Friday, September 23, 2016


ALVORD WRECK KILLS 1, INJURES ANOTHER – One man was killed and another injured in an one-vehicle crash on County Road 2690 northeast of Alvord Thursday evening. The driver of the Chevrolet truck, Jared Slocum, 25, of Hurst, died at the scene. The passenger, Joshua Nechtman, 30, of Alvord, was flown by Air Evac to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The truck was traveling westbound on CR 2690 around 6 p.m. when it veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree head on just a few hundred yards west of County Road 2685. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said there were no skid marks on the road to indicate braking. He also found no signs of mechanical failure. Wise County medics and Alvord firefighters assisted at the scene.

1 KILLED IN ROLLOVER – One man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793 around 3 p.m. Thursday. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope said a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban was southbound on County Road 4793 when it drifted off the east side of the roadway into the ditch for unknown reasons. The SUV continued traveling for roughly 50 yards before striking a tree in a low area and rolling on to its right side. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays pronounced the driver dead at the scene. There were no passengers. Boyd Fire Department responded to the scene.

BATTLE OF BIG SANDY – The Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles renew their rivalry on the football field with kickoff at 7 tonight at Eagle Stadium. Follow the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Northwest takes on Eaton in the District 6-5A opener at Northwest ISD Stadium. Alvord heads to Petrolia. Chico takes on Diamond Hill-Jarvis for homecoming. Paradise welcomes in Early for homecoming. Victory Christian travels to Westlake.

VOLLEYBALL DISTRICT OPENER – The Bridgeport Sissies will come to Decatur to face the Lady Eagles at 5 p.m. in the 9-4A opener for both squads. Boyd heads to Holliday. Northwest faces Eaton at home. Saturday, Chico takes on Ranger at home. Alvord travels to Newcastle.

CHICO HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES – The Chico homecoming parade is 1 p.m. today at the square, followed by a barbecue dinner 5-7 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria, benefiting the ex-student association scholarship fund. The Dragons will take on Diamond-Hill Jarvis at 7:30, and the homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.

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.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Wilson Prairie Cemetery Association will host a meeting 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery.

4-H FOOD WORKSHOP – The Wise County 4-H Food Workshop is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday at the Extension office, 206 S. State. 4-H members are invited to learn about opportunities available through the 4-H Foods and Nutrition project. RSVP by calling 940-627-3341.

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Paradise. There will be an antique tractor show, art show, auctions, car show, quilt show, live entertainment, vendors and vintage trailers. New this year will be a pie and preserve contest, bounce houses and obstacle courses and a washer tournament.

HUGHES DEDICATION – The Decatur Public Library will hold the dedication of the Martha Lou Hughes memorial marker and conference room 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.

MEET-AND-GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is having its fall meet-and-greet 6 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur. Everyone is welcome. There will be food, games and a mandatory meeting for all parents and caregivers.

CITY CLEANUP DAY – Chico’s City Cleanup Day is Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Containers will be located at 400 N. Mount St. No tires, paints or shingles will be accepted. The event is for Chico residents only.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Jungle Book” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE EVENT – The Texas Democratic Women of Wise County will sponsor a celebration of Women’s Suffrage, the men who marched alongside them, and the historic nature of this year’s elections at “Shoulder to Shoulder We Stand, the time has come!” 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The free program includes admission to the museum, snacks and drinks, information about Texas and the 19th Amendment ratification, hearing from TDW-endorsed Democratic candidates for Wise County offices and a showing of “Iron Jawed Angels” in the museum’s auditorium. Political information will be available as well as voter registration. Just for fun, come dressed in 1910-1920’s men’s and women’s period costumes.

FIFTH QUARTER – First Baptist Church of Decatur will host a 5th Quarter event after Friday’s Decatur Eagle football game 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. It will include free food and door prizes. All students 7th though 12th grade are invited.

RIDE FOR THE CURE – Western Star Cowboy Church is hosting Ride for the Cure, the 8th Annual St. Jude’s Hospital Trail Ride, Saturday at Ogle Ranch, eight miles west of Chico on Farm Road 1810. Riders must sign in by 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 9. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. Cost is $35 if you pre-register at wscc.com or by calling 682-262-4856. There will also be raffles and an auction.

FUNERALS – Service for Hubert Ray Erskine, 42, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jeremy Slocum of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Liz Young, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Church of Christ in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lee Roy Hale, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Zelda Smith, 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Virgil Wayne Long, 72, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Brandy Lee Daiker Thelander, 35, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Benham, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

VISITATION for William Glen Moody, 57, of Jacksboro is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Joyce Jenkins, 86, of Rhome, is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Church of God. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Decatur Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Robert Neal Garrett, 74, of Pottsboro, previously of Decatur is pending at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison.

GRAVESIDE service for Gwynella F. Young, 74, of Bells, formerly of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Mullican-Little Funeral Home in Bells.

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Man killed in one-vehicle crash near Alvord


One man was killed and another injured in an one-vehicle crash on County Road 2690 northeast of Alvord Thursday evening.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The passenger, Joshua Nechtman, 30, of Alvord, was flown by Air Evac to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The truck was traveling westbound on CR 2690 around 6 p.m. when it veered off the left side of the road, striking a tree head on just a few hundred yards west of County Road 2685.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said there were no skid marks on the road to indicate braking. He also found no signs of mechanical failure.

Wise County medics and Alvord firefighters assisted at the scene.

