Lack of leadership: Dysfunction at DISD not halting success of students, teachers

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Roy J. Eaton

Here's the good news about the Decatur school system. Despite the dysfunction at the administration building and on the school board, dedicated teachers and students are doing quite well.

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Emoji worth 1000 words

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Do you have an iPhone? Yes? Keep reading.

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A flight to remember

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As I strolled through the post-Black Friday mire at the TJ Maxx in my hometown of Prosper and saw the crumpled packaging for a once awesome piece of aeronautical engineering in the bargain bin, I didn't hesitate.

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Let’s take driving cues from the Italians

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Jeannine Eaton

Three serious accidents within a week in Wise County should remind us that when we are driving, we need to stay focused on what we're doing.

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Remembering warmer times

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Mack Thweatt

One of my least favorite things in the entire universe is cold weather. When the temperature dips below 65, I don't function well. I don't function real well above 65 anymore honestly, but that's another story for another time.

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Crater of goodwill; Pothole brings community together

Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I dedicate "We Are the World," written by Michael Jackson, to Ashley Wiley of Paradise. With one simple, silly stunt, Wiley brought a community together and made everyone smile. We have bonded over a pothole.

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We won’t come back till it’s over ‘Over There’

Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

I love putting together the Veterans Day section every year. I start thinking about it months ahead of time. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it seemed obvious to concentrate on WWI for this year's edition.

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Why we honor our veterans

Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
By Gerre Joiner

Recently, my grandchildren were out of school for the day and I wondered why. I had forgotten that it was Columbus Day.

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Fringe benefits: Rediscovering the honor of life on the front row

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As the Decatur Police escort lit up its lamps, leading a caravan of family members, Hawkins Funeral home hearses and a pair of scruffy media blokes from Bridgeport to Decatur city limits, Joe Duty, the photographer of note at the Messenger, looked at my grin and nodded.

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Welcoming the end of straight-party ballots

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

After weeks of reading endorsement columns, studying the League of Women Voters guide and doing some independent research on various candidates, I carefully went through the sample ballot again Wednesday morning.

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We serve many roles

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Richard Greene

A week ago a man came into the office, expressing his concern about a human interest feature on the front page of the Messenger. "It's not news," he said repeatedly.

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Can nation endure on present course?

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Eddie Dunlap

A political polarization of the United States has come to fruition as feared by the founders of our nation.

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A week washed away

Published Saturday, October 6, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

In the year of our Lord 2018, a flood of epic proportions cascaded through Decatur High School. As Mother Nature spit in the eye of DISD administration and the campus closure was announced, trouble brewed in households across the district. There was an uprising of younger siblings.

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Practice, plan to be efficient in emergencies

Published Saturday, September 29, 2018
By Cody Powell

I attended a Chico event called Thunderfest a few weekends ago. This used to be called Meet the Dragons, but with a new athletic director comes a new logo, culture and catchphrase: Bring the Thunder.

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Wise as it was worn

Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
By Joy Carrico

One of my favorite things in old newspapers is the clothing advertisements. I like them because they represent what merchants thought women in Wise County might buy at the time.

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Sick as a hog, but worth every second

Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
By Austin Jackson

For the past week, you could hear a jingle in my pocket. Cough drops and over-the-counter medicine rattled like maracas as I traipsed around Wise County.

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Curating the soundtrack of Wise

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

It's no secret that music takes us to a specific time and place. We use it to soothe ourselves, amp ourselves up, even further a pity party from time to time. A particular beat can make your heart skip, and lyrics tied to certain memories bring on waves of emotions.

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Punctuation, celebrate responsibly

Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
By Brian Knox

My son and I were watching "Avengers: Infinity War" recently when he made an observation about the fate of one of the characters. I'll try not to spoil it, but somebody dies.

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Keep jeers to yourself

Published Saturday, September 1, 2018
By Reece Waddell

During the first high school football game I covered, a kid muffed a punt in a critical situation. It wasn't an easy play to make, and realistically, he should have just let the ball roll into the end zone.

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Running relationships: Consider widening your social circle

Published Saturday, September 1, 2018
By Richard Greene

On the last weekend of August 2003, I made the early Sunday morning trek from my apartment near the University of North Texas to a parking lot near the Physical Education Building to meet a group of strangers to run.

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