Update for Friday, February 22, 2019


WELCOME SWAP MEET VISITORS – The Decatur Swap Meet returns for its 44th year beginning today. The annual event sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club is open to the public 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, today through Sunday, at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Admission is free, but you do pay to park. For information, go to wcaac.com/dsm.

GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The Bridgeport Sissies meet Levelland at 8 p.m. today in the 4A Region I semifinal at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. It is Bridgeport’s first trip to the regional tournament since 2009. The Slidell Lady Hounds are making their third straight appearance in the regional tournament when they take on Lipan at 5 p.m. at Mansfield High School in the Class A Region III semifinal. Slidell has won 12 straight games.

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Eagles will meet Hirschi at 6 p.m. at Jacksboro High School in the 4A Region I area round. Decatur broke the school record for number of wins in a season in its bi-district win over Godley on Monday and is 33-3 on the year. Alvord snapped a 14-year playoff drought with a win over Tom Bean earlier this week and will meet Archer City in the 2A Region II area round at 7:30 p.m. at Graham High School. After a first-round bye, Slidell will take on Ector in the Class A Region III area round at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at Celina High School.

RAINY DAY – Today’s a good day to keep the umbrella close. After a drizzly start, rain chances remain in the forecast through tonight. Today’s high is expected to be 51 degrees. Rainfall totals since yesterday include 0.15 of an inch in Cottondale and 0.12 in Decatur.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The Wise County Youth Fair will kick off with a parade Saturday in downtown Decatur. It will feature animals, floats from various FFA chapters and 4-H clubs, as well as cowboys, cowgirls and classic cars. It begins at 10 a.m. and will roll right through the Decatur Square. Youth Fair contests start Monday and run through next Saturday.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The next Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s “Daddy-Daughter Dance” is Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. There are three dances scheduled: 4:30-6 p.m.; 6:30-8; and 8:30-10. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at city hall or bridgeport.recdesk.com. The theme this year is “A Night in Paris.”

ROCK RACING – Central Rock Racing Series will be held at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport today and Saturday, with night rides both nights. Tickets can be purchased online at Bridgeport.recdesk.com.

FUNERALS – Funeral for James H. “Jimmy” “Yogi” Kirk, 77, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Viola Hale Wilson, 77, of Mineral Wells is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Betty Pruett, 91, of Slidell is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Slidell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Virginia Williams, 85, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Hilda Jordan, 96, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for John W. Rodgers, 83, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. today at The Bay Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Jeremiah David Stracener, 31, of Boyd is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Erna H. Willingham, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Edward Shine, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Andree Rumbough, 157 CR 4782, in Boyd. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Billie Marie Luster, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Mineola with burial at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Alba. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for William “Bill” Lee Jenkins, 65, of Northlake is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Update for Thursday, February 21, 2019


DEVON TO SELL LOCAL ASSETS – Devon Energy Corp. announced Tuesday it plans to sell its Barnett Shale and Canadian assets to complete its transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business. A press release states the move will allow the company to focus on its top-tier, high-return U.S. oil assets and is aligned with the company’s previously announced long-term plan. The company expects to complete the sale by the end of 2019. President and CEO Dave Hager told The Oklahoman if no buyers make a deal, Devon intends to spin them off into separate entities. The board of directors also authorized a $1 billion increase to the company’s previously announced $4 billion share-repurchase program, bringing the total repurchase program to $5 billion. “Devon is taking aggressive, meaningful and decisive steps to improve our operational and corporate cost structure,” said Jeff Ritenour, executive vice president and chief financial officer. Devon entered the Barnett Shale in 2002 when it acquired Mitchell Energy, which had pioneered the use of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas from shale. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

RHOME WRECK – Two people were injured in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Rhome last night. The wreck happened just after 7:30 p.m. on U.S. 81/287 near County Road 4840 at the south city limits of Rhome. Two people were transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS. U.S. 81/287 southbound lanes remained closed for about an hour while the wreck was cleared.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. The program will be a presentation of local author Julia Heaberlin. RSVP by Sunday evening to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. The program will be a webinar called “Pain in the Access-More Web for Your Genealogy.”

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club is meeting 6:30 p.m. today at the NRS Training Center classroom.

UNITED WAY MEETING – The Wise County United Way’s annual meeting is 5:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System West Campus, 2000 S. FM 51 Decatur, Rehabilitation Cafeteria. This month’s topic is Heart Health. For information, contact Dennis McCreary 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber 940-626-2457.

FUNERALS – Services for Virginia Williams, 85; James Henry “Jimmy” Kirk, 77; and Hilda Jordan, 96, all of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Viola Hale Wilson, 77, of Mineral Wells is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Betty Pruett, 91, of Slidell is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Slidell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for John W. Rodgers, 83, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. Friday at The Bay Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jeremiah David Stracener, 31, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Erna H. Willingham, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Edward Shine, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Andree Rumbough, 157 CR 4782, in Boyd. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Billie Marie Luster, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Mineola with burial at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Alba. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, February 20, 2019


BRIDGEPORT BEATS DECATUR – Emily Vidal led all scorers with 17 points to propel Bridgeport past rival Decatur 50-28 in the 4A Region I quarterfinal Tuesday night at Azle High School. The Sissies will play second-ranked Levelland in the 4A Region I semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University. It is the first time in 10 years Bridgeport has advanced to the regional tournament. The Slidell Lady Hounds beat Saltillo 51-30 in the Class A Region III quarterfinal Tuesday, advancing to the regional tournament for the third straight year. Aurora Deluna led the Lady Hounds with 13 points. Bailey Meyer added 11. Slidell will play Lipan at 5 p.m. Friday in the Class A Region III semifinal at Mansfield High School.

