Paradise School Board reconfigures meal service

The Paradise school board is cooking up a new plan for the district’s cafeterias.

Trustees Monday night approved a bid from Aramark to provide food services for the district, starting this fall.

Interim Superintendent Robert Criswell said it would be five years before the district sees a profit – but over the years, food services has regularly run a deficit, so almost anything would be an improvement.

In the first year, expenditures with Aramark are projected to be $498,062, while revenue through meal purchases is expected to be $391,125 – a loss of $106,937. The losses are projected to decrease annually until year five, when a net $307 profit is expected.

“We’ve historically lost $100,000-plus on this thing forever, so this isn’t out of line,” Criswell said. “We’re not going to get rich off this thing, but if we can break even, it’ll be all right.”

Paradise ISD plans to partner with neighboring Boyd ISD to make it more economically feasible for both districts.

Criswell said he thought the loss could be decreased if more students choose to participate in the program.

“I think it may be better than that by the time we get more kids eating,” he said. “We’ve got to have more participation if we’re going to try to make things break even.”

Criswell said all current food service employees will get to choose whether they become an Aramark employee or remain employees of the school district, but no one should lose their job.

“I think it’s time to try something new,” Criswell said.

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Paradise ISD changes class rank policy

Paradise School Board followed the lead of many other local school districts, approving a new class ranking policy Monday night.

Chief Financial Officer Mac Edwards, who is a former PHS principal, said the changes will put the race for class rank on a more level playing field.

“The way the policy reads right now … it kind of punishes kids for taking electives, it punishes their GPAs (grade point averages),” he said.

The plan approved Monday night will base class rank on four core classes – English, math, science and social studies – plus a foreign language. This will affect only incoming freshmen.

“So basically, you’re taking out electives to determine class rank,” said Board President Homer Mundy.

Earlier in the meeting Edwards had explained that it’s difficult to compare elective classes head-to-head, which is why basing class rank on the core classes is more fair.

“We’re not pioneers in this,” he said. “Other districts have adopted something similar.”

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Wise lands more than 50 on Weatherford College dean’s list

A host of Wise County students were among the 400-plus named to the Weatherford College Dean’s List for spring 2014.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must take 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.

Wise County students earning the honor, listed by their hometowns, were:

Alvord: Trevor Hardee; Christina Overton and Maribel Vargas.

Boyd: Derek Martin; Abram Moreno and Sarah Smith.

Bridgeport: Torie Carter; Sharlyn Fagan; Alexis Garrett; Joshua Hartsell; Gabriel Huerta; Taylor Hulsey; Tina Jennings; Annbra Johnson; Alexandra Martinets; Danielle Mindieta; Martha Sanders and Garrett Wagner.

Chico: Hannah Avants; Kimberly Bible; Elizabeth Brown; Damian Delgado; Callie Fuller; Ramiro Loza; Dee McHenry; Luke Plummer; James Redwine; Molli Umphress and Tiffany Vislosky.

Decatur: Rosaura Aldape; Victoria Aldape; Amanda Byrum; Sarrah Ennis; Zachary Flaherty; Selena Galindo; Wilson Garrett; Lacy Hankins; Brittany Hargrave; Jeffrey Keller; Martha Maldonado; Rebekah McGregor; Nathan Mitchell; Mercedes Moreno; Victoria Myers; Brandon Pelton; Sonia Resma; Venancio Rodriguez; Yanet Rodriguez; Karol Saenz and Kelsey Smith.

Paradise: Kristina Kemp and William Ngetich.

