Bridgeport ISD sets enrollment dates


Bridgeport ISD will hold an enrollment fair Thursday, July 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parents of returning students should bring an ID, proof of residence (i.e. a utility bill) and completed enrollment forms. Parents of new and pre-kindergarten students should bring their student’s birth certificate, shot records and social security card and their proof of residence and ID.

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Decatur ISD gets passing grade on state tests


Decatur students’ scores on last school year’s STAAR and end of course exams met or exceeded the state average in most cases, according to a report given to the school board Monday night by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Deidre Parish.
The passing rate, also known as the “approaches grade level” in the new performance labels, showed Decatur exceeding the state average in 19 of the 22 tests, and the other three were even with state averages. The highest level, known as “masters grade level,” showed the district scoring above the state average in 13 of the 22 tests.

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Church’s road paving project blocked by energy company


Victory Family Church in Decatur began work Monday on paving a road on their property that connects the church with the Victory Christian Academy, but a barbed wire fence was placed over the road near the location of a well head owned by Texxoll Operating.

Church officials say they have maintained the gravel road since 2003 and want to make the road safer by paving it. Associate Pastor Chris Bates said the church was shocked when safety crews from Texxoll arrived last Thursday to put up the fence, effectively blocking the road to through traffic four days before construction work began.

Zac Martin, manager of the land department for Texxoll, said they have long had concerns about the church using the road, part of which was originally built by the company from Walnut Street to the well site prior to the church’s construction. He said the well head is too close to the road and is a safety hazard.

The church’s Facebook page encouraged church members to contact the company and voice their concerns.

Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

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Monday, July 17, 2017


FIRE DESTROYS CHICO CHURCH BUILDING – Living Waters Fellowship Church, located in the 200 block of Davis Street in Chico, caught fire around 3:45 p.m. Saturday and flames spread throughout the building’s attic as a tall tower of smoke was visible for more than 15 miles. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long was one of the first firefighters on scene and said he observed the building’s roof venting flames in three places. Crews from multiple fire departments mounted an external attack and notified an electrical company to shut down nearby power lines. “It was vented through most of that,” Long said. “It all burned very fast.” After knocking down flames, firefighters used a backhoe to pull down several of the church’s exterior walls to help mop up the building’s smoldering ruins. Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said his investigation is still ongoing but noted that scorch marks on the upper sections of the building’s walls indicate the fire started in its shared attic. “One of the first 911 callers told me he got here and had brown smoke coming out of the eave,” Washburn said. “Brown smoke is from a fire that’s lacking oxygen. Once it broke through the window in the front, he said it turned to black smoke and flames. It had traveled the whole attic.” Firefighters from Crafton, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise, Alvord, Sand Flat and Bridgeport fire departments responded to the blaze with precautionary aid and heat rehabilitation from Wise County EMS personnel on scene. The church held yesterday’s Sunday services at Chico City Hall.

FRIDAY RAIN REPORT – Decatur received 1.11 inches of rain Friday. Today’s forecast includes mostly sunny skies with a high of 96.

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.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 201 E. Main. An ice cream social and rock bingo is planned. Visitors are welcome.

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.

MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT – Decatur ISD will hold a “Meet and Greet” with new Superintendent Dr. Judi Whitis 4:30-5:30 p.m. today in the DISD Board Room at the Administration Building, 307 S. Cates. The regular monthly meeting of the school board is tonight as well with closed session at 6 and open session at 7. The agenda includes a budget update and a report on state assessment results.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets at 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Pizza Hut.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will host Greg Sagan, U.S. Congressional candidate (District 13), at their monthly social 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity, Decatur. The public is invited to discuss a number of concerns with Sagan, including healthcare, affordable education, environmental sustainability and increasing the minimum wage.

FUNERALS – Service for Betty Jones, 65, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Myrtle Dousay, 94, of Springtown is 1 p.m. Sunday at Springtown Seventh Day Adventist Church in Springtown. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Mary Haire, 53, of Sunset; Orvelda Bridges, 78, of Decatur; and Troy Hilton, 49 of Cottondale are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Tommy Rhea of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. July 29 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James Aden, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Church destroyed in fire


A church in Chico was destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon.

