Exclusive interview reveals Santa’s secrets

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Brian Knox

Santa Claus has always been a mystery. Until now. I got the scoop this week from my expert sources: local third graders who answered a series of questions posed by the Wise County Messenger.

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Tuition deregulation is failing students

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Charles Schwertner

The pursuit of a higher education in Texas has never been more daunting. As tuition and fees at our public universities continue to climb, the dream of attaining a college degree is becoming a nightmare for more and more Texas students.

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Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empaneled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state's "rainy day fund" approved $7 billion as the floor for it.

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Bush and Clinton

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Bush and Clinton

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Christmas spirit in no-man’s-land

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The news stories circling us every waking moment are starting to remind me of those flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz" - very unsettling. Police shootings, riots in response. Grand juries, lawsuits and denials, SWAT gear and tear gas. Hands up. I can't breathe.

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Dreading those culinary surprises under the tree

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Piles of presents spilling from underneath a Christmas tree evoke uncontrollable curiosity in children.

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Thanks for generosity to U.S. troops

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Voncille Forgy

I would personally like to say thank you to the staff, students and families of Chico ISD, Alvord ISD and the facility of the Bridgeport United States Postal Service.

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Slow down on pension changes

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Carole Alvey

Congress is negotiating to cut the pension benefits of some multi-employer pension plans in an effort to address estimated shortfalls at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) in the distant future.

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The benevolent bag lady

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Ron Johnson, youth minister at First Baptist Decatur, and I drove to Governor's Ridge Retirement/Assisted Living place recently and had a sit-down with some dear folks.

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What lies ahead

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Lee Hamilton

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you'd think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.

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Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to screen current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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One of These May Actually Happen

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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One of These May Actually Happen

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The ghosts of Christmas (shopping)

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Ebenezer always raised his prices at Christmas. This did not win him any friends, but he didn't care. He was an old coot.

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We’ve had a messed-up week

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Jake Harris

I've been having some weird dreams lately. Here's one I had last night.

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Silly questions and new friend

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Most of us guys at the coffee shop are old enough to have grandchildren. A few of us are young enough to have children and teenagers.

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Body Cameras

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
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Body Cameras

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Failure of the ‘system’ could cost man his life

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Brian Knox

Barring any last-minute intervention by the courts or our governor, tonight will be one of the lowest points yet for capital punishment in Texas. Scott Panetti, who murdered his in-laws in Fredricksburg in 1992, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Huntsville at 6 p.m. tonight.

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Time to pass an appropriations bill

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Kay Granger

Do you think our military men and women deserve a pay raise? Do you think Congress should take action to stop funding for harmful EPA regulations?

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Austin shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city's downtown area around 2 a.m. Nov. 28.

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Thanks to Wise Electric

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Walt Partin

Sunday, Nov. 30, we had a power failure at Bloomoon Pet Resort at 1 p.m. We open at 3 on Sunday and were expecting a lot of clients checking out their pets.

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