WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:03:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2 hurt in Decatur wreck http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/2-hurt-in-decatur-wreck/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/2-hurt-in-decatur-wreck/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:07:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89136 3-30-15 wreck_web

Two people were taken to a hospital Monday morning following a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 380 just east of Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Reyero said a pickup driven by Les Hargis, 74, of Borger was westbound when he apparently drove through a curve in the road, striking a light pole near the Shell station. He and his wife, Deanna, 77, were both taken to a hospital by ground ambulance.

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BROWNWOOD EDGES EAGLES – Brownwood’s three goals in the first half were enough to hold off the Decatur Eagles for a 3-2 victory in the 4A Region I bi-district soccer game at Eagle Stadium Friday.

LADY EAGLES WIN – The Decatur Lady Eagles moved to 3-0 in District 8-4A with a 4-0 softball victory over the Bridgeport Sissies Friday.

DECATUR TOPS BULLS – Jesus Gam went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs as the Decatur Eagles beat Bridgeport 8-2 Friday. Clayton Egle allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits in seven innings.

COMPUTER CLASSES – A beginning Excel class is 6:15-7:45 tonight at Decatur Public Library. The class is open to anyone. To register, call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

BOND ISSUE PROGRAM – Decatur ISD Superintendent Rod Townsend will give a presentation of the $13.5 million bond issue on the May 9 ballot at this week’s Decatur Rotary Club meeting at noon Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. The presentation is open to anyone in the community, but RSVPs are required. The presentation is free, but lunch is $10. To RSVP, contact Patricia Peters at 940-393-0292 or ppeters@decaturtx.org by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

CLAY SHOOT - The Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot is Thursday at Northwest OHV Park, 2914 Texas 101, in Bridgeport. The morning flight is at 9 a.m., and the afternoon flight begins at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per person or $500 for a five-person team. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 940-683-2076.

DECATUR 5K – The Decatur 5K and 1 mile kids fun run is 8 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Proceeds benefit the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund. Register online through 3 p.m. Friday at www.Decatur5K.com. Race day registration is also available. A related story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

EGG HUNT – The Rhome Easter egg hunt is 1 p.m. Saturday at Family Park, 400 S. Virginia. There will be egg hunts for different age groups, prizes, free raffle tickets and a bounce house. Cookies and punch will be served, and the Easter bunny will be available for photos. Call Jo Ann Wilson, 817-638-2388.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is looking for volunteers to help with games on Saturday mornings, April 11-May 30. Games are at 9 and 10 a.m. To sign up, go to www.signupgenius.com, click on “find a signup” and type in wcsnbvolunteers@gmail.com. Or, call 940-577-1848.

MEDICAL SCHOLARS – Wise Regional Health System-Bridgeport volunteers will award five $1,000 scholarships to continuing education students, high school students, employees and children of employees of WRHS and individuals with a Wise County address. The Virginia Wood Memorial Scholarships are to encourage individuals to further their education in the medical field. Applications are available online at www.wiseregional.com/scholarship and must be returned by April 1. Call Scholarship Chair Rachel Gasperson, 940-210-2452; or Evelyn Lewis, 940-393-1372.

FUNERALS – Service for Doug Younger, 74, a retired teacher with Bridgeport ISD is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at Sunset Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Larry McGahey, 65, of Boyd is 10 a.m. today at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., with burial at Powell Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Karen Richey, 65, of Bowie and Secundina Sifuentes, 76, of Boyd are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Sue Peterson Vaughn, 79, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Virginia Lea Kline, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

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Miles for smiles; Murphree closes in on 300 milestone http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/miles-for-smiles-murphree-closes-in-on-300-milestone/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/miles-for-smiles-murphree-closes-in-on-300-milestone/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:38:11 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89124 When snow and ice canceled the Cowtown Marathon March 1, Patrick Murphree feared that his daughter Jackie’s goal of hitting 300 miles at the Decatur 5K would not happen.

“We signed up for the Cowtown Marathon, and it was part of our mileage to get to 300,” he said. “After Cowtown, we would have needed to pick up one more 5K to hit 300 at the Decatur 5K.”

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READY TO RACE – Jackie Murphree and her racing team will reach their goal of 300 miles at the Decatur 5K next weekend. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

But Mother Nature forced Murphree, Jackie and the team that pushed her through eight marathons and several other races to come up with Plan B. That turned out to be five races in the past five weeks, including last week’s Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon in Dallas.

“This is the closest thing to a whole running regimen that I’ve had,” said Murphree, who pushed his daughter in a 5K, 10K and part of the half marathon in the past four weeks. He will push her in a 10K in Plano Saturday to get to 297 miles.

“When Cowtown got canceled, we started looking to see if we could make it happen,” he added. “We started looking for races and how we can make it happen. The Plano Pacers 10K will put it where we’ll hit 300 up State Street, 0.2 miles from the finish line at the Decatur 5K.”

Hitting the 300 milestone at the Decatur 5K was important to Murphree. The race benefits the Jackie Murphree Scholarship, which is given to a Decatur graduate going into a medical field.

Murphree also added he wanted to share the milestone with the community and the team at Fit-N-Wise that works with Jackie.

“It’s a tribute to Mike [Bowers] and Fit-N-Wise for all the support of Jackie and working with her,” he said.

Jackie was injured in a car accident Aug. 17, 2007, after her vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in a section of U.S. 380 that was under construction. She was less than a mile from her home. The Decatur graduate and Texas A&M senior slipped into a coma and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She’s been unable to walk or talk since the accident, but during each run, she’s usually wearing a smile.

“To watch her has been phenomenal,” Murphree explains. “Her comfort level is amazing. She becomes a completely different person.”

Bowers, who pushed her during a portion of last week’s half marathon and during many other races, said it’s an amazing experience.

“There’s something about pushing Jackie. It’s a thrill beyond words,” Bowers said. “It’s great to be able to make her day. I feel honored that Pat gives us the ability to do it.”

The recent runs with Jackie come after a rough stretch beginning in late December. After three years without a seizure, she suffered what her father described as a “monster seizure” that lasted nearly 17 hours.

“It was a big setback,” he said. “There were lots of tests and lots of new doctors. She spent five days in the hospital. That’s how she spent her 28th birthday.”

Since December, Murphree said it’s been work to get her strength back up and bring a smile to her face. But the miles still manage to produce smiles.

“At the half, she had a big smile,” Murphree said.

Murphree’s chair for the races is a converted stroller for twins that has been customized with steerable front wheels and a windshield.

“It rolls very easy,” Murphree said.

But up the hills along the Decatur 5K course, which challenge the best runners, it’s a workout pushing 130 to 135 pounds between the chair and Jackie.

Murphree claims he hates running. But he enjoys the opportunity to get out on the streets with Jackie and see her light up.

He hopes to have plenty of company April 4 on the streets of Decatur.

“I’d like to see the Decatur 5K get as big as some other races,” Murphree said.

Three $1,000 scholarships have been awarded two of the last three years, but Murphree would like to give more away.

The one-mile kids fun run and 5K will start at 8 a.m. on the Square. Participants can register at www.decatur5K.com or on race day.

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