WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:53:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Suspect flees, officers swarm Chico http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/suspect-flees-officers-swarm-chico/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/suspect-flees-officers-swarm-chico/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:46:40 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82288 Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies were combing the city of Chico Tuesday  after a suspect escaped about 4 p.m. Brian King, 32, of Alvord jumped from his vehicle and ran from officers when they attempted to stop him on Hickory Street. King has been arrested numerous times in Wise County and currently has a felony warrant out of Montague County for possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff David Walker said King is not believed to be dangerous. As of 5:30 p.m. he had not been apprehended. Walker said officers first spotted King in Sunset. They recognized him and knowing there was a warrant for his arrest, they began following him in an unmarked car. He drove to Chico at which time a marked unit was called to the scene to make the stop. When the marked car attempted to stop King, he jumped from his vehicle, leaving it in gear, and it rolled into the officer’s car. Walker said when King is apprehended, he will face additional charges, including evading arrest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man arrested for arson, assault http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/man-arrested-for-arson-assault/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/man-arrested-for-arson-assault/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:34:55 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82256 A Decatur man was arrested Wednesday morning on felony charges stemming from a trailer fire Oct. 4.

Johnny Leon Moore III

Johnny Leon Moore III, 45, of Decatur was arrested by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office fugitive apprehension unit in connection with the fire at 3222 N. U.S. 81/287, according to the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Moore was charged with arson causing bodily injury, a first degree felony, and aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. He remains in the Wise County Jail with a $100,000 bond for each charge.

Patricia K. Woods, 40, suffered burns on her lower extremities in the fire, and remains hospitalized at Parkland in Dallas.

Woods and Moore were purchasing the trailer from the owner of Brushy Creek RV Park, off U.S. 81/287 just behind the roadside rest area northwest of Decatur. They had lived there about three weeks.

After the fire broke out, Moore reportedly took Woods in a private vehicle to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, where she was treated and later transferred by helicopter to Parkland.

The Decatur Fire Department was called at 11:18 a.m. the day of the fire, and when they arrived at the location, the RV was fully engulfed. They extinguished the fire and stayed on the scene until 1:25 p.m. – but the RV and contents were a total loss.

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Early voting opens Monday http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-opens-monday/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-opens-monday/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:34:00 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82253 Come Jan. 1, 2015, Texas will have a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner.

It all starts Monday, when early voting opens statewide.

There’s much more on this year’s ballot: seats in the Texas and U.S. House and Senate, a host of judgeships, even Paradise school board posts.

Wise County will elect a slate of local officeholders too. District and county judge and clerk positions, a county court-at-law judge, county treasurer and two commissioners’ posts are on the ballot along with four justice of the peace jobs.

And voters statewide will give their yea or nay to a constitutional amendment providing additional money from the state’s surplus to the state highway fund.

Early voting is available at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall beginning at 8 Monday morning. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of those locations.

Hours for early voting, which runs through Oct. 31, are:

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 24
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Decatur City Hall
  • noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Decatur City Hall
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at precinct polling locations throughout the county.

The most recent Appeals Court decision restored the state’s Voter ID law, meaning those wishing to cast a ballot will need to bring a photo ID with them to the polling place, along with their voter registration card.

There are seven forms of acceptable ID:

  • Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

Voters who don’t have an ID when they show up at the polling place will be issued a provisional ballot, which can become official if they return with an ID within a given number of days.

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Rodeo legend to speak at Chamber luncheon http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rodeo-legend-to-speak-at-chamber-luncheon/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rodeo-legend-to-speak-at-chamber-luncheon/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:33:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82251 It’s a voice of an old friend – a voice of strong values, gentle humor and quiet wisdom.

Bob Tallman is much more than a rodeo announcer. He’s the guy who knows the back-stories on the cowboys out there in the arena, bucking and roping and wrestling – because he knew their dads and granddads.

He’s the eloquent spokesman for the cowboy way, patriotism and faith and a strong work ethic.

Golden Voice

GOLDEN VOICE – Rodeo legend Bob Tallman said he’s excited about coming to see his friends in Decatur Oct. 28, when he will be the featured speaker for a Chamber luncheon at the Civic Center. Submitted photo

He’s been in 11 movies, announced more National Finals Rodeos than anyone else and has been voted the PRCA’s Announcer of the Year eight times. He’s in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

And he’s coming to Decatur Oct. 28 to speak at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Decatur’s Trevor Brazile, 11-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy, will introduce his longtime friend at the luncheon, which will be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Luncheon reservations at $12 per person can be made by calling the Chamber office at 940-627-3107.

Carey Williams, sales manager for James Wood Autos in Decatur, got the idea to bring Tallman here when he sat near him at last year’s Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo.

“As president of the North Texas Chevy Dealers, we got to sit in the president’s box, right beside the announcer above the bucking chutes,” Williams said. “To watch Bob work a rodeo – it’s a production. He’s got three computer screens in front of him and a guy helping him, so he can see who’s coming up and make comments about the guy who’s fixing to ride or rope.”

Williams said with all of Decatur’s rodeo ties, he felt Tallman would be a natural for a local speaking gig. He asked the stock show president if he thought Tallman would come and got an immediate positive response.

