Friday, January 23, 2015


HEART OF A CHAMPION – Wise County Special Needs Baseball has teamed up with Wise County 4-H and FFA for the first ever “Heart of a Champion” event on March 6. All ages of individuals with special needs are invited to participate. Each participant will be partnered with a 4-H or FFA member to show a livestock animal at the Wise County Youth Fair. Participants will receive a ribbon, a picture with the animal and dinner afterwards. Registration forms can be downloaded from wcspecialneeds.com, click on the forms link. Or you can pick one up at Meyers Agency, Inc. in Bridgeport. Registration forms are due by Feb. 2. Call Jeri Kay at 940-577-1848 or email charli@meyersagency.com.

GREYHOUNDS FIGHT FOR 21-A LEAD – The Slidell Greyhounds will meet the Bellevue Eagles at home tonight at 7:15 in a matchup for the 21-A lead. The game will follow the girls game at 6. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action and scores from local games will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord teams will go to Valley View. Boyd will head to Holliday. Bridgeport teams visit Castleberry. Chico welcomes in Lindsay. Decatur takes on Springtown at home. Northwest makes the trip to Roanoke to face Byron Nelson. Paradise faces City View at home.

DECATUR TRIES TO MAKE SPLASH AT DISTRICT – Decatur swimmers will compete in the 6-5A meet Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Grapevine ISD Natatorium. The top six in the individual and team events will advance to regionals Feb. 6-7.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP – Bridgeport High School counselors will host a financial aid workshop Tuesday, Jan. 27. The counselors will be providing two available workshops for parents: noon-1 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Bridgeport High School library. Call Aimee Burtnett or Julie Green at 940-683-4064.

BULLS BASKETBALL NIGHT – Bridgeport basketball players from peewee to varsity will be recognized at Bulls Basketball Night Monday at BHS. In-N-Out Burger will be on hand for a hamburger fundraiser, $7.50 per ticket. Tickets, which are limited, may be purchased at the high school main office or at the gate. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. prior to the Bulls game at 7.

WINTER FUN – The Decatur Public Library presents Special Preschool Storytime at 10:30 this morning. They will share winter stories, songs and movement – featuring puppets, giant “frogs,” and all kinds of fun. Visit the library or www.decaturpubliclibrary.com for more information.

YOUTH BASEBALL – Decatur Baseball League 2015 Spring Sign-up will be at Decatur City Hall 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Ages are t-ball, 5/6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Bring your child along with birth certificate. Uniform fittings at sign-up. Call Eric at 940-389-4679 or Annie 817-223-4928.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a breakfast meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise and surrounding county’s veterans are welcome.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will take place at two different times: ages 1-9 will be 4-6 p.m. and ages 10-15 will be 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration deadline is today, and prices will go up $10 for every package after today. Purchase tickets at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or iCopy. Pre-registration forms are located at every elementary school, some daycares and churches around town. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email shel5252@yahoo.com.

GUN RAFFLE – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will raffle off a Ruger All American 308/w Redfield Scope or a Weatherby PAO8 in 12 or 20 pump at the Decatur Gun Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. The winner will choose the gun. Money raised will help fund AIM’s trip to the National Amputee Conference in July.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will discuss Monday a resolution in support of voter choice for Wise County Water Control and Improvement Districts. They will also consider a resolution in opposition to removing the county fireworks regulation authority and another in opposition to unfunded mandates. Monday’s agenda also includes the recognition of a Wise County dispatcher and a closed session for property deliberations. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Helen Huddleston, 77, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church No. 2 with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ella Mae Wilkerson, 94, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Sunday.

FUNERAL for Ricky Cooper, 56, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasantview Baptist Church with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Kay Wallis, 62, of Weatherford is 6 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


RETIRED PBR CHAMPIONS TO RIDE IN DECATUR – J.W. Hart and PBR have announced that the 2015 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge on May 30 in Decatur will feature PBR world champions from the past three decades competing in a special pay-per-view event. So far four riders – Hart, two-time world champion Justin McBride, 1997 world champion Michael Gaffney and Ross Coleman – have been announced as participants in the Ring of Honor – Unfinished Business showdown that will award $160,000 to the victor of the winner-take-all challenge. According to Hart, the idea first came about from Calvin Jackson with WC Challenger Charities that organizes the event. The pay-per-view event will include three different competitions – the regular and championship rounds of the Hart Challenge, the Unfinished Business showdown and a winner-take-all challenge between currently competing PBR world champions. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

TAKE THE UMBRELLA – Much of Wise County received more than an inch of rain overnight, and the rain is expected to continue throughout the day. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. include 1.7 inches in Cottondale, 1.3 in Rhome, 1.25 in Decatur and Greenwood, 1.2 in Paradise, 1 in Bridgeport and 0.75 in Alvord. Today’s high is expected to be 41. A 50 percent chance of rain and possibly snow remains in the forecast overnight with a slight chance Friday morning.

HEALTH FORUM TO MEET – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County.

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Girls Softball Spring sign-ups have begun. Forms are available at all schools or by contacting Carley at 940-577-0138 or Sarah at 940-923-1055. Sign-ups will also be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Deadline for mailed forms is Feb. 11.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Decatur Civic Center. New officers will be installed. The Chamber is also looking for businesses interested in sponsorship of the monthly luncheons and newsletters. To register for the luncheon or seek sponsorship opportunities, call 940-627-3107.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold a breakfast meeting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise and surrounding county’s veterans are welcome.

GUN RAFFLE – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will raffle off a Ruger All American 308/w Redfield Scope or a Weatherby PAO8 in 12 or 20 pump at the Decatur Gun Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur Civic Center. Tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. The winner will choose the gun. Money raised will help fund AIM’s trip to the National Amputee Conference in July.

