2 killed in Friday collision


Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a car wreck on Texas 199, one mile west of Farm Road 920. Department of Public Safety Trooper Fred Thornton Jr. said a passenger car traveling east crossed the center line and hit a westbound white, Ford Escape driven by Pamela Hudson, 56, of Bowie.

Thornton said wet roads were a factor.

“He hydroplaned and went over the center stripe, and she plowed into him,” Thornton said.

Both drivers were killed. The name of the second driver has not yet been released, pending notification of the family.

Both were pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson.

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Murder investigation includes search for missing person


 

Teresa Rose

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As part of an arson/murder investigation related to Thursday night’s fire and the discovery of a body in a travel trailer in the 1100 block of Farm Road 2952 in Chico, the Wise County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking a missing person that could be connected to the case. Investigators are seeking Teresa Jan Rose, 41, of Chico. She’s 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Anyone with information about Rose’s location should call Sgt. Josh Reynolds with the WCSO at 940-627-5971, ext. 263; email reynolds@sheriff.co.wise.tx.us or call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS. Jeremy Wade Marlett, 34, of Chico was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with arson in connection with the fire as well as on a charge of possession of marijuana. The body, which was found in the travel trailer that was destroyed by fire, has not yet been identified. A mobile home was also destroyed in a fire on the property.

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Friday, May 22, 2015


MURDER INVESTIGATION – The body of a man was found inside a burned out travel trailer late Thursday, and Sheriff David Walker said it appears to be a murder. “We think the man was killed and the fire set to cover it up” Walker said early Friday. The man has not been identified, and Peace Justice Craig Johnson ordered his body sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners office for an autopsy. The murder set off a massive search for a suspect in the Chico area. Shortly after midnight the sheriff’s office notified people in Chico to lock their doors and vehicles and not answer the door unless it was police. A DPS helicopter was called in to help with the search. A suspect in the case was arrested several hours later by sheriff’s deputies and DPS troopers and early Friday was being interrogated by officers. The case is being investigated by the Wise County Fire Marshal’s office, sheriff’s investigator Josh Reynolds and the Texas Rangers, Walker said. The incident began when Chico, Crafton and Bridgeport firefighters were dispatched to a fire call on CR 2952 off FM 1810 west of Chico around 8 p.m. At the time several fires were reported in the area and neighbors told firefighters that the fires had been intentionally set. The two buildings seemed uninhabited and were at least 40 feet apart from each other with no fire in between, leading officials on the scene to believe that the two structures were intentionally set ablaze. The suspect, who was initially arrested on drug charges, was considered armed and dangerous, Walker said.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME – A family was displaced when fire destroyed their home north of Chico Thursday morning. Chico and Bridgeport fire departments along with Wise County EMS responded to the call in the 1700 block of Texas 101 around 8 a.m. The first units on the scene reported the single story, wood-frame home totally engulfed in flames. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said a woman, her daughter and a small child were able to escape without injury. He said the fire apparently started from a space heater in a bedroom. A dog is thought to have died in the fire. The home was a total loss. The Chico Church of Christ is collecting clothes and household items for the fire victims. For information, call 940-577-0762. The family needs all household items. Clothing sizes include: young female adult size 3 pants and shirts size small to medium; small girls’ size 3T through 6T clothing; adult women’s pants sizes 12-14 and large shirts; and adult men’s size 32 to 34 pants and large shirts. Donations can be dropped off at 203 S. McCracken. People are available to receive donation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donations can be left on the fellowship hall’s porch 24 hours a day.

WATER RESCUE – Around 6:30 Thursday night, Paradise firefighters and Wise County EMS rescued two kids trapped in flood waters on “screaming bridge” on CR 3250 southwest of Decatur. They were checked at the scene by medics and released to their parents. The bridge is in the area of the Indian Trails subdivision and has been closed by high water for several days.

EDWARDS NAMED SUPERINTENDENT – Paradise school superintendent lone finalist Mac Edwards was named superintendent at last night’s meeting. His contract will begin July 1. Interim superintendent Robert Criswell’s contract will end in June.

ALVORD BASEBALL PLAYOFFS - The Alvord Bulldogs start their Class 2A Region II quarterfinal series at 4:30 today in Ponder against Lindsay. Games 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, game 3 will follow.

NORTHWEST SPRING GAME – The Northwest Texans will hold their spring football scrimmage at 6 p.m. today at Northwest ISD Stadium.

FRIDAY FUN AT THE LIBRARY – Everyday Heroes is the theme of today’s Friday Fun Preschool Special at 10:30 a.m. at Decatur Public Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to learn about fire safety with Decatur Fire Department firefighters. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the library’s website, www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

BIKE BLESSING – Following the 10:50 worship service Sunday, May 31, at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, Pastor Brian Bosworth will lead a “Blessing of the Bikes” for anyone who rides their motorcycle to church that day. A lunch ride, including a time of cruising local highways, will follow. Bikers are invited to wear their biker gear to worship. (Editor’s note: the original post had the incorrect date.)

BYA SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will hold sign-ups for Peewee Football and Cheer for 2015-16 3rd-6th graders 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Back to Summer Bash 3 on 3 tournament is May 29 at Decatur High School. Games start at 5 p.m. Divisions include men’s, women’s and coed; boys and girls 5th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Basketball Program. Contact 214-354-2556 or dhseaglesbasketball@gmail.com.

RELAY WRAP UP – Relay For Life Wise County Wrap Up is 7 p.m. June 2 in the Candlewood Suites meeting room. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Development Services and the Decatur dumpsite will close Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day. Dumpsites in Boyd, Chico and Cottondale will close on the following business day, Wednesday, May 27.

UPDATE RETURNS TUESDAY – No Update will be published Monday due to the Memorial Day holiday. As always, breaking news will be posted throughout the weekend at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Wesley Carl Warren, 54, of Alvord is 1:30 p.m. today at Blue Bonnet Hills Cemetery in Keller. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Luther Stallings of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Vicki Shepherd, 68, of Decatur is noon Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton. Family visitation is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Denton.

