Tuesday, October 17, 2017


GRANT PROVIDES FOR RIFLE-RESISTANT BODY ARMOR – Wise County commissioners Monday approved a resolution acknowledging a grant from the state of Texas for rifle-resistant body armor. The grant requires no matching funds, but it will cover the purchase of body armor for every officer that works for the county, including constables and the fire marshal’s office. Heinrich Downes with the sheriff’s office said the grant was created by the state following the July 2016 shooting in Dallas that left five police officers dead and nine others injured. He said $25 million was allotted for the whole state. Downes described the body armor as a piece of equipment officers would carry in their car and put on as needed. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

PLAY DATE – Chico Public Library is hosting its Family Place Play Dates 11 a.m.-noon today. The program is for infants and toddlers birth to 3 and their parents/caregivers. Play Dates encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

MOVIE NIGHT – The Wise County Veterans Group will present the movie “Unbroken” at 6 tonight at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport. Admission is free to veterans and the general public.

OILFIELD LUNCHEON – Luke Legate will provide an update on the oil industry in North Texas at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College Wise County, 5180 U.S. 380. Cost is $12 per person. RSVP to Shelby or Marybeth, 940-683-2076.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Genealogical Society meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Decatur Public Library. Jeanette Hurst will talk about ways to discover the treasure of the family research catalog. Learn how to search the world’s largest collection of genealogical materials. The public is invited.

DONATIONS FOR ANIMAL SHELTER – The City of Bridgeport is collecting donations for the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. Donate one item at Barktoberfest 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in downtown Bridgeport and you will receive two raffle tickets for your chance to win a pet bed. Drawing to be held during the event. Call the City of Bridgeport at 940-683-3400.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 tonight in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

FUNERALS – Service for Lorene ‘Lorie’ (Lambert) Larned, 41, of Springtown, formerly of Bridgeport, is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is 10 a.m. Thursday at Boonsville Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones-Bridgeport.

MASS of Christian burial for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptizer Catholic Church in Bridgeport with interment at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Rosary will be said 7 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial at Lonestar Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 16, 2017


PD SEEKS INFO IN CAR WASH THEFT – Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380. Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday. “We have several leads we’re working on,” he said. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.” Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray. He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video. Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

RAIN REPORT – A cold front this weekend brought cooler temperatures and some rain to parts of Wise County. Rainfall totals included 0.9 of an inch in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise, 0.26 in Rhome and 0.16 in Decatur.

DEMOCRATIC MEETING – The Wise County Democratic Party will host a social and chili fundraiser 6:30 tonight at 106 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The event will allow visitors to meet other Wise County Democrats and help organize for the 2018 midterms. E-mail Chair Amos at wisedemocrats@gmail.com.

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.

SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media room at Weatherford College Wise County. The program will be given by Lori Gouge, assistant professor of Geology at Weatherford College, Weatherford. Her topic will be “Ice Age Mammoth.” She and the members of the Tarrant County Archaeological Society led a dig in southeast Weatherford and discovered the tusk, teeth and bones of a mammoth which are now on display at Weatherford College. Visitors are invited.

MARY’S GIFT – Wise Health Foundation offers a program called Mary’s Gift providing free mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women and men of Wise County. The next date available is Wednesday. Visit WiseHealthFoundation.com to complete your online application, or call Wise Health System Mammography at 940-626-1329 to apply and schedule your appointment today. For more information, call the Wise Health Foundation at 940-626-1384.

DECATUR YOUTH BASKETBALL – Decatur Youth basketball will be participating in the Wise County league this year. The league consist of kids entering 1st-6th grade. Forms are available at all three elementary campuses and the 6th grade campus. Deadline is Oct. 31st. Cost to play is $65, and games will start in December. League contact is David Shetter. Email address is dshetter_5@yahoo.com.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. today at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution today at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

FUNERALS – Service for Maria Lopez de Cervantes, 85, of Fort Worth is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vicki Rene Gordon, 56, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Chico with burial at Norwood Crafton Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICES for Cyndy McDaniel, 59, of Decatur and Mark Reiderer, 55, of Justin are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Patsy “Pat” Winchell, 84, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Alvord with burial in Lonestar Cemetery. Family will receive friends Tuesday one hour prior to service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Martha J. Simmons, 74, of Poolville is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Bridgeport PD investigates car wash theft


Bridgeport Police Department is seeking information about a theft at a car wash in the 700 block of U.S. 380.
Lt. Todd Low said security cameras show a man breaking into the payment machine at 2 a.m. Friday.

BPD is requesting your assistance identifying the male subject in this video. He is believed to be a suspect in a recent Burglary of a coin machine at one of our car washes. Please contact Lieutenant Todd Low @ 940-683-3430 or tlow@cityofbridgeport.net with any information.

Posted by Bridgeport Texas Police Department on Friday, October 13, 2017

“We have several leads we’re working on,” he said Sunday. “At this time we’re not sure how much money was stolen.”
Low said the vehicle in the video appears to be a four-wheel-drive, four-door white Dodge pickup from the mid-2000s. The bottom panel of the pickup is either beige or gray.
He said it’s difficult to estimate the man’s height or weight from the video.
Investigators took some evidence from the scene, but they’re seeking the help of citizens. If you have information related to the individual or theft, call Low at 940-683-3430 or email tlow@cityofbridgeport.net. You may remain anonymous.

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Friday, October 13, 2017


3 TEENS HURT IN WRECK – Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital. Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees. One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL – Many Wise County football teams start the district schedule Friday night. The Decatur Eagles head to Argyle for the 4-4A Division I opener for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Keep track of the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Paradise plays host to Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. in its 4-3A Division I opener. Boyd goes to Bowie. In 5-2A Division I, Chico faces Seymour at home. Northwest goes on the road for the first time to play Saginaw. Bridgeport heads to Graham.

BOYD WINS 8-3A CROSS COUNTRY TITLE – The Boyd Yellowjackets turned in a dominant performance on their home course Thursday, placing five runners in the top eight to win the 8-3A title. Connor Richardson won the 5K in 17:17. Tristan Lemasters took second in 17:27, Manny Garcia fourth in 17:35, Gauge Fahlin fifth in 17:52 and Blake Rodgers eighth in 18:36. Paradise garnered second and a regional spot. Matthew Eisen took third in 17:35 and Kobe Wakefield 10th in 18:42. In the girls race, Paradise finished second with 63 points. Kaycee Martin ran 12:33 in the 3,200 for second. Hannah Beth Pearson was fourth in 12:39 and Maddie Mitschke seventh in 13:05. Boyd was fourth. Carrie Schwartz earned a region bid, finishing fifth in 12:48.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL – The Decatur Lady Eagles face a pivotal match in the 9-4A race, facing Sanger at home at 5 p.m. today. Bridgeport takes on league leader Krum at home. Northwest travels to Saginaw. Paradise plays at Bowie. Saturday, Boyd heads to Nocona. Chico goes to Bryson. Alvord welcomes in Perrin.

