Wednesday, August 27, 2014


BOONSVILLE FIRE – Numerous fire departments including Boonsville, Bridgeport and Cottondale were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1900 block of County Road 3855 south of Boonsville overnight. The fire was reported around 11 Tuesday night. There were no reports of injuries. The first department on the scene reported a structure fully involved. The fire is under investigation. More information will be posted as it is available at WCMessenger.com.

FORMER SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – Former Decatur ISD Supt. J.D. Kennedy, now superintendent in McKinney, announced his retirement and resignation last night at a McKinney School Board meeting. Kennedy will retire at the end of the year. After leaving Decatur, Kennedy was superintendent in Midlothian before becoming superintendent in McKinney.

DECATUR SWEEPS NO. 1 BROCK – The Decatur Lady Eagles, ranked No. 2 in 4A, swept 3A’s top-ranked Brock Lady Eagles Tuesday, 25-15, 25-21, 25-18 in their volleyball match. Caroline Lowery put down 13 kills. Cooper Martin added 10. Stormi Leonard handed out 21 assists and made 10 digs. Boyd took down Bridgeport in three games 25-13, 25-11, 25-14 behind 15 kills by Maddy Busch. Baylie Harris doled out 16 assists. Chico fell to Petrolia 25-11, 25-15, 25-19. Chisholm Trail beat Northwest 25-23, 25-19, 25-22. Camryn Berryhill recorded 13 kills. Tatum Talley made 18 digs.

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE – Rhome Fire Department is conducting a membership drive during the Labor Day weekend. Rhome firefighters will be at Shale Creek 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Applications will be available on site. Meet the volunteer firefighters and see the firetruck. Applications are also available at the Rhome Fire Station, 261 N. School Rd., over Labor Day weekend or at Rhome City Hall, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

VENDORS NEEDED – Vendor forms are available online at www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/events for the Paradise Main Street Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 27. Call Gay, 940-969-3680. Food vendors are also needed. Contact Donna Weeden, dgweeden@yahoo.com or 940-859-3691.

TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County say only a few spots remain for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Civic Center. 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.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. All Wise County community health stakeholders are invited. The group will share information about latest events and issues related to community public health.

DISD BUDGET HEARING – The public will have a chance to learn details and offer feedback on the 2014-2015 school year budget at Decatur tonight. The school district will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate at a meeting 5:30 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates St. Following the hearing, the board will vote to adopt the budget and tax rate. The district is proposing a total tax rate of $1.29 per $100 valuation for the 2014-2015 school year. That includes a $1.04 maintenance and operations tax rate and $0.25 for debt service. It represents a one-cent decrease from the current year’s tax rate.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW – Today’s Wise County Messenger features our annual Fall Sports Preview, including coverage of local football, cross country and volleyball teams as well as cheerleaders, drill teams and bands. Today’s paper also includes previews of the season-opening football games this weekend.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Louise Douglas, 89, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gooseneck Cemetery in Graham. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Becky Rushing, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Sharon Jensen, 69, of Rhome and Dan Hachtel, 57, of Slidell are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Michael Wegrzyn, 57, of Paradise will be held at a later date in Alamosa, Calif. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


COUNCIL RATIFIES HIRES – During a special meeting Monday, Rhome officials ratified hires made by Mayor Louis Godfrey in late June and early July during a hiring freeze. “In as much as these were replacement hirings [the hires were] in the best interest of the city,” Councilwoman Jo Ann Wilson said. ” … This is just some housekeeping.” Godfrey hired Sam Dorsett to replace Preston Gilliam as the public works director; and Brandon Davis to take over as police chief, the post previously held by James Rose; and Sherrie Dast, who took over after the retirement of Sherry Taylor as the city’s municipal court clerk.

COURTHOUSE ELEVATOR REPAIRS – Yesterday Wise County commissioners awarded a $70,000 bid to Otis Elevator Co. to make repairs to the courthouse elevator. County Judge Glenn Hughes told commissioners at a July meeting that the elevator needs a double cylinder, and Otis, the company which currently maintains it, will complete the work. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

NISD OKS TAX RATE – The Northwest ISD school board approved a tax rate of $1.4525 per $100 of evaluation Monday night for 2014-15, which is the same as last year’s. The rate includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and a debt service rate of 41.25 cents. NISD trustees also approved the issuance of $75 million in bonds from the $255 million bond package passed by voters in 2012. The issuance is projected to be supported within the current debt service rate of 41.25 cents.

BISD ADOPTS TAX RATE, BUDGET – The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees adopted a 2014-2015 budget of more than $22 million at its meeting Monday night. The board also adopted a set tax rate of $1.23280 per $100 valuation. This tax rate is composed of a $1.04 tax for maintenance and operations and a $0.19280 interest and sinking fund tax which would be used to pay for bonded debt on construction and equipment. For more budget details, read Wednesday’s edition of the Messenger.

APPLY FOR DATCU JUNIOR BOARD – DATCU Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its junior board of directors. Requirements include being a high school senior graduating in May 2015, mandatory attendance at four meetings during the school year and submission of an application on or before Thursday, Aug. 28. All applicants will be selected by an external committee and will receive a $250 scholarship to be used toward higher education. To apply, visit datcu.org/about us. The junior board of directors helps students further develop leadership, gain insight about the credit union and financial industry and promote community service.

BATTLE OF TOP TEAMS - The Decatur Lady Eagles, ranked second in the latest 4A TGCA volleyball poll, will play host to the top ranked team in 3A, Brock, at 6 tonight. In other area action, Boyd heads to Bridgeport for a 6 p.m. match. Petrolia comes to Chico. Paradise takes on Ponder at home. Northwest takes on Keller Chisholm Trail at home.

MOVIE NIGHT – Rhome Assembly of God in Rhome will host a free “Outdoor Family Movie Night” Friday. The movie is a true story of a little boy who died and went to heaven and what he saw and experienced there. Concessions will be available. Bring lawn blankets, lawn chairs and mosquito spray. Movie starts a few minutes after sundown (around 8:10 p.m.)

COLLEGE BIRTHDAY – Weatherford College will celebrate 145 years with a birthday celebration 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Historic Plaza outside the Academic Building in Weatherford. There will be a brief ceremony, balloons and cake.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON - The Decatur Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 today at Decatur Civic Center. Guest speaker is Rod Townsend.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Louise Douglas, 89, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gooseneck Cemetery in Graham. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Becky Rushing, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Michael Wegrzyn, 57, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Monday, August 25, 2014


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL – For most Wise County students, today is the first day of school. Classes began this morning at Alvord, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell school districts. Students who attend Boyd and Northwest will begin classes tomorrow. Be sure to watch for students walking to and from school, watch for school buses loading and unloading students and pay attention to the reduced speed limits in school zones.

