Thursday, April 27, 2017


ELEVATED FIRE DANGER – According to the National Weather Service, gusty south winds and warm, dry weather will create elevated fire danger in Wise County and areas to the west this afternoon.

SISSIES IN THIRD – The Bridgeport Sissies golf team is in third place heading into today’s second round of the Class 4A Region II tournament at Canton’s Van Zandt Country Club. Brooke Irion led the way, shooting a 77. She is in second place. Katie Hudson is in sixth after an opening-round 84. Ashlie Lennard shot 108, Taite Read 110 and Maycie Cortez 117.

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS – The Chico Lady Dragons take on Perrin-Whitt at 7:30 tonight at Jacksboro in a Class 2A Region II bi-district game. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets begin the playoffs with a 3A Region I bi-district series against Breckenridge with game one at 7 p.m. at Brock. Games two and three begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Weatherford College.

SENIOR CITIZENS FUNDRAISER – The Chico Senior Citizen Association will hold a fundraiser 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chico City Community Room, 400 S. Hovey St. It will include a hamburger/hot dog meal with drink, chips and dessert for $6, musical entertainment and a cake auction. Proceeds will be used to repair the senior citizens building from water damage.

YARD SALE – The Hills Nursing and Rehab, 201 E. Thompson in Decatur, will hold a yard sale 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

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

COOP TOUR – Texas A&M AgriLife is hosting the 7th Annual Coop Tour May 6. If you are interested in being on the tour, contact the Extension office ASAP. The tour will begin with a presentation on “Raising Chickens 101” at 9 a.m. at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The tour will be come and go from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 940-627-3341.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Bridgeport Elementary School’s kindergarten roundup is 9 a.m-2 p.m. May 1-5. Students must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1. To register, bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, shot record, proof of residence and photo ID of the person enrolling the student. Call 940-683-5955.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. today and Thursday, May 4, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

NEW LIBRARY HOURS – The Newark Public Library, 207 Hudson St., has new library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 1-5 p.m. Call the library at 817-489-2224, email library@newarktexas.com. or visit www.newarktexas.com/library.html.

SUNDAE FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Police Department will sell ice cream sundaes 3:30-5:30 p.m. today at 1000 Thompson St. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

FINAL BANK NIGHT – The final meeting and bank night for Wise County’s Relay for Life is 5:30 p.m. today at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. All team captains must attend to turn in money and pick up T-shirts. Captains should also bring silent auction items – one basket per 15 team members.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Anna Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. today at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Arlene Gibson, 74, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


ATV PURCHASE APPROVED TO WORK RACES – Wise County commissioners peppered EMS Administrator Charles Dillard with questions Monday morning but eventually granted his request to purchase all-terrain vehicles, primarily for use at local racetracks. He said medics currently use ATVs or four-wheelers that belong to the racetracks, which presents liability concerns. Dillard asked to use capital expenditure money to purchase three ATVs, and commissioners approved the purchase of two. He explained that off-duty personnel work the events and are paid by the racetracks. If someone is injured, they are a patient of Wise County EMS and billed accordingly. County Judge J.D. Clark expressed concern that Dillard was asking to buy equipment for use at private events. “If these private events pay our employees directly, should they do anything to offset the cost of the equipment out there for a private, for-profit event?” he asked. The purchase was approved 3-1 with Precinct 3 Commissioner Harry Lamance casting the lone vote against. “I’d be for one,” he said. The ATVs will also be used for emergencies on the LBJ National Grasslands and other rough terrain. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

WIND ADVISORY – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Wise County from noon to 7 p.m. today. West-northwest winds 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour are expected this afternoon. We’ve already hit the expected high for today, with temperatures expected to drop behind a cold front. Tonight’s low is expected to dip to 46 degrees.

REGION GOLF – Decatur freshman Dayne Chapman shot a 5-over 77 in the second round of the 4A Region II tournament. Chapman finished tied for 16th with his two-day 11-over 155. He finished six strokes back of the final individual state qualifier, Jaxson Bellar of Bullard. The Chico girls shot a second round total 491 to finish with a 936 at the 2A Region II tournament. The Lady Dragons took seventh. Whitney Renfro followed her 105 with a 109. Jaci Green fired a 121 to finish with a 229. McKenna Flake had a 123 in the second round for a 233 in the tournament. Claire Hill shot 138 for a 260 total. The Alvord boys finished 11th with their two-round total of 853. Crese Redman shot 94 in the second round, following his opening 103. Russell Shrauner had 98 after his first round 120. Tanner Petree and Clayton Machal finished with a totals of 219 and Clint Wright 245. Chico’s Willie Payne shot a two-day total of 209. At the 5A Region I tournament, Northwest finished with a 718. Ashley Davis had a 161 over two rounds. Calista Lothliam 181, Madison Davis 182, Madison Pate 197 and Katlyn Fagile 203. The Bridgeport girls start play today at the 4A Region II tournament in Canton.

YELLOWJACKETS STAY IN FIRST – The Boyd Yellowjackets will take on Jacksboro Friday in a showdown for the 8-3A title after Creighton Witt worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of seventh Tuesday for a 3-2 walkoff win over Henrietta. Paradise fell to Jacksboro 4-2. Northwest beat Eaton 2-1 to wrap up the 6-5A title. Lindsay blanked Alvord 5-0.

SUNDAE FUNDRAISER – Bridgeport Police Department will sell ice cream sundaes 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1000 Thompson St. All proceeds benefit Wise County Relay for Life.

FAMILY PLACE – Chico Public Library’s Family Place play dates are back – 11 a.m. to noon every Thursday, April 27 through May 25. They encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Each week a local family service professional will be there to answer questions about early literacy, food and nutrition, music and play, child development, speech, hearing and language. Space is limited to 10 children, and registration is required. Call 940-644-2330.

FUNDRAISER – Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department is having its first fundraiser and raffle 5 p.m. Saturday at 567 Salt Creek Road, in Springtown. There will be a silent auction, bounce house, medical helicopter landing, music, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. Cost for the meal is a donation. The department is seeking donations of new or lightly used items for the silent auction. Call 940-393-9203. There will be a raffle for a Coleman UTV. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. They can be purchased at the Salt Creek Store, Cottondale Store, Raymonds BBQ in Bridgeport or Elliot’s Electric in Bridgeport.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEETING – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served at noon during the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. today.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by Thursday. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

MEDICAL DIRECTORY – The Messenger’s Wise County Medical, Health & Wellness 2017 Directory is featured as an insert in today’s paper.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney/Ponder is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017


DECATUR WRECK – Two people were sent to the hospital Monday morning following a wreck on Farm Road 51 just south of Decatur. A witness said a car was southbound on FM 51 when it apparently ran off the road and struck a culvert near Cobb Rental, causing the vehicle to go into a roll and strike a parked vehicle. The vehicle narrowly missed striking two people standing in front of the business, one of whom was injured by flying debris, the witness said. Two people were transported to Wise Health System in Decatur where one of the victims was flown to a Fort Worth hospital. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. No other information was immediately available at the scene.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty

EXTENDED HOURS FOR VOTING – Early voting for the May 6 city and school elections takes place with extended hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today. A full list of voting locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now. Also, today is the deadline for elections officials to receive applications for ballots by mail.