Living Waters Fellowship Church, located in the 200 block of Davis Street, caught fire around 3:45 p.m. and flames spread throughout the building’s attic as a tall tower of smoke from was visible for more than 15 miles.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long was one of the first firefighters on scene and said he observed the building’s roof venting flames in three places. Crews from multiple fire departments mounted an external attack and notified an electrical company to shut down nearby power lines.

“It was vented through most of that,” Long said. “It all burned very fast.”

After knocking down flames, firefighters used a backhoe to pull down several of the church’s exterior walls to help mop up the building’s smoldering ruins.

“It made it easier to get what’s left and it got rid of a safety hazard we would have encountered later,” Long said.

Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said his investigation is still ongoing but noted that scorch marks on the upper sections of the building’s walls indicate the fire started in its shared attic.

“One of the first 911 callers told me he got here and had brown smoke coming out of the eave,” Washburn said. “Brown smoke is from a fire that’s lacking oxygen. Once it broke through the window in the front, he said it turned to black smoke and flames. It had traveled the whole attic.”

Firefighters from Crafton, Chico, Lake Bridgeport, Decatur, Paradise, Alvord, Sand Flat and Bridgeport fire departments responded to the blaze with precautionary aid and heat rehabilitation from Wise County EMS personnel on scene.

The church will hold regular services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at Chico City Hall, 400 S Hovey St.

 

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Friday, July 14, 2017


AURORA TABLES ACTION ON TREATMENT FACILITY – Aurora City Council members Thursday voted to table until next month the deciding vote on a specific use permit that would clear the way for a drug treatment facility at the current site of MD Resort. The council is requesting additional studies and information from Milrose Capital, the company behind the request. The permit was also tabled at the council’s meeting last month over paperwork. Read more in this weekend’s Messenger.

BOYD ISD FACING POSSIBLE DEFICIT – Boyd ISD expects to dip into its reserves to cover expenses in 2017-18. Based on figures from a first look at the budget Thursday night during the Boyd School Board meeting, the district will face a deficit of $620,693. The district officials showed a drop of $202,827 in revenues from $10.485 million to $10.282 million with preliminary expenses tallying $10.82 million.

BOYD ISD NAMES BOURGEOIS PRINCIPAL – Boyd ISD Trustees named Daniel Bourgeois the principal at Boyd Intermediate School Thursday night. He has been the assistant principal at the high school since February 2013.

RAIN CHANCES – The forecast includes a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday. High temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the mid- to lower-90s.

MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT – Decatur ISD will hold a “Meet and Greet” with new Superintendent Dr. Judi Whitis 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the DISD Board Room at the Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Pizza Hut.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will host Greg Sagan, U.S. Congressional candidate (District 13), at their monthly social 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity, Decatur. The public is invited to discuss a number of concerns with Sagan, including healthcare, affordable education, environmental sustainability and increasing the minimum wage.

MEMORIAL BENEFIT RIDE – A Bike/Jeep Memorial Benefit Ride in honor of Nick Rhodes and the Terry family of Boyd is Saturday at Paradise High School. Rhodes, 17, was killed July 6 in a car accident on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale. Proceeds from the bike and Jeep ride will benefit his family. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the ride starts at 9. Cost, which includes a brisket meal ticket, is $20 per bike or Jeep and $10 for passengers. Kids age 5 and younger are free. Meal tickets only are $10 per plate. There will be a 50/50 raffle with tickets costing $5 each. Call Cliff Garces, 940-399-6068 or Lisa Nocks, 940-210-8431.

MOVIE NIGHT – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown for free tonight at Movie Night on the Square in Decatur. Activities start at dark. Bring lawn chairs. There will be free popcorn, and Kona Ice available for purchase.

FUNERALS – Service for Jessie Lee Womack, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Fundamental Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Billy J. Dodd, 81, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Myrtle Dousay, 94, of Springtown is 1 p.m. July 23 at Springtown Seventh Day Adventist Church in Springtown. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Marcella Shaw, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Tommy Rhea of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. July 29 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Michael James Morgan, 48, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gerald Tom Greer, 75, of Bowie, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Old Country Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 tonight at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

GRAVESIDE for Lonnie Niblett, 73, of Pickton is 1 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Cemetery.

