WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:32:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Head-on crash injures two on S.H. 114 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/head-on-crash-injures-two-on-s-h-114/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/head-on-crash-injures-two-on-s-h-114/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:32:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84845 A head-on collision at about 10:30 Friday morning injured two drivers and blocked traffic on S.H. 114, about two miles west of Boyd, for more than a half-hour. According to State Trooper Ralph Ray Wallace, Andrew Erickson, 26, of Arlington, was westbound in a Nissan Titan pickup when, for no apparent reason, he drifted over into the path of an eastbound Nissan Maxima driven by Karen Backus, 54, of Springtown. The collision flipped Erickson’s truck onto the south side of the roadway, while Backus’ car ended up on the north side. Backus was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur and Erickson, who was more seriously injured, was taken to JPS Health System in Fort Worth, both by Wise County EMS. Highway traffic was backed up for more than a half-hour as responders from the Paradise and Boyd fire departments, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and Boyd police officers worked to clear the scene.

Firefighters retrieve an item from Karen Backus' car after it was hit head-on by a truck on S.H. 114 west of Boyd Friday morning.

Firefighters retrieve an item from Karen Backus’ car after it was hit head-on by a truck on S.H. 114 west of Boyd Friday morning.

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Weekly Specials for Saturday, December 20, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/weekly-specials-for-saturday-december-20-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/weekly-specials-for-saturday-december-20-2014/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:37:32 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84840 ]]> http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/issues/weekly-specials-for-saturday-december-20-2014/feed/ 0 Friday, December 19, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-december-19-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/friday-december-19-2014/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84837

PRECINCT 2 EMPLOYEE INJURED – A Precinct 2 employee was injured Tuesday afternoon on County Road 1797, just east of Park Springs, when one of his coworkers backed into him with a pickup. County Commissioner Kevin Burns said Mike McCasland was operating a maintainer but got off of it to remove rocks from the roadway. He bent over to pick up a rock, and Louis “Shorty” Moody, driving a 3/4-ton pickup backed into McCasland, knocking him to the ground. Burns said the bumper of the pickup hit McCasland in the head and shoulder. He was transported by Wise County EMS to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where he was treated and released.

BENEFIT BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Wesley Pennington and his family, of Rhome, is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bealls in Decatur. Wesley was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and proceeds will help the family with various expenses. Modern Woodsman will be matching funds. To donate baked goods or for more information, call Wendy at 817-323-0732.

BENEFIT – A benefit for Paisley Leeann Rhine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Theater. She is the daughter, born 11 weeks premature, of C.J. and Camella Rhine. The benefit will include a live auction, live entertainment, a raffle, door prizes and concessions. Funds raised will be used to help pay for medical costs.

WFAA SCHOLAR ATHLETE – Caitlin Pruett will be a featured scholar athlete on Dale Hansen’s Sports Special this Sunday. Hansen and WFAA showcase North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics and have made positive contributions to their communities. The segment will air at 10:35 p.m.

DEMS PLAN HOLIDAY GATHERING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a Holiday Party 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Lion’s Club, 207 N. State St. A dinner and gifts will be donated to a local family in need, and there will be bingo and door prizes throughout the evening. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance. The event is free and open to the public. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

SANTA VISIT – Woodhaven National Bank in Rhome will host a visit from Santa 3-5 p.m. today.

SANTA ON NOTTINGHAM - A Bridgeport neighborhood will host “Santa on Nottingham” 6:30-9:30 p.m. tonight through Dec. 23. Santa will be on hand, along with a full-sized Olaf, every evening, and there will be a different craft each night. It’s all free. Bring the kids to 137 Nottingham.

SPRING ENROLLMENT – J.O.Y. Christian Academy is now enrolling 2015 spring classes (including art, music and drama). Those interested must attend a prospective parent meeting prior to enrolling. Classes begin Jan. 12. For more information email the registrar by Jan. 5, at registrar@joyca.org.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The City of Bridgeport will hold a retirement reception honoring City Administrator Brandon Emmons 3-5 p.m. today at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St., in the Council Chambers Room.

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is collecting canned food for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) and lap blankets for Meals on Wheels through Saturday.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Joan Oglesby, 62, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/thursday-december-18-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/thursday-december-18-2014/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:20:03 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84833

MORNING WRECK – A southbound 18-wheel gravel hauler rolled off U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur Thursday morning, spilling its load and snarling traffic headed toward Fort Worth in misty, wet conditions. One lane of the highway was shut down shortly after the accident, which was reported at 5:13 a.m. in construction zone just past Zimmerer Kubota. A Decatur Police officer said the truck, driven by Leonel Marquez, 33, of Fort Worth, was headed south in the outside lane when the trailer started fishtailing. The driver lost control and rolled it off into the ditch, causing extensive damage to the tractor and trailer and dumping gravel over the roadway and shoulder. Marquez was cited for failure to control speed. Decatur Police, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies, Decatur Fire Department units and Wise County EMS were called to the scene, although Marquez refused medical treatment. Texas Dept. of Transportation was called to bring a bucket loader to get the gravel off the road.

RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from yesterday included 0.63 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Rhome and Cottondale, 0.45 in Alvord, 0.4 in Paradise and Greenwood and 0.38 in Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain overnight, increasing to 40 percent tomorrow.

Santa-on-the-Streets.jpgSANTA ON THE STREETS – The Decatur Fire Department’s Santa on the Streets tour is expected to resume tonight, weather permitting. Yesterday’s tour had to be rescheduled due to rainy weather. If conditions allow, Santa will be visiting neighborhoods south of Hale Ave. and east of U.S. 81/287 including the Brookhollow neighborhood, beginning at 5. Watch Update to see when last night’s tour will be rescheduled.

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD – Decatur Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Stop 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Say goodnight to your stuffed buddies, and they’ll spend the night at the library with their teen babysitters to play and read the night away. Arrange for pickup on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

ADOPT A GRANDPARENT – Laura Shaffer is seeking the public’s help in making donations of hand lotion to local nursing home residents. She will make a dollar-for-dollar donation with the purchase of each $12 bottle of hand lotion to give to residents at Governor’s Ridge, Decatur Nursing and Rehab, Senior Care in Decatur and Bridgeport and The Hills. Call or text Laura at 940-595-1437.

RODEO WELCOME HOME - A Welcome Home reception is 5-7 tonight at the Decatur Visitor Center, at 106 S. Trinity, for returning rodeo champions and NFR participants Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Clint Cooper and K.C. Jones.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System will host a blood drive 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Call 940-626-0167.

FUEL FOR A CURE – The Cancer Center at Wise is collecting gas cards in increments of $25 or $50 to help cancer patients pay for gas. Many patients travel long distances every day. Donated gift cards can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday throughout December. For more information, call 940-626-2300. The Bridgeport Women’s Club is sponsoring the initiative.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Deborah Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown is 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Denise Demory, 60, of Boyd at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Pre-dawn wreck slows traffic on U.S. 287 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/pre-dawn-wreck-slows-traffic-on-u-s-287/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/pre-dawn-wreck-slows-traffic-on-u-s-287/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:50:38 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84830 A southbound 18-wheel gravel hauler rolled off U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur Thursday morning, spilling its load and snarling traffic headed toward Fort Worth in misty, wet conditions. One lane of the highway was shut down shortly after the accident, which was reported at 5:13 a.m. in construction zone just past Zimmerer Kubota. A Decatur Police officer said the truck, driven by Leonel Marquez, 33, of Fort Worth, was headed south in the outside lane when the trailer started fishtailing. The driver lost control and rolled it off into the ditch, causing extensive damage to the tractor and trailer and dumping gravel over the roadway and shoulder. Marquez was cited for failure to control speed. Decatur Police, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies, Decatur Fire Department units and Wise County EMS were called to the scene, although Marquez refused medical treatment. Texas Dept. of Transportation was called to bring a bucket loader to get the gravel off the road.

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Brazile tears up record books http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/brazile-tears-up-record-books/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/brazile-tears-up-record-books/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84824 ...

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Welty joins city council http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/welty-joins-city-council/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/welty-joins-city-council/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:01:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84821 ...

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Lake Bridgeport still short of historic low http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/lake-bridgeport-still-short-of-historic-low/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/lake-bridgeport-still-short-of-historic-low/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84818 ...

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Bridgeport School Board looks at soccer, drug testing http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-looks-at-soccer-drug-testing/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-looks-at-soccer-drug-testing/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:00:08 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84816 ...

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New judge leads first meeting http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-judge-leads-first-meeting/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-judge-leads-first-meeting/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:59:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84814 ...

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Voters might have multiple bond choices http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/voters-might-have-multiple-bond-choices/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/voters-might-have-multiple-bond-choices/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:58:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84812 ...

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Not all cities invited to sales tax party http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/not-all-cities-invited-to-sales-tax-party/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/not-all-cities-invited-to-sales-tax-party/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:58:15 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84810 ...

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Paradise School Board hears academic improvement strategies http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-school-board-hears-academic-improvement-strategies/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-school-board-hears-academic-improvement-strategies/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:57:23 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84807 ...

