Klement Ford

Friday, April 18, 2014


ROSS FILES APPEAL – Former Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross isn’t giving up after being removed from office March 19. He appealed the decision to the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth and filed the paperwork yesterday in the 271st District Court in Decatur. Ross was removed from office March 19 when District Judge Roger Towery issued a summary judgment in the civil suit regarding the commissioner’s removal. The judgment was issued at the request of County Attorney James Stainton. Ross’ appeal will be heard by a three-judge panel, and Stainton said it could be the end of summer before it’s resolved. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

RAINFALL – Parts of Wise County saw light showers throughout the afternoon yesterday. Rainfall totals for Thursday include .2 inches in Paradise and Cottondale, .15 inches in Bridgeport and .08 inches in Decatur.

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

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at Weatherford College Wise County. David McComis will speak on the topic “What you don’t know about the prison system.”

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Extension Office. For more information, call Shelly Laaser at 940-389-8811 or Lisa Bradshaw at 940-627-4567.

SUPPORT GROUP – Cambio Life Recovery Center in Bridgeport will hold a free, four-week women’s group for women who have a loved one who suffers from addiction or alcohol abuse. The group will be held on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning Monday, April 21, in the hospital at 1901 Doctors’ Hospital Drive in Bridgeport. Call today to reserve your place, 940-683-4240.

RANN FUNDRAISER – Rann Elementary will hold a Give Back Event 10:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and tomorrow. Eat at Chili’s in Decatur and mention you are supporting Rann Elementary and 15 percent of event sales will go back to the Rann Elementary PTO for school supplies and more.

SPRING FLING – The First Baptist Church of Boyd will hold its Spring Fling 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, a gospel music jam session from 2 to 4, and a fish fry at 4. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be served. The Band of Faith will perform a live concert.

SCHOLARSHIP – The deadline for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club scholarship has been extended to Monday, April 21. Applications are available in the front office at Decatur High School. Recipients will be selected based on community service. The scholarship is open to any DHS senior.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Animal Shelter will be opened until 3 p.m. today but will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday. It will re-open 8 a.m. Tuesday.

BAKE SALE – Legend Bank’s Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will have a Good Friday bake sale today at the bank in Decatur. The team was formed in memory of longtime employee, Carolyn Neighbors, who lost her battle with cancer in October. Among the items at the bake sale will be Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

RELAY CAPTAINS – A Relay For Life of Wise County team captains’ meeting and bank night is 7:30 p.m. Monday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Captains are asked to bring a basket for the auction at Relay. They can also pick up their shirts and other last-minute information. This is the final meeting before the event, which is Friday, April 25, at the Decatur Middle School track. For information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

SWEETWATER CEMETERY – A working day with lunch on the grounds at noon is Saturday, April 26, at Sweetwater Cemetery.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jerry O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dianne Wilson Wheeler, 68, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Patricia Bohannan, 70, of Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Terry Hall, 57, of Rhome.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


TxDOT TO ADDRESS PROBLEMATIC STRETCH OF U.S. 81/287 - The Texas Department of Transportation plans to perform maintenance on the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 today from Business 380 to the U.S. 380 overpass in Decatur. Traffic will be reduced to one lane from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should expect delays. TxDOT public information officer, Natalie Galindo, said Wednesday work will be done to improve the traction on that stretch of roadway. This section of U.S. 81/287 has been the site of many accidents, most of which have involved 18-wheelers. The most recent wreck was Sunday when a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287, near the 380 exit, crashed through the cement barrier into the southbound lanes. One of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking a southbound pickup driven by an Alvord man, who is recovering from his injuries at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

AGGIE MUSTER – The 2014 Cross Timbers Aggie Club Muster Ceremony is 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be a meet and greet, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The Muster Ceremony will begin around 7:15 p.m., and Dr. Charles Cocanougher of Decatur will be the guest speaker. RSVP by Friday to Scott Hiler at 940-389-7752 or scott@texagmail.com.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – All Wise County administrative offices will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday. Wise County Animal Shelter will be open until 3 p.m. tomorrow but will close Saturday in observance of Good Friday. It will re-open 8 a.m. Tuesday.

BARN DANCE - The Paradise Ag Supporters Barn Dance is 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the project barn. Brandon Gentry will perform at 7:30. Cost is $5 per person. A concession stand will be open, and all money raised will go to Paradise Ag Supporters for scholarships and other projects.

SCHOLARSHIP – The deadline for the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club scholarship has been extended to Monday, April 21. Applications are available in the front office at Decatur High School. Recipients will be selected based on community service. The scholarship is open to any DHS senior.

GOLF SCRAMBLE – Bridgeport Golf and Country Club 2014 Good Friday Super Scramble is Friday. Cost is $25 per player plus cart, 100 percent pay back. Tee time is 1:30 p.m. for 18 holes. Call 940-683-9438 to sign up. Noon Friday is cut-off time.

EGG DROP - Movement Church in Rhome will hold Operation Easter Egg Drop 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Middle School on FM 3433. A helicopter will drop 9,000 eggs in three rounds of age groups. Tickets will also be distributed for a drawing for one of two kids’ bikes being given away Easter morning at the church.

EGG HUNT - Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church on Farm Road 730 south of Decatur will hold an Easter event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday including an egg hunt, free hot dogs, games, the Easter story and more.

BAKE SALE – Legend Bank’s Relay For Life team, Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters, will have a Good Friday bake sale tomorrow at the bank in Decatur. The team was formed in memory of longtime employee, Carolyn Neighbors, who lost her battle with cancer in October. Among the items at the bake sale will be Carolyn’s famous chocolate chip cookies. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON - The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at Bridgeport Community Center. Luncheon, catered by the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo Committee, is $10. Speaker is Charlie Throckmorton, PRCA Rodeo announcer. Door prizes are appreciated.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur will be closed today for training.

FREE CONCERT – The Father’s House is celebrating TGIGF (Thank Goodness It’s Good Friday) with a free concert featuring the Righteous Blues Band and special guest Kevin Alexander at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The concert is at the Bridgeport Stage on Halsell Street, and doors open at 6 p.m. For information, call 940-627-5365 or visit tfhpeople.com.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jerry O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Patricia Bohannan, 70, of Boyd and Joan Wheeler, 68, of Hurst are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Terry Hall, 57, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Section of U.S. 81/287 reduced to one lane Thursday


A section of U.S. 81/287 in Decatur will be reduced to one lane 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, for maintenance.

