Friday, January 27, 2017


OFFICER INJURED IN WRECK – A Decatur police officer was air lifted to the hospital after his parked patrol vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 81/287 Thursday. Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said that Officer Matthew Roberts was parked on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, just past W. Ford St., when a tractor-trailer traveling south moved onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and rear-ended Robert’s patrol vehicle. The wreck occurred around 11:30 p.m. Roberts’ Chevrolet Tahoe came to rest upside down off the highway. The tractor-trailer drove off the highway less than a quarter-mile further southbound, coming to rest next to the parking lot of Americas Best Value Inn. Roberts was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was treated and released. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to the Wise Health System main campus with no visible injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac Lifeteam 68 and Decatur police and fire departments responded. The incident is still under investigation.

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1 HURT WHEN TRUCK STRIKES POLE – One man was injured when his 18-wheeler ran off the road and struck an electrical pole just before noon Thursday. Texas Department of Safety State Trooper Patrick Garcia said the truck ran off U.S. 380 just west of Farm Road 1655 for unknown reasons, driving into the ditch on the north side of the road, where it hit a culvert before striking and severing the pole. Garcia said a charged line fell on the cab’s roof and burned a light, which alerted crews the truck wasn’t safe to approach. “Paramedics were alerted to a live wire because it burned that light,” Garcia said. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard also responded to the wreck and used a device to test the electricity coming from the downed line. Beard said the company operating the line shut it down, which gave emergency crews access to the driver inside. The driver, Jeffrey Griffith, 61, of Fort Worth, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Wise County EMS, Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the wreck. Traffic was briefly limited to one lane while emergency crews were on the scene. The road reopened fully just before 1 p.m.

SLIDELL HOMECOMING – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds will take on Bellevue today for homecoming, starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. The Slidell girls will be looking to wrap up the 21-A title with a victory. Decatur will play host to Sanger. It will be senior night for the Decatur girls as it will be their last home game. In other action: Poolville at Alvord, Henrietta at Boyd, Bridgeport at Gainesville, City View at Paradise, Chico at Era, Northwest at Boswell.

DOI RESOLUTION APPROVED – Alvord school trustees voted Thursday to sign a resolution seeking designation as a district of innovation. Superintendent Randy Brown said freedom to set the fall semester start date was the most import reason to pursue the designation.

RABBIT VALIDATION – Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County AgriLife Extension office in Decatur. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex in order to show at the Wise County Youth Fair. Call 940-389-5388.

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

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – The Chico Public Library will hold a Winter Book Sale at Chico City Hall (400 S. Hovey St.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hardback and audio $1, paperbacks four for $1, DVDs $2. All proceeds benefit CPL collection development and programs. Call Michelle or Emilie at 940-644-2330.

FIFTH SUNDAY SINGING – Oak Grove United Methodist Church, located on Old Greenwood Road in Decatur, will hold a Fifth Sunday Singing 11 a.m. Sunday with a covered dish luncheon following at noon.

FOOTBALL BANQUET – The Decatur Football Banquet is 6 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Sandy Lansford-Knowles, 48, of Sanger is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jeanne Elliott, 70, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Devin McKenzie Geninatti, 17, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Frankie Greever is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Fellowship Church Chapel in Grapevine. She was the mother of Chuck Greever.

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Officer injured in wreck on U.S. 81/287


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A Decatur police officer was air lifted to the hospital after his parked patrol vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 81/287 Thursday.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said Officer Matthew Roberts was parked on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur, just past W. Ford St., when a tractor-trailer traveling south moved onto the shoulder for unknown reasons and rear-ended the Roberts’ patrol car. The tractor-trailer was driven by Christopher Toussaint, 39, of Dallas. The wreck occurred around 11:30 p.m.

Roberts’ Chevrolet Tahoe came to rest upside down off the highway. The tractor-trailer drove off the highway less than a quarter-mile further southbound, coming to rest next to the parking lot of Americas Best Value Inn.

Roberts was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was released early Friday morning, according to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

Toussaint was taken to the Wise Health System main campus with no visible injuries. He was later taken to the Wise County Jail and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac Lifeteam 68 and Decatur police and fire departments responded.

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1 injured in 18-wheeler wreck


One man was injured when his 18-wheeler ran off the road and struck an electrical pole just before noon Thursday.
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Texas Department of Safety State Trooper Patrick Garcia said the truck ran off U.S. 380 just west of Farm Road 1655 for unknown reasons, driving into the ditch on the north side of the road, where it hit a culvert before striking and severing the pole. Garcia said a charged line fell on the cab’s roof and burned a light, which alerted crews the truck wasn’t safe to approach.

“Paramedics were alerted to a live wire because it burned that light,” Garcia said.

Wise County Fire Marshall Chuck Beard also responded to the wreck and used a device to test the electricity coming from the downed line. Beard said the company operating the line shut it down, which gave emergency crews access to the driver inside.

