Upcoming Halloween Events


SPOOKTACULAR – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will host the Spooktacular Fall Festival 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bridgeport Community Center. The free event will include a zipline, rock wall, rat race, candy, games, popcorn, cotton candy, balloon animals and face painting. There will be magic shows at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and a costume contest sponsored by Bridgeport Main Street at 6:15 p.m.

The Great Pumpkin

THE GREAT PUMPKIN – Piles of pumpkins can be found at farmer’s markets, produce stands and grocery stores around the county. Some families transform them into jack-o-lanterns, while others choose to enjoy their natural beauty. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

FALL FEST – The First Baptist Church of Bridgeport will have a Family Fun Fall Fest 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the church’s Family Life Center. There will be free food and candy, a bounce house, obstacle course, games and prizes. Wear costumes. The church is at the corner of Texas 114 and Cates Street.

COSTUME PARADE – Bridgeport Main Street’s Suit Up and Say Boo Halloween Costume parade down Halsell Street is 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. It begins at Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St. The street will be closed from 4:45 to 6 p.m. for the event.

HALLOWEEN NIGHT – Various streets will be closed 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Oakland Heights Addition for trick-or-treating.

FEARAPHOBIA – The Fearaphobia Haunted House at 1407 Carpenter St. in Bridgeport is open 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays until Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 and $10 at the door for adults and children under 12, respectively, and $10 and $5 online at www.fearaphobia.com/tickets.html. There will also be a children’s haunted house for those who feel they might get too scared going on the actual tour. If the event breaks even, designer Robert Chaney plans to give the proceeds to a local charity.


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


SPOOKY TALES – Decatur Public Library is hosting Tales from the Critt, a Halloween-themed spoken word program with audiobook ace C.J. Critt, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27. A veteran of Broadway and a staff writer at Radio Disney as well as the original voice of America’s favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, Critt will channel the voices of various mystery and suspense authors she has recorded in her 20-year career with Recorded Books and Harper Audio, and will treat the audience to some classic spooky fare and a lively question-and-answer session. Suggested age is 13 and up.

TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT – Decatur City Council voted to move the city’s trick-or-treat observance to Thursday, Oct. 30, to avoid a conflict with the Eagles’ final home football game Oct. 31. The council agreed to designate Deer Park Road as one-way, northbound, between Eagle Drive and Preskitt Road from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the 30th to help ease traffic problems in some of the city’s more popular trick or treating areas.

FALL FESTIVAL – Gover-nor’s Ridge Fall Festival is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. There will be a bounce house, games and prizes, a merry-go-round, goblin walk and a hot dog supper, plus trick or treating.

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Meeting Previews for Saturday, October 18, 2014


BOYD ISD – The Boyd School Board meets 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to discuss approving a Boyd High School field trip to the FFA National Convention in Louisville Kentucky as well as construction plans for a show animal project facility. The board will also consider softball field renovations.


LICENSING LIQUOR – The Bridgeport City Council will discuss adding alcohol beverage licenses and fees to the city’s code of ordinances at its meeting Tuesday night. It will also discuss fiscal year 2013-14 budget adjustments; award a city landscaping bid to either All Wise Garden Butch Haas, or Cut and Grow; and consider a proposal for a real estate broker to sell Rutherford Ranch. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Thompson St. and is open to the public.

SOCCER, ANYONE? – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss adding a soccer program to the high school at its meeting Monday night. The board will also hear reports on the dual-language program and the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) score. It will also continue earlier discussions about possible facility renovations. These include Bull Memorial Stadium and baseball dugout renovations, as well as the building of an agriculture science barn. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at 2107 15th St. and is open to the public.


PARADISE COUNCIL – The Paradise City Council meets 6 p.m. Monday to discuss street closures for the Jingle Run and a church-sponsored autumn event. The council will also decide whether or not to purchase a building and discuss road repair and the Wise County Appraisal District’s contract for billing and collection services.

PISD MEETING – The Paradise School Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday and plans to set a date to canvass the Nov. 4 election results and for the employee appreciation dinner. The board will also consider the district’s contract with Wise County Appraisal District for collections.

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Football: Bobcats scathe Bulls

It was rough going for the Bridgeport Bulls Friday night against Celina in their second District 3-4A II matchup of the season. The Bobcats held the Bulls to just 6 points, forcing Bridgeport to punt on 5 of 6 first half possessions.

Celina, on the other hand, scored on all but one of their possessions in the first half, where they scored a majority of their 52 points.

