Friday, May 5, 2017


ELECTION DAY SATURDAY – City council and school board elections are Saturday. Wise County has several contested races, as well as three bond elections, a water district decision and the issue of tax assignment, all on various ballots. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A list of election day polling places, as well as what will appear on each ballot, was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger. Election results will be posted Saturday night at wcmessenger.com.

DECATUR SCHOOL HONORS – Lauren Smith of Decatur High School and Lara Wadlington of Carson Elementary were named Decatur ISD Teachers of the Year Thursday at the Decatur Education Foundation Gala. Campus nominees for the honor included Julie Harris of Rann Elementary, Amy Moore of Young Elementary and Devin McCain of McCarroll Middle School. Four men became the first inductees into the new Decatur High School Athletic Hall of Honor. Honored were Ronnie Gage, Curtis Enis, Brennan Williams and Kevin Haney. Foundation President Carey Williams said that this year, the Foundation had awarded almost $70,000 in teacher grants at the district’s six school campuses. More than 250 people attended the event at the Decatur Civic Center.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS – Four Wise County baseball teams start the playoffs tonight. Decatur heads to Dallas to take on Pinkston at 6 at Mercy Street Sports Complex in game one of a 4A Region II bi-district series. Game two is slated for noon Saturday in Decatur with game three following if necessary. Boyd will take on Peaster in a 3A Region I bi-district series with games one and two in Boswell, starting at 6. Game three, if necessary is noon Saturday. Paradise and Brock will meet in game one at 4:30 at Weatherford College. Game two will follow. A third game, if necessary, would be at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jacksboro. In a 2A Region II bi-district series, Alvord faces Petrolia at 8 p.m. in Graham. Game two is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday in Graham with game three following. Northwest takes on Denison at 7 at home in a 5A Region I bi-district game.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets begin a Class 3A Region I area series with Early at 6 tonight in Granbury with game one. Game two is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday with game three following. Chico faces Moody in a single game at 7 p.m. at Joshua.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold its meeting noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. For information, call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street just off the Decatur Square. Trucks will sell 2 oz. samples of their signature dishes 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will serve their full menu 4 to 9 p.m. Additional parking and shuttle service will be available at the northwest corner of Business 81/287 and Walnut Street, across from Twice the Ice. A section of Main Street will be closed 7:30 a.m. today through 11 p.m. Saturday. While the main event is Saturday, 10 trucks will be open throughout the day today, starting at 10:30 a.m.

CRUISE NIGHTS – The first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square is Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $10 per vehicle. Judging begins at 7 with awards given at 8. Stores and restaurants will be open late.

COMIC BOOK DAY – The Decatur Public Library will participate in Free Comic Book Day at 10 a.m. Saturday. Stop by the library for activities, free comics and a chance to win door prizes. Call 940-393-0290.

BAKE SALE – East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale at 9 a.m. until they sell out Saturday at the St. John’s Baptist Church parking lot. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

SPRING CLEANING – The city of Lake Bridgeport’s Spring Clean Up is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in front of city hall. A plate lunch and bake sale will be held inside city hall, benefiting the road fund. Call 940-683-2700 or visit cityoflakebridgeport.com.

COOP TOUR – Texas A&M AgriLife is hosting the 7th Annual Coop Tour Saturday. The tour will begin with a presentation on “Raising Chickens 101” at 9 a.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The tour will be come and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 940-627-3341.

YOUTH ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association 2017 Youth Art Show is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association is 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery on County Road 1361 near Chico.

GENEALOGY CONFERENCE – The Wise County Genealogical Society is having a conference, “Beginning Genealogy in the Digital Age,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College Wise County. Topics to be covered include “Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums,” “Building a Life Story Beyond the Census” and “Methodologies for Search Success.” Register online at wisegenealogy.org. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Onsite registration is available at 8:30 a.m., but lunch will not be available. For information, email Patti Gillespie at gensearcherpatti@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Bobby Potts, 86, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Willie Mae Peysen Peel, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery in Alvord.

MEMORIAL service for Georgia A. Mount, 104, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at First Baptist Church in Alvord followed by graveside service at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Tracie Pryor of Chico is pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for John Greenwood Jr., 52, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for June Lee Jones, 59, of Chico is 4 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Robert Goynes, 64, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Leslie Faye Bailey, 47, of Terrell is 3 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Belew Cemetery in Aubrey. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017


CRUISE NIGHTS – The first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square is Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $10 per vehicle. Judging begins at 7 with awards given at 8. Stores and restaurants will be open late.

APRIL RAINFALL – For the third month in a row, Wise County saw below average rainfall. Decatur received 2.78 inches of rainfall in April, below the average of 3.36 inches for the month. Since Jan. 1, Wise County has received only 8.47 inches of rain. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 88 on April 25 to a low of 37 on April 7.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. To be eligible, children must be American Indian, an Alaskan native, underinsured, no insurance or on Medicaid. Bring the child’s shot record and Medicaid card. CHIPS is not accepted. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

SUPPORTING THE ARTS – Kickstart for the Arts, benefiting the Greater Wise Arts Alliance, is 6-10 p.m. May 11 in downtown Bridgeport at 12th and Halsell Streets. Food will be by Chef Debra Workman with the Mask House, and there will be a street dance featuring Jake Hooker. There will also be an art auction, art display and cash bar. Advance tickets are $275 for a table of eight or $40 per person, $20 for music only. At the door pricing is $50 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 940-683-2076.

BARBECUE COOKOFF – Butterfield Stage Days Barbecue Cookoff is Saturday, May 13, at Harwood Park in downtown Bridgeport. Cooks’ meeting is 7 p.m. Friday, May 12. Entry fee is $125. Categories are pork, spare ribs, chicken, brisket and beans. Register online at bridgeportchamber.org or at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 812A Halsell Street.

CONCERT – Heaven’s Harbor Quartet will perform a free concert 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Faith Baptist Church, 2882 W. U.S. 380, Decatur. A love offering will be accepted.

