1 killed in rollover on 287

Published Sunday, February 3, 2019.
By Reece Waddell

A woman was partially ejected from her Nissan sedan and killed Sunday night when she flipped her vehicle into the median on U.S. 81/287 just south of Decatur, according to Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliot.

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No firearm found at Bridgeport HS after rumor

Published Friday, February 1, 2019.
By Reece Waddell

A rumor that a student brought a firearm to Bridgeport High School was quickly dispelled Friday afternoon, according to a press release by Bridgeport ISD Superintendent Brandon Peavey.

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Update for Friday, February 1, 2019

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JANUARY WEATHER WRAP - It was another rather dry start to the year as 1.1 inches of rain was recorded in Decatur in January. That's more than a half-inch below the average rainfall amount of 1.77 inches for January. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 72 on Jan. 5 to a low of 24 on Jan. 23.

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Update for Thursday, January 31, 2019

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HIGHTOWER ARRESTED FOR SOLICITATION - Boyd resident and former Wise County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Hightower was arrested yesterday as part of an undercover online solicitation operation involving multiple agencies in Denton County. According to the Denton County Sheriff's Office, Hightower was one of 13 people arrested during the operation over the last week.

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Update for Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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COUNTY WILL VERIFY CITIZENSHIP - Following a request sent to voter registrars around the state late last week from Texas Secretary of State David Whitley regarding thousands of registered voters whom the state has flagged as possibly non-citizens who are ineligible to vote, Wise County will request citizenship verification on 56 of its approximately 41,000 registered voters.

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Update for Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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ESD NO. 2 BOARD APPOINTED - County commissioners yesterday appointed a board to oversee Emergency Services District No. 2 in the Boonsville area. Commissioners approved appointing Robert Grantham, Roger Guinn, Kenny Hudson, David Turnbow and Larry Wayland. They will serve until January 2020 at which time they will "draw straws" to determine who will serve a second year and what seats will be up for reappointment, according to County Judge J.D. Clark.

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Update for Monday, January 28, 2019

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1 FLOWN FROM RUNAWAY BAY WRECK - Multiple people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Runaway Bay Sunday afternoon. According to preliminary information, the wreck happened around 3:15 p.m. on U.S. 380 in front of the entrance to the Runaway Bay Golf Club and Resort. Two ground ambulances and a helicopter ambulance responded to the scene, which shut down U.S. 380 in both directions.

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1 flown from Runaway Bay wreck

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Multiple people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Runaway Bay Sunday afternoon.

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Update for Friday, January 25, 2019

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WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING ON RULE CHANGES - The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is proposing a 5-year transition period that would allow commissioner courts to approve the drilling of water wells on lots of at least 3.5 acres in its latest update of proposed rule changes.

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Update for Thursday, January 24, 2019

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KING NAMED COMMITTEE CHAIR - Representative Phil King, who represents Wise and Parker counties in the Texas House, has been named the committee chair for redistricting by new Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. King was also named to serve on the criminal jurisprudence and state affairs committees.

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Update for Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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SHUTDOWN RELIEF - Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM), a partner agency of Tarrant Area Food Bank, is ready to help those impacted by the government shutdown. Visit www.warmtx.org or call 940-626-4676 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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Update for Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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DECATUR ISD HIRES ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT - Decatur ISD hired Jadie Matthew as the district's assistant superintendent for operations Monday. Matthew is expected to start the new post in mid-March. He is currently the principal at Dilley High School.

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Update for Monday, January 21, 2019

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MURDER SUSPECT JAILED - The suspect in the Jan. 7 death of Decatur resident Brandy Wallen was jailed over the weekend, according to online Wise County Jail records. Ronnie Brezina, 63, of Decatur was booked into the jail Saturday on charges of capital murder, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and parole violation. Brezina had been hospitalized since the incident following a police pursuit and crash.

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Update for Friday, January 18, 2019

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1 HURT IN 18-WHEELER COLLISION - Three commercial vehicles collided around 2:40 a.m. Thursday morning on Farm Road 1810 at County Road 1490 near Chico. Preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Donald Langston, 52, of Whitesboro was traveling west on FM 1810 and was slowing to make a right turn on CR 1490, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter. A 2014 Mack tractor-trailer, driven by Earl Moore, 59, of Crowley was behind Langston and attempted to pass in a no passing zone.

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FM 1810 remains closed

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Farm Road 1810 remains closed as hazardous materials crews continue to clean the roadway following Thursday morning’s accident.

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Update for Thursday, January 17, 2019

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MAJOR ACCIDENT NEAR CHICO - Several tractor-trailers collided and one caught fire on Farm Road 1810 at County Road 1450 near Chico shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday. Multiple medical helicopters were requested but all were unable to fly due to weather. One person was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with burns to the head and face.

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Sunset resident killed in Park Springs wreck

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The driver killed in Wednesday morning's fatal wreck near Park Springs has been identified as 23-year-old Sunset resident Joshua C. Woods, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Update for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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TIME TO FILE - Filing for the May 4 General Election opens today and will run through Feb. 15. City council and school board seats will be on the ballot. A list of open seats was featured in the Saturday Wise County Messenger, and filing updates will be featured in upcoming issues of the paper.

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Update for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED - A man wanted in connection with a stabbing in far south Wise County yesterday morning was arrested today and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Officers searching for stabbing suspect

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The Wise County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect involved in a stabbing Monday morning near Springtown.

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