Update for Monday, November 19, 2018


LADY EAGLES CHAMPIONS AGAIN – For the first time since 2014, the Decatur Lady Eagles claimed the class 4A state volleyball title, dethroning defending champion Needville 25-12, 21-25, 27-25, 25-18 at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Saturday. Eight different players recorded kills for Decatur in the win. Sophomore Trinity Vinzant led the Lady Eagles in kills with 13. She hit .286. Freshman Kota Hartman and senior Satasha Kostlecky each had eight. Jentry Lamirand buried seven and Madison Lowery added five. Tayte Helton and Bayli Miller had one apiece. Sophomore setter Makenna Gantt finished second on the team with nine kills. She hit .350, dished out 16 assists and made three blocks. Her performance earned her MVP honors for the 4A title game. Decatur earned its spot in the championship game by knocking off Melissa 25-16, 25-16, 23-25, 25-19 Friday in the 4A semifinal. Read more in the Wise County’s special E-edition at wcmess.com/volleyball.

BOYD BRINGS HOME SILVER – After winning the first set and rallying back from a five-point deficit, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets looked to put a stranglehold on the 3A title match Saturday, going up 23-21 in the second game. But after her team lost in the final a year ago, Callisburg senior Skylar Allen refused to let Boyd go up two sets. Allen put down back-to-back kills to tie the game. Callisburg then staved off two set points, before Macie Satterwhite put down a closing kill to give the Lady Cats the long game, 30-28. The set proved to be the turning point. Callisburg went on to take the next two sets and capture the 3A state title at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, 20-25, 30-28, 25-23, 25-19. Boyd finished runner-up in its second straight trip to the state tournament.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – South Wise Spirit of Christmas Angels are available for adoption at Rhome Pharmacy and Pinnacle Bank. Gifts must be returned by December 13. Monetary donations may be made at Wells Fargo in Rhome.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – Salvation Army Angels are now available at First State Bank in Decatur. They are due back by 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

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

MAKE AND GO PROGRAM – Kids of all ages are invited to create woven baskets during Make & Go at the Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today. For more information call Lisa or Miranda, 940-644-2330.

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.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center. Visit wisedemocrats.com, Wise County Democratic Party – Texas on Facebook or call 940-389-0073 for more information.

FUNERALS – Service for Ernest Rodriguez, 81, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Darla Jean McCallum, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Chapel Boyd.

SERVICE for Monte Fenton, 63, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship in Paradise with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patsy Sue Von Heuvel, 87, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Sydney Ann Finley Owens, 83, of Decatur is 3 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with visitation one hour prior.

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Update for Friday, November 16, 2018


BOYD ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP, DECATUR LOOKS TO DO SAME – The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Vanderbilt Industrial Thursday and advanced to the 3A state final. They will play Callisburg in the Class 3A championship match at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The Decatur Lady Eagles will square off with Melissa in the 4A semifinal at 11 a.m. today at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Decatur is seeking its first trip to the state final since winning the Class 4A title in 2014. The winner of Decatur and Melissa will play defending champion Needville in the 4A final at 1 p.m. Saturday.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – The season came to an end for three local teams last night in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Eastland defeated Boyd 49-27, Chico fell to Hawley 69-15 and Winters defeated Alvord 26-7. Today’s bi-district games include Decatur taking on Dumas at 7 p.m. at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., and Northwest playing Wichita Falls at 7 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium.

FOREST SERVICE TO HOLD BURNS – The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting prescribed burns on portions of the LBJ Grasslands Friday and Saturday. Roads FS 900 and FS 904, which are near Cottonwood Lake, will be closed until Sunday. Also Units 30, 31 and 74 near Cottonwood Lake will be closed.

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

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center. Visit wisedemocrats.com, Wise County Democratic Party – Texas on Facebook or call 940-389-0073 for more information.

WARM SCHEDULE CHANGE – Due to the threat of rain, to expedite the Thanksgiving turkey and pie distribution on Tuesday, Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will not be distributing regular food boxes that day. Normal food distribution will resume on Wednesday.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING LUNCH – Greenwood’s community-wide Thanksgiving lunch is noon today at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Everyone is welcome.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed today for quarterly training in Dallas. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 7 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the main hospital lobby. It will include Christmas gifts, a bake sale, fresh poinsettias, a quilt raffle, jewelry and more. Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Choose from a chili bowl, baked potato bar or salad bar for $5 each.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. For information, call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – Greenwood Masonic Lodge 779 will cook briskets Saturday. To purchase a brisket call 940-255-2782 or 817-992-4180. Briskets can be picked up between 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $60 per brisket.

BINGO NIGHT – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

BAKE SALE – Chico 4-H will hold a bake sale 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lowe’s Grocery in Chico.

ANGELS AVAILABLE – Salvation Army Angels are now available at First State Bank in Decatur. They are due back by 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

FUNERALS – Service for Rebecca Griffith, 66, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Vita L. Geron, 71, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Geron Family Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Darla Jean McCallum, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Sydney Ann Finley Owens, 83, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Monday at the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with visitation one hour prior.

SERVICE for Ruby (Abernathy) Partin, 103, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at 3 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Monte Fenton, 63, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Monday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Update for Thursday, November 15, 2018


LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS DISPATCHED TO CALIFORNIA – Three firefighters from Wise County have answered the call to help battle the massive wildfires which have already claimed 50 lives in California and left thousands homeless. Decatur resident Brandon Woodward will be serving as a strike team leader. Bridgeport resident Michael McComis will serve as an engine boss and Paradise resident Van Wakefield will serve as an FF1 (firefighter one) in the massive containment effort. The firefighters began staging Wednesday afternoon and are engaged in containing the Woolsey fire. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Woolsey fire was 52 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. It is expected that it will take two weeks at the minimum to contain the fires across California, and Woodward, McComis and Wakefield will commit at least 14 days to the effort. They join more than 5,600 personnel who are fighting the fires, which have destroyed more than 7,600 homes and 260 commercial buildings. The Woolsey fire alone has burned over 98,000 acres and destroyed at least 483 structures and damaged 86 others, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell is providing updates on the local firefighters to the Wise County Messenger. This story will be updated as the containment effort continues at WCMessenger.com.

NO ACTIVE SHOOTER – The Decatur Police yesterday afternoon reported during a test of the 911 system for Rann Elementary a message was sent in error to parents saying there was an active shooter. There was no active shooter.

LADY YELLOWJACKETS AT STATE TOURNAMENT – The Boyd Lady Jackets will take on Vanderbilt Industrial in the 3A semifinals at 11 a.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Boyd has been the No. 1 ranked team in 3A for the past two months and went undefeated in district play. It’s the second straight year the Lady Jackets have made it to the state tournament. They lost in the semifinal to eventual champion Goliad last year. If Boyd wins, they will play the winner of Callisburg/Troy in the 3A championship match at 11 a.m. Saturday.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – Local football teams begin their quest for a state title tonight. In 3A Region I Division I bi-district, Boyd will play Eastland 7:30 p.m. at Graham High School. In 2A Region I Division I bi-district, Alvord takes on Winters 7 p.m. at Comanche High School. And in 2A Region I Division I bi-district, Chico plays Hawley 7:30 p.m. at Jacksboro High School.