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Paradise Elementary School Sixth Six Weeks Honor Roll

A HONOR ROLL

FIRST GRADE – Channing Beauvais, Ansel Caddell, Pablo Carrillo, Tristian Carvell, MacKenzie Christensen, Alison Cox, Carsyn Cox, Sarah Crawford, Kora DeBono, Cooper Denman, Maddison Doty, Ellie Eyster, Samantha Farris, Keegan Fowler, Edyee Franks, Madison Gentry, Logan Harris, Erick Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Addison Hutto, Kimber Ingram, Kourtney Johnson, Emma Karg, Alisha Knox, Lillian Lowery, Levi Maxwell, Jack McCormick, Nathan Moyers-Tolliver, Henry Oberg, Audrey Pease, Morgan Plunket, Jaelyn Reynolds, Gracelyn Roberts, Mackenzee Smith, Cayson Stainton, Mandy Stone, Jozy Tierney, Julian Tucker, Payton Tucker, Landrie Waggoner, Rylan Williams, Ayden Winters, Cooper Woodard, Mason Worley

SECOND GRADE – Halee Bacon, Taylor Bennington, Thomas Bennington, Joren Burkhalter, Lexi Clayton, K’tlyn Davis, Leonardo Delgadillo, Koby Dickens, Samantha Fesperson, Brooklyn Force, Levi Gibson, Damian Gonzalez, Cole Goodman, Jocelyn Hagar, Waylon Holt, Cade Horner, Lukas Jones, Aubrey Jordan, Wanda King, Maci Kirbie, Hunter Lawson, Jimmy Loza, Jose Luevanos, Brock Mathis, Austin Mathison, Laylyn Maxwell, Kaitlyn McCauley, Michael Meddaugh, Andrew Messenger, Morgan Mitschke, Carla Ponce, Mavis Read, Jack Rogers, Rylea Rowe, Tucker Sanders, Zecheriah Sanders, Ulric Smart, Jacob Sullivan, Emma Tittor, Zoe Tucker, Hudson Turney, Layton Williams, Aaron Wilson

THIRD GRADE – Kamryn Baker, Britton Barnett, Matthew Benson, Dean Caddell, Brooklyn Cathey, Cooper Davidson, Nevaeh Davis, Kreece Dearing, Owen Edwards, Avery Felton, Brissa Fernandez, Rafe Foreman, Natalie Forsyth, Bryson Gibson, Aubree Godwin, Natalee Hasty, Lando Henry, Cade Hogan, Kynlee Holt, Chase McDowell, Emma Nelson, Barrett Nessler, William Nessler, Ashley Norvell, Harold Oberg, Carlos Perez, Mason Pettifield, Keegan Plunket, Charlotte Pollard, Caitlyn Roberts, Jayden Smith, Jack Sutton, Breanna Thomas, Jessinia Torres, Santiago Villalobos, Levi Waggoner, Samuel Wiley, William Worley, Summer Wylie

A/B HONOR ROLL

FIRST GRADE – Robert Barnhart, Wendy Blue, Boss Bryant, Natalia Cruz, Emily Duran, Brooklynn Elliott, Darcy Etter, Isabelle Foster, Kolson Jenkins, Hayden Johnson, Winter Johnson, Jasmine Lara, Gracie Livesay, Ruby Mara, Roselyn Marquez, Cash McCann, Nathan Miller, Landon Morrison, Jay Perez, Lacy Pollard, Rylee Rogers, Amelia Schuh, Blaine Sutton, Cade Tackel, Lailyn White, Noah White, Wyatt Whitener, Kaden Wilbur, Kim’berlynn Winters, Gazey Yates

SECOND GRADE – Alaina Buckner, Giselle Contreras, Rosendo Contreras, Mary Cook, Amyliz Delgadillo, Kooper Dickens, Sara Duran, Aurelio Fernandez, Nicholas Fuller, Carson Green, Casen Green, Cyler Green, Morgan Grothe, Landon Holley, Will Johnson, Kolby McCauley, Vandon Miramontes, Fabian Ortiz, Christopher Rogers, Trinity Rogers, Slade Shannon, Madison Skidmore, Makayla Skidmore, Arianna Tipton, Wyatt Turner, Kaden Vaughan, Victor Villaneda-Ibarra

