Two arrested after pursuit


Two men were arrested after a pursuit ended north of Alvord Thursday evening.

Another man fled and officers were searching for them as of 8 p.m., according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

Juan Saenz and Agustine Tavarez were arrested and transported to Wise County Jail.

The pursuit started around 5:30 p.m. in Decatur and went north on U.S. 81/287. The vehicle wrecked out north of Alvord.

“A quantity of marijuana was seized,” Akin said.

Akin added that Saenz had an extradition warrant for human trafficking.

“We still have people at the scene. One person remains at large,” Akin said.

Department of Public Safety troopers and the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit took part in the pursuit.

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Update for Thursday, April 25, 2019


EARLY VOTING CONTINUES – Early voting for the May 4 city and school elections continues at various locations around the county. Early voting ends next Tuesday. Contested races are featured for Alvord School Board, Aurora City Council, Bridgeport City Council, Chico City Council, Decatur City Council, Decatur School Board and Northwest School Board. A full list of who is on the ballot and early voting locations and times was featured in last weekend’s Wise County Messenger.

IN THE HUNT – The Decatur boys golf team is in 6th place with a 321, 14 shots back of 3rd place, after the first day of 4A Region I tournament in Lubbock. Dayne Chapman shot an opening round 74 and is 10th individually. Ian Caporale carded an 81. Eric Hudson fired an 82. Bryson Gardner shot an 84. Caleb Bennett turned in a 95. The top three teams and the top three individuals not on the top three teams advance to state.

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

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 1-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the high school greenhouse. The sale will include annuals, perennials and hanging baskets.

PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Alvord Elementary School will be holding pre-k and kindergarten roundup for the 2019-20 school year 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 1-2. Pre-K children must be 4 years old as of Sept. 1. Kindergarten children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1. Proof of residency (utility bill, etc.), birth certificate, Social Security card, current shot record, and driver’s license of the adult enrolling the child are required at the time of registration.

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING – The Decatur Police Department will hold an Active Shooter Training Course 6-9 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The program is designed to provide civilians with training for an active shooter attack whether at work, church, the movie theater or anywhere else they may be. The program will place significance on the church and events that have affected churches across the country and worldwide. Call Lt. Delvon Campbell at 940-393-0300 to RSVP.

BOOK SIGNING – Local author Tricia Draper will be signing her book, “OK, God, Let’s Start From Here” 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Public Library. Books will be available for purchase. The event will also feature refreshments, gifts and interactive activities. Call Draper at 940-627-8758.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY IN CHICO – U-Turn World Ministries will host a Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile food pantry 3-6 p.m. today at the church, 306 N. Texas 101 in Chico. An 18-wheeler will deliver food to the location, and the service is available for any family in need in Wise County. The mobile food pantry will be at the church the fourth Thursday every month.

DIABETES EDUCATION – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System is having a free diabetes education class 6:30 tonight in the WHS board room, 609 Medical Center Dr., in Decatur. The topic will be “Diabetes Stress – How to manage feelings associated with living with diabetes.” Call 940-626-1890.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Barbara Summers, 102, of Decatur will be at a later date at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Donald Burdine, 74, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Horton, 85, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Grady Scott, 63, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned for Diana Fredrik-Plesman of Richardson. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Christopher David Jackson, 55, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Marshall Fox, 69, of Decatur is pending at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.

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Update for Wednesday, April 24, 2019


FLASH FLOOD WATCH – Following a rainy evening yesterday, more rain in today’s forecast brings the chance of flash flooding to the area. Wise County remains in a flash flood watch until midnight tonight. Yesterday’s rainfall totals include 1.62 inches in Bridgeport, 1.4 in Cottondale, 1.36 in Decatur, 1.05 in Greenwood and 0.75 in Alvord. Today’s forecast includes an 80 percent chance of heavy rain with new rainfall amounts between a quarter-inch and half-inch, according to the National Weather Service. Storms knocked out power to more than 100 Oncor customers in the Rhome area last night. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 67.

BAKE SALE – The East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of St. Johns Baptist Church. Call Mike Bell at 940-799-1077.

FREE COMMUNITY SHRED DAY – First State Bank will host their 2nd Annual Community Shred Day at branches in Bridgeport and Chico 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Personal, business and non-customers are welcome. Shred paper documents on-site at no cost. Limit volume to what you can bring in a passenger vehicle or pickup bed. No trailers. Call 940-683-6300.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Jonestown Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting 11 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church near Alvord. Lunch will be served.

KINDER ROUND-UP – Decatur ISD’s Carson, Rann and Young Elementary schools will hold Kindergarten Round-up 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday. Kindergarten Round-up is the designated time each year for parents to complete school registration for their children who will be kindergarteners in the fall. Visit decaturisd.us/kinderroundup to enroll your kindergarten student.

DIABETES EDUCATION – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System is having a free diabetes education class 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the WHS board room, 609 Medical Center Dr., in Decatur. The topic will be “Diabetes Stress – How to manage feelings associated with living with diabetes.” Call 940-626-1890.

RETIREMENT PARTY – Decatur Public Library is having a retirement reception for Circulation Supervisor Linda Meador 3-5 p.m. Friday. After 30 years, Meador is retiring April 30. Read more about Meador in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

RELAY FOR LIFE LUMINARIES – Luminaries for the Wise County Relay for Life are on sale for $5 each. The lighted bags for the May 3 event will honor someone who battled cancer. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

UNIDOS MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department will hold its next meeting of the UNIDOS program 6-7 tonight at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. For information about the program, call Officer Marissa Martinez with Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Barbara Summers, 102, of Decatur will be at a later date at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL visitation for Doug Bryan, 77, of Rhome is 4-8 p.m. today at The Big White Barn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Bridges, 92, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Donald Burdine, 74, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Horton, 85, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Grady Scott, 63, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marshall Fox, 69, of Decatur is pending at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.

