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Fire destroys pharmacy
By ROBERT MORGAN Three area fire departments responded to a fire next to the Wise County Medical Center around 12:15 Thursday morning. Heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof of S&J Pharmacy and Gifts, located on Eagle Drive across the street from Decatur Intermediate School, when the Decatur Fire Department arrived on the scene. The business was a total loss as all the inventory was destroyed by intense heat. Decatur fire marshal Deroy Bennett, along with insurance investigators, are still looking into the cause of the fire. Bennett said it was not suspicious in nature. “There is nothing suspicious about it. We know it was an interior fire, but we have not concluded our investigation yet,” he said. “It appears the fire was burning inside for quite awhile before it was EARLY CALL — Decatur firefighter Jed Boyd surveys the damage inside S&J Pharmacy Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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A new program geared to teach water safety and survival skills for children as young as 6 months is offered at Fit-N-Wise. See story, page 2A

IN SPORTS ... REGIONAL PLAYOFFS
Bridgeport took on Lubbock Cooper Friday night in girls regional playoff action in Lubbock. Did the Sissies advance to Saturday’s regional finals? See Sports, page 1B

reported, which caused a lot of internal heat, and that’s what destroyed everything and why flames were not noticeable from outside.” Bennett said the owners of the pharmacy plan to operate out of a temporary building at the same location as they rebuild. S&J also own pharmacies in Sanger and Krum. Healthline, a medical equipment and oxygen facility that shares the same building, suffered minor water and smoke damage but was not affected but it was expected to reopen this weekend. Firefighters from Rhome and Bridgeport assisted with the fire. A temporary building was scheduled to be delieverd to the site of the fire Friday, and Beth Mitchell, S&J’s marketing director, said they hope to have a temporary store up and running by Monday. The store in Alvord will be able to fill any perscriptions needed, Mitchell said. S&J has been in Decatur for the past three years.

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AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS WILLIAM L. DWYER
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Decatur High School students (left to right), junior Francisco Perez, junior Donovan Recklin, senior Cody Byrd, sophomore Dusty Humphrey and junior Emanuel Flores, show their paintings that were displayed at the art show during the Fort Worth Stock Show. All five won honorable mention for their artwork and are students of DHS art teacher Brenda Sutton.

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City to seek bids on fire department property
affordable than others,” Lorance said. “But we need to shop the For the third week in a row, current piece of property out the Rhome City Council met first to see what type of price we Wednesday in a lengthy execu- can get before deciding to buy tive session to discuss another plot for the fire department.” the sale of property Representatives from currently occupied by Love’s gave a presentathe fire department to tion to the council at make way for a Love’s truck stop. The council its Jan. 8 meeting, requesting to purchase voted unanimously to put the property up for the property on Old bid after more than an School Road as part of a 12-acre package needed hour of discussion. for a Love’s truck stop. Rhome mayor Mark Lorance said bidding LORANCE Public reaction at that meeting was initially out the property is the first step in the process of find- negative. Citizens voiced coning another affordable piece of cerns about noise pollution and land on which to relocate the the effects on local businesses, fire department. Last week, but since then, Lorance said he the council began searching for has received positive feedback available land within the city from much of the community. “I have received some surlimits, and Lorance said the city has identified multiple locations prisingly positive reactions from people I thought would be that fit its needs. “We have a few interesting offers for new land, some more Continued on page 5A By TRAVIS MEASLEY

Money for roads
U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114 road projects to be funded by stimulus plan
By BRIAN KNOX Wise County motorists could soon see tangible effects of the recently approved economic stimulus plan. On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved spending approximately $500 million of the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for road maintenance and rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Four of those maintenance projects totaling more than $4 million will be in Wise County. The largest project will be the repair and repaving of approximately six miles of the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from near Farm Road 407 at New Fairview to County Road 4840 south of Rhome. That project will cost an estimated $2.9 million. In another project, the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 will be textured from the Wise/Tarrant County line to just south of CR 4840. Texas De-

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INDEX
News Briefs ..... 3A Classifieds.........5B Opinion ........... 4A Wise Business....12B Lifestyle .............6A Sports .........1B-4B

WISE WORK — Road projects funded by the U.S. economic stimulus package will begin this summer. partment of Transportation Area Engineer Bill Nelson said the texContinued on page 2A

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can it be bought? Sphagnum peat moss is available in bales through nurseries and garden centers. Some have it for sale most of the year, but if they don’t have it, they can order it for you. The reason I specify “Canadian” peat moss when I write is because it is far superior to domestic peat. The Canadian product is much more active as a soil amendment, while American hypnum peat is inert and virtually ineffective in soil improvement, also as a remedy for TARR. The Texas A&M research, for those who didn’t see the earlier information, suggests a 1-inch layer of peat be applied in the spring if the TARR fungus is present in St. Augustine turf. They report that all brands of the Canadian peat will work equally well. Dear Neil: Our Texas summers are both long and hot. We have a new sprinkler system, and we need the basic advice of when it should run, and for how long per station. Early morning hours before daybreak are definitely the best time to water, but as to the length of time each station runs, that’s a far more difficult issue. It depends on temperature, humidity, wind, soil type, slope, plants being grown and, of course, recent rainfall. You want all of your plants to dry out at the same time, so you will find that each station will need its own specific run-time. One station (a shade bed with spray heads, for example) may only need a few minutes, while another (with impact heads or with drippers) may take several times that long. Many cities now require that new sprinkler installations have a “smart” controller that meters all the factors before allowing the system to run. Even if you don’t have one of these evapo-transpiration (“e.t.”) controllers, it would be a great addition. It will probably pay for itself in just a year or two through water savings, and that’s a great thing for us all. Otherwise, I really would suggest you leave your system in the “manual” mode, and turn it on only when your plants and their soils begin to dry. Dear Neil: I’m seeing apple, peach and other fruit trees at some of the local chain box stores. Will those grow well here? Those are two of the more labor-intensive fruit crops for Texas, but both can be grown here. Start with an adapted variety of any fruit crop that you try. Odds are that it will be a different selection than you’ll find at national stores. Texas A&M has fruit variety recommendations for all areas of Texas online. Stick with the advice of the experts who know local conditions. Many independent retail garden centers buy carefully to have the best types for local gardens. Dear Neil: I have an area of approximately 500 square feet that has three tall fruit trees and no grass. What type of grass will grow best there, and can it be grown from sod? I prefer the quick cover I get from sod. The area has shade in the summer and full sun in the winter. St. Augustine is the only shade-tolerant grass that is planted from sod, but you need to be sure that the area will receive at least four hours of direct sunlight daily in the summer (full sunlight in winter isn’t especially helpful), or it won’t succeed. Three large fruit trees in only 500 square feet sounds like a lot of shade. You may have to consider either removing one or two of the trees, or going to a shade-proof groundcover such as mondograss (not a true grass), Asian jasmine or purple wintercreeper euonymus. ! Have a question you’d like Neil to consider? Mail it to him in care of the Wise County Messenger, P.O. Box

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By NEIL SPERRY Dear Neil: My favorite person gave me a pot of tulips for Valentine’s Day. They are through blooming now, and I’d like to put them out in my yard. What location would be best so that they can flourish forever? I’m going to give you two answers. First, plant them where drainage will be perfect during wet seasons, and locate them so that their soil will be shaded during the afternoons in the summer. However, (second answer), tulips are not especially well adapted to our Texas climate. Potted tulips have been “forced” to come into flower under carefully controlled conditions. Hopefully your bulbs will establish and do well, but that’s a rare occurrence here. Good luck with them!

