Thursday, July 2, 2015


1 KILLED, 1 INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION – An Aurora resident was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Farm Road 730 south of Decatur around 2:15 Thursday morning. Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Reyero said a passenger car driven by Diane Davis, 69, was southbound on FM 730 when it entered the northbound lane and struck a pickup truck hauling a trailer just north of County Road 4374. Davis died at the scene. The pickup driver, Wesley Moss, 34, of Paradise was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. Wise County EMS, the Decatur Fire Department, Wise County Sheriff’s Department, Boyd police and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow responded as well as DPS.

Royalty Rip Off2 INJURED IN WRECK – Two people were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Wednesday following a vehicle collision in south Wise County. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope said a passenger car driven by Lonny Cheney was turning southbound from Farm Road 2048 onto Farm Road 51 South near Boyd when he collided with a northbound SUV driven by Linsdsey Robison. Both vehicles sustained major damage, and Boyd Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded. Cheney and Robison were both taken to the hospital. The accident happened around 8:40 a.m.

IT’S A WORLD RECORD – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce has received official notification from Guinness World Records that last year’s “Put Yo Money Where Yo Mouth Is” washer tournament at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion was the largest ever recorded. Last year’s tournament drew 486 competitors.

CATCH THE PBR ACTION AGAIN – CBS Sports Network will re-air the two-hour Unfinished Business at 6 p.m. CT on Friday. The event will be shown again on CBS SN on Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at midnight. The broadcast will present highlights of the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge BlueDEF Velocity Tour long round and full coverage of the championship round.

WIC OFFICE CLOSED – The Outreach Health Services-WIC office will be closed today in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Monday. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment. For breastfeeding questions, call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-687-1252.

PARKINSONS SUPPORT – The Parkinsons Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the home of Tommy and Pam Hudson. Call Pam at 940-389-0642 for directions. A speech therapist will be the guest speaker.

CITY OF BRIDGEPORT CLOSINGS - The City of Bridgeport offices and the Municipal Court will be closed on Friday in observance of Independence Day. The Bridgeport Library will be closed Friday and Saturday. The Bridgeport City pool will be open noon-5 p.m. Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday. If you need immediate non-emergency assistance, call 940-683-3430.

WARM CLOSING – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day.

COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise County Development Services will also close Friday. Wise County dumpsites (Boyd, Chico, Cottondale and Decatur locations) will close on Saturday.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in front of Lowe’s Grocery Store in Chico. Proceeds will benefit the Chico Senior Citizens Center which sustained major damage from recent flooding.

4TH FEST – Runaway Bay’s annual 4th Fest is Saturday. The day’s activities will start with the Firecracker Scramble golf tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with tee off at 9. Cost is $75 per person. The patriotic-themed golf cart parade is at 5:30 p.m. Line-up begins at 5 at the city barn, and the parade will end at The Bay Church. Festivities at the church will include food, a bounce house, giant water slides, a novelty table, music and an honor guard. Fireworks over the lake will begin at dusk.

FIREWORKS OVER DECATUR – Victory Family Church, 400 U.S. 380 in Decatur, will hold its annual Fireworks over Decatur event Friday. The event will begin at 7 with food and bounce houses, and fireworks begin at dark.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – Due to the Independence Day holiday, no Update will be published Friday. Any breaking news will be published at WCMessenger.com throughout the weekend.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Norman Keith Cox, 90, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Maxine Louise Mowell, 90, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Mattie Ruth Ezzell of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Tommy Lee Ford, 65, of Spencer, Okla., is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Dr. Jerry Rowe, 63, of Paradise is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Eleanor Burdick Kerr, 89, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville is 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Charles Lee Hull Jr., 83, of Denton is pending at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.

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A Wise County resident was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision on Farm Road 730 south of Decatur around 2:15 Thursday morning. Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Reyero said a passenger car was southbound on FM 730 when it entered the northbound lane and struck a pickup truck hauling a trailer. The car driver died at the scene. The pickup driver, Wesley Moss, 34, of Paradise was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The car driver’s name is being withheld until notification of next of kin.

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Two people were taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Wednesday following a vehicle collision in south Wise County. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jeremy Pope said a passenger car driven by Lonny Cheney was turning southbound from Farm Road 2048 onto Farm Road 51 South near Boyd when he collided with a northbound SUV driven by Linsdsey Robison. Both vehicles sustained major damage, and Boyd Volunteer Fire Department and Wise County EMS responded. Cheney and Robison were both taken to the hospital. The accident happened around 8:40 a.m.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015


