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Posted on: October 16, 2017

Mary’s Gift provides mammography services.

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Affordable group health insurance is not available to many Wise County residents, while others may have health insurance but are limited to the number of screenings they may receive.

Others have coverage, but their...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Council approves Decatur EDC land purchase.

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The Decatur City Council Monday gave its approval to the city’s Economic Development Corp.’s plan to purchase 162 acres of land southeast of Decatur for development of a business park.

The EDC board ...

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Company donates shoes to storm victims.

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Texas coast, its floods and winds destroyed between 30,000 and 40,000 South Texas homes, leaving countless displaced.

As those families fled in a rush, many left behind or forgo...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

McCarroll students give back in community service program.

By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

HELPING HANDS – Decatur coach Heath Griffin shows his enrichment class what to do during Wednesday’s community service project. Photo by Brandi Cabanero.

Eunice Ruiz held out her hands, showing o...

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Posted on: December 5, 2017

Live Thankfully - 5th annual food drive underway.

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

SEA OF FOOD – Volunteers bagged groceries for more than 150 families at last year’s Party with a Purpose. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

This is Live Thankfully’s fifth year of providing...

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Posted on: December 7, 2017

Drought conditions increase fire risk.

By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

With less than an inch of rain falling in Wise County during November, drought started creeping back in the area.

Only 0.96 inches of precipitation was measured by local resident Doyle Green in the month, which ende...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

City of Decatur seeks public input on land use changes.

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

PROPOSED CHANGES – The city is considering a number of modifications to the city’s land use map. Above, the map shows the proposed land use extension into the city’s ETJ surrounding the ci...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Santa visits Neighborhoods

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Santa’s back, and he’s ready to make his annual tour through the streets of Decatur with the help of his good friends at the Decatur Fire Department.

“Santa on the Streets” w...

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Posted on: December 9, 2017

American Pickers looking for antique collections.

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are returning to Texas this winter to film their series “American Pickers.”

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores th...

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Posted on: December 19, 2017

Red flag burn ban extended; Drought, fire conditions worsen in county.

By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

PUTTING OUT THE FLAMES – Newark firefighters hit hot spots at a grass fire on Old Base Road Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Shirley Allen thought the fire in her burn barrel was fully extinguished whe...

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Posted on: December 21, 2017

Cool job: Decatur native brings winter wonderland to life.

By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

SMOOTH SLIDING – Cody Cobb is responsible for making sure the snow slide at the Gaylord Texan runs smoothly during the winter months. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Most Texans can only dream of a white...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Decatur City Council approves new communications tool.

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The Decatur City Council Monday approved a new public safety communications tool that could provide critical information to first responders in an emergency.

Police Chief Rex Hoskins requested the council approve a cont...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Use caution on the roadways, abide by the law.

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reminds drivers to stay sober and follow traffic laws.

In an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways, DPS troopers will conduct increased traffic patrols Dec. 31-Jan....

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Posted on: January 4, 2018

Protecting square from fire

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

In the early morning hours of Dec. 26, the Downtown Mini Mall on the east side of the Denton square was destroyed by a raging, four-alarm fire.

Although no one was hurt and fire walls prevented the fire from tearing ...

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Posted on: January 8, 2018

Wise County Sheriff’s Office to bring in new K-9

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is moving forward with plans to bring in another K-9 following the disappearance of Rayco last October.

Rayco’s handler, Sgt. J.T. Manoushagian, said the sheriff&...

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Posted on: January 11, 2018

Oil, manufacturing will energize Texas economy in 2018.

By Collin Eaton / Houston Chronicle

Oil workers drilling for oil on rig near College Station, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

The Texas economy is expected gain more momentum this year and add hundreds of thousands of jobs as...

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Posted on: January 17, 2018

Decatur brings in additional $218K in sales taxes.

By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

The city of Decatur received a nice surprise this week with a nearly $218,000 jump in sales tax receipts for November 2017 from the same month of the previous year.

According to the January report from the Texas com...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

The Texas Enterprise Fund Offers a Special Incentive to Choose Texas.

If you're seriously considering Texas and opportunities in some other state, the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) might help you make your decision. The fund is a cash grant used as a financial incentive tool for projects that offer significant projected job c...

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Posted on: January 29, 2018

Wonder why buying local is so important? Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Support groups in our community: Approximately 250% more support comes from small business owners rather than large businesses.
  2. Maintain the uniqueness in our community: Everything we do in our community – shopping, eating, playing – makes it a unique plac...
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Posted on: February 2, 2018

New vehicle sales in Decatur increased in 2017

By Roy J. Eaton | Wise County Messenger

Decatur’s three new car dealerships saw significant sales increases in 2017, registering 3,691 new cars and trucks, a 10 percent increase over 2016 registrations.