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“Stocking 500 catfish per acre and feeding them almost every day means that about 250 need to be fished out after they reach 1 pound — about one year after stocking,” Following a few simple, clear-cut rules when stocking he said. “Otherwise, the pond becomes overcrowded with ponds can result in larger, healthier fish and better fishing. fish, and disease and water quality problems will cause fish “Diverge from these rules and you’re likely to wind up with kills. Catfish will usually reproduce in ponds in the absence of predators such as bass, so fishing is also key to a pond populated with stunted game fish, ‘trash keeping the population under control.” fish’ or both,” said Michael Masser, Extension fisheries specialist. Masser recommended stocking bluegill and bass together when renovating ponds. The rules and guidelines differ according to the “There is no better prey for bass in ponds than size of the pond or lake, the type of fishing desired bluegills,” he said. “This has been established by and how much work the pond owner wants to spend managing it, he said. It also depends upon scientific research.” As with other species, stocking rates for bass dehow often and aggressively the pond owner plans pend upon how the pond is to be managed. With to fish the pond. First: If the pond is smaller than one acre, think no fertilization, Masser recommended a limit of 50 bass and 500 bluegill per acre. With a “good fertwice about stocking it with largemouth bass. Largemouth bass are the most popular game fish CLAYTON tilization program or daily feeding of the bluegill” in Texas, but they’re not vegetarians. They feed on using a commercial feed, the stocking rates can be doubled - 100 bass and 1,000 bluegill per acre. other fish, and like wolves or other predatory ani“The bass will not eat the (commercial) feed,” he said. mals, need a large territory within which to feed. “Ponds smaller than one surface acre are difficult to man- “These fish will reproduce in the pond and future stocking age for largemouth bass and should be stocked with catfish,” should not be needed.” Other fish can be stocked with the bass and bluegill, inMasser said. “Ponds larger than one surface acre are good cluding redear sunfish — also called “shell crackers” — fatcandidates for stocking largemouth bass and bluegill.” Ponds less than one acre in surface area, even if well- head minnows and catfish. “When stocking redear sunfish, stock only 20 percent as managed, are unlikely to support more than a couple of large largemouth bass. More likely, with fierce competition many as the bluegill and reduce the bluegill stocking numfor available food fish, usually bluegill, the result will be bers proportionally,” Masser said. “For example, if stocking redear is desired, then stock 100 redear and only 400 bluelargemouth bass runts, he said. Another general guideline depends upon whether the gill per acre in unfertilized ponds.” owner is prepared to regularly fertilize the pond. FertilizaThe recommended stocking rate for fatheads in a bass/ tion can boost the natural food chain and allow a larger bluegill pond is 10 to 20 pounds per acre. The recommended rate for catfish is 50 up to 200 per acre, depending on fertilnumber of fish to be taken from the pond yearly. And the third guideline depends upon how hard and of- ization and feeding. “Catfish will not be able to successfully reproduce in most ten the owner plans to fish the pond. The most common mismanagement scenario, Masser said, is stocking a pond, bass and bluegill ponds, so they have to be restocked perithen not removing enough fish every year. The result is an odically as they are fished out,” he said. “it is best to stock overabundance of small fish and few keepers. “Removing ponds with fingerling sunfish and catfish in the fall, winter fish from a pond is essential in managing the pond for good or early spring. It is best to stock fingerling bass in the late spring.” fishing because of growth and reproduction,” he said. Masser said that crappie, hybrid sunfish, shiner minHere’s how these guidelines apply to a catfish pond: If the owner does not plan to regularly fertilize the pond nows, carp and flathead catfish should not be stocked in or feed a catfish ration, only 50 to 100 catfish per acre should be stocked. If it is to be fertilized, 100 to 200 catfish should be stocked per acre. 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FRIENDS — Araliza Galindo and Jaycee Thompson share a hug on Friends Love Hugs Day at Chico Middle School. FLHUG DAY was sponsored by the Chico Middle School Student Council. wood of Bridgeport, majoring in political science ■ Katy Megan Chenoweth of Decatur, majoring in classics ■ Candace Rae Mahaffey of Decatur, majoring in choral music ■ Alexandria Lynn Smith of Decatur, majoring in prebusiness ■ Joshua Richard Greene of Rhome, majoring in prebusiness. a bachelor of science in agriculture leadership and development. May graduated with a bachelor of science in agricultural systems management. Undergraduates who complete at least 12 hours and achieve the minimum grade point average as determined by their particular college or school are eligible for the dean’s list. Included are local students: ■ Jeannnie Garza of Alvord, family and consumer sciences, 4.0 GPA ■ Whitney Willbanks of Boyd, food and nutrition in business and industry ■ Alicia McElroy of Bridgeport, art ■ Jami Leonard of Decatur, general studies, 4.0 Continued on page 10

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Chico Middle School student council sponsored “Friends Love Hugs Day” Feb. 13. Student council members spent several days tying and stringing FLHUG necklaces, with each grade represented by a different color, and handed them out to the student body. The students were encouraged to trade necklaces in exchange for a hug.

Huerta makes president’s list
Carlos Huerta of Decatur earned a place on the president’s honor roll for the fall semester at Texas State Technical College in Waco. The president’s honor roll recognizes students with a grade point average of 4.0 for the semester. Huerta is a student in welding technology.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 8 1-5 P.M.
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Students make dean’s list

Baylor University released its dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester. Included on the list were local students: ■ Maryssa Jane Simpson of Bridgeport, majoring in film and digital media ■ Katherine Elyse Under-

Students graduate
Haley Marie Lemaster and Jordan Kolby May, both of Decatur, graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station in December. Lemaster graduated with

Dean’s list honorees
Texas Woman’s University has released its dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester.

SUBSTANTIAL REWARD!
For any information leading to the recovery of my family - owned 1956 4-door 210 series Chevrolet. Last seen Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at the Wise Co. Antique Auto Swap Meet in Decatur, TX. Olive green/yellow original paint. Missing front grill. Seller drove large old white school bus with hand-painted flowers on it. Please Call: Elaine 940-736-5068 or 940-668-7870

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Saturday, March 14 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Raw Materials Foam Rubber Webbing, etc.

Promotional Items Checkbook Covers Posters Wristbands Caps Shirts

For information about the sale or directions, call 940-825-3326.

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FOCUS
By ADRIAN ARREDONDO Wise Co. Extension Agent

ON

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Wise County 4-H’ers were successful at the 2009 San Antonio Stock Show. During the first week of the heifer show, Lauren Stowers of the Bridgeport 4-H Club won grand champion wither her Limousin heifer. She also received a $10,000 scholarship. Also, Laci Terrell of the Decatur 4-H Club won first place in class 2 with her Maine-Anjou Heifer. Clayton Egle and Emily Egle participated in the goat show, and Kendall Vawter participated in the hog show. Morgan Henry participated in the lamb show, and Douglas Rynders showed his pen of broilers and made it to the second round. In the steer show, Katie Claborn placed second in class 4 with her Chianina and made the premium sale. Sam Griffith placed fourth with his Red Angus steer, and Michael Pate also participated in the steer show. Shaye Schirripa of the Wise County 4-H Horse Club won Reserved Grand High Point Individual. Shaye also received a $6,000 scholarship. Congratulations to all of these 4-H’ers on their success at the San Antonio Livestock Show.

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HAMPTON INN & SUITES

FURNITURE SUPERCENTER
Location: 45 U.S. 380, Bridgeport Phone: (940) 683-4048 Hours: 9-6, Mon.-Sat., closed Sundays Owner/Management: Corey and Pamela Lane Products/Services: Full service retail furniture for entire house; flooring (carpet, vinyl and ceramic tile); free delivery; U-Haul rentals

Location: 110 SW US 81/287, Decatur Phone: (940) 627-4900 Owner/Management: Decatur Lodging Products/Services: Suites, rooms, meeting room, fitness room, swimming pool, spa

WINNER — Deb Ceron of Fort Worth won one of 10 national grand prizes in the IGA Hometown Holidays Sweepstakes. Ceron won $2,008 in the event, which was held Nov. 9 through Dec. 31. Pictured from left are Jim Griffin, IGA area director, Ceron, Jeremy Shelton, general manager and owner of IGA, and Rick Weems, Boyd IGA store manager.

COME TO THE TEXAS AND SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS WEEKEND!
TSCRA 34th Annual Trade Show
FURNITURE STORE — The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Feb. 19 for Furniture Supercenter, owned by Corey and Pamela Lane.

HAMPTON INN — The Decatur Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Hampton Inn, represented by (from left) Janie Reitz, Mary Martinez, Mary Crocker and general manager Lynn Barnett.

2 FOR 1 SPECIAL * Buy two day passes for the price of one March 20-22, 2009 Fort Worth Convention Center • Fort Worth, TX Trade Show Hours: March 20: 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. March 21: 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. March 22: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. *Must Bring Coupon to the Registration Desk
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Floors & More takes top window honors
special “Main Street” message on a bottle in her window design. Windows were judged on theme, merchandising, lighting, creativity and visibility. Juleez won the award for best color merchandising, and Memory Lane won the creativity award for sharing a window with A Ray of Flowers. Floors & More will receive a home page presence on the Main Street Web site, www. decaturmainstreet.com. The March window contest theme is “Lucky You!” focusing on St. Patrick’s Day. Windows will be judged throughout the month by secret ballot. For more information or to cast a vote, contact Frieda Hanley at Decatur Main Street, (940) 627-6158. Fewer than 38,000 realtors nationwide have earned the credential. Realtors with the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate.

