Runaway Bay City Council cancels election

The Runaway Bay City Council voted Monday to cancel its May 9 election because there are no contested races.

Three at-large seats were up for election, but only incumbents Berry White, Dan Ticer and Jerry St. John filed for the positions.

BULLETPROOF VESTS

In other regular business, the council approved purchasing five bulletproof vests for the Runaway Bay Police Department.

The action came after Chief Tim Donald requested money to purchase Yeti coolers that would then be raffled to raise funds to buy the vests.

“We’re looking at buying two Yeti coolers and holding a raffle for them to raise the money,” Donald said.

After some discussion, the council decided to just purchase the vests.

“I think it’s a good idea. I just don’t want people to think we don’t care about police officer protection,” council member Jerry St. John said.

Donald said each bulletproof vest could cost anywhere from $600 to $1,500 and last for about five years. The two Yeti coolers he was planning to purchase cost $279 and $175, respectively.

“How about we buy the five vests now at $1,000 apiece, then have the raffle to pay back the city?” council member White asked.

Donald and the council agreed to his suggestions.

Council members also approved Donald’s request to hold a golf tournament to raise money for the future renovation and expansion of the police station.

INFINILINK BROADBAND

The council also heard a request from John Boyd of Infinilink Broadband to lease space on top of the city’s water tower to set up Internet signal antennas.

City secretary Oneta Berghoefer recommended the council declare an intent to lease space with the particulars of the negotiation to be worked out later.

“We’d just need some sort of agreement in writing in order to move forward,” Boyd said.

The council approved the negotiation agreement 5-0.

OTHER BUSINESS

The council also tabled the contract renewal with U.S. Water for water/wastewater treatment facilities because some council members wanted to continue negotiations. The item is expected to be discussed in a future workshop.

The council’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, and is open to the public.

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Barrett King Hunt

Andreu and Courtney Hunt of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Barrett King Hunt, on March 9, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long.

He has one brother: Parker Reed Hunt, 2.

Grandparents are Trace and Eva Reed of Runaway Bay, and Leslie Hunt-Bond of Lubbock.

Great-grandparents are Gary and Jan Reed of Electra, and Helen Hunt of Lubbock.

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Kaci Nichole Fuller and Eric ‘Brent’ Scott Vincent

Kaci Nichole Fuller, daughter of Robert and Cindy Fuller, all of Runaway Bay, will marry Eric “Brent” Scott Vincent of Cottondale, son of Eric and Sherri Vincent of Decatur, April 11, 2015, at Decatur Church of Christ.

Fuller Vincent

Kaci Nichole Fuller and Eric ‘Brent’ Scott Vincent

The bride-elect is a 2008 graduate of Bridgeport High School, and she has an associate’s degree in business management from Weatherford College. She is a personal banker at Wells Fargo.

The prospective groom is a 2006 graduate of Decatur High and is works for Targa Resources.

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Ingrid Hildegarde Mueller Crawley

Ingrid Hildegarde Mueller Crawley

Ingrid Hildegarde Mueller Crawley, 78, of Runaway Bay, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Denton.

Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Gerald Epperson officiating.

Ingrid was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Peterswalde, Germany, to Fritz and Hilda (Gretche) Mueller. After high school graduation in Germany, in her teen years and early 20s, she traveled to many places and worked in a resort on the Isle of Amrum and then as an au pair in Sweden before returning home and marrying American soldier Gilbert James Crawley. They wed in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in March of 1958 and settled in his hometown of Chicago.

The couple had four children and moved to Bridgeport in 1965 where Ingrid lived until her passing. She was a cook for many restaurants, including the Yacht Club at Runaway Bay in the ’70s. Before retiring, she managed the cafeteria at Bridgeport Elementary School.

Ingrid had been a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeport since 1965. Her hobbies included cooking, working in her beautiful yard, vegetable gardening and Facebook.

She was preceded in death by her parents of Ludwigshafen and her childrens’ father, Gilbert Crawley of Arlington.

Ingrid is survived by sons James Gilbert Crawley of Runaway Bay and Thomas David Crawley of Arlington; daughters Debra Crawley Wilson of Runaway Bay and Elaine Crawley Cobb and husband, Dennis, of Decatur; brother Leopold Lang of Langenheide, Germany; sisters Vera E. Raeuchle of Ludwigshafen, Annelise E. Summer of Altrip, Germany, and Renate H. Mueller, also of Altrip; grandchildren Randi Eyster and husband, Randy, Natalie Cobb, Clint Wilson and wife, Natalie, Brandon Cobb, Charissa Sheffield and husband, Gerell, Eillischa Crawley and Jared Crawley; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Runaway Bay City Council purchases new fire equipment

The Runaway Bay City Council unanimously approved the purchase of new fire equipment at its meeting Monday.

