Wednesday, December 7, 2016


DRIVER KILLED IN ROLLOVER – A woman died in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 81/287 just north of County Road 4421 Wednesday morning. Two passengers, a woman and a child, were transported by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur. No names were released at the scene as investigators were still gathering information. The wreck occurred around 5:30 a.m. The vehicle was northbound on U.S. 81/287 when it left the roadway. “It ran off the road and hit a grade at the crossover and flipped several times before it came to rest [in the median],” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson. One lane of northbound traffic on U.S. 81/287 was shut down while emergency personnel worked the scene.

PARADISE CHAMBER AWARDS – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce held their awards banquet Monday and named Deborah Mann the Individual of the Year, First Financial Bank as Business of the Year and Dickie Greenwood as Director of the Year.

ALVORD GIRLS HOLD OFF PARADISE – Cierra Rangel scored a game-high 22 points and Randi Taylor added 13, including three free throws in the final 13 seconds, as Alvord held off Paradise 50-46 Tuesday. Maddie Mitschke scored 17 for Paradise. April Coursey and Kaycee Martin had 10 each. In other girls action: Decatur beat Graham 47-39; Bridgeport took down Iowa Park 49-38; Boyd fell to Era 61-36; Slidell blasted Bryson 62-16. In boys action: Decatur edged Peaster 69-58; Bridgeport beat Iowa Park 69-51; Paradise outlasted Millsap 60-58; Boyd topped Alvord 46-44; Slidell ran away from Bryson 89-38.

BIG TEMPERATURE DROP TONIGHT – After an expected high of 51 today, an Arctic cold front is expected to move into the area tonight, dropping the overnight low to 25. Thursday’s high is only expected to reach 35 degrees, and Thursday’s low is expected to dip to 18.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING – The Salvation Army bell ringing campaign has started in Wise County. Through last Saturday, $13,595.18 had been collected. Open slots are still available for volunteer bell ringers. Linda Kennedy of Bridgeport is scheduling even days and Tana Fedric is scheduling odd days. Call Fedric at 940-389-5859 and Kennedy at 940-683-6616 or 940-389-1539. All money collected stays in Wise County.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Decatur Fire Department is having Breakfast with Santa 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 1705 S. State Street. Santa will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Bring your camera for photos with him.

TOYS FOR TOTS – Cici’s Pizza in Decatur is a drop off location for donations to Toys For Tots. Marines will be posted at the restaurant 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for collection of donations.

FUNERALS – Service for David Deaton, 63, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Henry Eual Jenkins Jr., 94, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Amos “Lugnut” Goines, 77, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Richard Tanner, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sunday at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Breaking News: One killed in one-vehicle rollover on 287


A woman died in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 287/81 just north of County Road 4421 Wednesday morning.

Two passengers, a woman and a child, were transported by ambulance to Wise Health System in Decatur.

No names were released at the scene as investigators were still gathering information.

The wreck occurred around 5:30 a.m. The vehicle was headed northbound on U.S. 287 when it left the roadway.

“It ran off the road and hit a grade at the crossover and flipped several times before it came to rest [in the median],” said Department of Public Safety Trooper Adolfo Patterson.

One lane of northbound traffic on U.S. 287 was shut down while emergency personnel worked the scene.

It was the second fatality accident in the county this week. A Decatur man, John Joesph Callan, 43, died Monday evening when his truck flipped on Business U.S. 380 and came to rest on a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016


MAN KILLED IN WRECK AT HARMON PARK – A Decatur man died Monday evening in a crash after his truck flipped multiple times and came to rest in the infield of a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur. John Joseph Callan, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Jan Morrow. Callan was westbound on Business 380 when he failed to make the curve at the park shortly before 9 p.m. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Callan’s truck went over the curb and hit a tree before going airborne. The vehicle then hit the street before going airborne a second time and hitting the batting cages and then going through the fence of the baseball field. Callan was the father Johnny Callan, the Jacksboro student killed in an accident in Palo Pinto County last month.

BLAZE DESTROYS ALVORD HOME – A two-story home in the 700 block of West State Street in Alvord was destroyed by a fire just after 3 Monday afternoon. Wise County Sheriff’s Deputy Taylor Whittle said he responded after noticing smoke coming from the home, which is located about two blocks southwest of Alvord Elementary School. No occupants were home at the time of the blaze. Alvord, Chico and Decatur fire departments and Wise County EMS responded to the scene. The home has been owned by Chad and Tiffany Davis since 2006. The family has three children, all under the age of 12. Bystanders pulled the family’s two dogs to safety. The home is insured, and Red Cross is assisting the family.

WRECK SERIOUSLY INJURES 1 – One man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord Monday afternoon. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Carson said a white Toyota pickup was southbound on U.S. 81/287 just before 2:45 p.m. when a box truck driven by Geraldo Palacios, 26, of Irving crossed in front of it at the County Road 1591 intersection. The pickup struck the truck broadside at its rear wheels, suffering major damage and leaving the driver trapped. The driver’s name hasn’t been released. He was taken via ground ambulance an area hospital. Wise County EMS, Alvord Fire Department and DPS Troopers responded to the scene.

TOWN HALL MEETING – The City of Lake Bridgeport will hold a town hall meeting 6:30 tonight at city hall.

COMMISSIONERS MOBILE MEETING – Wise County commissioners will meet at 7 tonight at Runaway Bay City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive. Veterans service officer Laura Spain will speak on veterans programs and services, and Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy will talk about ongoing work in Precinct 4. County Judge J.D. Clark will also speak. The meeting will start with community forum. It’s open to the public.

ALVORD, PARADISE TO MEET ON COURT – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs will head to Paradise at 6:15 tonight for a showdown on the basketball court. Other area games: Girls – Boyd at Era; Bridgeport at Iowa Park; Chico at Bellevue; Bryson at Slidell; Decatur at Graham; Northwest at Fossil Ridge. Boys – Alvord at Boyd; Bridgeport at Iowa Park; Chico at Bellevue; Decatur at Peaster; Paradise at Millsap; Bryson at Slidell.

HOLIDAY CONCERT – The Boyd Band Booster Club will hold a free holiday concert and silent auction benefiting Boyd ISD music programs 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the cafetorium.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Bridgeport Lions Club, located across from the city pool, will hold a blood drive 1:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact Lion Pat Ross, 940-210-5856.

