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This handout from the Texas Center for Community Journalism's second New Media for the News Media workshop shows how the Wise County Messenger leverages the power of the Internet to bring their ...

This handout from the Texas Center for Community Journalism's second New Media for the News Media workshop shows how the Wise County Messenger leverages the power of the Internet to bring their community newspaper product to readers.

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  • 1. LiveBlogging/Twitter During the 2008 Football Season, one of our most popular In 2009, the Bridgeport Sissies went to regionals for pages on the website was our Friday Night Results, which Basketball. Again, we sold a Blog-style page to a local included scores and stories from each game that week. hospital that included stories, photo slideshows and Video, This year we went a bit further, adding LiveBlogging via plus LiveBlogging via Twitter. Twitter to the page. The LiveBlogging was even studied www.wcmessenger.com/sissies by the opposing team the week before the playoffs to determine Bridgeport’s strategy. www.wcmessenger.com/football In 2008, the Bridgeport Bulls went to state for Football. We sold a Blog-style page to a local bank that included all the stories we’ve run on the Bulls throughout the season, as well as photo slideshows and Video, plus LiveBlogging via Twitter. www.wcmessenger.com/bulls Sample Bridgeport Sissies Tweets
  • 2. Breaking News On Wednesday, January 21, 2009, a tragic car wreck took the life of a local high school student. Since the paper had already been published for that day, and instead of waiting for the following Sunday edition, we opted to break the story on the web. In addition to posting it in our daily Update as breaking news, we were also able to get the whole story posted quickly; the page then continued to grow over the next few days, including photos of student reactions, a candelight vigil, reader submitted photos and letters to the editor, and countless comments from the friends and the community. To this day, the page has had more than 9,300 visitors. www.wcmessenger.com/lunt Reader submitted photos. Reader comments. Letter to the Editor from the high school principal. A special video presentation of student reactions at the candlelight vigil. Photos of student reactions. Photos of student reactions.
  • 3. Social Networking Sites Social Networking websites like Facebook and MySpace During the spring of 2008, a series of wildfires devastated are all the rage these days; they can help spread stories, the city of Paradise. Within the next two hours, we had photos and videos across the web faster than any search video footage up on our website, but at a price: the number engine. Our Facebook page drops in RSS Feeds from our of viewers vs. the number of video streams our webserver daily Update, News Headlines and Sports Headlines, as could dish out had been exceeded, crashing our website. well as video links to our YouTube channel and tagged We’ve since learned that posting the video to YouTube and photos from our print edition. We now have over 200 people utilizing their servers and bandwidth was the only way to following us on Facebook. successfully deliver these videos to our audience, as well Facebook page: www.my-wise.com as managing to have these videos spread, or “go viral,” to other parts of the internet. YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/wcmessenger
  • 4. Print-to-Web: Other Advertising Streams Holiday Specials Wise Dining Guide One successful Newspaper-to-Web promotion we had was Similar to the Holiday Specials promotion, the Wise Dining a series of ads geared to holiday shoppers. In addition to Guide offered print ads AND space on the web; advertisers their ad running in our paid print edition, it was also carried could either link to their own websites, or, if they didn’t on to the web and promoted with a series of sidebar ads have a website, we would scan in their menu and host it throughout our website. The viewer could then click on the ourselves as part of the promotion. advertiser they were interested in to see what their weekly www.wcmessenger.com/dining specials were. www.wcmessenger.com/holiday Church and Business Directories Rather than simply adding for-profit businesses on our Related Links page (www.wcmessenger.com/related), we opted to create online directories that would cost advertisers only pennies a day. Church Directory: www.wcmessenger.com/church Business Directory: www.wcmessenger.com/businessdirectory
