Thursday, October 30, 2014


RHOME BANK ROBBED – Woodhaven National Bank in Rhome was robbed around noon Wednesday. Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note that said hand over the money and no one will get hurt. He kept his hands in his pocket and did not display a weapon during the robbery. He took an undisclosed amount of cash, and he and a second suspect driving a black, four-door newer model Chevrolet pickup with paper tags headed north on U.S. 81/287. The suspect who entered the bank is described as around 5-foot, 10-inches tall, early to mid-30s, heavy build, wearing a ball cap with a logo on it and a burnt orange University of Texas shirt. He was also wearing sunglasses on the cap and had about a day or two of facial hair growth. Security cameras were able to capture images of the man, and photos can be viewed below. A description of the get-away driver was not available. Anyone with information should call Wise County Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS (8477) or 940-627-TIPS (8477) 24 hours a day. You may remain anonymous, and a reward of up to $1,500 is available to information leading to an arrest.

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TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT IN DECATUR – Decatur City Council voted to move the city’s trick or treat observance to tonight to avoid a conflict with the Eagles’ final home football game Friday. The council agreed to designate Deer Park Road as one-way, northbound, between Eagle Drive and Preskitt Road from 5:30-10 tonight to help ease traffic problems in some of the city’s more popular trick or treating areas.

OPEN HOUSE – The Cancer Center at Wise Regional will host an open house 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The Cancer Center has undergone extensive remodeling, including the installation of the Varian Clinac iX Linear Accelerator, which allows staff to treat cancers in Decatur much more efficiently and with the most advanced equipment. The facility is located at 2010 S. Ben Merritt Drive, in front of the main hospital off Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.

ALVORD TRUNK OR TREAT – Alvord Booster Club is hosting trunk or treat at the AHS softball field starting at 5 p.m. Friday. Pizza will be provided by the First Baptist Church of Alvord.

CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT – Alvord United Methodist Church will hold trunk or treat at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

CHICO TRUNK OR TREAT – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, 302 S. Weatherford St. in Chico, will hold Trunk or Treat 6-8 p.m. Friday. The event will feature candy and hot dogs.

GOVERNOR’S RIDGE FALL FESTIVAL – Governor’s Ridge in Decatur will hold its annual Fall Festival 5:30-7 tonight. The event will feature trick-or-treating, a bounce house, games and prizes, merry-go-round, goblin walk, hot dogs and drinks.

THE HILLS FALL FESTIVAL – The Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation, 201 E. Thompson St. in Decatur, will hold a Fall Festival 4-6 p.m. Friday featuring indoor trick-or-treating, a bounce house, hot dogs, booths, popcorn, a cake walk and more.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED – Salvation Army Bell ringing at Wal-Mart in Decatur starts Nov. 28 and runs through Dec. 24. Friends and families, churches, civic organizations, students needing community service hours, youth groups, sports teams, Boys and Girls Scouts, all give a couple of hours of their time to help Wise County residents in need. Call Tana at 940-627-5859 to set up a time.

MEAT FUNDRAISER – Grace Baptist Church in Decatur is selling smoked meats Nov. 14-15 to benefit the church’s benevolence fund. To order turkeys, hams or briskets, call 940-627-7558. Turkeys and hams may be picked up after 6 p.m. on the 14th. Briskets may be picked up 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the 15th.

SUNSET TRUNK OR TREAT – Sunset will host a Trunk or Treat Festival 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Sunset Fire Hall. The churches of Sunset will host free game booths rewarding kids with treats. Free hay rides and antique cars will be on display with treats for kids. The Sunset Community Park Board will have concessions.

FUNERAL – Service for Arvel Hubbard, 75, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Sycamore Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Woodhaven National Bank in Rhome was robbed around noon Wednesday. Rhome Police Chief Brandon Davis said a man entered the bank and handed the teller a note that said hand over the money and no one will get hurt. He kept his hands in his pocket and did not display a weapon during the robbery. He took an undisclosed amount of cash, and he and a second suspect driving a black, four-door newer model Chevrolet pickup with paper tags headed north on U.S. 81/287. As of mid-afternoon, the two suspects were still at large. The suspect who entered the bank is described as around 5-foot, 10-inches tall, early to mid-30s, heavy build, wearing a ball cap with a logo on it and a burnt orange University of Texas shirt. He was also wearing sunglasses on the cap and had about a day or two of facial hair growth. Security cameras were able to capture images of the man. A description of the get-away driver was not available. Anyone with information should call Wise County Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS (8477) or 940-627-TIPS (8477) 24 hours a day. You may remain anonymous, and a reward of up to $1,500 is available to information leading to an arrest.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


RHOME MAYOR RESIGNS – Rhome mayor Louis Godfrey submitted a terse letter of resignation that was read at the start of Tuesday’s city council meeting. In a letter read by mayor pro tem Charles Pennington, Godfrey thanked the citizens of Rhome for letting him serve and said “effective immediately” he would be “pursuing other things” in his life. The council voted later to hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday to accept the resignation, assess the city’s information technology status and call for an outside audit of the city’s finances.

ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH – Following an hour and a half closed session Tuesday night, the Bridgeport City Council voted to approve Chester Nolen of Strategic Government Research as the contractor in charge of searching for a replacement for City Administrator Brandon Emmons. Nolen, senior vice president of SGR, would also serve as the interim City Administrator until a replacement can be found. Emmons announced his plans to retire at last week’s city council meeting. His last day will be Dec. 26, 2014. “It’ll probably be next week before we get started on the search, and then once I finish up some other search jobs, we’ll start here in about 30 days,” Nolen said.

LADY EAGLES FINISH PERFECT RUN – The Decatur Lady Eagles closed a sixth straight perfect run through league play Tuesday with a sweep of Springtown 25-13, 25-7, 25-11. Caroline Lowery led the way with 11 kills. Makayla Mayfield added 10 kills, and Cooper Martin six. Stormi Leonard dished out 30 assists. In other volleyball action, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets closed the season with a 25-10, 25-14, 25-14 sweep of Jacksboro. The victory was not enough to get the Lady Yellowjackets into the playoffs as Holliday beat Bowie in three sets. The Nocona Lady Indians took down Paradise Lady Panthers in three games, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22. The Lady Panthers will be the third playoffs seed out of District 9-3A. After taking the first game, the Northwest Lady Texans couldn’t steal another from Denton Guyer Tuesday. Northwest fell 22-25, 25-21, 25-8, 25-15. Camryn Berryhill led Northwest with 12 kills. Tessa Harfield added 12. The playoff-bound Chico Lady Dragons fell in the 9-2A finale to Poolville, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 Tuesday.

TRUCK OR TREAT – First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur is having Truck or Treat 6-8 tonight. There will be a hay ride, games, prizes, hot dogs and candy.

FALL FESTIVAL – Eagle Drive Baptist Church, 1301 Eagle Dr., in Decatur is having a fall festival 6-8 tonight. There will be a bounce house, ponies, live music, carnival games and free food.

TRUNK OR TREAT – Victory Family Church in Decatur is having a fall festival 6-8 tonight. There will be bounces houses, food, games, vendors and trunk or treat.

FALL FEST – The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport will have a Family Fun Fall Fest 6:30-8 tonight at the church’s Family Life Center. There will be free food and candy, a bounce house, obstacle course, games and prizes. Wear costumes. The church is at the corner of Texas 114 and Cates Street.

