Blaze scorches home


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Fire ravaged a home on the Wise-Parker county line Thursday afternoon.
Boonsville/Balsora, Salt Creek, Poolville and Springtown firefighters responded to the blaze on Texas 199 around noon.
Salt Creek Fire Chief Ken Vise said the small brick home was “pretty much a total loss.”
The owners were not at home when firefighters arrived.
“No telling when it started and how long it was burning,” Vise said.
The first firefighters to arrive on scene found heavy smoke coming from the structure.
“The smoke was so heavy they couldn’t make an interior attack initially until there was additional manpower,” Vise said.
Vise did not know the cause of the fire.
“We’re not sure where it started,” he said. “It was somewhere in the back corner.”

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Basketball: Lady Eagles fly by Springtown


The Decatur Lady Eagles jumped on Springtown early Friday night to complete the sweep of the first half of District 8-4A play.

The Lady Eagles went on a 15-4 opening run on the way to the 48-34 victory.

Decatur, who reentered the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 4A poll at 24, improved to 17-6 and 4-0 in 8-4A.

Macen Stripling led the Lady Eagles with 22 points. Shelby Drews added 12. Makayla Mayfield chipped in seven and Savannah Thompson five.

Decatur led 29-15 at halftime and 38-23 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Eagles started the second half of district play Tuesday against Lake Worth. Decatur is open Friday.

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Dorothy Sherwood


Dorothy Sherwood

Dorothy Sherwood, 76, of Springtown, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the First Baptist Church in Springtown. Burial is at Springtown Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown.

Dorothy was born March 27, 1938, in San Angelo to Gordie and Lydia Fretwell. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Springtown, and she was an excellent homemaker. She always enjoyed cooking for her family, and she enjoyed quilting, ceramics and gardening. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Sherwood; grandson Matt Sherwood; her parents; and brothers Johnny, Sammy and Bobby Fretwell.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Howard Sherwood; son Glen Sherwood; daughter Carrie Green and husband, Charles; daughter-in-law Susan Sherwood; sister Ruby Raddon; brother Charles Fretwell; grandchildren Jeremy Watson and wife, Tammy, Levi Watson and wife, Jessica, Wesley Green and wife, Krista, Lindsay Sheets and husband, Cody, Shane Sherwood and wife, Sarah, Cody Sherwood, and Bobby Joe Sherwood and wife, Kathryn; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Kay Wallis


Kay (Mannin) Wallis, 62, of Springtown, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Weatherford.

Service was Jan. 23 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Wayne Trice officiating.

Kay was born Nov. 5, 1952, in Decatur. She was a member of Brazos Valley Baptist Church in Graham, and she loved to embroidery, work crossword puzzles, listen to country music and watch the Game Show Network. She was a former resident of Chico.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dene Moody; brothers James Mannin and Harold Mannin; and husband Billy Wallis.

Kay is survived by son Ricky Mannin and wife, Chelsey, of Springtown; and grandchildren Colton Schwartz, Jason Schwartz, Dakoda Schoonover, Justin Mannin and Madasyn Schoonover.

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Kay Wallis


Kay (Mannin) Wallis, 62, of Springtown, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Weatherford.

Service was Jan. 23 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with Wayne Trice officiating.

Kay was born Nov. 5, 1952, in Decatur. She was a member of Brazos Valley Baptist Church in Graham, and she loved to embroidery, work crossword puzzles, listen to country music and watch the Game Show Network. She was a former resident of Chico.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dene Moody; brothers James Mannin and Harold Mannin; and husband Billy Wallis.

Kay is survived by son Ricky Mannin and wife, Chelsey, of Springtown; and grandchildren Colton Schwartz, Jason Schwartz, Dakoda Schoonover, Justin Mannin and Madasyn Schoonover.

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Chloe Grace Lewis


Zach and Amanda Lewis of Springtown announce the birth of their fourth daughter, Chloe Grace Lewis, on Jan. 12, 2015, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long.

Her three sisters include: Amanda Lewis, 6; Kaitlyn Lewis, 3; and Alissa Lewis, 1

Grandparents are Kelly and Cristy Caraway of Cottondale, David Lewis of Austin and Angie Lewis of Indiana.

Great-grandmother is Betty Askey of Decatur.

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Deborah Sue Eslinger-Sawyer


Deborah Sue Eslinger-Sawyer

Deborah Sue Eslinger-Sawyer, 58, of Springtown, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 in Fort Worth.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur. Pastor Ron Fox will officiate.

