Monday, June 29, 2015


SLOW BURNING FIRE DESTROYS HOME – Fire destroyed a home just east of Decatur around midday Saturday. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said it was actually the second fire at the house in a three or four day time frame. He said he thinks the original fire in the single-side mobile home started Wednesday or Thursday and was discovered on Friday. The Decatur Fire Department came out and extinguished the fire Friday afternoon, and Beard said that although it had sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, it was still salvageable. Then, the department received a second call around noon Saturday that the fire had rekindled. Decatur responded along with Greenwood/Slidell and Bridgeport fire departments and Wise County EMS. The second fire resulted in the trailer being a total loss, Beard said. He said both fires were caused by electrical malfunctions. The home’s occupants had been gone for about a week-and-a-half. The home is owned by Martha Bible.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 1.15 inches in Alvord, 0.5 in Greenwood and 0.26 in Bridgeport and Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of rain with a high of 92.

GOSPEL OPRY – The regular monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward museum expenses.

TRACK RESURFACING APPROVED – The Alvord School Board last Thursday voted to approve the estimated $148,800 resurfacing of the high school track. The project is expected to be completed by July 28 of this year and comes with a five-year warranty. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

CLASS REUNION – The Chico High School Class of 1955 will have a luncheon at Julio’s in downtown Chico 11 a.m. July 11. Bring photos, stories and money for your own lunch. Any upper or lower classmates are also welcome to join them or stop by.

PENMANSHIP CLASS – The Decatur Public Library is having a penmanship class 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays June 15 through July 27. Writers of all ages are welcome, and supplies will be provided, including modern fountain pens. The class will teach American cursive and make your handwriting more legible. The class is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or by calling 940-393-0290.

TRANSPORTATION FACILITY – Northwest ISD hopes to break ground next month on a transportation complex on the site of its future Wise County high school in Rhome. The district is planning to build a complex to house up to 50 buses and to build a pair of offices, a meeting room, gas pumps and a shop on the two acres located off County Road 4651. The district is also working with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, which will use the facility as a substation. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville, formerly of Chico and Paradise, will be private at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Alice Frances Conner, 81, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Addie Ruth Green-Steele, 77, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 5-6 p.m.

SERVICE for Ruth Ezzell, 75 of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, June 26, 2015


RAIN CHANCES RETURN – A warm day is in store for Wise County. Today’s high is expected to be 93 with heat index values close to 100. The forecast also includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms overnight tonight and a high temperature of 84 Saturday.

LAKE LEVEL - Lake Bridgeport is almost back to its optimal level. As of 7 a.m., the lake stood at an elevation of 836.35 feet, just 0.35 of a foot above conservation level. Tarrant Regional Water District had decreased the rate of discharge from the lake to 602 cubic feet per second. The lake is open.

30 YEARS WITH WISE – Wise County Treasurer Katherine Hudson celebrates her 30th anniversary with the county today. Hudson started work as a clerk in the treasurer’s office in 1985 and is currently serving her fifth term in the elected post.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET - Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.

HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS – Paint for a Purpose, Plant for a Cause, an event to raise awareness for hydrocephalus is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The River Church, 1901 S. Trinity in Decatur. Enjoy food, fun and painting while learning about the lifelong effects of this incurable brain condition. Participants can paint a flower pot, take home a seed pack and plant a seed of hope. Hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will also be for sale. Call 940-627-3747.

YOUTH SPORTS – Chico Youth Football and Cheer signups are 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart. Call Monty Forbus at 940-393-5095.

SPLASH DAY – The Rhome Fire Department Splash Day fundraising event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the fire department, 261 N. School Road. All day play on water slides is $2. The event will also feature cotton candy, food, vendors, door prizes and raffles.

EXTENSION MEETING – The Greenwood Education Extension meeting is 11 a.m. today at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220 or Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob”/”B.C.” Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015


NRS WAREHOUSE SEVERELY DAMAGED - The cause of the fire at the new National Roper’s Supply facility south of Decatur yesterday morning remains under investigation by Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the warehouse sustained severe fire and structural damage, while 100 percent of the building sustained smoke damage. Decatur firefighters were dispatched to the fire just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning at the store. A water pipe burst in the building during the fire, leading to reports of a sprinkler system possibly dousing the flames. Richardson said that the building has no sprinkler system, and the burst pipe did little to stop the fire.

ROTARY FUNDRAISER – Chili’s Decatur will be hosting a Give Back Event today benefiting the Decatur Rotary Club. A percentage of your total will be donated to the club if you present your server with a flier that can be printed out from the Decatur Rotary Facebook page.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICAL – All Bridgeport ISD athletes who will be in the 7th, 9th or 11th grade in August must have a new physical on file before starting a sport in the 2015-16 school year. Any BISD student who suffered a broken bone, a concussion, a major illness or a surgery during the 2014-15 school year or summer of 2015 must also have a physical before being allowed to participate in a sport. BISD recommends all athletes get a physical every year. Physicals will be held at the high school training room on July 23 with girls at 5 p.m. and boys at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20, cash only.

YOUTH SPORTS – Chico Youth Football and Cheer signups are 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart. Call Monty Forbus at 940-393-5095.