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Chico fire leads to murder investigation


A structure fire destroyed a vehicle and a mobile homes off of FM 2952 in Chico Thursday night.

Human remains were found once the fires were extinguished and a murder investigation is underway.

Witnesses said three cars left the property before the fires began.

An explosion releasing a strong ammonia smell filled the air during the fire’s peak, but Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said that they found no evidence of a drug manufacturing lab.

“We didn’t have any evidence of a meth lab or anything like that,” Washburn said.

The vehicle and house were about 40 feet apart, suggesting that the fires were set intentionally.

“That is pretty curious,” Washburn said. “Especially because there wasn’t any fire in between the house and car.”

 

 

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Fire destroys Chico home


A family was displaced when fire destroyed their home north of Chico Thursday morning. Chico and Bridgeport fire departments along with Wise County EMS responded to the call in the 1700 block of Texas 101 around 8 a.m. The first units on the scene reported the single story, wood-frame home totally engulfed in flames. Wise County Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Washburn said a woman, her daughter and a small child were able to escape without injury. He said the fire apparently started from a space heater in a bedroom. A dog is thought to have died in the fire. The home was a total loss. The Chico Church of Christ is collecting clothes and household items for the fire victims. For information, call 940-577-0762. The family needs all household items. Clothing sizes include: young female adult size 3 pants and shirts size small to medium; small girls’ size 3T through 6T clothing; adult women’s pants sizes 12-14 and large shirts; and adult men’s size 32 to 34 pants and large shirts. Donations can be dropped off at 203 S. McCracken. People are available to receive donation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and donations can be left on the fellowship hall’s porch 24 hours a day.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015


4 TORNADOES CONFIRMED – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has confirmed at least four tornadoes touched down in Wise County Tuesday night. Two of those tornadoes, categorized as EF0, were located in Runaway Bay. The tornado that destroyed or severely damaged several homes in the Balsora area was classified as an EF1 tornado. A fourth tornado, another EF1, was confirmed in an area a few miles east of Decatur. Crews are also expected to visit damage to homes further east near the Paradise and Cottondale areas to determine if those areas, too, were hit by a tornado or straight line winds. Full coverage of Tuesday’s storms, including stories, photos and videos, can be found at WCMess.com/tornado2015.

MAN THROWN FROM HOME – The storm that spawned a confirmed tornado near Balsora also destroyed a home and sent a man flying outside Tuesday night. Family members say John C. Revell was at home on County Road 3451 in his recliner when a possible tornado suddenly caused his home to begin to roll off its foundation, sending him and his chair outside. Revell was found in a neighbor’s yard and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday. His home was totally destroyed. Read more at WCMess.com/tornado2015.

LOCAL ROADS FLOODED – As of Wednesday afternoon, two bridges were out and numerous county roads were underwater due to flooding. Bridges on County Roads 2535 and 3433 are partially washed out, and the bridge near Indian Trails, known as Screaming Bridge, is covered in 1 foot of water. Flooded roads include County Roads 1744, 3526, 3225, 3381, 3386 and 1308. Farm Road 1655 is flooded between Alvord and Chico. Additional roadways could be covered in water after last night’s rainfall. Drivers are urged to use caution.

RED CROSS SHELTER OPEN – The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Crossway Church, 513 Port-o-Call Drive, in Runaway Bay for those displaced by the storm Tuesday night. Red Cross spokesperson Anita Foster said the agency is still completing its disaster assessment, but it appears there were 50 families displaced by the storm. “We’ll begin the Red Cross case work to meet each family to understand them and what their needs are to see how the Red Cross or our partner agencies can help them,” she said. “Ultimately, we want to make sure we’re finding everyone.” If you need Red Cross assistance and have not been contacted, call their hotline, 877-500-8645.

POWER RESTORATION CONTINUES – Nearly all Oncor customers who lost power during Tuesday night’s storms had their power restored by last night, according to Area Manager Sabrina Easley. More storms overnight led to more outages. As of 7:30 a.m., Oncor had 134 customers without power in the Alvord/Chico area and in Decatur, according to Easley. Tree trimmers are working to clear limbs from the line that is causing the outages. The Alvord/Chico outage is being complicated by high water levels, but crews are making repairs at this time. Both outage areas are expected to be restored by 10 a.m.

MORE RAIN – Overnight storms brought more rain to an already-soggy Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.47 in Rhome, 1 in Bridgeport, 0.8 in Greenwood and Cottondale, 0.78 in Decatur, 0.45 in Alvord and 0.4 in Paradise. Tonight’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of more storms.

CHICO FIRE - As Update was going to press, Chico and Bridgeport fire departments and Wise County EMS were responding to what was being called a fully involved fire at a frame house in the 1700 block of Texas 101. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will hold its last meeting for the spring at 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. The group will have the election results for the new board of officers and celebrate the birthday of the organization with a birthday cake. Meeting time will include a question and answer panel. Visitors may attend at no charge.

PLANNING MEETING – Dr. Bruce Amason of Denton will talk about the planning and organization of a Wise County Trail Life Troop at 8 tonight at the Fellowship Bible Church on U.S. 380 west of Decatur. Visit www.traillifeusa.com for more information about the group.

SIDEWALK PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING – The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport EDC will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Halsell Street Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. today at 9th and Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3404.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Wesley Warren, 54, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Nicholas Gladkoff, 73, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Thomas C. Myers, former Bridgeport school superintendent, is 10 a.m. Friday at The Hills Church in Southlake with burial in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Myers served as Bridgeport superintendent from 1980-1986.

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Tornadic storms rip through Wise County


One confirmed tornado, high winds and torrential rain pounded Wise County Tuesday night. The American Red Cross estimates 50 families were displaced due to the storms, but as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, its disaster assessment was not yet complete. Residents continue to wade through the ugly aftermath, picking up the pieces and contemplating how to move forward.

