Monday, February 8, 2016


RED FLAG WARNING ISSUED FOR FIRE DANGER – A red flag warning is in effect today from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for Wise County and much of North Texas. Strong northwest winds and a very dry air mass could cause any fires that develop to spread rapidly. Winds are expected to be 25 miles per hour with gusts over 35 mph with minimum relative humidity values between 15 and 25 percent. Conditions should improve after sunset. Because of the red flag warning, the county’s burn ban is in effect, meaning all outside burning is prohibited.

CITY HONORS – The City of Decatur Saturday honored its employees at the annual appreciation dinner at the Decatur Civic Center. Three employees were honored for 30 years with the city including City Manager Brett Shannon, Public Works employee David Sherman and Police Officer Robert Davis. The annual dinner also honors volunteer members of the city’s boards and commissions.

BRIDGEPORT HOLDS OFF EAGLES – The Bridgeport Bulls jumped on the Decatur Eagles early Friday behind a big first quarter from Keenan Holdman and held off a late rally for a 63-52 victory. Devonte Patterson scored 23 points and Keenan Holdman 16. The Bridgeport Sissies pulled even atop 8-4A with the Decatur Lady Eagles, scoring a 32-21 win. Gabby Mindieta had 14 points. Other scores: Boys – Northwest 48, Ryan 44; Paradise 72, Boyd 51; Poolville 48, Chico 38; Era 60, Alvord 37; Midway 57, Slidell 51. Girls – Ryan 43, Northwest 33; Paradise 51, Boyd 34; Era 58, Alvord 45; Slidell 65, Midway 37.

LADY EAGLES FINISH FOURTH – The Decatur girls swim team finished fourth at the 5A Region II meet Saturday with 170 points. Decatur junior Allie Blevins took second in the 500 and third in the 200. The Decatur’s quartet of Blevins, Madelyn McCloud, Jennifer Morehart and Lizzy Rowden took third in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. Speaker will be Larry Wilhoite, and the subject is Confederate flags, Part 1.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Health System offers the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network for mothers who have or are currently breastfeeding or providing expressed breast milk for their child. Expectant moms who are planning to breastfeed are also welcome. Group meeting times are as follows: 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 10, March 9 and April 6; and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 24, March 23 and April 20. The support group is free and meets in the west campus conference room. Refreshments and free infant weight checks will be provided. Visit wiseregional.com.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

ASHES TO GO – For Ash Wednesday, the Episcopal Church of Wise County is offering the imposition of ashes on Wednesday morning from around 7-9 a.m. in front of Starbucks in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Service for Winna Dawn Tinney, 47, of Azle is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg at 1:30 p.m. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Joyce LaWayne Ramage, 81, of Azle is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ollie Felix Harpel Jr., 73, of Springtown is 2-4 p.m. Thursday at VFW Club in Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Melvin Nelson, 93, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the Community Church of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Earl Huffstetler, 86, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with buruial at Eternal Oaks Cemetery. Family visitation is 1-2 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Beverly Williams, 42, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ronnie Godsey, 66, of Springtown is private. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for George Martin Jennings Jr., 91, of Newark is pending at Mt. Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

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Friday, February 5, 2016


BIG SANDY COURT BATTLE – The Decatur boys and girls basketball teams will head west across Big Sandy Creek to battle the Bridgeport Bulls and Sissies with the 8-4A titles on the line tonight at Bridgeport High School. The girls game starts at 6:30 with Decatur owning a one-game lead in the district standings. The top-20 boys game follows with Bridgeport looking for the sweep. Follow updates of the action on our Twitter feed: @wcmsports. The Paradise teams head to Boyd to face their rival. Alvord plays host to Era. Chico welcomes Poolville. Slidell marches to Midway. Northwest faces Denton Ryan.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is having its 10th annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. Dance is 4-6 p.m. for girls ages 1 to 9 years old and 7-9 p.m. for girls ages 10 or older. To purchase tickets, go to decaturjuniorwomansclub.com.

SWIMMERS GO TO REGIONALS – The Decatur swim team starts the 5A Region II meet today with prelims at the Mansfield Aquatic Center. The top eight swimmers advance to Saturday’s finals.

PERFORMANCE – Church Crain and Tim Gregg will be singing in the Sunday evening service of Grace Baptist Church of Decatur at 5:30 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Alvord Monday. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

COMMISSIONERS MOBILE MEETING – Wise County commissioners will have a mobile meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Decatur City Hall. Elections Administrator Sabra Srader will talk about the March 1 primary election, and Commissioner Danny White will give a presentation on Precinct 1 projects. County Judge J.D. Clark will also speak. Citizens will be able to address commissioners during community forum.

YOUTH FAIR ENTRIES – 2016 Wise County Youth Fair entries are due by Saturday. A link for entries can be found at wcyouthfair.org. WCYF Entry Clinic is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Ag Science building. Call Evan Culpepper at 940-577-0760 or Liz Hubbard at 940-389-5388.

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

AUCTION TO BENEFIT SCHOLARSHIPS – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Scholarship Committee is holding an auction following the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. Among the auction items are a James Wood car detail, Ag Power gift certificate, a side of beef, photography by Katy Kemp and cakes. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the church’s youth. The church’s children’s ministry will also sell soup as a fundraiser for their ministry.

BAKE SALE AND AUCTION – Bridgeport Project Graduation will sponsor a “Fancy Bake Sale and Live Auction” today at the BHS gymnasium during Senior Night at the Bridgeport vs. Decatur varsity basketball game. Proceeds will help fund projects and events for the 2016 graduating class.