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.

RETIRED TEACHER MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. The program will be presented by musician Larry Clark of Denton. Cost of the luncheon is $11 and can be paid for by cash or check. Former educators and administrators invited. For a reservation call 940-575-2341.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT – Ann Ayers will teach kids how to sculpt an ornament today at Chico Public Library. Only 20 spots are available, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sunday at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for David Deaton, 63, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Amos Goines, 77; Richard Tanner, 72; and Henry E. Jenkins, 94, all of Bridgeport; and Robert W. Magness, 91, formerly of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for John J. Callan, 43, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Man killed in wreck at Harmon Park


A Decatur man died Monday evening in a crash after his truck flipped multiple times and came to rest in the infield of a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.img_2569

John Joseph Callan, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Jan Morrow.

Callan was heading westbound on Business 380 when he failed to make the curve at the park shortly before 9 p.m.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Callan’s truck went over the curb and hit a tree before going airborne. The vehicle then hit the street before going airborne a second time and hitting the batting cages and then going through fence of the baseball field.

“It flipped three times,” Hoskins said.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

“There was evidence of a high rate of speed,” Hoskins said.

Callan was the father Johnny Callan, the Jacksboro student killed in an accident in Palo Pinto County last month.

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Monday, December 5, 2016


COAT AND UMBRELLA WEATHER – Today’s forecast includes a high temperature of 49 degrees with an 80 percent chance of showers after noon. Tonight’s low is expected to drop to 42 degrees. Weekend rainfall totals included 0.81 of an inch in Decatur, 0.8 in Paradise, 0.7 in Cottondale, 0.61 in Rhome and 0.5 in Greenwood and Bridgeport. The weather is expected to remain dry as we approach the middle of the week, but an Arctic cold front is expected to bring some of the coldest air in a couple of years by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

TOY RUN – About 800 motorcyclists participated in yesterday’s Wise County Toy Run, which collects toys for local children in need.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) support group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.

RETIRED TEACHER MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Civic Center. The program will be presented by musician Larry Clark of Denton. Cost of the luncheon is $11 and can be paid for by cash or check. Former educators and administrators invited. For a reservation call 940-575-2341.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT – Ann Ayers will teach kids how to sculpt an ornament Tuesday at Chico Public Library. Only 20 spots are available, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Angels are now available for adoption through the Rhome/South Wise County Spirit of Christmas. Angels are located at Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome. Angels should be returned by noon Friday. Monetary donations may be made at the Rhome Wells Fargo.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Paradise Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards dinner 6:30 tonight at the Boyd Community Center. The Chamber will present Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and student citizen awards. Speaker will be Lisa Graves. Sagebrush will cater the meal.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Private Pesticide Applicators can receive 5 Hour Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the Decatur Civic Center Thursday. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30. Lunch is included. Cost is $45. Call the Wise County Extension office ASAP to sign up, 940-627-3341.

APPRECIATION DINNER – Wise County Committee on Aging will hold a dinner to recognize and thank their Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers and donors 6 p.m. today at the parish hall of Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5094 U.S. 380. RSVP to Amy at the WCCA office, 940-627-5329.

FUNERALS – Service for David Deaton, 63, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Larry Dauenhauer, 69, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Alvie Geeslin, 90, of Chico. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sunday at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Friday, December 2, 2016


DECATUR PARADE RESCHEDULED – Due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Madness Parade of Lights has been rescheduled from Saturday, Dec. 3 until Thursday, Dec. 8. The parade line up will be moved to 6 p.m., and the parade will start at 7. Bounce houses, rock climbing wall and other activities will also be moved to next Thursday, but the Moonlight Madness shopping events will still take place on Saturday.

COLD AND RAINY WEEKEND AHEAD – After a 40 percent chance of rain today, chances increase to 80 percent tonight and tomorrow. Sunday includes a 20 percent chance during the day, increasing to 60 percent Sunday night and 70 percent on Monday. Today’s high is expected to reach 61, but highs through the weekend are expected to top out in the upper 40s to lower 50s with overnight lows in the mid 40s.

EAGLES WIN OPENER IN TOURNEY – The Decatur Eagles beat Lubbock Monterey 68-45 in the opening game of the Gene Messer Tournament. In Salado, the Paradise boys fell to McGregor 50-43 and Austin Travis 83-59. The Decatur Lady Eagles won their first game at the Jacksboro Tournament over South Hills 55-20.

SLIDELL, PARADISE PICK UP WINS – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds started the Perrin Tournament with a 52-15 win over Chico. Sam Rambsel scored 11 points and Bailey Meyer 10. Maddie Mitschke had 17 and Hunter Rogers 14 in the Paradise Lady Panthers’ 59-38 win over Keene.

SISSIES FACE PONDER – The Bridgeport Sissies put their six-game winning streak on the line tonight at Ponder.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Angels are now available for adoption through the Rhome/South Wise County Spirit of Christmas. Angels are located at Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome. Angels should be returned by noon Friday, Dec. 9. Monetary donations may be made at the Rhome Wells Fargo.

CEREMONY RESCHEDULED – The Chico Angel Garden lighting ceremony scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

VETERANS EVENTS – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All veterans are invited. Also on Saturday, in remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the group will show the movie “Tora, Tora, Tora” at the Wise County Veterans Museum, 1308 10th St in Bridgeport. Movie starts at noon. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided.

APPRECIATION DINNER – Wise County Committee on Aging will hold a dinner to recognize and thank their Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers and donors 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the parish hall of Ascension and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5094 U.S. 380. RSVP to Amy at the WCCA office, 940-627-5329.

BRIDGEPORT SANTA COPS – The deadline to turn in an application for Bridgeport Police Department’s Santa Cops program is Monday. Information can be found on the Bridgeport Police Department’s Facebook page, and applications can be picked up at the police department.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host Breakfast With Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. It will include breakfast, arts and crafts for children and pictures with Santa. Pre-sale tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children, and $4 at the door. Purchase tickets at City Hall or at the event. Space is limited. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

BLUE RIBBON BASH – The second annual Blue Ribbon Bash is today at the Decatur Civic Center. Doors open at 6, and a steak dinner will be served at 7. Jake Hooker will play after dinner. There will also be raffles and a live and silent auction. You must be 21 or older to attend. For tickets, call 940-627-4567 or 940-393-2128. Proceeds benefit the Wise Youth Ag Syndicate, which purchases projects at the Wise County Youth Fair auction and also helps produce the event.

