Bomb threat empties Paradise school

Paradise Junior High students and faculty were evacuated around midday Tuesday after a bomb threat.

The threat was found scrawled on a bathroom stall. After the evacuation, Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and a bomb-sniffing dog searched the campus, according to Paradise ISD Assistant Superintendent Patti Seckman. No suspicious packages were found, nor did the dog smell explosives.

Students were allowed back on campus about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff David Walker said the note was scratched into the paint on a stall. He said there are no suspects at this time.

“We sent a fairly large crew to check it out,” Walker said. “The investigation will continue, but everything appears to be in order.”

Seckman said parents were notified shortly after the children were taken from the junior high to the high school gym. She said the district is hopeful of finding the culprit.

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Football: Panthers look for 1st victory in Jacksboro

The Paradise Panthers put themselves in position for a victory last week against Henrietta – but couldn’t make plays in the end to score their first win of the year.

“I was pleased with the effort,” said coach Scott Broussard. “We fought hard and had the opportunity to win. We had a touchdown called back at the end.”

The Panthers (0-2) will try for that elusive first win this week when they head to Jacksboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

To get the win, the Panthers must eliminate the untimely penalties and missed tackles that plagued them against Henrietta.

“On all three series they scored, we had opportunities to stop them,” Broussard explained. “We had a penalty for a late hit that kept a drive going. We had them at third-and-17 and missed a tackle.

“The kids are flying around and playing hard. We just have to correct some mistakes.”

The Panthers’ offense struggled early against Henrietta. Chris Hill ran for 106 yards in the loss.

“It took us a while to get going. In the second half, we started finding some holes,” Broussard said.

Paradise will face a Jacksboro squad that lost its opener Friday to Breckenridge 42-19. Breckenridge rolled up 329 yards on the ground against the Tigers.

Jacksboro’s offense is led by quarterback Chase Thompson, who threw for 162 yards last week. The Tigers put the ball in the air 29 times.

“They throw the ball a whole lot. It’ll be a big challenge for our secondary,” Broussard said.

PARADISE (0-2) AT JACKSBORO (1-1)

7:30 p.m. at Jacksboro ISD Stadium

Paradise: Harris Rating 174

Notable: Paradise’s Chris Hill ran for 106 yards last week.

Jacksboro: Harris Rating 190

Notable: The Tigers lost to Breckenridge 42-19 last week.

.Harris line: Jacksboro by 14

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Volleyball: Boyd, Paradise start 9-3A play

After three tournaments and a lengthy non-district schedule, the Paradise Lady Panthers and Boyd Lady Yellowjackets begin battling in District 9-3A this week.

The Lady Panthers open district at Jacksboro at 4 p.m. Friday. Boyd will be at home at noon Saturday against City View.

In a new league that also includes Bowie, Nocona and Henrietta, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton said it will be a battle every match.

“We have seen all the district opponents,” Crafton said. “It’s a tough district with a lot of good teams. It’ll be a dogfight every match.

“It’ll come down to heart and which teams have it.”

Boyd enters district at 14-11. The Lady Yellowjackets finished fourth in the silver bracket at the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona over the weekend.

Crafton said her team continues to improve as they try to nail down the program’s second playoff berth. In their postseason debut last year, the Lady Yellowjackets made the second round.

“Hopefully it all comes together at the right time,” Crafton said. “We’re bringing in such a new group. Hopefully our girls step up to the challenge.”

Maddie Busch leads the Lady Yellowjackets in kills and has played solid in the middle. Britney Howard paces the Boyd defense as the libero.

“We always preach defense first. There’s always room for improvement,” Crafton said.

Paradise went 1-2 in the silver bracket Saturday in Nocona with a loss to Boyd.

The Lady Panthers enter district with a potent group of hitters – Jett Preather, Reagan Taylor and Shelby Bradshaw.

Paradise continues to play its signature scrappy defense behind Amber French and Madi Horne.

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Volleyball: Paradise goes 1-2

The Paradise Lady Panthers went 1-2 in the silver bracket Saturday at the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona.

After a 25-23, 25-15 win over Petrolia, Paradise dropped matches to Boyd (25-14, 16-25, 25-18) and Holliday (25-14, 25-18).

Paradise went 2-2 in pool play with wins over Electra and Collinsville and setbacks against Peaster and Gunter.

