Friday, June 23, 2017


HEAT ADVISORY – Hot and humid conditions will result in dangerous heat this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory has been issued for the area noon-7 p.m. today. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid- to upper-90s this afternoon with heat index values in the 105-110 range. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible for individuals who work or play outside without adequate shade or water. As a cold front approaches the area tonight, it could bring thunderstorms. Rain chances are 70 percent overnight. It’s expected to be much cooler Saturday with a high of 79.

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

FISHING TOURNEY – Devon Energy will have its 8th Annual Keepin’ It Reel bass fishing tournament and fundraiser Saturday at Lake Bridgeport. Registration is 5 a.m. at Wise County Park, and the entry fee is $125 per two-person team. Proceeds benefit United Way. To register, contact Crystal Watkins, 940-394-2315, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth Football sign ups are noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the old middle school gym behind the Valero station. Call Larry at 940-399-9846.

BLOOD DRIVE – Legend Bank in Alvord will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive noon-6 p.m. today in the bank parking lot.

BAKE SALE – The Bridgeport FFA will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Proceeds will benefit Bridgeport FFA.

MUSEUM TRIP – Rhome Veterans will caravan to the Military Museum of Fort Worth 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 817-636-2826 or email silkpoodles@hotmail.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Shawn K. Wedgworth, 49, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marilyn Elizabeth Getty, 86, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. June 30 at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Barbara Goode, 79, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Dorotha Louise Norman, 92, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Clara Brown Tingle, 97, of Burleson is 10:30 a.m. today at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bera Faye Sherman Lewis, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sallie Perkins, 91, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Allan Sanders, 48, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Bettye Stevenson Rhine, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jerry Lee Rogers, 66, of Boyd is 3 p.m. July 8 at First Baptist Church in Boyd.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017


DRUG ARREST – Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and a K-9 partner located 27 pounds of marijuana and one pound of THC extract after a traffic stop on U.S. 81/287 southbound south of Decatur around 10 a.m. Wednesday. Dusty M. Coulson, 38, of Alamosa, Colo., was arrested for possession of marijuana 5-50 pounds and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2 over 400 grams.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum, a coalition of public health stakeholders in the community, meets at 9 a.m. today in the Lecture Hall of Weatherford College Wise County. All interested stakeholders are invited.

BAKE SALE – The Bridgeport FFA will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Proceeds will benefit Bridgeport FFA.

FOOD DRIVE – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation, 701 W. Bennett Road in Decatur, is hosting a food drive for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). Donations may be dropped off at the admissions desk 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations will be accepted until June 30.

PET PHOTO FUNDRAISING CONTEST – Chewy’s Hope Dog rescue is having a 4th of July Pet Photo Fundraising Contest. Dress your pet up in a patriotic outfit and submit your photo to www.makemycontest.com/chewyshopepetphoto/ It’s free to enter, but voting is $1 per vote. All money raised will help care for the dogs in foster care. Contest ends July 2. First, second and third prizes of Amazon gift cards in the amounts of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded. Visit them on Facebook at Chewy’s Hope Dog Rescue or at www.chewyshope.com.

SEEKING DONATIONS FOR REPAIR – The Decatur Lions Club is asking current and past members of the club for donations to raise money for repairs of the club’s building. The club is asking for a one time donation, a pledge to be paid monthly over a period not to exceed 24 months or purchase a brick paver, which are $100 each. Checks, pledge forms and brick order forms should be mailed to Decatur Lions Club, P.O. Box 135, Decatur, TX 76234.

COLOR RUN – Chico Elementary’s PASS Color Run 5K and 1/2-mile fun run is Saturday. Registration is 7:30 a.m., and races begin at 8. Registration for the 1/2-mile fun run is $15 before race day and $20 on race day. Registration for the 5K are $25 before race day and $30 on race day. In addition to the registration fee, runners are asked to bring the following items to stock the Dragon food pantry: peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles. Runners who sign up in advance will receive a T-shirt. Register on the PASS-Chico Elementary Facebook page or at wcmess.com/dragonpride.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Dorotha Louise Norman, 92, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Clara Brown Tingle, 97, of Burleson is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bera Faye Sherman Lewis, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Manuel S. Moran, 75, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Allan Sanders, 48, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Bettye Stevenson Rhine, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shawn K. Wedgworth, 49, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marilyn Elizabeth Getty, 86, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. June 30 at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jerry Lee Rogers, 66, of Boyd is 3 p.m. July 8 at First Baptist Church in Boyd.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017


SUMMER’S HERE – Today is the first official day of summer, and it will feel like it. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 91 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

SECURITY UPGRADES APPROVED – Chico ISD trustees Monday approved purchasing and installing security cameras and access controls for district buildings through funding obtained in the district’s bond package. Security stipulations were included in the $1.8 million bond package approved by voters last month.

BLOOD DRIVE – Legend Bank in Alvord will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive noon-6 p.m. Friday in the bank parking lot.

