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Administrator receives a raise

Last April, Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons got a contract extension. This year, he gets a raise.

After meeting in executive session, the city council Tuesday unanimously approved increasing his salary by 3 percent, effective Monday.

His base salary will be $100,780. Emmons received a 3-percent raise in April 2012.

“He did a great job getting the city out of the financial mess it’s been in,” Mayor Keith McComis said. “I am very pleased with the work he’s done.”

The extension to his contract last year goes through April 2015. Emmons has been with the city since April 2010.


For the third – and last, they hope – time in the last two months, the council granted a special exception to the same sidewalk rule.

The city’s design manual requires a sidewalk be included in building construction. In all instances where the exception was granted, there are no other sidewalks in the neighborhoods where the properties in question are located.

The exception granted at Tuesday’s meeting is for property in the 2200 block of Stonegate Blvd. According to City Secretary Jesica McEachern, the tract is one of the last developable lots in the area, and there are no other sidewalks in the subdivision.

During a workshop in the last half of the meeting, officials directed staff to amend the design manual so that sidewalks would be required at the start of a new development and not on all new construction in existing developments that do not have sidewalks already.

The amended policy will be voted on at a future meeting.


At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also:

  • after meeting in closed session, approved by a vote of 3-2 to purchase the property at 1308 10th St. for $275,000, to be paid out of the unrestricted general fund balance. McComis said the city hopes to establish a veterans’ museum there. Councilmen Jimmy Meyers and A.Z. Smith opposed.
  • allocated $14,900 in unappropriated funds for a Christmas tree, lights and other holiday decorations for city buildings. “We need to do whatever it is that we have to do to build a feeling of community through this city,” Councilwoman Kathy Kennedy said. “Christmastime is the one time we can all band together.”
  • entered into an agreement with Gary Osier Presents and Mars Hill Band for a Concert in the Park Saturday, July 26. The band plays Texas country and some ’80s pop, which was what citizens voiced as their preference on a Facebook poll.
  • amended an interlocal agreement with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. outlining the funding responsibilities of all parties involved in the construction of a natural gas line to the future site of U.S. Ply Inc. A grant from the Texas Capital Fund will pay for most of the project. Any overage will be captured by the EDC.
  • granted a special exception for an RV cover that does not meet the side yard setback in the 2200 block of Stonegate Blvd. The council had granted the property owner, Terry Carlton, a special exception more than a year ago for a carport. According to city ordinance, property owners have 90 days to pull a permit to build under the special exception. Carlton was asked to reapply for a special exception, and he did, this time for an RV cover. He also asked for and was granted a six-month extension to begin construction.
  • proclaimed April National Safe Digging Month and April 13-19 Telecommunicator Week.
  • reviewed the April 3-16 payment report totaling $651,693.71.
  • heard a budget variance report on the March financials.
  • approved the April 1 meeting minutes.

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Read, Irion capture medals; Sissies finish second, fourth at regionals

In her two trips around Tanglewood Golf Resort Monday and Tuesday, Lexi Read never recorded a birdie.

RIGHT CLUB – Bridgeport’s Brooke Irion stares down the fairway at Tanglewood Golf Resort during the second round Tuesday. She finished fourth at the tournament and advances to state. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

But the Bridgeport sophomore also avoided any big scores – which was good enough to get her the Class 3A Region II silver medal and a trip to the University Interscholastic League’s 3A state championships.

“I just played my game and made a lot of pars,” Read said.

Read shot rounds of 84 and 79 to finish with a 163. Melissa’s Brooke Nolte won the tournament with a 157.

Read is happy to get a second chance to play at state. She advanced last year with the Bridgeport team. She was also the regional runner-up last year.

The state tournament will be April 28-29 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Golf Resort in Bastrop.

“It’s great going both years. I’m excited and ready to play,” Read said. “I haven’t played [Lost Pines]. I’m looking forward to seeing a new course.”

Read will be joined at state by freshman teammate Brooke Irion, who finished fourth at regionals with a 168 after shooting 86 and 82. Irion moved up to second medalist with Nolte’s Melissa squad winning the tournament and advancing. Gabby Thompson of Atlanta finished third with a 166. Her team also advanced to state, finishing second.

“I’m excited. It was really close,” Irion said.

Irion got her tournament off to a strong start Monday, chipping in the ball for birdie on her first hole. She had two birdies in her first round. She birdied 10 on Tuesday with a 25-foot putt.