THIRD GRADE – Grant Adams, Grayson Beauvais, LaShay Benavidez, Kammie Bennet, Kya Bennet, Kailee Buyers, Jennifer Chavez-Romo, Will Crawford, Mason Cross, Keaton Dillinder, Emma Dowling, Calvin Gage, Mason Gauna, Dalila Gonzalez, Parker Hardcastle, Lane Harding, Chloe Harrington, Zadie Holland, Libraty King, Kylie Knox, Hailey Kopecky, Tradyn Lambert, Cole Livesay, Randon Longenbaugh, Kennith McCauley, Matthew Meyer, Lorenzo Pineda, Jordan Piper, Savannah Pope, Jason Rose, Kynzee Shumate, Katelin Sims-Skinner, Ethan Swan, River Tierney, Asher Waddell, Allison Warren, Matthew White, Mikah Winters

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Area students make TWU dean’s lists

Texas Woman’s University has released its dean’s and chancellor’s list for the Spring 2014 semester, and 15 Wise County students made the grade.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade-point average are eligible for the dean’s list.

Students who earn a 4.0 GPA are named to the chancellor’s list.

Those making the lists from Wise County, and their majors, were:

Alvord: Vanessa Alberts, sociology

Boyd: Alyssa Lomerson, social work; Kristina West, nursing (4.0)

Bridgeport: Angelica Reyes, dental hygiene (4.0), Kristie Sandoval, interdisciplinary studies

Decatur: Maria Arellano, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kari Gage, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Megan Maxwell, business administration/marketing; Rachel McGregor, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Katlyn Sanders, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kitara Wright, communication sciences (4.0)

Justin: Cherlyn Fraser, health studies (4.0); Amanda Harris, communication sciences (4.0); Gennel Lassen, interdisciplinary studies; Julie Nolting, interdisciplinary studies (4.0); Kiara Reed, fashion merchandising; Paula Scotton, nursing (4.0): Esther Simental, dental hygiene (4.0); Nikki Vasquez, art (4.0); Erin Wages, child development (4.0); and Maggie Watkins, interdisciplinary studies (4.0)

Paradise: Taylor Blount, nutrition (4.0); Saira Fernandez, undeclared

Rhome: Bettina Davis, dance; Maritza Mauricio, business administration

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Melvin takes 6th in pole bending

Katlyn Melvin finished sixth in pole bending at the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla.

The Paradise rider turned in an average of 61.916 in her three rides to record the top-10 finish.

Her ride in the third go was good for fifth at 20.106. She was eighth after the first two efforts with an average of 41.810.

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Burt contributes to all-star win

In her four years on the court at Paradise, Makenna Burt needed to fill the stat sheet for the Lady Panthers to net a win.

Back at Work

BACK AT WORK – Paradise’s Makenna Burt makes a move to get around Zavalla’s Caitlyn Lambert during the TGCA All-Star game Friday at Arlington High School. Burt scored five points. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Friday, Burt was allowed to take a supporting role as her Red squad rolled to a 71-53 victory in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 1-3A All-Star game.

Coming off the bench, Burt scored five points, grabbed seven boards and blocked a shot in 17 minutes of action.

“I’ve never scored just five points and won,” Burt said.

“It was fun. I loved the team.”

Her teammate, Tulia guard Markeyla Hicks won the game’s MVP honor after scoring a game-high 16 points along with making six steals, dishing out five assists and grabbing two boards.

Bowie’s Madison Wallace added 14 points. Kerens’ Cambree Betts and Fairfield’s Tiara Tatum put in 10 points each.

The Red squad opened up a 14-point lead at 28-14 with 7:15 left in the first half on Betts’ 3-pointer. After leading by as many as 20, the Red team held a 40-26 advantage at the break.

Burt, who took only one shot from the field in the first half and made two free throws, started the second half. She found herself matched up with Zavalla’s Caitlyn Lambert on the blocks.

“She was tough. I was trying to wear her out and get her mad,” Burt said.

Lambert gave all the Red team’s defenders fits inside. She finished with 11 points. Abilene Wylie’s Punkin Mack led the Blue team with 13 points.

The Blue team pulled within 10, 44-34, on a Lambert layup with 15:03 remaining. That was as close as it would get. The Red team built the advantage back to 19, 63-44, with 3s from Tatum and Mckenzie Hockenberry.

Burt scored on her lone field goal with 2:35 left off a pass from Hicks. Burt was 1-for-4 from the field.

