Wise County Messenger

Update for Monday, August 8, 2022

CHICO MAN KILLED IN WRECK — A Chico man died in a single-vehicle wreck near Chico Saturday morning. Jay Vislosky, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter, the wreck occurred around 10:45 a.m. on Texas 101 north of Chico. Vislosky was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer and lost control after abruptly turning right for the Business 101 split. “The Chevrolet slid off the roadway and then overturned coming to rest on its top,” Hunter said.

RHOME CITY ADMINISTRATOR STEPS DOWN — A special city council meeting led to significant changes within the City of Rhome’s administrative staff Thursday. The council approved an amicable separation agreement with City Administrator Cynthia Northop, and Rhome Police Chief Eric Debus took over as the interim city administrator following an impactful closed session. Northop will continue to serve the city as staff members transition to the leadership change. Northop will be retained as a consultant. Without a permanent fire chief and public works director, the consultant position will help the city complete necessary administrative projects and procedures. Read more in the upcoming midweek Wise County Messenger.

MULTIPLE STRUCTURES DAMAGED IN FIRE — Fire damaged a mobile home and destroyed several campers in the 1500 block of County Road 4360 near Boyd Friday night. Firefighters responded to the scene around 11:30 p.m. According to Boyd Fire Chief Jason Paradise, no injuries were reported but four campers and a vehicle were declared a total loss. Two of the campers were occupied. While the fire did cause some damage to a mobile home, responders were able to save the structure. Paradise said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters from Boyd, Newark, Rhome, East Wise, Decatur and Paradise prevented the flames from spreading to other homes in the area.

CHICO GOES BACK TO SCHOOL — Students in the Chico school district are returning to school for the first day of classes today. Be sure to pay attention to your speed in school zones and watch for students walking and waiting for buses.

TRAFFIC ALERT — Farm Road 1810 in Chico at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing west of Texas 101 will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for work on the track. Local access will be maintained. County Road 4717 in Precinct 1 will be under construction through the week. The maximum speed limit will be 5 mph. Precinct 2 crews will be trimming brush on County Road 2395, adding gravel and grading County Road 2698, repacking a replaced culvert on County Road 1110 and blading asphalt portions on East Bay. Crews from Precinct 4 will be working on County Roads 3341 and 3381 this week.

BLOOD DRIVE — U-Turn World Ministries in Chico will host an American Red Cross blood drive noon-4:30 p.m. Friday. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter UTWM to schedule an appointment.

COMMISSIONERS TO DISCUSS ROAD MONEY — Before diving into the 2022-23 fiscal year budget, the Wise County commissioners will discuss how to divide up the $4.4 million for road and bridges among the four precincts today. Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. in the third floor of the Wise County courthouse. In the current budget, the county’s $3.42 million is divided among the four precincts based on road miles. Precinct 2, with a calculation of 335.85 road miles, received $1.191 million. Precinct 1 was allotted $842,000 for its 237.5 road miles and Precinct 4 $761,000 for its 214.7 road miles. Precinct 3, with 176.64 road miles, received $626,000. Commissioners will also consider authorizing Clark to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Historical Commission for the courthouse renovation grant Monday. Clark will also ask commissioners to authorize him to advertise for bids for construction managers for the project. Also on the agenda will be a resolution calling for increased security on the Texas-Mexico border.

DECATUR COUNCIL TAKES FIRST LOOK AT BUDGET — The Decatur City Council will get their first look at the proposed 2022-23 budget tonight. The council will hold a workshop at 5:30 p.m. to review the proposed budget and tax rate. Decatur City Manager Nate Mara said Wednesday he is expecting to bring a proposed tax rate of 64.52 cents per $100 of valuation to the council to consider as the proposed rate to fund the proposed budget. The rate would raise approximately $6.5 million. Mara pointed out the city took on a large portion of debt this year, issuing $34 million in bonds to carry out several capital projects, including a new water tower, sewer and water improvements, park improvements and building a new police station. The city’s tax roll grew by 15.54 percent from $896.5 million to $1.035 billion, which will help minimize some of the impact of the bond issuance.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE — Wise Hope needs the public’s help filling backpacks. Stop by 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 or call 940-626-4585 to adopt a student and shop for their specific needs. Supplies need to be returned by today.

COMMUNITY COALITION MEETING — The Wise County Community Coalition will meet noon today at Cici’s Pizza in Decatur. Guest speaker is Donny Haywood, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Decatur. Call Mike Bell at 940-799-1077.

FUNERALS — Service for Elvira Sanchez, 87, of Pasadena is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Ella Jean Warren, 83, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Margaret Ann Wilson, 76, of Boyd is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

FUNERAL for Bobbie Moore Preskitt-Hobbs, 89, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with burial at Westside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Visitation is 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.

SERVICES for Ellsworth Miranda, 93, of Runaway Bay and Jay Vislosky, 63, of Decatur are pending at Hudson & Torres.

MEMORIAL service for Kenneth Duke Dalton, 51, of Boyd is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Boyd. Visitation is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Betty Jean Brickey, 62, of Bowie will be held at a later date.

FUNERAL for Donnie Ray Waldrep, 75, is 10 a.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home Chapel in Graham with burial at Pioneer Cemetery.

SERVICE for Paul Matthew Hurtado, 45, of Weatherford is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Event Center in Decatur.

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