Update for Monday, June 4, 2018


3 HURT IN BOONSVILLE WRECK – Two men and a child were transported by ambulance from a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Farm Road 920 at County Road 3852 Saturday afternoon south of Boonsville. A Ford pickup truck driven by Ricky Pressley, 41, of Poolville, was traveling northbound on FM 920 and attempted to turn left onto CR 3852 shortly after 2:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Pressley failed to yield the right of way to a southbound Ford Ranger driven by Charlie Hanks, 22, and was struck. Hank’s truck rolled over and came to rest in the ditch. Hanks suffered lacerations to his head and arm. An 18-month girl in a car seat suffered minor injuries. Pressley suffered a wrist injury. All were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. FM 920 was shut down in both directions until shortly after 4 p.m. Traffic was diverted onto CR 3852.

FATAL WRECK VICTIMS IDENTIFIED – Crash investigators have released the names of the father and son killed in a Thursday crash on Texas 114 near Bridgeport. Bobby Slaughter, 43, and his son, Bobby Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport were killed when the Chevrolet pickup they were in crossed the center line and struck a Dodge pickup driven by Moises Pina, 61, of Fort Worth. The Slaughters both died at the scene while Pina was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The wreck happened at the Trinity River bridge just east of the Bridgeport city limits Thursday around 7:45 p.m. A memorial service for both Slaughters is 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

BOARD TO DISCUSS SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT – Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to evaluate the performance and discuss the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis. The meeting was posted Friday afternoon with the items under closed session – superintendent goals, objectives and duties; superintendent performance and evaluation; and superintendent contract. The lone item listed after executive session is “consider action regarding the superintendent’s contract including but not limited to any necessary administrative action by the board.” In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise.

RAINY MORNING – Light rain was falling in Decatur as Update was going to press. This evening’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of more rain. Today’s high is expected to be 86 degrees.

CAMP CHANGES – Due to heat and ozone warnings, Sonflower Camp will be held indoors at Crossroads Church in Decatur 9 a.m.-noon today through Wednesday. Swim day is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at Fit-N-Wise. Campers and helpers can register at sonflowercamp.com.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive at James Wood Motors 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

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.

FUNERALS – Service for Linda Gamble, 70, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark “Quick Draw” Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kenneth Pietranski, 65, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Geneva M. Lahue, 90, of Paradise will be held in Arkansas at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jeff Milacek, son of Buck Milacek, is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sycamore Cemetery.

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Three transported from wreck near Boonsville


Two men and a child were transported by ambulance from a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Farm Road 920 at County Road 3852 Saturday afternoon south of Boonsville.
A Ford pickup truck driven by Ricky Pressley, 41, of Poolville, was traveling northbound on FM 920 and attempted to turn left onto CR 3852 shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Pressley failed to yield the right of way to a southbound Ford Ranger driven by Charlie Hanks, 22, and was struck. Hank’s truck rolled over and came to rest in the ditch.
Hanks suffered lacerations to his head and arm. An 18-month girl in a car seat suffered minor injuries.
Pressley suffered a wrist injury.
All were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur.
FM 920 was shut down in both directions until shortly after 4 p.m. Traffic was diverted onto CR 3852.

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Fatal wreck victims identified as father and son


Crash investigators have released the names of the father and son killed in a Thursday crash on Texas 114 near Bridgeport. Bobby Slaughter, 43, and his son, Bobby Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport were killed when the Chevrolet pickup they were in crossed the center line and struck a Dodge pickup driven by Moises Pina, 61, of Fort Worth. The Slaughters both died at the scene while Pina was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The wreck happened at the Trinity River bridge just east of the Bridgeport city limits Thursday around 7:45 p.m.  A memorial service for both Slaughters is 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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DISD trustees to discuss superintendent’s contract


Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to evaluate the performance and discuss the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.
The meeting was posted Friday afternoon with the items under closed session — superintendent goals, objectives and duties; superintendent performance and evaluation; and superintendent contract.
The lone item listed after executive session is “consider action regarding the superintendent’s contract including but not limited to any necessary administrative action by the board.”
Decatur ISD School Board President Wade Watson confirmed that along with goals and objectives, action regarding the superintendent’s contract would be discussed.
He said a statement would be given after the meeting.
The meeting was set for Tuesday to ensure all board members could attend.
Whitis arrived in Decatur in July 2017 to replace the retiring Rod Townsend. She previously served as the superintendent at Valley Mills ISD. She also had a tenure as the superintendent at Fort Davis.
In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise. With the raise effective March 1, her annual salary is $158,000.