Shelby Bradshaw recorded six kills and Amber French had five in the win.

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Leo Aaron Frederick

Leo Aaron Frederick

Leo Aaron Frederick, 83, of Paradise, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Decatur.

Graveside service is 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, with full military honors. Burial is under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home of Bridgeport.

Leo was born June 18, 1931, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Gertrude Lee (Bessie) and Ralph Frederick. He quit school in order to serve his country and received his diploma and college credits through the military. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.

He married Margery Lou McNamara Aug. 1, 1966, in Waco. After he retired from the military, Leo was a carpenter in the construction business. He and Margery moved to Wise County in 1978.

Leo enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpentry. He was a Mason and a member of Anchorage Lodge No. 17.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Alan Wayne Frederick; and grandson Bryce Taylor.

Survivors include his wife; sons David Frederick and wife, Mindy, of La Jolla, Calif., Aaron Frederick and wife, Kari, of Argyle, Thomas Taylor and wife, Brenda, of Justin, and Mark Taylor and wife, Donna, of Euless; daughter Diana Wallace and husband, Allen, of Fort Worth; sister Arlene Carroll of Pawhuska; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

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15 Wise residents earn degrees from Weatherford College

August graduation from Weatherford College included 15 students from Wise County – two of them earning double recognition.

Seven Decatur students, three from Paradise, two each from Boyd and Runaway Bay and one student from Chico finished up their WC careers this summer.

They were:

Boyd: Jackie Delaine Lodes, associate of arts in general studies; Desirea Rachelle Nelson, associate of arts and associate of science, both in general studies.

Chico: Shanita Nichelle Weatherly, associate of arts in general studies.

Decatur: Omar Raven Baltierra, associate of arts in general studies; Crystal Bialas, associate of arts in general studies; Ruby G. Rivera, vocational nursing certificate; Amber Renese Rodriguez, AAS in respiratory care; Brenda G. Pacheco, associate of arts in general studies; Chaneylee Margaret Gentry, associate of arts in general studies; Nancy Zamora, vocational nursing certificate.

Paradise: Lisa Brown, AAS in accounting and the accounting clerk certificate; Kristina A. Kemp, associate of arts in general studies; Mercedes Katherine Smith, associate of arts in general studies.

Runaway Bay: April Michelle Plyler, associate of arts in general studies; and Samantha Kaye Underwood, associate of arts in general studies.

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Football: Panthers come up short against Henrietta

The Henrietta Bearcats rode a bus to Paradise Friday night, but once the game started they went airborne – ultimately outscoring the Panthers 20-13.

REACHING OUT – Paradise’s Darian Sotomi goes for a pass during the Panthers’ loss to Henrietta Friday. Sotomi led Paradise in receiving for the night. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Henrietta bumped its record to 2-0, and put Paradise in an 0-2 hole, by completing 17 of 26 passes for 287 yards.

In every other aspect of the game, the Panthers held their own. Led by Chris Hill’s 106 yards on 11 carries, the Panthers outrushed Henrietta 171 yards to 113 on the night, gaining 11 first downs to Henrietta’s 15.

The ‘Cats scored first, as quarterback Riley Watson ran a five-yard keeper to paydirt less than four minutes into the contest. The extra-point kick made it 7-0.

Paradise answered with just 1:24 to play in the half when Austin Hogan rumbled for an 8-yard touchdown, making it 7-6 after the PAT pass attempt failed.

But with just six seconds left on the clock, Watson went to the air and found Jaylon Curtis for a 34-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was blocked, but it was 13-6 at the half.

Henrietta made it 20-6 less than three minutes into the third quarter when Watson again called his own number and scored from seven yards out.

The Panthers answered at the 6:07 mark on a 12-yard pass from Cash Preather to Darian Sotomi. Carlos Powers’ extra-point kick made it 20-13.

But a scoreless fourth quarter doomed the home team.

Paradise lost two fumbles and punted six times for a 28-yard average. The Bearcats lost a fumble and had a poor night punting the ball, averaging just 18.5 yards on four punts.

The Panthers will go on the road against Jacksboro next Friday, still looking for their first win.

