Monday, August 31, 2015


FRIDAY WRECK – An accident on the Farm Road 51 overpass crossing U.S. 380 slowed traffic on the bridge Friday evening. A Chevy Equinox struck a Nissan Acura on the overpass. Wise County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Wes Hughes said the passenger of the Equinox reported the driver in the vehicle was experiencing medical issues prior to the wreck. The driver of the Equinox was unconscious when officers arrived and was transported to Wise Regional Health System. Hughes said the driver of the Acura was conscious and may have suffered a minor head injury. No names have been released at this time.

FOOTBALL SCORES – Decatur 40, Springtown 29; Corsicana 34, Northwest 28; Nocona 26, Alvord 18; Gunter 30, Boyd 14; Bridgeport 42, Mineral Wells 41; Red Oak Life 28, Paradise 21; Chico 55, Frost 21; Victory Christian 53, Trinity Christian JV 7

LADY EAGLES FINISH SIXTH – In the elite field at the Marcus I Invitational Saturday, the Decatur Lady Eagles cross country team finished sixth. Jessica Kyle turned in the team’s best finish, 36th in 19:56. Taylor Butler was 61st, Elizabeth Culpepper 62nd, Paola Paloma 65th and Georgina Paloma 68th. The Decatur boys were 25th. Allen Rangle ran 18:05 for 113th. Hunter Helm was 118th, Luke Cobb 143rd, Rodrigo Carrillo 146th and Grant Seckel 155th.

WEEKEND RAIN – Showers Saturday evening brought rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.5 inches in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise and 0.04 in Decatur.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Wise County Elections/Voter Registrar office will be closed today through Thursday to attend the Texas Secretary of State conference in Austin. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Friday. In case of emergency, call Elections Administrator Sabra Srader at 940-577-7601.

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 Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

GOSPEL SING-ALONG – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the second floor G.C. Rann Theater of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the museum.

BULLDOG MANIA – The Alvord Booster Club will hold Bulldog Mania 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school football field.

SCAM ALERT – Decatur High School has issued a possible scam alert for a company that is not authorized to act on its behalf. “Dennis from Touchdown Sports” has been contacting local businesses to solicit donations supposedly on behalf of Decatur High School. DHS is not affiliated with this business and has not approved this company to act on its behalf.

MEET THE TEACHER – Decatur High School will host Meet the Teacher night 6:30-7:30 tonight.

CUB SCOUT ROUNDUP – Cub Scout Pack 115 Roundup is 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center of the United Methodist Church in Decatur. All new or returning boys in first through fifth grades interested in joining Cub Scouts are invited.

PUBLIC HEARING – The City of Decatur will hold a public hearing at 6 tonight on the proposed 2015-2016 budget and tax rate.

FUNERALS – Graveside services for Dorothy Wilkerson, 86, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Bellevue Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Debbie Womack, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Doris Lucille Hoyl, 90, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Accident on Farm Road 51


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An accident on the Farm Road 51 overpass crossing U.S. 380 slowed traffic on the bridge Friday evening.

A Chevy Equinox struck a Nissan Acura on the overpass. Wise County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Wes Hughes said the passenger of the Equinox reported the driver in the vehicle was experiencing medical issues prior to the wreck. The driver of the Equinox was unconscious when officers arrived and will be transported to Wise Regional Health System.

Hughes said the driver of the Acura was conscious and may have suffered a minor head injury.

No names have been released at this time.

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Breaking News: Fire destroys Newark home


At around 2:15 a.m. Friday a fire destroyed a double-wide Newark home located at 164 County Road 4875.

The home was occupied by five people — two adults and three children.

All five escaped the fire, but one child was flown to Parkland Hospital with 35 percent burns on his body.

“The adults pulled the 11 year-old out of the window,” Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said. “The grandfather received injuries, cuts and minor burns, but he was not transported.”

The names of the victims have not been released yet and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Friday, August 28, 2015


FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The football season gets underway tonight for most Wise County teams. Alvord heads to Nocona. Boyd welcomes Gunter. Bridgeport travels to Mineral Wells. Decatur will play host to Springtown. Northwest will be in Corsicana. Paradise takes on Red Oak Life. Keep up with the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. Chico will play Frost at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bedford. Victory Christian opens the year at home at 9 a.m. Saturday against Trinity Christian.

LADY EAGLES WIN TWO – The Decatur Lady Eagles won their first two matches at the Leander ISD Volleypalooza Thursday. They will continue play at the tournament through Saturday. In other action, Boyd heads to Mineral Wells. Bridgeport will take on Trimble Tech. Chico plays Saint Jo. Northwest starts play at the Arlington Invitational. Paradise continues play at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament.

RUNNERS TO HIT COURSE – The Paradise and Northwest cross country teams run today at the Cowtown Challenge in Haltom City. Victory Christian will be at the Carrollton Christian Academy meet. Saturday, Decatur, Bridgeport and Slidell will compete at the Marcus I Invitational at Denton’s North Lakes Park.

GAMES IN THE PARK – An outdoor games event will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Kenny Renshaw Park, including kickball, volleyball, sack races, water balloon fights, father/son flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, frisbee, soccer and knockout. The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a canned good for WARM. Text 940-389-1952 or 972-989-6990.

CUB SCOUT ROUNDUP – Cub Scout Pack 115 Roundup is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the Wesley Center of the United Methodist Church in Decatur. All new or returning boys in first through fifth grades interested in joining Cub Scouts are invited.

MEET THE TEACHER – Decatur High School will host Meet the Teacher night 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

DINNER TONIGHT – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County will host a Dinner Tonight Cooking School Thursday, Sept. 3, at Weatherford College Wise County. The program starts at 6 p.m., and includes demonstrations of easy and nutritious menus that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Goody bags, cookbooks and door prizes will be given away. To register, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

QUILT SHOW – The Wise County Quilt Guild will have a quilt show 2-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin St. The theme for this year’s show is “Stitch in Time – A Gathering of Quilters.” There will be several vendors, as well as hourly door prizes, and the show will include a silent auction, a bed turning and a bake sale. Admission is free with the donation of two canned goods or a cash donation to benefit Wise Area Relief Mission.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. Veterans from Wise and surrounding counties are invited.

