Monday, September 15, 2014


WATCH FOR ROAD WORK – Various segments of state roadways in Wise County – including Farm Road 3433, Farm Road 730, the U.S. 81/287 frontage road and Business 81/287 – will be getting a new seal-coating from the Texas Dept. of Transportation. Workers will be on the roads 7 a.m.-7 p.m. most days, weather permitting. Traffic may be reduced through lane closures, so drivers are urged to be cautious and observe all warning signs. Drivers can plan their travel by viewing info on closures at www.drivetexas.org. Alternate routes are encouraged.

RAIN REPORT – Weekend rainfall totals in Wise County included 0.5 of an inch in Alvord and 0.23 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

DRAGONS SHUT OUT FRUITVALE – The Chico Dragons moved to 2-1 on the football field this season with a 53-0 victory Saturday over Fruitvale. Jaston McBee caught a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. Jericoe McGuire threw for two scores and ran in two. The Chico defense forced six turnovers and held Fruitvale to 94 yards.

BOYD WINS DISTRICT OPENER – Maddie Busch put down 10 kills and Baylie Harris dished out 11 assists as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets swept City View Saturday in the District 9-3A volleyball opener, 25-15, 25-16, 25-10. Northwest won its 5-6A opener over Denton Ryan in five games. Camryn Berryhill recorded 15 kills.

KYLE WINS RACE - Decatur’s Jessica Kyle captured the title Saturday in the 4A girls two-mile at the Assault on Eagle Summit. Decatur finished first through fourth in the race. In the boys 5K, Decatur’s Tyler Wilson turned in the top 4A time. In Fort Worth, Boyd’s Marco Martinez won the 4A-and-under 5K Saturday in 16:52. Boyd finished runner-up as a team.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING - The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center in Decatur.

EARLY RELEASE – Paradise schools will release early at noon today.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

FOOD DRIVE – The Battle of Big Sandy food drive competition between Bridgeport ISD and Decatur ISD is now through Tuesday, Sept. 23. The district with the heaviest donation will be named the winner during halftime of the Bridgeport vs. Decatur game Friday, Sept. 26. Drop-off sites are available at each campus. Proceeds benefit Wise Area Relief Mission.

HOMECOMING PARADE – Boyd ISD homecoming festivities have been moved to 6 p.m. today. The parade begins at the high school and will end at the football stadium, where a community pep-rally will be held. The events were originally scheduled for Tuesday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. The meeting will feature a pot luck supper, and program theme will be “Show and Brag.” Members and guests are encouraged to bring a favorite rock to brag on. Call 940-627-2329 for more information.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host their NTHSRA rodeo in Decatur Sept. 27 and 28. The rodeo will be Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. Organizers are looking for vendors and silent auction items. Contact Stephanie, 940-393-3442, email decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.

CRIME LAB, RESIGNATION ON COMMISSIONERS’ AGENDA – Wise County Commissioners face a lengthy agenda when they meet at 9 a.m. today on the third floor of the courthouse in Decatur, among them a request from Sheriff David Walker to acquire a building to be used as a future crime lab, and a “notification letter” received from Election Administrator Lanny Noble “for his resignation.” Other agenda items include bids on property sold in the recent “struck off property” auction, a final plat for Montecito Estates, cleaning out county road right-of-way to improve public safety and a discussion of conditions that might call for renewing the county’s burn ban. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Harold Eugene Ganus, 73, of Chico is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at 3 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Bill Knox, 83, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Victory Baptist Church in Park Springs with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Sheriff’s Office sergeant arrested for improper photography


A Wise County Sheriff’s officer was arrested Friday morning for improper photography related to sex offenders who had been jailed. Sgt. Chad Hightower was charged with improper photography or visual recording. He posted $25,000 bond and was released. The investigation began from a complaint by a man who was registering as a sex offender. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Hightower told the man a new state law required him to take photos of offenders in the nude. The complainant was photographed naked twice, the second time in an office at the county’s impound yard. The investigation revealed nude photos of other men as well, according to the affidavit. Look for a full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


MAN HURT AFTER DRIVING OFF ROAD – A New Mexico man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 near New Fairview Thursday afternoon. His name was not available at the scene. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Although the accident is still under investigation, it appears the man was southbound on U.S. 81/287 in a white Nissan Altima when, for unknown reasons, he drove across the shoulder and off of the roadway. He continued for more than 500 feet, cresting a hill before striking a tree. East Wise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County medics set up a landing zone for Lifeteam 68 on the east side of the roadway. Wise County medics and Texas Highway Patrol also responded to the wreck, which was reported at 3:35 p.m. It occurred a mile-and-a-half north of Farm Road 407.

Super-September-Big-BoxSWAP MEET – The annual Southwest Swap Meet began this morning at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The meet will be open during daylight hours today and Saturday and until mid-afternoon Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.southwestswapmeet.com.

FALLING RAIN, FALLING TEMPS – Wise County has already received rain today, and there is a chance for more this morning. As of 7:45 a.m., rainfall totals included 1.55 inches in Bridgeport, 1.5 in Greenwood, 0.55 in Decatur and 0.25 in Alvord. The temperature at 7:50 a.m. was 65 degrees, and today’s high temperature is not expected to increase more than a couple of degrees as another cold front is headed our way. The overnight low is expected to drop into the mid-50s.

BULLS HOLD HOMECOMING – The Bridgeport Bulls will play host to Godley tonight for their annual homecoming. The game is at 7:30 p.m. The homecoming queen will be announced at halftime. Keep track of the action on our live blog at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Decatur looks for a second straight victory at Iowa Park. Alvord will play Leonard in Gainesville. Boyd heads to Pottsboro. Paradise ventures west to Jacksboro. Northwest plays host to Arlington Lamar. Chico will play at 5 p.m. Saturday in Burleson against Fruitvale.

