Update for Wednesday, April 25, 2018


STATE BOUND – Decatur sophomore Dayne Chapman is going to state in golf. He carded a 75 yesterday and then won a two-hole playoff to finish 3rd as an individual medalist and 4th overall in the region. He will compete at the state golf tournament May 14-15 at Horseshoe Bay outside Austin.

RAIN CHANCES INCREASE – After an overnight storm dropped about a third of an inch of rain on parts of Wise County, we’ve got a good chance of more rain this afternoon. Overnight rainfall totals included 0.33 of an inch in Decatur and 0.3 in Alvord. Rain chances are 40 percent this morning, increasing to 70 percent this afternoon. None of the storms are expected to be severe. A cold front will drop temperatures to around 53 degrees by 9 a.m., and temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s throughout the day.

CROSSING CLOSED – Farm Road 1810 in Chico will be closed at the railroad crossing at Texas 101 today. Drivers should be able to take Davis Street and cross at Park Road, according to county officials.

HISTORICAL SPRING TOUR – The Wise County Historical Commission and the Wise County Historical Society will host their annual spring tour of historic sites in Wise County Thursday. The group will meet by 9 a.m. at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. From there they will carpool toward Bridgeport where they will tour: the West Side (Old Town) Cemetery area; then on to Balsora and the Willow Point area; next to Boonsville; and finally to the Cottondale and Paradise areas. They plan to stop along the way for a Dutch treat lunch. This annual tour is open to the public and anyone is welcome to participate.

DRUG TAKE BACK – Stagecoach Rehabilitation, in partnership with the Bridgeport Police Department, is accepting unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Drop off medication at 2108 15th Street.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT – The Auto Tech Fundraiser Concert featuring the George Brothers is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and children are free. All proceeds benefit the Roy Sweatman Memorial Scholarship fund.

CLEANUP DAY IN NEW FAIRVIEW – New Fairview will hold a cleanup day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Dumpsters will be located at city hall, 999 Illinois Lane. You will need to bring your driver’s license or utility bill that shows a physical address within city limits. Items that will not be accepted include tires, batteries, hazardous materials, wet paint, oil, refrigerants or anything containing refrigerants.

LAKE BRIDGEPORT CLEANUP – The 16th annual Lake Bridgeport Cleanup is 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. An after-party will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tarrant Regional Water District lake office, 1710 Farm Road 1658 (adjacent to the lake dam). The event will feature free t-shirts, lunch, live entertainment and prizes and giveaways.

MEDICAL DIRECTORY – This week’s All Around Wise includes the Messenger’s Wise County Medical, Health and Wellness 2018 Directory.

FUNERALS – Service for Glenn Smith, 89, of Fort Worth is pending.

MEMORIAL service for Tammy June Myers, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with visitation 30 minutes prior to service.

GRAVESIDE service for Jodie Douglas, 68, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Thursday at Annetta Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Tuesday, April 24, 2018


NORTHWEST NAMES PRINCIPAL – Northwest ISD trustees yesterday unanimously approved Carrie Jackson as the new principal of Northwest High School. Jackson comes to Northwest ISD from the neighboring Keller Independent School District, where she has served as principal of Timberview Middle School since 2010.

DECATUR TO GET TRASH CARTS – The Decatur City Council yesterday approved a proposal by Waste Connections to provide trash carts to city residents at no cost to the city or residents. The green trash carts will be the same size as the current recycling carts used by city residents. The trash carts are expected to be delivered in a couple of months.

REGIONAL GOLF – Decatur High School sophomore Dayne Chapman is in 4th place among individuals and 5th place overall at the 4A regional golf tournament. He finished with a 78 yesterday. Tee time is 9:40 this morning at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton

RAIN CHANCES – The forecast includes a 50 percent chance of storms after midnight and a 70 percent chance of storms Wednesday.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas meets 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. Tommy Attaway will explain the group’s goals and give an update on the progress made at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention last weekend. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999.

RANCH GATHERING – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a ranch gathering on Thursday at the NRS Ranch Store in Decatur. The event will provide an opportunity for local cattle producers to learn about TSCRA’s recent activities, discuss issues facing cattle raisers and connect with other cattle producers in the area. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw will provide an update on recent law enforcement activities in the area and discuss strategies to keep livestock and equipment safe and secure. Attendees will also receive updates on other topics of interest to cattle raisers and the community, including a briefing on recent governmental activities that impact Texas ranchers and landowners. At 1 p.m., prior to the ranch gathering, Dr. Ron Gill will be giving a cattle handling workshop at the NRS Training Center. Both events are open to the public and free of charge. Register at www.tscra.org/ranch-gatherings.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Health System in Decatur will hold a blood drive in front of the hospital 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday. For information call Melissa Richardson at 940-626-0167.

ELVIS TRIBUTE – Elvis Tribute Artist Michael Cullipher from Graceland’s Rock-N-Roll Cafe in Memphis and Moses Snow from Roanoke will be preforming at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at the Chico Community Center, 400 Hovey Street. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the Parks and Recreation Department. Call 940-210-3719 or 817-788-5599 for tickets.

MARKET DAYS RESCHEDULED – Delayed a week by rain, the Wise County Market Days will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will include the farmer’s market, local honey, artisans and food trucks. It was originally scheduled for last Saturday.

BULL RIDING POSTPONED – The Wise County Cowboy Church Built God Tough bull riding originally scheduled for last Saturday has been postponed until May 12 due to weather.

FUNERALS – Service for John Livengood, 91, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Tammy June Myers, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with family visitation 30 minutes prior to service.

GRAVESIDE service for Jodie Douglas, 68, of Bowie is 2 p.m. Thursday at Annetta Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Update for Monday, April 23, 2018


TRAFFIC ALERT – U.S. 81/287 at Farm Road 51 (Hale Street) in Decatur will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic for up to 30 minutes at 10 a.m. this morning in order for Oncor to replace an electric line that was pulled down by a truck last week.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting starts today and runs through next Tuesday, May 1, for city council and school board elections. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except for extended voting hours both Tuesdays – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day is May 5. Voters in the Alvord school district are also considering a $5.1 million bond issue for facility upgrades at the elementary school campus. Other ballot issues of note include the creation of the Boyd Municipal Development District, expansion of the Newark Municipal Development District into extraterritorial jurisdiction, Wise ESD No. 1 tax election and bingo for Bridgeport and Decatur. Read more about the elections in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

GLASS RECYCLING STOPPED – Wise County commissioners decided last week to no longer offer glass recycling at the county dump sites. The decision came at the recommendation of Public Works Director Keith Stone. “As of April 1, it costs $60 per ton to get rid of (glass),” he said. The county takes its recyclable materials to Pratt Industries in Denton, and previously, the company paid the county for a mixture of plastics and glass for recycling. Now Pratt doesn’t want glass at all, according to Stone. The company is no longer recycling it. All glass should be placed in the regular trash. Read more in this week’s upcoming All Around Wise.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from the weekend included 0.72 of an inch in Alvord, 0.7 in Decatur and 0.35 in Greenwood. Our next chance of rain will be Tuesday night into Wednesday.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 22 county and state runoffs. Local races on the May 22 ballot include Precinct 2 justice of the peace, Precinct 3 constable and Precinct 4 justice of the peace.

