Tuesday, November 25, 2014


WATER LEAK REPAIRED – A water leak at 16th and Irvine streets in Bridgeport caused the water to be shut off for about three hours last night in the city. Water was shut off around 5 p.m. in order for repairs to be made, and the water was turned back on between 8 and 8:15 p.m., according to city spokesperson Tiffany Evans. The cause of the leak was unavailable as Update went to press.

CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING – The Decatur Public Library will hold “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at 3 p.m. today. Children of all ages are invited to watch this holiday favorite and then join them for a Snoopy-style “feast.” Visit the library website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash pickup in the City of Decatur will be different this week. Normal Thursday trash pickup will be Friday, and normal Friday pickup will be Saturday. That includes both residential and commercial customers. The same schedule will be used on Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well.

RODEO BAKE SALE – The Decatur Rodeo Team is holding a bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. They will be set up at two locations, Decatur Visitor Center and 1st Financial Bank. There will be cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, cupcakes, caramel, fudge and many other goodies to choose from. All proceeds help pay for scholarships, awards and fees for team members.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – The Rhome South Wise County Spirit of Christmas angels are ready to be adopted at Wells Fargo and Woodhaven Banks in Rhome. Angels need to be returned by noon Dec. 12.

4-H BAKE SALE – Chico 4-H will hold a Thanksgiving bake sale 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe’s Market in Chico. Pies, breads, cookies and cakes will be available for purchase.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting at 7 tonight 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. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

GIFT GUIDE – Look for our annual Holiday Gift Guide in the midweek Messenger on newstands today.

TWICE AS NICE – Look for a special section celebrating the Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team’s second state championship in the midweek paper.

FUNERALS – Service for Peggy Barksdale, 76, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Justin with burial at Justin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Christina Parsons, 88, of Bridgeport will be held in Augusta, Ga. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Julia Bellone, 90, of Bridgeport is 4 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel with private burial Wednesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Roger Rhodes, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Water service restored in Bridgeport


The water was turned back on in Bridgeport between 8 and 8:15 p.m. Monday after a water leak was repaired, according to city spokesperson Tiffany Evans.

Water was shut off about 5 p.m. to make the repair at 16th and Irvine streets. More information about what caused the leak and the work required to repair it will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Water to be shut off in Bridgeport


Water in the city of Bridgeport will be shut off at 5 p.m. to repair a water leak at 16th and Irvine streets, according to city officials. Tiffany Evans, with Bridgeport public relations, said service should be restored in three hours. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Monday, November 24, 2014


LADY EAGLES WIN STATE – Decatur defeated Argyle 25-14, 27-29, 26-24, 25-19 at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Saturday to capture their second straight state title. Makayla Mayfield put down 21 kills earning MVP of the 4A final. She was joined on the state tournament team by Cooper Martin and Stormi Leonard. Look for a special section celebrating the Lady Eagles’ accomplishment in the midweek paper (not All Around Wise).

RAINY SATURDAY TOTALS – Rainfall totals from Saturday included 1.8 inches in Bridgeport, 1.5 in Alvord, 1.4 in Runaway Bay, 1 in Greenwood, 0.8 in Paradise and Cottondale, 0.66 in Decatur and 0.55 in Rhome. The forecast calls for a dry week ahead with daytime highs in the upper 50s to 60s.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – The football season is over for all Wise County football teams as all three local teams lost in the area round of the playoffs this weekend. On Friday, Bridgeport lost to Sweetwater 46-14 and Crawford defeated Alvord 57-7. On Saturday, Shallowater advanced with a 49-35 victory over Boyd. Full coverage of the Friday games is featured in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

GOSPEL OPRY – The public is invited to the monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program 6:30 tonight at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. The time is earlier than normal due to the shorter amount of daylight hours.

YEARBOOK SALE – The Decatur High School yearbook staff has extra copies of past yearbooks on sale at a discount through the month of December. The following books are available for only $10: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010. Yearbooks for 2011 and 2012 may be purchased for $25. Call 940-393-7231 or email cindy.berry@decatur.esc11.net.

FREE LUNCHES – The Bridgeport Middle School Student Council will be serving free lunches 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today through Friday at Harwood Park under the pavilion.

BOOK CLUB – Newark Public Library is hosting a book club for adults 3:30-5 p.m. every Monday. November’s selection is “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham. Call 817-489-2224.

BAKE SALE — The Decatur Rodeo Team is holding a bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday.  They will be set up at two locations, Decatur Visitor Center and 1st Financial Bank.  There will be cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, cupcakes, caramel, fudge and many other goodies to choose from. All proceeds help pay for scholarships, awards and fees for team members.

FUNERALS – Service for Geneva Pearl Moss, 92, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Preskitt Cemetery.

SERVICE for Peggy Barksdale, 76, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Justin with burial at Justin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Christina Parsons, 88, of Bridgeport will be held in Augusta, Ga. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Julia Bellone, 90, of Bridgeport is 4 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home with private burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

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Friday, November 21, 2014


TEEN INJURED IN WRECK – A Decatur teenager was flown to a Fort Worth hospital following a single vehicle wreck Thursday night north of Decatur. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Matthew Hatzenbihler, 18, of Alvord was driving a Jeep southbound on County Road 2395 at an unsafe speed when he lost control, swerved and hit a tree about a mile north of County Road 2175. His passenger, Brittanie Martin, 18, of Decatur was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 was standing by to transport her to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeman said Martin’s injuries did not seem to be life-threatening. Hatzenbihler was not injured. The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. Wise County EMS and the Decatur Fire Department also responded.

