Evans moves from Bridgeport Chamber to City

On Aug. 11, Tiffany Evans will begin her new job as the Main Street and public relations manager for the city of Bridgeport.

Evans, the current Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce executive director, accepted a job with the city after the resignation of prior Main Street Manager Amber Fogelman prompted the city to interview applicants.

“We’re real excited to have her,” City Administrator Brandon Emmons said. “She’s going to be a great addition to the team.”

Evans will hold her position at the Chamber until the end of July and will continue to work with them after she starts working for the city – something that she is excited about at her new job.

“I’m looking forward to still being able to use all of the relationships with the Chamber in my new position, especially overseeing the new Main Street program and the Main Street Advisory Board,” Evans said.

Evans, who has led the Chamber since 2011, said she will help the organization until they find her replacement.

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Classic Florist and Gifts

Location: 914 Halsell St., Bridgeport

Phone: 940-683-6653

Email: classicflorist@yahoo.com

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Owner/management: D’Anna Garrett

Products/services: Florist and gifts since 1996

Ribbon Cutting

RIBBON CUTTING – The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting July 24 for Classic Florist and Gifts. Pictured are (from left) Devan McAsey, owner D’Anna Garrett, Peggy Johnson and Lynda Bridwell. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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Katelynn Elizabeth Flannagan

Bryan and Jessica Flannagan of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Katelynn Elizabeth, on July 22, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.

She has one brother: James Flannagan, 6.

Grandparents are Jayme Flannagan of Chico, Cathy Allen of Meigs, Ohio, and Joe Allen of Jacksboro, Tenn.

Great-grandparents are Joe and Jayne Champhliss of Hamilton.

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Bridgeport school board increases lunch prices, discusses possible veterans community

Bridgeport students will pay an extra 10 cents for lunch this year after the school board unanimously voted to increase lunch prices during their meeting Monday night.

Starting in August, lunch in Bridgeport schools will be $2.25 for elementary students, $2.40 for middle school students and $2.50 for high school students.

The estimated 60 percent of Bridgeport students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program will still pay either nothing or 40 cents. Breakfast will remain free at every school.

The board spent most of the rest of its two-and-a-half hour meeting listening to presentations about future action items.

The first came from George Cash Sr., executive director for the Veterans Housing Military Operations Support Team (MOST). Cash wants to lease property at 2105 16th St., near the city limits, to build a housing community for Wise County’s homeless and disabled veterans.

An agreement about the length of the lease could not be reached, so the board unanimously voted to allow Superintendent Eddie Bland to negotiate the terms of the lease before any other action would take place.

A possible renovation to the high school football field was also discussed. If approved, it would increase the seating capacity at the field to 3,000 and would cost around $1.9 million. No action was taken to approve the renovation. It’s expected to be an action item on a future agenda.

The board also:

  • approved decreasing the amount of contracted cafeteria staff work days from 189 to 185 for managers and from 185 to 181 for staff members;
  • approved revisions to District Policy EIC (LOCAL), which clarified some wording about GPA and AP class standards;
  • discussed an energy contract with Cenergistic, which would make all schools in the district more energy efficient;
  • discussed the building of an agriculture livestock science barn; and
  • heard a monthly finance report from Bland.

The board’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at 2107 15th St. It is open to the public.

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Upcoming Sports Camps

DECATUR EAGLE FOOTBALL CAMP – Decatur football coach Mike Fuller and his staff will hold a skills camp for players between grades seven and nine from 7 to 9 p.m. July 28-31 at Eagle Stadium. The cost is $80 and $60 for each additional family member.

BOYD VOLLEYBALL CAMPS – Jennifer Pennington will hold a camp at Boyd this summer for middle school players 10 a.m. to noon July 28-30, and for high schoolers 1 to 4 p.m. on those dates. The middle school camp is $60 and high school session $75.

BRIDGEPORT VOLLEYBALL CAMP – The Bridgeport Sissies volleyball camp is slated for July 28-Aug. 1.

BRIDGEPORT ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $20 at the Bridgeport High School Training Room July 24. Girls are to report at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. All athletes entering grades seven, nine and 11 must have a physical before the first day of practice for their sport. Any athlete who has had a broken bone, concussion, major illness or surgery in the past 12 months must also get a physical.

