Thin blue light: Deroy Bennett finds renewed purpose 36 years after losing his father

Thin blue light: Deroy Bennett finds renewed purpose 36 years after losing his father

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Brian Knox

Deroy Bennett of Decatur has carried around a shadow for 36 years. It's a shadow that few would understand.

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Baseball: Put on the brink – Godley takes game 1 of series in 8 innings

Baseball: Put on the brink – Godley takes game 1 of series in 8 innings

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Richard Greene

After allowing hits to two of the first three batters he faced, Decatur's Bryce Elder retired the next 18 Godley Wildcats that stepped to the plate Thursday night.

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Baseball: Trojans edge Dragons in first game, 2-1

Baseball: Trojans edge Dragons in first game, 2-1

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Richard Greene

Pitching and defense stole the show as Chico and Windthorst opened their 2A Region II quarterfinal series Thursday at Henrietta.

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Track: Slidell’s Roof finishes fifth at state

Track: Slidell’s Roof finishes fifth at state

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Richard Greene

Heavy rains and lightning delayed Slidell's Kayson Roof hitting the Mike Myers Stadium track for the Class A 300 hurdles finals by nearly six hours.

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Baseball: Staying alive – Hicks’ gem seals area title

Baseball: Staying alive – Hicks’ gem seals area title

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Richard Greene

In his first varsity start, Wilson Hicks allowed a two-out walk that Stephenville followed up with a pair of singles to get a first-inning run.

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Thrills and spills

Thrills and spills

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Joe Duty

A cowboy deftly flips a calf and prepares to tie it down at the PRCA Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo Saturday.

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1 killed in wrong-way wreck

1 killed in wrong-way wreck

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By David Talley

One person was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 81/287 roughly one mile north of Farm Road 407.

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Behind the chutes: Volunteers, staff pull together for nationally recognized rodeo

Behind the chutes: Volunteers, staff pull together for nationally recognized rodeo

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By David Talley

Leaning against a fence at the Bridgeport arena, Forrest Walker has his job down.

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Baseball: Surviving the Spotlight – After tough early moment in career, Johnson shines for Eagles

Baseball: Surviving the Spotlight – After tough early moment in career, Johnson shines for Eagles

Published Saturday, May 14, 2016
By Richard Greene

With his broad shoulders, AJ Johnson is an imposing figure in the batters box.

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Festival promises family fun

Festival promises family fun

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Racey Burden

Bridgeport's 34th annual Butterfield Stage Days Festival is coming up Saturday, and the Chamber of Commerce has prepared a day full of events and contests.

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Baseball: Hanging on – Seniors lead Eagles to sweep of Kennedale

Baseball: Hanging on – Seniors lead Eagles to sweep of Kennedale

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Richard Greene

A feisty Kennedale lineup whittled a Decatur seven-run lead to just two for a second straight day and put the tying runs on base, when Brian Tickell came out of the dugout in the seventh inning and summoned senior Jesus Gam to the mound.

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016
By Joe Duty

The first Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square was a huge success Saturday.

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Enough love to go around; Foster kids find permanent home

Enough love to go around; Foster kids find  permanent home

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Racey Burden

With five children under the age of 6, to say Sandy Manoushagian's days are busy is an understatement. But she wouldn't have it any other way.

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Foreign adoptions add to growing family

Foreign adoptions add to growing family

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Racey Burden

Beth Addington of Decatur wanted to be a mom for as long as she can remember, but she didn't expect she'd end up with 10 kids.

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Baseball: Tough out – After health scare, Pellegrini leads Jackets into playoffs

Baseball: Tough out – After health scare, Pellegrini leads Jackets into playoffs

Published Saturday, May 7, 2016
By Richard Greene

At the crack of the bat, Spencer Pellegrini springs forward, bends down and swiftly picks the ball off the grass after a final short hop. In one motion, he stops and fires a side-arm strike across the infield to first base.

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3 departments battle RV blaze

3 departments battle RV blaze

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Racey Burden

Rhome, Newark and Boyd fire departments responded to an RV fire south of Rhome around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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Tossing for a title: 11-year-old overcomes adversity, wins national tournament

Tossing for a title: 11-year-old overcomes adversity, wins national tournament

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By David Talley

Sizing up his shot, Kyler Sparks tosses what could be the most important putt of his young life. His disc came up short.

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Baseball: Little margin for error – Hurlers guide Panthers to playoffs

Baseball: Little margin for error – Hurlers guide Panthers to playoffs

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Richard Greene

Of the 92-plus innings in District 9-3A play, John Bridgeman and Bryson Myers stood atop the mound for all 11 tension-filled frames for the Paradise Panthers.

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GRRReetings: Wandering tiger has new home in Wise

GRRReetings: Wandering tiger has new home in Wise

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

Nahla's decision to take a walk down a neighborhood street in Conroe last week led to her becoming one of Wise County's newest residents this week.

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Flooded roads, lakes reopen

Flooded roads, lakes reopen

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

Storms continued to bring rain and some small hail to Wise County this past week, but flooding conditions have nonetheless improved.

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