MUSEUM TRIP – Rhome Veterans will caravan to the Military Museum of Fort Worth 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 817-636-2826 or email silkpoodles@hotmail.com.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. The last currently scheduled date is June 28. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

BRISKETS FOR THE FOURTH – Greenwood Masonic Lodge is pre-selling cooked briskets for the Fourth of July holiday. Cost is $60 per brisket. Call 940-389-7334 or 940-255-2782. Briskets will need to be ordered by no later than June 28 and will be ready for pick up at the Greenwood pavilion 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 1.

HISTORICAL MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting at noon Thursday. The speaker will be Ann Ayers, a local artist and sculptress who now has her studio in Bridgeport. At 1 p.m., the Wise County Historical Commission will hold their quarterly meeting. Lunch will be served, so if you plan to attend, RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today. Both meetings will be at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

RECYCLED SCIENCE – Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program today will highlight recycled science. Participants will build race cars from recycled materials that run on air. All programs are held 10-11 a.m. at the Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm Street.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Clara Tingle, 97, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bera Faye Sherman Lewis, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dorotha Louise Norman, 92, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Allan Sanders, 48, and Bettye Stevenson Rhine, 90, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Manuel S. “Manny” Moran, 75, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shawn K. Wedgworth, 49, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


NEWARK FIRE – A brush fire spread to the remains of an abandoned trailer home on County Road 4856 near Newark Monday afternoon. Firefighters from Newark, Boyd and Rhome extinguished the blaze.

ELDER COMMITS TO TEXAS – Decatur ace Bryce Elder committed to pitch at the University of Texas Sunday. Elder previously signed with Howard College in Big Spring. Elder went 7-2 for the Eagles with an 0.603 ERA.

OZONE ACTION DAY – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an ozone action day for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Wise County, today. Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the area. Today’s high is expected to be 91 degrees with light winds.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will sponsor a Carter BloodCare blood drive 2-6 p.m. today at the CVS parking lot in Decatur.

RECYCLED SCIENCE – Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program on Wednesday will highlight recycled science. Participants will build race cars from recycled materials that run on air. All programs are held 10-11 a.m. at the Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm Street.

HISTORICAL MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Society will have their monthly meeting at noon Thursday. The speaker will be Ann Ayers, a local artist and sculptress who now has her studio in Bridgeport. At 1 p.m., the Wise County Historical Commission will hold their quarterly meeting. Lunch will be served, so if you plan to attend, RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday. Both meetings will be at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

TEACHER WORKSHOP – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office will have a teacher workshop 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Weatherford College Wise County. Topics include nutrition, bullying, health, gardening and more. Cost is $40. Participants earn 7 CPE hours. To register, contact Karen Wade at karen.wade@ag.tamu.edu or 940-627-3341.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 201 E. Main, in Decatur. A representative from the Dallas Paleo Society will introduce their latest book, “Guide to Fossil Collecting.” Guests are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Service for Emodine Boydston, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Clara Tingle, 97, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Manuel S. Moran, 75, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shawn K. Wedgworth, 49, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Boyd.

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Monday, June 19, 2017


SUSPECT CAUGHT – Clayton Harwell, 32, of Greenwood was arrested at a residence north of Greenwood Saturday night by Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers, according to Sheriff Lane Akin. Officers had been searching for Harwell since he fled from a traffic stop last Tuesday in Montague County. According to Wise County Jail records, Harwell was arrested on a contempt of court charge. He remained in jail Monday morning.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Storms passing through Wise County this morning brought rainfall totals of 0.65 of an inch in Alvord, 0.5 in Bridgeport, 0.3 in Greenwood and 0.27 in Decatur. The rain is expected to clear out this morning and give way to partly cloudy skies this afternoon with a high of 86 degrees.

TOP HONORS – The Wise County Messenger received three first place awards at the Texas Press Association convention last week. Honors were for news writing, sports, and page design. The Messenger also won awards for column writing, headline writing, news photos and special sections.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 201 E. Main, in Decatur. A representative from the Dallas Paleo Society will introduce their latest book, “Guide to Fossil Collecting.” Guests are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur 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 Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. 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.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) event every Tuesday throughout the summer. Children in kindergarten through second grade can participate in the 2 p.m. STEAM event, and children in third through fifth grades may attend the 6:30 p.m. session. To register, call the library, 940-393-0290.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host Vanessa Adia, candidate for U.S. Congress (District 12) 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity, Decatur. Adia will discuss her plans for the district and answer questions. Contact Chair Amos at janetamos7@gmail.com.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board meets tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates St. The meeting will start at 6 with a closed session, and the open session will begin at 7. The agenda includes a budget update.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Friday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine MooreSteinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. July 8 at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Manuel S. Moran, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service to be held at a later date for Ethel Dodson, 81, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lonnie Ray Fuller, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with 2 p.m. burial at DFW National Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Emodine Boydston, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

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Friday, June 16, 2017


HEAT WAVE – A heat advisory has been issued for seven North Texas counties, including Wise, from noon today to 7 p.m. Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, hot and humid conditions will continue across the area where high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indices approaching 105 degrees in the afternoon. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible for individuals who work or play outside without adequate shade or water.

RED CROSS MEETING – The American Red Cross Wise County Disaster Action Team meets 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host Vanessa Adia, candidate for U.S. Congress (District 12) 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity, Decatur. Adia will discuss her plans for the district and answer questions. Contact Chair Amos at janetamos7@gmail.com.