NEWARK HOUSE FIRE – A home in the 500 block of Wise Street in Newark was heavily damaged during an overnight fire. Fire departments from Newark, Boyd and Rhome were dispatched to a report of a fire in a single-story, wood frame structure just before 11 p.m. Haslet was later dispatched to provide support as well. The home’s occupants were able to escape without injuries. In addition to the home, firefighters reported that the fire also spread to a shed and a vehicle on the property. The fire was reported contained at 12:30 a.m. Red Cross was called to assist the family.

LADY EAGLES TAKE SECOND AT TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles took second in the silver bracket at the Northwest ISD Volleyball Tournament over the weekend. Decatur fell to Rockwall Heath in the bracket final, 25-19, 25-12. Decatur beat Frisco Wakeland and Midway to reach the final. Caroline Lowery put down 81 kills over the tournament, and Makayla Mayfield 67. Stormi Leonard passed out 194 assists. Northwest dropped a pair of matches Saturday at its tournament, falling to Cedar Park 25-23, 25-20 and Boswell 26-24, 27-29, 25-20. Morgan Baker handed out 130 assists in the tournament. Camryn Berryhill buried 67 kills, and Tessa Harfield 45.

BOYD FINISHES RUNNERUP – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets reached the final of the Chico Volleyball Tournament Saturday, falling to Collinsville 25-19, 25-16. Boyd also beat Gold-Burg and Petrolia Saturday. Maddie Busch recorded 24 kills in the three matches. Chico fell in the consolation final to Forestburg 25-23, 25-27, 25-22. Chico beat Prairie Valley twice and lost to Bryson Saturday.

DECATUR BOYS AND GIRLS WIN MEET - The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams won the 5A divisions at the Friday Night Hawk Invite. The Eagles won with 40 points. Parker Cullop took second in the two-mile event in 10:42. Tyler Wilson and Hunter Helm posted top-ten finishes. The Lady Eagles took first with 23 points. Jessica Kyle won the race in 12:31. Georgina Palomo took second in 12:34. Paola Palomo, Elizabeth Culpepper, Nicole Neighbors and Lluvia Ramos finished in the top nine.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry sing along is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1605 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free, and an offering will be accepted to cover the expenses of the museum.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and tomorrow with a late registration fee applied. Classes began today. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Contact the college at wisecounty@wc.edu or 940-627-2690.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest speaker is Rod Townsend.

PREP COURSE – A HSE/GED Preparation course will be offered 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays in the Workforce and Continuing Education Building, Room 2C at Weatherford College Wise County. Registration is 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

HOUSING OFFICE CLOSED – The Decatur Housing Authority will be closed this week for training and conference. The office will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2.

SISSIES END TOURNEY WITH WIN – The Bridgeport Sissies closed the Fort Worth Brewer volleyball tournament Saturday with a win over Carter-Riverside behind 5 kills from Sadie White. Bridgeport went 1-5 at the event.

FUNERALS – Services for Becky Rushing, 61, and Frankie Douglas, 89, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Debra Rena Patterson, 55, of Newark is 7 tonight at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-7 p.m. at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Friday, August 22, 2014


CHISHOLM TRAIL RODEO – The Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo is today and tomorrow at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at AGvantage Farm and Ranch. A rodeo dance with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will follow the Saturday rodeo. For dance tickets, call 940-399-9558.

WESTERN FESTIVAL – A western heritage festival is 2-6 p.m. tomorrow on the Wise County Courthouse square. There will be live music, gunfighters, vendors, kids activities and a rodeo parade at 5:30 p.m. Call 940-393-0340.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (with late registration fee applied). Classes begin Monday. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Contact the college at wisecounty@wc.edu or 940-627-2690.

CASA TRAINING – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties will hold training 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Sept. 11. Dinner is provided. Register before Monday by calling 940-627-7535.

DR. WHO CELEBRATION – Decatur Public Library is having a party 4-6 p.m. today to celebrate the new season of “Dr. Who.” They will show “The Time of the Doctor,” last season’s finale, make rice crispy T.A.R.D.I.S models and sample some Who-themed teas. Dress as your favorite character or just come as you are. No sign-up required. The event is for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall.

GARAGE SALE - The Bridgeport Cheer Team will hold a garage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today at 2110 Overland Dr. to raise money for their Disney trip in December.

BLOOD DRIVE – Best Value Rhome Pharmacy will host a Carter BloodCare Blood Drive 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 400 S. Main St., Rhome. Walk-ins are welcome.

POOL PARTY – A back-to-school pool party for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Bridgeport City Pool. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at city hall and the city pool. Tickets at the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

MEET THE EAGLE – Decatur High School will offer hot dogs and photos with the Regal Eagle for free at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own camera for pictures. Organizations will sell their Eagle products and T-shirts. Meet the Eagle will begin at 7 in the high school gym. Everyone needs to sit on the home side. Coaches, staff and athletes will be introduced at that time.

PARK SPRINGS REUNION – The Park Springs Homecoming and Reunion is Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Victory Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 4346 N. Texas 101 in Park Springs.

FUNERALS – Service for Sharon Haysen Harvey, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mark Lee Adams, 54, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Lea Ann Meador, 51, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vera Cocanougher, 98, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Stephen Marvin Taber, 68, of Azle. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Charles Sims, 89, of Newark is 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Giuliana Rodriguez, the infant daughter of Mauro Rodriguez and Maribel Rohan of Chico, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


THEFT ARREST – A Weatherford man suspected in thefts from Wise, Tarrant and Parker counties was arrested last week, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Department. Jerry L. Weeks, 34, was arrested Aug. 13 and later released on $2,500 bond. Investigators found suspected stolen property in a motel room rented by Weeks, who said he found a large portion of the property in a trash bin located at a storage facility in Wise County. Weeks identified at least 10 Parker County homes where he stole packages that had been delivered from UPS and FedEx. He told investigators he sold a large portion of the items for drugs and money. Items stolen included ammunition, jewelry, clothing, electronics, guitars, iPhones, rodeo equipment, toys, cosmetics, hunting equipment, souvenirs, home decorations, printer paper and ink, crafts, oil field tools, cleaning supplies and a pipeline Geo phone.

