Program needs community’s help

Published Saturday, July 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

Summer brings back many childhood memories for me. Baseball games. Vacations. Snow cones. Swimming. But I also remember participating in something a little more charitable: delivering meals to seniors in my community.

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Remember how it all began, happy Fourth

Published Saturday, July 4, 2015
By Travis Lisle

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and the United States of America was born.

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County answers call to feed the hungry

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

When I walked into Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) June 9, the shelves looked depressing. I know inanimate objects can't actually be depressed, but if they could, those shelves would be. After all, the purpose of those shelves is to hold food that will one day be distributed to the people of Wise County who really need it.

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Officials react to decision on federal health care law

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.

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Flagged down: Skipping town for better lunch

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Richard Greene

On a much-needed vacation, my wife and I finished a trip in the Ozarks in Arkansas. After a few days enjoying the hospitality of Southwest Missouri, including nightly cobbler, we were looking forward to the quaint charm of Eureka Springs.

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Hate is poisoning the air we breath

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

In the past week, this country has seen remarkable things - a violent attack on peaceful churchgoers, millions turning their backs on a flag, a terrorist was sentenced to death and the highest court in the land has given a 5-4 decision in favor of gay marriage.

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Escaping the echo chamber could lead to real blessings

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Brian Knox

Listening to a police scanner in the newsroom all day, you hear all kinds of calls. But there's one call I hear from time to time that makes me uncomfortable. It usually goes something like this: "We need an officer in route to the complainant's location for a suspicious person. Black male walking down the street."

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Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.

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Future aerospace expert seeks to sharpen writing skills

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Shelby Vanover

The Wise County Messenger has partnered with a new group of student journalists for "Youth Spoken." As the name implies, it will offer these young people a voice on the pages of the Messenger.

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Reading leads to love of language, writing

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Mickey Drewery

First and foremost, you must know I am a book lover/nerd/enthusiast, and my love for English has ultimately become the result.

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Young journalist pursues new adventure at the Mess

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015
By Rachael Ussery

My dream is to be a traveling journalist. I've always enjoyed capturing beautiful images of the earth for others to see and having a story to go with it would add to the magnificence of the experience.

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Share your vacation photos with us

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The Messenger's 2nd Annual Summer Tour begins today! School's been out for a few weeks, 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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Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.

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Hatred and bias cause social media woes

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Racey Burden

I really dread checking my Facebook these days, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. I like being able to see what my friends in other states and across the world are doing, and I like the happy announcements of birthdays and engagements and new jobs.

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Writer disputes movie critic’s prowess

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Travis Lisle

I have major beef with Movie Man.

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Vacation – WE all need it; Time to stop skipping time off

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Richard Greene

As Father's Day approaches, I'm thankful for the many qualities that I inherited from the patriarch of our family.

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Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.

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So long, Mrs. Berry; DHS journalism class ‘changed my life’

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Rachael Ussery

Cindy Berry. The name has positive connotations, so positive, magnificent and deeply admired that no other name can come close to replacing it in room A201 at Decatur High School.

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Drowning in a sea of chaos and loving it

Published Saturday, June 6, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

My life is complete chaos. I should really end this column with that sentence, so I don't waste any more ink expanding on how my life choices turned a relatively sane man into the slobbering fool I am today.

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Excitement as lake fills, residents test waters

Published Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Well, my dad was right. About four months ago, I shared in a column my longing for Lake Bridgeport to fill up, and with an unexpected wave of rainfall it did, officially reaching capacity on May 27.

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