Space-themed goat, owner repeat as champions

It may not have been on the catwalk, but Paradise Junior FFA member Lauren Moon and her floppy-eared Nubian dairy goat, Sady, acted as supermodels, wowing the judges at the Fort Worth Stock Show for a second year in a row.

Moon and Sady defended their title as grand champion for most creative goat costume.

Big Winner

BIG WINNER – Paradise Junior FFA member Lauren Moon recently won grand champion for most creative goat costume at the Fort Worth Stock Show for the second time. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

This year the fifth grader transformed Sady into the Millennium Falcon starship of “Star Wars” fame, while she herself dressed as Princess Leia – complete with her hair in double buns.

Last year the goat was an F-14 fighter from “Top Gun.”

MOVIE MINDED – Moon’s goat Sady is dressed as the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars” at this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show. Submitted photo

“I watch a lot of movies,” Moon joked, as she quoted Darth Vader. “‘Luke, I am your father.'”

She enjoys mysteries, too. Her favorite movie is “The Way Way Back” – but her favorite “Star Wars” movie is “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”

Compared to last year, dressing Sady up as one of the most famous ships in the galaxy was a bit of a challenge. She and her mother had to put in extra effort to get the details right.

“The first time didn’t take that long,” she said. “It only took like an hour-and-a-half. This one took like two-and-a-half hours for four days.”

To keep Sady in line and in character, Moon said she had to do a lot of sweet-talking.

“You have to walk them a lot, and brush them and clip their hooves and feed them,” Moon said. “We like to walk at least an hour-and-a-half each day.”

Even then, there were technical problems. While Han Solo had to contend with numerous malfunctions, Moon had only one – keeping the ship upright.

Despite her best efforts, the ship built around Sady kept tilting. But the mishap turned to good fortune as Moon decided it gave Sady the appearance of flying and banking as a ship would.

The judge must have agreed. Moon and Sady showed against dozens of other well-dressed competitors, whose themes included TV’s “Sons of Anarchy,” “Scooby Doo” and “Frozen,” just to name a few. There was even a goat dressed as a Chick-Fil-A cow.

The Wise County Youth Fair doesn’t have a goat costume category, but fans of Sady and Moon can still see them show at the upcoming event.

It’s well worth a re-run.

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Basketball: Bowie staves off Paradise rally

The Paradise Lady Panthers overcame a rough start and dug out of an early 12-point hole – but they couldn’t recover from a forgettable start to the fourth quarter.

GOING UP STRONG – Paradise’s Jett Preather takes the ball to the basket Friday during the Lady Panthers’ loss to Bowie. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Paradise turned the ball over five times in the first two minutes of the final frame. Bowie took advantage of the miscues, getting to the free-throw line and stretching its lead back to seven with a 6-0 run. The Lady Jackrabbits then held on for the 42-35 victory at the Paradise High School gym.

“We played a bad first five minutes and then we had another three-minute stretch there in the fourth,” said Paradise coach Kevin Pope. “We played bad about eight minutes and you can’t do that when you play good teams.”

“When you look at the mistakes we made, we could’ve won if we eliminated those mistakes.”

Paradise finished with 25 turnovers.

Bowie remained unbeaten in District 9-3A at 11-0 and took a two-game lead over 9-2 Paradise in the district standings.

“This was a big win. Paradise is a great team and we knew they would play us tough,” said Bowie coach Colby Davis.

Paradise can still take the second playoff seed out of 9-3A by winning out.

“This was a great game to get us ready for the playoffs,” said Paradise senior guard Courtney Kerr. “It was definitely a playoff atmosphere.”

Bowie led 31-30 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackrabbits kept Paradise at bay in the final frame without hitting a field goal. Bowie scored all 11 of its points in the fourth at the free-throw line, going 11-for-12.

“That was huge. If you are going to win big road games, you have to hit big free throws down the stretch,” Davis said. “I told the girls in the fourth quarter it would be a game of free throws and to go up there confident and knock them down.”

Courtney Brady went 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter at the line and 9-for-10 from the game en route to 13 points.

After falling down 37-30 with 6:25 left, Paradise went on a 5-0 run, pulling within two, 37-35, on Jett Preather’s 15-footer with 2:50 remaining.

