Wednesday, March 4, 2015


WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED TO RETURN – Rain was falling and the temperature was 45 degrees in Wise County at 7:45 a.m. as Update was going to press, but colder air will move in to the area today with the rain expected to turn into freezing rain and sleet by this afternoon. The temperature is expected to drop to around 28 by 5 p.m. Total daytime sleet accumulation of less than a half inch is possible, according to the National Weather Service. The sleet may transition into snow tonight and in the overnight hours with a low around 23. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2-4 inches are possible. Wise County is under a winter storm warning through noon Thursday. As of 7:30 a.m., local rainfall totals included 0.07 of an inch in Decatur and 0.05 in Bridgeport. If the weather causes any closures, cancellations or delays, we will post those as we are notified at WCMess.com/closings.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxBULLS ADVANCE TO REGIONAL TOURNEY – The Bridgeport Bulls earned a 74-62 regional quarterfinal win over Kennedale last night in Fort Worth. Caleb Smith led the Bulls in scoring with 29, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Devonte Patterson had 18, Keenan Holdman 16 and Jacob Del Angel 11. The Bulls will face Levelland in the 4A Region I Semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Abilene Wylie and Lubbock Estacado will be the other two teams in the tournament and will play after the Bridgeport/Levelland game.

JUDGE ADDRESSES ISSUES FACING COUNTY – County Judge J.D. Clark identified water and transportation as two of the biggest issues facing Wise County during a question-and-answer session at Tuesday’s Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center. “We pray of course for rain and that the lake will fill up, but we also need to be praying for some really innovative ideas and some new ways of doing business when it comes to water,” Clark said. On the possibility of a covered rodeo arena at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Clark said, “I’d love to see a covered arena, but it all comes down to dollars and where does it fall in your priorities. I do think something like that is a perfect opportunity for some private/public partnerships.” Read more from Tuesday’s Q&A in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

YOUTH FAIR – Today’s Wise County Youth Fair events at the Wise County Fairgrounds include the Market Lamb Show at 8 a.m. and the Dog Show at 10 a.m. Livestock will also move into the barns from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

LEGAL AID CLINIC – Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas is moving its monthly clinic in Decatur from the Decatur Public Library to the First United Methodist Church of Decatur beginning Thursday. Clinic hours run 5-7 p.m. Applicants seeking information should call 940-383-1406.

KIDNEY WALK FUNDRAISER – Chili’s Decatur will be hosting a Give Back Event Thursday benefiting Team Kynslee, who will be walking in the Fort Worth Kidney Walk. Go eat, or order take out, and tell your server that you are there to support Team Kynslee, and a percentage of your total will be donated to their team. You can also make a donation directly to their team at donate.kidney.org/goto/teamkynslee. All donations go directly to the National Kidney Foundation.

LEARN TO CROCHET AND KNIT – Decatur Public Library is offering free Learn to Crochet and Learn to Knit classes Thursday evenings in March and April, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Beginning March 5, bring your own crochet hook and a skein of yarn, and learn to crochet simple stitches and patterns. Knitting classes will be Thursdays in April; bring your own pair of knitting needles and yarn. Classes are free and open to all ages. No registration necessary. Call 940-393-0290, visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or stop by the library, 1700 FM 51 South.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Shirley Briggs, 80, of Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Larry McBride, 70, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dorothy L. Durham, 92, of Bridgeport is 5 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel with private burial at DFW National Cemetery.

SERVICE for Rubin “RV” “Sonny” Martin, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport. SERVICE for Asie Lee Rhodes, 91, is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bobby Clifton Greer Sr., 79, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Charles Gordon King, 75, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL MASS for Ann Jolley, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Patsy Marie Hornberger, 72, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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School/business/event closings, delays and cancellations for Wednesday


Due to the possible accumulation of snow or ice on area roadways Wednesday, March 4, and Thursday, March 5, due to a winter storm, the following schools, businesses and events will be closed, delayed or canceled. (Note: We’ll be keeping this page updated as the night/morning progresses, so check back often.)

SCHOOLS

  • Weatherford College – EARLY RELEASE: All campuses will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday and open at 10 a.m. Thursday.
  • Alvord ISD – EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAY: Elementary releases at 12:15 p.m., Middle School releases at 12:23 p.m., High School releases at 12:30 p.m.
  • Boyd ISD – RELEASING 1 HOUR EARLY WEDNESDAY
  • Northwest ISD – All after-school activities CANCELED WEDNESDAY
  • Paradise ISD – DELAYED 10 a.m. start on THURSDAY

SERVICES

  • to be announced

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

  • to be announced

BUSINESSES

  • to be announced

CHURCHES

  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur – ALL Wednesday night and Thursday morning activities canceled

EVENTS

  • Wise County Youth Fair – ALL Thursday arrivals and show times have been delayed 2 hours.
    Arrival of ALL Rabbits 9-10 a.m.
    Market Swine Show 9:30 a.m.
    Arrival of 4-H & FCCLA entries 9:30-12
    Meat Pen of Rabbits judged 10 a.m.
    Market Goat Show 4 p.m.
    Viewing of 4-H & FCCLA 7 p.m. Ag Mech begin moving in
    (Must be in place by 8 a.m. Friday)

 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015


YOUTH FAIR DAY 2 – Today is a busy day at the Wise County Youth Fair. The Horse Show enters day two at 8:30 a.m. at NRS Arena. At the Wise County Fairgrounds, the Broiler Show is at 8 a.m., Breeding Dairy Goat Show at 10 a.m., Longhorn Show at 2 p.m., Breeding Swine Show at 4 p.m. and 4-H Parade of Fashion at 6:30 p.m.

YOUTH FAIR QUEENS CROWNED – The 2015 Youth Fair Queens were crowned Monday night at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Winners are 4-H Queen Lyndi Luttrull of Decatur; FCCLA Queen Shelby Boyers of Paradise; and FFA Queen Remington Swensson of Bridgeport. Runners-up are Kate Hill of Boyd 4-H, Skylar Anderson of Boyd FCCLA and Taylor Ragsdale, Boyd FFA.

BULLS WIN – The Bridgeport Bulls captured the 4A Region I area title Monday, beating Iowa Park 70-40 behind 20 points from Devonte Patterson and 14 each from Ethan Chapman and Caleb Smith. Bridgeport will play Kennedale at 7 tonight at Chisholm Trail High School in Forth Worth.

EAGLES, HOUNDS FALL – The Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth to beat the Decatur Eagles 51-48 in the 4A Region I area game. Parker Hicks led Decatur with 15. Cade Lamirand and Aaron Shetter had 12 each. Tyler Maynard tossed in 35 points but Avinger took down the Slidell Greyhounds 79-67 in the Class A Region II area game.