The equipment, to be used by the Runaway Bay Volunteer Fire Department, includes several feet of 5-inch hoses. The total cost is $18,674, which will be paid with grant money.

The council also approved a permit for Legacy Texas Bank to display its signs in the city.

City Secretary Oneta Berghoefer said all three incumbents have filed for re-election for May.

The council’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at 101 Runaway Bay Drive. It is open to the public.

Follow live updates of this meeting and others in Wise County on Twitter @jakeharris4.

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Athena Marie Lindamood

Rich and Cameron Lindamood of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Athena Marie Lindamood, on Feb. 10, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

She has two sisters: Alexis, 5; and Autumn, 13.

Grandparents are Wayne and Marie Wall of Runaway Bay and Russ and Sandi Lindamood of Las Vegas.

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Grayson Cain Smith

Griffin and Rossi Smith of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Grayson Cain Smith, on Feb. 2, 2015, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.

He has two brothers: Pake, 10; and Paxsen, 9.

Grandparents are Patti and Jeremy Goodger of Paradise, Gary Coplan of Jacksboro and Ronnie and Lori Smith of Jacksboro.

Great-grandparents are Nita Duke of Bridgeport, B.J. Bryant of Godley, Patty Geer of Jacksboro, Janiece and Rocky Roper of Boyd and Mike Wilbanks of Boyd.

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Lawrence E. Kersten

Lawrence E. Kersten

Lawrence E. Kersten, 80, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Decatur.

Memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at St. John the Baptizer Church in Bridgeport with Father Thomas Dsouza officiating. Rosary is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the church.

Lawrence was born May 23, 1934, in Detroit to Erwin Charles and Gertrude (Kennedy) Kersten. He married Paula Jean Siehl Jan. 30, 1954, in Detroit. He was a retired sales manager for General Motors AC/Delco Division and enjoyed outdoor activities such as golf, fishing – particularly fly fishing – and gardening. He also enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandkids.

Lawrence was very civic-minded. He was named Man of the Year in Runaway Bay, was a past president of the Runaway Bay HOA, precinct judge for the Republican Party, a volunteer for Wise Regional Health System and a member of the Elks.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Kathy Israel.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Paula Kersten of Runaway Bay; daughters Pamela Green and husband, Denis, of San Marcos, Laura Belcher and husband, Jack, of Paradise, and Lisa Ellerbrook of Weatherford; son Loren Kersten and wife, Tana, of Haslet; brother John Kersten of Canton, Mich., sister Mary Kies of Elmhurst, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

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Linda Lee Finley

Linda Lee Finley

Linda Lee Finley, 72, of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Decatur.

Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Full Armor Fellowship Church in Decatur.

Linda was born Dec. 26, 1942, in Denver, Colo., to Pete and May (Barta) Thyfault. She married Brent Finley Jan. 2, 1988, in Amarillo. She was a retired secretary for Texas A&M Research.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Tandy Massucci; granddaughter Kelli Bull; grandson Matt Bull; and sisters Norma Young and Imajean Jewell.

She is survived by her husband, Brent Finley of Runaway Bay; son Kenneth Dennis and wife, Cheryl, of Decatur; daughter Tracy Bull and husband, David, of Amarillo; grandchildren Paige, Hunter, Shey, Tanner, Logan, Brandy, Jess and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Zoe and A.J.; sister Donna Murdock of Odessa; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Local students graduate UNT

The following students from Wise County received degrees at the University of North Texas’ fall 2014 commencement ceremonies.

