WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 1 dies in 2-vehicle accident http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/1-dies-in-2-vehicle-accident/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/1-dies-in-2-vehicle-accident/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:09:22 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82596 ...

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Halloween Events for Saturday, October 25, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/halloween-events-for-saturday-october-25-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/halloween-events-for-saturday-october-25-2014/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:05:31 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82583 ALVORD

HAUNTED HOUSE – The Alvord High School Halloween haunted house is open for a lights on tour 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. From 7 to midnight, it will be the full haunted house experience. On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, it will be open indefinitely, starting at 10:30 p.m. on the 31st and 6 p.m. on the 1st. All proceeds benefit Alvord Project Graduation.


SPOOKTACULAR – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event will include a zipline, rock wall, rat race, candy, games, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon animals and face painting. There will be magic shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and a costume contest sponsored by Bridgeport Main Street at 6:15 p.m.

TRUCK OR TREAT – Yesterday’s Texas, 305 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport is hosting Truck or Treat 6 to 8 p.m Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration for antique and classic cars and motorcycles is 4 to 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the car show and best costume. There will be candy and games.

FALL FEST – The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport will have a Family Fun Fall Fest 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the church’s Family Life Center. There will be free food and candy, a bounce house, obstacle course, games and prizes. Wear costumes. The church is at the corner of Texas 114 and Cates Street.

COSTUME PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween Costume parade down Halsell Street is 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. It begins at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. The street will be closed from 4:45 to 6 p.m. for the event.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT – Various streets will be closed 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Oakland Heights Addition for trick-or-treating.

FEARAPHOBIA – The Fearaphobia Haunted House at 1407 Carpenter St. in Bridgeport is open 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 and $10 at the door for adults and children under 12, respectively, and $10 and $5 online at www.fearaphobia.com/tickets.html. There is also a children’s haunted house for those who feel they might get too scared going on the actual tour. If the event breaks even, designer Robert Chaney plans to give the proceeds to a local charity.


HAUNTED HOUSE – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will have a haunted house 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October at the Old Chico Middle School, 400 S. Hovey St. Admission for 12 and under is $3 and 13 and older is $5. All proceeds will benefit the fire department. The haunted house will also have a “kid’s hall” for smaller children.


FALL FESTIVAL – Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale St., in Decatur will have a fall festival 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. There will be games, a hay ride, candy and free food.

TRUCK OR TREAT – Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church is having Truck or Treat 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The church is located at 4789 S. Farm Road 730 near Decatur. There will be a bounce house, hot dogs and lots of candy. Call 940-627-2860.

TRUNK OR TREAT – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur is hosting Trunk or Treat 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. The church is located at 104 S. Miller. There will be games, food, dunking booths and bounce houses. Call 940-627-3362.

SPOOKY TALES – Decatur Public Library is hosting Tales from the Critt, a Halloween-themed spoken word program with audiobook ace C.J. Critt, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27. A veteran of Broadway and a staff writer at Radio Disney as well as the original voice of America’s favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, Critt will channel the voices of various mystery and suspense authors she has recorded in her 20-year career with Recorded Books and Harper Audio, and will treat the audience to some classic spooky fare and a lively question-and-answer session. Suggested age is 13 and up.

FALL FESTIVAL – Senior Care, 701 W. Bennett Rd., in Decatur is having its 5th Annual Fall Festival 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Wear costumes for trick-or-treating. There will be music, a bounce house, games, cotton candy, hot dogs and face painting.

TRUCK OR TREAT – First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur is having Truck or Treat 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. There will be a hay ride, games, prizes, hot dogs and candy.

TRUNK OR TREAT – Victory Family Church is having a fall festival 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. There will be bounces houses, food, games, vendors and trunk or treat.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT – Decatur City Council voted to move the city’s trick or treat observance to Thursday, Oct. 30, to avoid a conflict with the Eagles’ final home football game Oct. 31. The council agreed to designate Deer Park Road as one-way, northbound, between Eagle Drive and Preskitt Road from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the 30th to help ease traffic problems in some of the city’s more popular trick or treating areas.

FALL FESTIVAL – Governor’s Ridge Fall Festival is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. There will be a bounce house, games and prizes, a merry-go-round, goblin walk and a hot dog supper, plus trick or treating.

FALL FUN – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation, 201 East Thompson, in Decatur is having a fall festival 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. There will be indoor trick-or-treating, a bounce house, hot dogs, booths, popcorn and a cake walk. Call 940-627-2165.


HALLOWEEN FUN – The city of Rhome is hosting Halloween in Family Park 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Residents are invited to wear costumes and bring candy, along with table and chairs. Call Jo Ann Wilson, 817-638-2388.


FALL FESTIVAL – The County Line Cowboy Church fall festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The church is located at 890 N. U.S. 81/287 in Sunset. Mutton bustin’ is at noon, and there will be a bounce house, face painting, a silent auction and horseshoes. Call 940-845-2020.

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Clark appointed to late husband’s seat on board http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/clark-appointed-to-late-husbands-seat-on-board/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/clark-appointed-to-late-husbands-seat-on-board/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 04:00:10 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82565 {{platinum}}}The Chico School Board experienced the sudden and tragic loss of one of its members, Donald Joe Clark, last month. On Monday, they appointed someone to fill the seat who knows Clark better than anyone else: his wife, Lori Clark.

Lori Clark

Clark said Thursday that she contacted the board members not long after her husband’s funeral expressing a desire to fill the vacancy until the next election.

“I just felt like I needed to do it,” she said. “It was important to Donald, and I just felt like I needed to fill in his place. It’s what he would have wanted.”

Donald Joe Clark had completed about one-and-a-half years of his first term on the board when he died Sept. 25 in a motor vehicle accident on Farm Road 1810. His wife will fill the seat until next May, when an election will be held for the remaining year on his term.

Clark said she is undecided if she will seek election to the seat.

While this will be the first time Clark has served in elective office, she’s no stranger to education. After 26 years as an educator, she’s in her second year of retirement. The first 15 years of her career, she was a second grade teacher in Decatur, and her final 11 years were spent as an eighth grade English language arts teacher at Chico Middle School.

Clark also served on the district’s facilities committee, which has examined issues and helped prioritize those issues that are the most critical.

She said her husband was always concerned with what was best for both students and teachers.

“He was always very active when he was a student – active in a lot of student organizations, and he always helped out the ag department and was the football announcer for 22 years,” she said. “All the student organizations were really important to him.

“And of course, being married to a teacher, he was concerned about teachers’ experience and making sure they were not overlooked,” she added. “Of course, these things are important to me, too.”

She said she’s looking forward to serving the school generations of her family have attended.

“I’m glad to be involved,” Clark said. “I have a granddaughter in kindergarten and some more grandkids coming up, so the district has always been important to me. I graduated from there. My kids graduated from there, and now I’ve got grandkids coming through.”

The vote to appoint Clark was unanimous, and she said her fellow board members have been very welcoming.

In other business from Monday’s meeting, the board learned the school district had received a “superior achievement” designation through the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) and hired Myrtle Blaylock as a part-time teacher at the elementary.

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