LADY EAGLES PLAY IN SEMIFINAL – The Decatur Lady Eagles will take on Robinson in the 4A semifinal at the University Interscholastic League volleyball championships at 1 p.m. today at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. With a victory, Decatur will move on to play in the state final for a second straight year at 2 p.m. Saturday. For updates on the match, follow our Twitter feed @wcmsports. Full recaps of the matches will be available at wcmsports.com.

PLAYOFF FOOTBALL – The Alvord Bulldogs and Bridgeport Bulls will play in the area round tonight. Alvord meets Crawford at 7:30 p.m. in Granbury in a Class 2A Division I matchup. Bridgeport takes on Sweetwater at 7:30 p.m. in Stephenville at Memorial Stadium at Tarleton State University. Keep up with our live blog of the action at wcmessenger.com/scores. The Boyd Yellowjackets play Shallowater at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene.

THORNBERRY TO HEAD COMMITTEE – Congressman Mac Thornberry, whose district includes the entire Texas Panhandle and the western half of Wise County, has been chosen to chair the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry is the first Texan of either party to lead the committee, which oversees the Pentagon, all military services, and all Department of Defense agencies.

WET WEEKEND AHEAD – The National Weather Service is predicting a “100 percent chance” of thunderstorms Saturday for our area. The rain is expected to clear out by Sunday. Highs through the end of the weekend are expected to be in the mid- to upper-60s.

OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY – The Veteran Service Office in Decatur will be closed today so staff can attend quarterly training in Dallas. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday.

BULLS SEND OFF RALLY – The Bridgeport Bulls football team will be traveling to Stephenville today to play the Sweetwater Mustangs. The buses will pull out of town at 3 p.m. Fans are asked to line Halsell Street as the buses go by, honk their horns and waive their signs as a show of support for the team.

SPECIAL STORY TIME – Fall Friday Fun is 10:30 a.m. today at Decatur Public Library. The special story time event is for preschoolers and families with young children. For information, visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Wise County Little Dribblers registration is 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Hibbetts in Decatur. Last day to register is Nov. 29. Any children in Wise County ages pre-k through fourth grade are welcome. Registration is $65 and $30 for each additional child. Practices start the week of Jan. 5.

FUNERALS – Service for Darrell Ray Morris, 54, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Melvin Lester Vickers, 76, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kathryn Mason, 25, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for John Harold Payne Sr., 60, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Terry Thomas. For directions call Pat at 940-399-8583 or Sandy at 817-361-3969. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for W. Harrell Green, 77, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Della Brooks, 81, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Teen injured in wreck


11.21.14 wreck

A Decatur teenager was flown to a Fort Worth hospital following a single vehicle wreck Thursday night north of Decatur. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Beau Bridgeman said Matthew Hatzenbihler, 18, of Alvord was driving a Jeep southbound on County Road 2395 at an unsafe speed when he lost control, swerved and hit a tree about a mile north of County Road 2175. His passenger, Brittanie Martin, 18, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 was standing by to transport her to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeman said Martin’s injuries did not seem to be life-threatening. The accident happened around 8:45 p.m. Wise County EMS and the Decatur Fire Department also responded.

 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TABLED – The Bridgeport City Council voted Tuesday night to table a motion to enter into a contract with USW Utilities for maintenance on the water treatment plant. The decision was made after it was discovered that the city worker who would be affected by the contract wanted to continue working for the city, citing better retirement benefits as a factor. The issue was made into a workshop item for the council’s next meeting. The council also passed an amendment to city code that will require food trucks in the area to undergo initial inspection. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

SUICIDE PREVENTION MEETING – The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention will hold a public meeting at 6 tonight at the Weatherford College Wise County lecture hall. A panel of community leaders, healthcare professionals, suicide loss survivors and a suicide prevention specialist will be on hand to answer questions. The public is invited to share their thoughts and opinions. Light refreshments will be served. Call Patti Shearin at 817-264-4611 or email patti.shearin@dshs.state.tx.us.

OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY – The Veteran Service Office in Decatur will be closed Friday so staff can attend quarterly training in Dallas. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday.

BULLS SEND-OFF RALLY – The Bridgeport Bulls football team will be traveling to Stephenville Friday to play the Sweetwater Mustangs. The buses will pull out of town at 3 p.m. Fans are asked to line Halsell Street as the buses go by, honk their horns and wave signs as a show of support for the team.

MOCKINGJAY RELEASE PARTY – Decatur Public Library is hosting a “Mockingjay Part I” movie release party 4 p.m. today for teens (sixth through 12th grade). There will be Hunger Games inspired activities and snacks. For information, visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Wise County Little Dribblers registration is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hibbetts in Decatur. Last day to register is Nov. 29. Any children in Wise County ages pre-k through fourth grade may participate. Registration is $65 and $30 for each additional child. Practices start the week of Jan. 5.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 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. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

WILLY WONKA – Decatur High School Theater presents Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka, The Musical” 7 p.m. today through Saturday in the DHS auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and children.

