Monday, July 25, 2016


2 KILLED IN HEAD-ON WRECK – Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on wreck on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. According to Department of Public Safety trooper William Wallace, a southbound pickup driven by Shawn Brown, 18, of Springtown crossed into the northbound lane and struck a northbound vehicle driven by Justin Buchanan, 32, of Decatur. Buchanan’s vehicle burst into flames. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, and autopsies have been ordered. The accident happened around 2 a.m. The road remained shut down for several hours while the crash scene was investigated.

DEPUTY INJURED IN PURSUIT – A Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with a head injury following a pursuit of a suspected vehicle thief Saturday evening. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy and a sergeant were following a man in a stolen pickup when the man attempted to evade the officers. The chase, which started on Farm Road 2123, went through rural areas of the county near Boonsville. Akin said at one point, the driver, identified as Brandon Long, 28, of Bridgeport, backed into the deputy’s patrol car a couple of times. The deputy fired his weapon at the pickup, but no one was hit. Long eventually left the roadway and drove through a pasture and then nose dived into a ravine. He and a passenger, Lana Kristine O’Connell, 27, fled on foot, but officers pursued them and arrested both of them. The deputy sustained a laceration to the back of his head, which required a few stitches, the sheriff said. Long was also taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder pain. Because an officer fired a weapon, Akin said a Texas Ranger was called to investigate the incident. Both Long and O’Connell remained in jail Monday morning on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and aggravated assault against a public servant.

3 HURT IN CHAIN REACTION WRECK – Three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital following a four-vehicle wreck around 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Farm Road 51 and Preskitt Road. Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts said three cars were stopped waiting to turn from the northbound turn lane of FM 51 onto Preskitt when an SUV slammed into the back of the third car, causing it to hit the second car in the row, which hit the first car in the row. The driver of the vehicle that started the collision was taken to Wise Health System and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. An adult passenger and child passenger in the second vehicle were also injured, with the adult transported to Wise Health System and the child taken to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. No other injuries were reported in the last two cars.

REUNION TIME – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion begins today at the Reunion Grounds at Joe Wheeler Park off Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Tonight’s entertainment is the first Wise County Reunion Idol Contest at 7 p.m. at the pavilion. Carnival ride bracelets today and tomorrow are $15, with the price increasing to $20 Wednesday through Saturday. Parking is $5.

ALCOHOL PETITION SUCCESSFUL – The Wise County Elections Office on Friday verified that 439 valid signatures were collected on a petition calling for an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the Decatur city limits. That’s more than the 358 signatures that were required in order for the Decatur City Council to call an election for Nov. 8. The city must wait 30 days to call the election, meaning the election should be called at the Aug. 22 meeting.

CHANCE OF RAIN – Rain chances return to the forecast today. The National Weather Service forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain today and 20 percent chance tonight and tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to reach 95 degrees.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be received toward the expenses of the museum.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider changes to the county’s travel policy and will discuss insurance for fiscal year 2017 at their meeting today. It starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room in the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Justin Ray Buchanan, 31; Barbara Ann Potts, 67; Kwei Se Ting, 75; and Sharron Hodgkiss, 75, all of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Carolyn Perkins, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Danny Damron, 56, of Jacksboro is 11 a.m. today at Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksboro.

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Wreck victims identified


The Department of Public Safety has released the names of the two victims killed in the early Sunday morning crash south of Decatur. DPS Trooper William Wallace said a southbound pickup driven by Shawn Brown, 18, of Springtown crossed into the northbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by Justin Buchanan, 32, of Decatur on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The accident happened around 2 a.m.

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2 killed in head-on collision


Two people were killed early Sunday morning in a head-on wreck on Farm Road 51 a few miles south of Decatur. According to Department of Public Safety troopers at the scene, a southbound vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and struck a northbound vehicle. One of the vehicles burst into flames. The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, but the officers said both men are Wise County residents. The accident happened around 2 a.m. The road is expected to remain shut down for several hours.