2018 could be an even better year, according to top ex...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Texas Ranked No. 2 "Best States for Business"

Texas ranks No. 1 in the nation for economic climate and No. 2 on Forbes’ 2017 “Best States for Business” list, thanks to strong employment and gross product growth over the past 5 years.

Texas moved up two spots from last year's ranking, achieving the sta...

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Posted on: September 4, 2017

10 ways to help the flood victims

By Messenger Staff

HELPING HANDS – Volunteers load pallets of water bottles into the back of a truck outside the Decatur Visitors Center. The center became a popular place for gathering donations for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Messenger photo by...

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Decatur ISD sets tax rate, approves budget

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The tax rate for the Decatur school district will not change for 2018.

The school board Monday approved keeping the rate at $1.34 per $100 valuation. That includes $1.04 for maintenance and operations and 30 cents for t...

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Posted on: September 12, 2017

5 things to know in Texas energy this week

As Houston continues to recover from the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the record-shattering flooding it brought, the state's energy industry is beginning to return to normal with coastal and offshore production facilities, pipelines and refineries comin...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

United Way kicks off fundraising campaign

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

WISE COUNTY UNITED – United Way Director Martin Woodruff asked Wise County to help the organization raise $450,000 for local charities. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

United Way of Wise County held its fundrai...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

PD Recognizes Local Businesses

By Messenger Staff |

The Decatur Police Department Thursday honored a dozen businesses for their support of the department through the past year.

Police Chief Rex Hoskins and Lt. Delvon Campbell presented the awards at a ceremony at police headquarters.

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Ribbon Cutting - Decatur Heat & Air, Inc. - New Location

Decatur Heat & Air, Inc. is Moving! Come check out their new location and celebrate their Ribbon Cutting.

Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, Sept 27th at 11:30 am.Their New Location is at 1306 E Old Chico Road in Decatur, Texas.

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Wise Health System Receives Awards for Organ Donation Campaign

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

AWARD CEREMONY – Representatives of LifeGift gave Wise Health System two awards Wednesday for helping raise awareness of organ donation. Messenger photo by Racey Burden

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Posted on: September 26, 2017

Injured Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts Honored by Governor Greg Abbott

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

MEETING THE GOVERNOR – Gov. Greg Abbott presented Decatur Police Officer Matthew Roberts with the Star of Texas award last week in Austin. The award is presented to officers killed or seriously injured in the...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Decatur Public Library to hold first book festivals

By Messenger Staff 

The Decatur Public Library will have its first book festival this weekend.

The Same Page Book Festival is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the library, 1700 FM 51 South. The event will include local authors, opening and closin...

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

A Ray of Flowers - Open House & Ribbon Cutting

A Ray of Flowers has moved to their new location. Come celebrate with them at their Open House & Ribbon Cutting!!

Thursday, October 5th at 401 S. Washburn in Decatur, Texas.

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Posted on: October 2, 2017

Decatur EDC plans land purchase

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

The Decatur Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors Wednesday voted to purchase 162 acres southeast of Decatur for development of a business park.

The property, north of Farm Road 2264 and east of U.S. 81/287, ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Open House & Ribbon Cutting - Eagle Auto Body

Come welcome Eagle Auto Body during their Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday, October 10th.

Eagle Auto Body - Open House & Ribbon CuttingTuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 2618 S US Hwy 287 in Decatur, TX.

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Company donates shoes to storm victims

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

When Hurricane Harvey swept through the Texas coast, its floods and winds destroyed between 30,000 and 40,000 South Texas homes, leaving countless displaced.

As those families fled in a rush, many left behind or forgo...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Decatur ISD food services see increased revenue

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The food business is doing quite well at Decatur ISD, according to a report given to the school board Monday by Child Nutrition Director Shelly Laaser.

The report showed that meal revenue has increased almost $10,000 ov...

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

Highway renamed for fallen officer - Decatur, Texas

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

A FAMILY HONOR – Deroy Bennett was on hand Wednesday as a sign dedicated to his late father was installed on U.S. 380. James “Poncho” Bennett, a Decatur Police officer, was killed while on...

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Sands Company Today

Ribbon Cutting for Sands Company on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:30 a.m. Location: 2806 S Murvil Street in Decatur, TX.

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Eclipse experience: Library draws crowd for viewing party

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

Hundreds of people stood in the parking lot of Decatur Public Library Monday afternoon and looked to the sky.