CITY TO OFFER HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE – The Decatur City Council Tuesday approved a contract with HHW Solutions to provide monthly pickup for household hazardous wastes. Beginning in January, residents will be able to leave items such as paint, insecticides, pool chemicals and other household chemicals not accepted by regular trash collection services on their front porch on an appointed date. Items should be placed on the porch before 8 a.m. The service is offered at no cost to residents. The contract allows residents to either call HHW Solutions or go to the HHW Solutions website to get on the collection list each month.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month the group is having a Thanksgiving Pot Luck celebration. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed Friday for quarterly training in Dallas. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in the main hospital lobby. It will include Christmas gifts, a bake sale, fresh poinsettias, a quilt raffle, jewelry and more. Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Choose from a chili bowl, baked potato bar or salad bar for $5 each.

BINGO NIGHT – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights is 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Pictures with Santa and kids activities are at 4 p.m. Sponsorships are available. The deadline is Friday. Call 940-627-3107.

DECATUR SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Today is the deadline to return applications for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas. Applications are available at the Decatur Public Library. Monetary donations may be made at DATCU and First State Bank in Decatur.

SOUTH WISE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for South Wise Spirit of Christmas for Rhome and South Wise residents are due back today. Applications are available at Rhome City Hall, 501 S. Main.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. The program will be Finding American Military Records presented by Sheryl Rascher.

FUNERALS – Service for Monte Fenton of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ruby (Abernathy) Partin, 103, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at 3 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Sydney Ann Finley Owens, 83, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Vanara J. Waller, 85, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Vita L. Geron, 71, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Geron Family Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Rebecca Griffith, 66, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Darla Jean McCallum, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

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Firefighters from Wise County ship out to California wildfires


Three firefighters from Wise County have answered the call to help battle the massive wildfires which have already claimed 50 lives in California and left thousands homeless.

Decatur resident Brandon Woodward will be serving as a strike team leader. Bridgeport resident Michael McComis will serve as an engine boss and Paradise resident Van Wakefield will serve as an FF1 (firefighter one) in the massive containment effort.

The firefighters began staging this afternoon and are engaged in containing the Woosley fire. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Woolsey fire is 52 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

It is expected that it will take two weeks at the minimum to contain the fires across California, and Woodward, McComis and Wakefield will commit at least 14 days to the effort.

They join more than 5,600 personnel who are fighting the fires, which have destroyed more than 7,600 homes and 260 commercial buildings. The Woolsey fire alone has burned over 98,000 acres and destroyed at least 483 structures and damaged 86 others, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell is providing updates on the local firefighters to the Messenger. This story will be updated as the containment effort continues.

8 p.m. Tuesday

They have made it to California but not their hotel. They are still several miles out. They will be bedding down for the night East of LA. They have been assigned to the Woolsey Fire.

Their assignment is still unknown. They are scheduled to report in tomorrow morning, receive their assignment and will go straight to work.

12:06 p.m. Wednesday

They made it to base camp around 9 a.m. this morning.

4:47 p.m. Wednesday 

They are checked in at the Woolsey fire and finally made it to staging.

9:38 p.m. Thursday

One of the strike teams is patrolling divisions on seek and extinguish duty, putting out hotspots. All is well. We hope to hear from the other crews tomorrow.

8:19 p.m. Saturday

Vann had to return home for a family emergency. I’ve heard from Woodward and McComis in the last 2 days and they are doing well. Both have expressed how much they feel their teams have helped while out there.

7:16 p.m. Sunday

All crews are still assigned to the Woosley Fire but it appears this may be there last shift. They will find out tomorrow if they will be reassigned to the Camp Fire or demobilized and sent home.

 

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Update for Wednesday, November 14, 2018


COUNTY ASSISTS WITH COLD CASE MURDER INVESTIGATIONS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has assisted numerous criminal investigation agencies throughout the country recently by housing a suspected serial killer at the jail. For the past couple of months, the WCSO has housed 78-year-old Samuel Little, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of three women in the Los Angeles area in the late 1980s. Little has also been named as a suspect in dozens of other unsolved murders across the country. Investigators traveled to the Wise County Jail to talk with Little about various unsolved murder cases ranging from 1970 to 2005. “To date, Little has provided details of more than 90 murders committed in multiple states,” the WCSO stated in a news release issued Tuesday. Little was a suspect in a Wise County cold case murder from the 1980s, Johnson said, but Little denied he was responsible in that case. Little was arrested Sept. 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky., after DNA evidence connected him to the murder of two women in the Los Angeles area.

KING OUT – Wise County State Representative Phil King of Weatherford has dropped out of the race for speaker of the Texas House, according to a story in the Dallas Morning News. King had been one of seven legislators seeking the leadership role to succeed speaker Joe Straus. King has thrown his support to Rep. Dennis Bonnen of Angleton. Bonnen had said earlier that he had enough “pledges” from other state legislators to become the new speaker.

HOOPS SCORES – The Slidell Greyhounds routed Millsap yesterday 90-32 to pick up their first win of the season. Alvord beat Paradise 54-45 behind 19 points from Treyson Chambers. Northwest took down Euless Trinity behind 17 points from Sammie Freeman. In girls basketball, Bridgeport beat Howe 54-38. The Slidell Lady Greyhounds edged Era 53-47 with 16 points from Bailey Meyer.

SIGNING DAY – Several Wise County athletes will be signing letters of intent today. Decatur volleyball senior Satasha Kostelecky is signing with Rice. Decatur senior softball pitcher Reagan Chism is inking with Stephen F. Austin. Decatur senior baseball player Nick Birmingham is signing with New Mexico. Boyd volleyball senior Jordyn Todd is inking with Western Colorado State.

LIGHTS ON HALSELL PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street will host the Lights On Halsell Christmas Parade 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in Downtown Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “Welcome to Who-Ville.” Any business, organization or individual who would like to participate can pick up a parade application at Bridgeport City Hall, or online on the City of Bridgeport Facebook page (facebook.com/bridgeporttexas) or on the Bridgeport Main Street Facebook page (facebook.com/bportmainstreet). The goal is 75 parade entries.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. The program will be Finding American Military Records presented by Sheryl Rascher.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. For information, call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING LUNCH – Greenwood’s community-wide Thanksgiving lunch is noon Friday at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Bring a covered dish and/or dessert. Everyone is welcome.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – Greenwood Masonic Lodge 779 will cook briskets Saturday. To purchase a brisket call 940-255-2782 or 817-992-4180. Briskets can be picked up between 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $60 per brisket.