“I think he’ll be very interesting to listen to,” Williams said. “He’s got a very strong faith, which fits well with our community, and he understands community.

“Getting Trevor to come introduce him – that’s kind of a fun twist because he’s usually introducting Trevor.”

Williams said Tallman, a businessman and entrepreneur himself, will be able to relate to the business crowd at the Chamber lunch.

“Bob’s got a couple of businesses,” he said. “I thought it would be something everyone coming to that luncheon would enjoy.”

Tallman’s voice is heard by more than 60 million people across the U.S. and Canada each year – not only announcing some of the biggest rodeos in the world, but also recording commercials, narrating movie segments, emceeing charity events and commentating on a variety of sports programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Network, Fox Sports, ABC, TNN and ESPN.

In addition to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Tallman’s itinerary includes the Texas Stampede in Dallas, the Reno Rodeo, the Red Bluff Round Up and Canada’s legendary Calgary Stampede.

But his greatest honor, he says, is getting to use what he calls his “priceless gift from God” to touch lives with a message of hope and faith. A rancher, he has found that “planting seeds for the Lord” has a greater return.

In 2000, he launched Bob Tallman’s Charities, hosting an annual golf tournament in Houston to “Give a Child Another Day of Life” – benefiting the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital. A portion of the sales from his Texas Style Seasoning business are also donated to the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson.

Williams hopes the Civic Center’s Great Hall will be packed for the luncheon.

“The way I see these luncheons,” he said, “if it’s an interesting program that people get something out of, it’ll bring them back to the next one. Not only that – if they can just pick up one or two ideas they can take back, it can have a positive impact on their business or their life.”

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

The Great Pumpkin

THE GREAT PUMPKIN – Piles of pumpkins can be found at farmer’s markets, produce stands and grocery stores around the county. Some families transform them into jack-o-lanterns, while others choose to enjoy their natural beauty. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

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 will also be 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.


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.


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.

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 – Gover-nor’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.

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

BOYD ISD – The Boyd School Board meets 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to discuss approving a Boyd High School field trip to the FFA National Convention in Louisville Kentucky as well as construction plans for a show animal project facility. The board will also consider softball field renovations.


LICENSING LIQUOR – The Bridgeport City Council will discuss adding alcohol beverage licenses and fees to the city’s code of ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night. It will also discuss fiscal year 2013-14 budget adjustments; award a city landscaping bid to either All Wise Garden Butch Haas, or Cut and Grow; and consider a proposal for a real estate broker to sell Rutherford Ranch. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. and is open to the public.

SOCCER, ANYONE? – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss adding a soccer program to the high school at its meeting Monday night. The board will also hear reports on the dual-language program and the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) score. It will also continue earlier discussions about possible facility renovations. These include Bull Memorial Stadium and baseball dugout renovations, as well as the building of an agriculture science barn. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.


PARADISE COUNCIL – The Paradise City Council meets 6 p.m. Monday to discuss street closures for the Jingle Run and a church-sponsored autumn event. The council will also decide whether or not to purchase a building and discuss road repair and the Wise County Appraisal District’s contract for billing and collection services.

PISD MEETING – The Paradise School Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to set a date to canvass the Nov. 4 election results and for the employee appreciation dinner. The board will also consider the district’s contract with Wise County Appraisal District for collections.

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Rockets to the Rescue; Elementary students employ problem-solving, design skills http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rockets-to-the-rescue-elementary-students-employ-problem-solving-design-skills/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/rockets-to-the-rescue-elementary-students-employ-problem-solving-design-skills/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:30:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82243 It’s not rocket science.

Or is it?

Students in Decatur ISD’s advanced academics classes designed and built their own rockets last week as part of the seventh annual 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day.

Launching Consultation

LAUNCHING CONSULTATION – Carson Elementary fifth graders Jacob Lowrie and Carson Wicker work together to launch the rocket they designed and built last week in advanced academics class. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The program – Rockets to the Rescue – was taught in classrooms across the country, and Chrissy Karrer, Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agent for 4-H and youth development, and Andrea Calabretta, 4-H program assistant, presented the program locally.

The intent is to show students how aerospace engineering can be used to solve real-world problems. Advanced academics teacher Danielle Scroggins said students used STEM (science, technology engineering and math) skills to problem-solve their way through a rocket design and then were allowed to test that design.

Fifth graders at Rann and Carson elementaries, and fourth and fifth graders at Young Elementary, participated in the program and were given this challege: “Design a rocket propulsion system to launch and deliver a payload of food to a small island in the Pacific Ocean that was devastated by a storm and cut off from all food deliveries.”

The students were told that the inhabitants of the island were close to starvation, and ships with food were still several days away. Airplanes couldn’t land because runways were destroyed, and helicopters were not a viable option.

Instructions said the rockets should be able to deliver food intact and fresh, so the people could survive until normal transportation methods were restored.

Students were put in groups and given a rocket-building kit that included card stock, paper, rubber bands, a grocery bag, string, cotton balls, a rubber cork, straws, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, packing tape, scissors and 12 inches of half-inch PVC pipe.

They had to use these items to build a rocket that would safely transport four raisins to the designated landing zone marked by hula hoops.