Running Room

RUNNING ROOM – Celina’s Jarren Alexander tries to escape Bridgeport’s Jacobe Martinez and other Bulls in the Bobcat victory Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Bridgeport didn’t score until receiver Keenan Holdman caught a 25 yard pass from Trey Cook to make the score 35-6 late into the second quarter.

The Bulls’ score wouldn’t change after that, but the Bobcats kept at it.

Celina quarterback Nathan Elliott threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns, not letting up until the third quarter, when both of Celina’s touchdowns were scored on runs from Jarren Alexander and Trace Young. The team would go on to earn 658 yards on the night, 270 of which were rushing yards. “It was going to be difficult to try to win in that game, just because their running game is so powerful, and you can’t really match up with their lineman,” Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson said. “They’re good. They were able to completely shut down our offense, and we weren’t able to run or throw effectively.”

The Bulls managed to pull together 121 yards on offense, but failure to convert on downs and a few interceptions doomed them in the end.

Henson said he is still optimistic about the rest of district play, though.

“We’ve got three games left, and the chance to get second place in our district and go 7-3, and those are great things, especially considering where we came from to start this season,” Henson said.


Celina … 14 … 21 … 14 … 3 … – … 52
Bridgeport … 0 … 6 … 0 … 0 … – … 6


Celina – 3:18, Nathan Elliott 17 pass to Chase Marler; Eduardo Paulino kick.

Celina – 1:47, Elliott 27 pass to Braydon Watson; Paulino kick.


Celina – 11:43, Elliott 79 pass to Jarren Alexander; Paulino kick.

Celina – 5:03, Elliott 20 pass to Watson; Paulino kick.

Celina – :50, Elliott 15 pass to Trace Young; Paulino kick.

Bridgeport – :14, Trey Cook 25 pass to Keenan Holdman; Luna kick no good.


Celina – 10:55, Alexander 8 run; Paulino kick.

Celina – 3:16, Young 42 run; Paulino kick.


Celina – 7:15, Paulino field goal.


First Downs … 29 … 7
Rushes-Yards … 52-270 … 18-11
Passing Yards … 388 … 110
Total Yards … 658 … 121
Punts-Average … 0-0 … 6-34.5
Fumbles-Lost … 3-0 … 1-0
Penalties-Yards … 7-58 … 3-15


Rushing: Celina, Alexander, 14-80, Young, 6-56; Bridgeport, Grayson Mathes 6-14, Brazier Talley 7-10.

Passing: Celina, Elliott, 25-32 388; Bridgeport, Cook 8-24-2 80.

Receiving: Celina, Marler 6-121; Bridgeport, Holdman 4-43.

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Bridgeport looks to stay undefeated in district play

After waiting for more than two hours for a third-quarter lightning delay to end, the Bridgeport Bulls went back on the field to win their first District 3-4A Division II game against the Krum Bobcats 32-13 last Friday.

UP FOR GRABS – Bridgeport defensive back Seth Keener breaks up a pass intended for a Krum receiver. Keener would go on to intercept another pass, leading to a scoring drive for the Bulls. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The Bulls led the Bobcats 24-6 before the start of the delay, with Krum only scoring one more time before the end of the game, which wasn’t over until well after midnight. Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson said the result was worth the wait.

“It’s kind of a bad situation, especially for the team that’s ahead, because you’ve got everything to lose,” Henson said. “Our [district] rules are that if you kick off the third quarter, and there’s more than a 15-point differential, you don’t come back the next day, you either wait and finish it that night or you call it and make that team the winner. And there has to be a consensus between both coaches for any decision to happen, and we both talked and decided we wanted to play a four-quarter game.

I was happy to get the win, and that’s where we wanted to be to start off district.”

The Bulls had 365 all-purpose yards last week, aided by a Trey Cook-Keenan Holdman tandem that brought in two touchdowns, as well as Cook’s touchdown passes to Raby Hawkins and Dillon Garrison. The Bulls also went 4-4 on two-point conversions after each score.

This week, the Bulls will face some other Bobcats, this time from Celina, who are also undefeated in district play.

“They’re a tough team to prepare for – they’ve got a real high-power defense, they come down hard on receivers,” Henson said.

Celina spent last Friday night beating Anna 49-13 at home. Quarterback Nathan Elliot threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Jarren Alexander led the team in rushing yards last week with 188 yards and four touchdowns. Alexander has 514 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season.

Offensively, Celina has outscored its opponents 235-136 despite losing two games. That’s a testament to the defense Henson mentioned.