FEBRUARY WEATHER – Helped by nearly two inches of rainfall during the final week of the month, February was the second straight month of above-average rainfall. Although much of last week’s precipitation was of the frozen variety, it did help February finish with 3.04 inches, compared to the normal 2.47 inches. For the year, Wise County has received 6.16 inches of rainfall, nearly two inches above the average for the first two months of the year. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 78 on Feb. 14 to a low of 19 on Feb. 2 and Feb. 27.

PROJECT GRADUATION DANCE – Paradise Project Graduation will sponsor a dance featuring the Zach Seth Band 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds Women’s Building. General admission is $8 or $5 for Wise County Youth Fair participants. Under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Students from all area schools are invited.

HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET – The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet is Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event, rescheduled from last week due to weather, will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffles and games. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets call Jennifer Barrow, Cross Timbers NWTF president, at 940-393-8908.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – The Decatur 8ers Square Dance Club will provide beginning square dance lessons 9 a.m.-1 p.m. over five Saturdays beginning this Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale in Decatur. The free lessons are for anyone ages 12 and up. Caller Robert Walker will be teaching. Call Fonda or Marshal at 940-627-2343.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Larry McBride, 70, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. FUNERAL for Dorothy L. Durham, 92, of Bridgeport is 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with private burial at DFW National Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Doyle W. Dickerson, 76, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bobby Clifton Greer Sr., 79, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Charles King, 75, of Alvord and Patsy M. Hornsberger, 72, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins.

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Monday, March 2, 2015


WEATHER FORCES RESCHEDULING OF WEEKEND EVENTS – Icy conditions remained across Wise County into Sunday, causing more cancellations and postponements over the weekend. The Decatur and Wichita Falls Hirschi 4A Region I area basketball game slated for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bowie High School was postponed until 7:30 tonight at the same site. Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller said officials from Paris were unable to make the trip to Bowie. Bridgeport and Iowa Park moved their game to 6:30 tonight in Graham. They were scheduled to play after Decatur in Bowie Saturday. The Slidell and Avinger game scheduled for Saturday in Honey Grove was also postponed until 7 tonight. Local weather watchers reported Friday snowfall totals of 4 inches in Decatur, 3.5 in Alvord and 2.5 in Rhome. The National Weather Service reported some parts of Wise County saw as much as 7 inches of snow. Temperatures finally climbed above freezing in Decatur Sunday morning.

YOUTH FAIR BEGINS – The 63rd Annual Wise County Youth Fair begins at 8:30 today with the Horse Show at NRS Arena. The Youth Fair Queens contest was postponed from Saturday to 7 tonight at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5 for adults/students and free for kids under school age.

ROAD CLOSURE - Cemetery Road in Decatur will be closed at the BNSF railroad crossing near Poco Monday and Tuesday. BNSF is replacing the rails. The work was rescheduled from last week due to inclement weather.

PBR RESERVED SEATS  SOLD OUT — WC Challenger Charities announced Monday morning that reserved seats to the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge presented by First State Bank on May 30 are sold out. The group is in contact with a vendor to bring temporary seating to the arena for this event. Plans should be finalized within two days. Check wcchallenger.org or the group’s Facebook page for updates on additional tickets.

HAMBURGER FUNDRAISER – Making the Change Relay for Life team is holding a hamburger fundraiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Cost is $5 for hamburgers, chips and a drink. Reserve a meal by calling 940-683-3010. Deliveries will be made in the Bridgeport area. Walk-ups are welcome.

COTTONDALE VFD FUNDRAISER – Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department is having a fundraiser 5-8 p.m. March 13. Dinner will include pancakes and sausage, tea and coffee. Donations will be accepted for each plate. Drawings will be held for a television, two quilts and a mystery weekend. Tickets are $2 each at the door.

BASKETBALL TOURNEY – Decatur Junior Women’s Club 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Friday, March 27. Register online by Wednesday, March 25, at poweredbysportssignup.com. Those registered by March 19 will receive a free T-shirt. Call Sara, 940-206-0400.

WALK ACROSS TEXAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is sponsoring Walk Across Texas, an eight-week walking program, scheduled to begin today. Get together a team of up to eight people and walk together or individually. The team tracks its total miles to see if it can cover 830 miles “across Texas” in eight weeks. The goal is to establish an exercise habit. Participation is free. Call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Services for Larry McBride, 70, of Paradise and Dorothy L. Durham, 92, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Williams, 82, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doyle W. Dickerson, 76, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Patsy M. Hornsberger, 72, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Breaking news: Icy roads force cancellations


By Richard Greene | rgreene@wcmessenger.com

Icy conditions remain across Wise County this morning causing more cancellations and postponements.

The Decatur and Wichita Falls Hirschi 4A Region I area basketball game slated for 3:30 p.m. at Bowie High School has been postponed until 7:30 p.m. Monday at the same site.

Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller said officials from Paris were unable to make the trip to Bowie.

Bridgeport and Iowa Park moved their game to 6:30 p.m. Monday in Graham. They were scheduled to play after Decatur in Bowie Saturday.

The Slidell and Avinger game scheduled for Saturday in Honey Grove has also been postponed until 7 p.m. Monday.

The Youth Fair Queens contest has been postponed to 7 p.m. Monday at Woman’s Building at Wise County Fairgrounds.

Some parts of Wise County saw as much as 5 inches of snow Friday and additional frozen precipitation overnight. The temperature in Decatur and Bridgeport was 27 at 9:55 a.m.

Jennifer Dunn of the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth said there will be on-and-off freezing drizzle through the morning that may change into rain and drizzle this afternoon. Conditions are expected to remain icy for several more hours.

More weekend closings and cancellations can be found at wcmess.com/closings.

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Breaking news: Snow causing accidents in county


By Richard Greene | rgreene@wcmessenger.com

Winter returned to Wise County Friday morning with periods of heavy snow causing cars accidents on many of the county’s major thoroughfares.

Multiple accidents were reported on Farm Road 51 and U.S. 287/81, including more than one rollovers.
By 9:30 a.m. snow covered most of the roads around the county.

Alvord, Boyd and Paradise schools are closed along with Weatherford College and county offices. Chico ISD is holding students through lunch.

The Bridgeport Bulls’ 4A Region I area basketball game with Iowa Park in Graham was postponed until Saturday.
“Periods of snow are expected now through later this afternoon with accumulation up to two inches,” said Amanda Schroeder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Most of the snowfall will be with the leading edge of the storm.”

Schroeder added that temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing Friday and additional precipitation is expected tonight and into Saturday.

“It will transition overnight into freezing rain,” Schroeder said. “Less than a tenth of an inch is expected. Saturday afternoon temperatures will climb above freezing in the afternoon.”

