Tuesday, August 29, 2017


SELF-HARM THREAT ENDS IN ARREST — A man was arrested just before 10:45 Monday night after barricading himself in a home in the 1300 block of Wooten Street in Bridgeport around 6 p.m. Police Chief Steve Stanford said relatives of the man called police because he was making suicidal threats. At least five homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution because the man was armed. In addition to Bridgeport PD, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and a Texas Ranger responded to the scene. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

NO INTERIM CONSTABLE — Wise County commissioners decided Monday not to appoint an interim constable to replace former Precinct 3 constable, Doug Parr, who resigned earlier this month as a condition of his criminal plea deal. County Judge J.D. Clark said he and Sheriff Lane Akin and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays met and agreed the constable’s duties could temporarily be handled by county staff already in place. “One of two things will happen,” Clark said. “It will be an election that will be over in March or it will go to November. The sheriff thinks they can handle the Precinct 3 workload [at least until the primary.]” Commissioners agreed, as well as Precinct 1 Constable Dennis Hudson, who attended the meeting. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

HELP FOR THE FLOOD VICTIMS — Numerous businesses and organizations in Wise County are collecting supplies for the victims of the flooding in southeast Texas. In Decatur, Texas Custom Trailers is collecting items such as water, baby wipes, diapers, toiletries, Teddy bears, toothbrushes and toothpaste, first aid kits, LED lights (battery powered), batteries and paper goods (plates, towels, cups, etc.) today at the business, 2050 N. U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Also, The Rock Church in Bridgeport will accept donations of non-perishable items at certain times over the next couple of weeks. Items such a diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bleach and bottled water can be dropped off at the church, 1401 S. Chico Highway, at the following dates and times this week and next: 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Saturdays and 5-6 p.m. Sundays. Visit the Wise County Messenger’s Facebook page for more ways to donate and read more in the midweek Messenger.

DECATUR BOARD ADOPTS TAX RATE — The Decatur School Board yesterday voted to keep the district’s tax rate the same at $1.34 per $100 valuation. That includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 30 cents for the payment of debt. The board also adopted a $34.8 million budget.

NORTHWEST BOARD SETS TAX RATE — Northwest ISD trustees unanimously approved levying a $1.49 per $100 valuation total tax rate, increasing the district’s interest and sinking tax rate 4 cents as part of its May 2017 $399 million bond package. The board held a public hearing before its vote, but no citizens spoke. In other business, the board heard construction updates, including Adams Middle School and athletic improvements at several campuses. Turf fields have been completed at Rhome’s Chisholm Trail Middle School. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL — The Northwest Lady Texans take on Paschal at home tonight at 6:30. In other action, Alvord heads to Prairie Valley. Boyd travels to Azle. Bridgeport plays Breckenridge at home. Chico welcomes Vernon Northside. Decatur heads to Henrietta. Paradise welcomes Springtown.

MOSQUITO FOGGING — The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight at 8. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE — A Carter BloodCare blood drive will be held 8:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Harwood Park Pavilion. Call Natalie Bilby at 940-683-3413.

FREEDOM TEXAS — Freedom Texas is having a special public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday 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. Executive directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway will explain the new direction for Freedom Texas and the work that is being done to further the goal of Texas independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999. freedomtexas.org.

WARM CLOSED WEDNESDAY — Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Wednesday for out-of-town training. Distribution will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

FUNERALS — Service for Shirley Sue Mann, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Don “D.J.” Hoffman, 82, of Rhome. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Maurine Lovejoy, 70, of Argyle is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Charles Pellegrini, 70, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Paula J. Kersten, 82, of Runaway Bay will be 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Situation leads to home evacuations


Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford confirmed at 9 p.m. Monday that his officers are working a law enforcement detail on Wooten Street near the First Presbyterian Church.

At least five homes have been evacuated, but the area is secure. The initial call involved a person threatening self-harm. Stanford said citizens are not in danger.

Other agencies on scene are the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office and a Texas Ranger.

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Update for Monday, August 28, 2017


1 KILLED IN WRECK — One man was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 west of Boyd near County Road 4593. Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Jeff Johnson said a silver Ford passenger car driven by Gary Santoro, 45, of Keller was on the eastbound shoulder of the road when it attempted a U-turn directly into the path of an eastbound Ford pickup driven by Jessie Horton, 32, of Decatur. The pickup struck the car at its driver door, killing Santoro in the impact. The force of the collision sent both vehicles across the road and onto the westbound shoulder. Horton was uninjured. Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Boyd Police Department, Wise County EMS and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

MANOUSHAGIAN RUNNING FOR JP 4 — Kent “Bucky” Manoushagian of Bridgeport announced Friday he is running for Precinct 4 justice of the peace in 2018. He’ll be on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. Manoushagian said it’s “been his life’s honor to worship, raise a family, work and live in Wise County.” He said he’s not running for a title, but instead to be a public servant. “I wish to further support our law enforcement agencies and first responders and fully believe in respecting and offering dignity to all men, women and children,” he said. Manoushagian is the second Republican candidate to announce he will seek the Precinct 4 JP post. Todd Bailey, also of Bridgeport, announced his candidacy earlier this month. The office is currently held by Clay Poynor of Bridgeport. He has not yet announced his plans for 2018. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL — The Decatur Lady Eagles reached the quarterfinals of the West Texas Spikefest over the weekend before falling to Lubbock Cooper in three sets. Cooper won 25-13, 26-28, 25-21. Decatur went 1-1 in the tournament’s gold bracket. The Lady Eagles beat Canyon in three games (22-25, 28-26, 25-18). In pool play on Friday, Decatur finished 2-1. After sweeping a tough pool Thursday at the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament in Argyle, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets went 1-2 in bracket play Saturday. The Lady Yellowjackets dropped matches to Sanger and Wichita Falls Rider before coming back to beat Graham. For the tournament, Jordyn Todd finished with 87 kills and 52 digs. Mace Valtr had 55 kills and Laney Pellegrini 42. Tori Pellegrini recorded 98 assists and Macey McCune 94. Larrin Maxwell made 90 digs. The Paradise Lady Panthers closed out the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament with a victory over the host in the third-place match. Paradise beat Southwest 25-18, 25-20. The Lady Panthers went 2-1 in bracket play. Paradise beat Grand Prairie 25-19, 25-12 and then fell to Lancaster 25-20, 21-25, 25-20. Gracie Barnett landed 19 kills. Ashley Kosman had 17 and Saylea Mayfield 15. Saylea Mayfield had 30 assists and 32 digs. Harley Mayfield made 24 digs. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs fell in five games to Petrolia (27-25, 22-25, 13-25, 25-17, 18- 16). Christina Thomas put down 14 kills with three blocks. Kinly Walker added eight kills with 22 digs. Kendall Connolly handed out 25 assists.

GOSPEL OPRY — The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

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

WARM CLOSED WEDNESDAY — Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Wednesday for out-of-town training. Distribution will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD — The Decatur School Board tonight will hold public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate for 2017-2018 followed by the adoption of both. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL — The Decatur City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on the 2017-2018 ad valorem tax rate as part of the council meeting. A workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. to hear department reports followed by the regular meeting at 6. The meeting is at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut.