Henson added that while last week’s win against Krum gave the team momentum heading into this Friday, the Bulls are still preparing for a hard-fought game.

“We’re coming off a win, but so are they, and we’ve got to get out there every day and keep working at it,” Henson said.

CELINA (4-2, 1-0) AT BRIDGEPORT (4-2, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. at Bull Memorial Stadium

Celina: Harris Rating 235

Notable: Jarren Alexander has 514 yards and six touchdowns for the Bobcats.

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 207

Notable: Trey Cook has thrown 18 TDs and just 4 interceptions.

Harris line: Celina by 21

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Volleyball: Castleberry crushes Sissies

The Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t overcome their miscues in a three-game sweep against Castleberry.

The Sissies fell 25-12, 25-23, 25-17.

“We didn’t do what we set out to do,” said Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings. “We had a ton of unforced errors, making it difficult to sustain any type of rhythm. We are looking to have a much better second round.”

Bridgeport fell to 0-4 in District 8-4A and 5-23 overall.

Jessica White put down four kills. Kendall Scott added three.

Ryhan Read handed out eight assists. Nikki Barbour added three assists.

Mariah Leyva made 11 digs, and Taylor Stone 10.

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Court’s ruling didn’t protect voters

While the court ruled in favor of the Elections Commission (Messenger, Oct. 11, 2014, “Judge upholds appointment”) that does not mean it ruled correctly. I was in law for many years and can attest to the fact that the law does not always protect the correct party.

It is unfortunate that our judges have to declare a political party when they are supposed to be there for the law and not a political party.

There is no way four people can sign a document and not one be aware of a date right above their signature – especially when their careers are dependent on such things.

Mr. Williamson is an attorney. He is supposed to be aware of these things, yet he waits until the moment he is on the stand to declare he was out of town at the time of signing the document.

Then there’s Ms. Lemon, who has worked as county clerk for 24 years. Noticing dates is also something her job depends on. She says she was under the gun to have the document filed with the state attorney by the end of the month and did not notice the date.

How many other dates has she not noticed?

Then you have Ms. Valenzuela, deputy elections administrator, who states she was only trying to reassure people that the election was not in jeopardy – and that is why Mr. Parker’s name was on the letter for the elections training.

As for Mr. Parker, the newly-elected interim elections administrator – there is no way he can remain, nor will he be, nonpartisan.

What everyone is forgetting is that at the time Mr. Parker was nominated and accepted the position of elections administrator, he held an office in a political party. That’s what the suit was about.

Yes, he resigned upon accepting, but that doesn’t matter. Also, they say had he resigned before this, that it would make it polling because that means they would have discussed it.

So if they had not discussed it prior to the meeting, how did he know to come with the letter?

The bottom line is, the voters of Wise County were cheated on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

So voters, get out and vote Nov. 4, and let’s get these politicians out of office who have been there way too long.

They are comfortable in their positions and feel they are not in jeopardy. They work for us – the people – not themselves or their pocketbooks. These positions are not supposed to be careers.

Lena Wells

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Walter Gerald Trost

Walter Gerald Trost

Walter Gerald Trost, 74, a retired truck driver, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Bridgeport.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Walter was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Wichita, Kan. He was a loving father. Walter, who was retired from Grey Transport Trucking Co., loved truck driving and missed being on the road.

He supported the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the Wounded Truckers Foundation and Wounded Police Officers Foundation.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Survivors include his daughters, Nancy Stubben and Juan Garcia of Lake Bridgeport, Rana Trost of Branson, Mo.; five granddaughters; two grandsons; 15 great-grandchildren; and his sister.

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Bridgeport City Council waives fees for nonprofits

The Bridgeport City Council waived two building rental fees and approved various contracts at its meeting Tuesday night.

The council approved rental fee waiver requests from CASA of Jack and Wise counties and the Wise County Quilt Guild for the use of the Bridgeport Community Center.

CASA will be using the facility for their Christmas party Dec. 12-13, and the Quilt Guild host their annual quilt show there next August.

The waivers prompted a discussion about whether the council should delegate fee-waiving decisions to other departments, such as the Parks department.

“If the organization is a nonprofit and they’re giving back to the community, then I think we need to let others make that decision, instead of [the council deciding],” councilman David Correll said.

Mayor Corey Lane agreed, and said moving the decision-making process to city staff would be beneficial for the community.