Deborah was born May 26, 1956, in Lubbock to Mary (Moore) and James Edward King. She was a homemaker who loved crocheting and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her father, James King; brother Mike King; and grandparents Emma Faye and George Wilkerson and Effie and Joe King.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Eslinger, Justin Sawyer and David Sawyer; daughters Stacy Eslinger, Kendra Wheeler and Shawnee Ahlstrand; mother Mary King; sister Pamela King; and grandchildren Layton Hill, Coby Huerta, Katelynn-Dayton-Brennon-Eslinger, Evangeline and Gabrielle Sawyer, Michelle New, Cheyenne and Lahana King, Chance King, Jessiecca, Phoebe, Zoi, Anastasiya, and Kenzie Simpson and Hannah.

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Basketball: Lady Eagles crunch Graham


Shelby Drews posted a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while also handing out five assists Tuesday to lead the Decatur Lady Eagles to a 54-29 win over Graham.

The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 21 in the latest 4A Texas Girls Coaches Association poll, improved to 10-1 on the season.

Macen Stripling also joined Drews with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hannah Dunning added eight points and three assists. Makayla Mayfield and Sidney Carter scored four each.

Decatur held Graham to just 11 points in the second half. The Lady Eagles outscored Graham 12-6 in the third and 16-5 in the final frame.

Decatur used a 15-8 run in the second to build a 26-18 halftime lead.

Decatur faced a big challenge Friday, heading to Bowie to face the 22nd ranked team in 3A.

PARADISE 60, SPRINGTOWN 30

Courtney Kerr scored 18 points, leading the Paradise Lady Panthers to a 60-30 victory.

Paradise ran out to a 15-5 lead and built the advantage to 29-14 at halftime. Paradise never allowed more than nine points in a quarter.

Kaylee McConnell added eight points. Jett Preather, Amber French and Kaitlyn Melvin scored six each.

BOYD 36, LAKE WORTH 34

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets overcame a scoreless first quarter to rally for a 36-34 win over Lake Worth Tuesday.

Boyd moved to 7-0.

Kenzie Elkins scored 11 points and Linsey Thorpe 10.

After the slow start, Boyd hit double figures in the other three frames.

SLIDELL 69, BRYSON 41

Kylie Franklin’s three straight 3-pointers to open the second half broke open the game and paced Slidell to a 69-41 win over Bryson.

Franklin finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. She was 4-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc.

“It was 35-25 at half and Kylie hit back-to-back-to-back 3s to start the third and got us rolling,” said Slidell coach Cody Vanover.

Caitlin Pruett posted a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kayler Talamantes scored 13 points with eight boards. Jessy Goode finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

CHICO 57, BELLEVUE 49

The Chico Lady Dragons fought back from an early deficit to knock off Bellevue 57-49 Tuesday.

Trailing 32-21 at halftime, Chico went on an 18-8 run in the third and won the game in the fourth with an 18-9 finishing spurt.

Alli York led Chico with 21 points. Kylie Marburger added 11. Whitney Renfro finished with 10 and Cheyanne Hale nine.

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Michael Henry Martin


Michael Henry Martin

Michael Henry Martin

Michael Henry Martin, 70, of Springtown, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral was Dec. 12 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with the Rev. Collis Daniels officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Michael was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Donald Frederick and Mary Virginia (Hilt) Martin. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a retired truck driver and baker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Donald Martin.

Survivors include his daughters, Julie Schnell and husband, Rod, of Denver, Amy Burton and husband, Kevin, of Sydney, Neb., and Bethany Andrews of Scottsbluff, Neb.; grandchildren Abi, Hannah, Cameron, Heather, Kyle, Keely, Keegan, Avery and Brody; great-grandchild Brantley; sisters Mary Cook, Debbie Bartmann, Tamara Shariff and Pamela Allison; brother Fred Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Dustin Duran Blayne Barker


Brandon and Britney Barker of Springtown announce the birth of their fourth son, Dustin Duran Blayne Barker, on Dec. 2, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.

He has three brothers: Gage, 3, Raiden, 2, and Kane, 2.

Grandparents are Brenda Clifton of Fort Worth, Robin Barker of Azle and Timothy Barker of Florida.

Great-grandmother is Marilyn Martin of Springtown.

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Cohen Whitehead


Samantha Felts and Vincent Whitehead of Springtown announce the birth of a son, Cohen Whitehead, on Oct. 25, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Monica and Garland Cates, and Annette Tyler of Springtown.

Great-grandparents are Martha Tony, and Willa and Don Huling.

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Wanda Lois McNutt


Wanda Lois McNutt

Wanda Lois McNutt, 69, a retired sales representative, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Springtown.

Graveside service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sycamore Cemetery with Bob Taylor officiating.

