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HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LAST SUNDAY’S

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Playing like Sissies
The action was packed over the weekend in Bridgeport where the Sissies hosted their annual softball tournament which ended with a 7-6 win over Decatur. Below, catcher Jordyn Hulsey tries to make a play while at home plate. Right, a Bridgeport player ponders her next move.
Messenger photos by Joe Duty

IN NEWS... ■ Fire damages a home ■ Randy Joy gets back on track ■ One teen stabbed, one jailed IN SPORTS... ■ District 9-2A boys basketball team named ■ Paradise makes tracks ■ Bridgeport wins in baseball
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Fire damages home
TIME CHANGE
Don’t forget to move your clocks one hour forward Saturday night before you go to bed for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday. By BRIAN KNOX Not much was salvageable from Nancy Ennis’ home after Wednesday’s fire, but at least there was some good news. She’ll still be able to take her cruise. A passerby noticed smoke coming from the single-wide mobile home Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. By the time the Decatur Fire Department arrived, flames were already beginning to consume the north end of the home. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze before it spread to the entire house. For Ennis, that meant that her bedroom on the opposite end of the house received the least damage. It was in Continued on page 2A

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FAITH REMAINS — A Bible belonging to Nancy Ennis was among the items lost in Wednesday’s fire. In back, Decatur firemen spray foam on the underside of a deck on the front of the trailer home.
Messenger photo by Brian Knox

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TO SERVE AND PROTECT
Police cadets at the Decatur branch of Weatherford College are halfway through a 10month training program, and now the real fun begins. See story page 5A

Back on track

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See video of Wednesday’s house fire in Decatur at the Messenger’s You Tube channel at www.youtube. com/wcmessenger.

AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS JOYCE MATHEWS
Chico
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ADDIE WARNER
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DEFYING GRAVITY — Above, Wise County IT Director Randy Joy takes a corner at Eagle Canyon Raceway in Slidell Wednesday at more than 50 mph. Joy, who recently rediscovered his passion for racing motorcycles, will compete in his first official race in 25 years in the novice category at Eagle Canyon Raceway next Saturday.

BRAD CLAYTON
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KATHERINE WILDGRUBE
Gladewater

Whether on a bike or the Internet, high speed is joy
By TRAVIS MEASLEY Lt. Randy Joy, the IT director for the Wise County Sheriff’s office spends most of his days working on computers, fixing Web sites and keeping all the county offices electronically connected. At 53 years old, Joy has done his time in the line of fire, spending six years with the Springtown Police Department, two-and-a-half as the chief and multiple years before that as a K-9 officer in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Sitting in an office heading up an IT department is slightly less risky. But, while most spend their weekends and days off watching television, fishing, playing golf or just relaxing, Joy puts his life back at risk. But this time it’s on the back of a 600cc motorcycle, flying around turns at nauseating angles and tearing down straightaways at speeds close to 140 mph. “It’s all about adrenaline,” Joy said. “It’s a place to push your limits, to test yourself and see just how far you can go.” Joy started riding when he was young and began racing motorcycles in the early- and mid-1980s, while in his late 20s. After a few years, Joy started to focus on his career and began working with police dogs in the late 1980s in the Metroplex, seemingly leaving motorcycle racing behind. From 1991 to 1997, Joy worked in Springtown, and he then came to work for the sheriff’s office, working with the K-9 units and on crime prevention. Racing was the furthest thing from his mind. In 2003, he became the head of the IT department and coworkers began planting the idea of returning to the track in his mind. “I had a few assistants that would ask me to come look at bikes with them or come out to the race track, but I always said no, Continued on page 8A

KEVIN HARRIS
San Angelo

JOYCE BLOODGOOD
Decatur

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

DECATUR

One teen hospitalized, one jailed in stabbing
A 17-year-old Decatur High School student was released from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth early last week after suffering a stab wound during an altercation on North Cowan Street on Friday, Feb. 27. According to Decatur police chief Rex Hoskins, Sean Minor got into a fight with another Decatur High School student, 17-year-old Max Bermudez, at around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 when he was stabbed in the back by another individual, a 15-year-old male. Police are not releasing the name of the assailant due to the fact he is a minor. Hoskins said that Minor and Bermudez had been involved in a dispute at school that could have been the cause of the fight, and the attacker is believed to be related to Bermudez. Minor went to Wise Regional Health System on his own accord and was transferred to Harris Methodist with a punctured lung. Police arrested the 15-year-old that evening, and he is charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury. Neither Minor nor Bermudez were charged.

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GARDENER’S MAILBAG
Dear Neil: What is the best way to rehabilitate a bed of Asian jasmine that has been grazed down by deer? We have lots of oak trees overhead, and their leaves are intertwined with the vines. Would we be better off taking the jasmine out and replacing it with trailing rosemary? Set your mower as high as it will mow, and try a test run on 4 or 5 square feet at a back side of the bed. The Asian jasmine will come back boldly from that type of cutting, provided you do it immediately and give it a high-nitrogen fertilizer and ample moisture. That will also get rid of the tree leaves and tidy things up. If there is any way to get it to recover and not take it out, that would be by far your better choice. Trailing rosemary won’t do very well in that large of an area, especially in shade. Dear Neil: We have property in the Texas Hill Country. I love the look of Italian cypress. Is that a good plant there? It is commonly grown in the Hill Country. It might have winter issues in severe cold in the northern portions of the region, and it does have problems with bagworms and spider mites from time to time. If it fits the design, give it a try. Its dramatic form of 30 feet or taller in height and only 24 to 36 inches of mature width make it difficult to work into many landscapes. It seems most appropriate in areas with hills or even mountains to reflect its vertical nature. Take photos of your home to an independent nursery and ask their designer for an opinion. Dear Neil: May I successfully use my fireplace ashes on my rose garden? Ashes are very alkaline. Therefore, they can be used on acidic soils, but they would not be good for areas with alkaline soils. Specifically with roses, highly alkaline soils cause iron to be insoluble. Vote here would be not to use them. There are too many risks. Dear Neil: I have a rededged dracaena that really is looking odd. It just doesn’t seem happy in my living room. It’s gotten lanky, and it has far fewer leaves than it used to. What am I doing wrong? Dracaena marginata needs more light than almost any other dracaena we grow. In lower light intensities, it will get leggy and take on almost a wilted look. Short of getting it more light, there is no other solution. For the record, almost all of the other dracaenas we see in greenhouses and garden centers are much better adapted to mediumand even low-light intensities. ■ Have a question you’d like Neil to consider? Mail it to him in care of the Wise County Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Decatur, TX 76234 or email him at mailbag@sperrygardens.com. Neil regrets that he cannot reply to questions individually.

MILITARY BRIEF
Army Pvt. Leslie A. Roberts has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and

advanced individual training. Roberts is the son of Eugene and Katherine Clay of Bridgeport and is a 2008 graduate of Ace Challenge High School in Bridgeport.

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Dear Neil: For 20 years (in California), I had a collection of 20 really dwarf citrus plants – all different. Seldom did one get taller than 3 feet. Now, back in Texas for 13 years, I can only find types that grow to 6 feet and taller. Is there a source in Texas for true dwarf citrus? Your best bet would be to do a Web search for a Texasbased grower, probably in the lower Rio Grande Valley. As you found out long ago, California nurseries are not allowed to ship citrus trees into Texas. It’s a means of preventing the spread of threatening insects and diseases from one citrus state to another. Valley nursery growers may know of sources, but I’ve seen only one or two types. Dear Neil: Every year my St. Augustine develops a fungus that wipes out part of it. I’ve tried fungicides but to no avail. What can I do to prevent it? I would prefer not to apply chemicals, as I have young ones who play on the grass. You need to identify the specific problem before you can attempt to control it. If it’s in the spring, suspect Take All Root Rot. If it’s in the summer, it could be either chinch bug damage or gray leaf spot. In the fall, it’s most likely to be brown patch. It could also be due to insufficient sunlight. Determining a control hinges on proper identification. Look in my Most Asked Questions at www.neilsperry.com for lots more details than we can put here. Click through to the questions on lawns.