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Boyd ISD names Bourgeois intermediate principal


After 10 years at Boyd ISD serving as a classroom teacher, coach and assistant principal, Daniel Bourgeois is getting the opportunity to lead a campus in the district.
Trustees named Bourgeois the principal at Boyd Intermediate School Thursday night. He has been the assistant principal at the high school since February 2013.
“I loved my time at the high school but this has been a goal to get a campus. It’s where I can have the strongest impact,” Bourgeois said. “I’m looking forward to working with this age group especially.”
Bourgeois returns to the campus where he taught math and social studies for two years early in his tenure at Boyd.
“It’s been five years since I’ve been on the intermediate campus. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can contribute to the success there,” Bourgeois said.
Boyd Superintendent Ted West praised Bourgeois’ contributions to the district and looks forward to working with him in the new role.
“I’ve known him for 10 years. One of his best assets is his personality and ability to build relationships,” West said.
“When he interviewed with our committee, we all felt with his personality he’d bring a lot to that campus.”
Bourgeois replaces Nina Coody, who is moving into a special projects role in central administration.
Trustees accepted the resignation of technology director Morganne Schlegel Thursday night.

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Boyd ISD faces possible deficit of $620K


Boyd ISD expects to dip into its reserves to cover expenses in 2017-18.
Based on figures from a first look at the budget Thursday night during the Boyd School Board meeting, the district will face a deficit of $620,693, including $612,719 on the maintenance and operations side.
The district officials anticipate a drop of $202,827 in revenues from $10.485 million to $10.282 million with preliminary expenses tallying $10.82 million.
Boyd Superintendent Ted West expects the district to trim the projected deficit over the next month before it is adopted Aug. 21. The district will hold a workshop Aug. 14.
“We’ll trim as much as we can. We’ll continue doing what we do,” West said. “We’ve got a healthy fund balance. We’ve been able to save when we needed in the past for tough times. This is one of the tough times. How much of the fund balance we’ll use is something we’ll have to address.”
The district has $7.237 million in the maintenance and operations reserves balance and another $301,986 in the interest and sinking fund reserves. The district will pull some money out of the interest and sinking reserves to cover the $7,974 projected shortage in the debt service account.
A significant drop in total property values has heavily impacted the loss in revenue. The district’s tax roll is expected to come in at $505.7 million, which is down $249 million in two years.
The district will get its certified values at the end of the month.
“The loss in mineral values has us in a bind,” West said.
The district is also facing the loss of the Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction (ASATR), which West estimates could be around $600,000. He added that the district’s total tax roll and enrollment will affect the impact.
“The ASATR fiscal cliff is here,” he said. “It’s not as bad we were looking at two to three years ago. It’s still a significant amount of money that the students of Boyd ISD will be lacking for their education.”
In covering the deficit, Boyd School Board President Ernest Partin said the district will remain “focused on kids and do what’s best for the community.”
Partin added: “Our goal is to balance the budget and it’s tough with mineral values being down.”
In other business, the district named Daniel Bourgeois the principal at Boyd Intermediate. He’s been with the district for 10 years and was previously the assistant principal at the high school.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017


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FATAL WRECK NEAR COTTONDALE – One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning near Cottondale. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Farm Roads 2123 and 51. Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Sgt. Lonny Haschel said preliminary information indicates a Dodge Ram, driven by Christoval Villerral, 31, of Decatur was stopped on FM 2123 facing east. A Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Coby McNabb, 30, of Weatherford was southbound on FM 51. For an undetermined reason, Villerral pulled into the path of McNabb’s vehicle and the two collided. McNabb died at the scene. Villerral was flown to JPS Hospital in Ft. Worth with serious injuries. The wreck damaged a water main at the intersection, sending water spraying into the air.

