From Runaway Bay to L.A.

A Wise County actor will soon get his big-screen premiere.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION – Nineteen -year-old Hunter McCade will star in his feature-film debut later this year. The former Runaway Bay resident got his start by acting in school plays in Jacksboro. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Hunter McCade, a 19-year-old graduate of Jacksboro High School and former resident of Runaway Bay, just finished shooting his first film, “The Spoilers” – a modern-day twist on the 1985 classic “The Breakfast Club” that made household names out of young actors like Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

The film is to be released later this year or early next year.

McCade describes it as an update of “The Breakfast Club” where, instead of detention, the five main characters meet during community service.

“This one is more technologically advanced, social media is in there, and it’s focused on a lot of problems people are facing now,” he said. “It’s just so raw and honest.”

The plot loosely follows the “Breakfast Club” structure, with five teens thrown together as punishment for various infractions. They end up learning something about themselves and each other along the way.

“Every character gets in trouble for different reasons, and then you see them … forced to work together and see how they can react to each other,” McCade said.

McCade’s character, Tristan Avery, is described on the film’s IMDb Web page as a suspected killer. McCade said he was drawn to the character because of Tristan’s personality.

“He’s just very determined, very honest, kind of laid-back, and he’s very warmhearted and sometimes he takes a lot from other people for [being like] that,” he said.

McCade said he was always interested in acting, which led him to move to Los Angeles after high school.

“I remember being 3 or 4, watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ before I knew how to read, and I always wondered what went into that,” McCade said. “I took my first trip to L.A. when I was 14, and then I just started auditioning and decided I wanted to be a professional actor.”

McCade got his first big break when he was 10, in an elementary school production of “Romeo and Juliet.” From there, he said he kept acting in theater and various other projects, finally moving to L.A. to audition for parts after graduation.

All that effort paid off when he landed the role in “The Spoilers,” which was shot in Idaho on a shoestring budget.

McCade said the movie’s premiere will be shown in the hometowns of all five of the leads – which could mean a screening at the Plaza Cinema 4 in Decatur. The main premiere will be in Boise, where it was shot. The other leads are from Hawaii, Chicago and New York.

After the premieres, McCade said he is planning on moving back to L.A. and shooting another movie with the other cast members of “The Spoilers.” He will continue to hone his acting skills.

“I really just want to be in this industry for a long time,” he said. “Being around people who love the same things I do and being able to do what I’ve wanted to do my whole life is amazing.”

Watch for “The Spoilers” to hit theaters later this year.

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Runaway Bay City Council approves budget, tax rate

The city of Runaway Bay has its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

At a meeting Tuesday, the city council approved a balanced $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate. It is the same tax rate as last year.

Proposed capital expenditures include a 3/4-ton pickup for the public works department, an F-150 pickup and equipment for use as a first responder vehicle for the fire department, new pumps and electrical work at the Lake Shore lift station and replacement of manholes at Lake Shore East and Segundo.

The city also plans to pay $119,824 in debt service.

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The council also:

  • approved a 1.8-percent rate increase request by Progressive Waste Solutions for garbage pickup. Rates will increase by 26 cents for residential customers.
  • sold a lot struck off the tax roll to Weldon Davis for $808.

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Runaway Bay budget includes pay raises, medical truck

Runaway Bay city officials Tuesday will vote on the city’s financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

The city council will hold a public hearing, then consider approving a $1,166,640 general fund budget, funded by a 61.57 cent tax rate – the same as last year. The tax rate is pending council approval.

For the most part, the budget remains the same.

“Generally speaking, the line items are basically what they’ve been last year and the year before and so forth,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. “Each of the departments are up minimally.”

Administrative expenses are up 2.5 percent, while public works outflow remains steady with a 5 percent increase.

Projected expenditures for the police department are down 9 percent.

“It has to do with $55,000 in capital purchases last year,” City Secretary/Administrator Oneta Berghoefer said. “We don’t have that in this year’s budget.”

Municipal court expenses are also down 32 percent as a result of reducing the judge’s position to part-time.

