Power outages still widespread


Thousands of Wise County homes are still without power Wednesday night, and some can expect outages until Thursday afternoon.

Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley said they currently have 2,800 customers without power — 1,041 of those are in the Decatur area. Thirteen homes in the area of Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur are expected to be without power until 2 p.m. Thursday due to a downed line behind the cemetery.

“I would recommend folks check stormcenter.oncor.com,” Easley said. “That gives the most fluid numbers and up-to-date information.”

Easley said multiple tree-trimming crews have been dispatched to Decatur to pull downed limbs off power lines.

Wise Electric Co-op has customers without power in Greenwood, Rhome, Decatur and Sunset.

“Our guys are working diligently to get power back on,” spokesperson Bill Hood said. “They’re out trimming trees so we can get everything back on as soon as possible.”

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Local weather-related closings


The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Wise County until midnight tonight. Due to rapidly deteriorating road conditions, the following entities and businesses are closing.

* Wise County offices are closing at noon Wednesday. They will open at noon Thursday.

*Decatur ISD is closing at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. School is canceled Thursday.

*Bridgeport ISD is closing at noon Wednesday. School is canceled Thursday.

*Paradise ISD is closing at 1 p.m. Wednesday. School will start at 10 a.m. Thursday. Buses will run two hours late.

*Alvord ISD is closing at noon Wednesday. School is canceled Thursday.

*Chico ISD is closing at noon Wednesday. School is canceled Thursday.

*Boyd ISD is closing at 1:30 p.m. Buses will run at normal times, but parents are encouraged to pick up their kids. The district will have a two-hour delay Thursday.

*Slidell ISD is closing at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

*Northwest ISD has canceled all Wednesday after-school activities.

*All Weatherford College campuses closed at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

*Mallory Orthodontics is closing Wednesday.

*Decatur Church of Christ has canceled Wednesday night classes.

*Decatur First Baptist Church has canceled KREW and Wednesday night services.

*Friendship Church in Boyd has canceled Wednesday activities.

*First United Methodist Church of Decatur has canceled all Wednesday activities and Thursday morning Bible study.

*First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport is closed Wednesday.

*Trinity Fellowship in Decatur is canceling Wednesday activities.

*City of Bridgeport offices are closing at noon Wednesday.

*Wise Ballet and Music Academy is canceling Wednesday classes.

*Grace Fellowship in Paradise has canceled Wednesday activities.

*Community Church in Decatur has canceled Wednesday activities.

*Countryside Fellowship in Decatur has canceled Wednesday activities.

*City of Alvord offices are closed Wednesday.

*City of Rhome offices are closed Wednesday.

*Victory Church in Decatur has canceled Wednesday activities. Kids Care closes at 3 p.m. Victory Christian Academy is closing early.

*Trash and recycling services from Bowie-based Waste Connections have been suspended for Wednesday. Additional delays may be possible depending on weather. Waste Connections will continue to monitor road conditions. Please keep trash out as normal for pick up, and they will service it as soon as it is safe to do so.

*Early voting at Boyd Community Center is closed Wednesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Community Center plans to reopen for voting 8 a.m. Thursday.

*Thursday’s Wise County Health Forum at WCWC is being re-scheduled for next week.

*Wise Honda and Wise Outdoor Power are closed Wednesday.

*AccountWise in Decatur is closed Wednesday.

*Fit-N-Wise closed at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018


WINTER WEATHER – Wise County is under a winter weather advisory until midnight tonight. Rain continued throughout the night as temperatures dipped below freezing, causing ice to form on trees and vegetation. As of 7:30 a.m., no major issues had been reported on roadways in Wise County, although areas to our north in Montague County were reporting deteriorating roadway conditions. Alvord ISD had delayed the opening of school for two hours this morning while the other schools are on normal schedule. With temperatures expected to remain at or just below freezing and more rain expected throughout the day, conditions are not expected to improve. Wise County is also included in a flood watch through tonight. Rainfall totals since yesterday morning include 2.2 inches in Decatur and Greenwood, 2.15 in Alvord and 2.05 in Bridgeport.

POWER OUTAGES – Strong storms brought heavy rain and wind to Wise County Tuesday morning and caused more than 700 power outages, according to Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley. The Rhome area saw 410 outages with Decatur reporting 285 outages, she said. The remainder of outages were spread throughout the county. Power was restored to most customers by mid-afternoon.

VOTE EARLY – Early voting for the March 6 primary election began yesterday with 340 people casting votes. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today at four locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St.; Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS – In boys bi-district playoff action last night, Northwest beat Sherman 75-67. Dallas Carter defeated Decatur 61-42. In other boys action, Lindsay beat Alvord 73-56, and Sam Rayburn topped Chico 58-40. In the girls 1A Region III regional quarterfinal, Slidell beat Saltillo 49-40.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society is noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Speaker this month is Roy Eaton who will discuss his history with the Wise County Messenger and as a long-time newsman. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

AUTHORS NIGHT – Authors Night at the Bridgeport Public Library is 5-7 p.m. Thursday with six authors in attendance. Call the library at 940-683-3450 for more information.

ROCK BOUNCING – Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport is hosting the Southern Rock Racing Series Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 for the day or $40 for the weekend. Children 10 and under are free. Call 940-683-3480.