TITLE I MEETING – Alvord Elementary School will host its annual Title I Parent Meeting 6 tonight in the elementary school cafeteria. Meet the Teacher Night will follow, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

GENEALOGY SEMINAR – The Wise County Genealogy Society is presenting a seminar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Lisa Cooke will present four classes: 1-Ultimate Google Search Strategies & Tips, 2-Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers, 3-How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote, 4-How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.

CHISHOLM TRAIL RODEO – The Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo is tomorrow and Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6 p.m., and performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at AGvantage Farm and Ranch. Slack is 7 tonight and will be free to the public. A rodeo dance with Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will follow the Saturday rodeo. For dance tickets, call 940-399-9558.

VETERANS OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY – The Veteran Service Office in Decatur will be closed Friday for staff to attend quarterly training in Dallas.

SHELTER OPENING LATE – The Wise County Animal Shelter in Decatur will be closed for training Friday morning and will open at 2 p.m.

HOUSING OFFICE CLOSED – The Decatur Housing Authority will be closed the week of Aug. 25-28 for training and conference. The office will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, for Labor Day and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2.

MEET THE EAGLE – Decatur High School will offer hot dogs and photos with the Regal Eagle for free at 6 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own camera for pictures. Organizations will sell their Eagle products and T-shirts. Meet the Eagle will begin at 7 in the high school gym. Everyone needs to sit on the home side. Coaches, staff and athletes will be introduced at that time.

PASTA DINNER TICKETS ON SALE – Tickets are now available at iCopy and the First Financial Bank locations in Boyd, Decatur and Bridgeport for the Sept. 14 Decatur Lions Club Pasta Dinner at gogo Gumbo! All proceeds benefit the South Wise Services food pantry. Tickets are $20 each. Service times are 4, 5:30 or 7 p.m.

CRAFT VENDORS – Vendors are needed for the Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show, which is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. Booths – which include one chair, helpers to unload, parking and wifi – are $75 for 10 10 or $140 for 10 20. Additional items are $10 for electricity, $10 for tables and $5 for chairs. Applications are due Oct. 10. Contact Casci Land, 817-336-6565; Tanda Dovel, 817-996-1790; Suzanne May, 817-897-5303; or Deborah Christenson, 817-726-1075.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans from Wise and surrounding counties are invited.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for H.L. “Bill” Spain, 90, of Alvord is 1 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Hayden Harvey, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Mark Lee Adams, 54, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Lea Ann Meador, 51, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Stephen Taber, 68, of Azle is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE BUDGET, TAX RATE – Wise County commissioners proposed a $69.8 million budget in a workshop Tuesday morning. They also agreed to keep the current tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, as suggested by County Judge Glenn Hughes in a July 31 meeting. If approved, this means property owners would not pay more in taxes unless the value of their property increased. Neither the budget or the tax rate will be final until commissioners formally approve them in a special meeting Monday, Sept. 8. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today. Commissioners also proposed a branch campus maintenance tax for Weatherford College Wise County of 4.618 cents per $100 property valuation. Read more on the college budget in the weekend edition of the Messenger.

FOOD TRUCKS CAN STAY PUT – The Bridgeport city council passed an amendment to city code Tuesday night that would make it possible for food trucks to operate on one tract of land for longer than three hours, as long as they have access to restrooms and trash bins. The amendment comes after Ryder Holley brought the issue to the council at its last meeting. The council also discussed whether or not to keep the airport open during its runway extension project, which won’t be clarified until the city meets with the airport construction crew Sept. 2.

LADY EAGLES FALL IN 5 – In volleyball action, 4A No. 1 Decatur fell to 5A No. 9 Aledo in five games Tuesday, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-6. Cooper Martin recorded 23 kills. Stormi Leonard handed out 50 assists. Arlington Lamar beat Northwest in three games, 25-12, 25-15, 25-12. Tessa Harfield put down six kills. South Hills rallied past Boyd in five games 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 15-7. Maddie Busch had 14 kills for Boyd, and Bailey Harris 10. Morgan Abbott served five aces to go along with 19 assists. Chico held off Forestburg in five games, 25-23, 21-25, 30-28, 26-24, 16-14.

WESTERN FESTIVAL – A western heritage festival is 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on the Wise County Courthouse square. There will be live music, gunfighters, vendors, kids activities and a rodeo parade at 5:30 p.m. Call 940-393-0340.

SEAT SALE – Deadline for renewing reserved seats for Decatur High School football is 4 p.m. Thursday. All unclaimed seats will go on sale to the general public at the Princeton scrimmage at 6.

TASTE OF WISE – Organizers of the 4th Annual Taste of Wise County say only a few spots remain for restaurants, caterers and food/drink facilities to participate in the tasting event, which is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Decatur Civic Center. 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.

FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on protecting assets and ensuring money lasts. Seating is limited. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the MTC Bridgeport Correctional Center. Warden David McComis will give the program. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

REGISTRATION CONTINUES – Registration for fall classes at Weatherford College Wise County continues this week (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday/Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday) and next week (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday/Tuesday with late registration fee applied) for classes that begin Monday, Aug. 25. Course schedules can be viewed online at www.wc.edu/academics/schedules-course-catalogs. Contact the college at wisecounty@wc.edu or 940-627-2690 for more information.

BABYGARTEN – Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants and toddlers to BabyGarten at Chico Public Library 11 a.m.-noon today. Join Ms. Sandra for music, stories and crafts. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Service for Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. today at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raynette Wilson, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Durwood Emerson, 83, of Highland Village is 2 p.m. today at Flat Rock Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Hayden Harvey, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Emerald Hills Cemetery in Kennedale. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Lea Ann Meador, 51, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for H.L. “Bill” Spain, 90, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


BOYD ISD APPROVES BUDGET – Following a public hearing on the matter, the Boyd Board of Trustees approved a $10,906,226 general fund budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It will be funded, in part, by a tax rate of $1.22 – $1.04 for maintenance and operations (the same total as last year) and 18 cent-rate for interest and sinking. The I&S is a half-cent less than last year’s rate. “Because the values were up, it takes less of a tax rate to generate the same amount of money,” Superintendent Ted West said. “If we kept it at 18-and-a-half cents, we would have to have a rollback election, which means we’d have to take that to the voters and they could roll it back even further than that. We don’t want to do anything that would trigger that.”

