Small town charm

Posted on 24. Jul, 2012 by .

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At a meeting last week, the Paradise School Board voted to extend a contract with their current provider for lawn maintenance. This was despite being presented with a bid for $2,800 less. Councilwoman Carrie Preather said: “I don’t see the need to switch when we haven’t had a problem. I don’t think there’s a big […]

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Suit up, county gains allies in fight versus EPA ruling

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by .

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It seemed like a done deal. On May 20, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled to add Wise County to Dallas-Fort Worth’s gang of nine counties that are not in compliance with federal ozone pollution standards. After that, it was time to figure out what new rules would Wise County have to follow being in a […]

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Painful lessons in the heat

Posted on 20. Jul, 2012 by .

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Thursday I tried to be a kid again and play outside all day. I started with 18 holes of golf. Then there was an early evening softball game that was followed by a six-mile run. While it was all fun, I paid the price for a day out in the triple-digit heat around 11 p.m. […]

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Summertime snacks and Reunion recipes

Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by .

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Summertime food may be my favorite. You know how some things just taste better in the summer? My favorite summertime snack, or meal if I get carried away, is mango salsa. We first had it at a friend’s house a few years ago, and we’ve made it ever since. Simple and sweet! The ingredients include […]

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Squash: One of the joys of community journalism

Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by .

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A recent story I did about the community garden at the Methodist Church in Chico is a good example of why I love small-town, community journalism. Ray Rankin, my primary source on the story, is one of the best gardeners I’ve ever met — and I’ve met several. I’m in awe of his knowledge of […]

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West Nile seems headed this way

Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by .

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The Wise Nile Virus seems to be making a comeback. As you can see from the map above, confirmed cases of West Nile Virus are popping up in many different areas of the state. You’ll notice that counties immediately to our east (Denton) and south (Parker and Tarrant) already have confirmed cases. Even though it’s […]

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Story full of lessons

Posted on 13. Jul, 2012 by .

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On Saturday’s sports page in the Messenger, you’ll find the story of Tyler Story and his road to recovery from the devastating knee injury he suffered in Decatur’s second game of the season. At the time it happened, I realized it was a significant injury. But like everyone else, I  couldn’t have guessed how bad […]

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Shooting a zombie flash mob

Posted on 12. Jul, 2012 by .

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They were on the stairs. At the front door. Behind the elevator. Approaching the information desk. 40 of them. In groups of two and three, they walked with slow, deliberate steps, quiet except for the shuffle of their feet. “They” were the extras in a photo shoot Wednesday morning, and their every movement had been […]

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Deadly distracations

Posted on 11. Jul, 2012 by .

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It’s been a rough few months for child and youth injuries in Wise County. And many, such as Saturday’s tragic accident on the tracks in Alvord, have resulted in a young person being taken before their time.  In the case 14-year-old Marcus Silletti, it appears that loud music being played on headphones or ear buds prevented him […]

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