Taylor a natural fit as new ranger

Erik Taylor contends natural resource management is in his blood. The stepson of a logger, Taylor grew up to appreciate the elements of nature that surrounded him. “There’s this romantic notion of being in the woods for me,” Taylor said. “With that exposure, I was raised to be a good steward of the woods and trees and nature. It’s something […]

Upper Trinity distributes Major Rivers

The task of water conservation education is vital to future water planning, and The Major River’s program was developed for just such a task. Initially designed by the Lower Colorado River Authority in 1989, the Major River’s program has been re-released by the Texas Water Development Board, partnering with local groundwater conservation districts, to encourage water conservation at the grade […]

Home repair program available

The USDA Rural Development Decatur office has announced funding available for the purpose of repairing homes in eligible rural areas. The funds are available through the Rural Development’s 504 Home Repair loan and grant program. The program is available to low income recipients to make essential repairs to modernize and repair homes and to remove health and safety hazards. Most […]

Lead extractions now performed at Wise Regional

Wise Regional Health System in Decatur is one of the first 10 hospitals in the United States to use Unify Quadra Lead defibrillators in treating cardiac patients. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are designed to monitor and control heart rhythms in patients by providing electrical signals to the heart to restore proper heart rate. Electric signals are delivered to the heart […]

Comeback Story; After injury nearly cost him his leg, senior fighting to return

Tyler Story sits on the training table at the Decatur Fieldhouse getting a tape job before his daily workout. The tape starts around his right foot and snakes up his leg past one of the five lengthy scars on his right leg that mark the long journey to this point where he’s back on two feet, running and thinking about […]

News Briefs for Saturday, July 14, 2012

HELPING AARON – A benefit account for Bridgeport native Aaron Logan, 29, has been set up at First Financial Banks. Donations can be made at branches in Bridgeport, Boyd and Decatur. Follow Aaron’s progress on the Facebook page Get Well Aaron. The page also features links to MealTrain, which organizes the giving and receiving of meals, and PayPal, where donations […]

In tune with the best; Shannon selected to Texas Radio Hall of Fame

Decatur native Brian Shannon recalls being the class clown in grade school, the student teachers complain “has-all-the-potential-but-doesn’t-apply-himself.” “Our third grade teacher Ms. Allen, as a way to get us settled down after lunch and ready for the back-half of the day, allotted a time to tell stories, kind of like a show-and-tell,” Shannon said. “I very quickly learned that if […]

Man gets 30 years for drugs

Late Wednesday afternoon, a Wise County jury in the 271st District Court of Judge John Fostel in Decatur sentenced Ricky Dale Jones Jr., 34, of Bridgeport to 30 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine. In January, while serving an outstanding warrant, a Bridgeport police officer found approximately 5 grams of meth in Jones’ pocket. Jones already had two prior felony […]

Heartbreak; Child drowns at Eagle Mountain Lake

A 5-year-old girl from Paradise drowned in Eagle Mountain Lake late Wednesday afternoon. Pipper Sasnett was swimming with a group of people in the designated swimming area of Eagle Mountain Lake at Azle’s Shady Grove Park when she went under about 6 p.m. The girl was unresponsive by the time medics arrived, said Chad Lorance, spokesperson for Tarrant Regional Water […]

Public Library held grand opening Wednesday

On Wednesday the Alvord Public Library held its grand opening less than two months after a spring storm ripped the roof off the old library building. “The wind came and peeled the roof off,” said librarian Pamela AlHusaini. “We were planning to move anyway because the building was already slated for demolition. We already had most of the books in […]