Teachers will get 3 percent pay raise

Northwest Independent School District faculty and staff will receive a 3 percent pay raise in the 2012-2013 school year, as voted on by the school board at Tuesday’s meeting. The increase is calculated according to the midpoint of each pay grade. “If I’m below the midpoint in my pay grade, it’ll be a raise of more than 3 percent,” Director […]

Rhodes signs to play college hoops

Brooke Rhodes battled through a torn anterior cruciate ligament to lead the Slidell Lady Greyhounds to a District 17-A title and a third straight trip to the Class A Region III Division II tournament. Rhodes averaged 20.4 points and 9.6 rebounds on the way to earning the 17-A and the Messenger’s All-Wise Offensive Player of the Year awards. The senior […]

Roberts, Martinez garner awards; Six Eagles, five Bulls earn honors

DJ Roberts batted .402 and drove in 21 runs as a consistent threat in the middle of the Decatur Eagles’ lineup. The senior shortstop earned the District 7-3A Offensive Player of the Year honor for his efforts. He was one of six Decatur players to earn all-district honors. Five Bridgeport Bulls received honors. Mineral Wells’ Matt Tincher took the MVP […]

Back under the lights; Boyd quarterback returns to field in Oil Bowl

Jared Cate’s high-school football career is not quite over. The Boyd 2012 graduate will play for the Texas team in the Oil Bowl June 9 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls against a group of Oklahoma all-stars. “It’s my last time to play as a Yellowjacket,” Cate said. “It’s been a good run. I’m ready to go out with a […]

News Briefs for Saturday, June 2, 2012

THIS WEEKEND’S EVENTS … ADOPT-A-FISHERMAN – The 21st annual Adopt-A-Fisherman Day is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Wise County Park on Lake Bridgeport. The event, hosted by Hell’s Gate Bass Club and Texas Field and Stream of Wichita Falls, is a free kids’ fishing tournament. Divisions include ages 1 to 5, 6 to 8, 9 to 12 […]

County begins search for fire marshal

County commissioners met briefly Tuesday, on primary election day. County Treasurer Katherine Hudson told the court that the job posting for county fire marshal and emergency management coordinator is now on the county website, www.co.wise.tx.us. She also reported that the committee aiding in the fire marshal search may recommend that the new fire marshal be allowed to hire an assistant. […]

Hospitable surroundings: New civic center director ready to serve

There’s a new, yet familiar, face at the Decatur Civic Center. Decatur resident Lori Sherwood began her new job this week as executive director of the facility. And she couldn’t be happier. “It really is the chance of a lifetime for me,” Sherwood said. “To be this close to my home and do something I love. I love the hospitality […]

Facebook predator gets near minimum sentence

An Ennis man who used Facebook to pose as a young woman and convince a Decatur High School student to send him naked photos of himself was sentenced to five years and 3 months in federal prison Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis. Jerry Wayne Valek, 35, pled guilty to one receipt of child pornography in March. He’s […]

Storm sparks fires; Lightning begins damaging chain reaction

A lightning strike sparked a fire around 5:30 Wednesday morning that engulfed 10 tanks in three tank batteries at a deep well injection disposal site in southwest Wise County. The site is on the south side of Texas 199, two miles east of Farm Road 920 in the Salt Creek area. As units from Salt Creek and Boonsville-Balsora volunteer fire […]

Estes wins District 30 again, King goes unopposed in primary

Wise County’s representation in the state legislature remains the same after Tuesday’s primary election. State Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), District 30, won handily over challenger Jim Herblin of Prosper. Estes got 65 percent of the votes districtwide. He captured 67 percent of the votes cast in Wise County. It’s the fifth time Estes has been elected since he first […]