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Posted on: August 16, 2021

New Dean Named for Weatherford College Wise County Campus

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Weatherford College President Tod Allen Farmer has appointed Kristin McLaughlin as executive dean of the WC Wise County campus. McLaughlin has served as WCWC’s coordinator of workforce education since the fall of 2017. “Kristin McLaugh...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Replica of the Twin Towers put on display in Decatur Town Square.

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Lauren Salois | Wise County Messenger

Jeremiah Greene and his company Crown Fabrication & Design LLC have created a to-scale metal replica of the Twin Towers and put it on display in Decatur Town Square on the corner of Main and Trinity Streets.

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Posted on: August 25, 2021

County unveils new court center

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Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

After making a few remarks, Wise County Judge J.D. Clark flung open the doors Monday and welcomed in the public to see the newly remodeled County Court Center.

The year-long remodel of the former First National Bank bu...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Schools see enrollment spike

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Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

Enrollments are up at a majority of Wise County school districts in the first few weeks of the school year.

Alvord, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell all saw significant increases to start the new school year.

Decatur had a...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

Decatur ISD: A leader in Career & Technical Education (CTE)

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Decatur ISD is a leader in the area of Career & Technical Education (CTE) within our region. Decatur ISD continues to expand offerings allowing for students within our district to be educated, trained and prepared to begin a successful career upon gra...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Texas Economy Snapshot

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The Texas economy continues to recover from the impacts of the global pandemic and remains one of the strongest and most diverse economies in the nation. Below is a snapshot of the state's economic status: 

  • Texas gained 95,800 nonfarm job...
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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Texas Workforce Commission offering 12 months free child care.

By Joshua Hoggard | My High Plains

The Texas Workforce Commission recently announced they will be providing aid to an industry hit perhaps harder than any other by COVID-19.

TWC is providing extra help to the service industry by providing 12 months...

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Posted on: October 13, 2021

Statewide Veterans Hiring Event

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Governor Greg Abbott today invited Texas employers, veterans, and military families to participate in the tenth annual Hiring Red, White & You! statewide veterans hiring fair on Thursday, November 4. This event will be held in-person and virtually in ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Governor Abbott Announces National Semiconductor Centers Texas Task Force

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Governor Greg Abbott today announced the formation of the National Semiconductor Centers Texas Task Force, which will coordinate the development of a proposal to the U.S. Department of Commerce with the intention of making the Lone Star State the future s...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Sales tax jumps by double digits

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By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

The new boom times are continuing in Wise County.

After a strong spring, the Wise County economy rolled right into summer, according to figures from the Texas Comptroller.

In the August disbursements, which is for sa...

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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Made in Decatur - Biggar Hat Store moving straw hat production to Decatur.

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By Kristen Tribe |  Wise County Messenger

Biggar Hat Store is moving its straw hat production to Decatur with the help of the Economic Development Corp.

Founded in 2013 by Jeff Biggars, its storefront and site for felt hat production is on the Deca...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

NRS is Hiring - Job Fair in October

NRS is hosting a Job Fair on October 5th and October 7th from 4pm to 6pm at the NRS Ranch. Join them at the job fair to apply for open positions. 

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Posted on: October 27, 2021

Saying Goodbye to Thom Lambert, Former Decatur EDC Executive Director

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thom Lambert, former Executive Director of the  Decatur EDC.  His “Celebration of Life” service will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. at t...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Celebration of Life for Thom Lambert

Today we celebrate the life of Thom Lambert, former longtime Executive Director of Decatur EDC. Thom knew the value of public service and leaves an enduring legacy of increased prosperity for families and businesses of the Decatur area. 
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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Decatur ISD STEM Academy: Investing in our community’s future workforce

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When companies choose where to locate, or relocate to, the local school district’s approach to education plays a major role. The DISD STEM Academy at Enis Elementary, along with the rest of the Decatur ISD campuses and programs,...

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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Decatur Fire Department Engine Dedication

Who doesn't get excited about a new fire truck?! Decatur, Tx is investing in the safety of citizens and businesses. This video highlights the "small town benefits" of Decatur, where people from across the community gather to support eac...

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Pipeline Plastics Now Hiring

Another reputable manufacturing company in the Decatur-area is hiring quality jobs. 