REGION GOLF – Decatur’s Dayne Chapman shot a 6-over 78 in the first round of the 4A Region II tournament. He is tied for 19th and three shots back of the third individual advancing medalist. In the 2A Region II tournament, the Chico girls are in fourth after a first round 445. Whitney Renfro shot 105, Jacie Green 108, McKenna Flake 110 and Claire Hill 122. The Alvord boys shot 438 led by Crese Redman’s 103. Clayton Machal fired 106, Tanner Petree 109, Russell Shrauner 120 and Clint Wright 128. Chico’s Willie Payne shot 104. At the 5A Region I tournament, the Northwest girls shot 352 and are in fifth place. Ashley Davis is tied for third with a 78. Madison Davis is 23rd with an 87. Calista Lothliam fired a 90, Madison Pate 97 and Katlyn Faglie 106.

BASEBALL – The Boyd Yellowjackets look to maintain a share of the 8-3A lead as they take on Henrietta at home at 7:30 p.m. Paradise faces 8-3A co-leader Jacksboro at home. Alvord closes the regular season at home against Lindsay. Chico welcomes in Era. Northwest will try to sew up the 6-5A title against Eaton.

FINAL BANK NIGHT – The final meeting and bank night for Wise County’s Relay for Life is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. All team captains must attend to turn in money and pick up T-shirts. Captains should also bring silent auction items – one basket per 15 team members.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon is 11:30 a.m. today at the Eagle Activity Center, DISD’s multipurpose indoor practice facility behind the high school. Guests are asked to enter on U.S. Business 81/287 next to Carson and follow the driveway by the tennis courts and weight room to the parking area. Speaker is DISD Superintendent Rod Townsend.

TAX INFORMATION – The Wise County Appraisal District is offering PTAX 101 – Texas Property Tax Notice of Appraised Value and How to Protest 6 p.m. today at the WCAD office, 400 U.S. Business 380, in Decatur. This week’s program is the fourth in a series to help taxpayers better understand the Texas property tax system and responsibility of the appraisal district. Call 940-627-3081 to register.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION MEETING – The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. Thursday in the G.C. Rann Auditorium of the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. Lunch will be served at noon during the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. RSVP to the museum by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County United Way will hold its annual golf tournament Friday at The Resort on Eagle Mountain Lake. For more information or to enter a team, call Shawn Mann at 940-393-1679 or Terry Everett at 940-389-9060.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a grilling workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and Thursday, May 4, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office, 940-627-3341, to reserve your spot.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. today in the lecture hall at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The society will host guest speaker Diane Brownlee, who is a docent instructor at the Ross Perot Museum and the Heard Natural Science Museum. The topic will be “Earth’s Plate Tectonics.” Call 940-735-0361.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney/Ponder is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-7 tonight at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Cemetery pavilion in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, April 24, 2017


EARLY VOTING BEGINS – Polls opened at 8 a.m. today for early voting for the May 6 city council and school board elections. Early voting runs April 24 through May 2. A full list of voting times and locations was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

CADDELL WINS STATE TITLE – Paradise senior Avery Caddell won headline writing for the second straight year at the UIL 3A academic championships in Austin last week. Teammate Faith Blankenship placed third in feature writing, and the PHS journalism team tied with East Bernard for second overall. Also bringing home hardware from the 3A state meet was Aliza White of Boyd. She placed second in ready writing. In the 2A state meet, Chico’s Austin Richey placed 6th in computer science. In 1A competition, Slidell’s Kevin Oney placed second in social studies, Kayler Talamantes placed third in computer applications and Stone Coston placed sixth in computer science. Slidell’s One Act Play placed third at state. Results of the state speaking events had not been posted online before Update went to press.

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

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Decatur ISD will honor Carrie Greever’s 29 years of service to public education with a retirement reception 4-5:30 p.m. today at Carson Elementary. It is a come and go event.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Boyd 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 Wise Clinical Care Associates, 133 N. 730 Suite 105. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Dick Gilley at 940-626-1890 for more information.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lecture hall at the Weatherford College Wise County campus. The society will host guest speaker Diane Brownlee, who is a docent instructor at the Ross Perot Museum and the Heard Natural Science Museum. The topic will be “Earth’s Plate Tectonics.” Call 940-735-0361.

SUMMER CAMP MEETING – A Salvation Army Summer Camp meeting for parents of children ages 10-12 in Wise County is 6 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport. The meeting will feature pizza, registration and a free physical for camp. Parents should bring shot records. For information call Martine Simpson at 940-399-8530 or Sharon Wilson at 214-274-0514.

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION – The Basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association, will be presented 2-4 p.m. today at Decatur Public Library. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated. Call 800-272-3900.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by April 27. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Wise County commissioners today will consider issuing a letter of support for legislation regarding the creation of Wise County Municipal Utility District No. 4. They will also consider several tax bid sales and will have a closed session about property. The meeting is at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the county courthouse in Decatur.

FUNERALS – Service for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jennifer Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Olivia Holmes, 97, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Steele Creek, N.C. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Friday, April 21, 2017


COLLEGE BILL PASSES HOUSE – The Texas House of Representatives Thursday passed Rep. Phil King’s bill (HB 2194) advocating for Wise County representation on the Weatherford College board. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for approval. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

STORMS IN FORECAST – The National Weather Service forecast includes an 80 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms tonight, mainly between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

THORPE, CATE WIN AREA TITLES – Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe and Jacey Cate won titles at the 7/8-3A area meet. Thorpe won the shot put with a throw of 37-10.25. Cate tied her own school record in the high jump, clearing 5-4. Paradise’s Matthew Eisen finished third in the 1,600. Boyd’s Caleb Rodriguez took second in the 200 and anchored the 4×400 that finished third.

DECATUR BATTLES SANGER FOR SECOND IN 9-4A – The Decatur Eagles will look for a fourth straight win and try to move into a second-place tie with Sanger at the end of 9-4A play. The two meet in Sanger at 7:30 tonight. Other games: Baseball – Collinsville at Alvord, Boyd at City View, Muenster at Chico, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Azle at Northwest, Paradise at Henrietta. Softball – Alvord at Collinsville, City View at Boyd, Gainesville at Bridgeport, Decatur at Sanger, Paradise at Henrietta, Azle at Northwest, Chico at Valley View (Saturday).

PLANT SALE – A Decatur FFA plant sale is 3:30-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Greenhouse located behind Decatur High School.

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION – The Basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association, will be presented 2-4 p.m. Monday at Decatur Public Library. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated. Call 800-272-3900.

SONFLOWER CAMP – Sonflower Camp for Kids with Disabilities will be June 5, 6 and 7 at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. Kids and adult campers of all ages are welcome. Campers and volunteers can sign up at Sonflowercamp.com.

BENEFIT TOURNEY – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting Garrett Ragsdale is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Boyd High School gym. Cost is $125 per team, five-player maximum. Garrett, a 2014 BHS graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Money raised will go toward his medical expenses. Volunteers are also needed to referee, work the concession stand, take money at the gate and donate items for a bake sale. To participate as a player or volunteer, call Alissa Gordon, 940-273-1540.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) annual yard sale is today and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Secret Life of Pets” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

BAND BANQUET – The Mighty Marching Maroon Annual Band Banquet is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center on Lawdwin. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with either cleanup or decorating. E-mail President Chad Bynum at sonnycrockett1@embarqmail.com or Jennifer Bynum at jbynum1974@gmail.com if you will assist.

FUNERALS – Service for Brent Barber, 53, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Dorothy June Taylor, 90, of Stoney is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jennifer L. Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


DAZZLING TOTALS – The 8th annual Wise Health Foundation Dazzle Me Pink fundraiser raised more than $65,000 for Mary’s Gift, topping last year’s total by $7,000. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms for women. For more on the fashion show and luncheon, see the weekend Messenger.