“The kids loved it!” Scroggins said. “They learned when disaster strikes you have to get food to people. The design process – designing it and then testing it – it was really fun.”

Students first sketched a design and had it approved before building it, then moved on to the testing stage. Scroggins worked with the kids in the classroom, while Karrer did the bulk of the presentation, then tested the rockets outdoors with the students.

“I told them, ‘You want your food to get there and look like the food it’s supposed to be,'” said Scroggins.

“You don’t want it to fall out,” Karrer added.

“Or get smooshed,” Scroggins said with a laugh.

After the students launched the rockets, they evaluated the result and went back inside to make adjustments and try again.

It was a hands-on lesson in problem-solving, and Scroggins said students were to re-evaluate the results this week and reflect on their work.

4-H National Youth Science Day was Oct. 8, and it’s the rallying event for year-round 4-H science programming. For information on local 4-H clubs, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

To learn more about the work of Decatur’s advanced academics classes, follow them on Twitter @DecaturISDGT.

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Transportation planner touts 287 corridor; Says Texas needs to do more to boost Gulf shipping http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/transportation-planner-touts-287-corridor-says-texas-needs-to-do-more-to-boost-gulf-shipping/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/transportation-planner-touts-287-corridor-says-texas-needs-to-do-more-to-boost-gulf-shipping/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:28:51 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82240 In the world of transportation and infrastructure planning, David Dean is a pretty heavy hitter.

And he’s a fan of Decatur.

David Dean

Dean, who served as general counsel to two Texas governors and as Secretary of State from 1981-1983, is president of Dean International Inc., a public policy consulting firm. He’s one of the driving forces behind TEX-21, a 12-year-old grassroots coalition working to find comprehensive solutions to the transportation challenges facing Texas.

Decatur and Wise County are among the roughly 75 public and private entities which are members of the coalition.

“We appreciate the leadership of Decatur and Wise County in this coalition,” Dean said Wednesday, speaking to the Decatur Lions’ Club. “They’ve been able to wave the Wise County flag in Austin and Washington, D.C. and because of that many, many people in the executive and legislative branches of government understand who you are, your business base and what your needs are, better than ever before.”

Dean said the U.S. 287 corridor has long been a vital part of the nation’s transportation system. In fact, a coalition was formed in 1913 – before there was a U.S. highway system – to promote the corridor as a major trade and tourism route from the Texas Gulf Coast to the north and west.

“Over 100 years ago they were trying to create a corridor that would eventually become U.S. Highway 287 – and they were very successful,” he said. “Highway 287 became one of the major north-east-south-west corridors connecting the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, up through what’s now called the Metroplex to Amarillo, Colorado and north.”

BEAUMONT TO YELLOWSTONE – A 1950s-era flyer touts the attractions along U.S. 287, promoting it as a trade and tourist artery from the Texas Gulf Coast to the scenic west. Submitted photo

That group ceased to exist in the 1960s after it was unsuccessful in getting 287 designated an interstate highway. TEX-21 is its successor.

“We’re basically trying to resurrect what our predecessors created,” Dean said. “To get people to think about what’s 50 miles down the road this way and what’s 50 miles down the road that way.”


Dean said the state’s current model of building and maintaining roads with the tax on gasoline is “not sustainable.” He urged his audience to vote in favor of Prop. 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot, using some oil and gas revenue from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to bolster highway maintenance projects.

Solutions like that are a necessity, he said, in a state and nation that have become “tax-averse.”

He referenced President George Bush the elder’s comment, “Read my lips: no new taxes” – later withdrawn as taxes were raised – which likely cost him re-election to the White House.

“‘No new taxes’ has become the settled public policy of national, state, regional and local governments,” Dean said. “There’s no part of the country that embraces a tax-and-spend policy.

“That’s a good thing, but it’s also a challenging thing for a state like Texas that is still growing.”

He noted that the Texas of his boyhood had 9 million residents and was the third most populous state in the U.S.

“I remember going on house calls with my dad [a pediatrician] in the evening, driving from Dallas to Fort Worth and Dad telling me, ‘One day, son, this is all going to be one big metropolis,’ as we passed a dairy farm,” he laughed. “Well, that’s exactly what it is today.

“And I’m here to tell you that one of these days – and many of us will still be living – Decatur’s going to be a part of that metropolitan area and so will all of Wise County. It’s coming, just like the tide, and you can’t stop it.”

He noted that in the 40 years from 1960 to 2000, Texas grew from 9 million to 20 million and passed New York as the second most populous state. Since 2000, Texas’ population has increased by 25 percent, jumping from 20 million to 25 million.

And, he said, within a 60-mile radius of DFW Airport – which encompasses virtually all of Wise County – in 2000 there were 6 million people. Today that number is seven-and-a-half million.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is, in fact, the largest inland population center – not on a coast or a waterway – in the U.S., and the fastest-growing metropolitan area over 3 million people in the U.S.

“About 1,500 people a day are moving into Texas,” Dean said. “Add in 1,100 babies a day. I know a few die and a few leave, but by and large people are getting here as quickly as they can, and they’re staying.

“They’re coming to Texas because they want what we’ve got – quality of life, low taxes, minimal regulation on businesses and generally corruption-free government. That’s the modern miracle of Texas.”

