Teen remains at large following shooting


A 15-year-old boy who fled the home where a man was shot and killed Friday just north of Rhome remains at large.
The Wise Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the teen, who left the home on Private Road 4732 on a black Suzuki motorcycle soon after the shooting.
“We’re still in the process of trying to get the young man found,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. “We do have concerns that he may be armed and would ask to exercise caution. But we’d like for the young to come in so we can this case resolved.”
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene after being shot multiple times around 10 p.m. His body has been taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Akin said a 911 call was received from the residence.
“It was obvious there was an argument going on in the house prior to the shooting,” he said.
Other family members were present at the home.

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Man shot, killed near Rhome


A man was shot and killed in his home near Rhome Friday evening.
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene, after being shot around 10 p.m.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, a male juvenile fled the scene on a motorcycle. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of obtaining a warrant for the juvenile.
More details will be posted when available.

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Friday, August 18, 2017


NECESSITY OF INTERIM CONSTABLE QUESTIONED — Wise County commissioners may not appoint an interim constable in Precinct 3, a position left vacant last week when Doug Parr resigned as a condition of his criminal plea deal. In Monday’s regular meeting, commissioners formally accepted Parr’s resignation and discussed what would happen next. If an interim constable is appointed, he or she would serve only until someone is elected to the post in 2018. Whoever is elected will serve the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term, which started January 2017. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White suggested not naming an interim, but instead having the sheriff’s office and other constables serve Precinct 3 papers until a new constable is elected in 2018. “I think a lot of that’s been done in the past, and it would probably simplify things, instead of appointing someone for only a 15-month period,” he said. If they decide to make an appointment, County Judge J.D. Clark suggested Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance, who is a former police officer, and Sheriff Lane Akin screen applicants and make a recommendation to commissioners. The issue will be discussed again at the Aug. 28 commissioners meeting.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS — The Chico Lady Dragons earned three wins on the first day of their tournament Thursday. Chico beat Saint Jo (25-20, 25-11), Forestburg (21-25, 25-9, 15-11) and Petrolia (25-23, 25-11) to move to 8-1 on the season. Northwest went 2-1 at the Northwest ISD Tournament, beating Argyle and Elgin, Okla. Oakley O’Dell tallied 26 kills and Analise Lucio 55 assists in the three matches. Alvord picked up wins at the Poolville Tournament over Trenton (19-25, 25-12, 15-11) and Graford (25-20, 20-25, 15-12). The Lady Bulldogs fell to Poolville (25-16, 25-20). Kinly Walker recorded 20 kills and 55 digs. Kendall Connally had 41 assists.

CLEAR THE SHELTER IS SATURDAY — The Wise County Animal Shelter and Bridgeport Animal Shelter are participating in Clear the Shelter this weekend. The nationwide pet adoption drive is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Wise County shelter, 119 Private Road 4195, just south of the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bridgeport Shelter, 171 Private Road 3042. Families who adopt a dog or cat will receive more than $200 in free veterinary services. The free services include microchip, fecal test, vaccination package, heart worm and lyme combo test, plus a single dose of Heartgard and Nexgard Flea and Tick (for dogs only). Adoption fees will be waived, too, thanks to the generosity of Shelter Buddies, a local volunteer group, and private donations. All adopted animals from the Wise County Animal shelter are required to be spayed or neutered, but the spay and neuter fees will be sponsored at the Bridgeport Shelter. For information, call (Wise County) 940-627-7577 or (Bridgeport) 940-683-3430.

OFFICE CLOSED — Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow’s office will be closed Monday for legislative training.

CUB SCOUT MEETING — Cub Scout Pack 115 will hold a recruiting meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church Decatur Wesley Center featuring first through fifth grade new member information. Email (a href=”mailto:wyattdusty@yahoo.com”>wyattdusty@yahoo.com or call 940-389-1977.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS — The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity Street. Anyone concerned about what is happening in government on all levels (county, state, national) involving issues like education, healthcare accessibility, Medicare, environmental sustainability, fair wages, proper treatment of our veterans and LGBTQ equality is invited to attend and meet Democratic candidates running for office.

CLAY SHOOT — The Wise Health Foundation is holding its annual clay shoot Friday, Aug. 25, at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Proceeds will help support Wise Health System programs, services and the purchase of new equipment. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to register or sign up to be a sponsor. Call 940-626-1384.

HEALTH CARE — Applications for the Wise County Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur. Eligible people must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and be registered with the Texas Workforce Commission unless exempt. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility. Call 940-627-4203.

CPR CLASS — Alvord Fire Department will hold a free Community Hands Only CPR class 9 a.m. Saturday in the education room of the station at 201 N. Trappier St.

50TH CLASS REUNION — The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. today at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP — The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

FUNERALS — Service for Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond Jordan, 82, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Levelland City Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Maria Montes, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur. MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home- Decatur.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


CLEAR THE SHELTER IS SATURDAY – The Wise County Animal Shelter is participating in Clear the Shelter this weekend. The nationwide pet adoption drive is 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. at the shelter, 119 Private Road 4195, just south of the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Families who adopt a dog or cat will receive more than $200 in free veterinary services. The free services include microchip, fecal test, vaccination package, heart worm and lyme combo test, plus a single dose of Heartgard and Nexgard Flea and Tick (for dogs only). Adoption fees will be waived, too, thanks to the generosity of Shelter Buddies, a local volunteer group, and private donations. All adopted animals are required to be spayed or neutered. For information, call 940-627-7577.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Students in Bridgeport, Chico and Paradise return to the classroom today. Be sure to watch for buses and pay attention to school zone speed limits.

