Monday, March 27, 2017


STORMS BRING HAIL, HIGH WINDS – Severe storms moved through Wise County Sunday evening, bringing hail, high winds and rain. Reports of quarter- to golf ball-sized hail stones were reported. High winds caused damage to power poles, leaving many without power for several hours. Most of the city of Boyd lost power just after 7 p.m. when a pole was broken, according to Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Power was restored to about 30 percent of customers by 8:30 p.m., and power was restored to all Boyd customers by 2 a.m. Parts of north Decatur also lost power for a short time Sunday night. Minor structural damage was also reported at homes in the Rhome and New Fairview area. There were no reports of serious injuries. Rainfall totals included 0.77 of an inch in Rhome, 0.6 in Greenwood, 0.2 in Decatur and 0.1 in Alvord and Bridgeport.

HOUSE FIRE – Five fire departments responded to a house fire in the 300 block of Private Road 1520 near Lake Bridgeport Friday night. The first units on the scene reported a single-story home fully engulfed in flames. Fire departments from Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Chico, Sand Flat and Runaway Bay responded. There were no reports of injuries. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the unoccupied house and storage building was a total loss. The fire was fanned by 30 miles per hour winds, which also caused a three-acre grass fire. The fire was reported around 8:45 p.m.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 p.m. today 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 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.

WISE HOOPS – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club’s 15th Annual Wise Hoops Midnight Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Friday at the Multipurpose Building at McCarroll Middle School. Check-in begins at 4 p.m., and games start at 5. Registration is $110 per youth team and $150 per adult team. Registration closes Wednesday. Register online at djwc.siplay.com.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will consider taking action tonight on the second reading of an ordinance related to the sale of alcoholic beverages. They will also consider granting a temporary waiver of the specific use permit application fees for those restaurants operating under a TABC private club permit by way of a city-granted specific-use permit and providing an effective date. In other business, they will consider an ordinance denying the proposed change in rates of Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Decatur City Hall, 201. E. Walnut.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board will discuss its superintendent search and potential search firms at its regular meeting tonight. Other agenda items include the DHS field house expansion, districtwide surveillance and implementation of a student drug testing policy. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates St.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – After hearing two presentations from superintendent search firms Thursday night, Bridgeport School Board hired Casey Cox and Robertson Education Consultants (CCR), which is based in the Abilene area. The board will meet again tonight to discuss with CCR a timeline and other details of the superintendent search. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the board conference room, 2107 15th Street.

FUNERALS – Service for Earnestine Yarbrough, 84, of Plano is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICES for Valente Fernandez Jr., 23, of Decatur and Garnett D. Price, 79, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE is pending for James Dwight Mooney of Weatherford.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


REGIONAL POLICE CANINE TRIALS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office will host the 2017 regional police canine trials for the United States Police Canine Association next week. As a result, citizens in and around Decatur may see an increased number of uniformed officers and marked vehicles from other areas of the state. The public is invited to attend the patrol dog certifications Monday and Tuesday, beginning at 8 a.m. each day at the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Facility on Old Reunion Road in Decatur, just south of the Reunion Grounds. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

SOCCER PLAYOFFS – The Bridgeport Bulls and Sissies and Decatur Eagles start the soccer playoffs in Mineral Wells today. The Sissies take on Brownwood at 4 p.m. The Bulls also play Brownwood at 6 p.m. The Eagles close the night with a match against Mineral Wells.

BIG SANDY BASEBALL BATTLE – Fresh off their win over No. 1 Argyle, the No. 7 Decatur Eagles head across the Big Sandy to take on rival Bridgeport at 7:30 tonight. The Decatur Lady Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies play softball at 5:30. The rest of the baseball and softball schedule for the county: Baseball – Era at Alvord; Boyd at Nocona; Collinsville at Chico; Paradise at City View; Aledo at Northwest. Softball – Alvord at Lindsay; Boyd at Nocona; Chico at Collinsville (Saturday); Paradise at City View; Aledo at Northwest.

SLIDELL DOMINATES UIL CONTEST – Slidell High School’s UIL academic team won the District 21-A contest Wednesday with 794 points. Their closest challenger was Bellevue High School in second place with only 178 points. Detailed results, as well as those from other local schools, will be in the weekend Messenger.

BOOK SALE – The Friends of the Bridgeport Public Library are having a spring book and bake sale during regular business hours today and Saturday. There is a large selection of fiction and nonfiction books, DVDs, encyclopedias and baked goods.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – The Wise County commissioners’ meeting scheduled for Monday, March 27, has been moved to 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, due to scheduling conflicts with multiple commissioners. The meeting will be held in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. Agenda items include grant resolutions for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and revision of the county’s fund balance policy. Commissioners will also hear a presentation on the outside audit for fiscal year 2016. The meeting is open to the public.

HEALTH FAIR – The Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Admission is free. There will be door prizes, fitness stations and free health screenings, including those for blood pressure, cholesterol, AIC, edema, glucose, grip strength hand pain, PSA, heart rate, skin cancer, weight and TSH.