TOY RUN – The 17th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon at the McCarroll Middle School parking lot on West Thompson Street in Decatur. The parade ride will leave Decatur at 12:30 p.m. with a police escort and head to Bridgeport. Each rider should bring at least one unwrapped toy for a 3- to 12-year-old child or a $10 minimum donation. The event will also feature door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a raffle for a V nose trailer and more. Call Big Ed at 940-683-4742, John at 940-393-2917 or Scott at 940-389-0200.

TOUR OF HOMES – This year’s Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Stops on this year’s tour include the homes of Kevin and Melinda Wray at 394 County Road 1170, Jay and Marla Davidson at 1608 Thousand Oaks Drive, Thom and Judy Lambert at 303 Brookhollow and the Flying V ranch residence, 297 Private Road 1173. Refreshments will be served at Black Creek Farms, 2324 Old Decatur Rd. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice, Swanky Shack or from any member of the club.

FUNERALS – Service for Larry L. Dauenhauer, 69, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington is 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Dorothy Jane Lynch, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Alvord. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Julia Lamance, 84 of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Garvin Untied Methodist Church in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Donald, 54, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016


DECATUR PARADE RESCHEDULED – Due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend, the Decatur Chamber of Commerce Moonlight Madness Parade of Lights has been rescheduled from Saturday, Dec. 3 until Thursday, Dec. 8. The parade line up will be moved to 6 p.m., and the parade will start at 7. Bounce houses, rock climbing wall and other activities will also be moved to next Thursday, but the Moonlight Madness shopping events will still take place on Saturday.

BRIDGEPORT CHRISTMAS PARADE – The Lights On Halsell Christmas Parade is 6 tonight on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. This event is hosted by Bridgeport Main Street. The parade theme this year is “The Polar Express.” Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

NOVEMBER WEATHER – November was the warmest on record in North Texas, according to the National Weather Service. In Wise County, the high temperature averaged 70.4 degrees for the month in Wise County, including highs of 85 on three different days. The coldest temperature was 27 recorded on Nov. 19, according to weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur. Rainfall for the month totaled 3.01 inches, above the average of 2.68 inches for the month.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Angels are now available for adoption through the Rhome/South Wise County Spirit of Christmas. Angels are located at Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome. Angels should be returned by noon Friday, Dec. 9. Monetary donations may be made at the Rhome Wells Fargo.

BLUE RIBBON BASH TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE – The second annual Blue Ribbon Bash is tomorrow at the Decatur Civic Center. Doors open at 6, and a steak dinner will be served at 7. Jake Hooker will play after dinner. There will also be raffles and a live and silent auction. You must be 21 or older to attend. For tickets, call 940-627-4567 or 940-393-2128. Proceeds benefit the Wise Youth Ag Syndicate, which purchases projects at the Wise County Youth Fair auction and also helps produce the event.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Paradise Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards dinner 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Boyd Community Center. The Chamber will present Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and student citizen awards. Speaker will be Lisa Graves. Sagebrush will cater the meal.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Private Pesticide Applicators can receive 5 Hour Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at the Decatur Civic Center Dec. 8. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30. Lunch is included. Cost is $45. Call the Wise County Extension office ASAP to sign up, 940-627-3341.

BLOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport High School student council will host a blood drive 1-6 p.m. today in the old gym area. Email thart@bridgeportisd.net for a time slot.

TOUR OF HOMES – This year’s Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Stops on this year’s tour include the homes of Kevin and Melinda Wray at 394 County Road 1170, Jay and Marla Davidson at 1608 Thousand Oaks Drive, Thom and Judy Lambert at 303 Brookhollow and the Flying V ranch residence, 297 Private Road 1173. Refreshments will be served at Black Creek Farms, 2324 Old Decatur Rd. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice, Swanky Shak or from any member of the club.

COAT AND BLANKET DRIVE – The Rhome Veterans Group is holding a coat and blanket drive for homeless veterans. New or gently used hats, coats, gloves, scarves and blankets for men, women and children will be accepted. Coats can be donated at the tree lighting ceremony Saturday.

HELICOPTER SANTA – Santa will land his helicopter at The Community Bank in Bridgeport 5 p.m. today for photos. Cookies and punch will also be served.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Dorothy Jane Lynch, 83, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur will handle arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Fred Enright, 81, of Decatur is 7 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Francisco Franco, 61, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly “Kim” Foreman Cobb, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Julia Lamance, 84, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Garvin United Methodist Church in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Donald, 54, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold “Butter” Haney, 79, of Bowie, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. today in the chapel of White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


MOONLIGHT MADNESS – Moonlight Madness is Saturday in downtown Decatur. There will be a bounce house, rock climbing wall, hot chocolate and holiday music 4-8 p.m. Kids can visit Santa Claus 4-5:30 p.m., and the lighted parade is at 6. It will feature a special performance by Silhouette Dance Company. Stores across town will stay open late Saturday night for holiday shoppers.

SISSIES WIN – Behind 22 points from Kristen Grooms and 20 from Emily Vidal, the Bridgeport Sissies beat Graham 63-47. In the night cap, the Graham Steers took down Bridgeport 83-54. Jason Faulkenberry had 21 points. The Decatur Eagles moved to 2-2 with a 63-43 win over Arlington Heights. The Boyd Yellowjackets beat Chico 52-37. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets took down Chico 54-33 behind 16 points from Lindsey Thorpe. The Paradise Lady Panthers hammered Millsap 76-35 with Hunter Rogers scoring 22. Brittany Gayler scored 21 in the Alvord Lady Bulldogs’ 69-34 win over Petrolia. The Alvord Bulldogs fell to Petrolia 71-26. The Decatur girls lost to Boswell. The Slidell Lady Greyhounds beat Graford. The Greyhounds lost to Graford.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE – A Tarrant Area Food Bank representative will be at the Rhome Public Library 2:30-5 p.m. Friday to assist with applications for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid and more. Call 817-636-2767 to make an appointment.

