1 injured in Alvord wreck


An Alvord man was seriously injured Saturday morning in a single-vehicle wreck on Farm Road 1655 south of Alvord. Jerry Lee Summerlin, 53, was northbound on FM 1655 when he apparently fell asleep, drifted to the right and struck a guard rail near County Road 1480, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo. Summerlin was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital with multiple injuries, according to Alonzo. FM 1655 was shut down for about an hour while the wreck was cleared. The accident happened around 8:45 a.m.

 

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Friday, May 1, 2015


THIRD WETTEST APRIL – With 6.53 inches of rain in April, Wise County saw its third wettest April, according to records kept since 1974. The average amount of rain for the month is 3.29. That pushes the year-to-date amount to 15 inches even, or nearly four inches more than average for this time of year. Rain was recorded on 15 of the 30 days in the month. Temperatures in the month ranged from a low of 41 on April 4 to a high of 89 on April 2.

PARADISE WINS IN 13 – Brooklynn Davis’ two-out, two-run triple in the top of the 13th inning lifted the Paradise Lady Panthers to a 5-3 bi-district victory over Whitesboro Thursday. Kailey Thomas also had a two-out, two-run triple and scored twice. Reagan Taylor struck out 13 and allowed three runs – two earned – on 10 hits over 13 innings. In other playoff action, Bridgeport beat Venus 9-2 to win bi-district. Alvord won game one of its series 8-5. Pilot Point beat Boyd in game one 5-3. Alvord and Boyd conclude their series Saturday. Decatur will play its opening round game Saturday.

REGIONAL TRACK – Region track meets start today and will conclude Saturday. Northwest athletes are at UT-Arlington. Decatur and Bridgeport will compete at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Paradise and Boyd are at Whitehouse High School for the 3A Region II meet. Alvord and Chico will be in Dallas at the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex in Dallas. Slidell is competing at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Look for updates @wcmsports on Twitter.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – The Decatur Public Library will hold Free Comic Book Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include activities, giveaways, and free comic books for kids and teens. Call 940-393-0290 or go online at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

DONKEY BASEBALL – Amigos of Wise County will hold Donkey Baseball at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Softball Field. The Bridgeport High School boys varsity baseball team will take on the girls varsity softball team. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Tickets will be sold at The Hair Shop and Wise Driving School. All proceeds will provide high school scholarships.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – No Other Way Quartet will perform 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280, in Alvord.

YOUTH ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association is having its Youth Art Show 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be exhibits by local artists, as well as the youth entries. Admission is free. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at 3 p.m. to 2015 Wise County seniors. Entries must be turned in 3-6 p.m. today.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Lone Star Cemetery meeting is 10 a.m. Saturday.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Middle School’s Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is today at the BMS Gym. Fee is $100 per 3-4 person team. Registration at 6:30 p.m. with first game at 7. Call Perry Grooms at 940-393-9098 or email Steve Stanford at sstanford1994@gmail.com.

CRUISE NIGHT – Decatur Main Street’s first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square for 2015 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m. with judging at 7. Awards will be presented at 8. Call 940-393-0340.

CLEAN UP CHICO – The City of Chico will hold a Citywide Clean-up Day beginning at 8 a.m. “until the dump is full” Saturday at 401 N. Mount Street. City residents must show a water bill. No fee for brush and bulk items, small fee for tires. No household trash, chemicals, oil, oil-based paint or shingles will be accepted. Seniors and disabled residents should call 940-393-0463 on Saturday.

FUNERALS – Services are pending for Shirley Rhoades, 78, and Dean Campbell, 89, both of Decatur, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Clower, 85, of Marble Falls, formerly of Alvord, is 10 a.m. Monday at the Alvord Church of Christ with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015


EARLY VOTING CONTINUES – Today marks the halfway point in early voting for the May 9 city council and school board elections. Voters in the Decatur and Chico school districts are also voting on bond issues. Voters may cast ballots 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at early voting locations through Tuesday, May 5. Early voting locations include Alvord, Aurora, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur and Rhome city halls. Remember to bring a valid photo ID.

RAIN DOES LITTLE FOR LAKE – Despite several rounds of rainfall this month, Lake Bridgeport continues to remain well below conservation level. According to the National Weather Service, April rains have only increased lake levels 1 percent. Lake Bridgeport is 39 percent full.

BOOK SALE – Friends of the Decatur Public Library will sponsor a Used Book Sale on Friday and Saturday. Friends Preview Night is 6-7:30 tonight. If you’re not already a Friend of the Library, join for $10 per year. Hundreds of books, DVDs and audiobooks will be on sale for $1 or less, with special pricing on encyclopedia sets and VHS tapes. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call 940-393-0290, follow them on Facebook, visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com, or visit them at 1700 FM 51 South.

CEMETERY MEETING – The Lone Star Cemetery meeting is 10 a.m. Saturday.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Middle School’s Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is Friday at the BMS Gym. Fee is $100 per 3-4 person team. Registration at 6:30 p.m. with first game at 7. Call Perry Grooms at 940-393-9098 or email Steve Stanford at sstanford1994@gmail.com.

CRUISE NIGHT – Decatur Main Street’s first Cruise Night on the Courthouse Square for 2015 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m. with judging at 7. Awards will be presented at 8. Call 940-393-0340.

CLOWN COSTUME CONTEST – The Bridgeport Main Street Program is hosting a Rodeo Clown Costume Contest at Butterfield Stage Days Festival on Saturday, May 9, in Bridgeport at Harwood Park. Come dressed in a rodeo clown costume and makeup. No entry fee. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. at the entertainment stage in Harwood Park. The contest is at 11. Awards will be given to first and second place in five age divisions ranging from 0-12. Each participant will receive a certificate. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

TOWN HALL MEETING – The City of Lake Bridgeport will host a town hall meeting at 7 tonight. The mayor and city council will join residents in a discussion on roads. Call 940-683-2700.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will award two scholarships to DHS seniors. Applications are at the counselor’s office and are due by today. Mail them to DJWC, P.O. Box 544, Decatur, TX 76234.

