Wednesday, November 1, 2017


MARLETT APPOINTED TO COLLEGE BOARD – Dr. Robert Marlett of Lake Bridgeport was appointed to the Wise County seat on the Weatherford College Board by county commissioners at their regular meeting Monday. Marlett will serve a two-year term starting Dec. 1. In this position, he is allowed to vote on any issues related to the Wise County campus. He was recommended to commissioners by a selection committee that included County Judge J.D. Clark, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns, Auditor Ann McCuiston and commissioners’ attorney Thomas Aaberg. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – Macee Valtr put down 14 kills and Jordyn Todd 12 as Boyd swept Tolar 25-12, 25-9, 25-19 in the 3A Region II bi-district match at Aledo High School. Boyd will move on to play Clyde in the area round at 7 p.m. Thursday in Graham. Collinsville scored three unanswered points to win the fifth set and the match, knocking the Lady Dragons out of the playoffs in the 2A Region II bi-district round 25-17, 22-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-13.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, meets 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program will be “Pet Friendly Plants” presented by Veterinarian Technician Emma Bowman. Lunch will be served and all are welcome. The club will have an extended program following at the Bridgeport Library about Gardening Apps. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240

GRIEF WORKSHOP – “Hope through the Holidays,” a workshop for people walking the road of grief, is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in The Fireplace Room at Decatur Church of Christ, 2601 S. FM 51. RSVP by Thursday, 940-627-1618 or email britt@wiseccc.org.

THANKSGIVING DINNER – Tickets are now on sale for the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Bridgeport High School, 1 Maroon Dr. Tickets are available at the church office, 608 17th St. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10.

SMOKED MEAT FUNDRAISER – Grace Baptist Church of Decatur will be smoking hams and turkeys for their annual Benevolence Fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 10. For a smoked turkey or ham for a donation call 940-627-7558. Hams and turkeys are to be picked up on the church parking lot from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10.

VOTE EARLY – Early voting for the Nov. 7 election continues today with polls open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 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 was the busiest day of early voting so far with 90 votes cast.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Larry Cox, 70, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Monday at Speedway Christian Fellowship in Justin. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Laverna Standefur, 76, of Boyd and Joseph Jordan, 72, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ruby Solomon, 88, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Windell Lamance, 91, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Garvin United Methodist Church with burial at Garvin cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Terry Costa, 66, of Justin will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Elmer White, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Tayslea Alyvia Knabe, the infant daughter of Richard Knabe and Rachael West of Decatur, is 2 p.m. Monday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Norma Jean Allison, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017


SMITH SWORN IN AS DISTRICT JUDGE – More than 100 people packed the 271st district courtroom at the Wise County Courthouse Monday to see Decatur attorney Brock Smith sworn in as district judge. Smith was appointed last week by Gov. Greg Abbott to fill the vacancy left when Judge John Fostel died in June. “I appreciate one and all who have shown up today. It truly means a lot to me,” Smith said. “I know we’ll always be mindful of the circumstances under which this has taken place, and I know that we will never forget the great judge that we had in Judge John Fostel.” Smith added it was an honor to be chosen for the position by Gov. Greg Abbott, and he hoped to have the 271st courtroom named for Fostel. Read more about Smith and the appointment in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – Trinity Vinzant buried eight kills and Autumn Finney seven as Decatur swept North Hills 25-7, 25-9, 25-10. Decatur moves on to play Melissa at 7 p.m. Thursday at Frisco Heritage. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs fell to Valley View 25-22, 25-14, 25-23. Kinly Walker had nine kills for Alvord. Chico starts the playoffs tonight against Collinsville in a 2A Region II bi-district match at Gainesville. Boyd takes on Tolar at 8 p.m. at Aledo in a 3A Region I bi-district match.

COOL AND RAINY TODAY – It will be a chilly and wet Halloween today with a high of 52 degrees and a 60 percent chance of storms this afternoon. Rain chances decrease tonight just in time for trick or treating.

DECATUR SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Decatur Spirit of Christmas applications are now available at the Decatur Public Library. Applications are due back Nov. 13. Donations may be made at DATCU or First State Bank. The campaign has a fundraising goal of $13,000 by Dec. 1.

PLAY DATE – Chico Public Library’s final Family Place Play Date of the year is 11 a.m.-noon today. This week’s guests are from Fit-N-Wise Pediatric. For infants and toddlers 0-3 years and their caregivers, Family Place Play Dates encourage discovery and social development through child-directed play. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

TRUNK OR TREAT – Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico will hold Trunk or Treat at 6 tonight inside the church fellowship hall. It will include a bounce house, hot dogs, popcorn and candy.

MUSEUM FUNDRAISER – A group of local actors will perform a one-act play, “Eight Days in Paradise,” 6 p.m. Saturday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The play depicts the eight days Oklahoma oilman Charles Urschel spent in a rural farmhouse owned by the Shannon family near Paradise in 1933. He was bound, blindfolded and chained as he awaited his fate during a kidnapping plot carried out by Machine Gun Kelly, Albert Bates and Kathryn Kelly. Tickets may be purchased at the Heritage museum 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Saturday, at the Paradise museum 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday, at Hometown Tees on Texas 114 in Paradise and online at paradisehistoricalsociety.org/eight-days-paradise/. Proceeds benefit the Paradise Museum.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot. For information call Shonna Samuel at 940-626-0167.

EXTENDED HOURS VOTING – Early voting for the Nov. 7 election continues with polls open 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. On Monday, 36 early votes were cast.

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK – Slidell’s annual Halloween in the Park is tonight in downtown Slidell. It includes a haunted hayride, trunk or treating, free food and refreshments. Vote for best trunk or treat, which begins at 6 p.m. and Haunted Hayride starts at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Slidell First Baptist Church and Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department.

