Building, one code at a time

Building, one code at a time

Thanks to the donations of a Boyd school board member, high school students will have the opportunity to run a machine that they could see in the workplace.

Boyd Builders

BOYD BUILDERS – Boyd ISD School Board member Bill Childress, Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West, Boyd High school teacher Dawn Caddell and Boyd High School Principal Scott Nedrow stand in front of Caddell’s engineering class as they show off their new Computer Numerical Control machine that Childress donated to the school. The machine will help the students learn computer automated design in the future. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that school board member Bill Childress donated to the district will soon be operated by BHS engineering students.

“It’s basically just a computer run machine to cut parts out of metal,” student Dustin Boyd said.

The machine is one of the first of its kind to be put into a Wise County school.

With a CNC machine, the students will be able to plot blueprints and map designs for things ranging from car parts to furniture.

“It’s limitless, really,” Boyd said.

Computer Reflection

COMPUTER REFLECTION – Bradley Tedrow and Ashley Sellers stand in the foreground examining the school’s new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine while their classmates look on in the background. The machine will soon be a vital part of the Boyd engineering program’s studies. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The students won’t be making anything just yet, though. First, they’re learning how to make blueprints and memorize the g-codes that tell the computer what to do.

G-codes operate like coordinates on a map or HTML codes on a computer – they’re a series of codes that start with the letter “g” that can be used to tell the CNC computer which direction to cut, what direction to move in, how far to cut and so forth.

“You have to know the operations of it, and each code has a certain meaning, like how to spin a drill bit a certain way or at a certain speed,” Boyd said.

Right now, the students mostly learn from YouTube videos since there is no other curriculum in place.

The students said they liked online learning better than traditional lectures.

“It’s been different for the YouTube thing, but I like it better, actually,” Bradley Tedrow said. “They dumb it down for us a lot, which helps.”

A lot of the students’ parents work with CNC machines for their jobs, which also makes it easier to take the work home and learn, teacher Dawn Caddell said.

“They can actually see how the machines work, and they bring that skill here, and that’s helped me a lot,” she said. “We’re working on partnering with the workforce commission and some other businesses to set up some internships for the kids, so they can see how to run the machines and … pad their resumes.”

Many of the students said they want to go into engineering jobs in the future, and enjoy coming to Caddell’s class every day.

“It’s pretty good money,” Tedrow said.

Caddell said while this group is the inaugural class, they will be able to start building next year and then impart their knowledge to other students.

“It’s a big deal for a school of our size to have a program like this, and I’m excited we get to use this type of technology,” she said.

Within a few years, the students will have built a program of which they can be proud.

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Boyd ISD Student Spotlights for Wednesday, March 25, 2015


William Anderson

William Anderson

Grade: Kindergarten

Parents: Laura Platt and William Anderson

Favorite subject: Gym

Activities: Playing games outside and at home

“William is a good role model to other students in class. When William came to kindergarten, he wasn’t sure about letters and sounds and what to do with them. As the weeks have gone by, he has hung in there and picked up all his letters and sounds. He is now beginning to blend sounds together to read! William didn’t let this challenge get in his way. His determination and focus helped him conquer each challenge ahead of him.” – Principal Anke Bracey


Sadi Wilson

Sadi Wilson

Grade: 6th

Parents: Dandy and Tatia Wilson

Favorite subject: Writing

Activities: Riding horses and playing volleyball

“Sadi is a hard worker. She is committed to all she does. Sadi has a positive attitude and is always nice to everyone. She is a joy to know.” – Principal Nina Coody


Matthew Oldham

Matthew Oldham

Grade: 8th

Grandparents: Rachael and Matt Oldham

Favorite subject: Science

Activities: Football, soccer, weight lifting, track, drawing

“Matthew is a smart, good-hearted young man. He is the biggest fan at every sporting event, unless he’s on the field.” – Principal James McDonald


Tommy Tilson

Tommy Tilson

Grade: 9th

Parents: Lamar and Brenda Tilson

Favorite subject: World geography and integrated physics and chemistry

Activities: Band, academic UIL, fishing

“Tommy is always helpful, participates regularly and gets involved in all discussions at BHS. Tommy works hard and always goes above and beyond expectations and is very respectful toward his peers, teachers and all staff.” – Principal Scott Nedrow

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Baseball: Boyd doubles up Nocona

Boyd’s Spencer Pellegrini was near untouchable in the Yellowjackets’ 8-4 win over Nocona Friday night.