BOYD SOCCER – Boyd youth soccer sign-ups will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Feb. 21 in the middle school competition gym. Cost is 65. Call Michelle at 940-210-0857.

ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD – The Alvord ISD board of trustees will meet at 7 tonight at the school administration building on Mosley Lane. The mostly-routine agenda calls for reports from principals, superintendent and board members as well as approval of the annual financial audit and action on a level 3 grievance against a district employee. The board will meet in closed session regarding the complaint, but any action will be taken in open session. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Helen Huddleston, 77, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Vergie Williams, 99, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ellamaye Wilkerson, 94, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kay Wallis, 62, of Weatherford is 6 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


2 HURT IN 3-CAR WRECK – A chain reaction wreck around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday sent two people to area hospitals. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said a pickup was northbound on U.S. 81/287 when the driver came over a hill near the crossover at County Road 4228 south of Decatur and encountered traffic that was stopped due to traffic merging into one lane for a construction zone. The pickup rear ended another pickup, causing extensive damage to the second vehicle. The impact also pushed the second pickup into a third vehicle. The passenger in the second truck was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and the driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Both victims are female, although their names were not available at the accident scene. All northbound traffic was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxBULLS SHOOT DOWN EAGLES – Jacob Delangel hit three 3-pointers in the first half to help the Bridgeport Bulls build a 21-point lead on the way to a 78-55 victory over the Decatur Eagles in a showdown between top-15 teams in 4A. Delangel finished with 18 points. Caleb Smith led all scorers with 22. Devonte Patterson had 17. Parker Hicks finished with 17 for Decatur, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter. Holt Garner had 10. See the full story at www.wcmsports.com/bulls-shoot-down-eagles/.

LADY EAGLES SHUT DOWN SISSIES – The Decatur Lady Eagles held Bridgeport to 31 percent shooting (15-for-47) in a 54-41 win Tuesday that gave Decatur the lead in 8-4A. Makayla Mayfield led Decatur with 15 points and nine rebounds. Shelby Drews had 13 and Macen Stripling 12. Landrie Walsh led the Sissies with 14. See the full story at www.wcmsports.com/lady-eagles-shut-down-sissies-take-8-4a-lead/

HOOPS SCORES – Girls: Paradise 51, Jacksboro 33; Bowie 68, Boyd 21; Alvord 60, Poolville 53; Slidell 45, Saint Jo 25; Northwest 52, Fossil Ridge 45 OT. Boys: Paradise 58, Jacksboro 28; Bowie 80, Boyd 39; Poolville 99, Alvord 56; Slidell 56, Saint Jo 47; Northwest 76, Fossil Ridge 53

RAIN/SNOW POSSIBLE – After a predicted high of 59 today, temperatures will drop tonight to a low around 35. Chance of precipitation overnight is 100 percent. Thursday morning brings a 100 percent chance of rain and possibly snow, becoming all rain Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s high should be around 40. Rain and snow chances remain in the forecast Thursday night through Friday morning.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department presents the Bridgeport Box Office showing of “Wreck-It Ralph” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Stage. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, and concessions will be available. Call 940-683-3480.

GOSPEL CONCERT – The Songfellows Quartet gospel singing group will perform at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, and a love offering will be collected.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Franky Joe Robinson, 80, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vergie Williams, 99, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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2 hurt in 81/287 wreck near Decatur


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A chain reaction wreck around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday sent two people to area hospitals. Department of Public Safety Trooper Adam Lawson said a pickup was northbound on U.S. 81/287 when the driver came over a hill near the crossover at County Road 4428 south of Decatur and encountered traffic that was stopped due to traffic merging into one lane for a construction zone. The pickup rear ended another pickup, causing extensive damage to the second vehicle. The impact also pushed the second pickup into a third vehicle. The passenger in the second truck was flown to a Metroplex hospital, and the driver was taken by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Both victims were female, although their names were not available at the accident scene. All northbound traffic was shut down for about 45 minutes.

 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


CHICO BOARD EXTENDS SUPT. CONTRACT - The Chico School Board, by a narrow 4-3 margin, voted to extend the contract of Superintendent Mike Jones out to three years following a 30-minute closed session for the annual evaluation last night. Paul Cantrell, Mark Tate, Doug Bowyer and Pancho Redwine voted for the extension while Bill Hand, Lori Clark and G.A. Buckner voted against the extension. In other business, the board heard an update on potential facility needs as well as how a possible bond election would affect the tax rate. No bond election has been called by the board, although they are expected to decide on calling an election at next month’s meeting. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

BOARD HEARS FACILITY ESTIMATES - The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees meeting focused mainly on new school buildings Monday night. The board heard presentations on the new agriculture science barn and stadium renovations, which will take a grand total of more than $3.5 million to build. No decisions were made on the buildings yet, but bids for contracting should be made in the next month. The board also went over the answers to the soccer questionnaire that was given to high school and middle school students earlier in the semester. If the board decides to add soccer to its sports roster, it will cost the district about $23,000 in start-up costs, plus the hiring of two new coaches and one athletic trainer. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

PHARMACY BURGLARY – The Rhome Best Value Pharmacy was hit by burglars Saturday morning. The suspects broke a front window and took empty pill bottles and blood pressure medicine. Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis said the incident was captured on video, and he is confident those responsible will be caught. Anyone with information should call the Rhome Police Department at 817-636-2400. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BIG SANDY HOOPS BATTLE – The Decatur Eagles, ranked No. 15 in the latest TABC 4A poll, will head to Bridgeport to take on the sixth-ranked Bulls on the hardwood at 8 tonight. That showdown will follow the first-place battle in 8-4A between the Decatur Lady Eagles and 23rd-ranked Bridgeport Sissies at 6:15. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action and scores from other area games will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, Alvord team head to Poolville. Boyd squads make the trip to Bowie. Chico journeys to Era. Paradise welcomes in Jacksboro. Northwest brings in Fossil Ridge. Slidell goes to Saint Jo.

