WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:05:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friday, April 17, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-april-17-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-april-17-2015/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:15:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89807

DECATUR GIRLS WIN TRACK TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles yesterday won the 8-4A track title, tallying 212 points. Decatur won six individual gold medals on the way to the win. Macen Stripling won golds in the high jump and 100 hurdles. Jessi Kyle garnered top honors in the pole vault, 1600 and 3200. The Bridgeport girls finished fourth with 76 points. The Decatur boys took second to Springtown with 156 points. Bridgeport garnered third.

EAGLE EARN STATE BID – The Decatur Eagles golf team shot a second-round 300 to secure third place and state tournament bid at the Class 4A Region I tournament. Decatur posted a 606 for the two rounds. Drew Jones won the individual medal with a 10-under par 134.

BIG EVENT – More than 900 Northwest High School students are expected to participate in the Big Event Saturday, performing community service projects across the area. Groups will be working at multiple community buildings in Rhome between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the third Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held on Monday, April 20. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Both classes will be held in the Education Room on the second floor of the main hospital. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, 201 E. Main. A pot luck supper will be served. All persons in the county wide area who have an interest in rock hounding or lapidary arts are invited.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Paradise and Boyd rodeo teams are hosting a NTHSRA-sanctioned high school rodeo at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur today through Sunday. Today’s performance starts at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cowboy Church will be held at noon Sunday. Tickets are $8 at the gate.

RETRO BLAST – The 12th Annual Retro Blast Car Show is Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, April 20, at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Ann Nimmo will lead the discussion and business meeting, which will include a homemade historical quilt from local families.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Regional Health System is now offering the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network, which offers discussion and support for any mom who is breastfeeding or has breastfed. The first meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Wise Regional Board Room (609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur). Participation is free, and no RSVP is required. The group will be led by Candace Clower, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Contact Candace at 940-626-1229.

PLAY PERFORMANCE – The final home performance of Paradise High School’s district-winning one-act play, “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” will be presented 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the PHS cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

RIVALS SQUARE OFF – The Decatur baseball and softball teams will welcome Bridgeport to town tonight. The softball game begins at 7. The baseball teams will play at 7:30 p.m. In other softball action: Alvord faces Collinsville; Boyd heads to Henrietta; Paradise takes on Bowie; Northwest hosts Timber Creek. Baseball games: Alvord heads to Bryson; Boyd goes to Henrietta; Chico takes on Poolville; Paradise plays Bowie; Northwest takes on Timber Creek.

SLIDELL RUNS AT AREA – The Slidell boys and girls track teams will compete at the area meet in Ponder Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Class of 2019 is holding a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament at Bridgeport Middle School Sunday. Cost is $40 per team, $2 for spectators. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. for fifth through seventh graders and 2:30 p.m. for eighth graders and older. Call Perry Grooms, 940-393-9098.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Firefighter Bash noon-9 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Fire Hall, featuring Bingo, barbecue dinner, silent auction and live music. Donations will be accepted.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – The Decatur Police Department’s Back The Blue Scholarship forms are now available for all Wise County Seniors going into a Criminal Justice related field of study. Students can pick up forms from their counselor at school or come by the Decatur Police Department at 1601 S. State St. in Decatur. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by today.

FUNERALS – Service for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shane Patrick Caldwell Williams, 51, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was the son of Carolyn and David Dodson of Decatur and Wayne Williams of Arlington.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-april-16-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-april-16-2015/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:23:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89799

1 KILLED IN BOYD WRECK – A Boyd man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck. The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed. The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured. Haschel said it is unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation before the roadway was reopened.

OFFICERS CLEARED IN SHOOTING – A Montague County grand jury met earlier this week and decided no crime was committed by five officers who were involved in a shootout with a suspect near Sunset in January. The five officers – three Department of Public Safety troopers from Wise County and two Wise County Sheriff’s deputies – were involved in a search of a wooded area off Picket Run Road the afternoon of Jan. 28. Wise County K-9 officer Pepper was used to track Alan Lance Alverson. Upon the dog’s alert, Alverson fired at officers, fatally shooting Pepper. Officers returned fire, killing Alverson. According to a press release from Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams, Alverson’s autopsy show he was struck 12 times. It also showed Alverson had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood. The press release also states that additional fully-loaded firearms were found on and around Alverson. Prior to the shooting, Alverson led police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 98 miles per hour before running into the wooded area where he was eventually found.