FUNERALS — Service for Shirley Sue Mann, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 77, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Carla Wood, 63, of Perrin. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements. SERVICE for Don “D.J.” Hoffman, 82, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Maurine Lovejoy, 70, of Argyle is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Charles Pellegrini, 70, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Paula J. Kersten, 82, of Runaway Bay will be scheduled at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in Bridgeport at a future date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, August 25, 2017


CHISHOLM TRAIL DAYS — The Chisholm Trail Days festival kicks off today. The rodeo is today and Saturday, 8 p.m. nightly at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8. Kids age 12 and under are free. A dance will follow tonight’s rodeo featuring The Honkateers. Admission is free with a rodeo ticket, but tables can be reserved by calling 940-399-9558. Saturday’s festivities in downtown Decatur include the Decatur Community Market, which is transforming into the Old West Market Day, featuring a free photo booth, hayride and prizes to the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. Regular vendors will also be open. The market is at 306 W. Main St. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon. The Chisholm Trail Youth Art Exhibit is open 1-3 p.m. at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Lone Star Legacy Gunfighters and their Wild West Shoot Out is at 4:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on the southwest corner of the courthouse square. There will also be a snow cone stand, barrel train, jump house and roller roping, all of which starts at 4. Saturday’s downtown events are capped off with a parade at 5:30 p.m. A hamburger supper is at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

FLOOD ADVISORY — A slow-moving storm was passing through Wise County this morning, bringing heavy rainfall at times. Minor flooding is expected in low-lying areas due to runoff from these storms. Wise County remains under a flood advisory until 9:45 a.m. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 5.2 inches in Cottondale, 1.35 in Alvord and 1.0 in Rhome. Today’s high is expected to be 84 degrees.

BOYD WINS POOL AT ARGYLE — The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets won a challenging pool that included last year’s 4A state runner-up Argyle in the opening day of the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Tournament Thursday. Boyd beat Argyle in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 29-31, 15-11 to finish 3-0 in pool play and reach the Gold Bracket. Boyd also beat Aubrey (25-18, 25-12, 25-15) and Joshua (25-9, 25-8, 25-16). Jordyn Todd buried 48 kills in the three matches. Macee Valtr added 32 and Laney Pellegrini 20. Macey McCune and Tori Pellegrini handed out 56 assists each. The Paradise Lady Panthers beat Eastern Hills and split two other matches at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament Thursday. Paradise took both games from Eastern Hills, 25-16, 25-17. The Lady Panthers took the first game 25-14 against Alvarado but fell in second 25-20. Against Everman, Paradise dropped the first 25-21 and took the second 32-30. Harley Mayfield handed out 17 kills. Ashley Kosman had 16 and Gracie Barnett 10. Saylea Mayfield recorded 37 assists and Kennedy Schneck 12. Decatur starts play today in the West Texas Spikefest at Wolfforth Frenship. Decatur take on El Paso Burges, Odessa and Trinity in pool play.

BOYD, PARADISE RUN AT HALTOM — The Boyd and Paradise cross country teams will run at the Cowtown Challenge this morning in Haltom.

TEACHER RETIREMENT — A retirement celebration in honor of Maralyn Harveson is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. A short program will be given at 3 p.m.

BENEFIT FOR FAMILIES — A benefit for the Ginn and Terry Families will be held 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cottondale Community Center near the cemetery. It will include a raffle for a smoker, a silent auction and a cornhole tournament. Call Jess Ferguson at 817-395-3652.

TAX RATE PUBLIC HEARINGS — Wise County commissioners will have two public hearings Monday morning. The first, at 8 a.m., is for the proposed college branch campus maintenance tax rate, and the second, at 8:30, is for the proposed county tax rate. The public hearings will be followed by a regular commissioners meeting at 9 a.m. during which they will discuss the Precinct 3 constable vacancy and proposed changes to the annual leave policy. The agenda also includes an executive session to discuss real property. All of Monday’s meetings will be at the Wise County Courthouse in the third-floor conference room.

FUNERALS — Service for Raymond Owen Florence Sr. of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is planned for Robert LeRoy Deshane, 65, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for David Allan Oakes, 49, of Rhome is 10:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Sharon Murphy, 77, of Rhome and Carla Wood, 63, of Fort Worth are pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Charles Pellegrini, 70, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Doctor W.M. “Bill” Lewis, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Cilfredo “Sonny” Garces, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017


ROAD RENAMED TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICER — Signs were placed at the east and west city limits of Decatur Wednesday morning officially renaming U.S. 380 in the city as James “Poncho” Bennett Memorial Highway. Bennett was a Decatur Police Officer who was killed during a traffic stop on U.S. 380 on April 3, 1980. The Decatur Police Department has spent the last year working with the Texas Department of Transportation to have the portion of U.S. 380 that runs through Decatur renamed in Bennett’s honor. “Way too many emotions really,” Bennett’s son, Deroy Bennett, said Wednesday as the sign on the east side of town was raised into place. “It’s something I thought I’d never see, but I’m glad I am.”

ALVORD BOARD INKS ARCHITECT AGREEMENT — Alvord ISD trustees Wednesday inked a letter of agreement with CADCO Architects & Engineers as part of the board’s plan to consider future projects. The agreement stipulates that if the board pursues a bond package for the potential projects, it will contract with the firm. The district isn’t being charged for travel and wouldn’t pay the firm unless a bond is successful. Representatives from the firm suggested holding future meetings to assess community goals. The board also held a budget workshop. Due to an increase in state revenue and cost-cutting measures, the district is projecting a balanced budget. After meeting in closed session, the board voted to elect trustee Rusty Rice as board secretary after trustee Candace Mercer announced her resignation from the board last month.

RAINY START — Rain was falling in Decatur as Update was going to press. Rainfall totals from around the county as of 7:30 a.m. included 1.2 inches in Greenwood, 0.39 in Decatur, 0.28 in Alvord and 0.13 in Rhome. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain throughout today and overnight with a high of 83 degrees.

BOYD HEADS TO ARGYLE VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY — The No. 8 Boyd Lady Yellowjackets start play in the Sawyer Camillo Memorial Tournament in Argyle today. The Lady Yellowjackets take on Aubrey at 12:30 p.m., Joshua at 3:30 p.m. and Argyle at 5 p.m. Northwest heads to the San Marcos Tournament. Paradise plays at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament.

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES — The Boyd Yellowjackets will play host to a three-way scrimmage with Chico and Collinsville. The Decatur Eagles travel to Princeton. Bridgeport will scrimmage at Castleberry. Paradise heads to S&S, where coach Ronnie Gage will be on the opposite sidelines as his son, James.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE CLASS — The Decatur Public Library will host a Homeowners Insurance Class 6 p.m. today. The library and State Farm will present an informative class about homeowners insurance. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

COLLECTING BEARS FOR COOK CHILDREN’S — Reagan Harvey of Decatur is collecting new Teddy bears for the Cook Children’s PrayerBear program. The bears are given to children during hospital procedures or an overnight stay. They have been a great comfort to Harvey during multiple hospital stays the last few years. To help, drop off bears before Sept. 1 at Catfish O’harlies, Leeper Creek BBQ, First State Bank, Wise County Messenger or Simply Coco, all in Decatur. Bears must be new with tags and should not make noise or be scented. The hospital passes out 225 to 300 bears per week.

