Wise County Messenger

Update for Thursday June 16, 2022

DEATH INVESTIGATION — The Wise County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating a suspicious death near Chico. Sheriff Lane Akin said a woman called around 3 p.m. Wednesday reporting her friend was apparently dead inside his home. Deputies and Wise County EMS responded to the travel trailer off Private Road 1652 about three miles north of Chico and found John Freeman, 51, dead inside. Investigators were called to the home, including the local Texas Ranger. “Early investigative findings tend to show the victim’s death was caused by gunshot wound,” Akin said. The wound did not appear to be self-inflicted, he said. The investigation is ongoing.

TREDAWAY HELPS OU CLAIM CWS BERTH — Tanner Tredaway, a 2017 graduate of Northwest High School, hit two homers and a pair of doubles Sunday to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to an 11-2 win against Virginia Tech in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regionals in Blacksburg, Va. The win pushed the Sooners (42-22) to the College World Series at Charles Schwabe Field in Omaha, Neb. Oklahoma’s first game will be 1 p.m. Friday against fifth-ranked Texas A&M. “It’s really just a dream come true,” Tredaway said. “It’s any kid’s dream growing up playing this sport to one day play in Omaha.” Tredaway’s big performance against Virginia Tech to clinch a CWS berth set new career records in hits (4), home runs (2), doubles (2) and runs scored (3). In four seasons with the Sooners, Tredaway has 198 hits with 12 home runs and a .326 batting average and has driven in 107 runs.

RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM UNVEILING — A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the rainwater harvesting system at the Wise County Fairgrounds is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Wise County, Wise County Chamber of Commerce, Agrilife Extension office and the Decatur Horticulture Club will be on site at the Women’s Building for an evening of celebration and fun. The event will include refreshments, rain barrel and native plant giveaways, water trailer tours and a free rainwater class on setting up your own system at home.

SUMMER VACATION WITH DECATUR PD — The fifth annual summer vacation with the Decatur Police Department is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30 for children 7 to 10 and 8 a.m.-noon July 1 for children 5 to 6. There will be a bicycle rodeo for ages 7 to 10 along with games which will require swimwear. Breakfast and lunch will also be provided. Space is limited to 25 kids each day. Applications are available at the Decatur Police Department or at decaturtx.org. For information, call 940-393-0300.

FOURTH FEST — The 46th Annual Runaway Bay July Fourth Festivities will be held on Saturday, July 2. Events include the Firecracker Scramble golf tournament, a car show, a golf cart parade and fun activities for kids and is capped off with the fireworks at dusk. The Lions Club Train will be there, plus pony rides, pet contest, water slides, helicopters and a RAB firetruck. The Texas Army National Guard will also have a display. Cost for the golf tournament is $100 per person or $400 for a 4-man team, which includes registration, food and cart. Registration can be sent to Greater Runaway Bay Alliance, P.O. Box 291, Bridgeport, TX. 76426. On-site registration begins at 8 am, with tee-off at 9.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE — Decatur Rotary Club will sponsor the Battle of the Badges blood drive noon-7 p.m. today. Three Carter BloodCare buses will be in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy, 805 W. Business U.S. 380. To set a time to donate, call Lannie Noble at 940-577-4507. You can also secure a spot by either calling 800-366-2834 or visiting CarterBloodCare.org and clicking the “Donate Now” tab. Walk-ins are also welcome, and short wait times are expected.

BULLS TO PLAY AT AT&T STADIUM — As Bridgeport Athletic Director JD Martinez begins his second season, he’s preparing the Bulls to take the gridiron at one of football’s biggest venues. Martinez recently announced the Bulls will face Benbrook in a Week 4 match-up Thursday, Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “You always want to get your kids prepared to play on big stages, and you can’t get much bigger than where they play the state championship,” Martinez said. “We’re very thankful for this opportunity, and we’re looking forward to strapping on the pads and playing in the game.” In Martinez’s first season, the Bulls went 5-6 and finished as the third seed in District 3-4A Division II. Bridgeport’s postseason run ended with a 55-3 loss in the bi-district round to Aubrey. The Bobcats (6-5) finished their 2021 campaign as the second seed in 6-4AI with a 6-1 record. Midlothian Heritage knocked out Benbrook in the first round, 49-20. Read more in the midweek Messenger on newsstands now or at wcmessenger.com.

YOGA AT THE LIBRARY — Chico Public Library’s six-week yoga series for adults begins 6:30 p.m. today. Call 940-644-2330 to reserve a spot.


FUNERALS — Visitation for Charlotte Elaine Johnson of Chico is 5:30-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Winford Hammonds, 76, of Decatur is 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Brent Kenneth Kay, 64, of Princeton is 2 p.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at East Bridgeport Cemetery.

SERVICE for Darrell Wells, 75, of Chico is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Vivian Watt Alston, 93, of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Friday at Northwest Church of Christ in Lake Worth with burial at Boyd Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Kevin Abernathy, 66, of Boyd is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Myrtle Moody, 58, of Chico is 9 a.m. Saturday at U-Turn World Ministries. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

PRIVATE family service for Mark LaVance Moreland, 64, formerly of Wise County will be held at a later date.

SERVICE for Charles Truman Rhodes, 86, of Decatur is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise.

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