SCHOOL SETS BREAKFAST PRICES – The Bridgeport ISD board of trustees approved setting school breakfast prices at $1.50, a move made to ensure that the meal payment would be able to pay for one cup of milk, two servings of fruit, two whole grains or one whole grain and meat. That was the only item that was acted on, as the rest of the meeting was devoted to discussions about possible athletics and agriculture barn renovations, but no action was taken. Other topics of discussion included the upcoming 2014-2015 budget, which will be set on Aug. 25, and when and where to install electronic marquee signs on each campus in the district.

GPA CHANGES – A new grade point average policy will apply to both incoming sophomores and freshman at Decatur High School, following action last night by the Decatur School Board. The new policy eliminates the six-point scale, and only advanced courses will carry a potential five points. Core classes will be on the four-point scale. Juniors and seniors will continue to use the old policy.

RAINFALL – While much of Wise County remained dry overnight, parts of the county received fairly substantial rainfall. Totals included 0.91 of an inch in Rhome, 0.9 in Bridgeport and 0.8 in Aurora.

LADY EAGLES HEAD TO ALEDO – After their seventh-place finish at the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland over the weekend, the Decatur Lady Eagles return to the court tonight for a 6:30 match at Aledo. Northwest will play at Arlington Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Boyd will host South Hills at 6 p.m. Chico will travel to Forestburg. Paradise will head to Lindsay for a dual match with Lindsay and Denton Calvary.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT - Slidell Elementary will hold “Paw Up for School,” a back to school health fair 6-8 p.m. Thursday. It will include free haircuts, health-related information booths and yogurt parfaits. Call Slidell schools at 940-466-3118 for more information.

SOCCER SIGNUPS – Boyd Youth Soccer will hold fall signups at the Boyd City Park concession stand 5-7 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Aug. 26. Cost is $65. Parent shirt order forms are available as well. Call Michelle, 940-210-0857.

OTAKU CLUB – Decatur Public Library’s Otaku Club meets at 4 p.m. today. Teens are invited to watch anime, make manga-related crafts and enjoy snacks. Call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Lions Club 34th Annual Oilman’s Golf Tournament is Saturday, Sept. 13, 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.

BOYD CITY COUNCIL – The Boyd City Council will continue with the budget process at its meeting at 6 tonight. Discussion of the item is the only non-routine matter on a relatively brief agenda for the meeting. It will be held at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. It is open to the public.

RUNAWAY BAY COUNCIL – During its regular meeting tonight, the Runaway Bay City Council will hold public hearings and possibly vote on ordinance regulating secondary buildings and two-car garages. Also during the meeting, the council will vote on amendments to the current budget and will review routine items – the July meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Porfirio Fraga-Solis, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at St. Johns Catholic Church with burial at The Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Oletha Davis, 87, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kent L. Partain, 63, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raynette Wilson, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kenneth Emerson, 83, of Highland Village is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flat Rock Cemetery in Wise County. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Monday, August 18, 2014


EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS - Rainfall totals from early Sunday morning include 0.56 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.5 in Rhome and 0.47 in Decatur. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms remains in today’s forecast with a high of 96 expected.

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

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.

BARBECUE COOKOFF – The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 13, at the 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. Call Chief Terry Long, 940-210-9495.

POOL PARTY - A back-to-school pool party for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport City Pool. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at city hall and the city pool. Tickets at the event are $5. Call 940-683-3480.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets today at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served at 11:30, and Virginia Wood will give a program on early Bridgeport pioneer James. A. Proctor.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board tonight is expected to make a decision on applying a new grade point average policy to incoming sophomores as well as freshman. In other business, the board will hear a report on the preliminary school accountability ratings recently released by the Texas Education Agency. The public portion of the school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss baseball dugouts and football field and agriculture science animal barn renovations at its meeting tonight. The board will also hear a monthly finance report, go over the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, review updated Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) policies, discuss each campus’s electronic message boards and hear a superintendent’s report. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference room at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – The Chico School Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget and tax rate at tonight’s meeting. Following the public hearing, the board is expected to approve the items. The meeting, which is open to the public, is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will meet at 4 this afternoon to talk about the proposed budget for fiscal 2014-2015. A regular council meeting will follow at 6 p.m. On the agenda for that meeting is a public hearing on the proposed property tax rate, scheduling hearings on the proposed budget, and a special use permit extension, requested by Double Creek Capital to facilitate the sale of property on Preskitt Road for a funeral home.

LADY EAGLES FINISH SEVENTH — As the lone 4A school in the prestigious Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland, Decatur finished seventh, going 5-3. Decatur fell to Pearland in the quarterfinals Saturday, 25-19, 25-18. Alamo Heights held off Decatur 23-25, 25-19, 15-9. Northwest went 2-5 at the event. The Lady Texans beat Houston Episcopal, 25-23, 25-16, Saturday.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Jo Celeste Adcock, 83, of Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MASS of Christian burial for Porfirio Fraga-Solis, 54, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Johns Catholic Church with burial at The Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICES for Gloria Jean Hughes Hall, 82, of Saint Jo and Oletha Davis, 87, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Kent L. Partain, 63, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery, Family visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raynette Wilson, 78, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kenneth Emmerson, 83, of Highland Village is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Friday, August 15, 2014


RHOME BUDGET APPROVED – At its meeting Thursday, the Rhome City Council approved an $1,834,578 budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It will be funded by a $0.5833 tax rate, also approved at Thursday’s meeting. Although the overall budget has a surplus of $1,687.55, it features a deficit of $327,423.29 in the police department fund.

EMPTY THE SHELTER – The Wise County Animal Shelter will host “Empty the Shelter Day,” Saturday. The event is designed to encourage pet adoption by sponsoring all costs. Adoption fees are covered by a group of local women deemed the “Shelter Buddies” who support the shelter year-round. Staff and volunteers will be present at the shelter, located on Farm Road 51 South, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 2-5 p.m. There will also be an off-site adoption event at Tractor Supply from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

SAFETY FEST – Wise Regional Health System will host Wise Family Safety Fest 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the hospital. The free event includes a bicycle obstacle course; backpack safety; fire truck, Sheriff’s Office vehicles and helicopter tours; CPR and AED demonstrations; texting and driving simulator; fire safety education trailer; a water slide; swimming skill evaluations; and life-saving demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to bring their bicycle and swimsuit. Call Alyssa Yancey, 940-626-3850.

SPORTS REGISTRATION – The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold registration for fall soccer and flag football 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Center on Lawdwin Avenue. Ages for soccer are 3-14 and flag football is kindergarten through third grade. Visit www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com.