The driver’s name has been withheld pending an update on his condition. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Wise County EMS, Bridgeport Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the wreck. Traffic was briefly limited to one lane while emergency crews were on scene. The road reopened fully just before 1 p.m.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017


STUDENT’S TREATS MAY HAVE BEEN LACED WITH MARIJUANA – Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said his department is investigating an incident that happened Tuesday morning at Seven Hills Elementary in Newark in which two children became ill after eating candy that had been brought to school by a student. Akin said a 5th-grade student shared a Rice Krispies Treat with a fellow student, and that student then broke the piece into smaller pieces and shared with three other students. Teachers noticed the children acting strangely, and two became ill. Wise County EMS was called to check on the children, who were sent home for the day. Akin said based on interviews, investigators believe the candy had been laced with marijuana. The sheriff said the investigation is ongoing.

TRAFFIC FATALITY VICTIM IDENTIFIED – The teenager struck and killed on Texas 114 near Paradise Tuesday night was identified as 17-year-old Devin Geninatti of Bridgeport, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Geninatti died around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after being transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Shawn Younger said the car that struck Geninatti was driven by Josh Hartsell, 30, also of Bridgeport. Hartsell was westbound from Paradise when he noticed a vehicle with no lights parked on the side of Texas 114. Younger said according to witnesses interviewed at the scene, as Hartsell passed the parked vehicle, Geninatti, who’d been standing in front of the parked vehicle, appeared to have jumped out in front of Hartsell’s car.

FIFTH SUNDAY SINGING – Oak Grove United Methodist Church, located on Old Greenwood Road in Decatur, will hold a Fifth Sunday Singing 11 a.m. Sunday with a covered dish luncheon following at noon.

FOOTBALL BANQUET – The Decatur Football Banquet is 6 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center.

WCCA SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – The Wise County Committee on Aging (Meals on Wheels) is seeking people to serve on the nonprofit charity board and volunteers to help in various roles, including delivering meals. Call Amy Pegues at 940-627-5329.

RIBBON CUTTING – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. today for Velocity Sports Center, 4348 W. U.S. 380 in Decatur.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. The group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited. The group will discuss the future of Freedom Texas and its role in securing Texas Independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or go to freedomtexas.org.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Gene Cansler, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Sandy Lansford-Knowles, 48, of Sanger is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Devin McKenzie Geninatti, 17, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Pedestrian struck, killed in traffic accident


A teenager died after he was struck by a car on Texas 114 northwest of Paradise Tuesday.

The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Shawn Younger said the car that struck Devin Geninatti, 17, of Bridgeport, was driven by Josh Hartsell, 30, also of Bridgeport. Hartsell was traveling westbound from Paradise when he noticed a vehicle with no lights parked on the side of Texas 114. Younger said according to witnesses interviewed at the scene, as Hartsell passed the parked vehicle, Geninatti, who’d been standing in front of the parked vehicle, appeared to have jumped out in front of Hartsell’s car.

It was initially reported that Geninatti died in the ambulance en route to Wise Health System, but the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website states he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His time of death is listed shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac Lifeteam 68 and Paradise Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.

 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


TEEN KILLED NEAR PARADISE – A teenager died after he was struck by a car on Texas 114 northwest of Paradise Tuesday. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Shawn Younger said the car that struck the teenage pedestrian, driven by Josh Hartsell, 30, of Bridgeport, was westbound from Paradise when Hartsell noticed a vehicle with no lights parked on the side of Texas 114. Younger said that according to witnesses interviewed at the scene, as Hartsell passed the parked vehicle the teenager, who’d been standing in front of the parked vehicle, appeared to have jumped out in front of Hartsell’s car. The teenager died in the ambulance en route to Wise Regional, Younger said. His name has been withheld pending notification of family members. Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Department of Public Safety, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Air Evac Lifeteam 68 and Paradise Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.

NEW CHAMBER OFFICERS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce Tuesday welcomed a new set of officers and directors while recognizing outgoing President Jeff Sicking. New officers for 2017 include President Christie Rhine, First Vice President Nate Bayless and Second Vice President Shelly Harrison. Twenty past chamber presidents were also honored for their service throughout the years at the luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center.

PARADISE BEAT BOYD IN DOUBLE OT – Danny Richardson’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer tied the game at the end of regulation. Richardson finished with 27 points in Paradise’s 60-53 win over Boyd in double overtime. Wise County basketball scores: Boys – Northwest 90, Saginaw 58; Decatur 70, Krum 47; Argyle 47, Bridgeport 26; Alvord 54, Perrin 35; Muenster 59, Chico 26; Slidell 62, Midway 55 OT. Girls – Northwest 50, Saginaw 32; Krum 40, Decatur 32; Argyle 66, Bridgeport 15; Paradise 52, Boyd 37; Alvord 73, Perrin 23; Slidell 51, Midway 19.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A donation account has been opened at Wells Fargo for Jeffrey Thatcher. Donations will be used for medical bills for an extended hospital stay.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE – The Chico Public Library will hold a Winter Book Sale at Chico City Hall (400 S. Hovey St.) 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hardback and audio $1, paperbacks four for $1, DVDs $2. All proceeds benefit CPL collection development and programs. Call Michelle or Emilie at 940-644-2330.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

STORY TIME WITH ANIMALS – Toddlers and their parents are invited to story time 10 a.m. today at Russell Feed and Supply, 1817 U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. The story time will include live animals. RSVP in store or by calling 940-627-2312.