  • 5. Update & Breaking News WISE Update FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, COUNTY 2009 MESSENGER WWW.WCMESSENGER.COM DECATUR, TEXAS VOL. 35 - NO. 26 DECATUR VS BRIDGEPORT— All Eagle fans are invited to Pack the House tonight at the Decatur High School gym for the Decatur versus Bridgeport district basketball games. There will be a short ceremony between the boys’ and girls’ games where the All of 2008 DHS girls cross country team will receive its state championship rings. There will also be an auction and donation buckets passed around to help benefit the family of Your Chelsea Lunt. Also a four-wheeler raffle will be held during the final game of the night, while the evening will get started with a hamburger dinner at 5 p.m. Games start at Business Insurance 4 p.m. Visitors need to park in the lot on the south end of the high school. Instead of entering from 730 South, the upper level parking area can be reached off Business 81/287 South, immediately south of Carson Elementary School. Handicapped parking is available and is easily accessible to the gym. Needs SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS — Chico girls’ softball sign-ups are from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Chico Elementary. Ages 5 to 14 can participate. MOVIE NIGHT — The Bridgeport Main Street and Parks and Recreation Department presents “Beauty and the Beast” at Saturday’s Bridgeport Box Office. Doors at the Bridgeport Stage, 1009 Halsell St., will open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will start at www.sbcinsurance.net 7. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at city hall and 940-627-8888 • Decatur select downtown merchants. For more information, call (940) 683-3480 or visit www. cityofbridgeport.net/parks&rec. Serving Wise County for over 100 Years PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Rhome Volunteer Fire Department will have a $5 all you can eat pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the Rhome Community Center. For information call Kay Spivey at (817) 696-6748. All proceeds benefit the fire department. UMPIRES NEEDED — Umpires are needed for Wise County girls softball games, March If cost is a concern, we ask that you compare. through June. All prospects must take a class to get certified. Call Mike Maxson at (940) 577-1297 for more information. CHICO 4H — The Chico 4H Club meets at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chico Elementary DECATUR • 940-627-5959 cafeteria. Bring bingo gifts and be prepared to enter the youth fair. FUNERALS — Service for Arvil Sisk, 59, of Alvord is 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church BRIDGEPORT • 940-683-2211 in Alvord with burial in Alvord Cemetery. FUNERAL for Bernhart “Bud” Forbau, 87, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. GRAVESIDE service for Doris Hixson, 91, formerly of Decatur is 11 BOYD • 940-433-5310 a.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemeter y. Family visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com service. Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling all three services. IGA Foodliner We have been here since 1890... Let Our Legend Be Prices Good Thru March 17, 2009 And we’ll be here tomorrow. Your Legacy. Bar-S Bacon Store Selected Varieties, 2.1-12 oz. . . .Limit 4 Total. . . Buy 1 Get 1 FREE ..... In today’s unstable world of Roma Tomatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68¢/lb. Real Estate & Mortgages, let us be your solid ground by keeping Hormel Chili No Beans, 19 oz. . . . . . . . .Limit.3.Total. with. $10.or. More .Additional Purchase . . . . . . . . 98¢ . . . . .. ........ your interest first. Spring! Water 24 pack, half liter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Limit 2. Total . . . . . . . . .2 for $6 .. .. 1706 FM 51 S, Decatur Let us exceed your expectations 940-627-1553 Minute Maid Orange Juice Assorted Varieties, 64 oz. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 for $4 www.legend-bank.com while we finance your dream FM 51 South, Decatur - 940-627-6438 • 1501 Halsell, Bridgeport - 940-683-4006 home. 200 W. Rock Island Ave., Boyd - 940-433-2325 Call 940-627-1553 for terms and restrictions CHECK WITH US FOR PRINT AND ONLINE ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES • 940-627-5987 Our daily Update is a great way to get local news out to our community Monday through Friday in both print and web, but what about Saturdays and Sundays? One weekend in February saw our Update evolve from the print product (above) to a long list of breaking news and photos on the web (screenshots at right). Below is a sample “Simple-Click” email alert for breaking news that we send out to more than 1,100 email subscribers. www.wcmessenger.com/update
