Update for Wednesday, September 19, 2018


DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT – A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to domestic violence. Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle, 27, of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with a second degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third degree felony of assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said he was made aware on Monday of a domestic violence incident involving Whittle that occurred the previous evening in Alvord. It was later determined a second incident happened on Monday in Decatur. Whittle was accused of choking his wife and threatening her with a gun during the two incidents. Akin said the investigation was turned over to Texas Ranger Jeremy Wallace. The Decatur Police Department is also investigating the case. Akin said Whittle has been fired. “The Wise County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to a high standard, and we cannot allow violations of the law or of our policies,” Akin stated in a news release. The sheriff added that he is “proud of the many fine women and men who continue to wear the WCSO uniform and represent what a professional sheriff’s office should be.” Whittle had been serving as the school resource officer for Alvord ISD. He remained in the Wise County Jail Wednesday morning with bond set at $80,000.

BOYD AND DEVELOPER NEAR PACT – City of Boyd officials and the developer of the proposed Spring Hill South Addition expect to sign off on the pre-annexation development agreement next month. After discussing some finer points of the agreement during Tuesday’s city council meeting with Bob Shelton and his engineer Thomas Fletcher of Kimley Horn, Mayor Rodney Holmes said he is confident it will be ready for approval at the Oct. 2 meeting. Shelton after the meeting said he hopes to close on the 153 acres off Cemetery Road within 60 days. If the pre-annexation development agreement is approved next month, Fletcher said dirt could start moving next summer for the first phase of the development, which is slated to have 171 homes. At buildout, the development will have between 595 and 650 homes.

COUNCIL GRANTS LEAVE – The Boyd city council approved a leave of absence through the start of 2019 for council member Vince Estel, who works for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently having to fill in on second shift until the end of the year.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Yesterday’s volleyball results include the following: Northwest beat Wichita Falls Rider 3-2, Decatur beat Celina 3-1, Bridgeport beat Bowie 3-2, Boyd beat Peaster 3-0, Paradise beat Breckenridge 3-1, Alvord beat Saint Jo 3-1 and Chico beat Bluff Dale 3-0.

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

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss Medicare and Medicare supplements. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB – Wise Health Better Breathers Club, a club for all lung patients and their families and caregivers, will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. This month’s topic is “Patient Independence” by registered respiratory therapist Angie Brunkhardt. Food will be provided.

DHS CLASS REUNION – Decatur High School Class of 1978 is celebrating its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Friday at the home of Stan Shults and 6 p.m. Saturday at the home of Ronnie Hale. Call Shults at 817-690-6461 for more information.

PUBLIC LANDS WORK DAY – Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers will hold a Public Lands Work Day at Black Creek Campground on the LBJ National Grasslands 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. TX BHA will provide lunch to all participants. Projects will include replacing railroad ties to prevent soil erosion into Black Creek at the campground, installing a gate to prevent illegal road access, cleaning trash from along the lake and parking lots, and potentially other tasks depending on turnout and weather. For more information visit Texas BHA on Facebook or Instagram or contact Todd Basile: Basile.todd@gmail.com or 817-739-3580.

ALL-STATE RECOGNITION – Bridgeport High School will honor past all-state members of the football team (or their parents) during halftime of BHS’s homecoming game against Gainesville Sept. 28. If you would like to take part, email Coach Shannon Wilson at swilson@bridgeportisd.net or Collin White at mwhite@bridgeportisd.net.

FUNERALS – Service for Garland Ray Lipsey, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Eileen Price, 76, of Rhome. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Allen Lee Shaffer, 81, of Granbury, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Mary Louise King, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rock Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmy “Lightning” Wright, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. today at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks.

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Update for Tuesday, September 18, 2018


RECORD ENROLLMENT – Weatherford College has set a new enrollment record, helped in part by near-record enrollment at the Wise County campus. Weatherford College’s fall enrollment is 6,406, up just more than 1 percent from last year. Weatherford College Wise County’s official enrollment as of the 12th class day Sept. 7 was 579, up 0.35 percent from a year ago and up 5.46 percent from 2016. WCWC’s highest enrollment was 584 in 2014.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Today’s volleyball games include Wichita Falls Rider at Northwest, Celina at Decatur, Bowie at Bridgeport, Peaster at Boyd, Paradise at Breckenridge, Saint Jo at Alvord and Bluffdale at Chico.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive at CVS in Decatur 1:30-6 p.m. today. Call John Lanier at 940-627-9714.