FUNERALS - Graveside service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Virginia Lou Taliaferro, 78, of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Kenneth Clower, 85, of Marble Falls, formerly of Alvord, is 10 a.m. Monday at the Alvord Church of Christ. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


FBI SEIZES VEHICLES – Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives were at a home on Private Road 4221 south of Decatur yesterday morning. At least two vehicles – a Jeep and a Mercedes – were seen being towed from the home of Charles and Marcia Morrison. Although the FBI office in Dallas could only confirm the presence of the FBI and a “law enforcement activity” at the location, it is believed that the vehicles were seized as part of an ongoing theft investigation. The Morrisons have been named in a lawsuit filed by Decatur resident Marsha Gage. In the lawsuit, Gage has accused Marcia Morrison of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from her bank accounts into the Morrisons’ account. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxSTATE GOLF RESULTS – The Bridgeport Sissies finished fourth at the state golf tournament yesterday. Andrews won the tournament. The Decatur Eagles finished sixth at the tournament, which was won by Argyle. Read complete results in the midweek Messenger.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS SET – Several local high school softball teams will begin their playoff runs in the next few days. In District 8-4A, Decatur will play Alvarado in a one-game playoff at 11 a.m. (time in flux) Saturday at Chisholm Trail High School. Bridgeport will face Venus at 6 p.m. Thursday at Boswell High School. In 9-3A, Paradise will play Whitesboro at 7 p.m. Thursday at Denton High School. Boyd will play the first game of a three-game series against Pilot Point at 7 p.m. Thursday in Argyle. Game 2 will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, and if necessary, Game 3 of the series will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 2. In 12-2A, Alvord will play Perrin-Whitt in Game 1 of a three-game series at Chisholm Trail High School Thursday. The time for the game is tentatively set for 7 p.m., but may move to 6 p.m. according to Alvord coach Tony Brazeal. Game 2 and 3 (if needed) will be played back-to-back, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

CLEAN UP CHICO – The City of Chico will hold a Citywide Clean-up Day beginning at 8 a.m. “until the dump is full” Saturday at 401 N. Mount Street. City residents must show a water bill. No fee for brush and bulk items, small fee for tires. No household trash, chemicals, oil, oil-based paint or shingles will be accepted. Seniors and disabled residents should call 940-644-2435 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. before Friday to schedule a free pick-up, or call 940-393-0463 on Saturday.

DEMENTIA SEMINAR – The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Decatur Civic Center. The seminar is free, but reservations are appreciated. Call 817-336-4949.

KINDER ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary is having kindergarten roundup 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4-8 for all incoming students who turn 5 on or before Sept. 1. Bring your child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record, proof of residence (a utility bill or property tax statement) and a parent’s photo ID. Call 940-683-5955.

MOVIE NIGHT RESCHEDULED – Carson Elementary in Decatur has rescheduled the Outdoor Family Movie Night for Friday, May 8. Bring a blanket, chair, and picnic dinner. The PTO will sell popcorn and play Big Hero 6. Set up will begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at 8:15. The event was rescheduled from last week due to weather.

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS – There will be two free Parent Caf s today. The first is 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro St. Call 940-644-2330 to RSVP. The second is 6:15-7:15 p.m. at The Bay – A Community Church, 20 Runaway Bay Dr., in Runaway Bay. Call 940-575-2512 to RSVP.

FUNERALS - Memorial service for James David Hastings, 72, of Decatur will be held at a later date. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Virginia Lou Taliaferro, 78, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


NORTHWEST HIRES PRINCIPALS – Northwest ISD named Kim Blackburn principal at Seven Hills Elementary in Newark and Justin Vercher the principal at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome at yesterday’s school board meeting.

EAGLES IN 6TH AT STATE – The Decatur Eagles shot a 317 in the first round Monday at the Class 4A tournament at Onion Creek Golf Course during the UIL golf championships. Decatur is 17 shots back of leader Argyle and 9 behind third-place Llano. Drew Jones is tied for 6th after shooting a 73. Bryce Elder shot 78, Cade Lamirand 81, Brendan Kerby 85 and Hayden Bennett 94. The Eagles tee off in the second round at 11:30 today.

SISSIES SET IN 4TH - The Bridgeport Sissies fired a first-round 374 for fourth place in the 4A tournament at Onion Creek Golf Course during the UIL golf championships. Lexi Read is tied for fourth, six shots back, after a first-round 78. Brooke Irion shot 85, Katie Hudson 103, Remi Swennson 108 and Abbi Hatton 118.

RAIN TOTALS – Rainfall amounts from yesterday include 0.6 of an inch in Paradise, 0.47 in Decatur, 0.4 in Cottondale, 0.25 in Bridgeport, 0.2 in Alvord and 0.19 in Rhome. Today’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, decreasing to 20 percent tonight. Today’s high is expected to be an unseasonably cool 60.

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS – There will be two free Parent Caf s tomorrow. The first is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Chico Public Library, 106 W. Jacksboro St. Call 940-644-2330 to RSVP. The second is 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at The Bay – A Community Church, 20 Runaway Bay Dr., in Runaway Bay. Call 940-575-2512 to RSVP.

TOWN HALL MEETING – The City of Lake Bridgeport will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The mayor and city council will join residents in a discussion on roads. Call 940-683-2700.

QUARTER AUCTION – A quarter auction will be held at 6:30 tonight at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin. Bid quarters for a chance to win small gifts. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will award two scholarships to DHS seniors. Applications are at the counselor’s office and are due by Thursday. Mail them to DJWC, P.O. Box 544, Decatur, TX 76234.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will hold its monthly public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535 or go to freedomtexas.org.

YOUTH ART SHOW – The Wise County Art Association is having its Youth Art Show 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. There will be exhibits by local artists, as well as the youth entries. Admission is free. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded at 3 p.m. to 2015 Wise County seniors.

COLOR RUN – The Chico High School Sophomore Class will host a Color Run on Saturday, May 23. May 13 is the last day for early registration to ensure you get a t-shirt. After the 13th, call Kelly Martin to register or for more information at 940-577-2304. Vendors for the square are also needed. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/sophomore-class-color-runwalk-tickets-16666786808 to enter.

FUNERALS – Service for David Hastings, 72, of Rhome is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Helen Gage, 83, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur.

