Thursday, May 26, 2016


NCTCOG RELEASES POPULATION ESTIMATES – The North Central Texas Council of Governments recently released 2016 population estimates, and the Wise County community showing the most growth was Boyd. The estimated population on Jan. 1 was 1,350, a 3.8 percent increase from Jan. 1, 2015. The city of Aurora, with an estimated population of 1,380, showed a 3 percent increase, while New Fairview came in at 2.1 percent. Its estimated population is 1,440. The city of Decatur’s estimated population is 6,490, a 1.6 percent increase from last year. Bridgeport increased .3 percent from 6,080 to 6,100. The city of Runaway Bay grew an estimated 1.5 percent and Newark  was up 1 percent, while Rhome, Chico and Alvord remained flat. Wise County’s population was estimated at 62,240, a .4 percent increase from last year’s estimate of 61,970. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STATE ACADEMIC AWARDS – Junior Avery Caddell of Paradise won Class 3A headline writing at the UIL academic state meet in Austin this week. He was also Tops in Texas, an award given to the top headline writer of all six classes. Senior Shelby Vanover of Slidell won Class A computer science, and teammate Sarah Beaver placed fourth in the contest. Slidell placed first as a team in computer science. Beaver placed second in computer applications and number sense, while Vanover took second in ready writing. Shelby Johnson of Slidell placed third in persuasive speaking, and Mason Maynard took fourth in computer applications. Taylor Davis placed fifth in poetry interpretation. Austin Richey of Chico placed second in Class 2A computer applications, and Mickey Drewry won fifth in Class 4A headline writing. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

ART EXHIBIT – The Wise County Art Association is having a show featuring the work of Marie James through today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAMS – Rhome veterans are having a Memorial Day ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rhome Veterans Park at the corner of 2nd Street and Virginia Lane. Memorial bricks for the park will be for sale. Alvord Area Veterans will hold a Memorial Day program at the Alvord Veterans Park at Elm Park 10 a.m. Monday. Call Don Hill, 817-888-7830. The Wise County Veterans Group annual Memorial Day program is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Wise County Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. Guest speaker is Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton.

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

BRIDGEPORT GRADUATION DAY – Bridgeport High School graduation is 7 tonight at the University of North Texas in Denton.

JOB FAIR – Weatherford College Wise County is having a job fair noon to 2 p.m. today. They are filling positions for full- and part-time general education faculty members for all campuses.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. The group educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Tommy Attaway, former Army captain and author of “We Defy!” will speak about the history and relationship between the 2nd Amendment and the militia system in Texas. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Betty Williams, 93, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. today at the Childress Cemetery in Childress.

FUNERAL for Eva Read, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Jeremiah Martinez, 35, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center.

MEMORIAL service for Fred Wesley Baxter is 2 p.m. Saturday at Chico Cemetery.

MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


CENTER FOR THE ARTS MEETING – Bridgeport sculptor Ann Ayers and the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. have called an interest meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday to get a “show of hands” of supporters for a proposed Wise County Center for the Arts. The meeting will be held at Bridgeport EDC, 608 13th St. Ayers said her vision is for a studio and art gallery, a building where artists from in and out-of-county can visit to teach classes while pieces from local artists are sold for revenue. A full story is featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

CANCER SURVIVOR DAY – The Cancer Center at Wise Health System will host Cancer Survivor Day at the Decatur Civic Center 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers, friends and family, are invited.

VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP – A Veterans Support Group for those suffering from PTSD, TBI or MST will be offered 5 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month beginning May 26 at the Helen Farabee Center, 1515 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Contact Karen Self, veterans peer facilitator, at 940-696-6278.

BAKE SALE – Decatur 4-H Club is having a bake sale 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at First State Bank in Decatur. Proceeds benefit Eli’s Fund, which assists active duty service men and women, medically retired veterans service animals and retired military animals. It’s a charity the Texas State 4-H Council has chosen to support in 2015-16.

LUNCH FUNDRAISER – The Boonsville Community Center Lunch Bunch will have their annual fundraiser luncheon noon today at the community center on Farm Road 920. Call Ann Henderson, 940-748-2258.

FOOD HANDLERS COURSE – A two-hour food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is 2 p.m. today at the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. To register, call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings today for eligible women. Call 940-626-1384 for an appointment.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Speaker this month will be Evault Boswell of Greenville, who has written several books about events that occurred during the Civil War. Lunch will be served, so RSVP by 3 p.m. today.

GRADUATION SECTION – The midweek Messenger and All Around Wise features a 26-page special section on our local high school graduates. The paper is on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Betty Williams, 93, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Childress Cemetery in Childress. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jeremiah Martinez, 35, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center.

MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Eva Read, 60, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


ELECTION DAY – Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today for the primary runoff elections. Voters should be aware of consolidated voting locations that may be different from the primary. Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 22 will vote at Decatur City Hall; Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19 will vote at Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur; Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 will vote at Bridgeport Lions Hall; and Precincts 20, 23, 24, 25 and 27 will vote at the Boyd Community Center.

STRUCTURE FIRE – A fire in a garage on Private Road 1169, located off Farm Road 1810 west of the U.S. 81/287 intersection, produced smoke visible for several miles yesterday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze. Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said an occupant heard a loud pop before discovering the fire. Decatur and Chico Fire Departments responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m.

NORTHWEST ELECTS NEW BOARD PRESIDENT – At yesterday’s Northwest School Board meeting, Mark Schluter was appointed new school board President; Judy Copp vice president; and Anne Davis-Simpson secretary. Trustees also approved a 2 percent raise from the midpoint for employees and starting teacher salary of $52,000.

SCHOOL TOUR/MEETING – Bridgeport ISD Kindergarten Dual Language Enrichment Program will hold a campus tour and informational meeting 5:30 tonight. All parents with an incoming kindergarten student who are interested in their child being in the Two Way Dual Language Program are invited. The meeting will follow the tour. Call Bridgeport Elementary School at 940-683-5955.

FOOD HANDLERS COURSE – A two-hour food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Wise County’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands” is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance. To register, call 940-627-3341. Space is limited.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Health System is offering free mammogram screenings Wednesday for eligible women. Call 940-626-1384 for an appointment.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Speaker this month will be Evault Boswell of Greenville, who has written several books about events that occurred during the Civil War. Lunch will be served, so RSVP by 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The East Side Alumni’s 17th Annual Juneteenth Celebration is June 18 with a parade in downtown Decatur at 11 a.m. and a block party at Louida Willis Park in Decatur at 1 p.m. To participate in the parade, call 940-627-9082.

