WCMessenger
Update for Thursday, April 24, 2014

LAKE BRIDGEPORT WRECK - Three people were transported to the hospital in a one vehicle wreck in Lake Bridgeport yesterday morning. DPS Trooper Bobby Marquez said Miguel Ramirez, 52, of Bridgeport was driving a septic truck southbound on Main Street approaching the intersection with FM 1658 when he lost air pressure on his brakes. He attempted to turn right and rolled the vehicle onto its side. He and two passengers, Kevin Martinez and Nathaniel Henson, were transported to Wise Regional Health System with minor injuries, Marquez said. The accident happened around 11:15.

U.S. 81/287 REDUCED TO ONE LANE - A section of northbound and southbound U.S. 81/287 in Decatur will be reduced to one lane 7 a.m.-4 p.m. today for maintenance by TxDOT. The work will be conducted on the stretch from Business 380 to the U.S. 380 overpass. Motorists should expect delays.

REGISTER FOR RUNOFF VOTING - The last day to register to vote for the May 27 Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff elections is Monday, April 28. If you need to register to vote, or update your existing information, the application must be in the Wise County Voter registration office, or post marked, by April 28. For more information, call the voter registration office at 940-626-4453 or 940-627-3656.

FIGHTING 4 JUSTIN - A benefit 5K Run/Walk for Justin Hames and family is May 3 in Boyd. Registration is at 5 p.m., and the race starts at the Boyd High School baseball fields at 6 p.m. Preregister before the event for $20. Race day registration is $25. The event will include a live band and concessions. Proceeds will benefit Justin Hames, who was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in March. For more information or to preregister, visit fighting4justin.com or email fighting4justin@gmail.com.

PARADISE GIRLS TO MEET GODLEY - The Paradise Lady Panthers will take on Godley at 7 tonight at Weatherford College in a Class 2A bi-district game.

CELEBRATION - A Daughters of the King celebration for women will be held at Crossroads Church in Decatur at 7 p.m. Friday. Speaker will be Elaine Fisher, and a gourmet coffee and treat bar will be available. Childcare will also be available. For more information, call 940-627-4222 or visit crossroadspeople.com.

CEMETERY HOMECOMING - The annual Cottondale Cemetery homecoming is Sunday. A covered dish luncheon is at 12:30 p.m., and the annual meeting follows at 1:30 p.m.

PRCA RODEO - The 8th Annual Butterfield Stage Days Karl Klement PRCA Ram rodeo is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at Sunset Retreat Arena, formerly Bridgeport Riding Club Arena, 691 FM 920. Tickets are $10 if purchased before May 9 at the Bridgeport Chamber Office. Entry at the gate is $12 nightly. Children 5 and under are free.

ROTARY 5K - The Decatur Rotary Club’s Service Above Self 5K and Fun Run is May 10 in downtown Decatur. A free 1K for kids 12 and under is 8 a.m. followed by the 5K run/walk at 8:30. Cost is $20 before this Friday, April 25, and $25 after that date. Register online at http://service5k.athlete360.com. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in seven age categories. Proceeds will benefit Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. Sponsors are also being sought. For information, call Brett Cheatham at 940-230-5387 or email bcheatham@aiainsagency.com.

HEALTH FORUM MEETING - The Wise County Health Forum will meet at 9 a.m. today in the community room at Decatur City Hall.

FUNERALS - Memorial service for Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Aleita Bell Houchens, 91, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Eddie Alexander, 51, of Springtown is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at The Rock Church in Runaway Bay with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Patricia Mary Trotter, 75, of White Settlement is 11 a.m. today at Aurora Cemetery. Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.

Update for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

JURY AWARDS PARRS $2.9 MILLION - A six-member Dallas County jury came back at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and agreed with Robert and Lisa Parr that Aruba Petroleum “intentionally created a private nuisance” in drilling, fracking and producing 21 gas wells near their Wise County home over a three-year period from 2008-2011. The jury awarded the Parrs just shy of $3 million - well short of the $9-million-plus they had asked for - and did not award any exemplary damages. The company’s attorney said they will appeal. The case, which was filed in March 2010, took two-and-a-half weeks to try. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

TEACHER PAY RAISE - The Boyd School Board Monday voted to raise teacher pay. Some will see as much as a 14.5 percent pay increase in the 2014-15 school year. Boyd educators were among the lowest paid in Wise County according to data presented by Superintendent Ted West. Read more in the midweek Messenger.

TIEBREAKER GAME RESCHEDULED - To comply with University Interscholastic League rules, the District 9-3A baseball tiebreaker games have been rescheduled. Decatur will play Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Bridgeport. The winner of Thursday’s game will play Krum for the second playoff seed at Krum at 5 p.m. Friday. If Krum losses that game, it will play the loser of Thursday’s game 30 minutes after for the third seed. According to Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller, the UIL requires the games in the tiebreaker to be played on consecutive days. Tuesday and Wednesday was not an option due to the UIL limits on games played during the school week.

