Tuesday, October 21, 2014


BOYD, MARTINEZ WIN 9-3A TITLES – Boyd senior Marco Martinez won the 9-3A boys cross country title in 17:01, leading the Yellowjackets team to the team title with 44 points. Paradise took second with 49 points with J.D. Pearson finishing second and Sam Robinson third overall. Boyd and Paradise advance to regionals. In the girls race, Hannah Beth Pearson and Kaylee McConnell took fourth and fifth leading the Paradise Lady Panthers to a second-place finish with 48 points. Holliday won the team title with 32.

ALVORD DUO ADVANCES – Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum finished fourth, and Clara Breashears fifth in the District 11-2A girls race to earn trips to the cross country regional race. Alvord finished fourth as a team with 74 points. In the boys race, Alvord was fifth with 108. Alex Vargas took 13th for the Bulldogs.

BRIDGEPORT BOARD CONSIDERS SOCCER – The possibility of a new soccer program at Bridgeport High School was discussed during Monday night’s Bridgeport school board meeting. Superintendent Eddie Bland introduced the possibility of starting a student survey to gauge interest. “We need to see what the numbers are on students wanting the program, especially if they’re playing other sports like baseball, basketball and softball, since those are the ones that will be in direct conflict with soccer season,” he said. Other members of the board wanted to know if the program would be a club sport or a UIL-sanctioned team and wondered about the cost of funding both girls and boys teams. They agreed to wait to take action until a survey had taken place. Read about more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

BOYD FACES DISTRICT LEADER – Fighting for a volleyball playoff berth out of 9-3A, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will head to Henrietta today at 5:30 p.m. The Paradise Lady Panthers will be in Holliday. In 8-4A, Decatur will play at Castleberry and Bridgeport takes on Lake Worth at home. Chico will head to Bryson. Northwest will play host to Fossil Ridge.

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County is hosting College Night 5 to 7 today. More than 40 different colleges and universities will be represented, and students and parents are encouraged to attend. There will be a financial aid presentation beginning at 6 p.m. that is targeted to parents of current seniors in high school. For information, call WCWC at 940-627-2690.

BONFIRE – The Chico High School senior class will host the homecoming bonfire Wednesday at 325 CR 1667. Hot dogs will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the bonfire will be lit at 7:30.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – Chico 4-H is having a canned food drive now through Friday, Oct. 31. Donations can be dropped off at Chico Butane or Chico Middle School. All food items will be donated to WARM. For information, call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program through Friday. Nomination forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. For information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT - An account has been opened at Wells Fargo for the Jeff Nicholson family to help with costs associated with his recent illness. Nicholson, a longtime Decatur resident and business banker, died Friday. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Luce Bogardus, 86, of Justin is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Wanda McNutt, 69, of Springtown is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday, October 20, 2014


MOTORCYCLE COLLISION SENDS 1 TO JPS – Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 81/287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome about 7:45 a.m. Sunday. One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Rhome police officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment. According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, a medical helicopter was requested by first responders immediately after they arrived on scene. A third rider with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur. “I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hill, and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.” The rider said the group was returning to Utah. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOY HIT BY CAR – A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport just before 9 Sunday morning. He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz. The PD declined to identify the victim because he’s a minor.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Real estate developer Mark Duncum was named Citizen of the Year Saturday night at the 23rd Annual Decatur Chamber Auction. The event was held at the Decatur Civic Center. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY – Early voting in the Nov. 4 election is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. This weekend Decatur City Hall will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of these locations. Voters should bring a photo ID, along with their voter registration card.

CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Boyd and Paradise cross country teams will battle for the league title and regional bids at 10 a.m. today at the 9-3A championships at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. Alvord will host the 11-2A meet at 10 a.m.

CHICO OUTLASTS GRAFORD – The Chico Lady Dragons beat Graford in four games 16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 behind eight aces from Britton Petty, moving to 9-2 in 9-2A. In other action, Paradise took down Bowie in a pivotal 9-3A match in five games. Holliday edged Boyd in five games. Springtown swept Bridgeport. Byron Nelson beat Northwest in three. In non-district play, the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Grapevine 25-20, 25-11, 25-18 with 15 kills from Caroline Lowery and 14 from Makayla Mayfield.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – Tryouts for Muscle Basketball, select teams for second through sixth graders, are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday at the Chico City Gym. Cost to play is $325. For information, email Wendell Berry at wendell.berry@wiseregional.com. Call 940-627-2708 or 940-393-2698.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party meets 6:15 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office courtroom, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive.

WILD GAME PROCESSING 101 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting Wild Game Processing 101 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nine Bar Ranch. Michael and Matthew Little will demonstrate how to field dress, skin and quarter a deer. They will also discuss caping out for a trophy animal. Cost is $10, and seating is limited. A deer chili supper will be served. To reserve a spot, call 940-627-3341.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Ag Supporters Golf Classic is Monday, Nov. 10, at The Club at Runaway Bay with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration deadline is today. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, a goody bag and cart use. To register to play or for information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Vann Wakefield, 817-454-9082, vwakefield@ci.southlake.tx.us.

4-H MEETING - Decatur 4-H meets at 6 tonight at the Extension office.

COLLEGE/CAREER NIGHT – Decatur High School is hosting Senior Parent College and Career Night  5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County in room 112.

FOSSIL, ROCK AND MINERAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, Wesley Center, 200 E. Main, in Decatur. The meeting topic is “Prehistoric time and who roamed Earth in the United States, featuring New York City.” A potluck supper will be held before the program. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jeffrey Dean Nicholson, 50, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE is pending for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES are pending for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur, Robert Bogardus, 86, of Justin and J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Two bikes collide in Rhome


_JD67003Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome Sunday morning.
One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m.
Rhome officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment.
According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, three riders were on the ground following the collision. The medical helicopter was requested immediately after first responders arrived on scene for one rider.
A rider on a third bike with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur.

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“I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hit and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.”
The rider said the group was heading back to Utah .

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Boy struck by car


A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport Sunday morning.
He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with apparent minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz.
The accident occurred at 8:47 a.m.

