Booming family business

Booming family business

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By David Talley

The windows have opened up at fireworks stands around Wise County. This evening begins their period of highest traffic, which will extend until they close the night of July Fourth, after almost everyone has had their fill of explosions.

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No holds barred in Bridgeport; Fans line ropes for wrestling event

No holds barred in Bridgeport; Fans line ropes for wrestling event

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

As the sun sank Saturday night, Bridgeport was awash in golden rays and smackdowns.

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Storm brings rain, trouble

Storm brings rain, trouble

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Brian Knox

Wise County avoided the flooding issues some of our neighbors in the Metroplex experienced Tuesday - but wind, rain and lightning from the storm still managed to cause problems locally.

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Little rest to be best; Melvin spends long hours in saddle to keep winning

Little rest to be best; Melvin spends long hours in saddle to keep winning

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Richard Greene

Marilyn Melvin finally gets a break on Sundays. "We're tired after a rodeo. We go to church and after we clean house and still ride a couple of horses."

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Jones ties for sixth at Nelson

Jones ties for sixth at Nelson

Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
By Richard Greene

On his 54th and final hole, Drew Jones read the green perfectly and put his par putt on a perfect line to the hole.

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Marker recognizes East Side memories

Marker recognizes East Side memories

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Memory can be a wonderful thing. It glosses over the hard times, the pain and suffering, and lends a golden patina to times and people long gone.

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Cheering not just on the sidelines anymore

Cheering not just on the sidelines anymore

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Richard Greene

Like the teams they cheer for, Mikaela Beck and her Paradise cheerleading squad put hours of practice into their routines before Friday night.

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Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Share your vacation photos with the Messenger

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Messenger Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Lost load leads to wreck

Lost load leads to wreck

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Dust billowing from a lost load of gravel on U.S. 81/287 at the south county line Thursday afternoon caused a two-vehicle accident, injuring an Oklahoma woman.

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Students practice the pioneer life

Students practice the pioneer life

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By David Talley

Filtered sunlight falls on Maria Phelps as she tends to a skillet of scrambled eggs. The 15-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has helped prepare breakfast for herself and seven other teenage campers at the Askey Farm every morning this week.

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Jones rallies to take second

Jones rallies to take second

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Richard Greene

After posting the low round of the tournament Wednesday, 69, Drew Jones continued his climb back into contention Thursday at the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament.

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Down and Dirty

Down and Dirty

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Joe Duty

Aaron Ferrell of Haslet splashes his way to a third-place finish in the Dual Sport Challenge at Saturday’s Caveman Crawl.

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Helicopter lands hard at airport

Helicopter lands hard at airport

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Brian Knox

Two people were hurt following a helicopter's hard landing Tuesday around 3:20 p.m. at the Decatur Municipal Airport.

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In the end zone; Cardona scores on first carry in Oil Bowl

In the end zone; Cardona scores on first carry in Oil Bowl

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Richard Greene

Fino Cardona's first carry Saturday night in the Oil Bowl ended like 64 of his rushes during his record-setting career at Boyd - in the end zone.

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Once upon a time …

Once upon a time …

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By Joe Duty

Maids, vultures and evil queens invade the castle in a scene of the Wise Performing Arts Guild's adaptation of "Snow White."

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A father’s journey

A father’s journey

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Growing up in Decatur, Charlie Tibbels was regularly asked, "Is Dr. Tibbels your dad?" It's the plight of small-town kids. Most everyone knew longtime physician Dr. Kelly Tibbels, and wanted to know Charlie's connection.

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Looking Sharp

Looking Sharp

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By Richard Greene

2014 All-Wise Baseball and Softball Teams

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First responder: Decatur’s Carr earns statewide honor for EMS work

First responder: Decatur’s Carr earns statewide honor for EMS work

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

When Decatur firefighter James Carr responded to a medical call at Poco Graphite in Decatur Monday morning, he came full circle.

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Campers blossom at special camp

Campers blossom at special camp

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By David Talley

More than 250 people packed into Decatur's Joe Wheeler Park this week for Sonflower Camp.

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Cardona hopes to impress scouts

Cardona hopes to impress scouts

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Richard Greene

Fino Cardona returns to the gridiron Saturday, hoping to land a chance to play on the next level.

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