Finding new motivation in a new year

Published Saturday, January 14, 2017
By David Talley

I'm really not big on New Year's resolutions. According to statisticbrain.com, only 9.2 percent of people who make resolutions feel they were successful in achieving them.

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A-F system demoralizing, sets public schools up to fail

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Racey Burden

The Texas Education Agency notified school districts of their provisional grades under the proposed A-F accountability system Friday, and many Wise County schools were shocked to see "C"s, "D"s and "F"s.

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What my kids learned from their ‘F’ school

Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017
By Rob Thornell

Tonight, just for fun, I asked my youngest daughter (fourth grade) if she had to give her school a grade what would she give it. "An A+!" she said enthusiastically.

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A super idea for a new kind of holiday tradition

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Brian Knox

We're ending a week where no doubt many of us completed the task of taking down Christmas decorations and packing up our ornaments and our memories for another 11 months or so.

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Warming up to the idea of snowy weather

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

"Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow ... I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow ... I long to clear a path and lift a spade of snow ..." Or ... not.

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Hockey’s got nothing on baseball

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Joy Carrico

The Fella loves hockey. He even plays hockey. As his loyal and loving girlfriend, I have made an effort to understand and enjoy this game. In fact, I have often been one of two or three people freezing in the metal bleachers as he plays in league hockey.

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Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

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Holdman’s time in Wise was short, but showstopping

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Richard Greene

For two seasons, Keenan Holdman dazzled Bridgeport fans and the rest of the Wise County with his ability to create breathtaking plays on the football field and basketball court. But even more impressive was Holdman's drive and willingness to lead in any situation.

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Remembering a unique person and a unique year

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's impossible for me to remember the reason for the call or even the bulk of my first conversation with former Wise County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Doug Whitehead back in the summer of 2000, but I clearly remember how the conversation started.

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Dance teacher embodies poise, perseverance

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

When I first met ballet teacher Karen Smith, I was incredibly self-conscious in her presence. She is a woman of precision, discipline and quiet fortitude.

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Justin crew showed the beauty of family

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By David Talley

Sitting at the Capener family dinner table at their home in Justin, it's hard not to smile.

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Working my way through it

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Racey Burden

Sometimes the closer you are to a story, the more difficult it can be to write.

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Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

Published Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse's aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon's Christmas decoration.

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Studying the best and worst of holiday hits

Published Saturday, December 24, 2016
By Racey Burden

This time of year, if you listen to the radio at all, you're constantly bombarded with Christmas music. I really don't like Christmas music. I know, I know. How horribly Grinch-like of me.

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Wise County Person of the Year

Wise County Person of the Year

Published Wednesday, December 21, 2016
By Messenger Staff

For the first time, the Wise County Messenger is naming a Person of the Year. The nominees, as chosen by the newsroom staff, include Sheriff Lane Akin, Decatur First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Gerre Joiner, real estate developer Mark Moran, Bridgeport Mayor Randy Singleton and Aurora City Administrator Toni Wheeler.

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Kids, don’t eat this at home

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By Racey Burden

The smell of icing made me feel nauseous by the end of David and I's "holiday structure" building experiment (we could call them gingerbread houses, but that's factually incorrect and we're journalists - don't work for Breitbart).

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Geometry is no joke this holiday season

Published Saturday, December 17, 2016
By David Talley

I may never touch sugar again. In our latest joint-column, Racey and I challenged each other to build gingerbread houses, with a few exceptions - no pre-made kits and all building materials had to be edible.

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Over the river and through the woods …

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

The holidays are a time of traditions - both big and small. Growing up, many of those centered around my grandparents' homes in Saint Jo. Every holiday we would hit both places: Grandma's house, a large, chaotic affair; and MaMa and PaPa's home, a smaller group, but just as loud and fun.

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Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

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A (third graders-inspired) letter to Santa

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Brian Knox

Dear Santa, We here at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur, Texas, U.S.A., know the importance of planning ahead for any possible problems that may arise in our production of a newspaper so that we can ensure the timely delivery of said newspaper by our deadline.

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