Brady then knocked down a pair of free throws to extend Bowie’s lead back to four. Paradise never scored again, committing its final two turnovers in the final minute.

Bowie opened the game on a 12-2 run over the first five minutes and led 16-6 after the first quarter. Paradise turned the ball over 10 times and went 2-for-9 from the field in the opening quarter.

“They have an interesting press and we were not thinking on our feet quick enough,” Kerr said.

With a 9-0 run in the middle of the second quarter, Paradise pulled within one, 19-18, on a pair of free throws from Kaylee McConnell.

Bowie led 21-19 at halftime.

Preather, who finished with eight points, tied the game at 21 with a putback a minute into the second half. Paradise never took the lead as Bowie went back in front by five. Kerr’s basket and Amber French’s free throws to end the third got Paradise within one for the last time.

Kerr and French finished with six points each.

Bowie center Jordan Brightwell had 10 points with seven rebounds.

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Basketball: Bowie holds off Paradise

After trailing by 13 in the game and 11 midway through the fourth quarter, the Paradise Panthers suddenly found themselves down just four points with 2:36 remaining after Cash Preather’s layup.

But the Panthers couldn’t get any closer as Bowie kept them at arms-length with clutch free throws down the stretch. Bowie took the 53-45 win at Paradise High School gym.

“We got so far behind early,” said Paradise coach Cody Chandler. “We had it back within four but couldn’t make that one basket or defensive stop.”

The loss was the second straight for the Panthers as they fell to 4-5 in District 9-3A. But Paradise, who had won four in a row before the two losses to the league leaders – Nocona and Bowie – remains in the playoff hunt with five games left.

“There’s no one [game] we have to win,” Chandler said. “Holliday Tuesday won’t determine if we make the playoffs. But it could make a tremendous difference. The last five games will be huge.”

Paradise struggled to hit shots and keep Bowie off the boards early. Bowie took advantage of second-chance points to take an 11-7 lead after the first quarter.

“Out of their first 11 points, nine had to do with an offensive rebound,” Chandler said. “Nine points changed the whole end of the game.”

The Jackrabbits’ advantage grew to 13, 24-11, with 2:48 left in the first half. Bowie led 27-17 at halftime with Paradise going 6-for-16 from the field.

“We got off to a slow start and did not come with enough energy,” said Paradise guard Landry Norwood. “The second half we were ready to go.”

Norwood sparked a 9-4 run to close the third quarter to get Paradise within six, 38-32. Norwood was one of three Panthers to score 10. Caiden Berry and Hayden Barkley added 10 each.

Bowie went back up 11 on Jeffrey Howard’s bucket with 4:23 left. Howard led all scorers with 21 points.

Paradise went on a 7-0 run with a pair of Preather layups around Patrick Durado’s 3-pointer to get within four, 45-41. Preather could have cut the deficit to three but missed his free throw.

Bowie hit eight free throws in the final two minutes to sew up the win.

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Powerlifting: Paradise girls capture title at Jacksboro

The Paradise Lady Panthers edged the Graham Lady Blues 33-32 to win the Jacksboro Invitational Powerlifting Meet Saturday.

The Lady Panthers’ Kyndall McCasland won the 105-pound weight class by totaling 485 pounds.

Teammate Kyah Shannon was right behind McCasland, finishing second with a total of 415.

Makenzie Thomas won the 165 division for the Lady Panthers with a 395.

The Alvord girls also had a few standout performances in Jacksboro.

Natalie Hoffsis tallied a total score of 595 to win the 181 class, and Laura Yzaguirre won the 198 division with a total of 540.

In the 220-plus division, Alvord’s Haley Roberds came in second with a total of 730.

The Alvord girls team finished third with 19 points.

The Wise County boys teams had a rougher day at the Jacksboro Invitational.

Despite some strong individual performances, no Wise County school finished in the top four.

Paradise faired the best with a fifth-place team finish, led by Tanner Edwards who won the 275 class by lifting 1,330.

Chico finished in sixth, Decatur 10th, and Alvord 11th.

The Bridgeport finished sixth in Santo.

Dillon McAlister with 1,030 came in second in the 165 class. Roger Mastin took third with 985.

