Wild weather: Ice, rain slam county; more to come

Wild weather: Ice, rain slam county; more to come

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Richard Greene

Winter returned to Wise County Wednesday morning with heavy sleet and freezing rain, causing havoc on local roadways, snapping trees and power lines and forcing the closure of most school districts.

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Crews work around the clock to restore power

Crews work around the clock to restore power

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

After dealing with issues related to spring-like thunderstorms Tuesday, local electric companies then had to deal with bigger winter ice storm problems Wednesday through Friday.

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Basketball: End of the line – Carter sends Decatur home in bi-district round

Basketball: End of the line – Carter sends Decatur home in bi-district round

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Reece Waddell

With four starters who had never played in a playoff game, Decatur coach Drew Coffman knew the opening minutes Tuesday night against Dallas Carter would be crucial. He was right.

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Blaze damages home Friday

Blaze damages home Friday

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Racey Burden

A Decatur home sustained heavy smoke and water damage after catching fire Friday night.

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Stanford named Citizen of the Year

Stanford named Citizen of the Year

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Racey Burden

Police Chief Steve Stanford was named Citizen of the Year Saturday at the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

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Basketball: Lady Hounds race to area title – Slidell advances to region quarterfinal

Basketball: Lady Hounds race to area title – Slidell advances to region quarterfinal

Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
By Reece Waddell

It has been 50 years since the Slidell Lady Hounds made it to the state basketball tournament. Last Friday against Fannindel, Slidell took its first step to get to San Antonio.

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Unbroken: Umphress defies odds to beat cancer

Unbroken: Umphress defies odds to beat cancer

Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The Chico High School gym was nearly empty. Practice had been over for a while, but senior Bailey Umphress lingered.

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Basketball: Providing a spark – Chavana’s emergence helps Eagles into the playoffs

Basketball: Providing a spark – Chavana’s emergence helps Eagles into the playoffs

Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
By Reece Waddell

It's not hard to spot Izek Chavana on the court. A fiery defender and crafty ball-handler, Chavana is almost always at the center of the action - even though nearly everyone towers over him.

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Once upon a time …

Once upon a time …

Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
By Joe Duty

First graders at Carson Elementary School dressed up Wednesday for a Fairy Tale Ball to celebrate Valentine's Day and their study of the classic stories.

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Inferno devours property; 8 departments battle blaze

Inferno devours property; 8 departments  battle blaze

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Two mobile homes near Chico burst into a raging inferno after catching fire around 11 p.m. Monday.

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Man hit by SUV

Man hit by SUV

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

A 25-year-old man was hit by a car Monday night while running across U.S. 81/287 in Decatur near Chicken Express.

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Basketball: Down and out – Brock sends Paradise home for second straight year

Basketball: Down and out – Brock sends Paradise home for second straight year

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Hannah Beth Pearson knew what was on the line Monday night.

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70 and counting; Love carries Renshaws through the years

70 and counting; Love carries Renshaws through the years

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Racey Burden

The first time Sam Renshaw saw Thelma Jo Wren she was playing a tennis match in the early 1940s, when they were both in high school.

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Basketball: All in the family – Mother and daughter share bond on and off the court

Basketball: All in the family – Mother and daughter share bond on and off the court

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The lights in the Paradise High School gym were off. The game was over - and so was the Lady Panthers' season.

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Mind your manners

Mind your manners

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Joe Duty

Students from Paradise Intermediate School attended an etiquette luncheon Friday.

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6 local teachers earn honors

6 local teachers earn honors

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Six teachers from area schools were among the 31 teachers from across the region honored by Weatherford College at the 2018 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration Jan. 26 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

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Basketball: Northwest eyes San Antonio – Texans set sights on return to state tournament

Basketball: Northwest eyes San Antonio – Texans set sights on return to state tournament

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The buzz was palpable around Northwest High School.

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Dance the night away

Dance the night away

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Joe Duty

Dads and their daughters hit the dance floor at the Decatur Conference Center for the annual Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by the Decatur Junior Women’s Club.

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Growing apart: Battle of Big Sandy gridiron duel ends

Growing apart: Battle of Big Sandy gridiron duel ends

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Reece Waddell

The Battle of Big Sandy on the gridiron is over - for now.

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Life and death, love and despair; Abel given max sentence for girlfriend’s murder

Life and death, love and despair; Abel given max sentence for girlfriend’s murder

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Brian Knox

January 31, 1987, is the day Jake Abel's life began. January 31, 2018, is the day Jake Abel's life sentence began.

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