WISE TO ISSUE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES – Wise County Clerk Sherry Lemon said her office will issue same-sex marriage licenses in accordance with last week’s Supreme Court ruling, but they are not yet available. “We’re working on it and putting it into place as quickly as possible to follow the law,” she said. Her office received the form for a same-sex marriage license from the state at 8:30 Sunday night, and she sent it to her software vendor to make it compatible with the office’s computer system. “Our vendor had 70 other counties they were working with,” she said, explaining the delay. As of Tuesday, she had no estimate as to when the forms would be available. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxRECORD RAINFALL PACE – Thanks to Tropical Storm Bill, June rainfall topped 10 inches, making it the fourth-wettest June on record. Weather watcher Doyle Green in Decatur recorded 10.2 inches for the month, more than double the average amount of 4.41 inches for June. The 7.9 inches recorded on June 17 was the most in a single day since nearly the same amount fell on Sept. 7, 2010, when Tropical Storm Hermine swept through the county. Since Jan. 1, Wise County has received 44.79 inches of rain, which is already more than the yearly totals in seven of the past eight years. It also is just a little more than 11 inches away from breaking the annual rainfall record of 55.58 inches, set in 1981, according to records that date back to 1974. Temperatures for the month ranged from a high of 95 degrees on June 10 to a low of 56 degrees on June 1.

BRIDGEPORT EDC DIRECTOR RESIGNS – Bridgeport EDC Director Sterling Flynn has resigned to return to consulting work. Flynn started working for the EDC last March. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in front of Lowe’s Grocery Store in Chico. Proceeds will benefit the Chico Senior Citizens Center which sustained major damage from recent flooding.

4TH FEST – Runaway Bay’s annual 4th Fest is Saturday. The day’s activities will start with the Firecracker Scramble golf tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with tee off at 9. Cost is $75 per person. The patriotic-themed golf cart parade is at 5:30 p.m. Line-up begins at 5 at the city barn, and the parade will end at The Bay Church. Festivities at the church will include food, a bounce house, giant water slides, a novelty table, music and an honor guard. Fireworks over the lake will begin at dusk.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day. Wise County Development Services will also close Friday. Wise County dumpsites (Boyd, Chico, Cottondale and Decatur locations) will close on Saturday.

ANIMALS RETURNING TO LIBRARY – Zooniversity is back to share more amazing animals at Decatur Public Library. Families are invited to the free weekly Wednesday shows at 10:30 a.m. and noon through the month of July. Call 940-393-0920 or visit the library website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS - Memorial service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville is 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Norman Keith Cox, 90, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Mattie Ruth Ezzell of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Tommy Lee Ford, 65, of Spencer, Okla., is 10 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel with burial at Jonestown Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Services are pending for Maxine Mowell, 90, of Decatur. Arrangements are being handled by Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

Services are pending for Eleanor Kerr, 89, of Fort Worth. Arrangements are being handled by Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015


PROBATION GIVEN IN MANSLAUGHTER CASE – The driver of a car who caused an accident that killed two motorcyclists and injured two more on Memorial Day in 2014 will not have to spend any more time in jail. Sherrie Ann Rose, 37, of Weatherford pleaded guilty in 271st District Court yesterday to two counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for five years deferred adjudication. The wreck happened the afternoon of May 25, 2014, on Farm Road 51 at the Wise/Denton County line. Rose had been traveling behind a slower-moving vehicle southbound on FM 51 when she attempted to pass the vehicle in a no-passing zone. Rose was traveling around 65 mph when she topped a hill in the northbound lane and collided with two northbound motorcycles. The operator of the first motorcycle, Thomas Edward Garcia, 53, of Ardmore, Okla., and a passenger on his bike, Cassie Marlana Turner, 32, of Ardmore, were killed. The operator of the second motorcycle, Dustin Bailey, 34, of Ardmore, and his passenger, Megan McCleary, 31, of Ringling, Okla., were flown to Medical Center of Plano. Rose was arrested for two counts of manslaughter June 25 of last year and posted bond two days later.

BLOOD DRIVE – Carter BloodCare will have a Blood Drive at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today in the Council Chambers room. Call Natalie Bilby at 940-683-3413.

READING GARDEN – Decatur Public Library’s reading garden is noon each Tuesday. Bring a lunch and listen along while Ms. Pat reads from “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place,” a delightful series for children by Maryrose Wood. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the library.

SOLAR OVEN PROJECT – Elementary aged students in grades 3-5 are invited for STEAMing Tuesday nights at Decatur Public Library. The event will include fun activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Call to sign-up to make this week’s Solar Oven project. Call 940-393-0920 or visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

ANIMALS RETURNING TO LIBRARY – Zooniversity is back to share more amazing animals at Decatur Public Library. Families are invited to the free weekly Wednesday shows at 10:30 a.m. and noon through the month of July. Call 940-393-0920 or visit the library website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

DRIVERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging needs volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to eligible Meals on Wheels participating seniors. Volunteers not only deliver meals but also monitor the welfare of clients on their routes. Volunteers must be licensed, insured, pass a background check and be at least 18 years old. Training and orientation is provided. WCCA has other volunteer roles as well. Call 940-627-5329.

HAT DONATIONS – Senior Care and Rehab in Decatur is seeking red hats for their ladies’ social. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800 or drop off at 701 West Bennett Road.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville is 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Addie Ruth Green-Steele, 77, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 5-6 p.m.