Pellegrini struck out 10 batters and walked none in his seven innings on the mound.

The pitcher also drove in a run.

Boyd got down 1-0 to Nocona in the first inning but tied things up in the top of the fourth.

The Yellowjackets’ offense exploded for five runs in the fifth inning and another two in the seventh.

Errors were a problem for both teams as Nocona had five and Boyd four. The hitting was clearly in favor of the Yellowjackets, who led Nocona 12 to five in hits.

Dylan Powers was particularly solid at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.


Boyd … 000 … 150 … 2 … 8 … 1 … 2 … 4
Nocona … 100 … 012 … 0 … 4 … 5 … 5

WP: Spencer Pellegrini 7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 2 ER

LP: Jeremy James 6.1 IP, 4 K, 3 BB, 5 ER

Boyd: Colten Bruce 4-4, RBI, 2B; Dylan Powers 2-3, 2 RBI; Cameron Clark 3-4, RBI

Nocona: Zach Trentham 1-3, RBI; Ryder Nobile 0-3, RBI

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Softball: Foster, Boyd blasts Nocona – Catcher piles up 5 RBIs in victory

Boyd leadoff hitter and catcher Savannah Foster knocked in five runs, helping the Lady Yellowjackets easily dispatch of the Nocona Lady Indians Friday.

Foster went 3-for-4 with a triple in the 16-0 victory.

Boyd finished with 18 hits in the five-inning win.

Kassidy Lester tripled for one of her three hits and drove in three runs. Chelsea Arlington went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Payton Salmon had two RBIs. Britney Howard finished with a double and three hits.

Arlington picked up the win, allowing a hit and striking out seven in four scoreless innings.


Boyd … 253 … 360 … 16 … 18 … 1
Nocona … 000 … 000 … 0 … 1 … 2

WP: Chelsea Arlington

3B – Boyd, Savannah Foster, Kassidy Lester, Amber Bowen. 2B – Boyd, Britney Howard. RBIs – Foster 5, Lester 3, Payton Salmon 2, Arlington 2, Howard, Bowen, Chandler Hammon.

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Boyd ISD leadership remains intact

The leadership on the Boyd School Board and the district’s campuses is staying the same.

BISD trustees Thursday night elected to keep the same officers and offer new contracts to principals.

Ernest Partin will remain school board president.

“It’s a true honor to be on this board,” Partin said after the meeting. “We have a very well-rounded board with a great relationship. This board puts the kids first. That’s what matters at the end of the day.”

Jana Tate stayed vice president and Rebecca Parr secretary.

The reorganization of the board came up after trustees canceled the May 9 election. Trustees Bill Childress, Place 4, and Trae Luttrell, Place 5, drew no opposition after filing for re-election.

The board met in a closed session with Superintendent Ted West for two hours before emerging to give one-year extensions to principals Anke Bracey, Boyd Elementary; Nina Coody, Boyd Intermediate; James McDonald, Boyd Middle School; and Scott Nedrow, Boyd High School. Daniel Bourgeois, the assistant principal at Boyd High School, also was given a one-year extension.

“They are doing what we ask and exceeding that in a lot of ways,” Partin said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, and there’s a different group of kids each year.”

West recommended the extensions.

“They are doing a great job,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of our administration team.”

Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins was given a two-year extension. Hopkins has served as the AD and head football coach since 2012. He also is the softball coach and this year after girls basketball coach Lynn Cranfill fell ill, he took over leading the Lady Yellowjackets and guided them to the playoffs.