 

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Imperial Group Job Fair in Decatur, Texas

Imperial Group is hosting a Job Fair on Friday, July 16th from 11am-3pm at 2188 US 380 E. in Decatur. Multiple positions available on all shifts. If you cannot make the job fair, you can call to schedule your appointment at 940-393-4600. 

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Behind the Scenes of the Decatur EDC Press Conference

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For those of you who missed it, here is what a Decatur EDC Press Conference looks like. People from across our community showing up excited to fellowship with one another, to be positive contributors and supporters of our common goal to create more job op...
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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Cardinal donates almost $50K

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By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Although Cardinal Paint and Powder just opened its doors in Decatur, it moved in with a sweep of generosity, giving away almost $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations at its grand opening celebra...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

Decatur ISD “CTE” Program Equipment for Workforce Training in Decatur, TX

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Workforce is required for our local industries to continue being successful. This morning Thomas Miner of Entegris, Inc. (POCO Graphite) delivered a CNC Mill to the Decatur ISD “CTE” program to ensure that their future workforce are being trained right he...

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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Energy Worldnet adding $2,000,000 of new payroll to the local economy in 2021.

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Energy Worldnet will be creating 40 new jobs in 2021 adding $2,000,000 of new payroll to the local economy! Take a few minutes to watch the announcement from Energy Worldnet, Inc. and Decatur EDC this morning. With the ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Energy Worldnet & Decatur EDC Press Conference

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Join us tomorrow at 11am at Trinity Street Coffee Bar for an exciting announcement from Energy Worldnet, Inc., a local company doing amazing things!

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Energy Worldnet looks to hire 40

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By Austin Jackson  Wise County Messenger

Decatur-based technology company Energy Worldnet, Inc. is on a hiring spree.

Energy Worldnet CEO Coleman Sterling announced at a press conference May 26 the creation of 40 jobs in 2021 th...

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Sales taxes skyrocket

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By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

The Wise County economy is rolling to historic heights.

Accompanying the full parking lots, longer checkout lines and busy restaurants are record sales tax collections for local cities and the coun...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

New Capital Investment Achievements for the City of Decatur and the State of Texas

During January’s Decatur Chamber of Commerce luncheon, DEDC’s Kevin K. Holzbog joined Office of the Governor Greg Abbott's Economic Development Director, Adriana Cruz, to update Decatur area business...

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Making a Mess Podcast with Steve Silverstein of Cardinal Paint & Powder

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Thanks to the Wise County Messenger's Kristen Tribe and Richard Greene for a great podcast with Cardinal Paint & Powder today! Take a few minutes and learn about this new local company bringing new jobs to Decatur! The episode features the Ch...
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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Decatur Ranked in Best 6 Small Towns Near DFW

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Decatur is considered one of top 6 Best Small Towns Near DFW by neighborhoods.com! Ranked with Granbury and Weatherford among others. We love seeing these outside perspectives of our growing community. While Decatur is seeing new companies and jo...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Twisted X Global Brands featured in Dallas Innovates for Investments in Local Workforce

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Decatur, Texas business, Twisted X Global Brands, was deservedly featured in Dallas Innovates for their investments in local workforce!! Decatur is home to a number of global headquarters as a result of our growing base...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Cardinal Paint & Powder Grand Opening Celebration for Decatur, TX Location

Join Cardinal Paint & Powder for the Grand Opening Celebration today from 5-8pm at their new location at Eagles Landing Business Park at 3200 Enterprise Drive in Decatur, TX. They will be celebrating with the Decatur Chamber of Commerce with FREE Food...
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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Virtual Hiring Event by Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is a Virtual Hiring Event on June 17th, 2021 | 10:00am - 3:00pm. They bring thousands of experienced professionals directly to you! Whether you need skilled technical workers or professionals with years...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent

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March 2, 2021 | Office of the Texas Governor Greg Abbott Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Decatur economy posts strong January

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By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

Many local cities saw sales tax collections surge through January when compared to 2020. Decatur’s sales tax payment jumped from $336,026 in March 2020 to $380,070, a 13.10 percent incre...

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Posted on: March 20, 2021

New business, Aqualine Inc., lands at Eagles Landing

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By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger

Another business is planning to set up shop at Eagles Landing Business Park in Decatur.

The Decatur EDC board last week approved an agreement with Aqualine Inc., a California plumbing and irrigation...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Texas enters 2021 as world's 9th largest economy by GDP

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AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ 

Texas enters 2021 as the world's ninth largest economy, proof of the success of a long-term strategy to make Texas the best place to start or relocate a business, said Robert Allen, President and CEO of t...