RUNNERS TAKE ON EAGLE SUMMIT – The Decatur cross country teams will hold their annual Assault of Eagle Summit Saturday at Decatur High School. The meet starts at 8 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL TEAMS START DISTRICT - Boyd, Paradise and Northwest volleyball squads will begin district play this weekend. Paradise heads to Jacksboro today for a 4 p.m. match. Northwest will play host to Denton Ryan at 6:30 p.m. Boyd takes on City View at home at noon Saturday. Chico will play Ranger Saturday at noon.

CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY – Decatur Public Library presents “Cool Music on a Warm Evening,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 in the Priddy Reading Garden. Jeff and Pat Peters will play and sing jazz, country and bluegrass favorites. For more information, call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run is tomorrow at the Wise County Courthouse. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $20 for the Fun Run, and $40 for the 5K during packet pickup 4 to 7 p.m. today at Excellent Dental in Decatur or beginning at 7 a.m. at the event. Contact Amy Wilson, 817-841-4471.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is tomorrow at The Club at Runaway Bay. There will be morning and afternoon tee times. Cost for the four-man scramble is $400 per team. Hole sponsorships are available for $250. Door prizes and gift certificates are also being accepted. Contact Kristina Kemp, kemp.kristina@gmail.com or 817-798-3471.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, Sept. 15 at Weatherford College Wise County at 11:30 for lunch. Program name will be “Jim Ned: Indian Friend of Early Wise County Settlers.”

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have breakfast at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport at 8 a.m. Saturday. All Wise County veterans are invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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1 injured in Thursday wreck


A New Mexico man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 287 near New Fairview Thursday afternoon.

His name was not available at the scene. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Although the accident is still under investigation, it appears the man was southbound on 287  in a white Nissan Altima when, for unknown reasons, he drove across the shoulder and off of the roadway. He continued for more than 500 feet, cresting a hill before striking a tree.

East Wise Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County medics set up a landing zone for Lifeteam 68 on the east side of the roadway.

Wise County medics and Texas Highway Patrol also responded to the wreck, which was toned out at 3:35 p.m.  It occurred a mile-and-a-half north of Farm Road 407.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


DECATUR MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK – The driver of a blue Ford Mustang involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 81/287 in New Fairview Wednesday night was ejected and flown to a Metroplex hospital. Austin Williams, 46, of Decatur was transported by Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Investigators said Williams sustained severe road rash, but he was conscious and alert at the scene. The accident remains under investigation. Officials believe Williams was northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 81/287, when he approached a curve in the road, near County Road 4421. Instead of taking the curve, authorities believe Williams continued straight, striking an 18-wheeler driving in the inside lane of the highway. The Mustang spun out and landed upside down on the side of the road. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Thomas Rossetter, 41, of Rio Vista, was not injured. East Wise Volunteer Fire Department as well as Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics responded to the accident, which happened around 9:15 p.m.

PATRIOT DAY – The Wise County Veterans Group will present a Patriot Day program 10 a.m. today at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. The program is dedicated to all first responders in Wise County in honor of those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited, particularly first responders.

WEATHER CHANGES – Our area has a 40 percent chance of rain this morning, increasing to 60 percent this evening. Storm chances increase to 70 percent Friday morning with a high temperature of only 68, according to the National Weather Service.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the Second Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday in downtown Decatur. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. The deadline for early registration has passed. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost is $20 for the Fun Run and $40 for the 5K.

SCHOLARSHIP CLAY SHOOT – The Desk & Derrick Club of Wise County is hosting a “Scholarship Clay Shoot” on Friday, Oct. 3, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for deserving Wise County graduating seniors. Lunch will be provided for all participants. For team registration information, contact Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com or 940-394-2315.

GOLF FOR 4-H – A golf scramble will be held Sept. 20 at the Decatur Country Club to benefit Wise County 4-H programs. Sign up by Sept. 16 at the country club or at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Decatur. Cost for the four-man scramble is $200 per team. Tee off at 9 a.m. Door prizes and raffle items are included. Cash prizes will be awarded for top three teams. Call the country club at 940-627-3789 or the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center, 200 E. Main St. The meeting will feature a pot luck supper, and program theme will be “Show and Brag.” Members and guests are encouraged to bring a favorite rock to brag on. Call 940-627-2329 for more information.

HOMECOMING PARADE – Boyd ISD homecoming festivities have been moved to 6 p.m. Monday. The parade begins at the high school and will end at the football stadium, where a community pep-rally will be held. The events were originally scheduled for Tuesday.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have breakfast at Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport at 8 a.m. Saturday. All Wise County veterans are invited.

BARBECUE COOK-OFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 13, at Northwest OHV Park. Cook-off entries are currently being taken. This year’s event will include a Local Bragging Rights section and a Kid’s Porkchop Cook-off. Raffle tickets are also available for several items. Live music will also be featured. Call Chief Terry Long, 940-210-9495.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Los Vaqueros restaurant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is registered on the BHS alumni page, and you may RSVP or purchase tickets from that page. You can also visit the group’s Facebook page or email bridgeport1994@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Jimmie Deward Inman, 66, of Sunset is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome is tentatively set for Sept. 20. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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1 ejected, flown in Wednesday wreck


The driver of a blue Ford Mustang involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 287 in New Fairview Wednesday night was ejected and flown to a Metroplex hospital.

Austin Williams, 46, of Decatur was transported by Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.  Investigators said Williams sustained severe road rash, but he was conscious and alert at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation. Officials believe Williams was northbound in the outside lane of 287, when he approached a curve in the road, near County Road 4421.

Instead of taking the curve, authorities believe Williams continued straight, striking an 18-wheeler driving in the inside lane of the highway. The Mustang spun out and landed upside down on the side of the road.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Thomas Rossetter, 41, of Rio Vista, was not injured.

East Wise Volunteer Fire Department as well as Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics responded to the accident, which was toned out around 9:15 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


SCHOOL BRIEFLY EVACUATED AFTER BOMB THREAT - Paradise Junior High students and faculty were evacuated around midday Tuesday after a bomb threat was found scrawled on a bathroom stall. After the evacuation, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the campus, according to Paradise ISD Assistant Superintendent Patti Seckman. No suspicious packages were found, nor did the dog smell explosives. Students were allowed back on campus about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff David Walker said there are no suspects at this time.

