Update for Friday, December 14, 2018


EAGLES LOOK TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK – The Decatur Eagles will meet Waco La Vega in the 4A Division I semifinal at 4 p.m. today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It is the first time Decatur has advanced to the semifinal since 1988. The Eagles (8-6) won the Region I title last week, knocking off Hereford 38-28 at Texas Tech in Lubbock. La Vega (12-2) won the Region II title, beating previously undefeated Argyle 31-14. Decatur has never advanced to the state final. Tickets are $15 at the door. Gates open at 3 p.m.

WIND ADVISORY – Wise County remains under a wind advisory until noon today as northerly winds will be between 25 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Rain chances remain in the forecast until mid-afternoon before skies will clear overnight. Today’s high is expected to be 46 degrees with an overnight low of 32. Rainfall totals since yesterday include 0.6 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.43 in Decatur and 0.2 in Alvord.

WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY TO HONOR VETERANS – Wise County Veterans Group will hold a wreath-laying ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Veterans Park, 400 N. Trinity Street, in Decatur. The ceremony is part of National Wreaths Across America (WAA), whose mission is to remember, honor and teach others of the service of those who defend our freedom.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Chico Fire Department will host Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center for their Christmas party. More information about upcoming events and meetings can be found at www.wisedemocrats.com, at Wise County Democratic Party-Texas on Facebook or by calling 940-389-0073.

SANTA ON THE STREETS – A much-anticipated holiday tradition begins Sunday as Santa begins his tour through the city escorted by the Decatur Fire Department. The annual trek through neighborhoods runs Dec. 16-20 with Santa visiting a different neighborhood each night. Firefighters begin their route nightly at 5 p.m. and aim to finish around 9 p.m., so kids can get to bed. Santa will start his tour in neighborhoods west of U.S. 81/287 Sunday night. This week’s All Around Wise featured for a map and full schedule of Santa’s travel plans.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVENT – Victory Family Church will host a Family Christmas Event filled with original songs, special effects, hilarious skits and lots of surprises. The church will have three identical performances on Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. and Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

SANTA AT THE FIRE HALL – Decatur Fire Department’s annual Breakfast with Santa is 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The pancake breakfast includes a visit from Santa.

CHRISTMAS SINGING – Balsora Baptist Church will host a Christmas Carol Singing 5 p.m. Sunday with fellowship following.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

FOOTBALL SENDOFF – There will be a community sendoff for the Decatur Eagles football team on the Decatur Square at 11:40 a.m. today. Bring signs and noisemakers to cheer them on in the state semifinal game this afternoon.

SEMIFINALIST TEAMS TO BE HONORED – The Decatur Eagles football semifinalist teams from 1975 and 1988 will be honored at this morning’s pep rally in the DHS gym. They are asked to be in the gym by 9 a.m. after checking in at the front office.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Makayla Stoff, 18, of Azle will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Joyce McGrady, 83, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Seth Allen Evans, 23, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gordon L. Lovell, 98, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Clint Fulkerson, 56, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Robert Harold Walston, 49, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE for David Armstrong, 58, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Remmele, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rodna Winn Urban, 59, of Aledo is noon Monday at Doxology Bible Church in Fort Worth. She was the daughter of Anna Jo Winn of Bridgeport.

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Update for Thursday, December 13, 2018


1 FLOWN FROM WRECK – One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck last night in Rhome. The crash happened on Texas 114 just east of U.S. 81/287 around 9 p.m. when a passenger vehicle crashed into the rear of a flatbed trailer. The wreck required an extended extrication process, and traffic was shut down in both directions for close to two hours. A medical helicopter flew one patient to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The roadway reopened around 11 p.m.

RAIN, WIND, AND MAYBE A LITTLE SNOW – Today’s forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms, mostly this afternoon with north winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Rain and possibly snow are predicted for the overnight hours with an overnight low of 35. North winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour are expected. Wise County is under a wind advisory from noon today to noon Friday. Areas just to our west will be under a winter weather advisory from this afternoon to Friday morning.

WCCA WINTER WEATHER ALERT – If the roads are icy at 6 a.m. Friday, no hot meals will be delivered countywide to Wise County Committee on Aging/Meals on Wheels clients. Clients should use one of the shelf stable meals they have already received in place of their hot meal. The shelf stable meals were delivered to all WCCA clients in early November for this type of weather condition when the roads are unsafe for driving.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

SEMIFINALIST TEAMS TO BE HONORED – The Decatur Eagles football semifinalist teams from 1975 and 1988 will be honored at Friday’s pep rally in the DHS gym. They are asked to be in the gym by 9 a.m. after checking in at the front office.

FOOTBALL SENDOFF – There will be a community sendoff for the Decatur Eagles football team on the Decatur Square at 11:40 a.m. Friday. Bring signs and noisemakers to cheer them on in the state semifinal game that afternoon.

CHRISTMAS SALE – Wise Health System will host a two-day Christmas sale in the hospital’s main lobby 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday. It will feature fabulous fashions and gifts for men, women and children. Proceeds will benefit the Wise County United Way.

