WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:08:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Revel in Wise festivals http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/photo-features/revel-in-wise-festivals/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/photo-features/revel-in-wise-festivals/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:56:09 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81564
Pioneer Days

PIONEER DAYS – Re-enactor Bob Jackson shows Luiz and Carla Perez how to make a spoon from a cow’s horn. Jackson and his wife, Jennifer, re-enacted the day-to-day life of people from the American fur-trade era Saturday at the Main Street Festival in Paradise. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Floating Along

FLOATING ALONG – Yellow ducks in a carnival game wait for patrons to spend their cash and try their luck Saturday morning at Rhome’s Fall Festival. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Sweet Tooth

SWEET TOOTH – Phillip Everhart and his son, Aaron, ask Chelby Buratovich about the prices of cotton candy. Money from the cotton candy sales went to Paradise’s project graduation. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Riding Proud

RIDING PROUD – Representing Kam Kartway (from left) are Michael Buck, Noah Rowland and Mitchell Mobley. These racers moved at a much slower pace during Rhome’s parade Saturday. Their carts normally round tracks at speeds nearing 40 mph. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Under the Hood

UNDER THE HOOD – Clay Denton of Runaway Bay looks over a Mustang entered in the Paradise Main Street Fest car show. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Giddy Up

GITTY UP – Lacee Pattengill holds her baby, Waylon, while steadying her daughter, Frankie, atop a pony Saturday at Rhome’s Fall Festival. Her son, Harrison, rides all by himself in the back. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Slow Ride

SLOW RIDE – Movement Church members ride and walk alongside their race-themed float Saturday at Rhome’s Fall Festival. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Got Talent

GOT TALENT – Laramie Dearing was the first contestant in the Division 1 youth portion of Paradise’s Main Street Festival talent show Saturday. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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2 hurt as train collides with truck http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2-hurt-as-train-collides-with-truck/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2-hurt-as-train-collides-with-truck/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:52:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81551 Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck the cab of an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise.

Crushed

CRUSHED – The cab of the 18-wheeler reveals the damage sustained when it was struck by a train Monday afternoon. The truck driver and passenger were both flown to Metoplex hospitals. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The train was eastbound on the track, which runs parallel to Texas 114, when it collided with the truck at the driveway across the street from Don’s AC Service around 12:45. The force of the impact ripped the cab off the chassis.

The truck driver, Juan Torres Rios, 50, and a passenger, Cervando Iniguez Gonzalez, 36, of Bridgeport, were briefly pinned inside the cab.

Two helicopter ambulances were called to the scene. Air Evac Lifeteam 68 landed in a field across the street from the accident to transport one of the victims. The second victim was taken to the Paradise High School football field by ground ambulance to meet a CareFlite helicopter.

Both victims were flown to Metroplex hospitals. Their conditions were unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

No one on the train was injured.

Traffic on Texas 114 was briefly shut down while the helicopter was on the scene.

Jeff Degraff, director of media relations for Union Pacific, said the tractor trailer was approaching the crossing on the private road and “either ignored or went through” the stop sign at the crossing. Because the crossing was on private property, it did not have lights or crossing arms.

Degraff said he does not know if the train sounded its horn at the crossing. Although they are not required to blow the horn at a private crossing, if a vehicle is approaching, the train horn is typically sounded as a warning, he said.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the scene, but once it was determined that the accident was on private property, the investigation was turned over to Union Pacific.

The locomotive sustained only minor damage and was later able to continue to its next stop in Dallas.

Wise County EMS, Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

Crash Scene

CRASH SCENE – Monday’s accident happened on a private driveway right in front of a house. In the background, medics can be seen loading one of the patients into a helicopter. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

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Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/fire-safety-no-joke-for-clown-brigade/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/fire-safety-no-joke-for-clown-brigade/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:51:50 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81547 October can mean different things to different people. Halloween. Colder weather. Colorful leaves. Columbus Day.

For Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara, the month of October means another chance to educate children on fire safety in a fun way.

Funny Business

FUNNY BUSINESS – Decatur Fire Department Captain Nate Mara laughs during the dress rehearsal of the Decatur Fire Department’s Clown Brigade show Sunday at the Decatur Fire Hall. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Mara and two other members of the Decatur Fire Department, Eli Nobles and Brandon McGar, will travel the county as clowns this month, performing shows that educate elementary school-aged children about fire safety for Fire Prevention Month.

“As an adult, we can tell you, ‘Don’t do that,’ and you’ll understand, but children who are younger don’t really get that. So we use clowns to get our message across,” Mara said.

Currently in its eighth year of touring the county, the DFD Clown Brigade will visit every elementary campus in Wise County this month to educate students in kindergarten through fifth grades about issues like smoke detector maintenance, making friends and not being a bully, strange animal danger, unattended fires and fire prevention.

Learning Through Laughter

LEARNING THROUGH LAUGHTER – A child in the audience at the Clown Brigade’s dress rehearsal laughs during the show, which teaches lessons about fire safety to elementary students. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

It’s a show that has been months in the making.

“Every January we go to a characterization camp in Bullhead City, Ariz., where they teach us about new topics, props, makeup, budgeting and other stuff like that – and that starts our year off in the right direction,” Mara said.

READY FOR HIS CLOSE-UP – Decatur Fire Department firefighter Brandon McGar poses for the camera in his clown makeup Sunday at the Decatur Fire Hall. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The team works on their routine a little bit throughout the year until September hits, and then, Mara said, they “go into clown mode.”

“We start perfecting our shows, meeting at the station and around the area,” Mara said. “And the support from the department and our families is really the key to our success. We bounce a lot of stuff off of them to find out what’s funny and what works and what doesn’t.”

Nobles, currently in his second year performing in the clown show, said that the thing he most enjoys about performing for the students is knowing that their safety messages are being heard.

“Last year, after we did the show, my shift got called out to a grease fire, and when we got there, it was already out because the six year-old girl who lived there saw our show and knew what to do,” Nobles said. “So that was proof that our message was sinking in.”

Upcoming show dates and times:

  • Oct. 7, Rann Elementary – 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 7, National Night Out in Decatur Square – 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 9, Young Elementary – 1:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, Carson Elementary – 7:45 a.m.