SERVICE for Virginia Taliaserro, 78, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Monday, April 27, 2015


MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF – A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after a short standoff on West Mill Street with Decatur Police. Officers were called to 417 W. Mill St. just before 7 p.m. when a woman called 911 saying two men were about to fight in the front yard. When officers walked into the yard to speak to Luis Romo, the man ran into the house and shut the door. Officers approached the house cautiously and spoke with Romo through a window. Decatur Fire Department and Wise County EMS were called to the scene to treat an injured 12-year-old female who had allegedly been slapped by Romo. A Spanish-speaking officer was called to the scene to help, and Romo eventually let officers inside and was arrested peacefully. Romo was charged with Class A assault family violence and evading arrest. Maria Colorado, 47, was also arrested for interference with a public servant because she grabbed an officer’s arm as he ran after Romo in the yard. Hostage negotiators from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, and the SWAT team was on standby. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew also assisted, as well as sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and a game warden.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Early voting for the May 9 school board and city council elections starts today. Voters in the Decatur and Chico school districts can also begin voting on bond issues today. Voters may cast ballots 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at early voting locations today through Tuesday, May 5. There are special hours – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. – on the Tuesdays (April 28 and May 5) during early voting. Early voting locations include Alvord, Aurora, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur and Rhome city halls. Remember to bring a valid photo ID.

STORMS KNOCK OUT POWER – While the most powerful storms in north Texas overnight stayed south of the Metroplex, last night’s storms did bring rain and high winds to Wise County. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said at the peak of the storm, 2,000 customers locally were without power. Cloud to ground lightning and winds in excess of 50 miles per hour were the main causes of outages across the county. As of 7:30 a.m., about 50 customers were still without power in Wise County. Rainfall totals included 1.9 inches in Cottondale, 1.81 in Decatur, 1.7 in Rhome, 1.55 in Alvord, 1.45 in Bridgeport, 1.25 in Greenwood and 0.2 in Paradise. Thunderstorms are possible again today, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

SLIDELL WINS REGION UIL TITLE – Slidell High School piled up 318 points to win the Class A Region III UIL academics title. The school won four team championships and will send 14 students to the UIL state meet May 26-27. The school’s one-act play also advanced to state with Morgan Barnes earning Best Actress.

DECATUR CAPTURES JOURNALISM CROWN – The Decatur High School journalism team captured its first region title Saturday at the Class 4A Region I University Interscholastic League academics contest at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Two journalists, Mickey Drewry and Rachael Ussery will advance to the state academic meet May 26 in Austin. Ussery won the news writing contest. Drewry took second in headline and third in feature writing.

SUCHORS TAKES 800 – Northwest’s Jacob Suchors outkicked a large pack to win the 800 Saturday at the 5/6 6A area meet. Suchors is one a few Northwest athletes to earn a spot in this weekend’s Class 6A Region I meet in Arlington.

FITNESS AND FINE ARTS – Decatur ISD, Fit-N-Wise and Fit Y.O.U.T.H. will hold a Youth Fitness night for Pre-K through fifth grades and a fine arts spotlight for sixth through 12th grades 6-8 tonight at Decatur High School. The fitness night will include a family fun run/walk and fitness stations, featuring various sports. The fine arts spotlight will include performances by the Flamenco dancers, middle and high school choirs and bands and a program by theater students. Free community-wide Zumba is 7 to 8 p.m. Early voting for school board and the bond packages will take place during the event in the high school library. Call 940-393-7116.

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

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

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – The Wise Regional Sleep Wellness Center is offering a Sleep Wellness Class 6-7 p.m. Tuesday. The class will feature a presentation by Dr. Muhammad Naeem and will cover tips on how to sleep better and wake more rested. The class also will cover symptoms and treatments for common sleep disorders. The class is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Sleep Wellness Center on Wise Regional’s West Campus (2000 S. FM 51, Decatur). Call Rhonda Beam at 214-980-3128.

DEMENTIA PROGRAM – A Virtual Dementia Tour will be presented at Heritage Place of Decatur, 605 W. Mulberry St., noon-4 p.m. Wednesday. To reserve a spot, call Hope Bates at 940-627-5444.

FUNERALS – Service for James Hastings, 72, of Decatur is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Helen Gage, 83, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Man arrested after short standoff with police


A 34-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after a short standoff on West Mill Street with Decatur Police.
Sgt. Gerald Wright said Decatur PD was first called to 417 W. Mill St. at 6:53 p.m. when a woman driving by called 911 saying there were two men about to fight in the front yard. Wright said when officers arrived, there was a crowd of people in front of the home. Officers attempted to speak to Luis Romo, who was inside the fenced yard, but he refused to come to the fence and answer questions. Wright said Romo spoke “fairly good English and knew what was going on.”
After a few minutes, officers entered the yard to talk to Romo, but he took off, running inside the house. Wright said after Romo shut the door, officers noticed a rifle propped against a nearby trailer.
They approached the house with caution, still unsure exactly what was going on or if Romo had more weapons inside. An officer was able to sit at a window and talk to Romo, who refused to come back outside.
In the meantime, Decatur Fire Department and Wise County Medic 1 was called to the scene to treat an injured child. Romo allegedly slapped his 12-year-old daughter for getting into an argument with another youth. She was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
Wright said as officers talked to Romo, he began fidgeting with something behind his back and at one point ran to the back of the house, again leaving officers uncertain of his intentions.
Detective Daniel Sandate, who speaks Spanish, was called to the scene to help. Wright said Romo knew Sandate and opened the door for the detective and another officer to enter. Within just a few minutes, Romo was arrested peacefully and walked out with Sandate. He was charged with Class A assault family violence and evading arrest.
The 12-year-old’s mother, Maria Colorado, 47, was also arrested. She was charged with interference with a public servant because she grabbed an officer’s arm as he ran after Romo in the yard.
Wright said hostage negotiators from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, and the SWAT team was on standby. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew also assisted, as well as sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and a game warden.
Wright said all agencies operated with extreme professionalism.