  • 6. VOLUME 129 - NO. 8 SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2009 DECATUR, TEXAS 22 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS 75¢ INSIDE ... CHELSEA ANN LUNT 1992-2009 She just brought out HOUSE FIRE A mobile home in Paradise was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. See story, page 2A the best in all of us. Vanessa Verela INSIDE ... Chelsea’s teammate senior, Decatur High School GRASS FIRES Area fire departments were kept busy Thursday responding to numerous grass fires, including one that destroyed an unoccupied home and two vehicles. See story, page 3A UNITING EXPERIENCE Editorial graphic artist Keri Pritchard Willerton got close, in more ways than one, to a few million fellow Americans at Tuesday’s presidential inauguration. See story, page 4A AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS M. NEIL PUGSLEY Decatur THOMAS ‘T.A.’ MOSS Decatur CHELSEA LUNT Rhome SHIRLEY FORTENBERRY Edmond, Okla. Messenger photo by Joe Duty See pages 10A and 12A SILENTLY MOURNING — A group of young people bow their heads in prayer at a vigil for Chelsea Lunt Wednesday night at Victory Family Church in Decatur. More than 100 friends and family members showed up to grieve and show their support for Chelsea’s family. WEATHER... SATURDAY SUNDAY Friends recall Lunt’s Texting is apparent Clouds and sun; breezy, much colder Partly sunny and milder sense of humor cause of teen’s wreck 44° 28° 56° 43° MONDAY TUESDAY By TRAVIS MEASLEY By ROBERT MORGAN ARDMORE Cloudy Mostly cloudy, a Not a single sound was heard Wednesday night as more WAURIKA 40/31 40/26 A popular student-athlete from Decatur High School shower possible than 100 students, friends and family members gathered for was killed early Wednesday while driving to school, leav- DURANT 54° 36° 39° 31° WICHITA FALLS a vigil in the youth room of the Victory Family Church in 40/30 ing her family in shock and a campus grieving the loss of 44/29 See page 12A HENRIETTA 44/29 Decatur to mourn the death of beloved 16-year-old Decatur another student for the second straight year. High School sophomore Chelsea Ann Lunt. MONTAGUE SHERMAN Sophomore Chelsea Lunt was alone in the vehicle driv- 43/31 GAINESVILLE ARDMORE Friends stood up43/30 spoke, often through tears, sharing 42/32 and BONHAM ing northbound on U.S. 81/287 just a few hundreds yards WAURIKA 40/31 40/26 memories and stories about 42/29 Chelsea. The love and support from the FM 730 exit when she lost control of her pickup. JACKSBORO that filled the room almost forced the painful reality of her DURANT It flipped at least five times on the east side of the road CHITA FALLS 40/30 /29 HENRIETTA 44/31 BRIDGEPORT passing out the minds of those GREENVILLE DECATUR gathered. She had been taken before coming to a rest near the shoulder of the high- 44/31 44/28 44/29 GRAHAM too soon. DENTON 46/29 MCKINNEY 44/29 42/30 way. MONTAGUE 44/31 SHERMAN 43/31 GAINESVILLE RHOME 43/30 42/32 BONHAM 44/31 42/29 Continued on page 2A Continued on page 9A MINERAL WELLS JACKSBORO 44/31 FORT WORTH DALLAS 44/31 BRIDGEPORT 44/33 DECATUR 44/32 44/31 44/28 WEATHERFORD GREENVILLE DENTON PALO PINTO GRAHAM 44/30MCKINNEY 42/30 44/31 46/3246/29 44/29 KAUFMAN 44/32 RHOME 44/31 MINERAL WELLS 44/31 STEPHENVILLE 48/30 GLEN ROSE 48/31 CLEBURNE 49/31 WAXAHACHIE 48/33 CHICO FORT WORTH DALLAS 44/33 44/32 WEATHERFORD CORSICANA ATHENS Former jail employee is back behind bars PALO PINTO 44/30 48/34 47/35 46/32 KAUFMAN 44/32 MERIDIAN INDEX COMANCHE 50/31 WAXAHACHIE 50/31 HILLSBORO 48/33 CLEBURNE 48/33 STEPHENVILLE 49/31 News Briefs48/30 Classifieds.........4B ..... 3A GLEN ROSE FAIRFIELD 48/31 Shown is Saturday’s weather. Opinion ........... 4A Wise Business....11ATemperatures are Saturday’s highs and 50/34 Saturday night’s lows. CORSICANA WACO ATHENS Lifestyle .............6A Sports .........1B-3B 48/34 By BRIAN KNOX 47/35 52/37 Jones was arrested Tuesday on drug, Walker said he began to get reports that COMANCHE MERIDIAN HILLSBORO weapon, theft and parole violation charg- Tony Jones was “slipping back into the 50/31 50/31 48/33 Chico resident Tony Jones, 44, is famil- es. His wife, Vonda Jones, and their two narcotics world” and officers began a two- iar with the Wise County Jail – he helped FAIRFIELD sons, Justin, 21, and Kevin Jones, 20, have month investigation. It was through that own is Saturday’s weather. 