TEACHER WORKSHOP – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office will have a teacher workshop 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Weatherford College Wise County. Topics include nutrition, bullying, health, gardening and more. Cost is $40. Participants earn 7 CPE hours. To register, contact Karen Wade at karen.wade@ag.tamu.edu or 940-627-3341.

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION – Community Church in Decatur will hold a retirement celebration honoring Pastor John Redfearn and his wife, Jane, for their 47 years of full time ministry 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

CAR SHOW – An Antique Car Show will be held at The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson in Decatur, at 3 p.m. Saturday. First, second and third place plaques will be awarded. No entry fee necessary. Grilled hot dogs and drinks will be served.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE – A Tarrant Area Food Bank representative will be at the Rhome Public Library to offer application assistance for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid and more 1:30-3:30 p.m. today.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – East Side Alumni will sponsor a Juneteenth parade and block party Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a parade in downtown Decatur, followed by a block party at Louida “Big Mama” Willis Park, 600 N. Arthur Street. For information on the event and how to participate, call Robert Johnson at 940-210-4924 or Mike Bell at 940-255-9721.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth Football sign ups are noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 17 and 24, at the old middle school gym behind the Valero station. Call Larry at 940-399-9846.

BAKE SALE – The First Financial Bank of Boyd will host a bake sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today to benefit the Boyd 7-on-7 team.

ALVORD VETERANS – The Alvord Area Veterans have their monthly meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Alvord Valero at FM 1655 and U.S. 81/287. All veterans are invited. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830.

FUNERALS – Services for M.J. Merritt, 85, of Boyd and Emodine Boydston, 90, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Nancy Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ethel Dodson, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lonnie Ray Fuller, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial 2 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017


PEAVY HIRED AS SUPERINTENDENT – Bridgeport School Board officially hired the district’s new superintendent Monday. Brandon Peavey, the superintendent of Hardin ISD near Beaumont, was selected from a field of 43 candidates, six of whom the board interviewed. The board voted unanimously to hire Peavey. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. A trauma specialist from the hospital will speak about ways to prevent trauma, specifically falls. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Alvord Youth Football sign ups are noon-2 p.m. Saturday, June 17 and 24, at the old middle school gym behind the Valero station. Call Larry at 940-399-9846.

BAKE SALE – The First Financial Bank of Boyd will host a bake sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday to benefit the Boyd 7-on-7 team.

ALVORD VETERANS – The Alvord Area Veterans have their monthly meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Alvord Valero at FM 1655 and U.S. 81/287. All veterans are invited. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830.

COLOR RUN – Chico Elementary’s PASS Color Run 5K and -mile fun run is Saturday, June 24. Registration is 7:30 a.m., and races begin at 8. Registration for the -mile fun run is $15 before race day and $20 on race day. Registration for the 5K are $25 before race day and $30 on race day. In addition to the registration fee, runners are asked to bring the following items to stock the Dragon food pantry: peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles. Runners who sign up in advance will receive a T-shirt. Register on the PASS-Chico Elementary Facebook page or at wcmess.com/dragonpride.

BROADBAND SURVEYS – Wise County partnered with Bridgeport and Decatur EDCs in February to have technology company Design Nine conduct a countywide broadband internet infrastructure study. As part of the study, they are asking citizens to fill out surveys about residential and business internet use. You may fill out one or both. The residential survey is online at wcmess.com/residential, and the business survey is at wcmess.com/business.

WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed June 16-June 23. If you would normally pick up a food box during that week, you can still come the following week. Volunteers and community service should report June 26. Normal food distribution starts again on June 27. For more information visit www.warmtx.org.

FUNERALS – Service for M.J. Merritt, 85 of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Omar Amador, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lonnie Ray Fuller, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial 2 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017


GOVERNOR TO APPOINT NEW JUDGE — Gov. Greg Abbott will appoint someone to replace the late District Judge John Fostel, and according to Press Secretary John Wittman, applications are already being accepted. “Anyone can apply, and we’re encouraging as many folks to apply as possible,” Wittman said.  There is no application deadline and no set timeline on when the process will be complete. As of Tuesday, the Governor’s Appointments Office had received one application. Over the last few days, local attorneys Paul Belew and Brock Smith reached out to the Messenger, indicating they’re interested in the post. Until the vacancy is filled, visiting judges will be assigned to the 271st District Court, appointed by Judge David L. Evans with the 8th Administrative Judicial Region. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

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

WARM CLOSED — Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed June 16-June 23. If you would normally pick up a food box during that week, you can still come the following week. Volunteers and community service should report June 26. Normal food distribution starts again on June 27. For more information visit www.warmtx.org.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE — A Tarrant Area Food Bank representative will be at the Rhome Public Library to offer application assistance for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid and more 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday.

KIDS GOLF SCRAMBLE — The Bridgeport Education Foundation’s Kids Golf Scramble is Friday at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is at 8 a.m., and tee time is 9 a.m. Cost is $35 per child or $105 for three-man teams. Proceeds will be used for scholarships and grants. Call Pam at 940-393-5987 or Susan at 940-366-0186.

