Second-half struggles

Panthers' offense falters in 10-3A loss to Ponder

Entering their District 10-3A matchup with Ponder Tuesday, the Paradise Panthers looked to stay in the running for one of the league’s top spots. The Panthers struggled to find a rhythm on offense against the Lions’ athletic front court. Ponder’s defense locked Paradise down late, holding the Panthers to three points in the final eight minutes. The Lions easily cruised […]

Update for Wednesday, February 2, 2022

WINTER STORM WARNING — Wise County and all of North Texas is now under a winter storm warning from 3 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Thursday. Rain is expected this afternoon with temperatures falling to around 32 by 5 p.m. Tonight, the rain is expected to transition to freezing rain, sleet and snow with a low around 15 with wind chill values between 5 and 10. Chance of overnight precipitation is 100 percent, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation is expected to transition to snow Thursday morning, and tomorrow’s high temperature is expected to be around 21 with wind chill values between 1 and 6 degrees. Total snow and sleet accumulations from the storm could reach 2-4 inches with ice accumulations of one-tenth to two-tenths of an inch, according to the NWS. Hazardous travel conditions are expected tonight and Thursday. Power outages and tree damage will be possible due to ice.

Developing situation

Planned developments in South Wise become reality

The stage has been set for Wise County’s next population boom. Acres of land stretching along the corridors of U.S. 81/287 and Texas 114 near the county line are in various stages of transformation. The dirt has been churned and utility and water lines are being laid. Those acres of freshly moved dirt will one day change the landscape of […]

Prepping for winter blast

FREE County awaits possible ice, snow

Under mild temperatures Tuesday, Wise County began prepping for its first winter storm of the year. Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) trucks began treating area highways Sunday and emergency officials and utility companies started planning contingencies ahead of the Arctic blast. The winter storm is expected to hit the county Wednesday evening, bringing frigid temperatures and the possibility of ice, […]

Fires burn nearly 200 acres


Firefighters from several Wise County departments, along with personnel from the Forest Service and Denton and Tarrant counties, battled multiple grass fires on County Road 2560 and Greenwood Road Saturday. The three fires — two on County Road 2560 and one on Greenwood Road — burned nearly 200 acres collectively. No structures were damaged. Wise County Emergency Management Coordinator Cody […]

Changes coming

UIL announcing realignments Thursday

In his first year at Bridgeport, coach JD Martinez and the Bulls fought through a tough District 3-4A Division II league, ultimately punching their ticket to the postseason. After 10 months on the job, Martinez is waiting for the UIL’s biennial football realignment Thursday to see who he will be in a league with in the fall. “A lot of […]

Fire damages home


Fire damaged a home and destroyed a trailer and vehicle parked in the driveway in the 1500 block of Mockingbird Lane in Bridgeport early Sunday morning. Bridgeport, Decatur, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise and Runaway Bay firefighters responded to the fire around 5 a.m. “When we first arrived, flames were showing [over the garage],” said Bridgeport Fire Captain Chad White. “The pickup […]

Teen injured in crash


A Bridgeport teen was flown from an accident Saturday on Farm Road 920 between Boonsville and Bridgeport. Michael Hamblin, 17, was flown by CareFlite to Medical City Denton with undisclosed injuries. Around 4:30 p.m. Hamblin was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee north on FM 920. “For an undetermined reason, the vehicle traveled toward the center stripe and the driver overcorrected, […]

Weatherford College, Midwestern sign pact

Weatherford College President Tod Farmer and Midwestern State University Interim President James Johnston signed an articulation agreement in January for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Early Childhood Education and Teaching. The agreement allows students who begin the BAAS at WC to transfer and complete their degree at MSU should they so choose. This degree prepares students for […]

Citizens vent, offer ideas at facility forum


Finger pointing was the central byproduct of Rhome’s facility town hall last weekend — a meeting billed as an opportunity to unite the city and solve its building issues. At one point, an attendee was escorted out by Rhome Police Chief Eric Debus, after the man raised his voice and called the meeting, “a farce.” Still, some ideas were brought […]