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Friday, October 17, 2014


TEAMS CONTINUE DISTRICT PLAY – District play continues for Wise County football teams tonight. Alvord welcomes Blue Ridge to town at 7:30 p.m. Bridgeport takes on Celina at home. Decatur hits the road to Mineral Wells. Keep track of the action of those games on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Boyd heads to Ponder. Paradise plays Breckenridge at home, and Chico plays at Bells. Northwest takes on district mate Byron Nelson for the first time at 7 p.m. at NISD Stadium.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. A hamburger lunch will be available for $5 per plate, and there will be a pink line ceremony at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women next Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

CHICOFEST SET FOR SATURDAY – Chicofest is Saturday on the town square. Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a fun run and 5K color run/walk sponsored by the Chico Athletic Booster Club. Arrive 30 minutes early to register. Vendor booths will open at 9. There will also be a Little Miss/Mr. Chico contest, live music, bounce houses, a train ride, a stick horse rodeo, bingo and a barbecue lunch for $8 per plate. The chamber of commerce is selling raffle tickets for a Savage Model 11 243 with a Nikon scope and porch swing. Tickets for the gun are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Tickets for the porch swing are $1 per ticket or six for $5. Tickets for both items can be purchased at Sheila’s Hair Place, Wise Feed, Muggs and Juggs, Chico Butane, Chico Library or GTG Solution. The drawing will be at Chicofest, but the winner does not have to be present. To reserve booth space at the festival, call Michelle, 940-644-2330; or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The Newark Volunteer Fire Deptartment and Auxiliary will host the 27th Annual Cruisin’ Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-19, with the theme “Remembering American Bandstand.” Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and run 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival and midway rides and games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft and informational booths, bingo, a barbecue dinner at the fire hall, cake and brisket auction and a dance. The fire department and auxiliary will also present their Firefighter of the Year and Member of the Year awards.

DISC GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club is hosting its first tournament 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Melba Doyle Park. The tournament is open to club members, but anyone can join the club for free. To join, go to the Decatur Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club Facebook page and ask to join.

FALL FESTIVAL - The Paradise Elementary PTO is hosting a fall festival 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Elementary School. The festival will include Games bounce houses, hay rides, a cake walk and face Painting as well as raffles and silent auctions. Money garnered will benefit Paradise Elementary.

BLOOD DRIVE – Chico Public Library is hosting Carter Blood Care 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at ChicoFest. To schedule a donation, call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

EASTERN STAR FUNDRAISER – Chico Order of the Eastern Star will be selling a variety of food items during ChicoFest Saturday to raise money for its scholarship fund. The group will be set up in front of the Masonic Lodge and will be selling chili, cornbread, beans, nachos, Frito pies, drinks and desserts. People will be allowed to eat inside the lodge.

TENNIS TIME – Wise Tennis Family Day is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur High School courts. The event, hosted by USTA, is free and for all ages. Racquets will be available. Visit www.facebook.com/wisetennis for information.

WASHER TOURNAMENT – There will be a washer tournament Saturday at the park next to the Bridgeport Fire Hall with all proceeds benefiting the Bridgeport senior class of 2015. Entries are due by noon, and the tournament starts at 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For information, call Jane, 940-859-6520.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department is having a fish fry 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Cost is by donation. There will also be a bake sale. For information, call Lt. Todd Nelson, 817-504-3325.

CRAFT BAZAAR – The First Baptist Church of Cottondale fall craft bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the new fellowship hall. Items to be sold include cookbooks, tote bags, thread cabinets, scarves, earrings, table covers, place mats and napkins. Proceeds will support mission work around the world. The church is at 145 CR 3355, Paradise.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Ag Supporters Golf Classic is Monday, Nov. 10 at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, a goody bag and cart use. To register to play or for information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Vann Wakefield, 817-454-9082, vwakefield@ci.southlake.tx.us.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Edward Gill, 81, of Bridgeport is noon today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jon Peacock, 42, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Millie Gardener, 89, formerly of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


ARSON ARREST – Johnny Leon Moore III, 45, of Decatur was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with arson causing bodily injury, a first degree felony, and aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. The arrest was made by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office fugitive apprehension unit in connection to the Oct. 4 trailer fire at 3222 N. U.S. 81/287, according to the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office. Moore remains in the Wise County Jail Thursday morning with a $100,000 bond for each charge.

VETERANS PICNIC – The annual Wise County Veterans Picnic is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. This picnic is for veterans and family members. Lunch is free and the meal will include barbecue brisket, fried chicken strips, smoked sausage and all the trimmings. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and a sweet walk.

CRAFT BAZAAR – The First Baptist Church of Cottondale fall craft bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the new fellowship hall. Items to be sold include cookbooks, tote bags, thread cabinets, scarves, earrings, table covers, place mats and napkins. Proceeds will support mission work around the world. The church is at 145 CR 3355, Paradise.

HISTORICAL TOUR – The public is invited to participate in a fall historical tour of the U.S. 380 corridor on Monday, Oct. 20, planned by the Bridgeport Historical Society and the Wise County Historical Society with participation from the Paradise Historical Society. The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur and first travel east to the Bill and June Marquis home on Stony Road to tour their restored historic logs cabins, the former Stony General Store, period artifacts and June’s gardens. The group will eat lunch at One Stop in Runaway Bay and will then travel to the Jim Ned Cemetery area and the former site of Col. Wm. Hunt’s Cactus Hill Ranch headquarters – all on the western side of Lake Bridgeport.

EASTERN STAR FUNDRAISER – Chico Order of the Eastern Star will be selling a variety of food items during ChicoFest Saturday to raise money for its scholarship fund. The group will be set up in front of the Masonic Lodge and will be selling chili, cornbread, beans, nachos, Frito pies, drinks and desserts. People will be allowed to eat inside the lodge.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 17, at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or joe.smith@dvn.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or jsmowery@embarqmail.com; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or jwjlirick@gmail.com.

HAUNTED HOUSE – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will have a haunted house 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October at the Old Chico Middle School, 400 S. Hovey St. Admission for 12 and under is $3 and 13 and older is $5. All proceeds will benefit the fire department. The haunted house will also have a “kid’s hall” for smaller children.