8-4A TRACK – The 8-4A running finals have been moved up to 10 a.m. today because of expected evening storms.

REGIONAL GOLF – After 1st round at 4A-I tourney, Decatur is 3rd with 306, 1 back of Monahans, 8 back of Andrews. Drew Jones with a 68 leads the field by 2. Bryce Elder shot 77, Cade Lamirand 80, Brendan Kerby 81 and Hayden Bennett 83. Bridgeport Bulls are 8th at the 4A-I tourney with 329 in the first round. Ty Reed posted 78, Blake Boyd and Brazier Talley 83, Cole Barton 85 and Alex Winter 91.

CHANCE OF STORMS - The National Weather Service forecast includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, increasing to 60 percent tonight. Friday’s forecast also calls for a 50 percent chance of storms. If storms develop, high winds and hail would be the primary hazards.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEETING – Special Olympics is now in Wise County. If you are interested in participating or volunteering with Special Olympics, Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball invite you to an informational meeting regarding the summer BOCCE season. Meeting will be held at the Bridgeport Police Department Community Center at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Season starts in May. Visit www.made2thrive.org.

AGGIE MUSTER – The Cross Timbers Aggie Club will hold their 2015 Aggie Muster at the Decatur Civic Center Tuesday, April 21. The event will start at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30, followed by the ceremony. To RSVP, email Scott Hiler at scott@texagmail.com or call 940-389-7752. RSVP by Friday.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 16th Annual United Way Golf Tournament is Friday, April 24, at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration is 11 a.m., and shotgun start is 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per player, and mulligans will be available for $10 each. All proceeds benefit United Way of Wise County. Registration forms and information are at wisecountyunitedway.org.

BOND TOWN HALL – The Decatur school district will hold a town hall meeting to share information about the upcoming school bond at 6 tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Burrell B. Doty, 95, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Fatality victim from morning wreck identified http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/fatality-victim-from-morning-wreck-identified/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/fatality-victim-from-morning-wreck-identified/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:37:46 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89797 A Boyd man was killed this morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck. The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed. The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured. Haschel said it is unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation before the roadway was reopened.

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Walker charged with embezzlement from Wal-Mart http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/walker-charged-with-embezzlement-from-wal-mart/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/walker-charged-with-embezzlement-from-wal-mart/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:00:38 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89792 ...

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Orgain given 5 years in rape case http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/orgain-given-5-years-in-rape-case/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/orgain-given-5-years-in-rape-case/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:59:39 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89789 ...

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Middle, elementary schools highlighted in bond; From roofs above to a track below, package covers facilities http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/middle-elementary-schools-highlighted-in-bond-from-roofs-above-to-a-track-below-package-covers-facilities/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/middle-elementary-schools-highlighted-in-bond-from-roofs-above-to-a-track-below-package-covers-facilities/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:58:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89786 ...

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Boyd ISD adopts new evaluation system http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/boyd-isd-adopts-new-evaluation-system/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/boyd-isd-adopts-new-evaluation-system/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:56:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89782 ...

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Decatur, Slidell one-act plays advance to area http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-slidell-one-act-plays-advance-to-area/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/decatur-slidell-one-act-plays-advance-to-area/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:56:17 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89780 ...

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Chico voters to consider $7 million bond http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/chico-voters-to-consider-7-million-bond/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/chico-voters-to-consider-7-million-bond/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:55:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89778 ...

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Student still missing http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/student-still-missing/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/student-still-missing/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:54:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89776 ...

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Cruising into retirement; Creswell exits from Wal-Mart in a familiar way http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/cruising-into-retirement-creswell-exits-from-wal-mart-in-a-familiar-way/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/cruising-into-retirement-creswell-exits-from-wal-mart-in-a-familiar-way/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:53:31 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89773 ...

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Alvord City Council changes meeting dates http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/alvord-city-council-changes-meeting-dates/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/alvord-city-council-changes-meeting-dates/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:52:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89770 ...

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Commissioners seek new thoroughfare plan http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/commissioners-seek-new-thoroughfare-plan/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/commissioners-seek-new-thoroughfare-plan/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:51:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89768 ...

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Elementary students exceed blood drive goal http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/elementary-students-exceed-blood-drive-goal/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/elementary-students-exceed-blood-drive-goal/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:50:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89766 ...