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to work on the northbound lanes of 287 from   Business 380 to the U.S. 380 overpass. Motorists should expect delays.

TxDOT public information officer, Natalie Galindo, said Wednesday work will be done to improve the traction on that stretch of roadway. This section of 287 has been the site of many accidents, most of which have involved 18-wheelers.

The most recent wreck was Sunday when a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on 287, near the 380 exit, crashed through the cement barrier into the southbound lanes. One of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking a southbound pickup driven by an Alvord man, who is recovering from his injuries at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


COUNTY INSURES BUILDINGS AT FAIRGROUNDS – On Monday, Wise County commissioners approved adding all structures at the fairgrounds to the county’s property insurance provided by the Texas Association of Counties. County Judge Glenn Hughes also noted that there had been “some inquiry on these buildings,” and he issued the following statement: “Our position is that they’re Wise County buildings and belong to Wise County taxpayers.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

RIB COOKOFF - The 2nd Annual Rib Cookoff at the Butterfield Stage Days Festival is Saturday, May 10, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. The Judges Pick Winners will earn $750 cash for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Entry fee is $75 per team. There will also be an appetizer category where the winner will win $150 cash. For information, contact the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076 or tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Housing Authority of the City of Decatur will be closed Thursday for training.

EGG HUNT – There will be an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m. Saturday at Rhome Family Park, 400 S. Virginia. There will also be games, a bounce house and refreshments. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around giving out candy and posing for pictures with the kids, and at 12:30 p.m. the Air Evac helicopter will be on display and available for tours and photos.

ROTARY 5K AND FUN RUN – The Decatur Rotary Club’s Service Above Self 5K and Fun Run is May 10 in downtown Decatur. A free 1K for kids 12 and under is 8 a.m. followed by the 5K run/walk at 8:30. Cost is $20 before April 25 and $25 after that date. Register online at service5k.athlete360.com. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in seven age categories. Proceeds will benefit Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. Sponsors are also being sought. For more information, call Brett Cheatham at 940-230-5387 or email bcheatham@aiainsagency.com.

BAKE SALE – North Texas Bank employees will conduct a bake sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday to benefit 1000 Miles Till Home, which raises money to provide mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans in conjunction with WC Challenger Charities and Military Warriors Support Foundation. Participants may enter a drawing for four tickets to the 11th annual JW Hart PBR Challenge on Saturday, May 31, at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Contact Tobi Cullop at tcullop@northtxbank.com.

STORY TIME EASTER EGG HUNT – The Bridgeport Library will present Story Time Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m. today. If you would like to contribute, bring one dozen candy-filled plastic eggs per child for a combined Preschool and Toddler Storytime. For more information, call the library at 940-683-3450.

FREE CONCERT – The Father’s House is celebrating TGIGF (Thank Goodness It’s Good Friday) with a free concert featuring the Righteous Blues Band and special guest Kevin Alexander at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The concert is at the Bridgeport Stage on Halsell Street, and doors open at 6 p.m. For information, call 940-627-5365 or visit tfhpeople.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Anna Lee Cardona, 72, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Billy “Bill” Wilson, 72, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at The Church of God in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


NON-RENEW APPROVED, THEN RESCINDED – The Alvord school board, expanded back to seven members with the return of Randy Hamilton, who had resigned from the board last June but had not been replaced, voted 4-3 Monday to non-renew the contract of athletic director Curtis Enis. Then, after about 50 citizens, students and district employees waited out a two-hour closed session on a “point of order,” they re-opened the meeting and rescinded the earlier motion on a 7-0 vote. A final motion, to table Enis’ contract until their April 24 meeting, also passed, 7-0.

SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS – Monty Chapman has resigned as Paradise ISD superintendent. He is taking the job as executive human resources director at Weatherford ISD. The transition is effective June 30. He has been with Paradise ISD for 20 years and superintendent for five.

NORTHWEST NAMES POE COACH - Bill Poe will lead the Northwest Texans this fall. The Northwest School Board Monday approved the recommendation of Executive Athletic Director Susan Elza to hire Poe as the Texans head coach and campus coordinator. Poe previously served as the offensive coordinator at Marble Falls working for Todd Dodge. “It’s an outstanding district that is committed to excellence throughout the district and in athletics,” Poe said about Northwest. “It’ll be a great fit for me and my family. I’m obviously excited for the opportunity.” Poe planned to arrive today at Northwest to meet with the staff and players.

SISSIES IN FOURTH AT REGIONALS – The Bridgeport Sissies shot 408 in first round of the 3A Region II tourney Monday at Tanglewood and are in fourth place. Melissa leads with 359. Bridgeport’s Lexi Read is fourth after shooting 84. Brooke Irion is fifth with 86. Atlanta’s Gabby Thompson and Melissa’s Brooke Nolte lead at 80.

EAGLES SIXTH, BULLS SEVENTH AFTER ROUND – After a windy first round at the 3A Region II tourney at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro, Decatur is sixth with a 348, and Bridgeport seventh with 353. Argyle leads with 311. Decatur sophomore Drew Jones shot first-round 77 and is tied for fifth. He’s two shots back of Argyle’s Tommy Parker, who shot 75. The final round of the tournament started at 8 a.m.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bridgeport Community Center. Luncheon, catered by the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo Committee, is $10. Speaker is Charlie Throckmorton, PRCA Rodeo announcer. RSVP by noon Wednesday to 940-683-2076 or tiffanyevans@bridgeportchamber.org. Door prizes are appreciated.

BUNNY SKATE – The Decatur Rink Hockey Club will host Skate With the Easter Bunny 6-8 tonight at Decatur Skate. There will be an egg hunt, cake walk and games. Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door and includes skates and a picture with the Easter Bunny. Proceeds benefit the team’s trip to nationals in July in Lincoln, Neb. For advance tickets or more information, call Cindy at 281-974-9727.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ. Society president Patti Gillespie, known speaker and professional genealogist, will present “Genealogy Research Trips, Get Ready, Get Set, Lets Go. How to prepare for a successful research trip.” Cost is $5 for non-members.