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An EF1 tornado tore through an area off Farm Road 920 near Balsora Tuesday night, packing winds between 90 and 110 mph, according to National Weather Service crews that visited the area Wednesday.
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More than 300 remain without power in Wise


rbtornado15More than 300 Oncor customers in Wise County were still without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Tree trimmers and electric crews from around the state have converged in the county to repair lines and restore power to residents affected by Tuesday’s tornadic storms.
“Right now, we have 50 tree-trimming crews out and about 25 electric crews out and they will be continuing to work around the clock,” said Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley. “The tree-trimming guys are doing a good job getting out ahead to clear limbs.”
At the height of the storm Tuesday, 3,568 Oncor customers were without power. By Wednesday afternoon, Easley said they had 30 customers without electricity in Runaway Bay and 300 along Farm Road 920.
She explained that the numbers for the apartments in Runaway Bay represented the individual meters and up to six apartment units may be on one meter.
The utility is hoping to have all the power restored to customers by early Thursday morning.
“We’re shooting for midnight but it may be closer to 4-5 a.m. to get everyone taken care of,” Easley said.
Wise Electric Cooperative reported just one outage Wednesday afternoon.
Check back to www.wcmessenger.com for more storm coverage.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


TORNADO CAUSES EXTENSIVE DAMAGE – At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday night, two large storms merged into one and made its way through Wise County. The storm produced at least one tornado that caused considerable damage in the southwest quadrant of the county, in Runaway Bay and along Farm Road 920. There was also considerable flooding in Bridgeport and the surrounding communities. Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard said that the initial plan of action is to make sure everyone is safe. “Right now we’re dealing with life safety,” Beard said early this morning. “We will take care of property damage and flooding when everyone is accounted for.” Two Runaway Bay apartment buildings and at least 15 houses along Farm Road 920 were severely damaged or destroyed as of 12:56 a.m. Wednesday morning. At that time, no storm-related deaths and minimal injuries had been reported. County Judge JD Clark said that several organizations were lending their services to the people of Wise County. “Red Cross is mobilized and are heading to Runaway Bay to assist those displaced from their homes and offer shelter and medical care,” Clark said. “The State Department has a task force on the way to offer aid, as well.” At the time, Clark said that they hadn’t had a lot of serious injuries and were hopeful to assess property damage when daylight arrived. But before that, taking care of the storm victims was the top priority. “We want to make sure that everyone has a roof over their heads and a place to sleep,” Clark said. “We’re getting the help and manpower we need to make sure that everyone who was affected by the storm is accounted for.”

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Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxREPORT YOUR DAMAGE – Did you receive significant damage, see the tornado or help with the recovery? Email us your report or photos at news@wcmessenger.com, send us a message on our Wise County Messenger Facebook page (www.my-wise.com), tweet us @wcmessenger or call 940-627-5987.

RED CROSS SHELTER – The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church, 513 Port O Call, in Runaway Bay. According to Red Cross representative Anita Foster, “The Red Cross is currently working on a plan for disaster assessment to determine how many families will need Red Cross support following last night’s storms. Updates will be provided @RedCrossDFW.”

THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER – The powerful storm that swept through the county last night caused close to 2,000 Oncor customers to lose power, according to Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Multiple downed power lines were reported. As of 6:45 a.m., approximately 1,500 customers remained without electricity. The outage primarily is affecting the Bridgeport, Paradise and Cottondale areas. “Equipment was damaged in the storm and will have to be changed out,” Easley reported. “We are expecting that outage to be restored around 3 p.m. today. Other areas that remain out include Runaway Bay, Decatur and Chico. Crews are being brought in from around the state to assist with restoration.” Earlier this morning, Easley said crews were having trouble getting to many locations due to flooded and impassable roadways.

OPENING LATE – Alvord school district is opening at 10 a.m. today due to flooding conditions caused by last night’s storm.

SCHOOL CLOSED – Paradise school district is closed today due to last night’s storm.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS – The storm brought several inches of rain. Some areas near Bridgeport received up to 6 inches of rain. Our rainfall reporters provided the following totals: 4.15 inches in Bridgeport, 4.05 in Alvord, 3.8 in Greenwood, 3.52 in Decatur, and 0.27 in Rhome.

MORE RAIN IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms today, mainly before 1 p.m. A flash flood warning remains in effect until 9:15 a.m.

LAKE LEVEL RISING - Heavy rains have helped improve the water levels at Lake Bridgeport. At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday the lake level was 9.97 feet below conservation level. That’s a significant improvement in two weeks when it was down 24 feet. Tuesday night rains in Jacksboro, Antelope, Archer City and over the lake itself are expected to improve the lake levels even more.

NO KNOWN THREAT – Although it has been reported by some media outlets that the deadly shootout between motorcycle gangs and police in Waco Sunday might be connected to a fight between motorcycle gangs at last December’s Wise County Toy Run, Wise County Sheriff David Walker said yesterday that he had spoken with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which found no links between the two events. Walker said none of those arrested or killed Sunday in Waco were from Wise County. The sheriff’s office has also been reaching out to the organizers of a Memorial Day party scheduled this weekend hosted by a motorcycle group near Chico but have “no intelligence there will be any issue.”

OFFICES CLOSING – The Bridgeport City Hall, Parks and Recreation, EDC, Municipal Court, Infrastructure Offices and Library will close at noon Friday for the City’s Employee Appreciation Lunch. The same offices will also be closed Monday for Memorial Day. If you need immediate assistance on either date, call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

BAKE SALE - The employees of First State Bank will have a bake sale Friday benefiting 1,000 Miles Til Home. The organization partners with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to give mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans. The bank is located at 661 West Thompson in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. today at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kathy Butler, 58, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Olan Eakman, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Eva Aliene Elmore, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Ruth McDonald, 99, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Storm causes damage and flooding in Wise County


At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday night, two large storms merged into one and made its way through Wise County.

The storm produced at least one tornado that caused considerable damage in the southwest quadrant of the county, in Runaway Bay and along Farm Road 920.

There was also considerable flooding in Bridgeport and the surrounding communities.

Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard said that the initial plan of action is to make sure everyone is safe.

“Right now we’re dealing with life safety,” Beard said. “We will take care of property damage and flooding when everyone is accounted for.”