BASEBALL SIGNUPS – Registration for the Made 2 Thrive spring season is underway. The $20 fee is due by April 1. The price increases to $50 after April 1. Forms are available at made2thrive.org.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bobbie Powell, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kay Pratka, 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones-Decatur with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Steven Jacob Davis, 45, of Aurora is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Stephen Downs, 79, of Denver, Colo., is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Nora Jean Cato, 55, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at The Church of God in Boyd with burial at Hog Branch Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Richard Eaton, 86, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Alvin Grace, 66, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Hershel “Elmo” Brewer, 86, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Bowie with burial at Salona Cemetery. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Storms bring heavy rain, power outages


Strong storms brought heavy rain and wind to Wise County Tuesday morning and have caused more than 700 power outages, according to Oncor spokesperson Sabrina Easley. The Rhome area is seeing 410 outages with Decatur reporting 285 outages, she said. The remainder of outages are spread throughout the county. “Current estimate is everyone back on around 2:30 p.m. unless we find bigger problems when troublemen arrive,” Easley said around 11:30 a.m. Wise County is also now included in a flood watch until Wednesday evening as more rain is forecast for today and tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY – Early voting for the March 6 primaries begins today and runs through Friday, March 2. Early voting will take place at four locations: the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur; Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St.; Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.; and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Early voting will take place each weekday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours on both Tuesdays of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Voting will also be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. If you plan on voting via ballot by mail, applications must be received by Friday. Visit votewise.org for more information.

WHITIS RECEIVES EXTENSION – Decatur ISD trustees approved a one-year contract extension and $3,000 raise for superintendent Judi Whitis Monday night. Whitis started with the district in July 2017. The extension will keep her with the district through July 30, 2021. With the raise effective March 1, she will make $158,000 annually. Trustees also elected to pursue a construction manager at-risk for the upcoming projects at the high school. The district will start seeking bids from contractors. Last month, the board authorized the superintendent to engage architects to draw up plans and get cost estimates for a classroom addition, coffee shop and athletic facility improvements – a weight room, media room and locker room renovations. The district has nearly $7.6 million in its reserves earmarked for construction projects throughout the district and $5 million allotted for the high school work. The money is not from past bond projects, but from the general fund reserves.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The boys basketball playoffs begin today with four bi-district games. In 5A Region I, Northwest takes on Sherman at 7 p.m. at Lake Dallas. In 4A Region II, Decatur plays Dallas Carter 6 p.m. at Southlake Carroll. In 2A Region II, Alvord plays Lindsay 7 p.m. at Bowie and Chico takes on Sam Rayburn 7 p.m. at Valley View. After a 61-26 victory over Fannindel in the 1A Region III area playoff game Friday, the Slidell Lady Hounds will battle Saltillo at 7 p.m. at Trenton in the regional quarterfinals.

MUCH-NEEDED RAIN – Wise County woke up to rain showers this morning, and more rain is forecast throughout the day. As of 7:30 a.m., Decatur and Bridgeport had both received 0.1 of an inch of rain. Rain chances are 90 percent today and 50 percent tonight. Rain chances continue through the weekend. After a warm start today, a cold front will drop temperatures into the 30s overnight, and Wednesday’s high is forecast to be 37 degrees.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group works to educate people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more is invited. The group will discuss plans of working with the Libertarian Party of Texas to further the goal of Texas Independence. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999.

REALTOR LUNCHEON – The Wise County Realtor Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Decatur Conference Center. Wise County commissioner candidates Kevin Burns and Johnny Wall with be guest speakers. RSVP to 940-387-8212. Cost is $20. The public is welcome.

DAD AND DAUGHTER DANCE – The 11th annual Dad and Daughter Dance is Saturday in Bridgeport. The theme is “Be Our Guest! Beauty and the Beast.” Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department is hosting three dances that night: 4:30-6 p.m.; 6:30-8 p.m.; and 8:30-10 p.m. The first two dances were sold out, but tickets are available for the final dance. Tickets may be purchased at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. Cost is $20 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter, which includes dancing, snacks, photos, limo rides and prizes. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 940-683-3480.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program will be presented by Jim Archer. Visitors are welcome.

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSThe Wise County Messenger presents a free class — How to Shoot Youth Sports — with photographer Joe Duty. The session is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. To sign up, call the Messenger at 940-627-5987.

FUNERALS – Service for Stephen Downs, 79, of Denver, Colo., is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Richard Eaton, 86, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Nora Jean Cato, 55, and Alvin Grace, 66, both of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for William James Byrd, 28, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Bobbie Powell, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday, in the chapel of Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kay Pratka, 73, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones-Decatur with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Steven Jacob Davis, 45, of Aurora is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Hershel “Elmo” Brewer, 86, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Bowie with burial to follow at Salona Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.

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Monday, February 19, 2018


DECATUR HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE – A Decatur home sustained heavy smoke and water damage after catching fire Friday night. Decatur Fire Department Capt. Nate Mara said the fire appears to have started on the front porch and spread to the attic and front of the home on Collins Street. The fire started around 7:30 p.m., and by 8:30 firefighters had already knocked down the flames and were clearing out hot spots. Mara said the cause is to be determined, but it appeared to be an accidental fire. The family that lives in the home was outside and accounted for. Red Cross was called to assist them. Decatur, East Wise and Paradise fire departments responded.