COSTUME PARADE - Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween Costume parade down Halsell Street is 5-6 p.m. Friday. It begins at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS – Items are being collected for the North Texas Stockings for Soldiers Campaign. All items need to fit in a stocking. Those items include body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, chap-stick, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, any small toiletry items, non-melting candy, candy canes, cookies, jerky, gum, crackers, snacks, powdered drink mixes, sunglasses, playing cards, small work search books, signed Christmas cards and stockings. Decatur drop off locations include Shear Madness Hair Salon, 1208 S. Farm Road 51; Wise County Messenger, 115 S. Trinity St.; The Twisted Stem, 411 E. Walnut St.; DATCU, 600 W. Ford St.; and Sister’s Grooming, 600 W. Walnut St. Contact Bobby Travis at 940-453-0511 or Bobby.Travis60@gmail.com or Janice Millican at 940-627-4220 or rmillican@ymail.com.

FREEDOM TEXAS – Freedom Texas will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Pizza Hut, 501 S. Washburn St. in Decatur. This is a group that educates people about the sovereignty, security and self-sufficiency of Texas, and promotes its eventual independence. Anyone who wishes to learn more about these subjects is invited to attend. Contact Brenda Vaughn, 940-748-2535.

BUSINESS CARD DIRECTORY – The midweek Wise County Messenger and All Around Wise features the 2014-2015 Business Card Directory, featuring a variety of local businesses.

FUNERALS – No services are pending at this time.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


CITY SECRETARY TO RESIGN – Rhome City Council will accept the resignation of city secretary Ramah Burns and discuss that position in a meeting today at 6 p.m. According to the agenda, council members will also discuss the police bank account and impound lot and will hear from building official Robert Lyon. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at City Hall, 105 1st St.

JONES WINS QUALIFIER - Decatur junior Drew Jones and his partner Michael Board won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifier Monday, shooting a 7-under par 65. The victory qualifies the duo for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championships at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. May 2-6.

QUARTER AUCTION – A quarter auction for small prizes/gifts with proceeds going to local charities is 6:30 tonight at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin.

DECATUR LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK – The Decatur Lady Eagles will look for their 56th straight district volleyball victory and sixth district title at 6 tonight when they travel to Springtown. In other action, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets face a must-win at home against Jacksboro. The Lady Yellowjackets will also need a Bowie win over Holliday to make the playoffs as 9-3A’s fourth seed. The playoff-bound Paradise Lady Panthers close the district schedule at home against Nocona. Chico, which has clinched third in 9-2A, heads to Poolville. Bridgeport takes on Castleberry at home. Northwest travels to Denton Guyer.

SLIDELL FALL FESTIVAL – Slidell ISD’s annual Fall Festival will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Junior/Senior High building. Doors open at 5 p.m., and ticket sales begin at 5:30. Drawings will be held at 8:15.

NO FINES - October is Fine Forgiveness Month at Chico Public Library. Individuals who owe fines for late or lost items may have their fines removed by donating new or gently used shoes. Each pair of shoes is worth up to $10 in fines. All donated shoes will go to the Wise Choices shoe drive. Call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

FOOD DRIVE – Chico 4-H is having a canned food drive now through Friday. Donations can be dropped off at Chico Butane or Chico Middle School. All food items will be donated to WARM. Call Kelly Martin, 940-210-2506.

YOUTH BASKETBALL – Deadline to sign up for Chico Little Dribblers and Pee Wee Basketball, for kids in grades 1-6, is Nov. 7. Cost is $50, and forms are available at the Chico Elementary School office.

HELMET RAFFLE – The Decatur Eagle Booster Club and North Texas Bank are raffling off a Decatur Eagles varsity football helmet signed by the entire team. The helmet may be viewed at the bank. Tickets are $5 a piece or five for $20. The raffle with go through Nov. 7.

VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP – A support group for local veterans, active duty, guard, reserves and their families is now available in Wise County. Volunteers in the community have successfully completed the Bring Everyone In The Zone Peer to Peer Facilitator Training and are fully prepared to help. The Peer to Peer Support meeting is held at 1308 Old Chico Road in Decatur 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. each Thursday. For more information, call Paula Johansen at Helen Farabee Centers, 940-626-1908.

FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION SEMINAR – A financial exploitation seminar is noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Decatur Civic Center. Information will be presented by First Financial Bank, law enforcement and the Wise County Committee on Aging. Lunch is provided. Call Beverly Lindsey to RSVP by Friday, 940-683-8790.

FALL FESTIVAL - Senior Care, 701 W. Bennett Rd., in Decatur is having its 5th Annual Fall Festival 5:30-7:30 tonight. Wear costumes for trick-or-treating. There will be music, a bounce house, games, cotton candy, hot dogs and face painting.

FUNERAL – No service is scheduled for Coy Gene Westbrook, 50, of Haltom City. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

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Monday, October 27, 2014


ALVES WINS THIRD PBR WORLD TITLE - Brazilian Silvano Alves, who also calls Decatur home, became the second rider in Professional Bull Riders history to win a third world title Sunday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas after being named the 2014 PBR World Champion. The 26-year-old went 6-for-6 at the Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time in his career, securing the World Finals event average on top of the championship. Only three other riders have ever won the world title and event average in the same year, one of which was Mike Lee in 2004. “It really means a lot to me this year,” Alves said, “because at the beginning of the year, I wasn’t riding that great. Thankfully, I was able to stay healthy and come from behind. It means a lot for me to win this championship again.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

VOTE EARLY, VOTE LATE - Early voting hours this week will be extended from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today through Friday at three different locations around Wise County: Decatur City Hall, 201 E. Walnut St.; Rhome City Hall, 105 1st St.; and Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, 1000 Thompson St. Early voting was held this weekend at the Decatur location, where 198 people voted Saturday and another 81 voted on Sunday afternoon. That brings the vote total to 2,199, or about 6 percent of all registered voters. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 4

GOSPEL OPRY – The monthly Gospel Opry sing-along is 7 tonight in the G.C. Rann Auditorium at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Admission is free. An offering will be accepted for expenses of the museum.

SPOOKY TALES – Decatur Public Library is hosting Tales from the Critt, a Halloween-themed spoken word program with audiobook ace C.J. Critt, 6:30 tonight. A veteran of Broadway and a staff writer at Radio Disney, not to mention the original voice of America’s favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, Critt will channel the voices of various mystery and suspense authors she has recorded in her 20-year career with Recorded Books and Harper Audio, and will treat us to some classic spooky fare and a lively question-and-answer session. Suggested age is 13 and up.

SHERLOCK HOMES PARTY – All teens (grades 6-12) are invited to Decatur Public Library’s Sherlock Holmes Party at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Test your sweet sleuth skills to identify disguised candy and match wits with other teens in their Mafia game. You can come in costume or as you are.

FALL FESTIVAL – Senior Care, 701 W. Bennett Rd., in Decatur is having its 5th Annual Fall Festival 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Wear costumes for trick-or-treating. There will be music, a bounce house, games, cotton candy, hot dogs and face painting. Donations of candy will be accepted today.

WISE REGIONAL ACQUISITIONS – At their 6 p.m. meeting tonight, the directors of Wise Regional Health System will consider acquiring six nursing facilities and a rehab facility, including sublease, operations and management agreements. Three are nursing facilities operated by Sava Senior Care, three are Kindred nursing facilities and one is DFW Rehab, owned by Ken Broussard. Also on the agenda are several equipment purchases, appointments including medical staff appointments, reappointments and reviews and items to set up a hospital sleep lab with Somnus Healthcare and approve a succession plan for the hospital. The meeting, held in the board room at the West Campus, is open to the public.

WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN – The Decatur City Council will consider approving a community wildfire protection plan when it meets 6 tonight at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. The plan is an agreement between the Decatur Fire Department and the Texas Forest Service. Also on the council agenda are approval of a performance agreement between the city’s Economic Development Corp. and Energy WorldNet, an interlocal agreement with Wise County for road repairs and maintenance, and a request from the Decatur High School junior class to hold a 5K run Nov. 8 as a fundraiser for the prom. A workshop with department reports begins at 5:30, and it’s all open to the public.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Mary Janelle Spivey, 56, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Coy Gene Westbrook, 50, of Haltom City is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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Friday, October 24, 2014


EARLY VOTING OFF TO SLOW START – Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is off to a slow start with only 1,463 votes cast this week. Totals for each location included: 783, Decatur; 372, Bridgeport; and 308, Rhome. The daily totals have dropped throughout the week, with only a slight increase between Tuesday and Wednesday. The largest turnout was Monday with 443. Tuesday’s vote total was 351 with 355 Wednesday. On Thursday, 314 votes were cast. Totals do not include limited or provisional ballots. Early voting continues this weekend at Decatur City Hall 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Next week early voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of these locations. Voters should bring a photo ID, along with their voter registration card.

DECATUR TEAMS WIN DISTRICT – Jessica Kyle won her second straight district cross country race Thursday, completing the 3,200-meter course at Joe Wheeler Park in 12 minutes. The Lady Eagles won the 8-4A crown, taking seven of the top eight spots. Georgina Palomo finished second, Taylor Butler third, Nicole Neighbors fourth, Elizabeth Culpepper sixth, Paola Palomo seventh and Lluvia Ramos eighth. The Bridgeport Sissies finished second with Diana Garcia in fifth place in 12:43. Elizabeth Wiedemann medaled, taking 10th. In the boys race, Decatur held off Castleberry to win by two points, 41-43. Bridgeport finished third to qualify for regionals. Decatur senior Tyler Wilson finished second in 17:17. Bridgeport freshman Eric Aguilar was third in 17:19. Salvador Garcia finished fourth in 17:42.

TRICK OR TREAT EVENTS – Candy seekers: Rejoice. There are many Halloween and trick or treat events planned in Wise County Oct. 25-31. Put the finishing touches on those costumes and check out our roundup of events at wcmess.com/halloween to see what’s scheduled for your community.

RODEO LEGEND TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER – Acclaimed rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tallman, who announces rodeos coast-to-coast, from the Fort Worth Stock Show to the Calgary Stampede to the National Finals in Las Vegas, has been the PRCA’s announcer of the year eight times. His voice, which has become synonymous with professional rodeo, is familiar to generations of rodeo fans. Luncheon reservations are $12 per person. Call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

BOYD, PARADISE RENEW RIVALRY – The Paradise Panthers will head to Boyd in a battle of neighbors at 7:30 tonight. It’s also a crucial game for both in battle for a playoff spot out of 4-3A Division I. Decatur will play host to Wichita Falls Hirschi in 4-4A Division I. Bridgeport heads to Aubrey, continuing 3-4A Division II action. Follow our live blogs from the three games at wcmessenger.com/scores. We will also have updates from Alvord at Valley View, Trenton at Chico and Northwest at Keller Timber Creek.

CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico schools will release at noon today for homecoming activities. The homecoming parade will be on the square at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chico: Champ At Every Game.” Following the parade, there will be a pep rally on the square and a community barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. at Chico Middle School on Farm Road 1810, next to the football field. The dinner is hosted by the Ex-Students Association, but everyone is welcome. Cost is $7 per plate, and proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m., and class years ending in “4” will be recognized. Chico alumni will also vote for coming home king and queen at this time. They will be honored prior to the start of the game against Trenton at 7:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL RACES HEAT UP – With the district finales set for Tuesday, several Wise County teams play pivotal matches tonight. Paradise and Boyd will battle at Boyd at 4 p.m. with both trying to lock down playoff spots. Decatur will play host to Bridgeport at 5 p.m. and can clinch a share of the 8-4A title with a win. Northwest heads to Keller Timber Creek. Chico will take on Tolar Saturday at noon.

NORTHWEST GIRLS ADVANCE – The Northwest Lady Texans cross country team qualified for regionals Thursday, finishing third in the 5-6A meet. Cassidy Adams finished second, running 19:12 on the 5K course at UNT. The Northwest Texans finished fifth in the team standings but qualified a pair of runners for regionals. Trevor Bohr took fourth in 16:22, and Jacob Suchors eighth in 16:33.

PLANT SALE – Decatur FFA will have a fall plant sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Exxon station on the corner of Farm Road 51 and U.S. 81/287 in Decatur. They will have mums, pansies, violas, snapdragons, dianthus and prepared color containers. All plants were grown by DHS students enrolled in horticulture. Flats start at $12.

HUNTER’S EDUCATION – The Texas Parks and Wildlife required hunter’s education course will be taught at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. The six-hour class is sponsored by Shootsafe Academy and taught by Dan Graeber. Cost is $15 at the door. Register by calling 817-220-8999.

GT PROGRAM – Chico Elementary School will have a fall informational meeting for all parents and/or students interested in learning more about the gifted and talented program and requirements at Chico Elementary School. The meeting is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the elementary library. If you can’t attend the meeting, call 940-644-2220, ext. 2013, or come by the elementary office.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program through today. Nomination forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. For information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

DISTRICT SINGING – The fall session of the District Singing Convention is 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch is provided. Contact Susan Bollman, 817-975-1666, susan.bollman@att.net; Vic Cox, 817-599-9024, victorlcox@gmail.com; or Ava Barlow, 972-658-7608, ava@skytex.net.

OPEN HOUSE – PrimeWest Mortgage is hosting an open house today at its new office space – 203 W. Walnut. The historic building, formerly home to Cheer Dynamics, has been remodeled. Tours and a come-and-go lunch will be served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Mary Spivey, 56, of Newark is pending at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014


1 KILLED IN 2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT – A Sanger woman was killed and a child seriously injured about 9:30 Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 at Farm Road 455 near Slidell. Anita Eugster, 64, was driving a car westbound on 455 and at the intersection with 51 pulled out in front of a Targa Resources 18-wheeler traveling northbound, according to Department of Public Safety trooper Ray Wallace. The driver of the truck, Robert Carter, 44, of Chico was not seriously injured. He was hauling saltwater. The 4-year-old girl in Eugster’s car was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth “It was like a movie,” said witness Charles Shouse of Paris. “The car was in the air.” It came to rest on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection. The witness, who was traveling southbound on 51 at the time of the accident, said the truck also went airborne before crashing into RVs parked nearby and landing on its side. The road was temporarily shut down so the helicopter ambulance could land on 455. Wise County’s Medic 1, Medic 4 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur fire departments were also on scene, as well as sheriff’s deputies and several state troopers.

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LOCAL RIDERS COMPETE IN PBR WORLD FINALS – Several Wise County riders are chasing a world title this week as the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals gets underway in Las Vegas. Action started last night, and after round 1, Silvano Alves of Decatur moved into second in the world standings with an 86.25 ride on Dumber. Mike Lee of Decatur remains fifth in the world after an 87.25 ride on Back Jackin’. Other Wise County riders among the 35 finalists are Marco Eguchi; Valdiron de Oliveira; Emilio Resende; and Renato Nunes. Round 2 is tonight. CBS Sports Network will broadcast every round live at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information, visit worldfinals.pbr.com.

