BREAKING NEWS: 1 injured in crash


By Richard Greene
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A Chico man was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Texas 114 and Farm Road 51 shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jimmy Shelton, 54, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
“He was complaining of neck pain and had an extended period of unconsciousness,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Zeb Siebeneck. “He became conscious and alert on the scene.”
According to Siebeneck, Shelton turned left from southbound FM 51 onto 114 in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee in front of a Direct TV Ford van driven by Kristopher Earley, 27, of Springtown. The van, which was westbound on 114, struck the SUV on near the front wheel well on the left side.
Earley was uninjured in the wreck.
Siebeneck said a witness behind Earley said he was driving under the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
The trooper added that Shelton would be cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The crash shut down 114 in both directions for nearly an hour.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


2 INJURED IN ROLLOVER – Two people were injured in a car wreck on Farm Road 2264 near Decatur yesterday when the driver lost control of the car and flipped the vehicle into a ditch on the side of the road. Timothy Paul Dennis, 19, and Justice Marie Sampson, 18, were traveling east on FM 2264 when Dennis, the driver, swerved to the right to avoid a rock in the road. He then overcorrected and pulled the car to the left, causing it to flip and roll off the side of the road into a ditch around 1:30 p.m. Dennis suffered neck injuries, and Sampson suffered back and spinal injuries. Both were transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. State trooper Patrick Alonzo said that speed may have been a factor, but that the overcorrection was the main cause of the wreck.

REUNION CONTINUES – Arrendadores del Valle will perform 9 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Carnival ride bracelets are $20 today through Saturday. Parking is $5.

HEAT ADVISORY – Wise County is included in a heat advisory from noon today to 10 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures are expected to reach 97 to 102 degrees in north Texas this afternoon with heat index readings near 105.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. is noon today in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Speaker this month is local newspaper columnist Gerre Joiner. RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 10 a.m. for lunch preparation.

GAMETASTIC – Due to last week’s heavy rains, Chico Public Library’s children’s Gametastic program has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. today. Children are encouraged to bring their reading logs to be eligible for most books read awards. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for the annual school supply drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office located at 608 N. Business 81/287 in Decatur. Call Jael Mares, 940-626-4585.

ENROLL AT STEELE – Deadline to apply for Northwest ISD’s James M. Steele Accelerated High School is today. Steele Accelerated High School provides an avenue for students to accelerate their studies. It is home to two career academies – the cosmetology academy and the collegiate academy. Thanks to a partnership with North Texas Community College, students can take expanded dual-credit classes receiving college credit while taking their high school courses. Students are screened and recommended by middle and high school counselors with final approval from the North Central Texas College vice president of instruction. To submit an application, go to www.nisdtx.org/sahs. Call 817-698-5800.

BASEBALL LEAGUE – The Decatur Baseball League will be accepting registrations for the 2014 Fall Season this weekend at the Decatur City Hall building (201 East Walnut Street) in the conference room facing Harmon Park. Fees are $60 for T-Ball and 5/6U, $85 for 8U and up. Register 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Bring your child with you to register so they can try on hats and jerseys as well as a copy of their birth certificate. Email dubois639@gmail.com or call 940-231-6075.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room today. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete who has had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Amanda Troutman, 34, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Donations may be made to the Kimberly Ann Oates Starnes Scholarship Fund at any Wells Fargo bank branch.

SERVICE for Tommy Riggs Fox, 95, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Robert Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is 10 a.m. Friday at Jonestown Cemetery in Alvord. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Lavetta Ann Wilkins, 97, of Andrews is 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Kilgore. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ronny Don Perry, 59, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jim Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the Terrace Dining Room at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur.

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Two injured in wreck on FM 2264


Two people were inured in a car wreck on FM 2264 today when the driver lost control of the car and flipped the vehicle into a ditch on the side of the road.

Timothy Paul Dennis, 19, and Justice Marie Sampson, 18, were traveling east on FM 2264 when Dennis, the driver, swerved the car to the right to avoid a rock in the road. He then overcorrected and pulled the car to the left, causing it to flip and roll of the side of the road into a ditch around 1:30 p.m.

Dennis suffered neck injuries and Sampson suffered back and spinal injuries. Both were on their way to Wise Regional Health System at 1:50 p.m.

State trooper Patrick Alonzo said that speed may have been a factor, but that the overcorrection was the main cause of the wreck.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


WASHER TOURNEY SETS RECORD – The “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion drew teams from as far away as Florida on its way to setting the world record for the largest tournament with 243 teams. Organizer Carey Williams said they will have to wait as long as 90 days for the record to become certified as a Guinness record.

TONIGHT AT REUNION – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion enters its third day, and tonight’s entertainment at 7 features The Hinkles followed by Rick Bowling and Roland Upton, “Ric and Rol.” Carnival ride bracelets are $15, and parking is $5.

HOT ASPHALT SPILLED IN WRECK – The on-ramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur was closed for six hours Tuesday afternoon while crews cleaned up hot asphalt spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that occurred just after 12:30 p.m. According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on U.S. 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned. Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass. Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading. Texas Department of Transportation and a hazmat crew were called to the scene to aid in clean-up efforts. Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

BENEFIT RODEO - A Benefit Youth Rodeo for Dane Lancaster’s family will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Dave Wiley Covered Arena at Montague County Cowboy Church, 1600 W. Farm Road 455 in Montague. All proceeds will benefit the Dane Lancaster Family. Events will include barrels, poles, goats, flags, breakaway, ribbon roping, tie down, calf riding, steer riding, chute dogging and team roping. There are five age groups. Awards will be saddles for all around, buckles, and numerous other prizes. All entries to be called in 7-10 p.m. Monday, July 28, 254-918-0835. No walk ups. Call Tamra Pittman, 940-389-7499. To make donations for silent or live auction call Sondra Nored, 940-841-0319.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP – The Bridgeport Sissies volleyball camp is July 28-30 at Bridgeport Middle School. Fourth through eighth grade registration is 8:30 a.m. with camp 9-11:30 a.m. Freshman camp is 1-4 p.m. with registration at 12:30 p.m. More information can be found on the district’s web page under sports camps.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Eighter from Decatur bike rally is looking for volunteers for the Aug. 2 event. Call Dixie, 817-929-1253 or 940-626-4355.