FUNERALS – Service for Gene Cansler, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Sandy Lansford-Knowles, 48, of Sanger is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Doris Jane “Johnson” Russell, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Jaybird Cemetery.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


FIRE DANGER – The National Weather Service says there’s a threat for grass fires this afternoon due to gusty southwest winds, above normal temperatures and dry air. Wise County is currently under a burn ban. No outside burning is allowed. Today’s high is expected to reach 75 with winds of 10-20 miles per hour with gusts up to 25 miles per hour.

BOYD, PARADISE SQUARE OFF – District 8-3A rivals and neighbors Boyd and Paradise will meet on the basketball court tonight at Boyd High School gym. The girls game starts at 6 with the boys game to follow. Other Wise County action for boys and girls teams: Perrin at Alvord; Argyle at Bridgeport; Muenster at Chico; Decatur at Krum; Northwest at Saginaw; Slidell at Midway.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

HOME AND LAWN SHOW – The Wise County Home and Lawn Show sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Booth space and sponsorships are available. Vendor booths range from $50 to $125 depending on location. Call Cary Bohn at 940-627-5616 or email cary@carybohn.com.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 11th annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. The club will host two dances, 4-6 p.m. for girls infant-3rd grade and 7-9 p.m. for girls 4th grade and up. For information or to purchase tickets, go to www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com. Register by Jan. 30 for early bird pricing.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of taxpayer information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. The first program titled “PTAX 101-Introduction to the Texas Property Tax System” will be held 6 p.m. today at the Wise County Appraisal District office at 400 East Business 380 in Decatur. Program will last about 1.5-2 hours. Additional programs will be scheduled at various locations throughout the county based on public response. Call the WCAD at 940-627-3081 to register for this month’s program.

PAINTING WITH WATER COLORS – Debbie Malone, owner of the Funky Firefly, will teach classes for children on how to paint with water colors Thursday at Chico Public Library. One class is 1-2 p.m., and the other class is 4-5 p.m. You must register for the event. Call Michelle or Emilie at 940-644-2330 to register.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Judy Greer, 66, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Gene Cansler, 76, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marietta Ross Hatchell, 74, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Catherine Faye McAmis Russell, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jane “Johnson” Russell, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Jaybird Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Monday, January 23, 2017


WREN NAMED HOSPITAL CEO – Wise Health System announced Friday that Jason Wren will be appointed president and CEO, effective April 1. Wren, the vice president of corporate and legal services, has worked for WHS for four years. His duties have included general legal counseling, contract negotiation and development, risk management and legislative and regulatory compliance. He oversaw legal services and several additional departments. Wren will replace CEO Steve Summers, who is retiring after 25 years at WHS. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

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

STORY TIME WITH ANIMALS – Toddlers and their parents are invited to story time 10 a.m. Wednesday at Russell Feed and Supply, 1817 U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. The story time will include live animals. RSVP in store or by calling 940-627-2312.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited to attend. The group will discuss the future of Freedom Texas and its role in securing Texas Independence. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or go to freedomtexas.org.

TAXPAYER INFORMATION PROGRAM – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering a series of taxpayer information programs designed to help everyone better understand the Texas Property Tax System and what the Appraisal District does. The first program titled “PTAX 101-Introduction to the Texas Property Tax System” will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Wise County Appraisal District office at 400 East Business 380 in Decatur. Program will last about 1.5-2 hours. Additional programs will be scheduled at various locations throughout the county based on public response. Call the WCAD at 940-627-3081 to register for this month’s program.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. To RSVP, call 940-627-3107 or email lisab@decaturtx.com.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. The guest speaker will be Beverly Ross, and her topic is “Living through Grief and other Emotional Problems.” Guest visitor will be Janie Bramlet, area director for TRTP. Call 940-575-2341 for lunch reservations so that adequate food may be prepared. The cost of the lunch is $11, cash or check.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight in the Community Room at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. A workshop with end-of-year reports from the various departments is at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 15-item meeting agenda at 6. Following the regular meeting, the council and the planning and zoning commission will hold a workshop on zoning regulations related to the sale of alcoholic beverages and involuntary annexation of seven enclaves.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Katherine Faye McAmis Russell, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Nancy Grooms Cowley Dickinson, 76, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jane “Johnson” Russell, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Jaybird Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Greer, 66, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Michael Raymond Whitaker, 72, of Sunset is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Rose Teague Littlejohn is 3 p.m. today at Shannon Cemetery in Clay County. She was the mother of David Littlejohn.