City Administrator Brandon Emmons began the meeting by presenting the budget variance report for August 2014. The city came in nearly $100,000 under budget for the fiscal year, spending a little more than $4.3 million of its $4.4 million budget.

The council also:

  • voted to temporarily close some streets in the Oakland Heights neighborhood on Halloween from 5 to 9 p.m. for the safety of trick-or-treaters;
  • approved an agreement with Sensus for the leasing of meter-measuring technology for the city;
  • approved a $3,228.50 increase to the city’s contract with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for the construction of a natural gas pipeline to the site of the future US Ply plant. The funds will come from the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (EDC);
  • approved a $49,900 increase to the city’s contract with the TDA for the construction of two water line improvements in the city, again to be funded by the EDC;
  • and discussed absorbing the Cultural Arts Board into the Parks Department or Main Street initiative, since the board has not been active for two years.

The council’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, at City Hall on 900 Thompson St. at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Follow along on Twitter @JakeHarris4 for live updates as the meeting happens.

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Football: Bulls declaw Bobcats

The Bridgeport Bulls waited out a weather delay of more than two hours Friday night to pick up a 32-13 victory over the Krum Bobcats in the District 3-4A Division I opener.

A rain delay at 9:12 put a stop with 7:41 left in the third quarter with the Bulls up 24-6.

When the two teams resumed play just before midnight, each team scored again.

Calm Before the Storm

CALM BEFORE THE STORM – Grayson Mathes is pulled down by a Bobcat defender in the Bulls’ district opener Friday night prior to a heavy downpour that delayed play for nearly two hours. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Bridgeport experienced defensive success early on with two picks in the first quarter, one by Abe Huerta and another by Seth Keener. The Bulls turned both interceptions into points.

The first touchdown was a 56-yard pass from Trey Cook to Raby Hawkins. A successful run by Brazier Talley on the two-point try gave Bridgeport an 8-0 lead.

On the next Bull scoring drive, Cook threw a 27-yard touchdown to Keenan Holdman. Cook then ran in the try.

The Bulls’ third score came from a 7-yard touchdown pass to Holdman halfway through the second quarter.

Krum didn’t score until 9 minutes into the second quarter, on a 3-yard run by quarterback Colten Graham. Graham added a second 3-yard touchdown run with 4:43 left in the third quarter to trim the Bulls’ lead to 24-13.

The Bulls put the game away with Cook’s fourth touchdown pass, a 51-yard connection with Dylan Garrison.

Bridgeport moved to 4-2 on the season and more importantly 1-0 in district.

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Cross Country: Bulls win meet

Eric Aguilar captured first place Wednesday in Ponder and led the Bridgeport Bulls to the team title.

Aguilar completed the 5K course in Ponder in 17:41, posting one of three top-10 finishes for the Bulls.

“I don’t know if any varsity boys cross country team has ever won first place in any meet anywhere – or at least in the last 10 years,” said Bridgeport coach Dayna Hudson. “We were super-excited to bring home that plaque.

“Consistent workouts have helped a lot, and the boys caring about bringing their times down and buying into what their coaches are telling them.”

Salvador Garcia finished just off Aguilar’s pace, taking third at 18:34.

“Eric and Salvador ran beautifully,” Hudson said. “Eric had to battle another runner the entire course. Eric’s strength helped him win the battle in the last 200 meters.”

Manuel Garcia took 10th in 19:25. Kellen McCauley was 21st in 20:35. Jose Ramirez finished off Bridgeport’s win, running 21:07 for 26th.

The Bridgeport Sissies brought home the runner-up trophy.

“The girls ran a good race, coming up a bit short,” Hudson said.

Diana Garcia took third, running 13:43 on the 3,200-meter course. “It was a windy race so Diana’s muscular style of running helped her a lot,” Hudson said. “It was a special moment for her to again place in the top 10 because her twin brothers had both just finished in the top 10 in the race right before hers.”

Liz Wiedemann was sixth in 14:20. Naomi Baca finished 13th in 14:50, Jordyn Armstrong 15th in 14:56, and Sheridan Shallene 19th in 15:33. Shelby Preston ran 15:51 for 21st.

“Liz and Jordyn’s points were crucial in getting that second-place finish,” Hudson said. “All six of them gave a great effort.”

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Can you judge a man by a ballpoint pen?

Yes, you can! As Ricky Ricardo once said: “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!”

So let me just cut to the chase. We were just talking when I noticed a ballpoint pen in his pocket.

You could tell it was a cheap pen, but it had his name on it. As Paul Anka wrote:

“For what is a man, what has he got?