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Friday, February 27, 2015


SNOW, FREEZING RAIN POSSIBLE – As of 8 a.m., light snow was beginning to fall in Decatur as snow began to move in from the west. The National Weather Service is forecasting 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation is possible today. Precipitation could change over into light snow or freezing rain tonight into Saturday. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice from freezing drizzle is possible. With temperatures expected to remain in the 20s throughout the day today, any snow or rain that falls is expected to cause problems on area roadways. Wise County remains under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday. As of 7:45 a.m., Alvord had canceled classes, and Paradise schools had delayed opening until 10 a.m. this morning. Boyd ISD was opening two hours late. If more schools/businesses/etc. close or cancel activities, we will post them as we are notified at wcmess.com/closings. The Wise County Messenger’s classifieds deadline has been moved to 10 a.m. today due to the possible inclement weather.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to inclement weather earlier in the week, this week’s trash schedule in Decatur has been changed. Normal Friday pickup will be Saturday.

PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles continue the basketball playoffs tonight with 4A Region I area games. The Bulls take on Iowa Park at 7:30 in Graham. The Eagles play Wichita Falls Hirschi at 7:30 in Bowie. Get live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action will be posted tonight at www.wcmsports.com. Saturday, the Slidell Greyhounds play the Class A Region III area championship against Avinger at 4 p.m. in Honey Grove.

PBR TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON – Tickets to the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge presented by First State Bank go on sale 8 a.m. Saturday. They can be purchased at wcchallenger.org or on the WC Challenger Facebook page. This year’s event is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Tickets may be purchased at Wise Wireless in Decatur starting Monday.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP - The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the boardroom at the Wise Regional Health System west campus in Decatur. The group is for the people who are caring for folks with dementia. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale today at Legend Bank in Decatur. Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies will be among the baked goods being sold.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE CANCELED – The Wise County Youth Fair parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. The Queens Contest, set for Saturday night will go on as planned. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds on 51 South in Decatur. Admission is $5. Children not yet in school may attend for free. Contestants representing 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and FCCLA groups from across the county will participate.

PBR AND PRCA STARS TAKE OVER AT&T STADIUM - Nine PBR riders who call Decatur home will ride in tomorrow’s Choctaw Casino Resort Iron Cowboy at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The action will start at 5:50 p.m., and doors open to the general public at 4:20. Local riders competing include World Champion Silvano Alves, Mike Lee, Guilherme Marchi, Eduardo Aparecido, Marco Eguchi, Valdiron de Oliveira, Fabiano Vieira, Kaique Pacheco and Joao Ricardo Vieira. CBS will broadcast the final rounds at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1. Alves, Lee, Marchi, Fabiano Vieira and Joao Vieira will also compete in RFD-TV’s The American, the world’s richest one-day rodeo, at 2 p.m. in AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Other local cowboys competing at The American include World Champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur in tie-down roping and team roping, Tuf Cooper of Decatur in tie-down roping and Cade Swor of Chico in tie-down roping. KC Jones of Boyd will compete in steer wrestling. The American will air live on RFD-TV.

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

CLUB MEETING – The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Fire Hall.

FUNERALS – Service for Udella Scales Tucker, 84, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Restland Cemetery in Olney. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Williams, 82, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. *Changed from earlier post.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Kay (Hindes) Elsom, 69, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life UPC in Stillwater, Okla.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015


COMMISSIONERS TO HIT THE ROAD – Wise County commissioners Thursday unanimously approved a mobile meetings program as proposed by County Judge J.D. Clark, despite initial pushback from Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White. Clark proposed that once a quarter commissioners have a meeting outside the county seat, in one of the four precincts. The program would include a presentation by that precinct’s commissioner about current and future projects and a presentation by a county department head or other elected official. There would also be a community forum for citizens. White was the only commissioner who spoke in opposition to the program. “I have concerns about this, and I’m going to be very blunt,” he said. “We get asked occasionally to come to different areas to talk … It gets into more of a gripe session than it does anything. And like I’ve explained to them, if we went somewhere every time people wanted us, then we might as well tell our wives we’re not going to be at home.” White eventually relented, saying it wasn’t “that bad of an idea” and voted in favor of it. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FILING DEADLINE FRIDAY – Those interested in filing for a position on the May 9 ballot for city and school elections have until tomorrow to throw their hat in the ring. The filing deadline is 5 p.m.

BULLS, EAGLES, HOUNDS ADVANCE – Caleb Smith poured in 29 points as 11 Bulls scored in Bridgeport’s 90-33 dismantling of Venus in the 4A Region I bi-district game. Decatur took down Alvarado 54-35 behind 19 points from freshman Mason Hix. Slidell senior Tyler Maynard tossed in 40 points to lead the Greyhounds to a 90-63 win over Waxahachie Faith Family in the Class A Region III bi-district game.

BRIDGEPORT, SLIDELL GIRLS FALL - The playoff runs for the Bridgeport Sissies and Slidell Lady Greyhounds ended Wednesday with region quarterfinal losses. Abilene Wylie took down Bridgeport 68-29. Landrie Walsh led the Sissies with 10 points. Dodd City shot down Slidell 90-62. Caitlin Pruett finished with 27 points for the Lady Greyhounds.

TECHNO EXPO – More than 1,100 students from kindergarten to 12th grade will serve as presenters during Northwest ISD’s Techno Expo 5:30-8 tonight at Northwest High School. Selected student work will be presented to the community during more than 410 breakout sessions at 6:15. Refreshments and cuisine will be provided by the Byron Nelson High School Culinary Arts and Hospitality Academy from 5:30-7.

SNOW AGAIN IN FORECAST – A few light snowflakes were falling in Decatur at 7:45 a.m., but we are not expected to see much this morning. However, the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of snow on Friday with a high temperature of 28. Current National Weather Service estimates are 1-2 inches are possible in some places.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE CANCELED - The Wise County Youth Fair parade scheduled for Saturday morning has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. The Queens Contest, set for Saturday night will go on as planned. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds on 51 South in Decatur. Admission is $5. Children not yet in school may attend for free. Contestants representing 4-H clubs, FFA chapters and FCCLA groups from across the county will participate.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce February luncheon has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3, at the Decatur Civic Center. The program will be a question-and-answer session with County Judge J.D. Clark. The March luncheon will by Tuesday, March 24.

HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET – The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet is Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffles and games. For tickets call Jennifer Barrow, Cross Timbers NWTF president, at 940-393-8908.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The Wise County Historical Society, Inc. meets at noon today in the Wise County Heritage Museum at 1602 S. Trinity St., Decatur. Lunch will be served. RSVP to 940-627-5586.

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

YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2015 Roy Young Memorial Scholarship are due Saturday. High school seniors participating in the Wise County Youth Fair are invited to apply for the award, which is sponsored by the Champions and Blue Ribbon Club. To be considered, submit a scholarship application, letter outlining higher education plans and financial need, a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation from an FFA adviser or 4-H leader. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.