Later shows are still being finalized.

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Married couple arrested for bank robbery http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/married-couple-arrested-for-bank-robbery/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/married-couple-arrested-for-bank-robbery/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:50:01 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81542 A Paradise couple has been arrested in connection with a June bank robbery in central Arkansas.

Rodney Hurdsman

Rodney Hurdsman, 45, and his wife, Stephanie Hurdsman, 39, were arrested Monday in Shreveport, La. The two are suspected of robbing the Malvern National Bank in Benton on June 16.

A third suspect, Stephanie’s sister, Oneida Saylor, 35, remains at large.

Arrest warrants for aggravated robbery and theft of property were issued for all three.

The Benton robbery happened around 4:15 p.m. on that Monday. Two suspects entered the bank, displayed a pistol and demanded money from a clerk. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, both suspects then fled the bank on foot.

“One suspect was a white male who was wearing a mask that resembled the ‘Mario Brothers’ video game character. The other suspect was a white female suspect who was wearing dark-colored sunglasses,” according to a Benton Police Department press release.

Stephanie Hurdsman

More charges could be forthcoming, according to police.

“They are also suspects in robberies in other jurisdictions and are being sought on various other charges,” the department stated in a press release.

The Hurdsmans have an address in the 100 block of County Road 3382 south of Paradise. Both have previously spent time in the Wise County Jail.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Rodney Hurdsman had been in jail here on unrelated charges of misdemeanor assault and theft of property $20,000 to $100,000 from Sept. 3 until Sept. 22, when he posted bail. He failed to show up for a scheduled court date last Thursday, Sept. 25.

That same morning, a suspect matching his description entered Regions Bank in Round Rock, displayed a gun and demanded money from a clerk.

According to Wise County Jail records, Rodney Hurdsman has been arrested four different times this year, each time on burglary or theft charges apparently unrelated to the suspected bank robberies. He was indicted by a Wise County grand jury for burglary of a habitation in April and theft of property $20,000 to $100,000 in June. Those cases are pending.

Stephanie Hurdsman was last arrested in October of 2012 for a parole violation, according to Wise County jail records. Court records show she was convicted of theft $1,500 to $20,000 in December of 2008.

The Hurdsmans remained jailed in Louisiana Tuesday but are expected to be extradited to Arkansas soon where they will be officially charged with the Benton robbery.

Saylor is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Benton Police. Anyone coming in contact with her should call their local police or dial 911.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Individuals may also text an anonymous crime tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip.

Detectives in Benton have been working with the FBI, Louisiana State Police, Round Rock Police Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dems stump to supportive crowd http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/dems-stump-to-supportive-crowd/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/dems-stump-to-supportive-crowd/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:48:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81538 Matthew Britt, Democratic candidate for state representative (District 61), told a crowd of supporters at last Tuesday’s Empty Chair Debate that he feels it’s wrong for Republicans to shy away from such events.

The Sept. 23 debate, hosted by the Wise County Democratic Party, turned into a candidate forum since the Republican opponents did not attend. Britt expressed frustration.

“I’ve attempted multiple times to reach out and debate (state Rep. Phil King), but he has not said anything so far,” Britt said. “We get answers like, ‘I have not received it.’ We are planning on hand-delivering a letter to his office soon and see if he will accept it that way and if not, we’ll send it certified mail.

“This is something that I feel like is wrong, especially for a representative position,” Britt said.

He told the crowd that his top three concerns are water, economic problems and education.

During the question-and-answer session, someone asked how King being named chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) would benefit Wise County.

Britt said he didn’t think it would.

“Taking on a position like that is going to require a lot of out-of-district time and this is not the time that we need someone who is representing us to be out of the district and to be pushing a legislative agenda out of the state,” he said.

Britt also spoke about the possibility of fracking contaminating drinking water.

“There’s been a recent study that said (contamination) can come from the casing of these wells, and whether it’s the same thing or not, it’s very, very similar and related to drilling,” he said. “We have drilling here, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

He said it must be done responsibly, though.

STEVE BROWN

Steve Brown, Democratic candidate for Texas Railroad commissioner, was the only other statewide candidate to attend the forum.

He said one of the biggest challenges in this election is empowering communities to make a difference.

He said voters continue to elect people who don’t keep the best interests of their constituents in mind.

One of the submitted questions asked if fracking is as big of a problem as the media claims, and he said it’s a serious problem because “we’re denying problems exist.”

He said although fracking has existed for decades, one of the new aspects is that now it’s being done in people’s backyards. He said he also wants to develop a policy to address urban drilling.

It is affecting people’s health and property values, he said.

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Coal Miner’s Festival this Saturday http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/coal-miners-festival-this-saturday/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/coal-miners-festival-this-saturday/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:47:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81536 Bridgeport’s beginnings as a coal mining town will be relived this Saturday at the Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival in downtown Bridgeport.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., patrons can walk up and down Halsell Street and participate in a multitude of activities, including a chili cook-off, pumpkin patch pageant, pet parade, photography contest, live performances and a washer tournament. There will also be jump houses and pumpkin activities for the children.

Areas for college football viewing parties and Main Street merchants and food and craft vendors will also be available.

Chili cook-off participants need to register with the Chamber by 5 p.m. today. The entry fee is $50, and the Judge’s Choice winner will receive a $200 cash prize, a $50 Brookshire’s gift card and a trophy.

Pumpkin patch pageant participants will be able to register until 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Bridgeport Stage. The entry fee is $20.

The photo contest is for adults and youth, with the youth category capping at 16 years old. There will be black-and-white and color competitions for both categories. The entry fee is $10, and participants must register by 5 p.m. today.

Entertainment will include demonstrations by various Bridgeport cheer groups, North Texas Karate and Cinco de Mayo dancers from Bridgeport Middle School.

The Coal Miner’s Heritage Festival is hosted this year by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bridgeport Historical Society and Bridgeport Main Street.

Contact the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076 if you are interested in becoming a vendor.

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District Clerk Records filed August 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/district-clerk-records-filed-august-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/district-clerk-records-filed-august-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:47:12 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81534 ACCOUNTS, CONTRACTS, NOTES

Juanda’s Consulting Co. vs. Bio Care Home Health Services Inc.

