Nation’s loss, family’s loss

Marine Sgt. Zachary Walters’ entire life seemed to build toward him having a successful career in the military. But on June 8, less than a month after arriving in Afghanistan, Walters, 24, was killed in action after detonating an improvised explosive device (IED) in the dusty, rocky and dangerous Helmand province of Afghanistan. Sgt. Derek L. Shanfield was killed at […]

Council says ‘just trust us’

Our city council put forth a plea to the people to please just trust them, they have nothing to hide. The money they are handling is ours. Our city council throws out figures verbally that conflict from meeting to meeting, and they have trouble adding and subtracting. In the last meeting, one of them said he had suddenly found a […]

Support was disappointing

I would like to express my great disappointment for the lack of support from my community. The non-participation and lack of interest in the Juneteenth parade was heartbreaking. I set out to make this an even better year than the first and to my great surprise, I found my fellow Decaturans to be uncaring. I pray that next year I […]

No more extra lunches for inmates

Before the end of a commissioners’ meeting, stomachs tend to growl. The problem was worsened June 14 when commissioners began discussing meals – inmate meals – as it grew closer to lunchtime. Supervisors sometimes buy meals for inmate work crews, and Auditor Ann McCuiston recommended putting more financial procedures in place to keep track of those expenses and to document […]

Geo Group loses bid for prison

A new management company will take over the Bridgeport Correctional Center beginning Aug. 31. The 520-bed facility has been managed by GEO Group Inc., since the center opened in August 1989. GEO was reawarded a three-year contract from Sept. 1, 2005, and also had two, one-year renewals. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice conducted a competitive bid process, and Management […]

Board high on Hico super; Rod Townsend named lone finalist

Decatur has its lone finalist for superintendent, and it’s Hico Superintendent Rod Townsend. By a 7-0 vote Thursday, the school board tapped Townsend as their pick to lead the Decatur Independent School District. By Texas law, the board must wait 21 days before the hiring can become official. Board president Alan White said he expects the board to vote on […]

Closing act: Fleming finishes standout career on top

On the various athletic fields, Boyd’s Tim Fleming always found a sanctuary. There it didn’t matter who he was, where he was from or what he had. He could be what he wanted. “Growing up I never had everything,” Fleming said. “All I did was sports. I never had all the toys I wanted. Sports was always there for me. […]

Doubly tough: Lady Eagles fight through adversity to win second straight crown

After capturing the 2008 Class 3A cross country title, the Decatur Lady Eagles might have figured to make a smooth run back to Round Rock for a second straight crown. That was hardly the case last fall as bumps and setbacks – from the weather to illness – met them at nearly every step. But through every setback, the Lady […]

Driven to compete: Meekins’ strong will to win throughout year puts her at top

Haley Meekins’ competitive drive started at a young age, working in gymnastics and trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, to find someone to race her. “I was always challenging my brother (Christopher, 22) and his friends to race me,” Meekins said. “They were scared of me and didn’t want to race me.” That strong drive led Meekins to be an all-district and All-Wise […]

Every person’s voice is important

In response to Mrs. Lightsey’s letter to the editor: The main focus of “what is best for the city” needs to remain on the citizens who have supported the city over the years. To take an oath to support all the rules and regulations of the United States of America, the state of Texas, the county of Wise and the […]