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Friday, January 20, 2017


COUNTY SEEKS INPUT ON REFINANCING BONDS — After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, Wise County commissioners agreed to allow The PFM Group to provide financial services to the county and specifically to look at refinancing the college lease revenue bonds. Precinct 4 Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy said before any action was taken to refinance, they would need to determine it was, in fact, a savings, since the county has already paid a significant amount in interest on the bonds. “They’re going to have to save us $12 million up front and then see what the interest rate is. I don’t think we can, but as a commissioner, it’s our due diligence to look into it,” he said. “If we’re in business, you’re looking to save as much money as we can. If we don’t do it now, the interest rate will be up there pretty good the next four years.” Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White was concerned about the possibility of the college building being put up as collateral, but County Judge J.D. Clark reassured him no specific plans had been proposed at this point. “I’m asking to let someone look at it,” Clark said. “If we’ve currently got the best deal, I think that will be evident when we see the proposals.” Read more in an upcoming edition of the Wise County Messenger.

CITY EYES RENOVATIONS — Newark City Council Thursday voted to take several steps toward renovations for the gym/community center next to city hall. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

RAIN CHANCE SATURDAY — The weekend forecast includes a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday. It will be windy and a bit cooler Sunday. Be mindful of the burn ban in effect.

SIGN UP FOR HEART OF A CHAMPION — The Heart of a Champion livestock show is Friday, March 3, during the Wise County Youth Fair, and registration forms for participants and volunteers are now available at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. Forms are due Feb. 3. Heart of a Champion is for exhibitors, youth and adult, with special needs. If participants have questions, call Charli Franks, 940-393-1494. If volunteers have questions, call Lisa Bradshaw, 940-627-4567. To sponsor the event, call Bradshaw.

APPLICATION ASSISTANT — A representative from the Tarrant Area Food Bank will be at Rhome Public Library 1-4 p.m. today to assist with applications for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid and more. To schedule a time, call 817-636-2767.

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

CHAMBER LUNCHEON — Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Decatur Civic Center. To RSVP, call 940-627-3107 or email lisab@decaturtx.com.

DAR MEETING — The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its January meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Museum. Colonel Midge Ward USAF will speak on “Women in the Military.” Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS — The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Jan. 25 by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

FUNERALS — Graveside service for David Lenord Smith, 72, of Denton is 2 p.m. today at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Nancy Grooms Cowley Dickinson, 76, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Greer, 66, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Michael Raymond Whitaker, 72, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Smyrna Cemetery in Sunset. Family visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

MEMORIAL service for Jane Hall (Leitholt), 71, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Jim’s Funeral Home in Hurst is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017


RESERVE CONSTABLES APPROVED FOR PRECINCT 4 — Wise County commissioners Tuesday approved a reserve constable pilot program for Precinct 4 at the request of Constable Kevin Huffman. “When I’m doing evictions and writs, it’s nice to have someone to back you up,” he said. “… people tend to get a little irate. If you’re by yourself, that’s not a good situation to be in.” Commissioners authorized up to five reserve constables for Precinct 4, all of which are required to be licensed peace officers. The county will pay for their bond, but the reserves will pay all other associated expenses. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING — The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Decatur Civic Center. The guest speaker will be Beverly Ross, and her topic is “Living through Grief and other Emotional Problems.” Guest visitor will be Janie Bramlet, area director for TRTP. Call 940-575-2341 for lunch reservations so that adequate food may be prepared. The cost of the lunch is $11, cash or check.

ART DISPLAY — Art work created by the students at Paradise High School is now on public display in the Decatur Public Library.

PAINTING WITH WATER COLORS — Debbie Malone, owner of the Funky Firefly, will teach classes for children on how to paint with water colors Thursday, Jan. 26 at Chico Public Library. One class is 1-2 p.m., and the other class is 4-5 p.m. You must register for the event. Call Michelle or Emilie at 940-644-2330 to register.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF ­— Relay for Life of Wise County will host a 2017 kickoff meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Those interested in participating this year can get more information on the event or sign up. Call Amanda, 817-366-8131 or email amanda.braudaway@cancer.org.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ. Clay Patterson will demonstrate how to write your own family history on Create Space.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP — The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss and answer questions regarding resources available in Wise County. Call Dennis McCreary at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

FUNERALS — Graveside service for David Leonard Smith, 72, of Denton is 2 p.m. Friday at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Judy I. Greer, 66, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Jerry E. Rawle, 82, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Jane Hall (Leitholt), 71, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport. Jim’s Funeral Home in Hurst is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


ATHLETIC DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN – Bridgeport athletic director and head football coach Danny Henson has announced he will step down effective Jan. 31. Henson planned to retire next winter but will resign from his position early so BISD may begin searching for his replacement. Henson has served as athletic director/head football coach at Bridgeport for 24 years. See a related story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

COUNTY UNDER BURN BAN – Wise County is now under a 90-day burn ban. Commissioners approved the measure Tuesday at the recommendation of Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. “Since Dec. 10, county fire departments have run 134 grass fires, and 80 percent were started by outdoor burning,” Beard said. “That’s a pretty big number in my business.” The ban, effective immediately, prohibits outdoor burning. A violation of the ban is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500. See the midweek Messenger for welding guidelines and suggestions for outdoor cooking. If you have questions, call the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office at 940-627-5870 or email firemarshal@co.wise.tx.us.