NEW MINISTER – The Episcopal Church of Wise County has welcomed the Rev. Tony Hiatt and his wife, Lydia. Fr. Tony will celebrate Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 10 a.m. The church is located at 905 Church Street in Decatur. Call 940-222-8705.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Harold Ray Crabtree, 79, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL – Funeral for Doris Lucille Hoyl, 90, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL — Mass of Christian burial for Edna Anselm (Haverkamp) Klement, 87, of Muenster is 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Muenster. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. A rosary and vigil is 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the funeral home. Edna Klement was the mother of Karl Klement of Decatur.  Scott Funeral Home in Muenster is handling arrangements.

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Electrical issues force office closing


Due to electrical issues with an underground transformer, the Wise County Clerk’s office is closed for the rest of the day. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the issue only affects the one office, and repairs are expected to take several hours.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015


TASTE OF WISE – The fifth annual Taste of Wise is 5:30-8 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. The public is invited to sample food, drinks and appetizers. There will be live entertainment from local artists, plus door prizes. There will also be a $500 cash door prize. Admission is $5.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lady Eagles will start play in the Leander ISD Volleypalooza Tournament today. The Paradise Lady Panthers will be at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament.

FLAG FOOTBALL – Bridgeport Youth Association presents Wise County Flag Football. Online registration at byasports.leagueapps.com. Registration fee is $75, and deadline is Sept. 4. Call or text Jared McComis at 940-399-7530 or Richard Vidal at 940-210-1817.

QUILT SHOW – The Wise County Quilt Guild will have a quilt show 2-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin St. The theme for this year’s show is “Stitch in Time – A Gathering of Quilters.” There will be several vendors, as well as hourly door prizes, and the show will include a silent auction, a bed turning and a bake sale. Admission is free with the donation of two canned goods or a cash donation to benefit Wise Area Relief Mission.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. Veterans from Wise and surrounding counties are invited.

JUDGES NEEDED – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is looking for judges for their upcoming Barbecue Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 12. Call BVFD Chief Terry Long at 940-210-9495 if you would like to judge one or two of these categories: beans, chicken, brisket or ribs.

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE – Oncor Electric customers living on Farm Road 51 north of Decatur to Greenwood can expect a power outage this afternoon. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said the outage will begin at 5 p.m. and likely last until 9 p.m. The outage will only affect Oncor customers, not Wise Electric customers living in the same area. For information, call 888-313-4747.

DURRETT RECEPTION – A come-and-go reception honoring Duane Durrett for his years of service at Weatherford College Wise County is 3-5 p.m. today at the WCWC cafeteria. Durrett is relocating to the Weatherford College campus in Granbury.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold it’s monthly public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535, or go to freedomtexas.org.

PUBLIC HEARING – Decatur ISD will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate during the school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the DISD Administration building, 307 South Cates. The district is proposing a budget of $38 million for the 2015-2016 school year and a tax rate of $1.33 per $100 valuation, a 4-cent increase. Following the public hearing, the board will adopt the budget and tax rate. The agenda also includes a year-end budget amendment and a superintendent report on class sizes/student counts and facility policy regarding custodial fees.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Harold Ray Crabtree, 79, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


PLANNED POWER OUTAGE – Oncor Electric customers living on Farm Road 51 north of Decatur to Greenwood can expect a power outage Thursday afternoon. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said the outage will begin at 5 p.m. and likely last until 9 p.m. The outage will only affect Oncor customers, not Wise Electric customers living in the same area. For information, call 888-313-4747.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxRHOME CITY COUNCIL – The City of Rhome had a long agenda Tuesday night, discussing everything from the 2015-16 budget to hiring new city officers and approving a petition to vote in a new city council member. Mayor Michelle Pittman also addressed grievances sent to her by citizens concerning the actions of the city government in the past month, specifically the hiring of former interim city administrator Brandon Davis. Read more about the meeting in the Wise County Messenger this weekend.

NO. 1 PEASTER RALLIES PAST DECATUR – Peaster took games four and five to rally and defeat Decatur 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10. Dylana Hutchins put down 14 kills for the Lady Eagles. In other volleyball action, Boyd swept Bridgeport 25-12, 25-12, 25-9 behind 14 kills from Kayleigh Pappajohn and 11 from Jordyn Todd. Coppell took down Northwest in four games 21-25, 25-9, 25-22, 25-18. Camryn Berryhill led Northwest with 11 kills.

TASTE OF WISE – The fifth annual Taste of Wise is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. The public is invited to sample food, drinks and appetizers. There will be live entertainment from local artists, plus door prizes. There will also be a $500 cash door prize. Admission is $5.

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

OFFICE CLOSED – The Veteran Service Office will be closed for quarterly training in Dallas Friday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

BBQ COOK-OFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is registering teams for their IBCA Sanctioned BBQ Cook-off to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northwest OHV Park. The event will also include live music, kid’s area, 4×4 poker run, raffle and more. Entry fee is $100. For more information on registration, call BVFD Chief Terry Long at 940-210-9495.

DURRETT RECEPTION – A come-and-go reception honoring Duane Durrett for his years of service at Weatherford College Wise County is 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the WCWC cafeteria. Durrett is relocating to the Weatherford College campus in Granbury.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED – Registration for fall semester classes at Weatherford College Wise County has been extended through 5 p.m. Thursday for new and returning on-campus, Internet and dual credit students. Call the college at 940-627-2690 or e-mail wisecounty@wc.edu for more information.