The TSCRA Convention Weekend is packed with education and entertainment opportunities.
Learn about the issues important to your business at the School for Successful Ranching and Convention • Impact of tight credit markets on prices • Profitable livestock marketing techniques • Herd and resource management • Range and pasture management • Eminent domain and property owner rights

The best cattle industry trade show in Texas:

With a tribute to her grandparents who have been married 64 years, Milissa Harris of Floors & More on the square took top honors in the Decatur Main Street “Best of Downtown” Fall in Love With Downtown window decorating contest for February. “All of the participating windows did a great job,” said Susan Campbell, Main Street and Economic Development director for the city of Bowie, who judged the contest. “The Floors & More window was the best in all categories and went the extra mile with those personal touches.” Harris also included a

TSCRA’s 34th Trade Show
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Nivens earns CRS designation
Wise County realtor Lesley Nivens, with Century 21 Worldwide in Keller, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

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A tax account transcript shows any later adjustments either you or the IRS made after the tax return was filed. This transcript shows basic data, including marital status, type of return filed, adjusted gross income and taxable income. The IRS does not charge a fee for transcripts, which are available for the current and past three years. Allow 30 calendar days for delivery of a tax account transcript. To request either transcript: * Phone: Call 800-829-1040 and follow the prompts in the recorded message. * Mail: Complete IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. If you still need an actual copy of a previously processed tax return, it will cost $57 per tax year and take much longer. Complete Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Form, and mail it to the IRS address listed on the form for your area. Please allow 60 days for actual copies of your return. Copies are generally available for the current and past six years. Forms 4506-T and 4506 can be found on the IRS Web site at IRS.gov or by calling the IRS forms and publications order line at 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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Energy Workshop
March 5th at 1:30 pm Wise Electric Cooperative – Decatur, TX
• Time saving easement information • Maps & liability information on flood prevention structures • Dam safety information • Working with existing conservation contracts on the land • Soil maps & data that can provide valuable route planning information to save time and money With a common sense approach, you can harvest energy resources while conserving natural resources. This free workshop targets oil and gas exploration companies, land leasing agents, realtors, utilities and others that pursue easements or right-of-ways on private property.

Landowner Workshop
March 5th at 6 pm Wise Electric Cooperative – Decatur, TX
• Understand your rights and responsibilities as a landowner • Know the facts about natural resources on your land • Proper planning when negotiating land leases can help save you time and money, reduce damage to the land, minimize habitat loss and other benefits A common sense approach can help conserve existing natural resources while you harvest energy resources. This free workshop targets the landowner and local watershed sponsors.

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BUSINESS
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Retiree becomes ‘egghead’ with cottage industry
By DENNY DEADY

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What began as a birthday gift from his wife has grown into a cottage industry for Doug Dunlap of Lake Bridgeport. Cheri Dunlap went in search of a 60th birthday gift for her husband, who loves to cook and is good at it. While looking for a standard barbecue grill, she came across the Big Green Egg, a ceramic appliance that is fashioned after the Japenese kamado. It is billed as “the world’s best smoker and grill.” Something that could grill and smoke was exactly what Doug wanted. There are many accessories available for the dark green, egg-shaped cooker, including an “egg crate,” a stand to hold the Egg. But Doug wanted something more substantial, something that would raise the egg to a convenient height for cooking and something with room for his utensils. So he headed for his workshop, where the sign by the door reads, “The Doug-Out, No Gurlz Allowed.” There he designed and built a 5-foot table for his Egg, the first of many he would build. “I have been interested in woodworking all my life,” said Dunlap. He got serious about the craft in 1998 when he and Cheri moved to Lake Bridgeport and gutted their home, totally remodeling it, with help. They volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi, following Hurricane Katrina, and closer to home, they helped with the local Habitat house in Bridgeport. Doug and Cheri have also partnered on a home remodeling project at the lake, and Doug is often called on by neighbors for help with their projects. What began as a project to meet his individual needs has grown into a business. Doug has built Egg tables for a high-end barbecue accessories store as well as for individuals. He begins each Egg table by allowing the lumber to cure at least three weeks.

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HATCHED AN IDEA — Doug Dunlap of Lake Bridgeport designs and builds custom tables for The Big Green Egg, a ceramic cooker that smokes and grills. Dunlap has built the tables for a high-end barbecue accessories store in the Metroplex as well as for individuals. He uses 2X6 lumber that he has run through his planer. He glues the pieces together and sands the top and lower shelf. The table is put together with 2-inch, 14-gauge square steel tubing, and he does all his own welding. “It’s going to last as long as the Egg,” he said confidently. He finishes each table with a minimum of three coats of spar urethane, hand sanding between coats. The bottom shelf is finished to perfection, just like the top of the table. Dunlap has stock plans for various tables for the larger versions of the Egg, but he also builds tables to customers’ specifications. He recently completed a table for an Egg owner in the Hill Country who wanted a table with two different heights and cabinet doors. The steel can be painted to the customer’s specifications. The former mayor of Lake Bridgeport has cooked brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, meatloaf, burgers, pizza and much more on his Egg and is sold on the quality of the items he cooks. Because of the baffle between the grate and the charcoal, the meat doesn’t come in direct contact with the flames. The result is a very moist meat. Breakfast can even be prepared in an Egg, and Cheri says she is anxious to try baking a cake in it. The Egg will cook everything “from biscuits to briskets,” according to Doug. The Dunlaps look forward to getting more involved with other Egg owners. “It’s kind of like a cult,” Doug said with a laugh. “There are egg fests, where eggheads get together and demonstrate their skills, similar to barbecue cookoffs.” To see Doug’s tables, visit his Web site at www.MrDStuff.com. He can be emailed at Doug@MrDStuff.com.

BRIDGEPORT Adoption contest set for Bengal tiger

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The Center for Animal Research and Education in Bridgeport is having an adoption competition open to those interested in becoming an adoptive parent of a Bengal tiger living in the facility. Carol Harney of McLean, Va., has offered to pay Tess’ $1,200 adoption fee for the winner of the competition. The competition calls for essays from those interested explaining why they would be a good parent for Tess. Those applying must be at least 18 years old, must be dedicated to visiting Tess at least once a week and are asked to provide updates on Tess to Harney. Tess, an 8-year-old tiger, came to the facility with emoContinued on page 9

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Presented by Amanda P. Lovette, M.D. and Staff
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BED WETTING: NO
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Almost every parent has been, or will be, awakened in the night by a child with wet pajamas. Nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, is fairly common in young children. If a child is still habitually wetting the bed past age six, however, it may be time for help. A pediatrician can prescribe medication to control enuresis, but there are measures parents can take before going the medical route. Establish an evening routine with a beverage cutoff time and several bathroom visits before bed. Reward “dry mornings” with special treats. Wet pajamas can be quite embarrassing, so try not to scold a child about bed wetting or bring it up around other people. If preventative measures don’t work, consult a pediatrician.

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If your child suffers from uncontrolled enuresis, please come to LOVETTE PEDIATRICS. As with any serious situation, our highly trained and caring specialist at 2014 Ben Merritt Drive, Suite B, Decatur offers a comprehensive array of health services to ensure healthy growth and development. Make an appointment by calling (940) 627-8044. For your convenience, we’re open M -Th 8am to 5pm and F 8am to noon. Healthy Futures Start Here. Our friendly staff will always go the extra mile to make our patient’s visit most comfortable.
Bedwetting is common. Let your child know that almost everyone wets the bed at some point.

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BRIDGEPORT Adoption contest set for Bengal tiger
Continued from 8 tional issues and depressed after being separated from her siblings. She also had ulcers that had to be treated. Although she has made strides in her recovery, she becomes stressed easily and must live in an enclosure alone. Entries must be submitted by April 1. Essays may be e-mailed to Heidi Berry, CARE director, at heidi@bigcatcare.org or mailed to CARE Adoption Competition, 245 County Road 3422, Bridgeport, TX 76426. For more information on CARE and Tess, visit www.bigcatcare.org.

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Taylor Woods of Decatur, daughter of Steve and Melinda Woods, is a member of the crew for Austin College’s production of “Ordinary People.” Performances were scheduled for March 5, 6 and 7 at the Beardsley Arena The-

Ferguson named to list
Beth Ferguson, a 2008 graduate of Chico High School, was named to the Sam Houston State University dean’s list for the fall 2008 semester. To be eli-

Preparing for TAKS
Parents and students put their knowledge to the test during Seven Hills Elementary School’s Taste of TAKS event for third, fourth and fifth grades on Feb. 10. The group tested their knowl-

Bridgeport students advance to state competition
Two Bridgeport High School students qualified for the UIL State Cross-Examination Debate Meet March 16 to 21 at the University of Texas in Austin. Davis Manoushagain and Sarah Kline qualified for the meet by placing first at the district level UIL Cross-Examination Meet held in Vernon Feb. 12. This year’s cross-examination topic questions whether the government should give incentives for alternative energy. Students researched the topic since February 2008. Ryan Heckart, Kline and Manoushagain attended debate camps during the summer and tutored new debate team members Misty Robinson, Aaron Peyton, Kalyb Brown, Hayden Walker and Hunter Holbrook at the start of the school year. Robinson and Heckart placed seventh at the district meet, and Peyton and Brown placed ninth. Walker and Holbrook were alternates.

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Members of the Chico Junior High School student council visited August Healthcare in Bridgeport Feb. 13 and gave out Valentine gifts. The group also sent cards to patients at Cook Children’s Hospital and planned to hand out stuffed animals to soldiers and their families at DFW International Airport. The Lady Dragons visited Trinity Care Center in Bridgeport Feb. 12 and gave residents stuffed animals and cards as Valentines Day gifts.

