Hazel Augustine Sloas

Hazel Augustine Sloas

Hazel Augustine Sloas, 88, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Graveside service is 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Saginaw Cemetery with burial under the direction of Calvario Funeral Home (formerly Shannon North) in Fort Worth.

Hazel was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Winfield, Ala. to William and Mary Henderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T.H. Sloas, and two sons.

She is survived by a son, William “Bill” Sloas of Newark; daughters Deborah Morton and Renah Sloas, both of Newark; and numerous grandchildren.

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Gabriel Asher Miguel

Jesus and Jennifer Miguel of Newark announce the birth of a son, Gabriel Asher, on April 20, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.

He has one brother: Benjamin, 20 months.

Grandparents are Aurelio and Maria Miguel and Elizabeth and Michael Crooks.

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Wesley Kelvin Wolfe

Wesley Kelvin Wolfe

Wesley Kelvin Wolfe, 59, a senior plumbing designer, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Newark.

Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Mike Boaldin officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Harris Family Cemetery in Hamilton.

Pallbearers are Tony Wolfe, Troy Wolfe, Roger Wolfe, John Wolfe, Lonnie VanSchuyver, J.B. Nesbitt, Roddy Nesbitt and Damon Mason.

Wesley was born Nov. 28, 1954, in Fort Worth to James and Nina (Thackerson) Wolfe. He married Arlene Ashmore Sept. 20, 1975, in Newark.

Wesley was a loving father and loved his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Arlene Wolfe of Newark; son John Caleb Wolfe and wife, Laura Marie, of Dublin; daughter Debra Nicole Nesbitt and husband, Jacob Daniel, of Saginaw; grandchildren Alayna, Theron and Lucas; his parents, James and Nina Wolfe of Newark; brothers Tony Wolfe and wife, Carolyn, of Keller, Troy Wolfe and wife, Michelle, of Decatur and Roger Wolfe and wife, Donna, of Newark; and other family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345; P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org.

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Peytyn Chasity Bothwell

Tommy and Lauren Bothwell of Newark announce the birth of a daughter, Peytyn Chasity, on March 12, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She has two brothers: Brennon and Landyn; and one sister: Hayden.

Grandparents are Kim and Freddie Ballard of Newark and Thomas and Robbie Bothwell of Fort Worth.

Great-grandparents are Connie and Bill McPherson of Runaway Bay.

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Ramona R. Jennings

Ramona Royal Jennings, 84, of Newark, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Saginaw.

Funeral is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Mount Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth. Burial will follow at Dido Cemetery.

Ramona was born May 30, 1929, in Ponder to Dillard and Delora Doughty Royal. She lived most of her life in Newark and was a member of the Newark Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers; and two grandsons.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, George Jennings Jr.; son Billy M. Jennings and wife, Martha, of Newark; daughter Debbie Ellis and husband, Max, of Arlington; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to Newark Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 478, Newark, TX 76071.

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Ezell Singleton Jr.

Ezell Singleton Jr.

Ezell Singleton Jr., 50, of Newark, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with Darren Embree officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joe Driver, Joe Driver Jr., Ray Russell II, Darryl Russell, Chris Greene and Dale Beaver. Honorary pallbearers are George Sutton, Ray Russell Sr. and Johnny Moore.

Ezell was born Sept. 12, 1963, in Decatur to Ezell Sr. and Rosa (Gil) Singleton in Decatur.

He is survived by his parents, Ezell and Rosa Singleton of Decatur; the mother of his children, Tammy Singleton; son Michael Singleton and fianc , Kirsten Holt, of Runaway Bay; daughters Kasi Singleton of Newark and Brynna Teague of Chico; grandchildren Vondrick, Donovan, Nathon, Blaze, Riggin and Aliyah; sisters Ester Rivera and husband, Alberto, of Bridgeport, Dolores Beaver and husband, Dale, of Alvord, Elaine Norris and husband, Ricky, of Fort Worth and Lisa Greene and husband, Chris, of Decatur; brother Carlos Singleton and wife, Brenda, of Fort Worth; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Harlyn Hannah Hill Jr.