GOTTA WEAR SHADES — Brothers Garrett, Mason and Landon White camp out with snow cones Monday in the Decatur...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

City approves zoning request for annexed property

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Recently annexed land that will be home to future industrial businesses was officially zoned heavy industrial Monday by the Decatur City Council.

The land is located north of Farm Road 2264 and east of U.S. 81/287. The ...

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Tomorrow: Open House & Ribbon Cutting for The Granary

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow.

Directions: From Whistle Stop Café take Bus 287 towards Carson Elementary. Turn left before Carson onto CR 4010. Cross RR tracks and go approximately 9 miles and then turn left onto CR 4411 (See Balloons...

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Posted on: August 21, 2017

Eclipse experience: Libraries plan viewing parties

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience its first total eclipse since 1979, and several local libraries are holding viewing parties.

Though Texans won’t be able to see the total eclipse — we’ll get about...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Sands Company - Decatur, Texas

Ribbon Cutting for Sands Company on Tuesday, August 29th at 11:30 a.m. Location: 2806 S Murvil Street in Decatur, TX.

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Call 811 before digging

By Messenger Staff |  Wise County Messenger Staff

It is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked before digging or excavating, according to a press release by Atmos Energy.

Since 2008, the company has seen a 4...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Open House & Ribbon Cutting for The Granary

Open House & Ribbon Cutting for The Granary on Wednesday, August 23rd at 9:30 a.m. Location: 390 County Road 4111 in Decatur, Texas.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

A Texas-size boom in technology: Gov. Abbott

  • Texas has more workers than 46 states' total resident populations.
  • For five consecutive years Texas has added the most new and expanded corporate facility projects in the nation.
  • Tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Oracle and Microsoft hav...
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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Summer hot streak: Texas manufacturers continue to pump up production

Manufacturing in Texas continued its 13-month hot streak in July, according to monthly survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

The Dallas Fed surveyed 113 Texas manufacturing executives in July to get their thoughts on the health of the ind...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

City approves voluntary annexation; Zoning action tabled until full council can vote

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

The city limits of Decatur are expanding once again following the approval of a voluntary annexation request of 163 acres of land southeast of the city.

The city council Monday voted unanimously to annex the land, locat...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Full week of events slated for Reunion

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

PREPARING FOR PARTY – Joey Christian lays sod in front of his family’s cabin at Joe Wheeler Park in preparation for the Old Settlers Reunion, which starts Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wise Cou...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening for Eighter Liquor

Ribbon Cutting for Eighter Liquor on Friday, July 21st at 9:30 a.m. Grand Opening is Saturday, July 22nd! Location: 1845 S FM 51 in Decatur, TX.

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Decatur Civic Center Changing Name to Become Decatur Conference Center

With the completion of the Decatur Fairfield Inn & Suites on the horizon, they are changing their name to reflect their true purpose. With the change to "Conference Center", they will have a stronger presence online, and no more confusion ov...

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Posted on: July 17, 2017

Wise named Purple Heart County

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Wise County was designated a Purple Heart County at the regular commissioners meeting Monday.

PRESENTATION TO VETERANS – Representatives of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presented County Judge J.D....

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Posted on: July 10, 2017

Positive S&P rating review of Texas budget says state has 'turned corner' after oil downturn

Texas' $217 billion budget for the next two years is "neutral," meaning it won't have a positive or negative effect on the state's overall credit rating, according to S&P Global Inc., which also projected Texas employment will continue to gr...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Texas employment gains steam, job-growth projections push higher

Texas employment growth projections have gained steam as the Lone Star State job growth has outpaced the nation so far this year, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Economists at the Dallas Fed said the number of Texas jobs grew...

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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Wise County Election: March to the polls; Early voters smash record; Primary election day is Tuesday

Photo By Joe Duty

Article By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Wise County Election: If election day is anything like early voting in Wise County, it will be a Super Tuesday indeed.

Primary election day is Tuesday, March 1, and 4,323 have already cast ballo...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Office Of The Governor And Texas Workforce Commission Announce 2016 Small Business Forum Locations

The Office of the Governor and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the locations for the 2016 Governor’s Small Business Forums across Texas. The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been selected as the partner for the first...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Wise County Christian Counseling Fundraiser March 29th

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

For 10 years, Wise County Christian Counseling (WCCC) and founder Beverly Ross have been a lifeline for those suffering emotional pain.

The non-profit agency offers professional counseling services on a sliding scale...