BOYD MEET THE TEACHER – Boyd ISD will hold Meet the Teacher tonight. The elementary starts at 5, the intermediate and middle school at 5:30 and the high school at 6.

ALVORD TEACHER MEET AND GREET – Alvord Elementary will hold a Meet and Greet with teachers 6-6:30 tonight. Class lists will be posted before noon. A Title I parent meeting is 5:30-6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Alvord High School students can pick up class schedules, meet the staff and set up lockers 6-7 tonight. The counselor will have a meeting 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on the House Bill 5 graduation plan.

NORTHWEST ISD TOURNEY STARTS – The Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic starts today. Northwest will play Argyle at 2 p.m., Vandegrift at 5 p.m. and Elgin, Okla. at 6 p.m. Paradise, Boyd and Decatur will be in the Glen Rose Tournament. Paradise will take on Glen Rose, Tolar, Springtown and Saginaw in pool play. Decatur faces Waco University, Hico, Burnet and Early. Boyd plays Friday against Ponder, Liberty Christian, Denton Calvary and Eastern Hills. The Chico Tournament starts today with action today and Saturday. Alvord is at the Poolville Tournament Friday. Bridgeport will head to the Graham Tournament Friday.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging tonight beginning at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

MOVIE SHOWING – The Wise County Veterans Group will show the movie “Flight of the Intruder” at the Arcadia theater in Bridgeport at 6 p.m. today. The movie recounts the aerial action during the Vietnam War. Admission is free and open to the general public as well as veterans.

50TH CLASS REUNION – The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. Friday at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

ECLIPSE WATCHING PARTY – The Decatur Public Library will hold a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The library will provide free viewing glasses. The event will also feature a time capsule, a Kona Ice truck, a food truck and eclipse watching. Bring something that you think represents 2017 if you wish to contribute to the time capsule. Viewing glasses will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge will cook briskets for the Labor Day Weekend. Cost is $60 per brisket, and all funds raised will go to scholarships and charities. To order a brisket, call 940-255-2782; 817-992-4180; or 940-389-7334. Deadline for orders is Aug. 30, and briskets will be ready for pick up at the Greenwood Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 2.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at Levelland City Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Maria Montes, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


REWARD OFFERED FOR SHOOTING INFORMATION – Crime Stoppers of Wise County is offering a $2,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a double shooting in Alvord last week. Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to collect evidence in the case to determine who shot 17-year-old Rhett Barclay and 41-year-old Brent Dixon at a home in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight in the early morning hours of Aug. 7. Both victims were transported by Wise County EMS to Denton Regional Hospital with what Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin described as non-life-threatening injuries. To report information to Crime Stoppers, call 800-643-8477 or 940-627-8477 24 hours a day. You will remain anonymous.

MILK RECALLED FROM LOCAL DAIRY – Raw milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise has tested positive for the Brucella bacteria, prompting a recall by the Texas Department of State Health Services. According to a health alert issued by the DSHS Monday, a Texas resident tested positive for Brucella after consuming raw milk purchased from K-Bar. The DSHS advised that people who have consumed the milk since June 1 are at the highest risk of contracting Brucellosis. “Consumers are advised not to consume any raw milk products from K-Bar Dairy that are still in their possession and to discard it,” according to the health alert. Kimberly Lambert, co-owner of K-Bar Dairy, said milk samples have been sent off for testing to try to locate the exact source of the bacteria, and it could take until the end of the month to get the results.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Students from a couple of Wise County schools will head back to the classroom today. It’s the first day of school for Decatur and Slidell. Be sure to watch for buses and pay attention to school zone speed limits.

MOBILE CONSULATE COMES TO BRIDGEPORT – The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas will be hosting its “Mobile Consulate” program Wednesday and Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The consulate is offering marriage license, passport, birth certificate and voter card processing services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make appointments by calling 1-877-639-4835 or online at citas.sre.gob.mx. Without an appointment, the consulate will not process your documents. FUMC is located at 608 17th Street.

CONSULADO SOBRE RUEDAS – El Consulado General de México informa que a partir del 16 al 17 de agosto se ofrecerá el servicio de “Consulado Sobre Ruedas” en la ciudad de Bridgeport en el First United Method Church, 608 17th St., de 8 a.m. a 1 p.m. Se les recuerda que podrán realizar sus citas al 1-877-639-4835 o via web citas.sre.gob.mx. Recuerda que si no tiene una cita programada previamente, no podrá tramitar su documento. Se ofrecerán los servicios de matrículas consulares, pasaportes, actas de nacimiento y credencial para votar INE.