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riod when they’re least likely to reject unsolicited advice from their elders. As you or your teen are driving together, point out things to be aware of and how to respond. For example: monitoring speed around curves; allowing more room to stop on wet roads; understanding complex intersections; and watching closely for pedestrians, cyclists and small children. Risk-taking — Younger drivers take more risks than older ones for a variety of reasons, including excessive confidence in their skill levels, generally lower capacity for impulse control and the characteristic youthful love of speed. When talking over these issues, parents should stress the dangers of risky driving without implying that all teens are irresponsible. Also helpful is a knack for delivering realistic warnings without sounding melodramatic. In walking these fine lines you, as a parent, may find it useful to draw upon your own memories. What kinds of driving-related talks did you find most and least persuasive when you were young? Was safety advice more effective when it focused on your own health and well-being or that of others? Did you find stories and images of grisly traffic accidents sobering, or fodder for sarcastic humor? This kind of discussion, as much as any a parent must face, should draw heavily upon empathy and knowledge of what motivates each individual teen. Drugs and Alcohol — Driving under the influence is a behavior pattern that many acquire at an early age. That’s why parents’ most effective tactic is setting a good example long before their children are able to drive. Keep in mind that most teenagers are highly attuned to hypocrisy. No matter how eloquent your words may be, it’s your day-to-day actions that make the strongest impression. Distractions – even more than other drivers, young people tend to multitask as they drive. And even topnotch driving skills degrade when forced to compete with cell phones, iPods and chatter with backseat passengers. This is such an obvious point that many teens find it persuasive, especially if they’ve ridden with friends who don’t always focus on the road. Realistically, though, it’s wise to take additional safety steps. If your budget permits, get your teens a hands-free phone headset and a device that connects their portable music player to their car stereo (thus allowing them to keep at least one eye on the road). Try to avoid calling them at times when they’re likely to be driving. And, again, set the positive example with your own actions. These are just a few of the steps parents can take in selling teens on safer driving practices. However, the philosophy behind them is consistent with good parenting in other areas: Understand what motivates your children; argue calmly from a foundation of solid facts; link constructive criticism to love; and use the approaches that worked best for your own parents. Above all, practice what you preach. It’s not only the best way to protect your children’s health but your own as well. ■ Online Information: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: www.nhtsa.gov. (Select “Teen Drivers” under the Quick Clicks Menu.)

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tors input into the device) and therefore, have a larger margin of error than steps counted. When looking at consumer ratings of pedometers, you will often read about a make and model that is accurate and has the features you want, only to find it is no longer available and has been replaced by a newer model. To give you a starting place as a consumer, current ratings indicate these brands produce consistently accurate pedometers (particular models in parentheses): ■ Omron (Omron HJ-112) ■ New-Lifestyles (NL-2000) ■ Sportsline (Sportsline 330, 343, & 345) ■ Yamax Digi-Walker (SW-200 and SW-701).4,5,6,7 Also, making the Consumer Reports quick picks list for a good combination of accuracy, ease of use and value were the: Omron HJ-112; Freestyle Tracer; and LifeWise 63-619.5. And remember, it’s not too late to sign-up for Walk Across Texas. The eight-week walking program kicks off at noon Thursday, March 12, at the Wise County Courthouse with participants actually logging mileage beginning Sunday, March 15. For more information, call the Extension office at (940) 627-3341.

Many of us know that Centers for Disease Control suggest that everyone should accumulate 30 to 60 minutes or more of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, on a daily basis. But how do we know if we are walking enough? Of course, one way is to plan structured 30 to 60 minute walks; the focus being on getting these walks on most, if not all, days of the week. We also know, however, that there are health benefits to short bouts of activity accumulated throughout the day. One of the best ways to keep up with short bouts of physical activity is to use a pedometer. Ultimately, your long term goal should be 10,000 to 15,000 steps (approximately 5 to 10 miles) per day, however since many of us now are logging under 5,000 steps it is best to set short term goals to gradually reach the ultimate goal of 15,000 steps. A pedometer has the potential to increase awareness and amount of physical activity. Pedometers act as a tracking device that continuously collects current activity, and it gives feedback about how many steps have

been taken that day. This feedback can increase confidence and may increase motivation to achieve a certain number of steps per day. A pedometer can also be used to help people set goals. And finally, a pedometer acts as a reminder to be active. Pedometers can be found in many sporting goods stores. You can also buy them directly from the manufacturer. The most important consideration when buying a pedometer is accuracy. You want a pedometer that counts your steps as accurately as possible. Accurately counting steps is the only truly essential feature in a pedometer. Second to accuracy, you will DAVIS want to consider comfort. If you only plan to wear the pedometer during scheduled physical activity, comfort will not be as important, but if you plan to wear the pedometer all day, comfort will be an essential component. Choosing other features is dependent on your personal preferences. You might want to choose other features if they help to motivate you or help hold your interest in physical activities. Just remember that features such as calories burned and distances covered are estimates (based on individual fac-

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THE COUNSELING CORNER
By THE AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION Having more than one child in your family almost guarantees disagreements, arguments and competition between the kids, at least sometimes. Your children may love one another, but disagreements between siblings still happen and still drive most parents crazy. It’s called “sibling rivalry” and its roots are probably buried in our prehistoric ancestors when surviving often meant you had to be number one in your parents’ eyes. Today, actual survival isn’t the issue, but staying number one in the parents’ minds still is. Young children often feel threatened when a sibling is born. They see parental love as limited and finite, but suddenly there’s someone new to love, meaning less love for the older child. It’s not an irrational fear. A new baby is usually the center of attention and, out of necessity, takes up more of the parents’ time. The older child probably feels he or she is suddenly less important and probably starts to misbehave to win back more attention. The cure for that problem is to demonstrate to your children that you love them all. Simply saying it has no real effect. But when you set aside some “special time” for the older child, offer your unfocused attention, and give plenty of hugs and reassurances, you’re demonstrating your love and overcoming that sense of feeling threatened. Continued on page 6

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NOTE: Information on this page applies to qualifying home purchases completed in 2008. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 expands the First-Time Homebuyer Credit for 2009. If you made a qualifying home purchase in 2009, the IRS has important information for you (Comment added 2/26/09) First-time homebuyers should begin planning now to take advantage of a new tax credit. Available for a limited time, the credit: • Applies to home purchases after April 8, 2008, and before July 1, 2009. • Reduces a taxpayer’s tax bill or increases his or her refund, dollar for dollar. • Is fully refundable, meaning that the credit will be paid out to eligible taxpayers, even if they owe no tax or the credit is more than the tax that they owe. The credit operates much like an interest-free loan because it must be repaid in equal installments over a 15-year period. Taxpayers will claim the credit on new IRS Form 5405, First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Only the purchase of a main home located in the United States qualifies. Vacation homes and rental property are not eligible. For a home that you construct, the purchase date is the first date you occupy the home. Taxpayers who owned a main home at any time during the three years prior to the date of purchase are not eligible for the credit. This means that first-time homebuyers and those who have not owned a home in the three years prior to a purchase can qualify for the credit. If you make an eligible purchase in 2008, you claim the first-time homebuyer credit on your 2008 tax return. If you make an eligible purchase in 2009, you can choose to claim the credit on either your original or amended 2008 return, or on your 2009 return. The credit is 10 percent of the purchase price of the home, with a maximum available credit of $7,500 for either a single taxpayer or a married couple filing jointly. The limit is $3,750 for a married person filing a separate return. In most cases, the maximum credit will be available for homes costing $75,000 or more. The credit normally must be repaid over a 15year period starting the second year after the year the credit is claimed. The credit is reduced or eliminated for higher-income taxpayers. The credit is phased out based on your modified adjusted gross income. In general, for a married couple filing a joint return the phase-out begins at $150,000 and is completely phased out at $170,000. For other taxpayers, the phase-out range is between $75,000 and $95,000. Not everyone will qualify for the credit. There are other rules that may impact your eligibility and decision to claim the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Get all the information at IRS.gov.

