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Council members also approved selling the police department’s outdated or unused equipment on eBay or a similar auction site. Items to be sold include outdated radios and in-car video systems.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

Larry and Paula Kersten of Runaway Bay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family luncheon Feb. 1, at Pronto’s Italian Restaurant in Bridgeport.

Kersten

Larry and Paula Kersten

Larry and the former Paula Siehl were married Jan. 30, 1954, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Detroit, Mich.

Their children are Pamela Green of San Marcos, Laura Belcher of Paradise, Lisa Ellerbrook of Mineral Wells and Loren Kersten of Haslet. They have nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Larry retired from General Motors after 33 years of service. He served as Wise County election judge and on the Runaway Bay Planning and Zoning commission for five years.

Paula is a homemaker. She served on the city council for two years.

They are members of St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport.

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Runaway Bay City Council approves sewer plant repairs

Runaway Bay’s wastewater treatment plant will soon receive a pair of repairs – one that was planned and another that was an emergency.

At its meeting Jan. 21, the city council approved fixing two blowers and installing a high-service pump.

The pump was a need identified in a water study conducted over the summer. However, the blowers went out just recently.

The council authorized repairing the blowers, which totaled just over $10,000, and approved an engineering contract for the pump installation.

Officials also approved an engineering contract for repairs to a road leading to the marina.

“There’s a little road that goes by the marina that’s deteriorating,” City Administrator/Secretary Oneta Berghoefer said. “We hired the engineer to come in and give us engineering solutions to that.”

IN OTHER NEWS

The council also:

  • called the May 10 election. The terms of the mayor and two at-large council seats, currently held by Robert Ryan, Neil Peters and Kay Simmons, expire.
  • performed the annual evaluations on the city administrator/secretary, police chief Tim Donald and municipal court judge Mary Beth Henry. No action was taken.
  • approved the December meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Landon Asher Tadlock

Billy and Jasmine Tadlock of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Landon Asher, on Jan. 15, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

He has one brother: William Paul Tadlock Jr., 6.

Grandparents are John and Shari Nziramasanga of Fort Worth and Kathy Tadlock of Phoenix.

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Breyleen Marie Boydstun

Kevin and Rachel Boydstun of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Breyleen Marie, on Jan. 14, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

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Runaway Bay council to consider road, water plant repairs

Runaway Bay city officials will proceed with plans for various repairs.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council will consider a proposal to repair blowers at the wastewater treatment plant and engineering service contracts to install a high-service pump and repair the marina road.

In routine business, the council will consider calling the May 10 general election and will review the December meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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

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Shirley Ann Jenkins

Shirley Ann Jenkins

Shirley Ann Jenkins, 71, of Runaway Bay, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Decatur.

No service is scheduled at this time.

Shirley was born April 2, 1942, in Priors, Ga., to Thomas and Argie (Martin) Hindmon. She was a retired committee chairman for General Motors and was married to Millard Lee Jenkins until his death in May 2003.

Her parents also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Boner and husband, Donald, of Wizard Wells; grandchildren Nathan Davis and wife, Magan Pharris, of Jacksboro and Angela Boner of Wizard Wells; great-grandchildren Aubrey and Natalee; brother Tommie Hindmon; sisters Juanita Richardson and Dolly Jean Woods; aunts Jean Pollard and Faye Sorrells; and other family members and friends.

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Avery Elizabeth Daberkow

Justin and Tanya Daberkow of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Elizabeth, on Dec. 23, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

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

She has one brother: Landon, 7.

Grandparents are Tad Daberkow of Vernon, Deb and David Allen of Bridgeport and Charlie and Joyce Buendel of San Antonio.

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Krum man arrested after high-speed pursuit in Runaway Bay

Krum man arrested after high-speed pursuit in Runaway Bay

A Krum man was arrested by state troopers Thursday night after leading them in a high-speed pursuit and crashing on the west
side of Runaway Bay.

Stopping Point

STOPPING POINT – Cody Loos of Krum crashed his motorcycle on the west side of Runaway Bay after leading officers in a high-speed chase that started in Decatur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Around 5:30 p.m. a reckless driver on a black motorcycle was reported on U.S. 380 in Decatur. Department of Public Safety Trooper Philip Redmon said he got behind the motorcycle on 380 near the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and activated his lights and siren in an attempt to pull him over.

Driver Cody Loos, 23, did not stop but instead continued west on 380 at a high rate of speed.

Redmon couldn’t confirm the speed, but other officers said over the police scanner the motorcycle was traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

As the chase approached the Runaway Bay city limit, Bay officer Kevin Bragg joined the pursuit. A Wise County deputy was also part of the chase.

The motorcycle crashed on the west side of Runaway Bay, but Loos was not injured. He fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by Bragg.

He was examined by Wise County medics and arrested for evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. Loos was booked into Wise County Jail and was released Friday on a $15,000 bond.

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Council to meet Tuesday, Thursday

The Runaway Bay city council will meet twice next week, each time to address a relatively short agenda.

For its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the council will consider the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. In addition to routine business – approving the November meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, journal entries, code enforcement report and activity reports – they will also consider contracting with Wise County Appraisal District for the assessment and collection of city property taxes in 2014,

Tuesday’s meeting is at 7 p.m.

