Tuesday, May 3, 2015


ONEAL GIVEN 30 YEARS – Nearly four weeks after a Wise County jury found Nicholas Ryan Oneal, 24, guilty of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, 4 to 200 grams, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison by 271st District Judge John Fostel yesterday. During the sentencing hearing, a Bridgeport police officer testified about an incident in January of this year where Oneal became combative with officers trying to place him under arrest during a domestic disturbance investigation. Oneal’s grandmother also testified that her grandson’s problems started when his brother was killed 10 years ago, he has mental health issues and has used drugs and alcohol to help him cope. Oneal faced a punishment range of 15 to 99 years in prison.

LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY – Today is the last day to vote early in Saturday’s city council and school board elections. Polls are open extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today. Early voting locations were featured in the April 23 issue of the Wise County Messenger.

ROAD CLOSURES – The City of Decatur will close the following roads 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday for road construction: Bennett Road from U.S. 81/287 to Ben Merritt Drive and Preskitt Road from South FM 51 to Old Reunion Road. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring street closures to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

APRIL RAINFALL – Wise County received 6.84 inches of rain in April, making it the wettest April since 1998. That was also more than double the average rainfall amount of 3.37 inches. Temperatures in the month ranged from a low of 34 degrees on April 3 to a high of 87 on April 4.

SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE – After a sunny day with a high of 72 degrees this afternoon, a 20 percent chance of rain is in tonight’s forecast.

TEAM ROPING – Wise County Team Roping is Saturday, hosted by Bridgeport Riding Club. Books open at 10:30 a.m. for Wise County residents or sponsors only. Full details are on the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo Facebook Page. Call Loydd Williams at 940-289-2639.

COOP TOUR – The 6th Annual Wise Chicks Coop Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a seminar, “Backyard Chickens 101,” at the fairgrounds in Decatur. Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the seminar. Call 940-627-3341 or visit wise.agrilife.org.

BINGO PRIZES NEEDED – Small gifts for Bingo prizes are needed at Senior Care in Decatur. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

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

FUNERALS – Services for Frank Zarauskas, 69, of Boyd and David Douglas, 76, formerly of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for George Thomas Smith, 77, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for June “Morris” Henry, 77, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Crescencia Rocha, 75, of Bridgeport and Lane Remington Dawson, the infant son of Kharysa Harris and Nathan Dawson of Chico, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Nellie Mae Worlow, 92, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mary Frances Tedrow, 90, of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at the Abundant Life Worship Center of Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patricia Searight of McKinney is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Family visitation is 6 tonight at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home in Austin. She was the mother of Sally Rieger of Decatur.

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RV fire in Rhome


Rhome, Newark and Boyd fire departments responded to an RV fire south of Rhome around 7 a.m.

The travel trailer was fully involved when the departments arrived. It was unoccupied.

Rhome Assistant Fire Chief Michelle Pittman said the vehicle’s fuel load burned, causing a column of black smoke to rise.

“If it’s heavy black smoke we know we’ve got a pretty good fire,” Pittman said. “That’s why we called Boyd out.”

The surrounding structures were not burned.

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Monday, May 2, 2016


IRS SCAM REPORTED – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office says a common phone scam is once again being reported in the county. The scammers pretend to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demand the victim pay tax bills by sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. “They’re even spoofing a DC area code on the caller ID, saying that if you don’t pay up now, you will be arrested,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said. The IRS will never demand immediate payment, will give you to opportunity to question or appeal the amount, will never ask for debit or credit card numbers over the phone and will not threaten to have you arrested for not paying. For information, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” at irs.gov.

RAIN REPORT – Rainfall totals from this morning included 0.4 of an inch in Rhome and Decatur and 0.03 in Bridgeport. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain this morning with an afternoon high of 66.

ROOF QUALIFIES FOR STATE – Slidell’s Kayson Roof earned her third trip to the state track meet over the weekend, finishing second in the 300 hurdles at the Class A Region III meet. Northwest’s Caden McDonald also earned a state spot finishing second in the discus at the 6A Region I meet.

DECATUR RELAYS FINISH THIRD – The Decatur boys 4×100 and 4×200 relays finished third, earning bronze medals at the Class 4A Region I meet. Paradise hurdler Kyndall McCasland took third in the 300 hurdles at the 3A Region II meet. Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe earned a bronze medal in the shot put.

BOYD FALLS IN GAME THREE – S&S rallied with six runs in the top of seventh inning Saturday to win game three 10-5 over the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets and take the 3A Region II bi-district series 2-1. Alvarado scored in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Bridgeport Sissies 6-5 and complete the sweep of the 4A Region I bi-district series. Alvord and Decatur remain in the softball playoffs. Alvord will play Moody in the area round at North Crowley with game one at 6 p.m. Friday. Game two is at 1 p.m. Saturday. Game three would follow. No time or date has been set for Decatur’s matchup with Abilene Wylie.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS – Decatur will start the baseball playoffs with a bi-district series against Kennedale. Game one is 7:30 p.m. Friday in Decatur. Game two and three are in Kennedale starting at 5 p.m. Saturday. Bridgeport will face Midlothian Heritage with game one at Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Game two and three are in Midlothian starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Paradise will take on Pottsboro in a series with all games at Frisco Independence. Game one is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Games two and three start at 2 p.m. Saturday. Alvord takes on Windthorst in a three-game series at Graford, starting Friday at 4:30 p.m. with games one and two. Game three, if necessary, is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Boyd will face Gunter at Ponder with game one Friday at 7:30 p.m. and games two and three, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chico is still working on details for its playoff opener.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS – The Decatur volleyball program will be hosting fast-four tournaments each Monday in May at Decatur High School. You can bring your own team of four or show up and be placed on a team. Play is open to all ages. Registration is $10 per player and starts at 5:30 p.m. Play starts at 6 p.m. Players can register for the whole month for $35. For information, email brandy.mayfield@decatur.esc11.net.

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

FARM FESTIVAL – The Jerry Askey Memorial Farm Festival is Thursday through Saturday at 635 Private Road 4531 in Decatur. There will be a swap meet 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday with a tractor fun pull 4-7 p.m. Saturday, activities include an antique tractor display, tractor pull, wheat thrashing, hay rides, tractor games and monster truck rides, among other things. Cost is $5 per person for ages 10 and older. The event is put on by the Chisholm Trail Antique Tractor and Farm Equipment Club, Branch 112.

WALK OF FAITH – Hydrocephalus Dash of Faith is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. Pre-registration deadline is today at Shear Madness Hair Salon, 1208 FM 51, Suite 0, in Decatur. Cost is $25 for adults and $13 for kids ages 6-12. Registration prices go up on event day. Proceeds benefit Cook Children’s Neurology Department. To sponsor or donate to this cause, call Robin, 817-913-4455. There will also be snow cones, a bounce house and a silent auction.

MOLDING CLAY GIRAFFES – Ann Ayers will be coming to the Chico Public Library Thursday to teach kids how to mold clay giraffes. The free event is at 4 p.m. Spots will fill up fast. Call 940-644-2330 to reserve your spot. Only 20 children will be able to participate.