UNIDOS MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department is starting a new program aimed at improving outreach to the city’s Hispanic community. The first meeting of the UNIDOS program is 6:30 tonight at the Outreach of Love – also known as Twin Oaks – Assembly of God Church at 300 Cates St. Meetings will be held entirely in Spanish, and the intent of the program is to serve as a resource center that will provide assistance in areas of importance to the Hispanic community. For information about the program, call Vanessa Medrano or Officer Marissa Martinez with Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

FUNERALS – Service for Makayla Stoff, 18, of Azle is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Joyce McGrady, 83, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Seth Allen Evans, 23, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gordon L. Lovell, 98, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. with rosary said at 7 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Robert Harold Walston, 49, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE for David Armstrong, 58, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Remmele, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

FUNERAL for Tim Steelman, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Community Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, December 12, 2018


2 KILLED IN FM 730 WRECK – Two people were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 at County Road 4374 between Decatur and Boyd Tuesday evening. Seth Evans, 23, of Boyd and his passenger Makayla Stoff, 18, of Azle died at the scene. The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. A white Cadillac driven by Glenda Hogan, 69, of Decatur was stopped in the southbound lane of FM 730 to turn left onto CR 4374. A gray Ford F150 traveling south driven by James Blackwood, 47, of Decatur clipped the back of the Cadillac and then went into the northbound lane, striking head on a northbound Ford Escort, driven by Evans. “The gray F150 was traveling southbound from behind and didn’t see [the Cadillac] until the last second and starts to swerve over,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “His front right hits the Cadillac’s back left pushing the Cadillac off the road. After clipping the rear of the other car, [the F150] continues on into the Ford Escort. It was an instant stop for both vehicles.” Blackwood was taken to Medical City Denton by ground ambulance. Hogan and her passenger, Curtis Carter, 45, were not injured. FM 730 was closed for several hours at CR 4374. Traffic was diverted through a private driveway.

FIRE DESTROYS GREENWOOD HOME – Fire tore through a home in the 300 block of County Road 2627 near Greenwood Tuesday evening. Firefighters from Greenwood/Slidell, Decatur, Alvord and Krum battled the blaze that was reported shortly after 6 p.m. Greenwood/Slidell Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Fletcher said the approximate 3,100-square-foot home was completely involved when firefighters arrived. “From the start we had to go defensive,” Fletcher said. “It was already fully involved. The garage is the only thing salvageable.” No one was at home when the fire started, according to Fletcher. The homeowner reported that there were a couple of cats in the home. High winds fueled the flames as firefighters worked to contain it to the main structure and the garage. “One of our concerns was with the high, dry vegetation on the back side,” Fletcher said. “We have three brush rigs here with the wind picking up through the night.”

BURN BAN RENEWED – Wise County commissioners Monday renewed the burn ban for 90 days. Burning is prohibited in Wise County on days designated by the National Weather Service (NWS) as having an elevated, extreme or critical fire danger. Burning is also prohibited on Red Flag days, as issued by NWS. Before conducting a controlled burn, log it with Wise County dispatch by calling 940-627-5971. If you have questions about the burn ban, call Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty, 940-627-5870.

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The remaining 2018 date is Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – South Wise Spirit of Christmas Angels are available for adoption at Rhome Pharmacy and Pinnacle Bank. Gifts must be returned by Thursday. Monetary donations may be made at Wells Fargo in Rhome.

CHRISTMAS OF HOPE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Centers annual Christmas of Hope now has angels available for the community. This program helps children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence to have a special Christmas. Angels are located at the Outreach office at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Call Janice at 940-626-4585.

PERSON OF THE YEAR VOTING CONTINUES – For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff include Wise County Red Cross team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. The winner will be named in the Jan. 2 issue. You can weigh in by voting online at wcmess.com/person2018. Voting is open through Friday.

FUNERALS – Service for Joann Boston, 80, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Gordon L. Lovell, 98, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jimmy Remmele, 65, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. with rosary said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Robert Harold Walston, 49, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for David Armstrong, 58, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Tim Steelman, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Community Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Fire destroys home near Greenwood


Fire tore through a home in the 300 block of County Road 2627 near Greenwood Tuesday evening.
Firefighters from Greenwood/Slidell, Decatur, Alvord and Krum firefighters battled the blaze that was reported shortly after 6 p.m.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Greenwood/Slidell Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Fletcher said the approximate 3,100-square-foot home was completely involved when firefighters arrived.
“From the start we had to go defensive,” Fletcher said. “It was already fully involved. The garage is the only thing salvageable.”
No one was at home when the fire started, according to Fletcher. The homeowner reported that there were a couple of cats in the home.
High winds fueled the flames as firefighters worked to contain it to the main structure and the garage.
“One of our concerns was with the high, dry vegetation on the back side,” Fletcher said. “We have three brush rigs here with the wind picking up through the night.”

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Two killed in wreck on FM 730


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Two people were killed in a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 at County Road 4374 between Decatur and Boyd Tuesday evening.
Seth Evans, 23, of Boyd and his passenger Makayla Stoff, 18, of Azle died at the scene.
The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. A white Cadillac driven by Glenda Hogan, 69, of Decatur was stopped in the southbound lane of FM 730 to turn left onto CR 4374. A gray Ford F150 traveling southbound driven by James Blackwood, 47, of Decatur clipped the back of the Cadillac and then went into the northbound lane, striking head on a northbound Ford Escort, driven by Evans.
“The gray F150 was traveling southbound from behind and didn’t see [the Cadillac] until the last second and starts to swerve over,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “His front right hits the Cadillac’s back left pushing the Cadillac off the road. After clipping the rear of the other car, [the F150] continues on into the Ford Escort. It was an instant stop for both vehicles.”
Blackwood was taken to Medical City Denton by ground ambulance.
Hogan and her passenger, Curtis Carter, 45, were not injured.
FM 730 was closed for several hours at CR 4374. Traffic was diverted through a private driveway.