HEART OF A CHAMPION FORMS DUE – Volunteer and participant forms for the Heart of a Champion special needs livestock show are due today at the Wise County Extension office. The show is 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, during the Youth Fair. Call 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Gary Daves, 67, of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Linda Kay Wakefield, 62, of Decatur. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ollie Felix Harpel Jr., 73, of Springtown is 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the VFW Club in Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Helen Elizabeth Christine Caldwell Stephens, 95, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Frankston City Cemetery in Frankston. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lilly Woods, 56, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jesse W. Rowe, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at the Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Nelson, 93, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016


THEFTS HIT RECORD HIGH – The annual amount of thefts in the City of Decatur topped $1 million for the first time last year, Police Chief Rex Hoskins told the city council last week. A handful of cases provided the bulk of the amount: a couple of large-scale embezzlement cases from local businesses and numerous new cars stolen from a local car dealership. He also noted that of the 276 theft cases his department worked last year, 140 came from Wal-Mart.

BAKE SALE AND AUCTION – Bridgeport Project Graduation will sponsor a “Fancy Bake Sale and Live Auction” Friday at the BHS gymnasium during Senior Night at the Bridgeport vs. Decatur varsity basketball game. Proceeds will help fund projects and events for the 2016 graduating class.

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

STRAWBERRIES FOR VALENTINE’S – The Legend Bank Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will sell Chocolate-Covered Strawberries again this year for Valentine’s, in support of The American Cancer Society. They will be sold on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Decatur and Alvord branches. Cost is $20 per dozen. Pre-orders are welcomed.

AUTHOR EVENT – Chico Public Library will have an author meet-and-greet 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, with Deborah Hall, Fred G. Dickenson, Jim Mars, Trudy Samsil and Shawn Herndon. Call 940-644-2330.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – Chico youth baseball and t-ball sign-ups run through Feb. 5. Youth baseball is $85 per player for division 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. T-ball is $30 per player for children ages 4 to 6. Forms are available at both the elementary and middle school offices.

YOUTH SPORTS – Bridgeport Youth Association is now taking online registration (byasports.leagueapps.com/leagues) for softball and baseball for youth ages 4 and older through Feb. 12. Soccer registration will be held at the Bridgeport Public Library 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6, 13 and 20.

FUNERALS – Service for Mark Noles, 62, of Cottondale is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial in Throckmorton. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ollie Felix Harpel Jr., 73, of Springtown is 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at VFW Club 11875 in Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lilly Woods, 56, of Chico will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jesse W. Rowe, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Robert Nelson, 93, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for John Stockton, 69, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016


SCAM ALERT – Some Wise County citizens have received phone calls claiming that the office of County Judge J.D. Clark has arrest warrants for them. The caller asks citizens to provide personal information over the phone to settle the matter and dismiss the warrant. Chief Deputy Kevin Benton said the judge’s office does not conduct business in this manner, and if a citizen receives this type of call, he or she should contact the sheriff’s office, 940-627-5971, or their local police department. Benton reminded citizens to never give personal information over the phone.

DRY START TO YEAR – Rain was scarce in January with only 0.62 of an inch recorded for the month, according to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur. The normal January precipitation is 1.81 inches. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 79 on Jan. 30 to a low of 17 on Jan. 18. No rain is in the forecast today, but cooler temperatures are expected with a high of 48 degrees. Tonight’s low is expected to dip to 31 degrees.

SLIDELL CLINCHES 21-A TITLE – With 20 points from Bailey Meyer, 18 from Kylie Franklin and 17 by Kayler Talamantes, Slidell took down Tioga 67-30 to clinch the 21-A girls basketball title. The Slidell Greyhounds fell to Tioga 52-36 with Colton Crane scoring 20. Other scores: Boys – Keller Timber Creek 58, Northwest 54; Bridgeport 65, Lake Worth 56; Decatur 90, Castleberry 25; Boyd 55, City View 44; Holliday 42, Paradise 39; Collinsville 59, Alvord 46, Muenster 58, Chico 23. Girls – Northwest 51, Keller Timber Creek 30; Bridgeport 64, Lake Worth 22; Decatur 76, Castleberry 45; Boyd 49, City View 39; Paradise 56, Holliday 35; Alvord 63, Collinsville 33.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY – Today is the first day for football players to sign letters of intent with colleges. Athletes at Bridgeport, Decatur and Northwest will be signing with schools today.

AUCTION TO BENEFIT SCHOLARSHIPS – The First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Scholarship Committee is holding an auction following the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. Among the auction items are a James Wood car detail, Ag Power gift certificate, a side of beef, photography by Katy Kemp and cakes. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the church’s youth. To date, the church has awarded thee scholarships totaling $6,000. The church’s children’s ministry will also sell soup as a fundraiser for their ministry.

FINANCIAL AID EVENINGS – Two financial aid evenings will be available for Bridgeport students and parents. “Financial Aid 101-Introduction and Let’s Get Started” will be presented 6-7 p.m. this Thursday. Peggy Rodgers from Weatherford College will meet with students and families for Q&A, help with special circumstances, help with FAFSA submissions, etc. 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Both events will be held at the Bridgeport High School library with entrance to the building at the front offices (facing Cates Street). Contact BHS counselors for more information.

HEART OF A CHAMPION FORMS DUE – Volunteer and participant forms for the Heart of a Champion special needs livestock show are due Friday at the Wise County Extension office. The show is 5 p.m. Friday, March 4, during the Youth Fair. Call 940-627-3341.

G/T NOMINATIONS – The Slidell school district is accepting nominations to the gifted and talented program now through Friday, Feb. 12. Nomination forms are at the elementary and secondary campuses. Contact Angie McCormick: 940-466-3118, ext. 238; amccormick@slidellisd.net.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The Wise County Youth Fair Parade, to be held Feb. 28, is open to any organization, school or club. Entries are due by Feb. 22. Entries can be mailed or given to your community representatives. Entry forms and liability forms can be found on the WCYF website, wcyouthfair.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Alvin Hatley, 67, of Boyd, is 10 a.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for John Stockton, 69, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Alvord Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mark Noles, 62, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with burial at 3 p.m. at Throckmorton Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Ollie Harpel, 73, of Springtown is 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at VFW Club 11875 in Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jesse Rowe, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at the Living Word Assembly of God in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Michael Dale Brown, 25, of Alvord is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016


