Boyd ISD superintendent receives extension


Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West will remain in the top post in the district through the 2020-21 school year after receiving a contract extension Thursday night.
Boyd ISD trustees voted unanimously to extend West’s current two-year contract by one year after a positive evaluation. The new contract will run through June 30, 2021.
Compensation was not addressed at the meeting. His current contract pays him $100,000 per year.
“As a district we’re happy with the job he’s doing,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. “We know he works hard and puts a lot of effort into improving our district and leading us. That’s a reflection of the contract extension.”
West has been with the district 11 years, serving as the high school principal and assistant superintendent before being named superintendent in September 2012.
West, who is the second-longest tenured superintendent in Wise County, expressed optimism on moving forward with the district.
“We’re at a cross roads here at Boyd. We’re starting to see some of the growth coming,” West said. “We feel like we are in a really good position. We have great teachers and great students. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, yet we’re not satisfied with it. We think there are a lot more great things coming for all of our campuses and district. The growth we are about to experience is exciting because of what that’s going to mean in programs and new opportunities for our students.”
In the West’s evaluation, the board looked at various goals.
“We took into account the district goals that we set earlier that were based on finance, facilities and personnel goals,” Childress said.
Childress added that the district as a whole is moving in the right direction.
“We’ve done a good job,” he said. “A few years back we had a little downfall in our grades. We’ve done a good job of turning that around. Our scores are improving. Our extracurricular activities have more participation. We’ve increased our fund balance. Overall our district I feel is strong.
“We’re doing a good job with taxpayers’ money and we’re providing a solid education for the kids of this community. But like with anything else, we still have a lot of room for improvement.”

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Paradise names superintendent lone finalist


Paradise School Board named Dr. Paul Uttley the lone finalist for superintendent after a special meeting Thursday night.

According to the district’s press release Uttley, the superintendent of Vega ISD, was selected from a list of 71 applicants who applied for the position. The board chose Uttley following a superintendent search that started in November 2017.

The district will have to wait 21 days before officially hiring Uttley as superintendent.

 

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Grassfire torches round bales


A grassfire that spread to burn 30 to 60 round hay bales closed Cuba Road east of Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said a resident was burning trash when it spread, burning less an acre and the round bales.
The road was closed at County Road 3225 due to smoke blowing across the road.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


MURDER TRIAL BEGINS — Testimony began yesterday in the murder trial of former Wise County resident Jake Charles Abel, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Soccorro Taylor, in Fort Worth and burying her in a rural area near Boyd the week of Christmas in 2015. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry called three witnesses on the first day, including the Wise County Sheriff’s Office’s lead investigator on the case to testify about evidence collected at the possible crime scenes in both Boyd and in Fort Worth. Abel’s attorney, Christy Jack, argued that investigators were quick to label her client as a suspect and didn’t look for evidence that might have pointed to a different suspect. The trial continues today in 271st District Court in Decatur.

PAIR OF POWER OUTAGES — Oncor crews worked throughout the day Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of customers in western Wise County after a pair of outages Wednesday morning. A line down on U.S. 380 took out power to 550 customers in the Runaway Bay area around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Later in the morning more than 600 residents stretching from the west side of Bridgeport, Cottondale, Balsora and into Parker County were without power. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said efforts to restore power were complicated by the heavy load on the system due to the frigid temperatures. “Crews are having to go to all the fuse locations and close them up one at a time,” Easley said. Power was restored to customers by 4 p.m. Wednesday. ERCOT issued a warning Tuesday evening about conserving usage due to the demand on the power grid with temperatures in the single digits in many parts of the state.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER — DATCU’s Terry Everett will be installed as the new president of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon today. Shane Conley of First Financial Bank and Nathan Byers of Modern Woodmen will be installed as vice presidents. Directors include Jonathan Williams, Brandon Peavy, Shawn Mann, Leah Clark, Fred Meyers, Todd Bailey, Pam Lanfear, Judy Conger and Lori Sherwood.

