Light up the night: Firework stands prep for Fourth

Light up the night: Firework stands  prep for Fourth

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

With a less restrictive burn ban, workers at local firework stands anticipate greater sales than last year.

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Mr. Wood goes to Austin; Alvord grad interns at state capitol

Mr. Wood goes to Austin; Alvord grad interns at  state capitol

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Travis Lisle

The fast-paced world of state government sounds like an overwhelming prospect for a small-town kid, but Caleb Wood of Alvord is shaking that notion.

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Football: Decatur heads to state 7-on-7 tourney

Football: Decatur heads to state 7-on-7 tourney

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Travis Lisle

A trip to the state 7-on-7 football tournament is an accomplishment that only one Wise County team will enjoy next weekend.

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True Aim

True Aim

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Racey Burden

A woman with the commanding voice of a drill sergeant paced between the row of archers and their targets, yelling instructions. "Behind the line!" she shouts. "How we doing troops?"

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Gregg honored for 50 years of service

Gregg honored for 50 years of service

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Racey Burden

In the past 50 years, Wise County has changed considerably, but Rosalie Gregg remained a constant presence.

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Golf: Shooting for top – Read ties for seventh at T.O. Junior

Golf: Shooting for top – Read ties for seventh at T.O. Junior

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Richard Greene

Bridgeport's Lexi Read battled through the wind to post four solid rounds and finish in the top 10 at Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament in Wichita Falls.

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Business owners unhappy with TxDOT options

Business owners unhappy with TxDOT options

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Racey Burden

Businesses along U.S. 81/287 north of Decatur are taking issue with a proposed route that would move the 287/Farm Road 1810 intersection north one mile.

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Decatur posts top-10 finish in 4A; Two Wise schools place in final Lone Star Cup standings

Decatur posts top-10 finish in 4A; Two Wise schools place in final Lone Star Cup standings

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Richard Greene

Mike Fuller's memorable first year as Decatur athletic director included seven district titles along with a state crown in volleyball.

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Baseball: Melton earns all-state

Baseball: Melton earns all-state

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Chico's Tyler Melton added another honor this week, earning a second-team spot on the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association's 2A team.

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Bill brings torrential rain

Bill brings torrential rain

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Tropical Depression Bill dumped rainfall across Wise County Wednesday, leading to serious flooding and a series of water rescues late in the day.

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2015 All-Wise Baseball Team

2015 All-Wise Baseball Team

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Messenger Staff

2015 All-Wise Baseball Team

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2015 All-Wise Softball Team

2015 All-Wise Softball Team

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Messenger Staff

2015 All-Wise Softball Team

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Abandoned baby bear finds home

Abandoned baby bear finds home

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Racey Burden

Paddington the baby black bear, an orphan just like his movie star namesake, has found a new home at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) in Boyd.

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Golf: Zero handicap – How golf got Josh Tankersley back on his feet

Golf: Zero handicap – How golf got Josh Tankersley back on his feet

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Travis Lisle

Josh Tankersley doesn't like to talk about how he got his injuries, although he is asked frequently.

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Caveman Crawl

Caveman Crawl

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Joe Duty

More than 500 racers converged on Bridgeport OHV Park Saturday to compete in the fifth annual Caveman Crawl.

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Growing a hobby: Fire chief fine-tunes wine making, wins international competition

Growing a hobby: Fire chief fine-tunes wine making, wins international competition

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Racey Burden

Mike Richardson has worked as a fire chief for years, first in Grapevine and currently in Decatur, but now he has another title to add to his resume - international award-winning winemaker.

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Brother plans trans-Pacific graduation surprise

Brother plans trans-Pacific graduation surprise

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Richard Greene

Walking down the steps of the stage at Boyd's Yellowjacket Stadium after receiving her diploma, Bailey Smith found an unexpected graduation gift waiting - her brother.

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Racing: Fast Lane – Kam Kartway holds invitational

Racing: Fast Lane – Kam Kartway holds invitational

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Travis Lisle

During a summer Friday night in Boyd, the roar of big-engined stock cars on the dirt track of Boyd Raceway can be heard for miles.

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Sun shines for Sonflower; Special needs campers blossom at annual summer event

Sun shines for Sonflower; Special needs campers blossom at annual  summer event

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Racey Burden

Andrea Duwe moved throughout the crowd as the "Hokey Pokey" played, pausing to touch a shoulder or a shake a hand, a bright smile on her face.

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WPAG brings ‘Pocahontas’ to the stage

WPAG brings ‘Pocahontas’ to the stage

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Racey Burden

The Wise Performing Arts Guild presents "Pocahontas" at the Decatur High School Theatre June 12-14.

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