Firefighters respond to fire near lake


Firefighters from several departments are battling a structure fire in a newly built home on El Lago Road near Lake Bridgeport.
Fire was reported around 8:45 a.m.

Update for Friday July 8, 2022

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED — The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued an excessive heat warning for all of North Texas, including Wise County. The warning is in effect through 9 p.m. Sunday. Temperatures up to 107 degrees and heat index values up to 112 are expected over the next several days. The NWS had previously issued a heat advisory for the area. “Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” the NWS warning stated. The forecast for Wise County includes daily afternoon highs between 101 and 104 every day through next Tuesday. The forecast includes a slight chance of afternoon storms Saturday. According to the NWS, an excessive heat warning is issued for an area when an afternoon heat index of 105 degrees or greater and overnight lows at 75 degrees or above are expected for two days or more.

Alpaca ranch educates and expands


Many Wise County residents are familiar with cattle and horses, but one Alvord family is working to educate the community about livestock with a uniquely long neck and soft fleece. Harmony Ranch Alpacas is a 10-acre farm just a few miles north of Decatur. Owners, Stephanie and Luis Cordova currently raise seven alpacas, which the public is invited to interact […]

Gas prices strain local agencies


Following the average fill-up peaking around $5 per-gallon in June, crude oil has dipped back under $100 a barrel and gas prices in Wise County are trending back toward $4 for a gallon of regular fuel. While the pain at the pump is waning slightly, the impact of sky rocketing fuel prices has caused budget crunches for law enforcement and […]

Bradford charged with child endangerment


A second charge and bond have been added for the suspect arrested last month for the murder of a Chico man. McKinley Mantrell Bradford was charged with abandon endanger child criminal negligence, a state jail felony. The 39-year-old Lawton, Okla., resident was arrested June 18 in Wichita Falls and charged with murder in connection with the death of 51-year-old John […]

Schools prepare for safety audits


The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Safety Center are charging school districts with taking several school safety steps before Sept. 1. The requirements are in effort to increase security across the state before the school year begins and a reaction to a mass shooting in Uvalde in May. The announcement and subsequent instructions were released June 30, following a […]

Higher internet speed on way

County to OK pact with Nextlink

High-speed broadband internet service could be only months away for a majority of Wise County residents. Wise County commissioners are expected Monday to finalize an agreement with Nextlink Internet, which would make 100 megabits per second (Mbps) broadband service available for 95 percent of households in the county. Nextlink will also provide fiber to 18 of 20 county offices and […]

County collects $628K in sales taxes

9 cities see at least double-digit gains

Inflation and higher gas prices throughout May did not slow down the Wise County economy. Wise County received its second largest sales tax disbursement from the Texas Comptroller this week. The July payment, which represents sales from May, was $628,602, a 34.42 percent jump from the July 2021 deposit of $467,613. The only disbursement to exceed this month’s was February’s […]

Business park continues to grow


Aqualine broke ground last month on its new facility at the Eagles Landing Business Park. Plans are already underway with the Decatur Economic Development Corp. for the Decatur business park’s next tenant to start construction this fall. Aqualine, a California plumbing and irrigation equipment distributing company, is building a 40,000-square-foot tilt wall warehouse on a five-acre tract at the southwest […]

Charleston Rae Tibbles

June 28, 2022

Jacob and Jacey Tibbels of Decatur announce the birth of a daughter, Charleston Rae, June 28, 2022, at Wise Health System in Decatur. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Staci and Jason Tibbels of Bridgeport, Kim and David Hulsey of Decatur and Angie and Chuck Harris of Saint Jo. Great- grandparents are Sandy […]