50/34 mperatures are Saturday’s highs and turday night’s lows. WACO build it as a trusty inmate. After he was also been arrested on drug charges. investigation that seven people were ar- 52/37 released, Jones was even given a job as a Wise County Sheriff David Walker said rested Jan. 15 at Tony Jones’ home at 380 Wise County Messenger jail maintenance employee. Tony Jones “did a good job” as a trusty County Road 1643 near Chico. The family P.O. Box 149 Today, Jones is once again in jail – as inmate, so much so that Walker decided was not at home when officers executed a 115 South Trinity an inmate. He is joined by three family to offer him a job as a jail maintenance Decatur, Texas 76234 members. worker after his release in 2006. Continued on page 5A www.wcmessenger.com TONY JONES
  • 7. 2A WISE COUNTY MESSENGER, Decatur, Texas, Sunday, January 25, 2009 from My candle burns CHELSEA ANN LUNT 1992-2009 WISE to at both ends; WASHINGTON It will not last A new blog following the the night; Presidential Inauguration www.wcmessenger.com/ But ah, my foes, and blogs/washington oh, my friends – It gives a lovely light! “First Fig” Edna St. Vincent Millay Reader comments from WCMessenger.com... “This is a tragic loss and our family is in prayer. According to the book of Matthew - God comforts those who Phil Major mourn. May His love and peace give you President & Publisher strength at this terrible time. Chelsea P.O. Box 149 may you be playing the best volleyball 115 S. Trinity game of all in heaven!” Decatur, TX 76234 Randy, Bea, Katelyn 940-627-5987 and Hannah McWilliams Fax 940-627-1004 www.wcmessenger.com “Chelsea was a great friend; one who news@wcmessenger.com you always knew when she was around. She would always see me from across the way and come running up with this cute, little suspicious look on her face, as if to say, ‘How come you didn’t come give me a hug just now?!’” Colin McInerney Messenger photo by Joe Duty “I played with Chelsea on a club vol- Friends of Chelsea Lunt place a cross and a memorial at the site of Wednesday’s crash that claimed the life of the Decatur leyball team last year. I don’t think I High School sophomore. Pictured from left, Ricky Delgato and Katland Lillis hold up the cross and photo of Lunt while Margie have ever met a more amazing person. Manetta and Carlos Infante place the memorials. Ashley Townley is consoled by her mother, Carole, after being interviewed Just walking into the room, she put a Robert Morgan Teresa Mayberry by television reporters. Sports Editor Receptionist smile on your face. We started getting pretty close, and it hurts me to know that we didn’t hang out often. I miss her so much. Chelsea’s family is always in my prayers. I love you Chels.” Baillie Nickel Friends recall Lunt’s sense of humor ... Mark Jordan Vice President/ General Manager Continued from 1A in the playoffs,” Verela said. “We were all and contagious personality. She will al- Ken Roselle “To the family and friends of Chelsea, it bummed, and so was Chelsea, but with- ways hold a special place in my heart, and has been a very difficult day and all of Vice President us are hurting and feeling the pain of Chelsea’s death in an early-morning in minutes she had me bursting at the each day as I pass by the volleyball locker a lost loved one. Just hold tight to the car accident Wednesday rocked the entire seams with laughter over some silly voice room, I will forever remember those spar- EDITORIAL fact that we all have been so blessed city of Decatur. Friends and family mem- or face she was making. She just brought kling blue eyes and big bright smile.” Brian Knox to have had Chelsea on this earth for 16 years.” bers shook their heads in disbelief when out the best in all of us.” Chelsea was a phenomenal athlete, ex- Editor Belinda Sherman told the news. Chelsea not only had a positive influ- celling in track as well as volleyball. As a Denny Deady “I was sitting in English when a friend ence on her friends, but also on her coach- freshman last spring, she was one of the Special Projects Manager “I am unable to put into words how sorry I am. My heart weeps for you and came up to me and asked if I had heard es and teachers. Decatur High School top athletes on the track and field team Robert Morgan Joey both - I don’t know if you realize about Chelsea,” said senior Vanessa volleyball coach Claire Rose said she had where she competed in triple