YOUTH SOFTBALL – Decatur Softball forms must be received by Saturday. Cost is $50 for ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2015.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW – The Messenger’s annual Fall Sports Preview is included in the midweek Messenger on newstands today.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Rickey Lee Walton, 54, of Poolville is 11 a.m. today at Boonsville Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Harold Ray Crabtree, 79, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


BUDGET REVISED, OFFICERS TO GET RAISE – Wise County commissioners Monday revised the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, giving officers in the enforcement division of the Wise County Sheriff’s Department a raise. Commissioners agreed to go from four inmate work crews to two, freeing funds for the pay increase at the request of Sheriff David Walker. “That creates about $100,000 to give about a $1 per hour pay increase to sworn deputies,” County Judge J.D. Clark said. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

GETTIN’ AROUND – Decatur city crews are busy this week installing 18 new “Way Finder” signs to help out-of-town visitors find their way to Eagle Stadium, the Heritage Museum, the downtown area, the police and fire stations and other points of interest. Interim Public Works Director Greg Hall and his staff handled the planning, ordering and installation of the signs, which had to be approved by the Texas Department of Transportation since many of them are on the state right-of-way. The signs had been a long time project of the Decatur Main Street program.

NORTHWEST PASSES TAX RATE – Northwest ISD trustees yesterday approved a tax rate of $1.4525 – $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 41.25 cents for debt service. The district also announced it will not build the transportation complex in Rhome.

BRIDGEPORT TO TAKE ON BOYD – The Bridgeport Sissies will head to Boyd for a non-district volleyball match at 6 tonight. In Decatur, the Lady Eagles welcome Peaster. Northwest takes on Coppell at home. Chico heads to Petrolia. Paradise takes on Ponder at home.

DECATUR CHAMBER – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Beverly Ross from Wise County Christian Counseling will speak about “Living a Life that Matters!”

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold it’s monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535, or go to freedomtexas.org.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 2:30-6 p.m. today at CVS in Decatur.

RHOME CITY COUNCIL – The budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2015-2016 will be established at the Rhome City Council meeting tonight. The council will also discuss updating the city’s online ordinances, creating a city administrator position and receive a citizen petition concerning the vacant council seat. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Rhome City Hall, 105 W. First St.

BRIDGEPORT BUDGET WORKSHOP – Bridgeport City Council called a special meeting to discuss the city’s budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 tonight. The council will discuss proposed expenditures and revenues with department heads at 6 p.m. at city hall, 900 Thompson St.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Rickey Lee Walton, 54, of Poolville is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Gary Brown, 64, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Everleigh Bay Chambers, the newborn daughter of Sumer Leigh Chambers of Boyd, is 3 p.m. Friday at Azleland Cemetery. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Monday, August 24, 2015


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – You might notice some changes in the traffic pattern around Wise County today as kids head back to school. Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell school districts start school today. Boyd and Northwest ISDs start Tuesday. Pay attention to school zones and watch for kids walking to and from school or loading or unloading on buses.

18-WHEELER ROLLOVER – Lonnie Phipps of Rhome rolled over the 18-wheeler he was driving at the intersection of U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur at approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Phipps, driving for Nabors, exited off of U.S. 380 where he rolled the tractor-trailer on the loop that transitions to U.S. 81/287. According to Decatur Police officer Victor Monjaraz – who worked the accident – Phipps seemed in good health. “He was doing OK when I got on scene,” Monjaraz said. “He was standing up with a couple of lacerations on his face. He had already contacted his supervisor and wife on the phone when I arrived.” Phipps was transported to Wise Regional Health System.

DECATUR GIRLS FINISH THIRD – The Decatur Lady Eagles started the cross country season with a third-place finish in the 6A division at the Hebron Friday Night Lights meet. Jessica Kyle finished eighth, completing the 3,200 in 12:16. Taylor Butler took 26th, Georgina Palomo 27th, Paola Palomo 28th, Elizabeth Culpepper 30th, Hope Fuller 59th and Taryn Trull 103rd. The Decatur boys finished 10th in the 6A class. Parker Cullop ran a 10:53 on the 3,200-meter course for 30th. Hunter Helm was 49th, Alan Rangle 50th, Rodrigo Carrillo 70th and Grant Seckel 80th.

NAIL POLISHERS WANTED – Senior Care Health and Rehab in Decatur needs volunteers for polishing nails. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at CVS in Decatur.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Boyd on the first fourth Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held 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 Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890.

CHEER CAMP – Decatur High School Mini Cheer Camp is 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the DHS cafeteria. Cost is $40 per child, ages 3 years-6th grade. Girls will get to cheer at varsity pep rally and first quarter of football game on Friday, Aug. 28. Entry forms are available at DHS, Legend Bank, DATCU and First State Bank. For questions email kanetha.hicks@decatur.esc11.net.

COMMISSIONERS MEETING – County commissioners will have a public hearing on the proposed county budget 8:45 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. The meeting is open to the public, and citizens will be allowed to comment. Any changes to the proposed budget will be considered in the commissioners meeting to follow at 9 a.m.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate. The council is also expected to award a bid for health, dental, vision and long term disability insurance for city employees. The meeting is at 6 at Decatur City Hall with a workshop at 5:30.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Gary Brown, 64, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Tuesday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Rollover at highway intersection


Lonnie Phipps, of Rhome, rolled over the 18-wheeler he was driving at the intersection of U.S. 287 and U.S. 380 in Decatur at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Phipps, driving for Nabors, exited off of U.S. 380 where he rolled the tractor-trailer on the loop that transitions to U.S. 287.

According to Decatur Police officer Victor Monjaraz­ – who worked the accident ­– Phipps seemed in good health.

“He was doing ok when I got on scene,” Monjaraz said. “He was standing up with a couple of lacerations on his face. He had already contacted his supervisor and wife on the phone when I arrived.”