STORY TIME EASTER EGG HUNT – The Bridgeport Library will present Story Time Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. If you would like to contribute, bring one dozen candy-filled plastic eggs per child for a combined Preschool and Toddler Storytime. For more information, call the library at 940-683-3450.

CATTLE SORTING AND CHUTE MANAGEMENT – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will host a cattle program 10 a.m. Thursday. Speaker, Dr. Ron Gill, professor and Extension livestock specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will cover topics such as pen sorting cattle and behavior traits in a cattle pen setting. He will also discuss proper working chute management when working cattle. Participants will receive two hours of BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) credit for participating in the program. Cost is $10 and lunch is included. Call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 to sign up and for directions to Charlie Morrison’s Ranch.

BABYGARTEN – Chico Public Library presents BabyGarten 10:30-11:30 a.m. today. BabyGarten is a time for parents of infants and toddlers to make new friends and enjoy story time and crafts. This week, kids will make their own BooBoo Bunny. For more information, call Michelle Slonaker at 940-644-2330.

FUNERALS – Visitation for Roy Monett, 71, of Chico is 5-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. A private memorial service will be held at a future date.

NO SERVICE is scheduled at this time for Troyce Eugene Gregston, 74, of Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Charles Ralph McDaniel, 65, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Anna L. Cardona, 72, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICES are scheduled at this time for Patricia “Trish” Hale, 53, of Boyd and Linda Mason, 64, of Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Billy “Bill” Wilson, 72, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of God in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

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Monday, April 14, 2014


PICKUP STRUCK BY FUEL TANK – An Alvord man was injured Sunday morning when a fuel tank from an 18-wheeler broke free and struck the pickup he was driving. About 9:20 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling northbound on U.S. 81/287, near the U.S. 380 exit, in Decatur crashed through the cement barrier into the southbound lanes. One of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking a southbound pickup, which was driven by Marvin Porter of Alvord. He was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with possible neck and back injuries, according to Sgt. Delvon Campbell with the Decatur Police Department. The truck driver, Sarbjit Singh of Arlington, was uninjured but issued a citation for driving at unsafe speeds. The highway was shut down for two hours. In addition to the Decatur PD, Decatur Fire Department and Wise County medics were also on scene. Texas Department of Transportation was called to repair the barrier.

GAS STATION BURNS – The Chevron station on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur caught fire just after 10 p.m. Sunday. The blaze appears to have started in the north end of the building, which is located at 2806 FM 51 South, near the Wise County Fairgrounds. Decatur’s Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett said the north end of the building sustained heavy fire damage, especially in the ceiling and attic, and the rest of the building will likely have smoke and heat damage. Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were called to assist Decatur. The last unit cleared from the scene at 2:15 a.m. Bennett said the cause of the fire appears to be electrical, but it’s still under investigation. The name of the building owner was not available before Update went to press.

TRIAL TO RESUME TODAY – An environmental scientist from Los Angeles will be back on the stand when testimony resumes today in Dallas in the Parr v. Aruba Petroleum lawsuit trial. Dr. Paul Rosenfeld conducted air quality research around the Wise County home of Robert and Lisa Parr after they and their young daughter became ill, they claim, from toxic fumes produced by two-and-a-half years of almost non-stop gas well activity with a mile of their home. The trial is expected to take more than two weeks. Read more trial coverage in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FREEZE POSSIBLE – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a freeze warning for Wise County from 1-10 a.m. Tuesday. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the upper 20s. Residents are advised to protect tender vegetation and turn off automatic sprinkler systems to avoid creating ice patches on nearby roads or sidewalks. We are also under a wind advisory from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today with winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour with gusts in excess of 35 miles per hour expected.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur. A pot luck dinner will be served, and a video will be shown on Texas Canyon Lake Gorge, a geological wonder now open to the public. For more information, call Jim Archer at 940-627-2329.

LIBRARY EGG HUNT – Decatur Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Children are invited to join at either time for an egg hunt in the Priddy Reading Garden, story, crafts and games. To register a child for the Easter Egg Hunt, stop by the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South, leave a message on Facebook (decaturtxlibrary) or call 940-393-0290.

PBR TICKETS – The 11th Annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge is Saturday, May 31, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 South Farm Road 51 in Decatur. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.wcchallenger.org or at Wise Wireless in Decatur.

REPUBLICAN MEETING – Cecilia Abbott, wife of gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, will be the guest speaker at the joint meeting of the Wise County Republican Party and Wise Republican Women at 6 tonight in the Chisholm Trail Room at the Decatur Civic Center. A reception will be held 5-6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to lyndachilds@aysm.com or call 940-644-1846.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE EGG HUNT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. The event is for ages 5 and younger. Bring an Easter basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Hot dogs, chips, snacks and drinks will be provided.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET - Wise County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. They will discuss and consider a small watershed rehabilitation resolution for Big Sandy Watershed project and Salt Creek and Laterals Watershed project. They will also discuss adding all the structures at the Wise County Fairgrounds to the county’s property insurance and adding a part-time or full-time position to the Animal Control Department. The meeting is open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Charles Ralph McDaniel, 65, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Jim Ned Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Billy “Bill” Wilson, 72, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Church of God in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Troyce Gregson, 74, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Anna L. Cardona, 72, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Patricia Hale, 53, of Boyd and Linda Mason, 64, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

VISITATION for Roy Monett, 71, of Chico is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with private burial at a later date.

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Chevron station catches fire


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The Chevron station on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur caught fire just after 10 p.m. Sunday.

The blaze appears to have started in the north end of the building, which is located at 2806 FM 51 South, near the Wise County Fairgrounds. Decatur’s Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett said the north end of the building sustained heavy fire damage, and the rest of the building will likely have smoke and heat damage.

Bridgeport and Paradise fire departments were called to the scene to assist Decatur Fire Department, and as of 11 p.m., they were still working to ensure the fire was out. The heaviest damage appeared to be in the ceiling and attic.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Wreck sends 1 to Wise Regional


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A northbound 18-wheeler crashed through the cement barrier on U.S. 287 in Decatur Sunday morning near the U.S. 380 exit, and one of its fuel tanks broke loose, striking  a southbound pickup.

The wreck occurred about 9:20 a.m., and the southbound lanes of 287 were shut down for two hours.

