Volleyball: Decatur beats Henrietta in four

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Lady Eagles took down Henrietta in four games Tuesday (25-19, 11-25, 25-21, 25-18).

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Chico opens year with big win over Perrin

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Messenger staff

Chico senior quarterback Jerod Blanks threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more as the Dragons blasted Perrin 53-13 in the season opener at Dragon Stadium Friday.

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Taking roll: Administrators count heads on first day

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Messenger Staff

All of Wise County's schools are now in session.

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Football: Chico opens year at home

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons will take the field Friday in a position they've not been in since 2002 as a team looking to make a return to the playoffs.

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Team of Dragons: House of Chico

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Richard Greene

The refrain over the past several preseasons sounded familiar: The Chico Dragons enter the year looking to end a playoff drought that dates back to 2001.

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Board approves bus purchases

Published August 23, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board members Monday approved purchasing four school buses as part of the district’s voter-approved bond package. The board earlier in the meeting adopted an order authorizing the issuance of school building bonds. The buses will include three-point seat belts, which is required of all buses built after Sept. 1, Superintendent Don Elsom said. The added requirement comes from a bill signed earlier this year by Gov. Greg Abbott mandating the safety harnesses. Elsom said it wasn’t made clear in the law how wearing the seat belts would be enforced on the 71-seat vehicles. The added cost of the seat belts brought the district’s purchase from around $350,000 to $363,000. In other business, the board approved creating a half-time custodial position and approved its contract for the instructional technologist position. Elementary teacher Breann Cox will move into the position. Trustees also approved stipends for the academic services coordinator and academic coaches. These positions are held by current teachers who work extra hours to perform the additional duties. Board member Steven Cox abstained from the votes. Trustees discussed, but didn’t settle on a tuition or an acceptance plan for pre-k enrollees. Enrollment in district’s pre-k classes recently jumped, and Elsom said the district may need to consider more staff or assistants to handle the influx of new students. Several board members expressed support for adding at least one aide. Bell schedules were also set, with trustees approving a schedule that gave the middle and high school campuses an optional study period between 2 and 3:35 p.m. on Fridays. Trustees also heard a report on the district’s state accountability rankings, with all campuses meeting standard and the middle school earning five distinctions.

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Build it, and they will come: Home builds booming in South Wise

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Racey Burden

Rhome and Boyd have seen more residential home growth than Decatur and Bridgeport so far this year.

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Joe Harold Haworth

Published Published Saturday, July 19, 2017
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Joe Harold Haworth, 80, of Chico, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Decatur.

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Local districts make the grade

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Richard Greene

All Wise County districts and campuses received a passing grade in the 2017 preliminary accountability ratings released Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency.

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Volleyball: Boyd wins Burk tourney

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets successfully defended their Cool in Boomtown title in Burkburnett Saturday.

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Volleyball: Northwest, Chico stay unbeaten

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Northwest Lady Texans and Chico Lady Dragons remain unbeaten on the season.

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Tuesday Volleyball Results

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Decatur Lady Eagles (0-1) dropped their season opener on the road Tuesday to Lake Dallas in four games.

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Home destroyed in fire

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

A house just outside Chico was destroyed by fire Saturday night, despite the best efforts of five local volunteer fire departments.

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Chico School Board hears values, talks budget

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By David Talley

Chico School Board Monday heard a report on the district's certified values and discussed its proposed revenue, expenditures and tax rate.

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Sewell to lead Chico Middle School

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By David Talley

Social studies teachers at Chico Middle School may soon find a new face in their classrooms.

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Back to School: Chico

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Messenger Staff

Back to School: Chico

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Football: Dragons change defenses

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Richard Greene

The Chico Dragons started Monday installing a new defense with new coordinator Clay Sanders.

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Hitting the field

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By Joe Duty

Boyd's Logan Jones, Alex Silva, Jett Pruit, Dawson White, Clay Rodriguez and Garrett Sherman huddle during the first practice.

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Ninfa Lopez

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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Ninfa Lopez, 37, of Chico, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in Decatur.

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