CRAFT SHOW - The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, artisan soaps and lotions, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Edward Gill, 81, of Bridgeport is noon Friday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Jon Peacock, 42, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Terry Ross

Terry Ross

ROSS GETS HEARING, NO RULING – For the first time in a three-year drama, oral arguments related to charges against former Wise County Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross were heard in a court of law, but a final ruling is still 60 to 90 days away. Ross’ attorney, David Fielding, and County Attorney James Stainton presented their cases to a panel of Fort Worth judges Tuesday morning in the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas. The bulk of the argument centered around whether the misdemeanor to which Ross pleaded guilty constituted “official misconduct,” and therefore warranted removal from office. Fielding told the judges: “County property you could argue that he shouldn’t have done that, but he wasn’t thinking about violating rules or laws, he just wanted to get that built for his grandkids.” Read the full story in today’s Messenger.

LADY EAGLES SWEEP LAKE WORTH – On senior night, Caroline Lowery and her fellow classmates shined Tuesday in a sweep of Lake Worth. Caroline Lowery put down 14 kills, and Cooper Martin added 10 in the 25-6, 25-12, 25-5 victory. Stormi Leonard passed out 39 assists. Lowery also served four aces. In other action, Chico beat Perrin in four games, 25-10, 25-22, 25-21. Nocona defeated Boyd 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 to take over second place in District 9-3A. Keller took down Northwest in three games, 25-18, 27-25, 25-23.

CHICOFEST SET FOR SATURDAY – Chicofest is Saturday on the town square. Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a fun run and 5K color run/walk sponsored by the Chico Athletic Booster Club. Arrive 30 minutes early to register. Vendor booths will open at 9. There will also be a Little Miss/Mr. Chico contest, live music, bounce houses, a train ride, a stick horse rodeo, bingo and a barbecue lunch for $8 per plate. The chamber of commerce is selling raffle tickets for a Savage Model 11 243 with a Nikon scope and porch swing. Tickets for the gun are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Tickets for the porch swing are $1 per ticket or six for $5. Tickets for both items can be purchased at Sheila’s Hair Place, Wise Feed, Muggs and Juggs, Chico Butane, Chico Library or GTG Solution. The drawing will be at Chicofest, but the winner does not have to be present. To reserve booth space at the festival, call Michelle, 940-644-2330; or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The Newark Volunteer Fire Deptartment and Auxiliary will host the 27th Annual Cruisin’ Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-19, with the theme “Remembering American Bandstand.” Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and run 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival and midway rides and games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft and informational booths, bingo, a barbecue dinner at the fire hall, cake and brisket auction and a dance. The fire department and auxiliary will also present their Firefighter of the Year and Member of the Year awards.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK - Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. Lunch will be available for $5 per plate and there will be a pink line ceremony. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

WASHER TOURNAMENT - There will be a washer tournament Saturday at the park next to the Bridgeport Fire Hall with all proceeds benefiting the Bridgeport senior class of 2015. Entries are due by noon, and the tournament starts at 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For information, call Jane, 940-859-6520.

NO FINES THIS MONTH - October is Fine Forgiveness Month at Chico Public Library. Individuals who owe fines for late or lost items may have their fines removed by donating new or gently used shoes. Each pair of shoes is worth up to $10 in fines. All donated shoes will go to the Wise Choices shoe drive. For information, call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

BMS GOES RED – The Bridgeport Middle School Student Council is selling RED shirts for $10 and is asking everyone to wear red on Fridays in support of men and women in the military. Proceeds from the shirt sales will be used to purchase and send goody baskets to military men and women with ties to our community.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department is having a fish fry 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Cost is by donation. There will also be a bake sale. For information, call Lt. Todd Nelson, 817-504-3325.

DECATUR CLASS OF ’74 REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion at noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at the home of Jayne and Randy Sherman in Decatur. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the Decatur High School Class of 1974 Facebook page or call Jayne Elder Sherman at 940-627-3356, Sherry Peel Spinks at 940-210-5973 or Tim Woodruff at 940-627-2671 for information.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.

SERVICES are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home for James Gill, 81, of Bridgeport and Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


FIRE DAMAGES RECENTLY REMODELED HOME – A 90-plus-year-old house in Slidell was severely damaged after catching fire about 6 p.m. Monday night. Greenwood/Slidell Fire Chief Adam North said they were able to contain the fire to one bedroom and the attic of the home in the 200 block of County Road 2822. He said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke and then saw smoke coming from the back of the house. North said his crew initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown.” Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called for mutual aid, and Wise County medics were also dispatched. According to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard, the home is owned by Katheryn Hall, but she was not there when it started. North said the structure was remodeled about a year ago. Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

LADY EAGLES CONTINUE DISTRICT PLAY – The Decatur Lady Eagles will look to remain perfect in District 8-4A volleyball as they take on Lake Worth at 6 tonight at home. In other action, Boyd heads to Nocona. Chico will be in Perrin. Paradise will go to Henrietta. Northwest plays host to Keller.

HALLOWEEN MOVES TO THURSDAY – The Decatur City Council on Monday voted unanimously to move the city’s trick or treat observance to Thursday, Oct. 30, to avoid a conflict with the Eagles’ final home football game the following night, Oct. 31. Trick or treaters heading out into the city’s neighborhoods after the game would likely be out past midnight and create an unsafe situation, Police Chief Rex Hoskins told the council. Also at the police department’s request, the council agreed to designate Deer Park Road as one-way, northbound, between Eagle Drive and Preskitt Road from 5:30 to 10 p.m. that Thursday to help ease traffic problems in some of the city’s more popular trick or treating areas.

RODEO LEGEND TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER – Acclaimed rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tallman, who announces rodeos coast-to-coast, from the Fort Worth Stock Show to the Calgary Stampede to the National Finals in Las Vegas, has been the PRCA’s announcer of the year eight times. His voice, which has become synonymous with professional rodeo, is familiar to generations of rodeo fans. Luncheon reservations are $12 per person. Call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Trick or treaters will be welcomed by Wise County police departments, the Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, EMS, Department of Public Safety, game wardens and Explorers of Wise County. Admission is free.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK - Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. Lunch will be available for $5 per plate and there will be a pink line ceremony. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. A parent must be present and bring the child’s shot record, and children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The Wise County Veterans Group is presenting the program. Cost is $10, and door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP by noon Wednesday to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076. Wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A box will also be set up for those who would like to donate candy for Spooktacular 2014.