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Update for Friday, June 1, 2018


A DPS trooper looks over one of the two pickup trucks involved in a wreck near Bridgeport Thursday. The occupants of the second vehicle, not pictured, were killed. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

2 CRASHES, 2 KILLED, ON TEXAS 114 – Two wrecks that happened within an hour and a couple of miles of each other Thursday evening killed two people and sent another seven to area hospitals. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said the first wreck happened around 7:45 p.m. on Texas 114 just east of Bridgeport. Preliminary information indicates a Chevrolet pickup was traveling west on Texas 114 when for an as yet undetermined reason, the pickup crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck an eastbound Dodge pickup. The driver and passenger in the Chevrolet, who have not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Wise Health System in Decatur with unknown injuries. The second crash happened on Texas 114 near County Road 3332 around 8:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped due to the fatal crash. An eastbound passenger car was approaching the stopped traffic and for an as yet undetermined reason, the driver did not see the stopped traffic. The passenger car struck a Honda SUV which in turn hit a Chevrolet HHR. The driver of the passenger car sustained minor injuries. There were five children in the passenger car of various ages. One was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by air ambulance with serious injuries, and a second was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by ground ambulance with serious injuries. The three remaining children were taken to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries, and the driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. Both crashes are under investigation.

A second accident in Texas 114 injured five children and one adult. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

HEAT WAVE – After an expected high of 98 degrees with heat index values as high as 103 today, Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures reaching 100 with heat values as high as 105. There is a slight chance of rain Saturday night.

NORTHWEST GRADUATION – Northwest High School will hold graduation 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton.

KID FISHING EVENT – The Texas Game Wardens will hold their annual Kid Fish event as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s free fishing day at Wise County Park Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m. A limited number of free rods and reels will be available. Local game wardens and fishing guides will assist kids fishing. Adults and children will not need a fishing license for the day.

GENEALOGY CLASS – Genealogy expert Patti Gillespie will teach a free six-week class on getting started with genealogy research. Classes meet Mondays, June 4-July 11, at 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 940-393-0290, stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South, or complete the online form at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

PBR THIS WEEKEND – The JW Hart PBR Challenge with WC Challenger Charities is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Silvano Alves, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira and Cody Campbell are among the riders expected to participate. Buy tickets online at wcchallenger.org or call 1-800-514-3849.

GREENWOOD HOMECOMING – The Greenwood Homecoming Association’s annual homecoming reunion luncheon is at noon June 3 at the Greenwood Firehall. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish and/or dessert. The Greenwood Homecoming Association will provide tea and water.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin today at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico First United Methodist Church 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will open 8 a.m. Saturday with produce from local farmers. It will feature eggs, meat, jelly/jams, pickles, baked goods, tamales and artisan items and $5 off coupons to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection Vaccination Clinic 10 a.m.-noon June 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale are available for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – HighPoint Athletics will hold a fundraiser yard sale today and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. each morning at 736 Old Reunion Road in Decatur to raise money for the athletes to compete at their national competition in Reno, Nev., in July.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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2 major wrecks shut down Texas 114


A DPS trooper looks over one of the two pickup trucks involved in a wreck near Bridgeport Thursday. The occupants of the second vehicle, not pictured, were killed. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Two unrelated wrecks, including one that killed two people, had Texas 114 shut down in two places between Bridgeport and Paradise Thursday evening. The first wreck happened around 7:40 p.m. when two pickups were involved in a head-on collision on Texas 114 at the Trinity River bridge just outside the Bridgeport city limits. Two people in one of the vehicles were killed. The condition of the second driver was unknown. No other information was immediately available. The second wreck happened around 8:30 p.m. within a couple of miles east of the first wreck on Texas 114 near County Road 3332. Multiple children were injured in that wreck. One child was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and at least two other children were transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. More information on both wrecks will be posted when it is available.

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Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018


CRIME FIGHTERS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has joined with six other local counties to form the North Texas Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit. At a press conference Wednesday in McKinney, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner explained that the seven sheriffs came together to form a plan to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics and human trafficking victims being transported on highways and interstates in North Texas. The NTXCIU began operating last December and has seized $60,000 of hidden currency, 1,479 pounds of marijuana, 5 pounds of cocaine, 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of heroin, 1/2 pound of fentanyl, 13 pounds of THC products, 8 stolen vehicles and 4 automatic weapons. The deputies also arrested two fugitives wanted for murder and recovered two missing children, including one in Wise County. NTXCIU includes deputies from Wise, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties.

SCHOOL SAFETY – Superintendents at multiple Wise County school districts were encouraged by the security plan announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday. Abbott’s plan included proposals for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening school security and providing mental health evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others. Abbott also suggested a “red flag law” that would allow law enforcement, family members, school employees or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person. See full story in the weekend Messenger.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin Friday at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CAMP CHANGES – Due to heat and ozone warnings, Sonflower Camp will be held indoors at Crossroads Church in Decatur 9 a.m.-noon June 4, 5 and 6. Swim day is 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 8 at Fit-N-Wise. Campers and helpers can register at sonflowercamp.com.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the cemetery. Call Jesse Pierrard at 817-846-5893.

YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club will have a summer horsemanship clinic taught by Texas A&M University students June 9-10 in Decatur. Registration deadline is June 1. Contact Haley Shurden, 940-393-1685 or haleylemaster@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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Schools encouraged by Abbott’s school security plans


Superintendents at multiple Wise County school districts were encouraged by the security plan announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday.
Abbott’s plan included proposals for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening school security and providing mental health evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others. Abbott also suggested a “red flag law” that would allow law enforcement, family members, school employees or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person.
“The plan is a starting point, not an ending place,” Abbott said in a press release with his 40 recommendations and proposals. “It provides strategies that can be used before the next school year begins to keep our students safe when they return to school. This plan will make our schools safer and our communities safer.”
Abbott held a series of discussions last week with victims from multiple mass shootings in Texas along with parents, educators, lawmakers and law enforcement. The roundtable and subsequent proposals followed the shooting at Santa Fe High School earlier this month that left 10 people dead and 10 others injured.
Since the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., several local districts have looked at enhancing security at its campuses.
“It is encouraging. Some of the things discussed by the governor are some of the discussions we’re having here on a local level,” said Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West. “It’s more of a proactive approach with the additional counseling. It’s encouraging to see everyone on the same page.”
Abbott’s proposals were divided into four areas. The first was to provide immediate aid to Santa Fe with counselors and mental health providers to work with victims and first responders.
The second area was making schools safer. He called on districts to work with law enforcement for heightened police presence at the schools. He proposed increasing the number of school marshals that can be appointed per school and providing adding funding for training for the marshals. Abbott also wants to see active shooter and emergency response training and infrastructure improvements to prevent security threats. He said $62.1 million in federal funding will be available for safety improvements, law enforcement patrols and the implementation of mental health programs.
“Any time the state is looking to add funding is a good thing,” said Paradise ISD Superintendent Paul Uttley. “The fact that the governor is discussing how to protect our kids is fantastic. Whether every single aspect of that plan works, well, we’ll see how it plays out. But six months ago or a year ago we weren’t even having these conversations.”
The third area addressed is preventing threats in advance. Abbott called for increasing mental health resources, including evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others, providing school personnel with training on behavioral threat assessments, and giving students more access to counselors to help with mental and behavioral issues.
Abbott wants schools to expand the list of offenses for which students can be expelled or placed in a disciplinary alternative educational program and put in place a zero-tolerance policy for students committing assault.
He also put forth plans to expand the campus crime stoppers and increase the use of the Department of Public Safety’s “iWatch Texas” reporting system to enable and encourage parents, students and teachers to report suspicious activity on campus.
“The plans laid out are very comprehensive and consider a lot of aspects from counseling to mental health,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “To me, it’s a proactive approach and looking at preventative measures before a catastrophic event occurs. There are some new ideas. We’ve all talked about metal detectors and buildings. These new thoughts are not just about structures.”
The fourth area called for enhancing firearms safety with the possible “red flag law” and closing gaps in federally mandated background checks.
Whitis and others hope to see the legislature follow through with more funding for many of the governor’s suggestions.
Many districts are already enhancing buildings and security efforts. Decatur ISD added a second school resource officer (SRO) at the high school. Boyd ISD recently hired a SRO through the Boyd Police Department.
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin approached Paradise, Alvord, Chico and Slidell about increasing security and adding an additional SRO.
Uttley said he appreciated Akin talking to the schools about safety and security earlier in the year, after the Parkland shooting in Florida.
“Wise County is fortunate to have Sheriff Akin, who recognized these issues and is working within the schools’ budgetary restrictions,” Uttley said. “He was being proactive about this before the governor.”
In a statement, Northwest ISD officials expressed appreciation for Abbott’s focus on school security and pointed out that the district committed $14 million to security enhancements from the 2017 bond package. The enhancements include improving the security of school entrances, upgrading classroom doors with an intruder safety function and enhancing security systems.
“Most of the dollars being spent to enhance safety in our school district mirror Governor Abbott’s call to ‘harden campus facilities,’” the statement said.

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Update for Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

SEVEN NORTHWEST STUDENTS INJURED IN BUS WRECK – Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon. All the students were treated and released by Tuesday night, according to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin. The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County. “Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.” The driver was treated at the scene and released. Eighteen students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.

NORTHWEST ISD APPROVES RAISES – Northwest ISD trustees approved a 2 percent raise from the midpoint for employees for the 2018-19 school year. The raises will add $2.648 million to the budget. The district’s beginning teacher salary is now $54,000. The pay for a 30-year teacher will be $68,950. Trustees named Judy Copp school board president. Anne Davis-Simpson will be the vice president and Lillian Rauch secretary. Trustees also approved the issuance of $100 million from the $399 million bond package approved by voters in May 2017.

HOT DAY – Temperatures are expected to be close to triple digits in Wise County today with a heat index above 100. There is an elevated fire risk in the far western portion of the county.

PBR THIS WEEKEND – The JW Hart PBR Challenge with WC Challenger Charities is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Silvano Alves, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira and Cody Campbell are among the riders expected to participate. Buy tickets online at wcchallenger.org or call 1-800-514-3849.