HACKER WINS TRIPLE JUMP – Decatur’s Isaac Hacker won the 9/10-4A area title in the triple jump with an effort of 44-6. Hacker beat second place by more than two feet. He will move on to the 4A Region II meet. The Decatur girls took third in the 4×100 and 4×200 and will send all three relays to regionals. Autumn Finny finished third in the triple jump. Christian Isaac finished third in the 800. Riley Forman was third in the discus. Bridgeport’s Savannah Tuggle finished third in the girls pole vault.

ALVORD SWEEPS MEDALS IN HURDLES – The Alvord Lady Bulldogs swept the medal stand at the 11/12-2A area meet in the 100 hurdles. Christina Thomas won the race in 16.57. Brittney Parrish took second and Maggie Wicks third. Thomas earned regional spots also in the high jump and 4×100. Brittany Burton finished second in the 100 in 13.37. Chico’s Whitney Renfro won the 300 hurdles. The Lady Dragons’ 4×200 finished second. Haley Pollard took second in the pole vault.

7/8-3A AREA MEET – Boyd and Paradise athletes will try to nail down region bids today in Jacksboro at the 7/8-3A meet. The meet starts at 11 a.m. with field events. The running finals are at 5:30 p.m.

DECATUR CELEBRATES SENIOR NIGHT WITH WIN – Senior Trey Penny’s RBI-single got a four-run third inning rolling for the Decatur Eagles in a 4-2 win over Krum. Wilson Hicks allowed two runs – one earned – on three hits in six and two-thirds innings. Decatur clinched at least the third seed in 9-4A with the victory.

BAND BANQUET – The Mighty Marching Maroon Annual Band Banquet is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center on Lawdwin. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with either cleanup or decorating. E-mail President Chad Bynum at sonnycrockett1@embarqmail.com or Jennifer Bynum at jbynum1974@gmail.com if you will assist.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING – The Wise County Retired Teacher Personnel will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 at the Decatur Civic Center. Guest Speaker will be Wise Health System administrator Paul Aslin, and an update on TRTA insurance bill will be discussed. Reservations are requested for adequate food to be prepared. E-mail richardperry@embarqmail.com for reservations.

FUNDRAISER – Paradise 4-H and the Panther Booster Club are bringing In-N-Out Burger to the high school baseball games Tuesday, April 25. Tickets are $5 for a burger, chips and a drink. Call Melanie Tittor at 940-389-5052 to order tickets by Friday.

WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – The Bridgeport Women’s Club will be awarding scholarships this year. 2017 BHS seniors will be eligible by turning in the local scholarship at the school, and female, non-traditional students living or working in Bridgeport (those wanting to continue education by attending college, trade school or by gaining professional certifications) can pick up an application at the Bridgeport Public Library. Applications are due back to the library by May 27. Call Pam Lanfear, 940-393-5987.

PATH TO THE PLATE – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting a program to promote Texas agriculture and teach participants about the role agriculture plays in providing proper nutrition, preventing food waste, and alleviating unsubstantiated fears about the food supply. The program will include a Grilling Workshop with tips on keeping grilling healthy without sacrificing flavor 6-8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Women’s Building. Cost is $15 per night or $25 for both nights. Call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341 to reserve your spot.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. The speaker will address “Hypertension management.” Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 tonight at Decatur Church of Christ. The program is “I’ve got – or – I am getting my DNA report: Now what do I do with it?” presented by Patti Gillespie.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Jennifer L. Page, 50, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

AREA TRACK MEETS – Decatur and Bridgeport athletes will compete in the 9/10-4A area track meet at Decatur High School today. The field events start at 10 a.m. and running at 1 p.m. Alvord and Chico athletes are competing at the 11/12-2A meet in Springtown that begins with field events at 10 a.m. and running events start at 5 p.m.

DECATUR BASEBALL DELAYED – The Decatur Eagles’ home finale against Krum was postponed until today at 7:30 p.m.

BULLS FALL TO ARGYLE – No. 2 Argyle used a seven-run third inning to take down the Bridgeport Bulls 11-2 Tuesday. Hayden Sutherland doubled and drove in a run for the Bulls. Creighton Witt struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in Boyd’s 3-0 win over Nocona. Will Reeves drove in three runs in Paradise’s 13-6 victory over City View. Northwest won its seventh straight game on Cayde Ward’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning of a 6-5 win over Aledo. In softball, the Decatur Lady Eagles fell to Krum 13-0. Kristin Rasbury knocked in seven runs in the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ 22-4 win over Nocona. Kaycee Martin went 3-for-4 with a triple but it was not enough in the Paradise Lady Panthers’ 6-2 loss to City View. Aledo tripped up the Northwest Lady Texans 2-0. Ashton Vanhoose homered in the Bridgeport Sissies’ 6-4 loss to Argyle.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Church of Christ. The program is “I’ve got – or – I am getting my DNA report: Now what do I do with it?” presented by Patti Gillespie.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – The Stroke Overcomers Support Group will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wise Health System building, 2000 S. FM 51, Decatur. This group is designed to assist stroke survivors and their families with hope and information. Thursday’s speaker will address “Hypertension management.” Call Dennis McCreary, 817-307-9588 or Casey Rauschuber, 940-626-2457.

DAV YARD SALE – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) annual yard sale is Friday and Saturday at the DAV Hall on Farm Road 51 South. Donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily all week.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED – Due to the Easter Holiday, the deadline for the ABWN scholarship has been extended to this Friday. Download the application at www.abwn.org/abwn-scholarship.

MOVIE IN THE PARK – Bridgeport Box Office presents “The Secret Life of Pets” in Harwood Park on Saturday. The movie is free, and concessions will be sold. Pre-movie activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Call Bridgeport Parks and Recreation at 940-683-3480.

FUNERALS – Service for Jerry O. Thetford, 77, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Jeanne Cannon, 70, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones-Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Alice Rasco, 82, of Cottondale is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


RAINFALL TOTALS – Yesterday’s storms brought much-needed rain to our area. Rainfall totals included 2.1 inches in Cottondale, 2 in Alvord, 1.26 in Bridgeport, 1.15 in Decatur, 1 in Greenwood and 0.55 in Rhome. The rain is gone today, but Wise County is under a dense fog advisory until 11 a.m.

DECATUR FACES KRUM – On senior night, the Decatur Eagles face a big contest against Krum at 7:30 tonight. The Eagles are a game ahead of Krum in the 9-4A standings in third place. The Lady Eagles softball team faces league leader Krum at 5:30. Other games: Baseball – Bridgeport at Argyle; Aledo at Northwest; Nocona at Boyd; City View at Paradise; Era at Alvord; Chico at Collinsville. Softball – Bridgeport at Argyle; Aledo at Northwest; Nocona at Boyd; City View at Paradise; Collinsville at Chico.

TAX DAY – Today’s the deadline to file your taxes. To help ease the stress, Kona Ice will give out free cups of shaved ice noon-2 p.m. today outside the courthouse in Decatur as part of National “Chill Out” Day.

SCHOLARSHIP MONEY – Seniors from any Wise County school may apply for the Bridgeport Garden Club scholarship. Deadline is Wednesday, April 19. Local high school counselors have application information. If you have further questions, message the garden club on its Facebook page.

