County braces for soggy weekend

Published Friday, September 21, 2018
By Richard Greene

Shortly before noon Friday as light showers moved through Decatur, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell took count of the resources available from boats to personnel. Powell and the rest of the county are bracing for a wet weekend that could bring between 3 and 8 inches of rain.

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Rhome resident arrested for murder

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A Rhome woman has been arrested for the shooting death of her former husband last Friday night. Marie Kendale Kimani, 35, was arrested at her home in the 12600 block of Forest Lawn Rhome in the Shale Creek Neighborhood east of Rhome late Wednesday night.

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Affidavit: Deputy choked and threatened wife with gun

Published Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
By Brian Knox

A Wise County Sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to a domestic violence incident. Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon - a second degree felony - and assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation - a third degree felony.

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Sheriff’s deputy arrested for assault

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A Wise County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested for aggravated assault related to a domestic violence incident. Deputy Taylor Alan Whittle of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with a second degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third degree felony of assault family violence impeding breathing or circulation.

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Full Wise County burn ban lifted

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
By Reece Waddell

The full Wise County burn ban that has been in place since July 10 was lifted Tuesday,  according to Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell. 

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Reunion draws to a close

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Richard Greene

As the sun started setting Saturday evening, Joann McDaniel joined several members of her family at their cabin for one last night of fun at Reunion.

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Fire risk increases in Wise County

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Excessive heat, dry vegetation, low humidity and the addition of winds picking up today are expected to create dangerous fire conditions in Wise County. The National Weather Service issued a fire danger statement Thursday morning for Wise and several surrounding counties with high temperatures expected to range between 105 and 110, relative humidity between 10 and 20 percent and winds between 10 and 15 mph.

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Excessive heat warning issued for county

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As temperatures hit 105 at Decatur Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an “excessive heat warning” for Wise County and the rest of North Central Texas for Thursday and Friday. Temperatures are expected to hit 107 and 108 Thursday and Friday.

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County issues 90-day burn ban

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Wise County commissioners Tuesday approved a full, 90-day burn ban, effective immediately. The action was taken at the recommendation of the county fire marshal’s office.

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Sheriff’s Office to issue citations for burn ban violations

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With a burn ban still in place due to an elevated fire risk, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said his department is no longer issuing warnings for violations. Between June 29 and 7 a.m. Thursday morning, Wise County fire departments responded to 74 calls for fires and fought 32 fires. The county received 259 fireworks violations calls.

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Aurora issues declaration banning fireworks, burning

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The city of Aurora banned fireworks and outdoor burning within its city limits Tuesday. Mayor Terry Solomon issued a local disaster declaration related to the risk of wildfire.

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Group holds local Families Belongs Together rally

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Richard Greene

Following the details from the border of the immigration enforcement and the use of detention centers that had separated families, Dora Fox said she felt compelled to act and wanted her opposition heard.

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O’Meara named Weatherford College Wise County dean

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Dr. Daniel O’Meara has been named as the new dean at Weatherford College Wise County, the college announced Thursday. O'Meara will relocate to Wise County from Hastings, Neb., where he serves as the associate dean of instruction – academic education at Central Community College.

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Chico board hears plan about arming employees

Published Thursday, April 19, 2018
By Brian Knox

The Chico School Board Tuesday heard a presentation about a program that could arm certain school employees as defense against a school shooter.

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Abel sentenced to life in prison for murder

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Brian Knox

Jake Abel was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Soccorro Taylor, and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in 271st District Court in Decatur.

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Jury finds Abel guilty of murder

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Brian Knox

Former Wise County resident Jake Abel was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend after the jury deliberated for 1 1/2 hours Wednesday.

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Fire Weather Watch issued for Tuesday, Wednesday

Published Monday, January 29, 2018
By Richard Greene

After a busy weekend battling grass fires, Wise County firefighters could potentially face another pair of challenging days. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the county from 11 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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Citizen kicked out of county meeting

Published Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

A citizen perceived to be unruly by county officials during a Wise County commissioners meeting Tuesday was removed from the room.

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Commuters to face delays on 114 over weekend

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Wise County commuters into Denton County could face potential delays Friday evening through Monday morning on Texas 114. The highway will be closed below the Farm Road 156 bridge, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. It is expected to be closed through Monday morning.

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Chance for snow arrives Thursday afternoon

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Winter could make a return to Wise County Thursday afternoon. After a seasonably warm day Wednesday, a strong cold front will arrive in Thursday morning with 25 to 30 mph winds. Moisture will follow in the afternoon after temperatures drop in the mid to low 30s, bringing a slight chance for sleet and snow.

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