PATIENT REUNION – The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Wise Health System in Decatur will hold a reunion 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wise Health System West Campus, 2000 S FM 51, in Decatur. Cake will be served. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

ART PROJECT AT THE LIBRARY – Kids of all ages are invited to join the after school fun at the Chico Public Library at 4 p.m. today. Participants will use mixed media to create watercolor resists. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

JOINT CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport and Decatur Chambers of Commerce are holding a joint luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center, and speaker is Suzie Humphreys, a motivational and inspirational humorist. Tickets are $15. RSVP at decaturtx.com or bridgeportchamber.org. If you have questions, call the Decatur Chamber at 940-627-3107 or the Bridgeport Chamber at 940-683-2076.

HORSE CLUB – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Extension Office in Decatur.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Judy Ramos will present “How Writing About My Ancestors Made Me a Better Genealogist.” The meeting is free for members and $5 for guests.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Mineral and Rock Society will meet at 7 tonight at a new location, Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 CR 1326. Refreshments will be served. The program topic will be Machu Picchu, and a “rock show and tell” will take place after the program. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month and meetings are open to people in Wise County who are interested in rocks and lapidary arts.

OPEN HOUSE – An open house and ribbon cutting for Jenny’s Hope in the new offices of Wise County Christian Counseling is 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at 1650 S. FM 51, Suite 400.

FUNERALS – Service for Eileen Price, 76, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anne Lester, 84, of Slidell/Greenwood is 10:30 a.m. today at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Alan Lee Shaffer, 81, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Eula Maude Evans, 92, of Farmersville, formerly of Wise County, is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Hooks.

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Update for Monday, September 17, 2018


SHOOTING DEATH – Authorities Sunday released the identity of the man who died with a gunshot wound in the Shale Creek neighborhood off Texas 114 near the Wise and Denton County line Friday. Jonathon Tumbo, 40, of Rhome was found by officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office with a gunshot wound to the chest when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. Mandy Hays, justice of the peace, Precinct 3, ordered an autopsy, and Tumbo’s body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office. “The death is still under investigation,” said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. A woman at the residence was uninjured. At this time no charges have been filed. The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Friday on Forest Lawn Road.

HOMECOMING PARADE – The Decatur High School homecoming parade is today in downtown Decatur. All parking on Main and Walnut Streets on the square will be closed at 3 p.m. for the duration of the parade. Floats will line up at 4 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, and the parade starts at 6 p.m. A pep rally will be held at the stadium after the parade. Boyd and Paradise High Schools are also having their homecoming parades this evening. Boyd’s starts at 6 p.m., and the Paradise parade is at 6:30.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 0.72 of an inch in Alvord and 0.38 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of rain.

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.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host their monthly social at 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Candidate signs will be available for pickup.

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 prediabetes 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, Mineral and Rock Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a new location, Pleasant View Baptist Church, 886 CR 1326. Refreshments will be served. The program topic will be Machu Picchu, and a “rock show and tell” will take place after the program. The club meets the third Tuesday of each month and meetings are open to people in Wise County who are interested in rocks and lapidary arts.

OPEN HOUSE – An open house and ribbon cutting for Jenny’s Hope in the new offices of Wise County Christian Counseling is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1650 S. FM 51, Suite 400.

CONSTITUTION DAY – The Daughters of the American Revolution John B. Denton Chapter will host their 8th Annual Live Reading of the U.S. Constitution 1:30-3 p.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park, ending with the ringing of the bells across America.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Shawn Grundy, 49, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Bethel Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Anne Lester, 84, of Slidell/Greenwood is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Baptist Church with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Melvin “Dodie” Sergent, 66, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Thursday, September 13, 2018


911 SERVICE RESTORED – Wise County was among the 13 counties affected by a technical glitch that caused an outage of 911 service yesterday afternoon. According to the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the outage began just before noon, and normal operations resumed by 3:30 p.m. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell said emergency calls still came to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, but the calls were rerouted from the emergency line to the regular line. That meant dispatchers could not see the caller’s location.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon’s 11th annual Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting United Way is Friday, Sept. 21, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the shoot begins at 9. Cost is $500 per five-person team and lunch is provided. Register by contacting Crystal Watkins: 940-577-6585 or Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. Station sponsorships are available.

MARY’S GIFT PROGRAM PROVIDES FREE 3D MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program funded through Wise Health Foundation provides free 3D mammograms, an exam proven to find 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers and reduce callbacks by up to 40 percent. The Genius 3D Mammography equipment was purchased with funds contributed to the foundation for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Remaining 2018 dates are Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and 24, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to learn more or call Wise Health System Imaging Center at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today.

NORTHWEST FOOTBALL – Northwest will kick off this week’s high school football schedule when the Texans host Grapevine at 7 tonight at Northwest ISD Stadium.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK – The Area Business Women’s Network is having its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. Cost is $11 at the door or pre-pay at www.abwn.org.