Keaton Vawter finished third among super heavyweights, lifting 1,085.

The Bridgeport girls finished eighth with Sarah Alexander and Allison Price finishing second in their respective weight classes.

In the 105 division, Alexander squatted 130 pounds, bench pressed 65 pounds and had a deadlift of 170 pounds.

Price squatted 210 pounds, benched 105 pounds and pulled 280 on deadlift in the 123 class.


105: 1. Kyndall McCasland, Paradise, 485; 2. Kyah Shannon, Paradise, 415

114: 3. Carressa McCasland, Paradise, 560; 5. Makenna Wise, Paradise, 465

123: 3. Kyndale Young, Paradise, 235

132: 2. Mikeala Beck, Paradise, 675; 4. Kailyn Carwile, Paradise, 585; 7. Dessie Putnam, Alvord, 185

165: 1. Makenzie Thomas, Paradise, 395

181: 1. Natalie Hofsiss, Alvord, 595

198: 1. Lauren Yzaguirre, Alvord, 540

220+: 2. Haley Roberds, Alvord, 730


132: 5. Kalyb Connor, Paradise, 835; 7. Braden Gonzales, Alvord, 695; 8. Cody Putnam, Alvord, 595

148: 2. Darian Sotomi, Paradise, 1045; 3. Crese Redman, Chico, 1035; 5. Grayson Cobb, Paradise, 1010; 10. Justin Taylor, Decatur, 760; 11. Alex Langley, Alvord, 635

165: 7. Marcus Thomas, Decatur, 865; 9. William Kurnes, Chico, 735; 10. Allan Allsbrooks, Decatur, 660; 11. Noah Elliott, Decatur, 615; 12. Dakota Barney, Decatur, 575

181: 9. Alex Nieto, Decatur, 300

198: 2. Taylor Hood, Chico, 1075; 6. Channing Hamilton, Paradise, 945; 7. Damon Lewis, Decatur, 935; 8. Kyle Barnett, Decatur, 910; 9. Kevin White, Decatur, 870; 11. Jake Kemp, Decatur, 815; 12. Hector Zaragosa, Chico, 490

220: 4. Cody Holaway, Decatur, 1030; 5. Blake Martin, Alvord, 1025; 7. Cody Armstrong, Chico, 985

242: 3. Deric Conner, Paradise, 1235; 6. JD Brown, Chico, 970; John Salazar, Chico, 925

275: 1. Tanner Edwards, Paradise, 1330; 6. Tyler Yzaguirre, Alvord, 865; 7. Johnathan Fawley, Decatur, 700


97: 7. Alicia Mendez, 370

105: 2. Sarah Alexander, 365

114: 4. Hayley Davidson, 540; 8. Jennifer Martinez, 420

123: 2. Allison Price, 595

165: 6. Sidni Ortiz, 550


148: 9. Casey Riggs, 775; 11. Nakoda Mastin, 740; 13. Regi Lane, 710; 14. Brian Munn, 680; 18. Jett Reynolds, 570

165: 2. Dillon McAlister, 1030; 3. Roger Mastin, 985; 13. Lane Morrow, 780; 15. Nick Anderson, 710

181: 17. Jacob Slimp, 810

220: 9. Alex Winter, 815

242: 4. Tyler Jennings, 1245; 5. Chance Pierce, 1190; 11. Blake Boyd, 965; 13. Haden Snodgrass, 945; 16. Hunter Coleman, 755

275: 6. Nate Ramirez, 965; 7. Eric Stonecheck, 885

SHW: 3. Keaton Vawter, 1085; 7. Caleb Jennings, 860

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Paradise resident graduates HPU

Corgan Mitchell Andrews of Paradise was one of 76 graduates to receive a degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood at the university’s Commencement held at the close of the fall 2014 semester.

Andrews graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education).

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Basketball: Indians top Paradise

The Nocona Indians snapped the Paradise Panthers’ four-game winning streak in District 9-3A Tuesday.

The league-leading Indians took down the Panthers 58-47.

Nocona improved to 7-1. Paradise fell to 4-4, fifth place in the district.

