Update for Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NO BRICK MAILBOXES ON COUNTY ROADS — Wise County will double its efforts to enforce its subdivision rules and regulations against stone and brick mailboxes along county roads. In accepting its latest update to its subdivision rules Monday, which spells out mailboxes must be a minimum of 6 inches off the edge of the driving surface, the commissioners reaffirmed the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) guidelines, barring the stone and brick mailboxes. The county’s rules require only the breakaway posts in compliance with the Texas Department of Transportation rules. County engineer Chad Davis said the brick and stone mailboxes are a safety hazard for motorists.

Exceptional Games

COMPLETING THE COURSE — Decatur student Tyson White flashes a smile after completing the 2022 Olympathon obstacle course at Bull Memorial Stadium in Bridgeport. The annual event featured more than 200 students that live with special needs and hundreds of volunteers from Wise and several other counties.

Storms bring rain, power issues


Storms brought much-needed rain to Wise County Sunday, even if they did cause a few problems. Several rounds of storms, none severe, rolled through Wise County beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours of Monday. During the heaviest downpours Sunday, 1.5 inches of rain fell within about an hour-and-a-half in Decatur, leading the National Weather Service to […]

Uttley named lone finalist at Stratford ISD


Paradise ISD Superintendent Paul Uttley was named the lone finalist for superintendent at Stratford ISD Friday, returning to the 2A panhandle district where he previously worked as a high school principal. Uttley informed Paradise ISD teachers and staff Friday morning following the Stratford school board’s selection. “Paradise has been fantastic. We feel really good about the work we’ve done here,” […]

Man killed in wreck


One person was killed in a single-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning south of Boyd. The wreck happened around 1 a.m. on County Road 4757 at Private Road 4750 about a half-mile east of Farm Road 730 between Boyd and Briar. According to the call sheet provided by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, a teenager drove up on the wreck and […]

Seniors make long-distance friends

Toni and Irwin Ukishima were strangers to the Decatur community when they traveled from Oahu, Hawaii, to help their son settle in Wise County. The Ukishimas didn’t stay strangers for long. After visiting around town, they were invited to hang out at the Decatur Senior Center. Through bingo, shared meals, volunteering and conversations, they found a community of friends during […]

Early voters head to the polls


Voters in West Wise seem to be showing the most interest in the May 7 city and school elections, based on early voting totals. Of the four early voting locations, Bridgeport’s drew the most voters Monday and Tuesday during the first two days of early voting. On Monday, 172 ballots were cast, 60 more than the main early voting location […]

City gives 5 percent raise to employees

Building department created

The Decatur City Council delivered some financial help to city employees Monday night. The council approved a 5-percent pay increase, which will start May 2. The council has been discussing the raise for employees for the past month to combat inflation. The council held the first reading of the ordinance with the pay increase and the budget amendment for the […]

City approves 4 percent pay bump


The City of Bridgeport approved a 4-percent pay bump for city employees in response to inflation. The cost of living adjustment (COLA) totaled $80,500 and preempted the city’s ongoing salary study and adjustments expected in October. “There are three reasons we’re asking for this now,” said Finance Director Lindsey McNabb-Fox. “The current rate of inflation, our sales tax receipts are […]

News Briefs

BRIDGEPORT SPRING FLING — Bridgeport Lions Club’s Spring Fling Cornhole Tournament is Saturday at Harwood Park, 707 Hovey St. Singles tournament starts at 10 a.m. and doubles at 3 p.m. Sign up on the Scoreholio app or at the tournament. For information, visit bridgeportlionsclub.com/springfling-1 or call 940-389-5443. CINCO DE MAYO — The second annual Cinco de Mayo on Halsell is […]