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SAVVY SENIOR
By JIM MILLER Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about kidney disease? My dad died from kidney failure about 10 years ago at age 70. I want to know my risks are and what I can do to protect myself. Chip Off the Old Block Dear Chip, If you have a family history of kidney disease, high blood pressure or diabetes you’re at risk, and you need to have your kidneys tested. Here’s what you should know. Growing epidemic There are 26 million Americans that have chronic kidney disease today, and 20 million more are at risk of developing it, yet most people haven’t got a clue. That’s because kidney disease develops very slowly over many years before any symptoms arise. Left untreated, the disease can eventually require people to spend hours hooked up to a dialysis machine or get a kidney transplant. Even mild kidney problems can double a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke as well as cause anemia and bone loss. The reason kidney disease has become so common today is because of the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which strain the kidneys. Another factor is the increasing number of people who take multiple medications, which can overtax the organs. People over age 60 are especially vulnerable both because they tend to take more drugs, and because kidney function normally declines somewhat with age. Get tested Because kidney disease has no early symptoms, the only way to catch it before it advances is to have a simple blood and urine test by your doctor. So, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, a family history of kidney disease, or are age 60 or older you need to get tested. African, Hispanic, Asian and Indian Americans along with Pacific Islanders are also at increased risk. What you can do If you’re diagnosed with kidney disease you need to know that there’s no cure, but there are steps you can take to help contain the damage, including: ■ Control your high blood pressure: If you have it, that means getting your pressure under 130/80. If you need medication to get it under control, ACE inhibitors and ARBs are good choices because of their proven ability to protect the kidneys. ■ Control your diabetes: If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. ■ Change your diet: Generally this means reducing the amount of protein and phosphorus you eat, and cutting back on sodium and possibly potassium. Your doctor can help you determine an appropriate eating plan, or you may want to talk to a dietitian. Also see www.kidney.org – click on “Kidney Disease” then on “Nutrition Diet” to find lots of tips and information on this topic. ■ Watch your meds: Many common medicines can also damage the kidneys, especially when taken in high doses over long periods such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), aspirin (Excedrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Talk to your doctor about all the prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products you take to identify other potential problems. They can also help you find a safe alternative solution. ■ Adopt three healthy tips: If you smoke, quit. If you’re overweight, loose it. If you’re inactive, exercise. All three will lower your risk for diabetes and high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney disease. Savvy tips For more information on kidney disease visit the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse at www.kidney. niddk.nih.gov (or call 800– 891–5390) where you can order dozens of free publications, find out about clinical trials and more. Another great service is the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), which offers free screenings in many communities across the country, and is available to anyone at risk. It also provides free screenings in at least 20 additional cities on World Kidney Day coming up on March 12. To find a site near you, visit www.keeponline. org or call 800-622-9010. The American Kidney Fund also

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That’s when help is needed. School counselors are often excellent sources of advice on excessive levels of sibling rivalry. A counseling professional specializing in children and families could also help. While a little friendly sibling competition can sometimes be a good motivator, don’t let it destroy family peace and happiness. As a parent, if you work to be fair with your love and attention, you may find sibling rivalry can disappear. ■ “The Counseling Corner” is provided as a public service by the American Counseling Association, the nation’s largest organization of counseling professionals. Learn more about the counseling profession at the ACA web site, www.counseling.org.

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As children get older, it stops being jealousy over parental love, and is replaced by competition for parental attention. Siblings may compete to have better grades, be better in sports, or demonstrate better musical or artistic skills. That’s often a good thing, leading to higher levels of accomplishment, if kept under control. While you want to praise a higherachieving child, this shouldn’t be at the expense of siblings. If one child is always “winning,” you may want to tip the scales slightly and give the other child extra attention and time. But competition can get out of hand, threatening family peace and harmony, and possibly doing physical or emotional harm to one or the other child.

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Fourth six weeks A Honor roll FIRST GRADE — Matt Andresen, Keylee Ashlock, Hanah Bridges, Raife Davis, Macie Dickerson, Matthew Edwards, Kylee Fitzgerald, Rami Fritz, Denisse Garcia, Lilee Gifford, Alaura Gilmore, Bandi Leverett, Jayton Malone, William Martin, Rhyle McKinney, Lana Mosier, Karson Parker, Sidney Parker, Gabe Potter, Brenna Riley, Jannelle Tambunga, Elisha Tefertiller, Addison Woodall and Madison Yates. SECOND GRADE — Devin Begley, Grace Bettis, Abbey Bloomer, Joseph Breashears, Aubrey Burge, Taylor Durand, Kasey Evans, Alexis Gilbreath, Wilson Hicks, Jared Johnson, Ema Langham, Jarett Locklear, Maley Mader, Jon Maitland, Allison Ricketts, Ryan Robinson, Candra West, Maggie Wicks and Kendall Wilson. THIRD GRADE — Cydney Bailey, Tanner Baker, Rhett Barclay, Corby Chaney, Dane Fitzgerald, Caycee Holson, Robert Huber, Rheason Leverett, Doug Parks, Olivia Parr, J J Prock, Brittni Proffitt, Cason Rangel, Nash Roberts, Katelyn Schedcik, Emma Sherwood, Miranda Smith, Rosie Stephens, Hunter Waggoner, Rylan Waldo and Pierce Warren. FOURTH GRADE — Lindsey Abbott, Kalyb Beaver, Lezlee Bull, Ryan Edwards, Brittany Gayler, Parker Hicks, Chelsey Lodes, Jake Maag, Blake Martin, Cierra Rangel, Crese Redman, Tonia Talamantes, Julie Weaver and Karissa Woodall. FIFTH GRADE — Reagan Guthrie, Bailey Hamilton, Trace Hardee, Michael Hasty, Mikena Mader, Shane McKinney, Huston Myers, Haydn Parker, Patricia Ross, Corey Schlomach and Marcus Silletti. A/B Honor roll FIRST GRADE — Jared Allison, Gage Barclay, Talon Guess, Dayssi Hall, Zackary Harsh, Ransom Klein, Elizabeth Lawhn, Zachary McBride, Jesse Outlaw, Kaitlyn Perry, Brianna Pewitt and Issac Romine. SECOND GRADE — Jake Allison, Audrey Beasley, Keyvin Gilliam, Colten Gonzales, Zane Hickey, Alex Hurless, Makayla Martin, Luis Medrano, Steven Meek, Ashlynn Northcutt, Karsen Pittman, Melanie Price, Parker Raines, Parker Slaten and Clint Wright. THIRD GRADE — Mary Atkinson, LeeWayne Barton, Landon Bickers, Marisol Chandler, Camden Chaney, Corbin Cohoon, Mikayla Cox, Sara Delgado, Sara Downs, Carli Fain, Jayton Guthrie, Mathew Johnson, T’aira Johnson, Trenton Kelsey, Makayla Martin, Christopher McKinney, Chasidy Messer, LuLu Murillo, Tanner Petree, Alisha Ruiz, Jared Shea, Rachel Tackett, Jadn Thatcher, Kenson Vance, Julie West and Bobby Wiesendanger. FOURTH GRADE — Clay Baker, Ryan Bartholomew, Kaely Beaver, Nicolas Burge, Braxton Calvert, Alan Campbell, Katlin Cohoon, Katelyn Croom, MaKayla Dacosta, Bradyn Hunt, Kaleb Krejcarek, Tristen Palmer, Conner Parker, Connor Patterson, Kaitlin Reed, Amariah Rogers, Rowdy Summers, Adrian Taylor, Summer Troutwine and Savannah Ward. FIFTH GRADE — Emily Burdine, Makayla Deweber, Cheyanne Dollins, Jonathan Hammons, Jonah Hancock, Ryan Hickinbotham, Kaleb Hurley, Chance King, Damon Ledet, Bobby Lynch, Thomas Lynch, Cody Newby, Ashton Peterson and Matthew White. Chloe Long, Steven Nichols, Robert Ransom, Kristin Rasbury, Kathleen Soky, Kamrii Suggs, Thomas Tilson, Alejandro Vazquez and Samantha Winder. A/B Honor Roll FIRST GRADE — Madison Burch, Jewells Burdell, Hunter Cearley, Jake Christian, Michael Erwin, Leah Evans, Brannon Farrell, Jasmine Frost, Stephanie Gomez, Kenneth Holzer, Sabrina Johns, Jezlyn Luedtke, Joseph Pack and Samantha Rogers. SECOND GRADE — Sergio Caldera, Gage Clark Burdell, Melissa Crenshaw, Terry Curtis, Sydney Davis, Zachary Dykes, Hayley Etter, Emmanuel Garcia, Kaitlyn Goff, Jasmine Hammett, Ashley Harris, Randale Hatley, Jacob Herring, Samuel Hulsey, Colton Lawson, Cordelia Lee, Joseph Marney, Michael McCarmack, Blake McElroy, Koby Miller, Eduardo Miramontes Flores, Garrett Moore, Abby Morris, Landyn Orr, Rayleigh Perhacs, Chelsea Sager, Jaiden Smith, Trevor Suggs, Hannah Thomas, Ashlyn Williams and Colton Wiliams. THIRD GRADE — Joaquin Angel, Paulina Arellano, Robert Barber, Ernest Barnwell, Kristain Bowen, Hannah Cartwright, Michael Chandler, Hailey Christian, Lee Crohan, Celeste Cruz, Cheyenne Dodson, Hailey Dorsett, Tyler Foster, Abel Gutierrez Vaquera, Sarah Guynes, Logan Heard, Justin McCarmack, Macey McCune, Jacob Middleton, Alaura Miller, Kyelynn Miller, Dawson Moore, Jase Sims, Maci Southerland, Marc Trammel, Wyatt Walker and Racheal Warner.