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT
Acreage
3 ACRES between Decatur/Slidell, $25,000. Also, 28x48 Palm Harbor, to be moved or assume note on home. (940)577-1903. 31.5 ACRES 3 miles SW of Runaway Bay. Large oak trees, wildlife. (940)748-2772. BEAUTIFUL 8 ACRE LOT Well, septic, trees, Alvord schools. $49,500. (817)789-4626. COMMERCIAL LAND 10 acres for sale on FM 1810, just outside Decatur city limits. Ag exempt. Call (214)763-0926 for details. GREENWOOD AREA 10.1 or 16.75 acres, wooded, community water system available. County road (2644) frontage on 2 sides. (940)389-0582. 4/3/2 IN ALVORD lots of personality, 2,800 square feet, fenced front & back yards. $135,000. (940)427-2412. BIG HOUSE ON PRAIRIE 4-bedroom, 2-bath, media. Very EZ qualify!! $83/down, $697/month. Hurry, (940)627-8700. CHICO, 154 ACRES 3/3/2 brick, fenced & cross-fenced, 4 water wells, 4 tanks, corral, improved pasture land. Will divide. (940)575-4251. FOR SALE BY OWNER 3-bedroom, 2-bath brick home, near schools, Bridgeport. 1,681 square feet. Reduced. (940)577-1010 or (940)577-1012. FSBO, CHICO $89,500. 2/1 metal home, 1,200 square feet, custom cabinets, CH/A, covered porch, 2-car carport, 24x24 workshop, 10x12 storage building, 50x14 RV coverage, 2 large lots, near school. (817)597-1050. KOZY KOTTAGE New 3-bedroom, views, gingerbread like, custom kitchen! $99/down, $671/month. (940)627-8700. NEW BRICK 5 miles SE Decatur, 4/2, 2,062 square feet living on 2 acres. Granite counter tops; wood, tile & carpet. 30x40 garage/shop. Decatur schools. $188,900. (888)283-1919. PRIVACY & TREES Privacy galore, trees!! New custom 3-bedroom, 1 acre. GREAT FINANCING! $109/down, $581/month. (940)627-8700. RENT TO OWN $699, 3-bedroom. $799, 4-bedroom. Very EZ qualify!! NO FIRST MONTH PAYMENT! Call (940)627-8700. SPRING SPECIAL 4-bedroom, new build, 1 acre. $119/down, $711/month. BUY NOW & GET $8,000.00/cash!! Call (940)627-8700. TWO 4-BEDROOM homes on 2.59 acres, Forestburg, $199,500. House & 5 acres, Slidell, $185,000. 82.9 acres, perfect hunting property, Montague County, $3,250/acre. Sylvan Properties, (940)964-2935.

EMPLOYMENT
3/2, heat & air, refrigerator, range, washer & dryer, fenced, storage building, in country. $725/month. (903)305-2488. Home for rent, 3/2/2, light & bright! Clean, all brick home with large yard in quiet, established neighborhood. Fireplace, trees, storage shed, large garage. In Decatur on South Church Street. $995/month. (800)377-9713. HORSE PROPERTY for lease. 2,000+ square foot log home, 15 acres, coastal pasture, 6-stall barn. Cannon Property Management, (940)368-1811. House, land & warehouse. Unique property. 2-bedroom, 1-bath. $1,000/month. (940)393-2308, (940)389-5588. Quiet country living, 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 2-carport, washer/dryer connections, large storage building, fenced yard, newly remodeled, 5 minutes from Bridgeport. No smoking/pets. $600/month, $500/deposit. (940)683-5656, (940)389-2717.

RENTALS

Duplexes
**NOW IN BRIDGEPORT** Lovely & spacious duplexes, 3-bedroom, 2-bath. $850/month & up with $500/deposit. Vaulted ceilings, covered porch, appliances & washer/dryer connections. (817)270-HOME. www.rhinopropertygroup.com. 2-bedroom, 2-bath duplexes for rent. Decatur & Bridgeport. $725/month. Koby, (940)389-8506. Duplex for rent, 3-bedroom, 2-bath. 506-B Valleyridge Court, Decatur. $800/month. (940)964-2631. Duplex in Paradise, 2/1. No pets, no smoking. $700/month, $650/deposit. (940)969-2276, (940)393-2846.

Employment information
!!ATTENTION!! Advertising under this classification is normally not a bona fide opportunity. Typically, companies advertising here offer information about potential employment. Some are selling this information. We suggest that our readers thoroughly investigate these advertisers before investing any money. Local Moms needed! Work from home like we do! Call (940)594-2888 or www.LovingMyHomeBiz.com

RENTALS

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Apartments

BRIDGEWOOD Executive Suites
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Food service
Bilingual, experienced meat cutter, cashier & produce help needed. Must be minimum 18-years-old. Apply at 1503 Chico Highway, Bridgeport, Mon.-Fri., 9a.m.-3p.m. CiCi’s Pizza of Decatur is now accepting applications for managers and assistant managers. 3-years experience in food service is a must. If you are a goal oriented person looking for great pay, bonus plan and paid vacation. Send resume to Keith Thomas, 706 Granada Drive, Chico, TX 76431. Help wanted for waitresses, bus staff, dishwashers, food prep & cooks. Apply in person, The Hot Skillet, 8417 N. Highway 287, Alvord. Interested in working in new, fast growing business & like sweets? Then call Colleen, (940)626-8137 for interview & details.

Homes
**NOW IN RUNAWAY BAY** Beautiful new home for rent. 3-bedroom, 2-bath, w/privacy fence. $1,000/month, $500/deposit. Huge master suite, vaulted ceilings, large covered porch, all appliances & washer/dryer connections. (817)270-4660. 2 available near Bridgeport. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, deck & shop, carport, $750/month. 1-bedroom, 1-bath, small shop, carport, fenced, $600/month. No smoking/pets. $500/deposit. (940)683-5656, (940)387-2717.

Business Property
2400 SQUARE FEET Commercial, on almost 1 acre, for sale in Decatur. New roof and some inside updates. Call (214)763-0926.

Washer & dryer included
Garages available

Condos/town homes
3/2 CONDO For sale in Runaway Bay. Private pool, access to lake. $68,000. (940)210-9625. Runaway Bay, 2-bedroom condo for sale on golf course. Lake Bridgeport. Low $60’s. (817)416-1751.

817-929-5910
Efficiency apartments for rent, $650/month, all bills paid. (940)433-3133.

Mobile Homes
3-bedroom, 2-bath trailer house, nicer Chico neighborhood, $475/month, $200/deposit. Small, 1-bedroom cabin in Chico, water included, $300/month, $200/deposit. No pets. (940)210-9158, (214)926-2613. MOBILE HOME FOR RENT Small 2-bedroom, 1-bath, 302 W. Sherman, Chico, $400/month, $200/deposit, includes water, sewage, trash. No pets! (940)683-5838.

Business property
5,000 SQUARE FEET 1,200 square feet of office space, 3,200 square feet of warehouse/manufacturing space. FM 51 North, Decatur. (940)368-1811.
5,000 SQUARE FOOT COMMERCIAL
“Timeless Elegance”

Homes
NORTH RHOME, 2.4 ACRES Custom 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2-living, 2-dining, safe room, 6” walls. Pool. 30x38’ insulated shop. Covered RV parking. $289,900. Realtor, (972)989-2716.

RENT TO OWN $699, 3 bedroom. $799 4 bedroom. Very EZ qualify! NO FIRST MONTH PAYMENT! Call 940-627-8700 PRIVACY & TREES Privacy galore, trees! New custom 3 bedroom, 1 acre. GREAT FINANCING! $109/down, $581/mo. 940-627-8700 SPRING SPECIAL 4 bedroom, new build, 1 acre. $119/down, $711/mo. BUY NOW & GET $8,000 cash! Call 940-627-8700

building. 1,200 square foot office/showroom; 3,200 square foot warehouse/manufacturing area. FM 51 North, Decatur. Cannon Property Managment. (940)368-1811. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Office/retail space. 1,000-7,000 square feet for lease. (940)627-2510. Finished, commercial office space for lease, Business Highway 380 frontage, Decatur. 2,135 square feet. $2,500/month plus electric. (940)389-5407.

200 Cyndilu Lane, 3/2/2 $1,600/month, $300/deposit 1505 N. Bus 287 New 2/1, great for roommates. $850/mo., $300/deposit All homes include lawn care.

Spaces & lots
LOST CREEK RV PARK FM 2264, Decatur, TX. Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Free internet, laundry-mat & showers available. (940)255-0069 SUNSET RV PARK Centrally located between Decatur, Bridgeport, Bowie on Highway 287. Full hook-ups, free laundry, free wireless internet. (940)845-2007.