SERVICE for Mattie Ruth Ezzell, 75, of Chico is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, June 29, 2015


SLOW BURNING FIRE DESTROYS HOME – Fire destroyed a home just east of Decatur around midday Saturday. Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said it was actually the second fire at the house in a three or four day time frame. He said he thinks the original fire in the single-side mobile home started Wednesday or Thursday and was discovered on Friday. The Decatur Fire Department came out and extinguished the fire Friday afternoon, and Beard said that although it had sustained heavy heat and smoke damage, it was still salvageable. Then, the department received a second call around noon Saturday that the fire had rekindled. Decatur responded along with Greenwood/Slidell and Bridgeport fire departments and Wise County EMS. The second fire resulted in the trailer being a total loss, Beard said. He said both fires were caused by electrical malfunctions. The home’s occupants had been gone for about a week-and-a-half. The home is owned by Martha Bible.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 1.15 inches in Alvord, 0.5 in Greenwood and 0.26 in Bridgeport and Decatur. Today’s forecast calls for a slight chance of rain with a high of 92.

GOSPEL OPRY – The regular monthly Gospel Opry sing-along program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward museum expenses.

TRACK RESURFACING APPROVED – The Alvord School Board last Thursday voted to approve the estimated $148,800 resurfacing of the high school track. The project is expected to be completed by July 28 of this year and comes with a five-year warranty. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

CLASS REUNION – The Chico High School Class of 1955 will have a luncheon at Julio’s in downtown Chico 11 a.m. July 11. Bring photos, stories and money for your own lunch. Any upper or lower classmates are also welcome to join them or stop by.

PENMANSHIP CLASS – The Decatur Public Library is having a penmanship class 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays June 15 through July 27. Writers of all ages are welcome, and supplies will be provided, including modern fountain pens. The class will teach American cursive and make your handwriting more legible. The class is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or by calling 940-393-0290.

TRANSPORTATION FACILITY – Northwest ISD hopes to break ground next month on a transportation complex on the site of its future Wise County high school in Rhome. The district is planning to build a complex to house up to 50 buses and to build a pair of offices, a meeting room, gas pumps and a shop on the two acres located off County Road 4651. The district is also working with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, which will use the facility as a substation. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Flora Mae Shelton, 53, of Poolville, formerly of Chico and Paradise, will be private at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Alice Frances Conner, 81, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Addie Ruth Green-Steele, 77, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 5-6 p.m.

SERVICE for Ruth Ezzell, 75 of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, June 26, 2015


RAIN CHANCES RETURN – A warm day is in store for Wise County. Today’s high is expected to be 93 with heat index values close to 100. The forecast also includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms overnight tonight and a high temperature of 84 Saturday.

LAKE LEVEL - Lake Bridgeport is almost back to its optimal level. As of 7 a.m., the lake stood at an elevation of 836.35 feet, just 0.35 of a foot above conservation level. Tarrant Regional Water District had decreased the rate of discharge from the lake to 602 cubic feet per second. The lake is open.

30 YEARS WITH WISE – Wise County Treasurer Katherine Hudson celebrates her 30th anniversary with the county today. Hudson started work as a clerk in the treasurer’s office in 1985 and is currently serving her fifth term in the elected post.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET - Wise County commissioners meet 9 a.m. Monday in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur.

HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS – Paint for a Purpose, Plant for a Cause, an event to raise awareness for hydrocephalus is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The River Church, 1901 S. Trinity in Decatur. Enjoy food, fun and painting while learning about the lifelong effects of this incurable brain condition. Participants can paint a flower pot, take home a seed pack and plant a seed of hope. Hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will also be for sale. Call 940-627-3747.

YOUTH SPORTS – Chico Youth Football and Cheer signups are 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart. Call Monty Forbus at 940-393-5095.

SPLASH DAY – The Rhome Fire Department Splash Day fundraising event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the fire department, 261 N. School Road. All day play on water slides is $2. The event will also feature cotton candy, food, vendors, door prizes and raffles.

EXTENSION MEETING – The Greenwood Education Extension meeting is 11 a.m. today at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220 or Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob”/”B.C.” Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Paul Ed Anderson, 52, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015


NRS WAREHOUSE SEVERELY DAMAGED - The cause of the fire at the new National Roper’s Supply facility south of Decatur yesterday morning remains under investigation by Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the warehouse sustained severe fire and structural damage, while 100 percent of the building sustained smoke damage. Decatur firefighters were dispatched to the fire just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning at the store. A water pipe burst in the building during the fire, leading to reports of a sprinkler system possibly dousing the flames. Richardson said that the building has no sprinkler system, and the burst pipe did little to stop the fire.

ROTARY FUNDRAISER – Chili’s Decatur will be hosting a Give Back Event today benefiting the Decatur Rotary Club. A percentage of your total will be donated to the club if you present your server with a flier that can be printed out from the Decatur Rotary Facebook page.