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Update for Tuesday, December 11, 2018


SEMIFINAL TICKETS ON SALE – Tickets for the Decatur vs. Waco La Vega 4A state semifinal Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington are available online only for $12 at wcmess.com/semifinal. They are $15 at the door. Parking is $10 per car if paying with credit card and $15 if paying with cash. Doors open at 3 p.m. with kickoff set for 4 p.m.

UNIDOS MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department is starting a new program aimed at improving outreach to the city’s Hispanic community. The first meeting of the UNIDOS program is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Outreach of Love – also known as Twin Oaks – Assembly of God Church at 300 Cates St. Meetings will be held entirely in Spanish, and the intent of the program is to serve as a resource center that will provide assistance in areas of importance to the Hispanic community. For information about the program, call Vanessa Medrano or Officer Marissa Martinez with Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

CHRISTMAS SINGING – Balsora Baptist Church will host a Christmas Carol Singing 5 p.m. Sunday with fellowship following.

FOCUS GROUP – The Workforce Enhancement in Healthy Aging and Independent Living and the UNT Health Science Center’s Center for Geriatrics is seeking caregivers of people with dementia to participate in a focus group to discuss community resources for families 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Visitors Center. Respite is available to those who cannot leave their loved ones unattended. Participants will receive a $40 gift card for their time. Pre-registration is required. For information or to register, call Doni Green at 817-695-9193 or email dgreen@nctcog.org.

GIFTED AND TALENTED – The Bridgeport ISD Gifted and Talented referral window is open. Referral forms may be obtained at each campus office and online. All completed referral forms must be turned in by Friday. Contact BISD Advanced Academics Coordinator, Paula Fippinger, for information.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – Salvation Army Angels are now available at First State Bank in Decatur. They are due back by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

SANTA COPS – Donations of new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations for the Decatur Police Department’s Santa Cops program can be dropped off at the police department through Friday. For information, call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.

FUNERALS – Service for Bette Roberts, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Sam Betts, 73, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joann Boston, 80, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Gordon L. Lovell, 98, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Robert Harold Walston, 49, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. with rosary said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Tim Steelman, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Community Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Monday, December 10, 2018


1 KILLED IN ROLLOVER WRECK – One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Sunday night south of Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said a vehicle was westbound on County Road 3420 at a high rate of speed around 9:15 p.m. when the driver went off the roadway on the south side of the road, overcorrected, left the road on the north side of the roadway, rolled and went airborne through a tree and into a fence. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin, but Siebeneck said he was a local resident.

QUITE THE PARTY – Live Thankfully held its Party with a Purpose last night at Decatur ISD’s multipurpose building, where volunteers packed 2,390 bags of foods that will help 492 local families in need, according to Dan Mallory, one of the program’s founders.

WRECK VICTIM DIES – One of the three people involved in a head-on collision Nov. 27 on Farm Road 730 under U.S. 81/287 has died. Elizabeth Roberts, 72, of Decatur died late Thursday night at John Peter Smith Hospital where she had been since the wreck, according to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 1.22 inches in Decatur, 1.1 in Cottondale, 1 in Bridgeport and 0.76 in Alvord. Rain chances return to the forecast Thursday.

CHRISTMAS SALE – Wise Health System will host a two-day Christmas sale in the hospital’s main lobby 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday. It will feature fabulous fashions and gifts for men, women and children. Proceeds will benefit the Wise County United Way.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic for the meeting will be discussion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 p.m. today at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport for their Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive. The price of admission to the party is an unwrapped toy which will be donated to Wise Hope. More information about upcoming events and meetings can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook at Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

FUNERALS – Service for Gordon Lovell, 98, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Betty Roberts, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Sam Elliot Betts, 73, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joann Boston, 80, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. with rosary said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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1 killed in rollover wreck


One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Sunday night south of Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck said a vehicle was westbound on County Road 3420 at a high rate of speed around 9:15 p.m. when the driver went off the roadway on the south side of the road, overcorrected, left the road on the north side of the roadway, rolled and went airborne through a tree and into a fence. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of next of kin, but Siebeneck said he was a local resident.

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Update for Friday, December 7, 2018


EAGLES WIN REGION TITLE – The Decatur Eagles beat Hereford 38-28 Thursday night at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, winning the 4A Division I Region I title. Decatur advances to the state semifinal for the first time since 1988 with the win. The Eagles will play the winner of Argyle and Waco La Vega at 4 p.m. next Friday at AT&T Stadium in the 4A Division I semifinal. Only two other Decatur teams (1975 and 1988) have made the state semifinal. The Eagles have never advanced to the state final.

1 HURT IN ROLLOVER – The driver of a 2006 Toyota Tundra was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth after a rollover wreck late Thursday night off Farm Road 2048 in Boyd. The driver was unconscious but breathing after Boyd Fire and Cottondale Fire extricated the driver from the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop overturned in a steep ditch after swerving off FM 2048 approximately two miles east of Farm Road 51.