MAROON OUT – Bridgeport Main Street will host “Maroon Out” Girls Night Out 5-7 p.m. today in downtown Bridgeport. Come sip, shop, dine and wear your maroon for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Also, the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold ribbon cuttings for Rustic Rose at 5 p.m. and Reilly Chance at 5:30 p.m. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400.

ASK AN ATTORNEY – Decatur Medical Lodge is having free Ask an Attorney sessions today with Travis Weaver, who focuses on elder law. The first session is at 3 p.m., and the second session is at 4:30. Seating is limited, so call 940-626-2800 to reserve your space. The Medical Lodge is at 701 W. Bennett Rd.

FUNERALS – Service for Elizabeth Lester, 84, of Greenwood is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Janice Shepard, 85, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling the arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Wednesday, September 12, 2018


COUNTY BUDGET, TAX RATE ADOPTED – Wise County commissioners Monday adopted a budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019. The budget totals $60 million and will be funded in part by a property tax rate of 36 cents per $100 property valuation. Highlights of the new budget include a 5 percent raise for licensed peace officers at the sheriff’s office, a 4 percent pay increase for other county employees, a 10 percent cut to dependent insurance coverage, reinstating a field position for 911 addressing and adding a part-time position for the tax collector’s office. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – In last night’s volleyball action, Denton beat Northwest 3-2, Midlothian Heritage beat Decatur 3-0, Godley beat Bridgeport 3-0, Boyd beat Brock 3-0, Valley View beat Alvord 3-1 and Chico beat Perrin-Whitt 3-0.

BENEFIT SHOOT – A clay shoot and silent auction for Feeding Wise Kids is Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, 7282 FM 51, just outside Decatur. Check-in is 8-8:30 a.m., and the shoot is 9-11. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Cost is $500 for a four-person team. To sign up, call JJ Anderson Meyer, 940-393-5334.

BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is sponsoring a Bingo Night 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street.

DECATUR FARMERS MARKET – The Decatur Farmers Market will reopen 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with a selection of fall produce along with local honey, baked goods, jams, pickles, farm raised beef, free range eggs and artisan goods. The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection will offer low-cost vaccinations from 10 a.m.-noon.

CONSTITUTION READERS NEEDED – Daughters of the American Revolution John B. Denton Chapter are looking for readers for their upcoming 8th Annual Live Reading of the U.S. Constitution on Sept 17. The event will be at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to read a part call Amy at 940-577-3192.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK – The Area Business Women’s Network is having its monthly meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. Cost is $11 at the door or pre-pay at www.abwn.org.

LEARN TO CROCHET – Chico Public Library begins its new “Stitch It!” program noon-1:30 p.m. today. This program is open to home schoolers and adults who want to learn the basics of crochet. Experienced crocheters, knitters, etc. are invited to bring their current project to work on and share tips and tricks of the craft. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – Vendors are needed for the 12th Annual Paradise Main Street Festival sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29. Vendor forms may be entered online with PayPal or downloaded and mailed at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.org/vendor-registration/. All proceeds benefit the Paradise Museum and Paradise Veteran’s Park.

FUNERALS – Service for Alvin Baker Jr., 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Update for Tuesday, September 11, 2018


PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a Patriot Day Program at 10:30 a.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Park. Guest speaker will be Robb Hawkins of Decatur, with Honor Guard provided by the Decatur Fire Department and music provided by Jennifer Ward. The program will honor first responders – police, fire and medical personnel. Representatives from all communities within Wise County including first responders are invited. The event is held each year to remember the 2,977 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

NORTHWEST ISD TO CONTACT STATE BOARD – Northwest ISD trustees yesterday voted to file a complaint with the State Board of Educator Certification for the abandonment of contract by a pair of elementary teachers, Kelly Sosa and Kasie Fox. The action was recommended by administration after the teachers tendered late resignations.

NORTHWEST ISD TO LOOK INTO TAX RATE ELECTION – As part of its district improvement plan for 2018-19, Northwest ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said the district will look into the need for a tax rate election. The district could make a decision in the spring to pursue the election that would allow it to raise the maintenance and operations tax rate above the current $1.04 to as high as $1.17.

MAROON OUT – Bridgeport Main Street will host “Maroon Out” Girls Night Out 5-7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Bridgeport. Come sip, shop, dine and wear your maroon for a chance to win a $200 cash prize. Also, the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold ribbon cuttings for Rustic Rose at 5 p.m. and Reilly Chance at 5:30 p.m. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400.