FUNERALS – Service for Mary Frances Tedrow, 90, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Abundant Life Worship Center of Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for George Smith, 77, of Boyd and David Douglas, 76, formerly of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

VISITATION for Else Miles, 85, of Boyd is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for June “Morris” Henry, 77, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE for Nellie Mae Worlow, 92, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Paradise Cemetery. No set visitation today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Elma Kay Davis, 72, of Slidell is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Slidell. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Friday, April 29, 2016


COLLEGE TO RETURN $1.4 MILLION TO STATE  — This week the Agency Operations Committee, a subgroup of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), decided Weatherford College must pay back $1.4 million in disputed funding, but it will have five years to do so, instead of the originally suggested two-year timeframe. According to THECB, the college didn’t comply with the board’s rules for enrollment data used in funding related to continuing education classes and over-reported 250,012 hours for the 2014 base period. The Agency Operations Committee met Wednesday in Austin and discussed the issue in closed session for just over an hour before emerging and announcing their recommendation to extend the time period for payback. Committee members presented their opinion to THECB Thursday. No one from Weatherford College testified at either meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STORMS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON — Much of Wise County received rain but no severe weather early this morning. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.22 of an inch in Decatur, 0.15 in Greenwood, 0.13 in Rhome and 0.04 in Bridgeport. Storms are more likely this afternoon when a dryline moves in from the west. The National Weather Services says the conditions could produce supercells capable of very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. Rain chances diminish tonight but could return late Sunday night into Monday morning.

DECATUR, ALVORD WIN BI-DISTRICT TITLES — Reagan Chism no-hit Midlothian Heritage over five innings of a 15-0 Class 4A Region I bi-district win Thursday. Morgan Lamance went 4-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs beat Bryson 7-1 to win a Class 2A Region II bi-district crown. Pottsboro knocked Paradise out of the softball playoffs with a 14-0 setback. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets fell to S&S 12-0 in game one of their bi-district series. Game two is 5 p.m. Saturday in Prosper. Alvarado edged the Bridgeport Sissies 2-1 in game one of their series. Game two is 7 tonight at Keller Fossil Ridge.

ALVORD FORCES PLAYOFF — The Alvord Bulldogs hammered Graford 9-1 to force a third-place tiebreaker game with Olney at 7 tonight in Graford. The winner will be 10-2A’s third seed and the loser the fourth seed. Paradise will take on Jacksboro at 4:30 p.m. Paradise will clinch second place with a win. Boyd heads to Bowie. Bridgeport takes on Springtown at 4:30 p.m. in Graford in a battle for the second and third seeds out of 8-4A. Decatur will face Lake Dallas at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Eaton High School in a warm-up game.

REGION TRACK — Athletes will hit the track today, trying to earn a spot in the finals Saturday. Decatur will run in the 4A Region I meet at Texas Tech. Boyd and Paradise are at Whitehouse High School. Alvord and Chico are competing in Dallas. Slidell athletes compete at Tarleton State. Northwest is at UT-Arlington.

GOLF TOURNAMENT POSTPONED — The 17th Annual United Way of Wise County Golf Tournament has been postponed from today until May 27 due to anticipated inclement weather. The location and registration and start times for the tournament remain the same. Team re-scheduling information, including new team registrations, may be obtained by contacting Tobi Cullop at First State Bank in Decatur, 940-627-8767.

DAV YARD SALE — If it is raining today, the DAV yard sale at the DAV Hall in Decatur will be postponed.

CASINO NIGHT — A casino night benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 and the casino opens at 7. Guest speaker is Justice LaRue, a former foster child. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 for couples. High roller tables are available, and sponsorships and auction items are being collected. Contact Kayla Prock, 940-627-7535, kayla.prock@casawise.org.

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

FUN RUN — Run for the Clovers Color Run is Saturday in downtown Decatur. The 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., and the family run starts at 9:30. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for youth. Bring canned goods for a discount. The run benefits local charities and Wise County 4-H. Call 940-627-3341 or email cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/4-h-color-run-tickets-22709445563.

FUNERALS — Service for Robert James “Bob” Boland, 80, of Decatur, is 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Else Miles, 85, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Debora D. Read, 61, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Carmen Irene Scherb, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Elma Kay Davis, 72, of Slidell and Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016


COUNTY SICK LEAVE POOL APPROVED — After discussing the issue at two previous meetings, Wise County commissioners Monday approved a sick leave pool program for county employees. It will allow them to donate accrued sick leave hours to a pool that can be used by other employees dealing with a catastrophic illness or injury. In a related matter, commissioners also approved changing the sick leave policy so that full-time employees, with the exception of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), earn 8 hours of sick leave per month, instead of 3.34 hours. “I think it’s a good benefit for our employees in a year when we’re not going to be able to do much else for them,” County Judge J.D. Clark said. EMS was excluded from the policy change because those employees already earn 10 hours sick leave per month due to the fact they work 24-hour shifts. Commissioners considered reducing EMS sick leave to 8 hours per month, but after a back-and-forth discussion with EMS Administrator Charles Dillard, they tabled the issue, agreeing to possibly revisit it at a future meeting. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

LAKE REOPENS — Lake Bridgeport reopened to boat traffic at noon yesterday. The lake had been closed because of high lake levels.

STORM CHANCES RETURN TONIGHT — Another round of thunderstorms is expected tonight, most likely after midnight according to the National Weather Service. Rain chances are 60 percent tonight and 50 percent tomorrow.

ART SHOW — The Wise County Art Association Youth Art Show is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments. The work of local, adult artists will also be on display. Students who wish to participate in the show should bring their entries to the Civic Center 3-6 p.m. Friday. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to Wise County high school seniors.

FIREFIGHTER BASH — The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Firefighter Bash fundraiser is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event will include Bingo, barbecue, silent bake auction and live bands.

SINGING TRYOUTS — Auditions for Voice of Rhome will be held the fourth Saturday of every month beginning April 30. The Voice of Rhome contest will be at the Rhome Fall Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Call Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or email rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com.

MARKER DEDICATION AND MEETING — The dedication of a Texas Historical Commission subject marker will take place 5 p.m. today on the northwest corner of the Wise County Courthouse lawn. The marker commemorates the life and accomplishments of Col. Absalom Bishop, considered by some to be the Father of Decatur. Also, the Wise County Historical Commission will meet for a regular meeting at 5:30 at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur.

BLOOD DRIVE — Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today in the Wise Health System parking lot near Fit-N-Wise in Decatur.

FREEDOM TEXAS — Freedom Texas is meeting 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. Jeff Staggs of Texans Against Terrorism and Tyranny will be the guest speaker and will address land-grab activities against ranchers along the Red River. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

FUNERALS — Service for Robert James “Bob” Boland, 80, of Decatur, is 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial to follow at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Carmen Irene Scherb, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


RAIN REPORT – Last night’s storms brought rain and a lot of lightning, but no hail or tornadoes as some forecasters had feared. Rainfall totals included 0.8 of an inch in Rhome, 0.7 in Greenwood, 0.67 in Bridgeport, 0.65 in Alvord and 0.6 in Decatur. The extra rain won’t help flooded roads that remain closed in Wise County. Major roads that remain closed include Farm Road 730 north of Boyd and Farm Road 3259 near Paradise. Lake Bridgeport is expected to open at noon today.