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Update for Tuesday, April 23, 2019


NEW EMS ADMINISTRATOR NAMED – Randall Preuninger, a current supervisor with Wise County Emergency Medical Services, was named administrator of the department Monday, replacing Charles Dillard, who is retiring April 30. County commissioners made the hire at the recommendation of a committee that included County Judge J.D. Clark, Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty, Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns. Dillard recommended Preuninger for the post, as did Doughty, Powell and the other EMS supervisors and employees. Preuninger has worked for Wise County EMS since July 2010. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

RAIN BACK IN FORECAST – Thunderstorm chances will increase throughout the day for our area, and some strong to severe storms will be possible, according to the National Weather Service. We have a 50 percent chance of rain today, with rain chances increasing to 80 percent tonight. Wednesday’s forecast includes a 90 percent chance of rain. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 74 degrees.

LIBRARY CRAFT – Kids of all ages are invited to the after school fun at the Chico Public Library 4 p.m. today. Participants will create their own “shrinky dink” key chains. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY IN CHICO – U-Turn World Ministries will host a Tarrant Area Food Bank mobile food pantry 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the church, 306 N. Texas 101 in Chico. An 18-wheeler will deliver food to the location, and the service is available for any family in need in Wise County. The mobile food pantry will be at the church the fourth Thursday every month.

WEIGHT LOSS – T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5 p.m. every Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church, 600 S. Trinity, in Decatur. For more information call 940-389-5759.

GREEK LIFE – The Wise County Panhellenic sorority alumnae will host an informational meet and greet 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday in the meeting room of the Decatur Hampton Inn. All Wise County area women who are current high school seniors and/or currently in college who are interested in learning more about sorority recruitment (rush) and college Greek life for the Fall ’19/Spring ’20 semesters are invited. Mothers, grandmothers and female mentors are invited to attend with their young ladies. For more information call Robin Miller at 940-453-2586 or Sally Rieger at 940-393-3293.

UNIDOS MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department will hold its next meeting of the UNIDOS program 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Catholic Church in Bridgeport. 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 Officer Marissa Martinez with Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Decatur will host a retirement celebration for Linda Meador 3-5 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Public Library. Meador has worked for the city for 30 years.

RHOME TO DISCUSS MUNICIPAL COMPLEX – The Rhome City Council will discuss renovations to the old school building for a municipal complex at its 6:30 meeting tonight. The council will also review bids for replacing doors and windows for the building to secure it.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Barbara Summers, 102, of Decatur will be at a later date at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Jean Lambert, 82, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL visitation for Doug Bryan, 77, of Rhome is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at The Big White Barn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Burdine, 74, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Don “BD” Workman, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Willow Point Cemetery Pavilion. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Bridges, 92, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Horton, 85, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Evelyn Maltsberger, 88, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the pavilion in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Grady Scott, 63, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Update for Monday, April 22, 2019


WRONG-WAY DRIVER ARRESTED – The driver of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on U.S. 81/287 Saturday evening was arrested after another motorist shot out at least one of the vehicle’s tires near NRS south of Decatur. Alejandro Flores, 27, of Decatur was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, second offense; possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than 1 gram; and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. Flores is in Wise County Jail awaiting arraignment. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said dispatch received approximately 30 calls around 7:30 p.m. about a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 near NRS. “The driver made a u-turn and then went northbound in the southbound lanes,” Akin said. “A motorist shot at least one of the tires and the vehicle came to a stop blocking 287.” He was then arrested. When Flores was booked into jail for the DWI, Akin said he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance believed to be methamphetamine, resulting in the additional charges.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting for the May 4 city and school elections begins today at various locations around the county. A full list of who is on the ballot and early voting locations and times was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE – The Boyd ISD baseball team is recognizing local military and first responders at Tuesday’s game. The team is inviting all military (past and present) personnel and first responders on the field during the national anthem. A Boyd Police officer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team will recognize individuals between each inning. Those who would like to participate need to be outside the home field dugout at 6:45 p.m. If interested, email James McDonald at jmcdonald@boydisd.net with your name and specific information (branch of military, or city or department for first responders).

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd 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 Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

CLEAN UP DAY – Chico will hold a city-wide clean up day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

FAST 4’S – Lady Eagle Volleyball Fast 4’s is 6-8 p.m. every Monday today through May 13 at Decatur High School. The four-person mini tournaments are co-ed. Cost is $10 per person, per night. Call 940-704-7585.

CAREGIVER WORKSHOP – Solaris Hospice and Decatur Medical Lodge will host a Caregiver Relief Workshop 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday at Decatur Medical Lodge. It is open to the community, including caregivers, families and medical workers. Call 940-626-2800 or 888-376-5274 to reserve a spot. Light refreshments will be served.

DECATUR COUNCIL – Decatur City Council meets tonight at city hall. A workshop starts at 5:30 p.m. to hear staff reports followed by the regular meeting at 6.

FUNERALS – Service for Barbara Summers, 102, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Doug Bryan, 77, of Rhome is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at The Big White Barn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Jean Lambert, 82, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Bonnie Horton, 85, of Paradise and Doris Bridges, 92, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Don “BD” Workman, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Point Cemetery Pavilion. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Christina Delane McBride, 50, formerly of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Grady L. Scott, 63, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Evelyn Maltsberger, 88, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Pavilion in Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Wrong way driver on 81/287 arrested


The driver of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on U.S. 81/287 Saturday evening was arrested after another motorist shot out at least one of the vehicle’s tires near NRS south of Decatur.