Phipps was transported to Wise Regional Health System.wreck 8-23-15 car wreck 2 8-23-15 car wreck 3 8-23-15

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Friday, August 21, 2015


SUSPICIOUS FIRES THREATEN HOMES – Firefighters battled 14 small grass fires along Old Denton Road on either side of Decatur Thursday afternoon. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said there were seven fires on the east side of town along a 2-mile stretch, and they ranged in size from a 10-by-20-foot area to 1 acre. Two homes were threatened before Decatur Fire Department stopped the blaze. There were also seven fires on the west side of town, but they were smaller and in closer proximity to each other. Beard said the fires are suspicious and remain under investigation. In addition to Decatur, East Wise, Greenwood/Slidell and Bridgeport fire departments were called to the scene. The first department was dispatched at 1:15 p.m.

CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS – Chisholm Trail Days is Saturday in Decatur. Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters will perform at 3:30 and 4:30 downtown. Rodeo parade staging and lineup is at 4:30 p.m., check-in and parking on visitor side of Eagle Stadium. The rodeo parade starts at 5:30 p.m. A hamburger supper is at 6:30 p.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South, The Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo is 8 p.m. at Wise County Fairgrounds, gates open at 6 p.m. That will be followed by the rodeo dance, free with rodeo tickets. For table reservations at the rodeo dance, call 940-399-9558. The Ol’ South Pancake House food truck will be at 306 W. Main from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

DECATUR, NORTHWEST WIN TWO AT TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Northwest Lady Texans each went 2-1 in pool play Thursday at the Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic. Decatur beat Burleson in three 25-27, 25-15, 25-18; Poteet 25-17, 25-15 and fell to Mansfield 25-16, 28-26. Northwest swept Kennedale 25-12, 25-12 and Lake Ridge 25-15, 25-19 and dropped a match to Hebron 25-11, 25-18. The tournament continues today. At the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament, Boyd fell to Brock 25-12, 25-17 and beat Crowley 25-18, 25-16 and Carter-Riverside 25-15, 25-11. Bridgeport lost to Arlington Heights 25-9, 25-7; West 25-15, 25-9 and Sanger 25-8, 25-19.

DECATUR BEGINS CROSS COUNTRY – The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams will start the season tonight at the Friday Night Lights at McInnish Park in Carrollton. Northwest teams will compete Saturday at the Greenhill Relays at Norbuck Park in Dallas.

YOUTH SOFTBALL – Decatur Softball signups are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Cost is $50 for ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2015. Forms must be received by Aug. 29.

CD RELEASE PARTY – The Righteous Blues Band will hold a party to celebrate the release of their second CD titled “He Gave Us Freedom!” 6:30 p.m. Saturday at The Father’s House Church on the south side of U.S. 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport. There will be live music, prizes, snacks and refreshments. Visit The Righteous Blues Band’s Facebook page for more details.

CHURCH DEDICATION – Paradise UMC will have a dedication ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday followed by snacks and fellowship. The church is located at 301 S. Oak Street.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Boyd on the first fourth Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held on Monday, Aug. 24. 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 Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have it’s weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans from Wise County and surrounding counties are invited.

FAMILY FUN FEST – Wise Regional Health System and Fit-N-Wise will host the Wise Family Fun Fest 9-11 a.m. Saturday outside of Fit-N-Wise (609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur). It will kick-off with a Family Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. It also will include emergency vehicles, an inflatable obstacle course, backpack fittings, representatives from local schools, a bicycle obstacle course and more. All activities are free.

FUNERALS – Service for Loyce Robinson, 94, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ruba Jo Clark, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Robert (Bob) Thurman Wylie, 75, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church in Decatur. Brown, Owens and Brumley Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015


STORMS BRING RAIN, COOLER TEMPERATURES – A cool front brought up to a half-inch of rain to parts of Wise County yesterday along with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Rainfall totals included 0.52 of an inch in Decatur and 0.2 in Paradise and Cottondale. Oncor had about 1,250 customers in south Wise County without electricity for more than an hour last night due to the brief thunderstorm and strong winds. A tree limb was found in the line near Rhome. The limb was removed and power restored just after midnight. The unseasonably cool temperatures will stick around today with a high of 83 expected. We have a 20 percent chance of rain this evening.

BOOK SIGNING – Author Chris Meister will sign copies of his book “James Riely Gordon-His Courthouses and Other Public Buildings” 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Visitors Center. Gordon designed several courthouses in Texas, including the Wise County Courthouse. The event is sponsored by the Wise County Historical Society and the Wise County Historical Commission.

MEET THE TEACHER – Meet the Teacher night at Decatur ISD elementary schools is 5:30-6:30 this evening.

PARENT MEETING – Alvord Elementary is hosting their annual Title I Parent Meeting at 6 tonight in the elementary cafeteria. All staff and guests will start the evening in the cafeteria and then at around 6:30 staff and guests will be dismissed back to the classrooms for a Meet and Greet event with students’ new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. The front doors will open at 5:50 for guests to move to the cafeteria (all classroom doors will be locked until after the Title I informational meeting).

COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County begin Monday, Aug. 24. New dual credit, online and face-to-face students are encouraged to visit the college in person to register. Eligible returning students can register online. Contact WCWC at 940-627-2690, wisecounty@wc.edu or visit www.wc.edu for information.

VENDORS NEEDED – The Paradise Main Street Festival on Sept 26. needs vendors. Download a vendor form at paradisehistoricalsociety.com or email dgweeden@yahoo.com.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have it’s weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans from Wise County and surrounding counties are invited.

TASTE OF WISE – The fifth annual Taste of Wise is 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Decatur Civic Center. The public is invited to sample food, drinks and appetizers. There will be live entertainment from local artists, plus door prizes. There will also be a $500 cash door prize. Admission is $5. Restaurant and vendor tables are still available. Call Susan Miller, 940-366-0186.

