WCMessenger.com http://www.wcmessenger.com Wise County Messenger Online Edition Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:59:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014’s top citizen developing ‘the greatest town there is’ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2014s-top-citizen-developing-the-greatest-town-there-is/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/2014s-top-citizen-developing-the-greatest-town-there-is/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:56:50 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82440 ...

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Motorcycle accident injures 2 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/motorcycle-accident-injures-2/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/motorcycle-accident-injures-2/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:59 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82437 ...

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Bridgeport school board pitches soccer program http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-pitches-soccer-program/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/bridgeport-school-board-pitches-soccer-program/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:06 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82434 ...

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Audiobook voice actor to perform spooky stories http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/audiobook-voice-actor-to-perform-spooky-stories/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/audiobook-voice-actor-to-perform-spooky-stories/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82432 ...

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Paradise ISD sets canvassing date http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-isd-sets-canvassing-date/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-isd-sets-canvassing-date/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:53:36 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82430 ...

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Paradise City Council addresses billing concerns http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-city-council-addresses-billing-concerns/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/paradise-city-council-addresses-billing-concerns/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:52:54 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82428 ...

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Early voting off to mediocre start http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-off-to-mediocre-start/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/early-voting-off-to-mediocre-start/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:52:20 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82426 ...

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13-year-old struck by car http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/13-year-old-struck-by-car/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/13-year-old-struck-by-car/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:51:27 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82423 ...

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Historical societies to preview museum http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/historical-societies-to-preview-museum/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/historical-societies-to-preview-museum/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:51:02 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82421 ...

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Decatur EDC, hospital look to cooperate on splash park http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/decatur-edc-hospital-look-to-cooperate-on-splash-park/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/decatur-edc-hospital-look-to-cooperate-on-splash-park/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:50:29 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82419 ...

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Riders vie for world title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/riders-vie-for-world-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/riders-vie-for-world-title/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:44 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82417 ...

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New high school to fuel big dreams http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-high-school-to-fuel-big-dreams/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news/new-high-school-to-fuel-big-dreams/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:19 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82415 Under radiant sunshine, contractors swung the final beam for the future V.R. Eaton High School into place last Wednesday.

“This is a great day,” said Northwest Superintendent Karen Rue. “We recognize a significant point in the construction of the third high school in our district. It’s a day we visualize kids learning in a setting second to none.”

Family Signing

FAMILY SIGNING – Eaton family members Barry, Jeannine, Brian and Roy Eaton sign the last steel beam for the future V.R. Eaton High School. The school, named for Roy’s father, will open in August 2015. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

The massive Eaton High School will open in August 2015. It’s located on 79.5 acres off U.S. 81/287 on Willow Springs Road. It will be 524,602 square feet – 20,000 square feet bigger than both of NISD’s current high schools, Northwest and Byron Nelson.

The number of bricks that will be used in the building would reach 85 miles tall if stacked on top of each other. Its 1,960 tons of steel could produce 2,177 cars. The Eaton gym will seat 1,300 fans.

Spacious Gym

SPACIOUS GYM – Guest check out the future Eaton High School gym Wednesday during a tour of the building still under construction. The gym will seat 1,300. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

And although its size is impressive, the design and plans for its use are equally remarkable.

“The students here will be our future,” said Dr. Karen Eddy, Eaton’s principal.

NISD is going to great lengths with the design and construction of the $91 million school to meet the demands of education in the future. It will feature an 800-seat auditorium, large lecture hall, two-story library connected to the Java City and flexible classroom space. As Eddy points out, the classroom is being turned around with teachers now helping to facilitate and help students use the information at their fingertips.

“Before, teachers had the knowledge and regurgitated it,” she said. “Now, teachers are the facilitators of the knowledge. Children are discovering how they can learn and become critical thinkers and contributors.”

No section of the building illustrates the changing classroom and Eaton’s trailblazing mission more than the business and entrepreneurship academy, which will be the first of its kind in the state. NISD officials, including Eddy, have visited classes in New York to learn about the academy, which will be far more than just students learning about business.

“It’s not going to look like a school, but an office,” Eddy explained. “It will give a taste of the real world.

“The capstone of the academy students will be running a firm and selling a product. They will not only run a business but also be determining what they can sell to other students. It’ll go beyond knowledge to application.”

Eddy plans to start adding staff soon, starting with hiring of the associate principals, head football coach and band director. She hopes to have all the professional staff in place by May.

“You don’t do it all on your own. That’s why you hire good people,” Eddy said.

It’s those teachers and students that will establish new traditions and forge a place forever in NISD’s burgeoning future. As Rue pointed out, the district is only at 15 percent of its eventual build out.

“People in our future will look at the buildings and the names on the buildings,” Rue said. “This is about building a community and schools that will matter in the future.”

EHS is named in memory of Wise County resident and rancher V.R. Eaton. He is the father of Messenger publisher Roy Eaton.

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Outdoor Learning Center makes nature the classroom http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/outdoor-learning-center-makes-nature-the-classroom/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/outdoor-learning-center-makes-nature-the-classroom/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:48:04 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82411 ...

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/education-briefs-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:57 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82408 ...

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Northwest Student Spotlights for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/northwest-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/education/education-headlines/northwest-student-spotlights-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:30 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82406 ...

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News Briefs for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/news-briefs/news-briefs-for-wednesday-october-22-2014/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:44:32 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82398 ...

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Cross Country: Golden Run – Boyd brings home title http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-golden-run-boyd-brings-home-title/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-golden-run-boyd-brings-home-title/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:43:53 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82396 ...

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1 killed in 2-vehicle accident http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/1-killed-in-2-vehicle-accident/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/update/1-killed-in-2-vehicle-accident/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:43:21 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82307 WednesdayFatal

A woman was killed and a child was seriously injured about 9:30 Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Farm Road 51 at Farm Road 455 near Slidell. The child was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Their identities will not be released until family has been notified. Department of Public Safety Trooper Ray Wallace said a passenger car  stopped at the stop sign on 455 (on the east side of 51), but then pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler traveling northbound on 51. The truck driver, who works for Targa Resources, was not injured. “It was like a movie,” said witness Charles Shouse of Paris. “The car was in the air. There are no tracks in the grass.” The car came to rest on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection. The witness said the truck also went airborne before crashing into RVs parked nearby and landing on its side. According to Shouse, the driver of the truck said he was carrying saltwater. The road was temporarily shut down so the helicopter ambulance could land on 455. Wise County’s Medic 1, Medic 4 and Rescue 1 were called to the scene. Greenwood/Slidell and Decatur fire departments were also on scene, as well as sheriff’s deputies and several state troopers.

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Cross Country: Paradise’s Norwood takes 8th on broken toe http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-paradises-norwood-takes-8th-on-broken-toe/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-paradises-norwood-takes-8th-on-broken-toe/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:42:48 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82393 ...

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Cross Country: Decatur makes run at district http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-decatur-makes-run-at-district/ http://www.wcmessenger.com/2014/sports/cross-country-decatur-makes-run-at-district/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:42:11 +0000 http://www.wcmessenger.com/?p=82391 ...

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