Burt admitted to being a little winded in her return to the floor.

The Wise County and 9-2A Offensive Player of the Year averaged 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds last season. She is headed to Northern Oklahoma College in Enid to play.

New Alvord coach John Shelton, who was at Franklin last year, was an assistant for the Red team.

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Burt, Estrada make all-star rosters

Makenna Burt dominated the paint on both ends of the floor over her four seasons as a Paradise Lady Panther.

In her last act in high school, Burt will put her skills on display against some of the top seniors in the state during the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game.

Burt will play for the Red squad during the A-3A game at 11 a.m. July 11 at Arlington High School.

“I’m excited. It’s an honor to play in this game,” Burt said.

While facing double- and triple-teams every night, the Paradise center averaged a double-double of 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds on the way to helping the Lady Panthers to their first playoff win in more than a decade. She earned 9-2A Offensive Player of the Year and a TABC Region II selection.

Burt has signed to play at Northern Oklahoma College in Enid.

She anticipates the all-star game will be a good tune-up for college.

“I expect it to be tough. I’ll be playing against some of the top people in the state,” Burt said.

She’s also looking forward to squaring off against a teammate from a select squad, Breeana Raffaele of Santo, who is on the Blue team.

Decatur’s Serena Estrada will play on the Red team in the TGCA volleyball game at 4 p.m. July 10 at Arlington High School.

The Decatur libero made 381 digs during the Lady Eagles’ run to the Class 3A title. She added 41 aces and 48 assists.

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Charles Bryan Cobb Jr.

Charles Bryan Cobb Jr.

Charles Bryan Cobb Jr., 60, of Paradise died Monday, June 30, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Sweetwater Cemetery with Pastor Jack Skidmore officiating. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

Charles was born June 7, 1954, in Haskell to Charles Bryan Cobb Sr. and Mary Jo Ann Page. He married Donna Vaughan Aug. 13, 1993, in Decatur. He enjoyed riding horses, showing cattle and woodworking. He was known for smoking briskets and sausage, as well as making his own barbecue sauce.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Donna Cobb of Paradise; sons Jason Cobb and wife, Lana, of Springtown and Caleb Page and wife, Lindsay of Junction City, Kan.; daughters Bethany Cobb of Decatur, Krystal Whited and husband, Randy, of Aurora and Samantha Jo Cobb of Paradise; grandchildren Hailee, Hannah, Chelsea, Kadince and Kabella; mother Mary Jo Ann Page and husband, Phillip, of Springtown; brother Billy Cobb and wife, Kim, of Bridgeport; and nieces, nephews and friends.

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Mr. and Mrs. Kolby Christian Pringle

Courtney Ray Andrews and Kolby Christian Pringle of Gunnison, Colo., were married May 17, 2014, at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch in Gunnison, where they work.

The bride is the daughter of James and Judy Grisham of Paradise, and the groom is the son of Ryan and Tammy Pringle of Gunnison.

Gunnison

Mr. and Mrs. Kolby Christian Pringle

Spencer Nicholl officiated the single-ring ceremony.

The bride was escorted by her father. She carried a bouquet of sunflowers and baby’s breath.

Maid of honor was Randi Pringle, sister of groom; and bridesmaids were Abby Wellborn and Amber Ragsdale.

Flower girls were Ava and Liv Montgomery, daughters of Jessica Montgomery; and ringbearers were Micah and Uriah Lambert, sons of Phil and Kirstin Lambert.

Best man was Casey Clark, and groomsmen were Brody Pringle and Jared Meyers.

Ushers were Aaron Wellborn and Zachary Fletcher.

A reception followed at the ranch.

The bride graduated from Paradise High School and attends Western State Colorado University in Gunnison.

The groom attended Gunnison High School.

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Michael Schane

Michael Schane

Michael Schane, 56, of Paradise, died peacefully on Saturday June 21, 2014 at home, with his loved ones at his side.

A Mass of the Ressurection will be noon Saturday, June 29 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Richland Hills. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Biggers Funeral Home, 6100 Azle Ave. in Lake Worth.