STATE OFFICIALS TALK HERE – Texas Water Development board member Kathleen Jackson and Texas Transportation Commission board member Victor Vandergriff spoke at a Town Hall meeting at Weatherford College Wise County Tuesday evening, hosted by State Rep. Phil King. Jackson outlined the procedures for activating the loan program for local water projects voters approved last fall, with $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Vandergriff said the commission which oversees the Texas Dept. of Transportation is still looking at how best to use the Rainy Day Fund transfer – about $1.7 billion – voters will be asked to approve this November. A protest against King’s positions on several issues, hosted by the Wise County Democratic Party, took place at the rear of the building but did not disrupt the forum, which drew about 50 people.

DECATUR SWEEPS RYAN – With their strong serving, the Decatur Lady Eagles kept Denton Ryan scrambling Tuesday night in a sweep. The Lady Eagles served up 11 aces and at a 91 percent clip in the 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 victory. Makayla Mayfield and Maclaine Lowery served three aces each. Mayfield also put down 11 kills and made 13 digs. Caroline Lowery led the Lady Eagles with 16 kills. Cooper Martin put down 10. Setter Stormi Leonard handed out 39 assists and made 12 digs. In other volleyball action, Boyd rallied to beat Ponder in four games. Boyd won the match 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14.

WIDOWS MEETING – Widows of America will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the Dairy Queen in Rhome. Visitors are welcome.

RUMMAGE SALE – Love’s in Rhome will hold a rummage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday to benefit Cook Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted Thursday and Friday, and items can be picked up within 15 miles by calling 817-636-0270 and asking for a manager.

DINNER TONIGHT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presents a Dinner Tonight healthy cooking demonstration 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Weatherford College Wise County. Cost is $20 before Sept. 25 or $25 at the door. To reserve your spot, call Tanya Davis, 940-627-3341.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at State National Bank in Decatur. Proceeds will benefit Allie Worthington’s mission trip to Haiti.

GOLF TOURNEY – The 5th Annual DHS Golf Booster Club Tournament is Sunday, Sept. 28, at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration and lunch is at noon followed by a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $300 for a four-person team. It includes mulligans, a meal, goody bags and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Proceeds benefit the high school boys and girls golf teams. For an entry form, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-389-2561.

MEET THE DRAGONS – Meet the Dragons is 6 p.m. today at Dragon Stadium in Chico. The high school and junior high football, volleyball and cross country teams, as well as cheerleaders, dance teams and band will be introduced. A barbecue sandwich, chips and drink will be available for $5, and a hot dog, chips and drink can be purchased for $3.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Leo Frederick, 83, of Paradise is 11:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmie Deward Inman, 66, of Sunset is 10 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Kathryn Kinnard, 49, of Rhome and Jo Anne Gordon, 57, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Bomb threat found at Paradise Junior High


All junior high students and staff have been evacuated from Paradise Junior High to the high school gym after a note was found in a junior high locker warning of a bomb. The note was found shortly before noon Tuesday. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching the building. Once the building is deemed safe, students and staff will be allowed back into the building. Parents who would like to contact the school can call 940-969-5001.

UPDATE: After a bomb threat was discovered earlier today at Paradise Junior High, Wise County Sheriff Deputies have complete their search and students and faculty re-entering the school. PJHS students and faculty were evacuated to the high school gym while law enforcement searched for potential threats.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


1 KILLED IN WRECK NEAR RHOME – One person was killed, another seriously injured in an accident involving two 18-wheelers, a passenger car and a SUV. The incident occurred on Texas 114, just east of the Wise/Denton County line around 6:45 Monday afternoon. According to Sgt. Lonny Haschel of the Texas Highway Patrol, an eastbound Freightliner towing a trailer loaded with rock crossed into the westbound lane for unknown reasons. In doing so, the semi clipped a westbound International semi then struck a Hyundai Elantra that was traveling west on 114, killing the driver of the passenger car. A Chevrolet Tahoe traveling behind the Hyundai took evasive action but was also struck by the Freightliner. The Freightliner overturned and dumped its load of rock on 114. The driver of the eastbound Freightliner was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter ambulance. The driver of the westbound International and the driver of the Tahoe were treated at the scene and released. The crash is currently under investigation. The roadway remained closed for hours. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Rhome fire and police departments as well as Wise County sheriff’s deputies and medics assisted Denton County officials with the wreck.

DRIVER EJECTED, FLOWN TO HOSPITAL – An Irving man was flown to a Metroplex hospital after being ejected from a pickup involved in a two-vehicle accident in Park Springs, north of Chico, Monday afternoon. Arcadio Guzman, 40, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. He was flown by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Officials believe Guzman was northbound on Texas 101 when he rounded the curve “a little too fast” and sideswiped a southbound one-ton truck. Guzman lost control of the Toyota Tacoma he was driving and drove through a fence, landing in a field on the southbound side of the road. He was ejected from the vehicle. His passenger, Florentin Alvarez Chavez, 26, was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The driver of the one-ton truck, Jesus Maese of Chico, was not injured. No citations have been issued, but investigators said failure to control speed was one contributing factor. Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies and Texas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, which was reported around 4 p.m.

BOYD WRECK – As Update was going to press, rescuers were responding to a three-vehicle crash on Farm Road 730 north of Boyd near County Road 4374. Early reports indicated at least two of the vehicles were a cement mixer and a passenger car. One person was taken by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Medics and fire departments from Boyd and Decatur were dispatched to the wreck, which happened around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday.