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE – Wise County Salvation Army has an Angel Tree located at Fit-N-Wise in Decatur. The angels are for local children and senior citizens and are due back by Dec. 10.

HOLIDAY GATHERING – Rhome Public Library will have a family holiday gathering 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. There will be a holiday story, craft and snacks from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At 12:30 p.m. the movie, “A Christmas Carol” will be shown.

CHRISTMAS OF HOPE – Wise Hope’s annual Christmas of Hope now has angels available for the community. This program helps children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence have a special Christmas. Angels are located at the Outreach office at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur during regular office hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Call 940-626-4585.

WHS INPATIENT REHAB REUNION – The Wise Health System Acute Inpatient Rehab program is celebrating 10 years of serving the community with a Patient Reunion 3-6 p.m. today on the Wise Health System West Campus (2000 S. FM 51). Former patients and their family and caretakers are invited. The event will include patient testimonies and refreshments. Call 940-626-2999.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy H. Lynch, 83, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Fred Enright, 81, of Decatur is 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Francisco Franco, 61, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said 6 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with visitation following the rosary.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly “Kim” Foreman Cobb, 51 of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Julia Lamance, 84, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Garvin United Methodist Church in Boyd with burial at Garvin Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington, will be Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Donald, 54, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold “Butter” Haney, 79, of Bowie, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016


PAQUE GIVEN 5 YEARS FOR ABUSE – Shauna Rowan Paque of Decatur was sentenced to 5 years in state jail yesterday after she pleaded guilty to injury to a child and unlawful restraint last month. Paque and her husband, Brian Paque, were arrested in June of 2015 after investigators found evidence they abused their twin sons. Shauna Paque was accused of beating the couple’s 14-year-old sons over the head with pans, chaining them to furniture in their home as a form of discipline and choking one son until he passed out. Shauna Paque received a 5-year sentence for injury to a child and assault family/household member impede breath or circulation and 18 months for unlawful restraint. Brian Paque is still awaiting trial on similar charges.

DISTRICT OF INNOVATION – The Decatur School Board yesterday agreed to move forward with plans to become a District of Innovation (DOI). The board held a public hearing and then appointed a committee to develop a local innovation plan. Supt. Rod Townsend said the DOI gives school districts more local control by adopting a plan that could exempt the school district from certain state requirements.

TUESDAY HOOPS – The Bridgeport Sissies and Bulls will take on teams from Graham today. The varsity girls game is set to start at 6:30 p.m. with the boys game following. In other action, the Alvord Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs face Petrolia. Boyd squads welcome in Chico. The Decatur boys take on Arlington Heights at home. The Decatur girls travel to Boswell. The Paradise girls go to Millsap. Slidell heads to Graford. The Northwest girls are at Western Hills. The Northwest boys take on Haltom at home.

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING – The Salvation Army bell ringing campaign has started in Wise County. During the first two days of the campaign, $1,563 was collected at Wal-Mart in Decatur. Open slots are still available for volunteer bell ringers every afternoon/evening through Thursday and all day Friday. To schedule a spot today or Thursday, call Tana Fedric at 940-389-5859; to schedule a spot on Wednesday or Friday, call Linda Kennedy at 940-683-6616 or 940-389-1539. All money collected stays in Wise County.

BLOOD DRIVE – Bridgeport High School student council will host a blood drive 1-6 p.m. Thursday in the old gym area. Email thart@bridgeportisd.net for a time slot.

SANTA’S DEPUTIES – Applications for Santa’s Deputies are now available at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr., in Decatur and on the department’s website. They are due Friday. If you would like to make a donation to the program, bring money or toys to the sheriff’s office. Call 940-627-5971.

PARADE OF LIGHTS – Float applications for Decatur’s Parade of Lights this Saturday are available at the Chamber of Commerce. Line-up is at 5 p.m. on the visitors side of Eagle Stadium, judging is at 5:30 and the parade starts at 6. If the parade has to be rescheduled due to rain, that will be announced Saturday morning, and participants will be notified.

GIVING TUESDAY – Rhome Public Library is participating in the nationwide Giving Tuesday Event today. Donations may be made to the Rhome Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and the oldest library in Wise County, at libraryfunding.mydagsite.com. You can also stop by the library 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to make a donation.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Billy Ross Slimp, 69, of Arlington, will be Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at Cottondale Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling the arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lou Ann Cross Cate, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Thurmond-Fairview Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Freddie Enright, 81, of Decatur is 7 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Francisco Franco, 61, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with visitation to follow.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly “Kim” Foreman Cobb, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Julia Lamance, 84, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for James Kimbrell of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale will be scheduled at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Eddie Donald, 54, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Johnny Callan, 17, of Jacksboro is 10 a.m. today at the Jacksboro High School Gymnasium with burial at Los Creek Cemetery. Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold “Butter” Haney, 79, of Bowie, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of White Family Funeral Home in Bowie with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Monday, November 28, 2016


KEIPER’S LIFE SENTENCE UPHELD – A Boyd man convicted last year of murder lost his appeal in Pennsylvania last week. The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Nov. 21 that Richard F. Keiper, 70, should serve his life sentence he was given in October of 2015 after being found guilty of murdering Alfred L. Barnes in Pennsylvania in 1968. Keiper was arrested in Wise County in 2013 and returned to Pennsylvania to stand trial.

MONDAY RAINFALL – Early morning storms brought rain to Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.4 inches in Alvord, 1.05 in Greenwood, 0.75 in Bridgeport and 0.25 in Decatur. No more rain is in the forecast for today. Today’s high is expected to reach 69 degrees.

GT REFERRALS – Bridgeport ISD will accept GT referral forms Nov. 28-Dec. 15 for students who are currently in kindergarten through 11th grade. Return completed forms to your child’s campus.