And while all those things are good, he said, Texas has not done a particularly good job of providing the infrastructure needed to accommodate the growing population.

“I’m focusing on transportation, but you could talk about water, criminal justice, higher education, public education,” he said. “If you’ve got a state that’s averse to raising taxes, then eventually there’s going to be major, major tension when it comes to providing essential services in a growing population area.”


He shifted the focus to the Panama Canal, which should complete a deepending and widening project in 2016. That will allow huge container ships to transit to the Gulf coast and eastern seaboard.

The use of Texas ports could amplify the importance of 287 in carrying goods from the coast inland.

“Much of what you see coming eastbound on BNSF and UP trains arrived in Long Beach four or five days earlier,” he said. “It’s coming to Alliance Airport or one of the other intermodal centers to be redistributed throughout the country.”

He said U.S. 287, from Beaumont/Port Arthur, is the “sleeper corridor” as far as getting products distributed into the United States and from the metroplex throughout the world.

“There’s going to be a massive shift,” he said. “Those ships coming from all over Asia bringing products to be consumed in the U.S. are not going to have to stop at LA/Long Beach, Oakland or Seattle/Tacoma. They’re going to be able to come south through the Panama Canal, through the canal, and access the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic seaboard.”

One modern container ship, he said, carrying 14,000 containers, is enough to fill 35 trains a mile-and-a-half long, double-stacked.

He said the cost to move one container one mile by water is about 10 cents. By train, it’s about $2 and by truck it’s about $4.

“Economics drives everything,” he said. “The closer you can get your product to the customer by water, the lower the cost is going to be.”

Texas has 16 seaports along 350 miles of coastline, he said, but not one that can accommodate the new cargo ships. And, he added, no one is working to deepen their port to do so.

“These ships are just like trucks,” he said. “They want to fill it back up. That’s 35 trains to unload it and 35 trains to reload it. We’re talking about massive, massive, massive economic development for those ports.

“We’ve got the possibility in Texas, if we get our transportation policy right, to make this happen. We need to wake up and do the things we need to do to diversify our economy and create jobs for all these people who are moving here.”

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Meet PISD’s school board candidates http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meet-pisds-school-board-candidates/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/meet-pisds-school-board-candidates/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:27:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82236 Three spots on the Paradise ISD school board will go before the voters Nov. 4. The at-large seats are 3, 4, and 5.

Rusty Ford is unopposed for place 5, but places 3 and 4 are up for grabs.

Incumbent Kevin Howerton is challenged by Vann Wakefield for place 3, and Jim Taylor faces off against place 4 incumbent Carrie Preather.

Short biographies of the candidates, and their responses to questions concerning the challenges facing Paradise ISD’s school board, follow.


Kevin Howerton (incumbent)

Age: 51

Howerton has lived in Wise County for 51 years, the last 10 in Paradise, where he currently resides.

Howerton has been married for 25 years to his wife Celina. They have three daughters: Ally, 21, Rylee, 18 and Kaycie, 16.

His wife taught at PISD for 15 years, and he has many friends who teach in the district. He said he wants to serve to help keep the school going forward now that it’s back on track.

“The uphill climb now is state funding,” Howerton said. “A large number of schools like PISD have lost a considerable amount of funds from the state. It will take a strong effort from all the districts to get their voices heard. The board’s role should be to evaluate and support the Superintendent’s plans as they discover and move forward.”

Despite multiple attempts to contact challenger Vann Wakefield, there was no response as of press time.


Carrie Cleveland Preather (incumbent)

Age: 40

Preather has lived in the area for 40 years and resides in Paradise.

She is married to Larry Preather and has two children, Cash and Jett Preather, both active at PISD in academics and extracurricular activities. She said her children are looking forward to completing their senior year next spring.

Preather said It has been a pleasure to watch her children thrive at PISD over the last 12 years. She believes their time at Paradise has prepared them to be active, responsible and educated leaders in the future.

She graduated from PHS (1993) as did her parents and other family members over the years. Her mother taught in PISD for 25 years.

She said her love for Paradise is deep-rooted, and serving on the school board is her way of giving back. She said she is prepared for the issues the district is facing.

“I feel the major issue facing PISD today is the state funding cuts,” Preather said. “As a board, we work closely with our Superintendent Robert Criswell to ensure the money we receive is used wisely for the good of the children at PISD.”


Age: 60

Taylor, a Wise County resident since 1989. lives in Cottondale.

He has five grandchildren and two nieces in PISD, from pre-K to high school. In the past 20 years he has had three children and seven nieces and nephews graduate from Paradise High School. Taylor’s wife of 42 years, Patti, works for WG Financial in Bridgeport and Mann Refrigeration.

He said he wants to serve because because of his vested interest in Paradise ISD. He has previously served on the school board, so he already possesses the ability and experience to be effective.

“The major issue facing Paradise ISD is stability. In the past 18 months every administrative position from superintendent to elementary school principal and athletic director has changed personnel,” Taylor said. “The superintendent position is yet to be filled. It will be the task of the new board to provide the stability of purpose, goal, strategic and long-range planning.