ALVORD SCORES UPSET – The Alvord Bulldogs won their first postseason game since 2005, beating Tom Bean 61-56 Tuesday night at Denton High School in the 2A Region II bi-district round. Alvord will play Archer City in the 2A Region II area round later this week. Decatur and Wichita Falls Hirschi will meet in the 4A Region I area round at 6 p.m. Friday at Jacksboro High School. The Eagles beat the Huskies 53-31 earlier this season.

RAINFALL REPORT – A cold rain fell over Wise County Tuesday. Weather reporter Don Niblett reported 0.63 inches in Decatur, 0.5 in Greenwood, 0.48 in Alvord, 0.4 in Cottondale and 0.34 in Bridgeport. Today will be sunny with highs in the mid-50s. The rain returns Thursday night and Friday.

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club is meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the NRS Training Center classroom.

UNITED WAY MEETING – The Wise County United Way’s annual meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System West Campus, 2000 S. FM 51 Decatur, Rehabilitation Cafeteria. This month’s topic is Heart Health. For information, contact Dennis McCreary 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber 940-626-2457.

MEMORIAL service for John W. Rodgers, 83, of Runaway Bay is 10:30 a.m. Friday at The Bay Church in Runaway Bay.

SERVICES are pending for Jean McDonald, 76, of Bridgeport; and Jeremiah David Stracener, 31, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Betty Pruett, 91, of Slidell is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Slidell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Viola Hale Wilson, 77, of Mineral Wells is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. tomorrow at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Terry Hardin, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. March 10 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Erna H. Willingham, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Edward Shine, 79, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Update for Tuesday, February 19, 2019


YOUTH HURT IN HOUSE FIRE – One person was injured in a house fire in Newark Monday afternoon. Multiple fire departments including Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Haslet responded to a fire in a mobile home in the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before 4 p.m. Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said the initial call indicated multiple patients were trapped inside. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire and all occupants out of the house. One youth was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in the fire, Taylor said, and a Rhome firefighter was also taken to Wise Health System after becoming overheated while battling the blaze. The fire heavily damaged the structure. Red Cross was called to assist the family.

EAGLES ADVANCE – Decatur set a new school record for most wins in a season Monday night, beating Godley 82-47 to claim the 4A Region I bi-district championship at Weatherford High School. The Eagles are now 33-3 overall and have won 13 straight games. Decatur moves on to the 4A Region I area round and will take on the winner of Greenwood and Hirschi later this week.

PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – Girls basketball playoffs continue tonight. In the 4A Region I quarterfinal, Decatur and Bridgeport meet again at 6:30 p.m. at Azle High School. In the Class A Region III quarterfinal, Slidell takes on Saltillo at 6 p.m. at Princeton Junior High. In boys playoff action, Alvord takes on Tom Bean in the 2A Region II bi-district game at 7:30 p.m. at Denton High School.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of North Texas including Wise County until 2 p.m. today. Our area has the potential to see light freezing rain or sleet mixing with cold rain. Surface temperatures are expected to hover around or just above freezing this morning, so widespread travel impacts are not expected.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – Chico FFA will sponsor Donkey Basketball 6 p.m. Thursday. A barbecue dinner will be served at 5 p.m. before the game for $10. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the door. Presale tickets for donkey basketball are $6 for students, $8 for adults, and Pre-K age and under are free. You can purchase presale tickets at the Chico High School office or from any FFA officer. Tickets purchased at the door will be $8 for students and $10 for adults. There will be a cake auction during intermission. Proceeds benefit Chico FFA.

FUNDRAISER LUNCH – A barbecue lunch fundraiser will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. Cost is $5 for a barbecue sandwich with chips and drink. All proceeds go to benefit an employee of Bridgeport Correctional Center. Reserve your sandwich by Wednesday by calling 940-683-3010 or emailing julie.smith@mtctrains.com. Lunches can be delivered or picked up.

ROCK RACING – Central Rock Racing Series will be held at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport Friday and Saturday, with nights rides both nights. Tickets can be purchased online at Bridgeport.recdesk.com. Pre-tickets are $25 daily or $40 for the weekend per person. Admission for ages 12 and under is free. Tickets are $5 more starting Friday.

DONATE GAS CARDS – Bridgeport Women’s Club invites you to participate in Fuel for a Cure. Donate gas cards to cancer patients in Wise County and surrounding areas. Gas cards will be given out on an as needed basis to assist patients in traveling to and from treatment. The cards can be dropped off throughout the month of February at The Cancer Center at Wise Health System or Legend Bank in Decatur. Call Laura Tanner at 940-626-2300, option 6, for information.

FUNERALS – Services for John W. Rodgers, 83, of Runaway Bay; Jean McDonald, 76, of Bridgeport; and Jeremiah David Stracener, 31, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Mike Bement, 84, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Faye Hale Wilson, 77, of Mineral Wells is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Betty Pruett, 91, of Slidell is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Slidell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Terry Hardin, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. March 10 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Erna H. Willingham, 90, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Child injured in Newark house fire


One person was injured in a house fire in Newark Monday afternoon. Multiple fire departments including Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Haslet responded to a fire in a mobile home in the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before 4 p.m. Newark Fire Chief Jerry Taylor said the initial call indicated multiple patients were trapped inside. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire and all occupants out of the house. One child was transported to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth for injuries sustained in the fire, Taylor said, and a Rhome firefighter was also taken to Wise Health System after becoming overheated while battling the blaze. The fire heavily damaged the structure. Red Cross was called to assist the family.