LOCAL SHOT, KILLED FOLLOWING ASSAULTS – A Wise County man was shot and killed by police during a disturbance Saturday night in Saginaw. Captain Russell Ragsdale with the Saginaw Police Department said officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 900 block of Old Decatur Road after 10 p.m. Saturday and encountered Michael Brown, 25, of Decatur. Ragsdale said Brown fought with officers, giving one a concussion, before an officer shot and killed Brown. During the disturbance, which Russell said started at a nearby house, Brown went outside where he assaulted a couple of neighbors, including one female in her 70s. Russell said as of Monday, the woman remained in serious condition at a local hospital. Both officers were also hospitalized for injuries but have been released. Funeral for Brown is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

REALIGNMENT – The University Interscholastic League released the 2016/18 biennial realignment Monday morning. In 6-5A, Northwest, Eaton, Aledo, Azle, Boswell, Chisholm Trail, Saginaw, Brewer. The 4-4A Division I football district is Decatur, Argyle, Burkburnett, Gainesville, Sanger, Hirschi. Bridgeport will be in 3-4A Division II with Graham, Iowa Park, Krum and Vernon. In other sports, Bridgeport and Decatur will be 9-4A with Argyle, Gainesville, Krum and Sanger. Boyd, Paradise, Breckenridge, Brock, Bowie, Ponder will be in 4-3A Division I for football. Paradise and Boyd join Henrietta, Bowie, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View in 8-3A for basketball and other spring sports. The new 5-2A Division I football league includes Alvord, Chico, Olney, Seymour and Windthorst. The 11-2A basketball district is Alvord, Chico, Era, Muenster, Perrin-Whitt and Poolville. Slidell remains in 21-A with Bellevue, Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Midway, Prairie Valley and Saint Jo.

COLIN JONES DAY – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark signed a proclamation Monday declaring Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, as Colin Jones Day in Wise County. Jones, a Bridgeport native, plays for the Carolina Panthers. The proclamation states: “The incredible athletic achievements of Jones are testaments of hard work and dedication throughout his life.” The Panthers will face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 this weekend at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

SLIDELL TRIES TO TIE UP DISTRICT TITLE – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds look to wrap up the District 21-A title at 6 tonight at home against Tioga. The Greyhounds face a big game with Tioga following. In other action, Decatur takes on Castleberry at home. Bridgeport travels to Lake Worth. Alvord heads to Collinsville. Chico faces Muenster. Boyd makes a road trip to City View. Paradise welcomes in Holliday. Northwest goes to Keller Timber Creek.

BOYD AREA WRECK – As Update was going to press, a two-vehicle accident had been reported at Texas 114 and Farm Road 718 near Boyd. Complete road blockage was reported. There were no reports of injuries. The accident happened at 7:55 a.m.

BOOK SIGNING – The Decatur Woman’s Club is holding a book signing 5:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. James Wayland Long will sign copies of his book “4 Counties – The Story of the Last King of Texas.”

YOUTH FAIR ENTRIES – 2016 Wise County Youth Fair entries are due by Saturday. A link for entries can be found at wcyouthfair.org. WCYF Entry Clinic is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Ag Science building. Call President Culpepper at 940-577-0760 or Liz Hubbard at 940-389-5388.

LIBRARY FINE AMNESTY – The Decatur Public Library is offering fine amnesty through Feb. 10. Bring back your long-overdue library materials and pay no fines. Bring a canned good for each $10 value of the library material along with the items. Fines will be forgiven, and WARM will benefit from the canned goods. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

JOB FAIR – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is having a job fair 4-7 p.m. today in the courtroom at the sheriff’s office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. Staff will be available to answer questions about job openings in law enforcement, corrections and communications and the requirements for each post. For information, call 940-627-5971.

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

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ollie Harpel, 70, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Veterans of Foreign War Club 11875 in Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Michael Dale Brown, 25, of Alvord is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Mark Noles, 62, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Alvin Hatley, 67, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, February 1, 2016


2 HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH – Two motorcycle operators were injured in a wreck around 12:15 Saturday afternoon. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 at the intersection with County Road 4698 near Boyd. Department of Public Safety Trooper Paul Zaragoza said a pickup had stopped to turn left onto the county road. A vehicle and four motorcycles were following him southbound on FM 51 when the last motorcycle in the line, operated by James Drayton Darby Jr., 61, of Dish failed to slow down in time. Zaragoza said Darby’s motorcycle clipped the back tire of the motorcycle in front of him, operated by Gail Elaine Clarke, 63, of Krum. Darby was thrown from his bike and rolled several times, sustaining a head injury. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Clarke sustained a leg injury and was taken by Wise County EMS to Wise Health System in Decatur.

UIL REALIGNMENT – The University Interscholastic League will release the 2016-18 biennial realignment for its member schools was released at 9 a.m. today. The new districts for Wise County schools will are posted here: http://www.wcmsports.com/uil-realignment-released/.

BOWIE RALLIES PAST PARADISE – The Bowie Lady Jackrabbits used an 11-0 run to start the third quarter to pull ahead and take over first place in District 9-3A with a 41-28 win over Paradise. Taylor Richards had 11 points for Paradise. Other scores: Boys – Northwest 49, Byron Nelson 31; Bridgeport 65, Springtown 44; Bowie 52, Paradise 39; Jacksboro 49, Boyd 31; Alvord 56, Chico 32; Slidell 73, Gold-Burg 54. Girls – Northwest 49, Byron Nelson 29; Bridgeport 52, Springtown 35; Boyd 47, Jacksboro 43; Alvord 55, Chico 35; Slidell 57, Gold-Burg 32.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Bridgeport Hospital Education room. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

CANDIDATE FORUM – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will have a candidate forum at its monthly luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Paradise ISD administration office board room, 338 School House Rd., in Paradise. Cost is $10. RSVP to info@paradisetexaschamber.org.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – The last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary on March 1 is today. Voter registration takes place at the Wise County Elections office at 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Call the office at 940-626-4453 if you have any questions regarding your voter registration status. Early voting begins Feb. 16 and continues until Feb. 26.