There are no major changes in the parks, civic center, capital improvement or cemetery funds.

Some noteworthy changes in the budget are:

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION

City officials opted to grant employees a $1 an hour wage increase.

The budget originally included a 5 percent increase across the board, which met opposition from the council.

“Five percent across the board seems a little heavy,” Councilman Neil Peters said.

Councilman Dan Ticer added: “I don’t like percentages. Period. Me, personally, I’m not going to vote for a percentage raise. Period. That’s me.”

At Ryan’s suggestion, the council proceeded with the $1 an hour increase.

With that raise, each of the city’s 17 employees would earn an additional $2,080 a year. That number would increase the budget by $35,360.

The city will contribute an additional $7,000 to the Texas Municipal Retirement System due to “new mortality assumptions,” Berghoefer said.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

The fire department budget includes $43,000 for the purchase of a 2014 Ford F-150 and equipment to be used as a first responder truck.

“Ninety-plus percent of our calls are medical,” Fire Chief Brian Bernardo said. “This makes us more effective. We would respond to a medical a little faster because that vehicle would be posted with the chief or the assistant or the next highest designated in command if those two positions are out of town.

“It allows that person to go straight to the call. It will be equipped not like a full truck but more than the equipment you can fit in a car – basic firefighting equipment, a good bit of medical gear.”

The expense will be paid for out of fire department funds.

“It won’t be of any cost to the city taxpayer,” Berghoefer said.

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In addition to voting on the tax rate and budget, the council will also consider a 1.8 percent rate adjustment for Progressive Waste Solutions and a bid for a lot.

The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. It will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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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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Runaway Bay City Council to meet two days straight

Runaway Bay city officials will see a lot of each other this week as two meetings are scheduled back-to-back.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the council will hold public hearings and possibly vote on ordinance regulating secondary buildings and two-car garages.

The public is invited to submit input.

Also during the meeting, the council will vote on amendments to the current budget and will review routine items – the July meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

The following morning, the council will convene again.

During a work session, they will discuss city ordinances and procedures as well as the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The council will also consider a proposed tax rate and set a date and time for public hearings on the matter.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. It will also be held at City Hall.

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George Houston Parker

George Houston Parker

George Houston Parker, 77, of Runaway Bay died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, surrounded by his loved ones, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at The Bay, a Community Church in Runaway Bay. There will be no graveside service since his body was donated to UT-Southwestern for medical research.

George was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Oklahoma City to Stella (Gaddy) Parker and Merl A. Parker. He graduated from Texas Tech University and went to work for IBM in Texas in 1961, moving to California. He retired from IBM in 1995.

He and Bettye Ferguson, who had been high school sweethearts, had lost touch with each other and had both divorced in 1974. George remarried, but his wife died in 2000.

After that, they got back in touch with each other and on May 29, 2001, they were married in Parker County.

In 2003, they moved from California to Runaway Bay to be closer to their grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas. George enjoyed golf and fishing, and they did a lot of traveling, including visiting every national park over about a six-month trip. They were active in numerous causes.

“He was my first love, and I was his first love,” Bettye said. “We had a wonderful 13-plus years together. We just connected like there had not been a break. We were still high school sweethearts.”

George and Bettye were involved with the Republican Party in California before moving back to Texas, where George worked tirelessly in elections for many years. Even while ill, he handled many responsibilities, including helping Bettye and the Republican Women.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jack and Don Parker; and daughter Tammy Parker Murphy.

He is survived by his wife, Bettye Parker; daughter Melanie Parker of Decatur; stepson Mike Ferguson of Southlake; stepdaughter Karen Shadden of Mineral Wells; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.

Memorial donations may be made to CASA of Wise County.

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Runaway Bay City Council names Ray to fill vacancy

The Runaway Bay City Council is fully manned again.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council appointed Roland Ray to fill a vacancy created when Kay Simmons resigned.

According to City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer, Simmons has moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible to hold office.

Simmons was re-elected to the at-large post on the council in May. The term expires in 2016.

