Football: Calling it quits – Mickey Hand retires from Friday-night officiating after 41 years

Football: Calling it quits – Mickey Hand retires from Friday-night officiating after 41 years

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Richard Greene

For the past 41 years, Mickey Hand could be found every Friday night on the football field with his whistle in hand, officiating games across the state.

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A conversation with Santa

A conversation with Santa

Published Saturday, December 24, 2016
By David Talley

Santa Claus took time out of his busy pre-Christmas schedule to visit the Wise County Messenger office in Decatur Thursday. Reporter David Talley sat down with Saint Nick to discuss the role elves play in his operation, cookie preferences and time travel.

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Fires destroy home in city neighborhood

Fires destroy home in city neighborhood

Published Saturday, December 24, 2016
By Brian Knox

A home in the 1700 block of Cates Street in Bridgeport was destroyed by fire Thursday morning in the second of two fires at the location in a span of eight hours.

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Basketball: 60 – Hicks lights scoreboard for most points by Wise player in 44 years

Basketball: 60 – Hicks lights scoreboard for most points by Wise player in 44 years

Published Saturday, December 24, 2016
By Richard Greene

Decatur senior Parker Hicks posted a career-high 60 points Tuesday night in leading the Eagles to a 97-84 win over No. 11 Burkburnett.

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Heart of a Champion: Special needs stars experience rodeo life

Heart of a Champion: Special needs stars experience rodeo life

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By Racey Burden

Before the Heart of Champion Rodeo last Wednesday night, one little girl hugged event organizer Lyndi Luttrull and said, "I hope I get a belt buckle!"

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Motel fire investigation concludes

Motel fire investigation concludes

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By David Talley

The state-led investigation into the October fire that destroyed the Harbor Inn motel in Runaway Bay has concluded, city Public Safety Director Doug Angel confirmed Tuesday.

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Wise County Person of the Year

Wise County Person of the Year

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By Messenger Staff

For the first time, the Wise County Messenger is naming a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include Sheriff Lane Akin, Decatur First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Gerre Joiner, real estate developer Mark Moran, Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton and Aurora City Administrator Toni Wheeler.

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Holiday road: Residents look forward to Santa’s annual tour

Holiday road: Residents look forward to Santa’s annual tour

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By David Talley

What does Santa do in the days leading up to Christmas? In Decatur, he makes house calls.

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District breaks ground for Adams Middle School

District breaks ground for Adams Middle School

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By Kristen Tribe and Richard Greene

Northwest ISD broke ground Thursday for its sixth middle school.

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Basketball: Filling new role – Horton thrives in move from bench to starter

Basketball: Filling new role – Horton thrives in move from bench to starter

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By Richard Greene

The past two seasons, Andrew Horton provided a spark for the Bridgeport Bulls off the bench with his ability to knock down perimeter shots or make hustle plays inside.

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Heat lamp, space heaters cause 2 fires

Heat lamp, space heaters cause 2 fires

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

The use of space heaters and a heat lamp led to two house fires Friday.

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Wreck remains under investigation

Wreck remains under investigation

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By David Talley and Brian Knox

The investigation into the pursuit and officer-involved wreck that injured two Wise County Sheriff's Office investigators last week is almost complete, Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said Tuesday.

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Football: All-district football

Football: All-district football

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Richard Greene

Alvord's Shea Buckaloo brings down a City View runner during an early season game.

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Officers injured in pursuit

Officers injured in pursuit

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By David Talley and Brian Knox

Two Wise County Sheriff's Office investigators were injured Thursday morning in a vehicle pursuit that started north of Decatur and ended in a foot chase on U.S. Business 81/287 south of Eagle Stadium.

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Man killed in 2-vehicle crash

Man killed in 2-vehicle crash

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A Forestburg man was killed Thursday afternoon when his Chevrolet S-10 pickup was struck by a Kenworth truck on Farm Road 455 at the Wise/Cooke County line.

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Dallas woman dies in rollover

Dallas woman dies in rollover

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Richard Greene

A Dallas woman died in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 81/287 just north of County Road 4421 Wednesday morning.

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Man dies in 1-vehicle crash

Man dies in 1-vehicle crash

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Richard Greene

A Decatur man died Monday night in a crash after his truck flipped multiple times and came to rest in the infield of a baseball field at Harmon Park in Decatur.

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Blaze devours 2-story home

Blaze devours 2-story home

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By David Talley

A two-story home in the 700 block of West State Street in Alvord was destroyed by fire just after 3 p.m. Monday.

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Basketball: Finding his comfort zone – In second season with Hounds, Shelton elevating game

Basketball: Finding his comfort zone – In second season with Hounds, Shelton elevating game

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2016
By Richard Greene

Joining a new basketball program and playing on the varsity level for the first time, Layton Shelton proved to be a dangerous spot-up shooter and capable distributor at point guard last season.

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Working on the wild side; Decatur teen aids animals with Eagle Scout project

Working on the wild side; Decatur teen aids animals with Eagle Scout project

Published Saturday, December 3, 2016
By David Talley

Four pairs of feline eyes peer from behind a chain-link fence as a group of teenage volunteers take a break from their work to stare back.

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