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Decatur wins UIL region journalism title


IMG_0685Decatur High School’s  journalism team is the region’s best.
The school captured its first region title in journalism Saturday at the Class 4A Region I University Interscholastic League academics contest at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Two journalists, Mickey Drewry and Rachael Ussery will advance to the state academic meet May 26 in Austin.
Ussery won the news writing contest. Drewry took second in headline and third in feature writing.
Results for Decatur at regionals:
Ready Writing: 5. Kendall Hubbard
Headline Writing: 2. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
Feature Writing: 3. Mickey Drewry; 4. Rachael Ussery
News Writing: 1. Rachael Ussery; 4. Mickey Drewry

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Relay for Life location moved inside


Due to inclement weather, Relay for Life of Wise County has moved all activities into the McCarroll Middle School gym on Thompson Street. Wise County remains under the threat of severe weather this evening and is included in a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. and a tornado watch until 10 p.m. For Relay information, visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx or call Kathy Odell at 940-255-2944.

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Friday, April 24, 2015


RELAY TIME - The 14th Annual Relay for Life of Wise County is tonight at the McCarroll Middle School track on Thompson Street in Decatur. The event will begin with a survivor ceremony at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7. Around 7:15, cancer survivors and their caregivers will walk the first lap, and teams will continue walking through 7 a.m. Saturday. A balloon release will take place during the survivors lap. Teams will hold a variety of fundraisers, including raffles. All money raised for Relay for Life will benefit the American Cancer Society. If it rains, the event will move inside the gym. Event organizer Kathy Odell said an announcement would be made around 3:30 p.m. if the location needs to change from the track. For information, visit www.relayforlife.org/wisecotx or call Odell at 940-255-2944.

MORE RAIN IN FORECAST – Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of storms this afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be severe. Rainfall totals from the past 24 hours include 2.29 inches in Rhome, 0.75 in Greenwood, 0.46 in Decatur and 0.3 in Alvord. Storms that moved through this morning caused minor flooding in some parts of the county. As of 7 a.m., water covered the roadway on Farm Road 2264 about a quarter-mile from Farm Road 407, according to the sheriff’s office.

GOLF SENDOFF – The statebound Decatur golf team will get a sendoff from all campuses starting at 1:25 p.m. at the middle school.

PARADISE WINS AREA – The Paradise Lady Panthers won two of the three relays on their way to capturing the 9/10-2A area title Thursday. Haley Rector won the pole vault.

5/6-6A AREA MEET – Northwest will host the 5/6-6A area meet today. The field events are scheduled for 3 p.m. The running finals are slated for 6.

OFFICE CLOSED – The City of Bridgeport Development Services Department will be closed today. Regular business hours will resume on Monday.

PLANT SALE - Decatur FFA will be having a plant sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Decatur Exxon. Hanging baskets, bedding plants, container plants, tomatoes and roses will be for sale. All plants have been grown by students in the Decatur High School agriculture program.

GT NOMINATIONS - Slidell ISD is accepting nominations for the Gifted and Talented Program through May 1. Nomination forms are available in the office. Call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

RETRO BLAST – The 12th Annual Retro Blast Car Show is Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport. The event was rescheduled from last weekend due to weather.

HELP A HORSE EVENT – The Humane Society of North Texas will hold Help a Horse Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 516 County Road 4010 in Decatur. Learn more about the HSNT Equine and Livestock Program. The event will include child’s pony rides, pony meet and greet, equine grooming lesson, child’s coloring station, facility tour and adopter meet and greet. A barbecue lunch will be served for a small donation.

BARBECUE BENEFIT – Chico High School Student Council and National Honor Society are having a benefit dinner for Lynn and Vicki Gordon today at the middle school commons area. Vicki was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. Cost for a barbecue sandwich, chips and drink is $6. Dinner will be served at 5 with a dessert auction at 7:30. Call Kelly Durham, 940-644-5783.

DAV YARD SALE – The annual DAV Yard Sale is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 S. Farm Road 51 in Decatur.

MOVIE NIGHT – Carson Elementary in Decatur will host a free outdoor Family Movie Night open to the community tonight. Arrive in front of the school at 7:30 with your chair or blanket. Big Hero 6 will begin at 8:15, and popcorn will be served. Call Suzanne Lindt with the Carson Elementary PTO at 817-233-7584.

CASINO NIGHT – CASA of Wise and Jack counties is hosting a fundraising casino night, “Playing from the Heart,” Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner and a presentation to follow at 6:30. Casino games will start at 7 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction and door prizes every 15 minutes. Tickets are $90 per couple, $50 for an individual and $1,000 for a high roller package, which includes reserved seating for eight. CASA is also seeking sponsors for the event. Call 940-399-3291 or email kayla.prock@casawise.org.

DEAF COFFEE CHAT – The deaf community is invited to a Deaf Coffee Chat 7 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks in Decatur.

COTTONDALE CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The annual Cottondale Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish lunch is at 12:30 p.m., and the business meeting will follow at 1:30. Donations made out to Cottondale Cemetery Association may be mailed to: Cottondale Cemetery Association c/o Marsha Foster, 456 CR 3591, Paradise, TX 76073.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Jane Katheryn Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Marshall Brook DeBusk, 58, of Decatur is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


MISSING BRIDGEPORT STUDENT FOUND DEAD – According to a press release from the Bridgeport Police Department, a dead body was discovered near Edison Street by a juvenile just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police could not determine if the body was that of a male or female, and although the cause of death is unknown at this time, the press release said a gun was also found near the body. According to a Wednesday night Facebook post from Jennifer Fortune, the body is that of her son, Brant Boatman. “To all those who tried to help me find my son…thank you…I have bad news y’all. They found him in the woods by our house. The Texas Rangers and police chief came to notify us. They took him to Dallas for an autopsy and I will give DNA tomorrow to confirm. But his phone was there and the 45 pistol. The ranger said it is 99 percent our son,” Fortune wrote on Facebook. Boatman, a 17-year-old Bridgeport High School student had been missing since April 11.

The press release from Bridgeport Police Assistant Chief Steve Stanford reads as follows:

‘For Immediate Release:
On April 22, 2015, at approximately 3:52 PM, Bridgeport Police Department received a 911 call from a juvenile reporting a deceased person. The caller stated that he and a friend located a deceased person near the 1300 block of Edison Street. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased person in a heavily wooded area to the south of Edison Street. During the investigation, officers were unable to determine the subject’s sex or identity. While the cause of death is pending an autopsy, officers did locate a handgun near the deceased.
At this point, it is not known if this incident is related to the recent Missing Person case involving a 17 year old male. However, the family of the missing person was advised of this incident by investigators.
Wise County Justice of the Peace, Clay Poynor responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew is assisting with the investigation.’”

