Conversation with a famous spokesreptile

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Whoa! I didn't expect to see you in my shower! Well, mate, that makes two of us. I was, hmm, just thinking you might need to, uh, check your, ah ... auto insurance! That's right! Did you know 15 minutes ...

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Educators leave lasting impression

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A story in the midweek Messenger featured a trio of sisters. The former Tara, Erica and Lisa Parker have returned to Boyd ISD as a counselor, coach and PE teacher, respectively.

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Perry’s conduct tough to defend

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Tracy Smith

I would like to respond to the nonsensical defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry by the Parker County Republican Party chair, Zan Prince

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Burger King

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Confessions of a new middle school mama

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The car door slammed and my son headed to the middle school Monday, never looking back. "It's weird going to Young without him," my daughter said wistfully.

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County processes governor after felony indictment

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block-and-a-half from the Governor's Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left.

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Start-of-school observations

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Irene Wilson

There's a banner hanging on the fence, "Welcome Back!" The bulletin boards are decorated. Lesson plans are in the book. Groceries are stocked in the kitchens, and the floors shine like a new penny ('til you can see your reflection - Ms. Cindy sees to that).

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Napa Earthquake

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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The day our world almost stopped turning

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Donna Bean

There's a song by Alan Jackson titled, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" Most of us know where we were when major events in our country occurred.

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Videos go viral in icy battle against ALS

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Richard Greene

Log in to a Facebook page or go through your feed on Twitter, and it doesn't take long to come across someone taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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School lunch regulations replacing parents

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Rep. Mac Thornberry

With a new school year just around the corner, part of what school districts, administrators and teachers are preparing for is far-reaching federal food mandates.

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Ice Bucket Challenge

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Searching for words

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I was running through the woods, trying to catch up. Ahead of me was an old house, long abandoned and surrounded on all sides by thicket. I say a house - in retrospect, it was more of an ancient shack that likely belonged to a long-gone cotton farmer.

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Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

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Governor was just exercising his authority

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Zan Prince

Fair and impartial application of laws is the basis of our society. Each elected official is responsible to enforce and follow the law.

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Think twice about waiving adoption fees

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kristina Walden

Waiving adoption fees creates a profound issue for all municipal shelters or rescue agencies.

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Some don’t like being asked questions

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Rusty White

Some time ago I started asking people on the Messenger's online forum when, if ever, has there been an audit of all the property, money, vehicles, weapons, etc. taken from citizens by our courts and public servants. I just want to know who is accountable.

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Looting

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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The roadside recycler

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, but you're almost certainly a redneck if you could completely furnish several houses just by picking up the furniture that's in your own yard, your neighbors' yards, and alongside the road you live on.

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Scars attest to life’s adventures

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By David Talley

Here's a confession: I watched PG-13 movies long before I had reached the age of 13. In fact, most of my favorite films growing up probably would've been considered inappropriate for children my age (I'd like to apologize to my mother, father and the Motion Picture Association of America).

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