Friday, March 27, 2015


HEALTH FAIR – The 8th Annual Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, at the Decatur Civic Center. The theme for this year’s event is Heroes for Health. The event will feature free health screenings, activities for kids and more. Contact Dena Silvers, 940-627-5080, silvers@embarqmail.com.

SOCCER PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles will start the 4A playoffs tonight. The Lady Eagles play Abilene Wylie at 5:30 at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium. The Eagles play host to Brownwood at 6.

BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR MEET ON DIAMONDS – The Decatur baseball and softball teams will head to Bridgeport for 8-4A matchups tonight. The Eagles and Bulls play at 7:30. The Lady Eagles and Sissies start at 6:30. In other action, the Alvord baseball team goes to Olney and the Lady Bulldogs take on Chico at home. The Chico Dragons take on Graford at home. The Boyd baseball and softball teams play Jacksboro at home. The Paradise squads go to Holliday. The Northwest Lady Texans take on Denton Ryan at home. The Texans head to Denton Guyer.

LIFTERS HEAD TO STATE – Decatur and Bridgeport lifters will travel to Abilene Saturday to compete for state titles in powerlifting.

TEXAS RELAYS – Decatur’s Gunnar Parker and Jacob Kevetter and a large contingent of Northwest athletes will compete at the 88th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays today and Saturday in Austin.

BOND TOWN HALL – The Decatur school district will hold a series of town hall meetings to share information about the upcoming school bond issue on the May 9 ballot. The meetings are 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31; noon Thursday, April 9; and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. All meetings will be at the DISD Administration Building, 307 S. Cates.

EDC KICKS OFF BUSINESS RETENTION PROGRAM – Decatur Economic Development Corp. is hosting a business and industry breakfast 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Decatur Civic Center. Pat Boutier with the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center will present “The Tactics of ‘LEAN,'” which is a strategy often used in manufacturing. This is the first quarterly forum of the EDC’s business retention and expansion program, which will provide the opportunity for attendees to support each other, network and learn from practical workshops to enhance business performance. RSVP to iburnett@decatur-edc.com, 940-393-0350.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE EGG HUNT – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office annual Easter Egg Hunt is 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31. The event is for kids ages 5 and under. Hot dogs, snacks, chips and drinks will be provided. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny.

MEET AND GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will host a meet and greet 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Community Church, on U.S. 380, just west of Decatur. Coaches and players for the upcoming 2015 season are invited, as well as other special needs children and adults who would like to play. Coaches and registered players will meet their teammates, receive their jerseys and enjoy carnival-style games. Call Margette Harle, 940-577-5530; or visit wcspecialneeds.com.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico, will present “Alleluia! The Praise Continues” at 6 p.m. Sunday. A time of food and fellowship will follow the performance. Call 940-644-5186.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Join the Easter Bunny and Bridgeport Parks and Recreation on Sunday for the annual egg hunt and carnival. The event is 2-3:30 p.m. with the egg hunt at 2. It will include inflatables, face painting, games, candy, balloon animals, and more. Call 940-683-3480.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Decatur will hold an Easter egg hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include the Easter bunny, bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. The facility is located at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call 940-626-2800.

BOYD REUNION – The Boyd High School All-Class Reunion is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School cafeteria. Pot luck dinner is at 5. Call Judy Wilson at 940-255-9235.

FUNERAL – Service for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is noon today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville.

FUNERAL for Lorita Jean Tomlinson Wright, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Malvern, Ark., with burial at Big Creek Cemetery in Malvern. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Larry McGahey, 65, of Boyd is 10 a.m. Monday at Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla., with burial at Powell Cemetery. Family visitation is 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Sue Peterson Vaughn, 79, of Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Elizabeth L. O’Neal is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation is 5 – 7 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. today at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doug Wood, 56, of Paradise is 2 p.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. prior to the service.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


HIGH WINDS CAUSE PROBLEMS – Strong straight line winds were responsible for three electric issues/outages in Decatur last night, Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley reported. A streetlight pole fell across the road on Park Street, but no customers were affected. Strong winds blew trees into the line in the Melba Doyle Park area causing power to be out for just over two hours for 20 residents. An electric line was pulled down in the Collom Street area by a tree limb. Tree trimmers and crews worked to restore power to the 18 customers affected. A wind advisory will remain in effect for Wise County until noon today. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour are expected with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour. Very little rain accompanied a cold front’s arrival last night, with Bridgeport recording just 0.02 of an inch of rain.

COMMISSIONERS HIT THE ROAD – The first Wise County commissioners mobile meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Slidell school cafetorium. County Judge J.D. Clark will give a report on upcoming county issues, and Commissioner Danny White will talk about projects in Precinct 1. Sheriff David Walker will give a presentation on the county’s K-9 program, and community members will have the opportunity to address commissioners during open forum.

AMPUTEES IN MOTION – Amputees In Motion will meet at 6 tonight at Catfish O’Harlie’s in Decatur. Guest speaker will be Dr. Childers. Call 903-746-5091.

CLAY SHOOT – Wise Choices Shoot 4 Life clay shoot at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds is Friday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the shoot at 9. Cost is $500/5-man team. The event will feature games, prizes, a live auction that includes two hunts and a fishing trip and raffles for three guns and a Snap-On Toolbox. Breakfast and lunch provided. All proceeds benefit Wise Choices PRC. Register online today at www.wisechoicesshoot4life.com or come Friday for the auction.

MEET AND GREET – Wise County Special Needs Baseball will host a meet and greet 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Community Church, on U.S. 380, just west of Decatur. Coaches and players for the upcoming 2015 season are invited, as well as other special needs children and adults who would like to play. Coaches and registered players will meet their teammates, receive their jerseys and enjoy carnival-style games. Call Margette Harle, 940-577-5530; or visit wcspecialneeds.com.

EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Decatur will hold an Easter egg hunt 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The event will include the Easter bunny, bounce house, popcorn and refreshments. The facility is located at 701 W. Bennett Rd. Call 940-626-2800.

SPRING STORYTIME – A Spring Friday Fun Preschool Special at the Decatur Public Library is 10:30 a.m. Friday. Storytime will feature stories with puppets, songs and spring themed movement play. All library programs for children are free. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico, will present “Alleluia! The Praise Continues” at 6 p.m. Sunday. A time of food and fellowship will follow the performance. Call 940-644-5186.

LIBRARY EGG HUNT – Decatur Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids is on April 1. Reserve your spot at 10:15 or 11:15. Sign up at the library, by phone, 940-393-0290 or on the website: www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society Inc. is noon today at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. today in the main lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County on U.S. 380.

RETIRING TEACHER – Denise Joseph of Decatur is retiring after almost 40 years in education. Joseph’s retirement reception will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at Carson Elementary.

