Plane crashes in East Wise


A plane crashed in a field Sunday afternoon in New Fairview, but the plane’s occupants were not located. The crash happened around 4 p.m. when a witness told Wise County dispatchers a small plane went down in a field followed by a puff of smoke that then went away, according to the call sheet. The witness did not see the […]

Firefighters head to Palo Pinto


Six more firefighters from three Wise County fire departments went to Palo Pinto County Monday to help battle the large wildfire. Two firefighters from East Wise, two from Chico and two from Wise County ESD No. 1 (Boyd) joined a joint task force. The group took apparatus collectively capable of carrying 10,500 gallons of water. Three Boyd firefighters, including chief […]

Weather may curtail fireworks


Fireworks stands around Wise County are up and running and selling fire crackers and rockets ahead of the Fourth of July. But whether those fireworks are allowed to be lit on the holiday will depend on the weather. During Monday’s commissioners court, Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty said the county’s weather-activated burn ban, which prohibits burning on elevated or […]

Shelter remains closed


The Wise County Animal Shelter remains closed after an outbreak of distemper led to the shut down of the facility three weeks ago. Animals located at the shelter have been closely monitored and cared for as staff has worked to stop the spread of the disease. Personnel has also consistently worked with veterinarians to make sure that the proper treatment […]

Job well done

Shannon ends 32-year tenure

By Monday afternoon the mountains of paper work and materials have been reduced to a few piles on and around Brett Shannon’s desk. The decades of early morning and late nights spent at city hall, poring through financial records, building plans and ordinances are down to just a days and hours for the long-time city manager. After 37 years with […]

Council chambers named after Shannon


The Decatur City Council named the council chambers after retiring City Manager Brett Shannon Monday. Shannon has been the city manager since 1990 and will retire Thursday. “It’s super fantastic. Brett has spent 32 years helping and directing the city forward,” said Mayor Mike McQuiston. “For him to still be a part of that development is appropriate. We owe a […]

City, county celebrate opening of Station 4


Sitting at the BNSF railroad crossing on Farm Road 407, New Fairview Mayor John Taylor watched the red and blue lights flicker between passing railcars. He counted nine minutes for the train to pass and for the Wise County EMS ambulance to finally get across the train tracks to complete its medical response. “It never hit me this is something […]

Rhome vets help one of their own


Ronnie Moore helped establish Rhome Veterans as an organization to support and provide assistance to the community’s men and women who served the nation. Saturday, Moore was on the receiving end of the group’s help. Teaming with the Decatur Rotary Club, a group of volunteers worked through the heat to build a wheelchair ramp outside Moore’s home off Aurora Street […]

3 arrested on felony drug charges


Three Houston residents were arrested on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop near Alvord High School last week. Around 8:30 a.m. July 21 a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety stopped a 2005 Lexus on U.S. 81/287 for a traffic violation. “The trooper became suspicious after detecting indicators of criminal activity. A search of the vehicle unveiled […]

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