BLOOD DRIVE - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “Team Rehab” will host a Carter Blood Drive 9:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday at Aaron’s Sales and Leasing in Decatur. “Team” bracelets will be given to the first 10 donors, and they can enter to win a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Bone marrow testing kits will also be available at no cost to interested participants.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room Thursday. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete who has had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

BOYD PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $10 for Boyd middle school and high school male and female athletes from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Boyd field house.

DECATUR EAGLE FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Mike Fuller and his staff will hold a skills camp for players between grades seven and nine from 7-9 p.m. July 28-31 at Eagle Stadium. The cost is $80 and $60 for each additional family member.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Kim Ann Oates Starnes, 55, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday  at the church.

SERVICE for Earl Brassfield, 77, of Fort Worth is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Donald Otis Greer, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Green Valley Cemetery in Aubrey. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Ronny Perry, 59, of Decatur and Lavetta Wilkins, 97, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Eloise Brazier, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Edna McPhail Baker, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.

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Wreck causes ramp closure


The onramp to U.S. 81/287 North from U.S. 380 in Decatur is closed while crews clean the contents spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler hauling hot asphalt. The road is expected to remain closed through the afternoon Tuesday.

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries in the wreck that was toned out just after 12:30 p.m.

According to investigators, Frank Taylor of Benbrook was westbound on 380 when he attempted to exit onto northbound U.S. 81/287. He lost control of the 18-wheeler, and it overturned. Hot asphalt, oil and diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the surrounding grass.

Decatur firefighters shoveled piles of dirt onto the roadway to prevent the contents from spreading.

Texas Department of Transportation and a haz mat crew were called to the scene to aid in clean-up efforts.

Speed is believed to be a factor in the wreck.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


GOODWYN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE – Former district court reporter Jeff Goodwyn of Decatur pleaded guilty Friday to manufacturing/delivery of 1-4 grams of methamphetamine, a second degree felony, in exchange for eight years of deferred adjudication, according to court records on file at the Wise County District Clerk’s office. Goodwyn will also have to pay a fine of $1,000 and complete 240 hours of community service. Goodwyn was arrested in the early morning hours of June 14, 2013, at a motel in Decatur after delivering methamphetamine to an undercover DPS agent.

GOING FOR THE RECORD AT REUNION – Organizers and participants of the “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament will be trying for a world record tonight at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. Tournament organizers report they are closing in on 200 teams. Pre-register at wisecountywashers.com. Registration and check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Reunion Grounds, and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Organizers are hoping for 125 teams as they attempt a Guinness world record for the largest washer tournament ever. Tonight through Wednesday, carnival ride bracelets are $15. Parking is $5.

NEW PLAN FOR FOOD SERVICES – Paradise School Board approved a bid from Aramark Monday night to provide food services for the district in the 2014-15 school year. Interim Superintendent Robert Criswell said it would be five years before the district sees a profit, but over the years the department has regularly run a deficit, so even this would be an improvement. “We’ve historically lost $100,000-plus on this thing forever, so this isn’t out of line,” he said. “We’re not going to get rich off this thing, but if we can break even, it’ll be all right.” Paradise ISD plans to partner with neighboring Boyd ISD to make it more economically feasible for both districts. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

LUNCH PRICE INCREASE -Bridgeport students will now pay an extra 10 cents for lunch after the Bridgeport ISD school board unanimously voted to increase the lunch price Monday night. Lunch prices are now $2.25 for elementary students, $2.40 for middle school students and $2.50 for high school students. The school board also started negotiations on a lease agreement for property on 16th Street that would be used by a veteran’s group to build housing for disabled veterans and unanimously approved the Shady Oaks Drive roadway easement.

GPA CHANGES COULD APPLY TO SOPHOMORES – The Decatur School Board in March approved changes in the way grade point averages were calculated at the high school, which would affect incoming freshman. At last night’s meeting, the board and administrators discussed the possibility of applying the new GPA rules to incoming sophomores as well. The six-point scale will be eliminated, and only advanced courses such as pre-AP, AP and dual credit courses will carry a potential five points. Core classes – English, math, science, social studies and a foreign language – will be on the four-point scale. The changes are designed to give students more flexibility in their schedules and allow them to take courses based more on what interests them rather than the courses that will help their GPA the most. Parents of incoming sophomores will be notified of the planned changes, and the board will officially take action at a meeting in August.

SUMMER SPECIAL AT THE LIBRARY – Today’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Dan Gibson, storyteller and “Banjo Player Extraordinaire” at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For more information, call or visit the library at 940-393-0290, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

DHS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10 year reunion on Saturday at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The event will start at 7:30 and will be hosted at the reunion cabins owned by the families of Maggie Zamzow Mahan and Josh Reeves. It will be a casual, come-and-go event, and guests are encouraged to bring their families and their beverage of choice. For more information, email Josh Reeves at joshwreeves@gmail.com.