GIVING TUESDAY – Rhome Public Library is participating in the nationwide Giving Tuesday Event tomorrow. Donations may be made to the Rhome Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and the oldest library in Wise County, at libraryfunding.mydagsite.com. You can also stop by the library 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to make a donation.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry Sing-Along program is 6:30 tonight in the second floor G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be received to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

TOY RUN – The 17th Annual Wise County Toy Run is Sunday, Dec. 4. Registration is 10 a.m.-noon at the McCarroll Middle School parking lot on West Thompson Street in Decatur. The parade ride will leave Decatur at 12:30 p.m. with a police escort and head to Bridgeport. Each rider should bring at least one unwrapped toy for a 3- to 12-year-old child or a $10 minimum donation. The event will also feature door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, a raffle for a V nose trailer and more. Call Big Ed at 940-683-4742, John at 940-393-2917 or Scott at 940-389-0200.

SANTA AND THE STAGECOACH – The City of Bridgeport’s Santa and the Stagecoach Tree Lighting Event is 5:30-7 tonight at Bridgeport City Hall. It will include a tree lighting, live entertainment, Santa Claus, food, cookie decorating and crafts for the kids. Call 940-683-3400.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School Board meets at 7 tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates St. The agenda includes public hearings on District of Innovation and the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST).

FUNERALS – Service for Lou Ann Cross Cate, 70, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grace Baptist Church in Decatur, with burial at Thurmond-Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Kimberly “Kim” Foreman Cobb, 51, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Billy Slimp, 69, of Arlington is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for James Kimbrell of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Friday, November 25, 2016


2 HURT IN PLANE CRASH – Two people were injured in a single-engine plane crash just north of Bridgeport Municipal Airport Wednesday. A man and woman in a Cessna 182 were taking off from the airport when their engine appeared to fail, witnesses said. The plane crashed about 300 yards north of the runway around 11:15 a.m. “She declared ‘mayday’ three times,” said Stetson Oates, a local pilot who was at the airport at the time of the crash. “I heard the engine quit.” Oates said that the pilot aimed for the field just north of the airport, but when they landed she could not stop the plane before it hit a tree. DPS Sgt. Lloyd McKinney said that the woman was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter, and the man was taken to Wise Health System by ambulance. Oates, who helped pull the injured man and woman out of the plane, said they were both alert and talking while he was there. Several pilots from the airport and a helicopter flying overhead all stopped to respond to the mayday call before troopers and medics arrived. Bridgeport police and fire, Texas Department of Public Safety and Air Evac Lifeteam 68 responded to the scene.

SHOP LOCAL – Decatur businesses will hold special sales 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today for the annual Lucky Seven event, sponsored by the Decatur Main Street. Participating stores will offer discounts that change by the hour. Local residents are also encouraged to shop in Wise County Saturday for Small Business Saturday.

WHS INPATIENT REHAB REUNION – The Wise Health System Acute Inpatient Rehab program is celebrating 10 years of serving the community with a Patient Reunion 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 on the Wise Health System West Campus (2000 S. FM 51). Former patients and their family and caretakers are invited. The event will include patient testimonies and refreshments. Call 940-626-2999.

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL – The first New Year’s Eve Bash will be held 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Decatur Civic Center. Today through Sunday, tickets are $50 per person. Regular price tickets are $75 through Dec. 15. The celebration will ring in the new year and signal the transition from the Paradise Chamber of Commerce to the new Wise County Chamber of Commerce. It will include veteran DJ James Looney, a photo booth, watching the ball drop on the big screen, a balloon drop and cash prizes. For tickets, email your full name, email address and number of tickets to info@paradisetexaschamber.org. An invoice for online payment will be emailed to you.

DOG ADOPTION EVENT – Second Chance Rottie and Small Animal Rescue in Springtown will hold a dog adoption event 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today at Aaron’s Rental in Decatur.

BRIDGEPORT TRASH COLLECTION – Due to this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, recycling and bulk collection will be delayed a day in Bridgeport this week. Recycling pickup will be today and brush/bulk will be picked up on Saturday.

COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED – All Wise County administrative offices remain closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

FUNERALS – Service for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jana Lee Barksdale, 55, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Open visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home, and family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Judy Ann Ross, 71, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Sunday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Two injured in Bridgeport plane crash


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Two people were injured in a single-engine plane crash just north of Bridgeport Municipal Airport Wednesday.

A man and woman in a Cessna 182 were taking off from the airport when their engine appeared to fail, witnesses said. The plane crashed about 300 yards north of the runway around 11:15 a.m.

“She declared ‘mayday’ three times,” said Stetson Oates, a local pilot who was at the airport at the time of the crash. “I heard the engine quit.”

Oates said that the pilot aimed for the field just north of the airport, but when they landed she could not stop the plane before it hit a tree.

“They tried to do their best, but there wasn’t a whole lot they could do,” Oates said.

DPS Sgt.  Lloyd McKinney said that the woman was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via helicopter, and the man was taken to Wise Health System by ambulance.

McKinney could not release further information on the pilot and passenger because the Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation.

Oates, who helped pull the injured man and woman out of the plane, said they were both alert and talking while he was there. Several pilots from the airport and a helicopter flying overhead all stopped to respond to the mayday call before troopers and medics arrived.

“It was just something you don’t ever want to see again in your lifetime,” Oates said.

Bridgeport police and fire, Texas Department of Public Safety and Air Evac Lifeteam 68 responded to the scene.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016


POLICE SAY MAN GAVE PORN TO KIDS ON HALLOWEEN – A Boyd man was arrested last week after police say parents reported he had passed out DVDs to kids instead of candy on Halloween, and some of the DVDs were pornographic. Brad Collins, 32, was charged with sale/distribution/display of harmful material to a minor. At least three parents reported pornographic material being distributed to children by Collins. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

FATALITY VICTIM WAS BOWIE RESIDENT – Troopers have identified the woman killed in a wrong-way wreck Monday night as Jo Anne Bruce, 55, of Bowie. State trooper Ed Atkins said Bruce was reported driving her GMC Envoy north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord, just north of County Road 1280. She struck a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m. Bruce was pronounced dead at the scene. Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused Bruce to drive on the wrong side of the highway.

RHOME RAISES WATER RATES – Rhome City Council voted Tuesday to raise the city’s water rate 10 cents per 1,000 gallons, to $5.85. The increase passes on higher costs from Walnut Creek Special Utility District for the second time in less than a year. See the weekend Messenger for more on Tuesday’s meeting.

