Salvation Army campaign rings in success

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Racey Burden

Salvation Army bell-ringers saw an increase of more than $8,000 in donations this year compared to last season.

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Fire destroys mobile home

Fire destroys mobile home

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

Fire destroyed the home of a family of five Friday night between Boyd and Decatur.

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Officials take oath of office

Officials take oath of office

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Recently elected Wise County officials took the oath of office in waves Tuesday morning.

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Welcome to the world; Wise County’s New Year baby born Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

The first baby born in Wise County in 2017 is Eduardo Rico Patino Jr., the son of Gabriela Patino and Eduardo Rico of Boyd.

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DISD Education Foundation awards teaching grants

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Messenger Staff

The Decatur ISD Education Foundation recently awarded nearly $70,000 in innovative teaching grants to teachers in the district.

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WHS rings in 2017 with new fitness facility

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

Wise Health System's new Fit-N-Wise facility will open to the public Monday, Jan. 9.

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Fire marshal reports 920 acres burned

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Messenger Staff

The Wise County Fire Marshal's office said in a press release Tuesday that 920 acres were burned in a grass fire that started near Crafton Dec. 29.

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Northwest ISD seeks feedback on calendar

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Northwest ISD requests community feedback on the 2017-2018 school calendar options.

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Grass fire threatens west Wise

Grass fire threatens west Wise

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By David Talley

A large, fast-moving grass fire destroyed more than 800 acres of land and threatened homes and barns in northwest Wise County Thursday afternoon.

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Man of service: Longtime public servant named Person of the Year

Man of service: Longtime public servant named Person of the Year

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Racey Burden

Randy Singleton, elected the Wise County Messenger's Person of the Year by both the newsroom and reader's choice votes, has decades of public service and career achievements to look back upon.

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Person of the Year Runner-Up: Mr. Congeniality

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Gerre Joiner, the associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Decatur, is more of a town minister than anything else - you're more likely to find him entertaining the Whataburger morning crowd than at the church office.

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2016 in Review: Quotes of 2016

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

2016 in Review: Quotes of 2016

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2016 in Review: 2016 By the Numbers

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

2016 in Review: 2016 By the Numbers

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2016 in Review: Strange but true crime reports of 2016

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Crime doesn't pay, but sometimes it can lead to rather interesting situations. Take, for example, the following sample of crime reports published in 2016.

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2016 in Review: Births in 2016

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

2016 in Review: Births in 2016

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2016 in Review: Deaths in 2016

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Messenger Staff

2016 in Review: Deaths in 2016

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2016 in Review: Local officials behaving badly

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Poor decisions lead to investigations, indictments and arrests.

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2016 in Review: Sharp decline of oil and gas

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

The decline of the oil and gas industry affected not only local mineral values, but also the livelihood of many Wise County citizens in 2016.

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2016 in Review: New sheriff in town

2016 in Review: New sheriff in town

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Wise County elected a new sheriff in 2016. Lane Akin received 83 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Brandon Davis in the March Primary.

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2016 in Review: College upheaval

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Messenger Staff

While Weatherford College Wise County has remained relatively unscathed by scandal, the college administration and main campus in Weatherford has had a tumultuous year.

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