Celebrations planned for Parks and Rec Month

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and the corresponding department in the city of Bridgeport plans to celebrate with special programs and discounted rates all month long.

Parks and Recreation staff will host themed parties 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday of the month at the city pool. They include:

  • July 3 – Born in the USA (patriotic);
  • July 10 – Jungle safari;
  • July 17 – Hollywood night;
  • July 24 – Luau; and
  • July 31 – Christmas in July.

There will be games and activities. Admission is $2.

A mother/son ice cream and pool party is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the pool. Sundaes, swimming, games and giveaways are slated. Tickets are $10 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Tickets are available at City Hall and the pool.

The next day, there will be an Under the Sea party, which includes a dive-in showing of “The Little Mermaid.”

The pool opens at 8 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk. Admission is $1.

For the adults, the department’s first concert in the park is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26. It will feature Mars Hill Band, a “party band” that plays a mix of R&B, dance, 80s/90s pop, rock and even country.

Activities begin to wrap up with a late-night swim 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

For information, call the city’s parks and rec department at 940-683-3480.

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No holds barred in Bridgeport; Fans line ropes for wrestling event

No holds barred in Bridgeport; Fans line ropes for wrestling event

As the sun sank Saturday night, Bridgeport was awash in golden rays and smackdowns.

Fans gathered behind Red’s Take 5 Sports Bar for a ridiculous athletic exhibition – professional wrestling.

Locked In

LOCKED IN – Les Mayne and Major Mark grapple while Ashton Jacobs watches from the sideline during Saturday’s bout at Red’s Take 5 Sports Bar. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

The word “ridiculous” comes to mind because of the absurdly passionate fandom, whose cheering and jeering are as much a part of the spectacle as the matches themselves. Few athletic events elicit this kind of devotion that often stretches across generations.

BRINGING OUT OLD GLORY – Mark Roy makes a lap around the ring with the American flag. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

National Wrestling Association Texoma Wrestler “The Great Dane” Griffin has been a wrestling fanatic for about 20 years. He first climbed into the ring about seven years ago.

“I think I got interested in wrestling as a kid because of the larger-than-life personalities and the superstardom.”

He said his kids love his wrestling, and although his wife is supportive, she is “not that into it.” His son watches Monday night wrestling and wants to wrestle just like his dad. He mostly competes in Texas but has gone as far as Tennessee for a match – quite a feat considering he only has one weekend a month off from work.

Red Buck owns Red’s and Buck’s North Texas Live. She is hoping for a good time and a windfall from the crowds pro wrestling can bring to Bridgeport.

“We got in wrestling for the first time,” Buck said. “We are trying it out, and hopefully if it does well, we can bring them back every six weeks.”

Buck said she’d like to be on the midget tour. The bar is already home to pool and shuffleboard tournaments and even a karaoke competition that promises to send the finalist on July 25 to compete “with the big boys” for $100,000.

NWA promoter Terri Hopper said NWA does more than 50 shows a year. Her home base is in Sherman.

“We’ve been in business for about four years,” Hopper said. “I kind of helped start this. I saw a show and didn’t like how he was running it, so I got his job and did it better.”

She said the show in Bridgeport could grow into something big. That’s what she has seen in places like Sherman. She said the fans are great and loyal, and if you hold it, they will come.

“There is a family of 14 in Sherman I know who buy tickets and come out to every show,” Hooper said. “This could grow and fill the place up. Our guys may not be on the big screen, but they are some of the best around.”

The night wasn’t all about spills and thrills. It was also about pride and recognizing the men and women who serve in the military. “Major Mark” – Mark Roy – took the stage during intermission and held up a fist with a single black ring. He shook hands with a disabled veteran who was missing his right leg.

Roy, the Commandant of the Marine Corps League in Denton, seeks to raise awareness while putting on a show.

“For me, I want to get the word out,” he said. “Our No. 1 job is outreach and the second is connecting them with the services. It’s the 22 Kill Ring or the honor ring. It honors those who serve and to bring awareness for those 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

“A lot of people think it’s post-traumatic stress, but it’s not always that.”

