Tuesday, January 30, 2018


INCREASED COURTHOUSE SECURITY – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a plan for increased security at the courthouse in Decatur as recommended by Chief Deputy Craig Johnson and Sheriff Lane Akin. The proposed plan, as presented by Johnson, would move the main courthouse entrance to the ramp, which leads into the basement, at the corner of Main and Trinity Streets. The four glass doors would be locked and entrance would be restricted to card access only. Johnson said they would also start using a metal detector, which is already in the courthouse, and would purchase an X-ray machine to be used at the basement entrance. An improved camera system will be installed, and two additional deputies will be added to security staff. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns resisted adding personnel, but Johnson reminded him a security upgrade would be difficult without additional people. Johnson requested three deputies, but the motion approved by commissioners included only two. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

FIRE DANGER – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the county from 11 a.m. today through 7 p.m. Wednesday. “It’s more of the same – dry fuels, breezy winds, warmer than average temperature and low humidity,” said Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Conditions will be ripe for fires.” Today, winds are expected to be around 15 mph and temperatures in the low 60s. Wednesday, high temperatures are predicted to hit the low 70s with winds gusting to 25 to 30 mph. On both days, the humidity levels will be in the 20s.

TUESDAY BASKETBALL – Tonight’s basketball games include Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Argyle at Decatur, Sanger at Bridgeport, Henrietta at Paradise, City View at Boyd and Chico at Alvord.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRY CLINIC – Wise County Youth Fair Entry Clinic is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Ag Science Building. Call 940-389-5388.

STOCK SHOW TICKETS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is selling Fort Worth Stock Show tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance. The tickets are $30 each, cash or check only. The office, 308 W. Main St., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

PAY YOUR TAXES – Wise County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw reminds citizens that Wednesday is the last day to pay county taxes without penalty or interest.

GARDEN CLUB – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Companion Plants for Pollinators” by Suzanne Clement. Lunch will served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

ROAD CLOSING – A portion of Hlavek Road in front of the new Las Brisas development will be closed today through Feb. 6.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Emory Moss, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Plainview Cemetery in Krum. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Larry Putnam, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Wayne Niblett, 79, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Annie Wood, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Warren C. Crain, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ryan Alden Munnerlyn, 28, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Fire Weather Watch issued for Tuesday, Wednesday


After a busy weekend battling grass fires, Wise County firefighters could potentially face another pair of challenging days.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the county from 11 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s more of the same — dry fuels, breezy winds, warmer than average temperature and low humidity,” said Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Conditions will be ripe for fires.”
Tuesday, winds are expected to be around 15 mph and temperatures in the low 60s. Wednesday, high temperatures are predicted to hit the low 70s with winds gusting to 25 to 30 mph. On both days, the humidity levels will be in the 20s.
“Locations to the west [of Wise County] will be in the teens,” Dunn said about the humidity level.
Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the forecast brings some uneasiness after several busy weeks. He said the department has responded to more than 200 calls this month. The department generally averages between 150 and 160 calls per month.
“We’re struggling to keep up,” Richardson said.
“Usually on a wildfire we try to get a lot of people there early. The problem lately is we’ve had them all at the same time.”
Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said dispatch reported 29 calls over the weekend for fires. He cautioned that some of the calls were duplicates.
Doughty added that Paradise, Boyd and Bridgeport departments were staffing their stations Tuesday for the potential of fire.
Conditions will improve slightly with a cold front Thursday, Dunn said. But the county is not expected to see longterm relief from the current dry pattern. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday showed moderate drought in Wise County.
In the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures the wildfire potential by taking into account the soil moisture, the county average is 414 on a scale ranging from 0 to 800. The top end of the scale represents completely dry conditions.
“Unfortunately there’s no relief in the next seven to 10 days,” Dunn said.

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Monday, January 29, 2018


AIRPLANE FIRE – After a short flight back from Decatur, Eddie Green had just landed and was taxiing to his hangar at Bridgeport Municipal Airport Saturday evening when the single engine to his Military T-41 sputtered and died. As Green tried to restart the engine, he noticed flames out the right window. “It was short flight. I dropped some friends off and literally got off the runway and taxied to right here,” Green explained. “It started sputtering and the engine quit. I knew I had plenty of fuel, so I cranked it. When I cranked it, I looked out the right window and flames started coming out. I jumped out and grabbed a fire hose.” Fire spread from the engine to the interior of the plane causing extensive damage. Green, 68, of Bridgeport was uninjured. The retired Air Force and airline captain has owned the plane since 1995. Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay firefighters responded to the fire and extinguished it.

ELEVATED FIRE RISK – There’s an elevated fire risk today behind a cold front. Conditions are expected to deteriorate through Wednesday.