COUNTY BUDGET APPROVED – In a special meeting Monday, Wise County commissioners approved a $70.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015 and adopted a tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation. Commissioners also approved the $6.2 million Weatherford College Wise County budget and adopted a branch campus maintenance tax of 4.618 cents per $100 valuation. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

TOWN HALL TO DRAW PROTEST – State Rep. Phil King will host a Town Hall forum 6-8 tonight in the Lecture Hall at Weatherford College Wise County. Kathleen Jackson, director of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), and Victor Vandergriff, commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will speak on water and transportation issues. The public is invited to this discussion and forum. The Wise County Democratic Party has announced it will protest the appearance by King, who was recently named the national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for 2015.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Paradise Historical Society will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting 7 tonight at the United Methodist Church in Paradise. Historical Society Member Roberta Campbell will bring a presentation about the Paradise Cemetery. Plans for the upcoming annual fundraiser, Paradise Main Street Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, will also be discussed. The public is invited.

MEET THE DRAGONS – Meet the Dragons is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dragon Stadium in Chico. The high school and junior high football, volleyball and cross country teams, as well as cheerleaders, dance teams and band will be introduced. A barbecue sandwich, chips and drink will be available for $5, and a hot dog, chips and drink can be purchased for $3.

MEETING CANCELED – The monthly meeting of the Social Work Alliance originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The group will meet again next month.

ESL CLASSES – ESL classes, sponsored by First Baptist Church in Decatur, will begin Wednesday. Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. There are 4 levels of classes – primary, beginning, intermediate and advanced. New students will need to register, however returning students do not need to register. Call First Baptist Church, 940-627-3235.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Leo Frederick, 83, of Paradise is 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Louis Hansen, 86, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. today at Dido Community Center with burial at Hansen Family Cemetery in Paradise. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jimmie Deward Inman, 66, of Sunset is 10 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center Grand Hall with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

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1 flown from Chico wreck


An Irving man was flown to a Metroplex hospital after being ejected from a pickup involved in a two-vehicle accident in Park Springs, north of Chico, Monday afternoon.

Arcadio Guzman, 40, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. He was flown by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Officials believe Guzman was northbound on Texas 101 when he rounded the curve “a little too fast” and sideswiped a southbound one-ton truck.

Guzman lost control of the Toyota Tacoma he was driving and drove through a fence, landing in a field on the southbound side of the road.

He was ejected from the vehicle.

His passenger, Florentin Alvarez Chavez, 26, was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

The driver of the one-ton truck, Jesus Maese of Chico, was not injured.

No citations have been issued, but investigators said failure to control speed was one contributing factor.

Chico Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies and Texas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, which was toned out around 4 p.m.

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1 killed in 4-vehicle wreck near Rhome


One person was killed, another seriously injured in an accident involving two 18-wheelers, a passenger car and a SUV. The incident occurred on Texas 114, just east of the Wise/Denton County line around 6:45 Monday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Lonny Haschel of the Texas Highway Patrol, an eastbound Freightliner towing a trailer loaded with rock crossed into the westbound lane for unknown reasons. In doing so, the semi clipped a westbound International semi then struck a Hyundai Elantra that was traveling west on 114, killing the driver of the passenger car.

A Chevrolet Tahoe traveling behind the Hyundai took evasive action but was also struck by the Freightliner. The Freightliner overturned and dumped its load of rock on  114.

The driver of the Hyundai died at the scene.  The driver of the eastbound Freightliner was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter ambulance. The driver of the westbound International and the driver of the Tahoe were treated at the scene and released.

The crash is currently under investigation. As of 9:41 p.m. the roadway is still closed and will remain closed for an undetermined time.

Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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Monday, September 8, 2014


TOWN HALL TUESDAY AT WCWC – State Rep. Phil King will host a Town Hall forum Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Weatherford College Wise County. Kathleen Jackson, director of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), and Victor Vandergriff, commissioner of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will speak on water and transportation issues. The public is invited to this discussion and forum.

PATRIOT DAY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will present a Patriot Day program at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. The program is dedicated to all first responders in Wise County in honor of those who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Andrew Rottner, president of North Texas Bank, will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited, particularly all first responders in Wise County.

DECATUR, NORTHWEST PICK UP WINS – The Decatur Eagles football team beat Alvarado Saturday 34-28 in the Dale Hansen Classic in Waxahachie. Justin Myers ran for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Northwest knocked off Prosper 42-19 Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington behind quarterback Jesse Drummer throwing for 341 yards. Coverage of Friday’s games can be found in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

LADY EAGLES WIN IN FOUR – Caroline Lowery put down 18 kills, Makayla Mayfield 13 and Cooper Martin 12 as the Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team beat Chisholm Trail in four games 25-8, 25-12, 23-25, 25-8 Friday. Stormi Leonard recorded 32 assists. Northwest took down DeSoto in four games with Camryn Berryhill slamming 27 kills. Tessa Harfield added 10.

NORTHWEST FINISHES SIXTH AT SOUTHLAKE – The Northwest girls cross country team took sixth in the 6A girls race Saturday. Decatur finished 14th in the race. Northwest’s Cassidy Adams turned in her team’s top time on the 5K course, 18:55. Decatur’s Jessica Kyle came in 48th in 20:09. The Northwest boys were 14th, and Decatur 26th in the 6A race. Northwest’s Michael Anderson finished ninth in 17:45. Tyler Wilson recorded the Eagles’ top time, 17:16 for 101st. Marco Martinez of Boyd finished third in the 1A-4A 5K in 18:11. Boyd finished fifth as a team.

WARM CLOSED – WARM will be closed on Tuesday for an out of town conference. Regular distribution hours will resume 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

SOCIAL WORK ALLIANCE – The monthly meeting of the Social Work Alliance is 5 p.m. Tuesday at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The presenter is Andrew Isbell. All social workers who live or work in Wise County are invited. A free meal will be served. RSVP to Karen at 940-626-1882.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly meeting 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Members will discuss the upcoming October Fest. Lunch will follow at noon, and there is no speaker.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet 6:30 tonight at the Bridgeport Public Library. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber membership luncheon is noon today at Paradise City Hall. Deborah King will speak on civility in the workplace.