EAGLES FINISH THIRD – Led by Cade Lamirand’s seventh-place finish, the Decatur Eagles finished third in the 4A tournament at the UIL golf championships. Lamirand shot 150 over the two rounds. Drew Jones fired 153, Bryce Elder 154, Hayden Bennett 170 and Mason Hudson 171. The Bridgeport Sissies finished fifth in 4A. Lexi Read took eighth.

BOYD, PARADISE MOVE GAME – The Boyd Yellowjackets and Paradise Panthers moved their game to 7:30 tonight.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the Wise Health System parking lot near Fit-N-Wise in Decatur.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. Jeff Staggs of Texans Against Terrorism and Tyranny will be the guest speaker and will address land-grab activities against ranchers along the Red River. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – United Way Wise County’s annual golf tournament registration is underway. This year’s tournament is a four-person scramble Friday at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Call Shawn Mann, 940-393-1679; or Terry Everett, 940-389-9060.

BAKE SALE – Sycamore Baptist Church Royal Ambassadors (RAs) will hold a bake sale 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Decatur.

FUN RUN – Run for the Clovers Color Run is Saturday in downtown Decatur. The 5K starts at 8:45 a.m., and the family run starts at 9:30. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for youth. Bring canned goods for a discount. The run benefits local charities and Wise County 4-H. Call 940-627-3341 or email cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/4-h-color-run-tickets-22709445563.

COW CHIP BINGO – Decatur 2016 Project Graduation is hosting cow chip bingo 2-5 p.m. Saturday, at NRS Ranch. Squares are $25 each or 5 for $100 for a chance to win $500 and be entered in a drawing for a Yeti Hopper 30 soft-sided cooler. There will be bounce houses, regular bingo with prizes and concessions. Grand marshals are Sheriff Lane Akin and Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson. Buy bingo squares at NRS Ranch, Rhine Realty, or from 2016 class officers and parents or by texting 940-389-9260.

CEMETERY WORK DAY – The Greenwood Cemetery work day is Saturday. Bring tools and lunch. A business meeting will be held at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call 940-393-1749.

BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY – Bridgeport Animal Hospital will celebrate their 20th anniversary in business 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with tours of their new facility.

FUNERALS – Service for Robert James “Bob” Boland, 80, of Decatur, is 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Carmen Irene Scherb, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Bettye Mckay, 87, of Burleson is 11 a.m. today at Geron Family Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


CEMETERY VANDALISM – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a major case of vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery near Alvord. Sheriff Lane Akin said it appears someone used a vehicle to tear down the gate into the cemetery, and nearly all of the headstones were tipped over or broken. The vandalism appears to have taken place between Friday night and Saturday night. Several headstones in the West Side Cemetery in Bridgeport also were vandalized with spray paint during the same time period. Those responsible will face felony charges, and a monetary reward is being organized for information about who is responsible.

COUNTY POSITIONS CUT – Wise County commissioners approved Monday the absorption of seven open, unfilled positions into the general fund for a savings of $389,548, at the recommendation of County Judge J.D. Clark. The positions being taken include: a clerk in the county attorney’s office, two positions at the sheriff’s office – one clerical and one in jail industries, and a road crew member in each precinct. “That’s a really good start to our budget shortfall that we’re looking at this next year,” Clark said. “I also think that coming from our two biggest departments, our road and bridge and our sheriff’s department, that shows a great deal of sacrifice and leadership on your part when it comes time to find some things to give. It won’t be the last thing I ask you for, but I appreciate this if you’re willing to do it.” These changes will impact the current budget and will carry over into fiscal year 2017. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED – Storms are expected to develop this afternoon or evening, possibly including damaging winds and very large hail. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible, according to the National Weather Service.

EAGLES, SISSIES IN FOURTH AT STATE – The Decatur Eagles shot an opening round of 315 and are 14 shots off the lead in fourth place in the 4A tournament at the University Interscholastic League golf championships. Cade Lamirand is third overall after shooting 73. Bryce Elder is 18th with a 76. Drew Jones shot 82, Mason Hudson 84 and Hayden Bennett 86. The Sissies are in fourth after an opening round of 350. Lexi Read is seventh with a 79. Brooke Irion shot 84 for 12th. Katie Hudson fired 88, Abbi Hatton 99 and Ashlie Lennard 124. Both teams tee off today for the second round. Get updates on Twitter @wcmsports.

EAGLES FACE NO. 1 TEAM – The Decatur Eagles will close out the regular season on the road at Abilene Wylie at 5 p.m. In other action: Bridgeport at Springtown; Paradise at Boyd; Alvord at Graford; Northwest at Keller.

DRAGONS BLAST BRYSON – The Chico Dragons blew out Bryson in a pair of games Tuesday. The Dragons hammered Bryson 31-2 in the first game with 26 hits. Jaston McBee homered, tripled and drove in three runs. In the second game, Chico beat Bryson 15-5.

BENEFIT DINNER/BAKE SALE – The Band Boosters/Alvord Community will have a hamburger dinner and bake sale 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at the old middle school parking lot to benefit the five students who were injured in a recent accident. Cost will be by donation. Call Amanda Woodall at 817-629-1620 or Kelly Martin at 940-427-5975, ext 4001.

QUARTER AUCTION – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is having a quarter auction 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Proceeds benefit the Chamber and Chamber scholarships.

MARKER DEDICATION AND MEETING – The dedication of a Texas Historical Commission subject marker will take place 5 p.m. Thursday on the northwest corner of the Wise County Courthouse lawn. The marker commemorates the life and accomplishments of Col. Absalom Bishop, considered by some to be the Father of Decatur. Also, the Wise County Historical Commission will meet for a regular meeting at 5:30 that same evening at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur.

RETIREMENT PARTY – There will be a come-and-go party for Alicia Huerta, who is retiring from the Bridgeport Post Office after 32 years, 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Saint John’s Catholic Church, 1801 Irvine St., in Bridgeport.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will have its regular monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. County Extension Agent Todd Vineyard will speak on Xeriscaping. All retired school personnel living in Wise County are invited. RSVP for the luncheon at localunits.org/wise/.

DAV YARD SALE – DAV will have their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur. Donations for the sale will be accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday.

EASTERN STAR MEETING – Order of The Eastern Star Boyd Chapter No. 897 will have a special called meeting 7 tonight at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Boyd. The meeting will be for the purpose of voting to get a special dispensation in order to be able to elect officers at the May stated meeting. There will be no meal. The meeting was rescheduled from last week due to flooded roads.

FUNERALS – Service for Carmen Scherb, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Melissa Pruett of Decatur is 7 tonight at First Baptist Church of Slidell. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Bettye Mckay, 87, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Geron Family Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Dale Gillespie, 56, of Alvord is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Alvord.

