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Bowie Council okays 4A, 4B funds for concession stand, 11A


Vol. 91, No. 77 • Two sections, 24 pages

quickreads weekend edition

Moving day for county


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Co. deputy shot on traffic stop Suspect dies after crash, shootout with officers in Decatur

Several of the Montague County offices will be closed this week as they move to the new courthouse annex across the street. Closed March 2529 will be the county clerk, tax office, county attorney, adult probation, election administrator, judge, auditor and treasurer. Many of these officials have forwarded their calls to cell phones, so you may be able to get a question answered via the phone. However, there will be no public access to the new annex until the move is completed.


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Easter week fun planned

Many church and community events are planned during the week leading up to Easter, including musicals and egg hunts for the kids. Page 8A

sportsnews Grottie wraps HS with gold

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Montague County Deputy James Boyd is loaded into a Bowie Ambulance after he was shot three times on a traffic stop. Bowie Police Officers gather material and possible evidence at the scene. By BARBARA GREEN

Every law officer knows their life hangs in the balance each time they step out of the relative safety of their patrol unit to make a traffic stop. A 27-year-old Montague County deputy came face-to-face with that truth Thursday when a possible fugitive from Colorado shot Deputy James Boyd three times and left him lying on the road using what energy he had to radio “10-33.” That dreaded number means emergency, but a few seconds later two words came across the scanner, “officer down.” It is a call sign that sends lawmen and emergency responders into a different sort of overdrive to not only help the officer as quickly as possible, but to find any suspect in the same fashion. At 11:01 a.m. on March 21, Deputy Boyd was making what is believed to be Courtesy photo a routine traffic stop, when he was shot three times by a man in a black vehicle. Montague County Deputy James Boyd Boyd called for help, and was able give was recovering well from surgery at Harris Methodist Hospital on Friday. See SHOOTING 4A

(Left) Texas Ranger Marshall Thomas talks with Montague County SO Investigator Dale Ingram as they process the crime scene of the shooting.

Suspect linked to CO deaths

Meet Kelsey Grottie, Bowie High’s state gold medal powerlifter. She ends her high school career with an outstanding season. Page 1B

Amon Carter gives lunker Lake Amon Carter catch takes Toyota Sharelunker 546 with a 13.75 lb. bass. Page 6B

obituaries Nocona: Carl Bratton, 52 Bridgeport: Mary B. Myrick, 98

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Photo by Joe Duty, Wise County Messenger

(Top) After the suspect crashed the Cadillac he was driving into a rock hauler truck, he got out of the mangled car and began shooting at officers again. Officers returned fire and shot the suspect in the head. (Right) This is a mugshot from Colorado of the possible suspect in the case identified as Evan Spencer Ebel.

The suspect in Thursday’s shooting of a Montague County deputy has been identified as Evan Spencer Ebel, and investigators continue to explore his possible connection to two murders in Colorado. Wise County Sheriff David Walker conducted a press conference Friday confirming the man’s identity. Walker also said that Ebel was fatally shot at the scene Thursday when he came out of his crashed vehicle firing at officers. Ebel was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:20 p.m. Thursday with an autopsy scheduled by the Tarrant County See SUSPECT 4A

92 years as Montague County’s community news leader


Vol. 92, No. 40 • Two sections, 20 pages


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


mid-week edition

Bowie will get dressed up for the Christmas season this weekend as Main Street Bowie hosts the annual Hanging of the Green. Starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 16, volunteers from the MS Board, as well as community groups will hang lighted garland on the downtown light posts. If you would like to participate meet in front of the city auditorium Saturday. Don’t forget entry forms are available for the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade on Dec. 7. The lighted parade rolls out at 7 p.m. Forms are at 201A Walnut or download online at www.

An estimated crowd of nearly 1,500 attended Monday’s Veteran’s Day dedication ceremony for the new Montague County Veteran’s Monument that showcases nearly the names of nearly 2,000 county veterans, living and dead.

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Hundreds of folks rubbed an etching of their veteran’s name from the monument wall. More photos on 8A.

Thank you veterans

Brad Slade makes a catch for the Jackrabbits during Bowie’s 27-15 victory over Callisburg Friday, which earned the team a trip to the playoffs. Story on 1B.