Roy said it’s an identity thing. He said more than half of the veterans who commit suicide are over 40 and are retiring from a life that has been defined in military terms.

“They’ve gone through 13 years in the war on terror, and their life unravels,” Roy said. “There is not structure anymore, and it’s all on them. They can never do what they did in Iraq and Afghanistan. They lose their identity and when that happens, they don’t feel like they fit in.”

Roy talked about his ring and held it up as several in the crowd responded in kind, holding up their black honor rings. To the side, Roy’s son and fellow wrestler, also named Mark Roy, stand and watche.

Father and son are just two of a couple dozen wrestlers with NWA.

They’ve already won some fans in Wise County.

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Clarence Dalton Cook

Clarence Dalton Cook

Clarence Dalton Cook, 94, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Funeral was July 1 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Dr. David Burrows and Dr. Craig Erb officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

Clarence was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Athens to Heron and Matie (Hobson) Cook. He married Eula Mae Reeves May 29, 1943, in Jacksboro.

He had been a resident of Bridgeport since 1949 and retired from Acme Brick after 32 years of service. He was an avid gardener and shared the bounty of his garden and orchard with family, friends and fellow workers for many years.

Clarence was an enthusiastic follower of the Rangers, Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Eula Mae Reeves Cook of Bridgeport; daughter Norma Anderson of Bridgeport; son Danny Cook and wife, Ada Marie, of Decatur; grandchildren David Anderson and wife, Susan, of Grand Prairie, Daniel Anderson and wife, Melissa, of San Antonio and Deborah Anderson of McKinney; great-grandchildren Christopher, Amallia, Rachel and Gracie; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Hettie Lee Alcorn, Versie Hinds, Addie Robbins and Annie Lyons; and brother Henry Cook.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport Food Bank.

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Landry Grace Godwin

Landry Grace Godwin

Landry Grace Godwin, infant daughter of Brandon and Jessica Godwin, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Burial will follow at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Visitaiton is one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers are Bradley Fagan, Bryan Fagan, Albert Edwards and Lucas Dixon.

Landry was born June 23, 2014, in Decatur to Brandon and Jessica (Edwards) Godwin.

Survivors include her parents, Brandon and Jessica Godwin of Bridgeport; sisters Karlee, Aja, Emma and Natalie Godwin, all of Bridgeport; grandmothers Debbie Shepherd of Honey Grove and Gayla Fagan of Bridgeport; grandfather Albert Edwards of Honey Grove; great-great-aunt Mary Owens of Bridgeport; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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Last memories: Owner to close antique store after more than 20 years

Growing up, Linda Saylor watched her grandmother make butter in a certain Jewel Tea bowl.

“When I was a little kid I asked her, ‘When you don’t want it anymore, can I have that bowl?’” she recalled.

In 1972 she gifted it to Saylor, initiating a hobby that transformed into a career – one that ended earlier this month when Saylor closed down T&L Antiques in Bridgeport.

Closing Shop

CLOSING SHOP – After almost three decades of selling antiques – most of those years on Halsell Street in Bridgeport – Linda Saylor has decided to close her store and retire. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“After she gave me the bowl, I went out looking for more of those kinds of dishes,” Saylor said. “Then I would find something else I liked and before I knew it, I decided I needed to open up a shop because I didn’t have any room in my house.”

She and her husband, Tommy, and other family members started with a booth at an antique store on Washburn Street in Decatur – a two-story home that most recently housed Jearene’s Cottage and Exceptional Bride.

After a year-and-a-half they moved to the antique mall in Azle, where the Saylors lived then. They rented space in that venue for four years.

But Mrs. Saylor yearned to learn more about the business side.

“There’s a difference between being a dealer and having a shop,” she said. “So I worked for two years at the front, checking people out and helping them so I could learn more about it.”