The accident was the second fatality accident in Wise County Thursday. A man was also killed in a single-vehicle wreck in the 300 block of County Road 4793 southwest of Boyd.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016


NEWARK MAN’S DEATH RULED HOMICIDE – The Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office yesterday ruled that the death of Freddie Ballard, 58, of Newark was a homicide. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force injuries of the head with complications. Ballard was hospitalized Sept. 1 after medics determined he had sustained possible injury or trauma to the head. He died Sept. 3. Investigators found evidence that Ballard had been assaulted by Brett Kennan, 33, on Aug. 26. Kennan was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, but Sheriff Lane Akin said the charge will now be changed to murder. He remains in the Wise County jail.

CAR CRASHES INTO WALL – A two-vehicle accident sent a car careening into a wall outside the Bridgeport Public Library Wednesday morning. An older model Cadillac driven by Crystal Rose Brewer, 32, of Bridgeport smashed into the wall that previously screened a trash container at the library, narrowly missing the building and several trees. Brewer and two children, a 5-month-old and 3-year-old, escaped injury. Brewer was eastbound on U.S. 380 when a flatbed truck driven by Alfred Williamson, 70, of Runaway Bay pulled out in front of her at the 9th Street intersection. “He said he saw an 18-wheeler and zipped across. Because the car was next to the 18-wheeler he never saw it,” said Bridgeport officer Lee Snodgrass. “As he shot across, the Cadillac hit him broadside. The truck went 100 feet into the median. The impact sent the car at a 45-degree angle through the stop sign and into the wall.” Snodgrass said Williamson, who was also uninjured, was at fault. Bridgeport firefighters and Wise County medics responded to the accident that occurred shortly before 9 a.m.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Jungle Book” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE EVENT – The Texas Democratic Women of Wise County will sponsor a celebration of Women’s Suffrage, the men who marched alongside them, and the historic nature of this year’s elections at “Shoulder to Shoulder We Stand, the time has come!” 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The free program includes admission to the museum, snacks and drinks, information about Texas and the 19th Amendment ratification, hearing from TDW-endorsed Democratic candidates for Wise County offices and a showing of “Iron Jawed Angels” in the museum’s auditorium. Political information will be available as well as voter registration. Just for fun, come dressed in 1910-1920’s men’s and women’s period costumes.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Sept. 28. They are by appointment only. To apply, call 940-626-1384.

HUNTING TRIP RAFFLE – The Bridgeport Education Foundation is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a weekend hunting trip for four to RBT Ranch in Jacksboro, Oct. 14-16. The tickets are $20 each or $100 for six. All meals, guns and ammunition will be provided, and each hunter may harvest one white-tail doe.

SAFE DRIVING COURSE – A Safe Driving Course with AARP will be held 1-5 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. This course is designed to encourage safe driving, provide safety tips and discuss changes to traffic laws with senior citizens as well as anyone of driving age. Registration is required, and seating is limited. A deposit of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members will be required when signing up. The deposit will be returned once the course has been completed. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS – Service for Hubert Ray Erskine, 42, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Virgil Wayne Long, 72, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Liz Young, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to memorial. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lee Roy Hale, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Zelda Smith, 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICE for William Glen Moody, 57, of Jacksboro is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Benham, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Joyce Jenkins, 86, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Church of God. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Decatur Funeral Home, formerly Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Car runs into wall at Bridgeport Library


A two-vehicle accident sent a car careening into a wall outside the Bridgeport Public Library Wednesday morning._jd60607

An older model Cadillac driven by Crystal Rose Brewer, 32, of Bridgeport smashed into the wall that previously screened a trash container at the library, narrowly missing the building and several trees.

Brewer and two children, a 5-month-old and 3-year-old, escaped injury.

Brewer was traveling eastbound on U.S. 380 when a flatbed truck driven by Alfred Williamson, 70, of Runaway Bay pulled out in front of her at the 9th Street intersection.

“He said he saw an 18-wheeler and zipped across. Because the car was next to the 18-wheeler he never saw it,” said Bridgeport officer Lee Snodgrass. “As he shot across, the Cadillac hit him broadside. The truck went 100 feet into the median. The impact sent the car at a 45-degree angle through the stop sign and into the wall.”

Snodgrass said Williamson, who was also uninjured, was at fault.

Bridgeport firefighters and Wise County medics responded to the accident that occurred shortly before 9 a.m.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


RHOME HIRES NEW CHIEF – Mayor Michelle Pittman introduced Rhome’s new police chief, Sam Love, at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Love was sworn in Monday. Rhome has been without a police chief since Brandon Davis resigned in May of this year. City council also approved the 2016-2017 budget and tax rate Monday, setting the tax at 52.34 cents per $100 property valuation. For more, see the weekend Wise County Messenger.

DECATUR SWEEPS PEARCE – With 11 kills and 6 blocks from Satasha Kostelecky, Decatur swept JJ Pearce 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 in final non-district match. Jordan Todd put down 17 kills as Boyd beats Nocona in four games, moving to 4-0 in 8-3A. Kinly Walker recorded 9 kills as Alvord beat Perrin in four games. Chico fell to Bryson in three games. Kiley Marburger had 4 kills. Boswell swept Northwest. Camryn Berryhill finished with 9 kills.

CITY CLEANUP DAY – Chico’s City Cleanup Day is Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Containers will be located at 400 N. Mount St. No tires, paints or shingles will be accepted. The event is for Chico residents only.

CHAMBERS PLAN COMBINED MEETING – The Decatur and Bridgeport Chambers of Commerce will have a joint luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Decatur Civic Center to hear Fort Worth Stock Show President Brad Barnes. Reservations should be made to the Decatur Chamber of Commerce at 940-627-3107 or the Bridgeport Chamber 940-683-2076. Price for the luncheon is $13 per person.

FIFTH QUARTER – First Baptist Church of Decatur will host a 5th Quarter event after Friday’s Decatur Eagle football game 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. It will include free food and door prizes. All students 7th though 12th grade are invited.

