Help wanted

Volunteers needed for local fire departments

As more houses pop up in Cottondale, Fire Chief Duane Boone wonders how his department will manage to keep up. They’re not big housing developments, compared to others in the county. Still, growth in a small community isn’t necessarily a good thing for the volunteer fire department already stretched thin. Last year, it was just Boone and a couple volunteers […]

Best in show

Teen garners showmanship honor at Stock Show

After a long day on her feet Sunday, the Angus heifer Iris was starting to be uncooperative as the show neared. Luckily, Cody Barnett knew the magic touch to calm her down. “She likes it and it usually calms her down scratching right under her chin,” Cody said. “Then I started scratching right under her eye on the side that […]

Vote by numbers

New information required for mail ballots

Voters who are used to mailing in their ballots should note a few changes, made by the state legislature last year, to ensure their vote is counted. Senate Bill 1 included a number of new voting restrictions and rules, including some that affect voting by mail ballot. Wise County Elections Administrator Sabra Srader explained a new application for ballot by […]

WHS reports improved capacity


After weeks of steadily increasing COVID-19 positive patients, Wise Health System reported a decrease Thursday. WHS reported 29 COVID-19 positive patients admitted for treatment as of Thursday, down from 38 Tuesday. The med/surg/ICU capacity also saw a significant drop in capacity to 73 percent after being at 100 percent capacity Tuesday. WHS has a combined 81 beds in the three […]

New deal

BISD partners with Tarleton State

Boyd ISD Superintendent Tamara Vardy and Tarleton State University President James Hurley signed a Distinguished High School Partnership at the Fort Worth Tarleton campus Jan 12. The partnership guarantees any BISD student in the top 25 percent of their class automatic acceptance into Tarleton State University. It will also waive the admission requirement of submitting ACT or SAT scores and […]

Education Briefs

ALL SCHOOLS SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH — January is school board recognition month. Area school districts plan to recognize trustees throughout the month. PRESIDENTS DAY — All students are out of school Feb. 21 for Presidents Day. SPRING BREAK — All school districts will be out for spring break March 14 to 18. ALVORD RISE AND SHINE — Alvord Elementary […]

Ready to hit ground running

New 4-H agent starts just ahead of Youth Fair

The Wise County Youth Fair is the busiest time of year for the local 4-H Extension agent. This year’s youth fair will arrive shortly after Karly West-Strickland starts in her new role working with the local youth. West-Strickland starts as the Wise County 4-H/ Youth Development Extension agent Feb. 1, four weeks before the opening of the Youth Fair, Feb. […]

Youth Fair approaches


The 70th annual Wise County Youth Fair is quickly approaching. Hundreds of students from across the county will be preparing entries in the next month. Exhibitors can enter the Wise County Youth Fair online now through 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at wise.fairwire.com/ The entry clinic is slated for 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 5 at the Decatur Visitor Center. The […]

Taking Care of Your Child’s Eyes in Today’s Digitally Dependent World

According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey, 41 percent of parents say their kids spend three or more hours per day using digital devices, and 66 percent of kids have their own smartphone or tablet. It’s clear children’s use of digital technology continues to be an integral part of their lives in both the classroom and […]

Four Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy And Clean

We all want our kids to have movie-star smiles as adults. As parents, this means knowing how to protect their teeth when they’re young, while ensuring that they practice good dental health care for a lifetime. Because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect time to “brush up” on instilling good oral-hygiene habits. Consider this: according to […]