‘There’s a tear in my beer’

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Richard Greene

Growing up in rural North Texas, I've always fashioned myself as a man's man - a tough exterior and even harder on the inside.

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DPS takes precautions at capitol

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Enhanced security measures have been implemented at the state capitol complex and grounds, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Jan. 11.

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Do as I say, not as I do – get a flu shot

Published Saturday, January 13, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Last week driving home from work I felt noticeably more tired than normal. While the gorgeous scenery along U.S. Highway 380 from Decatur to Denton is usually enough to keep me wide awake, this drive had a much different feel to it.

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Incentives needed to protect city jewel

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Messenger Staff

It wasn't that long ago that Decatur was a ghost town after 5 p.m., but thanks to several new boutiques and restaurants, today the square is jumping day and night. Sadly, that could all go up in smoke with one devastating fire because roughly half of the properties on the square don't have sprinkler systems installed.

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FEMA clears way for public assistance to churches that aid in disasters

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 3 announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approval of their request to allow churches and religious organizations to receive the same public assistance available to other nonprofits aiding in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

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Headline prediction time, 2018 edition

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Brian Knox

Now that we've said a fond farewell to 2017, we can turn our full attention forward to a new year. On occasion in the past, we've come up with headlines we'd like to see for the coming year.

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Rose Bowl trip was great, except for the ending

Published Saturday, January 6, 2018
By Racey Burden

This past week I was lucky enough to get to check off four of my bucket list items - I got to go to Los Angeles for the first time, saw the Rose Parade, watched the Rose Bowl live and experienced a college football playoff game.

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Changing roles; Ready for new challenge

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting around the office at The Pilot Point Post-Signal in the early 2000s, I picked up a copy of the Wise County Messenger that was lying around.

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Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives' preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.

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Civics, current events lesson

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Richard Greene

Over the summer, I was contacted about three Decatur students - Ty Watson, Alec Uselton and Charlie Doubrava - attending Texas Boys State. As a history nerd and political science junkie, I thought it would be a fun profile to write.

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Who ya gonna call? Ghost-hunting equals great fun in 2017

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

As the saying goes, a good reporter knows a little about a lot of things. As 2017 draws to a close, I can confidently add ghost-hunting to that list.

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2017 in Review: When disaster hit, Wise responded

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Brian Knox

So often, the news we report is tragic in some way. And the damage brought to South Texas by Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey in August was no exception.

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2017 in Review: Young woman overcomes obstacles to citizenship

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017
By Racey Burden

This summer, I received a call that is pretty typical in the newsroom - someone with a story.

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What it’s really all about

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

One of my favorite Christmas decorations is a tiny nativity scene atop my piano. It's not fancy or elaborate. It's quite cheap actually - a gift from my grandmother many years ago.

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Ready to begin new sports adventures

Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Reece Waddell

Hello, Wise County! My name is Reece Waddell, and I'm the Wise County Messenger's new sports editor.

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Santa responds to children’s essays

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
By Santa Claus

Hello Wise County. Have you all been good this year? I'll be visiting you soon.

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Abbott asks Rangers to investigate reports of misconduct

Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Gov. Greg Abbott has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by Texas Juvenile Justice Department personnel.

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Wise County Person of the Year 2017

Published Saturday, December 16, 2017
By Messenger Staff

For the second year, the Wise County Messenger will name a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include community activist Bryson Boyd, retired educator Kim Dunlap, Boyd ISD coach Oscar Hernandez, Bridgeport city councilman Kevin Lopez and local Live Thankfully founder Dr. Dan Mallory.

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Return to sender: Sending the family elf back to the North Pole

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Our Elf on a Shelf has been laid off. It was a tough conversation, but I had to let Chisbee go. He simply wasn't working very hard anymore; he'd lost his zest for the holiday hoopla.

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Abbott picks TCEQ to manage Clean Air settlement funds

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 4 announced his selection of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as the lead agency for Texas' participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust.

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