SUIT UP AND SAY BOO – Bridgeport Main Street and the Halsell Street Merchants will hold the annual Suit Up and Say Boo event 5-6 p.m. today in downtown Bridgeport. Show off your Halloween costumes while you trick-or-treat with the Halsell Street merchants. Mayor Randy Singleton will lead everyone down the sidewalks beginning at 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Theatre, 1009 Halsell St. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Larry Cox, 70, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Monday at Speedway Christian Fellowship in Justin. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Laverna Standefur, 76, of Boyd and Joseph Jordan, 72, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Ruby Solomon, 88, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Windell Lamance, 91, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Garvin United Methodist Church with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Terry Costa, 66, of Justin will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Norma Jean Allison, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur.

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Monday, October 30, 2017


HOUSE FIRE – Fire destroyed a trailer home at 102 Lange Way in New Fairview Friday night. Firefighters from East Wise, Decatur, Rhome, Newark and Haslet battled the blaze that was reported at 10 p.m. as a fire investigation. By the time the first units arrived, the home was fully involved. “The whole back side was on fire,” said Jim Blackney, East Wise Assistant Fire Chief. “We went defensive right off. There was no way to send anyone in.” The structure was a total loss as fire tore through it. The cause of the fire was unknown Friday night. Blackney said the single occupant was out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Medics were called to the scene to check the man for smoke inhalation. He refused to go to the hospital. The Red Cross was asked to make the scene to help the resident.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Dr. Dan Mallory was named Decatur Citizen of the Year at Saturday’s Chamber of Commerce banquet and auction at the Decatur Conference Center. Mallory, a local orthodontist, is founder of Live Thankfully, a program that provides food for families during the holidays. He’s an elder in his church, a Scoutmaster and a former board member of the Wise Health Foundation and Wise County Christian Counseling. He and his wife, Allison, have three children. Also honored Saturday night was Jackie Boyd of Decatur. He received a special award for his years of community service.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – The postseason gets underway tonight for the Decatur and Alvord volleyball teams. Decatur takes on North Hills in a 4A Region II bi-district match at 7 p.m. at Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton. Alvord faces Valley View in a 2A Region II bi-district match at 7 p.m. at UNT. Tuesday, Boyd travels to Aledo to battle Tolar in a 3A Region II bi-district tilt at 8 p.m. Chico takes on Collinsville in a 2A Region II bi-district match at Gainesville at 7 p.m.

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK – Slidell’s annual Halloween in the Park is Tuesday in downtown Slidell. It includes a haunted hayride, trunk or treating, free food and refreshments. Vote for best trunk or treat, which begins at 6 p.m. and Haunted Hayride starts at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Slidell First Baptist Church and Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department.

TRUNK OR TREAT – Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico will hold Trunk or Treat at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will include a bounce house, hot dogs, popcorn and candy.

BRIDGEPORT SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas applications are now available at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications will be accepted at the library during regular business hours and are due by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

PRESCRIBED BURNING – Prescribed burning is scheduled to take place in the northern part of the LBJ National Grasslands today.

SUIT UP AND SAY BOO – Bridgeport Main Street and the Halsell Street Merchants will hold the annual Suit Up and Say Boo event 5-6 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Bridgeport. Show off your Halloween costumes while you trick-or-treat with the Halsell Street merchants. Mayor Randy Singleton will lead everyone down the sidewalks beginning at 5 p.m. at the Arcadia Theatre, 1009 Halsell St. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

DAV YARD SALE – Disabled American Veterans will hold a yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Donations are now being accepted. Call 940-389-1922.

VOTE EARLY – Early voting for the Nov. 7 election continues today with polls open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 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.

TRUNK OR TREAT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab will host a trunk or treat 4:30-6:30 p.m. today. There will be a bounce house, hot dogs, face painting, and lots of candy.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is 8 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Windell Lamance, 91, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Garvin Methodist Church with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Jerry Ballard, 75, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. today at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Fire destroys trailer in New Fairview


Fire destroyed a trailer home at 102 Lange Way in New Fairview Friday night.
Firefighters from East Wise, Decatur, Rhome, Newark and Haslet battled the blaze that was reported at 10 p.m. as a fire investigation.
By the time the first units arrived, the home was fully involved.
“The whole back side was on fire,” said Jim Blackney, East Wise Assistant Fire Chief. “We went defensive right off. There was no way to send anyone in.”
The structure was a total loss as fire tore through it.
The cause of the fire was unknown Friday night. Blackney said investigators from the Wise County Fire Marshal’s office would be on scene Saturday morning after firefighters finished an extensive overhaul.
Blackney said the single occupant was out of the home by the time firefighters arrived. Medics were called to the scene to check the man for smoke inhalation. He refused to go to the hospital.
The Red Cross were asked to make the scene to help the resident.

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Friday, October 27, 2017


DRUG ARREST – Rhome police seized 20 pounds of marijuana following a suspicious person investigation yesterday. The department reports that around 5 a.m. Thursday, officer Body Brown responded to a report of three people sitting in a car for several hours at the Loves Travel Center on Texas 114. In addition to discovering the marijuana, Brown found numerous stolen identification documents. Anthony P. Gorial, 31, of Turlock, Calif., was arrested for possession of marijuana between 5 and 50 pounds. Sonia Becerra, 30, also of Turlock, was arrested for fraudulent use and possession of identifying information. Both are third degree felonies. The third person in the car was not arrested. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $64,000.

RAYCO SEARCH CONTINUES – The search for the missing Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Rayco continues after the 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd went missing during a storm last weekend. The group Mutts and Mayhem Emergency Search and Rescue from McKinney will be searching the area where Rayco was last seen today and tomorrow. For information on their search, visit facebook.com/muttsandmayhem.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – The Paradise Panthers face a pivotal contest in the 4-3A Division I playoff race tonight against Ponder at Panther Stadium. The two teams kick off at 7:30 p.m. Keep up with action along with updates from other Wise County games on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. Other action Friday: Olney at Alvord; Boyd at Breckenridge; Bridgeport at Vernon; Windthorst at Chico; Decatur at Gainesville. The Northwest Texans face Chisholm Trail at home at noon Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS – The postseason gets underway Monday for the Decatur and Alvord volleyball teams. Decatur takes on North Hills in a 4A Region II bi-district match at 7 p.m. at Advantage Sports Complex in Carrollton. Alvord faces Valley View in a 2A Region II bi-district match at 7 p.m. at UNT Monday. Tuesday, Boyd travels to Aledo to battle Tolar in a 3A Region II bi-district tilt at 8 p.m. Chico takes on Collinsville in a 2A Region II bi-district match at Gainesville at 7 p.m.