OPENING DAY – Jewel Park in Chico will host the first Opening Day tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. with the announcement of Dragon players and coaches followed by baseball/softball games. The event will feature a concession stand offering meals, raffles, silent auctions, cake walk, bake sale, Kona Ice, mobile laser tag and an alumni vs. high school co-ed softball game. Visit the Jewel Park Facebook page for more details.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale at the greenhouse 2-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. The greenhouse is located behind Decatur High School.

RELAY EVENT – Paint Wise County Purple 5K Run/Walk event is Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 7:15-7:50 a.m. Walk begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. The event will also include cancer survivors painting the street purple at 10 a.m. and a vendor event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

RAILROAD WORK – Farm Road 3259 at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing will be closed 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday for railroad work. Farm Road 51 will be closed at the crossing for rail work 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Peggy Garrett Shepherd, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Levelle Fisher Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. There is no visitation.

FUNERAL for Billy Munn, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned for Marie France McCabe, 69, of Azle. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Thursday March 23, 2017


FORMER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SENTENCED – Leonard Satanta Bradford, 43, of Bridgeport was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child continuous: victim under 14. Bradford was a former school bus driver for Bridgeport ISD who also drove children to the city pool during the city’s summer camp program. Investigators found evidence that Bradford sexually abused numerous children while playing with them in the pool. Court documents indicate the three victims were 9, 10 and 11 at the time of the abuse. He has remained in the Wise County Jail since his arrest Jan. 27 of last year.

ACCIDENT – A teen was transported to Wise Health System after an two-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 South at Medical Center Drive in Decatur Thursday morning. Edward Anguish, 17, of Decatur was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the accident at 6:10 a.m. Anguish’s minivan collided with a Jeep driven by Payeton Becker, 20, after it crossed from the northbound lane into southbound traffic. “The minivan driver said he fell asleep and veered into the other lane,” said Decatur Officer Corey Bosworth. Becker refused treatment at the scene. The accident was cleaned up with the road open by 7 a.m.

DECATUR SOCCER MEET-AND-GREET – Wise County Soccer Association will host a meet-and-greet with the Decatur boys varsity soccer team 6 p.m. today. All Decatur Youth Soccer teams and community members are invited. The boys team has a playoff game 8 p.m. Friday in Mineral Wells.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale at the greenhouse 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. The greenhouse is located behind Decatur High School.

LIBRARY MOVIE NIGHT – Chico Public Library Movie Night presents “Moana” 6:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and includes one bag of popcorn per person.

BOYD REUNION – The Boyd High School All Classes Reunion is 3-8 p.m. Saturday. The event will include an antique car display, photo booth and pot luck dinner. For more information, call Debbie Males at 817-925-9208 or Judy Wilson at 940-255-9235 or go to the Facebook page, facebook.com/boydtxclassreunion/.

OPENING DAY – Bridgeport Youth Association will host Opening Day this Saturday with games beginning at 9 a.m. The event will feature a raffle, open concession stand, taco truck, face painting, T-shirt sales and bounce houses. There will also be team/player pictures and hot dogs provided for each player. Visit the Bridgeport Youth Association page for more details.

TEEN GAME DAY – Teen Game Day at Rhome Public Library is 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Meet up with other teens and enjoy snacks, games and fun. Call 817-636-2767 or visit rhomepubliclibrary.org.

DONATIONS FOR FIRE VICTIMS – Wise County Farm Bureau offices are collecting donations for the Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation, a foundation created to help Panhandle wildfire victims. Fencing and financial support are currently the most critical need. The Decatur and Bridgeport offices are accepting donations through April 4. Donations will be sent to the foundation with a $2,500 donation from the County Farm Bureau.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers. Those interested should attend the monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Boonsville Fire Hall.

CREATE A CHARACTER – Kids will use clay to mold their own Dr. Seuss creature and then paint it 4 p.m. today at Chico Public Library. This free event is for children of all ages. Snacks are provided. Space is limited, and only 20 spots are available, Call the library at 940-644-2330 to reserve your spot.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Faye Arlene O’Neal, 86, of Watauga is 11 a.m. today at New Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview.

FUNERAL for Peggy Garrett Shepherd, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Levelle Fisher Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. There is no visitation.

SERVICE is pending for Billy Munn, 84, of Bridgeport at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


PARR BOOKED ON FELONY CHARGES – Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Wise County Jail after being indicted last week on multiple felony charges. He posted a total bond of $29,000 and was released. He is facing the following indictments: theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, third-degree felony, ($10,000 bond); abuse of official capacity greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, state jail felony, ($5,000 bond); and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, state jail felonies, ($2,000 bond for each count). A story on the indictments ran in the weekend Wise County Messenger. More details are in the midweek paper on newsstands today.

DECATUR RALLIES TO BEAT NO. 1 ARGYLE – After being no-hit for six innings, the Decatur Eagles put together a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to knock off No. 1 Argyle 2-1 in the 9-4A opener. Trey Penny’s two-out, seeing-eye single up the middle scored Logan Mitchell with the game-winning run. Derek Potts earned the win in relief, striking out five in an inning and two-thirds. See full story: www.wcmessenger.com/2017/sports/no-7-decatur-rallies-for-walk-off-win-over-no-1-argyle/. Other area baseball scores: Alvord 10, Chico 4; Boyd 2, Paradise 1; Sanger 8, Bridgeport 0; Northwest 13, Chisholm Trail 5.