Alejandro Flores, 27, of Decatur was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, second offense; possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than 1 gram; and possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. Flores is in Wise County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said dispatch received approximately 30 calls around 7:30 p.m. about a driver going southbound in the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 near NRS.

“The driver made a u-turn and then went northbound in the southbound lanes,” Akin said. “A motorist shot at least one of the tires and the vehicle came to a stop blocking 287.”

He was then arrested.

When Flores was booked into jail for the DWI, Akin said he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance believed to be methaphetamine, resulting in the additional charges.

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Update for Friday, April 19, 2019


COUNTY POPULATION SWELLS – Wise County grew by 3.7 percent, adding 2,442 residents between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. The county’s estimated population was 68,305 – 9,178 more than the 2010 Census figure of 59,127.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center for a luncheon. The program will be presented by Wise County Judge J.D. Clark. Members should RSVP to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com, by Sunday evening.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The weekly Wise County Veterans Group Breakfast is 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Doors open at 7:30. Cost is $8. Attendees will hear the latest news affecting veterans in Wise County.

GOOD FRIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed today for the Good Friday holiday. City offices in Bridgeport and Chico will also be closed for the holiday.

EASTER PHOTOS – Joe and Lisa Duty will be taking Easter photos 3-6 p.m. today at Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St., in Decatur.

BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter Bake Sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. today in the main lobby of the hospital. A hand-quilted quilt by Eva Ray Tindol will also be raffled. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Medal of Honor recipient Chuck Ziegenfuss will make a presentation. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

BRISKET SALE – Greenwood Masonic Lodge will cook briskets for the Easter holiday. Cost is $60 per brisket, which can be picked up at Greenwood Pavilion between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday. To order a brisket call 817-982-4180 or 940-255-2782.

GLITZY GIRLS – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park Event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur Square. The event includes vintage travel trailers on display, vendors, food, live music and more.

ASM EGG HUNT – Ascension and St. Mark’s in Bridgeport will hold an Easter Egg Hunt for children following the 10 a.m. service Sunday.

EASTER IN BOYD – The Boyd Parks and Special Events Committee will present the city’s first Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at James Snodgrass Park. It will feature egg hunts for various age groups and will also include food trucks, snow cones and the Easter Bunny. The event was rescheduled from last week due to rain.

EASTER AT THE HILLS – The Hills in Decatur will have an Easter Egg Hunt 4:30 p.m. today. Cookies and ice cream cones will be served following the hunt.

VICTORY EGG HUNT – Victory Family Church in Decatur will hold an Easter Egg Hunt after its 5 p.m. service Saturday.

METHODIST EGG HUNT – The First United Methodist Church in Decatur will hold an Easter Egg Hunt for various age groups from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. Sunday. There will be a light breakfast and craft rotations.

NEW HOPE FELLOWSHIP EGG HUNT – New Hope Fellowship Church near Greenwood will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Park.

EASTER EGG DROP – Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise will have an Easter Egg Drop at 3:15 p.m. Saturday and another following the 6 p.m. service. A helicopter will drop 30,000 Easter eggs at the event, which will also feature food trucks and photo opportunities.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy Lambert, 82, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Doug Bryan, 77, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Cody Reed, 22, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL visitation for Charles Wayne “Buddy” Head, 80, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Dora Crisp, 78, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the First Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jan Buckner, 71, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Don “BD” Workman, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Point Cemetery Pavilion. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Christina Delane McBride, 50, formerly of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Robert D. Abbott, 85, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn Stanley, 74, of Boyd is noon-2 p.m. April 27 at the family home.

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Update for Thursday, April 18, 2019


STORMS BRING HAIL, RAIN – Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell confirmed hail across Alvord, Chico and the northern side of Wise County, ranging from quarter size to baseball size during last night’s storms. At one point in the evening, U.S. 81/287 north and southbound lanes near County Road 2395 south of Alvord were shut down due to large amounts of water on the roadway. Two single-vehicle accidents were reported around 11:20 p.m. in the same area. One involved an 18-wheeler with moderate damage. The other involved a van with no reported injuries. The road was reopened in both directions as of 1:02 a.m. Rainfall totals included 4.5 inches in Greenwood with dime to quarter size hail, 1.55 inches in Alvord with golf ball size hail, 1.07 in Decatur, 1.02 in Bridgeport and 0.80 in Cottondale. A flood warning has been issued for the Big Sandy Creek near Bridgeport until late tonight or until the warning is canceled. At 4:15 a.m. Thursday the stage was 11.18 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. The river should rise above flood stage by Thursday morning and continue to rise to a crest near 12 feet later this morning. The river should fall below flood stage by this afternoon.

DAZZLING RECORD – Yesterday’s Dazzle Me Pink fashion show raised a record total of $74,008. Proceeds from the event go to the Wise Health Foundation to fund the Mary’s Gift program.

STATE-BOUND OAP – Slidell High School advanced to their fifth consecutive UIL State One Act Play competition with their win at Keller Central High School. The Greyhounds presentation of Chemical Imbalance advanced with Brady Vanover earning best actor honors. Bailey Meyer received all star cast honors and Warren Johnson and Bailey Keating were honorable mention cast. The cast and crew will be compete at Round Rock McNeil on May 2.

GLITZY GIRLS – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park Event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur Square. The event includes vintage travel trailers on display, vendors, food, live music and more.