NUTRITION CARNIVAL – The Outreach Health Services/WIC office in Decatur will hold a Nutrition Carnival 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. today at the McCarroll Middle School track. WIC clients will receive credit for attendance. For more information, call 940-627-5796.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

PRIVATE MEMORIAL service for Virginia Evans, 81, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, formerly of Newark, is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Donald Otis Greer, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Green Valley Cemetery is Aubrey. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Eloise Brazier, 95, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jim Ragan at Governor’s Ridge in Decatur is Thursday July, 24th at 2 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room. Jerry Joiner will be officiating.

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Monday, July 21, 2014


REUNION BEGINS – The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion officially begins today. The annual Mr. and Miss Pageant for ages 6 months to 9 years is 7 tonight. The theme is “Picnic in the Park.” Applications are available at Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Legend Bank, Chalet of Jewelry, DATCU and North Texas Bank. Teams are also still being registered for the “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament Tuesday night. Pre-register at wisecountywashers.com. Registration and check-in is at 4 p.m. at the Reunion Grounds, and the tournament starts at 7:30 p.m. Nearly 100 teams have registered so far, and organizers are hoping for 125 teams as they attempt a Guinness world record. Tonight through Wednesday, carnival ride bracelets are $15. Parking is $5.

FUNERAL FOR SLIDELL TEEN WRECK VICTIM SET – Funeral for Colton Perkins, 17, of Slidell is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bolivar Baptist Church with burial at Bolivar Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the church. Perkins, a recent Slidell graduate, was killed around 5:15 a.m. Friday in an accident on Farm Road 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger in Denton County. Perkins was eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.

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

NUTRITION CARNIVAL – The Outreach Health Services/WIC office in Decatur will hold a Nutrition Carnival 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the McCarroll Middle School track. WIC clients will receive credit for attendance. For more information, call 940-627-5796.

OUTDOOR CONCERT – The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its first Concert in the Park 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Harwood Park. The free event will feature country and 80s pop music from Mars Hill Band. There will also be a concession stand, face painting, balloon animals and inflatables starting at 7 p.m. For information, call 940-683-3480.

WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING ED REGISTRATION – Weatherford College Workforce and Continuing Education registration starts 10 a.m. Aug. 6. Registration will take place at the Main Campus in Weatherford. For a list of course offering go to www.wc.edu. For more information, contact Tiffany Thrasher-Siegfried at 940-626-3263 or tsiegfried@wc.edu.

RANCHERS GATHERING – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the Ranchers Gathering Thursday, Aug. 14, at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for everyone to visit booths at the trade show, which will feature more than 20 agriculture-related businesses offering the newest in technology for beef cattle producers. Dinner is at 6 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the meal and makes you eligible for one of the many door prizes given away during the program. Stan Bevers, professor and Extension economist – management, with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service out of Vernon, will speak on “Risk Management Tools for Ranchers.” Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-626-3341, for more information or to make your reservations.

DONATE RED HATS – Senior Care in Decatur is seeking donations of red hats for women residents at the facility. Donations may be dropped off at 701 W. Bennett Rd. For more information, call Kathy at 940-626-2800.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Weatherford College. Bob Johnson and W.B. Woodruff from the Wise County Veterans Group will discuss details of the upcoming Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum in Bridgeport.

MEETING CANCELED – The Wise County Democratic meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled and has been rescheduled for 6:15 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Services for Virginia Evans, 81, of Paradise and Jane Heisel, 75, of Decatur are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Christopher John Corniel, 23, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Sharon Muck, 67, of Broken Arrow, Okla., formerly of Newark, is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jerrell Rodney Stegall, 59, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mildred McCarroll Read, 95, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Donald Greer, 75, and Jimmy Lee Ragan, 61, both of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd, Donald Jean Baker, 76, and Nora Eloise Brazier, 95, both of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wreck claims Slidell teen


A recent Slidell graduate was killed Friday morning in an accident on Farm Road 455 West in Denton County.
Bobby Colton Perkins, 17, of Decatur died at 5:15 a.m. in the 7900 block of FM 455 West between Bolivar and Sanger according to the release from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
Perkins was traveling eastbound on FM 455 when he lost control of his Chevrolet pickup just east of FM 2450.
“For some reason he went off onto the shoulder and over-corrected trying to get back on the roadway,” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford. “The truck went into a skid and slid into a tree. He was ejected.”
Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradford said the roadway was wet. He added that investigators were looking into whether speed was a factor.

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Friday, July 18, 2014


AISD PROMOTES HART TO AD – Defensive coordinator Pete Hart is taking over as the Alvord head football coach and athletic director. Alvord ISD trustees extended Hart a two-year contract Thursday to take over the roles after a two-hour executive session. Alvord picked Hart after interviewing 12 candidates out of 35 applicants. Hart takes over for Curtis Enis, who resigned as the head football coach in June to take the girls basketball job at Burleson. Enis was at Alvord three years. Hart has spent the past two seasons at Alvord as the defensive coordinator. Before coming to Alvord, Hart spent two years at Bridgeport, where he also coached from 1986 to 2002. Hart was the head coach and athletic director at Chico for eight years, going 12-68. The veteran coach has spent 28 years in the profession – all at Wise County schools.

COOL DAY AHEAD - After receiving much-needed rain yesterday, we are looking at temperatures that should stay in the 70s today. The temperature at 7:45 a.m. was 64 degrees, and today’s high is expected to reach 78. Rainfall totals since early Thursday morning include 7 inches in Alvord, 4.58 in Decatur, 4.3 in Greenwood, 2 in Bridgeport, 1.8 in Paradise, 1.7 in Cottondale and 1.59 in Rhome.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Weatherford College. Bob Johnson and W.B. Woodruff from the Wise County Veterans Group will discuss details of the upcoming Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum in Bridgeport.

