Strings attached: Group works to build regional youth orchestra program

Strings attached: Group works to build regional youth orchestra program

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

They say the difference between a violin and a fiddle is simple: you play a violin on Sunday morning and a fiddle on Saturday night. But to play at all, first you have to learn.

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Officials optimistic about finance decision

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It's not a surprise - and it's far from over - but Thursday's ruling in the Texas school finance lawsuit does push the state one step closer to a possible resolution of its longest-running political drama. How should we fund public education?

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Fire destroys home, damages vehicles

Fire destroys home, damages vehicles

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

Donna Walton leafed through the crisp pages of a photo album on the hood of a burned-out Volkswagen Beetle Wednesday - a day after fire destroyed a home on her family's property.

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School enrollment holds steady

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Wise County had its ups and downs the first few days of school this week, but as a rule most school districts' enrollment held steady compared to the end of school in May and the first day of school last August.

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Decatur P&Z, council schedule back-to-back meetings

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Consider it the price to be paid for a Monday holiday. The city of Decatur's Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 at City Hall, followed by a city council meeting at 6.

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Decatur budget includes money for vehicles, ag barn

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

If the 2014-2015 Decatur school budget looked a lot like the 2013-2014 budget, that was by design.

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Bridgeport City Council to talk trash at meeting

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Jake Harris

The Bridgeport City Council will consider approving an amendment to its waste collection agreement with Progressive Waste Solutions in its meeting Tuesday night.

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Weatherford College approves 2014-15 budget, tax rate

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Messenger Staff

The Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved the 2014-15 budget and tax rate during a called board meeting Thursday afternoon.

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Rhome council, fire dept. work to get on same page

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

The Rhome fire chief will stay and the department - along with other city officials - has formulated a plan to address "problems" that have plagued it.

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Safe stolen from diner

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Decatur police are investigating the burglary of a local restaurant.

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Hospital board approves acquisitions, appointments

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The staff, board and facilities at Wise Regional Health System all experienced a little growth as a result of Monday night's board meeting.

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Alvord School Board drops a penny from tax rate

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Thursday's school board meeting saw a few last-minute additions to the budget, but Alvord ISD trustees were also able to drop a penny from the tax rate.

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Chico City Council to vote on budget, tax rate

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

If you have a comment or question about the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget for the city of Chico, Tuesday's the night to attend a council meeting.

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Prison inmates make baskets for Wise Choices

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Jake Harris

Every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., some of the Bridgeport Women's Pre-Parole Facility inmates get together to knit, crochet and sew - but not for themselves.

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County to seek bids on EMS rescue tanker

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Despite a tense discussion Monday, Wise County commissioners are looking into the possibility of purchasing a rescue truck with a tanker.

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Decatur P&Z gets more direction on sidewalk rules

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It's not black-and-white, but Planning and Zoning Commission chairman Davey Edwards did get some direction from the Decatur City Council Monday evening on the issue of sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

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Elevator expense going up

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

A state inspection revealed this summer that the courthouse elevator needs improvement. It may not make the creaky ride to the top faster, but it should be safer.

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Family escapes fire with lives, little else

Family escapes fire with lives, little else

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Brian Knox

A fire Sunday night has left a Newark family with next to nothing.

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Woodall finds new home with a familiar mentor

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Brian Knox

One of Decatur High School's newest teachers, Meghan Woodall, has only been in Wise County for a couple of months, but it already feels like home.

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Northwest school district launches online ‘Dashboard’

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Richard Greene

Northwest ISD now has an interactive website highlighting student achievement and other successes.

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