MEMORIAL service for Linda L. Roth, 65, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur.

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Monday, April 25, 2016


TEENS INJURED IN CAR CRASH – Five Alvord teenagers were injured Friday night when the vehicle in which they were riding hit a tree on County Road 1590. According to Department of Public Safety investigators, the teens were traveling west in a Nissan Xterra on CR 1590, just west of County Road 1593, around 8:30 p.m. and encountered high water. The driver backed away from the water and crashed into a tree alongside the roadway. Sgt. Lonny Haschel said passengers Lexie Mattix, 15, and Jared Swiney, 17, were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries. Passengers Andrew Dumke, 16, and Mackenzie Aymes, 13, were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries. Haschel said the 16-year-old driver was transported to Wise Health System with non-life threatening injuries. He did not release the driver’s name because the teen will be issued a ticket for backing without safety. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BAY BRIDGE OPEN, NUMEROUS ROADS REMAIN CLOSED – The Runaway Bay bridge on U.S. 380 was re-opened Saturday just before 3 p.m., but numerous Wise County roads remained closed Sunday night due to high water. Those shut down include: Hovey Street in Bridgeport, Farm Road 3259, Farm Road 920 at County Road 3424, Farm Road 730 north of Boyd, Farm Road 2123 at Country Club Road, County Road 4421, Meadow Pond, Van Meter, Bobo Crossing, County Road 3250, County Road 3225, County Road 3390, County Road 1590 at County Road 1593, County Road 3451 at Sunflower and County Road 1700.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting for the May 7 elections begins today and runs through Tuesday, May 3. Voting is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays with the exception of extended voting hours 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26 and May 3. Six city councils and three school boards have contested races. See the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now for a complete list of voting locations.

SLIDELL WINS REGION UIL – Slidell High School students dominated the Class A Region III UIL Academics meet, piling up 324 points to claim the sweepstakes trophy. Slidell won team titles in current issues, computer science, literary criticism, number sense and speech. Sarah Beaver took gold medals in computer applications and computer science. Shelby Vanover won ready writing, Shelby Johnson persuasive speaking, Taylor Davis informative speaking. Bridgeport’s Noah Peterson won the biology and science contests at the 4A Region I meet.

OAP ADVANCES TO STATE – Slidell High School is advancing to the State One Act Play competition in Austin on May 23 with their production of Mariner by Don Nigro. Mariner is the story of Christopher Columbus’ life and memories. The company advanced from the regional competition this past weekend at Tarleton University with Norberto Martinez and Sydney Keating receiving All Star Cast awards and Bailey Meyer as Honorable Mention Cast. The directors for Mariner are Beth Dill and Keisha Cope.

STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies will tee off today in the Class 4A University Interscholastic League golf championships at Onion Creek Golf Club in Austin.

ALVORD WINS 12-2A TITLE – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs clinched the 12-2A softball title with a 6-0 victory over Chico Saturday. Alvord will be the league’s top playoff seed and will play Bryson in a Class 2A Region II bi-district game at 8 p.m. Thursday in Graford. The 9-3A champion Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will take on S&S in a three -game series, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Little Elm. Game 2 will be in Prosper at 5 p.m. Saturday with game three to follow. The Bridgeport Sissies will play Alvarado in a 4A Region I bi-district series, starting with game one at 7 p.m. Thursday at Keller Fossil Ridge. Decatur will play Midlothian at Haltom’s Buffalo Ridge Park 6 p.m. Thursday.

PARADISE WINS AREA TITLE – After not scoring a point in the field events, the Paradise Lady Panthers piled up 104 on the track to rally and win the 9/10-3A area title. The Lady Panthers won all three relays, including setting the school record in the 4×400 with a 4:03. Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe won the area title in the shot put.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 24 Republican or Democratic primary runoff. Wise County residents can register to vote at the elections office located at 200 S. Trinity in Decatur. Phone number is 940-626-4453. A registered voter who did not vote in the March primary election may vote in either party’s primary runoff election. However, if you did vote in March, you can only vote in that same party’s primary runoff election.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along 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 received toward the expenses of the museum.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

COMPUTER CLASS – The Decatur Public Library will be having an introduction to Ubuntu, an alternative computer operating system, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The class will focus on Ubuntu basics and how it can be used in your day-to-day life and make you more productive. Registration is required and seating is limited. Ben Flanagin, an IT professional with substantial experience using Ubuntu and other Linux systems, will be the instructor. To register, call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will have its regular monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. County Extension Agent Todd Vineyard will speak on Xeriscaping. All retired school personnel living in Wise County are invited. RSVP for the luncheon at localunits.org/wise/.

DAV YARD SALE – DAV will have their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur. Donations for the sale will be accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday.

KINDER ROUNDUP – Paradise Elementary will hold Kindergarten Roundup 2-6 p.m. today for students who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2016. Parents will need to bring the student’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency (electric bill, rental lease, tax statement, etc.), student Social Security card and a parent/guardian drivers license. Call 940-969-5044 to set up an appointment to register your student. Kindergarten enrollment packet can be found at the district website, www.pisd.net.

FUNERALS – Service for Melissa Pruett of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Bettye Mckay, 87, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Geron Family Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

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Power restored at the Bay


Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said power was restored on the west side of Wise County at 8:36 p.m. Saturday.

A snake caused the outage by crawling on an Oncor protective device in an attempt to reach a bird’s nest.

More than 1,000 customers from the west side of Bridgeport through Runaway Bay were without power for a little more than an hour.

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Power outage hits Runaway Bay


More than 1,000 Oncor customers are without power on the west side of Wise County.

Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the outage stretches from the water plant on Farm Road 920 in Bridgeport to U.S. 380 and west through Runaway Bay.

As of 7:25 p.m. Saturday, the cause was unknown, but service personnel were on their way. Easley said 1,350 customers were without electricity.

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Names of crash victims released


Five Alvord teenagers were injured Friday night when the vehicle in which they were riding hit a tree on County Road 1590.
The Department of Public Safety released their names Saturday evening. Sgt. Lonny Haschel said passengers Lexie Mattix, 15, and Jared Swiney, 17, were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life threatening injuries.
Passengers Andrew Dumke, 16, and Mackenzie Aymes, 13, were flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.
Haschel did not release the name of the 16-year-old driver because the teen will be issued a ticket for backing without safety.
According to investigators, the teenagers were traveling west in a Nissan X-Terra on CR 1590, just west of County Road 1593, around 8:30 p.m. and encountered high water. The driver backed away from the water and crashed into a tree alongside the roadway.

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5 injured in 1-vehicle accident


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Five people were taken to the hospital following a one-vehicle accident near Alvord Friday night.
A Nissan Xterra hit a tree on County Road 1590, just south of County Road 1593 about 8:30 p.m. Little information was available immediately following the accident because all patients were quickly transported from the scene. But Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton Jr. said he was told the driver saw water over the road, put the vehicle in reverse and backed into a tree.
The driver was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and four passengers were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur.
In addition to DPS, Alvord Fire Department and Wise County medics were called to the scene. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Friday, April 22, 2016


RELAY FOR LIFE – Relay For Life of Wise County begins tonight with a survivor reception at 6 p.m. and the event beginning at 7. Luminaria ceremony is at 9. The event will also feature laps games, activities, carnival games, bounce house, an obstacle course and a silent auction. Raffles will include hunting trips, Rangers tickets, Yeti cooler, pet treat baskets, fire pit, pedal car and a homemade quilt, among other items. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944 or email khughes716@ hotmail.com.

