Friday, February 24, 2017


WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGE – Power went out in most of Decatur around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a construction crew at the corner of Preskitt and Deer Park Roads hit a main transmission line for Oncor and Wise Electric, according to Police Chief Rex Hoskins. Many traffic lights were out for about 30 minutes, but power was at least partially restored by 8:20 a.m. Drivers are urged to use caution as some lights may still be out until the repair is complete. Preskitt and Deer Park roads are temporarily closed.

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BRIDGEPORT HIRES AD – Bridgeport ISD’s search for a new athletic director and head football coach ended with current Bullard coach Shannon Wilson. The district hired Wilson, who had been at the 4A district outside Tyler since 2010, Thursday night. He compiled a record of 38-36 in his seven seasons at Bullard, playing in the ultra-competitive districts with the likes of Kilgore, Tyler Chapel Hill, Carthage and Gilmer. Before he arrived in Bullard, the program had went 18 years without a playoff berth and was coming off a 1-9 campaign in 2009. Two seasons later, Bullard made a trip to the third round of the playoffs. Bridgeport will be Wilson’s second head coaching opportunity. Before going to Bullard, he served as the defensive coordinator at Southlake Carroll for three years. He also had stops at Duncanville and Irving as a defensive coordinator. He also coached at Arlington Martin and Sam Houston and in Plainview.

RHOME HOUSE FIRE – Four fire departments battled a blaze at a home in the 300 block of Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge neighborhood near Rhome Thursday afternoon. Rhome, East Wise, Newark and Boyd Fire Departments responded to find a single-story structure fully engulfed in flames. There were no reports of injuries. Red Cross was called to assist the home’s occupants. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m.

SWAP MEET WEEKEND – The annual Decatur Swap Meet sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily today through Sunday at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Admission is free, but there is a fee for parking.

SLIDELL ADVANCES – The Slidell Greyhounds shook off a slow start to beat Sulphur Bluff 64-47 and win the Class A Region III area title Thursday. Layton Shelton scored 14 of his game-high 19 in the fourth quarter. Shelby Johnson had 14, including a big 3-pointer to start an 11-2 run for Slidell, heading into halftime. Slidell advances to play Saltillo in the region quarterfinal next week.

LADY GREYHOUNDS SET FOR REGIONALS – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds will take on Lipan in the Class A Region III semifinal at 7 tonight at Mansfield High School. With a victory, the Lady Greyhounds would reach the region final set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Mansfield.

EAGLES, TEXANS RETURN TO COURT – The Decatur Eagles and Northwest Texans look to continue their playoff runs tonight. Decatur faces Kaufman in a 4A Region II area game at 7 at Frisco Independence. Northwest takes on Grapevine in the 5A Region I area tilt at Flower Mound.

NORTHWEST WRESTLERS COMPETE AT STATE – Northwest junior and Newark resident Schon Ausman leads a group of five Northwest wrestlers into the University Interscholastic League’s wrestling championships today in Cypress. The championship matches will be Saturday.

RESOURCE CENTER BENEFIT EVENT – Spring to Life, a vendor event benefiting Wise Choices Pregnancy Center, is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at The Big White Barn, 933 County Road 4010. The event will feature local and home-based businesses, coffee, treats and live music. Admission is $3 per person.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The Wise County Youth Fair Parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur. The 65th Annual Wise County Youth Fair begins Monday.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – A “come and go” retirement reception for Brenda Kennedy is 2-4 p.m. today at The Community Bank, 507 U.S. 380 in Bridgeport.

MARKER DEDICATION – The Wise County Historical Commission and the City of Runaway Bay, with assistance from the Wise County Veteran’s Group, will dedicate one of Wise County’s newest Texas Historical Commission subject markers 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the marker site on U.S. 380 just west of the Lake Bridgeport bridge. The marker will note the location of a World War II training site.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel unit of the Texas Retired Teachers will have a luncheon, program and meeting Feb. 28 at the Decatur Civic Center. The luncheon will begin at 11:30, followed by a program given by Beth Roper on “Helping the Homeless.” A short business meeting will follow. Lunch reservations must be made by calling 940-575-2341 on or before Feb. 26. Cost of lunch is $11.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Chico Public Library’s Movie Night will present the movie “Trolls” at 6:30 tonight. The library provides a bag of popcorn to everyone who attends. The movie is free. Call 940-644-2330.

BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER – The Bridgeport Class of 2021 will hold a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament today at the Bridgeport Middle School gym. Registration is 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the first game will immediately follow registration. Entry fee is $100 per team and a $2 spectator fee. It will include a number of age divisions, including adult. Call Corey at 817-437-9709 or email corey@fsbwise.com.

ROCK RACING – Bridgeport’s Northwest OHV Park is hosting the Southern Rock Racing Series Friday and Saturday. SRRS is a high paced rock crawling and hill climbing known as “rock bouncing.” Cost is $25 per day or $50 for both days. Trails will also be open both days for open trail riding of off-road vehicles. Call 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Services for Janis Lindbloom, 44, of Mineral Wells and Kristi N. Martin, 37, of Sunset are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Terry Kent, 56, of Chico. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Louis Wayne Gage, 67, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL graveside service for Edwin Earl Bailey, 53, of Blue Mound is 11 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Krystal Underhill Wilkins, 31, of Grapevine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. GRAVESIDE service for Louise Hyles Russell, 88, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Janis Eileen Wilson, 65, of Haslet is 1 p.m. Monday at Dido Cemetery in Fort Worth. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Four fire departments battled a blaze at a home in the 300 block of Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge neighborhood near Rhome Thursday afternoon. Rhome, East Wise, Newark and Boyd Fire Departments responded to find a single-story structure fully engulfed in flames. There were no reports of injuries. Red Cross was called to assist the home’s occupants. The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


FIRE DANGER — The National Weather Service says an elevated to near-critical fire weather threat will exist for our area today as temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees this afternoon with south winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour this afternoon. Remember that Wise County remains under a burn ban. No outdoor burning is allowed.

WATER TO BE RELEASED — Recent rains have raised Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lakes above their conservation levels, and the Tarrant Regional Water District announced it will be releasing water over the next few weeks. The district asks that people pay attention to warning signs and buoys and be aware of your surroundings. As of 7 a.m., Lake Bridgeport was more than six inches above conservation level.

BRIDGEPORT EXPECTED TO HIRE AD — Bridgeport ISD is expected to name a new athletic director and football coach at its school board meeting tonight.

SLIDELL STARTS PLAYOFFS — After winning the 21-A title, the Slidell Greyhounds will open the Class A Region III playoffs tonight with an area-round tip at 7 in Trenton against Sulphur Bluff. Decatur will take on Kaufman at 7 p.m. Friday at Frisco Independence in a 4A Region II area game. Northwest meets Grapevine at 7 p.m. Friday at Flower Mound in a 5A Region I area game.

LADY GREYHOUNDS SET FOR REGIONALS — The Slidell Lady Greyhounds will take on Lipan in the Class A Region III semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Mansfield High School.