WISE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL TEAMS SWEEP NIGHT – All six Wise County volleyball teams picked up wins Tuesday night. Satasha Kostelecky put down eight kills with six blocks in Decatur’s 25-13, 27-25, 25-18 win over Fossil Ridge. Oakley O’Dell finished with 19 kills in the Northwest Lady Texans’ 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 win over Arlington Lamar. Jordyn Todd buried 21 kills in Boyd’s 25-13, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Godley. Gracie Barnett led the Lady Panthers with 14 kills and 17 digs to go along with 10 aces in Paradise’s 21-25, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 15-8 win over Poolville. The Bridgeport Sissies beat Azle 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23. The Chico Lady Dragons took down Savoy in three games, 25-9, 25-7. 25-14. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs came back after dropping the first set to take the next three and beat Forestburg, 18-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-12. Kinly Walker buried nine kills with 18 digs.

TAX RATE CUT – The Decatur Water Board Tuesday voted to recommend a one-cent cut in the tax rate of the Wise County Water Supply District. If approved the new rate will be 11.75 cents per $100 valuation. The water supply district purchases water from Tarrant Regional Water District for the City of Decatur. City Manager Brett Shannon said increases in property values in the district make the rate cut possible. The water district collects taxes only for debt retirement. The district owns the city pumps at Lake Bridgeport, the pipeline connecting the lake to the Decatur and the water treatment plant. The district will have a public hearing on the tax rate and the proposed $1.5 million budget on Aug. 30.

BOYD PROPOSES LOWER TAX RATE – Boyd City Council voted Tuesday to propose a tax rate of 55.4 cents per $100 valuation, 6 cents lower than last year’s rate. If the city had kept the 2016-2017 rate of 61.9 cents per $100 valuation, the citizens could have called for a rollback election. The 55.4 cent rate keeps Boyd under the rollback threshold. City Administrator Greg Arrington explained that although the proposed rate will raise $37,000 less in property taxes, that difference should be made up in sales taxes. For more on the meeting, see the weekend Messenger.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Dick Gilley will speak to the group about diabetes. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

MOVIE SHOWING – The Wise County Veterans Group will show the movie “Flight of the Intruder” at the Arcadia theater in Bridgeport at 6 p.m. Thursday. The movie recounts the aerial action during the Vietnam War. Admission is free and open to the general public as well as veterans.

50TH CLASS REUNION – The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. Friday at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe Haworth, 80, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Gene Trimble, 78, of Azle will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 6 p.m. today at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with graveside service at Levelland City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85 of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Ledger Paul Slimp, infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is 10 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Boyd proposes lower tax rate


Boyd City Council voted Tuesday to propose a tax rate of 55.4 cents per $100 valuation, 6 cents lower than last year’s rate.

If the city had kept the 2016-2017 rate of 61.9 cents per $100 valuation, the citizens could have called for a rollback election. The 55.4 cent rate keeps Boyd under the rollback threshold.

City Administrator Greg Arrington explained that although the proposed rate will raise $37,000 less in property taxes, that difference should be made up in sales taxes.

For more on the meeting, see the weekend Messenger.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


COUNTY TAX RATE HOLDING STEADY – Wise County commissioners Monday proposed keeping the tax rate the same as last year – 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation for fiscal year 2018. It will fund the $64.1 million budget, which was also proposed in Monday’s meeting. “It’s very similar to our current budget,” County Judge J.D. Clark said. “It didn’t change much. I guess in terms of most significant changes I’ve got someone retiring out of the maintenance department, and we’re not going to fill that position.” Wise County’s effective rate dropped slightly since property values increased this year. The effective rate, 37.56 cents per $100 valuation would raise the same amount of tax dollars as fiscal year 2017 with the property values for 2018. Because the proposed tax rate is higher than this year’s effective rate, more tax dollars will be raised, and commissioners must hold a series of public hearings on the tax rate and budget. The public hearings are 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28, just prior to the regular commissioners meeting and 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Both will be held at the Wise County Courthouse. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

DECATUR COUNCIL PROPOSES TAX RATE – The Decatur City Council Monday proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, a fraction of a cent higher than the current rate of 70.3 cents. The city is expected to keep the same tax rate, since Decatur historically proposes a tax rate slightly higher than the one that is eventually adopted in order to provide budgetary wiggle room in case of something unexpected late in the budget process. The proposed budget includes a 2 percent salary increase for employees and a number of capital expenditures. The council called for public hearings on the tax rate for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 5 and on the budget for Sept. 5. The tax rate and budget will be approved at the Sept. 11 meeting.

BRIDGEPORT PROPOSES SAME RATE – Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to propose a tax rate of 63.9 cents per $100 valuation, the same rate as last year. The city will hold two public hearings, on Aug. 28 and Aug. 31, before adopting the rate. The tax rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 is scheduled to be adopted at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting. Though Monday’s agenda called for proposing a rate of 66.45 cents per $100 valuation, the council decided not to raise taxes during discussions at the city’s budget workshop.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION – The Northwest Lady Texans play their home opener tonight at 6:30 against Arlington Lamar. Alvord welcomes in Forestburg. Boyd travels to Godley. Bridgeport faces Azle at home. Chico takes on Savoy at home. Paradise will battle Poolville on its home floor. The Decatur Lady Eagles play their home opener against Fossil Ridge.

CHICO MEET THE TEACHER – Chico Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher night 6-7 tonight. A district-wide Title I presentation will take place 5:30-6 p.m. A snow cone truck will be at the event.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging tonight beginning at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

CPR CLASS – Alvord Fire Department will hold a free Community Hands Only CPR class 9 a.m. Saturday in the education room of the station at 201 N. Trappier St.

