Emotional trial ends with 5-year sentence

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Brian Knox

Two lives, two families, were changed forever after a fatal wreck on Feb. 13, 2015, near Boyd.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Northwest High School Theater will present "Junie B. Jones the Musical" Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at 2301 Texan Dr. in Justin.

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Brandon Lee Duncan

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Brandon Lee Duncan, 24, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Chico.

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Dawson found guilty in fatal wreck

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Brian Knox

A Chico man was found guilty Thursday of intoxication manslaughter stemming from a fatal accident in February of 2015 near Boyd.

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Cross charged with assault

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Brian Knox

A Chico man who was shot by a sheriff's deputy after the resident fired a rifle outside his home last month is facing multiple criminal charges.

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Football: Valley View, Epperson throttle Dragons

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Reece Waddell

On Chico's first play from scrimmage Thursday night, senior quarterback Jerod Blanks darted down the field for a 36-yard gain, putting the Dragons in prime position to get on the board first.

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June Caldwell

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
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June Caldwell, 85, of Chico, died Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017, in Chico.

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Valley View blasts Chico, knocks Dragons out of playoffs for second straight year

Valley View blasts Chico, knocks Dragons out of playoffs for second straight year

Published Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Reece Waddell

On Chico’s first play from scrimmage Thursday night, senior quarterback Jerod Blanks darted down the field for a 36-yard gain – putting the Dragons in prime position to get on the board first. With the opportunity to jump out to an early lead against a Valley View team that entered the game as 38-point favorites, […]

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Paradise Intermediate hosts its Turkey Extravaganza Thursday, Nov. 16.

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Football: Chico looks to play spoiler

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Coming off a close 15-14 loss to Alvord in the regular season finale, the Chico Dragons will hope to play spoiler in the bi-district round of the playoffs against Valley View. Chico and Valley View square off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Krum High School. The top seed out of 6-2A Division I, Valley View finished the season 9-1, with its only blemish coming in the first game of the year. The Eagles are currently on a nine-game winning streak. While this is Chico's second consecutive season to make the playoffs after a 15-year drought, it is also the second straight year the Dragons draw the Eagles in the bi-district round. Valley View romped Chico 68-20 last year to knock the Dragons out of the postseason "[We're] definitely excited about getting the chance to play in the playoffs again," said Chico coach Lane Wilson. "It's a whole new season. Anything can happen." The Dragons ended the regular season on a two-game losing skid, and have struggled at times offensively. Chico was shutout against Seymour, and managed just seven points against Santo. The Dragons are led on offense by senior quarterback Jerod Blanks, who finished the season 66-for-145 for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Dragons' defense will be forced to contend with Valley View's high-octane duo of quarterback Brady Jackson and running back by Clint Epperson, who combined for seven touchdowns in last year's playoff victory. The Eagles averaged 40.8 points per game this season while their defense surrendered just 20.8 points per contest. "We're going to have to tackle [Epperson]," Wilson said. "We have to win some battles up front and the secondary is going to have to come downhill and play. [Valley View] isn't real fancy in what they do, but they're good at what they do." The winner advances to the area round and will play the winner of Crawford and Riesel. Valley View enters the game as 38-point favorites, according to Harris Ratings Weekly. "We're definitely underdogs," Wilson said. "We have nothing to lose. It's the same team we played last year, and they pretty much beat us as badly as they wanted to. I'm hoping Valley View doesn't take us very seriously, and maybe we could upset them."

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Football: Bulldogs hold off Dragons

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Messenger Staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point.

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Julia Lynn Cox-Wilson

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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Julia Lynn Cox-Wilson, 61, of Chico died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at home.

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Alvord holds off Chico for third in 5-2AI

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Messenger staff

When Jerod Blanks scored on a 4-yard run and added the two-point try with 3:11 to go in the third quarter, an Alvord two-score halftime lead had dwindled to just a point. The Alvord defense made the lead hold up over final 15 minutes as the Bulldogs squeaked out the 15-14 victory over the rival Chico Dragons.

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Purpose from service: Time as Marine paves way into coaching ranks

Purpose from service: Time as Marine paves way into coaching ranks

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

When Clay Sanders graduated from Springtown in the spring of 1994, he followed his dream of playing college football to Tarleton State in Stephenville.

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Wise County honors our veterans

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Veterans groups and schools across the county are holding events this week to honor veterans in all branches of the U.S. military.

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Education Briefs for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Northwest High School Theater will present "Junie B. Jones the Musical" Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at 2301 Texan Dr. in Justin.

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Football: Alvord, Chico battle for playoff seeding

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

More than just bragging rights will be on the line Friday night when the Alvord Bulldogs and Chico Dragons renew their neighborly battle.

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Lonnie Carl Denman

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Lonnie Carl Denman, 74, of Chico, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Decatur.

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Steven Vernon Shurbet

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Steven Vernon Shurbet, 70, of Chico, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Decatur.

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Football: Chico waits for finale

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons had Friday night off before gearing up for the final week of the regular season and a showdown with rival Alvord.

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