RUNAWAY BAY PARK CLEAN-UP – Runaway Bay will have a community clean-up day Saturday at Cricket Ridge Park. Starting at 8 a.m., attendees will help with lawn work, replacing landscape timbers and mulch and repairing, sanding and staining the playsystem. Runaway Bay EDC and Greater Runaway Bay Alliance request that volunteers bring work gloves, eye protection, rakes, shovels, weed eaters, wheelbarrows, hand or belt sanders and extension cords if they have them. A hot dog lunch will be provided. For information call Andrea Griffeth, 972-533-4553.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Rebecca Buchanan Potter will perform a “Patsy Cline Review” at the Arcadia Theater in Bridgeport 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $10, and proceeds will benefit the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum. Tickets are available at the museum or at the box office beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday.

KINGDOM MEN – The First Baptist Church of Decatur is hosting Kingdom Men with Dennis Swanber 7 p.m. Monday at Decatur Conference Center. For tickets, call 940-627-3235. Donations will be accepted for Warmth for Wise, Keeping Children Warm in Wise County.

BRIDGEPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Bridgeport Historical Society meets 11:30 a.m. Monday at Pizza Hut in Bridgeport.

COMMISSIONERS TO MEET – Wise County commissioners will consider the Sheriff’s Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Equipment Resolution Monday at their regular meeting. They will also discuss nominations for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. It’s open to the public.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Decatur Square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promotions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Veterans and family members are invited to the free event, which will feature barbecue, a silent auction and sweet walk.

NEWARK CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 30th annual Newark Cruisin’ Days continues through Saturday. The event began last night and continues tonight with the carnival opening at 6 p.m., and bingo beginning at 7 at the fire hall. Carnival ride armbands are $20. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10:30. Bingo runs from 11-3 p.m., and the Mr. and Mrs. Cruisin’ Days Pageant is at 1 p.m. For information on the pageant, call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959. The car show starts at 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Awards are at 6, and the dance is from 8-11 p.m.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be contests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict, allrid@gmail.com, Lions Club.

WARM CLOSED – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed today. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods.

FISH FRY – The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. Saturday and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

LORD’S ACRE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival Saturday. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – DHS Junior Class will host a family movie night featuring “Beetlejuice” at the DHS practice field (track) Saturday (Rainout plan – indoor practice facility at DHS). Pre-activities, including games and a costume contest, will begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30. Presale tickets are $7 for ages 10 and under and $10 for adults. A family four-pack is $30 (not available at door). Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased from any junior class officer or parent or Mrs. Smith in the first floor DHS office. Email lauren.smith@decaturisd.us.

FUNERALS – Service for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Linda Frances Jackson Prince, 58, of Boyd is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Boyd with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Vicki Grooms, 56, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lynn Mowery, 88, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Teenagers injured in wreck


Three teenagers were injured in a wreck on Farm Road 2264 Thursday afternoon, and one was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jose Gomez said the teenagers were traveling northbound on FM 2264 in a truck when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck rolled several times before coming to rest off the roadway, hitting a fence and trees.

One of the teenagers was flown by PHI Air Medical to Cook, and the other two were taken by ground ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Names have not been released at this time.

 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


DAIRY RESUMES MILK SALES – The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it is allowing K-Bar Dairy in Paradise to resume selling raw milk. Raw milk from the dairy had tested positive for the Brucella bacteria two months ago, prompting a recall by the DSHS. The recall came after a public health investigation confirmed that a customer of the dairy had contracted brucellosis, a disease caused by the Brucella bacteria. According to the DSHS, two cows that were shedding Brucella in their milk were separated from the herd, and subsequent testing of milk from the remaining cows has shown no evidence of Brucella bacteria in the milk, clearing the way for the resumption of milk sales.

BRIDGEPORT HOLDS SECOND ANNEXATION HEARING – Thirty citizens spoke at the city of Bridgeport’s second public hearing on annexation yesterday, urging the council to vote against the proposed annexation of 1,300 acres along U.S. 380 and Texas 101. Business owners, landowners and citizens from within the city all protested the expansion of the city limits, with some saying they would move if the city follows through with its plans. Read more about the hearing in the weekend Messenger.

DECATUR WINS 9-4A TITLES – The Decatur boys and girls cross country teams won the 9-4A titles Wednesday. The Decatur girls won with 28 points. Taylor Butler finished second on the 3,200-meter course in 12:25. Makenzie Fox was third in 12:32. Bridgeport’s Marisol Fraga grabbed fourth in 12:36. Bridgeport finished fourth with 90 points. The Decatur boys won with 32 points. Bridgeport was third with 58. Bridgeport’s Manuel Garcia took second in 16:27 on the 5K course. Decatur’s Triston Read ran 16:33 for third and Alan Rangel fourth in 16:34. Bridgeport’s Eric Aguilar was fifth in 16:51.

8-3A CHAMPIONSHIPS – The 8-3A cross country championships will start at 9 a.m. today at Boyd High School with Boyd and Paradise runners competing.

WARM CLOSED FRIDAY – Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) will be closed Friday. Food distribution will resume 9 a.m. Tuesday.

GREENWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – The 20th annual Greenwood Fall Festival is Saturday. The festival kicks off with tractor rides from Sycamore Baptist Church starting at 8:30 a.m. The tractors will take attendees to downtown Greenwood, where the festival runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., and before and after, visitors can browse the craft, food and game booths, sign up for door prizes, buy tickets for the quilt raffle, bid on the silent auction and tour the museum. Proceeds from festival events benefit county charities. There will also be train rides for children. Beans and cornbread are complimentary, and the Greenwood Masonic Lodge will sell barbecue sandwiches. The Country Store will sell cakes, pies, cookies and canned goods. The Greenwood-Slidell Fire Department Fish Fry is at 4 p.m. and includes a live auction, raffle and music by American Aquarium. T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

FALL CARNIVAL – Bridgeport Intermediate School will host a Fall Carnival 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are $10.

FFA PLANT SALE – Decatur High School FFA will hold a Fall Plant Sale 2-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the DHS greenhouse. Several varieties of pansies, mums, violas, snapdragons and dianthus will be available.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Decatur Main Street is having Girls Night Out on the downtown square 6-8 tonight.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Lisa Jenell Payne, 48, of Newark is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


COUNCIL APPROVES LAND PURCHASE – The Decatur City Council Monday gave its approval to the city’s Economic Development Corp.’s plan to purchase 162 acres of land southeast of Decatur for development of a business park. The EDC board approved the purchase of the property from Wise County Consortium LLC at a cost of $12,000 per acre at its meeting two weeks ago. The purchase required the approval of the council before the sale could move forward. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Trinity Vinzant buried four of her 14 kills in the third set as Decatur took control of the match in the 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-9 win over Bridgeport. The Chico Lady Dragons completed the season sweep of the cross-county rival Alvord Tuesday. Chico won 27-25, 25-16, 25-22 to move to 7-3 in District 9-2A. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved to 9-1 in District 8-3A with a sweep of City View Tuesday. Jordyn Todd tallied 12 kills. Laney Pellegrini finished with eight and Shaylee Martin five. For a second time in District 8-3A, Jacksboro outlasted Paradise to win in five games. Jacksboro won 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25, 15-10. Gracie Barnett put down 15 kills. Harley Mayfield and Ashley Kosman had eight apiece.