SISSIES, LADY EAGLES WIN – The Bridgeport Sissies and Decatur Lady Eagles picked up wins heading into the Thanksgiving break. Emily Vidal scored 18 to lead Bridgeport to a 44-41 win over Class 2A’s No. 6 team Windthorst. Hannah Dunning hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter on the way to scoring 11 points in the Lady Eagles’ 37-29 win over Mineral Wells. April Coursey scored 10 as Paradise edged Iowa Park 49-42. The Boyd girls fell to Ponder 60-50. Lindsey Thorpe put in 18 and Paytin Bullard 15.

EAGLES, BULLS FALL – Decatur senior Parker Hicks scored a career-best 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but the Eagles fell to Richland 75-70. Aubrey edged Bridgeport 60-58. Wichita Falls took down Paradise 67-38.

DOG ADOPTION EVENT – Second Chance Rottie and Small Animal Rescue in Springtown will hold a dog adoption event 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Aaron’s Rental in Decatur.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host Breakfast With Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Bridgeport Community Center. It will include breakfast, arts and crafts for children and pictures with Santa. Pre-sale tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children, and $4 at the door. Purchase tickets at City Hall or at the event. Space is limited. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSED – The Wise County Animal Shelter in Decatur will close at 1 p.m. today and will reopen Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday.

COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Wise County Development Services and all Wise County dumpsites will close Thursday and Friday and reopen Saturday with regular hours.

BRIDGEPORT TRASH COLLECTION – Due to this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, recycling and bulk collection will be delayed a day in Bridgeport this week. Recycling pickup will be on Friday and brush/bulk will be picked up on Saturday. Scheduled pick ups for brush and bulk must be scheduled with Progressive Waste Solutions by 4 p.m. today. Call 877-592-5030 to schedule your pick up.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services-WIC will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving and will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday. To schedule an appointment call 940-627-5796, and for breastfeeding assistance call 972-989-1042.

DECATUR TRASH COLLECTION – Due to this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, trash collection will be delayed a day in Decatur later this week. Normal Thursday pickup will take place on Friday, and normal Friday pickup will take place Saturday. Recycling will be picked up today as usual.

PUBLIC HEARINGS — Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. The Commission will hear and take action to make a recommendation to the city council regarding replat application 2016-16 — Randy Neighbors’ request to final plat lots 2A and 2B, block 51, in South Decatur Addition. They will also discuss zone change application 2016-05 — Lloyd Jackson’s request on behalf of James Wood to amend a portion of the Martin Branch PD and concept plan. For more information, call Dedra Ragland, 940-393-0250.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – The Messenger’s annual gift guide is featured in today’s paper. It includes a listing of upcoming holiday events and advertisements featuring seasonal specials.

HAPPY THANKSGIVINGUpdate will take a day off for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday but will return Friday. Any breaking news will be posted at WCMessenger.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jana Lee Barksdale, 55, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Open visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

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Driver in Monday’s fatal wreck identified


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Troopers have identified the woman killed in a wrong-way wreck Monday night as Jo Anne Bruce, 55, of Bowie.

State trooper Ed Atkins said Bruce was reported driving her GMC Envoy north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord, just north of County Road 1280. She dodged one vehicle before striking the battery bolts and then the axle of a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m.

Her vehicle came to rest in the median, while Khamis’ tractor-trailer came to rest off the right side of the road about a quarter mile down the highway, with the axle separated from the tractor-trailer. Khamis was uninjured.

Bruce was dead upon the arrival of troopers and medics.

Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused the deceased to drive on the wrong side of the highway. They received conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether her headlights were on or off at the time of the wreck.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016


FATAL WRECK NEAR ALVORD – A woman was killed in a wrong-way wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord Monday. State trooper Ed Atkins said a woman in an SUV was reported driving north in the southbound lanes of the highway, just north of County Road 1280. She dodged one vehicle before striking the battery bolts and then the axle of a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m. Her vehicle came to rest in the median, while Khamis’ tractor-trailer came to rest off the right side of the road about a quarter mile down the highway. Khamis was uninjured. The woman was dead upon the arrival of troopers and medics. Her name has not been released pending notification of family. Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused the deceased to drive on the wrong side of the highway. They received conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether her headlights were on or off at the time of the wreck. Texas Department of Public Safety, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

WASTE COLLECTION INCREASE – The Decatur City Council yesterday approved a request by Progressive Waste Solutions for a 1.3 percent rate increase based on the consumer price index. Residential curbside trash pickup will increase from $12.95 per month to $13.12. Recycling will increase from $3.96 to $4.01, meaning customers’ total bill will increase from $16.91 per month to $17.13 per month. The rate goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

HOLIDAY HOOPS – Many Wise County basketball teams will be in action today. The Decatur girls play host to Mineral Wells at 12:30 p.m. with the Decatur boys following with a game against Richland. The Bridgeport Bulls head to Aubrey for a 3:30 p.m. tip. The Bridgeport Sissies welcome in Windthorst at 6:30 p.m. The Alvord boys open the year with the Wichita Falls HEAT. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets square off with Ponder at 6:30 p.m. The Slidell girls will host Valley View. The Northwest girls head to L.D. Bell at 6:30 p.m. The Northwest boys are at Colleyville Heritage. The Paradise girls face Iowa Park at home at 4:30 p.m. with the boys playing Wichita Falls afterwards. In yesterday’s action, the Decatur girls fell to Glen Rose 47-38. Godley beat the Boyd boys 71-47. The Paradise boys slipped against DeLeon.

TRASH COLLECTION SCHEDULE – Due to this week’s Thanksgiving holiday, trash collection will be delayed a day in Decatur later this week. Normal Thursday pickup will take place on Friday, and normal Friday pickup will take place Saturday. Recycling will be picked up on its normal day Wednesday.

COLLECTING TOYS – Wireless Zone, 1100 U.S. 380 Business, in Decatur is accepting toy donations for the 2016 Toys for Tots drive in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps.

JOIN THE PARADE – Parade applications for the Lights On Halsell Christmas Parade are now available. The parade is 6 p.m. Dec. 1 on Halsell Street in Bridgeport. The parade theme this year is “The Polar Express.” Parade entry applications are available at Bridgeport City Hall or to register, call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 29.

SANTA COPS – The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for the Santa Cops program through Monday, Nov. 28. They can be picked up at the police department or found online at decaturtx.org. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the police department through Thursday, Dec. 15. Call Ashly DoByns, 940-393-0303.