Harlyn Hannah Hill Jr., 41, of Newark, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

A memorial will be 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Celebration Community Church Social Hall, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., in Fort Worth. The come-and-go celebration will offer friends a time to gather and share stories about Harlyn with a videographer on hand to record these for the family.

Harlyn was born Feb. 13, 1973, in Wichita Falls to Rhonda Kaye Loven and Harlyn Hannah Hill Sr. He was married to Jenna Renee Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Jenna; daughter Laurel Kaye Hill; and son Harlyn Hannah Hill III.

Memorials may be made to a fund for his children at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Home in Fort Worth is handling arrangements.

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51 from Wise on Weatherford College dean’s list

More than 450 students – including 51 from Wise County – were named to the Weatherford College Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled for 12 or more semester hours, have no grade lower than a C and meet the minimum grade- point average. The GPA system is based on a one-to-four rating.

Earning the honor from Wise County were:

Alvord: Trevor Hardee; Shelbi Harmon and Alexandria Talamantes.

Aurora: Victor Ramirez and Bertie Sellers.

Boyd: Derek Martin and Carolina McDowell.

Bridgeport: Ana Caldera; Torie Carter; Sharlyn Fagan; Taylor Hulsey; Danielle Mindieta and Autumn Pickett.

Chico: Hannah Avants; Karla Deamicis; Damian Delgado; Callie Fuller; Luke Plummer; James Redwine; Vanessa Saxon; Molli Umphress; Tiffany Vislosky and Kaylee Wriston.

Decatur: Rosaura Aldape; Victoria Aldape; Monica Bernard; Carissa Byrd; Steven Cao; Araceli Cruz; Sarrah Ennis; Elda Garcia; Brittany Hargrave; Sara Harris; Kasidi Heiens; Victoria Myers; Christina Overton; Brandon Pelton; Venancio Rodriguez; Liliana Torres and Omar Torres.

Sunset: Austin Gaskins and Brittani Martin.

Newark: Savannah Brooks.

Paradise: Lacy Jackson; Sara Kelly; Amber Kirkland; Carol McCutchen and William Ngetich.

Rhome: Haley McGuire, Bethlyn Prentice and Lisa Shearer.

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Avery Michael Nash

Heather Nash and Bill Nickell of Newark announce the birth of a son, Avery Michael Nash, on Feb. 16, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

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

Grandparents are Dennis and Tammie Nash and George and Rainey Nickell.

Great-grandparents are Mary Cartwright, Homer and Beulah Nash and Bill and Betty Nickell.

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The American dream through Buddhist eyes

The American dream through Buddhist eyes

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act upon them?”
– Gautama Buddha

Eyes pale blue as summer sky peer up at a golden statue rising on a rustic patch of land between the town of Newark and the waters of Eagle Mountain Lake. Hands weathered and worn as the bark on the old pecan trees in the yard grip the scaffolding that surrounds a 20-foot high handmade sculpture of Gautama Buddha.

The statue is the focal point of a Buddhist temple being constructed in Newark. The temple is the latest chapter in the life of a man whose journey harkens back to those seeking political and religious freedom through the American gateway of Ellis Island.

Bounhot Souimaniphanh, 84, was forced to flee his homeland of Laos in the late 1970s.

A landlocked country in southeast Asia, Laos borders Vietnam and Cambodia, China and Thailand. It’s a mountainous country – the mighty Mekong River snakes through its forest and jungles – and it was caught in the middle of the Cold War.

Once a longtime French protectorate, its people gained independence in 1953. But much like its neighbor Vietnam, it was taken over by the Communist Party in 1975 after a bloody civil war.

Before the Communists took over, many in Laos had helped the United States and its allies in the war in Southeast Asia. Bounhot was one of them.

The new Marxist government started rounding up people who’d helped the Americans. They killed hundreds of thousands.

