All Around Wise: Use the force – vote

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Richard Greene

It's election season again. I know it doesn't seem that long ago that we were at the polls picking out a senator, governor and deciding on annexation rights.

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All the Wiser: Glass from the past

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Annette Craze Stephens asked via Facebook: "What about Decatur Glass Company?" There's a lot about that. There's the actual company.

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Arrested Developments: Dispatchers always answer the call

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Brian Knox

This past week has been National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week - a time set aside the second full week each April to honor those men and women who are the first to answer the call for help.

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Sidewalk plan needed

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Randall O. Watson

There is no real plan for a side walk system in the developed areas of the city of Decatur.

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Time to clean up

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Joe Lambert

Cheers to whomever owns the lot at West Hale and South Trenchard streets in Decatur for tearing down the house and cleaning up the mess that renters had left.

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Make an educated vote

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Shannon Johnson

We have had wonderful success with our athletic teams, extra-curricular activities, UIL competitions, band, ag, CTE, and multiple other areas in DISD.

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Arrested Developments: Decatur PD to hold active shooter training

Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
By Brian Knox

The Decatur Police Department wants local churches to be prepared in case of an active shooter situation.

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All Around Wise: Surprised by lack of decision

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Richard Greene

My wise sophomore reporting professor Keith Shelton told our class many moons ago to never show up to a meeting and not know how a vote would go. Monday night, I violated the great Shelton's golden rule.

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All the Wiser: They played the game in spite of hell

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Rosalie Gregg asked me to find out about the Lost Battalion's motto "We Play the Game." She wanted to know what it means.

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Waddell column: OMA does not foster transparency

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Reece Waddell

As I sat in the hallway of Chico Elementary Wednesday night awaiting trustees to emerge from closed session, I watched as those in attendance at the start of the meeting left.

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Arrested Developments: Capital murder cases in Wise

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Brian Knox

A rare indictment, at least for this area, was returned earlier this week.

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The DNA kit: A little bit of this, a little bit of that

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019
By Gerre Joiner

I received an ancestry.com kit for Christmas.

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All Around Wise: Spreading the good news

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

I'm starting off a little newspaper nerdy, but bear with me. Each October as a periodical, we are required by the U.S. Postal Service to publish a statement of ownership. As part of the statement, we must include our circulation numbers. It's usually the last time that number is seen in print for a year.

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All the Wiser: It’s a courthouse, not a lady

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Mary Lois Spain-Sipes asked via Facebook: "Please set us straight about the recent online references to the Wise County Courthouse as the "Pink Lady."

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Keeping Austin Weird: Slow down and smell the coffee

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

My kidneys would be the first to admit - I'm an energy drink guy. I pay roughly $4 per day, Monday through Friday, for my preferred elixir.

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Arrested Developments: Locking down the rumors

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

"What's going on in XXXX?" The newsroom will often get asked those questions, either by phone calls or increasingly by social media. Often times those questions have to do with some emergency response in their area involving police, fire or medics.

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Requiem for a rabbit

Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By Brian Knox

"You need to come home for a bunny funeral," my wife said in a solemn tone over the phone Monday afternoon.

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All Around Wise: Volunteer firefighters keep weathering conditions

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

In 20 years as a scribe, I've come to realize that breaking news rarely, if ever, happens when it's sunny and 70. Fires usually happen when it's bone-chilling cold or in the searing heat. Wrecks occur when there's some form of precipitation.

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All the Wiser: Why oh why Odessa?

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Charles Petty asked via Facebook: "Why was Newark called Odessa?"

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Arrested Developments: Meth seizures up 200 percent from last year

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Brian Knox

Last week, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin shared some eye-opening numbers related to methamphetamine use in the county.

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