Update for Friday, June 15, 2018


5 HURT IN NEW FAIRVIEW WRECK – Five people were transported to area hospitals from a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 407 just east of the BNSF railroad tracks near the Dollar General in New Fairview Thursday morning. Department of Public Safety Trooper David Marcoux said an eastbound silver Ford pickup driven by Tyler Raby, 21, of Bridgeport struck a red Ford driven by Joshua Gomez, 27, of Decatur, which had slowed for traffic, from behind and forced it into the westbound lane. Gomez’ truck was then hit by a westbound SUV driven by Daisy Gonzalez, 27, of Rhome. Gonzalez and a child passenger were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur. Two other children that were passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. All the children were under 10 years of age. Gomez was transported to Medical City Denton. Raby was uninjured. Marcoux said none of the injuries were life threatening. Raby was cited for failure to control speed. Gomez received a citation for no driver’s license. The accident closed FM 407 for much of the morning. Traffic was diverted onto Pioneer Road and FM 2264.

DECATUR ISD TRUSTEES TO MEET MONDAY – A week after holding a seven-hour closed session, Decatur ISD trustees will meet again Monday and discuss the employment and duties of superintendent Judi Whitis. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with public forum. The board will allot up to 45 minutes for public input and speakers will be limited to five minutes. Speakers are asked to fill out a form five minutes prior to the meeting. Trustees moved the closed session from the start of the meeting to the end of the meeting. Trustees will meet with district attorney Paige Kyle with Walsh Gallegos. “We will be still discussing some items that came out of last meeting,” said School Board President Wade Watson.

RHOME HIRES CITY ADMINISTRATOR – Rhome City Council appointed Joe Ashton city administrator Thursday. Ashton currently works for the city of Forest Hill as a city planner. His start date has not yet been set.

CITY HALL CLOSURE – Bridgeport City Hall will be closed on Monday for computer software training. If you need to make a payment, use the night drop box or come back on Tuesday, June 19. If you need immediate assistance during this time, call the Bridgeport Police Department at 940-683-3430.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democratic Party will temporarily move their monthly social this month to June 22 and 23 at the Forth Worth Convention Center so the group can attend the Texas Democratic Party State Convention. Contact Janet Amos at wisedemocrats@gmail.com.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale are available today for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program continues its Friday distribution at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Bridgeport Elementary School parking lot 10:30-11:00 a.m., Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are as follows: Chico First United Methodist Church 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Wise County Market is hosting the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection low-cost vaccination clinic from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The market is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with local produce, arts and crafts and food trucks.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Decatur is Saturday. A parade will take place at 11 a.m. in downtown Decatur. A block party featuring a bounce house and barbecue will be held at 2 p.m. at Louida Willis Park. Call 940-799-1077.

BASEBALL CAMP – Decatur High School is hosting a baseball camp for boys in grades first through ninth June 18-21 from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Decatur baseball field. Pre-registration is $70. It is $80 at the camp. Checks should be made payable to Tommy Maddox. Group and individual instruction will be given by Decatur staff as well as alumni, collegiate players and other local coaches. Instruction will be given on pitching, relays, base running and bunting. Each boy must have his own bat, glove and helmet.

MOBILE SCRUB SALE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a mobile scrub sale 7 a.m.-3 p.m. today in the lobby of the hospital. The auxiliary will get 20 percent of the proceeds, which will be used to purchase hospital equipment.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Dale Ray Childers, 62, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marita Marney, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with a private family burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Herman William Conway, 70, of Forestburg is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Forestburg with burial at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Fred Stockdale, 84, of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. June 29 at the Decatur Conference Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites with visitation to follow.

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5 transported from wreck on FM 407


Five people were transported to area hospitals from a three-vehicle accident on Farm Road 407 just east of the BNSF railroad tracks near the Dollar General in New Fairview Thursday morning.
Department of Public Safety Trooper David Marcoux said an eastbound silver Ford pickup driven by Tyler Raby, 21, of Bridgeport struck a red Ford driven by Joshua Gomez, 27, of Decatur, which had slowed for traffic, from behind and forced it into the westbound lane. Gomez’ truck was then hit by a westbound SUV driven by Daisy Gonzalez, 27, of Rhome.
Gonzalez and a child passenger were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur. Two other children that were passengers in the vehicle were transported by ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. All the children were under 10 years of age.
Gomez was transported to Medical City Denton.
Raby was uninjured.
Marcoux said none of the injuries were life threatening.
Raby was cited for failure to control speed. Gomez received a citation for no driver’s license.
The accident closed FM 407 for much of the morning. Traffic was diverted onto Pioneer Road and FM 2264.

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Update for Thursday, June 14, 2018


HOME PRICES DROP – The average home price in Wise County dropped to $225,000 for the 77 properties sold from the $244,450 in April. The number of homes on the market increased from 253 in April to 260 in May, bringing the months of inventory up to 3.3 months. See a full report on the May real estate market in this weekend’s Wise County Messenger.

