Update for Thursday, March 28, 2019


DRUGS SEIZED IN TRAFFIC STOP – A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon led to the discovery of more than 170 pounds of marijuana. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a vehicle was stopped around 3 p.m. southbound on U.S. 81/287 near Alvord. The sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner searched the vehicle after the dog alerted to the scent of drugs. Inside the vehicle, the officer found 172 pounds of marijuana and 25 pounds of THC in five large pieces of luggage. John D. Hardwick, 52, of Oroville, Calif., was arrested for possession of marijuana 50-2,000 pounds and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2 in an amount greater than 400 grams. Akin said Hardwick was traveling from Oregon to Austin.

BOARD TAKES NO ACTION ON AD RESIGNATION – After nearly two hours in closed session Wednesday night, Chico ISD trustees took no action on the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders. Chico Superintendent Don Elsom declined to comment on the situation after the meeting. Elsom also did not specify what Sanders’ current employment status is with the district, only saying that he, “is not on campus right now.” Trustee Brian Hand said the board was not made aware of Sanders’ resignation until Wednesday night’s meeting. He added a complaint was lodged by a coach against Sanders and Matthew Sawyer, the team’s defensive coordinator, regarding their coaching tactics. “Sanders and Sawyer are currently suspended with pay,” Hand said.

VENDOR APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport Chamber are still taking vendor applications for food and product vendors for Bridgeport Bark Bike & Brews on Saturday, April 6 in downtown Bridgeport. If interested, call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400 or email Tiffany Evans at tevans@cityofbridgeport.net.

NEW PLACE TO PAY TAXES – Friday is the last day to pay your taxes at the Wise County Appraisal District. Beginning Monday, all taxes will be collected at the Wise County Tax Office.

MARKET AND BAKE SALE – First United Methodist Church of Boyd will hold a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

BLOOD DRIVE – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Decatur.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION EVENT – CASA of Wise and Jack Counties, the Wise County Coalition for Healthy Children, the Child Welfare Board and Child Protective Services are kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month at noon Monday, April 1 on the steps of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. County Judge J.D. Clark will read a proclamation, and those in attendance are asked to wear blue, the official color of the campaign.

RACE CAR IN PARADISE – Freedom Insurance in Paradise is hosting the Red Dragon race car, sponsored by Gainsco Auto Insurance, at its office 12:30-4:30 p.m. Friday for pictures.

RELAY FOR LIFE SURVIVOR MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County will have a Survivor Dinner 6-8 tonight at First Baptist Church Decatur.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Caroline Faith Houston, infant, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Friday at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ruth Narramore, 91, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to service Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Ronnie Deaton, 72, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby C. Richey, 79, of Chico is 7 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Susan lleta Jardine, 97, of Dallas is 3 p.m. Saturday at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Rodger W. Couch, 72, of Sunset. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Chico athletic director Sanders placed on administrative leave pending investigation


UPDATED 2:16 p.m.

After nearly two hours in closed session Wednesday night, Chico ISD trustees took no action on the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders.

Clayton Sanders

Chico Superintendent Don Elsom declined to immediately comment on the situation after the meeting. In a statement issued Thursday morning, Elsom said Sanders and defensive coordinator Matthew Sawyer have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation into alleged inappropriate actions.

Both Sanders and Sawyer have tendered their resignations to the district.

“I want to emphatically deny anything like that,” Sanders said in a phone interview Monday regarding his resignation. “The way I look at it is there’s no criminal charges. There’s no proof. There’s only hearsay and there’s only rumors. There’s no factual proof of anything that I’ve done wrong or that my staff has done wrong.

If any of it was true we would be in handcuffs, and if any of it was true there would be proof of that. There would be repercussions. None of that is true. You’re going to hear a lot of rumors and hearsay. The proof is in the pudding. I’m still a free man and my staff is still free, from what I understand. It’s unfortunate.”

Trustee Brian Hand said a complaint was lodged by a coach against Sanders and Sawyer regarding their coaching tactics. He added the board was not made aware of Sanders’ resignation until Wednesday night’s meeting.

“This resignation was brought on by many, many things that were allowed to transpire against myself, my staff, and the athletic program,” Sanders said in a resignation letter Thursday afternoon. “Although I personally documented these inequities, I guarded any potential distraction the best I could from both the student-athletes and coaching staff, and took them on my shoulders to bear. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point where this burden has led me to make the decision to resign.”

Sanders said in his resignation letter that, “there will always be cynics and gossip spread far and wide, especially in a small town, but the quality of people will always rely on the facts, not hearsay.”

Sanders went on to say that, “the facts are that we coach very hard, but fair, and with love. The facts are that there was an unwavering high expectation to rise to and meet, and both coach and student-athletes were held to that high standard consistently. The truth is that my family and I gave everything we could possibly give to both the student-athlete’s and the community. The truth is we changed selfish boys into unselfish men, and for that, I am the proudest.”

Sanders has been with the district since 2017. He first served as an assistant before being hired to replace Lane Wilson last March.

“First of all, I want to thank Coach Sanders for his hard work in starting out a community goal of a new and better Chico,” Hand said in a statement. “This was the brain work of the entire community as we wanted to raise the expectation for our youth and our town. Clay Sanders’ contribution to that cannot be understated!”

In Sanders’ first and only season as head coach, Chico went 5-6 and advanced to the bi-district round of the playoffs before falling to Hawley.

“As we move forward for a brighter future for Chico, we will always be thankful for the push start we received in [Sanders’] short tenure at Chico,” Hand said.

Elsom said Chico High School principal, Randy Brawner, will serve as the acting athletic director for the high school until a new athletic director is hired. Monte Sewell, the middle school principal, will serve as the acting athletic director for the middle school.

Elsom said the district will begin a search for its third athletic director and head football coach in as many years soon.

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Board takes no action on Sanders’ resignation — Chico AD suspended with pay


Updated 10:58 a.m. 