DONATIONS NEEDED – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of jewelry (long necklaces) for Bingo prizes. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817 for information or drop off at Senior Care in Decatur.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Wise County. Valid driver’s license required; background check will be performed. Call 940-627-5329 or stop by 300 N. Trinity St, Suite A, Decatur.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Willie Mae Peysen Peel, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial at Hopewell Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Georgia A. Mount, 104, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at First Baptist Church in Alvord followed by graveside service at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Martha Moore, 84, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for John Greenwood Jr., 52, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for June Lee Jones, 59, of Chico is 4 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Leslie Faye Bailey, 48, of Terrell is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


DEVON SALE – Devon Energy Corporation announced Tuesday that it plans to sell $1 billion in assets – including some in the Barnett Shale natural gas fields – to concentrate more on oil exploration in West Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Devon, based in Oklahoma City and with a regional office in Bridgeport, said the sales are expected to be completed in the next 18 months. The company said it was selling part of its holdings in North Texas, but didn’t specifically mention which properties would be sold. Devon is one of the largest producers of natural gas in the Barnett Shale and has drilled more than 5,000 wells in the Barnett Shale since 2002.

STORMS LIKELY – The National Weather Service sets storm chances in Wise County at 60 percent today, mainly before 2 p.m. A slight chance of rain then remains in the forecast for this afternoon and overnight. A wind advisory will be in effect 1-8 p.m. today following a cold front that will move through the area.

FOOD TRUCK CHALLENGE – The Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge is 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday on Main Street just off the Decatur Square. Trucks will sell 2 oz. samples of their signature dishes 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will serve their full menu 4 to 9 p.m. Additional parking and shuttle service will be available at the northwest corner of Business 81/287 and Walnut Street, across from Twice the Ice.

COOP TOUR – Texas A&M AgriLife is hosting the 7th Annual Coop Tour Saturday. The tour will begin with a presentation on “Raising Chickens 101” at 9 a.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The tour will be come and go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 940-627-3341. See a related story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

YOUTH ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association 2017 Youth Art Show is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association is 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery on County Road 1361 near Chico.

GENEALOGY CONFERENCE – The Wise County Genealogical Society is having a conference, “Beginning Genealogy in the Digital Age,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College Wise County. Topics to be covered include “Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums,” “Building a Life Story Beyond the Census” and “Methodologies for Search Success.” Register online at wisegenealogy.org. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Onsite registration is available at 8:30 a.m., but lunch will not be available. For information, email Patti Gillespie at gensearcherpatti@gmail.com.

ALVORD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Alvord Elementary School Pre-k and kindergarten registration will be today and tomorrow at the school office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Pre-k children must be 4 years old and Kindergarteners must be 5 as of Sept 1, 2017. Parents must bring child’s social security card, birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency in the Alvord ISD. Pre-k students must qualify based on low income or language. Children do not have to be brought to registration. Call the office at 940-427-2881.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for John Greenwood Jr., 52, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Fellowship Church in Chico. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for June Lee Jones, 59, of Chico is 4 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for David Harless, 78, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at New Hope Fellowship in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Martha Moore, 84, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jewel Arlena Hesteande, 92, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Georgia A. Mount, 104, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at First Baptist Church in Alvord followed by graveside service at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


FOOD TRAILER FIRE – A food trailer fire in front of Lowe’s Market shut down Texas 114 in Boyd Monday morning. Sammy Fox of Temple had parked his truck and trailer on the shoulder of the road in front of the store around 10:30 a.m. A customer came into the store to alert Fox about the fire. A propane tank inside the trailer exploded during the blaze. Boyd and Rhome firefighters extinguished the fire. The road was reopened around 11:30 a.m.

ATF TO INVESTIGATE THREAT – Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the evidence they have discovered regarding yesterday’s bomb threat at Paradise Elementary will be bundled and given over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Akin said someone called the school around 4:30 Saturday morning and left a message about someone putting a bomb in the schools. Elementary staff discovered the voicemail around 7:30 a.m. Monday, and the school was evacuated a short time later. A search revealed no evidence of a bomb. Akin said the investigation is ongoing.

EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY – Today is your last chance to vote early before Saturday’s city and school elections. Voting locations will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today. A full list of early voting locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

SPRING CLEANING – The city of Lake Bridgeport’s Spring Clean Up is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in front of city hall. A plate lunch and bake sale will be held inside city hall, benefiting the road fund. Call 940-683-2700 or visit cityoflakebridgeport.com.

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Senior Care in Bridgeport is seeking donations for items such as jewelry or bath gel for a community store for the residents. Call 940-683-5023.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month and will feature a guest speaker.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

BOYD KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP – Boyd Elementary School will hold its Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round-Up for 2017-18 3:45 p.m.-6 p.m. today. Bring your child for a brief evaluation. You will also need your photo I.D., your child’s birth certificate, your child’s current shot record, proof of residence and your child’s social security card. Call Boyd Elementary School at 940-433-9520.

ALVORD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Alvord Elementary School Pre-k and kindergarten registration will be May 3 and 4 at the school office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Pre-k children must be 4 years old and Kindergarteners must be 5 as of Sept 1, 2017. Parents must bring child’s social security card, birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency in the Alvord ISD. Pre-k students must qualify based on low income or language. Children do not have to be brought to registration. Call the office at 940-427-2881.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for June Lee Jones, 59, of Chico is 4 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Bobby Greenwood, 52, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for David Harless, 78, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Fellowship in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Martha Moore, 84, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jewel Arlena Hesteande, 92, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Georgia A. Mount, 104, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday, May 12 at First Baptist Church in Alvord followed by graveside service at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Vernon. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Food trailer fire shuts down 114 in Boyd


A food trailer fire in front of Lowe’s Market shut down Texas 114 in Boyd Monday morning.
Sammy Fox of Temple had parked his truck and trailer on the shoulder of the road in front of the store around 10:30 a.m.
“I checked and nothing was on. I went in to get some food for the day and a customer came in and said the trailer was on fire,” Fox said.
Fox has operated his The Singing Chef food trailer since December 2016 in the Temple area. He said he was going to be at the Silver Bullet Pawn and Gun in Boyd this week.
“I was going to be based out of Boyd because they’ve been so accommodating,” said Fox, who will be a new father soon.
A propane tank inside the trailer exploded during the fire.
Boyd and Rhome firefighters extinguished the fire.
The road was reopened around 11:30 a.m.

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Monday, May 1, 2017


SCHOOL EVACUATED DUE TO BOMB THREAT – Paradise Elementary was evacuated just before 8 a.m. today after the school received a bomb threat. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the threat was called in, and a voice mail was left. Investigators do not yet know when the voice mail was recorded. The school was searched, and no bombs were found. Students and staff were allowed back inside around 9 a.m.

