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Weekly Specials for Saturday, October 25, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-october-25-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-october-25-2014/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:03:09 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82461 ]]> http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/weeklyspecials/weekly-specials-for-saturday-october-25-2014/feed/ 0 Friday, October 24, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-october-24-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-october-24-2014/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82456

EARLY VOTING OFF TO SLOW START – Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is off to a slow start with only 1,463 votes cast this week. Totals for each location included: 783, Decatur; 372, Bridgeport; and 308, Rhome. The daily totals have dropped throughout the week, with only a slight increase between Tuesday and Wednesday. The largest turnout was Monday with 443. Tuesday’s vote total was 351 with 355 Wednesday. On Thursday, 314 votes were cast. Totals do not include limited or provisional ballots. Early voting continues this weekend at Decatur City Hall 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Next week early voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. 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.

DECATUR TEAMS WIN DISTRICT – Jessica Kyle won her second straight district cross country race Thursday, completing the 3,200-meter course at Joe Wheeler Park in 12 minutes. The Lady Eagles won the 8-4A crown, taking seven of the top eight spots. Georgina Palomo finished second, Taylor Butler third, Nicole Neighbors fourth, Elizabeth Culpepper sixth, Paola Palomo seventh and Lluvia Ramos eighth. The Bridgeport Sissies finished second with Diana Garcia in fifth place in 12:43. Elizabeth Wiedemann medaled, taking 10th. In the boys race, Decatur held off Castleberry to win by two points, 41-43. Bridgeport finished third to qualify for regionals. Decatur senior Tyler Wilson finished second in 17:17. Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar was third in 17:19. Salvador Garcia finished fourth in 17:42.

TRICK OR TREAT EVENTS – Candy seekers: Rejoice. There are many Halloween and trick or treat events planned in Wise County Oct. 25-31. Put the finishing touches on those costumes and check out our roundup of events at wcmess.com/halloween to see what’s scheduled for your community.

RODEO LEGEND TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER – Acclaimed rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tallman, who announces rodeos coast-to-coast, from the Fort Worth Stock Show to the Calgary Stampede to the National Finals in Las Vegas, has been the PRCA’s announcer of the year eight times. His voice, which has become synonymous with professional rodeo, is familiar to generations of rodeo fans. Luncheon reservations are $12 per person. Call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

BOYD, PARADISE RENEW RIVALRY – The Paradise Panthers will head to Boyd in a battle of neighbors at 7:30 tonight. It’s also a crucial game for both in battle for a playoff spot out of 4-3A Division I. Decatur will play host to Wichita Falls Hirschi in 4-4A Division I. Bridgeport heads to Aubrey, continuing 3-4A Division II action. Follow our live blogs from the three games at wcmessenger.com/scores. We will also have updates from Alvord at Valley View, Trenton at Chico and Northwest at Keller Timber Creek.

CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico schools will release at noon today for homecoming activities. The homecoming parade will be on the square at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chico: Champ At Every Game.” Following the parade, there will be a pep rally on the square and a community barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. at Chico Middle School on Farm Road 1810, next to the football field. The dinner is hosted by the Ex-Students Association, but everyone is welcome. Cost is $7 per plate, and proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m., and class years ending in “4” will be recognized. Chico alumni will also vote for coming home king and queen at this time. They will be honored prior to the start of the game against Trenton at 7:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL RACES HEAT UP – With the district finales set for Tuesday, several Wise County teams play pivotal matches tonight. Paradise and Boyd will battle at Boyd at 4 p.m. with both trying to lock down playoff spots. Decatur will play host to Bridgeport at 5 p.m. and can clinch a share of the 8-4A title with a win. Northwest heads to Keller Timber Creek. Chico will take on Tolar Saturday at noon.

NORTHWEST GIRLS ADVANCE – The Northwest Lady Texans cross country team qualified for regionals Thursday, finishing third in the 5-6A meet. Cassidy Adams finished second, running 19:12 on the 5K course at UNT. The Northwest Texans finished fifth in the team standings but qualified a pair of runners for regionals. Trevor Bohr took fourth in 16:22, and Jacob Suchors eighth in 16:33.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a fall plant sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon station on the corner of Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. They will have mums, pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus and prepared color containers. All plants were grown by DHS students enrolled in horticulture. Flats start at $12.

HUNTER’S EDUCATION – The Texas Parks and Wildlife required hunter’s education course will be taught at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. The six-hour class is sponsored by Shootsafe Academy and taught by Dan Graeber. Cost is $15 at the door. Register by calling 817-220-8999.

GT PROGRAM – Chico Elementary School will have a fall informational meeting for all parents and/or students interested in learning more about the gifted and talented program and requirements at Chico Elementary School. The meeting is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the elementary library. If you can’t attend the meeting, call 940-644-2220, ext. 2013, or come by the elementary office.

