Top officials order surge to secure border

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border.

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Computers, the interview and the sick cow

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I was way back in the worship center at First Baptist Church during the opening assembly for Sports Camp. We called it "Vacation Bible School" 100 years ago.

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Why I still have faith in Congress

Published Saturday, June 21, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

It's depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans' utter disdain for Congress. But it's my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short.

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No sweat over brown-water crisis

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Richard Greene

After three hours of yard work in my constant pursuit to sculpt a Southern Living lawn in the heat and humidity, I was in need of a shower to get back to what the weekend was really for - watching the U.S. Open.

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Senate panel addresses slowness of VA

Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities.

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Water agreement a good deal for city, quarry

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By J.D. Clark

In this world, water is our most precious resource. Without it, everything is nothing.

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Being a dad is no joke (usually)

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The other day while I was working in the yard, my home-for-the-summer son came out and said he was going to Dairy Queen to pick up his paycheck.

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The best weekends of my life; Random thoughts on collegiate bike racing

Published Saturday, June 14, 2014
By David Talley

It's 2:30 a.m. and I'm standing in the shower. I'm standing in the shower because the shower is the only place standing still for 30 minutes at a time isn't suspicious, and I've been sitting in a Honda Civic for 12 of the last 13 hours.

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Rooster puts up a good fight but succumbs to injuries

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Norbert the rooster died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at his home in Decatur after an encounter with a hawk.

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Do not ignore that small voice

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Larry Anthony Harris

As I began to read the Wise County Messenger last week, I saw on the front page a CareFlite helicopter landing to pick up someone injured in an accident where two people were killed.

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EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

Published Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed "the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants."

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Confessions of an emotional wreck

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A big, white bow bobbed up and down from the top row of the risers. Sweet, petite Ysabel could barely be seen over the kids standing in front of her.

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Observations from the cruise

Published Saturday, June 7, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Jo and I returned recently from a cruise. We sailed out of Galveston, spent seven days touring the Caribbean and returned to Galveston.

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Rising to the challenge of brisket judging

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I grew up eating and cooking brisket. I must have eaten it thousands of times. Every birthday, Boy Scout event, wedding, holiday and funeral saw brisket sliced, chopped and plated.

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Lieutenant governor’s challenger wins runoff

Published Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November.

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Wise County raises another bumper crop

Published Saturday, May 31, 2014
By Bob Buckel

As a kid, I went to high school ball games with my dad. All of them. He did the play-by-play for football, basketball and baseball for our local radio station, where he was the manager.

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Street hoops and the HOA

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Richard Greene

A few months back, the wifey and I bought a home in a community with a homeowners association (HOA). I've heard and read horror stories about the overbearing property owners groups that constantly monitored weeds in yards, and placed liens on properties for little violations to the neighborhood covenants such as flying flags or planting the wrong kind of tree.

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Big posts at stake in primary runoffs

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day.

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Grandfather’s stories live on

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I remember the day my grandfather, Lacy Davis, told us about holding a dying man in his arms. He didn't speak about his World War II days often - but when he did, we listened and we all remember the stories.

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Doctors and me

Published Wednesday, May 24, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Childhood misconception: I used to think there was a big mailbox in the middle of the hospital - possibly out in the hallway by the nurses' station - where the doctor "delivered" babies.

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