UPDATE

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COMMISSIONERS PROPOSE BUDGET, TAX RATE - Wise County commissioners proposed a $69.8 million budget in a workshop Tuesday morning. They also agreed to keep the current tax rate of 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation, as suggested by County Judge Glenn Hughes in a July 31 meeting. If approved, this means property owners would not pay more in taxes unless the value of their property increased. Neither the budget or the tax rate will be final until commissioners formally approve them in a special meeting Monday, Sept. 8. Read more in the midweek Wise County Messenger on newsstands today. Commissioners also proposed a branch campus maintenance tax for Weatherford College Wise County of 4.618 cents per $100 property valuation. Read more on the college budget in the weekend edition of the Messenger.

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Celebrating Back to School Football: Eagles find mixed results in scrimmage Swimming: Swimmers fill pool in growing program
 
Celebrating Back to School

Celebrating Back to School

Debbie Frie jokes about pulling her hair out as she, along with other school employees across the county, frantically prepare for students to arrive next week.

Football: Eagles find mixed results in scrimmage

Football: Eagles find mixed results in scrimmage

In their first live action of the fall, the Decatur Eagles showed mixed results against preseason 4A Division I top-10 Kennedale Friday.

Swimming: Swimmers fill pool in growing program

Swimming: Swimmers fill pool in growing program

The lap pool at Fit-N-Wise is in danger of overflowing. A strong influx of new swimmers has threatened to fill the pool to its edges.


NEWS HEADLINES

Proposed changes link injection wells, earthquakes

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The Texas Railroad Commission is proposing some rule changes to the permitting process for disposal wells - taking into consideration the possibility that those wells might play a role in earthquakes.

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‘Surge’ results in arrests, recovery of stolen items

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Brian Knox

The Wise County Sheriff's Office has made numerous arrests for drug offenses - and recovered stolen vehicles and guns - as part of a multi-county special operation conducted last week.

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Commissioners propose budget, tax rate

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Nothing is set in stone, but Wise County's budget for fiscal year 2015 is taking shape.

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GPA policy change affects Decatur freshmen, sophomores

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Brian Knox

Decatur school officials hope changes in the way grade point averages are calculated will put less emphasis on grades and more emphasis on preparing students for life after high school.

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SPORTS HEADLINES

Cross Country: Palomo, Wilson lead way in trial; Seven Lady Eagles finish under 13:19

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

As a crowd cheered her in, Georgina Palomo strolled across the finish line Saturday morning in Decatur's two-mile time trial.

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Football: Eagles find mixed results in scrimmage

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

In their first live action of the fall, the Decatur Eagles showed mixed results against preseason 4A Division I top-10 Kennedale Friday.

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OUR OPINIONS

Searching for words


Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | By Jimmy Alford

I was running through the woods, trying to catch up. Ahead of me was an old house, long abandoned and surrounded on all sides by thicket. I say a house - in retrospect, it was more of an ancient shack that likely belonged to a long-gone cotton farmer.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Governor was just exercising his authority

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Zan Prince

Fair and impartial application of laws is the basis of our society. Each elected official is responsible to enforce and follow the law.

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Think twice about waiving adoption fees

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kristina Walden

Waiving adoption fees creates a profound issue for all municipal shelters or rescue agencies.

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