CASA INFO SESSION – Those interested in becoming an advocate/volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties are invited to information session noon-1 p.m. today at Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant, 202 Main St. in Paradise. You will learn more about the role of a CASA advocate/volunteer and training needed. RSVP at 940-627-7535.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jeremiah Martinez, 35, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center.

SERVICE for Shirley Joann “Mommy-o” Taylor, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today in the Chapel at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Williams, 93, of Fort Worth, formerly of Bridgeport, is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Childress Cemetery in Childress. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Eva Read, 60, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Monday, May 23, 2016


MARLETT PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER – Jeremy Wade Marlett, 35, of Chico pleaded guilty Friday in 271st District Court in Wise County to the murder of Lawrence Roy Roberts, 58, also of Chico. According to his plea agreement, he was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the first degree felony offense. He also pleaded guilty to arson, also a first degree felony, and received a 50-year sentence. Investigators believe Marlett shot Roberts May 21, 2015, at a home at 1122 Farm Road 2952 southwest of Chico and then set fire to the home. Marlett must serve at least 15 years of his 30-year sentence on the murder charge before he becomes eligible for parole. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

MORNING STORMS, MORE POSSIBLE LATER – A thunderstorm brought heavy rain to Wise County this morning. Rainfall totals included 1 inch in Greenwood, 0.9 in Alvord, 0.44 in Decatur and 0.06 in Bridgeport. There is a 40 percent chance of more storms overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

DECATUR, CHICO FALL – The baseball season ended Friday for the Decatur Eagles and Chico Dragons. Decatur fell 10-5 to Godley and lost the Class 4A Region I quarterfinal series 2-0. Windthorst edged Chico 4-2 to sweep the Class 2A Region II quarterfinal series.

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTED – Chico trustees voted Thursday night to appoint retired Chico superintendent Kenneth Manning interim superintendent. Manning will serve until a permanent replacement for outgoing Superintendent Mike Jones can be found.

BOOK SALE – Rann Elementary School in Decatur will host a BOGO Bookfair (buy one, get one) 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily today through Wednesday at the school’s library. The community is invited to come shop for summer reading material.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd 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 Wise Clinicla Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

CASA INFO SESSION – Those interested in becoming an advocate/volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack Counties are invited to information session noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant, 202 Main St. in Paradise. You will learn more about the role of a CASA advocate/volunteer and training needed. RSVP at 940-627-7535.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. The group educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Tommy Attaway, former Army captain and author of “We Defy!” will speak about the history and relationship between the 2nd Amendment and the militia system in Texas. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

LUNCH FUNDRAISER – The Boonsville Community Center Lunch Bunch will have their annual fundraiser luncheon noon Wednesday at the community center on Farm Road 920. Call Ann Henderson, 940-748-2258.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 17th Annual United Way of Wise County Golf Tournament is Friday at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. The event was originally planned for April 29 but was rescheduled due to rain. Teams may still register by calling Tobi Cullop at First State Bank in Decatur, 940-627-8767.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Elizabeth Jane Rohrer, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling the arrangements.

SERVICE for Shirley Joann “Mommy-o” Taylor, 68, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel at Chancellor and Jones with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Betty Williams, 92, of Fort Worth is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jackie Cross, 63, of Newark. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Friday, May 20, 2016


EARLY VOTING ENDS – Today’s the last chance to vote early in the May 24 primary runoff elections. Wise County has three early voting locations: the Rhome Senior Citizens Building, 261 N. School Road; the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. in Bridgeport. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DECATUR, CHICO FALL IN GAME ONES – Decatur’s Bryce Elder and Godley’s Brett Brown locked up in a pitchers’ duel Thursday in game one of the 4A Region I quarterfinal series that went into eight innings. Elder allowed only three hits and struck out 10. Godley won the game in the eighth inning 2-1. The teams play again at 7:30 tonight at Fort Worth Brewer. Windthorst pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Chico 2-1 in game one of the 2A Region II quarterfinal series. The teams meet in game two at 5 tonight in Henrietta. Game three, if necessary, will follow.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd Monday. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

MAY MISSION – The Episcopal Church of Wise County’s May Mission is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Kwik Klean Laundromat, 605 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Quarters, small bottles of detergent, dryer sheets and stain sticks will be given to those in need. There will be coloring books, crayons and books to entertain the children.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Norm of the North” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk around 8:45. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

DAR LUNCH – The John B. Denton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a potluck lunch 11 a.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Meat will be provided. Bring a dish to share and a chair. If it rains, the event will be moved indoors. Call Amy Pegues, 940-577-3192.

CRAFT DAY – Mount Zion Baptist Church is having a day of crafting 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring your scrapbook, card-making supplies, crochet, needlework or any other craft you’re working on and enjoy a day of fellowship at MZ Bee. Bring your own lunch, snacks, soft drinks and water. There will be a $10 fee per person to benefit the church food pantry mission. Mount Zion is at 615 CR 1280 outside Alvord. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941 or the church, 940-627-5103.

COMMUNITY GARDEN WORK DAY – A work day will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday for a new Newark Community Garden, located in the park next to the Newark Fire Hall. Work will include painting tires, so paint will be needed. Call Sherri Taylor at 940-577-0600.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 3-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the High School Greenhouse, located on the hill behind DHS. Everything will be half price. All proceeds benefit Decatur FFA.

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

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Second Annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Golf Club. Register by contacting the Chamber at info@paradisetexaschamber.org. To sponsor the tournament or volunteer, contact Stephanie at 214-771-1148 or see7745@gmail.com.

FIRE DEPT. FUNDRAISER – The Boonsville Balsora VFD annual fundraiser is Saturday. The event will include barbecue, auction and a live band,  5-10 p.m.

FUNERALS – Service for Jack Barnard Patterson, 78, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for James “Wishbone” Flaherty, 67, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jasmin Godwin, 40, of Aurora is 6:30 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with fellowship following until 8 p.m.

MEMORIAL graveside for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handing arrangements.

SERVICE for Jackie Cross, 63, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jo Ann Caffey, 70, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at 3 p.m. in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dean Meadows of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Sue Jones, 82, of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha Davila, 52, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Elizabeth Jane Rohrer, 76, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016


ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association is having a show featuring the work of Marie James May 21-26 at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. The opening reception is 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Viewing hours Monday through Thursday are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See a related story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS – Decatur and Chico continue the baseball playoffs tonight with the opening games of region quarterfinal series. Decatur faces Godley at 7:30 at Fort Worth Brewer. Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. Friday and game 3, if necessary, is at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chico heads to Henrietta to take on Windthorst at 6 p.m. Game 2 is at 5 p.m. Friday with game 3 following.

