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Learning baseball in the bleachers

Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by .

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Decatur Blue took the field at 7:32 p.m. and left everything on it at 9:30 p.m. This is my 9-year-old’s third season to play baseball, only his second in kid-pitch, and as we sat in the stands tonight, I was reminded of the Life is Kids Stuff column published in All Around Wise this week. […]

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The library has a coffee connection

Posted on 05. Apr, 2012 by .

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Coffee and books just go together. Look at Starbucks and Barnes and Noble. Joe Muggs Cafe and Books-A-Million. They go hand in hand. One is not complete without the other. Even Decatur Public Library has a coffee connection, a couple actually. First of all, they now serve coffee daily, and coffee played a unique role […]

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Show me the money!

Posted on 29. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Messenger staff is waiting for tomorrow night’s Mega Millions with bated breath. The estimated jackpot is $540 million with a pay-me-now value of $389 million. I think we could make do with that. I never buy lottery tickets on my own, but I always join the office pool. Mainly because I don’t want to […]

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Dobie and the Decatur library

Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by .

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Althea Forbis and Martha Hughes Photo by Joe Duty I’m working on a story about the history of the Decatur Public Library, and Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting with Althea Forbis and Martha Hughes. They were both instrumental in starting the library, and they handled everything from collecting the first books to making […]

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Top o’ the courthouse

Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by .

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Monday’s 23-item commissioners’ court agenda looked innocent enough. The action items seemed simple and straightforward, nothing controversial. It was spring break for local schools, and therefore, all was quiet around the courthouse, too. So imagine my surprise when I walked into the third-floor conference room and found it packed with people. Trust me when I […]

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Mrs. Fort’s fight is over

Posted on 08. Mar, 2012 by .

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I’ve been thinking about the Fortenberry family a lot this week. Like many of you, I heard Sunday morning of Terri’s death. She was a wife, mom and phenomenal fifth-grade teacher. I didn’t know Terri personally, but I had the opportunity to interview her in 2009 during her second bout with cancer. I remember being […]

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Coffee commercial kickstarts library

Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by .

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Most of you probably already know, but the Decatur Public Library was named runner-up Best Small Library in America. This is a huge honor and one of which the entire community is proud. Librarian Cecilia Barham and one of her staff will attend the 2012 Public Library Association meeting in Philadelphia March 13-17¬†where they will […]

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The cold, hard truth about obits

Posted on 23. Feb, 2012 by .

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Last Tuesday my morning was started with a call from an angry reader. The yelling started at 8:05, and I quit watching the clock somewhere around 8:09. The woman was upset because we did not print her relative’s obit as it was submitted by the funeral home. There were no mistakes in what we printed; […]

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Commissioners’ outtakes

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by .

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Everyone in county government had one question Monday morning. Would Terry Ross show up for the regular commissioners meeting? Ross is at the center of a theft investigation. Texas Rangers executed a search warrant last Tuesday and seized a playhouse from the Ross home in Boonsville. Ross claims there is documentation to prove a theft […]

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