FUNERALS – Service for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is noon Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Larry McGahey, 65, and Donald Hatosy, 75, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Sue Peterson Vaughn, 79, Alvord is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doug Wood, 56, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is 1 p.m. prior to the service.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


STORMS POSSIBLE – Storms could rumble through Wise County this afternoon or overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the storms could be severe, with the main hazards being large hail and damaging winds. Overnight storm chances are 40 percent. Today’s high is expected to reach 82. A cold front will drop overnight lows into the 40s, and tomorrow’s high is expected to be around 61 degrees.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxDECATUR WINS SWEEPSTAKES – The Decatur High School UIL academics team won the 8-4A Sweepstakes Trophy Tuesday. Decatur won team titles in speech, number sense, spelling and vocabulary and journalism. Decatur will send 29 students to regionals.

EAGLES WIN 8-4A OPENER – AJ Johnson drove in three runs with a double as the Decatur Eagles beat Castleberry 8-5 in the District 8-4A opener. Other baseball scores: Bowie 3, Paradise 2; Henrietta 6, Boyd 1; Northwest 4, Denton Guyer 1; Chico 15, Poolville 2; Alvord 19, Bryson 0.

LADY EAGLES RALLY FOR WIN – After falling down 3-0 in the first inning, the Decatur Lady Eagles fought back and beat Castleberry 5-4 on a sacrifice fly by Jenny Bradford. Other softball scores: Bridgeport 10, Lake Worth 0; Collinsville 17, Chico 1; Paradise 7, Bowie 2; Boyd 6, Henrietta 2; Timber Creek 5, Northwest 2; Lindsay 10, Alvord 9.

RETIRING TEACHER – Denise Joseph of Decatur is retiring after almost 40 years in education. Joseph’s retirement reception will be 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at Carson Elementary.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The regular monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society Inc. is noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – The Cancer Support Group meets 1 p.m. Friday at the Cancer Center. This week’s topic is: Your Guide to Better Sleep. Call Laura Tanner at 940-626-2300.

GATE NOMINATIONS DUE – Nominations are now being accepted for the Paradise GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program for students in K-11th grades. The deadline for nominations is Friday. Nomination forms may be picked up at any of the campus offices or downloaded at www.pisd.net. For more information email Carla Gentry at cgentry@pisd.net.

MONCRIEF MOBILE UNIT – Moncrief Cancer Institute will have its new mobile unit at the Wise County Health Fair 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Most services are provided at no cost and include one-on-one exercise sessions with a fitness trainer, nutrition planning to promote healing and restore energy, help with emotional and financial challenges, cancer screening and genetic counseling and risk assessment for families with a history of cancer.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA - Join the Easter Bunny and Bridgeport Parks and Recreation on Sunday for the annual egg hunt and carnival. The event is 2-3:30 p.m. with the egg hunt at 2. It will include inflatables, face painting, games, candy, balloon animals, and more. Call 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Service for Jo Ann Stockard, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Aurora Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is noon Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Donald Hatosy, 75, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Doug Wood, 56, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


CIVIC CENTER PLAN INCLUDES HOTEL - The Decatur City Council yesterday agreed to move forward with phase 2 of the initial period study for the expansion of the Decatur Civic Center which includes a Fairfield Inn and Suites which would be built next to the facility. The proposed 4-story hotel would include 107 rooms. Decatur Civic Center Director Lori Sherwood said the hotel would help the facility book multiple day events and create new hosting opportunities. According to the initial study, the project would have an economic impact to the city of $54.7 million, create 62 construction jobs and 23 operational jobs and provide city tax revenues of $3.4 million.

PLANS, BUDGET FOR NEW FITNESS FACILITY APPROVED - The Decatur Hospital Authority Board Monday put its stamp of approval on the plans for a $13 million new Fit-N-Wise facility to be built at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The 72,000-square-foot facility will be built just north of Wise Regional’s East Campus on Medical Center Drive. The board also approved appointing Dwayne Hodges with the Skiles Group as construction manager. Travis Fulton, administrative director of therapy services, said the new facility will be three times the size of the current fitness and therapy center. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOARD REJECTS STADIUM RENOVATION BIDS – The Bridgeport school board voted 5-2 to not accept any of the bids offered to them for football stadium renovation. “I like the idea of doing this, but I have a hard time putting $2.5 million into a dilapidated structure,” board member Steve Stanford said. Board members Tom Talley and Dr. Scott Stowers voted to accept a bid from Imperial Construction, but the rest of the board shot the motion down. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

BLEACHER/PARKING LOT PROJECT APPROVED – The Decatur School Board yesterday approved a project that will add bleachers on the north side of Eagle Stadium to accommodate the band and drill team. The project also includes improvements to the parking lot north of the stadium. The board awarded the project to J&D Dodd Construction, which presented the low estimate of $158,221. The project is expected to take around 120 days and should be complete around Aug. 1.

SEVERE WEATHER CHANCE – While the chance of thunderstorms this evening is only 10 percent, if storms do develop, they may be severe with hail and strong winds as the main hazards, according to the National Weather Service. Storm chances increase to 50 percent tomorrow. It will be warm today with an expected high of 86 degrees.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Regional Health System in Decatur will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Call Candy Muzquiz, 940-626-2486.

BOYD REUNION – The Boyd High School All-Class Reunion is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School cafeteria. Pot luck dinner is at 5. Call Judy Wilson at 940-255-9235.

SLEEP WELLNESS CLASS – The Wise Regional Sleep Wellness Center will offer a Sleep Wellness Class 6-7 p.m. Thursday. The class will feature a presentation by Dr. Syed Rizvi 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. Call Rhonda Beam at 214-980-3128.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday in the main lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380.

FUNERALS – Service for Rex Vilas Powell, 72, of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jo Ann Stockard, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Rose Earlene (Hall) Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

NO SERVICE is planned for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Jack Edward Ford Jr., 65, of Paradise. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, March 23, 2015


KITCHEN FIRE ON SQUARE CAUGHT QUICKLY – An oven inside Sweetie Pie’s on the Decatur square caught fire early Saturday morning, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before it caused major damage to the restaurant. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the oven was left on, and pine rosin caught fire, which then caught the oven and the adjoining space on fire. A neighbor saw smoke and called for the fire department around 1 a.m. Richardson said when firefighters arrived, they found black smoke coming out a vent on the roof and from around the door to the kitchen. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames. The restaurant was able to open later that day.

BOYD POWER OUTAGE – Several homes in Boyd lost power late Friday when a tree fell into a power line. Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley said the outage affected approximately 65 customers in the South Hitt, South Atwood, Allen Street and Knox Avenue areas. Power was out from around 9 p.m. Friday and restored by 3:30 a.m. Saturday. A tree that was apparently damaged during Friday morning’s storm fell, bringing down the power line as well. Repairs required tree removal from the line, replacement of a broken cross arm on the pole and repairing the broken electric line.