APPLEWHITE TO TAKE OFFICE – Newly-elected Precinct 3 Constable Charles Applewhite will be sworn into office Thursday during the county commissioners meeting. Applewhite won the Republican primary runoff and has no Democratic opponent in the general election. Since he was elected to an unexpired term, he will take office immediately. The commissioners meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale will be available for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will open 8 a.m. Saturday with produce from local farmers. It will feature eggs, meat, jelly/jams, pickles, baked goods, tamales and artisan items and $5 off coupons to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection Vaccination Clinic 10 a.m.-noon June 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

JUNETEENTH – Organizers of the 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Decatur are seeking participants for this year’s parade, which will take place at 11 a.m. June 16 in downtown Decatur. A block party will be held at 2 p.m. that day at Louida Willis Park. Call 940-799-1077.

NEW ADDITIONS TO MUSEUM – The Bridgeport Historical Museum will celebrate a ribbon cutting for two new donated items related to local industry. The museum received a donation of a truck from Martin Marietta and a pump jack from Devon Energy. The event will take place at 10 a.m. today. Representatives from the two companies will be in attendance, and refreshments will be served.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 12:30-4:30 p.m. today in the parking lot at 1900 N. Trinity St. No appointment is necessary.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library’s first Summer Reading Club event is 10:30 a.m. to noon today. Rhythm Path will be the performer.

SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY EVENT – Fit-N-Wise is hosting a free Silver Sneakers class today, celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The workout group for senior adults will meet 10-11 a.m., but there will be vendors and door prizes geared toward seniors in the gym from 9 a.m.-noon.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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Seven students transported from bus crash


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon.
All the students were treated and released Tuesday night.
The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.”
The driver was treated at the scene and released.
According to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin, 18 students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.
Conklin did not know the extent of the injuries of the students.

Kierston Martz of Justin picks up her daughter from scene. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We always want to be cautious anytime there is an accident,” Conklin said. “We had EMS out here as soon as possible. They’ve been great to work with. They did transport [seven] students. We don’t know the extent of the injuries. We hope to hear very soon. We’ve been in contact with their families.”
Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren thanked first responders for helping at the scene.
“We are truly appreciative for them getting out here so fast and getting the scene under control,” Warren said.
Justin Elementary has students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Justin, New Fairview and East Wise. Northwest ISD is in its final week of class for the school year.
The bus was from Durham Transportation. The district decided in February to move from Durham to contracting with Reliant for bus service starting in the fall. The district has been with Durham since 2001.

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Seven students transported from bus accident


Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon.
The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County.
“Preliminary investigation indicates a school bus was traveling west on FM 407, when for an as yet undetermined reason, the vehicle’s right tires left the roadway,” said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel. “The driver overcorrected and the bus overturned coming to rest on its right side.”
The driver was treated at the scene and released.
According to Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin, 18 students were on the bus. The 11 students not transported to the hospital were taken back to Justin Elementary or released to parents.
Conklin did not know the extent of the injuries of the students.

Kierston Martz of Justin picks up her daughter from scene.

“We always want to be cautious anytime there is an accident,” Conklin said. “We had EMS out here as soon as possible. They’ve been great to work with. They did transport [seven] students. We don’t know the extent of the injuries. We hope to hear very soon. We’ve been in contact with their families.”
Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren thanked first responders for helping at the scene.
“We are truly appreciative for them getting out here so fast and getting the scene under control,” Warren said.
Justin Elementary has students in kindergarten through fifth grade from Justin, New Fairview and East Wise. Northwest ISD is in its final week of class for the school year.
The bus was from Durham Transportation. The district decided in February to move from Durham to contracting with Reliant for bus service starting in the fall. The district has been with Durham since 2001.

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Update for Tuesday, May 29, 2018


NO FIREWORKS IN NEW FAIRVIEW – As of April 30 fireworks can no longer be sold or used in New Fairview. The subject of fireworks had been discussed in council meetings for more than a year before the recent council action, according to the city. The decision was made due to dry conditions this month and drier-than-normal weather expected in June and July. “Legal liabilities have increased each year due to injuries, safety, public disturbances and property damage in the DFW area. Too many people drive to New Fairview from area cities to shoot their fireworks, increasing dangers. Tickets will be issued,” the city said in a statement sent to the Messenger.

LADY EAGLES FALL TO RAINS – Rains won the 4A Region II final series at Prosper in dramatic fashion, coming away with a 3-2 extra innings victory in Game 3 Saturday night over the Decatur Lady Eagles. The Lady Cats took the series 2-1 after getting routed 9-0 in Game 1 Thursday. Rains came back to win Game 2 by a score of 5-3 Saturday. Decatur ended its season 25-6 overall. The Lady Eagles went undefeated in league play, claiming the District 9-4A title.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at 1900 N. Trinity St. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Bill Hood at bhood@wiseec.com.