They will meet again for a work session 3:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss engineering requests for qualifications for various projects. City secretary Oneta Berghoefer said specifics had not yet been identified.

Both meetings will be held at City Hall, 101 Runaway Bay Drive.

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Clayton Jayden Palmer

Clayton Jayden Palmer

Clayton Jayden Palmer, an infant, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Fort Worth.

Funeral was Dec. 7 at U-Turn World Ministries in Chico, and burial is Saturday, Dec. 14, at Eternal Oaks Cemetery in Runaway Bay. The Rev. Kevin Alexander officiated, and Ponch Ford, Lance Ford, Mat McDaniel, Dillion Underwood and James Stubblefield served as pallbearers.

Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport handled arrangements.

Clayton was born Dec. 3, 2013, to Hunter and Emily (Ford) Palmer in Fort Worth.

He is survived by his parents, Emily and Hunter Palmer of Runaway Bay; sisters Cheyenne and Chloe Palmer of Runaway Bay; grandparents Richard and Teresa Ford of Runaway Bay, Diana Theilan of Runaway Bay and Phillip Palmer of Boyd; aunts Clover Alexander of Bridgeport and Christal Whailing of Oklahoma; uncles Lance Ford of Oklahoma and Ponch Ford of Oklahoma; and other family members and friends.

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Landry Quinn Clark

Andrea Calabretta and Mark Clark of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Landry Quinn Clark, on Nov. 21, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18 inches long.

She has one brother: Haiden Clark, 10.

Grandparents are Rosie and Mark Clark of Bridgeport and Rich and Terr Calabretta of Morgan Hill, Calif.

Great-grandmother is Rosie Loper of Bridgeport.

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Christmas is coming to the Bay

The Greater Runaway Bay Alliance is partnering with the city to light up Runaway Bay for Christmas.

After Mayor Robert Ryan encouraged all residents and business owners to decorate their homes and buildings for the holidays, the Alliance stepped up at the city council meeting Tuesday and said it would help organize the effort.

The Alliance will compile a map with the addresses of all decorated homes listed on the back. Copies of the map will be available at local businesses, at City Hall and outside the city’s civic center.

Members of the Alliance will also call all Runaway Bay residents inviting them to participate.

“Our hope is to make Runaway Bay a place for families to bring their families during the holiday season to look and enjoy Christmas lights,” said Jackie Ishmael, vice president of the Alliance.

To be included on the map, contact Ishmael at 940-575-4592 or bobishmael@centurylink.net, or Kay Federspiel at 940-575-4916. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 10.

PURCHASES APPROVED

Christmas came a bit early for various Runaway Bay city departments.

On Tuesday, the city council approved the purchase or financing agreement for various high-dollar expenses it had set aside money for during budget-writing this summer.

Officials agreed to enter into two loans with First National Bank in Runaway Bay – a $50,000 note for two 2013 Ram 1500 special services police trucks and a $67,900 loan for an F-450 Chassis with a 3,200 pound crane body and self-leveling camera and locator for the public works department.

The council also approved $14,700 in repairs to stabilize the foundation at the wastewater plant.

The council also:

  • cast all 23 of its votes for Ray Cook Jr. for the Wise County Appraisal District board of directors;
  • approved the selling of city-owned vacant lots; and
  • OK’d the October meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports, journal entries and code enforcement report.

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Landon Avery Proctor

Tamara Williams and Tyler Proctor of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Landon Avery Proctor, on Oct. 28, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Guy and Valerie Proctor and Dianna and Raymond Tiller, all of Chico.

Great-grandparents are Richard and Judy Bradford of North Richland Hills, Sandy and Walter Hollis of Bridgeport and Clifford Williams of Wichita Falls.

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Council approves garbage fee increase

Garbage collection fees in Runaway Bay will increase by 2 percent beginning Jan. 1.

The city council Tuesday approved the hike in cost following a request by Progressive Waste Solutions, the city’s provider.

Residential accounts will increase 28 cents. Commercial customers will see an increase of $1.29 to $4.39 depending on the size of the container and number of pick-ups per month.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

During the meeting, the volunteer fire department received a few gifts from the council. Officials approved the $17,699 purchase of a cutter and spreader to be paid for in part with a $12,366 grant from Texas Forestry Service.

The council also transferred to the fire department fund $13,849 collected from donations throughout the year and at various fundraising events.

The council also approved the September meeting minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Lila Dulcinea Hobbs

Joey and Rebekah Hobbs of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Lila Dulcinea, on Oct. 8, 2013, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Grandparents are Carlyne and Kevin McKinley of Chico and Debbie and Joey Hobbs of Bridgeport.

Great-grandparents are Pat Hobbs of Bridgeport and Clodean Griffin of Azle.

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Expect more of public officials

It is a real shame that an elected official can be let off with just a slap on the wrist when he steals from the taxpayers that put him in the office. The taxpayers expect more from them.

How could the DA let this go with just a Class B misdemeanor? That was a slap to the face of the taxpayers and spit in the eyes of all the good men who work out of the county barn in Bridgeport.

We expect more from our prosecutors and better of our commissioners.

Terry Ross got off lucky. It cost more than $500 to build that playhouse.

David Stewart
Runaway Bay

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