WINDS CAUSE POWER OUTAGES – High winds on Sunday caused problems in parts of Wise County. Several power lines were reported down, sparking numerous grass fires. About 500 Oncor customers in the North Trinity area of Decatur lost power for several hours Sunday evening, but power was restored around 10:30.

FOUR ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR STATE – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe and Jacey Cate qualified for the state track meet over the weekend. Thorpe finished second in the shot put at the 3A Region I meet with a throw of 40-0.25. Cate jumped 5-2 to finish second in the high jump. Northwest’s Caden McDonald earned the silver medal in the discus at the 5A Region I meet with a throw of 194-4. Slidell’s Kayson Roof qualified for the state meet for a fourth time. She won the pole vault at the Class A Region III meet, clearing 9-6. She finished second in the 300 hurdles in 49.59. Roof narrowly missed qualifying for state in a third event, finishing third in the 100 in 13.12. Bailey Meyer finished third in the high jump, clearing 4-8. Alvord’s Christina Thomas took fourth in the 300 hurdles at the 2A Region II meet in 16.61. The Decatur girls 4×200 relay finished sixth in 1:44.95 at the 4A Region II meet. Isaac Hacker was fourth in the triple jump with an effort of 45-0.5.

BOYD SWEEPS SERIES – Freshman Sydney Langley capped a four-run top of the seventh inning for the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets in a 10-9 victory over Breckenridge Saturday to sweep the 3A Region I bi-district series. Kayleigh Pappajohn drove in three runs with a triple. Kaylee Rutledge homered, doubled and drove in two runs. Boyd moves on to play Early in the area round with game one set for 6 p.m. Friday in Granbury.

BOYD, PARADISE MAKE PLAYOFFS – The Boyd Yellowjackets were shutout Friday by Jacksboro 6-0 but will be 8-3A’s third playoff seed. Paradise took down Bowie 11-5 to earn the fourth seed out of the district.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. 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, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month and will feature a guest speaker.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

BAKE SALE – East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale at 9 a.m. until they sell out Saturday at the St. John’s Baptist Church parking lot. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

BOYD KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP – Boyd Elementary School will hold its Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Round-Up for 2017-18 on Tuesday from 3:45 p.m.-6 p.m. Bring your child for a brief evaluation. You will also need your photo I.D., your child’s birth certificate, your child’s current shot record, proof of residence and your child’s social security card. Call Boyd Elementary School at 940-433-9520.

ALVORD KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION – Alvord Elementary School Pre-k and kindergarten registration will be May 3 and 4 at the school office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Pre-k children must be 4 years old and Kindergarteners must be 5 as of Sept 1, 2017. Parents must bring child’s social security card, birth certificate, a current immunization record and proof of residency in the Alvord ISD. Pre-k students must qualify based on low income or language. Children do not have to be brought to registration. Call the office at 940-427-2881.

FUNERALS – Service for Jewel Arlena Hesteande is 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Keas, 87, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today in the Chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Fairview Cemetery in Clarksville.

MEMORIAL service for David Harless, 78, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Fellowship in Chico. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha Moore, 84, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for June Jones, 59, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, April 28, 2017


RELAY FOR LIFE – Relay for Life’s opening ceremony starts 7 tonight at the Decatur Middle School track. Sign-ups are still open at relayforlife.org, and teams can check-in from 3-6 p.m. Relay for Life is a fundraiser that supports cancer patients in Wise County. The money raised during Relay helps pay for patients’ transportation to treatment and keeps the wig and hat room at the Wise Health Imaging Center stocked. For information, call Amanda Braudaway at 817-366-8131.

BOARD COMMITS TO RAISES – Alvord trustees Thursday committed $120,000 to pay for raising the median pay for all district employees. The action is expected to increase median pay between 3 and 4 percent. See Saturday’s Wise County Messenger for more information.

STORMS IN WEEKEND FORECAST – This afternoon’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of storms, increasing to 30 percent overnight, 40 percent Saturday and 50 percent Saturday night. Some of the storms Saturday could be severe, according to the National Weather Service.

SISSIES EARN STATE TRIP – The Bridgeport Sissies cut five strokes off their first-round total to clinch third place at the 4A Region II tournament and earn their third straight trip to state. Bridgeport finished with 753 over the two rounds. Brooke Irion finished third overall after shooting 77 in both rounds. She finished five shots back. Katie Hudson finished sixth after following up her first-round 84 with an 82. Ashlie Lennard shot 108 and 110. Taite Read fired a 110 and 105. Maycie Cortez carded a 117 and 112.

LANGLEY SLAM LIFTS BOYD TO WIN – Sydney Langley’s fourth-inning grand slam put Boyd on the way to a 10-0 win over Breckenridge in game one of the 3A bi-district series. Langley also doubled and drove in six runs. Lindsey Thorpe homered. Kristin Rasbury tossed a one-hit shutout. Game two is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College.

CHICO BEATS PERRIN – Laynee North’s two-run triple in the first inning jumpstarted the Chico Lady Dragons in an 11-1 win over Perrin-Whitt in the Class 2A Region II bi-district game. North drove in four runs and reached base four times.

REGION TRACK – Region track meets start today with field events and the running prelims. Decatur and Bridgeport head to the 4A Region II meet at Texas A&M-Commerce. Boyd and Paradise athletes will compete at Abilene Christian for the 3A Region I meet. Northwest is at Texas Tech for the 5A Region I meet. Alvord and Chico are taking part in the 2A Region II meet at Springtown. Slidell is headed to Whitney for the Class A Region III event. Running finals and some field events will be held at the sites on Saturday.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive, a nonprofit organization benefiting individuals with special needs, needs volunteers for Wise County Special Needs Baseball. Games are 8-11 a.m. Saturday mornings at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Volunteers are needed for the players. Volunteer sign up tables are on site.

BENEFIT – First Financial Bank in Decatur will serve free hot dogs, drinks and chips 3-6 p.m. today. Donations will benefit the Decatur Fire Department. Hank FM radio will be on site with free giveaways.

GUEST SPEAKER – General William “Jerry” Boykin will be guest speaker at Victory Family Church in Decatur at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Boykin is a founding member of the elite counterinsurgency unit, Delta Force, and later was the head of the Army’s Special Warfare Center, led the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and served at the Pentagon as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, retiring as a three-star general.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker will be Ginger Johnson, bilingual community advocate for Wise Hope Crisis Center. RSVP via email to info@wisecountychamber.com.