VETERANS PICNIC – The annual Wise County Veterans Picnic is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. This picnic is for veterans and family members. Lunch is free and the meal will include barbecue brisket, fried chicken strips, smoked sausage and all the trimmings. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and a sweet walk.

DECATUR CLASS OF ’74 REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion at noon Saturday at the home of Jayne and Randy Sherman in Decatur. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the Decatur High School Class of 1974 Facebook page or call Jayne Sherman at 940-627-3356, Sherry Shinks at 940-210-5973 or Tim Woodruff at 940-627-2671 for information.

CONGRESS CANDIDATES FACE OFF – The League of Women Voters of Tarrant County will host a 12th Congressional District candidate forum at 7 tonight at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 901 Page St., in Fort Worth. The program will feature Congresswoman Kay Granger, the Republican incumbent, Democratic challenger Mark Greene and Libertarian candidate Ed Colliver. The forum begins with three-minute opening statements from each candidate, with questions posed by a moderator from those submitted in writing by those attending, and two-minute closing statements. It should end by 8:30.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Allan Granlund, 71, of Alvord.

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Slidell home catches fire


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A home in Slidell, located just behind the school on County Road 2822, caught fire about 6 p.m. Monday.

Greenwood/Slidell Fire Chief Adam North said they were able to contain the fire to one bedroom and the attic of the 90-plus-year-old structure.

He said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke.

“When they got up in the cherry picker, they could see smoke coming from the back of the house and called 911,” he said.

When his crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back of the home, and it had gone into the attic.

The chief said they initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown.”

“It was a great job by my guys doing a quick interior attack,” he said. “It’s very rare to save a house like this in a rural area, especially a wooden structure.”

He said his department had a good response time, and he also gave credit to departments that provided mutual aid.

Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Wise County medics.

North said although a pickup was parked in front of the home, the house was locked and no one was home. The structure was remodeled about a year ago.

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Monday, October 13, 2014


STORMS ROAR THROUGH WISE COUNTY – A line of severe thunderstorms with high wind and hail tore through Wise County and North Texas last night. While the system dumped significant rainfall, it also caused serious damage knocking down trees and power lines. All four lanes of U.S. 81/287 at County Road 4838, near Rhome, were shut down about 1:30 a.m. when power lines were discovered to be across all four lanes of the road and the railroad track. A power line and multiple poles were reported down on Farm Road 2264 near Decatur, shutting down a section of the road from the cowboy church to Long Branch Road just before 2 a.m. As of 6 a.m., it remained closed, and Wise Electric Co-op was working to replace the poles. Several residents in that area were also reporting property damage. Alvord received the most rain this weekend with 4.5 inches, followed by Greenwood with 2.7 inches. Chico received 2.1 inches; Cottondale, 1.7; Rhome, 1.67; Decatur, 1.32; and Paradise, 1.1.

ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY – A multiple car accident shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 just south of Alvord about 6:30 a.m. today. Only one person was injured and was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

JUDGE UPHOLDS COMMISSION’S APPOINTMENT – Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. on Friday denied the injunction requested by Wise County Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith against interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker and the Wise County Elections Commission. Smith claimed that Parker’s appointment to the interim post was illegal because he was a vice chair of the local Republican Party at the time of his appointment. “I think the spirit of the law was not adhered to,” she said. “I don’t feel like the intent of the law was followed, either. It’s unfortunate.” Friday’s hearing was at the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. Several witnesses testified before a crowd of about 20 during the two-hour hearing. Judge Wallace is with Fort Worth’s 96th District Court. The full story was in the weekend edition of the Messenger, still available on newsstands.

APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ROSS CASE – The Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas will hear oral arguments 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Terry Ross’ appeal of his removal from office. The former Precinct 4 county commissioner was removed from office March 19 by a summary judgment issued by District Judge Roger Towery, settling a civil suit filed by retired Texas Ranger Lane Akin of Decatur in June of 2012. The case will be heard by a panel of three judges – Chief Justice Terrie Livingston, Justice Sue Walker and Justice Lee Gabriel. The Second District Court of Appeals is in the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Suite 9000, in Fort Worth.

AIR EVAC OPEN HOUSE – Air Evac Lifeteam will host an open house 3:30 to 5 p.m. today at their new Decatur base at 609 Medical Center Dr. State Rep. Phil King will speak at 4. There will be refreshments, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet the crew, tour the base and aircraft, and learn about Air Evac Lifeteam – the nation’s largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider. The base recently moved about 500 yards to a new facility just off the emergency room entrance.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING – Wise County commissioners will consider on Monday a request from Fire Marshal Chuck Beard to hire an outside communications consulting agency to link all the radio towers and systems. They will also discuss trying to acquire two modular buildings through the federal government, as they continue to seek additional office space. Regular business will include consideration of bids, discussion of plats, project agreements and committee and department head reports. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. The meeting is open to the public.

DECATUR COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT – The Decatur City Council will convene at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. They’ll consider several appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment and will vote on second readings to raise library fines, airport fees, water and wastewater fees. They’ll also look at continuing to contract with the Wise County Appraisal District for property tax collections and look at a police department request to make Deer Park Road from Eagle Drive to Preskitt a one-way road northbound from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or joe.smith@dvn.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or jsmowery@embarqmail.com; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or jwjlirick@gmail.com.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. A parent must be present and bring the child’s shot record, and children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 23rd Annual Park Classic golf tournament Friday, Oct. 24, at Decatur Country Club. Lunch and registration is at noon with tee time at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $300 per team. Mulligans are $5 (limit of two), and a poker run option is $15 per person. An all-inclusive team cost (which includes the mulligans and poker run for each member) is $400. Contact Megan Nichols Adams, 940-626-0586; Kelsea Bieser, 940-399-9711; or Andrea McKinnon, 940-389-0541.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Mary Frances Winfrey, 85, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe, La.

FUNERAL for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemtery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Walter Trost, 74, of Bridgeport.