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

SEEKING YARD SALE DONATIONS – Wise Area Teen Court is collecting items for a fundraiser yard sale. Gently used furniture, clothing and other items are being accepted. Contact the coordinator at 940-393-5923 for more information.

PARADISE YOUTH FOOTBALL – Paradise kids entering kindergarten through sixth grade can sign up for football at Paradise youth baseball fields on Texas 114 from 9 a.m.-noon July 19 and July 26. Kindergarten-second grade play flag football for $75. third-sixth grades play tackle football for $125. Contact Brad Largent at 817-875-8388, txbrad72@yahoo.com or visit www.eteamz.com/paradisepyra.

BRIDGEPORT ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room July 24. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete that had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

DECATUR EAGLE FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Mike Fuller and his staff will hold a skills camp for players between grades seven and nine from 7-9 p.m. July 28-31 at Eagle Stadium. The cost is $80 and $60 for each additional family member.

TEEN COURT TRIP – On Monday, Wise Area Teen Court (WATCh) will take a trip to observe the Fort Worth Teen Court. All teens between ages 12-18 are invited. Call 940-393-5923 to reserve your spot.

DHS REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 2004 will hold its 10 year reunion on Saturday, July 26, at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion. The event will start at 7:30 and will be hosted at the reunion cabins owned by the families of Maggie Zamzow Mahan and Josh Reeves. It will be a casual, come-and-go event, and guests are encouraged to bring their families and their beverage of choice. For more information, email Josh Reeves at joshwreeves@gmail.com.

EXPLORER FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Police Department Explorer Program will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. today at Panda Express in Decatur. Present a flyer from the Explorer Facebook page or mention the fundraiser at the register and 20 percent of the sales will be donated to the Explorers.

TREK TO THE LIBRARY – Middle and high school kids entering grades 6-12 in the fall are invited to a free screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” at 4 p.m. today at Decatur Public Library (1700 FM 51 South). No sign-up required.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerrell Steagall, 59, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jane Elizabeth Delong, 69, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ray Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ann Carter, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

SERVICES for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd and Donald Dean Baker, 76, of Chico are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


WATCH FOR FLOODING – Heavy rain overnight has already led to flash flooding in parts of Wise County. At times, U.S. 81/287 near the roadside park between Decatur and Alvord has been covered by water, and local fire departments have been dispatched to vehicles stranded by high water. As of 7:45 a.m., rainfall amounts included 4.9 inches in Alvord, 2.32 in Decatur and 0.45 in Bridgeport. Wise County will remain in a flash flood warning until 8:30 a.m. today and a flash flood watch until Friday afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast to continue today and tonight.

COPPER THEFTS – The Decatur Police Department is investigating copper thefts at Wise Electric Co-op that occurred July 11 and July 14. Sgt. Gerald Wright said suspects cut the Co-op yard’s fence sometime between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on those dates. He also believes there were at least two people involved. Wright said the suspect vehicle appears to be a recent model (’10 to ’13) Camaro. If you have information related to this incident, call the Decatur Police Department at 940-627-1500 or call Wright at 940-393-0310.

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GIVE BACK EVENT – Amputees in Motion (AIM) will get 15 percent of sales today for those who present fliers at Decatur’s Chili’s Restaurant, located at 600 South U.S. 81/287. For information on the flyer, email aimdecatur@yahoo.com.

BASEBALL LEAGUE – The Decatur Baseball League will be accepting registrations for the 2014 Fall Season this weekend at the Decatur City Hall building (201 East Walnut Street) in the conference room facing Harmon Park. Fees are $60 for T-Ball and 5/6U, $85 for 8U and up. Registration dates and times are as follows: Saturday, July 19 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.), Sunday, July 20 (1-4 p.m.), Saturday, July 26 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.), Sunday, July 27 (1-4 p.m.). Bring your child with you to register so they can try on hats and jerseys as well as a copy of their birth certificate. For more information email dubois639@gmail.com or call 940-231-6075.

BOOSTER CLUB MEETING – The Decatur Athletic Booster Club will meet at 6 tonight in the second story lecture room at the high school.

READING PROGRAM – Chico Public Library’s Fizz, Boom, Read program for children concludes with “Gametastic” 11 a.m.-noon today. Participants should bring their reading logs as prizes for most books read will be awarded. For more information contact Michelle at 940-644-2330.

WRESTLING AT CHURCH – The Christian Wrestling Federation will be at Movement Church in Rhome (1194 CR 4651) at 10 a.m. Sunday. The group of Christian athletes has wrestled in front of thousands of people from as far away as Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. Michael Tarver, former WWE wrestler, will be featured along with Phil “The Real Deal” Bishop. For more information about the free event, contact Lynda Dahlstrom at ldahlstrom@movementchurch.net.