LEARN TO CROCHET – Chico Public Library’s “Stitch It!” program is noon-1 p.m. today. This program is open to home schoolers and adults who want to learn the basics of crochet. Experienced crocheters and knitters are invited to bring their current project to work on and share tips and tricks of the craft. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

WISE COUNTY HISTORICAL GROUPS MEET – The monthly Wise County Historical Society Inc. meeting is at noon Thursday, and the quarterly Wise County Historical Commission meeting is at 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.

READING DOG – The Tail Wagging Reading Dog will be at the Rhome Public Library today. RSVP is required to secure your reading tutor slot between 2:30-5 p.m. Call 817-636-2767.

TREE LIGHTING – The City of Runaway Bay will host their annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on the lake located next to the One Stop on U.S. 380 at 5:30 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruby (Abernathy) Partin, 103, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at 3 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vita Geron, 71, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Vanara J. Waller, 85, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE for Darla Jean McCallum, 79, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for James W. Boggs, 78, of Bowie is 1 p.m. today at Newport Cemetery. He was the grandfather of Laura Boyd of Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, November 13, 2018


SCHOOLS TO CLOSE FOR STATE VOLLEYBALL – Boyd ISD will be closed Thursday so students and faculty can attend the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ 3A semifinal against Vanderbilt Industrial at 11 a.m. at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The school will offer child care at Boyd Elementary. There will be no bus or food service. Decatur High School will close Friday for fans to attend the Decatur Lady Eagles’ 11 a.m. match against Melissa.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – Five local team have qualified for the football playoffs. In 5A Region I Division II bi-district, Northwest plays Wichita Falls 7 p.m. Friday at Northwest ISD Stadium. In 4A Region I Division I bi-district, Decatur takes on Dumas 7 p.m. Friday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 3A Region I Division I bi-district, Boyd will play Eastland 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Graham High School. In 2A Region I Division I bi-district, Alvord takes on Winters 7 p.m. Thursday at Comanche High School. And in 2A Region I Division I bi-district, Chico plays Hawley 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jacksboro High School.

READING DOG – The Tail Wagging Reading Dog will be at the Rhome Public Library Wednesday. RSVP is required to secure your reading tutor slot between 2:30-5 p.m. Call 817-636-2767.

ANGEL TREE – Bridgeport Medical Lodge now has angels on its angel tree available. They should be returned by Dec. 12.

TREE LIGHTING – The City of Runaway Bay will host their annual lighting of the Christmas Tree on the lake located next to the One Stop on U.S. 380 at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED – Wise County Salvation Army needs local volunteers to ring the bell for its annual Red Kettle campaign at two locations in Wise County: Wal-Mart in Decatur and Brookshire’s in Bridgeport. To volunteer at the Decatur location, visit wcmess.com/bell-decatur. To volunteer at the Bridgeport location, visit wcmess.com/bell-bridgeport. Call Holly Berry at 940-626-8691 for more information or to request a date to ring the bell.

YOUTH SPORTS – Wise County Little Dribbler is now registering for basketball for Pre-K-4th grade. Last day to register is Nov. 30. Call Jennifer Howerton, 940-206-4766 or email jhowerton@twu.edu.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Paradise United Methodist Church. Charlotte Canion will speak about her experiences as a caregiver for three family members – all suffering from devastating diseases – Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s. She will also have copies of her book “You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying-How to Parent your Parents” to sell and autograph. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. Call 940-859-3691.

LIBRARY STEAM PROGRAM – The Rhome Public Library will host a STEAM program 4:30 p.m. today. The kids will be using their engineering skills in this hour-long program. Call 817-636-2767.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Service for Lynda Christian, 80, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Vanara J. Waller, 85, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Taylor, 67, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Darla McCallum, 79, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Ruby (Abernathy) Partin, 103, of Chico is 11 a.m. Saturday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at 3 p.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for James W. Boggs, 78, of Bowie is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Newport Cemetery. He was the grandfather of Laura Boyd of Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vita Geron, 71, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Decatur.

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Update for Monday, November 12, 2018


2 TEAMS EARN TRIP TO STATE – The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Glen Rose 3-1 Saturday to win the 4A Region I title and advance to the state tournament. Decatur will play Melissa in the 4A state semifinal at 11 a.m. Friday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Bushland Saturday to win the 3A Region I title and advance to the state tournament for the second straight year. Boyd will play Vanderbilt Industrial in the 3A state semifinal at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

SNOW AND FREEZING TEMPS POSSIBLE – Today’s forecast includes an 80 percent chance of rain during the day with temperatures falling throughout the day to around 35 by 5 p.m. Light rain or drizzle may mix with or change over to very light snow late this morning into this afternoon before the precipitation comes to an end. No travel impacts are expected. Wise County is included in a freeze warning from 6 p.m. today to 9 a.m. Tuesday as temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-20s.

DECATUR COWBOY WINS PBR – Kaique Pacheco of Decatur has won the national Professional Bull Riders title for 2018. Pacheco, a native of Brazil, took home the 2018 World Title and a $1 million bonus in competition in Las Vegas. “I had a dream since I was a kid to wear that gold buckle,” Pacheco told Wise County Messenger correspondent Brett Hoffman following the victory.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Paradise United Methodist Church. Charlotte Canion will speak about her experiences as a caregiver for three family members – all suffering from devastating diseases – Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s. She will also have copies of her book “You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying-How to Parent your Parents” to sell and autograph. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. Call 940-859-3691.

LIBRARY STEAM PROGRAM – The Rhome Public Library will host a STEAM program 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The kids will be using their engineering skills in this hour-long program. Call 817-636-2767.

WISE COUNTY HISTORICAL GROUPS MEET – The monthly Wise County Historical Society Inc. meeting is at noon Thursday, and the quarterly Wise County Historical Commission meeting is at 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.

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.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices are closed today for the Veterans Day holiday. Wise County Public Works and the Decatur dumpsite will be closed today as well. The Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close the next business day on Wednesday.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 p.m. today in the courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur. These organizations meet the second Monday of every month in this location (unless otherwise announced). More information can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook as Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION – Fit-N-Wise in Decatur will host a Veterans Day Celebration today. A special Patriotic Silver Sneaker Class will be held 10:15-11 a.m. It is free to all veterans. A signed waiver must be on file to participate. Immediately following the class will be the national anthem, a special speaker, raffle for give-aways, snacks and T-shirts for participating veterans while supplies last.

YOUNG VETERANS PROGRAM – The veterans program at Young Elementary in Decatur is 9 a.m. today. The students will also perform the program at 6 p.m.

VETERANS DAY SECTION – The Saturday Wise County Messenger, on newsstands now, includes a special Veterans Day 2018 section that honors local veterans.