DEPUTIES, JAILERS GET RAISE – Wise County sheriff’s deputies and jailers are getting a $1 per hour raise. County commissioners Monday approved reallocating unused salary money in the sheriff’s office budget to fund the increase at the request of Sheriff Lane Akin. According to Akin, the money was unused due to vacancies. The raise will take effect July 24. “We’re looking at adjusting our salaries at entry level because when you look at Parker, Denton and Tarrant County, they’re all paying about $5 to $6 more,” Akin said. ” We think that adjusting that with that salary that’s left over will help us to recruit and keep people.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE WORKSHOP – Decatur Public Library will host a Financial Independence Workshop 6 p.m. today. Representatives from Wells Fargo will present an informative workshop on how to achieve financial independence by learning to navigate budgets and credit. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift, providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. Currently scheduled dates are July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

ACCOUNT FOR ACCIDENT VICTIMS – A GoFundMe account for the family of Nick Rhodes can be found at wcmess.com/rhodes. Rhodes, 17, was killed July 6 in a car accident on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale. There is also a GoFundMe account set up for Richard Ginn, who was seriously injured in the same accident and remains in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. To donate, go to wcmess.com/ginn.

DIY WORKSHOPS – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is having DIY Mondays for kids ages 8 to 12. Sessions include refashion on July 17 and recreational leadership Aug. 14. Workshops are 1 to 4 p.m. and cost $20 per session. Call 940-627-3341 to register.

HEAD START – The Head Start programs in Wise County are now enrolling. To enroll for the Decatur/Bridgeport program, call 940-626-4787. To enroll in the Boyd program, call 940-433-2327, ext. 530. Head Start is an early education program for income eligible families.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Bridgeport Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive by Carter BloodCare 1:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Lions Hall across from the swimming pool in Bridgeport. Call Pat Ross at 940-210-5856 for information. No appointment needed.

FUNERALS – Service for Jessie Lee Womack, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Myrtle Dousay, 94, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Fundamental Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Billy J. Dodd, 81, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Tommy Rhea of Runaway Bay is July 29 at First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Marcella Shaw, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Michael James Morgan Sr., 48, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Community Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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1 killed, 1 hurt in wreck


One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning near Cottondale. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. at the intersection of Farm Roads 2123 and 51. Few details were released, but the collision happened between two pickup trucks. The driver of one pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the other pickup was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017


WISE NAMED PURPLE HEART COUNTY – Wise County was designated a Purple Heart County at the regular commissioners meeting Monday. County Judge J.D. Clark said the designation is designed to encourage year-round respect and appreciation for the sacrifices of the men and women in the U.S. armed forces. He said the Military Order of the Purple Heart approached county officials about the designation as part of a nationwide effort reaching out to cities, counties and states. Wise is only the fifth county in Texas to become a Purple Heart County. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

ROLLOVER WRECK – A Boyd woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when she lost control of her SUV in a turn south of Decatur and her vehicle rolled into a fence. The wreck happened just after 9:30 a.m. on County Road 4372. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said Abilene Ortiz was speeding when she lost control of her southbound Chevrolet SUV in a curve and overcorrected. The vehicle rolled at least twice before striking a fence, sustaining moderate damage and a broken windshield. Ortiz was treated at the scene.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Bridgeport Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive by Carter BloodCare 1:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Hall across from the swimming pool in Bridgeport. Call Pat Ross at 940-210-5856 for information. No appointment needed.

ALVORD LIBRARY SUMMER READING – Participants in Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 10-11 a.m. today will exercise their imaginations using cardboard boxes and tubes, tape and glue and a variety of found objects. The program will be held at Alvord City Hall.

MEMORIAL BENEFIT RIDE – A Bike/Jeep Memorial Benefit Ride in honor of Nick Rhodes and the Terry family of Boyd is Saturday at Paradise High School. Rhodes, 17, was killed July 6 in a car accident on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale. Proceeds from the bike and Jeep ride will benefit his family. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the ride starts at 9. Cost, which includes a brisket meal ticket, is $20 per bike or Jeep and $10 for passengers. Kids age 5 and younger are free. Meal tickets only are $10 per plate. There will be a 50/50 raffle with tickets costing $5 each. Call Cliff Garces, 940-399-6068 or Lisa Nocks, 940-210-8431.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Senior Care in Decatur needs volunteers for Bingo on Thursdays. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

MOVIE NIGHT – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown for free Friday at Movie Night on the Square in Decatur. Activities start at dark. Bring lawn chairs. There will be free popcorn, and Kona Ice available for purchase.