DISTRICT CROSS COUNTRY – The 9-4A championships will be held at Joe Wheeler Park at 3 p.m. today. The 11-2A meet is in Poolville and the 21-A event is set for Bowie.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – Decatur Main Street is having Girls Night Out on the downtown square 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

NEWARK CRUISIN’ DAYS – The 30th annual Newark Cruisin’ Days is Thursday through Saturday. Events begin with a carnival at 6 p.m. Thursday. The event continues Friday evening with the carnival opening at 6 p.m., and bingo beginning at 7 at the fire hall. Carnival ride armbands are $20. Saturday’s parade is at 10 a.m., and the carnival opens at 10:30. Bingo runs from 11-3 p.m., and the Mr. and Mrs. Cruisin’ Days Pageant is at 1 p.m. For information on the pageant, call Dawn Killough at 817-692-4959. The car show starts at 2. Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Awards are at 6, and the dance is from 8-11 p.m. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Lions Club and Decatur Boy Scout Troop 121 is having their 13th annual golf tournament Saturday at the Decatur Country Club. Registration for the four-player scramble is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. Cost is $60 per person, which includes lunch, green fee and cart. Mulligans will be sold. There will be contests for hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive, plus door prizes. Contact Dan Mallory, 940-399-9835, Decatur Boy Scouts; or Paula Benedict, allrid@gmail.com, Lions Club.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Applications for Rhome/South Wise Spirit of Christmas are available at Rhome City Hall, 261 N. School Road. The program provides toys and clothing for economically disadvantaged children. Applications should be returned by Friday, Nov. 10.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Made 2 Thrive special needs baseball needs volunteers to help at its games. Register online at made2thrive.org. For information, call volunteer coordinator Claudia Davila, 940-255-4541 or email butterfly8480@gmail.com.

FUNERALS – Service for Ying Chang, 95, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Thomas J. Brown, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Raymond St. John, 83, of Chico is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Cumby Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Lisa Mitchell, 48, of Newark is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

VISITATION for Joyce Horton, 79, of Fort Worth, formerly of Decatur, is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


BRIDGEPORT HOLDS FIRST ANNEXATION HEARING – Bridgeport opened the floor for citizens to speak about its proposed involuntary annexation Monday night at a public hearing, and 20 people came before the council to ask them to vote against annexation. Council chambers were full of citizens in red shirts, members of a group who’d decided to oppose annexation at a community meeting last week. Bridgeport will hold one more public hearing on the matter 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 900 Thompson Street.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE – Today is the deadline to be registered to vote if you plan on voting in the Nov. 7 constitutional amendment election. To find out if you are registered, visit votetexas.gov and click on the “Register To Vote” option. You’ll be asked to enter certain information about yourself, and information is then shown regarding your voting status. Voter registration information can also be found on the Wise County elections page at votewise.org. Wise County residents can register to vote in person at the Election Administration office at 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. You can also call 940-627-3656 for local voter registration information.

FEELS LIKE FALL – Temperatures were in the 50s this morning in Wise County after a cold front moved through the area late yesterday. Today’s high is expected to be in the mid-60s with a low tonight in the mid-40s. Parts of Wise County received rain overnight. Rainfall totals included 0.85 in Alvord, 0.6 in Bridgeport and 0.03 in Rhome.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Bridgeport Sissies will host Decatur tonight. Alvord will be at Chico. Boyd will be at home against City View. Northwest plays at Aledo. Paradise travels to Jacksboro.

CHICO CHAMBER – The Chico Chamber of Commerce will meet at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Chico today. Lunch is served at noon ($7/plate). Guest speaker Stephanie Beard will provide an overview of her experiences participating in the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative at Chico Public Library.

LIBRARY EVENTS – Chico Public Library will hold a Family Place Play Date for infants and toddlers birth-3 and their parents/caregivers from 11 a.m.-noon today. After School Art, which features creating watercolor owls with Debbie Malone of the Funky Firefly, begins at 4 p.m. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

STEAM PROGRAM – Rhome Public Library’s STEAM program meets 4-5 p.m. today to conduct various science and technology experiments. Call 817-636-2767.

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

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Paint the Town Pink, celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering those lost, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Square. There will be a bake sale, raffles, special promotions with local businesses, and a pink line ceremony. All proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Health System. Mary’s Gift provides mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in Wise County. For information on the event, call 940-393-0340 or 940-626-1384.

VETERANS PICNIC – The Annual Veterans Picnic sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Decatur is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Veterans and family members are invited to the free event, which will feature barbecue, a silent auction and sweet walk.

FUNERALS – Services for Susan Miank, 68, of Justin and Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Thomas J. Brown, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Raymond St. John, 84, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Martha Wright Jennings, 65, of Newark is 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Newark with burial at Dido Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Newark. Mount Olivet in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 9, 2017


WIRE THEFTS – The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the person or people responsible for a series of thefts in the northeast part of the county. Wise County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Neagle said someone entered a compressor station on Farm Road 455 west of Farm Road 51 in the Greenwood/Slidell area multiple times last month and stole copper wire. The thefts took place during the overnight hours. Surveillance video captured at least one of the thefts. That video was posted last week on the Wise County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. To report information about the theft or the identity of the suspects involved, call Crime Stoppers of Wise County at 800-643-TIPS(8477) or 940-627-TIPS(8477). Calls may be made 24 hours a day, and you will remain anonymous. Facebook comments are not anonymous. Crime Stoppers will pay for the first, most accurate tip received.

WEATHER CHANGE – Near-record high temperatures are expected today with a high of around 93 degrees, but a cold front will pass through the area tonight bringing a taste of fall weather. Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to be 66 degrees, and Tuesday’s low could dip into the upper 40s. Isolated showers are possible tonight.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION – James Wood Motors will host a retirement reception today from 2-4 for Richard Flynt, the dealership’s truck sales manager. He has been an employee of James Wood for 38 years.

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.

FALL CONFERENCE – The Wise County Retired School Personnel Unit will host 160 members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, District XI today at the Decatur Conference Center. “A Chisholm Trail Round-Up” is the theme for all retired school personnel. The Fall Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and feature speaker Senator Craig Estes, two TRTA state officers, Decatur ISD Supt. Dr. Judi Whitis, and Wise County Veteran’s group will present the flags. Sculpture/storyteller Ann Ayers will present the program, and Dakota Burns will provide the entertainment.

LORD’S ACRE – The First United Methodist Church of Boyd will have its annual Lord’s Acre Fall Festival Saturday. The festival will include games and activities for children, homemade baked goods, crafts, vendor booths and a flea market. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office mobile unit will be available to tour. A homemade turkey dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with to-go plates available. There will be a live auction at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Carter blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – DHS Junior Class will host a family movie night featuring “Beetlejuice” at the DHS practice field (track) Saturday (Rainout plan – indoor practice facility at DHS). Pre-activities, including games and a costume contest, will begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30. Presale tickets are $7 for ages 10 and under and $10 for adults. A family four-pack is $30 (not available at door). Concessions will be available. Tickets can be purchased from any junior class officer or parent or Mrs. Smith in the first floor DHS office. Email lauren.smith@decaturisd.us.