DHS MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT – Parents of Decatur High School students are invited to Meet the Teacher night 6-7:30 tonight. Schedules will be available.

REPUBLICAN MEETING - Wise County Republicans will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Training Room of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. Guest speaker MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, vice president of Texas Eagle Forum, will speak on Common Core. This month’s meeting and speaker will be hosted by the Wise County Republican Women.

OFFICE CLOSING – The Veterans Service Office will be closed this week for semi-annual training. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 15.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will consider approving, on second and final reading, the city’s budget for fiscal 2014-15 as well as the 70.3-cent property tax rate to support it at tonight’s meeting. Both were approved on first reading last Tuesday. The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. The meetings are open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Lee Steele, 59, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Louis Hanson, 86, of Fort Worth is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dido Community Center with burial at Hanson Family Cemetery in Paradise. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Wayne Hartley, 68, of Decatur and Jimmie Inman, 66, of Sunset are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sara Louise Howard, 90, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Friday, September 5, 2014


BRIDGEPORT, BOYD MEET ON GRIDIRON – The Bridgeport Bulls will head across Wise County tonight to take on the Boyd Yellowjackets in the second game of the season for both football squads. The game kicks off at 7:30. Keep up with the action on the Wise County Messenger’s live blog at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Chico heads to Era. Alvord will play host to Grapevine Faith. Paradise entertains Henrietta at home.

DECATUR, NORTHWEST TO PLAY SATURDAY – The Decatur Eagles and Northwest Texans will wait an extra day to take the field. The Eagles will take part in the Dale Hansen Football Classic Saturday, playing Alvarado at 3 p.m. at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie. Follow our live blog of the game at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. Northwest will play Prosper at AT&T Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Southwest Showcase.

COUNTY PUBLIC HEARINGS – Although no one attended the set of public hearings earlier this week, round two is tonight. Wise County commissioners will have a public hearing on the proposed tax rate at 6 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. A public hearing on the county’s branch campus maintenance tax will follow at 6:30. Commissioners have proposed a $69.8 million budget and a tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation. The proposed rate for the branch campus maintenance tax is 4.618 cents per $100 valuation. Commissioners have a special meeting 9 a.m. Monday to adopt the tax rates and approve the budget for fiscal year 2015.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Boyd and Paradise each went 2-2 on the first day of the Buckle Up For Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona. Chico finished 1-3, falling to Sanger 25-6, 25-13, Bells 25-14, 25-19, and Windthorst 25-15, 25-18. Chico topped Jacksboro 25-22, 15-25, 26-24.

LADY EAGLES HEAD TO CHISHOLM TRAIL - The Decatur Lady Eagles return to the volleyball court at 5:30 this afternoon at Chisholm Trail in Fort Worth. The Bridgeport Sissies will play Mineral Wells at 5 p.m. Northwest plays DeSoto at home at 6:30 p.m. Boyd, Chico and Paradise will play at the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS HEAD TO SOUTHLAKE INVITE – The Decatur, Northwest and Boyd cross country teams will run at the Southlake Carroll Invitational Saturday morning at Meadowmere Park in Grapevine. Paradise teams start their season today at Keene. Alvord will run at Keller Fossil Ridge.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly meeting 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Members will discuss the upcoming October Fest. Lunch will follow at noon, and there is no speaker.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Public Library. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

COOKIES AND CURRICULUM – Cookies and Curriculum Night at Prairie View Elementary is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. Cookies will be served, and teachers and PVE staff will talk about the 2014-2015 school year. The book fair will be open at 5:30 p.m. and remain open throughout the event.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Anyone interested in community service, or an opportunity to help others, is invited to join Wise County Special Needs Baseball 8:30-noon each Saturday Sept. 13-Nov. 1. Come be a buddy to one of the nearly 100 baseball players. For more information, visit www.wcspecialneeds.com or call 940-577-1848.

ESL CLASSES – ESL classes, sponsored by First Baptist Church in Decatur, will begin Wednesday, Sept. 10. Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. There are 4 levels of classes – primary, beginning, intermediate and advanced. New students will need to register, however returning students do not need to register. Call First Baptist Church, 940-627-3235.

DHS MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT – Parents of Decatur High School students are invited to Meet the Teacher night 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8. Schedules will be available.

PARADE ENTRIES SOUGHT – The Decatur High School homecoming parade is 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in downtown Decatur. This year’s theme is “fandoms,” representing something that has a fan following. Entry forms can be found on the DHS website.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise County veterans are invited.

OFFICE CLOSING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed Sept. 8-12 for semi-annual training. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Sept. 15.

FUNERAL - Sara “Shorty” Howard, 90, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


TRUCK FIRE CAUSES TRAFFIC ISSUES – An 18-wheeler that wrecked and caught fire on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur Wednesday afternoon caused southbound traffic to be rerouted on Farm Road 730 through Boyd for hours. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The wreck happened in south Decatur around 3 p.m. near McMaster New Holland. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Bradley Eastman, 51, of Fort Worth was southbound in an 18-wheeler when he apparently drifted into a concrete construction barrier south of Karl Klement Ford. The truck skidded along the barrier for about 100 yards, leaking diesel fuel on the road. The truck also caught fire, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air and stopping both northbound and southbound traffic. Eastman said he was able to bail out of the cab with just a scratch to his knee. Decatur Police and Fire responded to help extinguish the blaze which destroyed the cab and trailer. Wise County EMS also responded. Hoskins said a haz-mat crew was called for the cleanup. Northbound traffic began flowing again around 4 p.m., but all southbound traffic was rerouted on Farm Road 730 through Boyd to Texas 114 until around 7 p.m. when one southbound lane of U.S. 81/287 was reopened. The accident happened around the time Decatur schools released for the day, so some bus routes were delayed. Hoskins said traffic will likely be reduced to one lane for several weeks in that area. TxDOT should be on scene this morning to remove pavement damaged in the accident.

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford.

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford.