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Update for Monday, February 18, 2019


WISE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DAYS – Local leaders will be in Austin today and Tuesday for Wise County Legislative Days. The two-day event will kick off with a reception at 5:30 tonight at the Driskill Hotel. Tuesday begins with a breakfast with District 30 Senator Pat Fallon (R-Prosper) and District 61 Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) at 8 a.m. at the Embassy Suites.

BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR PART III – The Bridgeport Sissies and Decatur Lady Eagles captured 4A Region I area titles Friday to set a showdown between the two rivals in the region quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Azle. Bridgeport took down Midland Greenwood 59-35 Friday behind 14 points from Ashley Ingram. Decatur beat Big Spring 46-30 with Katie Hale, Mackenzie Whitaker and Kylee Fitzgerald scoring nine points apiece.

SLIDELL ADVANCES – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds scored a 58-25 win over Ector in the Class A Region III area round Friday. Cate Zuniga scored 24 points. Slidell moves on to play Saltillo in the region quarterfinal.

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The District 8-4A champion Decatur Eagles open the playoffs at 6:30 tonight at Weatherford against Godley. The Alvord Bulldogs take on Tom Bean at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

SWIMMER COMPETES AT STATE – Decatur’s Zach Levesque turned a 2:04.84 in the prelims of the 200 individual medley at the UIL swimming championships.

REALTORS LUNCHEON – The Greater Denton Wise County Association of Realtors will hold its Wise County networking luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Conference Center. Guest speaker will be Doug Shaw with the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Cost is $20 per person.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. The program will be a webinar called “Pain in the Access-More Web for Your Genealogy.”

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 p.m. today 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.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day.

DUMP CLOSED – The Wise County dumpsite on Farm Road 51 in Decatur will be closed today. On Wednesday (their next business day), the Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Curtis Tinar, 83, of Castroville is 11 a.m. today at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Ginger Barnes, 52, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Mike Bement, 84, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Tuesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Jean McDonald, 76, of Bridgeport and Jeremiah David Stracener, 31, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Betty Pruett, 91, of Slidell; Viola Wilson, 77, of Mineral Wells; and Terry Hardin, 68, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Erna H. Willingham, 90, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Update for Friday, February 15, 2019


CARSON GETS 50-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DRUG CHARGE – Michael James Carson, 47, was sentenced to 50 years in prison yesterday at his sentencing hearing in 271st District Court in Decatur. Carson was convicted last week of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 – gamma-hydroxybutyric acid – in an amount of 200 to 400 grams. Due to previous felony convictions, Carson faced an enhanced punishment range of 25 to 99 years or life in prison. Carson was arrested following a traffic stop in Rhome in January of 2017.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – Decatur Lady Eagles play Big Spring in the 4A Region I area round at Clyde High School. Tip-off set for 6 p.m. The winner advances to the region quarterfinal and will play the winner of Bridgeport and Greenwood. The Bridgeport Sissies play Greenwood in the 4A Region I area round at Stamford High School. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The winner advances to the region quarterfinal and will play the winner of Decatur and Big Spring. The Slidell Lady Hounds play Ector in the Class A Region III area round at S&S High School in Sadler. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The winner advances to the region quarterfinal and will play the winner of Saltillo and Bryson. Boys basketball playoffs begin Monday. As of now, only two games are set: Decatur vs. Godley at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Weatherford High School in 4A Region I bi-district; and Alvord vs. Tom Bean at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Denton High School in 2A Region II bi-district.

FILING DEADLINE – The deadline for filing for May city council and school board elections is 5 p.m. today.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day.

OPEN HOUSE – Chico ISD will hold an open house at the district’s new administration offices at 503 W. Sherman 2-5 p.m. today.

BOOK SALE – Chico Public Library will host a book sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall, 400 S. Hovey St. All proceeds benefit the library. Call the library at 940-644-2330.

DINNER AND AUCTION – The Boyd Area Buyers Association will present the ninth Jimmy Ware Memorial dinner and auction 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School cafetorium. The annual fundraiser benefits FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members through purchasing Wise County Youth Fair projects and awarding scholarships. Tickets are $15 for guests 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Judge Jan Morrow will be guest speaker. For a ride or information call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

BINGO NIGHT – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 will sponsor Bingo Night Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall. Doors will open 6-9 p.m.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center has partnered with The North Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport to host a free self defense class for all teens age 10 and over 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn tips and tools to empower and protect yourself. Space is limited. Call 940-626-4585 or email ycastro@wisehope.org to reserve a spot.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI MEETING – The East Side Alumni will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Mike Bell.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System west campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

DAD STORYTIME – Dad Storytime at the Decatur Public Library is 10:15 a.m. Saturday. This storytime allows Dad to spend time with the kids while Mom gets some time to herself. Spend a fun morning with Dawn and Chris Mercer, Decatur firefighter, while they read stories. This storytime will be followed by a craft. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

UMPIRES NEEDED – Texas USA Softball is holding umpiring training and registration 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The is for the Wise County softball area. For information call the Texas USA Softball District 9 Deputy Commissioner Acie Raymond at 940-577-7373.

