Districts study preliminary STAAR scores

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Racey Burden

Recently released STAAR and EOC preliminary scores reveal areas where school districts are doing well and also where they can improve.

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Judge, sheriff team up to combat mental illness

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners Monday approved a resolution authorizing County Judge J.D. Clark and Sheriff David Walker to work together on the National Association of Counties (NACO) "Stepping Up" initiative, which addresses mental illness in jails.

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Rau’s murder trial begins; Defendant says he moved girlfriend’s body to protect her from dogs

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Brian Knox

Lianne Murray was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. That fact is indisputable. The question at the center of her murder trial is not so clear: who fired the fatal shot?

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Schools skeptical of state tax rebate; Law increases homestead exemption to $25K

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Richard Greene

Homeowners throughout the state will get a small break on their school property taxes this fall.

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Classic Ballet

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Joe Duty

Megan Griffith and fellow dancers are on pointe during Thursday's dress rehearsal for the Wise Performing Arts Guild performance of "Pocahontas."

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Bare cupboards: WARM desperately needs donations

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Racey Burden

Sparse shelves, empty banana boxes stacked to the ceiling and pallets barren of food leaned against the wall - Wise Area Relief Mission looks more empty than usual this week.

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Wise added to federal disaster declaration

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) added Wise County to its major disaster declaration Friday.

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Kids fall for fishing: hook, line and sinker

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

Focused on her bobber floating atop the water Saturday morning, Emilee Greeson waited for a nibble on her first fishing trip.

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WPAG brings ‘Pocahontas’ to the stage

WPAG brings ‘Pocahontas’ to the stage

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Racey Burden

The Wise Performing Arts Guild presents "Pocahontas" at the Decatur High School Theatre June 12-14.

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News Briefs for Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Tickets are now available for the Wise Performing Arts Guild production of "Pocahontas."

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Record rainfall triples amount of water in lake

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Brian Knox

For those who prayed for rain, your prayers have been answered.

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Spillway open, lake closed; Water district takes action to avoid flooding

Spillway open, lake closed; Water district takes action to avoid flooding

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Racey Burden

The spillway at Lake Bridgeport opened Wednesday after the lake reached its conservation level of 836 feet for the first time since August 2010.

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New indigent burial policy approved

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Wise County commissioners Tuesday approved a new indigent burial policy as presented by County Judge J.D. Clark.

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Thomas retires from Wise Choices

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Racey Burden

For Branda Thomas, retirement doesn't mean she plans to stop working.

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Barricades serve purpose, do not remove

Published Saturday, May 30, 2015
By Messenger Staff

County engineer Chad Davis reminded citizens this week that barricades placed on county roads are there to keep the public safe and should not be removed.

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Remembering the fallen; Veterans’ families connect on Memorial Day

Remembering the fallen; Veterans’ families connect on Memorial Day

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Tresa Lawson and her son, Aaron, drove seven hours from Anacoco, La., to attend Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.

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Wreck kills 2

Wreck kills 2

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By David Talley

Two people were killed Friday afternoon in a car wreck on Texas 199, one mile west of Farm Road 920 in Wise County.

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Values drop as drilling slows

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Brian Knox

Decline in oil and gas prices put a dent in mineral values, a big part of why preliminary tax values for 2015 show a 3.62 percent decrease for Wise County.

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Flooded with optimism: Lake Bridgeport nears normal after long drought

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Richard Greene

A month ago, Jeanne Kennedy wondered if North Side Marina would stay open as summer approached and Lake Bridgeport appeared to be on the verge of drying up.

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Tornadoes Slam Wise: High winds toss man from home

Tornadoes Slam Wise: High winds toss man from home

Published Saturday, May 23, 2015
By Brian Knox

Paula Revell Roberts stood close to piles of items normally found inside a home, not outside. A pillow. A kitchen table chair. A plaque that holds a toy fish that sings when you push a button.

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