ASK AN ATTORNEY – Decatur Medical Lodge is having free Ask an Attorney sessions Thursday with Travis Weaver, who focuses on elder law. The first session is at 3 p.m., and the second session is at 4:30. Seating is limited, so call 940-626-2800 to reserve your space. The Medical Lodge is at 701 W. Bennett Rd.

BLOOD DRIVE – Walmart in Decatur is hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, call Karina Holcombe at 817-751-9558.

POLITICAL FORUM – Several Democratic candidates vying for the top state offices are slated to make appearances in Decatur Wednesday at the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas forum. Gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, who is running against incumbent Greg Abbott, is scheduled to appear, along with Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Collier, who is trying to unseat incumbent Dan Patrick. The forum, which will feature a question-and-answer session, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Conference Center. The lineup of statewide candidates also includes Kim Olson, who is running for agriculture commissioner, and Kathy Cheng, who is running for the Texas Supreme Court. Greg Sagan, who is running for U.S. House District 13, and Kevin Lopez, who is bidding for the Texas Senate District 30 seat, will also appear.

LIBRARY EVENT – Kids of all ages are invited to join the after school fun at the Chico Public Library 4-5 p.m. today. Participants will use circle looms to create friendship bracelets. Call Michelle at (940) 644-2330.

VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE – Today’s volleyball games include Northwest at Denton, Decatur at Midlothian Heritage, Godley at Bridgeport, Brock at Boyd, Paradise at Millsap, Alvord at Valley View and Chico at Perrin-Whitt.

BOYD TO CONSIDER TAX RATE, BUDGET – The Boyd City Council will look to pass a tax rate of 59.9999 cents for the fiscal year 2018-19 and its annual budget at 6:30 tonight.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Paradise Historical Society is 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex building at 304 S. Oak St. Donna Weeden will share her research of the 1870’s outlaw Sam Bass and his gang who roamed and hid out in Denton, Parker, Wise and Cook counties between 1870-78. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. The public is invited.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Alvin Baker Jr., 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kevin Hacker, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for John Schneck, 53, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ernest Partin, 47, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Miriam Moore, 92, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Jones-Decatur.

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Update for Monday, September 10, 2018


WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 2.35 inches in Alvord and 0.62 in Decatur. Today’s high temperature is expected to be 80 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

SUPERINTENDENT FORUM – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum with school superintendents from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. Email info@wisecountychamber.com for tickets.

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 regular bi-monthly meeting of the Paradise Historical Society is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex building at 304 S. Oak St. Donna Weeden will share her research of the 1870’s outlaw Sam Bass and his gang who roamed and hid out in Denton, Parker, Wise and Cook counties between 1870-78. The presentation will be followed by refreshments and a business meeting. The public is invited.

DHS MEET THE TEACHER – Decatur High School will host Meet the Teacher Night (Fall Open House) 6:30-8 p.m. today. Students and their families are invited to a welcome meeting for all parents and students in the DHS Auditorium from 6:30-6:45 p.m. Parents can then tour the high school to visit their teachers and classrooms.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Shawne Ware, executive director of CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is guest speaker.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will vote on the proposed tax rate and budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 at its meeting at 6 tonight at city hall. The city is proposing a 3.6-cent tax cut to fund next year’s $8.7289 million budget.

COMMISSIONERS TO ADOPT BUDGET – Wise County commissioners plan to adopt the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at their meeting today. They also plan to discuss the Weatherford College Wise County budget and adopt the college branch campus maintenance tax for FY ’19. They will consider the 3-2-1 tax prepayment discount program, suggested in last week’s public hearing, and will also discuss the job description and timeline for hiring a new public works director. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. Two public hearings on the archive funds for the county clerk and district clerk will be held prior to the start of the regular meeting at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively.

FUNERALS – Services for Kevin Hacker, 61, and Alvin Baker, 77, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICES for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Tulsa, Okla., and Ernest Partin, 48, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Marcel Lacourse, 51, of New Fairview and Lynda Harris, 65, of Paradise are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for AC Griffin, 90, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones-Decatur is handling the arrangements.

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Update for Friday, September 7, 2018


FOOTBALL FRIDAY – The Decatur Eagles will play their home opener at 7 tonight against the Alvarado Indians. Both teams are looking for their first win. In other action, Bridgeport will welcome in Bowie. Paradise takes on Henrietta at home. Boyd travels to Holliday. Alvord heads to Archer City. Chico will journey to Electra. Northwest hits the road to play McKinney North. Victory Christian goes to Weatherford Christian. Follow updates on our Twitter feed @wcmsports. Scores will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com, and coverage of tonight’s games will be featured in the Saturday Wise County Messenger.