RAIN IN FORECAST – Rainfall totals from this weekend included 0.7 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.55 in Alvord and 0.31 in Decatur. Showers and thunderstorms are likely again this afternoon. Rain chances increase from 60 percent this afternoon to 80 percent overnight. Tuesday’s rain chances are even higher at 90 percent. It will be warm and windy today with a high around 76 degrees.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur 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 Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. 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.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur Wesley Center, 200 E. Main. The program will be presented by Jim Archer. Visitors are welcome.

STAFF LUNCHEON – Alvord ISD invites all retired employees from the district to a staff luncheon at noon today in the high school cafeteria. Any retired employee who would like to attend can RSVP to Kelly Martin at kmartin@alvordisd.net or 940-427-5975 ext. 4001.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The meeting is open to anyone who has concerns about leadership at the state and federal levels and wants to find out about the candidates for the March 6 primaries.

COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed today in observance of Presidents Day. The Decatur dumpsite will close today. The other dumpsites (Boyd and Cottondale) will close the next business day, Wednesday. The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed today and will reopen normal business hours Tuesday.

PRESIDENTS DAY CLOSING – Decatur City Hall will be closed today for the Presidents Day holiday, but trash collection will take place on its normal schedule.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

FUNERALS – Service for William James Byrd, 28, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Bobbie Powell, 84, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Jones-Decatur.

SERVICES for Kay Peratka, 73, of Paradise and Steven Jacob Davis, 45, of Aurora are pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Thomas Hancock, 89, of Abilene is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICES for Sheryl Woods, 68, of Bridgeport; Stephen Downs, 79, of Denver, Colo.; and Richard Eaton, 86, of Bowie are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Decatur home damaged by fire


A Decatur home sustained heavy smoke and water damage after catching fire Friday night.

Decatur Fire Department Capt. Nate Mara said the fire appears to have started on the front porch and spread to the attic and front of the home on Collins Street. The fire started around 7:30 p.m., and by 8:30 firefighters had already knocked down the flames and were clearing out hot spots.

Mara said the cause is to be determined, but it appeared to be an accidental fire.

The family that lives in the home was outside and accounted for. Red Cross was called to assist them.

Decatur, East Wise and Paradise fire departments responded.

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Friday, February 16, 2018


CHILD STRUCK BY VEHICLE – A 7-year-old boy was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth Thursday evening after being hit by a car in Bridgeport. Lt. Todd Low with Bridgeport Police Department said a vehicle traveling west on Cobb Street hit the boy, who was riding a bicycle, at the intersection of Cobb and Second Street just before 5:30 p.m. Low said the driver was a 40-year-old male from Bridgeport, but the department is not releasing the identities of either party at this time. The vehicle operator had right of way and was not speeding, according to Low. He said it does not appear the driver is at fault. Low said he does not know the extent of the boy’s injuries, but he was awake at the scene. It does not appear the boy was wearing a bicycle helmet.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS – The Slidell Lady Hounds will take on Fannindel in the area round of the playoffs 6:30 p.m. tonight at S&S Consolidated High School in Sadler. Slidell finished the regular season undefeated in District 21-A play.

MISSION TRIP RUMMAGE SALE – First Baptist Church of Paradise will hold a mission trip rummage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 401 Main St., Paradise. Items for sale will include household items, clothing, furniture, costume jewelry, board room table and a baby grand piano.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The meeting is open to anyone who has concerns about leadership at the state and federal levels and want to find out about the candidates for the March 6 primaries.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Monday in observation of President’s Day. The Decatur dumpsite will close on Monday. The other dumpsites (Boyd and Cottondale) will close the next business day, Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Monday and will reopen normal business hours Tuesday.

BASEBALL TIME – At 6:30 p.m. today, Little League teams will be introduced and the special needs baseball team will play at the Decatur High School baseball field. Following the game DHS baseball team will have a long ball contest. On Saturday, the JV will scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. At noon, the varsity boys will play the alumni.

BLOOD DRIVE – Alvord Elementary will hold the second part of its Young Leaders blood drive today. The school is hoping for 149 donors to reach its goal of 250 for the year. Carter BloodCare will be at the school 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for donations. Every student who gets someone to donate in his or her honor receives a medal, certificate and a T-shirt.

DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum. The speaker will be Marcy-Carter Lovick presenting “The Jackson Love Story.” Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System West Campus. For information call Donna at 940-210-2919.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold an emergency fundraiser 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. They will hold a boot drive and will also serve a hamburger or a hot dog meal for donations. Meals include chips and a drink. All donations will help the department replace or repair equipment damaged fighting recent fires.

FUNERALS – Service for Thomas Hancock, 89, of Merkel is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Lindy Petty, 65, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Ray Case, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for William James Byrd, 28, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jones-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday.

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Boy hit by vehicle


A 7-year-old boy was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth Thursday evening after being hit by a car in Bridgeport.

Lt. Todd Low with Bridgeport Police Department said a vehicle traveling west on Cobb Street hit the boy, who was riding a bicycle, at the intersection of Cobb and Second Street just before 5:30 p.m.