LEGISLATIVE DAY RESERVATION DEADLINE – The deadline to register for Wise County Legislative Days in Austin is Friday. The event, hosted by the Bridgeport, Decatur and Paradise chambers of commerce, is Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 16-17 at the Double Tree Guest Suites. It includes a reception Monday evening with all senators and state representatives invited, and breakfast at the hotel Tuesday morning with brief talks by Rep. Phil King and Sen. Craig Estes. Registration is $65 per person payable to the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, due by Friday. Hotel reservations must be booked separately.

BRIDGEPORT DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Tickets are now on sale for Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 21. There will be two dances: 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per couple, $5 for additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 East Main St., in Decatur. The program will be on field trips, and photos will be shown of previous field trips in and around the Wise County area. Members are encouraged to bring their own specimens. A potluck meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Service for Franky Joe Robinson, 80, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Jesse Dale Thacker, 24, of Newark is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Carol Burnett Wirtz, 65, of Newark is noon Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, January 19, 2015


PURSUIT ENDS IN FATAL CRASH – A Springtown man died after running his car off Farm Road 718 south of Texas 114 just before 9 p.m. Friday. Trooper Jackson Bridgeman of the Texas Department of Public Safety said he was southbound when a car passed him, heading north at a high rate of speed. Bridgeman turned on his flashers and turned around to pursue, and the driver saw him and hit the gas. “I checked his speed all the way up to right at 140 on my radar unit,” he said. “He was so far ahead of me I never saw him come off the road.” Bridgeman said he continued north to Texas 114 before canceling the pursuit. About that time, a Newark area resident called in and said she had heard a loud bang behind her house that sounded like a car crash. Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and medics, Newark firefighters and Boyd police returned to the scene and found a 1994 Pontiac Firebird on its roof in a field just west of Farm Road 718. The car had gone into a skid, crashed through a gate and rolled out into a vacant field. The driver, identified as Jerry Easterwood, 35, was still inside but was dead at the scene. DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said Easterwood was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation remains open awaiting autopsy results.

1 KILLED IN ALVORD WRECK – A one-car accident claimed a life on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord around 1 a.m. Saturday. Trooper Jackson Bridgeman said a 1997 Dodge minivan driven by 76-year-old Dennis Ward of Wichita, Kan., left the southbound roadway near the Hot Skillet restaurant and hit a tree, killing him. Ward was the lone occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation, pending autopsy results.

DECATUR HONORS EMPLOYEES – Three City of Decatur employees were honored Friday night for 15 years service to the city. Susie Hubbell, Robert Gage and Joe Tax were presented awards by Mayor Martin Woodruff and City Manager Brett Shannon at the annual employee appreciation dinner at the Decatur Civic Center.

FRIDAY HOOPS SCORES – Girls: Bridgeport 55, Lake Worth 21; Decatur 79, Castleberry 21; Paradise 68, Henrietta 26; Boyd 58, Nocona 26; Alvord 60, Lindsay 55; Slidell 68, Prairie Valley 31; Keller 62, Northwest 47. Boys: Bridgeport 80, Lake Worth 43; Decatur 97, Castleberry 31; Paradise 49, Henrietta 46; Nocona 71, Boyd 59; Lindsay 57, Alvord 40; Slidell 83, Prairie Valley 35; Keller 45, Northwest 39.

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.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet 6:15 tonight in the courtroom of the Wise County Law Enforcement Center, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 12:30 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Heritage Museum on Halsell Street at 12:30. No lunch will be provided. The board of directors will have a meeting at 11 prior to the general meeting.

DECATUR 4-H TO MEET – The Decatur 4-H Club meets 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Arrive between 5:15 and 6 to help finish painting a trash can that will be used at the fairgrounds during upcoming events.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss the start-up costs of a new soccer program at the high school at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes reviewing price quotes for electronic signs on all four campuses, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a review of the district’s Energy Conservation Policy and a discussion about the construction of a new agriculture science barn at the high school. The meeting is 7 p.m. at 2107 15th Street.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – The Chico School Board will perform the annual superintendent evaluation and take action on his contract at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes a facilities review committee update, a report on the annual cost savings from ESC Region 11, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a monetary donation from Noel and LeAnn Ruddick for the Ryan Ruddick Memorial Scholarship Fund and other regular monthly business. The meeting is 7 p.m. in the Chico Elementary School Cafetorium, 1120 Park Road.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frank Robinson, 80, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Paul Edward Lambert, 84, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial in Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jesse Thacker, 24, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Larry F. Fast, 69, of Paradise. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Accident victims identified


Drivers who died in two separate one-car accidents Friday night and early Saturday morning have been identified. The first driver, Jerry Easterwood, 35, of Springtown, died on Farm Road 718 in Newark at 8:49 p.m. Friday. Easterwood’s 1994 Pontiac Firebird was clocked at a speed of close to 140 miles per hour by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jackson Bridgeman before he broke off pursuit. Bridgeman said he lost sight of the driver and went all the way north to S.H. 114 looking for him. In the meantime, a resident who lives along FM 718 reported hearing a loud bang. Responders found Easterswood’s car had crashed through a gate, rolled several times and landed on its top in a field on the west side of the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said Easterwood was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation remains open awaiting autopsy results. The second accident occurred around 1 a.m. on U.S. 287 north of Alvord. That driver, 76-year-old Dennis Ward of Wichita, Kan. was southbound in a 1997 Dodge minivan when a witness said he left the roadway to the right, struck the culvert at the Hot Skillet restaurant and continued straight ahead, striking a tree. Ward was also pronounced dead at the scene. That accident is also under investigation, pending autopsy results.