JONES NAMED CAPTAIN – Former Bridgeport and TCU standout Colin Jones was named one of six captains for the Carolina Panthers to start the season. When the Carolina Panthers open the NFL season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones will be the Panthers’ first special teams captain since 2012.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets start their bid for a fourth straight district title at 4 p.m. today with the 7-3A opener at Tolar. Paradise will also open 7-3A, bringing in Peaster. Northwest, Alvord and Chico also open their leagues. Northwest will travel to Lake Dallas. Alvord will go to Forestburg. Chico welcomes in Graford for a 10 a.m. match Saturday. In non-district action, Decatur will play Wichita Falls and Bridgeport heads to Graham today.

ASSAULT OF EAGLE SUMMIT – One of the state’s toughest cross country races returns to Decatur High School Saturday with the Assault of Eagle Summit. The races begin at 8 a.m. with the varsity girls 4A and under race.

FIREFIGHTERS TO TAKE PART IN CLIMB – Three local firefighters – Ashlee Schmitz and Shane White of Decatur and Dawnelle Burns of Runaway Bay and Lake Bridgeport – will take part in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Renaissance Tower Saturday. The three firefighters will climb a total of 110 flights of stairs in full gear.

MORE RAIN EXPECTED – Today’s forecast includes a 70 percent chance of rain, mainly after 1 p.m. Rain chances decrease to 50 percent overnight and Saturday. Rainfall totals from the past couple of days include 1.61 inches in Decatur, 1.2 in Bridgeport, 0.25 in Alvord and 0.1 in Greenwood.

COMMUNITY COALITION – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Shawne Ware, executive director of CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is guest speaker.

LIBRARY HOURS CHANGE – Beginning Saturday, the Alvord Public Library will change its Saturday hours to 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekday hours will remain the same.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will host its quarterly community breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday. Biscuits and sausage gravy, bacon, coffee, milk, orange juice and pancakes will be served. Breakfast is free but donations will be accepted.

PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a Patriot Day Program at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Wise County Veterans Park. Guest speaker will be Robb Hawkins of Decatur, with Honor Guard provided by the Decatur Fire Department and music provided by Jennifer Ward. The program will honor first responders – police, fire and medical personnel. Representatives from all communities within Wise County including first responders are invited.

COMMISSIONERS TO ADOPT BUDGET – Wise County commissioners plan to adopt the budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at their meeting Monday. They also plan to discuss the Weatherford College Wise County budget and adopt the college branch campus maintenance tax for FY ’19. They will consider the 3-2-1 tax prepayment discount program, suggested in last week’s public hearing, and will also discuss the job description and timeline for hiring a new public works director. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse. Two public hearings on the archive funds for the county clerk and district clerk will be held prior to the start of the regular meeting at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively.

TOWN HALL MEETING – Kevin Lopez, Bridgeport city councilman and candidate for Texas Senate District 30, will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Club. Wise County residents are invited to hear his plan for Senate District 30 and share their concerns over the district.

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is this weekend at Elm Creek Park. Activities begin tonight with a cornhole and washer tournament and a 42 tournament. Saturday’s events include a breakfast, pageant, antique car show and shine, bingo, an IBCA barbecue competition, live music and more. The Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will be held Saturday evening. A full schedule was featured in this week’s All Around Wise.

DECATUR FARMERS MARKET – The Decatur Farmers Market will reopen 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds with a selection of fall produce along with local honey, baked goods, jams, pickles, farm raised beef, free range eggs and artisan goods.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – The singing group Psalms Journey will perform at two local churches Sunday: Mount Zion Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and Balsora Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

FUNERALS – Service for Rickey Lynn Johnson, 60, of New Fairview will be private. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Reinhard Max Warmuth, 58, of Alvord is noon Saturday at the Roc-N-W-Ranch Equestrian Campground. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Marcel Lacourse, 51, of New Fairview and A.C. Griffin, 90, of Greenwood are pending at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Betty “Tator” Greer Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Betty Pendergrass, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Cemetery in Sayre, Okla.