TAKE THE UMBRELLA – It’s expected to be a rainy couple of days in Wise County with rain chances between 90 and 100 percent today and tomorrow. Tomorrow’s rainfall might include a few snowflakes mixed in as well, but surface temperatures are expected to remain above freezing, meaning no accumulation is expected.

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico will host “Christmas Today” 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The free program includes inspiring music for the season, with food and fellowship following. The church is located at 302 S. Weatherford St.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic for the meeting will be discussion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.

MARY POPPINS ON STAGE – Decatur High School Theater students will perform Mary Poppins Jr. this weekend. There are two shows – 7 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Saturday. You can buy tickets through the event’s Facebook page.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners’ only meeting this month is Monday. They will hear an update on the county transportation plan, consider proposed Courthouse security fund expenditures and consider a resolution in support of applying for a grant through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor courtroom of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

CHRISTMAS IN ALVORD – The 2018 Alvord Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday with cookies and a visit from Santa. The Alvord High School Jazz Band will provide holiday music. Follow Alvord Events Association on Facebook for parade entry forms and other information.

LIVE THANKFULLY – The sixth annual Live Thankfully food drive is underway in Wise County. The charitable undertaking is run by Dr. Dan Mallory of Mallory Orthodontics in Decatur and partners with schools across the county to find families who need groceries. You can donate non-perishable food at participating businesses, schools or Mallory Orthodontics, 2250 South FM 51 No. 800, in Decatur. Deadline to donate is Saturday. You can also help pack grocery bags at Party with a Purpose on Sunday at the McCarroll Middle School’s Multipurpose Building, 1201 W. Thompson St. The event starts at 5 p.m.

POINSETTIA SALE – Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a Fresh Poinsettia Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today in the main hospital lobby at 609 Medical Center Drive.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting the Women’s Ministry of County Line Cowboy Church is 9 a.m. today at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn, Decatur.

TAKING ORDERS – Decatur High School ag students are using a CAD machine to cut plate steel based on designs that the students draw. They’re taking orders for metal art or custom pieces. Cost is $30 to $50, depending on design. To place an order, go to wcmess.com/ffaorder. To receive your item by Christmas, order by today.

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – The First Baptist Church in Decatur this weekend is performing “The Gift of Christmas,” a holiday extravaganza featuring 50 singers, a children’s choir and a 30-foot Christmas tree. The show is 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free tickets can be picked up at the church office, 1200 Preskitt Road. Large groups are encouraged to call the church at 940-627-3235 to reserve seats.

PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES – For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff include Wise County Red Cross team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. Columns on all five nominees are featured in Wednesday’s All Around Wise. The winner will be named in the Jan. 2 issue. You can weigh in by voting online at wcmess.com/person2018. Voting is open through Dec. 14.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruth Weatherly Fellers, 91, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Charley Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 p.m. next Thursday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Donilla Cox, 94, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Rolando Rosa, 55, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Family Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Driver hospitalized after rollover wreck


The driver of a 2006 Toyota Tundra has been transported to John Peter Smith hospital after a rollover wreck late Thursday night off Farm Market 2048 in Boyd. Messenger Photo by Austin Jackson

The driver of a 2006 Toyota Tundra has been transported to John Peter Smith hospital after a rollover wreck late Thursday night off Farm Market 2048 in Boyd.

The driver was unconscious but breathing after Boyd Fire and Cottondale Fire extricated the driver from the vehicle.

The vehicle came to a stop overturned in a steep ditch after swerving off Farm Market 2048 approximately two miles east of FM 51.

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Update for Thursday, December 6, 2018


FIRE DESTROYS MOTOR HOME – A fire consumed a motor home stored near the 1100 block of Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur Wednesday night. Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Nate Mara said the motor home was likely unoccupied after initial investigation. At 10:04 p.m. Decatur police officers were on patrol when they noticed a light in the field where the motor home was stored, notifying the Decatur Fire Department. A blaze broke out, but was contained within minutes by the fire department. “PD was doing their standard night patrols and happened to glance over and thought it looked out of character for it to be lit up and it was actually on fire,” Mara said. Boyd Fire assisted in the containment effort. Mara said wind and the Decatur Fire Department’s efforts helped prevent what could have been a more serious situation, with a fuel storage tank and other structures stored nearby the motor home. “The guys did a good job of knocking down the body of the fire and the wind helped us out a little bit blowing away from the storage tanks. Had the wind been blowing in a different direction it could have been a little different.”