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to pay 2015 property taxes without accruing additional penalty and interest this year. The normal delinquent deadline, Jan. 31, fell on a Sunday, and according to the Texas Property Tax Code, the deadline is extended to the next business day, which is today. The Wise County Appraisal District is located at 400 E. Business 380 in Decatur. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 940-627-3081. To pay county property taxes, go to one of three county tax offices in Decatur (404 W. Walnut), Boyd (125 N. Farm Road 730) or Bridgeport (1007 13th St). Call 940-627-3523.

FOOTBALL’S BEST – The All-Wise County football team is featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Service for Ollie Harpel, 70, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Michael Dale Brown, 25, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Mark Noles, 62, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Alvin Hatley, 67, of Boyd is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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2 hurt in motorcycle crash


Two motorcycle operators were injured in a wreck around 12:15 Saturday afternoon. The wreck happened on Farm Road 51 at the intersection with County Road 4698 near Boyd. Department of Public Safety Trooper Paul Zaragoza said a pickup had stopped to turn left onto the county road. A vehicle and four motorcycles were following him southbound on FM 51 when the last motorcycle in the line, operated by James Drayton Darby Jr., 61, of Dish failed to slow down in time. Zaragoza said Darby’s motorcycle clipped the back tire of the motorcycle in front of him, operated by Gail Elaine Clarke, 63, of Krum. Darby was thrown from his bike and rolled several times, sustaining a head injury. He was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Clarke sustained a leg injury and was taken by Wise County EMS to Wise Health System in Decatur.

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Friday, January 29, 2016


RUE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – After leading the Northwest ISD during a time of unprecedented growth, Karen Rue announced Thursday night that she will retire at the end of the year. The Northwest ISD Superintendent announced her intention to leave her post July 31 at the district’s school board meeting. “It has truly been an honor to be part of Northwest ISD,” Rue said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to the adventures and opportunities retirement will bring and am excited about the possibility of exploring other avenues I might want to pursue. It has been a joy to be part of the Northwest ISD family, and Northwest will continue to be my home.” Rue joined Northwest ISD in 2005 from Tuloso-Midway ISD, where she was superintendent. During her 11 years at Northwest, the district has grown from 8,700 to 21,000 students. The district opened two new high schools – Byron Nelson in 2009 and Eaton in 2015. The district will start its search for a new superintendent in February.

PARADISE SQUARES OFF WITH BOWIE FOR 9-3A LEAD – The Paradise Lady Panthers will travel to Bowie for a battle for the 9-3A girls basketball lead at 6:30 tonight. The boys game will follow. Keep track of the action on our Twitter feed @wcmsports. In other action, Chico heads to Alvord. Bridgeport takes on Springtown at home. Boyd plays host to Jacksboro. Northwest battles district rival Byron Nelson at home. Slidell welcomes in Gold-Burg.

RIBBON CUTTING – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Denise Burns, Travel Advisor, at 11 a.m. Monday prior to the chamber’s monthly luncheon at the Paradise ISD Administration Office Board Room, 338 School House Road.

JOB FAIR – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is having a job fair 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the courtroom at the sheriff’s office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. Staff will be available to answer questions about job openings in law enforcement, corrections and communications and the requirements for each post. For information, call 940-627-5971.

LIFEGUARD COURSE – American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Courses will be held in March and April at Fit-n-Wise. Visit www.fit-n-wise.com and scroll down to the Lifeguard Certification Course flyer.

YOUTH SPORTS – Bridgeport Youth Association is now taking online registration (byasports.leagueapps.com/leagues) for softball and baseball for youth ages 4 and up through Feb. 12. Soccer registration will be held at the Bridgeport Public Library 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, and 20.

BENEFIT EVENT – A benefit washer tournament/barbecue dinner/silent auction is 5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Entry fee to the washer tournament is $50, and dinner is $15. The event will also include live music. Proceeds benefit the family of Marianne Pike, who recently died, and Binky Gentry, who is battling cancer. Call Rayanne Gentry at 817-475-9023.

ICE CREAM SUPPER – The Class of 2020 is having a homemade ice cream supper at 4:45 p.m. today at the Bridgeport vs. Springtown basketball game. All ice cream will be made by Clayton Green. Cost is $3 per cup. Proceeds will help pay for the 8th grade banquet and senior year activities.

RABBIT VALIDATION – Wise County Youth Fair rabbit validation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Extension office. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex in order to show at the 2016 Wise County Youth Fair.

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Wise County taxpayers and those throughout Texas will get an extra day to pay their 2015 property taxes without accruing additional penalty and interest this year. The normal delinquent deadline, Jan. 31, falls on a Sunday, and according to the Texas Property Tax Code, the deadline is extended to the next business day, which is Feb. 1. The Wise County Appraisal District is located at 400 E. Business 380 in Decatur. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 940-627-3081. To pay county property taxes, go to one of three county tax offices in Decatur (404 W. Walnut), Boyd (125 N. Farm Road 730) or Bridgeport (1007 13th St). Call 940-627-3523.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Charles Royce Nix, 76, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

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Northwest’s Rue announces retirement