DEAN CANDIDATE FORUM – Weatherford College Wise County is having an open forum Tuesday to meet the two finalists vying for dean of the local campus. The college did not release the names of the finalists. One candidate will be available for conversation and questions 10-11 a.m. in the lecture hall, and the second candidate will be available 2-3 p.m. WCWC is at 502 Big Sandy Court between Bridgeport and Decatur.

AG SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – Chisholm Trail Antique Farm Equipment Club will award two $1,000 scholarships in May to 2018 high school graduates. Applicants must be pursuing agriculture-related degrees. For more information or to obtain an application email kathyaskey@yahoo.com. Deadline for application submittals is May 1.

BOND PRESENTATION – Alvord ISD will hold a community meeting to share information and answer questions about the school bond proposition on the May election ballot at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Elementary Gymnasium.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel Unit will meet Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. A luncheon will be served, and the program will be presented by Red Shaw photography on “How to take better pictures.” A luncheon reservation must be made to: richardperry@embarqmail.com. Any retired school personnel is welcome to attend the luncheon and meeting.

FUNERALS – Service for Jodie Douglas, 68, of Bowie is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for John Livengood, 91, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rhome Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

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Update for April 20, 2018


BUSINESS PARK CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN – The Decatur Economic Development Corp. Wednesday awarded a $2.8 million contract to McMahon Contracting for the construction of infrastructure at Eagles Landing Business Park southeast of town. Eagles Landing is being built on a 162-acre tract of land north of Farm Road 2264, east of U.S. 81/287. The EDC received $5.5 million in bond proceeds last week and completed the purchase of the property Tuesday with a $1.8 million check to Wise County Consortium LLC, represented by Mark Duncum. The McMahon contract will be presented Monday night to Decatur City Council for ratification. Construction is expected to start within the next 30 days. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

FUNDRAISER FOR BURN VICTIM – Community members are invited to a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Gerald Stuteville of Boyd 5 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 540 S. Allen Street. Stuteville was severely burned in a grass fire at his home in September, and donations will go to help he and wife Cindy pay medical costs. There will also be a silent auction at the dinner, with items including a guided fishing trip on Possum Kingdom Lake, camping items, meat gift certificates and a basketball goal.

BENEFIT RAFFLE – Raffle tickets are on sale to benefit “Cross Man” Mark Irland, who makes wooden crosses for everyone who passes away in Wise and Montague counties. Tickets are $10 each, and can be used to win a “men’s basket” which includes gift cards, a bass fishing trip, a Ruger LC9S 9 mm pistol and two oil changes or a “women’s basket” which includes jewelry, gift cards, two bottles of wine and a 10-12 person paint party with Just For The Art Of It. Raffle tickets can be purchased at iOffice, J-Rob’s, Brandi’s Country Kitchen (both locations), Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur and Greenwood Store or by contacting Nia Callan, 817-707-7409. Callan will announce the raffle winners Saturday. Proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Irland’s wife, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a plant sale 4-6 p.m. today at the Decatur High School greenhouse and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur Community Market. If the market is canceled due to weather, Saturday’s plant sale will also be at the greenhouse.

PBR TICKETS NOW ON SALE – Tickets for the 2018 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge on June 2 went on sale at 7 this morning at wcchallenger.org. This will be the 15th year for the annual event held at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans will hold a yard sale at the DAV Hall today and Saturday.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is inviting all moms, grandmothers and daughters to join them for their 5th annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party 1-3 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “Unicorn Magic.” Cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

BAKE SALE – East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the St. John Church in Decatur. The sale is a fundraiser for the scholarship fund. Call 940-627-9082.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its April meeting 10 a.m. Saturday. Due to a scheduling conflict at the Historical Museum, the group will meet at a private home. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412 for location and more information. Speaker is Kathy Hanlon, presenting “Texas and World War I.”

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System west campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

BUYERS ASSOCIATION BARBECUE – The Greenwood/Slidell Buyers Association is having a barbecue fundraiser in Greenwood at the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be taken. Raffle tickets will be sold for a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol and a Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle.

CHICO CLEAN UP – Chico will host a city-wide clean up day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A large trash bin will be located at 401 N. Mount St. (at the water tower). No tires, paint or shingles will be accepted. Use is for Chico residents only. It’s free with a current water bill.

BAPTIST COLLEGE REUNION – The bi-annual Decatur Baptist College Reunion is 10 a.m. Saturday. Dr. and Mrs. Ellis will be honored. From 8:30-9 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at Dr. Ward’s grave at Deep Creek Cemetery.

BINGO NIGHT – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Parish will hold Bingo Night at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

AGGIE MUSTER – The Cross Timbers A&M Club will hold Aggie Muster 6 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $20. The speaker is former yell leader and Denton attorney Hank Paine, Class of 1973. Contact Tommy Chancellor, tommychancellor@msn.com or 979-324-2486.

MARKET DAYS – Wise County Market Days will be opening Decatur’s Community Market Third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Wise County Fairground’s South Field. The event will include the Farmers Market, local honey, artisans, crafts, fresh baked goods, food trucks and activities for kids and adults. The Decatur High School FFA will be selling plants grown by students.

FUNERALS – Service for Gene Reed, 89, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Stanley Lynn McClung, 78, formerly of Alvord is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Mitchell, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Alfred Roeber, 86, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery.

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Update for Thursday, April 19, 2018


FUNDRAISER DAZZLES – Wise Health Foundation’s Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon raised $62,792 for Wise Health System’s Women’s Health Services and Mary’s Gift. Women packed the Decatur Conference Center Wednesday for the ninth annual event, and 10 local boutiques were represented on the runway. A live auction featuring six designer handbags raised about $3,600 with the remaining funds collected through individual donations and raffle ticket sales. Read more and see photos from the event in the weekend Wise County Messenger.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System west campus, Decatur (rehabilitation cafeteria). This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. A Wise Health System physical therapist will discuss continuous rehabilitation. Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

CHICO CLEAN UP – Chico will host a city-wide clean up day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A large trash bin will be located at 401 N. Mount St. (at the water tower). No tires, paint or shingles will be accepted. Use is for Chico residents only. It’s free with a current water bill.

BAPTIST COLLEGE REUNION – The bi-annual Decatur Baptist College Reunion is 10 a.m. Saturday. Dr. and Mrs. Ellis will be honored. From 8:30-9 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at Dr. Ward’s grave at Deep Creek Cemetery.