FISHING TOURNEY — Devon Energy will have its 8th Annual Keepin’ It Reel bass fishing tournament and fundraiser Saturday, June 24, at Lake Bridgeport. Registration is 5 a.m. at Wise County Park, and the entry fee is $125 per two-person team. Proceeds benefit United Way. To register, contact Crystal Watkins, 940-394-2315, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION — East Side Alumni will sponsor a Juneteenth parade and block party Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a parade in downtown Decatur, followed by a block party at Louida “Big Mama” Willis Park, 600 N. Arthur Street. For information on the event and how to participate, call Robert Johnson at 940-210-4924 or Mike Bell at 940-255-9721.

CHEER CLINIC — Chico Varsity Cheerleaders will host a Mini Cheer Clinic 9 a.m.-noon today through Friday at the high school gym. Camp is for girls entering K-6th grades. Forms are available online at Chicoisdtx.net, Chico Elementary office and the Chico Public Library.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM — Alvord Public Library’s summer reading program is 10-11 a.m. today and will feature the magic of “The Amazing Mr. K!” Program is held at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St., Alvord.

FUNERALS — Service for Lonnie Ray Fuller, 58, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ada Maurine Cravens, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Yarnaby Cemetery in Bryan County, Okla.

GRAVESIDE service for Omar Amador, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for M.J. Merritt, 85 of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017


CITY TO OFFER DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS – The city of Decatur will offer development agreements to the property owners that make up the seven enclaves the city is seeking to bring into the city through involuntary annexation. Those agreements were announced following a nearly hour-long closed session at the beginning of Monday’s Decatur City Council meeting. The development agreements will allow the city to delay annexation of the property as long as it remains in its current use for a period of five years. The council will hold its vote on the annexation July 10.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will be at James Wood Motors in Decatur 9 a.m-1 p.m. today for blood donations.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System is now offering diabetes education classes on the second Tuesday of the month at Wise Clinical Care, 2432 Avondale Haslet Rd., in Fort Worth (Haslet). This month’s beginner class will be 3 p.m. today, and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. 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 necessary. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

CAR SHOW – An Antique Car Show will be held at The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson in Decatur, at 3 p.m. Saturday. First, second and third place plaques will be awarded. No entry fee necessary. Grilled hot dogs and drinks will be served.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services WIC will be closed today for out-of-town staff training. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Wednesday. Call 940-627-5796. After Wednesday, the office will not be open again until 7 a.m. Monday, June 19.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

QUARTER AUCTION FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a Quarter Auction 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Room to help raise money for scholarships. The event will include 15 vendors with door prizes and auction items. Call Erika McComis, 940-389-4388.

FUNERALS – Service for Ada Maurine Cravens, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Yarnaby Cemetery in Bryan County, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Omar Amador, 54, of Chico is 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Monday, June 12, 2017


SATURDAY HOUSE FIRE – A single-story home north of Decatur was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. The home was located off County Road 2228, which intersects Farm Road 51 near Decatur Livestock Market. Firefighters arrived around 3:30 a.m. to find the home fully involved. Decatur and Greenwood-Slidell Fire Departments responded to the scene. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

CENTER NAME CHANGE – The Decatur Civic Center Advisory Board Friday voted to ask the City Council to change the name of the center to the Decatur Conference Center. Civic Center Director Lori Sherwood said the name change was requested by developers of the new Marriott Fairfield Suites hotel at the center. The board also agreed to make three special events at the Civic Center at Easter, Mothers Day and Thanksgiving reservation only events to avoid overcrowding. Sherwood said that more than 450 people, many of them without reservations, showed up for the Mother’s Day event.

PACKED HOUSE – Decatur City Council chambers are expected to be full tonight when the council discusses a number of involuntary annexation proposals – most of them involving property along U.S. 81/287 south of current city limits. At least one property owner has publicly opposed the annexation at several public hearings and the city has been in negotiations with at least two others involved in the project. For many years the city council has been insisting the city staff begin annexation of so called “enclaves” where property is already surrounded by the city. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

DECATUR PAIR TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME – Decatur pitcher Bryce Elder and shortstop Derek Potts will play in the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game at 7 tonight at Grand Prairie’s AirHogs Stadium.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

QUARTER AUCTION FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a Quarter Auction 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridgeport Community Room to help raise money for scholarships. The event will include 15 vendors with door prizes and auction items. Call Erika McComis, 389-4388.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services WIC will be closed Tuesday for out-of-town staff training. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Wednesday. Call 940-627-5796. After Wednesday, the office will not be open again until 7 a.m. Monday, June 19.

CHEER CLINIC – Chico Varsity Cheerleaders will host a Mini Cheer Clinic 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday through Friday at the high school gym. Camp is for girls entering K-6th grades. Forms are available online at Chicoisdtx.net, Chico Elementary office and the Chico Public Library.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Alvord Public Library’s summer reading program on Wednesday will feature the magic of The Amazing Mr. K! Program is held at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St., Alvord, from 10-11 a.m.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition monthly meeting is noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

CLOVER KIDS – The 4-H Clover Kids Camp is 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. The camp is open to incoming kindergartners through second graders. Participants will learn about 4-H projects through hands-on activities. Cost per camp is $15, or $40 to attend all three days. Contact Chrissy Karrer at 940-627-3341 or cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu.

