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Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
In the opinion column in the midweek edition of the Messengger, I commend the determination and courage of my 21-year-old cousin confined to a wheelchair due to a form of muscular dystrophy. Nothing has deterred her from her goals. And although she’s adapted and made-do with her situation, there is an opportunity to ease her [...]
Posted on 27. Mar, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
A story in the Saturday, March 17, issue of the paper features the Haire family of Alvord and their journey, as a family, as their oldest son, Randy, recovers from a suicide attempt. It was no easy to task to spill the painful details of their situation and the circumstances that pushed Randy over the [...]
Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
It’s the most wonderful time of year — the tulips are blooming, baby animals are in abundance and college basketball games fill my evenings for an entire month. It’s March Madness, and this Baylor alum couldn’t be any more ecstatic. Fourteen filled brackets cover a newsroom door behind me with teams of choice ranging from [...]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
Today marks five years since my Lita lost her battle with cancer. And I miss her. Several things remind me of her — snocones, Halloween, poker, Lent (for her delectable Lent-food cooking), Cookie Crisp cereal, flour tortillas, tamales (can you tell she cooked her way to my heart), summer time, sprinklers (she kept an impeccable [...]
Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I have a keen way of finding myself in the most unfortunate situations while on the job. From almost dying in a fire (no exaggeration, more to come in an upcoming opinion column) to vomiting on the scene of the first fatal accident I covered to being thrown against a car by the pressure of [...]
Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
The Decatur High School mock trial team will compete at the state level this weekend in Dallas. The team — which includes Arin Blaylock, Holt Garner, Tamara Green, Andie Keller, Graham McCain, Laura Nicholson, Madeline Peña, Hayley Raasch, Paulina Sanchez, Tyler Sirman and Jasmine Walia — earned the bid after placing first at regionals in [...]
Posted on 22. Feb, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
An emergency plane landing at Bridgeport Municipal Airport is one of the top stories in this week’s edition of the Messenger. Randy Martin of Conroe was forced to land his Piper Navajo aircraft after noticing a gear shift light that wasn’t turned on. He avoided tragedy by smoothly grounding the plane, waiting for it to [...]
Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
The Bridgeport High School auto technology department is in need of updated diagnostic equipment. But instead of the typical fundraisers, the group will bring an entourage of “high-energy, hilarious comedy and amazing musicians” directly from Eureka Springs, Ark., and Branson, Mo., to raise funds for the expense. The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down music theatre performs 7 [...]
Posted on 31. Jan, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
I’ve found redemption in a few phone calls today. Yesterday, I covered a house fire. Inititally toned out as an abandoned home, we paid no mind until we heard the Red Cross being dispatched to help a man and a woman and their 12-year-old daughter. A call to the Red Cross is usually a sign [...]