Bridgeport School Board adopts $22 million budget

The Bridgeport school board adopted a $22,024,851 budget and a tax rate of $1.23280 per $100 valuation at its specially-called meeting Monday night.

The budget breaks down into $18,128,925 for operating expenses, $1,179,561 for food service and $2,716,365 for debt service.

The operating budget is more conservative than last year’s by $83,321, with most of the changes coming from a $629,989 fund balance transfer into the operating budget.

The district plans to spend less on teacher instruction, library costs, guidance counseling, administration, plant maintenance, security, data processing and facilities – and more on curriculum, instruction and school leadership, social, health, transportation, extracurricular, debt, contracted and shared services and government expenses.

Most of the revenue to pay for that will come from the local tax revenue, at a rate of $1.23280 per $100 valuation.

The food service portion of the budget increased by $77,335 from last year, while the money alloted for debt service increased by $25,750. The district’s $0.19280 interest and sinking fund tax will go towards that debt, while the other $1.04 will go towards district maintenance and operations.

Board vice president Charles Mauldin was not present.

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Football: Bulls hungry for win

Throughout preseason workouts, the Bridgeport Bulls have not broached the subject of 2013′s winless campaign. But as the Bulls take the field Friday for this year’s season opener, there’s no doubt they are looking to officially put last season behind them.

“We don’t talk about 2013 but it still looks over our heads,” said coach Danny Henson. “We can’t wait to get back out on the field and get a chance to get a win.”

Bridgeport opens the season at Bull Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. against the Mineral Wells Rams, who are coming off a 1-9 year.

Henson said there are a lot of unknowns about both teams as they try to rebound this year.

“I think the two teams are evenly matched,” Henson said. “We don’t know a lot about Mineral Wells or the two teams they scrimmaged. They also have a new coach.”

The Rams worked three quarterbacks last week during a scrimmage against Castleberry, including senior Caleb Acosta, who threw for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns last year.

After an up-and-down scrimmage against Bowie, Henson felt his team made strides against Springtown in the final tuneup.

“We improved from the first and second scrimmage. And unlike last year, we’re healthy and are not having to make roster moves,” Henson said. “We have a chance for some consistency, and each week we’ve shown improvement.”

Second-year starting quarterback Trey Cook and the Bulls offense moved the ball against Springtown.

“He missed on some deep balls but made good decisions,” Henson said of Cook. “Our offensive line played well.”

The main thing Henson wants to see on both sides of the ball Friday is more consistent execution.

“Offensively, we’ve shown flashes of looking good. We need to be more consistent,” the Bridgeport coach said. “Defensively, we’ve made improvements but we need to be better tackling.”

With his team hungry for a win, Henson doesn’t downplay the significance of the opener.

“You are only guaranteed 10 games,” Henson said. “In football, every game is important. You work hard a long time to get ready for the season. It’s important to try to win every game.”


7:30 p.m. at Bull Memorial Stadium

Mineral Wells: Harris Rating 188

Notable: The Rams finished 1-9 in 2013.

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 192

Notable: The Bulls are coming off a winless 2013.

Harris line: Bridgeport by 4

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Volleyball Roundup for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets brought home second place from the Chico Tournament on Saturday.

Boyd fell to Collinsville 25-19, 25-16 in the tournament final. Maddy Busch put down 11 kills and blocked four shots in the final. Kayleigh Pappajohn added six kills.

Baylie Harris and Morgan Abbott handed out 10 assists each. Britney Howard made 15 digs.

With Howard serving six aces, Boyd beat Gold-Burg 25-5, 25-7. Busch had eight kills. Harris recorded 15 assists.

The Lady Yellowjackets took down Petrolia 25-18, 25-20. Busch finished with six kills, and Pappajohn five. Howard made 20 digs. Abbott doled out nine assists.


The Northwest Lady Texans went 2-4 at their own tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Texans fell to Boswell, 26-24, 27-29, 25-20, and Cedar Park, 25-23, 25-20 on Saturday. Friday, Arlington Lamar tripped up Northwest 25-23, 21-25, 25-17. Southlake Carroll handled the Lady Texans 25-14, 25-12.