KEEP THE UMBRELLA CLOSE – Rain was falling again this morning in Wise County. As of 7:30 a.m., rainfall totals included 0.65 of an inch in Alvord, 0.6 in Greenwood, 0.57 in Decatur, 0.51 in Bridgeport and 0.47 in Rhome. The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain today, mainly this morning, with a 30 percent chance tonight. It will be another unseasonably cool day with a high of only 64.

COMMUNITY GARDEN WORK DAY – A work day will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday for a new Newark Community Garden, located in the park next to the Newark Fire Hall. Work will include painting tires, so paint will be needed. Call Sherri Taylor at 940-577-0600.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 3-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the High School Greenhouse, located on the hill behind DHS. Everything will be half price. All proceeds benefit Decatur FFA.

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

SLIDELL ROUNDUP – Today is the last day of the Slidell Elementary Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Call 940-466-3118 ext.233 to schedule an appointment or access khankins.youcanbook.me. Bring the following items: birth certificate, social security card, shot records, proof of residency and parents driver’s license.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will celebrate its 3rd birthday 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ. This will be a time of show and tell about your research in the past year.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Regional Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Sue Jones, 82, of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dean Meadows, 76, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday.

GRAVESIDE service for Willie Faye Rhoudes, 64, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha Davila, 52, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 1-8 p.m. today at Chancellor and Jones.

SERVICE for Jack Patterson, 78, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Jasmine Godwin, 40, of Aurora is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Cottondale Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Jo Ann Caffey, 70, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at 3 p.m. in Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly Denise Ballard, 49, of Rhome is 3 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS COMING TO PARK – Construction of hiking and biking trails at Bridgeport’s Northwest Recreational Park is set to begin this fall. City Recreation Superintendent Chris Heasley said with the trails addition and other planned updates, the park’s name will also change. “Right now we’re thinking about Northwest Adventure Park,” he said. “We’re looking at more outdoor activities each day.” The City Parks and Recreation Department had received a Texas Parks and Wildlife recreational trails grant in 2014 and has been waiting for state approval to start the project. Read more in today’s Wise County Messenger.

ANOTHER RAINY START – Light rain showers moved through Wise County this morning. The forecast includes a 50 percent chance of rain throughout today and tonight with rain chances increasing to 70 percent tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to reach 65 degrees.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Regional Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Vicky at 940-626-2992 or find the group on Facebook.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “Norm of the North” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk around 8:45. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

DAR LUNCH – The John B. Denton Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a potluck lunch 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, on the front lawn of the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Meat will be provided. Bring a dish to share and a chair. If it rains, the event will be moved indoors. Call Amy Pegues, 940-577-3192.

CRAFT DAY – Mount Zion Baptist Church is having a day of crafting 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Bring your scrapbook, card-making supplies, crochet, needlework or any other craft you’re working on and enjoy a day of fellowship at MZ Bee. Bring your own lunch, snacks, soft drinks and water. There will be a $10 fee per person to benefit the church food pantry mission. Mount Zion is at 615 CR 1280 outside Alvord. Call Jeannie Frye, 940-427-5941 or the church, 940-627-5103.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities is June 6, 7, 8 and 10 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. To register as a camper or volunteer, visit sonflowercamp.com or made2thrive.org. Call Andrea Duwe at 940-466-3622.

CHEER SIGN-UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will be holding cheer sign-ups online, byasports.leagueapps.com, until Thursday. Call Misty Schwartz, 940-389-0207.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Willie Faye Rhoudes, 64, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Martha Davila, 52, of Decatur is pending at Chancellor and Jones.

SERVICE for Dean Meadows of Paradise is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Sue Jones, 82, of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Brenda Stapp is 2 p.m. Thursday at Crafton Baptist Church in Crafton. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jo Ann Caffey, 79, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly Denise Ballard, 49, of Rhome is 3 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery in Aurora. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


EMS SICK LEAVE REDUCED, MANAGEMENT QUESTIONED – Wise County commissioners Monday reduced Emergency Medical Services’ sick leave to eight hours per month from 10. The change was made in connection with the county’s new sick leave pool program. While researching the issue, it was discovered that the department is currently over-budget on payroll and is allowing exorbitant amounts of overtime. EMS Administrator Charles Dillard was grilled on the issue. He said he didn’t know the number of overtime hours accumulated by some employees and explained that the shift supervisors oversee most of the scheduling and employees’ time sheets. County Judge J.D. Clark said he didn’t think the shift scheduling was being run correctly. “I just think we’ve got some lax management out there, whether it’s with the shift superintendents or with you,” Clark said. “We’ve got some lax management out there that’s created an opportunity for this to happen …” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

WET START – Rain was falling on commuters headed in to work this morning. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 0.85 of an inch in Greenwood, 0.79 in Decatur, 0.5 in Alvord, 0.42 in Bridgeport and 0.27 in Rhome. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley reported 1,200 customers without power as of 7:30 in Alvord and Runaway Bay. Both areas have been out since around 5:30 a.m. when the storms came through. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today and a 40 percent chance tonight. Rain chances remain in the forecast through Friday.

DECATUR BOARD REORGANIZATION – New board officers were elected at yesterday’s Decatur School Board meeting. Jeff Alling was elected president, Wade Watson was named vice president and Matt Joiner is the new secretary. Watson and Cheri Boyd were also sworn in. Both were unopposed in the May election.

EARLY VOTING – A total of 16 people voted on the first day of early voting in the May 24 primary runoff elections yesterday. Early voting continues 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday at three early voting locations: the Rhome Senior Citizens Building, 261 N. School Road; the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. in Bridgeport.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will celebrate its 3rd birthday 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ. This will be a time of show and tell about your research in the past year.

MAY MISSION – The Episcopal Church of Wise County’s May Mission is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, at the Kwik Klean Laundromat, 605 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. Quarters, small bottles of detergent, dryer sheets and stain sticks will be given to those in need. There will be coloring books, crayons and books to entertain the children.

CLAY SHOOT – The 7th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Sporting Clay Shoot is Friday at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. To make reservations, call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

EDUCATIONAL SHOWCASE – Bridgeport ISD Educational Showcase “A Night Among the Stars” is 6-8 tonight at Bridgeport High School. The showcase is designed to highlight the core business of the work of the schools. The showcase provides the parents, community members, staff and students an opportunity to share and celebrate the accomplishments of students and teachers. Students will be performing to highlight the school’s fine arts, co-curricular and extra-curricular groups.