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

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is offering certification training for private pesticide applicator 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 2, at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur. Cost is $60. The purpose of the training is to obtain a private applicator license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This license will enable the applicator to purchase and apply state limited use and federally restricted chemicals on his land or land he has control of for the purpose of production of agricultural commodities. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

SENIOR CITIZENS FUNDRAISER – The Chico Senior Citizen Association will hold a fundraiser 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chico City Community Room, 400 S. Hovey St. It will include a hamburger/hot dog meal with drink, chips and dessert for $6, musical entertainment and a cake auction. Proceeds will be used to repair the senior citizens building from water damage.

FUNERALS – Service for Jewel A. Hesteande, 92, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Keas, 87, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Arlene Delores Gibson, 74, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017


ELEVATED FIRE DANGER – According to the National Weather Service, gusty south winds and warm, dry weather will create elevated fire danger in Wise County and areas to the west this afternoon.

SISSIES IN THIRD – The Bridgeport Sissies golf team is in third place heading into today’s second round of the Class 4A Region II tournament at Canton’s Van Zandt Country Club. Brooke Irion led the way, shooting a 77. She is in second place. Katie Hudson is in sixth after an opening-round 84. Ashlie Lennard shot 108, Taite Read 110 and Maycie Cortez 117.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS – The Chico Lady Dragons take on Perrin-Whitt at 7:30 tonight at Jacksboro in a Class 2A Region II bi-district game. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets begin the playoffs with a 3A Region I bi-district series against Breckenridge with game one at 7 p.m. at Brock. Games two and three begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College.

SENIOR CITIZENS FUNDRAISER – The Chico Senior Citizen Association will hold a fundraiser 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chico City Community Room, 400 S. Hovey St. It will include a hamburger/hot dog meal with drink, chips and dessert for $6, musical entertainment and a cake auction. Proceeds will be used to repair the senior citizens building from water damage.

YARD SALE – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson in Decatur, will hold a yard sale 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The annual Cottondale Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Covered dish lunch starts at 12:30 p.m., and the business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Donations made out to Cottondale Cemetery Association may be mailed to: Cottondale Cemetery Association c/o Marsha Foster, 456 CR 3591 Paradise, TX 76073.

COOP TOUR – Texas A&M AgriLife is hosting the 7th Annual Coop Tour May 6. If you are interested in being on the tour, contact the Extension office ASAP. The tour will begin with a presentation on “Raising Chickens 101” at 9 a.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The tour will be come and go from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 940-627-3341.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary School’s kindergarten roundup is 9 a.m-2 p.m. May 1-5. Students must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1. To register, bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record, proof of residence and photo ID of the person enrolling the student. Call 940-683-5955.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. today and Thursday, May 4, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

NEW LIBRARY HOURS – The Newark Public Library, 207 Hudson St., has new library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 1-5 p.m. Call the library at 817-489-2224, email library@newarktexas.com. or visit www.newarktexas.com/library.html.

SUNDAE FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Police Department will sell ice cream sundaes 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at 1000 Thompson St. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

FINAL BANK NIGHT – The final meeting and bank night for Wise County’s Relay for Life is 5:30 p.m. today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. All team captains must attend to turn in money and pick up T-shirts. Captains should also bring silent auction items – one basket per 15 team members.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Anna Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Arlene Gibson, 74, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


ATV PURCHASE APPROVED TO WORK RACES – Wise County commissioners peppered EMS Administrator Charles Dillard with questions Monday morning but eventually granted his request to purchase all-terrain vehicles, primarily for use at local racetracks. He said medics currently use ATVs or four-wheelers that belong to the racetracks, which presents liability concerns. Dillard asked to use capital expenditure money to purchase three ATVs, and commissioners approved the purchase of two. He explained that off-duty personnel work the events and are paid by the racetracks. If someone is injured, they are a patient of Wise County EMS and billed accordingly. County Judge J.D. Clark expressed concern that Dillard was asking to buy equipment for use at private events. “If these private events pay our employees directly, should they do anything to offset the cost of the equipment out there for a private, for-profit event?” he asked. The purchase was approved 3-1 with Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance casting the lone vote against. “I’d be for one,” he said. The ATVs will also be used for emergencies on the LBJ National Grasslands and other rough terrain. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

WIND ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Wise County from noon to 7 p.m. today. West-northwest winds 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour are expected this afternoon. We’ve already hit the expected high for today, with temperatures expected to drop behind a cold front. Tonight’s low is expected to dip to 46 degrees.

REGION GOLF – Decatur freshman Dayne Chapman shot a 5-over 77 in the second round of the 4A Region II tournament. Chapman finished tied for 16th with his two-day 11-over 155. He finished six strokes back of the final individual state qualifier, Jaxson Bellar of Bullard. The Chico girls shot a second round total 491 to finish with a 936 at the 2A Region II tournament. The Lady Dragons took seventh. Whitney Renfro followed her 105 with a 109. Jaci Green fired a 121 to finish with a 229. McKenna Flake had a 123 in the second round for a 233 in the tournament. Claire Hill shot 138 for a 260 total. The Alvord boys finished 11th with their two-round total of 853. Crese Redman shot 94 in the second round, following his opening 103. Russell Shrauner had 98 after his first round 120. Tanner Petree and Clayton Machal finished with a totals of 219 and Clint Wright 245. Chico’s Willie Payne shot a two-day total of 209. At the 5A Region I tournament, Northwest finished with a 718. Ashley Davis had a 161 over two rounds. Calista Lothliam 181, Madison Davis 182, Madison Pate 197 and Katlyn Fagile 203. The Bridgeport girls start play today at the 4A Region II tournament in Canton.

YELLOWJACKETS STAY IN FIRST – The Boyd Yellowjackets will take on Jacksboro Friday in a showdown for the 8-3A title after Creighton Witt worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of seventh Tuesday for a 3-2 walkoff win over Henrietta. Paradise fell to Jacksboro 4-2. Northwest beat Eaton 2-1 to wrap up the 6-5A title. Lindsay blanked Alvord 5-0.