After nearly two hours in closed session Wednesday night, Chico ISD trustees took no action on the resignation of athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders.

Clayton Sanders

Chico Superintendent Don Elsom declined to comment on the situation after the meeting. Thursday morning, he confirmed Sanders and his assistant, defensive coordinator Matthew Sawyer, were suspended with pay pending a personnel investigation.

Trustee Brian Hand said a complaint was lodged by a coach against Sanders and Sawyer regarding their coaching tactics. He added the board was not made aware of Sanders’ resignation until Wednesday night’s meeting.

Sanders has been with the district since 2017. He first served as an assistant before being hired to replace Lane Wilson last March.

In Sanders’ first and only season as head coach, Chico went 5-6 and advanced to the bi-district round of the playoffs before falling to Hawley.

“Rumors are going to be rumors,” Sanders said in a phone interview Monday regarding his resignation. “You’re going to have all kinds of rumors out there. I don’t live my life on rumors. I live my life on facts. The proof is in the pudding. Those kids know and those families know I gave them everything I had. The fact of the matter is, it’s time. Whether I leave kicking or screaming, it’s just time.”

Elsom said Chico High School principal, Randy Brawner, will serve as the acting athletic director for the high school until a new athletic director is hired. Monte Sewell will serve as the acting athletic director for the middle school.

This story will be updated as more information is made available. 

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Drugs seized in traffic stop


A traffic stop Tuesday afternoon led the discovery of more than 170 pounds of marijuana. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a vehicle was stopped around 3 p.m. southbound on U.S. 81/287 near Alvord. The sheriff’s deputy and his K-9 partner searched the vehicle after the dog alerted to the scent of drugs. Inside the vehicle, the officer found 172 pounds of marijuana and 25 pounds of THC in five large pieces of luggage. John D. Hardwick, 52, of Oroville, Calif., was arrested for possession of marijuana 50-2,000 pounds and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2 in an amount greater than 400 grams. Akin said Hardwick was traveling from Oregon to Austin.

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Update for Wednesday, March 27, 2019


TUITION RATES TO INCREASE – The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved tuition rate increases for the 2019-20 academic year at their meeting last week. For out-of-district Wise County students, tuition will increase by $6 per semester hour to $110, a 5.8 percent increase. In-district (Parker County) tuition will increase by $4 per semester hour, or 5 percent, bringing the total rate to $89 per semester hour. Tuition will also increase for out-of-district students by $11 to $143 per hour.

BOARD TO CONSIDER RESIGNATIONS – The Chico ISD school board will meet tonight to consider the resignations of superintendent Don Elsom and athletic director and head football coach Clayton Sanders, according to an agenda posted on the district’s website. Sanders, who was previously an assistant at Chico, was named head coach March 5, 2018, taking over for Lane Wilson. Should the board accept Sanders’ resignation, Chico would be searching for its third athletic director and head football coach in as many years. Prior to last month’s meeting, Elsom submitted his intent to “resign and retire” at the conclusion of the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in room 150 at Chico Elementary School.

BASEBALL SCORES – Tuesday’s baseball results: Decatur 3, Krum 0; Paradise 7, Tolar 2; Breckenridge 2, Boyd 0; Lindsay 12, Alvord 1; Poolville 4, Chico 3.

SOFTBALL SCORES – Tuesday’s softball results: Decatur 10, Krum 0; Bridgeport 12, Springtown 11; Boyd 15, Breckenridge 5; Alvord 17, Chico 2.

RELAY FOR LIFE SURVIVOR MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County will have a Survivor Dinner 6-8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Decatur.

CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce 31st annual golf tournament is April 12 at the Decatur Golf Club. Play begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Call the Chamber, 940-627-3107, to register.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The 17th annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Wise Hoops Basketball Tournament is April 5 at the Decatur Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and games will begin at 5. The deadline for registration is 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Register online at eventsdjwc.com. Call Andria Williams at 940-389-1916 for more information.

WISE COUNTY HISTORICAL GROUPS MEET – The monthly Wise County Historical Society Inc. meeting is noon Thursday, and the quarterly Wise County Historical Commission meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday. Both meetings will be held in 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. Linda Ortberg, librarian at the Newark Library, will discuss her work on a documentary about the history of the Newark area.

DINNER WITH THE MAYORS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Dinner with the Mayors 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $25 online and will be $30 at the door.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Caroline Faith Houston, infant, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Friday at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ronnie Deaton, 72, and Myrtle Narramore, 91, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Dean Carpenter, 82, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharron June Tucker, 55, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship in Paradise with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Rodger W. Couch, 72, of Sunset. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, March 26, 2019


BOARD TAKES NO ACTION ON CONTRACT – Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of Superintendent Judi Whitis Monday night. Whitis requested trustees wait until her next review to act on her contract. Her contract with the district runs through July 30, 2021, paying her $158,000 annually. She has been with the district since July 2017. Trustees held Whitis’ annual review earlier this month but tabled any action until Monday. In June, the board voted 4-3 to keep Whitis on the job after three hours in closed session. “After the events of the past 10 months with the conflict and friction on the board, I thought it was in the best interest,” Whitis said after the meeting. “We’re not focused as a team on what needs to happen.” Trustees did approve contracts for all other administrators, including campus principals.

DISD BOARD TABLES CONSTRUCTION – After receiving a guaranteed maximum price of $4.12 million for the classroom addition and renovations at Decatur High School, Decatur ISD trustees tabled action on the construction. Trustees asked builder Steele and Freeman and architect Claycomb to come back in April with itemized costs of the new construction and the renovations. Trustees expressed concerns with the total costs nearing $5 million and uncertainty on needs at other campuses and possible funding changes from the legislature.

DECATUR COUNCIL APPROVES EDC PROJECTS – The Decatur City Council yesterday approved an EDC performance agreement with Voltage Coffee, a coffee roasting business, to assist its opening next to its sister business, Trinity Street Coffee Bar on the downtown square. The council also approved the EDC’s purchase of playground equipment for Renshaw Park.