Four teams to playoffs After a round of playoff action last Friday night, four Montague County football teams advance to post-season play. They include Bowie, Nocona, Saint Jo and Gold-Burg. The Lady Indians also advanced to regional quarterfinals Tuesday.

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Gamblin leaving prec. 2 A called meeting has been posted for 9 a.m. Nov. 13, where Precinct Two Montague County Commissioner James Gamblin will present his resignation for court action. Gamblin won the primary election in 2010 following the retirement of longtime Commissioner Jerry Clement. Gamblin took office six months early. His term was up for election in the March 2014 primary. Gamblin said he is leaving to take a job in the oil industry. Judge Tommie Sappington said they havebeen looking into candidates to fill out the 14 months left in the term and may make an appointment Wednesday.

Election filings begin


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Montague County veterans’ monument dedicated By BARBARA GREEN

Amidst patriotic music, waving flags and cannon salutes, Montague County celebrated all its veterans as the new monument was unveiled on the courthouse square at the county seat. Nearly 2,000 names of veterans from across the county are etched into the nine black granite panels located on the northeast corner of the square. There are veterans etched on the stone who have gone to their glory and veterans who walked with their children up to the panels to touch the white letters of their name in the cool stone. Unveiling of the marker was the culmination of three years of planning and fundraising from citizens and veterans from all over Montague County. More than $70,000 was raised through business donations and individuals who paid $50 to sponsor their vet-

eran’s name on the wall. The monument has room for up to 5,000 names, and additional names will be added at future intervals. Forms are available to submit a name. An estimated 1,500 people filled the square covering the lawns, steps, sidewalks and spilling into the street. Tarps covered the marker to help keep some of the surprise when it was unveiled. The monument was surrounded by a contingent of Patriot Guard members who each carried an American Flag. The flag was raised for the first time on the monument flagpole by members of the Nocona VFW Post 8558, followed by the National Anthem from Cynthia Noble. Joe Caballero, pastor of the Montague County Cowboy Church, gave the invocation reflecting on the sacrifice and service of the veterans as the reason the citizens filling the square are able to worship their See MARKER 2A

Filing for the 2014 party primaries began Nov. 9 and will continue through Dec. 9. Just a few days in, the Montague County Republican Party has drawn the most interest from candidates as 10 had filed by Tuesday. County Chair Mari-Kathryn Braswell said the applications have been made, but she was in the process Tuesday evening of verifying and getting them filed with the Secretary of State. As expected in the county races, county judge has garnered three candidates as Chris Hamilton, Rick Lewis and Ron Walker, all have filed to run on the Republican ticket. County Judge Tommie Sappington will be retiring. For county treasurer, LaJuana Yarbrough has filed. Incumbent Linda McGaughey has indicated she will run, had not filed as of Tuesday. Other candidates include: Lesia Darden, disSee FILING 2A

Court waits to fix election fund By BARBARA GREEN

Despite being told its bookkeeping for a federal grant is in error and the county could face an audit on election machine funds, Montague County Commissioners delayed setting up a separate line item for these funds and putting the required funds back into that line instead of the general fund. Elections Administrator Brandi Shipman

told the court at a previous meeting, in 2006 the county did not set up a dedicated revenue account for all the money received for election machine rentals to cities and schools. Referring to Sec. 31, 100 of the Texas Election Code, Shipman said money paid to a county election official under an election services contract shall be deposited in a separate fund in the county’s treasury. The only items this

money can be used for is maintenance and repairs of the voting machines. Montague County received a HAVA grant in 2006 to pay for the majority of the machines. Shipman said at that point any lease funds should have gone into a dedicated fund, but that was not done. There is no line item and at this point no funds to address any repairs or problems with machines. County Clerk Glenda

Henson said the machines cost about $5,000 each and since they began using them about $400,000 has been spent on elections. Shipman was appointed as election administrator Oct. 1, 2012, taking over those duties from Henson. Shipman told the court she would like to get the accounting problem addressed before the county gets audited, which is a possibility now the HAVA grant period is over. Wise

County was recently audited. Henson said there was no income from the machines until 2006. At the previous meeting, Commissioner Bob Langford said he had questions about how the elections judges are paid, but Shipman had told him the entities, such as the school district or city, pay for their own judges. The county only pays for judges when it conducts the election. Discussion See COUNTY 6A

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