Juanda’s Consulting Co. vs. Kinsman Enterprises Inc.

Targa Liquids Marketing and Trade LLC vs. West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership

Dean DeRenzo vs. 4226 Trailer Sales LLC, doing business as NRS Trailer

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2007-4 vs. Stormy Williams

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-3 vs. Stormy Williams

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-1 vs. Stormy Williams

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-2 vs. Stormy Williams

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-1 vs. Stormy Williams

Mark 541 Group LLC vs. Supreme Corp. of Texas

James L. McGilvray Jr., et al vs. Jenkins Salvage LLC, doing business as Young Guns Pipeline and Construction, et al

LVNC Funding LLC vs. Joe Campbell

FORECLOSURES

Order for foreclosure concerning Justin and Angela Pratt

Order for foreclosure concerning Gerald and Panayoita Shaver, 457 Private Road 4476 in Decatur

Order for foreclosure concerning 502 Main St. in Newark

TAX CASES

Boyd ISD, et al vs. B.J. and Nancy H. Pennington

Decatur ISD, et al vs. Charles and Judith Reed

Decatur ISD vs. Douglas Scott Reynolds

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. Judy Stevens

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. Affordable Housing of Parker County Inc.

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. William F. Alexander

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. Bridgeport Estates Inc.

Decatur ISD, et al vs. Joshua Townes

Paradise ISD, et al vs. Trinity Materials Inc.

Northwest ISD, et al vs. Robert A. and Cydney Walvoord

Decatur ISD and Wise County vs. Whatzit Land Co. Ltd.

Decatur ISD, et al vs. Cleva Williamson

Decatur ISD vs. George W. Gage

Decatur ISD, et al vs. Johnson Country Oaks Inc.

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. Ralph W. Jumper

Decatur ISD, et al vs. Miller Valley Limited

Decatur ISD, et al vs. North Texas Tire and Automotive Inc.

Decatur ISD, et al vs. PVG Manufacturing Inc.

Boyd ISD, et al vs. Bryan Dolan, et al

Northwest ISD, et al vs. Hampton Minnis Property Ltd.

Wise County, et al vs. JDMI LLC

Alvord ISD, et al vs. Johnston Leasing Corp.

Bridgeport ISD, et al vs. Glenda Sue Jones

INJURY OR DAMAGE – MOTOR VEHICLE

Cade Christian vs. Tamara Porras Green and Simon Porras

Cassie L. Barbee vs. Carman D. Miller

Teresa Scott Smith vs. Karen June Fischer

Marvin Porter and Terri Ridenour vs. Trius Trucking Inc. and Sarbjit Singh

Jeremy Lee Green vs. Cecil Wayne Hardee

Gary Sanders vs. Hendershot Equipment Inc. and Ronald Gene Hendershot

INJURY OR DAMAGE – OTHER

Martin Banuelos Jr., individually and on behalf of Martin Banuelos, Omar Banuelos, Nicolas de Jesus Banuelos and as representative of the estate of Maria Ruiz-Quezada vs. Juan Flores, doing business as 3J Trucking, and Johnny Hothouse

Robin Sterkel vs. DDT Management LLC, doing business as Taco Casa

Bill Lampman vs. Wise County Electric Cooperative and Horton Tree Service

DIVORCES FILED

James Glenn Partin and Cecilia Kay Partin

Christina Riggs and John Riggs

Rita Kaye Driver and Jackie Charles Driver

Brian Pate Cayce and Vhonda Jade Cayce

Regina Gay Barzano and August Anthony Barzano

Richard Glenn Calvery and Angelique Calvery

Dawn Rene Rogers and Steven Albert Rogers

Stephanie Lynn Barrow and Dustin Scott Barrow

Casey Lea Locke and Jeramie Neal Locke

Shayne Michael Portz and Jessica Lynn Portz

Paul Martin Givens and Rosemary Givens

Chason Lynn Duncan and Jessica Nicole Duncan

Jason Joy and Kelley Michelle Joy

Nicholas Jody Gaskill and Lisa Louise Gaskill

Rebecca Christene Harrison and Michael Chance Harrison

Wade Weldon Burton and Alba Rocio Jimenez Martinez

Stephen Randall Wolf and Andrea Marie Wolf

Ben Patrick Eden and Sarah Nicole Eden

Tiffany Elaine Goggans and Jace Brennon Goggans

Carrie Lynn Wigington and Jason Todd Wigington

Derry Shannon Jones and Stacy Ann Jones

Shauna Lynn Huston and Jordan Thomas Huston

Sandra A. Burk and Justin Erick Burk

Denise Marie Witt and Scott Douglas Witt

Michael Shane Howard and Patty Lynn Howard

Brandie Nicole Wilcox and David Glenn Harrell

Christopher Lance Chance and Linley Ann Chance

Christopher L. Plummer and Jodi V. Creager-Plummer

Alice Thomas and Jessie J. Thomas

Virginia Lee Powers and James W. Powers Jr.

Franklin Malone and Desiree Denise Malone

Karen Sue Uselton and John Allen Uselton

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County Clerk Records for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/county-clerk-records-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/county-clerk-records-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:46:42 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81532 RECORDED MARRIAGE LICENSES FILED AUGUST 2014

Oscar Fernandez Luevanos and Deana Jo Sanderson, both of Paradise

Farrell Eugene Skelton Jr. and Savannah Dawn Cooper, both of Alvord

David G. Bryant and Kimberly Wise Rasbury, both of Boyd

Ubaldo Arellano Garcia of Boyd and Maria Elizabeth Perez of Springtown

Colin Alan-McFadden Gabbert of Rhome and Judith Nayeli Lira Martinez of Decatur

Kevin Ray Henson of Rhome and Kendra Darlene McGinn of Roanoke

Margarito Garcia Bocanegra and Edith Isabel Villatoro, both of Rhome

James Ryan Rayborn and Megan Joy Wampler, both of Jacksboro

William Ryan Fernandes of New Braunfels and Dalene Kay Jackson of Jasper, Ala.