BAND BOOSTERS – Mighty Marching Maroon Band Boosters will have their monthly meeting 6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport High School Band Hall. They will discuss the upcoming Band Banquet and possible officers for next school year.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured men and women of Wise County. Schedule your free mammogram today. Current dates available are April 26, May 24 and June 28. Visit Wisehealthfoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

PESTICIDE APPLICATORS – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is offering certification training for private pesticide applicator 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 2, at the Extension office, 206 S. State Street, in Decatur. Cost is $60. The purpose of the training is to obtain a private applicator license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. This license will enable the applicator to purchase and apply state limited use and federally restricted chemicals on his land or land he has control of for the purpose of production of agricultural commodities. To sign up, call 940-627-3341.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Decatur Volleyball is hosting the Second Annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament. The event will take place on the following Tuesdays: April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and game play is from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield at 940-577-2994.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Archie Brown Faires, 83, of Decatur is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at the Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Alexander’s Midway in Springtown is handling arrangements.

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Monday, April 17, 2017


BULLS FINISH RUNNER-UP – The Bridgeport Bulls rallied from a 2-0 deficit in first half and battled through overtime before falling in a shootout to Kilgore in the 4A soccer title game Friday. Eric Aguilar, Juan Amador and Miguel Olmos earned spots on the state all-tournament team.

PARADISE ISD SUPERINTENDENT TO RESIGN – Paradise Superintendent Mac Edwards has been named the lone finalist at Llano ISD. Llano named Edwards as their lone finalist in March, but he won’t officially resign from Paradise until June 30. A full story was featured in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

RAINFALL REPORT – Parts of Wise County received rain showers this morning. Alvord received 0.3 of an inch of rain. A chance of rain remains in the forecast throughout the day.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP – Wise 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.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host their monthly social at 6:30 p.m. today at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Guest Speaker is U.S. Congressional Candidate Al Woolum who is running for District 12, currently held by Representative Kay Granger. Contact Chair Janet Amos, 940-399-7352.

DIABETES CLASSES – Total Diabetes Care at Wise Health System will hold diabetes education classes in Decatur today. The beginner class will be offered at 3 p.m., and the advanced class will be offered at 4 p.m. Both classes will be held at Wise Health System in the Education Room on the second floor. The classes are intended to help those with diabetes better understand and manage the disease. Classes are free and will be taught by Dick Gilley RN, CCRN, CDE. No RSVP required. Call Gilley at 940-626-1890.

BLOOD DRIVE – Wise Electric Co-op is having a Carter blood drive 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday at co-op headquarters, 1900 North Trinity in Decatur. Email Bill Hood, bhood@wiseec.com.

DAZZLE ME PINK – The 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Decatur Civic Center. Proceeds benefit Wise Health System’s Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift, offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve a seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket or make an online donation. Call Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – Graduating high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture at a Texas college or university are eligible for the Jim Frank Hornback Scholarship sponsored by the Hornback Family and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Leadership Advisory Board. Interested students should call the Extension office at 940-627-3341. Required materials are due in the Extension office by today. The scholarship application is available at wise.agrilife.org.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. today at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Call 940-393-5029.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Decatur High School seniors. It includes an essay about community service and two teacher recommendation letters. It is not GPA based. The application is available at the high school and must be postmarked by today.

FUNERALS – Services for Judy Ball, 71, of Bridgeport and Royal James, 92, of Grapevine, formerly of Bridgeport, are pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Alexander’s Midway in Springtown.

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Friday, April 14, 2017


FIRE LEADS TO APARTMENT EVACUATIONS – Tenants at the Henderson Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport were evacuated Thursday evening due to a small fire in an exterior wall of Building 2. A nearby homeowner said he witnessed electrical sparks shoot about four feet from the center of the building near the stairwell before the fire started. Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said he suspected the fire started due to an electrical issue and spread throughout aged wood. Two units experienced minor damage. “As old as these buildings are, we got lucky,” Long said. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to spot the heat inside a wall and used drills and other tools to reach and extinguish the blaze. Bridgeport Police Department assisted with the evacuations. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office also responded to the scene.

BULLS TO PLAY FOR TITLE – The Bridgeport Bulls will play for the 4A soccer title at 2:30 today against Kilgore in Georgetown. Follow updates @wcmsports on Twitter.

OVERNIGHT RAINFALL – Overnight showers brought a small amount of rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.12 of an inch in Bridgeport, 0.1 in Alvord and 0.09 in Decatur. The weekend forecast includes a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday with a 40 percent chance Sunday night.

RED CROSS MEETING – The Red Cross Wise Disaster Action Team meets 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, 200 Rook Ramsey in Decatur. Anyone interested in volunteering is invited.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT – Decatur Volleyball is hosting the Second Annual Fast 4’s volleyball tournament. The event will take place on the following Tuesdays: April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Decatur High School, and game play is from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 per player. Call Coach Mayfield at 940-577-2994.

BASKETBALL BAKE SALE – Decatur Eagles Elite girls basketball will hold a fundraiser bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at First State Bank, 661 W. Thompson, to help pay for summer camps and programs.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Carolyn’s Cookie Monster’s Relay for Life Team will host an Easter Bake Sale today at Legend Bank in Decatur.

4-H MEETING – The Decatur 4-H Club will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. Call 940-393-5029.

BOYD WINS 8-3A TRACK CROWN – The Boyd Yellowjackets track team won the 8-3A title Thursday in Jacksboro.

DECATUR BLANKS GAINESVILLE – The Decatur Eagles picked up a second win two days, blanking Gainesville 12-0. Bryce Elder struck out five and allowed one hit in four shutout innings. Beau Bedford followed with a scoreless inning. Tucker DuBois went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs with a double and triple. The Bridgeport Bulls edged Krum 5-2 with three RBIs from Ethan Herschler. Northwest beat Chisholm Trail 8-1. In softball, Decatur fell to Gainesville 7-2. Krum beat Bridgeport 15-2. Northwest picked up a 10-1 win over Chisholm Trail.

SENIOR CARE EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Bridgeport will hold an Easter egg hunt 4:30 p.m. today for kids up to age 10. Hot dogs will be served.

CHURCH BAKE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a bake sale fundraiser for youth camp today at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn in Decatur.

PRE-EASTER BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Decatur Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter bake sale featuring children’s Easter baskets 7 a.m.-noon today inside the main hospital lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its April meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

RETRO BLAST – The 14th annual Retro Blast Car Show will be held Saturday at Yesterday’s Diner in Bridgeport. A free open cruise is at 3 p.m., with show registration 4-6 p.m. Call 940-683-6620.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Home Health Care of North Central Texas will hold a bake sale benefiting the Wise County Relay For Life 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s Grocery Store in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

WISE COUNTY DEMOCRATS – The Wise County Democrats will host their monthly social at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Visitors Center, 106 S. Trinity. Guest Speaker is U.S. Congressional Candidate Al Woolum who is running for District 12, currently held by Representative Kay Granger. Contact Chair Janet Amos, 940-399-7352.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Bryan Steven Chaffin, 18, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Newark. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Curtis Arnold West, 73, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with visitation noon-2 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday at West Family Cemetery in Vinton, La.

GRAVESIDE service for Polly E. Bergstrom, 93, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Archie Faires, 83, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Deborah Kay Herbert, 69, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Garlin Glenn Scroggins, 93, of Denton is 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie with burial at Salona Cemetery. He was the father of Gary Scroggins of Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Scott Allan Arnn, 46 of Boyd is 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Cemetery No. 2 in Boyd. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Alexander’s Midway in Springtown.

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Fire leads to apartment evacuations


Tenants at the Henderson Terrace Apartments in Bridgeport were evacuated Thursday evening due to a small fire in an exterior wall of Building 2.

A nearby homeowner said he witnessed electrical sparks shoot about four feet from the center of the building near the stairwell before the fire started.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Terry Long said he suspected the fire started due to an electrical issue and spread throughout aged wood. Two units experienced minor damage.