EAGLES DOUBLE UP BULLS – Behind 31 points from Parker Hicks and 21 from Wilson Hicks, Decatur throttled Bridgeport 90-45 Tuesday. Justin Meyers led the Bulls with 19. See the full writeup in the weekend Messenger.

LADY EAGLES SNEAK BY SISSIES – Decatur narrowly beat Bridgeport 38-35. See the full writeup in the weekend Messenger.

FILING PERIOD BEGINS – The filing period for a spot on the May 6 city council and school board election ballot begins today and continues until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

RAIN TOTALS – Rain totals from yesterday included 0.5 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.44 in Decatur, 0.42 in Rhome and 0.32 in Bridgeport. We have a 30 percent chance of more rain showers today.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss and answer questions regarding resources available in Wise County. Call Dennis McCreary at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its January meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Museum. Colonel Midge Ward USAF will speak on “Women in the Military.” Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Jan. 25 by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

DUMPSITES CLOSED – Boyd and Cottondale Dumpsites will be closed today.

FUNERALS – Service for David Leonard Smith, 72, of Denton is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Prentiss Dwayne Clark, 76, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old of Azle, is 11 a.m. today at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry E. Rawle, 82, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017


DECATUR BOARD EXTENDS SUPT. CONTRACT – Following a closed session for the annual superintendent evaluation, the Decatur School Board yesterday voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Rod Townsend another year and provide an approximately 3.3 percent pay increase. Townsend’s contract now runs through 2020, and his salary is $199,500.

RAIN CHANCES RETURN – Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon with rain and storm chances increasing to 90 percent tonight. The high today is expected to reach 53 degrees with a low of 43 tonight.

RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF – Relay for Life of Wise County will host a 2017 kickoff meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Those interested in participating this year can get more information on the event or sign up. Call Amanda, 817-366-8131 or email amanda.braudaway@cancer.org.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Clay Patterson will demonstrate how to write your own family history on Create Space.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. today at the Decatur High School band hall. Parents of all band students are invited.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN – The Texas Democratic Women Of Wise County will offer transportation to Austin for the Historic Women’s March in Austin Saturday. This march will be held to coincide with rallies in Washington DC and others across the country. Seats are limited and some restrictions apply. Call event coordinator Lena Wells at 940-399-3309 for more information and to reserve your seat.

CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is having a ladies craft night 6:30 p.m. Friday. Participants will make abstract bowls. Only 20 seats available. Register by calling Emilie or Michelle, 940-644-2330.

COMMISSIONERS MEET TODAY – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. today. Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Huffman will give a presentation on a reserve constable pilot program. Commissioners will consider changes to the subdivision rules, and they will discuss using the PFM Group to help refinance the college lease revenue bonds. The meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Leona Taylor, 80, of Decatur is 3 p.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Linda Byers, 70, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Franklin D. Middleton, 83, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Jones-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Glen Stone, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Prentiss Dwayne Clark, 76, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old of Azle, is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Edith Culps, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry E. Rawle, 82, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church in Whitesboro. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

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Monday, January 16, 2017


3 HURT IN RHOME WRECK – A two-vehicle collision in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Rhome Police officer Bryan Pickler said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287 between the two Texas 114 exits when the driver lost control, overcorrected and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 where it struck a northbound passenger car. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. He and a female passenger who was pregnant were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The names of those involved were not available at the scene. The wreck, which happened just before 2 p.m., shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. It was foggy and raining at the time of the wreck.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER AWARDS – Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. Director Kevin Holzbog was named Citizen of the Year at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Saturday. The chamber also gave Baja Mexican Grill the Small Business of the Year award, Hanson the Corporate Business of the Year award, Gilbert Horton the Humanitarian of the Year award, Scott Hiler the Director of the Year award and Shane Conley the Presidency Award.

FOG ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for much of the area, including Wise County, until 10 a.m. today. Rainfall totals from the weekend included 2.7 inches in Rhome and Greenwood, 2.27 in Decatur, 1.75 in Alvord, 1.41 in Bridgeport and 1.34 in Cottondale.

COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED, COMMISSIONERS MEET TOMORROW – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday, instead of today, due to it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day. County offices are closed. At tomorrow’s meeting Precinct 4 Constable Kevin Huffman will give a presentation on a reserve constable pilot program. Commissioners will consider changes to the subdivision rules, and they will discuss using the PFM Group to help refinance the college lease revenue bonds. The meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

BLOOD DRIVE – The City of Boyd is holding a blood drive at the Boyd Community Center 2-7 p.m. today.

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. It is the first meeting of the year. 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.

BAND BOOSTERS – Decatur Band Boosters meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur High School band hall. Parents of all band students are invited.