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Judge rules in favor of Elections Commission


Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. Friday denied the injunction requested by Tracy Smith against interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker and the Wise County Elections Commission. Smith, the Wise County Democratic Party Chair, filed the lawsuit, claiming that the appointment of Parker violated the state election code. Several witnesses testified in the hearing that lasted almost two hours, and Judge Wallace, with the 96th District Court in Fort Worth, issued his ruling shortly after noon. Smith dropped her head when the ruling was announced. “I think the spirit of the law was not adhered to,” she said afterward. “I don’t feel like the intent of the law was followed either. It’s unfortunate.” Read the full story in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Friday, October 10, 2014


TRUCK SET ON FIRE – The Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a truck fire that happened last weekend at Craig Moss Backhoe Service, located at 985 County Road 1550 near Chico. During the late night hours of Saturday, Oct. 4, or in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 5, a person or persons broke into the facility and set fire to the cab of a semi-truck and attempted to burn two other vehicles on the property. If anyone has information, call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS or 940-627-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $1,500 is available for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

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COUNTY FILES MOTION TO DISMISS EA CASE – County Attorney James Stainton Thursday filed a motion to dismiss Tracy Smith’s case against the Wise County Elections Commission and Jim Parker. In the lawsuit filed Sept. 30, Smith, who is the Wise County Democratic Party Chair, claims the appointment of Parker as interim elections administrator violates the state election code. The case was filed in the 271st District Court and will be heard at 10 a.m. today at the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. Judge David Evans of the 48th District Court in Fort Worth will preside. Smith is represented by Stephen Maxwell with Bailey and Galyen in Fort Worth. According to the firm’s website, Maxwell is chairman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party.

DISTRICT PLAY STARTS – Six of Wise County’s seven football teams will start district play tonight. The Decatur Eagles play host to the Burkburnett Bulldogs in the 4-4A Division I opener. The Bridgeport Bulls will be at home against the Krum Bobcats in a District 3-4A Division II contest. The Alvord Bulldogs take on Trenton for homecoming in 5-2A Division I action. Follow our live blog of the action of those three games at wcmessenger.com/scores at 7:30. There will also be updates from Boyd’s game at home against Bowie, Chico’s trip to Blue Ridge, Northwest’s battle at Keller Central, and Paradise’s contest at home against Ponder.

LADY YELLOWJACKETS FACE BOWIE – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets continue their quest at attempting to lock down a volleyball playoff spot out of 9-3A with a showdown at home at 4:30 today against Bowie. In other action, Bridgeport heads to Castleberry. Decatur plays host to Springtown. Northwest is at Keller Central. Chico will take on Ranger at home Saturday at noon. Paradise heads to City View at 11 a.m. Saturday.

CANCER SURVIVORS – The Decatur Eagles invite any cancer survivors that will be in attendance at Friday’s pinkout game that would like to be recognized to contact Kristy Shields at 940-389-6085 or come by the booster trailer by 6:45 to register.

“LEGO MOVIE” IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Lego Movie” at dusk Saturday at Harwood Park. The event is free. Pre-movie activities will begin at 7 p.m., and concessions will be available. Call 940-683-3480.

TRASH SCHEDULE – Trash pickup will be at regular time Monday in the city of Decatur.

HEALTH FAIR – Weatherford College Wise County will host a community health fair 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the college. The following free screenings will be offered: glucose, vision, blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol. Participants must fast before the screenings. Flu shots will also be available. Door prizes will be given away, and free hot dogs and refreshments will be served. For information or to register as a vendor, contact Maria Lira at 940-626-3281 or mlira@wc.edu.

FALL FESTIVAL – Greenwood’s 17th Annual Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in downtown. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and immediately following the parade, arts and craft booths will be open. Featured activities include children’s train rides, food and games and door prizes. There will be raffles for a quilt and a $500 Cabela’s gift card. There will also be a silent auction.

FISH FRY – The Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual fish fry fundraiser Saturday starting at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the event, and donations will be accepted. The dinner will also feature live entertainment by the Brandon Davis Band and Mark David Manders, raffles for a dove and quail hunt for two at Nine Bar Ranch, an iPad, a Camo Savage Axis 243 and AR-15 5.56/.223. Visit www.gsvfd.us for more information.

ALVORD HOMECOMING – Alvord High School homecoming is today and Saturday. The parade is 4 p.m. today through downtown Alvord, ending with a pep rally. The Bulldogs will face Trenton in the homecoming game, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Saturday activities open at 9 a.m. at the high school with registration and a continental breakfast, and a barbecue lunch at noon. Tickets for lunch are $10 and will be sold at Legend Bank in Alvord until closing today. They will also be sold at tonight’s game through the first quarter. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Patti Gillespie with the Wise County Genealogical Society will show historical photos of Alvord. The program at 1 p.m. will include door prizes and several awards.

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

FUNERALS – No service is scheduled for Marjorie Mardell Harris, 75, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Mary Frances Winfrey, 85, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Monday at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe, La. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Ronald Johnson, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Thomas Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Mack Donald Davis, 84, of Newark is 12:30 p.m. today at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth.

MEMORIAL service for Frances Elizabeth Lamb Richardson, 62, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Saturday at Faith Community Church in Paradise.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014


ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR’S START DATE DEBATED – The turmoil over the appointment of Jim Parker as interim elections administrator continued to brew at a Wise County Elections Commission meeting Wednesday. The group met to clarify what the majority of the members deemed a clerical error in the paperwork naming Parker as interim EA. The resolution submitted to the Secretary of State’s office says Parker would assume the interim EA duties on Sept. 23, which is the same day he was appointed to the post. He also resigned from his vice chair position with the Wise County Republican Party that day. The majority of the members agree the resolution should have read that Parker would assume the duties on Sept. 29, the Monday following Lannie Noble’s last day on the job. But Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith, also an elections commission member, hinted that the discrepancy in dates was an underhanded action by the Republicans, and she said that Parker began acting as interim EA before his official start date. Smith had already cried foul over the appointment, which she originally voted against, by filing a lawsuit Sept. 30 in the 271st District Court against the interim elections administrator and the county’s elections commission. That case will be heard at the Wise County Courthouse 10 a.m. Friday by Judge David Evans of the 48th District Court of Fort Worth. Read the full story about Wednesday’s commission meeting online at wcmess.com/debate.

