Wise County Messenger

Update for Friday August 19, 2022

AMARILLO MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED — An Amarillo man was arrested on a murder warrant out of Amarillo and brought to the Wise County Jail Thursday. According to ABC 7 News in Amarillo, police said Erik Mitchell Rivas, 32, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in her Amarillo home around 5 a.m. Thursday. Police sent out a message to surrounding areas to be on the lookout for Rivas along with a description of the vehicle he was driving. “Rivas was believed to be traveling to the DFW area,” said Sgt. Ricky Hunter, DPS spokesperson. “With the assistance of Texas Highway Patrol troopers, DPS aircraft, Fort Worth Police Department officers, and Dallas Police Department officers, Rivas was located in the De Soto area and arrested without incident.” Because the Texas Ranger from Wise County made the arrest, Rivas was returned to Wise County where he remained Friday morning with bond set at $500,000.

STATE RESTS IN WOOD CASE — Prosecutors yesterday rested their case against Royce Edward Wood, who pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault of a public servant. The case involves the shooting of a Rhome police officer last summer. On Thursday, the state called a number of witnesses including the Texas Ranger who investigated the case and jail staff who testified about an incident last November involving a physical altercation at the jail between Wood and jailers. The defense is expected to call witnesses this morning.

YELLOWJACKET STADIUM RENOVATIONS NEAR END — After a summer of uncertainty, the Boyd Yellowjackets could practice on their home field for the first time next week. Construction crews with Hellas Construction are expected to finish renovations to Yellowjacket Stadium Friday. The project was initially slated to be completed Aug. 1, but was delayed. During the district’s July meeting, Hellas representative Ryan Warnick revised the completion date to Aug. 25 — the day before Boyd’s season opener against Blue Ridge. In addition to a new gridiron, the venue also has new goal posts and a concussion pad underneath the turf. The resurfacing of the track is also expected to be completed by the end of the week, but said the painting will likely be scheduled later. The revised cost of renovations at Yellowjacket Stadium is $1,084,025, and is being paid out of the district’s fund balance.

WEEKEND WEATHER — After a foggy start today, skies are expected to be partly sunny today with a high of 91 with a high of 94 tomorrow before a big change in the weather. Sunday’s high is only expected to be around 85 degrees with a 70 percent chance of storms.

VOLLEYBALL ACTION — Chico will host Ranger tonight at 5:30 p.m. Decatur and Northwest continue play in the Northwest ISD tournament Friday and Saturday. Boyd and Paradise start matches at the Graham tournament Friday, and will continue with bracket play Saturday. VCA is at the Saint Jo tournament Friday and Saturday. Alvord will start bracketed matches at the Poolville tournament Saturday.

PICTURE DAY — Decatur High School will have photo days for freshmen, sophomores and juniors Aug. 23-24. Students have been asked not to wear green clothing due to the nature of green screen technology in the backdrop. Portraits can be purchased through shop.legacystudios.com via the code 7080F23. The school will offer a make-up day Oct. 26

SUPERINTENDENT RECEPTION — The Slidell School Board will host a community reception honoring Taylor Williams, the Region 11 Superintendent of the Year, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Slidell High School.

PUBLIC SAFETY DRINK DRIVE — The Decatur Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will hold a Public Safety Drink Drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Decatur Public Library. Cases of water and sports drinks can be dropped off for local public safety professionals.

MZ CRAFT BEE — The MZ Craft Bee will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 County Road 1280. It’s a day of scrapbooking and crafting. Bring your own projects, lunch and snacks and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. The kitchen will be available with a refrigerator and a microwave. There is no charge, but a $5 donation to the Food Pantry ministry for backpacks and Alvord Meals on Wheels is appreciated. Call or text Donna, 940-393-8662 or call Jeannie, 940-427-5941. Follow MZ Bee Facebook page for updates or cancellations.

DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION MEETING — The John B. Denton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 1200 Preskitt Rd. in Decatur. Contact Connie Brawley at 940-393-5971.

FUNERALS — Service for Mavis Spain, 95, of Decatur is 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

FUNERAL for Steve Holland, 82, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Sweetwater Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ruth Ann Daniells, 68, of Rhome is 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur with visitation one hour before the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Betty Jo Bush, 92, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL for Jay Vislosky, 63, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in Denton. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Javonte Marquis Chaffin, 26, of Rifle, Colo., formerly of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at Hudson & Torres.

SERVICE for Jeffrey Warren Boston, 55, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Biggers Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow at the family’s home in Decatur.

SERVICE for Jim Beasley, 83, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beasley Farm, 395 PR 4379 in Decatur.

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