FUNERAL – Graveside service for Allen Craig Parsons, 72, of Weatherford is 11 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Brett Bethurum, 56, of Britton is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Friday, October 6, 2017


KENNEDY TO SEEK RE-ELECTION – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Gaylord Kennedy announced Thursday he will seek re-election in 2018. Kennedy, who has served one term in office, said it feels like he just got started. “I’d like to stay another term and serve the people of Precinct 4,” he said. “We’ve got everything in order and running smoothly, and I’d like to keep that going.” Kennedy will run on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

FOOTBALL FRIDAY – Bridgeport is looking for its first win of the season as they host Benbrook tonight at 7:30 at Bull-Memorial Stadium. Follow along with the action @wcmsports on Twitter. In other action, Chico hosts Gainesville State School, Boyd welcomes in Jacksboro, Alvord travels to City View, Northwest is home against Brewer and Victory Christian plays at Fort Worth Hill.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Bridgeport FFA is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Money from the sale will be used to attend the National FFA Convention.

BLOOD DRIVE – Decatur High School Student Council is having a blood drive 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the high school cheer room.

TOY RUN RAFFLE – The Wise County Toy Run will be at Decatur Wal-Mart Friday, Saturday and Sunday selling $10 raffle tickets for a V-Neck Motorcycle trailer. Need not be present to win. Drawing will be held on Dec. 3.

VETERANS BREAKFAST – The Wise County Veterans Group will hold this week’s breakfast 8 a.m. Saturday at the Skydive Cowtown jump zone, located at 2215 CR 4421, in Rhome. From Decatur, go south on U.S. 81/287 approximately 8 miles until you see the large “A” frame building on the side of the road. After you pass this building, take the next turnaround back towards the building and take CR 4421 to your right. Go about a mile to Cowtown on your right.

BRIDGEPORT ALL CLASSES REUNION – Bridgeport High School’s All-Classes Reunion for classes 1950 through 1975 is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport High School Commons Area. Class photos will be taken. Call John Barnett at 940-627-6188.

CRUISE NIGHTS – The last Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square of 2017 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., and awards are at 8. Cost is $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants on the Square will be open late for visitors. Call Decatur Main Street, 940-399-9558.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Ascension and St. Mark’s Church, 5094 U.S. 380 E., will hold a Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday. Following the blessing, donations for local animal shelters will be distributed, and those who wish to are invited to join Fr. Keith Roberson for the blessing of animals at the C.A.R.E. facility in Bridgeport. ALSO, the Episcopal Church of Wise County and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur invite the community to The Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday on the Episcopal Church grounds, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. Items are also being collected to give to the Wise County Animal Shelter, including bleach, puppy and kitten food, Dawn and cat litter. At both blessings, have pets on a leash or in a carrier.

BINGO NIGHT – The Paradise Emeralds will have its second annual Bingo Night 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. A three-card sheet is $1. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used for new uniforms and team competitions.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Janet Crowley, 82, of Chico is pending at the Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017


LANDOWNERS TO FIGHT ANNEXATION – Landowners in the areas the city of Bridgeport plans to annex in November met last night to discuss how to stop the annexation. In a packed conference room at La Quinta Inn and Suites, the landowners decided to come to the city’s public hearings next week in force to oppose the annexation. The city will hold the hearings 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 11 at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. The landowners also discussed their intention to petition the county for an election on Senate Bill 6 after the bill goes into effect in December. Smaller counties can elect to opt in to SB 6, which prohibits involuntary annexation.

CRUISE NIGHTS – The last Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square of 2017 is Saturday. Registration is 4-7 p.m., and awards are at 8. Cost is $15 per vehicle. Stores and restaurants on the Square will be open late for visitors. Call Decatur Main Street, 940-399-9558.

RED CROSS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS – The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to serve on the Local Disaster Action Team to respond to local disasters such as house fires and tornadoes. Call Melvin Castleberry at 940-210-4908.

BOYD WALL OF HONOR – Boyd ISD will induct three former employees into the Boyd ISD Wall of Honor this Friday. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Boyd High School cafeteria. Wall of Honor inductees are: Boyd High School English teacher Oggletta Burns; 1973-1989, Boyd High School English Teacher Linda Parker; 1985-2001 and Boyd Intermediate School Principal Lynn Todd; 1979-1995.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Ascension and St. Mark’s Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday. The church is located at 5094 U.S. 380 E. immediately east of the WCWC campus. Animals should be on leashes or in carriers. Following the blessing, donations for local animal shelters will be distributed, and those who wish to are invited to join Fr. Keith Roberson for the blessing of animals at the C.A.R.E. facility in Bridgeport.

COALITION MEETING – The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon Monday at Pizza Hut in Decatur. The speaker will be J.D. Allen, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Boyd. Allen will speak on unity, race relations and respect for one another. For information, call Mike Bell at 940-627-9082.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Wise County Special Needs Baseball is holding its 4th Annual Tee It Up Fore the Field Golf Tournament at The Club at Runaway Bay on Friday, Oct. 20. Registration for the four-man scramble is at noon with a shotgun start at 1. There will also be a dinner, silent auction, raffle and awards. Information and registration forms are online at made2thrive.org. Contact Jim Duffy, 214-755-3295 or jamesduffy07@gmail.com.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. today at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program, “Monarch Migration,” will be presented by Carol Welch of the Parker County Master Gardeners. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

BAKE SALE – A bake sale benefiting Bridgeport FFA is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at First Financial Bank in Bridgeport. Money from the sale will be used to attend the National FFA Convention.

FUNERAL – Memorial service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before the service at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017


NATIONAL MEETING COMES TO WISE – Close to 70 county officials from across the nation will visit Wise County this week for the 2017 Rural Action Caucus (RAC) fall symposium. RAC, a subgroup of the National Association of Counties (NACo), is chaired by County Judge J.D. Clark, and he’s excited the group is meeting in his home county. The symposium will kick off with a welcome reception on the square in Decatur Thursday night and conference meetings will start Friday at the Women’s Building on the Wise County Fairgrounds. The group is also visiting NRS in Decatur, Hanson Aggregates in Chico and the Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

VOLLEYBALL SCORES – Holliday surged to a four-set win over the Lady Yellowjackets, ending Boyd’s 30-match win streak. The Lady Yellowjackets entered the match ranked third, but fell 17-25, 29-27, 25-19, 25-22. Abbey Bloomer made 33 digs as Alvord beat Ranger in four sets. The Lady Bulldogs won 25-15, 21-25, 25-8, 25-21. Kinley Walker made 28 digs. Audrey Beasley had 31. Walker buried five kills. Christina Thomas had 14. Kendall Connolly doled out 22 assists. Chisholm Trail downed Northwest in four games, winning 25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 25-23. Oakley O’Dell and Kori James each buried 17 kills. Bailey Tompkins had 16. Analise Lucio had 53 assists. Jewell Pavlakovic had 21 digs. James had 19 and Lucio 18. Chico battered Perrin over three sets, winning 25-11, 25-10, 25-13. The Paradise Lady Panthers fell to Nocona over five sets Tuesday, losing 25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-13.