FUNERALS – Private graveside for Lorene Spann, 82, is today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ivan Adell Lowe, 56, of Dallas and Ginger Barnes, 51, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian Burial for Florensio Luna-Santoyo, 56, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Ryan, 84, of Southlake is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

EVENING PRAYER for Dorothy J. Earley, 94, of Bridgeport is 6 tonight at Ascension & St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport with reception to follow. Memorial is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Warren Saulter, 83, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bill Lamance, 64, formerly of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Reyburn Lee Ruhl, 65, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Update for Thursday, February 14, 2019


BOND SET FOR PARENTS OF KIDS KEPT IN A KENNEL – Two people arrested Tuesday in a child neglect investigation that involved two children being locked in a dog kennel were arraigned Wednesday morning and have had bond set. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Jospeh Fabila, both 24, of Newark each face four counts of criminal negligence of a child. Bond has been set at $15,000 for each count – for a total of $60,000 – for those charges on both parents. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury due to a family violence incident involving Fabila that left him with multiple cuts on his face. An additional $15,000 bond had been set for that charge. Both remained in the Wise County Jail Thursday morning. The two were arrested Tuesday after a deputy responding to a family violence call discovered two children – ages 5 and 4 – locked in a dog kennel and two other children – ages 3 and 1 – covered in urine and feces, apparently malnourished. The children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System west campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s “Daddy-Daughter Dance” is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Bridgeport Community Center. There are three dances scheduled: 4:30-6 p.m.; 6:30-8; and 8:30-10. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at city hall or bridgeport.recdesk.com. The theme this year is “A Night in Paris.”

DAD STORYTIME – Dad Storytime at the Decatur Public Library is 10:15 a.m. Saturday. This storytime allows Dad to spend time with the kids while Mom gets some time to herself. Spend a fun morning with Dawn and Chris Mercer, Decatur firefighter, while they read stories. This storytime will be followed by a craft. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

GIFTED AND TALENTED SCREENINGS – Alvord Elementary School will conduct gifted and talented screenings for students grades 1 through 5 in March. Parents and guardians wishing to nominate a student can pick up applications in the school office. Forms are due by 3:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

FALL PREVENTION CLASS – The North Central Texas Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wise County will conduct the free fall prevention class, Matter of Balance, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays March 4 through April 24 at the at Wise County’s AgriLife Extension office, 206 S. State Street, Suite A, Decatur. For information, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341, or email lwolfe@nctcog.org.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – The Paradise Band Boosters will sponsor donkey basketball and a barbecue sandwich dinner Feb. 22 at the old high school gym. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the game will start at 7. Presale tickets for dinner and the game are $10, $6 for just the game. Tickets will be $7 at the door for dinner and $8 for the game. Teams and riders are still being accepted. Contact paradiseband940@gmail.com for information.

HOSPITAL AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIPS – The Wise Health System Hospital Auxiliary is accepting applications for its seven $1,000 scholarships for Wise County high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in a health-related field. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred. Applications available online at wisehealthsystem.com/giving/scholarships. Application deadline is April 1.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN – The Rhome City Council will continue discussion with the University of Texas at Arlington on updating the city’s comprehensive plan at tonight’s meeting. The council will also look to appoint a committee to help with plan. The meeting starts at 7.

FUNERALS – Service for Ginger Barnes, 51, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jeneva Brackeen, 82, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Haltom City with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Lorene Spann, 82, is 3 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Linda Callaway, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

MASS of Christian burial for Florensio Luna-Santoyo, 56, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John’s Catholic Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Ryan, 84, of Southlake is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

EVENING PRAYER for Dorothy J. Earley, 94, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Friday at Ascension & St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bridgeport with reception to follow. Memorial is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Warren Saulter, 83, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bill Lamance, 64, formerly of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Reyburn Lee Ruhl, 65, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Parents of kids locked in a dog kennel arraigned


Two people arrested yesterday in a child neglect investigation that involves two children being locked in a dog kennel were arraigned Wednesday morning and have had bond set. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Jospeh Fabila, both 24, of Newark each face four counts of criminal negligence of a child. Bond has been set at $15,000 for each count — for a total of $60,000 — for those charges on both parents. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury due to a family violence incident involving Fabila that left him with multiple cuts on his face. An additional $15,000 bond had been set for that charge. Both remained in the Wise County Jail around midday Wednesday. The two were arrested Tuesday after a deputy responding to a family violence call discovered two children — ages 5 and 4 — locked in a dog kennel and two other children — ages 3 and 1 — covered in urine and feces, apparently malnourished. The children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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Update for Wednesday, February 13, 2019


KIDS FOUND LOCKED IN DOG KENNEL – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible child abuse case near Newark after a family disturbance call resulted in the discovery of two young children locked in a dog kennel Tuesday. Sheriff Lane Akin said officers were called to a home on County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome around 7:20 Tuesday morning and found a 24-year-old man and woman. The man had cuts to his face. While speaking to the two about the possible family violence situation, the deputy heard children inside. Once inside the home, the deputy located children ages 5, 4, 3 and 1. The two oldest children were locked in a dog kennel. “The others appeared malnourished, covered in urine and feces,” Akin said. “There was food in the house, but it was locked up where the kids couldn’t get it.” The children were transported by Wise County EMS to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for evaluation. The man was also taken to the hospital for his wounds on his face. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, both 24, have been charged with four counts of abandon/endanger child criminal negligence. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury related to a domestic violence situation that left Fabila with multiple cuts to his face.

BRIDGEPORT ADVANCES – The Bridgeport Sissies used a suffocating defense to defeat Brownwood 43-32 last night in the bi-district round of the playoffs. They will now advance to the 4A Region I area round and meet Greenwood later this week. In other playoff action, Collinsville defeated Alvord 80-59. Boys district results are as follows: Decatur 63 Krum 37; Springtown 57 Bridgeport 49; Paradise 44 Boyd 42; and Slidell 83, Prairie Valley 41.