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Posted on: March 26, 2016

Wise County Job Fair: Employers On-Site. Weatherford College Wise County – Decatur, TX

Wise County Job Fair: Weatherford College Wise County is hosting a Job Fair with Employers On-Site.

April 12th, 2016 from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

For more information, please call: (940) 683-3490

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Wise County Health Fair – Decatur, TX

Wise County Health Fair @ Decatur Civic Center on April 2, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Free Admission & Free Health Screenings. Includes fun activities for kids.

You can also participate in the Family Fun Run & Walk.

Sponsored by the United Way of...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Bath & Bone – New Business – Decatur, TX

If you have not visited this new Decatur TX business since they opened in February, go check them out.

Bath and Bone, 1208 S. FM 51, Ste. L in Decatur, Tx. Phone: 940-626-8411.Facebook.com/BathandBone

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Posted on: April 4, 2016

List of Wise County Job Fair Companies – Decatur, TX

Check out the list of Wise County Job Fair Companies participating at the upcoming job fair!

Wise County Job Fair will be located at Weatherford College Wise County on April 12th, 2016 from 12:00pm-4:00pm. Companies include:

  • Panda Express
  • Lowes
  • Chili...
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Posted on: April 7, 2016

Sign of the times: Moran replicates blast from the past

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

LIGHTING UP THE SQUARE – Although it was designed to look half a decade old, the Majestic Theatre sign on the Decatur Square’s west end was built in 2016. The sign’s marquee will be used...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Pilot Travel Center Plat Approved by Decatur City Council

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

A new truck stop appears headed to Decatur.

At Monday’s meeting, the city council approved both preliminary and final plat applications from Pilot Travel Center. The company plans to build a truck stop on an 1...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

Wise Health System – Hospital operations continue to grow – Decatur, TX

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

GOING UP – The first walls of Wise Health System’s new fitness facility were raised this week. Hospital CEO Steve Summers said the facility will likely open in January or February of 2017. Messenger...

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Posted on: April 21, 2016

Dazzle Me Pink Fundraiser – Wise Health Foundation – Decatur, TX

DAZZLING ME PINK TOTAL — More than $58,000 was raised Wednesday at Wise Health Foundation’s 7th Annual Dazzle Me Pink fashion show and luncheon at the Decatur Civic Center.

The total included a $10,000 donation in honor of Marianne Hend...

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Midwestern State University joins forces with Weatherford College Wise County

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls is moving into Wise County this summer.

The four-year institution will begin teaching upper level courses at Weatherford College Wise County in June.

The first classes offe...

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Posted on: May 17, 2016

WC Challenger Charities & JW Hart PBR Challenge- June 3-4, 2016

JW HART PBR CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY FIRST STATE BANK

It is time to get your tickets for the upcoming WC Challenger Charities PBR. Tickets went on sale April 11th, but tickets are still available.

To learn more about the event, as well as purchase tickets, vi...

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

Ribbon Cutting – Helen Farabee Center – Decatur, TX

Save the Date – Ribbon Cutting – Helen Farabee CenterFriday, June 3rd, 2016 at 12:00 pm.Location: 1515 N. Bus. 81/287, Decatur, TX.Contact: Donna Walker @ 940-627-1251; www.helenfarabee.org

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

Decatur City Council makes Board Appointments – Decatur, TX

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Monday’s council meeting began with a farewell to a long-serving council member and ended with the appointment of citizens to numerous boards.

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE: Decatur Mayor Martin Woodruff (l...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Chief Executive Magazine Ranks Texas #1 State For Business

Chief Executive Magazine today announced that in its annual Best & Worst States for Business survey, Texas was rated the best state in which to do business for the 12th year in a row. Today’s announcement follows the news last week of three ...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Free Movie Night – Downtown Decatur, TX

Come out for a family fun night at the movies! Bring your chairs, quilts and pillows and enjoy drinks, popcorn and more!!! Movie will start at dusk….

Sponsored by: Decatur Chamber of Commerce and Decatur Town Square LLC

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Customer Appreciation Party on the Decatur Square – Decatur, TX

Customer Appreciation Block Party (Decatur Square) in Downtown Decatur, TXSaturday, June 11th from 4:00PM-8:00PM

The businesses of the Historic Square would like to show their appreciation to their customers by having a block party. There will be giveaways...

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Posted on: June 20, 2016

Thom Lambert hired as Decatur EDC Executive Director -Decatur, TX

The Decatur Economic Development Corp. board Wednesday named Thom Lambert executive director.

