WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:26:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thursday, January 29, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-january-29-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-january-29-2015/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:26:14 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86503

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K-9 OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY – A Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon in Montague County. Sheriff David Walker said his officers were assisting Montague County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit when Pepper, one of the department’s two dogs, was shot by the suspect. Walker said Montague County sheriff’s deputies and Bowie police officers tried to stop a man they knew had warrants. He fled and there was a pursuit that ended in the area of Pickett Run Road and Aujla Road near Sunset. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area, and Pepper, a tracking dog, was used to find the suspect hiding under a pile of leaves. Walker said the suspect opened fire on the dog and officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect, a 44-year-old male. Walker said he has not yet been positively identified. The sheriff said Pepper may have saved the life of at least five officers. No other officers were injured. Pepper was flown to Texas A&M overnight for a necropsy, Walker said. The Department of Public Safety also assisted in the pursuit. The two Wise County officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, per normal protocol. An autopsy is being performed on the suspect this morning at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

TURF REMOVED FROM BOND PACKAGE – Decatur school board whittled on possible bond packages Wednesday night until they had knocked off almost $3 million from previously discussed totals. They agreed to remove the turf at Eagle Stadium, as well as six other items, from the proposal. Some of the projects eliminated from the bond, including turf, will still be completed but covered with district construction funds. At the end of the night the consensus was to move forward with a $10 million package that includes, $3.5 million for facilities, $2.7 million for transportation, $2.8 million for technology and $900,000 for security. The only item in package no. 2 is an indoor practice facility at $3.5 million. The board made tentative plans to meet again next week to formally call the bond election.

HAY BARN FIRE – A fire that started in a barn north of Chico Wednesday caused major damage and minor injuries to the homeowner. The Chico fire department was dispatched to the barn fire around 10:45 a.m. at 424 County Road 1650, off Texas 101. Homeowner Will Robinson was welding inside the barn when hay nearby ignited. As Robinson was trying to extinguish the flames, fire spread through the barn wall and started a grass fire. That fire in turn ignited round bales of hay on a flatbed trailer. Robinson was treated by Wise County EMS at the scene for minor burns to his hand. Numerous other fire departments were called to the scene throughout the day and into the night to try to extinguish the fire in the nearly 2,000 hay bales.

RABBIT VALIDATION - Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County Extension Office. All rabbits entered at the Youth Fair must attend. Call Melissa Haworth at 940-210-1254.

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

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur girls softball spring sign-ups have begun. Forms are available at all schools or by calling Carley, 940-577-0138; or Sarah, 940-923-1055. Sign-ups will also be held 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Deadline for mailed forms is Feb. 11.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

YOUTH BASEBALL – Decatur Baseball League will hold the final weekend of signups 9-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Decatur City Hall. T-ball (age 4 by April 30), 5/6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U. Bring your child and birth certificate. Uniform fitting at signups. Contact Eric 940-389-4679 or Annie 817-223-4928.

FUNERALS – Service for Freida Turpin of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Isaias Aguilar, the infant son of Jaime and Yaciria Aguilar of Bridgeport, is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Fernando Cruz, 41, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday as Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. with visitation 6:30-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Margaret Helen Petty, 74, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Carl “Cork” Whatley, 72, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Pack, 60, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Doris Helen Hill, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ernestine Lotella Herriott “Kewpie” Steward, 95, of Chico is 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wise County K-9 killed in the line of duty http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/wise-county-k-9-killed-in-the-line-of-duty-2/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/wise-county-k-9-killed-in-the-line-of-duty-2/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:52:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86500 RealPepper

 

A Wise County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday afternoon in Montague County. Sheriff David Walker said his officers were assisting Montague County Sheriff’s Office in a pursuit when Pepper, one of the department’s two dogs, was shot by the suspect.

Walker said Montague County sheriff’s deputies and Bowie police officers tried to stop a man they knew had warrants. He fled and there was a pursuit that ended in the area of Pickett Run Road and Aujla Road near Sunset. The suspect fled into a nearby wooded area, and Pepper, a tracking dog, was used to find the suspect hiding under a pile of leaves.

Walker said the suspect opened fire on the dog and officers. Officers returned fire and killed the suspect, a 44-year-old male. Walker said he has not yet been positively identified.

The sheriff said Pepper saved the life of at least five officers. No other officers were injured.