ROAD CLOSING – A portion of Hlavek Road in front of the new Las Brisas development will be closed tomorrow through Feb. 6.

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, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward expenses of the museum.

GARDEN CLUB – The Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is “Companion Plants for Pollinators” by Nancy Montoya from All Wise Landscaping. Lunch will served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

GENEALOGY CLASS – A free genealogy class will be offered at the Decatur Public Library 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Patti Gillespie will present “Tracing, Recording and Remembering our Ancestors.” Laptops will be used. Register at the library or call 940-393-0290.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s next luncheon is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. The program will be “Tools to Build and Protect Your Business” by Chip Hakanson of Edward Jones. Lunch is $15 at the door. Prepay online under Event Tickets by Feb. 1 to pay $12 per lunch. RSVP via email, info@wisecountychamber.com.

RABBIT CLINIC – Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Clinic is 3:30-7 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Rabbit cages must have a bottom in them. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex at this time in order to show at the Wise County Youth Fair. Call 940-389-5388.

FUNERALS – Services for Wayne Niblett, 79, of Paradise and Annie Wood, 95, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Larry Putnam, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Emory Moss, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Plainview Cemetery in Krum. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Estrella Lopez, infant, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Oliver Currie, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Todd Stephen Yingst, 58, of Rhome is 5 p.m. today at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Fire damages plane at Bridgeport Airport


After a short flight back from Decatur, Eddie Green had just landed and was taxiing to his hangar at Bridgeport Municipal Airport Saturday evening when the single engine to his Military T-41 sputtered and died. As Green tried to restart the engine, he noticed flames out the right window.
“It was short flight. I dropped some friends off and literally got off the runway and taxied to right here,” Green explained. “It started sputtering and the engine quit. I knew I had plenty of fuel, so I cranked it. When I cranked it, I looked out the right window and flames started coming out. I jumped out and grabbed a fire hose.”
Fire spread from the engine to the interior of the plane causing extensive damage.
Green, 68, of Bridgeport was uninjured. The retired Air Force and airline captain has owned the plane since 1995.
Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport and Runaway Bay firefighters responded to the fire and extinguished it.

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Friday, January 26, 2018


ALVORD ISD CALLS BOND ELECTION – Alvord School Board yesterday called an election for a $5.11 million bond package for May 5 to build gym and classrooms at Alvord Elementary. The proposal would mean a tax rate increase of 12.6 to 15.1 cents per $100 of evaluation. The district’s current tax rate is $1.35.

HOOPS SCHEDULE – Tonight’s district basketball action includes Boswell at Northwest, Decatur at Sanger, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Boyd at Henrietta, Paradise at City View, Alvord at Poolville, Era at Chico and Slidell at Bellevue.

STORM CHANCES – Skies are expected to remain cloudy today with a high of 63. The forecast includes a 70 percent chance of rain after midnight.

RABBIT CLINIC – Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Clinic is 3:30-7 p.m. Monday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Rabbit cages must have a bottom in them. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex at this time in order to show at the Wise County Youth Fair. Call 940-389-5388.

CANDIDATE FORUM – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia Theater, 1008 Halsell Street.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – The Decatur Police Department will hold a citizens police academy beginning Feb. 6. The class is free, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays for 13 weeks. Applications are available at the DPD and at decaturtx.org and the department’s Facebook page. Call Sgt. Royce Gastineau, 940-393-0300.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church of Decatur is having its first Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday at the church, hosted by the PGCC Women’s Ministry. It will include dancing, hors d’oeuvres, music, pictures and more. RSVP on the Facebook event or call or text 325-374-7820 or 254-722-7118. Girls newborn to 18 years.

MUSICAL GUEST – Chuck Crain of the Presley’s Quartet in Branson, Mo., will sing at the evening service of Grace Baptist Church of Decatur 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

FUNERALS – Service for Rayleigh Ann Fitch, infant, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Oliver Currie, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL for Todd Stephen Yingst, 58, of Rhome is 5 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


MOTEL EVACUATED – The La Quinta Inn and Suites in Bridgeport was evacuated Wednesday morning following a fire. There was no obvious damage to the building, and guests reported seeing smoke but no flames. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said a faulty heating and air conditioning unit on the first floor was to blame. “The blower motor went out,” he said. Three people were temporarily trapped in an elevator while trying to escape, but no one was injured. Stephen Adair of Jasper had just returned to his second-floor room to sleep after working a 12-hour shift at Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro. “The fire alarm went off, and the lights started flashing,” he said. “I thought it might be a false alarm, but then the power went off.” Adair made his way outside via the stairs and said he couldn’t see smoke but could smell it. Long said guests were allowed back inside about an hour after being evacuated. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FIRE DANGER – The National Weather Service says there is an elevated to near critical fire weather threat for our area this afternoon. Today’s high is expected to be 66 with a south wind up to 15 miles per hour. Tonight’s forecast includes a slight chance of storms.

