Mother confirms missing teen’s death

This article was originally published in the Wise County Messenger on April 25, 2015. Photo submitted. A dead body discovered in Bridgeport Wednesday afternoon has not been officially identified by authorities, but Bridgeport resident Jennifer Fortune says it’s her son, 17-­year-­old Brant Boatman. “Based off of all the evidence – the cell phone, the gun, the clothing […]

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Former city admin dies

This article was originally published in the Wise County Messenger on April 22, 2015. Former Bridgeport City Administrator Brandon Emmons, 44, died suddenly in Waco last weekend. Emmons, who served as the city administrator for Bridgeport from 2010 until his retirement in December of 2014, suffered a massive heart attack Sunday while on a boating trip […]

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Welcome to Rolling Stone, where the stories are made up and the points don’t matter

This article originally appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Wise County Messenger. Photo found here. Most people have nightmares about dying or falling or clowns or whatever it is that other people are scared of. I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes wondering if I misspelled a councilman’s name […]

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Reflect, then move forward

This post originally appeared in the Dec. 1, 2014 edition of the Wise County Messenger. Featured photo found here. This year has been a whirlwind. Since last January, I have gone to Thailand, been confirmed into the Catholic Church, graduated college, traveled to Korea to watch my brother graduate high school, helped my family move […]

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Christmas Eve robbery leads to 4 arrests

This article was originally published in the Wise County Messenger on Dec. 27, 2014. Photo submitted. Four men spent Christmas in the Wise County Jail after being arrested just blocks away from the Bridgeport convenience store that two of them robbed at gunpoint. Pedro Ibarra­-McDonald, 18, and Julio Betancourt, 18, both of Bridgeport, are currently being […]

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Working on Christmas

It’s easy to get discouraged around the holidays, especially this year. With all the riots, protests and unrest going on in America this Advent season, at times it has been hard for me to proclaim “Joy to the World, the Lord is come.” This Christmas marked a first for me— today, I’m celebrating the birth […]

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