FUNERALS – Service for Peggy Sue Brackeen O’Gorman, 53, of Fort Worth, formerly of Newark, is 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in River Oaks with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation/rosary is 6-8 tonight at Northwest Bible Church/Robert Family Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

MEMORIAL service for Ruba Jo Clark, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bobby Charles Splawn, 62, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Randy Leake, 59, of Keller is noon Sunday at the Colleyville Community Center. He was the son of Jack and Reba Leake of Decatur.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015


SHERIFF REQUESTS RAISE FOR ENFORCEMENT DIVISION – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is struggling to recruit new officers and finding it hard to hang on to the ones they have, according to Sheriff David Walker. He told commissioners in the budget workshop Monday he would like to give the 60 employees in the enforcement division a $1.25 per hour raise. The cost would be $186,000. Although this year’s county budget is tight, Walker said one of the ways this money could be made available is by adjusting the setup of the inmate work crews. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns pushed back, arguing against changes to the work crew arrangement. “I’m just trying to figure out where we can get these guys risking their lives higher pay,” Walker said. Read more in the Wise County Messenger on newsstands today. Editor’s note: The story in today’s paper incorrectly states Sheriff Walker requested a $1 per hour raise.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxGOOD CHANCE OF RAIN – It might be a good idea to keep an umbrella handy today. The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of rain today and a 40 percent chance tonight. Rain was falling in Decatur as Update went to press. Between rain and mostly cloudy skies, today’s high temperature is only expected to reach 87 by noon before a cool front drops temperatures to around 69 later in the day. Tonight’s low will be around 62.

DECATUR FALLS IN THREE – Aledo swept the Decatur Lady Eagles Tuesday night at home 25-17, 25-13, 25-16. Northwest outlasted Arlington Lamar in five games 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-8 behind 22 kills from Camryn Berryhill and 14 from Lexi Ihrig. Morgan Baker handed out 29 assists. Boyd fell to Godley 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-16. Bridgeport beat Chico 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24 in Chico. The win put the Sissies’ record at 3-7, and Chico’s record moved to 7-4.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or call 940-683-2076.

BOYD YOUTH SOCCER – The last Boyd youth soccer sign ups will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday 5-7 and Sunday 4-6 at the Boyd Middle School gym. Cost is $65. Call Michelle at 940-210-0857.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – An account has been opened for the victims of the house fire in Boyd Saturday. Go to www.gofundme.com/HouseFire15.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball is getting ready to start the Fall season of baseball. Volunteers are needed. Games are every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at Decatur Renshaw Park. Season begins Sept. 12 and ends Nov. 7. Go to www.made2thrive.org to download a volunteer form, or email wcsnbvolunteers@gmail.com.

CHEER CAMP – Decatur High School Mini Cheer Camp is 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at the DHS cafeteria. Cost is $40 per child, ages 3 years-6th grade. Girls will get to cheer at varsity pep rally and first quarter of football game on Friday, Aug. 28. Entry forms are available at DHS, Legend Bank, DATCU and First State Bank. For questions email kanetha.hicks@decatur.esc11.net.

FAMILY FUN FEST – Wise Regional Health System and Fit-N-Wise will host the Wise Family Fun Fest 9-11 a.m. Saturday outside of Fit-N-Wise (609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur). It will kick-off with a Family Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. It also will include emergency vehicles, an inflatable obstacle course, backpack fittings, representatives from local schools, a bicycle obstacle course and more. All activities are free.

FUNERALS – Service for Hannah Louise Dulaney, 8, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ruba Jo Clark, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bobby Charles Splawn, 62, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Randy Leake, 59, of Keller is noon Sunday at the Colleyville Community Center. He was the son of Jack and Reba Leake of Decatur.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015


COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE TAX RATE, BUDGET – Wise County commissioners proposed Monday to keep the county property tax rate for fiscal year 2016 the same as last year – 37.89 cents per $100 valuation. County Judge J.D. Clark recommended allocating 31.39 cents to the general fund and 6.5 cents to road and bridge. The road and bridge portion of the tax is 1.5 cents less than last year with that money going to the general fund instead. The tax dollars will support a $64.5 million budget, which is $6.2 million less than the FY 2015 budget. Budget cuts account for a portion of the decrease, but last year’s budget included capital expenditure funds and grant money from the Texas Department of Transportation, neither of which is in this year’s budget. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE COLLEGE TAX RATE – Wise County commissioners proposed Monday to keep the college branch campus maintenance tax rate at 4.6148 cents per $100 valuation, despite the pleas of Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton over the last few months to raise it to the full 5 cents. The branch campus maintenance tax helps fund the Weatherford College Wise County budget. There was little discussion of the issue in Monday’s meeting as Eaton did not attend. He has yet to come to a public meeting in Wise County and present his concerns to county commissioners. The only Weatherford College official in attendance was local Associate Dean Dr. Matt Joiner. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

DECATUR HIRES DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT/CFO – The Decatur School Board yesterday hired Cindy Tatum as the district’s new deputy superintendent and chief financial officer. Tatum, of Gainesville, is the CFO for Wichita Falls ISD with 15 years experience as a CFO. She will begin work at DISD on Sept. 1.

RAIN CHANCES – The National Weather Services sets today’s rain chances at 20 percent, and those chances increase to 60 percent tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to be 96.

TRUSTEES APPROVE GRADING POLICY CHANGE – Trustees voted Monday night to enact changes in grading policies for Bridgeport ISD. The school board voted 7-0 to allow students to fill out forms requesting retests or retries on large projects. Under new grading guidelines, if students in kindergarten through eighth grade retake a test or redo a project, their final grade will be the highest of the two tries instead of an average, as in the past. For more on Bridgeport ISD school board see Wednesday’s edition of the Messenger.

CHICO TO MEET BRIDGEPORT – The Chico Lady Dragons will take on the Bridgeport Sissies at Bridgeport High School at 6 tonight in volleyball. In other action, Decatur welcomes Aledo. Northwest plays host to Arlington Lamar. Paradise faces Lindsay and Denton Calvary in a dual match. Boyd heads to Godley.