SPECIAL STORY TIME – Fall Friday Fun is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Decatur Public Library. The special story time event is for preschoolers and families with young children. For information, visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD – The Alvord school board will meet tonight. The agenda includes reports from principals, the superintendent and board members as well as the routine approval of bills and the tax collection report. Also due are reports on Highly Qualified Teachers and the district’s wellness policy, as well as budget amendments, student transfers and any personnel recommendations that may come forward. The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Administration Building, 100 Mosley Lane. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Terry F. Wood, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Darrell Ray Morris, 54, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Melvin Lester Vickers, 76, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Della Brooks, 81, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for John Harold Payne Sr., 60, of Azle is 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Terry Thomas. For directions, call Pat, 817-399-8583; or Sandy, 817-361-3969. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE is pending for William Green, 77 of Boyd at Christian-Hawkins.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


ROADSIDE GRASS FIRES – Firefighters from Chico, Decatur, Bridgeport and Alvord were called to help put out at least five grass fires that broke out along the north side of U.S. 380 about five miles west of Decatur Tuesday afternoon. The first report came in around 2 p.m. and it took about two hours before all the flames had been knocked down, although firefighters continued to work hot spots for several more hours. Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis was still investigating the cause of the fires, which likely came from a passing vehicle, but had not determined anything at press time. Light winds on Tuesday, with temperatures in the 50s, helped keep the fires from spreading further.

PERFORMANCE – Decatur High School Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the DHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults or $7 for students and children.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The public is invited to the regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. at noon Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to 940-627-5586 before 11 a.m. Thursday.

TREE LIGHTING – The City of Bridgeport’s Santa and the Stagecoach Annual Tree Lighting Event is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bridgeport City Hall. It will include live entertainment, Santa Claus, kid crafts, food trucks and holiday family fun. Call 940-683-3400 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

STUDENT COUNCIL TO SERVE LUNCHES – The Bridgeport Middle School Student Council will be serving free lunches during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 24-28, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. under the pavilion. Last year, the council served more than 350 people. They are anticipating more than 500 lunches will be served this year and are in need of donations of cases of water, Capri Sun, individual bags of chips, as well as homemade baked items. Drop off donations at Bridgeport Middle School, 702 17th St. or call Larry Owens at 817-821-3857 for more information.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will host the 8th Annual Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Bridgeport Community Center. The event will include breakfast, arts and crafts for the children and pictures with Santa. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Tickets are sold at city hall or at the door. Space is limited. Call 940-683-3480 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur is seeking more volunteers for their Activities Program. Visit with Kathy at 701 W. Bennett Rd or call her at 940-626-2800.

VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP – A support group for local veterans, active duty, guard, reserves and their families is now available in Wise County. Volunteers in the community have successfully completed the Bring Everyone In The Zone Peer to Peer Facilitator Training and are fully prepared to help. The Peer to Peer Support meeting is held at 1308 Old Chico Road in Decatur 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. each Thursday. For more information, call Paula Johansen at Helen Farabee Centers, 940-626-1908.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Wanda L. Adams, 80, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Della Brooks, 81, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Ronny Gettys, 66, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Larry Loyd, 52, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Larry Bisidas, 67, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Terry F. Wood, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Darrell Ray Morris, 54, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Melvin Lester Vickers, 76, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for John Payne, 60, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Margaret McClain, 87, is 2 p.m. today at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


COMPUTER PURCHASE APPROVED - The Bridgeport board of trustees unanimously agreed to amend its budget to allow for the purchase of up to 100 new Mac computers at its meeting Monday night. The board also voted on delivery methods for materials to be used in the upcoming football stadium and agriculture science barn construction projects. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

NEWARK FIRE ‘SUSPICIOUS’ – Wise County fire officials are working to determine the origin of a fire that destroyed a house on Farm Road 718 in Newark early Monday morning. The fire, which was reported at about 2:20 a.m., gutted the house, which was already fully involved in flames when units from Newark, Rhome and Boyd arrived at the scene. The house is owned by Joe Garcia, who is reportedly in the hospital in Decatur. His wife, Tammy, is currently in the Wise County Jail. There were several dogs in the house and not all of them escaped the flames. “Right now it’s a suspicious fire,” Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said at the scene. “We have a lot of work to do here to figure out where it started.” Travis said the wood frame structure is not connected to gas or electric utilities and has not been occupied for at least 10 days. It is on the tax rolls at about $44,000.

BOND TALK – The Decatur School Board yesterday continued to look at the district’s needs in an anticipated bond election next spring. Superintendent Rod Townsend said the “main drive” for the bond issue is transportation needs, but the bond issue could also address security, facilities and technology. The board decided to schedule a workshop for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, to look at the needs and costs more in depth to help them come to a decision. Board President Kevin Haney said he would like the board to make a decision on the bond issue in January.

DECATUR SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Today is the last day to turn in Decatur Spirit of Christmas applications. Those applications can be picked up and returned to the Decatur Public Library.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The 2014 Parade of Lights is Saturday, Dec. 6. Lineup begins at 5 p.m., and judging is at 5:30. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry forms may be picked up at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Main St.

BELL RINGERS - Salvation Army bell ringing at Wal-Mart starts Friday, Nov. 28, and runs through Wednesday, Dec 24. Many volunteers are needed. The money is used to help Wise County residents in need. Call Tana at 940-627-5859 to volunteer.

BOOK BLOWOUT – Rhome Public Library is having a Book Blowout Sale 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday now through December. Hardback books are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents. The library is at 265 W. BC Rhome.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 south. Aaron Holt will speak on “Treasures at the Fort Worth NARA Archives.” Cost is $5 for non-members.

HELPING SOLDIERS – North Texas Stockings for Soldiers Campaign is underway with dropoff locations in Decatur at Shear Madness Salon, Wise County Messenger, DATCU and Sister’s Grooming. Small, lightweight items that will fit in a stocking are needed. For a complete list of requested items, contact Bobby Travis at 940-453-0511, Bobby.Travis60@gmail.com; or Janice Millican at 940-627-4220, rjmillican@ymail.com.

