Chico City Council agrees to rent gym, reviews budget

The City of Chico’s municipal complex has proven so popular with outside renters that the city had to get a little creative to find some extra space.

Mayor J.D. Clark explained that Highpoint Athletics, a gymnastics program, began renting the gym at the facility back in the spring. Now that fall is almost here, the gym is needed by Victory Christian Academy for its athletics program. VCA has been a frequent renter of the facility in the past.

Clark said the municipal complex also includes a stand-alone metal gym that was not being regularly used. It has a concrete floor covered by carpet. While that setup would not be good for basketball or volleyball games, it turned out to be perfect for the needs of Highpoint Athletics, Clark said.

Last week, the council agreed to enter into a one-year lease agreement with the company. Highpoint will pay the city $1,100 a month to cover rent and utilities and be responsible for any maintenance or cleaning in exchange for exclusive use of the facility.

“It’s a space we had available, and a private entity is going to be able to come in and do business,” Clark said. “It really benefits both of us. It creates something new for the kids that wasn’t there before.”

The council also reviewed next year’s budget. Clark said it was prepared using the same tax rate as the current fiscal year: 48 cents per $100 valuation.

The proposed balanced budget includes revenues and expenditures of $2,231,628. One major addition to the budget is $543,000 for the city’s Texas Community Development Block Grant for a new water filtration system. That amount includes $269,000 in grant funding and $274,000 from local funding.

The budget also includes a 4 percent cost of living increase for city employees, a new backhoe and funding for the next phase of street improvements, according to the current five-year plan.

A public hearing on the budget and tax rate will be held at the Sept. 2 council meeting.

In other business, the council approved moving forward with plans to provide potable water to P&K Stone for office use only at its planned quarry just outside the city limits.

According to the agreement, the company would be required to pay for all of the associated costs. Earlier this year, the city agreed to sell P&K wastewater, with P&K responsible for paying the costs for the infrastructure involved to make that possible.

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Chico school board set to approve budget, tax rate Monday

The Chico school board will hold a public hearing on its proposed budget and tax rate at Monday’s meeting.

Following the public hearing, the board is expected to approve the items.

A total tax rate of $1.22359 per $100 valuation is proposed, which includes a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.04 and debt service tax rate of $0.18359. That represents a decrease of just over three cents from last year’s rate.

Other agenda items include approval of the school vendor list, fund balance designations, policy changes, teacher appraisal calendar, designation of teacher appraisers, a student leadership course and a review of campus schedules in addition to routine items.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 150 at Chico Elementary School, 1120 Park Road.

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Volleyball: Paradise sweeps Chico

First-match jitters created some shaky moments for the Paradise Lady Panthers and Chico Lady Dragons Tuesday.

WORKING TOGETHER – Paradise’s Bailee Miller and Jett Preather reach for a ball during the Lady Panthers’ win. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The veteran Lady Panthers were able to handle the emotions a little better than the youthful Lady Dragons on their way to a three-game victory. Paradise won 25-22, 25-6, 25-23.

Shelby Bradshaw led the Lady Panthers with seven kills. Jett Preather added six kills. She also served three aces.

Despite the quick win, Paradise coach Susie Burt insisted that her squad, which returns four starters, must improve if they hope to get back to the playoffs this season.

“The first-game jitters got the better of us,” Burt said. “At times we played together good. Other times we were scared to death.”

Burt pointed out that ball-handling limited the Lady Panthers’ chances.

“If we had the pass right on the net we were hitting it,” the Paradise coach said. “If we got to far off the net, we struggled. If we can get the set up and execute, the ball is going to go down. We have several good hitters.”

Paradise outlasted Chico in the first game to win by three.

In the second set, Chico struggled with its service receive. Jett Preather served eight straight points in a run that included an ace and two Chico errors. Chico’s inability to get a clean pass also set up easy scoring opportunities for Bradshaw to bury two kills.

After building the 18-3 lead, Paradise went on to take the set by 19 points.

“Paradise is solid and I think the girls were intimidated a bit,” said Chico coach Missy Patterson.

“The first and third sets they stepped up adjusted and were working well together.”

Chico took a 6-3 lead in the third set on an ace by Hannah Davis. The Lady Dragons held the lead until Paradise’s Amber French and Preather put down back-to-back kills. A block kill by Reagan Taylor put Paradise ahead 12-10.