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Big job, bigger rewards; Northwest students lend helping hand http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/big-job-bigger-rewards-northwest-students-lend-helping-hand/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/big-job-bigger-rewards-northwest-students-lend-helping-hand/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:49:55 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89763 Last spring Philo Waters of Aurora joined several of his Northwest classmates on a Saturday morning, pulling weeds and cleaning out the garage for a young couple.

The students didn’t get paid for their back-breaking work with money but memories and the reward of being able to help someone in need.

Big Planners

BIG PLANNERS – More than 20 Northwest students have worked throughout the school year to get ready for Saturday’s Big Event. More than 900 students are expected to help with community service projects in six communities that are part of the Northwest attendance zone. Submitted photo

“It was fun working with friends,” Waters said. “It was a newlywed couple, and we were making their lives easier. They were very appreciative and asked for us to come back.”

Saturday, armies of Northwest High School students will be out again spreading goodwill and completing community service projects across the district for the Big Event. More than 900 students are committed to join the ranks, making it the largest event in the four years of the project.

“The more the better,” said Racheal Prosise, the student leader for the Big Event. “I’ve been working on this since September and have over 100 hours of community service. It’s a lot of work.

“It’s been helpful for me as a young adult,” she said. “You have to learn people skills. It also gives you a better appreciation for the people that live around here and give so much to the school.”

The Big Event is patterned after Texas A&M’s community service initiative by the same name.

Aggie and Northwest counselor Mike Hays said the university has been holding Big Event since 1982, and he’s encouraged by how quickly the high school version has grown.

“All the kids have been great,” Hays said. “They want to serve. This gives them a ready-made chance to go out and help the community.”

Business teacher Natalie Moeckel, who also went to A&M, added: “They understand how important it is to serve. At A&M, I was on a committee for the Big Event. You’d go and talk to people that you’d help and their eyes would fill with tears they were so grateful. That’s why I did it.”

Family Consumer Science teacher Kelley Broughton pointed out that the experience is especially impactful with high school students.

“If they can get the heart of service in high school, it’s something that will stay with them,” she said.

The Big Event will kick off with a breakfast and rally at 7:30 a.m. at the high school. Students will then head out for their assignments, which vary in size and nature. Any community member, regardless of need or income levels, in Newark, Justin, Rhome, Haslet, New Fairview and Aurora can submit projects.

“We don’t like to turn anyone away,” Hays said. “We look forward to them all. All these individual projects, we consider one big job.”

As a middle school student last year, freshman Morgan Owens helped with the Big Event.

“Since my mom teaches at the high school, I’ve been able to participate in middle school,” she explained. “[Last year] we went and cleaned out a lady’s garage. Then we cleaned out a church’s closet and organized it.

“It was a lot of fun,” she said. “We learned how to work together. It was rewarding.”

This year as leaders, Prosise, Waters and Owens will be making rounds to ensure that teams have everything they need to complete tasks.

“We’ll go around to events and see if they need an extra rake or something,” Waters said. “It’ll be a lot of fun going around and seeing what everyone is doing.”

Along with helping several families and individuals, Northwest students will also take on larger community projects. They will paint the Rhome Police Station and clean up the senior and community centers in the town.

“We’ll be at almost all the city buildings in Rhome,” Broughton said.

Hays added that they were working to enlist some art students to paint a mural in Newark.

“The projects are getting bigger,” he said.

The school will also work with a pair of animal rescue groups.

“The animal shelters are fun for the kids because they get a chance to interact with the animals,” Hays said.

By 2 p.m., students will have the projects wrapped up and will return to the school for lunch and celebrate a job well done.

Their Big Event is expected to have a big impact.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:48:49 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89760 ...

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Northwest Student Spotlights for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/northwest-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/northwest-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:47:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89757 ...

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Trailer inspection requirements to be more strictly enforced http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/trailer-inspection-requirements-to-be-more-strictly-enforced/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/trailer-inspection-requirements-to-be-more-strictly-enforced/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:46:14 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89751 ...

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News Briefs for Wednesday, April 15, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-april-15-2015/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:45:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89749 ...

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Baseball: Finishing strong – Egle returns from knee injury to lead Decatur http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-finishing-strong-egle-returns-from-knee-injury-to-lead-decatur/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-finishing-strong-egle-returns-from-knee-injury-to-lead-decatur/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:44:56 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89747 ...

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