WEEKEND RAINFALL – Rainfall totals from over the weekend included 1.09 inches in Decatur, 1 in Bridgeport, 0.8 in Cottondale, 0.71 in Rhome, 0.65 in Alvord and 0.5 in Greenwood. It should remain dry today, but rain chances return Tuesday night into Wednesday.

MOBILE HEALTH PROGRAM - The Texas Health Wellness for Life Mobile Health Program will be at Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson Street, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. They will be doing well woman exams, mammograms and giving out take home colon cancer screenings kits. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 1-855-318-7696. They will see patients both with and without insurance. Call 940-683-3400.

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

CLAY SHOOT – The Barnett Shale Sporting Clay Shoot is Thursday, April 2, at Northwest OHV Park, 2914 Texas 101, in Bridgeport. The morning flight is at 9 a.m., and the afternoon flight begins at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per person or $500 for a five-person team. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Call the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, 940-683-2076.

DECATUR CITY COUNCIL – The Decatur City Council meets tonight beginning with a workshop at 5:30 p.m. where monthly department reports will be given. The regular meeting at 6 includes second reading of ordinances related to the city’s zoning ordinance and a zoning change request; the first reading of an ordinance related to the city’s hotel occupancy tax; a presentation about an EDC project and amendment of rules as recommended by the Decatur Cemetery Board. The meeting is at city hall.

DECATUR SCHOOL BOARD – The Decatur School board will hold its monthly meeting tonight at the DISD Administration building. The agenda includes teacher contracts, parking lot and bleacher improvements and monthly reports. The meeting begins with a closed session at 6 p.m. followed by the open meeting.

STATE COVERAGE – The Wise County Messenger still has approximately 200 copies of last week’s paper which includes coverage of the Bridgeport Bulls basketball state championship coverage. Anyone interested should come by the Messenger office at 115 S. Trinity in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Friday at Faith Baptist Church in Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for James Norman, 72, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Compass Christian Church in Grapevine. Burial is 3 p.m. Tuesday in Lindale City Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole Funeral Home, 702 8th Ave., in
Fort Worth.

SERVICE for Jo Ann Stockard, 77, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Rose Earlene “Hall” Williams, 77, formerly of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Bridgeport with burial at New Hope Cemetery near Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Jack Ford, 65, of Paradise is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Kitchen fire in downtown Decatur


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An oven inside Sweetie Pie’s on the Decatur square caught fire early Saturday morning, but firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before it caused major damage to the restaurant. Decatur Fire Chief Mike Richardson said the oven was left on, and pine resin caught fire, which then caught the oven and the adjoining space on fire. A neighbor saw smoke and called for the fire department around 1 a.m. Richardson said when firefighters arrived, they found black smoke coming out a vent on the roof and from around the door to the kitchen.

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Friday, March 20, 2015


BLAZE SCORCHES HOME – Fire ravaged a home on the Wise-Parker county line Thursday afternoon. Boonsville/Balsora, Salt Creek, Poolville and Springtown firefighters responded to the blaze on Texas 199 around noon. Salt Creek Fire Chief Ken Vise said the small brick home was “pretty much a total loss.” The owners were not at home when firefighters arrived. “No telling when it started and how long it was burning,” Vise said. The first firefighters to arrive on scene found heavy smoke coming from the structure. “The smoke was so heavy they couldn’t make an interior attack initially until there was additional manpower,” Vise said. Vise did not know the cause of the fire. “We’re not sure where it started,” he said. “It was somewhere in the back corner.”

JOHNSON GIVEN PROBATION - Former Springtown ISD teacher Shirley Jean Johnson, 56, of Chico was given a two-year, deferred sentence in 271st District Court yesterday more than a month after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance 1-4 grams. She was placed on five years probation by District Judge John Fostel. Johnson was convicted of trying to buy methamphetamine.

STORMS – As Update was going to press, storms were passing through Wise County, bringing heavy rain and lightning. Storm chances continue today and tomorrow. Rainfall since yesterday includes 0.95 of an inch in Alvord, 0.9 in Greenwod, 0.17 in Rhome, 0.1 in Cottondale and Paradise, 0.04 in Decatur and 0.02 in Bridgeport.

GARAGE SALE – The Decatur Order of the Eastern Star will hold a garage sale 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit the college scholarship fund and Scottish Rite Hospital.

BACK THE BLUE SCHOLARSHIP – 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 school counselor or come by the Decatur Police Department at 1601 S. State St. in Decatur. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by April 17, 2015.

FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings by appointment for eligible women Wednesday, March 25. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

BOOK SALE - The Bridgeport Public Library Friends Annual Book Sale continues 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Hardbacks are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents each.

FUNERALS – Service for Lance Ray Coon, 53, of Boonsville is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rene’ Bolton, 68, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

SERVICE for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Ralph Motsenbocker, 88, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Leah Wanda Edsall Adams, formerly of Wise County, is 2 p.m. Saturday at the family cemetery in Elbert. Family visitation is 6-7:30 tonight at Lunn Funeral Home in Olney.

FUNERAL for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Northwest Bible Church in Fort Worth with burial at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold Marvin Wells, 72, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. today in Colleyville with burial at 2 p.m. at Chico Cemetery. He was the son of Berniece Wells Bailey of Chico.

SERVICE for Royce A. Prater, 73, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Blaze scorches home


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Fire ravaged a home on the Wise-Parker county line Thursday afternoon.
Boonsville/Balsora, Salt Creek, Poolville and Springtown firefighters responded to the blaze on Texas 199 around noon.
Salt Creek Fire Chief Ken Vise said the small brick home was “pretty much a total loss.”
The owners were not at home when firefighters arrived.
“No telling when it started and how long it was burning,” Vise said.
The first firefighters to arrive on scene found heavy smoke coming from the structure.
“The smoke was so heavy they couldn’t make an interior attack initially until there was additional manpower,” Vise said.
Vise did not know the cause of the fire.
“We’re not sure where it started,” he said. “It was somewhere in the back corner.”

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


STORMS POSSIBLE – Spring might not officially arrive until tomorrow, but spring storms could arrive this evening. Today’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain this morning, then a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Those storm chances increase to 70 percent tonight. A chance of rain remains in the forecast through Saturday night. Yesterday’s rainfall included 0.85 of an inch in Alvord, 0.4 in Greenwood, 0.39 in Decatur, 0.3 in Cottondale, 0.25 in Rhome and 0.21 in Bridgeport.

BAKE SALE – First State Bank in Decatur will hold a bake sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday benefiting Kynadee Campbell, a twin daughter of Ashley and Delvon Campbell and granddaughter of Mike and Charlotte Horner. She was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has struggled with several different medical conditions over the last year. The fundraiser will help pay for home health equipment to aid in her physical and cognitive development.

