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Election night

Posted on 30. May, 2012 by .

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As has been the case on election nights the past few years, I took my normal spot at the county election administration office Tuesday. My job is to get the results as soon as they are available and relay them back to our webmaster to get them posted ASAP so the fine folks of Wise […]

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Primaries … finally

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Typically when we Texans cast votes in the primary election, it’s still jacket weather (early March). But thanks to redistricting, we get to vote the day after the Memorial Day holiday. Judging by the numbers for early voting so far, it might be a light turnout. On the eighth day of early voting in the […]

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Relay makes for a special night

Posted on 16. May, 2012 by .

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There are a handful of events locally every year that bring people from all over the county together, but perhaps none have the significance of Wise County’s Relay for Life. This year’s Relay begins Friday night and goes until Saturday morning. For those who may be unfamiliar with the Relay concept, different teams continuously walk […]

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New hunger numbers

Posted on 09. May, 2012 by .

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Last summer we started a community project/series of stories called “Feeding Wise” which put a spotlight on the hunger problem in Wise County. The project was spurred by some information I received last year on “Map the Meal Gap,” a project by Feeding America. The study included hunger numbers for each state in the country. […]

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Birth of a paper

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by .

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The Wise County Messenger announces the birth of a paper, This Justin, born Friday, April 27, 2012, in Bowie (where the paper is printed). It was 14 pages long. It has three sister publications, the Wise County Messenger, Update and All Around Wise, all of Wise County. You may have seen some references to This […]

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Keeping historic buildings safe from fire

Posted on 25. Apr, 2012 by .

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We’ve got what I think is a very interesting story in today’s Messenger about sprinkler systems in the buildings around Decatur’s Square. Of course, all of the buildings were constructed long before modern fire codes were put in place. Three buildings have recently been retrofitted with sprinkler systems, but many still remain without this important […]

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April Fools, part 2

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by .

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I had intended to post this the first week of April, but Brandon beat me to the punch with an April Fool’s Day-themed blog post. But at the same time, I didn’t want to wait another year to have to post this. (Mainly because I figured I’d forget about it.) A newspaper in England, The […]

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Nolan Ryan wants you to be aware of wildfires

Posted on 11. Apr, 2012 by .

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We are right in the middle of Wildfire Awareness Week, and after last year’s outbreak of wildfires, I think we are all a little more aware of the dangers they pose. The Texas Forest Service sent me a press release last week that describes their effort to get the word out about the potential dangers […]

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Preparing for disaster

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .

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I turned on the television at lunch yesterday just in time to see live footage of a tornado on the ground in Lancaster. Channel 8 was showing it live via helicopter. I couldn’t take my eyes away. I was seeing buildings being ripped apart and the trailers of 18 wheelers not just being blown over […]

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