BOYD ISD TABLES TRANSFER POLICY – Boyd ISD trustees held off changing the district’s transfer policy Monday.

WISE COUNTY HISTORICAL GROUPS MEET – The monthly Wise County Historical Society Inc. meeting is noon Thursday, and the quarterly Wise County Historical Commission meeting is 1 p.m. Thursday. Both meetings will be held in 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. Linda Ortberg, librarian at the Newark Library, will discuss her work on a documentary about the history of the Newark area.

EASTER DONATIONS SOUGHT – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt in April and are seeking plastic egg and candy donations for the event. Donations can be dropped off anytime at Decatur Medical Lodge, 701 W. Bennett Road.

MARY’S GIFT – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date for appointments is Wednesday. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment.

DINNER WITH THE MAYORS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Dinner with the Mayors 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $25 online and will be $30 at the door.

FUNERALS – Service for Dean Carpenter, 82, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for DeWayne “Doc” Short, 69, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Sharron June Tucker, 55, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship in Paradise with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Susan lleta Jardine, 97, of Dallas is 3 p.m. Saturday at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Decatur ISD trustees take no action on Whitis’ contract


Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of Superintendent Judi Whitis Monday night.

Whitis requested trustees wait until her next review to act her contract. Her contract with the district runs through July 30, 2021, paying her $158,000 annually. She has been with the district since July 2017.

Trustees held Whitis’ annual review earlier this month but tabled any action until Monday.

In June, the board voted 4-3 to keep Whitis on the job after three hours in closed session.

“After the events of the past 10 months, with the conflict and friction on the board, I thought it was in the best interest of the district,” Whitis said after the meeting. “We’re not focused as a team on what needs to happen.”

School Board President Cheri Boyd agreed with Whitis’ request.

“I think personally it shows that her focus is on what is best for the district,” Boyd said.

Two citizens, Lori Reeves and Shannon Johnson, spoke during the public input, voicing opposition to the board renewing Whitis’ contract.

“I don’t think it’s a good fit, and when it’s not a good fit, you have to take a step back and re-evaluate what you are doing,” Reeves said.

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Update for Monday, March 25, 2019


DECATUR ISD TO CONSIDER SUPT CONTRACT – Decatur ISD trustees will consider revisions to Superintendent Judi Whitis’ contract at its meeting at 6 tonight. The meeting starts with closed session. Trustees held a review of Whitis earlier this month. Trustees will also receive the guaranteed maximum price for the high school renovations and classroom addition.

SOCCER ENDS REGULAR SEASON – Edward Rodriguez, Giovanni Martinez, Jose Huerta and Miguel Iniguez each tallied goals as Bridgeport beat Decatur 4-1 Friday night. The Bulls end the regular season 14-5-2 and 8-1 in District 7-4A. Bridgeport and Decatur will each play in the bi-district round of the playoffs later this week. The Bridgeport Sissies beat Decatur 5-0 behind two goals from Elizabeth Kranz and goals from Bre Martinez, Lesley Delgadillo and Marisol Fraga. Bridgeport finished second in District 7-4A. The Sissies and Lady Eagles will play in the bi-district round of the playoffs later this week.

BASEBALL SCORES – Friday’s baseball results: Decatur 4, Stephenville 0; Godley 12, Bridgeport 1; Paradise 8, Peaster 1; Brock 2, Boyd 0; Alvord 4, Healdton (Oklahoma) 0; Muenster 13, Chico 4.

SOFTBALL SCORES – Friday’s softball results: Decatur 16, Springtown 0; Mineral Wells 14, Bridgeport 8; Brock 9, Boyd 4; Peaster 2, Paradise 1; Alvord 22, Tioga 6; Collinsville 16, Chico 0.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along Program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd 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 Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY – The Delaney Mancil Scholarship will be given again this year to a Wise County ag senior. Send essay to 1703 S. Hubbard St., Alvord, TX 76225 by April 12.

DUAL CREDIT INFO – Paradise High School will host Wise County Weatherford College (WCWC) for a dual credit information night at 6:30 tonight in the high school cafeteria. After the presentation, WCWC staff will be present to assist with the ApplyTexas application.

MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER – The Wise County Committee on Aging will hold its second Annual Meals-on-Wheels “Murder for a Cause” event 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Decatur Conference Center. Make your reservations for the Murder-Mystery Dinner and silent auction benefiting Wise County Committee on Aging to help support Wise County Seniors. Early bird tickets are $40. After Wednesday, tickets are $50. Tables are $300. For reservations, call Stephanie Jones at 682-551-5800 by April 1.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council tonight will consider a number of items, including a possible resolution to offer tax abatement agreements, an EDC performance agreement with Voltage Coffee Project and the EDC purchase of playground equipment for Renshaw Park. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

BOYD ISD TO CONSIDER TRANSFER POLICY – After two months of discussion, Boyd ISD trustees will consider amending its transfer policy at its 6:30 p.m. meeting.

FUNERALS – Service for Michael Dombrowski, 76, of Saint Jo is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Willa Dean Carpenter, 82, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for James P. Womack, 94, formerly of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sharron Tucker, 55, is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for DeWayne ‘Doc’ Short, 69, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Update for Friday, March 22, 2019


WOMAN PLEADS IN FATAL WRECK – The mother of a teenage driver involved in a wreck that killed a child in July of 2017 on Greenwood Road pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide Wednesday. Tamra Gibbon, 34, was placed on deferred adjudication and sentenced to five years probation by visiting judge Vicki Isaacks. Her 15-year-old son was driving without an adult on July 28, 2017, when he attempted to jump a hill in her Ford Explorer. The vehicle wrecked, killing one passenger, 12-year-old Wade Casey Bates. Officers determined the driver was traveling 87 miles per hour in a 30 mph speed zone when the wreck happened.