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Deputy injured in pursuit


A Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur with a head injury following a pursuit of a suspected vehicle thief Saturday evening. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy and a sergeant were following a man in a stolen pickup when the man attempted to evade the officers. The chase, which started on Farm Road 2123, went through rural areas of the county near Boonsville. Akin said at one point, the driver, identified as Brandon Long, 28, of Wise County, backed into the deputy’s patrol car a couple of times. The deputy fired his weapon at the pickup, but no one was hit. Long eventually left the roadway and drove through a pasture and then nose dived into a ravine. He and a female passenger fled on foot, but officers pursued them and arrested both of them. The deputy sustained a laceration to the back of his head, which required a few stitches, the sheriff said. Long was also taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder pain. Because an officer fired a weapon, Akin said a Texas Ranger was called to investigate the incident. More information will be posted as it is available.

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3 hurt in chain reaction wreck


Three people, including a child, were taken to the hospital following a four-vehicle wreck around 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Farm Road 51 and Preskitt Road. Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts said three cars were stopped waiting to turn from the northbound turn lane of FM 51 onto Preskitt when an SUV slammed into the back of the third car, causing it to hit the second car in the row, which hit the first car in the row. The driver of the vehicle that started the collision was taken to Wise Health System and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. An adult passenger and child passenger in the second vehicle were also injured, with the adult transported to Wise Health System and the child taken to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. No other injuries were reported in the last two cars.

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City has enough signatures for alcohol vote


The Wise County Elections Office on Friday verified that 439 valid signatures were collected on a petition calling for an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the Decatur city limits. That’s more than the 358 signatures that were required in order for the Decatur City Council to call an election for Nov. 8. The city must wait 30 days to call the election, meaning the election should be called at the Aug. 22 meeting.

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Friday, July 22, 2016


EMPTY THE SHELTER – Wise County Animal Shelter will host “Empty the Shelter Day” Saturday. Volunteers will be sponsoring adoption fees and spay/neuters. People who adopt will be responsible for rabies shots. The annual event is aimed at streamlining the adoption process for families across North Texas by waiving or sponsoring the cost of pet adoption and facilitating free or discounted spaying or neutering. The shelter will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. A full story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

PETITION TURNED IN TO CITY – A petition calling for an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages, in the city of Decatur was turned in to City Hall yesterday, and the names are now being verified at the Wise County Elections Office. If the required number of signatures are verified, the city council may call an election for this November.

MOVIE NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Movie Night at 6:30 tonight. Everyone will receive one free bag of popcorn.

COMMUNITY BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry Street, will host community bingo 2 p.m. today. Call 940-627-5444.

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

WISE COUNTY REUNION IDOL – Singers are wanted for the first Wise County Reunion Idol Contest 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Cost is $20 per person to enter. Deadline is today. Forms are available at DATCU, Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Chalet of Jewelry.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider changes to the county’s travel policy and will discuss insurance for fiscal year 2017 at their meeting Monday. It starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room in the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Margaret Nell Bean, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Laurie Anderson, 50, of Newark. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


BOY STRUCK BY VEHICLE – A Greenwood boy was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Farm Road 1204 near Greenwood Baptist Church Wednesday evening. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson said the boy, 10, was riding bicycles with his sister just after 8 p.m. when he pulled out into the road directly in front of a southbound Jeep SUV driven by a 16-year-old girl. The boy’s name has been withheld, pending further information on his condition. He was transported via ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Greenwood-Slidell Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

100 IN THE FORECAST – Wise County might see its first triple digit day of the summer today as the high temperature is forecast to be 100 this afternoon.

MOVIE AT THE MUSEUM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its first Movie at the Museum night at the Wise County Veterans Museum in Bridgeport 6:30 tonight. The movie is “13 Hours.” All veterans and their significant other are invited. Snacks will be served.

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

BIKE RALLY INFO – A volunteer information session for Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally is 5:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Airport. Attendees will learn how to help in the event, which supports Raquel’s Wings for Life. The Rally is Aug. 13.

CHEER CAMP – Bridgeport Varsity Cheerleaders will host Mini Cheer Camp at the BHS gym 9 a.m.-noon today and Friday for ages 4 years-6th grade. Cost is $55, no pre-registration required. Call Kelli at kpyland1@yahoo.com.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Thomas T. Keller, 71, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Duane Thompson, 83, of San Angelo is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Calvin Marshall Baker, 74, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James Borden East, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Nell Bean, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Laurie Anderson, 50, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016


NORTHWEST OFFICIALLY HIRES SUPT. – Dr. Ryder Warren was named Northwest ISD superintendent by a unanimous vote of trustees yesterday. Warren had been named the lone finalist for the position last month. He will replace Dr. Karen Rue, who announced her retirement in February. Warren has served as Midland ISD superintendent since July 2010.

