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Runaway Bay council to tackle election issues

Aside from calling the May 11 election for three spots on the city council and considering partnering with the Bridgeport school district to split election costs, the agenda for Tuesday night’s Runaway Bay City Council meeting looks routine.

The council, which meets at City Hall (101 Runaway Bay Dr.), will review minutes, financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries for December.

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Marian Hill Watson

Marian Hill Watson, 78, formerly of Runaway Bay, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Bedford.

Funeral was Dec. 17 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. David Burrows officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Marian was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Fairy to Cornelius Orion and Effie Hall Hill. She retired from Vought Aircraft and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Watson.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonny Sue Williams; son David Watson and wife, Denise, all of Bedford; grandchildren Robin Fennema and husband, Sean, and Amy Graham and husband, Brian, all of Grapevine, Jim Watson of Norman, Okla., Andrew Watson and wife, Tiffany, of Bremerton, Wash., and Kyle Hunter of Bedford; great-grandchildren Kelsie, Madison, Cole, Chip, Collin, Sydney, Macy, Dimity, Gabriella, Benjamin and Frederick; brothers Billy Hill and wife, Beverly, of Cranfills Gap, L. C. Hill and wife, Shannon, of Conroe, and Reggie Hill and wife, Sandra, of Bedford.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Worth Alzheimer’s Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

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Kinzlie Raeigh Baker

Larry Baker and Shanee Baker of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Kinzlie Raeigh, on Nov. 22, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Grandparents are Larry and Sherry Baker, Roger Grober and Rhonda and Chris McConnell.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Lavri Baker, Jimmy and Verlin Hunt, Sharon and Grady Williams, Lena Grober, John Grober, and Arlis Grober and Frances and Wilson Hale.

Great-great-grandparent is Frances Tedrow.

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Ruben Zapata

Ruben Zapata

Ruben Zapata, 65, of Runaway Bay died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

Ruben was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Del Rio to Manuel and Juanita (Mendoza) Zapata. He served in the 3rd Recon of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and married Carolyn Green on Oct. 26, 1969, in Acuna, Mexico. He retired from Global Group Inc. as a printer.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Zapata of Runaway Bay; sons Anthony Bartoo and wife, Tracy, of Chico, and Weldon Eugene Bartoo, Ruben Lee Zapata Jr., Jason Samuel Zapata, and Jessie Martinez and wife, Nicole, all of Runaway Bay; daughters Yolanda Zapata of Runaway Bay, and Michelle Duncan and husband, Chase, of Frisco; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by brothers Efrain Hernandez of Maryland, Raul Zapata of Fort Worth and Manuel Zapata Jr. of Austin; sisters Orfa Linda Subialdea of Fort Worth and Mickey Shortnacy of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, three sisters and a granddaughter, Brittney Zapata.

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City council votes to fix floor

To avoid a dangerous situation, the Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday approved a $12,576.85 bid to repair damages to the floor in the city council chamber.

The damages, it is believed, are a result of a front flower bed that allows water to come underneath the building and keep it saturated.

“Folks, y’all have got a mess,” said Larry Settle with Basic IDIQ, a general contractor that works through purchasing cooperatives. “We brought in three different contractors to crawl under and look at this facility … You’ve got some very bad wood under here. I’m very concerned that, someday, someone is going to fall through and hurt themselves.”

An original contractor outlined an extensive plan that included demolishing the flower bed and changing that front area, implementing ventilation (more than what has already been added) and adding a completely new floor – ripping out the flooring, replacing the joists, carpet, and even some of the drywall where mold has begun to grow.

The pricetag for that fix – up to $60,000 – did not appeal to the council.

“Our opinion was to completely tear this thing all the way down and replace everything – fix the ventilation, use marine board and make this thing a council room that will last forever, a lot longer,” Settle said. “But then the price was quite a bit more.”

