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VOLUME 130 - NO. 88 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2009 DECATUR, TEXAS 24 PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS PLUS INSERTS 75¢ Saturday night, don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Rhome has found a way to spend quality time together – motocross racing. See page 2A Candice McDaniel has given her all as the team’s libero, and she and the Lady Panthers are ready for the playoffs. Newark Formerly of Bridgeport Springtown Newark News Briefs ..... 3A Opinion ........... 4A Lifestyle .......... 6A See page 3B Also, for Friday night football results, see page 1B. Sun 11/1 70/48 See page 14A Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s. Mon 11/2 66/51 Mainly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s. Tue 11/3 62/50 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s. Sports ...............1B Classifi eds .........6B Wise Business 13A Wise County Messenger P.O. Box 149 115 South Trinity Decatur, Texas 76234 www.wcmessenger.com By BRIAN KNOX A Bridgeport High School student has been charged with terroristic threat after making a death threat against several students, police say. By BRANDON EVANS On Christmas Eve in 2007, Tammy Myers lost her leg. What started out as a blood clot took a direction for the worst. Myers suffered an allergic reaction to heparin, an anticoagulant, and doctors had to amputate her left leg. Myers had just moved to Decatur with her son, Brandon, and husband, Lindell. Her road to recovery and learning to cope with the loss of her leg was riddled with additional problems. “I was in the hospital during every holiday in 2008,” she said. “I celebrated my birthday in ICU.” Myers dealt with repeated staph infections in the bone where her leg was amputated. She also recently had another blood clot. This time in her brain. All this complicated an already difficult rehab. “Physical therapy with an amputee is a very extensive and long process,” said Travis Fulton, director of rehabilitation at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. “And it took even longer with According to Steve Stanford, Bridgeport Police Department assistant chief, a student came forward Monday and told a school staff member that a 15-year-old male student had threatened to “kill several students while at school and place bombs throughout the facility sometime in Febru ary of 2010.” The student said the suspect threat ened to “arm himself with guns and homemade Messenger photos by Joe Duty KEEP IN STEP — Tammy Myers, with help from personnel at Wise Regional Health System, founded a local chapter of Amputees in Motion. The group has helped her and others find renewed purpose in life in the wake of amputation. By PHIL MAJOR A heating unit appears to be the cause of a fire that heavily damaged the Boyd Kwik Stop Tuesday evening. Marc Dodd, Wise County fire marshal, said the fire originated in the heating unit in the northeast corner of the store, which is a stockroom. The store was open at the time and three employees were inside. They got out unharmed. No one remembers turning on the unit, Dodd said, but there is a strong indication that it was turned on for the Watch video online: first time this wcmess.com/boydfire season. Dodd reminded residents that they should always have a heating unit checked out by a professional when starting it for the first time. And he also noted that it is a good idea to change out smoke detector batteries when the time change occurs, which is this weekend. The fire started at 6:30 p.m. and quickly filled the downtown skies with thick smoke. Boyd units were assisted by Rhome, Newark and Decatur firemen in bringing the blaze under control. The store lost a large amount of stock to heat and smoke damage, Dodd said. Continued on page 9A Tammy due to all her additional surgeries.” “It’s not easy,” Myers said of the physical ther apy. “It’s difficult and can be painful at times There are times when you want to give up.” But within a year Myers went from rolling in a wheelchair to skydiving from a plane. After almost a year of physical therapy Myers learned to walk with her prosthetic leg. But she didn’t stop there. With the help of her physica therapist Brett Brazile, along with several other employees at Wise Regional, she founded a loca chapter of Amputees in Motion (AIM) in 2008. “When I lost my leg, I felt that something good should come out of it,” Myers said. “I never re alized before how many other amputees are out there. It became my passion.” She celebrated the founding of AIM by skydiv ing. Skydiving was appropriate due to the approach of AIM, which encourages its members to stay ac tive. Myers is quick to point out that AIM is not a typical support group. They focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do. Continued on page 8A Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday – your last chance to vote in this year’s general election. See page 10A for a list of polling locations. The ballot includes 11 amendments to the Texas Constitution and school bond issues in Bridgeport and Decatur. Early vote totals included 1,488 through 5 p.m Friday, according to Wise County Elections Admin istrator Lannie Noble. Early voting ended Friday night after the Messenger’s press deadline. Bridgeport ISD Bond Proposition 1 Prop. 1 includes $15 million to build and modify Continued on page 10A Carrier Route Presort BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID Decatur, TX Permit No. 88 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009 WISE COUNTY MESSENGER HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LAST SUNDAY’S DECATUR IN NEWS... ■ Student makes death threat ■ Group gives amputee new look on life ■ Fire started in heating unit ■ Bonds, amendments on Tuesday’s ballot IN SPORTS... ■ ’Jackets move closer to title ■ Bulldogs stuble against Tigers TIME CHANGE After trick-or-treating BRIDGEPORT Student makes death threat INSIDE ... DECATUR FAMILIAR BOND The Green family from IN SPORTS ... BATTLE SCARS Paradise volleyball player AREA DEATHS AND FUNERALS JEAN WALDROP ANITA JOYCE SHIPLEY JANET STAGGS REV. BILLY GENE SHIPP WEATHER... INDEX Group gives amputee new look on life BOYD Fire started in heating unit WISE COUNTY Bonds, amendments on Tuesday’s ballot SUBSCRIBE TODAY! www.wcmessenger. com/subscribe Messenger photo by Joe Duty SPOOKY FUN — The Decatur Civic Center transformed into a Halloween-themed dance hall at Saturday’s Halloween Bash. The event featured elaborate decorations, costumed-guests, food, a dance and plenty of fog. See more Halloween photos on page 14. 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