BRIDGEPORT PHYSICAL – All Bridgeport ISD athletes who will be in the 7th, 9th or 11th grade in August must have a new physical on file before starting a sport in the 2015-16 school year. Any BISD student who suffered a broken bone, a concussion, a major illness or a surgery during the 2014-15 school year or summer of 2015 must also have a physical before being allowed to participate in a sport. BISD recommends all athletes get a physical every year. Physicals will be held at the high school training room on July 23 with girls at 5 p.m. and boys at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20, cash only.

YOUTH SPORTS – Chico Youth Football and Cheer signups are 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Chico Mart. Call Monty Forbus at 940-393-5095.

SPLASH DAY – The Rhome Fire Department Splash Day fundraising event is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the fire department, 261 N. School Road. All day play on water slides is $2. The event will also feature cotton candy, food, vendors, door prizes and raffles.

BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Decatur EDC is having a retail and professional business breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. Monday, June 29, at the Decatur Civic Center. Speaker is Alysia Cook with Opportunity Strategies LLC, and her topic is customer service excellence. RSVP to 940-393-0350 or iburnett@decatur-edc.com.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – Fabric in any color or length is needed for North Texas Stockings for Soldiers. It does not need to be Christmas material. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220.

HAT DONATIONS – Senior Care and Rehab in Decatur is seeking red hats for their ladies social. Call Kathy at 940-626-2800 or drop off at 701 West Bennett Road.

ART CONTEST – The Chisholm Trail Days Planning Committee is calling artists age 15 and older to participate in the first Chisholm Trail Days Art Contest. The winning artwork will be used for the official 2015 Chisholm Trail Days Festival poster and banners. Artwork must be original and communicate the artist’s depiction of any or all of the many facets of the historic Chisholm Trail. All types of work are welcome, including traditional, contemporary, impressionist, abstract, photography and digital two-dimension. All entries must be submitted as a JPEG on a CD and dropped off or postmarked by July 1 to Decatur Main Street, 106 S. Trinity St., Decatur TX 76234. The winning artist will be notified by Aug. 1. Call Frieda Haley, Decatur Main Street, 940-393-0340.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob”/”B.C.” Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne “EZ” Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. today at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


NRS FIRE – Decatur firefighters were dispatched to a fire just before 7 a.m. at the new NRS facility south of the city. First reports indicated black smoke coming from the shipping and receiving area. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson asked for assistance from Rhome and East Wise Fire Departments. Decatur sent an engine and tanker to the scene. First reports indicated an in-house sprinkler system may have stopped the fire, but a deputy sheriff at the scene said that black smoke was billowing from the building at 7 a.m. Richardson reported at 7:10 that firefighters inside the facility had “knocked down” the flames and there had been no extension of the fire. Richardson asked Wise County dispatch to send the county fire marshal to the scene. More information will be posted at WCMessenger.com as it is available.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxCOMMISSIONERS ON THE ROAD – A large crowd attended last night’s mobile commissioners meeting in Alvord. Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns updated citizens on the condition of roads following more than 20 inches of rain in the last 45 days. He said there are still four roads that are “completely impassable,” in his precinct, and he warned drivers to be careful because there are still 75 holes marked only with a cone. He said some of those have a 20-foot drop-off. Burns noted that before the immense rainfall, he planned to seal coat 17 miles of road this summer, but those plans have been temporarily derailed due to the time and expense required to repair the washed out roads. Other speakers last night included County Judge J.D. Clark, County Tax Assessor/Collector Monte Shaw and state Rep. Phil King. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

CLOSED FOR REPAIR – County Road 2224 near the intersection of County Road 2215 in Precinct 1 will be closed for one week, starting today. County Engineer Chad Davis said a bridge is being repaired.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED – Wise County Committee on Aging needs volunteer drivers to deliver hot meals to eligible Meals on Wheels participating seniors. Volunteers not only deliver meals but also monitor the welfare of clients on their routes. Volunteers must be licensed, insured, pass a background check and be at least 18 years old. Training and orientation is provided. WCCA has other volunteer roles as well. Call 940-627-5329.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas meets 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

RODEO CHALLENGE FOR WARM – The Decatur Rodeo Team is challenging the Paradise Rodeo Team for donations to Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). If you would like to help the Decatur Rodeo Team, donations can be dropped off at Decatur Visitors Center and at Sam’s Hairquarters. There is also a drop off container available at the back door of the Decatur Visitors Center after hours for drop off. Donations will be accepted until the end of June. More information is available at www.facebook.com/decaturrodeoteam and www.facebook.com/paradisehsrodeo.

EXTENSION MEETING - The Greenwood Education Extension meeting is 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Janice Millican at 940-627-4220 or Gerry Galloway at 940-466-7997.

GREGG TO BE HONORED - The Wise County Historical Commission and Wise County Historical Society will meet Thursday at the Heritage Museum and then honor Rosalie Mann Gregg for more than 50 years of the service to both groups. The commission meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a sandwich lunch at noon. Call the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today if you plan to eat lunch. The society will meet at 12:30 followed by a plaque dedication to Gregg at 2 p.m. outside the museum. A reception will follow.