Paradise looked to rebound at home Friday against Bowie, who moved into second place with a win Tuesday. The Panthers face third-place Holliday on Tuesday.


The Boyd Yellowjackets couldn’t rally past Henrietta Tuesday, falling 58-56.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Yellowjackets, who fell to 2-6 in 9-3A.

Henrietta took control of the fourth playoff spot in the district with the win, moving to 5-3.

Boyd hoped to end its skid Friday at Jacksboro.

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Basketball: Lady Panthers stay hot

The Paradise Lady Panthers rolled into their showdown Friday for the District 9-3A lead by hammering Nocona on Tuesday 76-51.

Seniors Kaylee McConnell and Courtney Kerr turned in big games against the Lady Indians. McConnell finished with 20 points. Kerr had 19. Shelby Bradshaw chipped in nine and Madi Horne eight.

Paradise went to 9-1 in 9-3A with the win. It squared off against league leader Bowie (10-0) Friday. Paradise hits the road to Holliday Tuesday.


The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets kept their hold on third place in District 9-3A with a 38-30 win over Henrietta Tuesday.

Boyd improved to 7-3 in the league before a big game Friday with the league’s fourth-place team Jacksboro.

Lindsey Thorpe led Boyd against Henrietta with 10 points. Alissa Gordon added nine points. Kenzie Elkins had eight and Abbey Harrell six.

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Logan Samuel Perez

Maria and Samuel Perez of Paradise announce the birth of a son, Logan Samuel Perez, on Jan. 27, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has two sisters: Anna, 7 and Ruby, 5.

Grandparents are Maria and Francisco Lizalde.

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Freida Ruth Turpin

Freida Ruth Turpin

Freida Ruth Turpin, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at her home in Paradise.

Viewing is 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Decatur Ward in Decatur, with the funeral at 11 and graveside service to follow.

After the burial, a dinner will be held for all at the Relief Society room at the Decatur Ward.

Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling the arrangements.

Born Frieda Ruth Francis in Webber Falls, Okla., March 10, 1927, she was known to family and close friends as Ruth. Beautiful both in appearance and spirit, with the loveliest of voices, she was cherished and admired by all who knew her. She married Clifford “Buck” Turpin Nov. 5, 1944, and they had four loving children.

Buck preceded her in death Sept. 13, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Oliver Jewel Francis and Laura Viola Francis; sister Ellen Holder; and brother Richard Francis.

She is survived by her children: Sharon J. Tipton, Dan K. Turpin, Linda K. Turpin-Williams and Cliff W. Turpin; grandchildren Wayne Tipton, Bryan Tipton, Mirenda Lowery, Katy Aberbach and Chase Turpin. She was a “double-great-grandmother” with many great- and great-great grandchildren.

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Basketball: Stepping to forefront

Basketball: Stepping to forefront

For three years, Courtney Kerr took a backseat to the Paradise Lady Panthers’ duo of Makenna Burt and Makala Neighbors.

“They were it – the little guard that could shoot and the big post that could score,” Kerr said. “I could shrink back and play my role.”

Rising to Occasion

RISING TO THE OCCASION – As a senior, Paradise’s Courtney Kerr is scoring a team-high 12.1 points per game, helping the Lady Panthers to a 22-5 mark with a chance to claim a share of the District 9-3A title. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

But in preparing for her senior year, Kerr knew that was not an option.

“As a senior, I needed to step up and be a leader,” Kerr acknowledged.

Kerr and the Lady Panthers have thrived with her in the new leadership role that she’s shared with fellow seniors Jett Preather and Kaylee McConnell. Paradise entered Tuesday’s game at 22-5 and 8-1 in District 9-3A. Friday, they meet Bowie with a chance to pull even atop the district.

“It’s been great,” Kerr said. “No one thought we’d be good this year.”

Kerr entered action this week averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game. She’s been in double figures in 22 of the Lady Panthers’ 27 games.

In the biggest of games and moments this season, Kerr has been at her best. She tossed in 14 against Bowie, helping to lead a comeback that eventually fell short. In a tight game against Boyd, Kerr hit the free throws at the end of the game to ice the win.

“I thrive on pressure,” Kerr said. “A lot of people shrink down. But I’m ready to step up to win the tough game.”

