Wise County Messenger

Update for Tuesday, November 22, 2022

PARADISE NAMES SUPERINTENDENT FINALIST — Paradise ISD named Will Brewer the lone finalist for superintendent Monday night. Brewer is currently superintendent at Stamford ISD, a 2A school district primarily in Jones County. “It was a deep pool of sitting superintendents and Will came to the top pretty quickly,” said Paradise ISD interim Supt. Rod Townsend after the school board’s unanimous decision. “I think his stability along with his tenure at different size districts helped him stand out. He’s just a great fit for the community and he’s been successful everywhere he’s been. He’s everything you’d want in a candidate.” Brewer, who previously worked at Wylie ISD, is expected to start in his new role in January. Paradise ISD will meet Dec. 19 to approve the new superintendent’s contract. The state mandates a 21-day waiting period between naming a finalist and when a contract can be approved. The position opened after former Superintendent Paul Uttley accepted a position at Stratford ISD.


GIRLS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Behind 13 points from Reese Christian, Decatur claimed a 54-34 win over Mineral Wells Monday. Anna Green’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer put Bridgeport over Melissa, 37-35. Paradise fell to Cisco, 63-46. Slidell earned a 60-28 victory against Alvord in a Wise County battle.

BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS — Hendrix Smith netted 13 points in Decatur’s 51-46 victory against Nevada Community Monday. Gainesville defeated Bridgeport, 63-40. Boyd claimed a 60-45 win over Millsap, while Slidell routed Era, 64-44.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS — All Wise County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

TOUR OF HOMES — Local homes decorated with a dazzling display of Christmas cheer are open for a public tour 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Four magnificent homes located in Decatur and Paradise will be featured on the Decatur Woman’s Club’s annual tour of homes. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Wise County, More Precious than Rubies Ministry and the Wise Area Relief Mission. Tickets are $15 and are available at Patti’s Hair Parlor, The Swanky Shack and iOffice or from any Woman’s Club member.

OWLS THANKSGIVING — The OWLS Center in Decatur will hold its Thanksgiving party Wednesday. Gerre Joiner will speak on “Gratefulness” today. The center will be closed Thursday and Friday.

MOVIE AT THE ARCADIA — Bridgeport Parks and Recreation will hold a free showing of “Minions: The Rise of Gru” today at the Arcadia Theater downtown. There will be three show times: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to movie, and concessions will be available for purchase.

ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES WAIVED — Annika Lindt, a senior at Decatur High School, is leading a service project entitled “Treats and Toys for Dogs who Serve.” With the help of the community, Lindt has raised money to waive animal shelter adoption fees for all veterans, military personnel, first responders and hospital workers this November.

CARDS FOR TROOPS — First National Bank is partnering with the community this holiday season to support soldiers overseas through their Cards for the Troops campaign. With the help of the United Soldiers and Sailors of America (USASOA), First National Bank will collect holiday cards for military service men and women at their branches in Bridgeport, Chico, Paradise and Runaway Bay. Community members can bring in a card or use one of the blank cards available at each location to send a heartfelt message to a soldier Nov. 14-30. For more information about the USASOA and the Cards for the Troops program, visit wusasoa.org/christmas-cards-for-our-deployed-troops.

CHILDBIRTH CLASSES — Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is offering free childbirth classes 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday in November. Call 940-980-9200 to register.

BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE — Paradise will travel to face Glen Rose today at noon. Slidell hosts Alvord in a Wise County affair at 6 p.m. Chico faces Olney 3 p.m. at Olney High School.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE — Decatur is on the road against Wichita Falls Hirschi at 1:30 p.m. Boyd will host Era at 11:30 a.m. Alvord welcomes Tom Bean at 11 a.m. Chico travels to Valley View at 11:30 a.m.

FUNERALS — Service for Henry Oran Jones, 83, of Newark is 10:30 a.m. today at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur. Interment is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

MASS of Christian burial for Juan Chavez, 73, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins-Decatur with rosary said at 7.

SERVICE for Rhonda Scherb, 59, of Decatur is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

FUNERAL for Erma Dean Thompson, 86, of Fort Worth is 11 a.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Stephen Vance Renshaw, 64, of Decatur is 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Benbrook. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Della “Johnnie” Smith, 92, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hudson & Torres with burial at Robert Branch Cemetery north of Jacksboro. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hudson & Torres.

SERVICE for Billy King, 69, of Bridgeport is pending at Hudson & Torres.

FUNERAL for Lonnie “L.D.” Dee Sirman, 80, of Forestburg is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Montague County Cowboy Church in Montague with burial at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg.

PRIVATE family memorial for William (Bill) Smiley, 68, formerly of Chico will be held at a later date.

SERVICE for John P. Karch, 67, formerly of Chico is 3 p.m. Sunday at Chico Community Center.

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