COMPUTER CLASSES – Spots are still available for free computer classes. Beginning MS Word is scheduled for this Saturday, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Beginning MS Excel will be Monday, March 30, 6:15-7:45 p.m. Both classes are open to anyone interested in learning the basics of these popular office software applications. To register, call 940-393-0290, visit the library’s website at www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or stop by the library at 1700 FM 51 South in Decatur.

FREE MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings by appointment for eligible women Wednesday, March 25. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

OUTWARD ADVENTURES – Outward Adventures, a group for special needs adults age 15 and older, is hosting karaoke 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell. Pizza and drinks will be served. Cost is $5, but there are jobs that can be done that night to offset the expense. Email Charli at charlie@meyersagency.com or text 940-393-1494.

BOOK SALE – The Bridgeport Public Library Friends Annual Book Sale begins today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hardbacks are $1, and paperbacks are 50 cents each. Come early for the best selection.

BASKETBALL TOURNEY – Decatur Junior Women’s Club 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Friday, March 27. Register online by Wednesday, March 25, at poweredbysportssignup.com. Those registered by today will receive a free T-shirt. Call Sara, 940-206-0400.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at the Decatur Church of Christ on Farm Road 51 South. Kevin Meyers will present “Scallywags, Rogues and Ruffs: All Those Ancestors We Don’t Talk About.” Cost is $5 for non-members.

FUNERALS – Service for Roy Watson, 94, of Fort Worth is 3:30 p.m. today at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rene’ Bolton, 68, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Odell Willie Monthie Jr., 54, of Haslet is 11 a.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Ralph Motsenbocker, 88, of Paradise is 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Paradise Cemetery. Family visitation is 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Northwest Bible Church in Fort Worth with burial at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold Marvin Wells, 72, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Friday in Colleyville with burial at 2 p.m. at Chico Cemetery. He was the son of Berniece Wells Bailey of Chico.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015


SMITH PLEADS GUILTY TO ARSON – Crystal Kay Smith, 33, of Paradise pleaded guilty to arson of a habitation in 271st District Court yesterday. During the sentencing hearing, a taped interview with investigators was played in which Smith admitted to starting a fire inside her home while her husband slept before leaving to pick up her son from school. Her husband woke up and escaped the house without injury, but the fire destroyed their home at 211 Private Road 3360 in Paradise on Nov. 6, 2013. District Judge John Fostel sentenced Smith to 10 years deferred adjudication/probation and ordered her to pay back the nearly $88,000 she received in insurance money on the home and its contents. Smith remained in the Wise County jail since her arrest last July until her release yesterday. Read the full story in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxBOYD BATTERS HOLLIDAY – Britney Howard and Chelsea Arlington homered in Boyd’s three-run fourth inning as the Lady Yellowjackets went on for the 11-1 win over Holliday Tuesday. Arlington drove in five runs. Other softball scores: Decatur 17, Lake Worth 0; Byron Nelson 7, Northwest 2; Chico 15, Tioga 0.

GRAHAM HOLDS OFF BULLS – The Graham Steers edged Bridgeport 3-2 in baseball. Other area baseball scores: Alvord 11, Perrin 1; Decatur 5, Princeton 3; Holliday 15, Boyd 4; Fossil Ridge 11, Northwest 2; Chico 10, Olney 3.

MEET THE CHAMPS – A celebration for the 4A state champion Bridgeport Bulls basketball team is tonight at 6 at the Bridgeport High School Multipurpose Facility. There will be photo opportunities, autograph sessions, and food.

BENEFIT FUND – A benefit fund has been set up at Wells Fargo for James Thresher, who lost his house in a fire in early February. Any Wells Fargo will take donations. Read Thresher’s story at wcmess.com/thresher.

MOVIE RELEASE PARTY – An Insurgent Movie Release Party for Teens is 4-5 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Public Library. The event celebrates the latest installment of the Divergent series and will include themed activities, snacks and movie ticket giveaway. Visit the library or www.decaturpubliclibrary.com.

SPECIAL SECTIONS – Today’s Messenger includes two special sections: one celebrating the fine work of the youth who participated in the Wise County Youth Fair and another celebrating the Class 4A basketball champion Bridgeport Bulls.

FUNERALS – Service for Roy Watson, 94, of Fort Worth is 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL service for Rene’ Bolton, 68, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for O’Dell Willie Monthie Jr., 54, of Haslet is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Ralph Motsenbocker, 88, of Paradise is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Northwest Bible Church in Fort Worth with burial at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

FUNERAL for Harold Marvin Wells, 72, of North Richland Hills is 11 a.m. Friday in Colleyville with burial at 2 p.m. at Chico Cemetery. He was the son of Berniece Wells Bailey of Chico.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


NEW S.O. PROGRAM TO RECRUIT, RETAIN OFFICERS – Wise County commissioners approved a police academy reimbursement program at their regular meeting Monday, as proposed by Sheriff David Walker. Current S.O. employees may apply and if accepted, the department will pay for them to attend the academy while they continue to work for the S.O. In exchange, the newly trained officers would be required to work four years in enforcement for the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. If an officer trained through the program did not complete their four years of service, he or she would be required to reimburse the county for the cost of training, as well as their wages and benefits drawn while they attended the academy. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION - The Bridgeport Bulls State Championship Celebration will be held in the BHS Multi Purpose Facility 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include photo opportunities, autograph sessions and food. The celebration will honor the 4A 2015 state basketball champions and their coaches. Items to be signed (T-shirts, pictures, signs, etc.) may be brought to the celebration.

RAIN LIKELY TONIGHT – Rain chances are 90 percent for this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high is expected to reach 76.

RELAY DINNER – The Wise County Relay for Life survivor’s dinner is 6-8 p.m. March 26 at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Call Kathy Hughes at 940-255-2944.

OPENING DAY – Opening day festivities of the Paradise Youth Recreation Association (PYRA) is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Vendor applicants are invited to set up 10×10 booths during the festivities for softball and baseball. Booth fee is $25 and must be paid no later than Friday. Booth fees will directly benefit PYRA which is a non-profit youth organization serving all of Paradise’s youth sports activities. Contact Kelly Cook at 817-808-3928, kcook0920@yahoo.com; or Angela Smith at 940-859-6183, angelasmith5678@gmail.com.

BOOK SALE – The Bridgeport Public Library Friends’ Annual Book Sale begins at 10 a.m. Thursday and goes through Wednesday, March 25. Come early to get the best choice of books. Call 940-683-3450.