FIRE DEPARTMENT IN NEED – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department needs bottled water donations. Chief Terry Long said Tuesday the department has begun to run low on bottled water and Gatorade as summer temperatures have soared in recent weeks. Donations can be dropped off at the Bridgeport Fire Hall, 708 Hovey St. If no one is there, donations can be left between the hall and the vehicle bays.

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 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Crisis Center is holding the annual School Supply Drive for children whose lives have been affected by family violence. School supplies and monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office, 608 N. Bus. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Call Donya Skinner, 940-626-4585.

COMMUNITY BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry Street, will host community bingo 2 p.m. Friday. Call 940-627-5444.

WISE COUNTY REUNION IDOL – Singers are wanted for the first Wise County Reunion Idol Contest 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The competition will include two age categories: 12 and under and 13 and up. Only 10 contestants per age category. Cost is $20 per person to enter. Deadline is Friday. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top winners of each category. Forms are available at DATCU, Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Chalet of Jewelry.

CRAFT GROUP – The Decatur Public Library open crafts group meets 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 940-393-0290.

CRAFTING BEE – Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280, in Alvord will have the MZ Bee 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring any type of craft project and your lunch, snacks and soft drinks or bottled water. Fee is $10 to benefit the church food pantry missions. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941; or the church, 940-627-5103.

FUNERALS – Services for Thomas T. Keller, 71, of Decatur and Duane Thompson, 83, of San Angelo are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Calvin Marshall Baker, 74, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for James Borden East, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Joyce Dee Bouldin, 78, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Poolville Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Nell Bean, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


CIVIC CENTER HOTEL – The new $14 million Marriott hotel next to the Decatur Civic Center moved a step closer to reality Monday with the signing of financial and legal agreements between the Decatur Economic Development Corporation, the city and Gatehouse Hotels. Planning Director Dedra Ragland said the final approval of the plans for the 107-room hotel should come within two months. A gas line that runs through the property is being moved and as soon as that work is complete a final plat for the property can be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the city council. Preliminary plans for the hotel have been reviewed by the city staff. The hotel, to be built on the Civic Center east parking lot, will operate under the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites brand and should be operational within a year.

ALCOHOL PETITION DEADLINE – The deadline to sign a petition to call an election for the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages, in the city of Decatur is tomorrow. The petition organizers need to secure approximately 500 signatures of registered voters who live in the city limits of Decatur. The petition is located at Patti’s Hair Parlor, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Cary Bohn Insurance, Rhine Realty and Memory Lane.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at T Top Manufacturing, George Mitchell Parkway, in Bridgeport. Speakers include Larry Colvin, Parks and Rec Director Ryan Nolting and Bridgeport EDC Director Kevin Holzbog. They will talk about a new addition to Endeavor Park. Cost is $15. RSVP to the Chamber, 940-683-2076.

BIKE RALLY INFO – A volunteer information session for Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Airport. Attendees will learn how to help in the event, which supports Raquel’s Wings for Life. The Rally is Aug. 13.

CHEER CAMP – Bridgeport Varsity Cheerleaders will host Mini Cheer Camp at the BHS gym 9 a.m.-noon Thursday and Friday for ages 4 years-6th grade. Cost is $55, no pre-registration required. Call Kelli at kpyland1@yahoo.com.

WISE COUNTY REUNION IDOL – Singers are wanted for the first Wise County Reunion Idol Contest 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The competition will include two age categories: 12 and under and 13 and under. Only 10 contestants per age category. Cost is $20 per person to enter. Deadline is Friday. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top winners of each category. Forms are available at DATCU, Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Chalet of Jewelry.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Bridgeport will offer physicals for athletes today at the High School Training Room by the auxiliary gym. Physicals for girls start at 5:30 p.m. and boys 6:30. The cost is $20, cash only. All athletes entering the 7th, 9th, and 11th grades must have a new physical before the first day of practice for their sport. All athletes entering the 8th, 10th and 12th grades that have had a broken bone, concussion, major illness, or surgery within the past year must also have a new physical this year. All student athletes are encouraged to get a physical every year. Students may also get a UIL physical form from Coach Newsom to have their family doctor perform the physical (these forms can be downloaded from the UIL website).

