Get me outta this buffalo jam

Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I don't care if I ever see another bison. I saw several hundred, and then some, this summer in Yellowstone National Park, and more often than not they were in the way.

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Love at first sight

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Austin Jackson

Have you ever met someone and it just clicked? It's uncommon, for me at least. But every once in a while, you cross paths with someone, and lay down a wry observation or a corny pun, and all of the sudden you're off to the races, riffing on the way towards becoming fast friends.

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Paxton sends letters to cities that passed bag ban ordinances

Published Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on July 2 notified 11 Texas cities that their ordinances against plastic shopping bags had been knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court.

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Renshaw made numerous contributions

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Roy J. Eaton

If the editors of the dictionary had known Sam Renshaw, his name would be the only definition you needed for integrity.

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Saying so long, thank you

Published Saturday, July 7, 2018
By Racey Burden

It's time for me to say goodbye, and I really don't know how. For the past three years, my day-to-day life has revolved around the Wise County Messenger.

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The free press is under attack

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Brian Knox

This column was intended to focus on media literacy. The plan was to explain the importance of being able to identify certain aspects of media, including who created it, why it was created, what view points are being described and who is the intended audience?

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Lessons learned through the lens

Published Saturday, June 30, 2018
By Joe Duty

What do photographers do on vacation? Take pictures, of course.

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Time for DISD to press reset

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Richard Greene

The long two weeks of speculation and turmoil at Decatur ISD ended Monday after the 10th hour of trustees meeting behind closed doors to discuss the contract and job performance of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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Planes, trains and change

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Racey Burden

Soon I'll be leaving Wise County behind and moving to Houston, and I've been thinking a lot about planes and trains.

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School board lacks transparency

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Messenger Staff

We have some questions and many concerns. First, how can the Decatur School Board meet behind closed doors for seven hours on a single agenda item, and then come out and say nothing?

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Coming home to a cemetery

Published Saturday, June 9, 2018
By Brian Knox

A question was asked in the newsroom recently about some items in Update. "What's a cemetery homecoming?"

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Shower me with household items

Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I've bought two wedding shower gifts in the last seven days. After perusing the registries at places like Anthropologie, Bed Bath and Beyond, West Elm, Target and the like, I had a single thought. I want one.

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My struggles with smoking

Published Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Joe Lambert

Each time I see a group of people huddled together outside a building with smoke flying from the cigarettes they are smoking, it reminds me of my youth when I sneaked away from the school recess and grabbed a smoke.

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The future is in good hands

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

A long-standing national pastime is worrying what will happen to the country when it's handed off to the next generation. I know I helped produce my fair share of doubt on Generation X carrying the torch, while playing Super Mario Brothers and listening to a string of one-hit wonders instead of being productive.

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New anthem policy isn’t about patriotism

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Reece Waddell

For many, Sunday afternoons in the fall are usually spent in front of a TV watching NFL football. In the United States - and especially in Texas - football is an institution. A pastime.

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Life lessons from Mom, with love

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Kristen Tribe

I'm in my 40s, but I still need my mom. To this day I crave her hugs, seek her advice and cherish her listening ear. When I need to "get away," my parents' home is still a sweet respite from the stress of this world.

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Get that man some cowboy boots

Published Saturday, May 12, 2018
By Joy Carrico

In the May 20, 1943, issue of the Wise County Messenger, a news article called "'Touch of Texas' In Philly Marine's Walk" was published.

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Church must take stand

Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
By Racey Burden

If you weren't raised as a Southern Baptist, you'd probably never heard of Paige Patterson until this week.

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Crash course puppy training

Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
By Reece Waddell

Sunday will be one month since my girlfriend and I brought home our first puppy. And let's just say it has been an interesting four weeks.

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DNA provides glimpse into the past

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Brian Knox

I received an email last week saying the results of my DNA sample that I had sent to a genealogy service were available. Perhaps fittingly, it arrived on my son's birthday.

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