Over the six matches, Camryn Berryhill buried 67 kills. Tessa Harfield added 45 kills.

Morgan Baker doled out 89 assists, and Analise Lucio had 56.


The Bridgeport Sissies pulled out one win in six matches during their weekend visit to the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament.

The Sissies (3-12) knocked off District 8-4A foe Castleberry in three games, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22. Kensley Turner put down nine kills and made 16 digs. Ryhan Read handed out seven assists. Mariah Leyva made 12 digs.


The Chico Lady Dragons fell in the consolation final of their tournament Saturday, losing to Forestburg 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.

In bracket play Saturday, Chico beat Prairie Valley twice, 29-27, 25-19 and 26-16, 25-16. The Lady Dragons fell to Bryson 25-15, 25-13 between the Prairie Valley matches.


The Paradise Lady Panthers went 2-3 over the weekend at the Graham Tournament.

After scoring wins over Jim Ned and Munday, Paradise lost to Jacksboro, Wichita Falls Rider and Nocona.

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Bridgeport ISD to adopt budget

A special Bridgeport school board meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 25, to adopt the district tax rate and budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The tax rate, approved Aug. 4, is set at $1.23280 per $100 valuation. This rate is composed of a $1.04 tax for maintenance and operations and a $0.1928 interest and sinking fund tax, which would be used to make payments on bonded debt for construction and equipment.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.

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Bridgeport City Council lets food trucks stay put

Mobile food truck owners who prepare their own food on-site can now stay in one place for more than three hours, after the Bridgeport City Council approved an amendment to the city code at their Tuesday night meeting.

The amendment lets mobile food operators stay in a spot more than three hours as long as they provide patrons with trash receptacles, and there are restrooms within 300 feet of the truck. It does not apply to vendors who sell prepackaged food, like ice cream trucks.

The food truck issue came to the council at its Aug. 5 meeting, when Five Boys Ranch food truck owner Ryder Holley talked about how he had to move his truck 50 feet to another spot just to comply with city code.

The original code said mobile food operators could not stay on one spot more than three hours.

The council also discussed the possible installation of a food truck park, but did not include it in the code. It will be discussed at future meetings.

Mayor Corey Lane opened Tuesday’s meeting with a statement on the unrest currently underway in Ferguson, Mo., saying that he was happy he lived in Bridgeport.

“It’s just a real messed-up situation, and I’m happy that I’m living here in Texas,” Lane said.

The council also unanimously approved a $1,000 lease agreement between the city and Robert Chaney for the use of a haunted house at 1407 Carpenter St. According to the agreement, the lease would run Aug. 25-Nov. 17. The haunted house would open Sept. 26 through Nov. 1, open 6-10 p.m. Thursdays and 6 to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

“I think it could be a good thing for the city and a good thing for our community,” Councilman David Correll said.

Another business lobbied the council for special exceptions for sign permits at a public hearing. The new Allsup’s that is being constructed at 1603 Chico Highway wants to put up a 138-square-foot pole sign, exceeding the 100-square-foot maximum for signs. This would be allowed under the city code as long as the use of the sign “serves the general welfare and preserves the community interest.”

The council unanimously approved the exception, but not without a lengthy discussion about why the 100-square-foot limit was established in the first place.

“What’s the purpose of the 100-square-foot rule if we’re just going to keep breaking it?” Councilman Calvin Coursey asked.

The council agreed that the rule was something that they should look into in the future.


  • The council held a workshop discussing whether the Bridgeport airport should remain open during its upcoming runway construction. The FAA won’t allow it to be open for safety reasons, but some community members were worried about the effect closure would have on their businesses. The council put the item on its Sept. 9 meeting agenda.
  • A resolution opposing the proposed natural gas rate case rules being considered by the Railroad Commission passed 5-0. The proposed rules would limit cities’ abilities to review and challenge gas rate hikes.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield health and dental insurance, Superior Vision eye insurance and Assurant life insurance coverage purchases were approved 5-0.
  • Public hearings were held to adopt a $22,848,580 budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year and a maximum tax rate of 58.57 cents per $100 valuation for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The next public hearing on the budget will be Sept. 2 and formal adoption of the budget will be Sept. 16.
  • The council unanimously approved entering into a contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture to reconstruct about 1,500 feet of water lines at Turkey Creek and about 1,100 feet of water lines on Cobb Street. The city will pay 20 percent of the contract, or $105,800.
  • A motion to continue advertising the sale of 225 acres of property on Rutherford Ranch until the council could solicit a real estate broker to sell the property passed 4-0, with Councilman Meyers abstaining.
  • The presentation of the 2010 annual report and analysis of racial profiling statistics for police personnel did not happen because it was removed from the agenda packet.

