WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:21:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Edition http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/wednesday-october-22-2014-edition/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/wednesday-october-22-2014-edition/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:21:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82294 ...

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Suspect flees, officers swarm Chico http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/suspect-flees-officers-swarm-chico/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/suspect-flees-officers-swarm-chico/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:46:40 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82288 Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies were combing the city of Chico Tuesday  after a suspect escaped about 4 p.m. Brian King, 32, of Alvord jumped from his vehicle and ran from officers when they attempted to stop him on Hickory Street. King has been arrested numerous times in Wise County and currently has a felony warrant out of Montague County for possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff David Walker said King is not believed to be dangerous. As of 5:30 p.m. he had not been apprehended. Walker said officers first spotted King in Sunset. They recognized him and knowing there was a warrant for his arrest, they began following him in an unmarked car. He drove to Chico at which time a marked unit was called to the scene to make the stop. When the marked car attempted to stop King, he jumped from his vehicle, leaving it in gear, and it rolled into the officer’s car. Walker said when King is apprehended, he will face additional charges, including evading arrest.

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Weekly Specials for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:50:26 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82285 ]]> http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/feed/ 0 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/tuesday-october-21-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/tuesday-october-21-2014/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:22:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82280

BOYD, MARTINEZ WIN 9-3A TITLES – Boyd senior Marco Martinez won the 9-3A boys cross country title in 17:01, leading the Yellowjackets team to the team title with 44 points. Paradise took second with 49 points with J.D. Pearson finishing second and Sam Robinson third overall. Boyd and Paradise advance to regionals. In the girls race, Hannah Beth Pearson and Kaylee McConnell took fourth and fifth leading the Paradise Lady Panthers to a second-place finish with 48 points. Holliday won the team title with 32.

ALVORD DUO ADVANCES – Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum finished fourth, and Clara Breashears fifth in the District 11-2A girls race to earn trips to the cross country regional race. Alvord finished fourth as a team with 74 points. In the boys race, Alvord was fifth with 108. Alex Vargas took 13th for the Bulldogs.

BRIDGEPORT BOARD CONSIDERS SOCCER – The possibility of a new soccer program at Bridgeport High School was discussed during Monday night’s Bridgeport school board meeting. Superintendent Eddie Bland introduced the possibility of starting a student survey to gauge interest. “We need to see what the numbers are on students wanting the program, especially if they’re playing other sports like baseball, basketball and softball, since those are the ones that will be in direct conflict with soccer season,” he said. Other members of the board wanted to know if the program would be a club sport or a UIL-sanctioned team and wondered about the cost of funding both girls and boys teams. They agreed to wait to take action until a survey had taken place. Read about more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

EARLY VOTING – Early voting in the Nov. 4 election started yesterday and drew more than 400 people to the polls. Interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker said 443 people cast ballots, which does not include limited or provisional ballots. The breakdown is as follows: 234, Decatur City Hall; 112, Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center; and 97, Rhome City Hall. Parker said 46 people voted yesterday in the Paradise school board election. Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31. This weekend Decatur City Hall will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

BOYD FACES DISTRICT LEADER – Fighting for a volleyball playoff berth out of 9-3A, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will head to Henrietta today at 5:30 p.m. The Paradise Lady Panthers will be in Holliday. In 8-4A, Decatur will play at Castleberry and Bridgeport takes on Lake Worth at home. Chico will head to Bryson. Northwest will play host to Fossil Ridge.

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County is hosting College Night 5 to 7 today. More than 40 different colleges and universities will be represented, and students and parents are encouraged to attend. There will be a financial aid presentation beginning at 6 p.m. that is targeted to parents of current seniors in high school. For information, call WCWC at 940-627-2690.

BONFIRE – The Chico High School senior class will host the homecoming bonfire Wednesday at 325 CR 1667. Hot dogs will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the bonfire will be lit at 7:30.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – Chico 4-H is having a canned food drive now through Friday, Oct. 31. Donations can be dropped off at Chico Butane or Chico Middle School. All food items will be donated to WARM. For information, call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program through Friday. Nomination forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. For information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT - An account has been opened at Wells Fargo for the Jeff Nicholson family to help with costs associated with his recent illness. Nicholson, a longtime Decatur resident and business banker, died Friday. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Luce Bogardus, 86, of Justin is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Wanda McNutt, 69, of Springtown is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday, October 20, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/monday-october-20-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/monday-october-20-2014/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:21:06 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82275

MOTORCYCLE COLLISION SENDS 1 TO JPS – Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 81/287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome about 7:45 a.m. Sunday. One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Rhome police officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment. According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, a medical helicopter was requested by first responders immediately after they arrived on scene. A third rider with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur. “I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hill, and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.” The rider said the group was returning to Utah. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOY HIT BY CAR – A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport just before 9 Sunday morning. He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz. The PD declined to identify the victim because he’s a minor.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Real estate developer Mark Duncum was named Citizen of the Year Saturday night at the 23rd Annual Decatur Chamber Auction. The event was held at the Decatur Civic Center. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY – Early voting in the Nov. 4 election is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. This weekend Decatur City Hall will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of these locations. Voters should bring a photo ID, along with their voter registration card.

CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Boyd and Paradise cross country teams will battle for the league title and regional bids at 10 a.m. today at the 9-3A championships at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. Alvord will host the 11-2A meet at 10 a.m.

CHICO OUTLASTS GRAFORD – The Chico Lady Dragons beat Graford in four games 16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 behind eight aces from Britton Petty, moving to 9-2 in 9-2A. In other action, Paradise took down Bowie in a pivotal 9-3A match in five games. Holliday edged Boyd in five games. Springtown swept Bridgeport. Byron Nelson beat Northwest in three. In non-district play, the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Grapevine 25-20, 25-11, 25-18 with 15 kills from Caroline Lowery and 14 from Makayla Mayfield.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – Tryouts for Muscle Basketball, select teams for second through sixth graders, are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday at the Chico City Gym. Cost to play is $325. For information, email Wendell Berry at wendell.berry@wiseregional.com. Call 940-627-2708 or 940-393-2698.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party meets 6:15 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office courtroom, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive.

WILD GAME PROCESSING 101 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting Wild Game Processing 101 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nine Bar Ranch. Michael and Matthew Little will demonstrate how to field dress, skin and quarter a deer. They will also discuss caping out for a trophy animal. Cost is $10, and seating is limited. A deer chili supper will be served. To reserve a spot, call 940-627-3341.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Ag Supporters Golf Classic is Monday, Nov. 10, at The Club at Runaway Bay with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration deadline is today. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, a goody bag and cart use. To register to play or for information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Vann Wakefield, 817-454-9082, vwakefield@ci.southlake.tx.us.

4-H MEETING - Decatur 4-H meets at 6 tonight at the Extension office.

COLLEGE/CAREER NIGHT – Decatur High School is hosting Senior Parent College and Career Night  5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County in room 112.

FOSSIL, ROCK AND MINERAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, Wesley Center, 200 E. Main, in Decatur. The meeting topic is “Prehistoric time and who roamed Earth in the United States, featuring New York City.” A potluck supper will be held before the program. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jeffrey Dean Nicholson, 50, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE is pending for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES are pending for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur, Robert Bogardus, 86, of Justin and J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Two bikes collide in Rhome http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/breaking-news-two-bikes-collide-in-rhome/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/breaking-news-two-bikes-collide-in-rhome/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:20:51 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82265 _JD67003Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome Sunday morning.
One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m.
Rhome officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment.
According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, three riders were on the ground following the collision. The medical helicopter was requested immediately after first responders arrived on scene for one rider.
A rider on a third bike with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur.

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“I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hit and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.”
The rider said the group was heading back to Utah .

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Boy struck by car http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/boy-struck-by-car/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/boy-struck-by-car/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:04:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82262 A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport Sunday morning.
He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with apparent minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz.
The accident occurred at 8:47 a.m.

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Man arrested for arson, assault http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/man-arrested-for-arson-assault/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/man-arrested-for-arson-assault/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:34:55 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82256 ...

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Early voting opens Monday http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-opens-monday/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-opens-monday/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:34:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82253 ...

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Rodeo legend to speak at Chamber luncheon http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rodeo-legend-to-speak-at-chamber-luncheon/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rodeo-legend-to-speak-at-chamber-luncheon/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:33:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82251 ...

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Upcoming Halloween Events http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/upcoming-halloween-events/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/upcoming-halloween-events/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:32:25 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82248 ...

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, October 18, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meeting-previews-for-saturday-october-18-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meeting-previews-for-saturday-october-18-2014/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:31:20 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82245 ...

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Rockets to the Rescue; Elementary students employ problem-solving, design skills http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rockets-to-the-rescue-elementary-students-employ-problem-solving-design-skills/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rockets-to-the-rescue-elementary-students-employ-problem-solving-design-skills/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:30:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82243 ...

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Transportation planner touts 287 corridor; Says Texas needs to do more to boost Gulf shipping http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/transportation-planner-touts-287-corridor-says-texas-needs-to-do-more-to-boost-gulf-shipping/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/transportation-planner-touts-287-corridor-says-texas-needs-to-do-more-to-boost-gulf-shipping/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:28:51 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82240 ...

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Meet PISD’s school board candidates http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meet-pisds-school-board-candidates/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meet-pisds-school-board-candidates/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:27:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82236 ...

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Competition is in the air … literally http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/competition-is-in-the-air-literally/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/competition-is-in-the-air-literally/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:26:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82234 ...

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Air Evac Lifeteam dedicates new base http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/business/air-evac-lifeteam-dedicates-new-base/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/business/air-evac-lifeteam-dedicates-new-base/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:25:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82231 ...

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Football: Off the chain – Randall runs for 320 yards, 5 touchdowns in Alvord victory http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-off-the-chain-randall-runs-for-320-yards-5-touchdowns-in-alvord-victory/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-off-the-chain-randall-runs-for-320-yards-5-touchdowns-in-alvord-victory/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:24:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82228 ...

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Football: Eagles outlast Mineral Wells http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-eagles-outlast-mineral-wells/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-eagles-outlast-mineral-wells/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:23:35 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82225 ...

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Football: Bobcats scathe Bulls http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-bobcats-scathe-bulls/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-bobcats-scathe-bulls/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:22:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82223 ...

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