READER’S CHOICE – The Wise County Messenger’s annual Reader’s Choice awards special section featuring businesses and individuals voted to be the best among their peers by Messenger readers is included in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for James “Bob” R. Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for John Casper Hunter, 94, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Edward Throckmorton, 72, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne “EZ” Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


LAKES WILL REOPEN TODAY – Both Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake will re-open to boat traffic at 10 this morning, according to the Tarrant Regional Water District. Boaters and other recreational users are encouraged to use extreme caution over the next several days, as some floating debris and submerged structures may be present. As of 7 a.m., Lake Bridgeport stood at 836.92 feet, just less than a foot above conservation level.

BOARD APPROVES PRESS BOX RENOVATION – The Decatur School Board last night approved a renovation project to double the size of the press box at Eagle Stadium. J&D Dodd Construction submitted the low bid of $193,668 and was awarded the contract by a 3-1 vote. The work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1.

SCAM ALERT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last week about an unknown suspect claiming to be with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office calling about a warrant for the complainant’s arrest. The complainant was told she had 24 hours to pay a fine, and she was instructed to send payment in the form of a money gram. She was given a phone number to make arrangements for payments. When she called the number, the suspect answered saying, “legal department.” The sheriff’s office does not do business this way, and money grams are not an acceptable form of payment. If you believe you may have a warrant, you can verify this by contacting the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.

NISD APPROVES BUDGET – Northwest ISD trustees approved a $388.9 million budget Monday night. Trustees also gave Superintendent Karen Rue a 2 percent raise.

DECATUR, SLIDELL PLACE IN LONE STAR CUP – Decatur High School finished eighth in Class 4A in the final Lone Star Cup standings. Slidell finished ninth in Class A.

SLEEP WELLNESS – The Wise Regional Sleep Wellness Center, on the West Campus, will have a sleep wellness class 6-7 tonight. There will be a presentation on how to sleep better and wake more rested. The class also will cover symptoms and treatments for common sleep disorders. Call Rhonda Beam, 214-980-3128.

PARENT CAFE – Parent Cafe will be held at the Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro St. on the Chico Square, 940-644-2330, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Child care is available. Topic is “Understanding Feelings.”

GREGG TO BE HONORED – The Wise County Historical Commission and Wise County Historical Society will meet Thursday at the Heritage Museum and then honor Rosalie Mann Gregg for more than 50 years of the service to both groups. The commission meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a sandwich lunch at noon. Call the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to eat lunch. The society will meet at 12:30 followed by a plaque dedication to Gregg at 2 p.m. outside the museum. A reception will follow.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County Commissioners Court “On the Road” is 7 tonight at Alvord City Hall, 215 West Elm St. Commissioner Kevin Burns will give a report on projects and issues in Precinct 2, and County Judge J.D. Clark will discuss countywide projects. Also on the agenda are Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw, who will explain the One Sticker vehicle registration program and state Rep. Phil King, who will give an update on the recent legislative session. There will be a time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

FUNERALS – Service for John C. Hunter, 94, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for James “Bob” R. Childress, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Morgan Wayne Ezzell, 46, of Chico is 1 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie Joe Slayton, 72, formerly of Bridgeport is 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for J.K. Boone, 85, formerly of Chico is 2 p.m. Friday at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Irene Dawson, 77, of Chico is 10 a.m. Thursday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Alvin Loyd Strange, 70, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

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Monday, June 22, 2015


RAU GETS LIFE FOR MURDER – It took a Wise County jury less than 20 minutes Friday morning to deliver their sentence of life in prison to Kris Rau for the murder of his girlfriend. The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine. Both were the maximum sentence that could be given for the charge of murder. Following the trial, children of the victim, Lianne Murray, were given a chance to speak directly to Rau. “You showed no remorse, and I’m glad the jury showed you no compassion,” said Murray’s daughter, Allisyn Ramirez. Murray’s son, Daniel, also spoke directly to Rau, saying, “You are a coward.” Murray died at her Boonsville home in April of last year. A complete story is featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – While it wasn’t much, parts of Wise County saw some rainfall this weekend, including 0.24 of an inch in Bridgeport and 0.05 in Decatur. The forecast should remain rain-free this week before rain chances return this weekend.

COLLECTING FOR WARM – Rhome Best Value Pharmacy, 400 S. Main, in Rhome is collecting donations for Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). Donations may be dropped off at the pharmacy Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES IN BOYD – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes in Boyd on the fourth Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Community Center. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s June luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Decatur Civic Center. Representative Phil King is guest speaker. RSVP by calling the chamber office at 940-627-3107

GOLF FOR CHARITY – The 4th Annual Wise Electric Cooperative Golf Tournament benefiting WEC Helping Hands Charities is Friday at The Club at Runaway Bay Golf Course. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The 4-Man Scramble will feature contests, lunch and door prizes. Register your team or individual at Wise Electric Cooperative or call 940-627-2167 and ask for Bill, Bryan or Tony.

HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS – Paint for a Purpose, Plant for a Cause, an event to raise awareness for hydrocephalus is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at The River Church, 1901 S. Trinity in Decatur. Enjoy food, fun and painting while learning about the lifelong effects of this incurable brain condition. Participants can paint a flower pot, take home a seed pack and plant a seed of hope. Hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will also be for sale. Call 940-627-3747.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight at city hall beginning with a workshop at 5:30. Monthly reports will be given for planning, public works and fire departments. The regular meeting at 6 includes a public hearing on planning and zoning issues, extension of the initial period study for EDC Project Sidekick, a land lease agreement for construction of two aircraft hangars and a request to close two streets for the Chisholm Trail Days Rodeo Parade Aug. 22.

ALL-WISE TEAM – The weekend Messenger on newsstands now features the All-Wise County Baseball and Softball Teams.

FUNERALS – Service for James Childress, 68, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Ronnie W. Jackson, 74, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Morgan Wayne Ezzell, 46, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Alvin Strange, 70, of Decatur and Opal Dawson, 77, of Chico are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Anna Cassity Reidl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is 1:30 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Rau sentenced to life for murder


Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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It took a Wise County jury less than 20 minutes Friday morning to deliver their sentence of life in prison to Kris Rau for the murder of his girlfriend. The jury also assessed a $10,000 fine. Both were the maximum sentence that could be given for the charge of murder. Following the trial, children of the victim, Lianne Murray, were given a chance to speak directly to Rau. “You showed no remorse, and I’m glad the jury showed you no compassion,” said Murray’s daughter, Allisyn Ramirez. Murray’s son, Daniel, also spoke directly to Rau, saying, “You are a coward.” Murray died at her Boonsville home in April of last year. A complete story will be featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

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Friday, June 19, 2015


CLARK ELECTED TO NCTCOG BOARD – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark was elected Thursday to the North Central Texas Council of Governments Executive Board. He was nominated by Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns for the seat representing “a county of less than 75,000″ and was elected to the two-year term at NCTCOG’s general assembly in Hurst. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

ROADS CLOSURE LIST GROWS – Nearly 40 roads in the county remain closed this morning due to flooding brought on by Wednesday’s rainfall. Four more roads were added to the closure list yesterday, including FM 2265 at CR 1660, CR 2560, FM 730 north of the armory and CR 4460 east of CR 4463. The complete list will be published in the online Update at WCMessenger.com.

  • CR 4421
  • CR 2311
  • FM 2264@Kemps
  • CR 4734
  • FM 1658
  • Cemetery Rd. Decatur
  • CR 2513 @ Denton Creek
  • FM 1655 Alvord & Chico
  • CR 2395/287
  • Co. Line Rd/ ¼ S. of 380
  • 1590 W. of CR 1593
  • CR 1700
  • Texas 101/FM 3264
  • CR 1650
  • CR 2650/2750
  • FM 2265 @ CR 1660
  • CR 2395/Hwy 287
  • CR 4757/VAN Meter
  • CR 4899 – Sink Hole
  • FM 730 N. Boyd
  • CR 4668/Bobo Crossing
  • CR 3250
  • FM 2123/3340
  • 3225
  • 3381/Garrett Creek
  • FM 920/CR 3424
  • 3259
  • 2123@ 3581
  • 2123 @ 3550
  • 3225/3332
  • 2123 @ Cottonwood
  • School House /3388
  • CR 3390
  • CR 3470
  • Saddle Ridge Ct. – Sink Hole.

LAKE RELEASING WATER – At 6 a.m., Tarrant Regional Water District was releasing water from Lake Bridgeport at a rate of 7,496 cubic feet per second, helping to decrease the lake elevation to 838.78 after it peaked at around 839 feet yesterday. Conservation level is 836 feet. The lake remains closed to boat traffic. Although the rate of release has decreased since yesterday, there is still a threat of more flooding downstream along the West Fork of the Trinity River.

WASTEWATER SPILL – Heavy rainfall Wednesday led to another spill at Decatur’s wastewater facility on Bennett Road Wednesday night around 8 p.m., the city reported. The spill of an estimated 800,000 gallons of water affects areas downstream on Center Creek. The city has notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as required by law.

MOBILE COMMISSIONERS MEETING – Wise County Commissioners Court “On the Road” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Alvord City Hall, 215 West Elm St. Commissioner Kevin Burns will give a report on projects and issues in Precinct 2, and County Judge J.D. Clark will discuss countywide projects. Also on the agenda are Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw, who will explain the One Sticker vehicle registration program and state Rep. Phil King, who will give an update on the recent legislative session. There will be a time for public comments at the beginning of the meeting.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – The annual Juneteenth Celebration begins 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur with face painting, singing and other children’s activities. Parade is 11 a.m. Saturday in downtown Decatur followed by a block party featuring a DJ, barbecue and a bake sale at Willis Park at 12:30 p.m. To participate in the parade, call Robert Johnson at 940-210-4924.