SUNDAE FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Police Department will sell ice cream sundaes 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1000 Thompson St. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

FAMILY PLACE – Chico Public Library’s Family Place play dates are back – 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday, April 27 through May 25. They encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week a local family service professional will be there to answer questions about early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Space is limited to 10 children, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

FUNDRAISER – Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department is having its first fundraiser and raffle 5 p.m. Saturday at 567 Salt Creek Road, in Springtown. There will be a silent auction, bounce house, medical helicopter landing, music, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. Cost for the meal is a donation. The department is seeking donations of new or lightly used items for the silent auction. Call 940-393-9203. There will be a raffle for a Coleman UTV. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. They can be purchased at the Salt Creek Store, Cottondale Store, Raymonds BBQ in Bridgeport or Elliot’s Electric in Bridgeport.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEETING – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served at noon during the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. today.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by Thursday. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

MEDICAL DIRECTORY – The Messenger’s Wise County Medical, Health & Wellness 2017 Directory is featured as an insert in today’s paper.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney/Ponder is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


DECATUR WRECK – Two people were sent to the hospital Monday morning following a wreck on Farm Road 51 just south of Decatur. A witness said a car was southbound on FM 51 when it apparently ran off the road and struck a culvert near Cobb Rental, causing the vehicle to go into a roll and strike a parked vehicle. The vehicle narrowly missed striking two people standing in front of the business, one of whom was injured by flying debris, the witness said. Two people were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur where one of the victims was flown to a Fort Worth hospital. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. No other information was immediately available at the scene.

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EXTENDED HOURS FOR VOTING – Early voting for the May 6 city and school elections takes place with extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today. A full list of voting locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now. Also, today is the deadline for elections officials to receive applications for ballots by mail.

REGION GOLF – Decatur’s Dayne Chapman shot a 6-over 78 in the first round of the 4A Region II tournament. He is tied for 19th and three shots back of the third individual advancing medalist. In the 2A Region II tournament, the Chico girls are in fourth after a first round 445. Whitney Renfro shot 105, Jacie Green 108, McKenna Flake 110 and Claire Hill 122. The Alvord boys shot 438 led by Crese Redman’s 103. Clayton Machal fired 106, Tanner Petree 109, Russell Shrauner 120 and Clint Wright 128. Chico’s Willie Payne shot 104. At the 5A Region I tournament, the Northwest girls shot 352 and are in fifth place. Ashley Davis is tied for third with a 78. Madison Davis is 23rd with an 87. Calista Lothliam fired a 90, Madison Pate 97 and Katlyn Faglie 106.

BASEBALL – The Boyd Yellowjackets look to maintain a share of the 8-3A lead as they take on Henrietta at home at 7:30 p.m. Paradise faces 8-3A co-leader Jacksboro at home. Alvord closes the regular season at home against Lindsay. Chico welcomes in Era. Northwest will try to sew up the 6-5A title against Eaton.

FINAL BANK NIGHT – The final meeting and bank night for Wise County’s Relay for Life is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. All team captains must attend to turn in money and pick up T-shirts. Captains should also bring silent auction items – one basket per 15 team members.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at the Eagle Activity Center, DISD’s multipurpose indoor practice facility behind the high school. Guests are asked to enter on U.S. Business 81/287 next to Carson and follow the driveway by the tennis courts and weight room to the parking area. Speaker is DISD Superintendent Rod Townsend.

TAX INFORMATION – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering PTAX 101 – Texas Property Tax Notice of Appraised Value and How to Protest 6 p.m. today at the WCAD office, 400 U.S. Business 380, in Decatur. This week’s program is the fourth in a series to help taxpayers better understand the Texas property tax system and responsibility of the appraisal district. Call 940-627-3081 to register.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEETING – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served at noon during the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County United Way will hold its annual golf tournament Friday at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. For more information or to enter a team, call Shawn Mann at 940-393-1679 or Terry Everett at 940-389-9060.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and Thursday, May 4, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today in the lecture hall at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The society will host guest speaker Diane Brownlee, who is a docent instructor at the Ross Perot Museum and the Heard Natural Science Museum. The topic will be “Earth’s Plate Tectonics.” Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney/Ponder is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, April 24, 2017


EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Polls opened at 8 a.m. today for early voting for the May 6 city council and school board elections. Early voting runs April 24 through May 2. A full list of voting times and locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

CADDELL WINS STATE TITLE – Paradise senior Avery Caddell won headline writing for the second straight year at the UIL 3A academic championships in Austin last week. Teammate Faith Blankenship placed third in feature writing, and the PHS journalism team tied with East Bernard for second overall. Also bringing home hardware from the 3A state meet was Aliza White of Boyd. She placed second in ready writing. In the 2A state meet, Chico’s Austin Richey placed 6th in computer science. In 1A competition, Slidell’s Kevin Oney placed second in social studies, Kayler Talamantes placed third in computer applications and Stone Coston placed sixth in computer science. Slidell’s One Act Play placed third at state. Results of the state speaking events had not been posted online before Update went to press.

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

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Decatur ISD will honor Carrie Greever’s 29 years of service to public education with a retirement reception 4-5:30 p.m. today at Carson Elementary. It is a come and go event.

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.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lecture hall at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The society will host guest speaker Diane Brownlee, who is a docent instructor at the Ross Perot Museum and the Heard Natural Science Museum. The topic will be “Earth’s Plate Tectonics.” Call 940-735-0361.

SUMMER CAMP MEETING – A Salvation Army Summer Camp meeting for parents of children ages 10-12 in Wise County is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The meeting will feature pizza, registration and a free physical for camp. Parents should bring shot records. For information call Martine Simpson at 940-399-8530 or Sharon Wilson at 214-274-0514.

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION – The Basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association, will be presented 2-4 p.m. today at Decatur Public Library. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated. Call 800-272-3900.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by April 27. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners today will consider issuing a letter of support for legislation regarding the creation of Wise County Municipal Utility District No. 4. They will also consider several tax bid sales and will have a closed session about property. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the county courthouse in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jennifer Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Friday, April 21, 2017


COLLEGE BILL PASSES HOUSE – The Texas House of Representatives Thursday passed Rep. Phil King’s bill (HB 2194) advocating for Wise County representation on the Weatherford College board. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for approval. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STORMS IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service forecast includes an 80 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms tonight, mainly between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

THORPE, CATE WIN AREA TITLES – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe and Jacey Cate won titles at the 7/8-3A area meet. Thorpe won the shot put with a throw of 37-10.25. Cate tied her own school record in the high jump, clearing 5-4. Paradise’s Matthew Eisen finished third in the 1,600. Boyd’s Caleb Rodriguez took second in the 200 and anchored the 4×400 that finished third.

