UPDATE

Friday, April 29, 2016

COLLEGE TO RETURN $1.4 MILLION TO STATE — This week the Agency Operations Committee, a subgroup of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), decided Weatherford College must pay back $1.4 million in disputed funding, but it will have five years to do so, instead of the originally suggested two-year timeframe. According to THECB, the college didn’t comply with the board’s rules for enrollment data used in funding related to continuing education classes and over-reported 250,012 hours for the 2014 base period. The Agency Operations Committee met Wednesday in Austin and discussed the issue in closed session for just over an hour before emerging and announcing their recommendation to extend the time period for payback. Committee members presented their opinion to THECB Thursday. No one from Weatherford College testified at either meeting. Read more in the weekend Messenger on newsstands Saturday.

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Gravestones toppled at rural cemetery Outlaw’s legend lives on Golf: Read leads Sissies to 5th place finish
 
Gravestones toppled at rural cemetery

Gravestones toppled at rural cemetery

Ball Knob Cemetery rests at the top of a hill northeast of Alvord, one of the highest points in Wise County.

Outlaw’s legend lives on

Outlaw’s legend lives on

For a once larger-than-life presence in the South, the grave of George "Machine Gun" Kelly is incredibly simple.

Golf: Read leads Sissies to 5th place finish

Golf: Read leads Sissies to 5th place finish

After a downhill putt on No. 2 rolled 8 feet past the hole, Bridgeport senior Lexi Read faced an early test in her round Tuesday.




NEWS HEADLINES

Gravestones toppled at rural cemetery

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

Ball Knob Cemetery rests at the top of a hill northeast of Alvord, one of the highest points in Wise County.

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Outlaw’s legend lives on

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Racey Burden

For a once larger-than-life presence in the South, the grave of George "Machine Gun" Kelly is incredibly simple.

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Teens injured in car crash

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Five Alvord teenagers were injured Friday around 8:30 p.m. when the vehicle in which they were riding hit a tree.

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Bradford indicted for sex assault

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

A former Bridgeport school bus driver has been indicted for sexually assaulting four children at the city's summer camp.

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SPORTS HEADLINES

Golf: Read leads Sissies to 5th place finish

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Richard Greene

After a downhill putt on No. 2 rolled 8 feet past the hole, Bridgeport senior Lexi Read faced an early test in her round Tuesday.

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Tennis: Slidell duo earns state bid

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Richard Greene

After finishing third last year at the Class A Region III tournament, Kylie Franklin and Megan Garcia set a state tournament as their only goal this year.

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OUR OPINIONS

It’s spring, weather you like it or not


Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | By Brian Knox

Spring storm season in Texas is always a great reminder of the awesome power of nature. Of course, depending on where you are located and the type of weather you experience, you might replace the word "awesome" in the previous sentence with other adjectives such as "destructive," "terrifying" or even "deadly."

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Elections promise bright future

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Robin Holmes

I'm looking forward to elections for mayor and council. This poor town of Rhome is plagued with the stigma of not caring about the citizens, and it has to stop.

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Why Christians oppose homosexuality

Published Saturday, April 23, 2016
By Karen Flesher

People who support homosexuality know that Christians do not, but I have learned that some supporters do not know why Christians are opposed.

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