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Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
Our newsroom is working diligently to put the finishing touches on our newest section, Heart Health, that will be published Wednesday, Feb. 1, just in time to kick off heart disease awareness month. Inside you’ll find features on heart disease survivors (the stories also highlight the services offered in our very own community), a list […]
Posted on 10. Jan, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
At its meeting Monday, the Northwest School Board was presented with a profile of a Northwest graduate as defined by a committee of faculty and staff. From the excitement and enthusiasm exerted, it was evident committee members took pride in their work, so I thought I’d share it here. Committee members argue that this is […]
Posted on 04. Jan, 2012 by Erika Pedroza.
In a year-end column this weekend, I shared the impact of three young warriors in the fight against cancer (or cancer-like illnesses). Although Stephanie Kott, Brennan Griffin and Carly Berkley left a lasting impression of courage and determination, their stories are not the only ones that have inspired me through the year. Convinced I was […]
Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by Erika Pedroza.
We’re just a few days shy of Christmas, but it sure doesn’t feel like we should expect any more Christmas magic at our house. We’ve got the tree up, a wreath on the door and my mom’s Christmas centerpiece adorns the dining room table. But that’s all the Pedroza house has. No gifts under the […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2011 by Erika Pedroza.
A story in the midweek edition of the Messenger talks about the continued success of the Wise County Toy Run, held Sunday. Despite a record-low number of riders (probably due to the cold and rain), the Toy Run will benefit the same number of children as it does in “pretty weather” years, according to participant […]
Posted on 15. Nov, 2011 by Erika Pedroza.
I’m not a fan of the Daylight savings time switch. I don’t like how early it becomes dark. My laziness needs no encouragement. It’s hard enough to get enthused for after-hour meetings (especially since four of my regular seven fall on the same week of the month). But it’s even more difficult when it’s pitch […]
Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 by Erika Pedroza.
Of all our special sections, Holiday Greetings has to be among my favorite. It features the heartwarming and entertaining essays and drawings of third graders across the county. This year, we have expanded the section to include the talents of older students through a cover contest. We invite all Wise County students in grades 6 […]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2011 by Erika Pedroza.
Saturday, a group of four locals embarked on a 10-day medical outreach endeavor through the Himalayas. In interviewing Andy Milligan of Decatur, Steve Lorenz of Rhome and Luke Oyler and Robbie Surratt, both of Bridgeport, their passion for helping others was apparent. I quickly grew to admire their compassion and determination, When asked how much […]