Back-to-back titles: Family, community support play role in Rector’s success at Youth Fair

Back-to-back titles: Family, community support play role in Rector’s success at Youth Fair

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Brian Knox

Last Friday, moments after her steer was named grand champion at the Wise County Youth Fair, Haley Rector looked up into the stands and saw her dad jump up in excitement.

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Basketball: Going to San Antone – Bulls earn first trip to state tourney

Basketball: Going to San Antone – Bulls earn first trip to state tourney

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Travis Lisle

The Bridgeport Bulls' 62-48 regional final win over Abilene Wylie came down to hustle, and the Bulls had plenty of it.

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Round 2 of winter mix hits county

Round 2 of winter mix hits county

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Wednesday night snowfall broke records across North Texas and combined with freezing rain, sleet and high winds to coat roads, bridges and power lines.

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Mister Burkhart’s Brain: Radiosurgery targets tumor, spares crucial tissue

Mister Burkhart’s Brain: Radiosurgery targets tumor, spares crucial tissue

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Bob Buckel

It was the mid-1960s. Robert Burkhart and 164 other young men were on their way to Vietnam in a C-130 cargo plane, strapped down with all their gear.

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Basketball: Bulls stampede past Kennedale

Basketball: Bulls stampede past Kennedale

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Travis Lisle

On paper, the Bridgeport Bulls' 74-62 Tuesday night win in the Class 4A Region I quarterfinal against Kennedale looks like it wasn't much of a game.

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Wintry weather not over yet

Wintry weather not over yet

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Jake Harris

The old standby for March weather is always "in like a lion, out like a lamb," and that statement certainly rang true for Wise County this past weekend. It doesn't look like it's going to be any better this week, either.

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Cowboy earns back-to-back PBR titles

Cowboy earns back-to-back PBR titles

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Despite the ice storm that brought North Texas to a halt Saturday, nearly 30,000 fans packed AT&T Stadium in Arlington to watch Joao Ricardo Vieira of Decatur earn his second consecutive Iron Cowboy title.

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Track: Ready for next hurdle – Kevetter eyes return trip to Austin

Track: Ready for next hurdle – Kevetter eyes return trip to Austin

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Richard Greene

Out in the lead in the 300 hurdles last April at the 3A 9/10 Area meet, Decatur's Jacob Kevetter stumbled over the seventh hurdle and tripped.

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Snowbound: Winter precipitation creates treacherous roadways

Snowbound: Winter precipitation creates treacherous roadways

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Richard Greene and Jake Harris

Winter returned to Wise County Friday morning with periods of heavy snow causing car accidents on many of the county's major thoroughfares.

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Students show off tech skills

Students show off tech skills

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Richard Greene

After pressing the button on the top of his robot, Aidan Crimin describes its motion as it starts to spin. "It's sort of like a victory dance," he explains.

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Basketball: Big opening statements – Bulls, Smith blast Venus

Basketball: Big opening statements – Bulls, Smith blast Venus

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Richard Greene

With 3.6 seconds left in the first quarter, Caleb Smith caught the inbound pass and diced through the Venus defense to drain a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer.

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Vehicle thefts tied to suspicious fires

Vehicle thefts tied to suspicious fires

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Two East Wise Fire Department volunteers had their personal vehicles stolen while they were battling three pre-dawn fires Sunday morning.

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Wreck leads to gas leak and evacuation

Wreck leads to gas leak and evacuation

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

A Decatur neighborhood was evacuated briefly Monday afternoon after a single-vehicle accident caused a gas leak.

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Basketball: Sissies, Garcia celebrate area title

Basketball: Sissies, Garcia celebrate area title

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Richard Greene

Diana Garcia proved to be the Bridgeport Sissies' spark plug Friday night.

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Man dies saving family from fire

Man dies saving family from fire

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Brian Knox

A father was killed and his young son and aunt are fighting for their lives following a devastating house fire early Wednesday morning.

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Volleyball: Ringing in new with old – Lady Eagles receive second championship rings

Volleyball: Ringing in new with old – Lady Eagles receive second championship rings

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Richard Greene

Staring at the new ring on her finger, Stormi Leonard expressed one disappointment. "I didn't paint my nails this time. I didn't have time."

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Welcome to the Swap Meet

Welcome to the Swap Meet

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Joe Duty

Jack Habbinga of Combine stands among his lot of antique automobile items for sale at the Wise County Antique Auto Club's Decatur Swap Meet this weekend at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

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Man hit, killed by train

Man hit, killed by train

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Jake Harris

A Rhome man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a train at the intersection of Pioneer Road and U.S. Business 81/287.

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1 dead, 1 injured in Friday wreck

1 dead, 1 injured in Friday wreck

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Jake Harris

A 17-year old boy is dead and another man is injured after the car they were traveling in struck a pipe fence and rolled over on County Road 4590 and Texas 114 near Boyd late Friday night.

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Swimming: Flying to finish – Rowden caps stellar career at fourth state meet

Swimming: Flying to finish – Rowden caps stellar career at fourth state meet

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Richard Greene

Katey Rowden can't hide her excitement over her weekend trip to Austin. "I'm so excited. I've already packed my bags."

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