SLIDELL TEAMS WIN DISTRICT – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds won 22-A cross country titles Wednesday. Makayla Fitzgerald won the girls race with Caitlin Pruett taking second, Kayson Roof third, Sydney Keating fourth, Kylie Franklin seventh and Megan Garcia ninth. In the boys race, Khristian Talamantes took fourth. Shelby Vanover finished fifth, Dustin Davis seventh, Kyler Carnes eighth and Colton Crane ninth.

DECATUR, BRIDGEPORT RUN AT 8-4A RACE – The Decatur and Bridgeport cross country teams will compete in the 8-4A championships today at Joe Wheeler Park in Decatur. The races start with the girls 3,200 at 1 p.m. In Denton at UNT, Northwest’s runners will compete in the 5-6A championships at 9 a.m.

FALL FESTIVAL – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event will include a zip line, rock wall, rat race, candy, games, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon animals and face painting. There will be magic shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and a costume contest sponsored by Bridgeport Main Street at 6:15 p.m.

CHICO HOMECOMING – Chico schools will release at noon Friday for homecoming activities. The homecoming parade will be on the square at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Chico: Champ At Every Game.” Following the parade, there will be a pep rally on the square and a community barbecue dinner 5 to 7 p.m. at Chico Middle School on Farm Road 1810, next to the football field. The dinner is hosted by the Ex-Students Association, but everyone is welcome. Cost is $7 per plate, and proceeds benefit the association’s scholarship fund. There will be a cake auction at 6 p.m., and class years ending in “4” will be recognized. Chico alumni will also vote for coming home king and queen at this time. They will be honored prior to the start of the game against Trenton at 7:30 p.m.

GOLF TOURNEY – The Bridgeport Women’s Club’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Bridgeport Spirit of Christmas is Sunday at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration is 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call Susan Miller, 940-366-0186.

DISTRICT SINGING – The fall session of the District Singing Convention is 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Miller St., in Decatur. Lunch is provided. Contact Susan Bollman, 817-975-1666, susan.bollman@att.net; Vic Cox, 817-599-9024, victorlcox@gmail.com; or Ava Barlow, 972-658-7608, ava@skytex.net.

LORD’S ACRE IN ALVORD – The First United Methodist Church in Alvord is hosting Lord’s Acre Saturday. There will be a turkey and dressing lunch at 11 a.m. and a country store. There will also be a silent auction with Maverick tickets, Dallas Stars ticket, handmade cedar crosses and dining out cards.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. All Wise County community health stakeholders are invited. The group will share information about the latest events and issues related to community public health.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Lunch will be provided. RSVP, 627-5586.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS – Commissioners have a special meeting at 1 p.m. today to consider amending the order of appointment for central counting station personnel for the Nov. 4 general election. The commissioners regular meeting that was scheduled for Oct. 27 has been moved to Nov. 4.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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1 killed in 2-vehicle accident


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A woman was killed and a child was seriously injured about 9:30 Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 at Farm Road 455 near Slidell. The child was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Their identities will not be released until family has been notified. Department of Public Safety Trooper Ray Wallace said a passenger car  stopped at the stop sign on 455 (on the east side of 51), but then pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler traveling northbound on 51. The truck driver, who works for Targa Resources, was not injured. “It was like a movie,” said witness Charles Shouse of Paris. “The car was in the air. There are no tracks in the grass.” The car came to rest on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection. The witness said the truck also went airborne before crashing into RVs parked nearby and landing on its side. According to Shouse, the driver of the truck said he was carrying saltwater. The road was temporarily shut down so the helicopter ambulance could land on 455. Wise County’s Medic 1, Medic 4 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur fire departments were also on scene, as well as sheriff’s deputies and several state troopers.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


CITY ADMINISTRATOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – Following an hour-long closed session at the Bridgeport City Council meeting Tuesday night, City Administrator Brandon Emmons announced his intent to retire Dec. 26. “About two weeks ago, I met with most of the council members and announced my intent to retire,” Emmons said. “I spent the last 20 years of my life in municipal government, and I’ve had the opportunity to retire early and explore some opportunities in the private sector. My last day will be Dec. 26, and I’ll be able to explore some of my passions, such as foreign travel and nonprofit work.” Emmons said he’s also getting married next year, and although it’s an exciting time, he’s also nervous about the career change. “The four-and-a-half years that I’ve lived in Bridgeport have been great, and we’ve accomplished a lot,” he said. “Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be holding some special meetings to discuss how to proceed after I leave.” Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

SUSPECT ELUDES OFFICERS – Brian King, 32, of Alvord is still on the run after eluding police officers in Chico Tuesday evening. Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies searched the city after King fled when officers tried to stop him on Hickory Street about 4 p.m. King has been arrested numerous times in Wise County and currently has a felony warrant out of Montague County for possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff David Walker said King is not believed to be dangerous. He said officers first spotted the suspect in Sunset. They recognized him and knowing there was a warrant for his arrest, they began following him in an unmarked car. He drove to Chico at which time a marked unit was called to the scene to make the stop. When the marked car attempted to stop King, he jumped from his vehicle, leaving it in gear, and it rolled into the officer’s car. Walker said when King is apprehended, he will face additional charges, including evading arrest.

PARADISE BEATS HOLLIDAY IN FIVE – The Paradise Lady Panthers took down Holliday in five games to take over third place in 9-3A Tuesday. Paradise won 17-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 15-12. Boyd fell to fourth in the league with a three-game loss to district leader Henrietta 25-14, 25-17, 25-19. In other action, Decatur took care of Castleberry 25-6, 25-7, 25-9. Chico fell to Bryson 25-10, 25-22, 25-18. Lake Worth swept Bridgeport 25-18, 25-15, 25-23. Northwest fell to Keller Fossil Ridge in four games, 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 25-15.

SLIDELL HEADS TO DISTRICT – The Slidell Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds will run in the District 22-A cross country meet today in Keene.

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – Tryouts for Muscle Basketball, select teams for second through sixth graders, are 6:30 p.m. today or Thursday at the Chico City Gym. Cost to play is $325. For information, email Wendell Berry at wendell.berry@wiseregional.com. Call 940-627-2708 or 940-393-2698.

HEALTH FORUM – The Wise County Health Forum meets 9 a.m. Thursday in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County. All Wise County community health stakeholders are invited. The group will share information about the latest events and issues related to community public health.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 23rd Annual Park Classic golf tournament Friday at Decatur Country Club. Lunch and registration is at noon with tee time at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $300 per team. Mulligans are $5 (limit of two), and a poker run option is $15 per person. An all-inclusive team cost (which includes the mulligans and poker run for each member) is $400. To register a team for the four-man scramble, call Andrea McKinnon, 940-389-0541. To sponsor the event, call Kelsea Bieser, 940-399-9711. All proceeds benefit local charities.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING – The Wise County Historical Society meets noon Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur. Lunch will be provided. RSVP, 627-5586.

GRAVESIDE service for J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Luce Bogardus, 86, of Justin is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

GRAVESIDE service for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood.