So the company presented a more economical option that limited the scope of work to about one-third of the room’s area, toward the back where most of the damage is located. Workers will pull back the carpet and padding to allow access to the wood floor, then remove the plywood flooring to expose the rotted joists. After tearing out those joists, treated 4×6 support beams and joists would be installed to support the new plywood flooring. Then the existing padding and carpeting would be reattached.

“We were trying to come up with a way to spend the least amount of money,” Settle said. “But this is putting a Band-Aid on it … It’s not going to last forever. Everything needs to be replaced. All places are showing signs of rot, some dry rot. But it’s extremely bad in a particular section (the back of the room where citizens sit). That’s wet rot.”

City officials were reluctant to pour too much money into the building, which may be outgrown if anticipated growth materializes after a change in the city’s housing ordinance. See related story on page 6A.

“If the housing we’ve approved goes in, we’re going to have the need for a larger space than this,” Mayor Robert Ryan said. ” … also keeping mind that we do have a sizeable amount of repair work pending down at the dock. We don’t need to jump off and spend all the money on a room we use once a month.”

White added: “This $12,000 that we’re going to spend would be enough to last for a period of 10 years. That would be adequate enough for growth and see where we might need to go from there.”

Even though the price was more favorable, council was not pleased with all of the corners cut.

“It says here that you’ll do the underlying with particle board, and I know particle board, when it gets damp, it pretty much disappears,” Councilman Neil Peters said. “It’s a very, very weak wood whenever it gets damp.”

So the council requested the particle board be replaced with extra heavy-grade plywood, an estimated $330 increase.

“It may be just a Band-Aid,” White said. “But we’re trying to get a better brand of Band-Aid.”

The council approved the proposal on the condition that the better quality material be added and with knowledge that more damages may be identified once the ground is exposed.

“Maybe that’s a good time for us to go back and look at adding an addendum to seal the flower bed and look at guttering as well,” Ryan said. “But we need to do it.”

Councilman Ticer agreed but also advised: “I know it needs fixing. But we need to be prepared to spend a lot more money to do it, expect a lot more damage when they pull the floor up. Let’s do it right.

Settle said that most of the costs and labor are are already accounted for.

“When we tear this up, we’re going to see if there’s anything else that desperately needs to be done,” he said. “But the main part of the labor and costs is already there. Buying a few more timbers is not that big.

“But this needs to be addressed before it gets real wet again.”

Once started, the project should be completed in two to three-and-a-half weeks.

In other news

  • Mayor Ryan reported that repairs to bring up the water plant to TCEQ standards were to begin next week and work to patch Runaway Bay Drive, the city’s “main entrance” is on the drawing board.
  • White requested the city look at compensating – either through refund or credit on their bill – the owners not able to access docks and other facilities due to storm damage. City staff said such adjustments are already in the works. The council plans to meet with an engineer “in the not-too-distant future” to talk dock repair.
  • The council approved the consent agenda that included the minutes from the Oct. 16 meeting and a contract with Wise County Appraisal District for property tax assessment and collection.
  • Council members also OK’d the October financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Less for more: Ordinance allows smaller homes

With less, the city of Runaway Bay hopes to get more. More tax revenue, that is.

At the request of the Planning and Zoning Commission and after extensive research, the council Tuesday approved a building ordinance amendment allowing the construction of 1,300-square-foot homes (down from the previous 1,600-square-foot minimum) in designated areas.

The particular zones are in the Tryall and Lanai drives area, south of U.S. 380, and the back side of Flozell Adams Drive, north of 380 on the far west edge of town. They were selected by a two-person team of P&Z chairman Roland Ray and Pat Pravitz, who initiated the effort.

“The only way we’re going to get more taxes in the city of the Bay, we’ve got to get business here or we’ve got to build houses. And right now, businesses are not banging the door down to get in, so our best bet is probably in the housing area,” Ray said.

But the two recognized the required 1,600-square-foot minimum home size was not accommodating.

“Like Pat said when she first approached me with this, we need to look at building a smaller home – just as good a home, but let’s go a little smaller,” Ray continued. “We are a retirement community. In doing so, we need to maybe open the door to more affordable homes.