GRAVESIDE for Jack Coffman, 84, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE for Butch Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Melanie Bradley, 48, of Bridgeport is noon Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with a private family burial. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Barbara Dougherty, 78, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Bernie LeFors, 91, of Tulsa, Okla. is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Update for Wednesday, September 5, 2018


BURN BAN LIFTED, SORT OF – The full Wise County burn ban that has been in place since July 10 was lifted Tuesday, according to Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. Powell said in a press release that due to current weather conditions, Wise County Judge J.D. Clark lifted the full ban and reverted back to the ban that is dependent on weather conditions. The National Weather Service has stated the current wet weather pattern will continue for the next several days with isolated heavy rainfall. Powell added it is important for residents to remember the county is still under a burn ban. The ban lifted was the full burn ban issued almost two months ago. That ban prohibited open burning of any kind. Welding was allowed only under certain conditions, and outdoor cooking even had stipulations. The National Weather Service expects relative humidity levels to remain above 50 percent over the next several days, with some heavy rain expected Friday and Saturday. The full ban will be re-evaluated at next Monday’s commissioners meeting. Powell said although it is not required, he highly suggests any resident wanting to burn to call the Wise County dispatch, log the burn and make sure they are able to burn legally.

RAIN REPORT – Parts of Wise County received more than an inch of rain yesterday and overnight. Rainfall totals included 1.31 inches in Decatur, 1.2 in Cottondale, 0.65 in Alvord, 0.6 in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Paradise and 0.1 in Greenwood. Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain with a high near 87 degrees.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Volleyball results from Tuesday include the following: Decatur beat Wichita Falls Rider 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 25-27, 25-20). Bridgeport beat Pilot Point 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-21). Boyd beat Ponder 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-9). Godley beat Paradise 3-0 (13-25, 13-25, 14-25). Alvord beat Prairie Valley 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-8).

ALVORD WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival is this weekend at Elm Creek Park. Activities begin Friday night with a cornhole and washer tournament and a 42 tournament. Saturday’s events include a breakfast, pageant, antique car show and shine, bingo, an IBCA barbecue competition, live music and more. The Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry will be held Saturday evening. A full schedule is featured in today’s All Around Wise.

UNITED WAY KICKOFF – The United Way of Wise County will hold its kickoff campaign at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. The event includes lunch. The organization has set the goal at $450,000 for this fall’s fundraising efforts. The money from the fall fundraiser will help the 30 agencies it assists.

DUMPS CLOSED – The Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed today.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Balsora Baptist Church will host the singing group Psalms Journey at 6 p.m. Sunday with fellowship afterwards.

FUNERALS – Service forĀ Shirley Mae Russell, 81, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Betty Pendergrass, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Cemetery in Sayre, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE for Butch Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Jack Coffman, 84, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Friday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Barbara Dougherty, 78, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Rickey Johnson, 60, of New Fairview is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Reinhard Max Warmuth, 58, of Alvord is noon Saturday at the Roc-N-W-Ranch Equestrian Campground. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling the services.

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Update for Tuesday, September 4, 2018


DECATUR HOUSE FIRE – A faulty electrical component led to a small fire at a Decatur home Monday morning. The residence at 1707 N. Colorado Street was unoccupied, and damage was limited thanks to the work of the Decatur Fire Department, which arrived around 8 a.m. Dona Hardin, who lives across the street from the house that caught fire, said she saw sparks flying over the residence. “I saw sparks coming out of the back side of the house. They were flying over the roof,” Hardin said. “I was concerned my house was going to catch on fire.” Decatur Fire Captain Eli Nobles said when he arrived, the electrical panel on the back of the house was on fire. But the flames didn’t spread inside the home.

RAIN CHANCES – We have a chance of some much-needed rain this week. Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain, and the forecast through the end of the week includes 40-50 percent chances of rain daily. High temperatures this week are expected to stay in the mid- to upper-80s. Parts of Wise County received some rain yesterday, including 0.22 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.1 in Alvord and 0.05 in Decatur.

AUGUST RAINFALL – August ended up being wetter than normal. The total rainfall for August was 4.14 inches, above the average of 2.5 inches for the month. Temperatures ranged from a high of 101 on Aug. 5 and 7 to a low of 60 on Aug. 1.

PROPERTY RIGHTS MEETING – Wise Citizens for Property Rights will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Lions Club in Bridgeport. Anyone interested in learning about the involuntary annexation issue on the November ballot is invited.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program will feature Kitty Hommer, Bexar County master gardener who will talk about rainwater harvesting with rain barrels. Lunch will be served, and it is open to the public. Call Suzanne Clements, 817-944-8354.

CITIZENS ACADEMY – Decatur Police Department will present its Citizen Police Academy class beginning Sept.10. The free 13-week program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the police department. Necessary paperwork is available at the Decatur PD Facebook page or the city of Decatur website. For information, call Chief Rex Hoskins or Sgt. Royce Gastineau at 940-393-0300.

