Friday, July 31, 2015


MEDICAL CLINIC RAMMED – Decatur Police, medics and firemen responded to an accident at Wise Family Practice Urgent Care around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Officer Robert Cain said Lillie Morgan, 73, was uninjured after mistaking her brake and gas pedals when pulling into the clinic’s parking lot, driving over the concrete parking stop and into the waiting room. While several chairs were knocked over, no one inside the building was injured, Cain said. An official from the city was on scene and declared the building structurally sound.

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BRIDGE REPLACED, ROAD OPEN – The bridge on Parker Dairy Road over Denton Creek in Precinct 2 is now open, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. It was closed for a bridge replacement.

DIABETES CLASS – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Bridgeport on the first Monday of the month. This month’s class will be Aug. 3. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Beginner’s class at 3 p.m. and advanced class at 4 p.m. Both classes are free and will be held at the former Wise Regional-Bridgeport Campus. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE at 940-626-1890.

FSA COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS DUE – USDA Farm Service Agency county committee nomination forms must be postmarked or returned to the Wise County FSA office by the close of business Monday, Aug. 3. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area where they are nominated. This year nominations and elections will be held in LAA 1, which includes Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger or call the Wise County office, 940-627-2268.

SEASON TICKETS – Those season ticket holders who have been affected by the press box expansion at DISD’s Eagle Stadium, and who were contacted last week, can renew their season tickets 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3-6 at the Decatur High School Ticket Office. Season tickets are $20 per seat. Other season ticket renewals for reserved seating will take place Saturday, Aug. 8, during the Blue and White Scrimmage at Eagle Stadium. Renewals will be sold at the concession stand 6-8:30 p.m. First time season ticket holders can purchase reserved seating 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17-28. Contact Linda Hudler at the Athletic Office at 940-393-7290 or linda.hudler@decatur.esc11.net.

PARADISE SCHOOL BOARD – The Paradise school board will hold a special meeting Monday, August 3, to consider all matters related to the issuance and sale of Paradise ISD Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2015. Principals will also discuss the code of conduct and student handbook at the meeting, and the board will set a date for a public hearing on the district’s budget and tax rate.

PARKINSONS SUPPORT – The Parkinsons Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the West Campus of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Guest speaker will be a representative of Medtronics. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month.

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

BLOCK PARTY – The Halsell Street Back Door Block Party, sponsored by Bridgeport Main Street, is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today. Enjoy the Halsell Street Shopping Frenzy, merchant promotions, entertainment and more. For every $20 you spend with a participating merchant you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 downtown dollar gift certificate. There will be four winners. Call 940-683-3404.

SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER – The Chico Senior Citizens Association, Got To Go Solutions and Chico Auto Parts will host a fundraiser for the Chico Senior Citizen Center Saturday. The Buckner Band and the Red Ramblers will preform at the Chico Community Center 6-8 p.m., with a hot dog meal served for $5 and hamburgers for $6. There will also be a cake auction. All funds raised go to senior center storm repairs.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Bridgeport will hold a retirement reception honoring Lupe Salazar 3-4 p.m. today at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street. Call 940-683-3400.

VETERANS PROGRAM – The 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated and veterans will be honored with a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by a ceremony at the City of White Settlement’s Veterans Park, 8901 Clifford St. Call 817-782-7815.

FUNERALS – Memorial graveside service for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas, 86, of Denton, formerly of Boyd, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Arledge Ridge Cemetery in Bonham. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Walter Pannell, 90, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Timmy Joe Wright, 63, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015


100 TODAY? – According to the National Weather Service, this could be the day we hit triple digit-temperatures with a high near 100 forecast. Heat index values could be close to 105. A weak cold front should move through today, bringing temperatures down a few degrees for the weekend and slight rain chances Friday.

PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE – A road repair project will require a portion of West Thompson Street in Decatur to be closed to through traffic today through Tuesday, Aug. 4. The closed portion of the street is located between Deer Park Road and the entrance to Crestview Place Apartments located at 950 W. Thompson Street.

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

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is having a Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors open at 5:30, and cost is $10, which includes dinner. Jason Cleere, associate professor and Extension beef cattle specialist, will present “Top 10 Ways to Generate Dollars in the Cattle Business.” The agriculture trade show will have more than 20 booths. Pre-register by Aug. 12. Call the Extension office, 940-627-3341, or come by 206 S. State St.

CHICO ISD MEETING – The Chico School Board meets at 6:30 tonight to discuss repairing the middle school roof, making the baseball/softball complex ADA compliant and to discuss financial issues. The board meets in room 104 at Chico Elementary.

WATCH FOR WELCOMEWelcome to Wise 2015, this year’s version of the Wise County Messenger’s annual newcomers/visitors guide, should arrive in the mailboxes of county residents this week. This year’s issue includes features on our local communities through a series of “Wise Trips” around the county. Be sure to check out the accompanying video links with each story to see more.

ENROLLMENT FAIR – Bridgeport ISD will hold an enrollment fair today until 8 p.m. at the commons area. All returning and new students need to register.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Paradise is 9 a.m. today at New Hope Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas, 86, of Denton, formerly of Boyd, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Arledge Ridge Cemetery in Bonham. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Michael Fortune, 41, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015


RHOME NAMES DAVIS ADMINISTRATOR – Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis was hired as an interim city administrator by the Rhome City Council last night. The council voted 3-1 to hire Davis for a six-month period, with Jerry Taylor opposing and Brandon’s wife, Dawn, abstaining from the vote. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Michelle Pittman spoke of what she believed was a plan by the council to remove her from office and from her position at the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department. Read more about the meeting in Saturday’s edition of the Wise County Messenger.