STORMS POSSIBLE SATURDAY – The National Weather Service forecast includes a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, and rain chances increase to 70 percent on Saturday. Rain chances decrease to 30 percent on Sunday.

RELAY BAKE SALE – First State Bank in Decatur will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today to benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

BAKE SALE AND AUTHOR VISIT – Chico Public Library will host a book sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Chico City Hall, 400 S. Hovey St. All proceeds benefit the library. Local author Charles Sowell will be at the book sale to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Call the library at 940-644-2330.

TEA PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s “Mother-Daughter Tea” is Saturday or Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at city hall or bridgeport.recdesk.com. The theme this year is a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

FESTIVAL CHANGE – Due to rain in Saturday’s forecast, the Bark, Bike and Brews Festival scheduled for this weekend in Bridgeport has been moved to Saturday, April 6.

CHORUS PERFORMANCE – The Texas A&M Women’s Chorus will perform at First Baptist Church Decatur 7 p.m. Saturday. The free concert is part of their spring tour entitled “Finding Your Voice.”

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. next Tuesday at Decatur Conference Center. Nell Ann Dodson McBroom, curator of Tales and Trails Museum of Nocona, will present historical highlights from the Chisholm Trail. RSVP to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com by Sunday evening.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Jorge Antonio DeLeon, 44, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

BURIAL for Charles Calvin Knowles, 80, of Paradise is 10:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy Gentry, 86, of Paradise is 3 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Julia “Candy” Cothran, 67, of Azle is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Dustin Chase Zufelt, 24, of Hillsboro is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Edward “Jonathan” Ronald Rodriguez, 20, of Lakeside is 1 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Kaye Frances Hansen, 69, of Newark is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE for James P. Womack, 94, formerly of Boyd is 1 p.m. Monday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jan Payne Pierce, 77, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at East Mound Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Kenneth Dewayne Short, 69, of Runaway Bay is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Update for Thursday, March 21, 2019


SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR POSSIBLE GAS LEAK – Classes will resume as normal Thursday at Bridgeport High School, the day after students were evacuated as firefighters and gas crews investigated a natural gas odor. Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey said Wednesday night that the gas leak had been isolated and was being repaired. “The building is safe for students to attend classes on Thursday,” Peavey said. “Lunch menus will be adjusted to accommodate the situation.” He thanked students, staff and parents for their cooperation Wednesday. Students were evacuated to Bridgeport Middle School and released at 1 p.m. “As always, the safety of our students and staff is important to BISD,” Peavey said.

VOLTAGE COFFEE MOVING IN – The long-empty building at 112 North Trinity Street on the Decatur Square will have a new tenant in the coming months. The Decatur Economic Development Corp. board Wednesday approved a performance agreement with Voltage Coffee, a coffee roasting business, to assist its opening next to its sister business, Trinity Street Coffee Bar. Both are owned by Matt Fisher. Under terms of the agreement, Voltage will spend a minimum of $1,750,000 to remodel and improve the property, and the EDC will provide $300,000 for the project. By March 31, 2020, Voltage will have eight full-time employees, and within five years, it will have 15. The business will include retail, warehouse and manufacturing space. The agreement will be presented to Decatur City Council Monday night for final approval. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

CHORUS PERFORMANCE – The Texas A&M Women’s Chorus will perform at First Baptist Church Decatur 7 p.m. Saturday. The free concert is part of their spring tour entitled “Finding Your Voice.”

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. next Tuesday at Decatur Conference Center. Nell Ann Dodson McBroom, curator of Tales and Trails Museum of Nocona, will present historical highlights from the Chisholm Trail. RSVP to Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341 or richardperry@embarqmail.com by Sunday evening.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The next Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center.

HORSE CLUB MEETING – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the NRS training center classroom. NRS is just off U.S. 81/287, south of Decatur.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur. Pat Gordon will present a program on “Finding Your Ancestors During the Great Depression: CCC and WPA.”

BETTER BREATHER CLUB – The Wise Health System Better Breather Club meets 3 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. It is open and free to all respiratory patients, family and caregivers. Topic for this month is Pulmonary Rehab. Speaker is Susan Rector, Exercise Physiologist. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Call Angie Brunkhardt, 817-862-7796.

FUNERALS – Graveside for Jorge Antonio DeLeon, 44, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Family visitation is noon-9 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charles Calvin Knowles, 80, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Patsy Gentry, 86, of Paradise is 3 p.m. Friday at Cottondale Baptist Church with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

SERVICES for Kaye Hansen, 69, of Newark and Edward “Jonathan” Ronald Rodriguez, 20, of Lakeside are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Julia “Candy” Cothran, 67, of Azle is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Dustin Chase Zufelt, 24, of Hillsboro is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for James P. Womack, 94, formerly of Boyd is 1 p.m. Monday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Susan Jardine, 97, of Dallas is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jan Pierce, 77, of Paradise is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Gas leak found, repaired at Bridgeport HS


Classes will resume as normal Thursday at Bridgeport High School, the day after students were evacuated as firefighters and gas crews investigated a natural gas odor.

Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey said Wednesday night that the gas leak had been isolated and was being repaired.

“The building is safe for students to attend classes on Thursday,” Peavey said. “Lunch menus will be adjusted to accommodate the situation.”

He thanked students, staff and parents for their cooperation Wednesday. Students were evacuated to Bridgeport Middle School and released at 1 p.m.

“As always, the safety of our students and staff is important to BISD,” Peavey said.

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Update for Wednesday, March 20, 2019


BOYD COMPLETES ANNEXATION – The Boyd City Council approved the voluntary annexation of 153 acres on Cemetery Road Tuesday for the 595-home addition Spring Hill South. The council also approved the creation of the tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) and public improvement district (PID). The PID will apply fixed assessments on properties in the development to pay back the bonds for infrastructure – water, sewer, drainage and roads. Two acres given to the city for utilities is not in the PID. The TIRZ will allow a portion of the taxes assessed in the area to be used to pay down the PID. As part of the agreement approved in November, the city agreed to a 50-50 split on the TIRZ up to a valuation of $210,000. That means half of the city’s tax rate levy on properties in the development would go toward paying off the bonds. Tuesday a TIRZ was established for the approximately half the property.

