-old Brant Boatman, was reported missing around 7:20 Sunday morning, according to Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton. Boatman’s parents said he went missing around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We have no evidence at this time to believe it was an abduction; our investigation right now points to him leaving on his own,” Singleton said.

A statement released by the Bridgeport Police Department said Boatman was last seen at Brookshire’s in Bridgeport around 7 a.m. Sunday and told a witness he was going to walk to Denton.

A flier put up around Bridgeport by Boatman’s family states that Boatman left the house armed with a .45 handgun and is currently off of his medications and has suicidal ideations.

Boatman is described as a slim, 5’10” white male with brown hair and brown eyes and a “scruffy beard.” He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, dark jeans and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with any information on Boatman’s whereabouts can call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430; Michael Fortune, Boatman’s stepfather, at 940-273-0993; Jennifer Fortune, Boatman’s mother, at 940-273-0992; Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-643-8477; or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The flier is below. We will update this story with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


POWER OUTAGE – About 1,250 Oncor customers in the Decatur area lost power Saturday night for about an hour-and-a-half. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Younger said power went out just after 7 p.m. and was restored just after 8:30 p.m. She said the cause of the outage was a piece of equipment that failed.

RAINY START TO WORK WEEK – After a mostly dry weekend, storms were dumping heavy rain in Decatur as Update was going to press. Storm chances continue throughout the day and tomorrow. Rainfall reports as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.88 of an inch in Decatur, 0.75 in Greenwood and 0.24 in Rhome.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE – The Delaney Mancil Scholarship applications are due Wednesday. See your school counselor for details. The Delaney Mancil Memorial Skeet Shoot is April 25.

PARENT CAFE – A Parent Cafe by Cook Children’s Health System will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chico Library, 106 W. Jacksboro Street (on the Chico Square). Call 940-644-2330 to reserve a space. This free workshop will be on “The Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting.”

SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Guest speaker Lori Sherwood will talk about the Decatur Civic Center.

FREE CONCERT – The concert choir from Howard Payne University in Brownwood will give a free concert 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. The choir includes 24 students representing a number of majors, and the program will consist of works by Dan Forrest, a contemporary American composer, as well as English Renaissance composers Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tallis and 19th century German composers Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Clara Schumann.

NORTHWEST ISD – Northwest ISD trustees will review the 2015-16 compensation plan during a workshop 5:30 tonight. The workshop will precede the 6:30 meeting that includes contract extensions for teachers and administrators and contracts with Durham Transportation and ARAMARK for food service. Trustees will also discuss a waiver from the TEA for days missed due to winter weather and paying employees impacted by the weather.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - Wise County commissioners will discuss this morning authorizing County Judge J.D. Clark to initiate a thoroughfare study with North Central Texas Council of Governments. They will also consider taking action to assist with drainage blockage in the Upper Sandy Creek on County Road 1590 and Farm Road 2265. The meeting is 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will consider an agreement with the City of Bridgeport to share costs of a billboard advertising for the Main Street programs of both cities at tonight’s meeting. The council will also hear a presentation and approve the Decatur Community Wildfire Protection Plan, consider and act on a lease agreement with Ed Bell Construction Company regarding city-owned property, act on various plat and replat applications and declare May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in the city. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

FUNERALS – Service for Eddie Moore, 66, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Charles L. Carson, 84, of Denton, formerly of Wise County, is 3 p.m. Wednesday at the DeBerry Funeral Chapel with interment at Plainview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at DeBerry Funeral Directors.

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Friday, April 10, 2015


INCREASING STORM CHANCES — While the forecast calls for only a 20 percent chance of storms tonight in our area, the chance of storms increases to 30 percent Saturday night, 40 percent during the day Sunday, 50 percent Sunday night and 60 percent Monday. The main hazards could be hail, gusty winds and cloud to ground lightning.

BAKE SALE — The Eastside Alumni Bake Sale is 10 a.m. Saturday at the home of Arcy Dawson on Business 380 East in Decatur. All proceeds will go toward the Juneteenth Celebration and annual reunion. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

PLANT SALE — The Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon at U.S. 81/287 and Farm Road 51 in Decatur. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held at the DHS greenhouse.

INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP GAME — Decatur Public Library will celebrate International Tabletop Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The free event will feature games, adventure and fun for all ages. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com, see the video on Facebook at decaturtxlibrary, call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South.

COMMUNITY FORUM — Texas Community Futures Forum is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the main lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. The event is hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Wise County Extension Leadership Advisory Board to identify critical issues facing citizens, which the Extension office can address. A free dinner will be served. RSVP, 940-627-3341.

DAZZLE ME PINK — Wise Regional Health Foundation’s annual Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Decatur Civic Center. A table of eight is $350, and individual seats are $45. Valet service is available. All proceeds benefit Women’s Health Services for the underserved and Mary’s Gift. For reservations, call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384.

FUN RUN — The First Baptist Church in Boyd is having a 5K fun run Saturday, April 18, to support the church’s children’s department and Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. To register, go to active.com and search “FBC Boyd.” Cost is $25 per runner for ages 9 and older. Race-day check-in and signup starts at 6:30 a.m., and last call is 7:45 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. T-shirts will be available for purchase. Email Scott Smith, avteam@fbcboyd.org or Carol Smith, carolsmith_81@yahoo.com.

CEMETERY MEETING — The Jonestown Cemetery Association will meet 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church fellowship hall.

BAKE SALE — The Wise County Relay for Life team Friends is having a bake sale today at First State Bank across from Kwik Kar. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

GLITZY GIRLS — The second annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is Saturday on the Decatur Square, and they are seeking vendors. Call 940-577-3487 or email toollady1@aol.com.