COUNTY INSURANCE RATES RISE – Wise County reconfigured its insurance plan to combat rising costs, but most employees will still feel a financial pinch. Kristen Huddleston with Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright told commissioners Monday that the county’s medical loss ratio was 117 percent, which means 17 percent more was paid out in claims than Aetna received in premiums. Commissioners approved a proposal with two plans – base and buy-up. The proposal also takes the plans from a three-tier to a four-tier system with the county continuing to pay for employees’ insurance under the base plan. Dependent coverage paid by the county was reduced from 65 percent to 50 percent with a slight variation between plans, and most employees will be faced with either higher premiums or higher deductibles, depending on which plan they choose. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxJUST A TEST – The City of Decatur will test its storm warning sirens at noon today.

SUMMER READING CLUB – The Bridgeport Public Library’s Summer Reading Club finale is 2:30 p.m. today at the library. Wise County Judge J.D. Clark will be the guest performer, and Batman will be distributing prizes. Call 940-683-3450.

BLOCK PARTY – The Halsell Street Back Door Block Party, sponsored by Bridgeport Main Street, is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Enjoy the Halsell Street Shopping Frenzy, merchant promotions, entertainment and more. For every $20 you spend with a participating merchant you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 downtown dollar gift certificate. There will be 4 winners. Call 940-683-3404.

CASA TRAINING – Court Appointed Special Advocates for Wise and Jack Counties’ next volunteer training class starts Aug. 4. Call 940-627-7535 or visit www.casawise.org.

REVENUE DRYING UP – Today’s Wise County Messenger features a package of stories on how three sources of revenue for local taxing entities – water sales, property taxes and sales tax – have taken a dive over the first six months of 2015. The stories focus on how those entities are dealing with the issues as they begin work on next year’s budgets.

FUNERALS - Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Michael Fortune, 41, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


REGISTER FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE – Homeowners and renters with storm or flood damage now have until Aug. 27 to register for FEMA assistance. Any damage that occurred since May 7 is eligible. To register, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or visit disasterassistance.gov. Citizens may also visit the FEMA mobile registration center at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 812 Halsell St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The local registration center will be open until further notice.

CITY CALLS ELECTION – The City of Bridgeport yesterday officially called a special election for Nov. 3 where residents will have a chance to vote on whether or not a home rule charter commission should be chosen to frame a home rule charter for the city. The ballot will also include electing commissioners to serve as members of the charter commission if the measure is passed.

ARCHITECT CHOSEN FOR PROJECTS – The Decatur School Board yesterday decided to use VLK Architects for three projects included in the bond package: the multipurpose indoor practice facility at the high school, renovation of the special services building and the cafeteria/gym solution project at Rann Elementary. The board also chose the construction manager at risk as the method of delivery for the projects.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Bridgeport will hold a retirement reception honoring Lupe Salazar 3-4 p.m. Friday at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street. Call 940-683-3400.

SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER – The Chico Senior Citizens Association, Got To Go Solutions and Chico Auto Parts will host a fundraiser for the Chico Senior Citizen Center Saturday. The Buckner Band and the Red Ramblers will preform at the Chico Community Center 6-8 p.m., with a hot dog meal served for $5 and hamburgers for $6. There will also be a cake auction. All funds raised go to senior center storm repairs.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Wise Hope Crisis Center is holding its 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 287, in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – Wise Regional’s Sleep Wellness Center will offer a free class 6-7 tonight. The class will feature a presentation about sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease by Dr. Jason Finkelstein of Advanced Heart Care. The center is located on Wise Regional’s West Campus. Contact Rhonda Beam at 214-980-3128.

FUNERALS – Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Michael Fortune, 41, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Monday, July 27, 2015


FIRE THREATENS HOME – Fire departments from Decatur, Newark and Boyd responded to a pasture fire threatening a structure on Private Road 4379 between Decatur and Boyd Saturday morning. David Lambert said he had been raking and baling hay for the owner of the property when the hay baler caught on fire. The fire then spread to several hay bales and across the pasture, burning between two to three acres, according to Boyd VFD Captain Shane McNelly. The fire then spread to the house on the property, burning a portion of the garage before Decatur FD put it out. The owner of the property, who was not identified, said most of what burned was marginal.

WORKER INJURED AT REUNION - A carnival worker was seriously injured early Sunday morning at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said a man was helping to tear down the carnival rides around 1:30 a.m. when he fell off a platform, falling 10 feet and hitting the ground face-first. The man was taken first to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and then flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Hoskins did not have the man’s name, but he said he was a Waxahachie resident.

DIABETIC EDUCATION CLASS – A free Diabetic Education Class is today at the Boyd Community Center. An Introductory Class is at 3 p.m. followed by the Advanced Class at 4. The class is sponsored by Wise Regional Health System.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold it’s monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

NUTRITION CLASS – A nutrition class for cancer patients and caregivers is 1 p.m. Friday at the Cancer Center at Wise Regional Health System.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board tonight will consider several construction items related to the bond issue, including method of delivery for the special programs building renovation, the Rann Elementary dining hall/gym solution and the indoor multi-purpose building. The baseball/softball press box and restrooms are also on the agenda. The meeting at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates, begins with a closed session at 6 followed by the open meeting at 7.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners this morning will discuss county health insurance and a possible change order for the jail roof project. Instead of meeting in the courthouse, they will meet at the Elections Administration office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. All commissioners meetings will be held at the EA’s office until the courthouse elevator repairs are complete.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium located in the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur.  Admission is free, and an offering will be received toward the expenses of the museum.