BUYERS ASSOCIATION BARBECUE – The Greenwood/Slidell Buyers Association is having a barbecue fundraiser in Greenwood at the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Donations will be taken. Raffle tickets will be sold for a 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol and a Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wise Health System west campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

AGGIE MUSTER – The Cross Timbers A&M Club will hold Aggie Muster 6 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center. Tickets are $20. The speaker is former yell leader and Denton attorney Hank Paine, Class of 1973. Contact Tommy Chancellor, tommychancellor@msn.com or 979-324-2486.

MARKET DAYS – Wise County Market Days will be opening Decatur’s Community Market Third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Wise County Fairground’s South Field. The event will include the Farmers Market, local honey, artisans, crafts, fresh baked goods, food trucks and activities for kids and adults. The Decatur High School FFA will be selling plants grown by students.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel Unit will meet Tuesday, April 24, at the Decatur Conference Center. A luncheon will be served, and the program will be presented by Red Shaw photography on “How to take better pictures.” A luncheon reservation must be made to: richardperry@embarqmail.com. Any retired school personnel is welcome to attend the luncheon and meeting.

BOND PRESENTATIONS – Alvord ISD will hold two community meetings to share information and answer questions about the school bond proposition on the May election ballot. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Monday in the Elementary Gymnasium.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Stanley Lynn McClung, 78, of California is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Mitchell, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Alfred Roeber, 86, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Update for Wednesday, April 18, 2018


BOYD OKS PACT WITH DEVELOPER ON 600-HOME ADDITION – The near 600-home Springhill South development in Boyd took a significant step toward becoming a reality Tuesday night. Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes signed a pre-development agreement on the proposed addition on 160 acres along Cemetery Road after getting approval of the city council. Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington said he has an email from developer Bob Shelton confirming his intent to sign off on the agreed terms. One of the key terms in the agreement is the city annexing the development. When talks began in January, the development was looking to be in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The other terms in the pre-development agreement are the establishment of a $25,000 escrow account for professional fees, the development pursing a Public Improvement District (PID) rather than a Municipal Utility District (MUD) and the city zoning the area under a planned development agreement.”They agreed to exactly what we asked them to do,” Holmes said.

BOYD EYES WATER RATE INCREASE – The city of Boyd could soon implement increased water and sewer rates. The city council held one public hearing on a proposed 10 percent water rate increase for residential and commercial customers and a 50 percent increase to commercial sewer rates Tuesday night. The rate increases would raise average residential water bill for a homeowner using 4,500 gallons $4.60 to $51.10. With the average sewer bill, remaining the same at $33.20, the average monthly total residential water/wastewater bill would be $84.30. The average commercial customer consuming 12,000 gallons of water will see a $14 increase to $153.60. The commercial sewer bill will increase $26 to $78. The average monthly commercial water/wastewater bill would be $217.60.

FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME – Fire destroyed a mobile home in the 1400 block of Farm Road 2123 south of Bridgeport early Wednesday morning. No one was at the home when firefighters arrived to find it fully involved. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long and Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty were unsure if anyone lived in the trailer. Bridgeport, Paradise and Cottondale firefighters responded to the blaze. Doughty said he will be investigating the cause.

AREA TRACK MEETS – Decatur is hosting the 4A Region II area track meet today starting at 10 a.m. The Eagles and Lady Eagles swept the District 9-4A meet last week at Argyle. Elsewhere, Alvord and Chico will compete in their area meet today in Springtown starting at 10 a.m. Running finals will begin at 5 p.m. Slidell will travel to S&S in Sadler for its area meet, which starts at 9:15 a.m. with the 3,200.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its April meeting 10 a.m. Saturday. Due to a scheduling conflict at the Historical Museum, the group will meet at a private home. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412 for location and more information. Speaker is Kathy Hanlon, presenting “Texas and World War I.”

BAKE SALE – East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the St. John Church in Decatur. The sale is a fundraiser for the scholarship fund. Call 940-627-9082.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is inviting all moms, grandmothers and daughters to join them for their 5th annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party 1-3 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “Unicorn Magic.” Cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional daughter. Call 940-683-3480.

GLOW BALL TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce glow ball tournament and mixer will be Friday at the Decatur Golf Club. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. and the glow ball tournament begins at dusk. The price is $50 per player on a four-man team. Register at 940-627-3107 or lisab@decaturtx.com.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Stanley Lynn McClung, 78, of California is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove No. 3. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kate Evelyn Mitchell, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Alfred Roeber, 86, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Boyd OKs pre-development pact for 600-home addition


The near 600-home Springhill South development in Boyd took a significant step toward becoming a reality Tuesday night.
Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes signed a pre-development agreement on the proposed addition on 160 acres along Cemetery Road after getting approval of the city council. Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington said he has an email from developer Bob Shelton confirming his intent to sign off on the agreed terms.
One of the key terms in the agreement is the city annexing the development. When talks began in January, the development was looking to be in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The other terms in the pre-development agreement are the establishment of a $25,000 escrow account for professional fees, the development pursing a Public Improvement District (PID) rather than a Municipal Utility District (MUD) and the city zoning the area under a planned development agreement.
“They agreed to exactly what we asked them to do,” Holmes said.
Pointing to the $25,000 escrow account, Holmes said the city will be covered if the development does not happen, with profession fees being paid for by the developer. The city’s engineer Michael Anderson of Belcheff and Associates said professional fees will be deducted from the account and it would be replenished by the developer each month.
“I just want to make sure that any cost incurred on this development if it falls apart does not come out of the pockets of our citizens,” Holmes said. “That’s the reason for the escrow.”
Shelton had originally proposed to stay in the ETJ and build to the city’s regulations under the subdivision ordinance as he sought a MUD to build the infrastructure for the development. A MUD would levy taxes within the district to repay the developer for the infrastructure. In a PID, fixed assessments on properties in the development are used pay back the bonds rather than taxes.
Anderson said he is comfortable with Shelton and his team of engineers having seen them complete a project in Ponder with similar terms.
The council appointed Holmes, Arrington, Anderson, Police Chief Dwayne Taylor and Public Works Director Adam Lambert to a planned development committee to meet with Shelton’s engineers as plans are submitted. The advisory committee will report to the council.

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Update for Tuesday, April 17, 2918


DHS TO CLOSE CAMPUS AT LUNCH – Decatur High School students will have a closed campus for lunch next school year. Decatur ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday to close the campus starting with the 2018-19 school year after receiving an update from Superintendent Judi Whitis on dining options, facilities and scheduling. Currently, sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch. “This is a discussion that’s taken place for quite some time, and it’s based on the security and safety of students,” said Decatur School Board President Wade Watson. The decision comes almost three weeks after a Decatur student was involved in a lunchtime accident on Hale Street that killed a man and injured a woman.