Paradise coach Kevin Pope has been impressed with growth of his guard and her increased confidence to take and make the big shot.

“She has confidence in her ability and that’s because she’s put in the hard work,” Pope said.

With McConnell’s ability to drive the lane and Preather’s work inside, the Lady Panthers have looked to Kerr to provide scoring on the perimeter. Kerr knows her 3-point shooting opens up the game for her teammates.

“Shooting 3s makes them have to come out,” Kerr said about opposing defenses.

“I feel as a team we are creating more shots. My teammates are opening it more for me to shoot, especially from the corners.”

Pope added that since Christmas his entire team has improved on moving the ball to find the open person on the perimeter.

While her play on the floor has played a major role in the Lady Panthers’ strong run, Pope has been impressed with Kerr’s demeanor at practice and willingness to help younger players in the program.

“She and all our seniors have done a good job of mentoring our younger kids,” Pope said.

To Kerr, it’s important to help the younger players improve and provide encouragement.

“I remember when I was younger and not very good, I was so excited when the older kids told me I did something good,” Kerr said. “It makes the team better also when everyone is smiling.”

Kerr signed with Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls before the season. With her college plans intact, she said it’s helped her this season.

“I can just relax and play my game,” Kerr said.

And her game now takes a backseat to no one.

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Basketball: Panthers win 4 straight

The Paradise Panthers’ 0-3 start to District 9-3A is a distant memory now.

Friday, the Panthers beat City View 51-39 for their fourth straight win. The Panthers moved into a tie for fourth place in 9-3A with Henrietta at 4-3 at the end of the first half of league play.

“We’ve really played well,” said Paradise coach Cody Chandler about the recent streak. “We’re coming together at the right time and the kids are buying in to what we’re trying to do. We’re also getting a lot of production from a lot of different guys.”

After a narrow loss to Nocona in the 9-3A opener followed by setbacks against Bowie and Holliday – the top three teams in the district – Chandler tried to keep his team upbeat.

“I kept telling them the first three games in district couldn’t determine how you finish and if you make the playoffs,” Chandler recalled. “It’s how you respond. If you get the next four, you’ll be in the playoff hunt. That’s what they did.”

Paradise rattled off wins over Boyd, Henrietta, Jacksboro and City View to move up the 9-3A ranks.

Now, the Panthers get another shot at those three teams they lost to at the start of district, beginning with Tuesday’s game at Nocona.

“We’re looking forward to the second half of district,” Chandler said. “If we get any of those games [we lost in the first half] we’ll be in a good position.”

The Panthers continued a common theme during their recent win streak Friday with balanced scoring. Hayden Barkley led the team with 12. Landry Norwood added 10. Caiden Berry chipped in eight and Cash Preather and Brayden Ford had seven each.

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Basketball: Lady Panthers take shot at 9-3A lead

The Paradise Lady Panthers long to add a district basketball title to the list on their gym wall.

“We want to be first in district so bad,” said Paradise senior Courtney Kerr.

But to get to the top, they must knock off District 9-3A leader Bowie Friday at the Paradise High School gym.

The Lady Panthers suffered their lone district setback Jan. 6 at Bowie 57-46. Bowie used a 17-1 run in the first half to take control of the game, then held off a late Paradise run.

While not looking past Tuesday’s game at Nocona, Paradise coach Kevin Pope said his Lady Panthers will need a solid game Friday. He said this time, his squad will be ready for Bowie’s press.

“We know what they are going to do,” Pope said. “We broke down in a couple of instances against them last time and got down too much to make a comeback.”


Kerr led the Lady Panthers with 14 points in the previous meeting.

Since the loss to Bowie, the Lady Panthers have won five straight to move to 22-5 on the season and 8-1 in 9-3A.

The Lady Panthers rolled past City View Friday 79-27. Kerr led three Lady Panthers in double figures with 17 points. April Coursey added 14 and Kaylee McConnell 10.