Trevor Lane Neighbors and Ashlee Elissa Greenwood, both of Sunset

Juan Carlos Garrido Naranjo and Wenddy Brambila of Rhome

Casey Neal McAden and Jessica Rose Antis, both of Decatur

Joshua Kyle Schroeder and Deedra Elizabeth Moody, both of Bowie

Daniel Ray Castleberry and Trina Roberts Cupps, both of Rhome

Mark Henry Strand and Julie Monique Turner, both of Decatur

Millard Marvin Crunk and Morgan Carrol Cooper, both of Springtown

Jimmie Lee Jarvis III and Kolbey Niccole Edington, both of Runaway Bay

Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Del Rio and Claudia Hernandez Campos, both of Decatur

Bradley James Memmel Jr. and Tamara Sue Horton, both of Decatur

Thomas Jene Smith and Yvonne Crystal Smart, both of Chico

Richard Drew Mara of Paradise and Teri Lee Brown of Rhome

Pablo Fernandez Cruz and Cecilia Aldape, both of Decatur

Thomas Edward Appel Jr. and Heather Lee Frost, both of Springtown

Julian Richard O’Pry Jr. and Jenny Lynn Byers, both of Fort Worth

David Leon Smith of Denton and Crystal Kay Edwards of Bridgeport

Scotty Lynn Story and Brandi Ann Moya, both of Boyd

Cody Everett Miller and Cara Beth Haines, both of Newark

William Russell Long and Rachel Anne Huling, both of Decatur

Patrick Calvin Harris of Decatur and Dana Lynette Kirkland of Bridgeport

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Rhome City Council limits mayoral powers http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rhome-city-council-limits-mayoral-powers/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rhome-city-council-limits-mayoral-powers/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:46:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81530 Just three months after granting them, the Rhome City Council has limited the powers of its mayor.

Without Mayor Louis Godfrey in attendance, the city council met in closed session for more than three-and-a-half hours Monday to discuss his authority.

At the suggestion of City Attorney Walt Leonard, the council by a vote of 4-0-1 approved five changes to the mayor’s powers. Councilwoman Michelle Pittman abstained.

Those changes include:

  • The hiring and firing of department heads “or those above” will be done by the city council. “Persons below that will be by mayor, in conjunction with department heads,” Leonard said.
  • Discipline and firing decisions may be appealed to the city council at the next regular session. “Whether that person remains on the job in the interim is at the discretion of the mayor and department head,” Leonard said.
  • Staff is to prepare proposed job descriptions for all employees as part of a general review of the personnel manual.
  • Overtime for all employees will be as authorized by the department head.
  • Each department head “may utilize their own resources as per the budget and in conjunction with the mayor and council.”

At a June 16 meeting, city council members approved amending an ordinance to give Godfrey the authority to hire and fire department heads without the council’s approval.

Although discussion to revoke that power took place behind closed doors, Councilman Ronnie Moore spoke with the Messenger during a phone call Monday afternoon.

“We gave him the power to fire and hire, not to abuse that power,” he said. “We are doing this to slow him down on his abuse of power.”

Moore also claimed that a statement Pittman made in an article in the Sept. 27 edition of the Messenger was incorrect.

“We never told that man [Mayor Godfrey] to fire anyone,” he said. “Every person he has fired he has done on his own. We gave him that permission, and what he did, he took on his own … But when you start picking on the chief of the police department, that is abuse of power.

“We are taking it away because that man was abusing his power – that is why.”

Also during Monday’s meeting, the council extended by six months the probationary period for Police Chief Brandon Davis.

Davis, who has lived in Rhome for 14 years, was named interim police chief June 24 after Police Chief James Rose resigned the day before.

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Boyd City Council hears options on Knox upgrade http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/boyd-city-council-hears-options-on-knox-upgrade/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/boyd-city-council-hears-options-on-knox-upgrade/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81528 A high-traffic street in Boyd could soon get a needed facelift.

At a Sept. 18 city council meeting, Bryan Sherrib of Dannenbaum Engineering presented city officials with a few options for making major upgrades to Knox Avenue between Allen Street and Cemetery Road.

A 6-inch asphalt road with sidewalks could total around $575,000.

“That would be, you take everything out, you come back and stabilize the base and put two asphalt layers,” he said. “That’s kind of typical of the roads built in our area.”

Using crushed rock with 2 inches of asphalt could bring the cost down to $380,000.

“Of that, about $48,000 is sidewalk,” Sherrib said. “That would sound a little bit high if you just took a concrete price and multiplied by the length of road. What I was trying to anticipate is what would happen with grading and drainage. Sidewalk has to be relatively flat. We know we have a little bit of bar ditch over there. Sidewalk can’t impede the drainage that we have over there, so we might have a little bit more culvert work, and I tried to build that in.”

He also pointed out the parking lot next to the police station is on a steep slope and may require driveway rebuilding.

“I tried to build in a little bit of that,” he said.

For an even lower amount, Sherrib suggested officials consider redoing completely only certain sections, then retopping the entire road.

“It’s not the best solution, but it can certainly one that can bring the number down and extend the life of Knox Street, if we’re looking just at the driving surface itself,” he said.

The prices, however, did not include engineering and surveying, which could tack on an additional $50,000.

When asked the lifespan of each option, Sherrib advised that it depended on the soil type.

“With the 6-inch asphalt you’re looking at between 25 and 30 years,” he said. “Your crushed rock probably not as long. Since you don’t have heavy truck traffic that should help some. It operates as a residential street with a little bit higher traffic volume. You might need to sign it to keep trucks off.”

Sherrib estimated the design and survey portion of the project would take about six months.

“For construction if we can block whole blocks at a time, we might be able to get it done in five months, aggressively,” he said. “Nine months if you were to do about half at a time.”

Officials said they would want to begin the construction when school let out for the summer and “get it as completed as possible” before classes start up again.

At the council’s next meeting Tuesday, they will hear from Government Capital on their financing options.

“I’m not opposed to see what the numbers are for doing curb and gutter, just so we can build for the future and not just put a Band-Aid on it,” Councilman Vince Estel said. “If we fix this road now, then later on we can fix one road, two roads a year.”