Hopkins was the Wise County Coach of the Year for 2013-14.

Trustees announced the retirements of kindergarten teacher Marla Steel and Cranfill. The board also accepted the resignations of girls track coach Phillip Thornton, elementary physical education teacher Lisa Roderick and high school science teacher Laura Napolitano.

Thornton left at spring break to accept a job at Northwest and will enter the district’s administration academy. Kate Webb was hired to fill Thornton’s role as track coach and teach high school special education.

In other business, trustees picked April 3 and June 5 as days for students to make up the days missed for ice and snow. The district will ask for a waiver from the state for the third day missed, according to West.

Trustees also agreed to pay hourly employees for the days missed because of the inclement weather.

The district renewed its contract with Black Creek K9 Services to conduct 10 visits to the campuses with its canine detection teams. The district will pay $250 per visit to the company based out of Bridgeport.

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Softball: Lady ‘Jackets use big inning to sting Holliday

The heart of the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets lineup turned a close game into a rout within the span of three batters in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday night.

Britney Howard parked a ball over the center-field wall just before Chandler Hammond tagged the fence with one of her two doubles. Chelsea Arlington then launched a moonshot over left-center to put Boyd up six runs.

Out of There

OUT OF THERE – Boyd catcher Savannah Foster tags out Holliday’s Beka Hardin at the plate to end the third inning on a perfect throw from Kayleigh Pappajohn. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Lady Yellowjackets tacked on four more in the bottom of the sixth to close out the 11-1 victory over Holliday.

“That’s the thing about us. We struck out six times but any given time with a big hit here and there we can snowball people,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “Their pitcher was keeping us off balance, but when we started hitting the ball, we hit it pretty hard.”

Boyd (8-3) pounded out 12 hits, evening their record in District 9-3A at 1-1.

“We needed that for our confidence level,” Arlington said. “We are a great team, and there’s no doubt we can be district champs.”

Howard, Chandler and Arlington combined to go 8-for-11 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs. Arlington drove in five runs, including her two-run homer.

Hopkins said it was a welcomed sight to see that production in the middle of the order.

“That was something we didn’t have our last district game [against Paradise]. Our top four were 1-for-11 with six strikeouts,” Hopkins said.

The top of the order put their stamp on the game in the first inning converting a pair of walks, a hit batter and a pair of singles into three runs.

Boyd added another run on a RBI-double by Kristin Rasbury in the fourth. Rasbury had three hits and drove in three runs, including two on a single in the bottom of the sixth to put Boyd up 10-1.

Amber Bowen’s liner to right that went off Holliday’s Katie Folkening’s glove brought home Rasbury for the game-ending run.

In the pitcher’s circle, Arlington held Holliday to one unearned run on four hits. She struck out four and walked two.

“Chelsea pitched a good game and kept them off balance,” Hopkins said. “And when they put it in play, we made the plays for the most part.”

Boyd right fielder Kayleigh Pappajohn made two big defensive plays. She threw out a runner at the plate to end the third, then made a diving catch in foul territory in the fourth.

Boyd catcher Savannah Foster gunned down two Holliday baserunners attempting to steal.

The Boyd defense committed one error on the night.

“Our defense did a great job,” Arlington said.


Holliday … 001 … 000 … – … 1 … 4 … 2
Boyd … 301 … 304 … – … 11 … 12 … 1

WP: Chelsea Arlington. LP: Jennifer Wright

HR – Boyd 2, Britney Howard (1), Chelsea Arlington (1). 2B – Holliday 1, Beka Hardin; Boyd 3, Chandler Hammon 2, Kristin Rasbury 1. RBIs – Holliday, Hardin 1; Boyd, Arlington 5, Rasbury 3, Amber Bowen 2, Howard 1.

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Baseball: Holliday takes down Boyd

Up against Holliday, a top area team, the Boyd Yellowjackets put up four runs in the first inning to take a strong early lead.