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Paradise Elementary School Honor Roll


FIRST GRADE – Gage Brogan, Madalynn Brown, Hayden Dagley, Cierra Davis, Emily Epperson, Collin Euler, Kimber Euler, Kashton Eustace, Caden Gibson, Jax Goodman, Macy Goodman, Tylie Green, Kason Hammond, Ethan Holland, Michael Holman, Berkley Jones, Maximus Jordan, Teagan Lambert, Brylee Leach, Leanne Lippe, Brooklyn Logue, Renlee Longenbaugh, Raquel Luevanos, Carter Mara, Payton Mathison, Cooper Meyers, Cadence Morris, Karis Moss, Hallie Nelson, Brianna Perez, Savannah Perez, Jenna Piper, Jayli Pope, Martha Ramirez, Katelyn Read, Troy Sager, Slayde Shields, Bailey Smith, Layne Smith, Gage Soblenlj, Lucas Stockton, Nathaniel Swindell, Summer Underwood, Isabelle Valdez, Kike Villalobos and Isabel Wood.

SECOND GRADE – Benjamin Burdine, Ansel Caddell, Pablo Carrillo, Tristian Carvell, MacKenzie Christensen, Alison Cox, Sarah Crawford, Kora DeBono, Cooper Denman, Brooklynn Elliott, Keegan Fowler, Edyee Franks, Madison Gentry, Sarah Gonzales, Logan Harris, Erick Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Addison Hutto, Kimber Ingram, Emma Karg, Lillian Lowery, Roselyn Marquez, Landon Morrison, Henry Oberg, Audrey Pease, Jay Perez, Lacy Pollard, Jaelyn Reynolds, Gracelyn Roberts, Amelia Schuh, Mackenzee Smith, Cayson Stainton, Mandy Stone, Blaine Sulton, Cade Tackel, Trapper Tierce, Jozy Tierney, Payton Tucker, Landrie Waggoner, Rylan Williams, Kim’Berlynn Winters, Cooper Woodard, Mason Worley and Gazey Yates.

THIRD GRADE – Taylor Bennington, Thomas Bennington, Alaina Buckner, Joren Burkhalter, Collin Burross, Lexi Clayton, Mary Cook, K’tlyn Davis, Amyliz Delgadillo, Leonardo Delgadillo, Koby Dickens, Kooper Dickens, Brooklyn Force, Damian Gonzalez, Cole Goodman, Jocelyn Hagar, Waylon Holt, Lukas Jones, Aubrey Jordan, Maci Kirbie, Hunter Lawson, Jimmy Loza, Jose Luevanos, Brock Mathis, Austin Mathison, Laylyn Maxwell, Andrew Messenger, Morgan Mitschke, Jack Rogers, Tucker Sanders, Madison Skidmore, Ulric Smart, Emma Tittor, Zoe Tucker, Wyatt Turner, Hudson Tumey, Layton Williams and Aaron Wilson.


FIRST GRADE – Chloe Bacon, Caden Black, Lindie Carpenter, Noah Carvell, Brayden Clark, Miles Godwin, Nilla Huerta, Brooklynn Johnson, Rebekah Lopez, Rosemary Nicholson, Lucas O’Dell, Noah Ratcliffe, McKenzie Sanders, Madden Taylor, Tristan Torres, Kolby Wiley, Luke Wilson and Roy Wilson.

SECOND GRADE – Londyn Baker, Robert Barnhart, Channing Beauvais, Wendy Blue, Daniel Castleberry, Carsyn Cox, Natalia Cruz, Delainye Dominguez, Maddison Doty, Emily Duran, Isabella Foster, Payton Hannon, Siara Hohstadt-Huckabee, Mallorie Hudson, Eleanor Hunter, Kolson Jenkins, Hayden Johnson, Kourtney Johnson, Winter Johnson, Alisha Knox, Dixie Lankford, Jasmine Lara, Gracie Livesay, Cullen Locke, Ruby Mara, Cash McCann, Nathan Miller, Dakota Mosley, Nathan Moyers-Tolliver, Anna Perez, Morgan Plunket, Rylee Rogers, Trista Sager, Julian Tucker, Redik Walton, Noah White, Wyatt Whitener, Kaden Wilbur, Heath Wilson and Ayden Winters.