“The first step is selection of a superintendent to operate under the leadership of the board. Change must be controlled and channeled to meet the 5-, 10-, 20-year goals and strategies as determined by the board. The fact of complete change in administrative staff from superintendent to elementary principal in a short period of time says the board has had to move from strategic planning to operational planning and firefighting.

“The board is the voice of the voters in determining the short and long term goals and strategies for the district.”


Early voting for the Paradise school board election will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20-24, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at three locations:

  • Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St., Decatur
  • Rhome City Hall, 105 1st., Rhome
  • Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St., Bridgeport

Early voting will also be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at Decatur City Hall only.

On election day, the polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following Paradise-area locations:

  • Precinct 22 – AgriLife Extension Building, 206 S. State, Decatur
  • Precinct 8 – Assumption Catholic Church 1305 S. Deer Park, Decatur
  • Precinct 14 – Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 6th St., Bridgeport
  • Precinct 16 – Boonsville Community Center, West on Hwy 920, Boonsville
  • Precinct 17 – First United Methodist Church, Activity Center, 301 S. Oak, Paradise
  • Precinct 20 – Cottondale Community Center, 161 CR 3571, Cottondale
  • Precinct 23 – Boyd Community Center, 420 E Morton Ave., Boyd.
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Competition is in the air … literally http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/competition-is-in-the-air-literally/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/competition-is-in-the-air-literally/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:26:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82234 Nearly a month after its creation, the Melba Doyle Disc Golf Course will see its first tourney this afternoon.

More than a dozen competitors will sling their way through the Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club’s inaugural tournament starting at 1:30 p.m.

Catch the Fever

CATCH THE FEVER – Disc golfers play through the newly created Melba Doyle Disc Golf Course. Decatur’s Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club is holding its first tournament today at 1:30 p.m. at Melba Doyle Park. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Play is free, but only club members can enter. Joining the Chasing Chains is also free and easy – just search for the club’s Facebook page by entering Decatur Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club, and ask to join. Administrators will be watching the page to add new members as quickly as possible – even just prior to tournament play.

Decatur Parks supervisor and club member Ray Petty said the competition is a “Bag tag” tourney. Basically, the golfers are vying for bragging rights in the form of numbered tags. The better a player finishes, the better the tag’s number.

Owners of the coveted low digit tags can then be challenged over the next six months by other golfers.

“The person who is challenged can pick the course and whoever wins switches tags and keeps them,” Petty said. “Then we turn all the tags back in and do another tourney. It’s something to get people interested.”

He said there are 25 tags now, and tags remaining after the tourney will be given to members on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The goal is to play up and get better numbers,” he said. “A lot of us are really new to it, and some have been playing for years. I’ve only been playing since February.

“When you play better people, you’ll get better. We hope this is just the beginning.”

Petty said the club is considering hosting a doubles tourney and a benefit tournament as interest grows.

Heath Chambers, another club member and supporter, said he believes the interest is here.

Chambers put a rack of disc golf frisbees for sale in Decatur Tire on Tuesday. He has already sold about 30.

“We’ve had a real good turnout. Everyone really wants to support it,” Chambers said. “It’s something to do, and it’s fun. It’s also free. I got into it in college because it’s cheap.”

Petty said many people have gone out and bought discs just to have fun.

“It’s a neat opportunity for a family, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 4 years old or 60 or 70 years old – you can throw a frisbee.”

Chambers said people interested in disc golf or buying a disc can call him at 940-577-0109.

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Air Evac Lifeteam dedicates new base http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/business/air-evac-lifeteam-dedicates-new-base/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/business/air-evac-lifeteam-dedicates-new-base/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:25:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82231 High winds and low clouds kept the helicopter tour off the menu at Monday’s open house for the new Decatur Air Evac Lifeteam base – but they didn’t keep the crowds from turning out to celebrate the service’s new station in Decatur.

New Base of Operations

NEW BASE OF OPERATIONS – Air Evac Lifeteam has a new headquarters on the campus of Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, providing a spot for pilots, nurses and paramedics to stay while they’re on call. A host of local dignitaries turned out to watch Program Director Lisa Ponce cut the ribbon Monday, Oct. 13. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The new Decatur base is located on the campus of Wise Regional Hospital, just a few yards from the Emergency Room entrance.

The open house, which ran from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., allowed visitors to see the pilot’s office, kitchen, day room and sleeping quarters where a pilot, nurse and paramedic are stationed and on call around the clock.

Lifeteam’s Decatur base covers Wise, Jack, Montague, Tarrant and Denton counties.

Air Evac Lifeteam is the nation’s largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider, with 115 bases in 15 states. They provide emergency medical service at accident scenes, transfer patients from rural areas to urban hospitals, and stand by at events like festivals and football games.

“Some days we have three or four flights, some days none,” said Lisa Ponce, program director for the Decatur base.

Ponce said the new base is a huge improvement over the team’s previous quarters, which were located inside the hospital.

“Wise Regional continues to grow, so we move our crew quarters to help them and to remain available to the hospital and community,” she said.

State Rep. Phil King came out for the ribbon cutting along with local dignitaries and hospital officials.