RIDE FOR THE CURE – Western Star Cowboy Church is hosting Ride for the Cure, the 8th Annual St. Jude’s Hospital Trail Ride, Saturday at Ogle Ranch, eight miles west of Chico on Farm Road 1810. Riders must sign in by 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 9. Cost is $40, which includes lunch. Cost is $35 if you pre-register at wscc.com or by calling 682-262-4856. There will also be raffles and an auction.

DECATUR SCHOOL EVENTS – Decatur High School will hold Meet the Teacher night 5:30-6:30 tonight. Beginning at 6:30, the DHS administration will serve grilled hot dogs as part of the Battle of the Big Sandy Week. The annual Big Sandy Bonfire and Community Pep Rally will be held at sundown.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Sept. 28. They are by appointment only. To apply, call 940-626-1384.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon Thursday in the second floor auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Hubert Ray Erskine, 42, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dora Young, 76, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lee Roy Hale, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Zelda Smith, 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICE for William “Bill” Benham, 82, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL service for Joyce Jenkins, 86, of Rhome is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Jackie F. Cooper, 82, of Azle will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016


WRECK VICTIM DIES – A Boyd man injured in a head-on collision Sept. 8 has died from his injuries. Hubert Ray Erskine, 42, died Saturday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office. Erskine was westbound on Texas 114 just east of Farm Road 718 at 7:15 a.m. when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck an Acura passenger car head on, according to investigators. Service for Erskine is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s support group meets 6 tonight on Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. The meeting will include a guest speaker.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon Thursday in the second floor auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

FALL MEET-N-GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will hold the fall season Meet-N-Greet 6 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur. The event will feature food, games and a mandatory meeting for all parents and caregivers.

HUGHES DEDICATION – The Decatur Public Library will hold the dedication of the Martha Lou Hughes memorial marker and conference room 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Paradise Main Street Festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Paradise. There will be an antique tractor show, art show, auctions, car show, quilt show, live entertainment, vendors and vintage trailers. New this year will be a pie and preserve contest, bounce houses and obstacle courses and a washer tournament. Vendor applications are still being accepted. Download a vendor form from the Paradise Historical Society Facebook pictures page or from www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made-2-Thrive needs volunteers to help set up before baseball games, be buddies for the players, pitch during the games, work the concession stand and clean up after games. To help, fill out an application at made2thrive.org. Contact Claudia Davila, butterfly8480@gmail.com or 940-255-4541.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Service for Hubert Ray Erskine, 42, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial in Boyd Cemetery, Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Zelda Smith, 93, and Leroy Hale, 90, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for David Longway, 85, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jackie F. Cooper, 82, of Azle will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, September 19, 2016


PARR UNDER INVESTIGATION – Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr is checking items off his to-do list, but his county charge accounts remain frozen. Auditor Ann McCuiston told commissioners last week that Parr turned in a personal recorder to Asset Control and paid $119 for a county-owned GPS unit that he couldn’t find during recent audits. “He has given me his civil-process logs for the third quarter and part of the fourth quarter and has given me the cell phone bill,” she said. McCuiston also noted that Parr turned in proof of inspection for his county vehicle, a Ford F-150, and signed invoices for his iPad and office phone line. She said he did not sign an H3 Oil Pad invoice because he had to “check something out on it.” McCuiston said Parr was to have the light bar installed on his vehicle last week. Sheriff Lane Akin confirmed last week that Parr is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

HOMECOMING PARADE – The Paradise homecoming parade is 6:30 tonight. Panther Mania immediately follows the parade.

DECATUR 4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club is meeting 6 p.m. today at Decatur City Hall. The club is collecting packages of pencils that will be sent by Wise County 4-H, along with other school supplies, to children in Louisiana due to recent flooding. Twenty-five packages of pencils are needed by Sept. 30. Donations may be brought to tonight’s meeting or dropped off at the Extension office before the deadline. Call or text 940-393-5029.

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.

MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT – Decatur High School will hold Meet the Teacher night 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Beginning at 6:30, the DHS administration will serve grilled hot dogs as part of the Battle of the Big Sandy Week. The annual Big Sandy Bonfire and Community Pep Rally will be held at sundown.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. The society is open to all who are interested in Earth sciences and lapidary arts. The WCFR&M Society is a member of South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

SAFE DRIVING COURSE – A Safe Driving Course with AARP will be held 1-5 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. This course is designed to encourage safe driving, provide safety tips and discuss changes to traffic laws with senior citizens as well as anyone of driving age. Registration is required, and seating is limited. A deposit of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members will be required when signing up. The deposit will be returned once the course has been completed. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

MEDICARE WORKSHOP – A Medicare Educational Workshop will be held at the Decatur Public Library 6:30 tonight. A licensed Humana agent, Bridgett Williams, will answer questions and go over Medicare options for people 65 years and over.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30-7:30 tonight at a new location, the Decatur Visitors Center at 106 S. Trinity. The party meets every third Monday and meetings include a guest speaker and snacks. Visit wisedemocrats.com or call 940-399-7352.

FUNERALS – Service for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for David Longway, 85, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, September 16, 2016


MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FOR STABBING – A Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday night after stabbing another man during a fight. Bridgeport police officers were called to the scene of a stabbing in the 1400 block of Thompson around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Officers located the alleged assailant, Miguel Gonzalez of Bridgeport, and his victim, Miguel Tovar of Bridgeport, on Thompson Street. Bridgeport Chief Steve Stanford said Gonzalez was treated at Wise Health System for minor wounds before he was transferred to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Tovar was flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he is in stable condition. Stanford said drugs and alcohol appeared to have escalated the incident. Two witnesses at the scene – Brynna Odell of Sunset and Manuel Fernandez of White Settlement – were also arrested for unrelated warrants. For more, see the weekend Wise County Messenger.