Wanda was born June 16, 1945, in Fort Worth to Haskell and Colleen (Cole) Price. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her daughters, Shelly Brinkman and husband, Phillip Sewell, of Springtown, and Brenda McNutt of Springtown; son Warren McNutt and wife, Paula, of Wyoming; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Patsy Key, Barbara Price and Carolyn Gifford; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

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Millee Lynn Howes


Cody and Tyra Howes of Springtown announce the birth of their third daughter, Millee Lynn, on Oct. 17, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.

She has two sisters: Mylee Jo, 6; and Marlee Marie, 5.

Grandparents are Carla and Bryan Howes of Loranger, La., Tresso McAlister of Poolville and Curtis Landry of Albany, La.

Great-grandparents are Travis and Linda Howes, Carol Bethel and Vernon and Sherly Landry.

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Armani Esme Mayo


Dylan Mayo and Geri Dingman of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Armani Esme Mayo, on Oct. 15, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.

She has one sister: Autumn Lynn Marie Wilson, 1.

Grandparents are Teresa Mayo and Les Mayo and Chris and Landon Dingman.

Great-grandparents are Louise Mayo, Lonnie Fairchild, Virginia Fairchild and Shirley Davis.

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Kileigh Raye Jack


Matthew and Mallorie Jack of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Kileigh Raye, on Sept. 25, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long.

Grandparents are David and Ann Whisenhunt and Larry and Brenda Jack, all of Springtown.

Great-grandparents are Lindon and Marcia Warden of Ladonia, Virginia Prater of Springtown, Earl and Edna Jack of Springtown and Charles and Darlene Hudson of Fort Worth.

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Paisley Leeann Rhine


Camella and C.J. Rhine of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Paisley Leeann, on Sept. 22, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces and was 16 1/2 inches long.

Grandparents are Kimberly Pace, Jimmy and Keira Rhine, Laura and Don Bullard and Ron and Misty Lang.

Great-grandparents are Rosie Pace, Frances and Orivlle Munn, Mary and Lee Argo and Jackie Rhine.

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Mary Ann Mayers and Richard William Sargent


Mary Ann Mayers, daughter of Lisa Aline and Harvey Darrell Mayers Jr. of Springtown, will marry Richard William Sargent, son of George Washington and Patricia L. Sargent of Fort Worth and the late Dianne Ruth Sargent, Oct. 3, 2014, at Harberger Hill Community Center in Weatherford.

The bride-elect graduated from Arlington High School and is a former employee of TSA.

The prospective groom graduated from Haltom High and is employed by Wise Regional Health System.

Mayers Sargent

Mary Ann Mayers and Richard William Sargent

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Grace Lavita Monk


Ian and Aimee Monk of Springtown announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Lavita Monk, on Sept. 2, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches long.

She has one sister: Jessica Monk, 10; and two brothers: Cody Woodrow Davis, 3, and John Michael Monk, 13 months.

Grandparents are Richard Dean Davis of Krum and Sherry Ann Davis of Springtown.

Great-grandparents are Sherrill and Deffie Davis of Keller and Harnard and Effie Bruster of Lubbock.

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Doralee Inez Hutchison


Doralee Inez Hutchison

Doralee Inez Hutchison, 88, of Springtown, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Decatur.

Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with the Rev. Doug Acklie officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 2 Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Josh Hudson, Tony Mansell, Jordan Johnston, Larry Mansell, Tom Hudson, Christopher Lancaster, Marc Cantrell, Zachary Lough and John Thomas.

Doralee was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Hughes Springs to Andrew and Annie (Bean) Newsom. She married Clyde H. Hutchison and was a retired waitress.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Harvie Hutchison and Clyde Hutchison Jr.; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Ellaree Lancaster and Doris Johnston, both of Springtown, and Linda Barnard of Lake Dallas; grandchildren Kalee, Shawn, Chelsea, Sue, Larry, Tony, Jordan, Alana, Mariah, Zonn and Sissy; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

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Michael ‘Andy’ Brawley


Michael “Andy” Brawley

Michael “Andy” Brawley, 24, of Springtown, died Friday, July 25, 2014.

Memorial service is 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Hilltop Family Church in Springtown. Arrangements are under the direction of Alexander Midway Funeral Home in Springtown.

Andy was born May 24, 1990, in Weatherford to Scot and Jill Brawley. His life was centered around his son, Beckham, his family and his family at the sale barn. Andy saw the good in everyone he met, was a friend to many and loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward Brawley, Carl Moore and Bea Moore; and uncle Lane Moore.

He is survived by his son, Beckham; parents Scot and Jill Brawley; brother Chad Brawley; grandmother Carlyn Davis; aunts and uncles, Lynda and Howard Morris, Darlene Woodle and Tracy Brawley and companion Ross Odell; godfather Micheal Thomson; cousins Amy and Hud Woodle and Kristi Morris; and best buddy, Pete Burkhalter.

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