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Fourth Six Weeks A Honor Roll FOURTH GRADE — Christina Arevalo, Willie Bean, Elizabeth Bryans, Jennifer Byrd, Dalton Cooper, Samuel Culver, Peyton Gittings, Alondra Gomez, Shaylee Smith, Sarah Terry and Taylor Wetsel. FIFTH GRADE — Amber Bowen, Hayden Brown, Alex Esquivel, Kaydee Ford, Melaney Poulos, Morgan Taylor, Braden Thomas and Dakota Wolfe. SIXTH GRADE — Jackson Basting, Madelyn Busch, Christina Civis, Aaron Hammett, Chandler Hammon, Haylee Holmes, Tyler Kemp, Elisha Marney, Kelly Moles, Gunner Partin, Sofia Scott, Olivia Singleton, Carlen Smith, Sequoia Smith and Hannah Walden. A/B Honor roll FOURTH GRADE — Sophia Ahlgren, Dee Elkins, Taylor Hensley, Perry Hicks, Taylor Hines, David House, Reece Jordan, Kayla Lane, McKenzie May, Jeremy McBride, Rachael McElroy, Alexis Partin, Dakota Partin, Kristian Price, Lindsey Ramos, Rebecca Reed, Bryce Rodgers, Cheyenne Rose, Sarah Smith, Lindsey Thorpe, Wacey Warren, Dylan Weatherford and Kailee Wright. FIFTH GRADE — Bailee Alexander, Clayton Barnett, Garrett Brooks, Ashtin Cozby, Dylan Fanning, Jayson Hardee, Abigail Hoch, Shyanne Honea, Tyler Horton, Dalton Lyon, Reagan Marney, Preston Montgomery, Caice O’Grady, Savannah Richardson, Judd Smith, Keauna Smith, Lizeth Uribe, Tou Vang, Siarra Wells and Conner Whitlock. SIXTH GRADE — Skylar Anderson, Colton Batterton, Kaytlin Bullard, Jessica Burch, Cameron Clark, Samantha Deauman, Mackenzie Elkins, Logan Ellis, Savannah Foster, Alissa Gordon, Heather Green, Cameron Hammett, Brandon Hardee, Savannah Harrison, Aaron Heard, Jeremy Herring, Shelby Lavigne, Valeria Lugo, Haley Moore, Taylor Nichols, Destini Phipps, Kristen Plummer, Lyssa Poulos, Caitlyn Ray, Dillon Rose, Amy Sanders, Kaycee Scroggins, Kaeli Shires, Haley Sims, Lucas Sims, John Soky, Alexis Stone, Allison Waters, Mason Whitt, Chasity Willis, Erika Wreay and Miranda Zaicek.

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Fourth six weeks A Honor roll FIRST GRADE — Joshua Armstrong, Alexandra Bracey, Paytin Bullard, Savannah Burch, Emma Clark, Jessica Crohan, Nelida Duran, Logen Eaves, Krystal Emshoff, Kandace Goff, Elizabeth Guynes, Katie Holmes, Agnes Krahn, Marti Luttrell, Nathan Mints, Aubrey Mitchell, Carley Moore, Triston Read, Ashlee Rogers, Ashley Sanderson, Peyton Taylor, Reese Totty, Melvin Warner, Dalton Westray and Thomas Wilson. SECOND GRADE — Hannah Badejo, Mia Bounds, Jacklon Cozby, Briana Cramer, Mandy Crooks, Andrew Gray, Braxton Hammon, Abby Hays, Maile Hopkins, David Krahn, Randal Long, William Lumpkin, Tyler Reid, Connor Richardson, Kody Risenhoover, Blake Rodgers, Riley Tackett, Meagan Terry and Braden Waters. THIRD GRADE — Joe Bridges, Kali Bunch, Cheyenne Burch, Nolan Clark, MaKindsey Cozby, Abigail Crohan, Angelica Ginn, Helen Harrison, Brittany Herring, Rebecca Jordan, Randall Kelton, Morgan Lamance, Cody Lawson,

Boyd Middle School
Fourth six weeks A Honor roll SEVENTH GRADE — Jake Bryans, Shay Dodson, Cody Drake, Tori Lobdell, Bailee Luttrell, River Martin, Sonny McCarmack, Marley McCune, Amber Montgomery, Gabriella Saldivar, Caleb Smith, Lindsey Stone and Harrison Trantham. EIGHTH GRADE — German Barcenas, Shane Culver, Ashley Montgomery and Taylor Truly. A/B Honor roll SEVENTH GRADE — Seferino Cardona, Austin Cozby, Savanna Deacon, Kelcei Dees, Grant Fix, Paije Ford, Chance Herron, Nicholas Hittle, Cody Jacobs, Stephanie Jordan, Kaylee McAdams, Ryan Reed, Maritza Rodriquez, Alena Sambrosky, Cameron Schulte, Travis Sitzman, Kimberly Smith, Mackensie Smith, Saffron Smith, Michelle Soky, Joseph Tate, Mireya Uribe and James Woodruff. EIGHTH GRADE — Holly Brooks, Andrea Cheek, Chelsea Elkins, Eric Es-

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Tiffany Thrasher says she’s amazed about how caring the faculty is at the WC Education Center in Decatur. “They’re so willing to work with you and go out of their way to help.” Tiffany’s a little “amazing” herself. The single mom of two small children is a full-time student working on a business degree and works full time, too. She’ll transfer to Texas Wesleyan soon to pursue a law degree. “WC has really given me a good start on my education,” said Tiffany. “Hey, if anyone here needs a good lawyer for anything in a few years, give me a call!”