QUARTER AUCTION – A quarter auction will be held at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave., at 6:30 tonight. Proceeds will benefit the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.

FUNERALS – Service for Della Brooks, 81, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Warden, 44, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Crossroads Church in Decatur with graveside service at 4 p.m. at Mountain Home Cemetery in Daisy, Okla. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ronny Gettys, 66, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Larry Loyd, 52, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Larry Bisidas, 67, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Terry F. Wood, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Darrell Ray Morris, 54, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Melvin Vickers, 76, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for John Payne, 60, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Margaret McClain, 87, is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

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Fire in vacant Newark house ‘suspicious’


Wise County fire officials are working this morning to determine the origin of a fire that destroyed a house on Farm Road 718 in Newark early Monday morning. The fire, which was reported at about 2:20 a.m., gutted the house, which was already fully involved in flames when units from Newark, Rhome and Boyd arrived at the scene. The house is owned by Joe Garcia, who is reportedly in the hospital in Decatur. His wife, Tammy, is currently in the Wise County Jail. There were several dogs in the house and not all of them escaped the flames. “Right now it’s a suspicious fire,” Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said at the scene. “We have a lot of work to do here to figure out where it started.” Travis said the wood frame structure is not connected to gas or electric utilities and has not been occupied for at least 10 days. It is on the tax rolls at about $44,000.

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Monday, November 17, 2014


LADY EAGLES WIN REGION TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team fought back after dropping the first set Saturday to beat Bushland in four games in the Class 4A Region I Final, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-16. Makayla Mayfield buried 18 kills and Caroline Lowery 16. Stormi Leonard dished out 42 assists. The Lady Eagles head back to the state tournament for the second straight year and will play Robinson at 1 p.m. Friday in the 4A semifinal at the Curtis Center in Garland.

FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE – Wise County fire officials are working this morning to determine the origin of a fire that destroyed a house on Farm Road 718 in Newark early Monday morning. The fire, which was reported at about 2:20 a.m., gutted the house, which was already fully involved in flames when units from Newark, Rhome and Boyd arrived at the scene. The house is owned by Joe Garcia, who is reportedly in the hospital in Decatur. His wife, Tammy, was reported by a neighbor to be staying with some friends in Haslet. “Right now the cause of the fire is undetermined,” Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis said at the scene. “We have a lot of work to do here to figure out where it started and make sure Tammy is accounted for.” Travis said the wood frame structure, which is on the tax rolls at about $44,000, is a total loss.

Rhome firefighters work to keep the flames from spreading as a house at 2207 Farm Road 718 burns early Monday morning. The structure, which was unoccupied, was a total loss. Fire officials are working this morning to determine the origin of the blaze. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Rhome firefighters work to keep the flames from spreading as a house at 2207 Farm Road 718 burns early Monday morning. The structure, which was unoccupied, was a total loss. Fire officials are working this morning to determine the origin of the blaze. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

FLURRY OF ROLLOVERS – Two separate one-car rollovers on U.S. 81/287 near Alvord Sunday evening sent four people to the hospital in Decatur. Both mishaps were blamed on icy roads as snow and sleet blew in after sundown. The first occurred just before 8 when a vehicle rolled into the median just north of Alvord. Two people were transported from the scene by Wise County EMS ambulance. While officers were at the scene, a car approaching the accident spun out and went off the roadway and was helped back onto the road by the Alvord Fire Department’s brush truck crew. Just a few minutes later, another one-car rollover was called in just south of the earlier one. Two people were also transported by Wise County EMS from that wreck. Alvord Fire Department responded to that scene as well, as Department of Public Safety state troopers worked both accidents. The wreck scenes were cleared shortly after 9.

THREE FOOTBALL TEAMS REACH AREA – The Bridgeport Bulls and Boyd Yellowjackets won their bi-district games Friday to join Alvord, who had a bye in bi-district, in the area round of the playoffs. Bridgeport will take on Sweetwater at Memorial Stadium at Tarleton State University in Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Alvord will take on Crawford at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Granbury. Boyd will play Shallowater at 2 p.m. Saturday at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

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. This month will also include discussion on holiday diabetic friendly recipes.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 p.m. today at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State. St., in Decatur.

DECATUR TAKES ON NORTHWEST – The Decatur Lady Eagles basketball team will play host to Northwest at 7:30 tonight at Decatur High School.

TRIAL CANCELED – The jury trial scheduled for Wednesday in Precinct 3 Justice of Peace Mandy Hays office has been canceled.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Decatur EDC Executive Director Mary Poche. RSVP by calling 940-627-3107.

QUANAH EXHIBIT – The Paradise Historical Society and Paradise ISD are hosting the Quanah Parker Exhibit: One Man, Two Worlds, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paradise High School library. Rarely seen photographs of Quanah, artifacts and other Native American exhibits will be on display.

SOCIETY DINNER – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. This is the Society annual Thanksgiving dinner. An election of officers for 2015 will be held. Debbie Malone of The Funky Firefly will present a program on “Fused Glass Jewelry Making.” Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

BOOK CLUB – Newark Public Library is hosting a book club for adults 3:30-5 p.m. every Monday. November’s selection is “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham. Call 817-489-2224.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Wanda L. Adams, 80, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Paulette Gee, 64, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Warden, 44, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Church in Decatur with a graveside service at 4 p.m. at Mountain Home Cemetery in Daisy, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ronny Gettys, 68, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Terry Wood, 68, and Larry Bisidas, 67, both of Decatur and Darrell Morris, 54, of Alvord are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Larry Loyd, 52, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for John Payne, 60, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Flurry of rollovers on 287


Two separate one-car rollovers on U.S. 287 near Alvord Sunday evening sent four people to the hospital in Decatur. Both mishaps were blamed on icy roads as snow and sleet blew in after sundown. The first occurred just before 8 when a vehicle rolled into the median just north of Alvord. Two people were transported from the scene by Wise County EMS ambulance. While officers were at the scene, a car approaching the accident spun out and went off the roadway and was helped back onto the road by the Alvord Fire Department’s brush truck crew. Just a few minutes later, another one-car rollover was called in just south of the earlier one. Two people were also transported by Wise County EMS from that wreck. Alvord Fire Department responded to that scene as well, as Department of Public Safety state troopers worked both accidents. The wreck scenes were cleared shortly after 9.