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

DISTRICT SINGING – The fall session of the District Singing Convention is 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch is provided. Contact Susan Bollman, 817-975-1666, susan.bollman@att.net; Vic Cox, 817-599-9024, victorlcox@gmail.com; or Ava Barlow, 972-658-7608, ava@skytex.net.

OPEN HOUSE – PrimeWest Mortgage is hosting an open house today at its new office space – 203 W. Walnut. The historic building, formerly home to Cheer Dynamics, has been remodeled. Tours and a come-and-go lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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 Mary Spivey, 56, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Halloween Events http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/halloween-events-2/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/halloween-events-2/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:46:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82451 Candy seekers: Rejoice. There are many Halloween and trick or treat events planned in Wise County Oct. 25-31. Put the finishing touches on those costumes and check out the list below to see what events are scheduled for your community.

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.

BRIDGEPORT

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.

CHICO

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.

DECATUR

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.

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.

RHOME

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.

SUNSET

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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Thursday, October 23, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/thursday-october-23-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/thursday-october-23-2014/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:16:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82446

1 KILLED IN 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT – A Sanger woman was killed and a child seriously injured about 9:30 Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 at Farm Road 455 near Slidell. Anita Eugster, 64, was driving a car westbound on 455 and at the intersection with 51 pulled out in front of a Targa Resources 18-wheeler traveling northbound, according to Department of Public Safety trooper Ray Wallace. The driver of the truck, Robert Carter, 44, of Chico was not seriously injured. He was hauling saltwater. The 4-year-old girl in Eugster’s car was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth “It was like a movie,” said witness Charles Shouse of Paris. “The car was in the air.” It came to rest on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection. The witness, who was traveling southbound on 51 at the time of the accident, said the truck also went airborne before crashing into RVs parked nearby and landing on its side. The road was temporarily shut down so the helicopter ambulance could land on 455. Wise County’s Medic 1, Medic 4 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur fire departments were also on scene, as well as sheriff’s deputies and several state troopers.

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

LOCAL RIDERS COMPETE IN PBR WORLD FINALS – Several Wise County riders are chasing a world title this week as the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals gets underway in Las Vegas. Action started last night, and after round 1, Silvano Alves of Decatur moved into second in the world standings with an 86.25 ride on Dumber. Mike Lee of Decatur remains fifth in the world after an 87.25 ride on Back Jackin’. Other Wise County riders among the 35 finalists are Marco Eguchi; Valdiron de Oliveira; Emilio Resende; and Renato Nunes. Round 2 is tonight. CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round live at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information, visit worldfinals.pbr.com.

SLIDELL TEAMS WIN DISTRICT – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds won 22-A cross country titles Wednesday. Makayla Fitzgerald won the girls race with Caitlin Pruett taking second, Kayson Roof third, Sydney Keating fourth, Kylie Franklin seventh and Megan Garcia ninth. In the boys race, Khristian Talamantes took fourth. Shelby Vanover finished fifth, Dustin Davis seventh, Kyler Carnes eighth and Colton Crane ninth.

DECATUR, BRIDGEPORT RUN AT 8-4A RACE – The Decatur and Bridgeport cross country teams will compete in the 8-4A championships today at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. The races start with the girls 3,200 at 1 p.m. In Denton at UNT, Northwest’s runners will compete in the 5-6A championships at 9 a.m.

FALL FESTIVAL – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event will include a zip line, 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.

CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico schools will release at noon Friday for homecoming activities. The homecoming parade will be on the square at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chico: Champ At Every Game.” Following the parade, there will be a pep rally on the square and a community barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. at Chico Middle School on Farm Road 1810, next to the football field. The dinner is hosted by the Ex-Students Association, but everyone is welcome. Cost is $7 per plate, and proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m., and class years ending in “4” will be recognized. Chico alumni will also vote for coming home king and queen at this time. They will be honored prior to the start of the game against Trenton at 7:30 p.m.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Bridgeport Women’s Club’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas is Sunday at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call Susan Miller, 940-366-0186.

DISTRICT SINGING – The fall session of the District Singing Convention is 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch is provided. Contact Susan Bollman, 817-975-1666, susan.bollman@att.net; Vic Cox, 817-599-9024, victorlcox@gmail.com; or Ava Barlow, 972-658-7608, ava@skytex.net.

LORD’S ACRE IN ALVORD – The First United Methodist Church in Alvord is hosting Lord’s Acre Saturday. There will be a turkey and dressing lunch at 11 a.m. and a country store. There will also be a silent auction with Maverick tickets, Dallas Stars ticket, handmade cedar crosses and dining out cards.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. All Wise County community health stakeholders are invited. The group will share information about the latest events and issues related to community public health.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Lunch will be provided. RSVP, 627-5586.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Commissioners have a special meeting at 1 p.m. today to consider amending the order of appointment for central counting station personnel for the Nov. 4 general election. The commissioners regular meeting that was scheduled for Oct. 27 has been moved to Nov. 4.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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.