RAIN ON ITS WAY – This afternoon’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain before rain chances increase to 100 percent Friday. Saturday’s forecast includes a 90 percent chance of rain and a 30 percent chance of rain or snow Saturday night.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – The 4A Division I quarterfinal between Decatur and Hereford is 6 p.m. today at AT&T Jones Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

SPORTSMAN’S BANQUET – The Decatur Youth Fair Buyers Association is having a Sportsman’s Banquet 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Decatur Conference Center. There will a social hour, raffles and a silent auction starting at 6, followed by a steak dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction featuring hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventure-related items will be held at the end of the night. Buy tickets online at dyfba.com. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of Decatur 4-H and FFA projects at the 2019 Youth Fair Auction.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting the Women’s Ministry of County Line Cowboy Church is 9 a.m. today and Friday at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn, Decatur.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport for their Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive. The price of admission to the party is an unwrapped toy which will be donated to Wise Hope. More information about upcoming events and meetings can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook at Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

HOLIDAY PROGRAM – The First Baptist Church in Decatur this weekend is performing “The Gift of Christmas,” a holiday extravaganza featuring 50 singers, a children’s choir and a 30-foot Christmas tree. The show is 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free tickets can be picked up at the church office, 1200 Preskitt Road. Large groups are encouraged to call the church at 940-627-3235 to reserve seats.

WISE COUNTY CHAMBER AWARDS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 awards dinner will be at 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. The business, citizen, and director of the year, along with the board of directors will be honored. Online tickets are available at wiscountychamber.com.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT – Christmas Night Out in downtown Bridgeport is 5-7 tonight. Shoppers can sip wassail on Halsell, follow the Christmas Cookie Crawl and even get their photo taken with Santa’s sleigh.

PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES – For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff include Wise County Red Cross team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. Columns on all five nominees are featured in Wednesday’s All Around Wise. The winner will be named in the Jan. 2 issue. You can weigh in by voting online at wcmess.com/person2018. Voting is open through Dec. 14.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruth Weatherly Fellers, 91, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen Ray Meadows, 62, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Thelma Supina, 101, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for James Morrow, 72, of Alvord is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charley Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Rolando Rosa, 55, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Family Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Fire destroys Decatur mobile home


A fire consumed a mobile home stored near the 1100 block of US 81/287 in Decatur Wednesday night.

Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Nate Mara said the home was likely unoccupied after initial investigation.

At 10:04 p.m. Decatur police officers were on patrol when they noticed a light in the field where the mobile home was stored, notifying the Decatur Fire Department. A blaze broke out, but was contained within minutes by Decatur Fire.

“PD was doing their standard night patrols and happened to glance over and thought it looked out of character for it to be lit up and it was actually on fire,” Mara said.

Boyd Fire assisted in the containment effort.

Mara said wind and the Decatur Fire Department’s efforts helped prevent what could have been a more serious situation, with a fuel storage tank and other structures stored nearby the mobile home.

“The guys did a good job of knocking down the body of the fire and the wind helped us out a little bit blowing away from the storage tanks. Had the wind been blowing in a different direction it could have been a little different.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update for Wednesday, December 5, 2018


WEATHER FORECAST PROMPTS GAME CHANGE – The 4A Division I quarterfinal between Decatur and Hereford has been rescheduled from Friday to 6 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Jones Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Due to weather forecasts predicting a mix of rain, snow and sub-freezing temperatures for Friday, DISD officials made the decision Tuesday afternoon to move the game for safety reasons. Decatur will be the visiting team. There will be no pre-sale tickets. At the gate, all student tickets are $4 and adult tickets are $8.

MAN WHO JUMPED FROM BRIDGE IDENTIFIED – Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office has identified the man who set himself on fire and jumped from a bridge last Friday in Bridgeport as Lance Coe, 20, a Bridgeport resident. Officers responded to a call about a suspicious person on the Texas 114 bridge over the railroad tracks and found Coe on fire below the bridge. Officers used fire extinguishers to put out the fire, but were unable to save Coe.

POINSETTIA SALE – Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a Fresh Poinsettia Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the main hospital lobby at 609 Medical Center Drive.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT OUT – Christmas Night Out in downtown Bridgeport is 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Shoppers can sip wassail on Halsell, follow the Christmas Cookie Crawl and even get their photo taken with Santa’s sleigh.

LIBRARY CLOSED – Chico Public Library will be closed today. This week’s “Stitch It!” program has been moved to Thursday. More information can be found on the CPL Facebook page.

TAKING ORDERS – Decatur High School ag students are using a CAD machine to cut plate steel based on designs that the students draw. They’re taking orders for metal art or custom pieces. Cost is $30 to $50, depending on design. To place an order, go to wcmess.com/ffaorder. To receive your item by Christmas, order by Friday.

LIVE THANKFULLY – The sixth annual Live Thankfully food drive is underway in Wise County. The charitable undertaking is run by Dr. Dan Mallory of Mallory Orthodontics in Decatur and partners with schools across the county to find families who need groceries. You can donate non-perishable food at participating businesses, schools or Mallory Orthodontics, 2250 South FM 51 No. 800, in Decatur. Deadline to donate is Saturday. You can also help pack grocery bags at Party with a Purpose on Sunday at the McCarroll Middle School’s Multipurpose Building, 1201 W. Thompson St. The event starts at 5 p.m.

PERSON OF THE YEAR NOMINEES – For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff include Wise County Red Cross team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. Columns on all five nominees are featured in today’s All Around Wise. The winner will be named in the Jan. 2 issue. You can weigh in by voting online at wcmess.com/person2018. Voting is open through Dec. 14.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruth Fellers, 91, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for James Morrow, 72, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charley Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Rolando Rosa Jr., 55, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Victory Family Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Tuesday, December 4, 2018


NOVEMBER WEATHER WRAP – After a rather wet October, conditions turned much drier for November with only 1.19 inches of rainfall for the month. That’s more than an inch below the average of 2.61 inches for the month. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 79 on Nov. 29 to a low of 21 on Nov. 14.