Unfortunately for Boyd, the home advantage may have contributed to a 10-run top-of-the-third for Holliday in which the Eagles used Boyd’s short field and a strong wind to hit three home runs.

The massive inning led to a 15-4 loss for Boyd to open the district season.

“It was kind of a downward spiral type of inning,” Boyd coach James Karcher explained. “One mistake turned into two and so on.

He said Holliday did a good job of hitting the ball.

“They hit three home runs in that inning, but we have a short yard and the wind was blowing out,” Karcher said. “We were throwing good pitches, but they were making contact and the ball was carrying out.”

Though it was a tough loss, Karcher insists his players shouldn’t hang their heads over the game. Instead, they need to continue playing and look forward to moving up the district standings.

“Holliday is a reputable team that always has good players,” he said. “We probably weren’t picked to win that game anyway. I think we could have, but I told them it’s not a big deal. We gotta bounce back and move on and get that momentum.”

Karcher went on to say that gaining that momentum has a lot to do with playing complete games with fewer errors.

With a district full of parity, the team with less mistakes and more focus will come out on top.

“We just need to play our type of game,” Karcher said. “We have to take it one game at a time and play complete games. If we do that, we’ll be in good shape at the end of the season.

He said the district is pretty even.

“In baseball you never know, a pitcher can go out and have a great game and win in an upset,” Boyd’s coach said. “We just have to continue working and getting better.”


Holliday … 0110 … 04 … – … 15 … 11 … 1
Boyd … 400 … 00 … – … 4 … 6 … 4

W: Gravitt 5 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 4 ER. L: Brandon Hardee 2.2 IP, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 ER; Evan Sephenson 2.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 3 ER

Holliday: Brogles 2-4, 4 RBI; Shank 2-3, 3 RBI

Boyd: Creighton Witt 1-2, RBI; Cameron Clark 1-2, RBI; Colton Batterton 1-3, RBI

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Leslie Wayne Burnham

Leslie Wayne Burnham

Leslie Wayne Burnham, 48, of Boyd died Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Northwest Bible Church, 5025 Jacksboro Highway, in Fort Worth with burial to follow at Azleland Cemetery and Memorial Park. Roberts Family Affordable Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Leslie was born Sept. 5, 1966. He met Tammy Renee Rimmer-Burnham in Bryan/College Station Sept. 9, 1985, and they lived in Boyd where they raised their four children. Leslie was extremely proud of his children’s accomplishments, and he loved being a Pa Pa to his grandchildren. He spent his free time working on cars, camping and fishing with his family.

Leslie was preceded in death by his father, Lester James Burnham.

Leslie is survived by his children, Sara, Kristie, Stephanie and Eric Burnham; grandchildren Bennett Hawkins and Elliana Caceres; mother Joyce Burnham of Mart; sisters Deborah Sauceda, Pamela Barden and Theresa McPherson; and brothers Tony Burnham of Mart and Timothy Burnham of Springtown.

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Baseball: Boyd holds off Alvord, 5-3

After taking the mound in the top of the seventh with a three-run lead Thursday afternoon, Boyd’s Colton Bruce saw the first three hitters he faced reach base.

“I got kinda nervous,” Bruce admitted.

Out at Home

OUT AT HOME – Boyd’s Creighton Witt applies the tag at home plate during a 5-3 win over Alvord. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The Boyd hurler then enticed Alvord’s Cassidy Patterson to tap a ball back to him. Bruce started a 1-2-3 double play that gave him an escape route out of the jam. Two batters later he got the strikeout to wrap up the Yellowjackets’ 5-3 victory.

“[The double play] was huge,” said Boyd coach James Karcher. “We make the error on the first batter, they get a couple of hits, and we let them back in the game. It was huge to get that comebacker and turn the double play. It’s our first double play of the year.”