DECATUR SOFTBALL WINS LEAGUE OPENER – The Decatur Lady Eagles scored five runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 9-1 win over Argyle in the 9-4A opener Tuesday. Reagan Chism struck out 12 and allowed a run on three hits in seven innings. Other softball scores: Boyd 12, Paradise 4; Chico 10, Alvord 8; Sanger 15, Bridgeport 2; Chisholm Trail 4, Northwest 3.

PRESCRIBED BURNING – The U.S. Forest Service will conduct a series of prescribed burns in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands beginning around 11 a.m. today. For more information, call the LBJ district office at 940-427-5475.

BLOOD DRIVE – United Way of Wise County will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8:30-11:45 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the Decatur Civic Center, 2010 US 380. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Karina Holcombe at 817-751-9558.

BISD’S DISTRICT OF INNOVATION PLAN – A public hearing for Boyd ISD’s proposed District of Innovation plan is 4 p.m. today in the school board meeting room. For information, call 940-433-9560.

CREATE A CHARACTER – Kids will use clay to mold their own Dr. Seuss creature and then paint it 4 p.m. Thursday at Chico Public Library. This free event is for children of all ages. Snacks are provided. Space is limited, and only 20 spots are available, Call the library at 940-644-2330 to reserve your spot.

OPENING DAY – Jewel Park in Chico will host the first Opening Day this Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with the announcement of Dragon players and coaches followed by baseball/softball games. The event will feature a concession stand offering meals, raffles, silent auctions, cake walk, bake sale, Kona Ice, mobile laser tag and an alumni vs. high school co-ed softball game. Visit the Jewel Park Facebook page for more details.

DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION – Meetings for all incoming kindergarten parents interested in the Dual Language Immersion program are noon and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rann Elementary library. Parents must attend one of the meetings in order to participate.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society is noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1605 S. Trinity in Decatur. Bill Marquis of Stony will discuss his extensive work in restoring historic structures. Lunch will be served. RSVP by 3 p.m. today to 940-627-5586.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe Todd Smith, 53, of Bowie is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

SERVICE for Judie Wells, 73, of Roanoke will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Faye Arlene O’Neal, 86, of Watauga is 11 a.m. Thursday at New Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Peggy Womack Shepherd, 75, of Boonsville is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Levelle Fisher Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Parr booked on felony charges


Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Wise County Jail after being indicted last week on multiple felony charges.

He posted a total bond of $29,000 and was released.

He is facing the following indictments: theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, third-degree felony, ($10,000 bond); abuse of official capacity greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, state jail felony, ($5,000 bond); and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, state jail felonies, ($2,000 bond for each count).

A story on the indictments ran in the weekend  Wise County Messenger. More details will be in the midweek paper on newsstands Wednesday.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED IN 3-VEHICLE ACCIDENT – Two people were taken to a Fort Worth hospital Monday following a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 south of Boyd. Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said a small sports utility vehicle driven by Ashlee Wiltshire of Boyd was stopped in the northbound lane waiting to turn left onto County Road 4770 about 4:45 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a pickup driven by Connor McHugh of Alvord. McHugh was not injured, but the impact pushed the SUV into oncoming traffic where it struck a southbound passenger car driven by Theresa Parr of Fort Worth. The passenger car spun around, ran across the northbound lanes and through a fence. Wallace said Parr kept her foot on the accelerator, ran through a pasture and hit a tree before coming to rest at the edge of a creek, about 100 yards from the initial impact. She and a male passenger were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS. Wiltshire and her 18-month-old son, Hunter Campbell, and her sister, Kaitlyn Wiltshire, who were passengers in the SUV, were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur, according to Wallace.

SHOWDOWN ON THE DIAMOND – No. 1 Argyle will take on the No. 4 Decatur Eagles in the District 9-4A baseball opener at Eagle Field at 7:30 tonight. It’s one of several big games featuring county teams tonight. Boyd goes to Paradise. Alvord is at Chico. Bridgeport welcomes in Sanger. Northwest plays at Chisholm Trail. In softball, Alvord goes to Chico. Boyd travels to Paradise. Sanger heads to Bridgeport. Decatur takes on Argyle. Northwest heads to Chisholm Trail.

DECATUR WINS TOURNAMENT – The Decatur boys golf team won the Argyle Invitational at Robson Ranch Monday with a 330. Bryce Elder was the top individual with a 77. Dayne Chapman shot 82, Caleb Bennett 83, Isaac Ille 88 and Hayden Bennett 90.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of taxpayer information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. The third program titled “PTAX 101-Texas Property Tax Appraisal” will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Appraisal District office at 400 East Business 380 in Decatur. Program will last about 1.5 hours. Additional programs are planned in the coming months to assist taxpayers with their questions. Call the WCAD at 940-627-3081 to register for this month’s program.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society is noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1605 S. Trinity in Decatur. Bill Marquis of Stony will discuss his extensive work in restoring historic structures. Lunch will be served. RSVP by 3 p.m. Wednesday to 940-627-5586.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will host a blood drive 2-6 p.m. today at CVS in Decatur.

BISD’S DISTRICT OF INNOVATION PLAN – A public hearing for Boyd ISD’s proposed District of Innovation plan is 4 p.m. Wednesday in the school board meeting room. For information, call 940-433-9560.