LAKE CLEANUP – Lake Bridgeport Cleanup 2016 is 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. There will be a party 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tarrant Regional Water District office, 1710 FM 1658, adjacent to the dam. There will be free T-shirts, lunch, live entertainment and activities for kids and prizes. Register online at TRWD.com or call 817-237-8585.

QUARRY TOURS – Hanson Aggregates will host an open house tomorrow from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at their location in Chico. They will serve lunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and offer quarry tours. Door prizes will be handed out every 30 minutes.

SPRING TOUR – The public is invited to join the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. and the Wise County Historical Commission Saturday on the annual Spring Tour of Wise County. They plan to gather at the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur by 9 a.m.; leave in a car caravan to attend the open house at Hansen Aggregates at 10 a.m. to tour their quarries and rock crusher areas; stop for a Dutch treat lunch along the way; tour areas in the northwest corner of Wise County in the afternoon; then end the tour at the Alvord Veteran’s Memorial Park. RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

KINDER ROUNDUP – Paradise Elementary will hold Kindergarten Roundup 2-6 p.m. Monday for students who will be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2016. Parents will need to bring the student’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency (electric bill, rental lease, tax statement, etc.), student Social Security card and a parent/guardian drivers license. Call 940-969-5044 to set up an appointment to register your student. Kindergarten enrollment packet can be found at the district website, www.pisd.net.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club in Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

EARTH DAY EVENT – An Earth Day Wise County Inaugural Event is 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Visitor Center. The free event will promote safe drinking water, water conservation, energy conservation, recycling, safe burning and sustainability. Entertainment will include slam poetry, acoustic guitar, Les Farrington on keyboard and a recycled runway (fashion show). The event will also include an educational expo, tai chi lessons, vegan vendors and barbecue. Sustainable vendor, acoustic guitar and poetry slots are still available. Contact Janet Amos at janetamos5@gmail.com or go to the Earth Day Wise County Texas 2016 page on Facebook.

MUSIC AND COMEDY NIGHT – The Auto Mechanics Department will host a senior scholarship fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bridgeport Middle School auditorium. The P. Nutt and Ponytail Show will perform. Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 13 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased from any auto mechanics student, the office at Bridgeport High School or at the door.

BAKE SALE – The East Side Alumni Association bake sale is 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Baptist Church in Decatur. Proceeds will benefit the Juneteenth Celebration and the scholarship fund.

SICK LEAVE POOL POLICY BACK ON AGENDA – Wise County commissioners will again discuss the sick leave pool policy at their regular meeting Monday. They’ve discussed the issue at the previous two meetings, and a story covering the talks up to this point ran in the April 16 edition of the Messenger. The meeting is open to the public. It’s at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur.

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

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Norris Cheves, 89, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lee Wellington Smith, 83, of Whitesboro is 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Thomas “TC” Richmond, 85, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Moreau, 82, of Newark is 1 p.m. Saturday at 109 Marshall Dr. in Newark.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016


ROADS REMAIN CLOSED — Several major roadways remain closed in Wise County due to high water, particularly on the west side of the county. Yesterday morning, rising water on U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay resulted in the closure of the bridge. It remains closed today as Lake Bridgeport is now 4.88 inches above conservation level. Other major roadways that are closed include Farm Road 730 north of Boyd, Farm Road 920 south of Bridgeport, Farm Road 2123 at Texas 114 in Bridgeport, Farm Road 3259 east of Paradise, Texas 101 at the Montague/Wise County line and Hovey Street near Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Several county roads also remain closed due to high water. A water rescue was performed yesterday when a family in the 300 block of Country Club Road in Bridgeport became trapped in their home due to rising water along the West Fork Trinity River. Another driver escaped injury when he tried to cross a water-covered road near One Stop in Runaway Bay and the vehicle became fully submerged. No one was injured in either case. More rain fell overnight, including 0.65 of an inch in Alvord, 0.6 in Greenwood, 0.53 in Decatur, 0.5 in Bridgeport, 0.4 in Cottondale and Paradise and 0.31 in Rhome. The rain should clear out this morning, and no rain is in the forecast until a 30 percent chance Sunday.

DAZZLING TOTAL — More than $58,000 was raised Wednesday at Wise Health Foundation’s 7th Annual Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center. The total included a $10,000 donation in honor of Marianne Henderson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall. After undergoing treatments, she has been declared cancer-free. The event benefits Mary’s Gift, which provides mammography services to women and men who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

DECATUR SEALS 8-4A TITLE — Jesus Gam’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Decatur Eagles to a 4-3 victory over Springtown. The victory clinched the 8-4A title for the Eagles.

ALVORD GRABS SHARE OF CROWN — With a 19-0 win over Tioga, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs notched a share of the 12-2A softball title. They can win the title outright with a win Saturday over Chico.

DECATUR TEAMS FINISH THIRD — The Decatur boys and girls track teams finished third at the 7/8-4A area meet. Cole Stallard won the discus and Dru Anderson the long jump for the Eagles. Jessica Kyle won the area title in the 1600.

ALVORD GIRLS TAKE THIRD — The Alvord Lady Bulldogs finished third at the 9/10 area meet. Kaely Beaver won the shot put and discus. Karissa Woodall won the triple jump.

SLIDELL DUO HEADED TO STATE — The Slidell girls doubles team of Megan Garcia and Kylie Franklin finished second at the Class A Region III tennis tournament to earn a spot in the state tournament. Stone Coston will play today in a playback for a shot at state.

9/10-3A AREA MEET — The 9/10-3A area meet, which will include athletes from Paradise and Boyd, will start at noon in Pottsboro with the 3200. Field events begin at 12:30 p.m. The running finals start at 5:30 p.m.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Wise County Genealogical Society meets at 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51. Patti Gillespie will present a program on Genealogical Research in Wise County.

PLANT SALE — The Decatur FFA Greenhouse will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. They will be selling pepper and tomato plants, bedding plants, color bulbs and color baskets. The greenhouse is located on the hill behind Decatur High School.

VETERANS BREAKFAST — The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club in Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

RELAY FOR LIFE — Relay For Life Of Wise County begins Friday night with a survivor reception at 6 p.m. and the event beginning at 7. Luminaria ceremony is at 9. The event will also feature laps games, activities, carnival games, bounce house, an obstacle course and a silent auction. Raffles will include hunting trips, Rangers tickets, Yeti cooler, pet treat baskets, fire pit, pedal car and a homemade quilt, among other items. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944 or email khughes716@ hotmail.com.

