Blaze destroys Balsora church

Fire consumed Balsora Baptist Church Friday, destroying a place of worship attended by around 75 members of the Balsora community.

Update for Friday June 17, 2022

FINAL PLAT APPROVED FOR WALKER’S PARK — The Bridgeport City Council approved the final plat on the first phase of Walker’s Park Monday, greenlighting plans to bring in 140 homes along U.S. 380. John Pitstick of Beaten Path, LLC, said the development could start bringing in homes by 2023. The final plat outlines the first phase of Walker’s Park — 140 residential lots and six common area lots on 35 acres. As part of the approval, the city entered an agreement with Beaten Path to fund $105,000 in sewer upgrades following a study funded by the developer that showed the city’s capacity would need to be enhanced as more homes are brought to the area. It would also fund upsizing the existing 10-inch east side collector main to 12-inch PVC and realigning the main from Kriste Drive and Lanice Avenue to 17th Street and Brush Street.

Finding Dad

DNA test leads to discovery of new family

A father represents strength and selflessness to many people around the world, especially during this time of year as people reflect on the ways their fathers have molded them. Many fail to cherish the things that they mutually share with their dads, like a sense of humor or a crooked grin. But what if finding your father meant exhibiting the […]

Murder suspected in man’s death

51-year-old discovered shot in home

Investigators began a murder investigation this week after a Chico man was found dead in his home. The body of 51-year-old John Freeman was discovered around 3 p.m. Wednesday by a friend who came to his home after being unable to reach him by phone, said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said. Deputies and Wise County EMS were dispatched to […]

Taking charge

Hicks starts as superintendent

Dr. David Hicks has visited 21 campuses, met hundreds of teachers and supportive parents and shook 2,000 hands at graduation in his first two weeks as the new superintendent of Northwest ISD. “I have met lots of wonderful people, and the people are the foundation of any great school district,” Superintendent Hicks said. “I have had a great time learning […]

Firefighter helps in Uvalde


Ten days after the school shooting at Robb Elementary, Alvord Fire Department Chaplain Fred Raney arrived in Uvalde to offer what he could. “I wanted to help,” Raney said. Raney, known by some as Brother Fred, has followed tragedies in Texas, from mass shootings to the Columbia space shuttle crash that resulted in the deaths of seven astronauts. In June, […]

Shannon retires from water board


Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon, who has also served as manager of the Wise County Water Supply District for 32 years, will retire from the water district position on June 30, the same day he will retire as city manager. The water board named Public Works Director Greg Hall as the new manager of the district. The water district contracts […]

County approves work on resident-funded road project


Wise County commissioners unanimously approved work on a road project funded directly by residents this week. After receiving the final check from ten Heritage Creek residents for a total of $37,550 in materials, commissioners voted unanimously to provide the manpower to complete the project on Hidden Meadows Ct., located north of New Fairview. “They furnished all the money to bring […]

Washburn wins Salute to Excellence


AgriLife Extension Support Staff member Laurie Washburn received the Salute to Excellence award at the Texas 4-H Roundup last week. Washburn has served young Wise County residents for 15 years as a volunteer and as a staff member. She was a leader in the clothing and textiles club before moving into her role within the AgriLife Extension office. “Laurie’s expertise […]

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