The driver of the pickup, Marvin Porter of Alvord, was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Sgt. Delvon Campbell with the Decatur Police Department said Porter may have suffered neck and back injuries.

The truck driver, Sarbjit Singh of Arlington, was uninjured. He was issued a citation for driving at unsafe speeds.

This section of 287 has been the site of many accidents, most of which have involved 18-wheelers. Campbell said they have also worked accidents there involving passenger vehicles, but they don’t know exactly why this seems to be such a problematic stretch.

“As (vehicles) come up that hill, they realize there’s a slight turn and hit their brakes. Then the brakes lock up on them,” he said.

In addition to the Decatur Police Department, Decatur Fire Department and Wise County medics were also on scene. Texas Department of Transportation was called to repair the barrier.

 

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Friday, April 11, 2014


CARPORTS IN RHOME — At a city council meeting Thursday, Rhome residents engaged in a heated discussion over allowing carports in newer parts of town, like Crown Point. The council did not approve an ordinance that outlined building standards for carports. Instead Councilmember Charles Pennington is to conduct an impact study, and officials will consider allowing the structures on a case-by-case basis.

CLARK RECEIVES LIBRARY ADVOCATE AWARD — Chico Mayor J.D. Clark was named 2013 Small Community Library Advocate of the Year by the Texas Library Association and Small Communities Library Round Table. He received the award Thursday night at the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio. The  award recognizes advocates “who go above and beyond to ensure that small community libraries throughout Texas have the best library services available.” Read more about Clark and the award in an upcoming issue of the Messenger.

SAVE THE DATES — The 2015 Wise County Youth Fair will be March 2-7.

PLANT SALE — Decatur FFA will be holding a plant sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon gas station. Plants available include tomatoes, roses, hanging baskets, color containers, perennials and annuals. All plants are student-grown projects from the Decatur High School horticulture program.

BAKE SALE — Chico Middle School FCA will host a bake sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart and Chico Market Place stores. Items include buttermilk, pecan and apple pies; Neiman Marcus, German chocolate, red velvet, chocolate and sopapilla cheesecakes; brownies; cookies; homemade breads; fried pies and many more. For information, call the middle school at 940-644-5550.

CHAMBER BANQUET — The Chico Chamber of Commerce will present the Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Award, Presidential Award and scholarships at its banquet 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center, 401 S. Hovey. Guest speaker will be State Rep. Phil King. The evening will feature entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are available at Sheila’s Hair Palace and Chico Public Library.

BENEFIT SALE — Benefit garage sale for the Berto and Rachel Castillo family of Bridgeport is today and Saturday at 606 Hovey in Bridgeport near Harwood Park. Funds raised will help defray medical costs and other expenses. Hot dog lunch is available for $5.

EASTER MUSICAL — Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico will present “Jesus, Messiah” 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Food will be served following the performance. The church is located at 302 Weatherford St.

RELAY LUMINARIAS — Luminarias for Relay For Life of Wise County will be available at a booth outside Brookshire’s, noon to 6 p.m. today. The luminarias are decorated and lit in honor of those affected by cancer. They support the American Cancer Society with a minimum $5 donation.

WIDOWS GATHERING — Widows of America Inc. will have a come-and-go, Dutch-treat gathering 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Dairy Queen in Rhome. Come learn about the many opportunities offered by this outreach for single women searching for their Christ-driven purpose in this second part of their lives. For information, call E. Curina Morris at 940-648-2540.

WINE AND CHOCOLATE — The Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a Ladies Wine and Chocolate Walk 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bridgeport Country Club, Cost is $30 per person, $5 of which goes to the club’s charities. There will be four wine stops on the course with a group photo opportunity, a cheese and cracker appetizer, light dinner and chocolate dessert table. There will also be a $5 wine cork raffle. Dress is casual. Forms are available at the Country Club. RSVP and submit payment by today.

EGG HUNT — Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur will host an egg hunt 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Easter Bunny will be present for photos, and there will be a bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. All ages are welcome, but participants must bring their own baskets. For information, call 940-626-2800.

FIREFIGHTER BASH — The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department’s annual firefighter bash is noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Paradise Fire Station. There will be bingo and hot dogs at noon, a bake auction at 2 p.m., a barbecue supper at 3 p.m. and live music at 6 p.m.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA — Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Eggstravaganza carnival and egg hunt is 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeport Community Center and the Lawdwin Ballfields. There will be games, candy, face painting and inflatables. The egg hunt starts promptly at 2 p.m. For information, call 940-683-3480.

IDENTITY THEFT PROGRAM — Wise County Sheriff David Walker will give a presentation on identity theft at Young Elementary in Decatur at 10 a.m. Saturday. The program is sponsored by Gamma Epsilon, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an organization for women educators.

MUSIC EVENT — The Righteous Blues Band will hold a CD release party 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Father’s House church in Decatur. The event will feature live music, refreshments and give-aways.

FUNERALS — Memorial service for Garry Paul Rench, 57, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Charles R. McDaniel, 65, of Balsora is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for James Earl Bedgood, 82, of Decatur is 4 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 1 in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for H.D. Elliott, 81, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


PARR TRIAL BEGINS – Testimony began Wednesday in a Dallas County Court-at-Law in the Parr versus Aruba Petroleum lawsuit. Robert and Lisa Parr of Decatur claim noise, lights and toxic emissions from oil and gas operations around their property made them sick and forced them to move to Parr’s office in Denton. After watching a video deposition of an Aruba representative Wednesday morning, the seven-member jury spent the afternoon listening to Robert Parr detail the symptoms he, his wife and their young daughter suffered over a 2-1/2-year period after numerous gas wells were drilled near their home. The trial could take more than two weeks.

EASTER MUSICAL – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico will present “Jesus, Messiah” 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Food will be served following the performance. The church is located at 302 Weatherford St.

RELAY LUMINARIAS – Luminarias for Relay For Life of Wise County will be available at a booth outside Brookshire’s, 12-6 p.m. tomorrow. The luminarias are decorated and lit in honor of those affected by cancer. They support the American Cancer Society with a minimum $5 donation.

WIDOWS GATHERING – Widows of America Inc. will have a come-and-go, Dutch-treat gathering 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Dairy Queen in Rhome. Come learn about the many opportunities offered by this outreach for single women searching for their Christ-driven purpose in this second part of their lives. For information, call E. Curina Morris at 940-648-2540.