Low said the driver was a 40-year-old male from Bridgeport, but the department is not releasing the identities of either party at this time.

The vehicle operator had right of way and was not speeding, according to Low. He said it does not appear the driver is at fault.

Low said he does not know the extent of the boy’s injuries, but he was awake at the scene. It does not appear the boy was wearing a bicycle helmet.

 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018


SPRING TODAY, WINTER TOMORROW — It will be an unseasonably warm day today with a high around 83 degrees, but a cold front overnight will drop temperatures into the 40s by Friday morning. Rain chances will increase throughout the day Friday from 20 percent in the morning to 80 percent overnight and throughout Saturday. At least a chance of rain is currently in the forecast everyday from Friday through the middle of next week.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP — The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE — The Wise County Youth Fair Parade is Saturday, Feb. 24. Line up is at 9 a.m. and parade starts at 10. Forms are due tomorrow. Forms are available on the website, wcyouthfair.org. Call 940-389-5388.

DONKEY BALL — Paradise Band Boosters will host Donkey Ball 7 p.m. Friday at Paradise High School. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. There will be a pre-game barbecue sandwich meal at 5 p.m. Meal tickets cost $7.
Email paradiseband940@gmail.com.

BANK REMODEL TO BEGIN — Construction on a new lobby layout at Legend Bank in Decatur begins tomorrow. The lobby and drive-through will close at noon Friday. The drive-through will remain closed Saturday, and the bank is closed for President’s Day Monday. The lobby will be closed throughout construction, but the drive-through will re-open starting next Tuesday. Lobby banking services will be available at Legend’s Decatur Bank Operations Center at 910 U.S. 380 Business. Safe deposit box access will be available by appointment. Call 940-627-1553.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER — The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold an emergency fundraiser 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. They will hold a boot drive and will also serve a hamburger meal for $5 or a hot dog meal for $3. Meals include chips and a drink. All donations will help the department replace or repair equipment damaged fighting recent fires.

GLITZY GIRLS TRAILER PARK — The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is currently taking applications for vendors and sponsors. The event is April 14 on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205 or follow on Facebook.

PRESIDENTS DAY CLOSING — Decatur City Hall will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday, but trash collection will take place on its normal schedule Monday.

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSThe Wise County Messenger presents a free class — How to Shoot Youth Sports — with photographer Joe Duty. The session is 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. To sign up, call the Messenger at 940-627-5987.

FUNERALS — Service for Nolen Griffeth, 79, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Sycamore Baptist Church with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Thomas Hancock, 89, of Merkel is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. GRAVESIDE service for Lindy Petty, 65, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doyle Wood, 84, of Justin is 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Denny McConnell, 51, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen at 2 p.m.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Ray Case, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Jones-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for William James Byrd, 28, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Jones-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018


CITY REVIEWS RATE CHANGE OPTIONS – Bridgeport City Council on Monday discussed a plan to get the water/wastewater utility fund back to operating without a deficit by looking at rate changes for both utilities. The fund has operated at a deficit for eight of the last 11 years. City Manager Jesica McEachern said the flood in 2015, poor water quality, loss of water due to flushing and lower consumption have made the last few years especially bad. The water/wastewater fund has borrowed $1.2 million from other city funds, and McEachern said the goal is for that to be repaid within the next 10 years and for the fund to yield at least $100,000 per year for maintenance. The city hired Schneider Engineering to conduct a cost of service study and rate analysis for the utility funds and their findings were presented to the council Monday. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

SISSIES DROP BI-DISTRICT GAME – Lincoln scored the game’s first 13 points and used its quick, aggressive defense to force 37 turnovers on the way to a 60-33 victory over Bridgeport in the 4A Region II bi-district game at Azle High School yesterday. Morgen Davidson scored 14 for Bridgeport. The Sissies finish the season at 24-8. The Alvord girls fell to Valley View 57-42 in the 2A bi-district round of the playoffs. Taylor Maag was Alvord’s second leading scorer with 12 points. Alvord finished the season 13-16 overall.

UNITED WAY MEETING – The 2018 United Way of Wise County Annual Meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. New officers and directors will be installed and the event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

BLOOD DRIVE – Alvord Elementary will hold the second part of its Young Leaders blood drive Friday. The school is hoping for 149 donors to reach its goal of 250 for the year. Carter BloodCare will be at the school 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for donations. Every student who gets someone to donate in his or her honor receives a medal, certificate and a T-shirt.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System West Campus. For information call Donna at 940-210-2919.

DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum. The speaker will be Marcy-Carter Lovick presenting “The Jackson Love Story.” Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

STAFF LUNCHEON – Alvord ISD invites all retired employees from the district to a staff luncheon at noon Feb. 19 in the high school cafeteria. Any retired employee who would like to attend can RSVP to Kelly Martin at kmartin@alvordisd.net or 940-427-5975 ext. 4001.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The next open board meeting of Feeding Wise Kids is 7 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. A meal will be served.

GENEALOGICAL TOUR – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet Thursday. From 4:30-5:30 p.m. the group will meet at and tour the Wise County Records Office at 200 N. Trinity to discover what records are available for research. From 6:30-8 p.m., the group will meet at the Decatur Public Library to learn about “Forgotten Treasures in Texas Courthouses: Discovering Miscellaneous Books.” The tour is free, and the meeting is free to members and $5 for visitors.