  • Boyd – Brandon James Anderson, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice
  • Decatur – Aaron Michael Renaud, Bachelor of Arts in English; Austin Jefferson Anderson, Bachelor of Arts in international studies; Brooke A. Joiner, Bachelor of Science in kinesiology; Claribel Trejo, Bachelor of Arts in international studies; Daniel Kyle Walker, Bachelor of Arts in English; Elizabeth Joy Hatter, Bachelor of Arts in English; Erika Angela Olson, Bachelor of Arts in history; John David Curry, Bachelor of Science in integrative studies; Kimberly Lynn James-Kelly, Master of Science in behavior analysis; Nathaniel Reid Smith, Bachelor of Science in geography; Raymond C. McMillian, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Sara Kathryn Blankenship, Master of Arts in journalism
  • Paradise – Erica D. Jones, Bachelor of Science in integrative studies
  • Rhome – Corey Shannon Bomar, Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art; Kathy Ann Ryan, Bachelor of Arts in psychology; Thomas Wayne Bryan, Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
  • Runaway Bay – Natasha M. Randolph, Bachelor of Science in speech-language pathology/audiology

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Local students named to UNT dean’s list

The following University of North Texas students from Wise County were named to the dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester.

  • Aurora – Christian Joshua McCormack
  • Boyd – Brandon James Anderson, Ashley Pearl Montgomery
  • Chico – Angela Michelle Price
  • Decatur – Elizabeth Joy Hatter, Howard Jack Ille Jr., Brooke A. Joiner, Tiffany Kristin Lara, Samuel J. McGregor, Raymond C. McMillian, Zara Reanna Pearson, Ricardo Samano, Raye E. Stewart, Catalina Torres, Brianna M. White, Renae J. White
  • Newark – Michael Scott Cushman, Ruth Ann Alexis Edwards, Nathaniel Christopher Getty, Lindsey Hope Robinson
  • Paradise – Crystal D. Morris-Stromberg, Bailey N Roberts
  • Runaway Bay – Marcela Garza

To receive the honor, undergraduates must complete at least 12 academic hours with a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

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Carsten James Hale

Cortnee and Kyle Hale of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Carsten James Hale, on Jan. 26, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Kim Browning of Runaway Bay, and Lori and Jabo Hale of Chico.

Great-grandparents Deborah and Terry Hess of Dallas and Nita Duke of Bridgeport.

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Natalia Frutos

Martin and Flor Frutos of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Natalia Frutos, on Jan. 7, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has one sister: Maribel Frutos.

Grandparents are Aquistan and Maria Sandov l of Bridgeport, and Martin and Maria Frutos of Bridgeport.

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Jury finds Burdine guilty of drug possession

A Wise County jury deliberated about three-and-a-half hours Wednesday before finding a Runaway Bay man guilty of possession of a controlled substance in an amount of 4 to 200 grams.

Scott Wayne Burdine

Scott Wayne Burdine, 38, will have to wait until later this month for a sentencing hearing before 271st District Judge John Fostel. Because Burdine has previously been convicted on drug charges, he faces a punishment range of 5 to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The trial began Tuesday afternoon in district court and ended a little more than 24 hours later.

Burdine was arrested during a traffic stop in October 2013 near the intersection of Farm Roads 2265 and 1655, in the vicinity of Alvord. Wise County sheriff’s officers found drug paraphernalia in the vehicle Burdine was driving and also located drugs on the ground nearby that they believed had been thrown from the vehicle.

Deputies testified that the drugs were found in a small container wrapped in black electrical tape, which they know from previous cases is a common way to try to make its detection more difficult after it is discarded from a vehicle.

Deputy Jay T. Manoushagian said he located the case containing drugs in the grass wet with dew or moisture from a foggy evening, but the case was not wet, which he believed indicated it had been recently tossed on the ground.

Burdine’s attorneys argued that the officer who made the initial stop, Deputy Brett Yaro, never actually saw the package thrown from the vehicle and could not connect it to Burdine, who was driving someone else’s truck.

“Being in the area of drugs is not sufficient to make you guilty of possession of a controlled substance,” defense attorney David Singleton told the jury during closing arguments. “You have to show that Mr. Burdine threw the drugs out of the vehicle.”

He pointed to the video, which was shown numerous times during the trial and also reviewed by the jury during deliberation, as evidence that you could not see anything thrown from the vehicle Burdine was driving.

Assistant District Attorney Jay Lapham said the totality of the evidence proved Mr. Burdine’s guilt, including the fact that he accelerated away from police. Drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle, and drugs were found in the vicinity of the stop along with small baggies and rolls of money normally seen with someone who sells drugs.

“They want you to suspend your common sense,” Lapham told the jury during closing arguments. “You would have to believe some stranger drove up on an isolated road in the middle of the night and dumped $700 worth of drugs by the side of the road and drove off.”