PARADISE YOUTH RECREATION – Paradise Youth Recreation is now holding online registration for the Fall 2017 season. Registration will be online only. Age ranges by year from 2014 to 2001. Login to pyra.soccer@gmail.com to register, or contact soccer commissioner at pyra.soccer@gmail.com for more information. Last day to sign up is Saturday.

MEET THE TEACHER – Bridgeport Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher Night 4:30-6 p.m. today.

OPEN STUDIO – The Wise County Messenger’s Joe Duty will open his studio to the public 5:30-7:30 tonight. Bring your own camera and your kids to try out back-to-school portraits in a studio setting. Duty will be on hand to provide advice. Call 817-999-3141. The studio is located in the southeast corner of the Wise County Messenger building, off East Pecan Street.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program topic is water conservation. A potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Service for Debra George, 63, of Azle will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Gene Trimble, 78, of Azle is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with graveside service at Levelland City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Frankie Hass, 88, of Springtown is 10 a.m. today at Salem Cemetery in Alba. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Ledger Paul Slimp, the infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Alvord Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Bridgeport proposes tax rate


Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to propose a tax rate of 63.9 cents per $100 valuation, the same rate as last year.

The city will hold two public hearings, on Aug. 28 and Aug. 31, before adopting the rate. The tax rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 is scheduled to be adopted at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting.

Though Monday’s agenda called for proposing a rate of 66.45 cents per $100 valuation, the council decided not to raise taxes during discussions at the city’s budget workshop.

For more on the meeting, see the midweek Messenger.

 

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Decatur Council aims to keep tax rate the same


The Decatur City Council Monday proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, a fraction of a cent higher than the current rate of 70.3 cents. The city is expected to keep the same tax rate, since Decatur historically proposes a tax rate slightly higher than the one that is eventually adopted in order to provide budgetary wiggle room in case of something unexpected late in the budget process.

The proposed budget includes 2 percent salary increase for employees and a number of capital expenditures.

The council called for public hearings on the tax rate for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 5 and on the budget for Sept. 5. The tax rate and budget will be approved at the Sept. 11 meeting.

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Monday, August 14, 2017


1 HURT IN ROLLOVER – One man was injured when his pickup rolled multiple times during a wreck on Farm Road 920 south of Texas 199 Friday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Robert Carson said Roddy Pippen, 33, of Byers told him he passed out while driving and lost control of the vehicle. Pippen’s pickup rolled and came to rest upright off the east side of the road. Medics had initially called for a helicopter ambulance, but Carson said Pippen’s injuries were later discovered to be non-incapacitating and he was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital. Boonsville/Balsora and Salt Creek Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

MELLEMA TO RUN FOR PRECINCT 3 CONSTABLE – Cary Mellema of Aurora announced Friday he will run for Precinct 3 constable in the March 2018 Republican primary. The position is vacant following Doug Parr’s criminal plea deal and resignation Wednesday. County commissioners will appoint an interim constable in the coming weeks, but in the 2018 election, voters will choose someone to serve the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term. Mellema is currently a deputy constable in Denton County. He has also worked as a police officer in Denton, Argyle and Rhome, where he served as a police chief for a period of time. “I feel I can do an especially good job for the citizens of Precinct 3 and serve it with integrity,” he said. “I plan to be a team player with the county and all the local police agencies as I was when I was chief of Rhome.” Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 2.9 inches in Cottondale, 2.66 in Rhome, 2.48 in Alvord, 2 in Greenwood, 1.48 in Decatur and 1.41 in Bridgeport. Today’s high is expected to reach 94 with heat index values as high as 102.

BOYD WINS TOURNEY – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets successfully defended their Cool in Boomtown title in Burkburnett Saturday. Boyd beat District 8-3A rival Henrietta 25-13, 25-10 in the championship to finish off a 6-0 run through the tournament. Bridgeport finished third in the silver division, beating City View 25-22, 25-22. After rolling through pool play, the Chico Lady Dragons won a match before falling to S&S at the Saint Jo Tournament. The Northwest Lady Texans brought home the consolation trophy in the gold bracket at the Mansfield Rotary Volleyball Tournament. The Decatur Lady Eagles closed out the ASC Nike Denton Ryan Tournament with a 1-1 record in the silver bracket.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans will meet 6:30 p.m. today in the justice of the peace courtroom inside the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Lane Akin will be guest speaker.

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.

MEET THE TEACHER – Bridgeport Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher Night 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program topic is water conservation. A potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

SENIOR PHOTOS – Bridgeport High School’s senior photos are Tuesday at the high school. All seniors should have received information in the mail about booking an appointment online with Legacy photos. If not, go to the BISD/BHS website for more information or email cberry@bridgeportisd.net.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging this Tuesday, August 15. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will formally accept the resignation of Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr in their meeting today and will discuss the process to appoint his replacement. The interim constable will serve until someone is elected in 2018 to the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term. County Judge J.D. Clark will also present the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018, and they will discuss the county tax rate and the rate for Weatherford College Wise County. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. today to discuss the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 and the property tax rate. That will be followed by the regular council meeting at 6. Agenda items include a vote on a zoning change application for 163 acres of land off Farm Road 2264 recently brought into the city through voluntary annexation, proposing a tax rate and scheduling a public hearing on the proposed budget. The workshop and meeting will be held at city hall.