After leading the Northwest ISD during a time of unprecedented, Karen Rue announced Thursday night that she will retire at the end of the year.
The Northwest ISD Superintendent announced her intention to leave her post July 31 at the district’s school board meeting.
“It has truly been an honor to be part of Northwest ISD,” Rue said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to the adventures and opportunities retirement will bring and am excited about the possibility of exploring other avenues I might want to pursue. It has been a joy to be part of the Northwest ISD family, and Northwest will continue to be my home.”
Rue joined Northwest ISD in 2005 from Tuloso-Midway ISD, where she was superintendent.
During her 11 years at Northwest, the district has grown from 8,700 to 21,000 students. The district opened two new high schools — Byron Nelson in 2009 and Eaton in 2015.
“Dr. Rue has been an inspirational leader, and we will be forever grateful for her leadership and vision,” said Josh Wright, Northwest School Board President. “We were saddened to learn of her retirement plans. She has led our future-ready vision and initiated a transformational shift in education. Understanding the importance of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s future, she implemented initiatives to help strengthen student engagement, deepen student learning and open doors for innovation, creativity and experiential learning.”
The district will start its search for a new superintendent in February.
“As much as we hate to say goodbye, though, we know that our district’s future-ready vision will continue. The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees is committed to doing what is best for our students, parents, staff and community members. As we begin the search for a new superintendent, we are dedicated to finding the right person to continue our path of transformation and future-ready excellence,” said Wright. “We wish Dr. Rue and her family all the best.”
Rue began her 37-year career in education as a sixth-grade teacher and has since served as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, principal and executive director.
She was recently named a finalist by the School Administrators Association for the 2016 Women in School Leadership Award.
She was named the Region XI Superintendent of the Year and is currently serving as President of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016


REGISTER TO VOTE – The last day to register in order to be eligible to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary on March 1 is Monday, Feb. 1. Voter registration takes place at the Wise County Elections office at 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Call the office at 940-626-4453 if you have any questions regarding your voter registration status. Early voting begins Feb. 16 and continues until Feb. 26. A full story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

RHOME ROLLBACK – Rhome City Council will meet to canvass the results of the rollback election 6 p.m. Friday at 105 W. First St. The canvassing was rescheduled from Tuesday.

BOOK SALE – The Decatur Public Library is having a book sale this week. Friends of the Library preview is 6-7:30 tonight, and the sale will be Friday and Saturday during regular business hours. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – Wise Regional Health System Sleep Wellness Center is having a Lunch-N-Learn Sleep Wellness Class at noon today. The free class will feature Rhonda Beam, who will discuss how to start the new year off right with better sleep, and Dr. Ronald Cook with advice on oral sleep apnea appliances. The Center is located at 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. Participants may bring their lunch. Call 214-980-3128 or visit WiseRegional.com for more information.

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

BENEFIT EVENT – A benefit washer tournament/barbecue dinner/silent auction is 5 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Entry fee to the washer tournament is $50, and dinner is $15. The event will also include live music. Proceeds benefit the family of Marianne Pike, who recently died, and Binky Gentry, who is battling cancer. Call Rayanne Gentry at 817-475-9023.

BRUSH BOTS – Kids will make brush bots and use them to clean up an “oil spill” 4-5 p.m. today at the Chico Public Library. Snacks will be provided. Call 940-644-2330 or email chicopublib1@gmail.com.

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

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535; or go to freedomtexas.org.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Charles Royce Nix, 76, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Masako Skeeter McLean, 87, of Decatur. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


AURORA HOUSE FIRE – A fire in a home on Old Base Road in Aurora produced a cloud of white smoke visible for more than 10 miles around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Early responders drove a vehicle through a closed gate to reach the home. After the fire was knocked down, firefighters swept the house and attic to ensure it was completely out. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Rhome, Newark and Boyd Fire Departments and Wise County EMS responded to the fire. No one was injured.

LADY HOUNDS TAKE CONTROL OF 21-A – Kayler Talamentes poured in 23 points as the Slidell Lady Greyhounds beat Forestburg 53-40 to take a two-game lead in District 21-A with four games to play. The Slidell Greyhounds used 22 points from Layton Shelton and 19 from Colton Crane to take down Forestburg 63-45. Other scores: Boys – Northwest 63, Keller Central 38; Decatur 77, Lake Worth 50; Nocona 45, Paradise 36; Henrietta 52, Boyd 35; Muenster 91, Alvord 28; Collinsville 64, Chico 37. Girls – Northwest 64, Keller Central 41; Decatur 60, Lake Worth 17; Paradise 55, Nocona 41; Henrietta 59, Boyd 39.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Main Lecture Hall at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380, between Bridgeport and Decatur. Park and use the entrance on the north side. The charity partner this month is the Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM).

YOUTH FAIR SCHOLARSHIP – A maximum of 14 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to one graduating senior from each school district that has been actively involved in the Wise County Youth Fair during their high school years. Applications are due and must be post marked by Feb. 12. For an application, go to the WCYF website, wcyouthfair.org, and print a copy.

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – Wise Regional Health System Sleep Wellness Center is having a Lunch-N-Learn Sleep Wellness Class at noon Thursday. The free class will feature Rhonda Beam, who will discuss how to start the new year off right with better sleep, and Dr. Ronald Cook with advice on oral sleep apnea appliances. The Center is located at 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. Participants may bring their lunch. Call 214-980-3128 or visit WiseRegional.com for more information.

ICE CREAM SUPPER – The Class of 2020 is having a homemade ice cream supper at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport vs. Springtown basketball game. All ice cream will be made by Clayton Green. Cost is $3 per cup. Proceeds will help pay for the 8th grade banquet and senior year activities.

CRAFT TIME – Elementary students are invited to craft time at the Rhome Public Library 4-5 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 24. Participation is free, but RSVP is required. Call 817-636-2767.

CANDIDATE FORUM – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce will have a candidate forum at its monthly luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Paradise ISD administration office board room, 338 School House Rd., in Paradise. Cost is $10. RSVP to info@paradisetexaschamber.org.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT – Bridgeport High School’s Financial Aid Night, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, has been moved. Students and parents can meet at the high school to talk with counselors about college financial aid 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Masako Skeeter McLean, 87, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


1 HURT IN CHICO WRECK – A man was flown from a wreck in Chico around 1:30 p.m. Monday. State Trooper Paul Zaragoza said the man, driving a white passenger car, was traveling northbound on Texas 101 when he veered left from his lane for unknown reasons. An 18-wheeler was turning right from Farm Road 1810 onto southbound Texas 101, and the car ran underneath it. The car came to rest when it hit a tree off the left side of the road. The man in the passenger car was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by paramedics. He was flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His condition is unknown at this time. The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured. Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Rescue 1, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and Chico fire department responded. No names have been released at this time.

