WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:30:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friday, March 27, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-march-27-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/friday-march-27-2015/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:23:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89008

HEALTH FAIR – The 8th Annual Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the Decatur Civic Center. The theme for this year’s event is Heroes for Health. The event will feature free health screenings, activities for kids and more. Contact Dena Silvers, 940-627-5080, silvers@embarqmail.com.

SOCCER PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles will start the 4A playoffs tonight. The Lady Eagles play Abilene Wylie at 5:30 at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium. The Eagles play host to Brownwood at 6.

BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR MEET ON DIAMONDS – The Decatur baseball and softball teams will head to Bridgeport for 8-4A matchups tonight. The Eagles and Bulls play at 7:30. The Lady Eagles and Sissies start at 6:30. In other action, the Alvord baseball team goes to Olney and the Lady Bulldogs take on Chico at home. The Chico Dragons take on Graford at home. The Boyd baseball and softball teams play Jacksboro at home. The Paradise squads go to Holliday. The Northwest Lady Texans take on Denton Ryan at home. The Texans head to Denton Guyer.

LIFTERS HEAD TO STATE – Decatur and Bridgeport lifters will travel to Abilene Saturday to compete for state titles in powerlifting.

TEXAS RELAYS – Decatur’s Gunnar Parker and Jacob Kevetter and a large contingent of Northwest athletes will compete at the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays today and Saturday in Austin.

BOND TOWN HALL – The Decatur school district will hold a series of town hall meetings to share information about the upcoming school bond issue on the May 9 ballot. The meetings are 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31; noon Thursday, April 9; and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. All meetings will be at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

EDC KICKS OFF BUSINESS RETENTION PROGRAM – Decatur Economic Development Corp. is hosting a business and industry breakfast 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Decatur Civic Center. Pat Boutier with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center will present “The Tactics of ‘LEAN,'” which is a strategy often used in manufacturing. This is the first quarterly forum of the EDC’s business retention and expansion program, which will provide the opportunity for attendees to support each other, network and learn from practical workshops to enhance business performance. RSVP to iburnett@decatur-edc.com, 940-393-0350.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE EGG HUNT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter Egg Hunt is 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31. The event is for kids ages 5 and under. Hot dogs, snacks, chips and drinks will be provided. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.

MEET AND GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will host a meet and greet 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Community Church, on U.S. 380, just west of Decatur. Coaches and players for the upcoming 2015 season are invited, as well as other special needs children and adults who would like to play. Coaches and registered players will meet their teammates, receive their jerseys and enjoy carnival-style games. Call Margette Harle, 940-577-5530; or visit wcspecialneeds.com.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico, will present “Alleluia! The Praise Continues” at 6 p.m. Sunday. A time of food and fellowship will follow the performance. Call 940-644-5186.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Join the Easter Bunny and Bridgeport Parks and Recreation on Sunday for the annual egg hunt and carnival. The event is 2-3:30 p.m. with the egg hunt at 2. It will include inflatables, face painting, games, candy, balloon animals, and more. Call 940-683-3480.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Decatur will hold an Easter egg hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include the Easter bunny, bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. The facility is located at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call 940-626-2800.

BOYD REUNION – The Boyd High School All-Class Reunion is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School cafeteria. Pot luck dinner is at 5. Call Judy Wilson at 940-255-9235.

FUNERAL – Service for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is noon today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville.

FUNERAL for Lorita Jean Tomlinson Wright, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Malvern, Ark., with burial at Big Creek Cemetery in Malvern. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Larry McGahey, 65, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Monday at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., with burial at Powell Cemetery. Family visitation is 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Sue Peterson Vaughn, 79, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Elizabeth L. O’Neal is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 5 – 7 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doug Wood, 56, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. prior to the service.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-march-26-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/update/thursday-march-26-2015/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:19:51 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=89003

HIGH WINDS CAUSE PROBLEMS – Strong straight line winds were responsible for three electric issues/outages in Decatur last night, Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley reported. A streetlight pole fell across the road on Park Street, but no customers were affected. Strong winds blew trees into the line in the Melba Doyle Park area causing power to be out for just over two hours for 20 residents. An electric line was pulled down in the Collom Street area by a tree limb. Tree trimmers and crews worked to restore power to the 18 customers affected. A wind advisory will remain in effect for Wise County until noon today. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour are expected with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour. Very little rain accompanied a cold front’s arrival last night, with Bridgeport recording just 0.02 of an inch of rain.

COMMISSIONERS HIT THE ROAD – The first Wise County commissioners mobile meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Slidell school cafetorium. County Judge J.D. Clark will give a report on upcoming county issues, and Commissioner Danny White will talk about projects in Precinct 1. Sheriff David Walker will give a presentation on the county’s K-9 program, and community members will have the opportunity to address commissioners during open forum.