THIRD GRADE – Halee Bacon, Kane Chandler, Giselle Contreras, Rosendo Contreras, Aurelio Fernandez, Samantha Fesperman, Nicholas Fuller, Levi Gibson, Carson Green, Casen Green, Cyler Green, Morgan Grothe, Landon Holley, Cade Horner, Barrick Hughes, Will Johnson, Wanda King, Carter Kolt, Kaitlyn McCauley, Kolby McCauley, Michael Meddaugh, Vandon Miramontes, Fabian Ortiz, Carla Ponce, Mavis Read, Rylea Rowe, Zechariah Sanders, Slade Shannon, Lindsey Stames, Arianna Tipton and Victor Villaneda Ibarra.

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Basketball: Panthers continue streak

After starting District 9-3A with three straight losses, the Paradise Panthers have responded with a three-game win streak to get into the playoff hunt.

The Panthers made the Jacksboro Tigers their latest victim Tuesday in a 58-28 victory.

Point guard Landry Norwood led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with 16 points. Brayden Ford added 11 points and seven rebounds. Caiden Berry finished with eight points. Hayden Barkley scored seven and grabbed eight boards. John Bridgeman chipped in seven points. Cash Preather had five points and seven assists.

Paradise took control of the game with a 15-4 run in the second quarter to take a 25-16 halftime lead. The Panthers continued to pull away with a 22-7 spurt in the third quarter.

Paradise outscored Jacksboro 33-12 after halftime.

Paradise looked to continue its roll Friday in the final game of the first half of league play against City View. The Panthers open the second half Tuesday against Nocona.


The Boyd Yellowjackets dropped a fourth straight game in District 9-3A with an 80-39 loss to Bowie.

The Yellowjackets fell to 2-5 in 9-3A. Boyd looked to rebound Friday at Holliday. The Yellowjackets take on Henrietta at home Tuesday.

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Basketball: Paradise routs Lady Tigers

The Paradise Lady Panthers won their fourth straight game and continued their hold on second-place in District 9-3A Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers completed the season sweep of Jacksboro with a 51-33 victory, moving to 7-1 in the league and 22-5 overall.

Jett Preather hurt the Lady Tigers inside with 15 points. Courtney Kerr added 10. Madi Horne finished with seven, Kaylee McConnell six and Taylor Richards five.

Paradise looked to continue its roll Friday at home against City View – its third straight home game. The Lady Panthers hit the road Tuesday, going to Nocona.


District 9-3A leader Bowie completed the season sweep of Boyd Tuesday with a 68-21 win.

Boyd struggled to generate offense against the Bowie defense in the first half, scoring just nine points.

Lindsey Thorpe led Boyd with nine points. Alissa Gordon added eight.

Boyd (18-4) fell to 5-3 in 9-3A. The Lady Yellowjackets remained in third place in the league, heading into Friday’s game at Holliday. Boyd plays Henrietta at home Tuesday.

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Kathryn Finley

Kathryn Finley

Kathryn Finley, 87, of Paradise died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Paradise.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Paradise Cemetery with Laraine Waughtal officiating.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Kathryn was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Paradise to James and Mary (Clark) Read. She married James Emsley Finley June 21, 1944. She was a proofreader for a publishing company and a homemaker.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 24 years, James Emsley Finley; children James Eugene Finley, Michael David Finley, Mary Elizabeth Finley; and sisters Esther Marie Taylor and Doris Nell Evans.

She is survived by sons William Read Finley and wife Sheila, and Stephen Clark Finley and wife, Tonya; daughters Janet Elaine Cottle and Sharon Lee Hunter; sisters Dorothy Joyce Ryan and Inez Lockhart; grandchildren Diana Green, Misty Cottle, Lance Finley, Michael Finley, Jennifer Armstrong, Cindy Womack, Bryan Finley, Ashley Finley Allen, Amber Finley, Shelby Finley and Mark Finley; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, January 21, 2015


FFA CHAPTER SHOW – The Decatur FFA Chapter Show is Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Decatur FFA Project Center. The show will include heifers, lambs, goats, steers and pigs and is open to all members of Decatur FFA. Registration is 9 to 9:30 a.m. (weight cards due by 9:30), and the show starts at 10. Cost is $10 per entry. Showmanship will be followed by the respective species show, as well as a celebrity showmanship contest. Dustin Burke will serve as judge. Call Jim Allsup, 940-393-7286; Joey Brooke, 940-393-7297; or Meghan Woodall, 940-393-7285.