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Friday, November 14, 2014


CAR CRASHES INTO RAVINE – A man was seriously injured Thursday evening when his car crashed into a ravine off of Farm Road 2127 near Crafton. Adam Edington, 19, was southbound on 2127 in a compact car about 5 p.m. when he ran off the edge of the pavement. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Edington tried to return to the roadway and overcorrected, losing control. The car left the roadway and crashed into a ravine that was about 100 feet deep. Johnson said Edington’s car landed upright, but due to his injuries, including a head injury, he was unable to get out of the car. Wise County’s Medic 1 and Rescue 1 treated Edington and transported him about one mile south to Farm Road 1810 where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 landed. The helicopter ambulance flew Edington to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Farm Road 2127 was shut down for about an hour. Crafton and Chico volunteer fire departments also responded and assisted with traffic control on both roadways.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – Boyd, Bridgeport and Decatur open the playoffs with bi-district games tonight at 7:30. Boyd will take on Brady in a 3A contest in Granbury. The Bulls will meet Ferris in Joshua. The Eagles meet Stephenville at Ram Stadium in Mineral Wells. Follow our live blog of the action at wcmessenger.com/scores.

DECATUR HEADS TO REGIONALS – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team will open the 4A Region I tournament at 1 p.m. today with a semifinal match against Big Spring at Western Texas College’s The Coliseum in Snyder. Follow updates during the match @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap will be posted at wcmsports.com after the match. With a win, the Lady Eagles will play at 2 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the state tournament against the winner of Bushland and Abilene Wylie.

SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth is forecasting a 20 percent chance of snow Sunday night into early Monday morning. Little to no accumulations are expected, and it is not expected to impact traveling.

GAMES CANCELED – Slidell basketball games scheduled for tonight have been canceled.

HOUSING AUTHORITY MEETING – The Decatur Housing Authority will hold a public meeting 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, to receive comments on the Housing Authority’s PHA plan, five-year plan and 2015 annual plan. All documents are available for viewing 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting be held at the Housing Authority office at 500 N. Cowan.

THANKSGIVING LUNCH – The city of Rhome Thanksgiving community lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 261 North School Rd. The city will provide the meat, and those in attendance are asked to bring a dessert or side dish. Volunteer help is needed. Call Jo Ann Wilson, 817-638-2388.

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

SOCIETY DINNER - The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. This is the Society annual Thanksgiving dinner. An election of officers for 2015 will be held. Debbie Malone of The Funky Firefly will present a program on “Fused Glass Jewelry Making.” Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

CHRISTMAS CARDS IN THE PARK – Spaces are now being reserved for the 8th Annual Christmas Cards in the Park, sponsored by Bridgeport Parks and Recreation. The holiday d cor program offers businesses, civic groups or individuals a chance to share their best wishes for the season with residents and visitors. There is no charge for a space. Call 940-683-3480 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jack Robinson, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. today in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lela Duck, 94, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Beth Marie Weiss, 87, of Rhome is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at her home. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements but not the memorial.

FUNERAL for Paulette Gee, 64, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Chico. Burial will follow at Chico Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Car crashes into ravine, driver seriously injured


A man was seriously injured Thursday evening when his car crashed into a ravine off of Farm Road 2127 near Crafton.

Adam Edington, 19, was traveling southbound on 2127 in a compact car about 5 p.m. when he ran off the edge of the pavement. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Edington tried to return to the roadway and overcorrected, losing control.

The car left the roadway and crashed into a ravine that was about 100 feet deep. Johnson said Edington’s car landed upright, but due to his injuries, including a head injury, he was unable to get out of the car.

Wise County’s Medic 1 and Rescue 1 treated Edington and transported him about one mile south to Farm Road 1810 where Air Evac Lifeteam 68 landed. The helicopter ambulance flew Edington to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Farm Road 2127 was shut down for about an hour. Crafton and Chico volunteer fire departments also responded and assisted with traffic control on both roadways.

 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014


NEW JUDGE TAKES OFFICE – County Judge-elect J.D. Clark is on the job. Yesterday county commissioners accepted the resignation of interim County Judge Glenn Hughes and appointed Clark to serve the remainder of Hughes’ term, which runs through Dec. 31. The term to which Clark was elected starts Jan. 1. The same scenario played out for the Precinct 4 commissioner post. Interim Commissioner Gary Potts resigned, and Gaylord Kennedy, who won the position in the Nov. 4 election, was appointed to serve the remainder of Potts’ term. Both men were sworn into office before a crowd of family and friends. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

FFA EVENTS - Decatur FFA and Decatur FFA Alumni are hosting a Buckle Show Saturday morning at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Chili’s in Decatur is also having “Chili’s Gives Back” Friday through Sunday. Take your voucher or mention Decatur FFA when you go. FFA is also raffling off a Yeti Roadie 20 cooler. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. Tickets and Chili’s vouchers are available ahead of the show at James Wood Motors, Sam’s Hairquarters or LK Insurance. Tickets will also be sold at the show.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. A parent must be present and the children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family, and parents are urged to bring the child’s immunization records.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION – The Boyd Education Foundation is having a founders’ monument unveiling 6 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School cafeteria, 600 Knox Ave. Speaker is T.D. Smyers. Finger foods and coffee will be served.