FIERY CRASH INJURES 1 – One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning south of Boyd. The wreck happened around 12:15 a.m. on Farm Road 730 just north of County Road 4764. According to Sgt. Ricky Hunter, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Tracey McCurdy, 59, of Irving was southbound on FM 730 in a 2001 Ford pickup when the truck left the roadway and traveled up onto a guardrail before going off the bridge into a creek. The vehicle then caught fire. McCurdy was able to get out of the vehicle before first responders arrived, but not before sustaining burn injuries from the fire. She was flown from the scene to a Fort Worth area hospital.

COUNCIL APPROVES EQUIPMENT – The Boyd City Council yesterday gave its consent to purchase $780,000 in equipment for street, water and park departments. The city is looking to finance the equipment, which includes a roller, skidsteer, paver, dump truck, trucks, trailers and mosquito sprayer, for 12 years.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER WINS DISTRICT – Bridgeport scored three goals in the final 18 minutes Tuesday night, rallying to beat Argyle 4-2. The win sealed the Bulls’ fourth district title in as many years. Bridgeport ends the regular season Friday night against rival Decatur.

BASEBALL SCORES – Yesterday’s baseball results: Decatur 13, Mineral Wells 3; Paradise 10, Millsap 0; Boyd 6, Peaster 1; Alvord 8, Chico 1.

SOFTBALL SCORES – Yesterday’s softball results: Decatur 10, Bridgeport 0; Paradise 17, Millsap 2; Peaster 18, Boyd 0; Alvord 20, Era 5.

FESTIVAL CHANGE – Due to rain in Saturday’s forecast, the Bark, Bike and Brews Festival scheduled for this weekend in Bridgeport has been moved to Saturday, April 6.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – The 17th annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Wise Hoops Basketball Tournament is April 5 at the Decatur Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., and games will begin at 5. Register by today for a free T-shirt. The deadline for registration is 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. Register online at eventsdjwc.com. Call Andria Williams at 940-389-1916 for more information.

CHICO LIBRARY PROGRAMS – Chico Public Library will host 1, 2, 3 Play with Me for infants and toddlers to age 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. The library’s Stitch It! group will follow at noon. For more information call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur. Pat Gordon will present a program on “Finding Your Ancestors During the Great Depression: CCC and WPA.”

BETTER BREATHER CLUB – The Wise Health System Better Breather Club meets 3 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. It is open and free to all respiratory patients, family and caregivers. Topic for this month is Pulmonary Rehab. Speaker is Susan Rector, Exercise Physiologist. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Call Angie Brunkhardt, 817-862-7796.

LINEN FUNDRAISER – A luxury linen fundraiser sale benefiting the Wise Health System Volunteer Auxiliary will continue 7 a.m.-1 p.m. today in the main lobby of Wise Health System.

OFFICE CLOSING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed today for training. The office will reopen Thursday at 8 a.m.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Charles Wayne Head, 80, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patsy Gentry, 86, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jorge Antonio DeLeon, 44, of Chico is 7 tonight at Templo De Celebracion in Decatur. Family visitation is noon-9 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Graveside is 2 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico.

FUNERAL for Charles Calvin Knowles, 80, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Kaye Hansen, 69, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bobby Joe West, 78, of Weatherford, formerly of Boyd, is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Julia “Candy” Cothran, 67, of Azle is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Dustin Chase Zufelt, 24, of Hillsboro is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, March 19, 2019


ONE FLOWN FROM CRASH – A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel on Texas 114 sustained serious injuries after crashing into an 18-wheeler Monday morning. Harley Miramontes, 24, of San Antonio was traveling west on Texas 114 in a 2019 Ford cargo van that struck a 2007 Freightliner which was stopping at a red light near Shale Creek Blvd. near the Wise/Denton County line east of Rhome, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter. “The driver … indicated that he fell asleep while driving,” Hunter said. Miramontes was flown to Medical City hospital in Denton. The driver of the Freightliner, Jose Orozco-Hernandez, 51, of Lewisville, was not injured.

OVERNIGHT WRECK – At least one person was seriously injured in a wreck around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday on Farm Road 730 south of Boyd. According to preliminary information, a vehicle ran off the road and caught fire near County Road 4764. A female driver sustained burns and was flown from the scene. Smoke from the vehicle fire caused FM 730 to be closed for a short time.

DECATUR WRECK – A two-vehicle wreck sent three people to Wise Health System in Decatur with non-life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon. Decatur Police Sgt. Royce Gastineau said an SUV was crossing from U.S. 380 westbound onto the Business 380 route near the Shell gas station at the east city limits of Decatur when it collided with an eastbound passenger car. A woman and a child in the passenger car and a child in the SUV were transported to the local hospital. The wreck happened shortly after 5 p.m. and had one eastbound lane shut down for a short time.

SOCCER SCHEDULE – The Bridgeport Bulls will travel to take on the Argyle Eagles with the District 7-4A title on the line. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Bridgeport is 6-1 in league play and is seeking its fourth straight district championship. The two schools have split the season series. Bridgeport clinches the title with a win. The Sissies and Lady Eagles will immediately follow. The Decatur Eagles will hit the road tonight to take on Springtown. Decatur is 6-8-1 and 3-4 in District 7-4A. The Eagles are locked into third place.

BASEBALL LINEUP – Decatur hosts Mineral Wells today. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Bridgeport travels to Graham. Boyd heads to Peaster. Paradise will play in Millsap. Alvord hosts Chico to begin District 10-2A play.

SOFTBALL MATCHUPS – Decatur begins District 8-4A play when they host rival Bridgeport. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Paradise will play in Millsap. Boyd will head to Peaster. Alvord and Chico meet in a District 10-2A rivalry showdown.