FUNERALS – Services for Vanara J. Waller, 85, and Lynda Christian, 80, both of Alvord are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MASS of Christian burial for Ruben Romo-Alvarado, 42, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Baby Dana Nicole Rodriguez Iniguez of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Taylor, 67, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Alvord Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Darla McCallum, 79, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ruby A. Partin, 103, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Update for Friday, November 9, 2018


MANHUNT PROMPTS SCHOOL LOCKDOWN – Decatur’s Intermediate School and McCarroll Middle School were briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon at the request of the Decatur Police Department after a patient from a nearby mental health facility escaped. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said they were notified just after 1 p.m. about a patient who had left the Behavioral Health Services facility, located in the Wise Health System West Campus (the old hospital). As a precaution, Hoskins said he asked school administrators to lock down both campuses while they searched for the man. “We were just being precautious,” Hoskins said. “We didn’t want the kids going outside and running around while we were looking for him.” After about 30 to 45 minutes, the man was located near the Wise County Fairgrounds and returned to the facility. The school district sent a message to parents saying, “At no time were students in any danger.”

WEEK 11 FOOTBALL – Playoff seeding will be determined for several Wise County football teams tonight in the final week of the regular season. Decatur will head to Gainesville at 7 p.m. to battle for a share of the District 4-4A Division I title with a win. The Chico Dragons will take on Seymour at home. The Dragons can earn a share of the District 4-2A I crown with a victory and the league’s top seed. Boyd welcomes in Whitesboro, trying to earn the second playoff seed with a win. Alvord heads to Olney and would clinch 4-2A I’s second seed with a win and Chico loss. The Northwest Texans can secure the school’s first outright league title with a win at Fort Worth North Side, completing an unbeaten run through 4-5A II. Bridgeport can earn a playoff spot with a victory at Aubrey. Paradise closes out the regular season with a matchup against 4-3A I champion Brock. Keep up with the action on our Twitter feed @wcmsports and at www.wcmessenger.com/scores.

PLAYOFF VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will play in regional tournaments starting today. Decatur plays Hereford at 2 p.m. at Hardin-Simmons in Abilene in the 4A Region I semifinal. Boyd takes on Shallowater in the 3A Region I semifinal at 6 p.m. at Lubbock Cooper High School.

RHOME LOOKS TO CREATE EDC – The Rhome city council directed its attorney to draw up the paper work to create a Type B Economic Development Corporation Thursday. The council also voted to pursue an impact fee study by Kimley-Horn. The city has $45,000 allotted this year for a portion of the $124,900 study.

FREEZE WATCH – A freeze watch is in effect for Wise County from late tonight through Saturday morning as temperatures are expected to drop to around 30 degrees overnight.

DECATUR SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for the Decatur Spirit of Christmas are now available at the Decatur Public Library. The deadline to return the applications is Thursday, Nov. 15. Monetary donations may be made at DATCU and First State Bank in Decatur.

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its annual Veterans Day Program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur.

CHICO VETERANS PROGRAM – The City of Chico’s Veterans Day Program honoring local veterans is 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chico Veterans Memorial.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday for the Veterans Day holiday. Wise County Public Works and the Decatur dumpsite will be closed Monday. The Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close the next business day on Wednesday.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET – Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday in the courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in Decatur. These organizations meet the second Monday of every month in this location (unless otherwise announced). More information can be found at www.wiserepublicans.com or on Facebook as Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION – Fit-N-Wise in Decatur will host a Veterans Day Celebration Monday. A special Patriotic Silver Sneaker Class will be held 10:15-11 a.m. It is free to all veterans. A signed waiver must be on file to participate. Immediately following the class will be the national anthem, a special speaker, raffle for give-aways, snacks and T-shirts for participating veterans while supplies last.

YOUNG VETERANS PROGRAM – The veterans program at Young Elementary in Decatur is 9 a.m. Monday, not today as reported in this week’s All Around Wise. The students will also perform the program at 6 p.m. Monday.

FREE HAIRCUTS FOR VETERANS – Alicia Watts in Chico will provide free haircuts to veterans beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Call 940-577-3656 for an appointment.

ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDRAISER – A garage sale benefiting the Bridgeport Animal Shelter is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 411 Grace St. in Bridgeport. A plant sale will also be held, with funds going to a partner rescue solely to be used for animals at the shelter. The fundraiser is hosted by Brandi Meek and Penny Shaver.

FALL FESTIVAL – Sycamore Baptist Church will hold its fall festival from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. For directions, visit sycamoredecatur.com.

CHARITY CAR SHOW – Entries are being accepted for the Love 4 Linda charity car show Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. Registration is $20. Call 817-751-8324 or email love4linda@yahoo.com.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – Countyline Cowboy Church in Sunset will hold its Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 890 U.S. 81/287 N.

FUNERALS – Service for Sarah Geneva Hudson, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Ruben Romo-Alvarado, 42, of Bridgeport is 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Baby Dana Nicole Rodriguez Iniguez of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Monday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jeannie Ruth Moran, 51, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Moran Carl Roop Jr., 84, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Christopher Gregory Spivey, 38, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Manhunt prompts school lockdown


Decatur’s Intermediate School and McCarroll Middle School were briefly placed on lockdown this afternoon at the request of the Decatur Police Department after a patient from a nearby psychiatric facility escaped. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said they were notified just after 1 p.m. about a patient who had left the facility, located in the Wise Health System West Campus (the old hospital). As a precaution, Hoskins said he asked school administrators to lock down both campuses while they searched for the man. “We were just being precautious,” Hoskins said. “We didn’t want the kids going outside and running around while we were looking for him.” After about 30 to 45 minutes, the man was located near the Wise County Fairgrounds and returned to the facility. The school district sent a message to parents saying, “At no time were students in any danger.”

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Update for Thursday, November 8, 2018


RAIN TODAY, FREEZING TEMPERATURES SATURDAY? – Today’s forecast includes a 60 percent chance of rain this afternoon and a 40 percent chance overnight with a high of around 52. Friday should be party cloudy, with high temperatures around 52. Temperatures overnight Friday into Saturday morning are expected to drop to around 32 as Canadian high pressure at the surface will settle across the area, possibly causing a light freeze. Wise County is under a freeze watch for early Saturday. Saturday’s high temperature should reach 48.

ANIMAL SHELTER FUNDRAISER – A garage sale benefiting the Bridgeport Animal Shelter is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 411 Grace St. in Bridgeport. A plant sale will also be held, with funds going to a partner rescue solely to be used for animals at the shelter. The fundraiser is hosted by Brandi Meek and Penny Shaver.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will hold its Annual Turkey Give Away Tuesday, Nov. 20. Anyone who wants to volunteer on that day should sign up at the following link: www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FACAD22A4FA7-turkey1.