TRASH CARTS COMING – Residents of Decatur will soon be getting new trash carts. In April, the city council approved a request by Waste Connections of Texas to provide residents with a green poly cart for household trash. City-issued trash containers will be distributed to all residential accounts at no cost. Distribution is scheduled to begin the week of June 25. Residents will continue to use the blue poly cart for recycled items. An updated list of recyclable items will be included on the city website (www.decaturtx.org). The new green poly cart will be for household trash only.

MOBILE SCRUB SALE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary will hold a mobile scrub sale 7 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the hospital. The auxiliary will get 20 percent of the proceeds, which will be used to purchase hospital equipment.

CHICO LIBRARY SUMMER PROGRAM – The Chico Public Library will kick off its summer program for tweens and teens (ages 12 and up) 1-2 p.m. today. Participants will discuss the origins of hip-hop and create their own graffiti bookmarks. Call the Chico Public Library at 940-644-2330.

BASEBALL CAMP – Decatur High School is hosting a baseball camp for boys in grades first through ninth June 18-21 from 2-5 p.m. each day at the Decatur baseball field. Pre-registration is $70. It is $80 at the camp. Checks should be made payable to Tommy Maddox. Group and individual instruction will be given by Decatur staff as well as alumni, collegiate players and other local coaches. Instruction will be given on pitching, relays, base running and bunting. Each boy must have his own bat, glove and helmet.

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. Upcoming Mary’s Gift dates are June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, and Sept. 26. Other dates are available. Call 940-626-1329 to complete your application and schedule your appointment. The Mary’s Gift program is funded through donations to the Wise Health Foundation. Visit the Wise Health Foundation online or call 940-626-1384.

RHOME COUNCIL MEETING – Rhome City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Community Center, 261 N. School Road. Council members will take their oath of office.

FORMER POLICE CHIEF DIES – Former Decatur Police Chief Herman William Conway, 70, has died. He served as the local police chief in the mid-70s. Funeral for the Forestburg resident is 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Forestburg with burial at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

FUNERALS – Service for Harold Ray Robinson, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Dale Ray Childers, 62, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marita Marney, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with a private family burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for former Bridgeport band director Fred Stockdale, 84, is 1:30 p.m. June 29 at the Decatur Conference Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites with visitation to follow.

FUNERAL for Robert “Bob” Whatley, 83, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Wise County, is 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park with graveside service to follow at Cumby Cemetery in Chico.

FUNERAL for Christopher Lee Bolden, 59, is noon today at Alexander’s Midway Chapel in Springtown. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-noon at the funeral home.

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Update for Wednesday, June 13, 2018


COUNTY TO ALLOW FIREWORKS – Wise County commissioners Monday decided not to ban aerial fireworks. The decision came following a presentation and recommendation by Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. “Because of the limitations of the legislature, I feel like our best answer is to go with mitigation and a PR campaign [to reinforce safety],” he said. The local government code limits bans to only missiles with sticks and rockets with fins, but Powell was concerned about the possibility of the general public being confused and thinking everything was outlawed. He said that “could potentially cause more harm because of the amount of calls coming in” to dispatch, spreading resources thin. “We feel a better use of our time would be to engage in a public relations campaign for the next month, doing everything we can to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks,” he said. Commissioners unanimously approved Powell’s recommendation. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

BOYD EXPANDS PRINCIPAL’S ROLE – Boyd ISD trustees added Boyd Middle School principal to the duties of Daniel Bourgeois Monday. Bourgeois will continue to serve as the Boyd Intermediate principal, which shares a campus with the middle school. The district will add an assistant principal and additional counselor to the campus’ administration team. Trustees accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent and Boyd Middle School Principal Barbara Stice, who is leaving the district after 21 years to become the assistant director of the Wise County Special Education Coop.

CHAMBER GOLF TOURNEY – The 30th annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Father’s Day Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf Club. Registration is $100 per player on four-man teams and includes lunch, two mulligans, 25 raffle tickets and beverages on the course. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Call 940-627-3107 or email lisab@decaturtx.com.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY – 1,2,3 Play with Me returns to Chico Public Library at 11 a.m. today. Designed for infants and toddlers (0-4), this program provides children and their adults with the opportunity to socialize and learn through play. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The 19th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Decatur is Saturday. A parade will take place at 11 a.m. in downtown Decatur. A block party featuring a bounce house and barbecue will be held at 2 p.m. at Louida Willis Park. Call 940-799-1077.

BINGO – The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9644 will host Bingo Night Saturday, June 23 (originally scheduled for June 16) at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., first call at 6:30.

READING WITH DOGS – Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be at Rhome Public Library 2-3:30 p.m. today. Honey and Ava, certified by Therapy Dogs International, along with their handler, Katherine Prado, will provide a stress-free, relaxing environment for children to practice reading. Each reader is allotted 15 minutes. Call 817-636-2767. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Avenue.

FUNERALS – Service for John P. Wroe, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

FUNERAL for Harold Ray Robinson, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Dale Ray Childers, 62, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 7-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Marieta Marney, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for former Bridgeport band director Fred Stockdale, 84, is 1:30 p.m. June 29 at the Decatur Conference Center in the Chisholm Trail Suites with visitation to follow.

