As part of a unit on the presidential election, students in Larry Owens’ English/language arts class at Bridgeport Middle School devised their own platforms based on the issues they found pertinent. Here are a few of the topics some of the students addressed:
- Nathaniel Strother — “I would help provide teachers with better ideas on how to do more hands-on things so the kids can be more involved and raise standradized testing scores. My old school was one of those exemplary places so I wouldn’t aim for that school. I’d aim for some of the smaller schools, like here, that are having trouble.”
- Jake Martinez — “The one thing I would really like to address is hackers, scammers. One of my cousins lost $3,000 in a scam. We need to take care of things like that.”
- Tyler Banner — “I would lower the driving age so teens wouldn’t have to rely on their parents to get to places. They could get their permit when they were 14 and their license when they are 15. But I would make the test harder, and if they failed it two times, they couldn’t get their license until they were 17.”
See the midweek edition of the Messenger, on newsstands tomorrow, for more “student platforms” and to see how the middle school voted in a mock presidential election.
Wise County Special Needs Baseball volunteers are just as much the heart of the organization as its participants. The midweek edition of the Messenger, on stands tomorrow, features a story on the Jones family of Rhome. Parents Mark and Lori and their sons Brett, 17, and Ethan, 12, regularly volunteer — batting with players, holding their hands [...]
Many people who know me or have read my stories, columns or blogs over the years know I love baseball. I even tell people I can name the exact date when I became an official baseball fan: Aug. 22, 1989. That was the day Nolan Ryan got his 5,000th strikeout, and I was hooked. So [...]
Ever seen a Joe Duty photo that you absolutely love? What about a picture in the paper of your kid? You know it would look great in a frame on your mantle. In an effort to share our photos with others and get prints to those who so desperately want them, the Messenger has set [...]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
Prairie View Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Samera Doroodchi was named the 94.9 KLTY CareNow Teacher of the Month. Today, she was recognized at Hawk Huddle, a morning school-wide assembly (Read more in the midweek edition of the Messenger). The segment of the phone call notifying Doroodchi of the recognition aired last Monday. Listen to it [...]
Who says meteorology is boring? There appears to be a controversy brewing this week among meteorologists over the Weather Channel’s decision to start naming major winter storms, similar to the way tropical storms and hurricanes are named. Here’s part of the Weather Channel’s reasoning, according to a story posted on its weather.com web site posted [...]
Tomorrow’s edition of the Messenger features a story on Carolyn Bassham and her son, Brian, making their debut as Oopsa Dazee and Okee Dokee the clowns. Brian graciously volunteered to join his mother, filling the void left by his dad Alvin, who passed away this summer. Carolyn and Alvin had clowned for 15 years since [...]
I’m not the best person to ask about popular culture. I’m more likely to read the Washington Post than the National Enquirer, or watch CNN rather than TMZ. So I had never heard of the phenomenom that is South Korean pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video. Apparently I’m the only person who hasn’t seen this [...]
This guy lives in our parking lot. Or nearby. He was the Messenger’s unofficial mascot for a couple of weeks. We would go to our vehicles at lunch time to find him resting in their shade. Or walk out the back to find him playing at the bottom of the steps. Even in the rain, [...]