WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:13:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Breaking news: Snow causing accidents in county http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/breaking-news-snow-causing-accidents-in-county/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/breaking-news-snow-causing-accidents-in-county/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:57:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=87881 By Richard Greene | rgreene@wcmessenger.com

Winter returned to Wise County Friday morning with periods of heavy snow causing cars accidents on many of the county’s major thoroughfares.

Multiple accidents were reported on Farm Road 51 and U.S. 287/81, including more than one rollovers.
By 9:30 a.m. snow covered most of the roads around the county.

Alvord, Boyd and Paradise schools are closed along with Weatherford College and county offices. Chico ISD is holding students through lunch.

The Bridgeport Bulls’ 4A Region I area basketball game with Iowa Park in Graham was postponed until Saturday.
“Periods of snow are expected now through later this afternoon with accumulation up to two inches,” said Amanda Schroeder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Most of the snowfall will be with the leading edge of the storm.”

Schroeder added that temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing Friday and additional precipitation is expected tonight and into Saturday.

“It will transition overnight into freezing rain,” Schroeder said. “Less than a tenth of an inch is expected. Saturday afternoon temperatures will climb above freezing in the afternoon.”

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School/business/event closings, delays and cancellations for Friday/weekend http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/schoolbusinessevent-closings-delays-and-cancellations/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/schoolbusinessevent-closings-delays-and-cancellations/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:56 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=87614 Due to the possible accumulation of snow or ice on area roadways Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, due to a winter storm, the following schools, businesses and events will be closed, delayed or canceled. (Note: We’ll be keeping this page updated as the night/morning progresses, so check back often.)


  • Bridgeport ISD – EARLY RELEASE AT 1 P.M. Buses will not run. Staff will remain on all campuses with students until they are picked up.
  • Decatur ISD – EARLY RELEASE AT 1 P.M. Buses will run in town, but parents of students who live outside the city are asked to pick up their children. To check your child’s bus route, call 940-393-7200.
  • Paradise ISD – CLOSED FRIDAY
  • Slidell ISD – OPEN, but parents can pick up students early. Final bus run at 2:30 p.m.
  • Weatherford College (all campuses) – CLOSING AT 9:30 A.M. FRIDAY


  • Wise Hope Crisis Center – CLOSED FRIDAY
  • Wise Regional Health System – All Wise Regional outpatient services will be closing at noon Friday. Fit-N-Wise will be open until 5 p.m. and will resume regular fitness hours Saturday.
  • Bridgeport Public Library – CLOSED FRIDAY AND SATURDAY


  • 271st District Court in Decatur – ALL COURT CASES FOR FRIDAY CANCELED
  • City of Bridgeport – CLOSING AT 10 A.M. FRIDAY
  • Wise County offices – CLOSED FRIDAY
  • Wise County Appraisal District – CLOSED FRIDAY


  • Decatur and Bridgeport Farm Bureau offices — CLOSED FRIDAY


  • To be announced


  • National Wild Turkey Hunting Heritage Banquet (scheduled for Friday) – CANCELED
  • Wise County Youth Fair Parade (scheduled for Saturday morning) – CANCELED


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Friday, February 27, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-february-27-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-february-27-2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:18:52 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=87871

SNOW, FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE – As of 8 a.m., light snow was beginning to fall in Decatur as snow began to move in from the west. The National Weather Service is forecasting 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation is possible today. Precipitation could change over into light snow or freezing rain tonight into Saturday. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice from freezing drizzle is possible. With temperatures expected to remain in the 20s throughout the day today, any snow or rain that falls is expected to cause problems on area roadways. Wise County remains under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday. As of 7:45 a.m., Alvord had canceled classes, and Paradise schools had delayed opening until 10 a.m. this morning. Boyd ISD was opening two hours late. If more schools/businesses/etc. close or cancel activities, we will post them as we are notified at wcmess.com/closings. The Wise County Messenger’s classifieds deadline has been moved to 10 a.m. today due to the possible inclement weather.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to inclement weather earlier in the week, this week’s trash schedule in Decatur has been changed. Normal Friday pickup will be Saturday.

PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles continue the basketball playoffs tonight with 4A Region I area games. The Bulls take on Iowa Park at 7:30 in Graham. The Eagles play Wichita Falls Hirschi at 7:30 in Bowie. Get live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. Saturday, the Slidell Greyhounds play the Class A Region III area championship against Avinger at 4 p.m. in Honey Grove.

PBR TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON – Tickets to the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge presented by First State Bank go on sale 8 a.m. Saturday. They can be purchased at wcchallenger.org or on the WC Challenger Facebook page. This year’s event is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Tickets may be purchased at Wise Wireless in Decatur starting Monday.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP - The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale today at Legend Bank in Decatur. Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies will be among the baked goods being sold.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE CANCELED – The Wise County Youth Fair parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. The Queens Contest, set for Saturday night will go on as planned. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds on 51 South in Decatur. Admission is $5. Children not yet in school may attend for free. Contestants representing 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and FCCLA groups from across the county will participate.