NEW ESD PROPOSED – Boonsville community leaders are seeking to establish Emergency Services District No. 2, which would help fund the Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department. The proposed district covers 65 square miles in the southwest corner of Wise County. Organizers are having a meeting 1 p.m. Saturday at the Boonsville Community Center to kick off the signature collection, which is required to get the initiative on the November ballot. The group needs 100 signatures of registered voters who are real property owners in the proposed district.

WELCOME TO WISE – The 32nd annual Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games is coming to Wise County. The organization announced Wednesday the 2018 event will be May 11-13 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. It’s family friendly and will include music, food and games. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday

LITTLE LEAGUE – Decatur Little League Baseball signups for Spring Season 2018 will take place the next three weekends at Decatur City Hall. Dates and times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10; and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Costs are as follows: T-ball, $85; 5-6U, $85; 8U, $165; 10U, $165; 12U, $180; 14U, $180. This includes: league fees, jersey, hat and Velocity membership (8U and above) for the months of April and May. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate if your child has never played in Decatur Baseball League before.

ALVORD ISD TO CONSIDER CALLING BOND ELECTION – Alvord ISD trustees will consider calling a bond election for May for $5.11 million for improvements at the Alvord Elementary tonight. Trustees will be presented with the proposal from the district’s Community Facility Committee, which recommended building a new elementary gym and two classrooms. The requested funds also will cover the demolition of the old gym, exterior metal buildings, connections between the cafeteria and pre-kindergarten buildings and asbestos abatement. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. today in the meeting room at Pizza Hut 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 progress of new plans to work within the political system to further the goal of Texas Independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or go to freedomtexas.org.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church of Decatur is having its first Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday at the church, hosted by the PGCC Women’s Ministry. It will include dancing, hors d’oeuvres, music, pictures and more. RSVP on the Facebook event or call or text 325-374-7820 or 254-722-7118. Girls newborn to 18 years.

MUSICAL GUEST – Chuck Crain of the Presley’s Quartet in Branson, Mo., will sing at the evening service of Grace Baptist Church of Decatur 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – Decatur Public Library will hold a book sale this week. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs and books on CD will be for sale. The Friends of the Library Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today, and then it is open to the public from 1 p.m. to close. The book sale will continue through regular business hours on Friday and Saturday.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot. Donors will receive a Dallas Mavericks t-shirt and a buy one, get one free ticket voucher. Call Shonna Samuel, 940-626-0167.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Rowdy Vincent, infant, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport prior to the service.

SERVICE for Todd Steven Yingst of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Rayleigh Ann Fitch, infant, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Oliver Currie, 90, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Charles Nelson, 74, of Haslet will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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La Quinta evacuated due to fire


The La Quinta Inn and Suites in Bridgeport was evacuated Wednesday morning following a fire.

There was no obvious damage to the building, and guests reported seeing smoke but no flames. As of 9 a.m., firefighters were still trying to determine the origin of the fire.

Five people were temporarily trapped in an elevator while trying to escape, but no one was injured.

Stephen Adair of Jasper had just returned to his second-floor room to sleep after working a 12-hour shift at Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro.

“The fire alarm went off and the lights started flashing,” he said. “I thought it might be a false alarm, but then the power went off.”

Adair made his way outside via the stairs and said he couldn’t see smoke but could smell it.

Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018


HOTEL FIRE – As Update was going to press, multiple fire departments were responding to a fire at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in Bridgeport. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

BASKETBALL SCORES – District basketball scores from last night include (boys) Northwest 66, Saginaw 60; Krum 55, Decatur 54; Argyle 35, Bridgeport 33; Boyd 53, Paradise 42; Alvord 72, Perrin 45; Muenster 69, Chico 37; Slidell 65, Midway 19; (girls) Krum 45, Decatur 41; Argyle 44, Bridgeport 42; Paradise 42, Boyd 33; Alvord 71, Perrin 21; Muenster 49, Chico 26; Slidell 50, Midway 14.

EARLY CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES – Children up to age 4 and their adults are invited to 1,2,3 Play with Me “Balloon Bash” at the Chico Public Library 11 a.m. today. The program provides opportunities to socialize and learn through play. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

PAY YOUR TAXES – Wise County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw reminds citizens that next Wednesday, Jan. 31, is the last day to pay county taxes without penalty or interest.