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL HIRED – Sherman High School principal Chris Mogan was hired Monday to lead Decatur High School. Decatur ISD trustees approved a contract for Mogan to become the Decatur High School principal. Mogan’s contract will start July 1. Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis said he will be giving input on staffing before he arrives as the school prepares for the 2018-19 school year. “He’s highly recommended. He’s described as a relationship builder and someone that knows kids,” Whitis said. “He has experience in building programs in career and tech, all the things we have on our radar. He’ll be a great member of our team.” The district had more than 50 applicants.

2 HURT IN SUNDAY CRASH – A Denton woman and her daughter were airlifted by medical helicopters to Fort Worth hospitals from a head-on accident on U.S. 380 at Bay Landing in Runaway Bay Sunday evening. Stephanie Mayfield, 38, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital by Lifeteam Air Evac. Mollie Mayfield, 12, was flown by PHI to Cook Children’s Hospital. Both suffered serious injuries. The Mayfields were headed eastbound on U.S. 380 in a 2015 Toyota Camry when their vehicle was struck head on by a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Will Reeves, 18, of Runaway Bay. Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said the driver of the Ram truck was following too close to another vehicle and didn’t see traffic slowed in front of him to turn. “The vehicle in front of him swerved to the right to avoid a collision and [the Ram] took faulty evasive action to the left into oncoming traffic,” Womack said. The crash remains under investigation. Reeves was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

STATE BOUND OAP – Slidell’s presentation of “Paganini” advanced from the Class A Region III OAP festival at Keller Central High School yesterday. The Greyhounds earned their fourth straight trip to the State UIL OAP competition in Round Rock on May 3. Shelby Johnson was selected as the best actor while Sydney Keating represented on the all star cast. Taylor Davis and Madison Splawn were named to the honorable mention all star cast. Layton Shelton earned the lighting tech award.

BOND PRESENTATIONS – Alvord ISD will hold two community meetings to share information and answer questions about the school bond proposition on the May election ballot. The meetings are at 6:30 p.m. April 19 and 23 in the Elementary Gymnasium.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will present an evening with Steven L. Moore, author of “Rise of the Texas Rangers” 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Seating is limited. Sign up in advance at the library or online at tx-decatur.civicplus.com (then click the library link on the left).

SELF-DEFENSE CLASS – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Wise Hope is teaming up with Peak Performance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Decatur to offer a free self-defense class for women age 13 and up 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Participants will learn about sexual assault statistics, safety tips and self-defense tactics. Space is limited. Call Sabrina at 940-626-4585 to register.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Conference Center. All the proceeds benefit Women’s Services and the Mary’s Gift program. Reservations for a table of eight is $350 and individual seats are $45. For reservations, log on to wisehealthfoundation.com or call 940-626-1384.

BINGO NIGHT – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Parish will hold Bingo Night at the Bridgeport Lions Club Hall, 1107 8th Street, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. The evening will include a pot luck supper and program. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRESENTATION – The Wise County Chapter of Concerned Women for America will present a “Stop Human Trafficking” presentation with guest speaker Sheriff Lane Akin 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

NEW AND IMPROVED ALL AROUND WISE – Wise County residents, watch your mailboxes this week for the Messenger’s newly redesigned All Around Wise publication. The issue includes a feature story on Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin’s work as a Texas Ranger at the Branch Davidian standoff and fire near Waco 25 years ago this week. The paper also includes news, sports and more.

FUNERALS – Service for Jim Paul Sartain, 76, of Tulsa, Okla., is 10 a.m. today at Victory Family Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Louise Skinner, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

SERVICE for Evelyn Mitchell, 92, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Alfred Roeber, 86, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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DHS to transition to closed campus lunch


Decatur High School students will have a closed campus for lunch next school year.
Decatur ISD trustees voted unanimously Monday night to close the campus starting with the 2018-19 school year after receiving an update from Superintendent Judi Whitis on dining options, facilities and scheduling.
Currently, sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to leave campus for lunch.
“This is a discussion that’s taken place for quite some time, and it’s based on the security and safety of students,” said Decatur School Board President Wade Watson.
The decision comes almost three weeks after a Decatur student was involved in a lunchtime accident on Hale Street that killed a man and injured a woman. The student was charged with manslaughter last week for running a stop sign and exceeding the speed limit.
“That’s certainly a factor in the decision. It’s time to do it,” Watson said.
Whitis went over options to increase the seating capacity in the cafeteria. The district may look at alternative seating in the future classroom addition or in a picnic area.
She also mentioned the school was looking at alternatives to the traditional lunch room, including a bistro area offering grab-and-go options for students throughout the day.
Whitis said the Director of Child Nutrition Shelly Laaser has been involved with planning food options.
The school will need to adjust scheduling with two or three lunch periods between 11:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m.
Trustees will hold a May 7 workshop at the high school to look at facilities.
“Considering all aspects of student safety — kids are under our care before they come to school and throughout the school day ­— I think it’s very wise,” Whitis said about the change to a closed campus. “The other side of that is all the logistics we have to think about to effectively and efficiently make it happen.
“We want a smooth transition and want to make it appealing and provide healthy options to kids. It’s what we make it with variety and options we provide for kids.”
Trustee Rex Hoskins, who seconded the motion to close the campus, said it was time for the change.
“I wanted to make sure the kids had a place to eat and we could feed them.”

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2 injured in crash on 380


A Denton woman and her daughter were airlifted by medical helicopters to Fort Worth hospitals from a head-on accident on U.S. 380 at Bay Landing in Runaway Bay Sunday evening.
Stephanie Mayfield, 38, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital by Lifeteam Air Evac. Mollie Mayfield, 12, was flown by PHI to Cook Children’s Hospital. Both suffered serious injuries.
The Mayfields were headed eastbound on U.S. 380 in a 2015 Toyota Camry when their vehicle was struck head on by a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Will Reeves, 18, of Runaway Bay.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said the driver of the Ram truck was following too close to another vehicle and didn’t see traffic slowed in front of him to turn.
“The vehicle in front of him swerved to the right to avoid a collision and [the Ram] took faulty evasive action to the left into oncoming traffic,” Womack said.
The crash remains under investigation.
Reeves was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

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Update for Monday, April 16, 2018


CLOSED CAMPUS ON DISD AGENDA – Decatur High School closed campus is among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Decatur ISD School Board. The district will also look to hire a high school principal and review a school safety audit. The meeting starts with a closed session at 6 p.m. with the board reconvening at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Decatur ISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

ACADEMIC REGIONAL CHAMPS – Slidell’s UIL academic team won the Class A Region III academic meet Saturday at Keller Central High School. The Greyhounds clinched the team championship with 11 students advancing to the State UIL meet in 9 different individual and team events. Stone Coston led the way with first place finishes in computer science and computer applications. Taylor Davis, Layton Shelton, Shelby Johnson and Madison Splawn also claimed first in their individual events. The team’s OAP will compete today for the opportunity to advance to the State OAP meet in Round Rock. The regional championship represents the Greyhounds 3rd team title in the past 4 years.