COUNCIL APPROVES AGREEMENTS RELATED TO HOTEL – Three agreements related to the construction of a proposed Fairfield Inn and Suites to be located next to the Decatur Civic Center were approved by the Decatur City Council yesterday after they were approved by the city’s Economic Development Corp. last week. The agreements spell out that the property will be transferred from the EDC to Gatehouse on or about May 1, $2.7 million in EDC incentives and various city incentives.

SLIDELL LOOKS TO BUILD ON LEAGUE LEAD – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds will face Forestburg at 6 tonight, trying to add to their lead in District 21-A. The game will be followed by the Greyhounds’ matchup with Forestburg. Follow updates of the action and other area games at our Twitter feed: @wcmsports. Other games: Alvord at Muenster; Boyd at Henrietta; Chico at Collinsville; Decatur at Lake Worth; Northwest at Keller Central; Nocona at Paradise.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Guest speaker Dr. Ronald Marcello of Denton will discuss his vast collection of information collected from his interviews with members of the Lost Battalion. Lunch will be served, so if you plan to attend, RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

RABBIT VALIDATION – Wise County Youth Fair rabbit validation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Extension office. All rabbits must be tattooed or tattoos checked and checked for breed and sex in order to show at the 2016 Wise County Youth Fair.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Clay Patterson, author and professional genealogist, will present the program. Lunch will be served. RSVP to richardperry@embarqmail.com.

TEEN BOOK CLUB – The Decatur Public Library’s Fiction 2 Film Teen Book Club is hosting a Teen Book Speed Dating event 4 p.m. today. Teens will be introduced to books from a wide range of genres, and they will have a few minutes to read the description of each one before deciding which book or books they will check out.

FUNERALS – Service for Masako Skeeter McLean, 87, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Donald Wayne Norris Sr., 82, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Charles Royce Nix, 76, of Springtown is 2 p.m. Saturday at Rock Island Family Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Man air lifted from Chico wreck


A man was air lifted from a wreck in Chico around 1:30 p.m. today.

State Trooper Paul Zaragoza said the man, driving a white passenger car, was traveling northbound on Texas 101 when he veered left from his lane for unknown reasons. An 18-wheeler was turning right from Farm Road 1810 onto southbound Texas 101, and the car ran underneath it. The car came to rest when it hit a tree off the left side of the road.

The man in the passenger car was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by paramedics. He was flown by AirEvac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. His condition is unknown at this time.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured.

Wise County Emergency Medical Services, Wise County Rescue 1, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and Chico fire department responded.

No names have been released at this time.

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Monday, January 25, 2016


JONES HEADED TO SUPER BOWL – Bridgeport’s Colin Jones will play in Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers after the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 yesterday in the NFC championship game. He’s also headed back to Bay Area. He was drafted by the 49ers in 2011 after playing at TCU.

LADY EAGLES MOVE TO 4-0 – Raena Slate, Macee Reed and Abbie Heiens scored 9 each as Decatur beat Springtown 43-20 to move to 4-0 in 8-4A. Other scores: Boys – Decatur 63, Springtown 49; Denton Guyer 60, Northwest 50; Bridgeport 80, Castleberry 48; Paradise 60, City View 29; Holliday 56, Boyd 44; Valley View 68, Alvord 52; Lindsay 53, Chico 34; Bellevue 80, Slidell 68. Girls – Bridgeport 72, Castleberry 27; Denton Guyer 61, Northwest 47; Decatur 43, Springtown 20; Paradise 68, City View 29; Boyd 48, Holliday 43; Slidell 53, Bellevue 38; Alvord 55, Valley View 43.

DECATUR GIRLS FINISH RUNNER-UP – The Decatur girls swim team finished runner-up at the 6-5A meet Saturday in Grapevine. Decatur’s quartet of Allie Blevins, Jennifer Morehart, Madelyn McCloud and Lizzy Rowden won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Blevins won the district title in the 500.

TEEN BOOK CLUB – The Decatur Public Library’s Fiction 2 Film Teen Book Club is hosting a Teen Book Speed Dating event 4 p.m. Tuesday. Teens will be introduced to books from a wide range of genres, and they will have a few minutes to read the description of each one before deciding which book or books they will check out.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is hosting the 10th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Feb. 6 at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. Dance is 4-6 p.m. for girls ages 1-9 years and 7-9 p.m. for girls ages 10 years or older. To purchase tickets, go to www.decaturjuniorwomansclub.com.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will offer diabetes education classes in Boyd today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will consider three action items regarding the hotel project at the Decatur Civic Center at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes a request for a Youth Fair Kickoff Parade, a quarterly investment report and a closed session regarding the planning director position. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will include year-end reports from the airport, civic center, library, Main Street, police and finance.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners will discuss and award bids on the tax sale of nine properties during their regular meeting this morning. They will discuss dam maintenance agreements and will make appointments and approve election details related to the March 1 primary election. The meeting is open to the public. It’s at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Joe (Pop) McCormick, 81, of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

FUNERAL for Donald Wayne Norris Sr., 82, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Paradise with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Harriet Virginia Raven, 75, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Malcolm R. Shepherd Jr., 78, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Johnny Webb, 82, of Rhome is 3 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Stephen “Dom” James Janiak, 27, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Friday, January 22, 2016


DECATUR SUPT. CONTRACT EXTENDED — The Decatur School Board yesterday voted to extend Superintendent Rod Townsend’s contract by a year and increase his annual salary by $6,000. The action came after a 12-minute closed session in which the board performed the annual superintendent evaluation.

LADY EAGLES HEAD TO SPRINGTOWN — The Decatur Lady Eagles will look to finish the first half of 8-4A play unbeaten at 6:30 tonight when they tip off at Springtown. The Eagles will try to rebound from Tuesday’s loss to Bridgeport at 8. Follow the action live and get updates from other county games at our Twitter feed: @wcmsports. Other games: Castleberry at Bridgeport; Valley View at Alvord; Paradise at City View; Slidell at Bellevue; Holliday at Boyd; Chico at Lindsay; Northwest at Denton Guyer.