VOTE EARLY – The first week of early voting for the Nov. 7 election wraps up today with polls open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 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, 56 votes were cast. Early voting continues next week.

FREEZE WARNING – Wise County is under a freeze warning overnight tonight. Temperatures are expected to drop to the freezing mark or just below freezing.

FUN RUN – Decatur’s Young Elementary will hold a fun run beginning with kindergarten at 12:30 p.m. today. Volunteers are welcome to run with the kids.

BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team is having a Halloween Bake Sale at Legend Bank in Decatur today.

FALL PLANT SALE – The Decatur High School greenhouse is open 3-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Fall annuals and perennials are available as well as pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, violas and mums with color bowls. The greenhouse is behind the school.

GOSPEL CONCERT – The public is invited to a free gospel concert 2 p.m. Sunday. Heaven’s Harmony quartet will perform at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur.

TRUNK OR TREAT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab will host a trunk or treat 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. There will be a bounce house, hot dogs, face painting, and lots of candy.

VICTORY FALL FEST – Victory Church Fall Fest is 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature trunk or treat, DFW food trucks, a pumpkin carving contest, bounce houses and a live and silent auction.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE – The Newark Public Library will host an eight-hour Mental Health First Aid course provided by certified mental health first aid trainers from the Helen Farabee Center at Wichita Falls 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Newark City Hall, 209 Hudson St. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The course, breakfast, lunch and materials are provided for free. This course is designed for persons who would like to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or are in crisis. The course gives people specific tools designed to help friends, family, colleagues or others in their community. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Newark Public Library Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. by calling 817-489-2224 or email library@newarktexas.com.

COMMUNITY BUILD DAY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a community build on the new hiking and biking trails at Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet behind T-Top Manufacturing at 278 George Mitchell Parkway. Call 940-683-3480.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Grayson Garrett Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Bridgeport Country Club. The three-man scramble costs $300 per team. Tee time is 4 p.m. with the final nine holes being played after dark. Entry includes a meal after the first nine holes and night golf supplies. There will be live and silent auctions. Wear your Halloween costume to be entered into a drawing for a six-month free membership to the country club. Proceeds benefit the Grayson Gift Memorial Fund. Call 940-393-2556 or 940-577-1080.

FALL CARNIVAL/TRUCK-OR-TREAT – Carson Elementary PTO’s Fall Carnival and Truck-or-Treat is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the school. The event will offer food, a cake walk, a silent auction, a photo booth, a truck-or-treat and games and prizes. Tickets, which are used to participate in all activities, can be purchased at the carnival. The concession stand accepts tickets or credit cards.

BUCKLE SHOW – Alvord Friends of FFA will hold a Steak and Chops Buckle Show (for cattle and pigs) Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Registration is 7-8:30 a.m., and the show begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per entry.

SPOOKTACULAR – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold its Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The free event includes inflatables, train rides, carnival games, an inflatable corn maze and costume contest with free cotton candy and other treats on tap.

CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce dinner and auction is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is Halloween Under the Big Top. Come dressed in Halloween or circus attire for the costume contest. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Austin Allsup, one of the top eight performers on season 11 of “The Voice” will perform. RSVP by calling 940-627-3107.

TRUNK OR TREAT – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is having a trunk or treat 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

RANCH PICNIC – A picnic and concert fundraiser – Picnic at the Ranch – is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Flying V Ranch, 297 CR 1170, in Decatur. There will be food, drinks, live music, football and a silent auction. Proceeds support NBIA/BPAN research on behalf of Erica’s Angelic Efforts, a group supporting Erica Currin.

BOO BASH – Decatur’s annual Boo Bash is 3-7 p.m. Sunday on the Town Square. The event includes free candy, games, a cakewalk, live music, hay rides, bounce houses and a doggie costume contest at 5 p.m.

FUNERALS – Service for Gary Max Watson, 61, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd with burial at Medlin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Wesley Don Russell, 48, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church in Nocona. Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017


SUMMER TODAY, WINTER TOMORROW – Today’s high is expected to reach the mid-80s this afternoon, but a major change is coming. A powerful cold front will sweep through the area tonight into Friday morning bringing strong north winds. A wind advisory has been issued from 9 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Friday. Friday’s high is expected to only be around 54 and a freeze warning will be in effect late Friday night into Saturday morning as temperatures are expected to drop to near or below freezing.

VOTE EARLY – Early voting for the Nov. 7 election continues today with polls open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 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, 64 votes were cast.

FALL CARNIVAL/TRUCK-OR-TREAT – Carson Elementary PTO’s Fall Carnival and Truck-or-Treat is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the school. The event will offer food, a cake walk, a silent auction, a photo booth, a truck-or-treat and games and prizes. Tickets, which are used to participate in all activities, can be purchased at the carnival. The concession stand accepts tickets or credit cards.

BUCKLE SHOW – Alvord Friends of FFA will hold a Steak and Chops Buckle Show (for cattle and pigs) Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Registration is 7-8:30 a.m., and the show begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per entry.

SPOOKTACULAR – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold its Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The free event includes inflatables, train rides, carnival games, an inflatable corn maze and costume contest with free cotton candy and other treats on tap.

CHAMBER AUCTION – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce dinner and auction is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is Halloween Under the Big Top. Come dressed in Halloween or circus attire for the costume contest. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. Austin Allsup, one of the top eight performers on season 11 of “The Voice” will perform. RSVP by calling 940-627-3107.

