Wise County Messenger

Update for Monday, February 7, 2022

BOYD WOMAN INJURED IN WRECK — A Boyd woman was taken to a Fort Worth hospital after a truck lost control and rolled upside down in a creek between Boyd and Paradise Friday night. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter said the one-vehicle wreck happened at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Texas 114. Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Mazda pickup, driven by Nicolas Anderson of Boyd was traveling east on Texas 114. The Mazda was traveling at an unsafe speed for the weather conditions and lost control, Hunter said. The Mazda drove into a creek and came to rest upside down. The passenger, Ally Evans of Boyd, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital with serious injuries. Wise County EMS and the Boyd Fire Department joined Texas DPS troopers at the scene.

BURN BAN — After temporarily lifting the burn ban during the weekend, Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty put the ban back in place Sunday night. The 90-day ban runs into early April.

NEW FAIRVIEW CONSIDERS REMOVAL OF CITY ADMINISTRATOR — The New Fairview City Council will consider removing City Administrator Ben Nibarger during its meeting at 7 p.m. The council has it on the agenda to remove Nibarger with or without cause. Nibarger was hired in July 2020 and was given a five-year contract by the council in April 2021. Hired at $87,000, his new contract elevated his pay to $105,000; $130,000 and $150,000 for the next three fiscal years.

THAWING OUT — Temperatures are expected to warm into the mid-50s this afternoon, helping to melt the remaining patches of ice left from last week’s winter storm.

UIL REALIGNMENT — The biennial UIL football realignment Thursday brought a couple of surprises for Wise County football teams. Decatur will remain close to home for the next two seasons in District 4-4A Division I, with previous foes Burkburnett and Springtown. Mineral Wells and Wichita Falls High were brought into the league after the departure of Gainesville, Hirschi and Lake Worth. Bridgeport will move from Region I to Region II, joining a 5-4AII district with Aubrey, Farmersville, Gainesville, Krum, Sanger and Van Alstyne. Boyd and Paradise remain in 4-3AI with Brock, Paradise, Peaster, Pilot Point, Ponder and Whitesboro. The lone team departing the league was Bowie. Alvord is on the move to 6-2AI with Nocona, Tioga, Tom Bean, Trenton and Whitewright. Chico will also change districts, joining 8-2AII with Celeste, Collinsville, Era, Lindsay, Muenster and Santo. Read more about new districts for football, volleyball and basketball in the current issue of the Wise County Messenger on newsstands now.

GIRLS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Decatur claimed a 76-31 District 7-4A win over Lake Worth Saturday. Landri Chapman led the team with 17 points. In 10-3A, Boyd fell to Whitesboro 40-26.

BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Coleman Dykes hit four 3-pointers and finished with 25 points in Decatur’s 79-54 District 7-4A win over Lake Worth Saturday.

MONDAY BASKETBALL — Several Wise County teams will take part in rescheduled district basketball games tonight. Bridgeport will play a 7-4A contest at Castleberry tonight (6/7:30 p.m.). Paradise will travel to S&S for 10-3A games at 5 and 6:30 p.m. In 13-2A, Chico will welcome Wise County rival Alvord (6:30/8 p.m.).

DADDY & DAUGHTER DANCE — Bridgeport Parks and Recreation’s daddy and daughter dance Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes is 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 Tickets are $10 per person, and everyone ages three and up must purchase a ticket. Purchase tickets at bridgeport.recdesk.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.

WISE COUNTY TAX PREPARATION — Anyone with a lower income can get free help filing taxes. Volunteers from AARP will be at the Decatur Public Library, 1700 FM 51 South, on Mondays. This year they scan your documents and prepare your tax return remotely. Appointments needed. Volunteers can also prepare your taxes online, any day, without coming to the library. Call 940-393-0290 or visit decaturpubliclibrary.com.

FUNERALS — Service for Isabel Luevano, 95, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

FUNERAL for Ola Taylor, 88, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Visitation is one hour before the service.

SERVICES for Johnny Wayne Hale, 72, formerly of Decatur; Jerry Henson, 81, formerly of Decatur; Orbie Davenport, 87, of Decatur; and Leon Charles “Buddy” Clark, 79, of Granbury are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

GRAVESIDE for Travis Cantrell, 74, of Cottondale is 1 p.m. today at Restlawn in Sulphur Springs. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

SERVICE for Dale Robinson, 100, of Paradise is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE for Winna Pearl Tinney, 72, of Poolville is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

SERVICES for John Thompson, 90, of Boyd and Keith Reeves, 68, of Azle are pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for Janice Middleton, 81, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Carolyn Creamer, 76, of Alvord is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hudson & Torres.

SERVICES for Rosa Tovar, 56; Cheryl Gauker, 73, of Bridgeport; Genaro Pena, 89, of Bridgeport; and John Taylor, 77, of Chico are pending at Hudson & Torres.

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