TRASH SERVICE RATE INCREASE – Bridgeport residents will now pay an increase of 22 cents per month for trash and recycling services after the Bridgeport City Council approved an amendment to the city’s contract with Progressive Waste Systems at its meeting Tuesday night. The council also amended contracts for the city’s electric rates and approved the purchase of 17 Kimber .45 guns a for the Bridgeport Police Department from the Court Security fund. Read more in the next edition of the Wise County Messenger.

UNITED WAY LUNCHEON – The United Way of Wise County will kick off its 2014 fundraising campaign with a luncheon today at the Decatur Civic Center. The group hopes to raise $450,000 this fall for Wise County charities. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 at the door. To be billed, fax the United Way office at 940-627-3684.

CAR WASH FOR MDA – Chico High School’s “Ryan’s Padawans” will host an MDA Benefit Car Wash this Saturday in memory of classmate Ryan Ruddick, who died May 19, 2011, at the age of 14 after battling muscular dystrophy throughout his life. The car wash will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Old Car Wash on 1810 in Chico, across from Chico Park. Cost is $10 for car wash only or $15 for car wash and vacuum, with all proceeds going to MDA. The class has continued to do fundraisers for MDA in Ryan’s memory since he died, shortly after he was named valedictorian of their eighth grade class.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Wise County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Training Room of the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. Guest speaker MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, vice president of Texas Eagle Forum, will speak on Common Core. This month’s meeting and speaker will be hosted by the Wise County Republican Women.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Rhome Fall Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Sponsors, vendors, pageant and parade entries are welcome. Contact Rhome City Hall, 817-636-2462; Deborah BeCraft, 817-636-2826 or rhomeoldtownfun@hotmail.com; or Debbie Stewart, 817-707-2097 or dstewartibu@msn.com.

COMMUNITY MENTORING – An informational meeting on a new, community-driven mentoring program at Boyd Middle School is 6:30 tonight in the school’s cafeteria. Volunteers interested in making a difference in a middle school student’s life are needed. For information, call the school at 940-433-9560.

BOOTHS AND SPONSORSHIPS – Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run. They include platinum for $250, business name on event T-shirt and sponsorship banner; gold for $100, business name on gold level of banner; silver for $50, business name on silver level of banner. Sponsors are also welcome to submit items for goodie bags distributed to every participant. There will also be booth space available at the event for $50. Call Amy Wilson at 817-841-4471.

FUNERALS – Service for James Leo Holder, 82, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Keeter with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Delbert William Paige, 67, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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1 lane of U.S. 81/287 open after crash


Police Chief Rex Hoskins said U.S. 81/287 in south Decatur was re-opened to southbound traffic about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both lanes were shut down around 3 p.m. when an 18-wheeler crashed into a concrete construction barrier and caught fire near the crossover close to Karl Klement Ford. Hoskins first thought one of the truck’s tires blew, causing the accident, but he told the Messenger Wednesday night that upon further investigation, it appeared the truck just drifted into the barrier. “There was no evidence of a tire blowing or anything else that we can see,” Hoskins said. The chief said traffic will likely be reduced to one lane for several weeks in that area. TxDOT should be on scene Thursday morning to remove pavement damaged in the accident. The truck’s driver, Bradley Eastman, 51, of Fort Worth, was uninjured in the accident, and no other vehicles were involved.

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Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said it could take until 8 p.m. to clean up the mess left behind when an 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire in south Decatur Wednesday around 3 p.m. Hoskins said Bradley Eastman, 51, of Fort Worth was southbound in an 18-wheeler when one of his tires blew near the crossover near Karl Klement Ford, which forced the truck into a concrete construction barrier. The truck skidded along the barrier for about 100 yards, leaking diesel fuel on the road. The truck also caught fire, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air and stopping both northbound and southbound traffic. Eastman said he was able to bail out of the cab with just a scratch.  Decatur Police and Fire responded to help extinguish the blaze which destroyed the cab and trailer. Wise County EMS also responded. Hoskins said a haz-mat crew was called for the cleanup. Northbound traffic began flowing again around 4 p.m., but southbound traffic was being rerouted on Farm Road 730 through Boyd to Texas 114. The accident happened around the time Decatur schools released for the day, so some bus routes might be delayed.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


WETTEST SUMMER SINCE ’07 – During the meteorological summer – June 1 to Aug. 31 – Wise County received 15.66 inches of rain, well above the average rainfall for that three-month time period. It marked the wettest summer since 2007. Weather watcher Doyle Green of Decatur recorded 2.57 inches of rain in August, slightly higher than the average amount of 2.31 inches for the month. Temperatures for August ranged from a high of 98 on Aug. 22 and Aug. 25 to a low of 58 on Aug. 2. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

DECATUR SWEEPS FOSSIL RIDGE – Caroline Lowery buried 11 kills, and Cooper Martin added 10 as the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Keller Fossil Ridge Tuesday. Decatur won 25-18, 25-22, 25-18. Makayla Mayfield finished with nine kills for the Lady Eagles, who hit .272 for the match with 39 kills. Northwest beat Arlington Bowie 25-22, 25-19, 25-18. Camryn Berryhill put down 12 kills, and Tessa Harfield finished with 10. Boyd held off Graham Tuesday in four games, 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22. The Bridgeport Sissies fell to Breckenridge 25-7, 25-18, 25-11. Jessica White had four kills and four blocks. Mariah Leyva made seven digs.

MEET-N-GREET – In order to beat the heat, Wise County Special Needs Baseball will be having its Fall Season Meet-N-Greet at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave., Bridgeport 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Anyone signed up to play baseball, or interested in playing baseball, is welcome. Visit www.wcspecialneeds.com or call 940-577-1848.

COMMUNITY MENTORING – An informational meeting on a new, community-driven mentoring program at Boyd Middle School is 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school’s cafeteria. Volunteers interested in making a difference in a middle school student’s life are needed. For information, call the school at 940-433-9560.