EASTERN STAR MEETING — Order of The Eastern Star Boyd Chapter No. 897 will have a special called meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Boyd. The meeting will be for the purpose of voting to get a special dispensation in order to be able to elect officers at the May stated meeting. There will be no meal. The meeting was rescheduled from earlier this week due to flooded roads.

VACCINATION CLINIC — A Movax vaccination clinic will be held today in the middle school Multipurpose Building for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. One shot is $20, two shots are $25 and three or more shots are $30. Bring shot records. Parents must accompany students.

SOCIAL SECURITY OVERVIEW — A Social Security Overview program will be given 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Public Library. Bridgett Williams of Humana will answer questions regarding Social Security. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP — The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will meet 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss the importance of well-managed healthcare. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or see them on Facebook.

MUSTER CEREMONY — The Cross Timbers Aggie Club will hold its 2016 Muster Ceremony at the Decatur Civic Center today. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 and the ceremony begins at 7:30. For more information or to RSVP, contact Scott Hiler at 940-389-7752 or scott@texagmail.com.

HOME OWNERSHIP EVENT — USDA RD Decatur Area Office will host a home ownership event 2:30-4:30 p.m. today at Decatur City Hall. Nationally Approved and Texas State Approved Housing Lenders, local Realtors and Decatur Area USDA RD office staff will be on hand to discuss how to get started in the mortgage application process, what to expect during the application, approval and closing processes. Decatur Area RD Office staff will be prepared to discuss ways in which the 504 Home Repair Program is available to assist current homeowners in making needed repairs, modernization, and remove health/safety hazards. Park in the Miller Street parking lot of the Decatur City Hall and use the Council Chamber entrance. Call 940-627-3531, ext. 4.

FFA FUNDRAISER — A Chico FFA fundraiser is 6-10 tonight at the middle school cafeteria. It will include a brisket supper, an auction with student-made projects (includes fire pits, smokers, and items for all price ranges) and a dance. The auction admission will be free, but the meal will be $6 per plate.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Norris Cheves, 89, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lee Wellington Smith, 83, of Whitesboro is 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the home of Charles and Rhonda Broyles, 476 W. Acres in Whitesboro. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Runaway Bay bridge closing due to flooding


Overnight storms left many roadways around Wise County flooded. As of 10:30 a.m., the Texas Department of Transportation reported that U.S. 380 at the Lake Bridgeport bridge in Runaway Bay was shutting down due to water over the roadway. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reported the following roads closed:

Chico/Precinct 2
CR 3250
CR 1590 at CR 1593

(TxDOT is also reporting Texas 101 at the Montague/Wise County line is closed.)

Boyd/Precinct 3
FM 730 N of Boyd
CR 4668 (Bobo Crossing)
CR 4757 (Vanmeter Crossing)

Bridgeport/Paradise/Runaway Bay/Precinct 4
Bridgeport
FM 2123 at Country Club Rd.
FM 920 at CR 3424
Cates St. at Harwood Park
Paradise
FM 3259
CR 3225
CR 3250
CR 3390
CR 3451 south of Sunflower Rd.
Runaway Bay
CR 1700
Meadow Pond Ct.

Water is over U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay, but the road remained open as of 9 a.m. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Water is over U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay.
Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016


LAKE, RIVER STILL ON THE RISE – Another round of storms overnight brought more rain to areas already saturated with rain from this past weekend’s storms. Overnight rainfall totals included 1.55 inches in Bridgeport, 1.39 in Decatur, 1.15 in Rhome, 1.0 in Greenwood and 0.75 in Alvord. Lake Bridgeport is now more than 4 feet above conservation level and still going up as of 7:30 this morning. Water had been reported on U.S. 380 in Runaway Bay, but the bridge over Lake Bridgeport was still open as of 7:30. A flood warning also continues for the West Fork Trinity River near Boyd. As of early this morning, the river was nearly 3 feet above flood level, and the river is expected to rise another foot by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Farm Road 730 at the river north of Boyd is shut down due to water over the roadway. Other major roadways that are closed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation include Farm Road 920 south of Bridgeport, Farm Road 3259 east of Paradise and Hovey Street in Bridgeport. Water has also been reported over the roadway on Farm Road 2123 in Bridgeport. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office also listed the following county roads closed as of late Tuesday: Van Meter, Bobo Crossing, CR 3250, CR 3225 and CR 3390. The NWS forecast includes a slight chance of storms today with a 60 percent chance of more storms overnight. More road condition and flooding information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

LADY EAGLES WIN 8-4A – The Decatur Lady Eagles clinched the 8-4A softball title with a 10-2 win over Springtown yesterday. Alvord fell to Lindsay 4-2. Boyd beat Jacksboro 5-4.

AREA TRACK – The 7/8-4A and 9/10-2A area meets will be held at Springtown today, starting at 10 a.m. Running finals begin at 5 p.m.

SOCIAL SECURITY OVERVIEW – A Social Security Overview program will be given 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Bridgett Williams of Humana will answer questions regarding Social Security. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss the importance of well-managed healthcare. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or see them on Facebook.

MUSTER CEREMONY – The Cross Timbers Aggie Club will hold its 2016 Muster Ceremony at the Decatur Civic Center Thursday. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 and the ceremony begins at 7:30. For more information or to RSVP, contact Scott Hiler at 940-389-7752 or scott@texagmail.com.

MUSIC AND COMEDY NIGHT – The Auto Mechanics Department will host a senior scholarship fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bridgeport Middle School auditorium. The P. Nutt and Ponytail Show will perform. Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 13 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased from any auto mechanics student, the office at Bridgeport High School or at the door.

SHELTER CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Wise County Animal Shelter in Decatur will close at 3 p.m. Thursday for training.

BAKE SALE – The East Side Alumni Association bake sale is 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Baptist Church in Decatur. Proceeds will benefit the Juneteenth Celebration and the scholarship fund.

AUTISM AWARENESS – Hampton Inn and Suites, located at 110 U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, will have Light It Up Blue, an autism awareness fundraising campaign, 6-8 tonight. The hotel will provide complimentary food and beverages. T-shirts are free with a $25 donation to Autism Speaks. All proceeds benefit the charity, and the public is invited. Call Torri Gillespie, 940-627-4900.

DAZZLE ME PINK – Wise Health Foundation’s Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384 for reservations.

MIDWESTERN AT WCWC – Midwestern State University will be on the Weatherford College Wise County campus today beginning at 10 a.m. to provide transfer information to students interested in the teacher education program. College officials are currently working with MSU to begin offering bachelor’s degree coursework in teacher education on the WCWC campus as early as this summer. Call Dr. Matt Joiner at mjoiner@wc.edu.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jackie Nell Davis, 75, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lee Wellington Smith, 83, of Whitesboro is 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the home of Charles and Rhonda Broyles, 476 W. Acres in Whitesboro. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ruth Beatrice Bisidas, 96, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016


TAPS RESUMES SERVICE – TAPS Public Transit returned to service for the first time in several months yesterday under a new operator, Transdev. TAPS provides transportation services in a six-county area, including Wise. A total of 106 rides were completed yesterday, with roughly 10 percent of those being in Wise County for medical treatments, according to County Judge J.D. Clark, who also serves on the TAPS board. For Wednesday, 143 rides are already scheduled, he said. Services are being offered “on demand” rather than fixed routes and can be scheduled by calling 844-603-6048.