HEADED SOUTH — The Southwest Antique Auto Swap Meet, held in September at the Wise County Fairgrounds for the past five years, is moving this fall to the Texas Motor Speedway. A spokesman for the sponsoring group said they met with county officials Tuesday to tell them of the move. The group wanted a more central location and the Speedway met that criteria, the spokesman said. The move will not affect the Wise County Antique Auto Club’s spring meet.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP — The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month, Wise Health System and Angels Care Home Health are providing the video, “My Beautiful Broken Mind.” This video helps explain the brain and how it heals after a major event like a stroke. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

WARM DINNER — The Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) Dinner is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Decatur Conference Center. The public is invited to attend to learn about the services being provided by WARM and the people being served by the organization and volunteers. Dinner is free thanks to the generosity of a donor. RSVP to Kelly Jones at 940-626-3923 or email at kellysjones14@gmail.com.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING — The Wise County Retired School Personnel unit of Wise County will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Decatur Conference Center. The group will host Pat Fallon, candidate for Texas Senate, Decatur Superintendent Dr. Judith Whitis and Bridgeport Superintendent Brandon Peavey. Visitors and members can make a reservation by calling 940-575-2341 by Sunday.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. Topic will be “Brick Walls and Wrecking Balls” presented by Patti Gillespie. The meeting will include group sharing. Bring your laptop for hands-on practice. Free for members, $5 for visitors.

FUNERALS — Service for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Earl Dietrich, 70, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

SERVICES for James Redwine, 76, of Chico and Maria DeHoyos, 76, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez IV, 26, of Artesia, N.M. is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Vernell Hitchcock, 85, of Boyd is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Joe Britton, 74, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.“

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Western Wise County experiences a pair of power outages


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Oncor crews are working to restore power to hundreds of customers in western Wise County after a pair of outages Wednesday morning.
A line down on U.S. 380 took out power to 550 customers in the Runaway Bay area around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Later in the morning more than 600 residents stretching from the west side of Bridgeport, Cottondale, Balsora and into Parker County were without power.
Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said efforts to restore power were complicated by the heavy load on the system due to the frigid temperatures.
“Crews are having to got to all the fuse locations and close them up one at a time,” Easley said.
After a fuse is closed, she said there is a 30-minute delay for the load to normalize before moving to the next fuse. As of 10:45 a.m., Easley said crews had two more fuse positions to close, leaving 100 customers without power in the Runaway Bay area.
“We expect to have them back on line in the next hour,” she said.
Seven crews are working on the other outage in the western part of the county and power is expected to be restored by early afternoon.
“We’ve brought in extra resources,” Easley said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it back on.”
ERCOT issued a warning Tuesday evening about conserving usage due to the demand on the power grid with temperatures in the single digits in many parts of the state.
With cold temperatures expected Thursday morning, Easley is asking residents to conserve during the peak usage time of 7 to 8 a.m.

Update: Power was returned to Oncor customers by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


BOYD CALLS ELECTION FOR MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT — Boyd voters will go to the poll in May to decide to create a Municipal Development District. The Boyd City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution to add the district to the May 5 ballot along with the Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5 council races. If approved by voters, the MDD would take the current half-cent sales tax collected for property tax relief and use it for municipal projects. A board of directors for the district would recommend how the receipts of the half-cent of sales taxes would be spent. “The neat thing about this is there is actually money allocated for the development of our city,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington. “We are going to get several new projects going in the city.” As possible projects, Arrington listed sidewalks, park improvements, roads and even grants to business owners to improve properties.

DEVELOPER LOOKS AT TRACT IN BOYD ETJ # Denton developer Bob Shelton approached Boyd City Council with a possible 580 to 590 lot development on Cemetery Road in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction Tuesday night. The large development would use municipal utility district (MUD) to finance infrastructure. With assistance from the city, Shelton’s team plans to go through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to set up MUD.

WARMING UP, A LITTLE — Temperatures in Wise County started out in the single digits this morning, but we’re expected to warm up a little more than yesterday. The afternoon high is expected to reach 34 degrees. Tonight’s low is expected to drop to around 15. We remain under a hard freeze warning until 10 a.m. today.

HOOPS SCORES — Local basketball scores from Tuesday included (boys) Northwest 95, Eaton 48; Decatur 60, Bridgeport 36; Bowie 69, Boyd 33; Nocona 73, Paradise 42; Muenster 65, Alvord 23; Slidell 54, Saint Jo 28; (girls) Bridgeport 51, Decatur 36; Bowie 50, Boyd 37; Nocona 53, Paradise 44; and Muenster 46, Alvord 40.

CITY AND SCHOOL FILINGS BEGIN — The filing period for open school board and city council seats starts today and continues through Friday, Feb. 16. The election is May 5.

EARLY CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES — 1,2,3 Play with Me returns to Chico Public Library with “Chalk it Up” week at 11 a.m. today. Designed for children up to age 4 and their adults, 1,2,3 Play with Me provides opportunities to socialize and learn through play. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

GLITZY GIRLS TAKING APPLICATIONS — The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event is April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Contact Carol at 940-206-4611 or Jana at 817-357-7205 and follow them on Facebook.

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. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FUNERALS — Service for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Earl Dietrich, 70, of Rhome and Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez, 22, of Artesia, N.M., are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.