NO BOMB FOUND AT SCHOOL – Law enforcement responded to Prairie View Elementary in Rhome around 3 p.m. yesterday after someone called the school reporting a bomb at the school. It was around the same time school was releasing for the day, so no evacuation was necessary, said Northwest district spokesperson Emily Conklin. “School resource officers and local law enforcement investigated and found there to be no threat. At no time was any child in danger,” she said. Conklin said parents were notified about the incident.

RAINFALL – Overnight rainfall amounts included 1.6 inches in Greenwood, 0.85 in Alvord, 0.7 in Rhome, 0.49 in Decatur, 0.3 in Cottondale and Paradise and 0.15 in Bridgeport.

DON’T BE ALARMED - Decatur High School will be holding an Every 15 Minutes program on the dangers of drinking and driving including a mock fatality accident in the high school parking lot this morning. Police, fire and EMS will be responding.

KYLE WINS THREE MEDALS – Decatur’s Jessi Kyle won gold medals in the pole vault and 800 and took home a silver in the 1600 from Wednesday’s 7/8-4A area meet. Macen Stripling won the high jump and finished second in the 100 hurdles. Several Decatur and Bridgeport athletes earned top four finishes and spots into the 4A Region I meet. In the 11/12-2A meet, Alvord’s Paycee Edgett won the 400 and took second in the 800. Chico’s Alli York won the long jump and finished second in 100 hurdles. Alvord’s Joe Randall won the 100.

9/10 3A AREA MEET – Boyd and Paradise athletes will compete in the 9/10-3A area meet in Jacksboro today. The meet starts with field events and the 3200 at 11 a.m. Running finals start at 5:30 p.m.

COTTONDALE CEMETERY HOMECOMING – The annual Cottondale Cemetery Homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish lunch is at 12:30 p.m., and the business meeting will follow at 1:30. Donations made out to Cottondale Cemetery Association may be mailed to: Cottondale Cemetery Association c/o Marsha Foster, 456 CR 3591, Paradise, TX 76073.

RELAY RECEPTION – Relay for Life survivor/caregiver reception is 6-7 p.m. Friday at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. Call Kathy Hughes 940-255-2944.

STORYTIME – The Decatur Public Library will hold Wonderful Weather Preschool Storytime Special 10:30 a.m. Friday. They’ll share a few stories and sing songs about the wind, the rain and the sun. Visit the library or their website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SILVER OLYMPICS – The Silver Olympics for area senior citizens is 6 tonight at Heritage Place of Decatur. Enjoy time with other seniors and compete in events. The event will feature free giveaways and prizes. For information and to sign up for events, call Michelle at 682-239-7373.

CHICO BOND MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a public information meeting to discuss the district’s May 9 bond election at 7 tonight at the Chico Elementary School Cafeteria, 1120 Park Road.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Jane Fowler, 78, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Body found in Bridgeport


According to a press release from the Bridgeport Police Department, a dead body was discovered near Edison Street by a juvenile just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Police could not determine if the body was that of a male or female, and although the cause of death is unknown at this time, the press release said a gun was also found near the body.

Brant Boatman, a 17-year-old Bridgeport High School student who has been missing since April 11, lives on Edison Street, but it is unknown at this time if the discovery is related to the missing person case.

His parents, Jennifer and Michael Fortune, were notified of the discovery, though. It is unknown if the gun found near the body is the same one the Fortunes reported missing last week.

The body was sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor.  Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew was called to assist with Bridgeport PD’s investigation.

The police department did not disclose any more information other than what is in the press release, which can be read in full at the bottom of this article. Calls to the Fortunes went unanswered Wednesday night.

The press release from Bridgeport Police Assistant Chief Steve Stanford reads as follows:

“For Immediate Release:

On April 22, 2015, at approximately 3:52 PM, Bridgeport Police Department received a 911 call from a juvenile reporting a deceased person. The caller stated that he and a friend located a deceased person near the 1300 block of Edison Street. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased person in a heavily wooded area to the south of Edison Street. During the investigation, officers were unable to determine the subject’s sex or identity. While the cause of death is pending an autopsy, officers did locate a handgun near the deceased.

At this point, it is not known if this incident is related to the recent Missing Person case involving a 17 year old male. However, the family of the missing person was advised of this incident by investigators.

Wise County Justice of the Peace, Clay Poynor responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science. Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew is assisting with the investigation.”

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


SEVERE WEATHER THREAT – The National Weather Service is predicting a good chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon, and for the first time this season, tornadoes are also possible. Thunderstorms are expected to develop in our area late this afternoon or early evening and could include heavy rain, large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.25 of an inch in Alvord and Bridgeport, 0.22 in Decatur, 0.2 in Greenwood and 0.03 in Rhome.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxAREA TRACK MEET – The 7/8 4A and 11/12 2A area meets will be held today in Springtown. The meet starts at 10 a.m. with field events and the 3200. The running finals are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Live updates will be posted @wcmsports on Twitter, including any schedule changes due to weather.

EAGLES PULL INTO FIRST – Behind seven strong innings from Bryce Elder and 3 RBIs from AJ Johnson, the Decatur Eagles beat Springtown 7-1 to pull into a tie atop 8-4A. Other baseball scores: Alvord 5, Olney 2; Denton Ryan 10, Northwest 4; Paradise 6, Holliday 0; Jacksboro 12, Boyd 7

HOLLIDAY EDGES PARADISE – The Holliday Lady Eagles took the showdown of 9-3A leaders against Paradise 4-2 and wrapped up the league title. In other softball action: Springtown 12, Decatur 11; Boyd 14, Jacksboro 2; Bridgeport 1, Castleberry 0; Alvord 5, Valley View 0

AUTISM AWARENESS – An Autism Awareness fundraising event is 6-8 tonight at Hampton Inn and Suites in Decatur. Complimentary food and beverages will be served in the lobby. Receive a free T-shirt with a $25 donation. If you can’t attend but wish to donate, call Keitha Largent at 940-627-4900. All proceeds benefit autismspeaks.org.

