Helping Aaron

Posted on 10. Jul, 2012 by .

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A benefit account for Bridgeport native Aaron Logan, 29, has been set up at First Financial Banks. Donations can be made at branches of the institution in Bridgeport, Boyd and Decatur. Logan remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Medical Center of Plano following a four-vehicle accident on U.S. 380, west of Denton June 30. […]

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In the midst of a tragic epidemic

Posted on 09. Jul, 2012 by .

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A thin band of storms swept across the land Saturday afternoon. They came from the north. They cooled the air. But a nightmare shattered the day. Marcus Silletti, a 14-year-old with everything going for him was hit and killed by a train in Alvord. He had headphones in and didn’t hear the train approaching from […]

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Lunch at the senior center

Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by .

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Every day my job is different. It’s one of the things I like most about it. You can come to the office with a plan and it change instantly with the tones of a police scanner or inspiration for a great feature story. Day in and day out there are surprises. Some are good; some […]

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Making the routine readable

Posted on 05. Jul, 2012 by .

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Of all the assignments community newspapers have taken on, one of the most challenging is to cover “routine” news and still make it interesting to our readers. I’m talking about meetings — the school boards, the city councils, the commissioners court. They’re required by law to meet in public, so you can attend, but most […]

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Declaration of Independence in the days before spell check

Posted on 04. Jul, 2012 by .

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It’s Independence Day, and a lot of attention is rightly shown to the United States Declaration of Independence. We’re familiar with the famous words contained in this most historic document, but did you ever wonder what earlier drafts of the Declaration looked like before the finished product? Editors regularly look at rough drafts of stories […]

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‘This is a whole new game’

Posted on 03. Jul, 2012 by .

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New high schoolers beware. Parents pay close attention. The STAARS are falling on Texas. I wrote a story yesterday for the midweek paper about how school districts across the county performed in the inaugural STAAR end-of-course exams. Five tests were given to freshmen. They have to take 10 more over the following two years. The big […]

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It’s time for the WCM’s sports awards

Posted on 29. Jun, 2012 by .

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The Messenger’s Best of Sports section went to press today. It’s my favorite section to put together each year. I get the opportunity to sit down and visit extensively with the athletes and coaches and find out what drives them and get their feelings about the year’s actions. This year’s class of award winners were […]

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Anger management in the newsroom

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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Watch the video at this link for some insight into how reporters feel sometimes. Kermit captures it so well. He’s also convinced me that I should wear a trench coat more often. It would likely push my journalism career to the next level.    

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Life saving – now there’s an app for that

Posted on 27. Jun, 2012 by .

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I’ll mention the American Red Cross from time to time. I think they do great work, and I’ve seen many families in Wise County helped by the organization. Well now the American Red Cross has come up with something I think is pretty cool. […]

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