Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017
By Ed Sterling

A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big.

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Paying to play

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Richard Greene

Growing up, I was consumed by baseball. I lived, breathed and even dreamed about it. Throwing dozens of balls daily through a tire in the backyard, I was convinced with enough practice that I could be the next Roger Clemens.

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Who are our enemies, foreign and domestic?

Published Saturday, July 8, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I went to the Rangers game on July 4th. Before the game, more than 100 Air Force recruits were sworn in.

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Trump cultivates juvenile, name-calling culture

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

I scrolled through my Twitter feed Sunday morning and did a doubletake. I only glanced at a video edited to make it appear President Donald Trump was "beating up" CNN, assuming it was tweeted by some jokester, but was shocked to see it was posted by the president himself.

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Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18.

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Cheerful and beer-full; Brewski doesn’t make everything better

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By David Talley

Back in March, Racey and I planned to hold an office baking contest to celebrate Wise County Youth Fair weekend and all the preparation our local kids put into the annual event.

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Lemon recipe proves to be ray of sunshine

Published Saturday, July 1, 2017
By Racey Burden

Do you know the muffin man? Because I don't, but I'm pretty sure his mild-mannered alter ego doesn't work at the Messenger.

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The Tribes’ wildlife spotting rules

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The Tribe crew recently embarked on an outdoor adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and somewhere between Dalhart and Denver I decided we needed some rules.

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First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017
By Ed Sterling

State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas-Louisiana border on June 22.

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Parents say the darndest things

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Richard Greene

It's happened. I've officially become my parents. I've tried to fight it as I've warped toward middle age. I even abandoned cargo shorts to slow the pace thanks to the ridicule of the Millennials in the office, but it's not helped.

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Art that’s made to order

Published Saturday, June 24, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I was recently contacted by an old friend via email. I updated her that I had changed from my previous career to graphic design.

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Choosing to engage: Reporter will respond to Facebook falsehoods from now on

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By David Talley

Last week, I wrote an article about an Aurora city council meeting that included the request for a special-use permit from a corporation that plans to open a drug treatment facility at MD Resort.

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Governor signs 2018-2019, two-year state budget into law

Published Wednesday, June 21, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 12 signed Senate Bill 1, legislation that appropriates some $217 billion to pay for the state's next two-year fiscal period.

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Tragedy and joy shape a new perspective

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017
By J.D. Clark

Ray Wylie Hubbard has a line in a song that goes, "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days." Nothing taught me more about perspective, gratitude and assessing good and bad days than the experiences of losing my father and becoming a father.

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Judge Fostel will be missed

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017
By Brian Knox

If you didn't attend the memorial service for the late 271st District Judge John Fostel last week - and it may only be a few people based on the packed house - you missed a wonderful tribute.

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City hits home run with community fun fest

Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017
By David Talley

Last Saturday I had the honor of helping judge the homemade pie contest at the inaugural city-sponsored Boyd Fun Fest.

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Gov. demands action, calls lawmakers back to Austin

Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18 to address issues that went unresolved during the contentious 140-day regular session that ended May 29.

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What you don’t know about the Sheriff’s Posse Arena

Published Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Gerre Joiner

I went to the Wise County Fairgrounds recently to attend a wonderful bull riding competition. WC Challenger Charities is a non-profit organization that has been raising funds since 2004 for local civic and charitable organizations.

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Perdido en la traduccion (Lost in translation)

Published Saturday, June 10, 2017
By Joy Carrico

On Tuesday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was asked in a radio interview whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies could build a franchise around All-Star outfielder Odubel Herrera. He said no.

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Finding the courage to tri something new

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017
By Richard Greene

A quote that I often turned to for inspiration is by runner and author John Bingham: "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

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