817-825-4647
2/2, quiet country home, Paradise area, CH/A, newly remodeled. No smoking, no pets, references required. (940)393-9668, (940)627-1925. 3-bedroom, 2-bath, study, brick, CH/A, on 5 acres. Storage building, washer/dryer/water included, 13 miles N Decatur. $895/month. (940)466-9702. 3/2 brick, Rhome area. Ask for Beki, (817)636-2555.

Mobile Homes
1,680 SQUARE FEET on 1 acre in Justin. $125,000. (469)556-7644 or Number9ranch@aol.com. COTTONDALE 3-bedroom, 2-bath, office, deck, 1,976 square foot double wide, 10-years-old, fireplace, appliances included. $65,000; or lease $1,000/month. Call (817)480-1598. DOUBLE WIDE 1,680 square feet on 1 acre in Rhome, $75,000. (469)556-7644 or Number9ranch@aol.com. RBMOBILEHOMES.COM Move, set-ups, re-levels. In & out of state. Licensed, bonded, insured. Repos. Free estimates. (940)683-5547. RBI #36191. WILLIAMS MOBILE HOME SERV. Best deal on moving, set up & trim outs. Bonded, licensed & insured. (940)433-3117.

Wanted to lease
Looking for a deer lease, 200-300acres in Jack/Wise County area for a family of 5. Please call (940)389-3394.

Medical/Dental
Home health agency seeks responsible caring adults to help with daily living tasks. Wise County openings. Please contact Betty, 1(800)866-6705.

2,100 SQUARE FOOT, 2-STORY log house, 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2-car garage. All electric, well water, 20 acres, Slidell or Decatur ISD. $260,000. (469)442-5492. 2/2/1 CARPORT updated. $65,000. 504 S. Church, Decatur. (972)983-4333 3/1 ON 1 ACRE Paradise schools; major updates including ceremic tile, new carpet, landscaping, jetted hot tub, 10x10 storage shed. Great starter home. $125,000. (940)393-9614, (940)577-1908.

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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is EQUAL HOUSING 1-800-927-9275. OPPORTUNITY

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108 CACTUS CANYON

¼ Acre Lot with a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Very Open Floor Plan, Huge Kitchen with Island, Stone Fireplace, Jacuzzi Tub, Large Covered Patio, Huge Family Room, Full Sod, 6’ Stained Privacy Fence and Sprinkler System!! * Only $1,199 monthly Ready for move in.

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EMPLOYMENT
Trinity Care Center

SERVICES
Now hiring journeyman electricians. (817)372-1171. Position available at water/waste water facility. An ideal candidate must have Class C Ground Water Operator and Class C Wastewater Operator License. This individual should be dependable and able to work alone and will be subject to background checks and drug testing. Interested persons contact (254)687-2642. Please do not respond if you are not licensed.

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is looking for a

Miscellaneous
Accepting applications for seasonal employees, March-October 2009. Positions available: security, maintenance, housekeeping, recreational. Bay Landing, can pick up application at Ranger Station, 2305 W. Highway 380, Bridgeport. (940)683-3019. Family business looking for security/maintenance person. Live onsite 24/7; free rent/utilities plus small salary. Call (940)433-5678, evenings, 8-9p.m. Honest, dependable, full-time apartment manager needed for complex in Decatur. Please call (940)627-5438. Location Decatur, office work. Order processing and fulfillment. Basic computer knowledge. Also looking for maintenance helper. Supplemental health care plan. Paid vacation, sick time. Competitive salary. Send resume to Texascraft.com, P.O. BOX 855, Rhome, TX, 76078. Part-time US Census jobs available in Wise County. Call toll free, 1(866)861-2010.

BUDGET

RUSSELL’S
Home Improvements & Repair

Now Hiring
Contact Jessica Reid, Administrator
Please come by Trinity Care Center to complete an application.

HOME
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Authorized Dealer

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Apply in person at 2108 15th St. Bridgeport, TX 940-683-5023

FULL TIME
FRONT COUNTER CLERK
with great customer service skills.

All Types of Remodeling
Repairs Large or Small
Add-ons, Decks And More

Cellular Phones & Services

Call

Work wanted
25-year-old fast learner with office experience looking for clerical position. Also wanting to learn dispatch. Lindsy, (940)923-7641, (Bowie).

We Also Sell A Variety Of Wireless & Long Distance Prepaid Cards!

Apply in person Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 810 W.W. Ray Circle, Bridgeport

• Tracfone • AT&T • T-Mobil • Verizon • Virgin Mobile • Alltel
Pay Your Dish, Sprint, AT&T, Alltel and Direct TV Bill Here!

940-627-6947 or 940-389-4943
Miscellaneous
ALTERATIONS Custom sewing and mending. Call Sue, (817)300-1446. CARPET REPAIR re-stretch & cleaning. (940)627-3335. JUNK & TRASH REMOVAL Garage, shed, yard clean-ups. Garage sale leftovers picked up. Call Jason, (940)577-3368.

ALSO...

SERVICES
• Childcare • Adult/Elderly Care • Business • Housecleaning • Let Me Fix It • Miscellaneous • Tutoring

RICK’S
SATELLITE & ELECTRONICS

405 S. Washburn, Decatur

WE WANT YOU!
Christian Church is looking for a mature, Christian person to help in the nursery Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, approx 5-6 hrs/wk. Will be working with children 0-2 yrs. Pay starts at $9.25/hr. If interested please contact Nicole

SERVICES
Childcare

940-627-6905
106 W. Archer, Jacksboro

940-567-2205
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1-800-662-1396

Housecleaning
LOCAL CLEANING SERVICE Commercial, residential. Make ready, 1-time or repeat. We clean what others miss. pennyWise Cleaning Service, (940)210-5450.

Retail/Sales
Diamond W Truckstop and Dry Creek Store in Bridgeport, full-time cashiers needed. Apply in person. Serious applicants only. NO DRUGS!

940-435-9668

Will babysit in my home, Mon.-Fri., 1-3 children, 5-years & younger. 3 miles north of Chico on Highway 101. (940)644-6650.

Williams’ Hauling & Tractor Works
• Brushhog & Finish Mowing • Blading, Plowing & Tilling • Backhoe work, driveways • Dirt, sand & gravel hauling • Land Clearing • All types cleanup & haul-offs • Quality work, fair pricing

Adult/Elderly care
EXPERIENCED ELDER CAREGIVER

Let me fix it
AUTO PAINTING Complete paint jobs, $1,000. Color changes, $1,000-$1,300. Classic car painting, priced by estimate. In Bridgeport, call cell, (972)832-4442 for details. BARRINGTON CONSTRUCTION All types remodeling, home repairs, foundation work & privacy fences. All work guaranteed. (940)389-9276. DAN PROCTOR CUSTOM HOMES Room additions, kitchen/bath remodels, bonus room finish out. 35-years experience. (817)881-9023. LANGTO CONSTRUCTION Custom Homes. Remodels, earth friendly foam insulation, additions, kitchen/bath, patios & more. www.langtoconstruction.com, www.earthfriendlyfoam.com, (682)429-3011. MIKE’S RV SERVICE Service calls, insurance work, full repairs, power washing, detailing. Also work on horse & enclosed trailers. Michael, (940)399-7565. OVERALL GENERAL CONTRACTING Electric, plumbing, metal barns, shops/sheds, fencing, painting. We fix/repair it all & save you money! (940)595-8133 RICK’S CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS Custom cabinets, laminate countertops. Quality guaranteed. Honest & dependable. New homes, remodels. (817)713-1667.

DISPATCHER
Decatur, TX
Nabors Well Services is seeking a dispatcher for our Decatur location. Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, be flexible & a team player. Truck dispatching experience & hand radio experience preferred but not required. Competitive Salary & Benefits Medical/Dental/Vision/401(k) Email Or Fax Your Resume To: Courtney.wray@nabors.com or 817-396-4882
Nabors Well Services, LTD “Safely Servicing The Oilfield For Over 60 Years.”
EOE/M/F/V/D

Trades

available assisting with meals, medication, bathing, light housekeeping, etc. 2-hour minimum up to 8-hour shift. (940)210-3339.

James Williams 940-399-9138
Insured

DRILCHEK
NOW HIRING MACHINISTS
Salary based on experience

Business
STONE WORK & CONCRETE Retaining walls, patios, rock entries, houses, landscaping. Small brick jobs. Decatur references. 20 years experience. Major credit cards accepted. (817)919-4487.

Tutoring
SEWING LESSONS Private instruction. Call (817)300-1446. Sue,

940-683-1055
Drivers needed OTR. Must be minimum 25-years-old with clean driving record. Call (940)389-6558. Looking for MAINTENANCE TECH to work for an innovative, fast growing company. Must have experience in repairing flowback separators, manifolds, and flarestacks. Great working environment and compensation is EXCELLENT, above the rest. Company offers full benefits. Travel required. To apply, go to: www.manekenergy.com and click on “Careers”.

