Civic center exemplifies community cooperation

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

The Decatur Civic Center celebrated its 15th anniversary last week, and it was a great occasion. The beautiful building is a perfect example of what can happen when a community has a single goal and everybody works hand-in-hand to reach that goal.

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Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama administration's use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution.

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Practicing haphazard gardening with a touch of Sperry

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

WWND? What would Neil do? The thought ran through my head as I stared at a misshapen mini rose bush in my front flower bed. Bermudagrass was threatening to take it over. I was done.

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What is your iNoyance factor?

Published Saturday, June 25, 2016
By Brian Eaton

A speaker at a recent seminar brought up Google Glass.

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Contemplating career choices: the risks and rewards

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By David Talley

As a reporter, I get to chat with a lot of people. And, for a little bit, I get to look around inside their lives. After in-depth conversations, I head back to the office and start writing.

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DPS asks citizens to report suspicious behavior

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Ed Sterling

In the wake of the widely reported June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the Texas Department of Public Safety called on Texans to pay close attention to what's happening in their own communities.

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President’s antics threaten college’s reputation

Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Roy J. Eaton

I have often been accused of dreaming up things to worry about, but I am concerned about the reputation and management of Weatherford College.

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Here, have a Father’s Day column

Published Saturday, June 18, 2016
By Racey Burden

Whenever I have a problem I need to talk through with a parent, I have a set question to determine which one gets the phone call.

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Squeeze the most fun out of summer vacation

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

Summer inspires adventure. Throughout my life this has meant different things, and as a recent college graduate and newlywed, the adventure of choice was scuba diving.

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Governors confer about containing spread of Zika

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 9 participated in a White House-hosted conference call for governors to discuss the Zika virus threat and what to do about it.

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Oh the terror caused by fan; Coming to terms with being a curse on favorite teams

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Richard Greene

I take pride in the fact that I willingly accept blame, especially when I've caused harm to others. The most notable example was in 2007.

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Pondering gut feelings, kids and good buddies

Published Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Mack Thweatt

This story starts before the beginning of the 1979-80 school year. I was head coach at Alvord High School, and we needed a basketball coach.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Messenger Staff

The Messenger's 3rd Annual Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few days, and vacation season is in full swing. Wise County folks are taking road trips, hopping on planes and setting sail for grand adventures.

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Governor declares state of disaster in long list of counties

Published Wednesday, June 8, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 1 declared a state of disaster in 31 counties that have been hit repeatedly with severe weather and flooding in recent days.

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Face of America reflected in its newest citizens

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Brian Knox

I felt something unique Thursday as I stood in the ever-growing waiting room, gazing at the collection of faces around me. Very few looked like mine.

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10 states join Texas AG in lawsuit over school bathrooms

Published Wednesday, June 1, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 25 filed a lawsuit against the heads of the federal Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Equal Opportunity Commission and other entities for issuing directives that would require public schools to open restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes.

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Happy birthday to me

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By David Talley

When this paper hits newsstands and mailboxes, my birthday will have already come. As of 2:12 Saturday morning, I'll have completed 22 years on this Earth. And, in that time, I've gotten some solid birthday gifts.

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The orphan train and my friend, Roger Weber

Published Saturday, May 28, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

Several months ago, one of my coffee-drinking friends pointed to Roger Weber as he walked in Whataburger, delivering the Wise County Messenger's Update.

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We don’t need no DVR (just Twitter)

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Racey Burden

I don't watch "Game of Thrones," but honestly, I feel like I do. Thanks to the World Wide Web (but mostly Twitter), it's fairly easy for me to keep up with all sorts of television that I don't even watch.

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3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government's guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students.

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