Michael was born Sept. 11, 1957.

Survivors include his wife, Deanna Schane; son Jason Schane; daughter Samantha Stevens and her husband, Joshua; granddaughter Alexis Stevens, his pride and joy; mother Sunny Railey; brother Danny Schane and wife, Sherry; sister Phyllis Guidry; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Richard and Tina Beal; and many other loved ones.

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School resource officer contract renewed

The Paradise ISD board of trustees renewed its contract with Wise County for a sheriff’s deputy to be the district’s school resource officer.

Monday night, the district agreed to pay $15,500 for the officer’s service, which only covers time during the school day. Special events and game nights are billed as overtime.

PISD will hold an election for board places 3, 4 and 5 this fall.

The filing period for candidates starts July 19 and ends Aug. 18. The election is Nov. 4.

The board also agreed to hire the accounting firm of Hankins, Eastup, Deaton, Tonn and Seay to conduct the district’s annual audit. The firm will look at PISD’s major funds, activities and financial statements, costing the district $16,500.

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Hoover receives doctorate

John E. Hoover graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry on May 23 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

He is a 2006 graduate of Paradise High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University in 2010.

Hoover is the son of Jerry and Cheryl Hoover of Paradise and grandson of Mildred Wear of Rhome.

He is engaged to be married to Grace Chambers of Plano in December.

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OU students recognized

Students from 49 states are listed on the University of Oklahoma honor roll for the spring 2014 semester.

In most colleges, students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to be included on the honor roll. Students in the College of Architecture are recognized with a 3.3 or better, and students in the College of Engineering are recognized with a 3.0 or better.

The names of students who earned a 4.0 grade-point average are also on the President’s Honor Roll and are indicated by an asterisk.

Wise County students honored include:

Decatur
Racey Burden*
Tamara Green*
Katy Stephens*
Katherine Williams*

Paradise
Sierra Brandon

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Students honored at OSU

Blake Arrington of Bridgeport was named to the President’s Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and Daniel Jordan of Paradise was named to the Dean’s List for the same semester.

Full-time undergraduate students who completed 12 or more hours with a grade point average of 4.00 were placed on the President’s Honor Roll, and students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a “C” were placed on the Dean’s List.

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Paradise agenda item raises a stink

The City of Paradise has a smelly situation to deal with.

At the council meeting Monday, City Secretary Teresa Moody will talk to the council about an odor problem at City Hall.

Also during the meeting, James Armstrong will share with the concil his plans for the 102 N. Oak property, and Randy Lanier will give a presentation on AFLAC.

The council will also schedule a budget workshop.

As the planning and zoning comission, city officials will consider the replat of the Methodist church.

In routine business, the council will consider meeting minutes and financials reports and hear an update from the building and water departments and economic development corp.

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Online solicitation among felony indictments

A Paradise man has been indicted for online solicitation of a minor.

Christopher Glenn Ashmore, 21, was indicted by a Wise County grand jury May 29 for allegedly using Facebook to solicit sexual acts from a minor.

Ashmore was arrested last June after he was caught in a sting operation by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. He thought he was communicating with a female between the ages of 13 and 16, but he was actually communicating with an investigator.

When he went to meet the “girl,” he was met by investigators who placed him under arrest.

Online solicitation of a minor is a third degree felony.

The grand jury indicted another 35 suspects on a variety of felony charges:

Steven Del Cummings, assault family/household member with previous conviction

Gustavo Angel Alvarez, aggravated sexual assault of a child

Robert Camden Carder Jr., assault family/household member impede breath/circulation

Anthony Glenn Gravely Jr., assault intentional/reckless breathing/circulation family member with previous conviction

Jeffrey Don Hill, fraudulent use/possession of indentifying information

Eric Jordan Bennett, possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, less than 1 gram

Jason Craig Croom, prohibited substance in a correctional facility (one count); possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram (one count)

Larry Dale Langley Jr., possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Carlos Alberto Lopez-Rodriguez, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Shawn David Massie, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Clifton Alan Skinner, possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram

Jason Hoyt Tally, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram (one count); unauthorized use of a vehicle (one count)