Lambert’s been serving as interim director since January, replacing Mary Poch , who resigned in September 2015. This is Lambert’s second stint...

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Governor’s Office Fields Economic Development Questions, Decatur, TX

As part of our special report on corporate relocation and expansion, the Dallas Business Journal submitted several questions to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Office of the Governor. Here was the response from the governor’s office:

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Posted on: July 7, 2016

Texas Added Jobs: An estimated 171,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year.

From the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas has added an estimated 171,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 200 nonfarm jobs in May. The state has added jobs in 13 of the last 14 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted u...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Texas No. 2 in the Nation for Business – Decatur, TX

Texas Business: Texas No. 2 in the nation for business, annual report says.

For the second year in a row, Texas ranks No. 2 for business in the nation in CNBC’s annual report on all 50 states and their business climate.

Utah gets the prize this ye...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Here’s how hot solar energy is becoming in Texas – Decatur, TX

The Lone Star State is quickly becoming the fastest-growing utility-scale solar market in the United States.

A new report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that there are currently 566 megawatts of solar power online in Texas.

San An...

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Posted on: July 19, 2016

SENIORS LIKE TEXAS – SENIOR TRAVEL – Decatur, TX

Seniors Like Texas – Senior Citizen Travel – By Jim Becker

Recently I was watching a rodeo on TV that featured bull riding. One of the cowboys was from Decatur, Texas, thus this travel blog. Senior travelers will find Decatur is located...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Wise County Old Settlers Reunion 2016 – Decatur, Texas

REUNION TIME – Wise County Old Settlers Reunion 2016

The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion kicked off Monday, July 25th and runs through Saturday, July 30th.

The annual reunion is held at the Reunion Grounds at Joe Wheeler Park off Farm Road 51 Sou...

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Posted on: July 30, 2016

Decatur TX Marriott Hotel – Hotel project moves forward – Decatur, Texas

By Roy J. Eaton | Wise County Messenger

The new $14 million Marriott Hotel at the Decatur Civic Center moved another step toward reality Monday with the signing of the final financial and legal documents between Gatehouse Hotels, the Decatur Economic Devel...

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Ribbon Cutting – Edward Jones Investments – Chip Hakanson – Decatur, TX

Come help us welcome this new business on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 11:00 am.

Chip Hakanson with Edward Jones Investments at 203 W. Walnut St., Ste. 200 in Decatur, TX.

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Wise County Messenger Awards: Messenger hauls in West Texas Press awards – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

HONORED AT CONVENTION – Retired publisher of the Dublin Citizen, Mac McKinnon, presents Messenger Advertising Manager Lisa Davis with the Harold Hudson Memorial Award at the West Texas Press Association ...

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Posted on: August 8, 2016

J.D. Clark to lead national caucus – Wise County, TX

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark Monday was appointed chairman of the Rural Action Caucus (RAC), a subgroup of the National Association of Counties (NACo) headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The appointment was made by new...

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Posted on: August 15, 2016

Courthouse Suites, our B&B in downtown Decatur, TX, featured on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas.

Courthouse Suites makes the news!

 

Courthouse Suites, our downtown Bed and Breakfast (B&B), was featured on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas. Check out the video below.

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

School Enrollment increases across Wise County – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Wise County School Enrollment Increases.

All but two Wise County school districts saw an increase in enrollment numbers from the first day of school last year to the first day this year.

While Alvord ISD’s growth wa...

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Decatur man wins Chisholm Trail Days art contest – Decatur, TX

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

LOCAL INSPIRATION – Decatur Artist Byron Watson stands downtown near a Chisholm Trail Days rodeo banner. Watson’s winning painting is featured in banners and advertisements for the rodeo, which took place the last we...

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Thanks for supporting Taste of Wise 2016 – Decatur, Texas

By Lori Sherwood | Look Local Wise County

Taste of Wise 2016

On behalf of the Look Local Committee, we want to thank the citizens of Wise County for your continued support of the Taste of Wise event each year.

For six years, this event has grown tremendously...

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Hard eight: Brothers’ Decatur Texas Dice Sculpture represents city slogan

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

PROTOTYPE – Daniel and Kris Hayhurst hold a 1/12 scale version of their dice sculpture at their metal workshop near Balsora. With third brother Jake, the three operate OneLight Workshop, a furniture and design busine...

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Southwest Swap Meet returns this weekend – Decatur, TX

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Thousands of antique automobile enthusiasts are expected to converge on Decatur this weekend for the annual Southwest Swap Meet.

Decatur resident Gordan Hofstra with the Texas Region of the Antique Automobile Club of Am...