BOYD TO INTERVIEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR – The Boyd City Council will interview finalists for the vacant public works director job and consider making a hire at its meeting at 6:30 tonight. The council will also consider awarding the Knox Avenue construction project.

SLIDELL CELEBRATION – Slidell’s First Baptist Church is celebrating 135 years of ministry with a Community Cookout 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the GSVFD Fire Station in Slidell and a Celebration Service 10 a.m.-noon Sunday with a fellowship meal to follow. Reservations are not required but are helpful. Visit www.slidellbaptist.com/celebration to RSVP. Call 940-466-3990.

MOVIE SHOWING – Faith Fellowship Church, 333 Farm Road 407 in New Fairview, will show the movie “Audacity” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visit www.faithfellowshipgathering.org to view the trailer.

FUNERALS – Service for Hannah Louise Dulaney, 8, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Wendy Holifield, 49, of Rhome. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Roy Lee Seelye, 48, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Ruba Jo Clark, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bobby Charles Splawn, 62, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Monday, August 17, 2015


FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN BOYD – Fire destroyed a double-wide trailer at 311 North Ewing in Boyd Saturday morning, displacing a family. Boyd, Newark and Rhome firefighters fought the blaze in the near 90-degree heat with medics on scene providing fluids and cool rags for relief. Medics also checked the vitals of firefighters battling the blaze.

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

OFFICE CLOSED – The Decatur Housing Authority office will be closed today through Friday for training and conference. The office will reopen Monday, Aug. 24, at regular hours.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – After going unbeaten in pool play, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets went 1-2 Saturday at the Cool in Boomtown Tournament in Burkburnett. Keynzie Todd put down nine kills in the win over Whitesboro. Bridgeport went 2-5 at the tournament. The Sissies ended the stay in Burkburnett with a victory over Childress that included nine kills from Abbi Hatton.

AUTHOR VISIT – Julia Heaberlin, originally from Decatur, will visit Decatur Public Library and discuss her new book, “Black Eyed Susans,” 6:30 p.m. today. There will be a book signing, and copies of the book will be available for purchase, benefiting the Decatur Library Foundation. Call 940-393-0290.

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY – Governor’s Ridge, 300 E. Devereaux in Decatur, will provide school supplies for Wise County students today. Pick up school supply packets 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Supplies are limited, and it is first come first serve. Call 940-627-1104.

BOYD ISD TO CONSIDER TAX RATE, BUDGET – Boyd ISD trustees will look to pass a tax rate of $1.22 tonight for the 2015-16 fiscal year after holding a public hearing at 6:30. Trustees will also consider passing the budget that as of last week was a total of $13.853 million – $12.88 million for maintenance and operations and $1.564 million for debt service. In the M&O figure is the $752,724 the district will pay the state for recapture.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – Bridgeport School Board will consider appointing a representative to the Texas Association of School Board’s Delegate Assembly at their meeting tonight. The board will also approve the 2015-2016 Administrative Policy Grading Guidelines. The meeting begins at 7 at the administration building, 2107 15th St.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – Decatur school trustees are expected to hire a deputy superintendent/chief financial officer at tonight’s meeting. They will also discuss three large projects from the 2015 school bond issue with VLK Architects, accept a donation from the Miles Foundation, discuss a prevailing wage for district projects and hear a budget update. The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates, followed by the open meeting.

WISE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners will discuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 at a special meeting this morning. Commissioners will hear from elected officials and department heads requesting additional funding for items not in the proposed budget. They will also propose a county property tax rate and the rate for the Weatherford College branch campus maintenance tax. If necessary, they will recess and reconvene Tuesday. Today’s meeting is 9 a.m. at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Services for Hannah Dulaney, 8, of Decatur and Wendy Holifield, 49, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Virgie D. Potts, 90, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Roy Lee Seelye, 48, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Tom “Cowboy” Patterson, 68, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Red Marble Church in Memphis. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Bobby Charles Splawn, 62, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Fire destroys home in Boyd


imageFire destroyed a double-wide trailer at 311 North Ewing in Boyd Saturday morning, displacing a family.
Boyd, Newark and Rhome firefighters fought the blaze in the near 90-degree heat with medics on scene providing fluids and cool rags for relief. Medics also checked the vitals of firefighters battling the blaze.
Dane O’Neil, who lived in the trailer with his daughter, mother and brother, said he was at a residence up the road when the blaze started.
“I was about to go out to do a mowing job when a little girl come down the road and said there was a fire,” O’Neil said.
“It was way bad when we got here. Anything and everything we had in there is gone.”
He said the family had lived in the trailer for two months but had spent several months making repairs at the property.
The front of the structure was fully involved and was working to the back when Boyd Assistant Fire Chief Jason Adams arrived.
Boyd Police Officer Aaron Soultaire added that the front porch was engulfed in flames when he arrived at 10:50 a.m.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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Friday, August 14, 2015


RHOME POSTPONES BUDGET WORKSHOP – The city council of Rhome decided Thursday to postpone their budget workshop until Aug. 25. At that meeting, the council will vote to approve a new budget and tax rate for the next fiscal year. It was also announced at Thursday’s meeting that Rhome Councilwoman Dawn Davis has withdrawn her resignation from the council. Read more about the meeting in Saturday’s issue of the Wise County Messenger.

ALVORD TO HIRE SUPERINTENDENT – Alvord ISD will name its lone finalist Randy Brown superintendent at tonight’s school board meeting. Brown was the superintendent at Snyder.

DECATUR OPENS RYAN TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team will start play in the Denton Ryan Kickoff Classic at 10:30 a.m. today against Prince of Peace. Boyd and Bridgeport are playing in the Burkburnett Boomtown Tournament. Boyd starts pool play at 2 p.m. with Perryton. They will follow with matches against Whitesboro, Wichita Falls JV and Iowa Park. Bridgeport starts with Vernon at 2 p.m. and will also face Childress, Vernon, Sabine and Wichita Falls in pool play. Chico will play at Forestburg at 5 p.m.