BULLS FALL IN REGION FINAL – Bridgeport dropped an overtime thriller to San Elizario on Saturday in the 4A Region I final, falling 1-0. The Bulls soccer team had advanced to the finals after defeating Midlothian Heritage 6-2 on Friday in the semi-finals. The Bulls end their season at 21-4-1.

DISD HONORS HANEY – Decatur ISD is having a reception for school board member Kevin Haney 5 to 6 p.m. today at the administration building, 307 South Cates St. Haney served on the school board 12 years. He is not running for re-election in May.

COLOR RUN – Today is the deadline to register for the 4-H Clovers Color Run 5K and Family Fun Run, if you want a T-shirt. The event is Saturday, April 28, at McCarroll Middle School, 1201 W. Thompson St. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. After today, registration increases to $20 for adults and $15 for kids. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, call 940-627-3341 or email Chrissy Karrer, cmkarrer@ag.tamu.edu.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur 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 Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

VETERANS MOVIE – The Wise County Veterans Group will show the movie “The Alamo,” (the John Wayne version) 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. Admission is free and open to the public.

HELP WITH TAXES – Today is the last day the AARP Tax Aide program will have tax preparers at the Decatur Public Library to provide free tax help. They will be available 3-7 p.m. Call 940-393-0290 to make an appointment.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans will hold a yard sale at the DAV Hall Friday and Saturday. Donations are being accepted today through Thursday.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur’s Wesley Center. The evening will include a pot luck supper and program. Visitors are welcome. Call 940-735-0361.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRESENTATION – The Wise County Chapter of Concerned Women for America will present a “Stop Human Trafficking” presentation with guest speaker Sheriff Lane Akin 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace courtroom at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will present an evening with Steven L. Moore, author of “Rise of the Texas Rangers” 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Seating is limited. Sign up in advance at the library or online at tx-decatur.civicplus.com (then click the library link on the left).

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON DOWNTOWN – The City of Decatur will hold a public input meeting 5:30 to 7 p.m. today to discuss a proposal to extend the Downtown Land Use District. The purpose of the meeting is to provide those residents and business owners most impacted by the proposal an opportunity to have an open dialogue with the elected and appointed officials and city leadership discussing the proposed land use amendments and to educate the community about long range planning.

FUNERALS – Service for Jim Paul Sartain, 76, of Tulsa, Okla., is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Victory Family Church in Decatur with burial at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Louise Skinner, 92, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-6 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Evelyn Mitchell, 92, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Alfred Roeber, 86, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Update for Friday, April 13, 2018


TEEN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER – A Decatur teenager was charged with manslaughter Thursday afternoon following a fatal wreck in the city two weeks ago. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the 16-year-old male, who was not identified because he is a minor, turned himself in on the manslaughter charge Thursday. He was immediately released to his parents. The teen was driving a Volvo SUV westbound on Hale Street March 28 and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Trinity Street, striking a Toyota passenger car driven by 74-year-old Billy Wade McRae of Bridgeport. McRae died at the scene. McRae’s wife, Rhonda, was a passenger in the car and was seriously injured in the crash. The 61-year-old was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton where she remains in stable condition. Hoskins said in addition to running the stop sign, the teen was traveling “well over” the 30 miles per hour speed limit in the area.

FARMER NAMED AS FINALIST FOR COLLEGE PRESIDENT – The Weatherford College Board of Trustees named Dr. Tod Allen Farmer as the lone finalist for college president Thursday. After a mandated 21-day waiting period, the board is scheduled to vote to formally hire Farmer on Friday, May 4. Farmer currently serves as chief of staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. Dominic Dottavio. He manages the operations of the Office of the President and coordinates legal and policy issues with the Texas A&M University System as well as with state agencies and organizations. “I feel incredibly excited to join this dynamic team,” Farmer said moments after being named finalist.

FIRE DANGER – Wise County is under a wind advisory from noon-7 p.m. today. Sustained winds of 25-30 mph with gusts of 35-45 mph are expected. We could see near critical fire conditions by this afternoon as well, according to the National Weather Service, as temperatures are expected to reach around 85 degrees. It will turn cooler this weekend with highs in the low 60s Saturday and Sunday.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED – Nine Wise County students each received a $10,000 scholarship Thursday night at the Character Counts Awards Banquet at the Decatur Conference Center. Brian Stephens and County Judge J.D. Clark presented the awards to the following students: Alondra Bolanos, Alvord High School; Macey McCune, Boyd High School; Diana Delgadillo, Bridgeport High School; Samantha Hernandez, Chico High School; Kallie Boner, Decatur High School; Morgan Owens, Northwest High School; Hunter Rogers, Paradise High School; Shelby Johnson, Slidell High School; and Samantha Boswell, Victory Christian Academy. Including the 2018 awards, the Character Counts program has awarded $267,000 to local students in the last five years.

REGIONAL SOCCER – The Bridgeport Bulls will take on Midlothian Heritage in the 4A Region I regional semifinal today at 4 p.m. at Birdville ISD’s Fine Arts and Athletics Complex in North Richland Hills. It is the second straight year Bridgeport has made it to the regional tournament. With a win today, Bridgeport would advance to the regional final at 1 p.m. Saturday. They would play the winner of San Elizario and Life Oak Cliff.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners Monday will again discuss options for glass recycling at the Decatur dump site. They will also consider a TxDOT bridge project on County Road 2224, and they will review seven plats. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN MEETING – The Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas will hold its monthly meeting after the Walk for Science 2-4 p.m. Saturday at The Reatta, 310 Houston St. in downtown Fort Worth. The group will discuss what they have been doing and what they are planning for the future. It is open to the public.

JACKIE’S RUN 5K – The Jackie’s Run 5K will highlight the Fit-N-Wise Run Fest at McCarroll Middle School Saturday. The Fit Youth 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. The event benefits the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund and local schools who have partnered with the Fit-N-Wise’s Fit Youth program. The entry fee for Jackie’s Run 5K is $30. Register online at decatur5K.com.

GLITZY GIRLS TRAILER PARK – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205, or follow on Facebook.

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE – The Decatur High School varsity baseball team will recognize local first responders and celebrate and honor all who have served our country and community at 7:30 tonight at the baseball field.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – Bridgeport’s City-Wide Garage Sale is today and Saturday, and the city will waive the garage sale permit fees. Maps of garage sale listings are available at city hall and the Bridgeport Library. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

CPR/FIRST AID CLASS – Alvord Fire Department is having a CPR/First Aid class 9 a.m. Saturday at the fire station, 108 N. Trappier St. If you need a certification card this class will cost $25. If you do not need a certification card the class can be taken free. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

RELAY HAMBURGER/BAKE SALE – Making the Change’s Relay for Life Team will host a hamburger/bake sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

NEWARK CLEAN-UP DAY – The city of Newark will hold a city-wide clean-up day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Six large trash bins will be at city hall, 209 Hudson. You must be a resident in order to dump trash.