NEW ADDITIONS TO MUSEUM – The Bridgeport Historical Museum will celebrate a ribbon cutting for two new donated items related to local industry. The museum received a donation of a truck from Martin Marietta and a pump jack from Devon Energy. The event will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Representatives from the two companies will be in attendance, and refreshments will be served.

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE REGISTRATION ONGOING – Registration for Summer 1 classes at Weatherford College is ongoing. Courses for Summer 1 begin on Monday, June 4, and students can register through close of business on June 4. Summer 2 and Fall registration is also ongoing. A schedule of classes is available online at www.wc.edu. Weatherford College Wise County summer office hours are 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday (closed on Friday). Call 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY EVENT – Fit-N-Wise is hosting a free Silver Sneakers class Wednesday, celebrating National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The workout group for senior adults will meet 10-11 a.m. that day, but there will be vendors and door prizes geared toward seniors in the gym from 9 a.m.-noon.

FORAGE FIELD TOUR – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a program on how different herbicide and fertilizer applications affect Bermuda grass forage production Thursday. Registration is 8:30 a.m. Program begins at 9. Cost is $10 and provides 2 CEU’s for Pesticide Applicator License. Call the Extension office at 940-627-334 to sign up.

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – HighPoint Athletics will hold a fundraiser yard sale June 1 and 2 starting at 8 a.m. each morning at 736 Old Reunion Road in Decatur to raise money for the athletes to compete at their national competition in Reno, Nev., in July.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight. A workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 6. The agenda includes the second reading and possible action on an ordinance that would allow apartments as part of a mixed use development with a specific use permit in the Decatur Square Business District. The meeting will be at city hall, 201 E. Walnut St.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Bobbie Headley, 74, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Update for Friday, May 25, 2018


BRIDGEPORT RECEIVES TRAIL GRANT – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission yesterday awarded the city of Bridgeport $20,000 towards the Bridgeport Adventure Park. The project includes renovation of 0.13 of a mile of existing trail and a new park entrance sign. Bridgeport received one of 19 grants totaling $3.38 million from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state.

GRADUATIONS – Alvord, Boyd, Chico, Decatur and Slidell high schools will all hold graduation today. Alvord’s graduation is at 7 p.m. in the AHS gym. Boyd’s graduation is at 7:30 p.m. at J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium. Chico’s graduation is 7 p.m. in the CHS gym. Decatur’s graduation is at 7 p.m. at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton. Slidell’s graduation is 7 p.m. at Slidell High School. Paradise High School will hold graduation at 2 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford High School.

LADY EAGLES ONE WIN FROM STATE – The Decatur Lady Eagles softball team won the first game of their region final series against Emory Rains 9-0 yesterday at Prosper. Every Decatur player had a hit in the win. Junior Reagan Chism threw a complete game shutout, giving up just three hits in seven innings. Game 2 is back at Prosper at 5 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would immediately follow. The winner advances to the state tournament next week in Austin.

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS – Several Memorial Day events are planned for Wise County beginning this weekend. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Rhome Veterans Group will host a Memorial Day program at the Rhome Veterans Park. Keynote speaker will be State Rep. Pat Fallon. The Wise County Veterans Group will host its annual Memorial Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. State Rep. Phil King will be guest speaker. The Alvord Area Veterans will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Alvord Veterans Park.

MEMORIAL DAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. The Wise County Animal Shelter will also be closed Monday. The Decatur dumpsite will be closed Monday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Wednesday.

TRASH SCHEDULE – Trash collection in the city of Decatur will run on its normal schedule next week, including Monday.

FORAGE FIELD TOUR – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a program on how different herbicide and fertilizer applications affect Bermuda grass forage production Thursday, May 31. Registration is 8:30 a.m. Program begins at 9. Cost is $10 and provides 2 CEU’s for Pesticide Applicator License. Call the Extension office at 940-627-334 to sign up.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along Program is 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted toward the expenses of the museum.

HEROES FOR HUNGER 5K – The Heroes for Hunger 5K and Fun Run is Saturday morning at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 and the 5K at 8:30. Registration starts at 7:15. The cost is $20 for the fun run and $35 for the 5K.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold its final greenhouse sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the high school. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and interior foliage will be for sale. Everything priced to sale quickly.

YOUTH RUMMAGE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a Youth Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Camp Fund.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND – Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. No Update will be printed Monday, but any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Service for George Ray Hines, 81, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bobbie Headley, 74, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Emma Joan Wilson, 81, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Plainview Cemetery in Krum. DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton is handling arrangements.

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Update for Thursday, May 24, 2018


DECATUR SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Lady Eagles will take on Emory Rains in the region final at Prosper beginning today. Game 1 is 6 p.m. Game 2 is 5 p.m. Saturday with Game 3, if necessary, following.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold its final greenhouse sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the high school. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and interior foliage will be for sale. Everything priced to sale quickly.

YOUTH RUMMAGE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a Youth Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Camp Fund.