DECATUR SWIM HEADS TO DISTRICT — The Decatur swim team will compete in the 6-5A swim championships at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grapevine. The top six finishers in each race advance to regionals. Northwest swimmers compete in the 5-6A meet Saturday in Keller.

RAINFALL — Yesterday’s rainfall total included 0.45 of an inch in Rhome, 0.37 in Bridgeport, 0.25 in Decatur, 0.18 in Alvord and 0.15 in Greenwood.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING — Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Clay Patterson, author and professional genealogist, will present the program. Lunch will be served. RSVP to richardperry@embarqmail.com.

DIABETES CLASSES — Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will offer diabetes education classes in Boyd Monday. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SPORTING CLAY BENEFIT — A sporting clay benefit for Angel Reza is Saturday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds, 7282 N. FM 51, in Decatur. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and shooting starts at 9. There will be a live band and raffles. Lunch is provided for shooters. Proceeds will go toward Angel’s medical bills. The infant was hospitalized after being diagnosed with leukemia. Call Jessica, 940-600-3932; or Gina, 940-393-9297. A feature story on Reza was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

FUNDRAISER FOR FAMILY — Bake sale fundraiser for the Jackson/Stowe family is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Rann Elementary in Decatur. The family lost their home and possessions in a house fire last month.

MOVIE NIGHT — Bridgeport Box Office presents a free showing of the movie “Max” at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Concessions are available, and doors open 30 minutes prior to movie. Space is limited. Due to construction on Halsell Street, patrons are encouraged to park in the rear parking lot and enter through the back of the stage. Call 940-683-3480.

FOUR-ON-FOUR — The Bridgeport Class of 2020 is having a four-on-four volleyball tournament and silent auction 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School, 702 17th St. Entry fee is $40 per team with registration available at the door. To pre-pay with a credit card, email Jeff Williams, Jeff@bridgeportanimal.com. Divisions are fifth grade and under; sixth and seventh grades; and eighth grade to adults (co-ed). Concessions will be sold. Contact Peggy Barton, 940-626-9046, pbarton@embarqmail.com.

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

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Sharon Nichols, 73, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Bertha Lomas, 50, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Pop McCormick, 81, of Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Velma Lee White, 92, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICES for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, and Harriet Raven, 75, both of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Malcolm R. Shepherd Jr., 78, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Johnny Webb, 82, of Rhome is 3 p.m. Monday at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Steven Janiak, 27, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016


SECOND PETITION STARTED – A second petition to try to get beer and wine sales on the May ballot in Boyd is now circulating after a previous drive failed to get the required 79 signatures of Boyd registered voters. Boyd City Secretary Alicia Smith confirmed that a second effort began last week. The city council would need to call the election by Feb. 9 in order for the issue to be on the May 7 ballot. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN – Today’s forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain and possibly a thunderstorm with a high temperature of 45.

MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Box Office presents a free showing of the movie “Max” at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Concessions are available, and doors open 30 minutes prior to movie. Space is limited. Due to construction on Halsell Street, patrons are encouraged to park in the rear parking lot and enter through the back of the stage. Call 940-683-3480.

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

FAITH PROGRAM – Kingdom Man, based on the video series by Tony Evans, will be presented 6-9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. It will include guest speakers from Community Church, Crossroads Church, First Methodist Church of Decatur, Cornerstone Baptist and Grace Fellowship of Paradise. Dinner is provided. RSVP by today by calling 940-627-3235 or at www.firstdecatur.us.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 7 tonight at Decatur Church of Christ. Patti Gillespie will talk on “Newspaper Research: Tips, Tricks, Sites and Context.”

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS – The Decatur Baseball League will have sign-ups at Decatur City Hall on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of January. Times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Ages are T ball (4 by May 1, 2016), 5/6, 8U, 12U and 14U. Call Eric at 940-389-4679 or Annie at 817-223-4928.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board tonight will hear the annual audit report, receive an update on the 2015 bond projects and perform the annual superintendent evaluation. The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 followed by the open meeting at 7 at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Service for Bertha Lomas, 50, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur. Family visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Sharon Nichols, 73, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Joe D. McCormick, 81, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Velma Lee White, 92, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 7-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

SERVICES for Lorell B. Fleming, 88, and Harriet Raven, 75, both of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Roy Hulen Morris, 85, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Malcolm R. Shepherd Jr., 78, of Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Johnny Webb, 82, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


CITIZENS APPROVE ROLLBACK – The unofficial results of the Rhome tax rollback election are in, and the tax rate will be lowered. There were 144 votes in total, 108 for the rollback and 36 against. The majority voted early, with 28 votes cast on election day. The election was held to determine whether to lower the city tax rate to 52.34 cents per $100 valuation from 58.33 cents.

FIRE DAMAGES ALVORD HOME – A fire severely damaged a home on Greenwood Street in Alvord late Tuesday night. The fire was first reported around 11:30 p.m. It started in a shed behind the house. “We have been told that there was a heat lamp back there for a dog,” Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said. “By all indications we have now, that’s probably where it started.” The fire then moved to the home’s attic. All occupants got out safely and the Red Cross has been notified. Alvord, Chico and Decatur fire departments and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded.

BULLS SHOOT DOWN EAGLES – Devonte Patterson hit six of his seven 3-point attempts and scored 25 points in leading the Bridgeport Bulls to a 60-49 win over the Decatur Eagles yesterday. Keenan Holdman added 22 points for the Bulls, who took over first place in 8-4A. Parker Hicks scored 24 and Cade Lamirand 13 for Decatur. In the girls game, Macee Reed scored 18 and Hannah Dunning 10 as the Decatur Lady Eagles beat the Bridgeport Sissies 46-36 to grab the lead in 8-4A. Abbi Hatton had eight for the Sissies. In other action, Lindsey Thorpe scored 31 and hit a free throw in the closing seconds to lift Boyd to a 56-55 upset of fifth-ranked Bowie. Other scores: Boys – Northwest 58, Fossil Ridge 55; Jacksboro 45, Paradise 40; Bowie 53, Boyd 22; Poolville 77, Alvord 51; Era 55, Chico 42; Slidell 78, Saint Jo 34. Girls – Northwest 59, Fossil Ridge 40; Paradise 47, Jacksboro 33; Alvord 40, Poolville 36; Slidell 60, Saint Jo 20.

