Fire devours home

Fire devours home

Joe and Debra Garcia of Newark had just left for Fort Worth when their single-wide trailer was destroyed by fire Saturday morning.

The home in the 200 block of County Road 4877 was devoured by a blaze that started on the front porch about 11:30 a.m., according to County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard.

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TOTAL LOSS – Tarrant County firefighters douse hot spots on a burned trailer home in Newark Saturday. Newark Fire Chief James Edgemon said the front porch was “almost gone” when they arrived, but his crew put the fire out and kept it from spreading to neighboring trailers. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

Although the Garcias had just left, Debra’s sister, Teresa Huckabee, and her teenage son, Hunter Huckabee, were at the house when the fire started. They were watching television and “heard some popping and cracking on the front porch. They opened the door, and the fire was outside,” said Beard.

Initial reports indicated oxygen bottles in the home were exploding as the fire spread, but Beard said he did not find evidence of that.

Teresa and Hunter exited the house through a back door and were not injured. There were two dogs inside the home, one of which perished in the blaze.

Red Cross was called to the scene to meet the needs of the family. Hunter lived in the trailer with the Garcias, and his mother lived in a trailer behind them, which was not damaged. The trailer homes on either side of the burned structure are also occupied by relatives.

Newark, Rhome, Boyd and Tarrant County fire departments responded to the fire, as well as Wise County medics. The fire was declared accidental by Beard.

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Donald and Jeneva Brackeen

Donald and Jeneva Brackeen of Newark will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 13, 2013.

Donald and the former Jeneva Bramlet were married June 13, 1953.

Brackeen

Donald and Jeneva Brackeen

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Woman narrowly avoids injury

Woman narrowly avoids injury

A Newark woman escaped injury Friday morning after hitting an 18-wheeler on U.S. 287 right at the Rhome city limits.

Michele Hodges left her Chisholm Springs home heading to work, but didn’t get far. At the U.S. 287 and FM 4843 intersection she turned, but didn’t see a northbound rock hauler.

CRASH COURSE – Michele Hodges sits in her white Honda Accord while emergency responders take down her information Friday morning following her Collision with a rock hauler on U.S. 287 near Rhome. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Hodges’ white Honda hit the rear half of the semi’s trailer and was spun around into a nearby ditch.

“There wasn’t anything the semi truck driver could do,” said Greg Hair, Department of Public Safety Trooper.

Luckily for Hodges, the closest thing to injury she sustained was a spilled protein shake. No other injuries were reported.

Also on scene were Rhome emergency responders, Rhome Police Chief James Rose and a Sheriff’s deputy.

Rose said that particular intersection can be dangerous for drivers, as both north and southbound traffic crests hills while cross traffic from FM 4843 flows onto the highway.

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Joe Edmond Underwood

Joe Edmond Underwood

Joe Edmond Underwood

Joe Edmond Underwood, 55, owner/operator of a feed store, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, in Newark.

Graveside service was June 4 at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville with the Rev. Gary Sessions officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Joe was born Jan. 24, 1958, to Albert and Ruby (Anderson) Underwood in Fort Worth. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Underwood; and his brother, Albert Underwood II.

Survivors include his father, Albert Underwood of Newark; brother Gary Underwood and wife, Sherry, of Newark; sister Naomi Landry and husband, David, of Suwanee, Ga.; nephews Gary Underwood II of Saginaw, and Christopher Landry and Michael Landry, both of Suwanee; niece Stacy Chalmers; other relatives; and a host of friends.

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John Amberg Martinez

Eddie and Rachel Martinez of Newark announce the birth of a son, John Amberg, on May 10, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are David and Michelle Dahl of Newark and Amelia Martinez of Decatur.

Great-grandmother is Claudette Ferguson of Newark.

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Man fires shots amid crime spree

A Newark man was arrested early Sunday morning after going on a “rampage” with a gun in his neighborhood.