BEEKEEPING 101 — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting Beekeeping 101 10 a.m. to noon today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Speakers will discuss how to get started beekeeping, managing hives, ag exemption and more. Cost is $10. Call the Extension office to sign up, 940-627-3341.

CAREGIVER SEMINAR — The Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Summer Caregiver Seminar is 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. The topic is “Tips and Tools for Successful Dementia Care” with Heather McKay. Call 1-800-272-3900. alz.org/northcentraltexas.

GOLF TOURNAMENT — Devon Energy is having a golf tournament to benefit United Way Friday, Sept. 8, at Canyon West in Weatherford. Registration is at 7 a.m., and the four-man scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8. Register by Sept. 1 by contacting Jackie Yard, 940-394-2202, Jackie.Yard@dvn.com; or Crystal Watkins, 940-577-6585, Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. Hole sponsorships are available.

FUNERALS — Service for Raymond Owen Florence Sr. of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Robert Deshane, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for David Allan Oakes, 49, of Rhome is 3 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at 10:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 77, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for WM Doc Lewis, 90, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Cilfredo “Sonny” Garces, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Side Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017


COOLER, WITH RAIN CHANCES — A cool front has brought cooler temperatures to Wise County. Highs for the rest of the week are expected to be in the mid-80s. The forecast also includes a 50 percent chance of storms overnight, and slight rain chances remain in the forecast each day through Saturday. Overnight rainfall totals included Overnight rainfall totals included 0.65 of an inch in Alvord, 0.6 in Cottondale, 0.52 in Bridgeport, 0.4 in Greenwood and 0.17 in Rhome.

BOIL NOTICE LIFTED — The City of Bridgeport has lifted the boil water notice that had been in effect since Saturday following a water line break. It is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption.

DECATUR, ALVORD, NORTHWEST VOLLEYBALL PICK UP WINS — Playing the 3A state runner-up Tuesday night, the Decatur Lady Eagles dropped the first two sets. The Lady Eagles quickly turned the deficit into a signature victory, winning the final three games. Decatur won 19-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-10. Autumn Finney led the Decatur comeback with 17 kills. Callisburg outlasted Boyd in five sets (25-21, 13-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10). Jordyn Todd buried 15 kills for the Lady Yellowjackets. Laney Pellegrini and Jacey Cate landed 13 apiece. Christina Thomas put down 11 kills to lead the Alvord Lady Bulldogs to a sweep of Gold-Burg Tuesday night. Alvord won 25-14, 25-13, 25-15. The Chico Lady Dragons fell in four games to Petrolia Tuesday, 25-14, 26-28, 25-17, 25-20. The Northwest Lady Texans swept Mansfield Summit Tuesday, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20. Bailey Tompkins hit .478 and buried 13 kills on 23 attacks. Ponder beat Paradise 25-16, 25-15, 25-19. Harley Mayfield had eight kills. Lindsay beat Bridgeport.

WASHER TOURNAMENT — The Rhome Veterans Group is having a washer and corn hole tournament 10 a.m. Saturday in the backyard of the Rhome Public Library, 265 W BC Rhome Ave. There will be cash prizes and refreshments for sale. The tournament benefits the library and Rhome Veterans. There is a discount for early entry. Go to rhomeveterans.org. Entries will also be accepted the day of the tournament before 9:30 a.m. Call 817-636-2826 or 817-636-2292.

BEEKEEPING 101 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting Beekeeping 101 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Speakers will discuss how to get started beekeeping, managing hives, ag exemption and more. Cost is $10. Call the Extension office to sign up, 940-627-3341.

QUILT SHOW — The Wise County Quilt Guild is having a quilt show noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin St. Admission is free with two canned goods or a monetary donation for Wise Area Relief Mission. There will be several vendors, hourly door prizes and demonstrations, a silent auction, as well as a bake sale and country store. Visit wisecountyquiltguild.blogspot.com.

TASTE OF WISE — The 7th Annual Taste of Wise is 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Decatur Conference Center. Sample appetizers, drinks and dishes from local restaurants. Tickets are $10. They’re available online at tasteofwise.eventbrite.com or at iOffice, the Wise County Messenger and the conference center.

TEACHER RETIREMENT — A retirement celebration in honor of Maralyn Harveson is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. A short program will be given at 3 p.m. Former students may send letters, memories or photos to mrshmemories@yahoo.com or mail to P.O. Box 221, Bridgeport, TX 76426.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS — Wise County Special Needs Baseball is accepting registrations for the 2017 fall season, which starts Sept. 30. Register online at made2thrive.com or email m2tbranches@gmail.com. Register by Sept. 2 to avoid a late fee. Call Emily Pivoda, 830-279-8481.

HEALTH FORUM MEETING — Due to inservice at the Weatherford College Wise County campus, the Wise County Health Forum monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday has been moved to the Decatur Conference Center.

FUNERALS — Services for David Oaks, 49, and Sharon Murphy, 77, both of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Vicki Cheves, 66, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cilfredo “Sonny” Garces, 78, of Paradise is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017


SHOOTING SUSPECT CAUGHT, CHARGED WITH MURDER — A 15-year-old boy wanted in connection with the shooting death of David Oakes, 49, of Rhome was arrested by Albuquerque, N.M., police around 11 p.m. yesterday. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the boy has been charged with murder. “We received a tip last night that he was at a location in Albuquerque,” Akin said. “APD was contacted. They took him into custody without incident.” The shooting happened Friday night at a home on Private Road 4732. Officers responded and found Oakes shot multiple times. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.


JOHNSON SWORN IN AS CHIEF DEPUTY — Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson officially stepped down from his post Monday and was sworn in as Sheriff Lane Akin’s chief deputy. Johnson first worked for the sheriff’s office in the early ‘90s under newly-elected Sheriff Phil Ryan, and he said a vast experience of law enforcement experience since then has prepared him for this job. “All of that has led me to a point where I feel very capable of making a huge contribution to this department that’s already running at an extraordinary level under that banner of trust that the sheriff talked about,” he said, referencing Akin’s comments earlier in the ceremony. “I’m proud to be a part of it, and I look forward to every day, every minute, every second of it.” Callie Manning, who was appointed to fill Johnson’s vacant seat, was sworn in Monday during the same ceremony. She will serve as JP until someone is elected to the position in 2018. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

VOLLEYBALL MATCHES — The eighth-ranked Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will take on 2016 state tournament team Callisburg in their home opener at 5:30 tonight. In other action, Decatur faces 2016 3A runner-up Peaster at home at 6 p.m. Alvord takes on Gold-Burg at home. Bridgeport heads to Lindsay. Chico travels to Petrolia. Northwest is at Mansfield Summit. Paradise plays host to Ponder.

CHANCE OF STORMS — The National Weather Service forecast includes a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight with chances increasing to 50 percent Wednesday. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach the mid-90s.

MEALS CLASS — An Easy School Day Meals Class will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. The class will include information about easy, tasty and quick school day meals. Call the library, 940-393-0290.

HEALTH FORUM MEETING — Due to inservice at the Weatherford College Wise County campus, the Wise County Health Forum monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday has been moved to the Decatur Conference Center.

MARY’S GIFT — Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. Currently scheduled dates are Aug. 23 and Sept. 27. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

CAREGIVER SEMINAR — The Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Summer Caregiver Seminar is 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Conference Center. The topic is “Tips and Tools for Successful Dementia Care” with Heather McKay. Call 1-800-272-3900. alz.org/northcentraltexas.

