WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:55:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friday, January 30, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-january-30-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-january-30-2015/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:22:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86513

MAN WHO SHOT K-9 OFFICER IDENTIFIED – The man who tried to evade police by running into a wooded area in southern Montague County, and who shot and killed a K-9 officer from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, has been identified as Alan Lance Alverson, 45, of Granbury, according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker. After Alverson opened fire on the dog and other officers, five officers returned fire, killing Alverson. The incident happened around mid-afternoon Wednesday near Sunset. Walker said Alverson had warrants for violation of probation for assault out of Wise County and possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams out of Tarrant County. According to Wise County Jail records, Alverson is a former Alvord resident. According to a sheriff’s office press release, Alverson has been arrested 23 times dating back to 1990 with charges that include escape from custody, carrying a prohibited weapon and drug possession charges. A memorial service for Pepper is being planned for next week at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.

NORTHWEST EXTENDS RUE’S CONTRACT - Northwest ISD trustees approved a contract extension through June 30, 2019 for superintendent Karen Rue Thursday night.

COACHES HIRED FOR EATON – Brad Turner, former Springtown head coach and current Graham assistant, was named the first head football coach at V.R. Eaton High School Thursday night. Turner, who has 17 years of head coaching experience between Lone Oak, Sulphur Springs and Springtown, brings a career record of 106-81 to Eaton. The new Northwest ISD school will compete on the freshman and junior varsity level in the 2015-16 school year and join a varsity district after the 2016 realignment. The school also named Diane Wilson its first volleyball coach. She is currently coaching at Arlington Bowie and previously coached at Grapevine.

BURDINE SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS – Scott Burdine of Runaway Bay was sentenced to 20 years in prison at a sentencing hearing yesterday in 271st District Court in Decatur. The 38-year-old was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams by a Wise County jury three weeks ago. Burdine elected to have the court determine his sentence. After a brief sentencing portion of the trial, in which the state offered evidence of Burdine’s previous felony convictions, including a drug conviction, District Judge John Fostel issued the 20-year sentence. Because of the prior convictions, Burdine’s second degree charge was upgraded to a first degree felony for punishment purposes, meaning he could have been sentenced up to 99 years in prison. Twenty years is the maximum for a second degree felony.

LADY PANTHERS TRY FOR TOP SPOT – The Paradise Lady Panthers will take on Bowie tonight at 6:30, looking to get a share of the 9-3A lead. Paradise trails Bowie by a game in the standings. In the boys game, the Panthers look to get back in the win column against the Jackrabbits. The Boyd Yellowjackets head to Jacksboro to take on the Tigerettes in a pivotal game in the 9-3A playoff hunt. The Yellowjackets take on Jacksboro following. Keep up with the action of those games with live updates at @wcmsports on Twitter. Recaps of the games and scores of Wise County games will be posted at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord heads to Chico. Bridgeport travels to Springtown. Northwest faces rival Byron Nelson. Slidell goes to Gold-Burg.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County, Room 220. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

PARADISE YOUTH - Paradise Youth Recreation Association will hold youth baseball and softball signups 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the next two Saturdays at Paradise City Hall. Bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and your child for uniform sizing. Call Angela Smith at 940-859-6183 for baseball or Kelly Cook at 817-808-3928 for softball.

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.

BAKE SALE - Open Arms will hold a bake sale noon-6 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.

RABBIT VALIDATION – Wise County Youth Fair Rabbit Validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Wise County Extension Office. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex at this time in order to show at the Wise County Youth Fair. Call Melissa Haworth at 940-210-1254.

FUNERALS – Service for Freida Turpin, 87, of Paradise is 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 10 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Isaias Aguilar, the infant son of Jaime and Yaciria Aguilar of Bridgeport, is 3 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Fernando Cruz, 41, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today as Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Helen Petty, 74, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce Pack, 60, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Azleland Memorial Park in Azle. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Earl Worley, 82, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lillian Dykes, 77, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Suspect who shot police dog identified http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/suspect-who-shot-police-dog-identified/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/suspect-who-shot-police-dog-identified/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:05:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86506 Alan Lance Alverson

Alan Lance Alverson

 

The man who tried to evade police by running into a wooded area in southern Montague County, and who shot and killed a K-9 officer from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, has been identified as Alan Lance Alverson, 45, of Granbury, according to Wise County Sheriff David Walker. After Alverson opened fire on the dog and officers, five officers returned fire, killing Alverson. The incident happened around mid-afternoon Wednesday near Sunset. Walker said Alverson had warrants for violation of probation for assault out of Wise County and possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams out of Tarrant County. According to information provided on the Wise County Jail database, Alverson is a former Alvord resident.

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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

Pepper

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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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News Briefs for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-january-28-2015/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:42 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=86451 ...

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