Also during the meeting, the council rejected a bid received for work to repair and stabilize the slope failure in Marina Road.

Elected officials authorized city staff to re-advertise since only one bid was submitted.

In routine business, the council approved the June meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Resignation prompts appointment

The Runaway Bay city council will soon have a new member.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will appoint someone to fill the vacancy created when councilwoman Kay Simmons resigned.

According to City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer, Simmons has moved outside the city limits and is no longer eligible to hold office.

Also at the meeting, the council will review a bid received for repair and stabilizing the slope failure in Marina Road.

The council will also review minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m., and will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Roger Paul Parrish

Roger Paul Parrish, 65, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Fort Worth.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Roger was born July 25, 1948, in Dayton, Ohio, to Melba Ruth (Webb) and Claude Elmer Parrish Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Koch Parrish; sisters Sandy Pierce and Barbra Goff, both of Arkansas; brother Tim Parrish of Kentucky; daughters Melissa Callahan and Sheila Parrish, both of Arkansas, Andrea Larson of Oklahoma and Carman Galbrecht of Missouri; sons Duncan Parrish of Oklahoma, Aaron Teats and Wayen Teats, both of California, Sgt. 1st Class David Peterson of Nebraska and Jeff Parrish of Ohio; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Mickey Parrish; and sister Debbie Freshour.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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Lindsey Kay North and Stephen Andrew Bautovich

Lindsey Kay North, daughter of Clay and Rhonda Martin of Chico and Kendell and Debbie North of Runaway Bay, will marry Stephen Andrew Bautovich son of Teri Bautovich and John Bautovich of Pantego, Aug. 30, 2014, at The Orchard in Azle.

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Lindsey Kay North and Stephen Andrew Bautovich

Paul Cantrell will officiate.

The bride-elect graduated from Bridgeport High School and earned a degree in kinesiology from Tarleton State University. She works for Arlington ISD.

The prospective groom graduated from Arlington High School and also earned a degree in kinesiology from Tarleton. He works for Ameritech Millworks LLC.

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Council to consider road repairs

Repairs may be on the way for a popular street in Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider approving plans to repair Marina Road and authorizing Neel-Shaffer to advertise for bids.

Officials will also consider authorizing the company to seek bids for a high-service pump at the water treatment plant.

Also on the agenda, the council will consider:

  • an engagement letter with Snow Garrett Williams for the 2014 audit;
  • implementing marina slip fees for holders to maintain their current slip;
  • changes to the parks and recreation board ordinance.

The council will also approve May meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and the code enforcement report.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Runaway Bay City Council appoints committees

There was no election, but Runaway Bay officials did some restructuring this week anyway.

At its meeting Tuesday, the city council named various citizens to volunteer posts including:

  • Craig Smith, Clay Dent and Allen Williamson to the Economic Development Corp.;
  • Carolyn Moody, Laura Blackburn, Wayne Wall and Tina Wolf to the planning and zoning; and
  • Tommy Thompson, Pansey Green and Diana Theilen to the cemetery board.

City officials also named Jerry St. John mayor pro tem and reappointed Mary Beth Henry the municipal court judge.

In routine business, the council approved the April 15 meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable; activity reports; journal entries; and code enforcement report.

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Robert Alan Peterson

Robert Alan Peterson

Robert Alan Peterson, 59, a self-employed salesman, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Runaway Bay.

Graveside service is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Hawkins East Bridgeport Cemetery. Freddie Villa will officiate.

Robert was born Aug. 18, 1954, to Julian and Helen (Hughes) Peterson in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Micah Peterson; brother Phillip Peterson; and sister Anna Dawson.

He is survived by daughters Kim Collins and husband, Kevin, of Plano, and Rachel Peterson of Bridgeport; sons Joshua Peterson and wife Amelia of Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew Peterson of Bridgeport and Noah Peterson of Bridgeport; grandchildren Mark Gonzaba, Gena Gonzaba, and one on the way; other family members and a host of friends.