Two Runaway Bay apartment buildings and at least 15 houses along Farm Road 920 were severely damaged or destroyed as of 12:56 a.m. Wednesday morning.

At that time, no storm-related deaths and minimal injuries had been reported.

County Judge JD Clark said that several organizations were lending their services to the people of Wise County.

“Red Cross is mobilized and are heading to Runaway Bay to assist those displaced from their homes and offer shelter and medical care,” Clark said. “The State Department has a task force on the way to offer aid, as well.”

At the time, Clark said that they hadn’t had a lot of serious injuries and were hopeful to assess property damage when daylight arrives.

But before that, taking care of the storm victims was the top priority.

“We want to make sure that everyone has a roof over their heads and a place to sleep,” Clark said. “We’re getting the help and manpower we need to make sure that everyone who was affected by the storm is accounted for.”

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Tornado damage reported in west Wise


Multiple homes were destroyed along Farm Road 920 west of Bridgeport Tuesday night when a tornado and severe thunderstorms struck Wise County. One person was injured and taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

The Harbor Inn in Runaway Bay was damaged, as well as multiple nearby homes. Power lines and trees are reported down, and several streets and highways are closed across the county due to flooding.

The Messenger has a reporter and photographer in Runaway Bay now and will post more details as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


FORMER BOYD COACH DIES – Former Boyd girls basketball coach Lynn Cranfill died Monday morning. Cranfill was diagnosed with brain cancer last spring. He tried to come back and coach the Lady Yellowjackets this fall. He fell ill again during the season and retired this spring. He spent seven years at Boyd. A funeral for Cranfill will be held at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

FIRST BOND PROJECT APPROVED – At the first meeting since the $13.5 million school bond issue passed, the Decatur School Board Monday approved one of the projects: resurfacing the high school and middle school tracks. The board awarded the bid to Hellas to provide the work at a cost not to exceed $420,000. During bond discussions, $450,000 had been budgeted for the resurfacing items. By awarding the bids now, construction is expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. The board also reviewed a proposed timeline for when the district expects to complete the projects in the bond package.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH – With a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, a flash flood watch has been issued for Wise County through 7 tonight. The National Weather Service said some storms could produce heavy rain, leading to flash flooding.

SIDEWALK PROJECT SET TO BEGIN - The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Main Street and Bridgeport EDC will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Halsell Street Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. Thursday at 9th and Halsell Street in Bridgeport. Call 940-683-3404.

QUILT SHOW – The Decatur Senior Citizen Center will hold a quilt show and lunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Senior Citizen Center. A $5 ticket includes lunch and admission to the show. Proceeds benefit Decatur Senior Citizens.

BINGO BLAST – Local seniors are invited to join Governor’s Ridge Bingo Blast 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Terrace Dining Room. Lunch will be provided with a reservation. RSVP for lunch by calling 940-627-1104.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP – The Decatur High School volleyball camp is June 8-11. It’s open to all girls entering second through ninth grade, and there is a discount for early registration. Call Coach Brandy Mayfield or Coach Claire Gay, 940-393-7200.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Decatur ISD will hold kindergarten roundup at each elementary campus 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Call 940-393-7100 if you are not sure of your attendance zone and see www.decaturisd.us for more information.

BRIDGEPORT CHAMBER – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Brad Climer will speak on overcoming the challenges today’s economy puts on small businesses. The chamber will also award its annual Chamber and Devon Energy Scholarship.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Club will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 201 East Main St. Members will bring a potluck dish, and games of Rock Bingo will be played. Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randal Dunn, 70, of Haslet is 2 p.m. today at the Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Olan Eakman, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Eva Aliene Elmore, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruth McDonald, 99, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Boyd’s coach Cranfill passes away


Former Boyd girls basketball coach Lynn Cranfill died Monday morning.
Cranfill was diagnosed with brain cancer last spring. He tried to come back and coach the Lady Yellowjackets this fall. He fell ill again during the season and retired this spring.
Cranfill spent seven years at Boyd, taking over the girls basketball program in 2008. He led the Lady Yellowjackets to the playoffs four times.
“He was a great asset to the school and program,” said Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins. “He was a straight-shooter and wanted to be real serious. But he truly was kind-hearted behind the scenes. He wanted what was best for the kids.”
Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West echoed Hopkins.
“He asked a lot of his girls. He was an old-school coach and was pretty intense and demanding,” West said. “His players at the same time knew he loved them.
“He ran a successful program not only because of the wins but the type of students he turned out.”
A funeral service for Cranfill will be held at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Update for Monday, May 18, 2015


WISE ADDED TO STATE DISASTER DECLARATION – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott added Wise County to the state disaster declaration Friday afternoon in the wake of recent severe weather. Abbott made the original declaration May 11, and it included Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. As of Friday, he had added not only Wise County, but also Cooke, Grimes, Hood, Navarro and Smith counties. Being part of the state disaster declaration will ensure the county is eligible to receive financial assistance from the state to aid in the recovery effort. Read the full story in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SLIDELL RUNNERS EARN MEDALS – Slidell senior Caitlin Pruett finished second in the Class A 800 final at the state track meet Friday, earning a silver medal. Her teammate sophomore Kayson Roof made her way to the podium, taking second in the 300 hurdles. Alvord’s Joe Randall finished ninth in the 2A 100 Saturday. Northwest’s Jacob Suchors took fourth in the 6A 800.

BULLDOGS ADVANCE – The Alvord Bulldogs held off Blue Ridge 4-2 in game three Saturday to win their Class 2A Region II area series. Alvord advances to the region quarterfinal. Lindsay outlasted Chico in a pair of extra-inning games Friday to take their 2A area series.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – The rainy weather continued over the weekend, with some areas receiving more than an inch of rain. Rainfall totals included 1.6 inches in Alvord, 1.02 in Rhome, 0.76 in Bridgeport, 0.6 in Greenwood and 0.48 in Decatur. There is only a 20 percent chance of storms tonight, but storm chances range from 40 to 60 percent Tuesday through Sunday.