MORE STORMS POSSIBLE – You might not put the umbrella away just yet. A 40 percent chance of storms is in today’s forecast, with chances increasing to 60 percent overnight. A 40 percent chance of storms is also included in Wednesday’s forecast. Several roads remained closed due to flooding, according to TxDOT, including: Hovey Street in Bridgeport between Halsell and 13th streets, Farm Road 920 near Bridgeport and Farm Road 3259 near Paradise. Lake Bridgeport also remains closed to boat traffic due to high lake levels.

STUDENTS ADVANCE TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – The Bridgeport Middle School Community Problem Solvers received their grand champion medals at the Texas Future Problem Solvers State Bowl Sunday. The team will present their project at the International Conference at Michigan State University in June. Their project focuses on enhancing the daily lives of Bridgeport Senior Care residents who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The students utilize personalized playlists on iPod Shuffles to provide music therapy for the residents.

BOYD SOFTBALL CLINCHES 9-3A TITLE – With Henrietta’s 4-1 win over Bowie, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets clinched the 9-3A softball title – their first since 2001. Boyd will play Jacksboro at 5 p.m. today in Bowie. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will try to seal the 10-2A title at 5 p.m. today against Lindsay at Valley View. Decatur is scheduled to take on Springtown at home at 7 with a chance to earn a share of the 8-4A title. Bridgeport is slated to play at Castleberry. Chico’s game with Collinsville has been moved to Thursday at Valley View. Check @wcmsports on Twitter for updates on games and schedule changes.

PARADISE HOLDS OFF HOLIDAY – The Paradise Panthers strengthen their hold on second place in 9-3A baseball with a 4-3 win over Holliday Monday. John Bridgeman got the win going six innings and Bryson Meyers earned the save. Decatur is scheduled to take on Springtown at 7:30 tonight. Bridgeport’s game with Castleberry has been postponed. Boyd is slated to play Jacksboro at 6 in Bowie. Chico is scheduled to play at Perrin. Check @wcmsports on Twitter for updates on games and schedule changes.

HOME OWNERSHIP EVENT – USDA RD Decatur Area Office will host a home ownership event 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at Decatur City Hall. Nationally Approved and Texas State Approved Housing Lenders, local Realtors and Decatur Area USDA RD office staff will be on hand to discuss how to get started in the mortgage application process, what to expect during the application, approval and closing processes. Decatur Area RD Office staff will be prepared to discuss ways in which the 504 Home Repair Program is available to assist current homeowners in making needed repairs, modernization, and remove health/safety hazards. Park in the Miller Street parking lot of the Decatur City Hall and use the Council Chamber entrance. Call 940-627-3531, ext. 4.

VACCINATION CLINIC – A Movax vaccination clinic will be held Thursday in the 7th/8th grade multipurpose building for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. One shot is $20, two shots are $25 and three or more shots are $30. You must bring shot records or something from a doctor or school nurse indicating which shots are needed. Parents must accompany students.

MIDWESTERN AT WCWC – Midwestern State University will be on the Weatherford College Wise County campus this Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. to provide transfer information to students interested in the teacher education program. College officials are currently working with MSU to begin offering bachelor’s degree coursework in teacher education on the WCWC campus as early as this summer. Call Dr. Matt Joiner at mjoiner@wc.edu.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s support group meets 6 tonight on Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight in Room 102 at Weather College Wise County. Dr. Davey Edwards will present the program on “Monitoring River Boundaries.” All members are invited, and visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur High School Band Boosters will meet 6:30 tonight at the high school band hall. Nominations will be taken for next year’s board members.

EASTERN STAR MEETING – Order of The Eastern Star Boyd Chapter No. 897 will have a special called meeting 7 tonight at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Boyd. The meeting will be for the purpose of voting to get a special dispensation in order to be able to elect officers at the May stated meeting. There will be no meal.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jackie Nell Davis, 75, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wanda Smith, 83, of Whitesboro is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ruth Beatrice Bisidas, 96, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

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Monday, April 18, 2016


FLASH FLOOD WATCH – Wise County remains in a flash flood watch through Tuesday morning. Thunderstorms with heavy rain may train over the same areas throughout the period, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of north Texas could see 2-3 more inches of rain through tomorrow morning, creating a threat for flash flooding. The forecast includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today and a 60 percent chance tonight. Flooding has already affected some roadways in Wise County. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, Farm Road 3259 near Paradise is closed due to high water. Also, water was reported over the road on Texas 101 near the Wise/Montague county line. A flood warning also continues for the West Fork Trinity River near Boyd. As of 3:15 this morning, the river was slightly under flood stage, but the river is expected to rise above flood stage overnight tonight and crest near three feet above flood stage by Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall totals from the weekend included 4.45 inches in Alvord, 3.89 in Rhome, 3.8 in Cottondale, 3.35 in Bridgeport, 3.3 in Paradise, 3.0 in Decatur and 2.6 in Greenwood.

LAKE CLOSED – Lake Bridgeport is closed to recreational boat traffic until further notice due to rising lake levels. As of 8 a.m. today, the lake was 2.53 feet above conservation level, at 838.53 feet. Water is being discharged at a rate of 8,360 cubic feet per second.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s support group meets 6 p.m. Tuesday on Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 102 at Weather College Wise County. Dr. Davey Edwards will present the program on “Monitoring River Boundaries.” All members are invited, and visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur High School Band Boosters will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school band hall. Nominations will be taken for next year’s board members.

DAZZLE ME PINK – Wise Health Foundation’s Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384 for reservations.

FFA FUNDRAISER – A Chico FFA fundraiser is 6-10 p.m. Thursday at the middle school cafeteria. It will include a brisket supper, an auction with student-made projects (includes fire pits, smokers, and items for all price ranges) and a dance. The auction admission will be free, but the meal will be $6 per plate.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional 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.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 tonight at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Brandon Sutter will present an introduction to CPR fundamentals. Call 940-393-5029.

4-H MEETING – Alvord 4-H meets 6 tonight at the Alvord Church of Christ fellowship hall. Guest speaker this month is Janie Vawter, Wise County 4-H Dog Project leader. Call Carrie Outlaw, 940-389-7967.

FUNERALS – Service for Jackie Davis, 75, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

PRIVATE GRAVESIDE service will be held for Juanita Pruitt, 79, formerly of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ruth A. Bisidas, 96, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Friday, April 15, 2016



RHOME DEBATE MIGHT BE MOVED — Rhome City Council members brought forward an old resolution Thursday to serve as a reminder that in 2011 council declared it the policy of the city of Rhome “that no arm, entity, property or other aspect of the City of Rhome shall be used for political messages or advertisements” because the council determined all arms of the city “should be mutual with regards to any political activities of its citizens or any other parties.” The resolution was left to be enforced by oversight of the mayor, who could refer questions regarding what constitutes as “political” use to city council for review and determination. A group of citizens had planned to host a debate for the city’s May 7 election candidates Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Rhome Community Center, and they will now likely move that debate to non-city property. The location is to be decided. For more on Thursday’s meeting, see the weekend issue of the Wise County Messenger.