BOYD ATHLETIC PHYSICALS – Physicals will be offered for $10 for Boyd middle school and high school male and female athletes from 5 to 7 p.m. July 28 at the Boyd field house.

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Wise lands more than 50 on Weatherford College dean’s list

A host of Wise County students were among the 400-plus named to the Weatherford College Dean’s List for spring 2014.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must take 12 or more semester hours, have no grade lower than a C and meet the minimum grade-point average. The GPA system is based on a one-to-four rating.

Wise County students earning the honor, listed by their hometowns, were:

Alvord: Trevor Hardee; Christina Overton and Maribel Vargas.

Boyd: Derek Martin; Abram Moreno and Sarah Smith.

Bridgeport: Torie Carter; Sharlyn Fagan; Alexis Garrett; Joshua Hartsell; Gabriel Huerta; Taylor Hulsey; Tina Jennings; Annbra Johnson; Alexandra Martinets; Danielle Mindieta; Martha Sanders and Garrett Wagner.

Chico: Hannah Avants; Kimberly Bible; Elizabeth Brown; Damian Delgado; Callie Fuller; Ramiro Loza; Dee McHenry; Luke Plummer; James Redwine; Molli Umphress and Tiffany Vislosky.

Decatur: Rosaura Aldape; Victoria Aldape; Amanda Byrum; Sarrah Ennis; Zachary Flaherty; Selena Galindo; Wilson Garrett; Lacy Hankins; Brittany Hargrave; Jeffrey Keller; Martha Maldonado; Rebekah McGregor; Nathan Mitchell; Mercedes Moreno; Victoria Myers; Brandon Pelton; Sonia Resma; Venancio Rodriguez; Yanet Rodriguez; Karol Saenz and Kelsey Smith.

Paradise: Kristina Kemp and William Ngetich.

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Area students make TWU dean’s lists

Texas Woman’s University has released its dean’s and chancellor’s list for the Spring 2014 semester, and 15 Wise County students made the grade.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average are eligible for the dean’s list.

Students who earn a 4.0 GPA are named to the chancellor’s list.

Those making the lists from Wise County, and their majors, were:

Alvord: Vanessa Alberts, sociology

Boyd: Alyssa Lomerson, social work; Kristina West, nursing (4.0)

Bridgeport: Angelica Reyes, dental hygiene (4.0), Kristie Sandoval, interdisciplinary studies

Decatur: Maria Arellano, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kari Gage, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Megan Maxwell, business administration/marketing; Rachel McGregor, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Katlyn Sanders, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kitara Wright, communication sciences (4.0)

Justin: Cherlyn Fraser, health studies (4.0); Amanda Harris, communication sciences (4.0); Gennel Lassen, interdisciplinary studies; Julie Nolting, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kiara Reed, fashion merchandising; Paula Scotton, nursing (4.0): Esther Simental, dental hygiene (4.0); Nikki Vasquez, art (4.0); Erin Wages, child development (4.0); and Maggie Watkins, interdisciplinary studies (4.0)

Paradise: Taylor Blount, nutrition (4.0); Saira Fernandez, undeclared

Rhome: Bettina Davis, dance; Maritza Mauricio, business administration

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Bridgeport city council discusses mosquitoes, maintenance

The Bridgeport city council approved three of four action items on its agenda and discussed the merits of mosquito spraying at its meeting Tuesday night.

The council unanimously agreed to install a light at the Community Service flagpole in Harwood park.

They also approved a three-year, $17,000 airport maintenance agreement with Vaisala and a reimbursement agreement with West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership.

After a member left the closed session, no action was taken on a city ordinance designed to clarify the responsibilities of city administration due to lack of quorum.

Prior to that, the council unanimously renewed a Youth Services Standards of Care Policy for the parks and rec department. This policy makes the department exempt from Texas’ standards on childcare facilities, since the department qualifies as an after-school care facility and not a childcare facility. It has been in place since 2007.

Council members also discussed whether or not spraying for mosquitoes in the city limits would be healthy for citizens. Mayor Corey Lane said he would rather not spray if harmful chemicals were involved.

“I’d rather slap a mosquito than poison a kid,” Lane said. “I have a hard time spraying for convenience’s sake.”

