Update for Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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ROAD PROJECTS RECEIVE FUNDING – Several Wise County transportation projects were recently listed in TxDOT’s 2023 Unified Transportation Program. County Judge JD Clark, who serves on the Regional Transportation Board representing Wise and Parker counties, said projects in the area have received much-needed funding. Projects listed on the UTP are given higher priority because the Regional Transport Council undertakes to financially support the work. Wise County projects listed on the UTP include the Farm Road 730 expansion between Decatur and Boyd, US 81/287 improvements, and the reconfiguration of the Farm Road 1810 and US 81/287 intersection. As more people move into Wise County, Clark and other RTC members see the need for road improvements. “The RTC is a valuable organization for directing transportation priorities and dollars in the region,” Clark said. “We may have all the ideas at home about what TxDOT needs to work on, but until we can help direct money to these projects, they won’t get much traction to prioritize. .” Learn more in the Wednesday Wise County Messenger on newsstands and online today.

PROBATION GIVEN IN CASE OF FATAL WRECK –Robert Anthony Skerik, 34, of Boyd recently pleaded guilty in Decatur’s 271st District Court to manslaughter in a 2017 wreck that killed one person. He received a 10-year suspended sentence as part of a plea deal with the Wise County District Attorney’s Office. According to the plea agreement, Skerik must serve 30 consecutive days in the county jail, starting next week and abstain from all alcohol consumption during the 10-year period. The fatal wreckage occurred Dec. 3, 2017, on County Road 4698 west of Boyd and resulted in the death of 34-year-old Aubrey resident Tony Neal Trevino. Read more in the Wednesday Messenger.

VOLLEYBALL RESULTS – Bridgeport suffered a crushing loss to Celina on Tuesday 25-8, 25-13, 25-10. Boyd picked up his fourth 10-3A District win over Pilot Point, 25-16, 25-7, 25-19. Paradise fell to Callisburg 25-18, 25-11, 25-22. Alvord were beaten by Archer City in five sets, 24-26, 25-12, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8. Chico swept Perrin-Whitt, 25-16, 25-19, 25-14. VCA claimed a sweep against Mineral Wells Community Christian, 25-13, 25-9, 25-13. Northwest picked up a win over Azle, 25-22, 25-13, 25-9.

AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING –The West Fork Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department. All amateur radio operators and those who are interested in amateur radio or have questions about it are welcome. Call Scott at 940-389-0200.

REPUBLICANS TO MEET — Concerned Women for America and the Wise County Republican Party will meet Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Arcadia Theater in downtown Bridgeport for a 2020 election film screening, and Sen. Drew Springer will be present to answer questions.

BACK TO BLUE GOLF TOURNAMENT –The 7th Annual Decatur Police Department Light Ball Golf Tournament to benefit the department’s scholarship fund will be held Oct. 1 at the Bridgeport Country Club. The cost is $200 per team and play will start at 4 p.m. Singles and walk-in players are welcome. Dinner will be served before the start of the night games. Call Royce Gastineau at 940-393-0307 or email [email protected] to register.

SPORTS CLAY SHOOTING — Crime Stoppers of Wise County’s Annual Fundraiser Sporting Clay Shoot is Friday at the Fossil Point Sporting Grounds near Decatur. The cost is $500 for a team of five and includes lunch. Registration at 8:00 a.m., first flight at 9:00 a.m. Shooting range and team sponsorships available. Contact Brenda Bridges, 940-627-7661 or [email protected], or Lydia Moseley, 940-627-5971 or [email protected]

DIABETES CLASS — The Decatur Public Library is hosting a course in Total Diabetes Care, led by the Wise Health System, at 2 p.m. today. No registration is required. The course will cover exercise and how it fits into your diabetes care plan. Call the library at 940-393-0290.


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SUMMARY STORY TIME – Decatur Public Library storytime returns today. Parents, caregivers and their little ones can join Ms. Ava for Little Learner Storytime at 10.15am and Sensory Storytime at 11.30am on Wednesdays. Little Learners is a structured story hour that focuses on learning through books, songs, movement, and crafts. This story time is perfect for children ages 3-5. Sensory Storytime is designed to explore the five senses through play, songs, short stories and movement. This story time is great for kids of all ages and abilities. Call the library at 940-393-0290.

FUNERALS — Funeral service for Valeta Melba Gotthard, 94, of Fort Worth is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

SERVICE for James LeRoy McGilvray Sr., 84, of Bridgeport is 1 p.m. Friday at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills. Family visitation takes place one hour before the service at The Hills Chapel. Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport is handling the arrangements.

MEMORIAL services for Martin Hugo Martinez, 72, of Runaway Bay is 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Houston. Hawkins-Bridgeport is taking care of the arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sarah Emma Jackson, 77, of Bridgeport is 2pm today at the Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport with interment at Westside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Visitation is at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport is making arrangements.

FUNERAL for Sally Salazar, 72, of Bridgeport is 3 p.m. Saturday at Twin Oaks Assembly of God Church in Bridgeport with interment at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Tours take place one hour before the church service. Hudson & Torres takes care of the arrangements.

MEMORIAL services for Linda McWilliams, 65, of Enid, Okla., It’s 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eastside Cemetery in Bridgeport. Hudson & Torres takes care of the arrangements.

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