SHRED DAY – A shred day will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at Brookshire’s in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS LUNCH – The Wise County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will have its rescheduled commissioners court luncheon at noon today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

FUNERALS – Service for Roy Watson, 94, of Fort Worth is 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Family visitation is tomorrow at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Daniel Harber, 70, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for O’Dell Willie Monthie Jr., 54, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale and Julie Rene’ Bolton, 68, of Rhome are pending at Christian-Hawkins.

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Monday, March 16, 2015


BULLS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – The Bridgeport Bulls captured the UIL Class 4A basketball title Saturday with an 83-53 blowout victory over Houston Sterling at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Tournament MVP Caleb Smith set the tone early, helping the Bulls build a double-digit advantage. He finished with 23 points. Devonte Patterson also shined in his team’s biggest game with a team-leading 29 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and two assists. The Bulls earned the right to play in the championship game with a 68-60 victory over top-ranked Dallas Madison on Friday. Expanded coverage of the Bulls state championship will be featured in Wednesday’s Wise County Messenger.

GRANGER RESCHEDULED – The “Conversation with Congresswoman Kay Granger” luncheon has been rescheduled for April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Decatur Civic Center. An earlier event was canceled because of the weather. Reservations for the event can be made beginning today by calling Kristi or Donna at the Messenger – 940-627-5987. Advance reservations are required.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Church of Christ on FM 51 south. Kevin Meyers will be presenting “Scallywags, Rogues and Ruffs: All those ancestors we don’t talk about.” Cost is $5 for non-members.

COMMISSIONERS LUNCH – The Wise County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will have its rescheduled commissioners court luncheon at noon Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served, and everyone is invited.

PLAY PERFORMANCE – The Chico High School One Act Play will perform “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” their UIL competition play, 6 tonight in the Chico High School auditorium. The public performance is free.

BOOSTER MEETING - The Decatur Football Booster Club meets 6:30 tonight in the Decatur High School library.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Ronald Clarence Brooks, 69, of Dallas is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for O’dell Willie Monthie, Jr., 54, of New Fairview is 11 a.m. Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Tim Hartsell, 60, of Decatur is 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 3 in Chico. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Friday, March 13, 2015


BULLS PLAY AT STATE – The Bridgeport Bulls will play in the 4A state semifinal today at 1:30 p.m. against Dallas Madison at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Follow live updates of the action at @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap of the action will be posted at www.wcmsports.com this afternoon. With a victory, the Bulls would advance to the state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

BOOSTER MEETING – The Decatur Football Booster Club meets 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Decatur High School library.

COOP TOUR – The fifth annual chicken coop tour will be May 2. If you have a chicken coop that you would like put on the tour, call Extension agent Chrissy Karrer by March 31 at 940-627-3341.

PARADISE UPENDS DECATUR – The Paradise Lady Panthers won their third straight game, beating Decatur 13-6 Thursday.

BOYD HOLDS OFF ALVORD – The Boyd Yellowjackets turned a 1-2-3 double play in the top of the seventh to hold off Alvord for a 5-3 victory. Alvord committed seven errors leading to five unearned runs for Boyd.

EAGLES RUN AT GAINESVILLE – The Decatur boys and girls track teams will run at the Gainesville Relays today.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, at Weatherford College Wise County. Lunch will be served, and everyone is invited.

FUNERALS – Service for LeeRoy Cowley, 60, of Chico is 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Gregory “Lumpy” Taylor, 50, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Ashley Joelynn Hunt, 22, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at New Harp Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Virginia Maxine Gotcher Walker, 84, of Garland will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas with burial the Restland Cemetery. Family visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at Restland Funeral Home.

SERVICES for O’dell Willie Monthie Jr., 54, of New Fairview, Wayne “Pop” Fielder, 75, of Cottondale and Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Melba J. Looney, 74, of Boyd is 11 a.m. today at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015


COMMUTER BUS SERVICE BEGINS – TAPS Public Transit is now offering commuter service from Decatur to Rhome to Fort Worth on weekdays. The morning service departs Decatur (Cornerstone Baptist Church) at 5:30 a.m.; stopping at Rhome (Dairy Queen) and departing at 6 a.m.; then arriving at The T Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Forth Worth at approximately 7 a.m. The service then returns to Decatur at 7:10 a.m. In the afternoon, the TAPS Commuter Connect leaves Decatur at 5 p.m., stops in Rhome, and proceeds to Fort Worth, arriving at approximately 6:30 p.m. The final trip of the day departs from Fort Worth to Rhome and Decatur at 6:45 p.m. Read more in an upcoming issue of the Wise County Messenger.

SOCIETY MEETING NEXT MONTH – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will not meet for the month of March. There will be a meeting the third Tuesday in April.

TEAM CAPTAIN MEETING – A Relay for Life team captain meeting is 7 p.m. today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944.

WOOD SCHOLARSHIP – WRHS Virginia Wood Memorial Scholarship applications are now available online at www.wiseregional.com/scholarship/. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a deserving high school student, continuing education student, employees and children of employees of WRHS, and any individual with a Wise County address. The recipients must be furthering their education in some type of medical field. Application deadline is April 1. Call Rachel Gasperson at 940-210-2452.

MOVIE SHOWINGS – Bridgeport Box Office will show the movie “Big Hero 6″ at 1 and 7 p.m. today at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. Doors open 30 minutes before the movie starts, and concessions will be sold. The movie is free, and space is limited. The event is put on by the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department.

RELAY SURVIVOR DINNER – The Relay for Life survivor dinner is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26. To register, call Kathy Hughes, 940-255-2944; or Amy Tyler, 940-255 9078.

SPRING CLEANING – Alvord Spring Clean Up continues 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Saturday at the City Public Works Facility, 915 W. Bypass U.S. 81/287 (next to the high school). Dispose of unwanted items and tree limbs for free. You must provide a current water bill and your driver’s license. No hazardous materials are allowed, including oil, batteries, paint, a/c units, refrigerators and tires.

LEARN TO CROCHET AND KNIT – Decatur Public Library is offering free Learn to Crochet and Learn to Knit classes Thursday evenings in March and April, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Bring your own crochet hook and a skein of yarn, and learn to crochet simple stitches and patterns. Knitting classes will be Thursdays in April. Bring your own pair of knitting needles and yarn. Classes are free and open to all ages. No registration necessary. Call 940-393-0290. Visit www.decaturpubliclibrary.com or stop by the library, 1700 FM 51 South.

ADVERTISING SCAM ALERT – A company called Direct Marketing is contacting businesses trying to sell space on business directories and maps on behalf of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Misty Hudson said the chamber is not affiliated with this company. Call Hudson at 940-627-3107 with questions or concerns.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Paul Richard Ward, 69, of Rhome is 2 p.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ashley Joelynn Hunt, 22, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at New Harp Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Melba J. Looney, 74, of Boyd is 11 a.m. Friday at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 todnight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

GRAVESIDE service for Gregory “Lumpy” Taylor, 50, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins.