FUNERALS - Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gladys Ruth Etter Tisdale, 79, of Haslet, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jimmie Lou Ralls, 77, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at 1:30 p.m. at Salona Cemetery in Bowie. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Pasture fire threatens home


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Decatur Fire Department, Newark Fire Department and Boyd Volunteer Fire Department responded to a pasture fire threatening a structure on Private Road 4379 between Decatur and Boyd this morning.

David Lambert said he had been raking and baling hay for the owner of the property when the hay baler caught on fire. The fire then spread to several hay bales and across the pasture, burning between two to three acres, according to Boyd VFD Captain Shane McNelly.

The fire then spread to the residence on the property, burning a portion of the garage before Decatur FD put it out.

The owner of the property, who requested his name be withheld, said most of what burned was marginal.

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Friday, July 24, 2015


ALVORD NAMES SUPERINTENDENT FINALIST – The Alvord School Board last night unanimously voted to name Snyder Superintendent Randy Brown as the lone finalist for their superintendent position. State law requires districts to wait 21 days before making the hiring official.

CLOSING WEEKEND OF REUNION – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion enters its last couple of days. Tonight’s entertainment includes performances by country musician Josh Grider 9-11 p.m. followed by Jason Eady at 11 p.m. On Saturday, the Brandon Davis Band will perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The carnival is open 6 p.m.-midnight both nights. Carnival bracelets for unlimited rides cost $20.

LATE NIGHT SWIM – Bridgeport’s annual Late Night Swim at the city pool is Saturday. The pool will be open 1-11 p.m. Call 940-683-4344.

SCHOOL GARAGE SALE - Slidell ISD will hold a garage sale in the rock gym 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit the students going to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2016.

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – Wise Regional’s Sleep Wellness Center will offer a free class 6-7 p.m. next Tuesday, July 28. The class will feature a presentation about sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease by Dr. Jason Finkelstein of Advanced Heart Care. The center is located on Wise Regional’s West Campus. Contact Rhonda Beam at 214-980-3128.

BLOOD DRIVE – Best Value Rhome Pharmacy, 400 S. Main, will host a Carter Blood drive 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners Monday will discuss county health insurance and a possible change order for the jail roof project. Instead of meeting in the courthouse, they will meet at the Elections Administration office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. All commissioners meetings will be held at the EA’s office until the courthouse elevator repairs are complete.

JUDGE’S OFFICE CLOSED – The county judge’s office will be closed today for floor repairs. The office will reopen to the public Monday morning.

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

THURSDAY WRECK – A red pickup and box truck collided yesterday on U.S. 81/287 South near Alvord damaging the box truck and causing the pickup to roll over several times down a hill just off the roadside. Rick Lynn Nivens, 63, of Alvord was the driver of the pickup, and DPS officer Jeff Johnson said that Nivens was conscious when first responders got him out of the vehicle. The driver of the box truck, who was not identified, did not suffer major injuries.

TEXAS WRITES PROGRAM – Novelists Polly Holyoke and Ann Fields will be featured at a Texas Writes program 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Bowie Public Library. Advance registration is encouraged and can be made through the library at 940-872-2681. Refreshments will be provided. www.writersleague.org/TexasWrites.

FUNERAL – Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gladys Ruth Etter Tisdale, 79, of Haslet, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Charles L. Brown, 83, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Martha Lou Hughes, 92, of Decatur is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. No set visitation, but Coker-Hawkins will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

FUNERAL for Donald Wayne Lobaugh, 56, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas of Boyd and Patricia Ann Fritz, 64, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Jimmie Lou Ralls, 77, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Anna Lee Morris Wallace, 85, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. today at College Hill Church of Christ in North Richland Hills with burial at 2 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015


MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR CHASE - A 21-year-old Bridgeport man who had threatened to kill his girlfriend led police on a chase through Decatur Wednesday afternoon. Israel Trey Rodriguez was finally stopped on Business U.S. 81/287 south of Carson Elementary in Decatur and arrested on multiple charges. Decatur Officer Keith Hilton responded to a call from Rodriguez’s girlfriend, who claimed Rodriguez told her he was coming to her home to kill her. After Hilton arrived at the girlfriend’s home, Rodriguez pulled onto the road. Seeing Hilton, he turned his car and fled. Various law enforcement agencies including Decatur PD, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety gave chase as Rodriguez headed north on U.S. 81/287 toward Alvord, before turning around and back south to Decatur. The chase snaked through downtown Decatur and residential neighborhoods before he ran off the road. Wise County Sheriff’s Patrol Lt. Art Ferguson said officers tried to use spikes to stop the car three times during the chase, but Rodriguez managed to evade. At the scene of his arrest, Rodriguez appeared agitated and screamed at detectives, demanding for them to talk to him. Decatur Sgt. Gerald Wright said Rodriguez will be charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest and making a terroristic threat. Prior to today’s incident, Rodriguez was awaiting trial for interfering with an emergency call in June.