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

FUNERALS – Service for Jo N. Scott, 86, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Butch Garrett, 70, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Betty Pendergrass, 74, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Buffalo Cemetery in Sayre, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Reinhard Max Warmuth, 58, of Alvord is noon Saturday at the Roc-N-W-Ranch Equestrian Campground. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Update for Friday, August 31, 2018


FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS BACK – High school football returns tonight with a full schedule of games. Little Elm will take on Northwest at 7, Decatur travels to Kennedale at 7:30, Pilot Point will be at Bridgeport at 7:30, Paradise is on the road at S&S Consolidated at 7:30, Boyd hosts Nocona at 7:30, Alvord is home against Electra at 7, Chico travels to Petrolia at 7 and Victory Christian is at Covenant Classical at 7:30. Scores will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com, and coverage of tonight’s games will be featured in the Saturday Wise County Messenger. Boyd ISD will unveil three monuments at Yellowjacket Stadium for the 1983, 2004 and 1958 football teams before tonight’s season opener. There will also be a reunion and meal for members of the three teams at 5:30 p.m.

BRIDGEPORT ISD ADOPTS BUDGET, TAX RATE – Bridgeport ISD approved its budget for the 2018-19 school year Thursday. The budget includes $18,826,761 toward its general fund, $1,064,097 to food service and $2,684,857 to the debt service fund. Instruction cost will take up the majority of the budget, totaling $9,591,698. Additionally, the school board approved keeping its tax rate the same as last year at $1.2482 per $100 valuation. Maintenance and operation makes up $1.04 of the tax rate while principal and interest on debt is the remaining $.2082 per $100 valuation.

ALVORD ISD KEEPS TAX RATE THE SAME – After considering a tax rate increase, the Alvord School Board yesterday voted to keep the tax rate the same for the 2018-2019 school year. The board approved a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.17 and an interest and sinking tax rate of 18.4 cents per $100 of taxable value.

DHS PEP RALLIES – Decatur High School pep rallies have been moved to Friday mornings, and the first one of the year is today. They will start at 9:40 a.m. The public is invited to attend, but everyone must enter through the front doors of the school and check in at the office.

CHANGE TO FISHING REGS – The fishing regulations on Lake Bridgeport change tomorrow. The 14- to 18-inch slot length limit changes to a 14-inch minimum length limit. Daily bag will remain at five fish. Dove season also starts tomorrow.

HAY SHOW – The Wise County Hay Show is 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. It will include two CEU’s for Pesticide Applicator License. Program is free and lunch is provided. Topics will include Managing Forage in Drought Conditions and Risk Management. Call the Wise County Extension Office to sign up, 940-627-3341.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close on Wednesday.

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

VOLLEYBALL – Tonight’s volleyball lineup includes Northwest at Weatherford at 5:30 p.m., Boyd at Decatur at 5 p.m., Fort Worth Poly Tech at Bridgeport at 4:30 p.m., and Paradise is at the Nocona Tournament.

CROSS COUNTRY – Boyd, Bridgeport, Paradise and Chico will be at the Boyd Invitational Saturday. Decatur will run at the Marcus Invitational.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors. For information call 940-399-9558.

BAKE SALE – DATCU will have a bake sale today in the lobby. All proceeds will go to Wise County United Way.

PLANT SALE – The Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a patio plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s grocery store in Bridgeport. All plant sales will go to a partner rescue solely to be used for the animals at this shelter.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will cook briskets that will be ready for pick up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. To order a brisket call 940-255-2782 or 817-992-4180. Cost is $60 per brisket.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

HAPPY LABOR DAY – Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. Watch for Update to return on Tuesday. Any breaking news from over the weekend will be posted at WCMessenger.com

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Chan Horne Sr., 73, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at St John Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Connie Gold, 62, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry A. Doss, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd cemetery.

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Update for Thursday, August 30, 2018


TASTE OF WISE – The 8th Annual Taste of Wise is 5-8:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Conference Center. For $10, you can sample food, drinks and appetizers from restaurants across the county. There will also be live entertainment, door prizes and cash giveaways. The event is split into two different sessions: 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. To buy 5 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste5. To buy 7 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste7. You can also buy tickets at the door. Entertainment is Judi Conger, Dakota Burns, Jerry and Lisa Burnett, and Brandon Gentry.

BAKE SALE – DATCU will have a bake sale Friday in the lobby. All proceeds will go to Wise County United Way.

PLANT SALE – The Bridgeport Animal Shelter will hold a patio plant sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s grocery store in Bridgeport. All plant sales will go to a partner rescue solely to be used for the animals at this shelter.

BRISKET FUNDRAISER – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 will cook briskets that will be ready for pick up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. To order a brisket call 940-255-2782 or 817-992-4180. Cost is $60 per brisket.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – The Decatur Cares monthly mobile food pantry will be at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Saturday. Distribution is 8:30-10 a.m. in the church parking lot.

