King to host Town Hall at WCWC; State water, transportation officials due at forum

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Messenger Staff

State Rep. Phil King will host a town hall forum 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the lecture hall at Weatherford College Wise County.

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Truck driver treated after FM 455 rollover

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Jake Harris

A Gilbow Oilfield Services truck driver was treated for minor injuries at Wise Regional Health System after flipping his 18-wheeler over while dodging a deer in the middle of Farm Road 455 Friday morning.

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Decatur City Council approves budget, 3-cent tax hike

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It's not final yet, but the city of Decatur is inching toward finality on its 2014-15 fiscal year budget and the property tax rate needed to support it.

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Closing time for Chico park now 8 p.m.

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Brian Knox

Residents using Robinson Park near downtown Chico won't be able to stay as late as they used to.

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Crowd shares memories in Park Springs

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Almost 80 people attended the 60th Park Springs homecoming last weekend.

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‘Fight Night’ couples seminar coming to town

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Victory Family Church in Decatur is hosting "Fight Night" 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 - but don't show up looking for a ring, or folks in boxing gloves flailing away at each other.

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Breaking News: 18-wheeler dodges deer, rolls over on F.M. 455

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A Gilbow Oilfield Services truck driver is now being treated for minor injuries at Wise Regional Health System after flipping his 18-wheeler over while dodging a deer in the middle of the road this morning on F.M. 455. Eli Rucker was driving a saltwater disposal truck south on F.M. 455 just past the Cooke County […]

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Breaking News–18-wheeler explosion causes U.S. 287 standstill

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U.S. 287 is shut down in the north- and southbound lanes near McMaster New Holland in Decatur after an 18-wheeler hit a concrete divider and exploded. There are no reported injuries at this time. First responders are on the scene, and we will have updates as soon as they become available.

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For Mr. Alvarado; Care center employees accept cold challenge

For Mr. Alvarado; Care center employees accept cold challenge

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Staff members at Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Decatur see first-hand the effects of ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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County to replace jail’s rooftop

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Sheriff's Office is the last of 11 county buildings to have its roof repaired after an ice storm nine months ago.

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Drawn to art: Dad draws detailed masterpieces on son’s lunch bags

Drawn to art: Dad draws detailed masterpieces on son’s lunch bags

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

It started as a prank, pulled by a father on his son. It may turn into a treasured heirloom - and the continuation of a family favorite pastime.

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Wettest summer since ’07 can’t bust drought

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Brian Knox

For the third month in a row, Wise County received higher-than-average rainfall.

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United Way kickoff luncheon Thursday

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Messenger Staff

The United Way of Wise County will kick off its 2014 fundraising campaign with a luncheon Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Decatur Civic Center.

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Decatur FFA collects awards at state convention

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Messenger Staff

Several Decatur High School students attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-17 in Fort Worth.

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J.W. Hart PBR Challenge raises more than $600K

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Messenger Staff

For the 11th consecutive year, Wise County's battle of the bull riders - the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge - has bolstered the finances of local non-profit organizations and for a second year has provided free homes for war veterans.

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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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