The Lady Panthers built the lead to 20-14 with a Bradshaw kill.

Chico fought back to within one at 24-23 before Bradshaw ended the match with a kill.

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Lindsey Blair Keller and Sherrod Cason Richey

Lindsey Blair Keller of Chico, daughter of Kevin Keller of Virginia Beach, Va., and Rhonda Thompson of Decatur, will marry Sherrod Cason Richey of Chico, son of Brad Richey of Chico and Jolene Anderson of Erie, Pa., Nov. 2, 2014, in Azle.

Keller Richey

Lindsey Blair Keller and Sherrod Cason Richey

Chris Wann with Community Fellowship will officiate.

The bride-elect attended Chico ISD schools and Weatherford College Wise County. She works for Venture Energy Services.

The prospective groom also attended Chico schools and works for Venture Energy Services.

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Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wilson Moore

Casey Marie Runkey of Napa, Calif., and Roger Wilson Moore of Chico were married July 19, 2014, at Vintner Golf Club in Yountville, Calif.

Moore Runkey

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wilson Moore

The bride is the daughter of Debbie and Phil Runkey of Napa.

The groom is the son of Travis Moore of Chico and Shelley Moore of San Marcos.

Maid of Honor was Lindsay Mac-Lean.

Best Man was the groom’s father.

They couple had a week-long honeymoon Oahu, Hawaii. They will live in San Diego, where Roger will be stationed in June 2015. Casey will meet him there upon graduating from Syracuse University College of Law.

The bride earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego in 2012.

The prospective groom graduated from Chico High School in 2008 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He is stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

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Monday night wreck results in arrest

Two automobile accidents occurred at almost exactly the same moment in Wise County Monday night.

At 5:30 p.m., two cars collided at the corner of North Trinity and Bishop Street in Decatur.

Off the Road

OFF THE ROAD – A tractor-trailer lost its front left axle and wheel after an accident Monday night on F.M. road 1810 near Chico. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Margarita Carrillo of Decatur was driving south on North Trinity in a black Kia SUV when she drifted into the opposite lane while Brett Griffin of Springtown was headed north in a white Chevy Silverado.

The front left of both vehicles collided and caused a wreck. Carrillo was taken to Wise Regional Health System via ambulance, while Griffin’s passenger, Krista Griffin, was taken to Wise Regional via private vehicle.

The second collision, which also happened around 5:30 p.m., involved a tractor-trailer and another truck.

The tractor-trailer was headed west on Farm Road 1810 about halfway between Decatur and Chico when its driver, Juan Pablo Chavez of Decatur, began to experience a diabetic episode and swerved left of the center line.

This caused him to collide with the other truck, which was headed east, driven by Reed Alan Riewe of Comanche.

Both vehicles lost their front left axles and tires, causing each to swerve off onto opposite sides of the road.

No injuries were reported. Chavez was arrested at the scene after it was discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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Chico QB contest continues

The tight competition for the Chico quarterback job will go into Friday’s scrimmage with Millsap.

Chico coach Stephen Carter had hoped to name a signal-caller last week, but said the competition between Jericoe McGuire and Creese Redman remains too close to call.

“They still haven’t separated themselves,” Carter said. “Both are doing a good job. Both will get reps with the first and second teams.”

Carter said he’s been talking to his staff about the choice between the two.

“It’ll be whoever gives us the better chance to win. The offense is built to suit them both,” Carter said.

McGuire started at quarterback for the Dragons last year, passing for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns. He added 580 yards rushing.

Redman was the 7-A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a running back last year. He rushed for 696 yards and seven touchdowns.

“If Jericoe is the quarterback, Creese can go back to running back,” Carter said. “If it’s Creese, Jericoe can play receiver, where he was successful as a sophomore. We’re trying to piece together what makes the team better.”

Carter said he is not setting another deadline for picking a signal caller.

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Heart of a fighter: 33-year-old battles heart disease after bout with cancer

Heart of a fighter: 33-year-old battles heart disease after bout with cancer

An enthusiast for dark images, David Ray Crunk of Chico sports a tattoo of the Grim Reaper on the left side of his chest, near his heart.

Although his mother, Judy Crunk, may teasingly describe it as morbid, she admits it’s kind of ironic considering the brushes her 33-year-old son has had with death.