QUEEN’S CONTEST ENTRIES – The 2018 Wise County Youth Fair Queen Contest is Feb. 26. Entries are due by Feb. 3, no exceptions. Visit the youth fair website for more information, wcyouthfair.org. Call 940-389-5388.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – Decatur Public Library will hold a book sale this week. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, DVDs and books on CD will be for sale. The Friends of the Library Preview is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, and then it is open to the public from 1 p.m. to close. The book sale will continue through regular business hours on Friday and Saturday.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot. Donors will receive a Dallas Mavericks t-shirt and a buy one, get one free ticket voucher. Call Shonna Samuel, 940-626-0167.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Rowdy Vincent, infant, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Rayleigh Ann Fitch, infant, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Charles Nelson, 74, of Haslet will be at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Oliver Currie, 90, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marilyn Seymore, 83, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Jones Family Chapel in Bridgeport with burial in Concord, Ark., on Friday.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018


GRASS FIRE FORCES EVACUATION – Eight grass fires were reported yesterday in Wise County. Several homes in the Jamberly Hills subdivision northwest of Cottondale were evacuated for two hours, while firefighters worked a 50-acre grass fire off County Road 3657 Monday afternoon. Firefighters from Salt Creek, Cottondale, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Briar and Reno responded to the blaze toned out at 3:31 p.m. Department of Public Safety troopers assisted with the scene. Salt Creek firefighters were assisting Poolville with a structure fire when the fire was reported at County Road 3657. The fire jumped County Road 3673 in multiple spots, according to Salt Creek Fire Captain Robert Allen. He said the fire’s forward progress was stopped by 4:30 p.m. No structures were damaged. Residents were allowed to return home shortly before 5:30 p.m.

DECATUR ISD LOOKS AT HIGH SCHOOL EXPANSION – Decatur ISD trustees gave Superintendent Judi Whitis the go-ahead to get estimates for adding classrooms, a media room, weight room, locker room and coffee shop at Decatur High School. The district has $5.8 million earmarked in its reserves for construction projects.

FIRE MARSHAL HIRED – Wise County commissioners decided Monday to split the fire marshal’s job into two positions – fire marshal and emergency management coordinator. Responsibilities for both previously fell under one job title. Current Deputy Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty of Paradise was hired as fire marshal, and firefighter Cody Powell of Chico was hired as emergency management coordinator. Both will be paid $59,300. The commissioners’ decision did not add a position to the fire marshal’s office but instead split responsibilities between two already established positions. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR HIRED – Wise County commissioners Monday hired Keith Stone as public works director to replace longtime director Tom Goode, who is retiring Jan. 31. Stone and Ross Jones were interviewed individually by commissioners during executive session before Stone was offered the job. He will be paid $66,000. Stone and Jones are both current public works department employees. County Judge J.D. Clark confirmed after the meeting they offered Jones a department head job that will be open Friday – director of 911 addressing. Current director Phyllis Shaw is retiring. Clark said if Jones accepts the position he will oversee 911 addressing and the county’s 108 dams under the National Watershed Coalition, which was previously a responsibility of the public works director. Clark said Jones initially declined the job in executive session, but commissioners have given him time to reconsider before posting the position. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

PARADISE ROBBER STILL ON LOOSE – Police are still searching for a man who robbed the Paradise Market last Friday. An employee at the store said the suspect never brandished a weapon or spoke during the robbery, only motioning for the clerk to put money in an insulated cooler bag. The man stole over $1,700 from the store before fleeing on foot. As of Monday, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said no arrests have been made.

GIRL KILLED IN ATV ACCIDENT IDENTIFIED – A 10-year-old Azle girl was killed Sunday afternoon near Boyd when an ATV drove off the road and overturned in a ditch, Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said. Delaney Moore was a passenger in the ATV and was ejected when it hit a curve on County Road 4591. She was transported to Wise Health System but did not survive.

HOOPS SCHEDULE – Tonight’s district basketball games include Saginaw at Northwest, Krum at Decatur, Bridgeport at Argyle, Boyd at Paradise, Chico at Muenster, Alvord at Perrin and Midway at Slidell.

