UPDATE

Thursday, October 2, 2014

LOCAL DEMOCRATS SUE ELECTIONS COMMISSION, ADMINISTRATOR - Wise County's new elections administrator and members of the county's elections commission are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in 271st District Court by the Wise County Democratic Party. Tracy Smith, Democratic Party Chair, filed the lawsuit in opposition to the Sept. 23 appointment of Jim Parker to replace Lannie Noble, who recently resigned his position as elections administrator. Parker was serving as a vice chair for the Wise County Republican Party at the time of the appointment - a position from which he resigned immediately after the meeting. Smith's lawsuit claims the appointment violates the Texas Election Code. Other defendants in the suit are interim County Judge Glenn Hughes, Wise County Republican Party Chair Allen Williamson, Tax Assessor-Collector Monte Shaw and County Clerk Sherry Lemon, all members of the elections commission. Smith is also a member and last week cast the lone vote against Parker's appointment. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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2 hurt as train collides with truck Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles
 
2 hurt as train collides with truck

2 hurt as train collides with truck

Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck the cab of an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise.

Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade

Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade

October can mean different things to different people. Halloween. Colder weather. Colorful leaves. Columbus Day. For Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara, the month of October means another chance to educate children on fire safety in a fun way.

Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles

Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles

Pictures and newspaper clippings of past state cross country champions cover the walls of Decatur coach David Park's classroom. "One of my goals is to have a picture on the wall," said Decatur freshman Taylor Butler.


NEWS HEADLINES

2 hurt as train collides with truck

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Brian Knox

Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck the cab of an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise.

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Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jake Harris

October can mean different things to different people. Halloween. Colder weather. Colorful leaves. Columbus Day. For Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara, the month of October means another chance to educate children on fire safety in a fun way.

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Married couple arrested for bank robbery

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Brian Knox

A Paradise couple has been arrested in connection with a June bank robbery in central Arkansas.

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Dems stump to supportive crowd

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Matthew Britt, Democratic candidate for state representative (District 61), told a crowd of supporters at last Tuesday's Empty Chair Debate that he feels it's wrong for Republicans to shy away from such events.

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SPORTS HEADLINES

Volleyball: Lady Eagles keep district streak rolling

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Lady Eagles started District 8-4A play in the same fashion as they have the past five years - winning.

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Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Richard Greene

Pictures and newspaper clippings of past state cross country champions cover the walls of Decatur coach David Park's classroom. "One of my goals is to have a picture on the wall," said Decatur freshman Taylor Butler.

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OUR OPINIONS

Don’t forget, these are your rights, too


Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | By Jimmy Alford

There is a trend that has gone seemingly unnoticed by the American populace. It's scary, and it affects everyone, yet not only are some people oblivious, others are also enthusiastically in favor of this slow erosion of their rights.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Perry’s conduct tough to defend

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Tracy Smith

I would like to respond to the nonsensical defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry by the Parker County Republican Party chair, Zan Prince

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Start-of-school observations

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Irene Wilson

There's a banner hanging on the fence, "Welcome Back!" The bulletin boards are decorated. Lesson plans are in the book. Groceries are stocked in the kitchens, and the floors shine like a new penny ('til you can see your reflection - Ms. Cindy sees to that).

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