HOLIDAY STORE – Wise Regional Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Store is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Wise Regional Health System East Campus’ main lobby. The hospital cafeteria will serve chili or soup lunches with homemade desserts and beverages from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch is $5. The store will feature gifts and baked goods.

FALL FESTIVAL – Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd will hold a Fall Festival 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature carnival games, music, prizes, a bounce house, sweet walk, BB turkey shoot and food.

FALL FEST – Alvord Elementary PTO will hold its annual Fall Fest 1-4 p.m. Saturday in and around the elementary school gym. There will be carnival games, face painting, photos with the bulldog, silent auction, cake walk, hayride and more. Contact Michele Hardee at 940-626-9337 or Jessica Sands at 940-399-0579.

CHRISTMAS PARADE – Parade applications are available at Bridgeport City Hall or at www.cityofbridgeport.net for the Lights on Halsell, Christmas Parade. The parade will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on Halsell Street in downtown Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “Frozen.” Call 940-683-3404 or visit www.cityofbridgeport.net.

STORY TIME – Newark Public Library is hosting preschool story time for 5- and 6-year-olds noon to 12:45 p.m. every Thursday. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 817-489-2224.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jack Robinson, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Beth Marie Weiss, 87, of Rhome will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at her home. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements, but not the service.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014


FIRE DESTROYS ALVORD HOME – An Alvord home caught fire about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when the heater on a chicken brooder malfunctioned. Homeowner Mark Kelley and his dogs, Thumper and Roxie, escaped without injury, but his house in the 1500 block of County Road 1790 was destroyed. The smell of smoke woke him up. “When I went to see what was smoking, I could see the fire on the side of the brooder where the heating element was,” he said. “By the time I figured out what was happening, it was time to get out.” Kelley said he raises chickens for organic eggs, and he had 86 new chicks in the brooder. He had it set up in the middle bedroom of the mobile home to protect the chicks from the cold front that blew in this week. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said when his department arrived, the home was fully involved. Decatur and Sunset fire departments were also called to the scene. The American Red Cross was called to assist Kelley.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DEFENSE SPURS LADY EAGLES TO SWEEP – The Decatur Lady Eagles made 52 digs and blocked nine shots in a sweep of Stephenville, 25-17, 25-12, 25-14, in the 4A Region I quarterfinal volleyball match Tuesday. Makayla Mayfield made 14 digs and put down 14 kills. Cooper Martin also finished with 14 kills. Stormi Leonard handed out 38 assists. The Lady Eagles move on to the 4A Region I semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday at The Coliseum in Snyder to play Big Spring. Read the game story at www.wcmsports.com/defense-leads-decatur-to-sweep.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY – Today is the early signing period for basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball players along with cross country and track athletes. Several Wise County athletes will be signing with schools today, including Paradise pitcher Dillon Meadows, who is planning to ink with TCU.

TEEN BOARD – The Decatur Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets 4 p.m. Thursday. TAB will plan library parties and events for teens and children. This month TAB is sponsoring a “Mockingjay” movie premiere party Thursday Nov. 20, and a Charlie Brown feast for children on Tuesday, Nov. 25. To join TAB, sixth through 12th graders must apply at the library. Participants can earn community service hours for their involvement. Visit decaturpubliclibrary.com or call, 940-393-0290.

WIDOWS MEETING – Combined chapters of Widows of America will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fairview Baptist Church Annex at the corner of FM 407 and FM 2264. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish for the annual Thanksgiving event. Visitors are welcome.

PLAYOFF TICKETS – Pre-sale football playoff tickets are available at all Decatur ISD campuses and central office until 1 p.m. Friday. DHS will continue sales until 3:30 p.m. Pre-sale ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the gate are $8. Decatur will play Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells Ram Stadium. Decatur will be on the visitor’s side, wearing blue.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for the Santa Cops program now through Friday, Dec. 5. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Wednesday, Dec. 17. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0300.

PEP RALLY – Decatur High School will hold a community pep rally 6 tonight in the high school gym. The location was changed due to the weather.

HOUSING PLAN – The Bridgeport Housing Authority will have a public meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, to receive comments on its annual and five-year plan. All documents are available for review 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the office, 1508 Cobb St., in Bridgeport.

BEADING CLASS – The Decatur Public Library is having a holiday beading class 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday in November. Participants will make a holiday ornament as they learn the steps for beadweaving. The class is free, but registration is required. Call 940-393-0290, stop by the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South, or sign up online at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

IN TODAY’S MESSENGER – The midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today features the Soil and Water Conservation 2014 special section inserted in All Around Wise. Sports features complete coverage of last week’s cross country championships.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jack Robinson, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Hal Curtis Jones, 59, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

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Fire destroys Alvord home


 

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

An Alvord home caught fire about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday when the heater on a chicken brooder malfunctioned.

Homeowner Mark Kelley and his dogs, Thumper and Roxie, escaped without injury, but his house in the 1500 block of County Road 1790 was destroyed. The smell of smoke woke him up.

“When I went to see what was smoking, I could see the fire on the side of the brooder where the heating element was,” he said. “By the time I figured out what was happening, it was time to get out.”