The council’s next regular meeting is Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at 900 Thompson Street. It is open to the public.

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Parker Gage Bennett

Torri Gillespie and Jordan Bennett of Bridgeport announce the birth of their third child, Parker Gage, on Aug. 14, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

He has two brothers: Tristan, 7, and Bobby, 6.

Grandparents are Janell Cartwright of Bridgeport and Bobette Smith of Decatur.

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Aaron Gustavo Patino

Karla and Gustavo Patino of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Aaron Gustavo, on Aug. 7, 2014, at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine.

He weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long.

He has one brother: Andres, 4.

Grandparents are Jaime and Arminda Enriquez of Boyd and Juan and Maria Patino of Bridgeport.

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Bridgeport board sets breakfast prices, talks renovations

There was a little less action and a lot more talk at the Bridgeport ISD board of trustees meeting Monday night.

The consent agenda, which was the only item to be acted on, passed 6-0. This included a decision to set district breakfast prices at $1.50, which would ensure that students would be able to get a meal consisting of one cup of milk, two servings of fruit, two whole grains or one whole grain and meat.

The current breakfast meal reimbursement is $1.62 for students receiving free benefits, $1.32 for reduced benefits plus 30 cents in student payment to equal $1.62, and 28 cents for full-paid students.

The board members then discussed a series of changes that could possibly be made for the upcoming school year, including athletics facilities and agricultural science facility renovations.

One such facility was the high school football stadium. In order to build bleacher additions in the stadium, the current pressbox would have to be taken down and possibly rebuilt. There was discussion about whether or not a new pressbox was even necessary, since an elevator would be required if it were bigger than 500 square feet.

Board member Tom Talley said pressboxes weren’t needed now because they aren’t used for their original function anymore.

“There’s not much of a need for pressboxes now because people don’t scout like they used to,” Talley said.

Other facility updates considered were new dugouts for the high school baseball field, since the wooden support beams holding up the roofs are rotting and a new barn for the agricultural sciences department. No action was taken on any of the facility updates.

The board also:

  • heard a monthly finance report and set Aug. 25 as the meeting date for the 2014-15 budget and tax rate adoption;
  • listened to a presentation on district accountability ratings, which the district met and exceeded last year; and
  • discussed when and where to install wireless-operated electronic marquee signs at each campus. The high and middle school signs would each cost around $30,000, and the intermediate and elementary school signs would cost around $20,000.

The board’s next regular meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the board conference room at 2107 15th Street. It is open to the public.

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Football: Bowie passes by Bulls during scrimmage

The Bridgeport Bulls’ retooled defense showed it still needs some work Saturday in its first live action against Bowie.

The Bulls gave up four touchdowns over the session – three through the air.

The defense made just two stops in the scrimmage.

Over the Top

OVER THE TOP – Bridgeport’s Grayson Mathis flips over a Bowie defender Saturday during a scrimmage at Bull Memorial Stadium. Mathis caught a touchdown pass in the scrimmage. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“The defense has a long ways to go,” said Bridgeport coach Danny Henson. “We’re trying to make decisions on a lot of kids on the bubble.”

Along with the three touchdown passes, Bowie scored once on a 10-yard run.

Offensively, Bridgeport found the end zone twice. Grayson Mathis caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Trey Cook in the Bulls’ first possession, and Raby Hawkins hauled in a scoring toss from Cook from 1-yard out later in the session.

Cook completed 14 of his 23 attempts for 130 yards with one interception.

The Bulls had some success running inside against Bowie, getting a surge up front from their offensive line.