FUNERALS – Service for Aubrey L. Pool, 77, of Crafton is 1:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Crafton with burial at Crafton Norwood Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Benny Portwood, 74, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Kimberly Ballard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Willie Faye Rhoudes, 64, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Waymond Meadows of Paradise is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Sue Jones, 82, of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Emogene Nanson, 86, of Perrin is 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Perrin with burial at 2:30 p.m. at Keeter Cemetery. She was the sister of Cora Lee Howard of Paradise and the grandmother of Cindy Berry of Decatur. Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Michael David Curran, 69, of Fort Worth, former basketball coach at Alvord High School, is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Biggers Funeral Home in Lake Worth. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Monday, May 16, 2016


MSU JOINS FORCES WITH WEATHERFORD COLLEGE – Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls is moving into Wise County this summer. The four-year institution will begin teaching upper level courses at Weatherford College Wise County in the coming months. The first classes offered will focus on teacher education and preparation for individuals planning to enter the teaching field. The new arrangement will let students begin their college studies at WCWC and then roll their credits into a four-year degree plan. Students interested in enrolling in MSU classes should contact Director of Admissions Gayonne Beavers at 940-397-4434 or gayonne.beavers@msu.edu. A full story ran in the weekend Messenger.

RUNOFF EARLY VOTING – Early voting in the May 24 primary runoff election begins today and runs through Friday. Wise County has three early voting locations: the Rhome Senior Citizens Building, 261 N. School Road; the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur; and the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. in Bridgeport. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

DECATUR, CHICO WIN AREA TITLES – The Decatur Eagles and Chico Dragons captured area titles with game three victories over the weekend. Decatur closed out its Class 4A Region II area series with Stephenville Saturday with a 2-1 win. Freshman Wilson Hicks held Stephenville scoreless after the first inning before leaving the game in the seventh. Bryce Elder earned the save getting the final two outs. Tyler Ticknor scored both Decatur runs. AJ Johnson drove in Ticknor for the game-winning run in the fifth. Chico beat Muenster 6-5 in game three. Jeremy Blanks drove in two in the victory.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Kerry Clower with the Wise County Historical Society will give a program on old Wise County schools. Board members will meet at 11.

SLIDELL ROUNDUP – Slidell Elementary Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup is 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. today through Thursday. Call 940-466-3118 ext.233 to schedule an appointment or access https:///khankins.youcanbook.me. Bring the following items: birth certificate, social security card, shot records, proof of residency and parents driver’s license.

DECATUR 4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Call 940-393-5029. Summer camp opportunities will be discussed.

EDUCATIONAL SHOWCASE – Bridgeport ISD Educational Showcase “A Night Among the Stars” is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bridgeport High School. The showcase is designed to highlight the core business of the work of the schools. The showcase provides the parents, community members, staff and students an opportunity to share and celebrate the accomplishments of students and teachers. Students will be performing to highlight the school’s fine arts, co-curricular and extra-curricular groups.

SEEKING YOUTH SPORTS INFO – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce is creating a section on its website for youth sports sign-up and contact information. Details about Decatur ISD summer camps will also be included. Anyone with current information on any local youth sports league is asked to call the Chamber at 940-627-3107 or email lisab@decaturtx.com.

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

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will discuss Emergency Medical Services’ sick leave, overtime and shift schedules at their regular meeting today. They will also talk about the adult probation building in downtown Bridgeport and will consider a grant through Justice Programs for bulletproof vests. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Billy Maddox, 27, of Weatherford is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Johnny Smith, 2, of Bowie is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Aubrey L. Pool, 77, of Crafton is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Crafton with burial at Crafton Norwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Kimberly Ballard, 49, of Rhome is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Willie Rhoudes of Decatur and Sue Jones of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, May 13, 2016


1 KILLED IN WRONG-WAY WRECK – One person was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 roughly one mile north of Farm Road 407. DPS Trooper Robert Carson said a Honda Odyssey minivan and a GMC Sierra pickup collided at 10:20, with both sustaining heavy front-end damage after one crossed into oncoming traffic. The driver of the minivan was declared dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson at 10:40. That driver’s name has not been released. Carson said the other vehicle was driven by Michael King, 23, of Paris. Carson said the cause of the wreck is still under investigation, with witnesses giving conflicting accounts of the collision. Investigators at the scene have reached different conclusions as to which vehicle actually crossed the median, he said. Carson said King was coherent at the scene and was transported via ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with several broken bones. East Wise and Rhome fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene.

CITY OFFICES VACATED – City of Rhome offices have been temporarily closed after mold was discovered in a wall. Mayor Michelle Pittman said the city’s government will relocate to the Rhome Community Center at 261 North School Road, next to the fire station. Pittman said all offices will be closed until Monday at the earliest for the move.

RESIGNATION ACCEPTED – Rhome City Council members voted unanimously to accept Police Chief Brandon Davis’ resignation at last night’s meeting. In other business, the council voted 3-2 to appoint Councilman Ronnie Moore Mayor Pro Tem, replacing outgoing councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Jo Ann Wilson.

BUTTERFIELD STAGE DAYS – The 34th Annual Butterfield Stage Days Festival and Rib Cookoff is Saturday at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Vendor applications and entries for the rib cook-off, best margarita and best dessert are being accepted. Call the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076. Rodeo Pink is having a Pink Pancake Breakfast 7-9 a.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Lions Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger. Bridgeport Main Street will have a rodeo clown costume contest Saturday in Harwood Park. There are five age divisions infant through 13 years old. Register at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Street table in the middle of the park. Contest begins at noon. There is no entry fee. The 10th annual PRCA Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo is also today and Saturday. Events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunset Retreat and Weddings Arena, 790 Farm Road 920 in Bridgeport. Tickets are $13.65. A full schedule of events was featured in a story in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

BENNETTS ATTEND NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL – Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett and his mother, Joyce Bennett of Decatur, are in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week activities honoring the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers. Deroy’s father, James “Poncho” Bennett, was killed in the line of duty April 3, 1980. He was a Decatur police officer. The Bennetts will attend a candlelight vigil tonight and the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday. They are being escorted this weekend by Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins. Also attending events in D.C. are Sgt. Jay T Manoushagian and K-9 Deputy Robert Sparks with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. They are honoring K-9 Pepper, who was shot and killed following a pursuit Jan. 28, 2015. National Police Week is May 11-17. Read more in upcoming editions of the Wise County Messenger.

DECATUR, CHICO WIN IN EXTRA INNINGS – Tyler Ticknor’s walk-off single in the eighth inning gave the Decatur Eagles a 4-3 win over Stephenville in game one of their 4A Region I area series. Ticknor went 4-for-5. Bryce Elder went all eight innings for the Eagles, striking out eight. Game 2 is 7:30 tonight in Graford. Chico rallied from a four-run deficit in the sixth to take a lead and then earn a 6-5 win over Muenster at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls. Jeremy Blanks brought in Cameron Weatherly with a sacrifice fly. The teams meet at 4:30 p.m. at Hoskins Field for Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, will follow.