FUNERALS – Services for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd; Debra George, 63, and Gene Trimble, 78, both of Azle are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord and Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Ledger Paul Slimp, the infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is pending at Jones-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Frankie Hass, 88, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Cemetery in Alba. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, August 11, 2017


HAY BARN CATCHES FIRE – Several local fire departments responded to a hay barn fire in Decatur Thursday afternoon. A metal outbuilding filled with hay on North Business U.S. 81/287 caught fire around 4 p.m. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said a driver passing by noticed heavy smoke and called 911. “When we got here there was a lot of fire and a lot of hay,” Richardson said. Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were also called to combat the blaze, and Wise County Emergency Medical Services waited on standby. The owner of the property was not at home at the time the fire started, and Richardson said the cause is yet to be determined. As of 5 p.m. Thursday fire fighters were still pulling burning hay out of the barn. “It’s a long, drawn-out thing,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to get all the hay out and pull it all apart.”

RHOME PROPOSES TAX RATE – Rhome City Council voted Thursday to propose a tax rate of 52.34 cents per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2017-2018. The rate is the same as last year’s. The council can now lower the rate before voting to officially approve it, but they cannot raise it. For more on the meeting see the weekend Messenger.

NORTHWEST, CHICO REMAIN UNBEATEN – The Northwest Lady Texans (4-0) took all three matches in their pool at the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Tournament. Northwest fought back after dropping the first set against Hereford to win in three, 18-25, 25-20, 25-21. The Lady Texans then swept L.D. Bell 25-20, 25-19 and Carrollton Creekview 25-9, 25-9. After winning its pool, Northwest will play three more matches Friday, starting with a showdown with Eastwood at Mansfield Summit at 1 p.m. The Lady Texans play Crawford at 3 p.m. and Midland Lee at 5 p.m. Chico beat the Saint Jo JV 25-16, 25-23, and then outlasted Electra in three games, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, at the Saint Jo Tournament. Also at the Saint Jo Tournament, Alvord beat Graford in three games, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13. The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) fell to Collinsville 25-15, 25-11. At the ASC Nike Tournament at Denton Ryan, Decatur dropped its first two matches. The Lady Eagles (0-3) fell to Glen Rose 25-16, 25-14. Decatur then lost a wild match to Melissa in three games 9-25, 25-20, 25-10. Decatur will play Chisholm Trail at 12:15 p.m. Friday and Frisco Reedy at 1:30 p.m. Boyd and Bridgeport will head to Burkburnett for the Cool in Boomtown Tournament Friday. Bridgeport opens the tournament at 8 a.m. Friday against Burkburnett. The Sissies play the Wichita Falls JV at 11 a.m. and Childress at 2 p.m. Boyd takes on Knox City at 10 a.m., Borger at 1 p.m. and Vernon at 3 p.m.

DECATUR CROSS COUNTRY TO RUN TIME TRIAL – The Decatur cross country teams will run their two-mile time trial Saturday morning with the girls starting at 6:40. The boys will follow. The top seven runners in each trial will run in the varsity race at the Little D Classic Aug. 19 in Denton.

MEET THE EAGLES – The Decatur Eagles football team will hold practice at Eagle Stadium 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Fans are welcome to come out and watch the action.

SENATE CANDIDATE VISIT – U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for U.S. senate, will visit Wise County today. O’Rourke will be in town from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwater Cafe and Bakery on the Decatur Square.

SALES TAX HOLIDAY – This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is today through Sunday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

HOSPITAL BOOK FAIR – The Wise Health System Auxiliary is sponsoring a Collective Goods sale, featuring gifts, books, toys and more 7 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the Wise Health System Decatur main lobby.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL – First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport is having a community-wide prayer service — Back to School Blessings — 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 608 17th St.

BYA SOCCER SIGNUPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold soccer sign-ups 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $65 per player.

SENIOR PHOTOS — Bridgeport High School’s senior photos are Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the high school. All seniors should have received information in the mail about booking an appointment online with Legacy photos. If not, go to the BISD/BHS website for more information or email cberry@bridgeportisd.net.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Friday and Saturday at Elm Creek Park. Friday’s events will include the Mike Watts Fish Fry at 6 p.m., washer tournament at 7 p.m. followed by a concert by the Monty Dawson Band. Saturday’s events include a pageant, judging of the barbecue cookoff, a corhnole tournament at 4 p.m. and karaoke at 7 p.m. The Alvord Veterans will provide a concession stand all day Saturday. The event will also feature a variety of vendors. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Alvord Area Veterans. Contact the following: cookers, Debra at 940-389-1656; vendors, Gay at 940-393-5007; washer and cornhole tournaments, Casey at 940-393-6331; pageant, Christy at 940-393-2938.

MEET THE TEACHER – Meet the Teacher Night will be held at the three Decatur elementary schools from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today.

FREE LUNCH – A group of nurses in the community will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs in the Boyd Intermediate School parking lot 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Hands only CPR will be taught, and a meal bag will be sent home with each family. This will be the last Friday that lunch will be served before school starts.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI – East Side Alumni will hold its annual reunion at Candlewood Suites 2-10 p.m. Saturday. The group will also meet for church 10:45 a.m. Sunday at St. John Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51.

FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT – School-age kids can get free haircuts, backpacks and shoes at a special back-to-school event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Call Martha, 940-683-2484.

POOL PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation invites all incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders to join them for the Middle School Pool Party 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. Pre-purchased tickets are $3 each, and tickets the day of the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

BIKE RALLY – The Eighter from Decatur Bike Rally is Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the ride starts at 7. Riders can also register online at raceentry.com. Cost is $35 for early registration and $40 on race day. Proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings. Lunch will be provided for riders. Call 214-354-2556.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Edna Abernathy, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lillian Laverne Foster, 85, of Richardson is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Cheryl J. Morgan, 68, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Hay barn catches fire


Several local fire departments responded to a hay barn fire in Decatur Thursday afternoon.

A metal outbuilding filled with hay on Business U.S. 81 caught fire around 4 p.m. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said a driver passing by noticed heavy smoke and called 911.

“When we got here there was a lot of fire and a lot of hay,” Richardson said.

Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were also called to combat the blaze, and Wise County Emergency Medical Services waited on standby.

The owner of the property was not at home at the time the fire started, and Richardson said the cause is yet to be determined. As of 5 p.m. Thursday fire fighters were still pulling burning hay out of the barn.

“It’s a long, drawn-out thing,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to get all the hay out and pull it all apart.”

 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017


PARR PLEADS NO CONTEST, RESIGNS – Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr Wednesday afternoon pleaded no contest to theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000 in the 271st District Court in Decatur. It was one of nine felony charges he faced in a criminal case set to go to trial Sept. 19. The other charges – abuse of official capacity and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, all state jail felonies – were dropped as part of the plea deal offered by District Attorney Greg Lowery. Conditions of the deal include Parr paying $7,500 restitution, paying a $1,000 fine, serving four years probation, and serving 40 consecutive days in the Wise County Jail sometime in the next 12 months. He also had to resign as Wise County constable, effective immediately and within 14 days must turn over his license with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). He won’t be able to get another TCOLE license for 30 years. Lowery said the conditions of the plea are more severe than what he would normally offer a citizen who is a first-time offender charged with the same crime because as an elected official, Parr is held to a higher standard. “The plea offer was more harsh than what we would offer a citizen because he’s a public servant,” Lowery said. “When he took office, he told the people he would look after their best interest, and he didn’t.” All of the charges relate to Parr’s use of a county gas card and county vehicle between April 17, 2013, and June 28, 2016. Judge Roger Towery presided over Wednesday’s hearing. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL TEAMS HEAD TO TOURNAMENT – After playing season openers Tuesday, several Wise County teams will be back on the floor Thursday in tournaments. The Decatur Lady Eagles will play in the ASC/Nike Tournament at Denton Ryan. The Lady Eagles’ first game will be at 3 p.m. against Glen Rose. Decatur takes on Melissa at 6 p.m. Decatur will play Chisholm Trail at 12:15 p.m. Friday and Frisco Reedy at 1:30 p.m. Northwest heads to the Mansfield ISD Sunrise Rotary Tournament. The Lady Texans will face L.D. Bell at noon at Timberview. Northwest takes on Creekview at 2 p.m. and Hereford at 5 p.m. Alvord and Chico will be in Saint Jo Thursday. Chico takes on the Saint Jo JV at 1 p.m. and Electra at 2 p.m. in the Pantherdome. Alvord plays Graford at 2 p.m. and Collinsville at 3 p.m. in the old gym at Saint Jo.

CREDIT CLASS – The Decatur Public Library will host a “Get Smart About Credit” class by Wells Fargo 6 p.m. today at the library. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

MEET THE TEACHER – Meet the Teacher Night will be held at the three Decatur elementary schools from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

FREE LUNCH – A group of nurses in the community will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs in the Boyd Intermediate School parking lot 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Hands only CPR will be taught, and a meal bag will be sent home with each family. This will be the last Friday that lunch will be served before school starts.

FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT – School-age kids can get free haircuts, backpacks and shoes at a special back-to-school event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Call Martha, 940-683-2484.

POOL PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation invites all incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders to join them for the Middle School Pool Party 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. Pre-purchased tickets are $3 each, and tickets the day of the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING – Wise County Community Coalition will hold its monthly meeting at noon on Monday, Aug. 14 at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

HOSPITAL BOOK FAIR – The Wise Health System Auxiliary is sponsoring a Collective Goods sale, featuring gifts, books, toys and more, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at the Wise Health System Decatur main lobby.