“As old as these buildings are, we got lucky,” Long said.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to spot the heat inside a wall and used drills and other tools to reach and extinguish the blaze.

Bridgeport Police Department assisted with the evacuations. The Wise County Fire Marshal’s office also responded to the scene.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017


BULLS REACH STATE TITLE GAME – Miguel Olmos and Juan Amador scored goals in the second half and Andrew Stotts made five saves in goal as the Bridgeport Bulls beat Progreso 2-0 to win the 4A semifinal Wednesday. Bridgeport will play Kilgore at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Georgetown for the state title.

DECATUR GIRLS WIN 9-4A TRACK TITLE – The Decatur Lady Eagles captured the 9-4A track title Wednesday in Argyle. Decatur swept all three relays, tallying 198 points. Macy and Mallory Downe finished first and second in the 100. Decatur’s Christian Isaac won the boys 800. The Decatur boys won the 4×400 relay. Bridgeport’s Morgen Davidson won the 100 hurdles.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – Retiring Wise Health System CEO Steve Summers will be honored at a retirement reception 4-6 this afternoon in the East Campus cafeteria and outdoor patio.

CHURCH BAKE SALE – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a bake sale fundraiser for youth camp today and Friday at Patti’s Hair Parlor, 103 S. Washburn in Decatur.

DAR MEETING – The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its April meeting 10 a.m. Saturday at the Wise County Historical Museum in Decatur. Call Cecily Pegues at 817-528-8412.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise County Lupus Support Group meets 7 p.m. Saturday at Wise Health System West Campus. Call Donna at 940-210-2919.

RETRO BLAST – The 14th annual Retro Blast Car Show will be held Saturday at Yesterday’s Diner in Bridgeport. A free open cruise is at 3 p.m., with show registration 4-6 p.m. Call 940-683-6620.

RODEO BAKE SALE – The Boyd High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Financial Bank in Boyd and from 4 until they sell out at Lowe’s Market.

WCCA HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Committee on Aging (WCCA) will be closed Friday and Monday in honor of the Easter holiday. Clients are asked to consume the shelf-stable meals they received in December, in preparation for potential snow/ice days. WCCA will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSING – Wise County Development Services and the Wise County Dumpsites in Boyd, Chico, Cottondale, Decatur and Slidell will close on Friday. The dumpsites will reopen regular hours on Saturday.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Home Health Care of North Central Texas will hold a bake sale benefiting the Wise County Relay For Life 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lowe’s Grocery Store in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

PRE-EASTER BAKE SALE – The Wise Health System Decatur Auxiliary will hold a Pre-Easter bake sale featuring children’s Easter baskets 7 a.m.-noon Friday inside the main hospital lobby, 609 Medical Center Dr.

8-3A AND 11-2A TRACK – The 8-3A meet concludes today with the running finals at 5 p.m. at Jacksboro. In Alvord the 11-2A meet will be held, starting with the 3,200 at 9 a.m. and the running prelims at 10:30. Field events will start at 12:30 p.m. and running finals at 5 p.m.

EAGLES GO TO GAINESVILLE – The Decatur Eagles baseball team will try for a second straight win today at Gainesville. Other games today: Baseball – Chisholm Trail at Northwest. Softball – Krum at Bridgeport, Decatur at Gainesville, Chisholm Trail at Northwest.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is 6 p.m. Saturday at Balsora Baptist Church. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Curtis Arnold West, 73, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday prior to the service. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Monday at West Family Cemetery in Vinton, La.

MEMORIAL service for Bryan Chaffin, 18, of Newark is 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Newark. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICES for Archie Faires, 83, and Deboarah Herbert, 69, both of Decatur are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


MISSING TEEN DEATH – The body of a missing Newark teenager was found Tuesday afternoon in Newark. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Bryan Chaffin, 18, had not been seen since he left his home last Friday morning. Yesterday, sheriff’s deputies searching the Newark area found Chaffin’s body near the railroad tracks. Akin said the case is being treated as a questionable death. He added that it appears Chaffin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

BULLS PLAY IN STATE SEMIFINAL – The Bridgeport Bulls soccer team will play in the 4A semifinal at 6:30 p.m. today against Progreso in Georgetown. With a victory, the Bulls would advance to Friday’s state championship game against Kilgore or Houston Washington. Follow live updates of tonight’s match on Twitter @wcmsports.

FERNANDEZ HELPS EAGLES PAST BULLS – Decatur freshman Eddie Fernandez drove in two runs and made a key defensive play in the Eagles’ 3-1 win over Bridgeport Tuesday. Other scores: Baseball – Muenster 18, Alvord 3; Holliday 3, Boyd 0; Northwest 12, Boswell 2. Softball – Decatur 14, Bridgeport 6; Holliday 12, Boyd 2; Boswell 1, Northwest 0; Paradise 18, Nocona 0.

IRION WINS 9-4A TITLE – Bridgeport’s Brooke Irion shot even par in the second round to secure a five-shot victory at the 9-4A tournament Tuesday at Robson Ranch. Bridgeport finished second as team and will advance to regionals. Katie Hudson took third with rounds of 81 and 83. The Decatur boys finished third, 18 strokes out of second place. Dayne Chapman earned a regional spot as the top medalist not on an advancing team with rounds of 75 and 83.

9-4A TRACK – The 9-4A track and field championships resume today with the running finals at 5 p.m. in Argyle.

SENIOR CARE EGG HUNT – Senior Care in Bridgeport will hold an Easter egg hunt 4:30 p.m. Friday for kids up to age 10. Hot dogs will be served.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Friend Frenzy Girls Night Out, hosted by Bridgeport Main Street, is 5-8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Bridgeport. Merchants will have sales, drinks and desserts. Look for the pink balloons for participating merchants. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3404.

HOLIDAY CLOSING – The Wise County Animal Shelter will be closed Friday and Saturday in observance of Easter. It will reopen at normal hours Monday.

PBR CHALLENGE TICKETS – Tickets for the 2017 J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Saturday, June 3 at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur are now on sale at wcchallenger.org.

BAKE SALE – The Boyd High School Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Boyd and from 4 until they sell out at Lowe’s Market.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS – Decatur Junior Woman’s Club is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Decatur High School seniors. It includes an essay about community service and two teacher recommendation letters. It is not GPA based. The application is available at the high school and must be postmarked on or before April 17.

OFFICE CLOSED – Outreach Health Services WIC will be closed today in honor of Good Friday. The office will reopen 7 a.m. Monday, April 17. Call 940-627-5796 to schedule an appointment. For breastfeeding questions or breast pump issuance, call 972-989-1042.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Irene C. Sanderson, 97, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Newark Church of Christ with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Curtis A. West, 73, of Runaway Bay and Charles Loftis, 72, of Chico are pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


PURSUIT LEADS TO 2 ARRESTS – Two people were arrested after a short pursuit in a residential neighborhood in Decatur Monday afternoon. Lt. Gerald Wright with the Decatur Police Department said when officer Victor Monjaraz attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Carlos Flores, 23, of Chico around 2:15 p.m., Flores attempted to flee. Wright said that Flores also threw a rifle out the window. Monjaraz followed Flores back to a home in the 500 block of North Sewell Street and later found Flores inside. He was arrested for evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm and tampering with physical evidence. A resident of the home, Gumaro Degraf, 22, was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces in a drug free zone.

DECATUR WINS THREE GOLDS IN TRACK – Decatur athletes won three gold medals in the field events at the 9-4A track championships Monday in Argyle. Autumn Finney won the long jump with a leap of 16-10. She finished third in the triple jump. Madison Kyle took first in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet. Isaac Hacker won the triple jump with an effort of 43-6. Mackenzie Whitaker jumped a personal best of 5-5 to finish second in the high jump. The running finals are set for Wednesday.