TRACTOR WORK established1984. All aspects of site preperation. Final grade, house pads, roads, driveways, arenas, drainage. No job to small. (817)821-0378.

FARM AND RANCH

FARM AND RANCH
Farm Equipment

• Farm Equipment • Fencing • Lawn & Garden • Livestock • Livestock Care/Training • Livestock Lost & Found • Livestock Stud Service • Livestock Supplies • Miscellaneous • Mowing • Pasture & Feed • Poultry

165 MASSEY FERGUSON diesel with front-end loader, hay spike & bucket. $5,500. (940)210-1474. 1955 40-50hp Massey Tractor; 5-foot box blade w/chisels; 5-foot field mower. Sell together or separate. All in good condition. (940)969-2246. CaseIH Maxxum 1152WD tractor, reduced @ $41k. Massey 4812WD w/loader, $24k. New Holland LS190 skid steer, $1,8500. Now stocking PJ Trailers, (940)627-5451. JOHN DEERE DOZER 650H, 6-way blade, excellent condition. Call (940)427-7446; (940)391-6757, cell.

Accountant
Purpose: Responsibilities include various accounting functions. Will develop and maintain standard procedures and controls related to those activities. Key resource for various special projects requiring complex analysis and timely turn-around. Position reports directly to the Controller. Deliverables: • Perform accounting compliance and reporting functions on government contracts. • Work with International Office locations on accounting interface activities. • Accurately calculate and file state sales and use tax returns. • Various General Ledger, A/R, and A/P functions including complex account reconciliation and critical month-end accounting, analysis, and reporting activities. • Work closely with and provide detailed support and documentation to internal and external auditors. • Cross-train with department personnel on key accounting functions. • Assist with special projects as assigned. Must have: • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance plus 2 to 4 years related experience • Strong analytical skills • Strong communication skills • Strong PC (Office, etc.) skills • Mid-to-advanced Excel experience Should Have: • SEC reporting experience • Experience with SAP a plus • Planning, financial analysis, and information systems related experience • Good interpersonal skills • CPA or CPA candidate • MBA or MBA candidate • Strong technical knowledge of GAAP • Public accounting experience • Lotus notes Apply at: North Central Texas Workforce 1810 S. FM 51, Suite 8 P.O. Box 347 Decatur, TX 76234 (940) 627-3919 Fax: (940) 627-3447 Ask for Brandy Edwards E-Mail: bedwards@dfwjobs.com
Poco Graphite is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities and all other persons.

• Tree Trimming & Removal • Full Service Lawn & Landscape • Home Upgrade • Weatherproofing • Interior /Exterior Painting • Moving Services • All Types of Odd Jobs

Pump Sales & Service Complete Water Well Drilling & Repair • Tree Trimming • Full Service Chipper Storage Now Available to Town & Available to Town & Available to Town & Tanks & Boosting Equipment & Installation Now Now • Lot Clearing • Cleanup Residential, Municipal & Commercial Trey McKinnon Owner Operator Mike Stark Country Residents! Country Residents! Country Residents!940-627-3059 Emergency Service Available Office: 940-389-2737 817-559-0840 PO Box 1504 Cell: 940-393-3964 www.aandvwater.com

High High Speed Internet Speed Internet Speed Internet High Backhoe Service, L.L.C.

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John & Mary Haynie

WE OFFER

DISH NETWORK & DIRECT TV to Town & NETWORK & DIRECT TV DISH NETWORK & DIRECT TV DISH Now Available
Decatur 940-627-6905 405 S. Washburn

High Speed Internet High Speed Internet

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Fax: 940-626-4996

Decatur, TX 76234

Satellite Sales Satellite Sales & Country Residents!& Service Service Satellite Sales & Service Tree Service and Stump Removal Rick’s Satellite & Electronics

WE OFFER

ClearView
• Tree Removal • Stump Grinding • Storm Damage Experts • Chipper Service • Bucket Truck

Jacksboro 940-567-2205 106 W. Archer

DISH NETWORK & DIRECT TV

Excavation & Satellite Sales & Service Bobcat Services
We Can Haul: • Sand and Gravel • Topsoil • Cushion Sand • Select Fill • Brick Sand • Base

JMT

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(Senior Citizen Discount)

• Land and Lot Clearing • Driveways and Parking Lots • Roads • Demolition • House Pads

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Most Credit Cards Accepted
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Call for free estimates Trey: 940-531-0661 • Julian: 940-627-4383

Wise and Cooke County

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ALL AROUND WISE, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, March 5, 2009

FARM AND RANCH
JOHN DEERE manure spreader, $1,000. (940)210-8847. OCEAN FREIGHT CONTAINERS New & used. Water tight & rodent proof. Larry Singley, (817)992-9122. STORAGE CONTAINERS Great storage! The best containers at the best value. (817)726-7669. TRACTOR FOR SALE TN70 2 WD Ford w/M346 Bush front-end loader. 962 hours. Includes hay spear, Belltech auger (attaches to front-end loader), M346 8’ bush hog mower. All quick attachments, like new. $18,500. (940)210-8847.

PETS
Pets
!!ATTENTION!! We suggest that our readers thoroughly investigate any advertiser before investing any money. 3 YORKIE PUPPIES 3-months-old, females, (registration papers not done). Parents both registered, 5 lbs. each, mother championship background. $800/each. (817)228-5638. CKC LAB PUPPIES 5 chocolate, 1 yellow, all female, 1st shots/wormed, born Dec., 16, 2008. $350/each. (940)644-2576. CKC Registered Chihuahua puppies. 1st shots, ready next week. Email & will send pics: simmons4alvord@aol.com; or call (940)393-0664. COCKER SPANIELS Miniature, CKC, females & males, shots/wormed. $400/each. (817)444-7179, (817)891-0486. RAT TERRIER PUPS 6-weeks-old. Females, $65; males, $50. Brown/white & black/white available. (940)433-8313. WALKER/AUSSIE CROSS puppies. Males, $100/each; females, $50/each. (940)627-6123, (940)389-6365.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
Firewood
FIREWOOD FOR SALE Delivery available for additional charge. Wise County, (806)252-7020. SPLIT OAK FIREWOOD Stacked & delivered in Wise County. $200/cord; $100/half cord. Saturday’s only, you haul pickup load, $140. (940)595-8133.

TRANSPORTATION

Mowing

al No 100% Approv Credit

You Are ! Approved

1995 GMC 1500 Z-71, fully loaded, Rhino Liner, toolbox, tow package, very clean, runs great. Too many trucks, one has to go! 203k miles. (940)627-7127. autotrader.com 1995 CHEVROLET BLAZER Clean body, runs well, $1,900. 1988 Ford F250, $1,500/OBO.. (940)389-3906, (940)644-5111.

Check!

Cars &Trucks
starting at $

Trailers
2005 XCEL 40 foot flat deck with two 10,000 lb. Dexter axles, ramps & 2 side boxes, $7,500. 1996 Ford F150 single cab, long bed, straight 6, automatic, $1,450. (817)565-5575. I BUY TRAILERS Horse, livestock, flatbed & utility trailers. Call (940)224-1470 or (940)644-5956.

Miscellaneous
ASK ABOUT TREE TRIMMING AND SPRING CLEAN-UP

799

dn.

Fencing
DONE RIGHT FENCING All types fencing: Ranch, residential, industrial. Custom carports, metal buildings. (940)531-1901. FARM & RANCH FENCING Pipe & cable, non-climb, barbed wire, entrances, solar gate operators, repairs. Jim at (940)367-7505. FARM & RANCH SERVICES All types of fencing. (940)210-1242.

ANY SIZE ACREAGE MOWED $22-$35/acre. Plowing, seeding & fertilizing available. Tommy, (940)482-6578.

EARLY 1900’S Kimball upright piano, needs tuning, outside very good condition, $250. Merritt O’Keefe, early 1950’s cook stove, griddle in center, twin ovens, folding burner cover makes shelf, $750. (940)389-0446. PIPE/ROD 5,500 feet of 2 3/8” pipe, tested at 5,000 lbs., $3/foot. (940)566-5307. TIRES & PIANO P265/70R17-1135 M+S, slightly used tires, $250/all. Acrosonic (upright, not tall) piano., $125. (940)6277-6378, leave message; (940)206-3505. USED I-BEAMS 2 3/8” pipe, $1.40/foot, 30’ long. 4” pipe, $4.70/foot, 45’ long. (940)566-5307. WHEELCHAIR LIFTS New nebulizers $50. Ramps and repairs. Wholesale medical equipment at discount prices. Call Matt Sadberry, MedCare Solutions., (940)575-9261

We also buy cars!