FUNERALS – Service for Nolen Griffeth, 79, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Sycamore Baptist Church with burial in Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Lindy Petty, 65, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doyle Wood, 84, of Justin is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Denny McConnell, 51, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen at 2 p.m.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Ray Case, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Jones-Decatur.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


FIRE DESTROYS 2 HOMES, VEHICLES – A property in the 200 block of County Road 1637 just west of Chico turned into a raging inferno after catching fire around 11 p.m. Monday. Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said he believes there were three mobile homes on the property, and two of them burned, as well as several cars. Seven adults and one child lived in the two homes, but all escaped the blaze, according to Doughty. Four years ago 14-year-old Christopher Conn died in a fire in the 200 block of CR 1637. Doughty said he thinks it was the same address. Fire departments on scene at midnight included Chico, Sand Flat, Crafton, Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport. At that time Decatur, Alvord and Paradise fire departments were on their way with tankers. The fire is under investigation. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it’s available.

MAN HIT ON U.S. 81/287 – A 25-year-old man was hit by a car Monday night while running across U.S. 81/287 in Decatur near Chicken Express. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Rodney Crawley, 25, of Norman, Okla., was crossing the southbound lanes of the highway, from east to west, just after 6:30 p.m. when he was hit by a small Cadillac SUV. Hoskins said Norma Phayer, 67, of Decatur had just entered the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from the Farm Road 51 South on-ramp when she hit Crawley. Hoskins said Phayer simply didn’t see Crawley. No charges will be filed. According to the police chief, Crawley likely has a broken femur, but his injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital via ground ambulance by Wise County medics.

BOYD TRUSTEES SPLIT ON BHS PRINCIPAL – After emerging from a near three-hour closed session Monday night, Boyd ISD trustees turned in a split vote on extending the contract of Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster. The board voted 3-3, meaning Foster’s current two-year contract will have just one year left. Foster has been with the district since December 2016. She was previously the principal for two years at Tom Bean High School. “Sometimes this happens in the school business,” Superintendent Ted West said. “We need to look at things a little bit differently at the high school. Dr. Foster has been here for about a year and half now. She’s implemented some things at that school and I would say some of the things they’ve done have not been received very well. We’re going to have to take a look at some of the things we’re doing and fix the things that need to be fixed. I have full faith in Dr. Foster.” After the lengthy time behind closed doors, trustees approved one-year extensions for Assistant Superintendent Barbara Stice, Boyd Elementary Principal Anke Bracey, Boyd Intermediate Principal Daniel Bourgeois and Director of College and Career Readiness James McDonald.

BROCK BEATS PARADISE – The Paradise Lady Panthers lost to Brock 61-49 in the bi-district round last night. In other results, the Alvord Bulldogs fell to Poolville 52-32. They will be the third seed out of District 11-2A and will take on Lindsay in the bi-district round of the playoffs next week.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The 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 in Decatur. To be eligible, children must be American Indian, an Alaskan native, underinsured, no insurance or on Medicaid. Bring the child’s shot record and Medicaid card. CHIPS is not accepted. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale Wednesday at Legend Bank. Chocolate dipped strawberries will be sold at both Decatur and Alvord locations for $20/dozen. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

GATE NOMINATIONS – Nominations are now being accepted for the Paradise GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) program for students in K-11th grades. The deadline for nominations is Thursday. Nomination forms can be found at www.pisd.net or picked up at any campus office. Contact Carla Gentry cgentry@pisd.net or 940-969-5046.

CANDIDATE FORUM – Wise County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum 6:30-8 tonight at the Decatur Conference Center. Chamber Board Chairman Chip Kowalski of Paradise said each candidate will have one minute to introduce themselves, and then candidates will rotate between tables, visiting with guests in small groups. Buy tickets to the event online at wisecountychamber.com. Cost is $12.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry Martin will speak on the importance of leadership in a camp.

ASH WEDNESDAY – The First United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Decatur will both have Ash Wednesday services Wednesday. They will have a drive through imposition of ashes in the parking lot of the Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., 6:30-9 a.m., and both will hold traditional services at 6 p.m.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald North, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Nolen Griffeth, 79, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lindy Petty, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Doyle Wood, 84, of Justin is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Argyle with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Denny McConnell, 51, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen at 2 p.m.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Royce Ray Case, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Lillie Mae McClanahan, 76, of Chico is pending at Alexander’s Midway Funeral Home.

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Fire destroys 2 homes, several vehicles


A property in the 200 block of County Road 1637 just west of Chico turned into a raging inferno after catching fire around 11 p.m. Monday.

Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said he believes there were three mobile homes on the property, and two of them burned, as well as several cars.

Seven adults and one child lived in the two homes, but all escaped the blaze, according to Doughty. Four years ago 14-year-old Christopher Conn died in a fire in the 200 block of CR 1637. Doughty said he thinks it was the same address.

Fire departments on scene at midnight included Chico, Sand Flat, Crafton, Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport. At that time Decatur, Alvord and Paradise fire departments were on their way with tankers.

The fire is under investigation. More information will be posted as it’s available.