Then Tommy – who retired from lake patrol for the Tarrant Regional Water District last month – was transferred from Eagle Mountain to Lake Bridgeport.

With her newly cultivated skills in business management, she and Tommy rented space from Addie Ruth Green Steel to open a shop on Halsell Street, where they operated for five years.

Then in 1996, the couple purchased a building further east on Halsell which housed the business until two weeks ago.

“With Tommy retiring, I thought, ‘It’s time I retire, too,’” Saylor said.

They plan to retreat to an old farm house they’ve remodeled on the lake in Graham, taking with them the memory of creating memories.

“I’ll hear so many people come in and say, ‘Oh we had those,’” she said. “That’s what you’re trying to build.

“I tell women, ‘If you want your kids to keep something, when you have Christmas dinners, Easter, birthdays – then you use your good china.’ It doesn’t have to be expensive china. But use it instead of paper plates, because then your kids and your grandkids will say, ‘Oh we ate off of that when we were little,’ and they’ll want to keep your things.

“It has a memory to it. Paper plates have no memory.”

Like that butter dish that launched it all, that’s what shops like hers are all about.

“They’re memory shops,” she said. “How special to be a part of so many.”

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Council to consider tree-trimming contract

Bridgeport city officials continue to follow through with budget packages outlined last year.

At its meeting Tuesday, the city council will consider awarding a bid to trim trees away from power lines.

During the budget-writing process last year, city officials allocated $50,000 for the project.

The council will begin this year’s budget process Tuesday by discussing the policies that guide the development of the city’s financial plan.

Also during the meeting, the council will consider:

  • advertising to sell 225 acres of the Rutherford Ranch property, which was purchased by the city in 2008 to extend the runway at the city’s airport;
  • granting a 90-day extension to a previously granted special exception to the masonry ordinance for Holt Cat on U.S. 380.
  • proclaiming July Parks and Recreation Month; and
  • the June 17 meeting minutes and reviewing the city’s investment policy in the consent agenda.

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Sharon Verita Hawkins

Sharon Verita Hawkins

Sharon Verita Hawkins, 67, died Wednesday June 18, 2014.

She had been a resident at Senior Care in Bridgeport for the last three years. Although no public memorial will be held, Verita will be remembered by family and friends who loved her.

Verita was born July 11, 1946, in Quanah to Klina Monette (Underwood) and Edward Eldo Fincher. A 1964 graduate of Quanah High School, she was awarded a four-year music scholarship to West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M) in Canyon, where she was a voice major.

She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in English and elementary education from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls and entered the teaching field in 1970 when she joined the faculty of the Quanah school system, teaching fifth and sixth grades.

As director of the Quanah Music Lovers Club, she was known for her perfect pitch and piano skill. Verita was also a flying student and received her solo certification from Hawkins Aircraft in Quanah in 968. She loved reading her Bible, music, teaching and spending time with her family.

Verita is survived by her sister, Edwenna Earnheart and husband, Richard, of New Mexico; daughter Renee Hooper and son-in-law, Eric, of Bridgeport; and grandchildren Brilliana, Silas, Killian and Johan Preston, and Emily, Ashley and Makenna Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Murry Justin Hawkins; and her parents.

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Herman Edward McCasland

Herman Edward McCasland

Herman Edward McCasland, 75, formerly of Bridgeport, died Friday, June 20, 2014, in Temple.

Graveside memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at West Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating.

Herman was born March 10, 1939, in Bridgeport to Ansel and Barbara McCasland. He married Cherry Bell and cherished the time he spent with his family.

Herman proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a disabled veteran and a retired truck driver and instructor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bertha Crosen and Dorothy Andrew; and his brother, Marlin McCasland.

He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Cherry McCasland; sons Andy McCasland and Marlin McCasland; grandson Collin McCasland; brother Barney McCasland; sisters Wanda Forms and Barbara McCormick; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

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Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Pierce

Christy Diann Crowley and J.D. Pierce of Bridgeport were married June 14, 2014, at the Bridgeport Community Center.