CLAY SHOOT — The Wise Health Foundation is holding its annual clay shoot Friday at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Proceeds will help support Wise Health System programs, services and the purchase of new equipment. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to register or sign up to be a sponsor. Call 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Bernice Bessire, 83, of Bridgeport is 7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 77, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Homer Kemp, 71, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Granger visits Wise


U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger visited with a group of Wise County Republicans Monday afternoon in Decatur to chat with constituents and answer questions on healthcare, military spending, the press and education.

Granger opened the meeting by pointing out that Wise County is typically home to some of her strongest supporters. She netted 83 percent of the vote in Wise County in the November 2016 elections.

The congresswoman took responsibility for failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act early on in the meeting.

“We just missed the boat,” she said.

“The bill we had was not a good bill.”

Granger later answered an attendant’s question about that effort, called the American Health Care Act, admitting that the House knew the bill was flawed but that they had passed it on to the Senate with hopes that fixes would come and the two legislative bodies could reach a better solution. Ideally, she said, a new bill would incorporate some of what the ACA did while mitigating what she referred to as its more destructive provisions.

“The things we didn’t do as Republicans is make it clear that Obamacare was going to collapse,” Granger said.

The question, and several others, came from a group of Democrats who attended the session in hopes of getting a word with the congresswoman.

“We have questions for Kay. We’re her constituents,” said Jeanette Lockett, a representative from the Parker County Democratic Party. “[Granger] won’t hold town halls, so we felt this was a great opportunity to get to ask her some questions.”

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Granger has turned down town hall-style meetings this summer, citing security concerns and a confrontational political climate. The meeting Monday was pitched by the Wise County Republican Party as an “impromptu” social visit and Lockett said her group was asked to wait outside until organizers could be sure there was room for them to enter.

Before the meeting, unconfirmed rumors circulated that a bus of protesters with signs was en route, but Lockett confirmed her group wasn’t there to protest, just to ask questions. She said the group didn’t bring signs to the meeting.

Granger also addressed press coverage of the Washington politics, disputing claims that suggest elected officials aren’t working cohesively.

“I’m proud of what we’re doing,” she said. “We’re working very hard and we’re working together better than we have in a long time.”

Granger also went after a report by the Star-Telegram that she had concurred with President Donald Trump’s remarks that “both sides” were to blame for violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville earlier this month. The congresswoman published an official statement on her website the day after the article ran online specifying condemnation for “white supremacist groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis that promote bigotry, antisemitism, racism, and violence.”

The congresswoman also discussed the stresses and rewards of chairing the House subcommittee on defense, citing proposed increases in military spending as a chance to keep legislative promise to the military.

The budget hike would include better equipment, raises for military personnel and funding to fight issues with opioid addiction in veterans, she said.

When asked about federal funding for education and recent budget proposals in which the Trump administration would cut $9.2 billion from the department, Granger said she feels education should be determined by states and local communities.

 

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Monday, August 21, 2017


TEEN REMAINS AT LARGE AFTER SHOOTING — A 15-year-old boy who fled the home where a man was shot and killed Friday just north of Rhome remained at large Sunday afternoon. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the teen, who left the home on Private Road 4732 on a black Suzuki motorcycle soon after the shooting. “We’re still in the process of trying to get the young man found,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin Saturday. “We do have concerns that he may be armed and would ask to exercise caution. But we’d like for the young man to come in so we can get this case resolved.” He responded via text Sunday that there were no additional developments. David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene after being shot multiple times around 10 p.m. His body has been taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Akin said a 911 call was received from the residence. “It was obvious there was an argument going on in the house prior to the shooting,” he said. Other family members were present at the home.

SOLAR ECLIPSE TODAY — Wise County residents will be able to see a partial solar eclipse today, beginning at approximately 11:39 a.m. and lasting until 2:38 p.m., with about 75 percent of the sun blocked by the moon at max view at 1:08 p.m. The Decatur Public Library will hold a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party noon to 2 p.m. today. The library will provide free viewing glasses. The event will also feature a time capsule, a Kona Ice truck, a food truck and eclipse watching. Bring something that you think represents 2017 if you wish to contribute to the time capsule. Viewing glasses will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Call the library at 940-393-0290. ALSO, The Alvord Public Library will host a viewing party 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ALSO, Rhome Public Library will have a viewing party with free eclipse glasses provided by NASA.

GRANGER VISITS WISE — U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger will be at the Decatur Conference Center 5:30 p.m. today for a social visit. Seating is limited.

FIRST DAY — Students in Alvord and Boyd return to class to begin the 2017-2018 school year today.

BOIL WATER NOTICE — A water main break Saturday night in Bridgeport has been repaired, but a boil water notice is in effect until further notice, according to the city.

DECATUR RUNNERS FINISH THIRD — Decatur runners tallied 69 points, coming up a point behind Denton Guyer and McKinney Boyd at the Little D Classic at North Lakes Park in Denton. Decatur senior Alan Rangel finished second to McKinney Boyd’s Eric Peacock in 17:08. Anthony Rodriguez finished 12th in 17:56. Triston Read ran 17:57 for 13th, Gabriel Embree 18:13 for 18th and Christian Isaac 18:35 for 24th. Sergio Sanchez turned in a 18:37 for 26th and Lenin Blanco 19:53 for 48th. The Decatur girls finished fifth with 125 points. Guyer took the title with 56. Taylor Butler led Decatur, finishing the 5K in 21:55 for 12th. Elizabeth Culpepper was 15th in 21:58, Kayla Leal 21st in 22:50, Vanessa Sanders 43rd in 24:09 and Quinn Helm 46th in 24:25. Salma Pena finished 50th in 24:39 and Emily Hubbard 55th in 25:12.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL — The Chico Lady Dragons dominated their own tournament over the weekend. Chico went 7-0 and improved to 12-1 on the year. The Lady Dragons did not drop a set on Saturday, beating Quanah (25-12, 25-13), Vernon Northside (25-14, 25-7), Savoy (25-14, 25-18) and Gold-Burg (25-9, 25-9). The Decatur Lady Eagles finished runner-up over the weekend at the Glen Rose Tournament. After rolling through pool play and beating Boyd in the semifinal in three games, Decatur challenged second-ranked and tournament host Glen Rose in the final. Glen Rose took down Decatur 25-17, 27-25. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets took fourth at the Glen Rose Tournament, going 4-3. After falling to Decatur in three games (25-22, 24-26, 25-19), Boyd played Liberty Christian for a second time for third place. Liberty Christian held off Boyd for the win 18-25, 25-17, 25-17. The Paradise Lady Panthers closed out their stay at Glen Rose over the weekend with a pair of wins Saturday. Paradise beat Keene (25-23, 25-16) and LaVega (25-22, 25-22) around a setback to Denton Calvary (25-22, 20-25, 25-18). The Alvord Lady Bulldogs went 4-1 over the weekend to finish second at the Poolville Tournament. Alvord closed the tournament Saturday with wins over Perrin (25-19, 25-20) and Fort Worth Northside (25-17, 17-25, 15-13). The Bridgeport Sissies brought home the championship in the silver division at Graham Saturday. The Sissies beat Iowa Park 26-24, 25-23 and followed up with a 25-18, 25-18 victory over Vernon. The Northwest Lady Texans finished fifth in the bronze bracket at the Northwest ISD Classic over the weekend. After dropping the first match in bracket play to Frisco Reedy (25-18, 25-15), Northwest bounced back to close the weekend with wins over Mansfield (25-17, 25-23) and Rockwall (25-22, 20-25, 26-24).

