All Around Wise: Boyd ISD starts large task of replacing West

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Richard Greene

Three jobs ago for yours truly, I interviewed Ted West in September 2012. The longtime educator had just been named the lone finalist to be the superintendent at Boyd after carrying out a variety of roles in the district, including and not limited to assistant superintendent, high school principal and interim superintendent. I'm sure dishwasher and ball boy were filled somewhere along the way.

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All the Wiser: J.T. Brown and J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

The historical marker, which was put in place in 1969, in front of the Brown Hotel in Chico reads, in part: "Col. J.T. Brown founded town of Chico in 1876; built this hotel in 1888.

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Arrested Developments: Remembering officers killed in line of duty

Published Saturday, May 18, 2019
By Brian Knox

You may have noticed flags flying at half-mast this past week, particularly on Wednesday, and wondered why that was.

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All Around Wise: Enjoy the next chapter, lessons grads

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Richard Greene

Over the past three days, the Messenger staff has been toiling away to put the finishing touches on the 2019 Graduation section. The section always produces a bit of stress due to the tight deadlines from the release of the names of the valedictorians and salutatorians and getting the issue to the press in time for the first graduation.

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All the Wiser: J.T. Brown and the fight fatality

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

I want to do something a little different. I'm inspired by the popularity of multi-part podcasts and documentaries that take their time to tell a story.

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Arrested Developments: Suspect tosses puppy during pursuit

Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
By Brian Knox

After two weeks in a row of talking about K9 officers, I had intended to write about something non-dog-related in this week's column.

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All Around Wise: Mayhew’s heart bigger than frame

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Richard Greene

The credenza behind my desk looks more like an early 1980s toy chest than something you might expect in an editor's office. Along with pictures of me with my wife, brothers and Boston Marathon winner and Olympics medalist Meb Keflezighi is my ever-growing toy figurine collection.

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All the Wiser: The other W.T. Waggoner

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

W. Calvin Fields of Decatur wrote to me. While looking over headstones in Bluegrove Cemetery in Clay County, he came across the grave of W.T. Waggoner.

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Arrested Developments: Officer receives potential lifesaving donation

Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Brian Knox

Last week in this space, I recognized the recent fine work of some of the local law enforcement K9 officers.

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How to run a railroad … engine

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019
By Gerre Joiner

Every once in a while, someone wanders in to the outer office (Whataburger) and makes life bigger and better for us old coots who usually talk about the same things every day.

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All Around Wise: Appraisals start search for answers

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Richard Greene

In the past week, many of us peered into the mailbox to see the envelope from the appraisal district. I first closed the mailbox and hoped it would disappear before I reached back in and grudgingly pulled the envelope out.

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All the Wiser: Mystery mansion

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Joseph Levings stated on Facebook: "My children have asked several times about El Castile that seems to be abandoned."

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Arrested Developments: Successful week for K9 sleuthing

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Brian Knox

Most of the time when police dogs make the news, it's for sniffing out drugs, which often leads to an arrest for a sizable amount of illegal substances.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Downtown sounds – Stoney LaRue, Moses Snow set to perform in Decatur Sun and Sounds

Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
By Austin Jackson

The stars at night will be big and bright deep in the heart of Decatur this summer.

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All Around Wise: Use the force – vote

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Richard Greene

It's election season again. I know it doesn't seem that long ago that we were at the polls picking out a senator, governor and deciding on annexation rights.

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All the Wiser: Glass from the past

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Annette Craze Stephens asked via Facebook: "What about Decatur Glass Company?" There's a lot about that. There's the actual company.

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Arrested Developments: Dispatchers always answer the call

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Brian Knox

This past week has been National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week - a time set aside the second full week each April to honor those men and women who are the first to answer the call for help.

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Arrested Developments: Decatur PD to hold active shooter training

Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
By Brian Knox

The Decatur Police Department wants local churches to be prepared in case of an active shooter situation.

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All Around Wise: Surprised by lack of decision

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Richard Greene

My wise sophomore reporting professor Keith Shelton told our class many moons ago to never show up to a meeting and not know how a vote would go. Monday night, I violated the great Shelton's golden rule.

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All the Wiser: They played the game in spite of hell

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Rosalie Gregg asked me to find out about the Lost Battalion's motto "We Play the Game." She wanted to know what it means.

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