TREK TO THE LIBRARY – Middle and high school kids entering grades 6-12 in the fall are invited to a free screening of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” at 4 p.m. Friday at Decatur Public Library (1700 FM 51 South). No sign-up required.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday, July 21 at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center courtroom, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women next Wednesday, July 23, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

SPORTING CLAY EVENT – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold its first Sporting Clay event Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m. with competition at 9. Cost for a four-person team is $400. Station sponsors are $100. All shooting levels are welcome. Lunch is provided. Call Kim Redman at 940-577-0247 or Kati Deaton at 940-210-5831 to enter.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jane Elizabeth Delong, 69, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Roy Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ann Carter, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Decatur PD seeks help to ID suspect


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The Decatur Police Department is investigating copper thefts at Wise Electric Co-op that occurred July 11 and July 14. Sgt. Gerald Wright said suspects cut the Co-op yard’s fence sometime between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on those dates. He also believes there were at least two people involved — the white male pictured above and a person driving the black car in the second photo. Wright said the vehicle appears to be a recent model (’10 to ’13) Camaro. The maroon car pictured belongs to a Co-op employee. If you recognize the suspect pictured above or have information related to this incident, call the Decatur Police Department at 940-627-1500 or call Wright at 940-393-0310.

 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


COUNTY INSURANCE TO GO UP – Wise County is facing an 11.3 percent hike in employee health insurance rates effective Oct. 1, but the increase is not as high as originally anticipated. Initial reports indicated the increase might be as high as 38 percent, but options presented by Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright to county commissioners in a special meeting last Thursday came in much lower. The plan approved Monday in a regular commissioners meeting also includes a 6.8 percent increase in dental insurance. There is no increase for life insurance. “It’s not fun, but it’s the nature of the beast in this day and time,” said County Judge Glenn Hughes, in reference to the county’s insurance options. Read more in the upcoming weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council approved three out of four action items on its agenda and discussed the merits of mosquito spraying at its meeting Tuesday night. The council unanimously agreed to install a light at the Community Service flagpole in Harwood park, approve a three-year maintenance agreement with Vaisaala and approve a reimbursement agreement with West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership. No action was taken on City Ordinance 2011-17 to clarify the responsibilities of city administration due to a lack of quorum. Council members also discussed whether or not spraying for mosquitoes in the city limits would be healthy for citizens. Mosquito spraying is expected to be an action item on the next meeting’s agenda.

FLOODING THREAT? – The National Weather Service is predicting the area could receive several inches of rain over the next few days, and Wise County is included in a flash flood watch from 7 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday. Two rounds of locally heavy rainfall are forecast for the area, the first on Thursday with a second round late Thursday night into Friday. Two-day rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally higher amounts, according to the NWS. Rain is expected to begin during the overnight hours tonight. High temperatures are expected to be in the mid to lower 80s for the next three days.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women next Wednesday, July 23, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY – Ms. Polly’s Music is coming to the Bridgeport Public Library at 2:30 p.m. today. Summer Reading Club also continues with stories based on the theme of music, as well. Preschool Storytime is at 10:30 a.m. and Toddler Storytime is at 11:15 a.m. today.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Bridgeport Chamber Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will provide the program and sponsor the lunch. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon today to tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

SPORTING CLAY EVENT – The Chico Athletic Booster Club will hold its first Sporting Clay event Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds near Slidell. Registration is at 8 a.m. with competition at 9. Cost for a four-person team is $400. Station sponsors are $100. All shooting levels are welcome. Lunch is provided. Call Kim Redman at 940-577-0247 or Kati Deaton at 940-210-5831 to enter.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Jane Delong, 69, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Billy Omer Bilderback, 72, of Arlington is 1 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Roy Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Ann Carter, 84, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Donald Dean Baker, 76, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT NOT RENEWED – After three hours of meeting in closed session, the Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to not extend Superintendent Eddie Bland’s contract for another year. Board vice president Charles Mauldin led the voting with a motion to not renew Bland’s contract. Board president Jim Bost was the only dissenting vote. Bland has been the superintendent of Bridgeport ISD since 2006. He still has three years left on his contract as superintendent.

CONSTABLE VEHICLES – Wise County commissioners decided Monday during their regular meeting that all constable vehicles should be marked. The issue was brought up when Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr, who currently drives an unmarked vehicle, asked that regular license plate tags be put on his car. He currently has tags that are to be used only with marked vehicles. “I was asking the judge about getting that fixed so that I’m running legally,” he said, but the discussion quickly shifted from the topic of tags to the issue of marked versus unmarked cars. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White led the way, saying that all constable vehicles should be marked. After a lengthy discussion, commissioners voted unanimously for the measure. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION – Local seniors over age 60 who meet low-income guidelines are eligible for free transportation within Wise County through the Wise County Committee on Aging. If you need transportation, call 940-627-5329. Transportation service will be contracted through TAPS.

SUMMER SPECIAL AT THE LIBRARY – Today’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Story Time Theater presenting “The Tortoise and the Hare” at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5-10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For more information, call or visit the library at 940-393-0290, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE – Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center is collecting school supplies for the annual School Supply Drive benefiting children whose lives have been affected by family violence or sexual abuse. Supplies or monetary donations may be dropped off at the outreach office located at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. For more information call Jael Mares at 940-626-4585.

GAMETASTIC PROGRAM - Tweens and teens are invited to Chico Public Library’s “Gametastic” program 1-2 p.m. today. This is the final event in the Spark a Reaction series, so participants should bring their reading logs to be included in the prize giveaway for most books/pages read. For more information, call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

ROCK BINGO – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 tonight at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Main St. in Decatur. The program will be Rock Bingo, with fossils, rocks and minerals being the prizes, and there will be an ice cream social. For information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Service for Jane Delong, 69, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Billy Omer Bilderback, 72, of Arlington is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Roy Woolf, 62, of Valley View is 2 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd and Anneliese Carter, 84, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Merleta Hon, 90, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Monday, July 14, 2014


ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN LAKE – A diver scouring the bottom of Lake Bridgeport for freshwater mussels native to Texas waters has discovered thumbnail-sized zebra mussels. Although zebra mussel DNA was confirmed a year ago in the lake, this is the first time adult zebra mussels have been found in the Wise County lake. Zebra mussels cause environmental and economic damage. Some of the most pressing concerns are over community water supplies. The mussels can clog water intake pipes and other machinery necessary to keep the taps flowing. The shells are sharp and pose a danger to swimmers as well. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

ROCK BINGO – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society meets at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Main St. in Decatur. The program will be Rock Bingo, with fossils, rocks and minerals being the prizes, and there will be an ice cream social. For information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

SAND VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Fit-N-Wise will host a sand volleyball tournament Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of two new sand volleyball courts. The tournament is open to ages 13 and up; $10 per player. Visit Fit-N-Wise to register or call 940-627-2708 for more information.