SHOP DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Main Street’s Spring Shopping and Dining Spree continues today. For every $20 you spend with participating Halsell Street merchants, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. You do not have to be present to win, and the winner will be announced Saturday. For more information, call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Rhome Public Library will show the movie “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Services for Louise Skinner, 92, of Decatur and Linda Gill, 75, of Denton are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Niki Alan Emerson, 66, of Wizard Wells will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Coy Campbell, 80, of Jacksboro will be held at a later date in Center. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Tammy L. Cato, 59, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Azleland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Teen charged with manslaughter in deadly wreck


A Decatur teenager was charged with manslaughter Thursday afternoon following a fatal wreck in the city two weeks ago. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the 16-year-old male, who was not identified because he is a minor, turned himself in on the manslaughter charge Thursday. He was immediately released to his parents. The teen was driving a Volvo SUV westbound on Hale Street March 28 and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Trinity Street, striking a Toyota passenger car driven by 74-year-old Billy Wade McRae of Bridgeport. McRae died at the scene. McRae’s wife, Rhonda, was a passenger in the car and was seriously injured in the crash. The 61-year-old was taken by ground ambulance to Medical City Denton where she remains in stable condition. Hoskins said in addition to running the stop sign, the teen was traveling “well over” the 3o miles per hour speed limit in the area.

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Update for Thursday, April 12, 2018


HOTEL AT CONFERENCE CENTER TO OPEN SOON – Fairfield Inn and Suites at the Decatur Conference Center is expected to open next week. A representative from the hotel confirmed the opening date is set for Tuesday, April 24. Construction on the hotel by Marriott began in Oct. 2016. It was originally expected to open by late 2017, but Decatur Building Official Wayne Smith said changes had to be made to the plans for the building’s guards and screens. Those changes were approved by the city in late February. Fairfield Inn and Suites is expected to bring multi-day events and conventions to the Decatur Conference Center.

SAVING MONEY – The Decatur Water Board Wednesday approved the re-financing of $3.9 million of outstanding debt. City Manager Brett Shannon said the action will save about $267,172 on the remaining 10-years of the debt issuance. The action did not extend the time for debt retirement which will occur in 2027. The Wise County Water Supply District – an entity of the City of Decatur – purchases un-treated water from Lake Bridgeport for Decatur’s water treatment system.

WIND ADVISORY – The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for areas including Wise County. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with occasional gusts near 40 mph are expected. The forecast includes a high of 85 degrees today and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 a.m. overnight. The NWS has also issued a fire weather watch from noon to 10 p.m. Friday for our area.

SHOP DOWNTOWN BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Main Street is sponsoring a couple of events over the next couple of days. The Spring Shopping and Dining Spree is today and Friday. For every $20 you spend with participating Halsell Street merchants, you will receive a ticket for a chance to win a $500 cash prize. You do not have to be present to win, and the winner will be announced Saturday. Tonight is also Girls Night Out. The public is invited to sip, shop and dine in downtown Bridgeport from 5-7 p.m. Some of the Glitzy Girl Trailers will be on display. For more information, call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

CPR/FIRST AID CLASS – Alvord Fire Department is having a CPR/First Aid class 9 a.m. Saturday at the fire station, 108 N. Trappier St. If you need a certification card this class will cost $25. If you do not need a certification card the class can be taken free. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE – Bridgeport’s City-Wide Garage Sale is Friday and Saturday, and the city will waive the garage sale permit fees. Maps of garage sale listings are available at city hall and the Bridgeport Library. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

NEWARK CLEAN-UP DAY – The city of Newark will hold a city-wide clean-up day 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Six large trash bins will be at city hall, 209 Hudson. You must be a resident in order to dump trash.

HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE – The Decatur High School varsity baseball team will recognize local first responders and celebrate and honor all who have served our country and community at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the baseball field.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. April 18 at the Decatur Conference Center. All the proceeds benefit Women’s Services and the Mary’s Gift program. Reservations for a table of eight is $350 and individual seats are $45. For reservations, log on to wisehealthfoundation.com or call 940-626-1384.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Niki Alan Emerson, 66, of Wizard Wells will be held at a later date. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Coy Campbell, 80, of Jacksboro will be held at a later date in Center. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Tammy K. Cato, 59, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Rhome is 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd. Family visitation is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Update for Wednesday, April 11, 2018


COUNCIL DISCUSSES FUTURE FIRE HALL SITE – With the 1400 block of Thompson Street identified as the likely future home of Bridgeport’s fire department, the city council Monday looked at options for the property, which includes the school’s old bus barn and former high school. A local salvage company has offered to demo the bus barn for free if they could keep the metal. The city council also agreed the former high school building should be demolished. Bridgeport received a $1 million grant for a new fire station from the Texas General Land Office in March. The old fire station sits in a flood plain. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

NEW ERA, NEW OPPORTUNITIES – Big changes are coming to the midweek edition of the Wise County Messenger. Beginning next week, the midweek Messenger and All Around Wise will be combined into a single, dynamic publication and sent free to more than 27,000 residents of Wise County. The weekend Messenger will remain a paid product and sent only to subscribers. “Gradually over the past three decades All Around Wise has become the product of choice for most advertisers because of its total market coverage. The news coverage in All Around Wise has been limited to features, photographs, columns and classified advertising with most hard news going to the Messenger’s paid subscribers,” said Roy Eaton, president of the Messenger. “As Wise County continues to grow, we felt it was important to make the entire midweek news coverage available to everyone without charge. The popularity of advertiser-paid products has been validated by the 40-year success of our daily Update both in print and online where more than 8,000 people get the latest news every day.” Read more about the upcoming change in the midweek Messenger on newsstands today.

JACKIE’S RUN 5K – The Jackie’s Run 5K will highlight the Fit-N-Wise Run Fest at McCarroll Middle School Saturday. The Fit Youth 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. The event benefits the Jackie Murphree Scholarship Fund and local schools who have partnered with the Fit-N-Wise’s Fit Youth program. The entry fee for Jackie’s Run 5K is $30. Register online at decatur5K.com.

ABWN SCHOLARSHIP – The ABWN Scholarship is open to all Wise County graduating female seniors and any college student who graduated from a Wise County high school. Download the application at www.abwn.org. Deadline is Friday.

RELAY HAMBURGER/BAKE SALE – Making the Change’s Relay for Life Team will host a hamburger/bake sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. To place an order for delivery call 940-683-3010 by Friday and ask for Julie Smith or Misty Lang. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The activity department at The Hills Nursing and Rehab in Decatur is looking for volunteers to help paint nails 2-4 p.m. on Mondays and call bingo at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays. Anyone interested can fill out a volunteer form at the facility.