ARTHUR BRADY EXHIBIT – An exhibit featuring the work of Decatur artist Arthur Brady, best-known for painting bluebonnets, opens Thursday and runs through June 18 at the Decatur Visitors Center. The show was put together by Decatur Main Street and the Wise County Art Association. The opening reception, Wildflowers and Wine, is 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

NEW AMBULANCE HITS THE ROAD – Wise County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently rolled out a new ambulance, and despite a state-of-the-art setup, the new color is what’s piqued public curiosity. EMS opted for black, veering away from the traditional red. The new vehicle is being used by Medic 1 in Decatur, and another is expected to arrive this week for Medic 2. Read more about the new ambulances’ bells and whistles in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

CLAY SHOOT – Bridgeport High School volleyball will hold a clay shoot fundraiser June 5 at Fossil Pointe. Cost is $100 per person and includes lunch, door prizes and a raffle. Registration is at 8 a.m. June 5 and the event starts at 9 a.m. Call 817-228-0512.

HONORING COACH WORLOW – Bridgeport ISD will honor Coach Pam Worlow for her 33 years of service to the district at a “Pam Worlow Day” event at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Middle School Auditorium. All community members are invited.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the third Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held 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 in the Education Room on the second floor of the main hospital. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

SOCIAL GROUP – Fit-N-Wise Pediatric Therapy will host their monthly social group for children ages 6-12 who struggle with social interaction at 4:30 p.m. today. The group is led by a team of speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, who facilitate a language-rich environment, focusing on peer interactions and social success. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Call 940-627-6927.

DECATUR CHAMBER – Former Channel 8 anchorman Jeff Brady will be the speaker at Tuesday’s Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Decatur Civic Center. Brady now heads a consulting firm specializing in business branding and the use of social media. Call the Chamber at 627-3107 for reservations.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

GRAVESIDE service for Olan Eakman, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Terral Cemetery in Terral, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Randal Dunn, 70, of Haslet is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Eva Elmore, 93, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Ruth Cleveland Salyer, 73, is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bible Baptist Church in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. She was the mother of Steve Cleveland of Chico and Becky Dear of Decatur.

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Friday, May 15, 2015


MAYOR’S FIRE DEPARTMENT WORK QUESTIONED – A standing-room only crowd packed into Rhome City Hall Thursday night in anticipation of a heated debate. Michelle Pittman was sworn in as the new mayor and also on the agenda was discussion of limiting the mayor’s service within other city entities. Pittman is the Rhome Volunteer Fire Department’s assistant chief, and that doesn’t sit well with some fellow council members. “I think my mayor of the city should be mayor; that’s it,” said council member Ronnie Moore. “I think it’s a position that takes a lot of time. I don’t want my mayor to not be on the fire department, but not make any kind of decisions in that fire department.” Pittman asked: “So I can stay on the department and continue to do what I’m doing, as long as I’m not assistant chief, and everyone would be happy?” She was never given a direct answer, and eventually council member Tim Robison made a motion to table the issue until the May 26 meeting. It passed 3-1, with Robison, Pennington and Dawn Davis voting in favor of tabling it, and Jo Ann Wilson voting against. Two citizens spoke in support of Pittman during the public comment portion of the meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STATE TRACK – Five Wise County athletes will compete at the University Interscholastic League track and field championships this weekend. Alvord’s Kaely Beaver will throw the shot put this morning. Slidell’s Kayson Roof will pole vault at 3 p.m. Tonight, Slidell’s Caitlin Pruett runs the 800 at 6:20. Roof competes in the 300 hurdles at 8:45. Saturday, Alvord’s Joe Randall runs in the 100 at 1:05 p.m. Northwest’s Jacob Suchors runs in the 800 at 6:20 p.m. Follow @WCMsports on Twitter for live coverage.

TEAMS PUSH THROUGH PLAYOFFS – Decatur lost Game 1 of the three-game area round series with Graham, 1-0. Game 2, and Game 3 if necessary, will be played tomorrow back-to-back starting at 7 p.m. Alvord baseball plays Blue Ridge Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. in Graford. If necessary, they will play Game 3 at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Alvord softball plays Game 1 against Moody at 8 p.m. Friday in Graford. Game 2 and Game 3 will be Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. if needed. Chico plays Game 2 of the area series against Lindsay at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hill. Chico won Game 1 of the series, 7-2.

TEAM COMPETING IN FINALS - Members of the Decatur High School Rodeo Team will compete at the NTHSRA finals this weekend May 15-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Times are 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam.

INFORMATION MEETING – Decatur High School will host a College and Career Information night for current juniors and their parents at DHS 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, in the lecture hall.

SOCIETY MEETING - The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Club will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 201 East Main St. Members will bring a potluck dish, and games of Rock Bingo will be played. Guests are welcome. Call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNDRAISER – Boonsville-Balsora VFD will host it’s annual fundraiser and open house “Boonstock” this Saturday in downtown Boonsville.  BBQ brisket and sausage will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by the auction.  Other features include a bounce house for the kids and Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk. Carter Bloodbank will be on hand from 4-8 p.m. to take blood donations.

MATS FOR THE HOMELESS – The Sand Flat Art Guild will have Beth Roper of Governor’s Ridge show how to make mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags at the Chico Senior Center Tuesday, May 19. They will have a potluck dinner at noon, then hands-on instructions on how to make the mats.

CLAY SHOOT – The Sixth Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Clay Shoot is Friday, May 22, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Team entry is $500 for a five-person team. Call Decatur Chamber to register a team or sponsorship opportunities, 940-627-3107.

GRASS BASH – The Decatur High School volleyball program will have its 5th Annual Grass Bash May 30. This is an outdoor, co-ed volleyball tournament. To register, call Coach Brandy Mayfield or Coach Claire Gay, 940-393-7200.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 8-10 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. There will be a swim and pizza party on Friday, June 12. In case of inclement weather, camp will be at Crossroads Church in Decatur. Mark your calendars now and plan to come as a camper or as a helper. Call Andrea Duwe, 940-395-3356; or Elaine Huff, 940-627-4222.