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Even though he didn’t rope a steer or ride a bull, Richard Griffin of Forest Hill went home as one of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s luckiest contestants Feb. 8. Griffin won the 2009 GMC truck given away by James Wood in Decatur and Denton and KSCS FM radio. He was one of 4,000 persons who had registered at Wood’s exhibit-hall booth. At the final rodeo matinee, Griffin was one of six semi-finalists who drew a Dierks Bently CD and visited with KSCS radio personality Brother Van. Each CD came with either a “finalist” sticker or a $100 gift certificate. Griffin and the two others who found the sticker were driven into the arena, where each drew one of three random keys that could start the red 1/2-ton. “Richard was so nervous he had to hand his envelope back to me to open. He drew the first key, and the first key started the truck,” said Susan Miller, marketing director for James Wood. “He was shaking before starting the truck and definitely overwhelmed after his key was the lucky one,” recalled Roy Young, who as general sales man-

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GREAT DAY AT THE RODEO — James Wood Motors’ Carey Williams (left) has the happy duty of presenting a 2009 GMC pickup to Richard Griffin of Forest Hill, who won it at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Feb. 8. With them are Wood’s Roy Young and Brother Van of KSCS Radio. “Four thousand persons signed up to win this truck, and Richard was the lucky one,” Williams said. ager for the Decatur dealership has witnessed several drawings during James Wood’s long association with the Stock Show. “Richard’s wife was in the audience, and it must have felt like she was watching the drawing in slow motion on the big screen,” Young said.

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that one in five Americans suffers from all types of allergies, and of these between 15 and 30 percent have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. With so many people affected by allergies, it has become a growing trend to market pets as hypo-allergenic or suitable for people with allergies. Dr. Mark Stickney, director of General Surgery Services at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, discusses the causes of these allergies and how to keep them at bay while enjoying the companionship of a cherished pet. “While there are dogs and cats that are marketed as hypoallergenic, there is really no such thing,” Stickney said. “People can be allergic to anything and it varies by per-

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son.” The most common causes of pet allergies from dogs are flaking skin, called dander, and seasonal allergies can be caused by pollen spores that have attached to a dogs fur and brought into a house. The kinds of dogs that are probably less likely to cause allergies are those with short hair and those that are less-likely to shed. These include terriers such as Yorkies and Westies, Poodles and Schnauzers. “There are really no breeds of cats that are better for people with cat allergies because these allergies are usually caused by the cat’s saliva,” Stickney said. “When a cat grooms itself, the saliva dries on its fur and is then transferred to the pet owner.” There are some breeds of pets, such as the Chinese Crested dog

GRAND CHAMPION — Cooper Holland, 9, of Decatur exhibited the grand champion bull, Sanddollar Charger, at the Autobahn Classic held Feb. 19-22 at the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth. The event featured 110 youth participants from five states exhibiting 347 Longhorn cattle. After winning first in his class, Holland took his 11-month-old black and white bull back into the arena for the championship round. He won the title over six other first place finishers. Holland also one second in showmanship.

and Sphinx cat, that are mostly or completely hairless. These pets may be less likely to cause allergies as the fur will not hold onto allergens. “While hairless pets may be an option for people with allergies, these types of animals come with their own problems,” said Stickney. “Hairless dogs have to be washed very often as they tend to have very oily skin and other skin problems.” There also alternative pet options for people with allergies if they are willing to be a little adventurous. Reptiles, birds, rats, guinea pigs and fish are among the possibilities. “It may take some experimentation to find the right pet as different people are allergic to different kinds of animals, but reptiles and fish should be safe for just about

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SCIENCE FUN — Slidell Elementary students entered 107 projects in the science fair. Pictured are first, second and third place winners. In the front row, from left, are Mason Finney, Ben McCasland and Lexi Gonzales; in the second row are Bailey Hawkins, Logan Bredemeyer and Shaylee Galvan; in the third row are Dustin Davis, Ross Filbin, Brody Miller, Cate Zuniga and Devin Stubblefield; and in the back row are Brittany Wright, Sarah Beavers, Rosa Verdugo, Jose Zuniga and Kevin Oney.

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Continued from 9 on the allergens attached to your pets and floating around your house,” said Stickney. “If possible, grooming should be left to someone who is not allergic as to minimize your contact with the pet’s fur and dander.” Owning a pet is a fulfilling experience and something that many of us could not bear to live without. While allergies may dictate the breed or type of animal one can live with, everyone should be able to find a pet that they can love and that doesn’t make them sneeze. ABOUT PET TALK...Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at http://tamunews.tamu. edu.

anybody,” Stickney said. However, if one has their heart set on owning a dog or cat there are a few steps that they can take to alleviate some of the allergy risks. “Bathing your pet once a week and vacuuming your house often are two precautions you can take to cut down

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Business Hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Deadlines Classifieds: Thursday Issue: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Sunday Issue: 11:30 a.m. Friday Classified Gold: 11:30 a.m. Friday Real Estate and Classified Display: Thursday Issue: 3 p.m. Thursday Sunday Issue: 3 p.m. Tuesday Classified Gold: 3 p.m. Wednesday Special Offers Business Services: Place a paid ad for four weeks in the Business Services classification of the Wise County Messenger for $50. Receive a bold heading and the fifth week is FREE. Run the same ad in Classified Gold for an additional $32 for five weeks (price based on 20 word or less ad). For Sale: Place a paid ad with a bold headline for two weeks for $25, and if you don’t sell your item at the end of two weeks, you’ll receive the next two weeks FREE. Run the same ad in Classified Gold for an additional $16 for four weeks (price based on 20 word or less ad). Classified Advertising Policy Classified ads for the Sunday/Thursday edition are $12 per week for 20 words or less (each additional word is 60¢). Run the same ad in Classified Gold for an additional $8 per week (20 words or less; each additional word is 40¢). Error Responsibility Customers are asked to check their ad immediately after it appears in the paper and report at once any error found. Claims for adjustment should be made at that time. The Wise County Messenger is responsible for an incorrect ad only the first time it runs, so check your ads carefully. Classified Gold goes into 21,000 additional homes. Payments In person: 115 S. Trinity St., Decatur By Mail: Wise County Messenger P.O. Box 149 Decatur, TX 76234-0149

• Acreage • Business Property • Condos/Town Homes • Duplexes • Homes • Lots • Mobile Homes • Wanted to Buy

• Apartments • Business Property • Condos/ Town Homes • Duplex Housing • Homes • Mobile Homes • Rooms • Roommate Wanted • Spaces & Lots • For Lease • Wanted to Rent • Wanted to Lease • Facilities • Storage Buildings

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

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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. INVESTORS/DEVELOPERS 23.6 acres close to intersection, Highway 114/FM 51 North. Platted, ready for development. Must sell situation. (940)393-6200. 4/3/2 IN ALVORD lots of personality, 2,800 square feet, fenced front & back yards. $135,000. (940)427-2412. AFFORDABLE New 3/2/1 home. Open floorplan. Outdoor patio. Top builder. Excellent finish out. Great location. $109,900. Sandy Onks, C-21, (940)389-0846. 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, 4-BEDROOM 3-bath brick, CH/A, fireplace, updated/remodeled. On 15 ag exempt acres, 3-stall barn, 2 shops, pond. $259,000. (940)389-5372, (940)389-8164. 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. 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. Efficiency apartments for rent, $650/month, all bills paid. (940)433-3133.

EMPLOYMENT
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 custom home on 14 acres, Decatur. Horses OK. No smoking, pets negotiable. Must have references. $2,250/month. (940)627-3944. 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. RHOME RENTAL 3/1.5/1, huge fenced backyard, Northwest ISD, quiet neighborhood, no smoking, some pets OK. $895/month, $650/deposit. Owner/agent, (940)399-3900.

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.

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

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.

Childcare
Daycare teachers needed. Apply in person, 1403 Hovey Street, Bridgeport.

Wanted to buy
Wise County Cowboy Church is looking for 10-15 acres in the Decatur area. Contact Pastor Doug Moreland, 903-785-9396 or 903-227-7369.

Food service 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. 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.