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Runaway Bay City Council to consider board appointments

Although there wasn’t a city council election, there may be a change in volunteer positions in Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will meet in closed session to deliberate, then convene in the open to appoint members to the economic development corp., planning and zoning commission, parks board and cemetery board.

It will handle the municipal court judge position the same way – with a closed session discussion and action in a public forum. Mary Beth Henry currently holds that post.

Officials will issue a certificate of election and administer the oaths of office to Mayor Robert Ryan and council members Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, who were re-elected after drawing no opposition.

The council will also consider:

  • appointing a mayor pro tem;
  • authorizing the Wise County Appraisal District to sell real property previously struck off the tax roll for delinquent taxes;
  • the April 15 meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable; activity reports; journal entries; and code enforcement report.

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Dale Brumley

Dale Brumley

Dale Brumley, 78, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Memorial service is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Paradise Church of Christ. Another service is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Canyon Hills Church of Christ in Canyon.

Dale was born July 10, 1935, in Erick, Okla., to William and Ellie (Driggars) Brumley. He married Darlene Ford June 28, 1957, in Lefors. Dale owned and operated an industrial sales and service business.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dale is survived by his wife of 56 years, Darlene (Ford) Brumley of Runaway Bay; daughters Tamara Hegwood and husband, Wesley, of Goodwell, Okla., Terri Brumley Barnwell of Amarillo and Trudy Hartson and husband, Hudson, of Lubbock; sons Troy Brumley and wife, Amy, of Wichita, Kan., and Tony Brumley and wife, Cindy, of Canyon; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters Loretta Burris and husband, Tom, of Whitney and Patsy Reece of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Korbin Lee Scott

Blake and Tiffany Scott of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Korbin Lee, on May 5, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long.

He has one brother: Parker, 6.

Grandparents are Toby and Patty Stanley, Keith and Brenda Scott, Kenneth and Jackie Arnold and Scottie and Diane Bishop.

Great-grandparents are J.D. and Nickey Long, Sam and Lola Grebs and W.W. and Mary Farned.

Great-great-grandparent is Masako McLean.

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City to research electric options

The Runaway Bay City Council is about to begin researching its power options.

As a part of the short agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, the council will consider authorizing Mayor Robert Ryan and City Administrator Oneta Berghoefer to negotiate and contract for electric service.

In closed session, they will evaluate the code enforcement officer, Jannie Tucknies, then act in open session.

The council will also consider March meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and the code enforcement report.

The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive. It is open to the public.

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Doyle H. Powell

Doyle H. Powell

Doyle H. Powell, 91, of Conroe, formerly of Runaway Bay, died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Decatur.

In honor of Doyle’s advance directive, there will not be a funeral service.

Doyle was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Bonita to Mattie (Hurley) and Thomas J. Powell. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunner on a merchant marine ship, and he was a retired offshore drilling superintendent for Enron Oil and Gas.

Doyle is survived by his wife, Jean, of Conroe; brothers Waide Powell of Hobbs, N.M., and W.L. Powell of Decatur.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Odel, Ralph and James Powell.

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Taytum Lea Tongate

Tanner and Kayla Tongate of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Taytum Lea, on March 19, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.

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Runaway Bay Mayor announces board vacancies

The Runaway Bay City Council addressed several expiring terms at its meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Robert Ryan announced the number of expirations on various city boards and commissions. They are:

  • planning and zoning, 3;
  • cemetery association, 4;
  • parks and recreation board, 3;
  • economic development corp., 3.

Those interested in filling one of those terms should contact City Hall at 940-575-4745.

City officials also cancelled the May 10 election after the incumbents holding the three expiring terms on the council were the only ones to file.

The mayor and two council at-large seats were up for election. These posts are held by Robert Ryan, and Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, respectively.

In other news, the council also approved:

  • donating to the Texas A&M Forestry Service surplus property in possession of the volunteer fire department. Equipment includes bunker gear, outdated radios, pagers, speakers and miscellaneous adapters.
  • the police department’s standard operating procedures.
  • the February meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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