FUNERAL for Robert “Bob” Whatley, 83, of Wichita Falls, formerly of Wise County, is 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park with graveside service to follow at Cumby Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Christopher Lee Bolden, 59, is noon Thursday at Alexander’s Midway Chapel in Springtown. Family visitation is 11 a.m.-noon Thursday at the funeral home.

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Update for Tuesday, June 12, 2018


BALLOT WILL INCLUDE ANNEXATION ISSUE – Wise County commissioners yesterday approved the Wise Citizens for Property Rights’ Tier 2 petition. It’s the last step in an eight-month process to put the future of involuntary annexation in Wise County to a vote Nov. 6. With the passage of Senate Bill 6 in the last legislative session, cities in counties with large populations can no longer involuntarily annex land into their city limits. The bill also allows smaller counties to petition for an election to fall under a Tier 2 classification, which would prevent involuntary annexation in those counties. In Tier 2 counties, cities must receive approval from the majority of property owners in an annexation area before expanding their boundaries. Read more in this week’s All Around Wise.

SLIGHT CHANCE OF STORMS – Wise County has a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mainly between 1 and 4 p.m. Otherwise, today is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 96 degrees with heat index values as high as 101.

CHICO LIBRARY SUMMER PROGRAM – Children ages 5 to 11 are invited to the Libraries Rock summer program kickoff 11 a.m.-noon today at Chico Public Library. Participants will receive full program information, reading logs and learn about echolocation.

READING WITH DOGS – Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be at Rhome Public Library 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Honey and Ava, certified by Therapy Dogs International, along with their handler, Katherine Prado, will provide a stress-free, relaxing environment for children to practice reading. Each reader is allotted 15 minutes. Call 817-636-2767. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Avenue.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Wise County Market is hosting the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection low-cost vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with local produce, arts and crafts and food trucks.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. today at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

ALVORD SUMMER READING – Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for Wednesday will be “Music Moves Us” and will incorporate movement/dance activities. All programs are held 10-11 a.m. at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St. No admission charge.

FUNERALS – Service for John P. Wroe, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Harold Robinson, 82, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marita Marney, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Monday, June 11, 2018


ALVORD WRECK — One person was taken to the hospital following a wreck near Alvord Saturday. A person driving a Volvo on Old Decatur Road ran off the road and struck a tree. The driver was transported to Wise Health System with unknown injuries.

ARREST MADE FOLLOWING STANDOFF — A five-hour standoff between a Decatur man and police ended peacefully just after noon Friday. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said officers were called to a home in the 400 block of South Holman Street around 7 a.m. The officers were contacted by the girlfriend of the homeowner, Mark Calvert, 52. She said she’d broken up with Calvert that morning, and he’d threatened to kill himself. Officers first spoke to Calvert through the door and became concerned when he refused to open the door and speak with them. “From our standpoint, he had weapons in there and wanted to hurt himself, so we secured the area,” Hoskins said. Neighbors were evacuated and the street was blocked off. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office brought in their SWAT team and negotiators around 9 a.m. Hoskins said the negotiators talked with Calvert via cell phone and were able to persuade him to leave the house around 12:15 p.m. He was taken to Wise Health System for a psych evaluation, Hoskins said. According to Wise County Jail records, Calvert was booked into jail Saturday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

POWER OUTAGE — A large power outage was reported Saturday morning in south Wise County. According to Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley, 1,350 Rhome and Newark residents experienced a power outage due to a downed power line at U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114.

EATON WINS STATE — Northwest’s Eaton High School defeated Forney 4-1 Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock to win the 5A state championship in baseball. Several members of the team live in Wise County.

SCV MEETING — The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

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

ALVORD SUMMER READING — Alvord Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for Wednesday will be “Music Moves Us” and will incorporate movement/dance activities. All programs are held 10-11 a.m. at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St. No admission charge.

COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The group will discuss the Juneteenth Celebration scheduled for Saturday in Decatur.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL — The Decatur City Council meets at 6 p.m. today at city hall, 201 E. Walnut. The agenda includes the first reading and discussion of an ordinance that would allow the fire department to charge mitigation rates for their services rendered.

FUNERALS — Service for John P. Wroe, 93, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is 1 p.m. Saturday at The Bay Community Church in Runaway Bay. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Standoff ends after 5 hours


A five-hour standoff between a Decatur man and police ended peacefully just after noon Friday morning.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said officers were called to a home in the 400 block of South Holman Street around 7 a.m. The officers were contacted by the girlfriend of the homeowner, Mark Calvert, 52. She said she’d broken up with Calvert that morning, and he’d threatened to kill himself.

Officers first spoke to Calvert through the door and became concerned when he refused to open the door and speak with them.

“From our standpoint, he had weapons in there and wanted to hurt himself, so we secured the area,” Hoskins said.

Neighbors were evacuated and the street was blocked off. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office brought in their SWAT team and negotiators around 9 a.m. Hoskins said the negotiators talked with Calvert via cell phone and were able to persuade him to leave the house around 12:15 p.m.