FUNERALS – Service for Edna Abernathy, 86, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ninfa Lopez, 37, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at the Mexican Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Lillian Laverne Foster, 85, of Richardson is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned for David Lafayette Smith, 90, of Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Cheryl J. Morgan, 68, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Parr pleads no contest, resigns


By Kristen Tribe

Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr Wednesday afternoon pleaded no contest to theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000 in the 271st District Court.
It was one of nine felony charges he faced in a criminal case set to go to trial Sept. 19.
The other charges — abuse of official capacity and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, all state jail felonies — were dropped as part of the plea deal offered by District Attorney Greg Lowery.
“I personally did not have an objection to him pleading no contest [as opposed to pleading guilty] if it helped move the case in that I knew what the final result would be anyway,” Lowery said.
Conditions of the deal include Parr paying $7,500 restitution, paying a $1,000 fine, serving four years probation, and serving 40 consecutive days in the Wise County Jail sometime in the next 12 months.
He also had to resign as Wise County constable, effective immediately and within 14 days must turn over his license with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). He won’t be able to get another TCOLE license for 30 years.
Lowery said the conditions of the plea are more severe than what he would normally offer a citizen who is a first-time offender charged with the same crime because as an elected official, Parr is held to a higher standard.
“The plea offer was more harsh than what we would offer a citizen because he’s a public servant,” Lowery said. “When he took office, he told the people he would look after their best interest, and he didn’t.”
All of the charges relate to Parr’s use of a county gas card and county vehicle between April 17, 2013, and June 28, 2016.
Judge Roger Towery presided over Wednesday’s hearing.
Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017


BAILEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR JP 4 – Todd Bailey of Paradise announced he will run for Precinct 4 justice of the peace in 2018. The retired federal air marshal will be on the March 6 Republican primary ballot. “If elected to this office, I will serve the citizens of this precinct and county with compassion, respect, patience, honor, integrity and ethics,” he said. “I will do whatever is possible to help the precinct and county to become a better place to live and raise our children.” Bailey, who is also a U.S. Army veteran and former Bridgeport police officer, said he has the heart of a public servant. “We are all put here on earth with a purpose from God. I believe my purpose is to serve and protect the public,” he said. Read more about Bailey in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

BRIDGEPORT SWEEPS PARADISE – Kristen Grooms buried four of her team-best seven kills in the third set as the Bridgeport Sissies completed the sweep of Paradise (0-1) in the season opener. Bridgeport (1-0) won 26-24, 25-22, 25-19. Harley Mayfield led the Paradise attack with eight kills. The Decatur Lady Eagles (0-1) dropped their season opener on the road Tuesday to Lake Dallas in four games. Lake Dallas won 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-20. Autumn Finney led the Lady Eagles with 11 kills. Satasha Kostelecky added seven kills, four blocks and five aces. Madison Lowery turned in five kills and three blocks. In a rematch of last year’s Class 2A Region II bi-district match, the Chico Lady Dragons (1-0) took down Collinsville in four games, 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 25-14. Jessica Byers turned in a huge effort with 20 kills. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets dropped the first set to Sanger before getting on track Tuesday. The Lady Yellowjackets (1-0) won the final three games to take the match, 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23. The Northwest Lady Texans started the season with a four-set win over Mansfield. Northwest (1-0) won 25-19, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Friday and Saturday at Elm Creek Park. Friday’s events will include the Mike Watts Fish Fry at 6 p.m., washer tournament at 7 p.m. followed by a concert by the Monty Dawson Band. Saturday’s events include a pageant, judging of the barbecue cookoff, a corhnole tournament at 4 p.m. and karaoke at 7 p.m. The Alvord Veterans will provide a concession stand all day Saturday. The event will also feature a variety of vendors. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Alvord Area Veterans. Contact the following: cookers, Debra at 940-389-1656; vendors, Gay at 940-393-5007; washer and cornhole tournaments, Casey at 940-393-6331; pageant, Christy at 940-393-2938.

POLICE EXPLORERS FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Police Explorers will hold a fundraiser 4-9 p.m. today at Panda Express in Decatur with 20 percent of sales being donated to the Explorer post. Show a paper or digital copy of the flyer at checkout. Flyers are available at the police department or the Decatur Police Department Facebook page.

JUST A TEST – The City of Decatur will test its storm sirens at noon today, weather permitting.

BIKE RALLY – The Eighter from Decatur Bike Rally is Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the ride starts at 7. Riders can also register online at raceentry.com. Cost is $35 for early registration and $40 on race day. Proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings. Lunch will be provided for riders. Call 214-354-2556.

OPEN STUDIO – The Wise County Messenger’s Joe Duty will open his studio to the public 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Bring your own camera and your kids to try out back-to-school portraits in a studio setting. Duty will be on hand to provide advice. Call 817-999-3141. The studio is located in the southeast corner of the Wise County Messenger building, off East Pecan Street.

BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE – The midweek Messenger features back to school information, including features on the Gear Up event and new administrators, lists of new teachers and information about back-to-school events, school day hours and meal prices.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Cheryl J. Morgan, 68, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ninfa Lopez, 37, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at the Mexican Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lillian Laverne Foster, 85, of Richardson is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


ALVORD SHOOTING INVESTIGATION – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of two people in Alvord early Monday morning. Sheriff Lane Akin said deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight and found two men with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs. Akin said one of the men had one gunshot wound while the other had multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims – identified as Rhett Barclay, 17, and Brent Dixon, 41 – were transported by Wise County EMS to Denton Regional Hospital. Akin said the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Crime scene investigators were continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses Monday to try to find out why the shooting took place and who is responsible. “At the outset, it looks like a night time burglary, but we’ll keep all options on the table,” Akin said. Officers did arrest one person who was at the house – Jessica Greer, 18 – for possession of methamphetamine as well as warrants out of Denton County.