UMPIRES NEEDED – Texas USA Softball is holding umpiring training and registration 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The is for the Wise County softball area. For information call the Texas USA Softball District 9 Deputy Commissioner Acie Raymond at 940-577-7373.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI MEETING – The East Side Alumni will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Mike Bell.

SELF DEFENSE CLASS – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center has partnered with The North Texas Karate Academy in Bridgeport to host a free self defense class for all teens age 10 and over 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn tips and tools to empower and protect yourself. Space is limited. Call 940-626-4585 or email ycastro@wisehope.org to reserve a spot.

BINGO NIGHT – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 will sponsor Bingo Night Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall. Doors will open 6-9 p.m.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Judge Jan Morrow will be guest speaker. For a ride or information call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

RELAY BAKE SALE – First State Bank branches in Chico, Bridgeport and Paradise will hold bake sales benefiting Relay for Life 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. The sale will include Valentine’s Day goodies.

FUNERALS – Service for Tyler Zane Howard, 1, of Azle is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery.

VISITATION for Jerry Moore Sims, 85, of Decatur is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jeneva Brackeen, 82, of Newark is 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Haltom City with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Lorene Spann, 82, is 3 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Dorothy J. Earley, 94, and Florensio Luna-Santoyo, 56, both of Bridgeport, and Bill Lamance of Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Boyd, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Ryan, 84, of Southlake is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Linda Callaway, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Warren Saulter, 83, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Lana King, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Reyburn Lee Ruhl, 65, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Parents of kids locked in kennel jailed


Two adults whose children were found in deplorable conditions near Rhome, including two locked in a dog kennel, have been arrested and charged with felonies. Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, both 24, have been

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charged with four counts of abandon/endanger child criminal negligence. Harkings has also been charged with aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury related to a domestic violence situation that left Fabila with multiple cuts to his face.

The four children found in the home on County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and are in the custody of Child Protective Services. The oldest two children, ages 5 and 4, were found locked in an approximately 3-foot by 3-foot dog kennel inside the home, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said. Two other children, ages 3 and 1, were also found covered in their own urine and feces and appeared malnourished, the sheriff said.

A deputy and Department of Public Safety Trooper provided food and water for the children.

Akin said Harkings is the biological mother of all four children, and Fabila is the biological father of one child.

The two were staying in what Akin described as a barn-like structure with no running water or toilet facilities on property owned by Fabila’s father.

Deputies responded to the home around 7:20 Tuesday morning due to a family disturbance call when the children were discovered.

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Children found locked in a dog kennel near Rhome


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible child abuse case near Rhome after a family disturbance call resulted in the discovery of two young children locked in a dog kennel. Sheriff Lane Akin said officers were called to a home on County Road 4930 between Newark and Rhome around 7:20 Tuesday morning and found a 24-year-old man and woman. The man had cuts to his face. While speaking to the two about the possible family violence situation, the deputy heard children inside. Once inside the home, the deputy located children ages 5, 4, 3 and 1. The two oldest children were locked in a dog kennel. “The others appeared malnourished, covered in urine and feces,” Akin said. “There was food in the house, but it was locked up where the kids couldn’t get it.” The children were transported by Wise County EMS to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for evaluation. The man was also taken to the hospital for his wounds on his face. The woman was taken into custody on a family violence charge. Akin said both the man and woman have each been charged with four counts of endangering a child. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Update for Tuesday, February 12, 2019


WOMAN GIVEN 8 YEARS FOR INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER – A Weatherford woman on Monday was sentenced to eight years in prison in a case stemming from a 2016 wrong-way wreck that killed two men. Ceslee Nicole Southers, 24, entered a guilty plea to two counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle in 271st District Court last Thursday. Her sentencing hearing in front of District Judge Brock Smith was Monday morning. The wreck happened around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, on U.S. 81/287 north of Rhome. Southers had been driving a Hyundai passenger car south in the northbound lane when she collided head-on with a Honda passenger car driven by Benis Escalante, 39, of Dallas, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening. Escalante and a passenger, Adolfo Aquilar Cepeda, 42, were pronounced dead at the scene.

LADY EAGLES WIN – The Decatur Lady Eagles earned their first postseason win since the 2015-2016 season with a 38-32 victory over Glen Rose to capture the bi-district title at Weatherford High School Monday. The Lady Eagles improved to 26-8 with the win. Decatur will play Big Spring in the 4A Region I area round later this week. Tonight’s girls basketball playoff schedule includes a 4A Region I bi-district game between Bridgeport and Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. at Granbury High School and a 2A Region II bi-district game featuring Alvord and Collinsville at 6 p.m. at Gainesville High School.

BOYD ISD EXTENDS ADMINISTRATORS’ CONTRACTS – Boyd ISD trustees approved a two-year contract extension for Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster and one-year extensions for Boyd Elementary Principal Anke Bracey, Boyd Middle School Principal Daniel Bourgeois, Director of College and Career Readiness James McDonald and Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins. Trustees also adopted a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to move up safety improvements on Farm Road 730.

RAIN REPORT – Rainfall totals from yesterday included 0.25 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.16 in Decatur, 0.15 in Alvord and 0.11 in Bridgeport.

UNITED WAY BAKE SALE – Legend Bank in Decatur will hold a bake sale on Valentine’s Day Thursday from 9 a.m. until everything is sold out with proceeds being raised for United Way of Wise County.