Kelley said he raises chickens for organic eggs, and he had 86 new chicks in the brooder. He had it set up in the middle bedroom of the mobile home to protect the chicks from the cold front that blew in this week.

Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said when his department arrived, the home was fully involved. Decatur and Sunset fire departments were also called to the scene.

The American Red Cross was called to assist Kelley.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCES – Several events are planned today to honor veterans. The Wise County Veterans Group will host a Veterans Day memorial 10:30 a.m. at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Speaker is Brian Bosworth, minister of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He is also retired from the U.S. Air Force. Governor’s Ridge in Decatur is honoring veterans 10 a.m. in the Terrace Dining Room. Gerre Joiner will be the speaker, and residents’ war memorabilia will be displayed in a mini-museum. Refreshments will be served. Governor’s Ridge is located at 300 E. Devereaux St. Newark Public Library is hosting a Veterans Day reception 3 p.m. to honor U.S. military veterans.

RHOME DISPLAY CANCELED – Due to the weather conditions, the planned Wall of Honor Veteran photos will not be displayed at the Veterans Park in Rhome today as originally scheduled.

FREEZE WARNING - The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Wise County for midnight tonight through 9 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s during that time. Today’s high temperature is only expected to reach 46. High temperatures the rest of the week are expected to remain in the 40s.

CHANGE IN THE LINEUP – Wise County commissioners are expected to accept the resignations of County Judge Glenn Hughes and Precinct 4 Commissioner Gary Potts at a 10 a.m. meeting tomorrow. Commissioners will also canvass the votes from the Nov. 4 election and will appoint people to fill the unexpired terms of Hughes and Potts. More than likely, judge-elect J.D. Clark and Gaylord Kennedy, who won the Precinct 4 post, will be appointed to those positions. The meeting is open to the public, and it’s in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur.

DENTON COUNTY WRECK – A Rhome man escaped injury in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday east of Rhome that killed one person. The accident happened at 6:21 p.m. on Texas 114 near John Day Road just inside Denton County. Sgt. Lonny Haschel with the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sarah Brauner, 18, of Haslet was westbound on Texas 114 when her Ford Explorer crossed the center line and struck the front left tire of an eastbound semi-truck driven by Michael Parker, 65, of Rhome. Brauner was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where she died. Parker was not injured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

LADY EAGLES CONTINUE PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles will play for a spot in this weekend’s Class 4A Region I tournament tonight, taking on Stephenville at 7:30 in the volleyball region quarterfinal at Weatherford High School. Follow updates during the match on Twitter @wcmsports. A full recap will be posted tonight at wcmsports.com.

PEP RALLY – Decatur High School will hold a community pep rally 6 p.m. Wednesday in front of the school.

BLOOD DRIVE – Chico High School Student Council is hosting a Carter Blood Drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in the high school parking lot.

ID THEFT TOWN HALL MEETING – The Runaway Bay Police Department and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security will host a town hall meeting about ways to recognize identity theft 7 p.m. Thursday in the Runaway Bay Civic Center. Call chief Tim Donald at 940-389-3998 for more information.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – A county-wide historical society meeting is 7 tonight at the Sagebrush Cafe, 1020 Halsell St., in Bridgeport. The meeting will include a presentation and a prelude visit to the soon-to-be-open Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, The Forgotten Wars. Col. Robert C. “Bob” Johnson, USMC-Ret., will give a presentation, and volunteers will escort small groups to and from the new museum, just a block away. Donations to support the museum will be accepted during the tour. For information, contact Donna Weeden, dgweeden@yahoo.com, 940-859-3691.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – In observance of Veterans Day, all Wise County administrative offices will be closed today. The Wise County Development Services office and the Decatur dumpsite will be closed today while the other dumpsites (Boyd, Chico, Cottondale) will be closed tomorrow.

FUNERAL for Cleo Adella Boulware, 90, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Hal Curtis Jones, 59, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Kelly Couch, 53, of Roanoke. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Laurence “Mac” McKinstry, 84, of Alvord is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL is pending for Jack Robinson, 84, of Chico at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Monday, November 10, 2014


KYLE, LADY EAGLES TAKE SECOND – Decatur’s Jessica Kyle brought home the silver medal in the Class 4A race at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships Saturday. Kyle ran 11:48.51 to reach the podium. She led Decatur to a second-place finish in 4A behind Bandera. The Paradise Lady Panthers finished fourth in 3A, and Slidell Lady Greyhounds 11th in Class A. Boyd’s Marco Martinez earned a medal, finishing ninth in the 3A boys final in 16:36.

FOUR TEAMS ADVANCE TO PLAYOFFS – The Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport and Decatur football teams are headed to the playoffs. Alvord has bye through bi-district after winning 5-2A I. Boyd will begin the postseason Friday at Granbury against Brady. Bridgeport takes on Ferris at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Joshua. Decatur will be in Mineral Wells to play Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

DECATUR SWEEPS IOWA PARK – Behind 20 kills from Makayla Mayfield, the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Iowa Park in their area round volleyball match Saturday. Decatur won 25-6, 25-16, 25-8. Stormi Leonard dished out 33 assists. Cooper Martin put down 10 kills. Decatur moves on to play Stephenville at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Weatherford in the 4A Region I quarterfinal.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – A county-wide historical society meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sagebrush Cafe, 1020 Halsell St., in Bridgeport. The meeting will include a presentation and a prelude visit to the soon-to-be-open Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, The Forgotten Wars. Col. Robert C. “Bob” Johnson, USMC-Ret., will give a presentation, and volunteers will escort small groups to and from the new museum, just a block away. Donations to support the museum will be accepted during the tour. For information, contact Donna Weeden, dgweeden@yahoo.com, 940-859-3691.

