All Around Wise: Career Day reveals true love for job

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

After two days in the state capitol hearing all the wonderful opportunities before the Texas Legislature, I returned to Wonderful Wise Wednesday.

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All the Wiser: Hide and seek – Outlaws trod the trails of Wise County

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Amanda Harrington Kennedy asked via Facebook: "Isn't there an area in Wise County that was a hideout for famous outlaws?" Wise County does figure into some outlaw tales.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Let’s swap

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

I've been to malls. I've been to flea markets. But on Thursday, I set my eyes on something entirely different.

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Arrested Developments: Remembering a fire marshal’s service

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

We were wrapping up the Saturday edition of the Messenger last Friday when I saw an email with the updated funeral listings from a local funeral home. I saw a name I recognized: Mike Bement.

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All Around Wise: Looking for light at end of ‘horrendous’ story

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

Tuesday morning I sat in our conference room during a weekly managers' meeting, hoping for the coffee to kick in after a late night school board meeting in Boyd. A few minutes before the meeting wrapped up, my phone buzzed with a text from our Special Projects Manager Brian Knox.

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All the Wiser: Building a ‘Great’ place to stay

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Roy Eaton came to me and asked, "What ever happened to the Greathouse Hotel?" In April of 1919, the businessmen of Decatur met at the behest of the mayor and determined that a new hotel was needed.

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Arrested Developments: Serial killer’s drawings released by FBI

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Brian Knox

The story of the two Newark parents arrested for keeping two of their children in a dog kennel made national news this week, but you might have missed new developments in a recent national news story about a serial killer that also has ties to Wise County.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Shoot your shot

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Austin Jackson

Taking the plunge into the unknown for the sake of passion is a scary thing. Some jump and get smacked by the cruel, unrelenting fist of reality. Others leap and find themselves riding high along a rewarding pursuit of doing what they love.

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All Around Wise: Local leaders provide guidance after tragedies

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Richard Greene

We were saddened this week to learn of another tragic death due to an accident on Farm Road 730 with the passing of Winogene Mayfield.

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All the Wiser: No snake eyes for the county seat

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Chris Thacker of Rhome asked: "What is 'Eighter from Decatur' in reference to?" After he posted the question on the Messenger's Facebook page, another follower, Rena Morey, replied: "Because it rhymes, lol."

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Arrested Developments: At least the phone was smart

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Brian Knox

Technology may have helped solve the case of a couple of stolen vehicles out of Bridgeport recently.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Underestimate at your own risk

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Austin Jackson

When I go out on story assignments, my responsibilities often get in the way of working to understand something fully.

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Officials err in release of list

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Janet Akers-Amos

Purging the voter rolls of naturalized citizens is one way to stay in power, but a more ethical approach would be to offer policies and ideas that appeal to younger voters, naturalized voters and other voters who are not happy with slave wages, skyrocketing healthcare costs, and ridiculously high property taxes.

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Embracing change: Messenger debuts new weekly features

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

A quote I've embraced over nearly two decades in this career is "the only constant in life is change." It took a Google search to realize that Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the originator of the phrase, urging us to embrace change.

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All the Wiser: History of a pioneer’s home

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

"I have always been curious about the history of my childhood home in Decatur, 126 Greenwood Road. I was told it was the old 'Fulingham home.' Not sure though. I was also told it was built in the late 1800s. Any idea?"

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Arrested Developments: Decatur’s overall crime numbers down, with one exception

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Brian Knox

Welcome to the first Arrested Developments column, where I'll share some news and views related to law enforcement and criminal justice from a Wise County perspective.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Help wanted

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Austin Jackson

Starting this week I'll be on a mission to scour the culture of Wise County in an attempt to share what makes this place and its people unique.

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Remaining in the program; 26 years after mentorship, ready to lead Mess

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

I walked into the Wise County Messenger office for the first time just shy of my 17th birthday. My high school English teacher had reached out to the paper to set up a mentorship program for me. I, along with my parents and teacher, met with publisher Roy Eaton and then-editor Keith Magee to discuss the program and the expectations of all parties.

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Appreciating the badge

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Austin Jackson

As is tradition, I did my usual scrub through Twitter after waking up Wednesday morning. After scrolling through piping hot sports takes and the rest of the sarcastic fodder I follow I glanced toward the trending sidebar and saw something different.

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DISD needs better communication

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Lance Sears

After moving cross country several times, my wife and I settled in this area back in 2012. Having three children (and added another since being here), we were very excited about the statistics and programs Decatur ISD offered.

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