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Football: Off the chain – Randall runs for 320 yards, 5 touchdowns in Alvord victory http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-off-the-chain-randall-runs-for-320-yards-5-touchdowns-in-alvord-victory/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-off-the-chain-randall-runs-for-320-yards-5-touchdowns-in-alvord-victory/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:24:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82228 On his opening carry, Joe Randall broke free for 62 yards before being tripped up. It was one of the few times the Blue Ridge Tigers kept the Alvord senior out of the end zone.

Randall rushed for 320 yards and five touchdowns on just 19 carries in Alvord’s 42-20 victory over the Tigers at Bulldog Stadium.

Fighting Them Off

FIGHTING THEM OFF – Alvord’s Joe Randall fends off three Tiger defenders. In 19 carries, Randall scored 30 points, helping the Bulldogs to a 2-0 district record with a 42-20 win. Messenger Photo by Mack Thweatt

“My offensive line did a great job. They worked hard all week and did a fantastic job,” Randall said. “All the glory goes to them and God.”

Randall broke 300 yards with his 63-yard dash to the end zone with 1:45 remaining.

“I had no idea where I was at. I just wanted to run the ball hard and get what I could get,” Randall said.

Behind Randall’s big night, the Bulldogs (4-3) moved to 2-0 in 5-2A Division I and remain tied for first place with Bells.

“We just need to keep getting better and playing hard,” said Alvord coach Pete Hart.

Randall found the end zone three times in the first half, staking the Bulldogs to a 21-0.

He scored on runs of 55, 18 and 37 yards. His two scores in the second half covered 10 and 63 yards.

“Our offensive line and receivers did a good job of blocking tonight,” Hart said.

“One of the things we’re doing is a lot of zone blocking where Joe finds a crease. With a back like Joe, you only have to hold a block long enough for him to find a crease and he runs through it.”

Randall’s 37-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in the first half came a play after Heath Walker recovered a Blue Ridge fumble and made a 19-yard return.

Walker’s fumble recovery was one of two turnovers forced by the Bulldogs’ defense in the first half. Riley Davila picked off a pass off a deflection.

Walker’s fumble recovery was also one of two big plays for the senior defensive back in the opening half. Walker stopped Blue Ridge quarterback Ty Agan at the 2-yard line on a fourth-down scramble on the opening possession of the game.

The Alvord defense kept Agan and the Tigers’ potent offense scoreless through the first 41 minutes. Agan threw a pair of scores and ran for a 39-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Agan ran for 142 yards and threw for 325, completing 31 of his 51 attempts. Brevin Wiggins caught eight passes for 140 yards. Colby Quillin added 94 yards on nine grabs.

“I was really pleased with our defense,” Hart said. “The last two touchdowns were after we put in a lot of kids into the game. We worked all week trying to figure out how to stop them. I’m so proud of the kids and our coaching staff.”

After the goal-line stand, Randall immediately got the Bulldogs out of the shadow their own goal-line with his 62-yard romp. But the Bulldogs could not capitalize, turning the ball over thee plays later.

Alvord lost three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception. But there was little to complain about offensively for the Bulldogs, who piled up 463 yards. Alvord rushed for 379. Cassidy Patterson added 51 yards on eight carries.

“Offensively, we moved the ball up and down the field in the first half,” Hart said. “The second half, they did some things well defensively and we made adjustments.”

But any defense for Blue Ridge only temporarily slowed Randall and company.


Blue Ridge … 0 … 0 … 0 … 20 … – … 20
Alvord … 14 … 7 … 0 … 21 … – … 42


Alvord – 2:51, Joe Randall 55 run, run failed

Alvord – 0:27, Randall 18 run, Mason Clower pass from Cassidy Patterson


Alvord – 0:59, Randall 37 run, Jose Luna kick


Alvord – 9:46, Randall 10 run, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 7:53, Colby Quillin 25 pass from Ty Agan, pass failed

Alvord – 5:56, Jaylon White 45 punt return, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 2:57, Agan 39 run, Konner Walker run

Alvord – 1:45, Randall 63 run, Luna kick

Blue Ridge – 1:03, Brendan Davis 2 pass from Agan, run failed


First Downs … 21 … 16
Rushes-Yards … 27-138 … 31-379
Passing Yards … 325 … 84
Total Yards … 463 … 463
Comp-Att-Int … 31-51-1 … 4-11-1
Sacks-Yards lost … 2-2 … 3-14
Punts-Average … 4-38 … 2-41.5
Fumbles-Lost … 2-1 … 3-2
Penalties-Yards … 9-70 … 6-46


Rushing: Blue Ridge, Ty Agan 21-142, Brevin Wiggins 2-(minus 10), Cameron Armstrong 1-9, Laine Albert 3-(minus 3). Alvord, Joe Randall 19-320, Cassidy Patterson 8-51, Jaylon White 2-(minus 3), Mason Clower 2-11.

Passing: Blue Ridge, Agan 31-51-1-325. Alvord, Patterson 4-11-1-84.

Receiving: Blue Ridge, Colby Quillin 9-94, Wiggins 8-140, Armstrong 2-13, Albert 4-34, Dakota Bell 1-11, Jason Price 4-25, Brendan Davis 2-8, Dalton Eaves 1-1. Alvord, Randall 2-40, Damon Ledet 2-47.

