Model for making our community better

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, my family owned and operated a small printing business. Part of running a family-owned business were long hours and few days off between all the demands from payroll, accounts receivable to managing employees. Just finding time to sleep was difficult enough.

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The value of citizen participation

Published Saturday, November 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

Earlier this week I attended a Bridgeport City Council meeting with a very important vote on the agenda - one for which I assumed I already knew the final outcome.

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Social media fuels compulsive quest for validation

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I have a friend in graduate school who called me the other night because, she said, she felt like either the world was crazy or she was. As a part of her studies, she works with undergraduate students. She told me that for days she felt like everyone around her was hopped up on something, and there was this feeling of a whole conversation that was going on in which she was not involved.

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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

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Wanted: kid car service

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Heads up, entrepreneurs: I have an idea for you. While burning gas and time in the school pick-up lines, I often fantasize about a kid Uber.

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For the love of the game

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017
By Racey Burden

Sometimes, I wonder if being a sports fan is worth it. I have loved Oklahoma Sooners football with all my heart for as long as I can remember.

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Thoughts and prayers

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Messenger Staff

As of Nov. 7, there have been 21 mass shootings in the United States in 2017 where four or more people have died.

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Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

Published Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

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Deck the halls for election season

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"It's the most wonderful time ... of the year ..." (Everyone, sing!) "It's the hap-happiest season of all ..." Oh, wait. You thought this was about Christmas? Not. At. All. I'm talking about election season.

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Experiencing the Pine Tree State

Published Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella and I took a trip to New England this fall. We were told over and over "Oooh. It will be BEAUTIFUL!" New England in the fall. It's so idyllic it's almost a cliche.

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The 1980s are alive and well in pop culture

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Brian Knox

There is no doubt that the hottest decade of the moment in popular culture has to be the 1980s. This wave of '80s mania is no doubt fueled by many film and television directors close in age to myself who grew up in that decade and are now tapping into our need for childhood nostalgia as we enter into middle age.

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Paxton asks high court to approve court-drawn House maps

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 27 filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that required nine of the state's 150 House districts to be redrawn.

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Sharing my ghost stories

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Richard Greene

I try to approach everything with an open mind. I know there's plenty out there that can't be explained with logic or theory. Do I believe in aliens? Well, as big as the universe is, I don't know how we can rule it out.

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What we learned while ghost hunting

Published Saturday, October 28, 2017
By Racey Burden and Kristen Tribe

There's more (or perhaps less) to a real ghost hunting adventure than what you see on TV. "This is not 'Ghost Hunters,'" Jennifer DeMoss told us as we prepared to set out on a search for the paranormal in Wise County.

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Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials - either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane - can create an online list for donors to access.

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Looking back: Reporter discusses successes, shortcomings on the job

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By David Talley

When something ends, you always think about the words you didn't say. I'm leaving the Messenger, bound for somewhere new, and my departure has definitely caused me to think about the questions I didn't ask and the columns and stories I didn't write.

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Tier one braggart

Published Saturday, October 21, 2017
By Racey Burden

A little known fact about the newsroom at the Messenger - we keep a running list of brags everyone in the office makes.

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It happened to me, too

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Racey Burden

Me, too. My Facebook feed was flooded with these posts this week. Me too, me too, me too, all sharing stories of sexual harassment suffered by the poster, mostly women. Well, me too.

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State creates mental health task force for Harvey-affected schools

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

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Scaring up good stories

Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. Mostly hate. When I was little, I couldn't even walk down the Halloween aisle at Walmart with all the masks staring at me from every direction. It was terrifying.

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