TRUNK OR TREAT – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is having a trunk or treat 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

RANCH PICNIC – A picnic and concert fundraiser – Picnic at the Ranch – is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Flying V Ranch, 297 CR 1170, in Decatur. There will be food, drinks, live music, football and a silent auction. Proceeds support NBIA/BPAN research on behalf of Erica’s Angelic Efforts, a group supporting Erica Currin.

BOO BASH – Decatur’s annual Boo Bash is 3-7 p.m. Sunday on the Town Square. The event includes free candy, games, a cakewalk, live music, hay rides, bounce houses and a doggie costume contest at 5 p.m.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet at 7:30 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited. The group will discuss the new plans of the organization to work within the political system to further the goal of Texas Independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999, or go to freedomtexas.org.

FUNERALS – Service for Wesley Don Russell, 48, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church in Nocona. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the church. Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymona White Kirkpatrick, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville with burial at Fairview Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is planned for Jerry David Roberts, 73, of Decatur.

SERVICE for Gary Max Watson, 61, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017


SMITH APPOINTED DISTRICT JUDGE – Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed attorney Brock Smith of Decatur judge of the 271st Judicial District Court. His term is set to expire Dec. 31, 2018. The governor’s office announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday afternoon. The elected position has been vacant since the death of Judge John Fostel on June 2. Smith, president of Brock Smith Law Firm, P.C., previously served as the district attorney for the 235th Judicial District and the 271st Judicial District. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former chairman of the State Bar Grievance Committee 14B. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – Satasha Kostelecky put down 10 kills and blocked six shots as Decatur beat Argyle in four games Tuesday (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20). With the win, Decatur tied Argyle for second in 9-4A. Argyle won a coin flip for the second seed. Decatur will be the league’s third seed and face 10-4A’s second-place team. Laney Pellegrini put down nine kills and blocked two shots in Boyd’s 25-19, 25-13, 25-12 win over Paradise. Boyd finished 8-3A with a 13-1 record and carry a six-match winning streak into the postseason. Boyd will take on Graham in a warm-up match at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Lady Yellowjackets open the playoffs with a 3A Region I bi-district match at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Aledo. The Chico Lady Dragons closed out the regular season with a four-game win over Graford. Chico won 25-11, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15. Chico will be the second seed out of 9-2A and take on Collinsville in bi-district. Jessica Byers put down 14 kills with seven blocks. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will not head into the playoffs off a victory. Alvord dropped their regular season finale to Bryson Tuesday, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22. Alvord will take on Valley View at UNT in Denton at 7 p.m. Monday. Kinly Walker recorded 10 kills and made 30 digs. Kendall Connolly registered 13 assists and 18 digs. The Bridgeport Sissies closed out the season with a win over Gainesville. The Eaton Lady Eagles outlasted Northwest in five sets Tuesday. Eaton won 24-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-11. It was the second time the two teams went to five games against each other. Kori James landed 22 kills on 60 attacks for the Lady Texans. Bailey Tompkins had 15 kills and Oakley O’Dell 14. In her final game, Northwest assist record holder Analise Lucio handed out 47 more. She also made 33 digs.

VOTE EARLY – Early voting continues today with polls open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 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, 73 votes were cast.

MOCK EVACUATION – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation in Decatur will conduct a fire/disaster emergency drill today at 1:30. It will involve police, ambulance personnel and firefighters from the station just down Thompson Street, said administrator Gary Hendrix. Residents from one wing of the facility will be moved across the street to the Mormon church parking lot.

FUN FEST – Family Fall Fun Fest at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport is 6:30 tonight. It will include candy, a bounce house, food and games. Costumes are welcome but should not be provocative or gory.

FALL-O-WEEN – Live music, hay rides, free candy and a trunk or treat are on tap at Fall-O-Ween, 6:30-8:30 tonight at CrossRoads Church.

TRUNK-OR-TREAT – Eagle Drive Baptist Church in Decatur will hold Trunk-or-Treat 6-8 tonight. It will include a barrel train, inflatables, festival games, free food, face painting, snow cones and plenty of candy. You can also purchase tickets to try your aim at the dunk tank. All proceeds will benefit the EDBC Student Ministries.

COMMUNITY BUILD DAY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a community build on the new hiking and biking trails at Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Meet behind T-Top Manufacturing at 278 George Mitchell Parkway. Call 940-683-3480.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Grayson Garrett Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Bridgeport Country Club. The three-man scramble costs $300 per team. Tee time is 4 p.m. with the final nine holes being played after dark. Entry includes a meal after the first nine holes and night golf supplies. There will be live and silent auctions. Wear your Halloween costume to be entered into a drawing for a six-month free membership to the country club. Proceeds benefit the Grayson Gift Memorial Fund. Call 940-393-2556 or 940-577-1080.

UGANDAN CHOIR – The Ugandan Kids Choir will perform 6 p.m. tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been dedicated to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. The program in Bridgeport will include traditional African song and dance. Visit childcareworldwide.org/choir.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymona White Kirkpatrick, 72, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Meador Funeral Home in Gainesville with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Smith appointed district judge


Gov. Greg Abbott appointed attorney Brock Smith of Decatur judge of the 271st Judicial District Court. His term is set to expire Dec. 31, 2018.

The governor’s office announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday afternoon. The elected position has been vacant since the death of Judge John Fostel on June 2, 2017.

Smith, president of Brock Smith Law Firm, P.C., previously served as the district attorney for the 235th Judicial District and the 271st Judicial District. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and former chairman of the State Bar Grievance Committee 14B.

Smith is a member and past president of the Wise County Bar Association, member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and a former member and director of the Texas District and Attorneys Association.

Additionally, he is a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and a member and past president of the Lion’s Club of Decatur. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University.

Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017


OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING – A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting north of Chico overnight. Sheriff Lane Akin said his office received numerous calls between 9 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. this morning from a 63-year-old resident who lives on Texas 101 north of Chico claiming he was continually seeing people with flashlights and guns outside his home. Deputies responded each time and spoke with the man, identified as Terry Cross, and found no one around. On the fourth call, Cross came outside with a rifle and fired a shot. He pointed the weapon toward a deputy who returned fire and struck Cross in the hand and abdomen. He was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton with what Akin described as non-life-threatening injuries. Cross’ wife had suffered facial wounds unrelated to the shooting and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Akin said she was expected to be released from the hospital soon. A 40-year-old son in the home was not injured. Akin said a Texas Ranger is investigating the incident.

RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR STATE – Wise County will send 29 runners to the UIL cross country championships Nov. 4. The Boyd Yellowjackets, Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Lady Eagles qualified as teams for state. The Lady Eagles finished second in the 4A Region II race led by Taylor Butler’s sixth-place finish. With Salvador Garcia taking fifth in the 4A Region II boys 5K, the Bulls took fourth. In the Region I 3A race, Boyd finished third behind the seventh-place finish of Connor Richardson. Individual qualifiers include: Alvord’s Colton Parker, Paradise’s Matthew Eisen, Bridgeport’s Marisol Fraga, Decatur’s Matthew Ashmore and Gabe Embree, Northwest’s Jacob Webster and Carson Hughes and Slidell’s Hunter Horner.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles face Argyle in a showdown for second place in 9-4A at Decatur at 6 p.m. The 8-3A champion Boyd Lady Yellowjackets close the regular season at Paradise. Chico will play host to Graford for senior night. Bridgeport takes on Gainesville. Alvord faces Graford. Northwest battles Eaton.

RAYCO STILL MISSING – Sheriff Lane Akin said Rayco, the WCSO K-9 partner who went missing in Saturday night’s storms, has still not been located. He said after days of intensive searching, searching efforts will be scaled back today. “We hope he will come home or someone finds him,” Akin said. Rayco, a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd, was last seen in the area of Farm Road 1655 north of Weatherford College Wise County. If you think you see him, call dispatch at 940-627-5971.

EXTENDED HOURS VOTING – Early voting for the Nov. 7 election continues today with polls open 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. On Monday, 64 early votes were cast.

PUBLIC SAFETY FALL FESTIVAL – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Public Safety Fall Festival event 6-8 tonight at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. The event will include local police departments, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, game wardens, Explorers of Wise County and fire departments. There will be food, music and games. Admission is free.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. (Note: the time change for this month only.) This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited. The group will discuss the new plans of the organization to work within the political system to further the goal of Texas Independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999, or go to freedomtexas.org.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE – The Newark Public Library will host an eight-hour Mental Health First Aid course provided by certified mental health first aid trainers from the Helen Farabee Center at Wichita Falls 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Newark City Hall, 209 Hudson St. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The course, breakfast, lunch and materials are provided for free. This course is designed for persons who would like to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness or are in crisis. The course gives people specific tools designed to help friends, family, colleagues or others in their community. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Newark Public Library Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. by calling 817-489-2224 or email library@newarktexas.com.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Jo Ann Gann, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert “Hottie” Lee, 71, of Decatur is pending.

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Monday, October 23, 2017


1 KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE – A Bridgeport man suffered fatal injuries from a house fire late Saturday night. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Wesley Russell, 48, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System as medics performed CPR, but Russell later died. Russell was found in his home in the 1000 block of Shady Oaks Drive after police and fire departments responded to a call about a house fire around 11 p.m. Stanford said officers arrived to find the back part of the house on fire. They attempted to enter the home but were unable due to heavy smoke. Fire departments from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay responded to the blaze, which was extinguished around 1 a.m. Wise County EMS also responded to the scene. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, but Stanford said it could have started from a lightning strike from storms that were passing through the area at the time.

BRIDGEPORT SCALES BACK ANNEXATION PLANS – The Bridgeport City Council decided after a special meeting Thursday to no longer pursue annexation for the areas west of East Farm Road 1658 after receiving numerous citizen complaints. The council will still vote Nov. 13 to decide whether to annex the other parcels of land in their original annexation plan. According to the release, the remaining areas still up for annexation are either surrounded by the city limits or have or will have access to utilities and other city services. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE K-9 PARTNER MISSING – A Wise County K-9 officer was still missing Monday morning after strong storms passed through Wise County Saturday night into Sunday morning. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said in a Facebook post that Rayco’s kennel was destroyed in the storm. Akin said Rayco’s handler, JT Manoushagian, went outside early Sunday morning to find Rayco missing. He was last seen just north and west of the Weatherford College Wise County campus off of FM 1655. “There’s no indication he was injured,” Akin said. “The best case scenario is we believe he’s still in the area.” Officers spent the day Sunday searching the area between U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1810, primarily in the area of the FM 1655 corridor. Rayco is a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd. If you see him, call dispatch at 940-627-5971.

SOSA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR JP 2 – Tammy Sosa of Chico announced Saturday at Chico Fest that she will run for Precinct 2 justice of the peace in 2018. Sosa, who has been chief clerk in the JP 2 office since 2004, will run as a Republican in the March 6 primary. “I believe with 13 years experience in the JP 2 office and being a lifetime resident of Precinct 2, I have the experience and responsibility to meet the needs of the citizens of Wise County Precinct 2,” she said. Other candidates also running for the post in the Republican primary are Ashly DoByns, Callie Manning and Kim Redman.

WATER LINE REPLACEMENTS – The City of Bridgeport will begin replacing the water line along 10th Street today. Construction will begin at the intersection of Wootton Avenue and 10th Street and progress north toward U.S. 380. During day time hours while workers are in the field, portions of 10th Street may be temporarily closed. As work progresses, any water service interruptions will be scheduled and advanced notice provided. Call City Hall if you have any questions, 940-683-3400.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – The two week early voting period for the Nov. 7 election begins today. Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 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. Read more about what is on the ballot in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

CROSS COUNTRY REGIONALS – Wise County runners will bid for state spots today, competing at regional meets. Decatur, Alvord, Chico and Slidell runners will compete at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. Boyd, Paradise and Northwest runners are in Lubbock for the Region I championships.