RAINFALL REPORT – Rainfall totals from yesterday included 1.1 inches in Greenwood, 0.5 in Alvord, 0.15 in Rhome and 0.05 in Decatur. Today’s forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain with a high of 82.

RAISING AWARENESS – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, Wise Hope encourages people to paint the nail on their left ring finger purple. Post pictures on social media with the hashtags #WiseHope and #PutTheNailInit.

YARD SALE – Pleasant Grove Baptist No. 2 is having a yard sale 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday to benefit its children’s outdoor playground fund. The church is one mile west of Farm Road 730 on Farm Road 2048 (Keeter Highway), across from Boyd Raceway. Call Sarah, 940-293-3480, or Becky, 817-992-0550.

PARK CLASSIC – The 26th Annual Park Classic Golf Tournament is Friday at Decatur Golf and Country Club. Registration is 9 a.m. with tee time at 10. Entry fee is $300 per team; mulligans are $5 (limit two); poker run is $15 per person; and all-inclusive team cost is $400. Lunch, beer and water will be provided. Call Jordan White, 940-389-8252. Sign up at decaturjuniorwomansclub.com or at facebook.com/decaturjwc.

BLESSING OF ANIMALS – The Episcopal Church of Wise County and the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, invite the community to The Blessing of the Animals 10 a.m. Saturday on the Episcopal Church grounds, 905 S. Church Street, in Decatur. Have pets on a leash or in a carrier. Items are also being collected to give the Wise County Animal Shelter, including bleach, puppy and kitten food, Dawn and cat litter.

BINGO NIGHT – The Paradise Emeralds will have its second annual Bingo Night 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Bridgeport Community Center. A three-card sheet is $1. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will be used for new uniforms and team competitions.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON ANNEXATION – A community meeting regarding Bridgeport’s annexation plan is 6:30 p.m. today at Laquinta in Bridgeport. The meeting is open to landowners in the current annexation plan, landowners outside the current annexation plan and people interested with the group’s efforts. Visit fb.com/bridgeportannex for information.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Candelario Pacheco, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017


SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED – A Lake Worth man was arrested this weekend and charged in the shooting at a party in Wise County on Sept. 23. Archie Jameson Coleman, 29, was arrested on a traffic stop in Parker County Saturday and transferred to the Wise County Jail Sunday. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct discharge firearm. Coleman was released from the Wise County Jail Monday after posting $40,000 bond. The shooting took place at a home in the 1200 block of County Road 3791 near Cottondale in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 23. A 28-year-old man was shot twice at the party. The victim was treated and released from a Fort Worth hospital.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The 11th-ranked Decatur Lady Eagles will take on 14th-ranked Krum in a rematch of last year’s 4A Region II quarterfinal at 6 tonight at Decatur High School Gym. In other action, Alvord travels to Ranger. Bridgeport faces Argyle at home. Boyd heads to Holliday. Chico takes on Perrin at home. Northwest welcomes in Chisholm Trail. Paradise will play Nocona at home.

STORM CHANCES – Today’s forecast includes a 50 percent chance of storms this afternoon with a high of 86 degrees. Those same rain chances continue tonight and tomorrow.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT – The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 6 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Dr. in Decatur.

PLAY DATES – Family Place Play Dates return to the Chico Public Library 11:00 a.m.-noon today. Family Place Play Dates are designed for infants and toddlers birth to age 3. Center-based activities encourage child-led exploration and discovery through play and social interaction. Call Michelle at 940-644-2330.

RIBBON CUTTING FOR MUSEUM – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the Paradise Museum, 216 Main St., noon-1 p.m. Wednesday.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON ANNEXATION – A community meeting regarding Bridgeport’s annexation plan is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Laquinta in Bridgeport. The meeting is open to landowners in the current annexation plan, landowners outside the current annexation plan and people interested with the group’s efforts. Visit fb.com/bridgeportannex for information.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING – Bridgeport Garden Club, which serves all of Wise County, will hold its monthly meeting 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The program, “Monarch Migration,” will be presented by Carol Welch of the Parker County Master Gardeners. Lunch will be served, and all are welcome. Call Deb Lewis at 443-415-4240.

NIGHT OUT – The Decatur Police Department will host National Night Out 6-8 tonight on the Decatur Square. The event will include free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, ice cream, jump house, child fingerprint ID, distracted driving simulator and the Decatur Fire Department Clown Show.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 tonight in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

COFFEE WITH A COP – The Bridgeport Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop 7-9 a.m. Wednesday at Five Boys.

CRIME WATCH MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department is hoping to establish a crime watch group for neighborhoods on the town’s west side after a string of petty thefts in the area. The department will hold a community meeting 6 tonight at the Outreach of Love Church, 300 Cates St. The church was previously the Twin Oaks Assembly of God.

FUNERALS – Mass of Christian burial for Candelario Pacheco, 88, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight with rosary said at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Cynthia Compton, 66, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

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Monday, October 2, 2017


SEPTEMBER RAINFALL – Two inches of rainfall during the last week of September kept the month from being one of the driest on record. Wise County received 2.08 inches for the month, still more than an inch below the normal rainfall amount of 3.23 inches for September. That brings the year to date total to 27.64 inches of rainfall, slightly behind the average rainfall amount through the first nine months of the year of 29.19 inches. Temperatures in the month ranged from a low of 51 on Sept. 7 to a high of 98 on Sept. 20.

FRIDAY RAINFALL – Rainfall amounts from Friday included 0.75 of an inch in Decatur and 0.2 in Alvord. Rain chances return to the forecast on Tuesday.

BOYD ROLLS TO 30TH DISTRICT WIN – Led by a diverse attack, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets rolled to their 30th straight league victory, sweeping rival Paradise, 25-10, 25-15, 25-11. Jordyn Todd put down 12 kills and Jacey Cate nine. Autumn Finney buried 11 kills in Decatur’s 25-11, 25-11, 25-15 win over Gainesville. Alvord lost to Bryson 25-18, 25-19, 25-15. Chico fell to Graford in four games. Eaton outlasted Northwest in five games.

AGGIE MOMS MEETING – The Wise County Aggie Moms Club is meeting 6 p.m. tonight at Catfish O’Harlies in Decatur. Membership is open to those with students currently enrolled at Texas A&M University or TAMU-Galveston.

CRIME WATCH MEETING – The Bridgeport Police Department is hoping to establish a crime watch group for neighborhoods on the town’s west side after a string of petty thefts has left residents frustrated. The department will hold a community meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Outreach of Love Church, 300 Cates St. The church was previously the Twin Oaks Assembly of God. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

SUPPORT GROUP – The Wise Alzheimer’s Group meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Wise Health System west campus in Decatur. Call Richard, 940-255-0244.

COFFEE WITH A COP – The Bridgeport Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop 7-9 a.m. Wednesday at Five Boys.