WREATH-MAKING CLASS – Decatur Medical Lodge will hold a wreath-making class led by Cindy Munnerlyn at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Registration is $35 and will cover the cost of materials. Call Denise Dennis, 940-626-2800, prior to Nov. 21 to RSVP.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for Santa Cops through Dec. 2. Applications can be picked up at the police department or printed online at decaturtx.org. Donations of new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at the police department through Dec. 14. For information, call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.

CHARITY CAR SHOW – Entries are being accepted for the Love 4 Linda charity car show Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. Registration is $20. Call 817-751-8324 or email love4linda@yahoo.com.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – Countyline Cowboy Church in Sunset will hold its Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 890 U.S. 81/287N.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – Christmas in Paradise applications are now available at all campuses from the counselors or at the Finish Line Cafe. Deadline to return applications is Nov. 23.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Layla Garcia, an infant of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Teresa Unate de Fraga, 87, of Chico is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sarah Geneva Hudson, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

VISITATION for Ruben Romo-Alvarado, 42, of Bridgeport is 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeannie Ruth Moran, 51, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marie New, 92, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with burial at 2 p.m. at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Moran Carl Roop Jr., 84, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Christopher Gregory Spivey, 38, of Boyd is pending at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Wednesday, November 7, 2018


WISE APPROVES TIER 2 STATUS – Local voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved a proposition that will create Tier 2 status for Wise County by a vote of 15,289 to 4,567, or 77 to 23 percent. The Tier 2 status means property owners will have to vote to approve any involuntary annexation by cities. Previously, home rule cities could involuntarily annex property.

PROPOSITIONS APPROVED – In local ballot propositions, Rhome voters approved the issuance of $2.75 million general obligation bonds for constructing, improving and extending the city’s water and sewer system by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent; Boonsville voters approved Wise County Emergency Services District No. 2 by a vote of 68 to 32 percent; and Aurora voters approved the sale of all alcoholic beverages in the city by a vote of 66 to 34 percent.

WATER DISTRICT PROP FAILS – The only local proposition that was rejected by voters was for the Wise County Water Supply District. A proposition that would have allowed the water district to tax and provide service to newly-annexed land in the district failed by a vote of 777-735, or 51 to 49 percent.

SLIDELL SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION – Brian Moore was elected to Position 4 on the Slidell School Board yesterday by a vote of 241 to 135 over Scott Walz.

MORE ELECTION COVERAGE ONLINE – For complete local coverage of yesterday’s election, check out our special E-edition at wcmessenger.com.

LOCAL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS ADVANCE – The Decatur Lady Eagles swept Stephenville Tuesday night and advanced to the regional tournament for the first time since 2015. Decatur will play Hereford in the 4A Region I semifinal at 2 p.m. Friday at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Holliday Tuesday night and advanced to the regional tournament for the second straight year. Boyd will play Shallowater in the 3A Region I semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Lubbock Cooper High School.

BOYD RESCINDS BOIL NOTICE – The city of Boyd received the OK to rescind the boil water notice after receiving favorable tests of samples in lab tests. The boil notice was issued Sunday after a line break caused the pressure in the system to drop below state mandated requirements.

GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3 p.m. Rain chances increase to 50 percent overnight and 70 percent Thursday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s today.

PARADISE BUS CRASH – A Paradise ISD bus hit a Ford Focus SUV between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Main Street in Paradise. Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said the bus disregarded the stop sign on Schoolhouse Road and hit the Focus, which was traveling south on Main Street. The driver of the Focus, Harold Oberg, 53, of Runaway Bay was not injured. Two children were also in his car but were not hurt. The bus driver, Kathy Cavender, 59, of Paradise was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur as a precaution. There were six students on the bus, and Superintendent Paul Uttley said although there were no obvious injuries, two of them were taken to WHS as a precaution. “I asked to have the driver transported to be checked out, and we called the parents of the students,” he said. “I’m proud of how the staff put the kids’ needs first and made sure they were OK. The No. 1 thing is the kids are safe.” The students were being transported to the Wise County Special Education Co-op in Bridgeport.

ADAMS DEDICATION – Northwest ISD formally dedicated the new Leo Adams Middle School last night at the school auditorium. The school is named in honor of Northwest founding board member and former Justin Mayor Leo Adams. He was the father of Jeannine Eaton of Decatur. The school is located next to V.R. Eaton High School and Schluter Elementary School on U.S. 81/287 south of Rhome.

WIC OFFICES CLOSED – SPCAA-WIC offices will be closed today for a staff meeting. It will reopen 7 a.m. Thursday. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment.

AHS VETS PROGRAM – Alvord High School will have a Veterans Day program 9 a.m. Thursday in the gym.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Layla Garcia, an infant of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sarah Geneva Hudson, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

VISITATION for Teresa Unate de Fraga, 87, of Chico is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Marie New, 92, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport with burial at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Moran Carl Roop Jr., 84, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Election Results for Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Wise County voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in several state races and to decide a number of local propositions. Check back here throughout the night to catch the latest results.

U.S. SENATOR EARLY FINAL
Ted Cruz (Rep) 13,569 19,010
Beto O’Rourke (Dem) 2,714 3,913
Neal M. Dikeman (Lib) 109 179
Wise County numbers only
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 12
Kay Granger (Rep) 4,976 7,011
Vanessa Adia (Dem) 942 1,374
Jacob Leddy (Lib) 95 168
Wise County numbers only
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 13
Mac Thornberry (Rep) 8,651 12,119
Greg Sagan (Dem) 1,379 1,923
Calvin DeWeese (Lib) 132 204
Wise County numbers only
GOVERNOR
Greg Abbott (Rep) 13,984 19,621
Lupe Valdez (Dem) 2,229 3,182
Mark Jay Tippetts (Lib) 189 302
Wise County numbers only
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Dan Patrick (Rep) 13,307 18,651
Mike Collier (Dem) 2,773 3,932
Kerry Douglas McKennon (Lib) 258 413
Wise County numbers only
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Ken Paxton (Rep) 13,229 18,522
Justin Nelson (Dem) 2,268 3,933
Michael Ray Harris (Lib) 319 511
Wise County numbers only
STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 30
Pat Fallon (Rep) 13,430 18,883
Kevin Lopez (Dem) 2,684 3,821
Wise County numbers only
WISE COUNTY TIER STATUS
PROPOSITION A
For 11,035 15,289
Against 3,061 4,567
PROPOSED CREATION OF EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICT
PROPOSITION A
For 165 285
Against 75 135
CITY OF AURORA SPECIAL ELECTION
PROPOSITION A
For 234 312
Against 129 160
WISE COUNTY WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
PROPOSITION A
For 591 735
Against 591 777
CITY OF RHOME BOND ELECTION
PROPOSITION A
For 201 306
Against 154 219
SLIDELL ISD GENERAL ELECTION
TRUSTEE, POSITION 4
Scott Walz 81 135
Brian Moore 119 241
Wise County numbers only

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No injuries after Paradise ISD school bus crash


A Paradise ISD bus hit a Ford Focus SUV between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Main Street in Paradise.