HEALTH FORUM TO MEET – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County.

SPRING TOUR – The Wise County Historical Society is having its annual spring tour Thursday in Grapevine. Wise County’s Sallie Andrews, who works for Grapevine’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, organized this trip and will serve as tour guide for the day. They plan to meet at the Wise County Heritage Museum and leave by carpooling at 9 a.m. Cost is $19, including a $3 entry fee for Nash Farm and $16 for a buffet lunch at Willhoite’s Restaurant. If you plan to attend, call the museum at 940-627-5586.

CHICO BOND MEETING – Chico ISD will hold a public information meeting to discuss the district’s May 9 bond election at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chico Elementary School Cafeteria, 1120 Park Road.

DAV YARD SALE – The annual DAV Yard Sale is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the DAV Hall, 2801 S. Farm Road 51 in Decatur. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily this week.

CLUB MEETING – The Greenwood Extension Education Club meets 11 a.m. Friday at the Greenwood Fire Hall. Call Dixie Range at 817-929-1253 or Linda Hood at 940-466-7597.

BARBECUE BENEFIT – Chico High School Student Council and National Honor Society are having a benefit dinner for Lynn and Vicki Gordon Friday, April 24. Vicki was recently diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. Cost for a barbecue sandwich, chips and drink is $6. There will also be a dessert auction and a home run derby at the high school softball and baseball fields. The Lady Dragons will be hosting Muenster, and the Dragons will be hosting Perrin. Games start at 4:30 p.m. Call Kelly Durham, 940-644-5783.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 1:30-5 p.m. today at CVS in Decatur.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Frankie Lee Schoonover, 68, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED ON 114 – A Rhome man died after being hit by a truck while he was crossing Texas 114 on foot in front of Tater Junction in Aurora Monday night. According to Texas State Trooper Patrick Alonzo, it is unclear which way the man was walking when he was killed around 9:35 p.m. “He lived right across the street, so either he was going home from the restaurant or he was leaving his house to go to the restaurant,” Alonzo said. According to Alonzo, when the man was in the middle of the road, Shane Lunceford, a 46-year-old teacher and coach at Paradise Junior High School, was crossing the intersection of 114 East and Farm Road 718 in his white pickup truck. He said he took his eyes off the road momentarily to make sure another car merged properly. “When I looked back at the road, [he] was right in front of me, and I never even saw him,” Lunceford said. Alonzo said Lunceford will not be charged with anything at this time. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor. Lunceford’s truck was taken by the Department of Public Safety to be examined for evidence. Texas DPS and the Rhome fire and police departments responded to the scene and stayed until a little past 11 p.m.

PARADISE ISD NAMES LONE FINALIST – The Paradise School Board has chosen district CFO Mac Edwards as the lone finalist for superintendent. The district will offer Edwards the position officially in 21 days or by the next board meeting. His three-year contract would begin July 1. Robert Criswell, the interim superintendent, will complete his contract at the end of June.

CHILLER REPLACEMENT – The Decatur School Board last night voted to spend up to $60,000 to replace a chiller that supplies cold air to part of the sixth grade campus at McCarroll Middle School. The board had to decide if they wanted to spend $40,000 to repair the unit or $57,000 to replace it. Repairs would take about four weeks while replacement would take eight to nine weeks. Superintendent Rod Townsend said the campus has enough empty classrooms that most classes could be moved if temperatures become too warm.

FORMER CITY ADMIN DIES – Former Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons died over the weekend. The 44-year-old suffered a heart attack while on a lake trip with his family. “We’re all completely shocked and heartbroken,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said. Funeral information will be posted when it is available.

EAGLES BLANK BULLS – Decatur pitcher Mason Baur tossed a two-hit shutout in the Eagles’ 8-0 win over the Bridgeport Bulls Monday. Baur struck out eight. Michael Hicks doubled and homered, driving in a pair of runs.

LADY EAGLES CLAIM 8-4A CROWN – The Decatur Lady Eagles wrapped up the 8-4A softball title with an 11-2 win over Castleberry Monday. Taylor Butler tripled and drove in two runs. Brittany Roberts, Kelsie Roberts, Braelynn Hanes and Taryn Trull added a RBI each.

BLOOD DRIVE – The Decatur Rotary Club will hold a Carter BloodCare blood drive 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday at CVS in Decatur.

MOVIE NIGHT – Carson Elementary in Decatur will host a free outdoor Family Movie Night open to the community on Friday. Arrive in front of the school at 7:30 with your chair or blanket. Big Hero 6 will begin at 8:15, and popcorn will be served. Call Suzanne Lindt with the Carson Elementary PTO at 817-233-7584.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Regional Health System is now offering the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network, which offers discussion and support for any mom who is breastfeeding or has breastfed. The first meeting is  7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Wise Regional Board Room 609 Medical Center Drive, in Decatur. Participation is free, and no RSVP is required. The group will be led by Candace Clower, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. For information, call Candace at 940-626-1229.

DEAF COFFEE CHAT – The deaf community is invited to a Deaf Coffee Chat 7 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks in Decatur.

CASINO NIGHT – CASA of Wise and Jack counties is hosting a casino night, “Playing from the Heart,” Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner and a presentation to follow at 6:30. Casino games will start at 7 p.m. There will be a live auction, silent auction and door prizes every 15 minutes. Tickets are $90 per couple, $50 for an individual and $1,000 for a high roller package, which includes reserved seating for eight. CASA is also seeking sponsors for the event. Call 940-399-3291 or email kayla.prock@casawise.org.

BEADING VOLUNTEER – Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur is in need of a volunteer for its beading class. Call Kathy, 940-626-2800.

BLOOD DRIVE TODAY – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Eustis, Neb., with burial at Eustis Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Michael Ray Draper, 54, of Boyd is 5 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at noon Wednesday at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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1 dead in Highway 114 accident


A Rhome man died after being hit by a truck while he was crossing Highway 114 on foot in front of Tater Junction in Aurora Monday night.

According to Texas State Trooper Patrick Alonzo, it is unclear which way David Wayne Mosley, Jr., 31, was walking when he was killed around 9:35 p.m. 

