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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The evolution of first days

Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

My husband and I agreed to split the first-day dropoffs this year since we have two teenagers now - one at the middle school and one in high school.

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TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings

Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released Aug. 8 by the Texas Education Agency.

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Hey, I still like it here

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Well, Wise County, I've worked for the Messenger for one month now, and I'm glad to report I'm no longer sleeping on an air mattress. Huzzah, air pump - begone! I, Austin Jackson, currently sleep on a bonafide box spring.

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Into new movie rating territory

Published Saturday, August 11, 2018
By Brian Knox

I love going to the movies, but when you have younger children, those trips to the theater often result in watching something in the animated category.

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Gilded age looks toward digital age

Published Saturday, August 4, 2018
By Joy Carrico

In the June 29, 1893, issue of the Decatur News, an article was reprinted from the Atlanta Constitution called "A Dream of 1993." The author, Robert L. Adams, predicted how the world would be 100 years in his future.

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Fire season is here, unfortunately

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Few people have worked harder over the past couple of weeks than area firefighters. Soaring temperatures, lack of rainfall and low humidity levels have created near perfect fire conditions.

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Get me outta this buffalo jam

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I don't care if I ever see another bison. I saw several hundred, and then some, this summer in Yellowstone National Park, and more often than not they were in the way.

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Love at first sight

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Have you ever met someone and it just clicked? It's uncommon, for me at least. But every once in a while, you cross paths with someone, and lay down a wry observation or a corny pun, and all of the sudden you're off to the races, riffing on the way towards becoming fast friends.

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Paxton sends letters to cities that passed bag ban ordinances

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on July 2 notified 11 Texas cities that their ordinances against plastic shopping bags had been knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court.

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Renshaw made numerous contributions

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Roy J. Eaton

If the editors of the dictionary had known Sam Renshaw, his name would be the only definition you needed for integrity.

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