NO MEALS ON MONDAY – The Wise County Committee on Aging with not deliver meals to their Meals on Wheels clients Monday in observance of Labor Day. A special meal will be sent out to all clients today.

MOSQUITO FOGGING – The City of Decatur will conduct city-wide mosquito fogging tonight, weather permitting. The fogging will begin at 8 p.m. The pesticide being used is Masterline Kontrol 4-4. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors during the fogging process. Call the city at 940-393-0260 for more information.

ALVORD ISD PUBLIC HEARING – The Alvord School Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed tax rate and budget for the 2018-2019 school year at 7 tonight at the administration building, 100 Mosley Lane. The school board is considering an increase in the debt service portion of the tax rate between 1-cent and 3.424-cents per $100 of taxable value. The board will take action on the tax rate and budget at their meeting immediately following the public hearing.

CHICO ISD TO HOLD HEARING ON BUDGET, TAX RATE – Taxpayers in Chico ISD will have a chance to comment on the proposed budget and tax rate for the 2018-2019 school year at a public hearing at 6:30 tonight in Room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road. The school board has proposed the same tax rate as last year: $1.29 per $100 of taxable value.

FUNERALS – Service for Connie Gold, 62, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry A. Doss, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the chapel.

MEMORIAL service for Chan Horne Sr., 73, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Update for Wednesday, August 29, 2018


WISE DECLARED DISASTER AREA – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has issued a disaster declaration for Wise County due to drought conditions. Wise is one of five counties designated as primary disaster areas along with Dallas, Denton, Parker and Tarrant. Farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. This is in addition to the Livestock Forage Program which offers relief for grazing losses due to drought. For more information contact the Farm Service Agency at the USDA Service Center in Decatur, 940-627-2268, ext. 2.

BURN BAN RENEWED – Outdoor burning is still prohibited in Wise County, but commissioners did tweak the document Monday for its renewal. The full burn ban was renewed for 30 days through the end of September. The renewal includes a clause, effective immediately, allowing County Judge J.D. Clark to lift the ban or revert to a Red Flag/elevated fire danger burn ban, based on the weather. “My recommendation is to extend the current burn ban for 30 days but if we do get another significant rain event come through, we could either revert back or lift it,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. “The northwestern part of the county is still very, very dry.” Read more in today’s All Around Wise.

TASTE OF WISE – The 8th Annual Taste of Wise is 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. For $10, you can sample food, drinks and appetizers from restaurants across the county. There will also be live entertainment, door prizes and cash giveaways. The event is split into two different sessions: 5-6:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. To buy 5 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste5. To buy 7 p.m. tickets, go to wcmess.com/taste7. You can also buy tickets at the door. Entertainment is Judi Conger, Dakota Burns, Jerry and Lisa Burnett, and Brandon Gentry.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants will be open late for visitors. For information call 940-399-9558.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Bridgeport rallied to beat 3A powerhouse Peaster in five sets (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17, 15-13). Tiffany Wootton led the Sissies with 15 kills. Northwest swept Richland (25-21, 25-14, 25-19). Makenna Miller and Kori James buried nine kills each. Haltom swept the Paradise Lady Panthers (16-25, 19-25, 16-25). Ashley Kosman led Paradise in kills with five. Kennedy Schneck dished out 10 assists. The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Boswell 3-1 on the road (27-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19). Satasha Kostelecky served the game-winning ace, and recorded eight kills and nine blocks. The Boyd Lady Jackets swept Azle (25-12, 25-13, 25-15). Jordyn Todd led Boyd with 14 kills. Delaney Pellegrini buried nine kills, made five blocks and hit .409. Petrolia beat Alvord in five sets (17-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 9-15). Kinly Walker recorded 15 kills and 24 digs for the Lady Bulldogs in the loss.

BACK THE BLUE GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Police Department’s fourth annual Back the Blue Glow Ball golf tournament is Sept. 15 at Bridgeport Country Club. The four-person best ball tournament starts at 4 p.m. Registration is $50 per person or $200 per team and includes a meal, glow balls and prizes. All proceeds benefit the department’s scholarship fund. Contact the Decatur Police Department, 940-393-0300.

ENGLISH CLASSES – The HOPE program of First Baptist Church Decatur will host registration for English classes today. Registration will be held 5-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. A meal will be served to those registering. ESL classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Education Building on campus of the church.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW – The high school football season kicks off this week, and you’ll find previews of all our Wise County teams in the Messenger’s annual Fall Sports Preview in today’s All Around Wise.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Betty Doyle, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Susan Ray, 63, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jerry A. Doss, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Chan Stuart Horne Sr., 73, of Springtown is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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