“We had to flee or we would have been one of the families drug out into a field and shot,” said Seng, one of Bounhot’s seven children. “My dad helped the U.S. during the Vietnam War. Anyone who worked with the U.S. was killed.”

The family fled Laos and made it to a refugee camp in Thailand. From 1975 to 1996, the United States resettled some 250,000 Laotian refugees from Thailand. Bounhot, his wife Thongdam, and their seven children were among the first to move from the refugee camp to the United States. They just happened to land in the Metroplex.

“We were probably the third or fourth family,” Seng said. “We were political refugees.”

Blessed by Elders

BLESSED BY ELDERS – Thongdam Souimaniphanh, 72, gives her granddaughter a Buddhist blessing while her husband, 84-year-old Bounhot, watches. The couple and their seven children fled Laos in late 1970s as political refugees and wound up in the Metroplex. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We were the first generation,” said Sam, another son. “The first generation is always the hardest. We all arrived at a strange, new world. We couldn’t speak the language. All we had was the clothes on our backs.

“But we were fortunate to come here. We took advantage of the opportunity. We went to school day and night to learn the language. We worked hard to better ourselves … Our parents told us we were in the land of opportunity. We can’t be looking for government handouts.”

Take advantage of the opportunity they did, as all seven of the children, five boys and two girls, grew up to become successful. They became doctors, engineers and even high-ranking officers in the military.

But along the way, their father wanted to make sure his children took advantage of another opportunity found in America – the chance to express religious freedom.


“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

BUILDING HERITAGE – Bounhot Souimaniphanh, 84, climbs to the top of a large Buddha sculpture being built in the middle of a temple currently under construction in Newark. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

While Bounhot Souimaniphanh and his family were among the first refugees to move from Southeast Asia to North Texas, they weren’t the last.

“There were a lot that were relocated here,” Sam said, “but they were scattered all over North Texas.”

So in the early 1980s, Bounhot purchased 10 acres of undeveloped land in Keller to build a Buddhist temple.

They broke ground quickly on what is now a sprawling and beautiful temple grounds in Keller. But some locals weren’t sure what to think of the ornate, Oriental architecture rising from what was then only pasture and dirt roads.

“When we first moved here people didn’t understand our culture,” Sam said. “It was all country back then. We started with nothing but a trailer. But my dad built it as a way to create a community for all the immigrants from Southeast Asia.”

“People from every nation and every culture that have come here have brought something new to America,” Seng said. “This is what we’ve brought here. This is important to us to pass down our heritage and beliefs to our children and grandchildren.”

Bounhot founded a second temple in Saginaw in the 1990s, and last year they broke ground on the third temple, located in Newark.

“We wanted to build it in a peaceful place in the country and near the water,” Seng said.


“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

PEACE OF MIND – Bounhot Souimaniphanh, 84, a political refugee originally from Laos, is helping construct a Buddhist temple in Newark. He’s already founded temples in Keller and Saginaw. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Pohn Sengsuvanreta, a 51-year-old Buddhist monk, lives a life of extraordinary austerity.

He started training as a monk at an early age in Laos.

Now he lives in a small, simple building at the temple in Newark. His head is shaved, revealing a faded green tattoo of an ancient alphabet, meant to help him gain wisdom. He wears only a faded orange robe and sandals. His days are spent meditating.

The goal of the Buddhist is to eliminate all cravings and therefore eliminate all suffering. The monk is governed by 250 rules that keep him from engaging in the normal day-to-day life most people lead.

“I can’t even touch money,” Pohn said. “If I did, I might as well dress like you do and go find a woman.”

“The monks shave their heads and eyebrows,” Seng said. “They wear orange or yellow. They give up everything on the living earth that us normal people have. They can’t even be touched by a woman. The path they travel is very narrow.”

“Meditation helps me,” Pohn said. “It slows everything down.”

“They sit for hours in meditation and see things that we cannot see,” Seng said.