EARLY EDITION – Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the midweek issue of the Wise County Messenger will arrive on newsstands later this afternoon.

FUNERALS – Service for Jana Barksdale, 55, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Judy Ross, 71, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Robert “Bob” Ferrier, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at the Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Fatal wreck on U.S. 81/287


A woman was killed in a wrong-way wreck on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord Monday.

State trooper Ed Atkins said a woman in an SUV was reported driving north in the southbound lanes of the highway, just north of County Road 1280. She dodged one vehicle before striking the battery bolts and then the axle of a tractor-trailer driven by Dhia Sabie Khamis, 61, at around 7:15 p.m.

Her vehicle came to rest in the median, while Khamis’ tractor-trailer came to rest off the right side of the road about a quarter mile down the highway. Khamis was uninjured.

The woman was dead upon the arrival of troopers and medics. Her name has not been released pending notification of family.

Atkins said investigators aren’t sure at this time what caused the deceased to drive on the wrong side of the highway. They received conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether her headlights were on or off at the time of the wreck.

Texas Department of Public Safety, Alvord Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

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Monday, November 21, 2016


KENNAN INDICTED FOR ASSAULT – Brett Walter Kennan, 33, of Newark was indicted by a Wise County grand jury last Thursday on one count of aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged assault in August that led to the death of Freddie Ballard, 58, of Newark. The indictment alleges that Kennan “intentionally, knowingly and recklessly” caused serious bodily injury to Ballard by striking Ballard with the defendant’s hand. The grand jury also found that Kennan’s hand was used as a deadly weapon. Ballard died from his injuries on Sept. 3. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

HOOPS ACTION – With school out for Thanksgiving break, several basketball teams are in action today. The Decatur boys head to Denton Ryan at noon. The Decatur girls go Glen Rose at 6 p.m. The Bridgeport Bulls travel to Ponder at 2 p.m. The Boyd boys play Godley at home at 7:30 p.m. The Alvord girls take on Denton Braswell at 6:45 p.m. at home. The Paradise girls are at Graham at 2 p.m. The Paradise boys meet DeLeon at 6 p.m. at home. Chico teams head Valley View with action beginning at 4 p.m.

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.

TOUR OF HOMES – This year’s Decatur Woman’s Club Tour of Homes is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Stops on this year’s tour include the homes of Kevin and Melinda Wray at 394 County Road 1170, Jay and Marla Davidson at 1608 Thousand Oaks Drive, Thom and Judy Lambert at 303 Brookhollow and the Flying V ranch residence, 297 Private Road 1173. Refreshments will be served at Black Creek Farms, 2324 Old Decatur Rd. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Patti’s Hair Parlor, iOffice, Swanky Shop or from any member of the club.

SANTA AND THE STAGECOACH – The City of Bridgeport’s Santa and the Stagecoach Tree Lighting Event is 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Bridgeport City Hall. It will include a tree lighting, live entertainment, Santa Claus, food, cookie decorating and crafts for the kids. Call 940-683-3400.

CHRISTMAS OF HOPE – Wise Hope’s annual Christmas of Hope now has Angels available for the community. This program helps children whose lives have been affected by domestic violence have a special Christmas. Angels are located at the Outreach office at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur during regular office hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Call 940-626-4585.

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.

DECATUR 4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 tonight at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Call 940-393-5029.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 tonight at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Plans for 2018 will be discussed.

MEAT SALE – The Knights of Columbus Council 9644 is holding its annual smoked meat sale. Turkeys ($40), hams ($45) and briskets ($70) will be smoked on the parking lot of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur Tuesday and Wednesday and may be picked up beginning at noon Wednesday. Call 940-627-2078.

FUNERALS – Service for Eugene E. Adams, 84, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Robert “Bob” Ferrier, 79, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bible Baptist Church of Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Robert Funcannon, 66, of Cottondale is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Friday, November 18, 2016


FIREFIGHTER HONORS – Chris Mercer was named Decatur Firefighter-of-the-Year at the annual fire department honors banquet Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. Connor McDaniel was honored as Rookie-of-the-Year and also was cited for putting in 604 training hours during the past year. Other awards presented by Chief Mike Richardson were to Brady Murphree, EMS responder, Capt. Cliff Oates, officer of the year, Philosophy/Customer Service awards were presented to Capt. Nate Mara and firefighters Todd Nelson and Eli Nobles. Mara, who serves as training captain, said that 33 of the department’s 36 members had completed a total of 5,600 hours in 70 different training courses during the past year.

DECATUR SET FOR SECOND ROUND – The Decatur Eagles will take on Levelland in the area round of the Class 4A Division I Region I playoffs at 7 tonight at McMurry University’s Moore Stadium. Keep up with the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores.

TEXANS TO MAKE AREA DEBUT – After a historic win last week, the Northwest Texans will play in the area round for the first time at 2 p.m. Saturday against Colleyville Heritage at The Star in Frisco in the Class 5A Division I Region I playoffs. Keep up with the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores.

EAGLES WIN HOOPS OPENER – Parker Hicks poured in 33 points and grabbed 10 boards in leading the Decatur Eagles to a 72-34 victory over Liberty Christian. Bryce Elder chipped in 14 points and Sergio Sanchez 11. In other action, the Slidell Greyhounds beat Savoy 81-34. At the Ponder girls tournament, Alvord beat Boyd 46-31 with 21 points from Cierra Rangel. Lindsey Thorpe had 11 for Boyd. Alvord outlasted Eaton 50-46 in four overtimes. Rangel scored 16.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democrats will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Plans for 2018 will be discussed.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Red Cross meeting has moved to Decatur Pizza Hut 4 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers are needed. All who are interested are invited. Call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

BENEFIT EVENT – The JBD Catholic Youth Mission Team will hold a No Fear Benefit at MD Resort in Aurora Sunday. Silent auction is at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 and a dance at 7 with music provided by Dakota Burns. Professional bull riders will also be in attendance. For tickets, visit the No Fear Benefit page on Facebook.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold their weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center.

DECATUR 4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Call 940-393-5029.

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.

