Update for Wednesday, March 23, 2022

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMS TORNADO — The National Weather Service yesterday confirmed that the damage south and southeast of Decatur from Monday’s storm was caused by an EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour. The tornado formed southeast of Paradise, near County Road 4287 where it produced structural damage to multiple homes, the NWS said. The tornado then tracked northeast for approximately five miles, producing damage to several homes and outbuildings.

March of destruction

A tornado rolled through Wise County Monday afternoon leaving a large path of destruction from the Boyd and Paradise area to Decatur and Slidell. Heavy winds and hail accompanied the storms. Power was knocked out for several hundred people for hours.


County struck by severe storms

Packing high winds, hail and a confirmed tornado, severe storms caused a path of destruction across Wise County Monday afternoon. The tornado, confirmed by the National Weather Service Tuesday, formed southeast of Paradise, producing structural damage to multiple homes before tracking northeast. It traveled 5 miles, damaging several homes and outbuildings along its path before moving over U.S. 81/287 southeast […]

Car crashes into apartment building


A Decatur man was transported to Wise Health System after his vehicle went over a retaining wall and struck a building at the Stonehill Apartments Saturday morning. Dwight Morris, 24, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital by Wise County EMS. Around 5:30 a.m., Morris’ Honda Accord went through the parking lot of the apartments on College […]

School mourns loss of teacher


The Alvord ISD family is mourning the loss of a popular teacher following her death over the weekend. Alvord High School science teacher Jennifer Peek died Saturday at the age of 40. In addition to teaching biology, Peek started a forensics program at the school in 2011 and often conducted mock trials that mirrored well-known criminal cases. “This was just […]

Looking to the future


The Decatur School Board received mixed news on the state of its facilities at Monday’s meeting. One the one hand, the facilities — including three more than 30 years old — are in relatively good shape, according to Robb Sidebottom with Gallagher Construction Services. He said it was hard to find major issues during a recent district-wide facilities assessment. “It’s […]

Man dies in crash

An Azle man died Wednesday at a Metroplex hospital from injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck near Cottondale. According to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Ricky Hunter, the wreck occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on Farm Road 51 near County Road 3597. The preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Honda motorcycle driven by Stacey C. Arnold, 51, was traveling […]

News Briefs

ALVORD MZ CRAFT BEE — The MZ Craft Bee returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 in the Fellowship Hall at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 615 CR 1280. It’s a day of scrapbooking and crafting. Bring your own projects, lunch and snacks and enjoy fellowship with other crafters. Kitchen available with refrigerator and microwave. There is no charge, but […]

Burning lesson

Firefighters complete wildfire training

Walking through the tan, cured pasture, a firefighter pointed the lighted drip torch toward the ground Saturday. Almost instantly, the dead vegetation sparks and combusts into flames that dart quickly across the land. Within a few minutes, the light variable wind pushes the flames and hundreds of yards of pasture are consumed. Firefighters from a number of Wise County agencies […]

Family sues Dallas bar

Crowd size, low railing blamed in death of local man

The family of a Bridgeport man who fell off a rooftop bar in Dallas March 12 filed a lawsuit in Dallas County this week against the owners of the bar. Christopher Hill, 25, died from injuries sustained after falling off the rooftop at the 77 Degrees bar at 2107 N. Henderson in Dallas, according to Dallas Police. “Witnesses stated that […]