And the temple is not just for Buddhists.

“It is a place for everybody,” Pohn said. “If someone is suffering or hungry or addicted to drugs they can come here for help. If they just want to come here and meditate and quiet their lives for a little bit that is fine. We believe in love and happiness. We want peace.”

“At the end of the day it’s about becoming as peaceful of a person as you can,” Seng said. “Having health and wealth is what we strive for.”


“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.” – Buddha

Bounhot is not a monk. He wanted a family. But he’s lived his life as close as he can to the teachings of Gautama Buddha.

Buddha was a prince from who lived in India about 400 B.C. At the age of 29 he left the royal life behind to live the life of an ascetic. Eventually, through much meditation he achieved Nirvana – the perfect peace of a mind that’s free from ignorance, greed, hatred and other afflictive states. It is this state that monks such as Pohn hope to come close to.

Bounhot has devoted his life to keeping that part of his culture alive in America for his children and the community.

Another aspect of the Laotian culture is honoring elders and their wisdom.

“All our success comes from our parents,” Sam said. “Our parents have helped us so much. When they get older we want to help them.”

“It’s a beautiful thing,” Seng said. “We keep our kids around them. Once you get old, having grandchildren around keeps you happy and helps you feel young.

“They raised us … why would we put them away in a home? In our culture, it is an honor to care for our elders.”

At the seven acres in Newark, two rows of ancient pecan trees lead up to the large golden sculpture of Buddha. It can be seen from all directions. Several other small buildings have already been erected as housing for monks and for meditation. A pavilion has also been constructed, and there is room to keep building and adding to the ornate, Oriental architecture for years.

And almost every day Bounhot – who seems much too spry to be 84 – can be found working on the land or one of the buildings.

“You never finish,” Bounhot said. “You always keep working. Keep building.”

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Bobby Joe Bullard

Bobby Joe Bullard

Bobby Joe Bullard, 77, of Newark died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Weslaco.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Aurora Baptist Church in with burial in Aurora Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Withers will officiate.

Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Pallbearers include Daren Hayden, Loren Hayden, Branden Hayden, Johnny Bullard, John Bullard and Austin White. Honorary pallbearers include Tanner Hayden, Race Hayden and Colten Hayden.

Bobby was born June 29, 1936, to Burley and Virginia (Pike) Bullard in Fort Worth. He married Synda Schupbach July 4, 2007, in Wise County.

Bobby was a member of Aurora Baptist Church and the Mid-Cities Anglers Club. He retired from Bell Helicopter after more than 40 years of service.

He loved to fish, play golf, travel, shoot pool and dance. From the words of his grandson “his dance moves were legendary.”

Bobby will be remembered most for his love for people, laughter and enjoying life to the fullest.

He was preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children, Vaneta McDonald Bullard, in 1985; and his daughters, Deborah Youngblood and Sandra Bullard.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Synda Bullard, of Newark; son Johnny Bullard and wife, Susie, of Azle; daughters Vickie Long of Avoca, Iowa, and Barbara White and husband, Jack, of Weatherford; stepchildren Debra Patterson and husband, Gary, of New Jersey, Pixie Rippy of Crowley, Derek Newman and wife, Kim, of Lebanon, Mo., Loren Hayden and wife, Rachell, of Garland, Daren Hayden and wife, Becky, of Saginaw and Brandon Hayden and wife, Angie, of Mesquite; nine grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Memorials may be made to Aurora Baptist Church in Bobby’s name.

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Newark and Rhome firefighters’ quick response saves home

A quick response by Newark and Rhome firefighters salvaged a home Saturday morning.

The two departments were dispatched to reports of smoke and flames coming though the roof of a mobile home in the 100 block of County Road 4857 around 8 a.m.


TEAMWORK – Rhome Fire Chief Robert Pratt and another firefighter assist the Newark Fire Department at a house fire in the rain Saturday morning. A quick response by both departments salvaged the home. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Units checked on scene within four minutes and reported light smoke coming through the eaves and ridge row on the roof.