DECATUR 4-H – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Members will be making bagel bird feeders. Bring a package of bagels. Call 940-393-5029.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting today at 6 p.m. at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is invited. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will celebrate MLK Day at their third Monday monthly meeting 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Braxton Lunsford, 1 month old, of Azle is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Curtis Cemetery in Weatherford. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Gary Templeton of Decatur and Prentiss Clark, 76, of Keller are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Calvin Emmet King, 86, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Living Waters Fellowship Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Edith Culps, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Linda Byers, 70, of Chico is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Franklin D. Middleton, 83, of Runaway Bay and Glen Fred Stone, 71, of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Leona Taylor, 80, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Jerry Rawle, 82, of Greenville, formerly of Decatur, is pending.

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A two-vehicle collision in Rhome sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon. Rhome Police officer Bryan Pickler said a pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287  between the two Texas 114 exits when the driver lost control, overcorrected and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 where it struck a northbound passenger car. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle. He and a female passenger who was pregnant were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The driver of the pickup was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The names of those involved were not available at the scene. The wreck, which happened just before 2 p.m., shut down the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. It was foggy and raining at the time of the wreck.

 

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Friday, January 13, 2017


FATAL WRECK – A Bridgeport man was killed in a rollover wreck Wednesday morning in southwest Wise County. According to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a pickup truck driven by Leoncio Martinez, 52, was eastbound on Texas 199 west of Farm Road 920 near Poolville when the truck rolled onto its side shortly after 6:30 a.m. Martinez was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

SPIRIT CHAMPIONSHIPS – Several local high school cheerleading squads competed in the University Interscholastic League spirit championship Wednesday and Thursday in Fort Worth. Bridgeport scored 75.2 and tied for fifth place with Falfurrias in the small coed division. Commerce High School won the division with a score of 83.35. Chico placed 14th in the 2A division with a score of 70.3, and Paradise cheerleaders scored 66.7 for 18th place in the 3A division. Boyd and Decatur high schools did not place.

RED CROSS MEETING – Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with the Wise County Red Cross is invited to a meeting 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., Decatur. Call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

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

CHAMBER NETWORKING EVENT – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a coffee networking event 8-9 a.m. Monday at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker is Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson, who will take the floor briefly, before 45 minutes of networking opportunities. The event is free.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democrats will celebrate MLK Day at their third Monday monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Call Janet Akers-Amos, 940-399-7352 or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Dumpsite in Decatur will close Monday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close the next business day on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet Tuesday at The First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. There will be a pot luck supper, short program and meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Email dejaa201@gmail.com.

DINNER AND A SHOW – Paradise High School theater students and several faculty members including Jonathan Ryle, Patti Seckman, Jay Foster and Megayla O’Rear will present a dinner theater performance of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday in the PHS Cafeteria. Tickets for dinner and show are available through today and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performance tickets are available at the door for $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7 p.m. Student director is senior Cheyeanne Alvarez. The event will raise funds for one-act play and other future productions. Tickets are available in the PHS office and administration building. Call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

ATHLETIC BOOSTER FUNDRAISER – The Bulldog Athletic Booster Club will have a fundraiser today in the Alvord High School cafeteria to celebrate the beginning of district basketball play. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Basketball T-shirts will be for sale, and there will be a dessert silent auction.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Monday at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is invited. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

FUNERALS – Service for Calvin King, 86, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for William Neal O’Bannion, 67, of Carrolton is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

GRAVESIDE service for L.M. Simer, formerly of Sunset, will be Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017


COUNTY TO HOST NATIONAL CONFERENCE – Wise County has been chosen as the site for the 2017 fall symposium of the Rural Action Caucus (RAC), part of the National Association of Counties. County Judge J.D. Clark is the RAC chair, and he said rural issues, policies and legislation will be discussed at the meeting scheduled for Oct. 5-7. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

TRAFFIC BACKUP – Traffic was slow on Farm Road 1810 Thursday morning after two 18-wheelers had an accident at Farm Road 1655 just before 6 a.m. Only minor injuries were reported.

RAIN RETURNS TO FORECAST – A 30 percent chance of rain is included in the forecast for this evening, and rain chances increase to 50 percent by Friday evening and Saturday. A chance of rain is included in the forecast each day through next Tuesday. After a warm start today, a cold front will drop temperatures into the upper 40s by this afternoon.

DINNER AND A SHOW – Paradise High School theater students and several faculty members including Jonathan Ryle, Patti Seckman, Jay Foster and Megayla O’Rear will present a dinner theater performance of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” Saturday in the PHS Cafeteria. Tickets for dinner and show are available through Friday and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Performance tickets are available at the door for $7.50 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and showtime is at 7 p.m. Student director is senior Cheyeanne Alvarez. The event will raise funds for one-act play and other future productions. Tickets are available in the PHS office and administration building. Call Karen Bohmfalk at 940-210-3181.

LADIES CRAFT NIGHT – Chico Public Library is hosting a Ladies Craft Night 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. The craft this month is abstract bowls. Only 20 spots are available. Call Emilie or Michelle to register, 940-644-2330.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 11th annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. The club will host two dances, 4-6 p.m. for girls’ infant-3rd grade and 7-9 p.m. for girls 4th grade and up. For information or to purchase tickets, go to www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com. Register by Jan. 30 for early bird pricing.