SHRED DAY – First State Bank will hold a free Community Shred Day 9 a.m.-noon April 21 at their Bridgeport and Paradise branches. Bring your outdated, unneeded confidential paper documents (old taxes, monthly bills, credit card offers, bank statements, etc) and shred them on-site at no cost. Paper documents only (staples allowed). No 3-ring binders, metal, plastic bags, cardboard, DVDs or electronics.

RELAY FOR LIFE – Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25 for a large fire pit (donated by TLR welding ) and a KULA cooler (donated by Outdoor Paradise). All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. Also luminaria bags in honor or memory of someone dealing with cancer, a survivor or in memory of someone are $5 each. Decorate your own or let someone decorate for you. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944 or Gina Tackett, 940-389-9309.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bobby Rodden, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Coy Campbell, 80, of Jacksboro is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Anna Benson, 87, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at Azleland Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Doris Jo Schwieger, 80, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at the Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


BOYD ISD APPROVES SRO – Boyd ISD trustees approved a contract with the city of Boyd for a school resource officer (SRO) Monday night. The Boyd city council gave its consent on the pact last month. “This provides a start in reaching the level of security we’re looking for,” said Boyd School Board President Bill Childress. Boyd Police Chief Dwayne Taylor, who was at Monday’s meeting, said he will post the opening immediately. “The next thing is trying to find someone,” Taylor said. “I’d love to have someone within 60 days. The main thing is to have them ready to start by the first day of school.” The school will cover 75 percent of the salary and benefits for the officer. The city will pay the other 25 percent.

DONOR REGISTRATION DAY – As part of National Donate Life month, Wise Health System is hosting a donor registration day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Wise Health System East Campus cafeteria. Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Call Megan Adams for more information, 940-626-2482.

CHAMBER OPEN HOUSE – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Open House at the Chico Senior Center, 102 S. Buffalo St., at noon today. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow community members and business leaders. Lunch will be provided.

GLITZY GIRLS TRAILER PARK – The annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park event is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the Decatur Square. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call Carol, 940-206-4611 or Jana, 817-357-7205, or follow on Facebook.

SCV MEETING – The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur.

PARADISE KINDER REGISTRATION – Paradise Elementary kindergarten registration is Wednesday, April 11 and 25 by appointment only. Call 940-969-5046.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Rhome Public Library will show the movie “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

TOPS EVENT – TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house 5 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. A healthy meal will be provided.

ABWN MEETING – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to info@abwn.org by noon today. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Speaker is The Snow Sisters. Bring business cards to network and a door prize for the scholarship raffle.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bobby Rodden, 77, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Joyce Wetsel, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

MEMORIAL service for Cindy Dobyns, 61, of Sunset will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Tammy Myers, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday April 28, at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to service.

FUNERAL for Aubrey “A.V.” Houchins, 100, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Anna Benson, 87, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Azleland Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Doris Jo Schwieger, 80, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday, April 9, 2018


NEWSPAPER HONORSMessenger reporter Racey Burden was named “Journalist of the Year” at the annual convention of the North and East Texas Press Association in Granbury over the weekend. Photographer Joe Duty was presented the coveted Sam C. Holloway memorial award for journalism excellence. Duty is the fourth Messenger employee to receive the award in the past 44 years. Earlier winners were Ken Roselle, Skip Nichols and Roy Eaton. The Messenger won first place in General Excellence, first place in feature photos and first place in news photos. The paper won second place honors in column writing, sports coverage, editorials and page design plus third place in sports writing, feature writing and advertising.

BULLS SOCCER HEADS TO REGIONALS – Jesus Aguilar scored two goals, and Bridgeport added two more second half goals from Miguel Olmos and Milton Iniguez to seal a 4-1 victory over Stephenville at Aledo Friday. “[Aguilar] is playing on another level right now,” said Bridgeport coach C.J. Cartwright. “He had a big-time goal in that first half. The kid works his butt off and he’s humble. I couldn’t be happier for him.” With the win, Bridgeport advances to the 4A regional semifinal. They will take on Midlothian Heritage at 4 p.m. Friday at Birdville ISD’s Fine Arts and Athletic Complex. It is the second consecutive year the Bulls have made it to the regional tournament.

EAGLES FALL IN QUARTERFINALS – San Elizario beat Decatur for the second straight year in the 4A soccer regional quarterfinal, topping the Eagles 5-0 Saturday in Midland. Decatur ends its season at 16-11-2

ABWN MEETING – Area Business Women’s Network will hold its regular monthly lunch 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Conference Center. RSVP to info@abwn.org by noon Tuesday. Cost is $11 for members and first time guests. Speaker is The Snow Sisters. Bring business cards to network and a door prize for the scholarship raffle.

WISE HOOPS TOURNAMENT – The deadline to register for the 16th annual Wise Hoops 3-on-3 basketball tournament sponsored by the Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is 6 p.m. Thursday. The tournament is Friday at the McCarroll Middle School Multipurpose Building. Check-in is at 5 p.m., and games start at 5:30. Register at eventsdjwc.com. Call Meagan Hood at 940-389-0994 for more information.

TAX PREPARATION – Area residents with low incomes can get free help preparing and filing their taxes. Volunteers will be at the Decatur Public Library 3-6:30 p.m. today. Bring the following information: W-2, 1099 forms (1099-INT, DIV, A, B, MISC, R, SSA), unemployment, pensions, etc.; any forms indicating federal income tax that is already paid; and receipts or canceled checks if you itemize deductions. Bring a picture ID for yourself (and your spouse) and Social Security cards or other official documentation for you and your dependents. Also bring a copy of last year’s income tax return. The help is sponsored by AARP. Information is at wcmess.com/taxaide. Call 940-393-0290 for appointment.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. For information call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

BRIDGEPORT PRE-K REGISTRATION – Pre-K registration for Bridgeport Elementary students that are 4 or will be 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2018, is 3:45-5 p.m. today in the BES cafeteria. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, social security card, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.) and a photo I.D. of the adult enrolling the child. Call the office at 940-683-5955.

FUNERALS – Service for Bobby Rodden, 77, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Joyce Wetsel, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Cindy Dobyns, 61, of Sunset will be held at later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Tammy Myers, 54, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Aubrey “A.V.” Houchins, 100, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Anna Benson, 87, of Paradise and Bessie Ferguson, 76, of Springtown are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Roy L. Manly, 83, of Bowie. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jo Schwieger, 80, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Jones-Decatur.

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Friday, April 6, 2018


WRECK VICTIM IDENTIFIED – The driver of a tractor trailer who died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Thursday from injuries sustained in an early morning two-vehicle accident on U.S. 287/81 just north of Farm Road 407 has been identified as Juan Jasso, 36. Jasso died in the emergency room of the hospital after being flown there by medical helicopter. Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the tractor trailer and a white passenger car were northbound on U.S. 287/81. “We’re not sure why [the truck driver] took evasive action,” Garcia said. “The 18-wheeler lost control, started into a side roll, struck the passenger car from the rear and then proceeded to roll into the median.” The driver of the car was also taken to JPS.