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Boyd calls election to establish municipal development district


Boyd voters will go to the poll in May to decide to create a Municipal Development District.
The Boyd City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution to add the district to the May 5 ballot along with the Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5 council races.
If approved by voters, the MDD would take the current half-cent sales tax collected for property tax relief and use it for municipal projects. A board of directors for the district would recommend how the receipts of the half-cent of sales taxes would be spent.
“The neat thing about this is there is actually money allocated for the development of our city,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington. “We are going to get several new projects going in the city.”
As possible projects, Arrington listed sidewalks, park improvements, roads and even grants to business owners to improve properties.
He did point out to the council, it would be giving up some control of revenue to a board that would make recommendations once per year. Based on this year’s total sales tax revenue of approximately $401,000, the district would have around $134,000 directed to it.
The creation of the MDD would allow the city to take advantage of increased sales tax revenue. With the current half-cent dedicated to property tax relief, the city has to reduce its property tax rate if sales taxes increased, as they did this year.
“When the alcohol sales were passed, it increased our sales tax [revenue]. But because of the resolution that was passed in 1990, everything we gained came off the ad valorem taxes,” said Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes. “We wanted to use a little bit of that money to improve the city, improve downtown, improve the park and possibly use it for streets. This half-cent eliminated off the property tax relief and added to the MDD will allow us to be able to use that half-cent of sales tax, which probably 75 percent of it comes from people that don’t live in the city limits.”
In other business, the council tabled the amended subdivision ordinance. Arrington recommended the action to address the fees to developers.
“The fees are not in line with the area,” Arrrington said.
He said he will bring it back to the council in February.
The council also voted to put the former library building on Texas 114 and the property at 135 N. Wilson up for auction with Rene Bates Auctioneers.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


DECATUR ISD TO MOVE 5TH GRADE IN FALL – Decatur ISD fifth graders will not be on the district’s three elementary campuses next fall. The district announced Monday that it will move the fifth grade to McCarroll Middle School’s sixth-grade campus on Eagle Drive. The campus will take the same configuration as prior to 2010-11 when it served as an intermediate with fifth and sixth grade. The seventh and eighth grades will stay at the current campus on West Thompson Street. Carson and Rann will become kindergarten through fourth-grade elementary campuses. Young Elementary will hold pre-kindergarten through fourth. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis informed the staff of the campus reconfigurations during Monday’s staff development. “This is step one. There are many decisions to be made,” said Whitis about the move. “This is the big one with the logistics from moving, budgeting and staffing.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

FREEZING TEMPS – Wise County temperatures started out around 15 degrees this morning, and while we are expected to have mostly sunny skies today, the temperature is only expected to top out around 30 degrees with wind chill values between -1 and 9 due to north winds of 15 to 20 mph. Wise County is under a hard freeze watch tonight as temperatures are expected to drop to around 10 degrees or below for several hours during the overnight hours. Last night, Wise County experienced only a light dusting of snow, and it did not cause any impacts on roadways in the area.

BOYD TO CALL ELECTION – The Boyd City Council will consider calling an election for May for voters to decide on creating a Municipal Development District in the city tonight at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyd Police Department. Approval of the district would abolish the half-cent sales tax for property relief. The half-cent would be collected for the district to complete municipal projects. The council will also consider approving a new subdivision ordinance.

HOOPS SCHEDULE – Tonight’s local basketball games include Eaton at Northwest, Bridgeport at Decatur, Bowie at Boyd, Paradise at Nocona, Alvord at Chico and Saint Jo at Slidell.

CHICO LIBRARY EVENT – Kids are invited to join the after school science fun at the Chico Public Library 4 p.m. today. Participants will learn to make magic snow.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Topic will be “Brick Walls and Wrecking Balls” presented by Patti Gillespie. The meeting will include group sharing. Bring your laptop for hands-on practice. Free for members, $5 for visitors.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 tonight at Weatherford College Wise County. Speaker will be Dr. Davey Edwards, who will present a program on “The Outcome of the Red River Lawsuit, and Issues with the Rio Grande Border Wall.” Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with rosary said at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mary Taylor, 62, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery.

SERVICE for Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez, 22, of Artesia, N.M., is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.