QUARTER AUCTION – Paradise Band Boosters will host a quarter auction 6:30 tonight at Paradise Elementary. Call Erin Cornett for vendor information, 817-319-9720.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Beth Brown, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Pedro SanAgustin, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Udella Tucker, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Kay (Hindes) Elsom, 69, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life UPC in Stillwater, Okla.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015


SNOW, NOT SO MUCH – At 7:30 a.m., a light snow/sleet mixture was falling in Decatur, changing over to all snow around 8 a.m., but the multiple inches of snow forecasted had not materialized. The temperature was also 32 degrees, meaning roadways were wet but ice-free. No major accidents had been reported. Today’s high is expected to reach 41 degrees. We did receive rain overnight, including 0.52 of an inch in Decatur and 0.2 in Alvord.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxWEATHER DELAYS – Northwest ISD and Victory Christian Academy are opening two hours late today, and Paradise ISD and Weatherford College (all campuses) are opening at 10 a.m. Farm Bureau offices in Bridgeport and Decatur will also open at 10 a.m.

PLAYOFF BASKETBALL – After being postponed by sleet and ice, the Bridgeport Bulls and Decatur Eagles will get a chance to start the Class 4A Region I playoffs will bi-district games tonight. Bridgeport will meet Venus at Boswell at 6. Decatur takes on Alvarado at 7:30 at Chisholm Trail High School. The Bridgeport Sissies head to Graham at 6 to take on Abilene Wylie in the 4A Region I quarterfinal. The Slidell Greyhounds take on Waxahachie Faith Family at Faith Family Oak Cliff in Dallas at 7:30 in a Class A Region III bi-district tilt. The Slidell Lady Greyhounds face Dodd City in Van Alstyne at 7.  Follow updates of the games on Twitter @wcmsports. There will be full recaps of the action at www.wcmsports.com tonight.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale Friday at Legend Bank in Decatur. Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies will be among the baked goods being sold.

COMMISSIONERS RESCHEDULED – The Wise County commissioners meeting that was canceled Monday has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. The agenda remains as originally posted.

BRIDGEPORT SEND OFF – There will be a send off for the Bridgeport Bulls and Sissies basketball teams 3 p.m. today in downtown.

CLUB MEETING – The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Fire Hall.

QUILT TRIP – Wise County Quilt Guild is chartering a bus to the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop in Waco Saturday. There will be 41 quilt shops in one room. If interested call A&K Quilting at 940-748-2060.

PARADE CANCELED — The Wise County Youth Fair parade scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather.

WOOD SCHOLARSHIP – The WRHS Virginia Wood Memorial Scholarships will be online on March 1. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a deserving high school student, continuing educational student, employees and children of employees of WRHS, and any individual with a Wise County address. The recipients must be furthering their education in some type of medical field. Scholarship applications will be online at: www.wiseregional.com/scholarship/ and must be submitted by April 1. Call Rachel Gasperson at 940-210-2452.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is having registration through March 7. Individuals with special needs over 3 years old are invited to participate. You do not have to know how to play baseball to participate, and accommodations are made to allow each player to participate to their fullest extent. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.wcspecialneeds.com or call 940-577-1848. Cost is $20.

RAFFLE – Amputees In Motion is selling raffle tickets for a YETI Cooler 35 qt. Tickets can be purchased at Wise Regional at the Fit-N-Wise front desk in Decatur. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Beth Brown, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Elmer Cox, 80, of Denton is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Pedro SanAgustin, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Eldridge, 85, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Linda Kay (Hindes) Elsom, 69, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life UPC in Stillwater, Okla.

SERVICE for Udella Tucker, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Snow on the way to Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Winter is not through with Wise County.
A new storm is expected to roll through the county and North Texas late Tuesday or early Wednesday and bring multiple inches of snow, according Dan Huckaby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
“After midnight we could see the next round starting sometime around 2 and 3 a.m. and tapering off later in the morning [Wednesday],” Huckaby said. “Tonight’s event will be snow but it’s putting snow on top of ice, which could be quite treacherous.”
Huckaby said Wise County was on the boundary of the area that would be placed under a Winter Storm Warning. Some parts of North Texas could see four inches of snow or more.
“Wise County could see one or two inches but if the track of the system goes a little further north by even 30 miles it could significantly impact the amount,” Huckaby said. “The snow is not in doubt. The amount is unclear.
“There will be a third morning of dicey driving conditions.”
Tuesday morning, Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard reported a few accidents on the roads around the county but no injuries.
“There were quite a few cars sliding off the road but nothing major,” Beard said. “The roads are better and there’s definitely more traffic. It got rough [Monday] night and early this morning it was a sheet of ice.”
The Wise County Sheriff’s Department reported 30 accidents between Sunday and Tuesday.
Sabrina Easley of Oncor reported no power outages in Wise County but said crews are still ready if any incidents pop up.
“Wise County Oncor customers came through the storm without a hitch,” Easley said. “We did not have one customer without power throughout the entire storm. We are continuing to stay staffed up through the next 48 hours in anticipation of the next weather event.”

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


ICE REMAINS, SNOW POSSIBLE – Much of Wise County remains covered in a layer of ice following yesterday’s winter storm that dropped as much as 1 1/2 inches of rain and sleet. Many roads remain slick, and several schools, businesses, government offices and service providers have closed for a second day in a row (see the list below). Temperatures are expected to reach above freezing for the first time in nearly two days around midday with an afternoon high temperature of 37. As the sun sets, temperatures will once again drop below freezing with an overnight low temperature around 29. Another round of winter weather could be headed our way. Wise County is included in a winter storm watch area from midnight to noon Wednesday. The National Weather Service says snow is possible, with accumulations of 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts possible. As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, forecasters were predicting an 80 percent chance of snow for our area. And if you are making weekend plans, the forecast calls for slight chances of snow Friday and Saturday. Precipitation totals from Monday included 1.6 inches in Rhome, 1.25 in Cottondale, 1 in Decatur, 0.8 in Bridgeport and 0.6 in Alvord.

CLOSURE LIST – As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, here’s the list of Wise County weather-related closures. The list will be updated as needed at WCMess.com/closings.

  • CLOSED – Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Northwest, Paradise and Slidell schools; Victory Christian Academy; Weatherford College (all campuses); Wise County government offices; WARM; Wise County Appraisal District; Wise Hope Crisis Center; Bond Family Eye Care; Learning Ladder; Victory Kids Care
  • NOT RUNNING – TAPS public transportation; Meals on Wheels
  • EVENTS CANCELED/RESCHEDULED – Chico EDC meeting rescheduled for 6 p.m. March 3; Decatur City Council rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be rescheduled for next week

PLAYOFF GAMES RESCHEDULED – The Decatur Eagles’ 4A Region I bi-district game with Alvarado has been moved to Chisholm Trail High School at 7:30 tonight. The Slidell boys A Region III bi-district game has been postponed until Wednesday. The Bridgeport Sissies’ 4A Region I quarterfinal against Abilene Wylie has been moved to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Graham. The Bridgeport Bulls’ 4A Region I bi-district game against Venus has been moved to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Boswell. A decision on the Alvord girls 2A Region II quarterfinal will be made at 1 p.m. today. A decision on the Slidell girls Class A Region III quarterfinal will be made at 10 this morning.