TOY RUN SUCCESS – Under a sunny sky Sunday, the Wise County Toy Run included more than 1,100 motorcycles making the ride from Decatur to Bridgeport. Each participant brought toys to help ensure local kids get a present this Christmas. Read more in the upcoming midweek All Around Wise.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – Angels are available at The Hills Nursing and Rehab in Decatur. Angel gifts need to be returned by December 12. The “Christmas for CASA” donation drive at the facility is also going on until Dec. 14. A variety of items (numerous sizes in clothing, toiletries, toys, etc.) are being collected for the foster children in Wise County. Call 940-627-2165 for information.

WISE COUNTY CHAMBER AWARDS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 awards dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. The business, citizen, and director of the year, along with the board of directors will be honored. Online tickets are available at wiscountychamber.com.

SANTA VISIT – Santa will visit First Financial Bank in Bridgeport 4-6 p.m. Friday. Bring your own camera for photos. Cookies and candy canes will be available for the kids.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Decatur Fire Department’s annual Breakfast with Santa is 7-10 a.m. Dec. 15 at the fire hall. The pancake breakfast includes a visit from Santa.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group will meet at 7 tonight in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Learn from others who have been there and share your experiences. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 tonight at 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

LOOK FOR ‘CONNECT’ – The winter issue of the Wise County Messenger’s local lifestyle magazine, Connect, is featured in this weekend’s paper on newsstands now. You can also pick up Connect at various locations around the county.

FUNERALS – Service for Edith Huebner, 91, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

MEMORIAL for James Morrow, 72, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charley Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Rolando Rosa, 55, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday December 3, 2018


BRIDGEPORT STUDENTS, COACH INJURED IN BUS WRECK — A bus carrying members of the Bridgeport Sissies basketball team was involved in a wreck in Parker County Saturday night. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 near Wilson Lane outside of Weatherford as the team was returning from a basketball tournament in Granbury. Five girls and one coach were taken to a local hospital, according to the school district. “We did have some players and a coach taken for observation,” Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey said. “At this point, it’s just precautionary.” A second bus carrying students was not involved in the wreck. “At this point we feel very blessed. It could have been much worse,” Peavey said. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Ricky Hunter said the wreck happened at 9:41 p.m. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Chevrolet passenger car was southbound on FM 51 when it crossed the center stripe and traveled into the northbound lane before striking the Bridgeport ISD bus driven by June Allison Taylor, 29. Hunter said five female students – four age 14 and one age 15 – were transported by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital with minor injuries. The adult male driver of the car was also taken by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital, and his adult female passenger was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries, Hunter said.

EAGLES ADVANCE TO REGIONAL FINALS — The Decatur Eagles football team knocked off the Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies for the second time this season on Friday, downing Hirschi and all-state running back Daimarqua Foster 31-14 at Newton Field in Graham. The Eagles will play Hereford in the Region I final at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock Friday night at 7 p.m. Decatur last reached the region final in 1988. Full coverage of Friday’s game is featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FRIDAY RAINFALL — Rainfall amounts from Friday’s storms include 0.55 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.45 in Bridgeport and 0.33 in Decatur. Rain chances return to the forecast later this week.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — The Wise Alzheimer’s Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Learn from others who have been there and share your experiences. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

ANGELS AVAILABLE — Angels on the Decatur Medical Lodge’s Angel Tree are now available. Each angel includes a list of requested items. Angels need to be returned by Friday. Call 940-626-2800.

CHRISTMAS IN ALVORD — The 2018 Alvord Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting is 6 p.m. Saturday with cookies and a visit from Santa. The Alvord High School Jazz Band will provide holiday music. Follow Alvord Events Association on Facebook for parade entry forms and other information.

BROILER ORDERS — The 2019 Wise County Youth Fair broiler orders are due today. Cost is $43.50 per pen of 25 birds. Participants can order two pens each. They must be paid for at time of order. 4-H exhibitors are to turn in their order and money to the Extension Office. Ag exhibitors are to turn their order and money in to their agriculture teachers. All orders and money are due to the WCYF Secretary today. For information, call Liz Hubbard, 940-389-5388.

FUNERALS — Service for Edith Huebner, 91, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lavell Mann, 87, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICES for James Morrow, 72, of Alvord and Charlie Little, 85, formerly of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Bridgeport students, coach injured in bus wreck


A bus carrying members of the Bridgeport Sissies basketball team was involved in a wreck in Parker County Saturday night. Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey said the wreck happened on Farm Road 51 outside of Weatherford as the team was returning from a basketball tournament in Granbury. Five girls and one coach were taken to a local hospital, he said. “We did have some players and a coach taken for observation,” Peavey said. “At this point, it’s just precautionary.” A second bus carrying students was not involved in the wreck. “At this point we feel very blessed. It could have been much worse,” Peavey said. All parents had been notified of the wreck, he said. This post will be updated as more details are available.