The bride is the daughter of Rose and Robert Lang and Mark and Christie Graybill.

The groom is the son of the late Frances “Sug” Pierce.


Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Pierce

Paul Cantrell officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride was escorted by her sons, Clayton and Wroper.

Matron of honor was Mary Jones.

Flower girls were Skyler and Allie Reno, cousins of the groom, and ringbearers were Corbin Knox and Jonathan Smith, cousins of the bride.

Best man was Adrian Morman, and groomsmen were Travis and Austin Pierce, sons of the groom.

A reception followed at the community center.

The bride graduated from Paradise High School and is employed by Home Health Care of North Central Texas.

The groom graduated from R.L. Turner High School. He works for J.M. Materials.

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Landry Grace Godwin

Brandon and Jessica Godwin of Bridgeport announce the birth of their fifth daughter, Landry Grace, on June 23, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

She has four sisters: Karlee, 19; Aja, 14; Emma, 10; and Natalie, 1.

Grandparents are Gayla Fagan of Bridgeport and Debbie Shepherd and Albert and Kim Reynolds, all of Honey Grove.

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Bronze solvers: Middle school project places at internationals

While their classmates were full-fledged into summer mode – splashing in pools and sleeping late – a group of Bridgeport Middle School students still had one more project to present, at the international level.

Last week, the kids won third place in the middle division of the civic/cultural category at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference in Ames, Iowa.

Foreign Exchange

FOREIGN EXCHANGE – Bridgeport Middle School students Jacob Marshall and Halle Holbrook trade mementos with students from all over the world at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference in Ames, Iowa, earlier this month. Submitted photo

“I was filled with so much pride,” said Dalton Huya. “I mean, it is an international competition, and we placed third in the world. I remember some people who said it was not a good plan and we said, ‘Don’t worry – it will be worth it.’ Well, look at us now!”

No one in the U.S. had a better project than the Bridgeport group’s plan to improve traffic flow at school dismissal time.

Student groups from Australia claimed the top two spots.

Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, New South Wales won the category with a “Speaking to the Heart” project. Second place went to Fountain Gate Secondary College from Melbourne, Victoria, who presented on “EPIC – Encouraging Pride In our Community.”

Third in the World

THIRD IN THE WORLD – Bryson Morrow, Haley Barton, Katelyn Lanfear and Halle Holbrook build a display, which outlined their plan to improve traffic flow at school dismissal time. Submitted photo

Bridgeport students departed for Iowa on Wednesday, June 11. The following day, the team had two hours to build a display that explained their project.

“My favorite part of internationals was building the display,” Cassady Craddock said. “It was very neat to see the creativity by all the teams, but more so than that was watching our team work together so efficiently.”

Instead of a basic tri-fold presentation, the BMS team built a car that outlines the various phases of the project – from the brainstorming to enacting the plan and the analyzing of the data collected.

“It was not just a car – it was a lean, mean, fighting machine on its way to placing, just to clarify,” Halle Holbrook added.

On Friday, judges interviewed the students before the group participated in the CmPS fair. There, they informed people about their project and handed out props that featured QR codes to access their project’s website (http://c2.bridgeportisd.net/Page/3651).

Throughout the weekend, the kids met with other students in the competition and swapped mementos. BMS students provided stagecoach pins donated by the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It was very cool meeting different people with pretty cool accents and trading something with them from their own country,” Huya said.

A school year’s worth of hard work culminated at an awards ceremony Sunday, June 15, where the team was named the bronze winner in their category.

The group received a team trophy and each team member received an individual trophy.

Although their project is complete, the students will take with them the lessons garnered along the way.

“[Community Problem Solvers] has taught me better cooperation skills in working on a project with others, and it has helped me to improve on my public speaking,” Kirby Russell said. “These are skills that are very valuable in so many jobs, especially in the fields of law and engineering, both of which I am considering.”

Classmate Cassady Craddock outlined additional lessons.