PRESCRIBED BURNS – The U.S. Forest Service is conducting prescribed burns in the LBJ National Grasslands through Thursday in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires.

AGRILIFE FUTURE’S FORUM – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County invites the public to attend the Texas Community Future’s Forum at 5:30 p.m. today in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. The forum will assist local AgriLife agents and the Leadership Advisory Board in identifying the most critical issues affecting local citizens in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, families and health, youth development and community development. RSVP to the Extension office, 940-627-3341. A light supper will be served.

HORSE CLUB MEETING – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the NRS training center classroom. NRS is just off U.S. 81/287, south of Decatur.

KINDER ROUNDUP – Chico Elementary is holding Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup for 2019-2020 this week. Forms can be picked up at the elementary office 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. You will need a birth certificate, shot records, social security card, proof of address and a copy of your driver’s license.

LINEN FUNDRAISER – A luxury linen fundraiser sale benefiting the Wise Health System Volunteer Auxiliary will be held 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday in the main lobby of Wise Health System.

FUNERALS – Services for Julia Holland, 75, and Charles Head, 80, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jorge DeLeon, 44, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charles Calvin Knowles, 80, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Dustin Chase Zufelt, 24, of Hillsboro is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bobby West, 78, of Weatherford, formerly of Boyd, is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Julia “Candy” Cothran, 67, of Azle is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Update for Monday, March 18, 2019


WISE COUNTY YOUTH WINS BIG – Wise County 4-Her Ethan Drager of Bridgeport and his steer, Ranger, won Reserve Champion Junior Market Steer at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Friday. Ranger was sold Saturday in the steer auction for $367,000, a world record bid by The Champagne Cowgirls, a group of female philanthropists in Houston. Drager will receive $40,000 from the sale, and the remaining money will go into the stock show’s scholarship funds. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship program awards $14 million in scholarships annually.

RHOME AREA WRECK – As Update was going to press, a major accident had been reported on Texas 114 at Shale Creek Boulevard east of Rhome near the Wise/Denton County line. Early reports indicate it was in the eastbound lane and involved an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. A second, minor wreck had also been reported in the same area.

TRAILER FIRE – A fifth wheel travel trailer caught fire Friday night near Rhome. Firefighters from East Wise, Decatur and Rhome Fire Departments were able to contain the blaze, Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said. No one was inside the trailer at the time, and Doughty said there were no injuries. Doughty said the blaze was out by 8:40 p.m.

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 p.m. today 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.

OFFICE CLOSING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed Wednesday for training. The office will reopen Thursday at 8 a.m.

SPANISH READING PROGRAM – Northwest ISD Family Involvement will hold a Spanish storytime at the Rhome Public Library at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Additional storytime dates are April 16 and May 21. For information, call Lilliana Castille 817-215-0161.

TEA PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s “Mother-Daughter Tea” is Saturday or Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at city hall or bridgeport.recdesk.com. The theme this year is a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

COMPUTER CLASS – The Alvord Public Library will offer a computer basics class at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 940-427-2842 or 940-577-0123. The library is at 106 W. Franklin St.

FUNERALS – Services for Charles Head, 80, and Barbara Hughes, 85, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Charles Calvin Knowles, 80, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Bridgeport with burial at 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Julia “Candy” Cothran, 67, of Azle is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Bobby West, 78, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Boyd.

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Fire damages trailer


A fifth wheel travel trailer caught fire Friday night near Rhome.

Fire fighters from East Wise, Decatur and Rhome Fire Departments were able to contain the blaze, Wise County Fire Marshall Jeff Doughty said.

Photo courtesy of Ally Blackney.

No one was inside the trailer at the time and Doughty said there were no injuries.

Doughty said the blaze was out by 8:40 p.m.

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Update for Friday, March 15, 2019


RHOME COUNCIL DENIES ZONING CHANGE – The Rhome City Council unanimously voted to deny the request to rezone three acres on Morris Street from single family with minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet to single family with minimum lot sizes of 5,000 square feet. Several neighboring property owners spoke against the rezoning that would have allowed 17 homes to be built on the land. The council in September denied a preliminary plat for the property for 60-plus townhomes. The council also approved accepting $100,000 from the Prairie Point developers for their share of the cost of the design of the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion. The council gave Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico authorization to negotiate a professional services agreement with the developers of the Rolling V Development.

COOL, SUNNY – It will be another sunny day in Wise County with temperatures in the mid 50s. Temperatures will dip into the mid 30s tonight. The weekend will be sunny with high temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

FARM EQUIPMENT AUCTION – The Annual Spring Farm Equipment Consignment Auction is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. The event is sponsored by the Chisholm Trail Antique Farm Equipment Club. For consignment information, call Neil Mackie at 817-846-6856.

REGISTER TO VOTE – Decatur Forward is having a voter registration drive 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. There will be hot dogs, drinks and a bounce house for kids. Voter registration cards will be available for pickup. Call 303-856-3241.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN MEETING – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dos Chili’s in Bridgeport. Graham Bateman with Justice for Our Neighbor and Beatrice Martinez with the State Tejano Democrats will speak.

BAKE SALE – Eastside Alumni Association is having a bake sale Saturday at St. Johns Baptist Church, 904 N. FM 51, in Decatur. It will start at 9 a.m. Call 940-799-1077.

RUN THE TRAILS – The 21st Annual Grasslands Trail Run is Saturday at the LBJ National Grasslands. The 50-mile race begins at 6 a.m. The marathon starts at 7 a.m., and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Registration and packet pickup begins at 5:30 a.m. You can also register online at grasslandstrailrun.com.

LINEN FUNDRAISER – A luxury linen fundraiser sale benefiting the Wise Health System Volunteer Auxiliary will be held 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the main lobby of Wise Health System.

