UPDATE

Monday, August 29, 2016

CONSTABLE DOUG PARR UNDER FIRE - The work of Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr is under scrutiny after he repeatedly refused to comply with orders of Auditor Ann McCuiston and the Wise County commissioners. His county charge accounts have been frozen since June 13 because he failed to address issues with inventory, many of which were related to his county vehicle. Over the past few months, there have also been questions about how many papers Parr is actually serving. According to information obtained through open records requests, the sheriff's office served 236 sets of papers from Precinct 3 on Parr's behalf from Jan. 1, 2014, through June 30, 2016, while serving less than 10 for all other precincts combined during that same time period. Parr said his work was limited for a period of time in 2014 due to a back injury, but he could not recall the exact dates. Despite his workload being limited, he continued to use the county gas card in fiscal year 2014, spending almost more than all other constables combined, according to county gas card bills obtained through an open records request. Copies of the weekend Messenger were hard to find Saturday, as newsstands were emptied before noon, but the full story can be read online at wcmess.com/parr.

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Unserved: Questions arise over constable’s work and expenses Football: Fast start – Eagles explode for 74 points in win Decatur man wins Chisholm Trail Days art contest
 
Unserved: Questions arise over constable’s work and expenses

Unserved: Questions arise over constable’s work and expenses

Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr's county charge accounts remain frozen because he has not addressed issues with inventory as he promised earlier this summer.

Football: Fast start – Eagles explode for 74 points in win

Football: Fast start – Eagles explode for 74 points in win

The Decatur Eagles entered the season expecting to feature an explosive offense behind the returning duo of Tyler Ticknor and Payton McAlister.

Decatur man wins Chisholm Trail Days art contest

Decatur man wins Chisholm Trail Days art contest

A mounted cowboy carefully drives a lively herd of cattle down a gravel road, his quiet resolve offsetting the hectic chore. Behind him, two pickups keep the caravan in check.




NEWS HEADLINES

Unserved: Questions arise over constable’s work and expenses

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr's county charge accounts remain frozen because he has not addressed issues with inventory as he promised earlier this summer.

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Arrest made in stabbing case

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Brian Knox

A Boyd man has been arrested after stabbing a Paradise man during a fight.

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Enrollment increases across county

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By Messenger Staff

All but two Wise County school districts saw an increase in enrollment numbers from the first day of school last year to the first day this year.

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Boyd City Council proposes tax rate, budget

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016
By David Talley

Boyd City Council members agreed to a preliminary 2016-2017 budget and tax rate during a two-hour workshop Tuesday.

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SPORTS HEADLINES

Football: Fast start – Eagles explode for 74 points in win

Published Saturday, August 30, 2016
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Eagles entered the season expecting to feature an explosive offense behind the returning duo of Tyler Ticknor and Payton McAlister.

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Football: Late field goal lifts Holliday past Panthers

Published Saturday, August 30, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Holliday’s Grayson Germany hit a 14-yard field goal with one second left to break a scoreless deadlock and give the Eagles a 3-0 victory over the Paradise Panthers.

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OUR OPINIONS

Georgia on my mind, but not my map


Published Saturday, August 27, 2016 | By Brian Knox

The address for our hotel seemed so charmingly "Georgia" on our first trip to Atlanta recently. But as we would come to find out during our stay, that charm turned more into frustration.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Keep tax collection with Shaw

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By Garry Bible

The Texas Constitution, Article 8, says that qualified voters of each county shall elect an assessor-collector of taxes for the county.

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Give pickle snow cones a chance

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Allie Tribe

I'm writing in regard to Racey Burden's and David Talley's latest snow cone tasting column.

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