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER PLANNED — The 10th annual fundraising event for Wise County Christian Counseling is 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Beverly Ross and her team of licensed professional counselors will share their vision for the nonprofit service, and guests will have the opportunity to make a financial contribution to WCCC. There is no cost to attend the event, but RSVPs are required for dinner. Call Kathy at 940-627-1618 by Sunday, April 12.

CAR ON DISPLAY — The NASCAR No. 9 Twisted Tea car will be at the Decatur Lowes Market 4-7 p.m. today. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served, and you can register to win a gift card.

EIGHTER FROM DECATUR PAGEANT – The Decatur High School Class of 2016 presents the Miss Eighter from Decatur Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday in the DHS Auditorium. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the high school in Room A229 or at the door on the night of the pageant. Advanced ticket prices are $3 for students and $6 for adults. Prices at the door are $5 students and $8 adults.

FUNERAL for Arnold J. Barnes, 78, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sunset. Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo is handling the arrangements.

FUNERAL for James ‘Jabo’ Hale, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord, with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MASS and Christian burial for Maria Jauna Fernandez, 71, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with interment in Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nicole Lee Stamey, 33, of Gainesville is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Frances “Rene” Seals, 93, of Runaway Bay is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTION — A Wise County jury deliberated for about four hours yesterday before finding Randall James Orgain, 48, of Amarillo guilty of sexual assault of a then-Bridgeport resident in April of 2013. The victim in the case, who now lives outside Wise County, testified Tuesday that she no longer considered it a sexual assault and it was instead a role playing sexual encounter. Assistant District Attorney Jay Lapham played a recorded conversation between the victim and Orgain hours after the sexual encounter in which Orgain can be heard saying, “I’m sorry for pretty much raping you.” The victim testified that although the two had sexual encounters prior to April 2013, and in the time period since 2013, the two did not have a sexual relationship at the time of the alleged assault. Because of a previous felony conviction, Orgain faces a sentence of 5-99 years or life in prison. His sentencing hearing with District Judge John Fostel is scheduled for next Tuesday. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

1 INJURED IN WRECK — A woman was transported to Wise Regional Health System from a two-vehicle accident on Texas 114 near the intersection with Farm Road 51 North Wednesday afternoon. Lisa Huffstuttler, 51, of Weatherford suffered non-life threatening injuries according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo. Huffstuttler was headed west on 114 shortly after 4 p.m. in a Hyundai sedan when her vehicle was sideswiped by an eastbound Dodge Ram pickup pulling a horse trailer driven by Valeriano Lambert, 60, of Weatherford. “He was traveling at unsafe speed and lost control of the truck and trailer, jackknifed and struck the car,” Alonzo said. “It was an unsafe speed for the wet conditions.” Huffstuttler’s vehicle ended up in the westbound ditch after hitting a road sign. The empty trailer being pulled by Lambert ended up on its side also in the westbound ditch. The accident backed up traffic in both directions on 114 with the westbound lane closed.

WELL HOUSE FIRE — An arcing well house pipe is thought to have caused a well house to catch fire and burn to the ground around noon Wednesday on Private Road 4011 in Decatur. The Decatur fire department was on scene to assist with the fire. Nobody was injured and the fire did not spread to the main house on the property. Home owner Chuck Ziegenfuss, who has been living at the residence for about three months, said he noticed the fire when he thought he heard rain while working inside his house. “I thought I heard some heavy raindrops, and when I looked outside, it was sunny,” he said. “Then I saw the fire, and at that point the well house was pretty much burned down already.”

RAIN — Rainfall totals from yesterday and overnight included 0.03 of an inch in Decatur and 0.02 in Bridgeport. The forecast calls for a slight chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon.

MARKER DEDICATION — The Paradise Historical Society, Inc. will dedicate a new Texas State Historical Marker at noon Friday. The new marker marks a place where Old Town Paradise was originally started by co-founder O.H.P. Read in the early 1870s. Many descendants of Mr. Read will be present for the dedication, along with 40 children from the local Paradise Elementary School who have recently studied and researched other local historical markers led by teacher, Mrs. Norwood. The historical marker is located at the intersection of School House Road and Sunflower Lane, near the water tower in Paradise.

OFFICE CLOSED — The Veterans Service Office will be closed Friday for training in Dallas. It will open Monday morning at 8 a.m.

DODGEBALL TOURNEY — DHS Eagle Boosters will host a dodgeball tournament April 18. Cost is $100 for a six-man team. Age groups are middle school, high school and adults. Forms are available at McCarroll Middle School or Decatur High School. They can also be found at decatureagles.mobi or requested at dhseaglebooster@gmail.com. Deadline is April 15.

CEMETERY MEETING — The Jonestown Cemetery Association will meet 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church fellowship hall.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK — The Rhome Public Library invites former board members, volunteers and donors to visit the library during National Library Week, April 13-18, to learn about changes coming soon to the library. The library is also inviting all poets to display their work during the month of April, which is Poetry Month.

WASHINGTON TRIP — Slidell students who will be in 4th-8th grade next year have a chance to travel to Washington D.C. The first informational meeting for parents will be held 7:15 Friday morning in the elementary library. Cost, enrollment, payments and fundraising will be discussed. Email Ashley Fulfer at afulfer@slidellisd.net.

9-3A, 5-6A MEETS CONTINUE — Boyd and Paradise athletes will try for area bids tonight in Jacksboro as the 9-3A meet concludes with running finals. Northwest athletes will compete at Keller in the 5-6A meet.

FUNERALS — Mass and Christian burial for Maria Jauna Fernandez, 71, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with interment in Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Nicole Lee Stamey, 33, of Gainesville is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Frances Seals, 93, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for James “Jabo” Hale, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Arnold J. Barnes, 78, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sunset. Visitation is 7 to 8 tonight at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.

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