OIL BELT GOLF TOURNEY — The Oil Belt Men’s Golf Association opens its 2017 season March 6. Men 50 and older are invited to join. The initial enrollment fee is $20 and play is handicapped. Members play three to four times per month, rotating play on different area courses. Call Tom Ferguson at 940-389-9879 or A.Z. Smith 940-389-0949.

MARKER DEDICATION — The Wise County Historical Commission and the City of Runaway Bay, with assistance from the Wise County Veteran’s Group, will dedicate one of Wise County’s newest Texas Historical Commission subject markers 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the marker site on U.S. 380 just west of the Lake Bridgeport bridge. The marker will note the location of a World War II training site.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING — The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel unit of the Texas Retired Teachers will have a luncheon, program and meeting Feb. 28 at the Decatur Civic Center. The luncheon will begin at 11:30, followed by a program given by Beth Roper on “Helping the Homeless.” A short business meeting will follow. Lunch reservations must be made by calling 940-575-2341 on or before Feb. 26. Cost of lunch is $11.

MOVIE NIGHT — The Chico Public Library’s Movie Night will present the movie “Trolls” at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The library provides a bag of popcorn to everyone who attends. The movie is free. Call 940-644-2330.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION — A retirement reception for Suzzie Hubble, who is retiring from the Decatur Public Library, is 2-4 p.m. Friday at the library.

FREEDOM TEXAS — Freedom Texas will meet 7 tonight at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. They will discuss how the presidential election affected the group’s goals of securing Texas independence and what needs to be done going forward. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999, or go to freedomtexas.org

FUNERALS — Services for William Davenport, 88, of Decatur and Terry Kent, 56, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Hugh Franklin “Mac” McCrary, 82, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. today at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Timothy Don East Barger, 20, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Louis Wayne Gage, 67, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Vanita Jeanette Coffee Sain, 80, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICES for Janis Wilson, 65, and Christie Littrell, 43, both of Haslet are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Krystal Underhill Wilkins, 31, of Grapevine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Louise Hyles Russell, 88, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017


KING FILES BILL FOR COLLEGE REPRESENTATION – A bill has been filed to create two board positions from Wise County on the Weatherford College board of trustees. State Rep. Phil King filed House Bill 2194 just before noon Tuesday, during Wise County Legislative Days. The bill states that the commissioners court of any county in which a Weatherford College branch campus is located and which imposes a maintenance tax will appoint two members to serve on the board. Under HB 2194, members would serve two-year terms and could be appointed to successive terms. They would be allowed to vote on any issue that pertains to the entire college district, but not participate in decision-making that involves the imposition of a tax or issues that only affect the junior college district in Parker County. Board President Frank Martin said Tuesday afternoon he didn’t know the bill had been filed. “I haven’t read it yet,” he said. “I have no comment at this time.” A full story is featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

DECATUR HOUSE FIRE – Decatur, Alvord and Paradise Fire Departments responded to a house fire in the 1200 block of N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur around noon Tuesday. The fire departments arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the home’s attached garage. No one was injured in the blaze. The extent of the damage and the cause of the fire were not available as of Update’s press deadline.

SLIDELL BOOKS TRIP TO REGIONALS – Sophomore Bailey Meyer had 17 points and Kayler Talamantes scored 11, as Slidell defeated Saltillo 44-37 at Trenton High School in the Class 1A Region III quarterfinal to clinch its first trip to a regional tournament since 2012. Slidell will play Lipan at 7 p.m. Friday in Mansfield.

DECATUR WINS IN OVERTIME – Decatur senior Parker Hicks hit a pair of free throws with 6.7 seconds left to force overtime. In the extra period, Bryce Elder hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-2 run as Decatur beat Dallas Pinkston 66-62 for the 4A Region II bi-district title. Parker Hicks scored 35 points and grabbed 13 boards. Wilson Hicks had 17 points and Bryce Elder 12. Bridgeport rallied to get within eight after being down 22 at the start of the fourth quarter. Dallas Carter went on to beat the Bulls 70-48. Justin Meyers had 22 points. Northwest took down Sherman 78-68 to win a 5A Region I bi-district title. In 2A Region II, Chico fell to Tom Bean 49-31.

DECATUR SOCCER MOVES INTO FIRST – The Decatur boys soccer team beat Wichita Falls Hirschi 3-0 Tuesday to move into first place in 3-4A. Bridgeport beat Burkburnett 3-2.

SLIDELL BOYS SET AREA GAME – The Slidell Greyhounds will open the Class A Region III playoffs with an area game at 7 p.m. Thursday in Trenton against Sulphur Bluff.

BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER – The Bridgeport Class of 2021 will hold a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Friday at the Bridgeport Middle School gym. Registration is 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the first game will immediately follow registration. Entry fee is $100 per team and a $2 spectator fee. It will include a number of age divisions, including adult. Call Corey at 817-437-9709 or email corey@fsbwise.com.

ROCK RACING – Bridgeport’s Northwest OHV Park is hosting the Southern Rock Racing Series Friday and Saturday. SRRS is a high paced rock crawling and hill climbing known as “rock bouncing.” Cost is $25 per day or $50 for both days. Trails will also be open both days for open trail riding of off-road vehicles. Call 940-683-3480.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Dale Ellison will discuss his work cleaning up and restoring several old cemeteries in our area. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Services for Louis W. Gage, 67, and William Davenport, 88, both of Decatur and Terry Kent, 56, are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Hugh Franklin “Mac” McCrary, 82, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Timothy Don East Barger, 20, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Dr. Marvin W. Polson, 89, of Paradise. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce Witty, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Vanita Jeanette Coffee Sain, 80, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Christie Littrell, 43, of Haslet is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Krystal Underhill Wilkins, 31, of Grapevine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Louise Hyles Russell, 88, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Boyd.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


LINDSAY CHARGES PAST ALVORD – Lindsay opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run to open up a 19-point lead on the way to a 64-38 victory over the Alvord Bulldogs in the 2A Region II bi-district basketball game Monday in Bowie. Tristan Palmer led Alvord with 11 points.

PLAYOFF BASKETBALL – Bridgeport, Decatur, Northwest and Chico will play boys bi-district basketball games tonight. Bridgeport plays Dallas Carter at 8 at W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City. Decatur will face Dallas Pinkston at 7 in Coppell. Northwest takes on Sherman in Gainesville at 7. Chico will play Tom Bean at 8 at Denton Ryan. The Slidell Lady Greyhounds will play for a spot in the Class A Region III tournament, taking on Saltillo in the region quarterfinal at 7 in Trenton.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. Dr. Davie Edwards will give a program on “Avulsion and Erosion on River Boundaries.”

COFFEE NETWORK – Wise County Chamber of Commerce’s February Coffee Network is 8-9 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Speakers will include a representative from the City of Decatur and Dr. Keitha Story-Stephenson.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. They will discuss how the presidential election affected the group’s goals of securing Texas independence and what needs to be done going forward. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999, or go to freedomtexas.org.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Historical Society meets at noon Thursday in the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Dale Ellison will discuss his work cleaning up and restoring several old cemeteries in our area. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – Tickets are still available for Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. There are two dances, 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per couple, $5 for additional daughter. The event will include dancing, refreshments, limo rides, pictures and more. Space is limited, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Call 940-683-3480.