Edit at 12:45 a.m.: Department of Public Safety spokesperson Ricky Hunter said the wreck happened at 9:41 p.m. on FM 51 near Wilson Lane. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2015 Chevrolet passenger car was southbound on FM 51 when it crossed the center stripe and traveled into the northbound lane before striking the Bridgeport ISD bus driven by June Allison Taylor, 29. Hunter said five female students – four age 14 and one age 15 – were transported by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital with what was described as minor injuries. The adult male driver of the car was also taken by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital, and his adult female passenger was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries, Hunter said.

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Bridgeport Police investigate death


A man was killed when he apparently lit himself on fire and jumped from a bridge in Bridgeport Friday morning. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said his office received a call around 6:40 a.m. from someone driving on Texas 114 at the bridge over the railroad in the south part of town. “We had a caller drive by and see a male subject pouring gasoline on himself,” Stanford said. “My guys arrived on the scene and did the best they could.” Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow pronounced the man dead at the scene and ordered the body be sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Stanford said the man’s identity is not known at this time.

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Update for Friday, November 30, 2018


DISD ASSISTANT SUPT. RESIGNS – Decatur ISD Assistant Superintendent Steve White resigned Wednesday. White, who was over transportation, safety, security, attendance, facilities, technology, health services, transfers and handled parent concerns at the district level, was named to the post in July by a 5-2 vote. White turned in a letter to Superintendent Judi Whitis citing personal reasons for his resignation, which was effective immediately. Whitis said White’s duties will be shared by Shane Conklin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and herself. “The two of us will split duties and responsibilities,” Whitis said. She said she met with the transportation department Thursday morning and will be meeting with other groups. Whitis added that she will be evaluating the needs of the district before choosing to fill the spot. Before coming to Decatur to oversee the district’s transportation department, he was the superintendent at Granger, Alpine, Aspermont and Thrall.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Decatur Eagles will take on Wichita Falls Hirschi in the 4A Division I Region I regional at 7 p.m. today in Graham. It is the fourth time Decatur and Hirschi have met the past two years. The Huskies knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs in the same round last year. Decatur upset Hirschi 22-21 in the 4-4A I opener back in October. With a win, the Eagles would advance to the fourth round for the first time in over 20 years. Northwest will try to keep its historic season alive when they meet undefeated Lubbock Cooper in the 5A Division II Region I regional at 4 p.m. Friday at Abilene Christian University. The Texans have won nine straight games dating back to September. Northwest claimed its first area title last week. The Texans have never played a third-round playoff game.

DECATUR FFA SQUAD HEADS TO STATE – The Decatur FFA’s Greenhand quiz team will compete Saturday in the state contest at Sam Houston State in Huntsville. The squad includes Charlotte Hale, Katherine Holmes, Reagan Staub, Zane Allsup and Macey Gulbrand.

CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE – The Christmas in Paradise holiday event is Saturday in Paradise. The Christmas tree lighting, caroling and photos with Santa is 4-6 p.m. A Walk Through Bethlehem is 5-7 p.m. at Paradise United Methodist Church. Sip-n-shop featuring 25 local vendors, face painting and live entertainment is 6-8 p.m.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

WISE COUNTY TOY RUN – The 19th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Hundreds of bikers will meet in Decatur, then ride in force to Bridgeport to deliver toys they’re donating to children in need. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon in the parking lot on West Thompson Street, behind the Decatur Public Library. The ride starts at 12:30 p.m., and they will travel with a police escort to Harwood Park Pavilion in Bridgeport. A chili supper will be served, and there will be raffles and free door prizes for riders. For information, call Jeff Honeycutt, 817-980-1981.

TOUR OF HOMES – The annual Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any club member; at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 W. Business 380; or at iOffice, 1650 FM 51, Suite 300. Proceeds benefit local organizations. For a list of the homes featured on the tour and details about each stop, see the story in this past weekend’s Wise County Messenger or at WCMessenger.com.

ART CALENDAR REVEAL – The 2019 Wise County Art Association calendar will be revealed at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Purchase a calendar for $10 or 5 for $8 each to fund a scholarship for a graduating senior. Student-Teacher Art – Painting Partners Show will also be open in the same location at 6-10 p.m., as well as during the Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon.

FALL PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sell Out today through Saturday. They still have a big variety of violas and pansies. The sale is 3-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The remaining flats are $7 each (18 plants) or 3 for $20.

COOKIES WITH SANTA – Decatur High School FCCLA presents Cookies with Santa Saturday at the DHS cafeteria. Festivities begin at 8:45 a.m., and Santa arrives at 9:30. The cost is $10 for the first child, $3 for each additional child, and $5 for each additional photo. Price includes a cookie and milk, photo with Santa and a passport for elf training. Register at tinyurl.com/fccla-santa.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights is Saturday in downtown Decatur. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, and judging is at 5:30. The parade starts at 6. A float entry form is on the Chamber website, www.decaturtx.com. Call 940-627-3107 for more information.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING IN THE PARK – Newark Volunteer Fire Department, Newark Ladies Auxiliary and the Newark Public Library will host the community’s first Lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Park 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event hosts vendors for early Christmas shopping, food and cocoa. Choirs will sing carols in the Delora Doughty Royal Park across from the fire hall beginning at 5 p.m. and photos can be taken with Santa from 5-7 p.m. Children will receive a book bag and gift from Santa compliments of the Newark Public Library. The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will be in the park at 6:30 p.m.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Community Center. Tickets can be purchased at Bridgeport City Hall. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children and free for children under 2. Tickets at the door are $4. Space is limited.