jump, 100- Sports Editor your whole family is mourning with you, Verela, who played meter hurdles and 300 Kristen Tribe although we are far away. “ Christine, Dave, varsity volleyball hurdles. She finished Assistant Editor William and the girls with Chelsea. “I had fourth overall in the 100 Mandy Bourgeois no idea what he was hurdles and was just one Travis Measley “I met Chelsea a little over a year ago. I remember meeting her at a basketball talking about, and spot shy of advancing to Mack Thweatt game vs. Bridgeport in Decatur. When when he said she the regional finals in her Keri Pritchard-Willerton you’re around her you can’t help but passed away, my first year of high school. Graphic Artist feeling her vibrant energy. She always made everyone around her feel good. brain refused to be- “The fact that she Joe Duty Ever since then she’s lit up my life and lieve it. It is still hard missed going to regionals Photographer helped me through a lot of rough times. (a day later) to truly by one place as a fresh- I owe a lot to her.” BUSINESS OFFICE Chase Martin believe that I won’t man tells me what kind see her walk through Photos submitted by Laura Craig of hard worker she was,” Kristi Bennett “I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Business Manager the door again.” Friends and family members submitted countless photos of Chelsea to the said DHS track coach Chelsea was such a great teammate of Lesa Major Baillie’s and the other girls. If I had one Students gathered Messenger Web site, such as the ones above. (Left) Chelsea, second from David Park. “There are at the site of the left, and three friends pose in Arlington at a sand volleyball tournament at kids that ‘do’ sports, and Teresa Mayberry word to describe Chelsea it would be ‘spunky.’ I know she is looking down on crash a few hours the baseball park in July. (Right) Also in July, Chelsea and the other mem- there are kids that ‘love’ CLASSIFIEDS all of us with that beautiful smile she always had.” after it occurred to bers of the North Texas Junior volleyball team celebrate their second-place sports. And she loved ev- Donna Bean Derinda, Steve, and Baillie place a cross, flowers finish at an area tournament. ery bit of it.” ADVERTISING and pictures in Chelsea’s memory. Tears known Chelsea since her freshman year Students at the high school spent most “A girl who loved life, Lisa Davis One who would have made a great wife. streaked down friends’ faces as people and was amazed at the confidence, love of Wednesday in a daze. Principal Jason exchanged hugs and offered shoulders and support she showed on the court as Cochran said that a strange silence has Advertising Manager A girl who always had a good time, one’s partner in crime. to lean on. And yet they stayed, bringing well as off. since fallen over the school, that students Lori White She is in a better place now, Michelle Bush even though we just frown. pictures and cards, refusing to let the mo- “In the seven years that I have taught walk the halls without uttering a word, ment fade away. school and coached volleyball, I have nev- even those that didn’t know Chelsea. Denise Dennis A girl you wanted as your friend, because she would be there “We owe it to Chelsea to let everyone er experienced such a tragedy as we have “Everyone has been showing so much PRODUCTION until the end. All the memories you recall, know how beautiful of a person she was,” this week here at Decatur High School,” respect to Chelsea and what she brought Todd A.Griffith aren’t meant to make you fall. said Carmen Cash, one of Chelsea’s clos- Rose said. “Chelsea was such an intricate to this school,” Cochran said. “She will be Production Manager/Webmaster When you’re sitting around crying, est friends. “She was, no, she is, one of my part of the volleyball program, and her greatly missed by each and every one of Andrew May just know she is here flying. A girl who always had a best friends and my partner in crime. It’s absence has definitely made an impact us.” Videographer smile on her face, difficult to put into words the pain we are on the team. As I sat there and listened As the crowd filed out of the vigil Pierre Moua one who always won the race. all feeling without her around.” to the team share stories about Chelsea Wednesday night, silence kept its grip Volleyball is her game, SUBSCRIBER SERVICES and Chelsea is her name!” Friends said what they will miss most in the locker room Wednesday morning, I on the room. Some paused to look at pho- Anne Upton Ishley Elmore is the way