“I was doing pretty good until the last three holes,” Irion said. “My nerves got to me at the end.”

She was able to par 18 to keep her two shots clear of fifth place.

Bridgeport finished fourth as a team with a two-day total of 799.

Melissa won with a 712. Atlanta finished second with a 755 and Carrollton Ranchview snagged the third state spot with a 796.

Bridgeport’s Remi Swensson tied for 20th with a 199. She shot 102 in the first round and 97 in the second. Ashli Lennard shot 269 with rounds of 136 and 133.

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Brolin Scott Wortman

Blake and Savannah Wortman of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Brolin Scott, on April 14, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Grandparents are Melissa and James Reynolds and Jennifer and Brad Page.

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Softball Roundup: Lady ‘Jackets skunk Alvord

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets made school history Saturday with a 15-0 blanking of Alvord.

The team’s 21st win is a new high mark for the program.

The playoff-bound Lady ‘Jackets moved to 21-5 and 8-2 in District 9-2A. Boyd could wrap up second place in the league with a pair of wins in their final two games. They took on Paradise Tuesday and will close the regular season at Brock Thursday.

Against Alvord, Boyd scored nine in the second inning and six in the third on 12 hits and three Alvord errors.

Payton Salmon drove in four runs and tripled, going 3-for-3. Kaytlin Bullard and Gabby Saldivar had two hits each.

Saldivar picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings.


The Bridgeport Sissies rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to beat the rival Decatur Lady Eagles 10-9.

Kensley Turner drove home the winning run on a single to left-center field that plated Shiloh Weirich.

Weirich drove in two runs. Hailey Holingsworth led the Sissies, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Taylor Jamieson added a double.

Jenny Bradford doubled and knocked in two runs for the Lady Eagles. Brittany Roberts, Kristina Pischotta and Briana Carter finished with two hits each.


The Brock Lady Eagles plated seven runs in the top of the sixth Saturday on the way to knocking off the Paradise Lady Panthers 16-4.

Madi Horne had the Lady Panthers’ lone extra-base hit, a double. Alyssa Munoz, Bailey Higgins and Allison Rutledge drove in the three Paradise runs.

Paradise went into Tuesday’s game against Boyd in fifth place in District 9-2A. It closes the regular season against fourth-place Peaster Friday. With a victory, the Lady Panthers could force a tie for the fourth playoff spot.

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Samples shuts down Eagles; Senior’s first win puts Bulls in hunt for second in 9-3A

It’s been a long time coming, but Alex Samples’ first victory of the season couldn’t have been any sweeter.

The Bridgeport senior right-hander limited the rival Decatur Eagles to a single unearned run on four hits Friday in a 2-1 victory.

Nice Throw

NICE THROW – Bridgeport Bulls pitcher Alex Samples mows down the Eagles for his first victory of the season. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“My first win all season – a 2-1 game against Decatur – I couldn’t ask for better,” Samples said. “I had all three pitches working. I was being able to spot the curveball and throw it around the zone. I kept them off balance, and they chased a couple of pitches.”

Samples’ gem gave the Bulls (7-16, 3-3) their third straight victory in District 9-3A and a chance to get into a three-way tie for second in the league. That’s if form holds with unbeaten Sanger winning out and winless Gainesville dropping its final two. Bridgeport took on Sanger Tuesday and closes with Gainesville Friday.

“I told the kids to keep battling and they are,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps.

Decatur (11-12-2, 4-3) dropped their second straight district game. The Eagles have only a showdown with Sanger Friday remaining on their schedule.

“This puts us where there could be a three-way tie. But if we take care of Sanger, we could be the second-place team,” said Decatur coach Chris Carter.

Decatur will need to get the bats going to have a chance against Sanger. Friday against Samples, the Eagles mustered just three singles and a double by Austin Givens, who finished 2-for-3. Givens scored the Eagles’ lone run after a walk and an error by the Bulls on a Cain Lowe flyball in the top of the fifth.

In the Nick of Time

IN THE NICK OF TIME – Decatur’s Austin Givens slides past Bridgeport’s Jared Huff and tags first base to beat out the pitcher’s attempt to throw him out. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Samples struck out eight and never allowed another runner past first after the fifth inning.

“He pitched a great game,” Carter said. “He was in the strike zone all night and ahead in the count. Whenever he got to two strikes, he’d throw his curveball out or a fastball up and would get us to chase something.”