FUNDRAISER FOR FAMILY – Bake sale fundraiser for the Jackson/Stowe family is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Patti’s Hair Parlor in Decatur and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Rann Elementary in Decatur. The family lost their home and possessions in a house fire last month.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Wise County is seeking people interested in becoming a Master Wellness Volunteer. The program will provide volunteers with 40 hours of training in health and nutrition education. Previous health or wellness training is not required, but participants must have an interest in living healthfully and helping others do the same. The training will be held Feb. 9, 23 and March 8 in the Wise County Extension office. Online instruction is also required. Deadline to register is Jan. 29. Call 940-627-3341 or email ttdavis@ag.tamu.edu.

FOUR-ON-FOUR – The Bridgeport Class of 2020 is having a four-on-four volleyball tournament and silent auction 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School, 702 17th St. Entry fee is $40 per team with registration available at the door. To pre-pay with a credit card, email Jeff Williams, Jeff@bridgeportanimal.com. Divisions are fifth grade and under; sixth and seventh grades; and eighth grade to adults (co-ed). Concessions will be sold. Contact Peggy Barton, 940-626-9046, pbarton@embarqmail.com.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss the importance of managing your healthcare. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992.

FUNERALS – Service for Frank McCowan Jr., 86, of Gainesville, is 2 p.m. today at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Bertha Lomas, 50, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service will be held for Marianne Pike, 53, of Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Sharon Nichols, 73, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Pauline Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Velma Lee White, 92, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Mildred Anne Trent, 90, formerly of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Felix Daniel Garcia Delgado, 24, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Roy Hulen Morris, 85, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Malcolm R. Shepherd Jr., 78, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Fire damages Alvord home


A fire severely damaged a home on Greenwood Street in Alvord late Tuesday night.

The fire, first reported around 11:30 p.m., started in a shed behind the house.

“We have been told that there was a heat lamp back there for a dog,” Alvord Fire Chief Sam Hahn said. “By all indications we have right now, that’s probably where it started.”

The fire then moved to the attic of the home.

The occupants were able to get out safely and the Red Cross has been alerted.

Alvord, Chico and Decatur fire departments and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded.

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Rhome rollback election results


The unofficial results of the Rhome tax rollback election are in, and the tax rate will be lowered.

There were 144 votes in total, 108 for the rollback and 36 against. The majority voted early, with 28 votes cast on election day.

The election was held to decide whether to lower Rhome’s tax from 58.33 cents per $100 valuation to 52.34 cents.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


TAX ROLLBACK ELECTION DAY — Rhome citizens will vote today in the city’s tax rollback election. The polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Rhome City Hall. Citizens are voting on reducing the current year tax rate for the city from 58.33 cents per $100 valuation to 52.34 cents. Results of the election will be posted tonight when they are available at WCMessenger.com.

BULLS, EAGLES MEET IN SHOWDOWN — The 13th-ranked Bridgeport Bulls and 16th-ranked Decatur Eagles will meet at 8 tonight in an 8-4A showdown for first place at Decatur High School gym. The game follows the Sissies and Lady Eagles also playing for the top spot in the league. Follow live updates of the action as well as getting scores from around the area on our Twitter feed: @wcmsports. Other county games: Poolville at Alvord; Bowie at Boyd; Era at Chico; Northwest at Fossil Ridge; Paradise at Jacksboro; and Saint Jo at Slidell.

PARADISE HIRES GAGE — It took Paradise ISD trustees only a few minutes of discussion before hiring Ronnie Gage as the school’s new athletic director and head football coach. Gage will start Feb. 1. He is signing a two-year contract with the district. The trustees also gave superintendent Mac Edwards a favorable review and extended his contract to run through June 30, 2019. Edwards started in July.

BASEBALL SIGN-UPS — Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball have opened registration for the 2016 spring season. Any individual with special needs, age 3 or older, can play. Each player will be paired with a buddy who helps to make the experience even more fun. To register, go to  made2thrive.org/forms and download the 2016 participant form. Call 940-577-0570.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP — The Stroke Overcomes Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss the importance of managing your healthcare. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992.

MEETING CANCELED — The Parkinson’s Support Group that normally meets the third Tuesday of the month will not meet today.

WRITERS’ GROUP — The Decatur Public Library is starting a writers’ group. The first meeting is 6 tonight and will be an introduction to the group members, guidelines and future programs. This group will meet monthly to discuss and critique original works and is intended for adults 18 years old and over. Call 940-393-0290 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SOCIETY MEETING — The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church Wesley Center in Decatur. The program will be on the “Canadian Rocky Mountains, and the White Pass and Yukon Route, The Railway built of Gold.” Visitors are welcome. Call 940-395-7239.

CLOTHING DONATIONS — The Episcopal Church of Wise County’s January Mission of the Month is Bridgeport Elementary School. The school is in need of boys and girls socks and underwear, sizes 6-8 and 10-12, as well as neutral colored unisex sweats sizes 6-8 and 10-12. Contact person at the school is Kristen Shelton, 940-683-5955.

FUNERALS — Private memorial service will be held for Marianne Pike, 53, of Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Sharon Nichols, 73, of New Orleans, La., formerly of Bridgeport, is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Frank McCowan Jr, 86, of Gainesville is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Velma White, 92, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Dorothy Renshaw, 73, of Arlington is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

FUNERAL for Mildred Trent, 90, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Bill G. Arrington, 82, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Felix Daniel Garcia Delgado, 24, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Roy Hulen Morris, 85, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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