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

WCWC REGISTRATION — Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County is ongoing. Classes begin Friday, and students are able to register through Tuesday, Aug. 29. Register now while there are still spots available. Office hours this week are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, 1:30-5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 940-627-2690 or come by the Student Services Office at WCWC.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. The program will be “What lies beneath our feet.”

OFFICES CLOSED — The Precinct 1 and 3 Justices of the Peace offices will be closed today for legislative update training.

CUB SCOUT MEETING — Cub Scout Pack 115 will hold a recruiting meeting 6:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church Decatur Wesley Center featuring first through fifth grade new member information. Email wyattdusty@yahoo.com or call 940-389-1977.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity Street. Anyone concerned about what is happening in government on all levels (county, state, national) involving issues like education, healthcare accessibility, Medicare, environmental sustainability, fair wages, proper treatment of our veterans and LGBTQ equality is invited to attend and meet Democratic candidates running for office.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Bernice Bessire, 83, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 77, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Homer Kemp, 71, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond Jordan, 82, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Maria Montes, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Teen remains at large following shooting


A 15-year-old boy who fled the home where a man was shot and killed Friday just north of Rhome remains at large.
The Wise Sheriff’s Office has obtained a warrant for the teen, who left the home on Private Road 4732 on a black Suzuki motorcycle soon after the shooting.
“We’re still in the process of trying to get the young man found,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. “We do have concerns that he may be armed and would ask to exercise caution. But we’d like for the young to come in so we can this case resolved.”
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene after being shot multiple times around 10 p.m. His body has been taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Akin said a 911 call was received from the residence.
“It was obvious there was an argument going on in the house prior to the shooting,” he said.
Other family members were present at the home.

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Man shot, killed near Rhome


A man was shot and killed in his home near Rhome Friday evening.
David Oakes, 49, was pronounced dead on scene, after being shot around 10 p.m.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, a male juvenile fled the scene on a motorcycle. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of obtaining a warrant for the juvenile.
More details will be posted when available.

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Friday, August 18, 2017


NECESSITY OF INTERIM CONSTABLE QUESTIONED — Wise County commissioners may not appoint an interim constable in Precinct 3, a position left vacant last week when Doug Parr resigned as a condition of his criminal plea deal. In Monday’s regular meeting, commissioners formally accepted Parr’s resignation and discussed what would happen next. If an interim constable is appointed, he or she would serve only until someone is elected to the post in 2018. Whoever is elected will serve the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term, which started January 2017. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White suggested not naming an interim, but instead having the sheriff’s office and other constables serve Precinct 3 papers until a new constable is elected in 2018. “I think a lot of that’s been done in the past, and it would probably simplify things, instead of appointing someone for only a 15-month period,” he said. If they decide to make an appointment, County Judge J.D. Clark suggested Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance, who is a former police officer, and Sheriff Lane Akin screen applicants and make a recommendation to commissioners. The issue will be discussed again at the Aug. 28 commissioners meeting.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS — The Chico Lady Dragons earned three wins on the first day of their tournament Thursday. Chico beat Saint Jo (25-20, 25-11), Forestburg (21-25, 25-9, 15-11) and Petrolia (25-23, 25-11) to move to 8-1 on the season. Northwest went 2-1 at the Northwest ISD Tournament, beating Argyle and Elgin, Okla. Oakley O’Dell tallied 26 kills and Analise Lucio 55 assists in the three matches. Alvord picked up wins at the Poolville Tournament over Trenton (19-25, 25-12, 15-11) and Graford (25-20, 20-25, 15-12). The Lady Bulldogs fell to Poolville (25-16, 25-20). Kinly Walker recorded 20 kills and 55 digs. Kendall Connally had 41 assists.

CLEAR THE SHELTER IS SATURDAY — The Wise County Animal Shelter and Bridgeport Animal Shelter are participating in Clear the Shelter this weekend. The nationwide pet adoption drive is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Wise County shelter, 119 Private Road 4195, just south of the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bridgeport Shelter, 171 Private Road 3042. Families who adopt a dog or cat will receive more than $200 in free veterinary services. The free services include microchip, fecal test, vaccination package, heart worm and lyme combo test, plus a single dose of Heartgard and Nexgard Flea and Tick (for dogs only). Adoption fees will be waived, too, thanks to the generosity of Shelter Buddies, a local volunteer group, and private donations. All adopted animals from the Wise County Animal shelter are required to be spayed or neutered, but the spay and neuter fees will be sponsored at the Bridgeport Shelter. For information, call (Wise County) 940-627-7577 or (Bridgeport) 940-683-3430.

OFFICE CLOSED — Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow’s office will be closed Monday for legislative training.

CUB SCOUT MEETING — Cub Scout Pack 115 will hold a recruiting meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church Decatur Wesley Center featuring first through fifth grade new member information. Email (a href=”mailto:wyattdusty@yahoo.com”>wyattdusty@yahoo.com or call 940-389-1977.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS — The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity Street. Anyone concerned about what is happening in government on all levels (county, state, national) involving issues like education, healthcare accessibility, Medicare, environmental sustainability, fair wages, proper treatment of our veterans and LGBTQ equality is invited to attend and meet Democratic candidates running for office.

CLAY SHOOT — The Wise Health Foundation is holding its annual clay shoot Friday, Aug. 25, at the Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9. Proceeds will help support Wise Health System programs, services and the purchase of new equipment. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to register or sign up to be a sponsor. Call 940-626-1384.

HEALTH CARE — Applications for the Wise County Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 West Rose Ave. in Decatur. Eligible people must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and be registered with the Texas Workforce Commission unless exempt. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility. Call 940-627-4203.

CPR CLASS — Alvord Fire Department will hold a free Community Hands Only CPR class 9 a.m. Saturday in the education room of the station at 201 N. Trappier St.

50TH CLASS REUNION — The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. today at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP — The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

FUNERALS — Service for Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond Jordan, 82, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Levelland City Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Maria Montes, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur. MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home- Decatur.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


CLEAR THE SHELTER IS SATURDAY – The Wise County Animal Shelter is participating in Clear the Shelter this weekend. The nationwide pet adoption drive is 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. at the shelter, 119 Private Road 4195, just south of the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Families who adopt a dog or cat will receive more than $200 in free veterinary services. The free services include microchip, fecal test, vaccination package, heart worm and lyme combo test, plus a single dose of Heartgard and Nexgard Flea and Tick (for dogs only). Adoption fees will be waived, too, thanks to the generosity of Shelter Buddies, a local volunteer group, and private donations. All adopted animals are required to be spayed or neutered. For information, call 940-627-7577.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Students in Bridgeport, Chico and Paradise return to the classroom today. Be sure to watch for buses and pay attention to school zone speed limits.

BOYD MEET THE TEACHER – Boyd ISD will hold Meet the Teacher tonight. The elementary starts at 5, the intermediate and middle school at 5:30 and the high school at 6.