“He’s being taken to Wise Health for a psych evaluation,” Hoskins said. “That psych evaluation will determine whether there will be criminal charges.”

Hoskins said the police will interview Calvert’s girlfriend to determine whether he threatened her in the course of their breakup. If he did, Hoskins said Calvert may be charged with deadly conduct or family violence.

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Update for Friday, June 8, 2018


RAINY AFTERNOON – A welcomed storm rolled through Wise County Thursday afternoon bringing beneficial rain. A total of 0.38 inches of rain was measured at Decatur Municipal Airport. Bridgeport Airport received 1.26 inches. There’s a 20 percent chance for more rain this morning. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 90s today and through the weekend.

SALES TAX RECEIPTS INCREASE – The June report from the Texas Comptroller showed an increase in April sales tax revenue in Wise County and seven cities in the county. The county’s revenue was up 18.9 percent compared to April 2017. Decatur brought in 12.23 percent more. Find a full story on the sales tax receipts in this weekend’s Messenger.

ALL-NIGHT RIDE – Northwest OHV Park, along with Bridgeport Parks and Recreation, is hosting an all-night ride Saturday into Sunday, a twist on their usual off-road fare. The park will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and remain open until 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is the daily fee, plus $15 to stay Saturday night and Sunday. The park is at 2914 S. State Highway 101 in Bridgeport.

BALLET PERFORMANCE – “Cinderella and the Glass Slipper” will be performed by the dancers of Wise Ballet and Music Academy at the Decatur High School Theater this weekend. More than 100 dancers, ages 3 to adult, will take to the stage in two performances – 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Box Office will present the movie “Deep” Friday at Bridgeport City Pool. Pool admission is required, and concessions are available for purchase. The pool opens at noon, and the movie will start at dusk. Call 940-683-3480.

KIDS FISHING DERBY – The Kids All-American Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club and the U.S. Forest Service, is June 9 at Black Creek Lake on the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and fishing is 8-11. There are three age groups: 1-7 years old, 8-12, and 13-17. Prizes will be awarded in each division for largest fish, most fish and smallest fish. It’s a catch-and-release derby.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program continues its Friday distribution at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Bridgeport Elementary School parking lot 10:30-11:00 a.m., Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico First United Methodist Church 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery. Call Jesse Pierrard at 817-846-5893.

SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare is having a blood drive 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. The Carter bus will be in the parking lot at the south end of the building. Call 940-627-1912.

PANHELLENIC SOCIETY – An informational brunch for the Wise County Panhellenic sorority alumnae will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Harvest Moon Farm, 2442 Preskitt Road in Decatur. All Wise County area college ladies who are interested in learning more about sorority recruitment (rush) and college Greek life are invited to attend. For information, contact Sally Rieger, 940-393-3293 or Robin Miller, 940-453-2586.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare is having a blood drive 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. The Carter bus will be in the parking lot at the south end of the building. Call 940-627-1912.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 is hosting its quarterly breakfast Saturday. Sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, jelly, coffee and milk will be served 7-9 a.m. Donations will be accepted.

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY – The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Economic Development and Vyve Broadband will hold a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate faster Internet speeds up to 200 mbps in areas of Bridgeport at 9 a.m. Friday at 1111 Stevens St. Call the city at 940-683-3400.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower campers and helpers will meet at Fit-N-Wise at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a swim party with pizza to follow. Campers and volunteers need to bring their waivers. A table will be set up outside Fit-N-Wise for campers and helpers who have not filled in their waivers.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Registration for Alvord Youth Football will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday and 8-11 a.m. June 23 at the Alvord Elementary practice field. The cost is $125. Call Tracy, 940-393-5316.

SCIENCE EXHIBIT – The Trailblazer, a traveling science exhibit with hands-on activities centered on energy, aerodynamics, space, weather and biotechnology, will be at the Rhome Public Library 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. The free activities are suitable for third through eighth graders, but all ages are welcome. Call 817-636-2767 or visit rhomepubliclibrary.org. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Ave.

FUNERALS – Service for Laquita Lambert, 76, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Wilson, 86, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Fred Stockdale, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for John Wroe, 93, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Thursday, June 7, 2018


ARMSTRONG SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS FOR EVADING – A Wise County jury Wednesday morning found David Armstrong, 32, of Bridgeport guilty of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. District Judge Brock Smith then heard evidence in the punishment phase of the trial and sentenced Armstrong to 50 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Due to prior felony convictions, Armstrong faced a punishment range of 25 years to life in prison. Smith did find that the vehicle Armstrong was driving during the offense was used as a deadly weapon, meaning he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. The jury deliberated less than five minutes before returning their guilty verdict. Armstrong led officers on a high speed chase on U.S. 81/287 and into a residential Decatur neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2016. Two Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Mike Neagle and James Mayo, were seriously injured in a crash during the pursuit. Both gave emotional testimony about the crash during the punishment phase of the trial. This is Armstrong’s ninth felony conviction.