UNITED WAY MEETING – The United Way of Wise County’s annual meeting is 5:30 p.m. next Thursday, March 2 at the Decatur Civic Center.

REALTOR MEETING – The Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS Wise County Membership Luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Civic Center. John S. Baen, UNT Professor of Real Estate, will speak. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP to www.gdwcar.com or call 940-387-8212.

FUNERALS – Memorial for Jeffery Thatcher, 45, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for William Davenport, 88, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Hugh Franklin “Mac” McCrary, 82, of Runaway Bay is 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Timothy Don East Barger, 20, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Marvin W. Polson, 89, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vanita Jeanette Coffee Sain, 80, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce Witty, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Christie Littrell, 43, of Haslet and Louise Russell, 88, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Krystal Underhill Wilkins, 31, of Grapevine is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

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Monday, February 20, 2017


OVERNIGHT RAIN TOTALS – Rainfall totals from last night and early this morning included 1.2 inches in Greenwood, 0.75 in Alvord, 0.62 in Decatur and 0.46 in Bridgeport. The rain has moved out of our area, but skies should remain mostly cloudy for the rest of the day with a high near 73 this afternoon.

BLEVINS TURNS IN FASTEST TIME – Decatur’s Allie Blevins cut 2 seconds off her qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, swimming 5:22.39 for 18th best 5A time in prelims.

SLIDELL ADVANCES – Bailey Meyer scored 20 and Kayler Talamantes 13 as Slidell beat Avinger 75-30 in the Class A Region III area basketball game. Slidell advances to play Saltillo at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Trenton.

ALVORD OPENS PLAYOFFS – The Alvord Bulldogs will take on Lindsay in a 2A Region II bi-district basketball game at 7 tonight in Bowie. Bridgeport, Decatur, Northwest and Chico will play Tuesday night. Bridgeport plays Dallas Carter at 8 at W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City. Decatur will face Dallas Pinkston at 7 in Coppell. Northwest takes on Sherman in Gainesville at 7. Chico will play Tom Bean at 8 at Denton Ryan.

DECATUR, BRIDGEPORT FIGHT TO DRAW – Bridgeport’s Efrain DeLuna scored a goal in the final two minutes Friday as the Bulls and Decatur Eagles tied 2-2 in their first of three meetings in 3-4A soccer.

ALVORD TO IMPROVE WASTEWATER PLANT – The Alvord City Council last Thursday voted to fund more improvements for the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The council approved buying a sludge box with a polymer injection system, which City Services Coordinator Clint Mercer said should cut down on labor and potential injuries to plant workers. The overall cost of the box is $47,675.

PRESIDENTS DAY CLOSINGS – All Wise County administrative offices are closed today for the Presidents’ Day holiday. The Wise County Animal Shelter will be also be closed today. Wise County Development Services and the Decatur Dumpsite will close today. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsites will close their next business day on Wednesday.

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.

BOOK CLUB – The Rhome Public Library Book Club will have a meet-and-greet 1 p.m. Tuesday.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a social 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. All Democrats and progressives are invited. The event will include a guest speaker and other goodies. Call Janet Amos, 940-399-7352, or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

FUNERALS – Services for Jeffery Thatcher, 45, and William Davenport, 88, both of Decatur and Hugh McCrary, 82, of Runaway Bay are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Robert Leon Hammer, 86, of Bowie. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Vanita Sain, 80, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Joyce Witty, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Fellowship Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Krystal Wilkins, 31, of Grapevine is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Friday, February 17, 2017


MAY ELECTION DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to file for a place on the May 6 city council and school board elections. A list of election filings will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STUDYING LOCAL INTERNET CONNECTIVITY – Wise County is spearheading a study of local internet infrastructure. County commissioners Monday approved technology company Design Nine conducting a broadband internet infrastructure study. The action was taken at the recommendation of County Judge J.D. Clark. “There’s been a lot of wringing hands over broadband infrastructure but not much action,” he said. “If we sit back and wait on some company to ride in on a white horse and save us, they’re not going to do it until they have a reason or incentive to do it, and I think that starts with educating ourselves and knowing what’s possible.” The cost of the study is $46,000. Clark asked Bridgeport and Decatur Economic Development Corps to be financial partners on the project. He suggested the county pay $30,000, and the EDCs each chip in $8,000. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

WEEKEND STORMS POSSIBLE – Sunday’s forecast includes a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, increasing to 80 percent overnight into Monday morning.

WORKSHOP – A ReferenceUSA Workshop is 2 p.m. today at the Decatur Public Library. ReferenceUSA is an online research tool for area business professionals, sales reps, marketers, government agencies, job seekers and students.

DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a social 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. All Democrats and progressives are invited. The event will include a guest speaker and other goodies. Call Janet Amos, 940-399-7352, or visit www.wisedemocrats.com.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Red Cross Wise Disaster Action Team meets 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, 200 Rook Ramsey in Decatur. Call Kristina Kemp at 817-798-3471.

DHS BASEBALL – Decatur High School Baseball will introduce all players at 6:30 tonight at the high school baseball field. A special needs baseball game and a home run hitting contest will be held. Cost for home run contest is $10. Alumni game will be Saturday at 1 p.m.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Monday for Presidents’ Day. Wise County Development Services and the Decatur Dumpsite will close Monday. Boyd and Cottondale dumpsite will close their next business day, Feb. 22.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Public Library. This is the final day to sign up. Cost is $65. This year includes a 16U division.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call 940-210-2919.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Speaker is Kay Durham Lee, who will make a presentation on DAR schools. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Leon Jackson, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. today at Walters Cemetery in Walters, Okla. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Frances Mae Patterson, 94, of Alvord is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Shirley Duncan, 81, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Perrin Memorial Garden. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Raymond McKeever, 78, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Joyce Witty, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Alma Nelle Payne, 85, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Argyle. Mulkey-Bowles-Montgmery Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017


SEX OFFENDER GIVEN LIFE SENTENCE – An Alvord man was found guilty yesterday by a Wise County jury of sexually assaulting his young granddaughter at least twice in a period of more than 30 days. Because Terry Lee McElroy, 61, was previously convicted of a child sex crime in 1995 in Tarrant County, the jury’s verdict meant a mandatory life sentence. The victim in the case testified that she was raped on numerous occasions at her grandfather’s home between March of 2013 and March of 2015 when she was between the ages of 8 and 10. The victim in the 1995 conviction also testified about McElroy molesting her when she was a young child. It took the jury about 20 minutes of deliberation before returning the verdict. A full story will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

DECATUR WINS FLIP – The Decatur Eagles won the coin flip with fellow 9-4A co-champ Argyle and claimed the league’s No. 1 playoff seed. Decatur will play Dallas Pinkston in bi-district. Decatur will be one of six Wise County teams in the playoffs. Bridgeport will face Dallas Carter. Northwest takes on Sherman at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Gainesville. Chico is waiting to find out its opponent. Alvord takes on Lindsay at 7 in Bowie Monday. Slidell has a bye through bi-district.