GAS LEAK FORCES EVACUATION – A Decatur neighborhood was evacuated briefly yesterday after a single vehicle accident caused a gas leak. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said a city truck helping sand the roads lost control on the icy roads and slid into a home, hitting a gas meter, around 3:15 p.m. The Decatur Fire Department arrived to find gas spewing and quickly began to evacuate the block around the home at the intersection of Hale and Trenchard streets. Residents were taken to hotel across the street where they were able to stay in the lobby while they waited for the gas company to arrive to shut off the gas. The gas was shut off and residents were able to return home within the hour. No one was injured, including the driver of the truck. Because the one home was without gas, the family whose home was struck, including two adults and three kids, were provided temporary lodging for the night.

SEARCH FOR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY – Representatives from the Texas Comptroller’s office will help local residents search for unclaimed property online, fill out claim forms and answer questions 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday in the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Training Room – North Entrance at 200 Rook Ramsey Drive in Decatur. Unclaimed property includes forgotten utility deposits or other refunds, insurance proceeds, mineral interest or royalty payments, dormant bank accounts and abandoned safe deposit box contents. In addition, attendees will be able to learn about and enroll in the state’s prepaid college tuition program, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund (TTPF). The TTPF enrollment period deadline is Saturday. To search for unclaimed property at any time, or to view how-to videos on the process, visit the Comptroller’s unclaimed property website at ClaimItTexas.org. For phone assistance, call 1-800-654-FIND (3463).

QUEENS CONTEST – The Wise County Youth Fair Queens Contest is still scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

JOB FAIR – A Community Job Fair will be held 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. This free hiring event held by the Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas will feature 13 local employers with open positions in the Wise County community and is open to the general public. Call 940-323-6712 or go to www.workintexas.com.

SOCCER – Movement Church is starting its second season of Upwards Soccer for Kindergarten-3rd grade. Registration is $95 until Wednesday, and $110 after that date. Practices start March 16 and the last game is on May 2. Register in person at the evaluations on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. or March 1 and 8 from 3-5 p.m. Registration online is available at registration.upward.org/UPW57835. Evaluations are held at Movement Church, 1194 County Road 4651 in Rhome. Contact 903-720-1958 or upwards@movementchurch.net.

BEADING CLASS – Decatur Public Library will host a beading class Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. beginning this Thursday. Class members will learn stitches required and all materials will be supplied to create a triangle cuff bracelet. Register for the class online at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com, by calling 940-393-0290 or by visiting the library, 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Mary Brown, 85, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Elmer Cox, 80, of Denton is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Pedro SanAgustin, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Eldridge, 85, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Gas leak forces evacuation


Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m. – The fire department reports that the house is secure, the vehicle has been removed, and streets have been reopened.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. – Fire department is reporting that the gas has been shut off, but roads in the area remain closed to traffic for now. No injuries have been reported.

Two blocks in a residential neighborhood near the intersection of Hale and Trenchard streets in Decatur were evacuated around 3:15 p.m. Monday after a vehicle reportedly struck a gas meter, causing a gas leak. The Decatur Fire Department and Police Department were on the scene, and an evacuation was started. Decatur PD asked for people to avoid the area. More information will be posted as it is available.

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Storms drops sleet, brings few issues


By Richard Greene
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After rolling into Love’s Travel Stop in Rhome Sunday evening, Stacey Gross check the tires on his tractor-trailer Monday morning as sleet pelted down.
“I’m just leaving. Hopefully I’ll make it all the places I have to make,” said the truck driver from Yuba City, Calif. before heading to Tyler and Shreveport.
Gross was one of the few drivers braving the roads around Wise County Monday morning as the second round of wintry precipitation hit with a fury shortly after 6 a.m. The storm dumped between a half and an inch of sleet, according to Dan Huckaby meteorologist with National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Much of the precipitation was expected to wrap up by noon but conditions were not expected to improve significantly with temperatures remaining in the 20s throughout Monday.
“There may be some improvement on heavily traveled roads but unfortunately the sleet that has fallen is not going away,” Huckaby said. “It’s in the mid 20s and that’s about as warm as it’s going to get. Anything that does melt will turn to ice. [Tuesday] morning drivingwise may be worse.”
Schools and government offices throughout the county were closed Monday. Slidell and Decatur playoff basketball games were postponed from Monday until Tuesday.
Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said there had been only a few accidents in the county.
“It’s not been too bad,” Beard said. “We had a couple of incidents this morning of vehicles sliding off the road. [Sunday] night around Alvord on 287 there were a couple of accidents but no injuries.”
Sabrina Easley of Oncor reported no power outages in Wise County.
A few brave drivers made their way to Brookshires to pick up a few items. Rosie Lang said her husband drove her to the store from their house on south of Bridgeport.
“He won’t let me drive in his. He’s from the north,” Lang said.
The Messenger is posting a list of closures and cancellations at http://wcmess.com/closings

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Monday, February 23, 2015


SLEET STORM – As predicted, freezing temperatures and sleet that began falling just before 6 a.m. today have already created slick roads around the county. As of 7:30 a.m., road conditions seemed to be worse in the south part of the county, according to our WCM Weather One team in the field. No major accidents had been reported as it seems most drivers are heeding the word to stay inside. Numerous schools, businesses and government offices are closed today (see list below). Bands of sleet are expected to continue through our area before ending around midday. The temperature at 7:30 was 23 degrees in Decatur, and the temperature is expected to remain in the low 20s throughout the day, meaning road conditions are not expected to improve today and may not improve until temperatures are expected to reach above freezing Tuesday afternoon. Wise County remains under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. today.

WEATHER RELATED CLOSINGS – As of 7:45 a.m., here is the list of closings for Monday. This list will be updated throughout the day at WCMess.com/closings. Sports updates will be posted at WCMsports.com.

CLOSED – Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Northwest, Paradise, Slidell schools; WARM; Bond Family Eye Care; Chico Public Library; City of Bridgeport; Decatur Livestock Market; Learning Ladder; Victory Christian Academy and Victory Kids Care; Wise County Appraisal District; Wise Hope Crisis Center in Decatur and The Hope Chest in Bridgeport; Wise County offices; First United Methodist Church of Decatur

NOT RUNNING TODAY – Meals on Wheels and TAPS Public Transportation

EVENTS CANCELED – Kay Granger event at Decatur Civic Center and Commissioner’s Lunch with Wise County Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Decatur City Council meeting scheduled for tonight is cancelled.