MASONIC LODGE BREAKFAST – The Greenwood Masonic Lodge No. 779 is hosting its quarterly breakfast Saturday. Sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, jelly, coffee and milk will be served 7-9 a.m. Donations will be accepted.

GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY – The City of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Economic Development and Vyve Broadband will hold a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate faster Internet speeds up to 200 mbps in areas of Bridgeport at 9 a.m. Friday at 1111 Stevens St. Call the city at 940-683-3400.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower campers and helpers will meet at Fit-N-Wise at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a swim party with pizza to follow. Campers and volunteers need to bring their waivers. A table will be set up outside Fit-N-Wise for campers and helpers who have not filled in their waivers.

YOUTH FOOTBALL – Registration for Alvord Youth Football will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday and 8-11 a.m. June 23 at the Alvord Elementary practice field. The cost is $125. Call Tracy, 940-393-5316.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The group will discuss the Juneteenth Celebration scheduled for June 16 in Decatur.

FOOD DRIVE – CenturyLink had kicked off its 10th annual food drive, which ends June 15. During that time, the company will be accepting online donations for local food banks, including the Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur. Once the campaign is complete, CenturyLink will match dollar for dollar up to $1 million. The website to donate is www.centurylink.com/fooddrive.

SCIENCE EXHIBIT – The Trailblazer, a traveling science exhibit with hands-on activities centered on energy, aerodynamics, space, weather and biotechnology, will be at the Rhome Public Library 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. The free activities are suitable for third through eighth graders, but all ages are welcome. Call 817-636-2767 or visit rhomepubliclibrary.org. The library is at 265 West B.C. Rhome Ave.

FUNERALS – Service for Laquita Lambert, 76, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Wilson, 86, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Betty M. Oates, 72, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery.

SERVICE for Travis Downs, 30, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Armstrong sentenced to 50 years for evading arrest


A Wise County jury Wednesday morning found David Armstrong, 32, of Bridgeport guilty of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. District Judge Brock Smith then heard evidence in the punishment phase of the trial and sentenced Armstrong to 50 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Due to prior felony convictions, Armstrong faced a punishment range of  25 years to life in prison. Smith did find that the vehicle Armstrong was driving during the offense was used as a deadly weapon, meaning he must serve at least half of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole. The jury deliberated less than five minutes before returning their guilty verdict. Armstrong led officers on a high speed chase on U.S. 81/287 and into a residential neighborhood on Dec. 8, 2016. Two Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Mike Neagle and James Mayo, were seriously injured in a crash during the pursuit. Both gave emotional testimony about the crash during the punishment phase of the trial. This is Armstrong’s ninth felony conviction.

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Update for Wednesday, June 6, 2018


NO ACTION AFTER MARATHON MEETING – After spending seven hours behind closed doors overnight, Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis. School Board President Wade Watson made the announcement at 1:15 a.m. after trustees left their private chambers. Watson released the following statement on the matter: “The board received a great deal of information and input during our meeting this evening. This material should be carefully considered prior to taking any formal action on the item reflected on tonight’s agenda. In an effort to make decisions in the best interest of all parties involved, we ask that the community and district stakeholders afford us time to consider all of the data brought to our attention prior to revisiting this matter at a later meeting.” Trustees are scheduled to meet again June 18. With no action, there is no change to Whitis’ employment with the district. No light was shed on what prompted the meeting. Trustees met with attorneys while in closed session for approximately 30 minutes and then continued discussions for several more hours.

BOYD APPOINTS COUNCIL MEMBER – Ashley Frisinger was appointed to Place 1 on Boyd City Council Monday. Place 1 was left vacant after no one applied to run for the position in the May election.

DIVE-IN MOVIE – Bridgeport Box Office will present the movie “Deep” Friday at Bridgeport City Pool. Pool admission is required, and concessions are available for purchase. The pool opens at noon, and the movie will start at dusk. Call 940-683-3480.

KIDS FISHING DERBY – The Kids All-American Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club and the U.S. Forest Service, is June 9 at Black Creek Lake on the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and fishing is 8-11. There are three age groups: 1-7 years old, 8-12, and 13-17. Prizes will be awarded in each division for largest fish, most fish and smallest fish. It’s a catch-and-release derby.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery. Call Jesse Pierrard at 817-846-5893.

SWEETWATER HOMECOMING – The Sweetwater Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. Preaching is at 11, lunch at noon followed by the business meeting.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare is having a blood drive 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. The Carter bus will be in the parking lot at the south end of the building. Call 940-627-1912.