HOMECOMING REUNION – The Greenwood Homecoming Association’s annual homecoming reunion luncheon is at noon June 3 at the Greenwood Firehall. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish and/or dessert. The Greenwood Homecoming Association will provide tea and water.

COUNTY DUMP CLOSINGS – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Decatur dumpsite will be closed Monday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed Wednesday.

ANIMAL SHELTER SCHEDULE – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday and will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION – Decatur High School’s driver’s education class starts Tuesday, May 29, at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Participants must be 15 years old by June 18. Class fee is $75, and the driving fee is $225. Payment must be made at the DHS office before the first class. Email jack.reeves@decaturisd.us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Volunteers are needed for Made 2 Thrive Baseball. Games are 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Contact Claudia Davila at butterfly8480@gmail.com or come out to Kenny Renshaw Park (registration table) Saturday.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library is kicking off its Summer Reading Club with a party 1-6 p.m. today. At 1:15 p.m. Mayor Martin Woodruff will present certificates to children who have accomplished the goal of reading One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for Summer Reading Club.

FUNERALS – Service for George Ray Hines, 81, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Bobbie Headley, 74, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Emma Joan Wilson, 81, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Plainview Cemetery in Krum. DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton is handling arrangements.

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Update for Wednesday, May 23, 2018


REDMAN, GARRETT, APPLEWHITE WIN – The results of yesterday’s Wise County Republican primary runoff are as follows: Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace: Kim Redman, 452; Callie Manning, 428; Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace: Willie Garrett, 572; Todd Bailey, 434; and Precinct 3 Constable: Charles Applewhite, 300; Terry Terry 118. On the Democratic ballot, Wise County voters selected Lupe Valdez over Andrew White 173 to 135 in the governor’s race. Valdez also won the race statewide and will face Republican Greg Abbott in November. (Note: The Messenger first reported early vote totals as final numbers but corrected it as soon as possible. We regret the error.)

SLIDELL UIL STATE RUNNER-UP – Slidell High School students completed their UIL season on Tuesday at UT Austin with strong finishes in their speaking events. Taylor Davis led the way with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in Informative Speaking and Prose. Shelby Johnson added a 5th place medal in Persuasive Speaking while Madison Splawn was 5th in Prose. These results added to previous points awarded in OAP, Theatrical Design, Computer Applications and News Writing pushed the Greyhounds to their 2nd place team finish behind Borden County. Their runner-up finish completes an impressive 4-year run highlighted by their State Championship in 2015 followed by 3rd place finishes in 2016 and 2017.

DECATUR ISD REAPPOINTS OFFICERS – Decatur ISD trustees reappointed its officers during its annual reorganization Monday. Wade Watson will stay president, Matt Joiner vice president and Cheri Boyd secretary. Trustees approved the refunding of the remaining $4.82 million from the 2008 bond package. Trustees decided to continue to move ahead with architectural plans for the bistro, locker room and weight room to begin construction this summer. They chose to wait on working on plans for career and technology classrooms until new high school principal and career and technology director can provide input. They also want to look at possibly reworking fine arts facilities.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society is noon on Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Guest speaker Roy Eaton, owner of the Wise County Messenger, will talk about his experiences in television news and in publishing the local paper. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

HEROES FOR HUNGER 5K – The Heroes for Hunger 5K and Fun Run is Saturday morning at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 and the 5K at 8:30. Registration starts at 7:15. The cost is $20 for the fun run and $35 for the 5K.

SUMMER READING – The Decatur Public Library is kicking off its Summer Reading Club with a party 1-6 p.m. Thursday. The event will include a variety of activities, and gift bags will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis. At 1:15 p.m. Mayor Martin Woodruff will present certificates to children who have accomplished the goal of reading One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten. Teens will celebrate the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” from 4-5:30 p.m. Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for Summer Reading Club. Participating children will receive one free book, as well as other prizes for accomplishing reading goals. Teens and adults will also be entered to win a variety of prizes. Starting May 30, the Summer Reading Club will meet every Wednesday through July 25 with two sessions each day – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at noon. The theme this year is “Libraries Rock!,” and programs will focus on music and its impact on literacy and learning.

LIBRARY PLAY DATE – Chico Public Library is hosting its Family Place Play Dates 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays in May. Family Place Play Dates encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week, a local family service professional will be on hand to answer questions or concerns on topics such as early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Call Michelle Slonaker at 940-644-2330.

GRADUATION 2018 – The Wise County Messenger’s Graduation 2018 special section featuring local valedictorians and salutatorians is featured in today’s All Around Wise.

