Christmas unwrapped: Paper gets frosty reception from Mrs. Claus

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Brian Knox

Mid-December means one thing around the Messenger newsroom: it's third grade Christmas essay time. We had a lot of great essays submitted this year answering a variety of Christmas-related questions. Many of the kids chose to write about Mrs. Claus, who can often go overlooked by her world-famous husband.

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Be thankful, not offended

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Joe Lambert

'Tis the season to be offended. Yes, and I thought it was a season of Thanksgiving, counting our blessings, giving of gifts and honoring the Christ child.

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Thanks for the help

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Janice Millican

At this time of year when everyone is busy preparing for the holidays, our soldiers overseas often get forgotten.

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Civility

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Civility

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Lack of leadership: Dysfunction at DISD not halting success of students, teachers

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Roy J. Eaton

Here's the good news about the Decatur school system. Despite the dysfunction at the administration building and on the school board, dedicated teachers and students are doing quite well.

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Emoji worth 1000 words

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Do you have an iPhone? Yes? Keep reading.

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A flight to remember

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As I strolled through the post-Black Friday mire at the TJ Maxx in my hometown of Prosper and saw the crumpled packaging for a once awesome piece of aeronautical engineering in the bargain bin, I didn't hesitate.

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Let’s take driving cues from the Italians

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Jeannine Eaton

Three serious accidents within a week in Wise County should remind us that when we are driving, we need to stay focused on what we're doing.

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Mars

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Mars

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Remembering warmer times

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Mack Thweatt

One of my least favorite things in the entire universe is cold weather. When the temperature dips below 65, I don't function well. I don't function real well above 65 anymore honestly, but that's another story for another time.

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Crater of goodwill; Pothole brings community together

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I dedicate "We Are the World," written by Michael Jackson, to Ashley Wiley of Paradise. With one simple, silly stunt, Wiley brought a community together and made everyone smile. We have bonded over a pothole.

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Thoughtful surprise

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Jeanne Green

On Veterans Day, I visited my mother and dad's graves at the Alvord Cemetery.

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Stan Lee

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Stan Lee

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We won’t come back till it’s over ‘Over There’

Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

I love putting together the Veterans Day section every year. I start thinking about it months ahead of time. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it seemed obvious to concentrate on WWI for this year's edition.

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Why we honor our veterans

Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
By Gerre Joiner

Recently, my grandchildren were out of school for the day and I wondered why. I had forgotten that it was Columbus Day.

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Fringe benefits: Rediscovering the honor of life on the front row

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As the Decatur Police escort lit up its lamps, leading a caravan of family members, Hawkins Funeral home hearses and a pair of scruffy media blokes from Bridgeport to Decatur city limits, Joe Duty, the photographer of note at the Messenger, looked at my grin and nodded.

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Welcoming the end of straight-party ballots

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

After weeks of reading endorsement columns, studying the League of Women Voters guide and doing some independent research on various candidates, I carefully went through the sample ballot again Wednesday morning.

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Bond needs to pass for Rhome’s future

Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
By Sam Eason

Does the city need to expand the Eastside Wastewater Treatment Plant?

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Accurate information needed on bond

Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
By Patricia Mitchell

With $2,750,000 at stake and early voting beginning on Monday, if Rhome voters are to make an informed decision, they are entitled to correct information; particularly official information posted in the bond update published on the city of Rhome website.

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We serve many roles

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Richard Greene

A week ago a man came into the office, expressing his concern about a human interest feature on the front page of the Messenger. "It's not news," he said repeatedly.

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