BOYD SWEEPS MEDALS IN 3200 – The Boyd Yellowjackets’ hopes of winning the 8-3A title received a jumpstart with a sweep of the medals in the 3,200. Connor Richardson won in 10:41 followed by Tristan Lemasters in second and Gauge Fahlin in third. Trace Barber won the 8-3A pole vault clearing 10 feet. Jacey Cate took the girls high jump title with an effort of 5-2. Lindsey Thorpe captured her third shot put crown with a toss of 36-9.

9-4A GOLF TOURNEY – Bridgeport senior Brooke Irion heads into today’s second round of the 9-4A golf tournament at Robson Ranch with a share of the lead after her opening round of 76. Katie Hudson fired an 81, Ashlie Lennard 110, Maycie Cortez 111 and Taite Read 127. The Sissies are tied with Frisco Lebanon with a 378. In the boys tournament, the Decatur boys start the second round in third place after shooting a 327 Monday. Argyle’s top team leads with a 296, The Argyle “B” team is second with a 325. Dayne Chapman turned in Decatur’s best score of 75. Bryce Elder shot 82, Caleb Bennett 84, Hayden Bennett 86 and Isaac Ille 88. Decatur’s second group is in fourth with a 375. Cade Montgomery shot 93, Tyler Chapman 94, Clay Gillispie 94, Holden Walker 94 and Ian Capporale 101.

BRIDGEPORT, DECATUR MEET ON THE DIAMOND – The Bridgeport Bulls will travel to Decatur tonight for a 7:30 first pitch at Eagle Field. The two softball teams will also meet, playing at 5:30. The rest of the county schedule: Baseball – Alvord at Muenster; Boyd at Holliday; Saint Jo at Chico; Paradise at Nocona; Northwest at Boswell. Softball – Alvord at Tioga; Boyd at Holliday; Lindsay at Chico; Paradise at Nocona; Northwest at Boswell.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK EVENTS – Rhome Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with events throughout the week. Return late books and DVDs by Friday and fines will be forgiven. A “Learn about your Library” scavenger hunt for grades K-8 and the guessing game “How many books in the Library?” will take place today through Thursday. Winner will receive a prize. Movie and popcorn will be featured at 6 p.m. Thursday with a showing of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” STEAM activities will take place 4:30 p.m. today. Visit www.RhomePublicLibrary.org.

EASTER CRAFT – Chico Public Library will have an Easter Bunny craft event at 4 p.m. Thursday. Kids will get to make their own little rabbit and take it home with them. Registration is required, and only 20 spots are open.

LIBRARY EGG HUNT – The Decatur Public Library’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required. Call 940-393-0290 to sign up.

ABWN LUNCHEON – The Area Business Women’s Networking Luncheon is 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Decatur Civic Center. Deadline to RSVP is noon today. Cost is $11. Email info@abwn.org for your reservation. Visit the website www.abwn.org for more information.

GT SCREENINGS – Alvord Elementary School gifted and talented screening for grades 1-5 will be conducted in May. Parents/guardians and teachers may nominate a student for this screening. Nomination forms may be picked up from the AES office front foyer. No student will be screened without a nomination form. All nomination forms must be returned to the AES school office before 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

MARKER DEDICATION – The Wise County Historical Commission and the A.S. Johnston Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are holding a dedication ceremony for a Texas Historical Commission subject marker honoring Captain George W. Stevens at 5 p.m. today. Capt. Stevens was a former Frontier Defender, Wise County Sheriff and early Texas Ranger. The marker location is on the east side of the Wise County Courthouse.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Richard Phillips, 93, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Rosemary Cannon, 70 of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Jones-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Ella “May” Leverett, 89, of Bowie is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel in Vernon with interment at Eastview Cemetery. She was the mother of Pat Wagner of Runaway Bay.

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Monday, April 10, 2017


BULLS EARN STATE TRIP – With a remarkable defensive play by Eric Aguilar to prevent a second-half goal followed by Jesus Aguilar’s goal in the 54th, the Bridgeport Bulls beat San Elizario 2-1 in the Class 4A Region I final Saturday to earn a trip to the state tournament. Bridgeport will play Progreso at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Georgetown in the 4A semifinal.

STORMS POSSIBLE – The National Weather Service forecast includes a 40 percent chance of storms in Wise County today. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and high winds as the main threat. The afternoon high is expected to reach 75.

DISTRICT TRACK – The 9-4A and 8-3A track championships start today. The 8-3A meet starts with field events at 9:15 a.m. in Jacksboro. The running prelims are at 3:30 p.m. The 9-4A begins at 9 a.m. in Argyle with field events. The running prelims are 2:30 p.m.

9-4A GOLF TOURNAMENT – The District 9-4A golf tournament with Decatur and Bridgeport boys and girls teams begins this morning at Robson Ranch. The second round will be Tuesday.

ARGYLE OUTLASTS DECATUR – Wade Timmons’ two-out single in the bottom of the ninth pushed the Argyle Eagles past Decatur 2-1 Friday night. The loss was Decatur’s third straight in 9-4A. Bryce Elder struck out 11 in six and one-third innings, allowing a run on six hits. Other scores: Baseball – Sanger 8, Bridgeport 6; Alvord 3, Valley View 2; Boyd 1, Bowie 0; Lindsay 10, Chico 0; Holliday 7, Paradise 0; Northwest 7, Saginaw 0; Softball – Alvord 10, Era 0; Bowie 14, Boyd 8; Sanger 10, Bridgeport 2; Chico 22, Tioga 11; Decatur 7, Argyle 5; Paradise 9, Holliday 2; Northwest 8, Saginaw 1.

RECEPTION FOR BLAND – A reception honoring Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland will be 4-6 p.m. today at the Bridgeport ISD Alternative Learning Center Training Room located at 1101 17th Street. Bland will be going to Snyder ISD later this month.

MARKER DEDICATION – The Wise County Historical Commission and the A.S. Johnston Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans are holding a dedication ceremony for a Texas Historical Commission subject marker honoring Captain George W. Stevens at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Capt. Stevens was a former Frontier Defender, Wise County Sheriff and early Texas Ranger. The marker location is on the east side of the Wise County Courthouse. The public is invited.

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

TOPS OPEN HOUSE – TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church East door basement. Call Orville Bridges at 940-389-2906 for information.

PRE-K REGISTRATION – Bridgeport Elementary School is having pre-kindergarten registration 3:45 to 5 p.m. today. Pre-k students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and meet income eligibility standards and/or be unable to speak or comprehend English. Bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of residence and a photo ID of the person enrolling the student.

COALITION MEETING – Wise County Community Coalition will hold its regular meeting noon today at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Call Mike Bell, 940-627-9082 for information.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur Band Booster Club meets 6 p.m. today at the high school band hall. The club will discuss officers for the next school year.

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Friday, April 7, 2017


GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girls event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is Saturday. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to www.glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

BULLS PLAY AT REGIONALS – The Bridgeport Bulls will take the field at 4 p.m. today for the 4A Region I soccer semifinal against Dallas Life Oak Cliff at Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletics Complex. The winner will move on to the region final to play for a state berth Saturday.

NORTHWEST WINS 6-5A TRACK TITLE – The Northwest Texans piled up 146 points to run away with the 6-5A track championship Thursday. Caden McDonald won the discus. Carson Hickman captured the high jump.