PBR AND PRCA STARS TAKE OVER AT&T STADIUM - Nine PBR riders who call Decatur home will ride in tomorrow’s Choctaw Casino Resort Iron Cowboy at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The action will start at 5:50 p.m., and doors open to the general public at 4:20. Local riders competing include World Champion Silvano Alves, Mike Lee, Guilherme Marchi, Eduardo Aparecido, Marco Eguchi, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira, Kaique Pacheco and Joao Ricardo Vieira. CBS will broadcast the final rounds at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Alves, Lee, Marchi, Fabiano Vieira and Joao Vieira will also compete in RFD-TV’s The American, the world’s richest one-day rodeo, at 2 p.m. in AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Other local cowboys competing at The American include World Champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur in tie-down roping and team roping, Tuf Cooper of Decatur in tie-down roping and Cade Swor of Chico in tie-down roping. KC Jones of Boyd will compete in steer wrestling. The American will air live on RFD-TV.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise and surrounding county veterans are invited.

CLUB MEETING – The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Fire Hall.

FUNERALS – Service for Udella Scales Tucker, 84, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Restland Cemetery in Olney. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Williams, 82, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. *Changed from earlier post.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Kay (Hindes) Elsom, 69, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life UPC in Stillwater, Okla.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-february-26-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-february-26-2015/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:20:53 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=87860

COMMISSIONERS TO HIT THE ROAD – Wise County commissioners Thursday unanimously approved a mobile meetings program as proposed by County Judge J.D. Clark, despite initial pushback from Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White. Clark proposed that once a quarter commissioners have a meeting outside the county seat, in one of the four precincts. The program would include a presentation by that precinct’s commissioner about current and future projects and a presentation by a county department head or other elected official. There would also be a community forum for citizens. White was the only commissioner who spoke in opposition to the program. “I have concerns about this, and I’m going to be very blunt,” he said. “We get asked occasionally to come to different areas to talk … It gets into more of a gripe session than it does anything. And like I’ve explained to them, if we went somewhere every time people wanted us, then we might as well tell our wives we’re not going to be at home.” White eventually relented, saying it wasn’t “that bad of an idea” and voted in favor of it. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FILING DEADLINE FRIDAY – Those interested in filing for a position on the May 9 ballot for city and school elections have until tomorrow to throw their hat in the ring. The filing deadline is 5 p.m.

BULLS, EAGLES, HOUNDS ADVANCE – Caleb Smith poured in 29 points as 11 Bulls scored in Bridgeport’s 90-33 dismantling of Venus in the 4A Region I bi-district game. Decatur took down Alvarado 54-35 behind 19 points from freshman Mason Hix. Slidell senior Tyler Maynard tossed in 40 points to lead the Greyhounds to a 90-63 win over Waxahachie Faith Family in the Class A Region III bi-district game.

BRIDGEPORT, SLIDELL GIRLS FALL - The playoff runs for the Bridgeport Sissies and Slidell Lady Greyhounds ended Wednesday with region quarterfinal losses. Abilene Wylie took down Bridgeport 68-29. Landrie Walsh led the Sissies with 10 points. Dodd City shot down Slidell 90-62. Caitlin Pruett finished with 27 points for the Lady Greyhounds.

TECHNO EXPO – More than 1,100 students from kindergarten to 12th grade will serve as presenters during Northwest ISD’s Techno Expo 5:30-8 tonight at Northwest High School. Selected student work will be presented to the community during more than 410 breakout sessions at 6:15. Refreshments and cuisine will be provided by the Byron Nelson High School Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy from 5:30-7.

SNOW AGAIN IN FORECAST – A few light snowflakes were falling in Decatur at 7:45 a.m., but we are not expected to see much this morning. However, the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of snow on Friday with a high temperature of 28. Current National Weather Service estimates are 1-2 inches are possible in some places.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE CANCELED - The Wise County Youth Fair parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. The Queens Contest, set for Saturday night will go on as planned. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds on 51 South in Decatur. Admission is $5. Children not yet in school may attend for free. Contestants representing 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and FCCLA groups from across the county will participate.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce February luncheon has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3, at the Decatur Civic Center. The program will be a question-and-answer session with County Judge J.D. Clark. The March luncheon will by Tuesday, March 24.

HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET – The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet is Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffles and games. For tickets call Jennifer Barrow, Cross Timbers NWTF president, at 940-393-8908.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon today in the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Lunch will be served. RSVP to 940-627-5586.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise and surrounding county veterans are invited.

YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2015 Roy Young Memorial Scholarship are due Saturday. High school seniors participating in the Wise County Youth Fair are invited to apply for the award, which is sponsored by the Champions and Blue Ribbon Club. To be considered, submit a scholarship application, letter outlining higher education plans and financial need, a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from an FFA adviser or 4-H leader. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.

QUARTER AUCTION – Paradise Band Boosters will host a quarter auction 6:30 tonight at Paradise Elementary. Call Erin Cornett for vendor information, 817-319-9720.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Beth Brown, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Pedro SanAgustin, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Udella Tucker, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Kay (Hindes) Elsom, 69, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life UPC in Stillwater, Okla.

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