FUNDRAISING DINNER – Wise County Christian Counseling’s annual fundraising dinner is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. RSVP by calling 940-627-1618 or emailing britt@wiseccc.org.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Learn the role of businesses in preventing customer identity theft. RSVP by calling 940-683-2076.

TEA PARTY – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is having its third annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party 1-3 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “The Candy Shop.” Cost is $15 per mother/daughter and $5 for each additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Billy Martil Gilbert, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m.-noon today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joe Todd Smith, 53, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Judith Wells, 73, of Roanoke is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Arlington Ebner, 82, of Rhome is 1:15 p.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Faye Arlene O’Neal, 86, of Watauga is 11 a.m. Thursday at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Levelle Fisher Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Multiple people injured in 3-vehicle crash


Two people were taken to a Fort Worth hospital Monday following a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 730 south of Boyd.

Department of Public Safety Trooper William Wallace said a small sports utility vehicle was stopped in the northbound lane waiting to turn left onto County Road 4770 about 4:45 p.m. when it was struck from behind by a pickup. The impact pushed the SUV into oncoming traffic where it struck a southbound passenger car.

The passenger car spun around, ran across the northbound lanes and through a fence. Wallace said the driver kept her foot on the accelerator, ran through a pasture and hit a tree before coming to rest at the edge of a creek, about 100 yards from the initial impact.

Although names were not available at the scene, Wallace said the driver of the passenger car, an elderly woman, and her male passenger were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth by Wise County EMS.

Two women and an 18-month-old who were in the SUV were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur, according to Wallace. The driver of the pickup was not injured.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Monday, March 20, 2017


Doug Parr

CONSTABLE PARR FACING 9 FELONY CHARGES – Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr was indicted Thursday on nine counts, including a third degree felony and multiple state jail felonies. A grand jury indicted Parr of theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, a third degree felony; abuse of official capacity greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, a state jail felony; and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, state jail felonies. All of the charges relate to Parr’s use of his county gas card and county vehicle. The theft charge would normally be a state jail felony but was enhanced because Parr is an elected official. If convicted, the punishment range is two to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine up to $10,000. Potential punishment for each of the other charges is six months to two years in jail and a fine up to $10,000. Court documents say Parr’s conduct resulting in the indictments occurred between April 17, 2013, and June 28, 2016. Parr was first elected Precinct 3 constable in 2008. In November, he was elected to a third term in office. A full story ran in the weekend Wise County Messenger, which is still on newsstands.

ESCAPED INMATE CAUGHT IN WISE – Arthur Thurman, 32, of Abilene was caught in Wise County Friday night after escaping March 2 from the Callahan County Jail in Baird. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Deputy James O’Bannon pulled Thurman over near Taco Casa in Rhome just before 10 p.m. on a traffic violation. Akin said there was also a female in the car with Thurman, but she was not arrested. Thurman escaped the Callahan County Jail with the assistance of his nephew, Olmedo Bailey Olivas, 19, according to a story posted on the KTXS 12 website. Following their escape, there was a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, but the duo eluded officers. According to KTXS, Olivas surrendered to authorities March 13. He was charged with facilitating escape and evading arrest. Thurman was booked into the Wise County Jail early Saturday. In addition to the warrant for his escape, he had a second warrant out of Garvin County for unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription. Akin said Thurman was released to Callahan County officials Saturday morning. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PAIR MAKE ALL-STATE – Decatur’s Parker Hicks made the 4A Texas Association of Basketball Coaches squad and Northwest’s Avery Anderson earned a spot on the 5A team.

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

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.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – Wise County Democrats will host a social at 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. All Democrats are invited. Kimberly Olson, candidate for state agriculture commissioner, will be guest speaker. Call Janet Amos, 940-933-7352.

FOREST PLAN REVISION – Management of Wise County’s LBJ National Grasslands will be part of an open discussion with U.S. Forest Service officials 6-8 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to the public.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO MEET – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Speakers will be Bridgeport City Manager Jesica McEachern and Main Street Manager Tiffany Evans.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Billy Martil Gilbert, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Joe Todd Smith, 53, of Nocona; Judith Wells, 53, of Roanoke; and Joyce Jones, 85, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joseph Pratt, 58, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Arlington Ebner, 82, of Rhome is 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Levelle Fisher Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Escaped inmate caught in Wise County


Arthur Thurman, 32, of Abilene was caught in Wise County Friday night after escaping March 2 from the Callahan County Jail in Baird.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Deputy James O’Bannon pulled Thurman over near Taco Casa in Rhome just before 10 p.m. on a traffic violation.

“He originally said his name was Mark Thurman, and he had trouble remembering his birth date,” Akin said. “This made the deputy suspicious, so he kept asking questions.”

Thurman told O’Bannon his birthday was in 1976, but this raised more questions as he didn’t appear to be in his 40s, according to Akin. O’Bannon eventually discovered Thurman’s true identity and arrested him immediately. He had been jailed in Callahan County on methamphetamine charges.

“Thurman was continually deceptive, but he didn’t try to run,” Akin said. “This is an example of diligent work by Deputy O’Bannon.”