FAN DRIVE – Decatur Medical Lodge is hosting a fan drive throughout June benefiting Wise County Meals on Wheels. Drop off any table top fan at the facility during the month of June at 701 W. Bennett Road.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Geneva Lahue, 90, of Paradise will be held in Arkansas at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Fred Stockdale, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Wilson, 86, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Betty M. Oates, 72, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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DISD trustees take no action on superintendent contract


After spending seven hours behind closed doors, Decatur ISD trustees took no action on the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.
School Board President Wade Watson made the announcement at 1:15 a.m. after trustees left their private chambers.
Watson released the following statement on the matter: “The board received a great deal of information and input during our meeting this evening. This material should be carefully considered prior to taking any formal action on the item reflected on tonight’s agenda. In an effort to make decisions in the best interest of all parties involved, we ask that the community and district stakeholders afford us time to consider all of the data brought to our attention prior to revisiting this matter at a later meeting.”
Trustees are scheduled to meet again June 18. Watson said no special meetings are planned. He also said he could not say more than his statement at this time.
With no action, there is no change to Whitis’ employment with the district. No light was shed on what prompted the meeting.
Trustees met with attorneys while in closed session for approximately 30 minutes and then continued discussions for several more hours.
Whitis arrived in Decatur in July 2017 to replace the retiring Rod Townsend. She previously served as the superintendent at Valley Mills ISD. She also had a tenure as the superintendent at Fort Davis.
In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise. With the raise effective March 1, her annual salary is $158,000.

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Update for Tuesday, June 5, 2018


MAY WEATHER – We finished the month of May much drier than normal, but we did not set a record. Decatur received 2.2 inches of rain last month, more than 3 inches below normal for what is typically the wettest month of the year. Temperatures for the month were well above normal, with an average high temperature of 88 degrees. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 97 on May 26 to a low of 51 on May 6.

RAINFALL REPORT – Yesterday’s rainfall included .09 of an inch in Bridgeport and .07 in Decatur.

ARMSTRONG ARRAIGNMENT – Johnny Ray Armstrong entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment on a murder charge yesterday. Armstrong, 37, was indicted last month for the murder of 20-year-old Bridgeport resident Ruben Dunlap earlier this year. Members of Dunlap’s family attended the brief court proceeding in Decatur wearing matching shirts and holding up a photo of Dunlap.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive, the old Fit-N-Wise. This month will feature a guest speaker.

STEM CAMP – Northwest ISD offers all students the opportunity to cultivate their creativity through fun, hands-on experiences at the STEM based TechnoCamp 2018. Among the many camps for kindergarten through eighth grade are drone, MakerSpace, robotics, Raspberry Pi and MakeyMakey. Information and registration can be found at technocamp.nisdtx.org.

PANHELLENIC SOCIETY – An informational brunch for the Wise County Panhellenic sorority alumnae will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Harvest Moon Farm, 2442 Preskitt Road in Decatur. All Wise County area college ladies who are interested in learning more about sorority recruitment (rush) and college Greek life are invited to attend. For information, contact Sally Rieger, 940-393-3293 or Robin Miller, 940-453-2586.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive at James Wood Motors 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today.

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

BOARD TO DISCUSS SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT – Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. today to evaluate the performance and discuss the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Mark Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. next Monday at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Betty M. Oates, 72, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Geneva Lahue, 90, of Paradise will be held in Arkansas at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Betty A. Wilson, 86, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Update for Monday, June 4, 2018


3 HURT IN BOONSVILLE WRECK – Two men and a child were transported by ambulance from a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Farm Road 920 at County Road 3852 Saturday afternoon south of Boonsville. A Ford pickup truck driven by Ricky Pressley, 41, of Poolville, was traveling northbound on FM 920 and attempted to turn left onto CR 3852 shortly after 2:30 p.m. Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Pressley failed to yield the right of way to a southbound Ford Ranger driven by Charlie Hanks, 22, and was struck. Hank’s truck rolled over and came to rest in the ditch. Hanks suffered lacerations to his head and arm. An 18-month girl in a car seat suffered minor injuries. Pressley suffered a wrist injury. All were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. FM 920 was shut down in both directions until shortly after 4 p.m. Traffic was diverted onto CR 3852.

FATAL WRECK VICTIMS IDENTIFIED – Crash investigators have released the names of the father and son killed in a Thursday crash on Texas 114 near Bridgeport. Bobby Slaughter, 43, and his son, Bobby Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport were killed when the Chevrolet pickup they were in crossed the center line and struck a Dodge pickup driven by Moises Pina, 61, of Fort Worth. The Slaughters both died at the scene while Pina was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The wreck happened at the Trinity River bridge just east of the Bridgeport city limits Thursday around 7:45 p.m. A memorial service for both Slaughters is 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

BOARD TO DISCUSS SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT – Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to evaluate the performance and discuss the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis. The meeting was posted Friday afternoon with the items under closed session – superintendent goals, objectives and duties; superintendent performance and evaluation; and superintendent contract. The lone item listed after executive session is “consider action regarding the superintendent’s contract including but not limited to any necessary administrative action by the board.” In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise.

RAINY MORNING – Light rain was falling in Decatur as Update was going to press. This evening’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of more rain. Today’s high is expected to be 86 degrees.

CAMP CHANGES – Due to heat and ozone warnings, Sonflower Camp will be held indoors at Crossroads Church in Decatur 9 a.m.-noon today through Wednesday. Swim day is 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at Fit-N-Wise. Campers and helpers can register at sonflowercamp.com.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will hold a blood drive at James Wood Motors 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday.

ALZHEIMER’S 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.

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.

