City of West receives additional grant

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on April 16 granted a request by the city of West for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts in the West fertilizer plant explosion that occurred April 17, 2013.

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Stronger regulations needed in wake of West

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Tracy A. Smith

The preliminary report has been released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the West fertilizer plant explosion last April.

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Grandma Hillary

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Grandma Hillary

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Mrs. Doubtfire

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Easter: tidings of discomfort and joy

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
By Bob Buckel

As a kid, Easter Sunday made me uncomfortable for reasons that had nothing to do with theology.

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#Skim this IMPORTANT column!

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
By Brian Knox

If you read to the end of this sentence, particularly if you are reading it online, you must have a lot of time on your hands.

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Blood Moon

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Noticing the ‘sames’ and the ‘differents’

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Well, I got to the coffee shop too late to neighbor with anyone. Everyone is already gone. Phoned one friend who is doing a little farming today. Too busy to drink coffee with anybody today. So I have a little time for reflective thinking.

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LBJ School hosts civil rights summit

Published Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin.

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Campaign Donations

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
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Baseball, memories and milestones

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
By Bob Buckel

One of the things that happens as you age (gracefully) is that from time to time, dates reach out of the calendar and (ungracefully) slap you in the face.

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Tossing and turning over the American dream

Published Saturday, April 12, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Nicole and I are toying with the idea of buying a home and leaving the rent race behind. I never thought I was afraid of commitment until the word "mortgage" entered my vocabulary.

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Happy 50th to an automotive legend

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

It's not often that you get to witness the birth of a legend, but I was there.

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Mickey Rooney

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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State responds to Fort Hood shooting

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself.

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Another one sacrificed to the ‘drug war’

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Rusty White

Re: "Jury delivers guilty verdict in drug case:" Why are we, the taxpayers, being forced to pay for supposed crimes where there are no victims or violence in a citizen's actions and/or private and personal choices?

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Military Mental Health Services

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Hail to thee, icy pellets of precipitation

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Bob Buckel

I was pulling out of the parking lot Thursday afternoon at Wise Regional Health System when something hit my windshield. "Hey!" I exclaimed, looking around for some knucklehead kid, randomly tossing pebbles. (My wife found that very insightful.)

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People are the strongest economic drivers

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Passionate people make for the most pleasant, and easiest, interviews.

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Disappointed in superintendent’s response

Published Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Vic Czerniak

I just finished reading the Wednesday edition of the Messenger. Mr. Branum sought legal counsel for direction on a tie vote in which the renewal of the athletic director's contract did not receive a majority and thus did not pass.

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