FUNERALS – Service for George Hines, 81, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Homer Jackson, 63, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Fullness in Christ Church in Fort Worth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Redman, Garrett, Applewhite win


The results of today’s Wise County Republican primary runoff are as follows:

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace: Kim Redman, 452; Callie Manning, 428

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace: Willie Garrett, 572; Todd Bailey, 434

Precinct 3 Constable: Charles Applewhite, 300; Terry Terry 118

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Update for Tuesday, May 22, 2018


TEEN COULD BE CHARGED WITH SCHOOL THREAT – A teenager was removed from Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome Monday morning after making a shooting threat. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said the threat was made by a 14-year-old eighth grade student. “He came to school with a picture of an AR-15 and said that’s what he’s going to use to shoot up the school,” Akin said. The comment was made to other students at the school. The campus school resource officer, a Wise County Sheriff’s deputy, met with the student and took him into custody, Akin said. The case will be referred to juvenile probation for possible charges of terroristic threat. Akin said he didn’t know why the student made the threat. “We’re in the very early stages of the investigation,” he said.

PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION – Today is primary runoff election day. Voting has been consolidated into four polling locations, meaning you might be voting at a different location than you did in the primary election. Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 22 will vote at Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19 will vote at Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park in Decatur. Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 will vote at the Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 8th Street. Precincts 20, 23, 24, 25 and 27 will vote at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Voting will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Results will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com.

ARMSTRONG INDICTED FOR MURDER – A Wise County grand jury has indicted Johnny Ray Armstrong for murder. The 37-year-old Bridgeport resident was indicted last week for the murder of 20-year-old Ruben Dunlap of Bridgeport on Feb. 28. Investigators say Armstrong shot Dunlap in the head and then fled his home. Armstrong was found about 24 hours later in Alvord and arrested. He remains in the Wise County Jail.

BOYD BUSINESS CATCHES FIRE – Several Wise County fire departments were called to Bob King’s Truck Beds outside Boyd around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Two metal buildings were on fire with initial 911 calls reporting flames shooting through the roof and explosions. The fire was reported under control just before 4:30 a.m. Departments called to the scene included Boyd, Paradise, Cottondale, Rhome, Newark and Decatur. King’s is at 1167 E. Highway 114. More information will be posted as it’s available.

FORMER DA DIES – Former Wise County District Attorney Jerry Woodlock of Gainesville has died. He was 73. A memorial service is 10 a.m. today at Whaley United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

BRIDGEPORT GRADUATION – Bridgeport High School graduation is 8 p.m. today at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton.

NEW COURTHOUSE SECURITY – Security will be tightened at the historic Wise County Courthouse beginning today. The four glass doors will now be locked, and the public will enter the building at the ramp on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, which leads into the basement. Visitors will walk through a metal detector, and bags and purses will be sent through an X-ray machine. The glass doors will be accessible only by county employees who have been issued a badge.

HEABERLIN BOOK SIGNING – Author and Wise County native Julia Heaberlin will be at the Decatur Public Library tonight for a presentation and book signing for her latest novel – “Paper Ghosts.” The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and the book will be available to purchase for $20. Other books by Heaberlin include “Playing Dead,” “Lie Still” and “Black-Eyed Susans.” Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERAL – Memorial service for Homer Jackson, 63, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fullness in Christ Church in Fort Worth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Boyd business catches fire


Several Wise County fire departments were called to Bob King’s Truck Beds outside Boyd around 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Two metal buildings were on fire with initial 911 calls reporting flames shooting through the roof and explosions. The fire was reported under control just before 4:30 a.m.
Departments called to the scene included Boyd, Paradise, Cottondale, Rhome, Newark and Decatur.
King’s is at 1167 E. Highway 114. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Update for Monday, May 21, 2018


RAINFALL REPORT – Wise County received some much-needed rain this weekend. Rainfall totals included 1.2 inches in Decatur and Alvord, 1.12 in Bridgeport and 1 in Greenwood. Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 85.

DECATUR FALLS TO CRANDALL – Crandall mounted a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to take Game 2 and the 4A Region II quarterfinal series Friday against Decatur. The Pirates escaped with a 6-5 victory and advanced to the regional semifinal. The Eagles’ season came to an end at 20-16 in coach Tommy Maddox’s first year at the helm.

LADY EAGLES ADVANCE TO REGION FINALS – The Decatur Lady Eagles edged Rusk 3-2 Friday in Game 2 of the 4A Region II semifinal. Sophomore Jordyn Smith hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth to seal the win for Decatur. The Lady Eagles will face Emory Rains in the region final later this week. The three-game series will be played at Prosper. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would immediately follow Game 2. If Decatur wins, they will advance to the state tournament.

HANDS ONLY CPR – A free Hands Only CPR class will be held 6 p.m. today at Alvord Fire Department, 108 N. Trappier St. No registration is required. Call/text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for people with special needs is 9 a.m.-noon June 4-6 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Campers and volunteers should register at sonflowercamp.com ASAP.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board will meet 6 p.m. today at the DISD Administration Building.

UTGCD OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING – The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. today at its new home at 1859 W. Texas 199 in Springtown. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.uppertrinitygcd.com or call 817-523-5200.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party will hold their monthly social 6:30 p.m. today at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

FUNERAL – Service for Homer Jackson, 63, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Update for Friday, May 18, 2018


NEW SECURITY MEASURES – Security will be tightened at the historic Wise County Courthouse starting Tuesday. The four glass doors will now be locked, and the public will enter the building at the ramp on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets, which leads into the basement. Visitors will walk through a metal detector, and bags and purses will be sent through an X-ray machine. The glass doors will be accessible only by county employees who have been issued a badge.