FUNERALS – Service for Kathy Kemp, 45 of Decatur, is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Calvin M. Baker, 74, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for James Borden East, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Margaret N. Bean, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

ROSARY for Erik Nelson, 55, of Bridgeport will be said at 7 tonight at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Joyce Dee Bouldin, 78, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Poolville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, July 18, 2016


1 HURT IN FIERY CRASH – A fiery crash on Farm Road 2264 Saturday evening sent a man to a Fort Worth hospital via medical helicopter. Cruz Perez, 32, of Decatur, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital from the scene with unknown injuries. Perez was southbound on FM 2264 south of Decatur shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his white Pontiac car just west of County Road 4421, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening. “For an unknown reason he lost control, left the roadway and slid into the creek after hitting a tree,” Bening said. “It rolled after hitting the tree.” The vehicle landed on its top in the creek bed and caught fire. Bening said a water truck from an oil company stopped and bystanders used water from tanker to extinguish the fire. “They probably saved the guy’s life,” Bening said. The accident closed FM 2264 until a little after 8 p.m.

BRIDGES SENTENCED TO 60 YEARS – A day after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Scotty Joe Bridges of Paradise was sentenced to 60 years in prison by a Wise County jury Friday afternoon. The 53-year-old Bridges was accused of assaulting his friend and neighbor, Ronald Tackel, including striking him with a wooden chair, which prosecutors argued was used as a deadly weapon. The assault took place June 10 of last year. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

STREET CLOSURE – From 7 a.m. today through 5 p.m. Tuesday, the City of Decatur will close Bennett Road to through traffic to perform an oiling procedure in preparation for street paving. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

FRIDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from a brief but heavy storm Friday morning included 1.45 inches in Alvord, 1.26 in Decatur and 1.05 in Bridgeport.

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 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. today at the Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Visitors are welcome.

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

MEET THE DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democratic Party will host an open house 6:30-7:30 tonight at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center. Local Democrats and the newly-elected Democratic chair will be in attendance. Guest speaker will be Mark York, former WCDP chair and secretary/treasurer at Dallas AFL CIO.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Kathy Kemp, 45 of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Calvin M. Baker, 74, of Alvord and James East, 88, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Margaret N. Bean, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

ROSARY for Erik Nelson, 55, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Joyce Bouldin, 78, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Poolville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Joe Long, 66, of Springtown is 3 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel.

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Breaking News: 1 flown from fiery crash


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
A fiery crash on Farm Road 2264 Saturday evening sent a man to a Fort Worth hospital via medical helicopter.wreck-pic
Cruz Perez, 32, of Decatur, was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital from the scene with unknown injuries.
Perez was traveling southbound on FM 2264 south of Decatur shortly after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his white Pontiac car just west of County Road 4421, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening.
“For an unknown reason he lost control, left the roadway and slid into the creek after hitting a tree,” Bening said. “It rolled after hitting the tree.”
The vehicle landed on its top in the creek bed and caught fire.
Bening said a water truck from an oil company stopped and bystanders used water from tanker to extinguish the fire.
“They probably saved the guy’s life,” Bening said.
The accident closed FM 2264 until a little after 8 p.m.

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Friday, July 15, 2016


BRIDGES FOUND GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – A Wise County jury yesterday found Scotty Joe Bridges, 53, of Paradise guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bridges was arrested June 10, 2015, after investigators said Bridges entered the home of his friend and neighbor and assaulted the man by hitting him with his hand, kicking him and striking him with a chair, which prosecutors argued was used as a deadly weapon in the assault. Bridges’ attorneys argued the state had not proven that the chair was used as a deadly weapon and Bridges should have been found guilty of a lesser charge of assault causing bodily injury. The jury will continue with the punishment phase of the trial this morning in 271st District Court in Wise County.

STORM – As Update was going to press Friday, a thunderstorm was moving into Wise County from the north. Areas of the county west of U.S. 81/287 were included in a severe thunderstorm warning. As of 8 a.m., Oncor reported 725 customers had lost power in Chico, Bridgeport and Decatur. Oncor estimates power should be restored by 11 a.m. UPDATE: As of 8:20 a.m., Oncor is reporting nearly 2,000 customers without power including the areas of Rhome, Newark,  Aurora and Boyd.