Officers responded to the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark just before midnight Saturday after a complaint about a man with a gun. Upon arrival, they reported hearing gunfire.

Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr.

Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr.

The suspect, Kenneth Carl Carlton Jr., 38, still had the gun when he approached officers, according to Captain Kevin Benton with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. They were able to convince Carlton to put down his weapon.

He became uncooperative when officers tried to place him under arrest, however, and they had to use a stun gun to subdue him. After medics were called to the scene to check Carlton out, he was taken to Wise County Jail.

Witnesses told officers that Carlton walked out of his home and began shooting.

“He shot the windows out of a car and shot toward a couple of houses. He went into one house and held a gun to a lady’s head,” Benton said.

Carlton had already come back outside when officers arrived on the scene.

Another neighbor said he began running away and said gravel hit him from the bullets hitting the ground right behind him, Benton said.

At least one home sustained damage from bullets, but no one was injured.

Benton said it does not appear that he was targeting any specific neighbor and does not know what set Carlton off.

“I think he went on some kind of rant,” Benton said. “I would have to say at this point, officers don’t know what precipitated it.”

Benton added that Carlton denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Carlton has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping, burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony, and deadly conduct. He remained jailed Tuesday with bond set at $200,000.

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Thomas Russell Whittington

Thomas Russell Whittington

Thomas Russell Whittington

Thomas Russell Whittington, 61, a machinist, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Newark.

Funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Mike Boaldin officiating. Burial is private.

Thomas was born April 28, 1952, in Fort Worth to Winfred and Edna (Pool) Whittington. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newark, and he loved to fish, hunt, cook and garden.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his infant sister, Tommie Ruth Whittington.

Survivors include his daughter, Marcey Inman Martin of New Fairview; son Tory McNeely of Granbury; sisters Gayle Melton and husband, Don, and Wendy Cromer and husband, Keith, all of Newark; numerous nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; friend Mike Todd of Newark; other family members; and a host of friends.

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Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lynn Cromer

Davina Lara Conejo and Steven Lynn Cromer of Newark were married Feb. 22, 2013, in Boyd. Wise County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy L. Hays officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Jo Anne Bowman of Paradise, Calif., and Demecio Conejo Jr. of Olivehurst, Calif.

The groom is the son of Keith and Wendy Cromer of Newark. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Whittington and the late Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Cromer, all of Newark.

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lynn Cromer

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Lynn Cromer

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Thomas Edward Romero VI

Nina Crawford and Thomas Romero of Newark announce the birth of a son, Thomas Edward Romero VI, on April 23, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.

He has three brothers: Thomas Romero III, 4; Thomas Romero IV, 2; and Thomas Romero V, 1; and three sisters: Katheryn Romero, 12; Kandace Romero, 11; and Kassi Romero, 19.

Grandparents are Thomas and Myoka Tuggle of Newark.

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Landyn Ryder Bothwell

Thomas Lee and Lauren Bothwell of Newark announce the birth of a son, Landyn Ryder, on April 18, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long.

He has a brother, Brennon, 6, and a sister, Hayden, 2.

Grandparents are Kim and Freddie Ballard.

Great-grandparents are Connie and Bill McPherson.

Great-great-grandparent is Earl Huffstetler.

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City not joining West Nile Virus program

Next month marks the beginning of West Nile season.

After suffering through an unprecedented number of West Nile Virus cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth region last year, Tarrant County is attempting to expand its surveillance and response plan.

Since a small portion of Newark is in Tarrant County, it was one of the cities asked to take part in an interlocal agreement and join the program. But due to the city’s small staff, the city council voted 4-0 against it Thursday night.

“We don’t have enough personnel to do it,” said city secretary Diane Rasor. “To take part you must have employees out at certain times of the day just to capture mosquitoes.”

Even though Newark is not participating in the program, the city can still benefit from it thanks to nearby larger municipalities taking part in identifying and responding to West Nile Virus carrying mosquitoes.