LEARN SCIENCE AT THE LIBRARY – Kids are invited to join the after school science fun at Chico Public Library at 4 p.m. today. Participants will learn how to make a snowstorm in a bottle. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

BANQUET RSVP – Today at 2 p.m. is the deadline to sign up for the Decatur High School football banquet, which is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the high school cafeteria. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Linda Hudler at the high school. If you’d like to attend the program only (no charge), it starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon and the Wise County Historical Commission meeting starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, both at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. Wednesday. The meetings are open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Lisa Sipes, 53, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marilyn Seymore, 83, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Chapel in Bridgeport with burial in Concord, Ark., on Friday. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Thomas Munger, 70, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for James Redwine, 76, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Rowdy Vincent, infant, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 10-12 p.m. at Hawkins-Bridgeport prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Rayleigh Ann Fitch, infant, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Charles Nelson, 74, of Haslet will be at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Frank M. Davis Sr., 87, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Temple Baptist Church in Flower Mound with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Dalton and Son Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Homes evacuated due to grass fire near Cottondale


Several homes in the Jamberly Hills subdivision northwest of Cottondale were evacuated for two hours, while firefighters worked a large grass fire off County Road 3657 Monday afternoon.
Firefighters from Salt Creek, Cottondale, Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Briar and Reno responded to the blaze toned out at 3:31 p.m. Department of Public Safety troopers assisted with the scene.
Salt Creek firefighters were assisting Poolville with a structure fire when the fire was reported at County Road 3657. The fire jumped County Road 3673 in multiple spots, according to Salt Creek Fire Captain Robert Allen.
He said the fire’s forward progress was stopped by 4:30 p.m. No structures were damaged.
Residents were allowed to return home shortly before 5:30 p.m.
It was one of several fires in the county Monday. Wise County is under a Red Flag warning due to elevated fire risk.

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Monday, January 22, 2018


1 KILLED IN ATV WRECK – A young female was killed Sunday afternoon after wrecking an ATV on County Road 4591 near Boyd, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. She was transported to Wise Health System but did not survive. It is unclear at this time what caused her to crash or how the accident occurred. This story will be updated at WCMessenger.com as more details become available.

PARADISE ROBBERY – A white male dressed in all black robbed the Paradise Market at 100 Main St. in Paradise Friday night, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin confirmed. According to Akin, the suspect entered the store wearing all black and a ski mask over his face. The suspect then motioned for the clerk working the register to put the money in his bag. He then fled on foot. No arrests have been made. The Highway Patrol, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Boyd Police are all searching for the suspect.

ELEVATED FIRE THREAT – Wise County is included in an area of elevated fire danger this afternoon. Today will be sunny and windy with a high of 58 degrees.

COLLEGE FUNDING PRESENTATION – Claudia Roberts, a licensed professional counselor, will present a “How-to” class for applying for scholarships, grants and loans for college at 6 tonight at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport, 1307 Newby.

HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon and the Wise County Historical Commission meeting starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, both at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. Wednesday. The meetings are open to the public.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRIES – Online entries dates for the 2018 Wise County Youth Fair are now through Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. Go to the youth fair website wcyouthfair.org for more information. Call 940-389-5388.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will hold the 12th annual Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 3 at the Decatur Conference Center. This year’s theme is the Mad Hatter’s Ball. The dance, which will include music and hors d’oeuvres will have two times, 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcomed. To purchase tickets, call Hillary Swift, 940-595-4955 or visit djwcddd.com.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

IN THE WEEKEND MESSENGER – The weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now includes the weekly “5 Things to Know” as well as a new feature, “Wise As it Was” which takes a look back at Wise County history. The issue also includes the Bridal Guide.

FUNERALS – Service for Thomas Munger, 70, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for James Redwine, 76, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Tonya Steele, 59, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Charles Nelson, 74, of Haslet will be at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marilyn Seymore, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Frank M. Davis Sr., 87, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Temple Baptist Church in Flower Mound with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Dalton and Son Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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One killed in ATV accident near Boyd


A girl was killed Sunday afternoon after wrecking an ATV near Boyd, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

10-year-old Delaney Moore of Azle was the passenger of an ATV driving along County Road 4591 when the ATV drove off the roadway and overturned in a ditch, Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said. Moore was ejected from the ATV.

She was transported to Wise Health System but did not survive.

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Friday, January 19, 2018


PARADISE NAMES FINALIST FOR SUPERINTENDENT – Paradise School Board named Dr. Paul Uttley the lone finalist for superintendent after a special meeting Thursday night. According to the district’s press release Uttley, the superintendent of Vega ISD, was selected from a list of 71 applicants who applied for the position. The board chose Uttley following a superintendent search that started in November 2017. The district will have to wait 21 days before officially hiring Uttley as superintendent.

BOYD ISD SUPERINTENDENT NETS EXTENSION – Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West will remain in the top post in the district through the 2020-21 school year after receiving a contract extension Thursday night. Boyd ISD trustees voted unanimously to extend West’s current two-year contract by one year after a positive evaluation. The new contract will run through June 30, 2021. Compensation was not addressed at the meeting. West’s current contract pays him $100,000 annually. “As a district we’re happy with the job he’s doing,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. “We know he works hard and puts a lot of effort into improving our district and leading us. That’s a reflection of the contract extension.” West has been with the district 11 years, serving as the high school principal and assistant superintendent before being named superintendent in September 2012. West, who is the second-longest tenured superintendent in Wise County, expressed optimism on moving forward with the district.”We’re at a cross roads here at Boyd. We’re starting to see some of the growth coming,” West said. “We feel like we are in a really good position. We have great teachers and great students. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, yet we’re not satisfied with it. We think there are a lot more great things coming for all of our campuses and district. The growth we are about to experience is exciting because of what that’s going to mean in programs and new opportunities for our students.”