GOOD FRIDAY CLOSING – Chico City Hall will be closed tomorrow for the Good Friday holiday.

MEETING RESCHEDULED – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meeting for this month has been canceled. The group will meet again June 15.

VOTING DEADLINES – The last day a voter can hand deliver an application for ballot by mail for the May 4 election is Friday. Although most county offices will be closed that day for Good Friday, the Elections Office will be open 8-11 a.m. to receive applications. The deadline to receive a postmarked application is next Tuesday. Early voting in the election begins next week.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today in the parking lot. For information call June Moore, 940-626-0167, ext. 1238.

TRIVIA NIGHT – The Decatur Public Library will hold Trivia at Trinity 7 tonight at Trinity Street Coffee Bar on the Decatur Square. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of general trivia. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur. The topic is a webinar – Pain in the Access: More Web for your Genealogy.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – A number of local churches in the county are holding special Holy Week services in the days leading up to and including Easter Sunday. A schedule of worship events were included in advertisements in the Wise County Messenger’s special section – The Easter Story – inserted in the April 13 edition. Copies are still available at the Messenger office.

BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter Bake Sale 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the main lobby of the hospital. A hand-quilted quilt by Eva Ray Tindol will also be raffled. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Cecil Ward, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Cody Reed, 22, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Charles Wayne “Buddy” Head, 80, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Dora Crisp, 78, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jan Buckner, 71, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Don “BD” Workman, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Point Cemetery Pavilion. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Christina Delane McBride, 50, of Arkansas is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Robert D. Abbott, 85, of Chico is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Rex Dale Stephenson, 80, of Azle is 10 a.m. Monday at Azleland Memorial Park. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Biggers Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

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Update for Wednesday, April 17, 2019


CHANCE OF SEVERE STORMS – There is a potential for strong to severe storms this afternoon and into tonight across the area, according to the National Weather Service. The main hazards are very large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. In addition, locally heavy rainfall across some areas could lead to a flooding threat. Chance of rain increases from 40 percent this afternoon to 60 percent tonight. Today’s high temperature is expected to be around 80 degrees.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur. The topic is a webinar – Pain in the Access: More Web for your Genealogy.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Medal of Honor recipient Chuck Ziegenfuss will make a presentation. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

BRISKET SALE – Greenwood Masonic Lodge will cook briskets for the Easter holiday. Cost is $60 per brisket, which can be picked up at Greenwood Pavilion between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday. To order a brisket call 817-982-4180 or 940-255-2782.

CAREGIVER WORKSHOP – Solaris Hospice and Decatur Medical Lodge will host a Caregiver Relief Workshop 3:30-5 p.m. April 23 at Decatur Medical Lodge. It is open to the community, including caregivers, families and medical workers. Call 940-626-2800 or 888-376-5274 to reserve a spot. Light refreshments will be served.

DAZZLE ME PINK – Dazzle Me Pink, a luncheon and fashion show at Decatur Conference Center that raises money for Wise Health Foundation’s Women Services and Mary’s Gift, is today. Local boutiques will showcase their spring fashions on the runway, and guests will have the opportunity to give through direct donations, a live auction and raffles. Mary’s Gift provides free mammograms to patients who might not otherwise be able to afford one. To inquire about reservations, call 940-626-1384.

RELAY LUMINARIAS AVAILABLE – Luminarias for Relay For Life of Wise County are $5 each. You can decorate your own bag or volunteers can do it for you. Luminarias can be dedicated to loved ones lost, someone currently battling cancer or anyone who has overcome cancer. They will be lit the night of Relay, which is 6-11 p.m. May 3. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

HOME, LAWN AND GARDEN CONNECT – The midweek Wise County Messenger includes a special Home, Lawn and Garden edition of our quarterly Connect lifestyle magazine. Pick up a copy on newsstands today.

HOLY WEEK – Ascension and St. Mark’s will hold Holy Week services daily Thursday through Sunday. For details, visit asmwise.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Cecil Ward, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Cody Reed, 22, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Charles Wayne “Buddy” Head, 80, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICES for Billy Workman, 85, and Dora Crisp, both of Bridgeport; Christina Delane McBride, 50, of Arkansas; and Jan Buckner, 71, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert D. Abbott, 85, of Chico is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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NO DECISIONS ON CONSTRUCTION – After holding a brief discussion and receiving a quote of $1.5 million for renovations at the high school Monday, Decatur ISD trustees said they will review construction and renovations options May 13 after getting an update on property insurance premiums and deductibles April 25. Trustees also approved the refinancing of $11 million in bonds from 2009.

VOTING DEADLINES – The last day a voter can hand deliver an application for ballot by mail for the May 4 election is Friday. Although most county offices will be closed that day for Good Friday, the Elections Office will be open 8-11 a.m. to receive applications. The deadline to receive a postmarked application is next Tuesday. Early voting in the election begins next week.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot. For information call June Moore, 940-626-0167, ext. 1238.