Nationwide, 2012 had more reported human cases of West Nile than any year since 2003, with 33 percent of those occurring in Texas.

Ninety-two percent of the cases reported in Texas last year were in north Texas, including more than 750 in the D/FW area. And Texas reported more cases by far than any other state.

Last year most of the confirmed cases occurred from May to October, peaking in August and October.

Even with so many cases last year, it’s hard to predict when and where the mosquito-borne will strike hardest this year.

West Nile Virus is “disturbingly unpredictable, disagreeable and difficult to control” the Centers for Disease Control reported last September.

In 2013, it is predicted the season will peak between July and October.

CITY NOTES

  • The council voted to cancel the upcoming May election due to only one candidate running for council. There are two seats open for election.
  • Council approved hiring Ronnie Sellers to work in public works. Sellers worked for the city years ago but left in 2004 to pursue a job in the oilfield.
  • With Laura Pixler stepping down, the council had to appoint a new member to serve as liaison to the library board. The council voted to have all four members each serve quarterly on the board over the next year.

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Johnny Wayne Dixon

Johnny Wayne Dixon, 60, of Newark died Saturday, March 23, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.

Johnny Wayne was born in Houston to Josephine and Chancy Dixon. He was a truck driver for 35 years and loved his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine North, stepfather E.L. North, father Chancy Dixon, and brother T.J. Eilers.

Johnny is survived by son Allen Wayne Dixon; brothers Jerry Dixon, A.C. Ebarb, Logan Ebarb, Carl Ebarb, Bobby Ebarb and James Ebarb; and sisters Kathy Wilson, Sherry Carpenter, Margie Calvert and Maurine Bannister.

Johnny will be remembered and missed by all whom he touched in his life.

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Aurora Lisetta Patton

Jeremiah and Audrey Patton of Newark announce the birth of a daughter, Aurora Lisetta, on April 1, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has a brother, Colton Patton, 5, and a sister, Bayleigh Ward-Patton, 9.

Grandparents are Steve and Ruth Huggins of Haslet and Dave and Vera Patton of Tomball.

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Chief honored for 50 years of service

Although he’s spent most of his life putting out fires, he’s burned more midnight oil than most men in his profession – and he’s done it all at full speed, for no paycheck.

Newark Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Edgemon’s 50 years of service were celebrated Saturday night at the Decatur Civic Center.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE - For 50 years Newark Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Edgemon has volunteered for the department. He still continues to be the department's No. 1 responder, arriving at 92 percent of all calls the department received last year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

LEAD BY EXAMPLE – For 50 years Newark Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Edgemon has volunteered for the department. He still continues to be the department’s No. 1 responder, arriving at 92 percent of all calls the department received last year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

When Edgemon arrived, an American flag waved in the breeze at the high end of a fire truck ladder. He entered the gala with first responders from around the county lined up to honor his service.

“Even at his age, he responds to more calls than anyone on the department,” said Newark Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Taylor. “He responded to 92 percent of all the calls last year.”

Last year the Newark VFD received 573 calls. Edgemon responded to 527 of those. That means that Edgemon, on average responded to more than one call every day of the year. And last year the total volume of calls was more than 100 below average.

“He’s the first one on scene and the last one to stop working,” Taylor said. “He’s the one that shows up at 3 a.m. when no one else wants to go.”

He’s not just the top responder in 2012, but every year.

“He’s been the top responder for the entire 15 years I’ve been here,” Taylor said.

At the wrecks and fires and medical emergencies he’s responded to over half-a-century he not only saved people involved, but also created a trickle-down effect that has pushed others to serve in the same capacity.

As a kid, Gainesville Fire Marshal Jody Henry was inspired at an early age by Edgemon. He grew up in Newark, near the Edgemon home.

“I don’t know if it was the flashing lights or all the excitement of seeing him rush out to calls, but I started hanging out at the fire hall,” Henry said. “Instead of running me off, James mentored me and was a true friend.

