‘The kids are all right;’ Siblings who survived 1992 wreck reunite with rescuer

‘The kids are all right;’ Siblings who survived 1992 wreck reunite with rescuer

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Four-year-old Danny Hernandez huddled on the bank of Elizabeth Creek, his body battered and bloodied. Fire ants threatened to overtake him. His parents lay nearby, dead in the water.

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Foundation honors donors at annual dinner

Foundation honors donors at annual dinner

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Brian Knox

The location and format of its annual donor recognition dinner might have changed, but the goal of the Decatur ISD Education Foundation remains the same.

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Basketball: Making most of chance – Decatur’s Shetter shines after waiting for his turn

Basketball: Making most of chance – Decatur’s Shetter shines after waiting  for his turn

Published Saturday, January 17, 2015
By Richard Greene

At open gym the day leading up to the Bridgeport Christmas Tournament in late December, Aaron Shetter rolled his ankle.

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Blaze destroys family home

Blaze destroys family home

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

A Newark family lost their home and all their belongings in a fast-moving fire Monday morning.

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Community of forgiveness; Ministry looks to faith to heal addiction

Community of forgiveness; Ministry looks to faith  to heal addiction

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Jake Harris

On Monday and Thursday nights at the Pizza Hut off U.S. 380 in Bridgeport, a group of people meets in the restaurant's private dining room. Most of the time they don't even order pizza. They're just there to talk.

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Basketball: Sweet success – Sissies rise through adversity with sights on playoffs

Basketball: Sweet success – Sissies rise through adversity with sights on playoffs

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Success is not something Landrie Walsh and her fellow Bridgeport seniors take for granted.

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Driving Force: Deputy uses racing to bond with speedsters

Driving Force: Deputy uses racing to bond with speedsters

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By David Talley

Wise County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Fitzgerald knows how to go fast.

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Basketball: Hard lessons pay off – 2 years after being thrown into fire, Moran shining

Basketball: Hard lessons pay off – 2 years after being thrown into fire, Moran shining

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

Two games into his freshman year, Trace Moran suddenly found himself at the controls of the Boyd Yellowjackets' attack as the starting point guard.

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Saturday Sports Buffet: In enemy territory – Local Packer owners stay true to team

Saturday Sports Buffet: In enemy territory – Local Packer owners stay true to team

Published Saturday, January 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

In the heart of Dallas Cowboys country, a pair of Green Bay Packers owners will be watching with bated breath Sunday.

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Fire destroys home in Park Springs

Fire destroys home in Park Springs

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

On a brutally cold morning, a man lost his home and three dogs in a fire near the Wise and Montague county line Sunday.

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Firefighters save Wildwood mobile home

Firefighters save Wildwood mobile home

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

Fire damaged a mobile home at Wildwood Naturist's Resort Monday afternoon - but quick action by Decatur firefighters prevented the fire from destroying the trailer.

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Basketball: Happy returns – Senior point guard prepares for first district game in almost two years

Basketball: Happy returns – Senior point guard prepares for first district game in almost two years

Published Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

As the Decatur Lady Eagles made a run to the district title and the third round of the playoffs, Jasmyne Tate kept a smile on her face and cheered her teammates on.

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Quotes of 2014

Quotes of 2014

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Messenger Staff

"The first time I saw a picture of her on Facebook, I saw my mother in her. I just saw my momma, and I just broke down."

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Twice blessed: ‘First babies’ arrive a minute apart

Twice blessed: ‘First babies’ arrive a minute apart

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Bob Buckel

The first baby of 2015 waited until Jan. 2 to get here. Apparently, she wanted some company.

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Best of Crime Reports 2014

Best of Crime Reports 2014

Published Saturday, January 3, 2015
By Messenger Staff

A man reported that someone keeps harassing his chickens.

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Top ten stories of 2014

Top ten stories of 2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Triumph and tragedy provided the big news stories of 2014. Here's a look at our Top Ten.

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Music education takes center stage

Music education takes center stage

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Slidell Elementary students are singing a new tune this school year.

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Titles, records, changes highlight 2014

Titles, records, changes highlight 2014

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Richard Greene

2014 provided plenty to cheer about. It also brought several changes. Here's a quick look back at the year's top 10 sports headlines.

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Christmas Eve robbery leads to 4 arrests

Christmas Eve robbery leads to 4 arrests

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Jake Harris

Four men spent Christmas in the Wise County Jail after being arrested just blocks away from the Bridgeport convenience store that two of them robbed at gunpoint.

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Blaze devours mobile home

Blaze devours mobile home

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Jake Harris

A mobile home northeast of Decatur was destroyed Friday in an early morning fire.

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