DISD PROPOSES SAME TAX RATE – Following a budget workshop Monday, the Decatur School Board officially proposed keeping the 2017-2018 tax rate the same as the current rate. The proposed rate is $1.34 per $100 of taxable value, which includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.30 for debt service. That would require the use of $16,000 in fund balance. The proposed budget includes a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and sets first year teacher pay at $45,000, a $1,000 increase from last year. A public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the DISD Board Room. The board will also adopt the budget and tax rate following that hearing.

CHICO ISD APPROVES PAY RAISES – Chico ISD trustees Monday unanimously approved a 2 percent raise for salaried employees and a 3 percent raise for hourly employees. The board also approved changes to the district’s salary schedule.

BRIDGEPORT BOARD PROPOSES TAX RATE – Bridgeport School Board voted Monday to propose a tax rate of $1.24 per $100 valuation for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Under the proposal the maintenance and operations rate will be $1.04 per $100 valuation, with the debt service rate at 20 cents. The board plans to adopt both the budget and tax rate Aug. 28. There will be another regular meeting Aug. 14 and a budget workshop Aug. 21.

PARADISE, BRIDGEPORT TO MEET IN VOLLEYBALL OPENER – The Paradise Lady Panthers and Bridgeport Sissies will be trying to earn their first victories for their new coaches when they meet today in the season opener. With Danny Anderson on the bench, Paradise heads to Bridgeport for a 6 p.m. match against Morgan Mathews’ Sissies. Both teams started workouts just a week ago with their new coaches. After a quick couple of days of work, both went to scrimmages over the weekend. Other Wise County action Tuesday: Alvord at Valley View, 5 p.m.; Boyd at Sanger, 6 p.m.; Decatur at Lake Dallas, 6 p.m.; Northwest at Mansfield, 6:30 p.m.

TOPPING OUT – Northwest ISD will have a “topping out” ceremony today at 10 a.m. for the new Leo Adams Middle School on U.S. 81/287 at Willow Springs Road. The school, being built next to V.R. Eaton High School, is named in honor of founding NISD board member Leo Adams of Justin. It will open in the fall of 2018.

AUGUST RAINFALL – After a dry start to the year, Wise County has rebounded with a wetter-than-normal summer so far. July’s rainfall total of 4.06 inches is more than 1.5 inches above the average 2.53 inches for the month. Since June 1, Wise County has received more than 10 inches of rain. Temperatures in the month of July ranged from a high of 102 on July 23 and 24 to a low of 66 on July 1.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI – East Side Alumni will hold its annual reunion at Candlewood Suites 2-10 p.m. Saturday. The group will also meet for church 10:45 a.m. Sunday at St. John Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Cheryl J. Morgan, 68, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mary Wampole, 64, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Victor King Barnett, 68, is 1 p.m. today at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

SERVICE for Ninfa Lopez, 37, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lillian Foster, 85, of Richardson is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Board approves pay raises


Chico ISD trustees Monday unanimously approved a 2 percent raise for salaried employees and a 3 percent raise for hourly employees.

The board also approved changes to the district’s salary schedule.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard the district’s projected revenue and proposed expenditures and a report on its certified taxable value;
  • proposed a $0.25116 debt service tax rate to cover the district’s $1.8 million bond package approved by voters in May. Superintendent Don Elsom said he anticipates settling on a lower rate when the district finalizes its bond sales later this month. The district’s proposed maintenance and operation rate is $1.04; and
  • approved TeleMedicine as an employee benefit for the 2017-2018 school year. The service will allow employees to phone doctors without charge. See more information from the meeting with budget figures and quotes later this week in Wednesday’s Wise County Messenger.
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BISD proposes tax rate


Bridgeport School Board voted Monday to propose a tax rate of $1.24 per $100 valuation for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Under the proposal the maintenance and operations rate will be $1.04 per $100 valuation, with the debt service rate at 20 cents.

The board plans to adopt both the budget and tax rate Aug. 28. There will be another regular meeting Aug. 14 and a budget workshop Aug. 21.

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DISD proposes same tax rate


Following a budget workshop Monday, the Decatur School Board officially proposed keeping the 2017-2018 tax rate the same as the current rate.

The proposed rate is $1.34 per $100 of taxable value, which includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and $0.30 for debt service. That would require the use of $16,000 in fund balance.

The proposed budget includes a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and sets first year teacher pay at $45,000, a $1,000 increase from last year.

A public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the DISD Board Room. The board will also adopt the budget and tax rate following that hearing.

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WCSO investigates overnight shooting in Alvord


The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of two people in Alvord early Monday morning.

Sheriff Lane Akin said deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight and found two men with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs. Akin said one of the men had one gunshot wound while the other had multiple gunshot wounds.

Both victims — identified as Rhett Barclay, 17, and Brent Dixon, 41 — were transported by Wise County EMS to Denton Regional Hospital where they remained late Monday morning. Akin said the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Crime scene investigators were continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses late Monday morning to try to find out why the shooting took place and who is responsible.

“At the outset, it looks like a night time burglary, but we’ll keep all options on the table,” Akin said.

Officers did arrest one other person at the house — Jessica Greer, 18 — for possession of methamphetamine as well as warrants out of Denton County.

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