SPLASH DAY – The Rhome Fire Department Splash Day fundraising event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the fire department, 261 N. School Road. All day play on water slides is $2. The event will also feature cotton candy, food, vendors, door prizes and raffles.

BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Decatur EDC is having a retail and professional business breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Alysia Cook with Opportunity Strategies LLC, and her topic is customer service excellence. RSVP to 940-393-0350 or iburnett@decatur-edc.com.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – Fabric in any color or length is needed for North Texas Stockings for Soldiers. It does not need to be Christmas material. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220.

HAT DONATIONS – Senior Care and Rehab in Decatur is seeking red hats for their ladies social. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800 or drop off at 701 West Bennett Road.

ART CONTEST – The Chisholm Trail Days Planning Committee is calling artists age 15 and older to participate in the first Chisholm Trail Days Art Contest. The winning artwork will be used for the official 2015 Chisholm Trail Days Festival poster and banners. Artwork must be original and communicate the artist’s depiction of any or all of the many facets of the historic Chisholm Trail. All types of work are welcome, including traditional, contemporary, impressionist, abstract, photography and digital two-dimension. All entries must be submitted as a JPEG on a CD and dropped off or postmarked by July 1 to Decatur Main Street, 106 S. Trinity St., Decatur TX 76234. The winning artist will be notified by Aug. 1. Call Frieda Haley, Decatur Main Street, 940-393-0340.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob”/”B.C.” Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne “EZ” Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. today at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


NRS FIRE – Decatur firefighters were dispatched to a fire just before 7 a.m. at the new NRS facility south of the city. First reports indicated black smoke coming from the shipping and receiving area. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson asked for assistance from Rhome and East Wise Fire Departments. Decatur sent an engine and tanker to the scene. First reports indicated an in-house sprinkler system may have stopped the fire, but a deputy sheriff at the scene said that black smoke was billowing from the building at 7 a.m. Richardson reported at 7:10 that firefighters inside the facility had “knocked down” the flames and there had been no extension of the fire. Richardson asked Wise County dispatch to send the county fire marshal to the scene. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxCOMMISSIONERS ON THE ROAD – A large crowd attended last night’s mobile commissioners meeting in Alvord. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns updated citizens on the condition of roads following more than 20 inches of rain in the last 45 days. He said there are still four roads that are “completely impassable,” in his precinct, and he warned drivers to be careful because there are still 75 holes marked only with a cone. He said some of those have a 20-foot drop-off. Burns noted that before the immense rainfall, he planned to seal coat 17 miles of road this summer, but those plans have been temporarily derailed due to the time and expense required to repair the washed out roads. Other speakers last night included County Judge J.D. Clark, County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw and state Rep. Phil King. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

CLOSED FOR REPAIR – County Road 2224 near the intersection of County Road 2215 in Precinct 1 will be closed for one week, starting today. County Engineer Chad Davis said a bridge is being repaired.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging needs volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to eligible Meals on Wheels participating seniors. Volunteers not only deliver meals but also monitor the welfare of clients on their routes. Volunteers must be licensed, insured, pass a background check and be at least 18 years old. Training and orientation is provided. WCCA has other volunteer roles as well. Call 940-627-5329.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas meets 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 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. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

RODEO CHALLENGE FOR WARM – The Decatur Rodeo Team is challenging the Paradise Rodeo Team for donations to Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). If you would like to help the Decatur Rodeo Team, donations can be dropped off at Decatur Visitors Center and at Sam’s Hairquarters. There is also a drop off container available at the back door of the Decatur Visitors Center after hours for drop off. Donations will be accepted until the end of June. More information is available at www.facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam and www.facebook.com/paradisehsrodeo.

EXTENSION MEETING - The Greenwood Education Extension meeting is 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220 or Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997.

GREGG TO BE HONORED - The Wise County Historical Commission and Wise County Historical Society will meet Thursday at the Heritage Museum and then honor Rosalie Mann Gregg for more than 50 years of the service to both groups. The commission meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a sandwich lunch at noon. Call the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today if you plan to eat lunch. The society will meet at 12:30 followed by a plaque dedication to Gregg at 2 p.m. outside the museum. A reception will follow.

READER’S CHOICE – The Wise County Messenger’s annual Reader’s Choice awards special section featuring businesses and individuals voted to be the best among their peers by Messenger readers is included in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob” R. Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne “EZ” Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


LAKES WILL REOPEN TODAY – Both Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake will re-open to boat traffic at 10 this morning, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District. Boaters and other recreational users are encouraged to use extreme caution over the next several days, as some floating debris and submerged structures may be present. As of 7 a.m., Lake Bridgeport stood at 836.92 feet, just less than a foot above conservation level.

BOARD APPROVES PRESS BOX RENOVATION – The Decatur School Board last night approved a renovation project to double the size of the press box at Eagle Stadium. J&D Dodd Construction submitted the low bid of $193,668 and was awarded the contract by a 3-1 vote. The work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1.