RENTALS
• Apartments • Business Property • Condos/Town Homes • Duplex Housing • Homes • Mobile Homes • Rooms • Roommate Wanted • Spaces & Lots • For Lease • Wanted to Rent • Wanted to Lease • Facilities • Storage Buildings

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

RENTALS
Apartments

Mobile Homes
2-bedroom, 1-bath mobile home. 160 CR4191, Decatur. No smoking/pets. Includes washer/dryer, stove, refrigerator. All electric. $700/month, + deposit. (940)399-3646. 3-bedroom, 2-bath triple wide with refrigerator on 5 fenced acres, Paradise. No smoking. $925/month, $500/deposit. (940)577-1238. 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.

Condos/town homes
3/2 CONDO For sale in Runaway Bay. Private pool, access to lake. $68,000. (940)210-9625.

1/1, living, kitchen, garage apartment. Newly renovated. Kitchen appliances included. Immediate availability. $475/month, $475/deposit, No smoking, no pets. (940)627-4979.

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.

Interested in working in new, fast growing business & like sweets? Then call Colleen, (940)626-8137 for interview & details.

Medical/Dental

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. 1ST TIME HOME BUYER? I know where the deals are! Zero down & then some! Buy Wise Real Estate. (940)399-3900.

BRIDGEWOOD Executive Suites
Bridgeport, TX

Spaces & lots
“Timeless Elegance”

Trinity Care Center

1, 2 & 3
Bedroom Apartments

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.

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

Washer & dryer included
Garages available

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

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

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.

817-929-5910
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.

817-825-4647
3/2 brick, Rhome area. Ask for Beki, (817)636-2555.

Wanted to rent
Lake Bridgeport professional would like to rent a cabin/house on the lake during June & July. (940)781-1663.

Mobile Homes
1,680 SQUARE FEET on 1 acre in Justin. $125,000. (469)556-7644 or Number9ranch@aol.com. BRING THE KIDS! Large 3 & 4-bedroom starter homes on 1+ acres. Homes have new carpet, appliances & fenced yards! Small down, no credit needed, and owner assisted finance. (817)501-8483.

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE:
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

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.

Full-time LVN position with benefits available in assisted living facility, Monday-Friday. Apply in person, 300 Devereaux, Decatur; or fax resume to (940)627-1159. Home health agency seeks responsible caring adults to help with daily living tasks. Wise County openings. Please contact Betty, 1(800)866-6705.

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.

* Christopher Grace Custom Homes is now offering

CNAs (Certified Nurse Assistants), RNs ,OTs, and PTA - Full time

NOW HIRING:

NEW HOMES LOADED WITH UPGRADES
Beginning at $989 monthly! You Must See These Homes!
HIGH MESA ESTATES – Build on a 1 1/2 acre lot from $1,199 a month in Decatur ISD. COPPERFIELD ESTATES – Bring your horses and Build on a 2 acre lot from $1,625 a month in Bridgeport ISD. CASTLEBURY ESTATES – Build on a ¼ acre lots from $989 a month in Bridgeport ISD. CIMMARRON BAY – Build on 2+ acres lots with Lakefront and Golf course views from $1,999 a month in Bridgeport ISD. OUR FEATURED SUBDIVISION OF THE MONTH IS CASTLEBURY ESTATES! FROM $989 A MONTH Castlebury Estates is a Gorgeous Subdivision situated two miles from Lake Bridgeport in Runaway Bay/Bridgeport ISD and HAS NO CITY TAXES! Take 380/114 into Runaway Bay. South on JO Castleberry (CR 3701) .25 miles on the left is Castlebury Estates. 1 mile from the golf course and 2 miles from the lake!
Our Homes are loaded with everything you need to move in. Build your custom home on the golf course, lakefront and acreage in Runaway Bay, Bridgeport and Decatur! You must see these homes!

WE CAN HELP EVEN WITH BUMPS AND BRUISES ON YOUR CREDIT!
1705 S. FM 51, Suite 108, Decatur

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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106 CACTUS CANYON
¼ Acre Lot with a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Beautiful Front Porch, Extended Covered Patio, Large Kitchen with Island, Jacuzzi Tub, Sante Fe Doors, Full Sod, 6’ Stained Privacy Fence and Sprinkler System. Upgrades Galore! * Only $1,299 monthly Ready for move in.

100 CACTUS CANYON
1/3 Acre Lot with a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath with a Study and Large Dining Room, Front Porch, Covered Patio, Butlers Pantry, Full of Custom Cabinets, Stone Fireplace and Jacuzzi Tub, Full Sod, 6’ Stained Privacy Fence, Sprinkler System and MUCH MORE!! * Only $1,399 monthly Ready for move in.

For Information Please Call Juston Wenham 817-733-3444 www.christophergracecustomhomes.com
*All above payments are based on a 4.5% fixed interest rates for approved buyers through Christopher Grace Custom Homes preferred mortgage company that meet qualification requirements.

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

940-435-9668

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EMPLOYMENT
Gail’s Pharmacy
is looking for a
SERVICE TECHNICIAN Ferguson Beauregard, a leader in artificial lift and wellhead automation for the oil & gas industry, seeks an experienced service technician in the Ponder area. The successful candidate will have 2+ years experience with artificial lift (prefer plunger lift) and/or gas production experience, HS diploma (prefer AA Degree), and current driver’s license. We provide a superior compensation/benefit package including salary, commissions, bonuses, company truck, fuel card, cell phone, credit card; medical, dental, life, vision insurance; 401k, paid time off, employment development, etc. Qualified candidates should submit a resume to humanresources@fergusonbeauregard.com; fax (903)561-3139; P.O. Box 130158, Tyler, TX 75713.

SERVICES
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. 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. MOBILE SATELLITE & RV REPAIRS Certified & insured. All RV, travel trailers, mobile homes & insurance work. (940)466-9676. 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.

FARM AND RANCH
Farm Equipment
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. New John Deere Gator, $5,350. (940)210-5200. OCEAN FREIGHT CONTAINERS New & used. Water tight & rodent proof. Larry Singley, (817)992-9122. STORAGE CONTAINERS Great storage! The best containers at the best price. (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. 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. BLACK ANGUS bulls & bred heifers, registered, 13-17 months, easy calving, good growth, out of A.I. sires. (940)964-2273. www.ntin.net/TruittFarms
ASK ABOUT TREE TRIMMING AND SPRING CLEAN-UP

FULL TIME
FRONT COUNTER CLERK
with great customer service skills.

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

BUY & SELL & TRADE All classes of horses. All riding horses sold, 72 hour unconditional guarantee. (940)224-1470, (940)644-5956. 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. HORSE SALE 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Highway 281 @ I-20, Santo, Texas. www.tacketthorsesale.net, (817)929-3612. 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. 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.

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

Klean Kut

SERVICES

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. Experienced seamstress needed for production work room. Good pay, paid holidays, vacation. Call (940)748-1026. Farm and ranch hand wanted. Wise County. Must have agricultural experience. Baling hay, working cattle, fencing, miscellaneous chores. Housing, wages, benefits. Send resume to: P.O. Box 149, Attention Farm, Decatur, TX 76234. 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. Safety workers needed, March 17-22. Minimum 16 years of age. $8/hour. (817)991-6589, dwhite@oakhillmx.com

SERVICES

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

Insured

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

Fencing
BOBBY’S FENCE All types fencing. Free estimates. Over 25-years experience. (817)444-3213. 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.

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

Pasture and feed
12% all stock, $7.50, 50 lbs. Deer corn, $8.75, 50 lbs. AGVantage Farm & Ranch Supply, 1817 N. Highway 287, (1 mile north of Highway 380), Decatur. (940)627-2312. 1ST CHOICE FERTILIZED coastal round bales, $40-$55/bale. Call for details & minimum. (940)433-3981. AERATION/ANHYDROUS Fertilizer application. Custom baling. SC Squared. (817)944-9451.