CHAMBER EVENTS – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. today at Boyd Community Center. Speaker is United Way of Wise County Director Martin Woodruff. Lunch is $10 per person. Door prize tickets will also be available. RSVP to info@wisecountychamber.com. The chamber will hold ribbon cuttings for two new members in Rhome following the luncheon at Best Used Trucks, 359 Denton St., at 1:30 p.m. and The Weaver Firm, 101 W First St., at 2:30 p.m.

4-H EXPLOSION – Wise County 4-H will host an informational night 5:30 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will include a free hot dog dinner, games and activities and information on the 4-H program in Wise County. Call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 940-627-3341.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is 1 p.m. today at DFW National Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Raymond “Buddy” Hull, 91, of Paradise is 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Jacksboro. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes before service on Saturday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Candelio Pacheto, 88, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Cynthia Compton, 66, of Chico is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

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Friday, September 29, 2017


BOARD SELECTS CONSTRUCTION MANAGER – Alvord ISD trustees Thursday heard presentations from four construction firms before selecting their top pick to manage a potential future bond project. The board ranked Fort Worth-based Buford-Thompson Company first, impressed by its references and presenter. The firm has worked with 67 school districts, including Aledo, Bowie, Chico and Decatur ISDs.

SCHOOLING TO RUN FOR COUNTY CLERK – Julie Schooling of Decatur announced Thursday she will run for Wise County clerk in 2018. The Alvord native will be on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. She currently works for Wise Title Company in Decatur. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

CHICO WINS – The Chico Dragons held Diamond Hill-Jarvis to just 44 yards of offense in a 40-0 blanking Thursday at Fort Worth’s Scarborough-Handley Field. The Dragons improved to 2-3 with the dominating defensive effort. Chico gave up only five first downs and 31 yards rushing. The Dragons forced three turnovers and recorded a safety. The Eaton Eagles stunned Northwest 58-44 behind 304 yards and four touchdowns from Titus Swen.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL – The Decatur Eagles and Bridgeport Bulls renew their rivalry at 7:30 tonight at Bull-Memorial Stadium in Bridgeport. Keep up with the action on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Paradise travels to Early. Alvord takes on Petrolia at home. Victory Christian welcomes in Granbury Cornerstone Christian.

REUNION RUN – The annual Reunion Run returns to Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur at 8 a.m. Saturday. Decatur and Bridgeport will run against most of 9-4A in the meet.

VOLLEYBALL WEEKEND – The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets welcome in rival Paradise at 1 p.m. Saturday. Friday, Decatur takes on Gainesville at home. Bridgeport faces Sanger at home. Northwest heads to Eaton. Saturday, Alvord goes to Perrin and Chico faces Bryson.

FOOD DRIVE – Newark Neighbors to Neighbors will collect non-perishables for the Southeast Wise County Community Services food pantry. Neighbors to Neighbors will be at Delora Doughty Royal Park, on the corner of McCanne and Central Avenue across from the fire station, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday to collect donations.

4-H EXPLOSION – Wise County 4-H will host an informational night 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The event will include a free hot dog dinner, games and activities and information on the 4-H program in Wise County. Call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 940-627-3341.

FEES WAIVED – In celebration of National Public Lands Day Saturday, day-use fees will be waived for the day at the LBJ National Grasslands. The focus of National Public Lands Day is to instill a sense of shared stewardship and educate the public about the importance of natural resources.

NIGHT OUT – The Decatur Police Department will host National Night Out 6-8 p.m. Tuesday on the Decatur Square. The event will include free hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, ice cream, jump house, child fingerprint ID, distracted driving simulator and the Decatur Fire Department Clown Show.

CPR CLASS – Alvord Fire Department will host a free hands-only CPR class at the fire station at 108 N. Trappier St. 9 a.m. Saturday. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

PARADISE MAIN STREET FESTIVAL – The Paradise Historical Society’s Main Street Festival is Saturday. There will be a car show, antique tractor show, blue ribbon baking contest, washer tournament, quilt show with items for sale and auctions. There will also be a stage featuring local entertainment. All proceeds benefit the recently-opened historical museum and veterans’ park. For more information and to sign up for each event, go to paradisehistoricalsociety.org or email paradisetexas@yahoo.com. Call 940-859-3691.

TASTE BRIDGEPORT – Taste Bridgeport is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Downtown merchants along Halsell Street have partnered with local eateries and wineries, a distillery and a brewery so attendees can eat and drink while they browse. Tickets are available for purchase at bridgeportchamber.org – $30 for individuals, $25 per person for couples and $25 for teachers. Groups of 10 or more can receive a discount rate by calling the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076. Tickets include food tasting, a wine glass, wine pairings and entry to the Le Freak concert after-party. Ticket holders can check in any time between 4 and 8 p.m., and tastings end at 9 p.m.

GLOW BALL – Decatur Police Department’s third annual Glow Ball Tournament, benefiting its Back the Blue Scholarship fund, is Saturday at Bridgeport Country Club. Nine holes will be played in daylight and nine holes in the dark with a 4 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team, which includes glow balls, a meal between rounds and prizes. Call 940-393-0300 to register.

FALL FEST – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1305 Deer Park Road, in Decatur is having a Fall Fest noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be a Christian band, a bounce house, buggy and train rides, bingo, raffles, food and drinks. A bilingual mass will be at 10:45 a.m.

BOOK FESTIVAL – Decatur Public Library’s The Same Page Book Festival is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature local authors, opening and closing keynote speakers, sessions for aspiring writers and readers, and an author fair where readers can chat with authors and purchase books. Opening keynote speaker is Charlotte Canion, author of “You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents,” and the closing speaker is Decatur’s Julia Heaberlin, author of many best-selling thrillers.

GOLF TOURNEY – A golf tournament benefiting Pam Ames, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in February, is Saturday at The Club at Runaway Bay. It’s a four-man scramble with a 1:30 p.m. tee time. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes dinner at 6 p.m. To attend the dinner and auction only, cost is $15 per plate.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Raymond “Buddy” Hull, 91, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Zelma Dean Loudermilk, 89, of Weatherford, formerly of Decatur, is 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Home, 913 N. Elm St., in Weatherford.

MEMORIAL service for Walter Francis Pac, 92, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Oct. 7 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Decatur. Family visitation is 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marie Byers, 68, of Chico is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Cynthia Compton, 66, of Chico is pending at Jones-Bridgeport.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017


MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE – An Arlington man who led officers on a high speed chase through the county Wednesday morning was arrested after he ran out of gas. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said he attempted to stop a motorcycle operator who he clocked at 113 miles per hour on northbound U.S. 81/287 near the Navigator Truck Stop south of Alvord. The operator sped north toward the Wise/Montague County line. He exited at the Texas 101 exit, crossed over and then came back south on U.S. 81/287 back into Wise County at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour until he ran out of gas at Ramhorn Hill Road south of Rhome, Womack said. Bryce Hamilton, 20, of Arlington was arrested on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle as well as the traffic violations, which included speeding and no license plates. The chase began just before 10:30 and ended about 20 minutes later.