PARADISE NAMES ATHLETIC DIRECTOR – Paradise ISD promoted assistant football coach Joe Koch to athletic director Thursday night. Koch will take over from Ronnie Gage, who announced his retirement this month following a quadruple bypass surgery. Paradise Superintendent Dr. Paul Uttley said, “We’re extremely excited for [Koch] to continue what Coach Gage started.”

DECATUR TEAMS EARN SPLIT – The Decatur Lady Eagles took game 1 of their Class 4A Region II semifinal series against Rusk Thursday 2-1. Jordyn Smith and Brison Hesteande came around to score in the first inning. Jaci Ticknor drove in Hesteande. Reagan Chism struck out seven, allowing a run on four hits in the victory. Decatur will go for the series sweep at 7 tonight in Rockwall. The Decatur Eagles fell to Crandall 3-2 in eight innings in game 1 of their 4A Region II quarterfinal series. Wilson Hicks and Triston Read drove in the Eagles’ two runs in the first inning. Hicks allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven. The Eagles will try to keep their season alive at 7 tonight with game 2 at McKinney North. Game 3, if necessary, is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

EARLY VOTING ENDS – Today is the last day to vote early in next Tuesday’s primary runoff election. Polls are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.; Alvord City Hall at 215 W. Elm St. and the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Yesterday, 269 votes were cast.

COSTON EARNS MEDAL – Slidell senior Stone Coston earned a bronze medal at the UIL tennis championships. Coston beat Carlos Koehl of Knippa 6-1, 6-2 in the 1A quarterfinal. In a rematch of last year’s title match, Coston fell 6-1, 6-0 to Dominic Gibson of Lenorah Grady in the semifinal.

UTGCD OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING – The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Monday at its new home at 1859 W. Texas 199 in Springtown. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Visit www.uppertrinitygcd.com or call 817-523-5200.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party will hold their monthly social 6:30 p.m. Monday at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE – WC Challenger Charities has sponsorships available for the JW Hart PBR Challenge on June 2. A sponsorship includes box seats. For more information, call Andrew Rottner, 817-980-8131. There is also booth space available for vendors in the Fan Zone. To secure space, call Wendell Berry, 940-393-2698.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport County Club will host its second annual golf tournament Saturday. Tee off time is 10 a.m. Cost is $75 per person in three-person teams for 27 holes. The tournament is a fundraiser for those who need help in the community. Call 940-683-9438.

‘CONNECT’ WITH THE MESSENGER – The Wise County Messenger’s new local lifestyle magazine, Connect, is featured in this weekend’s paper. You can also pick up Connect at various locations around the county.

SUMMER SAFETY FESTIVAL – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur will hold a Summer Safety and Fun Festival 4-6 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot. The festival will include activities and information about ways to stay safe and have fun during summer vacation. The church will offer free hot dogs, water and bottles of sunblock. The event will also include a water bounce house and Kona Ice food truck. Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive.

THIRD SATURDAY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will return to the Wise County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. Saturday. As a tribute to fallen veterans a butterfly tree will be made.

TRAIL WORKDAY – The City of Bridgeport is seeking volunteers for a Hiking and Biking Trail workday at Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park Saturday. Meet behind T-Top Manufacturing at 278 George Mitchell Parkway. Call 940-683-3480.

CEMETERY MEETING – Pleasant Hill Cemetery’s annual meeting is Saturday at the cemetery. There will be a picnic basket lunch at noon followed by a short program and annual business meeting.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office will present “A Dog’s Purpose” Saturday at Harwood Park. The movie is free, and concessions are available for purchase. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m., and movie will start at dusk. Call 940-683-3480.

BOONSTOCK – The Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual fundraiser, Boonstock, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Boonsville Fire Hall. The event will feature a brisket dinner, hot dogs for the kids, live music, raffle and auction. Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive 3-6:45 p.m. For more information on the blood drive call Robert Grantham at 940-393-1550. All former members of the fire department are invited to help celebrate the department’s 50th anniversary. Visit facebook.com/BoonsvilleFire.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Paul “Bubba” Cole, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Robbie Dean Bible is 4 p.m. Saturday at 200 S. McCracken St. in Chico.

MEMORIAL service for Thomas Francis McGuire, 71, is 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

MEMORIAL service for Dorothy Ann Yarbrough, 71, is 3 p.m. Saturday in Bedford.

MEMORIAL service for Donna Marie Turner (Ames), 51, of Carrollton, formerly of Bridgeport, is 11 a.m. Saturday in Farmers Branch. John P Brooks and Family North Dallas Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Steven Martin Stroud, 42, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. today at Brown, Owens and Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth.

PRIVATE memorial will be held for Jesse Rhonol Holloway, Jr., 89. Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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