OFFICE CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) in Decatur will be closed today.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Brian Keith Massey, 33, of Montague. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for James L. Outlaw, 65, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Doyle B. Goodwin, 81, of Saratoga, Ark., formerly of Boyd, is 1 p.m. Saturday in Saratoga with burial at the Goodwin Family Cemetery.

SERVICE for Anna Riedl, 57, of Marana, Ariz., is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is 1:30 p.m. Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Jackie McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy L. Cross, 81, of Newark is 1 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. today at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015


BILL BRINGS FLOODING – Tropical Depression Bill slowly moved across the area yesterday, bringing heavy rain all day long. Rainfall totals included 7.2 inches in Decatur, 6.5 in Paradise, 6.25 in Cottondale, 5.36 in Rhome, 4.7 in Alvord and 4.6 in Bridgeport. By yesterday afternoon, flooding was occurring across the county. Emergency personnel responded to at least a dozen high water rescues of people trapped in their cars by rising water. There were no reports of serious injuries. The Chico and Alvord areas seemed to be hit particularly hard by flooding. Several homes in the 100 block of West Kentucky Street in Chico had to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to rising flood waters. Chico firefighters, Wise County EMS and local law enforcement officers helped carry several children to safety. No one was injured. Red Cross was called to assist the families. Not far away on Farm Road 1810 near the entrance to Hanson Aggregates, two vehicles could be seen with only the very top of the roof showing on each vehicle. There were no reports of injuries in the incident. At one point, approximately 100 Oncor customers in Chico were without power due to flooding, and several city streets were closed. Today’s forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of heavy rain, and Wise County remains under a flood warning.

RAU FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER – A Wise County jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours Wednesday before finding Kris Rau guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Lianne Murray, in April of 2014 at her Boonsville home. The punishment phase before the jury was supposed to begin immediately, but it was delayed after Rau’s defense attorney, Tim Cole, fell ill while the jury was deliberating and was taken to Wise Regional Health System. The punishment phase of the trial has now been set for Friday morning. Rau is facing 5-99 years or life and up to a $10,000 fine.

ROADS CLOSED – Numerous roads around the county were closed yesterday due to flooding. That included Saddle Ridge Court near Springtown where water washed out the road, leaving a canyon-like ditch in its place. It also cut off four families from the only way in and out of their neighborhood. The sheriff’s office has provided the following list of road closures:

CR 4421

CR 2311

FM 2264@Kemps

CR 4734

FM 1658

Cemetery Rd. Decatur

CR 2513 @ Denton Creek

FM 1655 Alvord & Chico

CR 2395/287

  1. Co. Line Rd/ ¼ S. of 380

1590 W. of CR 1593

CR 1700

Texas 101/FM 3264

CR 1650

CR 2650/2750

FM 2265 @ CR 1660

CR 2395/Hwy 287

CR 4757/VAN Meter

CR 4899 – Sink Hole

FM 730 N. Boyd

CR 4668/Bobo Crossing

CR 3250

FM 2123/3340

3225

3381/Garrett Creek

FM 920/CR 3424

3259

2123@ 3581

2123 @ 3550

3225/3332

2123 @ Cottonwood

School House /3388

CR 3390

CR 3470

Saddle Ridge Ct. – Sink Hole.

LAKE CLOSED – Due to yesterday’s heavy rainfall, Lake Bridgeport is once again on the rise. As of 7 a.m., the lake stood at an elevation of 838.93, or 2.93 feet above conservation level. The lake was closed to boat traffic last night at 6 and remains closed today. Water was being discharged at a rate of 9,007 cubic feet per second at 3 a.m. this morning. According to the Tarrant Regional Water District, the lake is expected to crest around 839.03 this morning.

WRECK CAUSES POWER OUTAGE – More than 1,000 people were left without power in Decatur after a car hit a utility pole along Farm Road 51 South Wednesday. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 1,200 customers were without electricity. Customers without power included the Wise County Animal Shelter and Wise Regional Health System. The shelter closed for the remainder of the day, but the hospital kept operating with backup generators. WRHS’ Shannon Puphal said there was no concern with the operation of critical equipment, and the hospital has enough fuel to operate the generators for several days. Some Wednesday classes and lessons at Fit-N-Wise were canceled.

DECATUR WRECK – A two-car accident forced a Chevrolet pickup truck off of the overpass at the Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287 intersection yesterday morning. One man and two dogs were in the pickup truck, and the man was transported to Wise Regional Health System with unknown injuries. The other car involved was carrying three individuals who were transported from the scene.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Devon’s Second Annual Golf Tournament will be held Friday at the Cross Timbers Course in Azle. Proceeds will benefit United Way. Cost is $400 for a 4 man team and includes lunch. To register, call 210-288-0441 or email Kari.Newton@dvn.com.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson, in Decatur is having an antique car show 3-5 p.m. Saturday. There will be hot dogs and drinks. First, second and third-place plaques will be awarded by popular vote.