REDMAN TO RUN FOR PCT. 2 JP – Kim Redman of Alvord announced Wednesday she is running for Precinct 2 justice of the peace in 2018. She will be on the Republican ballot in the March 6 primary. Redman has been a court clerk for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor since February 2010. “I believe I have a well-rounded knowledge of the way that the justice of the peace court system works on a daily basis and would be an asset to the office of justice of the peace, Precinct 2,” she said. “My entire life I have conducted myself with honesty and integrity and will continue to do so if elected.” Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

DECATUR EDC PLANS LAND PURCHASE – The Decatur Economic Development Board of Directors Wednesday voted to purchase 162 acres north of Farm Road 2264 and east of U.S. 81/287 for the development of a business park. The property is owned by Wise County Consortium and was annexed by the city in July. It’s zoned heavy industrial and borders the Landmark Industrial Park. Cost is $12,000 per acre. EDC Executive Director Thom Lambert said they have a “good client prospect to be our anchor, and if we get all this done, we’ll be able to make an announcement before too long.” The action will be presented in October to Decatur City Council for final approval. Read more in the weekend Messenger.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – The Northwest Texans will take on the rival Eaton Eagles at Northwest ISD Stadium at 7 tonight. The Chico Dragons will head to Scarborough-Handley Field in Fort Worth to play Diamond Hill-Jarvis at 7.

CHAMBER LUNCH – The Wise County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is noon to 1 p.m. Monday at Boyd Community Center. Speaker is Rep. Phil King. Lunch is $10 per person. Door prize tickets will also be available. RSVP to info@wisecountychamber.com.

BRIDGEPORT ALL CLASSES REUNION – Bridgeport High School’s All-Classes Reunion for classes 1950 through 1975 is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bridgeport High School Commons Area. Class photos will be taken. Call John Barnett at 940-627-6188.

BUDGETING BASICS – The Decatur Public Library is having a Budgeting Basics Class 6 p.m. today. A representative from Wells Fargo will teach the class.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having an encore meeting 7 p.m. today in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group promotes the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and its eventual independence. Speakers are Executive Directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway. They will talk about the new direction of the group. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or visit freedomtexas.org.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is 1 p.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Walter Pac, 92, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

MEMORIAL for Veada Loudada Bullard, 85, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marie Byers, 68, of Chico is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Chase ends in arrest


An Arlington man who led officers on a high speed chase through the county Wednesday morning was arrested after he ran out of gas.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chesley Womack said he attempted to stop a motorcycle operator who he clocked at 113 miles per hour on northbound U.S. 81/287 near the Navigator Truck Stop south of Alvord.

The operator failed to stop, speeding north toward the Wise/Montague County line. He exited at the Texas 101 exit, crossed over and then came back south of U.S. 81/287 back into Wise County where he continued to speed through Alvord, Decatur and Rhome.

“He continued southbound at speeds of 130 miles per hour until he ran out of gas at Ramhorn Hill Road” south of Rhome, Womack said.

A few times, it appeared the motorcycle operator, identified as Bryce Hamilton, 20, of Arlington, was coming to a stop before continuing to evade officers.

“He would turn around and wave at troopers and then speed off again,” Womack said.

When asked why Hamilton tried to run from officers, Womack said the man replied that he “was scared.”

Hamilton was arrested on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle as well as the traffic violations, which included speeding and no license plates.

The chase began just before 10:30 and ended about 20 minutes later.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017


LOWER ELECTRICITY RATES – Bridgeport City Council approved an ordinance with the city’s new electricity rates Monday, and consumers should see a slight decrease on their monthly bill. The new rate, beginning Oct. 1, is 11.87 cents per kilowatt hour. All base rates will remain the same.

RAIN AND COOLER TEMPS – Rainfall totals from yesterday and overnight included 1.55 inches in Alvord, 1.3 in Bridgeport, 0.42 in Decatur and 0.12 in Rhome. High temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to be in the 70s, with a high temperature of 76 forecast for today. The forecast also includes a 40 percent chance of rain today and tonight.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Billie Roberts finished with 16 kills and served seven aces in Poolville’s 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10 victory over Chico Tuesday. Jessica Byers recorded 10 kills and Maddie Hager served seven aces for Chico. Led by five blocks from Satasha Kostelecky and four from Madison Lowery, Decatur tallied 15.5 blocks as a team in the three-game sweep of Sanger. Decatur won 25-16, 25-15, 27-25 in moving to 2-0 in District 9-4A. Kostelecky buried seven kills. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets rolled to their 29th straight district win Tuesday, beating Jacksboro in three games. Boyd (25-6) hit .289 in winning 25-11, 25-9, 25-12. Jordyn Todd buried 10 kills. The Paradise Lady Panthers fell to Henrietta in three games Tuesday, 25-18, 25-22, 25-11. The Alvord Lady Bulldogs slipped to 3-3 in District 9-2A with a four-game loss to Graford 14-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Christina Thomas landed 12 kills. Boswell beat Northwest in three games. Krum tripped up Bridgeport.

TASTE BRIDGEPORT – Taste Bridgeport is 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Downtown merchants along Halsell Street have partnered with local eateries and wineries, a distillery and a brewery so attendees can eat and drink while they browse. Tickets are available for purchase at bridgeportchamber.org – $30 for individuals, $25 per person for couples and $25 for teachers. Groups of 10 or more can receive a discount rate by calling the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce at 940-683-2076. Tickets include food tasting, a wine glass, wine pairings and entry to the Le Freak concert after-party. Ticket holders can check in any time between 4 and 8 p.m., and tastings end at 9 p.m.

FALL FEST – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 1305 Deer Park Road, in Decatur is having a Fall Fest noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be a Christian band, a bounce house, buggy and train rides, bingo, raffles, food and drinks. A bilingual mass will be at 10:45 a.m.

BOOK FESTIVAL – Decatur Public Library’s The Same Page Book Festival is 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature local authors, opening and closing keynote speakers, sessions for aspiring writers and readers, and an author fair where readers can chat with authors and purchase books. Opening keynote speaker is Charlotte Canion, author of “You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents,” and the closing speaker is Decatur’s Julia Heaberlin, author of many best-selling thrillers.

FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – The Decatur Education Foundation is having a fundraiser – Dinner with Dale Hansen – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Decatur Conference Center. Hansen is a sports broadcaster on WFAA. Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table with eight seats. VIP tables are $600 and include a meet and greet with Hansen. Tickets may be purchased at the DISD Administration Building or DATCU. There will be a cash bar and live auction.

HISTORICAL MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Commission and the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. will hold meetings Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The Society will meet at noon and the Commission meeting will open at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. today if you plan to eat lunch. The groups will discuss the work being done on the “Old Administration Building.” Speaker Tommy Edwards of Edwards Surveying will discuss historical information he has collected during his years of service to Wise County.