VOLLEYBALL PLAY GOES VIRAL – Video of Decatur volleyball player Autumn Finney’s amazing diving save in Friday’s game against Krum has been shared thousands of times online over the weekend. She even landed on the ESPN Sports Center’s Top Plays. Read more and watch the video online at WCMessenger.com.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from this weekend’s storms included 0.6 of an inch in Bridgeport and Greenwood, 0.5 in Alvord, 0.46 in Decatur, 0.25 in Cottondale and 0.2 in Rhome.

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County will host the 16th Annual College Night tonight from 5-7 p.m. More than 40 different colleges and universities, along with representatives form 6-8 different Weatherford College academic programs, will be present to answer questions and provide college information to students and parents. There will also be a Financial Aid Information session directed to parents of high school seniors beginning at 6 p.m. in the WCWC Lecture Hall. Call 940-627-2690, or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

PBR AUTOGRAPHS – Eighteen PBR athletes who live in Wise County will sign autographs for free at Fit-N-Wise’s Mobile Sports Medicine Unit parked outside Wal-Mart 5-6 p.m. Tuesday.

FUNERALS – Service for Jo Ann Gann, 84, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cundiff Baptist Church on 1810 in Jack County. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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House fire victim dies


A Bridgeport man suffered fatal injuries from a house fire late Saturday night.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Wesley Russell, 48, was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Health System as medics performed CPR, but Russell later died.

Russell was found in his home in the 1000 block of Shady Oaks Drive after police and fire departments responded to a call about a house fire around 11 p.m.

Stanford said officers arrived to find the back part of the house on fire. They attempted to enter the home but were unable due to heavy smoke.

Fire departments from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay responded to the blaze, which was extinguished around 1 a.m. Wise County EMS also responded to the scene.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, but Stanford said it could have started from a lightning strike from storms that were passing through the area at the time.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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1 injured in house fire


One person was taken to the hospital following a fire in a residential neighborhood in Bridgeport late Saturday night. The fire was reported around 11 p.m. at a  home on Shady Oaks. Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said his officers arrived to find a porch area on fire. They attempted to make entry into the home but could not due to heavy smoke. Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay fire departments were called to the scene along with Wise County EMS. The fire was extinguished around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Bridgeport scales back annexation plans


According to a press release sent out by the City of Bridgeport Friday, the city council decided after a special meeting Thursday to no longer pursue annexation for the areas west of East Farm Road 1658 after receiving numerous citizen complaints.

The council will still vote Nov. 13 to decide whether to annex the other parcels of land in their original annexation plan. According to the release, the remaining areas still up for annexation are either surrounded by the city limits or have or will have access to utilities and other city services.

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Friday, October 20, 2017


CHICO FEST – Chico Fest returns to the square in Chico 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Activities include bounce houses, Little Miss and Mr. Chico Fest pageant, hamburger and hot dog lunch, stick horse rodeo, Bingo, raffles and the reopening of the Chico Senior Center. Carter BloodCare will be accepting blood donors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call Michelle Slonaker, 940-644-2330.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Decatur Eagles will try to rebound from a District 4-4A Division I opening loss last week against Wichita Falls Hirschi at home tonight. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium. Follow our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. The rest of the Wise County schedule: Alvord at Seymour, Boyd at Ponder, Krum at Bridgeport, Chico at Olney, Northwest at Boswell, Paradise at Brock.

VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets look to wrap up their third straight district title with a win over Jacksboro tonight. Decatur will bid for a share of the 9-4A lead, traveling to Krum. Bridgeport heads to Argyle. Northwest plays at Boswell. Saturday, Alvord heads to Graford. Chico goes to Poolville. Paradise travels to Henrietta.

WEEKEND RAIN CHANCES – Today’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of storms with a high of 77. On Saturday, rain chances are 30 percent during the day, increasing to 90 percent Saturday night. Saturday’s high is expected to reach 82 degrees. Sunday is expected to be dry with a high of 73.

PATIENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Solaris Hospice is looking for volunteers to serve as companions to its patients. An information session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Decatur Public Library. The event is come and go. For more information, call 940-627-1011.

WOOFAPALOOZA – Woofapalooza, a dog costume contest, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the courtyard at NRS Ranch, 4650 S. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Free registration is 8-9:30 a.m., and the first 100 dogs registered will receive a 15-pound bag of dog food. Prizes will be awarded.

FALL FESTIVAL – Heritage Place in Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will hold a Fall Festival 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It will feature games, food and prizes for kids.

BARKTOBERFEST – Barktoberfest Pet Festival is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Bring your cats, dogs and any other pets to the event. There will be a pet costume contest at 10, a pet and owner look alike contest at 10:30 and a tricks for treats contest at 10:45. Watch agility and obedience demonstrations, kiss your pup in a pet kissing booth and shop pet vendors on Halsell during Barktoberfest. Bring canned cat food, dry dog food, disinfectants or treats to donate to the Bridgeport Animal Shelter and receive two raffle tickets for a chance to win a pet bed. DJ Apollo will provide entertainment, and there will be a slide and bounce house, food trucks, photo booth and balloon animals for the humans. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

FALL FESTIVAL – Paradise PTO’s annual fall festival is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Elementary School. There will be games, bingo, bounce houses, a hay ride, silent auction and vendors.