DECATUR BATTLES SANGER FOR SECOND IN 9-4A – The Decatur Eagles will look for a fourth straight win and try to move into a second-place tie with Sanger at the end of 9-4A play. The two meet in Sanger at 7:30 tonight. Other games: Baseball – Collinsville at Alvord, Boyd at City View, Muenster at Chico, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Azle at Northwest, Paradise at Henrietta. Softball – Alvord at Collinsville, City View at Boyd, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Decatur at Sanger, Paradise at Henrietta, Azle at Northwest, Chico at Valley View (Saturday).

PLANT SALE – A Decatur FFA plant sale is 3:30-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Greenhouse located behind Decatur High School.

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION – The Basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association, will be presented 2-4 p.m. Monday at Decatur Public Library. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated. Call 800-272-3900.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities will be June 5, 6 and 7 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers of all ages are welcome. Campers and volunteers can sign up at Sonflowercamp.com.

BENEFIT TOURNEY – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Garrett Ragsdale is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School gym. Cost is $125 per team, five-player maximum. Garrett, a 2014 BHS graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Money raised will go toward his medical expenses. Volunteers are also needed to referee, work the concession stand, take money at the gate and donate items for a bake sale. To participate as a player or volunteer, call Alissa Gordon, 940-273-1540.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) annual yard sale is today and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Secret Life of Pets” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

BAND BANQUET – The Mighty Marching Maroon Annual Band Banquet is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center on Lawdwin. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with either cleanup or decorating. E-mail President Chad Bynum at sonnycrockett1@embarqmail.com or Jennifer Bynum at jbynum1974@gmail.com if you will assist.

FUNERALS – Service for Brent Barber, 53, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jennifer L. Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


DAZZLING TOTALS – The 8th annual Wise Health Foundation Dazzle Me Pink fundraiser raised more than $65,000 for Mary’s Gift, topping last year’s total by $7,000. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms for women. For more on the fashion show and luncheon, see the weekend Messenger.

HACKER WINS TRIPLE JUMP – Decatur’s Isaac Hacker won the 9/10-4A area title in the triple jump with an effort of 44-6. Hacker beat second place by more than two feet. He will move on to the 4A Region II meet. The Decatur girls took third in the 4×100 and 4×200 and will send all three relays to regionals. Autumn Finny finished third in the triple jump. Christian Isaac finished third in the 800. Riley Forman was third in the discus. Bridgeport’s Savannah Tuggle finished third in the girls pole vault.

ALVORD SWEEPS MEDALS IN HURDLES – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs swept the medal stand at the 11/12-2A area meet in the 100 hurdles. Christina Thomas won the race in 16.57. Brittney Parrish took second and Maggie Wicks third. Thomas earned regional spots also in the high jump and 4×100. Brittany Burton finished second in the 100 in 13.37. Chico’s Whitney Renfro won the 300 hurdles. The Lady Dragons’ 4×200 finished second. Haley Pollard took second in the pole vault.

7/8-3A AREA MEET – Boyd and Paradise athletes will try to nail down region bids today in Jacksboro at the 7/8-3A meet. The meet starts at 11 a.m. with field events. The running finals are at 5:30 p.m.

DECATUR CELEBRATES SENIOR NIGHT WITH WIN – Senior Trey Penny’s RBI-single got a four-run third inning rolling for the Decatur Eagles in a 4-2 win over Krum. Wilson Hicks allowed two runs – one earned – on three hits in six and two-thirds innings. Decatur clinched at least the third seed in 9-4A with the victory.

BAND BANQUET – The Mighty Marching Maroon Annual Band Banquet is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center on Lawdwin. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with either cleanup or decorating. E-mail President Chad Bynum at sonnycrockett1@embarqmail.com or Jennifer Bynum at jbynum1974@gmail.com if you will assist.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest Speaker will be Wise Health System administrator Paul Aslin, and an update on TRTA insurance bill will be discussed. Reservations are requested for adequate food to be prepared. E-mail richardperry@embarqmail.com for reservations.

FUNDRAISER – Paradise 4-H and the Panther Booster Club are bringing In-N-Out Burger to the high school baseball games Tuesday, April 25. Tickets are $5 for a burger, chips and a drink. Call Melanie Tittor at 940-389-5052 to order tickets by Friday.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by May 27. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste, and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a Grilling Workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341 to reserve your spot.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today 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. The speaker will address “Hypertension management.” Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at Decatur Church of Christ. The program is “I’ve got – or – I am getting my DNA report: Now what do I do with it?” presented by Patti Gillespie.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jennifer L. Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

AREA TRACK MEETS – Decatur and Bridgeport athletes will compete in the 9/10-4A area track meet at Decatur High School today. The field events start at 10 a.m. and running at 1 p.m. Alvord and Chico athletes are competing at the 11/12-2A meet in Springtown that begins with field events at 10 a.m. and running events start at 5 p.m.

DECATUR BASEBALL DELAYED – The Decatur Eagles’ home finale against Krum was postponed until today at 7:30 p.m.

BULLS FALL TO ARGYLE – No. 2 Argyle used a seven-run third inning to take down the Bridgeport Bulls 11-2 Tuesday. Hayden Sutherland doubled and drove in a run for the Bulls. Creighton Witt struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in Boyd’s 3-0 win over Nocona. Will Reeves drove in three runs in Paradise’s 13-6 victory over City View. Northwest won its seventh straight game on Cayde Ward’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of a 6-5 win over Aledo. In softball, the Decatur Lady Eagles fell to Krum 13-0. Kristin Rasbury knocked in seven runs in the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ 22-4 win over Nocona. Kaycee Martin went 3-for-4 with a triple but it was not enough in the Paradise Lady Panthers’ 6-2 loss to City View. Aledo tripped up the Northwest Lady Texans 2-0. Ashton Vanhoose homered in the Bridgeport Sissies’ 6-4 loss to Argyle.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ. The program is “I’ve got – or – I am getting my DNA report: Now what do I do with it?” presented by Patti Gillespie.

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. Thursday’s speaker will address “Hypertension management.” Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) annual yard sale is Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily all week.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED – Due to the Easter Holiday, the deadline for the ABWN scholarship has been extended to this Friday. Download the application at www.abwn.org/abwn-scholarship.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Secret Life of Pets” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


RAINFALL TOTALS – Yesterday’s storms brought much-needed rain to our area. Rainfall totals included 2.1 inches in Cottondale, 2 in Alvord, 1.26 in Bridgeport, 1.15 in Decatur, 1 in Greenwood and 0.55 in Rhome. The rain is gone today, but Wise County is under a dense fog advisory until 11 a.m.