3 ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHASE – The driver of a Honda Accord who fled from Department of Public Safety troopers who attempted to stop him in Rhome late Wednesday night was arrested in Fort Worth after a chase. The trooper attempted to stop the car for speeding on U.S. 81/287 but the driver sped away. The car struck a tree on U.S. 81/287 near Loop 820 in Fort Worth. The driver and two occupants were not injured and taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was reported stolen from the Austin area. The driver, Mark Morales, 18, of Austin, was arrested and taken to the Wise County Jail where he was charged with evading arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance. Two passengers were also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Alvord Bulldogs (2-1) welcome in the unbeaten Electra Tigers. Follow the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores along with updates from area games. In other action, Boyd heads to Henrietta; Bridgeport faces Sanger for Homecoming; Chico travels to Nocona; Decatur goes to Stephenville; Paradise plays a road game at City View; and Victory Christian welcomes in Covenant Classical.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles take on Abilene Wylie at home at 5 p.m. today. Boyd heads to Henrietta. Paradise goes to City View. Bridgeport welcomes in Burkburnett. Northwest travels to Azle. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Alvord will go to Chico.

SOUTHWEST SWAP MEET – The Southwest Swap Meet began at sunrise this morning at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. The meet is open to the public during daylight hours today and tomorrow and will end Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. Parking is $5.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Red Cross Wise County Disaster Action Team will meet at Don Jorge’s in Paradise 4 p.m. Saturday. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is welcome. Call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

BAKE SALE FOR WARM – The employees of First State Bank, 661 W. Thompson in Decatur, will have a bake sale 9 a.m.-close today. All proceeds benefit WARM.

MEDICARE WORKSHOP – A Medicare Educational Workshop will be held at the Decatur Public Library 6:30 p.m. Monday. A licensed Humana agent, Bridgett Williams, will answer questions and go over Medicare options for people 65 years and over.

VENDOR EVENT – The Sassy Shoportunity vendor event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. The free event will feature local vendors.

FUN DAY EVENT – City Church in Decatur will hold a free Sunday Fun Day event 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the church, located at 3483 Farm Road 51. It will feature food and games for kids.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at a new location, the Decatur Visitors Center at 106 S. Trinity. The party meets every third Monday and meetings include a guest speaker and snacks. Visit wisedemocrats.com or call 940-399-7352.

BAKE SALE – The Paradise High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the NRS Store in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Loretta M. Keller, 88, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3.

FUNERAL for Galdina Iracheta, 73, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. today with rosary at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for LG Mantooth, 77, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral home in Dallas. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Restland Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Paul Gilbreath, 81, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins.

SERVICE for Anthony Lamont Harrison, 68, of Springtown is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016


SWAP MEET VENDORS ARRIVING – Vendors participating in the Southwest Swap Meet at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur will begin setting up for the meet today. The meet will open to the public at sunrise Friday morning and continue through Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. Parking is $5. Between 750-800 vendors are expected to participate in the annual swap meet, which is expected to draw several thousand visitors. More information was featured in a story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

RAINFALL REPORT – Parts of Wise County received rain showers yesterday afternoon. Rainfall totals included 0.18 of an inch in Rhome, 0.08 in Decatur and Alvord and 0.04 in Bridgeport. The forecast includes a 20 percent chance of showers this morning increasing to 50 percent after 1 p.m. Today’s high is expected to reach 88.

COLOR FUN RUN – The Alvord Fun Bulldog Run, a color run hosted by the Elementary PTO, is Saturday at the school, 711 W. Stadium Dr. Registration is 9-10 a.m. with the color run at 10:15. The $2 registration fee includes a raffle ticket for a drawing at the end of the event. Water/Gatorade/fruit will be provided. Proceeds benefit the elementary school.

ATV RACES AT OAK HILL – The fourth annual ATV Pro Challenge in memory of Caleb Moore, who died in 2013 as a result of injuries sustained in the Winter X Games XVII, is Friday through Sunday at Oak Hill MX in Alvord. Pro riders Chad Weinen, Joel Hetrick, Thomas Brown, John Natalie, Jeffrey Rastrelli, Josh Upperman and Nick Gennusa will compete, and there will be side-by-side racing, as well as amateur racing, including Round 8 of the 2016 TQRA Championship. A total of 25 pro, amateur, youth and women’s classes are on the schedule. There will also be an ATV freestyle show featuring X Games winner Colton Moore, Caleb’s brother. The Moores were raised in Krum.

GATE NOMINATIONS – Nominations are now being accepted for the Paradise GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program for students new to Paradise ISD in 1st-12th grades. Nomination forms may be picked up at any campus office or downloaded at www.pisd.net. Contact Carla Gentry at cgentry@pisd.net.

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 Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51. Kelvin Meyer will speak on finding ancestors through land records.

