Survive spring in Wise County

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By David Talley

As we roll into spring this week, it's important to stay aware of the safety issues North Texans are likely to face in the coming season.

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Ruby Ridge is right around the corner

Published Saturday, March 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I think social media is turning us all into extremists.

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We need a wake-up call from our phones

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I remember when phones were devices we used to talk to people. They were not portable, and they did nothing more than connect us to the person on the other end of the line so we could communicate.

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State budget progresses toward vote by full Senate

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Finance Committee, at work on the 2018-2019 state budget since January, on March 16 approved workgroup recommendations in preparation for a final vote.

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Keep Wise wild

Published Saturday, March 18, 2017
By David Talley

For as long as I've been back home from college, the quiet roads and open hillsides of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands have been my favorite place. As a cyclist and outdoorsman, having 20,250 acres of protected land and water within just a few miles of my home has been a real treat.

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Meeting a stranger on the road

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Richard Greene

The sports desk gets pretty crazy in the spring and this year was at another level. With a total of 12 basketball teams in the playoffs, playing games all across North Texas, it meant several late nights.

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Federal court panel rules against Texas redistricting plan

Published Wednesday, March 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three of Texas' 36 congressional districts are unconstitutional because of racial or political gerrymandering, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled on March 10.

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Reaching out to devastated Panhandle communities

Published Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Wildfires have scorched the Panhandle this week, resulting in the loss of life and destruction of homes and acreage.

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It’s your right, it’s your business

Published Saturday, March 11, 2017
By Jim Zachary

Every action of government is your business. Every document held in government halls is your piece of paper. Every penny spent by government is your money.

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Methamphetamine still a big problem in Wise

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Brian Knox

Wise County appears to be losing the war on methamphetamine. While marijuana seems to make the news most often on a national level, methamphetamine still seems to be the drug of choice on the local level.

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House, Senate approve bills to protect children in foster system

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Both houses of the Texas Legislature last week passed bills to improve the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's call for emergency action to improve child protection programs.

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Driving hogs proves to be tedious task

Published Saturday, March 4, 2017
By David Talley

This is the story of a pig. And a boy. They did not get along.

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Teamwork sabotaged by Pig’s stubborn streak

Published Saturday, March 4, 2017
By Racey Burden

You can now call me the Hog Queen of Wise County. Or don't. I don't really want, or deserve, that title.

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Oscar ‘oops’ hits a nerve in the newsroom

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

My husband and I sat bleary-eyed on the couch watching the Oscars Sunday night after an afternoon of Youth Fair prep with the kids. I'm not even sure why we were glued to the TV, other than we were too tired to move. After all, I had seen only one Best Picture nominee and didn't have a personal stake in the outcome. Yet, we watched.

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Federal judge sides with plaintiffs in Planned Parenthood case

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texans who rely on Planned Parenthood as a medical care provider won't have to seek those services elsewhere, pending an upcoming trial.

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Mending fences while building walls

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By Joy Carrico

Things aren't good with our neighbor to the South. Why is Mexico upset with us? Well, we want to build a wall to keep people from illegally crossing the border from Mexico, and we want Mexico to pay for it.

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Popularity isn’t everything

Published Saturday, February 25, 2017
By David Talley

Last summer, I wrote a feature article on local teenagers playing the Pokemon GO smartphone game. If you missed the article, the game takes fictional creatures from the animated Pokemon television series and places them in the real world, using your phone's GPS and camera.

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Tougher laws can also make it tougher for victims

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Brian Knox

The discussion around mandatory minimum sentences usually involves drug offenses. But last week we saw an example locally of another type of mandatory minimum sentencing - one involving sexual abuse of a child.

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Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump's executive order for an immigration crackdown.

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College board antics only reinforce the need for Wise representation

Published Saturday, February 18, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The shenanigans at Weatherford College headquarters the last few weeks are perfect examples of why Wise County needs a voting seat on its board of directors.

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