Eclipse experience: Libraries plan viewing parties

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

On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience its first total eclipse since 1979, and several local libraries are holding viewing parties.

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Necessity of interim constable questioned

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners may not appoint an interim constable in Precinct 3, a position left vacant last week when Doug Parr resigned as a condition of his criminal plea deal.

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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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Judge proposes holding tax rate steady

Published Published Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners Monday proposed keeping the tax rate the same as last year — 37.89 cents per $100 property valuation for fiscal year 2018.

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Sheriff’s office homes in on DWI

Published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office has been approved for a $10,000 grant that will help the department better enforce DWI laws during some holidays.

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Cude to seek ninth term

Published Friday, July 28
By Kristen Tribe

County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Melton Cude announced Thursday he will seek a ninth term in office.

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Manning appointed Precinct 2 JP

Published Thursday, July 27, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners Thursday appointed Callie Manning of Alvord interim Precinct 2 justice of the peace.

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Sheriff announces plan to charge state for jail use

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In response to last week's announcement by the Texas Department of Public Safety that the agency will begin charging fees to local sheriff's offices and police departments for use of the DPS crime labs, a service that has been offered in the past for free, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin has announced new fees of his own.

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Certified tax values released

Published July 25, 2017
By Racey Burden

Certified tax values rose throughout most of the county this year, buoyed by increases in real estate values across the board. According to the certified values released by Chief Appraiser Mickey Hand, Wise County will see an overall increase of 3.1 percent, bringing total taxable values to $6,434,419,903. The county’s real estate values increased by […]

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Rain leads to lake, road closures, again

Rain leads to lake, road closures, again

Published Saturday, June 4, 2016
By Brian Knox

Stop us if you've heard this recently: heavy rain has caused flooding issues around the county, forcing the closure of Lake Bridgeport and several roads.

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South Wise leads population growth

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

South Wise is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the county, according to the 2016 population estimates by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

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Local voters go 1-for-5 in runoff choices

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Brian Knox

Wise County voters, at least the 503 who cast ballots in Tuesday's primary runoff elections, only went with the statewide winners in one of five races on the ballot.

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County to sell Bridgeport office space

Published Saturday, May 21, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

A few county employees in Bridgeport will soon be moving to Decatur.

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EMS sick leave reduced, management questioned

Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners Monday reduced Emergency Medical Services' sick leave and put EMS Administrator Charles Dillard in the hot seat, grilling him about exorbitant amounts of overtime.

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Decision time: City, school races on Saturday ballot

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Nine local entities have contested races in this weekend's city council and school board elections.

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Here to help: Children’s advocates combat child abuse in Wise

Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016
By Racey Burden

An average of 170 children are victims of child abuse in Wise County every year.

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Flooded roads, lakes reopen

Flooded roads, lakes reopen

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

Storms continued to bring rain and some small hail to Wise County this past week, but flooding conditions have nonetheless improved.

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Sick leave pool approved, EMS hours debated

Published Saturday, April 30, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

After discussing the issue at two previous meetings, Wise County commissioners Monday approved a sick leave pool program for county employees.

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Special athletes take center stage at Olympathon

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By David Talley

A softball thrown by Cody Hollingsworth soars high in the air before landing 30 feet away.

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County positions cut

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners approved Monday the absorption of seven open, unfilled positions for a savings of $389,548, at the recommendation of County Judge J.D. Clark.

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