All Around Wise: Local leaders provide guidance after tragedies

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Richard Greene

We were saddened this week to learn of another tragic death due to an accident on Farm Road 730 with the passing of Winogene Mayfield.

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All the Wiser: No snake eyes for the county seat

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Chris Thacker of Rhome asked: "What is 'Eighter from Decatur' in reference to?" After he posted the question on the Messenger's Facebook page, another follower, Rena Morey, replied: "Because it rhymes, lol."

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Arrested Developments: At least the phone was smart

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Brian Knox

Technology may have helped solve the case of a couple of stolen vehicles out of Bridgeport recently.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Underestimate at your own risk

Published Saturday, February 9, 2019
By Austin Jackson

When I go out on story assignments, my responsibilities often get in the way of working to understand something fully.

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Embracing change: Messenger debuts new weekly features

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

A quote I've embraced over nearly two decades in this career is "the only constant in life is change." It took a Google search to realize that Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the originator of the phrase, urging us to embrace change.

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All the Wiser: History of a pioneer’s home

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

"I have always been curious about the history of my childhood home in Decatur, 126 Greenwood Road. I was told it was the old 'Fulingham home.' Not sure though. I was also told it was built in the late 1800s. Any idea?"

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Arrested Developments: Decatur’s overall crime numbers down, with one exception

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Brian Knox

Welcome to the first Arrested Developments column, where I'll share some news and views related to law enforcement and criminal justice from a Wise County perspective.

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Keeping Austin Weird: Help wanted

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Austin Jackson

Starting this week I'll be on a mission to scour the culture of Wise County in an attempt to share what makes this place and its people unique.

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Remaining in the program; 26 years after mentorship, ready to lead Mess

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Kristen Tribe

I walked into the Wise County Messenger office for the first time just shy of my 17th birthday. My high school English teacher had reached out to the paper to set up a mentorship program for me. I, along with my parents and teacher, met with publisher Roy Eaton and then-editor Keith Magee to discuss the program and the expectations of all parties.

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Appreciating the badge

Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Austin Jackson

As is tradition, I did my usual scrub through Twitter after waking up Wednesday morning. After scrolling through piping hot sports takes and the rest of the sarcastic fodder I follow I glanced toward the trending sidebar and saw something different.

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Continuing to inspire: Fowler now reaching out to help others

Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Richard Greene

On an unseasonably cold April morning at the McCarroll Middle School track, emotions ran as high as the fierce north wind. It was the first Jackie's Run 5K since the passing of the race's namesake Jackie Murphree.

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Healing: Former meth addict keeps sobriety through giving

Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Austin Jackson

We often hear about the doom of meth: The destruction, the depravity, the consequences. The drug is nasty. It claims lives, across the world and here in Wise County.

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Setting pen aside to listen; Inspiring story hits home

Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Last spring, after finishing up a baseball gamer for the midweek paper, I got a text message I'll never forget. It didn't give me much info, but it had all I needed. Less than 20 minutes away in Chico, the Dragons' starting quarterback, leading scorer in basketball, ace pitcher and salutatorian was racking up accolades in spite of unthinkable tragedy.

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Trial painted a tragic picture

Published Saturday, December 29, 2018
By Brian Knox

I think I spent more time in the Wise County courthouse this year covering trials than ever before. But the one trial that will remain in my memory long after the details of the other trials have faded away is the murder trial of Jake Abel.

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Christmas unwrapped: Paper gets frosty reception from Mrs. Claus

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Brian Knox

Mid-December means one thing around the Messenger newsroom: it's third grade Christmas essay time. We had a lot of great essays submitted this year answering a variety of Christmas-related questions. Many of the kids chose to write about Mrs. Claus, who can often go overlooked by her world-famous husband.

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Be thankful, not offended

Published Saturday, December 15, 2018
By Joe Lambert

'Tis the season to be offended. Yes, and I thought it was a season of Thanksgiving, counting our blessings, giving of gifts and honoring the Christ child.

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Lack of leadership: Dysfunction at DISD not halting success of students, teachers

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Roy J. Eaton

Here's the good news about the Decatur school system. Despite the dysfunction at the administration building and on the school board, dedicated teachers and students are doing quite well.

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Emoji worth 1000 words

Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
By Joy Burgess-Carrico

Do you have an iPhone? Yes? Keep reading.

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A flight to remember

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Austin Jackson

As I strolled through the post-Black Friday mire at the TJ Maxx in my hometown of Prosper and saw the crumpled packaging for a once awesome piece of aeronautical engineering in the bargain bin, I didn't hesitate.

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Let’s take driving cues from the Italians

Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
By Jeannine Eaton

Three serious accidents within a week in Wise County should remind us that when we are driving, we need to stay focused on what we're doing.

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