SLIDELL TO PLAY FRIDAY – The Slidell Lady Greyhounds open the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday in Celeste with a Class A Region III area game with Avinger.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today 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. Call Dennis McCreary at 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber at 940-626-2457.

VALENTINE’S PARTY – Rhome Public Library’s teen leaders are having a Valentine’s party, “Fall in Love with Books,” for all teens (ages 12 and older) 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be snacks and games.

YOUTH FAIR PARADE – The Wise County Youth Fair Parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in Decatur. It is open to any business, organization, school or club. Parade entry forms are due by Feb. 20. Entries can be made by mail to WCYF or given to your community representatives. Visit the Wise County Youth Fair web site at wcyouthfair.org or call secretary Liz Hubbard at 940-389-5388.

REALTOR MEETING – The Greater Denton/Wise County Association of REALTORS Wise County Membership Luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Decatur Civic Center. John S. Baen, UNT Professor of Real Estate, will speak. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP to www.gdwcar.com or call 940-387-8212.

CASA 101 – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack counties will have CASA 101 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the CASA office, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur. CASA 101 is an informal, Q&A get-together. Participants will meet current CASA volunteers and learn about the application process. RSVP to reserve a seat and a meal. Contact Recruitment Specialist Kayla Prock at 940-627-7535 or kayla.prock@casawise.org.

EAGLE APPAREL – The Decatur High School Baseball Booster Club is selling Eagle apparel as a fundraiser. Purchase items online at decaturbaseball.itemorder.com. Orders must be submitted by today.

HOME AND LAWN SHOW – The Wise County Home and Lawn Show sponsored by the Decatur Rotary Club is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Booth space and sponsorships are available. Vendor booths range from $50 to $125 depending on location. Call Cary Bohn at 940-627-5616 or email cary@carybohn.com.

DISASTER OPERATION VEHICLE – The Wise County Red Cross Disaster Action Team will celebrate the arrival of its disaster operation vehicle Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. City officials, representatives from the fire and police departments, and emergency managers from the cities and county and members of the community are invited. The vehicle will be used to aid families displaced by house fires. Cake and coffee will be served.

FUNERALS – GRAVESIDE service for James Cash, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boyd Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Edwin Bailey, 53, of Blue Mound. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Leon Jackson, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Walters Cemetery in Walters, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Shirley Duncan, 81, of Runaway Bay is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Perrin Memorial Garden. Family visitation is 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Joyce Witty, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


PICKUP CRASHES INTO TREE, DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED – A 31-year-old Bowie man was seriously injured Wednesday morning when his pickup left the roadway and struck a tree on Farm Road 51 south of Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Carson Bening said Nickolas Koetter was traveling southbound on FM 51 at 6 a.m. and likely fell asleep. His Chevrolet Z71 left the roadway near South Meadows Drive and struck a tree on the east side of the road. He was transported by Wise County EMS to Wise Health System in Decatur and was flown from there to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

CHICO TRUSTEES CALL BOND – Chico ISD board members voted Monday to place a $1.8 million 10-year bond on the May ballot to fund several facilities and transportation projects. If passed, $195,000 will cover security upgrades on all campuses, $530,000 is anticipated to purchase four buses and other vehicles, $750,000 will fund ADA compliance and renovations at the baseball and softball fields, $60,000 will pay for cost-saving LED lighting in the middle school and high school gyms and $265,000 is directed toward miscellaneous projects, including irrigation repairs, maintenance shop renovations, carpet replacement, equipment and asphalt at the football parking lot. The projected tax increase is 5.25 cents per $100 valuation, raising the price for the average Chico ISD homeowner by $4 monthly, based on a $116,398 home. Superintendent Don Elsom said the district will only sell the bonds if Texas’ ASATR funding program is eliminated. Chico receives an estimated $1 million from the program and Elsom said the school will find other ways to fund the project if the funding is kept in place.

DECATUR LADY EAGLES FALL – Hannah Dunning scored 21 in her final game, but the Decatur Lady Eagles’ comeback fell short in a 48-43 loss to Wilmer-Hutchins in bi-district. Carrollton Ranchview held off Bridgeport 46-31. Lindsay topped Alvord 34-26.

THREE WIN DISTRICT TITLES – Decatur, Northwest and Slidell won district titles Tuesday. Decatur crushed Sanger 89-38 to win a share of the 9-4A crown with Argyle. Northwest held off Brewer 44-43 to win the 6-5A title. Slidell beat Forestburg 57-51 to win the 21-A crown. Bridgeport beat Gainesville 74-41. Boyd lost to Nocona 75-45.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Rainfall totals since 7:30 a.m. yesterday include 0.20 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.17 in Decatur and 0.05 in Rhome. It should be sunny today with a high of 56.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services-WIC will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Call 940-627-5796 to set up an appointment. For breastfeeding help call 972-989-1042.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call 940-210-2919.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. Speaker is Kay Durham Lee, who will make a presentation on DAR schools. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

HEALTH FAIR – Register now to reserve a space to exhibit at the Tenth Annual Wise County Health Fair March 25 at the Decatur Civic Center. Exhibitors can download the registration form with all instructions at wisecountyunitedway.org. Registration fees are due by March 16.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Troy Cheek, 77, of Rhome is 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for James Cash, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-9 tonight at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Leon Jackson, 79, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Walters Cemetery in Walters, Okla. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Keith “Pat” Troutwine, 43, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Shirley J. Duncan, 81, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


COLLEGE BOARD CREATES IMMEDIATE ADVISORY POSITION – The Weatherford College Board voted Monday night to immediately give Wise County an advisory position on the board. The motion, as first suggested by board member Mac Smith, said the position is non-voting, but whoever holds it would get to weigh in on Wise County issues. The action came after a 45-minute closed session. Wise County Judge J.D. Clark said: “An advisory position is a step in the right direction, but Wise County citizens deserve voting representation on the board, so we will pursue legislation that allows that. Ten years ago, board representation was not included in the original pitch for a Wise County campus, but over the past decade, it has become clear that there is a need for better communication and representation for the Wise County taxpayers, and we will continue to push for that outcome.” Last week the board suggested the same thing – an advisory position – but indicated it would not be created until after the board election in May. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

NORTHWEST CALLS $399 MILLION BOND ELECTION – The Northwest School Board yesterday called a $399 bond election for May 6. Bond funds are expected to address the district’s student population growth. The estimated maximum tax impact is 3.75 cents per $100 of taxable value.

RAINY DAY – Overnight rainfall amounts as of 7:30 a.m. include 1.49 inches in Rhome, 1.24 in Greenwood, 0.97 in Decatur, 0.85 in Alvord and 0.75 in Bridgeport. The National Weather Service has issued a small stream flood advisory for Wise County until 9:15 a.m. with rain chances continuing throughout the day.