CRAFTING BEE – Mount Zion Baptist Church will have a day of crafting at the MZ Bee 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring your scrapbook, card-making supplies, crochet, needlework or any other craft materials. Bring lunch, snacks and drinks. Anyone is welcome. There is a $10 fee to benefit the church food pantry. Mount Zion Baptist is located at 615 CR 1280 outside Alvord. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941 or leave a message at the church, 940-627-5103.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts the 6th annual live reading of the United States Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Veterans Park in Decatur. Readers are needed. If you would like to participate, contact Amy Pegues at 940-577-3192, amy@calmleas.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Annie Lavina Coleman, 90, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for LG Mantooth, 77, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral home in Dallas. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Restland Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Loretta M. Keller, 88, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Merrill Rogers Dawson, 77, of Arlington, formerly of Decatur, is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016


BRIDGEPORT INCREASES FEES – Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to raise water and sewage rates. City officials said the increase was necessary to cover a deficit in the water and wastewater fund. The average customer (using around 4,100 gallons per month) will see an estimated increase of $4.64 on their bill per month. The council also voted to keep the city’s tax rate the same as the previous year’s, at 63.9 cents per $100 property valuation. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

BOYD RALLIES PAST BOWIE – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets rallied from two sets down to beat Bowie 21-25, 18-24, 25-12, 25-10, 15-11. Boyd goes to 2-0 in 8-3A. The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Archer City in three games. Chico Lady Dragons move to 2-0 in 9-2A with sweep of Newcastle 25-14, 25-17, 25-9. Northwest improved to 1-1 in 6-5A, beating Saginaw. Paradise fell in four games to Holliday. Poolville swept Alvord.

RAIN CHANCES INCREASE – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon, with a high around 88. Rain chances remain in the forecast each day through the weekend. Bridgeport reported 0.15 of an inch of rain about midday yesterday.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51. Kelvin Meyer will speak on finding ancestors through land records.

BOOK SALE – The Decatur Public Library will hold a book sale this week. Hardcover books, paperbacks, books on CD, DVDs and children’s books will be for sale. The Friends of the Library Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. The book sale will then be open to the public from 1 p.m. to close on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. A one-year membership to join the Friends of the Library is $10. Join at the library or online at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

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 Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

BAKE SALE – The Paradise High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the NRS Store in Decatur.

MUSIC IN THE PARK – The First United Methodist Church of Alvord will hold Music in the Park 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Elm Creek Park, 1078 E. Business U.S. 81/287. The event will feature Christian music from local singers and bands, free food, drinks and entertainment. Bring a lawn chair.

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP – Bridgeport High School will host the Mobile Go Center from Tarleton State University today. Seniors will have the opportunity to visit the center to complete their Apply Texas applications and ask questions regarding FAFSA and financial aid. This opportunity is for all seniors applying to any colleges. Parents are invited to visit the Go Center with their student. BHS hosts a college or event every Wednesday as part of “College Road Trip 2016-17.”

FUNERALS – Service for Loretta M. Keller, 88 of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn J. Thompson, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Annie Lavina Coleman, 90, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


COMMISSIONERS APPROVE BUDGET, TAX RATE – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a $62.9 million budget for fiscal year 2017 and a tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation – 34.64 cents will go to the general fund and 3.25 cents will go to road and bridge. Commissioners also approved a college branch campus maintenance tax rate of 4.6148 cents per $100 valuation.

LOWER TAX RATE, HIGHER FEES – The Decatur City Council yesterday opted to approve a lower tax rate than the one proposed. Rather than approving the proposed tax rate of 71.7 cents per $100 valuation, the council voted to keep the tax rate the same as the current 70.3-cent tax rate. The 2016-2017 budget, which was also approved, was created using the current 70.3-cent tax rate. The council also approved fee increases for wastewater/sewer rates and residential brush removal.

CLASS REUNION – The Chico High School Class of 1983 will celebrate its 33rd reunion on Sept. 24. For information, email raylenecoker@gmail.com or contact Raylene Green Coker or Barbara Hicks Reed on Facebook to get information.

SALUTING HEROES – The first Salute to Local Heroes is noon-5 p.m. Saturday at The Cajun Kid, 2228 W. Texas 114, in Paradise. There will be music, raffles and a donation car wash benefiting the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur Band Boosters meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school band hall. The meeting will include discussion on the fish fry location.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight at the United Methodist Church Annex in Paradise. Anita Jay (Siddons) Ehrler, 94, of Dallas will be the special guest. Ehrler has significant historical ties to Paradise and Wise County and will be available to answer questions and tell about life in Paradise in the 1920s to 1940s.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting is 7 tonight at First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. Al Smith will speak on Ace Pilot and Escort Services.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Tony Randall Prince, 55, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn J. Thompson, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lavina “Annie” Coleman, 90, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Merrill Rogers Dawson of Arlington, formerly of Decatur, is 10 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

FUNERAL for David Meador, 76, of Arlington, formerly of Decatur, is 10:30 a.m. today at Lake Arlington Baptist Church.

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Monday, September 12, 2016


HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS – The Wise County Veterans Group will honor Wise County first responders at an event at 10:30 a.m. today at the Veterans Park in Decatur.

RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 3.2 inches in Cottondale, 1.8 in Paradise, 1.78 in Decatur, 1.41 in Rhome, 1.1 in Greenwood, 1.05 in Bridgeport and 0.6 in Alvord.

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.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur Band Boosters meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school band hall. The meeting will include discussion on the fish fry location.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church Annex in Paradise. Anita Jay (Siddons) Ehrler. 94, of Dallas will be the special guest. Ehrler has significant historical ties to Paradise and Wise County.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans monthly meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. Al Smith will speak on Ace Pilot and Escort Services.

COLLEGE ROAD TRIP – Bridgeport High School will host the Mobile Go Center from Tarleton State University on Wednesday. Seniors will have the opportunity to visit the center to complete their Apply Texas applications and ask questions regarding FAFSA and financial aid. This opportunity is for all seniors applying to any colleges. Parents are invited to visit the Go Center with their student. BHS hosts a college or event every Wednesday as part of “College Road Trip 2016-17.”

COUNTY CONVENTION – The Wise County Farm Bureau will hold its annual County Convention for members 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Christ in Decatur. Call 940-627-6474 or 940-683-8100 to RSVP.