Akin said there was also a female in the car with Thurman, but she was not arrested.

Thurman escaped the Callahan County Jail with the assistance of his nephew, Olmedo Bailey Olivas, 19, according to a story posted on the KTXS 12 website. Following their escape, there was a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies, but the duo eluded officers.

According to KTXS, Olivas surrendered to authorities March 13. He was charged with facilitating escape and evading arrest.

Thurman was booked into the Wise County Jail early Saturday. In addition to the warrant for his escape, he had a second warrant out of Garvin County for unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription. Akin said Thurman was released to Callahan County officials Saturday morning.

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Constable indicted on 9 counts


Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr was indicted Thursday on nine counts, including a third degree felony and multiple state jail felonies.
A grand jury indicted Parr of theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, a third degree felony; abuse of official capacity greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000, a state jail felony; and seven counts of tampering with government record defraud/harm, state jail felonies. All of the charges relate to Parr’s use of his county gas card and county vehicle.
According to the indictments, the theft and abuse of official capacity charges stem from Parr using fuel purchased with his county gas card for “non governmental purposes.”
The theft charge would normally be a state jail felony but was enhanced because Parr is an elected official. If convicted, the punishment range is two to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine up to $10,000.
The punishment range for abuse of official capacity is six months to two years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.
The indictments state Parr knowingly made false entries in the fuel mileage log for his county vehicle by regularly entering his mileage as “1,” resulting in the tampering with government record charges, each of which carries potential jail time of six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000.
Court documents say Parr’s conduct resulting in the indictments occurred between April 17, 2013, and June 28, 2016.
Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Friday, March 17, 2017


RESERVE CONSTABLES DEPUTIZED – Commissioners Monday approved five reserve constables for Precinct 4, and as of Thursday, four had been deputized. Jerry McGee, Brian Bernardo, Greg Leveling and Randall Joy will assist Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Huffman with serving evictions and writs as part of a reserve constable pilot program. If the program proves to be successful, it may be extended to the other three constables. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

BENEFIT MEAL – A benefit meal for the Fletcher family is 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Greenwood. The meal will include pulled pork, chicken, sausage and all the fixings. Dessert will be Amish ice cream and peach cobbler. An acoustic song swap featuring Phil Hamilton and other special guests will begin at 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the family of Eric and Brandy Fletcher who are adopting three children. To donate food or to help, call Melinda at 940-389-4736.

FOREST PLAN REVISION – Management of Wise County’s LBJ National Grasslands will be part of an open discussion with U.S. Forest Service officials 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to the public.

FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT – The first BYA 7-on-7 Flag Football Tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Yellowjacket Stadium. Cost is $300 per team (7-14 players). It’s a double elimination format for ages 16 and up. All players must fill out a release form. Proceeds benefit the Boyd Youth Association. Contact Aaron Lambert at 817-487-3864 or hlcustomhomes@gmail.com.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold their weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center.

COWBOY COOK AND HOEDOWN – The Ranch Cowboy Country Church, 14600 Farm Road 730 North, in Briar will hold a Cowboy Cook and Hoedown 4-7 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a smoked chicken supper, music and yard games.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO MEET – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Speakers will be Bridgeport City Manager Jesica McEachern and Main Street Manager Tiffany Evans.

ALVORD VETERANS – Alvord area veterans will meet at the Valero gas station in Alvord 8 a.m. Saturday. The group will pick up litter on Business U.S. 81/287 starting at 9 a.m. They will meet at the Alvord Lumber Yard. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830.

HEALTH CHECK – The Montague County Wellness Fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 413 Pelham St., in Bowie. Call 940-872-1114.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Steven Wayne McMillan, 60, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

FUNERAL for Joseph Pratt, 58, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Arlington Ebner, 82, of Rhome is 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Levelle Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Billy Gilbert, 63, of Rhome, is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017


1 INJURED IN WRECK – A Decatur man was seriously injured in a rollover on Texas 114 just east of Farm Road 51 around 10:30 Wednesday morning. Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Kevin Lancaster, 26, became distracted while driving his 2012 Toyota Camry eastbound. Lancaster’s car ran off the south side of the road where it struck an embankment before rolling into a ditch. Lancaster was taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.

GRASSLANDS TRAIL RUN – The 19th Grasslands Trail Run is Saturday at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands in north Wise County. Race distances include a half-marathon, marathon and 50-mile endurance race. Register at grasslandstrailrun.com. Same-day registration starts at 5:30 a.m.

HEAD FOR THE CURE FUNDRAISER – Telena Graham is holding a fundraiser for brain tumor research through the organization Head for the Cure, which is hosting a 5K walk at Oak Pointe Amphitheater in Plano May 6. Graham is holding a raffle for a Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. The raffle will be held noon Monday, March 20, live on Telena Thomas Graham’s Facebook page. She also has Tumor Fighter T-shirts for sale. Cost is $25. Contact her at 817-988-0478 or Telena.graham@aol.com.

HEALTH FAIR – Register now to reserve a space to exhibit at the 10th Annual Wise County Health Fair March 25 at the Decatur Civic Center. Exhibitors can download the registration form with all instructions at wisecountyunitedway.org. Registration fees are due today.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Diane Dyess will talk about Southern cemetery symbolism.

