Funny money: Making sense of cents

Published Saturday, March 28, 2015
By Richard Greene

When news broke this week about the future hotel at the civic center and Decatur's $4.4 million loan to get the project going, comments started to filter in on the Messenger Facebook page.

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Auction has evolved but remains fun

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Roy J. Eaton

As I was leaving the Wise County Youth Fair auction a few weeks ago I heard someone say, "This is a sham, why don't they just give the kids a check and forget all this auction business."

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House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state's border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week.

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The sun is shining on government – let’s keep it that way

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Brian Knox

The Texas Legislature is in session, and as usual, elected officials have filed bills that limit the public's access to information.

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Coffee with a side of forced national dialogue

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Jake Harris

"I'd like a tall cup of coffee, please." "Sounds, good, sir, and while we're brewing that for you, would you like to take a couple of minutes out of your day to talk about Ferguson, Mo.? Or the rights of Mexican immigrants? Or how about issuing reparations to Native Americans?"

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Story behind the shamrock; Family celebrates Irish roots

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

Green hats, buttons and stickers are displayed on Wal-Mart shelves. Shamrocks are decorating Lowe's exit, and other businesses around town are offering specials on corned beef, green shirts or specialty beverages.

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Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.

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Some are more equal than others

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Taking photos or video of the police is not a crime ... yet. This week, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced House Bill 2918, which basically makes any video or photo by "private citizens" of police officers a crime.

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UIL spells success

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Next week, Bridgeport will send a team to compete in the state tournament. No, this will not be on the hardwood and there will not be 500 fans gobbling up tickets within a couple of hours to see them compete.

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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

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Indoor practice facility worth the investment

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

For a second straight week, Old Man Winter decided to visit Wise County, bringing everything to a halt with only a few exceptions.

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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Stitching together Youth Fair memories

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

My 10-year-old has spent the last few weekends sewing, which can mean only one thing - the Wise County Youth Fair is upon us.

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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Transportation Committee tentatively approved two pieces of legislation Feb. 25 that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.

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What’s your story?

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Jake Harris

We've rearranged our beats here at the Messenger, and I'm now in charge of writing about more than just city council and school board meetings and the occasional feature story.

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Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I love this country. It's a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

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Why can’t November elections look more like May’s?

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

With the filing deadline for the May election coming up on Friday, I'm reminded of why I like these elections more than general elections.

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Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

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Choosing your targets

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I've never owned, or even been allowed to play with, a laser pointer. It makes me crazy when people use them in presentations, pointing to stuff on PowerPoint slides. I spend so much time just trying to find the little red dot, I forget what they're talking about.

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