MAKING A PITCH – Boyd pitcher Brandon Hardee unleashes a pitch against Alvord. He earned the win Thursday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

It was also Boyd’s first victory of the season in its last tuneup before the District 9-3A opener at home Tuesday against Holliday. The Yellowjackets will head into league play at 1-4.

“This is huge especially playing a close game and winning,” Karcher said. “Last weekend we played three close games and lost. I think we were a little frustrated.”

Alvord fell to 1-3. The Bulldogs head to Lindsay for a tournament over the weekend before the 10-2A opener against Perrin-Whitt Tuesday.

“We need to get some games under our belt,” said Alvord coach Chris Staley. “This is only our fourth game of the season. We’ve also got to get some practices in.”

The Bulldogs struggled to make plays in the field, committing seven errors, leading to five unearned runs for Boyd.

“We had too many errors,” Staley said. “Cassidy [Patterson] did a great job putting the ball around the plate. We’ve got to field the ball when it’s hit to us.”

Patterson allowed the five unearned runs on four hits. He struck out six and did not issue a free pass, finishing with 78 pitches.

Boyd took advantage of its breaks, starting with its first hitter. After Tyler Kemp’s single to left was misplayed, he scored a batter later on Clay Barnett’s groundout.

Kemp scored twice and reached base all three times.

The Yellowjackets turned a single and four Alvord errors in the third into two more runs and a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Boyd added a pair of insurance runs on a dropped infield fly with two outs.

“One thing I harp on is running hard,” Karcher said. “On the dropped fly ball we get the extra run by running hard.”

Boyd used five pitchers with starter Brandon Hardee throwing the first two innings. Evan Stephensen pitched two before Creighton Witt, Hayden Ford and Bruce worked an inning each. The group held Alvord to three runs on eight hits. The Boyd defense made just the one error in the seventh.

“We played good. We made the routine plays and hit the ball decent,” Bruce said.

Alvord’s Cooper Hering and Keagan Branum finished 2-for-4 each. Branum drove in two of the Bulldogs’ runs.


Alvord … 0 … 1 … 0 … 0 … 1 … 0 … 1 … 3 … 8 … 7
Boyd … 1 … 0 … 2 … 0 … 0 … 2 … X … 5 … 4 … 1

WP: Brandon Hardee. LP: Cassidy Patterson

Alvord: Cooper Hering 2-4; Keagan Branum 2-4, 2 RBI

Boyd: Tyler Kemp 1-3, 2 runs scored

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Softball: Lady Panthers upend Lady Jackets

The Paradise Lady Panthers sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring all five of their runs in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 5-4 District 9-3A victory over Boyd.

In Safely

IN SAFELY – Paradise’s Bailey Higgins slides into home behind Boyd’s Savannah Foster during the Lady Panthers’ victory in the District 9-3A opener Tuesday in Bowie. Paradise is off to a 2-0 start in the league. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Paradise capitalized on a pair of Boyd errors with a pair of hits in the big inning that brought it back from a 2-0 deficit.

Alyssa Munoz drove in a pair of runs. Jett Preather finished 3-for-4 with a RBI. Allie Rutledge also added two hits.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor kept Boyd’s powerful lineup in check, allowing four runs on four hits. She struck out eight and walked four.

Boyd pitcher Chelsea Arlington gave up one earned run in six innings, striking out seven and walking two.

Freshman Kristin Rasbury drove in two of the Lady Yellowjackets’ runs on two hits. She tripled and scored a run in the second inning.

Payton Salmon finished 2-for-3 for Boyd.

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Softball: Boyd rebounds with win over Hebron

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets bounced back from their loss in the District 9-3A opener to Paradise with a 12-7 win over Lewisville Hebron Wednesday.

Kayleigh Pappajohn doubled, tripled and drove in three runs. Chandler Hammon also finished with three RBIs.

Britney Howard went 4-for-4 and knocked in two runs.

Hammon got the win, allowing seven runs – two earned – on seven hits. She struck out four and walked one.

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Melba J. Looney

Melba J. Looney

Melba J. Looney, 74, of Boyd died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Decatur.