GARAGE SALES THIS WEEKEND:

  • Newark, 277 CR4929 Off FM 3433 near Seven Hills Elementary School, Fri., March 13, 7:30a.m.-4p.m. Garage sale. Lots of pre/post moving household items, furniture, kids’ clothing and toys, much more.
  • Decatur, 636 FM 2264, March 13-14, Fri., 9a.m.-4p.m., Sat., 8a.m.-4p.m. Multi-family garage sale. Too much to list.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


POSSIBLE BREAK IN THEFT/FIRE INVESTIGATION – An arrest has been made in the case of two pickups stolen from the East Wise fire hall while firefighters were responding to three suspicious fires Feb. 22. One of the vehicles, a 2014 Chevy pickup, was found abandoned in a Braum’s parking lot in Dallas on Feb. 26. On March 7, a traffic stop on County Road 2391 near the LBJ National Grasslands led to the recovery of the other vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup. The driver of that pickup, Tonia Lynn Roberts, 37, of Paradise, was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon for a pistol found in her possession. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

Weatherford-College-Update-Cut-In-Big-BoxCOUNCILMAN PLEADS TO FELONY, FILES FOR RE-ELECTION – Despite pleading guilty to indecency with a child by sexual contact in 271st District Court in Decatur last week, Aurora City Council member Cyrus Farver has filed for re-election to Ward III, where he has served for 12 years. “They need my experience on the council,” Farver said yesterday in a phone interview. In exchange for his guilty plea to the second degree felony, Farver received three years of deferred adjudication. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and must register as a sex offender. Read the full story in the midweek Messenger.

MOVIE SHOWINGS – Bridgeport Box Office will show the movie “Big Hero 6″ at 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. Doors open 30 minutes before the movie starts, and concessions will be sold. The movie is free, and space is limited. The event is put on by the Bridgeport Parks and Recreation department.

GLITZY GIRLS – The second annual Glitzy Girls Trailer Park is Saturday, April 11, on the Decatur Square, and they are seeking vendors. Call 940-577-3487 or email toollady1@aol.com.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Wise Area Business Women’s Network annual golf tournament fundraiser is Saturday, March 28, at the Bridgeport Country Club. For an entry form, contact Beth Landers, landers0@msn.com or 901-270-1018.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Desk and Derrick Club of Wise County is offering scholarships to Wise County high school seniors. Applications can be obtained from the high school counselors or by contacting Crystal Watkins at Crystal.Watkins@dvn.com. The application deadline is Monday, March 30.

SPECIAL SECTION – Today’s Wise County Messenger and All Around Wise includes our annual Home, Lawn and Garden special section.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Gregory “Lumpy” Taylor, 50, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Lawrence Hamilton, 74, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Teddy Wilson, 67, of Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Paul Richard Ward, 69, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ashley Joelynn Hunt, 22, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at New Harp Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, and Melba Joyce Looney, 74, both of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Joseph Windham, 74, of Longview is 1 p.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


MAYOR CANDIDATE DIES – Chico mayoral candidate Greg Taylor died Saturday. The 50-year-old Taylor had filed to fill the mayor position vacated by former mayor J.D Clark following his election as Wise County judge last November. To date, Chico mayor pro tem Karen Garrison has taken over mayoral duties. After attending several council meetings, Taylor filed to be included in the May election ballot for mayor. Other candidates include Euell Gale Rackley, Garrison and Roger Mead. “He seemed to be real civic minded and I wish there were more like that,” Garrison said. “We’re down another good community member.” Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

CITY HONORS PINKERTON – Barbara Pinkerton was honored at the beginning of yesterday’s Decatur City Council meeting. Mayor Martin Woodruff presented Pinkerton with a plaque, read a proclamation and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Pinkerton was honored for her years of service to the community, including teaching at her art school, Decatur ISD, the sheriff’s office jail and Sunday school at First Baptist Church. The council also heard the first reading of the city’s new zoning ordinance and a zoning change request from James Wood for 77 acres in the Martin Branch subdivision.

RAINFALL TOTALS – Yesterday’s rainfall totals included 0.45 of an inch in Alvord, 0.38 in Rhome, 0.36 in Decatur and 0.27 in Bridgeport.

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

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting the Kountry Kidney Team, which is raising money for the National Kidney Foundation, is 9 a.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Bridgeport Community Center. Cost is $10. RSVP by noon Wednesday, March 18, to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076.

HEALTH FAIR – The 8th Annual Wise County Health Fair is 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. The theme for this year’s event is Heroes for Health. Vendors are being registered now. Contact Dena Silvers, 940-627-5080, silvers@embarqmail.com.

FEEL GOOD – Cosmetologists will give a free workshop to cancer patients noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the boardroom at Wise Regional Health System’s Cancer Center, 2010 S. Ben Merritt Dr., in Decatur. Participants will learn how to look good and feel better about the skin and hair changes that cancer treatment can cause. Lunch is provided, and reservations are required. Call Laura Tanner, 940-626-2300.

BASKETBALL TOURNEY – Decatur Junior Women’s Club 3-on-3 basketball tournament is Friday, March 27. Register online by Wednesday, March 25, at poweredbysportssignup.com. Those registered by March 19 will receive a free T-shirt. Call Sara, 940-206-0400.

FUNERALS – Service for Lawrence Hamilton, 74, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Teddy Wilson, 67, of Decatur is pending at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Nelda B. Milligan, 83, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at The River Church in Decatur. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jo Caraway Askey, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Paul Richard Ward, 69, of Rhome is 2 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ashley Joelynn Hunt, 22, of Alvord is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial in New Harp Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jim Arrington, 70, of Bromide, Okla., is 11 a.m. today at the Assembly of God Church in Rhome with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Virginia Brown, 91, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Christian-Hawkins with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Joseph Windham, 74, of Longview is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, March 9, 2015


BULLS EARN STATE SPOT – The Bridgeport Bulls beat Abilene Wylie 62-48 in the 4A Region I Final Saturday to earn the program’s first trip to the state tournament. Caleb Smith scored 27 and Devonte Patterson 26 in the victory. The Bulls will meet Dallas Madison at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 4A semifinal at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

YOUTH FAIR SALE TOPS $200,000 – The Wise County Youth Fair wrapped up its 2015 show Saturday with the annual Sale of Champions. The grand champion steer, shown by Haley Rector of Paradise FFA, sold for $11,000 while the reserve champion steer shown by Cassady Craddock of Bridgeport 4-H brought $6,500. A total of $214,000 was spent on 129 projects. Former Youth Fair chairmen, dating back to 1953, were honored before the sale, and the Youth Fair Committee presented $17,000 in scholarships to exhibitors. The Champions and Blue Ribbon Club presented the $2,500 Roy Young Memorial Scholarship to Paradise High School senior Reagan Taylor. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

RAINY DAY – Light rain was falling at 7:45 a.m. as Update was going to press, and the rain could linger through the day. Wise County is not expected to receive the heavy rain forecast for areas south of the Metroplex. After today’s drizzly day with a high of around 54, forecasters are predicting a beautiful week ahead with sunny skies and high temperatures in the 60s for the rest of the week.