DECATUR GOES 2-1 AT TOURNEY – The Decatur Lady Eagles beat Round Rock McNeil 25-20, 25-22 and then toppled Bellaire 23-25, 25-18, 25-16 at the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational. Decatur lost to 6A’s fourth-ranked Houston Clear Falls 25-22, 25-15. Decatur played Rouse in a crossover match for a chance to make the gold bracket of the event at 8 a.m. today. The Northwest Lady Texans fell to San Antonio Johnson 25-9, 25-13 and Allen 25-14, 25-22. The Lady Texans beat Clements 25-20, 27-25.

NOLAN HOLDS OFF BOYD – After losing two starters in the middle of the volleyball match Thursday, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets tried to mount a rally but fell short. Nolan held off Boyd 25-15, 25-20, 25-23. Baylie Harris, Kayleigh Pappajohn and Morgan Abbott put down five kills each. Harris also handed out 13 assists. Britney Howard made 18 digs.

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES – The Decatur Eagles football team will line up against an opponent for the first time at 7 tonight with a scrimmage against Kennedale. The Eagles will be one of many Wise County schools in action. Boyd will scrimmage Howe at 7 at home. Chico will head to Millsap. Paradise is at Lindsay at 6 p.m. Bridgeport will scrimmage Bowie at home at 9 a.m. Saturday. Alvord will host Era at 6 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Northwest Lady Texans continue play at the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invite today. Boyd and Bridgeport will head to Burkburnett. Chico will host Ponder at 5 p.m.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center. The program will be given by Steve and Mary Hilliard on “How to host a Rock and Mineral Show.” Steve and Mary Hilliard are members of the Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Society and have hosted shows. There will be a pot luck supper during the meeting. Call James Archer at 940-627-2329.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The Bridgeport Historical Society meets Monday at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served at 11:30, and Virginia Wood will give a program on early Bridgeport pioneer James. A. Proctor.

CLAY SHOOT – The Wise Regional Health Foundation Clay Shoot is Friday, Aug. 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shoot starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 a person or $500 per team. Lunch is provided, and there will be raffle prizes and awards. To register, call Michelle Stone at 940-626-1384.

GIRLS SOFTBALL – Decatur Girls Fall Softball signups run through Aug. 31. The league is for all Wise County girls ages 7-14 as of Jan. 1, 2014. Signups will take place at the concession stand 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Renshaw Park. For information or to receive a form via email, text commissioner Carley Jones at 940-577-0138 or secretary Sarah Nemec at 940-923-1055.

FREE HAIRCUTS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES – For the fifth year, The Hair Shop in Bridgeport is giving away haircuts and backpacks with school supplies 8 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-2484.

POOL PARTY – Wise County Girl Scouts will hold a signup pool party 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport City Pool.

FUNERALS – Service for Gloria J. Hughes Hall, 82, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Allen “Wayne” Watts, 80, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church with burial at 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iowa Park. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Godfrey W. Pegues, 95, of Newark is 10 a.m. Saturday at Northwest Church of Christ in Fort Worth with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Calvario Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


DECATUR WATER DISTRICT – The Decatur Water Board Tuesday reviewed a proposed $1,578,000 budget for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. City Manager Brett Shannon, who serves as general manager of the water district, proposed a tax rate of 12.75 cents, the same as this year. The water district provides water bought from Tarrant Regional Water District to the city’s water treatment plant. The lion’s share of the budget goes for debt retirement and water purchases. The board will hold a public hearing on the budget and tax rate on Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. at Decatur City Hall.

ENROLLMENT FAIR – Decatur ISD will host an enrollment fair 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. today and Friday at the Administration Building, 307 S. Cates. Returning students will only need to attend if they haven’t already enrolled online. Computers and staff will be available to help with the online forms. A shot clinic will be offered 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today only.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION – McCarroll Middle School orientation is today. Sixth graders will meet 9-11:30 a.m. at the sixth-grade campus while seventh and eighth graders convene 1-3:30 p.m. at their respective campus.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Civic Center, 400 S. Hovey. The Justin Williams Band will perform, and a barbecue meal will be served. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Meal price (not included in admission price) is $5.

DECATUR, NORTHWEST HEAD TO PEARLAND – Decatur and Northwest will open play today in the Adidas Texas Volleyball Invitational in Pearland. Decatur plays Round Rock McNeil at 12:15 p.m., Bellaire at 2:15 p.m., and Clear Falls at 4:15 p.m. Northwest will play San Antonio Johnson at 12:15 p.m., Allen at 1:15 p.m. and Clements at 3:15 p.m. In other action, Boyd takes on Nolan Catholic at home at 6 p.m., and Chico plays at the Poolville Tournament.

SALAD CONTEST – The Decatur Senior Center is hosting a Beat the Heat salad luncheon contest 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Cost is $5 per plate. The Senior Center is located at 1200 N. Miller St.

FREE WORKSHOP – A workshop on securing your estate and retirement planning is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Decatur Civic Center. Participants will receive a workbook and information on protecting assets and ensuring money lasts. Seating is limited. RSVP to 1-866-252-8721.

GARAGE SALE - Wise County Teen Court is having a garage/bake sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of First Financial Bank, behind Arby’s, in Decatur. There will be furniture, clothing, dishes and more. The group is still accepting donations. Call Shelly, 940-393-5923.

DOMINO NIGHT – A 42 group plays 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St.

COLOR RUN – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 2nd Annual City on a Hill Color Run and Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 13, at Decatur High School. A one-mile Fun Run is at 7:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk follows at 8:15. Cost is $15 for the Fun Run, and $35 for the 5K by Sept. 8. Late registration will be available the day of the race or at packet pickup Friday, Sept. 12, at Excellent Dental in Decatur. Cost increases by $5. To register, visit www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com/5k-color-run.html.

FUNERALS – Service for Reta “R Jay” Shelton, 70, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur.

SERVICE for Gloria J. Hughes, 82, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Ernest T. Hancock, 75, of New Fairview and Allen Wayne Watts, 80, of Paradise are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joe B. Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church with a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


PHONE PROBLEMS FIXED – More than 5,000 CenturyLink customers in the Decatur area experienced issues with phone service yesterday. CenturyLink spokesman Steve Hanik said service was restored early Wednesday morning. “Technicians evaluated the situation and worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible,” he said. “Some customers experienced loss of dial tone while some customers were unable to make long-distance calls. Those customers were able to make calls within the Decatur area however. CenturyLink technicians and vendors resolved the issue with a reload and reconfiguration of all the software associated with a service data multiplexer and carrier module equipment. CenturyLink apologizes for any inconvenience this created for our customers.” At one point yesterday afternoon, about 2,900 CenturyLink customers could call locally – including 9-1-1 – but another 2,500 were totally out of service, according to CenturyLink spokesman Larry Adamson.