SPORTING EVENTS RESCHEDULED – Winter weather has pushed the Slidell Greyhounds’ playoff game slated for Monday to Tuesday. Slidell was set to play Waxahachie Faith Academy at Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff in Dallas at 7:30 tonight in a Class A Region III bi-district game. Slidell coach Todd McCormick said the game will now be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the same site. The game was postponed after Life Oak Cliff, the host site canceled school. Slidell also canceled classes for Monday. The Decatur Eagles’ 4A Region I bi-district game with Alvarado originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Keller High School. The Bridgeport Bulls and Wise County’s three girls teams in the playoffs – Alvord, Bridgeport and Slidell – are scheduled to play Tuesday.

FIRES/VEHICLE THEFTS BEING INVESTIGATED – Two East Wise Fire Dept. volunteers had their personal vehicles stolen while they were battling pre-dawn fires Sunday morning. J.C. Travis, deputy Wise County fire marshal, said Sunday afternoon that all three fires – called in just after 3 a.m. in an area near County Road 4430 and Private Road 4437 southeast of Decatur – are viewed as “suspicious” and appear to be related to the thefts as well. The fires destroyed an unoccupied double-wide mobile home and about 90 round hay bales stacked in an open-sided barn just down the road. Someone also attempted to set fire to a van that had been left on County Road 2240 after it broke down earlier in the evening. “After the guys from East Wise cleared the situation, when they got back to the station two of them found their personal vehicles had been stolen,” Travis said Sunday afternoon. “It’s a very weird situation.” Investigators from the Wise County Sheriff’s office were brought in to handle the crime scene at the van and the East Wise fire station. Travis spoke with the van’s owner Sunday morning. “He said they were driving home last night and a wheel bearing went out around 1 a.m. They pulled over and had someone come get them,” he said. “They came back around 9 a.m. and were dumbfounded.” He said he believes that attempted arson was “just a random act, a target of opportunity.” “We believe the same people who did it stole the pickups. That’s our working theory. It’s just too coincidental,” he said. “The fires were set as a distraction to allow them to steal the trucks, knowing everyone’s going to be out, everyone’s going to be busy.” Anyone with information on the fires or the vehicle thefts is encouraged to call the Wise County Fire Marshal’s office at (940) 627-5870.

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

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold a public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant, 202 Main Street, in Paradise. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535; or visit www.freedomtexas.org.

MOBILE HEALTH PROGRAMS – The Texas Health Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program will be in Bridgeport Friday at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street. They will be doing Well Woman exams, mammograms and colon cancer screenings. They will see patients both with and without insurance. To schedule an appointment call Texas Health Resources at 1-855-318-7696. For more information call Bridgeport City Hall at 940-683-3400.

FUNERALS – Service for Pedro San Agustin, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Elmer Cox, 80, of Denton is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Eldridge, 85, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Winter Storm Warning begins for Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
UPDATE 7 P.M.: Wise County and North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning through 6 p.m. Monday with major impacts from sleet predicted.
Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Northwest and Slidell schools along with Weatherford College has canceled classes Monday. Paradise ISD has pushed classes back to 10 a.m.
Temperatures at Bridgeport Municipal Airport and Decatur Municipal Airport fell to 32 degrees — freezing — at 3:50 p.m. Sunday. At 6:55 p.m. Sunday evening the temperature at both locations was 29. It will continue to fall. The projected low for Sunday night is 20.
Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, said some sleet could accompany the light band of precipitation currently moving through the county though significant impacts are not anticipated until after 6 p.m.
Dunn said the worry this evening is with standing water and temperatures falling possibly creating “black ice” on roads and overpasses.
The bulk of the precipitation is still expected to hit the county and North Texas in the early morning hours Monday and continue through the morning, creating treacherous travel conditions.
“Sleet will between one and two inches with a small area of ice up to a tenth of an inch,” Dunn said.

11 a.m. STORY: Winter weather will hit Wise County late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, making travel treacherous throughout the county.
The county along with most of North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.
Rain began falling around 10 a.m. Sunday morning with temperatures still in the upper 30s. A secondary push of cold air is expected to arrive later in the evening, according to Anthony Bain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“As colder air filters in, the rain will transition to sleet,” Bain said. “Your best chance for winter precipitation is late tonight with some freezing rain and drizzle from 10 to midnight. Then from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. is when we expect the bulk of the precipitation will arrive.
“Along the 287 corridor, we have a high confidence of seeing high impacts.”
He added that some of the sleet could be accompanied with claps of thunder.
“Beneath the storms with a lot of convection, we could see closer to 2 inches,” Bain said.
Many areas may see between 1 and 1.5 inches.
Along with the wintry precipitation will be chilly temperatures. The forecast high Monday for Decatur is 25.
“It will be below 32 until late Tuesday,” Bain said. “Even when it gets above freezing it’ll only be 35 or 36.”
Temperatures will then dip back below freezing Tuesday evening.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Galindo said crews pretreated U.S. 287/81 and 380 Friday and Saturday.
“Crews will be coming in later to patrol the highways and farm roads and all equipment is on standby,” Galindo said.

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Winter storm heading to Wise County


By Richard Greene
rgreene@wcmessenger.com
Winter weather will hit Wise County late Sunday evening and early Monday morning, making travel treacherous throughout the county.
The county along with most of North Texas is under a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.
Rain began falling around 10 a.m. Sunday morning with temperatures still in the upper 30s. A secondary push of cold air is expected to arrive later in the evening, according to Anthony Bain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
“As colder air filters in, the rain will transition to sleet,” Bain said. “Your best chance for winter precipitation is late tonight with some freezing rain and drizzle from 10 to midnight. Then from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. is when we expect the bulk of the precipitation will arrive.
“Along the 287 corridor, we have a high confidence of seeing high impacts.”
He added that some of the sleet could be accompanied with claps of thunder.
“Beneath the storms with a lot of convection, we could see closer to 2 inches,” Bain said.
Many areas may see between 1 and 1.5 inches.
Along with the wintry precipitation will be chilly temperatures. The forecast high Monday for Decatur is 25.
“It will be below 32 until late Tuesday,” Bain said. “Even when it gets above freezing it’ll only be 35 or 36.”
Temperatures will then dip back below freezing Tuesday evening.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Galindo said crews pretreated U.S. 287/81 and 380 Friday and Saturday.
“Crews will be coming in later to patrol the highways and farm roads and all equipment is on standby,” Galindo said.

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Friday, February 20, 2015


TRAIN VICTIM IDENTIFIED – The man struck and killed by a train Tuesday in Rhome has been identified as 33-year-old Rhome resident Chance Aaron Johnson. Johnson was killed near the intersection of Pioneer Road in Rhome. Investigators have not determined why Johnson was on the tracks.