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Posted on: September 19, 2016

Stock Show President Brad Barnes to speak at Decatur Chamber Luncheon – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Brad Barnes, president of the Fort Worth Stock Show, will be the speaker at a combined luncheon meeting of the Bridgeport and Decatur Chambers of Commerce 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Decatur Civic Center....

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Trinity Street Coffee Bar is Coming Soon to Downtown Decatur TX

Trinity Street Coffee Bar is coming soon and will be located on the East side of Downtown Decatur.

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Posted on: September 26, 2016

The Boys and Mark Moran are at it again! Mural coming to Downtown Decatur TX.

The boys and Mark Moran are at it again! The next step is the mural! What do you think it is going to be?

The doors mark the second major public art project for the Hayhurst brothers and Kris Hibbitts, who own OneLight Workshop, a furniture and design busi...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Benefit Concert Saturday Night – Wise County Heritage Museum – Decatur, TX

The Wise County Historical Society is having a benefit concert featuring the Forgiven Quartet at 7:00 pm this Saturday at the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur, TX.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the museum for $10 or $12 at the door.

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Decatur City Council approves sale of bonds for Marriott Hotel project – Decatur, TX

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Mayor Martin Woodruff called Monday a moment two years in the making, but the vision for the moment goes back two decades.

The Decatur City Council Monday approved the city’s Economic Development Corp. issuance of sales...

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Decatur Fairfield Inn & Suites Groundbreaking on Wed, Oct. 12th at 10am – Decatur, TX

Decatur Fairfield Inn & Suites

Come celebrate the hotel groundbreaking on Wed, Oct. 12th at 10am.

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

Successful Hotel Groundbreaking for Fairfield Inn & Suites – Decatur, TX

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Hotel Groundbreaking for Fairfield Inn & Suites by the Decatur Civic Center.

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

Wise County Messenger Wins National Awards – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

AWARD-WINNING PHOTO – Joel Bartlett with Wise County EMS carries Mia Reisch from her flooded home on West Kentucky Street in Chico. This photo was taken in June 2015 when Tropical Depression Bill dumped up to 7 in...

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Posted on: October 15, 2016

Decatur City Council approves Disc Golf Course Project for Park – Decatur, TX

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

A proposed 18-hole disc golf course at Jones Park received the green light from the Decatur City Council Monday.

Public Works Director Greg Hall explained that a group of local disc golf enthusiasts has been collecting ...

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Posted on: October 29, 2016

Taking the mystery out of college; Students swarm WCWC for STEMania – Wise County, TX

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

More than 900 fourth-graders from schools in Wise, Jack and Parker Counties poured through the hallways of Weatherford College Wise County’s campus Thursday in pursuit of college readiness.

CHALKING UP NEW KNOWLEDGE –...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Ribbon Cutting – Malibu Homes – November 10th – Decatur, Texas

Join us November 10th, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. for a ribbon cutting for Malibu Homes. Location: 3009 Treasure View Drive, Decatur, Texas. Snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

WFAA Good Morning Texas Live Broadcast from Decatur TX Town Square

Good Morning Texas will have a LIVE BROADCAST from the Decatur Town Square this Friday, November 4th from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

Decatur High School Band, cheerleaders, and drill team will be on the square. Anyone who would like to be on TV is asked to be at ...

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Posted on: November 5, 2016

Good Morning Texas in Decatur -Films on Decatur Town Square

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

Good Morning Texas in Decatur

Decatur Square was a lively place Friday morning as WFAA 8’s “Good Morning Texas” filmed live on Main Street.

ON AIR – “Good Morning Texas” reporter Paige McCoy Smith interviews Decatur Ma...

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Posted on: November 6, 2016

Now Open – Legend Bank Operations Center – Decatur, Texas

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

Legend Bank Operations Center opens in Decatur, Texas.

Legend Bank, a community bank serving customers in North Texas for 126 years, opened a new operations center at 910 Business U.S. Business 380, in Decatur.

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Decatur Approves Expanded Alcohol Sales – Decatur, Texas

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

POURING ONE OUT – Fuzzy’s bartender Sam Armitage pours a drink on the night Decatur approved expanded liquor sales. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur approves expanded alcohol sales in the city of Decatur.

A ballot mea...

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Wise County Texas Veterans to be Honored – Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

HONORING THE FLAG – Veterans salute the American flag. There will be multiple Veterans Day services in Wise County Friday and Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Honoring our Wise County Texas Veterans

The Wise Co...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Decatur Women’s Building Remodel Finished – Decatur, Texas

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

NEW AND IMPROVED – Wise County employees eat a Thanksgiving meal last week in the newly renovated Women’s Building. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur Women’s Building remodel is complete.