FUNERALS – No service is planned for Brian Keith Massey, 33, of Montague. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for James L. Outlaw, 65, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

SERVICE for Billy D. Crunk, 79, of Rhome is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Callen Jace Little, 9, son of Michael and Tasha Little of Decatur, is 11 a.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jackie McGaha, 85, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Saundra Lou Taylor, 70, of North Richland Hills is 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Patsy L. Cross, 81, of Newark is 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Newark with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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Flooding in Chico


Several homes in the 100 block of West Kentucky Street in Chico had to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to rising flood waters. Chico firefighters, Wise County EMS and local law enforcement officers helped carry several children to safety. No one was injured. Red Cross was called to assist the families. Not far away on Farm Road 1810 near the entrance to Hanson Aggregates, two vehicles could be seen with only the very top of the roof showing on each vehicle. There were no reports of injuries in the incident. That was just one of at least a dozen high water rescues emergency personnel responded to Wednesday as Tropical Depression Bill dropped heavy rain on Wise County all day long. Several places in Chico had flowing water over the road, including the intersection of FM 1810 and Texas 101 and FM 1810 near Robinson Park near downtown Chico.

Children rescued from a home in Chico wait in the back on an ambulance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Children rescued from a home in Chico wait in the back of an ambulance. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

Only the tops of two cars are visible above the flood waters on FM 1810 east of Chico. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Only the tops of two cars are visible above the flood waters on FM 1810 east of Chico.
Messenger photo by Joe Duty

 

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Bill brings torrential rain, flooding


Tropical Depression Bill dumped rainfall across Wise County Wednesday, leading to serious flooding and a series of water rescues late in the day.

As of 5 p.m. several water rescues from vehicles and homes were underway and numerous roads were closed. Intense flood waters swept through Chico, creating a raging river at Farm Road 1810 and Texas 101. Parts of 1810 are closed as are Decatur Street, Weatherford Street and Buffalo Street. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 100 customers in Chico are without power due to flooding.

Harwood Park in Bridgeport is flooded, and there are multiple street closures including: the 500 block of Cates Street, 600-900 blocks of Cates, 800-1200 blocks of Hovey Street, 1200 block of 2nd Street, and 200-800 blocks of Turkey Creek Trail.

Other roads closed in the county as of 5 p.m. include County Road 4757 at Van Meter, County Road 1590 west of County Road 1593, County Road 1700, County Road 3250 at Goalaz Crossing, Farm Road 2123 at County Road 3340, the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 south of Navigator Truck Stop, Texas 101 north of Farm Road 1810, Farm Road 3259 and Farm Road 2265.

Wise County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Chuck Beard advised residents to stay off the roadways.

“It’s like ice and snow,” he said. “If you don’t need to be out, stay at home.”

Flooding is expected to continue across the county for the next two days. Beard said after the rainfall stops, he expects flood waters to recede in some areas, but low-lying areas and those near the West Fork of the Trinity River will likely remain underwater for a period of time, especially as water is released from Lake Bridgeport.

Tarrant Regional Water District closed the lake to boat traffic at 6 p.m. Wednesday and was releasing water at a rate of 6,336 cfs at 4 p.m. Beard said it usually takes 12 to 18 hours after a significant discharge from the lake for flooding to occur downstream.

 

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Jury finds Rau guilty of murder


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A Wise County jury deliberated for about 3 1/2 hours Wednesday before finding Kris Rau guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Lianne Murray, in April of 2014 at her Boonsville home. The punishment phase before the jury was supposed to begin immediately, but it has been delayed after Rau’s defense attorney, Tim Cole, fell ill while the jury was deliberating and was taken to Wise Regional Health System. The punishment phase of the trial has now been set for Friday morning. Rau is facing 5-99 years of life and up to a $10,000 fine.

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More than 1,000 without power in Decatur


More than 1,000 people are without power in Decatur after a car hit a utility pole along Farm Road 51 South Wednesday.

Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said 1,200 customers are without electricity. It should be restored by 5 p.m.

Customers without power include the Wise County Animal Shelter and Wise Regional Health System. The shelter will be closed for the remainder of the day, but the hospital is operating with backup generators.

WRHS’ Shannon Puphal said there is no concern with the operation of critical equipment, and the hospital has enough fuel to operate the generators for several days.

Some classes and lessons at Fit-N-Wise have been canceled.

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Accident forces truck off overpass


BREAKING — A two-car accident forced a Chevrolet pickup truck off of the overpass at the Farm Road 51 and US 287 intersection. One man and two dogs were in the pickup truck, and the man was transported to Wise Regional Health System with injuries unknown at the time of posting. The other car involved was carrying three individuals who were transported from the scene.

 

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Power outage reported in South Wise


More than 1,000 customers are without electricity in south Wise County. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said Wednesday 1,350 customers in Rhome, Aurora, Newark and Boyd are without electricity due to a line being down in Boyd. Crews are working to repair the line, and power should be restored by 4 p.m.

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