Update for Friday December 17, 2021

WHEELER ARRESTED FOR THEFT FROM CITY — Former Aurora city administrator Toni Wheeler turned herself in to the Wise County Jail Thursday on a charge of theft of property more than $300,000 by a public servant, a first degree felony offense. Jail records indicate she posted $100,000 bond and was released. Wise County District Attorney James Stainton said Texas Ranger B.J. Hill began looking into the city’s financial records following a fire at Aurora City Hall June 1 and discovered evidence of financial crimes. Wheeler was dismissed from her role as city administrator following a unanimous vote of the city council for a lack of confidence in October. She had served as city administrator for more than a decade.

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Bridgeport student appears in ‘1883’

Bridgeport is home to a novice actor that’s on a first-name basis with Tim McGraw and Sam Elliott. After getting his first role, the small town football player is considering big Hollywood dreams. Bridgeport senior Miguel Alex DeLuna joined the series ‘1883’ this spring, spending three days on set in Fort Worth filming the prequel to the hit Paramount series […]

School makes case for 4-day week

Chico ISD administrators laid out their reasons for a possible change to a four-day school week next school year during a community forum Wednesday. Community members also had a chance to express some concerns about the possible change. Superintendent Randy Brawner said the three main reasons for the proposed change is for teacher recruitment/ retention, increasing student enrollment and a […]

Study underway on FM 407

Within the next decade, thousands of homes are proposed to be built along the already heavily traveled two-lane Farm Road 407 between Justin and U.S. 81/287. Seeing the potential growth, Wise County engineer Chad Davis already knows time is slipping away to avoid gridlock on the east-west thoroughfare through New Fairview. He voiced that during a recent meeting with Texas […]

BPD outfits kids with new shoes for Christmas

After Christmas break, more than 50 Bridgeport students will return to class with new shoes on their feet thanks to the Bridgeport Police Department. The department added another layer to itsSanta Cops outreach program this year with BPD Blue Shoes. “In the words of Deion Sanders, ‘If you look good, you play good.’ Anytime you get new shoes, or new […]

Finding some Christmas spirit

All Around Wise

After enjoying Thanksg iving with a full house again, I turned my attention to the rest of the holiday season and finding a sense of normalcy. Usually putting up the vast amount of Christmas lights around the house and blowups in the yard is joyous and a relatively quick endeavor. However, this year I’ve found myself struggling to find the […]