GRAVESIDE service for Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, of Springtown is 10 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Suspect flees, officers swarm Chico


Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies were combing the city of Chico Tuesday  after a suspect escaped about 4 p.m. Brian King, 32, of Alvord jumped from his vehicle and ran from officers when they attempted to stop him on Hickory Street. King has been arrested numerous times in Wise County and currently has a felony warrant out of Montague County for possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff David Walker said King is not believed to be dangerous. As of 5:30 p.m. he had not been apprehended. Walker said officers first spotted King in Sunset. They recognized him and knowing there was a warrant for his arrest, they began following him in an unmarked car. He drove to Chico at which time a marked unit was called to the scene to make the stop. When the marked car attempted to stop King, he jumped from his vehicle, leaving it in gear, and it rolled into the officer’s car. Walker said when King is apprehended, he will face additional charges, including evading arrest.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


BOYD, MARTINEZ WIN 9-3A TITLES – Boyd senior Marco Martinez won the 9-3A boys cross country title in 17:01, leading the Yellowjackets team to the team title with 44 points. Paradise took second with 49 points with J.D. Pearson finishing second and Sam Robinson third overall. Boyd and Paradise advance to regionals. In the girls race, Hannah Beth Pearson and Kaylee McConnell took fourth and fifth leading the Paradise Lady Panthers to a second-place finish with 48 points. Holliday won the team title with 32.

ALVORD DUO ADVANCES – Alvord’s Brooklyn Mitchum finished fourth, and Clara Breashears fifth in the District 11-2A girls race to earn trips to the cross country regional race. Alvord finished fourth as a team with 74 points. In the boys race, Alvord was fifth with 108. Alex Vargas took 13th for the Bulldogs.

BRIDGEPORT BOARD CONSIDERS SOCCER – The possibility of a new soccer program at Bridgeport High School was discussed during Monday night’s Bridgeport school board meeting. Superintendent Eddie Bland introduced the possibility of starting a student survey to gauge interest. “We need to see what the numbers are on students wanting the program, especially if they’re playing other sports like baseball, basketball and softball, since those are the ones that will be in direct conflict with soccer season,” he said. Other members of the board wanted to know if the program would be a club sport or a UIL-sanctioned team and wondered about the cost of funding both girls and boys teams. They agreed to wait to take action until a survey had taken place. Read about more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands tomorrow.

EARLY VOTING – Early voting in the Nov. 4 election started yesterday and drew more than 400 people to the polls. Interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker said 443 people cast ballots, which does not include limited or provisional ballots. The breakdown is as follows: 234, Decatur City Hall; 112, Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center; and 97, Rhome City Hall. Parker said 46 people voted yesterday in the Paradise school board election. Early voting continues 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31. This weekend Decatur City Hall will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

BOYD FACES DISTRICT LEADER – Fighting for a volleyball playoff berth out of 9-3A, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets will head to Henrietta today at 5:30 p.m. The Paradise Lady Panthers will be in Holliday. In 8-4A, Decatur will play at Castleberry and Bridgeport takes on Lake Worth at home. Chico will head to Bryson. Northwest will play host to Fossil Ridge.

COLLEGE NIGHT – Weatherford College Wise County is hosting College Night 5 to 7 today. More than 40 different colleges and universities will be represented, and students and parents are encouraged to attend. There will be a financial aid presentation beginning at 6 p.m. that is targeted to parents of current seniors in high school. For information, call WCWC at 940-627-2690.

BONFIRE – The Chico High School senior class will host the homecoming bonfire Wednesday at 325 CR 1667. Hot dogs will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the bonfire will be lit at 7:30.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – Chico 4-H is having a canned food drive now through Friday, Oct. 31. Donations can be dropped off at Chico Butane or Chico Middle School. All food items will be donated to WARM. For information, call Kelly Martin at 940-210-2506.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NOMINATIONS – Slidell ISD will be accepting nominations for the gifted and talented program through Friday. Nomination forms are available in the elementary and secondary office. For information, call Melissa Fitzgerald at 940-466-3118, ext. 241.

BENEFIT ACCOUNT - An account has been opened at Wells Fargo for the Jeff Nicholson family to help with costs associated with his recent illness. Nicholson, a longtime Decatur resident and business banker, died Friday. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three daughters.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

GRAVESIDE service for J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sweetwater Cemetery in Wise County. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

MEMORIAL service for Robert Luce Bogardus, 86, of Justin is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Wanda McNutt, 69, of Springtown is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Monday, October 20, 2014


MOTORCYCLE COLLISION SENDS 1 TO JPS – Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 81/287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome about 7:45 a.m. Sunday. One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Rhome police officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment. According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, a medical helicopter was requested by first responders immediately after they arrived on scene. A third rider with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur. “I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hill, and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.” The rider said the group was returning to Utah. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

BOY HIT BY CAR – A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport just before 9 Sunday morning. He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz. The PD declined to identify the victim because he’s a minor.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Real estate developer Mark Duncum was named Citizen of the Year Saturday night at the 23rd Annual Decatur Chamber Auction. The event was held at the Decatur Civic Center. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

EARLY VOTING STARTS TODAY – Early voting in the Nov. 4 election is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Oct. 24 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 27-31 at the Bridgeport Law Enforcement Center, Decatur City Hall and Rhome City Hall. This weekend Decatur City Hall will be open for early voting 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Anyone registered to vote in Wise County can cast a ballot at any of these locations. Voters should bring a photo ID, along with their voter registration card.

CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Boyd and Paradise cross country teams will battle for the league title and regional bids at 10 a.m. today at the 9-3A championships at Kiwanis Park in Wichita Falls. Alvord will host the 11-2A meet at 10 a.m.

CHICO OUTLASTS GRAFORD – The Chico Lady Dragons beat Graford in four games 16-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-19 behind eight aces from Britton Petty, moving to 9-2 in 9-2A. In other action, Paradise took down Bowie in a pivotal 9-3A match in five games. Holliday edged Boyd in five games. Springtown swept Bridgeport. Byron Nelson beat Northwest in three. In non-district play, the Decatur Lady Eagles swept Grapevine 25-20, 25-11, 25-18 with 15 kills from Caroline Lowery and 14 from Makayla Mayfield.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS - The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – Tryouts for Muscle Basketball, select teams for second through sixth graders, are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday at the Chico City Gym. Cost to play is $325. For information, email Wendell Berry at wendell.berry@wiseregional.com. Call 940-627-2708 or 940-393-2698.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET – The Wise County Democratic Party meets 6:15 tonight at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office courtroom, 200 Rook Ramsey Drive.

WILD GAME PROCESSING 101 – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County is hosting Wild Game Processing 101 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nine Bar Ranch. Michael and Matthew Little will demonstrate how to field dress, skin and quarter a deer. They will also discuss caping out for a trophy animal. Cost is $10, and seating is limited. A deer chili supper will be served. To reserve a spot, call 940-627-3341.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Ag Supporters Golf Classic is Monday, Nov. 10, at The Club at Runaway Bay with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration deadline is today. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, a goody bag and cart use. To register to play or for information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Vann Wakefield, 817-454-9082, vwakefield@ci.southlake.tx.us.

4-H MEETING - Decatur 4-H meets at 6 tonight at the Extension office.

COLLEGE/CAREER NIGHT – Decatur High School is hosting Senior Parent College and Career Night  5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weatherford College Wise County in room 112.

FOSSIL, ROCK AND MINERAL SOCIETY – The Wise County Fossil, Rock and Mineral Society will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church, Wesley Center, 200 E. Main, in Decatur. The meeting topic is “Prehistoric time and who roamed Earth in the United States, featuring New York City.” A potluck supper will be held before the program. Visitors are welcome. For information, call Jim Archer, 940-627-2329.

FUNERALS – Memorial service for Jeffrey Dean Nicholson, 50, of Decatur is 11 a.m. today at Decatur Church of Christ.

