Quiet public servant will be missed

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

When Earl Smith leaves Decatur in a few days to become director of engineering in League City, he will leave behind a city that is much better for his work over the past eight years.

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Boots and hats

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

We helped our daughter move from Waco to Lewisville this weekend. It was the perfect move. They brought most of their clothes to our house several days ago. We loaded the clothes yesterday and met the family ... and their U-Haul truck ... at their new place in Lewisville.

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Court rules school finance system unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Ed Sterling

When the Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state's school finance system - again.

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Conversation with a famous spokesreptile

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Whoa! I didn't expect to see you in my shower! Well, mate, that makes two of us. I was, hmm, just thinking you might need to, uh, check your, ah ... auto insurance! That's right! Did you know 15 minutes ...

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Educators leave lasting impression

Published Saturday, August 30, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A story in the midweek Messenger featured a trio of sisters. The former Tara, Erica and Lisa Parker have returned to Boyd ISD as a counselor, coach and PE teacher, respectively.

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Confessions of a new middle school mama

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The car door slammed and my son headed to the middle school Monday, never looking back. "It's weird going to Young without him," my daughter said wistfully.

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County processes governor after felony indictment

Published Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block-and-a-half from the Governor's Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left.

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The day our world almost stopped turning

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Donna Bean

There's a song by Alan Jackson titled, "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" Most of us know where we were when major events in our country occurred.

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Videos go viral in icy battle against ALS

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Richard Greene

Log in to a Facebook page or go through your feed on Twitter, and it doesn't take long to come across someone taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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School lunch regulations replacing parents

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Rep. Mac Thornberry

With a new school year just around the corner, part of what school districts, administrators and teachers are preparing for is far-reaching federal food mandates.

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Searching for words

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I was running through the woods, trying to catch up. Ahead of me was an old house, long abandoned and surrounded on all sides by thicket. I say a house - in retrospect, it was more of an ancient shack that likely belonged to a long-gone cotton farmer.

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Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

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The roadside recycler

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, but you're almost certainly a redneck if you could completely furnish several houses just by picking up the furniture that's in your own yard, your neighbors' yards, and alongside the road you live on.

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Scars attest to life’s adventures

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By David Talley

Here's a confession: I watched PG-13 movies long before I had reached the age of 13. In fact, most of my favorite films growing up probably would've been considered inappropriate for children my age (I'd like to apologize to my mother, father and the Motion Picture Association of America).

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Kindness to a rookie not forgotten

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Richard Greene

In the spring of 2000, I felt the urge to chase my passion for sports writing and leave behind the city council and school board meetings that filled most of my nights.

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Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent - the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.

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Didn’t have time for Nixon’s pain

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Forty years was three lifetimes ago. Forty years ago in May, I graduated from high school on a warm, starry Friday night. My buddy Trip and I walked and drove around town the whole night, never settling anywhere, savoring every conversation, every hug, every look as though it might be the last.

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Fresh voices signal positive change at DHS

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Brian Knox

The new school year always offers students and teachers a fresh start.

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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

As election season approaches, I've been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.

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Let the information flow

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

What it really comes down to is osmosis. You remember osmosis from high school science, don't you? That's the process that lets stuff pass through the membrane around your cells.

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