“We want the same type of housing we’re building now,” he added. “We don’t want to put in a less-desired structure. We just want to make it a little smaller.”

The two talked with local contractors and developers, who supported the change. They presented their findings to the rest of the committee, who gave them a green light. Notices were sent to the individuals who would be impacted, requesting their input through phone calls and a public hearing.

“We had some phone calls, but nobody came to our public hearing,” Ray said. “In my opinion, the feedback is OK. I don’t see anybody that has a tremendous feeling against doing this particular thing.”

In addition to allowing smaller homes, the new ordinance also eliminates the requirement of “one covered parking spot with 60 feet of storage area and a second parking area.”

“According to the individual we talked to, resale of homes with a one-car garage is very difficult,” Pravitz said. “Although he was in favor of a two-car garage, you have to think of our single citizens who don’t have a need for two spaces.”

In addition, one less requirement gives builders and potential new residents “a little more leeway,” Councilman Berry White said.

“The homes would not take away or detract from the community of Runaway Bay,” Ray said. “We didn’t want to reduce any of the building codes previous councils have put in place to ensure that we get attractive homes in the community … This opportunity is good for the community. It’s about growth. It’s about building affordable homes that fit our community.”

The council unanimously approved the motion, made by White, seconded by Jerry St. John.

“I was a building inspector around here for about four years, and I turned down more houses here than anywhere because people wanted to build 1,400- and 1,300-square-foot homes,” Councilman Dan Ticer said. “So I think it’s an absolute must that we do this.”

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Debbie Elizabeth Huffman

Susan and Kevin Huffman of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a daughter, Debbie Elizabeth, on Nov. 1, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long.

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

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King represents district well

State Rep. Phil King has represented our community’s values in Austin extremely well, and we need to re-elect him this November.

Phil has been a tireless fighter for responsible government spending, lower taxes and regulations, and conservative family values since his first day in office. He knows that Texas is a model for the rest of the country because we have stuck to the ground rock principles that our forefathers laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

We must have true conservative leaders in Austin like Phil King to keep Texas going strong. Please join me in supporting Phil at the polls.

Sincerely,

Bettye Parker
Runaway Bay

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Council approves machinery lease, equipment purchases

The city of Runaway Bay will add a compact track loader, a thermal imaging camera and street entrance signs to its inventory.

Its city council Tuesday unanimously authorized the lease of the heavy machinery and purchase of the latter during its regular meeting.

The T190 Bobcat Track Loader will be leased on the Municipal Roll Out program for $8,068. That includes the track loader, a bucket grapple, low-profile bucket, pallet puller with teeth and a vibratory roller.

Although the expenditure was approved during the budget-writing season, the lease requires a separate agenda item.

“We (chose) to go the lease route to see how this piece of equipment actually met our needs,” Mayor Robert Ryan said.

At the end of the one-year lease, the council has the option to purchase that piece of equipment, have a new machine rolled out or continue a lease on the machine.

“Now we can get to pick up that brush,” Councilman Dan Ticer said.

At the request of the city’s fire department, the council approved the purchase of a thermal imaging camera from the Lake Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department.

“They got a grant to get a new one,” interim Police Chief Rex Richie said. “It’s used for structure fires to determine where there are hot spots inside a residence, which helps further make sure the property loss is going to be the least possible.”

Purchasing the refurbished piece of equipment, which was replaced by the manufacturer two years ago, saved the city a “substantial” amount.

“Buying it new would cost anywhere between $14,000 and $16,000,” Richie said. “It’s functional. It operates as it’s supposed to. It’s definitely a beneficial tool to have in our fire department.”

The town’s nine street exit signs, damaged by summer storms, will be replaced with green metal fixtures that feature reflective lettering and an 8-inch logo and numbers. The cost is $3,676, after insurance reimbursement.

In other news, the council:

  • heard from citizen Lannie Foreman regarding a high water bill;
  • continued an agreement for COBRA administration;
  • approved the minutes of the Sept. 18 regular meeting and Oct. 8 work session; and
  • OK’d the September 2012 financials, accounts payable, activity reports and journal entries.