TRIVIA NIGHT – The Decatur Public Library will hold Trivia at Trinity 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Street Coffee Bar on the Decatur Square. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of general trivia. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

EASTER EGG HUNT – The Hills in Decatur will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cookies and ice cream cones will be available following the hunt.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – A 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 11 at the Paradise High School gyms. Teams are forming for all divisions. Cost is $150 per team. Age groups include 4th grade-adult. All skill levels invited. Three games guaranteed, and T-shirt is included. Vendors will be on site as well as the Kona Ice Truck at 11 a.m. Medals will be given to the winners. Early registration ends this Friday. For more details and registration form, contact Maggi Loney at maggiloney01@gmail.com or text 940-389-3529. Proceeds benefit The Zackery S. Loney Memorial Scholarship.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County. Rebecca Ray, a broker with Keller Williams in Denton and vice president of GDWCAR will be guest speaker. Lunch price is $15. RSVP at www.bridgeportchamber.org, info@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Kenneth Taylor, 69, of Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Nathan Glenn Monk, 65, of Houston is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Cecil Ward, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Cody Reed, 22, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL visitation for Charles Wayne “Buddy” Head, 80, of Decatur is 1-3 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for James Largent, 66, of Fort Worth will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Alice Remmele, 90, of Paradise is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

FUNERAL for G.B. Funk, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Abbott, 85, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is planned for Linda Carol Hodge, 69, formerly of Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Update for Monday, April 15, 2019


DECATUR MAN KILLED IN WRECK – A 22-year-old Decatur man has been pronounced dead after losing control and crashing into a tree Saturday night. At around 8:20 p.m., Cody Joe Reed of Decatur was traveling south on FM 51, approximately four miles northeast of Cottondale, when he lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter. Hunter said Reed lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the west side of the road striking a tree. Preliminary investigation indicates the pickup was traveling at an unsafe speed. Reed was transported to John Peter Smith hospital where he was pronounced dead.

RAINFALL REPORT – Weekend storms brought much-needed rain to our area. Rainfall totals from Saturday included 2.9 inches in Cottondale, 2.05 in Decatur, 1.95 in Alvord, 1.94 in Bridgeport and 1.9 in Greenwood. The forecast for today includes sunny skies and a high near 80 degrees. Rain chances return Wednesday.

DECATUR ISD TO CONSIDER CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS – After not taking action last month on the guaranteed maximum price for a 12-classroom addition and renovations at Decatur High School, Decatur ISD trustees will review the construction budget and consider committing to a project at tonight’s meeting, starting at 6 with closed session. A reception for trustee Wade Watson is slated for 5 p.m.

REGIONAL ACADEMIC WINS – Slidell High School won the Class A Region III UIL academics title with 175 points. Slidell won accounting, computer science and social studies team titles. Decatur’s Current Issues team won the 4A Region I title. Look for more region results in the midweek issue of the Wise County Messenger.

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

TAX DAY – Don’t forget: today is the deadline to file your 2018 federal income tax return.

DAZZLE ME PINK – Dazzle Me Pink, a luncheon and fashion show at Decatur Conference Center that raises money for Wise Health Foundation’s Women Services and Mary’s Gift, is Wednesday. Local boutiques will showcase their spring fashions on the runway, and guests will have the opportunity to give through direct donations, a live auction and raffles. Mary’s Gift provides free mammograms to patients who might not otherwise be able to afford one. To inquire about reservations, call 940-626-1384.

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 prediabetes 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.

FUNERALS – Services for Kenneth Taylor, 69, and Cody Reed, 22, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for JoAnn Blackwood, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Greenwood Baptist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Nathan Glenn Monk, 65, of Houston is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Charles “Buddy” Wayne Head, 80, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for James Largent, 66, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for G.B. Funk, 81, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Alice Remmele, 90, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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One dead after single-vehicle crash


A 22-year-old Decatur man has been pronounced dead after losing control and crashing into a tree Saturday night.

At around 8:20 p.m., Cody Joe Reed of Decatur was traveling south on FM 51, approximately four miles northeast of Cottondale, when he lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter.

Hunter said Reed lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the west side of the road striking a tree. Preliminary investigation indicates the pickup was traveling at an unsafe speed.

Reed was transported to John Peter Smith hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

 

 

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Mystery woman located safe and sound, sheriff says


A woman seen and heard on a home security system apparently asking for help Tuesday afternoon has been located safe and sound, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Friday afternoon.

Akin said the woman called the sheriff’s office around 11 Friday morning saying she was the person seen in video surveillance footage and in a recorded message left at the front gate of a home in the Indian Trails neighborhood west of Decatur.

Two investigators were sent to the woman’s home in the Metroplex to meet with her. Akin said evidence suggests she is the person they have been looking for.

The circumstances of exactly what led to the 36-year-old woman asking for help are still being investigated, Akin said.

“She is alleging she was the victim of a domestic dispute, and she wanted to get away,” the sheriff said. “She said she called a friend who came and picked her up.”

The sheriff’s office did not reveal her identity or the town where she lives, pending further investigation.

A homeowner called the sheriff’s office late Tuesday and provided them with the message the woman left at a speaker box at the front gate.

“I’m really scared. Will you please open your gate? Please?” the woman is heard saying on the message.

The message was left around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Update for Friday, April 12, 2019


SHERIFF SEEKS INFO ON MYSTERY WOMAN – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a woman seen and heard on a home security system apparently asking for help. Sheriff Lane Akin said his office was contacted Tuesday night by a homeowner in the Indian Trails neighborhood about a half-mile from U.S. 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport. An unknown woman had left a message at a speaker box at the front gate of the residential property. “I’m really scared. Will you please open your gate? Please?” the woman is heard saying on the message, which was left around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman is described as around 25 years old, white, weighing approximately 80 pounds and seen wearing a backpack and carrying a large satchel-type purse or bag. Anyone who might have seen this woman or knows her identity is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 940-627-5971.

RHOME TURNS DOWN ALCOHOL IN PARK – After several speakers voiced concerns, the Rhome City Council Thursday took no action on allowing beer and wine sales during city sponsored events in the city park.