FUNERALS – Service for Omar Amador, 54, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ada Maurine Cravens, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Yarnaby Cemetery in Bryan County, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Home destroyed in fire


A single-story home north of Decatur was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The home was located off County Road 2228, which intersects Farm Road 51 near Decatur Livestock Market

Firefighters arrived around 3:30 a.m. to find the home fully involved.

Decatur and Greenwood-Slidell Fire Departments responded to the scene. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017


Judi Whitis

DECATUR ISD SUPERINTENDENT LONE FINALIST – The Decatur ISD Board of Trustees has named Judi Whitis the lone finalist as the district’s superintendent of schools. Dr. Whitis comes to Decatur from Valley Mills ISD where she served as superintendent since 2014. She previously served as superintendent with Fort Davis ISD and as assistant superintendent for Burnet and Lampasas ISDs with a strong focus in curriculum and instruction.

3 HURT IN WRECK ON U.S. 380 – Three people were flown from the scene of a wreck on U.S. 380 in Decatur Thursday around noon. According to Decatur Police Sgt. Calvin Beatty, a passenger car driven by Amr Takieldeen of Wichita Falls tried to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. 380 from the U.S. 81/287 exit ramp, crossing directly in front of an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler, driven by Juan Villafranco of Celina, couldn’t brake in time and hit the passenger car on the driver’s side. The three occupants of the passenger car – Takieldeen, Mona Kamel El-Sayed Mahmoud of Wichita Falls and a 5-year-old child – were flown from the scene. Takieldeen and Mahmoud were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Beatty said that as of Thursday afternoon the child was in stable condition and the adults were in critical condition. Villafranco was uninjured. Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Decatur police and fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Air Evac Lifeteam 68, CareFlite and PHI Air Medical responded.

FATAL WRECK UPDATE – The victim killed in an early morning Wednesday wreck near Alvord has been identified as a Bowie resident. The wreck happened just after 3 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 1596 and U.S. 81/287 near the Exxon truck stop on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord. Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said a pickup driven by Brayden Brown, 18, of Alvord was eastbound on County Road 1596 and pulled out into the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 to cross over and head north on U.S. 81/287. A southbound passenger car driven by Kathryn Joseph, 64, of Bowie struck the side of Brown’s truck. She died at the scene. Brown and several passengers in his truck were not injured, Haschel said.

MORNING STORMS – Storms moved into Wise County this morning bringing heavy rainfall. Rainfall totals as of 7:45 a.m. included 1.5 inches in Greenwood, 1.02 in Bridgeport, 0.95 in Alvord, 0.88 in Decatur and 0.51 in Rhome. The rain is expected to end this morning before an afternoon high of 84.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION – Decatur High School’s driver’s education class starts Monday at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Participants must be 15 years old by July 1. Class fee is $75, and the driving fee is $225. Payment must be made at the DHS office before the first class. Call 940-393-7200 or email jack.reeves@decaturisd.us.

CLOVER KIDS – The 4-H Clover Kids Camp is 1:30-4 p.m. June 13-15. The camp is open to incoming kindergartners through second graders. Participants will learn about 4-H projects through hands-on activities. Cost per camp is $15, or $40 to attend all three days. Contact Chrissy Karrer at 940-627-3341 or cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu.

CHICO LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library presents Adult Game Night for ages 16 and up 6:30-8:30 tonight. Family Lego Day is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Also, sign ups are open for Ladies Craft Night on June 16. The craft will be 3D Painting with Buttons for ages 15 and up. Only 8 spots remain for craft night. To register call 940-644-2330.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Church of Christ is having a Carter BloodCare drive 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 940-627-1912.

BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – Chico Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue is Saturday. Carter BloodCare will be on site from 2-8 p.m. Food will be served starting around 5 p.m. The event will also include an auction, door prizes and music. The 200 block of Weatherford Street between Sherman and Jacksboro streets in front of the fire hall will be shut down during the event due to heavy pedestrian traffic.

FISHING DERBY – The 2017 Kid’s All-American Fishing Derby is this Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at Black Creek Lake. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and prizes will be awarded from 11:30 to noon. Bait, cane fishing poles, hot dogs and drinks are provided free. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish. For information, call the LBJ Grasslands at 940-627-5475.

BOYD FUN FEST – Boyd Fun Fest is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave. The event will include a petting zoo, bounce house, bouncy boxing ring, pie eating contest, pony rides, face painting, dig zone, bubbles and other outdoor activities, children’s games (with prizes), dunking booth, snow cone stand, two food trucks, more than 16 vendor booths, car show, 50/50 washer tournament and a pie baking contest. For more information, call Alicia Smith at 940-433-5166.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Veterans Movie Night is 6:30 p.m. today. The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” will be shown in the Rhome Public Library Activity Room. The free event is sponsored by the Rhome Public Library and the Rhome Veterans.

YOUTH SIGN-UPS – Chico Youth Football and Chico Youth Cheer sign-ups are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, at Robinson Park.