IDENTITY THEFT PROGRAM – Wise County Sheriff David Walker will give a presentation on identity theft at Young Elementary in Decatur at 10 a.m. Saturday. The program is sponsored by Gamma Epsilon, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an organization for women educators.

RODEO PINK 5K – The Rodeo Pink Fun Run/Walk is Saturday, May 10. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Harwood Park pavilion. There will be a survivor celebration walk at 7:45 a.m. around the Harwood Park loop. Cost, with a shirt, is $20 if received by today and $25 if received by April 25. After that date, cost increases to $30 and doesn’t include a shirt. Registration forms are available at the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce. Bridgeport City Hall, The Community Bank in Bridgeport, Angel’s Health Care in Decatur or online at www.active.com, www.bridgeportchamber.org or www.cityofbridgeport.net. For information, call 817-201-5000 or email kellio135@gmail.com.

CANCER FACT SIGNS – The Relay For Life of Wise County seeks sponsors for cancer fact signs. For $50, the sponsor’s name will be displayed on a sign that includes a fact about cancer. Sponsors also have the opportunity to dedicate the sign “in memory” or “in honor” of anyone who’s battled cancer. The signs will line the track on which participants will walk for the all-night event on Friday, April 25. Contact Kathy Hughes at khughes716@hotmail.com or at 940-255-2944.

PERFORMANCE – Decatur High School UIL One-Act Play Company will perform “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play” at 7 p.m. Friday in the DHS Theater. Admission is $5.

COMPUTER COURSE – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will be offering a beginning computer course through its continuing education division. The course will meet 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks beginning April 15. Cost is $175, and individuals over age 65 can enroll in the course for free. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu for information.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Garry Paul Rench, 57, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for James Bedgood, 82, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Howard Elliott, 81, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


TRAFFIC DETOUR THIS WEEKEND – Texas 114 will be closed at the railroad crossing in Boyd late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington said Union Pacific will be putting in a whole new crossing. The work is expected to begin around midnight and be finished before dawn. TxDOT will have personnel on hand to help redirect traffic to North Wilson St., which heads north off Texas 114 just west of the railroad crossing and intersects with Farm Road 730. Drivers on Texas 114 heading east will take the Wilson Street cutoff, go north and come back to Texas 114 on FM 730. Westbound drivers will be directed north on FM 730 and back down to Texas 114 on North Wilson.

EASTER CELEBRATION – The 4th Annual Community Egg Hunt sponsored by the city of Newark is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 12, at Newark City Hall, 209 Hudson St. There will be more than 2,000 candy-filled eggs. Games and prizes will follow the hunt, and grand prizes will be awarded to those that find prize eggs during the hunt.

EGG HUNT - The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter egg hunt is 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Decatur Civic Center. The event is for ages 5 and younger. Bring an Easter basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Hot dogs, chips, snacks and drinks will be provided.

42 CLUB – Domino players in Decatur are starting a 42 club that will play at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 817-371-5580.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN – Cecilia Abbott, wife of gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, will be the guest speaker at the Wise Republican Women’s meeting 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Chisholm Trail Room at the Decatur Civic Center. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to lyndachilds@aysm.com or call 940-644-1846.

QUICKBOOKS CLASS – Weatherford College Wise County is offering an intermediate Quickbooks class beginning Tuesday, April 15. The course will meet 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays for six weeks. Cost is $149, which includes the required textbook. For information, call the college at 940-627-2690 or email wisecounty@wc.edu.

PRE-K PREVIEW – Bridgeport Elementary invites all children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 to participate in Pre-K Preview. Registration is 3:45-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15, in the BES cafeteria, and classroom activities are 3:45-5 p.m. Monday, April 21. For registration, bring the child’s birth certificate, shot record, Social Security card, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.), proof of income and a picture I.D. of the adult enrolling the child.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Charlie O’Dell, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Garry Paul Rench, 57, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICE for James Bedgood, 82, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THEFT INDICTMENT – A former director of a Wise County Pee Wee football league has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury for theft of property $1,500-$20,000 and credit card or debit card abuse, both state jail felonies. Robert L. Vidal, 44, of Chico used a debit/credit card belonging to Wise County Midget and Pee Wee Football League as payment for a cruise in February of 2012, according to the indictment. The thefts were ongoing from around September of 2011 to June 1, 2013, the indictment states. An arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Wise County Messenger last October stated that Vidal took approximately $8,500 from the organization.

RAIN YESTERDAY, WIND TODAY – Wise County received rain for the second day in a row yesterday. Two-day rain totals include 1.1 inches in Greenwood, Cottondale and Paradise; 0.84 in Decatur; 0.68 in Rhome; 0.53 in Bridgeport and 0.45 in Alvord. Rain is not included in today’s forecast, but wind is. Wise County will be under a wind advisory from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The National Weather Service says northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour are possible today. High winds and dry air this afternoon will create high fire danger conditions.

JONES, READ REPEAT AS CHAMPS - Decatur sophomore Drew Jones eagled the par-5 18th hole at Turtle Hill Monday to complete his 10-under-par round of 62 and capture the District 9-3A title for a second year. Jones fired a two-round total of 134, winning the tournament by 26 strokes over Bridgeport’s Ty Read and Decatur’s Cade Lamirand, who finished at 160. The Decatur boys team shot 654 over two rounds to win the 9-3A team title. Bridgeport took second with a 725. In the girls tournament, Bridgeport sophomore Lexi Read repeated as champ. She shot 78 Monday to finish with a total of 158. Her teammate Brooke Irion claimed second with a 165. The Bridgeport Sissies fired a 806 over two rounds, finishing 137 strokes better than second-place Sanger.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur will host an egg hunt 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The Easter Bunny will be present for photos, and there will be a bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. All ages are welcome, but participants must bring their own baskets. For information, call 940-626-2800.

DAV YARD SALE – DAV will have their annual yard sale April 25-26. To donate items, call Jerry at 940-389-3049, Bobby at 940-389-1922 or Patsy at 940-389-5399. Donations will be accepted at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily April 21-25.

BRIDGEPORT 4-H MEETING – The Bridgeport 4-H Club will meet at 6 tonight at the Bridgeport Community Center.