BLOCK PARTY – Businesses on the Decatur Square will host a block party 4-8 p.m. Saturday. It will include food, a washer pitching tournament and live music. A petition to call an election for voters to consider the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages, in the city of Decatur will also be available to sign.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – The Church at Rhome, 170 B.C. Rhome Ave, will host a free Family Movie Night beginning at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) tonight. Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Visitors are welcome.

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

COMMUNITY BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry Street, will host community bingo 2 p.m. July 22. Call 940-627-5444.

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

SCIENCE TRUCK – Texas’ only interactive science and engineering museum on wheels will visit the Chico Public Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The 40-foot exhibit trailer houses a variety of engineering and science exhibits. The event is free. Call 940-644-2330.

ALVORD VETERANS MEETING – Alvord Area Veterans will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Derrick Truck Stop south of town. All veterans are welcome. Call Don Hill at 817-888-7830.

STREET PROJECT CELEBRATION – To celebrate the end of the downtown street project, Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Chamber will hold a Street Party Celebration on Halsell Street starting at 5 p.m. today. It will include live music, sidewalk sales, promotions, washer tournament, a merchant ice cream making contest, giant yard games, a bounce house, Dr. Freeze Snocones and more. Call 940-683-3400.

FUNERALS – Service for Martha Worthington, 77, of Justin is 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Justin with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Becky Green Pate, 55, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Global Spheres Center in Corinth. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Erik Nelson, 55, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for David Ramsey, 53, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

SERVICE for Marsha (Mercer) Cantrell, 59, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Monday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016


SHOOTING DEATH APPEARS ACCIDENTAL – Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the shooting death of a Bridgeport man Tuesday evening appears to have been an accident. Akin said Eric Nelson, 55, was riding horses with a friend on County Road 3420 in the Bridgeport area when his friend shot at an armadillo with a pistol. Both horses were spooked, and the gun was accidentally discharged, striking Nelson. Officers arrived and started CPR, and Nelson was taken to Wise Health System where he was pronounced dead. Funeral for Nelson is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

INMATE DIED FROM OVERDOSE – A Chico resident found unresponsive in his cell at the Wise County Jail in May died due to “the toxic effects of methamphetamine” according to the toxicology report prepared by the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office. Jeremiah Leonard Martinez, 35, had been arrested May 7 and admitted to officers that he had ingested methamphetamine. He was arrested for public intoxication and placed on a 10-minute watch at the jail. It was during one of these checks that Martinez was found unresponsive. The medical examiner ruled that the manner of death was accidental. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

STREET CLOSURE – From 7 a.m. Monday, July 18, through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, the City of Decatur will close Bennett Road to through traffic to perform an oiling procedure in preparation for street paving. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

MAYBE 100? – Today’s high is expected to be near 100 degrees. A 20 percent chance of rain is in tonight’s forecast.

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

ALVORD VETERANS MEETING – Alvord Area Veterans will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Derrick Truck Stop south of town. All veterans are welcome. Call Don Hill at 817-888-7830.

MEET THE DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democratic Party will host an open house 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center. Local Democrats and the newly-elected Democratic chair will be in attendance. Guest speaker will be Mark York, former WCDP chair and secretary/treasurer at Dallas AFL CIO.

BLOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive performed by Carter Blood Care 1:30-6:30 p.m. today at 1107 8th Street in Bridgeport across from the city pool.

FUNERALS – Service for Martha Worthington, 77, of Justin is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Justin with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Becky Green Pate, 55, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Erik Nelson, 55 of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby E. Allman, 78, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for David Ramsey, 53, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jerry (J.T.) Burk, 66, of Richland is 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Magdalen Upmore Shelton, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016


STREET PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION – Halsell Street construction will be complete on Friday and Bridgeport is celebrating. The streets and parking will be back open. Bridgeport Main Street and the Bridgeport Chamber will hold a Street Party Celebration on Halsell Street starting at 5 p.m. It will include live music, sidewalk sales, promotions, washer tournament, a merchant ice cream making contest, giant yard games, a bounce house, Dr. Freeze Snocones and more. Call 940-683-3400.