FUNERALS – Service for Jessie Lee Womack, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Myrtle Dousay, 94, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Fundamental Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Billy J. Dodd, 81, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Marcella Shaw, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Tom Rhea of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ruth Allen Wade, 92, of Runaway Bay is 4 p.m. July 22 at the Christ Fellowship Church in Lake Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


DECATUR ANNEXATION – The Decatur City Council yesterday approved involuntary annexation of three tracts of land into the city limits and reached development agreements with eight other property owners including Kathleen Ashley, Double Creek Capital, Christopher and Micah Fernihough, Wanda Dixon and James Dixon, Trey Taylor, Karl Klement Properties, Kenny and Gloria Bryan and Ricky W., Mickey Lee and James Steve McMaster. The agreements are for a term of five years and require that the property owners keep the current use of the property. The city agrees not to annex the property during the five-year period.

CLARK GIVEN PROBATION – Amanda Ann Clark pleaded guilty in 271st District Court yesterday to the state jail felony charge of injury to a child in the drowning death of her 2-year-old daughter last October. The 27-year-old was given deferred adjudication and sentenced to five years probation. Investigators say Clark left her three daughters – ages 6, 3 and 2 – alone in a bathtub while she had sex with a man in her bedroom in Alvord Oct. 23.

PITCHER SIGNS WITH TEXAS – Decatur’s Bryce Elder signed with the University of Texas to play baseball Monday.

ALVORD LIBRARY SUMMER READING – Participants in Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program 10-11 a.m. Wednesday will exercise their imaginations using cardboard boxes and tubes, tape and glue and a variety of found objects. The program will be held at Alvord City Hall.

VACATION WITH DECATUR PD – The Decatur Police Department is having a summer vacation program for kids. Activities for ages 5-6 are July 13 and Aug. 10. Sessions for kids ages 7-8 are July 14 and Aug. 11. The program runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Participants should bring their bicycle, helmet, swimsuit and beach towel. Activities will include a bicycle rodeo and safety training games, anti-bullying awareness, crime scene activities, a scavenger hunt and snacks. Pick up applications at the police department or online at decaturtx.org. The program is limited to 30 kids per day. Call 940-393-0300.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Kevin Burns will speak about water conservation and soil erosion.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight. The meeting location has been changed to the Paradise Museum at 216 Main St. Plans for the Main Street Festival, to be held Sept. 30, will be discussed.

FUNERALS – Service for Nicholas Chance Rhodes, 17, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Springtown Fundamental Baptist Church in Springtown with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Billy J. Dodd, 81, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jessie Lee Womack, 88, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Marcella Shaw, 90, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome and Michael James Morgan, 48, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ruth Allen Wade, 92, of Runaway Bay is 4 p.m. July 22 at the Christ Fellowship Church of Lake Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for “Polly” Pauline Bernice Eaton, 82, of Wichita Falls is 11 a.m. today at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls. She was the aunt of Jammie Vaughn of Decatur. Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls is handling arrangements.

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Monday, July 10, 2017


EXPECT DELAYS ON TEXAS 114 – Work is expected to begin today on repairs to a bridge on Farm Road 156 at Texas 114 near Northwest High School in Justin. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the work will continue through July 17. All traffic in the area will be rerouted, so anyone traveling the road from Wise County into the Metroplex might want to find an alternate route. The detour plan for eastbound traffic on Texas 114 is to use FM 156 northbound to Farm Road 407. The bridge was hit by an over height load last month, according to TxDOT.

JUDGE JOHNSON TO JOIN SHERIFF’S OFFICE – Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson will be leaving the bench next month to take over as the chief deputy at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. The announcement was made Friday afternoon. Johnson will replace Kevin Benton, who recently announced his retirement from the sheriff’s office. The judge will step down on Aug. 21 to begin his new job. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

RAIN REPORT – Weekend rainfall totals included 0.17 of an inch in Alvord, 0.11 in Decatur and 0.08 in Bridgeport.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Kevin Burns will speak about water conservation and soil erosion.

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

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting location has been changed to the Paradise Museum at 216 Main St. Plans for the Main Street Festival, to be held Sept. 30, will be discussed.

DECATUR COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets at 6 p.m. today at city hall and will vote on the involuntary annexation of several properties or approving development agreements with those property owners.

BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL – The council will hold a pre-meeting workshop at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss Bridgeport’s growth plan. The city council meeting starts at 6 p.m., and the agenda includes a presentation from a prospective developer concerning a 194-acre property within the city. The meeting is at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – County commissioners today will consider a proclamation designating Wise as a Purple Heart County. They will also discuss changes to the Wise County subdivision and development rules. In other business, they’ll consider bids, discuss any road and construction joint venture projects and accept county committee reports. The 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.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruth Wade, 91, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome and Michael Morgan, 48, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Nicholas Rhodes, 17, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jessie Lee Womack, 88, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marcella Shaw, 90, of Decatur is Saturday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for “Polly” Pauline Bernice Eaton, 82, of Wichita Falls is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crestview Memorial Park in Wichita Falls. She was the aunt of Jammie Vaughn of Decatur. Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home in Wichita Falls is handling arrangements.

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Friday, July 7, 2017


TEEN KILLED IN WRECK – A Paradise High School student was killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson, Nicholas Chance Rhodes, 17, was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on FM 2123 about 4 p.m. when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic, colliding head-on with a Ford one-ton pickup. “The Ford pickup had just crested the hill and didn’t have a lot of time, but he veered to the right at the last minute,” Carson said. “The impact was in the center of the roadway.” The driver of the Ford, Richard Morgan Ginn, 46, of Paradise had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was seriously injured and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT – The Decatur School Board yesterday voted unanimously to employ Dr. Judi Whitis as superintendent. Whitis had been named the lone finalist for the position last month. She will begin work next week.

OZONE ACTION DAY – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Wise County, today. Atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Chico Youth Football sign-ups are 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Robinson Park in Chico. All games are played in Wise County.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold their weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay.

KIDS’ DIY CAMP – The Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is having a Do It Yourself Camp – Exploring Water 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday for kids ages 8-12. Cost is $20. To sign up, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

MASONIC BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge will host its quarterly breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Lodge. Biscuits and sausage gravy will be served at no cost, but donations are appreciated.

CASTING CALL – Fearaphobia Haunted House in Bridgeport will hold a casting call noon-5 p.m. Saturday at 1407 Carpenter St. in Bridgeport. The production needs actors, make-up artists, people to construct sets and all other aspects of a haunted house. It will be open every Friday and Saturday in October, and 25 percent of proceeds go to charity. Call Robert Chaney at 512-284-6269.

FFA BAKE SALE – Bridgeport FFA will hold a bake sale fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today at First State Bank in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – County commissioners Monday will consider a proclamation designating Wise as a Purple Heart County. They will also discuss changes to the Wise County subdivision and development rules. In other business, they’ll consider bids, discuss any road and construction joint venture projects and accept county committee reports. The 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.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Agnes Laverne Rotton, 85, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mary Woodruff, 69, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James A. “Jim” Gray, 53, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Ronnie Smith, 74 of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lois Peery, 87, formerly of Newark is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL MASS for Clarence W. Pennartz, 83, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Tracy Ann Mazur Smith, 45, of Greenwood is 3 p.m. today at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy (Jim) Fennell, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery.

SERVICE for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jim Brown, 99, of Irving is 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Irving with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving is handling arrangements.

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Local teen killed in crash


 

A Paradise High School student was killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on Farm Road 2123, just east of Cottondale.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson, Nicholas Chance Rhodes, 17, was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on FM 2123 about 4 p.m. when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic, colliding head-on with a Ford one-ton pickup.

“The Ford pickup had just crested the hill and didn’t have a lot of time, but he veered to the right at the last minute,” Carson said. “The impact was in the center of the roadway.”

The driver of the Ford, Richard Morgan Ginn, 46, of Paradise had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was seriously injured and flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Rhodes was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017


DECATUR HIRES MADDOX AS BASEBALL COACH – Former NFL quarterback and current Grapevine assistant Tommy Maddox is coming to Decatur to lead the baseball program. Maddox was offered and accepted the post this week to lead the 2017 Class 4A Region II finalists. Maddox spent the past two seasons at Grapevine as an assistant for a squad that won the 5A state title in 2016 and was the state runnerup this year. Maddox replaces Brian Tickell, who has taken a job as an assistant at Kennedale after leading Decatur to a pair of district titles before making a run to the region final this past season. He inherits a squad that finished 27-12 last year. Maddox was a three-sport star (football, baseball and basketball) at L.D. Bell before going to play quarterback at UCLA and onto the NFL for parts of nine seasons. He was named 2002 Comeback Player of the Year after throwing for 2,836 yards and 20 touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also the MVP in the XFL’s lone season.