WINE AND CHOCOLATE – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will host a Ladies Wine and Chocolate Walk 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $30 per person, and $5 go to the club’s charities. There will be four wine stops on the course with a group photo opportunity, a cheese and cracker appetizer, light dinner and chocolate dessert table. There will also be a $5 wine cork raffle. Dress is casual. Forms are available at the Country Club. RSVP and submit payment by Friday, April 11.

SCV MEETING - The Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Camp member W.B. Woodruff on Wise County history.

OPEN HOUSE – Chico’s Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house noon today at the Senior Citizens Center in downtown Chico. The community is invited to eat free barbecue.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Wise Regional Health Foundation’s Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Decatur Civic Center. Cost is $350 for a table of eight or $45 for individual seats. All proceeds benefit Women’s Health Services and Mary’s Gift. For reservations, call Michelle at 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS - Graveside service for Charlie O’Dell, 70, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Garry Paul Rench, 57, of Sunset is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Monday, April 7, 2014


FIRE RIPS THROUGH EAST WISE HOME – Fire tore through a trailer home at 308 Private Road 4433 early Sunday morning, leaving one of the five dogs in the residence dead. East Wise, Rhome and Decatur firefighters contained the blaze that started around 3:30 a.m. to the left side of the trailer. “Half of it is gone – the two rooms on [the left] end,” said East Wise Assistant Fire Chief Jim Blackney. “Decatur got here quick and then Rhome to help attack it. We attacked it from the outside initially and knocked it down. Decatur then went in the front.” Homeowner Dennis Lack said his dogs woke him up. “I had just gotten to sleep when a couple of the dogs woke me,” Lack said. “I could see flames out the kitchen window.” Lack, who was the only person in the home, got out with four of the five dogs in the house. Lack has lived in the home a few miles off Farm Road 2264 near Oliver Creek for more than 14 years. He believed the fire started in the chicken coup located to the back left of the home. “I just finished redoing everything in the chicken coup,” Lack said. “I think one of the cords [to the heat lamps] shorted out.”

NEW PRECINCT 4 COMMISSIONER – County Judge Glenn Hughes named Gary Potts of Paradise interim Precinct 4 county commissioner last week. He was sworn in Thursday and took office immediately. Potts is filling a post left vacant when District Judge Roger Towery removed Commissioner Terry Ross from office March 19. He will serve until a new commissioner – either Republican Gaylord Kennedy or Democrat Kristina Kemp – is elected in the general election Nov. 4. The winner of that election will take office as soon as the votes are canvassed. Read more about Potts in the April 5 edition of the Wise County Messenger on newsstands through Tuesday.

BOARD CANDIDATE DROPS OUT – Lex Williams, one of three candidates who filed for Place 6 on the Alvord school board, has announced that he wishes to drop out of the race. “I’ve stopped campaigning,” he said. “I talked to the school district last week and they’ve already printed the ballot, so it’s too late to get off.” The board seat has been open since the resignation of Randy Hamilton last June. Williams, Lance Thweatt and Tracy Barclay Parker all filed for the position for the May 10 school board election. Williams said he wants to direct his supporters to Thweatt. One other board seat is on this year’s ballot. Place 7 trustee Jeannette Ward is seeking re-election, opposed by Charles Matthews. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

STORMS POSSIBLE – After much of Wise County saw rainfall yesterday, we might see some more today. The forecast calls for a 40 percent of chance of storms this afternoon with a high of 65. On Sunday, Rhome saw 0.43 of an inch of rain.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Eggstravaganza carnival and egg hunt is 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Bridgeport Community Center and the Lawdwin Ballfields. There will be games, candy, face painting, inflatables, and the egg hunt starts promptly at 2 p.m. For information, call 940-683-3480.

RODEO PINK FUN RUN – The Rodeo Pink annual 5k Fun Run will be Saturday, May 10, at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Early bird registration is $20, and deadline is April 10. Pre-registration deadline is April 25 and is $25. Both early registrations include a T-shirt. Registration forms are available in Bridgeport at The Community Bank and the Chamber of Commerce and in Decatur at Angels’ Care Home Health. Forms are available online at www.cityofbridgeport.net. Online registration is available at active.com.

SCV MEETING – The Sons Of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The program will be presented by Camp member W.B. Woodruff on Wise County history.

ALL WISE BASKETBALL – The weekend edition of the Messenger on newsstands now features the All Wise Basketball teams.

FUNERALS – None pending.

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Fire tore through half a trailer home at 308 Private Road 4433 early Sunday morning, leaving one of the five dogs in the residence dead.
East Wise, Rhome and Decatur firefighters contained the blaze that started around 3:30 a.m. to the left side of the trailer.

“Half of it is gone – the two rooms on [the left] end,” said East Wise Assistant Fire Chief Jim Blackney. “Decatur got here quick and then Rhome to help attack it.

“We attacked it from the outside initially and knocked it down. Decatur then went in the front.”

Homeowner Dennis Lack said his dogs woke him up.
“I had just gotten to sleep when a couple of the dogs woke me,” Lack said. “I could see flames out the kitchen window.”
Lack, who was the only person in the home, got out with four of the five dogs in the house.
Lack has lived in the home a few miles off Farm Road 2264 near Oliver Creek for more than 14 years.
He believed the fire started in the chicken coup located to the back left of the home.
“I just finished redoing everything in the chicken coup,” Lack said. “I think one of the cords [to the heat lamps] shorted out.”

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Friday, April 4, 2014


FIRE DESTROYS CHICO HOME – A house at 411 Mockingbird Street in Chico was destroyed by fire late Thursday afternoon. Chico, Sand Flat, Bridgeport and Decatur fire departments responded to a report of a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames around 5:15. The home owner, Joyce Sanders, was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for smoke inhalation. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said she was treated and released. Beard said Sanders was sleeping when the fire started, and her dogs alerted her to the danger. Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis investigated the cause and determined it was an electrical fire that started in a wall plug. The home, which Sanders shares with her son, was not insured. Red Cross was called to assist the family. A car parked in the driveway was also destroyed by fire.

STORMY THURSDAY – Several rounds of storms passed through parts of Wise County yesterday, bringing rain and hail, but luckily none of the tornadic activity reported in areas east of Wise County. Hail as large as 1.25 inches, or ping pong ball sized, were reported in numerous locations around Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.75 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.71 in Decatur and 0.65 in Greenwood. Storms are not in today’s forecast, but cooler temperatures are with a high of around 67 degrees. The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night, and chances of showers increase to 50 percent Sunday.