RELAY BAKE SALE – First State Bank branches in Chico, Bridgeport and Paradise will hold bake sales benefiting Relay for Life 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. The sale will include Valentine’s Day goodies.

CHICO CHAMBER LUNCH – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet noon today at the Chico Senior Center. Guest speaker is County Judge J.D. Clark. Lunch is $7 per person.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 6:30-7:30 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. The group will celebrate the contributions made by African Americans to the success of our nation. Guest speakers will be Sharon Dawson and Linda Gee.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Imogene “Tommie” Kuykendall Hargrove, 89, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Tyler Zane Howard, 1, of Azle is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Jerry Moore Sims, 85, of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jeneva Brackeen, 82, of Newark is 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Haltom City with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Lorene Spann, 82, is 3 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Florensio Luna-Santoyo, 56, of Bridgeport and Jimmy Ryan, 84, of Southlake are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is planned for Betty Jean Salkins, 94, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Linda Callaway, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Lana King, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Reyburn Lee Ruhl, 65, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Update for Monday, February 11, 2019


ALVORD WOMAN DIES IN CRASH – An Alvord woman was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 south of Springtown in Parker County. Haley Brumley, 22, died at the scene. Brumley was traveling northbound on FM 51 in a 2005 Dodge Ram truck shortly after 10 p.m. Near Veal Station, she lost control of the vehicle and entered a side skid. The truck overturned multiple times. Brumley was partially ejected. Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said a wet roadway and speed were contributing factors to the accident.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER AWARDS – Jonathan Cortez was named Citizen of the Year at Saturday’s Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Banquet Saturday. Other award winners included Erick Macias, Dr. James E. Hunter Humanitarian of the Year; MTC Correctional facility, Corporate Business of the Year; Edge Crew, Individual Business of the Year; Terry Everett, Director of the Year; Leah Clark and J.D. Clark, Presidency Award; and Melynda Lilly, Ambassador of the Year.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY – Wise County was under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. as visibilities were reduced to a quarter mile or less in areas. The forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms possible after noon. Today’s high will climb to around 62 degrees. Weekend rainfall totals included 0.29 of an inch in Decatur, 0.25 in Greenwood and 0.2 in Alvord and Cottondale.

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

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

BOYD TO LOOK AT TRANSFER POLICY – Boyd ISD trustees will consider amending the district’s transfer policy at its meeting at 6:30 tonight. The district also will review its facility use for non-school functions policy. Trustees will also consider contracts for principals and the athletic director.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will take action on a number of planning and zoning items and hear the annual police racial profiling report. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the courtroom located at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive in Decatur.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic will be a recap of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Black History Month.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Imogene “Tommie” Kuykendall Hargrove, 89, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jeneva Brackeen, 82, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Tyler Zane Howard, 1, of Azle is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Jerry Moore Sims, 85, of Decatur is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lorene Spann, 82, is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Linda Callaway, 63, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. NO

SERVICE is scheduled for Betty Jean Salkins, 94, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Lana King, 67, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Alvord woman dies in Parker County wreck


An Alvord woman was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 south of Springtown in Parker County.
Haley Brumley, 22, died at the scene.
Brumley was traveling northbound on FM 51 in a 2005 Dodge Ram truck shortly after 10 p.m. Near Veal Station, she lost control of the vehicle and entered a side skid. The truck overturned multiple times. Brumley was partially ejected.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said a wet roadway and speed were contributing factors to the accident.

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Update for Friday, February 8, 2019


WOMAN DIES FROM CRASH INJURIES – A Boyd woman involved in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 in January died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital from injuries sustained in the accident. Winogene Mayfield, 81, died at John Peter Smith Hospital where she was flown by medical helicopter Jan. 18. Mayfield was driving a 2016 Chevrolet passenger car northbound around 2:40 p.m. A 2009 Lexus passenger car driven by Lacretia Lumas, 40, of Bridgeport went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, went into the northbound lane and collided with Mayfield’s vehicle. Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said the DPS is aware of Mayfield’s death due to injuries from the crash. “DPS is presenting the crash investigation to the Wise County District Attorney’s Office, who will decide if criminal charges will be pursued and forwarded to a grand jury,” Hunter said.

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s boys basketball games include Decatur hosting Springtown, Bridgeport at home against Argyle, Boyd hosting Millsap, Paradise at Tolar, Alvord at Muenster, Chico at home against Era and Slidell hosting Gold-Burg.

LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS – Signups for little league baseball T-ball-12u is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday at City Church, 3483 South FM 51 in Decatur. This will be the only in-person signups, and signups will end Feb. 18. Visit the Decatur Baseball League Facebook page for information and the link to sign up online.

GAMING AT THE LIBRARY – The Decatur Public Library will host role-playing games in the library at 10 a.m. Saturday and every second Saturday of the month. Tables will be set up for different games, including Savage Worlds, Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and The Pokemon trading card game.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. The group will celebrate the contributions made by African-Americans to the success of our nation. Guest speakers will be Sharon Dawson and Linda Gee. Visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

BAKE SALE – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will hold a bake sale 4-7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to whenever they sell out on Saturday at Giant Burger in Rhome. All proceeds will go to the Tracy Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

DINNER AND AUCTION – The Boyd Area Buyers Association will present the ninth Jimmy Ware Memorial dinner and auction 6-9 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Boyd High School cafetorium. The annual fundraiser benefits FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members through purchasing Wise County Youth Fair projects and awarding scholarships. Tickets are $15 for guests 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under.

