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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Policy to share sick leave in the works

Published Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

For years, county employees were wrongly allowed to trade comp and vacation time. Now a sick-leave pool policy is in the works to remedy the situation.

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County could lose $8 million for FY ’17

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

County Judge J.D. Clark painted a bleak financial picture for fiscal year 2017 at a budget kickoff presentation Monday morning.

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Hail of a storm season

Hail of a storm season

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2016
By Brian Knox

The deeper into spring we get, the larger the hail seems to grow.

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Wise has Zika case

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Brian Knox

One case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Wise County.

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Deputy finds hydroponic pot

Deputy finds hydroponic pot

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Brian Knox

An officer trying to find a possible domestic disturbance last weekend instead discovered a rather unique marijuana grow.

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Commissioners to consider sick pool policy

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners will be in meetings all day Monday.

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Doughty hangs up headset, joins fire marshal’s office

Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Longtime Wise County dispatcher Jeff Doughty is no longer answering 911 calls, but responding to them instead.

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County’s fund balances decrease

Published Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Outside auditor Snow Garrett Williams gave Wise County a clean report on its financial audit for fiscal year 2015, but firm representative Kathy Williams told commissioners Tuesday there was a $3.9 million decrease in fund balances.

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Appraisal district reminds property owners of filing deadlines

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Messenger Staff

Each January the Wise County Appraisal District sends a variety of applications to property owners.

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Health fair gives overview of local health resources

Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By David Talley

Wise County's health resources will be in the spotlight this weekend.

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