Documentary asks hard questions of criminal justice system

Published Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Brian Knox

Despite being a "crime and courts" reporter, I rarely watch "crime drama" television. Maybe its because I deal enough with the real thing, I don't want to spend my precious free time watching more of the same.

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Keeping up with the Jones

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Mack Thweatt

I've been in this area 46 years now - yes, that number is right - I only look like I'm 146 years old. In those years, I have been lucky to see and be around many Wise County high school athletes because of the time I spent coaching, as a spectator and photographing them for my job with the Messenger.

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TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state's largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion.

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Make your voice heard, register to vote

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Racey Burden

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the March 1 primaries. If you're anything like me, maybe you've put off registering until the last minute. This is a friendly reminder from a fellow procrastinator who only registered on Friday - go get it done!

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Understanding the true meaning of ‘Groundhog Day’

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Joy Carrico

The movie "Groundhog Day" is misrepresented by society. It drives me nuts when people say something like, "This is like 'Groundhog Day!' I hate it!"

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Messenger staff seeks Powerball fortune

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

In all the hubbub surrounding the local million-dollar ticket, the Messenger's lottery winners were overshadowed. Sixteen of us each pitched in $5 to purchase 80 tickets, and big news: we won!

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Governor meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel.

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Serving bad food advice

Published Saturday, January 23, 2016
By David Talley

Every week the Messenger publishes an informative article in All Around Wise by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Tanya Davis, which is often about food safety and includes recipe tips. Since moving back home, I've taken advantage of my parents' full kitchen and made a few of the dishes Davis recommended. They're very good. As a recent college graduate, I have a few unconventional food prep tips to share.

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Street signs for our town

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

For more than two years, I've been procrastinating. Bobby Wilson and I talked long ago about details regarding the installation of street signs in our fair city. If I remember correctly, the catalyst for the street sign conversation was when I told Bobby (mayor for 18 years), "Tell me about those narrow little streets in the old part of town. The ones that look more like alleys than streets."

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Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profits

Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs.

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I can’t be held responsible because I have affluenza and I ate too many Twinkies

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I'm late to the party, but I just recently heard about the Couch story unfolding in Fort Worth. Intrigued, I went online and looked it up. I was immediately confronted with a word I've never heard before - "affluenza."

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Know your history, AKA weird founding fathers

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've been listening to the soundtrack for the musical "Hamilton" a lot recently.

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Sled dog adventure answers call of the wild

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

"Mom, lean left!" "I am!" Our sled cruised around the corner, seven powerful dogs pulling us along a backcountry trail. "Get ready to brake!" she instructed. "OK. I am, I am." "I'm sorry to be a backseat ... I mean, front seat ... driver!" My 11-year-old, warmly bundled in the sled in front of me, giggled at her own witty observation.

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Governor proposes slate of amendments to U.S. Constitution

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his "Texas Plan," a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments "to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the states and the United States," he said.

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Smiling lessons recommended

Published Saturday, January 9, 2016
By Joy Carrico

My name is Joy. I cannot count the number of times I have been told "You're not living up to your name," or "Joy, you're not being very joyful."

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Riding the wave of adulthood; Transitioning from college life to full-time newshound

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By David Talley

I'm employed, and it feels good. Now that I've graduated from Texas Tech, I've taken an official job in the Messenger newsroom after interning here between every semester since summer 2014.

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Texas sues EPA over new ozone standards

Published Wednesday, January 6, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The state of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 23 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new ozone standards rule.

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Enlow’s book details rise of Waggoner family

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

My fascination with the Waggoner ranching empire was stirred again recently when I received a copy of Jeremy Enlow's new book, "Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch." The book is filled with beautiful pictures of the ranch and the dedicated cowboys who work there.

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Government advises citizens to act stupid?

Published Saturday, January 2, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I was on the Project Gutengerg website looking for a copy of a Dickens novel, when I came across a list of the 100 most downloaded books from the previous day.

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Rolling with the punches in 2016

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Mickey Drewery

People might egg my house for admitting this or bash my upbringing with lengthy Facebook comments, but the truth is I don't believe in New Year's resolutions.

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