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Football: Eagles outlast Mineral Wells http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-eagles-outlast-mineral-wells/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-eagles-outlast-mineral-wells/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:23:35 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82225 A low-scoring, defensive battle turned into a touchdown-fest late as the Decatur Eagles boosted their record to 5-2 with a win over a tough Ram team at Mineral Wells.

“I told anybody who would listen, all week, that that’s a really good football team over there,” Decatur coach Mike Fuller said after the game. “They’re well-coached, they know what they’re doing, they play with confidence.”

A tough defense held quarterback Justin Myers’ running game in check most of the night, and a flurry of flags – 15 in the second half alone – kept both teams from hitting their stride.

Myers hit Felix Guerrero for a 38-yard pass in the first quarter, setting up the Eagles’ first score. Two Payton McAlister runs later, it was 6-0 and the first of five Brandon Garza extra point kicks made it 7-0 with 8 minutes left in the opening frame.

The Rams got a second-quarter touchdown on a one-yard dive by Johnny Morales. The tough sophomore had 90 yards on 21 carries for the night, and broke some big plays that had the Eagles’ defense on their heels at times.

“We stopped the run most of the night, but they made some good plays,” Fuller said.

Another one-yard Morales run put the Rams ahead early in the second half, but Decatur answered with a 10-yard touchdown strike from Myers to Gunnar Parker and they never trailed again.

Eddie Martinez finished off an Eagle drive with a one-yard run with 10 minutes to play, but Acosta found Braxton Allen on a six-yard touchdown strike and it was 21-18 with half of the fourth quarter left to play.

Three touchdowns in the last 93 seconds ramped up the stats and the scoring. A 30-yard run by McAlister seemed to break it open at the 1:33 mark as the Eagles tried to run out the clock.

Eagle linebacker Matt Cedrone picked an Acosta pass 27 seconds later and took it back 48 yards for a touchdown, making it 35-18.

“I was really proud of the turnovers we got there late,” Fuller said.

But the Rams weren’t through. Acosta guided his team down the field with a 1-minute drill worthy of Payton Manning, hitting Carlos Gray in the back of the end zone after time had expired to make the final margin 35-24.

“It’s hard to be at your best every game, but when you’re not hitting on all cylinders it’s good to still get a win,” Fuller said. “Being inconsistent, but still being good enough to win against a good football team, we can build on that.”


Decatur … 7 … 0 … 7 … 21 … – … 35
Mineral Wells … 0 … 6 … 6 … 12 … – … 24


Decatur – 8:02, Payton McAlister 8 run, Brandon Garza kick.


Mineral Wells – 10:44, Johnny Morales 1 run, run failed.


Mineral Wells – 9:20, Morales 1 run, run failed.

Decatur – 7:07, Gunnar Parker 10 pass from Myers; Garza kick.


Decatur – 10:07, Eddie Martinez 1 run; Garza kick.

Mineral Wells – 7:46, Braxton Allen 6 pass from Acosta; run failed.

Decatur -1:33, McAlister 30 run; Garza kick.

Decatur -1:06, Matt Cedrone 48 interception return; Garza kick.

Mineral Wells – 0:00, Carlos Gray 21 pass from Acosta; run failed.


Rushes-Yards … 46-200 … 39-142
Passing Yards … 116 … 236
Total Yards … 316 … 378
Comp-Att-Int … 9-20-1 … 14-29-2
Punts-Average … 6-34 … 4-28
Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 2-0
Penalties-Yards … 12-80 … 15-107


Rushing: Decatur, McAlister 19-116. Mineral Wells, Morales, 21-90

Passing: Decatur, Myers 9-20-1-116. Mineral Wells, Caleb Acosta, 14-29-2-236.

Receiving: Decatur, Felix Guerrero, 1-38, Ryan Durdon, 2-30; Mineral Wells, Jordan Duckett, 6-72

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Football: Bobcats scathe Bulls http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-bobcats-scathe-bulls/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-bobcats-scathe-bulls/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:22:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82223 It was rough going for the Bridgeport Bulls Friday night against Celina in their second District 3-4A II matchup of the season. The Bobcats held the Bulls to just 6 points, forcing Bridgeport to punt on 5 of 6 first half possessions.

Celina, on the other hand, scored on all but one of their possessions in the first half, where they scored a majority of their 52 points.

Running Room

RUNNING ROOM – Celina’s Jarren Alexander tries to escape Bridgeport’s Jacobe Martinez and other Bulls in the Bobcat victory Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Bridgeport didn’t score until receiver Keenan Holdman caught a 25 yard pass from Trey Cook to make the score 35-6 late into the second quarter.

The Bulls’ score wouldn’t change after that, but the Bobcats kept at it.

Celina quarterback Nathan Elliott threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns, not letting up until the third quarter, when both of Celina’s touchdowns were scored on runs from Jarren Alexander and Trace Young. The team would go on to earn 658 yards on the night, 270 of which were rushing yards. “It was going to be difficult to try to win in that game, just because their running game is so powerful, and you can’t really match up with their lineman,” Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson said. “They’re good. They were able to completely shut down our offense, and we weren’t able to run or throw effectively.”

The Bulls managed to pull together 121 yards on offense, but failure to convert on downs and a few interceptions doomed them in the end.

Henson said he is still optimistic about the rest of district play, though.