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Man hit on U.S. 81/287


A 25-year-old man was hit by a car Monday night while running across U.S. 81/287 in Decatur near Chicken Express.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Rodney Crawley, 25, of Norman, Okla., was crossing the southbound lanes of the highway, from east to west, just after 6:30 p.m. when he was hit by a small Cadillac SUV.

Hoskins said Norma Phayer, 67, of Decatur had just entered the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from the Farm Road 51 South on-ramp when she hit Crawley.

Hoskins said Phayer simply didn’t see Crawley. No charges will be filed.

According to the police chief, Crawley likely has a broken femur, but his injuries are not life threatening. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital via ground ambulance by Wise County medics.

 

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Monday, February 10, 2018


PRINCIPAL CHANGE IN ALVORD – Effective Friday, Alvord High School teacher and coach Aaron Tefertiller is the new high school principal. According to a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page Friday morning from Superintendent Randy Brown, former AHS Principal Michael Thurman requested a change of assignment and will now be teaching social studies at the high school and coaching at the high school and middle school. After a day of transition on Friday, the two are beginning their new roles today.

PLAYOFF BASKETBALL – The Paradise girls basketball team will play Brock in a 3A bi-district playoff game at 7 tonight at Springtown.

CANDIDATE FORUM – Wise County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate forum 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Chamber Board Chairman Chip Kowalski of Paradise said each candidate will have one minute to introduce themselves, and then candidates will rotate between tables, visiting with guests in small groups. Buy tickets to the event online at wisecountychamber.com. Cost is $12.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Larry Martin will speak on the importance of leadership in a camp.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meeting is noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. This month’s presentation is on Black History. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

SKYWARN CLASS – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth will host a Skywarn class 7-9 tonight in the Women’s Building of the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. Current dates available are Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 27. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment. The Mary’s Gift program is funded through generous donations to the Wise Health Foundation. To learn more, visit the Wise Health Foundation online or call 940-626-1384.

ALVORD YOUTH BASEBALL – Alvord Youth Baseball sign ups are open until Thursday. Forms are available at the elementary and middle school offices. Call Tracy Parker, 940-393-5316, or Daniel Ruddick, 940-393-5472, for more information.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services is having an immunization clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. To be eligible, children must be American Indian, an Alaskan native, underinsured, no insurance or on Medicaid. Bring the child’s shot record and Medicaid card. CHIPS is not accepted. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Donald North, 81, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Lindy Petty, 65, and Doyle Wood, 84, both of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough, Jr., 86, of Rhome, is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Royce R. Case, 83, of Decatur is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ione Ray Morrow Smith, 97, of Jacksboro is 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Wizard Wells with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro is handling arrangements.

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Friday, February 9, 2018


ESD 1 CALLS ELECTION – Wise County Emergency Services District No. 1 commissioners Thursday called an election for May 5 to ask voters to approve a maximum 10-cent tax rate. The district’s current rate is 3 cents per $100 of evaluation. The district plans to only levy a 6-cent tax for the next two years if it passes. Commissioners intend to approve a resolution later this month to reaffirm that promise to voters to keep the rate at 6 cents for next two years.

THOMPSON FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULT – A Wise County jury yesterday found Robert Lee Thompson of Boyd guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following a fight with a Paradise man on Aug. 23, 2016. Assistant District Attorney Jay Lapham presented evidence that Thompson stabbed Wayne Robinson Jr. during a fight the two had outside Robinson’s home. Thompson argued that he was acting in self defense. Late yesterday afternoon, the jury reached a verdict on punishment, sentencing Thompson to seven years in prison but asking that the sentence be probated. A hearing will be held next week to set the terms and conditions of that probation.

RECORD ENROLLMENT – Spring enrollment at Weatherford College set another record. As of the official count date, enrollment is 5,897, a 5.5 percent increase from last spring’s count. Weatherford College Wise County’s enrollment was up 3.8 percent from last spring with enrollment of 554.

FRIDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL – Tonight’s basketball games include: (boys) Northwest at Eaton, Decatur at Krum, Argyle at Bridgeport, Boyd at Bowie, Nocona at Paradise, Perrin at Alvord, Muenster at Chico and Slidell at Saint Jo. The Bridgeport girls will play Krum at Decatur High School at 7 p.m. The winner finishes third in District 9-4A and the loser finishes fourth.

SOFTBALL REGISTRATION – The last day to sign up for Decatur Girls Softball is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the concession stand at Renshaw Park in Decatur. Cost is $65 for T-ball, $85 all for other leagues with a $10 discount for multiple siblings. Must bring birth certificate if you haven’t registered before. It will include 6U advanced t-ball, 8U coach pitch, 10U, 12U and 14U leagues. Online registration at decaturgsa.website.siplay.com/Site/More/Welcome. Practices will start the week of Feb. 19. Games haven’t been scheduled yet but the season will end around first week in May. Call Craig at 940-841-3934.

YOUTH FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS – 2018 Wise County Youth Fair Scholarships are due today. Applications can be found on the youth fair website wcyouthfair.org. Call 940-389-5388.

NEW ESD PROPOSED – Boonsville community leaders are seeking to establish Emergency Services District No. 2, which would help fund the Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department. Organizers will hold a second public meeting 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boonsville Community Center to continue the signature collection, which is required to get the initiative on the November ballot. The group needs 100 signatures of registered voters who are real property owners in the proposed district.