FUNERAL for Myra Whitten, 72, of Ringling, Okla., is 1 p.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home with burial at New Hope Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

SERVICE is pending for Randy Bass, 64, of Bridgeport at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

SERVICES are pending for Steve Newton Rutherford, 61, of Decatur, Robert Bogardus, 86, of Justin and J.L. Hudson, 86, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

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Breaking News: Two bikes collide in Rhome


_JD67003Two motorcycles collided on the U.S. 287 service road between Pioneer Road and Texas 114 in Rhome Sunday morning.
One of the riders was flown by Air Evac 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
The accident occurred around 7:45 a.m.
Rhome officers on the scene directed all media requests about the accident to Chief Brandon Davis, who was not immediately available for comment.
According to Wise County Sheriff’s Office initial dispatch, three riders were on the ground following the collision. The medical helicopter was requested immediately after first responders arrived on scene for one rider.
A rider on a third bike with the group, who asked to remain anonymous, said he did not see the accident occur.

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“I was a couple hundred yards behind,” he said. “They came over the hit and I guess they realized they had to merge and clipped.”
The rider said the group was heading back to Utah .

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Boy struck by car


A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car in the 800 block of 17th Street in Bridgeport Sunday morning.
He was transported by ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur with apparent minor injuries, according to Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz.
The accident occurred at 8:47 a.m.

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Friday, October 17, 2014


TEAMS CONTINUE DISTRICT PLAY – District play continues for Wise County football teams tonight. Alvord welcomes Blue Ridge to town at 7:30 p.m. Bridgeport takes on Celina at home. Decatur hits the road to Mineral Wells. Keep track of the action of those games on our live blog at wcmessenger.com/scores. In other action, Boyd heads to Ponder. Paradise plays Breckenridge at home, and Chico plays at Bells. Northwest takes on district mate Byron Nelson for the first time at 7 p.m. at NISD Stadium.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK – Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. A hamburger lunch will be available for $5 per plate, and there will be a pink line ceremony at 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

FREE MAMMOGRAMS – The Mary’s Gift program at Wise Regional Health System is offering free mammogram screenings for eligible women next Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29, by appointment only. Call 940-626-1384 to apply.

CHICOFEST SET FOR SATURDAY – Chicofest is Saturday on the town square. Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a fun run and 5K color run/walk sponsored by the Chico Athletic Booster Club. Arrive 30 minutes early to register. Vendor booths will open at 9. There will also be a Little Miss/Mr. Chico contest, live music, bounce houses, a train ride, a stick horse rodeo, bingo and a barbecue lunch for $8 per plate. The chamber of commerce is selling raffle tickets for a Savage Model 11 243 with a Nikon scope and porch swing. Tickets for the gun are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Tickets for the porch swing are $1 per ticket or six for $5. Tickets for both items can be purchased at Sheila’s Hair Place, Wise Feed, Muggs and Juggs, Chico Butane, Chico Library or GTG Solution. The drawing will be at Chicofest, but the winner does not have to be present. To reserve booth space at the festival, call Michelle, 940-644-2330; or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The Newark Volunteer Fire Deptartment and Auxiliary will host the 27th Annual Cruisin’ Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-19, with the theme “Remembering American Bandstand.” Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and run 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival and midway rides and games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft and informational booths, bingo, a barbecue dinner at the fire hall, cake and brisket auction and a dance. The fire department and auxiliary will also present their Firefighter of the Year and Member of the Year awards.

DISC GOLF TOURNEY – The Decatur Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club is hosting its first tournament 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Melba Doyle Park. The tournament is open to club members, but anyone can join the club for free. To join, go to the Decatur Chasing Chains Disc Golf Club Facebook page and ask to join.

FALL FESTIVAL - The Paradise Elementary PTO is hosting a fall festival 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paradise Elementary School. The festival will include Games bounce houses, hay rides, a cake walk and face Painting as well as raffles and silent auctions. Money garnered will benefit Paradise Elementary.

BLOOD DRIVE – Chico Public Library is hosting Carter Blood Care 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at ChicoFest. To schedule a donation, call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

EASTERN STAR FUNDRAISER – Chico Order of the Eastern Star will be selling a variety of food items during ChicoFest Saturday to raise money for its scholarship fund. The group will be set up in front of the Masonic Lodge and will be selling chili, cornbread, beans, nachos, Frito pies, drinks and desserts. People will be allowed to eat inside the lodge.

TENNIS TIME – Wise Tennis Family Day is 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Decatur High School courts. The event, hosted by USTA, is free and for all ages. Racquets will be available. Visit www.facebook.com/wisetennis for information.

WASHER TOURNAMENT – There will be a washer tournament Saturday at the park next to the Bridgeport Fire Hall with all proceeds benefiting the Bridgeport senior class of 2015. Entries are due by noon, and the tournament starts at 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For information, call Jane, 940-859-6520.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department is having a fish fry 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Cost is by donation. There will also be a bake sale. For information, call Lt. Todd Nelson, 817-504-3325.

CRAFT BAZAAR – The First Baptist Church of Cottondale fall craft bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the new fellowship hall. Items to be sold include cookbooks, tote bags, thread cabinets, scarves, earrings, table covers, place mats and napkins. Proceeds will support mission work around the world. The church is at 145 CR 3355, Paradise.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Paradise Ag Supporters Golf Classic is Monday, Nov. 10 at The Club at Runaway Bay. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, a goody bag and cart use. To register to play or for information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Vann Wakefield, 817-454-9082, vwakefield@ci.southlake.tx.us.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Edward Gill, 81, of Bridgeport is noon today at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Jon Peacock, 42, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Millie Gardener, 89, formerly of Lake Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


ARSON ARREST – Johnny Leon Moore III, 45, of Decatur was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with arson causing bodily injury, a first degree felony, and aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. The arrest was made by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office fugitive apprehension unit in connection to the Oct. 4 trailer fire at 3222 N. U.S. 81/287, according to the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office. Moore remains in the Wise County Jail Thursday morning with a $100,000 bond for each charge.

VETERANS PICNIC – The annual Wise County Veterans Picnic is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. This picnic is for veterans and family members. Lunch is free and the meal will include barbecue brisket, fried chicken strips, smoked sausage and all the trimmings. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and a sweet walk.

CRAFT BAZAAR – The First Baptist Church of Cottondale fall craft bazaar is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the new fellowship hall. Items to be sold include cookbooks, tote bags, thread cabinets, scarves, earrings, table covers, place mats and napkins. Proceeds will support mission work around the world. The church is at 145 CR 3355, Paradise.

HISTORICAL TOUR – The public is invited to participate in a fall historical tour of the U.S. 380 corridor on Monday, Oct. 20, planned by the Bridgeport Historical Society and the Wise County Historical Society with participation from the Paradise Historical Society. The group will leave at 9 a.m. from the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St., in Decatur and first travel east to the Bill and June Marquis home on Stony Road to tour their restored historic logs cabins, the former Stony General Store, period artifacts and June’s gardens. The group will eat lunch at One Stop in Runaway Bay and will then travel to the Jim Ned Cemetery area and the former site of Col. Wm. Hunt’s Cactus Hill Ranch headquarters – all on the western side of Lake Bridgeport.

EASTERN STAR FUNDRAISER – Chico Order of the Eastern Star will be selling a variety of food items during ChicoFest Saturday to raise money for its scholarship fund. The group will be set up in front of the Masonic Lodge and will be selling chili, cornbread, beans, nachos, Frito pies, drinks and desserts. People will be allowed to eat inside the lodge.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 17, at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or joe.smith@dvn.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or jsmowery@embarqmail.com; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or jwjlirick@gmail.com.

HAUNTED HOUSE – The Chico Community Volunteer Fire Department will have a haunted house 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October at the Old Chico Middle School, 400 S. Hovey St. Admission for 12 and under is $3 and 13 and older is $5. All proceeds will benefit the fire department. The haunted house will also have a “kid’s hall” for smaller children.