STORMS LIKELY – Thunderstorm chances will begin increasing this evening, with widespread storms expected after midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Some storms across could include hail in addition to lightning and heavy rain. Saturday’s forecast includes a 90 percent chance of rain, but the severe weather potential will be greatest south and east of our area.

MEDICAL LODGE EGG HUNT – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include hot dogs, bounce house, egg hunt and prizes.

EASTER IN NEWARK – The City of Newark’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Delora Doughty Royal City Park. The event will include games, crafts and refreshments. Bring your own basket and lawn chairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

HOME AND LAWN SHOW – The Wise County Home and Lawn Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. It includes local vendors who will have information and products on display to help you with any home- or garden-related projects. Proceeds from the show help fund various Decatur Rotary Club projects.

THE BAY EASTER – The Bay Church in Runaway Bay will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt 1-3 p.m. Sunday. It will include food, prizes and free Easter photos for ages 18-months to 12 years.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – Bridgeport will hold a City-Wide Garage Sale Weekend today and Saturday. A map and a list of garage sales is available in paper form at city hall and the library. It can also be found on the city’s Facebook page.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The City of Bridgeport’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival is Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. It will feature games, candy, inflatables, face painting and more.

EASTER IN BOYD – The Boyd Parks and Special Events Committee will present the city’s first Easter Egg Hunt 10 am.-noon Saturday at James Snodgrass Park. It will feature egg hunts for various age groups and will also include food trucks, snow cones and the Easter Bunny.

EASTER IN RHOME – The City of Rhome will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Family Park. It will also include snacks and drinks.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Melba Anderson, 100, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Jo Ann Blackwood, 68, of Decatur and Nathan Glenn Monk, 65, of Houston are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at The First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George Fred “Freddy” Allen, 66, of Springtown, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Thursday, April 11, 2019


ROBBERY CONVICTION – A Wise County jury Wednesday found a Chico man guilty of robbing his mother last summer. Justin Russell Carlton, 28, was found guilty of the second degree felony charge of robbery stemming from an incident on Aug. 28 of last year. Carlton’s mother, Cheryl Walls, called 911 during an argument with her son in her vehicle. Walls testified that after she pressed an emergency button on her phone, her son grabbed the phone from her hand and wouldn’t give it back. Carlton also had a box cutter in his hand. She later told the district attorney’s office she did not want her son prosecuted. Carlton will be sentenced by District Judge Brock Smith at a future date. Read more in this Saturday’s Wise County Messenger.

LIP SYNC FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Education Foundation is having an online Lip Sync Battle. To watch videos submitted by DISD campuses and vote for your favorite, go to my.360photocontest.com/deflipsync. Cost is $1 per vote, minimum $5. All proceeds benefit the Education Foundation, and the winning campus receives a trophy. Voting ends Friday.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – The City of Bridgeport’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival is Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. It will feature games, candy, inflatables, face painting and more.

EASTER IN BOYD – The Boyd Parks and Special Events Committee will present the city’s first Easter Egg Hunt 10 am.-noon Saturday at James Snodgrass Park. It will feature egg hunts for various age groups and will also include food trucks, snow cones and the Easter Bunny.

EASTER IN RHOME – The City of Rhome will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Family Park. It will also include snacks and drinks.

FAST 4’S – Lady Eagle Volleyball Fast 4’s is 6-8 p.m. every Monday April 22 through May 13 at Decatur High School. The four-person mini tournaments are co-ed. Cost is $10 per person, per night. Call 940-704-7585.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – The Decatur Police Department’s Back the Blue Scholarship applications are now available for all Wise County Seniors going into a criminal justice or emergency services related field of study. Students can pick up forms from their school counselor, print one from www.decaturtx.org/185/Decatur-Police-Department or pick one up at the police department. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by this Sunday. Contact Ashly DoByns at 940-393-0303.

HIRING EVENT – Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will hold its Annual Hiring Event at Weatherford College Wise County 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today. More than 30 employers are scheduled to attend.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Melba Anderson, 100, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold Williams, 82, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Jaybird Cemetery in Reno. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George Fred “Freddy” Allen, 66, of Springtown, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, April 10, 2019


BURN BAN IN EFFECT – Due to high temperatures expected to reach the low 90s and strong south winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph expected, Wise County is under a burn ban today. That means no outdoor burning is allowed due to fire danger conditions. A wind advisory is also in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

EMS ADMINISTRATOR RETIRES – Longtime EMS Administrator Charles Dillard announced his retirement in Monday’s county commissioners meeting. Dillard, who started working for the county in 1990, will work through the end of the month. The job will be posted, and a hiring committee, which includes County Judge J.D. Clark, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns, Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty and Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell, will review resumes and interview candidates, making a recommendation to the court. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

MEDICAL LODGE EGG HUNT – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold an Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include hot dogs, bounce house, egg hunt and prizes.

EASTER IN NEWARK – The City of Newark’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Delora Doughty Royal City Park. The event will include games, crafts and refreshments. Bring your own basket and lawn chairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

HOME AND LAWN SHOW – The Wise County Home and Lawn Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. It includes local vendors who will have information and products on display to help you with any home- or garden-related projects. Proceeds from the show help fund various Decatur Rotary Club projects.

THE BAY EASTER – The Bay Church in Runaway Bay will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt 1-3 p.m. Sunday. It will include food, prizes and free Easter photos for ages 18-months to 12 years.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – Bridgeport will hold a City-Wide Garage Sale Weekend Friday and Saturday. A map and a list of garage sales is available in paper form at city hall and the library. It can also be found on the city’s Facebook page.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Paradise Elementary will hold kindergarten registration by appointment only April 25 and 30 for students who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1. Call 940-969-5044.