Bring Your Tax Refund
Here - Everyones Approved

107 S. Hwy. 287 • Decatur
Behind Dairy Queen

Lawn Care
Mowing • Edging • Trimming Commercial or Residential Brush Hog Mowing

Klean Kut

940-626-8000
Visit our website

www.bmgautosales.com
2002 FORD TAURUS SES, CD-player, tilt/cruise, power seats/windows, runs excellent, 82,000 miles, $4,000. Bob White quail, $4/each; pheasant, $12/each. (940)433-8003, (940)389-2419. I’LL BUY THOSE YARD CARS as well as your good used cars. Arvin, (817)925-8768.

Lawn and garden
ALL PRO LAWN CARE lawn service, landscaping, clean up, hauling off, pressure washing. Dependable, affordable, free estimates. Dylan, (817)891-1600. DOC’S LAWN SERVICE Mowing, weed eating, tree/shrub trimming, clean-up, light hauling. Rough ground slopes, no problem. Jay (Doc) Caraway, (940)433-2557, (940)210-1389. LONE OAK LANDSCAPING Personalized landscape plans, 20-years experience. Plants furnished, you plant or we plant. Sod, tree work, decks/patios/walls. (940)389-1778. TREES TRIMMED & REMOVED 36 years in business, insured. All major credit cards accepted. (817)444-0861, Teater.

Insured

Kenny Moran
Cell 817-247-9965 Office 940-433-5470

Pasture and feed
1ST CHOICE FERTILIZED coastal round bales, $30-$50/bale. Call for details & minimum. (940)433-3981. AERATION/ANHYDROUS Fertilizer application. Custom baling. SC Squared. (817)944-9451.

Pets lost and found
Found: male Golden Retriever, very friendly, wearing collar with no tags. Call ((40)389-4719.

Pickups/Vans/SUVs
1972 CHEVROLET PICKUP Is in the process of restoration. Many new parts included. Includes rebuilt 350 motor. $1,600/OBO. (940)389-3067. 1974 FORD RANCHERO 351 Cleveland, not running, $500/OBO. Collection of Holiday Barbies, 1990-2,000. (817)455-8341. 1996 DODGE 2500 diesel, long wheel base, regular cab, 2 WD, 5-speed, 235,000 miles, new clutch/brakes, straight body, clean interior. Serious inquiries only. $7,500/OBO. (254)977-2601. 2006 FORD F-150 King Ranch, 12,300 miles, great shape; 2-tone paint, brown/gold; 4x4 towing package. $ 24,500. (940)433-2133.

TRANSPORTATION

Lost: Brussels Griffon. Gray, short curly hair, 25-30 lbs., flat face w/underbite. Last seen 7 Wires area, Decatur. Call (940)399-9580.

TRANSPORTATION
Cars
IF YOU NEED a good, dependable car or truck for $3,500 or less, come by Cowgirl Auto Sales, 804 Business Highway 287, Decatu, TX; (940)626-0070. Ask about our inventory. Let’s do business! 1995 DODGE SPIRIT V-6, 83,000 miles, $2,000. 1983 GMC Sierra Classic, 1/4 ton, V-8, $1,800. (940)427-4383.

• Boats • Cars • Recreational Vehicles • Trucks • Accessories • Trailers • Wanted to Buy

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
CHRISTIAN COWBOY HAY Fertilized coastal, 4x5 round bales, $45-$55. Delivery available. Square bales. Quantity discounts available. (940)626-4627, (940)577-9629, cell. CLEAN FERTILIZED coastal square bales. Last cutting. $6/each. (940)394-6027. COASTAL HORSE HAY 2008 square bales in barn, fertilized, no weeds. No minimum. Between Alvord/Decatur. Delivery available. (817)991-7625, (940)627-2813. ECONOMICAL MIX 30 liquid feed distributor. Feeders & minerals. Call Sterling Champion, LLC, (817)675-6545, (940)748-2785, (817)771-4217. HAY FOR SALE 5x5 round bales. $50, $40 & $35. (940)393-5429. I am looking for land to lease for hay & cattle grazing. (940)389-8004.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
Garage sales
!!ATTENTION!! Garage sale ads must be called in BEFORE 11a.m. Tuesday to run in the Thursday edition. If you want your garage sale ad in All Around Wise also, it MUST be called in before 11a.m. Friday THE WEEK BEFORE the sale. We do not run garage sales the weekend before the sale. Accepting furniture & home decor items on consignment. No clothing! Call for details, (940)393-8865. Boyd, 1578 Highway 114, Thur.-Sun., March 5-9, 10a..-6p.m. Huge sale. Furniture, antiques, tools, new/used clothes, DVDs/CDs, jewelry; Beer, Coca-Cola, NASCAR collectibles; fishing/camping gear, automobiles, lots more. Decatur, 103 W. Main, Classic Antique Revival, on the square. Going out of business sale! 50% off Fri.-Sat., March 6-7!

Livestock
AQHA RED BAY gelding, 11-years-old, cow working & trail, experienced rider. $3,000. (940)394-6027. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION Increase profits! Have higher quality, faster growing & more uniform calf crop. W-M Breeding Service. (940)389-3135, (940)393-6780. ATTENTION: HORSES WANTED Will remove or buy unwanted horses or trailers. (817)360-7617 or (940)210-4052. BEAUTIFUL RED ANGUS cattle. 10-15 head, females. (940)433-3981. BUY & SELL & TRADE All classes of horses. All riding horses sold, 72 hour unconditional guarantee. (940)224-1470, (940)644-5956.

• Appliances • Clothing/Jewelry • Furniture • Garage Sales • Firewood • Miscellaneous • Auctions

C BAR M TACK-FEED-HORSES 143 CR4396, Decatur, TX. Cash, checks, credit cards. www.cbarm.net, (817)929-3612. CERTIFIED ANGUS STEERS Grain fed. No antibiotics. No hormones. $1,200 and up depending on size. We can deliver to your processor or ours. Delivery charge extra. 972-342-5539 or 817-371-2168. I BUY & SELL all kinds of animals: goats, sheep, horses & cattle. Fred, (817)223-4477, Springtown. LLAMAS weanlings (6-months-old), adults, bred females, guardians & pet quality. We provide training & support for new owners. (940)433-5897. MIX 30 liquid feed. 16% protein, 10% veg fat. $265/ton, $1.23/gallon, delivered. Servicing Wise, Montague, surrounding counties. (817)233-3779. MOVING, NEED TO SELL AQHA stud, 10-years-old, Doc Bar bloodline. 5x5 coastal round bales, net-wrapped. Assorted saddles. (940)297-5887, (940)393-3056. REGISTERED ANGUS BULLS Gentle, exceptional herd sire, 4-years-old, proven producer, $2,500. Also 18-month-old herd sire prospect. Bulls come with registration papers. Also for sale: various certified Angus heifers and cows. Contact Mickey @ 817-371-2168 or Chris at 972-342-5539.

PREMIUM QUALITY Small squares coastal & Sudan. 3x3 big squares & small squares Alfalfa. Horse quality. (940)393-6095.

auction!
Sun. Aft., March 8 • 1:15 p.m. 901 Bennett Dr., Bowie,TX
Selling household items including Sears freezer, sofa & loveseat, glassware & collectibles, old toys, old comic books, misc. furniture, lots of tools, lawn items & SPECIAL Item: American Flyer Antique Train Set plus more.

❏ One Year In-County $35 ❏ One Year Out-of-County $40 ❏ One Year Out-of-State $45 ❏ One Year Digital Subscription $20 ❏ Two Year In-County $60 ❏ Two Year Out-of-County $70 ❏ Two Year Out-of-State $80 ❏ Two Year Digital Subscription $40
First Name: _______________________________________________ Last Name: _______________________________________________

For More Information ContactAuctioneer!