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Bridgeport man found


According to the Bridgeport Police Department Facebook page, Benisio Gonzales Davila, 84, was found in Abilene, canceling the Silver Alert. This is the second time in 12 months that a Silver Alert has been issued for Davila. He was also reported missing in March 2014.

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Bridgeport PD issues Silver Alert


 

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The Bridgeport Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for Benisio Gonzales Davila. The 84-year-old is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has grey hair, brown eyes and was last seen about 3:30 p.m. today in Bridgeport. He was wearing a grey knit sweater, brown jacket and jeans. Gonzales is driving a white, 2008 Toyota Matrix with Texas license plate CK5P811. Law enforcement officials believe his disappearance poses a credible threat to his own health and safety. If you have information regarding this missing senior citizen, call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

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Friday, January 16, 2015


1 INJURED WHEN TRUCK STRIKES TRACTOR – An Alvord man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur by ambulance after his tractor was struck by a truck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Marvin Porter, 55, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after he hit the dash of the tractor following the collision. “He had a lot of preexisting conditions, and it’s unclear if he aggravated those and to what extent,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. Porter was injured in an April 2014 wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck his pickup. Porter’s friend Michael White, who was on the scene after Thursday’s accident, said Porter had his back fused together after that accident and later a knee surgery. Porter was driving his tractor on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 81/287, according to Siebeneck. A pickup driven by Tuxie Ballard, 25, of New Mexico hit the tractor in the rear ripping off the left back tire. Ballard’s truck came to rest in the median. “Ballard was in the outside lane going 75 in a 75, and Porter was on the shoulder,” Siebeneck said. “[Ballard] dropped his phone and swerved and hit the tractor.” Ballard said his phone was on the console and fell.

EDUCATION FOUNDATION SETS GOAL – The Decatur Education Foundation is seeking $50,000 in donations to fund innovative teaching grants, and $36,750 has been raised in donations and pledges, Foundation Board President Fred Renfro announced at last night’s annual donor recognition program. Top donors who have contributed at least $5,000 include Conoco Phillips, Decatur ISD faculty and staff, Devon Energy and Wise Regional Health System.

EAGLES START DISTRICT – Decatur Eagles will start the District 8-4A schedule at 8 tonight at home against Castleberry. The game will follow the girls game at 6:15. Get live updates of the action @wcmsports on Twitter. A recap of the action and a local scoreboard will be posted at wcmsports.com following the action. In other games, Bridgeport teams will head to Lake Worth. Alvord will be in Lindsay. Boyd teams try to rebound at Nocona. Chico plays host to Valley View. Paradise welcomes Henrietta. Slidell heads to Prairie Valley. Northwest visits Keller.

FOSSILS AND ROCKS – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center, 200 East Main St., in Decatur. The program will be on field trips, and photos will be shown of previous field trips in and around the Wise County area. Members are encouraged to bring their own specimens. A potluck meal will be served at 6:45 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-627-2329.

BENEFIT BAKE SALE – Open Arms is holding two bake sales to raise money for house fire victim Charles Montgomery. There is one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Mart and one from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Lowe’s Marketplace in Decatur. For information, call 940-210-5738.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical society will meet Monday at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. A board meeting is scheduled for 11, lunch is at 11:30, and a general meeting is scheduled for noon.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Decatur dumpsite will close Monday. Other dumpsites (Boyd, Chico and Cottondale) will close the next business day, which is Wednesday. They will reopen regular hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Loretta M. Wilson, 92, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frank Robinson, 80, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 9:15 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd is 6 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Paul Lambert, 84, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Larry F. Fast, 69, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Gary Andrew Miller, 67, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE memorial for Kenneth Earl Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Cecil Brooks, 88, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Breaking News: Man injured after truck hits tractor


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
An Alvord man was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur by ambulance after his tractor was struck by a truck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Marvin Porter, 55, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries after he hit the dash of the tractor following the collision.
“He had a lot of preexisting conditions, and it’s unclear if he aggravated those and to what extent,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck.
Porter was injured in an April 2014 wreck on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck his pickup.
Porter’s friend Michael White, who was on the scene after Thursday’s accident, said Porter had his back fused together after that accident and later a knee surgery.
“I hope his back is not messed up again,” White said.
Porter was driving his tractor on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 81/287, according to Siebeneck. A pickup driven by Tuxie Ballard, 25, of New Mexico hit the tractor in the rear ripping off the left back tire. Ballard’s truck came to rest in the median.
“Ballard was in the outside lane going 75 in a 75, and Porter was on the shoulder,” Siebeneck said. “[Ballard] dropped his phone and swerved and hit the tractor.”
Ballard said his phone was on the console and fell.
“I looked down for a second, and by the time I looked up, I kissed his rear end,” Ballard said.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


TOWNSEND’S CONTRACT EXTENDED – The Decatur School Board met behind closed doors for more than four hours last night while performing the annual superintendent evaluation. When they emerged around 10:15 p.m., they voted 7-0 to extend Superintendent Rod Townsend’s contract another year, making it a 3-year-contract, and provide a raise of $4,500. Board President Kevin Haney said, “The consensus of the board is we’re very pleased with Mr. Townsend and the work he is doing for the district. I feel he is doing an outstanding job for us.”

BOOK SPEED DATING – Book Speed Dating for Teens is 4 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to find their perfect literary match. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its first golf tournament Saturday, May 16. Call Deborah Mann, 940-393-1434.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED – Registration for spring classes at Weatherford College Wise County has been extended through 5 p.m. today for new and returning students. Call the college at 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu for information.

SCAM ALERT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses to make sure they double check the credentials of anyone approaching them to advertise on items such as local restaurant menus. At least one local business owner believes a man who approached him yesterday about advertising on a menu is actually running a scam.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance is Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will be take place at two different times: ages 1-9 will be 4-6 p.m. and ages 10-15 will be 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 23, and prices will go up $10 for every package after that date. Purchase tickets at www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or iCopy. Pre-registration forms are located at every elementary school, some daycares and churches around town. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email shel5252@yahoo.com.