NO INJURIES IN BUS CRASH — A Paradise ISD bus hit a Ford Focus SUV between 7:45 and 8 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Main Street in Paradise. Messenger Photo by Kristen Tribe

Department of Public Safety Trooper Ralph Wallace said the bus disregarded the stop sign on Schoolhouse Road and hit the Focus, which was traveling south on Main Street. The driver of the Focus, Harold Oberg, 53, of Runaway Bay was not injured.

Two children were also in his car but were not hurt. The bus driver, Kathy Cavender, 59, of Paradise was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur as a precaution.

There were six students on the bus, and Superintendent Paul Uttley said although there were no obvious injuries, two of them were taken to WHS as a precaution.

“I asked to have the the driver transported to be checked out, and we called the parents of the students,” he said. “I’m proud of how the staff put the kids’ needs first and made sure they were OK. The No. 1 thing is the kids are safe.”

The students were being transported to the Wise County Special Education Co-op in Bridgeport.

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Update for Tuesday, November 6, 2018


ELECTION DAY – The polls opened at 7 a.m. today at the 25 precincts around the county. The polls will close at 7 p.m. The ballot includes contested races for U.S. senator, U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of public accounts, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner, railroad commissioner, three places on the state supreme court, presiding judge of the court of criminal appeals, two places for judges on the court of criminal appeals, state senator and Place 5 justice on the second court of appeals district.

Local races that are not contested include state representative, 271st District judge, county judge, county court at law No. 1 judge, district clerk, county clerk, county treasurer, Precinct 2 county commissioner, Precinct 4 county commissioner, all four justices of the peace precincts and Precinct 3 constable. There are also a number of local non-partisan issues including: a county-wide proposition to change Wise County from a Tier 1 status to a Tier 2 status, affecting the ability of local municipalities to involuntarily annex land; a proposition for voters in the Boonsville and Balsora areas for the creation of Wise County Emergency Services District No. 2 with the ability to levy a tax; a proposition for Aurora residents for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages; a proposition for Decatur residents in the Wise County Water Supply District to expand the boundaries of the district to include land recently annexed into the city; a proposition for Rhome residents on the issuance of $2.75 million general obligation bonds for constructing, improving and extending the city’s water and sewer system; a school board election for the Slidell Independent School District which includes a contested race for Place 4.

ELECTION E-EDITION – The Messenger will produce an e-edition tonight with election results. The edition can be found at wcmessenger.com. It will also be sent to subscribers.

RIDE TO POLLS – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will provide rides to the polls at no charge. Interested voters can call Lena Wells, President of the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas, at 940-399-3309 or send email to tdwofruralnorthtexas@gmail.com.

BUS ACCIDENT – As Update was going to press, a school bus in Paradise was involved in accident at Schoolhouse Road and Main Street. Minor injuries were reported. Details to be posted as they are available.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles will battle Stephenville in the 4A Region I quarterfinal at 7 tonight at Mineral Wells High School. With a win, Decatur would advance to the 4A Region I tournament at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene this weekend. The Boyd Lady Jackets will meet Holliday in the 3A Region I quarterfinal at 6 tonight at Jacksboro High School. With a win, Boyd would advance to the 3A Region I tournament at Lubbock Cooper High School this weekend.

WIC OFFICES CLOSED – SPCAA-WIC offices will be closed Wednesday for a staff meeting. It will reopen 7 a.m. Thursday. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment.

FALL FESTIVALL – Sycamore Baptist Church will hold its fall festival from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. For directions, visit sycamoredecatur.com.

AHS VETS PROGRAM – Alvord High School will have a Veterans Day program 9 a.m. Thursday in the gym.

TOUR OF HOMES – Ticket books for the Decatur Women’s Club Tour of Homes slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 are on sale for $15 at Patti’s Hair Parlor and iCopy. They can also be purchased from any member.

LITTLE DRIBBLER – Registration is now open for Wise County Little Dribblers through Nov. 30. Email ehowerton@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Moran Roop, 84, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lynn Brown, 66, of Weatherford is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Layla Pacheco of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Marie New of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Teresa Unate de Fraga, 87, of Chico at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Charles Jenkins, 75, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Sarah Hudson, 95, of Decatur is Pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Monday, November 5, 2018


DECATUR WINS STATE – The Decatur Eagles were crowned 4A cross country state champions Saturday, holding off Andrews to claim the fifth title in school history. Junior Triston Read was Decatur’s top finisher, turning in a 16:15.40 in the 5K for 10th overall. The Decatur Lady Eagles also got on the podium, claiming silver behind strong efforts from Hanul Lewis and Jentry Lamirand. The duo paced Decatur to a second-place finish, clocking 11:55.87 and 11:57.72 for 11th and 12th. It was the Lady Eagles’ first medal since 2014. The Boyd Yellowjackets finished ninth in Class 3A with 213 points. Gauge Fahlin ran a 16:45 for 14th. Paradise sophomore Jana Messenger was 48th in the Class 3A girls 3,200, running a 12:53. Chico sophomore Raul Warnock placed 45th in the Class 2A boys 5K with a 17:59. In Class A, the Slidell Greyhounds were 7th overall behind a 33rd-place finish from Hunter Horner. He ran a 17:42.

BOIL WATER NOTICE – Boyd residents are asked to boil water before consumption today. Boyd crews worked throughout Sunday morning to replace a ruptured water line. During the repairs, water pressure fell below the state mandated requirements, prompting the boil water notice. Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington said he hopes that samples are tested today and the notice is lifted by the end of the day.

ELECTION DAY – In early voting 15,157 voters turned out to cast ballots. The polls will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday for Election Day at the 25 precincts around the county. The polls will close at 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles will battle Stephenville in the 4A Region I quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mineral Wells High School. With a win, Decatur would advance to the 4A Region I tournament at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene this weekend. The Boyd Lady Jackets will meet Holliday in the 3A Region I quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jacksboro High School. With a win, Boyd would advance to the 3A Region I tournament at Lubbock Cooper High School this weekend.

RIDE TO POLLS – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will provide rides to the polls at no charge. Interested voters can call Lena Wells, President of the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas, at 940-399-3309 or send email to mailto:tdwofruralnorthtexas@gmail.com.

DIABETES CLASS – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Healthcare is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the first Monday of the month at Wise Clinical Care, 2202 US 380 Suite 112, in Bridgeport. This month’s class is at 3 p.m. today. The prediabetes class is at 4 p.m. The classes are intended to help educate those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Contact Dick Gilley for information, 940-626-1890.

BUSINESS EXPO – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Luncheon is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Learn from others who have been there and share your experiences. For information, call Richard at 940-255-0244.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at Wise Health System’s West Campus in Decatur. Call Pamela Hudson, 940-389-0642.