CRAFT SHOW - The Northwest High School baseball team’s Fall Craft Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northwest High School. There will be all things girly, painted glassware, vintage decor, shabby chic furniture, harvest and holiday decorations, bling, handbags, children’s clothing, artisan soaps and lotions, spirit wear and homecoming mums. Coffee will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon in the food court. Admission is a canned food donation.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for James Edward Gill, 81, of Bridgeport is noon Friday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Cates Street Baptist Church with burial at Flower Mound Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Jon Peacock, 42, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Saturday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Terry Ross

Terry Ross

ROSS GETS HEARING, NO RULING – For the first time in a three-year drama, oral arguments related to charges against former Wise County Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross were heard in a court of law, but a final ruling is still 60 to 90 days away. Ross’ attorney, David Fielding, and County Attorney James Stainton presented their cases to a panel of Fort Worth judges Tuesday morning in the Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas. The bulk of the argument centered around whether the misdemeanor to which Ross pleaded guilty constituted “official misconduct,” and therefore warranted removal from office. Fielding told the judges: “County property you could argue that he shouldn’t have done that, but he wasn’t thinking about violating rules or laws, he just wanted to get that built for his grandkids.” Read the full story in today’s Messenger.

LADY EAGLES SWEEP LAKE WORTH – On senior night, Caroline Lowery and her fellow classmates shined Tuesday in a sweep of Lake Worth. Caroline Lowery put down 14 kills, and Cooper Martin added 10 in the 25-6, 25-12, 25-5 victory. Stormi Leonard passed out 39 assists. Lowery also served four aces. In other action, Chico beat Perrin in four games, 25-10, 25-22, 25-21. Nocona defeated Boyd 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 to take over second place in District 9-3A. Keller took down Northwest in three games, 25-18, 27-25, 25-23.

CHICOFEST SET FOR SATURDAY – Chicofest is Saturday on the town square. Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a fun run and 5K color run/walk sponsored by the Chico Athletic Booster Club. Arrive 30 minutes early to register. Vendor booths will open at 9. There will also be a Little Miss/Mr. Chico contest, live music, bounce houses, a train ride, a stick horse rodeo, bingo and a barbecue lunch for $8 per plate. The chamber of commerce is selling raffle tickets for a Savage Model 11 243 with a Nikon scope and porch swing. Tickets for the gun are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Tickets for the porch swing are $1 per ticket or six for $5. Tickets for both items can be purchased at Sheila’s Hair Place, Wise Feed, Muggs and Juggs, Chico Butane, Chico Library or GTG Solution. The drawing will be at Chicofest, but the winner does not have to be present. To reserve booth space at the festival, call Michelle, 940-644-2330; or Fletta, 940-644-2515.

CRUISIN’ DAYS – The Newark Volunteer Fire Deptartment and Auxiliary will host the 27th Annual Cruisin’ Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-19, with the theme “Remembering American Bandstand.” Festivities open at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and run 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival and midway rides and games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, craft and informational booths, bingo, a barbecue dinner at the fire hall, cake and brisket auction and a dance. The fire department and auxiliary will also present their Firefighter of the Year and Member of the Year awards.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK - Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. Lunch will be available for $5 per plate and there will be a pink line ceremony. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

WASHER TOURNAMENT - There will be a washer tournament Saturday at the park next to the Bridgeport Fire Hall with all proceeds benefiting the Bridgeport senior class of 2015. Entries are due by noon, and the tournament starts at 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. For information, call Jane, 940-859-6520.

NO FINES THIS MONTH - October is Fine Forgiveness Month at Chico Public Library. Individuals who owe fines for late or lost items may have their fines removed by donating new or gently used shoes. Each pair of shoes is worth up to $10 in fines. All donated shoes will go to the Wise Choices shoe drive. For information, call Michelle, 940-644-2330.

BMS GOES RED – The Bridgeport Middle School Student Council is selling RED shirts for $10 and is asking everyone to wear red on Fridays in support of men and women in the military. Proceeds from the shirt sales will be used to purchase and send goody baskets to military men and women with ties to our community.

FISH FRY – The Paradise Volunteer Fire Department is having a fish fry 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Cost is by donation. There will also be a bake sale. For information, call Lt. Todd Nelson, 817-504-3325.

DECATUR CLASS OF ’74 REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion at noon Saturday, Oct. 18, at the home of Jayne and Randy Sherman in Decatur. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the Decatur High School Class of 1974 Facebook page or call Jayne Elder Sherman at 940-627-3356, Sherry Peel Spinks at 940-210-5973 or Tim Woodruff at 940-627-2671 for information.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.

SERVICES are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home for James Gill, 81, of Bridgeport and Evelyn Rose Taylor, 85, of Bridgeport.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


FIRE DAMAGES RECENTLY REMODELED HOME – A 90-plus-year-old house in Slidell was severely damaged after catching fire about 6 p.m. Monday night. Greenwood/Slidell Fire Chief Adam North said they were able to contain the fire to one bedroom and the attic of the home in the 200 block of County Road 2822. He said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke and then saw smoke coming from the back of the house. North said his crew initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown.” Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called for mutual aid, and Wise County medics were also dispatched. According to Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard, the home is owned by Katheryn Hall, but she was not there when it started. North said the structure was remodeled about a year ago. Beard said the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands Wednesday.

LADY EAGLES CONTINUE DISTRICT PLAY – The Decatur Lady Eagles will look to remain perfect in District 8-4A volleyball as they take on Lake Worth at 6 tonight at home. In other action, Boyd heads to Nocona. Chico will be in Perrin. Paradise will go to Henrietta. Northwest plays host to Keller.

HALLOWEEN MOVES TO THURSDAY – The Decatur City Council on Monday voted unanimously to move the city’s trick or treat observance to Thursday, Oct. 30, to avoid a conflict with the Eagles’ final home football game the following night, Oct. 31. Trick or treaters heading out into the city’s neighborhoods after the game would likely be out past midnight and create an unsafe situation, Police Chief Rex Hoskins told the council. Also at the police department’s request, the council agreed to designate Deer Park Road as one-way, northbound, between Eagle Drive and Preskitt Road from 5:30 to 10 p.m. that Thursday to help ease traffic problems in some of the city’s more popular trick or treating areas.

RODEO LEGEND TO SPEAK AT CHAMBER – Acclaimed rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will be the featured speaker at the October luncheon of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Decatur Civic Center. Tallman, who announces rodeos coast-to-coast, from the Fort Worth Stock Show to the Calgary Stampede to the National Finals in Las Vegas, has been the PRCA’s announcer of the year eight times. His voice, which has become synonymous with professional rodeo, is familiar to generations of rodeo fans. Luncheon reservations are $12 per person. Call the Chamber at 940-627-3107.

FALL FESTIVAL – The Wise County Public Safety Fall Festival is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur. Trick or treaters will be welcomed by Wise County police departments, the Sheriff’s Office, fire departments, EMS, Department of Public Safety, game wardens and Explorers of Wise County. Admission is free.

PAINT THE TOWN PINK - Decatur Main Street and Wise Regional Health Foundation host Paint the Town Pink 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday on the downtown square. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and special promotions with local businesses. Lunch will be available for $5 per plate and there will be a pink line ceremony. Proceeds benefit Mary’s Gift and Women’s Services at Wise Regional. Call 940-399-9558 or 940-626-1384.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. A parent must be present and bring the child’s shot record, and children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family.