BOYD SCHOOL BOARD – The Boyd school board will discuss agriculture barn construction bids, budget amendments and elementary school playground equipment tonight. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at 600 Knox Ave. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Loretta M. Wilson, 92, and Daniel Eugene Golike, 65, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lynn Young Morgan, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson of Alvord will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at the First Assembly of God Church in Azle. Graveside service is 9:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Gary Andrew Miller, 67, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE memorial service for Kenneth E. Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is Saturday, Jan. 24, at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015


BENEFIT ACCOUNT FOR NEWARK FAMILY – Ryder and Jade Jaramillo of Newark lost their home and all their belongings in a house fire Monday morning. Jade works at the Wise County Jail, and her co-workers have set up a benefit bank account for her family at First State Bank. Donations may be made at any location – Bridgeport, Chico or Paradise. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the fire is not suspicious, but the cause remains under investigation. Read more about the fire in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxSISSIES WIN 8-4A OPENER – The Bridgeport Sissies pushed their record to 20-4 with a 56-40 win over Springtown on their home court Tuesday. But even more important, they went to 1-0 in district 8-4A, their first district win in two seasons. Bailey Thompson led all scorers with 18 points as she and teammate Elaina Peyton both hit three three-pointers. Landrie Walsh had 12 points, including 8 in the second quarter when the Sissies stretched a one-point lead into a 10-point halftime advantage.

PARADISE HOLD OFF BOYD – Courtney Kerr hit four free throws in the final 27 seconds and scored 12 points as the Paradise Lady Panthers held off Boyd for the 36-33 victory Tuesday. Paradise’s bench outscored Boyd 14-0. Paradise needed every point to hold off Boyd’s rally led by Kenzie Elkins, who scored nine of her 17 in the final quarter. She hit a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left to pull Boyd within one. Paradise took over sole possession of second place in 9-3A with the win. In the boys game, Paradise held Boyd without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the final frame as the Panthers went on an 11-1 run on the way to a 55-45 victory. Caiden Berry led Paradise with 16 points. Trey Gordon scored 16 for Boyd.

HOOPS SCORES - GIRLS: Alvord 51, Era 32; Slidell 59, Tioga 27; Northwest 57, Denton Ryan 47. BOYS: Era 60, Alvord 57; Slidell 91, Tioga 51; Northwest 63, Denton Ryan 51.

YOUTH BASEBALL – Decatur Baseball League 2015 Spring Sign-up will be at Decatur City Hall 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 and 1-5 p.m. Jan. 18, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Ages are t-ball, coach pitch, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Call Eric at 940-389-4768 or Annie 817-223-4928.

FOUNDATION DINNER – The Decatur ISD Education Foundation’s annual Donor Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Young Elementary cafeteria. Donors will be honored, and entertainment will be the Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. RSVP to Jennifer Terrell at 940-393-7549 today.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED – Registration for spring classes at Weatherford College Wise County has been extended through 5 p.m. Thursday for new and returning students. Call the college at 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu for information.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur school board will meet tonight for the annual superintendent evaluation and consideration of his contract. The special meeting will also include a board work session on a potential bond election. The board is expected to make a final decision on calling a bond election at the Jan. 28 regular meeting. Note that the regular meeting was rescheduled from its original date of Jan. 19. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 with a closed session for the evaluation before reconvening into open session. It will be held at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Service for Daniel Eugene Golike, 65, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Norman Bruce Lee, 65, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. today at New Harp Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Guadalupe Galvan, 75, of Alvord is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Lynn Young Morgan, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathleen M. Erickson, 92, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Moveline Niblett Riley, 85, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Keeter Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church in Azle. Graveside service is 9:15 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Kenneth E. Canova, 71, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Albert Taylor, 70, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015


DITCHING BAD DEBT – Wise County commissioners Monday approved writing off $1.2 million in bad debt for Emergency Medical Services. EMS Administrator Charles Dillard said the total reflects the amount of money owed by patients on bills from 2009 to 2012, and there has been no activity on the accounts. County Auditor Ann McCuiston said this is done periodically to clean up the books. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

PARADISE HEADS TO BOYD – The Paradise Lady Panthers and Boyd Lady Yellowjackets, who are tied for second in 9-3A, will square off on the hardwood tonight at 6:15 at Boyd High School gym. The Panthers and Yellowjackets will follow. Get live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action will be posted at www.wcmsports.com tonight along with scores from area games. In other action, Alvord plays host to Era. The Bridgeport Sissies open 8-4A play at home against Springtown at 8 p.m. Chico teams will take on Poolville at home. Northwest welcomes Denton Ryan to Texan Gym. Slidell brings in new 21-A rival Tioga.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 south. The topic will be a webinar titled: “I Had My DNA Tested: Now What?” Cost is $5 for non-members.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – Governor’s Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living, 300 E. Devereaux St., in Decatur is hosting a health and wellness seminar for seniors 11 a.m. Friday. Lunch is provided. Make a reservation by calling 940-627-1104.

BOYD YOUTH SPORTS – The Boyd Youth Association will hold baseball, t-ball and softball sign-ups 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Boyd Middle School gym through Feb. 12. Soccer sign-ups will also begin 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the gym. Call David at 940-393-5542.

SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Installation of camp officers for 2015 will be conducted.

IMMUNIZATION/FLU CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold an immunization/flu vaccine clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur, 1200 Preskitt Road. A parent must be present and children must be VFC eligible. Parents should bring the child’s shot record. Cost for the shots is $10 per child or $20 per family.