CHANCE OF STORMS - Wise County could see storms overnight. The National Weather Service predicts a 30 percent chance of storms, which could include hail and high winds.

HEALTH FORUM MEETING - The Wise County Health Forum will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the community room at Decatur City Hall.

DENIM DAY - Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center invites the public to wear your favorite jeans and join them at noon today at the office at 608 N. Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur for Denim Day. Light refreshments will be served and a group photo will be taken. The day is a national effort to bring attention to sexual assaults and the need to speak out against rape.

BAKE SALE - The East Side Alumni Association will hold a bake sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at Farm Road 51 North and U.S. 380 Business East in Decatur. For more information, call 940-627-9082.

CASA CLAY SHOOT - The Third Annual “Pull-In” For CASA clay shoot benefiting CASA of Wise and Jack Counties is Friday at Fossil Pointe Shooting Grounds near Slidell. Sign up is at 8:30 a.m. with the shoot at 9. Cost is $100 per gun. The event will include door prizes, awards for the top male and female shooters and top three teams and an auction. For registration forms or more information, call 940-627-7535.

YOUTH ART - The Wise County Art Association Youth Art Show is 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Decatur Civic Center. Registration is 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and age groups include 6 to 8; 9 to 11; 12 to 14; and 15 to 18. Divisions are two-dimension, three-dimension and photography. There is a limit of three entries, per person, per division. Cost is $5 per entry. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Wise County seniors. Awards will be presented 3 p.m. May 3. For information, call Barbara Pinkerton at 940-627-3127 or Joan Christensen at 940-389-1214.

ESTES TO SPEAK - State Sen. Craig Estes will speak at noon today at Decatur Lions Club. The public is welcome, and lunch will be served at no cost. The Decatur Lions meet noon-1 p.m. every Wednesday at 207 N. State St.

FUNERALS - Graveside service for Joyce N. Howard, 85, of Chico is 11 a.m. today at Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery in Azle. Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Tom Y. Stephens, 92, of Chico is 2 p.m. today at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Aleita Bell Houchens, 91, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Eddie Alexander, 51, of Springtown is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at The Rock Church in Runaway Bay with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

GRAVESIDE service for Patricia Mary Trotter, 75, of White Settlement is 11 a.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Update for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ACTION DELAYED ON AG FACILITY - The price to build a new agriculture facility at Decatur High School could be higher than originally thought. Last night, the school board learned that two companies submitted bids for the project, and the low bid was close to $950,000. At meetings in November and December of last year, Superintendent Rod Townsend said he estimated the project would cost around $700,000 to $800,000. The board was set to move forward with the project after a vote last night, but Townsend said he withdrew his recommendation for approval and told the board he would work with the project architect to see if they could find a way to reduce the price of the facility. Otherwise, the project might have to be rebid. Because work would need to begin soon if the facility would be ready for the 2014-2015 school year, the board plans to have a special meeting in about two weeks rather than wait until their next board meeting to make a decision on the project.

PARR LAWSUIT GOES TO JURY  - Jurors spent about four hours deliberating Monday afternoon, and were to return this morning to continue their work in the Parr v. Aruba Petroleum lawsuit. The case, which is in Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 5, was filed by a Wise County family claiming health problems, mental anguish and loss of property value because of drilling and fracking all around their property over a three-year period. Their attorneys are asking more than $9 million in actual damages, plus exemplary damages.

PARADISE EARNS PLAYOFF SPOT - Behind a two-hitter thrown by Reagan Taylor, the Paradise Lady Panthers beat Peaster 11-1 Monday to take the fourth and final playoff spot out of District 9-2A. Taylor struck out five. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate, hitting a home run. Darla Walterscheid also hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run third inning. Paradise will move on to play 10-2A champion Godley in a bi-district series later this week.

RELAY FOR LIFE - Relay For Life of Wise County, an all-night walk around the Decatur Middle School track, is Friday. The event begins with a survivors reception at 6 p.m., and cancer survivors and caregivers will walk the opening lap at 7:30 p.m. A luminaria ceremony in honor of those who have battled cancer and as a symbol of hope that someday a cure is found, is at 9 p.m. There will be various games, and all teams will sell items at their campsite to raise money. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. The public is invited. For information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

ESTES TO SPEAK - State Sen. Craig Estes will speak at noon Wednesday at Decatur Lions Club. The public is welcome, and lunch will be served at no cost. The Decatur Lions meet noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at 207 N. State St.

DAV YARD SALE - DAV will have their annual yard sale Friday and Saturday. To donate items, call Jerry at 940-389-3049, Bobby at 940-389-1922 or Patsy at 940-389-5399. Donations will be accepted at the DAV Hall, 2801 Farm Road 51 S., in Decatur 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Friday.