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Bentley Kash Baker

Brittany Brianna Baker and Cole Greyson Lemmon of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Bentley Kash Baker, on Oct. 9, 2012, at North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport. He weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long.

He has one brother: Brayden Briant Baker, 11 months.

Grandparents are Dwayne Alan Baker and Daphnie Dawn Baker of Runaway Bay.

Great-grandparents are Brenda and Johnny Baker, and Brenda and Jimmy Osborne.

Great-great-grandparents are Thelma Clower and Lavern Thomas.

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Residents speak out in support of fire marshal position

Nine residents spoke during the public forum of Tuesday’s council meeting in Runaway Bay, expressing their discontent over the elimination of the fire marshal position.

”In our budget, they had eliminated the fire marshal’s job, had just taken it completely out” Bettye Parker, who spoke at the meeting, told the Messenger Thursday. “They’re trying to cut the budget. I appreciate that. But he only gets paid $6,000 a year, which is very little. For $6,000, you can cut the budget some other place. This position is very important.”

Parker said the savings in the budget is ultimately a loss for residents. Her insurance policy went up significantly even though she had not filed any claims. When she called the insurance company, Parker was told it was due to “a loss in protection.”

She went to City Hall to do “some checking” and learned the latest cut was the fire marshal position, held by Brian Bernardo.

“We need to keep our fire marshal, who is also our fire chief,” Parker said. “Right now he is the backup for our police department and fire department. When either get called out for major things, Brian Bernardo shows up to help. I don’t think they realize what all he gets called to – fires, medical calls, fallen limbs, a dead animal in the ditch. He is there.

“You need somebody in charge when you’re relying on volunteer firemen who have jobs and families,” she continued. “That’s been Brian Bernardo. The station is very impressive. It’s neat. Every truck is backed in, fueled and ready to go. It didn’t used to be that way.”

Parker added that the compensation was not unreasonable. In fact, she felt he was underpaid.

“If they were paying him some unreasonable amount, I would understand,” Parker said. “But it’s only $6,000. If you consider the hours he put in last year, that translated to about $9 an hour. He could be running his business and making more money, but instead he does what he can to help the community. He does it out of the kindness of his heart, but you cannot expect him to answer all those calls, and they’re not compensating him at all. Nine dollars an hour is not enough, but it’s far better than nothing.”

The council approved the budget with the “option of looking at it at a future date, reviewing other ways to pay (the fire marshal) such as a first responder,” said Oneta Berghoefer, city secretary and acting city administrator.

“I think we made a difference,” Parker said. “All of us showing up at the meeting and expressing our stance made a difference.”

Former police chief Drew Paschall – who also served as director of public safety and oversaw the fire department – resigned in February, a week after Officer Mike Jones – who was EMT-certified – left the department.

“I felt we needed to keep that (fire marshal’s) job and not diminish anymore of the protection in the city,” Parker said. “That was my whole thing.”

In other news, the council:

  • approved a 61.53 tax rate, up from last year’s 57.16. “This is the effective tax rate that will generate the same amount of money as last year,” Berghoefer said. “We lost some values, about $6 million.”
  • approved a 3.11 rate increase for trash pickup by Progressive Waste Solutions, effective Nov. 1. The increase translates to 41 cents per household per month.
  • heard preliminary information on a city recycling program. The council asked Progressive representatives to submit an official proposal for a future meeting.

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America: Love us or we’ll leave

It seems nobody likes the U.S. anymore. Everywhere you look on the news or listen to reports from foreign capitals around the world, we are “villains.”

I suggested in a communication with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison that we should withdraw financial support from any nation where our embassies, consulates or diplomats are attacked. I mean ALL financial support: military, humanitarian, ad nauseum.

I at least expected a return email from her office that this was a drastic measure and required more time to study. What I got was silence. So I repeat my thoughts here: If they don’t like us now, how will they like us when the pocketbook closes?