“Even now, he’s still my hero in action. Just like always.”

And behind every good man is usually a good wife.

“He’s not just volunteered for the fire department for 50 years, but he’s also been a loyal husband for 50 years,” Taylor said. “How many hot meals did he have to run out on when an emergency call went out? How many Christmas mornings did he have to leave to put out a fire?

“But Sherry has been there supporting him and the department through everything.”

Edgemon joined the department in 1963. Fifty years later, he’s still burning the midnight oil, putting out fires and leading his department.

Obviously, it’s the only speed he knows.

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Sessler leaps to council early

The only candidate running in the upcoming May election for a seat on the Newark city council arrived ahead of time.

Dan Sessler

Dan Sessler

Last Thursday the council voted to appoint Dan Sessler to fill the void left by former place 4 city council member Chana Massey. Massey moved out of city limits and had to resign.

The early appointment will allow Sessler to get started ahead of time, and allow the council to fill all five seats until the election.

“I’ve always been involved in the city,” Sessler said. “I saw an opportunity to run for council and a chance to get more involved. I’ve seen a lot of improvements made to the city of Newark and the good job being done and I wanted to be a part of it.”

In his upcoming term, Sessler said roads, along with water and sewer, will be the major issues facing City Hall.

“There’s a lot that still needs to get done in Newark,” Sessler said. “And we have a limited income to work with because this is a small community.

“This is a great council. It’s a working council. Everybody does volunteer work. The council gets out and digs ditches, shovels water. Everybody puts in time with no pay whatsoever.”

Even with the appointment of Sessler, the council will be short one member after the election. Longtime council member and mayor pro tem Laura Pixler, whose term ends in May, decided not to file for re-election.

“I hate losing (Massey and Pixler),” said Mayor Matt Newby. “They were both very involved and motivated.”

Sessler said he hopes the council can find someone to appoint to the soon-to-be empty seat.

Newby echoed the sentiment.

“I’d like for there to be a full house,” Newby said. “I think it’s better because more people bring more ideas to the table. It’s easier to come up with solutions to problems when more people are working together.

“I hope someone steps up and wants to get involved.

“We’ve been fortunate that the council we’ve had is hands-on. They are all willing to take on projects and challenges.”

Sessler has decades of experience in the corporate and the television and broadcast equipment industry. For 23 years he worked for Harris Corp., part of a select team formed in 1998 that helped broadcasters transition from analog to digital television.

He moved to Newark about 10 years ago. He’s the president and general manager of RF Specialties of Texas, a company that sells equipment to radio and television stations. He’s been married to his wife Cindy for 32 years. They have three children, J.D., 19, Jelayne, 26, and Jonette, 28.

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R.H. ‘Bob’ Hobbs

R.H. 'Bob' Hobbs

R.H. ‘Bob’ Hobbs

R.H. “Bob” Hobbs, 76, of Newark, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Friends and family will gather for a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the home of his daughter, Kathy Diffie, in Azle.

Bob was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Palmer to Robert and Vernice Hobbs. He was the town barber in Newark from 1973 to 1998, and he loved to catfish, hunt, tell jokes and play pool.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Linda Hobbs; daughters Kathy Diffie, Connie Smith, Dianna Snider and Rene Turner; son Raymond Collins; brother Daniel Hobbs; sister Patsy Godbey; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation.

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Couple, community rescue dog from abyss

Ditch hops off the couch and bounces over to his smiling master.

The six-month-old, brindle-colored boxer moves with such ease it’s hard to believe it’s been only a little More than a week since he had one of his legs amputated. A row of staples hold together a fold of pink skin over a round nub where his right rear leg used to be. Yet he scrambles around like he’s had months to adapt to being a tri-pod.