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY – The Decatur Public Library will screen two movies today, one at 1 p.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. For information, call the library at 940-393-0290.

RETIRED SCHOOL PERSONNEL – The Wise County Retired School Personnel luncheon is Tuesday, March 21, at the Decatur Civic Center. The guest speaker is from Wise Health System. Cost is $11. Reservations must be made by March 19. Call 940-575-2341 or email richardperry@embarqmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host their NTHSRA Rodeo 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Pre-purchase tickets from any team member, by email at decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or call 817-888-2364. Pre-sale tickets are $5. Cost will be $7 at the gate. Follow them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/rodeodecatur, for rodeo updates.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Steven Wayne McMillan, 60, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

SERVICES for Royce Ebner, 82, of Rhome and Joseph Pratt, 58, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Levelle Bond, 90, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


COMMITTEE TO APPOINT LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a committee to nominate a person to fill an advisory seat on the Weatherford College Board. Committee members are J.D. Clark, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns, Auditor Ann McCuiston and commissioners’ attorney Thomas Aaberg. College board members created the seat last month to give Wise County a non-voting voice on issues related to the county. It’s open to be filled immediately. In the meantime, Rep. Phil King filed House Bill 2194 that would give the county two voting seats on the college board. If the bill passes, there will be no need to appoint a person to the advisory position. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

BENEFIT MEAL – A benefit meal for the Fletcher family will be held 1 p.m. Sunday in downtown Greenwood. The meal will include pulled pork, chicken, sausage and all the fixings. Dessert will be Amish ice cream and peach cobbler. An acoustic song swap featuring Phil Hamilton and other special guests will begin at 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the family of Eric and Brandy Fletcher who are adopting three children. To donate food or to help, call Melinda at 940-389-4736.

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY – The Decatur Public Library will screen two movies Thursday, one at 1 p.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. For information, call the library at 940-393-0290.

RELAY EVENT – Paint Wise County Purple 5K Run/Walk event is March 25 in downtown Decatur. Registration is 7:15-7:50 a.m. Walk begins at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. The event will also include cancer survivors painting the street purple and a vendor event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

YOUTH FAIR RESULTS – The midweek Wise County Messenger includes the Youth Fair Results 2017 special section. Look for it in All Around Wise and on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Jade Alexis Tiago Resendis, 17, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon prior to the service at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kolleen Milacek, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Steven Wayne McMillan, 60, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017


2 HURT IN ROLLOVER WRECK – A man and woman were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 north of Decatur Monday morning. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said Jason Pruess, 41, and Cathleen Schultz, 49, both of Brownwood, were northbound near Eagles Canyon Raceway in a Ford F-250 pickup around 11 a.m. when they veered off the road for an unknown reason. Garcia said Pruess couldn’t recall the wreck. The pickup collided with a tree before entering a side roll. It came to rest upside down in a creek bottom. Both occupants were extricated by emergency crews and taken via ambulance to Medical City Denton with non life-threatening injuries. A medical helicopter had been initially called to the scene but was canceled before arrival. Greenwood-Slidell and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

BURN BAN REVISED – Commissioners Monday approved a revised burn ban as presented by Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. This ban will last another 90 days, until June 11, but the county will use the National Weather Service’s red flag day system to determine fire risk. Beard said there will likely be burn days during the ban, but anyone who wishes to burn outdoors must call the Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971 to receive permission and ensure the NWS has lifted the burn ban for that day.

HOSPITAL SIGNS SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH SPEEDWAY – Wise Health System has signed a multi-year agreement with Texas Motor Speedway to serve as the title sponsor for April’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race and as the speedway’s official healthcare provider. The five-year agreement is a multi-pronged sponsorship that is anchored by the entitlement rights for the XFINITY Series race that will be re-branded as the My Bariatric Solutions 300. The 300-mile, 200-lap race is scheduled for April 8. Wise Health System also will be the “Official Healthcare Provider of Texas Motor Speedway,” and that sponsor designation will provide enhanced medical equipment and services for the NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends, beginning with the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500/My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR doubleheader on April 7-9. No financial terms of the agreement were disclosed.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Fellowship Hall. Donna Weeden will present “Wildcatters of the Southwest,” followed by the business meeting. Refreshments and a door prize is provided.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Diane Dyess will talk about Southern Cemetery Symbolism.

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY – Rhome Public Library will show a movie and popcorn for spring break 2:30 p.m. today. Bring your children and enjoy a movie on the library’s large screen television in the new activity room at the library. Check the RPL website, www.rhomepubliclibrary.org, or the library’s Facebook page for movie to be shown. Following the movie, the library will present STEAM fun for children at 4:30 p.m. Topic will be the weather.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Speaker Thom Lambert will give a program on the growth of Decatur.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. today at the high school band hall. Discussion will include officers for next year.