940-872-5180 • 940-872-3613

Address: _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ________ Zip: _________ Phone: ___________________________________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________

ESTATE AUCTION SELLING THE ESTATE OF LLOYD F. HINKLE
1500 Wildhorse Rd. • Decatur - MARCH 7, - 9 A.M. TOO MANY ITEMS TO LIST - ONLY A PARTIAL LISTING
APPLIANCES: Whirlpool Dryer/ Kenmore Washer / Whirlpool Double Door Refrigerator / Westinghouse Refrigerator / General Electric Refrigerator / RCA TV 19” FURNITURE: Glider Rocker/ Wall Hanging Mirrors/ Large Brass Table Lamp / 1-5 Drawer Jewelry Box/ Clothes Dresser / Round Oak Dinning Table w/6 Chairs / Wall Shelf Cabinet Combo / Hanging Wall / Shelf Hat or Coat Rack / Elgin Wall Clock / DEA Wall Clock / 3 Queen Size Beds w/Different Style Head Boards / Marble Base Table Lamp / Big Entertainment Center / Brass Ball Foot Piano Stool KITCHENWARE: Westmorland Sterling Silver Flatware / Dishes - Pots & Pans / Milk Glass Soup Tureen MISC: Assorted Country Albums / Hammond Electric Organ Quilts & Comforters Office Desk & Credenza / Cavalry Gun Safe PAINTINGS & PRINTS: “Deep Water” Proof Copy (Ronald Thomason) / 2 Paintings by Jack Bryant Jack White (Gold & Foil Leafing on Paper & Glass) Titled: “Oak Tree” 24”h X 36”w & “Quail Taking Flight I & Quail Taking Flight II” Each of these Measure 8”h X 10”w unframed SHOP: 2000 Model 1500 Chevrolet Silverado / Caterpillar D7 Dozer, Cable Lift / John Deere 4020 Tractor / Allis-Chalmers 5040 Tractor / Ls 55 New Holland Riding Mower / Allis-Chalmers B-12 Garden Tractor / Trailer Mounted Lincoln Welder / Trailer Mounted Bean Spray Rig / DevilBiss Air Compressor / Century 200 Mig Wire Feed Welder (AC) / Power Kraft Metal Lathe / Craftsman Tool Chest / Large Anvil / G/N 20’ WW Flatbed w/3’ Dovetail & Ramps Triple Tandem / 3pt 2 Row Cultivator / 3pt 6’ Shredder / 3pt Bush Hog Model 74 Tiller / Table Saw / Radial Arm Saw / Wells Metal Band Saw / Omoron Drill Press / Bench Drill Press / Welding Rods & Bin Assorted Chain Hoist / Surveyors Level / Chains & Boomers / Garden Seed Planter Bins of Bolts / Battery Chargers / Hand Tools / Old Cream Cans w/Lids / Impact Wrenches. Way too many Tools to List: Check our Web Site For List & Pictures.

❏ Credit Card ❏ Check #: ____________
Credit Card Type: ________________________ Exp.: ______________ Credit Card Number: _______________________________________

Livestock care/training
HORSESHOEING & TRAINING Darwin Spotted Tail, graduate Oklahoma Horseshoeing School. (940)627-4206; cell (940)210-8003.

Submit payment to: Wise County Messenger PO Box 149 • 115 South Trinity • Decatur, TX 76234

WISE COUNTY MESSENGER
Local Paper. Local News. Loyal Readers.

Miscellaneous
BOBCAT WORK All types dirt work, drainage, leveling, land clearing, gravel, driveways, clean-up, etc. Reasonable rates. Jeff Case (817)565-5444, (817)929-9805.

For More Info: Call 940-366-1330 www.ahauctions.com

HEUGATTER AUCTION SERVICES
ALLEN HEUGATTER, TX #12304
2137 US HWY 287 N. • BOWIE TX

ALL AROUND WISE, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, March 5, 2009

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WISE OUTDOORS
By LUKE CLAYTON It’s been said that there are two types of ranches in Texas; those with hogs and those about to get them. Wild hogs create an estimated $400 million in annual damage to agricultural crops, hay meadows and rangeland in Texas alone. Hogs, domestic and wild, are highly prolific. Sows breed at 6 to 8 months and litters range from 5 to 10 piglets. Considering that half of a litter are sows, it’s easy to see the number of hogs that one breeding sow can propagate in a matter of a few months. There is no doubt that keeping their numbers in check is of primary concern to everyone, but hunting them from helicopters by paying clients? I don’t think so. Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is being asked to formulate rules for hunting hogs from helicopter. It’s been legal to control hog numbers via helicopter since 1996. Through the end of last year, a little over 1,000 permits were granted for controlling wild porkers with the use of choppers. I have no problem with properly permitted landowners controlling hog numbers on their ranches from the air. It’s not sporting, but when trained shooters and very experienced chopper pilots are involved, shooting hogs from the air can be an efficient, albeit expensive means of reducing their numbers and the damage caused by the gregarious porkers. Present laws prohibit charging a recreational (guide) fee for hunting hogs from the air. If the new law is adopted, “guided” hunts from helicopter will be legal. If this proposal becomes law, I can see all kinds of resulting problems. Let’s assume a qualified helicopter pilot books a hunt with a couple guys to go on an “air” hog hunt. Chances are pretty good this will be the first time either flew in a chopper

Concealed Handgun Classes
Class Begins April 19
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Fire destroys pharmacy
By ROBERT MORGAN Three area fire departments responded to a fire next to the Wise County Medical Center around 12:15 Thursday morning. Heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof of S&J Pharmacy and Gifts, located on Eagle Drive across the street from Decatur Intermediate School, when the Decatur Fire Department arrived on the scene. The business was a total loss as all the inventory was destroyed by intense heat. Decatur fire marshal Deroy Bennett, along with insurance investigators, are still looking into the cause of the fire. Bennett said it was not suspicious in nature. “There is nothing suspicious about it. We know it was an interior fire, but we have not concluded our investigation yet,” he said. “It appears the fire was burning inside for quite awhile before it was EARLY CALL — Decatur firefighter Jed Boyd surveys the damage inside S&J Pharmacy Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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LEARNING TO SWIM
A new program geared to teach water safety and survival skills for children as young as 6 months is offered at Fit-N-Wise. See story, page 2A

IN SPORTS ... REGIONAL PLAYOFFS
Bridgeport took on Lubbock Cooper Friday night in girls regional playoff action in Lubbock. Did the Sissies advance to Saturday’s regional finals? See Sports, page 1B

reported, which caused a lot of internal heat, and that’s what destroyed everything and why flames were not noticeable from outside.” Bennett said the owners of the pharmacy plan to operate out of a temporary building at the same location as they rebuild. S&J also own pharmacies in Sanger and Krum. Healthline, a medical equipment and oxygen facility that shares the same building, suffered minor water and smoke damage but was not affected but it was expected to reopen this weekend. Firefighters from Rhome and Bridgeport assisted with the fire. A temporary building was scheduled to be delieverd to the site of the fire Friday, and Beth Mitchell, S&J’s marketing director, said they hope to have a temporary store up and running by Monday. The store in Alvord will be able to fill any perscriptions needed, Mitchell said. S&J has been in Decatur for the past three years.

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Log onto www.wcmessenger.com Saturday to view video highlights of the Decatur High School boys’ area championship game with Glen Rose. You can also find video of Tuesday’s girls’ area championship game between Decatur and Bridgeport.

AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS WILLIAM L. DWYER
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MARTHA VILLANUEVA
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PATRICIA ANN SANDERS
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Decatur High School students (left to right), junior Francisco Perez, junior Donovan Recklin, senior Cody Byrd, sophomore Dusty Humphrey and junior Emanuel Flores, show their paintings that were displayed at the art show during the Fort Worth Stock Show. All five won honorable mention for their artwork and are students of DHS art teacher Brenda Sutton.

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JAMES BRADFIELD
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City to seek bids on fire department property
affordable than others,” Lorance said. “But we need to shop the For the third week in a row, current piece of property out the Rhome City Council met first to see what type of price we Wednesday in a lengthy execu- can get before deciding to buy another plot for the fire tive session to discuss department.” the sale of property currently occupied by Representatives from Love’s gave a presentathe fire department to tion to the council at make way for a Love’s its Jan. 8 meeting, retruck stop. The council questing to purchase voted unanimously to the property on Old put the property up for School Road as part of a bid after more than an 12-acre package needed hour of discussion. for a Love’s truck stop. Rhome mayor Mark Lorance said bidding LORANCE Public reaction at that meeting was initially out the property is the first step in the process of find- negative. Citizens voiced coning another affordable piece of cerns about noise pollution and land on which to relocate the the effects on local businesses, fire department. Last week, but since then, Lorance said he the council began searching for has received positive feedback available land within the city from much of the community. “I have received some surlimits, and Lorance said the city has identified multiple locations prisingly positive reactions from people I thought would be that fit its needs. “We have a few interesting offers for new land, some more Continued on page 5A By TRAVIS MEASLEY

Money for roads
U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114 road projects to be funded by stimulus plan
By BRIAN KNOX Wise County motorists could soon see tangible effects of the recently approved economic stimulus plan. On Thursday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved spending approximately $500 million of the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for road maintenance and rehabilitation projects throughout the state. Four of those maintenance projects totaling more than $4 million will be in Wise County. The largest project will be the repair and repaving of approximately six miles of the southbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 from near Farm Road 407 at New Fairview to County Road 4840 south of Rhome. That project will cost an estimated $2.9 million. In another project, the northbound lanes of U.S. 81/287 will be textured from the Wise/Tarrant County line to just south of CR 4840. Texas De-

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WISE WORK — Road projects funded by the U.S. economic stimulus package will begin this summer. partment of Transportation Area Engineer Bill Nelson said the texContinued on page 2A

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I CAN READ IN RED, I CAN READ IN BLUE — In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 9), students at Prairie View Elementary in Rhome Monday participated in several activities highlighting the author’s work. Above, Erik Premont, Dayton Williams and Miranda Kelley read “Cat in the Hat.”

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