PARADISE, NORTHWEST FALL – Brock knocked down five 3-pointers in the third quarter to build a 17-point lead on the way to a 48-38 win over the Paradise Lady Panthers in the 3A Region bi-district game Monday. Maddie Mitschke scored 15 points for Paradise. In 5A, Northwest fell to Denison 51-41.

GIRLS PLAYOFFS – Decatur, Bridgeport and Alvord girls teams open the playoffs tonight. Decatur meets Wilmer-Hutchins in a 4A Region II bi-district game at 7:30 at Frisco’s Lebanon Trail. Bridgeport faces Carrollton Ranchview at 7 at Saginaw High School. Alvord takes on Lindsay at 6:30 at Bowie. Follow updates @wcmsports on Twitter.

THREE WISE TEAMS AIM FOR DISTRICT TITLES – Decatur, Northwest and Slidell boys basketball teams enter tonight with chances to win district titles. Decatur will go to Sanger at 8 and can clinch the 9-4A crown outright with a win and an Argyle loss to Krum. If Decatur and Argyle both win they will be co-champs. Northwest can win the 6-5A title outright with a victory over Brewer. A loss could put it in a three-way tie with Brewer and Chisholm Trail. Slidell will meet Forestburg in a winner-take-all game in 21-A at Forestburg. Boyd closes the year at Nocona. Bridgeport welcomes in Gainesville. Bowie travels to Paradise. Chico plays host to Era.

CASA 101 – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Wise and Jack counties will have CASA 101 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the CASA office, 300 E. Pecan St., in Decatur. CASA 101 is an informal, Q&A get-together. Participants will meet current CASA volunteers and learn about the application process. RSVP to reserve a seat and a meal. Contact Recruitment Specialist Kayla Prock at 940-627-7535 or kayla.prock@casawise.org.

EAGLE APPAREL – The Decatur High School Baseball Booster Club is selling Eagle apparel as a fundraiser. Purchase items online at decaturbaseball.itemorder.com. Orders must be submitted by Thursday.

UMPIRING CLINIC – ASA/USA Local Softball Umpiring Training for Decatur, Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise, Alvord and Boyd is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Police Department. Contact Acie Raymond, 940-577-7373 or agrdirt@yahoo.com, for more information.

RELAY BENEFITS – Legend Bank in Alvord will sell chocolate-covered strawberries for $20 per dozen for the Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters Relay for Life team today. To order, call 940-626-2325. Legend Bank in Decatur will also hold a Valentine Gift and Bake Sale for Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters 9 a.m. to closing today.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. Speaker Clay Patterson will provide a presentation of Col. Tom Green, 5th Texas Cavalry, in full dress.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Tommy Carlton, 58, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Nelda Kay Smith, 75, of Azle. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Troy Cheek, 77, of Rhome is 3 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for James Cash, 81, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Keith “Pat” Troutwine, 43, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for John “John Boy” Chesnut, 56, will be held at a later date. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Monday, February 13, 2017


ONGOING DISPUTE LEADS TO SHOOTING DEATH – A Bridgeport man was shot and killed Friday night after a dispute with his neighbor. Just before 7 p.m., Tommy Carlton walked from his home to his neighbors’ house on Private Road 3421 south of Bridgeport, said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. Carlton knocked on the door, and Whitney Hall, who lives at the address with her husband Jordan Hall, went upstairs to get Jordan, who answered the door, according to Akin. After Carlton entered the home, there was a dispute. Both men were armed. The sheriff said the two men had been in an “ongoing squabble” since Carlton accidentally shot and killed Eric Nelson July 12, 2016. Nelson was a friend of both men. “We do believe threats were exchanged (Friday night between Jordan and Carlton,)” Akin said. Jordan shot Carlton multiple times with a Glock 9mm, according to the sheriff. Carlton was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson. Akin said Carlton’s gun, a .380 semi-automatic pistol, was found on the floor near his body. Akin said there was no indication in the house or in observation of Jordan that he had been drinking. Carlton’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy and toxicology. No arrests have been made. Akin said the case will most likely be referred to a grand jury.

BRIDGEPORT TAKES THIRD – Behind 18 points from Emily Vidal, the Bridgeport Sissies beat Krum 48-45 Friday to grab the third seed out of 9-4A. Bridgeport opens the playoffs at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Carrollton Ranchview at Saginaw High School. The Chico girls lost their tiebreaker to Poolville 35-32. Boys scores Friday: Northwest 75, Eaton 54; Decatur 88, Krum 41; Argyle 77, Bridgeport 40; Bowie 69, Boyd 45; Nocona 59, Paradise 44; Alvord 56, Perrin 28; Muenster 65, Chico 24; Slidell 72, Saint Jo 50; Bellevue 64, Forestburg 47

PLAYOFF HOOPS – The Paradise Lady Panthers start the playoffs tonight at 7:30 with a 3A bi-district game against Brock at Azle High School. The Northwest Lady Texans face Denison in a 5A bi-district tilt at 6:30 in Gainesville.

RELAY BENEFIT – Legend Bank in Alvord will sell chocolate-covered strawberries for $20 per dozen for the Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters Relay for Life team Tuesday. To order, call 940-626-2325.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. Speaker Clay Patterson will provide a presentation of Col. Tom Green, 5th Texas Cavalry, in full dress.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners will discuss at their regular meeting today a contract with Design Nine for a comprehensive broadband infrastructure study. Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance is scheduled to address his counterparts regarding driveway permits and placement of mailboxes, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny White will notify them of a temporary move to another precinct. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It is open to the public. Commissioners will meet again at 1 p.m. at the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., to discuss potential changes to the county’s thoroughfare plan. Representatives of the North Central Texas Council of Governments will also be present.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – Chico School Board will hold a special meeting 6:30 p.m. today in room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road. Agenda items include calling an election to fill board places 6 and 7 and consider an order calling a bond election on the May ballot.

BRIDGEPORT CITY COUNCIL – Bridgeport City Council will meet at 6 p.m. today to discuss amending the city’s zoning ordinance to establish a historic district overlay and the purchase of amenities for the city pool. The council is expected to take action on a sign variance for Harwood Park, a final plat for 1603 Cates St. and a bid for pool improvements. The council will also meet at 5:30 for a workshop regarding the funding of a new or upgraded municipal financial suite and the repairs at the Law Enforcement Center building.

EDUCATION FORUM – A community awareness event designed to encourage dialogue between parents, teachers, school administrators and taxpayers regarding the future of local schools will take place 6 p.m. today at Bridgeport Estates, 1481 Senior Place Road in Bridgeport. The discussion will include current and future challenges facing Wise County and all Texas schools.

TAX HELP – Area residents with moderate and low incomes can get free help to prepare and file their taxes. Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6 p.m. every Monday through April 17. Make an appointment at 940-393-0290 or you can drop by the library. Visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

FUNERALS – Services for Nelda Kay Smith, 74, of Azle and Troy Cheek, 77, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Robert Bob Cole, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Keith Troutwine, 43, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Tommy Carlton, 58, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for John Jackson Shipp, 43, of Chico will be scheduled at a later date.