FUNERALS – Service for Steven McMillan, 60, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jade Alexis Tiago Resendis, 17, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday prior to the service at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kolleen Milacek, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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A man and woman were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 51 north of Decatur Monday morning.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said Jason Pruess, 41, and Cathleen Schultz, 49, both of Brownwood, were northbound near Eagles Canyon Raceway in a Ford F-250 pickup around 11 a.m. when they veered off the road for an unknown reason. Garcia said Pruess couldn’t recall the wreck.
The pickup collided with a tree before entering a side roll. It came to rest upside down in a creek bottom. Both occupants were extricated by emergency crews and taken via ambulance to Medical City Denton with non life-threatening injuries. A medical helicopter had been initially called to the scene but was canceled before arrival.
Greenwood-Slidell and Decatur Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

 

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Monday, March 13, 2017


SALE TO BENEFIT WILDFIRE VICTIMS – The Decatur Livestock Market will have a special segment during its regular sale today to benefit those in the agriculture community affected by the wildfires in the Texas Panhandle. It will start immediately after the packer cows at approximately 11 a.m. More than 30 items have already been donated. To see a full list of items to be auctioned, go to the livestock market’s Facebook page. Search “Decatur Livestock Market LLC-Texas”. Proceeds from the auction will be split between three designated accounts in Gray, Hemphill and Lipscomb counties. If you would like to donate items to Monday’s auction, call Kimberly at 940-389-5252 or Mickey at 817-253-0201.

MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY – Rhome Public Library will show a movie and popcorn for spring break 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bring your children and enjoy a movie on the library’s large screen television in the new activity room at the library. Check the RPL website, www.rhomepubliclibrary.org, or the library’s Facebook page for movie to be shown. Following the movie, the library will present STEAM fun for children at 4:30 p.m. Topic will be the weather.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Speaker Thom Lambert will give a program on the growth of Decatur.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school band hall. Discussion will include officers for next year.

FLAG FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT – The first BYA 7 on 7 Flag Football Tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Yellowjacket Stadium. Cost is $300 per team (7-14 players), double elimination format, for ages 16 and up. All players must fill out a release form. Proceeds go to benefit the Boyd Youth Association. Contact Aaron Lambert at 817-487-3864 or hlcustomhomes@gmail.com.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close the intersection of West Hale and South Cowan to through traffic for concrete pavement construction through Friday, March 24. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department for more information at 940-393-0260.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon-2 p.m. today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

CASA 101 – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack counties will have CASA 101 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the CASA office, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur. CASA 101 is an informal, Q&A get-together. Participants will meet current CASA volunteers and learn about the application process. RSVP to Kayla Prock at 940-627-7535 or kayla.prock@casawise.org.

FUNERALS – Service for William “Bill” Walter Childress, 77, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. today at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kolleen Milacek, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jade Resendis, 17, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Lou Bryant Henderson, 77, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Trinity Fellowship Church. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Friday, March 10, 2017


FOG CAUSING TRAVEL ISSUES – Heavy fog Friday morning was causing travel issues in parts of Wise County. As Update was going to press, medics and fire departments had been dispatched to a four-vehicle wreck at Texas 114 and Shale Creek near Rhome. Initial reports said motorists were having trouble seeing the traffic light due to heavy fog. There had been no reports of injuries.

STREET CLOSURE – The City of Decatur will close the intersection of West Hale and South Cowan to through traffic for concrete pavement construction today through Friday, March 24. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring closure to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department for more information at 940-393-0260.

MARSHALL ENDS TEXANS’ DREAM SEASON – Fort Bend Marshall used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to grab the lead for good in an 82-59 victory over the Northwest Texans in the 5A semifinal Thursday. Avery Anderson finished with 23 points.

BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR BATTLE FOR 3-4A TITLE – The Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles will battle for the 3-4A soccer title at 7:30 tonight at Eagle Stadium. The game will follow the girls game.

STORMS POSSIBLE – A 20 percent chance of storms is included in today’s forecast, and storm chances increase to 60 percent Saturday.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All veterans are invited.

EAST SIDE ALUMNI – The East Side Alumni Association will meet 1 p.m. Saturday at the home of Mike Bell. Call 940-627-9082.

MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER – The Wise County Committee on Aging, the provider of Meals on Wheels, will have a Skaters from Decatur fundraising event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Decatur Skate, 1508 N. U.S. 81/287. Cost is $10. Tickets are available at the WCCA office, 300 N. Trinity Suite A in Decatur. WCCA is also selling raffle tickets for NRS World Weekend in Decatur which includes a stay at NRS, meals provided by local restaurants and a gift basket. Drawing will be held at Saturday’s fundraiser.

MEET FIRST RESPONDERS – Safety 1st, an event to meet first responders, is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at McDonald’s in Decatur. A fire truck, police car and ambulance will be on site for viewing and photos.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge is holding its quarterly breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday. Biscuits, gravy, sausage and bacon will be provided at no cost. Donations will be accepted.