GOLF TOURNAMENT - The Second Annual Wise County Veterans Group Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Golf Club. Registration is at 8 a.m., tee off at 9. Cost is $75. Entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and awards. Veterans play for free. Proceeds go to the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, soon to open in Bridgeport. Call Roy Garrett, 940-393-6116 or Hank Hasselbach, 832-656-1361.

PARK DEDICATION – Dedication of the Chico City Park at 400 S. Hovey is noon Saturday, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served.

BOONSTOCK THIS WEEKEND - Boonsville-Balsora Volunteer Fire Department is having Boonstock, its annual fundraiser and open house, Saturday in downtown Boonsville. Barbecue brisket and sausage will be served starting at 5 p.m. followed by the auction. There will be a bounce house for the kids. In addition, this year will feature Steve Bounds and Simply Honky Tonk. Carter Blood Care will be on hand from 4 to 8 p.m. to take blood donations.

MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Box Office presents the movie “Box Trolls” in Harwood Park Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk around 8:30. Call 940-683-3480.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Sam Houston of Gainesville will speak at the Bridgeport Historical Society meeting 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Police Station’s community room, 1000 Thompson St. Houston will speak about his namesake, the first and third president of the Republic of Texas.

DIABETES CLASS – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is offering monthly diabetes education classes the third Monday of the month. This month’s class is next week. The beginner class is 3 p.m., and the advanced class is 4 p.m. in the WRHS education room on the second floor of the main hospital in Decatur. Classes are free and taught by Dick Gilley, RN, CCRN, CDE. Call 940-626-1890.

PEDIATRIC SOCIAL GROUP – Fit-N-Wise pediatric therapy will host its monthly social group for children ages 6 to 12 who struggle with social interaction 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18. The group is led by a team of therapists. It’s free to attend, but registration is required. Call 940-627-6927.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Wendall Allen Osburn, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Boyd Church of Christ. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015


LOCAL STATE OF DISASTER – County Judge J.D. Clark Wednesday afternoon declared a state of disaster in Wise County due to the severe weather and flooding that has occurred since last Thursday. The local declaration is effective for seven days and is part of the judge’s effort to have the county added to Gov. Greg Abbott’s state of disaster declaration and receive financial assistance to aid in the recovery effort. The state’s disaster declaration currently includes Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. In a letter to Abbott, Clark says an estimated 15 to 20 homes and an unknown number of acres along the West Fork of the Trinity River have suffered damage or are threatened by continuing rain. “I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond Wise County’s capability to recover without supplementary state assistance,” Clark says in the letter.

RED CROSS SHELTER – The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Decatur Church of Christ for those displaced by recent severe weather. The church is at the corner of Preskitt Road and Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.

TAX VALUES – City Manager Brett Shannon said Wednesday the city’s preliminary tax values for next year were up nearly $4 million to just over $600 million. Shannon told the water board that most of the increase came from real estate, up $17 million. The big loss was in oil and gas values, down $6.2 million. Shannon said the preliminary values from the Wise County Appraisal District were subject to action by the appraisal review board. Decatur residents have seen sharp increases in their home and business property values from TAD this year. County-wide tax values are expected to be released soon.

WEDNESDAY’S RAINFALL – It was another rainy day in Wise County yesterday. Rainfall totals include 1.5 inches in Cottondale, 1.2 in Paradise, 1.11 in Decatur, 0.87 in Rhome, 0.75 in Bridgeport and 0.65 in Alvord. Today’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, increasing to 40 percent tonight and tomorrow.

PLAYOFF BASEBALL – Decatur and Chico start their area round series today. Decatur takes on Graham in game one of their 4A Region I series at 7:30 in Henrietta. Game two is also at Henrietta at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The third game if necessary will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Chico Dragons play Lindsay in game one of their 2A Region II series at Fort Worth Southwest Christian at 7.

BEWARE – The IRS phone scam is up and going again in Decatur. Several persons received phone calls Tuesday. The IRS says it will never call taxpayers asking for money.

CHAMBER SPEAKER – Former Channel 8 anchorman Jeff Brady will be the speaker at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, May 19 at the Decatur Civic Center. Brady now owns a business consulting firm specializing in brand management and use of social media. Call 627-3107 for reservations.

ART EXHIBIT – The annual Chico Student Art Exhibit is 5:30-7 tonight at the Chico High School Cafeteria.

PARK DEDICATION – Dedication of the Chico City Park at 400 S. Hovey is noon Saturday, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA is having a plant sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the school greenhouse (located behind the high school next to the ag barn). There is a great selection of color containers, hanging baskets, rose bushes and tomato plants.

BOOK FAIR – Rann Elementary School will have a BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Bookfair 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and Friday in the library.

FUNERALS – Service for Glenda Ann Jackson, 63, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Wendall Allen Osburn, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Boyd Church of Christ. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Jones Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Cindy Ann Turner-Duncan, 57, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at New Day Church at Southlake with burial at Bourland Cemetery in Keller. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Brant Boatman-Brevelle, 17, of Bridgeport is 7 tonight at Heritage Baptist Church in Benbrook. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


FLOODING THREAT RETURNS – The National Weather Service is predicting a 100 percent chance of heavy rain today. With the ground still saturated due to rainfall in the past week, Wise County is included in a flash flood watch until 1 a.m. Thursday. Localized rainfall totals of up to 3 inches are possible, according to the NWS. A flood warning also continues for the West Fork of the Trinity River near Boyd.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxRAINS CAUSE SPILL – Heavy rains this past weekend caused a spill at the City of Decatur’s wastewater facility at 300 Bennett Road. According to the report submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, approximately 2.2 million gallons spilled in the area of Center Creek around 4 p.m. Sunday.

PARENT CAFE – A free Parent Cafe is 12:30-1:30 p.m. today at the Chico Public Library, located at 106 W. Jacksboro Street on the Chico Square. Today’s topic is “Ways to Enhance Positive Brain Development in Children & Teens.” Call 940-644-2330.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed on Friday for building maintenance.