The fire, which started in the back wall of a room added to the mobile home, was contained to the wall and attic.

“There’s a brick fireplace attached to the add-on,” said Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. “Over time, the foundation has settled, creating a gap between the chimney and the exterior wall … Birds are able to go in there and build a nest. That morning, the family lit a fire to heat the home, and an ember got through the chimney to the nest, and that’s what set off the fire.”

Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon said he didn’t believe there was any fire or smoke damage to items in the room. There may have been some water damage, and structural damage was minimal.

“We had to go in and pull the sheetrock and ceiling where the fire started,” Edgemon said. “But nothing burned in the room. We know where it started, but we’re not sure what started it.”

Red Cross was dispatched to assist the home’s occupants, which included a middle-aged couple and a younger couple and their baby.

On Monday morning, Travis said an electrician had made the appropriate repairs. Power was to be restored later in the day.

“They’ll have to go in and make some repairs, but they should be back in the home and living comfortably by the end of the day (Monday),” Travis said.

“The fire department did a really good job containing the fire to one room,” he added. “Their quick action – along with that of the homeowners, who got in the attic and fought the fire with fire extinguishers until firefighters arrived – will enable the family to spend the holidays at home.”

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Emmory Gail Whisenant

Victoria M. Ahlstrand of Newark announces the birth of a daughter, Emmory Gail Whisenant, on Dec. 13, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

She has one brother: Christopher Vega, 6; and two sisters: Gabby, 9, and Adrianna, 7.

Grandparent is Robert A. Ahlstrand of Newark.

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Sam F. Martin

Sam F. Martin

Sam F. Martin, 62, a plumber, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at his home in Newark.

Funeral is 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Rhome Assembly of God Church with Jeanne Evans officiating. Burial is at Aurora Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Sam was born March 16, 1951, to Frank C. and Norma (Bryce) Martin in Lubbock. He married Debra Sue Kiser Jan. 23, 1980, in Hurst. Sam was a proud veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kathy Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Debbie S. Martin of Newark; sons James F. Martin of Newark and Jeremy W. Martin of Granbury; daughter Sabrina J. Martin of Fort Worth; grandchildren Sammy G. Martin of Fort Worth and T.J.; sister Linda Richard of Round Rock; and other family members and friends.

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Kimberly Dawn Dobson and Jordan Lee Sinclair

Kimberly Dawn Dobson of Fort Worth, daughter of Richard and Jane Dobson of Gainesville, will marry Jordan Lee Sinclair, son of Rick and Debra Sinclair, all of Newark, March 1, 2014, at A&M Gardens in Azle.

Jacob Withers will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Callisburg High School in 2007 and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2010. She works for Northwest ISD.

The prospective groom graduated Northwest High School in 2007 and the University of North Texas in 2013. He also works for NISD.


Kimberly Dawn Dobson and Jordan Lee Sinclair

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Abigail Kay Baker

Rachel Kay Higdon and Michael Scott Baker of Newark announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Kay Baker, on Nov. 26, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Melanie K. Adams of Newark, Marvin Scott Baker of Marble Hill, Mo., Carol Ann Holt of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Denny Hittigdon of Kansas.

Great-grandparents are Martha Kay Allen, Jerry Bill Adams, Marvin Baker and Mary George.

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Law snares fugitive, charges him with murder

A man wanted in connection with an Oklahoma murder from 2001 was arrested in southern Wise County Monday evening.

Garland Paul Allen

Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Hillsboro was arrested around 8 p.m. Monday in a wooded area off County Road 4757 near Van Meter Crossing between Newark and Boyd. A second-degree murder warrant from Jackson County, Okla., had been issued for Allen last Tuesday, Nov. 26. He is accused of killing his ex-wife, Tracy Lynn Allen, sometime around May 1, 2001.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said his office received information that Allen had been staying in his vehicle in the Keeter area. His investigators worked on the case and tracked him down in the wooded area.