DECATUR WATER MAIN BREAK – Decatur city crews responded to a break in a 20-inch water transmission line between Decatur and Bridgeport around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Decatur water superintendent Doyle Green said the line was repaired at 11:20 p.m.

BLOOD DRIVE – A community blood drive hosted by Heritage Place of Decatur is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Senior Center, 1200 N. Miller St. Walk-ins are welcome.

CLUB AND PARTY - The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting a Backyard Bible Club 9 a.m.-11 a.m. today at the Decatur Police Department. A block party that was originally scheduled for today has been canceled.

BACK TO SCHOOL CARNIVAL – A Back-2-School Carnival for all individuals with special needs ages 14 years old and younger is 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The event is sponsored by Wise County Special Needs Baseball. Visit www.wcspecialneeds.com.

BASEBALL REGISTRATION – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is having registration for fall season now through Aug. 23. Go to www.wcspecialneeds.com to download a player or volunteer registration form. Mail form and $20 player fee to P.O. Box 601, Bridgeport, TX, 76426. For player registration forms postmarked after Aug. 23, pay $35. Meet-N-Greet will be 7-8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Renshaw Park. Games are every Saturday, Sept. 13-Nov. 1.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT – Governor’s Ridge, 300 Devereaux in Decatur, will hold a Back to School event 8-10 a.m. Saturday. The retirement and assisted living center will be giving out free school supplies to the first 300 kids. Breakfast snacks will be served.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ORIENTATION - Decatur’s McCarroll Middle School sixth, seventh, and new eighth grader orientation is Thursday. The sixth grade orientation is 9-11:30 a.m. at the sixth grade campus. The seventh grade and new eighth grader orientation is 1-3:30 p.m. at the seventh/eighth grade campus.

LADY EAGLES OPEN YEAR WITH WINS – The top-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles won their first two matches of the season Tuesday, beating Azle, 25-15, 25-19, 25-10, and Joshua, 25-14, 25-12, 25-17. Caroline Lowery put down 24 kills in the two matches. Stormi Leonard doled out 43 assists. In other area action, Paradise swept Chico, 25-22, 25-6, 25-23. Jett Preather recorded six kills and three aces in the win. Boyd opened the season with a five-set win over Keene, 17-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-14, 15-13. Bridgeport fell to Sanger, 25-6, 25-15, 25-11.

DECATUR EAGLE APP – The Decatur Eagles Mobi app is now available from Decatur Football Booster Club. The app can be downloaded at www.decatureagles.mobi.

INDIGENT HEALTH CARE – Applications for the Indigent Health Care Program are available at 1101 W. Rose Ave. in Decatur or by calling 940-627-4203, ext. 230. Eligible persons must meet the standards set forth by the State Department of Health Care Services and meet the following requirements: residents, household, income and resources. Applicants must provide all verification and requested information in order to determine eligibility.

FUNERALS – Service for Joe B. Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Thursday at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church with a graveside service at 3 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Paulina Moore, 99, of Gainesville will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Reta “R Jay” Shelton, 70, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Breaking News: Decatur water main break


Decatur city crews are trying to repair a break in a 20 inch water transmission line between Decatur and Bridgeport.  Decatur water superintendent Doyle Green said repairs were going to take some time. “We’d like to ask people not to water their lawns and to limit outdoor watering,” Green said.

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More than 5,000 affected by phone outage


As Tuesday’s workday wound down, technicians from Century Link were working with an equipment manufacturer to figure out what has gone wrong with a piece of equipment in the local office. It’s a circuit board that links local phone customers to the “wide, wide world” according to spokesman Larry Adamson — and it’s not something they’ve ever dealt with before.
“An analyst for the manufacturer is calling in, troubleshooting the bridge and trying to figure it out,” he said at 4:20 p.m. “It’s something we haven’t come across to this point, and it’s something we don’t have the expertise to fix.”
Adamson said currently, about 2,900 Century Link customers can call locally — including 9-1-1 — but another 2,500 are totally out of service. Both groups’ phone service terminates into this piece of equipment. Those customers who still have service can call 626- and 627- numbers, but not the outside world.
Adamson said he does not have a timeline on when the bridge will be fixed.

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Century Link working on phone issues


About 2,900 Century Link customers in Decatur were dealing with phone problems Tuesday as a result of a “scrambled” data card in the local Century Link office. Spokesman Larry Adamson said the problem occurred about 8:39 Tuesday morning when a card in the Decatur office malfunctioned, scrambling data going into another card. He said the problem was being worked on.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


FIREARMS EXCHANGED TO SAVE MONEY – Officers with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department will soon have new weapons. County commissioners approved Monday trading in 58 .357 Sig pistols for 70 9 mm Glocks with GT Distributors at the request of Sheriff David Walker, who said the cost of Sigs is on the rise, and the ammunition is hard to acquire. “The cost of the pistols is high and going up, and the cost of the ammo is higher,” he said. “And there’s a lengthy delay for .357 ammo. It’s ridiculous, even ordering bulk ammo the way we do.” Walker said he could buy two Glock pistols for the price of a Sig. The transition will take three to four months, and GT will allow officers to buy back their service weapons for a reduced price. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

CITY ENGINEER RESIGNS – Earl Smith, Decatur’s public works director and city engineer for the past eight years, has resigned to become director of engineering for League City on the Texas Gulf Coast. Smith will assume his new job in September. In 2011 Smith was honored by the Decatur Economic Development Board and the Chamber of Commerce with its public servant of the year award. League City is a city of 88,000 people between Galveston and Houston. Before coming to Decatur, Smith had worked in Paris for 13 years and in Weatherford for six years.

MONDAY ACCIDENTS – Two car accidents occurred at roughly the same time in Wise County Monday night. At 5:30 p.m., two cars collided at the corner of North Trinity and Bishop Street in Decatur. A white Chevy Silverado was headed north when the front left of the vehicle collided with the front left of a black SUV traveling south. Names of those involved and injuries sustained are unknown at this time. The second collision, which also happened around 5:30 p.m., involved a tractor trailer and another vehicle. A tractor trailer was headed west on Farm Road 1810 about halfway between Decatur and Chico. The tractor trailer driver, Juan Pablo Chavez of Decatur, was experiencing a diabetic episode while he was driving west and swerved left of the center line. This caused him to hit the other truck headed east, driven by Reed Alan Riewe of Comanche. Both vehicles lost their front left axles and tires, resulting in each vehicle swerving off onto opposite sides of the road. No injuries were reported. Chavez was arrested at the scene after it was discovered that he had a warrant out for his arrest.