In a survey conducted by the city, 90 percent of Bridgeport residents polled supported spraying. Mosquito spraying is expected to be an action item on the next meeting’s agenda.

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Bridgeport school board to discuss lunches

The Bridgeport school board will discuss lunch prices for the upcoming school year when they meet Monday.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the administration building, 2107 15th Street.

Trustees will also hear from superintendent Eddie Bland and discuss additional budget items including:

  • A lease agreement for property at 2105 16th Street;
  • Possible approval of Shady Oaks Drive roadway easement;
  • Selection of a delegate for the 2014 Texas Association of School Board Delegate Assembly; and
  • Possible football field renovations.

The meeting is open to the public.

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Ann Carter

Ann Carter

Ann Carter, 84, a homemaker, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Bridgeport.

Funeral was Friday, July 18 at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport, with burial in Chico Cemetery. Rev. Gary Sessions officiated and Leslie Hardin, Priscilla Hardin, Chief John Hobbs, Holly Brooks, Doug Blanks and Terry Hand served as pallbearers.

Ann was born March 30, 1930 to Richard and Anna (Hentchel) Prause in Grulish, Czechoslovakia. She married Ralph Carter Dec. 29, 1953 in Hammelburg, Germany.

Ann was preceded in death by son Michael Carter and daughter Linda Blanks.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ralph Carter of Chico; daughters Wendy Denney of Louisiana, Joyce O’Dell and husband, Wayland, of Balsora; grandchildren Kelcey, Jeremy, Jerod, Haley and Leland; sister Bergitta Prinze of Germany; other family members and a host of friends.

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Santana Ty Rodriguez

Stephanie and Tony Rodriguez of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Santana Ty, on July 13, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds and was 17 1/2 inches long.

He has one brother: Matthew, 12; and four sisters: Brenda, 16, Alexia, 7, Paige, 6, and Linzzy, 2.

Grandfather is Jacob Rodriguez of Bridgeport.

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Camp Games

Camp Games

CAMP GAMES – Zephanie Bias poses for Messenger photographer Joe Duty after getting out during a game of tag last week at a day camp in Bridgeport. The program is put on by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Jumping for Joy

JUMPING FOR JOY – Kids at the Bridgeport Parks and Rec summer camp jump into fun activities. They paused a game of tag just long enough last week to coordinate a group photo. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Superintendent contract not extended

After three hours behind closed doors Monday night, the Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees voted 5-1 to not extend Superintendent Eddie Bland’s contract for another year.

Eddie Bland

Board vice president Charles Mauldin led the voting with a motion to not extend Bland’s contract. Board president Jim Bost cast the only dissenting vote.

Bland has been superintendent at Bridgeport ISD since 2006. He has three years left on his current contract, which doesn’t end until 2017. He will be eligible for retirement in 2016, although he has stated in the past that he would not retire at that time.

Contacted Tuesday for an interview, Bland focused on the remainder of his contract.

“I’ve still got three years left,” he said. “I’ve got a job to do, and I’m going to do it.”

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Scaly characters

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MEET THE REPTILES – Daryl Sprout brought “Snake Encounters” to the Bridgeport Community Center Wednesday, eliciting squeals of delight as well as fright from kids and moms alike (top) as he entertained as part of the Bridgeport Library’s summer program. Sprout’s blend of stand-up comedy, magic and storytelling includes 17 different snakes – including the King snake, boa constrictor and his personal pet dragon. He’s been billed as “somewhere between Steve Irwin and Steve Martin.”

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Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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Felonious munchies

A Boyd man was arrested in a Bridgeport restaurant Tuesday after breaking in to fix himself a late-night snack.

Jonathan Gideon

Officers were dispatched to an alarm call at the Sonic restaurant on Chico Highway around 2:30 Tuesday morning.

When they arrived, they found the front glass door shattered and a man inside making himself a milkshake and cooking two hamburgers, Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief Steve Stanford said.

Jonathan Gideon, 24, was arrested for burglary of a building.

Officers also found a handful of Sonic-brand peppermints, as well as a prepaid Sonic gift card, in his pocket.

Gideon was taken to the Wise County Jail. As he was being booked in, Stanford said “he became disruptive and combative and had to be pepper-sprayed.”

His bond has been set at $5,000.