KIDS PORK CHOP COOK-OFF - The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting a Kids Pork Chop Cook-Off Friday, Sept. 12, at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport. Entry Fee is $10. Saving bonds will be awarded to first-third place winners. Call Terry Long at 940-210-9495.

CUB SCOUT MEETING – Boys in grades 1-4 interested in joining Cub Scout Pack 115 in Decatur are invited to an informational meeting 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center.

FABRIC DONATIONS NEEDED – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of fleece fabric for resident projects. Donations of 1-yard increments may be made at the facility, 701 W. Bennett. Call Kathy, 940-626-2817.

FOOTBALL TICKETS FOR SALE – Advance sale tickets for the Dale Hansen Classic at Stuart Lumpkin Stadium in Waxahachie are on sale in the ticket office at Decatur High School. Decatur will play Alvarado at 3 p.m. Saturday. Pre-sale tickets are $7, and tickets are $10 at the gate. No passes will be honored. The DHS ticket office is at the south end of the second level.

HAY AND FORAGE PROGRAM – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a Hay and Forage Program Thursday at the Wise County Fairgrounds, in the Women’s Building. Dr. Larry Redmon, State Forage Specialist, will be the speaker for the educational presentation and will discuss forage quality and forage management. Specialists from John Deere and Ford New Holland will discuss and demonstrate operator techniques with new equipment and how that affects bale quality of the forage you are growing. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., and the free program is at 10. Lunch will be provided by McMaster and Ag Power. You will receive 2 CEU’s for renewal of your pesticide applicator license. Call the Wise County Extension office to reserve your spot, 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Service for James Leo Holder, 82, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Freda Doris Calder, 92, of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bessie June Robinson, 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Delbert William Paige, 67, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014


RHOME WRECK – As Update was going to press, an accident had been reported on U.S. 81/287 about a mile south of Farm Road 407 near Rhome. Initial reports indicated it was a single-vehicle rollover with road blockage. There had been no reports of serious injuries. The accident was reported around 7:50 a.m. A second minor accident near the site of the first accident had also been reported.

LEE WINS PBR EVENT – Decatur’s Mike Lee won the PBR stop at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Saturday. Lee scored an 85.25 on Jet Airliner in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Lee was also the lone rider in the field to make successful rides on all three tries and brought home $43,375.

DECATUR HEADS TO FOSSIL RIDGE – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team will continue non-district play tonight at 6:30 at Fossil Ridge in Keller. The Lady Eagles went 3-3 over the weekend at the PSA Lone Star Circle of Champions Tournament in Murphy. Decatur beat Allen, Sachse and Grapevine. Prosper topped Decatur twice and Austin Westlake topped Decatur. Caroline Lowery put down 68 kills in the six matches, and Stormi Leonard handed out 129 assists. Bridgeport will head to Breckenridge for a 6 p.m. match. Boyd is in Graham for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Northwest will play at Arlington Lamar at 6:30 p.m.

DECATUR RUNNERS FINISH 12TH – The Decatur girls cross country team finished 12th in the Class 6A race at the Marcus Invitational Saturday in Denton. Jessica Kyle finished the 5K course in 20:14 for 35th. Taylor Butler took 85th, Elizabeth Culpepper 90th, Nicole Neighbors 99th, and Lluvia Ramos 102nd. The Decatur boys took 29th in the 6A division. Tyler Wilson ran 17:26 for 78th. Parker Cullop was 151st, Bryce Hoyt 186th, Charles Doubrava 190th and Alen Rangel 196th.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20th reunion 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Los Vaqueros restaurant in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets are $20 per person. The event is registered on the BHS alumni page, and you may RSVP or purchase tickets from that page. You can also visit the group’s Facebook page or email bridgeport1994@gmail.com.

GUN RAFFLE – Decatur Buyers Association is hosting a dinner and gun raffle 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. One $50 ticket buys dinner and the chance to win one of 25 guns. Only 500 tickets will be sold. There will also be live music, a silent and live auction, cow chip bingo and more. Tickets can be purchased from any buyers association member, 2-K Pawn, North Texas Bank, Wise County Messenger, Sam’s Hair Quarters or Chalet of Jewelry.

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

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY – Prairie View Elementary would like to invite all grandparents of PVE students to have lunch with their grandchild Friday. Lunch times are as follows: kindergarten 10:45-11:15 a.m.; first grade 11-11:30 a.m.; second grade 11:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.; third grade noon-12:30 p.m.; fourth grade 11:20-11:50 a.m.; and fifth grade 12:10-12:40 p.m. If you would like to order a lunch, the cost is $3, and your options are chili mac with a roll, cheese pizza, or buffalo chicken ranch salad.

GARDEN CLUB - The Bridgeport Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the 2014/15 year Thursday at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. Lunch will be at 11:30 with meeting and program at noon. Visitors are welcome.

POLICE ACADEMY – The Decatur Citizens Police Academy will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Police Department. For more information visit decaturtxcpaaa.org or call Sgt. Campbell at 940-393-0300.

CHICO COUNCIL – The Chico City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate at 6:30 p.m. today. The city has proposed a balanced budget of $2,231,628.17 while keeping the same tax rate as the current year, 48 cents per $100 valuation. The council will adopt the budget and tax rate in the meeting following the public hearing. Other items on the agenda for consideration and action include medical insurance, amending the current fiscal year’s budget, appointment of EDC officers, seasonal hours at the park and regular department reports. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Mary Bell Dunn Shellnut, 83, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Willow Point Cemetery.

SERVICE for James Leo Holder, 83, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 in Keeter with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICES for Freda Calder, 92, of Alvord and Delbert W. Paige, 67, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bessie June Robinson, 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Slidell with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

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Friday, August 29, 2014


KICKING OFF THE SEASON – Most Wise County schools will start the football season tonight at 7:30. Decatur will head to Springtown. Bridgeport will play host to Mineral Wells. Nocona heads to Alvord. Paradise takes on Red Oak Life at Ferris. Boyd will open at Gunter. Northwest plays host to Corsicana. Keep up with the action at www.wcmessenger.com/scores. Full game coverage will be featured in the weekend Messenger. Chico will play Frost Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bedford’s Pennington Field.