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Sheriff’s Office to provide Northwest SRO http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/sheriffs-office-to-provide-northwest-sro/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/sheriffs-office-to-provide-northwest-sro/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:44:52 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81526 A sheriff’s deputy will replace a Rhome police officer as a School Resource Officer at Northwest ISD’s Wise County campuses.

The deputy will serve three schools – Chisholm Trail Middle School and Prairie View Elementary in Rhome and Seven Hills Elementary in Newark.

Glenda Beam, NISD’s director of safety and security, said the district will pay $40,600 of the officer’s compensation package, and the county will pay $15,000 to $18,000, depending on the officer’s insurance plan.

Beam contacted Sheriff David Walker in mid-September about providing a school resource officer after the district and the city of Rhome failed to reach an agreement regarding compensation. Rhome pulled its officer from the schools Sept. 12. The Sheriff’s Office sent an officer to fill the SRO duties Sept. 15.

“They asked us to come in and help out in an an emergency situation so we could have some sort of protection in those three schools,” Walker told county commissioners Monday. “For a temporary fix, what we’ve been doing is we’ve had off-duty officers down there working, but we can’t do that long-term.”

County Judge Glenn Hughes asked Beam if the district has an alternative.

“At this point in time, we haven’t really thought of one,” she said. “We could always go to Denton County but don’t want to. We’d prefer, since (the schools) are in Wise County, to work with Wise County.”

Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance was concerned about Walker taking an officer off the street or out of the office to fill the post, but the sheriff said he had an officer interested in the SRO job. That person would likely be transferred to the school district post, and Walker would hire someone to fill the vacancy.

The new SRO would undergo on-the-job training at first and receive more specific training in the summer.

“How about the qualifications of the person going down there?” asked Lamance. “As long as they’re good folks … Them being at a school, it needs to be a humdinger in my opinion.

“If we’re doing it for any school in Wise County, then we have to do it for this school and that’s a fact,” he continued. “Now how we do it, I’m not exactly sure, but that sounds about as good as we can get.”

The motion to contract with Northwest ISD passed unanimously. The county’s share of the compensation package will likely come from a payroll contingency fund, but next fiscal year it will be included in the WCSO budget.

Under the agreement, the WCSO will also provide the officer’s vehicle from the department’s fleet.

Northwest is the fifth school district for which the WCSO is providing a school resource officer. In June of 2013, commissioners approved agreements with Alvord, Chico, Paradise and Slidell ISDs.

The Decatur, Bridgeport and Boyd school districts have SROs through their respective police departments.

Although the Boyd officer works limited hours, there is always a police presence on campus because the department is housed in the district’s old administration building.

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Building robots, building futures http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/building-robots-building-futures/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/building-robots-building-futures/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:44:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81524 Bridgeport, Texas, is a long way from Silicon Valley – but a new club at Bridgeport High School is giving students an opportunity to learn about technology and entrepreneurship.

The Bridgeport Robotics Club, led by math teacher Stuart Highlander, will compete in the upcoming Texas Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics tournament in October. The club is currently building a robot for the competition, using materials given to them by the organization.

I Robot

I, ROBOT – Gus White and Kyle Baker make some adjustments to the wheels on the Bridgeport Robotics Club’s robot last week. The robot is designed to evade obstacles put in its place, such as prairie chickens. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

But they’re not just building robots and programming code – they’re learning how to market the robot as a product, just like any other tech start-up.

“We run it like a company,” Highlander said as he gestured around at the group of students. “I’m technically the CEO, and [Principal] Jaime Sturdivant is the president, and we have different components to the operation.”

The club was an after-school activity years ago but folded after Highlander left teaching for a 10-year hiatus working at a bank. Now he’s back, teaching math at Bridgeport High School.

When some students expressed an interest, he decided to get the club going again.

Dream Team

DREAM TEAM – Gus White, Nathaniel Strother, Lance Coe and Timmy Tamplen each work on their respective duties as members of the Bridgeport Robotics Club. White helps build the robot, Strother documents engineering changes and Coe and Tamplen handle the marketing for the robot. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Among the “components” Highlander mentioned are marketing, engineering and programming teams that will all help the club on its way to the BEST Robotics competition Oct. 18. This year’s game is “Blade Runner” – an exercise in building wind turbines while avoiding common farm obstacles, like prairie chickens.

In the actual competition, the robot will have to move along a set path through a simulated farm to avoid obstacles the judges put in its way.

The Bridgeport club will be competing against 22 other teams in the “Heart of Texas Hub,” one of 20 “regions” in Texas. They will enter the marketing, documentation, exhibit and interview and spirit and sportsmanship categories. The winner goes on to the regional competition at UT Dallas.

More than 11,000 students compete each year, according to Best’s website.

Highlander said his engineers are an interesting bunch to work with.

“They’re an eclectic team with all sorts of traits,” he said. “Academically, some are on top, some aren’t on top, but they all contribute different things to the project.”

Building Success

BUILDING SUCCESS – Gus White, Kyle Baker and Lance Coe examine the Bridgeport Robotics Club’s robot last Thursday. The team will compete against other North Texas robotics teams Oct. 18 in the Texas BEST competition. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Every day after school, in room 104, the dozen or so members of the club work in organized chaos – a robot here, a programmed calculator on wheels there, laptops everywhere. The team sometimes stays until 6, tweaking their robot.

Freshman Timmy Tamplen is responsible for marketing the club, which includes everything from helping build product logos to designing merchandise to sell to potential shareholders. Yes, they sell shares just like any other company ($5 a share) and will begin bringing in money once the school board approves.

“Right now, we’ve got wristbands, lanyards, stress balls, buttons, customized playing cards and koozies,” Tamplen said. “We’ve been pledging those going door-to-door, and we’ll deliver them once we get our stocks approved.”

That money will go to fund other ventures like a 3D printer, junior Lance Coe said.

“I also want to get them involved in other stuff, like computer assisted design [CAD] and things like that,” Highlander said.

Coe is on the marketing team with Tamplen, along with Keaton Harvester and junior Zane Brown.

Other team members include sophomore Nathaniel Strother, who documents every engineering move; senior Kyle Baker, who helps program the robot; junior Gus White, who helped design the robot’s wheels and forklift; and sophomore Kellen McCauley, who helps out where ever he can.