ROOF RETURNS TO STATE – Slidell’s Kayson Roof will run for the third time in the state track meet this weekend. Roof will run in the Class A 300 hurdles race at 2:05 p.m. Saturday. Northwest’s Caden McDonald will throw in the 6A discus at noon Saturday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport. Kerry Clower with the Wise County Historical Society will give a program on old Wise County schools. Board members will meet at 11.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will discuss Emergency Medical Services’ sick leave, overtime and shift schedules at their regular meeting Monday. They will also talk about the adult probation building in downtown Bridgeport and will consider a grant through Justice Programs for bulletproof vests. The meeting is at 9 am in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public.

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

FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – Arthur Brady paintings will be sold 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Petrified Wood Station on Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. All proceeds will benefit the Decatur Public Library Foundation.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

ASSOCIATION HOMECOMING – The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting Sunday. Church services will commence at 11:45 a.m. with the Crosstimbers band as host. Sam Campbell will be special guest and featured speaker. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the annual business meeting and election of board members.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery gazebo. Call 940-627-2807.

AURORA CEMETERY MEETING – The Aurora Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Aurora Cemetery Pavilion, 509 Cemetery Road. Email auroracemetery@gmail.com or call 817-636-2783.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Don Burgin, 68, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Delvin Len Massey, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Truce Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth John Branch, 79, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Baptist Church. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Dave Jackson, 60, of Greenwood is 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Nelda Young, 83, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016


STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER – High winds and lightning that were part of last night’s storm that moved through Wise County knocked out power in parts of the county. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said large trees were uprooted and landed on electric poles and wires near Wise County Park, affecting around 100 customers. Another 835 customers in the city of Chico also lost power, possibly from a lightning strike. Numerous other outages were reported across the county, but as of 7:30 a.m., only four customers in Rhome were without power, Easley said. A chance of rain remains in this morning’s forecast.

RHOME COUNCIL TO CONSIDER CHIEF’S RESIGNATION – The council will meet at 7 tonight to swear-in two new members, Sam Eason and LeAnne Mackowski, and re-elected mayor Michelle Pittman. Police Chief Brandon Davis’ resignation will be submitted to the council as well. The meeting is at City Hall, 105 E. First St.

DECATUR, CHICO READY FOR AREA SERIES – The Decatur Eagles and Chico Dragons start area series today. Decatur will take on Stephenville in Graford, starting with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 is Friday and Game 3 Saturday. Chico will face Muenster at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls with Games 1 and 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, is slated for 6 p.m. Friday.

CHEER SIGN UPS – Bridgeport Youth Association will be holding cheer sign ups online, http://byasports.leagueapps.com, until May 19 and at the Bridgeport Public Library 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call Misty Schwartz at 940-389-0207.

CLAY SHOOT – The 8th Annual Decatur Chamber of Commerce Clay Shoot is Friday, May 20, at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds. Cost for a 5-man team is $500. Register your team by calling the chamber office at 940-627-3107.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold it’s weekly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday at the The Club at Runaway Bay. All veterans are invited.

BALLET TICKETS – Tickets are now available for the Wise Performing Arts Guild presentation of “Sleeping Beauty,” featuring the dancers of Wise Ballet and Music Academy. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Decatur High School auditorium. Purchase tickets at tututix.com/WisePAG.

RIBBON CUTTING – A ribbon cutting will be held for Hospice Plus at noon Friday at 1903 Doctors’ Hospital Drive, Suite 1, in Bridgeport.

FUNERALS – Service for Kenneth Branch, 79, formerly of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Dave Jackson, 60, of Greenwood is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Kimberly Ballard, 49, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Don Burgin, 68, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Delvin Len Massey, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Truce Cemetery in Jacksboro. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


STORMS RETURN TO FORECAST – Thunderstorm chances will increase late this afternoon into evening. Main risks will be large hail and damaging winds. A flood warning also continues for the West Fork Trinity River near Boyd where minor flooding is occurring. A high temperature of 86 degrees is forecast for today after temperatures reached 92 yesterday.

RODEO CLOWN COSTUME CONTEST – Bridgeport Main Street will host a Rodeo Clown Costume Contest at Butterfield Stage Days Festival Saturday in Harwood Park. Come dressed in a rodeo clown costume and compete. There is no entry fee. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Street in Harwood Park. The contest will be at noon on the entertainment stage, with five age divisions; 0-23 months, 2-4 years old, 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old, and 11-13 years old. A medal and gift certificate will be given to the first place winner in each age division. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – Arthur Brady paintings will be sold 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Petrified Wood Station on Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. All proceeds will benefit the Decatur Public Library Foundation.

ASSOCIATION HOMECOMING – The Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting Sunday. Church services will commence at 11:45 a.m. with the Crosstimbers band as host. Sam Campbell will be special guest and featured speaker. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the annual business meeting and election of board members.

CLINIC CANCELED – The immunization clinic by the Texas Department of State Health Services scheduled for today has been canceled. The clinic will return June 14. Call 940-665-9315, option 5.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – The annual meeting of the Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery Association is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery gazebo. Call 940-627-2807.

GOLF TOURNEY – Northwest High School Texan Cheerleaders are having a Four-man Scramble Golf Tournament at Willow Springs GC in Haslet, on Saturday, May 14. They are looking for corporate sponsors for as little as $25. Registration for players is going on now. All information can be found at www.tinyurl.com/nhscheergolf or contact Rene’ Egle regle@nisdtx.org. Prizes include round trip airline tickets donated by Southwest Airlines and many other great items.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Second Annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is May 21 at the Decatur Golf Club. One team registered by today will win $400. Register by contacting the Chamber at info@paradisetexaschamber.org. To sponsor the tournament or volunteer, contact Stephanie at 214-771-1148 or see7745@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Don Burgin, 68, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Dave Jackson, 60, of Greenwood is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Kimberly Ballard, 49, of Decatur is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Francis Mayfield, 72, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery in Decatur. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


INMATE DIES AT COUNTY JAIL – A Chico man died at the Wise County Jail Saturday night. Sheriff Lane Akin said Jeremiah Martinez, 35, was arrested Saturday evening for public intoxication after a citizen called to report Martinez was seen acting strangely on County Road 1540 near Chico. A deputy responded and asked for Wise County EMS to evaluate Martinez. Akin said Martinez was belligerent and uncooperative, but he was finally cleared to be taken to jail. Once at the jail, Martinez continued to be uncooperative. He was placed in a holding cell and placed on a 10-minute watch rotation. About an hour later, Martinez was found unresponsive in his cell. Medics were called out again but were unable to revive Martinez. His body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy and toxicology reports. Akin said Martinez did admit to a deputy that he had ingested methamphetamine. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

NORTHWEST INCREASES INSURANCE CONTRIBUTION – Northwest ISD trustees approved increasing the health insurance contribution for employees from $275 to $325 per month. The increase will cost $400,000. Trustees also approved 31.5 new jobs for 2016-17 that will cost $1.9 million.