MOVIE NIGHT – Bridgeport Box Office presents the movie “Box Trolls” in Harwood Park Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk around 8:30 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.

BBQ JUDGES NEEDED – Judges are needed for the Second Annual Eighter From Decatur BBQ Challenge to be held Saturday, May 30, at the Wise County Reunion Grounds. Categories include beans, chicken, ribs and brisket. All proceeds go to the Roy Young Memorial Scholarship Fund and WARM. Contact Tobi Cullop at 940-627-8767 or tobi.cullop@f-s-b.com or Kelli Pyland at 940-626-9069 or kpyland1@yahoo.com. For more information about the event go to wcchallenger.org.

MUD RUN RAINED OUT – Due to the ongoing rain and flooding conditions, M-o-o-ving Thru The Mud With Landon originally scheduled for Saturday in Gainesville has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25. You may continue to register on-line at mudwithlandon.com until July 22. To guarantee a T-shirt, register by July 6.

CLAY SHOOT – Devon Energy is hosting a Sporting Clay Shoot Friday, May 29, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Team entry is $500 for a five-person team, and all proceeds benefit the United Way. Call Fossil Pointe at 940-393-6402 to register a team.

COLOR RUN – The Chico High School Sophomore Class will host a Color Run Saturday, May 23. Today is the last day for early registration to ensure you get a T-shirt. After today, call Kelly Martin to register, 940-577-2304. Vendors for the square are also needed. To enter, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/sophomore-class-color-runwalk-tickets-16666786808.

IN TODAY’S MESSENGER – Today’s Wise County Messenger includes our annual Medical, Health and Wellness Directory. You’ll also find full results of last Saturday’s election and a feature on Wise County athletes headed to the state track meet.

FUNERALS – Service for Virginia Lee Fussell, 87, of Mansfield is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Bernadine McClesky, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Glenda Ann Jackson, 63, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Wendall Allen Osburn, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Boyd Church of Christ. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Cindy Ann Turner-Duncan, 57, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at New Day Church at Southlake with burial at Bourland Cemetery in Keller. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Brant Boatman-Brevelle, 17, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church in Benbrook. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Marguerita June Scales, 93, of Kansas City, formerly of Chico, is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Bonnie Wyatt, 73, of Azle is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015


COPPER THIEVES CAUSE POWER OUTAGE – Oncor crews had to make repairs at its Rhome substation yesterday afternoon, interrupting service to customers in Rhome, Newark and Aurora for about an hour and a half. Parts of Boyd were also without power. Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said the utility had some vandalism at the substation. “Someone was attempting to steal copper and it disabled some protection devices,” Easley said. The vandalism was discovered by a company patrolman around noon Monday. Easley added that it was causing a voltage imbalance in the area. Approximately 3,500 customers were expected to be affected by the outage during repairs, which lasted from about 3-4:30 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH - More rain is in the forecast for the next several days, and a flash flood watch has been issued for Wise County. Rainfall amounts of three inches are possible, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. A flood warning also remains in effect for the Big Sandy Creek near Bridgeport and the West Fork of the Trinity River near Boyd. The greatest chance of rain for our area is tonight (a 60 percent chance) and tomorrow (an 80 percent chance), according to the NWS.

A CLOSER LOOK AT INDIGENT BURIALS – Wise County commissioners are taking a closer look at indigent burials after it was brought to their attention Monday that the county spends $30,000 per year on them. County Judge J.D. Clark said the county has no oversight in the process as the applications are filled out at the funeral homes. Although the application asks about income and available cash, no one seemed to know exactly how a person qualifies for indigent burial or what factors might disqualify a person. For comparison, Clark said Denton County, with a population of more than 700,000 compared to Wise County’s 60,900, spends $40,000 for indigent burials. “It just doesn’t make much sense that the county doesn’t have much say so in the application process,” Clark said. Commissioners discussed the possibility of the indigent health care office taking over the application process for burials. No action was taken, but it will be discussed at a future meeting.

JOURNALISM AWARDS – Decatur High School journalism students were honored Monday at the annual awards banquet in Fort Worth. Named most valuable newspaper staff member was Angelica Lopez and the most valuable annual staff award went to Ancelmo Galindo. Leadership awards were presented to Tanya Morton, Nancy Torres and Ashley Huggins while Mickey Drewry and Rachel Ussrey were honored as members of the All-State UIL Journalism Staff. The banquet was the last for DHS journalism teacher Cindy Berry who is moving to the new V.R. Eaton High School in the Northwest ISD in the fall.

PARADISE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Paradise Historical Society will hold it’s bi-monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the Paradise United Methodist Church. Col. Robert C. Johnson, USMC (Ret), Director for the Wise County Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Bridgeport, will present information about the WCVM and the upcoming grand opening. His presentation will be followed by a business meeting where the 2015 Main Street Festival and plans for the Paradise Museum will be discussed. Contact the Society president, Donna Weeden, at 940-859-3691 or dgweeden@yahoo.com.

BOOK FAIR – Rann Elementary School will have a BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) Bookfair 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the library.

PRE-K, KINDER ROUND-UP – Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up at Slidell Elementary is 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 11-22. Bring the following: original birth certificate, social security card, shot records, proof of residency and parent driver’s license or ID. Contact Kristi Hankins at khankins@slidellisd.net or 940-466-3118 ext. 233.

CLOSED FOR TRAINING – The Veteran Service Office will be closed from noon today until 8 a.m. Friday for training. The office will have limited staff on Friday and will return to full operations Monday, May 18.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Second Annual Wise County Veterans Group Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Golf Club. Registration is at 8 a.m., tee off at 9 a.m. Cost is $75. Entry fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and awards. Veterans play for free. Proceeds go to the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, soon to open in Bridgeport. Call Roy Garrett 940-393-6116 or Hank Hasselbach 832-656-1361.

SHOT CLINIC – Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Road, in Decatur. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family. A parent must be present and have the child’s shot record. Must be VFC eligible.