AMPUTEES IN MOTION – Amputees In Motion will meet at 6 tonight at Catfish O’Harlie’s in Decatur. Guest speaker will be Dr. Childers. Call 903-746-5091.

CLAY SHOOT – Wise Choices Shoot 4 Life clay shoot at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds is Friday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the shoot at 9. Cost is $500/5-man team. The event will feature games, prizes, a live auction that includes two hunts and a fishing trip and raffles for three guns and a Snap-On Toolbox. Breakfast and lunch provided. All proceeds benefit Wise Choices PRC. Register online today at www.wisechoicesshoot4life.com or come Friday for the auction.

MEET AND GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will host a meet and greet 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Community Church, on U.S. 380, just west of Decatur. Coaches and players for the upcoming 2015 season are invited, as well as other special needs children and adults who would like to play. Coaches and registered players will meet their teammates, receive their jerseys and enjoy carnival-style games. Call Margette Harle, 940-577-5530; or visit wcspecialneeds.com.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Decatur will hold an Easter egg hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include the Easter bunny, bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. The facility is located at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call 940-626-2800.

SPRING STORYTIME – A Spring Friday Fun Preschool Special at the Decatur Public Library is 10:30 a.m. Friday. Storytime will feature stories with puppets, songs and spring themed movement play. All library programs for children are free. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico, will present “Alleluia! The Praise Continues” at 6 p.m. Sunday. A time of food and fellowship will follow the performance. Call 940-644-5186.

LIBRARY EGG HUNT – Decatur Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids is on April 1. Reserve your spot at 10:15 or 11:15. Sign up at the library, by phone, 940-393-0290 or on the website: www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society Inc. is noon today at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today in the main lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County on U.S. 380.

RETIRING TEACHER – Denise Joseph of Decatur is retiring after almost 40 years in education. Joseph’s retirement reception will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at Carson Elementary.

FUNERALS – Service for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is noon Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Larry McGahey, 65, and Donald Hatosy, 75, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Sue Peterson Vaughn, 79, Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doug Wood, 56, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. prior to the service.

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WRHS unveils new fitness facility plans, budget http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wrhs-unveils-new-fitness-facility-plans-budget/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/wrhs-unveils-new-fitness-facility-plans-budget/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:26:18 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88998 ...

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Hotel in civic center expansion plans http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/hotel-in-civic-center-expansion-plans/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/hotel-in-civic-center-expansion-plans/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:24:49 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88993 ...

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H2X shutters operation http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/h2x-shutters-operation/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/h2x-shutters-operation/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:23:45 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88990 ...

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Bleacher, parking lot project approved http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bleacher-parking-lot-project-approved/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bleacher-parking-lot-project-approved/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:20 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88988 ...

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Bridgeport School Board refuses construction bids http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bridgeport-school-board-refuses-construction-bids/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/bridgeport-school-board-refuses-construction-bids/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88986 ...

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Building, one code at a time http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/features/building-one-code-at-a-time/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/features/building-one-code-at-a-time/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:20:58 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88984 ...

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Boyd ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/boyd-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/boyd-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:19:40 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88980 ...

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:18:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88974 ...

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Pi Kappa meets for annual Program’s Day http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/pi-kappa-meets-for-annual-programs-day/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news/pi-kappa-meets-for-annual-programs-day/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:17:37 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88972 ...

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News Briefs for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-march-25-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:16:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88970 ...

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Baseball: Weatherly, Chico stops Bulldogs – Pitcher regroups after homer http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-weatherly-chico-stops-bulldogs-pitcher-regroups-after-homer/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-weatherly-chico-stops-bulldogs-pitcher-regroups-after-homer/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:15:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88968 ...

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Baseball: Strong return – Bridgeman turns in solid starts after arm surgery http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-strong-return-bridgeman-turns-in-solid-starts-after-arm-surgery/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-strong-return-bridgeman-turns-in-solid-starts-after-arm-surgery/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:13:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88964 ...

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Powerlifting: Seniors close careers at state http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/powerlifting-seniors-close-careers-at-state/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/powerlifting-seniors-close-careers-at-state/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:12:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88961 ...

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Powerlifting: Paradise’s Beck takes eighth at state meet – Redwine finishes fourth http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/powerlifting-paradises-beck-takes-eighth-at-state-meet-redwine-finishes-fourth/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/powerlifting-paradises-beck-takes-eighth-at-state-meet-redwine-finishes-fourth/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:12:07 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88959 ...

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Track: Parker gets chance to run on big stage http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-parker-gets-chance-to-run-on-big-stage/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/track-parker-gets-chance-to-run-on-big-stage/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:11:33 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88957 ...

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Baseball: Panthers shut out Henrietta http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-panthers-shut-out-henrietta/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-panthers-shut-out-henrietta/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:10:41 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88954 ...

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Baseball: Boyd doubles up Nocona http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-boyd-doubles-up-nocona/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2015/sports/baseball-boyd-doubles-up-nocona/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:10:06 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=88952 ...

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