DOG DAYS ARE OVER - An unknown suspect or suspects left a six-month-old boxer for dead in a ditch along a highway in Newark. James Tucciarone found the dog with his back legs bound by a pair of pantyhose. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

DOG DAYS ARE OVER – An unknown suspect or suspects left a six-month-old boxer for dead in a ditch along a highway in Newark. James Tucciarone found the dog with his back legs bound by a pair of pantyhose. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Thanks to the efforts of Tabitha and James Tucciarone of Newark, and a giving community and vet clinic, he’s been given a new lease on life. Before they found him, Ditch suffered from what appears to be an extremely cruel case of abuse.

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, James had just dropped his daughter off at school. He was returning to his home in Newark Ranch, just off Farm Road 718, when a bundled mass caught his attention.

“I kind of noticed something in the ditch that shouldn’t be there,” James said. “I pulled over and here’s this little guy curled up in the ditch in the rain. He gave me this look like, ‘You’re here for me.’ Like he was waiting for someone.”

James wrapped him up in a blanket and put him in the truck. That’s when he noticed something horribly wrong with the puppy.

“There was something wrong with his leg,” he said. “The stench was overwhelming. His back leg had no hair, and it had swollen to four times its normal size.”

He noticed something strange wrapped around one of the rear legs. Without disturbing it further, he took the dog to Boat Club Road Animal Hospital.

Someone had bound the puppy’s rear legs together tightly with the elastic waistband from a pair of pantyhose and dumped him into a ditch on the side of the road.

“It had been tied on him for several days at least,” James said. “There was no skin on his leg. Only meat. And in his condition there was no way he could have walked there on his own.

“The animal clinic said it was an obvious case of abuse. There was no reason for that to be wrapped around him.”

The damage caused from binding the rear legs together had caused one of them to begin rotting off. The hospital attempted a special treatment to try and save the leg.

That’s when the community stepped forward to help. Former Newark City Council member Bandy Hicks, who works at the animal clinic, started an online fundraiser through the website gofundme.com to help with medical bills. Within 12 days the site had raised more than $1,200 for the injured pup. A fundraising jar set up in the Conoco in Newark raised a couple hundred more. The animal hospital also helped by doing the procedures for a reduced rate.

“They tried a type of water treatment to remove dead tissue and stimulate new tissue growth,” James said. “They did it for several days and thought he was responding. But when they removed the wrapping and saw bone and tendons, they told us they had to take the leg off.”

After going through everything with the puppy, the Tucciarones couldn’t bear turning him over to a shelter, so they kept him.

“He can already run and play with the other dogs,” James added. “We gave him the name Ditch because that’s where we found him. But we’ve given him the nickname Lt. Dan.”

But they still don’t know how he ended up in the ditch near their home, or who might have injured him.

“We’re really confounded about his story,” James said. “He’s housebroken. He doesn’t act like he was abused. He’s not hand-shy.”

They never heard anything back from Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office where they reported the case.

“We were hoping that by putting the story on Facebook somebody might know what had happened and step forward,” he said. “But we’re not going to needle that to death. I like to focus on the positive, get him well.”

The look in Ditch’s eyes when he bounds around the yard of his new home indicates he’s well on the way.

BACK FROM THE BRINK - James Tucciarone holds Ditch, nicknamed Lt. Dan, just days after surgery to remove one of the dog's legs. Ditch has adapted quickly to life as a tripod and can already run and play with other dogs. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BACK FROM THE BRINK – James Tucciarone holds Ditch, nicknamed Lt. Dan, just days after surgery to remove one of the dog’s legs. Ditch has adapted quickly to life as a tripod and can already run and play with other dogs. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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City wages war on street grass

Less than a year after the city of Newark resurfaced several roads throughout town, signs of ruin are already starting to pop up through the cracks.

The city recently resurfaced Park, Brown and Chambers streets. But those roads are already pocked with potholes and grass and weeds are poking up through the surface.

“On Park and Brown streets there is actually grass coming up through the blacktop,” said council member Bob Wells. “We just resurfaced these roads six months ago. This is happening on roads all over the city.

