Same rate proposed as project list grows

The Newark City Council proposed to keep the property tax rate set at 55.26 cents per $100 valuation at a special called meeting Thursday night. “I would like to keep the tax rate where it is,” said councilman Bob Wells. “But let’s see what the folks of this city want to do.” Citizens will have a chance to voice their […]

News Briefs for August 14

THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS … BASEBALL TIME – Saturday, Aug. 13, was to be the final day for Decatur Baseball League sign-ups, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pizza Hut in Decatur. Bring a birth certificate. Register online at www.decaturbaseballleague.com. For more information, call (940) 255-2499. FALL SOFTBALL – Sign-ups for Wise County Girls Fall Softball in-person sign-ups were to be […]

County presents $85 million balanced budget

County Judge Bill McElhaney and Auditor Ann McCuiston presented a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012 to commissioners in a workshop Tuesday. The proposed $85,022,116 budget is balanced with cash reserves, a move commissioners supported because it means no tax increase. They anticipate a slight decrease in property tax revenue and just over a $500,000 increase in state sales tax. […]

Residents oppose beer sales near school property

Alcohol and misinformation caused a stir at Thursday night’s council meeting. Hardly a chair was empty in the council chamber as folks lined up to protest a move that would allow beer and wine sales at a store next to a school. Only the city council wasn’t aware of any pending action to do that. The protesters, meanwhile, had been […]

Judge wants to hold college tax rate

The 2012 proposed budget for Weatherford College Wise County shows a slight increase over last year’s. Dean Duane Durrett told county commissioners in a budget workshop Wednesday that the difference in the $4.8 million budget and last year’s $4.2 million is primarily due to an increase in rent payments. The college is currently housed in a Decatur school district building […]

Teen Court’s budget cut

County commissioners cut funding for Wise County Teen Court by almost half in a budget workshop Tuesday. The program was slated to receive $13,500, but commissioners cut that to $7,500 amid questions as to why justices of the peace are not utilizing it. County Attorney James Stainton and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor were asked to discuss […]

Drought dries up creek

Directors of the Wise County Water Control and Improvement District heard the good and the bad of the 2011 drought Tuesday. Landowners Bill and Larry Coursey along Big Sandy Creek asked if there is any way to get fresh water into Big Sandy Creek. They said there are a few pools of water left, but they are quickly drying up […]

Bates indicted for improper recording

A Wise County grand jury has indicted a Poolville man for allegedly attaching a video camera to his foot and filming up women’s skirts and dresses at the Decatur Walmart in May. Edwin G. Bates, 46, was indicted July 27 on 20 counts of improper photography or visual recording, a state jail felony. According to the indictment, 10 women were […]

Chaffee indicted for murder

A Bridgeport woman accused of striking and killing a man with her car has been indicted for murder by a Wise County grand jury. Tammie Jo Chaffee, 27, was arrested for murder May 9 and remains in the Wise County Jail with bail set at $1 million. Investigators said Chaffee, her 8-year-old daughter and Jimmy Joe Robertson, 36, of Bridgeport […]

Feeding the need: Local food pantries depend on Tarrant Area Food Bank

It’s a small order today, only 870 pounds of food. And it still seems to barely fit into the back of Mike Boaldin’s white pickup. Crates loaded with carrots, yogurt, flour, tomato sauce, apples and more balance in a precarious stack in the back. “I’ve hauled as much as 2,700 pounds at once in the back of this truck,” Boaldin […]