YOUTH SOCCER – Bridgeport youth soccer sign-ups are 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Public Library. Fee is $65.

FUNERALS – Service for Nicolas Perez, 41, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Yolanda Franco, 57, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charles R. Knupp, 96, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Lindy Petty, 65, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Garey Webster, 63, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Glenn Maddux, 74, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery.

SERVICE for Royce Lee Kirk, 81, of Boyd is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough, Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Jones-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for RoseMary Nikirk Watson is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church Alvord.

MEMORIAL service for Orval Leon “Popcorn” Chapman, 60, of Canyon Lake is 1 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. He was the father of William Andrew Chapman of Boyd. Brown Owens Brumley Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018


ESD BOARD TO CONSIDER TAX INCREASE – The Wise County ESD No. 1 board will meet at 5:45 p.m. today at the station in Boyd to call an election for May 6 to raise the tax rate. The board is planning on asking voters to approve a 7-cent hike from the current 3 cents per $100 of evaluation to the state limit of 10 cents. While seeking the increase to 10 cents, the ESD 1 Board President Ken Murray stressed the district plans to only levy a tax of 6 cents in 2018 and possibly raise it to 8 cents in the next two to three years if needed.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meeting is noon Monday, Feb. 12, at Pizza Hut in Decatur. This month’s presentation is on Black History. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

NEW ESD PROPOSED – Boonsville community leaders are seeking to establish Emergency Services District No. 2, which would help fund the Boonsville/Balsora Volunteer Fire Department. Organizers will hold a second public meeting 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boonsville Community Center to continue the signature collection, which is required to get the initiative on the November ballot. The group needs 100 signatures of registered voters who are real property owners in the proposed district.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Legend Bank. Chocolate dipped strawberries will be sold at both Decatur and Alvord locations for $20/dozen. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

ASH WEDNESDAY – The First United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Decatur will both have Ash Wednesday services Feb. 14. They will have a drive through imposition of ashes in the parking lot of the Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., 6:30-9 a.m., and both will hold traditional services at 6 p.m.

BASEBALL TIME – At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Little League teams will be introduced and the special needs baseball team will play at the Decatur High School baseball field. Following the game DHS baseball team will have a long ball contest. On Saturday, Feb. 17, the JV will scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. At noon, the varsity boys will play the alumni.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – Weatherford College has opened its online scholarship application system for 2018-19 academic year scholarships provided by the WC Foundation. To start the application process, students should visit wc.edu/scholarships and use their existing “MyWC” login credentials to enter the system. Students must have completed the overall WC application to apply for scholarships. Deadline is March 24. The scholarships will begin in the fall 2018 semester, and many awards will renew for spring 2019, pending fall grade point averages.

FUNERALS – Service for Glenn Maddux, 74, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Royce Lee Kirk, 81, of Boyd is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough, Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Jones-Decatur.

SERVICE for Nicolas Perez, 41, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Yolanda Franco, 62, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charles R. Knupp, 96, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL for Garey Webster, 63, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Orval Leon “Popcorn” Chapman, 60, of Canyon Lake is 1 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. He was the father of William Andrew Chapman of Boyd. Brown Owens Brumley Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018


DELAYED START – While Wise County didn’t see much rain yesterday and overnight, it was just enough to cause some slick spots, particularly on bridges and overpasses. Alvord and Chico schools will start two hours late today. All other schools opened at regular times. A few accidents were reported overnight, including a tanker truck rollover around 3 a.m. on U.S. 81/287 near Farm Road 407 north of Rhome that shut down the northbound lanes until the wreck could be cleared. Traffic was diverted onto the service road. The temperature at 7:30 a.m. was 25 degrees in Decatur. It should warm into the mid-40s by this afternoon.

HOOPS SCORES – Tuesday’s basketball results included (boys) Northwest 71, Azle 32; Decatur 48, Gainesville 30; Krum 49, Bridgeport 41; Paradise 62, Jacksboro 37; Holliday 65, Boyd 44; Alvord 64, Era 49; Chico 52, Perrin 48; (girls) Krum 47, Bridgeport 38 (OT); Decatur 47, Gainesville 40; Boyd 51, Holliday 37; Jacksboro 56, Paradise 43; Chico 44, Perrin 24; and Era 60, Alvord 49.

YOUTH SOCCER – Bridgeport youth soccer sign-ups are 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Public Library. Fee is $65.

MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER – Meals on Wheels of Wise County is seeking the highest offer for two tickets for the Feb. 13 home game of the Dallas Mavericks. The money raised will benefit Wise County Committee on Aging. The tickets (worth $149 each) are in Section 105, Row M, Seats 7 and 8. Contact WCCA with your offer at 940-627-5329 or amy@wisemeals.org by Monday, Feb. 12.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Rhome Women’s Club will hold a breakfast for the Rhome Veterans and Auxiliary at 10 a.m. Saturday.

DONKEY BALL – Paradise Band Boosters will host Donkey Ball 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Paradise High School. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. There will be a pre-game barbecue sandwich meal at 5 p.m. Meal tickets cost $7. Email paradiseband940@gmail.com.