HABITAT MEETING – Trinity Habitat for Humanity will hold homeowner orientation meetings for anyone interested in learning about the eligibility requirements for Habitat ownership. The events are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, May 10 and June 14 in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport, 608 17th Street, Bridgeport. Call 817-926-9219, ext. 109 to sign up to attend.

OPEN HOUSE – Chico’s Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house noon Tuesday, April 8, at the Senior Citizens Center in downtown Chico. The community is invited to eat free barbecue.

FUNDRAISER – A barbecue sandwich fundraiser is 10 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Decatur. Sandwiches, chips and a drink will be sold for $5. Proceeds benefit the Grace Baptist Youth Department. For more information, call the church at 940-627-7558.

HEALTH FAIR – The Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Numerous free health screenings will be available as well as activities for kids. The event will also feature a Carter BloodCare blood drive, a fun run and an educational inflatable. The free event is sponsored by the United Way of Wise County and the Wise County Health Forum. For more information, call 940-627-3341.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – The Paradise Band Boosters will present Donkey Basketball at 6 p.m. today at the Paradise High School gym. Advance tickets are $6 at Paradise schools or $8 at the door. Children under 4 are admitted free, and children under 12 can get a free donkey ride during intermission. Proceeds benefit Paradise Band Boosters.

COMPUTER COURSE – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will be offering a beginning computer course through its continuing education division. The course will meet 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks beginning April 15. Cost is $175, and individuals over age 65 can enroll in the course for free. Contact the college at 940-627-2690 or wisecounty@wc.edu for information.

CANCER FUNDRAISER – The Cancer Butt Kickers Relay for Life team will hold a bake sale fundraiser at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Community Room at Quail Run Apartments in Decatur. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

EVENING AT THE OPRY – The Decatur Woman’s Club will present “An Evening at the Opry” 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd. The musical show featuring Texas Praise, Joy Roberts, John Webster, The Websters, Kathy McCarley and Chuck Hancock, will benefit “Decatur Cares” and help fund Raquel’s Wings for Life, the Creative Writing Program and the Woman’s Club scholarship program. Tickets are $10, available from Woman’s Club members or at the door. For information, call 940-627-3235 or visit www.firstdecatur.us.

CONCERT TO BENEFIT DANCE CENTER – Christopher Brigham will present Music Worth Dancing To 7 p.m. Sunday at the Decatur High School auditorium. The concert, presented in partnership with the Wise Performing Arts Guild, will feature Brigham, a horn player, pianist Elisabeth Tomczyk and Gypsy Cattle Drive, a trio that plays high octane, gypsy swing with rhythms borrowed from bluegrass, Latin, western swing and Celtic music. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit The Wise Dance Center.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Montford, 83, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Wesley Kelvin Wolfe, 59, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Harris Family Cemetery in Hamilton. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rick Bane, 62, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mary Jo Smith, 77, of Aurora is 10 a.m. today at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Wesley Clifton Caraway, 60, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Chico home destroyed, resident taken to hospital


A house at 411 Mockingbird Street in Chico was destroyed by fire late Thursday afternoon. Chico, Sand Flat, Bridgeport and Decatur fire departments responded to a report of a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames around 5:15. The female home owner was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with unspecified injuries. Assistant Fire Marshal J.C. Travis was on the scene investigating, but he said a cause had not yet been determined. A car parked in the driveway was also destroyed by fire.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014


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WRECK INJURES 3 - (Updated at 10 a.m.) Three people were taken to the hospital following back-to-back wrecks at 6:15 this morning involving two vehicles and a pedestrian at U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 west near Bridgeport. Two ambulances and the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department responded along with law enforcement. Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said a van driven by a 25-year-old Fort Worth man was westbound on U.S. 380 when he ran off the road, skidded, rolled a couple of times and ended up back in the westbound lane. A 32-year-old Bridgeport man stopped to check on the injured, but then another westbound vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Bridgeport man struck the van. At some point, the pedestrian sustained a leg injury. Both drivers were taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, and the pedestrian was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Two passengers in the van were not injured. The wreck had U.S. 380 completely shut down while the vehicles were removed from the roadway. More information will be posted as it is available.

3 HURT IN COTTONDALE WRECK – Three men were injured in a two-vehicle accident about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning in Cottondale. Kerry Rivers, 26, of Fort Worth was driving a pickup on County Road 3555 and failed to yield at the intersection with Farm Road 2123, pulling out in front of another pickup. Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Marquez said Rivers’ pickup hit the front, right side of the vehicle traveling on 2123, which was driven by Dustin Campbell, 22, of Paradise. Rivers and his passenger, Josh McEntire, 24, were transported by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Campbell was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Marquez said their injuries are not life threatening.

RED FLAG TODAY – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from noon to 8 p.m. today in Wise County due to expected strong winds and low humidity. The county’s burn ban will be in effect. No outdoor burning is allowed.

JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICT IN DRUG CASE – A Wise County jury Wednesday afternoon found George David Shannon, 55, of Paradise guilty of possession of methamphetamine less than 1 gram, a state jail felony. Before the trial began, Shannon elected to have 271st District Judge John Fostel assess punishment in the case, which included mandatory probation since Shannon had not been convicted of a felony offense in the past. Fostel set the punishment at one year in state jail, probated for two years plus a $2,000 fine. All of the evidence in the case was presented Tuesday, and closing arguments began Wednesday morning. The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before reaching its guilty verdict just before 2 p.m. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry presented the state’s case, and Shannon was represented by Decatur attorney Barry Green.

MORNING RAIN – Storms quickly passed through parts of Wise County before 8 this morning. Rainfall totals included 0.34 of an inch in Bridgeport and 0.03 in Decatur.

EAGLES, SISSIES LEAD TOURNEY – Led by their defending individual district champs Drew Jones and Lexi Read, the Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies jumped out to big leads Wednesday in the first round of the 9-3A golf tournament at Tanglewood Golf Resort. Jones shot an even par 72 to lead the Eagles to a first-round score of 349. The Bridgeport Bulls behind Ty Reed’s 78 shot 362. Read shot 80, and Brooke Irion 84 as Bridgeport fired a 403 as a team to lead 9-3A girls tourney by 59 strokes after first round. The tournament will resume Monday at Turtle Hill in Muenster.