GRASS FIRE – A grass fire that spread to burn 30 to 60 round hay bales closed Cuba Road east of Bridgeport Thursday afternoon. Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said a resident was burning trash when it spread, burning less than an acre and the round bales. The road was closed at County Road 3225 due to smoke blowing across the road.

HOOPS SCHEDULE – Tonight’s district basketball action includes Northwest at Brewer, Decatur at Gainesville, Krum at Bridgeport, Bowie at Paradise, Boyd at Nocona, Alvord at Era, Perrin at Chico and Slidell at Forestburg.

GAME NIGHT – Adults are invited to Game Night at the Chico Public Library at 6:30 p.m. today. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd Monday. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

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. Current dates available are Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27. 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. The Mary’s Gift program is funded through donations to the Wise Health Foundation. Visit the Wise Health Foundation online or call 940-626-1384.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel unit of Wise County will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. The group will host Pat Fallon, candidate for Texas Senate, Decatur Superintendent Dr. Judith Whitis and Bridgeport Superintendent Brandon Peavey. Visitors and members can make a reservation by calling 940-575-2341 by Sunday.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

COUNTY DEPARTMENT HEADS TO BE HIRED – Wise County commissioners plan to hire a new public works director at a meeting Monday to replace longtime Director Tom Goode, who is retiring this month. Before making a decision, commissioners will conduct in executive session individual interviews with Keith Stone and Ross Jones, both of whom are employees of the department. Goode recommended Jones for the position. Commissioners will also hear the hiring committee’s recommendation for fire marshal/emergency management coordinator, and they will discuss next steps to hire a new director of 911 addressing, replacing current Director Phyllis Shaw, who is also retiring this month. The meeting is 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FUNERALS – Service for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Earl Dietrich, 70, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL  service for Maria DeHoyos, 76, of Bridgeport is noon Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Decatur.

SERVICES for James Redwine, 76, of Chico are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez IV, 26, of Artesia, N.M., is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Vernell Hitchcock, 85, of Boyd is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Tonya Steele, 59, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Joe Britton, 74, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Stacey Webb, 47, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Heights United Methodist Church in Fort Worth.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.

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Boyd ISD superintendent receives extension


Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West will remain in the top post in the district through the 2020-21 school year after receiving a contract extension Thursday night.
Boyd ISD trustees voted unanimously to extend West’s current two-year contract by one year after a positive evaluation. The new contract will run through June 30, 2021.
Compensation was not addressed at the meeting. His current contract pays him $100,000 per year.
“As a district we’re happy with the job he’s doing,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. “We know he works hard and puts a lot of effort into improving our district and leading us. That’s a reflection of the contract extension.”
West has been with the district 11 years, serving as the high school principal and assistant superintendent before being named superintendent in September 2012.
West, who is the second-longest tenured superintendent in Wise County, expressed optimism on moving forward with the district.
“We’re at a cross roads here at Boyd. We’re starting to see some of the growth coming,” West said. “We feel like we are in a really good position. We have great teachers and great students. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, yet we’re not satisfied with it. We think there are a lot more great things coming for all of our campuses and district. The growth we are about to experience is exciting because of what that’s going to mean in programs and new opportunities for our students.”
In the West’s evaluation, the board looked at various goals.
“We took into account the district goals that we set earlier that were based on finance, facilities and personnel goals,” Childress said.
Childress added that the district as a whole is moving in the right direction.
“We’ve done a good job,” he said. “A few years back we had a little downfall in our grades. We’ve done a good job of turning that around. Our scores are improving. Our extracurricular activities have more participation. We’ve increased our fund balance. Overall our district I feel is strong.
“We’re doing a good job with taxpayers’ money and we’re providing a solid education for the kids of this community. But like with anything else, we still have a lot of room for improvement.”

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Paradise names superintendent lone finalist


Paradise School Board named Dr. Paul Uttley the lone finalist for superintendent after a special meeting Thursday night.

According to the district’s press release Uttley, the superintendent of Vega ISD, was selected from a list of 71 applicants who applied for the position. The board chose Uttley following a superintendent search that started in November 2017.

The district will have to wait 21 days before officially hiring Uttley as superintendent.