Life Pack

LIFE PACK – David Ray Crunk always carries with him this bag adorned with the emblem of his favorite baseball team. The pack contains the machine that constantly pumps dobutamine to keep his heart going. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

In addition, the ink borders the traces of the very devices that have kept him alive – a port used to administer chemotherapy when he battled cancer at the age of 11, and a defibrillator that now regulates his heart after complications from the chemotherapy arose more than 20 years later.

Despite the odds, David Ray remains strong and is enjoying life as much as he can while he awaits a heart transplant.

“He’s a fighter, that’s for sure,” Judy said. “He’s never given up.”

DAVID’S BATTLE

BATTLE SCARS – David Ray Crunk has a tattoo of a grim reaper – ironically located near traces of the very devices that have kept him alive – a port used to administer chemotherapy when he battled cancer at the age of 11 and a defibrillator installed almost 22 years later to regulate his heartbeat. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

David Ray was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in November of 1991, at the age of 11.

After two years of chemotherapy, he went into remission.

“When he was diagnosed, they only gave him a 30 percent of survival because 95 percent of his bone marrow were leukemia cells,” Judy said. “But here he is.”

For most of 22 years, David Ray lived a normal life.

“I would get dizzy every now and then, but that was it,” he said.

He graduated from Bridgeport High School in 2000 and went straight to work, finally landing a job at Wal-Mart.

It was there, more than two decades later, that the effects of the treatment he’d received as an adolescent resurfaced.

“I took him to work that afternoon,” Judy recalled. “He was telling me, ‘My chest feels funny.’ I said, ‘It’s probably because you were laying around. Just go start moving around. You’ll be all right.’”

A couple of hours later, on Nov. 9, David Ray had a heart attack.

“I was unloading a grocery truck,” he recalled. “I got halfway, and I could not breathe. It felt like my chest was caving in.”

He informed his managers who instructed him to clock out before rushing him to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He was admitted immediately and remained there for about a week.

In the months following, David Ray returned, almost routinely.

“He was going to the hospital once or twice a week,” Judy said.

After multiple tests, doctors determined the cause.

“When he was diagnosed (with cancer), they tried an experimental drug on him,” Judy said. “We don’t know if it was the regular chemo or the experimental drug that caused the complications. But the doctors are saying this is a result of that treatment.”

David Ray has had at least two other heart attacks, most recently in February.

“They didn’t think he was going to pull through that one,” Judy said. “But he did.”

HEART SUPPORT

LOVE OF FAMILY – David Ray Crunk (seated) says the support of his family including (from left) brother Greg, father David and mother Judy has helped him stay strong throughout his medical issues. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Following that heart attack, doctors sent David Ray to the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix for additional testing and treatment options. He was there three months before the options presented were no longer viable.

“They needed someone to be there with him full-time for an unknown amount of time – it could’ve been months or even years,” Judy said. “But we had nobody that could just quit their job and stay with him.”

So David Ray returned home. The following day, his father took him to a doctor’s appointment in Dallas.

“I went to get a Coke, and when I came back, they were admitting him into a room because he was having trouble breathing,” his father, David, said.

After that incident, doctors discovered his heart and, consequently, his other organs were shutting down.

“That’s when they put the defibrillator in, finally,” Judy said.

With the device, David Ray must always carry with him a backpack that contains the machine that pumps dobutamine into his right arm. The sympathomimetic drug is used in the treatment of heart failure and cardiogenic shock.

“This is serious stuff,” David Ray said.

“The medicine keeps his heart going,” his mother added. “The pill form of medicine doesn’t work on him, so he has to have his medicine through an IV.”

A home nurse visits every Monday to change the dressing and check for infections. The batteries on the machine must be changed every other day, even though the shelf life is longer.

“They don’t want to take a chance,” Judy said.

With the odds stacked against him, there’s no room for taking more risks.

THE IMPLICATIONS

Because of the condition of his heart, David Ray’s activities are limited. He can’t work, drive or lift more than 5 pounds, and he easily becomes tired.

“I can’t walk around much,” he said. “If I do, I could black out because I can’t get my heart racing.”

Once a frequenter of area amusement and water parks, he is now restricted to video games and watching television.

Even routine tasks, like haircuts and cell phone-toting, have been redefined.

“You can’t use sheers or clippers on him because the vibrations from it will detect that his heart is not beating correctly, and the defibrillator will shock him,” Judy said. “He can’t carry a cell phone on (his left) side. He can’t answer a cell phone on that side.”