HENRIETTA 20, PARADISE 13

Henrietta … 7 … 6 … 7 … … 0 … – … 20
Paradise … 0 … 6 … 7 … … 0 … – … 13

FIRST QUARTER

Henrietta – 8:21, Riley Watson 5 run, PAT Dowell

SECOND QUARTER

Paradise – 1:24, Austin Hogan 8 run, PAT failed

Henrietta – :06, Watson 34 pass to Jaylon Curtis, PAT failed.

THIRD QUARTER

Henrietta – Watson 7 run, PAT Dowell.

Paradise – 6:07, Cash Preather 12 pass to Darian Sotomi, PAT Powers.

HENRIETTA … PARADISE

First Downs … 15 … 11
Rushes-Yards … 33-113 … 34-171
Passing Yards … 287 … 49
Total Yards … 400 … 220
Comp-Att-Int … 17-26-1 … 3-8-0
Punts-Avg. … 4-19 … 6-29
Fumbles-lost … 3-1 … 4-2
Penalties … 5-50 … 6-41

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Paradise, Hill 11-106; Henrietta, Watson 17-93.

Receiving – Paradise, Sotomi 2-36; Henrietta, Curtis 5-89.

Passing – Paradise, Preather 3-8-0 49; Henrietta, Watson 17-26-1 287.

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Volleyball: Paradise takes third

The Paradise Lady Panthers brought home third place last weekend at the Fort Worth Southwest Tournament.

The Lady Panthers beat the tournament host Southwest 25-16, 25-12 in the third-place match.

Shelby Bradshaw netted five kills and 10 digs along with a pair of aces. Reagan Taylor and Jett Preather put down four kills each.

Emily Corbin handed out 14 assists and Amber French eight.

Madi Horne made 11 digs. Horne and French served three aces each.

Paradise went 3-2 at the tournament. In pool play, the Lady Panthers started out with a 25-24, 20-25, 25-23 win over Grand Prairie. MacKinlie Tucker made 31 digs, filling in as a libero. Taylor had 10 kills, and Corbin 23 assists.

In their next match, Paradise fell to Western Hills 25-23, 27-29, 25-18. Tucker made 38 digs. Preather recorded 12 kills.

To close out pool play, Paradise beat Northside 25-3, 25-8. Tucker made 14 digs. Preather racked up seven kills.

Paradise dropped its first game in the gold bracket to Alvarado, 25-23, 25-23. Tucker made 27 digs. Preather put down eight kills.

The Lady Panthers opened the Buckle Up for Lane’s Sake Tournament in Nocona Thursday, going 2-2 in pool play.

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Football: Panthers return home

The Paradise Panthers failed to get their offense going Friday night in a season-opening loss to Life Red Oak.

The Panthers managed 220 yards but never reached the end zone again after opening the scoring in the first four minutes of game on the way to a 30-7 loss.

“We struggled. We didn’t block well up front and never got the running game going,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard.

“Twice we were inside the five and came away with no points.”

Paradise will try to get on track at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays its home opener against Henrietta. The Bearcats are coming off a 36-6 victory over Electra.

“They are a good football team,” Broussard said. “They fly around to the ball and are well-coached.”

Henrietta quarterback Riley Watson ran for 99 yards and threw for 112 last week. Henrietta piled up 333 yards against Electra.

Paradise will have to limit the big plays from Watson and company, which they struggled to do against Life Red Oak. The Mustangs scored on runs of 82, 48 and 46 yards.

“We gave up a few big plays,” Broussard said. “We have to cut down on giving up big plays.”

Offensively, the Panthers will continue to go with Cash Preather at quarterback. Making his first start last week, he threw for 137 yards, completing eight of his 13 attempts.

“He had a good night,” Broussard said.

HENRIETTA (1-0) AT PARADISE (0-1)

7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Henrietta: Harris Rating 191

Notable: Cats beat Electra 36-6 in opener.