The structure, located ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

A Work of Art – Downtown Decatur Mural – Decatur, TX

Be sure to check out the finished Downtown Decatur Mural across from the Decatur Post Office.

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - War Horse Weapons - New Business - Decatur, TX

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for War Horse Weapons on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 11:30 am.

War Horse Weapons, 2812 US. Hwy. 380 W., Decatur, TX 76234.

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Clark elected NCTCOG Secretary-Treasurer

By Racey Burden |  Wise County Messenger

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark was elected secretary-treasurer of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Friday.

Clark, a member of the NCTCOG executive board since 2015, said it’s a...

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Wise Health Foundation Purchases New Beds for Wise Health System in Decatur, TX

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

BED DONATION – The Wise Health Foundation (WHF) purchased 30 hospital beds for the medical surgical unit at Wise Health System in Decatur. Pictured are (from left) WHF board member Colleen Walker, WHF Bo...

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses in Texas

by Joyce Jauer, Lauren Mulverhill and Bruce Wright

Texas appears at or near the top of most “best of” lists for its business friendliness. But it’s also a great location for an increasing number of women-owned enterprises.

Wome...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Grants Available in Texas

The State of Texas has worked hard to develop and sustain a business-friendly operating environment. State and local government provides tax incentives, financing assistance and an array of services to help companies establish or expand in Texas.

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Citizen Input Sought - Broadband Internet Infrastructure Study - Decatur, TX

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Wise County partnered with Bridgeport and Decatur EDCs in February to have technology company Design Nine conduct a countywide broadband internet infrastructure study.

The study will ask citizens to fill out surveys ...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Decatur, Texas citizens have mobile option for work requests.

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Decatur residents have a new way to communicate with the city.

The city’s Public Works Department recently began using the Dude Solutions Mobile 311 mobile workforce software. That software includes a citizen request po...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Bullfighters Only Cavender's Cup in Decatur, TX

Join us on Friday in Decatur, TX for the Bullfighters Only Cavender's Cup Presented by BODYGUARD Bumpers. TICKETS--> www.etix.com/ticket/p/8723064

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Posted on: May 31, 2017

Bill Signed for Wise County voting representation on the Weatherford College Board - Decatur, TX

By Racey Burden |  Wise County Messenger

Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2194 into law Monday, giving Wise County voting representation on the Weatherford College board.

“I think it’s such a big win for the people of Wise Cou...

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Decatur School Board looks at student enrollment projections - Decatur, Texas

By Brian Knox | Wise County MessengerThe Decatur school district can expect to add around 350 students in the next five years and 677 students in the next decade.Those figures were part of a report provided to the school board Monday from Bob Templeton wi...

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Trinity Street Coffee Bar - Construction Started - New Business - Decatur, TX

Construction has officially started!!! At this time we do not have an opening date, but we will keep you posted.

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Texas Employment Forecast

Incorporating June employment growth of 3.6 percent and new leading index data into the Texas Employment Forecast suggests jobs will grow 2.8 percent this year (December/December), with an 80 percent confidence band of 2.0 to 3.6 percent.

The forecast incr...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Wise County voting representation on Weatherford College passed through State Senate - Decatur, TX

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

House Bill 2194, which will grant Wise County voting representation on the Weatherford College board, passed through the State Senate Wednesday.

The bill, originally proposed by State Rep. Phil King and sponsored in t...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Food Trucks Prove Popular Draw - Downtown Decatur, Texas

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

OPEN FOR BUSINESS – Large crowds filled Main Street Saturday at the first Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Organizers of the first Eighter From Decatur Food Truck Challen...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Texas Job Growth Forecast by Dallas Federal Reserve Bank

Economic fortune tellers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this week painted a robust picture of Texas job growth in 2017, as the state pulls out of a two-year energy slump and major metro areas continue to boom.

"Job growth picked up in the secon...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

Decatur ranked #419 in U.S. cities with lowest avg student debt balances.

Decatur Ranked in our U.S. Cities with the Highest & Lowest Student Debt Balances.

Decatur ranked #419 in LendEDU’s newest report detailing the cities throughout the U.S. with the lowest average student debt balances.

The rankings for this rep...

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

Texas notches biggest monthly job growth in more than 2 years

Texas employers added 51,300 jobs in January, notching the biggest seasonally adjusted monthly job gain in more than two years, the Texas Workforce Commission.

That meant 225,300 new jobs over the year.

