Miscast for role as cupid

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sometime in my early 20s, I made the astute observation that the central characters in many romantic comedies are journalists. Even in what is considered the best of the genre, "It Happened One Night," the hero who ended up with the girl was a reporter searching for a big scoop.

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Legislation includes hurricane relief funds

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 9 lauded Congress' approval of legislation that contains nearly $90 billion in hurricane and wildfire disaster relief funding for Texas, Florida, California and Puerto Rico.

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Stop tolerating the intolerable

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Brian Knox

As the court beat reporter for the Messenger, I've heard plenty of closing arguments from prosecutors over the years, and while no two are exactly the same, they almost always include a plea to the jury to "send a message."

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By George he was on to something

Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Joy Carrico

George Washington wrote out 110 Rules of Civility when he was a youth. The rules did not originate with him, he copied them. But, it is widely believed that he followed these rules. And if so, he must have been the world's most composed person.

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Congrats Philly on ending your curse

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Reece Waddell

I'm a Dallas sports fan. Growing up in the area, I've seen my fair share of highs and lows when it comes to sports.

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Straus urges for oversight of agency

Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018
By Ed Sterling

House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 31 said a new state audit raises questions about the management of the state Health and Human Services Commission and illustrates the need for legislative hearings.

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End of rivalry spoils fun

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

While getting ready to take my wife and daughter to breakfast on a November Saturday morning in 2009, my phone rang. On the other end of the line was a lively Decatur football coach Kyle Story.

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When, where and what to eat – an ongoing problem

Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

When I was growing up, sometimes my mom would say: "I wish we didn't have to eat." As a kid I simply couldn't comprehend this statement. Why in the world would you wish that?

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Race descends into misguided attacks

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Racey Burden

When Pat Fallon announced his candidacy for Craig Estes' senate seat, there seemed to be surprisingly little response from the incumbent's team - at first.

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Governors urge congress to pass disaster aid

Published Wednesday, January 31, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and the governors of California, Puerto Rico and Florida asked U.S. House and Senate leaders Jan. 24 to hurry up and pass supplemental disaster funding, and to send the legislation to President Trump.

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Translating English into English

Published Saturday, January 27, 2018
By Joy Carrico

The older I get, the more the younger generations seem like alien creatures. I'm told this is a normal part of growing older and I can appreciate that, but I speak English and as far as I know, so do they. So why can't I understand what they are saying?

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Remembering how I got to this point

Published Saturday, January 27, 2018
By Reece Waddell

I didn't watch cartoons much as a kid. If I wasn't in the gym or backyard with my dad, I was usually at home watching whatever game was on that night or highlights on ESPN.

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Don’t overlook the danger

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Grass fires never alarmed me until the last few years. To most firefighters this probably sounds like a naive statement, but consider my perspective: I can't recall any devastating grass fires from my youth, and as a professional reporter, a grass fire normally ranks pretty low in the breaking news hierarchy.

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Hurricane recovery efforts continue

Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 17 extended for 30 days the state disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey, which pounded and flooded the Gulf Coast and moved deeply inland, spreading its destructive power.

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‘There’s a tear in my beer’

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Richard Greene

Growing up in rural North Texas, I've always fashioned myself as a man's man - a tough exterior and even harder on the inside.

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DPS takes precautions at capitol

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.

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Do as I say, not as I do – get a flu shot

Published Saturday, January 13, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Last week driving home from work I felt noticeably more tired than normal. While the gorgeous scenery along U.S. Highway 380 from Decatur to Denton is usually enough to keep me wide awake, this drive had a much different feel to it.

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Incentives needed to protect city jewel

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Messenger Staff

It wasn't that long ago that Decatur was a ghost town after 5 p.m., but thanks to several new boutiques and restaurants, today the square is jumping day and night. Sadly, that could all go up in smoke with one devastating fire because roughly half of the properties on the square don't have sprinkler systems installed.

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FEMA clears way for public assistance to churches that aid in disasters

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 3 announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approval of their request to allow churches and religious organizations to receive the same public assistance available to other nonprofits aiding in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Headline prediction time, 2018 edition

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Brian Knox

Now that we've said a fond farewell to 2017, we can turn our full attention forward to a new year. On occasion in the past, we've come up with headlines we'd like to see for the coming year.

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