 

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Grassfire torches round bales


A grassfire that spread to burn 30 to 60 round hay bales closed Cuba Road east of Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

Bridgeport and Paradise firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 12:30 p.m.
Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said a resident was burning trash when it spread, burning less an acre and the round bales.
The road was closed at County Road 3225 due to smoke blowing across the road.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


MURDER TRIAL BEGINS — Testimony began yesterday in the murder trial of former Wise County resident Jake Charles Abel, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Soccorro Taylor, in Fort Worth and burying her in a rural area near Boyd the week of Christmas in 2015. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry called three witnesses on the first day, including the Wise County Sheriff’s Office’s lead investigator on the case to testify about evidence collected at the possible crime scenes in both Boyd and in Fort Worth. Abel’s attorney, Christy Jack, argued that investigators were quick to label her client as a suspect and didn’t look for evidence that might have pointed to a different suspect. The trial continues today in 271st District Court in Decatur.

PAIR OF POWER OUTAGES — Oncor crews worked throughout the day Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of customers in western Wise County after a pair of outages Wednesday morning. A line down on U.S. 380 took out power to 550 customers in the Runaway Bay area around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Later in the morning more than 600 residents stretching from the west side of Bridgeport, Cottondale, Balsora and into Parker County were without power. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said efforts to restore power were complicated by the heavy load on the system due to the frigid temperatures. “Crews are having to go to all the fuse locations and close them up one at a time,” Easley said. Power was restored to customers by 4 p.m. Wednesday. ERCOT issued a warning Tuesday evening about conserving usage due to the demand on the power grid with temperatures in the single digits in many parts of the state.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER — DATCU’s Terry Everett will be installed as the new president of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon today. Shane Conley of First Financial Bank and Nathan Byers of Modern Woodmen will be installed as vice presidents. Directors include Jonathan Williams, Brandon Peavy, Shawn Mann, Leah Clark, Fred Meyers, Todd Bailey, Pam Lanfear, Judy Conger and Lori Sherwood.

HEADED SOUTH — The Southwest Antique Auto Swap Meet, held in September at the Wise County Fairgrounds for the past five years, is moving this fall to the Texas Motor Speedway. A spokesman for the sponsoring group said they met with county officials Tuesday to tell them of the move. The group wanted a more central location and the Speedway met that criteria, the spokesman said. The move will not affect the Wise County Antique Auto Club’s spring meet.

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, Wise Health System and Angels Care Home Health are providing the video, “My Beautiful Broken Mind.” This video helps explain the brain and how it heals after a major event like a stroke. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

WARM DINNER — The Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) Dinner is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Decatur Conference Center. The public is invited to attend to learn about the services being provided by WARM and the people being served by the organization and volunteers. Dinner is free thanks to the generosity of a donor. RSVP to Kelly Jones at 940-626-3923 or email at kellysjones14@gmail.com.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING — The Wise County Retired School Personnel unit of Wise County will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Decatur Conference Center. The group will host Pat Fallon, candidate for Texas Senate, Decatur Superintendent Dr. Judith Whitis and Bridgeport Superintendent Brandon Peavey. Visitors and members can make a reservation by calling 940-575-2341 by Sunday.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. Topic will be “Brick Walls and Wrecking Balls” presented by Patti Gillespie. The meeting will include group sharing. Bring your laptop for hands-on practice. Free for members, $5 for visitors.

FUNERALS — Service for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Earl Dietrich, 70, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

SERVICES for James Redwine, 76, of Chico and Maria DeHoyos, 76, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez IV, 26, of Artesia, N.M. is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Vernell Hitchcock, 85, of Boyd is 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Joe Britton, 74, of Alvord is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.“

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Western Wise County experiences a pair of power outages


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Oncor crews are working to restore power to hundreds of customers in western Wise County after a pair of outages Wednesday morning.
A line down on U.S. 380 took out power to 550 customers in the Runaway Bay area around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Later in the morning more than 600 residents stretching from the west side of Bridgeport, Cottondale, Balsora and into Parker County were without power.
Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said efforts to restore power were complicated by the heavy load on the system due to the frigid temperatures.
“Crews are having to got to all the fuse locations and close them up one at a time,” Easley said.
After a fuse is closed, she said there is a 30-minute delay for the load to normalize before moving to the next fuse. As of 10:45 a.m., Easley said crews had two more fuse positions to close, leaving 100 customers without power in the Runaway Bay area.
“We expect to have them back on line in the next hour,” she said.
Seven crews are working on the other outage in the western part of the county and power is expected to be restored by early afternoon.
“We’ve brought in extra resources,” Easley said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it back on.”
ERCOT issued a warning Tuesday evening about conserving usage due to the demand on the power grid with temperatures in the single digits in many parts of the state.
With cold temperatures expected Thursday morning, Easley is asking residents to conserve during the peak usage time of 7 to 8 a.m.