Decatur starter Clayton Egle was as impressive as Samples in his six innings of work. He allowed only two unearned runs on two hits and struck out three. He walked one and hit a batter.

“He threw a great game,” Carter said. “That was coming off throwing a lot of pitches Tuesday night in extra innings.”

Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second after Jared Huff was hit by a pitch and came around to score on Lane Morrow’s sacrifice fly.

The Bulls made it 2-0 in the third with Erik Delgadillo singling and eventually scoring on a Decatur error.

The two runs were enough for Samples and the Bulls.

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Anna Lee Cardona

Anna Lee Cardona

Anna Lee Cardona, 72, a homemaker, died Friday, April 11, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at First Baptist Church in Alvord with the Rev. Bill Cleveland officiating.

Anna was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Nampa, Idaho, to Carl and Eva (Blades) Flanery. She married Rene Velis Cardona May 10, 1976, in Eureka Spings, Ark., and loved spending time with her family. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Alvord.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Rene Cardona of Alvord; son Heath King of Denton; daughters Melissa Cardona-Walker of Euless and Amy Williams of Alvord; grandson Dorian Ashby of Little Elm; brother Troy Flanery of California; and other family members and friends.

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Charles Ralph McDaniel

Charles Ralph McDaniel

Charles Ralph McDaniel, 65, a farmer and rancher, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Funeral was April 15 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Pastor Glenn Connell officiating. Burial was at Jim Ned Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Paul Wayne Howell, Mitchell Griffith, Dusty Wilson, Joey Berger, Paul Simpson and Jimmy Wade McDaniel Jr.

Charlie was born Aug. 15, 1948, in Bridgeport to James “Jim” and Mary Alice (Howell) McDaniel. They preceded him in death.

Survivors include his brother, Jimmy Wade McDaniel of Balsora; sister Virginia Lee Powers of Henderson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Council to consider sidewalk exceptions, requirements

For the third time in two months, Bridgeport officials will consider a special exception to a sidewalk ordinance at its meeting Tuesday.

The ordinance requires a sidewalk be installed during construction. In all instances, there are no other sidewalks in the neighborhoods the properties in question are located.

The council has granted two special exceptions for the same ordinance over the last two months.

During a workshop in the last half of the meeting, officials will discuss the requirement and consider modifications.

The council will also consider:

  • granting a special exception for an RV cover that does not meet the side yard setback;
  • amending the parks and recreation budget to allocate $14,900 for Christmas decorations;
  • an agreement with Gary Osier Presents and Mars Hill Band for a Concert in the Park Saturday, July 26;
  • amending an interlocal agreement with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corp. outlining the funding responsibilities of all parties involved in the construction of a natural gas line to the future site of U.S. Ply Inc. A grant from the Texas Capital Fund will pay for most of the project, with the EDC making up any difference.
  • the April 3-16 payment report totalling $651,693.71;
  • a budget variance report on the March financials;
  • proclaiming April National Safe Digging Month and April 13-19 Telecommunicator Week;
  • the April 1 meeting minutes.

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

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Oliver Kellin Chavez

Jessica Chavez of Bridgeport announces the birth of a son, Oliver Kellin, on April 2, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighs 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Stephanie and Bobby Tennison of Decatur and Jorge Chavez of Bridgeport.

Great-grandparents are Juana and Valentin Chavez and Peggy Padron.

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Gas line construction continues without aid

Construction of a gas line to the future site of a manufacturing plant in Bridgeport will go on as planned, without the help officials hoped for.

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the council took no action on a contract with Driver Pipeline Co. to construct a gas line to the site of U.S. Ply, a roofing materials manufacturer. Officials hoped to negotiate with Atmos Energy to help with the additional costs after the company didn’t file the permit needed to work on the railroad crossing near the work site.

“Their marketing department has been contacted, but it doesn’t appear that there is any interest in helping with the additional costs,” City Administrator Brandon Emmons wrote in an email.

Last Tuesday, officials moved forward unanimously approving a change order to the contract with Driver Pipeline. The change order increased the project cost by $61,081.93.

“The increase was a direct result of re-alignment of the pipeline in order to comply with railroad crossing standards,” Emmons said. “The original design that was presented by Atmos did not meet the angle requirements established in the railroad permit. So, in order to cross at the proper angle, the pipeline had to be moved to the west side of Highway 114 and cross the railroad at a 90-degree angle.