PAGEANT REGISTRATION – Registrations for the Miss and Mr. ChicoFest Sweeter Than Candy Pageant are being accepted through Oct 17. The pageant is open to girls age 0-18 and boys 0-5. Contact Kelly Laney at 940-389-8286 for information or visit the Chico Chamber Facebook page for a copy of the entry form, which is also available at the Chico Library or any school campus. The cost to register is $20 until Oct. 11 when it will increase to $25.

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

GOP MEETING - The Wise County Republican Party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Training Room, 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. State Representative Phil King will provide an update on border issues and give insight from his recent trip. The party will also address recent issues as well as its change in leadership.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The Newark Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary will host the 27th annual Cruisin’ Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-19, with the theme “Remembering American Bandstand.” Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and run 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival and midway rides and games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft and informational booths, bingo, a barbecue dinner at the fire hall, cake and brisket auction and a dance. The fire department and auxiliary will also present their Firefighter of the Year and Member of the Year awards.

CRAFT SHOW - The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, artisan soaps and lotions, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.

CANDY NEEDED – Senior Care Center in Decatur is seeking donations of individually wrapped candy for its Fall Festival Oct. 28. Bring donations before that date to 701 W. Bennett Rd.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Sagebrush Hall, 1020 Halsell St., in Bridgeport. Cost is $19 per person. Payment should be received by today. Mail it to Class of 1984, c/o Bridget Williams, P.O. Box 483, Bridgeport, TX 76426. For information, visit the Bridgeport High School Class of 1984 Facebook page or call Angie at 940-393-3677.

FUNERALS – Services for Marjorie Harris, 75, of Decatur and Mary Winfrey, 85, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Ronald Johnson, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014


TRUCK TIPS, SPILLS GRAVEL – Traffic was slow going Tuesday during the noon hour in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 at the Farm Road 1810 intersection after a rock hauler lost its load. Decatur Police officer Keith Hilton said Manuel Pena, 41, of Fort Worth was entering the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from FM 1810 when he came around the curve too fast. The trailer tipped over, spilling gravel on the roadway. No one was injured. The Texas Department of Transportation responded to clean up the rocks. Decatur Police and Fire departments worked traffic control in the area. The roadway was reopened around 1:15 p.m.

ELECTIONS MEETING – The Wise County Elections Commission will meet at 10 a.m. today in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur for “discussion and possible action to provide clarification of the appointment of the interim elections administrator.” Jim Parker was appointed interim elections administrator after the recent resignation of Lannie Noble. The Wise County Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last week in 271st District Court against Parker and the county’s elections commission. Tracy Smith, Democratic Party chair, filed the suit after Wise County commissioners “failed to block the passage” of the Sept. 23 appointment of Parker, who was serving as a vice chair for the Wise County Republican Party at the time of the appointment. Smith’s lawsuit claims the appointment violates the Texas Election Code.

DECATUR SWEEPS BRIDGEPORT – Makayla Mayfield put down 15 kills and Stormi Leonard doled out 33 assists as the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Bridgeport Tuesday 25-5, 25-9, 25-4 in volleyball action. Kendall Scott had four kills for Bridgeport. Tessa Harfield and Camryn Berryhill netted 17 kills each as Northwest beat Denton Ryan in four games.

GOLF TEAMS TAKE SECOND – The Decatur boys and girls golf teams took second Tuesday at Fossil Creek. Drew Jones won the boys tournament, shooting 69.

FISH FRY – The Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual fish fry fundraiser Saturday starting at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the event, and donations will be accepted. The dinner will also feature live entertainment by the Brandon Davis Band and Mark David Manders, raffles for a dove and quail hunt for two at Nine Bar Ranch, an iPad, a Camo Savage Axis 243 and AR-15 5.56/.223. Visit www.gsvfd.us for more information.

ALVORD HOMECOMING – Alvord High School homecoming is Friday and Saturday. The homecoming bonfire is tonight at 1020 CR 1270 at 6:30. The parade is Friday at 4 through downtown Alvord, ending with a pep rally. The Bulldogs will face Trenton in the homecoming game, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. Saturday activities open at 9 a.m. at the high school with registration and a continental breakfast, and a barbecue lunch at noon. Tickets for lunch are $10 and will be sold at Legend Bank in Alvord until closing Friday. They will also be sold at Friday night’s game through the first quarter. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Patti Gillespie with the Wise County Genealogical Society will show historical photos of Alvord. The program at 1 p.m. will include door prizes and several awards.

CHICO FEST RUN – The Chico Fest 5k Color Run and Fun Run is Oct. 18. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/chico-fest-fun-run-and-5k-color-walkrun-tickets-13159906635 or the morning of the event. Early registration for the 5K is $35 or $40 on race day. The fun run is $25 on race day, and early registration is $20. Arrive 30 minutes before your event. The run benefits the Chico Athletic Booster Club. Contact Kati Deaton at 940-210-5831 or Whitney Buckner at 940-389-7306.

STAR WARS READS DAY – Decatur Public Library is celebrating International Star Wars Reads Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday with activities, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and a photo booth. Fans of all ages can enjoy Star Wars-themed games and puzzles as well as learning to create their own Origami Yoda and friends. See lightsaber demonstrations and catch scenes from William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series. Star Wars books, posters and buttons to be given away throughout the day. This free event is open to all ages. Call 940-393-0290 or visit the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South.

“LEGO MOVIE” IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Lego Movie” at dusk Saturday at Harwood Park. The event is free. Pre-movie activities will begin at 7 p.m., and concessions will be available. Call 940-683-3480.

FAMILY HISTORY – The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 202 E Thompson St, in Decatur, is now open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4-8. The church can assist people with their family history, saving photos to their tree, saving memories and stories for their children and grandchildren.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Ronald Johnson, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

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Rock truck spills load on U.S. 81/287 in Decatur


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Traffic was slow going Tuesday during the noon hour in the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 at the Farm Road 1810 intersection after a rock  hauler lost its load. Decatur Police officer Keith Hilton said Manuel Pena, 41, of Fort Worth was entering the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from FM 1810 when he came around the curve too fast. The trailer tipped over, spilling gravel on the roadway. No one was injured. The Texas Department of Transportation responded to clean up the rocks. Decatur Police and Fire departments worked traffic control in the area. The roadway was expected to be cleared within the hour.