RAINY START – A line of storms swept through Wise County this morning, bringing much needed rain. Rainfall totals included 1.9 inches in Greenwood, 1.7 in Alvord, 1.3 in Paradise, 1.25 in Bridgeport, 1.1 in Cottondale, 0.98 in Decatur and 0.89 in Rhome. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a 40 percent chance of rain tonight.

ANOTHER TOUGH TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles volleyball team continues its tough slate to start the season today at the PSA Lone Star Circle of Champions Tournament. The Lady Eagles play Allen, Prosper and Sachse in pool play. In other action, Boyd plays Forestburg at home at 4:30 p.m. Chico takes on Prairie Valley at home at 5 p.m. Bridgeport will head to Trimble Tech. Paradise plays Poolville. Northwest will compete in the Arlington Tournament.

SMITH RECEPTION – The City of Decatur will hold a reception for Earl Smith 2-4 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Smith has served as the city’s public works director and city engineer for nearly eight years, and he is leaving to become director of engineering for League City.

BENEFIT – A bean and cornbread supper will be held Saturday as a benefit for Preston Younger of Chico. Younger is in need of surgery to remove a mass on his kidney. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. at Chico City Hall followed by music by the Buckner Band and a cake auction. Meal includes dessert, tea or water. Donations will be accepted as price of the meal. You can also donate to the “Preston Younger Benefit” account at Legend Bank. Call Jan Buckner, 940-644-2624.

QUARTER AUCTION - A Quarter Auction benefiting the Springtown Public Library is Tuesday, Sept. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m., and auction begins at 6:30 at the Senior Citizen’s Center, 1070 N. Main (FM 51). You must be at least 18 to attend.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Wise County Development Services and the Decatur dumpsite will also be closed Monday. The Boyd, Chico and Cottondale dumpsites will be closed the next business day, Wednesday Sept. 3.

COUNTY PUBLIC HEARINGS – Wise County commissioners will have a public hearing on the proposed tax rate at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will hold a second public hearing at the same location 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Commissioners have proposed a $69.8 million budget and a tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation.

BOOTHS AND SPONSORSHIPS – Various levels of sponsorship are available for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run. They include platinum for $250, business name on event T-shirt and sponsorship banner; gold for $100, business name on gold level of banner; silver for $50, business name on silver level of banner. Sponsors are also welcome to submit items for goodie bags distributed to every participant. There will also be booth space available at the event for $50. Contact Amy Wilson at 817-841-4471.

PARK SPRINGS REUNION – The Park Springs Homecoming and Reunion is Sunday at the Victory Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 4346 N. Texas 101 in Park Springs.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All Wise and surrounding county veterans are invited.

HAPPY LABOR DAY – There will be no Update on Monday due to the Labor Day Holiday. Any breaking news over the holiday weekend will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – A private memorial service for Vanessa Pearce, 49, of Chico will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doralee Inez Hutchison, 88, of Springtown is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


RESTAURANT BURGLARY – Decatur police are investigating a burglary of a local restaurant. Chief Rex Hoskins said someone broke out a window on the south side of Yesterday’s, entered the building and stole a safe with an undetermined amount of money. It happened during the overnight hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The break-in was discovered around 8 a.m. yesterday. No other businesses in the area were hit. Anyone with information should call Decatur PD at 940-393-0300.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EMS TANKER – Wise County commissioners approved Monday the purchase of two ambulances and a rescue truck with a tanker at the request of EMS Administrator Charles Dillard. Dillard said he wanted to add the tanker to the rescue truck to enable his crews to put out fires when necessary. “We would use it if someone is trapped in the car, and we’re there but the fire department’s not,” he said, in reference to car accidents. When there is a major accident, medics, a rescue truck and firefighters are called to the scene. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns was originally opposed to the idea. He said it was a “major change in protocol” and said Dillard didn’t have the manpower to operate a tanker. Burns also said he’d been contacted by a fire department that was concerned for medics’ safety. The commissioner first said he wanted to table the issue but ended up making a motion to approve the purchase with the stipulation that the tanker be used for cross-training with the firefighters. The purchase will be made with capital expenditure funds. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Animal Shelter will close at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Labor Day holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. next Wednesday.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Decatur High School Rodeo Team will host their NTHSRA rodeo in Decatur Sept. 27 and 28. The rodeo will be Saturday night/Sunday afternoon. Organizers are looking for vendors and silent auction items. Contact Stephanie, 940-393-3442, email decaturrodeoteam@gmail.com or facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.

VENDORS NEEDED FOR FESTIVAL – Vendor forms for Bridgeport’s Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival are available online at www.bridgeportchamber.org or at the Bridgeport Chamber office. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 4 in historic downtown Bridgeport on Halsell Street. Contact the Bridgeport Chamber at 940-683-2076 or Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP - The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Stevens Street Grill in Bridgeport. All Wise and surrounding county veterans are invited.

TASTE OF WISE – The 4th Annual Taste of Wise County is 5:30-8 tonight at Decatur Civic Center. Restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities will participate in the tasting event. Admission is $5. There will be live entertainment from local artists Dakota Burns, Brandon Gentry, Cody Robbins and Megan Nichols Adams. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658. Pre-tickets may be purchased at iCopy.

BENEFIT – A bean and cornbread supper will be held Saturday as a benefit for Preston Younger of Chico. Younger is in need of surgery to remove a mass on his kidney. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. at Chico City Hall followed by music by the Buckner Band and a cake auction. Meal includes dessert, tea or water. Donations will be accepted as price of the meal. You can also donate to the “Preston Younger Benefit” account at Legend Bank.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Becky Rushing, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Sharon Jensen, 69, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Doralee Inez Hutchison, 88, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Vanessa Pearce, 49, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Dan Hachtel is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Slidell Baptist Church.

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