MOVIE AT THE POOL – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Moana” at the Bridgeport City Pool tonight. The pool opens at noon and will be open throughout the day. Movie starts at dusk. Admission for the pool is $3 for ages 10 and up; $2 for ages 4-9; 3 and under are free. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association meets Sunday. Dinner is at noon followed by the business meeting.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK – Local Author Jennifer Jasper will be a guest speaker at the Rhome Public Library 10 a.m. Saturday presenting her book, “Who Came Home?” The story is based on her father who was in the armed forces during WWII in England.

FUNERALS – Service for Marshall Dale Wilson, 59, of Hurst, formerly of Wise County is 3 p.m. today at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Krum.

MEMORIAL service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kathryn Louise Joseph, 63, of Bowie is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marilyn Getty, 86, of New Fairview is pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Guy Waggoner, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Ted Lewis, 80, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 2:30-3:30 p.m. prior to service.

MASS of Christian Burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Rev. Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ruby Jo Inman, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Three flown from U.S. 380 wreck


Three people were flown from the scene of a wreck on U.S. 380 in Decatur Thursday.

According to Decatur Police Sgt. Calvin Beatty, a passenger car tried to cross the westbound lanes of U.S. 380 from the U.S. 81/287 exit ramp, crossing directly in front of an 18-wheeler. The 18-wheeler couldn’t brake in time and hit the passenger car on the driver’s side.

The three occupants of the passenger car — a male adult, female adult and one child — were flown from the scene. The adults were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Names and conditions of the injured persons are not available at this time.

Troy Jones, the driver of another 18-wheeler who witnessed the wreck, stopped to help the family in the passenger car. He punched out a window to pull the child out.

“I panicked I guess, and I punched the window,” Jones said. “I had a crowbar in the truck, but I had to help them right then.”

He sat comforting the child until emergency personnel arrived.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Decatur police and fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Air Evac Lifeteam 68, CareFlite and PHI Air Medical responded.

The accident is still under investigation.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017


HALSELL STREET CELEBRATION – The City of Bridgeport and Main Street will hold the Halsell Street Revitalization Celebration and Ribbon Cutting event 5:30-8:30 p.m. today on Halsell Street. The ribbon cutting and group photo will be at 9th and Halsell at 5:30 p.m. The event will also include shopping, dining, merchant raffles, bounce houses, entertainment, ice cream truck and snow cone truck. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

CHICO LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library presents 1,2,3 Play with Me for ages 0-5 years 11 a.m. to noon today. Summer Reading (Snow Globe Aquarium for ages 4 and up) is 4-5 p.m. today. Sign ups are open. To reserve a spot call 940-644-2330.

MOVIE AT THE POOL – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Moana” at the Bridgeport City Pool on Friday. The pool opens at noon and will be open throughout the day. Movie starts at dusk. Admission for the pool is $3 for ages 10 and up; $2 for ages 4-9; 3 and under are free. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association meets Sunday. Dinner is at noon followed by the business meeting.

BARBECUE FUNDRAISER – Chico Volunteer Fire Department’s annual barbecue is Saturday. Carter BloodCare will be on site from 2-8 p.m. Food will be served starting around 5 p.m. The event will also include an auction, door prizes and music.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK – Local Author Jennifer Jasper will be a guest speaker at the Rhome Public Library 10 a.m. Saturday presenting her book, “Who Came Home?” The story is based on her father who was in the armed forces during WWII in England.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Church of Christ is having a Carter BloodCare drive 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 940-627-1912.

SCRUB SALE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary will host a mobile scrub sale 7 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday in the hospital lobby. Call 903-575-1582.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition monthly meeting is noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

WIZARD OF OZ BALLET – The Wise Performing Arts Guild and Wise Ballet and Music Academy will present “The Emerald City” ballet 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur High School Theater. Purchase tickets online at tututix.com or at the door.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 tonight at the Greenwood Fire Hall, 294 County Road 2821. County Judge J.D. Clark and Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White will speak.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marilyn Getty, 86, of New Fairview is pending at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Carol C. Lambert, 66, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Edgar “Fay” Helton, 91, of North Richland Hills is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Guy Waggoner, 88, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Ted Lewis, 80, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 2:30-3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with a rosary said at 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Rev. Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Paul Bean, 71, of Boyd is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ruby Jo Inman, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Theresia Ann Moffitt, 59, of Denton is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Slay Memorial Chapel in Aubrey with burial at Sycamore Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017


FATAL WRECK – One person was killed in a two-vehicle wreck near Alvord early this morning. The wreck happened just after 3 a.m. on U.S. 81/287 in front of the Exxon gas station north of Alvord. Wise County EMS, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety responded. No other details were available as Update went to press, but more information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

P&Z VOTES AGAINST ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY – After listening to the concerns of a property owner of one of the 13 parcels of land under consideration for involuntary annexation by the city of Decatur, followed by a 20 minute visit with an attorney in closed session, the city’s planning and zoning commission last night voted against recommending annexation for that particular piece of property. Chris Fernihough, who owns property along U.S. 81/287 where his business is located, said he felt like the city’s requirements following annexation would possibly force him out of business. He asked the P&Z to table the recommendation on annexation until after he could try to work out a possible development agreement with the city that he said would be fair to both his business and the city. Following the closed session, a motion and second was made to recommend annexation of the property, but the vote was 3-2 against. The commission recommended annexation for the other 12 pieces of property under consideration. The city council will consider a first reading of an ordinance to annex the parcels, which make up seven enclaves within the city, at a meeting next Monday.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greenwood Fire Hall, 294 County Road 2821. County Judge J.D. Clark and Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White will speak.

DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION – Main Street Revitalization Celebration and ribbon cutting is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday to mark the completion of the Halsell Street Revitalization Project. There will be entertainment and refreshments. Call Bridgeport Main Street, 940-683-3404.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Veterans Movie Night is 6:30 p.m. Friday. The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” will be shown in the Rhome Public Library Activity Room. The free event is sponsored by the Rhome Public Library and the Rhome Veterans.

YOUTH SIGN-UPS – Chico Youth Football and Chico Youth Cheer sign-ups are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, at Robinson Park.

OFFICES CLOSED – All county offices will be closed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today for the memorial service of Judge John Fostel. Fostel died Friday, and his memorial service is 10 a.m. today at Decatur Civic Center.

ALVORD SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Alvord Public Library’s first Summer Reading Program of the summer is 10-11 a.m. today at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St, Alvord. This week’s theme is “Build It,” and the group will be creating with building sets.

HOMEOWNERSHIP INFO – The USDA Decatur Area office will host an open office day today for anyone interested in owning their own home in celebration of June Homeownership Month. The open office day will allow members of the public the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with qualified specialists that can help explain Rural Development’s home loan programs and help individuals fill out the home loan application. This event will be held at the Decatur Area Office located at 1604 W. Business 380, Suite 100 in Decatur.

BOYD FUN FEST – Boyd Fun Fest is this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave. The event will include a petting zoo, bounce house, bouncy boxing ring, pie eating contest, pony rides, face painting, dig zone, bubbles and other outdoor activities, children’s games (with prizes), dunking booth, snow cone stand, two food trucks, more than 16 vendor booths, car show, 50/50 washer tournament and a pie baking contest. For more information, call Alicia Smith at 940-433-5166.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Judge John Fostel, 69, of Lake Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. today at Decatur Civic Center. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marilyn Getty, 86, of New Fairview is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Bridges, 84, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carol C. Lambert, 66, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Edgar “Fay” Helton, 91, of North Richland Hills is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with a rosary said at 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Rev. Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ted Lewis, 80, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ruby Jo Inman, 88, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Paul Bean, 71, and Guy Waggoner, 88, both of Boyd are pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


OFFICES CLOSED – All county offices will be closed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday for the memorial service of Judge John Fostel. Fostel died Friday, and his memorial service is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Civic Center.

COURT CANCELED – All trials scheduled for Wednesday in the court of Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor are canceled. The office will mail rescheduling notices. For more information, call 940-683-4244.

MONDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall reports from yesterday included 0.87 of an inch in Decatur, 0.41 in Rhome, 0.4 in Cottondale and 0.26 in Bridgeport.

ALVORD SUMMER READING PROGRAM – Alvord Public Library’s first Summer Reading Program of the summer is 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St, Alvord. This week’s theme is “Build It,” and the group will be creating with building sets.

HOMEOWNERSHIP INFO – The USDA Decatur Area office will host an open office day on Wednesday for anyone interested in owning their own home in celebration of June Homeownership Month. The open office day will allow members of the public the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with qualified specialists that can help explain Rural Development’s home loan programs and help individuals fill out the home loan application. This event will be held at the Decatur Area Office located at 1604 W. Business 380, Suite 100 in Decatur.

BASEBALL BANQUET – Decatur Baseball Banquet is 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. Cost is $20 at door. It will include a chicken fried steak meal.

FISHING DERBY – The 2017 Kid’s All-American Fishing Derby is this Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Black Creek Lake. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and prizes will be awarded from 11:30 to noon. Bait, cane fishing poles, hot dogs and drinks are provided free. Prizes will be awarded for largest fish, smallest fish and most fish. For information, call the LBJ Grasslands at 940-627-5475.

HOSPITAL SURVEY – Wise Health System is asking citizens to complete a brief survey about telehealth services. To participate, go to wcmess.com/telehealth.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. today at the 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month and will feature a guest speaker from social services.

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

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy Bridges, 84, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Carol C. Lambert, 66, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Edgar “Fay” Helton, 91, of North Richland Hills is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

GRAVESIDE service for Roberta Matzinger, 99, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. June 12 at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with a rosary said at 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Rev. Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Wayne W. Robinson Jr., 69, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet in Fort Worth.