If not himself, then he has naught.”

I knew that pen with his name on it was not there based on vanity, not for the accolades, not for the prestige, nor for the show. Without a doubt, I knew this man had character.

“For what is a man, what has he got?” It was an honor to stand in his presence.

I asked if I could have his pen.

“No,” he replied, “but I will bring you one back later. I’m not allowed to do that while I’m working.”

I replied, “Well, what if it fell out of your pocket?” He didn’t say anything. I already knew his answer.

A man of character.

As I watched him work, I learned a great deal about this man. A lifelong resident of Wise county, serving on the Bridgeport school board, family man – but more important, a religious man. A man of integrity and character.

The words on the ballpoint pen might have been, “Vote for Gaylord Kennedy, Precinct 4 commissioner.”

Phillip D. Bucklew

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Lily Ann Sellards

Jeremy and Amanda Sellards of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Lily Ann, on Sept. 23, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.

She has one sister: Madelyn, 4.

Grandparents are Carolyn and John Jicha of Azle, Charlie Martin of Rhome and Mike and Robin Sellards.

Great-grandparents are Lorraine Friese, Polly and Bill Jicha Sr. and Bill and Rose Sellards.

Great-great-grandparents are Blanche Hamel and Milley Leister.

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Volleyball: Sissies fall short of comeback

After fighting back to force a fifth game Friday, the Bridgeport Sissies couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Sissies fell 15-8 in the fifth set and dropped their second straight 8-4A match. Lake Worth escaped with the 16-25, 25-19, 25-9, 18-25, 15-8 victory.

While taking the first set, Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings said the Sissies were not on top of their game.

“We started off sluggish and never really recovered,” she explained. “We lost focus and started playing tense.”

After that first set win, Bridgeport dropped two straight, including managing only nine points in the third game.

Jessica White led Bridgeport with six kills. Kim Luco added four.

Ryhan Read handed out nine assists, and Nikki Barbour five.

Defensively, White made four blocks. Mariah Leyva dug 13 shots. Amellia Hurtado had seven digs.

White and Kensley Turner served six aces.

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Football: Bulls come home after bye week

The Bridgeport Bulls (3-2) return home Friday after a bye week and two games on the road – one of which was a loss to Decatur in the Battle of Big Sandy.

This week, they focus their attention on the Krum Bobcats (3-2), who entered the bye week following a 38-22 win against Boyd.

“[The week off] was a needed break for us,” Bridgeport head coach Danny Henson said. “I’m expecting a really tight, hard-fought game.”

Krum has beaten Bridgeport the last two times they have faced each other.

“They’ve got a really strong running game,” Henson said. “Hopefully we can stop that power game that they have.”

Much of Krum’s strong running game will come from Dane White, who scored three rushing touchdowns and ran for 244 yards against Boyd in their last game. That will have to be answered by the Bulls’ offense that includes Grayson Mathes and Keenan Holdman.

Mathes rushed for 62 yards against Decatur at the Battle of Big Sandy, and Holdman had seven catches for 136 yards and scored all four of Bridgeport’s touchdowns.

“Hopefully we’ve been able to step up and improve in all the areas that we need to improve in,” Henson said.


7:30 p.m. at Bull Memorial Stadium

Bridgeport: Harris Rating 206

Notable: Keenan Holdman scored all of Bridgeport’s touchdowns against Decatur in the Battle of the Big Sandy

Krum: Harris Rating 193

Notable: Dane White rushed for three touchdowns and 244 yards against Boyd.

Harris line: Bridgeport by 12

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Agenda Briefs for Saturday, October 4, 2014

BRIDGEPORT COUNCIL TO MEET – The Bridgeport City Council will discuss community center rental fees, Halloween road closures, radio-powered utilities measurements and natural gas and water line contracts at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 900 Thompson Street. The meeting is open to the public.

SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING SET – The Bridgeport school board will conduct its “Team of 8″ training and consider and take action on certified personnel at its meeting Monday night at 7 p.m. at 2107 15th Street.

CHICO COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY – The Chico City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at City Hall. Agenda items include the Chicofest 5K route, Chicofest street closures, a lease/purchase of a backhoe, a purchase of a vehicle, a contract with the Wise County Appraisal District, various interlocal agreements with Wise County, a zoning change at 305 E. Kentucky and regular monthly reports.

