Wise County Messenger

Update for Wednesday, June 22, 2022

BOND SET FOR MURDER SUSPECT — Bond has been set at $150,000 for McKinley Mantrell Bradford, 39, of Lawton, Okla., on a charge of murder. He is the suspect in the death of 51-year-old John Freeman, who was found dead in a travel trailer on Private Road 1652 near Chico last Wednesday. The arrest affidavit in the case provides details on the possible motive in the shooting. Investigators learned Bradford’s wife was “in a relationship” with Freeman. Bradford’s wife told investigators she and her husband were separated and living apart, and she said she felt her husband was capable of committing murder, according to the affidavit. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands and online today.
DECATUR APPROVES TEACHER PAY RAISE — Decatur ISD teachers will receive a 3 percent pay raise in the upcoming school year following action by the school board Monday. The pay raise was approved as part of a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) compensation plan report, which projected the proposed raise would cost the district $760,441. The district believes that number could be at least $40,000 lower based on current staffing. According to the plan, every teacher will receive a general pay increase of $1,750. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

TREDAWAY LEADS OU TO CWS WINS — Playing on the biggest stage in college baseball has not been an issue for Northwest graduate Tanner Tredaway. The outfielder for the Oklahoma Sooners hit .625 in the Sooners’ first two wins at the College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. In OU’s 13-8 win against No. 5 Texas A&M Friday, Tredaway went 3-for-6, scoring two runs and driving in one run. He added a pair of runs, with three hits and two RBIs in the Sooners’ 6-2 victory over Notre Dame Sunday. OU will now face Texas A&M for the second time 1 p.m. Wednesday. A win will secure the Sooners’ spot in the National Championship game, while a loss would set up a winner-take-all rematch against Texas A&M Thursday. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

CITY’S MAIN STREET PROGRAM RECOGNIZED — Bridgeport Main Street earned national accreditation for the seventh time this week. Bridgeport is one of 863 cities that received Main Street America’s designation, the organization announced in a press release. “During another incredibly challenging year, these programs demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to respond to the needs of their communities,” said Main Street America President Patrice Frey. “I am inspired by their steadfast leadership and innovative solutions to drive essential local recovery efforts, support small businesses and nurture vibrant downtown districts.” Read more in the midweek Messenger.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM — The Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity St. in Decatur, will host a Night at the Museum event 5-8 p.m. Saturday. It will include crafts, food trucks and a museum scavenger hunt. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Babies in strollers get in free. Food sales are not included in the admission price.

EMS STATION 4 RIBBON CUTTING — The City of New Fairview will host a ribbon-cutting 6-8 p.m. Friday for Wise County EMS station 4 to display the new facility to the community. Hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones will be served at the free event. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the city will host a movie on an inflatable screen starting at 9 p.m. The station is at 999 Illinois Lane inside the city’s multipurpose building. Read more about the new facility in the midweek Messenger.

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.
FUNERALS — Service for Carolyn McMillan, 63, of Rhome is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Guinneth Lee Hilton, 89, of Fort Worth is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

SERVICE for Elray Hay, 81, Rhome is pending at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICES for Douglas Lewis, 74, of Runaway Bay and James F. Stegall, 78, of Bridgeport are pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Deloris Jean Burch, 89, of Newark is 11 a.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

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

MEMORIAL service for James “Jimmy” Carter, 67, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2 at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

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