ALVORD TEACHER MEET AND GREET – Alvord Elementary will hold a Meet and Greet with teachers 6-6:30 tonight. Class lists will be posted before noon. A Title I parent meeting is 5:30-6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Alvord High School students can pick up class schedules, meet the staff and set up lockers 6-7 tonight. The counselor will have a meeting 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on the House Bill 5 graduation plan.

NORTHWEST ISD TOURNEY STARTS – The Northwest ISD Volleyball Classic starts today. Northwest will play Argyle at 2 p.m., Vandegrift at 5 p.m. and Elgin, Okla. at 6 p.m. Paradise, Boyd and Decatur will be in the Glen Rose Tournament. Paradise will take on Glen Rose, Tolar, Springtown and Saginaw in pool play. Decatur faces Waco University, Hico, Burnet and Early. Boyd plays Friday against Ponder, Liberty Christian, Denton Calvary and Eastern Hills. The Chico Tournament starts today with action today and Saturday. Alvord is at the Poolville Tournament Friday. Bridgeport will head to the Graham Tournament Friday.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging tonight beginning at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

MOVIE SHOWING – The Wise County Veterans Group will show the movie “Flight of the Intruder” at the Arcadia theater in Bridgeport at 6 p.m. today. The movie recounts the aerial action during the Vietnam War. Admission is free and open to the general public as well as veterans.

50TH CLASS REUNION – The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. Friday at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

ECLIPSE WATCHING PARTY – The Decatur Public Library will hold a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The library will provide free viewing glasses. The event will also feature a time capsule, a Kona Ice truck, a food truck and eclipse watching. Bring something that you think represents 2017 if you wish to contribute to the time capsule. Viewing glasses will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge will cook briskets for the Labor Day Weekend. Cost is $60 per brisket, and all funds raised will go to scholarships and charities. To order a brisket, call 940-255-2782; 817-992-4180; or 940-389-7334. Deadline for orders is Aug. 30, and briskets will be ready for pick up at the Greenwood Pavilion between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 2.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Friday at Levelland City Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Maria Montes, 75, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017


REWARD OFFERED FOR SHOOTING INFORMATION – Crime Stoppers of Wise County is offering a $2,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for a double shooting in Alvord last week. Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators continue to collect evidence in the case to determine who shot 17-year-old Rhett Barclay and 41-year-old Brent Dixon at a home in the 300 block of North Wickham Street around midnight in the early morning hours of Aug. 7. Both victims were transported by Wise County EMS to Denton Regional Hospital with what Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin described as non-life-threatening injuries. To report information to Crime Stoppers, call 800-643-8477 or 940-627-8477 24 hours a day. You will remain anonymous.

MILK RECALLED FROM LOCAL DAIRY – Raw milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise has tested positive for the Brucella bacteria, prompting a recall by the Texas Department of State Health Services. According to a health alert issued by the DSHS Monday, a Texas resident tested positive for Brucella after consuming raw milk purchased from K-Bar. The DSHS advised that people who have consumed the milk since June 1 are at the highest risk of contracting Brucellosis. “Consumers are advised not to consume any raw milk products from K-Bar Dairy that are still in their possession and to discard it,” according to the health alert. Kimberly Lambert, co-owner of K-Bar Dairy, said milk samples have been sent off for testing to try to locate the exact source of the bacteria, and it could take until the end of the month to get the results.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – Students from a couple of Wise County schools will head back to the classroom today. It’s the first day of school for Decatur and Slidell. Be sure to watch for buses and pay attention to school zone speed limits.

MOBILE CONSULATE COMES TO BRIDGEPORT – The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas will be hosting its “Mobile Consulate” program Wednesday and Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The consulate is offering marriage license, passport, birth certificate and voter card processing services from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make appointments by calling 1-877-639-4835 or online at citas.sre.gob.mx. Without an appointment, the consulate will not process your documents. FUMC is located at 608 17th Street.

CONSULADO SOBRE RUEDAS – El Consulado General de México informa que a partir del 16 al 17 de agosto se ofrecerá el servicio de “Consulado Sobre Ruedas” en la ciudad de Bridgeport en el First United Method Church, 608 17th St., de 8 a.m. a 1 p.m. Se les recuerda que podrán realizar sus citas al 1-877-639-4835 o via web citas.sre.gob.mx. Recuerda que si no tiene una cita programada previamente, no podrá tramitar su documento. Se ofrecerán los servicios de matrículas consulares, pasaportes, actas de nacimiento y credencial para votar INE.

WISE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL TEAMS SWEEP NIGHT – All six Wise County volleyball teams picked up wins Tuesday night. Satasha Kostelecky put down eight kills with six blocks in Decatur’s 25-13, 27-25, 25-18 win over Fossil Ridge. Oakley O’Dell finished with 19 kills in the Northwest Lady Texans’ 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 win over Arlington Lamar. Jordyn Todd buried 21 kills in Boyd’s 25-13, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Godley. Gracie Barnett led the Lady Panthers with 14 kills and 17 digs to go along with 10 aces in Paradise’s 21-25, 25-17, 22-25, 27-25, 15-8 win over Poolville. The Bridgeport Sissies beat Azle 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23. The Chico Lady Dragons took down Savoy in three games, 25-9, 25-7. 25-14. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs came back after dropping the first set to take the next three and beat Forestburg, 18-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-12. Kinly Walker buried nine kills with 18 digs.

TAX RATE CUT – The Decatur Water Board Tuesday voted to recommend a one-cent cut in the tax rate of the Wise County Water Supply District. If approved the new rate will be 11.75 cents per $100 valuation. The water supply district purchases water from Tarrant Regional Water District for the City of Decatur. City Manager Brett Shannon said increases in property values in the district make the rate cut possible. The water district collects taxes only for debt retirement. The district owns the city pumps at Lake Bridgeport, the pipeline connecting the lake to the Decatur and the water treatment plant. The district will have a public hearing on the tax rate and the proposed $1.5 million budget on Aug. 30.

BOYD PROPOSES LOWER TAX RATE – Boyd City Council voted Tuesday to propose a tax rate of 55.4 cents per $100 valuation, 6 cents lower than last year’s rate. If the city had kept the 2016-2017 rate of 61.9 cents per $100 valuation, the citizens could have called for a rollback election. The 55.4 cent rate keeps Boyd under the rollback threshold. City Administrator Greg Arrington explained that although the proposed rate will raise $37,000 less in property taxes, that difference should be made up in sales taxes. For more on the meeting, see the weekend Messenger.

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. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Dick Gilley will speak to the group about diabetes. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

MOVIE SHOWING – The Wise County Veterans Group will show the movie “Flight of the Intruder” at the Arcadia theater in Bridgeport at 6 p.m. Thursday. The movie recounts the aerial action during the Vietnam War. Admission is free and open to the general public as well as veterans.

50TH CLASS REUNION – The Chico Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion 5 p.m. Friday at Julio’s Restaurant on the Chico Square.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe Haworth, 80, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Gene Trimble, 78, of Azle will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 6 p.m. today at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with graveside service at Levelland City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Gerald A. Borsheim, 85 of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Ledger Paul Slimp, infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is 10 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Boyd proposes lower tax rate


Boyd City Council voted Tuesday to propose a tax rate of 55.4 cents per $100 valuation, 6 cents lower than last year’s rate.