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

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Administrative tasks taking over your business? DediKated Resource provides virtual administrative support and local service. Contact Deborah at (940)433-8270, www.dedikatedresource.com. 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.

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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.

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Miscellaneous
ALTERATIONS Custom sewing and mending. Call Sue, (817)300-1446. CARPET REPAIR re-stretch & cleaning. (940)627-3335.

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.

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

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

COASTAL HORSE HAY 2008 square bales in barn, fertilized, no weeds. No minimum. Between Alvord/Decatur. Delivery available. (817)991-7625, (940)627-2813. 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.

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SADDLES for sale. Adult & kid’s. Call (972)977-5507.

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Livestock
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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.

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

Poultry
Chickens. Day (940)644-5210. old to hens.

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Tutoring
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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. Border Collie/Retriever cross puppies. Free to good homes. Call (940)389-4196. CKC LAB PUPPIES 5 chocolate, 1 yellow, all female, 1st shots/wormed, born Dec., 16, 2008. $350/each. (940)644-2576. COCKER SPANIELS Miniature, CKC, females & males, shots/wormed. $400/each. (817)444-7179, (817)891-0486. SHIH TZU, $300-$350 Schnauzers, $250. Rat Terriers, $150. Chihuahuas, $200-$300. Bichon, $250. Beagles, $200. All CKC registered, shots/dewormed. (817)220-05931. WALKER/AUSSIE CROSS puppies. Males, $100/each; females, $50/each. (940)627-6123, (940)389-6365.

MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
SAVE BIG AT AARONS Cleaned & sanitized mattress and foundation sets from $169. Lamp pairs from $29. New 60” Mitsubishi DLP high def TV, $1499. Nice sofa and love seat from $449. Laptop and desktop computers from $329. Refrigerators, washers & dryers plus much more! Cash or Master Card/Visa. Aarons, 1304 Highway 51 S, Decatur, next to Dollar General. Ask for Miles. TIRES & PIANO P265/70R17-1135 M+S, slightly used tires, $250/all. Acrosonic (upright, not tall) piano., $125. (940)627-6378, 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

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Accessories
Aluminum 57” truck tool box with one tray, $125. Hitachi screw gun, $50. Lake Bridgeport, (817)602-8785. TIRES Tractor, good used: four 18.4-30; one 13-38, antique; one 12.4-38, antique; one 12.4-28. Four Goodyear Wrangler AT/SLRE, LT275/65R-18, excellent condition, $300. (940)644-5611, Don.

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Appliances
Whirlpool washer/dryer only 3-months-old, white. Just moved, don’t need anymore. $600/paid. (940)389-2460.

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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, 1283 Ross Lane, off FM 2257 between Briar & Reno, Sat., March 14, 8a.m.-5p.m. Appliances, furniture, clothes, miscellaneous items. Decatur, 103 W. Main, Classic Antique Revival, on the square. Going out of business sale! 75% off! New items daily. Decatur, 278 Hlavek Road, (7 Wires), Sat., March 14, 8a.m.-5p.m. Moving, estate sale. Too much to list!

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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.

Auctions
LIVING ESTATE TOOL & EQUIP. AUCTION March 14, 10a.m., 3 miles North of Krum, FM 2450, North Fork Estates. Forklift, plasma cutter, wire & arc welders, other equipment & tools. Then we will continue to the Auction in Krum at the 4-way stop. No Buyer’s Premium. For more info: Richard Tisdale, License #15940. (940)390-6697, (940)482-3844, twots@embarqmail.com. See web link for details & photos, enter Auctioneer ID #6497, www.auctionzip.com.

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Clothing/Jewelry
PROM DRESSES size 3/4 to 18. Shop Claudia’s Closet first! Reasonable prices. Wedding dresses. 109 W. Main St., Azle. (817)444-7080.

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Furniture
Complete house full of furniture: Living room, bedroom, kitchen, appliances, etc. Call (940)577-2026 or (940)393-1128.

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

Pickups/Vans/SUVs
1974 FORD RANCHERO 351 Cleveland, not running, $500/OBO. Collection of Holiday Barbies, 1990-2000. (817)455-8341. 2006 FORD F-150 King Ranch, 12,300 miles, great shape; 2-tone paint, brown/gold; 4x4 towing package. $ 24,500. (940)433-2133. 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. $6,500/OBO. (254)977-2601. 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.

Personal
13-year-old lead guitarist looking to start a teenage rock band (13-16 years). Call (940)969-2783 for auditions.

TRANSPORTATION
Cars
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. 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! I’LL BUY THOSE YARD CARS as well as your good used cars. Arvin, (817)925-8768.

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Firewood
FIREWOOD FOR SALE Delivery available for additional charge. Wise County, (806)252-7020.

Miscellaneous
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.

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WISE OUTDOORS

Spring turkey hunting forecast ...
lic hunting.” So, if you’re like me and anticipate spending time in the turkey woods soon, take heart, there are plenty of birds out there to hunt and the below normal hatch last spring shouldn’t damper your spirits or chance for success one bit! Contacts Richards Ranch, Jack County — www.richardsranchtexas.com or call Wes

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will have a negative impact on the number of mature gobblers in a couple years, but Mother Nature has her way of balancing things out. I’m often asked by out-ofstate hunters the best area of the state to experience sheer numbers of birds. My answer is always the western counties of the Edwards Plateau. I’ve hunted turkey a lot in Schleicher County and often witnessed more than 200 turkeys working down a draw during late afternoon en route to their roost in live oak trees. I was once hunting with an out of state hunter and we both took nice gobblers during the morning hunt. About an hour before sundown, I told him to leave his shotgun in the cabin and join me with his video camera in a ground blind situated on the side of one of the big draws common to the country. During the last hour of daylight, he kept the camera rolling as flock after flock of turkey passed within sight of our blind, heading to roost. Later we reviewed the video and estimated 250 birds had walked by. There were probably that many more that traveled to roost on the other side of the draw that we could not see. Jack County, just west of Wise County, is another bright spot for turkey hunting. I was there on the 15,000-acre Richards Ranch recently and saw lots of birds, including plenty of Jakes as well as mature gobblers. It was obvious last year’s hatch went well here. Ranch owner Brent Hackley reported turkey numbers were never higher on

Winget (940) 395-2728 Holt River Ranch, Palo Pinto County — www.holtriverranch.com or call John Bryan (940) 452-3415 Rio Rojo Ranch, Red River County (eastern turkey) — www.riorijorancho.com or call Mike Ford (903) 6743750 Joy Ranch, Schleicher County — Call Kerry Joy at (325) 650-2294

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GOBBLERS PLENTIFUL — Although the turkey hatch was below normal last year because of lack of rainfall, hunters can expect plenty of ‘carry over’ mature gobblers like these this spring. his ranch. The Richards has plenty of water and in periods of below normal rainfall, it stands to reason the wildlife benefits from the many ponds, creeks and small lakes on the place. I hunted the Holt River Ranch near Graford in Palo Pinto County during deer season and saw plenty of mature gobblers but few Jakes. Ranch manager John Bryan reports the hatch was down last year but there are plenty of “carry over” birds this spring. While on a bow stand back in December, I observed one bachelor group of five gobblers eating corn at the feeder, all of them sported beards around 10 inches in length. I’m making plans to be in a ground blind here with my bow in a few weeks with a couple of hen decoys out front, in hopes one of arrowing on those boss gobblers. The Texas Panhandle is an often overlooked turkey hunting hotspot. Granted, the number of birds in many areas is not as high as in Central Texas, but hunting pressure is extremely light. I hunted near Memphis in Hall County a couple years ago with my friend, outdoors writer Bob Hood, and we both saw plenty of birds and harvested big gobblers. Turkeys in this country seem to prefer the big, wide draws that are often edged by agricultural fields or CRP land. Several of the Wildlife management areas offer hunts for spring turkey. Hunters have already been drawn for this spring’s hunts, but there are usually a few “stand by” openings for hunters that show up. The national forests in Eastern Texas also provide public hunting for eastern turkey. For more information on public hunting opportunities in the state, check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site www. tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild, check out the subtopic “pub-