SALT CREEK VFD FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday. Purchase raffle tickets at On The Square Guns in Springtown, Elliots Electric in Bridgeport or that night for a Ruger AR 15 or Ruger 9 mm. Barbecue brisket by an award-winning pitmaster, or hamburger and hot dog dinner will be available. The event will also feature a silent auction, bounce house for the kids, live music and a visit by a medical helicopter at 6:15 p.m., weather permitting.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their October meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Sheriff Lane Akin will be the guest speaker. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

PARADISE VFD FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry Fundraiser is 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event will also feature a bake sale and a chance to meet the volunteer firefighters.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Cundiff Baptist Church on FM 1810 in Jack County. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017


BARKTOBERFEST – Barktoberfest Pet Festival is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Bring your cats, dogs and any other pets to the event. There will be a pet costume contest at 10, a pet and owner look alike contest at 10:30 and a tricks for treats contest at 10:45. Watch agility and obedience demonstrations, kiss your pup in a pet kissing booth and shop pet vendors on Halsell during Barktoberfest. Bring canned cat food, dry dog food, disinfectants or treats to donate to the Bridgeport Animal Shelter and receive two raffle tickets for a chance to win a pet bed. DJ Apollo will provide entertainment, and there will be a slide and bounce house, food trucks, photo booth and balloon animals for the humans. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is holding its 4th Annual Tee It Up Fore the Field Golf Tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay on Friday. Registration for the four-man scramble is at noon with a shotgun start at 1. There will also be a dinner, silent auction, raffle and awards. Information and registration forms are online at made2thrive.org. Contact Jim Duffy, 214-755-3295 or jamesduffy07@gmail.com.

FALL FESTIVAL – Paradise PTO’s annual fall festival is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Elementary School. There will be games, bingo, bounce houses, a hay ride, silent auction and vendors.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel group will meet Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, for a luncheon and program at the Decatur Conference Center. The speaker will be Bill Barnes, Texas Retired Teacher’s Association member, who will give an update on news from TRTA. A reservation must be made by Sunday. Call Bunny Perry at 940-389-1899.

UGANDAN CHOIR – The Ugandan Kids Choir will perform 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. The choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been dedicated to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Through child sponsorship, Childcare Worldwide brings hope to children in need by providing them with an education that will set them up for future employment and break the cycle of poverty in their lives. The program in Bridgeport will include traditional African song and dance. Visit childcareworldwide.org/choir.

PLAY 42 – Anybody who plays 42 or would like to learn is invited to the Decatur Senior Citizen Center at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.

OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Public Library. Jeanette Hurst will talk about ways to discover the treasure of the family research catalog. Learn how to search the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. The public is invited.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur (Rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

FUNERALS – A graveside service for Martha Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. today at Boonsville Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery at Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


SCHOOL ENCOURAGES VOTING – The Decatur School Board Monday approved a Culture of Voting resolution created by the Texas Association of School Boards. The resolution encourages school staff to “create a culture of voting and seeks to ensure maximum participation by district employees and eligible students in the elections process,” according to the resolution. “It’s really intended to encourage participation, it’s not to tell people how to vote,” DISD Superintendent Judi Whitis said. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved closer to locking up their third straight district title Tuesday, beating 8-3A co-leader Henrietta in straight sets in dominant fashion. Boyd hit .319, winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 to move to 11-1 in district. The Lady Yellowjackets can clinch the title with a victory Friday over Jacksboro. Macee Valtr led the Boyd attack with 13 kills, hitting .571. Jordyn Todd put down 12. Autumn Finney and Harper Lowery landed seven kills apiece as the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Gainesville Tuesday. Decatur won 25-8, 25-14, 25-9 to move to 6-2 in District 9-4A. With the win and Argyle’s victory over Krum, the Lady Eagles moved within a match of first place with two left. Decatur takes on Krum Friday and Argyle Tuesday. Bailey Tompkins put down 11 kills in just 17 attacks as Northwest took down Azle in three games Tuesday. Northwest won 25-21, 25-15, 25-12 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Northwest is two matches behind Eaton for fourth in 6-5A with two left. The Lady Texans close the regular season against Eaton Tuesday. The Chico Lady Dragons made quick work of Ranger Tuesday, 25-17, 25-11, 26-24. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs outlasted Newcastle in five games Tuesday. Alvord won 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 14-25, 16-14. Kinly Walker landed nine kills and made 43 digs. Christina Thomas had seven kills. Kendall Connolly handed out 18 assists.

BOOK SALE – The friends of the Bridgeport Public Library are taking donations for the upcoming book sale. The Fall Book Sale will be Thursday through Saturday. Call the Bridgeport Public Library at 940-683-3450.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur (Rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

SALT CREEK VFD FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday. Purchase raffle tickets at On The Square Guns in Springtown, Elliots Electric in Bridgeport or that night for a Ruger AR 15 or Ruger 9 mm. Barbecue brisket by an award-winning pitmaster, or hamburger and hot dog dinner will be available. The event will also feature a silent auction, bounce house for the kids, live music and a visit by a medical helicopter at 6:15 p.m., weather permitting.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their October meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Sheriff Lane Akin will be the guest speaker. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

PARADISE VFD FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry Fundraiser is 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. The event will also feature a bake sale and a chance to meet the volunteer firefighters.

FALL FESTIVAL – Heritage Place in Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., will hold a Fall Festival 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. It will feature games, food and prizes for kids.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation is offering a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County today and Oct. 25. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. For more information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with interment at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Martha Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. Thursday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Lorie (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 7-9 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Billy R. Gholson, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


GRANT PROVIDES FOR RIFLE-RESISTANT BODY ARMOR – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a resolution acknowledging a grant from the state of Texas for rifle-resistant body armor. The grant requires no matching funds, but it will cover the purchase of body armor for every officer that works for the county, including constables and the fire marshal’s office. Heinrich Downes with the sheriff’s office said the grant was created by the state following the July 2016 shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead and nine others injured. He said $25 million was allotted for the whole state. Downes described the body armor as a piece of equipment officers would carry in their car and put on as needed. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PLAY DATE – Chico Public Library is hosting its Family Place Play Dates 11 a.m.-noon today. The program is for infants and toddlers birth to 3 and their parents/caregivers. Play Dates encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Wise County Veterans Group will present the movie “Unbroken” at 6 tonight at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. Admission is free to veterans and the general public.

OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Jeanette Hurst will talk about ways to discover the treasure of the family research catalog. Learn how to search the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. The public is invited.

DONATIONS FOR ANIMAL SHELTER – The City of Bridgeport is collecting donations for the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. Donate one item at Barktoberfest 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport and you will receive two raffle tickets for your chance to win a pet bed. Drawing to be held during the event. Call the City of Bridgeport at 940-683-3400.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Lorene ‘Lorie’ (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. Thursday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with interment at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Rosary will be said 7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Lonestar Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 16, 2017


PD SEEKS INFO IN CAR WASH THEFT – Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380. Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday. “We have several leads we’re working on,” he said. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.” Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray. He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video. Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

RAIN REPORT – A cold front this weekend brought cooler temperatures and some rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.9 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise, 0.26 in Rhome and 0.16 in Decatur.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a social and chili fundraiser 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The event will allow visitors to meet other Wise County Democrats and help organize for the 2018 midterms. E-mail Chair Amos at wisedemocrats@gmail.com.

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

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date available is Wednesday. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. For more information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

DECATUR YOUTH BASKETBALL – Decatur Youth basketball will be participating in the Wise County league this year. The league consist of kids entering 1st-6th grade. Forms are available at all three elementary campuses and the 6th grade campus. Deadline is Oct. 31st. Cost to play is $65, and games will start in December. League contact is David Shetter. Email address is dshetter_5@yahoo.com.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution today at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Cyndy McDaniel, 59, of Decatur and Mark Reiderer, 55, of Justin are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Patsy “Pat” Winchell, 84, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial in Lonestar Cemetery. Family will receive friends Tuesday one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Bridgeport PD investigates car wash theft


Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380.
Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday.

BPD is requesting your assistance identifying the male subject in this video. He is believed to be a suspect in a recent Burglary of a coin machine at one of our car washes. Please contact Lieutenant Todd Low @ 940-683-3430 or tlow@cityofbridgeport.net with any information.

Posted by Bridgeport Texas Police Department on Friday, October 13, 2017

“We have several leads we’re working on,” he said Sunday. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.”
Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray.
He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video.
Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

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Friday, October 13, 2017


3 TEENS HURT IN WRECK – Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees. One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL – Many Wise County football teams start the district schedule Friday night. The Decatur Eagles head to Argyle for the 4-4A Division I opener for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Keep track of the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Paradise plays host to Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. in its 4-3A Division I opener. Boyd goes to Bowie. In 5-2A Division I, Chico faces Seymour at home. Northwest goes on the road for the first time to play Saginaw. Bridgeport heads to Graham.

BOYD WINS 8-3A CROSS COUNTRY TITLE – The Boyd Yellowjackets turned in a dominant performance on their home course Thursday, placing five runners in the top eight to win the 8-3A title. Connor Richardson won the 5K in 17:17. Tristan Lemasters took second in 17:27, Manny Garcia fourth in 17:35, Gauge Fahlin fifth in 17:52 and Blake Rodgers eighth in 18:36. Paradise garnered second and a regional spot. Matthew Eisen took third in 17:35 and Kobe Wakefield 10th in 18:42. In the girls race, Paradise finished second with 63 points. Kaycee Martin ran 12:33 in the 3,200 for second. Hannah Beth Pearson was fourth in 12:39 and Maddie Mitschke seventh in 13:05. Boyd was fourth. Carrie Schwartz earned a region bid, finishing fifth in 12:48.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles face a pivotal match in the 9-4A race, facing Sanger at home at 5 p.m. today. Bridgeport takes on league leader Krum at home. Northwest travels to Saginaw. Paradise plays at Bowie. Saturday, Boyd heads to Nocona. Chico goes to Bryson. Alvord welcomes in Perrin.

RUNAWAY BAY PARK CLEAN-UP – Runaway Bay will have a community clean-up day Saturday at Cricket Ridge Park. Starting at 8 a.m., attendees will help with lawn work, replacing landscape timbers and mulch and repairing, sanding and staining the playsystem. Runaway Bay EDC and Greater Runaway Bay Alliance request that volunteers bring work gloves, eye protection, rakes, shovels, weed eaters, wheelbarrows, hand or belt sanders and extension cords if they have them. A hot dog lunch will be provided. For information call Andrea Griffeth, 972-533-4553.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Rebecca Buchanan Potter will perform a “Patsy Cline Review” at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10, and proceeds will benefit the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum. Tickets are available at the museum or at the box office beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

KINGDOM MEN – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting Kingdom Men with Dennis Swanber 7 p.m. Monday at Decatur Conference Center. For tickets, call 940-627-3235. Donations will be accepted for Warmth for Wise, Keeping Children Warm in Wise County.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution Monday at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promotions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Veterans and family members are invited to the free event, which will feature barbecue, a silent auction and sweet walk.

NEWARK CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 30th annual Newark Cruisin’ Days continues through Saturday. The event began last night and continues tonight with the carnival opening at 6 p.m., and bingo beginning at 7 at the fire hall. Carnival ride armbands are $20. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10:30. Bingo runs from 11-3 p.m., and the Mr. and Mrs. Cruisin’ Days Pageant is at 1 p.m. For information on the pageant, call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959. The car show starts at 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Awards are at 6, and the dance is from 8-11 p.m.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be contests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict, allrid@gmail.com, Lions Club.

WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed today. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods.

FISH FRY – The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. Saturday and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

LORD’S ACRE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival Saturday. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – DHS Junior Class will host a family movie night featuring “Beetlejuice” at the DHS practice field (track) Saturday (Rainout plan – indoor practice facility at DHS). Pre-activities, including games and a costume contest, will begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30. Presale tickets are $7 for ages 10 and under and $10 for adults. A family four-pack is $30 (not available at door). Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased from any junior class officer or parent or Mrs. Smith in the first floor DHS office. Email lauren.smith@decaturisd.us.

FUNERALS – Service for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Linda Frances Jackson Prince, 58, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Vicki Grooms, 56, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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