2 FIRE VICTIMS STILL CRITICAL, 1 RELEASED – A 70-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy remain in critical condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas following a house fire Wednesday morning east of Decatur. A 1-year-old boy also remains hospitalized at Parkland while his mother was released from the hospital yesterday, according to a family friend. The fire killed a 65-year-old man identified as George Steele by neighbors. Two other people in the house escaped unharmed. To help the family, donated items may be dropped off at either campus office at Slidell ISD. Sizes are boys 9-12 months, size 2 diapers, infant 3 shoe size; boys 10 jeans, youth large shirts, boys 4 shoe size; women’s 8/10 bottoms, medium-large tops, women’s 8 1/2 shoe size; men’s XL shirt, size 12 shoe; women’s XL shirt, size 8 1/2 shoe. Financial contributions should be directed to the “Steele Family Fund” at Sycamore Baptist Church.

DECATUR, PARADISE FALL – Stephenville pulled down 15 offensive rebounds for 14 second-chance points in a 47-44 victory over Decatur in the 4A Region I area game. Hannah Dunning led all scorers with 15 points. Macen Stripling added 10. No. 1 Sunnyvale used a late second-quarter run to grab the lead and held on for the 63-40 win over Paradise in the 3A Region II area game. Taylor Richards led Paradise with 13.

HICKS, EAGLES BEAT STEPHENVILLE – Parker Hicks poured in 35 points as the Decatur Eagles took down Stephenville 60-47 Thursday in a warm-up game.

BYA REGISTRATION – The Bridgeport Youth Association will hold “Last Chance-Spring Sport Registration” for baseball, softball, soccer and T-ball 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center/Ladwin Ballfields. Fees range from $60 to $100 per player.

SWAP MEET TIME – The Wise County Antique Auto Club’s annual Decatur Swap is in full swing. It continues 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

ROAD CLOSURE – Cemetery Road in Decatur will be closed at the BNSF railroad crossing Monday and Tuesday. BNSF is replacing the rails.

GRANGER LUNCHEON – RSVP today for A Conversation with Kay, a luncheon and program 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Decatur Civic Center. The event will feature Congresswoman Kay Granger, who represents Wise County. Cost is $25 per person, $200 per table of eight or $250 per table of 10. Contact Teresa at iCopy, 940-627-9000 or email teresa@icopytexas.com. The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions.

PLAYOFF BASKETBALL – The Bridgeport Sissies, Alvord Lady Bulldogs and Slidell Lady Greyhounds will have area-round games tonight. Bridgeport plays Burkburnett at 6 in Henrietta in a 4A Region I area tilt. Alvord takes on Tolar in a 2A Region II game at 7 in Springtown. Slidell meets Miller Grove for a Class A Region III area matchup at 7 in Anna. Follow updates for the games at @wcmsports on Twitter. Full recaps will be posted at www.wcmsports.com.

SISSIES SENDOFF – The Bridgeport Sissies are leaving at 3 p.m. today for their playoff game and will travel down Halsell Street on their way out of town. The community is invited to line the street for a sendoff celebration.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE – Tickets are still available for Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Daddy-Daughter Dance Feb. 21. There will be two dances: 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 per couple, $5 for additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

HOME RUN DERBY – A home run derby and alumni game will be held Saturday at the Decatur High School baseball field. The home run derby is 11 a.m.-noon for ages 6 to 12 and 3-4 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Cost is $10 for 10 hits. The alumni game is 1-3 p.m. with warm-up noon-1. To participate in the alumni game, call Coach Harrison at 940-389-9221. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Eagles Baseball Booster Club. Concessions and spirit wear will be for sale.

BOOK SIGNING – Kevin Moore will sign copies of his book “Holy Rebellion” at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Alvord at 6 p.m. Sunday. A question and answer session will be held prior to the signing.

GOSPEL PERFORMANCE - Chuck Crain and Tim Gregg will sing during the evening service at Grace Baptist Church of Decatur 5:30 p.m. Sunday. They sing in the Presley’s Gospel Quartet at the Presley’s Country Jubilee in Branson, Mo.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Hellen M. Stallings, 78, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Lacy Tompkins, 27, of Jacksboro is 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Vergie (Crownover) Williams, 99, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Deep Creek Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Krista Jane Shaw French, 61, of Tucson, Ariz., is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Billy Eugene and Betty Jean (Acker) Hall, formerly of Boyd, is 2 p.m. Sunday at Destiny Life Church in Fate, Rockwall County.

MEMORIAL service for Allen “Veto” Boden, 54, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


2 FIRE VICTIMS STILL CRITICAL – Two victims of yesterday’s house fire east of Decatur remain hospitalized in critical condition this morning, according to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. The fire in the 200 block of Quail Chase Lane killed a 65-year-old man. A woman in her early 70s who was taken to Wise Regional Health System was later flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A second victim, a 9-year-old boy, is also at Parkland in critical condition. Two other victims, a woman in her 30s and her 1-year-old son, were listed in good condition after being hospitalized yesterday and are expected to be released this morning. Two other people who were in the home at the time it caught fire were able to escape without injury. Beard said it appeared the man who was killed had gone back inside the home to try to get family members out. They are being helped by Red Cross. Beard has not released the names of the family members, although posts on social media seeking assistance for the family identified them as the Steele family. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started in the living room. The fire happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

HOW TO HELP – Clothing items are being collected for the Steele family, who lost their home in yesterday’s fire. Items may be dropped off at either campus office at Slidell ISD. Sizes are boys 12-18 months, size 3 diapers, infant 3 shoe size; boys 10 jeans, youth large shirts, boys 4 shoe size; women’s 8/10 bottoms, medium-large tops, women’s 8 1/2 shoe size; men’s XL shirt, size 12 shoe; women’s XL shirt, size 8 1/2 shoe. Financial contributions should be directed to the “Steele Family Fund” at Sycamore Baptist Church.

HOOPS PLAYOFFS CONTINUE – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Paradise Lady Panthers will play area round games tonight. Decatur faces Stephenville in 4A Region I area game at 6 in Brock. Paradise faces No. 1 Sunnyvale in a 3A Region II area game at 7 p.m. at Fort Worth Nolan. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. Full recaps of the action will be posted at www.wcmsports.com. The Decatur Eagles will play Stephenville in a warm-up game at Brock after the girls game.

YOUNG SCHOLARSHIP – Applications for the 2015 Roy Young Memorial Scholarship are due Saturday, Feb. 28. High school seniors participating in the Wise County Youth Fair are invited to apply for the award. Students must also be pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture and be an active member of FFA, 4-H or rodeo club. To be considered, submit a scholarship application, letter outlining higher education plans and financial need, a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from an FFA adviser or 4-H leader. Applications are available at your high school counselor’s office or at James Wood Motors in Decatur. Call Susan Miller, 940-627-7658.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER – An autotech scholarship fundraiser will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Middle School Auditorium, featuring P-Nutt and Ponytail Show featuring The George Brothers. Tickets, $15 for 13 and over, are being sold at the Bridgeport High School front office, Decatur Chicken Express or at the door the night of the show.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The 2015 Wise County Youth Fair will be kicked off with a parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Decatur. All groups, businesses and organizations are invited to participate. To sign up, fill out an application on wcyouthfair.org or call James Hubbard at 940-389-5735.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesday, Feb. 25, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384.

