Learning to appreciate needed advice

Published Saturday, March 31, 2018
By Richard Greene

Every once in a while, the advice of my childhood best friend William Charles Janke IV creeps into the my conscience: "We work to live; not live to work."

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Perilous pursuit of Peter Cottontail

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

"Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way ..." And now, I present to you a cautionary tale for anyone considering trying to catch that cottontail.

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Bombing suspect ends own life

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
By Ed Sterling

The primary suspect in a string of terrorist-style bombings died in his pickup truck March 21.

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Of baseball and birthdays

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Brian Knox

My wife recently bought a new seasonal decoration for our front door. It's a small, burlap wall hanging squared off on the top and sides, while the bottom is "V" shaped. Each day as I pass by it, the shape reminds me of something very familiar: the home plate of a baseball diamond.

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Places to go and people to see

Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
By Racey Burden

Not this weekend but next, I'll be heading to Saint Jo on a special "Daytripper"-style assignment for the Messenger.

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Eat corn, kill the Kaiser!

Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Joy Carrico

"FACE the FACTS" declared the March 15, 1918, Wise County Messenger. The war situation was critical and unless our boys fought like they had never fought before, defeat threatened. Hungry soldiers couldn't fight their best, and wheat was the thing to save them. We needed to feed our soldiers, and most of Europe, all the wheat we could spare. It was the best food to fight on.

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Appellate court’s ruling on immigration law draws reactions

Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 13 praised a ruling by a panel of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholding a new state law that bans sanctuary cities.

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‘Your’ show reaches 66th year

Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
By Racey Burden

Today the Wise County Youth Fair is a week-long affair with hundreds of contests that takes over the Wise County Fairgrounds every March, filling barn after barn with animals, crafts, food and kids. It started out much smaller.

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Searching for man’s best friend

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Reece Waddell

It's been 22 years, but finally, the time has come that I no longer get to enjoy the luxury of spring break. After years of relaxing for a week in the middle of March, I now get to enjoy the true wonder of adulthood and work while all of my college buddies party in Galveston, Corpus Christi or Florida.

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Primary turnout increases

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

In early voting, Texans participated in greater numbers in the state Democratic primary than the Republican primary, but on Election Day, March 6, the Republican turnout exceeded the Democratic turnout by half a million votes.

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Stay involved: United parents promote needed sense of community

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Monday night a large group of parents filled the Chisholm Trail Middle School library to voice their concerns about the school and the possibility of seeing its enrollment cut by more than half next school year with the opening of Adams Middle School.

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Voice over: Croaking my way through election coverage

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

My super-human immune system failed me at the worst possible time - primary election day.

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Don’t forget your local elections

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

As I'm writing this column, voting for the March primary closes in an hour. As you're reading it, the primary is over and everyone knows who will be headed to our November county, state and national elections.

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Abbott orders increased security at JUCOs

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for immediate action to ensure the safety of Texas' junior college campuses following a Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

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Splits show strength

Published Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting at the back of the Northwest ISD boardroom Monday night, I was stunned watching the hands rise for the vote on proposed attendance boundaries - three for, and then three against. What? A split vote?

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What’s the duel? Making sense of 19th century men

Published Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Joy Carrico

After researching two men - Henry Wise and Stephen Decatur - for the Messenger's Wise As It Was page, I could not fail to notice that duels played a part in each man's story.

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Voting – why bother?

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

Don't vote. Your voice doesn't need to be heard. You've got plenty of reasons: no time, bad weather, lack of knowledge about where the candidates stand on the issues, lack of qualified candidates, perhaps.

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Governor orders action to address safety at schools

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath Feb. 21, ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the multi-fatality shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Feb. 14.

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Security measures needed at DHS

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

Last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., left me not only heartsick for the families affected, but also teary as I contemplated, 'What if that happened here?'

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Losing weight, school nickname

Published Saturday, February 24, 2018
By Reece Waddell

If you're like me, you have probably tried dieting a time or two in your life.

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