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

PROPERTY TAX VALUES FLAT – Wise County tax values dropped just less than 1 percent according to the 2015 certified tax values released this week by Wise County Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand. Mineral values dropped just over 8 percent from a year ago due to a drop in oil and gas prices and a drop in existing wells. That loss was offset somewhat by a 6 percent increase in real estate values. Read more in an upcoming Wise County Messenger.

TEJANO NIGHT AT REUNION – Tonight’s entertainment at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion features Joe B. and The Baron Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The carnival is open 6-11 p.m. Carnival ride bracelets are $20.

JUDGE’S OFFICE CLOSED – The county judge’s office will close at noon today and all day Friday for floor repairs. The office will reopen to the public Monday morning.

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging’s Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens. If you live in Boyd, Bridgeport, Decatur, Chico, Rhome or Paradise and can spare an hour or two between 10 a.m.-1 p.m., call 940-627-5329 for more information or to set up time for orientation.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball is getting ready to start the Fall season of baseball. Participants must be 3 years old or older to play. Go to www.made2thrive.org to download a registration form. Cost is $20 through Aug. 8. After deadline, cost increases to $50.

CASA TRAINING – Court Appointed Special Advocates for Wise and Jack Counties’ next volunteer training class starts Aug. 4. Call 940-627-7535 or visit www.casawise.org.

FUNERALS – Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gladys Ruth Etter Tisdale, 79, of Haslet, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Charles L. Brown, 83, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha Hughes, 92, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Donald Wayne Lobaugh, 56, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas of Boyd and Patricia Ann Fritz, 64, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Decatur Police Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety were involved in a car chase that ended in the arrest of Israel Trey Rodriguez, 21, in Decatur this afternoon.

Decatur Officer Keith Hilton responded to a call from Rodriguez’s girlfriend, who claimed Rodriguez, a Bridgeport resident, told her he was coming to her home to kill her. After Hilton arrived at the girlfriend’s home, Rodriguez pulled onto the road. Seeing Hilton, he turned his car and fled.

The various law enforcement agencies gave chase as Rodriguez headed north on U.S. 81/287 toward Alvord, before turning around and back south to Decatur. The chase snaked through downtown Decatur before ending on Business U.S. 81/287 south of Carson Elementary. Wise County Sheriff’s Patrol Lt. Art Ferguson said officers tried to use spikes to stop the car three times during the chase, but Rodriguez managed to evade. At the scene of his arrest, Rodriguez appeared agitated and screamed at detectives, demanding for them to talk to him.

Rodriguez is currently in the custody of Decatur PD. Decatur Sgt. Gerald Wright said Rodriguez will be charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest and making a terroristic threat.

Prior to today’s incident, Rodriguez was awaiting trial for interfering with an emergency call in June.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT LEAVING DECATUR ISD – Gary Micinski, Decatur ISD’s deputy superintendent, was named Chief Financial Officer for Irving ISD by a unanimous vote of the Irving ISD board of trustees Monday, according to a news release from Irving ISD. Micinski has overseen Decatur ISD’s financial program for the past 15 years. “We are pleased to have Mr. Micinski join Irving ISD. He is known as a unique, dedicated and talented administrator whose understanding of school finance and business operations has been described as ‘second to none’,” Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra said in the news release announcing the hiring. Micinski will begin his new role at Irving ISD next month working alongside Debbie Cabrera, associate superintendent of business services, who will retire Aug. 31.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxGOSPEL NIGHT AT REUNION – Wednesday night at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion can only mean one thing: Gospel Music Night, featuring The Hinkles at 7 p.m. Carnival rides and games will operate 6-11 p.m. Carnival bracelets for unlimited rides cost $15 Monday through Wednesday and $20 Thursday through Saturday.

BOYD TO SELL PROPERTIES – The Boyd City Council yesterday directed staff to seek bids to sell Raymond Jordan Boyd Public Library building. The roof of the building has collapsed and the library has operated in a temporary location at the Boyd Community Center. A library is not in the 2015-16 budget plans. The council also wanted to sell land on Hovey Street. The council took a look at a preliminary budget of $2.1 million budget that included a $25,144 surplus.

PAY RAISE FOR TEACHERS – Paradise ISD trustees agreed to a 3 percent raise for staff members Monday night. The raise will cost the school district an estimated $83,766.91. Chief financial officer Robert Criswell said that the district must increase teachers’ salaries to compete with other districts.

LAST STORY TIME – The Rhome Public Library’s last Summer Story Time is 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Also, a “Summer Ending” event will be held at noon Saturday including a hot dog lunch with firemen and a fire truck. It is open to all ages. Call the library at 817-636-2767 by Thursday if your family plans to attend.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP by 3 p.m. today.

BRIDGEPORT TO BUY FLEET VEHICLES – The Bridgeport ISD school board approved the purchase and financing of four new white fleet vehicles Monday night. The new fleet vehicles will join the four new buses approved for purchase by board members last month. The older fleet vehicles will either be re-purposed for use in the maintenance department or auctioned off. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

MORNING RAIN – Light rain was falling in Decatur as Update was going to press, but it is not expected to stick around very long. High temperatures this afternoon are expected to reach 97 with heat index values up to 100.

FUNERALS – Service for Samuel “Sam” Nesmith of Cottondale is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gladys Ruth Etter Tisdale, 79, of Haslet, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. before the service.

