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decatur - Wise County Messenger

decatur - Wise County Messenger

decatur - Wise County

VOLUME 130 - NO. 80 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2009 DECATUR, TEXAS 20 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS 75¢ Messenger photos by Joe Duty FIGHTING THE FLAMES — Firemen from three departments spent hours putting out a blaze Friday morning. Below, a fireman from the Greenwood/ Slidell Volunteer Fire Department hits a hot spot in the house. Greenwood/Slidell, Decatur and East Wise fire departments responded to a house fire at midnight Thursday night. The twostory stone home in the 3300 block of Greenwood Road north of Decatur was a total loss. The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, By KRISTEN TRIBE county taxes and $0 for the branch campus maintenance tax. Although the county commissioners managed A taxpayer younger to lower the tax rate by than 65 will pay $377.09 almost half a cent, taxpayers will still see a bigger for the branch campus in county taxes and $48.51 bill in 2009-2010. maintenance tax. The 5-cent branch campus maintenance tax for maintenance tax will be The branch campus Weatherford College Wise set annually, as is the County was set last week county tax rate, and will by commissioners and be based upon a budget takes effect this fiscal year. provided by Weatherford Taxpayers will pay a total College. of 43.87 cents per $100 The rate is frozen at 5 valuation in taxes to the cents for individuals age county – 38.87 cents county tax and 5 cents branch NICKEL — The new tax rate for Weatherford is ever set at less than 5 Messenger photo by Joe Duty 65 and older. If the rate campus maintenance tax. College is five cents. cents, the freeze for age 65 The first $100,000 of and older will be bumped homestead value for taxpayers age 65 and older (as of Jan. 1, 2009) is ex- The tax rate in Parker County for Weatherford down to the lower rate. empt from the branch campus maintenance tax. College is 10.49 cents causing Precinct 2 commissioner Kevin Burns to joke that the Wise County That means a homeowner, age 65 and older, whose homestead is valued at $97,012 (the average homestead value in Wise County) will pay $377.09 in Continued on page 9A Wise County Messenger P.O. Box 149 115 South Trinity Decatur, Texas 76234 www.wcmessenger.com News Briefs . . . . . . . .3A Opinion . . . . . . . . . . .4A Lifestyle . . . . . . . . . .6A Obituaries . . . .11A, 12A Sports . . . . . . . . . . . .1B Classifi eds. . . . . . . . .3B Wise Business . . . . . .8B Messenger journalist Andrew May takes his first flight, and he even got to pilot the plane. See page 2A and firemen spent hours putting water on the flames. Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd said the cause is still under investigation. A smoke detector woke the couple living in the home, and they were not injured. Fire departments cleared the scene at 5 a.m. Friday. If you are not registered to vote in next month’s election, Monday’s the deadline. Call Elections Administrator Lannie Noble at (940) 626-4453 or bring applications to the office at 1555 W. Business 380, Suite 1, Bridgeport and Decatur library patrons can now access material from 11 more libraries. See page 2A By MANDY BOURGEOIS The Boyd School Board met with administration and coaching staff Tues day to discuss plans for a new athletic complex to be built south of the new high school. While the board has not decided whether to approve the construction of the sta dium, the board did agree to continue plans for the sta dium, which is estimated to cost between $5 and 6 mil lion. “We went over the plans again and got input from board members and coaches and administrators on what direction we wanted to go with the various components of the athletic complex,” said Assistant Superintendent Ted West. “The complex we’re looking at consists of a field house, football field a track, stadium and press box. There are five different components and we talked about different design fea tures and options the com plex could have.” Funding will most likely come from the district’s fund balance, West said, and not bond funds. “This was definitely not included in the bond. That’s what makes this a unique project – we are trying to pay for this out of pocket,” West said. “The district has done Messenger photo by Joe Duty 4-H EXPLOSION — Wise County 4-H hosted 4-H Explosion at Weatherford College in Decatur Sept. 26. Above, Falon Sachse of Decatur minds the photography exhibit. Continued on page 7A in Decatur. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 5. The ballot will include 11 con stitutional amendments and bonds for voters in the Bridge port and Decatur school district. Sun 70/63 10/4 Scattered thunderstorms possible. www.wcmessenger.com/weather DECATUR CIVIC CENTER Halloween Bash Carrier Route Presort BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID Decatur, TX Permit No. 88 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009 HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LAST SUNDAY’S OCTOBER 31, 2009 RSVP BY MON., OCT. 26 $45/PERSON • $80/COUPLE 940-627-2369 DECATUR WISE COUNTY MESSENGER IN NEWS... ■ Board plans for new stadium ■ Home destroyed in early-morning fire ■ Here’s what you’ll pay in county taxes IN SPORTS... ■ Bulls fall in shootout with steers ■ Bulldogs end county’s 3-week winless streak ■ Blowout loss keeps Texans winless WISE COUNTY Home destroyed in early-morning fire BOYD Board plans for new stadium WISE COUNTY Here’s what you’ll pay in county taxes WISE COUNTY Register to vote WISE COUNTY INDEX WILL FLY FOR RIBS BOOKS APLENTY WEATHER SUBSCRIBE TODAY! www.wcmessenger. com/subscribe Messenger photo by Joe Duty LIGHT SHOW — After a drier than normal August, fall arrived last month with both cooler temperatures and an increase in rain showers. Some of those showers have been in the form of thunderstorms with lightning, such as the one above on Sept. 21. Decatur received nearly 5 inches of rain in September, making it the wettest month so far in 2009. ALVORD • AURORA • BOYD • BRIDGEPORT • CHICO • DECATUR • GREENWOOD • NEWARK • NEW FAIRVIEW • PARADISE • RHOME • RUNAWAY BAY •SLIDELL JAMES WOOD HYUNDAI DECATUR WOOD BEATS ANY DEAL 100 NEW HYUNDAIS! 2009 Accent GS $11,975 11,975* 2009 Elantra GLS $13,975* 2009 Genesis Sedan DemoSpecial #390020 Assurance 2009 Tucson GLS $18,975 * BEST SERVICE BEST PRICES BEST WARRANTY BEST DEALER 2010 Genesis Coupe $22,975 * America’s Best Warranty 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty 817-430-0600 US287South,Decatur 940-627-2177 *All prices are plus tax, title and license. With approved credit. ACCENT #390191. MSRP: $14,570. Wood discount: $1095. Manufacturer’s rebate: $1500. ELANTRA #390147. MSRP: $17,660. Wood discount: $1685. Manufacturer’s rebate: $2000. GENESIS COUPE: #300018. 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