Football: Playing tough – Older brothers prep Durdon for gridiron

Football: Playing tough – Older brothers prep Durdon for gridiron

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Richard Greene

With three older brothers, Ryan Durdon found out quickly he had to be tough to hold his own in backyard pick-up games.

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Meaning in the ink; Tattoos tell the stories of bearers

Meaning in the ink; Tattoos tell the stories of bearers

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

For some people, tattoos are therapeutic. So it's no irony that Michael Moten, a licensed massage therapist, practices out of the Texas Tattoo and Co. parlor in Decatur.

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Mock trial sets Peterson free

Mock trial sets Peterson free

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The students at Alvord High School now were first graders, kindergarteners and younger when Laci Peterson, eight months pregnant, went missing on Christmas Eve 2002.

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Volleyball: Boyd refuses to lose in Paradise – Victory puts Lady ‘Jackets in 9-3A lead

Volleyball: Boyd refuses to lose in Paradise – Victory puts Lady ‘Jackets in 9-3A lead

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Richard Greene

Before a deafening home crowd, the Paradise Lady Panthers reached match point in the first set and took a 23-22 lead in the second game Tuesday.

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2 hurt as train collides with truck

2 hurt as train collides with truck

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Brian Knox

Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck the cab of an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise.

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Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade

Fire safety no joke for Clown Brigade

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jake Harris

October can mean different things to different people. Halloween. Colder weather. Colorful leaves. Columbus Day. For Decatur Fire Captain Nate Mara, the month of October means another chance to educate children on fire safety in a fun way.

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Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles

Cross Country: Fast start – Freshmen add strength to Lady Eagles

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Richard Greene

Pictures and newspaper clippings of past state cross country champions cover the walls of Decatur coach David Park's classroom. "One of my goals is to have a picture on the wall," said Decatur freshman Taylor Butler.

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Donald Joe Clark dies in wreck

Donald Joe Clark dies in wreck

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Donald Joe Clark, 52, of Chico was killed Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision on Farm Road 1810 east of Chico.

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Old Bridgeport schoolhouse gets transformed into haunted house

Old Bridgeport schoolhouse gets transformed into haunted house

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Jake Harris

Scary rednecks, hungry zombies, mad scientists and angry butchers are just a few of the scares awaiting visitors to the Fearaphobia Haunted House in Bridgeport.

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Football: Blue Runaway – Eagles blast Bulls with big 3rd quarter

Football: Blue Runaway – Eagles blast Bulls with big 3rd quarter

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Richard Greene

After missing its opportunity to land knockout shots in the first half, the Decatur Eagles didn't make the same mistake in the third quarter.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Events raise awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness: Events raise awareness

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Each October, countries across the world take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, designed to inform the public about the disease.

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Bridgeport names new chamber executive director

Bridgeport names new chamber executive director

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Jake Harris

Kelsey Cooley didn't come to Wise County looking for a civic job, but she's excited to fulfill the duties of her new post - Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce executive director.

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Football: Big Sandy showdown – Teams keep game going after realignment

Football: Big Sandy showdown – Teams keep game going after realignment

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Richard Greene

When the University Interscholastic League sent Decatur and Bridgeport their separate ways in February's realignment, the two Big Sandy rivals immediately scheduled a 95th game in the series.

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Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Joe Duty

The Decatur homecoming parade filled downtown streets with Eagle spirit Friday afternoon.

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‘Battle’ leads fight against hunger

‘Battle’ leads fight against hunger

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Brian Knox

Among the grudge matches that make up the Battle of Big Sandy, perhaps the one that does the most good for the community is the annual food drive competition between Bridgeport and Decatur.

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Football: Rocket, Wolves blast by Eagles – Receiver spoils Decatur homecoming

Football: Rocket, Wolves blast by Eagles – Receiver spoils Decatur homecoming

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

In the first half Friday, the Decatur Eagles kept Carrollton Ranchview's Raghib "Rocket" Ismail on the launching pad, limiting him to just five rushing yards and without a catch.

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Alvord ISD gets ready to pass out Chromebooks

Alvord ISD gets ready to pass out Chromebooks

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Bob Buckel

In a storage room at Alvord High School, where servers hum and metal shelves are piled high with hard drives, cables and old computers being scrapped for parts, 400 brand-new notebook computers sit neatly stacked, ready to go into the hands of students. Any day now.

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Football: Reaching peak form; Healthy Hill enjoys breakout performance

Football: Reaching peak form; Healthy Hill enjoys breakout performance

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Richard Greene

Chris Hill torched the Jacksboro defense last week for 178 yards. But even before scoring his four second-quarter touchdowns, he was already wearing a smile.

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Pioneering art in Alvord is Oden’s ‘dream job’

Pioneering art in Alvord is Oden’s ‘dream job’

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Don't let all those degrees fool you. Art teacher Krissi Oden grew up in Seymour and she's very comfortable in a small school district, in a small town.

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First responders honored for their service

First responders honored for their service

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Brian Knox

Local first responders are to be commended for their selfless and dedicated service, something we should all strive to imitate.

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