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Cut to the chase: Shears of Steele salon puts students on path to success http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cut-to-the-chase-shears-of-steele-salon-puts-students-on-path-to-success/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cut-to-the-chase-shears-of-steele-salon-puts-students-on-path-to-success/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:56:47 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84805 ...

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Northwest ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/northwest-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/northwest-isd-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:55:42 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84802 ...

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:53 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84796 ...

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Breakfast with Santa http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/features/breakfast-with-santa/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/features/breakfast-with-santa/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:27 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84794 ...

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News Briefs for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-december-17-2014/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:53:15 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84791 BRIDGEPORT

SANTA ON NOTTINGHAM - A Bridgeport neighborhood will host “Santa on Nottingham” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 19-23. Santa will be on hand, along with a full-sized Olaf, every evening, and there will be a different craft each night. It’s all free. Bring the kids to 137 Nottingham.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Community Center. Lunch will be catered by Dos Chiles, and cost is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday, Dec. 17, to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076. This month we will be playing BINGO rather than having our usual raffle. Bingo cards will be $5 each and will be available for purchase at the door along with your lunch ticket. Also receive one Bingo card for each un-wrapped toy you bring to add to our holiday toy drive. Bingo Prize Donations are always appreciated! We will also have a box out for the Lion’s Club Coat Drive, so bring your unwanted/unused coats, hoodies and other winter clothing items. RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 17 to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department is searching for new members. Applicants must be 18 years old or older, live in Bridgeport and have a high school diploma and a clean record. Call Bridgeport Training Captain Tanner Reeves, 940-577-0930.

CHICO

CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – First Baptist Church of Chico presents “God is with Us,” a Christmas mini-musical, 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The church is at 404 S. Weatherford St. Visit www.fbcchico.org.

DECATUR

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is accepting new, unwrapped toys for Santa Cops through Wednesday, Dec. 17. Drop donations off at the department, 1601 S. State St. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0300.

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD – Decatur Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover Stop 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Say goodnight to your stuffed buddies, and they’ll spend the night at the library with their teen babysitters to play and read the night away. Arrange for pickup on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and noon. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SANTA IS COMING – Santa is coming to Decatur Public Library’s special Holiday Friday Fun Storytime for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. Friday Dec. 19. Celebrate the joy of reading and early literacy with seasonal stories, songs and movement. Santa will return to the library at 2 p.m. for photos with school-aged children. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

DONATIONS SOUGHT – Superior Auto Repair in Decatur is collecting canned food for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) and lap blankets for Meals on Wheels until Saturday, Dec. 20.

YEARBOOK SALE – The Decatur High School yearbook staff has extra copies of past yearbooks on sale at a discount through the month of December. The following books are available for only $10: 1994, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010. Yearbooks for 2011 and 2012 may be purchased for $25. Call 940-393-7231 or email cindy.berry@decatur.esc11.net.

RHOME

BOOK BLOWOUT – Rhome Public Library is having a Book Blowout Sale 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through the end of this month. Hardback books are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents. The library is at 265 W. BC Rhome.

WISE COUNTY

ANGEL TREE – Those wishing to sponsor a senior citizen with Integracare’s Angel Tree should call the business at 940-683-8171.

CHRISTMAS ANGELS – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center still has Christmas angels available for adoption. Gifts and donations will benefit children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. Angels may be picked up 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 608 N. Bus. 81/287 in Decatur. Call 940-626-4585.

WCWC REGISTRATION – Registration for new and returning dual credit, on-campus and online students at Weatherford College Wise County is currently underway for spring classes that begin Monday, Jan. 12. Financial aid and payment plan options are available. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu to schedule a personal advising session. Course schedules and admissions information can be found at www.wc.edu/academics.

CASA TRAINING – Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties will train new volunteers beginning Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. The classes equip participants to provide court advocacy to abused and neglected children who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS). Advocates assess, gather information and speak up for the child’s best interest in court, working to ensure they have a safe, loving and permanent home as quickly as possible. Call 940-627-7535 before Jan. 12 to register.

RELAY FOR LIFE DATE SET – Relay for Life of Wise County will be held 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 24-25, 2015, at McCarroll Middle School track on Thompson Street in Decatur. The annual American Cancer Society event raises funds for cancer research and education. Visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx or call Kathy Odell, 940-255-2944.

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Basketball: Bulls jump into 4A poll http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/basketball-bulls-jump-into-4a-poll/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/basketball-bulls-jump-into-4a-poll/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:50:13 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84782 ...

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Football: Four earn all-state mention – Holdman, Cook receive consideration http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-four-earn-all-state-mention-holdman-cook-receive-consideration/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/football-four-earn-all-state-mention-holdman-cook-receive-consideration/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:49:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=84780 ...

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