BOYD FALLS TO NOLAN – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets fell in five sets to Nolan Catholic 25-21, 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 17-15. The Northwest Lady Texans went 2-1 at the Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland Thursday. Northwest beat Vidor 25-14, 25-5 behind seven aces from Tatum Talley. Northwest outlasted Waller, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11 with eight kills from Camryn Berryhill. Pearland beat Northwest 25-19, 25-11. Northwest returns to action this morning at 10:30 against Clear Springs.

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES – Area football teams get their first live action of the season this weekend. Bridgeport heads to Bowie tonight. Decatur will be in Kennedale. Boyd is in Howe. Chico takes on Millsap at home. Paradise welcomes in Lindsay. Alvord will head to Era Saturday at 7 p.m.

FOOD DRIVE – IntegraCare Home Health and Gentiva Hospice are hosting a canned food drive benefiting WARM through Aug. 31. Most needed items are canned vegetables and soups. Donations can be dropped off at Senior Care Health and Rehab of Bridgeport or Decatur, Heritage Place in Decatur or IntegraCare Home Health of Bridgeport.

REAL ESTATE MEETING – The Wise County Everything Real Estate Meetup group meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. The subject of this meeting is “Yes, You Can Flip Houses.” Admission is free, and the public is invited. Meals are not provided, but attendees are welcome to eat during the meeting.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT – Pleasant View Baptist Church has partnered with The Hair Shop and is giving free haircuts, school supplies and a new pair of tennis shoes (while supplies last) 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 886 County Road 1326. Call 940-644-2367.

EASTSIDE ALUMNI – Eastside Alumni’s 15th Annual School Reunion is 2 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Church service at St. John’s Baptist Church is 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

SOCCER REGISTRATION – PYRA will hold fall soccer registration at the Paradise City Hall 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to registration. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 3-14 (born between July 2012 and August 2000). The cost is $65 per player (checks only – no cash). A concession stand buy-out option is available for an additional $30 and parent/player T-shirts will be available for order at registration as well. Contact the PYRA soccer commissioner with questions: Richelle Brogan, 817-919-7435 or pyra.soccer@gmail.com.

BASEBALL SIGNUPS – Decatur Baseball 2015 Fall Signups will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Ages include T-ball (age 4 by April 30, 2016), 5/6, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U. Call Eric at 940-389-4679 or Annie at 817-223-4928.

COMMISSIONERS TO PROPOSE TAX RATE, DISCUSS BUDGET – Wise County commissioners will discuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 at a special meeting Monday morning. Commissioners will hear from elected officials and department heads requesting additional funding or items not in the proposed budget. They will also propose a county property tax rate and the rate for the Weatherford College branch campus maintenance tax. If necessary, they will recess and reconvene Tuesday. Monday’s meeting is 9 a.m. at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Lurenda Kaye Fraire, 30, of Decatur is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. SERVICE for Virgie Potts, 90, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Perry Adam Johnson, 77, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Tom “Cowboy” Patterson, 68, of Springtown is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Memorial is 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Red Marble Church in Memphis.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015


MARLETT INDICTED FOR MURDER – Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of murder and arson intending to cause damage to a habitation/place of worship. Both are first degree felonies that could carry up to a life sentence if he is convicted. Investigators say evidence shows Marlett killed Lawrence Ray Roberts, 58, of Chico with a shotgun and set fire to the travel trailer with Roberts’ body inside at 1122 Farm Road 2952 near Chico the night of May 21.

RHOME CITY COUNCIL – The City of Rhome will propose a budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2016 at the city council meeting tonight. The meeting will start with a budget workshop before the council moves to approve a new tax rate and budget. The council will also consider the resignations of council members Dawn Davis and Jerry Taylor and discuss a plan to auction off excess city property. The meeting begins at 7 at City Hall, 105 W. First St.

LAST DAY FOR SEASON TICKET RENEWALS – Today is the last day for season ticket holders to renew their seats at Decatur High School’s Eagle Stadium. Tickets can be renewed at the Decatur High School ticket office. Cost is $28 per seat.

AUTHOR VISIT – Julia Heaberlin, originally from Decatur, will visit Decatur Public Library and discuss her new book, “Black Eyed Susans,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. There will be a book signing, and copies of the book will be available for purchase, benefiting the Decatur Library Foundation. Call 940-393-0290.

VACCINATION CLINIC – Decatur ISD will host a vaccination clinic by Movax noon-5 p.m. today at the McCarroll Middle School multi-purpose building. Cost is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two or $30 per family for three or more vaccines. Incoming seventh graders have required vaccinations due by Aug. 24. Turn in updated shot records to the MMS front office.

MULTI-CHAMBER MIXER – Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is hosting a multi-chamber mixer 5-7 p.m. today at First State Bank in Bridgeport.

INDIGENT CARE APPLICATIONS – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave., in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 228. Eligible persons must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and meet the following requirements: residents, household, income and resources. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility.

FUNERALS – Service for Lurenda Kaye Fraire, 30, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Wade Pannell, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 2 p.m. today-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Perry Adam Johnson, 77, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Tom “Cowboy” Patterson, 68, of Springtown is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Red Marble Church in Memphis, TX.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015


DECATUR, BOYD WIN OPENERS – Dylana Hutchins served four of the Decatur Lady Eagles’ 15 aces and Emily Oxford buried six kills in a season-opening sweep of Azle Tuesday, 25-10, 25-20, 25-7. Decatur also beat Joshua in three games, 25-11, 25-23, 25-11, with Kelsie Worley burying 11 kills. On her birthday, Morgan Abbott handed out 18 assists as Boyd swept Lake Worth in three games, 25-15, 25-11, 25-7. Kayleigh Pappajohn finished with nine kills. Paradise swept Bridgeport 25-21, 25-8, 25-20.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxMULTI-CHAMBER MIXER – Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is hosting a multi-chamber mixer 5-7 p.m. Thursday at First State Bank in Bridgeport.

