All Around Wise: Spreading the good news

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

I'm starting off a little newspaper nerdy, but bear with me. Each October as a periodical, we are required by the U.S. Postal Service to publish a statement of ownership. As part of the statement, we must include our circulation numbers. It's usually the last time that number is seen in print for a year.

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All the Wiser: It’s a courthouse, not a lady

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Mary Lois Spain-Sipes asked via Facebook: "Please set us straight about the recent online references to the Wise County Courthouse as the "Pink Lady."

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Keeping Austin Weird: Slow down and smell the coffee

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

My kidneys would be the first to admit - I'm an energy drink guy. I pay roughly $4 per day, Monday through Friday, for my preferred elixir.

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Arrested Developments: Locking down the rumors

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

"What's going on in XXXX?" The newsroom will often get asked those questions, either by phone calls or increasingly by social media. Often times those questions have to do with some emergency response in their area involving police, fire or medics.

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Requiem for a rabbit

Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By Brian Knox

"You need to come home for a bunny funeral," my wife said in a solemn tone over the phone Monday afternoon.

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All Around Wise: Volunteer firefighters keep weathering conditions

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

In 20 years as a scribe, I've come to realize that breaking news rarely, if ever, happens when it's sunny and 70. Fires usually happen when it's bone-chilling cold or in the searing heat. Wrecks occur when there's some form of precipitation.

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All the Wiser: Why oh why Odessa?

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Charles Petty asked via Facebook: "Why was Newark called Odessa?"

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Arrested Developments: Meth seizures up 200 percent from last year

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Brian Knox

Last week, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin shared some eye-opening numbers related to methamphetamine use in the county.

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Midweek paper is back

Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

The Wise County Messenger has gone back to the future and brought back the midweek paper.

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All Around Wise: Shoot for the Cup

Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Richard Greene

Friday afternoon four of us crowded around my messy desk to watch the stats page on my computer as the final seconds of the 4A semifinal played out.

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All the Wiser: Draco derailed by the DP&S

Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Vern Smith asked via Facebook: "Draco, how big was it in its boom days? Is there any information on why it's gone?"

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All Around Wise: Ruling undermines Texas Open Meetings Act

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

Before starting my first full-time job 20 years ago this May, I'd been to one city council meeting and that was as a small child because of a mishap with our dog.

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All the Wiser: Oldest of the Wisest

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Chris Heasley, interim director of parks and recreation for the City of Bridgeport asked, "Which business is the oldest running business in Wise County?"

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Keeping Austin Weird: Crash course at the fair

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Austin Jackson

"You own boots?!" my editor Richard Greene asked, shocked at the sight of my slightly taller and much more honky tonky visage entering the office this week. Yes, Richard, I own boots.

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Arrested Developments: Keeping us safe through technology

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Brian Knox

The parents of the four children found in conditions described as "just horrendous" by our sheriff a couple of weeks ago were in court Wednesday at a hearing to decide where their children should be placed, but that court appearance might not have happened if not for the use of a technology tool that helped officers locate the children on Feb. 12.

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End of an era: All Around to move to mid-week issue

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

This is the last edition of All Around Wise.

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All Around Wise: Career Day reveals true love for job

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

After two days in the state capitol hearing all the wonderful opportunities before the Texas Legislature, I returned to Wonderful Wise Wednesday.

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All the Wiser: Hide and seek – Outlaws trod the trails of Wise County

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Amanda Harrington Kennedy asked via Facebook: "Isn't there an area in Wise County that was a hideout for famous outlaws?" Wise County does figure into some outlaw tales.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Let’s swap

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Austin Jackson

I've been to malls. I've been to flea markets. But on Thursday, I set my eyes on something entirely different.

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Arrested Developments: Remembering a fire marshal’s service

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Brian Knox

We were wrapping up the Saturday edition of the Messenger last Friday when I saw an email with the updated funeral listings from a local funeral home. I saw a name I recognized: Mike Bement.

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