“We executed a lot of times well,” Henson said. “There are still parts where we are lacking. The line had no major mistakes. Grayson Mathis started picking it up and running better.”

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Volleyball: Sissies win two at tourney

The Bridgeport Sissies closed the Burkburnett Tournament Saturday with a three-game win over Childress.

With five kills each from Kendall Scott and Kensley Turner, the Sissies won 25-21, 18-25, 25-22.

Mariah Leyva made 18 digs. Ryhan Read handed out 10 assists.

Bridgeport went 2-5 at the weekend tournament and is 2-7 on the season.

“I was pleased with the way the girls came together on day two after getting off to a slow start Friday,” said coach Rebekah Cummings. “I have seen a lot of growth in a short amount of time from this young team. I look forward to watching them build on it. They rallied and battled. That’s what it’s all about.”

Bridgeport lost its opener of the tournament to Childress 25-6, 25-21. Samantha Hancock put down three kills. Ally Raby had four digs.

Boyd then beat Bridgeport 25-23, 25-9. Taylor Jamieson and Sadie White recorded four kills. Read handed out seven assists, and Raby six.

The Rider junior varsity toppled Bridgeport 25-15, 25-6. Jamieson had three kills. Read doled out five assists.

Iowa Park beat the Sissies 25-14, 25-8.

Bridgeport picked up its first win 25-17, 25-23 over Electra. White put down seven kills while Turner recorded five. Leyva had 10 digs. Read set up eight assists.

Henrietta edged Bridgeport 25-13, 25-16.

The Sissies were off Tuesday. They return to action Friday at the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament.

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Some don’t like being asked questions

Some time ago I started asking people on the Messenger’s online forum when, if ever, has there been an audit of all the property, money, vehicles, weapons, etc. taken from citizens by our courts and public servants. I just want to know who is accountable.

Lo and behold, now I am getting threatened with my property being searched. I told the last officer at my gate, you better make sure the warrant is legal – now get off my property! He said, “We will be back!”

Now I do not do very well with anybody attempting to threaten or trying to intimidate me, especially my tax-funded public servants! I told him the warrant better be legal, or I’ll sue! His reply was, “Do you know how many times I have heard that?” No, I don’t, but if it is being said by more and more citizens, you might want to stop and check your priorities and procedures.

I have nothing to hide. I have worked all my life and am still working 60 to 70 hours a week while raising children and grandchildren. I took my mother into my home after her stroke and cared for her for years before having to put her in a home.

Wise County would do well to put their efforts and resources toward those violating the law, instead of attempting to intimidate a 62-year-old soon-to-be great-grandfather.

I know some are just trying to do their job, and unfortunately, they got the brunt of my anger due to me feeling abused. After I calmed down, I made three different phone calls, even though I feel it is an abuse of power to let even one of them come without a warrant to look at my place.

I had a captain call me today, saying I left a message that I needed to talk to him. I said, no, I called and left messages for an officer. I guess by the fact he did not return my calls, he has realized I am not a party to any wrongdoing, and the matter is closed.

Due to all this “unwarranted” attention, sadly I am being forced to research my options with the FBI as to how to protect my home, family and civil rights. Some birthday present!

Rusty White

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Porfirio Fraga-Solis

Porfirio Fraga-Solis

Porfirio Fraga-Solis, 54, of Bridgeport, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Decatur.

Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 19 at St. John The Baptizer Catholic Church with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Burial was at Mexican Cemetery in Bridgeport under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Pallbearers were Isidro Fraga, Rene Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez, Cesar Salinas, Cesar Salinas, Carlos Davila, Juan Jose Fraga, Saul Fraga, Jose Rosas and Javier Fraga.