SCAM ALERT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last week about an unknown suspect claiming to be with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office calling about a warrant for the complainant’s arrest. The complainant was told she had 24 hours to pay a fine, and she was instructed to send payment in the form of a money gram. She was given a phone number to make arrangements for payments. When she called the number, the suspect answered saying, “legal department.” The sheriff’s office does not do business this way, and money grams are not an acceptable form of payment. If you believe you may have a warrant, you can verify this by contacting the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.

NISD APPROVES BUDGET – Northwest ISD trustees approved a $388.9 million budget Monday night. Trustees also gave Superintendent Karen Rue a 2 percent raise.

DECATUR, SLIDELL PLACE IN LONE STAR CUP – Decatur High School finished eighth in Class 4A in the final Lone Star Cup standings. Slidell finished ninth in Class A.

SLEEP WELLNESS – The Wise Regional Sleep Wellness Center, on the West Campus, will have a sleep wellness class 6-7 tonight. There will be a presentation on how to sleep better and wake more rested. The class also will cover symptoms and treatments for common sleep disorders. Call Rhonda Beam, 214-980-3128.

PARENT CAFE – Parent Cafe will be held at the Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro St. on the Chico Square, 940-644-2330, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Child care is available. Topic is “Understanding Feelings.”

GREGG TO BE HONORED – The Wise County Historical Commission and Wise County Historical Society will meet Thursday at the Heritage Museum and then honor Rosalie Mann Gregg for more than 50 years of the service to both groups. The commission meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a sandwich lunch at noon. Call the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to eat lunch. The society will meet at 12:30 followed by a plaque dedication to Gregg at 2 p.m. outside the museum. A reception will follow.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County Commissioners Court “On the Road” is 7 tonight at Alvord City Hall, 215 West Elm St. Commissioner Kevin Burns will give a report on projects and issues in Precinct 2, and County Judge J.D. Clark will discuss countywide projects. Also on the agenda are Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw, who will explain the One Sticker vehicle registration program and state Rep. Phil King, who will give an update on the recent legislative session. There will be a time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

FUNERALS – Service for John C. Hunter, 94, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for James “Bob” R. Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Alvin Loyd Strange, 70, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

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Monday, June 22, 2015


RAU GETS LIFE FOR MURDER – It took a Wise County jury less than 20 minutes Friday morning to deliver their sentence of life in prison to Kris Rau for the murder of his girlfriend. The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine. Both were the maximum sentence that could be given for the charge of murder. Following the trial, children of the victim, Lianne Murray, were given a chance to speak directly to Rau. “You showed no remorse, and I’m glad the jury showed you no compassion,” said Murray’s daughter, Allisyn Ramirez. Murray’s son, Daniel, also spoke directly to Rau, saying, “You are a coward.” Murray died at her Boonsville home in April of last year. A complete story is featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – While it wasn’t much, parts of Wise County saw some rainfall this weekend, including 0.24 of an inch in Bridgeport and 0.05 in Decatur. The forecast should remain rain-free this week before rain chances return this weekend.

COLLECTING FOR WARM – Rhome Best Value Pharmacy, 400 S. Main, in Rhome is collecting donations for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). Donations may be dropped off at the pharmacy Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES IN BOYD – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Boyd on the 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.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s June luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Decatur Civic Center. Representative Phil King is guest speaker. RSVP by calling the chamber office at 940-627-3107

GOLF FOR CHARITY – The 4th Annual Wise Electric Cooperative Golf Tournament benefiting WEC Helping Hands Charities is Friday at The Club at Runaway Bay Golf Course. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The 4-Man Scramble will feature contests, lunch and door prizes. Register your team or individual at Wise Electric Cooperative or call 940-627-2167 and ask for Bill, Bryan or Tony.

HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS – Paint for a Purpose, Plant for a Cause, an event to raise awareness for hydrocephalus is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The River Church, 1901 S. Trinity in Decatur. Enjoy food, fun and painting while learning about the lifelong effects of this incurable brain condition. Participants can paint a flower pot, take home a seed pack and plant a seed of hope. Hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will also be for sale. Call 940-627-3747.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight at city hall beginning with a workshop at 5:30. Monthly reports will be given for planning, public works and fire departments. The regular meeting at 6 includes a public hearing on planning and zoning issues, extension of the initial period study for EDC Project Sidekick, a land lease agreement for construction of two aircraft hangars and a request to close two streets for the Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo Parade Aug. 22.

ALL-WISE TEAM – The weekend Messenger on newsstands now features the All-Wise County Baseball and Softball Teams.

FUNERALS – Service for James Childress, 68, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ronnie W. Jackson, 74, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Morgan Wayne Ezzell, 46, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Alvin Strange, 70, of Decatur and Opal Dawson, 77, of Chico are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Reidl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is 1:30 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Rau sentenced to life for murder


Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

It took a Wise County jury less than 20 minutes Friday morning to deliver their sentence of life in prison to Kris Rau for the murder of his girlfriend. The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine. Both were the maximum sentence that could be given for the charge of murder. Following the trial, children of the victim, Lianne Murray, were given a chance to speak directly to Rau. “You showed no remorse, and I’m glad the jury showed you no compassion,” said Murray’s daughter, Allisyn Ramirez. Murray’s son, Daniel, also spoke directly to Rau, saying, “You are a coward.” Murray died at her Boonsville home in April of last year. A complete story will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Friday, June 19, 2015


CLARK ELECTED TO NCTCOG BOARD – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark was elected Thursday to the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board. He was nominated by Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns for the seat representing “a county of less than 75,000″ and was elected to the two-year term at NCTCOG’s general assembly in Hurst. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

ROADS CLOSURE LIST GROWS – Nearly 40 roads in the county remain closed this morning due to flooding brought on by Wednesday’s rainfall. Four more roads were added to the closure list yesterday, including FM 2265 at CR 1660, CR 2560, FM 730 north of the armory and CR 4460 east of CR 4463. The complete list will be published in the online Update at WCMessenger.com.

