Posted on November 25, 2015.
WALTON SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR ROBBERY – Donald Gene Walton, one of three people arrested in a home invasion and robbery of an elderly man in south Wise County two years ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday morning in 271st District Court in Decatur. Walton, 50, pleaded guilty in July to aggravated robbery and burglary of a habitation. A sentencing hearing was held yesterday. In addition to the 40 years on the robbery charge, Walton was given a 20-year sentence on the burglary charge. That sentence will run concurrent. Walton, who also lives in south Wise County, faced a wide range of punishments from probation up to 99 years or life in prison. The victim in the case, Jerry Thetford, 75, testified that Walton lured him outside his home claiming he had vehicle trouble. Thetford said he was then struck on the head and held to the ground by Walton while other people robbed his home of money and guns. Thetford’s hands were also tied up, and he was left tied up outside after the robbers left. Walton must serve at least half his sentence – 20 years – before he becomes eligible for parole. Read more in Saturday’s Wise County Messenger.
BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR DROP GAMES – The defending Class 4A champions, Bridgeport Bulls, fell to Denton Guyer Tuesday 84-43. Keenan Holdman finished with 27 points for the Bulls, who shot 30 percent as a team. The Decatur Eagles came up short against No. 6 Argyle 44-42. Cade Lamirand led a Decatur comeback attempt with seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Slidell Greyhounds fought back from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Valley View 72-66. Colton Crane scored 34 points.
LADY EAGLES WIN – The Decatur Lady Eagles improved to 5-2 on the season with a 42-39 win over Mineral Wells. Sidney Carter hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. She had eight points. Hannah Dunning finished with 14. Paradise fell to Iowa Park 42-40. Alvord took down Henrietta 71-49 behind 15 points from Cierra Rangel. Mikena Mader had 11 points. Windthorst beat Bridgeport 56-42.
4-H BAKE SALE – Chico 4-H will have a bake sale at 10 a.m. today at the Lowe’s grocery store in Chico. The bake sale will benefit Chico 4-H, and the club is donating half of proceeds to the restoration of the Chico Senior Citizen building.
ADOPT AN ANGEL – Fit-N-Wise still has approximately 50 angels available for adoption as part of the Salvation Army’s Adopt an Angel Program. Angels can be adopted at the Fit-N-Wise front desk, 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur, during business hours, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. today; closed Thursday; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Gifts can be delivered to Fit-N-Wise Nov. 28-Dec. 1. All participants will be entered in a raffle for four prize packages. Call 940-627-2708.
VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at the Club at Runaway Bay at 8 a.m. Saturday. All veterans in Wise and surrounding counties are invited.
BRIDGEPORT HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Bridgeport City Hall, Parks and Recreation, EDC, Municipal Court, Infrastructure and the Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday. The Library will also be closed on Saturday. If you need immediate assistance call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.
COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Dumpsites will close Thursday and Friday. They will all reopen on Saturday, regular hours.
TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, trash pickup in the city of Decatur has changed this week. Normal Thursday pickup will be on Friday, and normal Friday pickup will be on Saturday. Recycling will be picked up as normal today.
JOIN THE PARADE – Parade applications are available at Bridgeport City Hall or at www.cityofbridgeport.net for the Lights on Halsell, Christmas Parade. The parade will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, on Halsell Street in downtown Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Call Bridgeport Main Street 940-683-3404 or email email@example.com.
THANKSGIVING FILM – Join the Decatur Public Library at 11:15 a.m. today for a special screening of the classic animated film, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.
BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 2:30-5:30 p.m. today at CVS in Decatur.
THANKSGIVING MEAL – Denton County Cowboy Church, 400 Robinson Rd., in Ponder is having a free Thanksgiving meal 3-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. A movie will be shown during dinner.
FUNERALS – Service for Coreen Marie Hoots, 37, of Rhome is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Lenda Charleene Barnes, 68, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Chico Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Calvin Perkins, 65, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Aurora Cemetery.
FUNERAL for Joe Wayne Curry, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for Larry Lee Wilson, 75, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Marlene Jo Anderson, 84, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.
FUNERAL for J.C. Kime, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Cumby Cemetery.
GRAVESIDE memorial service for Roy Dean Hunter, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Sunday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.
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