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Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Saturday that Tommy Carlton had been in an ongoing dispute with the man who shot and killed him Friday night.
Just before 7 p.m., Carlton walked from his home to his neighbors’ house on Private Road 3421 south of Bridgeport. He knocked on the door, and Whitney Hall, who lives at the address with her husband Jordan Hall, went upstairs to get Jordan, who answered the door, according to Akin.
“According to the information we received and immediate investigative findings, once Jordan opened the door, Tommy walked inside,” Akin said. “I can’t say he forced his way inside.”
After Carlton entered the home, there was a dispute. Both men were armed.
The sheriff said the two men had been in an “ongoing squabble” since Carlton accidentally shot and killed Eric Nelson July 12, 2016. Nelson was a friend of both men.
In that incident, Carlton told investigators he and Nelson had been riding horses on County Road 3420 and were headed home when they came upon an armadillo near the road. Nelson asked Carlton if he had his weapon, and Carlton said he had a semi-automatic pistol.
When Carlton fired the weapon, his horse reared up, which spooked Nelson’s horse, who ran in front of Carlton. It was during this time that the weapon inadvertently was fired again, striking Nelson, who fell from his horse.
He was shot in the left side through the rib cage.
“We do believe threats were exchanged (Friday night between Jordan and Carlton,)” Akin said.
Jordan shot Carlton multiple times with a Glock 9mm, according to the sheriff. Carlton was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson. Akin said Carlton’s gun, a .380 semi-automatic pistol, was found on the floor near his body.
Akin said there was no indication in the house or in observation of Jordan that he had been drinking. Carlton’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy and toxicology.
No arrests have been made. Investigators are still conducting interviews, but Akin said the case will most likely be referred to a grand jury.

 

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Bridgeport man shot and killed


A Bridgeport man was shot and killed Friday night when he entered a neighbor’s home.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Tommy Carlton, 57, was shot about 7 p.m. after going inside a neighbor’s house on Private Road 3421 south of Bridgeport.

Akin said at 9:45 p.m. the investigation is in the early stages, and they’re still trying to sort out the details of what happened inside the home.  He said Carlton was shot multiple times. Akin has not yet released the name of the homeowner involved in the shooting.

Carlton lives about 300 yards from the home where he was killed. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced him dead at the scene. Carlton’s body will be sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

More information will be posted as it’s available.

 

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Friday, February 10, 2017


ALVORD ISD CALLS BOND VOTE – Alvord trustees Thursday voted unanimously to place a $13.6 million bond issue on the ballot this May. If passed, the money will be used to fund upgrades at multiple facilities. See the weekend Wise County Messenger for more information.

GIRLS HOOPS TIEBREAKERS – The Bridgeport Sissies and Chico Lady Dragons will play tiebreakers tonight. Bridgeport will take on Krum at 7 at Bowie for the third seed out of District 9-4A. In 11-2A, Chico and Poolville will play at approximately 8 at Era for the fourth and final playoff spot. At 7 p.m. Saturday, Slidell will meet Newcastle in Perrin for a warm-up game. Several schools have set up their bi-district matchups. Northwest will play Denison at 6 p.m. Monday in Gainesville. Paradise will face off against Brock at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Azle. Tuesday, the Decatur Lady Eagles take on Wilmer-Hutchins at Frisco Lebanon Trail at 7:30 p.m. In Bowie, Alvord takes on Lindsay at 6:30 p.m.

DECATUR SENIOR NIGHT – The Decatur Eagles will play their last home game at 8 tonight against Krum. The Eagles’ seniors will be recognized. In other action, Bridgeport heads to Argyle. Northwest meets Eaton at home. Alvord heads to Perrin. Bowie travels to Boyd. Chico goes to No. 1 Muenster. Paradise plays at Nocona. Slidell welcomes in Saint Jo.

HOLMES EARNS ALL STATE – Northwest record-setting receiver and Baylor signee Gavin Holmes added another honor Thursday. Holmes, the All-Wise Offensive Player of the Year, was named to the 5A Texas Sportswriters Association first team. Holmes set a school record with 1,545 yards on 83 receptions with 15 touchdowns this year. He finished his career at Northwest with 2,641 yards. Northwest senior running Syrus Moore landed on the second team after rushing for a school record 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. Moore transitioned from receiver to running back before his senior year. Moore signed last week with Harding University. Northwest offensive tackles Josh Campbell and Darrell Simpson, linebacker Caden McDonald and defensive back Tanner Savoy received honorable mention. Decatur running back Payton McAlister received honorable mention for the 4A team.

EDUCATION FORUM – A community awareness event designed to encourage dialogue between parents, teachers, school administrators and taxpayers regarding the future of local schools will take place 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Bridgeport Estates, 1481 Senior Place Road in Bridgeport. The discussion will include current and future challenges facing Wise County and all Texas schools.

BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monsters Relay for Life Team will host a Valentine Gift and Bake Sale on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to closing at Legend Bank in Decatur. All proceeds to benefit American Cancer Society.

YOUTH FAIR SCHOLARSHIP – 2017 Wise County Youth Fair Scholarship applications are due today. For the application, visit the Wise County Youth Fair Inc. website at wcyouthfair.org. Call James Hubbard at 940-389-5735.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18 at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $65. This year includes a 16U division.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The retirement reception honoring Connie Shawn of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office has been rescheduled for 3-5 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Shawn served at the Extension office in Wise County for 18 years.

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria. Call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

COMEDY NIGHT – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Frisco Improv Players 8 p.m. Saturday in the Arcadia Theater, 1009 Halsell St. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at city hall. Space is limited. Call 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Dorothy Mozelle Harris, 87, of Haslet is 1 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Katherine Johnston, 91, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Floyd Thomas McCurdy, 87, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for George Ball, 76, of Dallas. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Keith Troutwine, 43, and Robert Cole, 82, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for William “Charles” Spiller, 92, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Patricia Ann (Jordan) Johnson, 68, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Brown Owen and Brumley Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017


SHOOTING INVESTIGATION – Decatur police are investigating an overnight shooting. No one was injured, but the police received a call about windows of a car and of a bedroom window being shot out at a home in the 800 block of Business U.S. 81/287 near the Whistle Stop Cafe. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said a resident of the home reported the shooting around 6:30 this morning. One of the bullets hit the head board where the resident’s two young daughters were sleeping. Hoskins said it does not appear to be a drive-by shooting. “It looks like somebody stopped and intentionally shot at the residence,” Hoskins said. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information should call the police department at 940-393-0300.

BOND DISCUSSION – Alvord School Board members will meet at 6 today in the administration building, 100 Mosley Lane, to hold a workshop to discuss the district’s facility needs and consider calling a bond election.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale fundraiser for the First State Bank of Decatur Relay for Life team will be held Friday at 9 a.m. at the bank until everything is sold.

COMEDY NIGHT – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Frisco Improv Players 8 p.m. Saturday in the Arcadia Theater, 1009 Halsell St. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at city hall. Space is limited. Call 940-683-3480.

DISASTER OPERATION VEHICLE – The Wise County Red Cross Disaster Action Team will celebrate the arrival of its disaster operation vehicle Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. City officials, representatives from the fire and police departments, and emergency managers from the cities and county and members of the community are invited. The vehicle will be used to aid families displaced by house fires. Cake and coffee will be served.