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

Dynasty Overhead Door Co. Opens Decatur, TX Location

The Dynasty Overhead Door Team is excited to announce the opening of our second location in Decatur! We are open and ready to help you with any of your garage door needs! Give us a call 940-627-1227.

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Posted on: January 27, 2021

Decatur ISD STEM campus named for Enises

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By Brian Knox  Wise County Messenger

Decatur ISD’s newest campus now has a name.

At Monday’s meeting, the Decatur School Board voted to name the planned STEM academy at the former intermediate school the Decatur ISD STEM Academy...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Decatur Economic Development Corporation Receives Economic Excellence Recognition Award

The Decatur EDC was honored to receive the Economic Excellence Recognition Award for 2020 during the legislative conference last Tuesday. Recognition is based on training taken by the EDC Director, the EDC Board and other staff. Qualific...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Texas Division of Emergency Management Winter Storm Damage Survey

Texas Division of Emergency Management is requesting that you (Texas citizens and businesses) provide information on the damage that you have incurred due to this unprecedented winter storm. The state will use the data they collect to attempt to open up d...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Entegris - Poco Graphite Employs & Impacts Growth in Decatur, TX

Entegris - Poco Graphite is a major part of our local industrial business community. Employing hundreds of Decatur and surrounding area residents, supporting the local school district and playing a leadership role on the Decatur Chamber ...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants

Decatur is home to many small businesses that have been responsive and creative in how they deal with COVID’s impact on their businesses.  We are committed to informing our businesses, large and small, of funding opportunities that we a...

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Posted on: January 27, 2021

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Virtual Hiring Event

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas is hosting a virtual hiring event FREE to employers on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 10am to 3pm. If you’re interested please follow the link below. Quality and affordable workforce are a m...
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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Decatur EDC Sponsors Decatur Chamber Virtual January Luncheon

Join us tomorrow at 12pm for this virtual event. Meet your New Decatur EDC Director, Kevin Holzbog, and hear from Guest Speaker, Mrs. Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the Office of Governor Gregg Abbott, as she pr...

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Cardinal Paint & Powder is Now Hiring for Decatur, TX location.

Cardinal Paint & Powder is expanding with a new manufacturing and distribution facility here in Decatur. Decatur provides Cardinal with a strategic location from which to expand their business in Texas and the surrounding states. They are cur...
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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Thom Lambert, former EDC Director, has officially retired.

Thom Lambert, former Director of the Decatur Economic Development Corporation (DEDC), has officially retired from the organization. The DEDC Board and staff, along with the Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon, are thankful for the years of service...
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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Eagles Landing Business Park brings in New Businesses

Investing DEDC funds into Decatur’s industrial infrastructure creates a competitive advantage for Decatur over other communities who compete with us for new companies & jobs. DEDC’s recent investment in Eagles Landing Business Park...

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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Decatur, Texas Ranked as the #12 “Best Place To Retire In Texas.”

People choose where to retire for many of the same quality of life assets that people consider when choosing where to move their families.  SmartAsset recognized Decatur as the #12 “Best Place To Retire In Texas” recently. We ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

The Decatur Elementary STEM Academy is set to open in the fall of 2021.

The Decatur Elementary STEM Academy, part of the Decatur ISD, is set to open in the fall of 2021. The academy is the first of its kind here in Wise County, TX. The sole focus on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will i...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

The Wright House Arts Now Open in Downtown Decatur, TX

Check out The Wright House Arts now open on the square in Decatur, TX. They showcase local artist work, plus offer lots of great hands on activities and classes.

  • Paint Your Own Pottery Parties and Walk-Ins Welcome, 
  • Small Group Pottery & Painti...
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Posted on: December 7, 2020

Wise Health System to receive Covid 19 Immunization Drug

The Texas State Department of Health has announced Wise Health System in Decatur will receive 975 doses of the Pfizer anti Covid 19 immunization drug as early as the week of December 14. Under state direction the first immunization shots will go to health...

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Senior Citizen Angel Tree

There is still time to donate to our seniors this holiday season. They are looking for new socks, scarves, word puzzle books and snack items. 

They are taking donations through December 14th. See flyer for drop-off locations.

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Decatur, TX

Come on out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, December 1st from 5:30-6:30pm.

 will be set up for photos.

Will be going live for those who choose to join virtually.

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