2017 in Review: Friends we lost in 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Messenger Staff

2017 in Review: Friends we lost in 2017

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Fire tears through roof of home

Fire tears through roof of home

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Richard Greene

Fire tore through the roof of a home in the 300 block of County Road 1331 between Bridgeport and Chico early Saturday morning.

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Teen punches through windshield, rescues family

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Racey Burden

Max Allen, a Bridgeport High School senior, was on his way to do some post-Christmas shopping in Fort Worth Tuesday when he witnessed an accident.

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Fire destroys 3-story log cabin

Fire destroys 3-story log cabin

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Richard Greene

Fire destroyed a three-story log cabin near the Sunset Bay gated community northwest of Lake Bridgeport Christmas night.

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2017 in Review: Longtime district judge dies

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

District Judge John H. Fostel, 69, died unexpectedly June 2.

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2017 in Review: Drought, wildfires bookend year

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Around a wet summer that brought beneficial rain, Wise County started and ended 2017 battling drought and the constant threat of wildfires.

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2017 in Review: Bridgeport annexation plan stopped

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

In early September, the city of Bridgeport mailed notices to landowners that they planned to annex more than 1,300 acres in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

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2017 in Review: Bulls take Bridgeport on wild ride to soccer final

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

In their second season, the Bridgeport Bulls soccer team captured the imagination of a community in a run to the state final.

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2017 in Review: K-9 Rayco disappears

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

An important member of the sheriff's office went missing in October, and his whereabouts remain a mystery.

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2017 in Review: Parr pleads no contest, resigns

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Wise County Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr on Aug. 9 pleaded no contest to theft of property greater than $2,500 but less than $30,000 before Judge Roger Towery in the 271st District Court.

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2017 in Review: Tweets and tales heard ’round the world

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Five Wise County teenagers got their 15 minutes of fame this year, going viral for everything from cute school pictures to spectacular volleyball saves.

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2017 in Review: Sheriff’s action leads to state reversing decision

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin saw something he didn't think was right, so he did something about it.

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2017 in Review: Districts experience administration shake-ups

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Three Wise County school districts lost their superintendents early this year, and one district is still searching for its new boss.

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2017 in Review: Legislation secures board seat

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Wise County finally has a voting seat on the Weatherford College Board.

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Use caution on the roadways, abide by the law

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds drivers to stay sober and follow traffic laws.

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Forest Service map prices to increase Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps.

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Talented athletes compete on collegiate and pro circuits

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Brett Hoffman

Imagine a super talented receiver playing football for Texas Tech on Saturday and then suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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Wells Fargo gives $5,000 to Boyd for outdoor classroom

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Wells Fargo presented a $5,000 donation to Boyd Independent School District Wednesday to build a multi-purpose outdoor classroom for middle and intermediate school students.

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Man killed in rollover

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Racey Burden

An Alvord man was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle rollover on Texas 101 north of Chico.

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A daughter’s gift: Kidney transplant gives dad a chance at life

A daughter’s gift: Kidney transplant gives dad a chance at life

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Brian Knox

Last Christmas, Paul Tambunga's kidneys were failing, and he needed a kidney transplant.

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