PAVING STARTS TODAY – The City of Decatur will start paving operations today on Eagle Drive, West Thompson and Deer Park – in that order. Paving will begin at 7 a.m. each day and continue through 4 p.m., with completion expected by July 22. The streets will remain open, but lane reductions will occur and drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes and not park on the street. Eagle Drive and West Thompson will be resurfaced from FM 51 S. to Deer Park, and Deer Park is being paved from U.S. 380 Business to Eagle Drive. Eagle Drive will be done first, followed by West Thompson and then Deer Park. City officials stressed that unforeseen conditions may occur requiring the job to take longer than planned. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Alvord athletes in seventh through 12th grade can get physicals at Alvord Medical Clinic this week. Boys physicals are 8 a.m. to noon today, and girls are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Cost is $20. Athletic forms are available at the high school, middle school, field house and the clinic. They must be complete and signed by a parent.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Commissioners will take a look at weather and vegetation conditions and review whether to renew, amend, revise or rescind the county’s burn ban when they meet at 9 a.m. today at the Wise County Courthouse. Commissioners will also review the county’s Indigent Health Care program and policy procedures for 2014-2015, as well as take action on a called meeting held Thursday to discuss health insurance for employees with the county’s health insurance broker, Brian Stephens of Stephens, Bastian and Cartwright. The meeting, which starts at 9 a.m., will be in the jury room on the third floor of the Wise County Courthouse.

DECATUR COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council will take up two plat requests, make appointments to a couple of city boards, and look at the annual Drinking Water Quality Report when they meet at 6 tonight in the council chamber at City Hall, 201 East Walnut St.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Sherry King, 62, of Lake Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Billy Bilberback, 72, of Mansfield and Roy Wolff, 62, of Lewisville are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Elfriede Ball, 73, of Dallas is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Betty Jane Shelton, 88, formerly of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, July 11, 2014


2 HOMES CHARRED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS — Fire ravished two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of each other. Just after 12:30 a.m., firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully engulfed double-wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd. The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Although the fire is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes it started on the front porch. Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said. Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a mobile home. Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist. It is unknown if the home was occupied. The extent of the damage was also not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

PAVING STARTS MONDAY — The City of Decatur will start paving operations Monday, July 14, on Eagle Drive, West Thompson and Deer Park — in that order. Paving will begin at 7 a.m. each day and continue through 4 p.m., with completion expected by July 22. The streets will remain open, but lane reductions will occur and drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes and not park on the street. Eagle Drive and West Thompson will be resurfaced from FM 51 S. to Deer Park, and Deer Park is being paved from U.S. 380 Business to Eagle Drive. Eagle Drive will be done first, followed by West Thompson and then Deer Park. City officials stressed that unforeseen conditions may occur requiring the job to take longer than planned. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

VETERANS BREAKFAST — The Wise County Veterans Group will have its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise County veterans are invited to attend.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time delivering meals is encouraged to contact the office at 940-627-5329.

BAND BOOSTERS — The Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters’ will meet Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport High School band hall. The agenda includes the Rock ‘N Rev Car Show Saturday, Aug. 2. Anyone interested in supporting our band kids is invited to attend.

RAID THE LIBRARY — The Decatur Public Library’s RPG Group meets Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teen and adult gamers (ages 12 and up), beginners or more experienced players are all welcome. The meeting starts with a character creation workshop before a new campaign kicks off. Snacks will be provided. For information call the Library at 940-393-0290 or stop by 1700 Hwy. 51 South and talk to Chris.

FLIP-FLOPS NEEDED — Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center is in need of flip-flops of all sizes for men, women and children who have been affected by family violence/sexual abuse and are residing in the shelter. Donations may be dropped off at the outreach office at 608 N. Business 287 in Decatur. For information call Jael at 940-626-4585.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS — Alvord athletes in seventh through 12th grade can get physicals at Alvord Medical Clinic next week. Boys physicals are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, July 14, and girls are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 15. Cost is $20. Athletic forms are available at the high school, middle school, field house and the clinic. They must be complete and signed by a parent.

DEDICATION POSTPONED – The dedication of a historical marker for the Dallas Pacific and Southeastern Railroad on County Road 3555 that was scheduled for Sunday, July 13, has been postponed until Sept. 7.

FUNERALSMASS of Christian burial for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with a rosary at 7 p.m.

FUNERAL for Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Pentecost in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bob V. Castleberry, 67, is 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Arrangements are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore, Okla.

MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louise (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Roy A. O’Neal, 84, of Nocona is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Fairview Cemetery. He is the brother of Coy O’Neal of Decatur.

SERVICE for Thelton D. “Slim” Sanders, 77, of Chico is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport, with burial in Chico Cemetery. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wanda Caraway Snow, 67, of Grapevine is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Jim Ned Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Millie Eleanor Rutter, 71, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Worth.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 69, of Paradise are Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today, also at the church.