TIME CHANGE – Daylight Saving Time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday. Make sure you moved your clocks back one hour.

FUNERALSSERVICE for Karin Davidson, 65, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Phillip Wyner, 56, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Moran Roop, 84, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lynn Brown, 66, of Weatherford is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Layla Pacheco of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Friday, November 2, 2018


LAST DAY OF EARLY VOTING – Today’s your last chance to vote early in next Tuesday’s election. Voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the four early voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Yesterday, another 861 early votes were cast.

VOLLEYBALL – Boyd beat Hamilton 3-0 in the 3A Region I area round Thursday at Mineral Wells. They will play the winner of Holliday vs. Dublin in the 3A Region I quarterfinal next week. In tonight’s volleyball playoff action, Decatur will play Greenwood at 5 p.m. at Abilene High School in the 4A Region I area round.

FOOTBALL – Last night Northwest defeated Carter Riverside 71-0. Tonight’s games include Burkburnett at Decatur, Iowa Park at Bridgeport, Boyd at Brock, Paradise at Bowie, Chico at Alvord and Azle Christian at Victory Christian.

CROSS COUNTRY STATE MEET – The cross country season culminates Saturday with the UIL cross country championships at Round Rock’s Old Settlers Park. Four Wise County teams and two individuals will compete. The Decatur Eagles finished fourth at the 4A Region I meet, qualifying for state for the first time since 2014. The Lady Eagles took second at regionals, advancing to state for the 16th straight year. The Boyd Yellowjackets won 3A Region I, edging second-place Tornillo 89-91. It is the second straight year Boyd qualified for state. The Slidell Greyhounds were the fourth and final team to qualify, taking fourth in 1A Region III. Paradise sophomore Jana Messenger qualified for state individually, as well as Chico sophomore Raul Warnock.

DECATUR SWIRL – The eighth annual Decatur Swirl event is 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Square. The night includes samples from local eateries paired with Texas wines. The Swirl After Party will feature music from Zac Wilkerson. All proceeds benefit Decatur Main Street. Tickets are available at decaturswirl.com for $29.99. At the door, tickets are $35. Early Bird VIP tickets are $60.

MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE – This year marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of the building currently occupied by the Wise County Heritage Museum. The former administration building for the Northwest Texas Baptist College and Decatur Baptist College was completed in 1893. The Decatur Baptist College began 120 years ago in 1898. To celebrate the two milestones, the Wise County Historical Society will hold a free come-and-go open house 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the museum. Donations will be accepted.

BOOK SALE – The Friends of the Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale at the Bridgeport Public Library today and Saturday during normal library hours. It includes a wide selection of books, DVDs and more.

PLANT SALE – Decatur High School ag dept plant sale is 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the DHS Greenhouse. It will feature a wide selection of mums, pansies and violas.

CLINIC NAME CHANGE – Faith Community Health System has acquired the Alvord Medical Clinic. As of Nov. 1, it is now called Faith Community Rural Health Clinic-Alvord.

FALL BACK – Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

BENEFIT CAR SHOW – A car show will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Mini Storage in Boyd. All proceeds benefit Daniel Stone’s cancer treatment. Entry fee is $20, and registration starts at 11 a.m. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. For more information, call Charlotte Collins at 817-727-1238.

CAR SHOW AND POKER RUN – The Boyd High School class of 2022 will hold a car show and poker run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Boyd High School, 700 Knox Ave. Car registration is 7:30-9 a.m., and the cost is $20 per car. The motorcycle poker run registration is 7 a.m. with departure at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per driver and $5 per passenger. There will be a 50/50 raffle along with vendors and food trucks. Call 817-966-6385.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Hunt, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial in Sweetwater. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Karin Davidson, 65, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Phillip Wyner, 56, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Marcy Pearce Caldwell, 90, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Michael Dwayne Gill, 49, is 10 a.m. today at Highridge Church in Fort Worth. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Thursday, November 1, 2018


RAINFALL REPORT – It was a rainy Halloween yesterday. Rainfall totals included 1.2 inches in Cottondale, 1.05 in Alvord, 0.88 in Bridgeport and 0.83 in Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 60 degrees.

TWO MORE DAYS TO VOTE EARLY – Early voting for the Nov. 6 election continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the four early voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Yesterday, another 655 early votes were cast.

OCTOBER WEATHER – Wise County received above-average rainfall for the third consecutive month in October when the county recorded 7.87 inches of rain, or more than 3 inches above normal. We did not come close to the record rainfall of 23 inches received in October of 1981, however. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 90 on Oct. 4 to a low of 42 on Oct. 15.

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – Christmas in Paradise applications are now available at all campuses from the counselors or at the Finish Line Cafe. Deadline to return applications is Nov. 23.

BENEFIT CAR SHOW – A car show will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Mini Storage in Boyd. All proceeds benefit Daniel Stone’s cancer treatment. Entry fee is $20, and registration starts at 11 a.m. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. For more information, call Charlotte Collins at 817-727-1238.

CAR SHOW AND POKER RUN – The Boyd High School class of 2022 will hold a car show and poker run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Boyd High School, 700 Knox Ave. Car registration is 7:30-9 a.m., and the cost is $20 per car. The motorcycle poker run registration is 7 a.m. with departure at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per driver and $5 per passenger. There will be a 50/50 raffle along with vendors and food trucks. Call 817-966-6385.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will sponsor a blood drive 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. today at the hospital’s main campus. For information call Melissa Richardson at 940-626-0167.

AIR EVAC EVENT – Air Evac will hold a membership appreciation event 4:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will include a CPR demonstration, live music from Dakota Burns and a food truck. A medical helicopter and the crew will be on hand for questions and photos.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Hunt, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ashley Greenfield Cichoracki, 34, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery.

SERVICES for Karin Davidson, 65, of Bridgeport and Phillip Wyner, 56, of Lake Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Marcy Pearce Caldwell, 90, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Michael Dwayne Gill, 49, is 10 a.m. Friday at Highridge Church in Fort Worth. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, October 31, 2018


LADY EAGLES ADVANCE – Decatur came away with a convincing sweep of Godley Tuesday, rolling to a 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 bi-district win in volleyball. Petrolia took down Chico 25-10, 25-21, 25-22 in the 2A Region II bi-district match. Boyd swept Henrietta 3-0 Monday, and Northwest lost to Birdville 3-1.

RAIN TODAY – Today’s forecast includes a 100 percent chance of rain. We’re already reached today’s high temperature of 58 degrees.

EARLY VOTING CONTINUES – Early voting for next week’s election continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the four early voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Yesterday, another 1,368 early votes were cast.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System will sponsor a blood drive 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Thursday at the hospital’s main campus. For information call Melissa Richardson at 940-626-0167.

CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico will host Trunk or Treat 6-7:30 tonight in the church parking lot. The event includes hot dogs, candy and treats.

AIR EVAC EVENT – Air Evac will hold a membership appreciation event 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will include a CPR demonstration, live music from Dakota Burns and a food truck. A medical helicopter and the crew will be on hand for questions and photos.

THANKSGIVING DINNER – The Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center, 3280 FM 2952, will hold a Community Thanksgiving Dinner 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-10 and are available at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist in Decatur and the Bridgeport Camp. Today is the deadline. Call 940-683-2555 or email info@bridgeportcamp.org.

SUIT UP AND SAY BOO – Suit Up and Say Boo, the annual trick or treat event in downtown Bridgeport, is 5-6 p.m. today. Mayor Randy Singleton will lead the trick or treaters down the sidewalks as they trick or treat with the Halsell Street merchants. Line up for trick or treating begins at 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Theater in downtown Bridgeport.

BOYD TRUNK OR TREAT – Boyd Community Trunk or Treat is 5:30-8 p.m. today at Boyd High School. It will feature a hay ride, cake walk, games, candy and contests with prizes including best costume and best decorated trunk.

RHOME TRUNK OR TREAT – The 4th Annual Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department is 6-8 p.m. today at Rhome Family Park. If you plan on participating, vehicles must be parked by 5:45 p.m.

FALL FESTIVAL – Victory’s Annual Fall Festival is 6-8 p.m. today. The event will feature food trucks, games, hot air balloon rides, zip-line, bounce houses, adult costume contest, a silent auction benefiting VCA and lots of candy.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmy Hunt, 74, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ashley Greenfield Cichoracki, 34, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Marcelyn Caldwell, 90, and Karin Davidson, 65, both of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

VISITATION AND MEMORIAL service for Derrel Eugene Lyon, 82, of Chico is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Update for Tuesday, October 30, 2018


BOYD OKS PACT WITH DEVELOPER – The Boyd city council gave Mayor Rodney Holmes authorization to sign the pre-development agreement with Bob Shelton for the 595- to 650-home development on Cemetery Road Monday night. The pact included language setting the terms for the planned improvement district (PID), which will place a 75-cent levy on properties in the development to pay for infrastructure. The agreement also called for a tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ) where the city and Shelton will split tax revenues up to $210,000 of evaluation in the development 50-50 to pay down the PID. Shelton said he plans to close on the 153-acre property next week and file for annexation, the creation of the PID and TIRZ soon. Shelton’s engineer Thomas Fletcher of Kimley-Horn said they will be working on a survey and then the preliminary plat over the next four months with plans to break ground on the infrastructure improvements in the summer of 2019. They hope to start building homes in the first phase of 170 lots in the last quarter of 2020.

EXTENDED HOURS VOTING – You can vote early with extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today at the four early voting locations in Wise County: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Yesterday, another 915 early votes were cast.

BOYD TRUNK OR TREAT – Boyd Community Trunk or Treat is 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd High School. It will feature a hay ride, cake walk, games, candy and contests with prizes including best costume and best decorated trunk.

RHOME TRUNK OR TREAT – The 4th Annual Trunk or Treat sponsored by the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Rhome Family Park. If you plan on participating, vehicles must be parked by 5:45 p.m.

SUIT UP AND SAY BOO – Suit Up and Say Boo, the annual trick or treat event in downtown Bridgeport, is 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. Mayor Randy Singleton will lead the trick or treaters down the sidewalks as they trick or treat with the Halsell Street merchants. Line up for trick or treating begins at 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Theater in downtown Bridgeport.

FALL FESTIVAL – Victory’s Annual Fall Festival is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. The event will feature food trucks, games, hot air balloon rides, zip-line, bounce houses, adult costume contest, a silent auction benefiting VCA and lots of candy.

INFORMATION SESSION – An information session on the proposed Wise County Emergency Service District No. 2 will be held for voters in the Boonsville-Balsora fire district 6-9 p.m. today at the Boonsville Community Center. The come and go session will provide voters more information on the issue of fire protection funding proposal in the current election.

GHOST TALK – Paranormal Investigators Suzette Munson and Jennifer DeMoss will talk about their spooky encounters and what it’s like to investigate the strange and unusual 6-7 tonight at the Decatur Public Library. No registration required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

FUNERALS – Service for Ashley Greenfield Cichoracki, 34, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Cocanougher, 86, formerly of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with a reception to follow. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

PRIVATE family service for Bill Gantt, 82, of Chico will be held at a later date in Leander. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Derrel Eugene Lyon, 82, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home Bridgeport.

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Update for Monday, October 29, 2018


1 KILLED IN WRECK NEAR ALVORD – A woman was killed when her Chevy four-door sedan struck a parked tractor trailer Sunday afternoon on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord, according to Department of Public safety corporal Fred Thornton. The wreck occurred around 2 p.m. The crash reduced U.S. 81/287 southbound to one lane for over an hour. No additional details were made available and the crash is still under investigation.

EARLY VOTING ENTERS SECOND WEEK – You’ve got one more week to vote early in the Nov. 6 election. On Saturday, another 804 people cast votes, bringing the first week total to 9,739. Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the four early voting locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm; the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

SERVICE SET FOR FALLEN OFFICER – Funeral for Rhome Police officer Robin Edward Adair is 2 p.m. today at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford. On Oct. 9, Adair was vacationing at Lake Cumberland in Southern Kentucky when he went for a swim around 10 a.m. and disappeared. His body was recovered six days later by rescue squads from Boone County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County will host the 17th Annual College Night 5-7 p.m. today. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities will be there. A general financial aid presentation designed for parents of high school seniors will be at 6 p.m. in the WCWC Lecture Hall. For information, call 940-627-2690 and ask for Student Services or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

GHOST TALK – Paranormal Investigators Suzette Munson and Jennifer DeMoss will talk about their spooky encounters and what it’s like to investigate the strange and unusual 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Public Library. No registration required. Call the library at 940-393-0290 for more information.

THANKSGIVING DINNER – The Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center, 3280 FM 2952, will hold a Community Thanksgiving Dinner 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 5-10 and are available at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist in Decatur and the Bridgeport Camp until Oct. 31. Call 940-683-2555 or email info@bridgeportcamp.org.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas applications are now available at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications will be accepted at the Bridgeport Library during regular business hours and are due by noon Tuesday, Nov. 6.

BUSINESS CARD DIRECTORY – The weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands today features the annual Business Card Directory.

FUNERALS – Service for Ashley Greenfield Cichoracki, 34, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.

MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Cocanougher, 86, formerly of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with a reception to follow. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Maria Ochoa, 62, of Arlington, formerly of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Patsy Harrison, 90, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

PRIVATE family service for Bill Gantt, 82, of Chico will be held at a later date in Leander. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Danny Cooper, 71, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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