RELAY LUMINARIAS AVAILABLE – Luminarias for Relay For Life of Wise County are $5 each. You can decorate your own bag or volunteers can do it for you. Luminarias can be dedicated to loved ones lost, someone currently battling cancer or anyone who has overcome cancer. They will be lit the night of Relay, which is 6-11 p.m. May 3. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

FUNERALS – Service for Melba Anderson, 100, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Hotz, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Gene St. John, 78, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold Williams, 82, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at Jaybird Cemetery in Reno. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Rita Blount, 65, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jackie Laverne Jones, 85, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George Fred “Freddy” Allen, 66, of Springtown, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, April 9, 2019


COUNTY TO BUY OLD BANK BUILDING – The former First National Bank building, one block west of the Decatur Square on Main Street, will be renovated into a Wise County courthouse annex. County commissioners Monday approved purchasing the building at the recommendation of County Judge J.D. Clark. Cost is $825,000, and the renovation is expected to cost about $1.7 million, a significant savings compared to buying land and building a new facility, the judge said. Offices and courts that will be housed in the new annex include County Court-at-Law No. 1, the county attorney’s office, the county clerk’s court department, Precinct 1 justice of the peace, and Precinct 1 and 2 constables. Clark said the old vault will likely house computer servers and a county IT employee will also office in the building. “We’re excited to make a building acquisition that would serve immediate needs as far as space,” Clark said. The building most recently housed a Wells Fargo but has been empty for many years. Moving several offices from the courthouse on the square will also allow for more meaningful restoration and preservation of the historic structure. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BRIDGEPORT’S TAYLOR HEADED TO NORTHWEST – Northwest ISD trustees approved the hire of Bridgeport girls basketball coach Dallas Taylor to the same position at Northwest High School Monday night. Taylor has been with the Sissies for more than a decade, and has been the head coach since 2011. Over the past five seasons, Bridgeport has gone 114-45, winning 71.7 percent of its games. “We just felt Dallas was the right fit for our program and our girls,” said Northwest Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson. “We liked her energy. Her resume kind of spoke for itself.” Johnson said Taylor will begin her new role in August.

AIR QUALITY ALERT – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Wise County, for today. Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the area. Today’s afternoon high is expected to reach 86 degrees.

DONATE LIFE MONTH – Wise Health System is having a flag raising ceremony in coordination with Donate Life Texas at 10 a.m. today to celebrate Donate Life Month. The ceremony will be at the flag poles on the WHS East Campus in Decatur.

HIRING EVENT – Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will hold its Annual Hiring Event at Weatherford College Wise County 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. More than 30 employers are scheduled to attend.

BLOOD DRIVES – The American Red Cross is holding two upcoming blood drives in Wise County: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at Boyd High School, 700 Knox Ave.; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Decatur High School, 750 E. Eagle Summit Drive.

WELL SCREENING – The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Wise County. A meeting explaining screening results will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Fairgrounds Women’s Building in Decatur.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. The group invites those concerned about healthcare costs, supporting public education, safe drinking water and equality. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 6 tonight at Catfish O’Harley’s in Decatur. Wives and guests are welcome. Charlotte Canion, author of the book “You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying,” will be guest speaker.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Billy Hotz, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Gene St. John, 78, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Harold Williams, 82, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Jackie L. Jones, 85, of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for George Fred “Freddy” Allen, 66, of Springtown, formerly of Decatur, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Monday, April 8, 2019


WEEKEND RAIN TOTALS – Saturday’s storms brought some much-needed rain to our area. Rainfall totals included 0.5 of an inch in Alvord, 0.41 in Bridgeport and 0.33 in Decatur. The work week is expected to remain dry, but storm chances return on Saturday. We will see quite the warm up this week with high temperatures expected to be in the mid- to upper-80s by the middle of the week.

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.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. The group invites those concerned about healthcare costs, supporting public education, safe drinking water and equality. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Catfish O’Harley’s in Decatur. Wives and guests are welcome. Charlotte Canion, author of the book “You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying,” will be guest speaker.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Graham Bateman with Justice for Our Neighbors will speak about immigration.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight in the courtroom located at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur. These organizations meet the second Monday of the month. For information, visit www.wiserepublicans.com or Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX on Facebook.

MEET THE NEW AD – Alvord ISD will host a Meet and Greet for new Athletic Director Scott Smiley 6:30-7:30 tonight. The come-and go-event at the high school cafeteria is open to all students, parents, faculty, staff and community members.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will consider a request by Waste Connections for a price increase. The council will also consider a number of planning and zoning items. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

ALL-WISE BASKETBALL – The Saturday edition of the Wise County Messenger features our annual All-Wise Basketball Team. Pick up a copy on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Service for Billy Hotz, 83, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Wayne Stockton, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Conrad James Meadows, 85, of Carrollton will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Gene St. John, 77, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Update for Friday, April 5, 2019


ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER ARREST – A Lake Bridgeport man is facing an attempted capital murder charge after attacking and injuring two Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies Thursday evening. Terrance Boden, 31, was arrested and taken to Wise County Jail. He was awaiting arraignment Friday morning and no bail had been set. Wise County Sheriff Lake Akin said the two deputies, Lance Schoenthal and Vince Struve, were taken to Wise Health System with non-life threatening injuries, including a possible broken toe and knee injury. Akin said one of the deputies was having difficulty breathing after being placed in a choke hold by Boden, leading to the charge of attempted murder. The deputies were responding to a disturbance call on Minnow Street in Lake Bridgeport and encountered Boden.

