EARLY VOTING OFF TO SLOW START – Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is off to a slow start with only 1,463 votes cast this week. Totals for each location included: 783, Decatur; 372, Bridgeport; and 308, Rhome. The daily totals have dropped throughout the week, with only a slight increase between Tuesday and Wednesday. The largest turnout was Monday with 443. Tuesday’s vote total was 351 with 355 Wednesday. On Thursday, 314 votes were cast. Totals do not include limited or provisional ballots. Early voting continues this weekend at Decatur City Hall 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Next week early voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of these locations. Voters should bring a photo ID, along with their voter registration card.
DECATUR TEAMS WIN DISTRICT – Jessica Kyle won her second straight district cross country race Thursday, completing the 3,200-meter course at Joe Wheeler Park in 12 minutes. The Lady Eagles won the 8-4A crown, taking seven of the top eight spots. Georgina Palomo finished second, Taylor Butler third, Nicole Neighbors fourth, Elizabeth Culpepper sixth, Paola Palomo seventh and Lluvia Ramos eighth. The Bridgeport Sissies finished second with Diana Garcia in fifth place in 12:43. Elizabeth Wiedemann medaled, taking 10th. In the boys race, Decatur held off Castleberry to win by two points, 41-43. Bridgeport finished third to qualify for regionals. Decatur senior Tyler Wilson finished second in 17:17. Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar was third in 17:19. Salvador Garcia finished fourth in 17:42.
TRICK OR TREAT EVENTS – Candy seekers: Rejoice. There are many Halloween and trick or treat events planned in Wise County Oct. 25-31. Put the finishing touches on those costumes and check out our roundup of events at wcmess.com/halloween to see what’s scheduled for your community.
RODEO LEGEND TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER – Acclaimed rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tallman, who announces rodeos coast-to-coast, from the Fort Worth Stock Show to the Calgary Stampede to the National Finals in Las Vegas, has been the PRCA’s announcer of the year eight times. His voice, which has become synonymous with professional rodeo, is familiar to generations of rodeo fans. Luncheon reservations are $12 per person. Call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.
BOYD, PARADISE RENEW RIVALRY – The Paradise Panthers will head to Boyd in a battle of neighbors at 7:30 tonight. It’s also a crucial game for both in battle for a playoff spot out of 4-3A Division I. Decatur will play host to Wichita Falls Hirschi in 4-4A Division I. Bridgeport heads to Aubrey, continuing 3-4A Division II action. Follow our live blogs from the three games at wcmessenger.com/scores. We will also have updates from Alvord at Valley View, Trenton at Chico and Northwest at Keller Timber Creek.
CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico schools will release at noon today for homecoming activities. The homecoming parade will be on the square at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chico: Champ At Every Game.” Following the parade, there will be a pep rally on the square and a community barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. at Chico Middle School on Farm Road 1810, next to the football field. The dinner is hosted by the Ex-Students Association, but everyone is welcome. Cost is $7 per plate, and proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m., and class years ending in “4” will be recognized. Chico alumni will also vote for coming home king and queen at this time. They will be honored prior to the start of the game against Trenton at 7:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL RACES HEAT UP – With the district finales set for Tuesday, several Wise County teams play pivotal matches tonight. Paradise and Boyd will battle at Boyd at 4 p.m. with both trying to lock down playoff spots. Decatur will play host to Bridgeport at 5 p.m. and can clinch a share of the 8-4A title with a win. Northwest heads to Keller Timber Creek. Chico will take on Tolar Saturday at noon.
NORTHWEST GIRLS ADVANCE – The Northwest Lady Texans cross country team qualified for regionals Thursday, finishing third in the 5-6A meet. Cassidy Adams finished second, running 19:12 on the 5K course at UNT. The Northwest Texans finished fifth in the team standings but qualified a pair of runners for regionals. Trevor Bohr took fourth in 16:22, and Jacob Suchors eighth in 16:33.
PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a fall plant sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon station on the corner of Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. They will have mums, pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus and prepared color containers. All plants were grown by DHS students enrolled in horticulture. Flats start at $12.
HUNTER’S EDUCATION – The Texas Parks and Wildlife required hunter’s education course will be taught at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. The six-hour class is sponsored by Shootsafe Academy and taught by Dan Graeber. Cost is $15 at the door. Register by calling 817-220-8999.
GT PROGRAM – Chico Elementary School will have a fall informational meeting for all parents and/or students interested in learning more about the gifted and talented program and requirements at Chico Elementary School. The meeting is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the elementary library. If you can’t attend the meeting, call 940-644-2220, ext. 2013, or come by the elementary office.
GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program through today. Nomination forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. For information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.
DISTRICT SINGING – The fall session of the District Singing Convention is 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch is provided. Contact Susan Bollman, 817-975-1666, email@example.com; Vic Cox, 817-599-9024, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Ava Barlow, 972-658-7608, email@example.com.
OPEN HOUSE – PrimeWest Mortgage is hosting an open house today at its new office space – 203 W. Walnut. The historic building, formerly home to Cheer Dynamics, has been remodeled. Tours and a come-and-go lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FUNERALS – Graveside service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Mary Spivey, 56, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.Print This Page