Excited for what the future holds

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Shelby Vanover

As the year ends, I can't help but look toward the future. As a high school senior, I have a lot to look forward to.

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Texans to start openly packing on Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, December 30, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015.

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Looking back at 2015: Dog’s sacrifice led to unique experience

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Brian Knox

Having covered news in Wise County for 15 1/2 years now, many stories I work on come with a sense of familiarity. While each story is different, I often speak to people I know or cover situations that happen on a fairly regular basis. I often have a good idea of what to expect going in to certain situations.

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Looking back at 2015: On the job training; Tornadoes hit Wise County in my first week

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Racey Burden

I started working at the Messenger on a Monday in May. Tornadoes hit Wise County on a Tuesday. I got thrown into the middle of storm coverage on a Wednesday.

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Looking back at 2015: Inspiring ‘mom’; Sister pushes siblings to their best

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

Last spring at a track meet in Jacksboro, I went to interview Sequoia Smith after competing in the shot put.

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Looking back at 2015: Officer found unique way to reach youth

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By David Talley

This was the first feature I wrote this year, and in the context of national events straining the relationship between law enforcement and citizens later in 2015, it may be one of my more impactful.

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Looking back at 2015: The courage to listen; Emotional reunion tests writer’s skills

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

The image is hard to forget. And I didn't even see it.

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Secret talks keep public in dark

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Speculation about an interim sheriff has swirled since David Walker announced his Dec. 31 retirement in October, and last week we finally got an answer - J.W. Johnson.

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Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

Published Wednesday, December 23, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November "are on average two to three times higher than last year."

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Santa’s workshop truly exists

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Richard Greene

I can't recall the exact year that my cousin Luke spilled the beans about Santa Claus, tarnishing the magic of Christmas. Even before then, I had my suspicions.

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Addie Bohn Blackwell and the notary

Published Saturday, December 19, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I recently helped with the funeral of a true patriot. Sam Blackwell was a hero in every way one can measure a hero.

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Christmas movie marathon tips

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Racey Burden

There's just over a week until Christmas, so I've decided its time to start the Christmas movie marathons. Can't decide to what to watch this year? I'm here to help!

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Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

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Keeping the X in Xmas

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Joy Carrico

When I was 6, I drew a Christmas picture in Sunday school. At the top of it, I wrote "Merry Xmas." Big mistake. I presented the drawing before the whole Sunday school class, and the teacher proceeded to inform me that I had committed a shameful act.

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Lost my pliers!

Published Saturday, December 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

We went to New York City for Thanksgiving. We had some reserve about making the trip because of security concerns.

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Finding heartache and hope in a refugee camp

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Brian Knox

A backfiring car caused a young woman to begin shaking and crying uncontrollably. The only thing those around her could do to calm her was to wrap their arms around her. For hours, they held her tight. Finally, she fell asleep.

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Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

Published Wednesday, December 9, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government's plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas.

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Dogs are a girl’s best friend

Published Saturday, December 5, 2015
By Racey Burden

Max the dog came to live with the Burden family when I was 9. I was kind of a lonely kid. We'd moved to Oklahoma from Kansas a year earlier, and I was still struggling to make friends.

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‘Tis the season to put your best foot forward

Published Saturday, December 5, 2015
By D.A. Sharpe

We all sense what putting your best foot forward means. It means creating actions, thoughts, expressions and accomplishments in ways that have the most favorable impressions on the recipients of such things that come from us.

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Black Friday coverage a near-bust

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

I have never been shopping on Black Friday. But this year I decided to cover it for the paper with photographer Joe Duty. Joe has covered local Black Friday shopping for years and brought back some real gems - photos of people lined up around buildings, folks pushing heaping shopping carts and even one of a person with a bloody nose, the mark of a scuffle over flat-screen TVs.

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