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Decatur ISD to move 5th grade in fall


Decatur ISD fifth graders will not be on the district’s three elementary campuses next fall.
The district announced Monday that it will move the fifth grade to McCarroll Middle School’s sixth-grade campus on Eagle Drive. The campus will house fifth and sixth graders. The seventh and eighth grades will stay at the current campus on West Thompson Street.
Carson and Rann will become kindergarten through fourth-grade elementary campuses. Young Elementary will hold pre-kindergarten through fourth.
Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis informed the staff of the campus reconfigurations during Monday’s staff development.
“This is step one. There are many decisions to be made,” said Whitis about the move. “This is the big one with the logistics of moving, budgeting and staffing.”
Growth throughout the district played a role in the decision. Since the end of the 2016-17 school year in May, the district has added 198 students, hitting an enrollment of 3,371 last week. The district has added 20 since returning from the winter break.
“We have a golden opportunity because there is room at the sixth-grade campus. It buys us space at the elementary,” Whitis said.
Before the district opened its third elementary, Young, in the fall of 2010, fifth and sixth graders shared an intermediate school.
“Fifth and sixth grade go together well academically,” Whitis said. “There’s been an intermediate school here in the past.”
The move will also change how the campus is graded in the state accountability ratings. Its rating will be based on two grade levels instead of one.
Whitis said the announcement was met with positive feedback from the staff.
Throughout the spring, the administration plans to address staffing and scheduling for areas shared between the two campuses at McCarroll Middle School.

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Monday, January 15, 2018


6 HURT IN WRECK — Six people were transported to area hospitals following a two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 2123 Saturday afternoon. Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said that a car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto FM 2123 from County Road 3579 and crossed in front of an SUV on FM 2123. The wreck occurred around 4 p.m. The driver of the SUV was flown by air ambulance to Denton City Medical, and the three passengers were transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. A passenger in the car was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the driver was transported by ground ambulance to JPS. Two other passengers in the car were uninjured. Air Evac Lifeteam 68, PHI Air Medical, DPS, Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue 1 responded.

LARGE MARIJUANA BUST — A traffic stop Sunday afternoon led to a large marijuana bust near Rhome. Around 4 p.m., a Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a motor home at Texas 114 just east of U.S. 81/287. A subsequent search of the RV disclosed 677 pounds of high-grade marijuana, valued at more than $2 million. The driver, David Kwan, 59, and his passenger, Cuixin Chen, 46, both from Garden, Calif., were charged with felony possession with intent to deliver. They are believed to have been en route to Dallas.

LOW SNOW CHANCES — While Wise County is not included in a winter storm warning or advisory like areas south and east, we do have a 20-30 percent chance of snow overnight. Our area is under a hard freeze watch for Tuesday night when the temperature is expected to drop to 13 degrees with wind chill values between 6 and 11.

CHIEF HONORED — Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins was honored for 35 years with the city Friday at the annual city Employee Appreciation Banquet at the Decatur Conference Center. “Rex has always had the best interest of the city at heart,” said City Manager Brett Shannon, who presented the award. Police Sgt. Gerald Wright and library employee Linda Meador were honored for 25 years service and public works employee Bobby Brown received a 20 year award. More than 25 employees were honored at the event for five years or more service to the city.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET — The Wise County Democratic Party will hold its regular monthly meeting 6:30-7:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. All Democrats are invited to join in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Contact janetamos7@gmail.com.

MLK DAY CELEBRATION — The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration 6:30 p.m. today at St. Johns Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51 in Decatur.

FOOD HANDLERS COURSE — A two-hour food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wednesday at the Extension office, 206 S. State St. The class starts at 2 p.m. It’s taught in English, but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. Call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

SOCIETY MEETING — The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County. Speaker will be Dr. Davey Edwards, who will present a program on “The Outcome of the Red Ricer Lawsuit, and Issues with the Rio Grande Border Wall.” Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

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

NO DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP MEETING — The Diabetes Support Group hosted by Wise Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health that would normally meet tonight will not meet this month due to the high number of flu cases.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR RETIRING — Wise County commissioners Tuesday will discuss the upcoming retirement of Public Works Director Tom Goode. Goode, who has been with the county 24 years, has been the public works director for almost 20. Commissioners will discuss next steps to hire his replacement at their regular meeting, 9 a.m. tomorrow in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. The meeting is open to the public.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS — The Decatur dumpsite will close today for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. The other dumpsites (Boyd and Cottondale) will close on the following business day, Wednesday. All Wise County administrative offices will also be closed today.

NEW IN THE MESSENGER — Find out what you need to know to have a great week in Wise County. Read 5 Things to Know: The week ahead in Wise in the weekend paper. This week’s highlights: today is MLK Day, the filing period opens for school board and city council elections, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo opened, Decatur and Bridgeport will face off on the hardwood, and winter weather is on the way.