Tattoos, one of David Ray’s favorite things, are out of the question.

He is also susceptible to any illness.

“We have people call us before they come over, and if they’re sick, we don’t let them come over,” his mother said. “We can’t take the chance.”

But, at the insistence of his doctors, David Ray tries to get out as much as he can.

“I like to hang out with my cousins,” he said.

A couple of weekends ago, his family took a weekend trip to San Antonio. His “packing” list included a call from his doctors to their colleagues in the area to give them a heads-up, just in case.

That has become the norm for David Ray and his family – precautions and waiting.

WAITING GAME

Doctors at Medical City of Dallas placed David Ray on the waiting list for a new heart upon his return from Arizona in May.

As a second-tier listing and with the common blood type, his wait time may be prolonged.

“They did tell us that a heart for him will be difficult to find,” Judy said. “His blood type is O positive so the doctor said it’s the most common blood type and harder to receive a heart because there are so many other people waiting also.

All they can do is wait on a heart, visit the doctor monthly and continue to fight.

“We’re holding strong, aren’t we?” his mother asks.

David Ray nods his head slowly.

“I can’t wait to get back to work and to get to do more,” he said. “I’m ready to get this over with.”

TEAM DAVID RAY

Family members are planning to hold a dodgeball tournament fundraiser in October. Details will be posted on the Team David Ray group on Facebook.

His sister, Tiffany White, established a benefit account, and donations may be made at First State Bank in Chico, Paradise, Bridgeport or Runaway Bay.

The family has also held a garage sale, bake sale and barbecue supper.

“We’ve run out of ideas,” said Judy Crunk, David Ray’s mother. “We’ve got bills pouring in still, and we’re starting to get low on funds.”

Updates on his progress are also posted on the aforementioned Facebook page.

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Chico class of ’18 must pass exams to attend graduation

Freshman entering Chico High School in a few weeks will have a new set of rules regarding grade point average and graduation procedures.

Perhaps the biggest change is to the graduation ceremony itself.

In the past, students who passed all of their required courses at Chico High School could participate in the graduation ceremony even if they had not yet passed their state end-of-course exams. They simply received a certificate of completion rather than a diploma.

That will no longer be the case beginning with the class of 2018.

Superintendent Mike Jones told the school board last week that the testing requirements are getting tougher, and so, too, should Chico’s graduation procedure. Students must now pass the state exams in order to participate in the ceremony.

“We think kids will work harder if they’ve got some incentive to work harder,” he said. “We’re afraid this kind of sends the wrong message that if I don’t pass, I’m still going to get to go to the ceremony and walk.”

He added that it is not really fair to the students who have completed all of their requirements and earned the right to graduate and receive a diploma.

Jones said the high school will do everything it can to help students meet those requirements. For instance, students who are failing or have tardies will be required to stay at the end of the day for one-on-one instruction while others who are passing will be allowed to leave.

Another change that will affect graduation and post-graduation is an adjustment in the way the high school calculates grade point averages. In the past, grades have been calculated on a numeric basis such as 90 or 100, but beginning with the freshman class, grades will be calculated on a 4-point scale.

“The colleges are used to seeing kids from big schools show up with 4.6 and 4.5 GPAs,” Jones explained. “Our kids are showing up with a 98 or something like that. It doesn’t quite do the same for them. So we think it puts our kids in a better light when they are applying to universities.”

The district is also changing the way it calculates grade point averages to incorporate the changes required by House Bill 5.

Beginning with this year’s freshmen, all students will be required to complete a foundation plan, and then students can choose an endorsement to help them choose the rest of their courses. The law is aimed at helping prepare students not just for college, but also for careers.

Grade point averages will be based on courses taken for the foundation plan, and honors courses will continue to be weighted more (on a 5-point scale) than regular classes to encourage participation in those courses.

The graduation and grade point average changes will not affect incoming sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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Patterson finds bright spots

Chico Lady Dragons coach Missy Patterson found several bright spots from watching her team’s first action Friday in a scrimmage against Boyd.

Down the Middle

DOWN THE MIDDLE – Chico’s Kiley Marburger hits the ball between Boyd defenders Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Boyd outscored Chico in the scored portion of the 40-minute session, but Patterson was encouraged by the first outing.