P&Z COMMISSION TO MEET – Decatur’s Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the council chamber at City Hall. Replat applications from Brenda Scott, as well as feedback from the city council regarding variance requests to the city’s sidewalk, curb and gutter ordinances, and the handling of escrowed funds for those items, are among the items to be considered.

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE BOARD TO MEET – The trustees of Weatherford College, which operates a campus in Wise County, will meet 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, on the college’s main campus in Weatherford. Among the agenda items are reports on construction, enrollment and finances, contracts for printing, welding supplies, sonography and radiology equipment, policies and the annual evaluation of the college president, Dr. Kevin Eaton. The meeting is open to the public.

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Bridgeport Airport construction to begin Monday

The first construction phase of the Bridgeport Airport Improvement Project will begin Monday, according to a press release from the city of Bridgeport.

The project, funded by the Texas Department of Transportation through a 90/10 grant, will include a total reconstruction of the runway, taxiway and tiedown, broken into two phases.

Phase One, which should last six months, will involve the construction of a parallel taxiway and a portion of the fueling apron.

Phase Two, also expected to last six months, will involve runway construction and more work on the parallel taxiway. The runway will be extended to 5,005 feet and widened by 75 feet to accommodate bigger airplanes in the future. New lighting will also be installed.

The whole project is expected to take 366 days to complete.

The airport will be open for flight during Phase 1, but not during Phase 2.

“The city of Bridgeport sees this as an exciting development for the airport, one which will attract corporate business and leisure aircraft travel,” the press release states.

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Volleyball: Sissies fall in three

The Bridgeport Sissies challenged Springtown but couldn’t squeeze out a win Tuesday in the District 8-4A opener.

Springtown won the match 25-23, 25-17, 25-19.

“We played a competitive match but took too long to get out of rotations,” said Bridgeport coach Rebekah Cummings.

Offensively, the Sissies (5-20, 0-1) struggled to generate chances. Ally Raby and Kendall Scott led Bridgeport with three kills each. Ryhan Read, Jessica White and Sadie White added two each.

Nikki Barbour handed out four assists. Raby and Scott had three each.

Leyva served two aces and made 10 digs. Raby recorded 11 digs, and Barbour seven.

Bridgeport looked to get its first league win Friday at Lake Worth.

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Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ames Jr.

Leah Coursey and Harry Ames Jr. of Bridgeport were married July 19, 2014, at Black Creek Farms in Decatur.

Greg Ames, brother of the groom, officiated the double-ring ceremony.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ames Jr.

The bride is the daughter of Travis and Kay Coursey of Bridgeport.

The groom is the son of Harry Ames Sr. and Carol Terhune of Salamanca, N.Y., and the late Sharon Ames.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white, strapless, A-line gown in satin that featured a side drape, beaded lace appliques and a chapel train. She also donned a white headband that had white leaves, Swarovski crystals, pearls and a scalloped veil.

She carried a bouquet of white roses, black Gerber daisies and turquoise mini poms, accented with white pearls, white tulle and black feathers.

The bride’s son, Jonathan Coursey, stood beside her as she wed.

Best man was David Jackson.

Flower girl was Sophia Nelson, niece of the bride, and ringbearer was Kason Nelson, nephew of the bride.

Guestbook attendant was Bryson Nelson, nephew of the bride. They are the children of Adam and Kristen Nelson.

A reception was held in the Black Creek Farms party barn.

Following a two-night stay at The Nest at Beaver’s Bend in Broken Bow, Okla., the couple live in Bridgeport.

The bride graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1989 and earned a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of North Texas in 1995. She works for Hulcher Services Inc.

The groom is studying information technology at UNT. He served in the Army National Guard from August 1984 to November 1999 and in the Army from November 1999 to June 2008.

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Noel Emmanuel Lopez

Roberto Lopez and Bettina Cooke of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Noel Emmanuel Lopez, on Sept. 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

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

He has one brother: Samuel Lopez, 4; and one sister: Eleora Lopez, 6.

Grandparents are Mark and Sharon Cooke and Jose and Juanita Lopez, all of Bridgeport.

Great-grandparents are Carolyn Pittman of Alvord and Don Cooke of Bridgeport.

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Rosa Carlotta Rodriguez

Paul Rodriguez and Kondle Brown of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Rosa Carlotta Rodriguez, on Sept. 25, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She has one sister: Roxanne, 2.

Grandparents are Bobbie Taylor and David Coleman, Paul Joseph Rodriguez of Denton and Lisa Davila of Bridgeport.

Great-grandparents are Benny and Emily Davila of Bridgeport.

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