BAKE SALE – The Boyd Rodeo team will hold a bake sale 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Boyd.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA Greenhouse will be open 1-5:30 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday to sell hanging baskets and bedding plants. The greenhouse is located behind Decatur High School.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Thomas Charles, 34, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Paul Wayne Diffenderfer, 67, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Amanda Caroline Wells, 33, of Boyd is 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for William “Bill” Childress, 77, of Rhome is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Rhome Church of Christ. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Paul Howard, 71, of Forestburg is 10:30 a.m. today at Forestburg Baptist Church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Jeffery Thatcher, 45, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Billy Lee Shawn, 74, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church in Balsora with burial at Willow Point Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ann “Granny Ann” Gregg Thornton, 87, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017


BLAND NAMED FINALIST FOR SNYDER SUPERINTENDENT – Bridgeport Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland was named the lone finalist for the Snyder ISD superintendent position Tuesday night. The board in Snyder will have to wait 21 days to officially name Bland superintendent, but Bland told the Wise County Messenger Wednesday that he plans to accept the job. “My wife and I, both our families are in West Texas, and this puts us about an hour away from her mother,” Bland said. The Bridgeport school board will meet Thursday, March 23, and Bland said he expects the timeline of his resignation and exit to be discussed then. Bland has been superintendent of Bridgeport since 2006.

NORTHWEST BIDS FOR TITLE SPOT – The Northwest Texans will play in the 5A semifinal against Fort Bend Marshall at 8:30 tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Northwest is making its state tournament debut.

BRIDGEPORT HOOPS COACH RESIGNS – Bridgeport basketball coach Alan Green stepped down from his post Wednesday. He plans to remain in the district and teach. Green led the Bulls to the 4A title in 2015 and four straight playoff appearances.

BOYD, BRIDGEPORT TRACK MEETS – Boyd and Bridgeport will host track meets today.

NO. 4 EAGLES OPEN BROCK TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Eagles remained at No. 4 in the new 4A Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll Wednesday. The Eagles will begin play in the Brock Tournament at 3 today against Grandview.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon-2 p.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA Greenhouse will be open 1-5:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday to sell hanging baskets and bedding plants. The greenhouse is located behind Decatur High School.

CASA 101 – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack counties will have CASA 101 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the CASA office, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur. CASA 101 is an informal, Q&A get-together. Participants will meet current CASA volunteers and learn about the application process. RSVP to Kayla Prock at 940-627-7535 or kayla.prock@casawise.org.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT – The Wise County Pasture Management Workshop is today at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Registration is 10:30 a.m., and the program starts at 11. Topics will include optimizing your pasture fertilizer dollars, pest management, and weed control in pastures. Cost is $15. Call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to sign up or with questions, 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Services for Amanda Wells, 33, of Boyd and William Childress, 77, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Paul Howard, 71, of Forestburg is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Forestburg Baptist Church. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Jeffery Thatcher, 45, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ann “Granny Ann” Gregg Thornton, 87, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Billy Shawn, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Thomas Charles, 34, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Bland named lone finalist for Snyder ISD superintendent


Bridgeport Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland was named the lone finalist for the Snyder ISD superintendent position Tuesday night.

The board in Snyder will have to wait 21 days to officially name Bland superintendent, but Bland told the Messenger Wednesday that he plans to accept the job.

“My wife and I, both our families are in West Texas, and this puts us about an hour away from her mother,” Bland said.

The Bridgeport school board will meet Thursday, March 23, and Bland said he expects the timeline of his resignation and exit to be discussed then.

Bland has been superintendent of Bridgeport since 2006.

“When you’ve been somewhere 11 years you’ve made some friends but probably some enemies, too. I don’t care what the enemies say, but I do care about the friends,” Bland said. “It’s bittersweet.”

 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017


YOUTH FAIR AUCTION TOPPED $265,000 – Bidders spent $265,750 Saturday at the 2017 Youth Fair auction at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Aliyah Nichols of Alvord 4-H led off the sale with her grand champion steer, which was purchased by the Champions and Blue Ribbon Club for $12,000. Reserve champion Carson Read of Decatur 4-H sold her steer for $7,000, also to the Champions and Blue Ribbon Club. The sale total was up $12,300 from 2016. See a related story about Youth Fair champions in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today. Complete auction results will be published in a special section in next Wednesday’s Wise County Messenger.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING – Bridgeport High School Band Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. today in the band hall behind the high school.

BAKE SALE – The Boyd Rodeo team will hold a bake sale 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Boyd.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge is holding its quarterly breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday. Biscuits, gravy, sausage and bacon will be provided at no cost. Donations will be accepted.

PRESCRIBED BURNING – The U.S. Forest Service will conduct 1,300 acres of prescribed burning to clear vegetation in Unit 31 of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands today. The area is east of Alvord. For more information, call the grasslands office at (940)-627-5475.

GIFTED AND TALENTED – Nominations for the Paradise Gifted and Talented program will be accepted until Friday, March 24. Students from kindergarten to 11th grade will be accepted. Nomination forms may be found at pisd.net.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday, April 8, at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girl event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is scheduled for Saturday, April 8. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to www.glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Wise Health System’s Bridgeport Auxiliary will award 10, $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of Wise Health System and individuals with a Wise County address, who are pursuing a medical field of study. Apply online at wisehealthsystem.com/scholarships. Deadline is Monday, April 3. For information, call scholarship chair, Bunny Perry, 940-575-2341.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Thomas Charles, 34, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Richard Allen Walls, 71, of Alvord is 11 a.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amanda Wells, 33, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Jan Fortenberry Ervin, 63, of Mineral Wells is 11 a.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Lily Galttana, 93, of Azle is 3 p.m. today at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Paul Howard, 71, of Forestburg is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Jeffery Thatcher, 45, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ann Thornton, 87, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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