“Everyone on the team brings special talents to be utilized,” she said. “What one person stinks at, another may shine. We were all able to use our strengths to work together for the good of our project … In school, at home, and throughout our lives we all must learn to work with one another despite our differences.

“No doubt this experience of working for months with the same team on a fairly complex project will benefit me in my future. The ability to lead and communicate with one another are skills we all must have.”

With these lessons under their belts, the class is already preparing for next year.

“CmPS has taught me that no matter who else is entering, or how good their project is, or even if there is a 99 percent chance they will beat you, there is always that one percent chance you will beat them,” Holbrook said. “… We set the bar really high for next year. I bet we will bring back a second trophy next year. Maybe even a first-place one – who knows?”

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DPS to our borders, really?

Every year the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for more officers and resources, claiming they need them for our safety. Now all of a sudden, due to political posturing, we have enough funds to send hundreds more officers to our borders?

DPS does not have the authority to act as the border patrol. Are they going to be illegally profiling anybody and everybody? If so, we, the taxpayers, will have to pay for all the lawsuits surely to come from that abuse of powers!

If we send so many officers to the border, who is going to take care of safety here while they are gone? And if local agencies are going to start acting like the DPS, we, the taxpayers, will be paying for both those on the border and the overtime by local departments – and we didn’t even get to vote on this! Not to mention, our homes and property will be at risk while those DPS officers are all down at the border.

I say, when the “extra” officers finish on the border, they are no longer needed by the taxpayers where they came from! You can’t have it both ways – either their numbers are justifiable for our safety where they come from, every day, or they are not!

It should be insulting to every taxpayer that they think we are so stupid and cowardly that by fear-mongering they think we can’t see through this. If we don’t need every officer they told us we had to have for our own safety, then lay them all off when they finish this dog-and-pony show at the border.

Sadly, this situation can be solved with laws already in place for the last 40 years. If those coming here illegally had nothing to come for, they wouldn’t come. Put an end to the illegal jobs and benefits by holding those who hire them accountable.

Problem solved! No need for more boots on the ground or more wasted tax dollars and resources.

Rusty White

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Mary Neal Blanks

Mary Neal Blanks, 97, of Bridgeport, died Friday, June 20, 2014.

Graveside service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth. Visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Olivet prior to the service.

A memorial service will also be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Ascension and St. Mark Episcopal Church in Bridgeport with a reception preceding the service.

Mary Neal Blanks was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Joshua to George and Edith Bandy. She lived in Fort Worth for 62 years and Bridgeport for four years. Mary Neal was a former member of Riverside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; granddaughter Patrice Haas; three sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include her son, Randy Blanks and wife, Cathy, of Lufkin; daughter Sherry Haas and husband, David “Butch,” of Paradise; grandchildren Cyndee Neal and husband, Leroy, of Euless, David Haas and wife, Holly, of Carrollton, Wyndee Salazar of Paradise, Kitty Harris and husband, Mark, of Cisco, Beth Harrison and husband, Clay, of Granbury, Anna McKinnon and husband, Al, of Grand Prairie and Holly Shadden and husband, Rusty, of Spring Branch; 25 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Enrique Reyes Guevara

Enrique “Ricky G” Reyes Guevara

Enrique “Ricky G” Reyes Guevara, 23, a Marine reservist, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Bridgeport.

Graveside service was June 24 at East Bridgeport Cemetery with the Rev. Eulojio Puebla officiating. Burial was under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Ricky was born Aug. 24, 1990, in Fort Worth to Juan Martin and Dora (Reyes) Guevara. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

He is survived by his parents, Juan and Dora Guevara of Bridgeport; brothers Juan Arnulfo Guevara and wife, Chelsi, of Bridgeport, Julio Guevara of Bridgeport and Luis Guevara and wife, Sonya, of Decatur; sister Jessica Guevara of Bridgeport; grandparents Arnulfo and Josefa Reyes of Bridgeport, Ismal Diaz and Guadalupe Olivo of Bridgeport; nieces Rainy, Alicia and Bioleta Guevara; nephews Cutter Guevara and Adan Guevara; and numerous cousins, other family members and friends.

