Always remember

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of one of our nation’s most defining days – Sept. 11, 2001. While the attacks were more than a thousand miles away, we felt the emotional impacts right here in Wise County. This edition of the Wise County Messenger is dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and to those who continue to serve our country both at home and abroad. We will always remember.

‘God-given opportunity’

Everyday people are presented opportunities to make a difference in someone else’s life. State Trooper Adolfo Patterson lives by that belief.
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Joy on a day of sorrow

Devastation enveloped the nation Sept. 11, 2001. But for David and Tracie Westray of Boyd, it was also a day of hope.
By Kristen Tribe | Read More…

Local resident served at Ground Zero

For eight months and 19 days, 91,000 people aided in the cleanup and recovery of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the nation.
By Erika Pedroza | Read More…

Tribute for the troops

The Boyd Yellowjackets storm onto the field each fall Friday night to the sound of cheers and the band blaring out the fight song.
By Richard Greene | Read More…

Retired general recalls fateful day at Pentagon

Stories. Undoubtedly, retired U.S. Army two-star general Gene LaCoste of Alvord has more than a few.
By Dave Rogers | Read More…

Memories of 9-11,
10 years later

Like many a mid-September day, the 11th in 2001 dawned in glorious brilliance.
At the Clay County Leader in Henrietta, we were knee-deep in our largest edition of the year, for the annual Pioneer Reunion, and really didn’t have a chance to look up as the news began to trickle in.
By Phil Major
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A day that
changed the nation

I was headed back from covering a wreck – the details of which I couldn’t begin to remember – on that Tuesday afternoon when I came across maybe the most lasting image of that day, Sept. 11, 2001.
A traffic jam in Alvord.
By Brian Knox
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Shirley Hoofard,

As I drove away, I was filled with relief. After months of being in limbo, the time had finally begun. I was looking forward to the coming year, meeting new people, traveling, learning new things. This week of training would only be the beginning. Besides, it would be nice to have some time away from home and the responsibilities that come with it. Of course, I would miss my family, but it was only a week. There are 38 of us, from all over the country, in Dallas to begin a year of National Service in AmeriCorps, Corps aCross Texas program. We will spend the next year working in disaster services with the American Red Cross.

Teena Peck,

I remember that day well. I was 22 years old, had only been married for two years and was a mom of my first son, Austin, who was 1, and my second son, Kyle, who was only one month old. My world was all about them.

Bridget Williams,

I was teaching a fifth-grade math class when a parent of a student whose father was a pilot came in to talk to her son. She had received a call from the airline stating the father’s flight had been detoured but they didn’t know where to. He was actually flying to Washington, D.C.

Tiffany Rodgers,

I was almost five months pregnant with my first son. I had got up and got ready for the day when I got a text from my friend to turn the TV on. The first plane had hit the first tower. I wasn’t sure what to make of it, wasn’t aware of the tragedy it would become.

Jody Adams,

On Sept. 11, 2001, my wife Rachel and I were living in Boston. We had been married a little over a year, having moved from Decatur for Rachel to pursue her master’s degree. We lived in Marblehead, but we both traveled into Boston for work and school.
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Ima Sherman,

On the morning of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2001, in New York, my church was having a preachers’ conference at my church. It had started on Sunday, Sept. 9 and was to go through Wednesday, Sept. 10. I was the nursery attendant during the conference and had gotten there early that morning.

Mike Jones,

I went around to each room to monitor the students and staff and several students had questions. We answered them factually and calmly.

Nathan L. Horner,

My memories of 9/11 are … I was at work when one of my friends from the front office brought a picture off the web of the first plane hitting the tower. I was passing it around the shop when we heard the second plane hit the tower, and then everybody in the plant started to get worried.

E.D. “Drue” Bruton,

It was an ordinary corporate jet flight from Addison, Texas, to New York, N.Y., with a stop in Atlanta, Ga. The date was 9/11/01.

Paty Fernandez,

I remember that day real well. I was sixth months pregnant with my first child. I was getting ready to go to my mom’s for our daily lunch when I turned on the TV and saw the first tower had already been hit and there was smoke coming out of it.

Carol Bates,

I will never forget 911 and the events that unfolded on television, and the fact that it was our son’s 16th birthday!

Annette Stephens,

I was on my way to work in Chico, listening to the news on the radio. As I turned onto Farm Road 1810, the DJ advised us that since it was 9-11, the emergency response teams throughout the U.S. would be testing their systems and that we shouldn’t be alarmed. I remember thinking that it was a clever idea to do it on this particular day.

Amy Cromer,

I will always remember where I was on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Kalani Seibold,

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, my wife and I were on a layover in Honolulu when we received a call at 3 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time, from a fellow airline crew member, to turn our T.V. on. What we saw was totally unexpected and unbelievable. We were at awe and in tears as our eyes were glued to the television.

Cathy Oates,

On a horrible day on 9/11/2001, the world as we know it suddenly came undone. Some terrorists commanded two planes filled with passengers to fly straight into the twin towers in New York City at 8:36 a.m.

Tami Shepard,

Sad thing is, when the news came through, I wasn’t doing too much. My mom called me.

Wise Countians come
together for prayer

When a tragedy on the scale of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks hits the nation, it has a way of bringing the country, and neighbors, together to do what may be the only thing to do. Pray.
By Brian Knox and Lydia Tilbury Hair | Read More…


The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. caused authorities to take heightened security measures even in Wise County Tuesday.
By Umut Newbury | Read More…

Pilot offers
perspective on tragedy

Rex Keese of Decatur has been a pilot for Delta Airlines for 14 years. Like everyone else who watched in horror at Tuesday morning’s events, Keese made an observation about the pilots of the doomed planes.
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Hearing son’s voice
brings relief to mom

Bessie Bell Watson of Decatur spent most of Tuesday morning anxiously watching her daughter, Beth Addington, continually redial the telephone.
By Lydia Tilbury Hair | Read More…

New York City tragedy
hits close to home for
DHS teacher

Barbara Evans is a multi-subject teacher at Decatur High School. Tuesday morning’s terrorist attacks hit close to home for her.
By Mitch Word | Read More…

Home of
the Brave

By Umut Newbury
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on America

By Lydia Tilbury Hair
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Wise County
feels pain of
national tragedy

By Brian Knox
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Sept. 11, 2001

By Lydia Tilbury Hair
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Students rally
to aid victims
of attacks

By Brian Knox
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enjoy Irish
hospitality in
wake of tragedy

By Brian Knox
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Wise County
chips in its

By Umut Newbury
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‘ … one nation,
under God,
indivisible ‘

By Brian Knox
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We must learn
from the past

By Lydia Tilbury Hair
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It’s good to be
back home in
Wise County

By Roy J. Eaton
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American flag
reflects personal
meaning for
each of us

By Brian Knox
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Arm pilots now:
Air piracy is
not going away

By Captain Mark Estabrook
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NYU student
is fortunate
witness to

By Lauren Sabedra
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Your Views
of Attack
on America

A collection of Letters to the Editor from 2001
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