MORE PBR TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets to the 2015 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge May 30 sold out within two days last weekend, but WC Challenger Charities is adding extra seating. Those tickets will be available online 9 a.m. today at wcchallenger.org and at Wise Wireless in Decatur. In addition to the regular bull riding, there will be two special events, the Ring of Honor Unfinished Business featuring J.W. Hart, Ross Coleman, Justin McBride, Mike White, Chris Shivers, Cody Custer, Michael Gaffney and Tater Porter, and a head-to-head matchup featuring the five active PBR world champions, Silvano Alves, Mike Lee, Renato Nunes, J.B. Mauney, and Guilherme Marchi. Follow WC Challenger Charities on Facebook for more information.

PERFORMANCE - The Chico High School One Act Play will perform The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, their UIL competition play, in the Chico High School Auditorium 6 p.m. March 16. The public performance is free.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is hosting a pasture management workshop Tuesday at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Pre-registration is $15. Cost is $20 at the door. Topics will include: overseeding bermudagrass, sandbur control, gopher management and fertilizer options. Speakers are soils and crops consultants from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation: James Locke, Eddie Funderburg and Jim Johnson. Lunch is sponsored by Boyd Feed Store. To sign up, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

UMPIRE CLINIC – An umpire clinic for Decatur Baseball is 3 p.m. Saturday at Harmon Park. Cost is $25. Contact Richard Reddick at 817-902-7349.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizen building. Lunch is $7 a plate.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Gregory Taylor, 50, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in New Fairview. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Ashley Hunt, 22, of Alvord and Teddy Wilson, 67, of Decatur are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Nelda B. Milligan, 83, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Tuesday at The River Church in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Lawrence Hamilton, 74, of Rhome will be held at a later date. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Betty Jo Caraway Askey, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sweetwater Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

SERVICE for Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Jim Arrington, 70, of Bromide, Okla., is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Assembly of God Church in Rhome with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins.

FUNERAL for Virginia Brown, 91, formerly of Boyd is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christian-Hawkins with burial at Cottondale Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Bobby Don Jackson, 63, of Bellevue is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Boyd with burial at Keeter Cemetery. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Water leak being repaired in Bridgeport


UPDATE — As of 12:52 p.m., the water leak on 17th Street has been repaired and water pressure has been restored.

The city of Bridgeport has reported a water leak on 17th Street due to the cold weather. The repair is expected to take about six hours. During that time, residents and businesses on the east side of town may experience low water pressure or no water.

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Friday, March 6, 2015


YOUTH FAIR WEEKEND – The Wise County Youth Fair comes to a close Saturday, but there are still plenty of events left to go. Today’s schedule at the Wise County Fairgrounds includes the Prospect Steer Show at 8 a.m., immediately followed by the Market Steer Show, Agricultural Mechanics judging at noon, the Breeding Beef Heifer show at 1 p.m., the Wise County Heart of a Champion Show at 5 p.m. and the Wise County Open Youth Rodeo at 7 p.m. Saturday’s events include the Judging Contest 9-11 a.m., the Pet Show at 10 a.m., a barbecue meal 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., awards at 12:30 p.m., the WCYF Auction at 1 p.m. and the Wise Open Youth Rodeo at 7 p.m.

BULLS HEAD TO REGIONALS – The Bridgeport Bulls basketball team will play in the 4A Region I semifinal at 7 tonight at Lubbock Christian’s Rip Griffin Center against Levelland. The winner of the game will move on to play at 1 p.m. Saturday against either Abilene Wylie or Lubbock Estacado. Keep up with the action live @wcmsports on Twitter. A full recap will be posted www.wcmsports.com.

REGION POWERLIFTING - Chico will host the Region 6 Division 2 and 3 Texas High School Powerlifting Meets today and Saturday. The Division 3 meet for lifters in Class A-3A is today. Saturday 4A lifters will compete.

SPRING FORWARD – Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour before bed Saturday.

DECATUR TRASH SCHEDULE – Due to icy road conditions Thursday morning, this week’s trash schedule in Decatur has been changed. Normal Thursday pickup is Friday, and Friday pickup will be Saturday.

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL – The Bridgeport City Council, in a rescheduled Thursday evening meeting, approved a contract with Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP for the purpose of collecting delinquent court fines for the city. The council also heard a presentation from the public library, which has amassed more than $57,000 in late fees since 2009. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

MORE PBR TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets to the 2015 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge May 30 sold out within two days last weekend, but WC Challenger Charities is adding extra seating. Those tickets will be available online 9 a.m. Monday at wcchallenger.org and at Wise Wireless in Decatur. In addition to the regular bull riding, there will be two special events, the Ring of Honor Unfinished Business featuring J.W. Hart, Ross Coleman, Justin McBride, Mike White, Chris Shivers, Cody Custer, Michael Gaffney and Tater Porter, and a head-to-head matchup featuring the five active PBR world champions, Silvano Alves, Mike Lee, Renato Nunes, J.B. Mauney, and Guilherme Marchi. Follow WC Challenger Charities on Facebook for more information.

UMPIRE CLINIC – An umpire clinic for Decatur Baseball is 3 p.m. March 14 at Harmon Park. Cost is $25. Contact Richard Reddick at 817-902-7349.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce meets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Senior Citizen building. Lunch is $7 a plate.

HAMBURGER FUNDRAISER – Making the Change Relay for Life team is holding a hamburger fundraiser 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Harwood Park in Bridgeport. Cost is $5 for hamburgers, chips and a drink. Reserve a meal by calling 940-683-3010. Deliveries will be made in the Bridgeport area. Walk-ups are welcome.

PROJECT GRADUATION DANCE – Paradise Project Graduation will sponsor a dance featuring the Zach Seth Band 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday at the Wise County Fairgrounds Women’s Building. General admission is $8 or $5 for Wise County Youth Fair participants. Under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. Students from all area schools are invited.

HUNTING HERITAGE BANQUET – The National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet is tonight at the Decatur Civic Center. The event, rescheduled from last week due to weather, will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffles and games. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets call Jennifer Barrow, Cross Timbers NWTF president, at 940-393-8908.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS – The Decatur 8ers Square Dance Club will provide beginning square dance lessons 9 a.m.-1 p.m. over five Saturdays beginning this Saturday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 701 W. Hale in Decatur. The free lessons are for anyone ages 12 and up. Caller Robert Walker will be teaching. Call Fonda or Marshal at 940-627-2343.

