Wise at elevated fire danger

Wise at elevated fire danger

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By David Talley

Local emergency crews have been battling an increased number of fires in recent weeks, and Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said Tuesday Wise County is currently at an elevated risk for wildfires.

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Cheerleading: Show of spirit – Cheer squads return to finals

Cheerleading: Show of spirit – Cheer squads return to finals

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Richard Greene

In the inaugural University Interscholastic League spirit championship last year, the Decatur cheerleaders entered the competition not fully knowing what to expect.

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Superintendents furious over school ratings

Superintendents furious over school ratings

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Racey Burden

School districts across Texas received their provisional A-F ratings from the Texas Education Agency this week, and the backlash against the proposed rating system was immediate, including from districts in Wise.

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Winter comes to Wise

Winter comes to Wise

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By David Talley

Winter weather descended on Wise County Friday, causing pedestrians on the Decatur square to hurry to their destination and scattering snow over sidewalks, parking lots and lawns.

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Basketball: Making quick transition – Meyer thrives in new role

Basketball: Making quick transition – Meyer thrives in new role

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

At the end of last season, Slidell coach Lance Shelton approached then freshman Bailey Meyer with the idea of moving from post to point guard.

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Fire destroys mobile home

Fire destroys mobile home

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

Fire destroyed the home of a family of five Friday night between Boyd and Decatur.

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Officials take oath of office

Officials take oath of office

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Recently elected Wise County officials took the oath of office in waves Tuesday morning.

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Basketball: Wylie clips Eagles – Loss snaps Decatur’s win streak at 11

Basketball: Wylie clips Eagles – Loss snaps Decatur’s win streak at 11

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

In the rematch of last year's 4A Region I quarterfinal, Decatur and Abilene Wylie traded shots and runs through a sizzling first two and half quarters Friday at Chisholm Trail High School.

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Basketball: Eagles reach tourney finals

Basketball: Eagles reach tourney finals

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Richard Greene

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Burkburnett Bulldogs looked to finally be building a lead and threatening to land a knockout against the Decatur Eagles.

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Grass fire threatens west Wise

Grass fire threatens west Wise

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By David Talley

A large, fast-moving grass fire destroyed more than 800 acres of land and threatened homes and barns in northwest Wise County Thursday afternoon.

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Man of service: Longtime public servant named Person of the Year

Man of service: Longtime public servant named Person of the Year

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Racey Burden

Randy Singleton, elected the Wise County Messenger's Person of the Year by both the newsroom and reader's choice votes, has decades of public service and career achievements to look back upon.

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2016 in Review: New sheriff in town

2016 in Review: New sheriff in town

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Wise County elected a new sheriff in 2016. Lane Akin received 83 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Brandon Davis in the March Primary.

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2016 in Review: Curating downtown culture

2016 in Review: Curating downtown culture

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Downtown Decatur underwent a series of beautification projects in 2016.

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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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