FUNERAL for Mark Aaron Stevens, 34, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Forestburg Baptist Church in Forestburg with burial at Perryman Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Charles L. Brown, 83, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Bill Foster Sparks, 84, of Paradise is 10 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Donald Wayne Lobaugh, 56, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas of Boyd and Patricia Ann Fritz, 64, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ann Petty, 68, of Sunset is 10 a.m. today at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015


NORTHWEST AD TO JOIN UIL – Northwest ISD Athletic Director Susan Elza was named the Director of Athletics for the University Interscholastic League. Elza replaces Mark Cousins, who moved into a new role as UIL Director of Compliance, Eligibility and Education. Elza will transition into her new post towards the end of August. NISD posted the opening for the athletics directors job Monday.

WASHER TOURNAMENT TIME AT REUNION – Tonight’s main event at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur is the Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament at 7. Any team of two can sign up 5-6:45 p.m. in the pavilion. Cost is $50, and all proceeds go to the Decatur Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund. Carnival rides and games will operate 6-11 p.m. Carnival bracelets for unlimited rides cost $15 Monday through Wednesday and $20 Thursday through Saturday.

REUNION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES WINNERS – The Old Settlers Reunion committee named its campground winners:

  • Most Original – Fennell Camp
  • Best Lights – Bisidas Camp
  • Best Name – Rhine/Mueller Camp
  • Best Decorated – Rottner Camp
  • Most Unusual – Craven Camp
  • Most Reunion Spirit – Chapman & Williams Camp
  • Best Overall – Young Camp
  • Most Creative – Trachta Camp
  • Most Patriotic – Bevill Camp
  • Best Costumes – Coker Camp
  • Best Theme – Wren Camp
  • Honorable Mention – Gage/Riley Camp.

PETS RESTRICTED AT REUNION – Pets or non-domesticated animals are not allowed in the carnival area, pavilion or commons area during the week of the Wise County Old Settler’s Reunion, according to a new rule approved by the Reunion Committee. Visitors to the grounds should limit any such pets or non-domesticated animals to the inside of their vehicles or outside the perimeters of the Reunion grounds. Identified, trained service animals would be exempted from this resolution if in accordance with local ordinances. Campers my have pets with up to date inoculations inside their camps or on a leash accompanied by the owner within the area of the camps.

BOIL NOTICE ENDED – The boil notice for the City of Boyd has ended.

BLOOD DRIVE – A blood drive will be held at Bridgeport Lions Club hall across from the city pool 2-6:30 p,m. Thursday. Call Pat Ross at 940-210-5856 to reserve a time.

CHURCH DEDICATION – Paradise United Methodist Church will hold a dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. Aug. 23.

LUNCH ‘N LISTEN – Lunch ‘n Listen at Decatur Public Library is noon today and continues every Tuesday through Aug. 18. Books are read aloud each week.

INTERACTIVE PLAYS – Hampstead Stage Company will perform two interactive plays at Decatur Public Library Wednesday. Performances will include “Hercules and the Heroes: Greek Mythology for Kids” at 10:30 a.m. and “Robinhood” at noon. Families with children in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to one or both shows. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Gladys Tisdale, 79, of Haslet, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Samuel Nesmith of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for James Bezy, 66, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mark Aaron Stevens, 34, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Forestburg Baptist Church in Forestburg with burial at Perryman Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Juanita Jo Crawford Thomas and Donald Lobaugh, 56, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ralph E. Hitchcock, 88, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements

FUNERAL for Bill Foster Sparks, 84, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Beverly “Jayne” Cantwell, 60, of Plano is 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Family visitation is 7-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ann Petty, 68, of Sunset is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Monday, July 20, 2015


REUNION BEGINS – The Wise County Old Settler’s Reunion at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur has officially begun. Tonight’s entertainment includes DJs Shelby and Spencer Hoyl performing at 7. Carnival rides and games will operate 6-11 p.m. Carnival bracelets for unlimited rides cost $15 Monday through Wednesday and $20 Thursday through Saturday.

COURTHOUSE ELEVATOR WORK – Work will begin today on the elevator in the Wise County Courthouse, leaving the stairs as the only route to the top for the next four weeks. Last summer a state inspection revealed the elevator needed improvement, and although the repairs won’t make the ride faster, it should be safer. If citizens need to visit County Court-at-Law No. 1 on the third floor or the 271st District Court on the second floor and are unable to climb the stairs, they should call to make alternate arrangements. County Court-at-Law No. 1 can be reached at 940-627-4791. Call the district court at 940-627-3200.

FLOODING HELP – Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will set up a temporary office at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce this week. Staff members will help Wise County citizens register with FEMA or answer questions for those who have already registered and need help navigating the process. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The Chamber is at 812 Halsell St.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed this week for vacation. Normal hours will resume the week of July 27.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Lois Hoover will give a book review of “Empire of the Summer Moon – Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches.”

FUNERALS – Services are pending for Gladys Tisdale, 79, of Haslet and Samuel Nesmith of Bridgeport at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Vivian Loraine North, 94, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for James Bezy, 66, and Mark Stevens, 34, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Ralph E. Hitchcock, 88, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bill Foster Sparks, 84, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 9-10 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service.