Paradise: Harris Rating 165

Notable: The Panthers allowed 3 TD runs over 45 yards last week

Harris line: Henrietta by 28

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Home Town Tees

Location: 3338 W. Hwy. 114, Suite 3, Paradise

Phone: 940-969-3680

Fax: 940-969-2068

Email: hometowntees02@yahoo.com

Website: www.hometowntees.com

Owner/management: Kelly Read and Gay Read

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Products/services: Professional-quality screen printing and embroidery, team uniforms

New Location

NEW LOCATION – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Aug. 22 for the new location of Home Town Tees. Pictured are Kelly Read and Gay Read. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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K-Bar Dairy

Location: 237 County Road 3389, Paradise

Phone: 940-389-1500

Email: kbardairy76073@gmail.com

Website: www.k-bardairy.com

Owner/management: Jeff and Kimberley Lambert

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week

Products/services: Grade A raw milk, cream, yogurt, grass-fed pork and beef

K Bar Dairy

K-BAR DAIRY – The Paradise Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Aug. 22 for K-Bar Dairy. Pictured is owner Kimberley Lambert and her father Steve Adair. Messenger photo by Laura Belcher

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Football: Mustangs buck Panthers, 30-7

The Paradise Panthers drew first blood in their season opener but couldn’t hold onto Life Red Oak Friday night as the Mustangs galloped away with the win.

The Mustangs trampled the Panthers 30 – 7 in Ferris at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Paradise started the season on neutral ground but soon found out they weren’t in friendly territory.

Early in the first quarter Paradise’s Austin Hogan crossed into the end zone to score the Panthers’ lone touchdown. Carlos Powers made a successful point-after kick.

Life Red Oak’s Kaine Blake led the Mustangs in rushing with 176 yard and scored two of its four touchdowns. Blake made his first trip into the end zone during the first quarter then visited again in the second.

In the fourth, the panthers were unable to slow Jalen Crawford who brought in two more Life Red Oak touchdowns.

Panther Chris Hill led Paradise rushing with 63 yards and Darien Sotomi led receiving with 110 yards. Paradise’s Cash Preather led passing with 8 completions for 137 yards.

The Mustangs’ total yards were 419 while Paradise’s was 220.

LIFE RED OAK 30, PARADISE 7

Life Red Oak … 6 … 10 … 0 … … 14 … – … 30
Paradise … 7 … 0 … 0 … … 0 … – … 7

FIRST QUARTER

Paradise – 8:20, Austin Hogan 1 run, PAT Carlos Powers

Life Red Oak – 4:54, Kaine Blake 2 run, PAT failed

SECOND QUARTER

Life Red Oak – 10:56, Kaine Blake 82 run, PAT Stephen Gonzales

Life Red Oak – :52, Gonzales 31 field goal

FOURTH QUARTER

Life Red Oak – 10:31, Jalen Crawford 46 run, PAT Gonzales

Life Red Oak – 7:21, Jalen Crawford 48 run, PAT Gonzales

PARADISE … L RED OAK

First Downs … 9 … 14
Rushes Yards … 33-93 … 32-327
Passing Yards … 9-14-127 … 33-13-92
Total Yards … 220 … 419
Punts … 4-33 … 2-42
Fumbles lost … 2-0 … 1-0
Penalties … 5-30 … 5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing – Paradise, Chris Hill 8-63; Life Red Oak, Kaine Blake 22-176.

Receiving – Paradise, Darien Sotoni 5-110; Matt Hipshire 2-25.

Passing – Paradise, Cash Preather 8-13-137; Life Red Oak, Jalen Crawford 4-6-1-36.

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Volleyball: Bradshaw leads Paradise to victory

Shelby Bradshaw buried 10 kills to pace the Paradise Lady Panthers to a sweep of the Ponder Lady Lions Tuesday.

Paradise took the match 25-19, 25-17, 26-24.

Along with the offensive work of Bradshaw, libero Madi Horne was all over the floor for the Lady Panthers, gathering 31 digs.

“Madi moved well,” said Paradise coach Susie Burt.

Setter Amber French doled out 17 assists. Emily Corbin added 15.

Jett Preather served six aces. She put down seven kills and made five digs.

Reagan Taylor had five kills and three blocks for kills.

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Paradise ISD adopts deficit budget

Following a Monday night public hearing, the Paradise school board adopted a budget for the 2014-15 school year that shows a deficit.

Under the proposed spending plan, the district will bring in $11,631,211 and spend $11,845,134 – expenditures exceeding revenue by $213,923. That amount will come from the district fund balance, which acts as a savings account, according to Interim Superintendent Bob Criswell.

The board also adopted $1.34 per $100 in property value as next year’s tax rate – $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 30 cents for debt service. That means a homeowner with a home assessed at $100,000 would owe $1,340 in property taxes.