“The relocation also caused there to be an additional component to the bore,” he continued. “The bore now is a compound bore (horizontal and vertical components). This resulted in a higher per-foot cost.”

With only $293,765 in grant funds, the $25,764.33 overage will be paid for out of Economic Development Corp.’s fund.

An amendement to the interlocal agreement that spells out the funding responsibilities of all parties will be presented at the council’s next meeting, April 15.

In October 2012, the city entered into a Texas Capital Fund grant contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture to construct a natural gas pipeline to the site of U.S. Ply.

The city will receive a $328,765 grant – $293,765 for construction and $35,000 for grant management services.

In November, the council awarded a $257,447 bid to Driver Pipeline to construct the pipeline, with work slated to begin in January.

Before work commenced, Union Pacific Railroad notified U.S. Ply that the necessary permit had not been issued.

The original application submitted by Atmos did not comply with railroad regulations regarding the angle in which the railroad could be crossed.

Following a Jan. 21 meeting, it was determined that relocating the bore would be the most cost effective option.

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Bulls revive season

After their extra-inning loss to Decatur March 25, the Bridgeport Bulls buried the first part of the season.

“We took a coffee can and I told my team to put the five things they’ve done bad this season and put it in the can,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We then buried it in front of the dugout.”

Since its memorial service for the 4-15 start, the Bulls have resurrected its season with two wins in three games. After Friday’s 9-1 win over Krum, the Bulls (6-16) are suddenly firmly entrenched in third place in District 9-3A at 2-3.

“The last three games have been a new season,” Leps said. “After the Decatur game, we set our goal at just getting in the playoffs and playing well. We started playing inning by inning. If you string enough wins of innings together, you can start winning games.”

Friday against Krum, freshman James Gray made sure the Bulls won every inning. The hurler needed just 58 pitches to get through seven innings. He scattered six innings and struck out one.

“He pitched great, and we played good defense behind him,” Leps said.

“Our pitchers have done a great job keeping us in games.”

The Bulls provided timely hits in support of Gray. Alex Samples and Daniel Garcia went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs each. Garcia also doubled.

The Bulls took on Aubrey in a non-district game Tuesday and will play Decatur at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. to start a final three-game stretch with playoff hopes alive.

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Read, Sissies repeat as district champions

Lexi Read never got to circle a number on her scorecard Monday at Muenster’s Turtle Hill Golf Course – she just couldn’t get a putt to fall.

But the Bridgeport sophomore also stayed away from high numbers on the way to winning her second straight District 9-3A title.

Steady Swing

STEADY SWING – Bridgeport’s Lexi Read shot a 78 Monday at Turtle Hill Golf Course to claim her second straight District 9-3A title. Her Bridgeport team won the team title again. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Read shot a second-round 78 to finish the two-round event at 158. She beat her teammate, freshman Brooke Irion, by seven strokes.

“I played good. I had a lot of lipouts,” Read said. “I wanted to get in the 70s. I had four bogeys and the rest were pars.

“It means a lot to win it two times in a row.”

Behind the duo, Bridgeport claimed the District 9-3A crown by 137 strokes over second-place Sanger. The Sissies advance to the Class 3A Region II tournament Monday and Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Resort in Pottsboro.

“We played good,” Read said.

Read shot an 80 in the first round last week at Tanglewood to get a four-shot lead on Irion. With the lead, Read said she played relaxed throughout her round Monday.

“I got loosened up and really wasn’t stressed. I played the way I could,” Read said.

Irion followed her first-round 84 with an 81 to finish at 165.

“I played good. I had one bad hole on three and tripled it,” Irion said. “Today, I felt good. I could’ve had a stronger day putting.”

On the signature hole at Turtle Hill, the 11th with its 200-foot drop from the tee to green, Irion nearly got an ace. Her tee shot came within a foot of the hole before she putted in for birdie.

Remi Swensson shot a 106 for Bridgeport to finish at 211. Ashlie Lennard hit 141 for a 275.

Decatur junior Kaylee Higden shot a 98 to match her first round and finish at 196. She also took the top medalist spot and earned a regional trip.

“I played pretty good,” Higden said. “I could’ve played better but the greens got me. I was hitting solid.”

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Softball Roundup: Lady Panthers rip Lady Bulldogs

Jett Preather opened the fifth inning with a triple and set the Paradise Lady Panthers on their way to a nine-run inning Friday in a 14-2 win over Alvord.