STREET CLOSURE – Beginning today, North Church Street from East Walnut to East Mill in Decatur will be closed to traffic during the day to allow construction of a water main. The street will be opened at the end of the day each day, but it will still remain a work zone. Motorists should seek alternate routes. Construction is expected to last one week.

LADY TEXANS WIN GASTON’S DEBUT – Career win No. 1 proved memorable for new Northwest coach Amy Gaston Monday night. After winning the first two sets, Gaston’s Lady Texans dropped two straight to Birdville before rallying in the fifth set to take the match. Northwest won the match 25-13, 25-19, 20-25, 17-25, 15-12 at Texan Gym. Tessa Harfield put down 15 kills, and Camryn Berryhill added 10. In other action, Bridgeport dropped its season opener to Burkburnett 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – The Chico Athletic Booster Club meets 6 p.m. Wednesday at the high school fieldhouse.

PARENT MEETING - A meeting for the parents of the Decatur High School swim team is 3 p.m. today in the lecture hall.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets today at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Business meeting is at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $7 a plate. Guest speaker is Eugene Grooms.

STATE CHAMPS TAKE COURT – After winning the state title last November, the Decatur Lady Eagles will start the 2014 season at 10 a.m. this morning with a dual match against Azle and Joshua. Decatur is one of several Wise County teams opening the season Tuesday. Chico will play at Paradise at 4 p.m. Boyd will travel to Keene. Bridgeport will head to Sanger for a 6 p.m. match. Alvord’s new volleyball program will start with a match at Forestburg at 5 p.m.

MAROON AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE – The Bridgeport football teams will hold their annual maroon and white scrimmage at Bull Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 tonight with the freshmen squad. The top three grades will be in action at 8 p.m.

CLUB AND PARTY – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting a Backyard Bible Club 9 a.m.-11 a.m. today and tomorrow at the Decatur Police Department. A block party will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the police department and will include a cook out and bounce house.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS – The computer lab will be open at Chico Elementary 1-3 p.m. today and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday so parents can sign up for E-notes. Meet the Teacher night is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. The Texas Department of State Health Services will give shots 3-7 p.m. Aug. 21.

SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Phillip Askey on the Wise County Soil Conservation District.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Shirley Gay Balser, 68, of Bridgeport. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jerry Herzberg, 71, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Reta “R Jay” Shelton, 70, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Paulina Moore, 99, of Gainesville will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, August 11, 2014


7 HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION – Seven people were injured in a two-car wreck Saturday morning right outside of Fossil Pointe after a car hit a pickup towing a flatbed trailer. Around 10 a.m., Chasity Fuhrmann, 32, of Azle was driving her husband and three children north on F.M. 51. At the same time, Anthony Hull, 33, of Krum was traveling south on F.M. 51 in a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. Hull was turning left into Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds when Fuhrmann hit the truck he was driving, resulting in injuries for everyone involved. Hull and his passenger, Jordan Everett, 28, of Denton, both suffered injuries. Hull was taken to a hospital in Denton, while Everett was taken to Wise Regional Health System. Fuhrmann was also taken to Wise Regional, along with her 11-year-old son, McCaleb. Richard Fuhrmann, Chasity’s husband, was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth by Air Evac. Their daughter Victoria, 13, was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, while the youngest child, 10-year-old Micah, was transported to a hospital in Denton.

5 INJURED IN U.S. 81/287 WRECK – Five people were injured Sunday night after a two-car wreck on U.S. 81/287. At around 6:15 p.m., two cars were traveling south on U.S. 81/287 near Kathy’s Shell gas station in Decatur when the driver of the car in the right lane tried to merge into the left lane, causing the other car to flip and roll over the median into the northbound lane. Three children and two adults, one man and one woman, were injured. Names of those involved are not available at this time.

ALL DISTRICTS, MOST CAMPUSES, MEET STANDARD – Wise County’s eight school districts all received a “met standard” rating in the state’s 2014 Accountability Summary according to results released Friday. Only two campuses – Decatur’s McCarroll Middle School 6th grade campus, and Northwest’s Seven Hills Elementary in Newark – were rated “improvement required,” but those ratings did not prevent those districts from meeting the standard overall. Individual district and campus results were featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Parts of Wise County received rain this weekend. Rainfall totals included 2.02 inches in Decatur, 0.63 in Bridgeport and 0.25 in Greenwood. The forecast includes a 40 percent chance of more rain today, and temperatures should only top out around 92 this afternoon.

RAMPS CLOSED – Texas Department of Transportation crews will close the ramp on U.S. 81/287 northbound to U.S. 380 and the U.S. 380 westbound ramp to U.S. 81/287 for maintenance 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today.

TRANSPORTATION MEETING – The first meeting of the Wise County Transportation Coalition is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Decatur City Hall. Organizers said the meeting is for all who may be stakeholders in improving public transportation services. The intent is to see if there is enough interest in forming a coalition of Wise County stakeholders on this subject. The coalition would then meet regularly to discuss transportation issues in the county. The agenda includes a review of local transportation needs such as veterans access, access for the disabled, Weatherford College access, Workforce access and medical access.

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.

BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS – The computer lab will be open at Chico Elementary 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday so parents can sign up for E-notes. Meet the Teacher night is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. The Texas Department of State Health Services will give shots 3-7 p.m. Aug. 21.

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. The program will be presented by Phillip Askey on the Wise County Soil Conservation District.

BOOSTER CLUB – The Alvord Booster Club meets at 6:30 tonight at the Alvord High School cafeteria.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – The county and college budgets will be on the table for discussion at today’s commissioners meeting. The two budgets – one for the county and one for Weatherford College Wise County – were presented to commissioners in a special meeting July 31. Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Shirley Balser, 68, of Bridgeport is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jerry Herzberg, 71, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is planned for Andre Keegan Wolf, the infant son of Anthony Keegan-Wolf and Donnie Rivas of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Pauline Moore, 99, of Gainesville is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Seven injured in wreck by Fossil Pointe


Seven people were injured in a two-car wreck Saturday morning right outside of Fossil Pointe after a car hit a pickup towing a flatbed trailer.

