True grit: 73rd Lost Battalion Reunion honors hero

True grit: 73rd Lost Battalion Reunion honors hero

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Austin Jackson

When an 18-year-old Rufus Choate stepped on the scale before entering the Pacific Theater as a Texas National Guardsman, he weighed 155 pounds. When he returned home from Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945, he weighed just 97.

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Eddy leaves Eaton for new role

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Carri Eddy opened Eaton High School in 2015 as its first principal.

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Kit car helps students build pride

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Austin Jackson

With chest puffed out, Michael Young stood with a grin plastered across his face as he showed off the maroon-striped Shelby Cobra parked outside his former high school.

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Commissioners propose lower college tax rate

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners agreed Monday to cut the Weatherford College branch campus maintenance tax by the same percentage as the county property tax rate.

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Weekend Planner for Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Hunting season is just around the corner.

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PBR celebrates 25th season

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018
By Brett Hoffman

The Professional Bull Riders' top tier tour stopped in Tulsa over the weekend.

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Jury delivers 50-year sentence

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Brian Knox

A Fort Worth man convicted by a Wise County jury this week of evading arrest with a vehicle was sentenced to prison for a fifth time.

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Gaming machines seized

Gaming machines seized

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Brian Knox

Ten gaming machines were seized from two separate tobacco shops in Bridgeport Thursday evening, and the business owners could soon face misdemeanor gambling charges.

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Teaching the old way; Pastor brings Native Descendants Church to Chico

Teaching the old way; Pastor brings Native  Descendants Church to Chico

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

A Cherokee with blue eyes, a ponytail and a well-used Bible walked into Chico, on Thursday, realizing a dream.

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41 first days: Teacher ready to meet next family

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Behind Judy Smith's classroom doors are colorful cubbies, itty bitty chairs, crayons for days and plenty of joy.

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Commissioners to discuss budget

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Messenger Staff

County Judge J.D. Clark will present a proposed budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2019 at Monday's commissioners meeting.

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Meth forum draws crowd

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Thirty-five years ago, Lane Akin was a brand new narcotics agent. He was working undercover in a rural Texas town and had befriended a couple immersed in the drug culture.

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Wildfire conditions still exist

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Firefighters, farmers and ranchers have been looking to the sky for months, hoping to see rain relieve drought and wildfire conditions in Wise County.

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2 motorcyclists injured in seperate crashes

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Two motorcyclists were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon following separate crashes in Newark and Greenwood.

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5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, August 11, 2018

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Messenger Staff

Roll those bedtimes back, pack a tasty lunch and pick out your clothes. It's the first day of school.

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Jury sends man to prison for fifth time with 50-year sentence

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Brian Knox

A Fort Worth man who sped through the parking lot of a retail center the week before Christmas last year in an attempt to flee from an officer trying to make a traffic stop was found guilty Wednesday of evading arrest with a vehicle and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Salvaging hope: Residents count losses, blessings after wildfire

Salvaging hope: Residents count losses, blessings after wildfire

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Fire engines from more than 20 departments have come and gone, media and U.S. forest service helicopters have made their passes, and now, at the Barclay Salvage yard in Alvord, James Barclay can only look out from his yellow lifter and sweep up the ash that was the salvage yard he'd owned for 40 years.

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Geared up: Kids receive free school supplies

Geared up: Kids receive free school supplies

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Tax-free weekend is nigh, but for many Wise County families, the best deals around town were found in the not-for-profit hallways of the Decatur Church of Christ.

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Students first: Bidgeport ISD takes conservative approach in budget talks

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Bridgeport ISD is proposing a conservative budget with enrollment numbers in flux and delinquent tax payments at an 11-year high.

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City of Bridgeport eyes tax increase

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By Austin Jackson

While property values are on the rise, a shortfall in sales tax revenue could result in an increased tax rate in Bridgeport.

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