  • CR 4421
  • CR 2311
  • FM 2264@Kemps
  • CR 4734
  • FM 1658
  • Cemetery Rd. Decatur
  • CR 2513 @ Denton Creek
  • FM 1655 Alvord & Chico
  • CR 2395/287
  • Co. Line Rd/ ¼ S. of 380
  • 1590 W. of CR 1593
  • CR 1700
  • Texas 101/FM 3264
  • CR 1650
  • CR 2650/2750
  • FM 2265 @ CR 1660
  • CR 2395/Hwy 287
  • CR 4757/VAN Meter
  • CR 4899 – Sink Hole
  • FM 730 N. Boyd
  • CR 4668/Bobo Crossing
  • CR 3250
  • FM 2123/3340
  • 3225
  • 3381/Garrett Creek
  • FM 920/CR 3424
  • 3259
  • 2123@ 3581
  • 2123 @ 3550
  • 3225/3332
  • 2123 @ Cottonwood
  • School House /3388
  • CR 3390
  • CR 3470
  • Saddle Ridge Ct. – Sink Hole.

LAKE RELEASING WATER – At 6 a.m., Tarrant Regional Water District was releasing water from Lake Bridgeport at a rate of 7,496 cubic feet per second, helping to decrease the lake elevation to 838.78 after it peaked at around 839 feet yesterday. Conservation level is 836 feet. The lake remains closed to boat traffic. Although the rate of release has decreased since yesterday, there is still a threat of more flooding downstream along the West Fork of the Trinity River.

WASTEWATER SPILL – Heavy rainfall Wednesday led to another spill at Decatur’s wastewater facility on Bennett Road Wednesday night around 8 p.m., the city reported. The spill of an estimated 800,000 gallons of water affects areas downstream on Center Creek. The city has notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as required by law.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County Commissioners Court “On the Road” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Alvord City Hall, 215 West Elm St. Commissioner Kevin Burns will give a report on projects and issues in Precinct 2, and County Judge J.D. Clark will discuss countywide projects. Also on the agenda are Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw, who will explain the One Sticker vehicle registration program and state Rep. Phil King, who will give an update on the recent legislative session. There will be a time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The annual Juneteenth Celebration begins 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur with face painting, singing and other children’s activities. Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur followed by a block party featuring a DJ, barbecue and a bake sale at Willis Park at 12:30 p.m. To participate in the parade, call Robert Johnson at 940-210-4924.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur will be closed today.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Brian Keith Massey, 33, of Montague. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for James L. Outlaw, 65, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Doyle B. Goodwin, 81, of Saratoga, Ark., formerly of Boyd, is 1 p.m. Saturday in Saratoga with burial at the Goodwin Family Cemetery.

SERVICE for Anna Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is 1:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Jackie McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy L. Cross, 81, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. today at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015


BILL BRINGS FLOODING – Tropical Depression Bill slowly moved across the area yesterday, bringing heavy rain all day long. Rainfall totals included 7.2 inches in Decatur, 6.5 in Paradise, 6.25 in Cottondale, 5.36 in Rhome, 4.7 in Alvord and 4.6 in Bridgeport. By yesterday afternoon, flooding was occurring across the county. Emergency personnel responded to at least a dozen high water rescues of people trapped in their cars by rising water. There were no reports of serious injuries. The Chico and Alvord areas seemed to be hit particularly hard by flooding. Several homes in the 100 block of West Kentucky Street in Chico had to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to rising flood waters. Chico firefighters, Wise County EMS and local law enforcement officers helped carry several children to safety. No one was injured. Red Cross was called to assist the families. Not far away on Farm Road 1810 near the entrance to Hanson Aggregates, two vehicles could be seen with only the very top of the roof showing on each vehicle. There were no reports of injuries in the incident. At one point, approximately 100 Oncor customers in Chico were without power due to flooding, and several city streets were closed. Today’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of heavy rain, and Wise County remains under a flood warning.

RAU FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER – A Wise County jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours Wednesday before finding Kris Rau guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Lianne Murray, in April of 2014 at her Boonsville home. The punishment phase before the jury was supposed to begin immediately, but it was delayed after Rau’s defense attorney, Tim Cole, fell ill while the jury was deliberating and was taken to Wise Regional Health System. The punishment phase of the trial has now been set for Friday morning. Rau is facing 5-99 years or life and up to a $10,000 fine.