DECATUR, CHICO SCHEDULE AREA SERIES – After winning their bi-district series over the weekend, the Decatur Eagles and Chico Dragons move on to the area round of the playoffs this week. Decatur will take on Stephenville in Graford, starting with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is Friday and Game 3 Saturday. Chico will face Muenster at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls with Games 1 and 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Game 3, if necessary, is slated for 6 p.m. Friday.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – Paradise Historical Society will hold it’s regular bi-monthly business meeting 7 tonight at the Paradise Methodist Church Annex building. Kerry Clower, director of the Wise County Historical Commission, will give a presentation on county historical projects. The public is invited. Reports and updates about the Paradise Museum and plans for the Paradise Main Street Festival will be discussed. Call Paradise Historical Society President Donna Weeden at 940-859-3691.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary School Kindergarten Roundup is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily through Friday. Visit Bridgeport ISD website to see what information you need to provide. Call 940-683-5955.

BINGO – Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry, will host Community Bingo 2 p.m. Thursday. It will feature prizes and finger foods. Call Leroy Larkins at 940-627-5444.

AURORA CEMETERY MEETING – The Aurora Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Aurora Cemetery Pavilion, 509 Cemetery Road. Email auroracemetery@gmail.com or call 817-636-2783.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today. Call 940-627-7661 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

FUNERALS – Service for Laura J. Peck, 56, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Francis Mayfield, 72, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery in Decatur. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Orrie Harris, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kammey Rae Bagwell, 40, of Azle is 7 tonight at Grace Fellowship. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Don Burgin of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

PRIVATE memorial service for Brenda Stapp, 59, of Chico will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, May 9, 2016


SCHOOL BOARD AND CITY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS – Bridgeport voters approved home rule and elected Kevin Lopez to the city council. He defeated incumbent Calvin Coursey 187 to 144. David Correll was unopposed for his Bridgeport council seat, and retired Police Chief Randy Singleton was elected mayor. He also ran unopposed. Incumbent Jim Bost was elected to the Bridgeport School Board, as well as Duane Sutherland and Marci Craddock. Winners of other contested races across the county include Kirk Gibson and Debra McKelvain, who won seats on Alvord City Council; Daniel Ruddick, Alvord School Board; and Lori Clark and Bill Hand, Chico School Board. Greta McDaniel, Maryalin Bridges and Jimmy Counts were elected to the three at-large seats on Chico City Council. Jenny Wilson was elected to Newark City Council, and Sam Eason and LeAnne Mackowski were elected to the two at-large seats on Rhome City Council. Michelle Pittman was re-elected mayor of Rhome. John Boyd was elected mayor of Runaway Bay. See vote totals at wcmessenger.com. A full story will run in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

MINERAL VALUES DECLINE SHARPLY – The decline of oil and gas prices caused 2016 mineral values to plummet across Wise County. Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand released last week preliminary mineral value estimates, which reflected decreases for every entity. The county’s mineral values are projected to be down 59.27 percent, which equals a $1.2 billion loss of taxable mineral value. The loss of mineral values to school districts ranged from 62.24 percent in Boyd ISD to 49.15 percent in Slidell. Local cities ranged from a 91.96 percent loss of mineral values in Alvord to a 51.93 percent loss in Paradise. Preliminary values for all property types will be released later this month. A full story ran in the weekend Messenger, which remains on newsstands today.

RAINY START TO THE WORK WEEK – Rain was falling in Decatur this morning as Update was going to press. Rainfall totals as of 7:30 a.m. included 2.53 inches in Bridgeport, 1.8 in Alvord, 1.1 in Cottondale, 1.0 in Decatur and Greenwood and 0.97 in Rhome. The rain should come to an end this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

DECATUR, CHICO WIN BI-DISTRICT TITLES – The Decatur Eagles and Chico Dragons won bi-district series over the weekend. Decatur beat Kennedale 7-5 and 7-5 in two games. AJ Johnson went 4-for-8 with 4 RBIs and Michael Hicks 5-7 with 3 RBIs in the series. Chico took care of Quanah in two games, 9-4 and 6-3. Cameron Weatherly doubled, homered and drove in three runs. Midlothian Heritage beat Bridgeport in two games, 9-6, 2-0. Paradise fell to Pottsboro in two games, 4-1, 4-1. Gunter swept Boyd 10-3, 13-0. Alvord fell in two games to Windthorst, 10-8, 12-4.

ALVORD, DECATUR KNOCKED OUT – The Alvord and Decatur softball teams were knocked out of the playoffs in the area round over the weekend. Decatur fell in two games to Abilene Wylie, 5-2 and 7-6 in eight innings. Moody beat Alvord 7-3, 4-1.

DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM – Beginning June 1, the Bridgeport Police Department will begin a Prescription Drug Take Back program as part of an initiative aimed at reducing the amount of illegal prescription drugs in the Bridgeport community. A permanent prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back box will be available in the police department’s lobby. Bridgeport PD is partnering with local pharmacies on the project. “We are asking all parents and grandparents to please take the time to clean out drug cabinets and bring their expired or unused medications to us – no questions asked,” Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 940-627-7661 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENTS – The Decatur volleyball program will be hosting fast-four tournaments each Monday in May at Decatur High School. You can bring your own team of four or show up and be placed on a team. Play is open to all ages. Registration is $10 per player and starts at 5:30 p.m. Play starts at 6 p.m. Players can register for the whole month for $35. For information, email brandy.mayfield@decatur.esc11.net.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Kammey Rae Bagwell, 40, of Azle is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Fellowship. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Don Burgin and Brenda Stapp are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Orrie Harris, 82, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Laura J. Peck, 56, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Francis Mayfield, 72, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Saturday, May 7 Election Results