SERVICE for Sherry King, 62, of Lake Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Monday in the chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Harris G. Moore, 91, of Dallas, will be planned for a later date. Moore, who died July 5 in Dallas, is the father of Christine Johnston of Paradise.

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2 homes charred in separate fires


Fire ravished two mobile homes in separate incidents early Friday morning. The blazes were reported within 30 minutes of the other.

Firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Cottondale and Briar responded to reports of a “fully engulfed double wide” in the 300 block of Brighton Oaks Drive south of Boyd. The incident was reported just after 12:30.

The homeowner, Erik Harshman, and his dog escaped without injury. Harshman said he was asleep in his recliner when he awoke to a room filled with smoke.

“I felt like I was choking,” he said. “So I cupped my hands around my mouth and went to the floor to get enough fresh air. And I crawled out.”

Although the incident is under investigation, Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis believes the fire started on the front porch.

Damage to the home was extensive, and Harshman lost most of his belongings, Travis said.

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Just before 1 a.m., firefighters from East Wise were dispatched to reports of a grass fire at the intersection of Coyote Trail and Ridge Trail in New Fairview. However, the flames spread quickly and clipped a mobile home.

Rhome, Decatur and Paradise fire departments were called in to assist.

It is unknown if the home was occupied. The extent of the damage was also not available. The cause of the fire is under investigation. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


MEZA GETS 20 YEARS - A Wise County jury sentenced Alberto Jose Meza to 20 years in prison Wednesday after finding him guilty of possession of a controlled substance. Meza was arrested July 17, 2012 in Rhome after he was pulled over for speeding at 2:30 a.m. More than 10 grams of cocaine, along with baggies and a digital scale, were found hidden behind the dashboard of the pickup he was driving. The sentence is the maximum for the second-degree felony. The jury did not assess a fine. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry said he was “proud of the jury for sending a message to people who want to bring drugs into Wise County – go somewhere else.”

CAR BURGLARIES - Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins reported more car burglaries in Decatur Monday night. These occurred in Lipsey Addition and Thousand Oaks. He’s asking residents to call the police department at 940-627-1500 if they see anyone walking in neighborhoods late at night. He’s also encouraging people to remove items from their vehicles or make sure things are stored out of sight.

PROPERTY AUCTION - The Wise County Appraisal District and the Wise County Tax Office are selling approximately 100 tracts of real property 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Grand Hall A at the Decatur Civic Center. Many properties have a $250 minimum bid. The properties are listed online at isouthwestdata.com (select Wise CAD, Downloads and Forms, Tax Sale). Bid packets are also available at the tax and appraisal district offices.

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Alvord athletes in seventh through 12th grade can get physicals at Alvord Medical Clinic next week. Boys physicals are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, July 14, and girls are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 15. Cost is $20. Athletic forms are available at the high school, middle school, field house and the clinic. They must be complete and signed by a parent.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will have its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. All Wise County veterans are invited to attend.

LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome library will host story time and crafts for children at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, starting today, through Aug. 7. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Wise County Committee on Aging is seeking volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time delivering meals is encouraged to contact the office at 940-627-5329.

GET GROSS IN CHICO – Boys and girls are invited to attend Chico Public Library’s ‘Grossology’ program Thursday, July 10 from 11 am – Noon. Gross activities will include fake snot and gloop! For more information contact Michelle at (940) 644-2330.

BOOSTERS TO MEET – The Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters’ July meeting will be Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the BHS Bandhall. The agenda will include the Rock ‘N Rev Car Show set Saturday, Aug. 2. Anyone interested in supporting the band kids is invited to attend.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Harris G. Moore, 91, of Dallas will be at a later date.

MASS of Christian burial for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with a rosary at 7 p.m.

FUNERAL for Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Pentecost in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bob V. Castleberry, 67, is 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Arrangements are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore, Okla.

MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louise (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Roy A. O’Neal, 84, of Nocona is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. He’s the brother of Coy O’Neal of Decatur.

SERVICE for Thelton D. “Slim” Sanders, 77, of Chico is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport, with burial in Chico Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wanda Caraway Snow, 67, of Grapevine is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Jim Ned Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Millie Eleanor Rutter, 71, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Worth.

SERVICE for Betty Whetsell, 86, of Sunset are 10 a.m. today at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Arrangements by Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Sharon Murphy, 69, of Paradise are Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Friday, also at the church.

SERVICE for Sherry King, 62, of Lake Bridgeport, are pending with Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Meza gets 20 years


A Wise County jury sentenced Alberto Jose Meza to 20 years in prison Wednesday after finding him guilty of possession of a controlled substance. Meza was arrested July 17, 2012, in Rhome after he was pulled over for speeding at 2:30 a.m. More than 10 grams of cocaine, along with baggies and a digital scale, were found hidden behind the dashboard of the pickup he was driving. The sentence is the maximum for the second-degree felony. The jury did not assess a fine. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry said he was “proud of the jury” for “sending a message to people who want to bring drugs into Wise County — go somewhere else.”

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


ALVORD PHARMACY ROBBED AT GUNPOINT – A Cottondale man is in Wise County Jail after robbing S&J Pharmacy in Alvord yesterday. Sheriff David Walker said Tyler Chapman, 20, was arrested for aggravated robbery and possession of marijuana. About 3 p.m. Tuesday Chapman entered the pharmacy wearing a hoodie and instructed the pharmacy staff to give him money. He raised his shirt, showing the staff a handgun. The pharmacist instructed staff to get out of the building, and they left through a back entrance. At the same time the suspect left through the front of the building. A witness saw him leave the property and go to a house in Alvord where he was later arrested. Walker said the incident is still under investigation, and more information will be posted as it’s available.