GLOW RUN – The Paradise High School junior class is sponsoring a glow run Sunday, Jan. 25. For information or to sign up, go to

PARENT MEETING – There will be a baseball parent meeting on 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the high school cafeteria.

STOCK SHOW WINS – Paradise High School students Haley Rector and Mason Cline were named Reserved Division Winner in ag mechanics at the Fort Worth Stock Show Saturday. The livestock judging team took first place at the stock show.

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Basketball: Lady Panthers finish first half with rout

The Paradise Lady Panthers finished the first half of District 9-3A play Friday with a firm grasp on the league’s second playoff seed.

The Lady Panthers blew out Henrietta 68-26 to move to 6-1 in district.

Kaylee McConnell led the Lady Panthers with 19 points. Courtney Kerr had 10 points. Taylor Richards finished with nine points. April Coursey had seven.

Paradise started the second half against Jacksboro Tuesday. The Lady Panthers will play City View at home Friday.


The Nocona Lady Indians had no answer inside for Boyd’s Lindsey Thorpe Friday.

Thorpe ripped Nocona for 24 points in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 58-46 win.

The Lady Yellowjackets finished the first half of 9-3A play in third place at 5-2. Boyd took on league leader Bowie Tuesday and will face Holliday Friday.

Thorpe had in Boyd’s 20-point first quarter. She then chipped in 12 points the second half.

Kenzie Elkins joined her in double figures with 11 points.

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Basketball: Panthers hold off Henrietta

The Paradise Panthers shot 80 percent at the free-throw line and made a second half surge to get past Henrietta Friday 49-46.

The Panthers moved to 2-3 in District 9-3A with their second straight win.

“It was a huge win for us as it gave us a victory over one of the teams ahead of us in the standings,” said Paradise coach Cody Chandler. “The boys played extremely hard and made several huge free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.”

Paradise finished 12-for-15 from the line.

Landry Norwood led the Panthers with 17 points. Cash Preather had 11.

Paradise was down 29-23 at halftime. The Panthers went on a 14-9 run to pull within one, 28-27, going into the fourth quarter. Paradise outscored Henrietta 22-18 in the final frame.

Paradise played host to Jacksboro Tuesday. It will welcome in City View Friday.


The Nocona Indians outlasted the Boyd Yellowjackets 71-59 Friday.

Trey Gordon led Boyd with 22 points. Trace Moran had 12.

Boyd tried to rebound Tuesday against Bowie. The Yellowjackets close the first half of district Friday at Holliday.

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Meeting Agendas for Saturday, January 17, 2015

BRIDGEPORT SCHOOL BOARD – The Bridgeport School Board will discuss the start-up costs of a new soccer program at the high school at Monday night’s meeting. The agenda also includes reviewing price quotes for electronic signs on all four campuses, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a review of the district’s Energy Conservation Policy and a discussion about the construction of a new agriculture science barn at the high school. The meeting is 7 p.m. at 2107 15th Street.

CHICO SCHOOL BOARD – The Chico School Board will perform the annual superintendent evaluation and take action on his contract at Monday’s meeting. The agenda also includes a facilities review committee update, a report on the annual cost savings from ESC Region 11, nominations for Wise County Appraisal District board of directors, a monetary donation from Noel and LeAnn Ruddick for the Ryan Ruddick Memorial Scholarship Fund and other regular monthly business. The meeting is 7 p.m. in the Chico Elementary School Cafetorium, 1120 Park Road.

PARADISE CITY COUNCIL – The Paradise City Council will consider whether or not to waive the Paradise Historical Society’s water deposit. The Council will hear reports from the Paradise Economic Development Corp., as well as the Planning and Zoning Commisiion, Water Department and Building Department. The council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

PARADISE SCHOOL BOARD – The board will meet and hold a hearing at 6 p.m., where assistant Superintendant Patti Seckman will present reports on Texas Academic Performance Report, PEIMS Financial Standard Report, Campus Performance Objectives, Violent or Criminal Incidents Report and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Report. Following the hearing the board will have a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. where the board will discuss a budget ammendment and a district policy update.

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