RESIDENTS COMPLAIN OF FLOODING ISSUES – Several Bridgeport residents with homes on Carpenter Street asked the council Monday to fix the road’s drainage problems. One resident said his home now floods even during lighter rainstorms. City Administrator Jesica McEachern told the residents that Bridgeport’s new engineering firm, Dunaway Associates, would be asked to review the drainage along Carpenter. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

BLEVINS FINISHES FIRST – Decatur’s Allie Blevins won the 1,500-meter open water swim at the Open Water Swim Challenge and Aquathon in Little Elm Sunday. Her time was 19 minutes and 22 seconds. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

YARN CRAFTS GROUP – Knitters and crocheters of all ages are invited to join a Yarn Crafts group meeting each Thursday, 6-7:45 p.m., at Decatur Public Library, 1700 S. FM 51. No reservations required. Bring your needles and yarn.

CRAFT GROUP – The Decatur Public Library open crafts group meets 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 940-393-0290.

BLOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive performed by Carter Blood Care 1:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at 1107 8th Street in Bridgeport across from the city pool.

DISASTER ACTION TEAM – The American Red Cross is looking to organize a disaster action team for Wise County. If you would like more information on how to be involved call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry (J.T.) Burk, 66, of Richland is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby E. Allman, 78, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Teodoro Reyes-Reyes, 36, of Bridgeport is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport with burial in Mexico.

SERVICE for David Ramsey, 53, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Martha Worthington, 77, of Justin and Erik Nelson, 55, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Becky Green Pate, 55, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gregory William Christian, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Magdalen Upmore Shelton, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


ROADWAY TO BE NAMED FOR OFFICER – U.S. 380 in the Decatur city limits will soon be named after the only Decatur police officer killed in the line of duty. The council yesterday unanimously voted to name the roadway “James ‘Poncho’ Bennett Memorial Highway.” Bennett was killed on April 3, 1980, on U.S. 380 near the east city limits. Bennett’s son, Deroy, gave an emotional thank-you to the council and city staff who worked to honor his father. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

VIGIL FOR FALLEN OFFICERS HELD – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office held a vigil Monday night for the five fallen Dallas Police Department and Dart Police Department officers. Speakers included Sheriff Lane Akin, County Judge J.D. Clark, Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford and Sheriff’s Chaplain Don Purcell.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at The Wise County Veteran’s Group Museum in Bridgeport. Guest speaker County Judge J.D. Clark will update county events and future road construction.

SCIENCE TRUCK – Texas’ only interactive science and engineering museum on wheels will visit the Chico Public Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. The 40-foot exhibit trailer houses a variety of engineering and science exhibits. The event is free. Call 940-644-2330.

FLAG RETIREMENT – There is a box at the Paradise Veteran’s Memorial Park designed for people to drop off unserviceable flags to be properly collected and retired by BSA Troop 194 of Bridgeport. It will take all Texas and United States flags, as well as other state and country flags.

ENGLISH LESSONS – First Baptist Church in Decatur is holding a conversational English time for adults Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. The children will be provided fun activities in a Christian safe place. For information, call 949-735-0361.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – Children are invited to Decatur Public Library on Tuesdays for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (STEAM)-based activity. Kindergarten through second graders can participate at 2 p.m., and third through fifth graders can participate at 6:30 p.m. The program started this week and continues through the month of July. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry (J.T.) Burk, 66, of Richland is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Lou Mayberry, 83, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Becky Green Pate, 55, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel.

GRAVESIDE service for Anna Foster, 85, of Azle is 11 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gregory William Christian, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Monday, July 11, 2016


VIGIL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to come by the office at 6:30 tonight to have a blue ribbon tied to their vehicle to show their support for law enforcement. WCSO Chaplain Don Purcell will lead a prayer/candlelight vigil following the ribbon tying event.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall amounts from this weekend included 1.95 inches in Bridgeport, 1.45 in Cottondale, 1.05 in Alvord, 0.53 in Decatur and .09 in Rhome. No rain is in this week’s forecast. Highs in the mid- to upper-90s are expected through the end of the week.

