Wise County Messenger

Update for Tuesday, June 21, 2022

NEW FAIRVIEW TAKES NO ACTION ON PARK — After a split vote, the New Fairview City Council failed to take action on a contract to develop a city park Monday. The cost of the park on seven acres on Stewart Road in the Chisholm Hills subdivision is estimated at $358,356. The city has secured a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to cover up to $150,000 of the costs. The city has already spent approximately $32,000 in engineering fees to develop a plan for the property given to the city in 2013. After an initial vote to table the park discussion ended split 2-2, council members Harvey Burger and Walter Clements gave approval to move ahead with a contract with Heartland Park for the project. Council members Steven King and Jimmy Royston cast dissenting votes. Mayor John Taylor elected not to break the tie, leaving the council to move on with no action.
MURDER SUSPECT RETURNS TO WISE COUNTY — McKinley Mantrell Bradford was booked into the Wise County Jail Monday afternoon, two days after his arrest in Wichita Falls on a warrant for murder. He is a suspect in the death of 51-year-old John Freeman, who was found dead in a travel trailer off Private Road 1652 north of Chico last Wednesday. Jail records indicate bond has not yet been set.

WELCOME TO SUMMER — After reaching 99 degrees in Decatur yesterday, the high temperature is expected to be about the same today on the first official day of summer. We are once again included in an ozone action day, meaning conditions are favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the area.

HISTORICAL GROUPS TO MEET — The quarterly meeting of the Wise County Historical Commission is 1 p.m. Thursday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur. It will be followed by the monthly meeting of the Wise County Historical Society at 2. The meeting will be in the seating area of the G.C. Rann Auditorium, and no lunch will be served this month.

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR SHANNON — Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon will be honored at a retirement reception 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Decatur Conference Center. Shannon will retire June 30 after 32 years with the city. Decatur Fire Chief Nate Mara has been named to succeed him as city manager. The reception will be in the Chisholm Trail Suites.

42 TOURNAMENT — OWLS Activity Center in Decatur will hold a 42 Tournament 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. No partner needed. Lunch is provided. Stop by to register or call Anna, 940-393-5292. The center is located at 1200 North Miller St., Decatur.

RAINWATER HARVESTING DEDICATION — A dedication will be held from 6 to 8 tonight for the Wise County Rainwater Harvesting Dedication and Program at the Wise County Fairgrounds Women’s Building. There will be a ribbon cutting for the newly installed rainwater harvesting system at the fairgrounds. A rain barrel and native plants will be raffled off.

HEALTHCARE MIXER — Healthcare providers are invited to a Healthcare Summer Mixer hosted by Right at Home in Rhome. The beginning of summer party is 4-7 p.m. today at 303 W. Main St. in Decatur and will feature drinks, mingling and food.

FUNERALS — Service for Carolyn McMillan, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICES for Guinneth Hilton, 89, of Fort Worth and Elray Hay, 81, of Rhome are pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Douglas Lewis, 74, of Runaway Bay is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Dorothy Louise Smith, 81, formerly of Boyd is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Boyd with burial at Boyd Cemetery.

SERVICE for Deloris Burch, 89, of Newark is pending at Hawkins-Boyd.

SERVICE for James “Jimmy” Carter, 67, of Decatur is pending at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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