Governor says family of woman who died in custody deserves answers

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University.

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Venting necessary for healthy social life

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By David Talley

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, the character Frank Costanza creates a new holiday for his family to celebrate in lieu of Christmas. One of the main traditions of this holiday, "the airing of grievances," is where participants outline things about others that upset them.

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The story of the squirrel

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

It was raining when I pulled up to Whataburger this morning. I was really pleased to see someone pulling out of a parking spot near the door.

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Family pet is gone but won’t soon be forgotten

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Brian Knox

"Mommy, when does Isis come home from the hospital?" my 4-year-old son asked at the dinner table Monday. I glanced at my wife, Amanda, and I could already see the tears starting to well in her eyes.

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Governor’s order enhances readiness on military bases

Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas.

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Weekly soundtrack falls flat

Published Saturday, July 18, 2015
By Racey Burden

I've wondered for quite some time whether or not there were songs that existed named after every day of the week, and if there were, how accurately they represented their namesake. If you've ever wondered the same thing, you're in luck because I get to write about what I want in this column, and I've decided to review songs named after days of the week.

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Courage award nothing more than publicity stunt

Published Saturday, July 18, 2015
By Travis Lisle

When I heard that Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner would be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPYs, I just shook my head.

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Always look on the bright side of life

Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Today marks my 1,185th day at the paper. It's been a fun trip, and if you weren't aware, I'm riding off into the sunset this week. Just so you know now, I'm not dying.

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Comptroller says state will not borrow to meet budget

Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on July 7 announced his decision not to go the usual route to insure that Texas meets its budgetary obligations.

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Paxton’s opinion misled citizens, dumped issue on clerks

Published Saturday, July 11, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The first same-sex marriage license was issued in Wise County Monday, July 6, after the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision invalidating state bans of same-sex marriage. County Clerk Sherry Lemon immediately said her office would issue the licenses in accordance with the law and began working to have the forms uploaded to their computer system and available to citizens.

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Free yourself to fail, try new things

Published Saturday, July 11, 2015
By David Talley

Don't be afraid to fail. Back in May, I played a round of disc golf at Decatur's Melba Doyle Park. It was my first time to play, and although I've tried to forget my score, I could estimate that it was probably 50 over par.

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High court puts Texas abortion law on hold

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on June 29, granted a stay preventing revisions to the state abortion law made by the Texas Legislature in 2013 from taking effect July 1.

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Program needs community’s help

Published Saturday, July 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

Summer brings back many childhood memories for me. Baseball games. Vacations. Snow cones. Swimming. But I also remember participating in something a little more charitable: delivering meals to seniors in my community.

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Remember how it all began, happy Fourth

Published Saturday, July 4, 2015
By Travis Lisle

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and the United States of America was born.

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County answers call to feed the hungry

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

When I walked into Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) June 9, the shelves looked depressing. I know inanimate objects can't actually be depressed, but if they could, those shelves would be. After all, the purpose of those shelves is to hold food that will one day be distributed to the people of Wise County who really need it.

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Officials react to decision on federal health care law

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.

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Flagged down: Skipping town for better lunch

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Richard Greene

On a much-needed vacation, my wife and I finished a trip in the Ozarks in Arkansas. After a few days enjoying the hospitality of Southwest Missouri, including nightly cobbler, we were looking forward to the quaint charm of Eureka Springs.

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Hate is poisoning the air we breath

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

In the past week, this country has seen remarkable things - a violent attack on peaceful churchgoers, millions turning their backs on a flag, a terrorist was sentenced to death and the highest court in the land has given a 5-4 decision in favor of gay marriage.

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Escaping the echo chamber could lead to real blessings

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Brian Knox

Listening to a police scanner in the newsroom all day, you hear all kinds of calls. But there's one call I hear from time to time that makes me uncomfortable. It usually goes something like this: "We need an officer in route to the complainant's location for a suspicious person. Black male walking down the street."

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Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done.

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