Around 10 a.m., Chasity Fuhrmann, 32, of Azle  was driving her husband and three children north on F.M. 51. At the same time, Anthony Hull, 33, of Krum was traveling south on F.M. 51 in a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer. Hull was turning left into Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds when Fuhrmann hit the truck he was driving, resulting in injuries for everyone involved.

Hull and his passenger, Jordan Everett, 28, of Denton, both suffered injuries. Hull was taken to a hospital in Denton, while Everett was taken to Wise Regional Health System.

Fuhrmann was also taken to Wise Regional, along with her 11-year-old son, McCaleb. Richard Fuhrmann, Chasity’s husband, was flown to John Peter Smith in Fort Worth by Air Evac. Their daughter Victoria, 13, was flown to Cook’s Childrens Hospital in Fort Worth, while the youngest child, 10-year-old Micah, was transported to a hospital in Denton.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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Friday, August 8, 2014


ALVORD WRECK – A California teen was flown to a Metroplex hospital following a one-vehicle wreck in Alvord this morning. The accident happened around 6:35 on U.S. 81/287 near Farm Road 1655 and involved a pickup. Investigators said Devon Moore Ray, 19, was driving north on U.S. 81/287 from Denton to visit his parents in California when his truck rolled through the median several times and ended up in the southbound lanes. He was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Wise County EMS and the Alvord Fire Department responded.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

WATERMELON FESTIVAL – The Alvord Watermelon Festival and barbecue cookoff is tonight and tomorrow. Cookers can register and set up all day today. This evening’s festivities include the Mike Watts Memorial Scholarship Fish Fry at 6 and a washer tournament at 6:30. Music starts at 7 p.m. with Megan Nichols Adams and Phil Hamilton. The Watermelon Pageant is at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and the theme is “summertime fun.” Cost to enter is $20. Call Lacey Chestnut, 940-255-1057. For any other information, call Debra McKelvain, 940-389-1656 or Callie Manning, 817-690-2281.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico square. Business meeting is at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $7 a plate. Guest speaker is Eugene Grooms.

BOOSTER CLUB – The Alvord Booster Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Alvord High School cafeteria.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise County veterans are invited.

SUMMER READING – Saturday is the final day for children to bring their Summer Reading log and pick up prizes at Decatur Public Library, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

SEASON TICKETS – Decatur High School 2014 football season tickets are on sale at the DHS Ticket Office, 750 E. Eagle Summit Dr. Reserved ticket holders may only purchase the same tickets they had last season. Cost is $35 per seat for five home games ($7 per game). Tickets may be purchased 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Blue-White Scrimmage or 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 11-15. For all first-time season ticket buyers and those who wish to purchase additional tickets or change their existing seats, tickets will go on sale first-come, first-served 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Princeton Scrimmage at Eagle Stadium. Ticket sales end Sept. 19. Call 940-393-7290.

SAFETY CLASSES OFFERED – Weatherford College-Wise County Workforce and Continuing Education is offering safety-related classes including Industry Emergency Response and Office Security/Active Shooter, Home Fire Safety/Emergency Plan, CPR/AED (NSC) and First Aid, and Hazardous Communications and Confined Space Program. Call 940-626-3263.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Decatur Church of Christ is hosting Gear Up, a free school supply event, 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Full-size backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are accompanied by an adult. There will also be free haircuts, clothes, books and other back-to-school services. A barbecue meal will be served. The church is at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Preskitt Road.

FUNERALS – Service for Julia Patton, 94, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Linda Gail Smith, 53, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Don Nimmo, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday before the service.

FUNERAL for Larry Groves, 55, of Chico is 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


MAN CHARGED IN REUNION STABBING – A Rhome man turned himself in to Decatur Police Wednesday in connection with the July 25 stabbing at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Derry Shannon Jones Jr., 42, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Wise County Jail. He was released on a $35,000 bond. Decatur Police Detective Daniel Sandate said Jones was taking beer without permission and was told to stop by Chris Fletcher of Slidell. According to Sandate, the two got into a fight, and Jones pulled a knife, stabbing Fletcher in the hand and grazing his torso, across his stomach and back. No medical treatment was administered at the scene, but Fletcher was later taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur where he received 13 stitches in his palm.

2 INJURED IN HEAD-ON WRECK – Two men were injured in a head-on collision near Decatur Wednesday. Although the extent of their injuries was not known, Trooper Adolfo Patterson said both victims were conscious and alert at the scene. Brandon Gunnells, 44, of Springtown was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He became trapped in his vehicle after the crash and had to be extricated. Douglas Stutt, 47, of Paradise was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Investigators believe Stutt was southbound on Acorn Drive in a white pickup when he attempted to move over after he saw a northbound SUV, driven by Gunnells. Stutt drove off the roadway, overcorrected and started to spin before striking the SUV head-on. Decatur Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which happened around 11:30 a.m. Acorn Drive is located in the Seven Wires addition west of Decatur.

YOUTH ASSOCIATION REGISTRATION – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold registration for fall soccer (3-14 years old) and for flag football (kindergarten through third grade) 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Aug. 9 and 16 at the Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. Visit www.bridgeportyouthassoc.com for more information.

VACCINATIONS – AHEC and Weatherford College Wise County are hosting no cost/low cost vaccines 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday. Vaccinations are open to the public, but it is especially important for school students needing the MCV4 vaccine.

POOL PARTY – Wise County Girl Scouts will hold a signup pool party 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Bridgeport City Pool.

LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome Library’s final summer story time is 4:30 p.m. today. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent. A hot dog supper for the children and their families is 6-7 p.m.

MOTHER’S DAY OUT - The Decatur Church of Christ Mother’s Day Out still has openings in the twos and threes classes. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Classes start Sept. 2 and go until May. Call 940-627-1912.

FUNERALS – Service for Linda Gail Smith, 53, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Friday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Don Nimmo, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday before the service.

SERVICE for Larry Groves, 55, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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2 injured in head-on wreck


Two men were injured in a two-vehicle head-on collision near Decatur Wednesday.

Although the extent of their injuries was not known, Trooper Adolfo Patterson said both victims were conscious and alert at the scene.

One was transported by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and the other to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Investigators believe Douglas Stutt, 47, of Paradise was southbound on Acorn Drive in a white pickup. Stutt attempted to move over when he saw a northbound SUV, driven by Brandon Gunnells, 44, of Springtown.

Stutt drove off the roadway, overcorrected and started to spin before striking the SUV head-on. Gunnells became trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated.

Decatur Fire Department, Wise County medics and sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, which was toned out around 11:30 a.m.

Acorn Drive is located in the Seven Wires addition west of Decatur.

 

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