ROADS CLOSED – Numerous roads around the county were closed yesterday due to flooding. That included Saddle Ridge Court near Springtown where water washed out the road, leaving a canyon-like ditch in its place. It also cut off four families from the only way in and out of their neighborhood. The sheriff’s office has provided the following list of road closures:

CR 4421

CR 2311

FM 2264@Kemps

CR 4734

FM 1658

Cemetery Rd. Decatur

CR 2513 @ Denton Creek

FM 1655 Alvord & Chico

CR 2395/287

  1. Co. Line Rd/ ¼ S. of 380

1590 W. of CR 1593

CR 1700

Texas 101/FM 3264

CR 1650

CR 2650/2750

FM 2265 @ CR 1660

CR 2395/Hwy 287

CR 4757/VAN Meter

CR 4899 – Sink Hole

FM 730 N. Boyd

CR 4668/Bobo Crossing

CR 3250

FM 2123/3340

3225

3381/Garrett Creek

FM 920/CR 3424

3259

2123@ 3581

2123 @ 3550

3225/3332

2123 @ Cottonwood

School House /3388

CR 3390

CR 3470

Saddle Ridge Ct. – Sink Hole.

LAKE CLOSED – Due to yesterday’s heavy rainfall, Lake Bridgeport is once again on the rise. As of 7 a.m., the lake stood at an elevation of 838.93, or 2.93 feet above conservation level. The lake was closed to boat traffic last night at 6 and remains closed today. Water was being discharged at a rate of 9,007 cubic feet per second at 3 a.m. this morning. According to the Tarrant Regional Water District, the lake is expected to crest around 839.03 this morning.

WRECK CAUSES POWER OUTAGE – More than 1,000 people were left without power in Decatur after a car hit a utility pole along Farm Road 51 South Wednesday. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 1,200 customers were without electricity. Customers without power included the Wise County Animal Shelter and Wise Regional Health System. The shelter closed for the remainder of the day, but the hospital kept operating with backup generators. WRHS’ Shannon Puphal said there was no concern with the operation of critical equipment, and the hospital has enough fuel to operate the generators for several days. Some Wednesday classes and lessons at Fit-N-Wise were canceled.

DECATUR WRECK – A two-car accident forced a Chevrolet pickup truck off of the overpass at the Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287 intersection yesterday morning. One man and two dogs were in the pickup truck, and the man was transported to Wise Regional Health System with unknown injuries. The other car involved was carrying three individuals who were transported from the scene.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Devon’s Second Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday at the Cross Timbers Course in Azle. Proceeds will benefit United Way. Cost is $400 for a 4 man team and includes lunch. To register, call 210-288-0441 or email Kari.Newton@dvn.com.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson, in Decatur is having an antique car show 3-5 p.m. Saturday. There will be hot dogs and drinks. First, second and third-place plaques will be awarded by popular vote.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Brian Keith Massey, 33, of Montague. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for James L. Outlaw, 65, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Callen Jace Little, 9, son of Michael and Tasha Little of Decatur, is 11 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jackie McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Saundra Lou Taylor, 70, of North Richland Hills is 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy L. Cross, 81, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Flooding in Chico


Several homes in the 100 block of West Kentucky Street in Chico had to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to rising flood waters. Chico firefighters, Wise County EMS and local law enforcement officers helped carry several children to safety. No one was injured. Red Cross was called to assist the families. Not far away on Farm Road 1810 near the entrance to Hanson Aggregates, two vehicles could be seen with only the very top of the roof showing on each vehicle. There were no reports of injuries in the incident. That was just one of at least a dozen high water rescues emergency personnel responded to Wednesday as Tropical Depression Bill dropped heavy rain on Wise County all day long. Several places in Chico had flowing water over the road, including the intersection of FM 1810 and Texas 101 and FM 1810 near Robinson Park near downtown Chico.

Children rescued from a home in Chico wait in the back on an ambulance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Children rescued from a home in Chico wait in the back of an ambulance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

Only the tops of two cars are visible above the flood waters on FM 1810 east of Chico. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Only the tops of two cars are visible above the flood waters on FM 1810 east of Chico.
Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

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Bill brings torrential rain, flooding


Tropical Depression Bill dumped rainfall across Wise County Wednesday, leading to serious flooding and a series of water rescues late in the day.

As of 5 p.m. several water rescues from vehicles and homes were underway and numerous roads were closed. Intense flood waters swept through Chico, creating a raging river at Farm Road 1810 and Texas 101. Parts of 1810 are closed as are Decatur Street, Weatherford Street and Buffalo Street. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 100 customers in Chico are without power due to flooding.

Harwood Park in Bridgeport is flooded, and there are multiple street closures including: the 500 block of Cates Street, 600-900 blocks of Cates, 800-1200 blocks of Hovey Street, 1200 block of 2nd Street, and 200-800 blocks of Turkey Creek Trail.

Other roads closed in the county as of 5 p.m. include County Road 4757 at Van Meter, County Road 1590 west of County Road 1593, County Road 1700, County Road 3250 at Goalaz Crossing, Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3340, the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Navigator Truck Stop, Texas 101 north of Farm Road 1810, Farm Road 3259 and Farm Road 2265.