FFA ALUMNI MEETING – The Decatur FFA Alumni Annual Membership Kick-Off is 6 tonight at the Ag Building.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Tony Randall Prince, 55, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Thurmond Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn J. Thompson, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Merrill Rogers Dawson of Arlington, formerly of Decatur, is pending.

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Friday, September 9, 2016


PATRIOT DAY EVENTS – Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, is Sunday. It is held in memory of 2,977 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and honors first responders. First responders and U.S. military members will be honored before the Boyd High School football game tonight. All first responders and active or former members of the military are invited to attend and will be admitted to the game for free with their ID. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur is having a communitywide service 11 a.m. Sunday to honor first responders. Lunch will follow. The Wise County Veterans Museum in Bridgeport will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, the Veterans Group will honor Wise County first responders at an event at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Park in Decatur.

BRIDGEPORT TAKES ON GAINESVILLE – The Bridgeport Bulls will try to move to 2-1 on the football season when they play Gainesville at Bull-Memorial Stadium tonight. Keep up with the action on the live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores along with updates from area games. The rest of tonight’s schedule: Alvord at Era; Tolar at Boyd; Chico at Santo; Northwest vs. Byron Nelson; Paradise at Jacksboro; UME Prep at Victory.

DECATUR TO PLAY AT STAR – The Decatur Eagles will take on Midlothian Heritage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday The Star in Frisco. Keep up with the action on the live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores.

BOYD, PARADISE MEET IN VOLLEYBALL – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will start their district title defense with a noon match Saturday at Paradise. Alvord opens district at Ranger. Chico welcomes in Perrin-Whitt.

NORTHWEST TAKES ON ALEDO IN TOP 10 SHOWDOWN – The Northwest Lady Texans will face Aledo in a top-10 volleyball showdown at 6:30 tonight. Bridgeport heads to Graham and Decatur plays at Kennedale.

WEEKEND WEATHER – After a warm day today with a high of 94 with a heat index value of 97 expected, a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and rain chances Saturday. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of storms tonight and 60 percent chance on Saturday with a high of 81.

BENEFIT CAR WASH – There is a car wash 9 a.m.-noon today at Bridgeport Eye Center benefiting Dr. Young’s fundraising effort for the Susan G. Komen three-day breast cancer walk in San Diego. Minimum donation is $5.

FFA ALUMNI MEETING – The Decatur FFA Alumni Annual Membership Kick-Off is 6 p.m. Monday at the Ag Building.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All veterans are invited.

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Ladies Craft Night 6:30 tonight. This month’s craft will be homemade acorn decorations. Only 20 spots are available, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Service for Tony Prince, 55, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Paula Beth White, 63, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Freddy Lee Walton, 65, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Steve Spiel, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Decatur Community Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Michael Clifton “Wolf” Parrish, 57, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL graveside for Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Bruce Alan Church, 64, of Bridgeport is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Wise County Park.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016


HEAD-ON COLLISION – A two-vehicle head-on collision was reported this morning at 7:10 on Texas 114 a quarter-mile east of Farm Road 718. First responders requested two ground ambulances and a helicopter. UPDATED: The two vehicles involved were cars, and both drivers were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, one by ground ambulance and the other by helicopter.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES RETURN – Chico Public Library is once again holding after-school activities 4-5 p.m. today. Kids will get a chance to create a fun and colorful fish using paper, glue, glitter and googly eyes. Snacks are also included in the activity, and all activities are free.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having Ladies Craft Night 6:30 p.m. Friday. This month’s craft will be homemade acorn decorations. Only 20 spots are available, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS – Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur is having a communitywide service 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor first responders. Lunch will follow. Call Pastor Chris Thorne, 940-627-6698 or visit eagledrivebaptist.com.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Devon Energy is hosting a golf tournament to benefit United Way on Friday, Sept. 23, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is at 7 a.m., and the four-man scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8. Register by Sept. 16 by contacting Jackie Yard, 940-394-2202, Jackie.Yard@dvn.com or Crystal Watkins, 940-577-6585, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. Hole sponsorships are available.

BAGS NOT ALLOWED – Decatur will play Midlothian Heritage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Southwest Showcase at The Star in Frisco. Fans should be aware that any bag larger than a small clutch is not allowed in the stadium. This includes purses, camera bags, backpacks, coolers and seat cushions. The only type of bags that may be brought inside are clear totes, clear 1-gallon storage bags or small, clutch purses.

HAY SHOW – The Wise County Hay Show is 10 a.m.-noon today at the Wise County Fairgrounds with lunch to follow. Dr. Larry Redmon, professor and state Extension forage specialist, will speak on hay production. Admission is free, and lunch has been sponsored. Two general continuing education units will be given for your pesticide applicator license. You must call the Wise County Extension office if you plan to attend the meeting and lunch at 940-627-3341.

RHOME FALL FESTIVAL – Auditions for Voice of Rhome are this Saturday and Sept. 17. Call for a time or show up at 6 p.m. at the Rhome Community Center. The Voice of Rhome contest will be at the Rhome Fall Festival, Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

GRAVESIDE service for Virginia Silver, 92, formerly of Bridgeport is 11:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Michael Clifton “Wolf” Parrish, 57, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Freddy Lee Walton, 65, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Delbert Eugene Scroggins, 76, of Big Spring, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coahoma Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring.