FUNERALS – Service for Cynthia (Cindy) Duncan, 57, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Brant Boatman-Brevelle, 17, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church in Benbrook. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Jr. Salazar, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Mexican Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Virginia Lee Fussell, 87, of Mansfield is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Bernadine McClesky, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Glenda Ann Jackson, 63, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Wendall Allen Osburn, 90, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Friday at Boyd Church of Christ. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Power outage for repairs


Oncor crews are making repairs at its Rhome substation and will be interrupting service to customers in Rhome, Newark and Aurora for an hour and a half until shortly after 4:30 p.m.
Parts of Boyd will also be without power.
Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said the utility had some vandalism at the substation.
“Someone was attempting to steal copper and it disabled some protection devices,” Easley said. “We’re in the process of making repairs.”
The vandalism was discovered by a company patrolman around noon Monday. Easley added that it was causing a voltage imbalance in the area.
Approximately 3,500 customers were expected to be affected by the outage during repairs.

Update: Easley reported at 4:20 p.m. that repairs were complete, and power is now being restored.

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Monday, May 11, 2015


DECATUR BOND PASSES, JOINER ELECTED TO BOARD – Decatur ISD’s $13.5 million bond package, which includes two propositions, passed Saturday by a significant margin. Proposition 1, which includes funds for transportation, security, technology and facilities, passed with 74.18 percent of the vote, 635 to 221. Proposition 2, which includes $3.5 million for an indoor multipurpose practice facility, passed with 61.21 percent of the vote with 524 people voting for it and 332 against. Matt Joiner won Decatur’s lone contested school board race defeating opponent Ashlee Bohn, 633 to 205. In the Bridgeport City Council races, Jimmy Meyers won Place 3 with 54.78 percent of the votes, defeating Kevin Lopez, and Billy Fred Walker defeated Vicki Holder for Place 5 with 56.44 percent of the votes. Two Wise County cities had contested mayoral races, and the winners are Michelle Pittman in Rhome and Karen Garrison in Chico. The Chico ISD bond election failed, 268 to 178. For a complete list of election results, visit wcmess.com/election. All results are unofficial until canvassed. See the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday for more coverage.

WIDESPREAD FLOODING – Days of heavy rain left many areas of the county flooded this weekend. Multiple fire departments were called out for high-water rescues. At times, multiple major roadways were covered with water, including Farm Road 730 north of Boyd, Farm Road 51 north of Decatur at CR 2320, FM 51 south of Decatur and areas of U.S. 81/287. A flood warning remains in effect for the West Fork of the Trinity River near Boyd. As of Monday morning, the river remained more than 2 1/2 feet above flood stage. The river is expected to recede and fall below flood stage by Thursday morning. A flood warning has also been issued for Big Sandy Creek near Bridgeport, as it was expected to top flood stage this morning before beginning to recede. Weekend rainfall amounts included 8.06 inches in Decatur, 5.5 in Paradise, 4.3 in Cottondale, 3.97 in Rhome, 3.85 in Greenwood, 3.8 in Bridgeport and 2.76 in Alvord. Today’s forecast does not include rain, but storm chances return Tuesday and remain in the forecast through the end of the week.

MANY LOST POWER – The storms that rolled through Wise County Sunday morning caused several residents to lose power. Around 8:30 a.m. yesterday, Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley reported 1,785 customers without power. Restoration was made more difficult since flooding prevented the trucks from traveling to some outage locations, with crews walking to the areas. Tree trimming crews were called in to remove a large tree that fell on a line taking out a section of conductor and breaking cross arms, Easley said. By 8 p.m. Sunday, 19 customers remained without power as crews continued to hand carry poles to the outage locations due to the wet conditions.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT – A Paradise woman was arrested Thursday for embezzling from her employer, Karl Klement Properties. Sharlie Elaine Coleman, 49, was charged with theft greater than $200,000 for allegedly stealing money from rental payments before making bank deposits, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Decatur Police Sgt. Gerald Wright. The affidavit says an audit of bank deposits and accompanying documents dating back to 2009 revealed $567,172.49 was missing. Coleman started work at Karl Klement Properties in October 2006. She was released Friday from Wise County Jail on a $250,000 bond. The full story is in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

PLAYOFF SOFTBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles will play their area game at 5 today against Burkburnett in Henrietta. Alvord finishes its area series the conclusion of game 3 against Gorman at 4. Alvord leads the game 1-0. Paradise and Bridgeport were knocked out of the playoffs over the weekend.

PLAYOFF BASEBALL – Mason Baur’s two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning lifted Decatur to a 10-9 win over Godley Friday. Decatur moves on to the area round. Alvord also advanced to area with a sweep of Seymour. The Paradise Panthers were swept by Gunter. Kennedale swept Bridgeport.

MORE PBR TICKETS AVAILABLE – Another section of reserved seating is being opened for the 12th Annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge May 30, and tickets go on sale 7 a.m. Tuesday at wcchallenger.org. This is the last section of seats that will be available. Standing room only tickets are sold out. The event will be broadcast as a pay-per-view event. Read more in an upcoming edition of the Messenger.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – The city of Fort Worth’s water department will update Wise County commissioners at their 9 a.m. meeting today on the city’s biosolids program and changes that have or will be made. Other items to be discussed include indigent burial policies and procedures, the National Association of Counties Stepping Up initiative related to mental illness in jails, and extending the maintenance of County Road 1856. The meeting is in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur.

WEATHER CANCELATION – The Decatur Livestock Market has canceled today’s sale due to weather.

DIABETES CLASSES IN ALVORD – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Alvord on the second Monday of the month. 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. today, and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the First Baptist Church (205 Boling St, Alvord). Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890.

TRIAL CANCELED – The jury trial scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow’s court has been canceled. All jurors summoned for the 2:30 p.m. trial today in the JP 1 court still need to appear.

FUNERALS – Service for John Jr. Salazar, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Mexican Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Virginia Fussell, 87, of Mansfield is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Bernadine McClesky, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Glenda Jackson, 63, of Decatur and Wendell Osburn, 90, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Brant Boatman-Brevelle, 17, of Bridgeport is 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Baptist Church in Benbrook. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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