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Update for Friday August 13, 2021

MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY WRECK — A man was killed after being struck by a car south of Bridgeport early Wednesday morning. Wendell Morris Lee Bobert, 37, of Bridgeport was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. According to Wise County Chief Deputy Craig Johnson, the wreck was reported at about 3:25 a.m. on Farm Road 920. “The call was about an auto-versus-pedestrian accident,” Johnson said. “It appears the individual stepped out in front of the vehicle intentionally.” Johnson declined to release the name of the driver or vehicle description, pending further investigation.

COLD CASE SOLVED — Detectives in Newport Beach, Calif., were able to use DNA technology to solve a 40-year-old cold case which led them to a killer buried in a Wise County cemetery. Police announced this week that Kenneth Elwin Marks, who died in 1999 and is buried near Bridgeport, is the person responsible for the 1980 murder of 42-year-old Judy Nesbitt. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office last year assisted with the exhumation of Marks’ body to obtain a DNA sample which helped confirm the killer’s identity. Read more in the weekend Wise County Messenger on newsstands today.

TAX RATE PROPOSED — The Decatur water board has proposed an 8.25 cent tax rate for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. That is a decrease from 8.80 cents this year and will fund an expense budget of $1.59 million. The water board buys untreated water from Lake Bridgeport and transports it by pipeline to the water treatment plant on U.S. 380 west. The largest expense item is $656,500 to purchase water from Tarrant Regional Water District.

WEEKEND RAIN CHANCES — Rain chances return to the forecast this weekend. After a slight chance of storms later today, rain chances increase to 50 percent by Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s forecast also includes a 50 percent chance of storms. Temperatures are also expected to be a bit cooler. Highs Saturday and Sunday should be around 90.

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES — The Decatur Eagles will host a scrimmage affair against Saginaw tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Bridgeport Bulls will travel to Saginaw High School to face Waxahachie Life at 7:30 p.m. The Boyd Yellowjackets welcome Aubrey for an exhibition matchup at 7 p.m. The Alvord Bulldogs will be on the road against Itasca at 5 p.m. The Chico Dragons begin scrimmage play at home against S&S at 7 p.m. Victory Christian Academy will battle against Nazarene at 6 p.m. at VCA.

VOLLEYBALL MATCHES — The Decatur Lady Eagles will continue playing in the Mansfield tournament today and Saturday. The Bridgeport Sissies and Boyd Lady Jackets will open play in the Burkburnett tournament today, and will continue on Saturday. The Paradise Lady Panthers will battle against Victory Christian Academy at 3 p.m. today at VCA. The Chico Lady Dragons will travel for a non-district bout against Ranger at 2 p.m. today. Paradise and Alvord will continue play in the Denton Calvary tournament Saturday.

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY — The First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport will host a Back to School Community Block Party 6-8 p.m. Sunday. It will include food, games and bounce houses, music, and fellowship as well as a back to school blessing for students and teachers.

WISE REPUBLICANS — The Wise County Republicans and Wise Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Wise County Heritage Museum, 1602 S. Trinity Street in Decatur. The guest speakers will be Texas Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) and Texas Federation of Republican Women Vice President of Legislature Robbi Hull. For information about upcoming events and meetings, visit the Facebook pages of Wise Republican Women or Wise Republican Party-Wise County, TX.

FUNERALS — Graveside service for Tim McGar, 59, of Decatur is 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

FUNERAL for Sidney Ray Swindle, 97, of Decatur is 3 p.m. Saturday at Hawkins-Decatur. Family visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.

FUNERAL for Daniel Patrick Jordan, 48, of Alvord is 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Decatur with burial at Oaklawn Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins-Decatur.

SERVICE for Bennie David Smith, 85, of Boyd will be held at a later date. Hawkins-Decatur is handling arrangements.

FUNERAL for Andrew Daniel Wallace Sr., 57, of Springtown is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel in Bridgeport with burial at Chico Cemetery. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

SERVICE for Arthur Manuel, 36, of Chico is 2 p.m. Sunday at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is 1 p.m. prior to the service.

GRAVESIDE service for Margaret Puckett, 69, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. today at Jim Ned Cemetery in Runaway Bay. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.

MEMORIAL service for Victor Elliott, 59, of Bridgeport is 2 p.m. Saturday at Hudson & Torres.

MEMORIAL service for Wendell Bobert, 37, of Bridgeport will be held at a later date. Hudson & Torres is handling arrangements.