Funeral was March 13 at Hilltop Assembly of God Church in Boyd with Rev. Bill Fitch officiating. Burial followed at Boyd Cemetery under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Pallbearers were Randy Elledge, Kenny Looney, Rick Taylor, Jafid Herrera, Gerald Neighbors and Chuck Berg.

Melba was born on Dec. 20, 1940, in Yantis to Ezra and Maydell (Crump) Elledge. She married Lee Troy Looney on Nov. 16, 1957 in Yantis. Melba held many jobs but was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of the Hilltop Assembly of God Church.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Robin Kay Fry; her granddaughter, Jennifer Fry; and her brother, Dave Elledge.

Melba is survived by her husband of 57 years, Lee Troy Looney of Boyd; her daughters, Pam Huddleston and husband Bill of Boyd, and Debra Taylor and husband Raymond of Marshall; her grandchildren, Chad Huddleston and wife Kristen of Decatur, Kimberly Herrera and husband Jafid of Krum, Robert Fry of Lone Star, Steven Fry of Longview and Jason Fry and wife Ashley of Troy, Mo.; her great grandchildren, Layton, Addyson, Brynlee, Landon, Caleb, Alexia Rose and Steven; her brother, Royce Elledge and wife Jeannine of Boyd; her sister, Sandy Russell and husband Ben of Vicksburg, Miss.; and other family members and a host of friends.

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Cason Kyle Hanson

Casey and Steve Hanson of Boyd announce the birth of a son, Cason Kyle Hanson, on March 9, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has one brother: Cooper Hanson, 3.

Grandparents are Donald and Wanda Hanson of Garden City, and Bobby and Pam Brewer of Denton.

Great-grandparents are Emmalee Gilmore of Wichita Falls and Bruce Hanson and Betty Sauls, both of Pampa.

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Softball: Hammon powers Boyd to wins

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ record moves to 6-2 after two wins on Saturday over Sanger and Haltom.

Boyd scored all of their runs against Sanger in the first two innings and relied on their defense and pitching to keep them ahead.

Chandler Hammon pitched all seven innings of the game, allowing no earned runs and striking out three batters while walking just one.

She also drove in a team-high four runs and currently leads her team with 17 RBIs on the season.

In her three plate appearances, Hammon came away with three hits that included a double.

Kayleigh Pappajohn and Kristin Rasbury each stole a base and the Lady Yellowjackets posted a .929 fielding percentage in the game.

Against Haltom, the Lady Buffaloes actually took a 6-3 lead before Boyd rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth and an insurance run in the fifth to close it out.

Hammon took the mound again against Haltom and gave up four earned runs in five innings.

She dominated at the plate, driving in six runs off of two doubles.

Rasbury and Savannah Foster also drove in runs in the win.

Boyd’s only two losses this season occurred on the same day against Pilot Point and Azle.

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Annie Virginia Brown

Annie Virginia Brown

Annie Virginia Brown, 91, of Burleson, formerly of Boyd, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Fort Worth.

Funeral was March 10 at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Barry Swindall officiating. Burial followed at Cottondale Cemetery.

Annie was born July 10, 1923, in Boyd to Thomas and Annie (Porter) Brown. She retired from Bank of America in Boyd after 10 years of service.

Annie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Oswell, Porter and Morton Brown; and sister Nettie Morton.

She is survived by sister Clara Tingle of Fort Worth; brother Forrest Brown and wife, Ann, of Fort Worth; nephew James Brown and wife, Nell, of Commerce; nieces Ann Robinson and husband, Richard, of Southlake, Anita St. Clair of Dallas, Kathy Swindall and husband, Barry, of Burleson, Nancy Baker and husband, Buddy, of Mansfield; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Boyd Middle School Honor Roll


SEVENTH GRADE – Alexandra Bracey, Nelida Duran, Devon Gilkey and Marti Luttrell.

