Update for Friday July 22, 2022

DECATUR MAIN STREET SUMMER CONCERT — The music on the Decatur Square tonight will be hotter than the temperature. Texas Country music star Mike Ryan will headline a night of entertainment, as the Decatur Main Street Summer Concert returns to the square. The entertainment will start with Decatur’s Lawson Harris at 6 p.m. Cam Allen will follow, and Ryan will hit the stage at 9.

Nature’s Fury

ROARING FIRE — A wildfire tore through hundreds of acres of the LBJ Grasslands Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from across the county battled the fire for several hours.

Storm damages home in Runaway Bay


Tory Arnold was laying on the loveseat looking at the radar when he felt the wind start to shake his home on Runaway Bay Drive Wednesday afternoon. “All of a sudden it was like the sound you hear going through a car wash. It wasn’t a roar like a tornado. Then you heard things cracking,” said Arnold pointing at the […]

Wildfire chars Grasslands

Homes evacuated during 300-acre blaze

Around 30 homes were evacuated from a wildfire near the LBJ Grasslands Wednesday. The raging grassfire consumed 300 acres north of Decatur near Old Decatur Road and County Road 2372. The rapid southward progression of the blaze was halted after 20 acres of back burns at Forest Service Road 942, a quarter-mile north of Flat Rock Cemetery. Wise County Office […]


Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and county officials hope the Texas Historical Commission awards the county the courthouse preservation grant Tuesday. See page 3.


The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion returns to Joe Wheeler Park Sunday evening.

New Fairview leads county in growth

NCTCOG estimates show less than 1% increase in Wise

The City of New Fairview is one of the five fastest growing cities in North Central Texas. According to the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ recently published 2022 population estimates for cities with more than 1,000 people, New Fairview grew by 31.2 percent between January 2021 and January 2022. The city’s population jumped from 1,570 to 2,060 — a […]

District hires firm to conduct search

Trustees approve restarting District of Innovation plan

The Boyd ISD board of trustees took the first step in searching for its next leader Monday night. After meeting in closed session for more than one hour, trustees approved unanimously hiring Education Solutions and Services to conduct its superintendent search. The district will pay the firm $7,500 plus expenses. Interim superintendent Leslie Vann also presented the board with proposals […]

County hopes to land courthouse grant

Announcement to come Tuesday

After years of planning and preparing, Wise County officials hope Tuesday to secure the grant to renovate and refurbish the historic courthouse. The Texas Historical Commission Tuesday morning will announce the recipients of the Round XII Courthouse Preservation grants. “For me, this has been a multi-year project. For the county, this is something we’ve been wanting to get done for […]

Wildfire consumes 500 acres near OHV park


A wildfire west of Bridgeport near Endeavor Adventure Park consumed 500 acres Tuesday. The fire rapidly spread to 500 acres, but was contained by fire lines to the north and south along Farm Road 1658 and Pioneer Road. The fire reached east to portions of the Endeavor Bridgeport Adventure Park, but was contained to the west at Private Road 1514. […]