BASEBALL SCHEDULE – The Decatur Eagles will head to Argyle at 7:30 tonight for a rematch. The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat then No. 1 Argyle in the District 9-4A opener last month. Decatur will be trying to stop a two-game slide in district. Other games – Baseball: Alvord at Valley View; Bridgeport at Sanger; Bowie at Boyd; Chico at Lindsay; Holliday at Paradise; Northwest at Saginaw. Softball: Era at Alvord; Bridgeport at Sanger (5:30 p.m., Saturday); Decatur at Argyle; Bowie at Boyd; Tioga at Chico; Holliday at Paradise; Northwest at Saginaw.

9-4A TENNIS – Decatur’s girls doubles team Tia Jones and Kylie Cole will play in the third-place match at 8 a.m. today at Denton’s Goldfield Tennis Center in the 9-4A tournament.

RODEO BAKE SALE – The Paradise Rodeo Team will hold a bake sale 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply in Decatur.

RELAY BAKE SALE – Friends Relay for Life team is having a bake sale today at First State Bank across from Kwik Kar on Farm Road 51 in Decatur. All proceeds go to Wise County Relay for Life.

FAMILY LEGO DAY – Chico Public Library will hold Family Lego Day 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, April 12.

BAND BOOSTERS – The Decatur Band Booster Club meets 6 p.m. Monday, April 10 at the high school band hall. The club will discuss officers for the next school year.

EASTER BASH – Guardians of the Children will hold a Big Sandy Easter Bash Sunday at Renshaw Park in Decatur. It will include an egg hunt, the Easter Bunny, games, bake sale and raffle. Activities begin at noon, and the egg hunt is at 2 p.m. Bring your own basket.

GT SCREENINGS – Alvord Elementary School gifted and talented screening for grades 1-5 will be conducted in May. Parents/guardians and teachers may nominate a student for this screening. Nomination forms may be picked up from the AES office front foyer. No student will be screened without a nomination form. All nomination forms must be returned to the AES school office before Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.

EAST SIDE BAKE SALE – Decatur East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale Saturday at St. John Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until they sell out. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082 for more information.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 4-6 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur High School Greenhouse, located behind the school.

EASTER EGG HUNT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab will hold an Easter egg hunt 4 p.m. today.

GLOW BALL – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s glow ball golf tournament is today. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and golf starts at dusk. Cost is $50 per player. To sponsor or enter, call Lisa, 940-627-3107.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Carnival 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be games, inflatables, balloon animals, candy and more. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.

RELAY FUNDRAISER – Home Health Care Of North Central Texas will hold a garage sale fundraiser for the Wise County Relay for Life 8 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the office, located at 401 Center Court Drive in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE – The City of Bridgeport is holding its annual City Wide Garage Sale today and Saturday. A list of participating residents and a map are at city hall and the library. Call 940-683-3400. Also, the Halsell Street Merchants will be having Sidewalk Sales the first Friday and Saturday of every month. Call Bridgeport Main Street at 940-683-3400.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team scramble, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Darlene (Cordar) Thompson, 42, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Dora Elizabeth Green Brown, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. today at Pope Cemetery in Briar. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Orville Weston, 64, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

MEMORIAL for Janice Marie Webb, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Alice Brynie, 77, of Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Tony Lane, 58, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017


COMMITTEE APPROVES KING’S COLLEGE BILL – The Texas House Higher Education Committee Wednesday unanimously approved Rep. Phil King’s bill (HB 2194) advocating for Wise County representation on the Weatherford College Board. He presented the bill, which gives the county two voting seats on the board, to the committee last week. The bill will now go to the Calendars Committee, which sets the schedule for bills to be heard on the House floor. King told the Messenger last week he’s confident it will pass the House, at which point it will go to the Senate for approval.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH COMMUNITY FORUM – The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees invites district parents and community members to attend a community forum to gather information to be used to set criteria for the superintendent search. The meeting is 7:30 tonight in the Commons Area at Bridgeport High School.

SURVIVOR DINNER – The Wise County Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is 6-8 tonight at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The dinner honors all Wise County cancer survivors. It includes a silent auction, door prizes and Bingo. Call Michelle Richards, 817-637-0929 or Waynette Rodgers, 972-958-6647.

DISTRICT TENNIS – The 9-4A tennis tournament starts today at 8 a.m. at the Goldfield Tennis Center in Denton. The semifinals and finals are at 8 a.m. Friday.

BULLS SOCCER – The Bridgeport Bulls will face Dallas Life Oak Cliff in the 4A Region I semifinal at 4 p.m. Friday at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills.

WISE COUNTY HIRING EVENT – North Central Texas Workforce Solutions will hold a job fair today from noon-4 p.m. at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380, in Bridgeport. Those attending are asked to bring their resumes and to register with Workforce Solutions online before the event if possible. Registration forms can be found at wit.twc.state.tx.us/WORKINTEXAS/wtx. Representatives from Crisp Industries, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Communications Department, GCA Services Group, Brazos Electric, Bridgeport Correctional Center, Snelling Staffing, Team Fishel, Cardinal Health, Allsups Convenience Store, Vulcan Materials Co., C&J Energy, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sand Hill Guest Ranch, Target Distribution Center, Safran Labinal and Entegris will attend the fair.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will hold a plant sale 4-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Decatur High School Greenhouse, located behind the school.

EASTER EGG HUNT – The Hills Nursing and Rehab will hold an Easter egg hunt 4 p.m. Friday.

GLOW BALL – The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s glow ball golf tournament is Friday. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m., and golf starts at dusk. Cost is $50 per player. To sponsor or enter, call Lisa, 940-627-3107.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Carnival 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgeport Community Center. There will be games, inflatables, balloon animals, candy and more. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.

COALITION MEETING – Wise County Community Coalition will hold its regular meeting Monday, April 10 at Pizza Hut in Decatur at noon. Call Mike Bell, 940-627-9082 for information.

TOPS OPEN HOUSE – TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will hold an open house 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 at Grace Baptist Church East door basement. Call Orville Bridges, 940-389-2900 for information.

FUNERALS – Service for Correne Layne Travis, 81, of Aurora is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Dora Elizabeth Green Brown, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Pope Cemetery in Briar. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Orville Weston, 64, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins-Boyd. MEMORIAL for Janice Marie Webb, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Alice Brynie, 77, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Tony Lane, 58, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Darlene (Cordar) Thompson, 42, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017


VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – If you aren’t registered to vote, Thursday is the deadline if you plan on voting in the May 6 city and school elections. Call the Wise County Elections Office at 940-626-4453 if you have any questions regarding your voter registration status.

BULLS CHARGE INTO REGIONALS – Milton Iniguez, Eric Aguilar and Jesus Aguilar scored second-half goals as the Bridgeport Bulls beat Burkburnett 3-0 in the 4A Region I quarterfinal to advance to the region semifinal Friday at Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex against Dallas Life Oak Cliff. Decatur fell 2-0 to San Elizario in their region quarterfinal.

SANGER TRIPS EAGLES – The Decatur Eagles dropped their second straight game in 9-4A, falling to Sanger 3-2. Other baseball scores: Alvord 14, Saint Jo 0; Jacksboro 8, Boyd 0; Bridgeport 5, Gainesville 3; Northwest 3, Brewer 1; Bowie 8, Paradise 4. Softball: Jacksboro 8, Boyd 7; Sanger 13, Decatur 9; Paradise 7, Bowie 4; Northwest 14, Brewer 2.

MARCH RAINFALL – March was one of the driest on record in Wise County, with 1.16 inches of rain recorded for the month. The average for March is 3.53 inches. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 92 on March 20 to a low of 26 on March 2.