Wise County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard advised residents to stay off the roadways.

“It’s like ice and snow,” he said. “If you don’t need to be out, stay at home.”

Flooding is expected to continue across the county for the next two days. Beard said after the rainfall stops, he expects flood waters to recede in some areas, but low-lying areas and those near the West Fork of the Trinity River will likely remain underwater for a period of time, especially as water is released from Lake Bridgeport.

Tarrant Regional Water District closed the lake to boat traffic at 6 p.m. Wednesday and was releasing water at a rate of 6,336 cfs at 4 p.m. Beard said it usually takes 12 to 18 hours after a significant discharge from the lake for flooding to occur downstream.

 

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Jury finds Rau guilty of murder


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A Wise County jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours Wednesday before finding Kris Rau guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Lianne Murray, in April of 2014 at her Boonsville home. The punishment phase before the jury was supposed to begin immediately, but it has been delayed after Rau’s defense attorney, Tim Cole, fell ill while the jury was deliberating and was taken to Wise Regional Health System. The punishment phase of the trial has now been set for Friday morning. Rau is facing 5-99 years of life and up to a $10,000 fine.

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More than 1,000 without power in Decatur


More than 1,000 people are without power in Decatur after a car hit a utility pole along Farm Road 51 South Wednesday.

Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 1,200 customers are without electricity. It should be restored by 5 p.m.

Customers without power include the Wise County Animal Shelter and Wise Regional Health System. The shelter will be closed for the remainder of the day, but the hospital is operating with backup generators.

WRHS’ Shannon Puphal said there is no concern with the operation of critical equipment, and the hospital has enough fuel to operate the generators for several days.

Some classes and lessons at Fit-N-Wise have been canceled.

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Accident forces truck off overpass


BREAKING — A two-car accident forced a Chevrolet pickup truck off of the overpass at the Farm Road 51 and US 287 intersection. One man and two dogs were in the pickup truck, and the man was transported to Wise Regional Health System with injuries unknown at the time of posting. The other car involved was carrying three individuals who were transported from the scene.

 

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Power outage reported in South Wise


More than 1,000 customers are without electricity in south Wise County. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said Wednesday 1,350 customers in Rhome, Aurora, Newark and Boyd are without electricity due to a line being down in Boyd. Crews are working to repair the line, and power should be restored by 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015


BILL BRINGING PLENTY OF RAIN – Tropical Depression Bill moved into north Texas this morning, bringing steady rain that is expected to stick around all day. A flood watch has been issued for Wise County through tomorrow evening with 2-4 inches of rain expected with this system. The National Weather Service cautions that areas near rivers that flooded with last month’s heavy rainfall could flood again. The sheriff’s office reminds people not to move barricades or drive through high water. As of 7:30 a.m., local rainfall totals included 1.37 inches in Decatur, 0.79 in Rhome, 0.75 in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Cottondale, 0.3 in Paradise and 0.2 in Alvord.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxELECTIONS OFFICE CLOSED – The Wise County Elections/Voter Registrar office will be closed through tomorrow for training. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Friday. Emergency contact is Sabra Srader, Elections Administrator, 940-577-7601.

WORLD RECORD – Fit-N-Wise in Decatur is participating in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Thursday. Registration is 9 a.m., and the lesson, open to all ages, starts at 10 a.m. Families will be participating in similar events around the world to set a Guinness World Record. For information, visit WLSL.org.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 27th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Father’s Day Golf Tournament is Friday at the Decatur Golf Club. Entry fee for the 4 Man Scramble is $280 per team. Space is limited. Call the chamber office to reserve a team spot, 940-627-3107.

COLLECTING FOOD – Wise County Title Co., 405 Park West Court, in Decatur is collecting food for Wise Area Relief Mission now through Tuesday, June 23. On the 23rd, they will have a bake sale benefiting WARM.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce June 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.

HIRING EVENT – Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas is having a free hiring event 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 West Hale Ave., in Decatur. Bring a resume.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur will be closed Friday.

TRAILBLAZER EVENT – The Bridgeport Public Library will have the TAME Trailblazer in the library parking lot and available for touring 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The Trailblazer (created by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) is an exciting museum-on-wheels with a variety of fun, interactive exhibits about science and engineering. This library visit is sponsored by the Tocker Foundation. Bring an old oversized T-shirt to make your own super-hero cape that you can decorate and customize just for you at an ongoing crafts workshop in the meeting room. There will also be three Pirate Storytimes, in the Jackson Room, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Library programs are free. Call the library at 940-683-3450.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Emily Renee Smith, the infant daughter of Yessica Rodriguez and Nathan Smith of Decatur, is 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Brian Keith Massey, 33, of Montague and James L. Outlaw, 65, of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Billy Jackson, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Callen Jace Little, 9, son of Michael and Tasha Little of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jackie McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Saundra Lou Taylor, 70, of North Richland Hills is 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy L. Cross, 81, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. Friday at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015