 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014


STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER CHASE – A 35-year-old stabbing suspect fled on foot Monday afternoon when Wise County Sheriff’s investigators attempted to arrest him in connection with a Saturday-night stabbing in Chico. Ricky Stilwell was caught after about a 45-minute chase west of Chico High School. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Stilwell is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest in connection with the incident which took place, by some accounts, near the Chico Cemetery. The sheriff said investigators went to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth Monday to interview the victim in the hospital, after taking statements from several other witnesses. Walker said the stabbing is likely related to incidents the previous week in Chico where officers responded to reports of people shooting at houses, going door-to-door and standing in the road. “I think it’s all related, and we’re trying to pull it all together,” he said. Look for more information in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

GAS LEAK TEMPORARILY SHUTS DOWN ROAD – A roadway intersection in far west Wise County was temporarily shut down Monday afternoon due to a gas leak near the Targa plant on County Road 1745. The intersection of CR 1745 and Farm Road 1810 was shut down just after 4 p.m. following a 911 call from the plant indicating that a leak had been detected in a high-pressure gas line near the facility. North Texas Area Manager Jimmy Oxford said the line belongs to Energy Transfer. “Targa Midstream Services followed protocol and made the 911 call as the pipeline was near its property, and the employees heard what appeared to be a rupture in the line,” he said via email. Sand Flat and Chico volunteer fire departments were called to the scene and were told that the line had been evacuated and was being repaired. Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis advised that the intersection be shut down in the interest of public safety. It was reopened before 5 p.m. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – Decatur Police Department will host National Night Out 6:30-8:30 tonight on the Square. There will be free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and a bounce house. There will also be a distracted driving simulator and child fingerprinting. The Decatur Fire Department clown show starts at 7:30 p.m.

GT NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD is accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program through Oct. 24. Nominations forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. Call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118 ext. 241.

FALL FESTIVAL – Greenwood’s 17th Annual Fall Festival is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in downtown. The parade begins at 10 a.m., and immediately following the parade, arts and craft booths will be open. Featured activities include children’s train rides, food and games and door prizes. There will be raffles for a quilt and $500 Cabela’s gift card. There will also be a silent auction.

HEALTH FAIR – Weatherford College Wise County will host a community health fair 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the college. The following free screenings will be offered: glucose, vision, blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol. Participants must fast before the screenings. Flu shots will also be available. Door prizes will be given away, and free hot dogs and refreshments will be served. For information or to register as a vendor, contact Maria Lira at 940-626-3281 or mlira@wc.edu.

VETERANS PICNIC – The annual Veterans Picnic has been changed to the third Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur.

QUILT RAFFLE – A homemade Decatur Eagles quilt will be raffled to raise money to benefit the DFW Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60-mile walk. Local residents Ann Jolley and Joy Woodruff serve on the crew. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Call Woodruff at 940-393-5231. Drawing will be held Wednesday.

CHEER CAMP – DHS Mini Cheer Camp is 4-6 p.m. today through Thursday at the high school cafeteria. The camp is for kids age 3 through sixth grade. Cost is $50, which includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Campers will cheer with the varsity squad and Regal Eagle at the pep rally and the tunnel run-through and first quarter of the football game Friday. Sign-up forms are available at all campuses. Contact Kanetha Hicks, 940-393-7241, kanetha.hicks@decatur.esc11.net.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Ronald Johnson, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Stabbing suspect arrested after chase


A 35-year-old stabbing suspect fled on foot Monday afternoon when Wise County Sheriff’s investigators attempted to arrest him in connection with a Saturday-night stabbing in Chico. Ricky Stilwell was caught after about a 45-minute chase west of Chico High School. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said Stilwell is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest in connection with the incident which took place, by some accounts, near the Chico Cemetery. The Sheriff said investigators went to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth Monday to interview the victim in the hospital, after taking statements from several other witnesses. Walker said the stabbing is likely related to incidents the previous week in Chico where officers responded to reports of people shooting at houses, going door-to-door and standing in the road. “I think it’s all related and we’re trying to pull it all together,” he said. Look for more information in the mid-week Messenger.

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Gas leak shuts down intersection


A roadway intersection in far west Wise County was temporarily shut down Monday afternoon due to a gas leak. Sand Flat Volunteer Fire Dept. called for an engine from the Chico Fire Dept. to block County Road 1745 at Farm Road 1810. Those needing to drive CR 1745 are being asked to find an alternate route. The road is safe right now, but if the wind changed there could still be gas blowing across it. The road was shut down  just after 4 p.m. after a call came in just before 4 p.m. that a leak had been detected in a high-pressure gas line in a plant operated by Targa Energy. Fire department personnel were told that the leak was detected at the plant and the line had been evacuated and was being repaired. Deputy Fire Marshall J.C. Travis advised that the intersection be shut down in the interest of public safety. It was believed that the road would be reopened before 5 p.m.

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Monday, October 6, 2014


REGISTER TO VOTE – Today is the last day to register to vote or update the information on your current “orange” voter registration certificate if you plan to vote in the general election next month. Check to be sure the address on your voter certificate is your current address and the name on the certificate matches, or is substantially similar, to the name on the ID you will be presenting to vote. Current law requires that you are registered in the county you call home and have a picture ID to vote. Contact the Voter Registration office at 940-626-4453 or 940-627-3656.

DECATUR TEAMS WIN REUNION RUN – Jessica Kyle won the girls 4A-and-under 3,200 race Saturday at Joe Wheeler Park. The Lady Eagles took the top six spots in the race. Tyler Wilson turned in a career-best race to win the 4A-and-under 5K to lead the Decatur boys to victory.