For each and every country where riots, flag burning and unruly mobs congregate, simply cut off any further money to that nation. If they wish to protest, let them do it on their dime, not ours. I once read that funds for overseas countries were lumped into one big pot, and they were free to dip in anytime they decided to do so.

Well, enough is enough! We have financial problems of our own. We do not need to fuel their unrest with our tax dollars. Our exalted leader can’t control the economy here. We are barreling toward a financial meltdown. We have to start making cuts somewhere – why not let it be with those who take our money and spit on us anyway?

I still contend that money will make a difference to some of those loon-heads. Take it away and see how they manage.”

Tony Girtman
Runaway Bay

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Nancy Kimbro Letter for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dear Editor:

Is anyone else tired of the brown or rusty water in Decatur?

After over two-and-a-half years of living at the home she purchased with no water issues, my daughter and her roommates have had continual problems since late May, early June. While the City is quick to come out and flush the line, it only fixes the problem for a day or two and sometimes not that long, and the water is still not clear like it should be.

It is ruining clothes, has stained toilets and the dishwasher, and something needs to be done. They should not have to buy “rust out” products to do their laundry, especially when it doesn’t help much.

I believe that the pipes are past their life expectancy. If you’re having problems, please contact them. Maybe something will be done if enough people are fed up!

Nancy Kimbro
Runaway Bay

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Parker Reed Hunt

Andreu and Courtney Hunt of Runaway Bay announce the birth of a son, Parker Reed, on Aug. 25, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Trace and Eva Reed and Leslie Hunt-Bond.

Great-grandparents are Jan and Gary Reed and Helen Hunt.

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Public hearings draw no comments

The Runaway Bay City Council zipped through an unusually lengthy agenda at its regular meeting Tuesday.

After holding a public hearing for both of the following – neither of which garnered any speakers – the council:

  • reviewed the city’s comprehensive plan that includes the addition of the paddling trails; and
  • updated a wholesale water drought contingency plan to be in compliance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Standards.

Council members also:

  • agreed to sell a site on an unpopulated area of Blue Ridge Drive and wholesale water to Prospect Oilfield Services. Mayor Robert Ryan and City Secretary/Interim City Administrator Oneta Berghoefer are to negotiate the details of the contract.
  • approved an amendment to the water tower lease agreement with Verizon Wireless. Beginning in November, the city will receive payments totaling $15,000 annually for five years. That amount will increase thereafter.
  • “tied up the loose ends” – such as fund transfers and an additional donation to the fire department – in the 2011-2012 budget.
  • adopted the state-mandated, 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code.
  • amended the Code of Ordinances to reflect 2005 additions governing building construction.
  • renewed interlocal agreements with BlackBoard Connect for a system mass notification system; North Central Texas Council of Governments for the development of mitigation plans; Harris County Department of Education for cooperative purchasing of goods and services; and the Texas Department of Public Safety for a Failure To Appear OmniBase Program that restricts “the violator’s ability to renew their driver’s license for outstanding violations.”

At its next meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 18, the council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-2013 budget.

Like the Bridgeport budget, the budget for the city of Runaway Bay will generate more tax revenue because of property added to the tax roll.

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Local students honored by TWU

Texas Woman’s University in Denton recently announced its dean’s and chancellor’s lists for the 2012 spring semester.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5 are eligible for the dean’s list. Those students who achieved a 4.0-grade point average are named to the chancellor’s list.

Local students named to the chancellor’s list (and their academic program) include:

  • Julie Russell, Alvord, interdisciplinary studies
  • Dawn Blevins, Bridgeport, nutrition
  • Rebecca Grinnell, Bridgeport, undecided
  • Marissa Grooms, Bridgeport, biology
  • Elizabeth Vargas, Bridgeport, dental hygiene
  • Leah Kemp, Chico, business administration-management
  • Roy Garrett, Decatur, psychology
  • Whitney Greiner, Decatur, art
  • Susanna McDuff, Decatur, health studies
  • Lauren Spence, Decatur, nursing
  • Laura Tanner, Decatur, social work
  • Sherry Wright, Decatur, interdisciplinary studies
  • Jennifer Werner, Newark, English
  • Molly Morrison, Paradise, business administration-marketing