CHAMBER BANQUET – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased at bridgeportchamber.org. Call the Chamber, 940-683-2076.

YOUTH FAIR – Youth Fair scholarship applications are due today. The Youth Fair parade is Feb. 23 and entry forms are due Feb. 15. For information, visit wcyouthfair.org.

FUNERALS – Service for Tyler Zane Howard, 1, of Azle is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MASS of Christian burial for Primitivo Sierra, 65, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. today at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bobby Fay Worley, 87, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Winogene “Winnie” Mayfield, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. today at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James (Jim) Milton Barnette, 73, of Fulshear is noon Saturday at Rosewood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Humble. He was the father of Jimmy Barnette of Decatur.

SERVICE for George Lee Cowley, 90, of Alvord wil be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Chico with burial at Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lana King, 67, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Bridgeport.

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Update for Thursday, February 7, 2019


CHICO ISD CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS – Due to a high number of students and staff absent from school due to flu-like illnesses, Chico ISD will be closed today and Friday. Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said the absence rate has grown to around 15 percent district-wide. “We’ve seen more flu-like symptoms – coughing, headaches, stomach aches – and it started to spread to different campuses,” Elsom said. All district buildings will be disinfected Thursday and Friday by custodial staff. Extracurricular activities will also be canceled, with the exception of the varsity boys basketball game at 6 p.m. Friday, which is also senior night. Elsom said Little Dribblers will also use a district gym Saturday, but the gym will be disinfected again after the games before the district reopens on Monday at normal time. Because the district has built in extra “minutes” for the school year, Elsom said they should not have to make up the days missed.

JURY CONVICTS MAN OF DRUG OFFENSE – A Wise County jury Wednesday morning found a Henrietta man arrested during a 2017 traffic stop in Rhome guilty of a first degree felony drug possession offense. Michael James Carson, 47, was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 – gamma-hydroxybutyric acid – in an amount of 200 to 400 grams. The drug, commonly called GHB, is a depressant also commonly referred to as a date rape drug. Due to previous felony convictions, Carson faces an enhanced punishment range of 25 to 99 years or life in prison. His sentencing hearing in front of 271st District Judge Brock Smith is scheduled for next Thursday.

RETURN OF WINTER – After several days with high temperatures in the 70s, we’ve returned to more winter-like weather today. The temperature in Decatur at 8 a.m. was 32 degrees, and today’s high is expected to be 39. Rainfall totals since yesterday morning include 0.68 of an inch in Alvord, which included small hail, 0.44 in Decatur and 0.25 in Cottondale.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets at noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The topic will be a recap of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Black History Month.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the courtroom located at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive in Decatur. The organizations meet the second Monday of every month in this location. Information can be found at wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook as Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

DINNER AND AUCTION – The Boyd Area Buyers Association will present the ninth Jimmy Ware Memorial dinner and auction 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Boyd High School cafetorium. The annual fundraiser benefits FFA, 4-H and FCCLA members through purchasing Wise County Youth Fair projects and awarding scholarships. Tickets are $15 for guests 13 and up and $10 for children 12 and under.

HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE – All incoming freshmen at Northwest ISD are invited to their respective high schools’ showcases today, where they can learn about campus programs and opportunities as well as high school in general. Each high school – Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest and Steele Accelerated – will host its showcase in the evening, from 5:30 to 7. For information, contact the high school’s front office directly: Byron Nelson, 817-698-5600; Eaton, 817-698-7300; Northwest, 817-215-0200; and Steele, 817-698-5800.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Primitivo Sierra, 65, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. Friday at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Tyler Zane Howard, 1, of Boyd and Carolyn Winogene Mayfield, 81, of Paradise are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bobby Fay Worley, 87, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for George Lee Cowley, 90, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Friday at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James (Jim) Milton Barnette, 73, of Fulshear is noon Saturday at Rosewood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Humble. He was the father of Jimmy Barnette of Decatur.

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Chico schools to close due to illness


Due to a high number of students and staff absent from school due to flu-like illnesses, Chico ISD will be closed Thursday and Friday. Chico ISD Superintendent Don Elsom said the absence rate has grown to around 15 percent district-wide. “We’ve seen more flu-like symptoms — coughing, headaches, stomach aches — and it started to spread to different campuses,” Elsom said. All district buildings will be disinfected Thursday and Friday by custodial staff. Extracurricular activities will also be canceled, with the exception of the varsity boys basketball game at 6 p.m. Friday, which is also senior night. Elsom said Little Dribblers will also use a district gym Saturday, but the gym will be disinfected again after the games before the district reopens on Monday at normal time. Because the district has built in extra “minutes” for the school year, Elsom said they should not have to make up the days missed.

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Update for Wednesday, February 6, 2019


BOYD SETS HEARINGS – The Boyd City Council approved a series of resolutions Tuesday night to set public hearings for the annexation of 153 acres on Cemetery Road and the creation of tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) and public improvement district (PID) for the proposed 595-home development, Spring Hill South. The first annexation hearing will be Feb. 26. The city will hold second annexation hearing March 19 along with the hearings for the TIRZ and PID. The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. Two acres given to the city for utilities will not be in the PID. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. As part of an agreement approved in November, the city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. The March 19 hearing for the TIRZ will include only half of the development. Tax revenue on properties with a value above $210,000 garnered by the city would have to be spent on projects within the development and could be used to pay down bonds. There will be a 75-cent levy to pay the PID assessment to cover the bond payments for the initial infrastructure.