If the city had kept the 2016-2017 rate of 61.9 cents per $100 valuation, the citizens could have called for a rollback election. The 55.4 cent rate keeps Boyd under the rollback threshold.

City Administrator Greg Arrington explained that although the proposed rate will raise $37,000 less in property taxes, that difference should be made up in sales taxes.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


COUNTY TAX RATE HOLDING STEADY – Wise County commissioners Monday proposed keeping the tax rate the same as last year – 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation for fiscal year 2018. It will fund the $64.1 million budget, which was also proposed in Monday’s meeting. “It’s very similar to our current budget,” County Judge J.D. Clark said. “It didn’t change much. I guess in terms of most significant changes I’ve got someone retiring out of the maintenance department, and we’re not going to fill that position.” Wise County’s effective rate dropped slightly since property values increased this year. The effective rate, 37.56 cents per $100 valuation would raise the same amount of tax dollars as fiscal year 2017 with the property values for 2018. Because the proposed tax rate is higher than this year’s effective rate, more tax dollars will be raised, and commissioners must hold a series of public hearings on the tax rate and budget. The public hearings are 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28, just prior to the regular commissioners meeting and 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Both will be held at the Wise County Courthouse. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

DECATUR COUNCIL PROPOSES TAX RATE – The Decatur City Council Monday proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, a fraction of a cent higher than the current rate of 70.3 cents. The city is expected to keep the same tax rate, since Decatur historically proposes a tax rate slightly higher than the one that is eventually adopted in order to provide budgetary wiggle room in case of something unexpected late in the budget process. The proposed budget includes a 2 percent salary increase for employees and a number of capital expenditures. The council called for public hearings on the tax rate for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 5 and on the budget for Sept. 5. The tax rate and budget will be approved at the Sept. 11 meeting.

BRIDGEPORT PROPOSES SAME RATE – Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to propose a tax rate of 63.9 cents per $100 valuation, the same rate as last year. The city will hold two public hearings, on Aug. 28 and Aug. 31, before adopting the rate. The tax rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 is scheduled to be adopted at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting. Though Monday’s agenda called for proposing a rate of 66.45 cents per $100 valuation, the council decided not to raise taxes during discussions at the city’s budget workshop.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION – The Northwest Lady Texans play their home opener tonight at 6:30 against Arlington Lamar. Alvord welcomes in Forestburg. Boyd travels to Godley. Bridgeport faces Azle at home. Chico takes on Savoy at home. Paradise will battle Poolville on its home floor. The Decatur Lady Eagles play their home opener against Fossil Ridge.

CHICO MEET THE TEACHER – Chico Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher night 6-7 tonight. A district-wide Title I presentation will take place 5:30-6 p.m. A snow cone truck will be at the event.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging tonight beginning at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

CPR CLASS – Alvord Fire Department will hold a free Community Hands Only CPR class 9 a.m. Saturday in the education room of the station at 201 N. Trappier St.

PARADISE YOUTH RECREATION – Paradise Youth Recreation is now holding online registration for the Fall 2017 season. Registration will be online only. Age ranges by year from 2014 to 2001. Login to pyra.soccer@gmail.com to register, or contact soccer commissioner at pyra.soccer@gmail.com for more information. Last day to sign up is Saturday.

MEET THE TEACHER – Bridgeport Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher Night 4:30-6 p.m. today.

OPEN STUDIO – The Wise County Messenger’s Joe Duty will open his studio to the public 5:30-7:30 tonight. Bring your own camera and your kids to try out back-to-school portraits in a studio setting. Duty will be on hand to provide advice. Call 817-999-3141. The studio is located in the southeast corner of the Wise County Messenger building, off East Pecan Street.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program topic is water conservation. A potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Service for Debra George, 63, of Azle will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Gene Trimble, 78, of Azle is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur with graveside service at Levelland City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Frankie Hass, 88, of Springtown is 10 a.m. today at Salem Cemetery in Alba. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Ledger Paul Slimp, the infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Alvord Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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Bridgeport proposes tax rate


Bridgeport City Council voted Monday to propose a tax rate of 63.9 cents per $100 valuation, the same rate as last year.

The city will hold two public hearings, on Aug. 28 and Aug. 31, before adopting the rate. The tax rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 is scheduled to be adopted at the council’s Sept. 11 meeting.

Though Monday’s agenda called for proposing a rate of 66.45 cents per $100 valuation, the council decided not to raise taxes during discussions at the city’s budget workshop.

For more on the meeting, see the midweek Messenger.

 

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Decatur Council aims to keep tax rate the same


The Decatur City Council Monday proposed a tax rate of 70.5 cents per $100 valuation, a fraction of a cent higher than the current rate of 70.3 cents. The city is expected to keep the same tax rate, since Decatur historically proposes a tax rate slightly higher than the one that is eventually adopted in order to provide budgetary wiggle room in case of something unexpected late in the budget process.

The proposed budget includes 2 percent salary increase for employees and a number of capital expenditures.

The council called for public hearings on the tax rate for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 5 and on the budget for Sept. 5. The tax rate and budget will be approved at the Sept. 11 meeting.

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Monday, August 14, 2017


1 HURT IN ROLLOVER – One man was injured when his pickup rolled multiple times during a wreck on Farm Road 920 south of Texas 199 Friday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Robert Carson said Roddy Pippen, 33, of Byers told him he passed out while driving and lost control of the vehicle. Pippen’s pickup rolled and came to rest upright off the east side of the road. Medics had initially called for a helicopter ambulance, but Carson said Pippen’s injuries were later discovered to be non-incapacitating and he was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital. Boonsville/Balsora and Salt Creek Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

MELLEMA TO RUN FOR PRECINCT 3 CONSTABLE – Cary Mellema of Aurora announced Friday he will run for Precinct 3 constable in the March 2018 Republican primary. The position is vacant following Doug Parr’s criminal plea deal and resignation Wednesday. County commissioners will appoint an interim constable in the coming weeks, but in the 2018 election, voters will choose someone to serve the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term. Mellema is currently a deputy constable in Denton County. He has also worked as a police officer in Denton, Argyle and Rhome, where he served as a police chief for a period of time. “I feel I can do an especially good job for the citizens of Precinct 3 and serve it with integrity,” he said. “I plan to be a team player with the county and all the local police agencies as I was when I was chief of Rhome.” Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 2.9 inches in Cottondale, 2.66 in Rhome, 2.48 in Alvord, 2 in Greenwood, 1.48 in Decatur and 1.41 in Bridgeport. Today’s high is expected to reach 94 with heat index values as high as 102.

BOYD WINS TOURNEY – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets successfully defended their Cool in Boomtown title in Burkburnett Saturday. Boyd beat District 8-3A rival Henrietta 25-13, 25-10 in the championship to finish off a 6-0 run through the tournament. Bridgeport finished third in the silver division, beating City View 25-22, 25-22. After rolling through pool play, the Chico Lady Dragons won a match before falling to S&S at the Saint Jo Tournament. The Northwest Lady Texans brought home the consolation trophy in the gold bracket at the Mansfield Rotary Volleyball Tournament. The Decatur Lady Eagles closed out the ASC Nike Denton Ryan Tournament with a 1-1 record in the silver bracket.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans will meet 6:30 p.m. today in the justice of the peace courtroom inside the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Lane Akin will be guest speaker.