RODEO TEAM MEETING – Decatur Rodeo Team will meet Aug. 18 at the Ag Building at the high school. A meeting at 6 p.m. will be for all new members and for anyone who is interested in finding out more and possibly joining the team. A meeting at 7 will be for all current members along with the new/inquiring members. The team has junior members (under 9th grade) and non-riding members (9th-12th grade) also. There are events available for boys and girls that do not require a horse (9th-12th grade). Contact decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or text Tanya at 817-917-5198 or Stephanie at 940-393-3442. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.

HAIRCUT GIVEAWAY – The Hair Shop in Bridgeport will hold their annual free haircut giveaway, which includes one free haircut, backpack, school supplies, and a new pair of tennis shoes, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 County Road 1326. Call 940-683-2484.

SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY – Governor’s Ridge, 300 E. Devereaux in Decatur, will provide school supplies for Wise County students on Monday, Aug. 17. Pick up school supply packets 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Supplies are limited, and it is first come first serve. Call 940-627-1104.

CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS – The Chisholm Trail Days rodeo is Aug. 20-22. Sponsorships are available. Call Zane Lasater, 940-255-9375. Throughout the day there will be live music, theatrical gunfights and kids activities in downtown Decatur. Call Decatur Main Street, 940-627-6158.

WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH – Outreach Health Services and the WIC Clinic in Decatur is celebrating World Breastfeeding Month with an event encouraging local businesses to become a mother-friendly work site. The celebration, which will include food and door prizes, will be held at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today at 2014 Ben Merritt Drive, Suite C in Decatur. Call 940-627-5796 for information on the event or call the 24-hour breastfeeding hotline at 1-800-687-1252.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is having a Ranchers Gathering Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and cost is $10, which includes dinner. Jason Cleere, associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist, will present “Top 10 Ways to Generate Dollars in the Cattle Business.” The agriculture trade show will have more than 20 booths. Pre-register by today. Call the Extension office, 940-627-3341, or come by 206 S. State St.

BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE – The midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today includes Back to School information, including features on new administrators, lists of new teachers and back to school events.

FUNERALS – Service for Royce “Cotton” Edward Hodges, 76, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Brenda Fennell, 51, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Wade Pannell, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 2 p.m. Thursday-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Perry Adam Johnson, 77, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Tom “Cowboy” Patterson, 68, of Springtown is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

SERVICE for Louis “Shorty” Moody, 53, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


COUNTY JUDGE, COLLEGE PRESIDENT IN ONGOING DISPUTE OVER TAX RATE – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton have been butting heads for months over the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, which funds the local campus. For fiscal year 2016, Clark wants to maintain last year’s rate of 4.618 cents per $100 valuation, but Eaton wants the county to raise it to the full 5 cents. Negotiations have been behind closed doors until now, and within the last five days, both parties have issued statements defending their respective positions. Read more about the dispute in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOYD ISD TO SEE RECAPTURE AMOUNT INCREASE – Boyd ISD’s recapture amount as a Chapter 41 school will increase from $83,824 this year to $752,724 from 2015-16. The recapture hit along with a dip in values leaves the district with a projected $389,325 deficit in the preliminary budget discussed Monday.

SLIGHTLY COOLER – Temperatures are expected to stay below 100 today, and a weak front passing through the area will bring a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Today’s high is forecast to be 96.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Parent must be present. Must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. Bring shot records.

LUNCH BAG ART EXHIBIT – The Decatur Visitor Center and Wise County Art Association will hold an art exhibit featuring lunch bag artwork of local resident Davey Edwards 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the Decatur Visitor Center, 106 S. Trinity. An opening reception is 5-7 tonight.

WORLD BREASTFEEDING MONTH – Outreach Health Services and the WIC Clinic in Decatur is celebrating World Breastfeeding Month with an event encouraging local businesses to become a mother-friendly work site. The celebration, which will include food and door prizes, will be held at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at 2014 Ben Merritt Drive, Suite C in Decatur. Call 940-627-5796 for information on the event or call the 24-hour breastfeeding hotline at 1-800-687-1252.

VACCINATION CLINIC – Decatur ISD will host a vaccination clinic by Movax noon-5 p.m. Thursday at the McCarroll Middle School multi-purpose building. Cost is $20 for one vaccine, $25 for two or $30 per family for three or more vaccines. Incoming seventh graders have required vaccinations due by Aug. 24. Turn in updated shot records to the MMS front office.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is having a Ranchers Gathering Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors open at 5:30, and cost is $10, which includes dinner. Jason Cleere, associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist, will present “Top 10 Ways to Generate Dollars in the Cattle Business.” The agriculture trade show will have more than 20 booths. Pre-register by Wednesday. Call the Extension office, 940-627-3341, or come by 206 S. State St.

EASTSIDE ALUMNI – Eastside Alumni’s 15th Annual School Reunion is 2 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Church service at St. John’s Baptist Church is 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school band hall. All parents of middle school and high school band members are invited.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry Martin will be guest speaker.

DEFENDING CHAMPS START SEASON – The Decatur Lady Eagles start the 2015 volleyball season at home today with a dual match against Azle and Joshua. Decatur takes the court at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In other volleyball action, Bridgeport will square off at home against Paradise and Sanger at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Boyd plays host to Lake Worth. Chico opens the season at Valley View at 5 p.m. Northwest dropped its two opening matches Monday to McKinney and Frisco.

FUNERALS – Service for Royce Hodges, 76, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Brenda Fennell, 51, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Wade Pannell, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Daniel Cordova-Acuna, 30, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 2 p.m. Thursday to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Perry Johnson, 77, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Thomas Edward Patterson, 68, of Springtown is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Harold R. Griffin, 76, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Chancellor and Jones Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Louis (Shorty) Moody, 53, of Chico is Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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