Burdine previously pleaded guilty in Wise County to possession of a controlled substance 4 to 200 grams with intent to deliver and was sentenced to six years in prison on Jan. 7, 2008. He was also convicted of a drug charge on July 1, 2008, in Johnson County.

On Jan. 25, 2011, Burdine was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in Wise County to burglary of a building.

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Maggie Jean Huffman

Kevin and Susan Huffman of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Maggie Jean Huffman, on Jan. 2, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

She has one sister: Debbie Elizabeth Huffman, 2.

Grandparents are Frank and Treon Hoelscher of Wylie and Carol Huffman of Bridgeport.

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Twice blessed: ‘First babies’ arrive a minute apart

Twice blessed: ‘First babies’ arrive a minute apart

The first baby of 2015 waited until Jan. 2 to get here.

Apparently, she wanted some company.

First By a Minute

FIRST BY A MINUTE – Kevin and Susan Huffman of Runaway Bay show off their new daughter, Maggie, born at 7:36 Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, at Wise Regional. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Maggie Huffman was born at 7:36 a.m. at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed a healthy 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Her parents, Susan and Kevin Huffman of Runaway Bay, had scheduled the cesarean section for the day after the New Year’s holiday. Susan is an investigator for CPS, and Kevin is Precinct 4 constable in Wise County.

Maggie has a big sister, Debbie, who is 2 years old, and a room full of relatives and friends to celebrate her arrival.

Right across the hall, Leonna Fay Gober’s entourage celebrated her birth only 60 seconds after Maggie.

Close Behind

CLOSE BEHIND – Joshua and Kimberley Gober’s new daughter, Leonna Fay, was born at 7:37 a.m., also at Wise Regional. They are from Bridgeport. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Kimberley and Joshua Gober of Bridgeport welcomed their second daughter at 7:37 a.m.

Leonna Fay arrived weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was born by natural labor on her actual due date.

Sister Ily is 16 months old, and a host of family and friends came and went throughout the day.

Kimberley is a stay-at-home mom, and dad works in the oilfield.

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Aiden Coalby Brown

William and Crystal Brown of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Aiden Coalby Brown, on Dec. 17, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 10 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Connie Haber of Runaway Bay, Tim Brown of Runaway Bay and Becky Dooley of Keeter.

Great-grandparents are Coalby and Barbara Brown and Shirley Dooley.

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Traci Admire

Traci Admire

Traci Admire, 38, of Runaway Bay, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Cordenons, Italy.

Funeral is 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at White’s Funeral Home in Azle, with her father, the Rev. Bill Lawson officiating.

Traci was born Aug. 3, 1976, in Pawhuska, Okla. She was a loving mother and wife, daughter and friend.

Shortly after moving to Texas, Traci met her future husband, Dustin Admire. They were married Aug. 8, 2008, and a few months later began their journey as an Air Force family. After moving to Italy, Traci found a new passion – performing in musical theater.

She never met a stranger and had a smile for everyone. She loved Jesus and wanted everyone else to know and love Him as well.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, J.E. and Waunie Loper, her paternal grandfather, Fred Steinberg, and aunts Vickie Loper Kampstra and Tammy Loper Durand.

Traci is survived by her husband of six years, Staff Sgt. Dustin Admire; sons Dakota and Kiowa Burnett; mother and stepfather Debbie and Kerry Edmiaston; father and stepmother Bill and Carol Lawson; brothers Jamie Loper and Billy Lawson; sisters Tina Beyer and Courtney White; paternal grandmother Minnie Steinberg; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Robert Langto

Robert Langto

Robert Langto, 72, of Runaway Bay, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in North Richland Hills.

Memorial service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Bob was born Dec. 1, 1941, in Watertown, N.Y., to Evelyn (Ryan) and Robert H. Langto. He was an electrician who served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Grace Fellowship and enjoyed hunting, tennis, skydiving and tae kwon do.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Charlotte Santiago and Bobbie Buszak.

Survivors include his son, Eric Langto and wife, Laureen; daughter Terra Durdon and husband, Barry; and grandchildren Kyle, Jared, Cory and Ryan Durdon and Drew, Dylan, Victoria and Scarlett Langto.

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Caden Robert Ince

Daniel and Kelly Ince of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Caden Robert, on Nov. 11, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

He has one sister: Emily, 5.

Grandparents are Rob and Cindy Fuller of Runaway Bay and Billy and Flo Ince of Bridgeport.

Great-grandmother is Phyllis Feiler of Lincoln, Neb.

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