SERVICE for Donald Lobaugh, 56, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Friday, July 17, 2015


IDs RELEASED IN WEDNESDAY FATALITY – A Rhome man was killed in the accident on Texas 114 east of Boyd Wednesday morning. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Thursday that Andre Nelson, 24, was killed when his Ford Expedition hit a Kia mini-van head-on near the entrance to Young Tank Trucks. The driver of the mini-van was Brenda Ellis of Dripping Springs. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. This was the second fatal accident on 114 in less than five days. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

BOIL WATER NOTICE IN BOYD – The City of Boyd has issued a boil water notice from this morning at midnight through the weekend. The city had to shut off water to most of the city to repair a ruptured line along Farm Road 730 near Texas 114. The work started at midnight and service resumed at 3:15 a.m.

BONE MARROW DONOR DRIVE – There is a bone marrow donor drive 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Slidell Baptist Church in honor of Angel Reza, the 5-month-old son of Mario and Jessica Reza of Decatur. Angel is battling leukemia, and although he has a marrow donor, the drive is to raise awareness of the disease and add to the registry of potential marrow donors. To participate, you must be between the ages of 18 and 55, in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be willing to donate to any patient in need. The process includes a swab being taken from the inside of your mouth. It takes only a few minutes. Call Gina Zuniga, 940-393-9297.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Lois Hoover will give a book review of “Empire of the Summer Moon – Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches.”

GENEALOGY SEMINAR – The Wise County Genealogical Society presents a Summer Seminar with Aaron Holt 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will help you get started on your family research or help you with your brick walls. Cost is $20 for visitors or $15 for members.

CLASS REUNIONS – Slidell class reunions are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Slidell High School cafeteria. A meal will be catered at 12:30 p.m., and cost is $10.95 per plate. Mail your check, payable to Irene Wilson, to P.O. Box 31, Slidell, TX 76267. Call 940-466-3118, ext. 240.

FUNERALS – Service for James Bezy, 66, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Walter “Bug” Hilton, 39, formerly of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James I. Toole, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Ann Lee Little, 85, formerly of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Esther Oliver Bible, 93, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Alaine Estes Hetherington Oftebro, 97, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Douglas Lorne Strader, 68, of Cashmere, Wash., is 11 a.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church Cemetery in Decatur.

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IDs released in Wednesday fatality


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A Rhome man was killed in the accident on Texas 114 east of Boyd Wednesday morning.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Thursday that Andre Nelson, 24, was killed when his Ford Expedition hit a Kia mini-van head-on near the entrance to Young Tank Trucks.

The driver of the mini-van was Brenda Ellis of Dripping Springs. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

This was the second fatal accident on 114 in less than five days. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Boyd to shut off water, issues boil notice


The Boyd Public Works Department will shut off water to most of the city at midnight Friday to repair a six-inch water line that ruptured along Farm Road 730 near Texas 114. The Highland Oaks development will not be affected by the outage. The repair is expected to take less than four hours with water service restored by 4 a.m. The city has issued a boil water notice from Friday through the weekend. The notice is expected to be rescinded Monday after getting clearance from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015


1 INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION – Two pickups collided at a bend on Old Decatur Road roughly two miles from Farm Road 730 just before 2:15 Wednesday afternoon. DPS Trooper Robert Carson said a southbound white Ford work truck driven by a 60-year-old male from Decatur failed to give one half of the roadway to an oncoming white Chevrolet work truck driven by a 44 year-old-male, also from Decatur. “The driver of the Ford stated that he had looked down to check his notes and when he looked back up is when the collision happened,” Carson said. “He couldn’t remember much besides that.” The southbound Ford driver, who identified himself as Kyle Stephens, appeared uninjured at the scene. Firefighters had to cut the northbound driver out of his truck. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter according to Trooper Carson. The officer could not confirm the name of the injured driver.

FISHING TOURNEY – Devon Energy will hold its 6th annual “Keepin it Reel” bass fishing tournament and fundraiser Saturday, July 25, at Lake Bridgeport. Registration is 5 a.m. at Wise County Park, and the entry fee is $125 per two-person team. Proceeds benefit United Way. To register, contact Crystal Watkins, 940-394-2315, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com.

CHRISTIAN WRESTLING – The Christian Wrestling Federation will be in Rhome Sunday. Former WWE star Michael Tarver, Scotty Matthews and Lodi Cain (Team Fearless) will join the CWF at Seven Hills Elementary at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. For directions or more information contact ldahlstrom@movementchurch.net.

SUMMER PROGRAM – Rhome Public Library’s summer reading program continues every Thursday through July 23. Turn in your reading log and receive prizes and tickets.

PRIZES NEEDED - Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of costume jewelry or other small treasures for bingo prizes for the residents. Items can be dropped off at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call Kathy, 940-626-2800.

COSPLAY DAY – Cosplay Day for Teens at Decatur Public Library is 4 p.m. today for Super Hero Costume Play. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to create capes, word bubble headbands and power gauntlets. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for James Bezy, 66, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Walter “Bug” Hilton, 39, formerly of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Darwin Roger Justice, 84, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Bethel Cemetery.

FUNERAL for James I. Toole, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Anna Lee Little, 85, formerly of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Esther Oliver Bible, 93, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Ronnie Fowler, 68, of Bowie. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Henry Foster IV, 55, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Alaine Estes Hetherington Oftebro, 97, formerly of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Forrest Lee Bailey, 91, of Keeter is 3:30 p.m. Friday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Family visitation is 1-3 p.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Cantrell, 56, of Guthrie, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Heritage Baptist Church in Haslet. He was the brother of Kathryn Blake of Alvord.