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2014’s top citizen developing ‘the greatest town there is’ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2014s-top-citizen-developing-the-greatest-town-there-is/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2014s-top-citizen-developing-the-greatest-town-there-is/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:56:50 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82440 ...

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Motorcycle accident injures 2 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/motorcycle-accident-injures-2/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/motorcycle-accident-injures-2/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82437 ...

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Bridgeport school board pitches soccer program http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-pitches-soccer-program/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-pitches-soccer-program/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:06 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82434 ...

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Audiobook voice actor to perform spooky stories http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/audiobook-voice-actor-to-perform-spooky-stories/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/audiobook-voice-actor-to-perform-spooky-stories/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82432 ...

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Paradise ISD sets canvassing date http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-isd-sets-canvassing-date/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-isd-sets-canvassing-date/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:53:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82430 ...

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Paradise City Council addresses billing concerns http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-city-council-addresses-billing-concerns/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-city-council-addresses-billing-concerns/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:52:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82428 ...

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Early voting off to mediocre start http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-off-to-mediocre-start/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-off-to-mediocre-start/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:52:20 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82426 ...

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13-year-old struck by car http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/13-year-old-struck-by-car/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/13-year-old-struck-by-car/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:51:27 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82423 ...

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Historical societies to preview museum http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/historical-societies-to-preview-museum/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/historical-societies-to-preview-museum/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:51:02 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82421 ...

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Decatur EDC, hospital look to cooperate on splash park http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/decatur-edc-hospital-look-to-cooperate-on-splash-park/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/decatur-edc-hospital-look-to-cooperate-on-splash-park/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:50:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82419 ...

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Riders vie for world title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/riders-vie-for-world-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/riders-vie-for-world-title/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82417 ...

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New high school to fuel big dreams http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-high-school-to-fuel-big-dreams/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-high-school-to-fuel-big-dreams/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82415 Under radiant sunshine, contractors swung the final beam for the future V.R. Eaton High School into place last Wednesday.

“This is a great day,” said Northwest Superintendent Karen Rue. “We recognize a significant point in the construction of the third high school in our district. It’s a day we visualize kids learning in a setting second to none.”

Family Signing

FAMILY SIGNING – Eaton family members Barry, Jeannine, Brian and Roy Eaton sign the last steel beam for the future V.R. Eaton High School. The school, named for Roy’s father, will open in August 2015. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The massive Eaton High School will open in August 2015. It’s located on 79.5 acres off U.S. 81/287 on Willow Springs Road. It will be 524,602 square feet – 20,000 square feet bigger than both of NISD’s current high schools, Northwest and Byron Nelson.

The number of bricks that will be used in the building would reach 85 miles tall if stacked on top of each other. Its 1,960 tons of steel could produce 2,177 cars. The Eaton gym will seat 1,300 fans.

Spacious Gym

SPACIOUS GYM – Guest check out the future Eaton High School gym Wednesday during a tour of the building still under construction. The gym will seat 1,300. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

And although its size is impressive, the design and plans for its use are equally remarkable.

“The students here will be our future,” said Dr. Karen Eddy, Eaton’s principal.

NISD is going to great lengths with the design and construction of the $91 million school to meet the demands of education in the future. It will feature an 800-seat auditorium, large lecture hall, two-story library connected to the Java City and flexible classroom space. As Eddy points out, the classroom is being turned around with teachers now helping to facilitate and help students use the information at their fingertips.

“Before, teachers had the knowledge and regurgitated it,” she said. “Now, teachers are the facilitators of the knowledge. Children are discovering how they can learn and become critical thinkers and contributors.”

No section of the building illustrates the changing classroom and Eaton’s trailblazing mission more than the business and entrepreneurship academy, which will be the first of its kind in the state. NISD officials, including Eddy, have visited classes in New York to learn about the academy, which will be far more than just students learning about business.

“It’s not going to look like a school, but an office,” Eddy explained. “It will give a taste of the real world.

“The capstone of the academy students will be running a firm and selling a product. They will not only run a business but also be determining what they can sell to other students. It’ll go beyond knowledge to application.”

Eddy plans to start adding staff soon, starting with hiring of the associate principals, head football coach and band director. She hopes to have all the professional staff in place by May.

“You don’t do it all on your own. That’s why you hire good people,” Eddy said.

It’s those teachers and students that will establish new traditions and forge a place forever in NISD’s burgeoning future. As Rue pointed out, the district is only at 15 percent of its eventual build out.

“People in our future will look at the buildings and the names on the buildings,” Rue said. “This is about building a community and schools that will matter in the future.”

EHS is named in memory of Wise County resident and rancher V.R. Eaton. He is the father of Messenger publisher Roy Eaton.

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