DECATUR FACES KRUM – On senior night, the Decatur Eagles face a big contest against Krum at 7:30 tonight. The Eagles are a game ahead of Krum in the 9-4A standings in third place. The Lady Eagles softball team faces league leader Krum at 5:30. Other games: Baseball – Bridgeport at Argyle; Aledo at Northwest; Nocona at Boyd; City View at Paradise; Era at Alvord; Chico at Collinsville. Softball – Bridgeport at Argyle; Aledo at Northwest; Nocona at Boyd; City View at Paradise; Collinsville at Chico.

TAX DAY – Today’s the deadline to file your taxes. To help ease the stress, Kona Ice will give out free cups of shaved ice noon-2 p.m. today outside the courthouse in Decatur as part of National “Chill Out” Day.

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY – Seniors from any Wise County school may apply for the Bridgeport Garden Club scholarship. Deadline is Wednesday, April 19. Local high school counselors have application information. If you have further questions, message the garden club on its Facebook page.

BAND BOOSTERS – Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport High School Band Hall. They will discuss the upcoming Band Banquet and possible officers for next school year.

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. Schedule your free mammogram today. Current dates available are April 26, May 24 and June 28. Visit Wisehealthfoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is offering certification training for private pesticide applicator 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 2, at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur. Cost is $60. The purpose of the training is to obtain a private applicator license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This license will enable the applicator to purchase and apply state limited use and federally restricted chemicals on his land or land he has control of for the purpose of production of agricultural commodities. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Decatur Volleyball is hosting the Second Annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament. The event will take place on the following Tuesdays: April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and game play is from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield at 940-577-2994.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Alexander’s Midway in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Monday, April 17, 2017


BULLS FINISH RUNNER-UP – The Bridgeport Bulls rallied from a 2-0 deficit in first half and battled through overtime before falling in a shootout to Kilgore in the 4A soccer title game Friday. Eric Aguilar, Juan Amador and Miguel Olmos earned spots on the state all-tournament team.

PARADISE ISD SUPERINTENDENT TO RESIGN – Paradise Superintendent Mac Edwards has been named the lone finalist at Llano ISD. Llano named Edwards as their lone finalist in March, but he won’t officially resign from Paradise until June 30. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

RAINFALL REPORT – Parts of Wise County received rain showers this morning. Alvord received 0.3 of an inch of rain. A chance of rain remains in the forecast throughout the day.

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.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host their monthly social at 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Guest Speaker is U.S. Congressional Candidate Al Woolum who is running for District 12, currently held by Representative Kay Granger. Contact Chair Janet Amos, 940-399-7352.

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.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture at a Texas college or university are eligible for the Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship sponsored by the Hornback Family and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Leadership Advisory Board. Interested students should call the Extension office at 940-627-3341. Required materials are due in the Extension office by today. The scholarship application is available at wise.agrilife.org.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Call 940-393-5029.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Decatur High School seniors. It includes an essay about community service and two teacher recommendation letters. It is not GPA based. The application is available at the high school and must be postmarked by today.

FUNERALS – Services for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport and Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Alexander’s Midway in Springtown.

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Friday, April 14, 2017


FIRE LEADS TO APARTMENT EVACUATIONS – Tenants at the Henderson Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport were evacuated Thursday evening due to a small fire in an exterior wall of Building 2. A nearby homeowner said he witnessed electrical sparks shoot about four feet from the center of the building near the stairwell before the fire started. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said he suspected the fire started due to an electrical issue and spread throughout aged wood. Two units experienced minor damage. “As old as these buildings are, we got lucky,” Long said. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to spot the heat inside a wall and used drills and other tools to reach and extinguish the blaze. Bridgeport Police Department assisted with the evacuations. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office also responded to the scene.

BULLS TO PLAY FOR TITLE – The Bridgeport Bulls will play for the 4A soccer title at 2:30 today against Kilgore in Georgetown. Follow updates @wcmsports on Twitter.

OVERNIGHT RAINFALL – Overnight showers brought a small amount of rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.12 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.1 in Alvord and 0.09 in Decatur. The weekend forecast includes a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday with a 40 percent chance Sunday night.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Red Cross Wise Disaster Action Team meets 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, 200 Rook Ramsey in Decatur. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Decatur Volleyball is hosting the Second Annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament. The event will take place on the following Tuesdays: April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and game play is from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield at 940-577-2994.

BASKETBALL BAKE SALE – Decatur Eagles Elite girls basketball will hold a fundraiser bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at First State Bank, 661 W. Thompson, to help pay for summer camps and programs.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team will host an Easter Bake Sale today at Legend Bank in Decatur.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Call 940-393-5029.

BOYD WINS 8-3A TRACK CROWN – The Boyd Yellowjackets track team won the 8-3A title Thursday in Jacksboro.

DECATUR BLANKS GAINESVILLE – The Decatur Eagles picked up a second win two days, blanking Gainesville 12-0. Bryce Elder struck out five and allowed one hit in four shutout innings. Beau Bedford followed with a scoreless inning. Tucker DuBois went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs with a double and triple. The Bridgeport Bulls edged Krum 5-2 with three RBIs from Ethan Herschler. Northwest beat Chisholm Trail 8-1. In softball, Decatur fell to Gainesville 7-2. Krum beat Bridgeport 15-2. Northwest picked up a 10-1 win over Chisholm Trail.

SENIOR CARE EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Bridgeport will hold an Easter egg hunt 4:30 p.m. today for kids up to age 10. Hot dogs will be served.

CHURCH BAKE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a bake sale fundraiser for youth camp today at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn in Decatur.

PRE-EASTER BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Decatur Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter bake sale featuring children’s Easter baskets 7 a.m.-noon today inside the main hospital lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr.

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

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.

RETRO BLAST – The 14th annual Retro Blast Car Show will be held Saturday at Yesterday’s Diner in Bridgeport. A free open cruise is at 3 p.m., with show registration 4-6 p.m. Call 940-683-6620.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Home Health Care of North Central Texas will hold a bake sale benefiting the Wise County Relay For Life 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s Grocery Store in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host their monthly social at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Guest Speaker is U.S. Congressional Candidate Al Woolum who is running for District 12, currently held by Representative Kay Granger. Contact Chair Janet Amos, 940-399-7352.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bryan Steven Chaffin, 18, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Newark. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Curtis Arnold West, 73, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with visitation noon-2 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday at West Family Cemetery in Vinton, La.