MEMORIAL service for Douglas Lorne Strader, 68, of Cashmere, Wash., is 11 a.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church Cemetery in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Lee Weatherly, 71, of Bothell, Wash., formerly of Wise County, is pending.

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Head-on wreck injures 1


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Two pickups collided at a bend on Old Decatur Road roughly two miles from Farm Road 730 just before 2:15 Wednesday afternoon.

DPS Trooper Robert Carson said a southbound white Ford work truck driven by a 60 year old male from Decatur failed to give one half of the roadway to an oncoming white Chevrolet work truck driven by a 44 year old male, also from Decatur.

“The driver of the Ford stated that he had looked down to check his notes and when he looked back up is when the collision happened,” Carson said. “He couldn’t remember much besides that.”

The southbound Ford driver, who identified himself as Kyle Stephens, appeared uninjured at the scene. Firefighters had to cut the northbound driver out of his truck. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter according to Trooper Carson.

Trooper Carson could not confirm the name of the injured driver.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


1 KILLED IN 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT – A man was killed just before 6 a.m. Wednesday in a two-vehicle accident on Texas 114 east of Boyd. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said the man was eastbound on 114, and his sports utility vehicle veered into the westbound lane, hitting a Kia mini-van head-on. “He never tried to swerve or evade, but the Kia did,” Lawson said. The mini-van landed on its side next to the Young Tank Trucks entrance on the north side of the road. The driver was trapped. She was extricated and transported to a Metroplex hospital by helicopter ambulance with serious injuries. The man’s SUV came to rest in the eastbound lane with debris scattered between the two vehicles. Lawson has not yet released the names of those involved. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays. As of 7:30 a.m., the roadway remained closed. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it’s available.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxCHICO YOUTH FOOTBALL – Chico youth football is still looking for players for 3rd through 6th grade. Last signups will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart. Interested players can live in another town and still play at Chico. Call Monty Forbus, 940-393-5095.

NISD STUDENT REGISTRATION – Returning student registration is now available for current Northwest ISD students. In order to access the online registration feature, parents of students currently enrolled in the district must have a Home Access Center (HAC) account. Access to the HAC requires an Internet connection and a confidential username and password issued to the parent by the school. An Enrollment Online help desk is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 817- 698-1099. Campuses will have computers available for use for households without Internet when they reopen on Monday, July 20.

COSPLAY DAY – Cosplay Day for Teens at Decatur Public Library is 4 p.m. Thursday for Super Hero Costume Play. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to create capes, word bubble headbands and power gauntlets. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SHOE DONATIONS – Amen X-Press Geriatrics Singing Ministry is seeking donations of gently worn shoes. The donated shoes are sent to people in developing nations. Proceeds from the donations go to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and Alzheimer wards. Contact Kim Saling at amenx_xpress@yahoo.com or 940-393-1832.

GENEALOGY SEMINAR – The Wise County Genealogical Society presents a Summer Seminar with Aaron Holt 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The seminar will help you get started on your family research or help you with your brick walls. Cost is $20 for visitors or $15 for members.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Representatives of the city’s Parks and Recreation’s department will speak on “How Parks and Recreation Impact Growth in the Community.” Cost of lunch is $10. RSVP by noon today to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

FUNERALS – Services for Walter Hilton, 39, formerly of Decatur and James Bezy, 66, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Darwin Roger Justice, 84, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for James I. Toole, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Anna Lee Little, 85, formerly of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Esther Oliver Bible, 93, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Ronnie Fowler, 68, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Teresa Mae Bennett, 63, of Bridgeport is 6 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for John Henry Foster IV, 55, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Alaine Estes Hetherington Oftebro, 97, formerly of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Cantrell, 56, of Guthrie, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Heritage Baptist Church in Haslet. He was the brother of Kathryn Blake of Alvord.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobby Lee Weatherly, 71, of Bothell, Wash., formerly of Wise County, is pending.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015


RV SPOTS AVAILABLE AT 2015 REUNION – Wise County commissioners Monday approved providing 12 RV spots at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday night of the 2015 Old Settlers Reunion in Decatur. Campers may begin moving in 4 p.m. Friday, July 24, and must leave by 10 a.m. Sunday, July 26. There are no electric, water or septic hook-ups, but campers can use generators. Cost is $100, plus a $50 refundable deposit. To reserve a spot, call the county Public Works Department, 940-627-9332. Read more about the decision in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

WHAT CAUSED THE BOOM? – The Messenger newsroom received several calls and Facebook messages asking about the loud boom that was heard shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday that rattled windows. Reports of the noise were received from Denton to Springtown. Chief Deputy Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning that the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, also known as Carswell, reported two jets flying together yesterday causing the sonic boom.

CLARK APPOINTED TO NATIONAL POST – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark was appointed to a vice chair position at last weekend’s annual conference of the National Association of Counties in Charlotte, N.C. He will be one of six vice chairs on the Rural Action Caucus. The group advocates for rural issues at the federal level and ensures rural voices are heard by Congress when it comes to legislation and policies. Read more in an upcoming issue of the Messenger.