“We’ve got three games left, and the chance to get second place in our district and go 7-3, and those are great things, especially considering where we came from to start this season,” Henson said.


Celina … 14 … 21 … 14 … 3 … – … 52
Bridgeport … 0 … 6 … 0 … 0 … – … 6


Celina – 3:18, Nathan Elliott 17 pass to Chase Marler; Eduardo Paulino kick.

Celina – 1:47, Elliott 27 pass to Braydon Watson; Paulino kick.


Celina – 11:43, Elliott 79 pass to Jarren Alexander; Paulino kick.

Celina – 5:03, Elliott 20 pass to Watson; Paulino kick.

Celina – :50, Elliott 15 pass to Trace Young; Paulino kick.

Bridgeport – :14, Trey Cook 25 pass to Keenan Holdman; Luna kick no good.


Celina – 10:55, Alexander 8 run; Paulino kick.

Celina – 3:16, Young 42 run; Paulino kick.


Celina – 7:15, Paulino field goal.


First Downs … 29 … 7
Rushes-Yards … 52-270 … 18-11
Passing Yards … 388 … 110
Total Yards … 658 … 121
Punts-Average … 0-0 … 6-34.5
Fumbles-Lost … 3-0 … 1-0
Penalties-Yards … 7-58 … 3-15


Rushing: Celina, Alexander, 14-80, Young, 6-56; Bridgeport, Grayson Mathes 6-14, Brazier Talley 7-10.

Passing: Celina, Elliott, 25-32 388; Bridgeport, Cook 8-24-2 80.

Receiving: Celina, Marler 6-121; Bridgeport, Holdman 4-43.

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Football: Texans edge Byron Nelson http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-texans-edge-byron-nelson/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-texans-edge-byron-nelson/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:21:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82220 The Northwest Texans will have bragging rights for the next year.

The Texans claimed the first-ever meeting between Northwest and Byron Nelson 38-36 at Northwest ISD Stadium Friday night.

Quick Exit

QUICK EXIT – Texans quarterback Jesse Drummer scrambles to avoid Byron Nelson defenders Friday night in Northwest’s 38-36 win over the Bobcats. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Northwest kicker Chase Hamilton drilled a 31-yard field goal with just more than a minute to play to give the Texans a two-point lead.

Byron Nelson drove inside Northwest territory and attempted a 55-yard field goal as time expired, but came up short as the Texans picked up their first district win.

The victory kept the Texans in the tight race for a playoff spot out of District 5-6A and ended their four-game slide as they improved to 3-4 and 1-3 in their league.

Northwest running back Quentin Thorpe rushed for 122 yards and four touchdowns,

Thorpe, who managed only one carry last week against Keller Central, gave Northwest a 14-7 lead in the first quarter with his second 1-yard run.

He added a 3-yard dash to the end zone in second as the Texans took a 21-14 lead into the locker room. Thorpe’s final touchdown run from 2 yards out came at the end of the third quarter.

Northwest quarterback Jesse Drummer passed for 356 yards, completing 25 of his 35 attempts. He hit Syrus Moore for a 56-yard touchdown. Syrus Moore caught five passes for 97 yards. Emmanuel Moore hauledin seven catches for 160 yards but was held out of the end zone.

The Texans defense had its trouble slowing down Byron Nelson’s Courtney Miles. The Bobcats’ back rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns. He opened the scoring with an 87-yard dash to the end zone.

Miles added a scoring runs of 62 and 1 yards in the second quarter. His final touchdown down tote put Byron Nelson up 36-35.

Out of Reach

OUT OF REACH – Northwest defender Blake Smith leaps for Byron Nelson’s Preston Haire Friday night, but is inches short. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford


Northwest … 14 … 7 … 14 … 3 … – … 38
Byron Nelson … 7 … 7 … 13 … 9 … – … 36


Byron Nelson – Courtney Miles 87 run; Mason Shank kick.

Northwest – Quentin Thorpe 1 run; Chris Hamilton kick.

Northwest – Thorpe 1 run; Hamilton kick.


Byron Nelson – Miles 1 run; Shank kick.

Northwest – Thorpe 3 run; Hamilton kick.


Byron Nelson – Miles 62 run; Shank kick.

Byron Nelson – Preston Haire 22 pass to Chase Flickinger; kick failed.

Northwest – Jesse Drummer 56 pass to Syrus Moore; Hamilton kick.

Northwest – Thorpe 2 run; Hamilton kick.


Byron Nelson – Shank 21 field goal.

Byron Nelson – Miles 18 run; 2-point attempt failed.

Northwest – Hamilton 31 field goal.


First Downs … 18 … 16
Rushes-Yards … 37-153 … 37-322
Passing Yards … 356 … 141
Total Yards … 509 … 463
Punts-Average … 4-31.25 … 3-34
Fumbles-Lost … 1-1 … 1-1
Penalties-Yards … 7-64 … 5-31


Rushing: Northwest, Quentin Thorpe 25-122; Byron Nelson, Courtney Miles 29-275.

Passing: Northwest, Jesse Drummer 25-35-356; Byron Nelson, Preston Haire 13-26-141.

Receiving: Northwest, Emmanuel Moore 7-160, Byron Nelson Pascal Mondombo 6-74.

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