ALVORD CITY COUNCIL
Place 3 Kirk Gibson 43
Place 3 Royce Gastineau III 27
Place 4 Debra McKelvain 39
Place 4 Cody Swinford 32
Place 5 Jim Enochs 52
ALVORD SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Candace Raines Mercer 156
Place 4 Larry Nivens 61
Place 4 Daniel Ruddick 167
Place 5 Mark Gose 179
BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Randy Singleton 320
Place 1 David Correll 298
Place 2 Calvin Coursey 144
Place 2 Kevin Lopez 187
BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD
Place 4 Jim Bost 361
Place 4 Jared Keith McComis 347
Place 5 Robert Marlett 314
Place 5 Duane Sutherland 391
Place 7 Veronica Torres Cervantes 312
Place 7 Marci McKinzie Craddock 402
CHICO CITY COUNCIL
At-Large Greta McDaniel 74
At-Large Roger Mead 7
At-Large Maryalin Bridges 64
At-Large Joe Evans 42
At-Large Jimmy B. Counts 55
CHICO SCHOOL BOARD
Place 3 Steven Cox 256
Place 4 Lori Clark 181
Place 4 Bradley North 141
Place 5 Bill Hand 187
Place 5 Mike Maddux 135
NEWARK CITY COUNCIL
Place 1 Hans Wilson 29
Place 2 Jerry Lyn Palmer 13
Place 2 Jenny Wilson 31
Place 3 Chris Raines 32
Place 5 Eric Fleischer
RHOME CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Michelle Pittman 163
Mayor Chip Kowalski 81
Mayor David Wilson 27
At-Large Jeff BeCraft 73
At-Large Sam Eason 192
At-Large David Gilbert 73
At-Large Leanne Mackowski 157
At-Large Patricia Mitchell 24
RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL
Mayor Robert Ryan 102
Mayor John W. Boyd 140
At-Large Roland Ray 163
At-Large Janice Sivley 184
BRIDGEPORT HOME RULE
For 193
Against 136

 

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Friday, May 6, 2016


DAVIS RESIGNS AS RHOME CHIEF — Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis has resigned his position. Davis told the Messenger yesterday that he had decided to resign because he felt like the atmosphere in the city was no longer safe for his family. Davis said that someone has been stalking him, and he believes it is best to move out of the city and change his occupation. He mentioned that because he is no longer a police officer, he has the right to protect his home and family just as any other citizen. “As a civilian, if I catch him coming in my yard, I can take whatever force necessary to protect my property,” Davis said. “I don’t have to say, ‘Stop. Police.’ So I think the best way to protect my family until I can get out of here is to be a regular citizen, because I have more rights.” Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

CITY/SCHOOL ELECTION DAY SATURDAY — Local city council and school board elections will be held 7 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow. Nine local entities have contested races. Bridgeport citizens will decide whether their city will accept a home rule charter. A full list of contested races and voting locations was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger. Results will be posted Saturday night as they are available at WCMessenger.com.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON U.S. 380 — Earnest Sanders, 85, of Bridgeport died from injuries sustained after his truck was hit by a semi-trailer on U.S. 380 Monday morning. Sanders had been traveling eastbound before entering the crossover area near County Road 1110 to turn westbound. As he entered the westbound lanes, his pickup was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer driven by William Quinteros-Parada, 42, of Irving. Department of Public Safety troopers were called to the scene at approximately 10 a.m. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Sanders was transported to Wise Regional Hospital, where he later died. Quinteros-Parada was uninjured. The investigation into the wreck is ongoing.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS — The high school baseball playoffs start tonight with six Wise County teams in action, starting bi-district series. Decatur takes on Kennedale at home at 7:30 in game one. Game two and three are Saturday in Kennedale, starting at 5 p.m. Bridgeport opens its series at home at 7:30 against Midlothian Heritage. Games two and three are in Midlothian at 1 p.m. Saturday. Paradise faces Pottsboro at Frisco Independence with game one at 7:30. Game two is 2 p.m. Saturday. Boyd takes on Gunter in Ponder at 7:30 with game two at 1 p.m. Saturday. Chico faces Quanah at 5 at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls. Game two will immediately follow. Alvord will play Windthorst in games one and two, starting at 4:30 in Graford.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS — Alvord and Decatur continue the softball playoffs tonight with area series. Decatur faces Abilene Wylie in Graham with games one and two, beginning at 5:30. Alvord meets Moody at North Crowley in game one at 6 p.m. Game two is at 1 p.m. Saturday.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY — The Decatur Public Library will participate in Free Comic Book Day 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Hundreds of comics will be available to choose from, and there will be crafts, a photo booth and prizes. Call the library at
940-393-0290.

CONCERT — The North Texas Singers will perform a home concert at First Baptist Church of Decatur 6 p.m. Sunday. The group recently performed a music ministry cruise to the Caribbean.

TEAM ROPING — Wise County Team Roping is Saturday, hosted by Bridgeport Riding Club. Books open at 10:30 a.m. for Wise County residents or sponsors only. Full details are on the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo Facebook Page. Call Loydd Williams at 940-289-2639.

COOP TOUR — The 6th Annual Wise Chicks Coop Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a seminar, “Backyard Chickens 101,” at the fairgrounds in Decatur. Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the seminar. Call 940-627-3341 or visit wise.agrilife.org.

CRUISE NIGHTS RETURN — The first Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square event for 2016 is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $10 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

CEMETERY MEETING — The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery.

DAV YARD SALE — DAV will have their annual yard sale today and Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur.

RELAY BAKE SALE — Friends Relay for Life team is having a Mother’s Day bake sale Friday at First State Bank on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

PLANT SALE — Decatur FFA will have a plant sale for Mother’s Day 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the high school greenhouse.

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

FUNERALS — Service for Audrey Ann Warner, 84, formerly of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fielder Baptist Church in Arlington.

MEMORIAL service for Ernest “Hugh” Sanders is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kammey Rae Bagwell, 40, of Azle is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Orrie L Harris, 82, Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016


CRUISE NIGHTS RETURN – The first Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square event for 2016 is 4-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. Registration is 4-7, $10 per vehicle. Streets will be closed to traffic, and stores and restaurants will be open late. Call 940-399-9558.

CEMETERY MEETING – The annual meeting of the Lone Star Cemetery Association will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery.

DAV YARD SALE – DAV will have their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Friends Relay for Life team is having a Mother’s Day bake sale Friday at First State Bank on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a plant sale for Mother’s Day 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the high school greenhouse.

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

MOLDING CLAY GIRAFFES – Ann Ayers will be at the Chico Public Library today to teach kids how to mold clay giraffes. The free event is at 4 p.m. Spots will fill up fast. Call 940-644-2330 to reserve your spot. Only 20 children will be able to participate.

FARM FESTIVAL – The Jerry Askey Memorial Farm Festival is May 5-7 at 635 Private Road 4531 in Decatur. There will be a swap meet 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday with a tractor fun pull 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Activities include an antique tractor display, tractor pull, wheat thrashing, hay rides, tractor games and monster truck rides, among other things. Cost is $5 per person for ages 10 and older. The event is put on by the Chisholm Trail Antique Tractor and Farm Equipment Club, Branch 112.