FUNERALS – Service for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Marie Byers, 68, of Chico is 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones-Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Dan Foreman, 60, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL for Veada Loudada Bullard, 85, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017


NEW INMATE TRANSPORT VAN APPROVED – Wise County commissioners Monday approved the purchase of a new inmate transport van as requested by Sheriff Lane Akin. “We don’t have one with a handicap lift or cages to separate prisoners for various needs, such as male and female, that kind of thing,” he said. The vehicle, which will cost about $70,000, will be paid for with courthouse security funds. “We had some specs – it’s a 1-ton van. It would be outfitted with the cages and video cameras so you can watch the prisoners and see what they’re doing,” Akin said. The sheriff’s office sometimes transports up to 30 inmates to and from the courthouse in one day, depending on the docket call, according to the sheriff. “(The new van would make it) much more secure and much easier to transport those folks in difficult situations,” he said. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

DISTRICT OF INNOVATION DISCUSSION – Northwest ISD trustees Monday discussed the pros and cons of becoming a District of Innovation, ultimately opting to authorize staff to explore the idea further. The process would give the district more freedom from certain state requirements. Read more in Wednesday’s Wise County Messenger.

RAIN RETURNS – Rainfall totals from overnight included 1.4 inches in Alvord, 0.83 in Decatur, 0.77 in Rhome and 0.59 in Bridgeport. Several pre-dawn accidents were reported, but none with serious injuries. An 18-wheeler jackknifed on U.S. 81/287 north of Alvord, shutting down one lane of northbound traffic. That accident had been cleared by the time Update went to press.

TUESDAY VOLLEYBALL – The Chico Lady Dragons will battle 9-2A leader Poolville at home at 6 tonight. Alvord welcomes in Graford in 9-2A action. In 9-4A, Bridgeport travels to Krum and Decatur goes to Sanger. 8-3A leader Boyd takes on Jacksboro at home. Paradise faces Henrietta at home. Northwest will play host to Boswell.

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 on Wednesday. To receive a free mammogram, complete an online application at wisehealthfoundation.com or call Wise Health System Mammography, 940-626-1329 to apply. For information, call the Wise Health Foundation, 940-626-1384.

BUDGETING BASICS – The Decatur Public Library is having a Budgeting Basics Class 6 p.m. Thursday. A representative from Wells Fargo will teach the class.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas is having an encore meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Pizza Hut, 601 S. Washburn St., in Decatur. This group promotes the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas and its eventual independence. Speakers are Executive Directors Paul Keefer and Tommy Attaway. They will talk about the new direction of the group. Call Brenda Vaughn, 940-389-0999 or visit freedomtexas.org.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – To donate fabric to North Texas Stockings for Soldiers, call Janice Millican, 940-627-4220, or email rjmillican@ymail.com. Fabric does not have to be a Christmas pattern.

FUNERALS – Service for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Dan Foreman, 60, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie D. Williams, 81, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation and meal will be at Bono’s in Decatur immediately following the service. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with burial at Thomas Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, September 25, 2017


1 INJURED IN SHOOTING – One man was hurt when he was shot at a home in the Cottondale area early Saturday morning. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a group of people in their 20s and 30s had gathered at a home on County Road 3791 and were drinking when an argument broke out. “One of the partiers started randomly firing with a hand gun,” Akin said. “Another guy was struck twice by the gunfire.” The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. According to initial reports provided to medics who were responding to the scene, the 28-year-old victim was shot in the left side of the back and the lower left buttock. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by ground ambulance where he was treated and released, Akin said. The shooter left the scene but was identified. No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing, Akin said.

KING TO RUN FOR SPEAKER – State Rep. Phil King, who represents Wise and Parker counties in House District 61, has announced his candidacy to run for speaker of the Texas House. “Over the past several months, many of my colleagues have encouraged me to consider running for Speaker,” King said in a statement published on the Texas Tribune website. “In order to have an open discussion concerning the future of our Texas House, I have filed the required paperwork to declare my candidacy for Speaker.” Current Speaker Joe Straus will seek a sixth term in 2019.

WEEKEND VOLLEYBALL – Decatur won the 9-4A opener 25-11, 25-15, 25-15 over rival Bridgeport Friday. Autumn Finney had 10 kills and Madison Lowery nine. The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets hit .300 in rolling to their 28th straight district win in a sweep of Henrietta, 25-14, 25-15, 25-15. Laney Pellegrini blasted 12 kills, Macee Valtr 11 and Jordyn Todd 10. Chico beat Ranger 27-25, 24-26, 25-11, 25-23. Jessica Byers smashed 22 kills and served six aces. Alvord took down Newcastle 25-20, 25-14, 25-15. Thomas buried 12 kills with two blocks. Walker put down 10 kills. Bailey Tompkins landed 13 kills and hit .357 to lead the Northwest Lady Texans to a three-game victory over Azle, 25-20, 25-22, 25-13. The Paradise Lady Panthers broke through to pick up their first victory in 8-3A Friday, sweeping City View, 25-13, 25-17, 25-13. Gracie Barnett and Ashley Kosman put down eight kills apiece.

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – The Bridgeport Sissies won the 4A-and-under race at the Keller Classic Saturday. Marisol Fraga finished second in 12:30 in the 3,200-meter race. The Bridgeport Bulls took fourth in the 6A/5A race. Manuel Garcia finished 15th in 16:33 and Salvador Garcia 16th in 16:34. The Boyd Yellowjackets finished second in the 3A race at the Lubbock Invitational. Connor Richardson took ninth in 16:57 and Tristan Lemasters 10th in 17 minutes.

HISTORICAL MEETINGS – The Wise County Historical Commission and the Wise County Historical Society, Inc. will hold meetings Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The Society will meet at noon and the Commission meeting will open at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to the museum at 940-627-5586 by 3 p.m. Wednesday if you plan to eat lunch. The groups will discuss the work being done on the “Old Administration Building.” Speaker Tommy Edwards of Edwards Surveying will discuss historical information he has collected during his years of service to Wise County.

NETWORKING EVENT – Wise County Chamber Monthly Coffee Network meets 8-9 a.m. Wednesday at Alvord City Hall, 215 W. Elm St. Mayor Roy King will provide a welcome, and Clint Mercer will be speaker.

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry singalong program is 6:30 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium on the second floor of the Wise County Heritage Museum, at 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted to be used toward the expenses of the museum.

CPR CLASS – Alvord Fire Department will host a free hands-only CPR class at the fire station at 108 N. Trappier St. 9 a.m. Saturday. Call or text Heather Redder at 214-356-4739.

RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING – The Wise County Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Conference Center. Guest speaker will be State Rep. Phil King of Weatherford. The meeting/luncheon is $11, and reservations should be made by today to Dee Ann Archer, jadee201@gmail.com or 940-735-0361. Any retired or semi-retired school personnel of Wise County is invited.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Austin Teo, 22, of Bridgeport is 11 a.m. today at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Richard Long, 62, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jimmy Dan Foreman, 60, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

VISITATION for Donna Baker Hamm, 70, of Burleson is 7-9 tonight at Hawkins Chapel in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Raymond Barnett, 68, of Sunset is 10:30 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Alvord with burial at Alvord Cemetery. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Carolyn Campbell, 79, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Jimmie D. Williams, 81, of Greenwood is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation and meal will be at Bono’s in Decatur immediately following the service. Jones Family Funeral Home-Decatur is handling arrangements.

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