RECEPTION RESCHEDULED – The retirement reception for Connie Shawn with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office originally planned for Friday will be rescheduled at a later date.

FUNERALS – Service for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


KING LEAVING ALVORD — Alvord High School Principal Dr. Rhett King has accepted the principal’s job at Northwest ISD’s John M. Tidwell Middle School in Fort Worth. According to an NISD press release, King previously worked as an assistant principal at Northwest High School and has more than 21 years of education experience. His last day at Alvord is Friday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

FIRE DANGER — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of north Texas, including Wise County, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today. Sustained south winds of 20-30 miles per hour are expected along with gusts in excess of 35 mph at times. With drought-like conditions in our county, the area is at an elevated risk for wildfires, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. He is asking that residents hold off on outdoor burning for a few days until conditions improve. Area fire departments have already had to fight large grass fires this week, including a 170-acre fire Monday in northwest Wise County. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

SISSIES BLAST GAINESVILLE — Abbi Hatton scored 21 points as the Bridgeport Sissies beat Gainesville 78-38 in their first game back in their old gym. Bridgeport teams will play their remaining home games in the gym they used prior to 2011 because of flood damage to the main gym. Other scores: Boys— Northwest 62, Aledo 46; Jacksboro 53, Boyd 50; Holliday 61, Paradise 52; Slidell 80, Prairie Valley 49; Forestburg 60, Alvord 57. Girls — Northwest 55, Aledo 41; Decatur 38, Sanger 34; Bridgeport 78, Gainesville 38; Paradise 56, Holliday 43; Jacksboro 47, Boyd 37; Alvord 49, Poolville 19; Era 57, Chico 31; Slidell 46, Prairie Valley 12.

JUST A TEST — The City of Decatur will test storm sirens at noon today, weather permitting.

COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition will hold a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at St. Johns Baptist Church. The topic will be Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The public is welcome. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION — There will be a retirement reception honoring Connie Shawn of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office 3-5 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Shawn served at the extension office in Wise County for 18 years.

ATHLETIC BOOSTER FUNDRAISER — The Bulldog Athletic Booster Club will have a fundraiser Friday in the Alvord High School cafeteria to celebrate the beginning of district basketball play. Dinner will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. Basketball T-shirts will be for sale, and there will be a dessert silent auction.

FUNERALS — Service for Gary Templeton of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. FUNERAL for Mays Fuqua, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton at 2 p.m. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for William Smith, 64, of Waco, formerly of Runaway Bay, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Ron Andrews, 81, of Rhome is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church in New Fairview.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


BRIDGEPORT GYM DAMAGED – The weekend’s freezing weather caused a pipe to burst in the Bridgeport High School gym, flooding the floor and causing damage that will close it through the rest of the basketball season. Tonight’s Bridgeport girls game against Gainesville has been moved to the back gym. Bridgeport has moved Friday’s games to Sanger and the Jan. 17 games to Decatur.

BASKETBALL GAMES – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds return to 21-A action tonight at home against Prairie Valley at 6 p.m. In other action: Boys and Girls District games – Aledo at Northwest; Boyd at Jacksboro; Paradise at Holliday. Girls – Decatur at Sanger; Era at Chico; Alvord at Poolville. Boys – Forestburg at Alvord.

BAND BOOSTERS MEETING – Bridgeport Band Boosters will meet 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport High School band hall. The meeting is open to all parents of a middle school or high school student enrolled in band.

LIBRARY STORYTIMES – Little Learners Storytime at Decatur Public Library is 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Little Learners Storytime focuses on age (3-5) appropriate behaviors and skills and aligns learning with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Sensory Storytime is 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays. This early literacy class combines a short structured storytime with interactive play, music and movement. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290.

GARDEN CLUB – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, is having its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program “The World’s Flower” will feature Bob Lively of the Red River Orchid Society. Lunch will be served and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis, 443-415-4240.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 tonight at The Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. The meeting will include the installation of officers for the year.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library STEAMing Tuesday Night is 6:30 tonight. Join the library for a fun activity that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics (STEAM) based. This program is intended for children in grades K-5. Space is limited and registration is required. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children in grades K-2. For more info or to register, call the library at 940-393-0290, or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Rogers, 78, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Lewis Edward Rotton, 95, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Gladys Joy Smith, 91, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Briar Branch Cemetery in Alvord. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mays Fuqua, 93, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton at 2 p.m. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Craig Talley, 60, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Preskitt Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kaely Ashton Beaver, 17, of Alvord is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Carl Glenn Chapman, 73, of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, January 9, 2017