FUNERALS – Service for Linda Gamble, 70, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Mark “Quick Draw” Woods, 62, of Chico is 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kenneth Pietranski, 65, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Bobby Dee Slaughter Sr., 43, and Bobby Dee Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Geneva M. Lahue, 90, of Paradise will be held in Arkansas at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jeff Milacek, son of Buck Milacek, is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sycamore Cemetery.

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Three transported from wreck near Boonsville


Two men and a child were transported by ambulance from a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Farm Road 920 at County Road 3852 Saturday afternoon south of Boonsville.
A Ford pickup truck driven by Ricky Pressley, 41, of Poolville, was traveling northbound on FM 920 and attempted to turn left onto CR 3852 shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said Pressley failed to yield the right of way to a southbound Ford Ranger driven by Charlie Hanks, 22, and was struck. Hank’s truck rolled over and came to rest in the ditch.
Hanks suffered lacerations to his head and arm. An 18-month girl in a car seat suffered minor injuries.
Pressley suffered a wrist injury.
All were taken to Wise Health System in Decatur.
FM 920 was shut down in both directions until shortly after 4 p.m. Traffic was diverted onto CR 3852.

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Fatal wreck victims identified as father and son


Crash investigators have released the names of the father and son killed in a Thursday crash on Texas 114 near Bridgeport. Bobby Slaughter, 43, and his son, Bobby Slaughter Jr., 15, of Bridgeport were killed when the Chevrolet pickup they were in crossed the center line and struck a Dodge pickup driven by Moises Pina, 61, of Fort Worth. The Slaughters both died at the scene while Pina was taken to Wise Health System in Decatur. The wreck happened at the Trinity River bridge just east of the Bridgeport city limits Thursday around 7:45 p.m.  A memorial service for both Slaughters is 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the Unified Body of Christ in Paradise. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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DISD trustees to discuss superintendent’s contract


Decatur ISD trustees have called a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday to evaluate the performance and discuss the contract of superintendent Judi Whitis.
The meeting was posted Friday afternoon with the items under closed session — superintendent goals, objectives and duties; superintendent performance and evaluation; and superintendent contract.
The lone item listed after executive session is “consider action regarding the superintendent’s contract including but not limited to any necessary administrative action by the board.”
Decatur ISD School Board President Wade Watson confirmed that along with goals and objectives, action regarding the superintendent’s contract would be discussed.
He said a statement would be given after the meeting.
The meeting was set for Tuesday to ensure all board members could attend.
Whitis arrived in Decatur in July 2017 to replace the retiring Rod Townsend. She previously served as the superintendent at Valley Mills ISD. She also had a tenure as the superintendent at Fort Davis.
In February, trustees gave a unanimous approval of her performance. Trustees added a year to Whitis’ contract that will run through July 30, 2021, and gave her a $3,000 raise. With the raise effective March 1, her annual salary is $158,000.

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Update for Friday, June 1, 2018


A DPS trooper looks over one of the two pickup trucks involved in a wreck near Bridgeport Thursday. The occupants of the second vehicle, not pictured, were killed. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

2 CRASHES, 2 KILLED, ON TEXAS 114 – Two wrecks that happened within an hour and a couple of miles of each other Thursday evening killed two people and sent another seven to area hospitals. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said the first wreck happened around 7:45 p.m. on Texas 114 just east of Bridgeport. Preliminary information indicates a Chevrolet pickup was traveling west on Texas 114 when for an as yet undetermined reason, the pickup crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck an eastbound Dodge pickup. The driver and passenger in the Chevrolet, who have not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Wise Health System in Decatur with unknown injuries. The second crash happened on Texas 114 near County Road 3332 around 8:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped due to the fatal crash. An eastbound passenger car was approaching the stopped traffic and for an as yet undetermined reason, the driver did not see the stopped traffic. The passenger car struck a Honda SUV which in turn hit a Chevrolet HHR. The driver of the passenger car sustained minor injuries. There were five children in the passenger car of various ages. One was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by air ambulance with serious injuries, and a second was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center by ground ambulance with serious injuries. The three remaining children were taken to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries, and the driver of the Chevrolet was transported to Wise Health System with unknown injuries. Both crashes are under investigation.

A second accident in Texas 114 injured five children and one adult. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

HEAT WAVE – After an expected high of 98 degrees with heat index values as high as 103 today, Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures reaching 100 with heat values as high as 105. There is a slight chance of rain Saturday night.

NORTHWEST GRADUATION – Northwest High School will hold graduation 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of North Texas Coliseum in Denton.

KID FISHING EVENT – The Texas Game Wardens will hold their annual Kid Fish event as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s free fishing day at Wise County Park Saturday. Registration starts at 8 a.m. A limited number of free rods and reels will be available. Local game wardens and fishing guides will assist kids fishing. Adults and children will not need a fishing license for the day.