FUNERALS – Service for Lane Remington Dawson, the infant son of Kharysa Harris and Nathan Dawson of Chico, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Crescencia Rocha, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Kammie Rae Bagwell, 41, is pending at Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


REWARD OFFERED FOR VANDAL INFORMATION – A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about last week’s vandalism at Ball Knob Cemetery near Alvord. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced Monday that Crime Stoppers of Wise County will pay a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the individual or individuals responsible for knocking over nearly every gravestone sometime over the weekend of April 23 and 24. Because each gravestone can carry an individual charge of desecration of a grave site, each vandal will face 50 separate felony charges. To report information, call Crime Stoppers of Wise County at 800-643-TIPS (8477) or 940-627-8477 24-hours a day. You will remain anonymous.

LOCAL TO BE FEATURED ON SHOW – Decatur resident Joshua Johnson is featured on the new TLC series Two in a Million airing locally at 9 tonight. The documentary series brings two people together for the first time who share the same rare medical condition, helping them find answers to important questions and share hardships and triumphs. Johnson, 11, suffers from Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that makes him unable to sweat. He was able to connect with two twin boys named Andrew and Brandon living in Montana, and he and his family traveled to Montana to meet the boys and their family.

CONSERVATION AWARD WINNERS – Sharon Sackett, Alvord High School agriculture science teacher, was named Area V Conservation Teacher at the Area V Conservation Awards Banquet Tuesday night at Dublin High School. She was nominated for the honor by the Wise Soil & Water Conservation District. Also honored was the Wise Water Control & Improvement District No. 1 board of directors, runners-up for the Friend of Conservation award. The board includes James McGilvray, Dickie Clement, Gary Potts, Robert Jordan, Mike Overton and Carrie Davidson, secretary.

ROUNDUP TIME – Alvord Elementary will hold Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup 8:30-10:30 a.m. today and Thursday in the office area. Guardians need to provide birth certificates, social security cards, shot records and proof of residency for any student who qualifies through their policy for PK. Any kindergarten students who are new to the district need these items as well.

FESTIVAL PLANNING – The 34th Annual Butterfield Stage Days Festival and Rib Cookoff is Saturday, May 14, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Vendor applications and entries for the rib cook-off, best margarita and best dessert are being accepted. Call the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076.

QUARTER AUCTION – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce is having a quarter auction 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Proceeds benefit the Chamber and Chamber scholarships.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Second Annual Paradise Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is May 21 at the Decatur Golf Club. Register before May 11 for a chance at a hole in one for $1 million dollars, and one team registered on or before May 11 will win $400. Register by contacting the Chamber at info@paradisetexaschamber.org. To sponsor the tournament or volunteer, contact Stephanie at 214-771-1148 or see7745@gmail.com.

ROAD CLOSURES – The City of Decatur will close the following roads 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Friday for road construction: Bennett Road from U.S. 81/287 to Ben Merritt Drive and Preskitt Road from South FM 51 to Old Reunion Road. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring street closures to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

FUNERALS – No services are planned for Frank Zarauskas Jr., 69, of Boyd and David Douglas, 76, formerly of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for June “Morris” Henry, 77, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Lane Remington Dawson, the infant son of Kharysa Harris and Nathan Dawson of Chico, is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Crescencia Rocha, 75, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Thursday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patricia Searight of McKinney is 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home in Austin is handling arrangements. She was the mother of Sally Rieger of Decatur.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2015


ONEAL GIVEN 30 YEARS – Nearly four weeks after a Wise County jury found Nicholas Ryan Oneal, 24, guilty of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, 4 to 200 grams, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison by 271st District Judge John Fostel yesterday. During the sentencing hearing, a Bridgeport police officer testified about an incident in January of this year where Oneal became combative with officers trying to place him under arrest during a domestic disturbance investigation. Oneal’s grandmother also testified that her grandson’s problems started when his brother was killed 10 years ago, he has mental health issues and has used drugs and alcohol to help him cope. Oneal faced a punishment range of 15 to 99 years in prison.

LAST DAY TO VOTE EARLY – Today is the last day to vote early in Saturday’s city council and school board elections. Polls are open extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today. Early voting locations were featured in the April 23 issue of the Wise County Messenger.

ROAD CLOSURES – The City of Decatur will close the following roads 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday for road construction: Bennett Road from U.S. 81/287 to Ben Merritt Drive and Preskitt Road from South FM 51 to Old Reunion Road. Unforeseen conditions may occur requiring street closures to last longer than planned. Call the Public Works Department at 940-393-0260.

APRIL RAINFALL – Wise County received 6.84 inches of rain in April, making it the wettest April since 1998. That was also more than double the average rainfall amount of 3.37 inches. Temperatures in the month ranged from a low of 34 degrees on April 3 to a high of 87 on April 4.

SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE – After a sunny day with a high of 72 degrees this afternoon, a 20 percent chance of rain is in tonight’s forecast.

TEAM ROPING – Wise County Team Roping is Saturday, hosted by Bridgeport Riding Club. Books open at 10:30 a.m. for Wise County residents or sponsors only. Full details are on the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo Facebook Page. Call Loydd Williams at 940-289-2639.

COOP TOUR – The 6th Annual Wise Chicks Coop Tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a seminar, “Backyard Chickens 101,” at the fairgrounds in Decatur. Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the seminar. Call 940-627-3341 or visit wise.agrilife.org.

BINGO PRIZES NEEDED – Small gifts for Bingo prizes are needed at Senior Care in Decatur. Call Kathy at 940-626-2817.

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

FUNERALS – Services for Frank Zarauskas, 69, of Boyd and David Douglas, 76, formerly of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for George Thomas Smith, 77, of Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for June “Morris” Henry, 77, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Cemetery in Gainesville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICES for Crescencia Rocha, 75, of Bridgeport and Lane Remington Dawson, the infant son of Kharysa Harris and Nathan Dawson of Chico, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Nellie Mae Worlow, 92, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rene V. Cardona, 61, of Alvord is 11:30 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Ray “Buddy” Moody, 76, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cottondale Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the funeral. Chancellor and Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mary Frances Tedrow, 90, of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at the Abundant Life Worship Center of Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patricia Searight of McKinney is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Family visitation is 6 tonight at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home in Austin. She was the mother of Sally Rieger of Decatur.

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RV fire in Rhome


Rhome, Newark and Boyd fire departments responded to an RV fire south of Rhome around 7 a.m.

The travel trailer was fully involved when the departments arrived. It was unoccupied.

Rhome Assistant Fire Chief Michelle Pittman said the vehicle’s fuel load burned, causing a column of black smoke to rise.

“If it’s heavy black smoke we know we’ve got a pretty good fire,” Pittman said. “That’s why we called Boyd out.”

The surrounding structures were not burned.

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