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BIRDS
By CLAIRE CURRY

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The two titmouse species intergrade on top of the Cross Timbers. In Denton, I’ve found pure Tufted Titmouse. At my house in northeastern Wise County, the titmice look almost like Tufted but have a dark chestnut forehead instead of a black forehead. Farther west toward Alvord, I’ve seen some with sooty gray crests instead of light gray crests. Just imagine what the ones in Jack County look like! Well, I’ll tell you. We looked for titmice in Fort Richardson State Park. I got good looks at three titmice, and they were all different. One had an all-gray crest and forehead. One had a blackish crest with a light chestnut forehead. One had a light chestnut forehead and a gray crest. I was quite excited to see such a variety, and I also made sound recordings of their calls. In the future, I want to go further west and see where pure Black-crested Titmice begin to occur. In addition to titmice, we were charmed to see a tiny Winter Wren foraging in the dry creek bed. It hopped

Every time I mention that my mom, our friend Judy, and I went out west to Jack County to look at fossils and titmice, I’ve been asked, did you see any fossilized titmice? No, unfortunately we didn’t. However, we did find lots of neat fossils and lots of titmice! First, why were we looking for fossils? Because Mom wanted to. That’s always a good reason for anything. We searched along the edge of Lake Jacksboro. Since the lake was low, we could see lots of rocks. There were rocks that were pretty-colors and dull gray ones. A lot were covered in a layer of mud from where the lake water had covered them. We found some angular, clamshaped ones, which were different from the rounded earshaped ones I see here. Mom later found that they were Schizodus species, which is an extinct type of mollusk. Obviously, these fossilized mollusks were not from Lake Jacksboro. That lake did not exist in the Pennsylvanian period of the Paleozoic era in which these fossils were formed. This was about 325 to 286 million years ago. At that time, this area was at the edge of a shallow sea, which is why all these fossilized mollusks are here. Visit http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/ ~rcb7/nam.html to see maps of the approximate location of these seas in different ancient time periods. Down near the bottom of the page, click on “Early Pennsylvanian (315 Ma)” and “Late Pennsylvanian (300 Ma)” to see maps of North America when these now fossilized mollusks were alive. If you want to identify fossils that you find, the book that Mom uses is “A Field Guide to Fossils of Texas” by Charles E. Finsley. She also told me about a neat Web site that lets you know what age and type of rocks are in our area. It is http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/geology/a_timeterrian.html. This U.S. Geological Survey Web site maps out the rock ages and types across the conti-

and ran and scurried like a mouse among the rocks, poking in the crevices and dirt. We walked further down the trail along the creek, and there was a giant limestone boulder among the live oaks. Fossilized in this huge rock was a beautiful ammonite. We admired it before moving on in search of more titmice. Keep your eyes peeled for animals both old and new, fossilized and alive, as you explore the natural world. You never know what you will find. ■ The next monthly field trip to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands will be Wednesday, April 1. We will leave at 9 a.m. from the Forest Service District Office in Decatur. For more information, please contact Mary Curry (see below) or call the Forest Service District Office at (940) 627-5475. ■ Claire and Mary Curry are nature enthusiasts based in Greenwood. If you would like to contact them, e-mail them at larksparrow@eeclaire.com or call them at (940) 4663299.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LAST SUNDAY’S

WISE COUNTY MESSENGER

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IN NEWS... ■ Fire damages a home ■ Randy Joy gets back on track ■ One teen stabbed, one jailed IN SPORTS... ■ District 9-2A boys basketball team named ■ Paradise makes tracks ■ Bridgeport wins in baseball
VOLUME 129 - NO. 20 SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009 DECATUR, TEXAS 26 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS 75¢

WISE COUNTY

Fire damages home
TIME CHANGE
Don’t forget to move your clocks one hour forward Saturday night before you go to bed for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday. By BRIAN KNOX Not much was salvageable from Nancy Ennis’ home after Wednesday’s fire, but at least there was some good news. She’ll still be able to take her cruise. A passerby noticed smoke coming from the single-wide mobile home Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. By the time the Decatur Fire Department arrived, flames were already beginning to consume the north end of the home. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze before it spread to the entire house. For Ennis, that meant that her bedroom on the opposite end of the house received the least damage. It was in Continued on page 2A

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FAITH REMAINS — A Bible belonging to Nancy Ennis was among the items lost in Wednesday’s fire. In back, Decatur firemen spray foam on the underside of a deck on the front of the trailer home.
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WISE COUNTY
TO SERVE AND PROTECT
Police cadets at the Decatur branch of Weatherford College are halfway through a 10month training program, and now the real fun begins. See story page 5A

Back on track

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FIRE VIDEO
See video of Wednesday’s house fire in Decatur at the Messenger’s You Tube channel at www.youtube. com/wcmessenger.

AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS JOYCE MATHEWS
Chico
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ADDIE WARNER
Bridgeport

DEFYING GRAVITY — Above, Wise County IT Director Randy Joy takes a corner at Eagle Canyon Raceway in Slidell Wednesday at more than 50 mph. Joy, who recently rediscovered his passion for racing motorcycles, will compete in his first official race in 25 years in the novice category at Eagle Canyon Raceway next Saturday.

BRAD CLAYTON
Jacksboro

KATHERINE WILDGRUBE
Gladewater

Whether on a bike or the Internet, high speed is joy
By TRAVIS MEASLEY Lt. Randy Joy, the IT director for the Wise County Sheriff’s office spends most of his days working on computers, fixing Web sites and keeping all the county offices electronically connected. At 53 years old, Joy has done his time in the line of fire, spending six years with the Springtown Police Department, two-and-a-half as the chief and multiple years before that as a K-9 officer in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. Sitting in an office heading up an IT department is slightly less risky. But, while most spend their weekends and days off watching television, fishing, playing golf or just relaxing, Joy puts his life back at risk. But this time it’s on the back of a 600cc motorcycle, flying around turns at nauseating angles and tearing down straightaways at speeds close to 140 mph. “It’s all about adrenaline,” Joy said. “It’s a place to push your limits, to test yourself and see just how far you can go.” Joy started riding when he was young and began racing motorcycles in the early- and mid-1980s, while in his late 20s. After a few years, Joy started to focus on his career and began working with police dogs in the late 1980s in the Metroplex, seemingly leaving motorcycle racing behind. From 1991 to 1997, Joy worked in Springtown, and he then came to work for the sheriff’s office, working with the K-9 units and on crime prevention. Racing was the furthest thing from his mind. In 2003, he became the head of the IT department and coworkers began planting the idea of returning to the track in his mind. “I had a few assistants that would ask me to come look at bikes with them or come out to the race track, but I always said no, Continued on page 8A

KEVIN HARRIS
San Angelo

JOYCE BLOODGOOD
Decatur

STEPHANIE MALONE
Haslet
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WEATHER...
Sat
3/7 76/62
Cloudy with gusty winds. High 76 F . Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.

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Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s.

Mon
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P artly cloudy with a stray thunderstorm.

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

DECATUR

One teen hospitalized, one jailed in stabbing
A 17-year-old Decatur High School student was released from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth early last week after suffering a stab wound during an altercation on North Cowan Street on Friday, Feb. 27. According to Decatur police chief Rex Hoskins, Sean Minor got into a fight with another Decatur High School student, 17-year-old Max Bermudez, at around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 when he was stabbed in the back by another individual, a 15-year-old male. Police are not releasing the name of the assailant due to the fact he is a minor. Hoskins said that Minor and Bermudez had been involved in a dispute at school that could have been the cause of the fight, and the attacker is believed to be related to Bermudez. Minor went to Wise Regional Health System on his own accord and was transferred to Harris Methodist with a punctured lung. Police arrested the 15-year-old that evening, and he is charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury. Neither Minor nor Bermudez were charged.

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