LITTLE DRIBBLERS – Registration for Wise County Little Dribblers Association is now open. All forms must be postmarked by Nov. 28. Registration forms may be dropped off at Hibbett Sports in Decatur Saturday. Call 817-243-4513.

ENTWINED – There will be a silent auction and chili and cornbread dinner fundraiser 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Fire Hall to raise funds for the Richards family. Jill and Michael Richards are expecting conjoined twin girls, and all proceeds will go toward their medical and traveling expenses. There will also be live entertainment and raffle prizes at the benefit. Call Shawna Hesteande, 940-389-3015.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the hospital’s east campus lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr. It will include a bake sale, gift shop, quilt raffle, vendors and a $5 lunch special featuring chili or chicken and dumplings.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its November meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

OFFICE TO CLOSE FOR TRAINING – The Veterans Service Office will be closed today to attend quarterly training at the Dallas VA hospital. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Toni Michelle Wright, 57, of Alvord. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL gathering for Deborah Renee Smith, 48, of Bridgeport is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016


FALL WEATHER COMING – After unseasonably warm temperatures this week, it will begin to feel more fall-like tomorrow. After an expected high of 78 today, a strong cold front will move through the area during the overnight hours, bringing a 30 percent chance of storms. The temperature Friday is expected to reach 57 by noon before dropping throughout the rest of the day. Highs through the weekend are expected to remain in the 50s with overnight lows in the 30s.

EAGLES HOOPS TO OPEN SEASON – The Decatur Eagles boys basketball team will open the season at home at 8 tonight against Liberty Christian. The freshman team starts action at 5 p.m.

HOLIDAY STORE – The Wise Health System Auxiliary’s Annual Holiday Store is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the hospital’s east campus lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr. It will include a bake sale, gift shop, quilt raffle, vendors and a $5 lunch special featuring chili or chicken and dumplings.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its November meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

OFFICE TO CLOSE FOR TRAINING – The Veterans Service Office will be closed Friday to attend quarterly training at the Dallas VA hospital. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

HISTORICAL MEETINGS – The public is invited to three meetings today at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. At noon, the Wise County Historical Society will hold their regular monthly meeting. At 1 p.m., the Wise County Historical Commission will hold a quarterly meeting to discuss updates on several projects they have in the works. Then at 7 p.m., the annual joint historical societies meeting will be held. All Wise County historical societies/groups are invited to participate. Speakers this year will discuss the famed “Lost Battalion” of WWII, and some speakers will be Battalion descendants. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

MOVIE RELEASE PARTY AT LIBRARY – To celebrate the upcoming movie release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the Decatur Public Library will hold a party 4 p.m. today. Teens are invited to the library to enjoy many aspects of the wizarding world, with activities, crafts, and prizes. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 tonight in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. Guest speaker is Raymond Herrera, a Vietnam veteran, political activist from California and organizer of the Murrietta, Calif., protest and standoff on July 1, 2014. He will be speaking about the dangers of illegal immigration for our country. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or go to freedomtexas.org.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 tonight at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss and answer questions regarding resources available in Wise County. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The group will join all the local historical societies for the event, which will feature a presentation on the “Lost Battalion.”

BUDGETING CLASS – Decatur Public Library is teaming up with Wells Fargo for a lesson on budgeting 6 tonight. Learn why saving money is critical to your financial future, what a spending plan is and how it can help you to save more, pay your bills on time and make the most of the money you have. Call 940-393-0290 or ask at the front desk. Registration is not required.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Robert Michael “Mike” Mayo, 66, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Ryan, Okla., Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL gathering for Debra Renee Smith, 48, of Bridgeport is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


CHAMBER AWARDS – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce yesterday presented four awards at its monthly luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center. First State Bank was named “Small Business of the Year,” James Wood Motors was named “Large Business of the Year,” Decatur Civic Center Director Lori Sherwood was given the “Golden Heart” award and Developer Mark Moran was given the “Faith in the Future” award.

BULLS WIN OPENER – The Bridgeport Bulls won their season-opening basketball game 79-55 over Springtown. The Slidell Greyhounds took down Callisburg 72-59. In girls action, the Bridgeport Sissies moved to 4-1 with a 59-36 win over Springtown. Boyd dropped a tight game in overtime to Valley View.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Angels are now available for adoption through the Rhome/South Wise County Spirit of Christmas. Angels are located at Wells Fargo and Woodhaven banks in Rhome. Angels should be returned by noon Friday, Dec. 9. Monetary donations may be made at the Rhome Wells Fargo.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – The Wise County Messenger and Patti’s Hair Parlor are collecting items for North Texas Stockings for Soldiers. Needed items include toiletries, hard candy, playing cards, signed Christmas cards and small books. Call Janice Millican at 817-781-8000 or 940-627-4220 or email rjmillican@ymail.com.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. Guest speaker is Raymond Herrera, a Vietnam veteran, political activist from California and organizer of the Murrietta, Calif., protest and standoff on July 1, 2014. He will be speaking about the dangers of illegal immigration for our country. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or go to freedomtexas.org.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51 in Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. This month’s speaker will discuss and answer questions regarding resources available in Wise County. Call Dennis at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum. The group will join all the local historical societies for the event, which will feature a presentation on the “Lost Battalion.”

ENTWINED – There will be a silent auction and chili and cornbread dinner fundraiser 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Fire Hall to raise funds for the Richards family. Jill and Michael Richards are expecting conjoined twin girls, and all proceeds will go toward their medical and traveling expenses. There will also be live entertainment and raffle prizes at the benefit. Call Shawna Hesteande, 940-389-3015.

BUDGETING CLASS – Decatur Public Library is teaming up with Wells Fargo for a lesson on budgeting 6 p.m. Thursday. Learn why saving money is critical to your financial future, what a spending plan is and how it can help you to save more, pay your bills on time and make the most of the money you have. Call 940-393-0290 or ask at the front desk. Registration is not required.

PEP RALLY – A community pep rally for the Decatur Eagles is 5:30 tonight on Main Street in downtown Decatur.

FUNERALS – Service for Toni Wright, 57, of Alvord is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Richard Dale Bridges, 73, formerly of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Cottondale Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Helen Marie Nigh-Spanglo is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

SERVICE for Guy York, 63, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Robert Michael “Mike” Mayo, 66, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Ryan, Okla., Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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