Chelsea could light up a room felt such love and honesty within the girls tos or write letters to Chelsea’s parents. Manager or conversation with a joke, a silly voice and the yearning to see their friend and Some stopped to hug friends and family, or just a smile. Verela said she will never teammate one last time. and some just stared, wide-eyed, as if lost Lowell Burkett View more reader comments Roger Weber and submitted photos, photos forget times spent with Chelsea in situa- “I have watched her grow and mature in the crowd. But as each person exited, Jim Miller from the candlelight vigil, tions as simple as riding a bus back home into a fine young lady,” Rose said. “I saw leaving behind the photos, letters and and a special video of friends Wesley Robinson after volleyball games and the way Chel- changes in her that were remarkable tears, they all did one thing – remember. remembering Chelsea Ann OFFICE SUPPLY Lunt at www.wcmessenger. sea could turn a heartbreaking loss into and a talent that couldn’t wait to escape. ! com/lunt. something positive. Reminiscing with the team this week, we E-mail Travis at tmeasley@wcmessen- Leisa Gage “I remember riding back from our loss heard story after story of her funny antics ger.com. Manager Tim Terrell James Bradshaw Carrie Adkins Sue Carlson PARADISE Subscribe Donna Jurosek Shelly Stokes Online. Ian Fitzgerald Fire destroys mobile home SUBSCRIPTIONS $35 a year In-County $40 a year Out-of-County $45 a year Out-of-State $20 Digital Subscription Five fire departments re- www.wcmessenger.com/subscribe sponded to a structure fire BURNING FAST www.wcmessenger.com/ SUBMIT NEWS Friday afternoon on Stone- — A Cottondale subscribe Submit News, Sports, Letters to gate Drive just south of Par- firefighter the Editor, Lifestyle, Obituaries and adise off Texas 114. battles flames Update items online www.wcmessenger.com/submit Firefighters from Paradise, leaping out Rhome, Bridgeport, Decatur of a mobile Karl Green, LLC ADVERTISING home Friday Repair, Remodel, Some New Contact Lisa Davis, Lori White, and Cottondale battled the Construction, Mobile Homes, Denise Dennis or Michelle Bush at afternoon on fire that had completely con- Houses, Commercial 940-627-5987 Stonegate www.wcmessenger.com/advertising sumed a double-wide mobile Drive south of Room Additions home. Officers on scene kept Paradise off Fences USPS Publication No. 688940 all civilians at a safe dis- Texas 114. Five Skirting ISSN 0746-8679 tance due to ammunition departments Decks The Wise County Messenger (ISSN 0746-8679) that was going off inside the – Rhome, Porches is published Thursday and Sunday by Wise County Messenger, Inc., P.O. Box 149, 115 S. Trinity St., house. Cottondale, Decatur, Texas 76234-0149. Periodicals class Painting postage paid at Decatur, Texas. Subscription rates: As of 5 p.m. Friday, crews Bridgeport, one year in Wise County $35, six months $18; one Decatur and Tape, Bed & Texture year out of county $40, six months $22; one year were still out monitoring the out of state $45, six months $23. Paradise An erroneous reflection upon the character, blaze that destroyed most of – battled the We Do It All standing or reputation of any firm, person or corporation, which appears in the columns of this the interior of the home and Give Us a Call paper will be corrected upon due notice given to the flames for more publication at the Messenger office. burned three large holes in the roof. The cause of the than two hours. 940-626-4806 Postmaster: Send address changes to: Wise County Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Decatur, Texas 76234- If it’s not on this list call and ask. 0149. 940-627-5987. http://www.wcmessenger. Messenger photo com. E-mail: news@wcmessenger.com. fire is unknown. © 2008 Wise County Messenger by Travis Measley FREE ESTIMATES
  • 8. Wise Update tuesDay, march 10, County 2009 Messenger www.wcmessenger.com Decatur, texas Vol. 35 - no. 48 FIRE DESTROYS HOME — Three fire departments battled a structure fire early Tuesday morning near Bridgeport that destroyed a home and a small truck. The double-wide mobile home at 379 Private Road 3492, about six miles south of Bridgeport, was engulfed in flames when firefighters from Bridgeport first arrived. The homeowners were able to escape without injury but the home was a total loss. Paradise and Lake Bridgeport volunteer fire departments assisted with the blaze. Red Cross was on scene just before 6 a.m. to assist the family. Interim Fire Marshal Chuck Gomez was investigating the cause of the fire