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.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Methodist Church Annex. Ann Ayers, a local artist and Cowgirl Hall of Fame supporter, will talk about the history of the cowgirl and share some of her artwork. Her presentation will be followed by refreshments and a bi-monthly business meeting where updates will be given on plans for the annual Main Street Festival to be held on the last Saturday in September.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System’s 360 Services and Home Health Care of North Central Texas will offer a Wise Cardiac Support Group at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the hospital’s West Campus lobby. Call Leah Throckmorton with 360 Services at 940-626-3879 or Carla Garrett with Home Health Care of North Central Texas at 940-683-3300.

CHESS CLUB – Decatur Public Library hosts a Chess Club 6 p.m. each Monday. Learn how to play, improve your strategies or just enjoy playing the game of kings. The club is open to all ages and all levels. No registration required. Call 940-393-0290, or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

DECATUR PUBLIC HEARING – The City of Decatur will hold a public hearing to receive public comments or questions related to the 2015 annual drinking water quality report at tonight’s city council meeting 6 p.m. at city hall. The council will also hold a second reading and take action on the Decatur Police Department’s request to name U.S. 380 in the Decatur city limits “James Leroy ‘Poncho’ Bennett No. 103 Memorial Highway” honoring the only Decatur officer to be killed in the line of duty.

FUNERALS – Service for Reba Parish Boase, 90, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Lou Mayberry, 83, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Becky Green Pate, 55, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sue Harris, 59, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Gregory William Christian, 54, and Charles Wesley Brewer, 59, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Ann Foster, 85, of Azle is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jerry Burk, 66, of Corsicana is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Bobby E. Allman, 78, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, July 8, 2016


AIRPORT INCIDENT – A small plane made an emergency landing at Bridgeport airport shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday. Bridgeport firefighters at the scene said the airplane was upside down, but that both persons in the plane were out. Fire Chief Terry Long canceled Wise County EMS ambulances on the way to the scene saying that both occupants were okay.

DISC GOLF – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is having a disc golf tournament, the Harwood Meltdown, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Cost is $25, which includes a disc and koozies. A sandwich lunch with chips and a drink will be available for $5. There will be cash prizes for the top three players in the open division and door prizes for the kids division. To sign up, contact Heath Chambers, heathbiw@gmail.com.

DECATUR GOES 0-3 AT STATE – The Decatur Eagles went 0-3 in pool play at the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station Thursday. Lexington edged Decatur 33-31. Somerset beat Decatur 42-18. Sonora rallied to take down the Eagles 34-33. Decatur moved into the consolation bracket with an 8 a.m. game Friday with Boerne.

WAKE-UP WEDNESDAY – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is having Wake-Up Wednesday 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Chamber office, 812A Halsell St. There will be coffee at the come-and-go networking event. Call 940-683-2076 or email info@bridgeportchamber.org.

SOFTBALL ACTION – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is having a co-ed softball hitting competition 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Decatur ISD fields at the corner of Thompson Street and Deer Park Road. Cost is $25 per team, second child with same adult is $10. Call 940-393-2254.

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

COMMUNITY CHORUS – The newly-formed Paradise Community Chorus is seeking singers of all talent levels. The choir is open to anyone in seventh grade or older. No audition is required. The music style ranges from contemporary to classical with preparation of a major classical work planned for the near future. Rehearsals are held 3:45-5:15 p.m. every Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Paradise, 501 Main St.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Pauline Williams, 90, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Paradise Church of Christ. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Reba Parish Boase, 90, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sue Harris, 59, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Underwood, 79, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Linda Spruill is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mary Mayberry, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Anna Foster, 85, of Azle is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016


PAVILION PROJECT PLACED ON HOLD – Rhome City Council called a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss the city’s pavilion project with their engineer. Questions about the safety of the slab laid for the pavilion and its anchor points had been raised in previous council meetings, so Mayor Michelle Pittman put a hold on construction. It was decided Wednesday that the project will move forward once new anchors are placed under the supervision of the city engineer. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

HEAT WAVE CONTINUES – Wise County remains under a heat advisory until 8 tonight. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 96 with a heat index value of 101.