LAKE DEATH INVESTIGATION – A deceased man was found in Lake Bridgeport Thursday afternoon in the area of Private Road 1758 at the northern edge of the lake. The body was found by a fisherman shortly before 3 p.m., according to Texas Game Warden David Pellizzari. “Another fisherman heard what sounded like a boat going around in circles,” Pellizzari said. “He found a small aluminum boat lodged in a tree and saw what he thought was a body in the water.” Officers arrived by boat and recovered the body near Big Creek. Kim Redman, Wise County Precinct 2 justice of the peace, pronounced the man dead. The body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy. “We’re working it as a boating accident with the fatality of the single occupant. There’s no reason to believe there was anyone else in the boat,” Pellizzari said. “Our investigation will center around how he ended up in the water.” The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. Pellizzari encourages all boat occupants to wear a life jacket.

STORMS IN WEEKEND FORECAST – According to the National Weather Service, Wise County has an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, and some storms could be severe. A smaller chance of storms will remain in the forecast through Sunday night.

BARK, BIKE AND BREW – Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce present Bark, Bike and Brew Saturday. The bike ride starts at 7 a.m. The rest of the festivities begin at 10 a.m. A pet parade is at 11 a.m., pet costume contest at 10:30 a.m. and the official spokespet contest at 12:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Amy’s Wish for Wings is looking for volunteers for their special needs equine therapy program starting up in Paradise. Volunteers must be 14 years and older and be in good physical shape to walk 45 minutes at a time. No horse experience is necessary, although it is welcome. The next training session is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 117 Private Road 3376 in Paradise off School House Road. Visit amyswishwithwings.com to fill out the volunteer paperwork and send to amyswishwithwings@gmail.com or text 817-999-8332 for more information.

MEET THE NEW AD – Alvord ISD will host a Meet and Greet for new Athletic Director Scott Smiley 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. The come-and go-event at the high school cafeteria is open to all students, parents, faculty, staff and community members.

LIBRARY EVENTS – Two events will be held at the Decatur Public Library Saturday. Dad Storytime at 10:30 a.m. will allow Dad to spend time with the kids while Mom gets some time to herself. Ms. Dawn and Chris Mercer, Decatur firefighter, will read stories. Storytime will be followed by a craft. A Teen Jam Session will be held 2-4 p.m. Teens are invited to bring their guitars for an after-hours jam session. If you are not a guitar player, bring your own portable instrument to play – drums, keyboard, etc. Call 940-393-0290.

TRAINING OFFERED – Wise County Christian Counseling will offer an Enneagram training 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 per person. Call 940-627-1618.

SCRAPBOOKING – The MZ Bee, which will feature scrapbooking and crafting, is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. Attendees will bring their own projects, lunch and snacks. There is no charge, but donations can be made to Meals on Wheels. Call 940-627-5103 or 940-427-5941.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The 17th annual DJWC Wise Hoops Basketball Tournament is today at the Decatur Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and games will begin at 5. Deadline for registration is 6 p.m. Thursday. Register online at eventsdjwc.com. Contact Andria Williams at 940-389-1916 for more information.

HEROES RUN – The Heroes for Hunger 5K and fun run is Saturday at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome. Registration starts at 7 a.m. The run begins at 8. Proceeds will benefit Feeding Wise Kids and food programs at local churches. Call Kristin Archer, 817-715-4445.

BOOT DRIVE – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold a boot drive at the intersection of Farm Road 1810 and Texas 101 beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday as a department fundraiser.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive (special needs baseball) season will begin Saturday and will run through May 25. Games are 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning at Kenny Renshaw Park located on FM 51 in Decatur. The organization is in need of volunteers. If interested in volunteering contact Claudia Davila at butterfly8480@gmail.com.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold at plant sale noon-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the school greenhouse behind Decatur High School. Plants were grown by students enrolled in horticulture science. Spring plants include annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, color containers, tomato plants, and more.

PROM PHOTO TIME – A Decatur High School tradition will continue Saturday on the Courthouse Square as students gather for the annual prom photos. Joe Duty will take photos and offer free digital downloads. Call Duty at 817-999-3141.

CONCERT – First Baptist Church Decatur will host Horizon, a joint concert with 100 plus singers, live band and guest artist at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for H. Glenn Walker, 62, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Michael O. Wingert, 70, of Farmers Branch is noon Saturday at Open Range Cowboy Church in Krum. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Dodson Mote, 68, of Aurora is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Wayne Stockton, 86, of Decatur, is 10 a.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Wayne Harveson, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Conrad James Meadows, 85, of Carrollton will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for L. W. “Hoss” Gilbert, 80, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Christ in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Rhonda K. Leatherwood, 65, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Elsie Marie Kennedy, 89, of Chico is 3 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ella Mae Russell, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Deceased man found in Lake Bridgeport


A deceased man was found in Lake Bridgeport Thursday afternoon in the area of Private Road 1758 at the northern edge of the lake.
The body was found by a fisherman shortly before 3 p.m., according to Texas Game Warden David Pellizzari.
“Another fisherman heard what sounded like a boat going around in circles,” Pellizzari said. “He found a small aluminum boat lodged in a tree and saw what he thought was a body in the water.”
Officers arrived by boat and recovered the body near Big Creek.
Kim Redman, Wise County Precinct 2 justice of the peace, pronounced the man dead. The body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.
“We’re working it as a boating accident with the fatality of the single occupant. There’s no reason to believe there was anyone else in the boat,” Pellizzari said. “Our investigation will center around how he ended up in the water.”
The identification of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
Pellizzari encourages all boat occupants to wear a life jacket.

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