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Percy Witty

Percy Witty

Percy Witty, 86, died Sunday, June 22, 2014, in his residence at Senior Care Center of Bridgeport.

Memorial service is 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. John Featherston officiating. Visitation is an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Percival Clark Witty was born June 8, 1928, in a farmhouse outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Roy Bertram and Marion Elizabeth (Clark) Witty. He came to the United States in the late 1940s and attended Harding Academy in Searcy, Ark.

Percy graduated from Harding College in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. While at Harding, he met and married Joyce Tidwell of Fredrick, Okla. He later completed a master’s degree in counseling from North Texas State University (now UNT). Percy and Joyce lived and taught school in Valley View, Vernon and Wichita Falls before settling in Bridgeport, where they have lived for the past 49 years.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce Witty of Bridgeport; daughters Lesa Williams and husband, Mark, of Wichita, Kan., Sarah McMillian of Azle and Summer Gonzales and husband, Julio, of Watauga; seven grandsons; four granddaughters; and other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deena Bible; son Roger Witty of White Settlement; brother Roy Witty of Toronto; and sister Doris Kippax of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Harding University Memorial Fund, in memory of Percy Witty, P.O. Box 12238, Searcy, Ark. 72149.

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Curtis and Joyce Rich

Curtis and Joyce Rich of Bridgeport are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary July 3.

Curtis and the former Joyce Meador were married July 3, 1964, in Decatur.


Curtis and Joyce Rich

Their children are Dalton Rich and wife, Adara, of Siloam Springs, Ark., Robin Hall of Park Springs, Patty Tolbert and husband, Frank, of Decatur and the late Ronnie Rich.

Their grandchildren are Trisha Ratliff and husband, Derrick, of Alvord, Rusty Tolbert of Decatur, Levi Hall of Park Springs and Chad Hall and wife, Lauren, of Weatherford. Step-grandchildren include Dallon Staggs and wife, Kisha, and Ladara Lynch and husband, Dylan, all of Oklahoma.

They have three step-great-grandchildren.

Curtis and Joyce both retired from Hanson Aggregates, and they’re members of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Keily Amador Martinez

Irillaneth and Francisco Martinez of Bridgeport announce the birth of a daughter, Keily Amador, on June 18, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.

She has two brothers: Luis Angel Croe, 16, and Llaneli Amador Martinez, 2.

Grandparents are Luisa Lopes, Simon Martinez and Miraela Garcia Jesus Amador.

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Abel Guadalajara

Rosa and Rolando Guadalajara of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Abel, on June 18, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

He has one sister: Andrea, 4.

Grandparents are Eliseo and Ortiz of Bridgeport and Lupe and Martha Guadalajara of Bridgeport.

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Niko Ismael Sierra

Karina Pecina and Ismael Sierra of Bridgeport announce the birth of a son, Niko Ismael Sierra, on June 17, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

He one brother: Juan Manuel Sierra, 21 months.

Grandparents are Maria and Juan Pecina of Bridgeport.

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Down and Dirty

Down and Dirty

Making Waves

MAKING WAVES — Aaron Ferrell of Haslet splashes his way to a third-place finish in the Dual Sport Challenge at Saturday’s Caveman Crawl. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Tough Climb

TOUGH CLIMB — Majik Lusk of Bedford scales a sharp incline in the Caveman Crawl 5K Saturday in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Adrenaline Rush

ADRENALINE RUSH — Holden Fiscus of Wichita Falls celebrates reaching the end of the mud crawl in Saturday’s race. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


SPLASHDOWN — A racer splashes into a murky pool on the Caveman Crawl course in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Almost There

ALMOST THERE — Carl Chew of Vernon catches his breath while crawling through the mud during Saturday’s race. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wait Your Turn

WAIT YOUR TURN — A line of racers scale rocks at the deceptively named “Kiddie Climb.” Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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