GRAVESIDE service for Polly E. Bergstrom, 93, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Archie Faires, 83, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Deborah Kay Herbert, 69, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Garlin Glenn Scroggins, 93, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie with burial at Salona Cemetery. He was the father of Gary Scroggins of Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Alexander’s Midway in Springtown.

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Fire leads to apartment evacuations


Tenants at the Henderson Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport were evacuated Thursday evening due to a small fire in an exterior wall of Building 2.

A nearby homeowner said he witnessed electrical sparks shoot about four feet from the center of the building near the stairwell before the fire started.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said he suspected the fire started due to an electrical issue and spread throughout aged wood. Two units experienced minor damage.

“As old as these buildings are, we got lucky,” Long said.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to spot the heat inside a wall and used drills and other tools to reach and extinguish the blaze.

Bridgeport Police Department assisted with the evacuations. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office also responded to the scene.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017


BULLS REACH STATE TITLE GAME – Miguel Olmos and Juan Amador scored goals in the second half and Andrew Stotts made five saves in goal as the Bridgeport Bulls beat Progreso 2-0 to win the 4A semifinal Wednesday. Bridgeport will play Kilgore at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Georgetown for the state title.

DECATUR GIRLS WIN 9-4A TRACK TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles captured the 9-4A track title Wednesday in Argyle. Decatur swept all three relays, tallying 198 points. Macy and Mallory Downe finished first and second in the 100. Decatur’s Christian Isaac won the boys 800. The Decatur boys won the 4×400 relay. Bridgeport’s Morgen Davidson won the 100 hurdles.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Retiring Wise Health System CEO Steve Summers will be honored at a retirement reception 4-6 this afternoon in the East Campus cafeteria and outdoor patio.

CHURCH BAKE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a bake sale fundraiser for youth camp today and Friday at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn in Decatur.

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

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.

RETRO BLAST – The 14th annual Retro Blast Car Show will be held Saturday at Yesterday’s Diner in Bridgeport. A free open cruise is at 3 p.m., with show registration 4-6 p.m. Call 940-683-6620.

RODEO BAKE SALE – The Boyd High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Financial Bank in Boyd and from 4 until they sell out at Lowe’s Market.

WCCA HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Committee on Aging (WCCA) will be closed Friday and Monday in honor of the Easter holiday. Clients are asked to consume the shelf-stable meals they received in December, in preparation for potential snow/ice days. WCCA will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Development Services and the Wise County Dumpsites in Boyd, Chico, Cottondale, Decatur and Slidell will close on Friday. The dumpsites will reopen regular hours on Saturday.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Home Health Care of North Central Texas will hold a bake sale benefiting the Wise County Relay For Life 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s Grocery Store in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

PRE-EASTER BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Decatur Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter bake sale featuring children’s Easter baskets 7 a.m.-noon Friday inside the main hospital lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr.

8-3A AND 11-2A TRACK – The 8-3A meet concludes today with the running finals at 5 p.m. at Jacksboro. In Alvord the 11-2A meet will be held, starting with the 3,200 at 9 a.m. and the running prelims at 10:30. Field events will start at 12:30 p.m. and running finals at 5 p.m.

EAGLES GO TO GAINESVILLE – The Decatur Eagles baseball team will try for a second straight win today at Gainesville. Other games today: Baseball – Chisholm Trail at Northwest. Softball – Krum at Bridgeport, Decatur at Gainesville, Chisholm Trail at Northwest.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Curtis Arnold West, 73, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday prior to the service. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday at West Family Cemetery in Vinton, La.

MEMORIAL service for Bryan Chaffin, 18, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Newark. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Archie Faires, 83, and Deboarah Herbert, 69, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


MISSING TEEN DEATH – The body of a missing Newark teenager was found Tuesday afternoon in Newark. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Bryan Chaffin, 18, had not been seen since he left his home last Friday morning. Yesterday, sheriff’s deputies searching the Newark area found Chaffin’s body near the railroad tracks. Akin said the case is being treated as a questionable death. He added that it appears Chaffin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

BULLS PLAY IN STATE SEMIFINAL – The Bridgeport Bulls soccer team will play in the 4A semifinal at 6:30 p.m. today against Progreso in Georgetown. With a victory, the Bulls would advance to Friday’s state championship game against Kilgore or Houston Washington. Follow live updates of tonight’s match on Twitter @wcmsports.

FERNANDEZ HELPS EAGLES PAST BULLS – Decatur freshman Eddie Fernandez drove in two runs and made a key defensive play in the Eagles’ 3-1 win over Bridgeport Tuesday. Other scores: Baseball – Muenster 18, Alvord 3; Holliday 3, Boyd 0; Northwest 12, Boswell 2. Softball – Decatur 14, Bridgeport 6; Holliday 12, Boyd 2; Boswell 1, Northwest 0; Paradise 18, Nocona 0.

IRION WINS 9-4A TITLE – Bridgeport’s Brooke Irion shot even par in the second round to secure a five-shot victory at the 9-4A tournament Tuesday at Robson Ranch. Bridgeport finished second as team and will advance to regionals. Katie Hudson took third with rounds of 81 and 83. The Decatur boys finished third, 18 strokes out of second place. Dayne Chapman earned a regional spot as the top medalist not on an advancing team with rounds of 75 and 83.

9-4A TRACK – The 9-4A track and field championships resume today with the running finals at 5 p.m. in Argyle.

SENIOR CARE EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Bridgeport will hold an Easter egg hunt 4:30 p.m. Friday for kids up to age 10. Hot dogs will be served.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Friend Frenzy Girls Night Out, hosted by Bridgeport Main Street, is 5-8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Bridgeport. Merchants will have sales, drinks and desserts. Look for the pink balloons for participating merchants. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of Easter. It will reopen at normal hours Monday.

PBR CHALLENGE TICKETS – Tickets for the 2017 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Saturday, June 3 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur are now on sale at wcchallenger.org.

BAKE SALE – The Boyd High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Boyd and from 4 until they sell out at Lowe’s Market.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Decatur High School seniors. It includes an essay about community service and two teacher recommendation letters. It is not GPA based. The application is available at the high school and must be postmarked on or before April 17.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services WIC will be closed today in honor of Good Friday. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Monday, April 17. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment. For breastfeeding questions or breast pump issuance, call 972-989-1042.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Curtis A. West, 73, of Runaway Bay and Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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