UMPIRES TRAINING – Texas USA Softball will hold training and registration for umpires in District 9 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. For information, call Acie Raymond 940-577-7373.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Juanita Hernandez Castillo, 61, of Rhome is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Barbara Hughes, 85, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Thursday, March 14, 2019


RHOME COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ZONING – The Rhome City Council will hold a public hearing and consider the rezoning of three acres in the 200 to 300 block of Morris Street from single family residential with minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet to single family residential with minimum lot sizes of 5,000 square feet at its meeting at 7 tonight. The Rhome Planning and Zoning Commission did not recommend the change.

BOYD MDD OKS APPLICATIONS – The Boyd Municipal Development District awarded $29,170 in property improvement grants to six applicants Tuesday. The MDD scored the projects on location, ability to produce sales tax, business sustainability and if it was an existing business and visibility of the projects. Boyd Built is eligible to receive $8,750, Cowboys BBQ $500, Boyd Chapel $2,688, Riley Services $2,232, Sam’s BBQ $5,000 and Mr. Jim’s $10,000.

COMMISSIONERS CLARIFY STANCE ON QUORUMS – Wise County commissioners Monday emphasized their commitment to transparency by making a change to their Rules of Procedure, Decorum and Conduct, declaring “all business requiring a vote of the commissioners court will be deliberated and decided in a posted meeting with a quorum present.” County Judge J.D. Clark suggested this change following the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals February decision that declared the provision in the Open Meetings Act requiring a quorum for secret meetings was “unconstitutionally vague.” “They struck that part down and that concerns me a bit because I think that’s a bad way to do business …,” Clark said. “I thought [clarifying our rule] would be a good show of how we do business because we don’t do walking quorums and we’re very careful when we’re all together. I think that’s a good way for us to conduct business.” The Rules of Procedure, Decorum and Conduct for Meetings of the Wise County Commissioners Court had not been modified since 1994. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

SUNNY DAY – After Wednesday’s early-morning storms, Wise County will be greeted with sunshine today and temperatures in the low 60s. Temperatures will cool to the mid 30s tonight. Friday will be be sunny and cool with highs in the mid 50s.

PARADISE TEAMS WIN GAMES – Colby Cox drove in five runs and the Paradise Panthers baseball team routed Jacksboro 23-6 Wednesday afternoon. Paradise improved to 7-6-2 and 1-1 in District 7-3A. Kaycee Martin went 2-for-3 and tallied five RBIs and the Paradise Lady Panthers knocked off Jacksboro 12-6 Wednesday afternoon. Kendall Candioto earned the win, scattering six runs on 11 hits while striking out five. Paradise improved to 14-5 and 3-1 in District 7-3A. The Bridgeport Bulls baseball team travels to Anna at 1 today. The Bridgeport Sissies softball team takes on Holliday at home at 10 a.m.

RUN THE TRAILS – The 21st Annual Grasslands Trail Run is Saturday at the LBJ National Grasslands. The 50-mile race begins at 6 a.m. The marathon starts at 7 a.m., and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m. Registration and packet pickup begins at 5:30 a.m. You can also register online at grasslandstrailrun.com.

LACE UP YOUR WALKING SHOES – Walk Across Texas, an exercise program through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Wise County, starts in two weeks. Teams of eight work together to walk a total of 832 miles over the course of the eight-week program, April 1-May 26. To register a team, call 940-627-3341 or email Karen Brown, khbrown@ag.tamu.edu. You can also register in person at the Extension office, 206 South State St.

MOVIE DAY – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Peter Rabbit” today at the Arcadia Theater. The showings will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free, and concessions are available for purchase. The doors will open 30 minutes before the movie starts. Call 640-683-3480.

MANAGING CHRONIC DISEASE – Texas Health Resources and the Area Agency on Aging is having a free chronic disease self-management workshop on Tuesdays starting March 19 at the Bridgeport Public Library. The programs are 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will run through April 23. They will address things like heart disease and high blood pressure.

COMPUTER CLASS – The Alvord Public Library will offer a computer basics class at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 940-427-2842 or 940-577-0123. The library is at 106 W. Franklin St.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Juanita Hernandez Castillo, 61, of Rhome is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Dodson Mote, 68, of Aurora is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Barbara Hughes, 85, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Wednesday, March 13, 2019


STORMS WREAK HAVOC IN WISE – Fire possibly sparked by a lightning strike tore through a home in the 500 block of South Hitt Street in Boyd early Wednesday morning. Firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Paradise, Rhome and Cottondale battled the blaze during a steady downpour on the back side of the fast-moving storm that caused damage throughout the county and knocked out power to nearly 500 residents. Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said the lone occupant of the home heard what sounded like a gunshot and glass breaking. “She looked around the house, and when she walked by the pull-down hatch for the attic, she noticed light coming from the attic,” Doughty said. “It confirms my suspicion that it was a lightning strike.” The fire was reported around 5 a.m. Boyd Fire Chief Chris Caster reported the fire was knocked down around 6:15 a.m. As of 6:30 a.m., crews had not been able to assess the extent of the damage to the home. While firefighters battled the blaze, reports came in from across the county of other damage from the storm. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Wise County at 4:15 a.m. until 4:30 a.m. as the storm rolled through with possible 60 mph winds. A tractor-trailer turned over on its side on U.S. 81/287 near County Road 4221 near the height of the storm. The two occupants were out of the vehicle with minor injuries when first responders arrived. A RV on Singing Meadows Lane in Rhome overturned with a man in his 60s inside. He reported he was not injured. Limbs were reported down from Lake Bridgeport to Rhome and Newark due to the powerful wind gusts. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said the winds damaged lines causing power outages for approximately 400 customers in areas around Chico, Decatur, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay. Easley said crews were assessing the damage and did not have a time estimate for power to be restored. Wise County Electric Coop reported 73 customers without power around Chico and nine near Rhome. Rainfall totals include 1.4 inches in Greenwood, 1.33 in Decatur, 1.25 in Bridgeport and 1.02 in Alvord.