“They actually found him in the woods near Van Meter,” Walker said. “He had food and a sleeping bag with him.”

Allen was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Wise County Jail.

Walker said that in addition to his criminal investigations division, patrol deputies and Rhome and Boyd police departments also assisted with the search and arrest.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Allen had not confessed to the murder, Walker said.

Allen’s car was later found at a Chevron gas station across from the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur. Walker said the investigation continues, and more arrests could take place if they find evidence someone locally was helping to hide Allen.

Altus, Okla., Police Chief Tim Murphy said Tracy Allen disappeared in 2001, and her ex-husband has always been a suspect.

“We believe he rolled up her body in carpet and disposed of her in an unknown location,” Murphy said. “We still haven’t located her body.”

Murphy said when questioned at the time of his ex-wife’s disappearance, Allen claimed she had run off with another man.

Over the years, three different investigators have looked at the case and tried to come up with the evidence for a murder charge.

“About five years ago, I assigned Bill Perkins to the case, and he came up with the idea to have someone give some fresh eyes to the case,” Murphy said. “We contacted the show ‘Cold Justice,’ and they came in. What they found, I don’t know. But it was enough for our district attorney to file the warrant for an arrest.”

Murphy said the Allens had two children, ages 3 and 5 at the time of Tracy Allen’s disappearance. He said Allen took his kids to his mother in Lone Wolf, Okla., in 2001 and she has raised his children since that time.

According to online records, Tracy filed for divorce on Sept. 1, 2000. Just a week earlier, she had filed a petition for a protective order for herself and her two children against Allen. That same week, records show Allen was arrested for domestic abuse-assault and battery in the presence of minor children, child stealing, first-degree burglary and robbery by force or fear. Records indicate Allen pleaded guilty to the domestic abuse charge while the state dropped the other three charges in exchange for a probated sentence on Jan. 16, 2001.

Allen is being held in the Wise County Jail without bond until he can be extradited back to Oklahoma. Altus is located 160 miles northwest of Decatur.

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Jase Jackson Fowler

John and Angela Fowler of Newark announce the birth of a son, Jase Jackson, on Nov. 15, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches long.

He has three sisters: Presley, 10, Reese, 9, and Tylar, 2.

Grandparents are Jack and Barbara Peterson.

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Support retirees: safeguard Social Security and Medicare

Everyone should urge Congress to safeguard Social Security and Medicare during the present negotiations on the 2014 federal budget, and Congress should pass the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2013.

The bills in the Senate (S.117) and in the House (H.R.1102) would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to Medicare Part D prescription drug plan sponsors and Medicare Advantage organizations for covered Part D drugs. Medicare would save up to $156 billion over 10 years while reducing health care costs of seniors.

Congress should also pass The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S.214), which would help put an end to the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-for-delay agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market and help make sure consumers have access to the cost-saving generic drugs they need.

Also, our elected representatives need to re-introduce and pass the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2011 or a similar bill that would allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import Federal Drug Administration-approved medications from countries with tough safety standards.

To learn more about the importance of protecting Social Security and Medicare and reducing the cost of prescription drugs, read the National Retiree Legislative Network’s whitepapers at www.nrln.org/_pvtflyin.html or contact the NRLN at contact@nrln.org or toll free at 866-360-7197.


Carole Alvey

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Mariann Elaine Weber

Mariann Elaine Weber

Mariann Elaine Weber, 46, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Newark.

Graveside service is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Boyd Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home.

Mariann was born Sept. 22, 1967, to Leon and Opal (Brown) Weber in Marquette, Mich. She was a very special person.

She is survived by her mother, Opal Weber of Newark; sisters Jacqueline Moon of Proctorville, Ohio, Stacey Summers and husband, Jeff, of Decatur and Catherine Hammonds of Fort Worth; uncle Robert Brown of Stockton, Calif.; aunt and uncle Alice and Jesse Bobo of Newark; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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