“We’ve got to approve this and get it done so we can get more life than two years out of these new roads.”

At a meeting Thursday night, the rest of the council agreed. They unanimously approved tweaking the budget so they could get a total of $35,000 into the street repair account. That’s the projected budget total to resurface Sandy Bass Lane and fix the pothole problem popping up on roads all over town.

Wells said there are more roads slated to be resurfaced, including Pettit and Burke streets, but that will cost another $34,400, which “is not feasible this year.”

NEW OFFICER TO CUT DOWN ON WEEDS

The council also unanimously approved hiring a “code service official” on a part-time basis to help the city enforce ordinances.

“We need them to identify owners of property or renters, send out certified letters and produce spreadsheets,” said city secretary Diane Rasor.

She said it’s important for whoever they hire to stay on top of the enforcement process because it involves several steps. Rasor is also a certified code enforcement officer and could help. They already have an individual in mind who moonlights as a martial arts instructor.

The council approved the mayor to hire the officer for five to 10 hours per week at a wage not to exceed $20 per hour. Depending on how much they work, it will cost the city between $3,000 and $6,000 to fund the position for the remainder of the fiscal year.

CITY NOTES

  • Council agreed to again sponsor the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will occur on the grounds outside City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23, and will feature an egg hunt, snacks, games and prizes. If there is inclement weather the hunt will move into the community center.
  • Council reviewed photos and progress of volunteers working on water and sewer line projects toward the STEP grant.
  • City auditor Bill Spore reviewed the audit of last year’s fiscal budget with the council. He said he did not find “any deficiencies” in the budget.

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Newark resident named National Merit finalist

Newark resident Matthew Walker is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a finalist in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Walker, along with Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet, are among the 15,000 finalists vying for the Merit Scholar title and the accompanying scholarship. The 8,300 recipients nationwide will be announced in the spring.

The award is based on outstanding academic record, SAT scores and a detailed scholarship application that included an essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.

“We are extremely proud of Damon, Kassidy and Matthew,” said Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress. “They are hardworking, talented and deserving of this recognition.”

Walker plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study technical writing. He is a member of the Northwest High School band, Leading Individuals Fighting for Tolerance (LIFT) and National Honor Society.

MERIT FINALISTS - Matthew Walker (left) of Newark is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a National Merit Finalist. Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet are also among the 15,000 vying for the title and coinciding scholarship.

MERIT FINALISTS – Matthew Walker (left) of Newark is one of three Northwest High School seniors named a National Merit Finalist. Damon King of Fort Worth and Kassidy Knight of Haslet are also among the 15,000 vying for the title and coinciding scholarship.

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Paul Randle

Paul Randle

Paul Randle

Paul Randle, 70, a bull rider and truck driver, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Newark.

Memorial service is 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Clark, 4262 FM 2264, in Decatur. Chaplain Rodney Bolejack will officiate.

Paul was born Dec. 24, 1942, in Roswell, N.M., to Bill and Geraldine (Hamm) Randle.

He was a professional bull rider from the time he graduated from college in 1962 until 1978. He then went to work for Lisa Motor Lines as a cattle hauler and retired after 20 years of service. He was a longtime resident of the Springtown area.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; nephew Brett Barham; and brother Floyd Johnson.

Survivors include his daughter, Deanna Randle of Newark; son Joe Paul Randle of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Whitney Kennedy and Ashton Kennedy, both of Newark, and Ashley Randle and John Paul Randle, both of Albuquerque; his former wife, Barbara Clark of Decatur; sister Jan Barham of Carrizozo, N.M.; brother Leonard Iglesias of Springtown; nephew Jimmy Maxwell of Artesia, N.M.; niece Julie Barham of Lubbock; friends Gerald Clark of Decatur, Christi Wood of Lake Worth, Joe Gabor of San Antonio, Frank Ferrerah of Springtown, Cecile Sanchez of Fort Worth and Louie Winters of Springtown; other family members and a host of other friends.

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