SPRING BREAK SPORTS – Local high school baseball and softball teams spent Tuesday of spring break on the field. Decatur’s Chase Oberle pitched four innings, and Triston Read drove in three runs as the Eagles beat Burkburnett 14-3 Tuesday night. Decatur improved to 15-2. Boyd knocked off Paradise 7-5 in eight innings in the District 7-3A opener Tuesday afternoon. The Yellowjackets improved to 9-4-1. The Panthers fell to 6-6-2. In softball action, Kaycee Martin drove in three runs, and the Paradise Lady Panthers beat the Boyd Lady Jackets 13-3 in five innings. As of 8 a.m., the schedule for today’s baseball games is as follows: Bridgeport at Castleberry, noon; Jacksboro at Paradise, 7:30 p.m.; Boyd at Millsap, 1 p.m.; Alvord at Saint Jo, noon. The softball schedule is Decatur at Wichita Falls City View, noon; Boyd at Millsap, 11 a.m.; and Jacksboro at Paradise, 1 p.m.

VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE – A new festival, Bridgeport Bark Bike and Brews, is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in downtown Bridgeport. Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce and Bridgeport Main Street are seeking vendors for the event. To reserve vendor space, email MaryBeth Holder at marybethholder@bridgeportchamber.org or Tiffany Evans at attevans@cityofbridgeport.net. Deadline is March 19.

MANAGING DIABETES – Texas Health Resources and the Area Agency on Aging is having a free diabetes self-management workshop on Tuesdays starting March 19 at the Newark City Library. The programs are 4 to 6:30 p.m. and will run through April 23.

REGISTER TO VOTE – Decatur Forward is having a voter registration drive 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rhine Realty, 305 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. There will be hot dogs, drinks and a bounce house for kids. Voter registration cards will be available for pickup. Call 303-856-3241.

BAKE SALE – Eastside Alumni Association is having a bake sale Saturday at St. Johns Baptist Church, 904 N. FM 51, in Decatur. It will start at 9 a.m. Call 940-799-1077.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Juanita Castillo, 61, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Dodson Mote, 68, of Aurora is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Update for Tuesday, March 12, 2019


THREE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES – Three people were arrested on drug-possession charges Friday night after officers with the Big Sandy Special Response Team and Wise County Sheriff’s Office SWAT executed a warrant in the 400 block of North Cowan. James Bisidas, 57, of Decatur, Gerardo Fernandez, 41, of Decatur and Brichette Wells, 31, of Bridgeport were charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group one 200 to 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance penalty group two four to 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance penalty group three less than 28 grams and possession of a dangerous drug. Total bail for the charges is set at $50,000 per person. All three remained in Wise County Jail Monday afternoon. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOYD MDD TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS – The Boyd Municipal Development District board members will meet at 6:30 tonight to review the six applications they received for the property improvement program. The Boyd MDD, which was established after voters approved it in May 2018, allotted $30,000 for grants in its first budget. Businesses in the city could apply for 50 percent matching grants up to $10,000. The grants will pay for up to 50 percent of storefront improvements, including the restoration of architectural details, windows and doors, as well as signage, lighting and parking lots.

THUNDERSTORMS PREDICTED – The National Weather Service is predicting thunderstorms today through midday Wednesday. The high today is 64 with a 60 percent chance of rain. The temperature will hold steady, but overnight rain chances will increase to 100 percent with 15 to 20 mph winds, gusting as high as 30 mph. On Wednesday, the high will reach 70 degrees but rain is expected to linger through mid-afternoon. Last weekend a few Wise County communities measured a small amount of rain with Decatur at .28 inches, Alvord at .25 and Cottondale at .20

FARM EQUIPMENT AUCTION – The annual Spring Farm Equipment Consignment Auction is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. The event is sponsored by the Chisholm Trail Antique Farm Equipment Club. For consignment information, call Neil Mackie, at 817-846-6856.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. The group invites those concerned about healthcare costs, supporting public education, safe drinking water and equality. Guest speaker will be Emily Pavoda from The Star Council. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

MOVIE DAYS – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Ralph Breaks the Internet” today and “Peter Rabbit” Thursday at the Arcadia Theater. The showings will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. Admission is free, and concessions are available for purchase. The doors will open 30 minutes before the movie starts. Call 640-683-3480.

FREE PANCAKES – Today is Flip It Forward for Kids at IHOP. The Decatur location, along with others across America, is serving a free short stack of pancakes to patrons while collecting donations for Shriners Hospitals for Children. This morning local Shriners were greeting guests and passing out the $5 gift certificates with every donation. The event runs through 7 p.m.

BINGO NIGHT – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is sponsoring a bingo night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

READING DOG – Ava the reading dog will return to Rhome Public Library 2:45-5 p.m. Wednesday. The licensed therapy dog will be available for children to read to her in 15-minute sessions. To reserve a time slot, call 817-636-2767.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Eula Faye Murdock, 66, of Chico will be at a later date in Walters, Okla. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Richard Dodson Mote, 68 of Aurora is 1 p.m. Saturday April 6, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Three arrested on drug charges in Decatur


Three people were arrested on drug-possession charges Friday night after officers with the Big Sandy Special Response Team and Wise County Sheriff’s Office SWAT executed a warrant in the 400 block of North Cowan.

James Bisidas, 57, of Decatur, Gerardo Fernandez, 41, of Decatur and Brichette Wells, 31, of Bridgeport were charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group one 200 to 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance penalty group two four to 400 grams, possession of a controlled substance penalty group three less than 28 grams and possession of a dangerous drug. Total bail for the charges is set at $50,000 per person. All three remained in Wise County Jail Monday afternoon.

Officers served the warrant around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the Wise County Sheriff’s Office had a previous incident at the residence.

“Officers have been working this house for a couple months gathering intel,” Hoskins said.

When they entered the home, officers found methamphetamine, Xanax, a bottle of tetrahydrocannabinol and some other drugs, according to Hoskins.

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