CASE GOES TO JURY – Testimony in the drug possession trial of Alberto Jose Meza concluded Tuesday afternoon in 271st District Court in Decatur. Meza is charged with possession of a controlled substance (4-200 grams) – a second-degree felony – in connection with his July 17, 2012, arrest after a traffic stop in Rhome. Officer Brody Brown, who now works for the Boyd Police Department, testified Tuesday along with Rhome Officer Chance Garrett and DPS chemist Raymond Waller Jr. The state called only three witnesses, and the defense called none. After closing statements and the judge’s charge, the jury was to begin deliberating Wednesday morning.

COUNTRY CLUB BREAK-IN – The Decatur Country Club was broken into Monday night. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said golf clubs and money was stolen, but the total value of stolen items was not available as Update went to press. Hoskins said it appeared the thief entered the building through a broken window. There are no suspects at this time, but it is under investigation.

RECEPTION – The public is invited to a reception 5 to 7 tonight at DATCU in Decatur to honor Terry Everett. Everett has been with the credit union for 30 years. She was the first branch manager of the Decatur location and currently oversees business development.

SNAKE ENCOUNTERS – Daryl Sprout with Snake Encounters will introduce his creepy reptilian friends to the Bridgeport Public Library’s summer readers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call the library at 940-683-3450.

LIBRARY PROGRAM – The Rhome library will host story time and crafts for children at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 10-Aug. 7. Daniabelle Hromanik will provide stories in English and Spanish for children up to age 11. Young children must be accompanied by a parent.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with a rosary at 7 p.m.

FUNERAL for Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Pentecost in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bob V. Castleberry, 67, is 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Mound Church of Christ in Bridgeport. Arrangements are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home in Ardmore, Okla.

MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louside (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Clifton Garland Linthicum, 83, of White Settlement.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Millie Rutter, 71, of Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Sharlene Howerton, 67, of Decatur.

PRIVATE memorial service for Roger Parrish, 65, of Runaway Bay will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Roy A. O’Neal, 84, of Fort Worth is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Thelton D. Sanders, 77, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home.

SERVICES for Betty Whetsell, 86, of Sunset and Sharon Murphy, 69, of Paradise are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


PROPERTY AUCTION – The Wise County Appraisal District and the Wise County Tax Office are selling approximately 100 tracts of real property 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Grand Hall A at the Decatur Civic Center. Many properties have a $250 minimum bid. The properties are listed online at isouthwestdata.com (select Wise CAD, Downloads and Forms, Tax Sale). Bid packets are also available at the tax and appraisal district offices.

INCE FAMILY BENEFIT – The Bridgeport Correctional Center is hosting a silent auction to benefit the Ince family. Proceeds will go toward funeral expenses for Stephen Ince, who was killed in a car accident last week. Several officers have donated three hours of their time to perform minor home improvements or yard work, which will be awarded to the highest bidder. All assigned tasks must be within reason. The list of participating officers has not yet been finalized, but for more information or to place bids, call the center at 940-683-3010. The auction will close July 15, and winning bidders will be notified July 16. Stephen’s mother, Sheila Ince, is a nurse at the correctional center.

ZOONIVERSITY – This week’s Summer Special at the Decatur Public Library features Zooniversity the Teaching Zoo 10:30 a.m. to noon today. The free show is appropriate for kids ages 5 to 10. Younger siblings are welcome. No sign-up is required. For information, call or visit the library at 940-393-0290, 1700 Farm Road 51 South, in Decatur.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon today at the Senior Citizens Building on the west side of the Chico Square. Lunch is $7 a plate. County Clerk Sherry Lemon will be guest speaker.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will sponsor an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Road, in Decatur. Parents are asked to bring the child’s shot record. Participants must be VFC eligible.

JP OFFICES CLOSED – Justice of the peace offices in Precincts 2 and 4 will close early today and will remain closed through Friday for training. The Precinct 2 office in Decatur will close at 11 a.m., and the Precinct 4 office will close at noon.

SNAKE ENCOUNTERS – Daryl Sprout with Snake Encounters will introduce his creepy reptilian friends to the Bridgeport Public Library’s summer readers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the community center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave. The program is free and open to the public. For information, call the library at 940-683-3450.

MOTHER-SON POOL PARTY – All mothers and sons are invited to the 2nd Annual Ice Cream and Pool Party at the Bridgeport City Pool 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. There will be swimming, games, giveaways and ice cream. The theme is superheroes, and tickets are $10 per couple. Each additional son is $5. For information, call 940-683-3480 or 940-683-4344.

DEDICATION POSTPONED – The dedication of a historical marker for the Dallas Pacific and Southeastern Railroad on County Road 3555 that was scheduled for Sunday, July 13, has been postponed until Sept. 7.

BIKE RALLY – The 2nd Annual Eighter from Decatur Bicycle Rally is Aug. 2, starting at Decatur Airport. Register early at active.com or by calling 940-626-3006. On-site registration is 7 a.m. the day of the ride, which starts at 8. There will be 8-, 25- and 55-mile rides with free lunch for riders. Cost is $5 for non-riders. Proceeds benefit Raquel’s Wings for Life. Sponsorships are still available. Call 940-626-3006 or email awallace@wiseec.com for information.

MEMORIAL service for Doris Ann Crawley Culpepper, 83, is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

MEMORIAL service for Gurtha Louside (Craft) Wilson, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Clifton Garland Linthicum, 83, of White Settlement and Millie Rutter, 71, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Alfredo Inguanzo, 59, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Stephen Ince, 22, of Lake Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Pentacost in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home.

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