And then there’s 11-year-old Elizabeth Highlander – the head programmer. She’s Stuart Highlander’s daughter and said she has no problem working with a bunch of boys who are older than her.

“It doesn’t really bother me that I’m the youngest, since I rarely come to the meetings anyway,” she said. “I’ve been doing robotics stuff since I was 2.”

It’s clear that other members don’t mind having her around. Most of the students defer to her on important decisions.

“She’s technically the most experienced of all of us,” Coe said.

Principal Sturdivant gave Elizabeth permission to help out. The McCarroll Middle School sixth grader helped program a game for the Bridgeport club that simulates what the competition will be like in real life.

Highlander said while his daughter was the only girl in the room on the day of the Messenger interview, some of the best work the club has done in the past has been done by female students.

“The best machine we’ve ever built was made by two girls a couple of years ago,” Highlander said.

Highlander said the robotics club and encourages students to pursue what they’re good at.

“It gives kids like her an avenue to be the star and to be the problem-solver,” Highlander said. “We don’t want to coddle these kids, and that’s the great thing about this competition. It’s entirely student-run. They don’t want me making parts or building the robot. Each decision is made by the kids, and nine times out of 10, they’re right.”

That type of learning environment means that often, the students themselves become the teachers. If one displays a skill the others don’t have, for instance, that student might end up teaching the rest of the group for two weeks on how to build or program something. It’s a setup that mirrors real life, Highlander said.

“It’s a great thing for these kids because it teaches them that there are direct consequences to their actions out there on the competition floor,” he said. “What we always try to tell them is to fail well, and to fail often, and that success is often only one step away from failure.”

Many students got involved in the club after recognizing an interest in STEM subjects early on.

Baker, who helps program the robot’s forklift, said he became interested in programming during his freshman year, when he learned he could hack his school-issued Mac computer.

“Once I figured that out, I got more involved in the programming side of things, and here I am,” Baker said.

Others are hoping to use the club as experience for their future careers.

“I like working with robots because it helps me with what I want to do – I want to be a Navy pilot,” McCauley said.

It’s a long way from Silicon Valley, but it’s entirely possible some of these students will end up there someday.

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Bridgeport ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/bridgeport-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/bridgeport-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:43:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81519 Elementary School
ANGELICA ROSE GRUBE

Angelica Rose Grube

Grade: 2nd
Parents: Absalom Grube and Dawn Weyand

Favorite subject: Reading

Activities: Drawing, coloring, playing with her fuzzball and playing with her brother, Vincent

Why this student was chosen: “Angelica Rose is kind, helpful and willing to do whatever you ask of her. She is very responsible and always has a smile on her face.” – Principal Martha Bock

Intermediate School
BROOKLYN TUCKER

Brooklyn Tucker

Grade: 5th
Mother: Sylvia Longoria

Favorite subject: Science

Activities: Cooking and roller skating

Why this student was chosen: “Brooklyn is helpful in all areas of the campus, always smiling and courteous. She’s dedicated to learning in and out of the classroom. She speaks English, Spanish and Italian and is passionate about cooking. She is a friend to all students and always tries to look on the bright side of life.” – Principal Jared Laaser

Middle School
MADISON ANDREASEN

Madison Andreasen

Grade: 8th
Parents: Jennifer Bynum, Ronald Andreasen

Favorite subject: English

Activities: Maroon Band, art, “Buddy” for Wise County Special Needs Baseball, student trainer for boys’ athletics, works in technology for her church (Crossroads in Decatur)

Why this student was chosen: “Madison excels in advanced classes and plays clarinet for the band. However, Madison is truly special for her sweet spirit and the quality of her character. She enthusiastically donates her time to serving special needs students and adults through her role as a buddy for Wise County Special Needs Baseball. She is also genuinely kind to her peers and classmates.” – Principal Travis Whisenant

High School
VANESSA ROJAS

Vanessa Rojas

Grade: 12th
Parents: Antonio and Isabel Rojas

Favorite subject: Pre-Calculus

Activities: Spending time with friends and family, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, student council

Why this student was chosen: “Vanessa is one of those students that everybody likes and respects. She approaches everything she does with a smile and positive attitude. She is a natural leader and a role model for all students. Vanessa is a hard worker in the classroom.” – Principal Jaime Sturdivant

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-october-1-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:40:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81513 ALVORD

HOMECOMING – Alvord High School homecoming is Oct. 10-11. The parade is Friday at 4 through downtown Alvord, ending with a pep rally. The Bulldogs will face Trenton in the homecoming game, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Saturday activities open at 9 a.m. at the high school with registration and a continental breakfast, and a barbecue lunch at noon. Tickets for lunch are $10 and must be purchased by Oct. 4. They are available at Legend Bank in Alvord or by mailing a check to the Alvord Ex-Students Association, c/o Sheila Yale, 4798 CR 2690, Alvord, TX 76225.

FLU CLINIC – Alvord ISD will offer flu shots for parents and students Friday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the AHS cafeteria. Adult shots are $23, students (4-18 years old) are $12. A parent must be present. Flue mist is also available. B-12 shots are also offered for $15, and B-12 complex is $17. Cash or check only.

BOYD

POETRY NIGHT – Boyd Intermediate and Middle schools will host a Coffee House Poetry Night 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the cafeteria. Admission is $1, and coffee, hot chocolate and hot tea will be sold for $1 each. Fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students will read their poetry.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Boyd Elementary School Fall Fest is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3.

FLU SHOTS – Boyd ISD will partner with The Boyd Medicine Store to host Flu Shot Clinics 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 7, at the middle school; Oct. 14 at the elementary school and Oct. 21 at the high school.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY – There will be no school Monday, Oct. 13, in observance of Columbus Day.

UIL ACADEMICS – An information meeting for parents of students interested in UIL Academics is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the elementary school cafeteria.

READING NIGHT – Boyd Elementary will host the Title I annual parent meeting and reading night 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

DECATUR

SCHOOL CARNIVAL – Carson Elementary School is hosting its annual carnival 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the school. There will be free games and prizes, bounce houses, food, a cake walk and more. All community members are welcome. Interested vendors should email Mac Lowe, macandcody@ymail.com.