SKYWARN CLASS – The National Weather Service and Wise County Emergency Management is having a free SKYWARN severe weather program 7-9 tonight at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. This class is for organized storm spotters and anyone with an interest in severe weather. There is no pre-registration.

BLOOD DRIVE – Alvord ISD Junior Leaders will have a community blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday at Alvord Elementary. Anyone is welcome to participate. There will be thank you bags and treats for donors. Call Tammie Klein, 940-389-2370 or 940-427-2881.

BAND BOOSTERS – The next meeting of the Paradise Band Boosters is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the band hall.

ELECTION FILINGS – The filing period for the May 6 city council and school board elections opened Jan. 18 and runs through Feb. 17.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Patricia Ann (Jordan) Johnson, 68, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise. Brown Owen and Brumley Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Katherine Johnston, 91, of Newark and Dorothy Mozelle Harris, 87, of Boyd are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Floyd Thomas McCurdy, 87, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for George Ball, 76, of Dallas and Keith Troutwine, 43, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017


FIRE DANGER – Elevated fire weather conditions will be in place in Wise County once again today due to the combination of low relative humidity values, above normal temperatures and breezy northerly winds. Today’s high is expected to reach near 70 with a west wind of 10-15 miles per hour becoming north 15-20 mph in the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph. Wise County remains under a burn ban. No outdoor burning is allowed.

JACKSBORO TRIPS PARADISE – Jacksboro went on a 15-6 run to close a 41-29 win over the Paradise Lady Panthers Tuesday. Paradise ended up the third seed in 8-3A and will play Brock in bi-district Monday in Azle. Other scores: Boys – Northwest 70, Azle 43; Decatur 91, Gainesville 25; Bridgeport 61, Krum 43; Jacksboro 62, Paradise 56; Holliday 57, Boyd 28; Alvord 61, Era 59 OT: Slidell 75, Gold-Burg 32. Girls -Northwest 47, Azle 42; Decatur 60, Gainesville 28; Krum 52, Bridgeport 45; Holliday 67, Boyd 41: Era 41, Alvord 38 OT; Chico 51, Perrin 25; Slidell 80, Gold-Burg 17

CHICO 4-H – The Chico 4-H Club will meet 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary School cafeteria. Call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition meets noon Monday, Feb. 13 at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 11 and 18 at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $65. This year includes a 16U division.

ONE ACT – Paradise Junior High will perform “The Cop and the Anthem” 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – The retirement reception honoring Connie Shawn of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office has been rescheduled for 3-5 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. Shawn served at the Extension office in Wise County for 18 years.

FUNERALSService for Floyd Thomas McCurdy, 87, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at New Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for George Ball, 76, of Dallas and Keith Troutwine, 43, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Dennis, 83, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Boonsville Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


COLLEGE WITHHOLDS DETAILS OF LETTER – The Weatherford College Board Monday approved a written response to the request for Wise County representation on the board but refused to release the details of the response at the meeting. Board President Frank Martin made a motion to approve “the last version of this letter,” and to send it to Sen. Craig Estes and Sen. Brian Birdwell, who urged the college in a Jan. 23 letter to give Wise County a seat on the board. Martin did not read the board’s letter aloud and did not reveal the details of the letter. He said the document would be sent first to the senators and “upon our notification they’ve received it, we’ll have copies available to email to you or to come by and pick up, whichever you would like to do. But we want to make sure they get a copy of it first.” Attorney Dan Curlee, representing Weatherford College, said after the meeting the move was a courtesy to the senators and dismissed the fact the letter was public record. “I could not tell you there is absolutely no problem with it,” Curlee said. “I see it as a (minor) problem that will be resolved as soon as we get the letter out to the senators.” Early in the meeting Martin mentioned the possibility of an advisory position for Wise County, which is not the same as a voting board seat as requested by County Judge J.D. Clark, and a neutral accounting firm to develop a formula to calculate indirect costs, but it was unclear if those suggestions are included in the letter. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

FIRE DANGER – According to the National Weather Service, an elevated to near critical fire weather threat is expected today due to warm and dry conditions. This afternoon’s high is expected to reach 82 degrees. Wise County remains under a burn ban.

PARADISE TAKES SHOT AT SECOND – The Paradise Lady Panthers head to Jacksboro tonight for a tip-off at 6 with a chance to pull into a tie for second place in 8-3A. Paradise is a game back of Jacksboro heading into the regular season finale. The Alvord girls travel to Era and could wrap up the second seed in 11-2A with a victory. The Chico girls need a win over Perrin and a Poolville loss to Muenster to set up a tiebreaker game for the final playoff spot in 11-2A. Northwest faces Azle looking to stay in a tie for second in 6-5A. Slidell tries to complete an unbeaten run through 21-A at home against Gold-Burg. Boys games follow at all the sites. Other games: Decatur at Gainesville; Krum at Bridgeport; and Boyd at Holliday.

PLAY AT THE LIBRARY – 1,2,3 Play with Me returns to Chico Public Library 11 a.m. today. Children birth to age 5 are invited to bring their parents/caregivers to the library for an hour of play and socializing. Call Michelle or Emilie at 940-644-2330.

YOUTH FAIR SCHOLARSHIP – 2017 Wise County Youth Fair Scholarship applications are due by Friday. For the application, visit the Wise County Youth Fair Inc. website at wcyouthfair.org. Call James Hubbard at 940-389-5735.

BLOOD DRIVE – Alvord ISD Junior Leaders will have a community blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday at Alvord Elementary. Anyone is welcome to participate. There will be thank you bags and treats for donors. Call Tammie Klein, 940-389-2370 or 940-427-2881.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Wise County Special Needs Baseball and Made 2 Thrive are now accepting registrations for the Spring baseball season. Registrations are due by Feb. 18, and games start April 1. Visit www.made2thrive.org to register or email epivoda@starcouncil.org for information.

FUNERALS – Services for Floyd McCurdy, 87, of Rhome; George Ball, 76, of Dallas; and Keith Troutwine, 43, of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Dennis, 83, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Boonsville Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Don Roebuck, 65, of Chico. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Patsy Sue Abbott, 81, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, February 6, 2017


ARUBA WINS APPEAL IN PARR CASE – The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas last week reversed a $2.9 million judgment against oil and gas company Aruba, who was found responsible for causing serious health problems to a Wise County family in a civil trial in 2014. The appeals court found that the plaintiffs in the case, Bob and Lisa Parr of Allison, had failed to prove at trial that Aruba Petroleum had intentionally created a private nuisance to the Parrs. The appeals court reversed the judgment of the trial court and rendered a “take-nothing” judgment in favor of Aruba. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

ELEVATED FIRE THREAT – The National Weather Service says there is an elevated threat for wildfires in Wise County and areas to the west late this afternoon due to breezy and warm conditions. The threat is expected to increase to critical levels Tuesday. Remember that Wise County is under a burn ban, meaning no outside burning is allowed.