BOARD GETS STARTED ON BOND PROJECTS – Decatur School Board dug into 2015 bond projects Monday night, awarding multiple bids. Board members approved purchasing 26 buses from Blue Bird for $2.3 million. The purchase includes four activity buses at a cost of $105,212 each, five special needs buses for $90,225 each and 17 regular buses at $86,440 each. They awarded James Wood Motors the bid for four sports utility vehicles – two full-size and two mid-size – for a total cost of $113,316. Bids were also awarded for tennis court construction and ag facility surveillance cameras. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

Royalty Rip OffJUDGE, SHERIFF TEAM UP TO COMBAT MENTAL ILLNESS – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a resolution authorizing County Judge J.D. Clark and Sheriff David Walker to work together on the National Association of Counties “Stepping Up” initiative, which addresses mental illness in jails. Clark said the effort is aimed at reducing the number of people in jail with mental illness and making sure they get the help they need. “Nationwide there are two million people in jail with mental health issues,” he said. “This will allow counties to take a good look at the jail population and put together a group of people who would have knowledge of these issues and see where the gaps in services are. It shouldn’t be put on the sheriff’s office to be a holding place for those with mental health issues.” Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PUBLIC MEETING ON ROADS – The Texas Department of Transportation will have a public meeting 6-8 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center to discuss options for the intersection of Farm Road 1810 and U.S. 81/287, just north of Decatur. There will not be a formal presentation. The meeting is an open house, allowing visitors to come and go. The purpose of the project is to identify a long-term solution to improve the safety and operation of the intersection.

RAIN ON ITS WAY – Tropical Storm Bill is expected to bring rain to our area over the next couple of days. Due to the potential for heavy rain and rainfall totals of 2-4 inches with isolated higher amounts, a flash flood watch has been issued for Wise County through Thursday night. Rainfall totals from last night included 1.4 inches in Cottondale, 0.75 in Alvord, 0.5 in Paradise, 0.37 in Decatur and 0.27 in Rhome.

TRAILBLAZER EVENT – The Bridgeport Public Library will have the TAME Trailblazer in the library parking lot and available for touring 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. The Trailblazer (created by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering) is an exciting museum-on-wheels with a variety of fun, interactive exhibits about science and engineering. This library visit is sponsored by the Tocker Foundation. Bring an old oversized T-shirt to make your own super-hero cape that you can decorate and customize just for you at an ongoing crafts workshop in the meeting room. There will also be three Pirate Storytimes, in the Jackson Room, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Library programs are free. Call the library at 940-683-3450.

FOSSILS, ROCKS AND MINERALS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center in Decatur. Davey Edwards is guest speaker. He will discuss his doctorate research and property rights. There will be potluck supper. Call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FATHER’S DAY DINNER – Fathers of Governor’s Ridge will be honored 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a barbecue dinner. Pulled pork sliders will be served, and guests are asked to bring potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, chips or dessert to share. Country and western singer Ronnie Moore will perform. RSVP, 940-627-1104.

ANTIQUE TRACTOR SHOW – Wise Feed, 502 S. Hwy. 101, in Chico is having an antique tractor show Saturday. There will be food and drinks. Call 940-644-1896.

BENEFIT SCRUB SALE – Wise Regional Health System Auxiliary is having a mobile scrub sale 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday in the WRHS main lobby.

COLLECTING FOOD – Wise County Title Co., 405 Park West Court, in Decatur is collecting food for Wise Area Relief Mission now through Tuesday, June 23. On the 23rd, they will have a bake sale benefiting WARM.

FUNERALS – Service for Evelyn McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Billy Jackson, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Callen Little, 9, son of Michael and Tasha Little of Decatur, is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Saundra LouTaylor, 70, of North Richland Hills is 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

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Monday, June 15, 2015


CHILD KILLED IN HUNTING ACCIDENT – A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in a hunting accident Saturday morning on his family’s ranch on County Road 4010 east of Decatur. Callen Little, 9, was sitting in a blind with his grandfather, Jim Bob Little, during a controlled release of pheasants, but stepped out of the blind at some point without his grandfather knowing. When the birds were released, Jim Bob accidentally shot his grandson while aiming for a pheasant, according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker. Callen’s mother and father were also at the hunt, along with a registered nurse who immediately began CPR. Little was transported by Wise County EMS to Wise Regional Health System where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. “It’s a horrible, horrible accident,” Walker said. “It has affected the family, friends and the emergency responders who were there. Wise County wraps its arms around whoever needs it. I know it will take a long time, but with the love of the community, this family will heal eventually.” Walker also said that the ranch has hosted several hunts in the past that have been extremely successful and safe. “This is the first time they’ve had an accident at one of their hunts,” he said. “It’s just really sad and an awful thing. I know that they’re hurting, and I know the community is going to rally around them because I’ve seen it before.” Little’s body is currently at the Dallas County Medical Examiners for an autopsy. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to raise money for Little’s funeral expenses, www.gofundme.com/CallenLittle.

PUBLIC MEETING ON ROADS - The Texas Department of Transportation will have a public meeting 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center to discuss options for the intersection of Farm Road 1810 and U.S. 81/287, just north of Decatur. There will not be a formal presentation. The meeting is an open house, allowing visitors to come and go. The purpose of the project is to identify a long-term solution to improve the safety and operation of the intersection.