CHEER CAMP – DHS Mini Cheer Camp is 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7-9 at the high school cafeteria. The camp is for kids age 3 through sixth grade. Cost is $50, which includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Campers will cheer with the varsity squad and Regal Eagle at the pep rally and the tunnel run-through and first quarter of the football game Friday, Oct. 10. Sign-up forms are available at all campuses. Contact Kanetha Hicks, 940-393-7241, kanetha.hicks@decatur.esc11.net.

PARADISE

NEW PLAYGROUND – The Paradise Intermediate School has secured a $15,000 grant to update its playground, along with an additional $11,000 in donations. It is still more than $23,000 shy of the $50,000 goal. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/e65mis.

BAND COMPETITION – The Paradise High School band will march in the Golden Triangle Marching Classic 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Denton.

PSAT – All PHS Juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The test will be held in the high school cafeteria.

SPECIAL VISIT – Award-winning children’s authors Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel will be visit Paradise Intermediate and Elementary schools on Monday, Nov. 17. For information, go to www.pisd.net/pisd/elemen/library/authorvisit2.pdf.

NORTHWEST

CRAFT VENDORS – Vendors are needed for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. Booths – which include one chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi – are $75 for 10×10 or $140 for 10×20. Additional items are $10 for electricity, $10 for tables and $5 for chairs. Applications are due Oct. 10. Contact Casci Land, 817-336-6565; Tanda Dovel, 817-996-1790; Suzanne May, 817-897-5303; or Deborah Christenson, 817-726-1075.

EARLY DISMISSAL – Northwest ISD campuses will dismiss early on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 10. Elementary schools will release at 12:15, middle schools at 2, and high schools at 1:15.

DISTRICT OFFERS ACT – Northwest ISD offered the ACT for high school seniors at no cost Tuesday. A makeup test will be offered Oct. 14 for students that could not attend school Tuesday.

SLIDELL

GT NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program Oct. 6-24. Nominations forms are available in the elementary and secondary offices. Call Melissa Fitzgerald, 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

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Volleyball: Lady Eagles keep district streak rolling http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-lady-eagles-keep-district-streak-rolling/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/volleyball-lady-eagles-keep-district-streak-rolling/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:28:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81511 The Decatur Lady Eagles started District 8-4A play in the same fashion as they have the past five years – winning.

The Lady Eagles (23-10, 1-0) needed only 49 minutes to close out Lake Worth in three games, 25-6, 25-10, 25-10.

Decatur stretched a district winning streak that dates back to October 2008 to 51 straight matches. The program has won 119 straight sets. Decatur seniors were in seventh grade the last time the Lady Eagles lost a set in league play – against Bridgeport in October 2009.

Against Lake Worth, they dominated at the net. Decatur put down 32 kills in the possible 75 points. The Lady Eagles hit .388 for the match.

Caroline Lowery finished with 10 kills. Cooper Martin and Makayla Mayfield finished with six kills apiece.

Stormi Leonard handed out 24 assists.

Leonard also made a team-high 11 digs. Maclaine and Caroline Lowery dug nine shots each.

At the service line, sophomore middle blocker Courtnie Roberts recorded 10 aces.

Decatur took on Mansfield Legacy in a non-district match Tuesday. The Lady Eagles return to league action Friday at home against Castleberry.

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Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-fast-start-freshmen-add-strength-to-lady-eagles/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-fast-start-freshmen-add-strength-to-lady-eagles/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:28:09 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81509 Pictures and newspaper clippings of past state cross country champions cover the walls of Decatur coach David Park’s classroom.

“One of my goals is to have a picture on the wall,” said Decatur freshman Taylor Butler.

FRESH STEPS – Decatur freshmen Elizabeth Culpepper and Taylor Butler are off to fast starts with the Lady Eagles. The first-year duo has finished in the top four for Decatur at every meet. They look to continue their fast start at the Reunion Run Saturday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Butler and fellow freshman Elizabeth Culpepper hope to reserve their spot on the wall later this fall with a Decatur Lady Eagles team hungry to reach the top of the medal stand in Round Rock. Decatur finished second last year.

But the two youngest members of the squad are not just along for the ride. The freshmen have consistently been among the Lady Eagles’ top five runners this season. They will run in their first Reunion Run at Decatur’s Joe Wheeler Park Saturday, racing in the 4A-and-under two-mile at 9:40 a.m.

Park said the two freshman are also just starting to scratch the surface of their potential.

“They’ve got an opportunity to be really good, and I don’t think they know it,” Park said.

“They have an incredible work ethic, and they listen to the older girls. They’ve bought into what the older girls are selling. They are tired of being second and third on the award stand.”

The latter they credit for their early season success.

“They’ve really helped us,” Culpepper said. “Our captains Jessi [Kyle], Nancy [Torres] and Nicole [Neighbors] have really supported and helped us. They give us tips and advice.”

A lot of their questions are about courses that the veteran runners know that the two freshmen are tackling for the first time.

“We ask if this is a bad course,” Culpepper said. “They always say, ‘Trust your train.’”

The first-year high school runners add that there are some benefits to running a course for the first time.

“You don’t know what you are getting into, so there’s nothing to dread,” Culpepper said.

So far, the two freshmen have handled their nerves in the big races. Both claim the most nerve-racking event was the beginning-of-the-season time trial.

Butler ran 13:12 in the two-mile trial, and Culpepper 13:13 to finish fourth and fifth and land varsity spots.

The two have improved steadily throughout the season. From their first 5K to their second, Butler shaved 11 seconds and Culpepper 14.

They both broke 13 minutes for the first time at the Sanger Invitational in the two-mile. Butler ran a 12:55, and Culpepper 12:59.

“[Before Sanger] I asked them when was the last time they’ve been in the 12s,” Park said. “They said never. I told them they were going to do it Saturday and they did.”

Park said he’s tried to bring along the freshmen slowly.

“The worst thing for a freshman is for them to go out, crash and burn,” he explained. “Now they are fit and know the worst thing that can happen is not too bad.”

As Decatur nears the championship portion of the season, starting with the 8-4A meet Oct. 23, the freshmen want to hold up their end and not let their teammates down.