FUNERALS – Service for Daniel Eugene Golike, 65, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Reta V. Madden, 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Norman Bruce Lee, 65, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Harp Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

VISITATION for Guadalupe Galvan, 75, of Alvord is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Lynn Young Morgan, 73, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Ronald Lee Milburn, 73, of North Richland Hills. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mack Thomas Irvin Jr., 66, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Moveline Niblett Riley, 85, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Keeter Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for John Diffenderfer, 63, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Monday, January 12, 2015


BLAZE DESTROYS NEWARK HOME – A home in the 100 block of County Road 4856 in Newark was destroyed by fire just after 5:30 Monday morning. According to Bonnie Jaramillo, her son Ryder, his wife Jade and their children, lived in the home. They escaped without injury. “(Jade) was in the living room, and she heard crackling,” Bonnie Jaramillo said. “She went in and got the girls out. The fire had already started in the girls’ room but not bad. She got the girls out and got out the back door ” Newark, Rhome and Boyd fire departments responded, as well as Wise County’s Medic 3. The home was fully engulfed when fire departments arrived. Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis was also called to the scene. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

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FIREFIGHTERS HONORED – Andy Wood was named the Decatur firefighter-of-the-year Saturday at the annual department awards banquet. Brandon Peyton was given three awards – including the top volunteer with 888 hours given the fire service, officer of the year, and a special award for being the first firefighter to complete the certification programs of two state firefighter organizations. Peyton, who had been a lieutenant in the volunteer division of the department, is now a paid firefighter. The department’s rookie-of-the-year award was presented to Evan Davis. Bridgeport firefighters stood by at the Decatur Fire Station to handle calls during the banquet.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Paradise Historical Society will meet for its regular bi-monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Paradise. Local author and retired Bridgeport school teacher Fred Dickenson will present historical writings of his great-grandmother, Alice Caroline Wright Dickenson, who was born in 1859 in Wise County. She grew up in the Cactus Hill community (near Bridgeport Lake) and lived most of her life in Wise, Parker, and Cook Counties. The Dickenson family has recently located letters, writings and journals that she left behind, and Fred will be sharing some of those with historic value.

FOUNDATION DINNER – The Decatur ISD Education Foundation’s annual Donor Dinner is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Young Elementary cafeteria. Donors will be honored, and entertainment will be the Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. RSVP to Jennifer Terrell at 940-393-7549 by Wednesday.

SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS – Decatur Girls Softball Spring sign-ups have begun. Forms are available at all schools or by contacting Carley at 940-577-0138 or Sarah at 940-923-1055. Sign-ups will also be held 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 at the Renshaw Park concession stand. Deadline for mailed forms is Feb. 11.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The council will meet 6 tonight at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut, with a short agenda. They will hear a request from County Judge J.D. Clark to plat the 11.395-acre tract where the Wise County Fairgrounds sits on Farm Road 51 South, and consider nominating someone to the board for the Wise County Appraisal District to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Jimmy Parker. A work session to review the city’s proposed new zoning ordinance will be held after the meeting. Both the meeting and workshop are open to the public.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will discuss and consider write-offs of bad debt for Emergency Medical Services and consider the proposed Texas Department of Transportation federal railroad signal project upgrade at County Road 3250 and Texas 114. They will also consider reappointing Dr. Jon Walker to a two-year term as the Wise County health authority.

FUNERALS – Services for Lynnie L. Morgan, 73, and Daniel Eugene Golike, 65, both of Decatur, Guadalupe Galvan, 75, of Alvord and Ronald Milburn, 73, of North Richland Hills are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Norman Bruce Lee, 65, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Harp Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL graveside for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Reta V. Madden, 77, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Vadis Nelson Simmons, 87, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Mack Thomas Irvin, Jr., 66, and Moveline Riley, 85, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Friday, January 9, 2015


MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN WRECK – A motorcyclist was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center after a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 380 east of Decatur Thursday evening. Antonio Trejo, 28, of Decatur was taken by ambulance to the Denton Hospital after the wreck that occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Trejo’s bike hit the back right end of the tractor-trailer driven by Johnny Simmons, 51, of Bridgeport.

INTERIM EA RESIGNS – Wise County Interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker has resigned effective Jan. 19. The Elections Commission accepted his letter of resignation in a meeting Thursday afternoon. At the same meeting they formally appointed Sabra Srader of Lubbock to the position with a salary of $52,000 and a vehicle allowance of $8,000. She will start work Jan. 20. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE - While the temperature is not expected to rise much above freezing today, any precipitation is expected to remain well south. But the local forecast includes a 30 percent chance of freezing rain Saturday night and a 40 percent chance of freezing rain Sunday.

LADY EAGLES START DISTRICT – The Decatur Lady Eagles basketball team will start 8-4A play tonight in Lake Worth at 7:30. Get updates of the action @wcmsports on Twitter. A recap of the action will be posted after the game at www.wcmsports.com. In other action, the Decatur Eagles will head to Burkburnett. The Bridgeport Sissies will go to Wichita Falls Hirschi for a final non-district game. Alvord teams will be in Collinsville. Boyd squads are in City View. Chico teams play host to Muenster. Paradise boys and girls teams take on Holliday at home. Slidell teams travel to Midway. Northwest is at Keller Timber Creek. Find local scores tonight at www.wcmsports.com.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will be having a blood drive 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport.

SHOW CANCELED, BUT DINNER’S STILL ON – Due to the threat of bad weather, the Paradise Project Show scheduled for Saturday has been canceled, but they plan to still hold the steak dinner and Bingo at Paradise Elementary at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. If that event ends up being canceled, it will be posted on the school’s website at pisd.net. Call Robin Meadows at 940-393-1903 or buy tickets at central office with Janice Clark. All proceeds benefit the Paradise Buyers Association.

SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Installation of camp officers for 2015 will be conducted.