BOIL WATER NOTICE LIFTED – The City of Bridgeport has lifted the boil water notice. The city’s water system officials tested the water and determined it is safe for consumption, and boiling is no longer needed. The notice had been in effect from last Friday until Tuesday.

RAIN REPORT – Parts of Wise County received rain from storms yesterday evening. Rain totals included 0.55 of an inch in Bridgeport and 0.43 in Decatur. The forecast includes a 20 percent chance of storms this afternoon.

FFA BAKE SALE – Bridgeport FFA will hold a bake sale fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at First State Bank in Bridgeport.

VACATION WITH DECATUR PD – The Decatur Police Department is having a summer vacation program for kids. Activities for ages 5-6 are July 13 and Aug. 10. Sessions for kids ages 7-8 are July 14 and Aug. 11. The program runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Participants should bring their bicycle, swimsuit and beach towel. Activities will include a bicycle rodeo and safety training games, anti-bullying awareness, crime scene activities, a scavenger hunt and snacks. Pick up applications at the police department or online at www.decaturtx.org. The program is limited to 30 kids per day. Call 940-393-0300.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board tonight will vote to officially hire the lone finalist for their superintendent position, Dr. Judi Whitis. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building.

MASONIC BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge will host its quarterly breakfast 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Lodge. Biscuits and sausage gravy will be served at no cost, but donations are appreciated.

CASTING CALL – Fearaphobia Haunted House in Bridgeport will hold a casting call noon-5 p.m. Saturday at 1407 Carpenter St. in Bridgeport. The production needs actors, make-up artists, people to construct sets and all other aspects of a haunted house. It will be open every Friday and Saturday in October, and 25 percent of proceeds go to charity. Call Robert Chaney at 512-284-6269.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for John Richard ‘Sonny’ Key, 71, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Lois Juracek, 91, of Arlington will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jim Brown, 99, of Irving is 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Irving with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home in Irving.

GRAVESIDE service for Agnes Laverne Rotton, 85, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amber Lynn Hunter, 52, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ronnie Smith, 74 of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for James A. Gray, 53, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lois Peery, 87, formerly of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL MASS for Clarence W. Pennartz, 83, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy (Jim) Fennell, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Sweetwater Cemetery.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017


BRIDGEPORT HOUSE FIRE – A Bridgeport home in the 1500 block of 13th Street was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon. The single-story wood structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene just after noon. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said crews began with an external attack before moving inside the structure after knocking the flames down. Bridgeport Police Officer Lee Snodgrass said the homeowner, Jose Martinez, was also on scene at the time of the fire and was moving vehicles away from the flames when Snodgrass arrived. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said Martinez and a family member lived at the home. Washburn said the home had not been connected to city utilities for four months and is not insured. Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Wise County EMS also responded to assist with heat rehabilitation for firefighters as temperatures hit 90 degrees on the street outside the home. Bridgeport Police Officers provided traffic control around the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office.

JUNE RAINFALL – Wise County experienced its wettest month of the year yet in June with 6.19 inches of rain recorded in the month. That’s above the average rainfall amount of 4.43 inches for June. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 100 on June 23 to a low of 61 on June 7.

TUESDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall amounts from yesterday included 0.9 of an inch in Decatur, 0.64 in Rhome, 0.6 in Cottondale, 0.45 in Alvord and 0.27 in Bridgeport.

WASHER CHALLENGE – Wise County’s Guinness World Record for “washer tossing” is being challenged by a group from East Hants, Nova Scotia. An internet post by a man who calls himself Terry “The Legend” Isenor says he hopes to have 500 competitors for the competition July 15-16. “We’re going to show those Texans what washer tossing is all about,” Isenor brags. Wise County captured the Guinness World Record in 2015 during the Old Settlers Reunion at the “Put yo money where yo mouth is” washer tossing competition. East Hance is a city of 22,500 people in Canada.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Public Works dumpsites in Boyd and Cottondale will close today for the Independence Day holiday. Regular dumpsite information can be found on the county website www.co.wise.tx.us.

PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING ACTIVITY – Alvord Public Library’s theme for today’s Summer Reading program will be “One Plastic Bag.” Participants will re-purpose plastic (Wal-Mart-type) shopping bags into braided jump ropes. All Summer Reading programs are held 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Alvord City Hall.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Agnes Laverne Rotton, 85, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amber Lynn Hunter, 52, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Ronnie Smith, 74 of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lois Peery, 87, formerly of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clifford B. Dudley, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL MASS for Clarence W. Pennartz, 83, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Neita Gaugh, 63, of Decatur and Lewis Miller, 76 of Aurora will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for James A. Gray, 53, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for John “Sonny” Richard Key, 71, of Bridgeport and Lois Juracek of Arlington are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Debby Stanley, 69, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy (Jim) Fennell, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Sweetwater Cemetery.

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Home destroyed by fire


A Bridgeport home in the 1500 block of 13th Street was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

The single-story wood structure was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene just after noon.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said crews began with an external attack before moving inside the structure after knocking the flames down. Firefighters tapped into a nearby fire hydrant to get additional water. Long said the fire did not spread to trees in the home’s front yard. Crews used a thermal imaging camera to locate hot spots after the flames were extinguished.

Bridgeport Police Officer Lee Snodgrass said the homeowner, Jose Martinez, was also on scene at the time of the fire and was moving vehicles away from the flames when Snodgrass arrived. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said Martinez and a family member lived at the home.

Washburn said the home had not been connected to city utilities for four months and is not insured.

Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise Fire Departments responded to the blaze. Wise County EMS also responded to assist with heat rehabilitation for firefighters as temperatures hit 90 degrees on the street outside the home. Bridgeport Police Officers provided traffic control around the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

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Monday, July 3, 2017


BOIL WATER NOTICE – The City of Bridgeport is currently under a boil water notice. City crews fixed a water main break near Sonic on Friday, but due to the loss of pressure, the city implemented the notice. The city asks residents to boil water prior to consumption. For non-consumption uses, boiling is not needed. The city will notify residents and businesses when the notice is no longer necessary.

RAINFALL REPORT – Parts of Wise County received a little rainfall this weekend. Rainfall totals included 0.76 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.75 in Alvord and 0.15 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 94 degrees.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services-WIC will be closed Tuesday and will reopen on Wednesday. Call 940-627-5796 to set up an appointment and 972-989-1042 for breastfeeding help.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday 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.

TECHNOCAMP – Students have two more opportunities left to register and attend Northwest ISD TechnoCamp: July 10-13 and Aug. 7-10. TechnoCamp is a series of robotics and technology camps offered to grades 1-8. More information can be found at technocamp.nisdtx.org.

PLASTIC BAG RECYCLING ACTIVITY – Alvord Public Library’s theme for the July 5 Summer Reading program will be “One Plastic Bag.” Participants will re-purpose plastic (Wal-Mart-type) shopping bags into braided jump ropes. All Summer Reading programs are held 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays at Alvord City Hall.

FREEDOM FEST – Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise will hold Freedom Fest ’17 tonight. The event begins at 6 and includes a magician, food trucks, inflatables, live music and fireworks at dark.

BAKE SALE – Chico Public Library is having a bake sale and family-friendly summer activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. There will be games, rock painting, face painting, Lego builds and robots. Activities are free. Proceeds from the bake sale benefit the library. Call 940-644-2330.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – We wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day holiday. No Update will be published Tuesday, but any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Agnes Laverne Rotton, 85, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Nancy Catherine Moore Steinhauer, 68, of Paradise is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Living God in Cottondale. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amber Lynn Hunter, 52, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lois Peery, 87, formerly of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Clifford B. Dudley, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Neita Gaugh, 63, of Decatur and Lewis Miller, 76, of Aurora will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for John “Sonny” Richard Key, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Debby Stanley of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy (Jim) Fennell, 61, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Sweetwater Cemetery.

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Victory’s fireworks draw crowd


Fireworks lit up the sky Sunday night in Decatur at Victory Family Church’s Fourth of July celebration.

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