CHILI COOK-OFF - A chili cook-off and candidate event is noon Saturday at Rhome Family Park, 400 S. Virginia. Cook-off judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. It’s free to enter, eat and vote. Sodas and water will be for sale, and candidates will be there for a meet-and-greet.

CAMP ECO - Northwest ISD will hold Camp ECO 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 11-13 at the Outdoor Learning Center. Camp ECO (Experiencing the Challenges of Outdoors) is for NISD students entering first- through fifth-grades. From archery and rock climbing to geocaching and fishing, students will explore hands-on activities that will enhance their leadership and survival skills. Cost is $155, and sibling discounts are available. Early drop-off is available, and shuttles will be available from Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools. To register, go to https://nisdtx.revtrak.net. Registration closes April 30. Camp ECO is looking to employ student workers for this year’s camp. Applicants must be 15 years old at the time of employment and must not have graduated. Applications can be found at https://ats1.searchsoft.net/ats/app_login?COMPANY_ID=00005672. For information, contact cbraswell@nisdtx.org.

PERFORMANCE - The Paradise Drama Team will present the award-winning play, “The Hiding Place” at 7 tonight at the Paradise High School Cafeteria.  The performance is sponsored by the Paradise Historical Society and Paradise Chamber of Commerce.

FUNERALS - Graveside service for Joyce N. Howard, 85, of Chico is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hoggard-Reynolds Cemetery in Azle. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.

FUNERAL for Eva Sue Rhine, 65, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Preskitt Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour prior to the service.

FUNERAL for Tom Y. Stephens, 92, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Aleita Bell Houchens, 91, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial at West Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Eddie Alexander, 51, of Springtown is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at The Rock Church in Runaway Bay with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the funeral home. Hawkins-Bridgeport is handling arrangements.

GRAVESIDE service for Patricia Mary Trotter, 75, of White Settlement is 11 a.m. Thursday at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd.

Update for Monday, April 21, 2014

SOGGY SUNDAY - Rainfall totals topped 1 inch all across Wise County yesterday in one of the rainiest days of the year so far. Totals included 2.5 inches in Greenwood, 1.55 in Rhome, 1.51 in Bridgeport, 1.43 in Decatur, 1.3 in Cottondale, 1.1 in Paradise and 1.05 in Alvord. The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Those storms could be severe with large hail and damaging wind, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

CARSON RUN - Carson Elementary In Decatur will host its fundraiser 5k and 1k rabbit run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at the school. Call 806-773-6205 for more information.

RESUME WRITING CLASS - Decatur Public Library will hold a free Resume Writing class at 6 tonight. Participants will be introduced to a number of resume templates and then guided through the process of completing their own resume. Each participant should bring an email address and a flash drive. Register for the class by phone at 940-393-0290, in person at 1700 Farm Road 51 South or by email to ppeters@decaturtx.org.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - Wise Regional Health System, the Wise and Montague County Medical Society and Renew Home Health will host a Diabetes Support Group 6:30 tonight in the Education Room of the hospital in Decatur. Dr. Brad Faglie and Dick Gilley, Critical Care R.N, CDE, will host a question-and-answer session on the trials and triumphs of living with diabetes and plans of action. If you have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, you are invited. If it’s your first meeting, come at 6:15 to meet Dr. Faglie and get an introduction to the basics.

RELAY CAPTAINS - A Relay For Life of Wise County team captains’ meeting and bank night is 7:30 tonight at Candlewood Suites in Decatur. Captains are asked to bring a basket for the auction at Relay. They can also pick up their shirts and other last-minute information. This is the final meeting before the event, which is Friday at the Decatur Middle School track. For information, call Stephanie at 940-393-3165.

BLOOD DRIVES - Grace Baptist Church will host a Carter BloodCare blood drive 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 600 S. Trinity St. on the Carter BloodCare bus. For information or to make an appointment, call Van Gardner at 940-627-7558. First Baptist Church will host another blood drive noon-3:45 p.m. Sunday at 119 CR 2822. For information or to make an appointment, call Bobby Cates at 940-466-3990.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - The Bridgeport Historical Society will meet at 11:30 a.m. today at Weatherford College Wise County. David McComis will speak on the topic “What you don’t know about the prison system.”

4-H MEETING - The Decatur 4-H Club will meet at 6 tonight at the Wise County Extension Office. For more information, call Shelly Laaser at 389-8811 or Lisa Bradshaw at 627-4567.

FUNERALS - Service for Eva Sue Rhine, 65, of Decatur is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur with burial at Preskitt Cemetery.  Family visitation is one hour prior to service.

SERVICE for Edson Lester Alexander, 51, of Springtown is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

FUNERAL for Tom Y. Stephens, 92, of Chico is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Chico with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Aleita Bell Houchins, 91 of Bridgeport is pending at Hawkins-Bridgeport.

SERVICE for Joyce N. Howard, 85, of Chico is pending at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

MEMORIAL service for Jerry LeRoy O’Brien, 77, of Cottondale is 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Jones Family Funeral Home.