“It was not bad. There were definitely some things that we need to work on,” Patterson said. “As far as knowing where to be, we did OK. A majority of the players were moving their feet.”

The Lady Dragons couldn’t mount many offensive attacks against Boyd.

“Hitting, right now, is our weakest point,” Patterson said. “We’ve got to improve on that.

“Our defense also needs to improve.”

The Lady Dragons open the season at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Paradise.

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Larry Franklin Groves

Larry Franklin “T.A.” Groves

Larry Franklin “T.A.” Groves, 55, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 6, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the First Baptist Church of Chico. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Hand, Dusty Tucker, Chris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Josh Groves and Jack Keller. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Cowley, Brian Green, Donnie Grooms, Eddie Cox, Coit Harris and Russell Johnson.

Larry was born Oct. 24, 1958, in Bridgeport and grew up in Chico. He graduated from Chico High School and Fort Worth Business School. He was an avid hunter and also loved farming and flying. He had his private pilot’s license and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chico.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; his parents, R.L. Groves Jr. and wife, Gussie; and brother Glenn Groves and wife, Tammy, all of Chico; sister Karen Green and husband, Brian, of Decatur; children Kristi Byrd and husband, Alan, of Bridgeport and Chad Husky and wife, Ronda, of Jacksboro; grandchildren Dace Grooms, Braydan Byrd, Bryson Byrd and Joey Shawver; great-grandchildren Shyler and Shayla Shawver; mother-in-law Helen Leverette of Sherman; and many nieces and nephews.

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Rachel Nicole Ferguson and Stephen Daniel Wheeler

Rachel Nicole Ferguson of Lubbock, daughter of Tom and Ann Ferguson of Chico, will marry Stephen Daniel Wheeler of Lubbock, son of Ronnie and Vickie Wheeler of Amarillo, Oct. 11, 2014, at Stone Creek Special Events Center in Lubbock.

Ferguson Wheeler

Rachel Nicole Ferguson and Stephen Daniel Wheeler

Associate pastor Jeremy Walker will officiate, and a reception will follow at Stone Creek.

The bride-elect graduated from Chico High School and Texas Tech University. She is a math teacher for Lubbock ISD.

The prospective groom graduated from Hereford High School and San Juan College in Farmington, N.M. He is employed by Associated Supply Co. in Lubbock.

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Ella Grace Cloud

Chelly Cloud of Chico announces the birth of a daughter, Ella Grace, on Aug. 2, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 16 1/2 inches long.

She has two brothers: Isaac Flores, 18, and Zane Shoecraft, 13; and one sister: Shayla Flores, 19.

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Eli Antonio Valdez

Luis and Miche Valdez of Chico announce the birth of a son, Eli Antonio, on July 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Rick and Michelle Denney and Ervey and Marcelina Valdez.

Great-grandparent is Mercy Cortez.

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Hennessy Abigail Gilmore

Margarita Ibarra and Chris Gilmore of Chico announce the birth of a daughter, Hennessy Abigail Gilmore, on July 29, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Grandparents are Manuel and Mayela Ibarra and Jerry and Brandi Hood.

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Back to School: Chico ISD

NEW HIRES

Chico Elementary School

  • Heather Stephens – third Grade ELA
  • Lindsey Childs – pre-k

Chico Middle School

  • Travis Kott – PE/Coach

Chico High School

  • Chris Carter – English II/coach
  • Jody Carter – English I/coach
  • Tim Mynarcik – Math/coach
  • Jerry Schultz – band director
  • Pam Williams – counselor

DISTRICT AT A GLANCE

CHICO ISD

Superintendent: Mike Jones

School board: W.E. “Bill” Hand, Mark Tate, Doug Bowyer, G.A. Buckner, Paul Cantrell, Donald Joe Clark, James “Pancho” Redwine

Back to School Events

Meet the Teacher Night: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the elementary and middle school

Immunization clinic: Available for qualifying students at the elementary school 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21

Registration: New student registration is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day at the elementary and high school offices. Middle school new student registration is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 12.

Schedules: High school students will pick up their schedules 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20.

Meet the Dragon will be on Wednesday September 10th.

Lunch Price

All campuses: $3

Chico Calendar

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Dragon quarterbacks show support in duel

While Jericoe McGuire and Creese Redman are competing to see who will be under center for the Chico Dragons when they start the season against Frost Aug. 30, the two don’t see it as a position battle.