EIGHTH GRADE – Aubrey Cates-Parr, Mandy Crooks, Jasmine Hammett, Maile Hopkins, William Lumpkin, Blake Rodgers and Caleb Rodriguez.


SEVENTH GRADE – Paytin Bullard, Kaden Calkins, Emma Clark, Victoria Connolly, Erika Cortez, Brian Couture, Zion Estes, James Gaught, Jorden Goforth, Katie Holmes, Kenneth Holzer, Beverly Jenkins, Conner Jordan, McKenzie Martinez, Riley Renfro, Rebeca Rodriguez, Ashlee Rogers, Levi Tate, Reese Totty, Kathryn Verden, Thomas Wilson and Falon Word.

EIGHTH GRADE – Bobbie Bernard, Eylon Bernard, Mia Bounds, Michaela Burman, Hayley Etter, Austin Eustace, Michael Fahlin, Brodie Fitzgerald, Bailey Gaught, Randale Hatley, Abby Hays, Zachary Hill, Christopher Karcher, Ashley Kosman, Colton Lawson, Larrin Maxwell, Michael McCarmack, John McCurdy, Scotlan Meador, Koby Miller, Eduardo Miramontes Flores, Hannah Palomo, Hannah Radke, Tyler Reid, Kody Risenhoover, Meagan Terry, Caleb Travis, Joshua Verden, Ashlyn Williams and Colton Williams.

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Boyd Intermediate School Fourth 6 weeks Honor Roll


FOURTH GRADE – Kasi Bunch, Breana Clark, Case Ferguson, Sarah Mayhue and Lane Medloc

FIFTH GRADE – Marco Baeza, Madison Bowen, Cy Ferguson, Nina Flack, Madison Hart, Sofie Horton, Kylie Lacaze, Rendyn Lamance, Giselle Patino, Noah Richardson, Ethan Stump and Jacob Taylor.

SIXTH GRADE – Caleb Armijo, Regan Barber, Kelden Bentley, Jessie Nelson, Sophia Palomo, Veronica Perry, Julia Watkins and Lesleigh Witt.


FOURTH GRADE – Kayla Adams, Ava Allen, Stephen Austin, Carly Barton, Cyrus Bernard, Reade Bounds, Zane Brown, Prestyn Cearley, Cheyenne Cordell, Reese Couture, Paola Duran, Zane Dykes, Chase Eustace, Eben Flack, Lizeth Garcia,Cadin Graham, Ava Harris, Bradley Hughes, Kaylee Johnson, Jonathan Joy, Kaitlynn Kirkland, Annabelle Lacey, Maisie Locke, Avrie Moran, Michelle Muro, Karsyn Myers, Josie Naranjo, Jesse Nelson, Michael Nelson, Renata Nunez, Jennifer Oliva, Daniel Pacheco, Kimberly Pacheco, Ranger Platt, Dustin Polone, Hayden Rosier, Caden Smith, Wyatt Spivey, Dalen Taff, Grayson Taff, Blake VanCampen, Madison Walcott and Chloe Wallace.

FIFTH GRADE – Iethan Bagwell, Mariah Begley, Emmaus Bernard, Kiersten Blake, Angel Cole, Molly Draper, Ally Evans, Tiffany Galttana, Haley Gaught, Autumn Hays, Kylie Hays, Amaya Hopkins, Jacob Hughes, Garrett Jackson, Callie Jordan, Christopher Kacala, Emylie Luttrell, Dalton Medlock, Avery Neathery, Ashtyn Orr, Makynzie Pappajohn, Cole Pennington, Jayce Rasbury, Amy Reveal, Samuel Rodriguez, Reagan Shepherd, Sebastien Tercero, Jordan Troutman, Macie Troxell, Brian Wade, Tristan Warnell, Dorian Williams, Ella Wissmann and Austin Young.