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Bridgeport City Council to renew after-school care

The Bridgeport city council will vote Tuesday on a policy to make after-school programs at the parks and recreation department safer for children.

In a public hearing during their regular meeting, council members will discuss renewing an ordinance that would implement a Youth Services Standards of Care Policy for the department’s after-school programs and camps.

There will also be a workshop to discuss nighttime mosquito spraying within the city limits. A survey conducted by the city says that 90 percent of Bridgeport residents polled support the spraying.

The council will also consider:

  • approving a three-year, $17,000 maintenance agreement with Vaisala to provide maintenance on the Automated Water Observation System (AWOS) at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport;
  • approving a reimbursement agreement with West Texas LPG Pipeline Limited Partnership to remove part of a gas pipeline on airport property;
  • reviewing the duties and responsibilities of city administration in ordinance 2011-17; and
  • a request from the Bridgeport Lion’s Club to install lights at the Community Service commemorative flagpole in Harwood Park.

In the consent agenda, officials will review minutes and hear a presentation on the May budget variance report from City Administrator Brandon Emmons.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Thompson St., and is open to the public.

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Adrian Matthew Martinez

Robin Martinez of Bridgeport announces the birth of a son, Adrian Matthew, on July 7, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has two brothers: Julius Isaiah, 4, and Mayson Daniel Mitchell, 4.

Grandmother is Maria Aguilar of Bridgeport.

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Raylynn Grace Martinez

Casey Daugherty and Tony Martinez of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Raylynn Grace Martinez, on July 3, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.

She has two brothers: Roston Martinez, 3, and Wyatt Mitchell, 3.

Grandparents are Susan Daugherty and Timoteo and Tyree Martinez.

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Angel Daniel Garcia

Jose Garcia and Micaela Silva of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Angel Daniel Garcia, on July 3, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has one sister: Zulay Abigail Garcia.

Grandparents are Jos Garcia and Ludivina Benitez and Lino Silva and Lidia Beltr n.

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Pickup runs off road, 1 dies

Pickup runs off road, 1 dies

A Bridgeport man was found dead Friday afternoon inside a pickup near the Lake Bridgeport spillway.

FATAL ACCIDENT – Stephen Ince, 22, of Bridgeport was found dead Friday inside a pickup that was apparently driven off the roadway into a gully about 100 feet below. It is unknown when the accident occurred. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, was reported missing by his family Wednesday night, and when family members set out to look for him Friday morning, they discovered his truck underneath the bridge on Farm Road 1658, about 100 feet below the roadway.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo said it’s unknown how long the pickup was in the ravine.

“[Family members] were driving along the road and noticed the fence was down [on the south side of the spillway],” he said. “They looked over the bridge and saw the truck, then called 911.”

Although the wreck is still under investigation, it’s believed Ince was eastbound on FM 1658 when he rounded a curve, drove off the roadway, down the embankment and launched into the air before landing in the bottom of the spillway.

Alonzo said the trail of debris indicates the pickup landed upside down but then flipped upright.

Ince was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Jan Morrow.

Units from Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport fire departments, as well as Wise County medics, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and personnel from Chico Auto Parts worked for more than two hours to hoist the truck back up to the roadway.

FRIDAY WRECK – Units from Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport fire departments, as well as Wise County medics, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and personnel from Chico Auto Parts worked for more than two hours Friday to hoist a truck driven by Stephen Ince, 22, of Bridgeport back up to the roadway. Ince was pronounced dead at the scene. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Ince was an auto detailer at Lone Star Super Wash in Decatur.

His manager and friend, Robert Thomasson, described Ince as a great, quiet worker.

“He always did what we asked him to do,” Thomasson said. “He was quiet, but he made everybody laugh. He always had a smile on his face. We’re going to miss that.”


The Bridgeport Correctional Center is hosting a silent auction to help pay for Ince’s funeral expenses.

Several officers have donated three hours of their time to perform minor home improvements or yard work, which will be awarded to the highest bidder. All assigned tasks must be within reason.

The list of participating officers has not yet been finalized, but for information or to place bids, call the center at 940-683-3010.

The auction will close July 15, and winning bidders will be notified July 16.

Stephen’s mother, Sheila Ince, is a nurse at the correctional center.

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