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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Runaway Bay City Council to cancel election

Only the incumbents signed up for the three expiring terms on the Runaway Bay City Council during the filing period that closed recently.

With no contested races, the council will consider at its meeting Tuesday canceling the May 10 election and declaring the unopposed candidates elected.

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

At the meeting, Mayor Ryan will announce the expiring terms on other boards and commissions.

The council will also consider disposing of surplus property held by the volunteer fire department, approving the police department’s standard operating procedures and routine business.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Dr. It’s open to the public.

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Norma Lee Montgomery Coble

Norma Lee Montgomery Coble

Norma Lee Montgomery Coble, 84, of Runaway Bay died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Graveside memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The Rev. Bill Sparks of Mission Hospice will officiate.

Norma was born April 27, 1929, in Watauga, Okla., to Virgil and Edna (Stevenson) Montgomery. She married Roy Lee “Pee Wee” Coble May 10, 1947, in Amarillo. Norma was the office manager for the Runaway Bay Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First Baptist Church of Runaway Bay and the American Camping Association.

She generously gave her time volunteering for several organizations, including Camp Fire Girls. The community of Runaway Bay honored Norma by naming the civic center after her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roy Lee “Pee Wee” Coble; brother Gene Sions; sisters Joy Brandley and Rose Hart; and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Coble.

She is survived by her daughter, Leighan Cupples and husband, Phil, of Mansfield; her sons, Lynn Roy Coble of Arlington and Dennis Coble and wife, Denise, of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Anita Steinle of Runaway Bay; brother Walter Montgomery of Virginia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Runaway Bay council calls joint election

Runaway Bay citizens have more than a city council race to decide.

Because the city does not have its own public school district, students who live in Runaway Bay attend Bridgeport ISD schools.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council approved an agreement with BISD to conduct a joint election in May and split the cost.

On the city council, the mayor’s post as well as two at-large seats are up for grabs.

The incumbents – Mayor Robert Ryan, Kay Simmons and Neil Peters – have all filed for re-election.

On the school board, voters will elect places 6 and 7, held by Ken Kilpatrick and Marti Hines.

Kilpatrick and Donald Majka have filed for place 6, while Hines, Robert Marlett and Steve Stanford have filed for place 7.

The filing period ends Feb. 28.

Early voting is April 28 through May 6. Election day voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10.

Council members also approved selling the police department’s outdated or unused equipment on eBay or a similar auction site. Items to be sold include outdated radios and in-car video systems.

In other business, the council accepted a $12,000 bid on property in the 100 block of Runaway Bay Drive.

“This is property that was struck off to the various entities, and the other taxing entities will have to accept the bid also,” City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer said.

In routine business, the council approved the January meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, code enforcement report, journal entries and racial profiling report from the police department.

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Norma Lee Montgomery Coble

Norma Lee Montgomery Coble

Norma Lee Montgomery Coble, 84, of Runaway Bay died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Graveside memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. The Rev. Bill Sparks of Mission Hospice will officiate.

Norma was born April 27, 1929, in Watauga, Okla., to Virgil and Edna (Stevenson) Montgomery. She married Roy Lee “Pee Wee” Coble May 10, 1947, in Amarillo. Norma was the office manager for the Runaway Bay Chamber of Commerce and a member of the First Baptist Church of Runaway Bay and the American Camping Association.

She generously gave her time volunteering for several organizations, including Camp Fire Girls. The community of Runaway Bay honored Norma by naming the civic center after her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Roy Lee “Pee Wee” Coble; brother Gene Sions; sisters Joy Brandley and Rose Hart; and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Coble.

She is survived by her daughter, Leighan Cupples and husband, Phil, of Mansfield; her sons, Lynn Roy Coble of Arlington and Dennis Coble and wife, Denise, of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Anita Steinle of Runaway Bay; brother Walter Montgomery of Virginia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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McComis qualified to lead county

In the upcoming Republican primary, we have the opportunity and responsibility to put the best candidates on the ballot for the general election. First of all, I’d encourage everyone in Wise County to vote. Secondly, I’d encourage you to join me in voting for Keith McComis for Wise County judge.

I achieved a certain amount of success in a private-sector, service-oriented career. No small part of that resulted from learning to “read” people. I met Keith years ago when he was giving his all in building a successful oilfield service company. Keith was easy to read then, and still is.

He has proven he can lead people and effectively apply resources. He fully understands the more qualified a leader, the higher the likelihood of lasting success. Visit his website – it does a great job introducing him and his qualifications.

Keith is running as a public servant, not a politician. His satisfaction comes from leading individuals to attain successes that benefit the masses. Keith realizes that criticism, though sometimes unfounded and harsh, is always meaningful. He listens. He truly represents. He values good people.

Keith has figured out that only through openness and accountability do a person’s efforts lead to worthwhile experience. He is humble. His broad base of experience was built with his sleeves rolled up, on the job during times both good and bad, allowing him to confidently identify and address tough issues.

Keith can lead the county’s many resources toward stated goals. … he’s done it before.

Do we really need a “fresh perspective” in the office? That sounds kinda familiar to me. Besides, I’m not all that convinced that Judge McElhaney’s perspective was stale. Honesty, integrity, maturity, love of church and family, open and direct.

Keith McComis for Wise County judge … an informed vote for an informed candidate.

J. Tom Messer
Runaway Bay

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Runaway Bay Council to consider joint election

It’s election time in the city of Runaway Bay.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider approving an agreement with Bridgeport ISD to conduct a joint election.

The mayor’s post as well as two at-large seats on the council are up for grabs.

The incumbents – Mayor Robert Ryan, Kay Simmons and Neil Peters – have all filed to seek re-election.

Council members will also consider a bid on property in the 100 block of Runaway Bay Drive and the approval of sale on outdated/unused surplus equipment owned by the police department.

In routine business, the council will consider the January meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, code enforcement report, journal entries and racial profiling report from the police department.

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

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