“You don’t want to be the last person,” Butler said.

They also know the legacy of Decatur cross country will be theirs to carry forward after this year. It’s their duty to add more pictures to the wall.

“We’ll have big shoes to fill,” Culpepper said.

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Football: Northwest takes on defending champs http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-northwest-takes-on-defending-champs/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-northwest-takes-on-defending-champs/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:27:14 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81506 After facing the explosive offense from Keller Fossil Ridge in the District 5-6A opener, the Northwest Texans’ task gets no easier this week against Denton Guyer.

The Texans welcome last year’s 4A Division I champions to Northwest ISD Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

All Out Effort

ALL-OUT EFFORT – Northwest’s Savion James rushes in to attempt to block a kick against Fossil Ridge. James and the Texans face Denton Guyer at home Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“We knew going in that it would be tough,” said Northwest coach Bill Poe. “We have to be ready for the challenge.”

Northwest (2-2, 0-1) has dropped two straight, including a 52-42 loss last week against Fossil Ridge. The Texans never found an answer for the Panthers’ potent offense, allowing 597 yards, including 397 rushing.

“The biggest thing was just tackling,” Poe said. “When we had an opportunity to make a tackle, we didn’t. If you don’t tackle well and you don’t win the turnover battle, it’s tough to win.”

Offensively, the Texans had a strong night aside from the two turnovers, running for 122 yards and throwing for another 302.

Receiver Emmanual Moore caught 11 passes for 221 yards and five touchdowns.

“We want to be balanced,” Poe said. “We were clicking and in rhythm most of the night. The kids responded from the previous game and we made some good progress. Jesse [Drummer] was making good throws down field, and Emmanual did a phenomenal job catching and running hard after making the catch.”

The Texans will need to be better on both sides of the ball to keep up with Guyer. The Wildcats have won three straight since their season-opening loss to Allen, 55-41. Last week, Guyer beat Keller 40-33.

“They are a very explosive team. They are very good especially at running the football,” Poe said. “They run a variety of formations.”

Shawn Robinson, who has taken over at quarterback for University of Texas freshman Jerrod Heard, leads the Wildcats in rushing and passing. He’s rushed for 551 yards and thrown for 686 and seven scores.

“He’s done a fantastic job manning their offense,” Poe said.

Anthony Taylor has added 377 yards rushing. Alex Honey and Adam Scott have caught 13 passes each.

DENTON GUYER (3-1, 1-0) AT NORTHWEST (2-2, 0-1)

7 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium

Denton Guyer: Harris Rating 250

Notable: Shawn Robinson leads the Wildcats in rushing and passing this season.

Northwest: Harris Rating 225

Notable: Emmanual Moore caught 5 TDs and 11 passes for 221 yards last week.

Harris line: Guyer by 21

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Cross Country: Boyd takes top spots in Jacksboro http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-boyd-takes-top-spots-in-jacksboro/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-boyd-takes-top-spots-in-jacksboro/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:26:23 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81503 The Boyd Yellowjackets cross country team won the Jacksboro Meet Saturday, taking four of the top five spots.

Marco Martinez won the three-mile race. Nathan Martinez took second.

Winning Form

WINNING FORM – The Boyd Yellowjackets won the team title at the Jacksboro meet Saturday. Submitted photo

Aaron Hammett finished third and Cameron Hammett fourth.

Tanner White was seventh as the fifth Boyd runner.

Corban McDonald took 14th, Aaron Roberts-Wright 19th and Keaton Ford 21st.

“It was a tremendous effort by all the Yellowjackets,” said Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez.

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Cross Country: Adams brings home 3rd in Denton http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-adams-brings-home-3rd-in-denton/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-adams-brings-home-3rd-in-denton/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:25:28 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81500 Cassidy Adams brought home third place Saturday for the Lady Texans in the girls elite race at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton.

Adams completed the 5K course in 19:19. Keller’s Meghan Lloyd won the race in 19:01.

Adams led Northwest to a fifth-place finish with 95 points. Keller won the meet with 35.

Baylee Nelson took 15th in 20:23. Emma Frandsen ran 20:33 for 21st. Rebekah Christman was 34th in 21:19. Kylee Durham finished as the Lady Texans’ fifth runner in 21:25 for 36th.

Robyn Day was 39th in 21:28, Micah Solomon 43rd in 21:32, and Lindsay Klasek 57th in 22:16.

The Northwest Texans finished fifth with 167 points in the elite boys race. Keller Timber Creek won the meet with 44 points.

Jacob Suchors took tenth in 16:31. Trevor Bohr ran 16:42 for 13th. David Flanagin came in 32nd in 17:31. Jared O’Connor was 60th in 18:14. Ismael Munoz finished as the Texans’ fifth runner in 18:33 for 68th.

Alex Martinez was 85th in 18:59, Colton Kelly 88th in 19:01, Austyn Bazet 95th in 19:15, and Jackson Miller 96th in 19:18.

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Cross Country: Bulls’ Aguillar wins race in Poolville http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-bulls-aguillar-wins-race-in-poolville/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-bulls-aguillar-wins-race-in-poolville/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:24:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=81498 Bridgeport’s Eric Aguillar jumped out to an early lead and held on for the entire race last week at Poolville.

Aguillar ran a 17:20 to win the three-mile event.

“It was very exciting to watch Eric start in first place and remain in first place for three miles,” said Bridgeport coach Dayna Hudson. “He ran strong and smart throughout the course. It was a well-deserved first-place medal.”

Bridgeport finished third as a team.

Salvador Garcia took seventh in 18:24. Manual Garcia was 19th in 18:59. Kellen McCauley came in 44th in 20:24. Jose Ramirez ran 20:37 for 46th.

The Bridgeport Sissies finished second.

“The girls did a great job running a new course that none of us had ever seen before,” Hudson said. “The girls rose to the occasion again, beating every team except for Paradise.”

Diana Garcia finished seventh in 13:30. Liz Wiedemann took 18th in 14:09. Jordyn Armstrong ran 14:36 for 26th. Sheridan Shallene was 29th in 14:45. Naomi Baca garnered 32nd in 14:48 and Shelby Preston 46th in 15:39.

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