GOVERNOR’S RIDGE VETERANS DAY PROGRAM – Governor’s Ridge is having a Veterans Day event to honor all veterans, 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Terrace Dining Room. Jerry Joiner with First Baptist Church of Decatur will be the speaker. Guests can visit a mini-museum with residents’ war memorabilia on display. Muffins and beverages will be served.

ALVORD VETERANS PROGRAM – Alvord High School and Alvord Middle School will honor veterans with a Veterans Day Program 10 a.m. Thursday at the Alvord High School Gym. All veterans are invited. Veterans are encouraged to arrive at the gym by 9:30 for seating.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Tuesday for Veterans Day.

THANKSGIVING MEAL – The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport annual Thanksgiving dinner is 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bridgeport High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 10. Children age 4 and younger eat free. The meal is a traditional turkey dinner with a drink and dessert. Tickets may be purchased from any church member or at the church office. Proceeds benefit local missions.

CHAMBER MEETING – The Chico Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting will start with a business meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Senior Center on the west side of the Square with a lunch and program following. David Marrs, Wise Regional Health System community education coordinator for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, will speak on strokes. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend. Lunch is $7.

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is searching for new members. The only requirements are that any applicant must be 18 years or older, live in Bridgeport, and have a high school diploma and a clean record. Call Bridgeport Training captain Tanner Reeves at 940-577-0930 for more information.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for the Spirit of Christmas will be available starting today at the Decatur Public Library and are due on Nov. 18.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by J.D. Clark.

FUNERALS – Service for Cleo Adella Boulware, 90, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Hal Curtis Jones, 59, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Kelly Couch, 53, of Roanoke is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

VISITATION for Christina Marie Cortes, 36, of Lakeside is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Catherine Fortune, 61, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Laurence McKinstry, 84, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, November 7, 2014


CLARK BIDS FAREWELL TO COUNCIL – Two days after being elected Wise County judge, J.D. Clark yesterday submitted his resignation as Chico mayor to the city council, to be effective when he takes the oath of office as judge. “I am proud of the progress we have made and the ways in which we have responded to challenges that have arisen along the way,” Clark said in a written statement he read to the council. “The lessons I have learned while serving as mayor have been invaluable.” Mayor Pro Tem Karen Garrison will fill the duties of mayor. Clark suggested the mayor seat remain vacant until voters can chose a new mayor in the May 2015 election. The council also appointed Gary Fatheree to a vacant council seat. The 14-year resident was one of two citizens to express interest in filling the seat.

TEXANS WIN FINALE – The Northwest Texans fought back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Keller 35-33 behind 127 yards and two touchdowns from Quentin Thorpe and Emmanuel Moore’s touchdown catch and 98-yard kickoff return. But the Texans fell two points shy of earning a playoff spot.

EAGLES, BULLDOGS LOOK FOR LEAGUE TITLES – The Decatur Eagles and Alvord Bulldogs will play for the district titles in their respective football leagues tonight. The Decatur Eagles head to Graham to take on the Steers at 7:30 p.m. for the 4-4A I title. Alvord will be in Bells for a battle for the 5-2A I crown. The Chico Dragons will try to score a 12-point win over Valley View to get into the postseason. Follow our live blog of the three games at wcmessenger.com/scores. We will also have updates from Bridgeport’s game at Bonham, Boyd at Brock and Paradise at Bowie.

LADY EAGLES CONTINUE PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles will continue their title defense at noon Saturday, playing Iowa Park in a Class 4A Region II area volleyball match at Jacksboro.

RUNNERS BATTLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Decatur Lady Eagles, Paradise Lady Panthers and Slidell Lady Greyhounds will run for team titles Saturday at the University Interscholastic League cross country championships at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum, Northwest’s Cassidy Adams, Boyd’s Marco and Nathan Martinez, and Slidell’s Khristian Talamantes will run as individuals. Follow our live tweets from Round Rock @wcmsports on Twitter.

ALVORD VETERANS PROGRAM – The Alvord Area Veterans will present a Veterans Days program at the Elm Creek Veterans Park Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Weather permitting, some military hardware will be on static display, along with the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter. Guest speaker will be Mayor J.D. Clark of Chico. Free hot dogs will be served. All veterans, families and Wise County residents are invited.

VETERANS BREAKFAST - The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans from Wise and surrounding counties are invited.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale today at Sam’s Hairquarters, across from CVS. Pansies $10 flat, mums $4. Proceeds benefit Decatur FFA.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO VETERANS – Newark Public Library is hosting a Veteran’s Day reception 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, to honor U.S. military veterans. Veterans that plan to attend are asked to call the library at 817-489-2224 by the end of the day today, so they can be recognized at the reception.

HARVEST FEST – New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico will hold Harvest Fest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will feature free hot dogs and chips, volleyball, bingo, cake walk, hay ride and a kiddie train.

FIT FAIR – JROBS will hold its second annual Fit Fair 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. It will feature free classes, massages, tastings, eyebrow treatments and more. Free childcare will also be available.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Nevaeh Denise Michele Rogers, an infant, of Bridgeport is 7:30 tonight in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Lester “Ed” Jolley, 78, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with interment at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the parish hall at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Mildred L. Traw, 83, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Beth Marie Weiss, 87, of Rhome is 1-3 p.m. Nov. 16 at her home. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Rigoberto A. Valdez, 64, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Christina Marie Cortes, 36, of Weatherford and Catherine Fortune, 61, of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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