PIG CAMP – Decatur FFA Pig Camp is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur FFA ag barn. The camp is open to FFA and 4-H members and will cover selection, daily care, feeding instruction, clipping, getting your animal ready for the show and showmanship. The program will be put on by Carrie Mason with Lindner Feed. Cost is $10. To register, contact Meghan Woodall at 940-393-7285 or meghan.woodall@decatur.esc11.net. All participants will receive a door prize.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will discuss and consider write-offs of bad debt for EMS and consider the proposed TxDOT federal railroad signal project upgrade at County Road 3250 and Texas 114. They will also consider reappointing Dr. Jon Walker to a two-year term as the Wise County health authority.

FUNERALS – Service for Nelda Moore, 72, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kathryn Doris Faires, 82, of Decatur is noon Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins

FUNERAL for Vadis Nelson Simmons, 87, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Monday at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Christian-Hawkins.

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Motorcyclist taken to hospital after wreck


wreckA motorcyclist was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center after a collision with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 380 east of Decatur Thursday evening.
Antonio Trejo, 28, of Decatur was taken by ambulance to the Denton Hospital after the wreck that occurred shortly after 6 p.m.
Trejo’s bike hit the back right end of the tractor-trailer driven by Johnny Simmons, 51, of Bridgeport.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015


BURDINE CONVICTED ON DRUG CHARGE – Scott Wayne Burdine, 38, of Runaway Bay was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance in the amount of 4 to 200 grams by a Wise County jury yesterday afternoon. Burdine was arrested during a traffic stop in October of 2013. Officers found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle Burdine was driving and also located drugs on the ground nearby that officers believe had been thrown from the vehicle prior to the stop. Burdine’s attorneys argued that the officer never actually saw the drugs thrown from the vehicle and could not connect them to Burdine, who was driving someone else’s truck. The sentencing phase of the trial will take place later this month. Because of a previous felony drug conviction, he is facing 5 to 99 years in prison for the offense. For now, Burdine remains in the Wise County Jail.

POWER OUTAGE – A wreck on Farm Road 1810 this morning has left 125 Oncor customers near Chico without power, according to Sabrina Easley, Oncor area manager. Easley said at 8:15 a.m. that it could take four to six hours for power to be restored after a vehicle struck an electrical pole east of Chico. Both Oncor and Wise Electric Coop customers are affected.

THANKING POLICE OFFICERS – National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD), an event sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), is Friday. Ashlee Hardy of Boyd is president of the Metroplex COPS chapter, and she’ll be leading a local effort to thank local law enforcement for their work. Hardy’s late husband, Wes, was a Plano police officer who was killed in 2007 responding to a traffic stop. She has since become an activist for police widows and other law enforcement groups. Hardy said LEAD is an opportunity to showcase the good that most police officers do and not let recent events spoil people’s perception of law enforcement as a whole. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT – A benefit account has been set up at Legend Bank for Charles Montgomery of Park Springs. He and his seven dogs are homeless following a fire Sunday morning. Donations may be made to account no. 1005065882.

URGENT CARE OPEN IN BRIDGEPORT – The Emergency Room at Wise Regional Health System’s Bridgeport campus has now transitioned to an urgent care facility. Wise Regional Urgent Care is now accepting patients. The facility is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week.

KETTLE TOTALS – Wise County shoppers donated just over $31,500 during this year’s Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign at Wal-Mart in Decatur. Campaign coordinator Tana Fedric said that is the largest amount donated in years.

FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED – The Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department is searching for new members. Applicants must be 18 years or older and pass a background check. Call Runaway Bay Fire Chief Brian Bernardo at 940-391-9158 or city hall at 940-575-4745.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Sponsors are being sought for the ninth annual Decatur Junior Woman’s Club Daddy Daughter Dance Feb. 7 at the Decatur Civic Center. This year’s dance will be take place at two different times: ages 1-9 will be 4-6 p.m. and ages 10-15 will be 7-9 p.m. Call Shelby Carpenter at 940-389-2000 or email shel5252@yahoo.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Kathryn Doris Faires, 82, of Decatur is noon Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Lloyd Wayne Webb Sr., 74, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Maxine Davis Stephens, 92, of Chico is noon today at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Vadis Nelson Simmons, 87, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Monday at Boyd Church of Christ with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Christian-Hawkins.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015


FAMILY: SPENCER MAY HAVE BEEN SLEEPWALKING – Spencer Crandall’s family believes he may have been sleepwalking, and was possibly intoxicated, when he was shot and killed outside a neighbor’s home the day after Christmas. Crandall, 31, of Rhome, was shot at around 4 a.m. Dec. 26, a few houses down from his own home on Carpenter Lane in the Shale Creek neighborhood east of Rhome. Crandall came knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell of a neighbor’s house, saying he needed to get in the house. The homeowner said he and Crandall struggled in the yard, then he warned Crandall he had a gun. When Crandall continued to try to enter the home, he was shot in the chest. Crandall’s family said he had a habit of sleepwalking, and they found evidence that he had consumed alcohol prior to the incident. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxWIND ADVISORY – A wind advisory is in effect for Wise County and all north central Texas from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Cold arctic air will continue to surge into the area today along with north winds of 20-30 miles per hour with gusts reaching 35 to 40 miles per hour. Wind chills in the teens and 20s are expected today as temperatures drop throughout the day. At 7:45 a.m., the temperature in Decatur was 31 degrees. While it is expected to remain dry today, a slight chance of snow or sleet is forecast for Friday and possibly a wintry mix Saturday night.

PARADISE FALLS TO BOWIE – The Bowie Lady Jackrabbits took over the 9-3A lead with a 57-46 win over the Paradise Lady Panthers. Kaylee McConnell and Courtney Kerr scored 14 points each for the Lady Panthers. Other local scores: Girls: Boyd 44, Jacksboro 40; Alvord 73, Chico 40; Northwest 51, Byron Nelson 33; Slidell 42, Forestburg 39; Bridgeport 47, Princeton 46. Boys: Bowie 55, Paradise 40; Boyd 68, Jacksboro 57; Byron Nelson 50, Northwest 44; Slidell 81, Forestburg 56; Bridgeport 81, Godley 69; Decatur 64, Iowa Park 49.