FUNERALS – Service for Rubin “R.V.” “Sonny” Martin, 84, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Bettie Jo Askey, 82, of Decatur and Paul R. Wood, 69, of Rhome are pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Asie Lee Rhodes, 91, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

FUNERAL for Bobby Clifton Greer Sr., 79, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Chapel.

FUNERAL for Charles Gordon King, 75, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL MASS for Ann Jolley, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Rosary will be said at 6:30 tonight at the church with visitation to follow. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Adrin Keath, 73, of Boyd and Virginia Brown, 91, formerly of Boyd are pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

NO SERVICE is planned for Shirley Briggs, 80, of Decatur. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Araceli Gregory, 40, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. today in Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth with interment at Greenwood Memorial Park.

MEMORIAL service for Edith Ann Cage, 77, of Bowie is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Alvord. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015


ANOTHER SNOW DAY – Freezing rain began falling in Wise County yesterday afternoon, creating a thin glaze of ice on most everything, including roads. The precipitation transitioned into snow, which fell heavy at times, around 9:30 or 10 p.m. Snowfall reports included 4 inches in Decatur and 1.5 in Alvord. A fallen tree limb caused more than 500 Oncor customers in Chico to lose power for about three hours before power was restored at 10:40 p.m., according to Oncor Area Manager Sabrina Easley. Other outages were reported in Runaway Bay and Boonsville, but those outages only lasted about half an hour. Wind speeds over 20 mph and temperatures in the mid 20s made for a chilly evening for anyone outside. Roadways began to ice over after 5 p.m. in Wise County. An 18-wheeler was reported jackknifed around 8 p.m. at U.S. 380 and FM 1658. According to our WCM Weather 1 team in the field, a few icy spots were reported on FM 407 this morning, and U.S. 81/287 from Rhome to Decatur was slow but passable this morning around 7. To check road conditions, go to www.drivetexas.org or call TxDOT at 1-800-452-9292. The winter weather caused many closings, cancellations and delays. See the list below, and visit wcmess.com/closings for a list we will update throughout the day.

CLOSINGS/DELAYS – Here is the list of closings/cancellations/delays as of 8 a.m. Thursday:

SCHOOLS

  • Weatherford College (all campuses) – closed
  • Alvord ISD – closed
  • Boyd ISD – closed
  • Bridgeport ISD – closed
  • Chico ISD – closed
  • Decatur ISD – closed
  • Northwest ISD – closed
  • Paradise ISD – closed
  • Slidell ISD – closed
  • Victory Christian Academy – closed

SERVICES

  • Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) – closed
  • Wise Hope Crisis Center – closed
  • Chico Public Library – closed

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

  • Wise County offices and Rhome City Hall and municipal courts are closed today.
  • Decatur City Hall will open with a 2-hour delay
  • City of Bridgeport will open at noon
  • Wise County Appraisal District – closed

BUSINESSES

  • Bond Family Eye Care will open at 1:30 p.m.
  • Learning Ladder – closed
  • SignWise Texas – closed
  • Victory Kids Care – closed
  • Fit-N-Wise is open, but all outpatient services are canceled.

CHURCHES

  • First United Methodist Church of Decatur has canceled all Thursday morning activities.

EVENTS

  • Wise County Youth Fair will delay all Thursday arrivals and show times by 2 hours:
  • Arrival of ALL Rabbits 9-10 a.m.
  • Market Swine Show 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrival of 4-H & FCCLA entries 9:30-12
  • Meat Pen of Rabbits judged 10 a.m.
  • Market Goat Show 4 p.m.
  • Viewing of 4-H & FCCLA 7 p.m. Ag Mech begin moving in (Must be in place by 8 a.m. Friday)
  • Legal Aid Clinic at First United Methodist Church in Decatur – CANCELLED

MEETINGS – The Decatur Rotary Club has canceled its noon meeting.

FREE SCHOOL BREAKFAST – In honor of School Breakfast Week, Decatur ISD is allowing all students to eat breakfast in their school cafeteria from 7:30-8 a.m. Friday at no charge.

RETIRING TEACHER – Denise Joseph of Decatur is retiring after almost 40 years in education. Past co-workers, parents, former students and anyone impacted by Joseph’s teaching is invited to stop by Carson Elementary, 2100 S. Bus. 287, in Decatur now through March 6 to record a video message for her, or they can send their video message to Jennifer.terrell@decatur.esc11.net. Call 940-393-7500. Joseph’s retirement reception will be Thursday, March 26. A related story was featured in the midweek Wise County Messenger.

SPRING CLEANING – Alvord Spring Clean Up is 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and March 9-14 at the City Public Works Facility, 915 W. Bypass U.S. 81/287 (next to the high school). Must have a current water bill and your driver’s license. No hazardous materials are allowed, including oil, batteries, paint, a/c units, refrigerators and tires. Dispose of unwanted items and tree limbs for free.

MOVIES FOR SPRING BREAK – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation presents showings of “Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good Day” Tuesday, March 10, and “Big Hero 6″ Thursday, March 12. Showings will take place at 1 and 7 p.m. both days at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. The movies are free, and concessions will be available at all showings. Call 940-683-3480.

PASTURE MANAGEMENT – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wise County is hosting a pasture management workshop Tuesday, March 10, at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Pre-registration is $15. Cost is $20 at the door. Topics will include: overseeding bermudagrass, sandbur control, gopher management and fertilizer options. Speakers are soils and crops consultants from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation: James Locke, Eddie Funderburg and Jim Johnson. Lunch is sponsored by Boyd Feed Store. To sign up, call the Extension office, 940-627-3341.

SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL – Registration for Wise County Special Needs Baseball runs through Saturday. Cost is $20. Individuals with special needs over 3 years old are invited to participate. No previous baseball experience is required. Registration forms can be downloaded at wcspecialneeds.com. Call 940-577-1848.

FUNERALS – Service for Rubin “R.V.” “Sonny” Martin, 84, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Asie Lee Rhodes, 91, is 2 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Bobby Clifton Greer Sr., 79, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Charles Gordon King, 75, of Alvord is 10 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Chapel with burial at Hopewell Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins.

MEMORIAL MASS for Ann Jolley, 74, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Assumption of the Blessed Mary Catholic Church in Decatur. Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church with visitation to follow. Coker-Hawkins is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Araceli Gregory, 40, of Decatur is 3:30 p.m. Friday in Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth with interment at Greenwood Memorial Park. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Greenwood.

MEMORIAL service for Edith Ann Cage, 77, of Bowie is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 3 Cemetery in Alvord. White Family Funeral Home in Bowie is handling arrangements.

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