LUNCH ‘N LISTEN – Bring a packed lunch and join Ms. Kristin at noon today in Decatur Public Library’s reading garden. This week’s read-aloud book is “Rufus M.” by Eleanor Estes.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The Paradise Historical Society will hold it’s regular bi-monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the United Methodist Church Annex building in Paradise. Guest speaker is Patti Gillespie, president of the Wise County Genealogical Society. With many years of family research and genealogical instruction and history consultant services, she will speak on “16 Death Records That Will Upgrade Your Research.” Her presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting.

WARM CLOSING EARLY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will close at noon Wednesday for out-of-town training and will be closed the entire week of July 20 for vacation. Normal hours will resume the week of July 27.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Representatives of the city’s Parks and Recreation’s department will speak on “How Parks and Recreation Impact Growth in the Community.” Cost of lunch is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? – Silhouette Dance Co. in Decatur is celebrating National Dance Day July 25 with a flash mob. Anyone is welcome to participate, but you must attend a practice Friday, July 17. To sign up, call Ashley Ness at 817-371-0040 or email ashley@silhouettedancecompany.com.

FUNERALS – Services for Walter “Bug” Hilton, 39, formerly of Alvord, James Toole, 81, of Decatur and Anna Lee Little, 85, formerly of Paradise are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Darwin Roger Justice, 84, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Esther Oliver Bible, 93, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for R. B. Belvin of North Richland Hills. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ronnie Fowler, 68, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Teresa Mae Bennett, 63, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for John Henry Foster IV, 55, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Monday, July 13, 2015


PARADISE RESIDENT KILLED IN WRECK — Karyn Peterson, 53, of Paradise was killed in the three-vehicle accident on Texas 114 between Boyd and Paradise Saturday morning. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel Sunday released Peterson’s name, as well as the others involved in the crash. Peterson was driving a Ford Escape east on 114 near the 51 exit to Springtown when, for unknown reasons, she veered into the westbound lane. DPS Trooper Jeremy Pope said the passenger car sideswiped a westbound Chevrolet pickup driven by Treva Anderson, 47, of Boyd. The pickup went into a side skid and came to rest in the middle of the road, facing east. After the Escape struck the pickup, it continued across the westbound lane and was hit by a GMC Yukon, pulling two Sea-Doos. The Yukon was driven by Russell Hightower, 29, of Springtown. The impact split the Escape in two with one half landing in the creek below the roadway. Peterson was pronounced dead on scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson. There were no passengers in her vehicle. Trooper Pope said a passenger in the pickup, Wade Anderson, 49, of Boyd, was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with injuries. He was treated and released. The Anderson’s teenage daughter was also in the pickup, but she and her mother were not injured. Hightower and Yukon passenger Autumn Hightower, 25, of Springtown were treated and released from Wise Regional. In addition to troopers, Boyd Fire Department, sheriff’s deputies and Wise County medics were called to the scene. The highway was shut down for almost three hours. It re-opened at 12:20 p.m.

FARMER KILLED IN TRACTOR ACCIDENT — A 91-year-old man was killed in a tractor accident on property off Farm Road 2048, southwest of Boyd, Saturday night. Forrest Bailey routinely took his tractor out and usually returned to the house at dark, according to Chief Deputy Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. When he didn’t return at the expected time Saturday, his wife called a family member who began looking for Bailey. He was found in the pasture pinned beneath the tractor. Emergency responders were called to the scene just after 10:30 p.m. Benton said according to a family member, there was a piece on the tractor that regularly vibrates loose, and it wasn’t uncommon for Bailey to get off the tractor to tighten it. The piece was missing Saturday night. Benton said investigators believe Bailey got off the tractor while it was in low gear and was run over by the piece of machinery. “It’s a bad, bad accident,” Benton said. Bailey’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners for an autopsy.

FEELING LIKE 100 — The hottest temperatures of the year are expected in Wise County this week. The high today and tomorrow is expected to reach 97 with heat index values of up to 106. High temperatures are expected to remain in the mid- to upper-90s all week.

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

GRADING GUIDELINES — Boyd ISD administrators will present new grading guidelines for trustees to review tonight. Administrators have spent the past few months reworking grading procedures to bring them in line with the district’s goals. “We’ve spent a lot of time and have come to a good consensus [on the grading guideline],” said Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West last week. “It was very evident how outdated our guidelines were. We’ve moved toward more project-based learning and nowhere is that addressed in our guidelines.” The administration will also present student dress code and attendance guidelines to board members. The district will also review proposals from a pair of drivers education programs. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at the administration building, 600 Knox Ave.

DRINKING QUALITY REPORT — Tonight’s Decatur City Council meeting will include a public hearing on the city’s annual drinking water quality report. The meeting is at 6 at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS REUNION RV SPOTS — Wise County commissioners today will discuss a pilot program providing 12 RV spots at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday night of the 2015 Wise County Old Settlers Reunion, which runs July 19-25. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the county courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

TRANSPORTATION MEETING – The Wise County Transportation Coalition will meet 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur City Hall Council Chambers.

FUNERALS — Service for Michael Dwayne Oates, 65, of Azle is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Darwin Roger Justice, 84, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Esther O. Bible, 93, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Dwain Thomas Walker, 66, of Bowie. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for R.B. Belvin of North Richland Hills is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for John H. Foster IV, 55, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Marvin Ray “OZ” Read Sr., 76, of Bridgeport is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport with private burial at a later date.

MEMORIAL service for Zackery Loney, 17, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at the Paradise High School gym. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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