FUNERALS — Service for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Mary Taylor, 62, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6–8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jacklyn Murphree, 31, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

SERVICE for Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez, 22, of Artesia, N.M., is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jeffery Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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6 injured in wreck


Six people were transported to area hospitals following a two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 2123 Saturday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said that a car attempted to make a left-hand turn onto FM 2123 from County Road 3579 and crossed in front of an SUV on FM 2123. The wreck occurred around 4 p.m.

The driver of the SUV was flown by air ambulance to Denton City Medical, and the three passengers were transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. A passenger in the car was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the driver was transported by ground ambulance to JPS. Two other passengers in the car were uninjured.

Air Evac Lifeteam 68, PHI Air Medical, DPS, Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Wise County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue 1 responded.

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Friday, January 12, 2018


FIRE DESTROYS AURORA HOME – An Aurora couple’s home was destroyed by fire Thursday night. Just after 9:30 p.m. Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments were called to 403 Circle Del Rio Drive. Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said when his crews arrived there was heavy fire on the back side of the house, and fire was shooting over the roof. “We got hold of it and stopped it pretty quick,” Taylor said. He added that Newark and Boyd fire departments arrived on scene at the same time, which helped them get control of the blaze quickly. “To have that much fire and the wind blowing like it is, it’s amazing the structure is still standing,” Taylor said. The couple who lived in the home escaped without injury. Taylor said the residents saw smoke billowing from around the refrigerator, so they called 911 and got out of the house. Their names were not available on scene. In addition to Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments, Wise County medics were called to the scene and Haslet Fire Department covered the Newark FD’s district until they cleared the scene. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

MOTHER GIVEN 4-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CHILD ABUSE – A former Wise County resident was sentenced to prison Thursday after a jury returned a four-year verdict after finding her guilty of causing a broken leg in her 1-month-old child in November of 2015. Rachael Michelle Mainers, 26, of Azle, formerly of Chico, was found guilty of the state jail felony charge of criminal negligence injury to a child causes serious bodily injury. She had been charged by prosecutors with a second degree felony charge of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury, but the jury found her guilty of the lesser charge. But the jury also found that Mainers used a deadly weapon – her hands – while causing the injury, which enhanced the punishment range to a third degree felony of 2 to 10 years in prison. She was also eligible for probation. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

COLD WEEKEND AHEAD – Wise County saw brief snow flurries and sleet yesterday afternoon, but it did not cause any issues on roadways. A cold front dropped temperatures to around 20 overnight, and today’s high will be around 42. Saturday’s high will be around 38, and Sunday’s high is expected to reach 48. Overnight lows tonight and tomorrow should be in the mid- to low-20s.

SOCK HOP – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a Mother Son Sock Hop 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. The other dumpsites (Boyd and Cottondale) will close on the following business day, Wednesday Jan. 17.

8 DAYS IN PARADISE – This weekend is your last chance to see “Eight Days in Paradise,” a one-act play about the eight days Charles Urschel was held captive in Boss Shannon’s rundown farmhouse near Paradise. Urschel was kidnapped in 1933 from his Oklahoma City home at gunpoint by Machine Gun Kelly and Albert Bates. The play features local actors, including members of the Shannon family. The last two performances are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at wcmess.com/eightdays or at the door.

COMMUTERS BEWARE – Wise County commuters into Denton County could face potential delays Friday evening through Monday morning on Texas 114. The highway will be closed below the Farm Road 156 bridge, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. It is expected to be closed through Monday morning. In an email to Northwest ISD, the Texas Department of Transportation did not provide an expected completion time Monday. But it is expected to last through rush-hour traffic. FM 156 will remain open with limited flag crews to provide guidance if needed. Northwest ISD schools and facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newark Public Library.

FUNERALS – Service for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jacklyn Murphree, 31, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Samuel Black, 77, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Warren Reisch, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Fire destroys Aurora home


An Aurora couple’s home was destroyed by fire Thursday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m. Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments were called to 403 Circle Del Rio Drive.

Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said when his crews arrived there was heavy fire on the back side of the house, and fire was shooting over the roof.

“We got hold of it and stopped it pretty quick,” Taylor said. He added that Newark and Boyd fire departments arrived on scene at the same time, which helped them get control of the blaze quickly.

“To have that much fire and the wind blowing like it is, it’s amazing the structure is still standing,” Taylor said.

The couple who lived in the home escaped without injury. Taylor said the residents saw smoke billowing from around the refrigerator, so they called 911 and got out of the house. Their names were not available on scene.

In addition to Newark, Boyd and Rhome fire departments, Wise County medics were called to the scene and Haslet Fire Department covered the Newark FD’s district until they cleared the scene.

Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018


CHANCE FOR SNOW – Winter could make a return to Wise County this afternoon. After a seasonably warm day Wednesday, a strong cold front will arrive this morning with 25 to 30 mph winds. Moisture will follow in the afternoon after temperatures drop in the mid to low 30s, bringing a chance for sleet and snow. Forecasters are feeling increasingly confident that our area will see some sort of precipitation, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation this afternoon. “The strong winds will be the main story,” said Mark Fox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “During the afternoon, a band of light snow and sleet could move through between 3 and 6 p.m. We’re not expecting much accumulation or travel problems because the system will be move through so fast.” The wintry precipitation could cause a few issues on bridges and overpasses. Wise County is under both a winter weather advisory and a wind advisory today. After the front arrives, temperatures will remain cool through the upcoming weekend. The high Saturday is expected to be in the high 30s. Another round of wintry weather could hit the area Monday evening with another system arriving and low temperatures in the 20s. Fox said his office will be monitoring the developing system.

ROAD CLOSURE – Texas 114 will be closed at the railroad bridge in Bridgeport from 8 tonight to 5 a.m. Friday for bridge maintenance work.

COMMUTERS BEWARE – Wise County commuters into Denton County could face potential delays Friday evening through Monday morning on Texas 114. The highway will be closed below the Farm Road 156 bridge, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. It is expected to be closed through Monday morning. In an email to Northwest ISD, the Texas Department of Transportation did not provide an expected completion time Monday. But it is expected to last through rush-hour traffic. FM 156 will remain open with limited flag crews to provide guidance if needed. Northwest ISD schools and facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION – Before the opening of filing for candidates Jan. 17 for the May 5 election, Decatur ISD will hold an information session for prospective board members 6 tonight at the administration building. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis and trustees will take part in the session. The school board will have three spots on the ballot – the seats of Place 5 Matt Joiner, Place 6 Kevin Haney and Place 7 Marsha Hafer.

MLK DAY CELEBRATION – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Johns Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51 in Decatur.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will hold a citizens police academy beginning Feb. 6. The class is free, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. Applications are available at the DPD and at decaturtx.org and the department’s Facebook page. Call Sgt. Royce Gastineau, 940-393-0300.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Shade Plants” presented by Parker County Master Gardner Carol Welch. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

FUNERALS – Service for Jacklyn Murphree, 31, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Samuel Black, 77, of Chico is 1 p.m. Friday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Warren Reisch, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

SERVICE for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Chance for snow arrives Thursday afternoon


Winter could make a return to Wise County Thursday afternoon.
After a seasonably warm day Wednesday, a strong cold front will arrive in Thursday morning with 25 to 30 mph winds. Moisture will follow in the afternoon after temperatures drop in the mid to low 30s, bringing a slight chance for sleet and snow.
“The strong winds will be the main story,” said Mark Fox, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “During the afternoon, a band of light snow and sleet could move through between 3 and 6 p.m. We’re not expecting much accumulation or travel problems because the system will be move through so fast.”
The wintry precipitation could cause a few issues on bridges and overpasses.
After the front arrives, temperatures will remain cool through the upcoming weekend. The high Saturday is expected to be in the high 30s.
Another round of wintry weather could hit the area Monday evening with another system arriving and low temperatures in the 20s. Fox said his office will be monitoring the developing system. The forecast currently calls for a 20 percent chance of precipitation Monday night.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018


NORTHWEST TO ADJUST ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES – Northwest ISD will open a new middle school and elementary in the fall, meaning it’s time to adjust attendance boundaries. During Monday’s school board meeting, Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren reported a committee will start the process of adjusting attendance zones during its first meeting Jan. 18. The committee will also meet Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 before making recommendations to Northwest ISD trustees. Adams Middle School, located near Eaton High School off U.S. 81/287 and Blue Mound Road, will open in August along with the district’s 18th elementary – Lizzie Curtis, north of U.S. 81/287 east of Farm Road 156 and south of Bonds Ranch Road. The committee will not be looking at moving boundaries for the district’s three high schools – Eaton, Northwest and Byron Nelson. The opening of Adams will change the boundaries for Rhome’s Chisholm Trail Middle School, along with Tidwell and Wilson in the Haslet area. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE REGISTRATION – Registration for Spring 2018 classes at Weatherford College is ongoing. Courses for the spring semester begin on Friday, and students can register through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. A schedule of classes is available online at www.wc.edu. Weatherford College Wise County office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. WCWC will be closed on Monday, Jan. 15, for MLK Day. Call 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

HOOPS SCORES – Tuesday night basketball results include the following: (boys) Northwest 52, Aledo 46; Jacksboro 55, Boyd 40; Holliday 59, Paradise 29; Forestburg 61, Alvord 56; Slidell 69, Prairie Valley 57; (girls) Bridgeport 70, Gainesville 43; Sanger 41, Decatur 30; Jacksboro 57, Boyd 20; Paradise 38, Holliday 36; Alvord 47, Poolville 34; Slidell 48, Prairie Valley 30.