MEMORIAL service for Steve Spiel, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Decatur Community Church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Paula White, 63, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016


SMALL CROWD, SERIOUS QUESTIONS – Only a handful of people attended Tuesday’s Precinct 3 mobile commissioners meeting at Newark City Hall, but they asked pointed questions about flood damage, road repair and the county budget. Citizen Dan Sessler asked commissioners to respond to recent Messenger articles questioning the work and expenses of Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr. “What are your thoughts?” Sessler asked. “This guy seems to be quite a rascal.” The only reply came from County Judge J.D. Clark. “It’s under investigation,” he said. Parr did not attend the meeting. In other business, Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance and county engineer Chad Davis gave presentations. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

114 WRECK – A Boyd man was injured in an accident yesterday morning on Texas 114 near the Wise/Denton County line. Dept. of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Lonny Haschel said a rock truck driven by Jose Garcia of Roanoke pulled out of a private drive across the eastbound lanes of Texas 114 to attempt to turn west on the road in front of a pickup driven by D.J. Thweatt of Boyd. Thweatt’s pickup became stuck underneath the trailer of the rock truck. Thweatt was taken to Denton Presbyterian hospital where he was treated and released. The accident happened around 5:30 a.m.

BOYD SWEEPS PONDER – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets, ranked 8th in 3A, swept Ponder in three sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-15. Kayleigh Pappajohn netted 18 kills. Alvord beat Saint Jo 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-13 with nine kills from Christina Thomas. Northwest swept Haltom 25-11, 25-9, 25-18 with 12 kills from Bailey Cagle.

GIRL SCOUTS EVENT – A Wise County Girl Scouts recruitment event is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Public Library.

HAY SHOW – The Wise County Hay Show is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with lunch to follow. Dr. Larry Redmon, professor and state Extension forage specialist will speak on hay production. Admission is free and lunch has been sponsored. Two general CEUs will be given for your pesticide applicator license. You must call the Wise County Extension office if you plan to attend the meeting and lunch at 940-627-3341.

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria.

VETERANS EVENTS – The Wise County Veterans Museum in Bridgeport will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, Sept. 12, the Veterans Group will honor Wise County first responders at an event at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Park in Decatur.

ENGLISH CLASSES – English classes will begin today at First Baptist Church, Decatur. There are four levels of classes. Students will be tested to determine class placement. Returning students will not be tested. There is no registration fee, however there is a textbook fee. Classes are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the year. Call the church office at 940-627-3235.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services-WIC will be today for staff training and will reopen tomorrow. The office will be open 7 a.m.-noon and 1-6 p.m. on Saturday. Call to schedule your appointment at 940-627-5796, or for the IBCLC call the 24-hour breastfeeding hotline at 1-800-687-1252.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Dumpsites in Boyd, Chico, and Cottondale are closed today.

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

SERVICES for Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome and Michael Parrish, 57, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ray Ross, 73, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Virginia Silver, 92, formerly of Bridgeport is 11:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 1-3 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Bert Gage, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at CrossRoads Church in Decatur with burial to follow at Sweetwater Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


1-KILLED IN RHOME WRECK – One person was killed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a two-vehicle collision south of Rhome. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a silver passenger car driven by Jeffrey G. Wood, 35, of Arlington was westbound on County Road 4840 when he stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 81/287. Wood then pulled out across the northbound lanes of the highway and was struck by a northbound 18-wheeler driven by Cecil Pryor of Temple. Wood died at the scene while Pryor and a passenger in his truck, Paul Luman, were not injured. An autopsy and toxicology have been ordered, according to Elliott.

ASSAULT VICTIM DIES – A Newark man who was hospitalized Thursday after medics determined he had possible injury or trauma to the head died Saturday at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Freddie Ballard, 58, was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. The manner and cause of death are still pending. Brett Kennan, 33, of Newark was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury after investigators found evidence Kennan assaulted Ballard on Aug. 26. Sheriff Lane Akin said a new charge of murder will now be filed on Kennan. A related story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

ROLLOVER SERIOUSLY INJURES MAN – A Paradise man was flown from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Lake Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Douglas Freeman, 61, was northbound on Farm Road 2952 about a mile north of Farm Road 1658 just before 4 when he drove off the edge of the roadway, overcorrected, went into a skid across the southbound lane of FM 2952 and rolled twice. A helicopter flew Freeman from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Johnson said it appears Freeman was traveling at an unsafe speed, and the crash remains under investigation to see if alcohol was a factor.

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

UNITED WAY KICKOFF – The United Way Wise County’s 2016 campaign starts 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center with a kickoff luncheon. This year’s meal will be provided for free, but donations are encouraged. To make reservations for individuals or groups call the civic center at 940-393-0280 by Wednesday.

CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed this week for staff to attend semi-annual state training. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday, Sept 12.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1966 will celebrate its 50th reunion Sept. 16 and 17. If you have not been contacted, email mhowardtx@gmail.com for details. Also, visit facebook.com/BHSClassof1966 to get contact information.

COMMISSIONERS HIT THE ROAD – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 tonight in Precinct 3 at Newark City Hall. It will include a public hearing on the budget and tax rate, as well as presentations by County Commissioner Harry Lamance and County Judge J.D. Clark. County engineer Chad Davis will speak on the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ) grant program.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Bert Gage, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at CrossRoads Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Virginia Silver, 92, formerly of Bridgeport is 11:15 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome and Michael Parrish, 57, of Chico are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ray Ross, 73, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICE for Ronald (Ron) Berrier, 61, of Decatur is pending.

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A Paradise man was flown from the scene of a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Lake Bridgeport. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeff Johnson said Douglas Freeman, 61, was northbound on Farm Road 2952 about a mile north of Farm Road 1658 just before 4 when he drove off the edge of the roadway, overcorrected, went into a skid across the southbound lane of FM 2952 and rolled twice. A helicopter flew Freeman from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Johnson said it appears Freeman was traveling at an unsafe speed, and the crash remains under investigation to see if alcohol was a factor.

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One person was killed around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a two-vehicle collision south of Rhome. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Lantz Elliott said a silver passenger car was westbound on County Road 4840 when the driver stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. 81/287. The driver then pulled out across the northbound lanes of the highway and was struck by a northbound 18-wheeler. The driver of the car died at the scene while the driver and passenger in the truck were not injured.