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

MEET THE TEACHER – Bridgeport Elementary School will hold Meet the Teacher Night 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program topic is water conservation. A potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

SENIOR PHOTOS – Bridgeport High School’s senior photos are Tuesday at the high school. All seniors should have received information in the mail about booking an appointment online with Legacy photos. If not, go to the BISD/BHS website for more information or email cberry@bridgeportisd.net.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct citywide mosquito fogging this Tuesday, August 15. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will formally accept the resignation of Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr in their meeting today and will discuss the process to appoint his replacement. The interim constable will serve until someone is elected in 2018 to the remainder of Parr’s unexpired term. County Judge J.D. Clark will also present the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018, and they will discuss the county tax rate and the rate for Weatherford College Wise County. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. today to discuss the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 and the property tax rate. That will be followed by the regular council meeting at 6. Agenda items include a vote on a zoning change application for 163 acres of land off Farm Road 2264 recently brought into the city through voluntary annexation, proposing a tax rate and scheduling a public hearing on the proposed budget. The workshop and meeting will be held at city hall.

FUNERALS – Services for Linda Orr, 68, of Boyd; Debra George, 63, and Gene Trimble, 78, both of Azle are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord and Margarete Fowler, 89, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

SERVICE for Ledger Paul Slimp, the infant son of Jody and Morgan Slimp of Alvord, is pending at Jones-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Frankie Hass, 88, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Cemetery in Alba. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, August 11, 2017


HAY BARN CATCHES FIRE – Several local fire departments responded to a hay barn fire in Decatur Thursday afternoon. A metal outbuilding filled with hay on North Business U.S. 81/287 caught fire around 4 p.m. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said a driver passing by noticed heavy smoke and called 911. “When we got here there was a lot of fire and a lot of hay,” Richardson said. Alvord, Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were also called to combat the blaze, and Wise County Emergency Medical Services waited on standby. The owner of the property was not at home at the time the fire started, and Richardson said the cause is yet to be determined. As of 5 p.m. Thursday fire fighters were still pulling burning hay out of the barn. “It’s a long, drawn-out thing,” Richardson said. “We’ve got to get all the hay out and pull it all apart.”

RHOME PROPOSES TAX RATE – Rhome City Council voted Thursday to propose a tax rate of 52.34 cents per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2017-2018. The rate is the same as last year’s. The council can now lower the rate before voting to officially approve it, but they cannot raise it. For more on the meeting see the weekend Messenger.

NORTHWEST, CHICO REMAIN UNBEATEN – The Northwest Lady Texans (4-0) took all three matches in their pool at the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Tournament. Northwest fought back after dropping the first set against Hereford to win in three, 18-25, 25-20, 25-21. The Lady Texans then swept L.D. Bell 25-20, 25-19 and Carrollton Creekview 25-9, 25-9. After winning its pool, Northwest will play three more matches Friday, starting with a showdown with Eastwood at Mansfield Summit at 1 p.m. The Lady Texans play Crawford at 3 p.m. and Midland Lee at 5 p.m. Chico beat the Saint Jo JV 25-16, 25-23, and then outlasted Electra in three games, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, at the Saint Jo Tournament. Also at the Saint Jo Tournament, Alvord beat Graford in three games, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13. The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) fell to Collinsville 25-15, 25-11. At the ASC Nike Tournament at Denton Ryan, Decatur dropped its first two matches. The Lady Eagles (0-3) fell to Glen Rose 25-16, 25-14. Decatur then lost a wild match to Melissa in three games 9-25, 25-20, 25-10. Decatur will play Chisholm Trail at 12:15 p.m. Friday and Frisco Reedy at 1:30 p.m. Boyd and Bridgeport will head to Burkburnett for the Cool in Boomtown Tournament Friday. Bridgeport opens the tournament at 8 a.m. Friday against Burkburnett. The Sissies play the Wichita Falls JV at 11 a.m. and Childress at 2 p.m. Boyd takes on Knox City at 10 a.m., Borger at 1 p.m. and Vernon at 3 p.m.

DECATUR CROSS COUNTRY TO RUN TIME TRIAL – The Decatur cross country teams will run their two-mile time trial Saturday morning with the girls starting at 6:40. The boys will follow. The top seven runners in each trial will run in the varsity race at the Little D Classic Aug. 19 in Denton.

MEET THE EAGLES – The Decatur Eagles football team will hold practice at Eagle Stadium 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Fans are welcome to come out and watch the action.

SENATE CANDIDATE VISIT – U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for U.S. senate, will visit Wise County today. O’Rourke will be in town from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwater Cafe and Bakery on the Decatur Square.

SALES TAX HOLIDAY – This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is today through Sunday. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

HOSPITAL BOOK FAIR – The Wise Health System Auxiliary is sponsoring a Collective Goods sale, featuring gifts, books, toys and more 7 a.m.-3 p.m. today at the Wise Health System Decatur main lobby.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL – First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport is having a community-wide prayer service — Back to School Blessings — 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 608 17th St.

BYA SOCCER SIGNUPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold soccer sign-ups 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $65 per player.

SENIOR PHOTOS — Bridgeport High School’s senior photos are Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the high school. All seniors should have received information in the mail about booking an appointment online with Legacy photos. If not, go to the BISD/BHS website for more information or email cberry@bridgeportisd.net.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is Friday and Saturday at Elm Creek Park. Friday’s events will include the Mike Watts Fish Fry at 6 p.m., washer tournament at 7 p.m. followed by a concert by the Monty Dawson Band. Saturday’s events include a pageant, judging of the barbecue cookoff, a corhnole tournament at 4 p.m. and karaoke at 7 p.m. The Alvord Veterans will provide a concession stand all day Saturday. The event will also feature a variety of vendors. All proceeds from the festival will benefit the Alvord Area Veterans. Contact the following: cookers, Debra at 940-389-1656; vendors, Gay at 940-393-5007; washer and cornhole tournaments, Casey at 940-393-6331; pageant, Christy at 940-393-2938.

MEET THE TEACHER – Meet the Teacher Night will be held at the three Decatur elementary schools from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today.

FREE LUNCH – A group of nurses in the community will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs in the Boyd Intermediate School parking lot 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Hands only CPR will be taught, and a meal bag will be sent home with each family. This will be the last Friday that lunch will be served before school starts.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI – East Side Alumni will hold its annual reunion at Candlewood Suites 2-10 p.m. Saturday. The group will also meet for church 10:45 a.m. Sunday at St. John Baptist Church, 904 N. Farm Road 51.

FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT – School-age kids can get free haircuts, backpacks and shoes at a special back-to-school event 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Call Martha, 940-683-2484.

POOL PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation invites all incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders to join them for the Middle School Pool Party 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool. Pre-purchased tickets are $3 each, and tickets the day of the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

BIKE RALLY – The Eighter from Decatur Bike Rally is Saturday at Decatur Municipal Airport. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the ride starts at 7. Riders can also register online at raceentry.com. Cost is $35 for early registration and $40 on race day. Proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings. Lunch will be provided for riders. Call 214-354-2556.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Edna Abernathy, 86, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lillian Laverne Foster, 85, of Richardson is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Mary Ella Weaver Marshall, 83, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Cheryl J. Morgan, 68, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Sunday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Wampole, 64, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Chapel at Jones-Decatur.

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