Preather went 3-for-3 and scored twice. She had two of the Lady Panthers’ seven extra-base hits.

Bailey Higgins homered for the Lady Panthers. Allison Rutledge doubled twice, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Shelby Lavigne knocked in three runs.

Kandi Rose homered and drove in both runs for Alvord.

Paradise pitcher Reagan Taylor struck out eight and held Alvord to two runs on two hits in five innings.


Kelsey Rhine went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs as the Northwest Lady Texans hammered Haltom 12-1 Friday.

Tuesday DerMargosian homered for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Haltom to one run on five hits over five innings. She struck out seven.


The Decatur Lady Eagles held off the Gainesville Lady Leopards to win 11-9 Friday.

Alex Gabriel, Kristina Pishotta and Jordan Smith had three hits each for Decatur. Brianna Carter drove in three runs on two hits. Smith and Brittany Roberts collected two RBIs.


The Krum Lady Bobcats finished off the Bridgeport Sissies 10-0 in five innings Friday.

Krum held Bridgeport to three hits – one each by Cheyenne Davidson, Tabby Rivera and Hailey Hollingsworth.

Krum scored five runs in the third, added three in the fourth and two in the fifth.

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Another one sacrificed to the ‘drug war’

Re: “Jury delivers guilty verdict in drug case” (Messenger, Saturday, April 5, 2014): Why are we, the taxpayers, being forced to pay for supposed crimes where there are no victims or violence in a citizen’s actions and/or private and personal choices?

How did this supposed “drug demon” make it to 50 without any criminal record? What will his future employment possibilities be now that he was violated, for his own good? How much was taken from this citizen – money, vehicle and freedoms, and for what?

Better yet, how much did this dog-and-pony show cost the taxpayers? Sadly, just one of the many being fed to the private prison system, one that is in business for profit – better known as “people ranching!”

When will the Wise County taxpayers stand up and demand the end to feeding upon our own citizens solely for some people’s job security and self-serving beliefs and agendas? All across this land and around the world others are accepting the truth that the war on drugs is a known failure, doing more harm than good!

Why do we keep feeding our tax dollars and citizens to it?

There has to be a better way. Help us find it!

Rusty White

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2 vehicles, pedestrian involved in wreck

Three people were taken to the hospital after back-to-back wrecks in Bridgeport Thursday morning.

Bridgeport Police Chief Randy Singleton said Jesus Hernandez-Hernandez, 25, of Fort Worth was westbound on U.S. 380 in a 2002 Ford van around 6:15 a.m. when, for an unknown reason, he ran off the road to the right.

Working in the Rain

WORKING IN THE RAIN – Although weather is not believed to be a factor in Thursday’s wreck, rain made for a soggy clean up at the scene on U.S. 380 west of Bridgeport. Three people were taken to hospitals for injuries. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The van skidded, then rolled at least twice and finally came to rest upright, back in the westbound lane near Farm Road 1658 West.

An eastbound vehicle driven by Apolinar Tovar, 33, of Bridgeport stopped to check on Hernandez-Hernandez and his two passengers, who were all still inside the van.

While Tovar was standing next to the van, a westbound 1994 Chevy pickup driven by Rojelio Lopez-Hernandez, 26, of Bridgeport struck the van from behind.

Tovar sustained a broken leg and was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. The drivers of both vehicles were taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, since a helicopter could not respond due to weather. Singleton said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The two passengers in the van were not injured. Singleton said all of the vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts.

Although the rain was pouring as officers and emergency responders worked the accident, the wreck occurred just before any storms hit the area.

U.S. 380 was shut down for nearly two hours as the wreckage was cleared.

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Department honors its own

The Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department held its annual awards banquet last weekend to honor the hard work and dedication of its members.

Annual Awards

ANNUAL AWARDS – Members of the Bridgeport Fire Department were honored at a banquet last weekend. Pictured are (bottom, from left) Alex Sessions, Dawnelle Burns, (front) David Nichols, Capt. Justin Knox, Chief Terry Long, Assistant Chief Keith Long, Robert Grothe, Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, Jerry Beck, Aaron Steadman, (back row) Chaplain Gary Sessions, Albert Taylor, Robby Schwartz, Brandon Graybill, Kyle Bloodworth, Ricky Schwartz, Daniel Underwood and Captain Tanner Reeves. Submitted photo

Jason Hall was named Rookie of the Year, and Chief Terry Long was awarded Officer of the Year.

Firefighter of the Year was Aaron Steadman.