DECATUR HEADS TO STATE – The Decatur Eagles will play in the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station today. Decatur will begin the tournament with a 2 p.m. matchup with Sonora. The Eagles then face Lexington at 4 p.m. Their final game in pool play will be against Somerset at 6 p.m. Lexington and Sonora are 3A schools. Somerset is 4A. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship bracket, which begins play at 9 a.m. Friday. The bottom two teams in each pool will play in the consolation bracket with games starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

LONE STAR CUP – Decatur High School finished tied with Princeton in 4A in the Lone Star Cup standings, the University Interscholastic League’s annual contest that awards schools points for overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned academic, athletic and music championships. Decatur earned 48 points. Read more in the midweek sports section of the Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

YARN CRAFTS GROUP – Knitters and crocheters of all ages are invited to join a Yarn Crafts group meeting each Thursday, 6-7:45 p.m., at Decatur Public Library, 1700 S. FM 51. No reservations required. Bring your needles and yarn.

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

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge has started. There will be an activity at 4 p.m. every Thursday with door prizes at each event. Call the library, 940-393-0290.

ALCOHOL PETITION – A signature drive is now underway to call an election for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in the city of Decatur. You must be a resident living inside the city limits of Decatur to sign. The petition is located at Patti’s Hair Parlor, Rooster’s, Cary Bohn Insurance and Rhine Realty. Nearly 450 signatures are needed by July 20.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Pauline Williams, 90, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Paradise Church of Christ. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Honora H. Brown, 100, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Chapel in Ardmore, Okla. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sue Harris, 59, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Underwood, 79, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Spruill is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Reba Boase, 98, of Tomball is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016


NEWARK WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD CRUELTY – Shaun Buchanan, 37, of Newark was arrested last Friday in New Orleans after police say she left her 2-year-old son in a locked car while she and the boy’s aunt, Cynthia Simmons, 25, of Denton shopped in Wal-Mart. According to a story in The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, Wal-Mart employees broke the passenger window of the locked car to rescue the boy, who was crying, had vomited on himself and was sweating profusely. Police say the boy had been in the car with the engine off about 20 to 30 minutes, and the outside temperature at the time was 90 degrees. The child was taken inside the store to cool off and did not require further medical treatment, the Times-Picayune story said. Both women were arrested for child desertion and cruelty to a juvenile.

RAIN TOTALS – Rain totals from yesterday included 1.45 inches in Alvord and 0.22 in Decatur. The forecast remains dry for the rest of the week. Wise County remains in a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Thursday with high temperatures expected to reach the mid- to upper-90s the next couple of days with heat index values over 100.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Bridgeport will offer physicals for athletes Tuesday, July 19, at the High School Training Room by the auxiliary gym. Physicals for girls start at 5:30 p.m. and boys 6:30. The cost is $20, cash only. All athletes entering the 7th, 9th,and 11th grades must have a new physical before the first day of practice for their sport. All athletes entering the 8th, 10th and 12th grades that have had a broken bone, concussion, major illness, or surgery within the past year must also have a new physical this year. All student athletes are encouraged to get a physical every year. Students may also get a UIL physical form from Coach Newsom to have their family doctor perform the physical (these forms can be downloaded from the UIL website).

WASHER TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is Washer Tournament is Tuesday, July 26, during the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion at Joe Wheeler Park. Registration is 5 to 6:45 p.m., and the tournament starts at 7. Rules and info are posted at decaturtx.com.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL – Organizers of the 2016 Alvord Watermelon Festival are seeking vendors for the event, which will be held Aug. 12-13 at Elm Creek Park in Alvord. Cost is $20 for both days. Call Linsey Taylor at 940-399-9743.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed today.

HOW TO BUY A HORSE – How to Buy a Horse program hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service & Wise Horse Committee is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at NRS Feed Store, 4650 N U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Texas A&M Professor and Horse Specialist Dr. Dennis Sigler will discuss considerations to use when selecting safe and effective riding horses. Cost is $10 or free to 18 year olds and younger. Dinner is sponsored by NRS Feed Store. Call the Wise County Extension office to reserve your spot, 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Velma Pauline Williams, 90, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Paradise Church of Christ. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Honora H. Brown, 100, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Chapel in Ardmore, Okla. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shauna Birdsall Kozak, 44, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICES are planned for Teresa Manning, 65, and Patsy Powers, 69, both of Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sue Harris, 59, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Larry D. Trussell, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Underwood, 79, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Spruill is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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