WISE GIVES – The Wise Gives Charity Fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Wise Health System and Acts 4 Others has partnered to host the event that will provide a litany of free services including: haircuts, eye exams, legal services, minor auto repair, financial planning, yoga, health screenings, counseling services, flu immunizations for people aged 9 and up, cooking demonstrations, food baskets, kids activities and pictures with Santa.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive at Decatur Church of Christ 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Walk-ups are welcome, but if you’d like to make an appointment, call 940-627-1912. The church is at 2601 Farm Road 51 South.

FUNERALS – Service for Edith Huebner, 91, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Donald Ray Suggs Jr., 51, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lavell Mann, 87, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clyde Williams, 72, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE for Gwendolyn Faye Lisby Combs, 83, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Laura Walker, 96, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Sherron Dickie, 73, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Carolyn Ritchey, 83, formerly of Cottondale is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Pamela Pope, 37, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Red” Christerson, 79, of Paradise is 5 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Gary David Stephens Sr., 66, is 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 8789 in Bowie. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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White resigns post with Decatur ISD


Decatur ISD Assistant Superintendent Steve White resigned Wednesday.
White, who was over transportation, safety, security, attendance, facilities, technology, health services, transfers and handled parent concerns at the district level, was named to the post in July by a 5-2 vote.
White turned in a letter to Superintendent Judi Whitis citing personal reasons for his resignation, which was effective immediately.
Whitis said White’s duties will be shared by Shane Conklin, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and herself.
“The two of us will split duties and responsibilities,” Whitis said.
She said she met with the transportation department Thursday morning and will be meeting with other groups.
Whitis added that she will be evaluating the needs of the district before choosing to fill the spot.
Before coming to Decatur to oversee the district’s transportation department, he was the superintendent at Granger, Alpine, Aspermont and Thrall.

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Update for Thursday, November 29, 2018


WISE GIVES – The Wise Gives Charity Fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. Wise Health System and Acts 4 Others has partnered to host the event that will provide a litany of free services including: haircuts, eye exams, legal services, minor auto repair, financial planning, yoga, health screenings, counseling services, flu immunizations for people aged 9 and up, cooking demonstrations, food baskets, kids activities and pictures with Santa.

3 HURT IN TUESDAY WRECK – Three people were injured in a head-on wreck Tuesday night in Decatur. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. on Farm Road 730 under U.S. 81/287. He said a car driven southbound on FM 730 by Destiny Beasley, 17, of New Fairview was turning left to enter U.S. 81/287 southbound when she collided with a car northbound on FM 730 driven by Charles Roberts, 75, of Decatur. Beasley and Roberts were taken by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur. A passenger in Roberts’ car, his wife Elizabeth, 72, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth in serious condition, Hoskins said.

WISE COUNTY TOY RUN – The 19th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Hundreds of bikers will meet in Decatur, then ride in force to Bridgeport to deliver toys they’re donating to children in need. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon in the parking lot on West Thompson Street, behind the Decatur Public Library. The ride starts at 12:30 p.m., and they will travel with a police escort to Harwood Park Pavilion in Bridgeport. A chili supper will be served, and there will be raffles and free door prizes for riders. For information, call Jeff Honeycutt, 817-980-1981.

ART CALENDAR REVEAL – The 2019 Wise County Art Association calendar will be revealed at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Purchase a calendar for $10 or 5 for $8 each to fund a scholarship for a graduating senior. Student-Teacher Art – Painting Partners Show will also be open in the same location at 6-10 p.m., as well as during the Tour of Homes Sunday afternoon.

FALL PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sell Out today through Saturday. They still have a big variety of violas and pansies. The sale is 3-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8-11 a.m. Saturday. The remaining flats are $7 each (18 plants) or 3 for $20.

GIFTED/TALENTED REFERRALS – The Bridgeport ISD Gifted/Talented referral window is open. Referral forms may be obtained at each campus office and online. All completed referral forms must be turned in by Friday, Dec. 14. Contact BISD Advanced Academics Coordinator Paula Fippinger for more information.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Decatur Conference Center. A program will be presented by Angela Van Hoose and Bridgeport Intermediate School Honor Choir. Members should RSVP to Bunny Perry by Sunday evening at 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com.

LIGHTS ON HALSELL PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street will host the Lights On Halsell Christmas Parade 6 p.m. today in Downtown Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “Welcome to Who-Ville.”

FUNERALS – Services are pending for Edith Huebner, 91, and Donald Suggs Jr., 51, both of Boyd at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for James McGilvray Jr., 59, of Boyd is 4 p.m. today at the Boyd Church of Christ. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sherron Dickie, 73, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Gwendolyn Faye Lisby Combs, 83, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clyde Williams, 72, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Laura Walker, 96, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Edwin “E.L./Ed” Carlisle, 90, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Norwood Cemetery in Chico.

FUNERAL for Carolyn Ritchey, 83, formerly of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Friday at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Pamela Pope, 37, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth “Red” Christerson, 79, of Paradise is 5 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Nevesta Jones, 85, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Bob Cooper Sr., 65, of Newark is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Global Spheres in Corinth.

MEMORIAL for Gary David Stephens Sr., 66, is 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post 8789 in Bowie. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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