Steadman, along with Assistant Chief Kenny Hudson, were honored by Long with the Chief’s Award.

The department also recognized the top 10 responders. Chief Long was the top responder, going to 335 out of 553 calls received. The remaining top responders included Steadman with 235 calls; Capt. Tanner Reeves with 183; Albert Taylor, 156; Roy Martz, 154; Ricky Schwartz, 153; Jason Hall, 150; Assistant Chief Keith Long, 149; Assistant Chief Hudson, 139; and Robby Schwartz, 135.

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Meyers retains post on council

No special election was needed in the city of Bridgeport after all.

After receiving only one filing for place 3, the city council voted to cancel the special election and declare the incumbent, Jimmy Meyers, elected.

The city had called a special election to fill the unexpired term.

Meyers was appointed to the post in August to fill a vacancy created when Kevin Lopez resigned. Although there are two years left on the term, according to local government code, the person appointed to fill the vacancy serves only until the next regular election.


The council also:

  • approved a .78 increase to municipal telecommunications right-of-way access line rates as calculated by the 2014 consumer price index. The rates increased to 59 cents for residential accounts, 69 cents for non-residential and $3.68 for point-to-point. Councilmember Kathy Kennedy opposed the motion, which passed 4-1.
  • amended the budget to increase by $101,662 the amount allocated for the runway extension project at the city’s municipal airport.
  • allowed the library to renew its Annual Report and Accreditation Application for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. As a member of TSLAC, the library receives free and low-cost consulting, education services and support for projects including literacy, English as a Second Language and automation.
  • granted use of the library to Cook Children’s Health Care System to conduct four Parent Caf sessions. The sessions are designed to help parents deal with challenges they may face in raising their children.
  • waived the rental fee for use of the Community Center to Head Start for group functions.
  • heard an annual report from library staff.
  • approved the March 18 meeting minutes.
  • reviewed the March 20-April 2 payment report in the amount of $114,446.37.

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Softball Roundup: Saldivar homers twice as Boyd beats Peaster

Gabby Saldivar belted a pair of home runs Tuesday as the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets routed the Peaster Lady Greyhounds 13-7.

Saldivar hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run first for the Lady Yellowjackets. She added another two-run shot in the sixth.

Kassidy Lester also homered for Boyd (18-5, 5-2), which had 10 extra-base hits. Amber Bowen doubled three times, going 3-for-4.

Saldivar earned the win in the circle, allowing six runs – one earned – on nine hits. She struck out four and walked one.


The Northwest Lady Texans ended their two-game slide in District 4-5A Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Fossil Ridge.

Brie Wrobel’s two-run double in the top of the sixth pushed the Lady Texans (13-11, 5-4) to the win.

Sydnee Hinkle and Haley Rhine added doubles for the Lady Texans.

Emily Worley held Fossil Ridge to two unearned runs on five hits over seven innings. She struck out six and walked three.


The Bridgeport Sissies fell to under .500 for the season Tuesday with a 13-2 loss to the Gainesville Lady Leopards.

Gainesville scored five runs in the first and added three in the third and fourth innings. The Lady Leopards pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five Bridgeport errors in five innings.

Tabby Rivera doubled and scored one of the two Bridgeport runs. Makayla Raymond scored the other and stole a base.

Bridgeport (9-10) fell to 0-4 in District 9-3A play.


Sanger scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back Tuesday, beating Decatur 16-2.

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Baseball Roundup: Bulls outlast delay for win

After storms brought a halt to the scoreless game on Tuesday, the Bridgeport Bulls went back to Gainesville Wednesday to find a pair of runs and their first District 9-3A win.

Bridgeport’s Jared Huff and Daniel Garcia drove in runs in the top of the sixth in a 2-0 victory for the Bulls (5-16, 1-3).

“We changed our approach going into Wednesday,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “We had the top hitters in our lineup coming to the plate in the sixth. Dalton Hudson, Erik Delgadillo and Daniel Garcia did a great job.”

Alex Samples held Gainesville scoreless over five and one-thirds, Tuesday, allowing five hits. He struck out 10.

Huff came on in relief Wednesday and allowed two hits in one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

“Alex was pitching very good on Tuesday,” Leps said. “Jared Huff did a great job coming on in relief and handling the pressure.”


JD Pearson drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning as the Paradise Panthers beat up Millsap 12-1 Tuesday.

Caiden Berry had two RBIs.

