Stay cool and get ready for school

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Brian Knox

The calendar says school is just around the corner, but the thermometer says summer is just heating up. I check the National Weather Service forecast each day for various alerts, and lately the description for the daily weather just says "Hot" with a graphic of a blazing yellow sun.

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Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters.

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Catching laughs with lures

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I come from a fishing family, yet, I do not fish. My teenage son, on the other hand, has had a pole in his hand since he was 2 years old thanks to my dad, aka Pop Pop.

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Establishing boundaries as impressive as milestone

Published Saturday, July 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

We Rangers fans are all very excited for Adrian Beltre to reach the milestone of 3,000 hits.

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Growing not a pain

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Racey Burden

I've seen a lot of complaints about growth lately, especially at public meetings and in the Facebook comments of the Messenger posts. New retail possibly coming to Bridgeport? Stay away, this is a rural community.

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Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.

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Back in the saddle; A log of my 2017 bicycle races so far

Published Saturday, July 15, 2017
By David Talley

I wrote a column in January about plans to revisit bicycle racing this year after barely pedaling anywhere in 2016. I raced a variety of events in college, hitting the road almost every weekend of both semesters to travel around the state for cycling events. But since then I've been off my bike more than in the saddle.

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Use your teacher voice and call Austin

Published Saturday, July 15, 2017
By Suzanne Bardwell

I have spilled barrels of ink in columns on the joys of being a teacher, but now some ink needs to be spilled to get educators the help we need.

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Lamenting the ‘lone finalist’

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Bob Buckel

I was in Wenatchee, Wash., recently - the real Washington, where they grow apples - and I saw an article in the newspaper that piqued my interest.

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Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Ed Sterling

A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big.

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Paying to play

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, I was consumed by baseball. I lived, breathed and even dreamed about it. Throwing dozens of balls daily through a tire in the backyard, I was convinced with enough practice that I could be the next Roger Clemens.

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Who are our enemies, foreign and domestic?

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I went to the Rangers game on July 4th. Before the game, more than 100 Air Force recruits were sworn in.

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Trump cultivates juvenile, name-calling culture

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I scrolled through my Twitter feed Sunday morning and did a doubletake. I only glanced at a video edited to make it appear President Donald Trump was "beating up" CNN, assuming it was tweeted by some jokester, but was shocked to see it was posted by the president himself.

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Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18.

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Cheerful and beer-full; Brewski doesn’t make everything better

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By David Talley

Back in March, Racey and I planned to hold an office baking contest to celebrate Wise County Youth Fair weekend and all the preparation our local kids put into the annual event.

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Lemon recipe proves to be ray of sunshine

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Racey Burden

Do you know the muffin man? Because I don't, but I'm pretty sure his mild-mannered alter ego doesn't work at the Messenger.

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The Tribes’ wildlife spotting rules

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Tribe crew recently embarked on an outdoor adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and somewhere between Dalhart and Denver I decided we needed some rules.

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First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Ed Sterling

State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana border on June 22.

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Parents say the darndest things

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Richard Greene

It's happened. I've officially become my parents. I've tried to fight it as I've warped toward middle age. I even abandoned cargo shorts to slow the pace thanks to the ridicule of the Millennials in the office, but it's not helped.

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Art that’s made to order

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I was recently contacted by an old friend via email. I updated her that I had changed from my previous career to graphic design.

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