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Wise County Adventures: Weatherford College

Posted on 22. Jun, 2012 by .

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Messenger photo by Ken Roselle Part of our job is being intimately familiar with local people and places, and in an effort to stay well-versed in all things Wise County, we occasionally venture out for a group field trip. This week our destination was Weatherford College Wise County. Wednesday morning the entire staff toured the […]

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Another day, another chupacabra

Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 by .

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They say a mythical creature story comes along only once in a lifetime, and that’s probably true … unless you live in Wise County. Tuesday morning I fielded a call from a woman between Alvord and Chico who said she and her husband saw the corpse of a chupacabra on their morning bike ride. She […]

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And in chupacabra news …

Posted on 31. May, 2012 by .

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I know, I know … we’re probably all a little tired of hearing about the chupacabra. But I’m a sucker for a monster story, and supposedly a pack of the mythical creatures has been discovered in Cedar Park, near Austin in Williamson County. Reporter Benjamin Wermund wrote “Cedar Park resident spots Chupacabra — or mangy […]

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Make your vote count

Posted on 24. May, 2012 by .

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Friday is the last day to vote early, and it’s no secret that local voter turnout has been low. Democrats, in particular, are dragging their feet but understandably so. With a presidential candidate already chosen and no candidates in local races, a trip to the polls probably seems pointless. But I’m here to offer an […]

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Commissioners’ outtakes

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by .

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Covering county commissioners has its ups and downs. There are days when it seems as if there are not enough words in the world to explain how they made a particular decision. Sometimes they talk in circles, and my writing threatens to follow suit. I constantly remind myself that simpler is better. Public Works Administrator […]

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Crime report hits the big time

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) … Texas Monthly magazine gave a nod to the wackiness of Wise County crime. Last week I wrote a column lamenting the fact that the magazine overlooks the Wise County crime report in favor of that in Lufkin for one of its regular posts on TM Daily Post. “Magazine […]

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Wise County Adventures: Greenwood Grocery

Posted on 03. May, 2012 by .

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I’m a Wise County girl. But somehow I had never eaten at Greenwood Grocery. Luckily, that was remedied yesterday. A crew from the Messenger piled into two cars and drove the 15 or so miles to Greenwood for lunch. The little country store sells a few essentials, but the big draw is the food. It’s […]

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“Back off the hammer, there’s an alligator ahead …”

Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by .

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The newsroom hum includes the tones and chatter of the police scanner. It rarely transmits good news. Instead it’s usually carrying messages of distress, calls for help. But this week the staple of medical emergencies, domestic disturbances and car accidents have been peppered with trucker talk. I’m not sure how or why we’re picking up […]

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New campus coming to life

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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I can still feel the grit in my teeth and in the corners of my eyes. I toured the new Weatherford College  campus today, and as we stood in the parking lot, sheets of sand washed over us, and the wind threatened to blow the hard hats right off our heads. But once we walked […]

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