QUARTER AUCTION – Paradise Band Boosters will host a quarter auction 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Paradise Elementary. Call Erin Cornett for vendor information, 817-319-9720.

VALENTINE PARTY - Senior citizens are invited to a Valentine’s party at Governor’s Ridge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility in Decatur 6-8 tonight. A potluck dinner will be served, and Bill Cobb’s Big Band Music will follow. A Valentine’s king and queen will be crowned. RSVP to 940-627-1104.

UNITED WAY – United Way of Wise County will hold its annual meeting 5:30-7 tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to everyone, including UWWC directors and donor representatives. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Major donors will be recognized, officers and directors will be elected and an operations report will be presented.

WEATHER CLASS – The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth will hold a Skywarn Severe Weather class tonight at 7 at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center Courtroom.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Helen M. Stallings, 78, of Burleson is 11 a.m. Saturday at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Lacy Tompkins, 27, of Jacksboro is 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Yolanda Ann Gachuzo, 49, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cementerio Mexicano in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Allen “Veto” Boden, 54, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Vergie (Crownover) Williams, 99, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Deep Creek Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Krista Jane Shaw French, 61, of Tucson, Ariz., is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Billy Eugene and Betty Jean (Acker) Hall, formerly of Boyd, is 2 p.m. Sunday at Destiny Life Church in Fate, Rockwall County.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


1 KILLED, 2 CRITICALLY INJURED IN FIRE – A man was killed and four other family members were injured, including two critically, in an early morning house fire east of Decatur. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said six of the seven family members living in the home in the 200 block of Quail Chase Lane were able to escape the burning house, but a 65-year-old man did not. A body was later located inside the double wide mobile home. A woman in her early 70s was taken to Wise Regional Health System in extremely critical condition, according to Beard. A 1-year-old and 9-year-old boy were taken by ground ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Once there, the 9-year-old was transferred to Parkland Hospital in Dallas in critical condition, and the boys’ mother, who is in her early 30s, was also admitted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. The 1-year-old was taken mainly as a precaution, Beard said. The fire was reported around 3. Fire departments including Greenwood/Slidell, Krum, Ponder and Decatur responded along with Wise County EMS and sheriff’s deputies. The home was a total loss. Beard said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He said the family had been having numerous electrical problems and had several space heaters throughout the home. More information will be posted as it is available at WCMessenger.com.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxMAN KILLED BY TRAIN – A train accident in Rhome at the intersection of Pioneer Road and U.S. Business 81/287 left one person dead and shut down Pioneer Road for about an hour Tuesday afternoon. The man’s name has not been released at this time, but Wise County Sheriff David walker identified the man as a white, 33-year-old Rhome resident. The fatality occurred at 12:45, almost an hour after the same man was seen walking along the tracks and told to get off the tracks by the Rhome Police Department. The Wise County Sheriff’s Department, Rhome Police Department and BNSF Police investigated the accident. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

ALVORD, BRIDGEPORT ADVANCE – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs raced out to a 24-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 72-30 2A bi-district win over Itasca Tuesday. Brianna Ponder scored 21. Brittany Gayler and Cierra Rangel added 11 each. Alvord moves on to play Tolar Friday in Springtown. The Bridgeport Sissies took out Alvarado 66-34 for a 4A bi-district title. Bridgeport advances to play Burkburnett in the area round Friday in Henrietta. The Northwest Lady Texans fell to Flower Mound 60-31.

BULLS WIN 16TH STRAIGHT – The 8-4A champion Bridgeport Bulls closed out a perfect run through the district with a 73-49 win over Springtown. It was the Bulls’ 16th straight win. In other boys action, Paradise picked up its 20th win, beating City View 53-46. Boyd fell to Holliday 44-35. Northwest closed the season with a 56-52 win over Denton Guyer. Behind 20 points from Colton Crane, Slidell claimed second in 21-A with a 67-34 win over Saint Jo.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON OFFICER – A suspected drunk driver who ran into the back of a Wise County Sheriff’s Department patrol car early Monday morning was arrested and charged with intoxicated assault causing serious bodily injury of a peace officer. Jose Cortez-Vasquez, 44, of Fort Worth was southbound on U.S. 81/287 around 2:10 a.m. when he struck the patrol car with Corporal Jay Polhemus inside. Polhemus, who was diverting traffic onto an access road at Pioneer Road due to an earlier accident, was not seriously injured. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

CITY COUNCIL AWARDS LEASE – The Bridgeport City Council yesterday unanimously approved an 8-month lease for the old high school building at 1407 Carpenter Street where Robert Chaney has hosted a haunted house in the past. Chaney’s previous lease was for four months, from August to November. The current lease goes from December 2014-July 2015 and costs $1,000. Chaney also said he was interested in buying the property at some point. The council also discussed the possibility of installing solar panels in the city in an effort to cut down on energy costs, with a presentation from Mayor Lane. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE — The 2015 Wise County Youth Fair will be kicked off with a parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Decatur. All groups, businesses and organizations are invited to participate.To sign up, fill out an application at wcyouthfair.org or call James Hubbard at 940-389-5735.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on FM 51 South. Lela Evans, a professional genealogist will present The Periodic Source Index (PERSI). PERSI is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. Cost is $5 for non-members.

WEATHER PROGRAM – To help residents prepare for the 2015 severe weather season, the National Weather Service will offer a free Skywarn severe weather program 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the courtroom at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center. The class is for official storm spotters as well as any residents who wish to learn more about weather. No advance registration is required.

BEAUTY CLASS – The Cancer Center at Wise Regional is offering Look Good, Feel Better, a 12-step beauty class for women undergoing cancer treatment, noon-2 p.m. on March 13. The class covers skin care, makeup application, dry skin, discoloration to nails, scarves, turbans, hats and more. Lunch is provided. RSVP to the Cancer Center Patient Navigator Laura Tanner at 940-626-2300 by Friday.

HOME RUN DERBY – A home run derby and alumni game will be held Saturday at the Decatur High School baseball field. The home run derby is 11 a.m.-noon for ages 6 to 12 and 3-4 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Cost is $10 for 10 hits. The alumni game is 1-3 p.m. with warm-up noon-1. To participate in the alumni game, call Coach Harrison at 940-389-9221. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Eagles Baseball Booster Club. Concessions and spirit wear will be for sale.

FUNERALS – Services for Helen M. Stallings, 78, of Burleson and Ingrid Crawley, 78, of Bridgeport are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vesta Fern Parson, 81, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Zion Valley Cumberland Church in Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Yolanda Ann Gachuzo, 49, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cementerio Mexicano in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Allen “Veto” Boden, 54, is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Fire destroys home east of Decatur


Multiple fire departments responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Quail Chase Lane around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters found a double wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Initial reports indicated possible injuries and at least one person still inside. More information will be posted as it is available.

 

 

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