“He lived right across the street, so either he was going home from the restaurant or he was leaving his house to go to the restaurant,” Alonzo said. 

According to Alonzo, when Mosley was in the middle of the road, Shane Lunceford, a 46-year-old teacher and coach at Paradise Junior High School, was crossing the intersection of 114 East and Farm to Market Road 718 in his white pickup truck. He said he took his eyes off the road momentarily to make sure another car merged properly. 

“When I looked back at the road, [Mosley] was right in front of me and I never even saw him,” Lunceford said.

Alonzo said Lunceford will not be charged with anything at this time. 

Mosley was pronounced dead on the scene by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor.

Lunceford’s truck was taken by the Department of Public Safety to be examined for evidence.

Texas DPS and the Boyd fire and police departments responded to the scene, and stayed until a little past 11 p.m.

The front of Shane Lunceford's pickup truck. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The front of Shane Lunceford’s pickup truck. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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Former Bridgeport City Administrator dies


We have just received news that former Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons died over the weekend. The 44-year-old suffered a heart attack while on a lake trip with his family.
“We’re all completely shocked and heartbroken,” City Secretary Jesica McEachern said.
We will have funeral updates as soon as they become available.

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Monday, April 20, 2015


1 INJURED IN HIGH SPEED ROLLOVER – An Alvord woman was sent to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Saturday morning after the pickup truck she was driving hit a tree and rolled for about 100 yards until it landed in a stock pond on County Road 1308 in Bridgeport. Bradi Lynn Anderson was speeding and traveling north on CR 1308 around 11 a.m. when she lost control of her green GMC Sierra pickup and drove through a wire fence. She then hit a tree on the left side of the road, causing her to lose the right door and front right tire of her truck. The truck rolled several times before landing in a stock pond about 100 yards away. Anderson was conscious at the time of the accident and was taken to Wise Regional to be treated for lacerations on her arms, legs and face. The Bridgeport fire and police departments and Texas state troopers responded to the crash.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – A couple of rounds of storms brought more than an inch of rainfall to much of Wise County over the weekend. Rainfall totals included 2.1 inches in Decatur, 1.71 in Rhome, 1.5 in Greenwood, 1.2 in Alvord and 1.1 in Runaway Bay. While thousands of people in the Metroplex lost power due to Saturday night’s storms, Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said no major outages occurred in Wise County. A few scattered outages across the southern portions of the county were quickly restored. The rain is expected to stay away today, but a slight chance of storms is in the forecast for Tuesday, with storm chances gradually increasing through Friday.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 tonight at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

SILVER OLYMPICS – The Silver Olympics for area senior citizens is 6 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Place of Decatur. Enjoy time with other seniors and compete in events. The event will feature free giveaways and prizes. For information and to sign up for events, call Michelle at 682-239-7373.

PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – Tonight the Paradise City Council will consider declaring April 21, 2015, “Sue Hudson Day.” The council will also hear reports from the Economic Development Corp., Planning and Zoning Board, as well as the city’s building and water departments. The council may also hire a code enforcement officer. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

RUNAWAY BAY CITY COUNCIL – The council will discuss an antenna lease agreement between the city and Infinilink Broadband at its meeting tonight. They will also consider bids on high-service pumps and the city’s mowing program. The meeting is 5:30 p.m. at 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The school board will discuss lunch prices for the upcoming school year and hear proposals for middle school trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City during its meeting 7 tonight at 2107 15th Street.

PARADISE SCHOOL BOARD - The PISD school board will meet 6:30 tonight to announce a lone finalist for superintendent. The board will also discuss textbook adoption and TEKS certification, bad weather waiver approval and whether or not to offer reasonable assurance of employment for para-professionals and auxiliary personnel. The meeting is at the board room, 338 School House Road.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The board will consider teacher contracts as well as non-Chapter 21 contracts at tonight’s meeting. The agenda also includes textbook certification and regular monthly reports. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session followed by the open session at 7 p.m. at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Service for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Michael Ray Draper, 54, of Boyd is 5 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with burial at noon Wednesday at Highland Cemetery in Durant, Okla. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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One injured in Bridgeport high speed rollover


An Alvord woman was sent to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur Saturday morning after the pickup truck she was driving hit a tree and rolled for about 100 yards until it landed in a stock pond on County Road 1308 in Bridgeport.

Bradi Lynn Anderson was speeding and traveling north on C.R. 1308 around 11 a.m. when she lost control of her green GMC Sierra pickup and drove through a wire fence. She then hit a tree on the left side of the road, causing her to lose the right door and front right tire of her truck.

The truck rolled several times before landing in a stock pond about 100 yards away.

Anderson was conscious at the time of the accident and was taken to Wise Regional to be treated for lacerations on her arms, legs and face.

The Bridgeport fire and police departments and Texas state troopers responded to the crash.

After losing the front right door, the pickup rolled for about 100 more yards until it landed in a stock pond. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

After losing the front right door, the pickup rolled for about 100 more yards until it landed in a stock pond. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

Anderson's pickup door, which was destroyed in the crash. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

Anderson’s pickup door, which was destroyed in the crash. Messenger photo by Jake Harris.

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Friday, April 17, 2015


DECATUR GIRLS WIN TRACK TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles yesterday won the 8-4A track title, tallying 212 points. Decatur won six individual gold medals on the way to the win. Macen Stripling won golds in the high jump and 100 hurdles. Jessi Kyle garnered top honors in the pole vault, 1600 and 3200. The Bridgeport girls finished fourth with 76 points. The Decatur boys took second to Springtown with 156 points. Bridgeport garnered third.

EAGLE EARN STATE BID – The Decatur Eagles golf team shot a second-round 300 to secure third place and state tournament bid at the Class 4A Region I tournament. Decatur posted a 606 for the two rounds. Drew Jones won the individual medal with a 10-under par 134.

BIG EVENT – More than 900 Northwest High School students are expected to participate in the Big Event Saturday, performing community service projects across the area. Groups will be working at multiple community buildings in Rhome between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Regional is now offering monthly diabetes education classes on the third Monday of the month. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. This month’s classes will be held on Monday, April 20. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Both classes will be held in the Education Room on the second floor of the main hospital. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Contact Gilley at 940-626-1890.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, 201 E. Main. A pot luck supper will be served. All persons in the county wide area who have an interest in rock hounding or lapidary arts are invited.