STORMY MORNING – Wednesday got off to a rainy start with storms greeting the morning commuters. As of 7:30 a.m., rainfall totals included 0.43 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.2 in Greenwood and 0.19 in Decatur. Rain chances remain in the forecast through the day and overnight.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM – Chico Public Library will host 1, 2, 3 Play with Me for infants and toddlers to age 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. The library’s Stitch It! group will follow at noon. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

YOUTH FAIR – Youth Fair scholarship applications are due Friday. The Youth Fair parade is Feb. 23 and entry forms are due Feb. 15. For information, visit wcyouthfair.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE – All incoming freshmen at Northwest ISD are invited to their respective high schools’ showcases Thursday, where they can learn about campus programs and opportunities as well as high school in general. Each high school – Byron Nelson, Eaton, Northwest and Steele Accelerated – will host its showcase in the evening, from 5:30 to 7. For information, contact the high school’s front office directly: Byron Nelson, 817-698-5600; Eaton, 817-698-7300; Northwest, 817-215-0200; and Steele, 817-698-5800.

CHAMBER BANQUET – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased at bridgeportchamber.org. Call the Chamber, 940-683-2076.

WIC OFFICE CLOSED TODAY – The SPCAA-WIC office in Decatur will be closed today for a staff meeting. The office will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday.

FUNERALS – Service for Primitivo Sierra, 65, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. Friday at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Bobby Fay Worley, 87, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George L. Cowley, 90, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Friday at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. He was the father of Bill Wallace of Bridgeport. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James (Jim) Milton Barnette, 73, of Fulshear is noon Saturday at Rosewood Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Humble. He was the father of Jimmy Barnette of Decatur.

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Update for Tuesday, February 5, 2019


DECATUR MAN KILLED IN WRECK – A Decatur man died yesterday evening from injuries sustained in an afternoon crash in Decatur. Lt. Delvon Campbell said a 2007 Honda Element driven by Margarita Sierra, 63, of Decatur was westbound on U.S. 380 when she took the crossover onto Business 380 near the Shell Station just after 3 p.m. She turned in front of a 2019 Dodge pickup driven by Jeramie Warren, 47, of Crandall. The two vehicles collided, seriously injuring Sierra’s passenger, her husband Primitivo Sierra, 65. Mr. Sierra was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton where he died shortly before 8 p.m. according to information from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Mrs. Sierra was treated and released at the scene. She was later hospitalized and was in ICU in stable condition Tuesday morning at a Denton hospital, according to family friends. Warren was not injured.

CATTLE HAULER OVERTURNS – A cattle hauler carrying roughly 90 head of cattle overturned Monday night on U.S. 81/287 at County Road 2798 north of Alvord. Department of Public Safety Troopers and the Alvord Fire Department responded to the crash just after 9 p.m. Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said witnesses saw a pickup truck veer into the cattle hauler’s lane and sideswipe it. The cattle hauler went into the shoulder to avoid the pickup and overturned. Both drivers were unharmed. Hahn said other haulers and trailers were coming to pick up the 90 head of cattle. It was unclear if any of the cattle were harmed. One northbound lane of U.S. 81/287 was closed as crews worked to clear the wreckage and move the cattle.

SPRING TEMPERATURES CONTINUE – It felt more like late spring than mid-winter yesterday as temperatures reached 80 degrees in Decatur. Highs in the upper 70s are expected again today and tomorrow before more seasonal temperatures will arrive later in the week with highs only in the low to mid-40s. The forecast includes a 40 percent chance of storms overnight, increasing to 50 percent during the day tomorrow and 70 percent Wednesday night.

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING – Bridgeport Police Department will host a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training for Faith Based Organizations 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the police department. RSVP for the training by emailing Chief Steve Stanford or calling 940-683-3430. Pastors are asked to bring their staff and security teams/volunteers.

WIC OFFICE CLOSED WEDNESDAY – The SPCAA-WIC office in Decatur will be closed Wednesday for a staff meeting. The office will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday. To schedule an appointment call 940-627-5796.

COUNCIL TO CONSIDER PETITIONS – The Boyd City Council will be presented petitions tonight for voluntary annexation of 153 acres on Cemetery Road by the developers of the proposed Spring Hill South development. The developer Bob Shelton will also submit petitions for the creation of tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) and public improvement district (PID) for the proposed 595-home development. The PID would apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. The TIRZ would allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. As part of an agreement approved in November, the city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. Tax revenue on properties with a value above $210,000 garnered by the city would have to be spent on projects within the development and could be used to pay down bonds. There will be a 75-cent levy to pay the PID assessment to cover the bond payments for the initial infrastructure. The Boyd council meeting starts at 6:30 at the Boyd Community Center.

DIRECTOR RETIRING – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center will host a retirement reception honoring Executive Director Pat Slayton for 13 years of service to Wise Hope 4-7 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group will meet at 7 tonight in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Learn from others who have been there and share your experiences. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.

READERS CHOICE – Today’s the deadline to vote in the Wise County Messenger’s Readers Choice Awards. Ballots must be returned to the Messenger office by 5 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Saunders, 76, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at New Hope Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jennette Denton, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Edward Pedigo, 97, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Runaway Bay, is 11 a.m. Friday at Runaway Bay Community Church with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Retha Brown, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Barbara Beck, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Linda Gayle Rotton, 75, of Newark is 2:30 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Roger Clark Steadham, 72, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Friday at Life Church 2:42 in Forestburg. He was the father of Bill Wallace of Bridgeport. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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