GENEALOGY CLASS – Genealogy expert Patti Gillespie will teach a free six-week class on getting started with genealogy research. Classes meet Mondays, June 4-July 11, at 6 p.m. Registration is required. To register, call the library at 940-393-0290, stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South, or complete the online form at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

PBR THIS WEEKEND – The JW Hart PBR Challenge with WC Challenger Charities is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Silvano Alves, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira and Cody Campbell are among the riders expected to participate. Buy tickets online at wcchallenger.org or call 1-800-514-3849.

GREENWOOD HOMECOMING – The Greenwood Homecoming Association’s annual homecoming reunion luncheon is at noon June 3 at the Greenwood Firehall. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish and/or dessert. The Greenwood Homecoming Association will provide tea and water.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin today at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico First United Methodist Church 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

COMMUNITY MARKET – The Decatur Community Market will open 8 a.m. Saturday with produce from local farmers. It will feature eggs, meat, jelly/jams, pickles, baked goods, tamales and artisan items and $5 off coupons to the Texas Coalition of Animal Protection Vaccination Clinic 10 a.m.-noon June 16 at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

FFA PLANT SALE – The remaining plants and flowers from the Decatur FFA sale are available for purchase at Sam’s Hairquarters, 403 S. Washburn in Decatur.

YARD SALE FUNDRAISER – HighPoint Athletics will hold a fundraiser yard sale today and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. each morning at 736 Old Reunion Road in Decatur to raise money for the athletes to compete at their national competition in Reno, Nev., in July.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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2 major wrecks shut down Texas 114


A DPS trooper looks over one of the two pickup trucks involved in a wreck near Bridgeport Thursday. The occupants of the second vehicle, not pictured, were killed. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Two unrelated wrecks, including one that killed two people, had Texas 114 shut down in two places between Bridgeport and Paradise Thursday evening. The first wreck happened around 7:40 p.m. when two pickups were involved in a head-on collision on Texas 114 at the Trinity River bridge just outside the Bridgeport city limits. Two people in one of the vehicles were killed. The condition of the second driver was unknown. No other information was immediately available. The second wreck happened around 8:30 p.m. within a couple of miles east of the first wreck on Texas 114 near County Road 3332. Multiple children were injured in that wreck. One child was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and at least two other children were transported by ground ambulance to the same hospital. More information on both wrecks will be posted when it is available.

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Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018


CRIME FIGHTERS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has joined with six other local counties to form the North Texas Sheriff’s Criminal Interdiction Unit. At a press conference Wednesday in McKinney, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner explained that the seven sheriffs came together to form a plan to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics and human trafficking victims being transported on highways and interstates in North Texas. The NTXCIU began operating last December and has seized $60,000 of hidden currency, 1,479 pounds of marijuana, 5 pounds of cocaine, 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 9 pounds of heroin, 1/2 pound of fentanyl, 13 pounds of THC products, 8 stolen vehicles and 4 automatic weapons. The deputies also arrested two fugitives wanted for murder and recovered two missing children, including one in Wise County. NTXCIU includes deputies from Wise, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties.

SCHOOL SAFETY – Superintendents at multiple Wise County school districts were encouraged by the security plan announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday. Abbott’s plan included proposals for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening school security and providing mental health evaluations to identify students at risk of harming others. Abbott also suggested a “red flag law” that would allow law enforcement, family members, school employees or a district attorney to file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person. See full story in the weekend Messenger.

FEEDING WISE KIDS – The Feeding Wise Kids summer feeding program will begin Friday at the following locations and times: (Boyd) First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Bridgeport) Cates Street Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First Baptist Church 10:30-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church 10:30-11 a.m., Presbyterian Church 10:30-11 a.m.; (Slidell) Slidell High School 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations and times are: as follows: Chico 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Chisholm Trail Middle School and Seven Hills Elementary in Rhome on Thursdays.

FOOD PANTRY OPEN SATURDAY – The Decatur Cares mobile food pantry will be in the parking lot of the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 309 S. Cates St., 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday. It’s open to anyone in the community who needs help with groceries. The 18-wheeler full of food comes to Decatur the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

CAMP CHANGES – Due to heat and ozone warnings, Sonflower Camp will be held indoors at Crossroads Church in Decatur 9 a.m.-noon June 4, 5 and 6. Swim day is 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 8 at Fit-N-Wise. Campers and helpers can register at sonflowercamp.com.

CRUISE NIGHTS – Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $15 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER – The Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser 5-9 p.m. Saturday. It will include a barbecue plate, hamburger or hot dog with chips and tea, a raffle for a custom built smoker and trailer, silent auction, music by Diamond Duo, bounce house and a visit from a helicopter.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – River of Life Cowboy Church in Bridgeport will hold a bake sale/car wash/rummage sale to raise money for youth camp 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2337 W. U.S. 380.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – The Garvin Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10 at the cemetery. Call Jesse Pierrard at 817-846-5893.

YOUTH HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC – The Wise County 4-H Horse Club will have a summer horsemanship clinic taught by Texas A&M University students June 9-10 in Decatur. Registration deadline is June 1. Contact Haley Shurden, 940-393-1685 or haleylemaster@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Harold Sarchet, 90, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hilltop Assembly of God in Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Samuel Lewis Frankenfield, 96, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

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