GET CERTIFIED – Lifeguard certification classes will be held at Fit N Wise in Decatur. For schedules and registration go to wiseaquatics.com or call Kim Emery, 940-627-2708, ext. 2607.

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.

IMMUNIZATION/FLU CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold an immunization/flu vaccine clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church in Decatur, 1200 Preskitt Road. A parent must be present and children must be VFC eligible. Parents should bring the child’s shot record. Cost for the shots is $10 per child or $20 per family.

LITERACY CLASSES – Decatur Public Library Early Literacy Classes resumed this week. Join children’s librarian, Ms. Kristin, for a variety of storytime classes designed to foster your child’s love of learning. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or call 940-393-0290 to find out which classes are best for your family.

FUNERALS – Services for Lloyd Webb and Doris Faires, 82, both of Decatur, are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mary Ann Reasoner, 72, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for LeeOla Koger, 60, of Sunset is 2 p.m. today at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Maxine Davis Stephens, 92, of Chico is noon Thursday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jimmy Lee Cox, 70, of Gainesville will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Gary Ray Patterson, 48, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Louise “Wa” Parker, 87, of Boyd is 7 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Vadis Simmons, 87, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015


FIRE DAMAGES MOBILE HOME AT WILDWOOD – Fire damaged a mobile home at Wildwood Naturist’s Resort Monday afternoon. But the quick work and response by Decatur firefighters stopped the fire, which started near the back porch, from destroying the trailer on Private Road 1170. “The Decatur Fire Department did a fantastic job and stopped it quickly,” said Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. “They’ll have to replace some sheet rock and wiring but that’s the extent of the damage.” The fire was called in shortly after 5 p.m. Travis said the origin of the fire was a heat lamp in a doghouse that apparently was knocked over. “It spread up the back porch and into the attic space,” Travis said. Decatur Fire Chief Michael Richardson said a witness stated they saw smoke from the back porch and started spraying the fire with a garden hose. “When [firefighters] got here there was a lot of fire showing around the back door,” Richardson said. “It started running through the attic but they were able to get it knocked down.”

COMMISSION CHOOSES NEW EA – The Wise County Elections Commission has chosen a new elections administrator – Sabra Srader of Lubbock. County Judge J.D. Clark told commissioners Monday her tentative start date is Jan. 20. Srader has been an elections clerk in the Lubbock County Office of Elections since 2011 and is a certified elections/registration administrator through the National Association of Election Officials. She has a law degree from Texas Tech University. “… (Srader) was a very impressive candidate, and I think you’ll all be glad to have her here with us,” Clark said. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

LADY EAGLES WIN LAST TUNEUP - Behind 18 points from Makayla Mayfield, 16 from Macen Stripling and 15 from Shelby Drews, the Decatur Lady Eagles won their final non-district game 58-47 over Carrollton Ranchview Monday.

LADY PANTHERS HEAD TO BOWIE – The Paradise Lady Panthers will take on Bowie for the 9-3A lead tonight at 6:15. The boys game will follow. Updates of the action can be found at @wcmsports on Twitter. The game stories will be posted at wcmsports.com. In other action, Northwest teams will take on rival Byron Nelson at Texan Gym. Chico heads to Alvord. Boyd squads take on Jacksboro at home. Slidell teams will play host to Forestburg. The Bridgeport Sissies will face Princeton at home. The Bulls head to Godley. The Decatur Eagles head to Iowa Park. Scores will be posted tonight at wcmsports.com.

PIG CAMP – Decatur FFA Pig Camp is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur FFA ag barn. The camp is open to FFA and 4-H members and will cover selection, daily care, feeding instruction, clipping, getting your animal ready for the show and showmanship. The program will be put on by Carrie Mason with Lindner Feed. Cost is $10. To register, contact Meghan Woodall at 940-393-7285 or meghan.woodall@decatur.esc11.net. All participants will receive a door prize.

GLOW RUN – The Paradise High School junior class is hosting a Glow Run Sunday, Jan. 25, at the school’s baseball fields. There will be a one-mile fun run/walk and a 5K. The fun run/walk is at 5:30 p.m., and the 5K begins at 6. Registration forms are on the school website and should be returned to Cayleigh Anthony, c/o Paradise Elementary, 340 School House Rd., Paradise, TX 76073. They can also be dropped off at the high school or elementary offices. Pre-register by Monday, Jan. 12, to receive a T-shirt. Cost is $15 for the fun run/walk and $20 for the 5K. Glow sticks and other items will be sold at the event.

STEP UP AND SCALE DOWN – Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is sponsoring Step Up and Scale Down, a 12-week program which consists of weekly lessons, weight check-in, weekly challenge and healthy recipes. The series begins today and continues weekly through March at the Extension office. For more information and to pre-register for the program, call 940-627-3341.

RELAY MEETING – A Relay for Life team captains meeting is 7 tonight at Candlewood Suites in Decatur.

REGISTER FOR COLLEGE – 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. Currently registered students must make payment arrangements by Wednesday. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu to schedule your personal advising session. Course schedules and admissions information can be found at www.wc.edu/academics.

FUNERALS – Service for Virginia (Maxwell) Wood, 78, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mary Ann Reasoner, 72, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for LeeOla Koger, 60, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Maxine Davis Stephens, 92, of Chico is noon Thursday at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Cox, 70, of Gainesville is 2 p.m. Friday at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Gary Ray Patterson, 48, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Louise “Wa” Parker, 87, of Boyd is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Jessica Jane Pittman, the baby daughter of Debra Land and Trevor Pittman of Boyd, is 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Christian-Hawkins.

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