SIXTH GRADE – Darien Adams, Braydon Brock, Melanie Byrd, Destini Chafer, Darrell Cordell, Rustyn Ellis, Hayden Etter, McKenzie Eustace, Matthew Ford, Ana Gomez, Kevin Gutierrez, Dillon Inman, Jesse Long, Jackson Moats, Kelen Moran, Railey Pegues, Devin Prim, John Raynor, Chloe Rodriguez, Quinn Samuels, Emily Scharlz, Kyndal Scroggins, Andrez Segura, Zeb Souder, Rylee Spencer, Daniel Stone, Gabe Taylor, Nick Taylor, Naida Uribe, Crystal Valderrama, Garrett VanCampen, Emily Williams and Ethan Wilson.

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Luke Allan Sipes

Joe and Mary Lois Sipes of Boyd announce the birth of a son, Luke Allan Sipes, on Dec. 23, 2014, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine.

He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Ed and Vicki Spain and Sharon Sipes, all of Decatur.

Great-grandparents are Clyde and Mavis Spain of Decatur.

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Softball: Boyd finishes 4-2 at Brock Tourney

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets went 4-2 at the season-opening Brock tournament last weekend.

“It was a good tournament for us,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We got a lot of good innings in and that was the main thing for us. We have to take full advantage of these tournaments and with the weather being the way it is, we want to play as many innings as possible.”

Boyd beat Tolar and Celina Thursday.

The Lady Yellowjackets defeated Tolar 13-2 in four innings.

Chelsea Arlington struck out six batters and walked one while also hitting an RBI-double.

Boyd’s best offensive performances came from seniors Britney Howard and Chandler Hammon, who got three hits with two doubles and three RBIs each.

The Lady Yellowjackets earned a 6-2 win over Celina.

Arlington struck out 10 batters and walked four while giving up two earned runs.

Junior Payton Salmon led the Lady Yellowjackets, driving in two runs.

Friday, Boyd lost 5-3 to Pilot Point and 4-0 to Azle.

Chandler Hammon pitched six strong innings against Azle, and only allowed two earned runs, but three defensive errors led to two additional runs against Boyd.

Hammon also had a strong offensive showing against Pilot Point with two RBIs.

After Friday’s losses, the Lady Yellowjackets responded with a 14-8 win over Pampa and an 11-2 win over Midland Christian.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Friday wreck

1 dead, 1 injured in Friday wreck

A 17-year old boy is dead and another man is injured after the car they were traveling in struck a pipe fence and rolled over on County Road 4590 and Texas 114 near Boyd late Friday night.

Investigating the Scene

INVESTIGATING THE SCENE – Texas state troopers investigate the crash scene at the intersection of County Road 4590 and Texas 114 late Friday night. The wreck claimed the life of one man and sent another to the hospital. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Driver Nathan Dawson, 22, of Chico, and his passenger, Christopher Bragg, 17, of Lake Dallas, were traveling toward 114 on CR 4590 in a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro when they took a sharp curve too fast. The car ran through a fence and flipped, landing near a private residence and ejecting Bragg from the passenger seat.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced Bragg dead on the scene.

Dawson was flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Garcia said the crash, which occurred around 11:35 p.m. Friday, was most likely caused by speeding. County Road 4590 forms a sharp left curve right before merging with 114.

The Camaro Bragg and Dawson were traveling in went through the fence line of Sam and Ashlee Barrow’s house, which sits right behind the bend of the sharp curve in the road. The couple said they have lived there with their two sons for four years and have seen multiple wrecks happen near the property. This one occurred 50 feet from their front door.

“My son’s bedroom is in the front of the house, facing the road, so when I heard the sound of the crash, I told my wife to call 911 and told my son to get to the back of the house,” Sam Barrow said. “When I got out there, it was one of the worst things I ever saw in my life.”

Traffic was stopped in both directions for about an hour on 114 while the AirEvac helicopter was being loaded. Boyd Fire Department, the Wise County Sheriff’s Department and Wise County medics were all called to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by DPS, according to DPS spokesman, Trooper Lonny Haschel.

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