Swimming: Going medal collecting – Decatur swimmers vie for titles at district meet

Swimming: Going medal collecting – Decatur swimmers vie for titles at district meet

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Richard Greene

Allie Blevins left the District 6-5A swim meet last January with a pocket full of medals - a gold, a silver and two bronzes.

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Bomb threat disrupts final exams

Bomb threat disrupts final exams

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

Decatur High School students and staff were evacuated from the building Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was found written on a bathroom wall.

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Lucky day: Winning lottery ticket sold in Wise County

Lucky day: Winning lottery ticket sold in Wise County

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

To win all or a portion of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot required all six numbers. But matching five would still earn $1 million, and five lucky local men found out they were holding a $1 million ticket Wednesday night.

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Basketball: Taking flight – Driven Hicks leads, builds off strong sophomore year

Basketball: Taking flight – Driven Hicks leads, builds off strong sophomore year

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Richard Greene

The numbers during Parker Hicks' first varsity campaign last year were impressive - 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds.

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Working through it: Johnson family moves forward after judge’s death

Working through it: Johnson family moves forward after judge’s death

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Racey Burden

Wise County's former Precinct 2 justice of the peace is still watching over the judge who currently holds the office.

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Pilot brings fireman home, honored

Pilot brings fireman home, honored

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

When an off-duty Decatur firefighter was injured in an accident in San Antonio, wheels back home were set in motion to bring him back to Wise County quickly.

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Basketball: Game changers – Senior trio helps Alvord adapt to new style

Basketball: Game changers – Senior trio helps Alvord adapt to new style

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Richard Greene

After her first varsity season for the Alvord Lady Bulldogs, Bailey Hamilton suddenly found herself playing point guard in a completely different style and pace last season.

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Special delivery: Springtown couple welcomes the first baby of 2016

Special delivery: Springtown couple welcomes the first baby of 2016

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By Racey Burden

Four babies were born in Wise County Jan. 1, and Landyn Ray Mann beat them all to be the first.

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Drive-by diners: Food trucks bring unique flavor to county

Drive-by diners: Food trucks bring unique flavor to county

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By David Talley

They range from expensive, custom-built behemoths to humble, homemade concession trailers.

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Swimming: Making waves – Quartet quickly establishes school mark

Swimming: Making waves – Quartet quickly establishes school mark

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By Richard Greene

Returning to the pool this fall, Allie Blevins knew she'd be joining three new faces on the Decatur Lady Eagles' relays.

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Christmas tree fire damages home

Christmas tree fire damages home

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A Boyd family was displaced Saturday afternoon when their Christmas tree caught fire, burning the interior of their house.

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Johnson takes office as interim sheriff

Johnson takes office as interim sheriff

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

J.W. Johnson of Decatur was sworn in as interim sheriff Monday morning.

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Basketball: Healthy start – Ford paces Panthers in playoff pursuit

Basketball: Healthy start – Ford paces Panthers in playoff pursuit

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Richard Greene

Wishing for good health is a common theme for the start of the new year. Paradise senior Brayden Ford shares the sentiment.

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Wise County’s ‘Nana’; Babysitter plans to retire after 32 years of watching local children

Wise County’s ‘Nana’; Babysitter plans to retire after 32 years of watching local children

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Mickey Drewery

It all started with her neighbor Dena Silvers. Silvers' babysitter quit suddenly, and she called Anna Amador to see if she would keep her 8-month-old daughter Lauren, just until she found someone else.

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Basketball: Ford, Panthers shoot down Stephenville

Basketball: Ford, Panthers shoot down Stephenville

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Richard Greene

As their stay at the Bridgeport Christmas Tournament was ending, the Paradise Panthers appeared to be just heating up.

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Year in Review: The Faces of 2015

Year in Review: The Faces of 2015

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Joe Duty

Here is a sample of the people and animals, and sometimes both, whose expressive faces touched us or made a lasting impression upon us this year.

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Ice leads to fatal accident on FM 2264

Ice leads to fatal accident on FM 2264

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

Residual ice from Monday's snow storm sent a truck off of Farm Road 2264 and on top of a SUV submerged in a creek in New Fairview Tuesday morning.

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Snow ends weekend of wild weather

Snow ends weekend of wild weather

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

The holiday weekend that started with people wearing shorts and grilling out ended with residents in winter coats shuffling through the snow.

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Football: 2015 All-District Football

Football: 2015 All-District Football

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Richard Greene

2015 All-District Football

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2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Triumph and tragedy provided Wise County's big news stories in 2015. Here's a look at our Top 10.

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