Update: Power was returned to Oncor customers by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018


BOYD CALLS ELECTION FOR MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT — Boyd voters will go to the poll in May to decide to create a Municipal Development District. The Boyd City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution to add the district to the May 5 ballot along with the Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5 council races. If approved by voters, the MDD would take the current half-cent sales tax collected for property tax relief and use it for municipal projects. A board of directors for the district would recommend how the receipts of the half-cent of sales taxes would be spent. “The neat thing about this is there is actually money allocated for the development of our city,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington. “We are going to get several new projects going in the city.” As possible projects, Arrington listed sidewalks, park improvements, roads and even grants to business owners to improve properties.

DEVELOPER LOOKS AT TRACT IN BOYD ETJ # Denton developer Bob Shelton approached Boyd City Council with a possible 580 to 590 lot development on Cemetery Road in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction Tuesday night. The large development would use municipal utility district (MUD) to finance infrastructure. With assistance from the city, Shelton’s team plans to go through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to set up MUD.

WARMING UP, A LITTLE — Temperatures in Wise County started out in the single digits this morning, but we’re expected to warm up a little more than yesterday. The afternoon high is expected to reach 34 degrees. Tonight’s low is expected to drop to around 15. We remain under a hard freeze warning until 10 a.m. today.

HOOPS SCORES — Local basketball scores from Tuesday included (boys) Northwest 95, Eaton 48; Decatur 60, Bridgeport 36; Bowie 69, Boyd 33; Nocona 73, Paradise 42; Muenster 65, Alvord 23; Slidell 54, Saint Jo 28; (girls) Bridgeport 51, Decatur 36; Bowie 50, Boyd 37; Nocona 53, Paradise 44; and Muenster 46, Alvord 40.

CITY AND SCHOOL FILINGS BEGIN — The filing period for open school board and city council seats starts today and continues through Friday, Feb. 16. The election is May 5.

EARLY CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES — 1,2,3 Play with Me returns to Chico Public Library with “Chalk it Up” week at 11 a.m. today. Designed for children up to age 4 and their adults, 1,2,3 Play with Me provides opportunities to socialize and learn through play. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

GLITZY GIRLS TAKING APPLICATIONS — The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event is April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Contact Carol at 940-206-4611 or Jana at 817-357-7205 and follow them on Facebook.

DAR MEETING — The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FUNERALS — Service for Daisy Ann Pinkerton, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Earl Dietrich, 70, of Rhome and Hilardo “Lalo” Juarez, 22, of Artesia, N.M., are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Bill Bennett, 74, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.

MASS of Christian burial for Dolores Rivera, 65, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jeffery Bryon Cleveland, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottondale Church of Christ with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Belote, 69, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Sam and Kim Dunlap. Call 940-389-1654 for information.

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Boyd calls election to establish municipal development district


Boyd voters will go to the poll in May to decide to create a Municipal Development District.
The Boyd City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution to add the district to the May 5 ballot along with the Place 1, Place 3 and Place 5 council races.
If approved by voters, the MDD would take the current half-cent sales tax collected for property tax relief and use it for municipal projects. A board of directors for the district would recommend how the receipts of the half-cent of sales taxes would be spent.
“The neat thing about this is there is actually money allocated for the development of our city,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington. “We are going to get several new projects going in the city.”
As possible projects, Arrington listed sidewalks, park improvements, roads and even grants to business owners to improve properties.
He did point out to the council, it would be giving up some control of revenue to a board that would make recommendations once per year. Based on this year’s total sales tax revenue of approximately $401,000, the district would have around $134,000 directed to it.
The creation of the MDD would allow the city to take advantage of increased sales tax revenue. With the current half-cent dedicated to property tax relief, the city has to reduce its property tax rate if sales taxes increased, as they did this year.
“When the alcohol sales were passed, it increased our sales tax [revenue]. But because of the resolution that was passed in 1990, everything we gained came off the ad valorem taxes,” said Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes. “We wanted to use a little bit of that money to improve the city, improve downtown, improve the park and possibly use it for streets. This half-cent eliminated off the property tax relief and added to the MDD will allow us to be able to use that half-cent of sales tax, which probably 75 percent of it comes from people that don’t live in the city limits.”
In other business, the council tabled the amended subdivision ordinance. Arrington recommended the action to address the fees to developers.
“The fees are not in line with the area,” Arrrington said.
He said he will bring it back to the council in February.
The council also voted to put the former library building on Texas 114 and the property at 135 N. Wilson up for auction with Rene Bates Auctioneers.

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