MANOUSHAGIAN APPOINTED AS COURT-AT-LAW NO. 2 JUDGE — Dana Davis Manoushagian will be the second judge to serve on the bench in Wise County Court-At-Law No. 2. Wise County commissioners unanimously approved Manoushagian’s appointment Monday. She will start the role Sept. 1, following the retirement of Judge Stephen Wren. The appointment is to fill the unexpired term until the 2024 election. A committee of Wise County Judge J.D. Clark, District clerk-elect Loucrecia Biggerstaff and County Attorney Thomas Aaberg vetted candidates for the appointment and recommended Manoushagian. “She has extensive experience with family law and child protection law, as well as probate and estate planning,” Clark said. “She also has experience with guardianship, criminal law and civil law. She has the whole package in my opinion.” Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger and online at WCMessenger.com.
RUNOFF ELECTION DAY — Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today for the primary runoff election. The ballot includes two local races — county clerk and Precinct 4 county commissioner — and a number of party precinct chair races on the Republican ballot and statewide races on both Republican and Democratic ballots. Voting has been consolidated into four polling locations: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 22 will vote at the Wise County Court Office Building, 308 W. Main St. in Decatur (parking and entrance on north side of building); Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19 will vote at Assumption Catholic Church, 1305 S. Deer Park in Decatur; Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28 and 29 will vote at the Bridgeport Lions Hall, 1107 8th Street.; and Precincts 20, 23, 24, 25, 27 and 30 will vote at the Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave. Results will be posted tonight as they are available at WCMessenger.com.
MARA NAMED CITY MANAGER — Decatur Fire Chief Nate Mara has been named the next Decatur city manager, following a vote of the city council Monday. He will start the new role July 1, following the retirement of Brett Shannon June 30. “Naturally growing up in the fire station, we’re very service-oriented people. This is an opportunity to serve at a much higher level,” Mara said. He was hired as one of the city’s first full-time firefighters in 2007 and has served as chief the last two years. Read more in the midweek Messenger.
BOYD BURGLARY ARREST — One person was arrested, and police are searching for two more suspects who fled from officers Sunday night in Boyd following a call about a burglary in progress in the 400 block of South Ewing Street. The three suspects were spotted by an officer on Cemetery Road, and they fled into a wooded area. One suspect was apprehended and identified as Jonah Lee Lackey, 26, of Poolville. He’s been charged with burglary of a habitation, engaging in organized criminal activity, evading arrest or detention and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He is being held on $35,000 bond. Another suspect, who officers determined was in possession of a firearm, was identified but not located. Boyd Assistant Police Chief Josh Compton said warrants are being sought for his arrest. Compton said the area was searched thoroughly, and residents are not in danger.
STORM CHANCES CONTINUE — Showers and thunderstorms are expected today, mainly after 10 a.m. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch are possible. Today’s high will be around 77 degrees.
BLOOD DRIVE — Wise Health System will host a blood drive 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today at 609 Medical Center Drive. The Carter BloodCare bus will be in the parking lot. Donors can secure a spot with any of these three options: call: 800-366-2834, visit CarterBloodCare.org and click the Donate Now tab or call Steven Gallego at 940-627-5921.
RHOME SUMMER READING CLUB — Registration is now open for the Summer Reading Club at the Rhome Community Library. All children through age 18 are invited to read books and earn prizes. You do not have to live in Rhome to participate. Kick off is Tuesday, May 31. Participation is free. Register online at rhomelibrary.org, “The Rhome Community Library” on Facebook, and @TheRhomeCL on Twitter. You can also register at the library, 265 B.C. Rhome Ave. Call 817-636-2767.
WCWC REGISTRATION OPEN — Weatherford College Wise County is open for registration for summer and fall sessions. Summer 1 will be held June 6-July 12 and session 2 will be held July 13-Aug. 18. Fall 2022 begins Aug. 22. Register now to make sure you get the classes you want. Call 940-627-2690 or visit www.wc.edu.
FUNERALS — Graveside Service for Joan Huseman, 86, of Alvord is 10 a.m. today at the Huseman Family Cemetery. Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Betty Lois Youngblood, 88, of Newark is 2 p.m. Friday at Hawkins-Decatur with burial at Aurora Cemetery. Family visitation is one hour before the service at the funeral home.
SERVICE for Glenn Reed, 62, of Chico is pending at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
FUNERAL for John Stewart, 67, of Boyd is 6 p.m. Thursday at Aurora Baptist Church. Family visitation is one hour before the service at the church. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
NO SERVICE is scheduled for Bob Alley, 73, of Boyd. Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd is handling arrangements.
SERVICE for Ramona Griffin, 91, of Decatur is pending at Hudson & Torres Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
SERVICE for Mildred “Rockie” Waddell, 98, is 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville at 3 p.m. Visitation is at noon. She was the mother of Judy Lambert of Decatur.