2012-02-08 E-Edition

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

COMMISSIONER UNDER INVESTIGATION – Although few details have been made public yet, District Attorney Greg Lowery yesterday confirmed that there is a criminal investigation involving Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross. Yesterday, two Texas Rangers executed a search warrant at Ross’ property in Boonsville around 2:30 p.m. Then a playhouse located on the property was loaded onto a flat-bed trailer […]

Commissioner built playhouse on county dollar

A playhouse that was seized by law enforcement Tuesday afternoon at the home of Precinct 4 County Commissioner Terry Ross was built with materials paid for by Wise County, according to the search warrant. The Messenger acquired the warrant, which is public record, Wednesday morning. Texas Rangers James Hicks and Jim Holland interviewed Ross, and according to the warrant, Ross […]

Lockade Hall

SERVICE for Lockade Hall, 64, of Bridgeport is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Robert Lawhon

SERVICE for Robert Lawhon, 80, of Sherman is pending at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

Decatur library wins national award

Library Journal named the Decatur Public Library runner-up for its Best Small Library in America award. Librarian Cecilia Barham said the award, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was created to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. The library will receive $5,000 from the Gates Foundation, and the foundation will pay for […]

Cheryl Newton

Funeral for Cheryl Newton, 61, of Bridgeport was Feb. 7 at Hawkins Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Burial followed at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Newton died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Decatur. Born Jan. 2, 1951, in Bridgeport to Bill and Betty Jo (Barker) Newton, she retired from Optisense as a computer manufacturer. She was a homemaker and […]

Sammy ‘Buz’ Mattix

Funeral for Sammy “Buz” Mattix, 60, of Sunset was Feb. 7 at Calvary Baptist Church in Bowie. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery. Mattix died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Decatur. Born Sept. 24, 1951, in Bowie to Sam Mattix and Betty Buckner, he was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 40 years. Mattix was preceded in death by brother […]

Claude Harold Beaver

Graveside service for Claude Harold Beaver, 59, of Crafton was Feb. 7 at Crafton Cemetery with Carl Pearson officiating. Beaver died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in Decatur. Born Jan. 28, 1953, in Bowie to Harold and Ava (Dowis) Beaver, he married Cindy Gardner July 31, 1974, in Bowie. He was a truck driver and a Baptist. Beaver is survived by […]

Unsafe driving habits concern many in survey

A recent Washington Post story about American automobile drivers and their capacity to identify themselves as “the enemy” when it comes to road behavior reminded me of a story told long ago by comedian Bro. Dave Gardner. I was a fan before Gardner openly embraced racism and ruined a promising career. His stories were about Southerners and their habits and […]