Porfirio was born June 9, 1960, in Zaragoza, Coahuila, to Alberto Fraga and Juana S. de Fraga. He married Guadalupe Rosas Feb. 16, 1985, in Decatur and worked as an oilfield roustabout.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Victor Alberto; and sister Celia Edelina.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Guadalupe Fraga of Bridgeport; sons Julio Blas Fraga of Bridgeport and Isidro Fraga and wife, Claudia Reyes, of Louisiana; daughters Juanita Yadira Salinas and husband, Cesar, of Sanger, Gabriela Rodriguez and husband, Rene, of Pleasanton, Guadalupe Fraga and Yasmin Fraga, both of Bridgeport; grandchildren Kassandra, Cesar, Monica, Samuel, Isidro, Brisa, Miguel, Maria, Meredith, Natalie and Mia; his parents; brothers and sisters, Maria Adelita Mendoza, Juan Jose Fraga, Marta Alicia Rangel, Yesenia Davila, Jesus Humberto Fraga, Leticia Leyva, Aracely Rosas and Saul Fraga; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Bridgeport City Council to take action on food trucks Tuesday

The Bridgeport City Council will consider adopting an ordinance in its meeting Tuesday that would amend the city code to make it easier to operate food trucks within the city limits.

The issue was brought up at the council’s last meeting by Ryder Holley, who took issue with the fact that he had to move his Five Boys Ranch food truck every three hours just to comply with city ordinances.

Another item left over from last week’s meeting, Ken Kilpatrick’s sign ordinance amendment, will be discussed in a public hearing. Kilpatrick is asking the council to allow him to set up a pole sign at 1603 Chico Highway that would exceed the maximum gross surface area permitted.

The council will also:

  • hold its first public hearing on the proposed tax rate of $0.5875 per $100 valuation;
  • hold a public hearing to adopt the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget;
  • hear a presentation on the analysis of racial profiling statistics for police;
  • discuss the possibility of closing Bridgeport Municipal Airport during the runway extension project;
  • consider purchasing health and dental insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, vision insurance from Superior Vision and life insurance from Assurant;
  • consider adopting a resolution opposing the proposed rules on natural gas rates being considered by the Railroad Commission;
  • discuss the sale of approximately 225 acres in the Grunder and BBB & CRR surveys;
  • consider awarding a bid and entering into a contract for water line improvements with the 2013 Texas Community Development Block Grant Project No. 713050; and
  • consider approving a lease agreement between the city and Robert Chaney for a haunted house.

The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Bridgeport City Hall, 900 Thompson St. It is open to the public.

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Bridgeport ISD trustees to discuss renovations

The Bridgeport ISD Board of Trustees will discuss baseball dugouts and football field and agriculture science animal barn renovations at its meeting Monday.

In addition to facility renovations, the board will also:

  • hear a monthly finance report;
  • go over the budget for the upcoming fiscal year;
  • review updated Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) policies;
  • discuss each campus’s electronic message boards; and
  • hear a superintendent’s report.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the conference room at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.

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Football: Bulls defense shows growth

The Bridgeport Bulls gave up 43 points a game in 2013.

As they prepare for the 2014 season, the Bulls have rebuilt their defense, changing from the 4-3 alignment to a 3-4. In its first live action in Tuesday’s Maroon and White scrimmage, the first-team unit stuffed the run and gave up two touchdowns on long passes in 60 plays.

Bringing Him Down

BRINGING HIM DOWN – Bridgeport linebacker Roger Mastin sacks quarterback Trey Cook during the Maroon and White scrimmage Tuesday at Bull Memorial Stadium. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“Our team is young, but we’re going to do good,” said outside linebacker Roger Mastin. “We have more seniors than last year and we’re going from the 4-3 to the 3-4. That’ll help. We have a lot of quick guys.”

Mastin is one of those quick linebackers, who stepped up and sacked Bridgeport starting quarterback Trey Cook on the first series.

The first-team defense allowed only one run over four yards in the scrimmage.

“The defense did a good job,” said coach Danny Henson. “They stepped up and stopped the run for sure. We had a couple of receivers make a few plays down field.

“From what I could tell, the linebackers were flowing to the ball. We’ll watch the film to see, but they looked to be flying around and filling holes. I’m happy with the way they are coming along.”

The first-team offense behind Cook scored twice with receiver Keenan Holdman breaking free for touchdowns of 70 and 60 yards. Holdman also scored twice against the second-team defense.

“He’s a junior who has not played football since he was in seventh grade,” Henson said. “He’s getting better each day.”

Outside the two long passing plays to Holdman, the Bulls offense mounted two drives inside the 25-yard line before being turned away. Cook went 27-for-44 for 357 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the scrimmage.