when Update went to press. FOOTBALL COACHING CHANGE — The Northwest ISD last night named Bill Patterson as the new head football ClearView Tree Service and Stump Removal coach at Northwest High School. Patterson replaces Leonard McAngus who requested reassignment last month. • Tree Removal Patterson is currently head football coach and athletic coordinator at Naaman Forest High School in Garland. He • Stump Grinding was head football coach and boys athletic coordinator at Canyon High School in Canyon from 1996-1999. • Storm Damage Experts • Chipper Service JACKIE FUNDRAISER — A donation lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist • Bucket Truck Church in Decatur to raise money to send Jackie Murphree of Decatur to China for stem cell treatment. The meal will include a baked potato and fixings, salad, dessert and a drink. Another meal will be served at the same time FREE ESTIMATES and location Thursday with soup, salad, dessert and drink being served. To-go containers will be available. (Senior Citizen Discount) Fully Insured DON’T BE SCAMMED — Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Deroy Bennett said someone has been calling local residents asking for donations for the Decatur firefighters. Bennett said the fire department has not approved nor endorsed 940-626-4345 Toll Free 1-866-606-3224 anyone to solicit donations on their behalf and the call is a scam. Most Credit Cards Accepted DECATUR PD RECOGNIZED — Decatur Police Dept. was honored Monday by the Decatur City Council as the s r r TM 11th department in Texas to receive recognition from the Texas Police Chiefs Association for accreditation in the group’s 158-step program of best police practices, implemented in 2005. The council also approved a replat of the Wal-Mart property, creating a separate lot for the Murphy USA gasoline station. SCV MEETING — The Sons of Confederate Veterans meet at 7 tonight at the Wesley Center of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur. RELAY MEETING — A Relay for Life committee meeting is 5:30 tonight at Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson’s courtroom at the sheriff’s department. A team captains’ meeting is at 6:30. Local Paper. CHICO BARBECUE — The Chico High School senior class hosts a barbecue dinner, 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the elementary school cafeteria during open house. Cost is $5 a plate and all proceeds benefit Project Graduation. The event also includes silent and live auctions. Local News. OFFICE HOURS CHANGE — Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Terri Johnson’s office is now open through the lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m.). “Due to economic hard times we hope these new hours will accommodate those who might Loyal Readers. otherwise have to take time off in order to take care of court business,” Johnson said. The office will now be closed from 11 a.m.-noon for lunch. LIFEGUARD CLASS — The Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Department is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Class March 13-18. Cost is $175, and you must be at least 15 years of age prior to March 18. For more information, call (940) 683-3480. HEART GALLERY — Assumption Catholic Church is hosting the CASA of Wise County Heart Gallery of North Texas through Friday, March 20. The Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit of children currently available for adoption. SOCIETY MEETING — The Paradise Historical Society meets at 7 tonight at the Paradise United Methodist Church. Speaker will be John Lea of Austin with information on the Adkins-Murphy families. FUNERALS — Service for Charles Luther Brock, 76, of Decatur is 2 p.m. today at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Chapel with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. GRAVESIDE service for Evelyn Walker, 80, of Bridgeport is 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Bridgeport Cemetery. Family visitation from 6-8 tonight at Jones Family Funeral Home. SERVICE is SUBSCRIBE! pending for Jack Walker, 77, of Decatur at Coker-Hawkins. www.wcmessenger.com/subscribe Wise Youth Fair Be a part of County these special sections... Call Lori, Michelle, Denise or Lisa at Support the Youth of Wise County! 940-627-5987 Youth Fair Preview Youth Fair Results Adv. Deadline: Mar. 10 Adv. Deadline: Mar. 31 Publication: Mar. 19 Publication: Apr. 19 check with us for print anD online aDVertising opportunities • 940-627-5987
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