UPDATE: DPS has identified the person killed in the wreck as Jeffrey G. Wood, 35, of Arlington. An autopsy and toxicology have been ordered, according to Elliott. The driver of the 18-wheeler was Cecil Pryor of Temple and the passenger was Paul Luman.

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Friday, September 2, 2016


AUGUST ONE OF WETTEST ON RECORD – After a hot and dry first half of August, the month ended with much cooler, wetter weather. In fact, last month ended up being the second-wettest August on record, dating back to 1974. The 7.66 inches recorded last month was second only to the 9.51 inches recorded in August of 1996. The first half of August also saw seven days of 100 degrees or higher, while temperatures didn’t climb above 93 degrees the rest of the month, according to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur. Temperatures ranged from a high of 102 on Aug. 11 to a low of 62 on Aug. 16.

RAINFALL REPORT – September is off to a wet start as well as rain showers moved through Wise County yesterday morning. Rainfall totals included 0.71 of an inch in Decatur, 0.35 in Greenwood, 0.3 in Alvord, 0.22 in Bridgeport and 0.15 in Rhome. Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Decatur Eagles will try to follow up last week’s explosive offensive performance when the Alvarado Indians arrive at Eagle Stadium at 7 tonight. Follow the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores along with updates of area games. The rest of the Wise County schedule: Sacred Heart at Alvord; Boyd at Holliday; Bridgeport at Burkburnett; Bells at Chico; Henrietta at Paradise and Victory Christian at Wichita Christian.

NORTHWEST MOVES TO 2-0 – Prince Mavula threw for 371 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for two more scores in the Northwest Texans’ 69-46 win over McKinney North. Gavin Holmes caught four touchdowns and finished with 240 yards receiving.

BOYD CROSS COUNTRY MEET – The Boyd High School Invitational is Saturday with the varsity girls running at 8 a.m. The varsity boys follow. Paradise will also run at the meet. Decatur will head to Denton to run at the Marcus I Invitational at North Lakes Park.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services-WIC will be closed Monday for Labor Day and will reopen 7 a.m. Tuesday. The office will also be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 7, for staff training and will reopen the following day. The office will be open 7 a.m.-noon and 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Call to schedule your appointment at 940-627-5796, or for the IBCLC call the 24-hour breastfeeding hotline at 1-800-687-1252.

CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed Sept. 5-9 for staff to attend semi-annual state training. The office will reopen 8 a.m. Monday, Sept 12.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Development Services and the Decatur Dumpsite will close on Monday. The other dumpsites (Boyd, Chico, and Cottondale) will close the next business day on Sept 7.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – Aurora Ballpark Family Fun Night is 5-10 p.m. Sunday. The free event will include live bands, classic car show, distance hitting competition, water games and inflatables, food trucks and more. Proceeds will be used for the addition of a second field at the ballpark. Call Aurora Event Coordinator Janet Derting at 817-636-2783.

PARK SPRINGS HOMECOMING – The 62nd Park Springs Homecoming and Reunion is Sunday at Park Springs Victory Baptist Church, 4346 N. Texas 101. A meal will be served after church services, no later than 12:30 p.m. The program will begin at 2 and will include the Buckner band and speakers.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Decatur Main Street’s Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration for the classic car show is $10 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY – Have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday weekend. No Update will be published Monday, but any breaking news over the weekend will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Earl Stokes, 76, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Rosa Lee Wilson, 82, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Sycamore Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016


1 INJURED IN 18-WHEELER CRASH – One man was seriously injured just before 2 a.m. Thursday when his 18-wheeler hit another truck on Farm Road 1810 between Decatur and Chico. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope had not released the names of the drivers involved as of 3:30 a.m., but he said the injured driver was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The second driver was not injured. According to Pope, a truck hauling salt water was traveling west on FM 1810 just west of the Big Sandy bridge when the driver “straightened out the curve,” veering into the eastbound lane. An oncoming rock truck took evasive action. Despite the driver’s effort to avoid impact, the two trucks hit, and the rock truck went into a side spin, jackknifed and overturned its trailer, spilling gravel into the roadway. The rock truck driver was not injured. The driver of the water hauler was flown to JPS. The road remained shut down until 5:30 a.m. More information will be posted as it’s available.

RAIN IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service places rain chances at 50 percent today. Otherwise, it should be mostly cloudy and cooler with a high near 86.

NORTHWEST HEADS TO MCKINNEY – The Northwest Texans will try to get to 2-0 as they hit the road to play the McKinney North Bulldogs tonight in football action.

BOYD, PARADISE HEAD TO NOCONA – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets and Paradise Lady Panthers will play in the Nocona Tournament starting today in volleyball action.

COMMISSIONERS HIT THE ROAD – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Precinct 3 at Newark City Hall. It will include a public hearing on the budget and tax rate, as well as presentations by County Commissioner Harry Lamance and County Judge J.D. Clark. County engineer Chad Davis will speak on the County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ) grant program.

PARK SPRINGS HOMECOMING – The 62nd Park Springs Homecoming and Reunion is Sunday at Park Springs Victory Baptist Church, 4346 N. Texas 101. A meal will be served after church services, no later than 12:30 pm. The program will begin at 2 and will include the Buckner band and speakers.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Decatur Main Street’s Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration for the classic car show is $10 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, serving all of Wise County, will hold its first meeting of the 2016-17 season 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program will be “Dividing Daylillies.” Lunch will be served. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

FUNERALS – Interment for Robert Lynn Sanders, 76, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Rosa Lee Wilson, 82, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

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