“We’re helping each other. Whatever puts the team ahead is what we’re going to do,” McGuire said. “We don’t look at it as competing. We’re just practicing to see who’s best.”

No Position Battle

NO POSITION BATTLE – Chico quarterbacks Jericoe McGuire and Creese Redman are competing for the starting job but pledge their support for each other. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

McGuire, a senior, started for the Dragons last year. He passed for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 580 yards rushing and nine scores.

Redman, a sophomore, was the 7-A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as the Dragons’ running back. He rushed for 696 yards and seven touchdowns.

Through the first two days of practice, coach Stephen Carter is impressed with the work of both his quarterbacks.

“Both are competing and getting after it. Both have a good attitude,” Carter said. “The one who is not starting will help in other ways.”

Carter reiterated that he plans to make a decision on the starter by Friday.

“The kids will know Friday,” Carter said.

Just like the rest of the team, the two quarterbacks are learning an entirely new offense. The Dragons are switching to more of a run-oriented attack to take advantage of the hard-nosed running of the trio of juniors – Tyler Alexander, Cameron Starnes and Stephen Whatley.

“Last year at times when we had to run the ball we couldn’t,” Carter said. “We’re going to try to run more. We have three big backs who are over 200 pounds.”

The two quarterbacks like the new offense.

“It’s a good move,” Redman said. “The coaches got it for our personnel. We’ve got beasts at running back, and the offensive line is going to be good.”

The offense will also be run at a fast pace.

“We have to keep the ball moving and play at a fast pace,” McGuire said.

And no matter who is rushing the team to the line, the quarterback will have the support of the other.

“It’s whatever is best for the team,” Redman said.

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Young Lady Dragons hit court

The difference in Monday’s and Tuesday’s practice for the young Chico Lady Dragons left their coach, Missy Patterson, encouraged.

CONTESTED SHOT – Hannah Davis rises to attempt to block the shot of Alli York during practice Tuesday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“Today was much better than the first day,” Patterson said Tuesday afternoon. “Today, when it came around to team stuff, you could see things clicking.”

The Lady Dragons are trying to replace four talented seniors who graduated, working with several freshmen as they retool their roster.

“They are not as experienced on the court, but they are athletic,” Patterson said.

She said she is working to help shorten the learning curve.

Overall, Patterson said the whole team is working hard.

“They are buying in and are pretty focused,” she said.

The Lady Dragons will work out against two other Wise County teams Friday in their first scrimmage. Chico will host Boyd, Bridgeport and Forestburg in a four-team scrimmage, beginning at 9 a.m.

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David Wayne Herrera

David Wayne Herrera

David Wayne Herrera, 52, of Chico, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Beaumont.

Funeral was Aug. 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Dr. Van Gardner officiating. Burial followed at Cementerio Mexicano.

Pallbearers were Michael Ramirez, Eric Herrera, Derick Herrera, Carmen Martinez, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Martinez.

Honorary pallbearers were Machielle Coleman and Lori Coleman.

David was born Aug. 14, 1961, in Bridgeport to Thomas and Aselma (Martinez) Herrera. He was a painter by trade and a member of Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Marisa Lynn Herrera of Richardson; sons David Scott Herrera of Paradise and David Wayne Herrera II of Ada, Okla.; grandchildren Courtnei, Corey and Landon; three sisters; three brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Howard Musick

Howard Musick

Howard Musick, 82, of Chico, a retired contract welder, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral was Aug. 5 at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating. Burial followed at Chico Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bradley Brite, Chris Brite, Tony Crisp, Kenny Thorp, Anthony Neu, Gene Moody, Jay Throckmorton, Kenneth Thompson, Dale Moody, Charles Lovejoy and Shorty Moody.

Howard was born June 14, 1932, in Kernes to Dennis and Walterene (Whitworth) Musick. He married Dixie Freeman Feb. 21, 1953, in Carson City, Nev.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his granddaughter, Kimah; and three sisters.

He is survived by his daughters, Debra Maynard of Arkansas and Beverly Crisp and husband, John, of Bridgeport; sons Howard R. Musick and wife, Cheryl, of Denton and Dennis Musick and wife, Pam, of Corpus Christi; grandchildren Chris, Justin, Tiffany, Adreane, Chelsey, Rosetta and Mollie; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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