BLEVINS EARNS STATE TRIP – Decatur senior distance swimmer Allie Blevins received a call-up for the state swim meet after finishing fourth at regionals Saturday in the 500 in 5:24.59. The Decatur 200 freestyle relay took third at regionals.

TAX HELP – Area residents with moderate and low incomes can get free help to prepare and file their taxes. Volunteers with AARP Tax Aide will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6 p.m. every Monday through April 17. Make an appointment at 940-393-0290 or you can drop by the library. Visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

ABWN – Reservations are due today for Thursday’s Area Business Women’s Networking Lunch at the Decatur Civic Center at 11:45 a.m. Speaker is Beverly Ross of Wise County Christian Counseling. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests, $16 for all others. Email info@abwn.org to reserve your spot. Bring your business cards and a door prize for the scholarship raffle.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Bridgeport today. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Wise Clinical Care, 2202 U.S. 380 No. 112. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon-1 p.m. today at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. There is no speaker. It’s a networking event. RSVP to info@wisecountychamber.com.

4-H COUNTY COUNCIL – The Wise County 4-H Council will meet 6 p.m. today at the Extension Office in Decatur. All club presidents and delegates should attend to represent their clubs. The meeting is open to all Wise County 4-H members.

ALL WISE FOOTBALL – The county’s top football players are featured in the All-Wise Football selections in the weekend Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Services for Keith Troutwine, 43, of Decatur and George Ball, 76, of Dallas are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Betty Dennis, 83, formerly of Boyd and Don Roebuck, 65, of Chico are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Betty Ann Evans, 75, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Patsy Sue Abbott, 81, of Chico is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Friday, February 3, 2017


STOCK SHOW – Decatur Night at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $28 each, available at the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Call the chamber office, 940-627-3107.

DECATUR HEADS TO BRIDGEPORT – The Decatur Lady Eagles and Bridgeport Sissies will meet at 6:30 tonight in Bridgeport for a showdown for second place in District 9-4A. The boys game will follow. Other games on tap: Muenster at Alvord; Jacksboro at Boyd; Chico at Poolville; Holliday at Paradise; Northwest at Aledo; Slidell at Prairie Valley.

SWIMMING REGIONALS – Decatur and Northwest swimmers will compete in the 5A Region II meet prelims today at the Mansfield Natatorium. The top eight in each event will advance to Saturday’s finals.

4-H COUNTY COUNCIL – The Wise County 4-H Council will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Extension Office in Decatur. All club presidents and delegates should attend to represent their clubs. The meeting is open to all Wise County 4-H members.

SKYWARN CLASS – The National Weather Service and Wise County Emergency Management is having a free SKYWARN severe weather program 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. This class is for organized storm spotters and anyone with an interest in severe weather. There is no pre-registration.

DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club 11th annual Daddy Daughter Dance will be Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, pictures and more. The club will host two dances, 4-6 p.m. for girls’ infant through third grade and 7-9 p.m. for girls fourth grade and older. To purchase tickets, go to decaturjuniorwomansclub.com.

YOUNG PROGRESSIVES – The Wise County Democrats’ Young Progressives Meeting “First Friday at Fuzzy’s” is 7 tonight at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Decatur.

BENEFIT – The Chico Young Farmers Annual Bingo and Chili/Stew Supper is Saturday at Chico Middle School, 1205 W. Sherman. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by Bingo at 6:30. The event will also include a “cut-a-card” drawing for a television and a Yeti Cooler, a cake auction at 7 and a special cake auction for Vicki Gordon. Funds raised are used to help with Youth Fair projects and scholarships for FFA and 4-H students.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Chuck Crain and Tim Gregg of Branson, Mo., will be singing at the evening service of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

ALVORD BASEBALL/SOFTBALL – Last signups for Alvord baseball and softball for ages 7-14 are 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the old middle school gym behind Alvord Express.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Stephan Ruban, 45, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Pansey Dean Clark, 76, of Wichita Falls is 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Wilson Prairie Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Lou Ellen Lum, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Lonestar Cemetery in Chico.

FUNERAL for Cory Lee Scott, 24, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for David Carroll Prestidge, 60, of Pampa is 7 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Pascual Lopez, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Patrick Dee Burks is pending at Coker Funeral Home in Sanger.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017


COLLEGE TAKES NO ACTION ON WISE REPRESENTATION – The Weatherford College board took no action Wednesday evening after an hour-long closed session to discuss the possibility of giving Wise County a seat on its board. Board President Frank Martin said they’re working on a program that would cover the college’s entire district. “The intent is to come up with something … that we want to work on as far as pulling everyone together, with an equitable type situation,” he said. “We think it’s a potential for this college to provide services like we’ve been doing for a number of years and to allow the counties to come in should they want to participate.” Tempers flared briefly as board member Mac Smith spoke up, reminding Martin they had agreed to discuss the issue more in open session, a point with which Martin vehemently disagreed. Smith was allowed to speak, though, and he thanked County Judge J.D. Clark for his comments made in open forum at the start of the meeting. He also said that any agreement for representation with Wise County would set a precedent, and he wanted participation from all the counties in the district. The board will meet again next week to further discuss the issue. They have until Feb. 10 to respond to a letter from Sen. Craig Estes, recommending they allow Wise County to have a seat on the board. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

COOLER TODAY – After unseasonably warm temperatures the past few days, it will feel more like winter today with cloudy skies and patchy drizzle possible with a high of 42.

BENEFIT – The Chico Young Farmers Annual Bingo and Chili/Stew Supper is Saturday at Chico Middle School, 1205 W. Sherman. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by Bingo at 6:30. The event will also include a “cut-a-card” drawing for a television and a Yeti Cooler, a cake auction at 7 and a special cake auction for Vicki Gordon. Funds raised are used to help with Youth Fair projects and scholarships for FFA and 4-H students.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Chuck Crain and Tim Gregg of Branson, Mo., will be singing at the evening service of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

ALVORD BASEBALL/SOFTBALL — Last signups for Alvord baseball and softball for ages 7-14 are 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the old middle school gym behind Alvord Express.

BRIDGEPORT SOCCER – The Bridgeport Youth Association soccer signups are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at the Bridgeport Public Library. Cost is $65.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. There is no speaker. It’s a networking event. RSVP to info@wisecountychamber.com.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, serving all of Wise County, will meet 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program is on roses and will be presented by Master Gardener and Rosarian Frank Wells. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

BASEBALL SIGNUPS – Signups for Decatur Spring Season 2017 Little League Baseball is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-12) at Decatur City Hall (Council Chambers), 201 E. Walnut Street. Cost is $85-$130. Ages are Tball-14U. Pay by cash or check only and bring a copy of birth certificate if your child has never played in Decatur baseball league before.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James Ray Armstrong, 68, is 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Womens Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Jack Darwin Watts, 80, of Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lou Ellen Lum, 85, formerly of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at Lonestar Cemetery in Chico. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Cory Lee Scott, 24, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for David Carroll Prestige, 60, of Pampa is 7 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Ramon Gomez, 73, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Pascual Lopez, 76, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday with rosary said at 7 p.m. at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

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