News Briefs for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

ALVORD TREE LIGHTING – The Alvord Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting will is at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will feature cookies and a visit from Santa, along with music by the Alvord High School Jazz Band. BOYD SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS – Donations for the Boyd Spirit of Christmas may be made at Wells Fargo or First Financial Bank locations […]

Messenger First Edition for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Crash involving school bus injures 8

A bus carrying members of the Bridgeport Sissies basketball team was involved in a wreck in Parker County Saturday night. The two-vehicle crash happened on Farm Road 51 near Wilson Lane outside of Weatherford as the team was returning from a basketball tournament in Granbury. Five girls and one coach were taken to a local hospital, according to the school […]

State funding source shrinks: Decatur, Boyd, Slidell receive small payments

Two years after receiving $6.3 million in additional state aid for tax reduction (ASATR), Decatur ISD received just $89,902 this year in the form of a hardship grant. Boyd and Slidell were the only two Wise County districts to receive a payment as the state continues to weed out the funding program ASATR put in place in 2006 when property […]

Riding together: Wise County Toy Run brings Christmas to needy

In a sea of leather and chrome, James Woods mounted his father’s bike and turned the ignition, adding the hog’s voice to the symphony of 1,102 bikes coming to life at the 19th Annual Wise County Toy Run. It was a powerful moment for the Chico resident, as he joined the horde of bikers. For years, Woods grew up going […]

Wise County Person of the Year 2018

For the third year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees as chosen by the newsroom staff, include Wise County Red Cross action team leader Melvin Castleberry, Raquel’s Wings founder Fabio LaBrada, Decatur cross country coach David Park, Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Powell and Wise County Christian Counseling founder Beverly Ross. Today’s […]

Building bridges: Bridgeport PD launches new Hispanic outreach program

The Bridgeport Police Department is starting a new program next week aimed at improving outreach to the city’s Hispanic community. The first meeting of the UNIDOS program is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Outreach of Love – also known as Twin Oaks – Assembly of God Church at 300 Cates St. Meetings will be held entirely in Spanish, and […]

Hashtags captures world title

Hashtags, a blue roan stallion, became a big hit last year on the National Cutting Horse Association’s aged event circuit, which features horses ages three through six. Hashtags grabbed attention when he and rider Tatum Rice, who lives in Weatherford, won the NCHA Super Stakes open division title in April 2017. This year, Hashtags has won big on another important […]

Weekend planner for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#1 LIVE THANKFULLY Help pack grocery bags for Live Thankfully at Party with a Purpose on Sunday at McCarroll Middle School’s Multipurpose Building, 1201 W. Thompson St. The event starts at 5 p.m., and everyone is welcome to come help. The bagged groceries will be delivered to families in need through partnering school districts next week. The charitable undertaking is […]

Update for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

NOVEMBER WEATHER WRAP – After a rather wet October, conditions turned much drier for November with only 1.19 inches of rainfall for the month. That’s more than an inch below the average of 2.61 inches for the month. Temperatures in the month ranged from a high of 79 on Nov. 29 to a low of 21 on Nov. 14. TOY […]