RELAY FUNDRAISER – Home Health Care Of North Central Texas will hold a garage sale fundraiser for the Wise County Relay for Life 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the office, located at 401 Center Court Drive in Bridgeport. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE – The City of Bridgeport is holding its annual City Wide Garage Sale Friday and Saturday. A list of participating residents and a map are at city hall and the library. Call 940-683-3400.

MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – The Decatur High School Class of 1951 is raising money for a memorial in honor of Coach Cy Young, who recently died. Contributions will be collected and donated to Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM). Call Joe Lambert at 940-393-1748. To make a contribution, send checks payable to WARM to Joe Lambert, 267 Emma Call Court, Decatur, TX 76234. Submit contributions by May 1.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur High School Golf Booster Club Tournament is Saturday at Bridgeport Country Club. Cost is $300 for a three-person team scramble, which includes a meal. Registration is 8:30 a.m., and tee time is 10. All proceeds benefit DHS boys and girls golf teams. To register a team or sponsor the tournament, email dhsgolf2014@gmail.com or call 940-393-9581.

GLITZY GIRLS – The fourth annual Glitzy Girls event, a vintage travel trailer show and shopping extravaganza, is Saturday. There will be bingo, live music, food vendors and the opportunity to shop in downtown Decatur. Go to www.glitzygirlstrailerpark.com. Proceeds benefit local charities.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Cherry (Brown) Steagall, 73, of Paradise is 10 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Darlene (Cordar) Thompson, 42, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

VISITATION for Gregory Lee Brown, 60, of Newark is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

FUNERAL for Correne Layne Travis, 81, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Dora Elizabeth Green Brown, 86, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Friday at Pope Cemetery in Briar. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the cemetery. Hawkins-Boyd is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobbie L. Sessions, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Janice Marie Webb, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Decatur Church of Christ. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

NO SERVICE is planned for Rose Ann Shelley, 78, of Decatur.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017


SOCCER PLAYOFFS – The Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Bulls look to continue their march in the 4A Region I playoffs today. Decatur takes on San Elizario at 4 at Midland’s Grande Stadium Schabauer. Bridgeport meets 3-4A rival Burkburnett at 6 in Burkburnett.

BASEBALL, SOFTBALL SCHEDULE – The Decatur Eagles and Lady Eagles close out the first half of 9-4A play at home against Sanger. The Bridgeport Bulls go to Gainesville. The Alvord Bulldogs head to Saint Jo and the Lady Bulldogs play a doubleheader with Muenster at home. The Boyd Yellowjackets and Lady Yellowjackets play host to Jacksboro. The Chico Dragons take on Valley View at home. Paradise teams face Bowie at home. Northwest teams welcome in Brewer.

KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP – Decatur’s Carson, Rann and Young Elementary schools will hold kindergarten roundup 5-7 p.m. today.

JOB FAIR – The Weatherford College Wise County campus will host a free job fair in conjunction with the North Central Texas Workforce Solutions office noon-4 p.m. Thursday. More than 20 employers will be present to accept applications and interview potential employees. The college is located between Decatur and Bridgeport at 502 Big Sandy Court in Bridgeport. Call the Workforce Solutions office at 940-382-6712.

DONATIONS NEEDED – Silent auction items are needed for the Cancer Survivor Dinner 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur. Auction proceeds benefit Relay for Life, which will be held April 28 at the McCarroll Middle School track in Decatur. For information or to make a donation, call Earlene Niblett, 940-393-9524.

DAZZLE ME PINK – Wise Health Foundation is holding its 8th Annual Dazzle Me Pink Fashion Show and luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Decatur Civic Center. Funds raised support the Wise Health System Women’s Services and Mary’s Gift program offering free mammograms to underserved and uninsured women and men of Wise County. Visit Wisehealthfoundation.com to reserve your seat or table, purchase a raffle ticket (you don’t have to attend to win), or make a donation online. Call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE JOB FAIR – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is having a job fair 4-7 p.m. today. There are opportunities for sworn law enforcement, corrections and communications. The sheriff’s office is at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur. Call 940-627-5971.

BAKE SALE – Decatur East Side Alumni will hold a bake sale Saturday at St. John Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until they sell out. Call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082 for more information.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. today at the 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month.

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

FUNERALS – Service for Dora Brown, 86, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

VISITATION for Gregory Lee Brown, 60, of Newark is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Correne Layne Travis, 81, of Aurora is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is noon-2 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.

NO SERVICE is planned for Aubrey Mae Johnson, the daughter of Devin McHenry of Chico. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Lee Allen, 97, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

GRAVESIDE service for Bobbie L. Sessions, 77, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alvord Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Cherry (Brown) Steagall, 73, of Paradise is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paradise Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Darlene (Cordar) Thompson, 42, formerly of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Cemetery in Bridgeport. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Monday, April 3, 2017


RAIN TOTALS – Wise County received some much-needed rain this weekend. Rainfall totals included 1.67 inches in Rhome, 1.52 in Alvord, 1.35 in Decatur, 1.3 in Greenwood and 1.18 in Bridgeport. It should be sunny today with a high of 75 degrees. A slight chance of rain returns to the forecast Tuesday evening.

SOCCER TEAMS ADVANCE – The Decatur and Bridgeport boys soccer teams won 4A Region I area titles Friday. Decatur beat Pampa 5-0 and Bridgeport took down Borger 7-3. Decatur will travel to Midland at 4 p.m. Tuesday to play San Elizario. Bridgeport will play Burkburnett at Burkburnett at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

OFFICE CLOSED – The Wise County Tax office and Auto Registration office in Bridgeport will be closed today. The offices in Decatur and Boyd are open today.

SEVERE WEATHER TRAINING – As part of Devon Energy’s Emergency Response Plan, the company will conduct a routine severe weather training exercise at its Bridgeport office on Tuesday afternoon. The exercise will be coordinated with Wise County, Bridgeport and Decatur emergency response organizations. During the exercise, residents may notice emergency personnel, vehicles and mock medical services at Devon’s office. The exercise is not open for public participation.

JOB FAIR – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is having a job fair 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. There are opportunities for sworn law enforcement, corrections and communications. The sheriff’s office is at 200 Rook Ramsey Dr. in Decatur.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group of Wise County Area meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the 609 Medical Center Drive in Decatur. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month.

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

PRE-K REGISTRATION – Bridgeport Elementary School is having pre-kindergarten registration 3:45 to 5 p.m. today and April 10. Pre-k students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 and meet income eligibility standards and/or be unable to speak or comprehend English. Bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of residence and a photo ID of the person enrolling the student.

BAKE SALE – IOffice, 1650 S. FM 51 Suite 300 in Decatur, will host a bake sale today benefiting iOffice’s Relay for Life TEAM Hamilton.

DONKEY BASKETBALL – Donkey Basketball will be held today at the McCarroll Middle School gym in Decatur. A meal will be served at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7. The event will also feature a live and silent auction. Cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Decatur Football Booster Club and the Junior Class for the junior/senior prom.

FACILITY TOURS – A tour of Alvord Middle School is 6 p.m. today and will include the field house, stadium, and vocational ag facilities. The tour will conclude at the high school cafeteria with information about the district’s bond proposal. A tour of the elementary campus is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 11.

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 today.

FUNERALS – Service for Barbara Jones, 83, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

VISITATION for Gregory Lee Brown, 60, of Newark is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Correne Travis, 81, of Aurora is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bonnie Lee Allen, 97, of Decatur is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Bobbie Sessions, 77, of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Norma Dornack, 86, of Decatur will be held at a later date in Wisconsin. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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