Local students named to the dean’s list include:

  • Caitlin Henry, Bridgeport, kinesiology
  • Kelsey Clifton, Boyd, interdisciplinary studies
  • Heather James, Bridgeport, child development
  • Alyssa Bowyer, Chico, interdisciplinary studies
  • Alexandria Colorado, Decatur, criminal justice
  • Susana Gallegos-Romo, Decatur, interdisciplinary studies
  • Manoj Thapa, Decatur, business administration-accounting
  • Kaitlyn Waynen, Runaway Bay, history

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Council names appointments to local boards

Appointments to various commissions and boards comprised the bulk of the Runaway Bay City Council meeting Tuesday.

They named Carolyn Rhea, Robert Jackson and Pat Pravitz to vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission, with Mayor Robert Ryan as the council liaison.

Sharon Rodgers was appointed to the Parks Board, Dan Ticer as council representative; and Tommy Thompson to the Eternal Oaks Cemetery Commission, Kay Simmons as liaison.

Don Erwin, Craig Smith and Allen Williamson were appointed to the Economic Development Corp. with Berry White as representative.

Council member Neil Peters was named the Public Safety liaison and council man Jerry St. John the Greater Runaway Bay Alliance representative.

In other news, the council:

  • heard a dock and road evaluation report from Collier Consulting Inc. and authorized the city secretary to seek bids for repairs to marina dock B1, as deemed by the report;
  • reviewed the city’s investment policy and doubtful accounts allowance policy;
  • approved sign applications by Mark Heng for the car wash at the Shell station and Lakeside Grill and Grocery; and
  • approved monthly reports and minutes of the May 15 regular meeting and May 29 special meeting.

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Locals graduate A&M

Several area students graduated from Texas A&M University this spring. They include:

  • Trevor C. Akers of Decatur, bachelor of science in mechanical engineering;
  • Jonathan D. Alvis of Paradise, bachelor of arts in political science, magna cum laude;
  • Katie E. Bradley of Paradise, bachelor of arts in communication, cum laude;
  • Ryan R. Durban of Bridgeport, bachelor of science in petroleum engineering, cum laude;
  • Gary A. Enis of Slidell, bachelor of business administration in information and operations management, cum laude;
  • Ethan B. Fortenberry of Decatur, bachelor of science in agronomy;
  • James A. Kilpatrick of Runaway Bay, bachelor of science in wildlife and fisheries sciences;
  • Jessie J. Lynch of Alvord, bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies, cum laude;
  • Jori M. Parks of Boyd, bachelor of science in kinesiology;
  • Zachary P. Smith of Paradise, bachelor of arts in Russian;
  • Kendal K. Stephens of Decatur, bachelor of business administration in information and operations management; and
  • Seth A. Tate of Boyd, bachelor of science in industrial distribution.

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Todd Reed

FUNERAL for Todd Reed, 49, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery.

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Todd Reed

Todd Reed

Funeral for Todd Reed, 49, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dan Hunt officiating. Burial is at Chico Cemetery,

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Reed died Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Bridgeport.

Born Aug. 8, 1962, in Post to Donald and Clara (Jones) Reed, he was a welder. He married Barbara Hicks April 12, 2002, in Montague. Reed graduated from Chico High School, owned Reed’s Welding Service, volunteered at the Wise County Olympathon and was a member of the Bridgeport Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife; sons Casey Caraway of Bridgeport and Cody Caraway, Dayne Reed and Cooper Reed, all of Runaway Bay; mother Sue Reed of Chico; brothers Charlie Reed and wife, Tammy, of Keller and Glenn Reed and wife, Pamela, of Chico; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers are Richard Brite, Charlie Reed, Glenn Reed, George Monsanto, Don Strickland, Casey Caraway and Cody Caraway.

Memorials may be made to the Wise County Olympathon, 2105 16th St., Bridgeport, TX 76426.

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