HEART HEALTH CLINIC – The Heart Health Clinic in Bridgeport will host free heart health seminars at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday in February at the Bridgeport Medical Office Building, 1903 Doctors Hospital Dr.

HEART HEALTH SPECIAL PAGES – The midweek Wise County Messenger includes special pages with heart health resources included. The paper is on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Service for Nicholas Perez, 41, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Yolanda Franco, 62, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Charles R. Knupp, 96, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

MEMORIAL for Garey Webster, 63, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Richard Bledsoe, 62, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins-Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Royce Lee Kirk, 81, of Boyd is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for William A. McCullough Jr., 86, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the chapel at Jones-Decatur with burial at 2:15 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Glenn Maddux, 74, of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Orval Leon “Popcorn” Chapman, 60, of Canyon Lake is 1 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. He was the father of William Andrew Chapman of Boyd. Brown Owens Brumley Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY – Wise County is included in a winter weather advisory from 3 p.m. to midnight today. According to the National Weather Service, light freezing rain is possible. Small amounts of ice accumulation could result in slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges. Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing all day today and into tomorrow morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent during the day, increasing to 60 percent overnight.

BASKETBALL SCHEDULE – Tonight’s local district basketball games include Northwest at Azle, Gainesville at Decatur, Bridgeport at Krum, Jacksboro at Paradise, Holliday at Boyd, Era at Alvord, Chico at Perrin and Slidell at GoldBurg.

ABWN LUNCH DEADLINE – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to info@abwn.org by noon today. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Bring business cards to network. Visit www.abwn.org.

GATE NOMINATIONS – Nominations are now being accepted for the Paradise GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) program for students in K-11th grades. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Feb. 15. Nomination forms can be found at www.pisd.net or picked up at any campus office. Contact Carla Gentry cgentry@pisd.net or 940-969-5046.

YOUTH FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS – 2018 Wise County Youth Fair Scholarships are due by Friday. Applications can be found on the youth fair website wcyouthfair.org. Call 940-389-5388.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

TECH TRUCK – The Perot Tech Truck, from the Perot Museum in Dallas, will be at the Rhome Public Library 4:30-6:30 p.m. today. The Tech Truck has walk-up, hands-on experiences ranging 10-20 minutes. Activities include a 3-D printing demonstration, 3-D pen activity and building a Vibrobot.

FUNERALS – Service for Yolando Franco, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Charles R. Knupp, 96, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Gary Webster, 63, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Richard Bledsoe, 62, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd. Private burial will follow at Boyd cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICES for Royce Lee Kirk, 81, of Boyd and William A. McCullough, 86, of Rhome are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Dixie Mae Perkins, 82, of Runaway Bay is pending at Jones-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Imogene Ray Lynch, 100, is 2:30 p.m. today at the Forestburg Baptist Church with burial at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Orval Leon “Popcorn” Chapman, 60, of Canyon Lake is 1 p.m. Saturday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. He was the father of William Andrew Chapman of Boyd. Brown Owens Brumley Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Monday, February 5, 2018


U.S. 380 BRIDGE WORK TO BEGIN – Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the U.S. 380 bridges over Farm Road 730 in Decatur. The project will replace the deck on the eastbound U.S. 380 bridge and provide a new pavement overlay on the westbound bridge. Crews will start by conducting bridgework on the eastbound bridge. To allow for this work, traffic on eastbound U.S. 380 will be shifted onto the westbound bridge, with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Afterwards, traffic will be switched over to the completed eastbound bridge. Then, the westbound bridge will be resurfaced. During this work, the Farm Road 51 ramp to westbound U.S. 380 will be detoured to Business U.S. 380 for safety and mobility. Construction is estimated for completion in early 2019.

REGISTER TO VOTE – Today is the deadline to register to vote if you plan on voting in the March 6 primary elections. Contact the Wise County Elections Department at 940-626-4453 for information about voter registration.

COLLEGE FUNDING PRESENTATION – Claudia Roberts, a licensed professional counselor, will present a “How-to” class for applying for scholarships, grants and loans for college at 6 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Bridgeport, 1307 Newby.

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 Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

TECH TRUCK – The Perot Tech Truck, from the Perot Museum in Dallas, will be at the Rhome Public Library 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Tech Truck has walk-up, hands-on experiences ranging 10-20 minutes. Activities include a 3-D printing demonstration, 3-D pen activity and building a Vibrobot.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. The program will be “Tools to Build and Protect Your Business” by Chip Hakanson of Edward Jones. Lunch is $15 at the door. RSVP via email, info@wisecountychamber.com.

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday afternoon today through April 16. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. It helps to bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/. Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.

RELAY MEETING – Relay For Life of Wise County will meet today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. ELT meets at 5:30 p.m., and the Team Captain meeting is at 6 p.m. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

COMMUNITY MEETING – Wise Citizens For Property Rights will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Lions Hall. WiseCPR is running the petition to stop forced annexation throughout the entire county. The public is invited.

ALL WISE FOOTBALL – The All Wise Football team is featured in the Sunday Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Service for Yolando Franco, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Richard Bledsoe, 62, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dixie Mae Perkins, 82, of Runaway Bay is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Imogene Ray Lynch, 100, is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Forestburg Baptist Church with burial at New Harp Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the Forestburg Baptist Church. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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