WEATHER CHANGES AHEAD – After a high near 80 degrees this afternoon, big changes are expected overnight. A strong cold front will bring brisk north winds, and temperatures will drop to around 31 degrees overnight. Wise County is included in a wind advisory and a freeze watch from 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. Saturday. Our area will also see rain chances around 30 percent from late this afternoon to early Saturday morning. Saturday’s high is expected to be 49.

ROAD CLOSURE – Three Skillet Road will be closed at the bridge from 7 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Sunday. One lane traffic will resume Monday morning.

OPENING DAY EVENT – The Bridgeport Youth Association will host Opening Day Saturday at the Lawdwin Fields. The event will include a day full of baseball, bounce houses, face painting, t-shirt sales, food truck and a concession.

RELAY FOR LIFE – Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25 for a large fire pit (donated by TLR welding ) and a KULA cooler (donated by Outdoor Paradise). All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Wise County. Also luminaria bags in honor or memory of someone dealing with cancer, a survivor or in memory of someone are $5 each. Decorate your own or let someone decorate for you. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944 or Gina Tackett, 940-389-9309.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will meet for breakfast at an earlier time of 7 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur Conference Center in order to travel to Gainesville at 9 a.m. for the Medal of Honor Parade.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – Jonestown Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280 in Alvord.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Class of 2018 will host a 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School Gym. Entry fee is $10 per person, $40 per team. Registration available at the door. Cost is $2 for spectators. Concessions will be sold. Call Peggy Barton at 940-626-9046 or email pbarton@bridgeportisd.net.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will host a plant sale 3-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur High School Greenhouse located behind Agriculture Building on top of the hill. Several different varieties of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, succulents and interiors will be available.

FUNERALS – Service for Doris Jean Roberts, 86, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Betty Carlton, 82 of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Joyce Rich, 72, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Johnny Mack Martin, 67, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery.

SERVICE for Robert Lee “Bob” Ware, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn Huffman, 70, of Lake Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Sagebrush Cafe in downtown Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Richard J. “Rick” Bailey Jr., 57, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Lake Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018


FATAL WRECK ON U.S. 81/287 – The driver of a tractor trailer died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth Thursday from injuries sustained in an early morning two-vehicle accident on U.S. 287/81 just north of Farm Road 407.
The name of the truck driver has not been released, pending the notification of next of kin.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the tractor trailer and a white passenger car were northbound on U.S. 287/81.
“We’re not sure why [the truck driver] took evasive action,” Garcia said. “The 18-wheeler lost control, started into a side roll, struck the passenger car from the rear and then proceeded to roll into the median.”
The driver of the tractor trailer was flown to JPS by a medical helicopter where he died. The driver of the passenger car was taken to JPS by ambulance and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The name of the driver of the car was also not released.
The accident occurred around 5 a.m. and snarled traffic in both directions on U.S. 287/81 for several hours. Northbound traffic was diverted on the service road at FM 407 for several miles.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – The Bridgeport Class of 2018 will host a 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Middle School Gym. Entry fee is $10 per person, $40 per team. Registration available at the door. Cost is $2 for spectators. Concessions will be sold. Call Peggy Barton at 940-626-9046 or email pbarton@bridgeportisd.net.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will host a plant sale 3-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur High School Greenhouse located behind Agriculture Building on top of the hill. Several different varieties of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, succulents and interiors will be available.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet at noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. For information call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

TOPS EVENT – TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur. A healthy meal will be provided.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – To cast a ballot in the May city council and school board elections, you must be registered to vote by today. To find out if you’re registered, go to the Texas Secretary of State website, wcmess.com/sos. To register, call or visit the Wise County Elections Office, 200 S. Trinity St., in Decatur, 940-626-4453.

BACK THE BLUE SCHOLARSHIP – The Decatur Police Department’s Back the Blue Scholarship applications are now available for all Wise County seniors going into a criminal justice or emergency services related field of study. Students can pick up forms from their school counselor, print one from www.decaturtx.org/185/Decatur-Police-Department or pick up at the PD. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday. Contact Ashly DoByns at 940-393-0300.

RED CROSS MEETING – American Red Cross of Wise County will meet 7 tonight at Trinity Street Coffee Bar in downtown Decatur. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Robert Lee “Bob” Ware, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn Huffman, 70, of Lake Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Sagebrush Cafe in downtown Bridgeport. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Doris Jean Roberts, 86, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Esperanza Rodriguez, 79, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

SERVICE for Joyce Rich, 72, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Johnny Mack Martin, 67, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Richard J. “Rick” Bailey Jr., 57, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Lake Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


SLIDELL ACCIDENT – Firefighters from Greenwood/Slidell responded to an accident at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 455 around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said the driver of a Ford Ranger pulled out in front of a one-ton Ford pickup. The Ranger was totaled. Neither driver was injured.

DECATUR SOCCER ADVANCES – The Decatur Eagles beat Pampa 1-0 Tuesday in Lubbock. They are the 4A Region I area champions for the second straight year. Decatur will advance to the 4A regional quarterfinal and play San Elizario.

CHURCH DEMOLISHED – Demolition of the former Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur began Tuesday to make way for QuikTrip. Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert said construction will begin in June at the site on the corner of Hale Street and U.S. 81/287. The store and gas station is projected to open in February 2019. Cornerstone Baptist Church built a new building at 2496 Deer Park Road and began holding services there in late 2017.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING – Jonestown Cemetery Association’s annual meeting is 11 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280 in Alvord.

RED CROSS MEETING – American Red Cross of Wise County will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Street Coffee Bar in downtown Decatur. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited.

BRIDGEPORT PRE-K REGISTRATION – Pre-K registration for Bridgeport Elementary students that are 4 or will be 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2018, is Thursday, April 5, and Monday, April 9, from 3:45-5 p.m. in the BES cafeteria. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, social security card, proof of residence (utility bill, etc.) and a photo I.D. of the adult enrolling the child. Call the office at 940-683-5955.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The programs are “The Power of Music in the Garden” by Casey Jones and “The Power of Art in the Garden” by Ann Ayres. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – The Chico High School Junior Class is hosting Donkey Basketball today at the Chico Middle School Gym. Brisket dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the basketball games begin at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased at the Chico High School office in advance for $10 or $12 at the door.

FUNERALS – Service for Esperanza Rodriguez, 79, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Johnny Mack Martin, 67, of Bridgeport is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Robert Lee “Bob” Ware, 80, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Wizard Wells Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Sid Hodges, 79, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church Bridgeport with burial at Willow Point Cemetery in Balsora. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Richard J. “Rick” Baily Jr., 57, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Biggers Funeral Chapel in Lake Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery.

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