SOCK HOP – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a Mother Son Sock Hop 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

8 DAYS IN PARADISE – This weekend is your last chance to see “Eight Days in Paradise,” a one-act play about the eight days Charles Urschel was held captive in Boss Shannon’s rundown farmhouse near Paradise. Urschel was kidnapped in 1933 from his Oklahoma City home at gunpoint by Machine Gun Kelly and Albert Bates. The play features local actors, including members of the Shannon family. The last two performances are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at wcmess.com/eightdays or at the door.

STOCK SHOW TICKETS – 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show tickets are now available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets are for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 3. Tickets are $30 each, cash or check only. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County Administration Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

FUNERALS – Service for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Samuel Black, 77, of Chico is 1 p.m. Friday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Warren Reisch, 80, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018


HIGH NUMBER OF FLU CASES – Wise Health System in Decatur has seen a spike in flu cases in the past month. After just eight flu cases at the hospital in September and October combined, the number of positive cases of the virus spiked in December to 271. The number of patients arriving at the hospital with flu symptoms has not slowed in the new year. “It’s not falling off,” said Kellye Souther, Wise Health System emergency services director. Souther pointed out those numbers do not include cases treated at area doctor offices. Wise Health System is at capacity and is holding patients in the ER until rooms become available. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – Paradise Historical Society will meet for their regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex. 2018 officers will be elected and annual membership fees are due. New members are invited to join. Meetings are open to the public. Call Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691 for more information.

INFORMATION SESSION FOR BOARD CANDIDATES – Decatur ISD will hold an information session for prospective school board members 6 p.m. Thursday at the administration building. Candidates can begin filing for the May 5 school board election Jan. 17. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis and trustees will take part in the session. “We want to give people information about the district and go over the rules and responsibilities of trustees,” Whitis said. “It’s a proactive way to answer any questions before they file.”

ABWN MEETING – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to info@abwn.org by noon today. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Chip Hanakson is guest speaker. Bring business cards to network.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Shade Plants” presented by Parker County Master Gardner Carol Welch. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

GLITZY GIRLS – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is now taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event will be held April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205 and follow them on Facebook.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

FUNERALS – Service for Keith Young, 82, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Tommie McPike, 72, of Justin is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Harold Dean Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Monday, January 8, 2018


ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED – A Rhome man was arrested Sunday afternoon after robbing the Oliver Creek Store at 4880 Farm Road 2264 outside Rhome. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Vincent Benavidez, 31, walked into the store around 3 p.m. and demanded the money in the cash register. He was dressed in all black, carrying a camouflage backpack. After making his demand, he reached into his backpack as if he had a weapon. The clerk turned over the cash, and Benavidez fled. Akin said a passing motorist saw what was happening and reported a suspicious male fleeing on foot. Deputies detained Benavidez, who had the cash but no weapon. The amount of money stolen was unknown as of 7 p.m., according to Akin, but the sheriff expressed his appreciation for the actions of the passing witness. “We can accomplish so much more with help from the good folks of Wise County,” he said. Benavidez was arrested and charged with robbery. He was booked into the Wise County Jail, but his bond had not been set as of 8 a.m. Monday.

DECATUR TAKES ON HIRSCHI – The Decatur Eagles boys basketball team closes out non-district tonight with a showdown at Wichita Falls Hirschi at 7. The Eagles went 1-2 over the weekend at a tournament in Oklahoma. The Eagles beat Duncan 55-39 and then fell to 5A No. 1 Oklahoma City Northwest Classen 60-56. Cache clipped the Eagles 56-44 in the final game.

WCAD BOARD ELECTED – The Wise County Appraisal District board of directors have been elected as follows: Ray Cook, Bill Lewis, Gere Joiner, Kyle Erwin, Mike Hurd and Monte Shaw, Wise County tax assessor collector. The board is looking for people to serve on the appraisal review board for 2018. Visit the Wise County Appraisal District website for qualifications and application, iswdatacorp.azurewebsites.net/ Dropbox for Wise CAD.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

CITIZENS GROUP MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights, a group that is petitioning for an election to end involuntary annexation in the county, will meet 6 tonight at the Lion’s Club in Bridgeport. The meeting will include discussion of the petition, a free dinner and guest Pat Fallon.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic will be planning the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration which will take place at St. John’s Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Call 940-799-1077 for information.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Wise County Republicans will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace courtroom inside the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. The group will discuss details of the Red Gala coming up at the end of January and the start of the 2018 Republican Primary.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Tommie McPike, 72, of Justin is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Harold Graves, 78, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Robert Currie, 84, of Fort Worth and Harold D. Vess, 63, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Charles Orla Martin, 86, of Slidell is 1 p.m. today at Slidell Cemetery. Coker Funeral Home in Sanger is handling arrangements.