CHAMBER LUNCHEON – The Bridgeport Chamber luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport Community Center. The Wise County Veterans Group is presenting the program. Cost is $10, and door prize donations are appreciated. RSVP by noon Wednesday to donnamann@bridgeportchamber.org or 940-683-2076. Wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A box will also be set up for those who would like to donate candy for Spooktacular 2014.

VETERANS PICNIC – The annual Wise County Veterans Picnic is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Women’s Building at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. This picnic is for veterans and family members. Lunch is free and the meal will include barbecue brisket, fried chicken strips, smoked sausage and all the trimmings. There will also be door prizes, a silent auction and a sweet walk.

DECATUR CLASS OF ’74 REUNION – The Decatur High School Class of 1974 will celebrate its 40th reunion at noon Saturday at the home of Jayne and Randy Sherman in Decatur. The cost is $10 per person. Visit the Decatur High School Class of 1974 Facebook page or call Jayne Sherman at 940-627-3356, Sherry Shinks at 940-210-5973 or Tim Woodruff at 940-627-2671 for information.

CONGRESS CANDIDATES FACE OFF – The League of Women Voters of Tarrant County will host a 12th Congressional District candidate forum at 7 tonight at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 901 Page St., in Fort Worth. The program will feature Congresswoman Kay Granger, the Republican incumbent, Democratic challenger Mark Greene and Libertarian candidate Ed Colliver. The forum begins with three-minute opening statements from each candidate, with questions posed by a moderator from those submitted in writing by those attending, and two-minute closing statements. It should end by 8:30.

FUNERALS – Funeral for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Allan Granlund, 71, of Alvord.

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Slidell home catches fire


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A home in Slidell, located just behind the school on County Road 2822, caught fire about 6 p.m. Monday.

Greenwood/Slidell Fire Chief Adam North said they were able to contain the fire to one bedroom and the attic of the 90-plus-year-old structure.

He said an electric company had been working on the power lines across the street when the linemen smelled smoke.

“When they got up in the cherry picker, they could see smoke coming from the back of the house and called 911,” he said.

When his crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back of the home, and it had gone into the attic.

The chief said they initiated an interior attack and were able to get a “quick knockdown.”

“It was a great job by my guys doing a quick interior attack,” he said. “It’s very rare to save a house like this in a rural area, especially a wooden structure.”

He said his department had a good response time, and he also gave credit to departments that provided mutual aid.

Decatur, Krum and Sanger fire departments were called to the scene, as well as Wise County medics.

North said although a pickup was parked in front of the home, the house was locked and no one was home. The structure was remodeled about a year ago.

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Monday, October 13, 2014


STORMS ROAR THROUGH WISE COUNTY – A line of severe thunderstorms with high wind and hail tore through Wise County and North Texas last night. While the system dumped significant rainfall, it also caused serious damage knocking down trees and power lines. All four lanes of U.S. 81/287 at County Road 4838, near Rhome, were shut down about 1:30 a.m. when power lines were discovered to be across all four lanes of the road and the railroad track. A power line and multiple poles were reported down on Farm Road 2264 near Decatur, shutting down a section of the road from the cowboy church to Long Branch Road just before 2 a.m. As of 6 a.m., it remained closed, and Wise Electric Co-op was working to replace the poles. Several residents in that area were also reporting property damage. Alvord received the most rain this weekend with 4.5 inches, followed by Greenwood with 2.7 inches. Chico received 2.1 inches; Cottondale, 1.7; Rhome, 1.67; Decatur, 1.32; and Paradise, 1.1.

ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY – A multiple car accident shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 just south of Alvord about 6:30 a.m. today. Only one person was injured and was transported to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

JUDGE UPHOLDS COMMISSION’S APPOINTMENT – Judge R.H. Wallace Jr. on Friday denied the injunction requested by Wise County Democratic Party Chair Tracy Smith against interim Elections Administrator Jim Parker and the Wise County Elections Commission. Smith claimed that Parker’s appointment to the interim post was illegal because he was a vice chair of the local Republican Party at the time of his appointment. “I think the spirit of the law was not adhered to,” she said. “I don’t feel like the intent of the law was followed, either. It’s unfortunate.” Friday’s hearing was at the Wise County Courthouse in Decatur. Several witnesses testified before a crowd of about 20 during the two-hour hearing. Judge Wallace is with Fort Worth’s 96th District Court. The full story was in the weekend edition of the Messenger, still available on newsstands.

APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ROSS CASE – The Court of Appeals for the Second District of Texas will hear oral arguments 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Terry Ross’ appeal of his removal from office. The former Precinct 4 county commissioner was removed from office March 19 by a summary judgment issued by District Judge Roger Towery, settling a civil suit filed by retired Texas Ranger Lane Akin of Decatur in June of 2012. The case will be heard by a panel of three judges – Chief Justice Terrie Livingston, Justice Sue Walker and Justice Lee Gabriel. The Second District Court of Appeals is in the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Suite 9000, in Fort Worth.

AIR EVAC OPEN HOUSE – Air Evac Lifeteam will host an open house 3:30 to 5 p.m. today at their new Decatur base at 609 Medical Center Dr. State Rep. Phil King will speak at 4. There will be refreshments, and visitors will have an opportunity to meet the crew, tour the base and aircraft, and learn about Air Evac Lifeteam – the nation’s largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider. The base recently moved about 500 yards to a new facility just off the emergency room entrance.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING – Wise County commissioners will consider on Monday a request from Fire Marshal Chuck Beard to hire an outside communications consulting agency to link all the radio towers and systems. They will also discuss trying to acquire two modular buildings through the federal government, as they continue to seek additional office space. Regular business will include consideration of bids, discussion of plats, project agreements and committee and department head reports. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. in the third-floor conference room of the courthouse in Decatur. The meeting is open to the public.

DECATUR COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT – The Decatur City Council will convene at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 201 E. Walnut. They’ll consider several appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment and will vote on second readings to raise library fines, airport fees, water and wastewater fees. They’ll also look at continuing to contract with the Wise County Appraisal District for property tax collections and look at a police department request to make Deer Park Road from Eagle Drive to Preskitt a one-way road northbound from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – Bridgeport Masonic Lodge No. 587 will host a scholarship golf tournament Friday at Bridgeport Country Club. Tee time is 10 a.m. Cost is $400 per team and includes a catfish lunch provided by Select Energy Services. Contact Joe Smith, 940-393-3588 or joe.smith@dvn.com; Jerrod Mowery, 940-393-2116 or jsmowery@embarqmail.com; or J.W. Irick, 940-368-2765 or jwjlirick@gmail.com.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC – The Texas Department of State Health Services will host an immunization clinic 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd., in Decatur. A parent must be present and bring the child’s shot record, and children must be VFC eligible. Cost is $10 per child or $20 per family.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – The Decatur Junior Woman’s Club will host the 23rd Annual Park Classic golf tournament Friday, Oct. 24, at Decatur Country Club. Lunch and registration is at noon with tee time at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $300 per team. Mulligans are $5 (limit of two), and a poker run option is $15 per person. An all-inclusive team cost (which includes the mulligans and poker run for each member) is $400. Contact Megan Nichols Adams, 940-626-0586; Kelsea Bieser, 940-399-9711; or Andrea McKinnon, 940-389-0541.

FUNERALS – Graveside service for Mary Frances Winfrey, 85, of Rhome is 1 p.m. today at Hasley Cemetery in West Monroe, La.

FUNERAL for Truman L. Keesee, 64, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemtery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

NO SERVICE is scheduled for Walter Trost, 74, of Bridgeport.

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