"Texas employers and our talented workforce start...

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Broadband Infrastructure Study Meeting - Decatur, TX

JOIN US FOR A BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE STUDY on May 3rd @ 1pm at the Wise County Elections Office.

Wise County, in partnership with the Decatur and Bridgeport EDCs, is sponsoring a broadband infrastructure study to assess the needs and goals for better bro...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Weatherford College Board Representation Bill Passes House for Wise County Rep

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

Possible Weatherford College Board Changes: State Rep. Phil King’s House Bill 2194, which would give Wise County representation on the Weatherford College board, passed through the House Thursday.

The next stop is the...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Decatur Discount Tire - Under Construction - Decatur, Texas

Decatur Discount Tire under construction.

Discount Tire is coming to Decatur, Texas! Currently under construction at the old David's Western Wear location on South FM 51.

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Posted on: April 18, 2017

1st Annual Eighter From Decatur Food Truck Challenge - Saturday, May 6th

Our First Food Truck Challenge should be a great time for everybody!!! Come downtown and check out all the fun!!!

Eighter From Decatur Food Truck Challenge - Saturday, May 6th

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Posted on: April 11, 2017

Decatur Community Market starts Saturday, April 15th 8am-12pm - Decatur, TX

Decatur Community Market starts this Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 8am-12pm!

306 West Main Street, Decatur, TX 76234

Video By: Decatur Town Square

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Broadband Internet Service Survey - Wise County, Texas

Help us explore better broadband Internet service in Wise County! We have surveys set up- one for residential Internet use and one for business Internet use- and we would greatly appreciate you filling one out to let us know about your Internet needs and ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

Texas Jobs - Economists say various indicators point to economic momentum ahead. - Decatur, TX

TEXAS JOB GROWTH: TEXAS MONTHLY JOBS REPORT: FEB 2017

Texas’ economy sprinted out of the gate this year, adding more jobs in January than it had in any month since 2013. Economists took that as a sign that the biggest shock to the Lone Star State...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Wise County Sheriff’s Office hosts USPCA Regional Trials & Certification at Canine Training Facility

By David Talley | Wise County Messenger

APPREHENDED – K-9 Unit Deputy Jamie O’Bannon takes a bite from Rayco at the USPCA Regional Trials and Certification event. K-9 teams ran several exercises, including patrol, narcotics and explosiv...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Texas Adds Jobs: Texas Economy Adds 6,700 Jobs in February - Texas Workforce Commission: Decatur, TX

Texas Adds Jobs: 6,700 Jobs in February

The Texas economy expanded in February with the addition of 6,700 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in February, up slightly from 4.8 p...

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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Wise County Sheriff’s Office to host police dog trials - Decatur, Texas

By Messenger Staff | Wise County Messenger

INTENSE FOCUS – K-9 officer Rayco, with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department, chases a ball during a recent training exercise. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

2017 Health Fair - Decatur, TX - Sponsored by United Way of Wise County & Wise County Health Forum

2017 Wise County Health Fair will be held this coming Saturday, March 25, at the Civic Center from 8:30 am until Noon.

Free Admission

Sponsored by: United Way of Wise County & Wise County Health Forum

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Wise County Hiring Fair at Weatherford College Wise County - Decatur, Texas

Wise County Hiring Fair on April 6, 2017 12—4 p.m. at Weatherford College Wise County.

Workforce Solutions North Texas is still looking for more employers to participate. If they are interested, they need to contact Barbara Robinson at (940) 382-...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Decatur TX Food Truck Challenge Coming in May - Decatur Town Square

Decatur TX Food Truck Challenge Coming in May at Decatur Town Square: Eighter from Decatur Food Truck Challenge

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Committee to appoint college advisor - Weatherford College - Decatur, TX

By Racey Burden | Wise County Messenger

Commissioners Monday approved a committee to nominate a person to the Weatherford College advisory board.

Committee members are Wise County Judge J.D. Clark, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Burns, Auditor Ann McCusiton ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

New Housing and Apartment Plans to lead to Decatur ISD Enrollment Growth - Decatur, Texas

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

Decatur ISD: 3 schools might reach capacity within 3 years

Nearly 600 housing or apartment units are scheduled to be completed within the next couple of years in the Decatur school district.

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Texas Wins 2016 Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup Award For Record Fifth Year In A Row - Decatur, TX

The State of Texas has won Site Selection’s 2016 Governor’s Cup, an award that is given annually to the top performing state for capital investment and job creation. In 2016, Texas finished with 642 business relocations or expansions. ...

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