HIGH SCHOOL RODEO – Paradise and Boyd rodeo teams are hosting a NTHSRA-sanctioned high school rodeo at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur today through Sunday. Today’s performance starts at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cowboy Church will be held at noon Sunday. Tickets are $8 at the gate.

RETRO BLAST – The 12th Annual Retro Blast Car Show is Saturday at Yesterday’s in Bridgeport.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet Monday, April 20, at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Ann Nimmo will lead the discussion and business meeting, which will include a homemade historical quilt from local families.

BREASTFEEDING NETWORK – Wise Regional Health System is now offering the Wise Moms Breastfeeding Network, which offers discussion and support for any mom who is breastfeeding or has breastfed. The first meeting will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Wise Regional Board Room (609 Medical Center Drive, Decatur). Participation is free, and no RSVP is required. The group will be led by Candace Clower, RN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Contact Candace at 940-626-1229.

PLAY PERFORMANCE – The final home performance of Paradise High School’s district-winning one-act play, “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” will be presented 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the PHS cafeteria. Refreshments will be served.

RIVALS SQUARE OFF – The Decatur baseball and softball teams will welcome Bridgeport to town tonight. The softball game begins at 7. The baseball teams will play at 7:30 p.m. In other softball action: Alvord faces Collinsville; Boyd heads to Henrietta; Paradise takes on Bowie; Northwest hosts Timber Creek. Baseball games: Alvord heads to Bryson; Boyd goes to Henrietta; Chico takes on Poolville; Paradise plays Bowie; Northwest takes on Timber Creek.

SLIDELL RUNS AT AREA – The Slidell boys and girls track teams will compete at the area meet in Ponder Saturday.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Class of 2019 is holding a 4-on-4 volleyball tournament at Bridgeport Middle School Sunday. Cost is $40 per team, $2 for spectators. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. for fifth through seventh graders and 2:30 p.m. for eighth graders and older. Call Perry Grooms, 940-393-9098.

FIREFIGHTER BASH – Paradise Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Firefighter Bash noon-9 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Fire Hall, featuring Bingo, barbecue dinner, silent auction and live music. Donations will be accepted.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – The Decatur Police Department’s Back The Blue Scholarship forms are now available for all Wise County Seniors going into a Criminal Justice related field of study. Students can pick up forms from their counselor at school or come by the Decatur Police Department at 1601 S. State St. in Decatur. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by today.

FUNERALS – Service for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Ruby Marie Schroeder, 97, of Boyd is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Shane Patrick Caldwell Williams, 51, of Houston is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. He was the son of Carolyn and David Dodson of Decatur and Wayne Williams of Arlington.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015


1 KILLED IN BOYD WRECK – A Boyd man was killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Texas 114 just west of Boyd. According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a dump truck with a trailer was westbound on Texas 114 when a pickup driven by Michael Draper, 54, of Boyd failed to stop as it was headed southbound on County Road 4590 and drove out in front of the dump truck. The vehicles collided, and Draper was killed. The dump truck driver, Larry Carnes, 54, of Paradise was not injured. Haschel said it is unknown why Draper did not stop. The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The crash shut down part of the road for a couple of hours during the crash investigation before the roadway was reopened.

OFFICERS CLEARED IN SHOOTING – A Montague County grand jury met earlier this week and decided no crime was committed by five officers who were involved in a shootout with a suspect near Sunset in January. The five officers – three Department of Public Safety troopers from Wise County and two Wise County Sheriff’s deputies – were involved in a search of a wooded area off Picket Run Road the afternoon of Jan. 28. Wise County K-9 officer Pepper was used to track Alan Lance Alverson. Upon the dog’s alert, Alverson fired at officers, fatally shooting Pepper. Officers returned fire, killing Alverson. According to a press release from Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams, Alverson’s autopsy show he was struck 12 times. It also showed Alverson had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood. The press release also states that additional fully-loaded firearms were found on and around Alverson. Prior to the shooting, Alverson led police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 98 miles per hour before running into the wooded area where he was eventually found.

8-4A TRACK – The 8-4A running finals have been moved up to 10 a.m. today because of expected evening storms.

REGIONAL GOLF – After 1st round at 4A-I tourney, Decatur is 3rd with 306, 1 back of Monahans, 8 back of Andrews. Drew Jones with a 68 leads the field by 2. Bryce Elder shot 77, Cade Lamirand 80, Brendan Kerby 81 and Hayden Bennett 83. Bridgeport Bulls are 8th at the 4A-I tourney with 329 in the first round. Ty Reed posted 78, Blake Boyd and Brazier Talley 83, Cole Barton 85 and Alex Winter 91.

CHANCE OF STORMS - The National Weather Service forecast includes a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today, increasing to 60 percent tonight. Friday’s forecast also calls for a 50 percent chance of storms. If storms develop, high winds and hail would be the primary hazards.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MEETING – Special Olympics is now in Wise County. If you are interested in participating or volunteering with Special Olympics, Made 2 Thrive and Wise County Special Needs Baseball invite you to an informational meeting regarding the summer BOCCE season. Meeting will be held at the Bridgeport Police Department Community Center at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Season starts in May. Visit www.made2thrive.org.

AGGIE MUSTER – The Cross Timbers Aggie Club will hold their 2015 Aggie Muster at the Decatur Civic Center Tuesday, April 21. The event will start at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30, followed by the ceremony. To RSVP, email Scott Hiler at scott@texagmail.com or call 940-389-7752. RSVP by Friday.

BLOOD DRIVE – James Wood Motors in Decatur will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The 16th Annual United Way Golf Tournament is Friday, April 24, at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. Registration is 11 a.m., and shotgun start is 1 p.m. Cost is $100 per player, and mulligans will be available for $10 each. All proceeds benefit United Way of Wise County. Registration forms and information are at wisecountyunitedway.org.

BOND TOWN HALL – The Decatur school district will hold a town hall meeting to share information about the upcoming school bond at 6 tonight at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Burrell B. Doty, 95, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. today at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Margaret Maxine Herzer, 88, of Oklahoma is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Kathy Joan Davis, 71, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Church in Rhome. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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