VACCINATION CLINIC – A Movax vaccination clinic will be offered to underinsured students and their parents Wednesday. Flu shots/flu mist will be given. Insured students must receive vaccinations through their private doctor. Times and locations are as follows: Young Elementary, 8-9 a.m.; Rann Elementary, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Carson Elementary, 11 a.m.-noon; Administration Building, 12:30-1 p.m.; High School, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; DISD Multipurpose Building, 3-5 p.m. (all MMS students and general public). Cost is $12 for students (children) and $23 for parents (adults). Pay with cash or check. Make checks payable to Movax. Today is the deadline to turn in consent forms and money to your student’s campus nurse.

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

ALVORD HOMECOMING – Ex-students and teachers will meet Saturday at the high school cafeteria for the Alvord School Homecoming. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Barbecue lunch is at noon, cost $10. Tickets are available at Legend Bank in Alvord through Friday.

MS EXCEL CLASS – Decatur Public Library kicks off its fall computer class offerings with a free beginner class on Microsoft Excel, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Space is limited; call 940-393-0290 or stop by the library at 1700 Farm Road 51 South to reserve your spot. Other classes in the series are Beginning MS Word, Oct. 13 and Internet Basics, Nov. 17.

CLASS REUNION – The Bridgeport High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion with a dinner 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Sagebrush Hall, downtown Bridgeport, 1020 Halsell Street. Cost is $19 per person. Mail payments to be received by Thursday to: Class of 1984 c/o Bridget Williams, PO Box 483, Bridgeport, 76426. Visit the Bridgeport High School Class of 1984 Facebook page or call Angie at 940-393-3677.

CHICO CHAMBER - The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Senior Citizen Building on the west side of Chico Square. Lunch will be provided and the group will discuss the upcoming Octoberfest on Oct. 18.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon today at Paradise City Hall. Speaker is Mende Hanley with Wise Strategy LLC.

PEE WEE BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS – Registration forms for Decatur fifth and sixth grade basketball will be at school campuses starting today. Registration deadline is Nov. 1. The organization is currently looking for a commissioner for the 2014-2015 season. If interested, make a note on your child’s registration form.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – A support group for those afflicted by Parkinson’s disease will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County. The group is open to those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Leroy Harold Kemper Jr., 76, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Ronald Johnson, 72, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins.

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Friday, October 3, 2014


FALL WEATHER – Yesterday’s storm brought rain and hail to Wise County, but unlike much of the Metroplex, no widespread power outages were reported. Rainfall totals included 0.5 of an inch in Alvord, 0.32 in Decatur, 0.3 in Paradise and 0.05 in Rhome. A cold front also brought cooler temperatures. Today’s high is expected to be around 79, and the overnight low is expected to drop to around 47.

REGISTER TO VOTE – The last day to register to vote or update the information on your current “orange” voter registration certificate is Monday, Oct. 6, if you plan to vote in the general election next month. Check to be sure the address on your voter certificate is your current address and the name on the certificate matches, or is substantially similar, to the name on the ID you will be presenting to vote. Current law requires that you are registered in the county you call home and have a picture ID to vote. Contact the Voter Registration office at 940-626-4453 or 940-627-3656.

COAL MINERS’ – The Bridgeport Coal Miners’ Heritage Festival is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on Halsell Street. There will be a chili cook-off, pumpkin patch pageant, pet parade, photography contest, live performances, washer tournament, jump house, pumpkin activities, merchant sales, college football viewing area and food and craft vendors. The Annual High Noon Hot Dog Eating Contest is at noon.

NORTHWEST HOSTS GUYER - The Northwest Texans take on last year’s Class 4A Division I champions Denton Guyer as they continue District 5-6A play at 7 tonight at Northwest ISD Stadium. Keep up with our live tweets of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A recap of the action will be posted at wcmsports.com.

STATE BANNER UNVEILED – The Decatur Lady Eagles’ 2013 state championship volleyball banner will be unveiled at 5 p.m. before today’s match with Castleberry. In other action, Boyd will head to Jacksboro. Chico will play at Poolville. Paradise travels to Bowie. Bridgeport goes to Lake Worth. Northwest plays host to Denton Guyer.

REUNION RUN – The annual Reunion Run returns to Joe Wheeler Park Saturday. The 6A/5A girls race starts the action at 8 a.m. The Decatur girls will run in the 4A race at 9:40 a.m.

FALL FEST – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur will host its fall festival noon-5 p.m. Sunday. There will be live music, foods, silent auction and games. Admission is free. The church is located at 1305 Deer Park Road.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon Monday at Paradise City Hall. Speaker is Mende Hanley with Wise Strategy LLC. RSVP to info@paradisetexaschamber.org.

HAUNTED HOUSE – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will have a haunted house 6-9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October at the Old Chico Middle School, 400 S. Hovey St. Admission for 12 and under is $3, and 13 and older is $5. All proceeds will benefit the fire department. The haunted house will also a “kid’s hall” for smaller children.

FISH FRY – The Alvord Fire Dept. Fish Fry Fundraiser is 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire station. It will feature silent and live auctions and live music.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club Golf Tournament is Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., a shotgun start is 8:30 a.m. and lunch with raffle and awards is 1 p.m. For information, contact Ray Campbell (Boyd Scouts) 817-504-3733, wrc212@embarqmail.com or Paul Aslin (Lions Club) 817-980-8951, m.aslin@sbcglobal.net.

HARVEST BAZAAR – The First United Methodist Church in Decatur, 104 S. Miller St., will hold its Harvest Bazaar 5-7 p.m. Saturday. It will include a country kitchen, live and silent auctions, a barbecue dinner and face painting for kids. Visit www.decaturmethodist.org.

SCHOOL CARNIVAL – Carson Elementary School is hosting its annual carnival 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the school. There will be free games and prizes, bounce houses, food, a cake walk and more.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS – In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church, 5094 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport is hosting a blessing of animal companions 10 a.m. Saturday.

VETERANS BREAKFAST - The Wise County Veterans Group will hold its weekly breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. All Wise County veterans are invited.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Lucille Potter, 84, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Wanda Faye Brantly, 80, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Sunday at Balsora Baptist Church with burial at Postoak Cemetery in Jack County. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Margaret Louise Florence, 66, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Sunday at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Leroy Kemper Jr., 76, of Paradise is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Brenda T. Cunningham, 62, of Sunset is 11 a.m today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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