RAIN IN WEEKEND FORECAST — Showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop Saturday night with highest rain chances Sunday night into Monday. Some of the storms may be severe. Parts of north Texas could see 3 to 6 inches of rain through next Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

BRIDGEPORT EARNS STATE SPOT — The Bridgeport Sissies shot a second-round 333 to grab third place at the Class 4A Region I golf tournament and a spot into the state tournament. Lexi Read fired a second-round 75 and finished third overall with her two-round total of 152. Brooke Irion was fourth, one shot back of Read after her second-round 78. Katie Hudson shot 88 Thursday. Abbi Hatton hit 92 and Ashlie Lennard 106. Decatur finished 12th as a team with a two-round total of 849. Sarah Crouse shot 108 in the second round, Autumn Fuller 109, Madeleine Semmelman 100, Abby Grimes 110 and Corley Blount 113.

DECATUR SWEEPS 8-4A TITLES — The Decatur girls and boys won the 8-4A track titles Thursday. The Lady Eagles tallied 214 points, beating second-place Lake Worth by 36 points. Bridgeport was fourth with 65. Jessica Kyle won district titles in the 800 and 1,600. The Lady Eagles won the 4×100 and 4×200. The Eagles won the league title with 198 points and brought home gold in the 4×100 and 4×200. Gunnar Parker won the 100.

BATTLE OF BIG SANDY ON DIAMOND — The Decatur Eagles will head to Bridgeport for a pivotal 8-4A baseball game at 7:30 tonight. The Lady Eagles and Sissies will also meet in softball. Other baseball games – Alvord at Olney; Henrietta at Boyd; Graford at Chico; Bowie at Paradise; Northwest at Timber Creek . Softball – Alvord at Valley View; Henrietta at Boyd; Chico at Muenster; Bowie at Paradise; Northwest at Timber Creek.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT FOR BURN VICTIM — A benefit account has been set up for Maria Vargas who was seriously burned in a fire at the San Miguel Taqueria on Texas 101 in Bridgeport Wednesday morning. Donations to the Maria Vargas Benefit Account may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location, and donations will be used to pay for medical expenses. She is currently in the burn unit at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

RUNWAY RIBBON CUTTING — The City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Airport Board will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday honoring the completion of the runway extension project. Festivities will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting at noon. Free hot dogs will be held after the ceremony. The event will also include inflatables, crafts and activities for children. The airport is located at 299 LV Selz Rd. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

ALVORD VETERANS BREAKFAST — Alvord Area Veterans will meet 8 a.m. Saturday for breakfast at Hannah’s in downtown Alvord. All veterans are invited. Call Donald Hill, 817-888-7830.

PERFORMANCE — Gospel singer Buddy Liles will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Bible Baptist Church, 184 Cuba Road in Bridgeport.

BIKE RODEO — Rhome Public Library is having a bicycle rodeo 10 a.m. Saturday at Prairie View Elementary. The free event is open to all ages.

DIABETES CLASSES — Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur Monday. 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.

CHAMBER BANQUET — The Chico Chamber of Commerce Banquet is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chico Middle School. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

VETERANS BREAKFAST — The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited.

DAR FIELD TRIP — The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take a field trip to the Israel Prayer Garden in Denton Saturday. For those wishing to attend/carpool, the group will meet 9 a.m. at the WARM parking lot, 300 N. Trinity, Decatur. Bring a sack lunch and drink. Call Amy Pegues, 940-577-3192 or Cheryl Ellis, 940-206-5625.

FUNERALS — A private memorial service is planned at a later date for Betty Huggins, 88, of Bridgeport.  Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret “PeeWee” McDaniel, 90, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Raymond L. Meadows, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at the Church of Christ in Springtown with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Pat Renfrow, 85, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathleen Larson, 61, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Moreau, 82, of Newark will be held at a later date.

MEMORIAL service for Fredrick Ray “Boomer” Dawson, 60, of Decatur is 4 p.m. today at Slidell Baptist Church in Slidell.

MEMORIAL service for Tom “Doc” Mills, 56, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center.

MEMORIAL service for Sarah “Joann” Badger, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. April 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.

SERVICE for Ruth Graham Houston, 70, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Keller.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016


AURORA TO HOST ALIEN EVENT – The first Aurora Alien Encounter event will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the MD Resort Twin Oaks Conference Center, 601 Old Base Rd., in Aurora. The event will feature several speakers who will talk about alien sightings. Keynote speaker will be Travis Walton who wrote the book “Fire in the Sky,” recalling his alleged alien abduction in 1975 in Arizona. Tours to the site of the reported 1897 spaceship crash in Aurora and the Aurora Cemetery where an alien is buried, according to legend, will also be available. A documentary of Aurora’s UFO crash featuring local author Jim Marrs will also be shown. A full story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger. For information, go to auroratexas.gov.

RAINFALL REPORT – Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.32 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.25 in Alvord, 0.2 in Greenwood and 0.15 in Decatur.

SISSIES IN SECOND – With an opening round of 320 at the 4A Region I golf tournament, the Bridgeport Sissies are in second place. Brooke Irion shot 75, Lexi Read 77, Katie Hudson 78, Abbi Hatton 90 and Ashlie Lennard 108.

8-4A TRACK CONTINUES – The 8-4A track meet continues at 5 p.m. today with running finals in Springtown. Decatur’s Dane Fitzgerald won the long jump Wednesday. Isaac Hacker took gold in the triple jump.

10-2A MEET – The 10-2A track meet begins at 10 a.m. in Valley View. The running finals are at 5:30 p.m.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Brandon Sutter will present an introduction to CPR fundamentals. Call 940-393-5029.

TOWER GARDEN – Help is needed setting up a Tower Garden at Senior Care in Decatur. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817

CLAY SHOOT – The third annual Terri Johnson FCA Clay Shoot is Friday, April 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. For sponsorship information or to enter a team, call Glenn Vrba at 940-255-1681 or email gvrba@fca.org.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited.

EASTERN STAR MEETING – Order of The Eastern Star Boyd Chapter No. 897 will have a special called meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Boyd. The meeting will be for the purpose of voting to get a special dispensation in order to be able to elect officers at the May stated meeting. There will be no meal.

FUNERALS – Private service is planned at a later date for Betty Huggins, 88, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond L. Meadows, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Springtown with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL gathering for William Ernest Harris, 69, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Pat Renfrow, 85, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathleen Larson, 61, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Moreau, 82, of Newark will be held at a later date.

MEMORIAL service for Fredrick Ray “Boomer” Dawson, 60, of Decatur is 4 p.m. Friday at Slidell Baptist Church in Slidell.

MEMORIAL service for Tom “Doc” Mills, 56, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center.

MEMORIAL service for Sarah “Joann” Badger, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. April 30 at the First United Methodist Church in Boyd.

SERVICE for Ruth Graham Houston, 70, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Keller.

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