TEEN DEATH INVESTIGATION – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl in Alvord Sunday morning. Sheriff Lane Akin said three girls were having a sleepover at an apartment in the 500 block of West Franklin Street in Alvord Saturday night. When they woke up around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, one of the girls, Kaely Beaver, was unresponsive. One of the parents in the house performed CPR, and Wise County EMS and sheriff’s officers were sent to the location. EMS personnel were unable to revive Beaver. Akin said her body has been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy and toxicology. The investigation into her death is ongoing, he said. “It’s a devastating situation for a community,” Akin said. “Our investigators will conduct additional interviews as we await the findings of the autopsy and toxicology.” Her service is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SUPERINTENDENTS GIVE RATING SYSTEM AN “F” – The Texas Education Agency released provisional “A-F” ratings for Texas schools Friday, and local superintendents expressed frustration with what they saw as a flawed method of accountability. Although all Wise County schools and campuses earned the “met standard” rating, the highest available under the current system, many of those same schools received “C”s, “D”s and “F”s under the new rating system which will officially begin next school year. Local superintendents expressed their frustration to State Rep. Phil King at a meeting Friday at the Decatur Administration Building. “My gut tells me that system is not going to exist when the session ends, at least not the way it is now,” King said. “My understanding is this was supposed to be a trial run. It was a trial run to find the problems, and I think it’s finding a whole lot of problems.” Read more in a related story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. The meeting will include the installation of officers for the year.

STEAMING TUESDAYS – The Decatur Public Library STEAMing Tuesday Night is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Join the library for a fun activity that is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics (STEAM) based. This program is intended for children in grades K-5. Space is limited and registration is required. Parents and caregivers are required to stay with children in grades K-2. For more info or to register, call the library at 940-393-0290, or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon-1 p.m. today at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson will talk about “New Year, New You.”

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.

ABWN LUNCH – Reservations are due today for the Area Business Women’s Network Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center 11:45 a.m. Thursday. RSVP to info@abwn.org. Details at www.abwn.org.

FUNERALS – Services for Leon Mays Fuqua, 93, and Craig Talley, 60, both of Decatur and Kaely Beaver, 17, of Alvord are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Gladys Joy Smith, 91, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Briar Branch Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Callie David, 66, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at the Ramada Inn in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carl Glenn Chapman of Decatur is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lewis Rotton, 95, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Friday, January 6, 2017


BUNDLE UP – As of 7:30 a.m. in Decatur, an occasional snowflake was falling, but nothing significant. The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of snow for today, mainly between noon and 3 p.m. Little to no accumulation is expected in our area. It will be cold today. The temperature was 21 when Update went to press, and today’s high is only expected to top out at 24 with wind chill values between 6 and 11. The temperature is expected to drop to around 15 overnight.

SALVATION ARMY TOTALS – The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign in Wise County collected $42,671.58 this year. That includes $35,209.11 from ringing the bell at Walmart, $1,405.57 from ringing at Lowe’s and $6,056.90 from ringing at Brookshire’s. All of the money is used to help people in need in Wise County.

DECATUR GIRLS START DISTRICT – The Decatur Lady Eagles will play their District 9-4A basketball opener at 6:30 tonight at home against Krum. The Eagles will take on 2A’s top-ranked Muenster Hornets following. Other games: Boys – Alvord at Bryson, City View at Boyd, Tioga at Chico, Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Era at Slidell, Henrietta at Paradise. Girls – Alvord at Perrin, City View at Boyd, Bridgeport at Argyle, Chico at Muenster, Northwest at Chisholm Trail, Henrietta at Paradise.

WIDOWS OF AMERICA MEETING – Wise County widows and visitors of Widows of America will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tater Junction for lunch and a program titled “Consequences of a smile.” A door prize will be given. Call Curina Morris at 940-648-2540.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon-1 p.m. Monday at the Boyd Community Center. Guest speaker Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson will talk about “New Year, New You.”

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord Monday. 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.

ABWN LUNCH – Reservations are due Monday for the Area Business Women’s Network Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center 11:45 a.m. next Thursday. RSVP to info@abwn.org. Details at www.abwn.org.

COAT SWAP – The Bridgeport Lions Club will host a Coat Swap in the “shop” at the back of the Bridgeport Lions Hall 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Bring a clean gently used coat to swap for one that fits. Donations can be made at any time by calling Tonya at 817-313-9013 or the day of the event (all sizes are needed, especially children’s).

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria. Call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

SURPLUS SALE – The City of Boyd will hold a surplus sale 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the old library building, 101 E. Rock Island Ave. in Boyd. The sale will include books, chairs, desks, lawn equipment and other misc. office machines and tools.

PROJECT SHOW – The Paradise Project Show is Saturday. All crafts, baked goods and photos to be entered in contests should be in the elementary cafeteria by 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and the livestock show is at noon.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Buyers Association will hold a fish fry dinner 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise High School cafeteria. The meal will include fish, hush puppies, fries, beans, dessert and tea. Cost is $12 per plate. Bingo will be held 6:30-9 p.m. and will include a cake auction. Tickets for food and bingo may be purchased at the door that night.

FUNERALS – Services for Carl Chapman and Callie W. David, 66, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ricky Lee Scheller, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Charles Robert O’Bryan, 74, of Denton is 1 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Nazarene in Denton with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Patsy Jean Day, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Wizard Wells Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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