Jarret Holt earned the win, allowing a run on four hits in four innings with five strikeouts.

Dillon Meadows struck out six in two scoreless innings, allowing two hits.


Brady North, Cameron Weatherly and Tyler Melton drove in two runs each as the Chico Dragons took down Poolville 9-5 Tuesday.

North went 3-for-4 with a triple. Jaston McBee finished 3-for-5 with a double and scored two runs.

North limited Poolville to five runs – four earned – on six hits over seven innings. He struck out one and walked four.

Chico improved to 13-3 and 7-1 in District 9-A.


The Peaster Greyhounds scored nine runs in the first two innings and never let up in a 14-2 victory over Boyd Wednesday.

Cody Jacobs had Boyd’s lone extra-base hit, doubling. Cameron Schulte and Triston Furgerson scored Boyd’s two runs in the fifth.


Keller’s Zach Aguayo blanked the Northwest Texans on five hits Tuesday in a 3-0 victory.

Aguayo struck out nine over his seven innings.

Dusty Cloud took the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – on seven hits in six innings.

Elijah Christenson tripled, and Tristen DerMargosian doubled for the Texans.

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Jones takes lead with even-par round

From the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th at Tanglewood Golf Resort, Drew Jones crushed his second shot. But the ball flew long and right of the green before coming to rest in the rough.

LEADING AROUND THE LINKS – Decatur sophomore Drew Jones chips the ball in close on 18 before sinking his par and finish his round of 72 Wednesday at the 9-3A tournament at Tanglewood Golf Resort. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“My second shot I pulled too much and went off the side of the hill,” explained the Decatur sophomore. “I didn’t have a great lie. I just wanted to get on the green, get a putt and make a par.”

Jones did just that, saving his par from the rough with a chip onto the fringe of the green and two shots later capping an even-par round of 72 Wednesday in the first round of the District 9-3A tournament. The par round gave the defending 9-3A champion a six-shot lead over Bridgeport’s Ty Reed, heading into Monday’s final round at Turtle Hill Golf Course in Muenster.

“To shoot par on this course is like shooting under par anywhere else,” Jones said of his trip around Tanglewood. “The wind blows every day here.”

Behind the strong round by Jones, the Decatur Eagles posted a first-round total of 349. They lead second-place Bridgeport by 13 strokes. Sanger is in third with a 370. Decatur’s second team fired a 418 for fourth place.

The par round for Jones was his best this spring.

“The other ones were preparation for this tournament,” he said. “I’ve had a couple of rounds here and know the course.”

Jones came out and birdied the 351-yard, par-4 first hole.

“That gave me a boost of confidence,” he said.

Jones got to 2-under with his birdie on the 450-yard, par-5 third hole. He gave the two shots back with bogeys on four and seven to finish the front nine with a 36. He fired nine straight pars on the back nine.

LEADING AROUND THE LINKS – Drew Jones leads Bridgeport’s Ty Reed by six strokes, heading into Monday’s second round. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“I didn’t hit that great,” Jones said. “I hit a few good shots. I never really hit it where I was in trouble and could have a bad score. On the two bogeys, I lipped out putts.

“My goal was to make 18 pars. I’m happy with a 72.”

Reed sank three birdies in his trip around the Pottsboro course. He birdied the par-5 sixth hole, par-4 13th and par-5 16th. He shot a 40 on the front nine with five bogeys. On the back nine, he shot a 2-over 38 even with a double-bogey on 14 and bogey on 18.

“It was not bad. I didn’t play great,” Reed said. “I hit my drives good and made some putts when I needed to. There were three to four putts that I missed. I feel good and set myself up good for the next round.”

Of Decatur’s top team, Jones was the lone player to break 90. Cade Lamirand finished at 90. Bryce Elder hit 91. Brendan Kerby shot 96, and Hayden Bennett 100.

Bridgeport’s Brayden Garrett shot a 92, playing in Jones’ group. Blake Boyd finished at 93. Austin Lennard fired 99, and Brazier Talley 102.

Playing on Decatur’s second team, Charlie Shannon fired an 85. He owns a two-shot lead over Sanger’s Brendon Cochran for the advancing medalist.

Lawson Harris hit 107 for Decatur’s second team. Jackson Bearden hit 111, Ethan Sij 115, and Dawson Thompson 117.

Playing as medalists, Clay Gillispie shot 93, Kale Bronniman 108, and Drew Graves 112.

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