VISITATION for Maria A. Benavente, 58, of Bridgeport is 6-8 tonight at Jones Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Judge John Fostel, 69, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Civic Center. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, June 5, 2017


DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN FOSTEL DIES – District Judge John H. Fostel died in a Fort Worth hospital Friday night. Judge Fostel, 69, of Lake Bridgeport had been judge of the 271st Judicial District that covers Wise and Jack Counties since 1995. He was a graduate of Texas Christian University and received his law degree from Texas Tech. He came to Wise County following graduation from law school to join the law firm of W.B. Woodruff in Decatur. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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1 INJURED IN ROLLOVER – One person was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Monday morning south of Decatur. The wreck happened on U.S. 81/287 around 5:30 a.m. about a mile south of U.S. 81/287. An SUV rolled into the median, and the driver was taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

2 HURT IN FRIDAY CRASH – The driver and a passenger of an SUV were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Friday night following a crash east of Rhome. According to DPS officers at the scene, the SUV was turning into the entrance to the Shale Creek neighborhood at the light on Texas 114 when it was struck by a westbound 18-wheeler around 9 p.m. The impact knocked the SUV into the light pole. The two occupants of the SUV were trapped for nearly an hour before rescuers could free them. Westbound traffic was shut down for close to three hours while the wreck was cleared. No names were available at the scene.

COLLECTING SIGNATURES FOR STATE BALLOT – Dr. Davey Edwards of Alvord, who announced in March he would run for Texas land commissioner in 2018, is collecting signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot. He must collect the signatures of at least 5,000 registered voters, and they must be turned into the Secretary of State’s office by Dec. 11. Edwards is choosing to collect signatures instead of paying the $3,750 filing fee to get on the ballot. “I’ve got (the money). It’s not a problem,” he said. “But I think getting the signatures sends a message not only to the candidate I’m running against, but also to the public and rest of Texas that there are other ways.” If you’d like to sign the petition or volunteer to help collect signatures, stop by Edwards Surveying, 208 W. Walnut St., in Decatur or call him at 940-627-2961. A full story ran in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

LOWE WINS PBR CHALLENGE – Mason Lowe of Exeter, Mo., was the only competitor to successfully ride two bulls on his way to winning the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Saturday night in Decatur. Lowe scored 86 points on Blue in the first round and 87 points on Bullrito in the championship round to earn the buckle. The win moved him up to number 11 in the world standings.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Wise County received much-needed rainfall over the weekend. Since Friday, rainfall totals included 5.5 inches in Greenwood, 3.5 in Bridgeport, 3.2 in Cottondale and Runaway Bay, 3.03 in Rhome, 1.3 in Alvord and 1.28 in Decatur. The forecast includes a 40 percent chance of more rain today.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is today through Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. each day at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers are welcome. In case of rain, the camp will meet at Crossroads Church. The group will meet at noon Friday at Fit-N-Wise for the swim and pizza party. Monday’s theme is Hawaiian, Tuesday is Patriotic and Wednesday is Wild West Day.

ABWN LUNCH – Reservations are due today for Thursday’s Area Business Women’s Network lunch at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:45. RSVP to info@abwn.org or on Facebook at Wise County Area Business Women’s Network. Bring your yearly dues to be in the membership directory.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month and will feature a guest speaker from social services.

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

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Judge John Fostel, 69, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Civic Center. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Fern Hughes, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Bridges, 84, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Carol C. Lambert, 66, formerly of Bridgeport and Edgar “Faye” Helton, 91, of North Richland Hills are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Roberta Matzinger, 99, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Shawn Douglas Lopez, 20, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at the Mexican Cemetery.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Bonnie Waters, 73, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. June 23 at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Scott Griffin, 48, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Robert Cowan, 65, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. June 12, at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Elizabeth J. Glaser, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with rosary said at 6:30 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wayne W. Robinson Jr., 69, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Maria A. Benavente, 58, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Doyle Slimp, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

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2 hurt in Friday night crash


The driver and a passenger of an SUV were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Friday night following a crash east of Rhome. According to DPS officers at the scene, the SUV was turning into the Shale Creek neighborhood at the light on Texas 114 at the entrance to the neighborhood when it was struck by a westbound 18-wheeler around 9 p.m. The impact knocked the SUV into the light pole. The two occupants of the SUV were trapped for nearly an hour before rescuers could free them. Westbound traffic was shut down for close to three hours while the wreck was cleared. No names were available at the scene.

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Wreck victim identified


A Wichita Falls teenager was killed Friday afternoon in a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord.

According to Department of Public Safety Corp. Lantz Elliott, a Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 around noon when the driver, Daniel Kim, 49, of Oklahoma City, lost control of his vehicle which slid through the median and started to roll.

A 16-year-old passenger, Christine Kim of Wichita Falls, was ejected from the 4Runner and came through the window of a Toyota Tundra, driven by Donald Munson, 50, of Frisco, traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three occupants of the Tundra and the other three occupants of the 4Runner were transported to Wise Regional, Denton Regional and Denton Memorial hospitals.

DPS is still investigating the accident.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Alvord Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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1 killed in U.S. 81/287 wreck


A teenager was killed Friday afternoon in a rollover wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord.

According to Department of Public Safety Corp. Lantz Elliott, a Toyota 4Runner was traveling southbound on U.S. 81/287 around noon when the driver lost control of his vehicle which slid through the median and started to roll.

A 16-year-old female passenger was ejected from the 4Runner and came through the window of a Toyota Tundra traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

The three occupants of the Tundra and the other three occupants of the 4Runner were transported to Wise Regional, Denton Regional and Denton Memorial hospitals.

Names have been withheld pending notification of family members. The victim was not local.

DPS is still investigating the accident.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Alvord Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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