CHURCH 140TH ANNIVERSARY – Hopewell Baptist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary Sunday. Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, will conduct the morning church service at 11 a.m. Dr. Leo Day, dean of Church music at SWBTS, will conduct the music. The church is located at 280 County Road 2391 in Alvord. A potluck lunch will follow the morning services. At 2 p.m., the new historical marker for Hopewell Cemetery will be dedicated. Hopewell Cemetery was designated as a Historic Texas Cemetery in 2010.

JW HART TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets are now on sale for the 11th Annual JW Hart PBR Challenge to be held at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 31. The event will feature an IBCA Texas State Championship Barbecue Cookoff on Saturday concluding with the PBR event at 8 Saturday night. A special home presentation will be made to the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes4Heroes program during the event. Information and tickets are available at www.wcchallenger.org or at Wise Wireless in the Prada Shops in Decatur.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – The Paradise Band Boosters will present Donkey Basketball at 6 p.m. Friday at the Paradise High School gym. Advance tickets are $6 at Paradise schools or $8 at the door. Children under 4 are admitted free, and children under 12 can get a free donkey ride during intermission. Proceeds benefit Paradise Band Boosters.

42 CLUB - Domino players in Decatur are starting a 42 club that will play at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. For information, call 817-371-5580.

FUNERALS – Service for Donald Montford, 83, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Wesley Kelvin Wolfe, 59, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with graveside service at 2 p.m. at Harris Family Cemetery in Hamilton. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rick Bane, 62, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Mary Jo Smith, 77, of Aurora is 10 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Wesley Clifton Caraway, 60, of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

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Jury delivers guilty verdict in drug case


A Wise County jury Wednesday afternoon found George David Shannon, 55, of Paradise guilty of possession of methamphetamine less than 1 gram, a state jail felony. Before the trial began, Shannon elected to have 271st District Judge John Fostel assess punishment in the case, which included mandatory probation since Shannon had not been convicted of a felony offense in the past. Fostel assessed the punishment at one year in state jail, probated for two years plus a $2,000 fine. All of the evidence in the case was presented Tuesday, and closing arguments began this morning. The jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before reaching its guilty verdict just before 2 p.m. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Berry presented the state’s case, and Shannon was represented by Decatur attorney Barry Green.

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3 injured in 2-vehicle wreck


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Three men were injured in a two-vehicle accident about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning in Cottondale.

Kerry Rivers, 26, of Fort Worth was driving a pickup on County Road 3555 and failed to yield at the intersection with Farm Road 2123, pulling out in front of another pickup.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Bobby Marquez said Rivers’ pickup hit the front, right side of the vehicle traveling on 2123, which was driven by Dustin Campbell, 22, of Paradise.

Rivers and his passenger, Josh McEntire, 24, were transported by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Campbell was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Marquez said their injuries are not life threatening.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


STORM CHANCES – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth places rain chances for Wise County today and tonight at 20 percent, but if it does come, the storms are likely to be severe. Those storms could produce large hail and high winds. Today’s high is expected to reach 82 degrees.

COTTONDALE ACCIDENT – As Update was going to press, medics and the Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3355 in front of the Cottondale Store. Early reports indicated moderate damage to the vehicles, and FM 2123 was shut down. A second ambulance was also dispatched “for multiple patients,” according to emergency radio. One ambulance transported two patients to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

SANGER BATTERS DECATUR – Sanger plated three runs on four straight two-out hits, including a pair of run-producing triples, in the bottom of the first inning on its way to a 9-1 victory over the Decatur Eagles. Sanger took over sole possession of the District 9-3A lead with the victory. Decatur suffered its first league loss and saw its six-game winning streak snapped.

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SCORES – Baseball: Keller 3, Northwest 0; Paradise 12, Millsap 1; Peaster 14, Boyd 2. Softball: Boyd 13, Peaster 7; Gainesville 13, Bridgeport 2; Northwest 3, Fossil Ridge 2; Sanger 16, Decatur 2.

9-3A GOLF/TENNIS TOURNAMENTS - The District 9-3A golf and tennis championships start today. The golf tournament featuring defending league champs, the Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies, begins at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro at 9 a.m. The second round will be Monday at Turtle Hill in Muenster. The tennis tournament begins at 9 a.m. in Krum. The championship matches and playbacks will be Thursday in Krum.

EVENING AT THE OPRY – The Decatur Woman’s Club will present “An Evening at the Opry” 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd. The musical show featuring Texas Praise, Joy Roberts, John Webster, The Websters, Kathy McCarley and Chuck Hancock, will benefit “Decatur Cares” and help fund Raquel’s Wings for Life, the Creative Writing Program and the Woman’s Club scholarship program. Tickets are $10, available from Woman’s Club members or at the door. For information, call 940-627-3235 or visit www.firstdecatur.us.

HEALTH FAIR – The Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Numerous free health screenings will be available as well as activities for kids. The event will also feature a Carter BloodCare blood drive, a fun run and an educational inflatable. The free event is sponsored by the United Way of Wise County and the Wise County Health Forum. For more information, call 940-627-3341.

HOME RUN DERBY – CHS Class of 2014 is hosting a hamburger dinner and home run derby at 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Lady Dragon softball and Dragon baseball. Cost for dinner is $5 and derby entry is $10. Proceeds benefit project graduation.

SHRED DAY - North Texas Bank will have Magic Shred, a mobile document shredding company, at the Decatur location 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. All shredding will be conducted on-site.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department’s annual firefighter bash is noon-10 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Paradise Fire Station. There will be bingo and hot dogs at noon, a bake auction at 2 p.m., a barbecue supper at 3 p.m. and live music at 6 p.m.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Doyle H. Powell, 91, of Conroe, previously of Runaway Bay. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Donald H. Montford, 83, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Joe Roberts Jr., formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Lone Star Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wesley K. Wolfe, 59, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Dennis Laban Lankford, 53, of Azle is 11 a.m. today at Christian-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL for Rick Bane, 62, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Wesley Caraway, 60, of Chico is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mary Jo Smith, 77, of Aurora is 10 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins.

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