The offense’s best stretch of the night came after Henson demanded the unit increase the tempo to game speed.

“That’s what we want to do,” Henson said. “We feel it’s to our advantage to push the tempo and rotate in a lot of kids.”

The Bulls will be back on the field for a scrimmage against Bowie at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bull Memorial Stadium.

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Volleyball: Sissies fall to Sanger

The Bridgeport Sissies struggled to get on track Tuesday against a former district foe.

Sanger swept the Sissies, who were once again without senior middle blocker Jessica White, 25-6, 25-15, 25-11.

Bridgeport fell to 0-2 on the season.

“We played very stiff from the very beginning and never found a rhythm,” said Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings. “That, combined with poor ball control, left us with few options both offensively and defensively.”

Kensley Turner led the Sissies with four kills. Ally Raby handed out five assists.

Turner made eight digs defensively. Mariah Leyva and Ally Raby dug four shots each.

Bridgeport began the Burkburnett Tournament Friday, looking for its first win of the season.

“We’ll have several games over the weekend to try some new combinations and find one that works,” Cummings said.

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Joe Bob Norwood

Joe Bob Norwood

Joe Bob Norwood, 78, of Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral was Aug. 14 at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport. Pastors Claude Hendrix and M.F. Hankins officiated, and Dale Norwood, Jerry Michlitsch, Mike Sanderson, Ronald Sanderson, DeWayne Norwood and Jack McAsey served as pallbearers.

There was a graveside service in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, with burial under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home.

Joe Bob was born Oct. 10, 1935 in Hefner to Celestie (Deatherage) and James Norwood. He served his country in the Army 49th Armed Division National Guard and spent six months in the National Guard of Texas at Fort Chaffee, Ark.

He married Wanda D. Thorn Aug. 1, 1959 in Seymour. He retired from GTE after 33 years of service. He served as a deacon in three churches and was a member of Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church.

Joe Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years; daughters Charlotte Norwood of Bridgeport and Darlene Hager and husband, Scott, of Paradise; son Larry Norwood and wife, Amy, of Runaway Bay; grandchildren Landry and Ryan Norwood and Brooke, Whitney and Nash Hager; sisters Lois Riggs of Monroe, Okla., Lillie Etta Webb of Bennington, Okla., Neoma Henderson of Burleson and Irene Sanderson of Newark; brothers Billy Norwood of Graham and Carl Norwood of Rule; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Sammie, Roy, Alvin, Elmer and Earl Norwood; and sister Leona Jones.

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Mia Jessica Gonzalez

Monica Hinojosa and Inocente Gonzalez of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Mia Jessica Gonzalez, on Aug. 11, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 11 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.

She has two brothers, Darius Peque o, 13, and Daniel Peque o, 18; and a sister, Bianca Peque o, 16.

Grandparents are Alice Hinojosa of Fort Worth and Marque Hinojosa of Olmito.

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Sissies drop opener

Going on the road to start the season, the Bridgeport Sissies fell to Burkburnett in three games Monday.

Burkburnett beat the Sissies, who were without their leading returning offensive player, Jessica White, 25-16, 25-22, 25-22.

Nevertheless, Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings was encouraged by her young team’s showing.

“They played with more energy than they did over the weekend [in scrimmages] but we struggled to finish games,” Cummings said. “We are starting to settle in, which is promising.”

Kensley Turner put down eight kills and made eight digs. Ally Raby added seven kills to go along with six assists.

Ryhan Read handed out 11 assists and made four digs. She served two aces.

Sadie White netted two aces and made a pair of blocks.

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Shirley Gay Balser

Shirley Gay Balser, 68, of Hurst, died Sunday Aug. 10, 2014, in Bridgeport.

No services will be held.

Shirley was born Aug. 6, 1946, to Charles and Sylvia (Burton) Delozier in Switchback, W.Va. She was a homemaker and a Jehovah Witness.

She is survived by sons Anthony Balser and Christopher Balser, and daughter Angela Martin and husband, Samuel, all of Indiana; niece Carrie Brady and husband, Charlie, of Hurst; nephew Richard Delolozier of Euless; several grandchildren and a host of friends.

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