Donald Gene Walton, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Samuel Ray Weaver, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Sharon Kay Wolfe, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Jennifer Nicole Young, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Kaylee Lynne Bell, driving while intoxicated third or more

Eric Jordan Bennett, forgery financial instrument

Brian David Brooks, theft of property $1,500-$20,000

Jennifer Suzanne Buell, theft of property $1,500-$20,000

Joshua Dewane Bryant, theft of property less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions

Michelle Denise Combs, theft of material aluminum/bronze/copper/brass less than $20,000

Randy Bryon Nabors, theft of material aluminum/bronze/copper/brass less than $20,000

Kyndra Shealynn Conn, burglary of a habitation

Acey Allen Davis, theft of material aluminum/bronze/copper/brass less than $20,000

Kenneth Edward Gourd, driving while intoxicated with child under 15 (two counts)

Bryson Chase Isbell, unauthorized use of a vehicle

John Carlos Jones, driving while intoxicated with child under 15 (three counts)

Grady Shurl Mansell, burglary of a building

Donald John Morgan, driving while intoxicated third or more

Allen Dale Post, driving while intoxicated third or more

Donald Wayne Ray, theft of service $1,500-$20,000

Aaron Wayne Rivas, burglary of a habitation

Angel Dejesus Rivera, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle

Danilo Turcious-Cuellar, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle

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Panthers tap Chandler for basketball job

The Paradise Panthers are adding one of the state’s most prolific scorers and a former state championship MVP to its bench.

Cody Chandler

Cody Chandler, who led Lipan to a Class A title as a player in 1994 and later 183 wins as a head coach, has accepted the Panthers boys basketball job.

Chandler takes over for Tim Dukes, who resigned to pursue a job in the Metroplex.

“He’s a good fit for us,” said Paradise Athletic Director Scott Broussard. “He’s had success as a player and a coach. He has a good track record.”

Chandler spent eight seasons as the head coach in Lipan, leading his hometown squad to the playoffs in seven campaigns. Under him, Lipan went to the region tournament five times and made the state tournament in 2008-09, going 28-9. Chandler compiled a 183-92 record in his eight seasons.

Chandler is looking forward to his next opportunity that is still close to his family.

“It’s close to my hometown and my parents and in-laws will still be able to come watch,” Chandler said. “Talking with people there is quite a bit of talent returning and coming up. With the district realignment it should be a good situation for several years.”

Paradise moved into the new District 9-3A next year with Bowie, Boyd, Henrietta, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View. Last year, Paradise shared 9-2A with state powers Brock, Ponder and Peaster.

“At one point last year there were three teams in their district in the top five and Millsap was a top 20 team,” Chandler said. “That’s something we want to get to, but it takes years to get there.”

After winning a state title as a player and getting to the final four as a coach, Chandler said he knows the commitment it takes to reach that level.

“I’ve been through a winning system and understand the commitment it takes and can convey that to the kids,” he said. “Coach Broussard wants to build an overall program where everyone can succeed.”

On the court, Chandler wants the Panthers to get out and run a motion offense in their half-court sets.

“We want to push the ball. It’s hard to get kids to buy in walking the ball up the floor and working it inside,” Chandler said. “I like to run.”

He also expects an aggressive defense to be a staple of the team.

“We want to get down, guard and make everything hard on the offense,” Chandler said.

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Nathan Gene Despain

Justin and Carley Despain of Paradise announce the birth of a son, Nathan Gene, on May 28, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

He has one brother: Tristin Scott, 4; and one sister: Ella Rose, 3.

Grandparents are Rob and Bridget Gammage of Murchison.

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Palmer Adrianne Dagley

Justin and Kristin Dagley of Paradise announce the birth of a daughter, Palmer Adrianne, on May 28, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

She has two brothers: Hayden, 6, and Hampton, 3.

Grandparents are Ray and Judy Cook of Paradise and Glenn and Melanie Dagley of Baytown.

Great-grandparents are Joe and Ann Richardson of Paradise and Adrian and Naomi Bowers of Baytown.

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