The Department of Public Safety also assisted in the pursuit.

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Heart of a Champion: Wise County Youth Fair adds special show http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/heart-of-a-champion-wise-county-youth-fair-adds-special-show/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/heart-of-a-champion-wise-county-youth-fair-adds-special-show/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:03:18 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86488 ...

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Burglars hit 2 pharmacies http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/burglars-hit-2-pharmacies/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/burglars-hit-2-pharmacies/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:02:16 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86485 ...

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Wise Regional switches partners; Demand for access to bank account not acceptable http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wise-regional-switches-partners-demand-for-access-to-bank-account-not-acceptable/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wise-regional-switches-partners-demand-for-access-to-bank-account-not-acceptable/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:01:27 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86483 ...

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Alvord School Board to get open meetings training http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/alvord-school-board-to-get-open-meetings-training/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/alvord-school-board-to-get-open-meetings-training/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:26 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86481 ...

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Decatur ISD to consider calling bond election http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-isd-to-consider-calling-bond-election/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-isd-to-consider-calling-bond-election/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:59:47 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86479 ...

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Senate committee chairs bypass Estes http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/senate-committee-chairs-bypass-estes/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/senate-committee-chairs-bypass-estes/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:59:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86477 ...

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Weatherford College Wise County library dedication to honor Eatons http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/weatherford-college-wise-county-library-dedication-to-honor-eatons/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/weatherford-college-wise-county-library-dedication-to-honor-eatons/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:58:28 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86475 The public is invited to a dedication reception for the Roy and Jeannine Eaton Library and Research Center at the Weatherford College Wise County campus Thursday, Jan. 29.

The come-and-go reception runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

College officials said the Eaton family has dedicated a great deal of time and resources to ensure the success of WC in Wise County.

“I have come to know the Eatons as true friends of K-12 and higher education in Wise County and beyond,” said Dr. Matt Joiner, associate dean for instructional services at WCWC. “Simply stated, Weatherford College’s presence in Wise County would not have been possible without the visionary leadership of folks like Roy in the late 1990s.”

Roy was a member of the steering committee that investigated the need for a branch campus in Wise County and supported construction of the WCWC facility. The Eatons have also donated more than $50,000 for scholarships.

Roy is a longtime member of the WC Foundation board of directors.

“Roy and Jeannine Eaton have been pillars of Wise County for decades,” said Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president. “They worked tirelessly to get the branch campus initiative on the ballot and then supported the initiative financially with a large contribution.

“I am honored to know the Eatons and extremely proud to share our last name [although they are not related]. They truly embody the philosophy of leading by example.”

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Texas Historical Commission to meet on Meridian Highway Project http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/texas-historical-commission-to-meet-on-meridian-highway-project/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/texas-historical-commission-to-meet-on-meridian-highway-project/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:57:35 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86473 ...

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Filing begins for May election http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/filing-begins-for-may-election-2/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/filing-begins-for-may-election-2/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:56:45 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86471 ...

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Tax deadline looming http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/tax-deadline-looming/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/tax-deadline-looming/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:56:07 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86469 ...

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County approves resolution to protect water http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/county-approves-resolution-to-protect-water/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/county-approves-resolution-to-protect-water/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86467 ...

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Georgia Mount turns 102 years old http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/georgia-mount-turns-102-years-old/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/georgia-mount-turns-102-years-old/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:54:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86465 ...

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All for one, one for all; Classmates of Ryan Ruddick will receive scholarships in his honor http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/all-for-one-one-for-all-classmates-of-ryan-ruddick-will-receive-scholarships-in-his-honor/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/all-for-one-one-for-all-classmates-of-ryan-ruddick-will-receive-scholarships-in-his-honor/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:52:55 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86461 ...

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:51:53 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86458 ...

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Chico ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/chico-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/chico-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:51:05 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86456 ...

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Swimming: 4-for-4 – Decatur’s Rowden wins 4th district gold in 50 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/swimming-4-for-4-decaturs-rowden-wins-4th-district-gold-in-50/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/swimming-4-for-4-decaturs-rowden-wins-4th-district-gold-in-50/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:01 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86449 ...

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Basketball: Lady Texans move into second http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/basketball-lady-texans-move-into-second/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/basketball-lady-texans-move-into-second/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:48:02 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86446 ...

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