BUS LEASE APPROVED

Criswell was given the authority to lease a new bus that can transport handicapped children, to replace the current bus. He said the district has to transport at least three wheelchair-bound children.

“That old bus didn’t want to start this morning,” he said. “We got it going, but to say the least it’s on its last legs.”

To purchase a new bus, the school would have to spend about $95,000 – money it does not have. Criswell plans to lease a bus, with the lease amount going toward the purchase price so that by the end of the lease, the school district will own it. He said it does cost more, but the district wouldn’t have to pay the whole amount at once.

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Football: Paradise hopes to start with win

The Paradise Panthers hope to turn around their fortunes in 2014 after going 1-9 last season.

The Panthers’ first opportunity to get off on the right track is Friday as they head to Ferris to play Red Oak Life.

“You always want to win that first game and get things rolling,” said coach Scott Broussard, who begins his second season in charge of the Panthers. “But the biggest thing is improving. We’ve got five games to get better for district.”

Red Oak Life is coming off a 2-8 season but returns several big offensive threats, including running back Kaine Blake, who ran for 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Receivers Nick Forde, Preston Gase and Richard Treviso combined for more than 1,500 yards receiving.

“They return a lot of kids and have good team speed,” Broussard said. “They are very athletic.”

The Paradise coach points out that the Panthers’ offense will need to sustain drives and help the defense out.

“We don’t want their offense on the field,” Broussard said.

The Panthers will look to control the ball with their ground attack, featuring Austin Hogan, Chris Hill and Darian Sotomi. Kash Helton will be making his first start under center.

In the scrimmage against Grapevine Faith, Broussard said the offense showed improvement.

“We moved the football on the ground and the passing game improved,” he said. “The biggest thing offensively that stopped us was penalties.”

Broussard added that the Panthers also fumbled once near the goal line.

“We feel good. There is still a lot of room to improve,” he said.

PARADISE (0-0) AT RED OAK LIFE (0-0)

7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

Paradise: Harris Rating 169

Notable: Kash Helton will make first start at quarterback.

Red Oak Life: Harris Rating 165

Notable: The Mustangs’ top 3 returning receivers combined for 1,500 yards last year.

Harris line: Paradise by 3

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Volleyball Roundup for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets brought home second place from the Chico Tournament on Saturday.

Boyd fell to Collinsville 25-19, 25-16 in the tournament final. Maddy Busch put down 11 kills and blocked four shots in the final. Kayleigh Pappajohn added six kills.

Baylie Harris and Morgan Abbott handed out 10 assists each. Britney Howard made 15 digs.

With Howard serving six aces, Boyd beat Gold-Burg 25-5, 25-7. Busch had eight kills. Harris recorded 15 assists.

The Lady Yellowjackets took down Petrolia 25-18, 25-20. Busch finished with six kills, and Pappajohn five. Howard made 20 digs. Abbott doled out nine assists.

NISD GOES 2-4

The Northwest Lady Texans went 2-4 at their own tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Texans fell to Boswell, 26-24, 27-29, 25-20, and Cedar Park, 25-23, 25-20 on Saturday. Friday, Arlington Lamar tripped up Northwest 25-23, 21-25, 25-17. Southlake Carroll handled the Lady Texans 25-14, 25-12.

Over the six matches, Camryn Berryhill buried 67 kills. Tessa Harfield added 45 kills.

Morgan Baker doled out 89 assists, and Analise Lucio had 56.

SISSIES STRUGGLE AT BREWER

The Bridgeport Sissies pulled out one win in six matches during their weekend visit to the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament.

The Sissies (3-12) knocked off District 8-4A foe Castleberry in three games, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22. Kensley Turner put down nine kills and made 16 digs. Ryhan Read handed out seven assists. Mariah Leyva made 12 digs.

CHICO FALL IN FINAL

The Chico Lady Dragons fell in the consolation final of their tournament Saturday, losing to Forestburg 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.

In bracket play Saturday, Chico beat Prairie Valley twice, 29-27, 25-19 and 26-16, 25-16. The Lady Dragons fell to Bryson 25-15, 25-13 between the Prairie Valley matches.

PARADISE WIN TWO

The Paradise Lady Panthers went 2-3 over the weekend at the Graham Tournament.