RAINFALL TOTALS – There were showers in parts of Wise County this weekend, including 1.2 inches in Alvord and .35 in Decatur.

COLLECTING FOOD – Legend Bank in Decatur is collecting food for Wise Area Relief Mission today through Aug. 15.

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.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the third 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 in the Education Room on the second floor of the main hospital. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

PENMANSHIP CLASS – The Decatur Public Library is having a penmanship class 6 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays today through July 27. Writers of all ages are welcome, and supplies will be provided, including modern fountain pens. The class will teach American cursive and make your handwriting more legible. The class is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or by calling 940-393-0290.

YOUTH SIGNUPS – Alvord youth football and cheerleading signups are 6 to 8 p.m. today at the old middle school gym on East Bypass 81/287.

FOOD HANDLERS CLASS – The Wise County Extension office is offering a Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers class 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Extension office, 206 S. State, in Decatur. The class will cover good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse. Cost is $20. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Saundra Taylor, 70, of North Richland Hills is 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Callen Little, 9, son of Michael and Tasha Little of Decatur, is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Elizabeth Nicole Martin, infant daughter of Julie Reed and Aaron Martin, is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Child dies in hunting accident


Callen Little, 9, was shot in a hunting accident at approximately 9:58 a.m. Saturday at his family’s ranch on FM 4010 outside of Decatur.

Wise County EMS and the Wise County Sherriff’s Office responded and Little was transported by EMS to Wise Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.

“He was sitting in a blind with his grandfather, Jim Bob Little,” Sherriff David Walker said. “They were doing a controlled release of pheasants.”

Walker said that Callen stepped out of the blind without his grandfather knowing and when the pheasants were released, Jim Bob accidentally hit his grandson while aiming for a pheasant.

“The little boy got out of the stand, maybe to go to the bathroom or something,” Walker continued. “They released the birds and he unknowingly shot his grandson while trying to hit a bird.”

Callen’s mother and father were also at the hunt, along with a registered nurse who immediately began CPR.

“It’s a horrible, horrible accident,” Walker said. “It has affected the family, friends and the emergency responders who were there. Wise County wraps its arms around whoever needs it. I know it will take a long time, but with the love of the community, this family will heal eventually.”

Walker also said that the ranch has hosted several hunts in the past that have been extremely successful and safe.

“This is the first time they’ve had an accident at one of their hunts,” he said. “It’s just really sad and an awful thing. I know that they’re hurting and I know the community is going to rally around them because I’ve seen it before.”

Little’s body is currently at the Dallas County Medical Examiners for an autopsy.

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Friday, June 12, 2015


SUICIDE OR MURDER? – Much of the testimony on Day 3 in the murder trial of Boonsville resident Kris Rau focused on the gun that caused the death of Rau’s girlfriend, Lianne Murray. Although the weapon has not been found, Rau has told investigators that she used his pistol to apparently kill herself outside their rural home. Rau’s sister, Kelly Rau, testified yesterday that after Rau drove from Boonsville to her home in Florida, Rau told her he had taken the gun and thrown it in a river somewhere along the way because he was tempted to use it on himself. Dr. Emily Ogden with the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office testified that the entry wound on the left side of Murray’s chin showed that the gun was not directly pressed against the skin as is the case with most suicides. She also testified that it would be unusual for a righthanded person like Murray to shoot herself with her left hand. Rau’s attorney Tim Cole pointed to a published work saying that people who commit suicide could hold the gun upside down and pull the trigger with their thumb, which could explain the entry wound on the left side. The trial continues this morning in 271st District Court in Decatur.

RAIN POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND – After a dry couple of weeks, rain chances return to the forecast this weekend. The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms this evening, and rain chances range from 20 to 40 percent through the latter part of next week. Highs each day are expected to be in the upper 80s.

CHILDREN’S BOOK SALE – Friends of the Decatur Public Library are sponsoring a children’s book sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library. Hundreds of books will be available, all priced at 50 cents or less. Proceeds from this one day only sale will support Decatur Public Library’s programs and resources. Call the library at 940-393-0290 or stop by 1700 FM 51 South.

CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11 a.m., lunch at noon followed by a business meeting. Call 940-255-9510.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation presents their dive-in showing of “Pirates: Band of Misfits” Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. The pool will open at 8 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Special admission rate is $1, and concessions will be available. Call 940-683-3480.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will be at the Decatur Church of Christ 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. To donate, call 940-627-1912. Drop-ins are also welcome.

BALLET TICKETS – Tickets are now available for the Wise Performing Arts Guild production of “Pocahontas.” Performances are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18, $15 or $10. They can be purchased by emailing wpagticketcenter@gmail.com or at Wise County Title Co., 405 Park West Ct., in Decatur. Tickets will also be available at the door.

FUNERALS – Service for Laura Smith Selz, 60, of Midland is 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for John Cooley, 72, of Mansfield. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Clarice Faye Stockton, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Albert Simon Johnson, 92, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at 2 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Monday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

MEMORIAL for Obereta June McCollum, 82, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Foundation of Life Church in Ennis. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Garry Lee Munn, 74, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at the Boyd Church of Christ. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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