Flaming hay bales ignite pasture fire

Flaming hay bales ignite pasture fire

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Racey Burden

Three fire departments responded to a pasture fire threatening a structure on Private Road 4379 between Decatur and Boyd Saturday morning.

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Insurance rates rise

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County reconfigured its insurance plan to combat rising costs, but most employees will still feel a financial pinch.

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Rainfall reduces revenue

Rainfall reduces revenue

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Richard Greene

Near record-setting rainfall over the first six months of the year busted Wise County out of prolonged drought and left previously scorched yards green.

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Budget hit by mineral value drop

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Brian Knox

When you have a flat tire, it's hard to move forward. Local taxing entities experiencing flat property tax values are now facing a similar challenge.

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Entities scramble as sales tax slides

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Racey Burden

Sales tax revenue is down across the county and likely will not meet budgeted levels by the end of the year.

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Attendance falls at Settlers Reunion

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Racey Burden

Attendance at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion dropped drastically from 2014 to 2015.

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Lobdell takes top prize at state dog show

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Travis Lisle

Wise County had a tremendous showing at the 2015 Texas 4-H Dog Show, highlighted by Tori Lobdell's Senior High Point victory that she earned alongside her 4-year-old papillon, Jasper.

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Board selects architect for bond projects

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Brian Knox

Three of the larger construction projects associated with the 2015 school bond issue at Decatur took a step forward at Monday's school board meeting.

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Grant provides library automated catalog

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Racey Burden

Rhome Public Library received a $7,286 grant from the Tocker Foundation to automate the library's catalog.

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FEMA deadline extended

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Homeowners or renters with storm or flood damage now have until Aug. 27 to register for FEMA assistance.

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FFA members attend Texas FFA Convention

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Members from the Decatur FFA chapter attended the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.

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Council approves $1.9 million incentive for hotel

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Brian Knox

The City of Decatur and the Economic Development Corp. will offer a hotel developer just shy of $2 million in incentives to build next to the Decatur Civic Center.

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Flash mob celebrates day of dance

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Racey Burden

From little girls in purple tutus to grown men in cowboy hats, people of all sizes danced their hearts out at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion Saturday night.

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Meeting Previews for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Chico School Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, to discuss repairing the middle school roof, making the baseball/softball complex ADA compliant and to discuss financial issues.

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Sailor with local ties finishes 11th

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Jacopo Rizzi, the grandson of David and Susan Ray of Bridgeport and Mary Ray of Frisco, placed 11th in the 420 Class World Championships in Castle Bay Karatsu, Japan.

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Car chase ends in arrest

Car chase ends in arrest

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Racey Burden

Decatur Police Department, Wise County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety were involved in a car chase that ended in the arrest of Israel Trey Rodriguez, 21, in Decatur Wednesday afternoon.

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Shepherd departs Decatur; Pastor leaves legacy as he moves on

Shepherd departs Decatur; Pastor leaves legacy as he moves on

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By David Talley

The word "shepherd" means a guide or caregiver, who protects a group. That definition fits Ken May during his 13 years in Decatur.

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Bridgeport hires McEachern

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Racey Burden

The Bridgeport City Council voted Tuesday to officially hire Jesica McEachern as the new city administrator.

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Alvord ISD hires Brown as superintendent

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Travis Lisle

After weeks of interviews, the Alvord school board unanimously agreed to name Dr. Randy Brown the lone finalist for the superintendent position Thursday night.

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Property tax values take a shallow dip

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

Property tax values in Wise County dropped just less than 1 percent this year, according to the certified tax roll released this week.

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