After scoring wins over Jim Ned and Munday, Paradise lost to Jacksboro, Wichita Falls Rider and Nocona.

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Volleyball Roundup for Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Northwest Lady Texans couldn’t stay with Arlington Lamar Tuesday.

Lamar swept Northwest (4-8) 25-12, 25-15, 25-12.

Tessa Harfield led Northwest will six kills. Camryn Berryhill added three.

Tatum Talley made 16 digs. Christine Ruybalid made eight digs, and Berryhill six.

CHICO DEF. FORESTBURG

The Chico Lady Dragons outlasted Forestburg Tuesday in five games.

Chico won 25-23, 21-25, 30-28, 24-26, 17-15.

DENTON CALVARY DEF. PARADISE

Denton Calvary swept Paradise Tuesday, 25-16, 25-23, 25-16.

Lindsay also beat Paradise in three games, 25-12, 25-16, 25-19.

Paradise fell to 1-2 on the season.

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Paradise City Council election in the air

Paradise City Council places 1, 2 and 3 are up for grabs this year, but only two incumbents have filed and no challengers.

Bob Gayan and Brad Largent filed for re-election, but Bill Schneck did not. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, but people can still file as a write-in candidate through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

Monday evening, the council called the Nov. 4 election and agreed to partner with Wise County to hold the voting. If no one else files, the election will be canceled, and Schneck’s seat will be filled by appointment. Gayan and Largent would be automatically re-elected.

The council also agreed to assist the Paradise Youth Recreation Association, PYRA, with refurbishing and upgrading the city’s ballfield restrooms.

The council committed about $3,900 – 75 percent of the $5,200 cost quoted by PYRA leader Jodi Messenger. The organization leased the ballfields and took over maintenance in 2012. Messenger said the association didn’t have enough money to do all the work needed. She said the money raised would go to mostly pay for new, higher-quality fixtures.

Other business:

  • Council members agreed to extend a service agreement with AriCanopy and Sky Beam for three more years.
  • The council moved about $90,000 into CDs.

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Cross Country: Paradise eyes state trip

After two straight trips to Round Rock and the state cross country meet, the Paradise Lady Panthers aren’t satisfied.

The team that returns a majority of their top seven from last year has its sights set on getting back to state and competing for a crown.

“We’re very determined and have been working really hard,” said senior Kaylee McConnell. “It’d be special to make it a third time.”

The Lady Panthers put together a strong spring on the track and carried that over into the summer.

“We’re starting off faster than last year,” said senior Emily Corbin.

Paradise coach Karin Essig said the squad ran solid times in their mile time trial. The Lady Panthers ran their two-mile trial – the Panther Run – Saturday.

“They are all pushing each other hard,” Essig said. “They are looking good and running well.”

Essig said it helps that the team has increased competition with more than 20 runners out.

“We have lots of kids out running every day,” Essig said.

The Lady Panthers won the District 9-2A title in 2013. This year in the new 9-3A, Paradise will be paired with last year’s 2A runner-up, Holliday.

“That makes us even more determined,” McConnell said. “We’re ready to get after them.”

Essig also said she’s looking forward to facing the new league that also includes Bowie, Boyd, Henrietta, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View.

“It’s all new people. It’ll be a challenge to face them,” Essig said.

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Football: Panthers’ Wells breaks wrist against Lindsay

A broken wrist knocked Colton Wells out of the race to be the Paradise Panthers’ starting quarterback.

Wells suffered the wrist injury during the Panthers’ scrimmage against Lindsay Friday.

With Wells sidelined, Kash Helton, who has split snaps with him, assumes the role.

“He was looking good,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard about Wells. “He’s going to be out six to eight weeks.”

Broussard said the Panthers worked out Cash Preather Monday as a backup quarterback. Preather had been at running back.

Along with possibly starting at quarterback, Wells was slated to play at one of the cornerback slots. Luke Gage will step into that spot.

Against Lindsay, Broussard said the Panthers had a few struggles offensively.

“Early, the speed of the game got us,” he said. “As it went, we got better. They stunted a lot.”

Lindsay broke a couple of big plays against the Paradise defense.

“We had a couple of busted coverages and there were a few plays we over-pursued,” Broussard said.

Paradise will scrimmage Grapevine Faith at 6 p.m. Thursday at home.

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