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Man robs Oliver Creek Store


BENAVIDEZ

By Kristen Tribe

A Rhome man was arrested Sunday afternoon after robbing the Oliver Creek Store at 4880 Farm Road 2264 outside Rhome.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Vincent Benavidez, 31, walked into the store around 3 p.m. and demanded the money in the cash register. He was dressed in all black, carrying a camouflage backpack. After making his demand, he reached into his backpack as if he had a weapon. The clerk turned over the cash, and Benavidez fled.

Akin said a passing motorist saw what was happening and reported a suspicious male fleeing on foot. Deputies detained Benavidez, who had the cash but no weapon. The amount of money stolen was unknown as of 7 p.m., according to Akin, but the sheriff expressed his appreciation for the actions of the passing witness.

“We can accomplish so much more with help from the good folks of Wise County,” he said.

Benavidez was arrested and charged with robbery. He was booked into the Wise County Jail, but his bond had not been set as of 7 p.m.

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Friday, January 5, 2018


STATUE FOR EDGEMON – A GoFundMe page is set up to raise money for a statue to honor retired Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon. The proposed life-size statue would be of Edgemon helping a child spray a fire hose – a tribute to the past, present and future. (See image on the GoFundMe page.) Possible locations for the statue are the city park or in front of the fire hall. The fundraising goal is $48,000. To contribute, go to www.gofundme.com/statue-fund-to-honor-fire-chief. Donations may also be mailed to Newark VFD, P.O. Box 478, Newark, TX 76071.

FRIDAY BASKETBALL LINEUP – The basketball schedule for tonight includes (boys) Alvord at Bryson, Boyd at City View, Bridgeport at Fort Worth Country Day, Tioga at Chico, Decatur at Muenster, Chisholm Trail at Northwest, Paradise at Henrietta, (girls) Perrin at Alvord, Jacksboro at Boyd, Argyle at Bridgeport, Muenster at Chico, Decatur at Krum, Chisholm Trail at Northwest and Paradise at Henrietta.

WEEKEND RAIN CHANCES – Rain chances return to this weekend’s forecast with a 40 percent chance of rain on Sunday. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s through the weekend.

3 HURT IN SLIDELL WRECK – Three people were injured in a two vehicle wreck around 8 a.m. Thursday near the Slidell school campus. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said a Jeep driven by Caitlin Pruitt, 21, was southbound on a driveway near the elementary school when she apparently failed to yield at the intersection with County Road 2822. She struck a southbound 1962 Ford F-250 vehicle driven by Stone Coston, 17, who was on his way to school. Both drivers and a passenger in Coston’s vehicle, his 13-year-old sister Jaden, were injured. Pruitt and Jaden Coston were taken by ambulance to Denton Regional Hospital. Stone Coston was taken by private vehicle to the same hospital. Womack said the injuries were “serious, but not life-threatening.” He said Pruitt may have been blinded by the sun and didn’t see the other vehicle.

CITIZENS GROUP MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights, a group that is petitioning for an election to end involuntary annexation in the county, will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Lion’s Club in Bridgeport. The meeting will include discussion of the petition, a free dinner and guest Pat Fallon.

BLOOD DRIVE – A Carter BloodCare blood drive will be held 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. today at Decatur Wal-Mart. Donors will receive a t-shirt and a ticket voucher for a Dallas Mavericks game.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., at a new time of 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

FUNERALS – Service for Edward Miller, 66, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jesse Coker, 94, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Rosas, 51, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Lions Club. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for John White, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Andre Silmon of Dallas and Freddie Belote, 69, and Willis “Bill” Knight, 88, both of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dennis V. Walton, 94, of Azle is 11 a.m. today at Azle Church of Christ with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Charles Bert Boydstun, 76, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the graveside at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home in Burkburnett.

SERVICE for Billy G. Reed, 87, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Alta “Corky” Cate, 89, of Justin is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Justin with burial at Justin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. DeBerry Funeral Directors are handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Marion Kurosky, 80, is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God in Fort Worth. White Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Norma Aline Parrish, 81, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Graham. She was the mother of Keith Cornell of Decatur.

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